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A Legacy of Love: 3 Generations, 1 Gorgeous Wedding Gown

This sweet legacy of love, starring one very classic wedding dress, is sure to pull at your heart. Ever since a young age, Michelle dreamt of wearing her grandmother’s wedding dress, also worn by her mother. On this beautiful fall day, her dreams came true. Simple Little Details planned this affair to perfection while incorporating the prettiest dose of something blue. Butterfly Floral created flower magic with soft arrangements, effortlessly matching the sophistication of the day. Molly Lichten Photography captured every romantic moment, so browse through the full gallery to feel the love!

From Molly Lichten Photography… Ever since a young age, Michelle dreamt of one day wearing her grandmother’s wedding dress, also worn by her mother. Thus, when Michelle got engaged to Jeremiah, she had a clear vision to wear the most beautiful, classic, and sophisticated wedding dress worn by the most beautiful women in her life, and so she did. She immediately met with her grandmother, who had taken extreme care of its intricate lace and had it restored over the years secretly hoping one of her granddaughters would want to wear it years later. Michelle shares, “I slipped on the delicate dress and buttoned it up. It fit like a glove. It was perfect—almost meant to be! My grandmother, mother, twin sister, and I stood there in awe and took in an emotional moment together.”

Her Grandmother, Queenie, also endearingly known as “Grammy,” reminisced of her experience picking out that beautiful dress 68 years earlier for her own marriage to Harold. It was the summer of 1952 and she had first seen it on the cover of Modern Bride Magazine’s summer issue. She knew she simply had to have it. There was only one problem: she had been given a budget of $100 and the dress was $150. She smiled remembering how her sweet mother-in-law generously and happily offered to pay the remaining balance. And so the rest was history. When asked how she felt seeing Michelle in her wedding dress Grammy endearingly responded, “I was honored. It fit her so perfectly. She didn’t have to move one button. When I saw her, I had flashbacks to when I got married almost 70 years ago.”

Being able to wear her grandmother’s and mother’s wedding dress was a dream not only because it is a gorgeous vintage gown, but because of what it represented: the culmination of over 100 years of commitment and Christ-centered love. Michelle shares, “It represents following in the footsteps of two of the most beautiful and Godly women I know and confidently stepping into a commitment of my own, knowing with certainty that they had paved the way for me. It represented the pride I feel to know them and to love them.”

Michelle and Jeremiah wed on Oct. 10, 2020. Michelle looked exquisite in the gown. “Planning a wedding in the midst of a global pandemic is challenging,” shares Christine, with Simple Little Details. “All 2020 weddings had to be reimagined to follow strict Covid-protocols. Michelle and Jay’s wedding highlights what truly matters: enduring love through life’s challenges. It was our honor to be a part of this extraordinary day. Coordinating the three-generation photo will always be a highlight as this was an extremely special and emotional moment, profoundly reminding us all that love is all we need.” Maybe, just maybe, the dress will be worn again by a daughter or granddaughter one day.

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Photography: Molly Lichten Photography | Videography: Amari Productions | Floral Design: Butterfly Floral | Cake: Fantasy Frostings | Invitations: Painted by Pippa | Ceremony Venue: Private Estate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Catering: The Spot Gourmet | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Beauty: French Twist | Engagement Ring Designer: With Clarity | Hairpiece: Panache Bridal | Planning: Simple Little Details

What To Consider When Determining Your Wedding Floral Design

Florals? For a Spring wedding? (We all know where this is going)… groundbreaking. But what blooms are actually “in season” in Spring? Will they work well with your color palette? What about the venue? When it comes to choosing the right flowers for your Big Day, there are many things you should consider. Time to get out that note pad and listen up, friends! Below, we’re walking you through the most important things to keep in mind when determining your wedding floral design. 

For more info, advice and tips on all things flowers – check out our ultimate floral guide on Amazon or our SMP Shop

Photography by Angela Newton Roy Photography | Floral Design by Wild Green Yonder

Seasonal Availability

Flowers are a living art form, subject to the limitations and miracles of the changing seasons. Seasonality determines so much of what is possible in the floral design process, from types of blooms available, to the overall feeling and mood of seasonally-driven designs. Think of how light and effervescent spring cherry blossoms feel, compared to the golden warmth of fall foliage. When designers speak of seasonality, they are referring to much more than which flowers are available at a given time—they’re interested in the feelings, ideas, and colors associated that season. You know those vibes that just overtake you during pumpkin spice season? That’s exactly what we’re talking about – it goes way beyond what’s just in your coffee cup, to encompass an entire mood.  

Photo by Julia Kaptelova Photography | Floral Design by Pedro Navarro

Venue

When you daydream about your wedding florals, you likely picture them as part of an entire scene. Maybe you imagine a vineyard dinner with olive and rosemary table runners, or instead think of flowers framing the entrance to a grand estate venue. Regardless of the details, your venue and your flowers are very much linked. 

Venue will determine the entire scope of your florals: how many arrangements are needed (and at what size), and if you’d like any installations and where, but it will also influence the entire look and feel of the day. Because everything should flow from one element to another, the style of venue and florals should compliment each other, not contrast or compete with one another. 

Photo by Sophie Epton Photography | Floral Design by Remi and Gold

Color Palette

There’s no doubt about it: colors have emotional power. While soft neutrals leave us feeling balanced and light, deep jewel tones give us a sense of warmth and intimacy. Because of this, your wedding color palette will tell guests the overall mood of the day. Florals will not only be guided by that, they’ll simply  bring life to it! Through movement, composition, and texture, floral arrangements add a depth to your palette that cannot be achieved any other way. 

Photo by Stephanie Gan Photography | Floral by Laura’s Floras

Keep in mind that floral colors aren’t straightforward – the amount of pinks alone that a floral designer has access to is unreal and unbelievably liberating. For example, a Distant Drums rose is apricot at the center with pale pink edges, but over time it fades to mauve. These kinds of complex (or mature) colors can be used to your advantage, expressing painterly and nuanced palettes.

Photo by Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design by Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design

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Scenic Oceanview Backyard Wedding With Bold Pops Of Color

This intimate backyard wedding is one for the books. With breathtaking oceanfront views and plenty of style, In the Details planned a day that brought our couple’s wedding dreams to life. From the waterfront ceremony to the reception table covered in bold blooms, bright and beautiful pops of color led the floral design by Isari Floral Studio. Every magical moment was beautifully captured in the imagery by Babsie Ly. Find yourself in the middle of all the fun in the full gallery.




From Babsie LyMarina and Evan envisioned an intimate, backyard wedding surrounded by vibrant florals and oceanfront views. After rescheduling due to the pandemic, they were able to finally celebrate this Summer with their closest family and friends with the most breathtaking views of Southern California.



