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A Romantic Jewel-Toned Wedding at Klentner Ranch

This stunning wedding captured by Michelle Beller and planned by Wild Heart Events is jewel toned moodiness done oh-so right. Coco Rose Design wowed us with her romantic floral arrangements of deep red, burgundy and lush greens. The ceremony site will completely take your breath away… and get this – the groom and his father built the arbor themselves, how sweet is that!! See all the swoon-worthy details below.

From the Bride and Groom… Being from Santa Barbara (Central Coast), and my husband from Detroit, we wanted the elements of our wedding to be a representation of our lives as individuals as well as together. We chose colors and moods that spoke for the regions and culture we hold dearest in our hearts. Local sourced seafood for cocktail hour, signature drinks you might find us sipping on downtown, dinner that was both sophisticated and comfortable, and a tequila shot for the toast!

From the beginning, our dream was to have the best party to celebrate our most memorable day. The design elements of our wedding exemplified our love for life and the cultures that embody it. Traveling from East Coast, West, and abroad, guests were welcomed with French knit bags full of culinary favorites from Santa Barbara and Detroit, a welcome note with locals only spots, and some party favors for those who couldn’t wait to celebrate. With all of the vision and moodiness flying around, the groom was feeling like he needed a piece of the action, so he and his father designed and built the arbor where the ceremony would take place.

There were many moments that could be considered our favorite. For the love, it was first look…. That moment where it is just the two of you and nothing planned can interfere. For the family, it was seeing everyone sitting with a glass of Rose”, happily waiting for the ceremony to begin.

As for the party, it was our band inviting everyone to join us as our first dance ended and we let Montel Jordan “This is how we do it”, set the tone for the night. The vision and moodiness of design came from the bride herself.

Her advice to all you brides to be: “Don’t let your vision be compromised. There will be a lot of obstacles along the way…. But in the end it is your day. Budgets and scheduling are very real, but where there is a will there is a way, stay true and you will be in heaven!” 

Photography: Michelle Beller | Event Planning: Wild Heart Events | Floral Design: Coco Rose Design | Catering: Duo Catering & Events | Entertainment: Stu and the Crew | Entertainment: Gavin Roy | Wedding Venue: Klentner Ranch | Bar Service: pour sb | Bridal hair: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Paper: Angelique Ink | Paper: Sophia Loves Letters | Rentals: Town And Country | Rentals: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Rentals: Amazing Days Events | Video: B Studios

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Elegant Maryland Wedding at Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond

Raise your hand if you’re currently dreaming about tented weddings and warm breezes? Summer feels light years away, I know, but that’s exactly why we’ve got beautiful fetes like this one from Michael and Carina Photography and Kari Rider Events to brighten your planning process. Thanks to Colby and Camron’s incredible vendor team, you’d never know that they said I do during one of the rainiest weeks in Maryland. Hop over to the full gallery for more!

How stunning is the Bride and her babes?! Amie Decker Beauty was there for hair and makeup to make these beauties shine.

From Michael and CarinaColby and Camron married during one of the rainiest weeks in Maryland but their wedding was beautiful nonetheless, aided by some of the most talented wedding vendors in the Mid-Atlantic region headed by Kari Rider Events. Colby and Camron entered their reception through a saber arch entryway guarded by Camron’s fellow service members, but only after they kissed! Their family celebrated late into the night in a tent decorated beautifully with florals by Amaryllis.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Floral design: Amaryllis | Makeup & Hair: Amie Decker Beauty | Wedding Venue: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Planning & Event Design: Kari Rider Events

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Traditional Meets Modern at This Charming Texas Home

Vibrant pops of color, dramatic chandeliers, whimsical wallpaper and the perfect blend of traditional comfort and modern elements – welcome to this charming Texas home! Christian Ladd Interior Design was the mastermind behind every inch of this humble abode. She has a way of effortlessly elevating homes to make them feel contemporary and fresh while somehow remaining timeless in style – and this Texas home proves just that! Open the doors and step inside the full gallery captured beautifully by Joanna Robertson.

THE ENTRANCE

I always thought that the grand, two-story entry to this home was one of its best design features. I installed a black and white marble floor to create a dramatic moment as you entered the home. It was important to incorporate a classic element that would appear as though it had always been there. 

This concept enables the home to remain timeless for years to come. One of my favorite elements to add into a design project is grasscloth. The additional texture really elevates the style of a room and I knew instantly that the entry in this home would be the ideal place for the this element.

THE LIVING ROOM

We’re just over here wishing every weekend could be spent lounging in this neutral toned haven. Blue color pops in the pillows and chairs not only complete the overall design aesthetic, but also create a calm, soothing climate – the perfect setting for a peaceful Sunday afternoon!

Coffee table details such as a succulent centerpiece and brightly colored book covers put the finishing touches on the space and truly bring this living room to life.

THE BREAKFAST ROOM

I really wanted to draw attention to the color and pattern with Schumacher’s iconic lettuce green Chinois Palais drapes. To compliment the drapes I installed Dodie Thayer’s iconic Lettuce Ware pottery on the walls.

I love mixing modern and traditional elements in a room, and chose to use a clear Lucite table with more streamlined chairs. It’s the best way to keep your home feeling updated and still classic.

THE DINING ROOM

We highlighted modernist Taos artist Emil Bisttram’s vibrant painting which consisted of pale blush and light lavender hue. The painting was the jumping off point for the color scheme.

I pulled in a traditional round Baker pedestal dining table but elevated the traditional “look” by lacquering the dining chairs and upholstering them in a Jane Churchill lilac fabric.

Lastly, I added the dramatic glass chandelier. The chandelier doesn’t have a story (which is rare in most of my design) but I felt like it was the perfect fit to this room.

THE KITCHEN

I always follow Elsie de Wolfe’s advice when designing a room and ensure each space is filled with light, air, and comfort. I wanted to highlight the natural light in the kitchen and keep the space feeling traditional and classic.

The bone colored walls and open shelving really balanced the dramatic soapstone countertops. Additionally, the open shelving allowed a place to display my favorite antique silver pieces and my “everyday” items.

THE LAUNDRY

The laundry room is always about functionality but one should never compromise on aesthetics. This laundry room was multi-functional. It served as prep area for catering, and also was where the home owner potted herbs and did her flower arranging.

Therefore, we had to make sure all the right elements were incorporated when designing it. I always adore open containers and open shelving, it reminds you of what you have readily available without having to peek in every cabinet.

THE GUEST BEDROOM

Who wouldn’t want to stay in this charming, sun-soaked guest bedroom!? This cozy space features cheerful gingham accents and crisp white linens that brighten up every corner of the room.

Our favorite part has to be the ethereal wallpaper in the guest bath. Let’s face it, Christian Ladd never fails to give us major wallpaper envy with every carefully curated home.

THE BATHROOMS…a space to play

I try to incorporated a lot of personality in bathrooms. It’s a place people typically don’t dwell very long so you have the opportunity create a really bold and vibrant moment in them. Dramatic and whimsical wallpapers are always the cherry on top in the bathrooms I design.

LITTLE GIRL’S BEDROOM

I like to add sophisticated design elements into children’s rooms so that they can really grow into the space. One way to do this is by using drapes that will last from the nursery to adolescence. 

