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Luxurious Wedding With A Modern Neutral Color Palette Inspired By Seashells


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The couple’s color story not only incorporated soft ocean blues and greens but an entirely new take on a neutral color palette.

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Elyssa and John’s luxurious wedding day embodied their love of the ocean with a modern take on a neutral color palette. Making for a memorable location, Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida, hosted their celebration. This remarkable pink hotel was built in the 1920s and included stunning architecture, elegant hallways, wrought iron chandeliers, and one-of-a-kind entryways for photo ops.

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[field title=”Proposal Story”]Neither Elyssa nor John expected to meet their future partner in the world of orthodontia. John was Elyssa’s mentor during her orthodontics residency. The couple jokes that they fell in love after spending hours together talking about teeth. John proposed to Elyssa on a romantic trip to Barcelona, where they wandered down a side street after an incredible dinner out in the city. [/field]
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Elyssa wore a fitted crepe gown by Jane Hill, which offered a high-fashion feel to the timeless silhouette. She paired this look with stunning natural three-stone earrings that gave her look a beachy detail and changed into a halter jumpsuit for the reception.

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[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]The bridal party wore the prettiest array of seashell-approved neutrals in the tones of blush, taupe, champagne, and lilac. [/field]
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John wore a classic tux by Vera Wang.

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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Elyssa and John had several food stations for their reception, including a carving station, a mac & cheese station, and a “Taste of St. Petersburg” station which included grouper sliders and Cuban sandwiches. [/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]A heavenly reception arch was set at the altar, made up of subdued pink, peach, and blue flowers. Transforming for the reception, the outdoor space was set with washed-out blue linens, golden accents, and floral arrangements in every direction. Guests dined outdoors with a dreamy view of Tampa Bay.[/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The couple’s monochromatic cake included four tiers and an array of neutral roses gathered on the side.[/field]
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[field title=”Special Detail #1″]One of Elyssa’s favorite memories is being thrown in the air during her favorite karaoke song — “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]The couple honeymooned in Thailand after the celebration was over.[/field]
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Photography: Photography By Avery | Event Planning: Parties A La Carte | Floral Design: Bruce Wayne Florals | Wedding Dress: Alice In Ivory | Wedding Dress: Jane Hill | Cake: Hands On Sweets | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Shoes: Tribut Ives Saint Laurent | DJ: Grant Hemond And Associates | Wedding Venue: Vinoy Resort & Golf Club | Beauty: Beauty by Ashlee Ann | Chargers & Flatware: So Staged | Day of Paper: URBANcoast | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Photobooth: The Gala Photobooth | Rentals: Infinity Event Solutions

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Fantastic French Wedding Filled With Classic Touches And Sophisticated Charm


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]The color palette chosen by Jane and Julien for their wedding is a very delicate balance between the soft olive green typical of the Côte d’Azur region which recalls the magnificent shades of green of the olive trees, to which they added very bright, very colorful touch with a mix between peachy, fresh pink, a slight orange and cream tones. A very personal, elegant palette, chosen with taste, blending perfectly with the environment of the Castellaras castle.[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]They wanted to organize a wedding that would re-introduce them both, she is the beautiful American woman and he is the elegant and courteous Frenchman. When we look closely at their wedding, the choices they made about the venue of the reception, the choice of colors, the choice of flowers, the decor we very quickly find Jane and Julien’s personalities. A very beautiful mix between strength and delicacy, a wedding in one of the most beautiful and noble castles on the French Riviera, the Castellaras castle exists since the 13th century, wrapped with so much taste and refinement in the choice of each detail ranging from the table centerpieces, to the wedding stationery, the cocktail venue and the breathtaking set-up of the dinner venue.[/field]
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The bride wore a sublime strapless wedding gown designed by the Couture house Suzanne Neville, a London signature. A gown that resembles her in sobriety and elegance, which draws a modern, clean, and feminine line. The Suzanne Neville house is extremely renowned for its precision and finesse in corsetry.

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[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]The groom embraced a timeless and classic blue suit with the choice of a light blue tie who recalls the color of his eyes.[/field]
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They chosen to have a mediterranean inspiration for their wedding menu who started with a gaspacho of tomatoes and ananas with gressins and condiements followed by a dos de loup with an italian risotto or a filet de boeuf en croûte with a gateau de pomme de terre. They proposed another main course who was vegetarian and that was very thoughtful of them to do that. They finished the dinner by a beautiful cheese plateau with an excellent wine selection.

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In line with their personalities and the general atmosphere of their wedding, they chose a very balanced and refined color palette, a beautiful selection pastel and colorful. The tables were decorated with peachy, fresh pink, creamy and white flowers. The bride bouquet was a composition of white peonies and roses, elegant and delicate choice.

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[field title=”Wedding Cake”]Unmissable French pièce montée with little cream puffs with caramel on top.[/field]
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Photography: Emmanuelle Marty Photography | Coordination: Maia Organisation | Design: Options | Event Planning: Riviera Organisation | Floral Design: Roni Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Invitations: Missing Q press | Reception Venue: Chateau De Castellaras | Catering: Giry Traiteur | DJ: riviera nova | Groom's Attire: jonas and cie paris | Beauty: Karine Brossard | Engagement Ring Designer: TIFFANY | Photography - Assistance: Emmanuelle Marty Photography | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Hotel de Mougins | Weddings Rings: Bachendorf's

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A Western Style Wedding Weekend in the Colorado Mountains


