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5 Things a Groom Should Never Forget on His Wedding Day

My husband and I were in a wedding last weekend and I was quickly reminded how easy guys have it. While us ladies had to start hair and makeup at 9am (for a 4pm wedding start time), my hubs went out golfing for the day… and he only had to be ready an hour-ish before the wedding. Not fair! But that doesn’t mean a groom’s getting ready routine isn’t as important, which is why I love this inspiration from Stephanie Sunderland and team, plus 5 things grooms should never forget to do!

1. To Relax

This goes for brides too, of course. But grooms typically have a lot more time on their hands, which makes the wait to say I do feel like forever. Take the time to relax and enjoy your morning with breakfast in bed, brunch with the guys or another chill activity to make those excitable feelings a little more bearable.

2. To Pamper

That’s right, grooms deserve to be pampered, too. Don’t forget to book an appointments necessary to look your best. Treat yourself with a straight shave (if that’s the look you’re going for), a massage, mani/pedi (your bride will thank you), etc.

3. Rehearse Your Vows

Always a good idea… even if you’re repeating vows from your officiant! And especially if you’re going with custom vows. Take the time to really let those words soak in and appreciate what they mean. It’s what this day is all about.

4. Write out a love letter.

Whether it’s a few words in a cute card or a full out letter, make sure to jot something down for your love—something he or she will cherish for years to come.

5. Take a Moment to Reflect

…and don’t forget the last little details! Grab everything you need, including the rings!

From Stephanie SunderlandThis shoot tells the story of the modern groom getting ready on his wedding day. In our story we follow the modern groom as he eats breakfast in bed, writes his vows, spends time with his dog, gets a fresh shave, heads out the door and jumps into a cab to go to the ceremony. I have seen so many styled shoots with a focus on the bride and thought it would be nice to focus on the groom for a change. We also included all the details that our modern groom would have including ring, invitations, pocket watch, shoe horn etc! 

Photographer: Stephanie Sunderland Photography | Floral Design: Rosewood Floral Co | Invitations: Ipanema Press | Tuxedo's: Generation Tux | Accomodations: The NoMad Hotel | Hair and Shave: David's Hairstyling | Styling/Design: Lindsey Reese

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Malibu Solstice Vineyard Wedding – The “Dream Wedding” Winners

Last year, Robert Michael Films dreamt up a new approach to wedding films – a series of short stories that focuses on one moment or gives particular insight from a unique narrative or point of view. Called the “Vignette Series,” Robert knew this was an idea that he wanted to share with the world. With a heart for giving back, Robert decided to offer a free wedding film in this style for one deserving couple. The idea blossomed into a full wedding giveaway, and along with Lauren Weidley of Chancey Charm San Diego, Meghan Christine Photography, Flowers by Lady Buggs, Frost It Cakery plus many, many more generous wedding vendors.. a dream-come-true-wedding happened for one very special couple!

The winners were Ivy and Samuel! Gifting this couple their dream wedding — as a thank you for their service to others — was an honor and a privilege for the entire vendor team that came together.

From the Bride… Our love for helping people brings us together and fuels our relationship. As a nurse, I will be able to spend many years of my life taking care of others and serving those in immediate medical need. As a Marine, Samuel will be a part of the United States front lines of defense.”

See the full day unfold through the oh-so-talented lenses of Robert Michael Films!

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Read more about this couple and the wedding give-away on Robert’s Blog!!

Ivy and Samuel said “I do” at Malibu Solstice Vineyards on a beautiful October day with breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With 40 of their closest friends and family in attendance, the setting was intimate and romantic – just what this sweet couple envisioned. When planning their wedding with Lauren Weidley of Chancey Charm San Diego, Ivy said, “My dream wedding is just being surrounded by people who love us and just feeling pampered and beautiful!” And that’s exactly what they got!

Ivy and Samuel were even treated with gift certificates from Skin Solutions by Lani for facial and skincare services leading up to their wedding. They were also treated with gift certificates for wedding bands complements of Brian Gavin Diamonds!

Sam wore his dress blues, while Ivy looked stunning in her high-neck lace dress with a beautiful scalloped lace cathedral veil. The bridesmaids wore mix-matched dresses in hues of purple while the groomsmen looked dapper in light grey suits. Ivy envisioned a palette with plenty of neutrals and greenery with pops of purple, so Ultra Violet (Pantone’s Color of the Year) was seen throughout the décor from the florals by Lady Buggs, cake by Frost It Cakery, up-lighting, and paper goods by Papercake Creative. To compliment the vineyard’s already stunning ambiance, Out of the Dust Rentals provided antique wood chairs, wine barrels used for tables and much more. A craft wine and beer cart was provided by Draft in Style Beer and Wine and was the perfect complement to the Famous Taco Truck selections.

Their ceremony was sweetly lead by a close friend and featured the music of guitarist and vocalist, Warren Takahashi, while the reception was rockin’ thanks to Afterburn Productions. Meghan Christine Photography and Robert Michael Films did a wonderful job capturing all the sweet moments and details of the day.

Photography: Meghan Christine Photography | Videography: Robert Michael Films | Wedding Planning + Design: Chancey Charm | Florals: Flowers by Lady Buggs | Cake: Frost It Cakery | Makeup: Makeup by Raven | Makeup: Makeup and Hair by Jackie Romero | Hair: Brooklyn's Beauty Parlor | Calligraphy: Papercake Creative | DJ: Afterburn Productions | Officiant: Thomas Hollenbeck | Venue: Malibu Solstice Vineyard | Custom Craft Beer and Wine Cart: Draft in Style | Guitar and Singing: Warren Takahashi | Rentals: Out of the Dust Rentals | Skincare: Skin Solutions by Lani | Sweets: Zara and Mina Bakery | Wedding PR: Something New For I Do | Wedding Rings: Brian Gavin Diamonds

Rustic Romance at Greengate Ranch and Vineyard

This dream of a fall wedding featured creative details with romantic blush and maroon hues.The custom tassel escort display brought ooh’s and ahh’s from everyone while the dazzling lights that lined the backdrop of the dance floor, invited them to party!  Another fan-favorite of the day were the ice cream sandwiches – no wedding cake disappointment here! This Greengate Ranch and Vineyard wedding was a fun-filled day heaping in beauty and love. ~ Jen Rodriguez Photography








More from the couple…

How Did You Meet?
As the cliché goes, we met at a bar… Let’s face it, our generation likes to party. A typical Friday night, two bunches of friends hitting the town… and one VERY special bar – Mr. Lucky’s. Attraction (love?) at first sight. A lot of laughter, a little kissing and phone numbers exchanged. As they say, the rest is history. While it is not necessarily elegant to say we met at bar, there is something special about Mr. Lucky’s and our “How Did You Meet” provides us with a cute, meaningful story to share.

