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Dusty Blue Garden Wedding at The Rust Manor House

For these ‘university sweethearts,’ a romantic garden wedding at The Rust Manor House was the perfect setting to say I Do and I couldn’t agree more! There is something about those dusty blue details against a lush green backdrop, that kept me scrolling for more. Add in the couple’s adorable french bulldog puppy and a second reception dress and I was completely sucked in! Audra Wrisley Photography was there to photograph the day planned by SRS Events and captured every romantic moment, including their choreographed first dance. Can you even handle it?!

From the Photographer…Synnie & James’s beautiful and intimate Rust Manor House wedding was held in the historic property’s garden and tented areas and filled with ivory blooms and greenery at every corner! The couple met and fell in love in college at Virginia Tech, and their relationship slowly blossomed since their university years.

James proposed in Paris on a European trip the couple took last year, and they subsequently started dreaming up their magical wedding celebration. Synnie’s eye for detail brought so many delightful touches to their wedding day, and the color palette of dusty blue paired with the garden greens and ivory florals was absolutely gorgeous on film.

They even had their adorable French Bulldog puppy Mochi in on the fun, and he was such a sweet addition to the day! Synnie and James celebrated their vows with a beautiful bubble exit and welcomed guests into the tented reception area for dinner and dancing.

The couple’s favorite part of the wedding was their incredible first dance, inspired by the film La La Land. Spending their weekly date nights working on choreography to a beautiful song from Amelie, the couple wowed their guests with their lovely wedding dance.

Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Coordination : SRS Events | Floral Design: EightTreeStreet | Cake: Sweets By E | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Catering: Great Blue Heron | Hair & Makeup: Susan Lim | DJ: Michael Cruz | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Harpist: Megan Kathleen Davis | Venue: Rust Manor | Bride's Ceremony Dress: BHLDN | Bride's Reception Dress: Alex Veil | Bridesmaid's Dress: BHLDN | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: Tod's

Industrial Romantic NYC Wedding Inspiration shoot at Boro Hotel in Long Island City

When it comes to NYC weddings, a chic industrial vibe is where it’s at. But what if you want to soften that industrial edge a bit? This editorial from Williamsburg Photo Studios, Wonderlust Events and DESIGNS BY AHN is exactly how. Layered with florals, blooming patterned plates and a delicate palette, a feeling of warmth and Hygge pours from every image. See it all here.

From Williamsburg Photo Studios and Wonderlust Events… We based ourselves at the ‘Boro Hotel’ where we got the chance to turn the industrial wedding space into a romantic and elegant space with feminine touches for our same-sex couple. The views from this room in the hotel located in Long Island City provides an amazing panorama of the New York skyline however for us it didn’t last too long because instead we got to experience the first snow day of the year.

We wanted to bring a feeling of warmth & Hygge into this room through the use of stunning florals and decoration. We focused our colour palette on soft pinks, purples and greys. We decorated the table with a grey linen tablecloth, black cutlery, taper candles, floral patterned chargers and the show-stopper flower cloud above the top table. This really added an element of understated luxury.

​This beautiful buttercream flowers cake is almost too pretty to eat! We focussed on minimalistic stylish stationery and added a simple embossed design to add some texture. A seating plan was made using biscuits – ‘seating for eating’ which included the guest name and table number, while also doubling up as guest favours. Our beautiful ladies wore stunning gowns by the talented Marina Semone.

Photography: Williamsburg Photo Studios | Event Planner: Wonderlust Events | Event Stylist: Wonderlust Events | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dresses: Marina Semone | Cake: Brooklyn Floral Delight | Stationery: Pale Press London | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Ashely Zhang Jewelry | Hair & Makeup: MG Hair & Makeup | Hotel: Boro Hotel | Venue: Boro Hotel | Biscuits: Honeywell Bakes | Chargers and napkins: Zara Home | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Hair pieces: Hushed Commotion | Model: Tout Talent | Model: Morgan Glenn | Model agency: Morgan Glenn | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Ring box: JePromis

The Whimsical Wedding Inspiration Every Spring Bride Need to See

Spring is finallyyy here! To celebrate the start of this blooming season, we’re sharing a style shoot from Masha Golub Photography that embodies everything that makes the Spring season so special. It’s complete with flourishing floral arrangements from Svitlana Oliinyk Mashtaler in pink, peach and white hues, endless strings of bustling greenery and the most romantic Karina Galstyan gown featuring delicate silk flowers and soft feminine tulle.  Prepare to be completely consumed by the beauty and tenderness of these images. We’re so in love…

From Masha Golub PhotographyMorning rhapsody. The first ray of the sun did not touch her. It crept along the sheets and hid in the shade of the bed. Then a second and third ray appeared. In turn, they knocked on the white frame of the closed window and, without waiting for it to open, they slipped into the room. Others, coming behind them, are no longer cautious, but push brazenly ahead, flooding everything they touch with a new light. Now they reach out to her closed eyes, tender cheeks, pink swollen lips. “She is still quite young. She will play with us. ” Feeling the slight heat, the girl’s eyelashes fluttered lightly and then closed again. It would be better to stay where she was, in a world where sunshine did not enter; where tones and half-sounds dominated.

The warmth of his hands and the fierce beating of his heart, pressed closer to her. Flowers, music, a kind smile and a sharp secret breath of joy. Were those memories of last evening, or just a fantasy? She opened her eyes and watched for a long time, watching the sun’s rays playing on the wall. They ran, jumping over each other, like waking thoughts. Then they slowed, but did not stop. The room was filled with laughter and joy. A wonderful thing is about to happen. The beginning of a new day – a new life! A wedding day dawns for the new bride. The special day she has been dreaming of is here. The sun beams down, the flowers breathe fresh scents into the air and call her to arise and be ready for the happiness that lies ahead.

Wedding day. Remember as a whimsical child, the excitement of waiting for something that you had longed for, for a long time. You have to restrain yourself from behaving in an uncontrollable way! You want to scream with happiness and laugh out loud. Your wedding day has arrived and you want to share the happiness with the world, but at the same time inside you feel you should not reveal your joy in case fate is tempted to destroy this, your magical day. You tiptoe to the window. Does anyone see the elusive smile on your face and the radiant brightness in your eyes? Then, you gracefully glide along the parquet floor towards that imaginary chest of treasures that hovers before you. You mentally open the furthest casket. There, is stored the incredible power of your cherished desires, like unopened petals that hide fascinating aromas. If you release this power, everything around you, touched with your eyes will come to life.

White marble will sprout wild grapes, herbs and lush flowers. For youth there are no barriers. Everything new, fresh, pristine is before you. Grasp it, breath deeply, sing in your fullest voice, discard all doubts and relish the taste of young life in all its beauty, promise and sincerity. Is it possible? What holds you back – a slight touch of fear of the unknown? And what if the illusion is broken, breaks, because youth is so fragile and tender? At the same time – there is nothing stronger and more alive on earth than youth. The bride always embodies the wonder of being and dreams of youth. Everything she touches is enhanced by her vitality and comes alive, in tune with Nature. Her sparkling, clear eyes shine out like diamonds in a perfect setting, lighting up the room, and compete for beauty with the enchanted flowers that surround her. She stands apart, the magic in her glowing skin and cheeks burn like an amber flame lighting up her lovely face. Life exudes powerfully from her young heart as it pours forth abundant waves of love. Her body hovers on the edge of childhood like a bird about to flap its wings and soar delicately to the realm of womanhood. Her youth enfolds her like dew in the early morning that embraces a flower, suddenly about to bust into bloom.

