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Blue Greek-Inspired Wedding of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Meet Rachel and Corey, loveliest duo ever. Not only is their wedding day ridiculously gorgeous, layered with all sorts of something blues… but their meet cute is so darling, mostly because it took them so long to actually officially meet! Anticipation is so alluring, isn’t it? But when they did, they were inseparable. Read their story for yourself below and soak in their soiree planned by HauteFêtes, bloomed by Carla Kayes and captured by Kristina Adams.

As told by HauteFêtes, Fine Weddings & Events… Rachel and Corey are truly every planner’s dream couple. They are kind, considerate, easy going and care deeply about each other, as well as those around them. Their romance began in law school when their eyes met across a crowded lecture hall, like in the movies, except they didn’t share a knowing smile and race into each other’s arms. Instead, Rachel sat down next to Corey’s best friend and proceeded to take notes for the duration of their lecture. Six months later, Rachel was still taking notes and Corey had yet to introduce himself. But, then fate intervened in the way of a small writing class. With two spots left, Rachel raised her hand to register and immediately, Corey saw his opportunity and did so, too. From that moment on they were inseparable and finally, in March 2017 while on a hiking trip to Waimea Canyon on Kauai, Corey popped the question and Rachel agreed to marry him.

As we got to planning their wedding, they knew the venue had to be somewhere that would feel inviting and intimate, but could also inspire an organic and natural theme throughout design details, from their invitations to their favors. Because of their love of the great outdoors, the couple chose to make it official with a garden-inspired ceremony at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. They fell in love with the charm of the historic venue with its sprawling gardens, tree-lined lawns and quiet spaces. Inspired by the beauty of the California landscape, for their color palette, we kept things neutral with shades of green, ivory, the palest blue and a touch of taupe. They wanted their wedding spaces to feel connected and their design to feel timeless and, despite having nearly 200 guests, we achieved that with lush greenery, romantic floral, billowing chiffon, lounge vignettes and lots of twinkling lights from crystal chandeliers, market lights and candles. Since the couple is also big on good food and spending time with friends, we also made sure that their celebration was centered around bringing their closest family and friends together for a weekend of great eats, starting with woodfired pizza and wine at a local winery and ending with brunch on the Inn’s patio.

Despite their passion for the outdoors, Rachel and Corey have a timeless and classic style. For the wedding, Corey a custom Giovanni Bresciani navy blue tux and Jared Lang shoes while Rachel wore a stunning Martina Liana lace dress which we paired with an organic bouquet of tea and garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and delicate lacy hydrangea that looked as if they’d been gathered from the garden. For her ‘maids, Rachel selected Jenny Yoo dresses in a pretty pale blue hue.

Since the couple are both lawyers, their wedding ceremony was conducted like a trial presenting the case to be wed, California rulings on marriage, and ultimately culminating in their guests being asked to rule ‘ye’ or ‘nay’ in favor of the marriage to which everyone unanimously yelled ‘ye!’ After, guests made their way to the upper lawn for an al fresco cocktail hour and delicious tray passed hor d’oeuvres, with a masculine leather sofa that balanced out all the pretty tables for guest lounging. They later found their hand calligraphed seat assignments on a vintage apothecary table that we layered with hops and vines. Finally, guests made their way to a gorgeous reception with cabanas and open air dining, where long tables were topped with soft dusty blue linens, scalloped china, and white hemstitched napkins each with a calligraphed place name tied onto a sprig of olive with white silk ribbon. Vintage silver flatware and marbled candleholders added a vintage touch to the elegant but organic setting.

Throughout their day, we also incorporated elements that reflected Rachel’s pride in her Greek heritage. They gifted guests bags of sugared almonds or ‘koufetta’, the traditional Greek wedding favor, hand-stamped with olive branches that mimicked their invitations, while their cake sat on a bed of olive branches. Additionally, the chiffon-swagged cabanas were reminiscent of the sails of Greek boats, with the cut-lace linens in homage of Greek design. Finally, some favorite details were Rachel’s sketches of the façade of The Inn which we incorporated into the wedding stationery, and Corey’s squirrel cookies they served with the desserts in honor of the baby squirrel they’d rescued on a hike which served to capture their spirit and love of history and the great outdoors.