How Did He Pop The Question?
It was the best day of our relationship to date, by far… Both of our schedules are really busy. We were finally able to plan a weekend getaway in October – destination unknown to Jen. After thirty minutes of winding roads and apparent wrong turns, Jen still had no clue where they were going. Finally we reached the Diablo Valley Overlook. We got out and Tim opened the lift gate. He grabbed the ring, dropped down to one knee and Jen said yes!

What Is Your Favorite Wedding Memory?
There are many moments that stand out to us, but one of our favorites is our first look. As everyone can imagine the day of your wedding is nonstop excitement, preparation, celebrations and of course champagne :) As the day was progressing, we were sequestered to our appropriate wings of the house and we were surrounded by our family, friends and bridal party to keep us occupied. Since it was nonstop we did not really have a moment to think about what came next, even though it would be one of the BIGGEST moments of our lives. After many hours of getting ready, taking pictures with our bridesmaids and groomsmen the moment finally came for us to see one another. As we were both anxiously waiting to see each other and share a private moment, the minutes leading up to it was by far one of the most nerve racking moments of our lives. But as soon as we were able to lock eyes on one another and share a simple, yet perfect embrace, we both became instantly relaxed and at ease. We are so thankful that our photographer, Jen Rodriguez, was able to capture all of these moments. Looking back at all the photos and memories – this moment stands out the most and is one that we will always be grateful for.

What Was Your First Dance Song?
Our first dance song was My Best Friend by Tim McGraw. This song was special to both of us for many reasons but mainly because when we first started dating, we danced to this song while having a casual date night at home. It has held a very special place in both our hearts since that moment.

What Advice Do You Have For Couples Currently Planning Their Weddings?
Enjoy every moment! It might seem stressful while you are planning, confirming budgets and tallying costs but keep in mind that you are planning one of the best parties of your life with your closest family and friends.

Also, the biggest piece of advice is to partner with a wedding planner and design team. This was no question the best thing we did. Our team, Lovelyfest (Natalie and Stephanie) did such an amazing job listening to what we wanted and when we viewed their design boards we were blown away with their creativity and ideas to incorporate the small details into the overall concept. Seriously- everyone should partner with Lovelyfest, they are an amazing team!

How Did You Pick Your Wedding Vendor Team?
Luckily our venue, Greengate Ranch and Vineyard, had provided us with a list of preferred vendors and that is how we started the search. Since we live in the San Francisco Bay Area and our venue and vendors were in San Luis Obispo, we had to conduct calls, view websites, yelp reviews and basically every form of research you could imagine.

The first vendor that we selected was Jen Rodriguez for photography. We chose Jen because of all her amazing work and the instant connection that we felt with her. She gave us such a sense of ease and comfort that we knew we could trust her in capturing the candid moments of our day.

When selecting your team you have to go with your gut and intuition on who you will feel comfortable with during the planning phase and the actual day. We really focused on surrounding ourselves with individuals that understood what we wanted to accomplish and had a genuine interest in making our wedding day special, unique and truly amazing!!


Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Floral Design: Noonan's Wine Country Designs | Wedding Gown: Liancarlo | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Nina | Jewelry: BHLDN | Catering: Field To Table Events | Makeup: Amanda Olsen | Hair Stylist: Noelle Pritchard | Calligraphy: Lovelyfest Goods Etsy Shop | DJ: DJ Malik | Wedding Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard | Dessert: Negranti's Ice Cream | Dessert: Sugar Lips Mini's | Event Design + Coordination: Lovelyfest | Lighting + Draping: Islay Events | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: All About Events | Vintage Rentals: Embellish | Writer: Danielle Nederend

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The Most Romantic Coastal Elopement at Cannon Beach

A coastal elopement has always kind of been my dream… you get to focus on all of your favorite wedding details (rather than worrying about guest favors and seating charts). Spending your wedding day with loved ones is so incredibly special, don’t get me wrong—but there’s something crazy romantic about vowing your forever love with no one else in sight (aside from your photographer!), don’t you think? Especially when the views are as pretty as this. Whether you’re going BIG or small, keeping things traditional, or eloping—I hope this slice of pretty from Jenny Losee, Vanity Affair Events and Ponderosa & Thyme sparks a bit of inspiration for you.

From Jenny LoseeWhen Elopements are done with elegance, grace and on a budget! A lot of couples toy with the idea of eloping and I say… DO IT!! You can have THE Best team help out with your destination location, pick the dreamiest spot you have ever imagined! Have your dream flowers, dress, photographer and romantic dinner on a budget! Plus the more time you get to spend with your groom/bride, the better. No stress. Just playing and being in the moment. Plus there is cake!! Hello! Best day ever.

Photography: Jenny Losee Photography | Wedding Planner: Vanity Affair Events | Floral Design: Ponderosa & Thyme | Gown: Carol Hannah | Cake: Dream Cakes | Stationery: Briar and Brambles Paper Co. | Jewelry: Alchemy & Todd Reed (in Partnership With Alchemy) | Makeup: Whitney Stassi Artistry | Hair: Swept Away Wedding Hair Design | Ceramics: Wolf Ceramics | Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Menswear: The Black Tux | Rentals: Sherine Iskandar

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10 Things Nasiba Adilova Can’t Live Without

As the mama of a one-year-old and hopes for another babe down the road, today’s Things I Can’t Live Without feature is right up my alley—and I’m sure many of you, too who are expecting, hope to be a mama someday, or are maybe thinking about #2 or 3! Baby gear is constantly evolving and changing, so when I heard we were hosting Nasiba Adilova, Co-founder of The Tot, I couldn’t wait to hear her daily must-haves. Ready?

A little bit about Nasiba… Nasiba Adilova is the Co-founder of The Tot, a premier online destination and storefront for eco-conscious mamas and their children. As a mother of two, Adilova set out to build an online luxury destination that promoted safe, clean, health conscious yet chic products. Adilova created The tot in 2016, after struggling to find trusted advice, eco-friendly, non-toxic product her family all in one stop. Knowing she wasn’t the only mama or mama-to-be in search of the same things, she started The Tot to provide a one-stop- destination for women everywhere seeking not only the best and safest brands for children, but also a place to connect with industry experts and other parents. In addition, her passion for business, entrepreneurial drive and eye for innovative companies has allowed her to invest in a number of the biggest names in style, such as Reformation, Bandier, Violet Grey and Reward Style.

SHOP NASIBA’S MUST-HAVES

Vetro Crib: I absolutely adore the Vetro crib by Nursery Works. I have it in blue and I pretty much styled my son’s nursery around the crib! It’s the first the first 100% recyclable, non-toxic acrylic crib on the market.