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Pastels across all hues of blue, pink, green, yellow, peach, lilac, coral, gold, silver
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[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]We had a three-day, 110 person affair — kicked off with Western Style welcome drinks on Thursday, rehearsal dinner and mountain fireside hang on Friday, followed by wedding ceremony and rehearsal on Saturday. We (my husband, Thomas and I) got married in a tiny Colorado town, right outside Durango, called Pagosa Springs, where my parents retired from TX a few years ago and has become a really special mountain escape for us. Funny enough, we found a venue, Keyah Grande, tucked high up in the mountains but, surprisingly, built and styled like an old Italian villa, furnished with centuries old paintings, textiles, stone and even hand-painted wall paper imported from Europe. Definitely love at first sight for a girl like me who has been antiquing and thrifting with her mom since she was about 4 years old. That sealed the deal and aligned my vintage wedding vision— intimate, romantic and eclectic. Italian baroque meets English countryside. Because of my deep love for vintage and the quality I could get from items made in a different era, I knew I wanted to primarily use vintage fabrics, glassware and decor in every place I could. I spent the 8 months leading up to our wedding, thrifting all of the primary elements used in the decor — all of our cocktail glasses & barware, table linens, flower vases and vessels, candleholders and more. I’m lucky to have a core group of best friends who, between them, hand-drew and painted our wedding invitations, dinner menus and all event signage. Our food was modern Coloradan fare utilizing locally sourced meats, produce and bread, served family-style on mismatched vintage floral pattern serving platters. We had no wedding planner and the wedding was truly a labor of love between us, our families and our incredible best friends who made everything come together.[/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Thomas and I met in NYC in early 2017 as roommates after I just moved to the city from LA — we became bffs pretty quickly; I thought he was the most genuine, trustworthy, best guy friend I’d ever had (and, didn’t hurt that he was cute!). About 2 months into roommate life, we both realized we might be crushing on each other a little more than we realized and we started a little romantic fling, secretly dating for a few months and hiding it from our friends because we weren’t anticipating falling for each other for real, for real. Flash forward 5 years, 4 different homes and a cross-country move to Colorado at the beginning of 2021, Thomas proposed to me on a solo weekend getaway to Breckenridge at the top of a beautiful overlook in February 2022 — the best part was we had no reception up there so we had about 30 minutes of being the only two people in the world to know what just happened, like a little secret between us two. Which was fitting for our origin story, secret lover roommates who are now forever roomies and partners in life.[/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]My wedding dress was actually the first dress I tried on, Anne Barge — I loved it right away. But, it was my first time trying on dresses and I thought, “This isn’t supposed to happen right away, right?” So, I continued to try on like 25 other dresses, including going to another bridal dress shop to find “the one.” At the end of the dress excursion day, however, I knew that first dress was it, and headed back about 15 mins before shop closing time to lock it in. I knew I wanted a romantic, feminine, classically elegant look but also wanted to feel . I loved that I could make slight alterations (including removing the straps, adding boning, modifying the length of the slit) to the dress to make it feel as such and also very true to me. I also added the Anne Barge Florentine veil and bought additional lace used in the veil to customize lace gloves to complete my look. Donna Beth Creations created my custom gloves. Everything else I kept simple — vintage pearl earrings and my mom’s blue topaz and diamond engagement ring she gifted to me as my something blue. The dress was so special and comfortable, I didn’t want to take it off the entire night –and ended up not even putting on my second, shorter, post-rehearsal dress as a result![/field]
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]Bridesmaids picked their own dresses based on their own personalities and personal style –guidance from me was romantic fabrics, florals, playful patterns and colors.
I surprised them on the wedding day by gifting vintage handbags and handkerchiefs for them to pair along with their chosen dresses.[/field]
[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]Classic tux for the guys with the groom in white jacket. Groom paired a black velvet butterfly bow tie with his white tux jacket for a little drama.
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Finding top notch caterers in a very small town for a prime summer wedding was no easy feat and luckily through word of mouth recommendations from the MOB, we found excellent, talented chefs who made the weekend truly memorable. The bride and groom wanted to provide top notch cuisine for their guests reminiscent of the local flavors and styles of the region in Colorado and Southwest. Rehearsal dinner featured pulled pork, smoked brisket & chicken and a baked potato bar made by famed local BBQ master from “Big Doug”; dessert at the post-rehearsal fireside hang included a s’mores bar and several bundt cake and pie varietals like lemon blueberry, coconut cream and fresh strawberry made by the bride’s mom. Wedding day cocktail hour featured light bites such as elk sausage “pigs in a blanket” and three signature cocktails: “His” – a Negroni, “Hers” a Double Dirty Martini and “Ours” a classic Manhattan, an ode to the city in which they met. Reception dinner menu was produced by local chef, Lindsey Czech, and featured family- style courses, like grilled hanger steak with onion finadene and herbed aioli, seared salmon with creamy tomatillo-poblano sauce and summer vegetable galettes, to wedding guests on vintage china platters and bowls curated by the bride. A special kid’s menu included mini hamburger sliders, mac & cheese, and buttered cheesy broccoli for the littlest guests. A special feature of the wedding both the bride and the groom’s brother-law-work in the wine industry — the bride works for DTC wine brand Naked Wines and curated the wines selected for the weekend’s festivities, while BIL, Dave Pauker, who owns Rye, NY wine shop, Wine at Five, provided the bubbly of which guests toasted to.
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[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The most emotional feature for me (bride) was seeing the wedding decor come together after months of hard work and countless (adored) hours spent finding all the things to use in the decor. All of those things came together with the right humans. I was so lucky to find the most incredible floral team, Adela Floral, who worked magic, incorporating all of the eclectic vintage vases into works of art that graced every corner of the day. They created beautiful floating floral installations and an unbelievable floral ceremony arch that they then moved to the reception area and transformed into a gorgeous entryway installation. All of our wedding event signage — from invitation to menus, place cards, seating chart, bar signage and wedding favors were hand-made from a few very close, talented friends and all of which came together in the most perfectly un-perfect way. It felt so personal and meaningful for us to see everything brought to life, the compilation of so many people who we love and who love us, and I could not have dreamed of anything more.
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[field title=”Wedding Cake”]In keeping with romantic, vintage-inspired decor, the bride and groom decided on an elegant three-tier wedding cake of white chiffon with chambord syrup, white chocolate mousse and raspberries that was adorned at each tier with fresh flowers from a local chef, Kellie Stevens. As a sweet focal point, the wedding cake was on display to guests via open double French windows in a special “dessert” parlor room inside the venue which was adorned in hand-painted floral silk wallpaper brought over from France in the early 1900s. This cake cutting ceremony was viewable to guests through the double French windows which made sweet vignettes for the moment. After cutting the cake, the cake was cut and served out on an eclectic mix of vintage floral patterned cake plates collected by the bride.

The bride’s southern roots influenced the need for a groom’s cake, which was a simple one-tier carrot cake (his favorite flavor) in which she surprised him with the cake cutting.[/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]The groom’s very close family friend and next door neighbor throughout life, became ordained and officiated the couple’s ceremony, which included having the couple submit surprise vows to each other they would hear for the first time in front of all their friends and family. In a nod to the vintage theme, the groom curated the wedding weekend playlists with their DJ based on regular weeknight songs in rotation at the couple’s home –classic rock, folk, soul + blues, and R&B including Van Morrison, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Sade and more. Couple’s entrance song was ” Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty and their first dance was “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison.
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[field title=”Special Detail #1″]Both the bride and groom come from large families and incorporating the wedding weekend to be inclusive of children was incredibly important to them both so as kids and moms and dads could all have a great time. The bride and groom’s nieces and nephews all played a role in the bridal party and the MOH’s daughter was a baby bridesmaid. Making sure kids had something to keep them busy was super important too throughout the weekend. Outside of adult and kid yard games which were perfect for all ages, small details at dinner like kids activity books and crayons on tables, high chairs/booster seats and small stacking toys at infant seats and, most importantly, a kid-friendly menu, were top on the list in helping our littlest guests have a happy time too.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]Colorado temperatures, even in summer months, dip in the evening between 10 – 20 degrees. Though we let guests know to bring a jacket or layers, we made sure we had additional warmth on hand with Turkish blankets as party favors placed at each guests’ seat.
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[field title=”Special Detail #3″]Vintage bells collected by the bride were featured on all guest tables and made for a fun game throughout the evening of having the bride and groom kiss whenever they were rang.
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Photography: Candace Cross Photography | Cinematography: Reagan Lynn Films | Design: Studio Sarmadi Camellia Sarmadi | Wedding signage and menu | Event Planning: Sarah Dunn-Miller | Bride | Floral Design: Adela Flora | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Wedding Dress: Donna Beth Creations | Wedding Dress: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Cake: Kellie Stevens | Invitations: Gunner Forstrom | Reception Venue: Mckenzie | Catering: Chef Lindsey Czech | DJ: Matt Franco | Beauty: Colorado Makeup Hair | Beauty: Christina Trostel | Rehearsal Dinner Chef: Big Dougs BBQ | Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals | Rentals: Mountain Peak Rentals |Dance Floor | Weddings Rings: Hadley's House Of Diamonds

