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The holy grail gown: A bridesmaid’s dress that’s chic AND affordable!

Being a bridesmaid is an absolute honor, and I’ve been lucky enough to stand beside my besties on more occasions than I can count.  But if I am being totally honest, when it comes to finding that perfect dress, I wish it were a bit easier.  And that’s where the sweet online boutique Revelry comes in. Think super stylish + cost-effective gowns that you will sooo wear again. Guys, it’s genius.

In my 37+ years, I’ve worn a lot of, umm… interesting bridesmaids gowns.  Think Beverly Hills 90210 circa 1999… and I’m not kidding.  So when I first spied the beautiful frocks at Revelry, I couldn’t wait to tell all of my newly-engaged friends.  I’m talking a stunning collection of tops, skirts and dresses that are beyond awesome, all founded by a group of ladies that know everything there is to know about re-wearable styles that will complement everyone in your bridal party.  From their ultra-feminine details to the luxe fabrics like chiffon, tulle and sequins to their crazy cool array of sizes (0-32!) at absolutely NO extra charge.  Not to mention that each style in the collection ranges from $50-$175, so they are just as cost-effective as they are gorgeous. I am sooo on board.

Revelry is a brand that just gets you, and they use college students and best friends as their models, so you can see just what you and your bridal party will look like… for real.  They’ll even send you a sample box to try on dresses at home, which also includes a book of 3×5 fabric swatches of every color offered, a complimentary measuring tape and a how-to measuring guide, which makes everything sooo easy.  I mean, trying on bridesmaid gowns while lounging around in yoga pants with your besties?  Everything about that is awesome.  Visit them NOW to get started.  And for all inquiries, please contact hello@shoprevelry.com and use code SMP50 at checkout for 50% off your sample box.

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What: Revelry is giving away FREE bridesmaid dresses for your ENTIRE wedding squad!

How: For Official Rules and to enter, click HERE. Good luck, loves! xo

Photography: Twinty Photography | Florals: Afloral | Jewelry: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Bridesmaid Dresses: Revelry | Balloons: Balloon Bar

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Rustic Romance with a Side of Barn Dancing

This one had me at hello.  Well, if I’m being honest, it had me at rustic romance with a side of barn dancin’, but you get the picture… it’s beyond amazing.  From the sweet, fresh-from-the-garden styled blooms to the gorgeous mountaintop setting to the bride’s Claire Pettibone gown with the prettiest ever back detailing.  See it all captured by heidi-o-photo in THE VAULT right this way.

From heidi-o-photo… Allegra and Joel chose this unique mountaintop resort for their wedding. The setting was gorgeous with trees and fields. The old barn strung with lights was perfect for late night partying. And their friends and family were able to camp at the resort and spend the weekend celebrating.

Photography: heidi-o-photo | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Catering: Paella Valencia | Makeup: Cheriene | DJ: Beck's Entertainment | Venue: Bailey's Palomar Resort | Rentals: SD Party Rentals

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Why You Need a Vintage Engagement Ring + 5 Secrets to Find the Perfect One

One of the biggest trends in engagement rings this season is the resurgence of romantic vintage-inspired details and antique rings. And when it comes to authentic, one-of-a-kind engagement rings with a rich history and timeless style, there’s no better place to look than Trumpet & Horn. They’re sharing with us why you should consider a vintage ring and the five secrets to finding the perfect one!

They’re Eco-Friendly

Vintage rings are the most eco-friendly choice when it comes to engagement rings. When you choose vintage, there is no extra mining or labor that is required to make a ring for you, so you can rest assured you are making a near-zero impact on the environment.

 

They’re Conflict-Free

Vintage rings, by their nature, are conflict-free. The conflict that “conflict-free” diamonds refer to began generally as early as the 1970’s. Rings that were already completed pieces before the 1970’s were not involved in the conflict in any way, which is a very easy and fool-proof way to guarantee that a ring is conflict-free.

They Can Be Less Expensive

Vintage rings can be less expensive because they require no extra mining or labor, so those costs are not passed on to the consumer. Sometimes, when newly made rings are very cheap (or cheaper than a similar vintage ring), it may be because the stones they use are poor quality, bought in bulk, and made into rings overseas in countries with labor laws that are less strict that the US, which drives down the price.

They’re One-of-a-Kind

Vintage rings are often one-of-a-kind or very close to it. Most new rings are made in big production runs to drive down the cost of manufacturing, so there are many rings that all look exactly the same that go to market. With vintage, many if not most pieces are one-offs. Especially with older vintage/antique rings, stones were chosen first and the settings were crafted by hand to perfectly fit the chosen stone(s).

 

They’re Works Of Art

Vintage rings are wearable works of art. They were hand-made by artisans (sometimes over 100 years ago!) without electricity and the modern tools that are used to churn out rings on a massive scale in today’s market. Each was lovingly crafted by an artist from design to completion, rather than computer generated and pieced together to make a completed product by many different teams, sometimes in several different countries. We believe this makes vintage rings extra special, like a little piece of art history that you can wear on your hand.

