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10 Wedding Dress Trends Brides Will Be ALL About in 2019

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

1. Plunging Necklines

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

2. Meghan Markle Inspired Minimalism

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

3. Mocknecks

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

4. Regal Capes

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

5. Bows Galore

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

6. Geometric Patterns

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

7. Puff Sleeves

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

8. Jumpsuits

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

9. Crop Tops

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

10. Short Dresses

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

Italian-Inspired Wedding with Autumn Hues at Villa Montalvo

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

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

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

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Tuscan Renaissance Wedding Inspiration at Villa di Geggiano

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lush Rooftop Wedding at Villa La Vedetta in Florence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Outdoor Garden-Inspired Wedding at Scripps College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Romantic Spring Wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in California

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

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

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

A Lush Garden Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Stunning Private Barn Wedding with Colorful Accents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Inside Scoop on Revelry’s Gorg New Bridal Line

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

COLLECTION DETAILS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DID YOU KNOW?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIY Free Calligraphy Wedding Printable with Love Poem by Rupi Kaur

When a title includes the words free, printable and calligraphy in it, it’s kind of common sense that you should be taking a gander. Dreamt up by Jacquelyn of Lark & Linen, for her very own wedding, this ‘DIY’ love poem printable (with calligraphy by Becca Joas) is the loveliest touch to a wedding welcome table. Bonus, you can display in your home afterward! Get the details below and see Jacquelyn’s full wedding feature here and DIY vow books here.

Supplies

8×10″ deckled edge paper
Inkjet printer
Poem template
Double-sided foam stickers
11×14″ backing board
11×14″ photo frame
1/2 yard linen fabric
Glue
Scissors

Instructions

  1. Put a sheet of deckled edge paper in your printer.
  2. Download the template & print out on the paper (the template is sized for 8.5 x 11″ paper, you may need to set the printer to fit to scale if your paper is a different size).
  3. Iron the linen fabric smooth, and cut it to be 1″ larger than the backing board on all sides.
  4. Wrap the linen around the backing board as though you were wrapping a present. Glue on the back side only, making sure the fabric lies smooth and flat on the front side. Let it dry with a large book or other flat heavy item on top.
  5. Place a foam sticker on each corner of the poem paper (back side). Peel off the adhesive on the other side of each sticker, and then press the paper onto the center of the linen backing board. This will give a slightly lifted “float mount” effect.
  6. Place the mounted poem in the frame, & voila!

Photography: Will Reid | Design: Lark & Linen | Calligraphy: Becca Joas | Poem: Rupi Kaur

An End of Summer Garden Wedding at Riviera at Massapequa

A stunning blush and white wedding on Long Island?! Sounds like the best way to end the summer with a bang if you ask us! This adorable couple tied the knot at Riviera at Massapequa, a classic venue with a rustic twist. Their day was filled with soft and romantic blooms by Tims Florist and the sweetest pale pink Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses. Lucky for us, Jennifer Lam and Betsi Ewing Studio were there to capture the magic unfold! See it all below!

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From the bride… Danny and I had the perfect end to the summer Long Island wedding. This was a stunning classic rustic venue filled with soft, fun, romantic, garden pictures. It also had a lot of white and greenery. Every weekend on Long Island this summer was filled with rain. We knew if we got a beautiful summer night that it would be a home run not just for us but for everyone. Everyone would be in a good mood and that is exactly what happened.

Details were very important to my special day. I wanted it to be a different experience for everyone. We got so lucky and it was one of the first Saturday nights in the summer that was sunny which made it even better. People were really enjoying themselves. We had our cocktail hour outside on the water with a full pasta station since the bride is 100% Italian. We also had a rustic lemonade stand that had our two signature cocktails. The lemonade stand was such a hit and made it easy for people to have a nice summer drink in their mason jar. They kept the jars as favors. We wanted it to be very elegant but also wanted people to feel laid back and relaxed. I think our photographer did a great job capturing the beauty of the rustic venue but still capture it in a stunning way. We kept the wedding party very small and only included our siblings. I was never a fan of color so I made sure to use a lot of white and a lot of greenery. My sisters had on very pale pink Jenny Yoo gowns which were stunning. My brothers and his brother had on navy blue Calvin Klein tuxedos. They were perfect combo for summer.

