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Love in Lilac: A Spring Editorial

Villa Antonia is nestled in the breathtaking Texas Hill Country and embodies the old-world charm of an Italian villa along with Texas views. This editorial designed by Drops of Honey Designs is the perfect combination of European elegance paired with bold color. Blooms by Lovelily Flowers in yellow, pink, purple, and pops of blue highlight the love and happiness of the day. Just one look at the artful imagery by Ashlen Sydney Photography is sure to put a smile on your face. Visit the full gallery to enjoy every last detail.



From Drops of Honey DesignsThis Editorial Series Shoot was inspired by the transition and life that Spring brings. The shoot design began after taking a site visit to the venue and stumbled upon this greenhouse that was being used for storage, but once housed plants when the venue belonged to a family that lived on site.



The yellow, pink, purple, and pops of blue color palette we primarily used in the flowers, tabletop items and stationery symbolized happiness, optimism, creativity, calmness, and inner peace, which we could all use and be inspired by after the year we’ve had.



Once I saw the various windows, light, and textures that lived within the space I knew we had to design our table around it, and allow for the other designs to be influenced by the colors we would use in the table design. We used blossoming branches throughout the shoot to symbolize new life blossoming and chose a colorful gown to tie the entire story together.



Photography: Ashlen Sydney Photography | Event Design: Drops of Honey Designs | Floral Design: Lovelily Flowers | Wedding Dress: Millia London | Cake: Feathers & Frosting | Shoes: Marchesa | Jewelry: Nicole Mera | Men's Attire: Friar Tux | Wedding Venue: Villa Antonia | Beauty: Keziah Bevans Bridal Hair & Makeup Artistry | Chair Rentals: Moontower | Cocktails and Apps: La Pera | Envelope Calligraphy: Alexis & Lynn | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Host: The Editorial Series | Paper Design: Beautifully Noted | Rentals: Peerless Event Rentals

A Tuscany Inspired Summer Editorial In Sunny California

Take a trip to Tuscany with this Italian summer-inspired celebration at Santa Ynez, California’s Sunstone Winery. Heather Benge Events designed a day that will leave you feeling transported. From the ceremony arch to the show-stopping reception table, CeCe’s Designs created floral moments that will sweep you off your feet. The beauty of the day comes to life in the imagery by Katie Trauffer Photography. Enjoy every last detail of this summer stunner in the full gallery.



From Katie Trauffer PhotographyTucked away in the heart of the rose-drenched Santa Ynez Valley, Sunstone Winery is like an Italian countryside dream with authentic touches around every corner to truly transport you and your guests. With misty, rolling hills in backdrop and villas nestled among the sprawling vineyards, this venue is the very definition of romance.



Inspired by the painterly beauty all around, this inspiration session featured romantic details evoking sweet summer days lounging among the Tuscan countryside. Whether it was an existing feature like Sunstone’s two-story climbing roses or a styled moment like CeCe’s Designs rose laden ceremony entrance, I wanted to showcase how every element of this day came together to seem both intentionally crafted and like it was always there.



To bring this intimate celebration to life, Heather Benge Events and her team designed the tablescape with a relaxed and romantic yet elegant feel incorporating billowing curtains, comfortable lounge seating from Party Pleasers, delicate floral stationary from Invitations by Whitney, and custom cheese boards from Legacy House Creative that doubled as seating assignments and the perfect gift!



Photography: Katie Trauffer Photography | Event Planning: Heather Benge Events | Floral Design: CeCe's Designs | Dress: Styled Gowns | Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes | Stationary: Invitations by Whitney | Men's Attire: the modern groom | Wedding Venue: Sunstone Villa | Charcuterie Boards: Legacy House Creative | HMUA: Sunkissed And Made Up | Host: Styled Shoots Across America | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Party Pleasers

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Beach Lovers Need to See This Sanibel Island Cocktail-Style Micro Wedding

From the laid back beach setting to the cocktail reception – today’s wedding planned by Jennifer Buono Events is giving us allll the summer in paradise vibes. The darling couple decided to forego a traditional sit down dinner and opt for a more lounge like feel with a cocktail-style soirée at Casa Ybel Resort, dressed in a color palette of warm, island-inspired hues. To see all the steal-worthy beauty from their day, check out the full gallery of details – all captured by Hunter Ryan Photo!

From the Bride… We knew we would get married from the very start of our relationship. After a personal tragedy, and grieving together, we realized there was nothing holding us back and life’s too short to not be with the person you love for as long as you can. In the midst of COVID, we decided to have a small, intimate ceremony at the place that brings us the most peace and happiness – the beach. It was very important to me that the backdrop be a sunset. My dad, who passed away in 2013, loved sunsets. It was one of the ways I felt like he was present with all of our loved ones. After some research and calling around, we decided Sanibel and Casa Ybel in particular would give us the intimate, sunset wedding we dreamed of. Laid back, but elegant was the feel we wanted. A tall order, but Jennifer and her team exceeded expectations. When we sat down to plan our guest list, there were 80 people we knew absolutely had to be there- and we were so blessed that 75 were able to make it!

We chose to not have a sit-down dinner, rather a lounge feel with different stations of food to not only give people more time for mingling and having fun, but to ensure everyone could keep a safe distance if they felt more comfortable doing so. There were sanitizing stations and masks available as well. After a long, very personal conversation with Tiffany at Hunter Ryan (my photographer) I decided to wear my dad’s wedding band that day, and we also wrote our own vows. There was not a dry eye in the house! Jennifer(the planner) suggested steel drums for the ceremony and cocktail reception to give a laid back, Caribbean feel and it was one of the most memorable touches! You could find Josh at the cigar bar surrounded by friends and family most of the evening. It was a hit!

