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You’ll Love The Classic Charm Of This Chic Huntington Beach Wedding

The recipe for a perfect wedding? Chic details, a pretty color palette, and breathtaking views. This California wedding at Hyatt Huntington Beach has all three. With the help of Milk Events, the dreamy day delighted guests at every turn. A classic combination of green and white led the design and was highlighted in the fabulous flowers by De Flora Event Flowers. Mallory Dawn Photography was there to capture every magical moment in her artful imagery, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From the bride and groom… Geoffrey and I are college sweethearts who got engaged while both finishing graduate school. He popped the question in Malibu after a helicopter ride with just the two of us- something that I’ll cherish forever.



We visited many venues, but since Geoffrey’s family would be flying in from Taiwan, it was important to choose a venue where guests could feel like they were on vacation with easy access to their hotel rooms throughout the entire weekend. For that reason, we fell in love with Hyatt Huntington Beach for the resort feel and the beautiful ocean scenery as a backdrop for our ceremony.



Leaning into the classic wedding theme, I knew that I wanted specifically a film photographer to capture our wedding. I always love looking back at my parent’s old wedding and family photos and remember my dad using film cameras growing up. I knew we had to choose someone skilled in film photography so we chose Mallory from Mallory Dawn Photography and she was one of my favorite vendors to work with.



Photography: Mallory Dawn Photography | Videography: SJ Videography | Florals: De Flora Event Flowers | Catering: Top Catering | Band: Downbeat La | Ceremony Music: Mari Haig | Backdrops: Outsource Itt | Beauty: Vivian Tran | Draping: Team Impulse Events | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Planning & Design: Milk Events | Portrait Station: Halogen Pictures | Rentals, Dance Floor & Lighting: TMMPRO

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Hydrate Through the Holidays With Drinkware That’s Festive in More Ways Than One

Water = life, but not everyone loves the stuff — and that’s totally okay, if you can get hydrated in other ways (via more fruits and vegetables in your diet, drinking other thirst-quenching elixirs, avoiding alcohol in excess, etc.). But during the holidays, there are endless temptations and indulgences in our midst that make it hard to remember the easiest and simplest way to stay healthy: by hydrating. If you’re getting married, too, you have lots on the horizon for the new year, so you’ll want to ensure you’re in tip-top shape to plan a wedding and keep the “You’re engaged!!” party going from now through your nuptials. 

If drinking water isn’t headlining your to-do list (especially with an “I do” list getting longer by the minute), here’s a trick you can follow with picks from our own Style Me Pretty Shop: Sip from bottles and glasses, mugs and tumblers that celebrate your being a bride, with besties along for the ride. 

Photo by Anya Kernes Photography

Here are a few favorites from our Wedding Planning and Wedding Party Shops. 

The Tumblers 

A few years ago, the “Wedding Planning Wine Glass” was a staple for every bride, and while it’s definitely still a part of the planning-without-stress toolkit, we like the tumbler takeover. Our bride and bridesmaid tumblers are adorable and appropriately bridal without all the extra bling. Available in a white and blush palette, respectively, the tumblers say “bride” and “bridesmaid,” and are embellished with a diamond gem over the ‘i’ and a sweet hand-sketched heart at the end. The included metal straws are a perfect nod to eco-consciousness and sustainability, too. 

And if you’ll be having a holiday-themed bachelorette, then maybe think about having these festive “Wedding Party Cup” tumblers in tow for morning mocktails and post-drinking detox sessions. There are so many fun holiday recipes that can be mixed up sans spirits!   

 

The Mugs 

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t love a good “Does this ring make me look engaged?” mug, because we obviously do, but there’s something to be said for mugs that allude to an aisle in your (or your bestie’s) future without going too overboard. Our ceramic mugs absolutely #UnderstoodTheAssignment, and they’re fit to hold all of your favorite beverages, including hot and cold drinks such as coffee, cocoa, tea, juice, wine, beer and more. The latter of which aren’t all that hydrating, but it’d be a missed opportunity if we failed to mention them… 

For you – the bride 

This one features a carnation pink design with gold foil accents that display a lighthearted message of “Sipping Pretty.” And what bride doesn’t want to be sitting pretty while their planning is underway? Sending those safe, stellar, comfortable, and confident vibes out into the universe can only manifest good things to come.  

For your squad – the bridesmaids 

This one says “Lovely Bridesmaid” in sweet scripted lettering. The gorgeous gold foil lettering is accompanied by gold floral accents over a pure white exterior. A rose-colored interior gives it a soft and elegant touch of style. 

 

The Custom Water Bottles 

If your wedding is happening during the holiday season or early next year, you’ll still want to keep the healthy hydration habits in high gear. That’s why our personalizable stainless steel water bottles are so clutch. Have your whole wedding party sipping in style the morning of your wedding and at your farewell brunch. White for the ladies? Black for the guys? Vice versa, perhaps, or a mix of colors for both sides? Any way you want to go, your teams will rally behind you. 

How about that for a holiday season wedding welcome bag for your crew? You can even add ingredients for a delicious spa water that they can create and add to their bottle before they arrive at your wedding suites the next morning. 

And be sure to take a peek at our Ultimate Wedding Beauty Guide for even more tips on getting yourself wedding-ready (hydration is a MAJOR part of it, by the way). Shop everything at our Style Me Pretty Shop right now! 

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The Anatomy Of An Invitation Suite: What’s Included?

There is a lot of flexibility in what pieces can and should be included in an invitation suite. While a few pieces are vital, stationery is designed to fit your event and what you need, uniquely. 

“The typical invitation suite includes what we call The Basics: invitation, reply card and envelopes for both. Most clients will also have a details insert of some kind, and some order a custom map.”

–Emily Foran, Three Little Words

For all the tips, tricks and advice from the pros, check out our Ultimate Stationery Guide on Amazon or our SMP Shop

Photo by Anya Kernes Photography, LBB | Stationery by Olive Saint Lily

 

Save the Dates

Save the dates are traditionally mailed 6–12 months prior to the wedding, and let guests know a date and the general location of the wedding. They are particularly helpful if you and your partner are hosting a wedding with out-of-town guests, or if you’re planning a longer engagement. By sending these cards, guests will know they weren’t forgotten, and will have advance notice to start making arrangements and securing their spot on your special day. 

Because they are often sent early in the wedding process, most of the details and decisions for the wedding will not be finalized, and that’s okay! When sending save the dates, the only things you need to know are a firm date, the city/state of the event, and a general sense of how the day will look and feel.

Be sure to include:

  • Names of couple
  • Wedding Date
  • City, State 
  • Venue Name (Optional)
  • Wedding Website (Optional, although if you’ve already gotten your wedding website up and running, this is a great place to show it off and give your guests a place to go for all their questions)

Photo by Anya Kernes Photography, LBB | Stationery by Olive Saint Lily

Main Invitation

The main invitation card lies at the heart of each invitation suite. Traditionally, invitation wording has fairly strict etiquette. However, if you’re hosting an informal event, the etiquette can loosen a little. You can read more about invitation wording in the etiquette section of this guide.

Since the design of the main invitation suite happens closer to the big day, there’s more opportunity to bring in elements from the event itself. If you’re ordering custom stationery, your designer could incorporate a floral illustration using the varieties of flowers that will be used in the centerpieces, or use envelopes that match the bridesmaids’ dresses. View the invitation suite as a bridge between concept and reality, and use it to express your vision in a different format. The opportunity for creative design choices increases when you incorporate additional cards in the suite.

Be sure to include:

  • Who is hosting
  • Names of couple
  • Date and Time
  • Venue 
  • City (State is optional)

Photo by Luna de Mare Photography | Stationery by Plume Calligraphy

Response Cards and Envelopes

While technology has opened up doors for how guests can RSVP, traditional etiquette calls for a good, old-fashioned response card. Usually the smallest card in the suite, a response card includes a line for the guests or a hired calligrapher to write their names and mark whether or not they’ll be attending the event. Some response cards also include a section where guests can select their meal preference (a large majority of venues nowadays allow guests to choose their entrées tableside, but if that isn’t the case with yours, then here’s where you’d do it!), and in recent years, it’s become good practice to include a line where they can write any dietary restrictions.

The corresponding envelope should be pre-addressed to whoever is collecting response cards, AND include postage as well. No matter how pretty the invitation is, people can get lazy and lack the motivation to mail that baby back in! If you make the process of responding easier with a stamp already on it, more guests will get the picture and do their best to drop it in the post in a timely manner. Mailing invitations in the proper time frame,  so that they don’t have too much or too little time to reply, will increase the amount of people who respond as well. 

