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A Vibrant Summer Wedding Inspired By The Vineyards In Tuscany

Filled with bright colors and bold textures, this summer wedding is sure to sweep you off your feet. Valley & Co. planned and designed the vibrant day, bringing the couple’s vision to life of a romantic old-world garden inspired wedding.  You can feel the joy and love bursting through the beautifully imagery captured by Ryan Flynn Photography.  Take a trip to the full gallery to fall in love with every magical moment.




From Valley & Co.A decadent Jewish wedding inspired by vineyards in Tuscany, this design was a delight to create. The statement chuppah was dripping with vibrant summery hues and grape vines, our bride Rachel delighted in her off-shoulder frock, and the dining experience was a study in elevated rustic fare.



From the couple… We went to college together and met during my freshman year. We made plans to see each other the next day and as they say, the rest is history. While jobs and PhD programs separated us physically over the last 8. 5 years of our relationship, the emergence of remote work during the pandemic gave us the perfect opportunity to finally settle down together with a (rental) house of our own. During our wedding venue hunt we saw many beautiful properties across the greater Seattle area, but Chateau Lill immediately spoke out to both of us.



From the ceremony lawn tucked between tall evergreen trees to the beautifully draped reception tent to the alpacas on the farm next door peeking their heads over the fence, we were in love. Our inspiration for the day was a romantic, old-world, garden wedding and our planning team, Valley & Co.,  executed our vision to a T. Aleah went out of her way to incorporate meaningful Jewish elements for us like our chuppah topped with a family heirloom handsewn by my great-grandmother. To all future brides, I have one piece of advice (adapted from the infamous Ferris Bueller’s Day Off): “Life Your wedding moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”



Photography: Ryan Flynn Photography | Cake: Ruth-Anne Ford Cakes | Stationery: Libby Tipton | Lighting: Lightsmiths | Venue: Chateau Lill | Event Planning, design, and floral: Valley & Co. | Farm tables: Seattle Farm Tables | HAMU: Salon Maison | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Tabletop: Great Jones NW

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This Couple Tied the Knot Over 10,000 Feet Above Sea Level at a Venue Only Accessible by Gondola!

Fly above the clouds to a romantic ceremony and epic reception in the Rockies with today’s gorgeous real wedding planned by Simplify Telluride. The sweet couple tied the knot at San Sophia Overlook at Telluride Ski Resort, a location so special it’s only accessible by gondola… talk about an entrance your guests won’t soon forget! Bows and Arrows delivered a burst of wildflower magic to the mountains in the form a living aisle and lush chuppah, dressed in lavender and cream hues. Mountain brides, don’t miss out on the full gallery soaring with endless inspiration – all taken by Nate Puhr!

Joy and Zach met in November of 2019 through the dating app, Hinge. They started officially dating six weeks after their first date, and said “I love you” three weeks after that. “It was an easy and exciting love, with immense certainty that this was ‘it’ for the both of us,” shares Joy.

On June 18, 2021, the pair both had the day off from work and decided to make brunch reservations at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. The lakeside restaurant was a favorite of theirs, and the perfect outing for a summer day. Upon entering the park, Zach began to weave them through the manicured pathways, eventually landing upon the Conservatory Water. It was at the famous Model Boat Pond that Zach got down on one knee and proposed, eliciting uncontrollable tears of happiness and excitement. It was only after the tears had cleared that Joy learned the boathouse reservation was only a ruse to get her to the park, and brunch was to be saved for another day. The rest of the day (and weekend) was filled with surprises from family and friends, and even a surprise photoshoot to capture their Central Park proposal.

It was at the end of the weekend, after a series of nine celebratory surprises, that Joy asked Zach what made him want to plan so much for their proposal. He answered by saying, “I wanted the proposal to be so much more than just one moment so that your feeling of excitement and happiness would never end.” Zach and Joy got married on August 21, 2022 in Telluride, Colorado. Joy shares, “As an event planner in New York City, I have produced countless events across the city, getting to know the local venues and staff on a personal level. To find a New York venue that didn’t remind me of work would have been a challenge, and I wanted our wedding day to be completely ours. Two weeks after our engagement, Zach and I traveled to Telluride, Colorado to visit his parents. Over the course of our relationship, Telluride had become one of our favorite destinations and places to be. It always felt like a little sliver of magic that we were so lucky to call our home away from home. It was on this trip that we realized there’s no better place to get married than Telluride. To be able to celebrate our love in our favorite place, surrounded by our favorite people, would be the greatest gift.”

Now, they knew that getting married in the mountains would call for a very different type of wedding than their family and friends were used to. Instead of fighting the differences between the two coasts, they embraced them. “We strived to create a wedding that celebrated the ease and charm of the West Coast, while maintaining the elegance of the East Coast. Our goal was to design a wedding that felt unique, memorable, and most importantly, fun. Our ceremony took place at San Sophia Overlook, a mountain-top ceremony site overlooking the town of Telluride and the San Juan mountains. As the venue is located 10,540 ft above sea level, the only way to access the site is by gondola. This unique method of transportation was an unusual and exciting way for our guests to enter the wedding ceremony. As the ceremony site featured the most stunning mountain views, our goal was to complement the natural surroundings and not compete with it. We wanted to have a traditional chuppah that is customary in Jewish weddings, but design a structure that enhanced the scenery. A growing aisle of greenery and wildflowers lead to the chuppah, comprised of cream and lavender tones to mirror the mountains. The overgrown aisle led directly up the chuppah walls, creating a romantic and natural design that felt as though it was growing from the ground up. The top of the chuppah remained bare so that the beautiful backdrop could shine through.”

The reception was held in a barn mid-mountain, providing breathtaking views of the Wilson Mountain Range. The theme of rustic-elegance carried through the cocktail hour and reception, touching all aspects of the event from the music to the design. As guests entered the venue, servers passed specialty cocktails that complemented the setting, including Joy’s favorite “Ranch Water” and an aptly named “San Sophia Spritz”. Escort cards were displayed in a flower-filled truck, putting a fun spin on the traditional seating table, and offering an informal photo moment for guests. The cocktail hour took place on the outdoor deck and a live band specializing in country music helped set the scene. With the sun beginning to set over the mountains, they were able to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and host their special dances on the outdoor deck, with all their family and friends in view. “This moment will always be one of our favorites,” reflects Joy. As guests entered the venue for the reception, the barn doors were decorated with overflowing greenery and floral, creating a welcoming entrance and focal point. “We used the upper deck of the barn for a seated dinner, which allowed for an intimate dining experience with our family and friends.” Through design, the reception space felt like a continuation of the outdoors. Ceiling beams were organically wrapped with loose greenery, and tables alternated between tall branch-like arrangements and mono- botanical centerpieces. An abundance of candlelight was used throughout the upper deck to create a soft glow during dinner. “It was through the balance of floral and design that we were able to lean into the rustic barn aesthetic, but maintain an elevated feel. Post-dinner guests were ushered downstairs for dancing. It was important to us that the dance floor felt upbeat and high-energy, as our guests had been sitting through the full dinner service. We worked on a tight setlist with our band and made sure to eliminate any slow songs from the mix. Shout, which is Zach’s favorite wedding song, was given an incredible twist by the band, making it a highlight for many of our guests. Light-up cowboy hats were passed around the dance floor, adding to the fun energy and electric feel.