The bride wore a Sarah Seven dress paired with a unique cape that moved effortlessly with the ocean breeze. Isari Floral Studio created a lush and colorful floral design for the ceremony setup along with a matching bouquet.



This private residence had a gazebo overlooking the ocean and created the most amazing backdrop for the beautiful couple’s epic day. In the end, it was wedding magic at its finest.



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Photography: Babsie Ly | Cinematography: Vera Rose Films | Event Planning: In the Details | Floral Design: Isari Flower Studio + Event Design | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Catering: Miho Catering | DJ: The Run MC | Beauty: Beauty By Stacey | Location: Private Resident Home | Rentals: More Rentals

Fashion Forward Wedding Inspiration That Marries Modern Aesthetics With French Femininity

Bold details, burlesque entertainers and balloon sleeves – yup, you read that right! Today’s inspiration at Domaine des Halles from Dorothee Le Goater Events is sure to blow you away. Kahina Events created effortlessly beautiful arrangements infused with French femininity, while the bride stunned in multiple jaw-dropping gowns from Metal Flaque Paris. Lucky for us, every can’t-miss detail was captured by Andreas K. Georgiou, leaving us with a full gallery of pretty to be inspired by for weeks to come.

From Dorothee Le Goater EventsWhen they approached Dorothée Le Goater Events agency, Xin and Daniel had only one thing in mind: to create an event with visual and emotional impact for their guests. Visually, through a bold, unexpected, colorful, and sophisticated design. Emotionally, by creating an immersive experience with the presence of burlesques artists to entertain their guests.

Their experience at Domaine des Halles was spread over several days. The first day was dedicated to a chic and surprising garden party. X&D is not a couple like everyone else, that’s why, we worked closely with Benjamin from Discotecnik agency on a personalized scenography: the couple would make their entrance at their cocktail party surrounded by burlesque dancers inspired by the French cancan tradition. The tone was set for an unexpected weekend!

When it came to decorating the tables for this garden party, we needed to find ideas that would live up to the couple’s bold and sophisticated vision. So, we made our selection of plates from a very high-end and avant-garde French brand, Bernardaud. We were sure to find a table setting that had not been seen before.

The weekend continued on the second day with a romantic end-of-day ceremony in front of the gorgeous castle facade, then guests were treated to an al fresco dinner. Thinking about the signature style of their wedding reception, we came up with the idea of a dinner inspired by the modern nobles Art de vivre”, whose elegance would be the perfect mix of modern aesthetics and feminine look. That’s why, for the head table, we opted for a tablecloth that would make a statement, like a work of art. It would be the starting point of the table decoration. In our vision, this tablecloth could only be floral, colorful and sophisticated, reflecting the confident personality of our clients. The plates and cutlery were deliberately chosen to be understated to highlight the patterned tablecloth that sets the tone for the entire design.

To complete the design, we asked the florist to create a floral cloud that would float above the guests, enveloping them in a timeless French atmosphere. For the other guests, we opted for square tables to facilitate discussions. We played on the design by using the color palette and patterns of the head table to promote visual harmony with the head table.

For her fashion and beauty looks, Xin made a cutting-edge selection. All of her dresses are from the fashion-forward Metal Flaque store in Paris. She dared a short dress with big balloon sleeves for her garden party look and a structured dress in fine, elegant lace to say “oui” to l’amour the next day. Xin and Daniel dreamed of a celebration outside the traditional wedding codes, the team created for them an incredible atmosphere in which the guests could enjoy dancing and toasting until the early morning.

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Photography: Andreas K. Georgiou | Videographer: Kiss in south of France | Floral Design: Kahina Events | Wedding Cake: Made In Cake | Invitations: Atelier Preszburger | Catering: C Gastronomie | Make up & Hair: Fanny Wong beauty | Wedding Venue: Domaine des Halles | Art direction, Design & Planning: Dorothée Le Goater Events | Bridal Gowns: Metal Flaque Paris | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Champagne: Louis Roederer | Champagne bar: Dorothée Le Goater Events | Furniture Rentals: Velvet Rendez Vous | Groom's green suite: Samson sur mesure | Groom's white Tuxedo: De Fursac | Live Entertainments & Pro Audio Furniture: Selecktive Official | Rentals: Options | Table Design: Dorothée Le Goater Events | Tableware: Bernardaud

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A Sophisticated Fall Love Affair at The Lakehouse

Ladies and gents, we may have just found our new favorite Tennessee venue! Clean white lines, a romantic courtyard, and views of a pristine, sparkling lake – the potential for stunning events from Summer to Spring at The Lakehouse is truly endless. The talented team at Stacia Powers Events alongside Wither and Bloom Designs joined forces in creating a classic editorial, brimming with romantic autumn hues. To see all the pretty details, including a knockout Monique Lhuillier number, head on over to the full gallery – captured to perfection by McSween Photography!

From McSween Photography… We loved being a part of this gorgeous editorial in East Tennessee. Situated on Boone Lake just outside of Johnson City, TN is a beautiful new Event Venue called The Lakehouse. We partnered with Stacia Powers Events to bring a gorgeous classic fall editorial to life at The Lakehouse.

We love the clean white lines and stepping stones embedded in the grass in the courtyard that is just above a gorgeous view overlooking the lake. Our models donned a classic look of black tie and a long sleeve Monique Lhuillier gown, perfect for fall! Our color palette is a very classic soft feel with nods of darker burgundy to tie in the fall. A beautiful classic editorial honoring a sophisticated fall love affair.

From the Planner Stacia Powers Events… There’s something so magical about a waterfront wedding. The picturesque Lake House was the perfect place to stage an editorial shoot. Stacia Powers Events dreamed up a day immersed in delicate and romantic blooms, filled with details that perfectly encompassed the romance of what East Tennessee has to offer. From the elegant tablescape and the bride’s intricate long sleeve dress to the ceremony backdrop, this shoot is nothing short of stunning.

Event Planning: Stacia Powers Events | Florist: Wither and Bloom | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Petite Sweets | Jewelry: Enix Jewelers | Makeup Artist: Makeup By Leann | Hair Stylist: Jessicas Updos | Men's Attire: Regal Tuxedo | Venue: The Lakehouse | Wedding Venue: The Lakehouse | Boutique for Veil and Earrings: La Jeune Mariee | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Paper Goods: Inquisited | Photog: McSween Photography | Rentals: All Occasion Party Rentals

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Put Your Love Story on Display with Printique’s Bespoke Wedding Photo Albums!