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What to Keep In Mind When Shopping

  1. Shop within your budget! Don’t ever let a salesperson pressure you.
  2. Ask lots of questions. If you’re hearing terms that you’re unfamiliar with, ask!
  3. Make sure the company you are buying from will let you return or exchange the ring if she doesn’t love it.
  4. If you’re shopping online, make sure the company is reputable and offers free shipping and returns.
  5. There may be vintage or antique stores in your area, which is a good place to start. See what style of rings you gravitate towards, and ask the salesperson if these rings are from a particular era or all have similar elements. Shopping online usually means a much bigger variety of rings to choose from, so do both.

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Plus, Everything You Need to Know About the Different Diamond Cuts

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Ikea is giving us Major Outdoor Vibes and it’s all under $100

We usually have a running list of goodies to pick up at our next Ikea grand adventure and now that the sun is out that list is awash with outdoor essentials. Check out our must haves for infusing your alfresco spaces with some serious summertime vibes. And the best part? Every single one is under a $100. Cheap and cute. That’s how we roll. Shop the collection here…

Outdoor Steals under $100
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Outdoor Steals under $100
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Plus check out some of our Ikea Hack Faves!

DIY Cobalt Office Chair | DIY Mini Bar Cart | DIY Upholstered Bench

You’ll Never Believe This Wedding Wasn’t Their Original Plan

Melissa and David originally planned a destination wedding, but these two scrapped everything when their family needed the date pushed UP! In less than a month (you read right!) Melissa put together a day that looked so perfect you’d swear she spent a year planning. From the intricate Ketubah to the bride’s vintage fur handbag, Charity Maurer Photography captured it all to share in The Vault!

From Charity Maurer PhotographyMelissa and David share so much in common, their culture, their faith, and their love of family. Originally planning a destination wedding, these two scrapped everything when their family needed the date pushed up by over half a year! In less than a month Melissa put together a day that looked so perfect you’d swear she spent a year planning. In the shade of iconic Camelback Mountain, these two were wed at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, in Phoenix, Arizona. Combining their rich cultural heritage and their love of celebration, the details of the day were perfectly curated: from the intricate Ketubah to the bride’s vintage fur handbag, these two lovebirds thought of everything. But at the end of the day, amidst all the beauty and style, Melissa and David’s love was the most memorable. From the moments captured in their first look to their first dance as husband and wife, these two share a deep bond, and it was an honor to capture their decision to make it last forever.

Photography: Charity Maurer Photography | Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa Phoenix | Hair & Makeup: Kiana | DJ: Birkett Entertainment | Venue: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa Phoenix

They Said “I Do” Aboard a Sailboat and It was Absolutely Awesome

Nautical weddings are always amazing, but a nautical wedding aboard a sailboat in the beautiful Pacific Ocean?  Next level. From the absolutely stunning weather to the classic meets romantic stylings coordinated by Love Blooms Event Design to the movie-like first dance surrounded by crystal blue waters. See every moment captured by Momentous Image in THE VAULT.

From Momentous Image… On April 30th, I had the pleasure of shooting Angela and Tom’s wedding out at sea. It was an absolutely beautiful sunny day for a wedding out on the water, and we had the perfect sunset to cap off the evening!

All of the details of this wedding were simply gorgeous. The two got ready at the Chrysalis Inn and Spa in Bellingham, Washington.  The bouquet was made by the talented Theresa from Althauser Design. She was able to incorporate Angela’s grandmother’s gloves into the bouquet, which made for a truly special touch. Theresa also made a beautiful flower collar for Angela and Tom’s dog Oakley, who was able to attend the wedding on the sailboat with them as well! The bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses that fit the same general color pattern, and it turned out to be very beautiful and personal.

After the ceremony, the captain found a nice place to drop anchor in Chuckanut Bay, where the guests continued to celebrate, enjoy nice wine and take in the breathtaking views of the water and stunning sunset. The bride, groom and guests all lent a hand to raise the sails when the captain put down the anchor, which added some fun to the evening!

I have to say, ever since I got to say “I Do” myself in February, weddings have become even more emotional for me. There are a few moments that really stand out from this one:

First, the couple had their first look out on the dock near the water, which was such a special intimate moment between the two in a gorgeous location. It was so touching. Later, Angela began to shed tears during the ceremony, and I couldn’t help but get a little teary myself. And of course, the Father of the Bride’s speech was so personal and touching—there was not a dry eye to be found. I can’t imagine how simultaneously difficult and special it is for a father to see his little girl reach such a huge milestone in her life.

The two families were so wonderful together, and Angela and Tom are so clearly loved by all their family and friends. It was a beautiful occasion and I’m honored to have been a part of it.

