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Hilltop Santa Ynez Engagement Session

We all know Jose Villa can do no wrong, so when he sent us images of Alex and Drew’s engagement, our day instantly got a little bit brighter. Dreamy after dreamy moment awaits in the gallery, ready to inspire an incredible photo session of your own.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Hair and Makeup: Heidi Marie Garrett

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Romantic Woodland Wedding Under a Canopy of Trees

Planning an al fresco wedding can be nerve-racking. You’ll have ALL the weather apps downloaded on your phone and basically be glued to the weather channel non-stop. #realweddingfears But when it pays off, it pays off sooo good. This woodland wedding soaked in sunshine is all the proof you need. the vondys. captured each and every glowing moment of which you can find warming up The Vault with love.

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From the vondys.As photographers, every now and then, you meet a couple like Maddie & Aaron, who you know are just meant to be together. These two have a special connection and understand that marriage takes love, hard work, and sometimes a little self-less sacrifice. These two are always there to support each other through anything that life has thrown their way. We had an absolutely amazing time capturing their private, woodland wedding!

From the Bride… Prior to planning I envisioned my wedding to be outdoors and decorated with a romantic, rustic look. I wanted to focus on the amazing features of the Pacific Northwest, where we both were born and raised, but add some special touches to make it our own. I envisioned the event to be special but something that felt like our personalities and somewhere where everyone would be comfortable. While the day is about celebrating our marriage, I wanted everyone to feel like they could have a good time.

Keeping with a romantic rustic theme, I envisioned burgundy and pale pink as the main colors with touches of greenery and wood accents. I created the chalkboard signs as well as the wine label graphics. The unique elements we included were all the one off glass vases that the venue had. The head table had no two of the same vases. Terri (the owner of the venue) has collected and found each one of those pieces herself and did an amazing job putting the table together the day of. We kept with the same color pallet as the rest of the wedding, but created a romantic and unique design that turned out amazing.

My favorite moment was being at the alter with my best friend and standing in front of our closest family and friends, promising to love each other for the rest of our lives. My second favorite moment was toward the end of the night when 30-50 of our friends and family members stayed on the dance floor until they shut the venue down. It was so amazing to look across the dance floor and see every wonderful memory of our lives put together in one big celebration.

My dress: I walked until the bridal shop with too many pictures and not a clear vision on what I wanted. While the lady at Ania Collection went through every single picture with me and spent the time to understand what I liked, she already had a dress in mind. Based on my body type and the style I was going for, she came out with Pippin. This was not one of the many pictures saved on my phone but at the end of the day it was the one I couldn’t live without. Pippin is a modern sweetheart with some vintage flare. The dress is accented with a geometric lace pattern with beaded detail. I chose the ivory lace with the rose gold lining. I not only felt comfortable in the dress, but it was a clear reflection of my style and personality.

Flowers: The venue was located in a woodland area with lots of greenery, so there was not a lot of floral décor needed. I wanted to accent the greenery in with a soft romantic touch without looking out of place. I chose deep red and pale pink roses with accents of a couple different kinds of eucalyptus. Kim did an amazing job helping me pick the greenery and the right color roses that I wanted for my vision. Kim created the most amazing garland for the ceremony. The arbor was a wood structure and I envisioned a garland with mostly greenery and accents of roses would be the perfect way to combine the romantic rustic look. I didn’t see the garland until I was walking down the aisle, and I was not disappointed. Kim created something that was even more amazing than what we had envisioned. We added a chandelier in the middle to complete the look. It was too perfect.

Cake: My favorite kind of cake comes from Chuck’s Produce and Street Market. For years the only birthday cake Aaron and I have had is the almond poppy seed cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese frosting. It is to die for. Naturally, we found a way to make this our wedding cake. We kept the design simple and added a few of our amazing flowers as decoration.

One piece of advice that I would give brides-to-be would be to try to enjoy every piece of the wedding and planning. As cliché as it sounds, it goes by fast and it is over before you know it. Some of the planning details can be stressful but treat each moment, each decision as its own separate event and enjoy the decision that you make together towards a celebration that you will remember for the rest of your lives. Don’t sweat the small stuff because at the end of the day, it wont matter that your napkins are not the right shade of pink or that you one decoration didn’t turn out the way that you planned. What matters is that you got married to your best friends and you had your favorite people in the world standing with you while you did it.

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Photography: the vondys. | Event Design: Maddie, The Bride | Florist: One Flesh Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Chucks | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: BJ’s Restaurant | DJ: Ron Rouse | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Christian Rector | Day of Coordinator: Samantha Amren | Hair/Makeup: Katelyn of Glam Beauty Bar | Private Residence: Private Residence in Battle Ground, WA | Wedding Dress Shop: Ania Bridal

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Happiness is a Gorgeous Garden Celebration in the Sunshine

Classic New England looks a little something like this pretty celebration. A summer affair under a sail tent with the prettiest florals by Orly Khon Floral, planning by Tangorra Wedding Planning, all the gorgeous paper goods you could possibly imagine by Cheree Berry Paper + The Left Handed Calligrapher and lots of stunning images too. Pore through this day captured by Lisa Rigby Photography along with a film by Brighter Lights Media too.

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From the Bride…Pat and I began dating in college in Massachusetts, which is also where I am from originally. Even though our jobs have now taken us to Washington, DC, we knew that we wanted to get married back in my home state, where we first met. Selecting a venue took little to no time: both my parents and my Godmother got married at the Lyman Estate, a historic New England mansion. Seeing their strong partnerships, we figured that making our commitment to each other in the same spot would bring us good luck!