Photography: Masha Golub | Dress: Karina Galstyan | Cake: Bassano | Jewelry: Guzema fine jewelry | Make up and hair: Evgeniya Yanysheva | Calligraphy: Aleksa Calligraphy | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Floral design and style: Svitlana Oliinyk Mashtaler | Flower production and organization: ANA | Inspirational novel: Oksana Sovinska | Model: Anastasiia Lunyova | Studio: F11

Colorful Australia Spring Wedding at Point Piper & The Mint in Sydney

Red, hot pink, peach, burgundy, mauve… the collection of colors in today’s Australian fete is like that of a crimson sunset. Photography team, We Are Origami made sure to do those pretty hues justice, and to capture the love of Joanna and Joey in the sweetest light. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give Trille Floral a round of applause for the blooms stunningly scattered throughout—they are dreamy to say the very least. Join me here in the full collection of images, for what I know will be a pinning party for sure!

From the Bride & Groom…Our choice of ceremony venue was arguably a risky one – we had attended a friend’s wedding there the year before and it had been rained out. However, the old sandstone buildings were so beautiful and romantic that we forged ahead nonetheless – lightning doesn’t strike twice, right? Our reception venue was equally striking – on the waterfront with a beautiful marina that lit up so our guests could enjoy the water views all through the night.

We wanted our wedding to be light, fun and candid, and that’s exactly what we saw in Dave’s photos so we soon crossed our first vendor off the list. From there the team snowballed: we went with Dave’s recommendation of florist (Cara from Trille Floral) and trusted our celebrant Robyn’s pick of make up (Martha Mok) and videographer (Le Motion, a couple whom she actually married as well!). Many of our vendors were picked out by hours of Instagram comparisons or Google search, narrowed down in one case by simply choosing the one with the least spelling errors. Looking back, we were so fortunate that all our vendors were absolutely top notch.

At times, we were particular – our stationery went through several revisions, and after seeing the movie Crazy Rich Asians (set in our new home of Singapore) we ruthlessly demanded a female rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” which the Baker Boys Band did with aplomb! Most of the time though, we were happy to trust the experience and expertise of our vendors. Notably, we gave Cara a certain colour palette but otherwise free creative rein over the day (she basically became our unpaid stylist) and the results were simply gorgeous.

Our favourite memory? It’d have to be pulling off our wedding dance. A few weeks out our instructor was still being left frustrated by our two left feet. We considered scrapping it altogether, but instead doubled down on lessons and on the night we scraped through with our dignity just intact. Of course, we won’t be able to listen to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” ever again!

Cliché though it may be to say, our wedding day was honestly the most fun and most memorable day of our lives. Months and months of email chains and excruciatingly close decisions, both big and small, melted away into a day that – actually – didn’t whizz by in a blur, but which replays in our heads, minute by minute, as clear as if it were yesterday – it was that special.

From We Are Origami… Joanna and Joey decided to get married at The Mint in Sydney which is a heritage site with historic structures and archaelogical elements that was originally financed with 45,000 gallons of rum! The reception was held at ZEST Point Piper, located at the prestigious Royal Motor Yacht club, which has an amazing waterfront view of Sydney’s spectaculor Rose Bay.

Joey describes their relationship as: “I think we complement each other well; I’m messy, Joanna’s spotlessly clean. I like to plan holidays, weekends, what we’ll order at dinner; she likes to go with the flow. Otherwise, we think alike and enjoy the same things.”

Joanna describes their relationship as: “Best friends, supportive of each other, partners in life, travel & food buddies.”

When asked to tell us a little bit about their experience working with their Photographer — We Are Origami, the Bride and Groom (Joey and Joanna) said…

Dave was the first and most important vendor we chose – even before the ceremony and reception venues! We knew that once everything was said and done, we’d only have our memories and hopefully some kick-ass photos to remember our wedding day by. We scanned a few Instagram accounts and were immediately drawn to WeAreOrigamiPhoto – their photos are natural, light and have a beautiful pastel quality. From our very first correspondence, we could tell Dave and his team were highly experienced and organised yet warm and approachable – exactly what you want on your wedding day!

On the day, Dave and Khoa made a great team and created a fun and relaxed atmosphere throughout – photos never became a chore. They certainly had their professional hats on as well and made sure key family and friend photos were taken. They also perfected the small details, telling us how to angle our bodies or where to place our hands, little things that can make all the difference to the final shot. Khoa even retook one photo an hour later when the light became slightly better, and that retake became one of our favourite photos and is hanging on our wall!

Most importantly though, Dave and Khoa managed to capture those special moments when no one’s looking at the camera: moments of quiet reflection as well spontaneous bouts of laughter. Those are the photos that really capture the essence and feeling of the day, and the ones you treasure most.

In the end, the photos we received were beyond our expectations – they were gorgeous, timeless and will provide the perfect lasting memory of our wedding day.

Photography: We Are Origami | Videography: Le Motion Wedding Films | Florals: Trille Floral | Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Alcakemy | Stationery: Papypress | Ceremony: Vaucluse | Reception Venue: Zest, The Spit | Makeup and Hair: Martha Mok | Band: The Baker Boys | Suit: Mr Mister | Celebrant: Robyn Pattison Civil Marriage Celebrant | Ceremony Chairs: Harbouride Decorators | Getting Ready, Groom + Groomsmen: Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay | Limousines: 7th Heaven | MC: Jenny Du | Photo Location: McKell Park, Darling Point | Photobooth: In An Instant | Prop Hire: Ashdown & Bee | Reception Gown: Amy Taylor Collection

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Old World-Inspired Greenville Wedding at Hotel Domestique in South Carolina

If this wedding were packaged up on a shelf and ready to pop in my shopping cart, I’d be running to the checkout. The beauty of its’ color palette is unmatched, the Bride’s Liancarlo dress is to die, and those florals from Kate Asire Flowers seem too good to be true. If you’re feeling like you’d toss this one in your cart too, you’ll have to look to Upstate I Do for the pristine planning and design and Kati Rosato for every single image you see right this way. Plus, the entire vendor team listed below!

From the planner, Allie of Upstate I Do… Kate and Paul were so intentional about wanting to create an event that honored their friends, who came from across the globe to celebrate this amazing milestone in their lives. Kate had spent part of her youth in Indonesia, where her father was involved in business. Not only did she make many lifelong friendships there, but she was greatly influenced by the culture and sought to include elements of Bali design into her wedding—marrying an old world European vibe with Balinese style.

Paul is from Upstate SC, and though the couple currently resides in NYC, they looked for an area that was closer to home for his family. Landing on the picturesque Hotel Domestique which is nestled at the base of the Foothills mountains, the venue marries old world style with modern luxury in one boutique hotel experience.

We integrated a balinese wood carving into the seating chart display, and used the same design as a lasercut enclosure for the invitation suite. Paired with a Monogram crest which was featured on much of their custom paper goods (invite, welcome box, menu), thoughtful and intentional details abounded everywhere you looked. Thoughtful welcome boxes greeted guests in their rooms, complete with a weekend itinerary, list of fond favorite places to explore in and around town, a local, custom poured candle, sleek wooden power block charger, along with Kate’s favorite Perrier and classic black & white cookies (as a nod to their NYC home), along with a wooden fan from Bali and coffee-flavored Indonesian candy specialties.