Our priest made us write essays about “Why this person out of everyone?” –  to our Surprise he read the full essays. It was super magical and everyone loved it. On Long island there is a famous burger place called All American in Massapequa. We got 100 hamburgers and 100 cheeseburgers for guest to enjoy on their way home. They were a big hit because me and my husband didn’t even get a chance to eat one because they were all gone. We don’t know how to use Uber so we called a yellow taxi to go home that night and everyone made fun of us. Overall it was a great end to the summer and a great beginning to the rest of our lives. We also used the perfect song ft Boccelli which all my Italian family members loved. Someone told me during the wedding planning process not to stress the right choices , that the right choices will make themselves known. This really helped me because at the end of the day, the right choices do pop up and make themselves known. I made a board and it started with 100 pictures then closer to the wedding it had 7 of the things I really wanted.

Photography: Jennifer Lam Photography | Videography : BETSI EWING STUDIO | Floral Design: Tim's Florist | wedding gown : Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Sugared Fig Paperie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | makeup : Alexandra Giampaolo | hair : Megan Silverman Hair | suits : Calvin Klein | Wedding Venue: The Rivera | Lemonade Stand : Lovely Lemons | Photobooth : Snappy Booth | exit station : all american burger

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DIY Calligraphy Vow Books with Free Download

This morning we featured what I know will be my favorite wedding of 2019. Sure, I may be biased as the Bride is my dear friend Jacquelyn, but I think you’ll agree it’s ridiculously beautiful and not to mention, filled with an abundance of steal-worthy details. One of those deets are these pretty little vow books, graced with art and calligraphy by Jess Blazejewski and Becca Joas, respectively. If you’re planning to make your vows your own, these beauties are equally one of a kind and won’t take up all of your precious wedding planning hours.

Supplies

“Our Vows” free template from Becca Joas Calligraphy
5×7″ Handmade paper for book cover
5×7″ Gray paper for book interior pages
1/4″ Silk Ribbon (we cut down this silk chiffon ribbon to that width)
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil
Bone Folder tool
Needle
White embroidery thread

Instructions

  1. Download the “Our Vows” template from Becca Joas Calligraphy. Print out onto handmade paper. Be sure to set your printer to the size of the handmade paper and the thickest paper setting. It may take a few tries to get your printer to cleanly pick up the paper.
  2. Use a ruler to mark 0.25″ on all four sides of the gray interior paper pieces. I used 3 pieces of paper but you can use as few or as many as you like.
  3. Place the ruler firmly on the pencil line and gently rip the edge off the paper on all four sides, giving a lovely hand-torn edge to the paper and ensuring the interior page is smaller than the book cover. Repeat for the remaining interior pages.
  4. Fold the “Our Vows” cover page in half and use the bone folder to cleanly press the fold. Fold the interior pages in half and cleanly press the folds. Place the interior pages inside the book cover.
  5. Thread the needle with the white thread and knot one end of the thread. Open the paper pages to the center page. Press the needle through the paper pages, starting at the bottom of the fold in the innermost page and go all the way through the outside cover.
  6. Push the needle back through the pages (from the outside cover in) at around halfway up the spine of the book. Turn the needle around and push it back through (from inside to outer cover). Finally at the top of the book spine push the needle through again (from the outside cover in), knot the thread, and trim any excess thread.
  7. Tie 1/4″ thick ribbon around the spine of the book. Knot the ribbon on the outside of the spine and leave two long trailing tails of ribbon. Repeat steps 1-7 for a second book for your spouse-to-be.
  8. Write your vows inside the books and exchange at your wedding ceremony.