We envisioned the day being a casual, yet elegant, summertime garden party for our closest friends and family to relax, “eat, drink, and be merry,” and dance the night away! The estate is such a beautiful space for a wedding celebration, given its expansive lawn, gardens, and greenhouses. We wanted our guests to enjoy all that the Lyman Estate had to offer, which is why we hosted both the ceremony and reception at the mansion, just in different spots throughout the estate as the night went on: the ceremony was outdoors on the lawn, with the greenery as a backdrop; cocktail hour was held on the lawn and on the veranda of the house as the sun was starting to go down; we brought in a Sperry tent with a floor and bistro lights for dinner and toasts; and for the rest of the night, we went inside the ballroom of the mansion for dessert and dancing. Luckily for us, with a lot of the evening planned for outdoors, the weather was absolutely spectacular! Pat and I joked that the two songs we picked for the entrance and recessional, “Here Comes the Sun” and “It’s a Beautiful Day”, which were also printed in our programs, would have been very ironic had it rained! While we did have a very good Plan B, I was so thrilled we didn’t have to use it.

My favorite details from the wedding were the ones that felt uniquely “us” and are personal to our story: the venue’s significance to my family, having Pat’s Uncle officiate the wedding, hearing my freshman year roommate – who saw our love just beginning – give one of our readings, eating dinner with “Mr. & Mrs.” forks, the Bride and Groom wreaths on our chairs at dinner (to bring the garden to the tent!), putting crab cakes on the menu as a nod to Pat’s Maryland upbringing, serving funfetti cupcakes (I used to make Pat funfetti cupcakes constantly in college), passing little ice cream cones for dessert (so that no one had to leave the dance floor – we really didn’t want anyone to leave!), wearing my grandmother’s sapphire and diamond ring on my right hand, having the lace from my mom’s veil at her wedding wrapped around my bouquet, Pat giving a groom’s toast as a surprise to guests after dinner (he gives fantastic speeches at other people’s weddings, so it felt appropriate for him to give one at ours!), the list goes on…

I don’t know if I could come up with only one favorite moment, but my favorite memories are both big and small: helping my bridesmaids put on their dresses and figuring out how to style them (we left it until the last minute!), my mom zipping me into my dress, having our first look and spending time just the two of us in the Lyman Estate’s greenhouse and walking the grounds, reading Pat’s note to me before our wedding (a tearjerker!), not being able to get Pat’s wedding ring over his big knuckle at the ceremony, taking photos with our college and grad school friends, all of the wonderful wedding toasts, dancing up a storm!, and perhaps my favorite, singing with the band!

The feeling I remember most on the day is just pure joy and love – as you can see from the photos, I could not stop laughing or smiling. Guests told me later that I was the happiest bride they’ve ever seen. To which I responded, “What’s not to be happy about?!”

 

 

My biggest piece of advice to brides is to just enjoy and relish every single part of the journey! Even if planning is stressful at times, at the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your husband, and all of the people you love all in one place! (And how often does that happen in life?) Try to take in every second, because it really does go by so quickly!

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Photography: Lisa Rigby Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Event Planning: Tangorra Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Orly Khon Floral | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper | Rings: Barmakian | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Capers Catering | Makeup: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Lindsay Griffin | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Band: Night Shift Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Ceremony Music: Anima | Hotel : The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA | Wedding Venue: Lyman Estate | Tent: Sperry Tent | Bridal Salon: L'elite Boston | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Harvard Faculty Club | Rentals: Peterson Party Center

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Gorgeous Wedding Hair From I Do’s to Dancing

While I went with an updo on my own wedding day, I often find myself ogling a gorgeous bride with flowing waves… but then I see an elegant twist and I’m back in the other direction. So when Hey Lovely Makeup shared their take on the best of both worlds, well, I was won over in seconds. Dana Fernandez and Next Trail Photography captured the easy peasy switcheroo making this look ideal for the bride that wants it all!


 

Ceremony Style: Romantic Side ‘Do


Part and prep the hair with a dry texture spray


Sweep hair to one side twisting from the bottom


Pin the bottom twisted pieces of hair loosely


Twist a few front pieces away from the face meeting the other pinned pieces


Add a vintage hair pin or embellishment – tada!

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To Dance The Night Away: Effortless Side Chignon How-to



Gather hair in a clear elastic slightly off center


Begin twisting hair away from the face


Continue to twist and begin forming a bun around the clear elastic


Secure bun using bobbi pins


Pin loose ends leaving a few pieces out for a more effortless feel

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From Dana FernandezOne thing that myself and Erica (owner of Hey Lovely Makeup) often see at weddings where we share the same client is that the majority of the time, a bride’s hairstyle rarely stays fresh all the way through the reception. While brainstorming one day with a shared client who couldn’t decide whether to wear her hair down or in an updo, we suggested that she wear her hair down through the end of the ceremony and then have her hair styled into an updo during the cocktail hour. Our sweet bride ended up going with the suggestion and it was perfect! Not only was she able to have two different hair styles, but also her hair was up and away from her face during the dancing as well as her hair being perfect and fresh for the pictures until the getaway!

Since it was such a success for our client, we decided to put together this tutorial for brides that are looking at doing the same thing in an easy step by step format!

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Photography: Josh & Dana Fernandez | Videography: Next Trail Photography | Hair + Makeup: Hey Lovely Makeup | Film Lab: The Find Lab

10 Trends Every 2017 Bride Needs to Know About

The birds are chirping, the days are getting longer, it’s almost our favorite time of year: wedding season! For all you brides-to-be who are in the midst of planning their big day – and for us lucky guests who get to attend – what exactly can we expect to see this special season? Easton Events is here to share the 10 trends they are embracing and excited about – get ready to get inspired!



Rising Florals

For the last decade the wedding world has had a love affair with low, loose deconstructed flowers, but things are looking up, literally, in 2017. Table centerpieces are getting a lift and going high again, and not in the floral ball on top of the pedestal vase mode. This year’s arrangements feel dramatic and uncontrived – truly uplifting. We are thrilled to add more dimension to our designs by incorporating height on the table.

Stylish Bridesmaids

In 2017 our fashion-forward brides are asking their bridesmaids to wear coordinating attire. These dresses are not similar in either design or material but still create a cohesive look. It takes a keen fashion eye to pull off this fun, fresh trend but we love it!


Emotional Moments Captured

A seismic shift is happening in wedding photography as brides are beginning to favor and request more of a photojournalistic style for their wedding photography. It’s not just about perfectly posed pictures captured in dreamy tones with the soft lens. We see our couples looking for candid, unstoppable pictures with palpable emotion.