Ami Bassinet Rocker: This Ami Bassinet Rocker also by Nursery Works. Once your baby outgrows the bassinet module, an easy drop and tie conversion process transforms the Ami to a double seat rocker. It’s also totally free of flame retardants.

Nook Sleep Systems Pebble Pure Mattress: When choosing a mattress for your tot (or yourself) it’s really important to choose one that’s non-toxic. It’s scary to think that most mattresses contain a whole host of hidden dangers lurking within them like flame retardants and toxic dyes which have been linked to a variety of health problems.I love the Nook Pebble because it’s firm, breathable and made from a certified organic coconut core, natural latex foam and organic wool.

Lovevery Play Gym: This Play gym is everything. Unlike other play gyms that usually only work for about 3-6 months, it has a stage-based play guide to provide a full year of play and activities for parent and baby. It features five development zones that reveal or conceal to prevent over-stimulation, and promote everything from making sounds, learning to focus, hiding and finding, exploring colors and more. It’s also made from FSC sustainably harvested wooden legs and water based non-toxic finishes.

Joolz Geo2 Duo: I LOVE this stroller. It is sleek, functional, comfortable and something I cannot live without. My sons and I love getting out and about and the Joolzlets my toddler sit up high in the upper seat so he can see, while my baby can lie flat comfortably and safely in the lower bassinet.

DockATot: The DockATot Deluxe+ dock is the ultimate docking station for babies aged 0-8 months old. My baby loves to rest, lounge, play, cuddle, do tummy time and get his diaper changed in his. With a unique, non-heat harboring mattress that allows baby to breathe openly and unobstructed, the Dock is a place where you can lay your baby down to sleep that’s free from harmful chemicals and substances – so you can rest easy yourself. Once he outgrows the Deluxe, he will move into his brother’s Grand Dock.

Mary Katrantzou Diaper Bag: It’s seriously the best diaper bag ever. We designed it with mamas in mind. It’s durable, waterproof and will keep everything organized and easy to find. It comes with a changing mat and a pouch and when your kids grow out of the diaper bag phase it turns into a chic travel tote.

1212 and Kyte Baby Clothing: I always recommend two apparel brands to expecting mamas: 1) The Kyte Baby clothing and sleeping range is made with bamboo rayon, a hypoallergenic fabric that’s cooler than cotton, allowing babies’ skin to breathe easier. Their onesies are an absolute must for all new parents! 2) 1212 clothing was created by mamas for their babies who had severe allergies and sensitive skin. I particularly love their organic footed bodysuits. Every detail has lovingly been labored over. Even the snaps are thoughtfully color coordinated where the legs meet, to make middle-of-the-night diaper changes exhausted-parent-proof.

Atelier Choux Cashmere Blankets: I never go anywhere without AC Cashmere Blanket. I even have it when I’m not with my kids! It is the most versatile thing we own because it can be used at nap time, as shade, as a nursing cover, a play mat, a super hero cape and sometimes my scarf! It’s printed with water-based, non-toxic inks and it makes a wonderful baby shower gift.

Lola Hat: You won’t find me at the beach or pool without my Lola hat! Love that they are handmade in New York and are the perfect go-to hat to protect your skin from the strong summer sun when relaxing outside with my littles.

Del Mar Beach Engagement Shoot

From Ana LuiIn January, I travelled from Ibiza to LA to visit my friend Diva Borrelli who happens to be the most talented makeup artist. Because it was my first time in California I had decided to reach out to Amorology, San Diego based wedding and event designers, whom I have been following online for quite a while. Heather, the founder of Amorology, got back to me saying they would love to shoot with me and they kindly connected me with Caroline and Drew who happened to be traveling to Del Mar… 

… We connected and decided to photograph a mini engagement shoot on one of the long sandy beaches of Del Mar. It was windy, the sun was strong and the ocean was absolutely freezing. I had such an amazing time photographing these two wonderful souls, we laughed, ran around and enjoyed every minute of the California sunlight! I can’t wait to go back to Cali again this fall!







From Caroline and Drew… During our time in law school in Los Angeles, we spent many weekends visiting family in Del Mar. We fell in love with the beach town’s sleepy charm and it was the perfect escape from the hustle and traffic of Los Angeles. When we thought about our engagement photos, we both immediately pictured the cliffs and beaches of Del Mar. The colors of the cliffs and ocean at sunset are unbeatable and we loved the relaxed, casual feel of the setting. We have a really long engagement (15 months), so we figured we would do our engagement photos at some point towards the second half of the year.

Out of the blue, our wedding planner emailed us about this amazing photographer, Ana Lui, who perfectly matched our style. Only hitch was she was coming to town in three days, so we had to act quickly. We’re so happy that we jumped on it. The day was a total delight. Neither of us had done a photo shoot before and we are so far from being natural models, but Ana and her team made us feel so comfortable from the moment we met them. Since we only had a few days advance notice, we both chose clothes that were comfortable for us and staples in our closet. We’re so happy we did that – we felt that the pictures really captured our true selves. Ana kept the afternoon so relaxed and full of laughter. The day flew by and we can’t stop looking at the final product.

Photography: Ana Lui Photography | Event Planning: Amorology | Makeup: Diva Borrelli | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Hair Styling: Vincenzo Della Volpe

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A Perfect Summer Wedding at Great Oak Manor

This is what summer weddings are all about my friends. Braids and beach waves, flowy Jenny Yoo bridesmaids, sunsets that warm the soul, al fresco dining… and smiles for days. Just for starters. Kari Rider Events crafted a day that suits these two to a T. I don’t even know them, but I know that their day was uniquely them based on their utter joy that pours from Elizabeth Fogarty‘s imagery. Join me in the gallery for more summery sweetness!

From Kari Rider EventsUniversity of Maryland grads Meg and Matt wanted to keep things cool and casual for their waterfront Eastern Shore wedding. So we got to work creating a scene that was equal parts modern, rustic and elegant at the picturesque Great Oak Manor in Chestertown. Wood farm tables juxtaposed by clear ghost chairs set the perfect tone inside the sailcloth reception tent, where layers of marble chargers, tile place cards and acrylic signs completed the look. Pops of dusty blue in the flowers and bridesmaids dresses gave a subtle nod to the waterfront venue, where guests enjoyed not one but four signature drinks from this fun-loving couple. A stunning acrylic seating chart proved an attraction in and of itself, as did the adorable cheese wheel cake and the ever-inspiring band Millenium, who kept the dance floor full all night.

From the Bride… We met in college at University of Maryland in greek life, but remained friends until several years post college. Almost exactly 4 years ago, I had a bunch of college friends to my parents’ house to go boating and for a crab feast, and Matt tagged along with some of his frat brothers. A mixture of sun, fun and bud light had sparks flying and we were nearly inseparable from then on! I knew that he was the one when I was ready to upend my life and move to DC after only several months of dating. I’m not one to accept change very well, but I was all in and knew I’d met my match!

Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty | Videography: Just Hitched Wedding Films | Event Planning: Kari Rider Events | Florals: Crimson and Clover Floral Design, Inc. | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Invitations: Stephanie B Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Occasions Chestertown | make up: Alison Harper and Company | Band: Millenium Band | Wedding Venue: Great Oak Manor | Tent: Eastern Shore Tents And Events | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Paper Goods: Stephanie B Design | Rentals: Select Event Group

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Add A Splash of Color + Elegance to Your Ranch Wedding

The inspiration for this styled shoot was all about vibrancy of color! So many times I find as a wedding planner that my brides love color in their day-to-day lives, yet are so leery about incorporating beautiful color into their wedding! I also come across many brides who love the idea of an outdoor, ranch-setting for their wedding, yet they want the formal elegance of a chic wedding. I blended these two ideas to create magic at the gorgeous venue of Whispering Rose Ranch in Solvang, California. ~ Detailed Touch Events

Photography by Cavin Elizabeth

Emily of Emily Reynolds Design infused a variety of pink and coral florals that set the tone for the color palette. I added in a splash of blue to create a bold dimension for the table scape setting provided by Casa de Perrin. La Tavola grounded the tabletop with a linen table drape and we finished the look off with a rustic yet sophisticated linen round back chair. Sophia of Sophia Loves Letters created beautiful watercolor stationery that complimented the playfulness that we were creating with all of the color.



Since this shoot was all about the colorful florals, I chose a stunning Marchesa dress from Kinsley James Couture bridal salon that was adorned with delicate floral petals. The feathers at the bottom of skirt and train were just an extra added bonus for dimension and spunk. To continue with the sophisticated, chic bridal attire, I chose coral toned, peep-toed Christian Louboutin heels. I can’t wait to share this styled shoot with my future brides to show them that strong colors and rustic settings can still be timeless, classic, upscale and beautiful!

 


Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Photography | Event Design: Detailed Touch Events | Floral Design: Emily Reynolds Design | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Solvang Bakery | Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: Janet Villa | Tuxedo: Friar Tux | Bouquet Ribbon: Illume Silks | Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridal Shop: Kinsley James Couture Bridal | Bride Model: Brittny Ward | Candles: Yummi Candles | Groom Model: Brennan Burt | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Paper Goods: Sophia Loves Letters | Ranch: Whispering Rose Ranch | Ring Box: Voeu Du Coeur | Tabletop: Casa de Perrin

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Our Favorite Nurseries Ever (and the Baby Names that They Inspired)

I have three little ones at home with me. And while the first two babies found their names before exiting the womb, it took me five full days to decide on my third’s name. Which looking back, was so silly because she is such a little THEA, but giving a human being the name that they will be called for the rest of their life is sort of a big deal. If she had become Everly (the other name I loved), I can’t say for sure that she would have grown into the little spitfire that she is today. Anyway,  names are a big deal. So we’re doing some of the legwork and looking back at our FAVE nursery designs to inspire a whole mess of gorgeous baby names. Scroll down!

Sweet as a Flower
Amelia, Scarlett, Eloise, Ella, Rebecca, Evelyn, Rose

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Rooted in Tradition, Infused with Charm
Audrey, Nora, Thea, Eleanor, Jane, Catherine

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Storybook Inspired
Eloise, Evangeline, Julia, Adelaide, Josephine, Margaret, Martha

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Spunk & Spice & Everything Nice
Poppy, Lucy, Georgie, Zoe, Coco, Charlie

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Cool Girls Club
James, Blake, Frankie, Harlow, Elodie, London

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Boho Chic
Willa, Elodie, Evie, Hattie, Hazel, Lulu, Piper, Ruby

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New Take on Old Classics
Emma, Emmaline, Claire, Grace, Anabelle, Ava, Georgia

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Historic Loveliness
Charlotte, Cora, Nora, Blythe, Delilah, Emily, Vivian, Hadley

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Chic. Period. 
Harper, Parker, Collette, Eden, Emerson

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Culturally Inspired
Isabella, Olivia, Phoebe, Sophie, Stella, Victoria

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Understated & Sophisticated
Chloe, Sloane, Blaire, Kate, Juliet, Vivienne

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Southern Belle 
Tillie, Virginia, Savannah, Tallulah, Annabelle, Frankie, Georgina, Greer, Mae, Odette

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Organic Elegance
Gray, Quinn, Brady, Grant, Noah, Emerson, Jude, Asher

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Modern Whimsy
Quinn, Bowen, Odin, Beau, Brooks,

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Upper East Side Swagger
Kingston, Princeton, Sampson, Bradley, Parker, William, Baron, Preston

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Trad Meets Modern
Burke, Nolan, Wells, Cole, Ashton, Bennet, Colton

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Brooklyn Cool
Deacon, Ford, Grayson, Hayson, Rhodes, Truman

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Pops of Color
Teddy, Jack, Henry, Harrison, Beckett

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Easy Coolness
Jacob, James, Harrison, Asher, Theo

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Outdoor Inspired
Forest, Wyatt, Finn, Bryce, Heath, Jasper, River, Rowan

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Simple But Good
Matthew, Nicholas, Ryan, Jacob, Luke, Brandon, Tyler

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Edgy with a Smile
Jethro, Jagger, Smith, London, Reed, Jax

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Cool Boy’s Club
Gunner, Axel, Bronx, Hart, Jaxton, Otto, Vincent, Xander, Ace

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Adventure Awaits
Hugo, Graham, Felix, Bear, Christopher, Huck, Tucker

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Happy & Light 
Leo, Aiden, Benjamin, Cole, Eli, Wynn

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Around the Globe
Bhodi, Miles, Noah, River, Wilder

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Chateau de Varennes Inspiration that Takes Beauty to a New Level

Sylvie Gil‘s annual workshop is something dreams are made of. Set against the backdrop of the French countryside, Sylvie brings together the best in the wedding industry to build out a shoot meant to teach her students the nuances and art behind photographing a wedding. And this year, Sylvie & Shannon Leahy built their inspiration shoot into a stunning look at how Fine Art can influence everything from the gown she chooses to the modest boudoir photographs that she will always look back on with love. Click here to see even more.

From Shannon Leahy, Event Stylist…For Sylvie Gil’s 2018 workshop, we were really inspired by the idea of bringing fine art into a wedding, specifically French fine art from the Renaissance period. In our research, we became very interested in the work of Primavera by Botteceili. Primavera means Spring, and being that the workshop is in April, we thought this was very fitting. There is something about Primavera that also feels bridal, which we loved. For the color palette, we chose to work with a lot of variety – from lavender to deep burgundy, mustard, sage green and golden tones. We knew we could spread this palette through out days of the workshop for different looks.