Keeping with a light, airy neutral palette in the decor and floral design, Kate and Paul really enabled the locale to remain a focus—but their darling french bulldog puppy, Louis, was the biggest scene stealer. With a custom sewn mini tuxedo and tiny boutonniere of his own, Louis escorted the MOB down the aisle in nothing short of statement making style. Kate’s mother hand embroidered the stunning ring bearer pillow, carried by Kate’s nephew, and the mother of the bride also brought a fine linen aisle runner from Bali for the ceremony. The couple were focused on providing an amazing experience for their guests, from the music, to the views surrounding this destination getaway weekend, to the delicious plated menu offered to guests. Sophisticated furniture silhouettes paired with subtly intricate linens and luxurious ivory velvet tablecloths completed the elegant, yet straightforward reception scene that welcomed guests. Swathed in the warm glow of candle light on every table and romantic strung bulb lighting throughout the tent, guests kept the dance floor and stylish adjacent lounge packed all evening long! The couple wrapped up the evening by releasing a paper lantern luminary, which is customary for Balinese weddings, the bride whispering an Indonesian blessing just for the two of them to hear as they let go and watched it fly high into the sky.

Photography: Kati Rosado Photography | Wedding Planning & Design: Upstate IDo | Floral Design: Kate Asire Flowers | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Invitations: Upstate IDo | Catering: Hotel Domestique | DJ: Uptown Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Venue: Hotel Domestique | Bridal shop, veil, shoes: Elizabeth Johns | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour music: WireWood | Day of Paper Goods: Upstate IDo | Draping & Lighting: Berbank Rentals | Groom's shoes: Calvin Klein | Lazercut: Katblu Studio | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Industry Event Rentals | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Welcome Boxes: Upstate IDo

A Chic Modern Farmhouse

FRONT PORCH

We decided to use vertical wood paneling and white brick for a more unique but still modern farmhouse exterior. But it’s all about that swing!


LIVING ROOM

White walls instantly became the color palette for this room to keep it light and bright. We grounded the space with a heavy textured run and darker furniture. Since the fireplace is in the corner, we were limited on layout options but opted for a cozy L-shape configuration with stools near the fireplace for more seating. Layered art and a fiddle leaf fig added dimension to the space and balanced the fireplace.

THE KITCHEN

I wanted to create a space that felt bright and modern while mixing in a few classic details. The shaker cabinets were the perfect mix of transitional style, while adding the open shelves and paneling on the custom hood and island gave it those textural details. I love marble so we did a 3×12 Calcutta Marble on the backsplash with quartz on the counter tops for durability. We opted to keep the island visually open without the traditional use of pendants and instead did sconces over the open shelves to add the perfect decorative lighting. The leather barstools really welcome people to grab a seat and hang out in the most popular entertaining space of our home.




GUEST BATHROOM

This room couples as our guest bathroom and our kid’s bathroom so we wanted to make it feel both sophisticated and playful. The check Cle Tile was the perfect tile to accomplish both of those feelings. Adding in the pop of blue in the vanity brought in that playful touch and the brass fixtures really popped!


MASTER BEDROOM

I always love to give the bed wall a feature moment and shiplap seemed like the perfect touch. It adds texture and depth without being overwhelming in the room. To add a little drama, we created this custom tufted bed and added some balance on the sides with abstract art. We got creative on the closet wall by adding barn doors to give the closet more of a statement and interest than traditional doors since it’s connected to the main bedroom space.



MASTER BATH

Being that this is a slightly smaller space, we wanted to ensure that we kept it bright and open with all things white. We mimicked the same cabinet style as the kitchen and brought in little brass and black touches to round out a more mature look!


Photography: Chad Mellon | Interior Design: Lindye Galloway

Whimsical Avantgarde Wakandan Wedding at Chateau de Varennes in France

This fete in France brought all of my senses to life at first glance of the imagery captured by Christina Bernales. I can hear the laughter, smell the dahlias and roses courtesy of Fleurs de Fee, feel the sunshine on my shoulders and almost taste the beauty of this dinner scene. NKT Events made sure every one of those details (and beyond) were carefully curated for this duo to soak in their best. day. ever.

From the bride… As we had family and friends from coming all over the world, we decided to explore European destinations as a middle option for family coming from the US and Africa. When we found the Chateau de Varennes in France, we knew that we had found our venue. A 400 year old family estate that was all inclusive and had experience hosting international weddings, we fell in love! As we were also planning a destination wedding, it was important for us to have a wedding planner that had experience working internationally so when we were introduced to Nyachia from NKT Events, we knew we were in good hands. We worked together to bring my theme to life as an “Avantgarde Wakandan Affair: Chic whimisical elegance with a fusion of tradition.”

With roots from Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, our wedding weekend was kicked off with a Zimbabwean song and dance performed by the grooms family while inviting guests to the celebration wearing traditional dress in beautiful red and golden tones. I love jewel tones and I wanted my ladies dressed in burgundy as an ode to the region so we went with a bold color palette of burgundy, dark blue grey and dusty rose with gold accents. I also had to pick a color that worked across a diverse set of women so from there we were able to match the rest of the colors with the mood we were going for. We definitely wanted color as part of our wedding as neither of us are plain folks.

The most special part of our wedding was the fact that we had people from all over the world meet in the countryside of France. These were people who have known us for a majority of our lives and have been a part of many milestones and we were grateful that they could be there as part of our big day. We had over 13 countries represented, Tobago, Australia, Djibouti, Dubai, Netherlands, Switzerland and South Africa, just to name a few. As a special thank you to our guests and also as a suprise to the groom, we had a special fireworks display that was the perfect ending to our unforgettable wedding weekend.

Photography: Christina Bernales | Event Design: NKT Events | Event Planning: NKT Events | Floral Design: Antoinette Martin | Wedding Dress: David Tutera Collection | Cake: Muriel Arcos | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Catering: Nathan Muir | Hair Stylist: Ciara Coiffure | DJ: Prestige Animation | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groom's Attire: Koeles Clothing | Wedding Venue: Chateau de Varennes | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Linens: Mademoiselle Coton | Make-Up Artist: Annette Thornton | Rentals: Joli Bazaar

Intimate Cliff-Side Wedding at Canaves Oia in Santorini

Can you imagine not only saying ‘I Do’ on the side of a cliff, but also on a Greek island? We couldn’t either! But, this couple did and Les Anagnou Photographers was there to capture every magical moment from their intimate ceremony to their jaw-dropping first look. Betty Flowers Santorini incorporated subtle touches of blush and burgundy into the floral arrangements which paired perfectly with a sea of blue as the backdrop. With Canaves Oia showing off everything Santorini has to offer, our only wish was that we could have been there! Keep scrolling to see a truly unforgettable wedding…

From the bride…Before I even knew Wally, he knew he wanted to marry me. He had seen me years before we had connected, at my best friends’ wedding; leading to our first date. After dating for a little over a year, to my surprise, Wally proposed during my family’s annual portrait.

When it came to planning a wedding, we knew we wanted something different. Wally and I love the memorable experiences that come with traveling, so eloping in Greece seemed like a dream. The iconic blue domes and beautiful views attracted us to Oía and we instantly knew that is where we wanted to profess our love for each other. Upon telling our family, the plans to elope quickly became an intimate party of 10; we were thrilled they were so excited to be a part of our special day.

