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How to Incorporate Fairytale Elements Into Your Wedding Decor Without Compromising Elegance

Disney fans – this one’s for you! If you’d love to incorporate subtle elements of that enchanting fairytale feel to your wedding day, but have no idea how to keep your decor looking timeless? Don’t worry, Heather Benge Events has got you covered. From an elegant tiara to a Cinderella-inspired color scheme, today’s shoot at The Olana is the your perfect blueprint for a fairytale wedding that will never go out of style. Head on over to the full gallery to see all the details, captured by Branson Maxwell!

From Branson MaxwellThis styled wedding is the perfect inspiration for brides wanting to incorporate fairytale aspects into their wedding without compromising elegance and class. 

As the couple twirls through the ballroom amongst all of the stunning details, you can’t help but think of Cinderella and her prince. 

The light blue and light pink pair perfectly with the gold accents and are the exact colors from the famous Cinderella fairytale. The bride’s ballgown and tiara are just what a princess would wear, and what bride doesn’t want to feel like a princess on their wedding day?

Photographer: Branson Maxwell | Styling: elevee and co | Florist: Flower Shack Blooms | Dress: Weddings By Debbie | Cake: XO Cakery | Stationary: Invitobella | Shoes: Bella Belle | Tux: Generation Tux | Venue: The Olana | Accessories: Etoile | Concept & Planning: Heather Benge Events | Decor: Gold Dust Event Co | Hair & Make Up: Sunkissed And Made Up | Host: Styled Shoots Across America | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals | Ribbons: Flower Shack Blooms

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How One Couple Merged their Indian Heritage with Mexican Culture to Host an Epic Tropical Sangeet Fiesta

Just one peek at today’s colorful Sangeet “fiesta” planned by Xanath Banuelos and we guarantee it’ll instantly brighten your day! The gorgeous couple wanted the event to blend their Indian heritage with the local Mexican culture to create one epic celebration! Floweriize further brought their vision to life with a bright mix of colorful garden roses, dahlias, mini cacti in terracotta pots, and freshly cut tropical fruit. How amazing does that sound? Head on over to the full gallery, captured by Janine Licare Photography to see how it all came together.

From Janine Licare PhotographyThe day before their wedding in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Payal and Vince hosted their Sangeet “Fiesta” / Welcome Party at the Belmond Casa Sierra Nevada for all of their guests. As a San Francisco based couple, they wanted this Friday event to fully encompass the San Miguel de Allende experience and Mexican culture. 

Payal and Vince merged their Indian heritage with Mexican traditions and celebrated the evening with a parade through town, including a mariachi band and “bride and groom” stilt walkers. The florals in the dining space were a bright mix of colorful garden roses, dahlias, mini cacti in terracotta pots, and freshly cut tropical fruit, including papaya. 

Each name card was tied to a handblown glass heart. We photographed the first part of their portrait sessions while roaming the cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende. Payal wore a soft pink lehenga that beautifully complemented the pastel-painted buildings. Vince’s ensemble matched hers. Their second outfit was bright and colorful and was a perfect fit for the high-energy evening that was ahead. The evening ended with a talent show competition, an homage to traditional Sangeets, where Payal and Vince’s friends and family performed throughout the evening and several guests judged the acts. The performances included several dance numbers, original songs, and a karate act, to name a few.

Photography: Janine Licare Photography | Floral Design: Floweriize | Hair and Makeup: DREAVMAKEUP | Hotel: Belmond Casa Sierra Nevada | Venue: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond | Mehndi: Gopi Henna | Music: Bol Punjab De | Outfit: Arpita Mehta | Planning: Xanath Banuelos | Signage: Very Merry Designs

A Love Letter to Banners and Garlands: We Hope These Trends Hang Around Forever

There is certainly a lot of ebb and flow when it comes to wedding trends; when you factor in seasonality and something as monumental as a global pandemic, new trends (i.e. the microwedding), new ‘favorites’ are seemingly born every day. One of them; however, is what we’d like to call an ‘old faithful,’ but even that isn’t a perfect monaker, because there is nothing old about the festive and always-fire banners and garlands. These decorative motifs add a layer of thoughtfulness and frame-worthy finesse that is dually appreciated by party goers and the couple themselves.

Finishing touches like banners and garlands, specifically banners, are not afterthoughts – not by any stretch of the imagination: instead, they’re intentional and curated. When we think of the other non-article meaning of the word banner, it conjures something that is excellent, outstanding, and of course, what is a wedding and what are vows if not excellent and outstanding? So, when you hang a physical banner on your big day, you’re bringing attention to something great – be it a delightful dessert table, a top-shelf-stocked open bar, or a beautiful and newly-minted Mr. and Mrs. Yes, that last one, the newlyweds, they’re just as delicious as the sweets and spirits!  

Garlands, conversely, have a much more subtle stroke in the ornamentation department. Going back to that earlier point about layers, garlands do their thing when draped over tables, stretched out over mantles, suspended over entryways or standout vignette scenes on the special day (during a toast, during cake cutting, or even during non ceremony or reception moments, like those in the bridal suite on the morning of). While floral garlands have become a kind of ‘green’ standard for weddings in the last decade, greenery and foliage-type treatments aren’t the only way to tinker with the trend. Festooning your fete with something whimsy and playful like ribbons or tassels is such a dynamic choice. And, oh the photos 😍.

Take a look at the below (stunningly-gorgeous) inspiration and imagine what could be the perfect aesthetic accompaniment. Then head over to the Style Me Pretty Shop to get the look(s) for your wedding day glow up!

Photo by Ellie Koleen

A gorgeous white barn, white garden chairs, and pops of color brought to you by the tabletop florals. It’s a total dream. 

What we might add: a sweet ribbon garland hung at the top of the barn doors. As much as we love a monochromatic look, a dose of soft pinks, champagnes, and ivories can add nice dimension and balance out the absence of color up top. Not to mention, it has that upscale rustic vibe that always pairs well with a big day at the barn.

Photography by Jaimee Morse Fine Art Photography

Classic garden setting, whites and greens will never tire in our eyes; either will gold-wrapped minis atop a beautiful outdoor bar. 

What we might add: a similarly-clean and crisp golden “Cheers to Love” banner wrapped around the front facade. The block lettering mixed with the calligraphy creates such a classic and stylistic effect. It can really be added to ANY wedding bar in ANY setting, because cheersing the couple is a universal wedding mood.

Photo by Kristyn Harder Fine Art Photography

A light, airy, and organic environment lends itself SO well to a bohemian, adventurous vibe. A Prosecco cart or any other whimsy nuptials novelty (like a gelato cart, for instance #alwaysthinkingaboutthescoop) is a perfect cherry on top. 

What we might add: a neutral bit of texture and playfulness by way of a bead and tassel garland. We can see it so clearly hanging off the awning of the truck. And when it gets dark, some twinning with twinkle lights would look 👌. 

A Romantic and Timeless Affair With The Most Stunning Details!