For the welcome dinner, we chose a tonal look of reds and yellows, we affectionally called it the “ketchup and mustard” palette. We wanted to bring in spring bulbs and trays of pears and fresh fruits, along with flowing arrangements by Moon Canyon, to echo the bounty of an outdoor seasonal dinner at the chateau. We found a beautiful setting behind a classically-inspired statue that we thought was very fitting to our theme; and even adorned the statue with florals to tie it into the story.

The boudoir look was one of my favorites. Inspired by Renaissance nude portraiture, we simply chose to drape fabrics in a dark corner of the chateaux that was lit only by natural light, Our beautiful bride in a simple robe from Girl And a Serious Dream was adorned with an epic floral crown by Moon Canyon. I love the nod to the Roman god, Bacchus, with the grapes in her hand.

Alexandra from Aerialist Press really took all our inspiration and tied it into a beautiful invitation suite that I think perfectly tells our story and gave our attendees, as Sylvie put it, “flat lays for days!”

The ceremony was a stroke of genius by Kristen of Moon Canyon. I loved her idea of placing the ceremony in the center of the church to create a ceremony in the round with flowers and greenery adorning the space. The vibe of this church felt very medieval to us, leading into the Renaissance. The inspiration came from the color of the writing that was etched into the stone walls of the church and the stunning Naeem Khan dress. The bridal look was completed by a modern interpretation of Botteceili’s Primavera in the hair and makeup style from Ava Belle.

Finally, the reception dinner we set in the foyer of the chateaux. We incorporated a Classic bust that we found on-site at Chateau Varennes. The table was lined with long candlesticks and another beautiful arrangement that incorporated our entire palette. We wanted this on a backdrop of tone on tone sage with nude chair covers to create a draped classical look that tied in the rest of the wedding . Overall, we wanted this workshop to feel moody, a little dark and different from the light and bright weddings we are used to seeing in California; we wanted this to stand out.

Working in France with such a wonderful team of creatives was truly inspiring; it was so much fun to be pushed creatively in a new direction. I particularly loved working with Kristen of Moon Canyon, her stylist prowess is unmatched.

A BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAIT SESSION

For Sylvie’s workshop we were lucky enough to have not just one but two couples for the attendees to practice shooting with. Ivandra was the second model and we wanted to give her a completely different look. I love how the top of the Naeem Khan dress has the look of chain mail that reminds me of the renaissance but still feels very modern and fresh.

We decided to shoot the portrait session in my bedroom at the chateau because of the gorgeous natural light and the stunning red velvet couch that matched our palette.  That couch is an antique and one of two in the world ( the second is on display at the louvre! ).  I love the strong contrast in these portraits between Ivandra in the dress and the sofa in the room.  This was the last thing we styled at the workshop and it felt like the grand finale! 

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Workshops | Film: Kodak Alaris | Videography: BKTFILMS | Floral Design: Moon Canyon | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair & Makeup: Ava Belle | Tuxedos: The Black Tux | Venue: Chateau de Varennes | Accessories: Bekah Anne | Albums: DreambooksPRO | Boudoir & Veils: Lauren Leshansky | Business Class: Sam Jacobson | Cake & Macarons: Muriel Arcos | Candles: Ester & Erik | Ceremony & Reception: Chateau de Varennes | Champagne: Champagne Tsarine | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Gowns: Naeem Khan | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Media: Style Me Pretty | Men's Accessories: The Black Tux | Paper Goods: Aerialist Press | Planning & Design: Shannon Leahy Events | Production Manager: NKT Events | Ribbons & Textiles: Tono Co | Ring Boxes: Secret Keeper Box | Styling Boards: The Romanticist Studios | Tabletop Rentals: Options | Tabletop Rentals: Vaisselle Vintage | Wax Seals: WaxSeals.com

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10 Tricks for Creating a Kid-Friendly Home with Style

I have a 16-month-old toddler boy, and this first image below is actually a room in my home. I’m not sure how I pulled that off… fist pump! But I did and I still am. Truthfully, it doesn’t always look like this, but with a serious determination to never sacrifice style for my kids (and a few tricks up my sleeve), a lived-in home that also translates to chic is totally possible. Today, I’m sharing a few of my own secrets with you!

Make the Practicalities Pretty

Inspired by Lori Paranjape, I was determined to ditch the classic baby gate and incorporate something beautiful into my office redesign. Working with a builder, we crafted this beauty above that I’ll still love long after my son has mastered the stairs.

Durability

Choose pieces that can handle wear and tear… from your couch fabric to your dining room table to easily wipeable (yet chic) kitchen island seating, consider how these larger items will age with time, a bit of damage and a whole lotta love through those incredible memories that you’ll make.

Be Wise with White

Just because you’ve got kiddos, does not at all mean you have to break up with white. Just know where to use it! If you want the vibe of a bright, airy space, go for white or neutrals wherever you can. Walls, countertops, tile back splashes, etc. are easily cleanable places to use white. It’s a good idea to give any fabric pieces a second thought. A white couch? Not so functional with babies. But if you just can’t live without it consider a durable, washable fabric choice or slipcovered version for easy washing when needed (because you WILL need to). Also, avoid white and neutrals for flooring, especially in high traffic areas where little muddy shoes will haunt you.

Embrace Simplicity

De-clutter and simplify your home. This doesn’t mean you have to go totally minimalist, but clearing out the un-used is one step closer to living stylishly with kiddos. Think everything from your pantry to your closets and all the nooks and crannies in between.

Change Up Your Shelfie Game

Place more valuable, breakable or dangerous items on the top shelves and decorate the bottom shelves with items like stacks of throws, books that you don’t mind getting tossed around and even stylish lidded toy baskets.

No Play Room? No problem.

I’m a firm believer that rooms should be multi-purpose and that having children means they fit into your lifestyle, not the other way around. Sure, it can be super convenient to have a play room dedicated just for the kids, but it’s so NOT a necessity. If you’re able to make at least one room in your home multi-functional to accommodate playtime, then you’re in good shape. Maybe that means your home office can transform into a play space (like I did with mine above), and your living room should naturally do that anyway. Just make sure each room serves everyone in the family.

Dirt Doesn’t Have to Mean Dirty

What is it about kids and handfuls of dirt? Or eating dirt! Don’t want your little ones eating dirt from your fiddle leaf fig? Get creative with plant placement by tucking them behind chairs for not-so-easy access (until they’re crazy toddlers who can magically get into anything and everything) or incorporate potted plants on shelving instead.

Tame the Toys

One of my first memories of playing as a child was with a good ol’ wooden spoon and all the pots and pans. I’m not saying to deprive your kiddo of modern toys, but consider that they don’t need every toy under the sun in order to be happy. Your home will thank you for it.