Invitations to Inspire

In recent years, the wedding invitation continues to take on more and more importance in the overall design of a wedding. We continue to push the envelope ;) on this trend, and deliver inventive and unexpected printed pieces to “tempt” the wedding guests. We love to hint toward the wedding design textures by incorporating fresh mediums like velvet, suede, linen, and printed vellums. Presentation is everything and creating a box to nestle your invitation inherently allows you to deliver multi-piece suites and a layered guest experience.


Color Is Back!

Color is back in wedding décor and going big and bold is definitely the way to go. After years of blush and neutral being the palettes of choice, a zesty yellow green is now the Pantone Color of Year. So give your wedding décor a fresh take and pump up the color. Color, color, color is the biggest trend for 2017.


Destination Is Where It’s At

This is the year of the destination wedding! Whether you marry on a Caribbean beach, at an Italian villa or on a mountaintop out West, faraway destinations have become a significant trend. More and more of our brides are cutting their guest count and heading out on the road to find that perfect and sublime place to say “I do”.

Quiet Jams

Silent discos are hot this year. It seems like the noise police are everywhere but pop on your headphones and let the party continue. A DJ spins the music and your guests, cocooned in their headsets, rock the night away. Truth be told, it took us a minute to get on board with this trend, but once you see it in action, it’s just so much fun. Try it for your after party!


Restaurant Chic

Wedding design is taking notes from great restaurant design. We’re adding in custom bars and custom chandeliers with lots of lounge grouping to make even a tented event feel like a fun, hip bar. Specialty beverage services rock out a variety of imaginative custom high test drinks for discerning guests.

Festive Food

Food as art and entertainment is hot! Local specialties are in the limelight, and the presentation is as important as the food itself. Try a handmade burrata station, or gin cart or an oyster shucker roaming through the crowd. Create signature moments which are fun, delish and memorable.


Towering Trees

Trees are trending so bring the great indoors inside! We love seeing tree limbs bending down with a plethora of candle light to warm up the space. Trees add drama and scale to any room, so if you can’t dine alfresco bring a little nature inside.

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This Blush Colored City is Perfect for a Wildly Romantic Elopement

Charleston is one of those places that has romance at every turn and it only has a wee bit to do with its blush colored buildings, Spanish Moss laced streets and horse drawn carriages. All in all it’s about as perfect a spot as can be for an intimate destination wedding. Especially one at the hands of Sweet Magnolia Flowers and Shining Light Photography. Take a little Southern style vacay right here.

From the Bride… We knew from the beginning that we wanted to do a destination wedding. We both wanted something small, intimate and romantic. Initially setting out to find a beach destination we quickly realized that wasn’t the best fit for us. It wasn’t until our last night in Charleston on our visit to find a venue that we heard about Battery Park while at dinner. With it only being a few blocks away from the restaurant we decided to check it out. Even with it being late at night we both knew that with the ocean and its breeze combined with all of the Spanish moss, beautiful trees, and history that it would be the perfect setting for our special day. Except for in a few search engine pictures online, we didn’t see all of the beauty it had to offer until months later when we came to look for vendors. Even then, we couldn’t have imagined how breathtaking and perfect it would actually be for our wedding day.

I was so nervous about it being a public venue and I thought I wouldn’t enjoy having strangers watch our wedding. But I loved that as soon as I walked down the aisle people stopped and were so respectful of our moment. It was such a wonderful thing that to people who I will never even know their names stopped us as we took pictures to tell us how they watched our whole wedding and how magical it was. They got to be a small part of our happy ever after.

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Photography: Shining Light Photography | Floral Design: Sweet Magnolia Flowers | Wedding Dress: Stella York | Invitations: Vallarina Creative | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair and Makeup : Grace Salon and Spa | Tuxedo : Geno's Formal Affair | Historic Park Gazebo : White Point Garden | Rentals: Simply Elegant

A Winter Snowboarding Engagement Session

We’re always up for an out-of-the-box engagement session, and this one fits the bill perfectly. The couple skipped a traditional photo shoot and instead hit the slopes with Amy Rizzuto Photography by their side. The winter season might be coming to an end, but we promise this gallery will have you wishing for one more snowstorm (or two!)

How We Met

Eric and I met a little over 6 years ago at Queens College in New York, where we both attended graduate school for teaching. Although we met in early September when Eric kindly offered to set up my T. V. In my dorm room (but was unsuccessful since “I made him nervous!”), it took a few months of exchanging smiles in the elevator until we began dating in March of the following year, when the timing was right. In the very beginning of our relationship, Eric would slip his favorite DVD’s under my door late at night, and stop by after class with some Frozen Yogurt, not just for me, but for all of my suite-mates too. It didn’t take long for me to fall head over heels for this chivalrous, handsome, fun-loving and charismatic man. In just a few short months of dating, we realized our strong connection, our shared love of popcorn and adventures, and knew we had found a rare and beautiful love that was meant to last.

The Proposal

Eric proposed on Christmas Eve, which is also my birthday, in front of our closest family, since he knew how important family is to me. Before the proposal, Eric asked me to open my birthday present from him, which was a Polaroid camera, a gift that I had told him I wanted! Eric whispered, “Save this camera for the special moments.” Seconds later, chords from a guitar began to play a song that Eric knew I loved, “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles. Then, in walked a mutual friend from school who began to serenade us. Eric got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes, and the first picture of us taken after the engagement was captured on my new Polaroid camera, since it was truly a special moment! On our wedding day, our engagement song “I Choose You” was played during the ceremony, right before I walked down the aisle to become Eric’s wife, to let him know that I choose him too!


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Photography: Amy Rizzuto Photography | Mugs: Etsy | Polaroid: Amazon | Ski Resort: Mountain Creek

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The Perfect Spot for an Intimate Seaside Wedding

I’ve never stepped foot in Rosemary Beach, yet feel as if I visited there a hundred times thanks to all of the stunning weddings we’ve feature in this locale. It boasts the whitest sands and an adorable little town hall—making it kind of the perfect spot for a seaside soiree like this one planned by Shelby Peaden Events. Blooms from Myrtie Blue served as the perfect contrast for the white backdrop. Convinced this is your spot? See even more from Shannon Griffin Photography in The Vault.