It’s a place where you can have a lot of fun but include pieces that will transition them through the years.

THE OFFICE

A light-filled space that manages to marry design and organization in one gorgeous breath…

Photography: Joanna Robertson Photography | Interior Designer: Christian Ladd Interior Design | Styling and Florals: Parie Designs

3 Reasons Why Bali’s Tirtha Bridal is Winning the Destination Wedding Game

Dreaming of an exotic destination wedding in Bali but have no idea where to start? Well – you’ve come to the right place! Enter Tirtha Bridal. Tirtha is a breathtaking 6,000sqm wedding resort (yup, you read that right – a WEDDING resort) set on the majestic cliff tops of Southern Bali. It is truly the first of its kind on the island and is completely transforming the Bali wedding game. Not only are the grounds incredibly gorgeous, but they’re also exceptionally unique… there isn’t just one place to say your “I do’s” at Tirtha, but THREE amazing wedding venues to choose from. It’s safe to say there is an option for everyone at Tirtha Bridal and they make it SUCH an easy process throughout your entire wedding planning experience. Here are the 3 major reasons why Tirtha Bridal is the ultimate Bali wedding destination.

1. Tirtha Bridal is essentially 3 unique wedding venues wrapped in one

Nestled on this stunning property lives three special venues for you to choose from for your wedding day. Here’s the lowdown:

Tirtha Uluwatu

Tirtha Uluwatu is set on Bali’s southern cliff top, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. Imagine a panoramic view of the clear blue water while dancing the night away under rows of string lights… you just can’t get more magical than this, folks! It’s complete with a wedding chapel, a Dining Pavillion, a powder room and a lounge area for your guests to enjoy throughout the reception. Talk about a dream venue.

The Stone House

Right next to Tirtha Uluwatu, we have yet anotherrrr amazing venue to consider for your day, The Stone House! It’s surrounded bu a tropical garden alive with Balinese heritage influence. It’s the perfect setting for a wedding cocktail and dinner!

The Glass House

Last but certainly not least of the venue options is The Glass House! This one is truly so special as it features a lighting concept that uses moonlight and starlight effects to create visual contact with the environment… ummm, have you ever heard of something so cool!? It’s equipped with magical gardens, a spacious lounge and a stunning pool. We can only image how spectacular a moonlit reception at The Glass House truly is.

2. Tirtha Bridal helps you plan your wedding from start to finish!

Not only does Tirtha offer you the creme-de-la-creme of Bali wedding venues, it also offers a multitude of wedding services: Event planning, decor & styling, food & beverages and wedding packages! The team is dedicated to making your experience with Tirtha Bridal as stress-free as possible, so you can enjoy all the resort has to offer and only have to think about saying “I do!”

3. Tirtha Bridal provides luxury accommodations for you and your guests

Give your guests the ultimate Bali experience at one of Tirtha Bridal’s luxury accommodations! Both the Stone House and The Glass House offer 5-star lodging for you and your wedding guests to enjoy! The villas feature ocean front suites, family rooms and guest bedrooms that allow for an incomparable wedding stay experience.

Venue: Tirtha Uluwatu

Contemporary Coral Wedding Inspiration at Black Hall Fiskars Village

Did anyone else jump for joy when Pantone announced that the color of 2019 would be Living Coral? I’ve been fully enjoying seeing my favorite hue in inspiration boards across the internet land and cannot wait to see some of you infuse this pretty hue in your Big Day. Today, we’re serving up slightly more muted shades of coral (dreamyyyy) in the form of this inspiration shoot from Nord & Mae. Married with a contemporary style, there’s plenty of breathing room between the details, making for jaw-dropping images by Susanna Nordvall.

From Nord & MaeWith our editorial design we wanted to bring understated vibrance into the cold, low light of the harsh winter months in the northern parts of the world. Muted coral tones and warm glowing candle light in a contemporary setting surrounded by the stark, cool walls of this loft in Fiskars. Wedding couple, Julia & Kevin are celebrating their wedding in relaxed but fashionable style, wearing clean cuts, quality fabrics and minimalistic jewellery pieces by local labels.

Our floral designs are created mixing fresh cut florals with plenty of dried bits from warmer seasons, such as palm leaves, floral pods and pepper. But we also incorporated elements we can forage during the winter months such as branches and dried reeds. With an aim to make our designs more sustainable we save and repurpose most of these dried elements from event to event. A beautiful way to keep our footprint a little lower during the cold season.

The wedding menu is designed around seasonality, using dried and fermented berries, fruits and vegetables as well as plenty of root vegetables and other ingredients readily available during winter months. We especially love the vibrant dessert designed around the wedding’s style and color palette. It pairs local sea-buckthorn berries with a moist cinnamon cake and sweet meringue.

Photography: Susanna Nordvall | Design & styling: Nord & Mae | Floral Design: Nord & Mae | Stationery: Nord & Mae | Rings: Keski Pomppu | Groom: Kevin Kouassivi-Benissan | Groom's Attire: Turo | Bouquet ribbons: Frou Frou Chic | Bride: Julia Korpinen | Bride's dress: Heidi Tuisku | Earrings: Pioni Design | Hair & make-up: Rosa Hawela | Loft space: Black Hall In Fiskars | Silk napkins: Seidenband | Tableware: H&M Home

A Charming Garden Wedding with an Autumnal Palette at Allied Arts Guild

There’s just something about garden weddings that make our hearts sing! This magical day planned by Natalie Choi Events and photographed by Meiwen Wang is our definition of a perfect garden wedding. We’re obsessed with the moody autumnal color palette and romantic fluers by Hawthorn Floral Studio, not to mention the bride’s knockout gown from Watters! See all this dreamy day has to offer below…

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Check out this gorgeous film of their wedding day created by Lenny See Films!

From Natalie Choi EventsWho says garden weddings are only supposed to happen in the spring? Sherry and Robert’s autumnal garden wedding certainly proves that wrong! Their wedding took place at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, and their moody autumnal color palette accented the gardens perfectly.

Their floral design by Hawthorn Flower Studio featured fall foliage paired with creamy blooms, which were balanced with pale grey tablescapes and hints of gold. Sherry walked down the tree-lined aisle to the music of their string trio, escorted by both of her parents (also, isn’t her mom’s traditional hanbok just the prettiest?).

During cocktail hour, guests sipped on drinks mixed up by the Bar Car while enjoying appetizers by Capelo’s Barbecue. Sherry and Robert wanted a relaxed atmosphere for their wedding, and chose all of their food and beverage vendors from among food trucks they typically enjoy together. Their reception tables were set with a mixture of floral centerpieces and arrangements comprised of pillar candles and greenery to add a warm ambiance to their al fresco dinner.

After guests dined on the garden patio, they were treated to fresh doughnuts and coffee from Johnny Doughnuts and headed inside to dance the night away. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Sherry & Robert decided on a two-tiered giant doughnut cake accented with florals tying in to their arrangements.