We wanted a simplistic and romantic vibe with Greek influences. We didn’t want to detract from the natural beauty of the island, which was the inspiration for the entire wedding. We chose the color palette of romantic white and blushes with pops of burgundy. The dinner table was decorated with an olive leaf tablecloth and floral arrangements similar to my bouquet; which was tied with a gold silk ribbon. We loved the idea of having the Caldera as our backdrop, so we chose two floral arrangements on each side to frame the breathtaking view. Our brother in law was the officiant, adding a personal touch and to my surprise, my husband hired a lovely guitarist who played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” as I walked down the aisle.

Our memory of running through the streets of Oia to get married on the side of a cliff was undeniably unforgettable. My favorite memory was my husband surprising me by singing “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur during our reception; there wasn’t a dry seat in the house. They say when you’re in love you want to scream it from a mountain top; that is exactly what we did. It was important for us to have a unique memory to tell our grandchildren and for us to truly enjoy every single moment of the day.

Our advice to future brides and grooms would be to make this memory yours, a couples wedding day should be what they both dreamed of. When planning a wedding, it is easy to settle for things you may not want to in order to please others; focus on what will make you happy.

Photography: Les Anagnou photographers | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Wedding Dress: The final Bride | Invitations: Script Me Pretty | Venue : Canaves Oia | MUA: Lure Artistry

Birdies’ Chic New Bridal Collection Is Here To Keep You Comfortable On Your Big Day

Big news in the accessories world! Birdies, the slipper brand behind the ultra-comfy velvet flat with a 15 thousand person waitlist, just launched their first ever bridal collection and we are SO excited. I mean, it’s not every day that you find gorgeous, instagrammable footwear that’s just as comfortable as it is cute (just ask Meghan Markle – she loves ’em!). With their signature seven-layer cushion sole in every pair, they make going from mimosas and makeup to getting down on the dance floor feel like you’re walking on the clouds.


To celebrate their bridal launch, Birdies is hosting an exciting giveaway over on our instagram page! One v. lucky person will score FREE bridal slippers for their entire bridal party (up to six pairs total). Yasss. To enter, simply follow @stylemepretty and @birdies and tag your bridal party with #bridalbirdies  on this post here for your chance to win. US entrants only. Winner will be selected on April 17th. Good luck, ladies!

Plus, with a price point starting at $95, your bridesmaids, MOH, and MIL will totally want to cash in on a pair for themselves. (Who can blame them?) Keep scrolling below to select a pair from the gorgeous selection that speaks to you and your crew!

The Crystal Songbird in Snow

This shoe was simply made for weddings – I mean, just look at that ivory + crystal detailing! (“So you agree? You think they’re really pretty?“) Bonus: They come outfitted with a durable rubber sole, so you won’t feel the slightest bit guilty about rockin’ them indoors or outdoors.

The Crystal Songbird in Rose

We’re living for this same style but in a romantic blush-colored velvet. Talk about spring wedding perfection! Just picture these pretties surrounded by a sea of florals, all your BFFs, and your sweetheart waiting at the end of the aisle. It doesn’t get any more fairytale than that!

The Bellini Songbird

Hello, perfection! We’re obsessed with the style inspired by the Duchess of Sussex. According to the brand, it was modeled after the custom bridal slipper they designed for Meghan Markle on her Big Day. So it’s safe to say that if a royal can get ready in these, you should probably own a pair, too.

The Sparrow

Boho babes: This open-toed option is for you. It comes in two fringed, warm-toned hues, making it ideal for destination or outdoor affairs. Plus, we have a feeling it’ll go over just as well as gifts for your best gals – cheers to you, bridesmaids!

 

Fall Vineyard Wedding at Basel Cellars Estate Winery in Walla Walla

Raise your hand if you’re planning a fall wedding?! This one is for you babes. A mauve and burgundy palette sits atop the fresh green backdrop of Basel Cellars Estate Winery for an autumn affair like no other. With coordination and floral design by Kasey D Weddings, this Bride’s vision was executed to perfection. See the day unfold in the full collection of images by Shelly K Photography and in the film by RP Imagery.

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

I envisioned an outdoor Fall wedding, surrounded by our closest friends and family. Fall has always been my favorite season – there is a crispness to the air, but often times, it is accompanied with the most beautiful of clear and sunny days. The colors of the trees are gorgeous, and it brings this sense of warmth and coziness to everything. I knew that when the time came, I would ask my future hubby if he was onboard for a Fall wedding, too… and lucky for me, he was! I wanted our wedding to be embraced by all of the beauty and warmth that is ‘Fall’.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

For a color palette, I envisioned everything clean and neutral, while still incorporating some beautiful, rich colors of Fall. Lots of greenery, white, blush and nude tones, along with mixed metals and tons of gold accent pieces. For the flowers and bridesmaid dresses, I wanted to do something a little richer in color. This is where I incorporated colors such as dusty rose and a deep burgundy.

What was your favorite moment?

There were so many favorite moments, but if I were to pick just a few, these would be my top three. Getting ready with my mom, mother-in-law, and best friends will forever go down in history as a favorite memory. I feared that I would be too nervous that morning, to take in all the special moments around me, but I was pleasantly surprised. I had the best time chatting, laughing and sharing in happy tears with my favorite women by my side. I also loved my ‘first look’ with my dad; it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments that you always look forward to and will forever cherish. And lastly, but certainly not least, I loved the moment I walked down the aisle to my future husband. There is nothing in the world like having your dad wrap his arm around you as you walk towards the man of your dreams. I will never forget how overwhelmed with joy I was in that moment, and just how lucky I felt to have the best men in my life.

Your favorite crafted detail?

My mom created the most beautiful gifts for me, that followed the “something new, something blue & something borrowed” theme, and they were hands down some of the most thoughtful pieces to my wedding.

‘Something New’- My parents surprised me with a beautiful diamond bracelet, a piece I will always wear and cherish.

‘Something Blue’- my husband loved his high school football days, and in honor of that, my mom got her hands on a football from his high school and had it signed by one of the players who went on to play D1 college ball. She then created a beautiful garter for me to wear, laced with blue ribbon, that would later be stretched around the football and tossed into the crowd of single men. It was such a cute idea!

‘Something Borrowed’- my mom created the most gorgeous ring bearer pillow out of lace from her wedding dress. I loved that a piece of my mom & dad’s wedding day was incorporated into our big day, it was so special.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

I had the absolute best wedding planner! Her eye for detail is unmatched, and she worked so diligently to create everything I had ever envisioned and more. The florals were all created by her, too, and we worked to incorporate fresh flowers just about everywhere we could think of! I loved how organic, yet elegant everything felt. Twinkle lights dropped down from all of the trees, and it felt so cozy and intimate throughout dinner and toasts. It was truly magical, and I felt as though I was walking around in a beautiful garden.

I also enjoyed creating fun little details, to add to the ambiance. One of my favorite items was a lounge area with soft seating, complete with a beautiful draped backdrop, laced in greenery and roses. People could enjoy a glass of wine, sit and mingle with each other, and I loved that.

When it came to my dress, I always envisioned something timeless in shape and style. I enjoyed it’s silhouette shape, with v-neckline, and just the right touch of lace. I felt as though it had personality and simple beauty, but remained a good balance of modern and classic. I embellished with gold jewelry & shoes, which is one of my favorite accent colors.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

Take it all in, and don’t sweat the small stuff. This can sometimes be easier said than done, but the reality is, you only get to do this day once. When it comes to planning out all of the little details, and designing your dream day, enjoy it. But let those details and hours of planning fit within the weeks and months leading up to your big day. When it comes time for your wedding weekend, or those few days leading up to the big day, be sure to refocus. You are getting married, and the people and memories that will surround you on that special day are irreplaceable. For us, we loved getting married in eastern Washington because it was just far enough to create the ‘destination’ feel, with only being a 4-5 hour drive. There is something about packing your bag, getting in the car, and driving away from the planning and checklists. It allows you to stop, breathe and take it all in.