From planner… Using a fresh, modern take on a more traditional island beach soirée, we went with a relaxed, warm color palette for Megan and Josh’s wedding. We created an ambiance that eluded to that true Caribbean feel, drawing inspiration from the island atmosphere and its natural tones and textures. From the whimsical nature of the florals, to the soft blues and natural tones in the textiles, every element had a special connotation for the couple on their wedding day.

In creating this experience for the guests, it was important that we set the tones for a laid back, open air fete from the beginning. Emily Baird Design put together an incredible invitation suite, using natural taupes paired with the warmth of blues and creamy ivories. We loved this look because it embodied the ocean and beachy vibes in an elegant, fun way for guests to become excited about. Carrying the design over to the wedding day, Emily used miniature white sand dollars, tethered wraps and fun prints for guests at every touch point. For the welcome bags, we wanted to include a mixture of sustainable items, so we opted for the comfort foods of their home in Indiana and memories from their time here in Florida. We hand selected beach totes and packed them with a caramel + cheddar popcorn mix from their hometown, Kristi’s Cookies from Florida, an earthy holiday candle from Blackbarn Home guests could enjoy when they went home, custom matches, a guide for shelling, and hand sanitizer (for safely mingling with friends and loved ones). We knew there was potential for a brisk evening, so we brought in cozy blankets for guests to wrap themselves in throughout the cool night. One of our favorite aspects were these lounge pairings brought in by Vivant Rentals. Using the same patterns from their invitations and menus, we created a custom inlay for the couples’ bar, and paired the look with cozy white lounges.

Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Event Planning: Jennifer Buono Design | Floral Design: Kaleidoscope Floral | Gown: Marie Gabriel Bridal Couture | Cake: Sweetified Bakery | Reception Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | DJ: DJ Jacob Towe | Tent: Sperry Tents | Beauty: Duality Artistry | Paper: Emily Baird Design | Rent: Vivant Rentals | Steel Drummer: John Patti

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Planning Your Bach? How About Yoga, A Pool Party + Curated Cocktails For The Ultimate Girls Getaway!

Now that weddings are back on for the most part, that also means so are bachelorette parties! WOO! And, if you’re not quite sure what to do with your gal pals, Amy Abbott Events has a few ideas from spa days to outdoor dinners with all of the Instagram worthy back drops. With the best gift bags for your best girls, curated cocktails and a dinner with floral filled tablescape by Floweriize, we think you’ll get all of the inspiration you’ll need by checking out this ultimate girls getaway photographed by Leila Brewster! Now tell. us…where are you headed?!

From the planner, Amy Abbott EventsLooking for fun ideas for a bachelorette weekend for a bride and her tribe? We’ve got you covered! With brides finally being able to celebrate their weddings, bachelorette parties are back on track again – but you can still stay safe while having fun! The perfect bachelorette weekend itinerary in a post-COVID world can take place in a private hideaway venue, where friends can gather together and enjoy the festivities in a safe and secure environment.

We’d suggest morning yoga to get the day started, so you can ease into the rest of the day’s activities with a clear head and a refreshed energy! Follow up with some decadent spa time – after all, this trip should be about celebrating and pampering yourselves, so what better way to treat yourself than a soothing facial or relaxing massage?! Afterward, there’s nothing like a little afternoon pool party and picnic (complete with a DJ!) to keep the day feeling lively and get everyone excited for the evening festivities!

Begin your dinner with a cocktail hour and photo session in front of a scenic or fun backdrop – this getaway is all about making memories, after all, so be sure you capture them! We love the idea of having live entertainment and a mixologist to create curated cocktails to make the evening feel extra special!

If you’re looking for something memorable, you can’t go wrong with dinner on the lawn under dazzling chandeliers with a beautiful tablescape – talk about Instagram-worthy! You’re in for a night of wonderful conversation between girlfriends and the perfect bachelorette retreat!

Photography: Leila Brewster | Videography: Elysium Weddings | Floral Design: Floweriize | Cake: Knockout Desserts | Catering: Cabo Private Chef | Hair & Makeup: Leo Salon and Spa | Transportation: Impala Travel | Venue: San Vicente Resort | Butler: Nikko Guzman | Candles: Baja Candle Co | Custom Hand Painted Sign: Serendipity Cabo | Desserts: Meraki | Invitations, Menus & Place Cards: The Paperie Shop | Lighting & Production: VVR Pro | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Lounge Sets & Chairs: Del Cabo Event Design | Mixologist: Oswaldo | Music: Caly y Juan Coral | Music: alex alanis | Planning and Design: Amy Abbott Events | Pool Floats: FUNBOY | Silverware, Flatware, Candle Holders: Bazaar Cabo | Styling & Gifts: Baja Candle Co | Styling & Gifts: Wes Candy Co | Styling & Gifts: Revolve | Styling & Gifts: Chanel | Styling & Gifts: Nordstrom | Styling & Gifts: Rachel Parcell | Styling & Gifts: Veuve Clicquot | Styling & Gifts: Grace Anderson

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Spring Awakening Editorial with Tones Inspired by Monet’s Garden

We’re falling head over heels for this spring editorial inspired by the subtle tones of Monet’s Garden at Giverny. Kast Events designed a day filled with darling details that have us dreaming of the French countryside. Wild Fleurette added intrigue with beautiful free-flowing blooms artfully arranged. Every carefully curated element was exquisitely captured by Nikki Santerre Photography. Be sure to take a trip to the full gallery for a closer look at all the lovely.



