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This Cape Cod Wedding Is The Definition Of East Coast Elegance

An abundance of blush and cream blooms will make you stop in your tracks, but it’s the thoughtful details of the day that make this wedding truly shine. Travis and Jillian put meaning into every moment of their special day, like remembering the groom’s father by creating muted table numbers in the shape of nautical flags to honor his love of Cape Cod and affinity for flag collecting. The couple exchanged vows overlooking a sail-boat filled bay, and the celebration continued with a lavish garden-inspired reception space artfully designed by Always Yours Events. Click over to the full gallery for all the dreamy details.



From the bride… As soon as Travis and I got engaged, it was clear to both of us that there was no other place than Cape Cod for us to have our wedding. Wequassett really spoke to us, it is the perfect mix of upscale, elegance and romantic, yet still has that approachable Cape Cod style that we dreamed of for our big day. Cape Cod is sentimental to both of us since I grew up going to my grandparents’ home in Chatham, MA and Travis’ family has had a home in Yarmouth, MA for over 40 years.



We loved that we had a blank canvas to play with and could build out an ethereal setting together with our fabulous wedding planner turned friend, Keri of Always Yours Events. Keri designed a lush and magical oceanfront ceremony comprised of a white rose petal lined aisle structured with white-washed boxes overflowing with hydrangeas, our favorite flower, and a Cape Cod staple as well as two fairy-tale urns blooming upon pedestals framing us during the ceremony.



The floral team at Wild Dahlia led by Shawna Havenga worked with Keri to create a lavish garden-inspired flair with awe-inspiring floral statements that transformed the room into a lush and glamorous space with east coast charm. The day was magical and we felt so blessed to be surrounded by loved ones who came from near and far to celebrate with us.



Photography: Elizabeth LaDuca | Floral Design: The Wild Dahlia | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Cake: Montilio's | Stationery: Fete Collection | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Glamour Cosmetics Official | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club | Band + String Trio: Silver Arrow Band | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering + Beverage: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club | Hairstyling: Jennifer Tawa | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Planning + Design: Always Yours Events | Wedding Gown Shop: Alexandra's Boutique

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A Majestic Mountain Backdrop Makes This Malibu Wedding A Must-See

Prepare yourself for the most romantic ceremony setup we’ve ever seen! With a show-stopping round ceremony arch in full bloom, ghost chairs flanked by an aisle covered in rose petals, and a breathtaking view of the Santa Monica mountains we can’t help but swoon. Can you imagine walking down the aisle to your happily ever after with all that beauty as the backdrop?! For Kevin and Lily the serene ceremony was just the start of their real-life fairytale elegantly captured by The Great Romance Photo. Watch all the loveliness unfold in the full gallery.



From the bride… Our wedding at Cielo Farms was everything we could have hoped for and more! When we first started planning, we agreed that we both wanted something outdoors that still had an elegant feel. Our venue was perfect because it combined the beautiful backdrop of the Santa Monica mountains with the cozy location tucked in the Cielo Vineyards.




We decided on all white florals and neutral accents to have a classic wedding feel and add to our elegant garden party theme. We offered our guests glasses of champagne as they sat down for the ceremony and began with music from a string trio.



The reception started at the same time the sun started setting, creating an intimate and cozy environment with the pink skies and hanging lights above the tables. The whole evening flowed perfectly.



We finished off the night with lots of dancing and fun! The CCL Weddings & Events team truly made our dream wedding come to life from start to finish, and we can’t thank them enough.



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Photography : The Great Romance Photo | Event Planning: CCL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Art With Nature | Cake : M Cakes Sweets | Stationery: Kelly Design Co. | Catering: Contemporary Catering and Event Production | Hair & Makeup: Sam Piercy/ Veil Of Grace | Bar: Liquid Catering | Ceremony Musicians: OC Strings | DJ/MC: DJ Aflex @ Hi def group | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photobooth: GC Photobooth | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents | Video: Etcetera Photo | Winery: Cielo Farms

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When to Start Shopping for Your Gown, and More Importantly – When to Stop!

Sooo, your S.O. has finally put a ring on it and now all you can think about is what you’re going to wear down the aisle. We totally get you – it’s one of the best parts of wedding planning! It can be so tempting to dive right into gown shopping as soon as your engaged–for some, even before it’s official! Let us break down the timeline for you so that you know exactly when you should start and stop shopping for your dream gown.

PHOTOGRAPHY | Larissa Cleveland Photography

1. Window-Shopping

These days window shopping is more metaphorical than literal. It can be anything from perusing magazines to fervently pinning to your secret gown inspiration board. However you window shop, just know that it is innocent enough and a totally normal and healthy thing to do. Browsing is a great way to understand what is out there and familiarize yourself with gown designers. It will also help you establish what you like and don’t like in a wedding gown. Be sure to make note of price points as well so you don’t fall in love with something that is completely out of your budget. Feel free to start window-shopping as soon as you’re engaged. This will allow you enough time to build up a great inspiration board for when you’re ready to tackle the real shopping.