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Photography: Shelley K Photography | Film: The Find Lab | Videographer: RP Imagery | Coordination: Kasey D Weddings | Floral Design: Kasey D Weddings | Wedding Dress: Lainee Meg Bridal | Brides Shoes: Vince Camuto | Catering: The Marcus Whitman Hotel | Groomsmen's Attire: Hart Schaffner Marx | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Basel Cellars: Basel Cellars Estate Winery | Bridemaids Dress: Azazie | Cake and Deserts: Frosted Cupcake Shop | Diamond Bracelet: Spark | Earrings: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Grooms Shoes: Cole Haan | Grooms Watch: Baume and Mercier | HMUA: Elizabeth White Artsitry | Invitation Suite: Minted | Photography - Assistance: Simply Splendid | Rentals: Sandy's U-Rent | Rentals: Dawn Alderman, Owner of John loves June

An Ethereal Spring Wedding at Sonoma Vineyard Estate

They say when you plan a wedding, it is a labor of love – a true mix of work and pleasure. But when the bride is a professional calligrapher and handmakes a good portion of her wedding day details, including the 6-foot tall seating chart, now that is the definition of a labor of love! With a mix of romantic and modern details, Madix & Co brought the couple’s vision to life with the help of beautiful floral arrangements created by Amanda Vidmar Design. This bride and groom’s love for each other will certainly make you swoon (just read their proposal story, I may have shed a tear or two) and Kayla F Photography was there to capture every special moment!

From the Bride…What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning? We both wanted a wedding that felt intimate with our closest loved ones, and most importantly a party that no one would forget in a beautiful setting. Ryan’s theme for our wedding was “fun”, which made for some hilarious planning conversations. My vision was to be outdoors with gorgeous views, which made wine country the perfect place to tie the knot. I wanted to feel like we were in a modern ethereal space, which Madix & Co brought to life with our florist, Amanda Vidmar Designs. Seeing everything come together on that day was truly magical and the definition of unforgettable.

What was your color palette and your style vision? Our color palette was mostly neutrals with a lot of white, cream, and to bring in some color, we had soft peaches and pinks throughout our florals and rentals. All of the decor elements complemented this natural foliage with white, gray, blush, and a touch of black. The style vision for the wedding was light, romantic, and refined, with modern design elements like acrylic reflected in the stationery and signage.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include? Being a professional calligrapher myself, I was thrilled to work on my own wedding! At the same time, I was excited to bring in my favorite vendors who have become close friends over the years of being in the industry. I trusted them implicitly with our wedding vision, which took a lot of thought out of what elements I wanted to do myself versus have someone else create. I stuck to my expertise and created all of the stationery for our big day including a Welcome Sign using an acrylic stand filled with one of Amanda’s gorgeous floral arrangements, ceremony programs, a large acrylic seating chart display, menus with vellum, and place cards. The other piece I created that was a true labor of love was our huge 6′ tall seating chart. Kaella helped me polish my idea for a black metal frame with 3 clear acrylic hanging panels that had all of our guests’ names and tables printed on it in gray and white. I created the frame myself behind our apartment building, constructing and painting it. Kaella and I assembled it at the wedding venue the day before, and Amanda added Lunaria to it, which was the perfect touch to this focal point for our guests. The seating chart was the exact combination of romantic and modern, which was everything I wanted it to be.

The Dress: For many years, I have followed the design work of Sarah Seven. When we got engaged, I just knew I was going to end up there and I was going to find my dress. I gave other boutiques and designers a chance, but in the end, I had one appointment at Sarah Seven and fell in love. My wedding dress combined a tulle skirt with lots of movement from one design, and a deep sweetheart corset bodice made of lace from another. It truly was my style, having a sexier element like the deep neckline paired with a fun and flirty tulle skirt that I could twirl in all night.

What was your favorite moment? My favorite intimate moment was our toasts and first dance. Ryan and I have been together on and off for the better part of 10 years, so our wedding held a lot of meaning not only for us but for our families who have witnessed our relationship grow over the last decade. Hearing my dad give a speech filled with his pride for me, and joy in having Ryan as a son-in-law made my heart full. My sister and Ryan’s two brothers have been there from the beginning and their speeches, both sentimental and funny respectively, were lovely to hear. Our first dance song was the song that Ryan proposed to me with, and has held a special place in our hearts since college. At that point, I didn’t think I had more tears in me, but I was wrong! Our first dance felt like it was simply the two of us in a room, and a culmination of many years spent growing our love and lives together.

The Flowers: We knew having Amanda Vidmar work her floral magic for our wedding was going to be easy and stress-free. We communicated our overall feel and aesthetic vision to her, and let her run with it. The unbelievable implied arch she created for our ceremony backdrop (and later our dessert bar!) was one of my favorite pieces. The arrangements in our reception created such organic movement throughout the tables, our guests could not stop complimenting them. The finishing touches of Lunaria on our cake and seating chart brought that modern and delicate feel we were wanting, and the foliage Amanda hung from the ceiling lights turned the barn into a stunning indoor/outdoor space.

The Dessert: Jennifer of Honeycomb Desserts made our carrot cake wedding cake that was all white, featuring a pale peach sail and sprigs of Lunaria. She also created our dessert bar filled with mini cheesecakes, mini key lime pies, strawberry shortcake, and my favorite, chocolate cream puffs. Our guests could not stop telling us how much they enjoyed the desserts, and we had nothing left at the of the night!

The Music: Cultivating an atmosphere in which our guests would want nothing more than to dance and enjoy the reception after dinner and toasts was a top priority for us. DJ Truthlive executed that perfectly, and then some. We were beyond impressed with his ability to seamlessly integrate music into every setting throughout the day. He certainly turned up the dance floor vibe later in the night, and no one wanted to stop dancing when it was time for the wedding to end.