With jaw-dropping details from the brides Millanova wedding dress to the stunning chandelier over the dance floor, you’re going to want to keep scrolling…and get your Pinterest boards ready! Set at The Olana, this romantic and timeless affair was photographed by The Lockharts who perfectly capture every precious moment in time. With overflowing ivy and blush and cream florals by Alba Dahlia, set in acrylic this wedding was simply amazing! Be sure to check out their video below to feel all of the love!

From Glitter and Glue WeddingsA and K were a dream to work with, from the moment A reached out in regards to hiring our team she was so vocal about what she wanted in regards to her and K’s wedding day but also allowing myself and her team of vendors to express their creativity. A and K selected The Olana one of the new fabulous Walter Wedding Estate properties as their setting for a new chapter to unfold. 

A and K were all about the details big and small hence why they hired GGWE. The Olana had so many intricate details in place from the intricate drapes, to the detailed embroidered wall in the bridal suite, the clean cut bachelor pad located downstairs then back up to the open chandelier filled atrium.

A and K selected a neutral palette that was so elegant and timeless with pops of champagne, and white with beautiful accents of gold that tied it all together so elegantly. We created a timeless focal structure with Ivy filled acrylic and overflowing of large beautiful blooms provided by Alba Dahlia.

The planning process with the Austin couple was so smooth and went by so fast! Mini trips back home to Dallas we were able to knock out selection of vendors when they were here because they knew what they wanted off the top and what they didn’t. Wedding day was so flawless with the dream team that was built to cater to A and K. The ceremony space was then flipped and turned into the reception accented with an acrylic white dance floor, tall squared off centerpieces with flowing ivy. The night carried on so smoothly with Adante from Le Force Entertainment keeping everyone on the dance floor all night. 

My advice to couples planning their wedding would be to take it all in slowly. Don’t overwork yourself through the planning process and don’t lose yourself. Take date nights, alone time, girls night or what ever you can to take a break when you feel overwhelmed and then come back to the planning process refreshed to keep going. Planning a wedding can seem like its dragging and taking forever , but the day itself goes by in a blink of an eye. Take a moment to take it all in.

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Photographer : Thelockharts | Event Planning: Ammie | Floral Design: Alba Dahlia | Wedding Dress: Mila Nova Bridal | Cake: Sugar Bee Sweets | Invitations: Brown Fox Creative | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair & Makeup: styles by vero | Entertainment: Le Force Entertainment | Wedding Venue: The Olana | Dance Floor : Center Stage Floors

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Proof That Intimate Weddings Can Be Just as Breathtaking and Impressive as Grand Affairs

Are you nervous your smaller wedding due to COVID-19 will be so much less beautiful than you imagined? We guarantee seeing today’s styled shoot will kick that worry to the curb. The talented team Always Yours Events is encouraging and inspiring brides everywhere that no matter the guest count, a wedding still carries the same love story and legacy – and we couldn’t agree more. For inspiration on how to make a major statement with your intimate wedding decor, head on over to the full gallery – with lush blooms by Kerianne Nelson Flora and images captured by Elizabeth LaDuca!

From Always Yours EventsSince March we’ve worked with couples around the world to postpone and change the course of their weddings due to the pandemic. These milestone celebrations have come to a sharp but temporary halt for many, and so our intention with this intimate wedding editorial was to show couples the beauty of the small wedding in a true, stunning light. With this editorial we wanted to give couples the encouragement and inspiration to host their celebrations with lower guest counts while investing in the exquisite details and customizations that prove a wedding, big or small, still carries on the same love story and legacy. The Greenery is an extraordinary new venue in New Hampshire that just opened its doors this year. With it’s all white interior and exterior with black matte accents such as Southern-inspired gas lanterns and modern gold fixtures, this venue is the epitome of charming and chic. While this venue can house up to 250 guests, we chose it for this intimate editorial to show how a large venue can house an intimate wedding with a little creativity. We dreamed up a garden inspired and romantic design that pushed the envelope just enough to be modern and distinctive, yet still balance a timelessness. 

Our color palette incorporated beautiful painterly shades of dusty rose, pale blush and soft rose, nude, pale ash blue, a deep rich green, matte gold and a subtle hint of cognac. The stationery and invitation suite from Gus and Ruby Letterpress brought together the elements of a garden in an unexpected fashion, including green letterpressed invitations with accents of botanical elements in gold foil, a unique vellum wrap featuring a print including everything from blooms to tiny butterflies, and the most beautiful RSVP we’ve ever seen. And since attention to detail and guest experience was key for this design, we elevated guest favors and welcome baskets to include selections of local chocolate, a bottle of the couple’s favorite celebration champagne, beautiful artisan hand soap and a Tulieres candle with bottled matches. Our bride and groom, styled by our talented stylist Lorella of La Jolie Bride, stole the show in Arman’s custom suit (sans tie for a little more modern flair), and Elodie’s Marchesa gown with detachable sleeves from L’Elite. Elodie carried a stunning bouquet by Kerianne Nelson, which served as an accessory to her gown to further compliment the appliqué detail and ethereal sleeves. Elodie wore a pair of bow tied heels from Loeffler Randall, and drop floral earrings with pearl details. Her romantic makeup look was created by the team at Glamour Cosmetics, and her voluminous pony and late night chignon was created by Sarah of My Big Hair Day. 

The main feature of this inspiration shoot was the guest table set for sixteen guests, overlooking the Greenery’s orchards. Designed with the floral artistry and talents of Kerianne Nelson, we created a modern circular pergola overgrown with florals to envelope the guest table and create a more intimate space for guests to enjoy dinner and conversation with each other. The circular pergola was covered with greenery and foraged foliage, along with accents of wild roses, garden roses and spray roses. Set underneath was a long oversized table with a stunning patterned linen from La Tavola and BBJ surrounded by Louis Chairs and rentals by PEAK Event Services, place settings featuring an embossed charger and gold rimmed coup plates, fine crystal stemware and gold matte flatware, and of course an array of romantic florals in various heights mixed with petal-colored taper candles in various heights and textures. To accent the place settings, the team at Gus and Ruby Letterpress created a beautiful petite menu card on deckled edge paper finished with a wax seal and deep green ribbon, which pulled in the greenery overhead for a cohesive look. This tablescape created a magical setting for guests within a larger space, aglow with candlelight and complete with a chef’s tasting menu that was customized to those guests in attendance. And finally, no wedding would be complete without a beautiful cake to compliment the design. The ruffled edge and hand painted cake by Nancy of Silver Whisk Bake Shop featured three petite tiers surrounded by florals and taper candles atop of a soft velvet blue linen. The entire day was impeccably captured by film photographer Elizabeth Laduca and cinematographer Greg Fisher of Willow Tree Films. Their work showcases this emotive design in the most gorgeous and dreamy light. Our vision was one that we hope will inspire couples to think outside the box when it comes to their wedding design. And we hope it will encourage couples who find themselves temporarily needing to pivot to embrace the beauty and personalization that the intimate wedding has to offer.

