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A Newlywed Announcement That’ll Have You Floating on Cloud Nine

Y’all it’s official, Molly and Ben are just about the cutest couple ever. For not only did these two rock some serious style on their special day, but they also spelled out their newlywed status with big ol’ balloons (talk about adorable)! Rach Loves Troy captured it all to share and we’ve got it waiting for you favorite in The Vault

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From Rach Loves TroyWhen we first chatted with Molly and Ben it was evident they were a cool couple with some serious style. They had met and fallen in love in Las Vegas where molly was a Cirque du soleil dancer and then when work took Ben to New York City and now Laguna Beach, California. I knew after all that Molly and been had to be an adventurous couple and so full of life.

Their day was exactly that! Nothing but smiles from these two all day and their wedding style at the Bride totally reflected their calm cool and collected personalities the day of the wedding. They had this perfect mix of sweet southern with modern fun! So many fun details down to the beautiful floral appliqués on Molly’s adorable Two piece Jenny Yoo dress.

I loved how the blue, gray, and creams of their wedding perfectly blended with the style of the Brice. Molly was so conscious of the amazing design features this gorgeous hotel had to offer all on its own. Throw in all her adorable Kate Spade touches with their Mr. and Mrs. balloons and it was seriously beautiful!

Photography: Rach Loves Troy | Cinematography: Rach Loves Troy | Coordination: Design Studio South | Floral Design: Urban Poppy | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Savannah Rum Runners | Hair + Makeup: B Street Salon | Venue: The Brice Hotel

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French Châteaux Are Where Wedding Dreams Are Made

Styled shoots are special – they give vendors the opportunity to create any scene their heart desires and when we get invited in, we get pretty excited. And this one here is divine. With Mango Muse Events behind the wheel, various influences were combined into one Old World meets modern elegance at Chateau de Jalesnes and Julia Winkler captured all. Our Vault is brimming with the goodsthis way!

From Mango Muse Events… For this fall French chateau wedding shoot, we really wanted to create a whole wedding to showcase the beauty of the chateau. So, we did just that and to inspire us, was Jasper and Camille.

Jasper and Camille met in France while studying abroad. They became friends and then later, more than friends. She’s American and he’s British, so when they got engaged, they wanted a destination wedding in the country where they met. They wanted to celebrate where they fell in love and share it with their guests. They wanted a small wedding, just family and a couple of close friends and they wanted everyone to stay together in the same place. While they love Paris, they wanted something a bit quieter, so they picked a chateau in Loire Valley. Chateau de Jalesnes was perfect because it is in the countryside, but not so far away from Paris that they couldn’t hang out there too.

She’s a teacher of biology and he’s a historian. They love trivia, puzzles, facts and of course history. So, we included touches that evoke a bit of history both past and the creation of a new one. They wanted to bring in both of their cultures and mix it with French style. So, we created a wedding with an old world feel combined with a contemporary natural look. Comfortable but luxurious, organic but detailed.

The details included special gifts for their wedding guests leading them from one area and stage in the wedding day to the next. As guests woke up, they received a vial of perfume to get them ready for the day. Then at the ceremony located at the forest decorated with garlands fitting the tower ruins, the guests receive a vintage French handkerchief.

After the ceremony, guests are greeted in the foyer with small hand written notes and stories (decorated with natural florals and vines and mini apples) sitting next to a history book where guests are asked share their favorite stories of the couple. At dinner, the place cards and menus showcase an amazing meal to come. Tables are set with overflowing natural garlands with fall foliage, fruit and flowers. The night ends with drinks in the lounge, delectable desserts and the couple’s favor, a choice of coffee or tea (each a favorite of the couple’s).