“Zach and I always wanted our wedding to be unique, memorable, and fun. To achieve this, we focused on a few ‘surprise and delight’ moments that strayed from a conventional wedding. As part of our cocktail reception, we created a hidden whiskey bar in one of the historic saloons on property. We left the saloon outfitted as it typically is, with animal skin rugs, wooden benches, and a potbelly fireplace. We loved that the bar was found via word-of-mouth and added a fun western touch to the cocktail hour. While we were adamant about having a traditional wedding cake, we were open to doing something a little more unconventional for a dessert station. By utilizing the existing fire pits on the outer deck, we were able to create a deluxe s’mores station for our guests. This gave our family and friends a unique activity post-dinner and allowed everyone to spend a little more time outside. The blend between the indoors and outdoors was key for us, and the pop-up dessert station was the perfect way to bring guests from one space to another.

While our wedding ceremony was full of traditions including a customary bridal party, tallit chuppah, and breaking of the glass, we still wanted it to feel uniquely ours. We personalized our ceremony by writing our own vows to each other, keeping the vows hidden from each other until our wedding ceremony. This allowed us to be truly present during the ceremony, as the emotions of giving and receiving such powerful promises are once in a lifetime. We plan to print our vows into keepsake books so that we will always have them to look back on. Additionally, we asked Zach’s best friend of over 25 years to be our officiant, instead of a traditional Jewish rabbi. Having someone so meaningful to us perform our wedding ceremony was one of our greatest and easiest decisions. We were able to go into our wedding weekend feeling confident that we were in good hands, and that one of our best friends would be able to share this lifelong memory with us.

The dress code for our wedding was black-tie optional, giving guests the opportunity to dress in black tie or formal attire. It was important to us that our wedding felt elevated but also appropriate for our mid-mountain reception. Zach custom designed a navy tuxedo at the Knot Standard showroom in New York. While Zach was open to wearing a suit at our wedding, I had always envisioned him in a classic tuxedo. We were able to meet in the middle and design a navy tux with black detailing, a look that felt sophisticated yet relaxed. Zach paired his custom tuxedo with black velvet loafers from To Boot New York. His wedding look was completed with Cartier cufflinks that were engraved with our initials and wedding date, and a new Rolex watch, gifted to him by his two brothers.

As I searched for my wedding dress, I had no idea of what I wanted. This flexibility made the process easier and harder at the same time. I was not limited with my offerings, but I had no clear direction to follow. It wasn’t until my associate at Mark Ingram Atelier provided the perfect solution. Upon giving her a few key words, including sleek, elegant, and fashion-forward, she was able to search through the salon inventory and pull out a dress she knew would be ‘the one’. And of course, she was right. I fell in love with the Mark Ingram Collection dress immediately, loving the clean lines, architectural neckline, and modern side-slit. I paired my wedding dress with Jimmy Choo heels and pearl earrings that were borrowed from my mother. These earrings were so special to me, as they were also worn by my sister on her wedding day. I loved feeling like we were all connected.”

Photographer: Nate Puhr | Florals: Bows and Arrows | Wedding Dress: Mark Ingram Atelier | Cake: Kelly Gray Cakes | Ceremony Location: Telluride Ski Resort | Reception Venue: Telluride Ski Resort | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Haley Skye Makeup | Hair: Moxie Loft | Lighting: Ryan Griz | Band: Denver Radio Band | Groom's Attire: Knot Standard | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: To Boot NY | Invitation Suite: Julie Maloof Designs | Music: Synesthesia | Planning: Simplify Telluride | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals | Wedding Submission Services: Published Pretty

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Old World Elegance At Windemere Farms Editorial With Horses

A working horse farm meets incredible old world elegance at this Texas editorial.  Event design by Kailee Roberts is pure magic, from the open air ceremony to the tented reception styled in shades of marigold, blush, and blue.  Floral design by Truth & Blooms brings the story of the day to life, and workshop host and photographer Jenna McElroy artfully captures every elegant detail.  You’ll fall head over heels in love inside the full gallery.




From Kailee RobertsFor this editorial, I really wanted to channel an old world aesthetic. Windemere Farms, a working horse farm, gives a private estate vibe, and has buildings that date back to the 1800s- so I took old world, and ran with it!



We also had to bring in some fun horse touches, because why not! The lace overlay on the reception table, and the envelope liner with a vintage image of a farm are some of my favorite old school touches. For the ceremony spot, we really wanted to showcase the stunning hill country views, so we stayed low and lush with the florals.



Back at the sperry tent, touches of blush, marigold, blue, and silver adorned the reception table. Lastly, we took our couple to have a photoshoot with the resident horses, which truly tied our whole story together!



Event Design: Kailee Roberts Design | Floral Design: Truth & Blooms | Cake: Olivia + Aries | Shoes: BHLDN | Jewelry: Nicole Mera | Bridal Accessories: Wayfarer Bride | Bride Model: Sarah | Film Scans: PhotoVision Prints | Groom Model: Javian | Linens: Nuage Linens | MUAH: Think Brink Beauty | Paper Design: Bryker Design Co. | Photography & Workshop Host: Jenna McElroy | Pink Reception Dress: Monique Lhullier | Rentals: Luxe Event Decor | Styling Mats: Madison Popkess | Table Rentals: Table Manners | Video: Alyssa Nikole Photography | Wedding Dress Designer: Millia London | Windemere Farms: Windemere Farm Weddings

Whimsical Modern Wedding Filled with Ikebana-esque Florals

Happy New Year, friends!! Today we’re kicking off the 2023 wedding season with a modern oode to Spring. From the Ikebana-esque florals by Hawthorn Flower Studio to the bride’s handmade gown by her mother – there are so many beautiful details to fall for at the full gallery, all captured by Meiwen See and planned by Natalie Choi Events!

From Natalie Choi Events… Anh & Henry were married in March as winter just turned to spring, and their wedding reflected the beauty of spring along with many handmade touches. Anh’s wedding dress was lovingly handmade by her mother, and she designed and letterpressed their paper goods. 

We decided to highlight the delicacy of spring blooms with modern, minimal ikebana-esque floral arrangements. In particular, we designed an escort display of clear acrylic boxes, each housing a different ikebana arrangement. 

Their tablescapes were set with an array of textures, with velvet linens, gold-rimmed plates, acrylic chairs, and matte black flatware for a touch of mood. 

Guests dined outside under the string lights, dancing the night away.

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Photography: Meiwen Wang | Videography: Hip Hip Hooray dot Love | Event Planning: Natalie Choi Events | Floral Design: Hawthorn Flower Studio | Cake: From Flour | DJ: Dart Collective | Wedding Venue: Inn At Park Winters | Beauty: Urban Beauty Loft | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Photobooth: Chroma Photobooth | Rentals: Standard Event Rentals

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Intimate Wedding Under the Tuscan Sun at Villa Montanare

Food, wine and family were at the core of today’s intimate wedding at Villa Montanare in Cortona (yup, the little town where Under The Tuscan Sun was filmed!) From the welcome pizza party to the romantic wedding day – every moment of their wedding weekend was planned to perfection by Lione Weddings and the bride herself in order to create a truly authentic experience. Guests dined among the cypress trees underneath three breathtaking arches by Flowers Living complete with chandeliers hanging from above. See all the steal-worthy details at the full gallery, captured by Stella Mia Photography!

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Ardriana and Zach always loved traveling abroad, exploring new places and cuisines. During their first trip to Italy, they had dreamt and joked about getting married there one day. With their family roots originating there and their love for travel, it felt only fitting. As a a wedding planner and a bride, Ardriana knew she wanted their wedding to be an experience for their friends and families.