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Photography: Elizabeth LaDuca | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Floral Design: Kerianne Nelson | Stationery: Gus & Ruby Letterpress | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Bridal Stylist: La Jolie Bride | Cake Design: Silver Whisk Bake Shop | Cake Table Rental: BBJ Linen | Candles: The Floral Society | Ceremony + Reception: The Greenery | Dress Designer: Marchesa | Dress Shop: L'elite Boston | Furniture + Tabletop Rentals: Peak Event Services | Hairstyling: My Big Hair Day | Makeup Artistry: Glamour Cosmetics Official | Model: Glamour Cosmetics Official | Table Linen Rental: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Wedding Planner, Designer + Stylist: Always Yours Events

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10 Soups to Add to Your Cold Weather Line-up

I am a soup girl through and through. From chowdah, as they say in Boston, to stew and simple classics, these one pot meals are in constant rotation at home. So to ring in the season of soup, we’ve rounded up some tasty, hearty recipes to get you through the cold winter months with a full belly and a happy heart.

1. Caramelized Onion Soup

Find the recipe from Hello Natural here.

2. Lentil, Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

Find the recipe here.

3. Chicken Tortilla Soup

Find the recipe from The Idea Room here.

4. Homemade Turkey Soup

Find the recipe from Lark & Linen here.

5. Easy Roasted Tomato Soup

Find the recipe here.

6. Smoked Fench Onion Soup

Get the recipe here!

7. Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Get the recipe from A Happy Food Dance here!

8. Spicy Black Bean Soup

Get the recipe from Love and Lemons here!

9. Pulled Pork Chili

Get the recipe from A Happy Food Dance here!

10. Ribollita – Tuscan White Bean Soup

Get the recipe from Love and Lemons here!
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How One Couple Ensured Proper Safety Measures Were Taken (in Style!) at Their COVID Wedding

During this crazy times we’re living in, safety is the most important thing to keep in mind as we continue celebrating love stories. With the help of Cordially Invited Events, today’s couple ensured proper safety measures were taken at their gorgeous garden ceremony by spreading guests out to follow social distancing guidelines and providing customized bottles of both hand sanitizer and masks to every one of their guests! To get inspired on how to celebrate safely (without sacrificing style), head on over to the full gallery to see it all – captured by Hello Blue!

From Dianne of Cordially Invited Events, the planner… Planning a wedding during these unprecedented times requires a tremendous amount of team effort and flexibility from all parties involved from vendors to loved ones. We had an incredible vendor team that accommodated multiple date changes and the constantly changing logistics up until the day of the wedding. 

This experience made us realize how important it was to have industry professionals guide us through the planning process to execute a safe and memorable wedding. Having a condensed guest list with a garden style lawn was the perfect setting to allow guests to spread out and follow social distancing guidelines. 

It was different seeing tables with only two chairs and celebrating with masks on but also very necessary. To ensure proper safety measures the couple provided customized bottles of hand sanitizer and masks as guests were welcomed onto the ceremony lawn. As the world evolves it is important for us to adapt to continue the festivities safely. The move toward intimate weddings with our closest loved ones is a change we embrace with air hugs.

Photography: Hello Blue | Videography: Dear Lovers | Florals: Lily Roden | Wedding Gown: Eddy K | Stationery: Minted | Catering: Colettes Catering Events | DJ: Hifly Dj Events | Cultural Center: Muckenthaler Mansion | Photo Booth: Happy memories Photo Booth | Planning + Design: Cordially Invited Events | Rentals: Cordially Invited Events

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You Won’t Believe This Hidden Garden Oasis Exists in Southern California

Tucked up high in the hills of Santa Barbara is your dream garden wedding destination – and it’s even more gorgeous than it sounds. Today’s styled shoot from Kaleb Norman James showcases the natural beauty of Belmond El Encanto, complete with subtle touches of old world details reminiscent of a charming Italian villa. We couldn’t be more in love the full gallery – captured to perfection by Jenny Quicksall!

From Jenny QuicksallHidden in the hills just above Santa Barbara is an urban oasis filled with incredible views, lush gardens and even a turtle filled lily pond. This stunning Belmond property set the stage and provided the inspiration for this intimate wedding. =

We wanted the overall design to feel reminiscent of the wisteria covered colonnade surrounding the lily pond given the way everything feels overgrown and organic, while simultaneously feeling very intentional and manicured. The initial concept was to create an overall garden motif inspired from old world frescos found in Italian villas, as represented in all the paper goods, which went as far as to include a custom toile pattern for the event and in the bride’s shoes. 

The floral wasn’t overly tailored, feeling reminiscent of the mature garden beds surrounding this property. We kept the details feeling very old world with etched crystal, vintage lace napkins, botanical china and with pewter accents in the candlesticks and napkin rings. Overall the color palette focused on warm neutrals and various shades of green from emerald to mint, all cohesively coming together to create a lush, floral filled design!

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Photography: Jenny Quicksall Photography | Cinematography: Miguel Garcia Studios | Event Design: Kaleb Norman James Design | Floral Design: Kaleb Norman James Design | Wedding Dress: Lovella Bridal | Cake: Cake Cathedral | Invitations: Floraison Design Co | Shoes: Christian Dior | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Wedding Venue: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond | Beauty: Cheek to Cheek Artistry | Draping: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Linen: Luxe Linen | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Ribbon: Stella Wolfe | Styling Mat: Olive And Oak | Tabletop: The Ark Event Rentals | Wax Seals: Artifiact Uprising

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A Wedding Coordinator’s Romantic Engagement Shoot Inspired By Her Time In Europe

When someone in the wedding industry says ‘Yes,’ you know it’s going to be good! Well, for this bride-to-be and wedding coordinator, her engagement shoot certainly did not disappoint! Erica Streelman photographed the couple’s romantic, French inspired engagement session at The Lavender Marketplace & Workshops with a beautiful picnic style setting and blooming bouquets by The Tangled Vine Designs. With even a wardrobe change, this shoot has us dying to see the wedding photos when the couple finally gets to say ‘I Do!’

From Erica StreelmanBride and wedding coordinator Nicolette of Sparkling Soirees planned a beautiful fall engagement session for her and her fiance. They wanted a European feel to go along with the architecture of their wedding venue, Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Los Angeles. Due to Covid 19- rescheduled their wedding twice, but plan to marry in October. Since Nicolette is a wedding coordinator she knew she wanted to add a few detail pieces into the shoot so she called upon Archive Rentals for some lounge rentals, The Tangled Vine Designs for a whimsical bouquet and added personal touches like her Mrs. denim jacket and box purse which Nicolette created herself. Fiance Jason wore two different suits from Friar Tux while Nicolette wore a white dress from Blush Bridal Couture and a green velvet dress from Bella Bridesmaids

From the Bride…Engaged to an owner of a wedding coordination company, my sweet fiancé had prepared himself for an extravagant engagement photo shoot, complete with multiple wardrobe changes and plenty of poses. When the day arrived, we were both pleasantly surprised to find ourselves swept up in the romance of promises to be fulfilled and excitement for our future together. How did we let everything fall away as a camera captured real moments of joy?

From the photographer…Erica Streelman: Every engagement session should reflect the style, love and vision of each individual couple. When Nicolette asked me to be her wedding photographer I knew her vision would run away with a bit of romance, details and tender moments, little did I know that it would carry into her engagement session as well. Set in the Pasadena mountains the small venue we found carried out the sweetest romance I have come to know.