From Nikki Santerre PhotographyWe were ever inspired by movement and light at the lovely Early Mountain Vineyard. The flowers in the BHLDN sleeve coordinated perfectly with the vibrant anemones in the design by Wild Fleurette!



Cheryl Ann, of Kast Events, had a vision of emulating the French Countryside, using feminine blush umbrellas in the cocktail hour vignette overlooking the rolling hills of Charlottesville.



As Cheryl Ann said, “We were all itching to stretch into the creative space after such a long year, and this collaboration fulfilled that void we each had been feeling.”



Photography: Nikki Santerre Photography | Floral Design: Wild Fleurette | Gown: Blue Sage Bridal | Cake: Sugar Euphoria | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Regan Wolfrey Makeup Artist | Hair: The Honeycomb Collective | Accessories: BHLDN | Designer: Kast Events | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Furniture Rentals: Cottage Luxe | Location: Early Mountain Vineyards | Paper: Ivy and Linen Design | Rentals: Emerson James | Rentals: American Party Rentals | Umbrellas: Party Tables

Should We Do a First Look? The Answer Is Always a Resounding ‘YES,’ If You Ask US!

There are a lot of details to think about when you’re planning a wedding, and we could literally do a whole article on ALL of them (we love lightning rounds! This or that – it’s just so much fun!). But one of our absolute favorite ‘should we, shouldn’t we’ considerations is about first looks. You probably already know what they are, because #engaged, but if you aren’t familiar with the term, we’ll break it down for you. A first look, defined = The moment where a couple sees each other for the first time, before the ceremony. Actually, it can happen between the couple, the bride and her bridesmaids, or the bride and her father, and it’s not mutually exclusive, either; you can opt for one or ALL of the debut scenarios on your own special day.

Before we touch on all the reasons we’re #teamtotally for first looks, though, we’ll say that the final game play lies in your hands only. Tradition and timing are two of the biggest things influencing the first look decision, and they’re solid and completely understandable points. If the two of you have been thinking about seeing each other for the first time at the altar for as long as you’ve imagined what your wedding day would look like, then don’t derail your dreams, tradition is a big deal and nothing to compromise on.  Just know that if timing is a chief concern of yours (and here we’re talking about needing to push up your ‘ready for photos’ time check), your photographer will 100 percent help you troubleshoot all of the trickiest ticks in your timeline. You’ll have support no matter what you sign up for – from your family, your vendor team, and your hype squad – so, if you’re still weighing your options, just take a look at these photos and try to envision yourselves in these beautiful soulmates’ shoes. 


Photo by Mist of Morning

If it feels good to you, then get ready to cheese cuties 📷! With a first look, you’ll have the opportunity to… 

Photo by Paige Vaughn Photo

Show off your ensemble in front of your biggest fan, before all eyes are on you.

Before long, your guests will be lovingly fixating on your fashion at the ceremony (your love and vows, too, of course – but they’ll also be checking out your couture, for sure), but if you do a first look, you’ll get to have your partner see the look you’ve spent so much time putting together before everyone else does. You can have all of the emotions, you can be silly, and you can do it without everyone watching. 

Your groom can appreciate the first look, too, because he knows all eyes will be on you when you’re walking down that aisle (brides just have that magnetism, it’s real) – this is his time to shine – and all he wants to do is impress you with his lewk

Photo by Clay Austin Photography

Read your vows or pour your heart out before it’s all heard by the masses.

Handwritten vows are so beautiful and enchanting, as are the sentiments that end up in the cards that you and your spouse-to-be might write to each other (which of course can stay between the two of you!). And a first look allows you to have that special ‘show and tell’ time together. You can even decide together if there are any phrases or anecdotes that you’d like to keep just for the two of you; or, conversely, hear each other’s vows and then decide to do a mashup of the best prose at the actual ceremony.   

Photo by Les Anagnou

Take a stroll or do a twirl for the most on-point photojournalistic photos.

The first time you see your bride or groom-to-be, in person, will – indefinitely – evoke the most natural and authentic reactions: these are the ones that translate into photo gold. The tears, the gasps, the light as a feather touches, and the literal choking up that can ensue in your minutes-to-newlywed meeting are so touching and tender, but they can be tempered if you seize up in front of an audience. Stealing away for a first-look session provides the perfect palette cleanser for you to experience all of the big emotions, take in each other’s wedding wardrobe, and be yourselves before you step into your biggest roles yet. 

And that obviously calls for a nice send off toast – to the titles (bride and groom) that will be replaced with Mr. & Mrs. soon enough! 

From High School Crushes to Madly in Love, See Their Classic Summer Wedding at Palazzo Mansion

Today’s wedding planned by Sanya Strelec is what fairytales are made of. In a romantic color palette of blush, green and white, these two high school sweethearts tied the knot in front of their nearest and dearest on sunny Summer day at Palazzo Mansion. Later, guests dined and danced the night away celebrating the newlyweds at the indoor reception, overflowing with blooms made beautiful by Tustin Florist. See it all at the full gallery, captured by the always amazing Sposto Photography!

From Sposto PhotographyShelby and Michael’s gorgeous VIP mansion wedding was such a special day. Their love was so infectious and this laid back, easy couple was such a joy to photograph. Their wedding day was exploding with classic romance. Shelby was a show stopper in her mermaid beaded gown. Her bridesmaids wore gorgeous beaded blush gowns and all the groomsmen in classic tuxedos. This black tie affair was one to remember! Shelby and Michael met in High School and after a 6 year romance, finally joined their lives in front of their family and friends. As Shelby said in her vows, this is “One heck of a love story.