From the Bride… As a little girl I often envisioned my wedding as the typical princess fairy tale…lavish, large, and complete with my own Prince Charming. When it came time to actually plan my wedding at thirty, my idea of the perfect wedding had entirely shifted. I had already found my best friend and the love of my life in my fiancé and now hoped to have a wedding that would be a personal celebration of our love and commitment surrounded by our closest friends and family. Size and grandeur were replaced by a focus on intimacy and individual style.

With that in mind we searched for a venue in a place that would also serve as a vacation spot for our sixty or so traveling guests. Enter Rosemary Beach, Florida, a beautiful seaside town with quaint cottage rentals, cobblestone roads and a old-world imbibing Town Hall which could double as a ceremony and reception location. The adjacent outdoor grass courtyard was an added bonus and proved to be the perfect spot for a cocktail hour.

With our venue selected we began to focus on the experience and details of the day. I’ve always valued personal style and decor design and I wanted our wedding to be no exception to that. I envisioned romance, candles, and an elegantly mature bohemian feel. I pictured loads of gorgeous greenery, vibrant peonies and a mix of modern and more traditional elements. On all of these items and much more, Brian at Myrtie Blue delivered.

Food and drink was also at the top of our priority list. Based on recommendations and reviews we selected Townsend Catering, and we were so happy we did. We wanted to serve a hearty meal to our guests, part coastal and part southern comfort so we ended up choosing options like braised short rib with mashed potatoes, pan-seared grouper and jumbo lump crab meat with cheese grits and appetizers including bacon wrapped dates and grilled cheese tomato shooters. We also wanted to personalize our drink options so we opted for a selection of locally brewed beer from the panhandle and where my husband grew up, and a few signature cocktails including my favorite, appropriately named the Rosemary.

The last detail we nailed down was a biggie. We needed to select a photographer who would be able to capture the day in a beautiful, organic and artistic way. Sure we wanted some of the traditional posed photos, but we were more interested in the elusive candid moments, the meaningful glances and unprompted smiles, the details of the day that we could later draw upon to remember how we felt at that instance in time. Shannon was exactly that photographer. She managed to not only capture those aspects but to do so while making us feel entirely comfortable during the process.

There is truly not a single thing I would have changed about that day. Our personal style and touches were reflected in nearly every detail. In focusing on our commitment to one another and how we wanted to share and celebrate that with our closest friends and family we were able avoid the often production type feel weddings can sometimes generate, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Photography: Shannon Griffin | Event Planning: Shelby Peaden Events | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal Flagship Boutique | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Rosemary Beach™ | Reception Venue: Rosemary Beach™ | Catering: Townsend Catering | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang

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5 Mistakes Brides Make One Month Before the Wedding

You might think the last month before your wedding will be crunch time—but the last thing you should be doing is ‘crunching’ in a ton of Big Day to do’s. Instead, you should be enjoying a spa day, a date night with your soon-to-be or scouting fun things to do on your honeymoon. From last-minute beauty updates to neglecting your guests, make sure to avoid making these five mistakes in your final countdown!

Making Drastic Beauty Changes

One of the best pieces of advice I received while planning my wedding was to NOT change my look drastically. I wanted to try balayage (something I never had tried before) and one of my bridesmaids spoke up and warned me not to. I’m so glad I listened and stuck with a classic ‘me’ hair color. This goes for makeup, spray tans, hairstyles, false lashes, nail color, etc. You might think you need to make a statement for your fete—but trust me, going with your classic ‘you’ beauty practices are in your best interest. If you do want to amp your look up a bit, make sure you test it out in plenty of advance to make sure you love it.

Not Recruiting Help

Ladies, I hear you. You really want to take care of it all to make sure it goes smoothly (and exactly how YOU want). But that’s exactly how stress starts to creep in and your idea of a perfect wedding day goes out the door. You simply cannot do. it. all. And you know what? That’s OK. Put trust in your friends and family to help you where needed. That’s what your bridal party is for! They’re there to help and take the load off of you. Let go of that control (or at least a little bit of it) and you’ll find those last few weeks a whole lot more enjoyable.

Neglecting Your Guests

Your focus should definitely NOT be on every one else. However, taking the time to prep a month-out email to your wedding guests with any extra details will allow you to do exactly that. Make sure you’ve answered any potential questions that might come your way. The last thing you want is to be getting texts and calls from your guests asking where to meet for the rehearsal dinner the evening before or if there’s a shuttle to the venue. Give them more info than you think they’ll need and you’ll be able to kick back and soak in the last month before your Big Day (without any interruptions).

Not Planning a Photography Timeline

This is something your photographer should chat with you about in advance, but remember to keep in mind the flow of your wedding day and where you’ll fit in those photo planned getting ready moments, first look, portraits, etc. You might really want to attend your cocktail hour after the ceremony rather than taking photos for an hour. You might not want traditional family portraits at all! Keep these things in mind and come up with a plan before the Big Day, rather than day of.

You Forget to Make Honeymoon Arrangements

All of the focus is on your wedding day, as it should be. But if you’re leaving for your honeymoon shortly after, make sure not to forget all of the details that goes with planning your trip away. Create a packing list, make sure your fur babies have boarding booked, you’ve got a house sitter in place or neighbor to pick up your mail and water the plants, etc. It’s easy to forget these to do’s that seem impossible to neglect when you go on a regular vacation, but not surprising that it might fall by the wayside with wedding tasks on the mind.

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Lilly Pulitzer is Hosting the Party of the Year – We’ll See You There

When Lilly Pulitzer announced the launch of her new Lilly White Dress Collection, we threw a virtual party. But what’s better than breaking out the bubbly in our yoga pants? Putting on our sparkliest heels and joining the fun at a retail location near you. Yep, on March 4th, we’ll be enjoying a day of light bites, tasty sweets, yummy drinks and presents, all in celebration of this totally chic attire. We sooo hope to see you there.