Be sure to include:

  • Reply by Date
  • Line for guests’ names
  • Boxes to mark attendance status
  • Dietary Restriction Line (Optional)
  • Meal selection (Optional)

Photo by The Ganeys, LBB | Stationery by Emily Mayne Studio, LBB

 

Details Card

A details card can be included in a suite to give guests more information on lodging, travel, navigation, menu choices, dress code, and other things they should know about the event. They are particularly helpful if your ceremony and reception venues are different, if you’re hosting out of town guests, or if you’re planning a more complex or formal event.

Things you may include:

  • Dress Code
  • Menu Options
  • Lodging Recommendations
  • Wedding Website
  • Notes on weather or landscape, if outdoor wedding
  • Other things guests should know

Photo by Kristyn Harder Photography | Stationery by Plush Invitations

 

Illustrated Maps

When ordering custom or semi-custom suites, some designers offer illustrated maps. These cards are a fantastic way to show off your venues, and create a statement piece worth remembering. While most guests will opt to use a GPS to find their way, illustrated maps can give a general sense of where venues are located within a city. Not to mention, they’re really fun to look at!

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This Washington D.C. Wedding at Meridian House Is Giving Major Twilight Vibes

Justine and Brennan’s Washington D.C. nuptials were all about classic and organic beauty! Meridian House provided a breathtaking backdrop for SRS Events to plan a timeless affair dressed in a French Blue-focused color palette. Wild Pollen’s loose floral arrangements created a garden-like feel for the ceremony while a jazz trio accompanied the warm and inviting reception design, filled with taper candles and votives. Embrace the feeling of love in its purest form at the full gallery, photographed by Alicia Lacey

Justine and Brennan first booked their wedding venue in late 2019 and then sought to hire their wedding planner, SRS Events, right before COVID struck. From living in DC, Justine and Brennan knew they wanted to host their wedding in the city and show their friends and family why love they to call DC home. Meridian House is historical in and of itself, from being built in 1919 and was designed by the renowned architect, John Russell Pope, who designed the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Archives. It is also unique to downtown DC in that it has several beautiful outdoor spaces suitable for a wedding ceremony and cocktail, including a Linden Tree grove with the original trees imported from Europe when the home was built.

Justine fell in love with her wedding dress online, from seeing it on a distant friend on her Facebook! She found out the designer, Sarah Seven, and set about purchasing the dress and having it altered to fit to her to perfection. Justine selected Wtoo bridesmaid dresses in French Blue and allowed them to select their favorite style. Although finding the perfect bridesmaid dress was one of the hardest parts of planning, then end result was absolute perfection, and paired perfectly with their organic sweet pea bouquets!

The couple and their wedding planner created a natural, romantic yet timeless and elegant wedding day, incorporating pastel blues, whites, creams and greenery tones. Letterpress save the dates and invitations with delicate soft blue florals gave guests a hint of the wedding design to come.

The florist created a floral design that she describes as:
The aesthetic for the wedding will create a beautiful floral experience that incorporates natural elements to compliment the surrounding space. Arrangements will evoke a feeling of serenity and naturalism, while embodying a loose, organic feel to reflect the raw movement of the flowers. Unique textures and greenery will add a subtle yet impactful organic garden inspired feel. The over-all feeling of your big day will invite guests to relax, dance, and celebrate at an intimate, urban garden inspired event.

Flowers used include: garden roses, lisianthus, dahlia, sweet pea, clematis, ranunculus,
tulip, hydrangea, hellebore, seasonal greens and foliage.

Justine’s bouquet was petite to not overwhelm her tiny frame, and beautiful dress. In fact, we had a bridal bouquet mockup created to ensure everything would be perfect on the wedding day.

Although the wedding happened in mid-2021 after vaccines had come out, it was very important to the couple that the celebration was safe for guests. As such, they decided to downsize their guest list to 85 guests, and make it a requirement that all guests were vaccinated before the wedding. One final surprise they received during their planning is the best man’s wife went into labor the day before the wedding!

The bride got ready in her childhood home in Bethesda Maryland, about 20 minutes from the venue, and the groom got ready in their own home in Washington DC. It was so special for the bride getting ready in her childhood home with so many of her closest friends surrounding her.

The ceremony was held in the Linden Tree Grove, which has the perfect aisle way in between the trees leading to the beautiful asymmetrical floral arch as the ceremony focal point with the sounds of the string musicians in the background. The couple’s close friend, Peter, who was also a groomsman, officiated their ceremony. In DC, anyone can apply for an authorization to be able to legally sign the marriage license! After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the garden and enjoyed various bites such as Argentinean steak crostini, Gruyère gougère, and butternut squash bisque soup sips and specialty drink libations of Blackberry Smash and Whiskey Sour. A jazz trio provided music during cocktail hour.

For the reception design, lots of candles from tapers, pillars and votives were used to create a warm, inviting and romantic ambiance in the dining room. Tables featured either a beautiful floral compote centerpiece or a mixture of dark sage foliage and pillar candles. The couple chose to sit at a sweetheart table and the fireplace mantle adorned with florals was the perfect backdrop for them. The 3-tier wedding cake featured two delectable flavors: Apple cake, pear butter, salted caramel buttercream and elderflower soaked lemon cake, blackberry jam, vanilla buttercream. Alternating white floral sprigs festooned the cake displayed in the library.

After sharing a first dance to Conversations in the Dark by John Legend, the couple sneaked out for a private sparkler moment with the photographers before they departed. After dancing the night away, the newlyweds enjoyed a honeymoon in Turks and Caicos. Congratulations to Dr Justine Record and Mr Brennan Thews!

Photography: Alicia Lacey Photography | Event Design: SRS Events | Event Planning: SRS Events | Floral Design: Wild Pollen | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Invitations: ZOLA | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Transportation: Rma | Wedding Venue: Meridian House | Beauty: Up Dos For I Dos | Beverages: ACE Beverage | Day-of Paper: Minted | Rentals: Select Event Group | Video: Rising Virgo

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Shades Of Neutrals Shine At This Intimate California Countryside Celebration

Surrounded by the lush green and natural beauty of Park Winters, a countryside retreat nestled in the heart of California, this wedding has a decidedly clean and fresh feel we can’t get enough of. Natalie Choi Events planned a day that dazzles with shades of neutrals setting the scene for a chic affair. From the bridal bouquets to the sweetheart table, blooms by Rise Floral, filled the day romance. The love of the day was elegantly captured in the imagery by Stephanie Gan Photography, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From Natalie Choi EventsDanielle & Ed met right before the pandemic hit, and nurtured their love through many hours spent indoors as they rode out the waves of 2020 together. They were finally able to celebrate their love in September of 2021 in an intimate wedding surrounded by their closest friends and loved ones at Park Winters, a countryside retreat nestled in the heart of California.



Danielle chose a neutral palette rich in textures for their wedding, from velvet linens to whitewashed bentwood chairs, with pops of colors provided by the late summer/early autumn blooms. She wanted her wedding to feel classic but modern, which was achieved through matte stoneware plates with gold flatware for a touch of elegance.



As the sunset, the reception was illuminated by suspended strings of bistro lights while guests dined in the light of the taper candles and votives lining their long banquet tables. Danielle wore a total of three dresses over the course of the day, starting with a classic gown for the ceremony, followed by a sparkly strapless dress for dinner and a draped, silky dress for dancing.



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Photography: Stephanie Gan Photography | Videography: Amy Hung Films | Event Planning: Natalie Choi Events | Floral Design: Rise Floral | Cake: Palette CakeS | Hair and Makeup: Joyce Zhou | DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions | Wedding Venue: Inn At Park Winters | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Standard Event Rentals

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Diaries of a Blogger Bride: Come Along With NYC-Based Blogger Corey Golden as She Plans Her Dream Hamptons Wedding!

Hi everyone! I’m Corey Golden: NYC-based blogger (@seegoldenstyle on Instagram), Merchandising Editor at ELLE and Harper’s BAZAAR, marketer, and most recently, interior designer (Corey Golden Design). I’ve always worn many hats…and I’m about to add *wife* into the mix! Like many modern couples, I met my fiancé Brian on a dating app…twice (once the summer before, but we only texted). Fast forward to three years later and we’re engaged, living on the Upper East Side, and planning an intimate, summer wedding in my grandparent’s backyard in Westhampton Beach, NY.  I’m so excited to take you along on our wedding planning journey, from finding the dress to choosing flower arrangements, from unexpected challenges to lessons learned, all documented here in my SMP wedding planning diary! 

Wedding Date: June 11, 2022
Wedding Style: Beach romance with a dose of Hamptons elegance

Stephanie Sunderland

All about the proposal…

In May, Brian popped the question on the beach in Westhampton. Little did I know, our families had secretly flown in and were waiting to celebrate with us afterwards at my favorite restaurant, including both sets of my grandparents (who hadn’t traveled since the beginning of COVID), our parents, and our siblings. The entire weekend was a dream come true and so thoughtfully planned out by Brian. I still can’t believe he pulled off such a massive surprise without anyone spilling the beans! Ever since, we’ve been floating around on engagement cloud nine while planning our wedding for next summer. 