From the planner, Sanya Strelec“In a world full of so much wrong, this union is absolutely right!” as the bride’s brother and officiant so eloquently put it, from the very first moment I met Shelby and Michael, I knew immediately these high school sweethearts were absolutely perfect for each other! Their deep love, admiration and respect for each other were palpable and their excitement and giddiness were contagious.

I showed them a couple of our private estates and from the moment they laid their eyes on VIP Palazzo, they knew that this stately mansion would provide the perfect backdrop for their sophisticated and elegant nuptials. With its European architecture and SoCal coastal flare, its 10-foot crystal chandeliers, grand sweeping staircases and timeless marble floors, it is no wonder that this mansion is one of the most sought-after private estates for weddings and my personal favorite to work at.

This was a family affair – through and through! They wanted to honor and bring their families closer together and they highly valued their opinions and advice. They included various family members from the beginning of their planning journey to the day of the wedding, when bride’s brother Nathan stepped up to officiate their beautiful ceremony. Their dad must have been smiling down on them while Nathan walked his sister down the aisle and gave a very touching speech. Shelby’s mom was an integral part in all the planning and design and it was beyond sweet to watch the close relationship mother and bride shared. Working with clients who not only had a great vision but also a knack for design and organization, while fully placing their trust in me, made my job as a wedding planner and designer a breeze! 

Shelby saw the beauty in simplicity and wanted to stay true to that theme. Collaborating with her mom, Sandy, we came up with a timeless, natural look for their Big Day. We loved the creamy, antique peach and soft blush palette paired up with natural greenery. We wanted to stay away from stuffy tightly structured floral arrangements and Tustin Florist understood our vision of keeping it loose, organic and fresh by incorporating silver dollar eucalyptus and hanging green amaranthus along with peonies, peach, blush and dusty roses, astilbe and lisianthus. Keeping with that simple, yet elegant look, the rest of the decor was crisp and clean, letting the flowers shine. Custom made-to-order linens provided a touch of luxury and texture, while all white with silver accents and abundance of white pillar candles created that timeless romantic feel, which accentuates the beauty of this estate perfectly.

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing my client’s vision come to life and their expectations exceeded by the hard work of all the vendors that created the dream team that day. From the sophisticated food that Jason’s Catered Events served up, gorgeous cake and desserts by Sweet Traders, to Ocdamia Strings quartet that made the ceremony that much more magical – they all came together to make this day truly unforgettable! I dare you not to cry when you see Michael’s emotional and teary response to seeing his gorgeous bride that was oh so perfectly captured by Hoo Films. And I was thrilled when Shelby and Michael took my advice to book the uber talented photographer, Shauntelle Sposto, as I knew that the resulting photos would be nothing short of perfection and timeless beauty!

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Photography: Sposto Photography | Coordinator: Sanya Strelec | Floral Design: Tustin Florist | Cake: Sweet Traders | Invitations: Minted | Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Limo: Lake Forest Limos | Beauty: Emma Wellis | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Sanya Strelec | Dress Shop: Panache Bridal | Linens: Luxe Linens | Musicians: The Ocdamia Strings | Musicians: Christine Parker | Photo booth: Pixster | Video: Hoo Films

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Cross Music Off Of Your To-Do List With The Help Of My Wedding Songs With More Than 600 Curated Playlists!

Hands up if you’re searching for the perfect wedding song?! Or perhaps the ultimate wedding playlist?! With My Wedding Songs, your search stops here, with over 600 curated playlists from ceremony to reception. Love is truly in the air (and the ears) when you rely on their team to create the perfect soundtrack to your special day! Check out all that they offer below!

As stay-at-home restrictions are lifted and venues can increase capacities, guests will be ready to party! The tried and true party classics will be what guests will want to hear and dance to, mixed with some of today’s most popular hits that they haven’t been able to move their feet to! With over 600 playlists for every part of your wedding, plus being able to sort by genre, era, dance style, love songs, and more, the possibilities are endless!

So, there is only one thing left to do – head on over to My Wedding Songs to figure out your perfect playlist and your ideal wedding song which will have your guests wiping away their tears or jumping out of their seats to get the party started!

Photography: Sean Cook Wedding Photography | Wedding Playlists: My Wedding Songs

Get Transported To A Portuguese Villa For This Celebration Of Spring

Sofia Nascimento Studios planned and designed a day in the mountains that will steal your heart. This romantic editorial in a Portuguese villa is an ode to nature and springtime. Every detail is done to perfection, from the sumptuous styled picnic to the cake emerging from a floral garden by Edelweiss Wedding Cakes. One look at the photography by Diane Sotero Photography, and you’ll feel like you’re celebrating in Portugal. Take a closer look at all the lovely in the full gallery.



From Sofia Nascimento StudiosWe wanted to bring Spring itself into each element and detail, which guided us throughout these Monique Lhuillier floral-filled gowns in so many different colors and textures and the flower earrings. The romantic and airy bouquet made by our floral team at Sofia Nascimento Studios was one of our ever favorite designs because of how delicate, airy, and filled with life it is all at once.





As Portuguese, we are completely passionate about food, and this is by far one of the most important elements when planning and designing an event. The picnic and food styling was thought in detail to perfectly combine the color palette and the overall inspiration.



For the table design, we started with sage green linen as a foundation and brought the most exquisite garden into the table while curating the freshest and most delicate of florals creating a flower bed that was emerging right from the table itself. When putting together the cake scenario with this romantic cake design by Edelweiss Wedding Cakes, our main inspiration was a Chic Garden Extravaganza, and so we built a floral garden all over the cake table.