I also like to rotate toys in and out for my son to keep things interesting and fun for him. Every month or two I’ll swap a few things out. As he grows, some items get donated, some get boxed away for a possible brother or sister and some he still enjoys and delights when I bring them out again!

Don’t Overload on the Baby Registry & Birthdays

It’s so easy to get carried away when registering for or purchasing baby gear and goods. If you are one of those who went overboard on your wedding registry, you know what I’m talking about when your home feels like it’s going to burst at the seams with all those items you really don’t use that often. Try to only pick up the things you need—doing lots of research on what has worked best for other parents is a great place to start, so you’re not buying three brands of every item with a “just in case” attitude in mind.

Embrace a Lived-in, Loved Home

Don’t worry yourself over every little sharp corner, every sticky fingerprint or those days when the toy box explodes. Accidents happen and your idea of a perfect home will go out the window. There’s nothing wrong with aiming to live a well-styled life but remember that a lived-in home is full of love.

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Hudson Valley Wedding at Monteverde at Oldstone

From Bashful CapturesMonteverde at Oldstone is one of my favorite wedding venues because it’s such a serene and beautiful location. When I first found out that I was going back there to shoot Victoria & Kyle’s wedding, I was so excited and couldn’t wait for the day to come! 

They both got ready at the venue and had their intimate, first look on the grand lawn of Monteverde at Oldstone over looking the Hudson River.

Victoria wore a beautiful Mira Zwillinger dress with delicate details with her sweet white bouquet made by Designs by Ahn


Designs by Ahn also created this gorgeous arch for the ceremony and their tented reception was decorated with modern, white, romantic center pieces



They were a sweet couple inside and out and I’m beyond honored that I got to be a part of their wedding day!


Photography: Bashful Captures | Event Planning: Cathys Elegant Events | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Invitations: Bella Figura | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture | Catering: Tastefully Yours Catering | Band: Hank Lane Music | Venue: Monteverde At Oldstone | Make up Artist: Aga Make up

Summer French Riviera Wedding at Villa Ephrussi

I had the pleasure of meeting Greg Finck nearly four years ago and to this day, I can spot one of his weddings from a mile away. In a handful of words, his imagery is dreamy, thoughtful, soft and real—and today’s wedding, planned by Lavender & Rose is every single one of those descriptives. It warms the soul and makes you want to bookmark each and every pretty-in-pink detail. Hop on over to the gallery to do just that!

From Greg FinckIt’s not everyday that your bride is a professional model. Crystal is a model in Hong Kong and when you meet her, you get instantly hit by her effortless beauty. They got married on the French Riviera last summer, at the stunning Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The day was magnificently planned and designed by Lavender&Rose, with touch of pinks, relating to the venue’s facade and Crystal’s favorite color. The invitation suite was stunning, designed by The Calligraphy girls, and Crystal had planned every single detail that make my job as a photographer so easy.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Event Planning: Lavender&Rose | Floral Design: Miss Rose By Perrine | Wedding Dress: Jessicacindy | Wedding Cake: Made In Cake | Stationery: Lara Kiniris | Reception Venue: Villa Ephrussi | Catering: Helen Traiteur | Dj: Thomas Dusseune

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Joyful Celebration at Calamigos Ranch

From the bride… I made it very clear before the wedding planning process even began that I would not DIY a on single thing. I am a minimalist, so I wanted the beauty of the venue to speak for itself and not clutter it. For me, the most memorable thing about the wedding were our vows. To hear my husband speak  – so authentic, so vulnerable and beautiful, well… it just brought tears to my eyes! 

~photography by Anya Kernes Photography





My best piece of advice to brides-to-be is to prioritize your preparation time and energy on the things that will bring you and your partner the most joy. Since I knew I had very limited resources and a tight budget, I focused my energy on getting the best possible Day-of-Coordinators, DJ/MC, and Photographer since I knew those vendors could make or break my day.




Remember, this is the one day where all the people you love will be in one place to celebrate yours and your significant other’s love. Be authentic and enjoy yourself! Don’t worry so much about impressing everyone.
See more of this Calamigos Wedding from Anya Kernes in the full gallery!

Photography: Anya Kernes Photography | Coordination: Just Merried Events | Floral Design: Violette's Flowers | Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal | Cake: Janice Wong | Beauty: Shering Beauty | Ceremony & Reception: Calamigos Ranch | DJ/ MC: HYLO Events | Photobooth: Flip Book LA | Robes: Le Rose

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50 Wedding Planners Get Together for a Party of their Own

After planning my own wedding a few years ago, I had a whole new appreciation for event planners. While some of you might still be in the “how hard can planning a wedding really be?” frame of mind, trust me on this one—it is HARD. Planners are freaking magicians, and they deserve a lot of love for it. That’s what this lovely event, crafted by Adriana Marie Events, is all about—celebrating the genius wedding minds that dream up the pretty you find here on SMP daily. And, it happens to be the perfect blueprint for a summer soiree. Michael & Carina captured it all, don’t miss a detail in the full gallery!

From the planner, Adriana Marie EventsThe Planners Affair was created two years ago and stemmed from the simple fact that as wedding planners and creative professionals, we constantly serve others and bring visions to life. It is long hours, filled to the brim with beautiful details and pampering others. The soul behind this exclusive event is that we wanted to create an occasion where the wedding planners were treated and loved on as we come into the busiest time of year, as well as build a community to be grown within our small wedding world. Life is better surrounded by those who support and uplift, and every year we aim to create something memorable and meaningful for the hard working woman and men who constantly make dreams a reality.

We styled the industrial chic space with two lush yet modernly driven long tables that sat nearly 50 planners from all over the DMV. As guests arrived, we created an intimate cocktail lounge with with lush velvet seating arrangements, textured linens, soft relaxing tones with a pop of personality. Just like most of us planners have quite the balance of!

Signature cocktails were enjoyed with hand crafted candy art in amber goblets to compliment the exciting yellow floral tones. The quaint cocktail space in all was curated to create genuine conversation and a friendly atmosphere that was warm and inviting. Eleven courses Catering Provided a spectacular selection of artfully made appetizers, followed by a three course meal while the group of pros were serenaded under the bistro lights at Prism Annapolis.

This event is so much more than a pretty evening. It is a night put together so generously by the partners who donate every penny to pampering the planners who ring so much joy and gorgeous to the world each and every day.