Like many couples in 2020, they decided to postpone their celebrations abroad. During the wait, Ardriana & Zach celebrated an intimate ceremony on New Years Day, 2021 in Rhode Island, surrounded by a select few family and friends.

Once June 2022 came, Ardriana & Zach, rented a villa to host their wedding party for their stay in Tuscany, while their additional guests stayed throughout beautiful hotels nearby – totaling 40 guests joining in their intimate celebration. There were several events leading up to the wedding day, including a spa day, pasta-making course and welcome pizza party with a vineyard tour to finish off the week. The welcome party featured live music, great pizza and dream-worthy gelato.

The wedding venue, Villa Montanare, was the easiest decision they made. With the venue just moments from the picture-perfect town of Cortona. Every decision from there was made with purpose. The bride, Ardriana chose to stay very true to herself on her wedding day, with her natural curls and family heirloom accessories.

For the groom, Zach, it was important he wore a comfortable yet tailored linen suit from a Rhode Island based company. He decided on cuff links from DelBrenna, a jewelry company within Cortona, along with a gifted signet ring, engraved from his mother.

The goal for their celebrations were focused on food, wine, and family. The decision to host their wedding abroad brought its challenges, but they are grateful for their vendors for sharing in their vision, their families for trusting in it and all of their friends for leaning into it.

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Ardriana and Zach always loved traveling abroad, exploring new places and cuisines. During their first trip to Italy, they had dreamt and joked about getting married there one day. With their family roots originating there and their love for travel, it felt only fitting. As a a wedding planner and a bride, Ardriana knew she wanted their wedding to be an experience for their friends and families. Like many couples in 2020, they decided to postpone their celebrations abroad. During the wait, Ardriana & Zach celebrated an intimate ceremony on New Years Day, 2021 in Rhode Island, surrounded by a select few family and friends. Once June 2022 came, Ardriana & Zach, rented a villa to host their wedding party for their stay in Tuscany, while their additional guests stayed throughout beautiful hotels nearby – totaling 40 guests joining in their intimate celebration. There were several events leading up to the wedding day, including a spa day, pasta-making course and welcome pizza party with a vineyard tour to finish off the week. The welcome party featured live music, great pizza and dream-worthy gelato. The wedding venue, Villa Montanare, was the easiest decision they made. With the venue just moments from the picture-perfect town of Cortona. Every decision from there was made with purpose. The bride, Ardriana chose to stay very true to herself on her wedding day, with her natural curls and family heirloom accessories. For the groom, Zach, it was important he wore a comfortable yet tailored linen suit from a Rhode Island based company. He decided on cuff links from DelBrenna, a jewelry company within Cortona, along with a gifted signet ring, engraved from his mother. The goal for their celebrations were focused on food, wine, and family. The decision to host their wedding abroad brought its challenges, but they are grateful for their vendors for sharing in their vision, their families for trusting in it and all of their friends for leaning into it.

Photography: Stella Mia Photography | Cinematography: Lumos Produzioni | Event Planning: Lione Weddings | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Dress: Yris Bridal Design | Cake: Preludio Catering | Invitations: Babooche Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: Preludio Catering | Hair: Hair by Marisa Lee | Band: Wedding Music And Lights | Groom's Attire: Aldo’s House of Formals | Venue: Villa Montanare | Beauty: Ana Matanovic, Makeup Florence | Bride's Hair Piece: Nea Milano | Cocktail Bar: Brindapino | Groom's Details: Delbrenna | Italy Venue: Villa Montanare | Rental Car: Do It In Tuscany | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Villa: Emma Villas

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You’ll Fall In Love With The Bride’s Blue Statement Bow On Her Wedding Dress!

It’s official, our bride Mary Grace found the perfect something blue for her wedding day.  Her Unveiled Bridal Collection dress had the most luxurious of details, a satin statement bow done in soft blue.  Shelia Vaught planned a day equally as beautiful as the bride’s attire, and Tanarah of Luxe Floral and Event Styling used beautiful blooms to bring the couple’s love story to life.   The love and joy of the day radiate in imagery captured by Kati Mallory Photo Design, visit the full gallery to see every single one.




When I walked into Mary Grace’s childhood home, I gasped. Hanging from the window frame in her parent’s bedroom was her gorgeous wedding dress, complete with a custom blue statement bow that draped down the back in stunning satin. Paired with her timeless blue Manolo Blahnik heels, she was a vision! One of the most fun details that circulated throughout the day was the appearance of white hydrangeas.



The bride’s mother had some growing out in front of her home, so we were able to incorporate those into the detail shots. Hydrangeas were blooming in full at the Country Club of Little Rock, which provided a perfect backdrop for the portraits of the bride and groom! But the bride wasn’t the only one with a unique and custom fashion look! Richard, the groom, had custom Stubbs and Wooten shoes made with his soon-to-be bride’s initials.



They were a showstopper and took his look to the next level when paired with his classic tuxedo. With her sister and friend on her side in their unique patterned blue bridesmaid dresses, Mary Grace wed Richard at her childhood church. They celebrated with a beautiful reception at the Country Club of Little Rock overlooking a golf course. The reception mirrored the statement bow on Mary Grace’s dress – blue and white, in elegant and timeless decor.



Photography: Kati Mallory Fine Art Photography | Event Planning: Shelia Vaught | Floral Design: Tanarah -Luxe Floral and Event Styling | Wedding Dress: Unveiled Bridal Collection | Cake: PattiCakes Bakery | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Country Club Of Little Rock | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG | Beauty: Heather Ezell | Beauty: Vanessa Russell

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A Timeless And Colorful Southern Affair On The Waterfront

This Charleston wedding is classic, timeless, and totally stunning.  We Do planned the perfect celebration of love done in a color palette of blue and white with hints of blush.  Floral design by Festoon is utterly romantic, and every magical moment is beautifully captured in imagery by Kati Mallory Photo Design. You can swoon over all the pretty inside the full gallery.




From the bride (a photographer herself!)… August and I have been lucky enough to call Charleston home for the past five years, so it was an easy decision to host our wedding in our ‘backyard’! We wanted to craft a unique and beautiful wedding experience for our guests infused with personal touches that represented our story and us as a couple. We wanted to create a true Lowcountry experience for our guests, so we chose to have our Charleston wedding ceremony and reception on the waterfront, with an outdoor ceremony framed by Spanish moss and beautiful garden-inspired florals, and touches of elevated coastal accents throughout the reception.



We chose the beautiful historic downtown Charleston as the backdrop to many of our wedding party and couple’s portraits to tie together our time in Charleston, forever captured in our wedding imagery. As a subtle nod to us meeting each other while working in the aerospace engineering industry nearly 7 years ago, we chose to sneak in airplane accents in our seating chart and table setting stationery. Each guest’s seating assignment was represented by one of 8 different types of aircraft that August and I have each worked on throughout our careers.



Working with our incredible planner & vendor team, we strived to balance personal touches throughout with delicate, coastal design details that made our wedding from start to finish feel like ‘us’ and help tell our unique story. Weddings are one of the few times in your life when you get the chance to see all your favorite people that helped bring you to this point in time in one place and we couldn’t be happier with how our wedding turned out. It was an experience both we and our guests will cherish forever!



Photography: Kati Mallory Fine Art Photography | Event Planning: We Do | Floral Design: Festoon | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Wedding Venue: Creek Club At Ion | Beauty: Silhouette on Site

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We’re Obsessed With This Organic Inspired “Plant Yourself” Seating Chart Vignette!