The dreamy qualities of their wedding were brought out in the film images captured on film by Meiwen, and in the video shot entirely on Super 8 film by Lenny

Photography: Meiwen Wang | Videography : Lenny See Films | Event Planning: Natalie Choi Events | Floral Design: Hawthorne Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Watters | Catering: Hill Country BBQ | Hair & Makeup: Kat Tinney | DJ: All Ears DJ | Wedding Venue: Allied Arts Guild | Bar: BarCarSF | Dessert: Johnny Doughnuts | Linen: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: The Chiavari Guys | String Trio: San Francisco Conservatory Of Music

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A Minimalistic Modern Wedding at The Retreat at Cool Springs

Elegant, refined, modern… STUNNING – basically all the words that come to mind when admiring this summer wedding at The Retreat at Cool Springs planned by Linda Ha Events. Lush florals by Wild Green Yonder in a classic color scheme of fresh green and crisp white decorated the day. Vicki Grafton Photography captured every moment perfectly (per usual)… don’t miss out on a single detail at the full gallery!

From Vicki Grafton PhotographyBriana & Jesse planned an outdoor wedding in the Virginia countryside incorporating a minimal and modern aesthetic. Lush florals by Lori at Wild Green Yonder soften the clean lines and helped bridge the gap between the outdoor country estate location and the couple’s modern vibe. The invitation was designed by the bride herself, and Linda Ha Events helped style and coordinate the day despite a torrential downpour during cocktail hour. Some of my favorite details included Briana’s dress from the BHLDN Ghost London line with it’s deep plunging neckline and back and how the material draped.

From the Bride… Together at last. We fell in love when we were young, but chose to follow careers in football and design which led us to different cities. After almost a decade of long distance, and countless prayers to follow where God was leading us, Jesse proposed forever to me in our hometown, where we first fell in love. After he proposed, we walked hand in hand along the water in Georgetown. I was surprised to find our families and closest friends waiting for us on a private boat. Jesse had planned a beautiful evening celebrating with those we cherish most. We were so grateful to have Jesse’s sister, the talented Hannah Smith Photography, capture the evening.

Just like the ring Jesse chose for me, I envisioned our wedding to be effortlessly elegant and timeless; filled with warmth, laughter, and love. Every vendor we chose, from Linda Ha Events’ beautifully refined aesthetic, to Vicki Grafton’s film photography, reflected this vision. When we discovered our wedding venue, The Retreat at Cool Spring, the search was over. The stunning understated beauty of the historic home became my inspiration for planning every detail of the day. My wedding gown reflected this same effortless beauty, it’s flowing curves and endless train recalling the Shenandoah river The Retreat overlooks. As a graphic designer, I always knew I’d want to design my wedding stationery.

As a graphic designer, I always knew I’d want to design my wedding stationery. I created a suite that was minimal and refined, using a white and soft gray color palette and warm serif typography, tied together with subtle blind embossing throughout. My favorite detail is the custom seal I drew featuring an S for “Smith”, my new family name. I embossed the envelopes with this seal by hand before my dear mother sent off each invite with love.

Every detail of the day used this same white and gray color palette, accented by the soft pinks and yellows introduced in our florals curated by the talented Lori Tran. On the day of our wedding, we awoke to a forecast that was less than ideal. It had been raining for days, and it wasn’t supposed to stop. An hour before the ceremony, the clouds started to part, and the sun peeked through. Before heading down the aisle, my mom helped place finishing touches on my look from both of my late grandmothers; my Grammy’s favorite ring on my right hand and my Nana’s pin on my bouquet. Another moment I cherish is the words I exchanged with Jesse’s mom as I got ready. I have her to thank for the man her son is today. Meanwhile, Jesse got ready with his groomsmen, enjoying a toast his best friend wrote called A Coach’s Tale, a nod to Jesse’s career in football. My father walked with me over a white rose petaled aisle while a pianist played Yiruma’s River Flows in You. We exchanged vows under the magnolia tree to the words of my dear family friend and pastor who has known me since the day I was born.

A highlight of the ceremony was Jesse’s dad’s scripture reading, a moment we’ll treasure forever. After being introduced as Mr. And Mrs., we departed the ceremony while the pianist played Here Comes the Sun. We didn’t realize just how perfect that song was until that moment. Guests were invited to celebrate cocktail hour al fresco, on terraces surrounding the home overlooking the river in the distance. A classic quartet played while guests enjoyed small bites, rosé, and Jesse’s favorite Dogfish Head IPA. To open the reception, we danced to Finally Mine by Juliet Roberts, a song whose lyrics celebrate being together after so long. After my dad, sister, and Jesse’s brother shared stories and words of welcome, we danced the night away to the sound of the Bachelor Boys Band. The next day, Jesse and I stayed at The Retreat for a day of rest and reflection, celebrating that we were together at last.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Event Planning & Design: Linda Ha Events | Floral Design: Wild Green Yonder | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Signature Sweets by Amanda | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fame And Partners | Catering: Heirloom Catering & Event Design | Hair & Makeup : Anna Breeding | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Wedding Venue: Retreat at Cool Springs | Tent: Skyline Tent Company

The Prettiest Pastel Wedding Inspiration at Diamond Bar Center

If you’re battling the winter blues right about now, might I suggest getting up close and personal with today’s soiree dressed to the nines in the loveliest pastel palette. It’s screaming for one of you spring couple’s to borrow ideas from it, thanks to the creative genius of Lovingly Yours. All it takes is one stroll through the gallery from Ether & Smith to go a little pin crazy! Join us here.

Check out this gorgeous film from Boffo Video!

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From the bride… We met through a mutual friend that we shared in different social circles; Erick went to junior high and high school with her and Jessica grew up with her through church youth groups. For as long as we could remember, she would tell us stories about each other for years, and we finally met in person for the first time in 2012. Since that first day, we’ve seen each other every day since and as they say, the rest is history! I was inspired by garden vibes. I love wild and lush greenery and florals, gold vintage accents, lots of candles, and pastel colors. Morgan at Wild Muse Floral created such magic and brought my vision to life, and the vintage pieces from Etablir and Otis & Pearl were just perfect! Our wedding was really the best day ever and we LOVED every minute of it. One of our guest favorites was the boba bar; it only lasted the first hour of the reception and the line was longer than the alcohol line! We also rented a piano for a surprise that I had for Erick (the first secret I’ve ever kept for so long!). I’ve always been bad at expressing my emotions so I decided to write and perform an original song. I chickened out and didn’t sing the lyrics but I still played the piano. We learned so much in planning our own wedding. I think the best advice I have is to trust your vendors! There’s just so much that goes into the wedding, both during the planning process and also the day of, and you really can’t do everything yourself. Share your vision with your vendors but let them exercise some creativity and trust them to execute your special day so that you can just sit back and relax!

Photography: Ether & Smith | Videography: Boffo Video | Coordination: Mo To Love | Florist: Wild Muse Florals | Dress: Eddy K | Bakery: Sweetlee Made | Shoes : Bella Belle | Hair & Makeup: Luong Lasting | Tux: Friar Tux | Boba : Gong Cha | Bride's Wedding Ring: Easter Ahn | Bridesmaid Robes: Le Rose | Cake Topper: Jessichu Creations | Catering & Alcohol: Canyon Catering | Ceremony and Reception: Diamond Bar Center | Chairs, Draping, & Dance Floor: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Design, Planning, & Stationery/Calligrapher: Lovingly Yours | Linens: Luxe Linen | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Officiant, DJ, & Emcee: Hilo Productions | Piano: Kims Piano | Veil: Veiledbeauty | Vintage Rentals: Otis & Pearl | Vintage Rentals: Etablir Shop | Vow Books: elmo Paperstories ltd.