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Sophisticated Black Tie Wedding at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Whites, Ivories, lots of green foliage with pops of blush and sahara rose, gold undertones[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]Christina & Martin dreamed of a castle wedding and hosted an elegant & classic black tie affair in the lush and regal surroundings of Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin. The day exuded opulence and grandeur from start to finish, beginning in the city centre of Dublin with their ceremony partly conducted by the groom’s cousin. [/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]It was the summer of 2022 and Christina and Martin were headed to France, after a long stretch of limited international travel from New York. They were flying into Paris first, landing on a Friday morning, and then heading to Bordeaux by train the next day, on Saturday afternoon. Before heading to Bordeaux though, Martin had told Christina the plan was to meet a friend nearby for a classic Parisian brunch with views of the Eiffel Tower. (Little did Christina know, they were not really going to meet a friend or go to brunch!) The two hopped into a cab from their hotel that Saturday morning, and Martin instructed the driver to head to a cute restaurant nearby where they would allegedly be having brunch. Upon exiting the cab though, Martin noted the restaurant was not yet open, but the friend they were meeting had directed them to another spot along the Seine River for a quick brunch cocktail and views to pass the time. Christina and Martin began walking on the promenade along the river, but soon, Christina started to complain about the walk in her wedge heels on the cobblestone. This added more pressure to the situation for Martin, as he was simultaneously, secretly texting with the photographer trying to pin down her exact location. Eventually, the two find flat pavement on the promenade and walk along, where there were few people and only gorgeous, uninterrupted views of the Eiffel Tower. Christina spotted a photographer at the edge of the river taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower and thought to herself, “wow, what a great hobby!” All of a sudden, Martin then suggested asking the photographer to take their photo, to which Christina agreed. Before Christina knew it, Martin was down on one knee, asking her to marry him. Christina was in such disbelief, and kept repeating “Oh my gosh!” to which Martin had to respond by nudging her to put on the ring (and say the word “yes”). It was a magical trip from that point on, to say the least.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]A feast of gourmet cuisine delighted the senses, while fine wines and champagne flowed freely. Their canapes included
Smoked salmon mousse quail egg, black caviar
– Chili prawn
– Wild Mushroom tart
– Chorizo and black olive gnocchi
– Oysters

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– Warm Goats Cheese
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– Carrot and ginger
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– Fillet of Sea Bass
– Wild Mushroom Risotto
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[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The couple chose a gorgeous pale pastel colour palette of whites, ivories, touches of blush and peach with lots of Irish foliage.
These beautiful shades were brought together with Quicksand Roses, Blush Peonies, Sahara Roses, White scabiosas, White Delphiniums and Playa Blanca Roses.
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[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]Song selections:
■ Gabriel’s Oboe (Morricone)
■ Flower Duet (Delibes)
■ Air from Suite No. 3 (Bach)
○ Processional:
■ Canon in D
○ Psalm:
■ Psalm 102/103: The Lord is Compassion (Warner)
■ Ag Críost an Síol
■ Gift of Finest Wheat from Sunday’s Mass
■ Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod
■ Spring (Vivaldi)
4. Scripture Readings:
○ First Reading (Old Testament):
A reading from the book of Genesis 1:26-28, 33
○ Second Reading (New Testament):
A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 12:31–13:8
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[field title=”Special Detail #1″]Church Ceremony in St. Stephen’s Green: Christina and Martin were traditional in that they were keen on having a Catholic wedding mass, as opposed to having the ceremony at the beautiful Luttrellstown Castle. So, the couple had their ceremony at Newman University Church, right on St. Stephen’s Green, which was not only a gorgeous setting but also centrally located for their guests, most of whom were staying on the Green. The ceremony was filled with meaningful moments, including the lighting of a candle for Christina’s late father, as well as having Martin’s cousin, a priest who married his parents 40 years prior, co-host the ceremony.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]Oyster Bar: Christina and Martin’s love of oysters were a key inspiration throughout the wedding weekend. For the reception, Christina and Martin asked Luttrellstown to include a lavish Oyster Bar as part of the Cocktail Hour menu. It was the first time the Luttrellstown team had received a request for this, and they absolutely perfected it. Not only was it beautifully designed throughout the library, but the oysters themselves were some of the largest, most delicious oysters the guests ever had![/field]
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wear accessories, including earrings, rings, and bracelet for her, and cufflinks and stud set for him. Christina’s custom earrings even matched the design on her shoes, while Martin and his groomsmen suavely sported green clover stud sets in true Irish fashion![/field]
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Photography: Studio Brown | Cinematography: B&G Productions | Event Planning: Waterlily Weddings | Floral Design: Frog Prince Ltd | Wedding Dress: A Little Something White | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Colhoun Creations | Invitations: Fine Lines Of Katonah | Ceremony Venue: St Nicholas Of Myra Church | Reception Venue: Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: KQ Music | Band: Pure Hits | Groom's Attire: Grey clothiers | Accomodations: The Shelbourne Florist | Beauty: Orlaith Shore | Beauty: Claire Barry | Cars: Heffernan Wedding Cars | Dress shop: Bella Bridesmaids | Jewellery: AEA Diamonds | Music: Sacred Sounds | Photography - Assistance: Ivana Milchanska

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A Blend of Greek Finesse and Scottish Heritage Styled to Perfection