Photography: Diane Sotero Photography | Videography: Videoart | Event Planning: Sofia Nascimento Studios | Floral Design: Sofia Nascimento Studios | Invitations: Sofia Nascimento Studios | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Groom's Attire: Nuno Gama | Cake Design: Edelweiss Wedding Cakes | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Earrings: Bounkit | Fine Paper Printing: Inpressed Letterpress | Hair & Make Up: Tom Perdigao | Headpiece: Erin Rhyne | Rentals: The Rental Factory | Ring Bands: Cremilde Bispo Jewellery

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Love Will Certainly Lift You Higher With This Couple Who NEVER Stops Smiling!

Today we take you on a video journey by NST Pictures of hands down the happiest couple I have ever seen, whose story goes all the way back to 3rd grade! Life took them in different directions, but after reconnecting at the groom’s sister’s baby shower, their relationship began again! Jane Deux Event Planning put together their dream day at The Westin St. Francis including a gold aisle and dance floor and Vo Floral Design crafted beautiful cream and white blooms from the ceremony arch to the bouquet! Pharris Photography captured all of the love, all of the dancing, and ALL of the smiles! Check out their wedding day video below…you might even start dancing yourself!

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Photography: Pharris Photography | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Event Planning: Jane Deux Event Planning | Floral Design: Vo Floral Design | Invitations: Isabella Invitations | Reception Venue: Westin St Francis | Ceremony Music: Eleonora Pellegrini

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Inspired Miami Wedding At Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Featuring a lush tropical backdrop at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, impeccable style, and a tented reception that wows- this Miami wedding planned by Events By Gigi is nothing short of stunning. On closer look, you’ll find incredible heartfelt moments that match the outer beauty of the wedding day. Among these special touches are odes to the couple’s Russian culture and the inclusion of their dog Mishka in the wedding ceremony! Bonphotage perfectly captured the love in every beautiful image, and Taylor Event Designs filled the space with show-stopping blooms. Visit the full gallery for endless amounts of inspiration.



From BonphotageVizcaya Museum and Gardens is arguably one of the most stunning places in the United States to get married – and we were thrilled when Masha and Lucas asked us to fly to Miami to capture their special day there!



Meaningful details deep were the heart of their special day. Amongst those thoughtful details was the inclusion of Masha’s first love, her dog Mishka, who served as ring bearer. After a stunning sunset ceremony, followed by portraits in the gardens, the couple entered their vintage car and drove across the bay where they held a tented reception for their guests.



“WOW! This is our wedding?” said the bride and groom as they entered a beautifully draped tent, complete with five oversized chandeliers, glass tabletops adorned with lush florals and romantic candles, delicate blush details, an ice sculpture complete with imported Caviar from the brides native Russia. Guests dined on petit filet mignon, toasted to ‘Pickle Shots’, and danced the night away.



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Photography: bonphotage | videography: bonphotage | Event Planning: events by gigi | Floral Design: taylor event designs | dress: Badgely Mischka | Ceremony Venue: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Reception Venue: sunset cove by Imagine | shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Catering: A Alexander Events | makeup: Beauty By Renata | Calligraphy: Miami Writes Co. Calligraphy + Designs | tent: Tents & Events | Accomodations: sls brickell miami | Rentals: MiVintage Rentals | rentals: Elements & Accents

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This Traditional Japanese Bridal Kimono Editorial Is Breathtaking

Peony Park Photography started a project to photograph styled shoots that highlight traditional wedding attires for various Asian cultures and the results will leave you spellbound. With the expert planning of Milk Events, a beautiful homage to tradition also offers up the prettiest in modern bridal inspiration. Floral design by Hanadai Florist in shades of white, light peach, and green add to the elegance of the day. Enjoy all of the cultural beauty in the full gallery.



From Peony Park PhotographyJapanese wedding attire is actually a rarity being featured anywhere in major wedding publications within the United States. Thus the project began with a vendor team who are mostly Japanese or Taiwanese Americans! Tradition is something that reminds us of where we came from and it’s a solid foundation of how our culture was formed.



The white kimono is the formal wedding attire for the bride to wear during the ceremony and the red kimono is for her to wear during the reception. The groom can wear the black wedding kimono throughout the entire wedding day if he chose to, there are times the groom switch to a tux/suit for the wedding reception.



For the color scheme, we aimed for white, light peach, and green to mesh well with the colorful evening gown that the bride wears for the reception. We are very proud that we can come together and celebrate the Japanese culture in a way that everybody can admire and appreciate the true beauty.



Photography: Peony Park Photography | Floral Design: Hanadai Florist | Gown: Hannah Kong | Invitations: Kylie Yoshida | Ring: Michellia Fine Jewelry | Accessories: All About Romance | HMUA: Michelle Lin | Kimono Rental: Kachou-Kimono | Lady Model: Lisa Matsui | Male Model: Nathan | Planning: Milk Events | Rentals: MTB Event Rentals | Studio: FD Photo Studio

You’re Going To Want to Register For These Lenox Items To Host The Ultimate Springtime Bridesmaids Brunch!

Who here has items on their registry that they know are going to sit in boxes, or on the top shelf and you’re honestly not sure when you’re going to use them? (Yes, my own hand is raised!) Well, Lenox has some items you’re going to want to register for and we’re showing off just one of many ways they can be used!

It is no secret your bridesmaids do a lot for you throughout your wedding planning! From the bridal shower to the bachelorette t0 dress fittings and multiple meltdowns, they are by your side. So, why not treat them to the ultimate bridesmaid’s brunch using your new Lenox registry items?! The French Perle Scallop Collection is classic enough to use day to day, yet elegant to make your brunch feel extra special! Add in some of their barware like the Cocktail Party Bar Tool Set to your bar cart with some bubbly and springy florals and there you have it…the picture-perfect brunch for your gal pals!