 

September 2021: 9 Months before the wedding!

We’re getting married!!! And it is finally starting to feel real. 

September has been a huge month in wedding planning…we had our engagement shoot, sent out our save the dates, went on a trip to Bermuda to celebrate our engagement, and I “proposed” to my bridesmaids. 

The engagement shoot was a true highlight. I had a vision for the photos and it was so much fun bringing that vision to life! I knew I wanted to use the photos for our save the date and loved the idea of “teasing” our venue, so we shot in front of my grandparent’s house. I wore my dream dress by Mestiza New York and had a total princess moment. We also got in some practice with our wedding photographer (@stephaniesunderland) before the big day.

Stephanie Sunderland

I designed our save the dates on Minted and could not recommend them enough! Every little detail was perfect…from the blue foil-press, to the wax seals. I was so excited to drop them off at USPS! 

Our engagement trip to Bermuda was so special and felt like the perfect end to summer. We stayed at the Rosewood Bermuda and loved every minute. I was so shocked at how easy the trip was…from NYC, we were there in under 2 hours! A huge highlight of the trip was our boat day…we toured the island, snorkeled, and hiked up a cliff on a private beach. 

I had so much fun coming up with a creative way to propose to my bridal party! Since we’re getting married out east, I landed on custom boxes filled with “Hamptons Wedding Essentials.” The boxes included Tate’s Cookies, mini bottles of Wölffer rosé, travel-sized Coola sunscreen, a seashell hair clip, gold friendship rings with each person’s name from Retail Therapy Jewelry, and a hand-written card. 

Xo Corey

 

October 2021: 8 Months before the wedding!

First comes love. Then comes the dress…

I had it all planned out. Due to COVID restrictions in NYC bridal shops, only two or three people were allowed to come dress shopping with me. And between my two sisters/co-maids of honor, my mom, and my future mother-in-law, I didn’t want anyone to miss out. So I planned to visit 6 different boutiques spanning two days and bring a different group each day. Given my background in fashion, I definitely thought it would take me at LEAST two days (and then some) to make my final decision. But little did I know, the dress of my dreams would be the first one I tried on.

If I’m being honest, I was not the girl who grew up dreaming of her wedding dress (which may come as a shock to my friends and family). So when it came time to start making my dress appointments, I spent hours on Pinterest and Instagram finding inspiration, designers, and boutiques. I walked into my first appointment feeling pretty clear about what I wanted, as far as the overall look, and I even had one specific dress in mind that I thought would be the one (which I wasn’t supposed to see until day 2). 

My dress ended up being the first one I pointed to on the rack and the first one I tried on, so it definitely felt meant to be. When I walked out of the dressing room to an audience exclaiming “we’re done!”, I honestly didn’t believe it! I knew the dress was special, but I didn’t have that “bridal moment” you see in movies and no tears were shed. I was expecting two full days of dress shopping…I couldn’t wrap my head around finding THE dress on my first try!  I spent a lot of time in the dress, taking videos and photos, but it wasn’t until after the day was over that I knew without a doubt ( I ended up switching my appointments around so I could try on the dress that I originally thought would be the one, just to be sure). 

For all the brides out there looking for some dress shopping tips, here are my top 3: 

  1. Do your hair and makeup!! I cannot stress this enough. It really helped me get a clearer picture of what I would look like in the dress on the actual day. And it just feels more special that way :) 
  2. Do your research, but come with an open mind. It is SO hard to know what a wedding dress will look like on your body before you actually try it on. I do think it’s helpful to have a general idea of what you want before your appointments, but at the end of the day, you want the dress to be perfect for YOU. And if that means it’s not the dress you envisioned, that’s totally okay! 
  3. Take photos AND videos! The photos are amazing to have, but I love looking back at the videos specifically. It’s just so special to be able to rewatch how happy I was!   

Here are the boutiques I went to in NYC: 

  1. Mark Ingram Atelier – This is where I found the one! If you’re interested in seeing a certain designer, I suggest calling ahead to see if they have a trunk show coming up. This way, you can preview the latest collections that aren’t in stores yet! 
  2. Spina Bride – This showroom is SO beautiful! It would be hard to try on a dress in this boutique and not feel beautiful. 
  3. Bridal Reflections – This is where I thought I’d find my dress! It was definitely helpful knowing ahead of time which boutiques carry certain designers. They have a great selection of Galia Lahav. 

Other boutiques that were on my list: Wedding Atelier, Monique Llhuillier, Grace Loves Lace, L’Fay Bridal, Bergdorf Goodman

P.S. Don’t worry, none of these photos are of my dress! :) 

Xo Corey

 

November 2021: 7 Months before the wedding!

In the movies, creating your wedding registry is portrayed as this romantic, effortless process where you and your husband-to-be peruse the aisles of department stores, scanning as you go. But as many other brides will tell you, that is far from the reality of registry creation. 

Of the two of us, I am definitely the one who is more passionate about interiors. With the exception of a few random items for which Brian will have a strong opinion (i.e. a basket that serves no purpose), he pretty much lets me take the lead on design and trusts my eye. That being said, he had no interest in romantically scanning the department store aisles for our registry as I had envisioned. So…I enlisted the help of my future MIL! Tip #1) Creating a registry can be overwhelming, so find someone who has similar taste for you to bounce ideas off of. Bonus if they can come with you to appointments! 

Initially when I thought about our registry, I didn’t want to include much. We had recently moved in together prior to getting engaged, so we had already purchased a lot of the “typical” registry gifts. But the more that I looked around, the more I started to look at creating our registry a bit differently. Tip #2)  If you’re like us, don’t be afraid to branch out with non-traditional choices, like a beautiful set of luggage, a honeymoon fund, or an experience gift. I’m obsessed with the vintage feel of this luggage from Bric’s-it’s the perfect gift to take you from the honeymoon to all your future travels as a married couple! I included the cream set for myself and the black set for Brian. 

Tip #3) The registry is also an opportunity to upgrade pieces that get a lot of everyday use, especially in the kitchen. Think: an ultra luxe coffee machine, a matching set of coffee cups (because if you’re like us, you have a LOT of mismatched cups), or a fresh set of bakeware. We loved this nonstick gold set from Williams Sonoma, especially the pizza pan! 

Tip #4) Lastly, the registry is a great time to start thinking about future entertaining needs. Maybe you only have enough dinnerware for 6 guests, but want to be able to host 12 in a future home. We were missing a great cheese board and some key serveware pieces. Overall, I wanted to incorporate touches of natural, woven elements to bring a little bit of that relaxed Hamptons feeling to NYC, but not too much where it feels out of place in our city apartment, like this chip and dip and these coasters

Tip #5) My biggest piece of advice is to have fun with it! And don’t choose items just because you think you’re supposed to-focus on things you will actually use as a couple! Happy shopping!

Xo Corey

Corey Golden

Contributing Editor
A Black-Tie London Wedding in the ‘Love Actually’ Church!

We dare you not to fall in love with this London wedding. Held at the iconic Claridge’s, Lily & Sage planned a day of epic proportions. Stationery designer Rose & Ruby created bespoke stationery with a hand drawn illustration of Claridge’s, hand torn Italian textured paper, delicately calligraphed place card scrolls and a beautiful monogram alongside other feminine details for the day. Blue Sky Flowers filled the day with blooms that will take your breath away. Every detail was documented artfully by Molly Carr Photography who went above and beyond to capture the magic, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From Lily & SageThe bride came to us with a dream to get married at Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair, London. We fell completely in love with the beauty and history of the hotel. Originally planned for September 2020, the wedding was pushed back several times due to Covid-19, making the day itself even more special when it finally came around and truly magical.



Their heartfelt ceremony was at the historic Grosvenor Chapel. Built-in the 1730’s, this chapel was featured n the all-time-favorite British film, ‘Love Actually’. Their daughter and son acted as flower girl and ring bearer, along with nine other of their closest little ones who served as flower girls and page boys.



We designed a timeless French style setting with an abundance of white flowers and greenery by Blue Sky Flowers which were paired with French infused details, intricate glassware, chargers, and nude tapered candles. Macrons and pale wooden Louis XIV style seating created a romantic and intimate setting in the stunning ballroom.