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Ioanna Karatza, the even’ts planner shares: ‘Julia and I clicked right away! From our first call I knew I had to work together with an elegant bride who knew exactly what she wanted for her dream day!
So, when colors popped in our discussion, olive green was a must to honor her Greek roots and powder pink combined with touches of rusted gold were perfect to emphasize on the luxury of the day. ‘[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]Details incorporated to remind everyone of the Greek finesse and the Scottish heritage! We meant to design a timeless chic wedding that would be remembered in the years to come. Enchanted by our majestic sea view location of the wedding reception and a chic décor in pal tones of pink and pistachio green, we hosted a party for guests arriving in Greece from 14 different countries around the world! And believe me, goal was achieved! The party ended early next morning![/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Our beloved bride shares: ‘A January weekend in one of our favourite getaway cities – Milan. The story unfolds with an exquisite first evening performance of Romeo and Juliet at la Scala. As both well acquainted with the city from the time we both lived there (though at different times – in a parallel universe), we spent most of the following day walking through with picturesque streets of Brera, enjoying food in familiar spots and marking off our list one activity we both had managed to miss during our time in Milan. The duomo terrace. We went there during sunset and were mesmerised by the colourful symphony, in perfect harmony with the architecture marvel around us. To top the weekend, a romantic dinner at “Langosteria”. Back to our hotel, my now husband was insisting on a drink by the patio – during a very cold January evening – and his sweet persuasion had us sooner rather than later walking down the gardens of Bulgari Hotel. I soon came to realise the surprise awaiting, a table for two filled with opulent flowers, embellished by candles and champagne under a clear starry sky. As we sat down and my darling started speaking, I could not help my heart skipping a beat. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect moment for us to declare our love for one another and embark on this trip together. ‘[/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]Our beloved bride shares: ‘At first, it is almost unfathomable that there is indeed one dress that will blow your mind away among the variety and abundance of the wedding gowns you will be presented with. I was fortunate to find my special one in Milan, at “Nicole Milano” surrounded by my mother and my closest friends. The versatility achieved in one dress, a strapless French chiffon dress ideal for the almost-summery Greek party reception transforming into a classic outfit accompanied by a lace bolero for our ceremony was the winning combination. ‘[/field]
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[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]- Grooms attire __ paragraph shared from the bride
A proud Scotsman, wearing his kilt with honour as it embodies his enduring heritage and tradition. Especially created and tailored by Kinloch Anderson for the occasion, featuring the tartan and colours of the groom’s clan. A proper kilt is usually accompanied by a sporran, a small bag worn around the waist and over the kilt. It’s the Gaelic word for purse; A kilt pin holds the two pieces together at the front; and the Sgian dubh (skee-an doo) is a small dagger that sits in the sock.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Food and drinks were meticulously chosen by our couple including cocktail delicacies to a 5-course menu combining Greek and international flavors. Dipnosofistirion catering and their staff exceeded our expectations and our guests never stopped complimenting the dishes![/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]From Jim Labraco, our bespoke and so talented floral designer: ‘For the wedding of J+D we decided to use nude tones and colors… hydrangeas and garden roses…. The combination of those creates a calming ambiance while they bring the air of refined beauty, evoking a sense of luxury and sophistication[/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The wedding cake was an amazing combination of the art of Ioanna Karatza and Jim Labraco.[/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]our beloved bride shares: ‘Our ceremony consisted of our favourite readings, read by some of the most important people in our lives, heartfelt music performed by talented singers and musicians from the Greek National Opera, blessings offered by our friends translated in the many languages that have shaped our international backgrounds and last but not least a riveting a capella performance of “Our Father” by a dear family member. The Catholic cathedral of Athens was imposing with a majestic beauty that required little to no decorative embellishments, the perfect venue for our special day in the heart of Athens. ‘[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #1″]Our beloved bride shares:

‘Luckenbooth – the heart-shaped ornament proudly worn by the groom.

The Luckenbooth Brooch is an enduring Scottish symbol of love, friendship and good luck, strongly associated with Edinburgh. Traditionally made of silver and sometimes set with a Cairngorm or gemstones, the Luckenbooth design is typically heart-shaped, or two hearts intertwined, surmounted by a crown.The first Luckenbooth brooches date from the late seventh century. This traditional gift was given by a man to his sweetheart on their betrothal – on our modern day version, this was one of the bride’s surprises to her beloved for their special moment.'[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]From George Liopetas:

My favorite detail from Julia and David’s wedding was their kind souls. I was more than honored to meet them in person for the first time and shoot the pre wedding session of these two sweethearts back in New York, were I spent my last winter while my time there for New York Fashion Week. I always admired the good people, especially when ‘good’ is perfectionated with kindness, smiling and warm heart. We had some amazing portraits beginning from the Bethesda fountain. After a few really really cold minutes, we decided to have a walk at Central Park (by the way, Central Park is so amazing during the winter days too) ending our walk at The Met, where we had some fancy portraits, too. Finally, we visited Morgan Library, where we ended having some classy yet ‘so in fashion’ portraits, as the library portrait session is so in fashion right now in NYC.
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Photography: George Liopetas Fine Art Photographs | Cinematography: Dimitrios Katsimpokis | Event Planning: Ioanna Karatza | Floral Design: Jim Labraco | Wedding Dress: Nicole Milano | Invitations: Atelier Invitations | Reception Venue: Island Art & Taste | Entertainment: Smooth Mood Project | DJ: Louise lay | Groom's Attire: Giorgio Armani | Groom's Attire: Kinloch Anderson | Beauty: Ioanna Karkantelou | Bridal Shoes: Aquazzura | Bride's Preparation Venue: Athens Avaton Suites | Car: vintageride.gr | Engagement Ring Designer: Tiffany & Co | Fabrics: Creation Rentals | Fairy Lights: Loud And Clear Entertainment | Fine Jewelry: Iordanis Manufacturing Jewelry Gems | Fine Jewelry: Bucherer | Groom's Preparation Venue: Grande Bretagne Hotel | Lights: Dimitris Papathanasiou | Rentals: Prop - Premium Decor Rentals | Ring Boxes: Velweds

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Destination Wedding in Chicago’s Hyde Park


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Courtney and Brett’s wedding colors were a mix of bold black & white, multi-hued greens, with touches of subtle gold accents woven throughout.

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When Courtney and Brett first shared their overall design-aesthetic dream with us, their key words were “light & airy”. Coupled with their shared love for the city of Chicago, knowing it’s not ALWAYS the lightest or airiest (unlike Courtney’s native California), they adored the light that streamed in through the floor to ceiling window’s of Penthouse Hyde Park‘s panoramic windows. The venue’s one of a kind, uniquely patterned black and white tiled dance-floor was the grounding element to their classic, clean, and garden-inspired designs!

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Courtney fell in love with a Rita Vinieris gown featuring a form-fitting plunge neck bodice that transitioned at the waist into hundreds of layers of tulle. It was a dream ballgown wedding dress but with a modern take! While dress shopping, she fell in love with two dresses and decided she’d buy the second for the reception, knowing all the layers of tulle were going to be quite heavy, and she’d be ready to shed some weight by dinner time! Her second dress, which she changed into at the end of cocktail hour, and surprised Brett with a second “first look” was a Valentini Spose curve-hugging silhouette covered in stunning lace floral applique. Attached to the waist was a gauzy half-skirt that she wore until just before their first dance.

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[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]Keeping things sleek and modern, Courtney’s three bridesmaids wore black silk dresses in different silhouettes.[/field]
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Paramount Events provided a well-rounded and delicious menu, beginning with passed hors d’oeuvres throughout cocktail hour. Guests nibbled on smoked salmon, black truffle risotto bites, elevated mini grilled cheese, and prosciutto-wrapped melon, complete with a balsamic glaze pipette to infuse into each bite. With produce procured straight from their own garden and greenhouse, Paramount focused on artisanal ingredients and straightforward flavors that played into the couple’s laid-back and “light & airy” vibe! Wood-grilled chicken breast, hanger steak, and herb ricotta gnocchi were the featured entrees that guests enjoyed. Specialty drinks dedicated to Courtney and Brett’s beloved pups, were enjoyed throughout the evening: Roxie on the Rocks, which was a gin-yuzu cocktail, and Milo’s Mai-Tai (Brett’s favorite drink).