Your wedding pictures tell more than just a thousand words — they tell the first chapter of your forever! Capture and cherish your love story with a wedding photo album that is true to you and your partner. Printique offers the highest quality, customizable photo albums that beautifully depict your wedding day and highlight all the magical moments that you’ll want to remember always. With old-world printing techniques, your Printique wedding album will be a beloved, bespoke keepsake, made to be as lasting as your love!

With Pritique’s online software and plethora of design templates, it has never been easier to create a wedding album that spotlights the love you share with your S.O. AND the top-notch style of your special day — whether it’s modern minimalist, timeless elegance, or anything in between. For couples who like to be truly one-of-a-kind, Printique also offers the option to seamlessly build a unique photo album template from scratch. But, if you do get stuck on the ‘journey,’ Printique will be there to guide you every step of the way! With so many gorgeous albums and customization options, the hardest part is choosing your favorites!

Once you’ve solidified your design, select your cover, size, and paper to create a wedding album that is tailor-made to your love!  Whether you believe ‘good things come in small packages or your motto is ‘go big or go home,’ Printique offers 10 album sizes that range from 6”x6” to 12”x15”. Opt for an exterior that matches you and your spouse’s distinct style with Printique’s fine selection of cover materials: Leather (metallic or rugged), Faux Leather, Hardcover, and Metal. You can even customize your paper with the choice between 8 paper qualities (Luster and SIlk are the most popular!) and a Classic or Contemporary Slim page thickness.

Like us at SMP, Printique is all about the ‘pretty little details!’ and with each wedding album, you have the option to add debossing and gilding! Once you’ve put the finishing touches on your treasured keepsake, it will be delivered to you with love in its own archival box. So, get ready to put your love story on display with Printique and relive all of your beautiful, bursting-with-love wedding memories for all the years to come!

Photo Album: Printique

Romance In Vogue At This Magical Wedding Inspiration In The Mountains

Welcome to wedding magic in the mountains of Park City, Utah. East Made Co. designed a day that’s every romantic’s dream come true, with soft pink touches, flowy fabrics, and an ethereal aesthetic we can’t get enough of. Lush blooms by Le Bloomerie create fashionable floral art that tells a tale of true love. The beauty of the day shines in the elegant imagery by Lost Coast Photography. Visit the full gallery for a closer look at every artful detail.




From Lost Coast PhotographyA mountain romance comes to life, with not one, but two stunning Marchesa gowns set against the backdrop of Park City, Utah. Creating wedding inspiration that’s a must-see for the modern bride.



Show-stopping fashion and elevated styling with East Made Co. made this editorial hosted by Julie Paisley, truly romance in vogue. What was captured is dreamy movement with an elegant bridal feel.



Inspiration was drawn from the mountain landscape, local foliage, and the way soft fabric moves in the breeze to create stunning imagery that will evoke true feelings and emotions. A true romantic’s dream.




Photography: Lost Coast Photography | Cinematography: Saltrock Studios | Event Design: East Made Co | Floral Design: Le Bloomerie | Wedding Dress: Marchesa Fashion | Cake: Ballerina Baker | Invitations: Isadore Augustine | Backdrop: Ultra Violet Backdrops | Beauty: Caitlyn Meyer MUA | Conference: The Hybrid Co | Host: Julie Paisley | Linen: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Location: 4U Ranch | Model: Paityn Chynoweth | Model: Kayden Hoss | Surfaces & Ribbon: Locust Collection | Tabletop: Wild Event Studio | Weddings Rings: Victor Barbone Jewelry

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Super Chic Modern Romantic California Wedding

This modern, romantic California wedding will sweep you off your feet. With a black and white color palette and tons of fresh greenery, Mad Love Events planned a day that brought our couple’s wedding dreams to life. Sweet and Lovely filled the ceremony with lush white blooms, and added intrigue to the reception with accents of bright fruit, and the result is every contemporary design lovers dream. All of the magical moments were artfully captured in the imagery by Anya Kernes Photography, you can see them all in the full gallery.




From the bride… We wanted a wedding where we could look back and not regret a single decision. We wanted a timeless wedding so we stuck to neutral colors so we selected black, white, gold accents, and greenery as our color palette.



For floral arrangements, I wanted peonies, white garden roses and tons of greenery. With the reception being indoors, I wanted to feel romantic and intimate so Roxy from Sweet and Lovely was able to install greenery hanging down on top of the tables. We had tons of taper and small votive candles all around to help with the intimate feeling.




The one thing I always remember most about weddings is the small details that are unique to the couple so I wanted to bring that to our wedding. We created fun fact napkins with a different fact about us on each napkin and found ways to incorporate things we love such as bubble tea and In and Out. We knew our friends would love those after all the dancing and drinking!



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Photography: Anya Kernes Photography | Cinematography: Boffo Video | Event Planning: Mad Love Events | Floral Design: Roxy Davis | Invitations: Minted | Stationery: Nutmegaroo™ Design Studio | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: RoomForty | Catering: Pharmacie | DJ: Tony | Groom's Suit: Indochino | Wedding Venue: The Harper | Beauty: Kohnur | Bridal Store: The Dress Theory | Bride's Reception Dress: Sarah Seven | Bubble Tea: Ding Tea Garden Grove | Cake & Dessert: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Classic Porsche Rental: Seaside Classics | DJ Equipment: DJ Tempoe | Engagement Ring Designer: LT Denny | Gown Designer: Galia Lahav | Groom's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Late Night Snack: In-N-Out Burger | Lounge Seating: Found Rentals | Macarons: Macadons | Marquee Lights: Lights for Nights | Musician: Moses Lin | Napkins: Eloquence Ink | Photobooth: Pixster Photo Booth | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents | Styling Ceramics: Simple Things Ceramics | Styling Surface: Locust Collection | Sugar Cookies: SoEn Cookie Gram | Table Runners: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Welcome Sign & Seating Chart: Creative Amme

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Autumn Wedding Inspiration In The Mountains of Utah

Autumn colors perfectly painted the mountains of Utah in this fall wedding day editorial. The colorful foliage was the perfect backdrop for a bold tablescape of overflowing blooms designed by Shean Strong. A mix of sun-kissed joy and emotions can be felt when scrolling through the stunning imagery by Megan Kay Photography. This dreamy, mesmerizing inspiration is for every autumn bride to behold, see it all in the full gallery.




From Megan Kay PhotographyA floral covered arch in an autumnal color palette made for the perfect backdrop for our ceremony. Ending their nuptials, the bride and groom romantically posed in the mountains surrounding the High West Distillery at the Lodge at Blue Sky.



The colorful leaves paired well with florist Shean Strong’s dynamic floral palette, made up of a range of unique varieties. The al fresco reception was the perfect mix of elegance and organic touches.