Photography: Will Reid | Calligraphy: Becca Joas | Art: Jess Blazejewski | Vow Books: Lark & Linen

Interior Designer Jacquelyn Clark’s Wedding at Colette Cafe in Toronto

This beauty right here, she is one of my very favorite people (and quite unbelievably, we’ve never officially met in person). Jacquelyn and I began working at Style Me Pretty just months apart. In the six years since, she’s had in me in awe in more ways that I can count—from her incredible editorial contribution in launching SMP Living to her gorgeous blog, Lark & Linen to starting her own interior design firm. She does everything with care, kindness and a sense of style that will draw you in; I knew her very own wedding would be graced with that same air. Today, I have the honor of sharing her breathtaking celebration with you all—thanks to the photography genius of Will Reid—and I couldn’t be more happy seeing my smiling friend as the prettiest Bride ever, marrying her forever.

From the Bride, Jacquelyn of Lark & LinenTo be completely honest, I’ve never really been much of the bridal-type. As an interior designer by trade, looking back, it’s no surprise to me that most of my childhood daydreams revolved around renovating houses (usually complete with drawbridges and epic spots for hide and seek). I always hoped that getting married and raising lots of babies was going to be in my future, but I never really imagined a wedding of my own.

So when my now husband, Justin, proposed back in February 2017 after just over ten years together, I was of course thrilled. But, despite working under the Style Me Pretty umbrella for years, the whole wedding planning process immediately felt daunting for both of us.

Neither of us are the type who like a lot of attention, and if it were up to us at the time, we would have happily eloped and exchanged our vows on the peak of a mountain somewhere magical, and far away.

But with a massive extended family on both sides, of whom we obviously love and adore, it just didn’t feel right to leave them out of such a pivotal moment in our lives. So we ultimately decided that a simple wedding at home, surrounded by only our closest friends and family, was going to be the name of our game. The only caveat: we were going to do it our way.

We quickly got to work planning a day that suited us as a couple best. We really questioned almost every wedding tradition we had heard of, or experienced, in the past, and truly only partook in the ones that felt most like “us”. We began crafting our picture perfect day with a focus on a lot of small, personal details – like signature cocktails, homemade vow books, and a custom monogram we sprinkled virtually everywhere we could think of.

Our resulting wedding day ended up being an intimate event with our nearest and dearest, complete with cocktails and champagne aplenty, and tons of food (and fabulous fixed food stations) being passed around all evening. And, perhaps my favourite moment of the night, was when a delivery man showed up in the wee hours with bags overflowing with Big Macs and Junior Chickens – dare I say the best way to wrap up an elegant evening? Months later, our friends still talk about it (which, to me, is a wedding win, as far as I’m concerned).

In addition to omitting a sit down dinner, the bouquet toss, and speeches, we decided to skip the traditional “first dance”. I actually adore the first dance tradition for other brides – it’s one of my very favourite moments. But knowing full well that a room full of people staring at me while I dance would be the quickest way to take me right out of the moment, I really didn’t want to participate. Instead, without telling a soul, we asked our DJ to play our song the moment she saw us both nearby. It was our cue to hop on the dance floor, surrounded by our favourite people, and partake in a secret first dance that only the two of us were in on. And while there are so many wonderful memories from that day back in July that are burned into my memory for the rest of time, this particular moment, in the arms of my husband, literally on cloud nine, is one that I’ll truly cherish forever. It makes me almost weepy just thinking about it.

And while our intimate cocktail party in the heat of the summer downtown Toronto was anything but a mountaintop with no soul in sight, it was perfect in every sense of the word. It truly was everything we could have imagined and more. Although I used to be a bit of a skeptic, I can say with confidence that our wedding day really was the best day of our entire lives. It was an impeccable way to kick off this next phase of our lives, and I’m forever grateful for the entire experience.