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Courtney and Brett’s florals were timeless yet designed in a re-imagined & modern way. Taking their love for all things black, white, and green – we honed in on rose varietals, snapdragon, hydrangea, lisianthus, and, of course, our hero flower – anemone’s, for their striking black center and delicate white outer petals. Courtney adored all types of Eucalyptus, so we brought in many varieties to their greenery, as well as variegated pittosporum, salal (lemon leaf), and Italian ruscus. We even tucked a sprig of fresh eucalyptus into each guest’s napkin for a soft accent against their black napkin knots. Their ceremony took place on Penthouse Hyde Park‘s sprawling rooftop, which features sweeping views of the Chicago Skyline and Lake Michigan. Flanked by a deconstructed floral arch bursting with lush florals and greenery, Courtney and Brett exchanged vows surrounded by their 50 nearest and dearest friends and family members for the most special and intimate ceremony. Courtney and Brett’s intimate guest count required us to be strategic of their floorplan, utilizing the ballroom space (just adjacent to their rooftop ceremony) intentionally while creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. With their sweetheart table (the backdrop of which was accented with their stunning floral arch we moved after their Ceremony), centered in the ballroom, we utilized four long rectangular tables to create a perimeter of the dance floor in the shape of a diamond, with round tables in each of the room’s four corners. Each rectangular table had a design featuring a modern matte black stand running horizontally across the length of the table with garden-inspired blooms woven throughout for a “growing upward” design. The round tables featured tall centerpieces designed on the same black matte stands (placed vertically on these tables), which were topped with cascading blooms and greenery. All tables featured a variety of candles in either modern glass or matte black vessels for the most romantic, candle-lit atmosphere.

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Huge Donut Lovers Courtney and Brett ventured out to find the BEST donut in the City of Chicago during their many planning trips throughout the year leading up to the big day. The winner was DoRite Donuts and they honored the donut shop with a full wall of their donuts for guests to enjoy, along with a giant Donut ring that served as their wedding cake, complete with rainbow sprinkles and a cake topper!

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Courtney and Brett’s wedding was 100% destination. With no ties to Chicago, aside from falling in love with it the first time they traveled to the City for fun, they decided it was a perfect MidWest destination for their guests traveling in from all sides of the U.S. They truly created a weekend get-away and showed their guests why they fell in love with this City in the first place.

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Because all guests were coming in from out of town, there was a large emphasis on Courtney and Brett’s welcome boxes handed out to guests at hotels once they arrived in Chicago for the weekend. Mapping out all of the different places their love story had taken them (from where they first met in Kentucky – Brett was Courtney’s personal trainer at a kick-boxing gym), to where they called home for much of their relationship (Georgia), to where they both are originally from (California and Indiana) – they included a keepsake item representing all of the states that they’ve called home. And, of course, included Chicago’s famous Garret’s Popcorn as a nod to the City they’d be getting married in!

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Photography: Jenna Marie Photography | Cinematography: Old North Film Company | Event Design: Christine Janda Design And Events | Event Planning: Christine Janda Design And Events | Floral Design: Christine Janda Design And Events | Cake: DoRite Donuts | Catering: Paramount Events | DJ: The DJ Firm | Wedding Venue: Penthouse Hyde Park | Beauty: Bianca Sansosti Artistry | Day-Of Paper: LBrown Design & Paperie | Rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals

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A Stunning Lowcountry Wedding With Bright Florals and Timeless Details


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Pink, yellow, blue, green[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]Joined by their closest friends and family, the couple wanted to inspire their guests with vibrant colors from the coast within the sunny historic district of the Jekyll Island Club. Adison has an affinity for bright colors mixed with timeless details so the design of the reception and ceremony were meant to simply enhance the beauty of the chapel and Cherokee Cottage.[/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Jordan and I were coming up on our fifth anniversary and had just moved to our third state together. I knew we would get married one day but I didn’t think it would be anytime soon so to say I was surprised, is an understatement.

It was labor day weekend (2022) and we were going to check out St. Simon’s Island for the day, with our golden retriever, Bandit. As we’re walking down the beach, Jordan notices something in the sand and starts walking over towards it. He has Bandit with him and I keep telling him to be careful and not to “mess up whatever someone has planned.” That’s when he got down on one knee, in the middle of a heart made from long stemmed roses, with our dog and I pulled out my phone to take a picture saying “okay this IS cute but everyone is going to think you proposed.” Then, I saw the ring through my phone camera and he said “I hope someone does.” He asked me to marry him and I said yes, obviously.

Then Jordan’s brother and his wife, aka my best friend, popped out with champagne and flowers and told me they were taking photos the entire time. They live about 5 hours away, and Jordan and I met at their wedding, so it was a really special surprise to have them there. The four of us stayed on the island that weekend and celebrated. It was perfect![/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]I wanted a classic, simple elegance look and chose an ivory strapless gown from Anet’s Bridal in my hometown of Lafayette, LA surrounded by my sister-in-laws, mom and mother-in-law. I chose a veil with white, floral details to complement and add a special touch to my look.[/field]
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]The couple did not have a wedding party but Adison requested the guests wear coordinating colors to bring a fun vibe to the night’s affair.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]After the ceremony, we wanted our guests to have a little fun while we took pictures so we set up a cocktail hour with hor d’oeuvres on the lawn. We had a full, open bar and served lamb lollipops, raspberry and basil crostinis and bacon wrapped scallops.

We then served a three course, plated dinner that included a Caeser salad appetizer and guest’s choice of Ashley Farms Chicken Breast served with local vegetables and risotto, Beef tenderloin with Yukon whipped mashed potatoes and local vegetables or Award Winning Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage to nod at my Southern roots.
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[field title=”Florals & Decor”]I wanted bright, happy florals and my florist absolutely understood my vision from the beginning. She even surprised me with big beautiful peonies after learning it’s my favorite flower, that I actually have a tattoo of. Because of the natural beauty of the resort, I didn’t have much décor other than the florals. I chose clear acrylic with white lettering for table numbers and other signs so that they would blend in and let the flowers shine. I ordered blue chargers for the place settings last minute and they really popped and made the tables look more cohesive.[/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]We ordered our wedding cake from a local baker in Jesus who makes the most delicious desserts. The brides cake was lemon-blueberry pound cake with cream cheese frosting and the groom’s cake was yellow cake with chocolate icing. We each had two round tiers, decorated with simple stripes all the way around. The brides cake had a special surprise on the side – a small figurine of our golden retriever, Bandit, stealing a bite of cake. [/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]Our acoustic guitar artist played Little Martha by (the groom’s favorite band) the Allman Brothers as I walked down the aisle and he played Blue Sky during the recessional.

We were married by our very close friend who has been a second mom to us over the last five years. She texted both of us ahead of timing asking why we loved each other and then incorporated our answers during the ceremony. We were surprised to learn our answers were incredibly similar with each of us saying the other is “goofy” and referencing how “great of a dog mom/dad to Bandit” the other is. She closed out the ceremony with the Apache Prayer. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #1″]As a thank you gift, we gave each guest a glass fishing bobber. It serves as a special reminder because of their history in Jekyll Island:

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In the early 1900s, east coast fishermen used hollow glass balls, or floats, on their nets as markers. Occasionally, the floats would break loose and wash ashore for lucky beachcombers to find and keep. Collecting these rare, highly sought-after glass floats became a hobby in the 1950s.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]I took photos with the bible my grandmother carried down the aisle to marry my grandfather in 1946. This heirloom was a special detail that I had to make sure wasn’t forgotten when photos were taken.[/field]
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Photography: DeVoss Photography | Event Planning: Jekyll Island Club Hotel | Floral Design: Mary's Bow-K | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Paige's Pound Cakes | Invitations: The Knot | Ceremony Venue: Faith Chapel | Reception Venue: Jekyll Island Club Hotel | Catering: Jekyll Island Club Hotel | DJ: Emerald Empire Band | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Rentals: The Tent Guys | Rentals: Beachview

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Pops Of Color To Contrast Flood Mansion’s Black Architectural Details


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Green, White, Coral, Orange. From the Couple: The color palette was based purely on florals that we liked and that would be in season. This is not a white wedding, as it was full of colors found in nature. The palette consisted primarily of pink hues, peach, apricot, salmon, pops of fuchsia with a myriad of textural greenery with spots of stark black to highlight Flood Mansions black architectural features. The furniture and linens were carefully selected to highlight the colors of the florals. A special homage to Itzel’s Mexican heritage was weaved throughout with careful touches. Specially curated elements allowed guests to enjoy a truly personal experience.