High West Distillery is known for its Whiskey. Our couple toasted to a beautiful day and new beginnings with Old Fashions in the distillery’s beautiful signature glassware. It was a magical day to behold in the mountains.



Photography: Megan Kay Photography | Floral Design: Shean Strong Design | Cake: Sweet Cravings Marcia Hill | Invitations: Alisha Crossley Photography | Reception Venue: High West Distillery | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Amanda | Bourbon: High West Distillery | Bridal Gown: Martina Liana | Bridal Model: Jasmyn Gina Smith | Dress Boutique: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique | Earrings: Brackish | Groom Model: Kayden Hossfield | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Hair & Make Up: KC Witkamp | Handmade Deckled Paper: Paper Journeys Shop | Lipstick: Gucci | Perfume: Hermes | Rentals: Wild Event Studio | Ribbon: Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Shoot Host: Alisha Crossley Photography

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A Glamorous Ibiza Wedding With Out of This World Views

A couple with a love story that’s sure to inspire, breathtaking views of the Balearic Islands, and a dress that will leave you head over heels – these are just a few of the many can’t miss moments from today’s glamorous Ibiza wedding day. Eventoile planned their day to perfection while Bonphotage was behind the lens, capturing every last swoon-worthy detail. It came to no surprise when we found out Siloh Floral was responsible for the epic floral design, dripping in blush pink orchids. Don’t forget to check out the full gallery of inspo before you go and prepare to pin all your fave pics!

From the Bride… A mutual friend had suggested that Hunter and I meet one another after we both found ourselves single. So Hunter looked me up on Instagram and proceeded to tag me in a photo of himself having the time of his life out in NYC. His whimsical move worked, because I said yes to a date with a guy I knew literally nothing about.
I was really nervous about the blind date, and almost every one of my friends said the same thing to me: ‘It’s not like you’re going to marry the guy. Just go have fun.’ 

Well, they were right about one part! It has been nothing but fun with Hunter – my friends call him Funter – from the day we met a little over four years ago. And it’s his easygoing, thoughtful, problem-solving attitude that made destination wedding planning through a world pandemic not just manageable, but also really entertaining and fulfilling.
I never imagined I’d say this, but: thank goodness for social media and low expectations. Life has a way of surprising you in the best possible ways when it’s your time. And our wedding truly was a testament to the time of our lives ahead!

We like to think of ourselves as an unexpected pairing, because while we could not be more different, we really complement one another. And so, we wanted to bring that same unexpected vibe – by way of pairing contrasting but complementary elements – to our wedding experience.

We chose Ibiza, because we wanted to throw a truly epic party for our closest family and friends after the big, traditional Indian wedding my parents had hosted a month prior. That being said, we knew there was so much more to the White Island than the party scene. We wanted to share the beauty, magnetism and nature of the island with our guests, undoubtedly mixed in with the most memorable nights out!

Our venues, Hacienda Na Xamena and 7Pines, could not have been more mind blowing. The amphitheater at Na Xamena where we exchanged vows made us and all our guests feel like we were sitting on top of the waters; and we had the most stunning views of the mystical Es Vedra during our reception at 7Pines. People came to Ibiza expecting a beach wedding, and we wanted to give them the beauty of the Balearic Sea in an entirely different way.

I fell in love with Galia Lahav and her sexy wedding dress silhouettes after seeing so many gowns that made me feel like an imposter. Of course I chose the very first gown I tried on – the Maya gown – because it is daring without ever sacrificing style and sophistication. I wanted to be true to who I am, on my wedding day – a woman who likes to push boundaries but is also in love with love and traditions. Because I was wearing a sexy, sheer gown, I knew I wanted our photos to be incredibly classy and soft. I didn’t want to lose the romanticism of the day and what it meant for Hunter and I.

And so, I knew I had to work with Lynzie from Bonphotage. She and I actually went to high school together! And she is as beautiful, kind and talented now as she was then. Our venues were expansive and we had so many moving parts to our wedding day. Lynzie has an incredible eye for the big and small, while being able to make it all seem so intimate. She was able to capture the gravitas of this island with the same wow factor that she was able to capture the most subtle emotions on mine and Hunter’s faces. And the way she captured every element of our decor and entertainment makes me feel like I am truly reliving the day.

I worked with Lea from Eventoile to plan the Ibiza extravaganza. After our first meeting, she seemed to get who I am and who Hunter and I are as a couple. She described my style as sexy and gritty; and we landed on three words to capture our wedding style: Glamorous, Vibrant and Fun. Since it was an island wedding, even I expected that we may go a more Bohemian, pampas grass route for our decor and florals. But Lea pushed me to do what felt right for Hunter and I. And so, we brought black into our color palette in the most chic of ways; we mixed stone and granite into the tablescape; and Siloh Floral created the most sensual florals with modern and clean lines. For our reception, Lea and her team transformed the breakfast venue at 7Pines into one of our favorite Miami night clubs, complete with disco balls and hanging vines.

And from start to finish, we wanted to keep our guests delighted with entertainment that captured Hunter and my different personalities. We had a massively talented tenor from Barcelona perform my favorite opera aria as our wedding processional song. And as soon as our guests entered the reception, we had a shot bar set up for them to get the party started. We even had a separate Hierbas Bar where guests could be served hierbas liquor made specifically on the Balearic Islands by a traditional Ibizan bartender. All the guests got a bottle of hierbas to take home with them. During dinner, we surprised our guests with a group performance of The Bal Payes, a traditional Ibizan dance that displays a courtship between the man and woman. And as soon as we cut our cake, we had cowgirls and cowboys (to celebrate Hunter’s farming roots) come out and shoot shots of tequila and vodka into all our guests’ mouths, because now it was time to party!

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Photography: bonphotage | videography: bonphotage | Event Planning: Eventoile Destination Weddings | Floral Design: Siloh Floral | dress: Galia Lahav | Invitations: LetterInk | Ceremony Venue: Hacienda Na Xamena | Reception Venue: 7 pines ibiza | shoes: Jimmy Choo

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Fall Foliage in Full Bloom at a Brand New Glass House Venue

Want to see an explosion of fall foliage like you’ve never experienced before? Look no further. Today’s full gallery captured by Arielle Peters Photography has everything an autumn-obsessed bride could dream of and more! After their original plans of a big wedding needed to be altered due to the pandemic, LB Floristry knew just how to make up for it – by transforming their intimate glass barn venue into an enchanting garden oasis, alive with the most beautiful autumnal hues!