What did you envision your engagement session looking like prior to planning?

From the Bride…It started with a few hours of Pinterest-browsing for engagement shoot ideas, but I quickly realized we needed something more personal to us as a couple. Having lived in Paris during college and with plans to show Jason the French countryside during our honeymoon, I wanted our engagement photos to encapsulate the quiet elegance of a Provence estate. After sharing my vision with our talented photographer Erica Streelman, she suggested the perfect setting – a hidden gem in Sierra Madre that brought the South of France to Southern California, Lavender Marketplace & Workshops. With a dreamy greenhouse and quaint cottage surrounded by lush greenery and flowers, I could easily imagine the landscape as the perfect backdrop for deep fall colors and textures.

From the photographer Erica StreelmanNicolette wanted a European feel to set the mood and reflect the venue she and Jason were getting married at, Hummingbird Nest Ranch. Noting the European flare I suggested a handful of locations in the Los Angeles area, but the venues were either unavailable or it wasn’t the right fit. Having seen Lavender Marketplace & Workshops on an Instagram post I knew we found the perfect outdoor site with the perfect touch of European feel, especially in the fall as the leaves were changing (very rare to see in Southern California)

What was your color palette and your style vision? Tell us about your flowers, your dresses, your rentals, etc. (aka- also mention how you are a planner and how the connections you have made a big decisions in choosing the vendors for the shoot)

From the Bride…A stunning bouquet created by my good friends at The Tangled Vine Designs inspired me to select a gorgeous array of vintage, patterned picnic-style lounge pieces from Archive Rentals. A rich, emerald velvet gown from Bella Bridesmaids and a timeless Robert Bullock wedding gown provided by Blush Bridal Couture were the perfect complements to Jason’s classic style in suits from Friar Tux.

From the photographer, Erica StreelmanNicolette’s warm tones complimented her gorgeous auburn hair. The bouquet created by The Tangled Vine Designs brought in yellows, warm peach and green tones. The picnic-style lounge pieces reminded me of sitting in a park in Paris during the fall to watch as the sunsets over a garden or the Eiffel Tower.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

From the Bride…Adding a few personal touches was essential. A personalized denim jacket and a custom clutch had me embracing my future title as Mrs. Tedesco. A French picnic requires a macaron or two, so we added a custom chocolate stamp with our wedding monogram.

From the photographer, Erica Streelman…I loved the vintage-modern touches that Nicolette added to the shoot. The vintage jean jacket with her new last name on the back or the darling box purse with “Mrs” included on the outside. Nicolette not only created these pieces for the shoot, but she will also have them on her wedding day giving them more than one day of use.

What was your favorite moment? Jason’s favorite moment?

From the Bride…Jason may not have been looking forward to a long afternoon of photographs, but Erica immediately put us both at ease. By reminding us that we were there to simply celebrate our upcoming wedding, she made us feel relaxed and natural. She was there as a witness and guide while encouraging us to focus on each other.

From the photographer, Erica Streelman…My favorite moment of an engagement session is when my couple melts into each other. This moment can be a quick glance where the couple looks sees the moment and connect, but in the case with Nicolette and Jason it was in the soft touch Jason held onto Nicolette. She immediately melts at his touch.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be planning their engagement session?

From the Bride….Hire a photographer that makes you both feel comfortable and allows your personalities to shine. A great photographer will find the light and direct you to flattering poses, but a true artist like Erica will make your engagement shoot feel like a celebration and will capture the beauty and joy that lies within the perfect details.  

From the photographer, Erica Streelman: …A strong relationship with your photographer is a must. Talk to them about your vision and see what they can offer. They will have ideas, advice and insight to what your session will look like and bring a human perspective that can’t be duplicated. Plus, they will be just as excited about the shoot. We love to incorporate your ideas and give you images you hope for but also never thought you would have.

Photography: Erica Streelman Photography | Floral Design: The Tangled Vine | Wedding Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal Couture | Hair and Make up : Flawless Faces | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Venue: Lavender marketplace and Workshop | Planning: Sparkling Soirées | Rentals: Archive Rentals

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High School Sweethearts Tie the Knot in a Star-Studded Fairytale Wedding

Today’s wedding planned by Ananda Friedman is better than the storybooks – complete with the most in-love high school sweethearts, an epic floral arch fit for a princess by Posh Peony,  and reception tables so good they’ll take your breath away. You might even recognize the handsome groom, “Insecure” and “Seal Team” Star Neil Brown Jr, along with a few of his fellow cast members: Jay Ellis, David Boreanaz, AJ Buckley, Tone Bell, Cory Hardrict and his wife, Tia Mowry! To watch the magic of their day unfold, head on over to the full gallery – flawlessly captured by Sposto Photography!

From Sposto PhotographyNeil and Catrina’s wedding was just as gorgeous as it was star-studded! “Insecure” and “Seal Team” Star Neil Brown Jr. Wanted to give his high school sweetheart the wedding she had always dreamed of. 

Their romantic day was straight out of a fairytale. Catrina refers to Neil as her “Real life prince charming”. He even wore a gorgeous Klein Epstein Parker blue suit and became her “Something blue” at the wedding. It was perfect.

Cristina Barragan Carlos of Posh Peony did an incredible job on the all white floral design adorning the ceremony site with an epic floral arch and each table with gorgeous raised floral arrangements that gave life to the reception tables in a way that was like something out of a dream! Ananda Friedman of NMA Public Relations coordinated the whole event flawlessly.

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Photography: Sposto Photography | Coordination: NMA Public Relations | Florals : Posh Peony | Gown: Alessandro Angelozzi Couture | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Newhall Mansion | Groom's Attire: Klein Epstein Parker | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Harpist: Les fleurs de Ninon | Bridal Shop: Panache Bridal | Ceremony and Reception: Newhall Mansion | Video: Brennan Pierson | Violinist: Daniel Morris

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How to Give an Industrial Wedding Venue a Romantic, Old World Feel

If you love the idea of dressing up a blank space but have no idea where to begin, then today’s styled shoot is the perfect inspo for you! The talented team at Kirkbrides knew just how to turn this industrial venue into a romantic scene straight out of a fairytale, thanks to some floral magic by Dietz Floral Studio and a dreamy neutral palette. To see all the details from this gorgeous day, check out the full gallery of images – all taken by The Cannons Photography!