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Photography: Molly Carr Photography | Cinematography: Tynegate Films | Event Planning: Lily & Sage | Floral Design: Blue Sky Flowers | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Edible Essence | Invitations: Rose & Ruby Paper Co. | Ceremony Venue: Grosvenor Chapel | Reception Venue: Claridge Hotel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Pronovias | DJ: Leigh Storey | Groom's Attire: Boggi Milano | Rentals: Duchess & Butler | Rentals: Options great hire | Weddings Rings: Cartier

A Charming Michigan Venue That Resembles the English Countryside

Once upon a time … Rachel & Bryan transported their guests to the whimsically romantic world of Greencrest Manor! Modern Day Collective planned a day of pure magic for the happy couple within the English-style gardens of the vine-enveloped venue with the most delightful of details. Think floral arrangements & bouquets that resemble freshly picked wildflowers and charming blue toile de jouy-inspired linens! And, you can’t miss the “happily ever after” cake moment under a gazebo that’s straight from a fairytale! Enchant yourself with all the magic that Clary Pfeiffer captured in the full gallery

From Clary Pfeiffer Photography… After 6 years of dating, planning a wedding was something we became so excited for. We are old souls at heart, we love history and have an affection for antique and vintage things. We knew that we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of who we are. The very original plan was to elope in Ireland…but 2020 had other plans. We thought of just eloping on our own so many times, but we knew we wanted an intimate celebration with our family and closest friends.

Multiple venues and multiple planned dates later, we found Greencrest Manor. Upon seeing Greencrest, we knew it was the perfect venue for us. Greencrest has the ability to transport you to another world, a world that definitely resembles Europe. The manor house itself is so stunning and the gardens are a dream. And I will never be able to say enough kind words about the team. They are so wonderful. They truly understood me and how all the little details were important to us.

I have a love for handmade paper, so I knew I wanted our invitation suite printed on paper with deckled edges. I had the suite designed by Blossom and Ivory. She did a beautiful job with the illustration of Greencrest Manor. Once designed, I had Porridge Papers print everything for us. They make beautiful paper by hand which gives it a wonderful texture and feel. We used the same paper for our vow books.

We both really cared about the details of our attire for our wedding and spent a lot of time thinking about each thing from head to toe. Finding a dress was a process for me, none of them seemed to be exactly what I wanted. Eventually I fell in love with the lace detail and layers of my Essence of Australia dress but knew I wanted to add an overskirt that I had custom made to go over. Between the two pieces, it was the perfect dream dress I wanted.

I reached out to Emmy London and we did a Facetime design session so I could get a bespoke pair of wedding shoes. She was so wonderful to work with. My shoes were so beautiful. And I love that I have the custom sketch of the shoes to keep forever.

Bryan had his tuxedo custom made for him by Tom James. They come to your house, take all of your measurements. You get to pick out fabrics and linings, it was a really wonderful process. The end result is amazing because he has a beautiful tuxedo that fits him perfectly. The company was also able to embroider our names on his cuff, along with our wedding date on his inside jacket pocket.

Family and history were a really big part of our special day. For my ‘something blue’, I wore my maternal great grandmother’s ring. On my fathers side of the family, we have a wedding tradition that has been passed down since the 1800s. We have a gold bracelet that all the girls wear on their wedding days. It was an honor to wear the same bracelet that many generations before me have as well. My God-daughter is my cousins daughter, she was our flower girl, and I got to share the bracelet story with her that day. Our wedding was also very special in that we chose the date to share the anniversary with my grandparents. They have been married for 60 plus years. My grandfather is also the one who officiated our ceremony.

We both share a love of flowers and gardening so flowers were also something we knew we wanted in abundance at our wedding. Lots of color, greenery and organic looking garden flowers. Jen who owns Greencrest is an amazing floral designer and she made the most beautiful bouquet for me. So much color and filled with lisianthus, dahlias and snapdragons. Greencrest set up such a beautiful and simple ceremony space right behind the manor house. We also knew we wanted to do a toss right after ‘I do’ as we headed down the aisle. I had velum programs made that doubled as envelopes filled with dried flower petals.

Right in the middle of Greencrest’s beautiful gardens, they have a conservatory. We knew we wanted to highlight it in some way. We considered having our ceremony in front of it, but then decided to bring our guests into the gardens after the ceremony for a champagne toast and cake cutting. We really enjoyed being able to thank everyone for coming right in this same moment. Our cake vendor, Bella Dolce, was the only vendor we kept throughout the process of our re-planning. I love cake and Erin makes the most delicious lemon rosemary cake with lemon curd and buttercream frosting. Our top tier didn’t get saved… I ate it within days of our wedding!

After cake cutting and toasts, our guests were able to enjoy the bar, infused water stations and head inside the manor for a wonderful food display. We knew we didn’t want the formality of a sit down dinner. With only about 45 guests, we wanted our guests to be able to stroll around the house and property, or have a seat on the patio. It was a wonderful atmosphere to just see our family and friends relaxing and having conversation. We did our dances right on the back patio of the manor. My good friend sang our first dance song which was also really special.

The cream on top of it all was having Clary photograph our wedding. Her and Travis are truly wonderful souls. And I stare at our wedding photos and can’t quite believe they are ours!

Our day was beautifully perfect in every way for us. Definitely worth the wait of so many cancellations and postponements!

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videographer: Shore and Summit | Event Design: Modern Day Collective | Floral Design: Modern Day Collective | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Cake: Bella E Dolce | Ceremony Venue: Greencrest Manor | Reception Venue: Greencrest Manor | Shoes: Emmy London | Makeup: Erick Gerson | Tuxedo: Tom James | Dessert: Bella E Dolce | Invitres: Created by Magic | Music: Preludio Entertainment | groom's shoes: Karl Lagerfeld

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This Bride Handmade Her Own Incredibly Elegant Wedding Stationery!

Talk about a labor of love! For this wedding, our bride worked with a team of incredible vendors, and also took the time and effort to take things into her own hands- literally! She made her own wedding stationery by hand! It was the perfect introduction to the elegant day, with a ceremony filled with blooms by Beloved One Floral that seemed to grow straight from the ground. With every detail thoughtfully curated by Blush Events, you’ll feel as if you’ve fallen into the prettiest of fairytales. Joyce Choi Photography artfully captured every beautiful moment which you can see in the full gallery.




From Joyce Choi PhotographyVendors that work well together can amplify your wedding’s success. And when it comes to making things memorable, this expert group of wedding Avengers clearly knows what they are doing.



But the greatest team member? The bride. Not only was she dazzling, but a hint of her presence and personality was tastefully everywhere. In terms of decor, her handmade stationery stole the show. It was truly a highlight.



The couples’ original plan was to have their wedding at a garden or beach, but they ended up changing their venue to a country club. There was some concern, but the wedding experts worked their magic and the venue was transformed. It was impossibly breathtaking.



Photography: Joyce Choi Photography | Cinematography: Yunho Na | Event Planning: Blush Events | Floral Design: Beloved One Floral | Wedding Dress: Wedding house la | Cake: Patty Cakes | DJ: Events by Simon Park | Wedding Venue: Los Coyotes Country Club | Beauty: Credo Makeup Studio | Hanbok: WoonsunJe | Photobooth: Love Me more Photo Booth | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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A Beautiful Blending Of Two Families At This Elevated Blush-Toned Wedding

There’s nothing more important than family, and this couple decided to celebrate that on their wedding day. They looked for meaningful ways to incorporate both the bride’s Chinese heritage and the groom’s Alabama roots, and the results carefully curated by Kelly Patriceare a breath of fresh air. Lush blush and cream blooms mixed with greenery by Enchanted Garden Floral Design add to the romance of the day. You can feel the love in the elegant imagery by Jenny Quicksall Photography, you’ll want to fawn over every magical moment in the full gallery.




From Kelly Patrice When I began working with Katie and Troy, it was clear from the very beginning that their families were very important to them. The planning process included Katie’s parents and we made great emphasis into where they came from and what they wanted their wedding to look like. We worked to add personal touches to their day so that their guests could feel the time and attention we put into their design.



Katie’s family is half Chinese, so we brought in the “double happiness” symbol into their stationery and day of goods. We used a wax seal with the symbol on it for their invitation suite, and then used the same one for their table numbers and escort display. We also had a red silk cloth for their guestbook, which is a family tradition that was passed down to them, where each guest signed a personal message on the cloth.



Troy loved the rustic elements of Cielo Farms, so we used farm tables and accents of wine barrels throughout the venue to incorporate some personal nods to his hometown in Alabama.



Photography: Jenny Quicksall Photography | Cinematography: Luxury Lifestyle Studio | Coordination: Star Hansen | Event Design: Kelly Patrice Calligraphy and Design | Floral Design: Enchanted Garden Floral Design | Cake: Susie Cake Bakery | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Catering: Tres LA Catering | DJ: Red Shoe LA | Wedding Venue: Cielo Farms | Beauty: Cheek to Cheek Artistry | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals

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Jonathan Bennett and His Fiancé, Jaymes Vaughan, Share Their Inspiring Love Story and Upcoming Wedding Plans!

Cue the credits for this more-perfect-than-Hallmark love story: we’re honored to have Actor and TV Host Jonathan Bennett and fiance Jaymes Vaughan join us to talk to tell us their love at first sight moment (unreal…) and tell us why they’re passionate about speaking up for LGBTQ+ couples at the Inclusive Awareness Conference.