Tell us how you met and became engaged: Ryan and I met in 2007 when we were sophomores at Duke while he was studying with a mutual friend in my dorm’s common room. I came downstairs to print a paper and noticed him right away. I thought he was extremely cute, so I went over and introduced myself and chatted with my friend for a bit. After that, Ryan invited me to a community service event his fraternity was doing and a couple of parties they threw before the winter holiday break. When talked over break and it was clear we liked each other, so when we returned to campus, we began dating. When we graduated in 2010, Ryan moved to California for his first job and I stayed in Virginia for mine. We didn’t see each other often and realized how much we actually missed one another, so in 2012 I finally moved to San Francisco. We moved in together with another couple we are friends with (typical SF set up to afford rent) in 2014 and when they left for Boston in 2016, we got our own place. That year, our 9 year anniversary of when we met was approaching in November, so I asked Ryan if he wanted to celebrate by going to a nice dinner. He said that sounded great, and let me plan our anniversary dinner. My parents were in town so they knew we would be out for that, and that we would come back afterward to spend time before they left the next day. At dinner, Ryan was completely normal so I had no clue he was hiding a little ring in his pocket. Plus, I had made the dinner reservation so I was really clueless! When we were close to finishing, Ryan said he had written me something special for our anniversary since he never does sappy things like that, and he wanted to go to Alamo Square near our apartment so I would have a beautiful setting to read his card he made me. I had no idea he had planned this proposal and thought it was just sweet of him to take the effort to write me an anniversary card. We got a ride to Alamo Square, but it was under construction at the time, so we walked up near the stone fountain where the fence dipped in enough for us to stand and take in the gorgeous Painted Ladies against downtown SF. He took out his phone and had me put in earphones (a throwback to our first Valentine’s Day in 2007 when he had me listen to a song while reading his card), and then handed me a bound book titled “All My Lovin’: A Memoir”. As the sun set behind us, I read this book Ryan had written detailing the journey of our love. When I finished that part, it transitioned into all of the things Ryan loves about me and he switched the song to a cover of “All My Lovin'” by the Well Pennies. He wrote about how he loves my ambition, and adventurous spirit, and I got a little choked up when he wrote: “I love that we dream about our future together.” The book ended with “But there is still one thing I haven’t done yet. So, today, nine years from the day we met, there is really only one question…” and then a blank page. I took the headphones out and turned to Ryan confused, and he was standing next to me holding a ring. After crying uncontrollably and saying repeatedly, “Are you joking? Is this a joke?”, I gave him enough space to get down on one knee and ask me to marry him. I said yes, we tried to take blurry photos in the dark to commemorate the event, and we walked home to see my parents (who knew about the proposal). Then we drove to our friends’ apartment where all of our closest friends had gathered to celebrate. It was truly the perfect day.

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Photography: Kayla F Photography | Videographer: Lovespun Films | Floral Design: Amanda Vidmar | Caterer: Jessica Lasky | Hair and Makeup: Katie Nash Beauty | DJ: truthlive | Venue: Distinct Locations | Dessert: Honeycomb Desserts | Invitations and Signage: Brown Fox Calligraphy | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planner and Designer: Madix & Co | Private Estate: Distinct Locations | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Rentals: Theoni Collection

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Refresh Your Newlywed Nest With These Pretty Spring Picks

Open the window, take a deep breath. Smell that? Spring is on its way and we’re ready to embrace every beautiful bit of it! From pretty pastels and crisp linens, to simply chic vases to hold all those soon-to-bloom flowers in, we’ve rounded up the best registry must-have items for this change in season!

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An Elegant Marble and Rose Gold Wedding at Soori Bali

Today’s beautiful bride and her amazing planner, Call Me Madame, blended two of our favorite trends to create the most magical affair at Soori Bali. Throughout this gorgeous day, you will find elegant elements of marble woven into the design and fun pops of rose gold at every turn. Paper Diamonds created lush floral arrangements that complimented the breathtaking scenery while also adding a little dose of drama! Take in the views and watch this stunning Bali wedding day unfold at the full gallery, all captured by Rory Wylie.

From the bride… I took a deep breath, cradled my dad’s arm and we walked together slowly up the stone path towards the helipad. I looked down at the beautiful pink anemones (all the way from Japan!) nested in my exquisite bouquet by Paper Diamonds and I was in a trance. As we drifted to the ceremony, I scanned familiar faces set against the romantic layout in front of me, backdropped by the waves crashing on the cliff top, and then I saw Mark – my soon to be husband, I held back a tear. We had visited Bali two years before and fell in love with the dramatic cliff tops, sounds of nature and the wonderful Balinese food. We had no doubt when we got engaged that we wanted to invite our friends and family to our favourite place in the world to celebrate our special day.

We chose the Soori for its unique black sand beaches, impeccable service and conservationist ethos. The resort’s owner-architect has married clean modern architecture with local rice fields and a striking coastline seamlessly to create a sanctuary, backdropped by Bali’s famous mountains. We exchanged vows before dancing down the aisle as our charming photographer Rory Wylie snapped it all! She was up for anything and worked tirelessly to capture our memories – we are so grateful for her efforts and good spirits! When we first met with our planner, Alice Dentan from Call Me Madame I painted a vision of an elegant marble and rose gold theme, with a touch of drama.

Mademoiselle Dentan certainly hit the nail on the head which magical touches of her signature French style, and her little black book did not disappoint – we were thrilled with the partners she recommended. Our jaws dropped at sunset when we arrived at our reception marquee which had taken four days to set up! It was a magnificent [25 foot tall] structure draped in soft white fabrics, long tables lined with cool stone crockery sat on rose gold chargers, crystal cut water tumblers and rose gold rimmed wine glasses. Each guest was gifted a personalized hexagonal marble name tile, elegantly penned by Pi CalligraphySpeeches weaved throughout courses and as night fell our guests were ushered outside for a spectacular firework display, after cutting our four tier marble monogrammed cake, we danced our first dance… The next day, all I could think was “can we do this every year?”- I’ve yet to run this by my new husband, but as they say, a happy wife is a happy life!

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Photography : Rory Wylie | Videographer : Apelphotography | Wedding Planning & Design: Call Me Madame | Florals: Paper Diamonds | Wedding Cake : Butter Bali | Brides Shoes : Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses : Zara | Bridesmaids Dresses : ASOS | Bridesmaids Dresses : Shein | Catering: Alila Villas Soori | Calligraphy : Pi Calligraphy | Suits : Hackett | Bridal Accessories : Zenzhu Pearl | Bridal Accessories : Taobao, China | Bridal Accessories : Tiffany & Co. | Bridal Gown : Caroline Castigliano | Bridesmaids Accessories : Astely Clarke | Ceremony & Reception : Alila Villas Soori | Fireworks : Elite Sounds Bali | Grooms Accessories : Thomas Pink | Grooms Accessories : Omega Watches | Grooms Shoes : Joseph Cheaney & Sons | Hair and Make-Up : Yeanne Makeup | Kimonos: The Little Love Bird | Paper Goods : Bunny at Dawn | Rentals : Bali Event Hire | Rentals : Bali Sewa Sewa | Sound and Light : Virtuoso | Tableware: Semeja | Tableware: The Host Table

Nantucket Meets California In This Family Beach Retreat

Surfer vibes were the goal when refreshing this family’s Nantucket summer getaway, and that’s where Sasha Meredith Designs came in! The designers removed the old 1990’s interiors to make way for neutral tones, shiplap, and cool pops of art to really drive that surfer feel home. The home now is a great reflection of the area around it and a perfect summer escape. We are so ready to spend our summers here!

THE ENTRYWAY

The entry hall had a dated stairway, we replaced the bannister, painted the stairs, wallpapered the stairway, added some shiplap and painted the room in a bright white. New furniture completed this space and the transformation was complete, the house instantly had a welcoming and contemporary yet laid back entry hall. The client is one of three sisters, so she loved the mermaid art we found, which has three mermaids sitting together, referencing her sisters and their shared love of the beach in Nantucket.


 

THE DINING ROOM

The dining room was a smaller space and had been formerly filled with heavy french country furniture. We kept it neutral with lots of wood pieces in this room but added a fun punch of navy through the Serena & Lily dining chairs and Rejuvenation pendants hanging above the table. Art from local photographer Nathan Coe and an oversized mirror completed this room that was functional enough for formal dining while comfortable enough for everyday use.

THE LIVING ROOM

The home had 3 different living spaces, a family room off the kitchen had a heavy wooden mantle that was removed and we tiled over the fireplace surround with painted clay tiles and a salvaged piece of wood for the mantle, we wanted this room to accommodate overflow seating from the kitchen. The owners commented after moving in that it was the room they spend the most amount of time in!