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Moody + Neutral Boho Wedding Inspiration at 501 Union in Brooklyn

We don’t often see the words moody, neutral and boho strung together, but that’s why we love today’s wedding inspiration so much—especially when we see rich tones and moody vibes taking center stage in 2019. Styled by Stylish Details Events and set at 501 Union, the marriage of deep hued walls and that iconic wallpaper make way for a gorgeously dark canvas where the Bride pops in her Schone gowns and florals transform the space into a tropical bohemian love shack. Join us in the full gallery from Sara Joan for more.

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From Stylish Details Events… This styled wedding photo-shoot was inspired by the mid-century design of 501 Union. This Brooklyn venue is a hot spot for couples who are looking for a unique and stylish space to say “I-do”, while skipping the bustle of the city. Sophie Mae of Stylish Details Events wanted to highlight the industrial vibe of the venue, while incorporating the soft color tones of the moment. She chose some of the best vendors from the East and West Coast to execute the vision!

The editorial was captured by Brooklyn local Sarah Joan of Sarah Joan Studio. Her photography style was perfect for the overall look and feel of the shoot, which was classic with an modern edge. The highlight film was shot by Emma of Emma Lynn Cinema. We love how Emma brought the shoot to life in her film!

We partnered with the wonderful ladies of Designs by Ahn, the Manhattan based florist who specializes in intricate and whimsical designs. We loved how she mixed classic floral selections with unexpected blooms to create a unique tables cape that offered an outside of the box “wow factor”. We opted for ice grey velvet linen from Luxe Linen to add texture to the tabletop rentals provided by Signature Party Rentals.

The marble table was custom designed by the talented team at RentQuest NYC. They also provided the dreamy velvet chairs which complimented the tableware to perfection. We especially loved the hand crafted menus and place cards created by Emily of Eclaire Paperie.

Photography: Sara Joan Studio | Videographer: Emma Lynn Cinema | Event Styling : Stylish Details | Florist : DESIGNS BY AHN | Hair and Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup | Venue: 501 Union | Gowns: Schone Bride | Jewels : The Jewel Princess | Linens : Luxe Linen | Model: Kiara Ailene | Model : Isaac McKinley | Rentals : RentQuest | Stationary and Paper Goods: Eclaire Paperie | Tabletop : Signature Party Rentals

Architectural-Inspired Wedding at The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Clean, fresh and modern. If those three words are in your wedding planning dictionary, you’ll want to cozy up to this fete! It’s splashed with a hefty dose of gorgeous white florals and a striking modern design, thanks to Rebecca Rose Events, not to mention mis-matched bridesmaids that sing so beautifully together. Getting ready for a pinning marathon, because Jake & Heather Photography have filled the gallery to the brim with steal-worthy images.

From Jake and Heather Photography… This classy, black-tie affair will have you re-thinking the elegant possibilities of a bold ballroom wedding. Rebecca Rose Events, named as a top wedding planner by Southern Living, left no detail untouched while bringing this timelss and perfectly polished design to life! From Kaitlin’s emotional first look with her father and the historic, city-scape backdrop, to flawless white orchids carefully weaved throughout their design, this wedding celebrates all things iconic, humble and dignified.

Photography: Jake + Heather | Event Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Event Planning: Rebecca Rose Events | Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Gown: VWIDON | Cake: Tart Sweets | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel | Reception Venue: The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel | Rings: Family Heirloom Estate Jewelry | Catering: The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel | Hair and Makeup : Makeupforyourday | Band: Lucky Pocket | Envelope Calligraphy: Kadie Veille | Ghost Chairs: Professional Party Rentals | Linens: Nuage Designs

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How To Make the Perfect Summer Popsicle at Home

Not only are popsicles the best. summer. treat. ever. being that they are tasty, cold perfection on a stick. But aren’t they just the prettiest ever, too? I swear I’ve pinned dozens on Pinterest and today, I’ll be adding another lovely twist from Monika Hibbs… grapefruit and peach goodness. Get the recipe below and indulge while these hot summer days are still aplenty!

From Monika HibbsSince I was a little girl, one of my favorite summer time treats has been homemade popsicles! Not only are they fun and easy to make with the kids, they always look super cute when they are finished and there are so many creative colour combinations you can make! I absolutely loved making these grapefruit and peach cream popsicles, especially because I just adore the soft pink and peachy hue! These are great for a casual, after dinner treat to enjoy in some perfect summer weather, but would also be an awesome addition for a party as you can match the popsicles to whichever colour palette your using! Hope you enjoy these homemade grapefruit and peach cream popsicles as much as I did!

Grapefruit + Peach Cream Popsicles
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
5 Minute/s
total time
20 Minute/s
Serves 10Ingredients
  • Grapefruit Puree
  • 1 cup of segmented grapefruit (I used about 4 large grapefruit and squeezed our all the extra juice)
  • ½ cup of simple syrup* (see recipe below, also feel free to use a bit less! Or another sweetener of your choice)
  • Coconut Cashew Cream
  • 1 cup of raw cashews
  • filtered water for soaking the cashews
  • 2/3 cup of filtered water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (you could use the seeds from a vanilla bean as well)
  • ½ cup of coconut cream*
  • 3 tbsp. of simple syrup, agave or maple syrup. You can also lower this amount if you would like it less sweet.
Instructions
  1. Cover the cashews with filtered water and let soak overnight.
  2. Drain the cashews and place them in a blender along with the 2/3 cup of filtered water, vanilla and simple syrup.
  3. Blend on high for about 2-3 minutes to get it nice and smooth.
  4. Add in the coconut cream (*I leave my can in the fridge and let the water separate from the cream, I scoop out the cream and use the water in smoothies!) Once it is all blended, place in a container that will be easy to poor out of. Rinse the blender well.
  5. Cut the grapefruit into segments and place in the bender along with the simple syrup, blend on high for about 2 minutes until nice and pureed.
  6. I like to add some sliced Grapefruit into the popsicles to make the pop! Simply cut of the skin and rind off the grapefruit and slice into rounds and then in half.
  7. Arrange some slices into the popsicle molds and add the grapefruit puree about half way up. Top with the cashew coconut cream, poor gently so that you can create layers.
  8. If you are using the mold similar to the one we used than you can place the popsicle sticks in right away.
  9. Freeze for about 6-8 hours.
  10. Dip the mold in hot water to help and release the popsicles.
  11. For the simple syrup you'll need 1 cup of cane sugar and 1 cup of water.
  12. Boil until the sugar dissolves, let cool and keep in the refrigerate in a sealed container for up to two weeks. (can be used in cocktails etc.)
  13. Peaches and Cream Variation (Same cashew coconut cream recipe as above)
  14. 2 cups of white peaches (that is what we used but feel free to use whatever fresh peaches you can!)
  15. 1/4 - 1/2 cup of simple syrup tastes after ¼ and see if the sweetness is enough for you.
  16. Wash up the fruit, cut in half and remove the pit. Leaving the skin on helps to make the pretty color.
  17. Cut the peaches into smaller pieces and place in the blender with the simple syrup.
  18. Blend on high for about 2 minutes until you get a nice smooth puree (We strained the mixture but feel free to omit this step).
  19. Add in the coconut cashew cream and mix well.
  20. Poor the mixture into the popsicle maker and freeze. Play around with the fruit, cherries, oranges strawberries. Really anything would work well just make a puree with fruit and some simple syrup and add the coconut cashew cream. Enjoy!!!