PHOTOGRAPHY | Jenny Quicksall Photography

2. Scheduling Your Appointments

We recommend that brides start scheduling their appointments one month before you plan on shopping, which should be no later than one year before your wedding. You’ll want the one month buffer to allow time for family and friends to arrange travel (if you plan on bringing them to your bridal appointments). This buffer will also give you more flexibility in the dates/times of the appointments as most bridal boutiques book up weeks in advance. If you find that you are past the one year mark, don’t panic. Most boutiques offer weekday appointments that are not as hard to secure and some have waiting lists for those coveted weekend spots.  

You will likely want to visit more than one retailer to try on gowns, so don’t plan on finding “the one” or commit to placing an order right away. Allow yourself one to two months to really think about your decision and make sure you are 100% certain before you make it official. 

PHOTOGRAPHY | Jessica Grazia Mangia

3. When To Place Your Order

Wedding gowns are often made-to-order and take an average of six months to arrive at the boutique for you to pick up. You will need to allow one to two months for alterations. This means you should purchase your gown up to one year before but no later than eight months before your wedding. Be sure to ask the bridal consultant that you’re working with to confirm the lead time for your specific gown to make sure that it will arrive in plenty of time for your wedding date.

PHOTOGRAPHY | Sotiris Tsakanikas

4. When to Stop Shopping

Once you’ve placed the order for your gown, it is officially time to STOP SHOPPING. We know, it’s hard, but you don’t have to quit cold turkey. There’s still plenty of shopping to be done! Just stop shopping for your gown and start shopping for your bridal accessories like veils, shoes, jewelry, etc. 

If you continue to look at gowns after you’ve made your decision, you risk giving yourself FOMO when the designers release their new collections. Just be confident in your decision and know that you are going to look incredible in the gown you chose on your wedding day!

PHOTOGRAPHY | Sally Pinera

5. The Best Times of Year to Shop

Just like regular fashion, bridal fashion has it’s seasons too. There are bridal fashion weeks in April and October where designers release new collections. The boutique owners attend the shows and place their orders for the coming season. Those gowns will be in stores in July/August and January/February. So, if you’re looking for the latest in bridal fashion, those are the best months to shop. 

If you’re looking for a good deal, consider shopping in June and December. In these months, boutiques are having sample sales to make room for the new gown orders. These are also popular months for trunk shows. A trunk show is when a bridal line sends their new collection to a boutique for a short time and there is usually some sort of discount or other incentive for brides to order during that time frame. 

PHOTOGRAPHER | Stephanie Brazzle Photography

6. What if You’re Already Past The Timeline

The timeline above is a recommendation to ensure the least amount of stress and most options for brides shopping for their wedding gown. If you’re already less than one year out from your wedding and haven’t started shopping yet, don’t panic–we’ve got you! Traditionally brides place an order for a gown at a boutique and there is a long turnaround time before your gown arrives at the boutique, but there are a few ways to circumvent that lead-time. 

The first option is to buy from an online retailer like BHLDN who has wedding gowns in-stock in various sizes, making it possible for brides to order their gown online and have it delivered in days or weeks instead of months. 

Let’s say you’re less than a year out, but you still have a few months before your wedding. Some designers offer a rush option so that you can still order from their regular collection but they will bump your order to the top of the line. When you are calling to schedule your bridal appointments, be upfront with your timeline. Ask if any of the lines they carry can accommodate your order before you schedule the appointment.

Another option is to purchase a gown at a sample sale. Sample sale gowns are usually sold as-is and are ready to take home within days if not the same day.

You will still need alterations with any of the speedier options. If you are on a really condensed timeline, most alterations specialists will have an option to place a rush on an order. It’s more expensive but it’s worth your peace of mind to know that your gown will be ready in time for your wedding. 

PHOTOGRAPHY | Julie Livingston Photography

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A Malibu Ranch Wedding Complete With The Tallest Special Guest You Could Imagine!

We’ve seen it all when it comes to guest appearances at weddings from adorable kids and delightful dogs but what we haven’t seen is a giraffe! But, if you take a peek at today’s Malibu wedding at Saddlerock Ranch, you will get to see Stanley who lives on the 200,000 acres of land covered in vines and wine! The Vondy’s were there to photograph the special day, planned by Grace and Gold Events full of lush greenery and rustic details! Take a look below and be sure to check out the full gallery to see even more Stanley!

From The VondysAlthough they didn’t date then, Katie and Ryan actually went to high school together! They ran in the same baseball/softball friend circles but ultimately, went their separate ways. As fate would have it, ten years later, they ran into each other through a mutual friend and the rest is, as they say, history.