Photography: Julia Winkler | Event Planning + Design: Mango Muse Events | Floral Design: Flore et Sens | Wedding Dress: Divine Atelier | Stationery: Sarah Drake Design | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering: Timmerman | Makeup: B! Make-up | Hair: Hotel Particulier Rangers | Venue: Chateau de Jalesnes | Models: Esya | Robe: Doie Lounge

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See How this Design Genius Made an 80’s Condo Cool Again

Orlando Soria is not only the Creative Director of Homepolish but he’s also the designer behind some of our most favorite home tours to date. We can now add his gorgeous Los Angeles pad to that list. A mix of masculine and chic with a layer of bold art, this space is a modern oasis outfitted by AllModern.com. See even more shot by Tessa Neustadt in the VAULT.

No stranger to interior design, Orlando Soria has been in the business of making other people’s homes look good for nearly a decade.

Beginning his career on HGTV’s home makeover series “Secrets From A Stylist”, Orlando has since carved out his own place in the décor world as a highly sought-after designer and creative director for Homepolish .

For his latest project, Orlando set his sights on his own Los Angeles home, which he shares with his boyfriend, for a complete, head-to-toe makeover.

A once dated ’80s condo was remade into a modern oasis, complete with brand new furnishing from AllModern.com.

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Photographer: Tessa Neustadt | Designer: Homepolish | Furniture + Decor: All Modern

A Laid-Back Wedding With So Much Heart. See Why We Adore These Grooms!

This morning we’re taking a little trip to rural Tennessee for a wedding with so much heart we can hardly stand it. These two grooms set out to plan their “perfectly imperfect” celebration with Stunning Events by their side, the end result was a day overflowing with love. Kristin Sweeting captured and there’s lots more right this way.

From The Groom…Mike and I knew from the start that we wanted our wedding day to be above all a celebration of love. We of course didn’t have the most storybook relationship and we knew that we didn’t want to have a storybook wedding, but we did want all of our closest family and friends to know and share in our love for each other. After a very long engagement, which itself took place in the presence of a small group of family and friends, we quickly set to work in planning the biggest day of our lives. We almost immediately settled on a spring wedding due to its association with renewal and life. With a spring wedding planned, we couldn’t bear the thought of getting married indoors, so it was relatively easy from there to land on Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, Tennessee as our venue. The site offered tons of space for our celebration, along with flexibility in planning.

Neither of us are formal people–we are most comfortable in gym clothes with a small group of friends. We wanted this casual vibe to be present in our wedding but in an elegant way–we wanted the day to be care-free for us and our guests while emphasizing elements of simple beauty. We chose blues, whites, and grays as our theme mostly because we knew that they would flow well with the background of spring in Tennessee. From there, it was mostly a matter of choosing our vendors and sharing our vision with them. Many of the people who helped us pull off our biggest day were already our friends, and those who weren’t became our friends during the process. Our two biggest life savers in the whole process were definitely our wedding planner, Kristin Kaplan of Stunning Events, and Kristin Sweeting of Kristin Sweeting Photography. Both were so easy to work with while maintaining a high degree of professionalism. There were definitely hiccups along the way, but these two in particular were right there to smooth them over.

In the end, our wedding day was perfectly imperfect. Our wedding party all looked beautiful, our florals were stunning, the food was delicious, the band was rowdy, the drinks were strong, and the rain held off until the final declaration and then let up right after cocktail hour. Our friends and family were able to celebrate with us for a whole night with more than enough smiles to go around. And the love, which we worked so hard to be able to show to the world, was given right back to us in overflowing abundance.

Photography: Kristin Sweeting Photography | Event Planning: Stunning Events | Floral Design: Tim Riffle | Cake: Dulce Desserts | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids | Catering: Flavor Catering | Hair + Makeup: Brian O'Connor | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Arrington Vineyard | Cufflinks: Tateossian | Groom's Clothier: Levy's | Groom's Shoes: Magnanni | Invitations, Stationery + Logos: The Groom

Craving Color? This Summer Celebration Is All That and More

Craving color? Consider your prayers answered thanks to this stunner of a celebration from Veronica Lola Photography. It’s the ultimate summer soiree complete with saturated hues that are sure to satisfy, and if that’s not enough we’ve got even more pretty waiting for you in The Vault!