Rachel and Corey put a lot of trust in us to make their wedding day beautiful, down to earth and every bit a reflection of the two of them. While the overall wedding was a joy to design and plan, we were simply thrilled watching all of the most important people in their lives have such a wonderful time together – some of whom had only just met. That was probably the best part of the entire wedding weekend.

Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Floral Design: Carla With Enchanting Blooms | Stationery: By Priscilla Lee | Hair and Makeup: Danielle Ryan Beauty | Band: Brothers Gow | Wedding Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe | Bakery/Dessertier: Hey There, Cupcake! | Cigar Bar: El Canito Cigars | Design + Planning: HauteFetes | Lighting/Production/Cabanas: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals (furniture + tabletop) : Archive Rentals | Rentals (linens): La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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The Most Effortlessly Beautiful Spring Wedding Inspiration

Soft, delicate florals arranged beautifully by Keep Floral, captivating textural details and a romantic color scheme suitable for any season – these are a few of our favorite things you can expect to see in this STUNNING style shoot planned by Tied With A Bow Weddings and captured by Sara Corona Photography. Prepare to fall in love with every detail. Just wait ’till you see the tablescape complete with modern lines and dusty blue, mauve and rose gold touches. It’s time to get inspired…

From Sara Corona PhotographyFall in love with weddings that seek romance and appreciate the effortless beauty of florals and complimentary colors. Captured beautifully in film by Sara Corona, this curated “floral abundance” editorial was curated to illustrate a fine art wedding with soft colors and textural details that could be utilized to bring out the beauty in any season.

Colorado based wedding planner Tied with a Bow Weddings designed a refined yet colorful wedding inspiration alongside a talented group of creatives with a color palette of dusty blue, mauves and rose gold touches . The stunning centerpiece was designed with soft textures that juxtaposed the natural textures in the hanging installation by Colorado florist, Keep Floral. The tablescape was designed with modern lines, warm candlelight atop a traditional whitewashed farm table. The table was set with a luxe velvet tablecloth by Soirée Linen and a mix of modern and vintage stemware, blush place settings and rose gold flatware from House of Yonder.

Lush blooms with varying mauve tones complimented the tones of the table design. Katy Pierson Cakes designed a beautiful marble toned cake with stunning handmade sugar flowers. Inspired by the free and whimsical mauve florals, stationer Beautifully Noted dabbles in playful lettering and a dusty rose palette. Featuring a botanical watercolor envelope liner and paired with a luxe velvet ribbon and antique gold wax seals, this suite is just that––sweet! Custom hand-torn place cards adorn the place settings, while the couple’s promises to each other find a forever home in her signature His and Hers vow booklets.

A gorgeous custom ring by The Diamond Reserve added a touch of vintage glam to this organic suite. The bride was dressed in a stunning Mira Zwillinger floral appliqué gown from Little White Dress, and adorned with a stunning veil by Hope Couture Bridal. Whimsical stylings paired with soft colorful details made for a perfect day with countless inspiration items for blushing brides-to-be that are looking for a bit of color in their day!

“Celebrate, charm, decorate, dress, live – colorfully”- Kate Spade

Photography: Sara Corona Photography | Florist: Keep Floral | Cake: Katy Pierson Cake | Jewelry: The Diamond Reserve | Hair and Makeup: Smash Beauty Bar | Chairs: Charming Chairs | Dress Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Dress Designer: Mira Zwillinger | Linen: Soiree Linen | Model: Romelle | Paper Suite: Beautifully Noted | Planning: Tied With a Bow Weddings | Rentals: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Veil: Hope Couture Bridal

Tying the Knot in Paradise at Maui’s Haiku Mill

If I were to do it all over again, Haiku Mill would be at THE tippy top of my venue list. Lush greenery, old world charm and a Maui zip code are all part of its repertoire. And this gorgeous affair planned by Elements by K.H. & Co, with florals by Teresa Sena Designs and images by Jana Dillon does it so much justice. It’s a celebration that matches tradition with unique details like forgoing a cake cutting for a champagne tower or draping the reception in the most spectacular ceiling of greenery. This is paradise found.