Photography: Momentous Image | Coordination: Love Blooms Event Design | Floral Design: Althauser Design | Wedding Dress: Houghton Bride | Cake: Cake Creations by Kylie | Invitations: Coppia Creative | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering: A Taste of Elegance | Hair + Makeup: Salon Tryst Bellingham | DJ: GMB Entertainment | Hotel: The Chrysalis Inn & Spa | Venue: Schooner Zodiac | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Photography - Assistance: Keisha Harvey | Robes: Monogram Mills

Tuscan Inspiration Meets Fresh-Picked Flowers in This Elegant Editorial

When we read that this editorial “was inspired by the intimacy of a Tuscan garden,” we were hooked, and the pretty photos in The Vault demonstrate why. With fresh-picked flowers from local farms, a stunning Hayley Paige gown and a romantic setting, this shoot from Jenny Haas Photography is a dream!


From Jenny Haas PhotographyI was inspired by the intimacy of a Tuscan garden. The colors were soft and neutral so they didn’t compete with the surroundings–The fabric on the table was cut long and had a natural flow to add a romantic flair to the table scape which was complimented with tarnished silver pieces to continue the muted color palette. Leah looked stunning in one of Hayley Paige’s new gowns from Hyde Park Bridal in Cincinnati.

Our flowers were inspired by the season, sourced entirely from Ohio flower farms and a few foraging adventures. The natural curve of the branches gave form and movement to the bouquet and arrangements. The textures of the apple blossom and lilac provided a gentle contrast with the soft and romantic anemone and ranunculus blooms. The aroma was divine…apple blossoms, lilacs, the hint of lemon in a local ranunculus.

Photography: Jenny Haas Photography | Floral Design: Linger Flowers | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Cake Hope and Love | Invitations: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden from Von Maur | Makeup: Rachel Lisa | Hair: French Twist | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Bridal Boutique: Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal

This Colorful Bohemian Wedding Will Have You Seeing Red

I’ve always considered myself a neutral loving lady, that is until I saw this pretty lil’ celebration from Kelli Lynn Photography. Filled with saturated blooms and pretty pops of color, it’s enough to convert even the starkest color fearing femme to fall for a few fresh hues. See it all for yourself in The Vault!

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From Kelli Lynn PhotographyAfter meeting when Lauren was 16 years old and Aaron was 18, these two love birds dated 4 years when Aaron asked Lauren to marry him on top of a hill overlooking the property that Lauren grew up on in Eastern Kentucky. Lauren knew that she didn’t want to have a long engagement, so after Aaron proposed last fall, they set the date for April 23rd, 2016.

The week of this wedding, everyone prayed that there would be no April showers. The morning of the wedding, we were blessed with clouds, but no rain. With the wedding beginning mid-day and all photos being taken prior to the ceremony, an overcast morning was perfect! This sweet couple are dear friends of mine and when they asked me to photograph their wedding I was beyond thrilled. This bohemian inspired wedding was filled with beautiful florals and was full of color. Lauren wanted to incorporate a lot of flowers and greenery that would give a very natural and organic feel.

Aaron and Lauren’s love is so contagious and their wedding day was filled with nothing but joy and laughter! The couple, the wedding party, family and all the guests were such a pleasure to work with and makes my photographer heart so very happy!

Photography: Kelli Lynn Photography | Floral Design: Jewlies | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Wedding Cake: Paula Vega Cakes | Invitations: Lauren Young | Ceremony Venue: Bridges Christian Church | Reception Venue: The Old Post Office | Hair Stylist: Domonique Danielak | Groom's Attire: H&M | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints

Dripping In Rustic Romance, This LA Wedding Wins Our Hearts

This wedding right here hits all the right notes. Between the gorgeous Bride and the precious little ladies, to the ceremony and the reception dripping in rustic elegant romance (thanks to Vanessa Michelle Co.), we’ve got a winner on our hands from start to finish. But would you expect anything less when you have a team that includes 24 Carrots, Found Vintage Rentals and Seniman Calligraphy all coming together? I think not. Diana McGregor captured it all and our Vault is all the better for it!

From Vanessa Michelle Co… Jacqui came to us with a very specific vision, a breathtaking, romantic affair that felt like a beautiful family celebration. Her inspiration was gorgeous and we could not wait to bring it to life for her. She was one of our dream brides to work with and she knew exactly what she wanted.

We are always a fan of juxtapositions. So naturally the marriage of an amazing ballroom dripping with chandeliers, lush greens, yummy florals, romantic candlelight, and an elegant touch of wood made our hearts flutter!!! Details meant everything to our bride, so of course the details showered the entire space. Calligraphy, candles, vintage books, demijohns, wood pieces, gold accents, decanters, 8 foot menu, dessert table, and the donut wall all adorned the unforgettable space. They always wanted a memorable yet comfortable aesthetic that reflected what meant the most to them, marrying their best friend. The look on Jacqui and Kevin’s face when we revealed the reception to them was simply priceless and exactly what we hoped for. It was truly an honor to be a part of this day.