From Veronica Lola PhotographyTheir wedding was set in a quaint little inn in northwest NJ, near the Delaware water gap. Nicole + Trevor ooze affection for each other and the soft and romantic details tied their love for each other perfectly. Nicole was my kind of bride, and hiked in the July heat in her heels at the Delaware Water Gap for photos, with Trevor close behind. High five to Nicole!

Photography: Veronica Lola Photography | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Cat Bird | Makeup: Melissa D'Aloia & Co. Luxury Hair & Make Up | Hair: Jessica Rac | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Inn At Millrace Pond | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints

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Be A Kick Butt Bridesmaid Without Going Totally Broke

Being a bridesmaid is infamous for one major thing – dreading the dress and spending way more than you’d like. Whether it’s a couple hundred dollars for that bridesmaid frock or a thousand dollars for all your travel expenses, taking on this role of a lifetime could put you in debt for what feels like a lifetime. But it doesn’t have to. As a professional bridesmaid, I’ve learned some very important tips along that have saved me serious cash as I support brides on their journey down the aisle.

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5 Money Saving Tips For The Bridesmaid

1. STALK THE TRAVEL SALES

One of the main expenses of being a bridesmaid isn’t the dress, the shoes, or the glam squad that’ll give you a makeover on the day of the wedding. It’s actually your travel expenses, unless you live next door to the wedding venue and the bachelorette party locale. Make sure you set travel alerts as soon as you know dates for pre-wedding events and start searching for hotel and rental car deals as early as you can. The sooner you book your travel and accommodations, the less of a headache you’ll have when prices surge the week or month before.

2. REUSE or BUY USED

If you’re footing the bill for decorations for the bridal shower or the bachelorette party, you may notice your Amazon or Etsy shopping cart will be filled with expensive things you’ll use for one day or night and then stick in the trash. Instead, put feelers out there to see if other maid of honors or bridesmaids have decorations you can borrow or go halves on to share. If not, buy used. Or if you’re the crafty type, DIY. Nobody will know, except for you and your bank account of course.

3. SPEAK UP ASAP

When the other members of the bridal party are making plans and decisions, speak up right away about financial constraints you may have. Chances are other women have the same but are too shy to say something. Offer to take charge as the discount queen and find what you can for the group for less.

4. SAY NO & THEN SHOW

If you can’t afford to do something or go somewhere before the wedding, it’s okay to say no. Just say no early on and before, or right after, the bachelorette party or bridal shower, send over a gift. Sure, this will cost you money, but far less than what it would cost to fly or drive there.

5. GO AHEAD & BUDGET

The number one thing you can do is set a budget ASAP. Make that your first goal as a bridesmaid and then promise yourself you’ll stick to it, no matter what. That way, you won’t have an anxiety attack when you check your credit card bill and notice it’s more than you planned for.

xoxo, Jen (P.S. Check out my new book!)

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Haute Couture Dresses You’ll Want to Wear Down the Aisle

Bow down, ladies — the fashion gods (a.k.a. the designers who showed at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week) have done it again, creating sartorial works of art for their Fall/Winter 2016/17 collections. With exquisite appliqués, gorgeous silhouettes, and dreamy fabrics, we’re ready to take these gowns straight from the runways to wear down the aisle. Here come several very fabulously dressed brides.

Wedding Worthy Looks from Paris Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016/17
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Wedding Worthy Looks from Paris Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016/17
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A Birthday Party Theme that You’ll Love Whether You’re 3 or 30

Donuts and blooms. A crazy cute party theme that I’m pretty sure is appropriate for any age (why didn’t I do this for my 30th?), but made uber adorable by Soo Kim Photography for her daughter’s birthday. Complete with a super easy picture ledge backdrop (genius!), bottles of single stems and a mini ‘hooray’ balloon sign to boot, let every pin-worthy bit in The Vault inspire your next soirée!

From Soo Kim PhotographyMy daughter’s birthday is one that I especially look forward to planning each year, as she is such a girly girl even at such a young age that I get to fill my creative heart with all things pretty.