Lenox aspires to make the daily moments in your life (i.e mealtimes with loved ones) a bit more special with designs inspired by heritage and designed for now. They offer the perfect casual dinnerware for every day which can be used for your nightly family dinners OR as we begin to host more people again, intimate dinner parties, and fun brunches on Sunday mornings. All of their items are durable, versatile, and oh so pretty to look at! They also offer their own Registry Checklist which lists all of the essentials!

Celebrating 10 years of their top-selling French Perle pattern, Lenox created a new design the French Perle Scallop Collection which is a fresh twist on the classic country look with its feminine ruffles! Each piece has its own unique scallop pattern accented with its signature tea-stained rim. You can mix these with any of their other French Perle collections like the Classic, Groove, or Beaded to make a dinnerware set that is all your own! Bon appétit!

 

Photography: Brooke Nash Photography | Candlesticks + Candles: Style Me Pretty Shop | Dinnerware, Serveware + Barware: Lenox Pine | Gold Napkin Rings: Style Me Pretty Shop | Sparkling Wine: Freixenet

This Charleston Affair Is Giving Us All the Gatsby Meets Bridgerton Vibes

What happens when The Great Gatsby and Bridgerton worlds collide in a charming Charleston fête? Magic. Today’s wedding planned by Pure Luxe Bride is just that! From the neutral palette complimented by gold accents against the bright yellow walls of the William Aiken House, to Hannah’s timeless lace Legends by Romona Keveza gown – the details to fall in love with at the full gallery are truly endless.

From Pure Luxe BrideHannah and Justin’s wedding at William Aiken House was elegant and classic. This couple was forced to postpone due to Covid in 2020, so we were even more excited to finally celebrate these two in February 2021. A beautiful sunshiny day was perfect for the couple to say “I Do” in front of the pergola dripping in greenery, and guests were greeted with a champagne tower following the ceremony. The venue was designed in neutral colors of white, gold, and greenery accents. The custom lace linens, white and gold half circle bar, upholstered chairs, Italian cane back lounge furniture, soft white draping, and crystal chandeliers were perfect for the reception area. The bridesmaids were in champagne satin dresses which matched perfectly with the bride’s Romona Keveza gown and lush white blooms. The cake design was hand piped vine to mimic the fabulous lace applique of the floral linen.

1) What was your vision for your wedding day? What made you choose certain colors or decor?

From the Bride, Hannah… My vision for my wedding day was timeless and elegant. I was going for Gatsby meets Bridgerton vibes with the gold accents, chandeliers and coupe glasses while also playing on the historic beauty of the William Aiken house. The William Aiken house is already so colorful with the different rooms and yellow building so I didn’t want to take away from that by adding more color to it. That’s why I chose neutral colors with some gold accents.

2) What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day?

The moment I remember most from my wedding day was our first look and our first dance. In the chaos of the day, that was really the two chances I had to take it all in and realize what the day was all about. Oh and the horah, there really is nothing like the horah! It gets the whole crowd involved and it really is a miracle I didn’t fall off the chair lol 

 

3) Talk about your dress. Who made it? What made you say yes to it?

My dress was Legends by Romona Kaveza. It’s funny because I never thought I would pick a dress like that but because I am so short (5’2) a lot of dresses overwhelmed me so having a tighter fit looked better. I also just love lace and it really added something to the dress! 

 

4) What’s next for you and your husband?

We are hoping to go to Hawaii in august after Justin finishes his shoulder/elbow fellowship in St. Louis! And we still don’t know where we will be living next year but hope to make a decision in the next few weeks!

Photography: The Happy Bloom | Event Planning: Pure Luxe Bride | Florist: On a Limb | Wedding Dress: Romona Kaveza | Invitations: Dodeline Design | Hair + Makeup: Ash & Co. | Lighting: IES | Ceremony Music: Palmetto Strings | Tent: Snyder Event Rentals | Historic Home: William Aiken House | Linens: Nuage Designs | Reception Music: The Heather Hayes Experience | Rentals: EventWorks | Venue + Catering: PPHG

High Fashion Opulence At The Crosby Club

Held at a hidden gem nestled on a private retreat in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, this wedding inspiration is sure to dazzle. Filled with rich colors, bold textures, and high fashion- we can’t get enough of these nuptials expertly planned by Everly by MGE. The day is elegantly captured in a storytelling style by Purity Weddings that has us falling in love with every image. Don’t miss the exceptional floral arrangements by Julep Bloom Design in the prettiest shades of white, blush, and deep purple. Visit the full gallery for a closer look at all the details.



From Purity WeddingsWhere modern meets elegance was the inspiration for our shoot planned by Everly by MGE. The elegant duo were captured in a sophisticated storytelling style by LA-based photographers Purity Weddings and said “I Do” in a dramatic affair.



The bride radiated in a Badgley Mischka gown, wild curls, and beaded headband. Soft blush makeup enhanced the bride’s natural beauty by Kylee Hudson Bridal. The groom looked dapper in a modern mauve Friar Tux suit.



The tablescape was chic with bold tableware and sleek goblets by Borrow + Bash, cascading with modern blooms by Julep Bloom Design, and bespoke paper goods by Four Things Paper. New and Nostalgic Rentals mixed masculine and feminine furniture to create a bold and clean statement. The lavish evening finished with a modern 2-tier french buttercream cake with layers dark chocolate and raspberry mousse by Kuba Kreations.