From the Bride… Kevin and I met years ago at a small birthday party. It was the first time either of us had ever dated someone outside of people we met from school and we both felt the excitement of something so new and fresh. As the years passed, we kept discovering new territory together; it felt as though we grew up together. Fast forward seven years and I can’t imagine spending my life with anyone other than with this person who I have shared so many memories with – the person who knows me better than anyone else.

When it came to the wedding and decor, I was almost just as certain about what I wanted it all to look like and how I wanted it to feel. We wanted the wedding to be intimate, timeless and romantic. Candlelight and ambiance were everything so when we saw the Alexandria and the glow from its beautiful chandeliers, we knew it was our perfect venue. Aside from renting furniture, nearly all the decor were items we carefully curated or built ourselves over the course of planning. I wanted an elegant affair, but an approachable one so while I wanted it to be black tie with refined details, we added these homemade touches that felt very “us”. Every little piece had so much meaning to us so I was completely floored with emotion when I saw the way Vanessa executed it all together on our special day. It was absolutely magical and we couldn’t have dreamed of a more beautiful space to celebrate our shared lives with our dearest friends and family

Our favorite moments include ducking in the car as our driver accidentally drove passed Kevin before the ceremony, Kevin’s cocktail room speech welcoming our friends and family to our dinner table for the first time as husband and wife, and my dad’s surprisingly hilarious and endearing speech introducing our first dance.

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Acrylic Names: JennaandJulesdesigns | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Catering: 24 Carrots | Late Night Food: Pizzania | Ceremony Music: Bolero Soul | Bow Tie: The Tie Bar | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Desserts: Donut Snob | Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Envelope Calligraphy: Sixscent Stamp | Reception Venue: Alexandria Ballroom | Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Church | Photography: Diana McGregor | Makeup: Valerie Vonprisk | Robes: Stone Cold Fox | Flower Girl Dresses + Shoes: Tutu Du Monde | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Bride’s Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids’ Rompers: Wild Fox | Transportation: Classy Chassis Rentals | Save the Dates: Seaside Press | Invitations: Emily A Howell Design | Additional Rentals: A1 Party Rentals | DJ: VoxDJs | Event Planning + Design: Vanessa Michelle Co. | Desserts: Mother of the Groom | Accomodations: Millennium Biltmore Hotel | Donut Board + Seating Chart: DIY Bride and Groom | Floral Design: Christy Villasenor, Honeycomb Affair | Wedding Dress: Edlin Dress by Watters |

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Ditch the Boring Bridal Shower and Plan a Tropical Bash!

Let’s be honest – sometimes a traditional bridal shower can feel a bit stuffy, so we’re embracing this fun, flirty inspiration from This Love Weddings and Jody Savage with open arms. They’re showing us how to infuse any celebration a tropical vibe, make-your-own mimosa bar and gold pineapple coasters included…and we’ll certainly cheers to that!

How to Plan a Tropical Bridal Shower
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How to Plan a Tropical Bridal Shower
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From This Love WeddingsA bride’s shower can be as stylish as her big day. Our goal for this shoot was to inspire maid/matron of honors and the bridal party hosting this special celebration to create a fun, bright and show stopping event. Gold pineapples, flamingos, bold pinks and oranges, fruity drinks (hello mimosa bar) and a talented team of creatives made for a stunning tropical themed bridal shower.

The bridal shower took place in Mystical Rose Gardens’ greenhouse turned event space thereafter we made way to the local conservatory, Como Park Conservatory for killer bridal party portraits. The day was beautifully captured by fine art photographer Jody Savage.

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Photography: Jody Savage Photography |Event Planning, Design + Styling: This Love Weddings | Floral Design: Studio Emme | Stationery: Jill Elaine Designs | Macaron Favors: Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe | Hair: Maconnie Dukuly | Makeup: Amber Budd Atelier | Bridal Boutique: a&bé Bridal Shop | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Rentals + Linen Rentals: Aprés Party and Tent Rental | Bride’s Shoes: Kelsi Dagger | Chair Rentals: Rudy’s Event Rentals | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Matison Stone – Harley Dress | Maid of Honor’s Shoes: Mossimo | Maid of Honor’s Dress: Parker – Necco Shift | Maid of Honor’s Dress: Parker – Necco Shift | Frilloon: Shop Frilloon | Bridesmaid’s Shoes: Aldo | Venue: Mystical Rose Gardens | Ring Box:The Mrs Box | Engagement Ring: JB Hudson Jewelers | Location: Como Park Conservatory

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More Inspiration for the Party Planner!

DIY Simple Ombré Centerpiece

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The Only Thing Supersized About These Oscar Nominees’ Wedding is Their Love

This Bride and Groom have very impressive resumés. She is SVP of Programming for HBO Documentaries and he is the brains (and body) behind the 2004 documentary “Super Size Me.” And their family-oriented wedding, photographed by Craig Paulson Photography, is impressively sweet. See all the heartwarming moments in The Vault!