For Noelle’s 3rd birthday, I really wanted to incorporate her love for flowers in a unique way. She even came with me to the flower shop to help pick out the flowers for her cake table. We also couldn’t leave out her new favorite dessert—donuts!

Utilizing the picture ledges we were using to hold Noelle’s favorite books, we put individual stems of flowers in small vases, draped a garland to pull the entire tablescape into focus and added some gold lettered balloons for a festive touch.

Donuts being the main dessert, I really wanted to put mini baked donuts on top of her birthday cake. We bought a plain white cake from our local supermarket and decorated it with colorful sprinkles, edible gold and a great hand-lettered cake topper really added that extra special something to the entire table.

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Photography: Soo Kim | Cake: Publix Bakery | 24K Edible Gold Leaf: TopCupcake | Baked Mini Donuts: Publix Bakery | Cake Topper: Confetti Sparkle Shop | Customized Donut Truck: PaperBuiltShop | Gold Lettered Balloons: Etsy | Planning: Soo Kim | Tablecloth: Ikea

A Fashion Forward Bride-to-Be + Bougainvillea = E-sesh Magic

Riddle me this: what do you call the combination of California sunshine, bold bougainvillea, and a fashion forward bride-to-be? Perfection, that’s what. And with the majorly talented Jen Huang behind the lens, perfection is always possible. Snapping up every sweet Santa Barbara moment to share, we’ve got this stunner of an engagement session waiting for you to soak up in The Vault!

From Jen HuangThere’s nothing like a sprawling, lush bougainvillea to accessorize your engagement shoot. I found this archway of palms and bougainvillea near my home in Santa Barbara and couldn’t wait to shoot a fun couple in front of it. I finally got the chance when my sweet couple Anh and Phi let me plan their photoshoot locations for their engagement shoot in downtown Santa Barbara – where there are so many beautiful Spanish mission backdrops. What else do you need for beautiful engagement photos besides a fun attitude, some kick-ass fashion and perfectly placed spring time blooms?

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Dress: For Love And Lemons | Gray Suit: Zara | Location: Santa Barbara

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Jump Into Summer With These Pool Party Essentials

Fourth of July festivities have come and gone but no need to fret because summer is just getting started! So slip into that bikini and set up the tables and chairs outside because it’s pool party time! Summer entertaining is the perfect excuse to use those chic, stylish and colorful items you registered for and we have all your must-have’s in one easy to find (and click BUY) spot! Splish splash, let’s shop!

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Why Tuscany Holds the Key to Wedding Day Perfection

If I could, I would crawl right through my screen just to experience the pretty captured by Allen Tsai Photography firsthand – it’s just that good. From those crazy chic florals, to the stunning scenery that is Tuscany, every darn detail is wedding day perfection and I’m just begging someone to recreate it all for their big day. See it all in The Vault and you’ll easily understand why I’m completely obsessed.

From Allen Tsai PhotographyMost wedding editorials focus on the bride and groom, but for this romantic Tuscan bridal inspiration we wanted to tell a story from the bride’s perspective during the quiet and intimate moments of her wedding day, pre-ceremony. Slipping into your bridal gown and writing a heartfelt note to your groom, a moment in front of the camera with freshly picked blooms from the Italian countryside, the linens on your reception table gently waving in the breeze as if anticipating the love and conversation to come over Tuscan wine…those are the relaxed pre-wedding moments we wanted to capture on film. There’s something extremely special and precious about those few pre-wedding hours before the guests arrive and the hustle and bustle begins, so we wanted to inspire brides to savor that time and capture some of that stillness in the beautiful surroundings they’ve created.

I can’t think of a more romantic destination wedding location than Tuscany, Italy, and the hilltop venue of Monteverdi Tuscany was a stunning backdrop of rolling green hills and tall Italian cypress trees, with rich surrounding textures of stone. From the stunning views to the fine wine and dining, every guest room has its own unique design, which makes for an unforgettable destination trip for your closest loved ones.