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10 Wedding Dress Trends Brides Will Be ALL About in 2019

New year, new dresses! It’s time to round up the top 10 wedding dress trends brides will be obsessed with in 2019. From royal wedding inspiration to sophisticated jumpsuits – we’re giving you the inside scoop on what you can expect to see down the aisles this year. Fashion is definitely one of our favorite aspects of every wedding day – so it’s safe to say we’re prettyyy excited about seeing our gorg 2019 brides donning these knock-out styles!

1. Plunging Necklines

We’re big fans of a bride who’s not afraid to be bold on her wedding day. Plunging necklines are popping up in just about every 2019 wedding dress collection and we’re totally here for it.

2. Meghan Markle Inspired Minimalism

I’m pretty sure we all could have guessed this one. The Duchess of Sussex not only continues to inspire women with her everyday wear, but she’s also sparking major inspiration on the bridal runway! Prepare to see lots of 2019 brides donning similar styles to both her minimalistic, Givenchy ceremony gown and sleek, halter reception dress.

3. Mocknecks

Mock-what?! Yup, that’s right! Mocknecks are taking over the bridal scene and we’re not mad about it. A simple mockneck makes for the most elegant look for your wedding day. Check out these gorgeous styles below for proof!

4. Regal Capes

Because who doesn’t want to look like a royal princess on their wedding day, am I right? Bridal capes started making their way to the wedding scene not too long ago, but they’re staying strong as a popular trend for 2019 brides!

5. Bows Galore

Ahhh, aren’t bows just the best?! Big or small, subtle or dramatic  – we’ll take whatever we can get!

6. Geometric Patterns

Boho brides – rejoice! Geometric patterns are making a huge statement in 2019 wedding dresses. How stunning are these styles?!

7. Puff Sleeves

I think we can all agree that romantic, puff sleeves are a total head-turner. Designers are slowly but surely bringing this 80’s trend back to life and we couldn’t be more thankful for its return.

8. Jumpsuits

When it comes to bridal style, jumpsuits are the perfect blend of fun and sophistication! Here’s hoping 2019 brides will take advantage of all the fun new jumpsuit styles that flocked the runway at Spring and Fall 2019 Bridal Fashion Week.

9. Crop Tops

Okay, we’re just going to come right out and say it – crop tops are officially our favorite trend of 2019 wedding fashion! I mean, how could they not be?! Fashion-forward brides to be are going to be all over this hot new trend and we couldn’t be more excited to see these risk-taking babes “wow” us in these skin bearing styles!

10. Short Dresses

Dance the night away with ease while donning a cute and sassy short dress on your wedding day! Whether your bridal style be modern or romantic, there’s truly an option for everyone.

Italian-Inspired Wedding with Autumn Hues at Villa Montalvo

This wedding has me on overload, in the best kind of way. The Bride’s elegant loose hairstyle, the artful blooms by Amanda Vidmar, the color palette so pretty you want to eat it, the sweet pup, the venue… you name it, this wedding has it. With planning by Natalie Choi Events, every step of the way is carefully designed for these two beautiful people. The best part? Jen Huang captured every moment so that each and every image stands stunningly on it’s own, yet tells the complete story when strung together.

From Jen HuangJulie and Creighton were wed on an afternoon in September filled with dreamy, golden light on the beautiful grounds of Villa Montalvo, a historical private estate now restored into a lovely wedding venue. Inspired by seasonality and Julie’s romantic vision for her wedding, rich autumnal tones were woven throughout their wedding design, balanced with romantic, delicate blooms to complement the lush grounds of Villa Montalvo. Julie made her grand entrance into their ceremony walking down the dramatic, tree-lined pathway in the estate garden where Creighton was waiting for her at the end of the aisle, ready to exchange both vows and rings. Later that evening, guests dined al fresco on the veranda at long banquet tables set with gold-accented tableware and velvet linens, adding an elegant touch to their organic decor. Julie surprised Creighton with a song she performed for him and their guests during dinner, which was followed by their sweet first dance. Their celebration could not have been complete without the presence of their fur baby, their cute pup Summer. After dinner, guests were treated to sweets which included macarons, cookies, and a Asian-inspired black sesame cake decorated with gold foil and blooms matching their floral decor. Julie and Creighton spent the rest of the evening lounging on the veranda with their guests, enjoying the warm September evening while sipping on wine and champagne.

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Event Planning: Natalie Choi Events | Floral Design: Amanda Vidmar | Cake: Maison Michelle | Catering: Le Papillon | Makeup and hair: Urban Beauty Loft | DJ: Big Fun DJs | Wedding Venue: Villa Montalvo | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: The Chiavari Guys

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Tuscan Renaissance Wedding Inspiration at Villa di Geggiano

What’s more romantic than a wedding under the Tuscan sun? I mean, it’s pretty hard to beat if you ask us! This gorgeous shoot with planning and design by Fête Event Planning and photos by Molly Carr Photography is all the inspiration you’ll ever need for the romantic renaissance wedding of your dreams. Don’t miss all the enchanting details at the full gallery, from bold and bright fleurs by Isibeal Studio to a Tuscan castle fit for a royal.

From Fête Event PlanningWhen we stumbled upon the Villa di Geggiano it was like stepping back in time to 18th century Italy. Set atop a hill in Chianti, the estate has breathtaking views of vineyards and olive groves in every direction. The villa’s remarkable interior decoration – done in the most avant-garde style of the 1700s – has been lovingly preserved by the Bianchi Bandinelli family and was an incredible source of inspiration for our collaboration.

As we often like to do, we took our cues from the spaces. With the fabulous creative partnering of Isibeal Studio and Fête Event Planning, we set out to imbue our stylings with a sense of modern Renaissance romanticism underpinned with a touch of mysticism, all artistically captured by Molly Carr Photography.

As you turn every corner there are beautifully aged treasures. Were they placed there by the gods? The images create a narrative evoking a sense of magic and romance through painterly images, the patina of the villa and the creative backdrops of florals and tablescapes we created using some beautiful pieces from Duchess & Butler. Our model is a true Italian redhead in the mood of Boticelli.

Sanni Sorma created her looks that ranged from soft & demure, to Renaissance glam to delicate & ethereal. The bridal gowns were furnished by Pandore in Paris and feature creations by Sadoni and by Inmaculada Garcia. The paper designed by Studio French Blue tied in the romantic and mystical elements, with a wedding announcement laid out in the traditional Italian format, and a custom star chart for the date. The paper suite was styled using paper pressed with a relief of fresco from the famous Fabriano Paper Mill.