From the Bride…That feeling when you can’t stop looking at something…yup, that was how we felt about this venue. As someone who had poured over Pinterest, wedding sites, and magazines (embarrassingly before I ever had a wedding to actually plan), I thought I had seen it all. I put together a nice tidy list of prospective venues for our wedding, but none of them spoke to us as a couple. It wasn’t until I got to a photo of a greenery-soaked stone mill, that both of our eyes popped out of our heads. “Wow, I like THAT one!”….was Marshall’s reaction, and the one I always hoped my future groom would have.

So off to Maui we went (twist our arms), to take a look at Haiku Mill, praying that it lived up to the expectations the photos left us with. Spoiler alert, it did not disappoint. It encompassed everything that we were looking for; intimate space for a small wedding, old world European charm, natural elements to work with, and all in a location not too inconvenient from our friends and family in California — it was perfect.

We wanted to frame our day with tradition, while also staying true to who we are as couple. While we had a traditional ceremony led by Marshall’s Uncle Bob, and a small bridal party, we veered off the beaten path by foregoing things like the bouquet and garter toss, and opted for a ceremonial champagne tower in lieu of a cake cutting.

Working alongside Tara Lee Murphy and Kimiko Hosaki from Elements by K.H. and Co made planning a wedding 2,300 miles away as stress free as possible. They made our greenery ceiling come to life, and ensured we had the best vendors supporting us day-of. Garnish Craft Cocktails provided the most delicious beverages and coached us through the entire process of menu selection. While Cutting Edge Catering put together the most decedent three-course menu, and even executed on my desire to have coconut bowls filled with homemade ice cream for dessert!

Our attire choice was inspired by old photos of Marshall’s grandparents. Looking at pictures of them from the 1950s donning a tux, and a classic cut gown, it was so timeless, and something we wanted to replicate for a day that will live forever in photos. Marshall and his groomsmen went with a classic black tux, the bridesmaids wore simple black off-the-shoulder gowns, and I….have a backstory on that wedding dress.

I had purchased a custom gown from a local designer in March 2017, and didn’t receive it until April 2018. When I tried it on, it was a disaster. The cut was wrong, the fabric was off, and the overall construction made me feel like they had forgotten to make it until last minute. To keep it short, I was devastated. Six weeks to go until my wedding day, I had no dress. La Soie in Walnut Creek came to the rescue and allowed me to come in appointment-less, and desperate. A brand new, never worn gown, was striped from the mannequin I saw in the window, and I fell so in love with it, I didn’t want to take it off. Some magic of local seamstresses took it in 10 sizes, and it became the vision I never knew I had for a dress; it was perfect.

I couldn’t have dreamed up a more wonderful day to become a wife, and begin our lives together as a couple in paradise!

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Photography: Jana Dillon | Videographer: Driftwood Films | Event Planner: Lindsay Miller with Elements Luxury Events | Florals: Teresa Sena Designs | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Invitations: Reverie Paper Co. | Stationery: Indigo Blue Design Co. | Ceremony Venue: Haiku Mill | Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Reformation | Catering: Cutting Edge Catering | Hair and Makeup: Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Band: Shea Derrick And Full Flavor | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Groomsmen's Attire: Menguin | Transportation: TP Transportation | Transportation: Chauffeured Services | Venue: Haiku Mill | Bar Service: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Groom Gift: Rolex | Rentals: Island Rents | Rentals: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Table Settings: Set

Classic & Elegant Texas Wedding at The Grand Ivory

The very first thing on my wedding planning wish list was a gorgeous venue. A gorgeous white venue to be exact. There’s nothing quite as fresh and classic as a clean backdrop and today’s spot, The Grand Ivory, is all that and more and fulfilled the vision of Ann and Quan—with the help of Pop Parties. To document their celebration, they called on Allen Tsai and Brad & Monica Wedding Films and I’m SO glad they did, so we can all be be virtual guests!

From Allen Tsai PhotographyAnn and Quan wanted a clean, classic, and elegant wedding and they sure achieved it with the perfect design from Pop Parties! The Grand Ivory was the perfect backdrop for their wedding with the clean walls and beautiful natural lighting. Paired with lush greenery and touches of white and blush floral design by R Love Floral, it truly brought their wedding vision to life!

For the classic and elegant touches, Ann wore a stunning Vera Wang gown and had all of her bridesmaids in gold sequin gowns. Quan went with the classic black tux and bowtie look.