Letter Love Studio conveyed the tone for this intimate wedding experience with loose and organic calligraphy on handmade paper. The terra cotta colored ink mirrored the tiled rooftops synonymous with Italian architecture, and the imperfect ink splatters feel right at home in this simple yet rustic suite. Topped off with vintage stamps and a beautifully deckled edge cotton envelope from Italian paper maker Amalfi, this wedding suite lends elegance and character to this luxurious but understated shoot.

Wanting this editorial to be a true Tuscany experience, we included talented local vendors including floral design by Puscina Flowers, and hair & makeup by Andrea Hair Styling. For the tablescape, Tuscan fabrics from Biagianti, wrought iron sculptures from Biagiotti, and custom designed wood pepper mills by Brigitte Deval were all incorporated, lending an authentic Italian flair to our outdoor tabletop.

All of the wildflowers used were grown by Puscina Flowers on their own family farm. I’ve never felt so calm and close to nature as I did when I stepped foot onto their estate. 100% of their floral design is sourced from their own land, enabling them to have a rarely personal and profound understanding of the florals they use. The result is a unique, organic, and natural floral design that feels effortless.

To complete our old world influence, Watters “Florence” dress with its flowing silk mousseline skirt couldn’t have been more perfect for our bride. We paired it with a vintage inspired green emerald by Shapiro Diamonds, which was a custom design.

Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Floral Design: Puscina Flowers | Wedding Dress: Watters | Stationery: Letter Love Studio | Jewelry: Shapiro Diamonds | Hair + Makeup: Andrea Hair Stylist | Venue: Monteverdi Tuscany | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Linen Rentals: Biagianti | Ribbons: Honey Silks And Company | Ribbons: Silk & Willow | Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wood Pepper Mills: Brigitte Deval | Wrought Iron Sculptures: Biagiotti

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Raise a Glass to the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Sorbet

I try to love sorbet as much as I love ice cream but it’s never really made its way onto my favorites list. That is, until it met its bubbly match with the likes of Veuve Clicquot and these Spiked Sorbet Floats. The ladies at Kari Rider Events and Renee Hollingshead are making Summer cocktail dreams come true with these pretty dessert drinks. Get to sippin with the two ingredient recipe below!

Everybody loves a good old-fashioned ice cream party. Am I right?! Well, we’ve found a way to take our childhood delight to the next level—just add bubbly! Sorbet floats are the perfect summer refreshment—cool and crisp with a side of nostalgia. 

They’re basically summer in a glass! So why not gather the girls for a grown-up sorbet party of your own this summer? We promise it’ll offer a bit more punch than your ice cream parties of old! Enjoy!

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Photography: Renee Hollingshead Photography | Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events | Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy | Bubbly: Hair O' The Dog | Champagne Flutes: Curlicue | Sorbet: The Scottish Highland Creamery

All the Looks from Haute Couture Fashion Week We Want In Our Closet ASAP

I want to live in a world where I get to wear couture every day. To have my closet filled with sartorial masterpieces. To feel like I’m always playing dress up. Sadly, I don’t. (My New York City apartment can’t even fit half my clothes, let alone voluminous gowns.) Thankfully though, I can live out my day dream with the photos below of the prettiest looks from Paris’ latest Haute Couture Fashion Week!

Prettiest Dresses from Paris Haute Couture Fall Winter 2016/17
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A Stunning Floral Arch Set the Scene for a Chic Garden Wedding

The weekend is so very close and we’ve got just the thing to get you through the Friday afternoon slump. It’s wedding eye candy straight from the lens of Daniel Kim with a floral arch that’ll stop you dead in your tracks. Run to The Vault for lots, lots more and consider this treat your weekend started off right.

From Daniel Kim Photography… A natural peach and green inspired wedding at Radonich wedding for Esther and Chris had us shooting all day because we couldn’t get enough. Add guests that were a loud and happy group and an outdoor dinner in the clean evening air, and we knew that it had been a perfect wedding.