These two knew Saddlerock Ranch was “the one” (aka the venue for them) when on one of their Malibu wine tours. Upon hearing they host weddings, Ryan knew this is where he wanted to marry Katie. Awww. It’s actually the perfect spot for both of them because Ryan loves animals and Katie loves wine!

After last 2018’s devastating fires in Malibu, it was amazing to see that Saddlerock Ranch hasn’t lost any of its beauty and Stanley the giraffe is still as friendly as ever. Most of all, we are so happy that these two were able to have the most perfect wedding day and invited us to be a part of it all. We simply had a blast celebrating with these two and their amazing friends and family.

About The VondysWe are Justin and Shannon, a husband and wife wedding photography team from Los Angeles. We met 10 years ago at a wedding that Shannon was photographing and Justin was a groomsman.

Photography: the vondys. | videography: Yours Truly Media | florist: the black orchid | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: Kitchen for Exploring Foods | Makeup: Beauty by Chelsea Roach | hair: ani rivera | hair: laura morrissey | Calligraphy: whitney martinez from knotted within | DJ: Extreme DJ | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Planning: grace and gold events | Rentals: A Rental Connection | saxophone and keyboard: tyler varnell

Inspired By Love Poems, The New Bella Belle Collection Will Give You Serious Heart Eyes!

Making beautiful (and comfortable) wedding shoes is what Bella Belle shoe designers love to do, but this time around they added in even more love than usual! Their newest collection is inspired by love poems and we are (dare we say it?) in love! With beautiful beadwork and floating tulle bows, each shoe is named after a female poet and intricately designed. When it came time to photograph these beauties, Laura Gordon Photography was called upon along with Joy Proctor to do the styling, which led them all to none other than stunning Lake Como! Check out the jaw-dropping inspiration shoot, views and shoes below and we dare you to pick just one fave!

Inspiration on the shoot….Inspired by the writings of female poets, the “Poetry of Love” editorial explores the depth and complexities of love. Just like a great poem does, this pictorial will stir emotion and leave you pondering about love. Set in the poetic Lake Como, a summer retreat destination for writers throughout the ages, it is equally a visual pleasure and a poignant story about love. Behind this masterpiece, the editorial is some of the best creatives in the industry. A master at her/his craft, each person adds her/his unique interpretation of the theme Poetry of Love to create a nuanced story. The result is a magnificent synergy on the never-ending quest for beauty that none could have achieved on her own. From the artists on how she/he interpreted the Poetry of Love theme.

From Storied Shoes, Designers Bella BelleMaking beautiful and comfortable shoes is our passion. This time, we wrap them in the art of poetry. Inspired by beautiful love poems, each shoe is endearingly named after a famous female poet. The collection is a nuanced fusion of poetic elements and Bella Belle aesthetics. It is our interpretation of poetry in shoe form: the fluidity found in the embroidery, the airiness in a floating tulle bow, and the rhyme of exquisite beadwork.

From Painterly Light Photographer Laura GordonLake Como painted a magical scene and perfectly set the tone for the Poetry of Love editorial. My translation of this year’s theme was very much inspired by the rich textures seen throughout the area paired with the quiet presence of femininity and romance. I chose to focus on physical form and expression using light to paint the images evoking a tone and mood for the final collection. Captivating eye contact, soft gestures, and a bold backdrop create a look that feels vulnerable yet dynamic. The journey through these photographs is much like a love story… encompassing the range of emotions one might feel as if they were part of the story themselves.

From Creative Mastermind Joy ProctorTo visually translate the theme, I chose not to tell it in literal sense but proposed that we make our model a living depiction of the poet’s muse. I envision that she both wears and inspires poetry. I commissioned a poem written on her body as intricately as the bodice of a wedding gown. The second way in which I interpreted the “Poetry of Love” theme was to envision the model as the poet’s muse. I imagined her as a goddess; a woman of strength and elegance, sophistication and wisdom. To tell the story of the poet’s muse, I asked Shasta Bell Calligraphy to write a poem onto a silk ribbon in calligraphy. My hope was to visually show the effect of love. In this image, our muse is blinded by love; spellbound by the beauty of the poet’s words. She wraps herself in the sentiments the poet has written for her.

From Motion Picture Maestro – Zen FilmworksThe word “poetry” and “love” conveys the bearing of the soul through movement and softness. I was able to translate this to film through directing the model’s beautiful movements — dancing through the words and emotions of love and poetry. I was also able to push other elements such as vulnerability, sensuality, and journey through composition, negative space, light, and direction of camera movement and camera angles. What brought it all together as the final step was carefully chosen music to enhance these beautiful and interesting blends of emotions.

From Make-Up and Hair Magician Harold James ParisI wanted to express the Poetry of Love through movements and light textures. We have handcrafted with my team two unique hair accessories in my Parisian studio. To reflect freedom, it was important for me to see the hair in motion. Finally, I decided to play with the makeup to evoke softness, passion or strength thanks to the versatility of textures and colors.