Photography: Will Reid | Florals:: Sweet Woodruff | Wedding Dress: Sash And Bustle | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Makeup: Rhia Amio | Hair: Suzie Kim Bridal | Ties: BHLDN | Groom's Suit: Suit Supply | Hotel: The Thompson | Venue: Colette Grand Cafe | Bride Hanger: BHLDN | DIY Vow Books: Lark & Linen | Design & Co-ordination: Lark & Linen | Earrings: BHLDN | Floral Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Hair Comb: BHLDN | Hotel Stay & Rooftop: The Thompson | Invitation Calligraphy: Paula Lee Calligraphy | Late Night Food: McDonald's | Monogram: Jess Blazejewski | Signage: Becca Joas | Vintage Picture Frames: Etsy

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Elegant Desert Wedding Inspiration at Royal Palms Resort and Spa

We are loving this innovative take on desert wedding inspiration that you’ve likely never seen before. Brandy Jackson Photography brought elegance and a fine art feel to one of Arizona’s most sought-after venues, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa – and the result is simply breathtaking. Carte Blanche Design created organic arrangements in neutral hues that truly brought the overall vision to life. Keep on reading to see all the dreamy inspo below!

From Brandy Jackson Photography… I wanted to bring a organic/fine art feeling to the Royal Palms Resort. Often times, living in the desert it can feel very harsh and flat. My main goal for this shoot was to bring an elegant and delicate feeling to one of the most popular wedding venues in Arizona.

I really wanted to design the shoot with high end luxury in mind, even through the scent, adding Jo Malone candles as the votives for a European touch.

My goal was to also focus on just the bride, through her emotions and also through the delicate fine art posing style. She was our perfect bride!

All in all, the design came out exactly like what I had envisioned, thanks to our talented and creative vendor team!

Photographer : Basically Brandy Photography | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Ring : Olive Ave Jewelry | Makeup : Deana Duke | Calligraphy : Ink & Press Co. | Wedding Venue: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa Phoenix | Linen: Silk & Willow

Modern Black + White Bali Wedding at Arnalaya Beach House

Best way to start a Bali beach wedding bash: tequila. shot. place. card. display. Welcome, guests! And that’s just one tiny (genius) detail woven in this modern fete captured by Katie Grant. There’s a Pallas Couture gown, a ceremony with ridiculous backdrop views and bridal portraits so chic you can’t even stand it. Hello, oh and what?! So, so good. There’s more where they came from, right this way.

From Katie Grant PhotographyThis intimate and heartfelt wedding overlooked and and took inspiration from the local black sand beach and gorgeous blue water of Bali, Indonesia. Clean, modern lines set the backdrop for the classic palette replete with green and white florals, an elegant ceremony and the simple invitation suite. Guests were entertained throughout the day with local cocktails, sumptuous appetisers and a fun shot wall that led them to their dinner seats. The highlight of the day was Thuy’s stunning Pallas Couture gown which was perfect for this tropical wedding. It was light, ethereal and intricately detailed to match a beachside event. Paper Diamonds planned and styled the event with sleek, modern finishes that let the natural beauty of Canggu shine through. Lush greenery and simple florals lined the long table dinner and Thuy carried a timeless bouquet of longstem cream roses.

Photography: Katie Grant Photography | Gown: Pallas Couture | Cake: Butter Bali | Hair: Jaimme Lee Creatice | Venue: Arnalaya Beach House | Planning: Paper Diamonds | Rentals: The Host Table

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Golden-Toned Wedding Inspiration with a Stunning Yellow Dress at Malibu Rocky Oaks

As soon as we came across this gorgeous golden-toned wedding inspiration from Amorology, Lucy Munoz and Trynh Photography – we were immediately consumed by its soft elegance and tender warmth. It’s complete with two stunning gowns, jaw-droppingly beautiful florals from Siren Floral Co. and genuinely the most unique ceremony arbor we have ever seen. It just doesn’t get much better than this, people!!