Jonathan and Jaymes will be featured speakers in an impressive lineup at the Inclusive Awareness Conference, hosted by the National Gay Wedding Association, virtually taking place on January 5, 2022 . Top thought-leaders in the inclusive wedding space will be leading virtual presentations to guide you to making your business a welcoming and inclusive place for LGBTQ+ couples.

More about the conference… Hosted by wedding planner Holly Gray of Anything but Gray Events, who will be bringing her dynamic energy to guide our guests through virtual presentations by keynote speakers include Chasten Glezman Buttigieg, Sara Cunningham (of Free Mom Hugs) and Brian Green, plus sessions led by top industry speakers such as Jove Meyer, Tara Melvin, Jose Rolon, Meghan Ely, Kirsten Palladino, Kelly Balch, Bron Hansboro and more. And the newly engaged actor Jonathan Bennett and his fiancé Jaymes Vaughan will be taking the stage in an authentic presentation sharing their own experiences navigating wedding planning as an LGBTQ+ couple.”

 

What will be your key takeaways?

Each attendee will be armed with an actionable business plan to grow their wedding business with inclusivity in mind.

 

How do I sign up?

Is there any better way to kick off 2022 than with like-minded industry friends, learning from the best in the biz? Secure your tickets now — this is an event you won’t want to miss. Style Me Pretty readers and vendors will receive a discount of $50 off NGWA membership which gives you access to a special pricing bundle of $395 to join the NGWA and attend the Inclusive Awareness Conference! Use code SMP2021 at checkout! 

Without further ado… the two lovebirds Jonathan Bennett and Jaymes Vaughn!

 

How did you two meet? Was it love at first sight?

Jonathan: I was on a press tour for the show I hosted, Halloween Wars and I get toThe Grove where Jaymes’s show he hosts Celebrity Page TV was filming and I had never heard of him before, but when I saw him setting up to do the interview, I thought he was the most beautiful man I’d ever seen. I ran to the bathroom to fix my hair. I came out of the bathroom and his producer Jade was there and I actually asked her: “Am I about to meet my future husband?”

James: For me, I was ready to do my interview and get on with the day. So I’m just doing my pleasantries with this super spastic guy (Jonathan) on set and then I was oh we need a picture for our show’s social. The minute he leans into me, it’s like electricity. And then the producer calls, 3, 2, 1, go. And it was like something out of a sitcom. 

Jonathan: Complete disaster. But you can literally watch us fall in love with each other on camera.

Jaymes: And this is in front of a live crowd at The Grove so they’re all seeing it happen too, my producers are looking at me like “whaaaat is going on” it was very obvious.

Jonathan: So after I asked “can I have your number” And he said, “I would hope so.”
My publicist said  “you came on a little strong, whatever you do, make sure you wait at least three days to call.”
So as soon as the car dropped me off at home…I called him. Haha I said, “Would it be weird if I came back to The Grove so we could kiss and see if this is the real deal?” And he said “Not at all.” I said good, because I’m already in my car and on the way.

Jaymes: I was having lunch in between shoots, so I’m like sure, then frantically went searching for gum!

Jonathan: We finally find each other and I think I just looked at him and I said, “Okay, let’s do this.” And we just kissed in the parking lot.

Jaymes: And it was that feeling that people tell you about but you never really think it’s real. It was honestly magical. That night Jonathan showed up at my door with two hoodies and said “want to go to the beach?”. And that was our first date. Which is funny cause if someone asked me what my ideal date was, it would be going to the beach, not a fancy dinner, not anything crazy, just sitting on the beach. We talked for six hours about everything. We both lost our dads to cancer and we really bonded over that right away. We’ve always kind of felt like they the ones who put us win each other’s lives.

Jonathan: So we went to Barney’s Beanery to finally get dinner after  and the waitress was like, “Oh my god, you guys are so cute together, how long have you been together?” “ Um, like six hours.”

Jaymes: So she knew, and I think we knew then too. But its just so hard to believe that it can be so easy like that. But it was, from day one.

 

When did you both know the other was “the one”? Was there a specific moment for you?

Jonathan: Day one

Jaymes: Yup, day one, which is so not like me, But I knew. I knew to the point that my show actually titled all the internal scripts that day “Jaymes’s Husband’s Show” haha, so I guess my producers knew too!

 

How did Jaymes propose? Your rings are so beautiful!

Jaymes: When your boyfriend is in Hallmark movies it’s like well dang how am I gonna top what he’s already done on screen? So I knew it had to be really special. We’ve always tried to find our song and we never could. My background is in music, so I thought, why don’t I just write it?

Jonathan does this thing where he will turn to me sometimes and  “Hey, do you love me?” And I’m like, “duh, you know I love you.” One day, he said it to me and it clicked—this is what I write the song about. A song that you can put on anytime you need that answer. And just like that, the words just all fell out. 

Thank you for the compliment on the ring by the way. There really isn’t a precedent for two guys. I knew we were both going to want to wear rings to say we’re engaged. But it felt silly to have a ring that we didn’t wear later, so I teamed up with Kay Jewelers and designed one. So you wear the ring diamond-side out, for to world see we’re engaged, then we get married, it flips and the diamonds face us, because my world is more beautiful with you in it forever.

 

Speaking of your rings… What’s the story behind the design?

Jonathan: The story of our rings. Jaymes reached to Kay Jewelers because what do you do when two men are getting engaged? What are the rules? What are the traditions? So he designed something to create our own rules, our own tradition. The ring is actually both our engagement ring and our future wedding band. On one side at the gallery (the top part of the ring) there are diamonds all the way around it. At the other end, the gallery looks like a traditional wedding band. We both have one. So while we are engaged the diamonds face out so the world sees them. Then we get married we flip the rings so the diamonds face us so when we look down we see them because life is more beautiful when we are together forever. How brilliant is that?!! Ugh, that’s why I’m marrying him folks!

 

Besides marrying the love of your life, what are you most excited about when it comes to your wedding day?

Jonathan: It’s the first time all of our family and friend will be all together in one place. We are so excited. Jaymes:
Our families have never met, so that’s why were are getting married at Unico 2087 Hotel Riviera Maya, because it’s an all-inclusive resort and everyone gets to spend the week together before we say I do. And they’ll get a chance to bond and get to know each other, while in a vacation environment. That’s a pretty fun thing to get to share with all of them. Because once we exchange those vows, they’re all one big family now too. 

 

How did you first learn about the NGWA?

Jonathan: Todd Danforth, who is an amazing photographer by the way, told us about NGWA and we were like “yup how do we help?”

 

What makes you excited to get involved and speak at the upcoming Inclusive Awareness Conference?

Jaymes: Their mission lines up so well with our own mission of doing our own wedding loudly and proudly too. Marriage equality is still so new, we all have a chance to really help shape how the wedding world is going to treat our community, so let’s do it!

 

What is your favorite part about the NGWA’s mission? Why is it so important to be spreading awareness of this organization right now?

Jonathan: From the moment you decide to pop the question, to the day you say “I do,” it should be nothing but a time of excitement; not a time of worrying about how you will be received. We know this from experience. We were turned away from our first venue simply because we are gay. So let’s not focus on that. Let’s shine a light on the wonderful resources available to our community during the happiest time of our lives!

 

What wedding planning advice do you have for LGBTQ+ couples who are struggling to feel seen?

Jaymes: You are not alone! Even if you’re in the smallest town, I promise you you are not alone. Social media can be an amazing resource to help you feel seen. That’s why we choose to live our life as loudly and proudly as we can on social media because we know we needed to see that when we were younger back in our small towns struggling to have hope. There’s so much love out there to be seen!

 

Brilliant Earth Announces Their New Solstice Collection; A Celebration of Light + All Things Sparkly!

Just in time for the Holidays, one of our favorite ethically-sourced bridal and fine jewelry companies, Brilliant Earth has just launched their new Solstice Collection. A 16 piece collection with exclusive designs including necklaces, cuff bracelets, drop earrings, and an extension of engagement and bridal rings, all inspired by the shimmer of Winter light. Crafted with minimal metals, the diamonds take center stage creating a Winter Wonderland in each piece of jewelry!

Brilliant Earth’s in-house design team created The Solstice Collection after the magic of snowfall – the sparkling light and hanging icicles, all of which bring joy each year. With glistening micro pave and melee diamonds, intricate settings, and unique patterns, each piece feels like a snowflake on your nose, with its movement and grace! “Very rarely, do you see metals taking the back seat,” says Brilliant Earth’s Product Development Director, but this collection is meant to make you feel like you are dripping in diamonds!

Aside from icicle-inspired earrings and shimmering bands, the collection features the most expensive piece of jewelry to date with a red-carpet-ready necklace! With a total of 75 carats, this piece is a show stopper with a mix of round, marquise, and pear-shaped diamonds to create a bold, but delicate look! As with all of Brilliant Earth’s products, the collection is ethically sourced using lab-grown diamonds. So with countless Holiday parties ahead of us, celebrations with family and friends, and of course engagement season (!!) drop the hint on a gift idea with Brilliant Earth’s new Solstice Collection.

