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Dreamy Desert Wedding Featuring Watercolor Touches Done By The Bride Herself

This dreamy desert wedding features artwork from the bride herself! She painted a watercolor series in pastel desert tones, which was incorporated in everything from the save the dates to a map detailing weekend activities inside the welcome bag. The desert proved hot in more than one way, with the expert help of planning team Revel Wedding Company, who was able to turn the couple’s vision board into a jaw-dropping reality. The expansive and rugged desert landscape was the perfect backdrop for a sensational burst of blooms by Carte Blanche. Elyse Hall Photography captured every magical minute in her artful imagery. You’ll feel as if you stumbled upon a mirage in the full gallery.

From the bride… Mike and I first met while living in Charlotte, North Carolina through some mutual friends. He was so confident and direct from the moment we met, but it was his consistency and persistence that won me over. From day one he has been the most consistent and supportive person in my life.

One weekend in July, we had a casual trip to Telluride planned and it was on that trip, right in the middle of Main Street with everyone cheering, that he proposed. It was so unexpected and so perfect. Not only did he pull off the perfect surprise, but he had flown to North Carolina a few weeks prior for only 12 hours to ask my parents for their blessing in person.

When it was time to start wedding planning we looked at our home states of NC, FL, and then CO before realizing that no matter where we chose would be a destination for a large portion of the guest list. When we thought about our big day, we knew we wanted it to be outside and a well-traveled destination for the guests. Mike suggested we consider Arizona and he was so right!

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Revel Wedding Company | Florist: Carte Blanche | Cake: A Bake Shop | Make Up & Hair: Makiaj Beauty | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Rentals: Event Rents- Phoenix | Resort: Sanctuary | Video: Something New Media

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European Colorful Editorial at the Romantic Del Mar Country Club

There’s no need to shy away from color! Bright and bold palettes can be equally as elegant as their neutral counterpart, and this editorial set at the Del Mar Country Club is proof. Keeping everything light, delicate, and romantic Exhale Events planned a day filled with special touches. Cavin Elizabeth Photography not only photographed this beautiful editorial but also provided the fashion-forward wardrobe for the bride from her bridal boutique The White Flower. Studio Fleurish kept the colors woven throughout the various designs of the day in the most wonderful of ways. Get lost in all the romance inside the full gallery.

From Exhale EventsThe timeless and elegant European aesthetic and architecture of the Del Mar Country Club transports you back to another time and place. Its lush walls of greenery, old world architecture, and sprawling acres of land made a beautiful canvas for our colorful, floral garden-inspired editorial.

Our color palette focused on summer tones of bright pinks, oranges, corals, and yellow with a blend of lighter muted tones for décor and detail accents. The focal point was a beautiful escort display with bright blooms framing the soft-colored envelopes with guest names beautifully calligraphed from Four Things Paper.

Our vision for the table and floral was to integrate a beautifully patterned linen and colorful blooms that looked as though they were growing organically out of the table. With so much color on the table, we chose to keep our cake on the neutral side. Milly’s Fine Cakes created a stunning masterpiece that showcased the details of the bride’s first look and then complimented our cake with floral lollipops and homemade chocolates that incorporated bright edible flora petals to keep our design cohesive yet elegant.

Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Photography | Floral Design: Studio Fleurish | Invitations: Four Things Paper | Reception Venue: Del Mar Country Club | Tux: Friar Tux | Beauty: A Toast To Beauty | Bridal Boutique: The White Flower Bridal Boutique | Bridal Gown Designer: Lee Grebenau | Cocktails: Snake Oil Cocktail Co. | Colorful Gown: Marchesa | Desserts: Milly's Fine Cakes | Furniture Rentals: To Be Designed | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Models: Willow Model Management | Planning: Exhale Events | Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven

This California Florist Picked Gorgeous Airy Tones for Her Summer Wedding

The florals at this Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate were EVERYTHING! Modern Bouquet created an airy garden feel for the bride (a florist herself) and groom with delicate blooms in muted, neutral shades and subtle hints of blush and honey. These sweethearts paid homage to their heritage with their ceremony, opting to have a mass filled with Filipino traditions at the stunning Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. The beautiful day ended with a vibrant night, planned by RBCO Events, which included a bride-brother hip hop dance and the most delectable mini donuts by Donut, Hello. Stop by the full gallery, captured by Amy Golding, to be delighted by the sweet ambiance and all the playful details!

From the Bride… We wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of our love. Alex and I are sweethearts and at the time of our wedding, we were together for 15 years! After a difficult year filled with unknowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were really looking forward to seeing and celebrating with our closest friends and family. Earlier in the year I accepted my dream job and Alex graduated from his DPT program. We had lots to celebrate!

Wanting to create a romantic, organic, and bright ambiance, we decided to keep our color scheme muted and neutral with hints of blush and honey tones. I asked our florist, Modern Bouquet, to incorporate delicate blooms with different types of greenery to bring a garden feel to our arrangements. Coupled with our amazing venue, the outcome was so, so beautiful!

Both our faith and our heritage are very important to us. Our ceremony took place at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala where we celebrated with a mass filled with Filipino traditions. We opted not to decorate our ceremony location to appreciate the beauty of the mission and its history. Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate served as the perfect canvas in making our vision a reality. The second we stepped on to the grounds we knew it was the venue for us. We quickly fell in love with the lush greenery and the large windows in the banquet space. Modern Bouquet did an amazing job of brightening up the space with her arrangements. To incorporate more greenery we decided to add smilax vines to the gold chandeliers – a decision my husband takes all the credit for!

I work full time as a registered nurse; but when I’m not taking care of patients I am (part time, self-proclaimed) wedding/event florist!

As you can imagine, the florals were EVERYTHING for me. It was what I was most excited about!
I immediately cried after seeing the reception space for the first time – it was everything I imagined and so much more! Hannah really outdid herself.

I knew I found my dress the moment I saw a photo of it online. I went to Archive Bridal to try it on and that was it! It was light, romantic and feminine. My dress and veil were Pronovias and my shoes were Loeffler Randal. Alex opted for a classic black tuxedo from Robert’s Men Suits & Custom Tailoring. We had Donut, Hello come and make mini donuts for our guests! Everyone loved it!

My brother and I did a surprise hip-hop dance routine for our bride and brother dance. The most special part of the day was walking down the aisle! After the wedding party, they closed the big wooden doors to the church to build up the anticipation. We did not do a first look so it was such a special moment when those doors finally opened and we laid eyes on one another. *cue waterworks!