Photography: Purity Weddings | Cinematography: Purity Weddings | Event Planning: Lauren of Everly by MGE | Floral Design: Julep Bloom Design | Wedding Dress: Archive Bridal | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Cake: Kuba Kreations | Invitations: Four Things Paper | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Assistant Planner: Lauren of Everly by MGE | Beauty: Kylee Hudson | Model: Breanna Alaina | Rentals: New + Nostalgic Rentals | Rentals: Borrow and Bash | Rentals: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen

Tell Us You’re Having a Summer Wedding Without Telling Us You’re Having One

We’ve already touched on spring specialties and fall favorites, so as we head into the most recognized wedding season of the year – yes, summer – we’d be remiss if we didn’t sound off on the trends and motifs that make sunny weather nuptials next level. From the climbing temps to the clear skies, the variety of suitable venues and settings to the ubiquitous good vibes [that just wash over everyone from May through September], summer serves up a canvas that’s absolutely wedding perfect. We’d say that we’ve seen it all over the years, but truthfully, each summer our couples surprise us with the most stunningly-sublime affairs. It just keeps getting better 😍

If you’ll be getting married this summer and need a few items to enhance your sun-kissed special day, definitely take a peek at our brand new Style Me Pretty Shop. We have plenty of picks to peruse for all seasons, but everything works for summer. If you’re still wondering about the timing of your wedding date, know that you cannot go wrong with something in the summer; in fact, the couples who are getting married in the summertime, get particularly excited about 👇parts – and so do we! 

 

Imagine an Insta post that read along the lines of “tell us you’re having a summer wedding without telling us you’re having one.” We’d expect that these trends would show up BIG in the comments.

Your day will be tented.     

Photo by Mariel Hannah

All the al fresco feels here, right? 

How to turn up the heat a little bit more (and when we say heat, we’re talking more about ‘fire’)

Using our backdrop banner as a statement photo background for guests and to add a little whimsy and movement to your reception entrances.

You’ll be all about the acrylics.

Acrylic or lucite ceremony chairs? Clear welcome signs? Table numbers embossed on plexi with chalk paint or metallics? The season is bright as can be already, so going a little lighter (with a complete absence of color) is totally striking. 

Photo by Michelle Beller 

How to turn up the heat a little bit more

Greet guests with a beautiful gold scripted sign hung with string lights or surrounded with summer blooms that obscure the sides so it looks like the words “Welcome To Our Wedding” are just floating. Moreover, help them find their seats and calligraph an entry in your guest book (just don’t forget those gold metal tea lights, to add some mood to your cocktail and escort card tables).

And whether you’ll be sitting down for your reception at a sweetheart table or pulling up chairs in the center of your crew, you’ll feel like the center of attention all night with the acrylic gold foil bride and groom wedding placards before you.

You’ll have neon present and accounted for [in one way or another].

Neon signage is on point any time of year, but in the summer, it feels even more at home during cocktail hour or placed above your bars during the reception. It’s total Palm Springs realness: if you’re actually there or celebrating elsewhere. 

How to turn up the heat a little bit more

Use our ‘Don’t go thirsty’ sign as decor for the bar or a champs-charged escort card curation, because cocktail hour should be lit, for sure! 

Hang this one above your sweetheart table and make sure your photographer gets at least one pic of you two smooching after someone starts the inevitable clinking glasses chain reaction… Or how about suspending it above your sweets table? It’s a good look, too!

 

Photo by Rebecca Yale

Your getaway car will be open-air.

Picture this: top down, wind in your hair, and some garland on your car’s derierre.

Photo by Lauren Fair

How to turn up the heat a little bit more

A getaway car is timeless (just like the antique cars can be themselves), but riding into golden hour, hands joined, with just the elements around you? It’s once in a lifetime. Make yours uniquely you with a banner or a garland in the back. Mr. and Mrs. or multicolored ribbons, whatever you choose, just coordinate with your florist to have some extra blooms to style with in back (lilies and dahlias have our vote!). 

Sure, a wedding will be haute in any season, but nuptials happening in the summer just really float our boats ☀️Planning for your own summertime party to celebrate your love? Then make sure you take a peek at our curated Style Me Pretty shop collection, available exclusively on-site right now!

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You’ll Love The Boho Touches At This Fall Wedding At The Ivy Rose Barn

Fall is one of our favorite times of the year, and it’s celebrated beautifully inside this inspired editorial at The Ivy Rose Barn. The venue’s greenhouse created the perfect backdrop, with a clear view of the trees in the beginning stages of their color change which inspired the palette for the day. Blooms in autumnal hues of golden yellow and soft orange were beautifully designed by Selah Ray Florals. The details of the day shine in the spectacular imagery by Nicole Colwell Photography. Visit the full gallery for a closer look.



From Nicole Colwell PhotographyAutumn is a magical time here in Virginia. The weather is perfect, with warmer days and cooler nights, which makes Fall the most sought-after time to get married. We designed an Autumn at the Greenhouse editorial showcasing how perfect this time of year really is but without pumpkin spice.



The Greenhouse at Ivy Rose was the perfect backdrop. With its clear roof, you really feel like you are outside but are protected from the elements. Our trees were in the beginning stages of changing colors with mostly golden yellows and softer oranges which inspired our color palette.



This editorial is a classic elegant design with just the right amount of boho touches. It was a magical day filled with beautiful moments.