From Logistics Connoisseur Centorose E Un Tulipano PlanningThe “Poetry of Love” editorial has been set exactly where one of the most famous poets and writers of the eighteenth century composed the poem “Mattino”. Villa Sola Cabiati and Villa Balbiano are two of the most refined examples of eighteenth-century architecture present on the lake. Graceful and commanding in stature, each villa features breathtaking painted ceilings, beautiful frescoes, and fine tapestry. Truly poetic in every sense of the word.

From Calligraphy Artist Shasta Bell CalligraphySo often poetry stays on the paper and never makes the jump from head to heart. It was so fun to put pen to skin and create living art – making a gown out of words – ‘weaving fabric’ from love and ink.

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Cinematography: Zen Film Works | Planner: Daniela And Paola, Centorose E Un Tulipano | Styling: Joy Proctor Design | Wedding Dress: Rime Arodaky | Wedding Dress: Proc Peach | Wedding Dress: ANDREA SEDICI | Wedding Dress: Paolo Sebastian | Wedding Dress: Costarellos | Wedding Dress: Nicole+Felicia couture | Wedding Dress: Claire La Faye | Wedding Dress: Xtabay | Wedding Shoes: Bella Belle | Make Up and Hair: Harold James | Calligraphy: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Calligraphy: Veronica Halim Calligraphy | Venue: Villa Balbiano | Venue: Villa Belle Etoile | Venue: Villa Balbiano | Accessories: Nicola Bathie | Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Accessories: Haute Bride | Accessories: Lauren Taylor Creates | Styling Mat: Locust Collection

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This 3 Day Celebration in Greece Was Every Bit as Magical as It Was Epic!

A horse-drawn carriage ceremony arrival, a reception at a castle under a canopy of string lights, 2 dessert stations, a cigar bar, and a party that lasted all night long – I mean, is that not the most epic wedding day you’ve ever heard!? Not to mention the bride’s fairytale wedding dress from Atelier Loukia that’s every girls dream. Maria Maroulidou planned every detail to perfection, allowing the couple and their guests to enjoy every magical moment. Don’t miss out on the full gallery of images captured by Sotiris Tsakanikas to see all the beauty this day has to offer.

From the wedding planner, Maria MaroulidouWhen Maria & Alex contacted us for their summer wedding we knew this couple of globetrotters was interested in offering their guests something exquisite. As Maria is a soul who loves everything close to nature and always seeks after new experiences that pay respect to the gifts of life, we focused our foremost attention to scoring the perfect venue for the big day. Seeking out those poplar-lined routes and stony tracks that criss-cross the Southern Greek region, we aimed for a place that would be part blissfully inured to chance, part avant-garde retreat.

Kinsterna is a Byzantine mansion cum state of the art retreat, where local history and sustainability matter big. With a straight view of the legendary castle-rock of Monemvasia, the freshness and majestic atmosphere inside the fortified 22-acre estate are the stuff of dreams. Think manicured flowering gardens and immaculate lawns, Peloponnesian citrus and orange groves, stands of ancient eucalyptus and towering cypresses, organic vegetable farms, aromatic herb beds, and lush private vineyards all giving the sloping land a truly irresistible scent. It used to be after all home to the residence of Mamluk chieftain and regent of Egypt, Ibrahim Bey. 

The couple’s guests would have the chance to find out about the grape harvests, olive oil making, and tsipouro (traditional Greek moonshine) distillation, bread baking, and soap production- but also relax in the fresh spring-water pools, sample wines from the cellar at the Estate’s Belvedere, and luxuriate with some of the best SPA treatments a haven could ever offer. “We wanted them to have a thoroughly sentimental journey at our wedding” our bride confesses. With bees humming industriously on the neat hedges and the best summer weather a wedding could ever wish for, the couple’s 3day celebration rolled seamlessly. The two welcomed their friends by the beach to ease into the big day moods, enjoy a swim, cocktails, a taverna dinner and plenty of dancing. 

On the day of the wedding and right after the bridal preps and portraits, a white horse-drawn carriage awaited to take Maria to church. The ceremony took place is a picturesque nearby chapel and right after it was all about beautiful portraits in the fields and all across the dotted mansion’s expanse. The reception was of course set in the estate’s most elegant terrace, among rows of pergolas strewn with light bulbs, pastel blooms, wrought-iron chairs and tabletops made of traditional handiwork lace. Our couple wished to spoil their guests a bit with a poolside signature cocktail hour, a cigar bar and two dessert stations, but one of the best parts was definitely the culinary one. All the local fruit, herbs, and vegetables which flourish in Kinsterna’s gardens and nearby Laconic fields (from sage, rosemary, thyme, wild asparagus and cherry tomatoes to pomegranates and quince) were ingeniously combined with local cheese and fresh, free-range meats and woodfire oven-baked bread, to enrich the couple’s many dishes and oranges added zest to their desserts. Needless to say that when a wedding happens in Greece, the party is bound to last till the early dawn. This inexhaustible duo and their squad of shinny dancers surely knew how to party.

Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas | Cinematography: Vassilis Kallinteris Films | Event Planning: Maria Maroulidou | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Cake: Katerinas sweet Cakes | Wedding Venue: Kinsterna Hotel & Spa | Bridal dress: Atelier Loukia | Sound & Light: music essentials | make up artist: Theocharis Katerina

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This California-Cool Couple Nailed The DIY Details At Their Wedding

A bright and sunny color palette and panoramic ocean views welcomed guests to this California wedding day! With stationary that you won’t believe is a DIY by the bride and groom, a modern minimalist vibe, and the perfect blending of Vietnamese and American traditions, this is a special day you won’t be able to get out of your head. Natalie Bray, a true romantic at heart, artfully shot the love and romance of the celebration. You’re guaranteed to adore all the details in the full gallery.



From the bride… When we toured Scripps Seaside Forum for the first time, the hilltop seaside venue and beach backdrop reminded us of our summer nights in the French-Spanish city, San Sebastian. We really wanted to achieve the minimalist “less is more” feel to not take away from the uniqueness of the venue. Not a lot of venues can offer a panoramic view of the ocean from ceremony to sunset to reception.



Believe it or not, we did our Save the Dates, Invitations, Menu, and Wedding Signs all ourselves! All stationary and calligraphy done by yours truly, bride and groom. It was very helpful to have a groom with a master’s in Architecture and have friends with acrylic laser cutters. I can recall several fun nights after work, sitting in our living room, dreaming about what we wanted our stationery details to look like.



It was really important for us to blend Vietnamese and American traditions. All our family and friends know that we live to eat and we are the ultimate foodies. We worked really hard with our caterer, MIHO, to curate a cocktail hour menu that contained elevated flavors for our guests and made sure that carried into the six dinner courses. Fun fact: a typical Vietnamese wedding will serve about 9-10 courses!



Event Planning: R Nicole Events | Floral Design: la belle bloom | Wedding Dress: Madi lane | Ceremony Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum | Shoes : Badgley Mischka | Catering : Miho Catering | Make up : Taylor Haupt Make up | Hair : Blush and Adore | DJ : Aon Events | Officiant : honey Butter | Bar: Giuseppe Fine Catering | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Film Photographer: Natalie Bray Studios | Getting Ready Photos : Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa | Photography - Assistance: Traci True | bride : designed own stationary | cake and dessert : Simply sifted | groom attire : The Black Tux | master of ceremonies : Khanh pduong | table top rentals : Hostess Haven

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A Romantic Wedding Complete With 345 Guests AND A Hanging Cake Installation You Just HAVE To See!

It is no easy task to plan, and create almost every detail of a 345 person wedding (including all florals and stationery,) but Rebecca Rose Events not only nailed it but did it all with some of the most beautiful details! From elegant, French-inspired lounge furniture to crafting a hanging cake installation for the gorgeous Cakes by Chloe wedding cake, the intricate, beautiful details were at every turn! Henry Photography captured all of those details and all of the romance as the happy couple danced the night away with their guests! Take a look below and be sure to check out the full gallery here!

From Rebecca Rose EventsDo you remember the 21st night of September? We always will!

When asked what they hoped to most remember thinking back on their wedding 20 years from now, Conley and David said, “We want to remember the love, warmth, and happiness that was shared privately between us, but also these moments with our friends and family.” We’re confident that they’ll always remember those moments. It was an evening to remember, for sure!

The black-tie wedding celebration began with a beautiful traditional ceremony at the Centenary United Methodist Church, followed by a clear top tented reception at a nearby private farm.

Guests arrived at the reception to find a large outdoor patio with lounge furniture, which led into a tent for cocktail hour. There everyone was served tray-passed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, around the gorgeous “Bubbly Bar”, where the champagne was flowing! To signal the end of cocktail hour, the band started to play, and the curtains pulled back to reveal a hidden passageway into a larger clear top reception tent for dinner and dancing. On their way into the tent, guests feasted their eyes on a hanging cake installation, designed by our team in collaboration with pastry chef, Chloe Lee of Cakes by Chloe.

The reception tent was adorned with loosely hung smilax greenery, crystal chandeliers, and modern french style furniture. The color palette was intentionally neutral, featuring ivory, white, and rose gold, so that Conley’s favorite pops of green could really sing. We lined many portions of the tent walls with boxwood, and the stage was surrounded by fresh flowers. As the sunset, Conley, David, and their 345 guests danced the night away, before leaving in the glow of a sparkling grand exit.

And yes, the band kicked off the party with a killer rendition of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “September”.