Photography: Amy Golding | Videographer: Reel Thread Films | Event Planning: RBCO Events | Florist: Modern Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Peggy Liao Cake | Ceremony Venue: Mission Basilica San Diego De Alcalá | Reception Venue: Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate | Shoes: Loeffler Randall | Hair and Makeup: Beauty By Stacey | DJ: Version 1 Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Robert's Men Suits and Custom Tailoring | Donut Bar: Donut, Hello | Dress Boutique: Archive Bridal | Rentals: The Chiavari Guys

This Fly-Fishing Themed Wedding Is The Perfect Catch

This couple had a fishing theme for their wedding and the result has us hooked! Martis Camp with its incomparable mountain vistas, dance floor canopied by pine trees, and stocked trout ponds made for the perfect venue for this outdoorsy-themed day. Fly motifs decorated save-the-dates and invitations, welcome bags, and day-of elements preparing guests for the fun to come. The couple even rigged a few fishing rods on the big day so that guests could dabble in their favorite hobby throughout the reception! With the help of Audere Events, the day was not only personalized but also extremely elegant with a classic aesthetic to compliment the incredible mountain venue. One of the bride’s favorite memories was walking down the aisle with her father, the man who taught her how to fish, while holding a delicate bouquet of lily of the valley and sweet pea designed by Stems by Diana. Each and every beautiful moment was lovingly captured by the incredibly talented Larissa Cleveland Photography. Grab a fishing pole and enjoy the full gallery.

From Larissa Cleveland PhotographyThis beautiful wedding in Lake Tahoe is filled with special touches! The couple love fly fishing, and managed to weave that theme throughout their wedding in the most elegant way!

They actually fly-fished at cocktail hour in the Martis Camp pond, and had extra reels out for the guests to try their hand as well! The theme was also seen throughout their paper details and signage, as well as handmade fly’s for the guests to take home.

They are just the loveliest couple inside and out. I photographed their secret elopement during the height of the pandemic. It was wonderful to see things come full circle and watch them celebrate with friends and loved ones for the original wedding they’d hoped they’d be able to have someday!

Photography: Larissa Cleveland Photography | planner: Audere Events | Floral Design: Stems by Diana | dress: Reem Acra | stationary: Ruby The Fox | Reception Venue: Martis Camp | shoes: Jimmy Choo | rings: Lang Antiques | hair and makeup: Love is in the Hair | calligraphy: Sugarpine Calligraphy | band: Lucky Devils Band | grooms attire: Zegna | venue: Martis Camp | Rentals: Theoni Collection | bolero: Girl and a Serious Dream | linen: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | veil: Peter Langner | video: Mabble Media

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The Sophisticated Splendor of This Arizona Affair Will Leave You Starry-Eyed!

Let’s be honest, it takes a lot for us to feel speechless around here… but this sophisticated Arizona affair planned by Outstanding Occasions has succeeded at just that. The couple wed overlooking a mesmerizing mountainous view and had the ultimate dance party on a stylish checkerboard floor at El Chorro! This day was made even more magical with LUX Wedding Florist’s blooming blush, mauve, and cream arrangements resulting in towering centerpieces and a stately cake display! Elyse Hall perfectly captured the sweet memories and love, get inspired by all the details at the full gallery.

From the Bride… Despite both graduating from the University of Arizona in 2012, it was not until we moved to Manhattan that Zack and I finally met through mutual friends. Zack knew from the get-go that I was the person for him. He tried to woo me with weekly rooftop BBQs (my favorite) and fun nights out – but it took me a bit longer to know we were meant to be. It was at a steeplechase horse race in Far Hills, NJ that I realized I could no longer deny his charm and wit and finally agreed to go on a date. 

We went on our first date the very next day, and the rest is history. Three years later, Zack popped the question at the Bel Air Bay Club, my favorite childhood spot with incredible LA beach views. Eager to start looking at venues, we planned a whirlwind weekend that took us from LA to Palm Springs to Arizona. The second we walked into El Chorro, we knew it was perfect. The stunning mountain backdrop and the desert vibes felt like a dream location to tie the knot. Living in New York, we knew we needed help on the ground to make sure everything went smoothly. 

The best wedding decision we ever made was to hire Rachel at Outstanding Occasions. We truly would not have been able to navigate our 2020 wedding without Rachel. A month out from our big day, COVID hit. Our planned 1. 5 year engagement turned into 2. 5 years and three wedding dates – but on May 2, 2021, we finally got married! 

We kicked the night off with our first dance under the stars to take advantage of the beautiful Arizona nights, and after dinner we moved to the dance party inside. The wait was well worth it, because it was the best day and night of our lives and one we will never forget.

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Outstanding Occasions | Floral Design: LUX Wedding Florsists | Cake: A Bake Shop | Invitations: Idieh Design | Ceremony Venue: El Chorro | Hair and Make up: Hvh Artists | Photobooth: Pixster Photo Both | Rentals: Prim Rentals

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French Chateau Elegance With A Twist of Summer Fantasy

Elegance awaits you at this colorful dream turned into a reality. Charlotte and Adrian’s intimate wedding was nothing short of spectacular. Guests traveled to Santeny, France to celebrate in style at a vibrant garden wedding filled with thoughtful details planned by Dorothée Le Goater Events. The white-walled chateau was the perfect backdrop to the explosion of colorful blooms created to perfection by Kahina Events. Bright pops of cheerful colors fill every moment of this special day, from a fireplace turned into an indoor garden to a dessert display filled with flowers, all of which was carefully curated and designed by the talented team at Kahina Events. The artful images by Celine Chan will have you falling in love with France. Be sure to enjoy all the elegance and sophistication in the full gallery.

From Dorothée Le Goater EventsCharlotte and Adrian’s wedding day was the perfect balance between French classic, modern flair, and a colorful vibe of a spring garden. The vision of this intimate wedding was to immerse guests in the atmosphere of a vibrant spring garden, in the heart of a French chateau.

Garden art is very important in France, so we wanted to put the spotlight on the stunning flowers that we typically find in French gardens in the spring. We purposely chose a white-walled chateau with unique architectural details to showcase a cheerful color palette that sets the tone for the whole day.

From the brightly colored bridal bouquet to the long dining table with its blue tablecloth, every detail highlights a carefully selected choice of flowers. All of this creates a unique and impactful experience for the bride and groom and their guests. Weddings abroad are unique; the decor must reveal this choice.

Photography: Céline Chan Photographie | Videographer: Cedric Durand Film | Wedding cake: wedding cakes and co | Calligraphy: Summer Yang | Wedding favors: Happyly Party | Wedding Venue: Château De Santeny | Bridal gown: Tanzilia | Bridal ring: Tiffany & Co | Floral & Design: Kahina Events | Groom attire: Feramo Paris | MUAH: FANNY WONG BEAUTY | Planning: Dorothée Le Goater Events | Stationery designer: Bonjur Paper

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Neon Signs for Your Nuptials: How to Light Up Your Day

When it comes to wedding details we love the most, signage rises to the top (quite literally, it can hang). And if you’re a particularly creative couple, you can have so much fun coming up with sayings and puns that will make your guests light up. Starting with your unique hashtag and ending with something sweet and sassy to display over your dessert or late-night bites table, your signs build your vibe – and they can keepsake your vows, too! We’ve seen some of our real wedding couples distilling iconic lyrics from their first dance song, and if that can be done, it’s not hard to imagine phraseology from your “I promise” prose being used as a statement photo marquee for your reception. 

