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An Interior Designer’s Fall Wedding at Santa Barbara Historical Museum

When Rachael Simon set out to design her own wedding, she pulled her style sense straight from her daily work as an interior designer—and oh, did it pay off. The result is an autumn wedding for the books, layered with burnt orange and dusty peach, a floral-backed Pronovias dress and a reception so cozy you can’t help but want to stay a while. This Modern Romance joined in on all the fun and took care in delivering the most beautiful images.

From the Bride… As soon as we saw the venue, Nick and I knew that the Santa Barbara Historical Museum was the perfect place for our nuptials! We wanted to get married outdoors in our home state of California and to have an intimate wedding that felt personal and romantic. The Spanish-Colonial style museum has two outdoor courtyards, an upper and a lower, each with a fountain and beautiful Californian foliage. The perfect backdrop to our dream wedding.

I work as an Interior Designer and knew I’d want to create and oversee the wedding details, especially the furniture selection and table settings. Though it was a big commitment to plan much of the wedding ourselves, we had a lot of fun with it! We were lucky to find a great coordinator for the day of the ceremony, who helped keep us on schedule and made sure everyone knew where to go. She helped take the pressure off and really allowed us to enjoy the day.

The theme of our wedding was based on our beautiful outdoor venue, Spanish-inspired and romantic. The museum’s dusty pink walls and terra cotta roof dictated our warm but neutral color palette. Because the wedding was in October, I incorporated fall colors as well; mustard, rust, and some beautiful pops of dark plum as seen in the florals. I found our amazing florist, Wild Club, on Instagram. Her flowers were one of my favorite parts of our wedding. She captured our color palette perfectly, and I was especially in love with the dry grasses and pampas she placed on the ceremony arbor.

Keeping with the Spanish feel, I used different types of Spanish tile house numbers as our table numbers. I turned to one of my favorite design resources, Etsy, for romantic vintage elements like graduated brass candlesticks and vintage champagne coupes. A friend created a hand- drawn sketch of the venue that we used on our invitations and menus. I loved that personal touch!

We wanted the ceremony to feel authentic to us as a couple, non-traditional and very meaningful. We hired a Spanish guitarist to play during the ceremony and cocktail hour. My beautiful mom walked me down the aisle to our guitarist’s rendition of Going to California by Led Zeppelin. My step dad officiated the wedding, and we had friends and family recite some of our favorite poetry. The flowers around our arbor attracted hummingbirds and monarch butterflies, and we were surrounded throughout the ceremony with what seemed like magic.

I’m grateful to have found an amazing band with a lead singer who’s voice is powerful and angelic. She sang a gorgeous rendition of Your Song by Elton John for our first dance. Halfway through, we invited all the other couples at the wedding to join us under the string lights on the dance floor, and it was one of the most romantic moments of the whole day!

My simple advice to other brides is to keep your wedding as personal and authentic as you can. Know that all the time planning and any stress will be worth it the day of the wedding. Our wedding day was truly the best day of our lives!

photographer: This Modern Romance | Coordination: Simply Santa Barbara Events - Shelley Eschleman | florist: Wild Club Design | dress : Pronovias | bakery: Lilac Patisserie | Reception Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | catering: Feast & Fest | lighting: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | ceremony music: Sam Adams | cocktails: pour sb | desserts: fernando's churros | napkins: borrowed BLU | reception band: ultra violet groove | rentals: Elan Event Rentals | table linens: BBJ La Tavola | wedding design: Interior Designer Rachael Simon

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A Beautiful Autumn Wedding at Gainey Vineyard

There’s nothing quite like the romance of a warm autumn wedding in Southern California. Today’s adorable couple tied the knot at Gainey Vineyard with a little help from the wedding planning pros at Amazing Days Events and a lot of incredible memories captured by Anna Delores Photography! From bouquets lush with olive branches, white roses and eucalyptus from Ella & Louie to a vineyard-inspired escort display that is literally Pinterest perfection – see all the beautiful details below …

From Anna Delores PhotographyNiki and Mike were married on a perfect autumn day in October just north of Santa Barbara, in the Santa Ynez Valley. They selected Gainey Vineyard for their ceremony and reception.

With the help of  Amazing Days Events and Ella & Louie floral design, their neutral, organic decor added to the already beautiful setting.

Niki’s bridesmaids wore blush pink and carried bouquets of white roses, eucalyptus, olive branches, and thistle (each bridesmaid also had her own unique greenery crown).