Earthy, neutral tones and an air of effortless elegance are giving us a serious crush on this California wedding.  Amorology planned and designed a day filled with carefully curated details, like a “plant yourself” seating chart vignette adorned with an organic inspired floral arch.  Floral design by Floraltique uses interesting elements like cacti, agave, and fresh flowers for a combination that will leave you breathless.  Every incredible element is elegantly captured in imagery by Mallory Dawn Photography, we’re sharing a closer look inside the full gallery.




From Mallory Dawn PhotographyLauren & Sameer’s wedding at the Onmi La Costa Resort was largely inspired by beautiful neutral earthy tones such as sage, taupe, and agave. The resort provided the perfect setting for the couple and their guests with an abundance of clean lines, white backdrops, and Spanish tile for each portion of the day.



One special design element was the “plant yourself” seating chart vignette, adorned with a floral arch, cacti, and fresh agave. Lauren embodied classic elegance in her modern, sleek gown with a cathedral-length veil while Sameer wore a muted olive linen suit. Another fun element the couple was excited about was the custom matches for their guests with their beloved Frenchie printed on top.



The guest experience the Amorology team created was one of a kind. For the reception, the couple’s friends and family were greeted with luxurious velvet linens and lush florals, all while getting to dine under the stars.



Photography: Mallory Dawn Photography | Floral Design: Floraltique | Hair and Makeup: Beauty By Melina | DJ: Vox DJs | Venue: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa | Backdrop: Backup Backdrops | Dessert: HEY THERE CUPCAKE | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Paper: Four Things Paper | Planning / Design: Amorology | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Catalog Atelier | Rentals: Adore Folklore | Rentals: Hostess Haven

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Effortlessly Elegant Gilded Mansion Wedding

It’s elegance all the way at this Newport wedding.  Held at a Rosecliff Mansion, this gilded celebration planned by Jacqueline Denise Events pulls out all the stops.  Stoneblossom Florals filled the day with lush white floral installations that are not to be missed, and By Halie Wedding Photography artfully captured all the love and joy of the day inside elegant imagery.  You won’t want to miss a single moment inside the full gallery.




From InquisitedWho knew the day Anastasia stepped in to sub for a recreation league baseball game that she’d be meeting her future husband! Kyle provided Anastasia a ride home after the game, and the two began their relationship soon after that day. Years later, the couple spent an afternoon at a cemetery near Kyle’s mother’s grave.



Their proposal that day felt unique to their love story, as Anastasia recalls it fondly, discussing the beautiful foliage and their plans for their future. Their tenderness and dedication
toward each other are felt in every detail of their love story and wedding day. This light-infused wedding is draped in gilded beauty from floor to ceiling. Lush greenery is a focal point for color as well as design.



The venue boasts perfectly manicured gardens that create a dream backdropfor the wild mix of eucalyptus and ferns. Even the green botanical printed table linens match with ease. The wedding day dances between natural-meets-manicured and gothic-meets-romantic. Inside, we seeornate golden chandeliers, painted ceiling murals, and an extravagant red velveted staircase. But unlike many indoor venues, it’s infused with light. Ivory curtains and florals enliven every direction.



Photography: By Halie | Videography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Jacqueline Denise Events | Floral Design: Stoneblossom Floral and Wedding Design | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Stationery: Inquisited | Rings: Date & Time | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kennedy Blue | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Hair and Makeup: Tina Sullivan with FŌRMA the salon | Band: Murray Hill Talent | Tuxedos: Regan Clothier | Wedding Venue: Rosecliff Mansion | Dress Store: Vows | Rentals: Uniquely Chic Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Veil and Alterations: Hope Stanley

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Goodstone Inn Summer Wedding with Blush, Peach, and Hot Pink Florals

This vibrant color palette is sure to put a smile on your face.  The beautiful Virginia wedding was a sweet celebration of love, filled with bright bursts of cheery hues and the dreamiest of floral installations designed by Flor de Casa.  From the outdoor ceremony to the tented reception, every detail of the day was artfully captured in elegant imagery by Brigitte Renee Photography.  You won’t want to miss a minute of all the lovely inside the full gallery.




From Brigitte Renee PhotographyTalk about true love. The groom is so into this bride that even though he is allergic to her dog, he took Benadryl for their entire relationship, and even bought another Frenchie after they moved in together.



Benadryl was a gift to him from the Maid and Matron of Honor! It was only fitting that the two pups walked down the aisle just before bride as part of their wedding party.

Their day was detailed by their love of wine with their seating chart and table settings, and was both a classic and timeless celebration. It was a beautiful celebration of love.



Photography: Brigitte Renee Photography | Floral Design: Flor de Casa Designs | Wedding Dress: Love Couture Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revolve Clothing | Catering: Goodstone Inn | DJ: Chris Laich Music Services | Wedding Venue: Goodstone Inn | Beauty: Makeup by Ana B

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Colorful Southern California Wedding at Belmond El Encanto

Kathryn and Hunter’s Santa Barbara wedding day planned by Event of the Season was jam-packed with steal worthy details – from the sun-soaked ceremony to the poolside reception. Camellia Floral Design transformed the space into lush garden oasis complete with textured linen, pastel colors and café lights. Don’t miss out on the full gallery captured by Tanya Menoni to see all the pretty!

From Tanya Menoni… Kathryn and Hunter celebrated their wedding day at the picturesque Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara, CA. Designed by Event of the Season, the wedding featured classic style with whimsical and colorful details. 

The couple decided not to do a first look, opting instead to see each other for the first time as Kathryn walked down the aisle. 

After the ceremony, the outdoor space was transformed into a floral-filled reception for guests to dine under the stars. 

Textured blue linens, colorful florals and pastel china combined to create a stunning scene. Kathryn and Hunter danced the night away with their friends and families before departing through a sea of streamers to their getaway car!

Photography: Tanya Menoni | Videography: Hoo Films | Event Design: Event of the Season | Floral Design: Camellia Floral Design | Cake: Lele's Patisserie | Ceremony Venue: Belmond El Encanto | Hair and makeup: Samara Beauty | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Band: West Coast Music | Ceremony music: Organic String Quartet | Dinner music: Gavin Roy | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Paper goods: Tiny Shindigs | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Rentals: Theoni Collection

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This Bold Red French Château Wedding Will Capture Your Hearts With Feelings of Amour!

Mary & Virgile’s exquisite Château de Champlâtreux wedding has us feeling nothing but amour! The grande venue and its acres of lush greenland, located just an hour from Paris, created an enchanting backdrop, which was embellished by the aesthetic eye of Anne Laure Weddings. Uses of deep burgundy and jewel tone accents popped against muted blush and cream hues – a perfect balance of bold and beautiful, seen in everything from the stunning tablescape to Floraison Paris’ blooms. Every moment of their indoor reception looked like a scene straight out of a Regency-era romance. See why French château weddings never fail to capture our hearts in the full gallery, captured by Elias Kordelakos!

From the bride & Groom… Virgile and Mary met on the fencing team at the University of Notre Dame, where they were both students at the same time for only one year. Mary graduated but Virgile remained at school for the next two years. Upon Virgile’s graduation, the couple moved to NYC. However, Virgile did not receive his visa to remain in the states and thus had to move back to France (his home country). In the summer of 2018, he moved to Paris along with Mary. Although not knowing a single word of French, Mary left her life in the US behind and booked a one-way ticket to be with Virgile. Shortly after arriving in Paris, Mary and Virgile got engaged on a bateau mouche. The ring was Virgile’s late grandmother’s, a beautiful sapphire sourced directly from Ceylon. They decided to have a legal ceremony in May 2019 in Paris, at the 4th arrondissement town hall (where the couple lived at the time – in “le Marais” district of Paris). In France, the civil and religious ceremony are always separate. The couple decided to make the civil ceremony small and intimate, with only Virgile’s family (parents, brother and sister) and Mary’s parents in attendance. They decided that their friends and larger families would be invited to their religious celebration to be held sometime in the fall of 2020.