From Amorology… We headed to Malibu for our California Film Workshop, which was taught by Lucy Munoz and Trynh Photo. Malibu seemed like a perfect place because we love the golden colors of the coastline and of course the weather is so beautiful year round. 

We wanted to highlight the landscape and took much of our inspiration from our natural surroundings. We started with an engagement session at Matador beach and were so in love with the beautiful golden hues as the sun was setting. Amorology paired the long flowy Carolina Herrera skirt with a mustard cami creating the perfect engagement outfit.

The following day we headed to Malibu Rocky Oaks Vineyard because it has breathtaking views. Danielle Ryan Beauty created a soft updo and natural dewy makeup on our model.

Siren Floral Co. brought in so many different floral textures and elements–it looked so heavenly! Amorology designed a colorful and refreshing palette of mustards, golds, creams and whites pulling in so many beautiful stylish pieces.

In the end it was the perfect blend of teaching, inspiration, and wonderful memories.

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Photography: Lucy Munoz | Photography: Trynh Photography | Florals : Siren Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Wedding Cake : Hey There, Cupcake! | shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair and Makeup : Danielle Ryan Beauty | Tux : The Black Tux | suit : Sene | Wedding Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | Ceremony structure + gold leaf backdrop: Backup Backdrops | Invitation suite: Esther Clark | Planner and Designer: Amorology | Video : Miguel Garcia Studios | Wedding boutique : The Dress Theory | earrings : Lindsay Marie Design | engagement skirt: Carolina Herrera | furniture rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals | ribbon : Silk & Willow | ribbon : Stella Wolfe | scans: The Find Lab | scans : PhotoVision Prints | table top: Lux Eros | tabletop : Hostess Haven

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3 Ways To Infuse a Modern-Vintage Vibe Into Your Wedding Day

If you’re going for a vintage vibe but want to avoid having your wedding look like it’s straight from the 1950’s… we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve for you today! Paired with this gorgeous photo shoot from Kaleb Norman James Design and Michael Radford, it’s ‘modern vintage’ at it’s best and I don’t doubt you’ll want to borrow a few inspiring details for your own fete.

The Invitations

Embrace calligraphy and torn edges! To customize, include a monogram or wedding logo, floral details, wax seals and vintage stamps like La Happy Design did here.

Effortless Vintage Style

Vintage fashion choices don’t have to include wearing your grandmother’s wedding dress. Layer on the lace detailing and pair with a lengthy mantilla veil. For your groom, think casual cool with a tweed coat atop a gingham shirt and contrasting navy pants.

A Timeless Table

Layer in vintage tabletop decor, taper candles and gold-rimmed glassware, but keep things classically modern with statement seating. Our trick for avoiding that cluttered feel—go neutral with your base table decor and incorporate color with your florals.

From Michael RadfordWhen you picture your wedding, most people’s first thought isn’t a retired dairy farm. But when the once-was farm turned into a sprawling estate filled with rose gardens and a tree lined street, straight rom a Nicholas Sparks film, you begin to take notice. Every spring, these trees bloom with the most beautiful pink flowers and stretch on as far as the eye can see. This was ultimately the inspiration for this shoot. The estate’s property was full of Southern charm and regal gardens, perfect for an alfresco dinner amidst the towering trees. The blooming flowers of the trees inspired the color palette and was accented with soft, warm neutrals and rich gold metallics. We wanted the invitation suite to feel hand written, and old-world, embracing our tone-on-tone palette, while the gowns & accessories were rich in texture & detail, bringing everything together.

Photography: Michael Radford Photography | Design: Kaleb Norman James Design | Florals: Kaleb Norman James Design | Gown: Lovely Bridal Shop | Gown: Marchesa | Hair and Makeup: Makeup With Me | Venue: Carnation Farm | Napkins: Crown Linen Designs | Paper Goods: La Happy | Veil + Crown: Erica Elizabeth Design

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Modern Napa Valley Wedding at Hotel Villagio’s The Estate

If there is even the slightest glimmer that you are craving a vineyard wedding, I highly suggest you bump that wishlist location up on your list. From personal experience, wine country is a surefire win when it comes to weddings, and today, you’ve got more than my word for proof. Enter, this ivory and blush day captured by Amanda Wei. If Napa or Sonoma are contenders on your list—you’ll want to have an extra long peek at the gallery for more!