There are a ton of options for your nuptials signage – from wooden signs to wire ones, cotton-cloth backdrops to calligraphed canvases – but in the past year or two, neon, illuminating iterations have become “I Do” favorites. Not only are they pretty and trendy, they’re also pretty versatile. What you can put up in lights at your wedding, can easily be taken down, packed up, and used in your home for years to come. After all, what at-home bar is truly ready to entertain without a #dontgothirsty or #butfirstdrinks sign??! And L-O-V-E calligraphed in pink can be used in a future baby’s nursery… just sayin! 

Photo by Fiona Kelly Photography

You can absolutely reach out to the plethora of custom neon businesses for your event needs (especially if you’re leaning into last name personalization), but we can help if you just want some LED to accompany your BDE [best day ever]. All of the neon signs in our Style Me Pretty Collection come with pre-drilled holes or built-in loops for easy hanging, so all you’ll need is a ladder, some fishing line (or tulle ribbon which is always 😍), and just a little bit of labor to put your lewk in place! 

Here are just a few vignettes to consider with our signs in mind.
Of course, you’re the designer of your day, so whatever magic you’re after for your own happily ever after – we’re just here to light the way… 


For your bridal suite.

Photo by Courtney Leigh

‘But First Drinks’ Light Up Sign

If the morning didn’t start with a bridal suite bar topped with a stunning bottle of bubbly, enough coupes for you and the crew, and a little arrangement to set the floral tone for your day, did it even happen?! Did we mention how photogenic our BFD sign really is? It’s pretty perfect, especially for a chic white-on-white color palette.

For all of your bars.

Don’t Go Thirsty Neon Sign

Not that your guests need any heads up on hydrating, but this sign is still a sweet reminder. It’s always nice, too, if you can offer some mocktails alongside your signature cocktail – in case anyone doesn’t want to imbibe on your big day (which is totally cool!). A little pre-ceremony hydration station with infused spa waters is a great look for guests. Same goes for the after party – a little detoxing display of water or some electrolyte-enriched elixirs can go a long way for staving off those post-wedding hangovers…

Photo by Mike Larson

For your escort card display or guest book table.

Photo by Courtney Leigh

Neon Pink Love Sign

Love. It’s what brought this day to life, right? So, hang this one above your escort display or mix it in with the fun (our fave kind of facade involves florals). The neon is a great counterpoint to the vignette, plus it draws everyone in. That’s pretty major, too, when you’re considering your guest book. If people don’t know where yours is, they won’t sign it! #TRUESTORY! 

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The Loveliest Explosion Of Lilac And Lavender

Inspired by Pantone’s lilac shade, Chic by Nicole create an intimate day filled with a luxurious touches. The palette expanded from lavenders and warm light purples to create a pastel dream, and with the help of Jodi Leigh Designs a garden’s worth of romantic blooms came alive indoors. The stand-out images by Corina V. Photography will take your breath away, you can see them all in the full gallery.

From Chic by NicoleWhen I design, I’m always heavily inspired by the attire and wanted to showcase as many looks as possible. The bridal dress display also brought in some light and more airy fashion to round out the shoot.

The lavender champagne and gin cocktails were an added touch to incorporate the small details seen on the table and acted as a his and her bar selection. The movement of the Millia London dress inspired the structural details on the cake.

We wanted to keep the table base neutral with pops of greenery and lilac/dusty rose florals. We added blueberries and limes to the table to keep everything fresh and natural, along with the stationery it definitely transformed the table to a more fine art vibe.

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This editorial was inspired by shades of purple and lilac.

Photography: Corina V. Photography | Cinematography: Wild +Free Films | Floral Design: Jodi Leigh Designs | Stationery: Inquisited | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Rings: Stor by Margot | Men's Attire: King and Bay | Wedding Venue: Elora Mill | Antique Jewelry, Antique Ring box: Cynthia Findlay Antiques | Beauty: Jen Evoy Makeup Studio | Cake and Pastries: Nadia & Co. | Carpet: Reznick Carpets | Event Planning, Design, Styling: Chic by Nicole | Labels and Vinyl Production: KV Print Bar | Lilac Dress: Millia London | Rentals: Simply Beautiful Decor | Silk Ribbon: Stella Wolfe | Vintage Rentals: Glamorous Affairs Inc. | White Dresses, Accessories: White Toronto

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Curate a Contemporary Yet Classic Ring Stack with Brilliant Earth’s New ‘Ensemble Collection!’

The journey from ‘fiancée’ to ‘wife’ is a truly special time in your life! Your engagement ring and wedding band are tokens of the love you share with your significant other, representing pivotal moments in your love story. Each sparkling ring is meant to stand out, and with Brilliant Earth’s Ensemble Collection of timeless stackable rings, the symbols of your love will shine even brighter! These contemporary yet classic rings are simply beautiful and elevate your engagement & wedding rings with a curated touch when stacked underneath, atop, or even in between them!

The Ensemble Collection was designed with the belief that beauty lies in the beholder’s personal eye for style and the ability to express oneself through jewelry. While undeniably modern, these nesting rings draw inspiration from classic bridal trends, featuring clean lines and sleek profiles, and have a charming eclectic feel with settings that are visually interesting. While these stackables look stunning next to your engagement & wedding rings, they are equally as beautiful on their own. You can even choose your favorite from the collection to be your wedding band — perfect for the minimalist bride!

With 37 distinguished styles, The Ensemble Collection has the perfect accent ring (or stack) for every bride to make an effortless statement that reflects your unique style and love. Brides now have the option to visualize all the possible ring combinations within The Ensemble Collection, discovering the curation of rings that you love most, with Brilliant Earth’s expanded product visualization capabilities on its e-commerce site. Turn your stylishly layered ring stack into something even more special as you reach new milestones with your partner by adding new rings to cherish those magical moments. Your rings will be an ensemble of style, self-expression, and sheer love with Brilliant Earth!

Jewelry: Brilliant Earth

A Romantic Al Fresco Wedding Under The Tuscan Sun

Known for its landscapes, history, and artistic legacy, Tuscany is the perfect location for this editorial of epic proportion. From the dripping wisteria-covered arches to the stunning views of neighboring town Siena, natural beauty is found at every turn. The Tuscan Wedding dreamed up a day that lives up to the inherent charm of the location, and Il Giardino Delle Fate created luxurious floral moments that are the perfect complement. The artful imagery by Elisabetta Riccio will have you booking the next ticket to Italy, you can take a closer look at it all in the full gallery.