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This Bride’s Breathtaking Wedding Venue Has Been In The Family Since 1849

It doesn’t get more meaningful than this. This bride said “I Do” at her family’s farm near Charlottesville, Virginia which her ancestors built in 1849. The site of many family gatherings, it was the perfect choice for a special day of epic proportion thoughtfully planned by Kate Phillips Events. Fabulous floral designs, from the stunning open-air ceremony to the tented reception, by Wild Fleurette are nothing short of breathtaking. Every enchanting image by Shannon Moffit Photography is more beautiful than the last, see them all in the full gallery.




From Shannon Moffit PhotographyLizzy and Jordan’s wedding was held on a beautiful day in September at the bride’s private family estate in Louisa, Virginia. The style was traditional and romantic with the most beautiful sailcloth tent, tons of greenery, and gorgeous white blooms.



There was a unique nod to her love of bees on her escort display, which read “please bee seated.” As the sun went down, guests danced and sang along with the live band.



The scene inside the tent was breathtaking with lush greenery, chandeliers, beautiful table linens, and flower arrangements. The bride’s parents gave a welcome toast which then queued the 14-piece band to fill the quiet farm’s air with fun, dance music.



Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Event Planning: Kate Phillips Events | Floral Design: Wild Fleurette | Cake: Maliha Creations | Catering: Harvest Moon Catering | Lighting: Lighting Professors | Band: East Coast Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Private | Beauty: Avenue 42 | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Musicians: String Poets | Rentals: Rent Equip

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You’ll Fall in Love With the Elevated Elegance and Timeless Style of This Charleston Affair!

Some things never go out of style — like Lea Anna & Forrest’s classic Charleston wedding! The bride, a lover of timeless and refined style, wowed in a sleek Carolina Herrera gown, which perfectly complemented the elevated elegance of her church nuptials and ceremony at The South Carolina Society Hall! Sweetgrass Social Event + Design designed the day with sophisticated flair, such as glass-encased taper candles, crystal details, “his and hers” parasols, and crisp floral arrangements by Tupelo Honey. Further fall in love with this day at the full gallery by Anne Rhett Photography!

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In your own words, how did you and Forrest meet and fall in love?

Forrest and I met right in Charleston shortly after we graduated from college. We were both working part time for one of the carriage tour companies there! Forrest was a tour guide at the time (and also a cook at Peninsula Grill) and I was new to the area. I started out working in the retail shop and later helping with marketing and social media. Forrest taught me so much about the history and culture of the city, and I fell in love with both him and Charleston! After a year there, I went to grad school at Clemson and we did two years of long distance. When I graduated, I was offered a job in California with a software company, and Forrest was sweet enough to move with me. We were there for just over four years before we got married and moved back to our favorite city—Charleston!

 

How did he propose?

Forrest surprised me with tickets to the Rodgers and Hammerstein broadway production of Cinderella in California for my birthday. He had planned a whole day of wine tasting with friends, dinner at our favorite restaurant, and then the show. After the show, he suggested we walk through a nearby park that was decorated for Christmas. After strolling around for a while, he was anxious and wanted to leave. The park was having a festival that night and it was very crowded – with carnival rides, food vendors, and the whole nine yards. I was in heels, so I didn’t mind heading home, but I thought he was acting weird! When we got back to our apartment, he said he had one final surprise and got down on one knee in the living room. I was completely surprised! Afterwards, he admitted he had planned to propose in the park, but it wasn’t the picturesque setting he had researched online! I never imagined he would propose in our living room—out of the thousands of gorgeous places in California! But in the end, it was perfect. It was just the two of us and we laughed and cried, and when we looked at the clock, it was right at midnight. We called and woke up my parents who were on the east coast—so 3 a. M. For them. But they were so excited they didn’t mind. My dad had been waiting up all night to get the call. He was the only one who knew the plan.

 

Describe your bridal style.

I would describe my bridal style as classic. My parents were married in the 80’s, and they made some very questionable fashion choices! We would always look at their wedding photos and get such a kick out of the big hair and puffy sleeves. I decided that I wanted to be able to look back on my wedding photos thirty years later and feel like they represented Forrest and I without being so specific to the trends of 2020. I wanted a timeless look that I would be proud of for years to come.

 

Tell us about your dress!

This was my favorite part of wedding planning! However, I am a very indecisive person, so it took me several appointments to find the one. We were living in California at the time, but I wanted something that would fit into the feel of our classic Charleston wedding. I had at least five bridal appointments. I had narrowed my choices down to Monique Lhuillier or Carolina Herrera as far as the style that resonated most with me. I actually tried on my dress—the Carolina Herrera Aubrey dress—at one store in San Francisco when I was browsing with one of my best friends. But the store was crowded and we felt rushed, and my mom wasn’t there. It just didn’t feel right. Later, when my mom was in town, I found the same dress at Jin Wang Bride in San Francisco. Shout out to Jin for the absolutely best bridal experience. When I put the dress on for the second time, I knew it was the one. As soon as they added a veil, we all cried. Jin helped customize the dress perfectly to me. We ordered it in a silk mikado fabric, lowered the back, made the bow a bit smaller and added buttons down the train. I was torn on whether or not to wear the bow. I didn’t want anything too trendy, but with everything else being so classic and traditional, I decided to keep the bow for a little “wow factor.” On my wedding day, I didn’t want to take the dress off. My matron of honor finally made me change clothes at 2:00 a. M.

 

Where did Forrest get ready?

Forrest got ready on South Battery near White Point Gardens – a very quintessential area of Charleston. The house had a gorgeous courtyard. The groomsmen stayed there and got ready together the morning of the wedding.

 

Tell us about the second line and how that is related to where you grew up!

I’m from Louisiana, and we have a tradition of doing “second lines” at weddings and funerals as a celebration of life. It’s a big part of our culture, and if you ever visit New Orleans on a Saturday in the spring or fall, you are likely to witness a second line in the French Quarter! The second line is all about the music. The brass band is the “first line” and the wedding party is the “second line.” The band plays celebratory jazz music and leads the wedding party and guests in a march through the streets. The bride and groom carry parasols and the guests wave handkerchiefs in the air. We knew we wanted to incorporate this tradition in our wedding even though we weren’t in Louisiana. We were so lucky to find Emerald Empire—a band based out of Charleston that was familiar with second lines. They did an AMAZING job. We opted to use the second line as a way to take guests from our ceremony to our reception instead of booking transportation. The walk was a few blocks away, and there is no prettier scenery than the streets of Charleston’s South of Broad neighborhood. This was one of the most special parts of the day. We concluded the ceremony and we were ready to celebrate. When we took to the streets with lively music and our whole wedding crowd, people began stopping on the sidewalks and coming out on their balconies to join the celebration. Halfway through the walk I just burst into happy tears. It was one of those moments that you dream about for so long and the joy of the moment really sank in. We were so lucky to be in our favorite city, surrounded by people who love us, dancing through the streets to celebrate our marriage. It’s a moment we will never forget! We also monogrammed the handkerchiefs and used those as a favor for our guests.

 

What was the inspiration for the gorgeous entrance to the reception?

Forrest is a history buff, and was previously a tour guide in Charleston when we met. When he found out we could book Society Hall for our wedding, he was set on the idea, given the history of the building and it’s connection to The French Huguenot Church, where we were having our ceremony. It also didn’t hurt that the entrance to the Hall is featured in one of his favorite films—The Patriot. The Hall is so beautiful by itself and is located on one of the prettiest streets in Charleston. It really didn’t need much to feel grand and elegant, but our florist—Lauren with Tupelo Honey—knocked it out of the park. We wanted to add a little something to the exterior to give it that wedding feel and to give our guests the sense that they had arrived to the reception as we came in from the second line. My mom also hand-painted a welcome sign for us with our wedding monogram, which was such a special touch.

 

Tell us about Forrest’s catering company.

Forrest is a chef and worked in fine dining in Charleston and then in California for several years. He is a true Southern man—interested in hunting, fishing and food. When the pandemic set in and changed the landscape of fine dining, he had an opportunity to switch gears and focus on true farm-to-table food, which he had always been passionate about. We have a family friend, Jeremy Storey, who has a boutique, local farm on Johns Island, SC, raising free-range chickens and heritage pork—but he has a background in cooking and restaurant management in Chicago. Jeremy had recently expanded his business to marry both farming and cuisine. He built an on-site market where he could sell local products from the farm as well as carry products from other local vendors, and he began catering events as well. He asked Forrest to join the team to lead culinary operations, and we ended up moving back to Charleston for him to accept the position. We had already booked Jeremy to cater our wedding, but by the time the day came around after having to postpone due to COVID-19, Forrest was actually working there. So it ended up that Forrest was able to help design the menu and make a lot of the food for our wedding, alongside Jeremy. Forrest is so passionate about food and he was thrilled with the opportunity to cook for all of his family and friends, and to have that be such a special part of our wedding day. With our last name being Hogsette, we’ve embraced all the pig jokes! We decided to do a whole-hog roast, which Forrest was so excited about it (and it was delicious!).