From Amanda WeiAudrey and Stephen’s wedding was a destination dream! From start to finish, these two served up a stunning summer wedding with a sweet and soft palette of creams, whites, and an ever so slightest pinch of blush. Napa & Sonoma are two of the couple’s favorite ‘getaway’ locations. For the two, that meant there was no better way to share their love of the area than to celebrate their nuptials with friends and family here! Audrey, Stephen, family, & friends all flew in from out of town, many from Illinois & Texas, to cheer on this joyous affair. The two wanted a weekend full of festivities, fun, &, most importantly, food! The cuisine was an important aspect for Stephen so there was no shortage of delicious fare. Combining this with their love of music through a live band, Audrey & Stephen’s wedding was a party to remember!

Photography: Amanda Wei Photography | Coordination: So Eventful | Floral Design: Fleurs de France | Cake: Fleur De Lisa | Band: Lucky Devils Band | Wedding Venue: Villagio Inn And Spa | Hair & Make Up : Sherrie Long Makeup Hair & Effects | Musician : Wine Country Entertainment

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An All White Wedding with Skyline Views at South Park Center

The moment we saw this insanely chic, metropolitan affair at South Park Center planned by Bella Destinee Weddings and Events – it was like a breath of fresh air! We love how unique this gorgeous couple’s wedding was, from the floor to ceiling windows and skyline views to the ruffled bridesmaid dresses. This Modern Romance was there to capture all the stunning details… you HAVE to see their rooftop shots! AM-AZ-ING.

From the Bride… Alykhan and I have a modern love story – we met online! He, being my first (and only) online date, and I, being what he says he was convinced was an “online bot”, were both (needless to say) pleasantly surprised after our first date. We instantly hit it off and fell into a whirlwind romance.

For our wedding, we envisioned a chic, metropolitan vibe surrounded by all of our closest friends and family. We wanted something that was classic and timeless, with a clean color palette of white, nude, and touches of gold. We kept the overall style minimal yet beautiful. With the venue’s floor to ceiling windows showcasing the city skyline, we wanted to be sure not to take away from the gorgeous sweeping views – which were a major highlight during the sun-soaked ceremony, throughout the pink sunset skies during cocktail hour, and as we celebrated into the night.

We couldn’t have made any of it possible without our incredible wedding planner, Katie Lee from Bella Destinee Weddings & Events. After meeting multiple wedding planners, we knew the moment we spoke to her that she was the perfect person to help us achieve our vision. She completely understood what we wanted, and has the most impeccable taste and style. She was so organized and communicative throughout the whole process, and truly made us feel at ease. Seeing all the months of hard work and decisions come together on our wedding day was something we will never forget. She absolutely brought our vision to life. We are still receiving compliments about what an amazing wedding it was. It was the most gorgeous setting, with our favorite people, fantastic music, food, drinks – and so much love. It was the most magical day of our lives and we wouldn’t trade it for the world.

photographer: This Modern Romance | Coordination: Bella Destinee Weddings and Events | florist: Honeycomb Affair | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Reception Venue: Southpark Center | Catering: Patina Catering | lighting: The Lighter Side | band : Lucky Devils Band | Rentals: White Night Design | cake and desserts: M Cakes Sweets | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | photo booth: GC Photobooth | tabletop: borrowed BLU

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Vibrant Desert Elopement Inspiration at El Chorro in Arizona

Elopements used to get a bad rap… but oh, have they come a long way in the past decade. Sneak-away I dos have become micro celebrations where the focus can be placed on quality over quantity; making room for attention to detail in every area of your Big Day, from style to ceremony to the ‘reception’ (if you so choose to invite a few guests!). Today’s vendor team, including Marisa Belle and A Day to Cherish Weddings and Events, crafted a desert-style elopement that will brighten your Pinterest boards and have you seriously considering a more intimate gathering.