From The Tuscan WeddingThese photos take place at La Foce a dreaming historic Villa located in the heart of Tuscany, however not far from the city of Siena. This venue has it all and will take your breath away the moment you enter. The building stands tall, covered in a faded yellow pastel paint. The roads and paths are made up of small off-white rocks. There are numerous rooms to be entered, each unique in the patterns, fabrics, and décor. The garden is breathtaking.

From the stationary to the food to the table setting every little detail has a consistent color theme. We used pale blues, pale mauve, lilac, pale pink, and grey greens to create a cool tone, sprinkling a pop of ocra yellow to create a hot tone. In all areas of this shoot, you can find this exclusive color theme.

After, Tommaso and Vanessa made their way to the street for photos in the Alfa Romeo Spider, provided by Tuscany Sweet Dreams, the perfect way to leave after the party for the honeymoon. While they drove off taking pictures, back at the villa the talented pastry chef from Tuscan Wedding Cakes was displaying the masterpiece she had created. Two of the cakes were a base of white decorated with flowers and the third was a white undertone wrapped in a blue ruffled rice paper with butterflies flying off it.

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Photography: Elisabetta Riccio | Cinematography: Merak Studio | Event Planning: The Tuscan Wedding | Floral Design: Il Giardino Delle Fate | Wedding Dress: FRANCESCA PICCINI | Cake: TUSCAN WEDDING CAKES | Invitations: The wedding letters | Catering: Il Sorriso | Lighting: Wedding Music And Lights | Groom's Attire: FRANCESCA PICCINI | Beauty: Cherie Spisso | Bridal shoes: Bella Belle | Bride Model: Vanessa Gabriel Chromik | Car: Tuscany Sweet Dreams | Groom Model: Tommaso Cataldi | Jewelery: Nea Milano | Location: La Foce | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Wedding ring: Linea Laboratorio Orafo

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You Need to See This Fairytale Wedding for a Couple With a Storybook Kind-of Love!

This couple began the new chapter in their story with the most timeless wedding complete with a princess-like Badgley Mischka ball gown! Kirkbrides planned their most memorable day that was as classic as love itself, with a church ceremony and fairytale reception at The Old Courthouse. Plantscaping Blooms chose lush floral arrangements in subtle shades to accentuate the beauty of their lofty reception venue. The couple’s custom monogram by Minor Details CLE added personal touches in meaningful ways — from the invitation suite and wax seals to the seating chart and bar menu! Erika Medlin captured their love story, so take it all in at the full gallery

From the Bride… The story of Eddie and I begins as all modern love stories do these days—on a dating app. In 2018, I made the move from Cleveland, Ohio down to Columbus, Ohio to begin my career in fashion merchandising. Similarly, Eddie had recently relocated from Indianapolis to Columbus for work post grad school. I had only been in Columbus for a couple of weeks before I was encouraged by a friend to download the dating app Bumble as a fun way to meet people and make new friends in the city. Eddie must have had the same thought because shortly after, we matched profiles and our first date was planned! On a beautiful Saturday night in April, Eddie picked me up at my apartment with flowers in hand like a true gentleman (I knew he was a keeper from the start!) and then we were off to dinner and drinks. After our date, I remember telling my mom just how “smitten” I was with Eddie. I knew immediately that he was special and that he was placed into my life for a reason. It just felt so right! We began dating that spring, but because nothing ever goes to plan, a few weeks later Eddie told me that he was being relocated back to Indiana for work. We decided to take a chance on love and give long-distance dating a go and we are so happy that we did. After a long year of being apart and several weekend road trips later, our relationship continued to grow more serious and Eddie found himself moving back to Ohio…again!

After another year together, Eddie planned the most beautiful storybook proposal at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. We had always talked about wanting to go there together someday, but little did I know he was planning the surprise of a lifetime that would take place at the resort. Eddie had secretly worked with my boss to get me off work and my friends helped me pack for the weekend. I had no idea where we were headed until we got in the car and drove toward West Virginia. I was so excited when I realized we were going to The Greenbrier! Our jaws hit the floor when we arrived at the resort. Greeted by warm hospitality and gorgeous Dorothy Draper designs, we were ready for the weekend to begin! Eddie had a plan in place this whole time. He sent me to the spa while I thought he went golfing, but it turns out that as soon as I left the room Eddie went into full planning mode, got dressed and met with the photographer and videographer her hired (fun fact: Erika and Josh did our wedding day photography and video as well!). When I got back to the room shortly after, he was not there but there were two white dresses and a note on the bed saying to pick a dress and meet him at the North Parlor Patio at 6pm, sharp! When I walked through the doors of the North Parlor, it was like a scene from the Bachelor. Eddie was standing there on the balcony with the sun shining and the mountains perfectly placed behind him. He took my hands, got down on one knee, I said “YES!”, and the rest is history! It was an unforgettable day.

When it came to planning our wedding, I hit the ground running very quickly. I was definitely one of those little girls who grew up dreaming of her wedding! My mom owned a wedding dress shop when I was young, and ever since then I have been in love with all things wedding related. It came as no surprise to friends and family that we had already picked out our reception venue prior to our engagement! After seeing a wedding at The Old Courthouse on Instagram and falling in love with the ornate details, grand columns, and gorgeous staircase, we were set on having our reception there. We also knew we wanted to work with a wedding planner to help our vision come to life in this space. We were lucky to have found Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design early in the process. They are the best of the best! From my first call with our planner, Stephanie Anter, I knew she understood and would execute our vision of an elegant, romantic, timeless wedding with a slight modern touch. Our florist, Arne Klein of Plantscaping & Blooms, was also essential in bringing our ideas to fruition. 

We chose a neutral color palette of white, ivory and champagne accented with gold details and a large emphasis on foliage and greenery to allow the venue itself to really shine. Our church, St. John Cantius Church, was also breathtaking on its own so our timeless colors and florals accentuated the beauty of this space. Additionally, we loved the idea of creating a custom monogram for our wedding and incorporating it in meaningful ways throughout event. With the help of Jen from Minor Details CLE, our monogram was used start to finish—from our invitation suite and wax seals to our seating chart, bar menu and band surround, the personalization was spot on. Our wedding day was absolutely picture-perfect, and we could not have done it without Stephanie and our amazing vendor team!