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Itzel and Stuart hosted a truly distinctive and memorable wedding at Flood Mansion. They chose the venue for its architectural charm and sweeping San Francisco views, setting the stage for their departure from tradition. Custom design elements, like the “SI” crest and Toile pattern, added an intimate touch, and they meticulously coordinated their fashion choices, while sentimental moments enriched their wedding story. Ultimately, their wedding was a unique blend of personal narratives, cultural influences, and artistic design, serving as a testament to their love story and the merging of their diverse life experiences.From the Couple: We chose to incorporate the Lily of the Valley as a unifying element throughout our wedding, symbolizing good luck and prosperity. We personally selected this delicate flower to grace our wedding invitations, appear in our custom “SI” crest, and adorn my bouquet as I walked down the aisle. Stuart wore a brooch featuring the Lily, and it even found its place on the embroidered pillow. Throughout our floral arrangements, we thoughtfully scattered the Lily of the Valley, adding a touch of charm and symbolism. Even the fragrance I wore, Dior Lucky, featured notes of Lily-of-the-Valley, creating a sensory connection. Dior Lucky soap in the bathroom echoed our theme, infusing Lily-of-the-Valley notes throughout. We also aimed to celebrate my Mexican heritage in a way that resonated with all our wedding guests. Mariachi made a grand entrance, bringing tradition and a joyful celebration. Our signature cocktails were infused with Mexican flavors, incorporating Mezcal, Tequila, and hellfire bitters. Even our Espresso Martini contained cinnamon as a nod to Cafe de Olla, a traditional Mexican coffee drink. Perla Valtierra, a Mexican designer, contributed exquisite pottery with stunning floral arrangements. We embraced meaningful Mexican wedding traditions, such as Stuart placing my 100-year-old Grandma’s wedding ring on my finger alongside our wedding bands. The Wedding Lasso, symbolizing unity, was placed around us, and the Arras Matrimoniales, coins representing prosperity and the promise to protect each other’s wealth, were the same ones used in my grandmother’s ceremony. We ensured that our wedding was accommodating to both English and Spanish speakers. The bilingual priest delivered a bilingual mass, the cantor sang in both English and Spanish, and our bilingual and Mexican DJ accommodated song requests, creating a beautiful fusion of musical traditions. We also aimed to celebrate Itzel’s Mexican heritage in a way that resonated with all our wedding guests. Mariachi made a grand entrance, bringing tradition and a joyful celebration.

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The couple first met at a natural wine bar in the heart of New York City, where they bonded over their shared interest in orange wine. Their connection at this wine bar inspired them to serve natural wine from Swick Wines at their wedding, including a pet nat, a chilled red, and an orange wine. Their engagement took place at the same wine bar where they had first crossed paths, adding a special layer of significance to the location as they began their journey towards marriage. Their adventures also took them to Mexico before their wedding, where Itzel’s 100-year-old grandmother passed down to her the arras (the ceremonial wedding coins) and her wedding band. During this trip, Stu discovered and fell in love with Cafe de Olla, inspiring them to put a unique twist on the classic espresso martini for their wedding. And, although they currently call New York City home, they have dreams of eventually relocating to the picturesque San Francisco Bay Area, where Itzel grew up. This dream led them to choose the Flood Mansion as the venue for their wedding, not only because of its elegance but also to emphasize the significance of San Francisco in their lives, a place where their future together is destined to unfold.

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The bride chose an archival Vivienne Westwood dress made from a discontinued fabric called “The Absence of Rose.” Itzel was drawn to this fabric because of its subtle floral print, which beautifully tied into the floral theme of the wedding, adding an elegant and old-world touch to her attire. The sleeves’ pattern couldn’t be found in London, so a sample was located in LA and shipped to NYC, where a skilled tailor, the same one who tailored Kim Kardashian’s Marilyn Monroe dress, performed the alterations. To complete the tradition of “Something Old, Something Borrowed, Something New, Something Blue,” Itzel wore her grandma’s wedding ring as something old, her mom’s pearls as something borrowed, her sister gifted her a new long strand of pearls, and she changed into blue Manolo Blahnik shoes as something blue. The veil, from Monvieve and handmade in Italy, was an important element but not overpowering. It was cathedral-length and had a traditional appeal without being old or lacey. It added drama to the look, complementing the sleeves on the dress. As for accessories, the couple incorporated pearls throughout. Stuart gifted Tiffany Bracelets to both mothers and Itzel before the wedding. Stuart’s cufflinks and studs featured pearls, and his Lily of the Valley brooch included pearl detailing. Their first dance was to Prince’s “Diamonds & Pearls.” Additional accessories included an ostrich feather Lapointe veil for the cake cutting and dancing, handmade gloves from Italy (the same brand as the veil), and a pearled and brassed crown worn during dinner to avoid interfering with the meal. The rotating accessories added unique touches to their wedding attire and made for excellent photo opportunities.

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For the groom, a made-to-measure Tom Ford tuxedo was the choice. It conveyed a strong presence with its “X” silhouette and featured a traditional black design. The ensemble included a large off-white silk bow tie that complemented the off-white tones of the bride’s dress, a wing-tip collar, and a metal Lily of the Valley brooch from Dior.