When it comes to stunning white dresses that are a must for special events, pre-wedding activities and honeymooning in style, the Lilly White Dress Collection is IT. Think crazy beautiful attire that is perfect for bopping around the beach, toasting the ones you love at your rehearsal dinner or saying “I do” seaside. From the golden details of the Suzette to the flattering fit and flare of the Tilly to the fab fringe detailing of the Simona, each and every piece in this amazing collection is stop you in your tracks gorgeous… and so worthy of a celebration.

Whether you’re looking for that stand-out frock for your bridal shower, honeymoon, wedding or something else entirely, join us for the party of the year on March 4th at a Lilly Pulitzer location near you. Because Lilly Pulitzer + SMP + YOU = sooo much fun. Can’t attend in person? No worries. The celebration continues online here.

Grab your besties and mark those calendars for Saturday, March 4th, you guys. Because missing even a moment of this event is not an option.

A Love of the Outdoors Inspired This Couple’s Wedding

Playing on their love of the outdoors, this couple knew Rancho Las Lomas was the perfect venue for them. They tied the knot with an al fresco affair catered by 24 Carrots, with no shortage of lush, organic-style greens to play up the setting. With Hello Blue Photo by their side from start to finish, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll never want to leave the full gallery.

From the Bride… As soon as we toured Rancho Las Lomas, we both pretty much knew this venue was the one. The greenery, trees and wildlife played into our love of the outdoors. It really fit the bill for what we were imagining. We were drawn to the natural, bright elements; without it feeling too rustic. I really wanted the day to convey whimsy and romance with touches of playfulness. As an animal lover, I was definitely drawn to the venue. I wanted to use that element as part of our décor, to invite in some fun, without it being too over the top. I had the groomsmen wear some animal socks, had watercolor animals on the table numbers and handed out animal crackers to my departing “party animals.”

In planning our wedding, it was important to capture both of our cultures. We had the traditional Persian sofreh aghd blended into our traditional American ceremony. Our sofreh had many symbolic items, each representing an element our new lives together. We also had a typical Japanese toast to weave in part of my husband’s heritage as well, BONSAI! Our photographer Christina, Hello Blue Photo, captured everything magically. After meeting with her, I knew I would be choosing her to capture our big day. I liked that she seemed on the ball and organized. She addressed all the right questions and wanted to make sure we were a good fit for each other. The natural lighting and attention to detail shined throughout. Since the wedding gets so hectic, it was nice that all of her pictures included the details so that we could catch things we may have not seen. Her ability to keep calm through the craziness was the cherry on top!

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Photography: Hello Blue | Videographer: Dove Weddings | Event Coordination: Tres jolie Events | Floral Design: Julep Bloom Design | Wedding Dress : Truvelle | Bakery: Sweet Traders | Reception Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Giracci Vineyards Farms | Hair + Makeup: Mobile Bridal Salon | DJ: 90210 Entertainment | Grooms Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Bridal Accessories: Kash Crystals | Bridal Salon: Love And Lace Bridal Boutique | Grooms Accessories: J.Crew | Invitation Stationery: Papel Amor | Photo Booth: I Heart MoMo | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Signs + Escort Card Stationery: Petal & Paperie | Sofreh Design: Elegant Sofreh Design

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Guests Traveled from 5 Different Countries for This Wedding Day!

The bride was born in Athens, so for Anna, a destination wedding in Greece felt a bit like coming home. She married her love, Rohit and they celebrated the big day with guests traveling from all across the world. Adrian Wood photographed this special event to remember and there are so many beautiful moments to see in the gallery and film by I Like To Movie It below!

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From the Bride… We were always set on Greece, but getting married in Athens felt extra special as I was born there. We fell in love with our venue straight away, so it was the easiest decision.

We both wanted a modern wedding that still showcased our diverse traditions. And that really came together beautifully, with people speaking different languages, coming from completely different backgrounds laughing and dancing to the same kind of music, learning about each other and having fun. On the actual style of the wedding, I wanted clean lines, a lot of white and a bit of blush and gold.

We are quite an international family and had guests flying from U.K., Ukraine, Holland, India, France to name a few. To be honest, it is the simple things that are most memorable. The look on Rohit’s face when he was holding me during our first dance is something I will always cherish.

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Photography: Adrian Wood Photography | Cinematography: I Like To Movie It | Floral Design: Petridis Floral | Wedding Dress: Caroline Castigliano | Wedding Cake : Island Art & Taste | Wedding Stationery: Atelier Invitations | Bride's Shoes : Manolo Blahnik | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Venue: Island Art & Taste | Brides Make Up: Vana Nikolakopoulou | Hairstylist : τελης ηλιας γαβαθας

A Romantic Boho Bash Destined to Pretty Up Your Pinterest Boards

Instead of saying “I do” in the Big Apple, these New Yorkers decided Nashville was a better fit – and boy, are we glad they did. With Cedarwood Weddings coordinating it all and putting together some fabulous floral work, it’s a romantic, boho bash sure to inspire. Julie Paisley captured it all and her pics are the cherry on top of one fabulous fete – see more right here!

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From Julie PaisleyToni and Dennis didn’t want the normal NYC wedding. Even though they call it home, they knew they wanted something different. They decided on a Nashville destination wedding and I’m so glad they chose me for their wedding photographer.

Their wedding had the most perfect boho vibe. Toni’s Daughers of Simone dress set the mood and the styling by Cedarwood Weddings was on par. Their love of family and friends was evident all day and it was a joy to be their photographer. My favorite part of the day was the sunset pictures with the bride and groom. Toni loves the sun-lit images and I’m so thankful the sun made an appearance during their formals. My photographer heart was super happy!

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Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Cinematography: Little Josh Productions | Coordination: Cedarwood Weddings | Floral Design: Cedarwood Weddings | Wedding Dress: Daughters Of Simone | Cake: Patty Cakes | Invitations: Designs in Paper | Hair + Makeup: One 10 Beauty | Groom's Attire: Express | Wedding Venue: Cedarwood Weddings

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A Cozy and Serene Nursery Almost as Cute as the Baby Boy Behind It

Inspired by a sweet gift from a friend, these parents crafted the cutest nursery for their baby boy. It’s cozy and serene and all centered around elephants,  a sign of fertility in the Feng Shui culture and one that they hold near and dear to their hearts. Tour the adorable space captured by Evian Granitz along with even more pics right here in the vault.