Photography: Erika Medlin | Cinematography: Joshua Bryan Cinema | Event Planning: Kirkbrides Wedding Planning & Design | Floral Design: Blooms By Plantscaping | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Dress: Luxe Redux Bridal | Wedding Dress: B.Loved Bridal | Cake: Canela Bakeshop | Ceremony Venue: St. John Cantius Church | Reception Venue: A Taste Of Excellence | Bridesmaids' Dresses: SHow Me Your Mumu | Catering: A Taste Of Excellence | Makeup: Makeup By Merideth | Lighting: Vincent Lighting | Band: Cleveland Music Group | Groom's Attire: AlphaSuit Menswear | Ceremony Music: Opus 216 | Transportation: A-1 Mr. Limo | Ceremony Soloist: Ashley Nemeh | Hair Stylists: Team Flawless | Monogram: Minor Details CLE | Rentals: Event Source | Rentals: All Occasion Party Rentals

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This Parisian Inspired Wedding Has Us Saying “Oui” To All The Chic Details

Chic and stylish, there’s just something about Paris. Since our bride lived in the City of Love and got engaged there, it only seemed fitting for her to throw the Parisian-inspired wedding of her dreams. Instead of a destination wedding in France at a chateau, the couple decided to bring Paris to DC so their grandmothers could celebrate by their sides. They enlisted SRS Events to make their dreams a reality, and the result has us feeling like we’ve fallen into a fairytale. Wildly romantic blooms in loose, organic arrangements by Floral & Bloom Designs will have you saying, “oui!” You can feel the love and the happiness of the day in the elegant imagery by Rebecca Theresa Photography, be sure to see them all in the full gallery.

From SRS EventsFor Lauren, Paris, France isn’t just a romantic city, rich with history, art, cobblestone streets, and generational cafés. Lauren lived in Paris during high school, attending the American School of Paris, and thus, as Hemingway described so perfectly, Paris has always stayed with her – a “movable feast.” When Lauren and Steven decided they would attend Lauren’s high school reunion in Paris before embarking on a 3-week road trip throughout France, Steven knew a proposal in Paris would be the catalyst to the perfect trip.

A cloudless blue sky, with a slight chill in the air, and no plans but to walk the streets of Paris, Steven proposed to Lauren in the early afternoon of June 6th on the Pont Alexandre III bridge – the culmination of a day described by Lauren as “perfect” no less than four times prior to the engagement and countless thereafter. Steven and Lauren celebrated that night with champagne at the Shangra-La rooftop bar overlooking the Eiffel Tower, a three-star Michelin dinner at Le Cinq the following night, and a trip of a lifetime which would take them to Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel, Giverny, Loire Valley, Provence, Nice, Monaco, and every small town, lavender field, and cheese shop in-between.

The bride had a vision of lavender that we designed with the mismatched bridesmaid dresses, gorgeous florals by Floral & Bloom, lavender escort board, and calligraphy, table linens, and runners, the signature drink, and more! What is more Parisian than macarons, of which they happen to be the bride’s favorite dessert! Two ombre lavender macarons towers flanked the petite wedding cake from their favorite neighborhood bakery.

Photography: Rebecca Theresa Photography | Cinematography: Bowen Films | Event Planning: SRS Events | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal | Cake: The Cakeroom | Invitations: Lana Dreams | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Spilled Milk Catering | Calligraphy: Peach and Paperie | DJ: Bialeks Music | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: DAR Continental Memorial Hall | Accomodations: The Hay Adams | Alcohol: ACE Beverage | Beauty: Kristen C. Artistry | Bistro Lights: Sugarplum Tents | Doggy Sitting: Furever & Fur Always | Macarons: Sweet Hearts Patisserie | Rentals: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Select Event Group | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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Elegant Lake Como Wedding With Out Of This Word Space Details

It doesn’t get more glamorous than a wedding on Italy’s Lake Como. Filled with flowers in ivory, light peach, and hints of dark blue the day is brimming with endless elegance. However, what puts this romantic wedding a cut above the rest is the subtle nods to the groom’s job as an aerospace engineer. As a tribute to her future husband, who builds rockets for a living, our bride knew she wanted to weave a space theme into the wedding. With the help of the expert planning team at Happy Moments Collector, the day was filled with both class and intimate touches. Be on the lookout for space references throughout the day, like the seating map inviting guests to “Pick Their Mission.” Wedding mission patches were custom-designed by illustrator and the couple’s dear friend Masha Zurikova and then created by the company who makes mission patches for NASA. You’ll love every beautiful image from the ever-talented Masha Golub. Don’t miss the full gallery, it’s out of this world.

From the bride… Both my husband and I grew up by the water and love the serenity of the mountains, so when we started planning our wedding, the choice of a location to be Lake Como was natural. What other place combines better historic charm, a relaxed yet classy atmosphere, and a perfect combination of breathtaking panoramic views?

Villa Aura became our home for the most memorable 3 days of our lives and we still remember the sweeping views from our bridal suite, the smell of a honeysuckle in the garden, and the laughter of our friends on the pier. Having the Villa to ourselves allowed us to plan all the other activities around it for the days before and after the wedding.

Before cutting the cake, we surprised our guests with an outfit change and a groovy swing to “Dancing in the Moonlight.” And of course, the night unfolded with more and more dancing. Happy Moments Collectors helped us cover the dance floor with string lights overhead, it made everything look like a fairytale. Overall, the most frequent description of our wedding that we heard from our friends and families was that it was all magical.

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Photography: Masha Golub | Cinematography: OatStudio | Event Planning: Happy Moments Collector | Wedding Dress: Mila Nova Bridal | Band: B.I.T. Band and Mary Loscerbo | Tuxedo: Lanvin | Wedding Venue: Villa Aura Del Lago | Illustrator: Cotton Lifestyles | Make-up & Hair: Lidija Malinovskaia

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After The Rain Comes The Sun At This Lake Como Wedding

Emily and Aury had their hearts set on an outdoor garden wedding in Italy. While a morning thunderstorm rained on Lake Como, expert planning team Happy Moments Collector decided to take a risk and work with Sunlake Catering and Haute Couture Flower to wait out the storm. The team of talented vendors was able to arrange everything without a hitch despite the earlier downpour. Nastia Vesna and Maksim Gladky captured every unbelievable detail of this wedding day that beat the odds in their artful imagery. You’ll be sure to enjoy lots of sunshine and magical moments in the full gallery.

From the bride… My hubby and I are from Melbourne, Australia so traveling to Lake Como for our wedding with 100 of our closest friends and family was always going to be special. Working with Anastasia, Daria and the rest of the team at Happy Moments Collector made the entire experience totally stress-free. They are so professional and have great taste – from the very beginning I knew I was in good hands.

The day itself was filled with so much love, laughter, and happiness. It rained on the morning of the wedding but we didn’t care! We pushed the ceremony back by an hour, downed an extra glass of bubbles, and eventually it cleared. Everything was perfect.

I know it’s cliche calling your wedding the “best day of your life” but that’s exactly what it was. It was perfect, down to the last little detail! The stunning location, the florals, the band, the table, and the food! I honestly can’t thank our beautiful wedding planners enough.