Mary and Virgile found Anne-Laure of Anne Laure Weddings to help them create their magical French fairytale wedding. Mary had always dreamed of getting married in a French chateau, which is why they travelled the country to find the perfect venue. The couple decided on Château de Champlâtreux both for its beauty and its proximity to Paris – only 45 minutes by car. Paris would be the host city for the 3-day celebration. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic the wedding that was originally scheduled for September 2020 was postponed to May 2021 and then shortly thereafter to December 2021. The couple had finalized every detail to have the Christmas fairytale wedding of their dreams, when less than 3 weeks before their wedding they had to postpone again due to the Omicron surge. Incredibly disappointed, the couple rescheduled and chose May 6, a date very close to their 3-year legal wedding anniversary (May 18th). Luckily, this 4th date ended up being the final! The details of the wedding changed drastically from September to December to May, as they were totally different seasons. However, the vendors and Anne-Laure did an amazing job making each design perfect, and ultimately May 6th ended up being the most perfect and magical day. The inspiration for the décor was largely driven from the venue itself – romantic, refined, and elegant. The church in town where the couple got married was filled with candles and flowers (done by the amazingly talented Floraison). The tablescape was straight out of a Bridgeton ball, with the candelabras, flowers, and place settings creating a beautiful and intimate environment. Mary and Virgile really loved the old car that they used to drive to and from the castle and church.

Making the 80 guests in attendance all feel included and incredibly special was the most important thing to Mary and Virgile, who were so appreciate of everyone who finally was able to attend their wedding after almost 4 years of planning it. This began by creating welcome bags filled with Mary and Virgile’s favorite things from Paris – like Puyricard chocolate, champagne, saucisson, etc. The welcome night celebration was held at one of Mary and Virgile’s favorite cocktail bars in Paris (the entire place was privatized for the whole evening). The wedding was truly a blend of French and American culture. As Mary’s family is American and does not speak French, the couple asked their close friend to translate Mary’s father and maid of honor’s (her sister) speeches. Virgile’s brother and father were able to do their speeches in both languages. We also made sure that translations were available throughout the wedding planning process – from the invitations to the wedding programs.

While the day itself was a complete dream (and one the couple will never forget!) their favorite moment of the weekend was the day after at the brunch. The couple had privatized a pétanque-bar (an official French pastime and game that is local to Virgile’s home in Provence). All the guests – both the French and American – were completely mixed, with some even making plans to meet up at later dates. The true blending of their families was what was most important to Virgile and Mary, and this would not have happened had the weekend not been as magical and perfectly planned as it was. Mary and Virgile are so appreciate of Anne-Laure and all their vendors who made this happen!

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Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Cinematography: Matthias Guerin | Coordination: Amoro Events | Event Design: Anne Laure Weddings | Event Planning: Anne Laure Weddings | Floral Design: Floraison | Reception Venue: Château de Champlâtreux | Catering: Grand chemin | Beauty: Sanni Sorma Makeup & Hair | Papery: Michaela McBride Calligraphy | Rentals: Joli Bazaar

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Gorgeous Garden Wedding Dripping In Greenery

Garden party lovers will love this sweet celebration done in pink and green.  Alex Austin Events & Design planned a day that dazzles, complete with a vintage beverage cart, twinkle lights, and three wedding cakes! Floral design by Elizabeth Earnest Florals was the exclamation point on the day, and Jillian Knight captured every magical moment in elegant imagery that is sure to stand the test of time.  Visit the full gallery for all the dreamy details.




From Alex Austin Events & DesignSamantha and Nick’s love story began in an unusual place. A place where they dressed in workout clothes, our hair untidy and body drenched in sweat – CrossFit. Nick remembers Samantha always arriving at the gym with a huge smile and simply beaming like a ray of sunshine, sometimes cheering Nick on while he would struggle to finish the session. After their workout, they would sometimes have a brief encounter before both would shuffle out the door. These moments would generally consist of her saying “hello,” asking how each other’s day was and chats about the workout, but that was really it. Fast-forward a few weeks… where they were out at a restaurant in downtown Raleigh with some friends watching the 2019 Super Bowl, when Nick said he saw that same beautiful girl out with her friends. It was one of those fateful moments where they looked at each other at the same time, made eye contact and, again, Nick said he saw that beautiful smile I had seen so many times at the gym. Samantha was quick to walk over to Nick’s table and they began chatting. That evening, time flew by. They talked about life, careers, future aspirations, religious beliefs, and much more. As the night concluded, we left the bar knowing that we had found our soul mate. Samantha is originally from Pinehurst and knew she always wanted to get married in her hometown. The Country Club of North Carolina just felt the quintessential Pinehurst destination, and the perfect spot for their wedding. The wedding was southern hospitality at its finest! We bring you the ultimate pink and green garden party in the Pines! For the ceremony we transformed an open field into an intimate and spiritual setting where this couple said “I Do”. Then off to the cocktail style reception where there were specialty cocktails (named after the couples beloved dogs) served from a vintage beverage cart, a live action artist, band, 3 cakes and all the food you could eat. The clear top tent overlooking the clubs lake was adorned with twinkle light, lanterns and dripping in greenery; it was truly spectacular. The luxe farm tables, metallic linens, velvet lounges and dusty pink and cream flowers; was the garden party the bride and groom had always wanted!



From the couple… To be honest, Samantha and I truly believe everything about that day was incredible, intimate and super special. However, if we had to choose one part; we both agree the wedding ceremony was our favorite part of the wedding day. We cannot begin to explain the lasting impact that this 25-30 minutes had on our lives. After Samantha and I walked down the aisle, we looked into the crowd and we immediately could sense the love and joy in the air. We were at this perfect ceremony, surrounded by all our friends, family and loved ones, it was a time where all the people we love were in one place celebrating the beginning of our marriage. Alex and team truly went all out, she listened to our ideas and visions, ran with it, and created something truly astonishing. The attention to detail was impeccable and it was personalized to us a couple which will be something we will always remember! We could not imagine a better day.



Advice we would give to future couples during the wedding process. Our advice to future newlyweds would be to enjoy each and every moment of it! Time truly does fly, don’t take it for granted. The entire process from start to finish is a great time, from choosing a venue to selecting your dress – enjoy the process and take it all in. Another thing that is important is to not be afraid of adding personal touches to your wedding. That day needs to be special and is a representation of each of you and your relationship as a whole. You will cherish it.



Photography: Jillography Wedding Photography | Cinematography: Hart to Heart Media | Event Planning: Alex Austin Events & Design | Floral Design: Elizabeth Earnest Florals | Wedding Dress: Tara Lauren | Cake: Sugar Euphoria | Invitations: Delighted Calligraphy | Reception Venue: Country Club Of North Carolina | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Birdy Grey | Lighting: TEC | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Kirk Tours & Limousines | Transportation: The Great Raleigh Trolley | Beauty: Blissful Muse Co. | Beverage Cart: Vita Mielie | Custom Cups: Surcie | Live Action Artist: Art by Ashley Triggiano | Rentals: Party Reflections | Rentals: Cottage Luxe | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: The Prettiest Pieces | Specialty Drinks: Reverie Cocktails

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Airy Summer Estate Wedding In The New York Countryside

Come inside this secret garden summer wedding.  Inspired by the natural beauty of The Mansion at Knox FarmEVL Events planned and designed a day that stuns.  Blooms by Beck & Forth have us swooning, from the ceremony in an open field designed with florals that seemed as if they were growing straight from the ground to the tented reception which continued the enchanted garden theme. Each artful image captured by Nicole Gatto Photography is more beautiful than the last, visit the full gallery to see them all.