Photography: Michael And Carina Photography | Cinematography: Monachetti | Floral Design: Sophie Felts Floral Design | Catering: Eleven Courses Catering & Event Co. | Calligraphy: Grove Lettering Co. | DJ: Mixing Maryland | Beverages: Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits | Creative Design: Adriana Marie Events | Event Venue: Prism | Film Development: Richard Photo Lab | Gifts: Marigold & Grey | Invitation Suite: Custom Crafted | Menus + Place Cards + Calligraphy: Custom Crafted | Rentals: Party Plus Tents & Events Maryland | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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Modern & Romantic Wedding at Nebraska’s The Diamond Room

Nebraska is showing up STRONG today. Lindsay and Alex tied the knot in one of the prettiest celebrations we’ve seen in a long time – with an attention to detail like no other. From the gorgeous welcome box favors filled with local favorites to the time spent alone in the reception space prior to the guests joining so that they could really feel the hard work pored into their wedding day, Lovestruck Events made sure every last moments was cared for and tended to. And the result, with images by Jessica Blex and  STUNNING film by Buena Victoria, was a wedding that could easily be your favorite SMP wedding ever.



From LovestruckLindsay and Alex’s wedding design was a true reflection of their unique personalities. The foundation of the design represented Lindsay’s desire for a garden-inspired celebration with a muted color palette and romantic florals.



In order to capture Alex’s personality, we added modern elements and introduced deeper tones into the color palette to give the design a masculine edge. Alex played a huge role in directing the overall vision and guest experience of the wedding day. As someone who loves to entertain, he wanted to create a unique and innovative atmosphere for their guests with surprises planned throughout the evening.



The invitation we designed set the tone for the celebration. Cheryl Dyer created an abstract floral pattern that was printed on a vellum envelope enclosing the wedding stationery suite. The modern floral design helped balance the invitation’s soft cotton letterpress paper, handwritten script, and elegant wax seal. Lyrics from their first dance song (I Would Do Anything For You by Foster the People) were foil stamped onto the envelope for a playful touch.



Lindsay and Alex were married on a Saturday evening in October in a clear top tent adjacent to the reception venue. The ceremony featured a custom gray-washed chuppah with a geometric design that was covered in lush floral blooms and greenery. Their ceremony was witnessed by just over 225 guests. A confetti canon was released when the couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife.



During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed French 75 cocktails, Lindsay’s signature drink, and a variety of passed and stationed appetizers. The dinner space was draped in white to soften the venue’s industrial finishes. We kept the guest table designs simple and functional, so guests could easily share the family-style bread and salad course before their plated entree.



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Wedding guests were directed back into the clear tent for dancing. A whiskey tasting bar, coffee cart, and 12 foot wooden bar were placed under the tent. Guests enjoyed wedding cake as well as beignets to satisfy their sweet tooth. Pizza was served from a food truck as a late-night snack. A live band from Atlanta kept the guests dancing throughout the evening.

A Q and A with the Bride and Groom

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

Alex: To me, it was all about an experience. I wanted this to be a magical night not just for the bride and groom, but for everyone in attendance.

Lindsay: Whenever I imagined my wedding ceremony, it was always outdoors and was always in the fall.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

Alex: The vision for the wedding style was simple and unique. I didn’t just want a cliché pinterest wedding. I wanted something that would be unlike any wedding I had ever attended.

Lindsay: Everything I was drawn to evoked a chic, romantic feeling; soft palettes and muted hues. We chose a palette of blushes, peaches, grays, ivory with aged mixed metals and muted woods. I wanted my wedding to feel intimate and really beautiful.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

Alex: Putting the lyric of our first dance song on the back of our invitation was subtle, but very cool detail.

Lindsay: I agree with Alex, I loved that… Such a small detail with meaningful lyrics to us!

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

Alex: My favorite moment was walking into the dancing tent and no one else was there, but my bride and me. It was stunning seeing the lights above us and the band playing and then just being the two of us for one moment before the party joined in. My favorite detail was having a hand-selected craft cocktail bar with a focus on bourbon. The chuppah and the tent were my favorite design details. And no one will ever forget the band…

Lindsay: My favorite moment was hands down the band, it was the moment everyone just let loose and had fun! My favorite detail would have to be the chuppah! It was simply stunning, they just nailed it!

Lindsay, tell us all about your gorgeous dress!

I felt most comfortable and most like myself in a more fitted lace dress. It had a row of pearl buttons up the back. My dress was a combination of two laces; to create the illusion of a pattern, which included an extra long train. Given the longer train I added to my ceremony dress, I wanted something I would feel comfortable in for the party. I knew I wanted a figure-hugging shape, but with enough movement for me to dance! For the ceremony I wanted a more traditional dress, but for the reception I felt comfortable with something less conservative, beadwork and embellishments in a subtle way that felt organic and dainty. My veil was simple, I just knew I wanted it longer than my train! My favorite accessory was a jeweled Jennifer Behr hair piece, I wore it for both the ceremony and the reception!

Can you share a little bit more about all of those important details…your flowers, the food, your favors, your cake?

Alex: The food was important. We chose menu items that could be executed well for our guest count. Rather than to-temperature steak, we chose cabernet braised beef short ribs. It was delicious.

Lindsay: Floral arrangements were organic – peonies, dahlias, ranunculus, anemones, eucalyptus, and garden roses. 

For favors we put together a welcome box. Our approach was to include things that we would appreciate as guests at a wedding. We had a wooden box, which we filled with:

-A welcome program (which included a schedule of wedding events as well as a list of local restaurants and activities)
-Our favorite snacks: pistachios, strawberry macaroons and shortbread cookies, and sea salt caramels.
-Voss water

For our cake we ordered a vanilla wedding cake, semi naked, with flowers all over it. We also had it hanging from the ceiling, which made it fun and different!

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

Alex: To grooms, it’s your day too. Everyone else tells you otherwise. Don’t listen. I think it’s an important start to marriage to realize it is both of your time. I loved every bit of it because I was involved. If I wasn’t involved it would not have been as special.

Lindsay: Do not get obsessed with details. Despite all your prepping and planning, some things do not turn out exactly how you imagined them, but nobody knows the difference! Remember, this is your and your future spouse’s day – and that should be your focus and priority. It is so easy to get caught up in the business of wedding planning that you can quickly forget what the day is truly about. After the wedding is all over, your real journey begins!


Photography: Jessica Blex Photography Design | Videography: Buena Victoria | Florist: Hillis & Company | Wedding Cake: Cupcake Island | Reception Venue: The Diamond Room | Catering: Tastefully Yours | Hair: Kontempo | Transportation: Emerald Limo | Tent: Lincoln Tent | Alcohol/Bar: Proof Whiskey Bar | Alcohol/Bar: The Diamond Room | Bridal Accessories: Rhylan Lang Bridal | Bridal Salon: Rhylan Lang Bridal | Ceremony Gown: Watters | Ceremony and Dinner Music: Karlyn Jurgensen | Dancing Band: Az Izz | Envelope Calligraphy: Miranda Writes | Event Design and Coordination: Lovestruck Events | Food Truck: La Casa Pizzaria | Invitation Calligraphy: Cheryl Dyer | Reception Gown: JLM Couture | Rentals: Tops Tents and Rentals | Rentals: United Rent-All | Rentals, Lighting, Draping: Blooms And Bouquets

South Carolina Wedding with Classic Southern Hospitality

A fall wedding in South Carolina calls for Southern hospitality in it’s truest form! Jess and Scott wanted nothing more than to provide that for their out of town guests. As a transplanted New Yorker, Jess knew in a heartbeat that she wanted to be married in South Carolina. Alhambra Hall, in Mount Pleasant, suited her vision to perfection. Read on for more about their wedding day and then head on over to the full gallery for so much more pretty from Kristy Roderick Photography.