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Photography: Nastia Vesna&Maksim Gladky | Cinematography: OatStudio | Event Planning: Happy Moments Collector | Floral Design: Haute Couture Flower | Wedding Dress: Berta | Stationary: Letter B | Catering: Sunlake Catering | Location: Villa Regina Teodolinda | Make-up & Hair: Tahlia Jayde | Music & Technical equipmnet: Blunotte Eventi

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Silk Florals Meet Designer Fashion With This Something Borrowed Blooms Collaboration!

Make a blooming statement with your wedding day florals! The WTOO Collection by Something Borrowed Blooms is silk florals-meets designer fashion, embodying the modernity and accessible luxury of the WTOO bridal wear brand. With a classic feel and neutral palette, this versatile collection will beautifully highlight your unique bridal style! But, it doesn’t skimp on the drama with its blossoming hand-tied bouquets of open rose varieties in soft creams and blush paired with white and pale peach orchids. Asymmetrical designs create an organic movement that heightens the romance and beauty of this entire collection — which even includes a pomander ball, aisle markers, and florals for furry friends in your wedding party!

Inspired by the modern bride, Something Borrowed Blooms strives to bring innovation to the forefront of the wedding industry by dreaming up new possibilities for their beloved brides-to-be! Innovation is also at the heart of WTOO by Watters’ mission — along with inclusivity and sisterhood! This collaboration is truly a match made in bridal heaven, bringing together two companies that are committed to exceeding the evolving needs of brides in the most gorgeous ways possible!

In addition to bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets, The WTOO Collection by Something Borrowed Blooms features a pale peach orchid boutonniere, accented with a touch of dried baby’s breath. And, nobody will be able to take their eyes off the lush centerpiece of cascading blooms (or you) on your special day! Your florals — just like the other details of your wedding — will be nothing short of gorgeous with the WTOO Collection! These ‘rent and return florals don’t just have a pretty face — they’re also revolutionary, sustainable, and budget-friendly! Whether you choose WTOO or another stunning collection for your wedding, your Something Borrowed Blooms will be beyond beautiful!

Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Floral Design: Something Borrowed Blooms

An A-to-Z Rundown on All the Celebration Events To Come Before the Wedding Day

That’s one of the wonderful things about weddings: it’s not just one day you have to look forward to – there are several exciting occasions and special days you’ll get to plan or just attend (ah, perks of being the guest of honor) over the course of your engagement. If you can allow yourself to enjoy every single one of them, and embrace being a bride as much as possible, you might not even have post-wedding blues once the ‘I Dos’ are all done. #BrideOut ✌️

You’re probably well aware of the traditional lead up events, such as an engagement party or bridal shower, but what about a couples shower? Or a bridal luncheon? Are those on your radar? If not, then consider this your go-to glossary for all wedding+ parties. Yes, we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, so celebrating in person won’t always be possible – but that’s okay, a lot of these events can be optimized as virtual experiences (and, actually, they might even be better that way). 

Given that the majority of you reading this were once fans of in-book magazine quizzes (and/or know your way around a Buzzfeed quiz REAL well), we thought it’d be fun to do one of our own. Circle the celebration or set of circumstances that you believe go along with the following special event explanations. We’ve included some Style Me Pretty Shop swag that best matches the vibe, too, so you’ll have some hints along the way.

Photo by Courtney Leigh

Oh! And have fun. That’s the point of these wedding festivities, after all. 

This event happens shortly after you’ve got a ring on your finger.

It can be hosted by your parents or even by you, if you and your partner want to dive into planning with a party to bring all of your people together first. Hint: these fete-worthy props are perf for the picture! 

A. Bridal shower
B. Engagement party
C. Bachelor/bachelorette party
D. None of the above

Who should be invited to your bridal shower?

A. Everyone you know
B. Just your (the bride’s) side of the family
C. Whoever’s not invited to the wedding
D. The bridal party, close family, and close friends


True or False:

A couple’s shower may take the place of a traditional females-only bridal shower or be added to the celebration timeline if you want to gather family, friends, coworkers, etc. for a complementary event that mixes crew members from both of your sides (and maybe even tests out a few cake flavors to determine a crowd favorite!). 

This event can happen one to four months before the wedding

It is usually hosted by the maid of honor and bridesmaids (although family members of the bride can absolutely be involved). It can be a single night, a long weekend, or even a 3 or 4-day trip to a destination location: the goal? One last fling before the [wedding] ring. Hint: these picks will ensure no one feels left out from all the fun!

A. Bachelorette party
B. Stock the bar party
C. Bridal luncheon
D. Ask-the-girls brunch 

A BLANK is a newer tradition in the wedding celebration timeline

Wherein the bride receives lingerie and pretty little things to wear/use in the bedroom. It’s usually hosted by the maid of honor and bridesmaids and happens (at most) a few weeks or days before the wedding (as the gifts are intended for the wedding night, honeymoon, and/or any night in the newlyweds’ first year). 


A. Bedroom bash
B. Lingerie shower
C. Sips and sexy fest 
D. Any of the above


True or False:

These gifts make wonderful tokens of gratitude for your best girls – they’ll love getting them at your bridal luncheon, the day or morning before your wedding.


Answers (doesn’t this look familiar?):

1. B.
2. D. (the guest list for the bridal shower is up to the host’s discretion, entirely, but it’s typically intimate and inclusive of the closest friends and family from both sides)
3. True
4. A.
5. B. (while the event is technically called a ‘Lingerie Shower or Party,’ the host can create a whole theme for it be it a boudoir bash or a sugar and spice soiree)
6. True

Whether you’ll be having them all or just a few before you say ‘I Do,’ you can bring some extra pretty to every one of your wedding celebration parties with items from our Style Me Pretty Shop

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This Bride And Her Father Built Their Own Custom Bar!

Pattern, color, and texture are the three most important wedding details in our book, so it’s no surprise we’re captivated by this wedding at The Greenbrier. Love is in the special touches like the custom wood reception bar the bride and her father built together. Morgan fell in love with a chinoiserie wallpaper pattern and knew she had to make it a part of her special day. To make things even more heartfelt her bridesmaid of Base Camp Printing Co. helped design the wedding invitation suite and menus all on handmade paper. Michelle Pauley, of The Sporting Club, helped seamlessly pull together all of the meaningful moments, while Shannon Moffit turned them into artful images to help the memories last a lifetime. The full gallery has even more magic.

From Shannon Moffit PhotographyMorgan and Paul are the type of couple you can’t help but love because of their infectious smiles and fun-loving personalities. The two hosted an intimate event for friends and family at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, part of The Greenbrier Resort, nestled in the mountains of West Virginia.

Morgan dazzled in a custom Vera Wang gown and bridesmaids wore assorted pastels, perfectly complementing the romantic and feminine vibe of the day. Later in the evening, Morgan surprised guests by changing into a sleek Galvan London gown.