Lorraine Lee with Harvesting Love Events and Ivanka from Studio Mondine teamed up to bring an aesthetically cohesive event, taking into account that the couple wanted to make sure to include personal elements such as their two dogs, and to make sure that Chris’s mom was included with a gift of flowers on the big day.

The best part of the night was when during the dances, Chris surprised his mom by grabbing her wheelchair and pulling her onto the dance floor. From start to finish, this wedding was perfect not just in aesthetics and details, but also in human elements of kindness and compassion.

Photography: Daniel Kim | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Cake: Margaret's French Bakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Catering: Radonich Ranch | DJ: DJ John Jow | Venue: Radonich Ranch | Coordination + Design: Harvesting Love Events | Film Processing: Daniel Kim

They Said “I Do” On the Same Day Her Grandparents Did 50 Years Earlier

As soon as this gorgeous bride and her handsome groom decided on a wedding date, the same date on which her grandparents said “I do” fifty years earlier, they knew they wanted to design a timeless, elegant wedding. With Victorian details to highlight her grandmother’s favorite era, this sweet couple paid homage to their families and started off their life as husband and wife in beautiful style. So much more to see from Koman Photography and ByDesign Films in The Vault!

From The Bride…Ever since I was a little girl I have been envisioning the wedding I would once have. I knew I would have beautiful pink flowers, an amazing photographer, décor that would leave a lasting impression on my guests, etc. The only thing I couldn’t see was who I would pledge my love to for the rest of my life, that is until I met Victor. He set up a picture perfect proposal that I will never forget because these precious moments were beautifully documented by Koman Photography. As soon as I said yes, I couldn’t wait to start planning one of the biggest days in our lives. The first vendor we booked was the amazing photographers Koman Photography to capture the important day with a timeless and elegant feel. We then decided to choose August 9, 2015 as our date. We were excited to have a day and at the same time felt blessed to be married on the same day my grandparents did 50 years before us. For this reason, Victor and I really wanted to convey a timeless and elegant wedding that highlighted my grandma’s favorite era in memory of her. For this reason, we chose a beautiful mansion called the Ambassador Mansion and Gardens built in the 1900’s located in Pasadena, CA. Because of this we utilized pops of gold and Victorian elegance throughout the wedding décor. We put emphasis on these elements from getting ready to the reception. We used the garden that the owner of the mansion built for his wife as our ceremony cite and decorated with lush white flowers and greenery (he built this for her to have celebrations in). Our reception was held on the lawn with the mansion overlooking it underneath a white chiffon tent with hanging chandeliers. In the end, we wanted to leave a lasting impression on our guests of how important family is to us and really wanted our personalities to shine through the wedding décor.

Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: ByDesign Films | Floral Design: The Finishing Touch Wedding Design | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Flagship Store | Cake: Fantasy Frostings | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Cynthia Brooks Catering | Makeup: Bliss Bridal Beauty | DJ: Better Music Services | Venue: Ambassador Mansions & Gardens | Coordination + Decor: Event Design By Lucy | Rentals: Unique Chic Events

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50 Beautiful Baby Girl Names Inspired by Celebrities

Eva Mendes, Charlize Theron, Gisele Bündchen… not only do these women radiate beauty, they’ve got the gorgeous names to match. If you’ve got a sweet baby girl on the way, let this list of stunning celebrities inspire your naming adventure. Let us know your favorites (or any we might’ve left out) in the comments below!

50 Beautiful Baby Girl Names Inspired by Celebrities
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50 Beautiful Baby Girl Names Inspired by Celebrities
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Stop Lusting over Pinterest, Grace Loves Lace is coming to LA!

For all of you stateside brides pinning your hearts out with one beautiful gown after another from Grace Loves Lace (ahem, all of you), we’ve got some exciting news. Because those totally unique gowns you sooo adore?  They’re coming to LA… for good.  Think an entire showroom filled with your dream frocks about, umm, 14 hours closer.  Start celebrating now, ’cause this.is.happening, loves.