When it came to decorating the nursery for our first born, it was very important to me to create a cozy and warm environment that was also unique and special just like this baby would be to us.

A good friend of mine gifted us a porcelain set of elephants to promote fertility in the Feng Shui culture after we lost our twins due to miscarriage. A few weeks after we received this special gift, we found out we were pregnant again and were beyond thrilled! 

That is why the elephant inspired the nature of our nursery as we felt this was what helped us get pregnant. I’m so proud of how it all came out and feel that the room is just as unique, special and warm…just like our rainbow baby!

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Photography: Evian Granitz | Accent Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Dark Harbor | Crib: Pottery Barn Kids | Dresser: Pottery Barn Kids | Elephant bookends: RH Baby & Child | Elephant framed art: RH Baby & Child | Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree: Pottery Barn | Floor lamp: Pottery Barn | Marquee D Light: Pottery Barn Kids | Rug: Pottery Barn Kids | Side tables: West Elm | Wingback Sleeper Sofa: Pottery Barn Kids

This Bride Interned with a Celebrity Wedding Planner

We absolutely love hearing stories of inspiration from Brides, especially when they’ve spent some time in the good ol’ Style Me Pretty Vault! It warms our hearts and makes us giddy to share your soirees every day. This Bride? Definitely turned on all the good feels. Being the little girl that dreamt of her wedding, she went on to intern for a celebrity wedding planner in high school. No wonder these captures from Ryon:Lockhart Photography are layered with gorgeous. Find it all in right here!

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From the Bride… Anyone that knows me even just a little bit knows that I am the epitome of a bride that has been planning her wedding since she was a little girl. So much so that I even interned for celebrity wedding planner David Tutera during my senior year of high school, which only further primed me for my time as a bride-to-be. From the very moment that Jerry and I got engaged in breathtaking Sedona, Arizona, I could NOT wait to start planning the wedding of my—now our—dreams. And while our engagement did not take place in New York, the remainder of our love story, and wedding, is quintessentially a New York one. Jerry and I met on a cold winter night in January 2013 at La Cava Wine Bar in Manhattan, and despite it being after 1:00 AM in Midtown East of all places (the last place I would have ever thought I’d find my husband), the rest, as they say, was history.

Jerry and I sat down and brainstormed words that we hoped our spring 2016 wedding would embody: romantic, elegant, classic, sophisticated, and timeless – and while I may be biased, I must say that our wedding was all of the above. On top of that, Jerry and I really wanted to make sure that two additional themes were woven into every detail of our day: springtime and New York. After one jam-packed weekend of visiting venues, Jerry and I knew we had found THE one: Bourne Mansion in Oakdale, New York. The over-the- top historic mansion and its grounds complimented our wedding vision perfectly and set the stage for all of the other details to come.

I knew I wanted to play up neutral tones, especially since the venue served as such a timeless and elegant backdrop for our day, and I thought that bright colors would take away from that. We ended up choosing a dreamy, romantic, and spring color palette of white, cream, blush, champagne, and lots of mixed metallics. With that, I wanted to make sure we incorporated a lot of fun texture since our overall color palette was more muted. An important display of our color palette came down to our bridesmaids’ dresses, and I knew very early on that I did not want my girls in identical gowns. My eight bridesmaids ended up in stunning array of Jenny Yoo dresses representing a total of four colors (champagne, blush, gold, and pewter), three different fabrics (chiffon, tulle, and liquid charmeuse) and seven unique styles.

From there, it was easy to incorporate our color palette into every remaining aspect of the wedding: white and blush flowers, cream and champagne textured linens, gold and silver mercury candles and picture frames, and the list goes on and on. My absolute favorite part of wedding planning—albeit it was also the most stressful for me—was incorporating unique details and elements into our day. While it was really important to us that our wedding be traditional, I also wanted to make sure there were elements our guests had not seen before. For this, I relied heavily on bridal magazines and blogs (hello Style Me Pretty!) and Pinterest for inspiration and then Etsy for execution.

The very first detail I always knew I wanted to include was a custom monogram for our day. For as long as I could remember, I have always been obsessed with monograms, and for the first time in my life, I was able to put my initials side-by- side with my husband’s, which to me, was a really romantic display of our lives coming together on that day. I worked with an incredibly talented graphic designer from the non-profit I worked at to bring my vision to life. From there, we used the monogram, which had our first initials (S & J) in cursive enclosed by a laurel wreath, anywhere and everywhere: all printed materials (invitations, welcome bag tags, ceremony programs, and menus), cocktail napkins, drink stirrers, and even decorative pillows that were placed throughout the mansion in various lounge areas. This tied our wedding together beautifully and enabled us to have a cohesive brand for the day.

Another of my favorite décor elements was all of the wooden laser cut signs we incorporated. For starters, I found an amazing Etsy vendor, NarWall, that created a custom seven foot sign (yup, huge!) with our last name that was hung from the balcony in the ballroom and served as a backdrop for our photos – we were sitting directly in front of it at a King’s Table with our entire bridal party and their dates. Jerry and I decided to abandon the traditional sweetheart table and instead had a 28-person table running down the middle of the ballroom, at which we sat at the head overlooking the entire reception. To further ensure this table was a focal point in the room, our florist, Bride & Blossom, did an incredible job creating a garland filled with Italian ruscus, seeded eucalyptus, and lemon leaf with cream and blush peonies and garden and spray roses sprinkled throughout. The garland, coupled with silver mercury cylinders and votives and dozens of candles, created an incredibly romantic and regal look.