From beginning to end the day beautifully celebrated the couple’s love. It was filled with tender moments and was a wonderful tribute to how special Morgan and Paul are.

Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Design: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Event Planning: The Greenbrier | Floral Design: Pam West | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Dress: Galvan London | Invitations: Base Camp Printing Co. | Invitations: Tono + Co | Ceremony Venue: The Lodge at the Greenbrier Sporting Club | Reception Venue: The Greenbrier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: Island Sound | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Wedding Venue: The Greenbrier | Beauty: The Greenbrier | Rentals: KCR Rental & Design

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Soulmates in the Summer at Stonefields Estate!

We’ve fallen for the lovely details of this styled shoot inspired by lavender blooms and a ‘forever-kind-of-love’ between real life couple, Alisabelle & Renelle. Champagne and Co transformed Stonefields Estate into a fantasyland of purple-hued romance and whimsy with Pollen Nation’s lush assortment of hand-picked florals. Not to mention the cutest champagne truck! Every big and small detail is not-to-be-missed in this stunning display — from the half moon ceremony arch, to Cody Calligraphy’s sea glass name tags, and Stor by Margot rings! Escape to the full gallery, gorgeously photographed by Rachael James, with videography by the talented Grey Loft Studio!

From Champagne & Co… When soulmates finally come together, the magic is felt through the air. This editorial was inspired by lavender blooms and long-lasting love. Thoughtfully designed by Champagne and Co at the stunning Stonefields Estate in Carleton Place, Ontario. Floral installations flowing off a mobile champagne truck is the perfect spot to cheers to forever. The champagne truck is owned and rented by Champagne and Co and was the focal point of this shoot. This elopement for two will give you the floral dreams you’ve been searching for and the love you’ve been longing for. Rachael James Photography and Grey Loft Video were both there to beautifully capture all the special moments between real life couple Alisabelle Lafrance and Renelle Savoie.

An assortment of florals hand picked by We are Pollen Nation gave a wide variety of shades of purple. A bountiful amount of babies breath with gorgeous lush large blooms that were artfully placed and organic looking. Blooms like phaleopsis orchids, garden roses, stock, cherry blossom, clematis, peonies, lisianthus, lilac, sweet pea, purple alium, smokebush, quicksand roses, majolica roses, smilax and nagi were incorporated into unique floral pieces. Katherine, owner of We are Pollen Nation, and her team demonstrated an enormous amount of talent when creating a flowing floral piece off the champagne truck, a climbing floral piece in the Stonefields Estate wedding chapel, and a half moon arch for the outdoor ceremony. All beautifully created pieces are shown through the gallery, you won’t want to miss it.

Our brides were styled by the hair and makeup guru Marc-Andre and wedding gown specially chosen from Love and Lee Bridal located in Cornwall, Ontario. Gown shown is Keegan by Lis Simon in oyster and suit shown by Zara. A crisp white suit beside our 1982 Piaggio Ape truck was pure elegance.

Stunning calligraphy by Cody Calligraphy located in Kingston, Ontario was demonstrated through crafted stationery, sea glass name tags, and hand written signage. The colour of Stor by Margot rings against the stationery was to die for.

An intimate picnic for two included Moet and Chandon and cake from Batter Up Bakery. We wanted an elegant set up for two with beautiful florals flowing around the tablescape. Silver elements were incorporated into the cake to tie in with the champagne truck taps.

True love is shown through every picture. Something genuine that many look for their entire lives. These two were lucky enough to have found it in each other.

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Photography: Rachael James Photography | Videography: Grey Loft Studio | Event Planning: Champagne & Co | Florals: Pollen Nation | Invitations: Cody Calligraphy | Rings: Stor by Margot | Hair and Makeup: Hair by Marc-Andre | Suit: Zara | Venue: The Design Co. | Bridal Shoppe: Love and Lee Bridal | Champagne: Moet | Champagne Truck: Champagne & Co | Models: Alisabelle Lafrance | Models: Renelle Savoie | Rentals: Signed by CT | Rentals: Burgundy Barrel | Robes: Never Knew I Needed It

Classic Virginia Spring Wedding At The Clifton Inn

Wanting to mirror the aesthetic of a spring day, Shelby and Scott’s wedding was equal parts romantic and classic. Set in the Virginia countryside with lots of greenery, neutral blooms, and charming garden touches Sophie Felts Floral Design helped bring their wedding dreams to life. Shelby and Scott spent a great deal of time focusing on the details, and enlisted Social Graces Weddings to help them fill the day with intimate and thoughtful touches. From their custom monogram incorporated throughout various elements of the wedding, from the wax seal on the escort board to poolside pillows, to the inclusion of their newly adopted Shih Tzu, Gigi, every detail was thoughtfully curated. The love and happiness of the day shine in the artful imagery by Sidney Leigh Photography. You’ll find even more meaningful moments in the full gallery.

From Sidney Leigh PhotographyShelby and Scott met at work where Scott claimed, “love at first sight.” Although it took a little time and persistence before the two became official, they soon became inseparable. Scott proposed during dinner at The Inn at Little Washington on January 25th, 2020 a very special location to Shelby and her family as her grandparents used to frequent this remarkable place.

Charlottesville, Virginia was always a favorite destination for Shelby and Scott while living in the DC area. The rolling countryside, beautiful wineries, pristine golf courses, and charming downtown perfectly captured the vision for the wedding weekend festivities. The Clifton embodied all the characteristics that Shelby and Scott were looking for as a backdrop for their celebration. The history of the estate coupled with scenic mountain views and intimate accommodations for their immediate family and friends made their selection of the venue effortless.

The one facet of the wedding day that couldn’t be planned for was the weather, and although the rain started falling about 20 minutes before the outdoor ceremony started, both Shelby and Scott agreed that it was incredibly special to watch everyone come together to celebrate with them all the same. All in all, every inch of this Charlottesville wedding day was customized to perfectly fit Shelby and Scott as a couple, and even with the rain, it could not have been a more beautiful wedding day!

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Photography: Sidney Leigh Photography | Cinematography: Arden Film Co. | Coordination: Social Graces | Event Design: Skyline Tent Company | Event Planning: Social Graces | Floral Design: Sophie Felts Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Miss Hayley Paige | Invitations: Whimsy B Paperie | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: David Yurman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revelry | Catering: The Clifton Inn | Calligraphy: GloryCo | DJ: Sam Hill Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Albemarle Vintage Limousines | Venue: The Clifton | Acrylic Signage: Mulberry Market Designs | Beauty: Avenue 42 | Bridal Shop: Love Couture Bridal | Cigar Roller: Cortez Cigars | Live Painter: Celebration Paintings | Quartet: Melodious Strings | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Welcome Boxes: The Tradition Begins

Intimate Destination Wedding in Santorini for an International Couple

Amid COVID restrictions, cancelled plans and families in different countries – the bride was able to plan their dream wedding weekend on the beautiful island of Santorini in just three short months!! With just a few of their nearest and dearest, today’s darling couple tied the knot surrounded by sparkling views of the Aegean sea, made even more beautiful by Betty Flowers Santorini’s floral creations. Our favorite part? The bride’s sister collected well wishes from their original wedding guests to gift to the couple on their wedding day as a sweet surprise. Don’t leave before seeing all the beauty of the full gallery – captured to perfection by Elias Kordelakos!