Gina and Greg’s wedding reminds us all to be open to each experience as it finds you. The two met for the first time while working for a country club in New York. They remember feeling sparks from the very beginning. A few months later, they had their first date, and they’ve been laughing together ever since. Greg planned an elaborate scavenger hunt proposal around Buffalo.



The entire day was filled with stops at meaningful locations around the city, like where they shared their first kiss. The final stop, at one of their favorite hiking trails, ended in a picnic, a proposal, and a celebration with their closest family. Inspired by summertime and the natural beauty of The Mansion at Knox Farm, this wedding offered a romantic and welcoming space for their guests. The circular altar of white and green florals was set in front of a field grown wild with grasses and gentle forests.



Filled with a bounty of blooms, the gorgeous marquee-style white tent set a crisp and summery backdrop for the reception. Indoors, the mansion was decked in more florals, cascading down the staircase. For dessert, the couple pulled out all the stops for their guests with a table filled with chic and tasty treats.



Photography: Nicole Gatto Photography | Floral Design: Beck and Forth Co | Cake: Muscoreils | Stationery: Graphic Poetry Invitation | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Birdy Grey | Catering: Oliver's | Makeup: Brianna Ronan Beauty | Hair: Studio 2000 | Entertainment: H&H Entertainment | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Knox Farm State Park | Desserts: B Sweet Designs | Dress Store: Dahlia's | Lounge Rentals: Quaint | Planning and Design: Ellicottville Events | Rentals: Tesoro Event Rentals | Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events | Signage: Beck and Forth Co

5 DIY Tabletop Ideas for a Simple Holiday Dinner Party

Hosting a holiday dinner party is no small feat, so we’re here to help! We’ve rounded up some super simple DIY decor ideas for your holiday tablescape. And they’re all so cute, your guests will be raving about them until your next holiday party. 

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1 | Festive Garland Runner 

How gorg and modern is this festive garland runner? It’s the perfect way to add a little color to your table and give it all of those holiday feels. All you need is some eucalyptus garland and an assortment of colorful ornaments that coordinate with the rest of your holiday decor. Then, voila, you’re done and you look like a regular Martha Stewart! 

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2 | Christmas Town Upcycle 

Now it may seem like this one would take a while, but it’s surprisingly simple. And the best part, it’s sustainable too! Go to your local thrift store and you’ll no doubt find a plethora of mix-and-match holiday houses from holidays gone by. Get enough to make your own little Christmas village, then all you need is some Rust-O-Leum chalked spray paint. It works on ceramic and glass and there’s no sanding prep needed! Just spray and they’ll be dry before you’re ready to take the last batch of cookies out of the oven. Glitter is optional, of course, but always encouraged. 

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3 | Sweet Centerpieces

Okay, so these are just about the cutest most picture-perfect gingerbread houses we’ve ever seen. And no, we don’t expect you to be able to recreate this masterpiece in the wee hours the night before your big dinner party. Thankfully, there are a ton of pre-packaged gingerbread house options out there (even at your local craft store), so pick up a couple and don’t be afraid to color outside the lines when it comes to decorating. Get pre-made icing, sprinkles, and other fun goodies that fit with your holiday color palette and go to (gingerbread)town. 

PHOTO | The Pink Dream 

 

4 | Ornament Place Cards 

Is it just us or do place cards make everything seem so fancy? They’re the perfect way to dress up a house party! Add a holiday spin by using an ornament instead of your average paper place card. You can get really crafty and use your newfound calligraphy skills to write out your guests’ names in a metallic paint pen directly on the ornaments, or you can write their name out on a ribbon and fasten it to the top of the ornament.

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5 | Up Your Napkin Game

Sure, you could just fold the napkins and place them under the silverware like you do every night, but where’s the fun in that? Get your DIY on and turn the napkin into a festive shape like this adorable bow! If you don’t know where to start, here’s an easy-to-follow tutorial video.

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We hope these fun ideas gave you a little inspiration and a lot of holiday spirit–cheers from everyone at SMP! 

A Summer Romance Wedding at Magnolia Hill Farm

Love soft color palettes, hints of gold, and cute dogs? Buckle up, this wedding at Magnolia Hill Farm has it all and then some! Aisle + Co planned the decidedly dreamy day and made it into a celebration for the senses.  Of course, utterly romantic florals by Passiflora Designs never hurt.  We can’t help but adore every image expertly snapped by Hayley Moore Photography.  We know you’ll love each and every one as much as we do inside the full gallery.




From Hayley Moore PhotographyThis wedding is full of all the summer romance! Laura wore a romantic ball gown from Luxe Redux Bridal paired with a classic pointed heel but switching into the cutest sparkly platform sneakers for her reception to dance the night away in. Also featured in this wedding blog is a reception space full of intention and love, the most romantic florals from Passiflora Designs, and a gorgeous sunset portrait time in a grassy field. What I loved about this day is how it was surrounded by so much beauty in the smallest things; through the venue and its blank slate, the wedding colors and flowers, and all of the smiles and laughs.



Laura and Bill are surrounded with people who are full of so much fun and care. Their sunny wedding day started at the beautiful Magnolia Hill Farm in Ohio! The bridal suite was full of so much positive energy, I just knew it was going to be such a good one. Laura and her girls making tiktoks, the beauty team having the best conversations with every bridesmaid, seeing all of the floral designs coming in, I couldn’t help but become so excited for this day. An emotional first touch, short and sweet ceremony, lots of dancing, and a sparkler exit… this wedding was one to remember.



One of my favorite parts of the reception was Laura and her fathers first dance. It started off like your common first dances but in the middle, they switched up the song and started dancing to Ice Ice Baby. I couldn’t help but notice how strong of a relationship Laura and her father have, it was so beautiful to witness all of their sweet interactions.



Photography: Hayley Moore Photography | Design: lovely arrow designs | Event Planning: | Floral Design: Passiflora Studio | Wedding Dress: Essense Of Australia | Wedding Dress: Luxe Redux Bridal | Cake: cupcakes n cream | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | DJ: Turn Up Columbus | Wedding Venue: Magnolia Hill Farm | Beauty: Lauren Wolf Hair Design | Beauty: bailey thorpe | Pet Sitting: Lyds Pet Sitting

Get in the Holiday Spirit With This Christmas-Inspired Affair at Rosewood Miramar Beach!

Caroline & Matt’s wedding at Rosewood Miramar Beach is sure to get you into the spirit of the season! Amorology made the adoring couple’s wedding wishes come true the weekend before Christmas, transporting guests to a wonderland of love, complete with sweet mistletoe arrangements by Native Poppy! In a festive palette of red, blush, and white combined with silvery blues and dreamy sage hues, the merry affair paid homage to the magic of the season with sensational elements – like the charming advent calendar cabinet escort display, in which each guest received their very own snow globe! The full gallery by Brandon Kidd is a gift that will fill you with tidings of love and joy.