Photography: Henry Photography | Videography: Life Stage Films | Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Wedding Cake: Cakes By Chloe | Church: Centenary United Methodist Church | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: 1703 Restaurant & Catering | Hair & Makeup: Glass Door Salon and Spa | Calligraphy: jill velez calligraphy | Band: Men of Distinction | Day-of Transportation: Triad Trolleys | Getaway Transportation: Air Haven Limo | Linens: Nuage Designs | Planning, Design, Production: Rebecca Rose Events | Private Residence: Private Residence | Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Sound & Lighting: Sound Illusions | Stationery & Welcome Gift Boxes: Rebecca Rose Events

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Trend Report: Statement Chairs

Here’s the deal, we love a nice little hack that can economically bring the style of your home from a 5 to a 10, and nothing does that quite as well as a statement chair.

We have a strong argument to believe that the type of chair you put in your home can define your style.

Typically, accent chairs like to come in pairs and work together to define the look of your home.

A statement chair is typically a singular chair that is placed in your home to do what the name insinuates — make a statement. Now these can also come in pairs, but a statement chair also gives you the flexibility and freedom to act on a GREAT find without feeling the need to make it a set.

Statement chairs also typically break outside of the classic definition of styles — meaning we could try to sound smart and name these chairs but we’d get like 9/10 wrong.

But, the best thing about the statement chair is its ability to make even the MOST mundane space jazz up. So whether you’re renting, filling out your first home or slowly replacing your college furniture, getting a *good* chair can really step up your style.

So now that we’ve given a little background information, the real beauty of these chairs comes when looking at them, so take a look and getchu a statement chair for your own home!

1. Dynamic Duo

What’s better than a statement chair? A statement chair with a little leg-lifting buddy.

from: bradytolbert

2. Velvet Beauty

Velvet is really having a moment, especially in chair form.

from: daytripstudio

3. Bold Color

Feelin’ a little bold? Go for color! This is a great way to experiment with different colors with just a smidge of commitment.

from: marieflanniganinteriors

4. Kid’s Room

Take advantage of the fact that kids rooms are supposed to be fun and whimsy and choose a statement chair accordingly!

from: madredallas

5. Subtly Exotic

The great thing about this chair is that it has a traditional body with a COOL frame. It’s classic with a bit of spice.

from: palomacontrerasdesign

6. The Hallway Icon

Another amazing thing about the statement chair is its ability to jazz up even the most unsuspecting of places — like the hallway! Don’t underestimate the power of this tool.

from: redesignhomellc

photo: stofferphotographyinteriors

7. Tres Chic, Tres Détendue

Has relaxing ever looked so chic? No, we think not. And has an earthy temperature ever looked so chic? No, it has not.

from: caro_kmartin

We’ll be back with accent chair information because it’s a true home decorating power tool.

Old Meets New In This Charming California Wedding

We love when old-world and modern details come together in harmony, and this gorgeous California wedding does it just right! From the loose, organic floral arrangements to the round pampas grass arches, it’s the perfect mix of old and new. Weddings By Susan Dunne artfully created a day that’s filled with romantic details and thoughtful touches at every turn. Go ahead and gush over every bit of this outdoor wedding in the full gallery.



From Weddings By Susan DunneThe overall vibe was a blend of old-world with touches of modern and bohemian elements. The old-world feel came from the floral arrangements which were loose and organic, creating the feel of an English garden.



Modern twists were shown in the candles which had marble holders that were placed on white ceramic bowls. The bohemian inspiration was found through the thematically placement of pampas grass. Mixing these elements together created a soft romantic garden feel while staying polished.



The Lodge at Malibou Lake was an effortless choice in order to capture the essence of an Al Fresco family-style dinner. Shaded by Sycamore trees next to a private lake, The Lodge was the perfect place to dine and dance under the stars.



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Photographer : Dennis Roy Coronel | Floral Design: Mulberry & Moss | Wedding Dress : Kinsley James Couture Bridal | Wedding Dress : Pallas Couture | Catering : Chef Cordelia | Hair and Make up : Kelly Zhang | Band : Lucky Devils Band | String Quartet : Lucky Devils Band | Venue: The Lodge at Malibou Lake | Wedding Venue: The Lodge at Malibou Lake | Baker : Sweet E's Bake Shop | China : borrowed BLU | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Macarons : Meebah Desserts | Wedding Planner and Designer : Weddings by Susan Dunne

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Expect The Unexpected At This Charmingly Eclectic English Wedding

When a stylish interior designer and talented architect come together to plan their wedding day, you know the results are about to leave you speechless. Lucy and Seamus opted for bold clashing colorways, lots of texture, and a mix of patterns that have us oohing and aahing. The delightfully out of the ordinary design and attention to detail is not to be missed. We dare you not to fall head over heels for this whimsical wedding full of personal touches in the full gallery, captured by Holly Clark Photography!