From The Bride… Lars and I met at a hostel backpacking in Thailand in August 2016, shortly after I’d graduated from law school and taken the bar exam and before Lars began his last semester of graduate school. Lars was from the Netherlands, and I was from the United States. Our meeting was the most improbable of circumstances. What followed was perhaps even less probable. The night I met Lars was the last night traveling with a close friend, before I was to begin 6 weeks of solo travel. Instead, Lars and I — realizing we planned to head in same direction — decided to travel together. And so we did, throughout Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, falling in love along the way. A month later, Lars traveled to New York City for the first time and enjoyed his first Thanksgiving with my family and friends. For New Years, I flew to the Netherlands to meet all of his loved ones. For three years, we visited one another as often as possible and continued to explore the world together. Finally, in August 2019, Lars was able to relocate to the US.

He proposed on a ski weekend in Killington, Vermont in February 2020. By the end of February 2020, we’d secured our dream venue of Son Marroig in Mallorca, Spain for June 19, 2021. Because half of our guests would be European and half would be American, our wedding was always going to be a destination wedding. Mallorca was the last place we’d traveled to prior to Lars’s relocation to the US, and we were absolutely in love with it. We booked our band, our DJ, our planner, our venue, and our catering. We held out hope that the 100 person wedding of our dreams would be possible in June 2021, even if it was a smaller affair than initially contemplated.

Like so many dealing with the stress of wedding planning in COVID, we hoped for the best but prepared ourselves for the reality of our situation — a situation further complicated by wanting to be sensitive to the differences in vaccination rates, vaccination access, travel restrictions, and event restrictions across multiple countries.

In March, we realized that the wedding we’d originally planned was not possible. While vaccinations were becoming more widely available in the US, the situation was not as optimistic in much of Europe — and Spain had not even announced plans to reopen to American visitors.

The question became: What do we really care about? And what plan can we come up with to still get us there?

The answer to the first question was astonishingly simple — to have a beautiful, really personalized celebration of our love with the people who matter the absolute most to us — our families. At that point, because of travel restrictions, we hadn’t been together with Lars’s family since before the pandemic began. And our entire immediate families had never been together.

Resolving the second question was a lot more difficult. We wanted to still celebrate near our original June 2021 date. But his family from the Netherlands was not allowed into the US. My family from the US was not allowed into the Netherlands or Spain. Then Greece announced it was reopening.

With all the sunk costs of our first wedding plan and with Lars’s support and faith in my planning abilities, I set out to plan our Greek wedding myself in three months. Within two weeks, we had secured our dream wedding photographer (Elias is the warmest and most talented photographer, and he was an immense help with the timeline of our wedding day) and two venues for our celebrations. Using the magic of Instagram, Google, and wedding blogs, I found wonderful hair and makeup artists in Santorini, an incredibly talented singer/guitarist (Louis Vlahakis), a beautiful floral design team who I trusted COMPLETELY with my ideas (Betty Flowers Santorini), transfer services (for family and for just Lars and I), chair rentals and glasses/cutlery/plates (Spicy Bites), and table and lighting rentals (Weddings & Whimsy). Planning and coordinating from overseas was not always the easiest, but our team of vendors was everything I could have hoped for.

I ordered custom napkins/runners from a shop on Etsy and a custom white tablecloth from another shop I found online. We created our own thank you cards/notes from templates we downloaded off Etsy, and we created the place cards, the “Thank you” note for each dinner plate, and the wedding program from templates on Minted. We flew over to Greece with these items and provided them to various vendors the day before our wedding.

The night before the wedding we had dinner and drinks with a live guitarist on the terrace of the suites we had rented out at Fanari Villas. Fanari also catered. Jay Calpin from “FRESH” flew from Mallorca and performed — he would have originally been part of our wedding in Spain. We had the most amazing night and our families instantly clicked. Lars’s mom, Jolanda, read a poem that she had written for us in Dutch, and provided us all with an English translation to follow along.

On the wedding day, we had breakfast together and then separated to get ready. We both wrote our own vows and finished transcribing them into our vow book that day. As a surprise to our families, Lars and I had both written personalized notes to each member of our family. We gave them out one-by-one after we were ready.

My mom had lent me her pearl ring — an old gift from my dad — surrounded by sapphires for my something borrowed/something blue. I also had an old brooch from my great grandmother that was attached to my bridal bouquet.

I walked down the aisle, escorted by both of my parents, to “Hold My Girl” by George Ezra (singing and acoustic guitar by Louis Vlahakis). The ceremony was on the same terrace that we had our welcome dinner the previous night. My sister officiated and made the ceremony so personalized. Lars and I each shared our own vows, and we walked out to Louis Vlahakis performing “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence and the Machine. The group had a toast at Fanari Villas before we took our cars over to El Viento for our reception.

El Viento is this amazing new (I think it opened in 2019??) venue in a different town on the island of Santorini. We walked in to “500 Miles.” Louis Vlahakis had learned our favorite song — “Grow Old with Me” by Tom Odell — for our first dance, which we had as the sun set behind us. Lars danced with his mom, while I simultaneously danced with my dad to “Home” by Phillip Phllips.

After dinner, my dad gave a speech, followed by a speech by Lars’s two brothers.

My sister then surprised us with a huge collection of well wishes from most of our original wedding guests! She had worked with Lars’s family to send out letters to all of our original wedding guests asking them to share some well wishes and advice, knowing how much it would have meant to us to be able to celebrate with them all. She provided them all with cards with stamped return envelopes, and Lars’s family brought theirs from the Netherlands and my sister carried the ones she received from the US. It was the sweetest surprise!!

The next day we had chartered a private catamaran for a 5 hr trip with delicious Greek wine and grilling.

It was the best three days of our lives. And, while it was not the wedding we had initially imagined, it ended up being better than we could have ever hoped for. We have never been so happy in our lives. And our families got to spend more time together than they otherwise ever would have been able to. It was perfect. The pandemic had a way of putting things into perspective. We’re grateful for that.

Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: PetranArt Santorini | Ceremony Venue: Fanari Villas | Reception Venue: El Viento | Catering: PetranArt Santorini | DJ: Louis Vlahakis | DJ: Jay Calpin | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Beauty: Marianna Nomikou | Beauty: Renia Bledaki | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Fanari Villas | Rentals: Spicy Bites | Rentals: Weddings & Whimsy