The bride is Greek, so the couple’s ceremony concluded with a traditional Greek crowning, performed by Niki’s parents. Guests tossed lavender into the air as the couple recessed down the aisle, and then enjoyed a full bar, lawn games, and a photo booth bus for cocktail hour.

The reception began with Niki and Mike’s first dance as husband and wife, and then a short dance set of two songs before sitting down to dinner by DJ’s California Catering. The weather was warm and lovely, the couple couldn’t keep their eyes off each other, and everyone danced into the night among the vines. It was a stunning wedding!

Be sure to have the tissues handy during this heartwarming video of Niki and Mike’s wedding day by Reign Film

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Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Videography: Reign Film Weddings | Floral Design: ella & louie | Wedding Dress: Tony Ward | Catering: DJ's Catering | Makeup: Christine Nataya | DJ: Jerry Rodriguez | Transportation: Jump On The School Bus | Wedding Venue: Gainey Vineyard | Desserts: Solvang Bakery | Planning: Amazing Days Events

A Dreamy Late Summer, Early Fall Wedding at the Ashford Estate

A rope swing covered in heavenly blooms by Sebesta Design, the most beautiful bride ever in a lace Allure Bridals ballgown and an indoor ceremony scene that will leave you SPEECHLESS- these are just a few things you can expect to see in today’s stunning wedding from Emily Wren Photography! Prepare to fall head over heels for this one, guys…

From Emily Wren PhotographyThe color palette that Winne & Alex chose for their September wedding at Ashford Estate may be one of my all time favorites! This time of year can be unpredictable when it comes to the weather— will there be a late summer heat wave or will a sudden chill take the air? So what colors do you work with?

Winne & Alex found their palette within the seasonal transition, verdant summer greens, dreamy whites and pinks slipping into coppery autumn gold and deep burgundies. The couple’s florist, Corinne of Sebesta Design, expertly married late summer with early fall. The bride’s bouquet featured curling summer vines, white lisianthus, and ruffled pink peonies alongside butternut orange roses and ranunculus, oxblood dahlias, and scarlet astilbe.

Within the estate’s immaculate barn chapel, twining vines climbed along the rafters and arrangements along the aisle curled elegantly around the chairs set for the ceremony. For the altar, Corinne designed a spectacular mantle piece to complement the bride’s bouquet. It seemed to grow from the very stones of the fireplace, spilling over the edge of the mantle and pooling over the hearthstones.

Perhaps the only thing more striking than the flowers was the bride herself! Winne wore a beautiful lace ballgown that featured a champagne blush lining and stripes of chiffon for a tiered effect. Her hair was styled in romantic loose waves and she paired her look with begonia pink heels and faintly blushing, peach sapphire jewelry! The finishing touch was a chapel length drop veil with delicate floral embroidery covering its train.

This dreamy romantic wedding sat perfectly on the cusp of summer and fall. Every detail was perfection! Winne & Alex’s day is one I won’t soon forget!!

Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Floral Design: Sebesta Design | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Reception Venue: Ashford Estate | Catering: Merri-Makers Catering & Special Events | Hair & Makeup: Aleksandra Ambrozy Makeup and Hair Artistry | Band: The Big House Band | Venue: Ashford Estate | Dress Boutique: St. Pucchi | Stationery Suite: Bella Figura

Blush & Ivory Sonoma Wedding at Jacuzzi Vineyards

Wedding planning mishaps are bound to happen. But when said mishaps have anything to do with your wedding dress, stress levels go off the charts. That’s exactly what happened to this Bride when a seamstress error ruined her first dress a month before the Big Day. Ouch! Thankfully, she found her second dress—this dream dress—and she stole the show in it, as any bride should. Quintana Events prettied up the rest of this sunny Sonoma fete, while Natalie Bray joined in behind the lens for a gallery that is begging you to pin. it. all.

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From Natalie BrayWhoever says long distance relationships can’t be amazing was wrong in this case. Monique and Ryan fell head over heels for each other from the first time they met through mutual friends. They lived over 200 miles from each other and made plans to visit every weekend for a year. They just couldn’t stand to be apart.

After Ryan’s proposal they were inseparable and instantly knew they wanted a wedding in the special place of Sonoma. Also, as seen in the photos their blended families also hit it off.

One of their first “to do’s” was after getting engaged was to hire an amazing planner. Quintana Events took their dream celebration and turned it into reality. The theme was italian inspired with a touch of Elegant California glam. They wanted to transport their guests to a night to remember.

Personal touches were brought throughout with custom cork table place cards, handmade menu’s, and amazing florals adding life to the decor. Her mom also made the cake, which turned out beautifully.