The reception design was the perfect balance of everything. The aisle floral pieces from the ceremony were re-purposed onto the head table creating a lush greenery organic vibe. The tables were a mix of long rectangular wooden tables with low floral arrangements to keep the organic look consistent, but also mixed in with round tables featuring tall centerpieces with blush and ivory linens to create that elegant look. The couple chose to serve Babes Chicken, their favorite restaurant while together and it truly was a wonderful celebration from start to finish!

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Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Cinematography: Brad & Monica Wedding Films | Planner: Pop Parties | Floral Design: R Love Floral | Cake: Fancy Cakes By Lauren | Catering: Babe's Chicken | Hair and Makeup: Daniela Bell Beauty | Officiant: Love Notes | Transportation: Echo Transportation | Wedding Venue: The Grand Ivory | Bridal Gown: Vera Wang | Entertainment/Lighting: Le Force Entertainment | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Linens: BBJ Linen | Photobooth: Joy Squad | Rentals: TLC Event Rentals

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How To Throw the Perfect Rosé Party With Your Girl Gang

What better way to kick off spring than with a girls night out! What if that girls night out was also complete with rosé, cotton candy, and tons of goodies? Now that we’ve got your attention, the team behind Paperless Post and Fathom Gallery is sharing all the deets on their recent Roses and Rosé Soirée. Just in time to get those creative party planning juices flowing!

From Elizabeth Carberry EventsWe all know roses are typically red… But for our Roses and Rosé Soirée hosted by Paperless Post & Fathom Gallery in collaboration with Heather Lane Events, the only roses in sight matched the flowing bubbly! It was the perfect ladies days out! Guests were greeted by a waterfall of balloons flowing out of Fathom Gallery’s 2nd story window, from All About Balloons, as they entered the party.


 

Very rarely do the movers and shakers of the event & wedding service industry get a chance to stop moving and embrace a day created just for them. The mission was simple. Host a soiree where industry creatives could connect for a few hours over delicious, over the top, girly pink inspiration designed by Heather Lane Events and Elizabeth Carberry Creative.


Stem and Thistle made our secret garden dreams come true with flowing greens and roses from the ceiling to the floor to wrap around the bottom of our White Glove Rental and BBJ Linen tablescape.



With an Italian inspired buffet from Root & Stem Catering and the yummiest cake complete with cascading sugar roses created by Fleur & Flour, bellies were full.



And the icing on the cake? The flowing Le Grand Courtage‘s Brut Rose topped with champagne and rose flavor cotton candy spun to perfection by Fluffness.



Photographer: Hannah Bjorndal | Floral Design: Stem and Thistle | Catering: Root & Stem | Venue: Fathom Creative | Balloon Installation: All About Balloons | Cake Design & Favors: Fleur and Flour | Champagne & Rose: Le Grande Courtage | Cotton Candy: Fluffness | Linens: BBJ Linen | Planning & Design: Heather Lane Events | Planning & Design: Elizabeth Carberry | ROSE Installation: Brightly Ever After | Rentals : White Glove Rentals | Stationery/Calligraphy: Painted Palettes

The Most Wow-Worthy Dress Trains from Real Weddings

Picking the perfect bridal gown is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. But with options galore, it can be difficult to know where to start. (We feel ya, girl!) Well, one scroll through the below styles may just help you narrow your search with the trend we can’t get enough of this year — stunning dress trains. From A-line to mermaid to ballgowns, no silhouette, style or fabric is off limits when it comes to flaunting a little extra fabric at the end of your dress… and looking good in the process. So if you’re ready to find your dream dress that turns heads, keep scrolling below for your dose of inspo.

Dress by Nardos | Photography by Amanda K

Hello, gorgeous. This dress is the epitome of classy. Whether you’re having a garden affair or a ballroom gathering, we’d be perfectly okay wearing this chic A-line style in either setting.

Dress by Carol HannahPhotography by Ellen Ashton

Because who doesn’t love feeling like an all-out goddess on their wedding day, am I right? This stunning gown will have you feeling like Athena in no time.

Dress by Mustat BridalPhotography by Trynh

I think we can all agree this new misses looks drop-dead gorgeous. The tasteful, blush skirt is giving us some serious bridal envy over here — who’s with us?!