Located on the hippest block in Los Angeles, Abbot Kinney, Grace Loves Lace’s new showroom is basically everything you’ve ever wanted when it comes to your gown shopping experience.  I’m talking one fabulously modern frock after another from the design team that knows all there is to know about wow-worthy gowns that will really and truly make a statement.  From their flattering + stunning silhouettes to their show-stopping details (hello, contemporary capes, sand-washed silks and French Chantilly lace) to their handcrafted touches that are one part contemporary and one part classic chic.

The Grace Loves Lace Flagship Showroom opened its doors on July 5, 2016 at 1510 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, which means you can make an appointment NOW by visiting Grace Loves Lace Bookings.  Trust us, you’ll be blown away by the jaw-droppingly gorgeous gowns AND their top-notch customer service.  Not to mention their exclusive Showroom offer, which gives you the chance to win your entire look if you book and purchase in the month of July.  This is soooo exciting, y’all… visit Grace Loves Lace Bookings TODAY to get your fashion on.

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12 of The Most Romantic Coastal Destinations to Vacation

When I think of a romantic getaway, the scene just isn’t complete without a breathtaking ocean view in the picture. Maybe it’s the sound of crashing waves or those lazy beach days involved, but sea blues are a must for me when setting out for an idyllic vacation with my love. Which of these 12 dreamy coastal destinations do you want to explore with your bae?

Romantic Coastal Destinations
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Romantic Coastal Destinations
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Couple’s ‘First Home’ Engagement Session with their Sweet English Mastiff

This engagement session everything (and then some). Celebrating their new status with the sweetest at home e-sessionAbby Jiu Photography captured every cozy chic moment to share. Graced with major interior design moments, the cutest couple ever, and a few puppy kisses, we’ve got all that and more waiting in The Vault!

From The Bride…Originally I didn’t want to do an engagement photo session. I generally don’t love pictures of myself, and I thought the whole process would be kind of uncomfortable. However, after talking to our photographer, the amazing Abby Jiu, she convinced me that doing an engagement session would be the best thing, precisely because of those reasons. She said that the engagement session would give both my fiance, Doug, and me a chance to get comfortable with her, and with being photographed in general. Also, we would get the opportunity to see professional photos of ourselves before the wedding day.

Everything she said made complete sense, but I still wasn’t sure. After talking about it with Doug, and pretty much anyone else who would listen, I decided we should trust the expert, and just go for it. And I will tell you honestly, I am SO SO happy I did!! Everything Abby said was true. The experience of the photo session was beyond helpful, and then seeing the beautiful photographs that came from it, just made us more excited for what our wedding photos would look like. And for a couple who doesn’t like how they look in most photographs–that in and of itself was amazing!

Once we decided that the engagement session was a go, Doug and I thought long and hard about where we should do the shoot. I searched Pinterest, magazines, and of course Style Me Pretty for ideas, but I was having a really hard time deciding. Engagement sessions on the beach, or in a park under the trees, or in a garden, always look so beautiful, but that type of location just didn’t really feel like “us.”

Around the same time we were trying to decide on a location for the session, Doug and I closed on our first house. We bought a beautiful home in Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C. And after that happened, the location of our photo session seemed like a no brainer. What could be more “us” than our own home? Plus, if we did the shoot in our new house, we not only would be documenting the engagement, but also our first home together. I couldn’t think of anything more perfect.

Well…that isn’t entirely true. I thought of one more thing– our 150 lb English Mastiff, Buffy! She is our baby, and there is no way the engagement photos would be complete without her. Besides, Buffy has been part of our the wedding journey from the very beginning.

The night that Doug proposed, he told me we were meeting friends at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown for drinks. I was almost finished getting ready, when Doug called me into the living room and there he was, down on one knee, with the most gorgeous ring, and beside him sat Buffy, tongue out, with a beautiful sign tied around her neck that said “Will You Marry My Daddy?” It was absolutely perfect! After the actual proposal, I assumed we were still meeting our friends for drinks to celebrate, but in reality Doug had arranged a surprise engagement party at the Four Seasons, with our families and close friends. The whole night was beyond amazing, but involving Buffy made it extra extra special.