From Arielle Peters Photography… The road to get to this day for Sam and Josh wasn’t as smooth as their original plans were! Their dream wedding consisted of them having a room full of hundreds of their favorite people at a nearby Michigan venue where they’d be able to dance the night away…

However, after finding out the hard news about not being able to host their wedding there because of Covid restrictions, they found the cutest new venue in Zeeland, Michigan, called Glass House Creative Community! This beautiful family owned space gives couples the PERFECT place to host their intimate gatherings! When yet another week-of hard decision had to be made due to the pandemic, Sam and Josh decided just to do their ceremony and no small dinner or dancing with their thirty closest friends and family.

When we found out these two had to compromise, yet again, on what they had already had to compromise on, we wanted to help make this the very best day ever for them!! So Leah, with LB Floristry, used all her floral genius and transformed the greenhouse into a magical wonderland that almost looked too beautiful to be real! Although 2020 was anything but normal or “ideal”, it gave us some of our favorite wedding days to date! Mostly because it’s brought the true meaning back to it all! Sam and Josh’s day wasn’t what was originally planned, but it turned out to be a day that did exactly what it was suppose to do, celebrate this beautiful pair and their unwavering love for each other!

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Photography: Arielle Peters Photography | Videography: Reflect Films | Floral Design: LB Floristry | Ceremony Venue: Glass House Creative Community | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridal Store: Beker's Bridal

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Whimsical Wedding Dressed in a Citrus Palette with Modern Details

It’s elegance all the way at this sophisticated citrus-inspired workshop hosted by Jenna McElroy. Nothing says springtime better than bright shades of yellow, pink, and green and Drops of Honey Designs used this fresh color palette to plan a day that dazzles. Organic free-flowing florals by Truth & Blooms are timelessly modern yet playfully romantic. The beauty of the day is exquisitely captured in the imagery by Sarah Tribett Photography. You can fawn over all the fabulous in the full gallery.




From Sarah Tribett PhotographyThis shoot was designed to embody the wedding venue’s brand through the colors, patterns, and fonts that were used. Located at the brand new venue, Wish Well House, it featured whimsical elements with modern details, dressed in a citrus color palette of yellow, pink, and green accents.



The entire shoot was inspired by the wallpaper designer Morris & Co. That is seen in the staircase leading up to the bridal room. This designer beautifully combines modern and traditional design to create something timeless.



This shoot was designed with a bride in mind who isn’t afraid of pattern and color and is willing to incorporate untraditional elements into her special day, like an oyster bar for guests to enjoy! The day has classic touches yet is modern to its core.



Photography: Sarah Tribett Photography | Design: Drops of Honey Designs | Event Planning: Drops of Honey Designs | Floral Design: Truth & Blooms | Wedding Dress: A & Be | Wedding Dress: Sophie et Voilà | Invitations: East Rose Studio | Groom's Attire: SuitShop | Wedding Venue: Wish Well House | Beauty: Luna Beauty & Bridal | Caked by Dani: Caked by Dani | Engagement Ring Designer: Nicole Mera | Rentals: Table Manners | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Untamed Petals | Workshop Host: Jenna Mcelroy

3 Things to Do If You Have a Hunch You’ll Be Getting Engaged Soon

We all LOL when we see ironic memes like “Just adding to my wedding Pinterest board while I wait for a wedding to plan,” but in actuality, when a proposal does come along, those dream wedding plans you’ve had in the back of your mind (possibly ever since childhood) evolve into more fitting realities for you and your partner. It’s kind of like while you’re dating, any thoughts you have of your future wedding still resemble those you had growing up — but then once you’re engaged and things are “on, for real,” you make room in those plans for both your whims. It’s a pretty big deal, too, because it’s one of the first steps you’ll take in becoming a married, united pair. Both of your opinions matter, both of your styles deserve representation, and both of you need to inspire your eventual wedding day.

So, if you’re going into the next few months with vibes that the big question is coming. And soon. There are several things you can do to prepare for the planning process. Pinning all kinds of fancy things on your private wedding board is totally cool and lots of fun, but it’s also smart to start honing your vision. At the end of the day, there are very few limits to what is possible for weddings in 2021, but understanding the essence of your relationship, the things that make you and your partner you, is exactly where you’ll want to start. 

Our Style Me Pretty Shop is open for everyone planning a wedding, helping to plan a wedding, and/or thinking about a wedding to come. Even if you aren’t engaged yet, you can start getting ideas and make a commitment to yourself to keep things fun throughout this whole process. There will certainly be lots of ups, but there will also be some downs, so try to celebrate as much as you can. We’re so excited to be on this ride with you! 

Photo by Terri-Lynn Warren Photography
Photo by Jenn Best Photography

 

Create your own wedding planning book 

Once your proposal is in the books, you will be getting advice, tips, and tricks from everyone in your life. It’s wonderful, for sure, but it can also be super overwhelming, especially when you’re just starting to figure out what you want for your special day. So, before you start accumulating all the how-to books and best-things-to-know-as-a-bride guides, think about the things you aren’t familiar with first and then dive into the nuances of modern nuptials. The key here is to be well-versed in wedding planning as a whole, but also to be in touch with the celebration details that mean most to you and your S.O. 

Our Planning Guide will help you tee up for your engagement and wedding planning process. We enlisted the help of our amazing community of Little Black Book vendors to curate a step-by-step guide for planning the wedding of your dreams. It’s a fantastic point A, especially if you’re not engaged yet, but want to get a head start on what to do first and how to proceed with confidence. 

 

Once you’re through with the Planning Guide, you can start to build your perfect planning binder based on the categories that resonate with you personally — be it venue vetting, photography, fashion, or florals. Or you can fill your binder with all of our guides and have your finger on the pulse of every point of interest in planning. Our favorite part of all the Ultimate Wedding Guides is that we lead with a couple mentality, that your wedding day is not just one of your days it’s both of yours, so every decision should be approached as a team, a partnership. Just like the wedding style you land on to color your day. It shouldn’t appeal to one, singular taste, it should be a collaboration of your preferred aesthetics: classic and romantic, rustic and modern, vintage and bohemian, or the synergy of a few. 

Photo by Courtney Leigh
Photo by Courtney Leigh 

Scout out some pieces that glow for you, before engagement season has them sold out

Even if you’re not engaged yet, you’ve probably heard about engagement season before. It’s the stretch of time between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day when proposal probability skyrockets and wedding planning kicks off for droves of people. So, if you think you and your love will be taking this serious step soon, then you might want to add some trendy pieces to your cart. In, you know, a casual way. Neon signage is amazing and one of those statement pieces of decor that you can use throughout your entire planning process. Engagement party, check; bridal shower, check; bachelorette party, check; wedding morning in your bridal suite, check. 

The cool thing about this pre-engagement haul is that you can feature them in your apartment or house even before the events themselves. Love, champagne, and cocktails: An engagement story. 