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When Courtney with The Cannons Photography first reached out to see if we would be interested in planning and designing a large scale styled shoot for her boutique photography conference – The Graceful Gathering, we were thrilled! We knew the best way to style this shoot was to embrace the name of the conference by using flowy chiffon textiles and soft neutral colors with old world touches. The idea started when looking through Borrow Curated Furniture & Design’s inventory for our statement piece – the Joshua swing & arbor! How unique would it be to have a swing as our bride & groom’s seating at the end of a large king’s table? Paired with four of their farmhouse style tables and matching chairs, we had the ideal setting for a social affair. The Lake Erie Building’s natural light and industrial atmosphere was the perfect backdrop. The concrete floors and brick walls offset with cascading greenery and soft, elegant florals brought our theme of a mixed metals garden to life. Dietz Floral Design also created three stunning bouquets filled with garden roses, ranunculus, blueberry branches, and soft pink peonies. Adorned with tall taper candles and dusty rose chiffon runners, the tablescape was set under elegant gold chandeliers flooded with greenery. The gold-rimmed chargers, lace dinner plates, and neutral linen napkins were chosen from Lasting Impressions Event Rental. Combined with their brushed gold flatware and pink goblets, each place setting also featured a raw edged scroll place card designed by Gold Leaf Calligraphy to create an old world yet graceful look. We wanted to keep the design sophisticated yet simple all while bringing touches that were unique. Luna Bakery & Café’s elegant two-tiered cake with gold accents sat beautifully atop a custom six-foot long, hand-lettered scroll that flowed across the floor. The style accented that of the raw edged paper, gray script, and dusty rose envelopes in Pink Tomato Creative’s invitation suite. Further showcasing our old world romance concept, Something White Bridal Boutique brought in two stunning yet very different Carol Hannah gowns. The timeless fit and flare style of the silk Maquette gown complimented the layered linen ballgown skirt and lace bustier of the Kensington. The WTOO A-line bridesmaids dress with its fun and flirty ruffles was from The Dress Bridal Boutique. Keeping up with the classic and whimsical style, Bubbles and Brews brought in a vintage mobile bar accentuated with various floral pieces.”

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DRESSES: @somethingwhitebridal
VENUE: @lakeeriebuilding
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: @thedressmedina
VIDEOGRAPHER: @ashley_mccomb
CALLIGRAPHER: @goldleafcalligraphy
SHOES: @bellabelleshoes
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RIBBON: @nettle_and_silk
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RENTALS: @lirentsevents
CAKE @lunacakeshop

Photography: The Cannons | Cinematography: Ashley McComb Productions | Floral Design: Dietz Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Something White | Cake: Luna Bakery & Cafe | Invitations: Pink Tomato Creative | Shoes: Bella Belle | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Dress Bridal Boutique | Makeup: American Beauty Artistry | Hair: Urbane Society | Calligraphy: Gold Leaf Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: The Groomsman Suit | Bubbles and Brews Cart: Bubbles And Brews | Location: Lake Erie Building | Model: Jasmin Pettaway | Model: Caitlyn Rudolph | Models: Sirpilla Soirees | Planning: Kirkbrides Wedding Planning Design | Rentals: Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals | Rentals: Lasting Impressions | Ribbon: Nettle + Silk | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box

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6 Fall Wedding Trends That Make Us All About Autumn (And Matching Must-Haves for Your Own Best Day Ever)

There is so much to love about spring, summer, and of course, winter weddings, but we fall HARD for the ones that happen in the fall. There’s a basic and obvious attraction most couples have to sweater weather nuptials, which includes: the pumpkins (can’t do fall weddings without ‘em #sorrynotsorry), the mulled wine sangria cocktails, bridesmaids in terracotta couture, and take-home cider doughnuts and coffee for the commute home, but looking past those seasonal staples, the fall wedding season is an aesthetic and ‘in the air’ mood that just can’t be matched. We’re under no illusions that a thing such as “autumn magic” exists; so, if you’re getting married between September 22nd and December 21st, count on your guests being utterly spellbound. 

When it comes to captivating colors for fall weddings, you can certainly go with nature-inspired cues – varying degrees of green, Morello cherry-minted marsalas, toasted almond tones, and shades that stick, like cinnamon sticks – but we’re even more blown away by the fall-planned functions that don’t look like hand-dyed hues of the infinity scarves that will be hanging around our necks in a matter of weeks. Trendy cosmetic ‘colours’ like berry, caramel, ginger, and mauve bring great highlights to a moody wedding look, while blood orange, blush, gold, ochre, and ivory set the stage for that foundational finesse the SZN is known for.

At Style Me Pretty, we always live for a fall wedding, but it means even more this time around (given how unpredictable the rest of the year’s weddings have been) as the wedding scene continues to bounce back. If your special day is on the docket for this fall, definitely keep reading for some trends you’ll want to track – and plenty of essentials to bring out their FULL potential. Everything is available to shop now on site! 

Read on for some of the best f-alltime wedding trends and what to shop to get the look for your own pumpkin-spice-and-everything-nice kind of nuptials.

Photo by Charla Storey 

Clean, crisp fashion. That can only look ☝️good in photos, if the dress and his best are hung up and not too over handled. A fall gown shot, next to or above a bouquet with all that AMAZE foliage-mirroring color?! We’re totally here for it! 

Shop our Hanger and Sign Set. The gold hardware alone makes the pair certifiably fab for fall.

Photo by Lance Nicoll

Flannel and extra hot toddies. If you’re getting ready on a cooler autumn morning, you’ll absolutely want to warm up in your bridal suite with something sweet [and spiked!]. Your squad will love these!

Shop our White Bridesmaid Travel Cup. Because the toasting with your tribe should result in some toasty sips!

Photo by Paige Vaughn Photo

A pipe and drape backdrop with all the greenery. Is a perfectly-curated ceremony or cut-to-cocktail hour install for fall, especially with the metallic rose gold or copper framework.

Shop our Wedding Backdrop Banner. For an automatic photo backdrop win or something that can easily work for a live painting situation, if you have a sketch artist setup at your reception! (Amazing favor idea for your guests!)

Photo by Ashley Cook Photography

Wooden welcomes. Whether you’re welcoming your guests to cocktail hour with a simple wooden sign, cloaked in greenery, beside a barrel or doing something a little more thematic with photogenic ghost pumpkins, an inspirational quote sign, and decorative florals, it all looks magical.

Shop our ‘Welcome To Our Forever’ or ‘It Was Always You’ Wood Sign. And embrace the natural rustic veil of an autumnal affair.

Photo by Ashley Cook Photography


Fancy and sublty-festive table toppers. For fall wedding receptions, you can go nice and clean with an acrylic, gold-calligraphed table number atop a wooden holder OR trade the modern rustic look for one that speaks to a much more modern bohemian vibe.

Photo by Yuri Yatel

Shop our Gold Acrylic Wedding Table Numbers or Vegan Leather Wedding Table Numbers (coupled with our Gold Table Number Holders). It’s desert, but done in a flawlessly-fall way.
Photo by Emily Blumberg Photography

And a cake table that’s lit [and levitating]. An ochre velvet-swathed high top table with a thin cake stand that literally disappears (we said magic, didn’t we?) and some slender tapers that rival the mystique of the black flame candle. What more can you ask for for TDF photos?

Shop our 3 Piece Gold Taper Candle Holder Set and our Cake Stand. And make sure your florist has some extra loose blooms for a serious cascading effect.

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Guests adding their signatures and special messages to your guest book is great as it is, but with our guest book with cards and envelopes it makes all the well wishing seem so much more intimate and private – like a pen pal inscription for the future. With everything that has gone on this year, these little notes [from such a crazy time in history] are ones to cherish forever! Shop it all on Style Me Pretty.

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Tips and Tricks For a Well Dressed Table

A good argument can be made that food tastes better when consumed at a table that’s intentionally set. We’re entering a season that is defined by its food and gathering opportunities, so getting to set your table for those you love (maybe even multiple times!) is quickly approaching!