Photography: Molly Carr Photography | Hair & Makeup: Sanni Sorma Makeup & Hair | Wedding Venue: Villa di Geggiano | Florals & Design: Autumn Keller | Gowns: Showroom Pandore Love | Model: Benedetta Milani | Paper: Fabriano | Paper goods: Studio French Blue calligraphy + design | Planning & Design: Fete in France | Tableware: Duchess Butler

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Lush Rooftop Wedding at Villa La Vedetta in Florence

A wedding day so beautiful it will have you dreaming of your next Italian getaway! Grab your passports and take flight toward these unforgettable Florence nuptials captured perfectly by Katie Grant Photography. From the rooftop ceremony and reception awash with lush florals from Janna Brown Design Co. to the soaring views of the romantic city of Firenze – every moment of this day is like something out of a fairytale. Arrivederci!

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Don’t miss this magical video of the day captured by Aberrazioni Cromatiche Studio!

From Janna Brown Design Co.… While the city of Florence bustled in the distance, Villa la Vedetta was abuzz with excitement for Alisha and Michael’s wedding day. Guests watched the two exchange vows on the terrace, seated in chairs adorned with billowing linen, next to an aisle blooming with wild foliage and florals. The bride wanted her day to feel relaxed, yet enchanting, an unforgettable experience for herself, her future husband, and guests. 

Alisha’s bridesmaids donned blush silk gowns, pairing perfectly with the floral palette. Alisha’s gown, by Australian designer, Loui Col.

An intimate tablescape was designed for the reception, with layers upon layers of linen, topped with untamed floral arrangements composed of wild clematis and blooms of cream, blush and mauve.

With sweeping views of Florence, Alisha and Michael’s guests dined against a backdrop of a seemingly painted sunset. Lush florals danced in the breeze, lit by candlelight, as guests sipped on some of Italy’s finest wines.  Michael and Alisha danced under a blanket of stars in an unforgettable moment of magic.

Photographer: Katie Grant Photography | Videography: Aberrazioni Cromatiche Studio | Hair and Makeup: The Pretty Parlour | Calligraphy: Jianery | Celebrant: Blessings from Italy | Hotel: Villa La Vedetta | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Florist + Stylist: Janna Brown Design Co. | Gown Designer: Loui Col Design | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Silk Ribbon: Silk and Willow

Outdoor Garden-Inspired Wedding at Scripps College

I’ve read a lot of school sweetheart love stories, but I don’t think I’ve ever read one quite like this. You see, Emma and Riley’s first meet-cute was in kindergarten, long before their love blossomed during their college days—but, this love story goes back even further. These two are actually ‘birthday buddies’ as described in the Groom’s sweet story below. They were born in the same hospital just two hours apart! Truth… this is the stuff of romance movies you guys, and as I pore over their wedding day images from Rachel Solomon, I feel as if I’m experiencing the most darling story. Thanks to LVL Weddings & Events, every detail matches up to their love. See it all here.

From the Groom… Only a few weeks after getting engaged at picturesque Boathouse Row in Philadelphia, where Emma had spent her afternoons and weekends as a high school rower, the first decision we made was to hold our wedding at Scripps College in Claremont, California. This was an easy decision for us. Emma went to Scripps, I went to Claremont McKenna across the street, and we have ten total alumni of the Claremont Colleges between our two families. Plus, both of our families and many of our friends live in southern California. Scripps is full of beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival buildings from the 1920s, interspersed with immaculate groves and hedges. It had multiple spaces of different size and character, and could accommodate our ceremony and reception in adjacent spaces. We knew Scripps would be the perfect backdrop to our outdoor wedding on a warm June evening and would help us to strike just the right tone of beautiful and stately without feeling formal and stuffy. It also helped that in an outdoor venue, we wouldn’t even come close to bumping up against space constraints.

Emma and I first met in kindergarten. We were birthday buddies – coincidentally, we were born in the same hospital only two hours apart! After being friends for that year, we went off to different schools and didn’t reconnect until years later. Shortly after we had a chance encounter as teenagers, Emma’s family moved to Pennsylvania. We lived on opposite coasts and wrote letters to one another all through high school. A series of coincidences brought us both to the Claremont Colleges, where we became a couple in the fall of 2008 during our second year.

I’m not on Instagram or Pinterest, so I wasn’t aware of many of the wedding trends that are popular these days. Instead, my thought process began by reflecting upon some of the awesome parties that Emma and I have been fortunate enough to attend over the past few years, then putting together a list of the elements that truly mattered to us and that we thought would make for the best possible experience for our guests who were making the trip from near and far to celebrate with us. First, we wanted good food and lots of it. Second, we wanted everyone just having a fun time in an unfussy setting. The point of the event was to celebrate our marriage, but we didn’t want it to be the “Riley & Emma Show,” nor did we want people to have to sit through too many formalities. Third, we wanted to bring together a meaningful group of family and friends, draw upon the narratives within and between each of our lives, and create an unforgettable atmosphere of togetherness. Guests won’t remember which champagne you served, but they’ll never forget the stories they heard and the experience they got to be a part of.

The Food: From our first visit to Made by Meg, where they prepared a six-course showcase of their capabilities, we knew they were the right choice for us. Their food was delicious, colorful, and creative. But even more importantly, Alysa at Made by Meg worked hard to understand our vision, then executed it perfectly. Her work is innovative and thoughtful, and in over 60 emails and 10 phone calls between us (we had some complicated ideas), she never once said ‘no’ to a single thing – only, “I bet there’s a way we can make that work.”

Good food is a focal point of our families’ gatherings. Our favorite meals are ones served family style where everyone gets a taste of many different items. Moreover, we’re constantly trying new cuisines because we believe in the ability of unique food to keep events interesting and open your eyes to new perspectives. Made by Meg helped us bring this same sense of excitement and culinary discovery to our guests by creating a buffet of four stations, with each station representing a different moment in our lives. Our wedding guests dined on kabobs like the ones each of our two families barbecued at the beach when we were kids. The next station offered tacos, a classic staple for anyone who has grown up in southern California. Then we had a seafood station serving, among other things, bagels and lox, a family classic that my grandparents got me hooked on from a young age. Finally, we had a Korean station dishing up the favorites that had become our comfort food during two years that Emma lived in Los Angeles’s Koreatown. Our stationers, Copper Willow Print Studio, printed menus that explained to our guests the significance of each station.

The Fun Party: It was important to us that we give our guests a fun time. We started the evening with the bridal party walking down the aisle to an entertaining arrangement of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” with accompaniment on the violin and piano from our musicians Summer Swee-Singh and Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi. The Beatles are Emma’s favorite band, so their music featured heavily throughout our ceremony and reception, particularly George Harrison’s work. Emma walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” with her two older brothers. After the ceremony, we all danced down the aisle to “What is Life?” by George Harrison. Our first dance was “Something.” Immediately after our first emotional dance, we got the party started with the Hora, where we got lifted into chairs above the crowd. After the Hora, the dance party was officially underway!

It was also important that the party be inclusive and fun for everyone. We have a lot of young relatives, and we worked to make the event kid-friendly, offering on-site daycare (via the incredible Noteworthy Nanny) for kids while their parents got down on the dance floor. Britt and the team at Dolphin Rentals created a beautiful lounge area – complete with corn hole and a three-foot tall Jenga set – for anyone who wanted a break from dancing, but still wanted to feel like they were a part of the party.