The next living space was the formal living room, where we managed to fit in the husband’s request for a leather sectional! A surfer chic leather sofa fit the bill and gave a refined vibe in the formal living room. A white Japanese paper wallpaper covers the walls in this room, keeping in line with the bright white vibe of the house while adding texture to define this more formal entertaining space. A black and white print from another local photographer, Lauren Marttila hangs above the sofa.



The sunroom is off of the living room and was the perfect space for the family to gather around the built in banquette for breakfast or game night! The room also includes two oversized armchairs, with art that the owner found at a local store in Nantucket.

THE MASTER BEDROOM

Upstairs, the master bedroom was the epitome of luxury, with a four post bed, chaise lounge, grasscloth covered nightstands and high ceilings. The owners of this home often have weekend guests and wanted the master to function as a retreat away from the rest of the house.

KIDS ROOM

The owners have two young girls and so a bunk bed adorned with mermaid sheets and a dresser with woven jute knobs, created a beachy fun young vibe in their room. This home serves as a year round retreat for the Brooklyn based owners. The vibe reminds them they are near the beach while still creating an ideal space for year round luxury living.

 

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Dreamy Country Estate Wedding in Crimea on the Black Sea

At first glance, I mistook this real wedding for an editorial shoot. Friends, it is THAT beautiful. Set in Crimea, a remote peninsula of the Black Sea’s northern coast, rugged cliffs and a fairytale-like white castle were the backdrop for this dreamy celebration planned by Lili Wedding. Florals from Amour Flowers graced the day with uber romance. I have zero doubt you will find at least a few I must do this! moments when you peek at the gallery by Alexander and Marnina Santi.

From the Bride… The acquaintance was simple, we were introduced by a mutual friend in 2014 but we immediately understood that this meeting would not be the last! And it happened! After 4 years we decided to jump with a parachute and when I landed I saw Andrew on his knee with the ring. I was over the moon, and I didn’t even think the offer would be like this. Our wedding day will forever be one of the most beautiful moments of our lives!

Of course, the preparation began with the most touching and important—the search for the dress! And I found it the first time! You can say that my dress is love at first sight. It’s perfect!

We wanted our holiday to turn into a family dinner in a circle of loved ones somewhere in nature with a beautiful and unobtrusive atmosphere, warm communication, crazy views, tenderness of flowers and live music. The organizers picked up an excellent site—a beautiful secluded castle surrounded by forest and rocks! This area did not skimp on the stunningly beautiful views of the mountains, where we held our ceremony. We went for a walk to the sea and enjoyed the sea breeze and each other. And in the evening at the foot of the mountains we celebrated our wedding dinner and dancing with a sea of flowers in delicate pink tones, all as we wanted!

It was an amazing and fabulous day, for which we were preparing with great trepidation and love! Especially memorable atmosphere of the holiday, it is beyond words…. the colossal work of contractors, beautiful guests, happy we, nature, castle, mountains, casual jokes host, live music, dancing… everything was unforgettable and perfect, without overlays and some force majeure.

The most touching moment was our dance. We did not rehearse, it was natural, sometimes awkward, so simple and ours.

My best advice is to be sure to work with your planner and vendors! Remember that a wedding is first and foremost your holiday—listen to yourself and you will find the answers.

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Photography: Alexander &Marina Santi | Floral Design: Amour | Dress: MYWONY | Calligraphy: Anya Tsymbal Calligraphy | Groom's suit : ROY ROBSON | Boudoir linen: Madamej Boudoir | Bridal shoes : Badgley Mischka | Bride decoration: Mariya Eysmont | MUA: BELENKO MAKE-UP SCHOOL | Organization & Decor : Lili Wedding | Video: TAKPROSTO

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Outer Banks Wedding at Pirates Cove that Narrowly Missed Hurricane Florence

There are plenty of things that can go, let’s say—not as planned—during the journey from proposal to I do. But one  that you really, really don’t want to encounter is a hurricane forcing you to postpone your wedding. This became a fearful possibility for this couple when Hurricane Florence creeped a little too close for their liking. Remarkably, at the last minute, the storm shifted and their celebration went off without a hitch. Amorology layered their pretty touch on this day and Gideon Photography made sure to snap it all up—here in the full gallery.

From the couple… It all started with Mark moving to San Diego from San Franciso on a whim. He was ready for a change and his friends told him he should do it! Shortly after moving to SD, Mark and I met at a local bar through mutual friends. After that, we got set up on a double date and it was on that date that we realized how much our lives were aligned. We both were born in Alexandria, VA and lived in the same city for a short time as kids. We were both Leo’s and our birthdays were only a week apart. We were also both in the same career field. It was instantly a match!

One night, shortly after our first date, Mark and I were standing in my driveway and we saw the biggest shooting star either of us has ever seen. This star looked like a ball of fire and you could see the tail coming off the star. It soared over our heads and into the sky. We both looked at each other amazed at what we just saw and right then we both knew this was going to be something special.

When we got engaged we decided that we would get married at Mark’s parent’s beach house in Nags Head, NC. It was a special place for us and his family. It was a place we would always have to come back to! About a week before our wedding, Hurricane Florence decided to hit the east coast and was heading straight for SC and NC with the Outerbanks being right in the path of the eye. This was supposed to be the storm of the century and everyone thought the storm was destined to ruin our wedding. Everyone had their flights booked, houses rented and we were all on standby. Is this wedding going to happen or not? Remarkably, at the last minute, the storm took a route just around Nags Head and everything was fine!

We got married on September 21st, and unknowingly booked that date and then realized the Earth, Wind and Fire song “September” was perfect for our date. It was only until after Florence, the lyrics were even more applicable! The wedding turned out beautiful and everyone had a blast. The weather was stunning and Amorology’s details were perfection. At the end of the day, Mark and I are so grateful that we were able to get married and share our love with our family and friends!

Photography: Gideon Photography | Event Planning: Amorology | Florist: Petal Flower Co | Stationery: Betlem Calligraphy | Reception Venue: Pirates Cove | Catering: Basnight's Lone Cedar | Hair and Makeup: Avenue 42 | Entertainment: Hey DJ | Venue: Pirates Cove | Dance Floor Backdrop: Renee Landry Events | Dessert: Patty Bakes | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Menguin | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Miscellaneous Rentals: Ocean Atlantic Rentals | Tables, Chairs and Lounges : Amaranth + Artifact | Tabletop: Hostess Haven

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Gilded Wedding Inspiration for the Autumn Obsessed Bride

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. – Jim Bishop … and so does this stunning style shoot from KR Moreno Photo. Ahh how we love Fall weddings, they’re filled with feelings of calmness, warmth and undeniable romance. Today we’re transporting you to everyone’s favorite season with this gorgeous golden-toned inspiration planned by Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events. Violet Rose Floral has us head over heels in love with her asymmetrical floral arch and heavenly arrangements. Keep on reading for all the must-see autumnal details…

From Violet Rose FloralPerched at 1165 feet, The Rove Estate sits at the highest point in Leelanau County overlooking sweeping views of lush Northern Michigan nature. This family-owned Vineyard was the perfect venue to showcase just one of the many beautiful and unique venues that Michigan has to offer for wedding and events.