How did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

From the Bride… I always knew it would involve a lot of colour! Whether it be wardrobe, work or wedding, I love bright clashing colourways, with plenty of texture, interest and an eclectic mix of pattern. The floral and stationary design was something that excited me the most and this is where I quickly immersed myself with colourful ideas and creations.

It had to be close to home, its one chance you have to bring your most loved friends and family together and show them a place that is sentimental to you and the day it will host.

I imagined a romantic candlelit dinner, in a building with great history, interest and architecture instead of in the garden. Autumn has always been my favourite season, so it was very well timed when Seamus proposed in October 2018, we did it almost to the day, 1 year later.



Like most, I had been pinning wedding inspiration well before my time and despite that, the style and ideas I had for the day never fell far from rich pops of reds, clashing pale pinks with the added twinkle of gyp and more delicate florals such as anemones (my favourite!). This was important as I didn’t want to be influenced by trends, I wanted to create something stylish, bold yet timeless to look back on in years to come.

Working in Interior Design, a lot of my inspiration came down to personal style. Venues I was attracted to had an element of surprise, out of the ordinary design and enchantment. From the riding house accommodation, the elegance of the main house through to the nightclub and speakeasy bar – there was no need to tone down the music nor our ideas.



Tell us a bit about the location!

Growing up, horses have always been our greatest love, my mum owns a local equestrian centre and I spent most of my childhood summers galloping across the New Forest. It was this part of the country that has always signified everything I love, home, countryside, horses and great sentiment. I knew instantly the New Forest is where my search would begin, until slightly further afield we stumbled across the hidden gem that is St. Giles House.

A house with great history, my love for interiors and Seamus, an architect, meant this was a building that struck a chord with us. Not to mention The Riding House, which mum proceeded to jump up and down with excitement when being shown around. This would host an intimate rehearsal dinner the eve of the wedding and would accommodate our bridal parties stay. It also had all the design hues of a member’s club and I knew would be the perfect hub for the two-day celebration.

The other place of great sentiment to us is Scotland. Seamus would take me on weekend trips multiple times a year due to the fond memories of university and close friends he has there. One summer meant this would not be a momentous obsession but a forever obsession and we made the bold move to buy our Scottish home. Kilts were plentiful on the day!

Other places that paved our journey made up the table names – Scotland, Amsterdam, Paris and Abu Dhabi.



What was your color palette and your style vision?

The colour palette was inspired by the romance of the day, on the one hand we had very whimsical, natural and organic tones and later on introduced the rich reds, pops of pinks and pastel greens.

Our wedding ended up having two themes to story tell. The first was organic, whimsical, natural, elegant tones for our church ceremony. This was very much inspired from the organza of my dress and the stylish lead of our stationary. I wanted this to be a fashion-forward take on the traditional formality of this part of the occasion. Lots of beautifully abundant foliage, full of texture and interest but in an unstructured ‘un-done’ style. This was really full of romance yet retained a ‘garden gathered’ look from the meadow that framed the aisle. The colour palette was luscious creams, peaches, blush, nudes, a total contrast to what we had styled for the wedding breakfast and evening party.

The wedding breakfast featured a maximalist style, feminine, textured, layered with the romantic colourways – pink tones with cream and red accents. We had a lot of fun with shapes, sizes, textures and simply creating a thrilling, unconventional mood. 

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

I commissioned a good friend to do an illustration for me, based on a photo taken of Seamus and I in Santorini. I had planned to gift this to Seamus as his wedding present, I wanted something really personal and unexpected. We love collecting art and prints for our home, so I was very excited by the idea. When I saw the finalised illustration, I realised it was the perfect personal touch to our day. I found heart shaped labels and had the illustration featured on our wedding favours. Continuing the romantic yet playful theme, I found glass heart ‘Love Potion’ bottles and tied the artwork to each individual bottle.

Then there were the invites. I got lost in ribbons at VV Rouleaux in Marylebone, it is heaven on earth for stylish trimmings, ribbons and textiles. I stayed up all evening hand-tying each bow which would hold our invite, RSVP and info card together. I loved our friends joy when they finally received them.

We filled favours full of Buckfast, made cushions from left over Liberty fabric and tied colourful ribbon to just about everything! Even our family dog, who is 16 years old, played a part in the DIY. Making use of the left-over ribbon we tied this to his collar to perform the ever-important role of the ring bearer.

Many sleepless nights were spent preparing for the wedding but Helen from What Peggy Did Next helped us make the day run seamlessly and we will be forever grateful we chose her to support us in the creation of our special day. The day was simply magical thanks to all the wonderful suppliers we had the pleasure of working with and we couldn’t have done it without them all.

Talk about your flowers, your gown, your favours, your cake, etc.