While there are technical ways that Emily Post herself will swear by when it comes to ensuring you set your table to perfection, these tips and tricks will help you problem-solve pushing your tablescape to the next level!

Don’t Forget The Linens

When you’re putting together a table, the linens can often be an overlooked element — don’t fall into that trap! If you feel like you’ve put your heart and soul into the setting and something still doesn’t feel right or complete, you can bet your bottom dollar adding a few more linen elements will fill out your table.

Elements like table runners, table cloths, napkins or even placemats can either be the star of the show or the perfect backdrop to let your other elements shine, but if you don’t include any of them or too few of them then all your other elements will fall flat.

Add in Fun Accessories Too

It’s amazing what a few pops of “fun” can do for a table! If you’re decorating for a specific season or holiday, adding a few bits and bobbles here and there can take your table setting to the next level. A fun accessory doesn’t have to be practical, but rather a small acknowledgment to the reason for gathering in the first place!

When you’re working with small table real-estate you might be tempted to overlook the “fun” accessories, but instead, we’d suggest making some of the practical table elements fun! Think of figurine salt and pepper shakers, seasonally appropriate name card holders, or even holiday-centric linens. Whatever you can do to add the pop of fun is well worth the effort.

Think Outside of The Traditional Centerpieces

When we say traditional centerpieces we talking those gorgeous floral arrangements that are equally impressive as they are dominating to the table. While florals are never a wrong idea, sometimes it’s fun to think of something a little different.

Maybe it’s a boxed candle holder filled with greens or even small pumpkins for a fall table. Maybe thin candlesticks peppered in around the food (which is ALWAYS a good center piece option.) Or, maybe it’s a cluster of smaller vases with single stems in them. A good rule of thumb is to either go with one big item as the star or several smaller items clustered around.

The Beauty Comes in Layers

If you feel like your table is falling flat, chances are you could benefit from adding a few layers. A good rule to keep in mind is the rule of threes — almost everything looks better when clustered with threes!

For example — the plate itself! Add a charger, a plate, and either a fun accessory or a napkin on top of the plate. Around the plate make sure to incorporate silverware, a glass, and a name card. You get the point — for every vignette you create, making sure to incorporate layers makes the whole setting feel full and intentional.

At the end of the day, setting the table is supposed to be a fun activity that communicates to your guests that you wanted them to feel special, so no matter what you do it’s the effort that speaks the loudest volume. Happy hosting!

A Lavender Farm Wedding Venue in NorCal That Could Easily Be Mistaken for Provence

Looking for the romance of the South of France a little closer to home during these crazy COVID times? NorCal residents – rejoice! Because we just found a lavender farm wedding venue that could easily be mistaken for Provence in Winters, CA… all thanks to this gorgeous styled shoot from Stephanie Teague Events. From heavenly blush arrangements by Bloom & Vine to a princess inspired wedding dress that’s basically every girl’s dream – head on over to the full gallery, captured by Weddings by Scott and Dana, to see it all!

Stephanie Teague of Stephanie Teague EventsI never realized how much I valued designing and styling until we were all thrown into quarantine, and weddings quickly came to a halt. I spent the first few weeks postponing, canceling, and reshuffling everything for my clients, and by the time June hit, I knew I needed to find a way to get back to my happy place. So, I gathered some of my favorite wedding vendors together, and amid corona-madness, we were able to create and contribute to this stunning shoot. We started by visiting the venue to gather inspiration, and while meandering through Bear Flag’s extraordinary grounds, the natural arches of the almond orchards struck a chord. I decided to use the arches as the thread that would carry through all of the vignettes.

Next, I decided to take on a challenge that as a wedding planner I have never done before: florals! It was important to me to have a hand in selecting all of the florals for the shoot, but being a novice at flowers, I was lucky to have my talented friend Bekah from Bloom and Vine along for the ride. We arrived at the SF Flower Mart at 5 am, masked and ready to go. I didn’t have a specific color scheme in mind when entering the market and instead wanted to select blooms that spoke to me. I knew we wanted ruffly flowers with interesting and textural greens. After a few hours, Bekah and I left with an entire carload of the most beautiful ranunculus, peonies, garden roses, lisianthus, and buckets of fresh greenery. I couldn’t wait to start assembling! When it comes to designing tables, I am always on the hunt for new and unique pieces to adorn the tablespace. While perusing through Anthropologie’s site a few months ago, I fell in LOVE with these gold-rimmed pink glasses. I knew I HAD to have them for my next shoot so into the cart they went! 

When we were able to finally assemble the entire table, these glasses stood out as a striking accent to all of the other décor on the table. In keeping with our theme of arches, it took weeks to find just the right cake stand. Many of us have seen the hexagon or circle cake stands, but I specifically was on the hunt for a stand with an arch. I was lucky enough to find Pamela from The Sugar Art Store, who creates cake stands in all sorts of shapes and had the perfect golden arch stand for our shoot. Another one of my favorite elements from the shoot was the welcome sign we created using fresh florals. It was an idea I have had for years and I was so excited to finally get to be able to see it come to fruition. Bekah and I hand placed each bloom onto the canvas created by Tiffany from Monstera Gold. Lastly, enough can’t be said about our gorgeous bride and groom! 

When I stepped into Grace and White Bridal, on dress selection day, my eyes immediately were drawn to this brand new gown they had just received. When Kimberley slipped it on we had our Cinderella moment. It fit perfectly and took my breath away! The Garner gown from Pronovias, with its deep V neck and soft lace accents, was the perfect balance of romance and drama that I knew would work perfectly with the other elements I had pulled together thus far. On the day of the shoot, as they walked hand in hand and the sun was sinking into the lavender fields, I was filled with overwhelming joy to be back in my happy place, designing and creating gorgeous weddings with a magnificent team of vendors.

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Photography: Weddings By Scott And Dana | Cinematography: Taylor Petrinovich | Event Design: Stephanie Teague Events | Florist: Bloom & Vine | Florist: Stephanie Teague Events | Florist: Stephanie Teague Events | Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Flour and Bloom Cakes | Stationery: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair & Makeup: All Dolled Up | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Bear Flag Farm | Cake Stand: Sugar Art Store | Cake Stand: The Sugar Art Store | Caligraphy/Sign: Monstera Gold | China: Macy's | China: Macy's | Dining Chairs: World Market | Dress Shop: Grace and White Bridal | Glassware: Anthropologie | Models: Kimberly Cobb/Matt McAdams | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources

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Intimate, Backyard Weddings Are Here To Stay….And We Are Here For It!

We are all aware that 2020 has been quite the year, and with all of the uncertainty, couples have been turning to their own backyards (or the prettiest they can find) to be able to still tie the knot! With the help of Kelly Strong Events, photographer, Michelle Lange brought your backyard dreams to life in this whimsical editorial, with an eye-catching green arch, which lead guests to an intimate dinner. Trust us, after seeing these images, you may officially ditch the long guest list and simply include your nearest and dearest!