Since we were getting married at the end of April and Bourne Mansion had a stunning outdoor space in the back, we wanted to make sure we utilized this during cocktail hour. To honor a favorite pastime of Jerry’s, we created a bocce court in the back, complete with a wooden sign that read “Bocce Ball” and using our monogrammed bocce ball set that was gifted to us for our engagement. Another of my favorite projects was creating our hotel welcome bags, which we wanted to ensure screamed New York. To achieve that, we included some of our favorite New York products: Brooklyn Brewery beer (where we had our first date!), Original New York Seltzer’s naturally flavored soda, North Fork Chips, KIND bars, and New York Mets swag (where my husband works). All of these were stuffed into tote bags designed by me that had a map of New York State on it with the words “From New York, With Love”.

Last but certainly not least, my something borrowed was a gorgeous opal ring that belonged to Jerry’s late mother and that I wore on my right hand the entire day, honoring her and the incredible man that she gave me.

The most special of moments had to be when my 15-year- old niece, Kaya, sang Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” with our band during the reception. While we asked her to perform at our wedding, the song she chose and rehearsed for months was a complete surprise, and it was an incredibly emotional moment for us all.

Now for the unplanned, when Jerry and I entered the ballroom for our grand entrance, we were not only greeted by all of our loved ones, but also by ourselves: custom fathead cutouts of our faces were floating in the crowd, courtesy of our friends Abby and Sean. Jerry and I could not get over just how funny this was, and the entire night, the fatheads were being passed around the dance floor. Even nine months later, our guests still talk about just how funny and fun that was!

My advice… Whether you are engaged for over two years like we were or just a few months, try and enjoy the planning process, together. While it wasn’t always easy, my husband and I learned so much more about one another along the way, and it only strengthened our relationship and now marriage. At the end of it all, I could not have imagined a more perfect day and a more perfect man to marry, and we cannot thank the talented vendors enough that helped ensure our vision became a reality.

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Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Cinematography: Arsenic and White Lace Photography + Cinematography | Floral Design: Bride And Blossom | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Campbell's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: The Parish of Saint Patrick | Reception Venue: Bourne Mansion | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair and Makeup: The House Of Makeup | Calligraphy: Christina DellaValle | Band: Time Square Orchestra | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groomsmen's Attire: Joseph Abboud | Bridal Salon: Wedding Atelier | Bride's Hair: Ashley Stern | Custom Monogram: Miguel Rojas | Day-of-Coordination: La Bella Planners | Invitations and Paper Goods: Sincerely Jackie | Live Wedding Painter: Live Well Paint Often | Veil: Basia Custom Headdresses and Accessories

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This Just Might Be the Prettiest Ceremony Spot You’ll Ever Lay Eyes On

If ever there were a wedding that we’d want to live inside, it would definitely be this one. We’re talking ocean views, dream locale and a vacation turned wedding celebration in Phuket, Thailand. And just wait until you peek at the ceremony spot. Held on a rooftop overlooking all the gorgeousness of Phuket and made even prettier at the hands of IAMFLOWERThe Bridal Planner Thailand and Vasia Photography, pore through a wedding that puts the dreamy in destination.

Krystle & Coby got married in Phuket, Thailand at the incredible Sri Panwa. Their ceremony felt as if it was above the clouds, held on a rooftop with views of the water and landscape surrounding them as they said their vows. Every detail of this wedding was impeccably thought out by the bride, from the traditional tea ceremony to the dancing outdoors to a firework display. 

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Photography: Vasia Photography | Event Planning: The Bridal Planner Thailand | Flowers: IAMFLOWER | Gown: Ines Di Santo | Makeup: Jolyjo | Hair: Alex Andul | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Wedding Venue: Sri Panwa | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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5 of Our Fave Fairy Tale Ball Gowns… With a Twist

We all want to look like a princess on THE big day, but channeling your inner Cinderella doesn’t have to mean saying “goodbye” to that sassy side your special someone fell in love with. Take it from Morilee Madeline Gardner – you can definitely have both. Think fabulous ball gowns that are one part traditional, one part modern and all parts romantic. Check out five of our faves (with a twist!) below.

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THE MATILDA WEDDING DRESS

There’s a reason that Madeline Gardner is known as the “Queen of the Ball Gown” and it’s because of pretty little numbers like the Matilda. From the crystal beaded floral embroidery to the illusion bodice to the tulle skirt, this one’s an absolute stunner.

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THE MARCIA WEDDING DRESS

We’re true believers that a little touch of lace can make any moment that much more romantic and the Marcia gown from Morilee Madeline Gardner is proving that theory… and then some. Think crystal beaded Alencon Lace, a horsehair trimmed flounced skirt and covered buttons. It’s the definition of fairy tale… with a contemporary flair.

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THE MARIGOLD WEDDING DRESS

Hello, dreamy, dreamy ball gown. This gorgeous stunner from Morilee Madeline Gardner (also known as the Marigold) is basically straight from a Disney movie. It’s beaded embroidered appliquŽés meets tulle over sparkle net meets a Diamanté waistband that will show off those curves beautifully. We love.

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THE MARISSA WEDDING DRESS

Pairing an ultra-flattering top with a flounced skirt is the sure fire way to leave all of your guests talking and when it comes to the Marissa gown from Morilee Madeline Gardner, it’s also one of the prettiest ways ever to say “I do”. Think a little bit classic with a whole lot of romantic layers and you are sooo on the right track.

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THE MARILYN WEDDING DRESS

The Marilyn is the sort of gown that doesn’t need an explanation. From the frosted, embroidered lace bodice to the crystal beaded straps to the beautiful layered skirt to that back, it all comes together to make one serious stunning statement. Oh, and that belt? It’s Morilee Madeline Gardner perfection.

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Ready to find that ball gown of your dreams? Head to Morilee Madeline Gardner today to check out their stunning #DressComeTrue collection with gowns that are the definition of luxurious with a modern twist. You’re going to look amazing. We promise.

Don’t Say “I Do” in Aspen Without Reading This First

Three ingredients of an amazing wedding celebration?  A fab locale, great friends and really good food. It’s a little something that ASC Catering knows a thing or two about with a top-notch team of chefs + event managers filling your Big Day with some of the tastiest menu options you’ll ever gobble up. It’s the foodie celebration of your dreams, all set against the stunning backdrop that is Aspen Snowmass. Get to know them (and their mouth-watering talents) below.