 

Anything special you want to highlight?

With the pandemic, the wedding planning process was such a whirlwind. Our lives and our plan ended up completely changing during the time we were engaged. It was stressful, but we owe so much to our family, friends, and incredible vendors who helped us through all the twists and turns. The pandemic wrecked a lot of things, but it also put things into perspective for us and helped us to focus on the fact that we were starting a marriage versus just planning a party. At the end of the day, we were surrounded by the best people and had such a special wedding. We even had people around the world who tuned in to watch a livestream of our ceremony (thanks AV Connections!) because they couldn’t be there in person. It wasn’t what we pictured, but it was perfect. I think that really speaks to what marriage is all about, and that’s the part that I like to pass on to other brides. In the world of social media, it can be easy to get caught up in every little detail, but what really matters is that you’re getting married to your life partner. We feel so grateful for how everything worked out and have so much love in our hearts for everyone who made it possible!

Photography: Anne Rhett Photography | Videographer: Elephant Memories | Floral Design: Tupelo Honey | Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: St. Honore Pastry | Invitations: Dodeline Design | Ceremony Venue: French Huguenot Church | Reception Venue: South Carolina Society Hall | Catering: Storey Farms | Hair and Makeup: Wedding Hair By Charlotte | Calligraphy: Emily Cooper | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Tuxedo: Berlin's For Men | Bar: MIX Premier Bartending | Ceremony Livestream: AV Connections | Dress Staging: Press the Dress | Dress Store: jinwang | Getaway Car Bike Taxi: Rickshaw | Planning: Sweetgrass Social Event + Design | Rentals: EventWorks

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When You’re Engaged, Personalized Gifts Make the Best Presents for Your VIPs

Pssst. Want to hear something that might just turn your world upside down (in the best. way. possible., that is)? When it comes to the holidays and shopping for gifts for your favorite people, being engaged has its advantages! We’re not talking about the new bling and endless best wishes from close friends, fam, coworkers, acquaintances, even strangers, either. Nope! We’re referring, instead, to the idea that as a soon-to-be-wed, you have full license to lean into your newly-engaged cachet. This is a major moment and milestone in your life, so why not revel in your impending nuptials and get your bests a personalized something that says “Be here, live in this limelight with me – because you’re going to be a big part of my day and, of course, the future to come!” 

Okay, so not every personalized present is utter perfection, but that has a lot to do with whether or not the gift — sans personalization — is useful to begin with. Koozies, coasters, charm bracelets? Well, they’re cute, but they’re not exactly things everyone on your list will love. That’s why we’re obsessed with all of our own personalizable pieces; they’re useful, they’re festive, they’re meaningful, and they’re looking at a long life. From stainless steel water bottles and stemless wine glasses to toasting flutes and metallic flasks, these items get an extra sprinkling of magic when they’re personalized by the bride and/or groom. 

Photo by Rachael Kazmier Photography

Take a peek at everything you can put their names or initials and your date on in our Wedding Party Shop and shop it all right now, because 2022 is just around the corner! 

And if you’re wondering if going personalized should be your superpower this year, oh yes, we support it 100%. Because a personalized gift says… 

 

They’re a part of something special.

If you’ve asked them to be a part of your wedding party, then they’ve already got those grateful feels. But getting them a gift that celebrates their privileged place in your wedding ‘pack’ just solidifies their all-star status even more. 

Photo by Bear Moose & Fox Fine Art Photography

They’re never an afterthought. 

If you choose to take a personal route with your holiday presents, you’re not phoning it in at the last minute and giving your giftees an Amazon Prime surprise (and we’re in no way shaming Amazon, by the way, adding to cart is life!). Personalization takes thoughtfulness and time to perfect, so you’ll be letting them know they’re priority. 

Photo by Elyse Hall

They’ll be having fun until the ‘I dos’ are done. 

Personalized presents are just that, personal — but they also represent #squadgoals. You can’t exactly have a bridal party without an entourage, and what better way to pump up your own hype people than with mugs, glasses, bags, and the like they can bring to each and every one of your pre-wedding events and celebrations? For sipping and stashing everything to make the day FIRE. 🙌 

Now that engagement season is in our midst and the holidays are en route, there will always be a purpose for personalization in your gift-giving game. And it’s not all drinkware, either, although our party tumblers, growlers, and Old Fashioned glasses are guaranteed to get your giftees smiling. Our Style Me Pretty Shop is stocked with backdrop banners, adorable weekender totes, and customizable tabletop signage sure to make a statement on your special day. Shop everything right now!

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This Wedding On A Landing Strip Takes Love To New Heights

On our bride’s family property, in a clearing between the rows of walnut orchards, there’s a landing strip and airplane hanger. In August the landing strip was transformed into what wedding dreams are made of, set inside a sailcloth tent. Jenn Robirds Events filled the day with darling details, like an escort card wall where guests names were “planted” inside flower boxes amongst a bevy of beautiful blooms. Romantic blooms by Organic Flora helped to bring the fairytale to life, and every magically moment was artfully captured in the imagery by Weddings By Scott And Dana. You’ll fall in love with this special day in the full gallery.




From the bride… Drew and I met on a blind date at a brewery in Winters through a mutual friend. We both felt an instant connection and always kept saying that we felt like we could never get bored of each other. A year and a half later we were engaged, and then the wedding couldn’t come fast enough!



Something that was initially important to us was to make sure our faith stood out to everyone in attendance. We did that through our ceremony at the church and with the unique bible quotes throughout our ceremony. Our welcome wall had each guest’s name embossed on a wooden piece, “planted” inside flower boxes among beautiful blooms and smilax.



Inside the tent, we had pink uplighting and beautiful crystal chandeliers adorned with smilax. It made everything feel so romantic and then the greenery and table settings pulled it all together. Also, the monogrammed sign above the bar was one of my favorite things!



Photography: Weddings By Scott and Dana | videography: Everlasting Motion Pictures | Event Planning: Jenn Robirds Events | Floral Design: Organic Flora | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Cake: Ettore's European Wedding Cakes & Restaurant | Invitations: Valley Press Co. | stationery: Shimmer & Stain | Bridesmaids' Dresses: SHow Me Your Mumu | Catering: Farm To Table Catering | DJ: Joe DeBorba | Beauty: All Dolled Up | Dress Shop: Bride To Be Couture | Groom/Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: CELEBRATION EVENTS | Rentals: Leela Rea | ring box: The Mrs Box | styling mats: Chasing Stone | styling mats: Suzy Pierce Art

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This Colorful Wedding Weekend at the Greenbrier Kicked off With Every Girl’s Dream Bridal Luncheon

Caroline & Teddy’s glamorous wedding weekend was bursting with color (and love) at The Greenbrier, a historic resort that holds a special place in the couple’s hearts! Cheers Darling Events incorporated bold patterns and colors into every aspect of the festivities — from the Lilly Pulitzer-esque bridal brunch to the fun-filled details on the wedding day and the casino-themed afterparty. Gillespies’ refined floral arrangements and daintiest blush linens balanced out the vivid hues of hot pink, green, and coral. See all the Southern charm, comfort, and color in the full gallery, captured by Lisa Blume Photography!

From the Bride… Teddy and I met in Washington, DC at POV when he was in town for a concert, I had just moved there from Florida. We dated long distance and I moved to Roanoke, Va when Covid allowed everyone to work remote. We got engaged on my birthday in Cabo at a beautiful restaurant on the water.

Caroline and Teddy love the The Greenbrier from trips there together but The Greenbrier has been a big part of both families traditions. Teddy’s family and grandparents grew up celebrating New Year’s and other special family occasions there. Caroline’s grandparents also spent a good deal of time at the greenbrier for business conventions. They both wanted to create a special destination weekend at a place like The Greenbrier that all their Florida/Virginia and friends from all over the country could experience the charm and hospitality of the Greenbrier Resort. Since Caroline’s from Florida and Teddy is from Virginia, they knew they wanted a spot where their friends would have a nice weekend of celebrating. We loved all the activities the Greenbrier offers. Many of their guests enjoyed the pool, golf, horseback riding, bowling, and of course the casino!

From the Bride’s mother… My favorite memory would be seeing her walk down the aisle and getting a sneak peak into the Cameo Ballroom before the guests came in . And the Sweet Caroline song on the dance floor. I loved seeing the reception before everyone entered, it was breathtaking! We could not be more pleased with our entire wedding weekend. I also loved having all of our friends and family in one place for the entire weekend, we ran into people everywhere we went which was fun!