From Marisa Belle PhotographyThis inspiration shoot was a true collaboration between all vendors. When we first met to talk about the direction we wanted the shoot to take, everyone agreed that it should be something that was “out of the box” while still staying true to an intimate wedding vibe. We opted to stay away from a more traditional color pallet and introduce vibrant golds, mustards, and plum shades throughout. Our goal with this shoot was to inspire brides and let them know that beautiful elopements are attainable without having to climb to the top of a mountain on fly to Iceland. A stunning and traditional venue like El Chorro can be equally as beautiful for an elopement or intimate wedding! 

As with any inspirational shoot so much of the feeling comes from the wardrobe. For this shoot our amazing wedding wardrobe stylist Risa of RiSTYLE Consulting designed and created the dress from scratch with her team. We went with a golden/mustard dress and although the color of the dress was unique we kept the lines and train of a traditional wedding dress. The silhouette of this custom gown is beautiful on our model and balances with her naturally curly hair. Just perfect! Our groom wore a plum blazer by Gant, tan pants, floral tie and pocket square all by Bonobos. The look is very fashion forward and goes perfectly with the brides dress!

Margo and Bees did a wonderful job with the invitation suite, incorporating the mustard color while playing off the desert sunset with their colorful overlay. Used both on the inside of the envelope and information card to tie it all together! 

Ruze Cake House did a masterful job of creating a cake design that fit with the inspiration! The cake is hand painted and plays off the color of the wedding dress seamlessly. The favors are painted the same way and shaped to highlight Arizona and the desert. So perfect!

Randi owner of Carte Blanche Designs nailed the intimate, vibrant vibe of the shoot with her gorgeous bouquet. The bouquet was both perfectly structured while still giving a free-flowing elopement feel.

For our ceremony set up we wanted to maintain the subtle bohemian feel of an elopement while still keeping with some classic elements and making sure to highlight the beautiful desert El Chorro backdrop and Camelback Mountain in the background. We kept the seating interesting by incorporating gold chairs, paired with white leather chairs and cow hide benches all provided by Dang. Fine Rentals. The potted succulents and small floral arrangements by Randi at Carte Blanche Designs, dotted the ceremony space elevating the simple but stunning design.

Cara with A Day to Cherish Weddings really did an amazing job designing this space using items from Dang Fine Rentals! All the elements play beautifully off the El Chorro backdrop, bring in the desert and bohemian elements of an elopement but with a refined and classic twist. The La Tavola linens on the cocktail high boys work perfectly with in the space!

The reception was set in The Hampton Room at El Chorro, a location where they hold many intimate dinner parties. The room is inviting and romantic perfect for an elopement reception. For the design we decided on one long table provided by Dang Fine Rentals, adorned with a colorful runner, candle light and desert plants and flowers all put together by Randi of Carte Blanche Design. She also incorporated some terra cotta elements that again play off of our desert surroundings. Behind the table we used a rattan room divider that allowed us to bring in more candle light, so pretty!

There is no shortage of portrait spaces at El Chorro, every corner of the property is beautiful and highlights the desert backdrop. For this shoot we explored some of the lesser used corners of the property with allowed us to flex our creative muscles but also allowed us to capture one of the most stunning portraits with Camelback Mountain I’ve ever seen from the property!

Photography: Marisa Belle | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Wedding Dress: Ristyle Consulting | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Invitations: Margo and Bees | Wedding Venue: El Chorro | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Make-up Artist: Makeup Artistry by Natalie | Models: Mykala Ballard | Models: Dameron Dashon | Planning: A Day to Cherish Weddings & Celebrations | Rentals: Dang fine Rentals

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