From Amorology… When you get married the weekend before Christmas, you can’t help but want to bring in all the joy of the holiday season as you gather with those you love most. For our sweet Caroline + Matt, who wanted a warm, inviting, and intimate day we couldn’t imagine anything more lovely than lush florals in shades of cranberry, rosy red, shell pink, bone, and evergreen with touches of dusty blue where their past would kiss the present under touches of mistletoe in a ceremony beside the sea. As guests entered the ceremony they were met with soft music by the string trio and were invited to take their seats on cane back upholstered chairs where a garden like aisle appeared to be growing from the ground and natural woven baskets with petals were placed on the ends of the chairs for tossing in celebration! The arch was the focal piece and held abundant blooms in varying shades of pinks, berry tones and winter whites.

Following their touching ceremony, guests made their way to the cocktail hour at the beautiful Rosewood Miramar Beach resort and were greeted by an oversized advent cabinet calendar that read “counting down the days with you” that we created to give a nod to the season and their family tradition of opening advent calendars each year. Upon the shelves guests found their names on custom-created snow globes filled with snow and mini christmas trees with table numbers. Guests were favored further with ornaments that they pulled from opening drawers below with numbers corresponding to the guest’s table assignments.

Honoring traditions old and new, a bucket list was provided and guests were encouraged to share their own holiday traditions that Caroline & Matt could incorporate into their new home together. Friends and family sipped on specialty cocktails coined The Lappe Hour (to honor Caroline’s last name) , The Maritime (a nod to Matt’s time in the Navy) and The Holiday (named after Caroline’s favorite movie) that were served up behind a green board & batten bar with mini wreaths hanging in each window. As a fun kismet moment, Cameron Diaz (the star from The Holiday) was seen wandering the grounds the day of their wedding during set up and just made it all seem meant to be!

As the sun set, guests were welcomed into the reception where shell-colored fabric draped the walls and abundance of florals and candlelight were found sprawling across ribbed wood tables paired with cadet blue velvet linens and lace overlays set with silver sage china. To play along to the advent calendar wall, table numbers were large-scale snowglobe cloches filled with bottlebrush trees and snow. Guest names were hand calligraphed onto blue silk ribbon that draped across the plates, inviting guests to sit and gather. Perhaps the most prominent piece in the room though was the beautiful floral patterned dance floor that we had custom created to replicate the envelope liner from their invitations created by Grey + Cake! 

A thoughtfully crafted hanging floral installation filled the ceiling above from Native Poppy with dripping sprays of mistletoe throughout, inviting guests out on the dance floor to give their loved ones a Christmas Kiss. As everyone took to the dance floor to dance the night away they paused for pink champagne cake adorned with rosy red florals and mini desserts that were nestled between evergreen trees placed in front of a fluted backdrop with a custom neon sign with the couple’s new last name ” The Van-Eerdens” . This backdrop later doubled as a fun photobooth for all in attendance as the couple headed off in the most darling pink and white get away car, named appropriately “the jolly”!

Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography | Cinematography: Ashley Rae Studio | Event Design: Amorology | Event Planning: Amorology | Floral Design: Native Poppy | Cake: Rosewood Miramar Beach | Invitations: Grey and Cake | Ceremony Venue: Rosewood Miramar Beach | Reception Venue: Rosewood Miramar Beach | Entertainment: Amigo Booth | DJ: Dart Collective | Beauty: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Musicians: OceanSide String Quartet | Rentals: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: greystone table

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This Tuscany Destination Wedding Perfectly Mixes Modern Styling With Traditional Elements

Travel to Tuscany for a classic wedding that will have you dreaming of a destination celebration in Italy.  Wonderlust Events planned a day that combined modern details with traditional elements.  Soft, romantic flowers in rattan pottery, by Lettre à Elise Events, lined tables for a stylish touch, while the local favorite Millefoglie cake was served at dessert.  You’ll love every incredible image beautifully captured by Anna Gianfrate Photography, see them all inside the full gallery.



Kelly and Ben’s destination wedding took place in Cortona in Tuscany, Italy at Villa Montanare. A private Tuscan home on a hill, where our couple hosted 80 of their closest friends and family. The color scheme of this wedding was greens, whites, and soft yellows. The ceremony took place at the back of the villa overlooking the beautiful rolling countryside with amazing picturesque views of the Tuscan hills. The arch of the ceremony was mainly made out of olive branches, with touches of white.



It was important to Kelly and Ben that the Italian atmosphere was carried throughout the day, so following the ceremony an Italian string trio played nostalgic Italian music. The caterers served food stands of different Italian foods, presented in wicker baskets, and a traditional gelato cart served gelato during this time to keep guests cool in the 30-degree heat.



The guests dined along 2 long tables dressed with neutral linen tablecloths. Beautiful soft flowers were presented in terracotta pottery and each place setting had a rattan charger, with a linen napkin and minimalist nude and white-toned stationery. As the sky got darker the olive trees lit up with beautiful fairy lights to bring all the romance. Kelly & Ben had a cake moment where they made a traditional Italian Millefoglie cake in front of guests and this was followed by their first dance under a canopy of lights, where their DJ played the night away.



Photography: Anna Gianfrate Photography | Wedding planner: Wonderlust Events | Floral Design: Lettre à Elise Events | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | stationery: Vine in the Wild | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Preludio Catering | Hair: Romina Pashollari | Hair & Makeup: Yasmin Schwitzer | Venue: Villa Montanare | Entratainment: Alma Project | Gelato cart: Cassia Vetus | Italian Villa: Villa Montanare

Chic Coastal Elopement Editorial With Organic Elements Along The Pacific Coast

If you love touches of organic elements mixed with the most stunning scenery, then this coastal elopement editorial planned and designed by Radiant Love Events is meant for you.  Views of the Pacific Coast were matched in beauty by free-flowing floral design by Wild and Behold Floralsand all artfully captured in timeless photography by Alicia Rinka Photography.  Each detail is better than the last inside the full gallery, be sure to see it all.



From Radiant Love EventsThis cliffside editorial in Rancho Palos Verdes, California is stylish, and elegant with touches of organic elements to match the views of the Pacific Coast. We were striving for a chic aesthetic infused with organic elements, and touches of modern details. Azalea, owner of Wild and Behold Florals brought the original idea of wildflower elegance while incorporating natural elements from her own garden. To help execute bringing her idea to fruition, Azalea partnered with Rachelle, owner of Radiant Love Events to thoroughly plan every detail.



A radiant, flawless bridal beauty look by Jean Kim, thoughtful details in stationery by Paper Mint Press are just a sampling of the talent included in this gallery. The wedding dress attire was essential to this editorial. We partnered with NWLA bridal boutique to acquire two looks for our bride. One focus was a stunning Lihi Hod dress with romantic long sleeves and pearls with a modern slit detail. The second dress we wanted to provide inspiration for the perfect ready-to-party moment and this short sequin dress by Naeem Khan was that and much more. Much of the emphasis of this editorial was developed from all the flower details. We wanted to stick with a neutral color palette that incorporated shades of grays, muted purples, and pops of white from the cosmo flowers.



The true and natural elements of dark purple kale and baby purple tomatoes were grown from Azalea’s garden which created an organic feel to the tablescape and ceremony flowers. The floral floor arrangements created a ring of flowers that represented harmony and love. We wanted the flowers to match the scenery of being by the Pacific Coast. Cosmos and Hellebore flowers represent balance, tranquility, peace, and love which are all words we as a group were striving to achieve for this editorial. They fit perfectly into the theme of getting married by the cliffside with a calming view all around. To tie in with the ambiance, Radiant Love Events worked with Sweet Lake Bakery to design a wedding cake with textural elements inspired by being surrounded by the water with waves and movement flowing into the cake design.