From Craig Paulson PhotographyOn April 30, Morgan Spurlock married his girlfriend Sara Bernstein in a very private, family and close friends wedding at his own spread in upstate NY.

Sara was 8 months pregnant.

The Super Size Me director (the film that gave us a craving for McDonalds) has been with Sara for the last 8 years, so we’re sure her dad didn’t actually have a gun to his head.

Sara is the SVP of programming for HBO Documentaries and has been nominated for an Oscar. Morgan has also been nominated for an Oscar for Super Size Me.

As a close friend I was honored to be there and shoot for him.

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Photography: Craig Paulson Photography | Venue: At Home

“Say Yes To The Dress” Star Randy Fenoli’s Dress Shopping Secrets

If you’re anything like us, the perfect night at home includes sweatpants, a tall glass of wine and a good old “Say Yes to the Dress” marathon. So it’s safe to say we were beyond excited when we crossed paths with the one and only Randy Fenoli — fearless Fashion Director of Kleinfeld Bridal, SYTTD star and honestly, every bride’s BFF. No one knows how to pick a wedding gown better than Randy, so sit back, pour yourself some vino and tune in for his top 5 tricks of the trade!
 
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Bonus: 15 Blushing Brides Who Said “YES” At Kleinfeld!

SMP Brides Who Said Yes to a Kleinfeld's Dress
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Pink, Gold, Confetti, Sparkles. Bring on the Girly Wedding Dream.

If you need a little reminding just how fun a pink, gold, confetti, and sparkles can be, let me introduce you to Megan and Louis. This Austin couple fully embraced all of the above for a whimsical garden party wedding with the help of Westcott WeddingsBristol Lane Florals, and Jessica R. Crowell just to name a few. The incredible Sophie Epton photographed, and in our opinion, this is a gallery best viewed with champagne in hand. Cheers, Megan and Louis!

From The Bride…I didn’t know when Louis proposed it was going to open up a world to me, a world where we were not only planning a wedding but also meeting life long friends and securing my roots in Austin, Texas. I’m fairly new to this city and didn’t have a circle yet, and little did I know the journey of planning my wedding would lead me to all of these places! I fell into the wedding planning not really knowing what I was doing but fortunate enough to have crossed paths with the most incredibly talented people who quickly became my dream team.

My first meeting was with Sophie Epton Photography, and from the moment we met I knew she was going to be our photographer. I had done a little research on Sophie and was blown away with her work, and when we started chatting I was as impressed with her down to earth, inviting personality! It felt like we had already been lifelong friends, we had similar visions of what weddings are and what they should look like. I remember her asking me if I was looking into a wedding planner, which I had been. She suggested Ellen from Westcott Weddings, which ironically enough I had a meeting scheduled with the next day! Meeting with Ellen had a similar feeling…she was warm, gracious, and sweet. It felt like I was having a conversation with my best friend about my vision for our wedding. We bonded over our love of sprinkles, glitter and confetti, which to me are the three things that make this world go round! I knew Ellen was going to take my inspiration of a whimsical garden party and make it a reality.

From there, Ellen put me into contact with the rest of the ladies who would become my dream team! Meredith from Bristol Lane did our florals, and her visions and creations are incredible; Meredith’s love for cultivating relationships is what makes her so special, and I knew what she created for me would be extraordinary and perfect for our day. Jessica from J.Ro Cro Arts & Lettering designed the most whimsical invitations and signage. I had spoken with Jessica over the phone for our initial consultation, and a few days later while I was out running errands, I was checking out and handed over my credit card. The cute girl behind the counter looked at the card, looked back up and me and said “Megan? I’m Jessica, I’m doing your invitations. We spoke on the phone!” Basically, what’s behind all of this is each of these women were meant to come into my life, it was meant to be that these were the people I would go on the journey with and I couldn’t have asked for anything or anyone better. When looking for your perfect team of vendors to make your vision a reality, make sure to choose people who you trust. I conveyed my vision to all of them of what I was wanting and then said “do your thing!” That was the best decision I made, and the result was a day that was completely us and completely perfect!

We had a fairly small and intimate wedding celebration…we wanted to be able to look at each guest and give them a specific reason why they were there. We wanted our friends and family to feel as special and as loved as we did! Our wedding was a celebration of them, and we wanted to thank them for the love and support that has built a foundation that Louis and I are able to stand on and start our life together! Louis and I did a first look, which gave us the unique opportunity to see the vision come together! It’s pretty incredible to look over and see the set up of the tables, florals and just see how hard everyone was working to make it special for us.

It’s hard to choose just one favorite moment, because the day came together with so much love and joy that it was impossible not to smile! We were surrounded by people who love and support us, friends who have become family, family who are our friends and feel so honored to have them share in our special day. We are incredibly thankful for a wonderful wedding team who made our dream into a reality and who have become cherished friends.