The People: We were acutely aware that, in addition to celebrating our union as husband and wife, this event would be so important because it would bring together a collection of people from all stages of each of our lives who would probably never all be in one place again. From Riley’s 95-year-old grandmother to Emma’s four-day old niece, we assembled an incredibly meaningful group of family and friends, and Rachel Solomon did an impeccable job of capturing each moment on film.

Our ceremony was officiated by Emma’s former boss, a US magistrate judge. The ceremony was deeply personal – it told the love story of us, honored our family members who are no longer with us (notably, Emma’s father),and included a reading from Riley’s aunt. We decided to sign the ketubah during the ceremony with all our friends and family present.

Riley works in real estate and is a geography enthusiast, so the idea of place is especially significant to him. We named each table after a place we’ll remember all our lives (like The Beatles song). We printed out sheets with old photos and stories and left them near the centerpieces so our guests could learn more about their table name’s inspiration and why it mattered to us.

The Flowers: Heavenly Blooms did an incredible job of bringing Emma’s vision to life. Always a fan of simple elegance, Emma wanted to enhance the natural beauty of Scripps College. Choosing a white and green palette, Heavenly Blooms did an amazing job of incorporating beautiful blooms that amplified the beauty of an already stunning space. Emma’s bouquet featured white peonies, her absolute favorite.

The Favors: Emma had the idea to give all our guests a sentimental keepsake that was both beautiful and (potentially) useful. Emma’s favorite cocktail is a Moscow Mule, and decided that those beautiful copper mugs would be an incredible gift. Perhaps they could be part of the escort cards too? This whim became one of the focal parts of our wedding (and definitely a ton of work!). Riley designed a wedding crest to imprint onto the mugs and then worked with a manufacturer in India to create them. The results were well worth it! These glimmering mugs not only served as a beautiful memento to a meaningful day in our lives, but it was so fun (and beautiful) to see everyone drinking out of them throughout the night! Even now it is still exhilarating to go over to friends’ houses and see our wedding copper mugs getting good use. Emma still uses hers on an almost daily basis.

The Dress: Emma initially struggled when it came to a wedding dress. After going to several boutiques in New York City she decided to check out this great local boutique that everyone had recommended. Little did Emma realize (having never watched “Say Yes to the Dress”) her “local boutique” was a titan in the industry. Yes, our local wedding boutique (a mere four blocks from our apartment) was Kleinfeld’s. Emma made an appointment and just brought her mother. The experience itself was surreal and incredible. After finally getting a grasp of what she wanted, Emma ended up with a custom-designed Pnina Tornai gown that will always make her giddy. Emma’s dress was soft, flowy, comfortable, and delightful to the touch. Emma employed her self-created “spin test” to see how the dress would spin when she danced—needless to say the Pnina Tornai dress passed with flying colors as Emma spun the night away.

Emma and I lived in New York while planning our southern California wedding. Britt Kingman of LVL Events did a superb job of planning everything and creating exactly the sort of celebration we’d envisioned. She was a consultant, sharing best practices from her experience and serving as a problem solver; a muse, helping us to more fully form our ideas and bringing in countless ones of her own; a therapist and mediator, helping to calm us and reminding us that everything would work out; and so much more.

Britt was the proverbial conductor of an orchestra of countless moving parts. We had no idea how many vendors it took to pull off a big wedding. At each point in the process, Britt brought us great recommendations and made the impossible happen. She helped us come up with an aesthetic that perfectly brought together the tradition and solemnity of a wedding with the casual, relaxed vibe we wanted to permeate our outdoor SoCal celebration. She kept us on track, bringing to life our favorite ideas (“Can we have fruit integrated into our centerpieces as a tribute to our area’s citrus-growing history?”), helping realize the unique elements we wanted to try (“Can we give everyone a Moscow mule mug stamped with our wedding logo?”), and keeping us focused when some of our ideas got a little too ridiculous (“The Hora is over five minutes long and can get repetitive by playing the same few lines over and over. Let’s drop a Lil Wayne verse into ‘Hava Nagilah’ to spice things up.”). Britt made our dream wedding come to life. Planning a 300-guest wedding involves making a thousand decisions, big and small, and Britt expertly handled about 970 of the details, saving only the most fun ones for us.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Event Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms | Stationery: copper willow paper studio | Reception Venue: Scripps College | Catering: Made by Meg Catering | Makeup: Glam by Nilo | Hair: Creative Hair by Juliana | DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions | Transportation: VIP Best | Childcare: Noteworthy Nanny | Gown Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Gown Designer: Pnina Tornai | Photobooth: Focus Photo Suites | Rentals: Dolphin Rentals

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Romantic Spring Wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in California

I don’t measure a wedding day by its details (although this one isn’t short of all. the. pretty), I measure it by smiles. And this celebration of love is chock a block full of them. Rachel Owens made sure to capture every single one, while Vanessa Michelle Co. took care of the beauty layered in between. Let the full gallery brighten your day and inspire your fete-to-be.

From Rachel OwensNicole & Tom wed at the classic Hummingbird Nest Ranch on a beautiful California day. The two are pre-destined. Their elegant celebration was planned by Vanessa of Vanessa Michelle & Co. Who effortlessly guided the bride through her dream day. The spectacular florals, designed by Nancy Teasley of Oak & the Owl, were a pop of bliss – they were soft & enchanting; perfectly arranged. Nicole’s gown had a plunging back & outlined her svelte, model frame and she looked simply editorial. The handcrafted calligraphy by Seniman Calligraphy was uniquely tailored to Nicole’s taste and echoed their day in a beautiful way. Some of the most precious moments of the day were when Nicole’s grandfather escorted her down the aisle with so much love and adoration & when Nicole’s maid of honor brought all of her guests around her during her toast so Nicole & Tom could feel the love of all their family & friends. Best of all, their wedding day was joyful, stress-free & organic. As a photographer, it was a day that will forever be one of my all-time favorites.

Photography: Rachel Owens | Videography: Perfect Union Films | Event Planning: Vanessa Michelle Co. | Floral Design: Oak And The Owl | Cake: Frost It Cakery | Invitations: Seniman Calligraphy | DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions | Rentals: A Rental Connection

A Lush Garden Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn

Fairytale marked by seemingly unreal beauty, perfection, luck, or happiness — Today’s wedding planned by Events by Talissa will truly make you believe in fairytales. Taylor and MaKenzie’s love story began when they were just 14 years old. Since then, it has bloomed into a beautiful, everlasting romance… so of course, they celebrated their love with a wedding equally as beautiful! From a ceremony scene that you won’t be able to stop staring at to an abundance of elegant blooms by Modern Bouquet – prepare to fall in love with this day captured perfectly by Ether & Smith!

From the Bride… Taylor and I met when we where 14 years old and it is a love story that continues to evolve. If you knew us in high school you might not have picked us out of a crowd to be together. Taylor was a rebellious skateboarder, yet he was so humble with a heart of gold. I, on the other hand was the good girl who loved her best friends and focused only on being the best dancer I could be. Even at 14 years old though, I knew there was something so uniquely special about my Taylor.

We have been dating ever since (despite a couple pauses in between) but I always knew we were soulmates. When you meet your person at such a young age you grow up together and that brings all of its own challenges but he is my love story and I wouldn’t change any of it because it brought us to this moment!