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[field title=”Food & Drink”]The couple celebrated Itzel’s Mexican heritage with Mexican-infused cocktails. Guests enjoyed a stunning assortment of shellfish on a beautiful raw bar presentation during cocktail hour. A four course dinner was served, consisting of a classic wedge salad, spinach ricotta raviolo, filet mignon, and a colorful lemon berry tartlet served with an espresso martini closed out the feast.From the couple: Cocktails hold a special place in our hearts, serving as a significant part of our New York lifestyle and early dating days. When COVID-19 forced New York’s dining scene to shut down, we took matters into our own hands and sourced our own liquors to recreate the beloved cocktails we missed. One of Itzel’s favorite mixologists from her time in California, Darwin Pornel, made the move to NYC and swiftly became one of our cherished bartenders. We teamed up with Darwin to craft three distinctive signature drinks, along with a bonus espresso martini, all of which were a reflection of us, our backgrounds, and felt deeply personal. In crafting these cocktails, we aimed to steer clear of the typical spritzes or Old Fashioneds and instead embraced subtle infusions of our Mexican heritage, using Tequila and Mezcal. We firmly believed that a signature cocktail should be a one-of-a-kind and custom creation, something you couldn’t simply order at any bar. While we ensured the bar was well-stocked to handle any classic cocktail requests from our guests, our primary focus was on crafting true signature drinks that mirrored our unique tastes. Here’s a glimpse of the custom cocktails we designed: The Father – A playful twist on a Mezcal negroni, highlighting the Mexican influence with Mezcal and featuring a “C” monogram single ice cube. The Son – A refreshing cucumber highball, where Tequila takes center stage and is stirred with an “SI” crest stirring stick. The Holy Spirit – A classic ‘up’ drink with a twist, featuring the Mexican influence of Hellfire bitters and a dramatic bubble filled with citrus smoke, adding a touch of flair that Itzel absolutely adored. Bonus: Cafe de Olla Espresso Martini – A delightful nod to Mexican Cafe de Olla, this espresso martini incorporated cinnamon for that authentic Mexican flavor. It was served table side after dinner, rounding off our cocktail experience with a deliciously caffeinated twist. These custom cocktails were a reflection of our unique taste and Mexican heritage, making them a memorable part of our celebration.[/field]
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They beautifully incorporated the Lily of the Valley motif throughout, from invitations to bouquets. Stuart and Itzel utilized a vibrant, nature-inspired color palette. Amy Burke Designs provided the enchanting florals that created a captivating atmosphere.Florals played a central role in crafting an enchanting and captivating experience for our guests, and our collaboration with Amy Burke Designs brought this vision to life. They served as the foundation for our entire color palette and inspired the design elements throughout the day. When it came to table arrangements, we aimed to create a sense of structure, embrace asymmetry, and maintain a light and balanced feel to keep the attention at the ground level. In addition to the main table centerpieces, we incorporated small yet impactful satellite arrangements featuring exotic stems and pops of color, all carefully held in place by Flower Frogs, creating unique shapes. We also wanted to make the most of the venue’s high ceilings by adding elements to draw the eye upward. Down the center of the tables, we introduced dramatic interest through various objects and vessels: Vintage-looking candlesticks of varying heights Satellite arrangements featuring unique stems Tall vases filled with greenery and foliage, creating a lush canopy a whimsical and maximalist touch, while maintaining an overall sense of elegance and formality Custom design work played a significant role in personalizing our wedding. We created two distinct crests to carry through our event and beyond: Couples’ Initials Crest, “SI”: This crest, featuring our initials, Stuart and Itzel, cleverly played on the word “¡Si!” (Spanish for “Yes”). It served as a symbol of our commitment and was a unique touch to our celebration. Married Crest, “C”: We designed a solid and strong “C” crest that could be cherished throughout our lives. This custom creation was entirely unique and not found in the market. Additionally, Itzel, with her background in design and a passion for textiles, embarked on creating custom pieces for our wedding and future home. These pieces, such as pillows, napkins, coasters, and more, would serve as lasting reminders of our special day. Here’s a list of the custom items we crafted: Pillows: Custom pillows using the Toile pattern and embroidered with the Married “C” Crest. Napkins: Table linens beautifully embroidered with the Married “C” Crest. Coasters: Cocktail coasters featuring our Married “C” Crest, paying subtle homage to our love for New York’s cocktail scene. SI Crest Pillow: Utilizing our Custom “SI” crest for a decorative pillow. Hand-Painted Needlepoint Canvas: A commissioned canvas that Itzel herself needlepointed. Custom Ring Pillow: We used archival Vivienne Westwood fabric for this special piece. Custom Toile: A unique Toile pattern was commissioned and incorporated into various elements of the wedding. It offered a modern twist on old-world charm, featuring elements from our life journey, such as our pets, a bottle of wine, and more. The Toile was expertly designed by artist Lauren Hughes, known for her custom prints and Toile designs. Tablescape and rentals were thoughtfully selected to create a feeling of being found and lived in. Rather than sourcing all rentals from a single company, we chose five, each highlighting its strengths individually: Linens: Two different vendors provided linens in subdued colors and patterns, enhancing the floral colors and avoiding the typical “white wedding” look. Furniture: Antique couches and chairs in the right color palette were chosen, along with two dramatic long tables to achieve both drama and equality among guests. Accessories like cloches, vintage books, lanterns, candles, candelabras, and pillows were carefully placed to enhance the space’s cozy living room feel. Bar: Our statement piece, “The Wellington” antique bar, was adorned with florals and featured custom bar-backing showcasing the Toile pattern, completing the elegant and personalized ambiance.

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The famous Jasmine Rae Cakes provided a delicious Osmanthus tea cake with orange zest, osmanthus buttercream, and caramel.

Set upon a highly curated table, the cake was a striking visual centerpiece. The custom decoupage cake stand was an ode to NYC designer John Derian.

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The couple seamlessly blended traditions in a bilingual ceremony.

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Photography: Meg Sexton | Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs | Wedding Dress: Vivienne Westwood | Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony Venue: James Leary Flood Mansion | Reception Venue: James Leary Flood Mansion | Catering: Melons Catering | Calligraphy: Ranisha Singh | Lighting: JL Imagination | DJ: NCPS Boutique DJ | Tux: Tom Ford | Beauty: Christi Reynolds Beauty | Ice Sculpture: Blind Tiger Ice | Paper Goods: Carriage House Paper | Planning: Every Elegant Detail | Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Rentals: Lux Linens | Rentals: Stradley Davidson Linen Collective | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Found Rental Co. | Sting Quartet: Sutro String Quartet | Wine: Swick Wines

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An Antic Pink and Peach Palette at Bastide du Roy on the French Riviera


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Pink, Antic pink, peach and blue[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]The bride really wanted a bright colored design mixing elegance and modernity with white tables and pops of colors concerning the flowers. The color palette was in the tones of antic pink, peach and blue.[/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]The bride’s gown is the definition sophistication and simplicity with a delicate design and pearls covering it.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]DNA Bartending created four specific cocktails, “Elderflower Sour”, “Peach Rose”, “Spicy Margarita” and “Ginger Punch”.[/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]Lettre à Elise used a lot of different flowers in terms or variety and colors giving this gorgeous result. The idea was to create a pure pop of colors including different shades of pink and also peach and blue.[/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]Catherine from Made in Cake created a refined yet colorful wedding cake matching perfectly the color palette of Lettre à Elise’s floral decor.[/field]
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Photography: Thomas Audiffren | Cinematography: Pierre et julie | Event Planning: Wanderlust Wedding | Floral Design: Lettre à Elise Events | Cake: Made In Cake | Reception Venue: Bastide du Roy | Catering: Lovisolo Ricevimenti | DJ: South Prod | Beauty: Amandine Baron | Cocktails: DNA Bartending | Rentals: Joli Bazaar | Second photographer: JD Bascio Photography | Stationery & flatlays design: Crème De Papier

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A Fusion of Indian and Vietnamese Cultures in Texas’ Hill Country


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Color is an important aspect of both Indian and Vietnamese cultures, so we thought very carefully about our color palette and wanted to ensure that our wedding weekend was bright and vibrant (we even asked our guests to dress colorfully and refrain from wearing black). The color red is auspicious in both of our cultures, so it played a central role throughout our wedding weekend – from our save-the-dates and invitations to the bride and groom’s wedding outfits. For our two main events, the sangeet and the wedding ceremony/reception, we leaned heavily on color to create two distinct vibes.