From Westcott WeddingsFrom the moment I met Megan, I knew I was going to love working with her. She is so kind, genuine, and full of joy. And I think that’s the biggest takeaway I have from both the months we spent planning and her + Louis’s big day–so much joy! Throughout the planning process, I affectionately referred to Megan as my “pink, confetti, and sparkles bride,” and I think we were able to deliver on all three counts for her wedding. Working together, we used a color palette of “elevated pinks and golds” to create a happy, garden atmosphere, perfect for a spring wedding.

She and Louis were married in front of 65 of their closest friends and families, beneath strands of bright floral garlands. From there, guests gathered in the courtyard for drinks and appetizers. We served dinner from the P. Terry’s food truck–a perfect piece of Austin to share with their out-of-town guests! Once guests had grabbed their burgers, they dined together at family style tables outfitted with vintage china, sequin runners, and bright, beautiful blooms under strands of twinkling lights. After dinner we moved inside for dessert (all beautiful, delicious, and dusted with gold glitter!) and dancing.

I’m so thankful to the incredibly talented team who pulled together to make Megan and Louis’s day come together so beautifully! So many congratulations to the happy couple!

Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Floral Design: Bristol Lane Florals | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Rosados Box | Catering: P. Terry's | Catering: DNA Events | Hair + Makeup: Makenzi Laine | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Mercury Hall | Bride's Sandals: Bella Belle | Chair Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events | Cocktail Hour Catering: Tiny Pies | Desserts: Green Lily Bakery | Earrings: ILioniti | Event Planning + Styling: Westcott Weddings | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Invitations + Signage: J.RoCro Arts + Letters | Lighting Design: Intelligent Lighting Design | Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals | Ribbon: Silk Willow

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Allure Bridals Takes Over the Pacific Northwest and it’s Beyond!

You’ve probably figured out by now that when the geniuses over at Allure Bridals send us some pretty to peruse, we celebrate.  So today we’re grabbing our finest bottle of rosé and diving head first into this dreamy shoot set against a stunning Pacific Northwest setting.  Think the hottest styles from Allure Bridals’ Fall 2016 Collections with a side of fairytale.  Scroll on to fall in love with every last one.




Finding the right gown for your Big Day is sooo important.  We get that… and so does Allure Bridals. Which is why they craft some of the most beautiful gowns you will ever lay your eyes upon.  I’m talking everything from mesmerizing fit and flares to breathtaking ballgowns to sheaths with a side of sexy that will definitely make you feel ah-mazing.  Not to mention that each gorgeous design is skillfully crafted using the finest of fabrics, like beaded + gilded lace, English net and rich satin.  Add that to an entire world of intricate details and show-stopping silhouettes and you’ll most definitely find THE ONE.

Sooo ready to find that gown of your dreams?  Visit Allure Bridals TODAY to peruse every beautiful number from their Allure Bridals, Allure Romance and Allure Couture collections. They’re beyond.

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Which Mini-Moon Style Is Right For You?

First comes love, then comes marriage, then (for many modern couples) comes the mini-moon. There’s lots of reasons why an extravagant honeymoon immediately after the wedding might not work and that’s where this smaller-scale getaway comes in. Our friends at Secret Honeymoons are here to help you figure out what mini-moon style suits you best and from cross-country road trips to easy, breezy beach escapes, they’re sharing expert advice to get you started.

Discover Your Perfect Mini-Moon?
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Discover Your Perfect Mini-Moon?
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Why We Waited To Take Our Honeymoon (And Didn’t Regret It!)

This Engagement Session Serves Up Major Squad Goals

Say hello to your new favorite engagement session, because this pretty lil’ portrait? It’s got a little of everything. A sweet fluffy pup, a handful of good girlfriends, and of course Hello Blue Photo behind the talented lens capturing it all. Get in on the fun (and be sure to favorite a few) via The Vault!

From The Bride…I wanted our photos to reflect who we are as a couple, but also be timeless at the same time. We both love the outdoors, as well as the beach. I love magical garden environments, flowers, cool mountains, rocks, succulents, pretty much anything outdoorsy. We are getting married at Terrain, the Anthropologie wedding venue in Philadelphia, and am envisioning a very boho-garden inspired wedding, so thought would be great for the engagement session as well.

From Hello Blue PhotoThe couple also wanted their dog, Chloe, because she is such a big part of their lives. They even had a floral collar made for her for the session. Ryan and Sara were so laid back, and super easy to shoot! Their chemistry really came through on the film, and they were thrilled with how they turned out.

One of my favorites parts about the session was that Sara brought basically her “Girl Squad” with her! She had Aimee, a childhood BFF and her make up artist, doing touch ups on her hair and even changing her lip color throughout the session which was amazing for me, because her make up was perfectly on point the entire time! And, she also brought another BFF to help take their dog, Chloe, on walks and entertain her when she wasn’t needed! The girls brought champagne to kick off the session and help the couple relax which ultimately made for an easy, super romantic, cuddly session! I wish I had Sara’s #girlsquad to follow me around everywhere!