Photo by Courtney Leigh
Photo by Cavin Elizabeth Wedding Photography 

Embrace all things “bride,” because your title will stick from the time you get your sparkler to the day you say “I do” 

There’s nothing wrong with starting to trial perfumes for your wedding day scent and shopping for that bride-to-be sash or that bride white tumbler. You’ll be putting them to good use once you get started on the planning, officially, so getting them now is kind of just putting those good vibes out into the universe for happy returns. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have, right? Just kidding, of course 😉.

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All of the Sex in the City Vibes with Wona Concept’s New ‘Love in the City’ Collection!

Wona Concept, the Ukrainian bridal and eveningwear label, launched their newest Love in the City Collection and we are here to attest…it is to die for! Inspired by the sounds of New York City and all of its versatility, this collection is exactly that versatile, yet authentic. With 41 different styles ranging from mermaid, to a-line, to ball gown there truly is something for the modern-day bride. Even featuring dresses with special features (i.e detachable capes,) the hard part is picking which one is your favorite!

With 41 magnificent wedding gowns of all different styles, fabrics, and materials, this collection covers it all with 19 a-line styles, 17 mermaid silhouettes, 3 lush ball gowns, and even 2 midi style dresses. Detachable capes and boleros give you that second dress moment and a variety of embellishments bring the drama!

Wona Concept is a family-run business that put extra emphasis on their clients – women – who are the main inspiration for everything that they design. After all, Wona means ‘she’ in Ukrainian! They strive to exceed the expectations of brides all around the world with their intricate, beautiful designs. So whether the Belmont is your dream dress or the Blanc is what you envision tying the knot in, you can’t go wrong with a Wona Concept bridal gown!

Photography: Ivash studio | Wedding Dress: Wona Concept

Full Service, Partial, Month-of? Here’s How To Decide Which Planning Option Is Right For You

Before you rack your brains with all the details, you’ll want to enjoy your engagement. It’s an incredible relationship milestone to reach, and one that shouldn’t be rushed. So, have the champagne, embrace all that comes with your new soon-to-be-wed status, and don’t jump in before you’ve appropriately freaked out (in all the best ways). You’ll get to the big things below, but you won’t want to overlook “the little things” that are super special and meaningful along the way. Now that we’ve settled that – let’s jump into what kind of wedding planning help is the best fit for you! 

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Photography by Jen Huang Photography

Difference between Wedding Planners, Designers, and Coordinators:

While often used interchangeably, the terms “designer,” “planner,” and “coordinator” mean different things in the wedding world. When you hire someone, it’s important to know exactly what roles they fill and which services they offer. Some services are more affordable than others, so even if you can’t afford a full-service planner, you still may be able to hire a coordinator that can take some weight off your shoulders. 

 

Wedding Planner

A wedding planner organizes and manages all the logistics of your day. Normally, couples work with this individual and his or her team  from the beginning (or near the beginning) of the process. Depending on the package you choose, this could include venue tours, vendor negotiation and management, timeline creation, budget management, etc. These professionals are the OG “I Do” ideators.  

 

Wedding Designer

A wedding designer is focused on the style and aesthetic of your day. They don’t negotiate with vendors or schedule timelines, but they can help choose decor details like linens and tableware, manage rentals, create a floor plan, and bring together the look and feel of your day. These professionals are the visual visionaries. 

 

Wedding Coordinator

A wedding coordinator takes on the logistics of the day after you’ve planned them. They can help finalize vendor contracts and schedule the day, but won’t be there to help early on in the process. Their job is to help things run as smoothly as possible on the month, week, and days leading up to the wedding. These professionals are the ones who execute and troubleshoot the day you tie the knot. 


Photography by Luna de Mare Photography

Difference between Full Service, Partial and Month of:

Full Service Planning, Design and Coordination

Full service pros are just that: full-service! They’ll take the lead on essentially everything, from setting your budget to sussing out design plans, handpicking your venue and vendors, managing your guest list, reviewing and negotiating contracts, and creating manageable timelines to keep you on track with all of your to-dos. They’ll be there every step along the way and continue to be all-hands-on-deck when it comes to the actual day itself. 

 

Partial Planning and Coordination

If you like the idea of being more hands-on with your wedding planning, but still want some help, partial planning and coordination may be the route for you! Most wedding planning companies offer partial planning and coordination. 

 

Month of Coordination

Month of coordination services aren’t there to help you choose or secure vendors, or design the look and feel of the day. However, they do help pull all the details together and make sure things run smoothly on the day of the wedding. While everyone’s preferences and needs will be different, we strongly recommend that you hire a planner for month of coordination, if nothing else. Asking a cousin or friend to fill that role can end up with less than ideal results, and you want to make sure that they can enjoy the festivities too!

“There is a distinct difference between a wedding planner provided by a venue and a dedicated planner like myself. Wedding planners from a venue make sure their in-house services are on schedule and organized for your event. An independent planner is dedicated to executing the client’s overall vision and designing the event from start to finish. My role is to act solely on behalf of my client, every step of the way—to create an immersive experience reflective of each couple.” – Kate, Kate Siegel Fine Events

Photography by Natalie Cheng Photography

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This Baseball Player And His High School Sweetheart Hit Their Wedding Day Out Of The Park!

This baseball-playing groom and his high school sweetheart bride hit their wedding day out of the park! After traveling to Australia, our bride fell in love with the wedding aesthetic there- soft neutrals, interesting texture, and lots and lots of florals. When it was wedding planner Alessandra, of Details Darling, turn to get married she decided to plan and design a day filled with all of that and more. Special touches were incorporated at every turn, from the chic arched shelf wall escort display to the custom welcome concession stand- like something you’d see at a baseball game! Organic and romantic florals by Layered Vintage, sans greenery, gave the day an airy feel we can’t get enough of. The love and happiness of the day shine in the imagery by Sposto Photography. Head to the full gallery to marvel over every magical moment.




From the bride… We met at Santa Barbara high school 8 years ago. I was a sophomore and John was a senior. One random day, a friend asked John to “crash” a lunch date of two other friends and this girl. Little did he know “this girl would end up being his wife.



John is a baseball player and was off to play college baseball at UC Irvine. After John graduated we weren’t sure what the future held and so began our long-distance relationship. We ended up doing long-distance for 7 years. From train rides to car rides, to endless flights, I always made time to see John during his busy baseball schedule.



Our overarching theme for our wedding day was “Home is Wherever I’m With You”. We’ve done long-distance for so long, that we truly believe that home is wherever and whenever we are together. We put “Home is Wherever I’m With You” on our escort wall, had the song be our recessional song once we were married, and then named all our tables after all the places that are of significance to us.