Photography: Alicia Rinka Photography | Cinematography: Two Fourteen Photography | Floral Design: Wild and Behold Florals | Wedding Dress: NWLA | Cake: Sweet Lake Bakery | Stationery: The Paper Mint Press | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Hair & Makeup Artist: Jean Kim | Location: Rancho Palos Verdes | Models: Willow Model Management | Planning & Design: Radiant Love Events | Reception Dress Designer: Naeem Khan | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Wedding Dress Designer: Lihi Hod


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This Timeless Kestrel Park Wedding Paid Homage to the Bride’s Culture With Shades of Blue

Samantha and Brendan’s idyllic Kestrel Park wedding paid homage to the bride’s culture in the most beautiful way. Inspired by delicate chinoiserie patterns and the venue’s natural beauty, TOAST Santa Barbara planned a timeless affair, interwoven with personal touches and beautiful blue hues. We’re head over heels for the dainty details featured on the couple’s wedding stationery by Julie King Studio, not to mention their adorable butterfly escort cards. Take a peek at this oh-so-pretty day and all of its sentimental surprises at the full gallery, captured by one of our faves – Jen Huang Photography!

From TOAST Santa Barbara… Inspired by her Chinese culture, Samantha and Brendan’s wedding design was inspired by beautiful chinoiserie patterns. From her invitations, to her bridesmaids dresses, to her wedding china, we used shades of blue and various patterns to create an elegant and timeless wedding design. We also pulled inspiration from the natural beauty of their wedding venue, Kestrel Park. Escort cards were shaped like butterflies, floral design incorporated local citrus and blueberry foliage and the linens were covered in embroidered vines much like the property.

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

From the bride… There have always been a few “details” that I hoped would materialize (I think millennials call this #manifesting) with our wedding. Since I was young, I knew I wanted to have a garden wedding, that I’d hold a bouquet of lily of the valley while my father walked me down the aisle, and I’d have a cathedral-length veil. My favorite childhood film was Alice in Wonderland and I always fantasized about throwing a fabulous adult garden party. There is something about the wonder of a bountiful garden that brings such joy and when we decided to host our ceremony and reception at Kestrel Park, it felt like all signs pointed to the garden party of our dreams.

 

What was your color palette and your style vision?

Kestrel Park has a 19th-century English country house with an exquisite country garden on the property. In keeping with the English country garden theme, our color palette was a lot of ivory, light and dusty shades of blue, and pops of green. Kestrel Park is naturally stunning and my amazing planner Tamara and I (oops, almost forgot Brendan :) ) wanted to compliment the existing landscaping by weaving in shades of green that matched the sycamore allee we walked down, the shades of blues from the delphiniums in the garden, and the bright ivory of my dress. It was important to me that I picked a planner that knew Kestrel Park inside and out, and Tamara nailed it in making sure that our color palette and design choices blended seamlessly with the flowers in bloom during late June. Stylistically, I wanted to make sure that we were creating a cohesive experience for guests beginning with the Save the Dates (that we had to send out twice due to our Covid postponement) and ending with the Haviland Ritz china pattern we used for our plates. For ambiance, Kestrel Park provided such natural splendor with the butterflies in the lavender bushes to the shade of the peach tree grove that we simply had to bring in a string quartet to set the tone for our garden fête.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

It truly takes a village to throw a wedding and we can’t thank our extremely talented friends and family enough. Brendan’s parents threw us the most special rehearsal dinner that included our Chinese tea ceremony with our closest friends and family the night before our wedding. I was lucky enough to wear the cheongsam (tea ceremony dress) that my mom wore to her tea ceremony and I hope to be able to pass on this beautiful heirloom one day as well as continue the tradition of the Tea Ceremony.

Our venue was a (beautiful) blank slate when it came to rentals, which allowed us to have a completely personalized wedding. Julie King designed our entire wedding suite and she took such a thoughtful approach to weave in our wedding florals, the natural flora and fauna from the garden, and personalized details like Chinese ginger jars and the double happiness symbol. It was important to me to pay homage to my Hong Kong heritage throughout the design process and it was so fun to see these elements woven in. You can never go wrong with a nod to chinoiserie!

We’re always thinking about our next glass of wine, so one of our favorite details was our wedding wine label. We always knew we wanted to serve Brendan’s family wine at our reception and enlisted our talented friend Lauren to design the labels. She is an amazing designer and we ended up with a fun label picturing two kestrels (we love a theme) representative of us!

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

My favorite moment was being walked down the aisle by my dad. I’m pretty sure that’s the equivalent of the dad Super Bowl.

A close second to this was spending the entire day with Brendan. We took an extremely untraditional approach to our wedding day starting with breakfast burritos with the wedding party, getting glammed with my bridesmaids while the guys popped in and out of our suite, and shuttling to the venue together. I wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s my best friend.

My favorite crafted detail was the personalized dinner menus that Julie created for our reception. When Tamara suggested we work with Julie on our suite, I knew I had to have her create our menu and all the day-of goods. Her food illustrations are so beautiful and fun, and we had them personalized for each guest to also double as name cards.

Cake: by Monique Chan (@therealchezmomo)
For our cake, we asked my childhood friend Monique to create something chic and delicious. Monique was Chef de Partie at The French Laundry and other Michelin-starred restaurants so we knew to give her full control over what she wanted to create and she did not disappoint. I’m not sure we’ll ever taste such a delicious confection ever again. Fun fact: Monique’s siblings were my parent’s ringbearers and flower girl!

 

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

1. Make a to-do and packing list!

As I was unpacking in Santa Ynez, I realized I forgot my second look (the most beautiful mini Carolina Herrera number) in San Francisco and had to quickly readjust my limited wardrobe. I ended up wearing my cheongsam (tea ceremony dress) to our rehearsal dinner/welcome party and shifted to wear my Marchesa welcome party dress as my second look at the wedding. Somewhere in between this chaos, I also realized I forgot to get that dress altered. Let’s just say I’m more of a big-picture person and a chronic under-packer. Thankfully, it was nothing my mom couldn’t quickly fix. Looking back, these moments bring the biggest smile to my face and I love that I have such a funny story to tell. Now I’m just waiting for someone to invite me to an extremely chic white party. Anyone!?

2. Hire a Tamara

Brendan and I joke that Tamara is the reason we got married. We met/began our wedding planning process in 2019 and while we knew we wanted a longer engagement because of Brendan’s business school schedule, we didn’t expect to have our wedding date pushed out further from Covid. Between the stress of planning a wedding in California while living in Massachusetts and Covid-related changes, we truly wouldn’t have been able to manage and throw an event without her expertise and guidance. As a couple, we made the conscious decision to focus on wrapping up business school, moving across the country, and hitting career milestones. It was such an obvious decision for us to hire a planner that just got it. I knew from the beginning I needed someone to help narrow down my choices while somehow reading my mind. I’ll never forget when Tamara asked me what flowers I wanted and I replied “white with leaves on it”. To this day, I couldn’t name half of the flowers we used but I know it’s exactly what I wanted. When you find the right planner (and friend), it just clicks!

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Event Planning: TOAST Santa Barbara | Floral Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: Julie King Studio | Catering: New West Catering | DJ: DJ Amara | Wedding Venue: Kestrel Park | Beauty: Chiali Meng | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: SPARK Creative Events | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola

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