The color palette was inspired by a gold velvet linen from Fabulous Events which complemented the changing colors of the leaves as Michigan transitioned into the Autumn season. We wanted that to be the focus of the shoot so we chose flowers that primarily consisted of white blooms creating a beautiful contrast between the colors.  Our couple read their vows in front of an asymmetrical floral arch, followed by a portrait session throughout the venues lush grounds. The bride wore a stunning Muse by Berta off the shoulder, soft ballgown with all over lace detail which proved to be the perfect combination of elegant and sexy.

The intimate reception dinner was carefully styled with wooden farmhouse chairs, fine flatware, and delicate menu cards designed by Ciara Claire that adorned each place setting. A lush floral runner was placed down the center of the table intertwined with candlelight for a romantic end to a beautiful day. 

Photography: Kaylea Moreno | Floral Design: Violet Rose Floral | Dress: Berta | Hair & Makeup: M. O. Hair and Beauty Lounge | Wedding Venue: Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery | Dress Salon: L'Amour Bridal | Linen: Fabulous Events | Paper Goods: Ciarra Claire Fine Art | Planning: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events | Rentals: Event Theory | Rentals: 307 Events | Silk Ribbon: Shop Foraged Goods

From Engagement to Family with the Same Photographer

This may possibly be my favorite feature ever, and with thousands of Style Me Pretty features under my belt—that’s saying something. This is the story of Lauren & David (and sweet little Avalyn!)… from engagement to wedding, from maternity to baby, L & D have called on Koman Photography to stand alongside them and capture their most precious milestones. Truth be told, The Komans are some of my very favorite people in the industry, so I can see why Lauren & David adore them so! Take a walk through their journey below—I have no doubt it’ll inspire you to craft a lifelong relationship with your own photographer.

From Lauren… David and I met in high school while working at Jersey Mike’s. We both went off to college and reconnected 3 years later during summer break. It wasn’t long before we knew we were meant for one another and we got engaged two years later.

When it came time to find a photographer, I was instantly drawn to the Komans’ timeless, romantic, and artistic style. After meeting with John and Marlene, everything clicked and we felt so fortunate to have found them. They were very genuine, welcoming, personable and easy to talk with.

We were nervous about taking our engagement photos at first and they quickly eased our nerves. They guided us, while being non-invasive, were easy going and reassuring. This enabled us be ourselves in front of their cameras. We had such an enjoyable time laughing and hanging out with them. We couldn’t imagine anyone else taking our photos and capturing those intimate moments between us.

 

See Lauren and David’s full engagement session HERE!

They were equally as enjoyable to work with on our wedding day and captured our day flawlessly. When it came time to take maternity and newborn photos, we knew we wanted them to document this next chapter in our lives. 

 

See Lauren and David’s full wedding HERE!

John and Marlene are extremely creative, patient, talented and passionate about their profession and it truly shows in the quality of work that they do. We cannot imagine anyone else photographing the most special moments in our lives! They are an absolute pleasure to work with and we feel so grateful to have developed a lifelong relationship with them.

Photography: Koman Photography | Coordination: Laurel & Party Events | Wedding Dress: Love And Lace Bridal Boutique | Invitations: My Big Day Designs | Hair and Makeup: Rock Me Makeup | DJ: Vox DJs | Wedding Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals

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A Colorful Fall Wedding at Hotel Crescent Court Complete with the Cutest Flower Girl

For this beautiful couple – the perfect wedding day meant the presence of their closest family and friends, subtle tributes to their military backgrounds, lots of bright yellow and pink blooms from Anna Rayner… oh, and the cutest four-legged flower girl we ever did see. It was the most special day planned perfectly by Keestone Events! We can’t wait to share these gorgeous photos captured by Allen Tsai Photography of Tian Tian and Chris’s joy-filled day! See it all below and prepare for some majorly aww-worthy moments.

From Keestone EventsI loved planning for Tian Tian and Chris. This is a couple who aren’t afraid to let their personalities shine through and have fun.

From Tian Tian surprising Chris by arriving at the rehearsal in a taco costume (their wedding was a few weeks before Halloween) just for kicks — she did take it off after a few minutes — to Chris surprising her with Torchy’s Tacos as a late night snack at the reception, there were twists and turns throughout their wedding that kept their group of guests guessing and cheering all night long.

Both met in West Point and were in the military for five years. They incorporated aspects from that background such as cutting the cake with the West Point saber and doing a military style grog. For their wedding, the couple was drawn to bright florals which were balanced out with neutral linens and the warm tones of Hotel Crescent Court.

Tian Tian and Chris don’t live in Dallas and they, along with most of their guests flew in from various parts of the States to make it to their big day. Since Tian Tian’s family is from China, red wooden favors that mean “double happiness” were put on each place setting as a nod to her culture. I also cannot forget to mention Sandy, Tian Tian’s Old English Sheepdog who has been the most well-behaved (and supportive) flower girl in all the weddings we have done. Sandy was such a pro and MVP!

Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Floral Design: Anna Rayner | Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Panini Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Hair and Makeup: Jessica Jieun | Ceremony + Reception: Hotel Crescent Court | DJ + Lighting: Le Force Entertainment | Planning + Design: Keestone Events | Rentals: Big D Party Rentals

Elegant New England Wedding at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

There’s nothing quite like a classic coastal New England wedding—especially when it’s set in Newport, Rhode Island. I may be a tad biased as my very own I dos were said on these waters! So, when today’s fete at Castle Hill Inn came across my desk, a sweet nostalgia came over me. Join me in the soul-warming gallery, captured by Rebecca Arthurs.

From the Bride… Brendan and I met while both attending medical school in Washington, DC and after much persuasion, he managed to convince me to move to his hometown of Boston to continue residency training. As a Californian native, it took some time getting used to the snow, however I quickly fell in love with the old-world charm of New England. We wanted our wedding to reflect what we loved most about New England and found that in the beautiful Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI. The easy elegance and unpretentious charm of Castle Hill Inn, with it’s beautiful coastline views and Adirondack dotted lawn was the perfect venue for us. The tented reception site created an indoor-outdoor space that allowed our guests to enjoy cocktails on the lawn, watch the beautiful late summer sunset, and enjoy the cool seaside breeze.

With its beautiful surroundings, CHI needed very little additional decor; however as a lover of flowers, finding a florist that could augment the beauty of CHI was important to me. Stoneblossom Florals did an amazing job of re-creating my dream color palette of the lightest blush surrounded by whites and greens. Hydrangeas, garden roses, rice flower, jasmine ivy, cafe au lait dahlias, etc elegantly dressed up the sperry tents. Chinese blessing scrolls my parents brought from their native Taiwan were flanked with Chinoiserie vases, a subtle nod to my Asian heritage.

Our stationers, Champagne & Ink, kept consistent with our theme and all our day of items were decorated with delicate pale pink florals. We wanted to forgo the traditional “Mr”‘ and “Mrs” chair signs, so they custom designed “Dr” and “Dr” laser cut chair signs. Although a small detail, this was special to us as it defines a large part of us as individuals and as a couple.

The best part of the night was sneaking away from the dance floor and wandering out towards the ocean. There was a moment when we looked back towards the lit up reception tent and couldn’t help but feel so lucky to be married, whilst surrounded by all the people we love.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Cinematography: Buzz Media Company- Wedding Films | Event Design: Exquisite Events | Floral Design: Stoneblossom Floral and Wedding Design | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Cake: Confectionery Designs | Invitations: Champagne & Ink | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: Team Sayles | Venue: Castle Hill Inn | Bridal Boutique: Bridal Reflections | Linens & Tableware: Peak Event Services | Make-up & Hair: Jennie Kay beauty

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