Photography: Sposto Photography | Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs | Florals: Layered Vintage | Dress: Rue De Seine | Invitations: Twinkle And Toast | Bridesmaid Dresses: SHow Me Your Mumu | Makeup: Hailey Hoff | Hair: Elyse Belvins | Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Cake/Desserts: Hey There Cupcake | Catering + Bar: 24 Carrots Catering and Events | Day of Signage / Installs: Wilkdhouse Ink | Designer: Details Darling | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Music: Kevin Miso | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Rentals: Adore Folklore | Tabletop Rentals: Catalog Atelier | Video: SJ Videography

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Pressed Flower Details Added a Dose of Whimsy to This Modern Affair

Modern elegance defines Jill & Devon’s vineyard wedding at Cedar Creek Estate Winery, which radiated a warm Tuscan-like ambiance. Created Lovely Events threaded touches of refined whimsy throughout their ultra-contemporary aesthetic with pressed florals and a blush-mauve color palette. A New Leaf Floral Design created organic movement with fresh arrangements while Sugar Sweet Cake Co took the aesthetic to new heights! Nadia Hung Photography captured modern love at its finest, see all the details at the full gallery!  

From the Bride… From our fairytale engagement during a pandemic to planning a full wedding during multiple lockdowns and regulation changes, one thing remained constant and that was us wanting to get married no matter what. When Devon proposed while in Kelowna we knew we wanted to get married outdoors on a vineyard. We had multiple wine tastings across the Okanagan and knew right away when we found the one. CedarCreek Estate winery had a romantic tuscany meets modern elegance that paired a 50 year history of growing wine at a modern estate.

From there Jill went into full on planning mode. I knew because of Covid-19 there were delays in productions and at manufacturers. At the time in Winnipeg, MB (where I live) we were in a lockdown and all stores were completely closed. I was not even allowed inside any stores to try on dresses and I only had about one week to find the dress of my dreams in order for it to arrive on time for the wedding.

When searching for a dress I came across Pronovias which had designs that represented class and a timeless elegance. The specific gown that I ultimately fell in love with was the Vincenta Atelier Pronovias Wedding gown. What attracted me to the dress is how the Vincenta had a delicate sheer lace tattoo across the front bodice and a low open back. It was contemporary yet had flairs of vintage. Now that I found the dress, the next challenge was getting it to my home town of Winnipeg, MB as the line wasn’t carried by any local retailers. Not only that, we were in the middle of a pandemic lockdown which resulted in the inability to physically try on dresses at a store. I found a local store Bliss Bridal Winnipeg who allowed me to take home similar dresses to the Pronovias style to at least get an idea of what the dress may look like. In the end, I ordered the dress without ever trying on the exact gown. It was a risk I was willing to take because I am a girl that knows what I want and was confident that this was my perfect dress. Once it arrived, Bliss Bridal was amazing to work with to ensure it was altered without affecting the dresses integrity. I can look back on it now and laugh but purchasing a dress sight-unseen in the middle of a pandemic was a tad stressful! What was I thinking!

After finding my dream dress I knew I wanted to match this romantic Tuscan feel and incorporate that into the wedding theme. From day one I had always envisioned a romantic vineyard wedding with a variety of different blush tones to create a romantic elegance. Getting married at one of Canada’s most luxurious vineyards, Cedar Creek Estate Winery in Kelowna, B.C, was the perfect match. With the help of @createdlovelyevents we had our design board to be soft blush tones with simplistic design that was classy yet not over the top.

Devon went to Harry Rosen and got a custom made navy suit embroidered with the name “bud fox” inside with a reference to his favourite movie, Wall Street. With that he paired it with a timeless Cartier wedding band.

Some details of the wedding that @createdlovelyevents and I planned out was having the florals to be pressed onto the name cards and table numbers in an acrylic glass stand done by @bowie.mae which had to be my favourite detail of it all. I really like how @createdlovelyevents made everything flow nicely and match up.

We continued the theme of pressed florals and matched that with our amazing 3 tier lemon curd cake done by @sugarsweetcakeco. She beautifully continued that aethestic and theme to tie everything together. We also had our seating chart made out of acrylic boxes with florals inside of the boxes piled up one ontop of another. We always wanted to be unique and to have something that we hadn’t been done before.

My bridesmaid wore the exact same dress and dress colour of a soft mauve tone to match similar colour palettes from the bouquet. We went with a long floor length dress with an open back.

With Covid restrictions in B.C keep changing we had to make many changes throughout the last few months leading up to the wedding. From going to have one big head table to all of a sudden having to make 3 separate head table as the restrictions were only 6 max per table. We kind of decided early on that we wanted to make it happen no matter what got thrown at us. Even if it was just us and our immediate familys there. We really wanted to focus on what matters most which was to get married and show our love for one another.

Every aspect of our special day and the leadup to that moment surrounded a theme of events that we ensured we will never forget. The proposal included a surprise helicopter ride which dropped us off on top of a mountain in Kelowna, British Columbia where Devon proposed to Jill with a Tiffany blue oval engagement ring that Devon had picked out himself for Jill. After a photographer took many photos of the newly engaged couple on top of the mountain, the helicopter came back to pick us up and then it took us directly to a luxury spa, Sparkling Hill Resort, for several days of relaxation and what inevitably led to building anticipation of what our Dream wedding would look like.

Exactly a year later, to the date, we were married at CedarCreek Estate Winery. Not only is CedarCreek one of the leading wineries in the Okanagan Valley – twice winning Canada’s “Winery of the Year” award, but it also holds a special place to Devon and Jill as a bright light on the CedarCreek property can be seen directly across the Okanagan Lake from the groom’s family home. The bright light is reminiscent to Devon’s favourite book, the Great Gatsby, where the light across the lake signified Gatsby’s love for Daisy.

While much of the design was contemporary, we wanted to ensure there was a bit of old school romance, which included the first look only happening when the bride turned the corner and began walking down the aisle during a 3-piece orchestra performance of ‘A Thousand Years – Christina Perri’ performed by Olivia Walsh Trio. The rest of the night was purely magical, from taking pictures with baby fawns grazing behind us in the vineyard, to having our first dance under the stars and fairy lights. Looking back a year ago when we first started imagining what the day would look like, the night went beyond our expectations and gave us memories we will cherish forever.

Grooms Favourite Moment: Seeing my Bride come down the aisle and look directly at me with a smile, I knew at that moment I was the luckiest man in the world to call her my wife. My advice to any future groom is to cherish the moments of surprise.