Let’s be honest. Once those “I do’s” have been said and those first dances have been had, it’s all about the food. ASC Catering totally gets that, and their talented staff of professionals will make sure you’re celebrating with the most amazing lineup of tasty treats ever. From a farm to table buffet to five-course dinners to certified kosher catering, they’ll bring their unique blend of creative meets modern dishes to your wedding… and all crafted with sustainable, organic and local produce. Not to mention that they cater to SIX venues on Aspen Snowmass (including the amazing Elk Camp seen here), as well as any off-site venue of your choice. So whether you plan to tie the knot against the stunning Rocky Mountains or in the backyard of your childhood home, you can rest assured that ASC Catering has you totally covered; from hors’ d’oeuvres to main course to dessert.

Ready to talk to the only catering company that can match the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains? Contact ASC Catering’s fab team of chefs and event managers today to chat about your Big Day at Aspen Snowmass OR that amazing locale of your choosing. They’ll use the freshest + finest ingredients available to create that totally awesome + totally unique menu of your dreams and you’ll be blown away by the deliciousness… and their outstanding service. Psst… don’t forget to ask about The Sled, a mobile kitchen that is an absolute must for any event. You’re going to love them.

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Photography: Jason+Gina Wedding Photographers | Videography: Red Mountain Productions | Ceremony Venue: Aspen Snowmass | Catering: ASC Catering

Big Sur Engagement After a Long Distance Love Affair

This is my kind of e-sesh… bare feet in the sand, unreal views that will take your breath away and the sweetest hand-holding. Not to mention, this gorgeous Bride-to-be is on our west coast team. A little extra excuse to pop the bubbly and sit with this gallery from Christine Donee for a while longer. Also, don’t miss her charming story below of how they met!

From the Bride-to-be… Meeting in remote destinations, red-eye flights, and a sense of adventure was how Nick and I started our relationship five years ago. We dated for three years long distance between New York City (where I was an entertainment editor) and Hawaii (where Nick worked at Pearl Harbor), and somewhere between all the distance between us we just kept getting closer.

It only seemed fitting when Nick proposed in one of my favorite places in New York City’s Central Park, that we take engagement photos in one of our favorite destinations together — Big Sur, California. The rugged coastline, sweeping views of the Pacific, lush green bluffs, and the wild open of the California air were definitely calling. Thankfully, our incredible photographer Christine Donee was up for the adventure!

The early part of the day was rainy and blustery and as Nick and I drove the 5 hours up California’s Highway 1 in order to meet Christine in a remote section near Julia Pfeiffer State Park “just in time for magic hour” the hour was looking less than magical with storm clouds rolling in. And then in a twist of pure west coast magic, the storm clouds scattered away and we were lucky enough to get 1 hour of beautiful Big Sur weather for shots along the beaches and bluffs.

And then just like that we were off again, with me jetting off on a red-eye to Nashville to be on the red carpet at the CMA Awards the next morning and Nick headed to Los Angeles.

We’re so grateful to Christine for being able to capture this magic moment, where for a little while, time and distance seemed to stand still. We’re getting hitched in spring in 2017 in the equally gorgeous destination of Santa Ynez, California.

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Photography: Christine Donee Photography | Dress: Vow To Be Chic | Makeup: Glamsquad | Hair: Drybar | California coastline : Big Sur

Snow In Texas Makes For The Perfect Intimate Winter Wedding

This couple knew they wanted a winter wedding but didn’t necessarily expect a snow storm in Texas! But with the snowy weather came an ultra romantic feel, adding touches of shimmering white to the trees outside the chapel where the ceremony took place. With a neutral color palette and dramatic hints of deep red, the florals by Twigs & Twine Events felt wintery and festive for the time of year. Finch Photography captured the beautiful day and the gallery will have you dreaming of a white winter wedding – no doubt!


From the photographer… Stephanie and Carter knew that they wanted a cold-weather wedding following the conclusion of football season, but they never expected that they’d be surrounded by snow in Texas! As guests began to arrive, the winter storm arrived, too. The cold weather kept everyone inside, making the wedding festivities so much more intimate! Thankfully, the bride stayed warm in a fur wrap from Royal Scout & Co. That added an elegant touch to her modern Jesus Peiro gown. The southern oak trees that lined the entrance to the chapel were brushed with snow which beautifully complimented the traditional ceremony. After the ceremony, guests were surrounded by hundreds of romantic candles and a neutral color palette with pops of marsala throughout the winter florals. Following a delicious dinner from Knife Steakhouse and heartfelt toasts from the maid of honor and father of the bride, guests danced for hours with one of Dallas’ award-winning bands. Ben Finch and Candlelight Films did a fabulous job capturing every detail of the night but also the JOY that everyone shared!

Being from Knoxville, Carter had three requests for the wedding – a UT checkerboard end zone on his grooms’ cake, to sing “Rocky Top”, and to celebrate the special occasion with Tennessee moonshine! The ever-so-important checkerboard end zone was accompanied by building equipment surrounding the cake as a nod to Carter’s job as a construction engineer and his love for hands-on projects. Other Tennessee traditions were woven into the night’s events amongst the all of the sparkle and monograms that Stephanie knew she needed to have! Stephanie also hand-wrote the calligraphy place cards that each guest found at their table to add a personalized touch to the decor. After graduating from Auburn University and getting engaged at the iconic Samford Hall, Stephanie and Carter made it a priority to incorporate traditions from their college town. The bride and groom descended the modern staircase as they exited through a sea of orange and blue shakers as friends and family cheered ‘War Eagle’!

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Photography: Finch Photo | Videography: Candlelight Films | Coordination: Twigs & Twine Events | Floral Design: Twigs & Twine Events | Wedding Dress: Jesus Peiro | Cake: Colleen's Cakes | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Knife | Hair + Makeup: Maitee Miles | Band: Royal Dukes Band | Transportation: Silver Image Limo | Venue: The Highland Dallas | Chapel: Perkins Chapel