Dress by Mariee | Photography by Rachel Soloman

Ladies who love a classic gown will be ALL over this pretty Liz Martinez style. That train is so full and stunning, we won’t even blame you if you want to forgo the bustle altogether — let it all out, girl!

Dress by Maggie SotteroPhotography by Elizabeth Nwansi

PSA: Long flowing trains don’t have to feel over-the-top. Just take this simple Maggie Sottero style. It’s sweet and sophisticated and everything you, Miss Bride, could want!

Dress by Liz MartinezPhotography by Sally Pinera

This gal sure knows how to match a dress to her decor, bring on the florals!

Dress by Dennis BassoPhotography by Jose Villa

Our hearts skipped a beat when we saw this unreal train — It’s dramatic, dreamy, oh-so-flattering. What more could you ask for?!

Dress by Allure BridalsPhotography by Mychelle Levan

Outdoor wedding gals, take note! Long trains are not off-limits for you — just take this one as proof!

Dress by Haley Paige | Photography by Laura Kelly

We.have.no.words. This style is magical with its light and airy fabric pooling together at the bottom. Talk about a true head-turner.

Dress by Lela RosePhotography by Peter and Veronika

Traditional and timeless, this chic selection is pretty much begging for its chance to walk down the aisle.

Dress by Hayley PaigePhotography by Rossini Photography

Can you say, trains for daysss? This is the closest thing we’ve seen to that famous Priyanka Chopra veil, only this one doesn’t require an encore of five people to tote around. It’s practical!

Dress by Monique Lhuillier | Photography by Lynette Boyle Photography

Timeless elegance and feminine romance wrapped up into one wow-worthy gown!

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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

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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

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How To Set The Most Colorful Easter Table

Easter is still a few weeks away but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump start on the planning! Whether you have long standing Easter traditions, or you are just looking for an excuse to have a festive gathering, this holiday is a great way to welcome in spring. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tips from the entertaining masters to pull together the ultimate Easter table.

MAKE AHEAD

For a stress free morning, prep it all ahead of time. No one will no if you’ve set your table or done some baking the day before!

See more: Easter Brunch Celebration From Alea Lovely + Julie Blanner


ELEVATED MENUS

Adding custom menus to each place setting to make your brunch a little more extra! You can also drive the Easter theme home with specialty dishes like spaghetti squash ‘nests’ topped with eggs!

See more: Host the Best Ever Easter Brunch with this Watercolor Backdrop


SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS

We love this idea of creating a donut tower with little bunny toothpicks! A quick element that looks fancy while been super easy to throw together. Perfect for kids and adults!

See more: Whimsical Easter Table for the Kids

MIX IT UP

Your table doesn’t always have to be uniform in order to look great. Mixing eclectic dishes throughout each place setting adds something different for each guest. Plus how amazing are these egg nests?

See more: Eclectic Pastel Easter Tablescape

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Simple doesn’t mean dull! Pick up flowers, fruits, and breakfast treats from your local market. A line up of great food, fresh florals, family and friends, goes a long way.

See more: A Simple Easter Tablescape 


OR TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Thinking of making Easter brunch an annual tradition? It might be time to invest in some Easter inspired decor! These bunny plates are almost too cute.

See more: A Blossoming Easter Tablescape

EMBRACE THE WILD

Looking for that wow factor? Go wild with your own floral arrangements – no vase needed! Do it yourself by mixing branches, greenery, and single stem flowers down the center of your table for a statement making meal!

See more: A Farm-to-Table Easter Tablescape That Will Wow Your Guests

BE BRIGHT

If color is your thing fill your table with bright hues! You can even set the bright tone in your invitation and continue with the color scheme throughout your table decor.

See more: This Unexpected Color Palette is Perfect for Your Easter Brunch


PARTY FAVORS

This spring gathering incorporated a little giveaway at each place setting with mini terra cotta flower pots, which also served as place settings.

See more: This Brunch Spread Will Have You Rethinking Your Easter Plans


 

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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: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Industry Event Rentals | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Welcome Boxes: Upstate IDo

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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 Hotel | MUA: Lure Artistry

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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, Kaella Lynn Events 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 Kaella Lynn Events 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 Handmade Wedding 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: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Planner and Designer: Kaella Lynn Events | 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