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Photography: Hello Blue Photo | Makeup: Aimee Levi | Location: Newport Beach Back Bay | Floral Design: Every Bloomin Thing | Film Processing: Pro Photo Connection | Floral Dress: Free People | Hair: Bellevie Hair

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10 Ways To Style Your Home Like a Blogger

I’ve been scouring blogs for inspiration for over a decade (feels like longer!). From recipes to fashion and life lessons to DIY. But quite possibly one of my favorite features to read are home tours. Call me a creep if you want, but don’t lie, I know you’re a lurker too. Because virtually stepping inside someone’s home is today’s version of a cocktail party. So, grab a drink and get pinning these blogger home styles!

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Wedding Photographers Take a Romantic Turn In Front Of the Camera

When you know, you know, and these two knew after three months. And being wedding photographers (the duo behind the amazing Sally Pinera) they also know the importance of capturing life’s memories and moments so they had the talented Joel Serrato work his magic in the Los Olivos hills. And oh are we glad they did because the results? The speak for themselves – all in our Vault right this way!

From Sally PineraRobert and I met through a surprise brunch date via our Cupid friend. Popovers, butter and coffee had us going in the city of New York that day. And an hour of brunch turned into an all day event! Three months later, we found ourselves saying “I do” and starting our adventurous life together. As wedding photographers, we knew the importance of having our life photographed so that we can cherish each and every milestone, moment and memory. We are so happy to have had Joel photograph us in the beautiful hills of Santa Barbara.

Keep that love alive! Anniversary inspiration this way!

Photography: Joel Serrato Film Photographer

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A Modern Desert With a White Monochromatic Palette

This celebration is everything. Reason being? It’s got a little something for everyone. A floral filled ceremony dreamed up by Victoria Canada Weddings & Events. A stunning Bride. An awesome ceremony sign. We’ve got all that and more (like those Wildflower Linens) and it’s all thanks to the love that Scott and Corey share. Elyse Hall Photography captured their best. day. ever. and we’ve got it all in The Vault!

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From Victoria Canada Weddings And EventsI met Corey while planning her sister’s wedding so when Corey got engaged I was thrilled to be asked to join their wedding planning team! Scott proposed to Corey in Santa Barbara and that really drove the feel of the event. El Chorro Lodge is nestled in Paradise Valley, Arizona and has a distinct Spanish feel. Corey and Scott wanted their wedding to be beautiful but relaxed. This also exemplified them as a couple. They were always so warm and friendly, every vendor fell in love with them!

The ceremony floral was nicknamed the “hug” because the floral piece had a rounded effect. In essence it felt like they were being hugged with flowers. It was the perfect space for them to say their vows handwritten in custom books as keepsakes.

The Reception was draped in a sheer drape that was a ballet slipper pink. Gobos were layered onto the ceiling to provide light and ambiance. Delicate floral was hung from the existing trio of chandeliers as well as added to the space with other crystal pieces. The entire atmosphere was light and bright but warm and romantic. There was a subtle beauty to the wedding that still felt special and glamorous. This was evident from the gorgeous wedding dress with illusion details to her white Christian Louboutin heels.

From The Bride + Groom…Scott a Michigan native and Corey a long way from her home in Arizona met in Biology class while both studying Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. Corey was a member of the Michigan Dance Team and Scott was a member of the football team. They began dating in 2009 and have spent a portion of everyday of these last 6 years together ever since. They currently reside in Scottsdale, Arizona with their 1 year old Golden Retriever, Chesney. Corey will graduate Medical School in May 2016, and Scott works for EXOS, a leader in human performance.

Scott and Corey chose The Historic El Chorro Lodge for their wedding venue for the stunning views of Camelback Mountain and the rustic/intimate feel of the reception space. It doesn’t hurt that the food and service is first class and absolutely incredible. Corey wanted to go with a monochromatic white “desert beach” theme. It was a requirement for the decor to include overwhelming amounts of floral and Petal Pusher delivered! The esthetic very much represented them as a couple; romantic, soft, elegant, and easy. They wanted our guests to be comfortable, enjoy great food and drinks, and dance all night to an amazing band. After almost 2 years of planning the team of vendors led by Victoria Canada provided just that and more and the compliment of the night was “you look so relaxed”, exactly what they hoped their guests would say! The whole day came and went as if it were a dream, and as Scott and Corey exclaimed, “we only wish we could do it all over again!”