Buffy was an integral part of the proposal, and she would be there the day of the wedding, so we decided she definitely needed to be in our engagement photos.

The day of the photo session came, and thankfully our new house came together. I was worried we wouldn’t have furniture to sit on, a dining room table, or curtains, (the curtains went up literally the day before the shoot) but thankfully it all came together. We took most of the photographs in our living room and dining room and a few right in front of our house. Doug and I felt very comfortable and relaxed because we were in our own space.

In terms of wardrobe, Doug and I just wanted to look like ourselves. I wore my favorite Equipment blouse, Rag and Bone Jeans, and a pair of old Prada flats. Doug wore his favorite blue J. Mclaughlin sweater and khakis. Obviously, the most important accessory was our beloved baby, Buffy, and she looks perfect wearing nothing at all!

In closing, I would tell a bride who may be hesitant about doing an engagement session that I was beyond happy that we decided to do it. Not only do I have photographs documenting that exciting time in our lives, but we also have pictures of our first home together! And I have to say, it absolutely helped in terms of being comfortable with Abby the day of our wedding.

So, the bottom line is, if you have the opportunity to do engagement photos, don’t pass it up. Oh- and definitely include your pup if you have one!

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Shoes: Prada | Hair + Makeup: Georgetown Bride | Blue Sweater: J. McLaughlin | Jeans: Rag & Bone | Location: At Home | White Blouse: Equipment

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An Awe Inducing Floral Arch to End All Floral Arches

There are floral arches, and then there are spell-bounding floral arches that seriously stun. This one, being the latter of the two. Crafted by the massively talented Zavion Kotze Event Company, this celebration captured by Rensche Mari is awe-inspiring to say the least. From the Bride’s gorge La Sposa By Pronovias to her Emmy London shoes, we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

From Rensche MariBeautiful florals, Rose Golds, Champagne and a beautiful Garden ceremony.

This classic wedding took place in an enchanting backdrop at the french inspired boutique venue, Le Chatelat, situated in Johannesburg, Gauteng. The theme of the wedding was perfectly chosen by the bridal couple to showcase their romantic and elegant style with a dash of Scottish traditions, that was perfected by Zavion Kotze Events Company.

This elegant and classy affair was inspired by the botanical theme and colors of the flowers used in the dramatic hanging flower arrangements filled with mixed proteas, gorgeous pink king proteas, majestic orchids, blush roses and various greenery to set the tone and to create a yesteryear greenhouse look.

The stationery, created by Chrystalace Wedding Stationery, set the scene for the wedding, where each guest received a watercolor painted invitation neatly packaged into a custom pocket finished off with a velvet ribbon and rose gold foiling details to add that bit of glam. The look of the stationery matched the tablescapes and the added element of rose gold was repeated in the tableware and cloths used as part of the decor that set the scene for this beautiful garden ceremony and translucent marquee reception area.

The beautiful bride, Carmen, was dressed in a simplistic yet gorgeous gown from Pronovias, where the John, the groom, proudly wore a wedding Kilt paying homage to his Scottish heritage.

One of the decor elements that stood out was the beautiful floral arch where the couple said their I do’s and the gorgeous four tier cake by Kelly Jane. It was a small intimate South African wedding with people coming in from all corners of the world to come join in this wedding celebration; showcasing tears, laughter and obviously drinking the best champagne paired with amazing food beautifully photographed by Rensche Mari.

Photography: Rensche Mari | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Kelly Jayne's | Stationery: Chrystalace | Bride's Shoes: Emmy London | Makeup: Makeup by Gina | Venue: Le Chatelat | Bride's Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Event Planning, Floral Design + Decor: Zavion Kotze Events | Groom's Attire (Kilt): Rob Roy Kilt and Accessories | Groom's Ring: Bellagio | Hair Accessories: Kathleen Barry

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