From Kelly Strong EventsLiving in an unprecedented time, 2020 couples are having to reimagine their weddings and are making hard decisions on how to move forward. With large weddings being postponed, couples are looking at alternate venue options, including private residences, to host an intimate wedding. These couples want to be married on their original wedding date, even if it looks a little different. With that, the intention of this project was to show just how romantic, beautiful, and meaningful an at-home, intimate wedding can be.

Regardless of the location, you can create focal points in your event design that will make a serious impact. In this case, the focal point was the green arch over the staircase, leading guests to dinner. Once on the porch, you were transported to a romantic, whimsical space with airy curtains, glowing candlelight, and nature all around.

Sara, from Ink Revival, tied in the garden inspiration through the whimsical, butterfly invitation design. Hand-painted menu cards at each place setting showcased the green accent color that was carried throughout the day. A combination of La Tavola linens and BBJ napkins were selected to add depth and dimension to the table design. And finally, caramel candlesticks tied in the warmer colors of the centerpieces, and pillar candles were added for an additional glow.

With a smaller wedding celebration, couples can put more time and attention into each and every detail of the day, making your guests feel even more special. While it may not be exactly what you had imagined, intimate weddings are a beautiful and meaningful way to begin your married life together.

Photography: Michelle Lange Photography | Cake: Austin Bayliss Cakes | Stationery: Ink Revival | Shoes: Bella Belle | Beauty: Alexandria's Beauty Salon | Bridal Shop: Lily Saratoga | Design, Planning and Florals: Kelly Strong Events | Gowns: Jenny Yoo | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Total Events

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This Colorful Al Fresco Wedding at El Chorro Is Bringing Back Those Summer Vibes

Somehow we blinked and it’s the end of September – can someone please tell us how in the world that happened?! If you’re already missing those warm sunny days and bright floral hues of the summer season, don’t fret – today’s styled shoot from Desert Whim, Form Floral and Magdalena Studios will bring you right back to that can’t-beat summer feeling. Oh and fair warning, the full gallery will 100% make El Chorro, our favorite Arizona wedding venue, your latest and greatest obsession.

From Magdalena StudiosThis stunning summer wedding at El Chorro in Paradise Valley, Arizona was designed to perfection by Desert Whim and photographed on film by Magi Fisher of Magdalena Studios. 

The colorful florals by Form Floral reflected the vibrance of the desert and the lace bridal gown from BHLDN brought a bohemian feel to the day. 

The outdoor ceremony in the courtyard was perfection, with loose floral blooms circling the couple while they said “I do.” The reception space featured an al fresco family style dining table and a view of the surrounding mountains.

Photography: Magdalena Studios | Floral Design: Form Floral | Venue: El Chorro | Design + Planning: Desert Whim | Rentals: Glamour And Woods | Table Top Rentals: The Confetti Studio

Mid-Century Modern Meets California Cool

Editor’s Note: This STUNNING home is a great example of what happens when you take a specific design style and adapt it to your surroundings. While the nods to the mid-century modern design style can be found throughout the whole home, designer Lindye Galloway perfectly incorporated some of the best aspects of California living. 

Take a look! Be sure to stop and TRULY appreciate the kitchen with its double island situation (yeah just wait, it’s amazing.) 

Can you share a little background on the client (lifestyle, job, family)

This client is a young family of 5. They lived in this home for a handful of years when they first bought it and have immersed themselves in the community and that Corona del Mar beach lifestyle! They then decided it was time to turn their dream lot into their dream home so gut the entire home!

Type of home and approx. Square footage?

This is a mid-century modern meets California cool style. A little modern, a little coastal for the perfect family home that blends high-end design with the practicalities of a growing family. The new home is 3,600 square feet.

What were your client’s goals for this project?

They wanted to completely update the home while keeping a nod to the original mid-century modern style. We took the entire home back to the studs but kept the roofline and front exterior footprint the same to keep the part of the home that drew them to that spot in the first place. Inside they wanted an open concept, large kitchen with a double island and a livable approach to a minimalistic mid-century modern home. Lastly, since this home is just steps from the beach, we wanted an indoor/outdoor feel to catch that ocean breeze. Large bi-fold doors throughout and plenty of windows for natural light captured the essence of the area!

What was the scope of work? Remodel, ground up?

This was a remodel and we took the home back to the studs!

How would you best describe the design aesthetic/style of this project?

This is a livable and approachable take on a mid-century modern style with a touch of coastal. For a busy family in Southern California, it was important to marry both form and function!

Can you give 1-2 sentences for each room setting – either your inspiration, client’s goal, challenges, design elements you love, etc Room settings: Living room, dining room, kitchen, entry, master bedroom, master bath, pink bathroom, bathroom with wood paneling, boys room

The kitchen features gorgeous wood-paneled cabinetry and a double island! The double island is our perfect blend of form and function. One can be used for prepping meals and cooking while the other island creates an intimate feel for family dinners on a Friday evening or entertaining with friends over wine.

The living room centers around the geometric modern fireplace and offers plenty of indoor/outdoor entertaining with the large bi-fold doors that lead to the backyard.

The entry brings all the drama! The floor to ceiling wood paneling created give a unique take while incorporating cement consoles and is complemented by the brass and metal door (which is also a Dutch door!).

The master bathroom is modern but warm and mixes layers of marble for an elevated look. We brought in statement worthy pieces, like the lights and hardware for an extra touch.

We wanted to make the kid’s rooms feel special while mature so it can grow with the kids through many stages of life. A pop of light pink in the girl’s bath is just the touch of girly it needed and the boy’s bedroom full of textures and layers gives the California vibe they live each day.

Builder: Principle Design | Chad Mellon Photography: Chad Mellon | Interior Designer: Lindye Galloway

How to Make a Major Statement at Your Reception With Hanging Installations

Want to seriously impress your guests at your reception? Whether it be floral, greenery or modern orbs like in today’s wedding – there’s no better way to make a lasting impression than with a wow-worthy hanging installation moment. Take notes from today’s darling Amelia Island affair planned and designed by Christina Baxter Weddings & Events with blooms by August Design. Trust us, you’re going to want to spend a little extra time on the full gallery of details captured to perfection by Virgil Bunao.

From Christina Baxter WeddingsThis lush and luxurious wedding took place at the beautiful Ritz Carlton on Amelia island, Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 180 Guests from around the country gathered to celebrate Samantha & Ryan’s Nuptials under a perfect blue Florida sky. The Ceremony took place on the great lawn with an abundant floral aisle and a lush arbor with the ocean as the backdrop. 

The bride wore a Galia Lahav gown and carried a magnificent oversize bouquet, and the groom and his men looked dapper in their black Tuxes. Following the ceremony guest were greeted by butlered signature cocktails made with Parcé Rum, which is produced by brides family in Columbia SA. Cocktail hour took place on the terrace where delicious hors D’oeuvres were passed and a Jazz trio played in the background. 

Following cocktail Hour, guest were escorted to dinner which took place under a grand sailcloth tent. The overall design was lush and elegant with touches of whimsy. An impressive hanging installation of greenery and modern orbs made an opulent statement over the head table and oversized contemporary light fixtures hung over the dance floor. Tables were a mix of wooden estate tables and tables with textured linens all adorned with beautiful floral centerpieces. 