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From the Bride… My husband, Scott and I were married on Nov. 4th at Alhambra Hall. I was born and raised in NY (I now call Charleston home) and knew immediately I wanted to get married here! I wanted Southern touches, since we had so many guests traveling from out of town, but we also wanted to keep things fairly traditional.

We had the most PERFECT weather! We had our first look and took pictures downtown on Chalmers Street. We then had a sunset ceremony under the oak tree on the lawn at Alhambra. The sunset continued into cocktail hour where guests not only enjoyed bites and sips, but they were also treated to an interactive fragrance exploration where they selected a personalized candle as a favor.

For the reception we wanted a romantic fall feel. We kept things neutral on the color palette with gold, white, cream and pops of dusty rose and pink. We also incorporated a lot of greenery to keep things fresh feeling and to add to the romantic feel. The dark wooden beams, napa-like chandeliers and wood floors in the venue helped warm things up and really made our color choices pop.

All in all it was the BEST DAY EVER! 


Photography: Kristy Roderick Photography | Cinematography: Stuck In Love Films | Wedding Planner: Monique Semper | Floral Design: Charleston Flower Girl | Wedding Dress: Gown Boutique of Charleston | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Cake: Sweet Lulus | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Gown Boutique of Charleston | Catering: Hamby Catering | Make-up : Jonny Sherwood | Hair: Tamsyn Rickards - Elysium Salon | Favors: Candlefish | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang Black For Men's Warehouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang Black For Men's Warehouse | Transportation: Lowcountry Valet | Bar Service: MIX Premier Bartending | Ceremony and Reception: Alhambra Hall | Music : Andy Masker Band | Rentals: Snyder

9 Things Stephanie Mark Can’t Live Without

Happy Friday friends! I always get so excited for our Things I Can’t Live Without series, and today, we’re hosting a serious boss lady. She’s a digital pioneer who transformed a passion project into a global media brand. Meet, Stephanie Mark, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Coveteur. Stephanie started Coveteur as a way to provide unparalleled access to the fashion, careers, and lifestyles of the world’s most influential figures and in doing so, she sure has inspired us! Having featured visionaries like Jessica Alba, Christian Louboutin, and Oprah Winfrey… how could she not? Let’s dive into her daily must-haves!

Balenciaga Shopper | Golden Girls Reruns | Coffee-mate Vanilla Creamer | Redone x Hanes Black and White T-Shirts | AYR Denim | Aquaphor | My Laptop | GG Crackers | SLEEP

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A Modern, Floral-Filled Wedding at Legacy Acres

This wedding reminds me of my very own (minus this insanely beautiful ceiling installation!). I’m a sucker for a white-washed wedding venue and loads of blooms, so the combo of Legacy Acres with the genius of Zimmerman Events is just magical. And then, there are the puppy pics, which I’m guessing will be a hit when we debut their cute faces on Instagram. Now, feast your eyes the full gallery from Erin Wilson!

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From Erin WilsonBrace yourself for the cutest little puppy family! Bailey and James were married this April at a venue that her mother built and they had the very first wedding at this brand new southern classic venue in the heart of Arkansas. If you know anything about Bailey and James you know they have the cutest southern accents and are obsessed with their *children* aka their dogs. We had to make sure to take tons of photos with their sweet pups and they are some of my favorite ever. Bailey and James’ vision for their day was a modern southern wedding filled to the brim with florals. Their florist and wedding planner designed the most stunning lush florals all over their wedding and you felt like you were in a garden. They exchanged vows in the prettiest white chapel filled with light and love and I was obsessed with the greenery framing the window they were married in front of. All day long they were surrounded by all their best friends and family and they had smiles on their faces all day long. I love the beautiful color palette of soft blues with pops of blush, mauve and deep burgundy in the florals. The wedding reception was the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Florals dripping from the ceiling surrounding a 10 foot wide chandelier, candles, draped fabric tables and florals and plants everywhere. They served southern foods, pies and drinks on the big wrap around porch of the venue. They ended the evening with fireworks and the prettiest classic town car for their getaway. I could re-live this day a million times!

Photography: Erin Wilson Photography | Videographer: Betwixt Magnolias | Catering: Simply The Best | Hair and Makeup: Solon Scarlet | Lighting: CWP Productions | DJ: Boomtown Entertainment | Transportation : Arkansas Destinations | Fireworks: High Tech Special Effects | Florals, Design and Planning: A Southern Tradition | Lounge Furniture: Hank's Event Rentals | Paper: Brown Linen Design | Reception and Chapel: Legacy Acres | Rentals: Party Time Rental and Events

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Tuscan Inspired Wedding in Central Florida at Bella Collina

There were no passports needed for this wedding at Bella Collina in Monteverde, Florida. However, you were immediately transported to the rolling hillside of Tuscany with the manicured gardens, breathtaking views and surrounded by the tranquil sounds of nature. This was all visible from the cobblestone villa atop of the hill overlooking the lake. It was the perfect setting for Kristy and Tim’s wedding. ~Masi Events + Katie Lopez Photography








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More from Masi EventsThe inspiration came from the venue and all the details from the color palette with the serene blues and rose gold to the grey taper candles that complemented the setting perfectly. We created two different tablescapes with a mix of round tables and wooden tables to add dimension to the space.

The menu was also Italian inspired but personal touches were infused. The Cuban market carretta station served staples such as mini Cuban sandwiches and corquetas and served tribute to part of Kristy’s family’s heritage.

Towards the end of the evening, guests were surprised by a firework display and late night food was passed that included popcorn and chocolate covered bacon.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Cinematography: Hopemedia, LLC | Florals : Julia Rohde Designs | Cake: Le Petit Sweet | Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting | DJ: Soundwave Entertainment Systems | Ceremony Music: Beautiful Music | Transportation: VIP Wedding Transportation | Ceremony and Reception: Bella Collina | Dance Floor: Orlando Wedding And Party Rentals | Hair and Make-up: Makeover Station | Invitations and Paper Goods: IBA Paper Goods | Linens: Nuage Designs | PhotoBooth: Shine Photo Entertainment | Planning and Coordination: Masi Events | Rentals: Events on the Loose | Welcome Gifts: The Presence Co.

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