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Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Cinematography: No Box Films | Floral Design: Petal Pusher | Wedding Dress: Jacinda Gown By Watters | Cake: La Dolce Pesca | Invitations: Celebrations in Paper | Bride’s Shoes: Louboutin | Makeup: Courtney Montes And Oscar Andujo | Hair: Emily Lopez | Lighting:Karma Event Lighting | Band: The JJ’s Band | Officiant: Matt Nathanson | Ceremony Music: String Serenade | Venue: El Chorro | Bridal Boutique: Mariée | Cocktail Hour Music: Applause Production And Entertainment | Drapes: Quest Drape | Event Styling + Coordination: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events | Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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See the True Meaning of La Dolce Vita with this Lake Como Wedding

I dream of traveling to Lake Como, the Italian city synonymous with beauty and glamour. And this wedding, captured by Thecablookfotolab, embodies all the luxury and romance that is Lake Como. With a romantic ceremony overlooking the lake and an al fresco reception on the Villa LaCorte Del Lago’s gorgeous grounds, this destination wedding is the very definition of la dolce vita. See why in The Vault!

From ThecablookfotolabAutumn on the Como lake is as beautiful as summer. Or even more beautiful? It’s not as hot as in summer and you can breathe normally) I think that the real fall in Italy starts much later, in the end of October. And before it it’s the most pleasant and lovely time “after summer”.

Alevtina and Timur are a wonderful couple! They are super calm and super romantic. To tell the truth, I’ve never seen such a calm bride. Calm and sweet, that’s how I can describe her. They chose the perfect location: villa “La corte del lago” that is situated exactly near water on the lake Como. I loved the ceremony, the bride going down the alley backlighted with sun, the elegant and simple decor, the aperitif on the terrace facing the lake and the dinner with one long table. I felt so cozy there, like it was the wedding of one of my friends. That’s the kind of weddings that I really love doing.

From The Bride…For us it was a long journey across cities, countries and continents. What a better place to start than London, back in the spring of 2011 we met during one of my short trips. It’s a small world and of course we already had a few friends in common. Friday night at its best in Chelsea and we found a common language straight away. Perhaps I was too nice and willing to listen to all that clever stuff, however kindness and genuineness gave away that special person. Afternoon walks and “feeding” squirrels in the Regents park started our path to friendship. But it was not straightforward, he already signed to reallocate to Singapore and as we have met once more in Moscow, we were both afraid this was the last time. But we were determined to stay in touch, even across thousands of miles. Through the year there were many conversations about everything going on to the very early hours in the morning, mind the 4 hour difference.

As destiny had it, I mentioned a planned trip to Austria with my friends. Little did I expect, he flew over from other side of the world to join me. What choice did we had but to fall in love over the New Year celebrations in the snow? Happiness came with a pinch of salt as it is really hard to be in the long distance relationship. How could have I resisted to fly over to see him in Singapore and get away for a week in remote island in Borneo? We had to make it work on the long term and we did…

More challenges were ahead of us to overcome. First reallocation, living together, then finding a career path in the new city, and many others. But we always stuck together and made our home in Singapore. Three years after we met, a dinner at Brasserie Les Saveurs at St Regis, it was almost empty with only jazz band sharing their passion for music. Of course I said “yes”, there was no need for anything as I felt complete, happy and ready to star our new journey.

Now it made all the sense to plan a destination wedding. Given our families are in Moscow, lots of friends in London and colleagues in Singapore, Europe offered best middle ground. By luck we struck an offering of weddings in Italy and I remembered of my amazing ex colleague, Asya, that became a wedding planner in Italy at ItalianEasyWedding. It took us a year to put everything together, with of course a lot of help from Asya, who was the most understanding and supporting person ever! We have picked mid-September, at Corte de Lago, lake Como. Just 6 month before the wedding we managed to travel to Milan together and met all people involved the process in person. It was a relief that Villa was perfect, especially as we could have all of the family staying over the weekend. The florists easily was on the same page with ideas that I had in mind. Food…There is just no point in describing, it’s Italy. Of course you can’t leave Milan and not to go shopping.

It was a truly special day! All of our dearest people in the whole world came together to celebrate one of the happiest moments in our lives. Looking back it felt like it all went too fast but we were definitely enjoying every minute and for sure will remember that day for many more years to go.

From Italian Easy WeddingWe have started with the preparation of this sophisticated wedding about 1 year and a half before. The bride Alevtina wanted some special location, the one with not only nice villa and view, but also with the beautiful territory – not very small and not too big, where you can divide zones for the welcome, aperitif, ceremony and dinner. Surprisingly, the villa chosen was the one, we did’t visited personally together with the bride. So I was very worried if the couple would like it or not, as they have seen it in real only one day before the wedding. I was happy they loved it!

All the flowers and decor chosen were in blush, light pink and ivory colors in style of elegant shabby chic. The arch was made of whitened wood and hints of flowers together with the lanterns with the falling garland on the way of the bride. We made a long imperial table for about 60 guests facing the lake in front of the villa. At the beginning it was hidden from the guests’ eyes with the nice fabric, which we opened just before the dinner. For the cut of the cake the guests were waiting the couple making a corridor with the sparkles in their hands. These simple but bright and happy things add additional magic to the moment.

Photography: Thecablookfotolab | Event Planning: Happy Moments Collector | Floral Design: rattiflora | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Groom's Attire: Z by Zegna | Venue: La Corte Del Lago | Groom's Shoes: Church's

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