For the sangeet, we leaned into a more dramatic and jewel tone color palette which was reflected in all aspects of the design from the furniture rentals to the dance floor to the florals to our outfits. For our wedding ceremony/reception, we leaned into a moody fall citrus color palette of reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and greens, which was especially evident in the floral design of our mandap, the centerpiece of our wedding ceremony.[/field]
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Sangeet Design: At the sangeet, we wanted our guests to feel like they had been transported into an all-night dance party where the music never stopped. The Sangeet had a color palette of purples, blues, golds, and pinks. The space was designed around a custom blue acrylic dance floor with a gold mandala pattern. The space was filled with coordinated lounge furniture in blue velvet accented with gold tables and gold carved arches. A ceiling installation of marigolds, carnations and miror umbrellas added to the dance party vibe. We wanted our wedding weekend to stand out from any previous Indian fusion wedding our guests had attended and also for it to feel true to who we are as a couple. For our wedding ceremony and reception, we wanted to create a day that honored important aspects of our Indian and Vietnamese cultures, the location in Texas Hill Country, and the fall season. We did this in small ways throughout the day including serving a family-style dinner inspired by all three cuisines at our reception and ensuring that all our guests could experience the magic of a Hill Country sunset through the magnificent windows at the Arlo during dinner. Our wedding planner Kate from Wild Sky Events was the true glue that held everything together and was the reason our vision came to life – we couldn’t have made any of this happen without her. From Kate at WSE: To design Trishla and VP’s vision the overall wedding design focused on a muted citrus fall color palette with pops of orange, red, pink, and neutrals. The venue is a neutral space and having a bright and modern color palette makes the design pop. Textures was the next main focus and we incorporated beautiful pattered neutral linens and textured china for the place setting. To complete the look we worked with Jolie and Co to create a custom signature stamp pattern in red and pink that was used on the menus, bar decor and seating chart. During the design process we were reviewed every detail to ensure it added to the design and didn’t detract from the overall space.

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[field title=”Proposal Story”]We got engaged in October 2020 during a trip to Yosemite National Park with two of our friends. Although I chose all the hikes we did on the trip, VP kept the ring stashed in his backpack, waiting for the right place in the park to propose. When our group reached May Lake after hiking for a few hours, VP decided it was the perfect view for his proposal and sat down next to me to ask if I wanted to get married. [/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]Since we were planning a lot of the wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was difficult to go to India to do any wedding outfit shopping. Instead, I worked with Divya Agarwal of Studio D Dallas to source all of my outfits. When she first showed me the red lengha that I wore for my wedding ceremony, I knew I wouldn’t be able to find anything that matched it even in India. The embroidery was exquisite and the animal motifs at the bottom of the skirt were completely unique. We also sourced an amazing coordinating red sherwani for the VP’s wedding outfit from Ishan Sanghvi at Rivesse that was tailored to fit VP perfectly. Although I loved my classic red wedding lengha, nothing could beat how I felt in my silver, shimmery reception lengha, another outfit that I immediately fell in love with the first time Divya showed it to me. Silver is one of my favorite colors so that outfit combined with an amazing old-school Hollywood glamour hairstyle from Miranda at LoLa Beauty made me feel on top of the world.
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]For the food, we wanted a vegetarian menu that took inspirations from Indian, Vietnamese, and Southern cuisines. We shared Indian and Vietnamese recipes that we liked with the Contigo team, along with a list of ingredients that we loved (for example, mushrooms and okra). They took that input and created an amazing ensemble of creative dishes that celebrated our heritage in a subtle and accessible way. For the beverages selection, we wanted to highlight wines from Sonoma, a place of fond memories for us, and also celebrate local breweries and distilleries in Texas. Kate and the team at Specs did an amazing job at helping us curate the drinks menu the way we envisioned.[/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The overall wedding design focused on creating an muted citrus color palette filled with texture inspired by the fall season.

Jill from Layered Vintage creates pure magic with flowers. From our first meeting with her we knew she would be able to create floral arrangements that would make a lasting impression on our guests. Whether it was creating beautiful marigold arrangements hanging from ceilings and chandeliers, constructing the floral-forward mandap that we got married under, or creating beautiful bouquets for the tables and our wedding party, Jill did a great job sourcing so many gorgeous flowers that perfectly matched our color scheme for all of our events and brought our vision for the weekend to life. Our wedding planner Kate from Wild Sky Events also sourced some beautiful Vietnamese lanterns to hang over our reception dance floor.
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[field title=”Wedding Cake”]We had the most delicious chai-flavored wedding cake from Danae at Feathers and Frosting. We chose the chai flavor as a nod to my Indian heritage and one of my favorite drinks and as a subtle ode to the fall season. Danae and her team knocked it out of the park, and we had so many guests come up to tell us that it was the best wedding cake they had ever eaten. [/field]
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[field title=”Special Detail #1″]The day before the wedding, we did a special ceremony called a chura ceremony where a set of red and white bangles traditionally worn by a bride on her wedding day and for a period of time after her wedding are presented to the bride by her maternal uncle. I’m wearing my churas throughout all of my wedding weekend events. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]As a nod to both cultures of the bride and groom the installation above the dance floor incorporated traditional Indian wedding flowers of marigolds and carnations along with specially sourced Vietnamese lanterns. [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″]The ceremony programs were beautifully designed by Jolie and Co and were a lovely keepsake for guests. [/field]
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Photography: Feather & Twine | Videography: Hereafter Films | Event Planning: Wild Sky Events | Floral Design: Layered Vintage | Cake: Feathers & Frosting | Invitations: Jolie and Co. | Reception Venue: The Arlo | Catering: Contigo Austin | DJ: Desi Junction | Beauty: Lola Beauty | Dance Floor Sangeet: Center Stage Floors | Rentals: Perch Event Decor Rental | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals | Rentals: Strong

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A Modern-Luxe Wedding in the Northern California Countryside


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Blush, ivory, peach and black. The vision was a modern garden wedding. The soft blush, ivory and peach tones anchored the garden wedding, while pops of black brought it modern![/field]
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Kate and Dan’s modern-garden couture wedding design was absolutely incredible. The design included black textiles, romantic florals, fashion-forward attire and so many intentional details to make your heart beam. Some of these details included having Kate’s grandma wear blue, to be her something blue. The sweetest first look with Kate’s dad before the wedding. Signature scents from Louis Voution. Custom Mr. & Mrs. Converse to dance the night away with friends and their favorite fast food for late night snack–In-n-Out. There wasn’t a single detail that wasn’t perfectly curated to represent Kate and Dan everywhere you looked. The entire wedding felt intentional, modern, and over-the-top stunning.

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Kate and Dan’s love story started with two teenagers who called each other best friends. It took years of being best friends before Dan asked Kate out and many years later for them to finally tie the knot. Every second of the wait was worth it as Kate professed in her heartfelt vows to Dan on her wedding day.

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Riki Dalal Couture was the incredible designer. The dress was a tulle tiered couture gown, that was stunning. It was feminine fresh and was the centerpiece of this couture wedding.

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[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]The girls wore soft neutral gowns from Show Me Your Mum. The dresses are the perfect match of fresh and feminine to compliment their modern garden wedding.[/field]
[field title=”Groomsman Attire”] The groom and groomsmen looked dapper in their black tuxes. They rented from the Black Tux. Their attire matched the modern couture wedding perfectly.[/field]
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