Each place seeing had a hand calligraphed menu with the guests name and the menu letter pressed on hand made paper. We went with a big band since this is a group that loves to dance! And things got lively when the band joined the guests on the dance floor and the guests joined the band on stage for a little dance competition. The evening concluded with a high energy after party, complete with a DJ, Photo booth, Neon signage blazing the couples married name and late night sliders from Chick – Fil -A ( A must for the bride) The following morning guests attended a beautiful Brunch complete with a much needed Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar.

Photography: Virgil Bunao | Videography : Denis and Dezi | Flowers : August Floral Design | Stationary: Double Trip Press | Entertainment: Other Brother Entertainment | Venue: test | After Party DJ : Island Sound | Ceremony Musicians : Jacksonville Strings | Linens: Latavola Linen | Photo Booth : ShutterBooth | Planning & Design : Christina Baxter Weddings Events | Rentals : Afr | Rentals : Beachview

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An Intimate Backyard Ceremony for the Most Adorable High School Sweethearts

Trust us when we say these two have a love story that could make fairytales jealous. After meeting in high school, getting engaged on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii, and planning their dream wedding – you better believe they wouldn’t let this crazy pandemic get in the way of celebrating their love and starting their forever. To see all the details from their intimate backyard ceremony (included the sweetest four-legged friends), head on over to the full gallery – all taken by May Carlson Photography!

From the Bride… Theo and I met in Oahu, Hawaii in 2011 as high schoolers. On this magical island, we had our first date, shared our first kiss, and for the first time, exchanged “I love you’s.” 3 years later, we have officially become Texans and, from time to time, visit that special island we once called home. In July of 2019, we took a trip to visit Theo’s parents in Hawaii and celebrate the Fourth of July. What I didn’t know is that my now-husband was planning to add another “first” to our list of memories together.

We stayed at the Waikoloa Hotel on the Big Island when Theo surprised me with a date night for two! As we walked down the grand staircase and towards the water, I took in the sweet smell of the salty air and the vibrant blues and greens of the turtles and fish in the lagoon. I can still recall the butterflies in my stomach when I saw Theo drop down to one knee and ask me to spend forever with him, to which I exclaimed, “YES!” After several minutes of happy tears and warm hugs, we headed to our hotel as Theo insisted we wait to make calls to my family until we were with his parents. To my surprise, when we arrived to our room, both of our families greeted us with champagne and congratulations! This day – the first day of the rest of our lives – was filled with love and happiness that we will cherish forever.

We worked so hard to organize the perfect day and after so much planning and scheduling we had every detail completed. Once we were about a month out from our big day, Covid hit and the stay at home order was put into place. We knew it wasn’t going to be exactly as planned. If there’s one thing we did know, it was that we wanted to take this next step forward and become husband and wife no matter what.

With the grace of fast WiFi, expedited shipping, the best bakery still being open and the support from our family and friends – We had a small intimate ceremony at my husbands parents house while my parents and sister attended through a Zoom call and our friends and family watched on Facebook Live.

We spent every moment taking in every second. It wasn’t about all the small details to make a perfect wedding, it was about celebrating our love and how far we’ve come from meeting 8 years ago in high school to creating a beautiful marriage today. This experience brought us closer and allowed us to focus on our love. We spent the night dancing in the living room with our dogs, eating lots of cake and feeling so much love from our family and friends all around the world. It was the best day of our lives and it was nothing as we expected – It was even better!

Photography: May Carlson Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Something Borrowed Blooms | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Bird Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Engagement Ring: Addison Taylor Fine Jewelry | Rings: Diamonds Direct | Hair and Makeup: Bride | Officiant: Greg Gasaway | Cookies: Timeless creations by Julie | Location: Private Residence | Private Residence: NA

A Positano Wedding That The Bride Literally Dreamed About Turned Into A Reality!

This Positano dream wedding all started when the bride-to-be woke her fiance up at 3:00 AM after having a dream they got married in Italy, so…they made it happen! Amalfi Soirée planned their perfect, intimate day with a bohemian and romantic feel photographed by Sergio Sorrentino and Yana Schicht. Taking place at Hotel Marincanto, the couple said ‘I Do’ and celebrated with their closest surrounded by colorful blooms by Rosalinda Flowers and breathtaking views! Check it out below!

From Amalfi SoiréeMakenna and Cody, the sweet couple of this event, traveled for 9000 km, from Arizona to Positano, in the Amalfi Coast, in order to celebrate their union in the place that the bride had – literally – dreamed of.

The two met when Makenna was in her last year of college, as her parents decided to sell their house. “Cody is in real estate and it was he who negotiated the deal. After the contract was signed, he impressed my parents enough to get a first date with their daughter! Needless to say, he sold the home and got the daughter with it!” Makenna told.

At the time the two lovers lived in two different states, but this didn’t keep them apart.  “Cody was selling a home in Sedona, Arizona, and flew me out to visit him. That night, he surprised me with dinner reservations at a beautiful resort in the mountains. I wasn’t expecting a proposal because we hadn’t been dating very long. But when you know, you know. He brought me aside and asked me to marry him. It was the easiest “YES!” I had ever said. The rest is history!”

“After a little over a year of being engaged, I had a dream one night that we got married in Italy. I got so excited at the thought that I woke Cody up at 3 am to tell him about the idea of having an intimate wedding in Italy! He loved the idea as well, and we turned that dream into reality in less than 4 months.”

The wedding inspiration came from the bridal dress, a delightful mermaid gown from Rue De Seine Bridal embellished with delicate French lace alternating with guipure lace, with a romantic off-shoulder neckline, perfectly matched with the accessories designed by Lindsay Marie Design. A floral crown made by the bride completed the look. The groom wore an elegant suit and classic Italian-style moccasins.

On their wedding day, Sergio Sorrentino joined them with his film camera to capture the joyful moments of the celebration, in the picturesque setting of the Hotel Marincanto.

The effortless bohemian beauty of the wedding theme has been translated by Rosalinda Flowers Wedding Lab into sumptuous compositions of dahlias, roses, and carnations enriched with Pyracantha Navaho berries, pink astilbe, and dried flowers.

While the sun was setting over the pastel-colored town accompanied by the sweet melodies played by Sorrento Live Music, Cody and Makenna exchanged their vows, in the presence of their respective families and their little son, causing many happy tears.

“The experience of getting married in a country where we had never been before and traveling with a 17-month-old baby made us a bit anxious, but our parents were very helpful. They even took the baby for 5 days so Cody and I could have a romantic honeymoon on the Amalfi coast. It was a trip of a lifetime, and one that we will never forget.”

After the emotional symbolic ceremony, the bridal party moved at the private sea-view terrace, where Monica from Amalfi Soirée had set up an inviting table full of unique details. Good Italian food was served in an unforgettable candlelight dinner under the stars while Dean
Martin’s recorded voice was spreading in the air, running on the waves below until it became a whisper on the horizon.

Photography: Sergio Sorrentino | Event Planning: Amalfi Soiree | Floral Design: Rosalinda Flowers | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Ceremony Venue: Hote Marincanto | Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design | Film Lab: Malvarrosa film lab | Music: Sorrento Live Music | Second Photographer: Yana Schicht