Photography: Nicole Colewell Photography | Event Design: The Ivy Rose Barn | Floral Design: Selah Ray Florals | Gown: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Blush Baking Co. | Tux: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Ivy Rose Barn | Wedding Venue: The Heirloom Collection by Ivy Rose | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Models: Marilyn's Agency | Paper: Paper Handmade | Rentals: The Heirloom Collection by Ivy Rose

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Old World Opulence at the Historic Vizcaya Gardens & Museum

From the storybook staircases, to the Spanish moss swaying in the trees, every corner of Vizcaya inspired each of our design details…” says Janna Brown Design of the overall inspiration behind today’s gorgeous styled shoot. We’re completely, head over heels, in love with the lush arrangements in dusty rose hues that perfectly complimented the surrounding gardens. Not to mention the bride’s knockout Monique Lhuillier gown that brought an old world Spanish feel to the aesthetic. To see all the pretty unfold, you have to head on over to the full gallery – taken by the ever so talented Lost Coast Photography!

From Janna Brown Design…. Immersing ourselves in the Spanish influences of Vizcaya, we built our design to embrace all of the unique beauty that this unparalleled venue presented. 

From the storybook staircases, to the Spanish moss swaying in the trees, every corner of Vizcaya inspired each of our design details. Our bride donned layers of lace in a dramatic gown, paired with a lace tipped veil that trailed behind her for an old world Spanish aesthetic. 

We warmed the palette with subtle pink and dusty rose tones that complimented the painted stonework throughout the gardens and the sunkissed skin of our resplendent bride. Our paper goods were inspired by the lush botanical gardens, with intricate floral and foliage sketches carried through the suite. Our reception tables boasted luxurious pooling linens, topped with gold rimmed dinnerware, crystal glassware, custom menus and an abundance of blooms…

Photography: Lost Coast Photography | Cinematography: Aziz Studios | Coordination: Ema Giangreco Weddings | Event Design: Janna Brown Design Co | Event Planning: Janna Brown Design Co. | Floral Design: Janna Brown Design Co | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Inquisited | Groom's Attire: SuitShop | Beauty: Brazil Raine | Bridal Shoppe: Chic Parisien | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Location: Vizcaya Museum And Gardens | Modeling Agency: Wimbley Management | Rentals: Atlas Event Rentals | Rentals: Imperial Event Rentals | Silks: Frou Frou Chic

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Looking For A Gift For Your Bride Tribe? You’re Going To Want to Check Out ALEX AND ANI’s New Bridal Collection!

Whether you’re asking your besties to be bridesmaids or gifting your soon-to-be mother-in-law, ALEX AND ANI, the eco-friendly jewelry brand has something for everyone (even the bride) with their redesigned Bridal Collection. Launched on April 8th, the collection includes bangles with charms that read ‘I Pick You’ and ‘Happily Ever After’ and even ‘Bride’ so you can gift yourself too! Now…gather your list of girls and pick out a bangle to add to their charmed arm!

ALEX AND ANI is a Made in America jewelry brand founded in Rhode Island in 2004. The jewelry is crafted with recycled materials making them not only eco-friendly but also nickel-free! Designed to connect you to your life’s journey, while expressing yourself freely and showing off what makes you, you – through your accessories!

‘Happily Ever After’ Charm Bangle which comes with matching stationery for a personalized note

From a single bangle to a full charmed arm, there is truly a meaning for everyone and everything. What’s even better? They offer seasonal collections, zodiac symbols, necklaces, rings, and even customizable options!

So, if you’re newly engaged, ready to say ‘I Do,’ or already have, ALEX AND ANI is there throughout your journey from engagement to wedding planning to motherhood and beyond.

 

Jewelry: Alex And Ani

Introducing Barbara Kavchok Couture’s Nouveau Collection: An Expression of Love Through Wearable Art

If you are looking for your dream wedding dress that is like nothing you’ve seen before, look no further – we’ve got you covered with Barbara Kavchok‘s couture bridal gowns that cover a range of style categories! Her newest collection, Nouveau which offers dramatic sleeves, intricate details, and even some color, celebrates uniqueness and individuality which you can clearly see in each of her gowns, or as she calls them; wearable sculptures! As a bride on your wedding day, you want to feel and look your best and with Barbara’s endless customization options you can do exactly that! Check out the USA-based, women-owned, and operated brand below who celebrates love and believes her newest collection showcases some light after a dark year!

Regina | Alisa
Stella
Feraday | Sunny

From the Barbara Kavchok Team…Barbara is a mind reader when it comes to designing the dream gown for one of her brides. Whether her clients are local or international, she makes their experience as personal and relaxing as possible. She understands the heart behind the bride and her reasoning for wanting the absolute perfect dress. Barbara always tells her brides that their wedding dress will most likely be the most important outfit they ever wear, as they will cherish the photos from that day forever. It is important that their dress is timeless and truly representative of them.

Barbara has two notable flagships: Soliloquy Bridal Couture in Herndon, Virginia, and London and Lace Bridal in Asheville, North Carolina

Oasis | Pink
Spencer | Camelia

The Nouveau collection felt like an artistic rebirth, as it allowed Barbara to play with various textiles and colors. She loves to collaborate with other artists, photographers, florists, and venues on styled shoots and editorials. Barbara feels at home when she is surrounded by groups of like-minded, artistic individuals who come together to showcase each other’s talents. These dresses became the overall inspiration for the name, Nouveau, as they symbolize a fresh start filled with positivity, creativity, and splashes of color.

Olive Grey
Phoenix | Olive Bridal
Meadow

With the continuation of a romantic theme and building off of a sculptural feel, Nouveau is a fun twist on Barbara’s past two collections: Love Story and Summer in Stockholm. You can check out the Nouveau collection on the Barbara Kavchok website and Instagram.

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Photography: Zachary Hartzell | Bridal Gowns: Barbra Kavchock | Bridal Shop: Soliloquy Bridal Couture | Bridal Shop: London and Lace Bridal