Her final dress was her second dress option. Hard to believe, but it is true. Her first dress was ruined. I think the second dress is perfection! See more of the story below.

From the bride regarding her gown… I had chosen a gown originally from a couture line and wanted it customized by a seamstress. It took me over a year to have the gown made and then I took it to the seamstress. She had been working on it for 3 months and One month before the wedding I went with my mom to go for a fitting and the seamstress had destroyed my dress. I immediately took the gown and left and went directly to a bridal boutique. After a glass of champagne and a couple tears I started the dress shopping progress again. The first gown I tried on was a backless mermaid gown that is champagne color with off white overlay design. My favorite part of this gown was the gorgeous draping of beading across the back. While trying on the gown a woman came in to the boutique that had seen me through the shop windows and came in to tell me how gorgeous I looked. I instantly knew I had to buy this gown. I had never felt that beautiful in a gown and it definitely had the wow factor I wanted. Because I needed the dress within the month I had to buy the sample gown and rush my alterations. I added appliqués to the shoulders to give the gown a cap sleeve.

Photography: Natalie Bray Studios | Videography: Natalie Bray Studios | flowers: Aimee Lomeli Design | CAKE: Sweetie Pies | Catering: Ramekins Sonoma | Hair and Makeup : Glitz Girls | Lighting: Twighlight Design | DJ : AMS Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Planner and Design : Quintana Events | bridal attire: Maya Palace | bridesmaids getting ready : Homebodii | cake flowers : brides mom | ceremony and reception : Jacuzzi Vineyards | escort cards : kara's vinayard wedding | menus: Linchen Ink | rentals: Encore Events Rentals

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A Dreamy Wedding at Villa Cora with Breathtaking Views of Florence

These dreamy nuptials from The Tuscan Wedding are giving Kimye’s wedding day a run for its money. Mary & Maurizio – Quattro Studio captured every heart-stopping moment of the gorgeous bride and groom complete with an awe-worthy backdrop of the city of Florence. The regal reception inside Villa Cora was dripping in elegant floral arrangements created by Il Giardino delle Fate. See all the must-see details at the full gallery!

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We’ve watched this breathtaking video by Waterfall Visuals about a hundred times today… click play to see why!

From Mary & Maurizio – Quattro Studio… A wedding in Tuscany at the lovely Villa Cora in Florence was a must for these travel enthusiasts, Brooke and Damien. Their dream wedding destination was an intimate destination in a city with an abundance of romantic energy, beautiful art history and lots of delicious food and wine! The couple met on LinkedIn back in 2013 and dated for four years before Damien finally popped that question – the question every girl waits her whole life to be asked!

The couple teamed with The Tuscan Wedding to create the romantic wedding of their dreams. The photographers, Mary & Maurizio – Quattro Studio, and videographer, Waterfalls Visual, had an amazing landscape to capture the most precious moments of this beautiful wedding. The couple wanted their guests to experience Tuscany and enjoy the famous Italian wine as much as they do, so with the help of The Tuscan Wedding, a luxurious wine tasting was the perfect preview to the beautiful ceremony to begin later that evening.

Brooke was stunning in a strapless white mermaid dress with fabulous crystal embellishments by Lori Allen. This look was topped off with drop diamond earrings and a diamond necklace that could not go unnoticed! Her exquisite makeup look was done by the lovely Cherie Spisso which complemented her beachy wave hair style so perfectly. We cannot forget about the groom who looked so dashing in his jet black Ermenegildo Zegna suit. An extra sentimental touch was the cufflinks Damien wore – they belonged to Brooke’s grandfather who could not be in attendance. The timeless and ever so elegant wedding décor designed by The Tuscan Wedding was filled with beautiful ivory and blush florals everywhere.

Il Giardino delle Fate truly worked their flower magic on this romantic day. The floral centerpiece was the most mesmerizing wedding arch… an over-abundance of lovely ivory and blush flowers topped with soft ivory drapery. White roses cascaded down both sides of the aisle to set the stage perfectly for Brooke’s unforgettable entrance. Brooke and Damien’s lavish intimate wedding ceremony, included 40 guests and was nothing short of an extravaganza with a combination of many traditional and unconventional experiences. The first tradition was the lighting of a unity candle which both the bride and groom’s mothers joined in for to symbolize the union of the couple as one. This was followed by hand fasting where the love birds hold hands and promise to love each other today, tomorrow and for all of eternity! Wait…did someone say [love] birds? After the two shared their first kiss as a married couple, magical white doves appeared.