The wedding weekend highlights included a festive family dinner Thursday evening at Prime 44, a beautiful Bridesmaid Brunch on Friday in the Presidential Suite-which was also available for first look and other special photos throughout the weekend, the rehearsal dinner and welcome party-the amazing wedding and then the CASINO afterparty. Golf for the guys on Saturday morning.

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Photography: Lisa Blume Photography | videographer: MotionWorks Wedding Films | Event Planning: Cheers Darling Events | Floral Design: Gillespies | wedding gown: Pronovias | Invitations: The Dandelion Patch | Catering: The Greenbrier | hair: Hair by Elena | ceremony music: East Coast Entertainment | Location: The Greenbrier | reception music: East Coast Entertainment

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This Bright And Bold Fall Wedding Celebrates Indian Heritage Beautifully

When it comes to this Charleston wedding brighter is better! A bold color palette with fun pops of pink and orange make this beautiful day, planned by Hill & Co. Creative, shine even brighter. Fabulous floral designs by Stephanie Gibbs Events have us feeling as if we’ve fallen into the prettiest of fairytales. We love the blending of tradition with modern touches, all elegantly captured in the artful imagery by Anne Rhett Photography. Get lost in all the lovely in the full gallery.




From Hill & Co. CreativeWhen Preeya and I began planning the details of her wedding day it was important to incorporate ties to her Indian heritage. For centuries, the elephant has been regarded as a sacred creature in Indian culture and it is regarded as a well-known cultural symbol for them. We wanted to incorporate them into the design for this reason.



Preeya loves color and it was so fun to be able to include fun pops throughout the entire design. From the table cloths to the taper candles and even the cake design we were sure to brighten up this October day with as many bright hues as possible!



Covid drastically changed the wedding plans. We pivoted the plans from a large outdoor wedding reception, invited only close friends and family, and figured out how to build a mandap inside! In the end it all came together beautifully.



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Photography: Anne Rhett Photography | Videographer: Seven Foot Films | Floral Design: Stephanie Gibbs Events | Cake: ABCD Cakes | Invitations: Sas-e Ink | Reception Venue: Merchants Hall | Catering: Salthouse Catering | Hair and Makeup: Lashes And Lace Charleston | Band: Other Brother Entertainment | Transportation: SC Express | Bar: Snyder Event Rentals | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Planning: Hill & Co. Creative | Rentals: Ooh! EventHaus

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The Tuscan-Style and Sprawling Landscape of D’Vine Grace Vineyard are What Wedding Dreams are Made Of!

We totally get it — having an Italian destination wedding is what bridal dreams are made of! But, you don’t have to cross the ocean to feel the luxurious & lively Italian spirit and old-world European charm on your wedding day! D’Vine Grace Vineyard, nestled in the outskirts of McKinney, Texas, is a Tuscan-inspired wedding & event venue that will have you and your guests believing you’re in the Italian countryside — rather than just a few miles from downtown Dallas! This enchanting venue sits atop 20 lush green acres of land, sprawling with grapevines, lawns, and water features that create the most picturesque backdrop for a classic, romantic affair.

D’Vine Grace brings the essence of Italy closer to home, and its four newly renovated event spaces, each splendid in its own way, give the happy couple plenty of options when it comes to planning each magical moment of their special day. Make a lavish entrance in front of the palatial venue with its beautiful new entryway, paved driveway, and magnificent new fountain! Languish in the beauty of the Piazza with its two infinity fountains, pristinely manicured flower beds, jasmine vines, and travertine stone walkways, and get ready to marvel at the recently expanded Il Prato — the main event spaced that showcases the natural beauty of fresh landscaping, blooming flowers, and tall trees.

D’Vine Grace is bursting with Italian flair in every way — including how the D’Vine Grace Team treats every couple. From your first tour to after your newlywed sendoff, you and your S.O. will always be a part of the D’Vine Grace family! With exceptional service and world-class attention to detail, you’ll be treated as such on your wedding day and all the moments leading up to it! D’Vine Grace offers gourmet in-house catering and beverage services. With a state-of-the-art kitchen on-site, D’Vine Grace’s master chef can whip up the culinary delights that your heart desires most, and the talented Venue Coordinators will manage the logistics of all things food and beverage-related — from your bridal party brunch to your late-night bite!

D’Vine Grace’s event spaces were constructed with the guest experience in mind. With a decked-out DJ booth and professional-quality audio, lighting, &  visual equipment, they are the perfect settings for dazzling on the dance floor all night long! But, D’Vine Grace is not just about the bells and whistles! D’Vine Grace understands that getting the basics right is the foundation for a fairytale day! The venue provides all tables and chairs along with complimentary table linens, napkins, chargers, and even some décor! 

So, get to booking (your wedding date, not plane tickets)! Start your forever with a wedding day that is as dreamy as a European vacation and close enough to home for celebrating with all your loved ones!

Photography: Erin Wilson Photography | Wedding Venue: D'Vine Grace Vineyard

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Cool Blue Wedding on the Washington Coast at Roche Harbor Resort

Ready to set sail to the beautiful Washington Coast for today’s real wedding? PNW-loving brides, this one’s for you. Having been raised in the Pacific Northwest, the bride always envisioned marrying her future groom in a classic, coastal wedding near her hometown. Wesley and Erin tied the knot at the historic Roche Harbor Resort on a sunny Summer day surrounded by their closest family and friends. Valley & Co. Events brought their dream vision to life, complete with a nautical-chic indoor reception dripping in lush greenery. See all the coastal details at the full gallery – taken by O’Malley Photographers!

From Valley & Co.Wesley and Erin met 11 years ago during college in Los Angeles, California, introduced by mutual friends. The first thing Erin remembers thinking about Wes was how funny he was – he just couldn’t stop making her laugh that first night they met! The first big step in their relationship was when they decided to try out a long distance relationship after Wes graduated from college and moved back to the Bay Area for law school, and Erin stayed in LA to finish her last year of college before moving back to WA state for several years. In the beginning (ended up being 7 years total of long distance), things were difficult as they learned to adapt to a different kind of relationship centered around phone calls and facetime, looking months ahead to our next weekend off to see each other in person. As their relationship progressed, it became more and more clear that they were both committed to a relationship and wanted to be together, even with a physical distance of 1000 miles between them.

An incredible part of their 10+ year relationship has been to witness one another of us mature and develop, both personally and professionally. Erin watched Wes graduate from law school, land his first job at a law firm, and pass the California Bar Exam. Wes has watched Erin go through almost a decade of medical education, from 4 years of medical school, to 3 years of internal medicine residency, to finally 3 years of gastroenterology fellowship (1.5 years to go!). Throughout this time, Wes has been Erin’s biggest cheerleader, offering encouragement, reassurance and support. Finally in 2017 their chapter of long distance closed when Erin moved down to San Francisco, where they have lived together since.

Out of their relationship has grown a mutual respect, love, and acceptance of one another, despite their flaws and imperfections. Through their relationship, Erin has learned that Wes is the most patient, thoughtful, warm, genuine, and hilarious person she know, who has made her heart so full while also making her cry with tears (of laughter) countless times. She loves his passion for food and cooking, as well as love for their dog (Cody). They both value family above everything, and it has been wonderful for them to be welcomed into each other’s tight-knit families.

Wedding venue/vision

– Erin grew up in Pacific Northwest (Bellingham, WA) and had spent time with her family visiting the San Juan Islands many times. Although she’s now moved away, she had always envisioned getting married in a beautiful coastal setting close to the water in the PNW

– We picked Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island as it felt like a destination wedding in a way, with all of our close family and friends coming together for a memorable island getaway weekend

– Roche Harbor Resort embodies the best of the PNW – beautiful historic hotel, delicious seafood, and a gorgeous island setting filled with wildlife and fun activities (kayaking, boating, etc)

– Our favorite part was having all our close friends and family all come together to be with us and celebrate for an entire weekend – we felt so loved!

Wedding Vision: Coastal chic, elegant, beachy, nautical touches, incorporating our favorite color (blue) and lots of fresh local seafood

 

Extra special details to Erin and Wes:

– Color Guard Ceremony at sunset

– How special it was to have our dog, Cody there with us

– Wedding officiated by Erin’s family’s church pastor

– Cocktail Hour with fresh oyster bar

– Embroidered linen napkins with our initials (loved this surprise from Valley & Co.)

– Welcome Bags with ferry boat chocolates and Erin’s mom homemade jam

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Videography: Denver Nathan Visuals | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Cakes By Felicitations | Stationery: Grey and Cake | Reception Venue: Roche Harbor Resort | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Lauren B Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: SHow Me Your Mumu | DJ: Miguel Rockwell | Suit: HUGO BOSS | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Dress shop: Bridal Galleria | HAMU: OffWhite Makeup & Beauty | Linens: Nuage Linens | Planning, design and floral: Valley & Co.

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