From Events by TalissaWhen I started to plan this wedding, I knew it was going to be beautiful the second I sat down with McKenzie and her mother. Her mom is the president of a very successful interior design firm and McKenzie naturally followed in her mom’s footsteps, so their keen eye for design and exquisite taste made for a very fun planning experience.

he Rancho Bernardo Inn is naturally beautiful, with so many trees and European influence. When designing the wedding, we really wanted to make sure we took inspiration from the surrounding areas. Her ceremony and dinner both took place on the beautiful Aragon lawn which is surrounded by hundreds of rose bushes and full of timeless charm that makes me fall in love with weddings. Couldn’t have asked for a better setting!

Photography: Ether & Smith | Design: Events by Talissa | Flowers: Modern Bouquet | Cake: Wednesday Cake | Invitations: Design by Laney | DJ: Battleson Entertainment | Band: Under Cover | Wedding Venue: Rancho Bernardo Inn | Beauty: Lindsay Ann Makeup | Planning: Events by Talissa | Rentals: Concepts Event Design & APR Boutique Rentals | Seating Chart + Tile Calligraphy: Love P Calligraphy | Video: Black Shutter Media

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A Stunning Private Barn Wedding with Colorful Accents

Who wouldn’t want a little good luck on their wedding day, huh!? Well, this adorable couple was showered with it as they tied the knot at the Ashlwan Estate in Colorado. We’re beginning to really love rainy wedding days… they’re an excuse to get cuddly and truly make for the most romantic photos EVER. This gorgeous wedding planned by Calluna Events and photographed by James & Schulze is proof that a few drops on your wedding day is nothing to fear – if anything, it’s a gift!

From Calluna Events Anna + Bryan were a fantastic couple that were so focused on creating a special experience for their guests. The venue (Ashlawn Estate) is owned by Bryan’s boss, and this was the inaugural on the property! Stunning views of the flatiron and haystack mountain left guests in awe, and despite the rain, the day turned out beautifully.

Anna was not afraid of color and Fawns Leap Flowers created the most stunning bloom and palette for the wedding. There were unique elements throughout which included a signature cocktail with sorbet in it, an amazing bluegrass for cocktail hour, a seating and bar chart made of canvas, and polo playing on the ceremony site the morning of!

The property is absolutely spectacular and it was an amazing experience planning the first wedding ever! The ceremony begun with the brides grand entrance through the barn doors, though it continued to drizzle, the bride was nothing but smiles. The ceremony, officiated by childhood pastors, was meaningful and sacred and tears were flowing!

Guests cocktailed on the lawn while munching on delicious bites from Blackbelly… (house made blackbelly sausage, pickled mustard seed shrimp ceviche on corn chip, avocado, house made ricotta & preserves on crostini, edible flower garnish… YUM) and were eventually invited into the tent for a family style meal and an epic dance party! Did I mention the full moon rose over haystack mountain and lit up the sky? Guests danced the night away and enjoyed the perfect Colorado wedding.

Photography: James and Schulze | Wedding Planner: Calluna Events | Florals: Fawns Leap | Gown: Lela Rose | Catering: Blackbelly Catering | Makeup: Stephanie Holmlund | Hair: Free Bird Beauty Shop | DJ: DJ Tegan | Grooms Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Ashlwan Estate | Baker: Shamane's Bake Shoppe | Cocktail Hour Musicians: Scott Slay | Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals | Restroom Rental: The Lavish Loo | Signage + Paper Goods: Handsome Love Calligraphy | Table Rental: Harvest Table Company | Tent + Table Top Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals

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The Inside Scoop on Revelry’s Gorg New Bridal Line

Let’s face it, wedding dress shopping (and bridesmaid dress shopping!) can either be the most exciting part of your wedding planning process or the most stressful. From finding the most flattering fit to selecting that perfect color palette for your girls – the endless decisions  to be made can be a bit overwhelming! From the beginning, we’ve been in love with Austin-based e-commerce bridesmaid boutique, Revelry, for designing dresses and separates that are fun, versatile and (the best part) totally affordable, allowing for a completely stress-free experience. And now, Revelry is about to make your dress shopping experience even better. Drumroll, please… Revelry is officially launching their very own bridal collection!!

COLLECTION DETAILS:

The line includes 26 (yup -26!!) wedding dresses that range from classic silhouettes to trendy cuts. It’s a reflection of the Revelry brand itself: Fun, fearless and the perfect fit for every bride out there – so you can count on seeing some luscious lace, fluffy feathers, sparkling sequins and all that jazz! The part about this line that truly makes it so special and unique is the wide range of sizes, height options and skin tones that it offers their brides. The collection includes sizes 0-24, two different height options (regular and tall) and 5 skin tone options for the illusion details on their gowns… FINALLY – finding your dream dress has never been so simple, affordable, and FUN.

We’re celebrating by rounding up a few of our favorites – but don’t miss out on the entire collection featuring all 26 dresses and countless bridesmaid styles at the full gallery! Your dream wedding dress and bridal gang gowns are just a click away.…

For the bride who’s looking for that perfect open back that delivers a major wow-moment, this beauty has got you covered. And how amazing are these cabernet-colored sequin bridesmaid dresses? Ob-sessed!

We love the flattering lace cut outs and deep V on this dress. It’s classic with a bit of a trendy, modern twist!

Flowy off-the-shoulder sleeves, a feminine lace silhouette, a deep V and spaghetti straps – I mean really… what more could a girl need!? It pairs perfectly with these fun ruffle tops and chiffon skirt bridesmaid looks.

This stunner was made for the bride who loves a classic silhouette and isn’t afraid of a little color pop! How gorgeous does she look next to her bridesmaids donning effortlessly complimentary looks?

This gown is a MAJOR head turner and we’re livinggg for it. The shimmering sequins, the strapless deep v and the subtle feathers – we want it all!

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Revelry Bridal offers samples to try on in the comfort of your home? No stuffy dressing rooms, no pushy sales people — just you, your gals, your fave gowns, and maybe a bottle of Champagne (or two), what could be better!? With measuring tapes, fabric and skin tone illusion swatches, as well as plenty of information and samples in your size, Revelry’s sample boxes give you everything you could possibly need to say “yes” to the dress! So, whether you throw a Try-On Party, complete with a theme and decorations, or you keep it low-key by having some wine and facetiming your mom, Revelry gives you the chance to make the entire process your own — just as your wedding experience should be… unique to you!

We weren’t kidding when we said there’s a dress here for everyone. How sweet is this timeless style? You could never go wrong with a dress this classic.

Floral appliqué will always make us swoon. How gorgeous is this romantic gown complete with sweet off-the-shoulder sleeves and soft tulle skirt.

We have a feeling this one’s going to be a favorite among 2019 brides. It satisfies three major styles: romantic, feminine and timeless.

With illusion straps, a sheath silhouette and a stand-out lace pattern… this wedding dress serves up the perfect dose of drama. Not to mention these dazzling bridesmaid dresses complete with rushing, a cinched waist and of course… sparkling sequins!

A bold color contrast and the sweetest strapless gown there ever was… we’re loving this stunning bridal squad style combo!

Taking center stage, this long sleeve illusion wedding dress truly has our hearts. Don’t mind us, we’ll just be staring at the details of this beauty for the rest of the day….