Brides Favourite Moment: My favourite part of the night was dancing under the string lights and the stars on the rose garden outside on the CedarCreek property. We had our first dances there because of the restrictions making us do our dances outdoors. But looking back it was something I will always remember. Being able to do my first dance with Devon while everyone surrounded us looking down at us on the lawn while we just locked eyes and were focused only on us in that moment. Or also being able to get that special moment with my Dad, doing our father daughter dance and then having my brother who flew in all the way from Denmark who joined my mom and we danced as a family and were kind of relieved that wow we really pulled this off and made this happen and what a beautiful day this all really was. It felt great to be surrounded by family and friends. I’ll cherish these moments forever.

Jill’s Advice: There is so much stress and pressure leading up to a wedding for a Bride, whether that’s how you’re going to look, planning the perfect details, getting organized or writing your own vows. We tend to put pressure on ourselves to be perfect in every way. What always kept me grounded was reminding myself that at it’s core this day was about my now husband (Devon) and myself. It was about making a promise and celebrating our love and future together. As soon as I would remind myself of that, everything else seemed to melt away. Just focus on that and everything else will work out!

From florist, A New Leaf DesignWhen meeting via zoom with Jill and Devon we came up with a few descriptive words for how they wanted their flowers to look… natural, romantic, modern, soft loose garden style. There were elements of all of these from the modern acrylic seating chart florals, the loose garden style bouquet with flowing silk ribbon Jill carried, the romantic flower petals they stood on when saying their vows, and the natural organic reception florals. I incorporated hydrangea and creme brûlée phlox from my garden (late summer is the best time for that), the coveted quicksand wedding rose and the soft paper like petals of the brown lisianthus to name a few of the blooms we used. A colour palette of ivory, blush and mauve made for a perfect end of summer wedding.

Photography: Nadia Hung Photography | Event Design: Created Lovely Events | Floral Design: A New Leaf Floral Design | Reception Venue: Cedar Creek Winery

Calling All Boho Brides! She Wore Flowers Has THE Dress For You + Are Giving One Away!

All of you beautiful boho brides, listen up! The up-and-coming bridal gown brand, She Wore Flowers is stepping into the spotlight with their romantic and ethereal designs featuring floral appliques, fringe details, and all of the beauty. Priding themselves on staying up to date with the current trends, these gowns feature hand-stitched lace, the best quality fabrics, at an affordable price point! So whether you are looking for THE dress or even a second dress, you have to check out She Wore Flowers below and then head on over to our Instagram for a chance to win one of their bridal gowns!

With their gowns made to order, each beautifully crafted design is created specifically for you and your measurements, and with the She Wore Flowers newest collection, Midsummer Wanderer all of your bridal gown requirements will be checked off! The collection evokes your inner summertime, adventurous spirit with ivory and blush hues to leg slits, statement backs, and even touches of velvet!

For a more classic look, any of their dresses come in ivory (rather than the featured nude!) Ready to start browsing? You can shop their dresses directly on the She Wore Flowers website, or visit the growing list of retailers in Canada, the US, and the UK! In the meantime, head on over to the SMP Instagram and enter for a chance to win either the Aurelia or Callia wedding dress (pictured above!) Full contest details on IG!

Photography: Rebecca Carroll | Photography: Secret Waters Photography | Wedding Dress: She Wore Flowers

North Fork Winery Wedding With Waterfront Views

With unparalleled views of the Long Island Sound, a rolling meadow, and the feeling of being surrounded by nature from the second you step on the property— Kontokosta Winery was exactly what this couple was looking for when it came to their wedding. With her expertise in designing gorgeous, outdoor tented weddings, the bride and groom turned to Amanda Barbara Events to bring their vision of an elegant outdoor celebration to life. Crisp white blooms with hints of blue by Wildflower Floral Events brought the day to life in the most wonderful of ways. Every special detail, including the cutest moments with the couple’s dog, was perfectly captured in the artful imagery by Betsi Ewing Studio. You can see it all in the full gallery.




From the bride… Bryan and I met over six years ago during my first summer out of college in Manhattan. While it took a couple of tries before I said yes, once we had our first date we never looked back.



When deciding where to get married, we knew we wanted to be close to Bryan’s family home in Long Island, but still, bring in the feel of my Vermont roots. The second we saw Kontokosta Winery, we knew our search was over.



When the day did finally arrive, everything was truly perfect—the literal fairytale I had imagined since I was a little girl. With family, friends, our team of extraordinary vendors, and our puppy Watson by our side, Bryan and I had the wedding day that dreams are made of.



Photography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Event Planning: Amanda Barbara Events | Floral Design: Wildflower Floral Events | Wedding Dress: isabelle armstrong new york | Invitations: The Paper Studio | Bride's Shoes: jeffrey campbell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: lombardis love lane market | Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting | Groom's Attire: Z by Zegna | Groom's Attire: Santoni | Groom's Attire: isaia | Tent: Stamford Tent & Event Services | HMU: Elite Bridal Beauty | Location: Kontokosta Winery | Music: Bounce Music & Entertainment | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Rentals: elite tent party rental

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Destination Wedding Dreams Come True On Lake Como

With three location changes in the height of a pandemic, Wanderlust Wedding was still able to make this couple’s destination wedding dreams come true without a hitch. With original plans for a wedding in France, the talented team was able to bring French touches to Italy’s Lake Como and the result is nothing short of magical. Swoon-worthy florals by Sisters & Blush Floral Design are the exclamation point on an endlessly elegant day. It was all artfully captured in the beautiful imagery by David Bastianoni. You’re sure to fall head over heels in love with every detail in the full gallery.




From Wanderlust WeddingMarina and Cyril had been planning their wedding for more than a year, initially, it was supposed to be held in France, however, in January we quickly realized it was going to be complicated because of the pandemic as Switzerland had strict rules for people flying to France. After a few days of doubts, Italy announced that they were reopening to weddings and Swiss nationals could come in easily so we started looking for a venue and found the beautiful Villa Balbiano.




Since the wedding was initially supposed to be held in France, we decided to bring France to Lake Como, creating a French garden decor inspired by the Chanel Haute Couture Spring-summer 2018 show at Le Grand Palais in Paris. It matched perfectly with the vibe of Villa Balbiano, and especially with Marina’s beautiful Monique L’Huillier dress.



The result was more perfect than what we could’ve ever dreamt of. A beautiful, elegant, natural yet classy wedding, with French touches.



Photography: David Bastianoni | Event Planning: Wanderlust Wedding | Floral Design: Sisters & Blush Floral Design | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Catering: Da Vittorio | DJ: Dj Cruz | Band: Sounds of Riviera | Officiant: Peter Madan | Audiovisual: Audio Visions | Beauty: HJ paris | Decor: Deco Flamme | Flatlays: the faltlay design | Rentals: Latini

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