The couple truly celebrated an old tradition as they jumped over the broom to signify their entrance into a new life (or the sweeping away of their past single life), what a memorable finish! After the ceremony came to an end, this lovely couple has had a walk together with the photographers, Mary & Maurizio – Quattro Studio, and the videographer, Waterfalls Visual, among the beautiful hills and monuments of Florence to catch some amazing shoots. Then The Tuscan Wedding guided all guests to join the newlyweds outside for a cocktails and aperitif. A selection of delectable catering was provided by Villa Cora. There were three courses – Italian style! Tomato and bread crochet with burrata cheese, ravioli filled with ricotta cheese and spinach topped with tomato and lastly beef fillet with potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes. 

We cannot forget about dessert – an ice cream truck arrived to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth and then the final masterpiece, wedding cake. This four-tier classic beauty created by Sugar Cups, was finished with ravishing light blush and ivory flowers. As the reception came to an end, Brooke and Damien wanted to leave their guests with one last bit of entertainment… And what better way to do this than a dazzling fireworks show?! What an electric way to end the perfect evening. Brooke and Damien are truly soulmates and made for each other, this day really represented the intimate bond they share. Our team was so appreciative to have met this lovely couple and we wish them a life full of happiness and love together.

Photographer: Quattro Studio Destination Wedding Photographers | Videographer: Waterfall Visuals | Wedding planner: The Tuscan Wedding | Cake: Sugarcups | Stationery: /lauramazzetti the wedding letters | Hair and make up: Cherie Spisso | Bridal dress: Bridals By Lori | Bridal shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids'dresses: JLM Couture | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Villa Cora | Clebrant: Julia Wright | Flowers decoration: Il Giardino Delle Fate | Groom suite: Ermenegildo Zegna | Lights designer: Wedding Music And Lights | Wedding car: Noleggio Limousine Toscana

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Colorful Anniversary Brunch Inspiration at Stella’s in Charleston

In my next life, I think I’m going to need to do a brunch wedding. Brunch is kind of genius, no? A gathering centered around good food, a beautiful table and leaves you with an entire day afterward to celebrate… sounds brilliant to me. After seeing this fete planned and designed by Pure Luxe Bride, I’m convinced, and I think you’ll be too. Theo Milo captured every colorful detail for an event that is bursting with love.

Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Florals: Petaloso | Invitations: Minted | Calligraphy: J.Lily Design | Catering + Bar: Stellas and Mosaic Catering + Events | Food & Beverage: Mosaic Catering & Events | Location: Stella’s | Planning and Design: Pure Luxe Bride | Rentals: Eventworks | Specialty Linen: Nuage Designs | Specialty Rentals: 428 Main Vintage Rentals | Whoopie Pies: Makin’ Whoopie

A Romantic Jewel-Toned Wedding at Klentner Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elegant Maryland Wedding at Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond

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

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

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

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

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Traditional Meets Modern at This Charming Texas Home

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

THE ENTRANCE

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

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

THE LIVING ROOM

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

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

THE BREAKFAST ROOM

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

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

THE DINING ROOM

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

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

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

THE KITCHEN

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

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

THE LAUNDRY

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

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

THE GUEST BEDROOM

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

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

THE BATHROOMS…a space to play

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

LITTLE GIRL’S BEDROOM

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

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

THE OFFICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tirtha Uluwatu

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

The Stone House

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

The Glass House

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

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

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

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

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

Venue: Tirtha Uluwatu

Contemporary Coral Wedding Inspiration at Black Hall Fiskars Village

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Minimalistic Modern Wedding at The Retreat at Cool Springs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Prettiest Pastel Wedding Inspiration at Diamond Bar Center

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

Check out this gorgeous film from Boffo Video!

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

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

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Moody + Neutral Boho Wedding Inspiration at 501 Union in Brooklyn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Architectural-Inspired Wedding at The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

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

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

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

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How To Make the Perfect Summer Popsicle at Home

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

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

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

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10 Wedding Dress Trends Brides Will Be ALL About in 2019

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

1. Plunging Necklines

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

2. Meghan Markle Inspired Minimalism

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

3. Mocknecks

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

4. Regal Capes

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

5. Bows Galore

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

6. Geometric Patterns

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

7. Puff Sleeves

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

8. Jumpsuits

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

9. Crop Tops

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

10. Short Dresses

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

Italian-Inspired Wedding with Autumn Hues at Villa Montalvo

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

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

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