To begin the story and set the scene for surprises we delved into the stationary. Everything was to lead to the creative direction of the day and with our perfect venue secured, our invites would be the first part of the puzzle. Jennifer Grant, founder of Romeo & Jules Bespoke, ticked every box. Her illustrations are playful, colourful and very artistic. Our stationery suite combined a feminine palette – creams and gold for the main invite with bows and swirling fonts, sitting next to the pink and red scallop framed RSVP cards and the candy-striped Info card. The story continued with elegant order of services, printed place mats to feature the menu, pink heart name cards and candy stripe bar menus on the day. We created a crest with our initials in a poppy red with a scalloped frame. The femininity of the scallops played a feature throughout, with the romantic red, pink and cream colour-ways flattering our floral design direction.

The stylish tones Jennifer created for our main invite and order of service, were soft creams and golds. These softer tones transitioned into the floral design for the ceremony. The Church florals were softer more neutral subtle tones of creams, peach, blush pinks and nudes. A beautiful deconstructed arch was made to frame the ceremony area, taller on one side it was a beautiful rambling, naturalistic arch climbing a meta. We then created a garden meadow, growing garden scenes in a softer palette of florals placed between the upper pews, the look was purposely challenging different shapes and sizes, not uniform. It was something of my wildest dreams, I’ll never get bored of reminiscing over the florals that graced the aisle and seeing Seamus stood before it.

The style continued with the pinks, reds and creams of our wedding breakfast stationery complimenting the bold characterful blooms in abundance on our tables. My vision was to create a very full, colourful and romantic look featuring luscious, clashing red and pink roses, delicate anemones and playful gypsophila which was magical! We had 48 arrangements in total on long trestle tables. This was paired with clustered groupings of candles and tealights nestled in, for real atmosphere and storytelling. On the tables we had an eclectic mix of clear pressed glass candlesticks and tealight votives paired with green Ester and Erik taper dinner candles.

For my bouquet I wanted something really elegant and ironically less eclectic and loud. With such a special dress and detailed veil, I wanted something equally as delicate. It was very natural, as Jenni Bloom described a beautifully gathered/undone style with delicate interest. It was tied with a beautiful nude silk ribbon handmade in the UK.

The flower arch was reused to frame the entrance to our wedding breakfast, along with the garden meadows to sit beneath the seating plan and later on they created a feature by framing our wedding cake in the tapestry room. The meadows accompanied family portraits and later on a ‘photobooth’ opportunity with a rustic bench seat and spotlights. With all of these beautiful flowers the idea was to maximise their use as much as possible. Moving the meadows, the arch and urn displays to add to the drama of the drinks reception and wedding breakfast was the best decision we made. Later on, the same florals framed the dance-floor, simply adding large bunches of gyp for added drama and styling.

My dress was Halfpenny, a designer that shares the same obsession with organza, florals and a romantic modern style. I toyed with ideas such as peplum features, shoulder pads, organza and then came the Mayfair dress. As soon as I found the dress, or the dress found me, it became a huge influence on the styling of the day. Halfpenny altered the design to have a removable organza skirt, revealing a slinky party dress for the evening. Paired with the dandelion veil, it was everything and more, I had so much fun wearing it and am still staring at it hanging up in our home. My mum and maid of honour were the only people to see the dress before the day, I think their words were – it expressed ‘me’ perfectly and tears were shed!

The dress then inspired the beautiful four-tier cake made by Little Mallow. A simple white icing with delicate frill detailing inspired by the frills on the organza of my dress. Our cake was carrot cake and lemon drizzle – all sorts of deliciousness!

The styling alone wasn’t enough to create the ambience we craved, and this is where the food and entertainment was so central. Alongside the floral design and styling features to set the mood, we were adventurous with our menu and perhaps a little extra with our entertainment. My favourite moment of the day was the surprise I had planned for Seamus. I booked a local pipe band to burst through the doors during the cutting of our cake as a total surprise! Two pipers led the procession and all of our guests into the great dining room where cocktail hour went off. I was totally elated to have pulled this moment off and still to this day I grin from cheek to cheek thinking about it.

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

Keep the details of the day a surprise! From entertainment, florals and styling, to the reveal of the dress! I kept this all one big surprise, so each part of the day was unveiled to not only guests, but the bridal party and in my case…the groom!

It created magical moments that I will never forget. Sit back and soak in those moments, it is rare you will have another opportunity for your most loved friends and family to all come together for such a special celebration.

Testimonial

Holly Clark PhotographyThere were simply no words. Holly was incredible from start to finish, she made our day so enjoyable and was the most calming, professional, perfectionist, more so than we could have ever wished for. Her eye for detail and creative direction has no limits to capture each moment. We will be forever grateful that we were able to story tell our special day through Hollys magical, wonderful and breathtakingly beautiful work. We still can’t believe it is us in the pictures and feel so incredibly lucky to have found her. Photography is so personal, and it is the only thing you have to look back on the day for years to come. It is an heirloom to be treasured and Holly exceeded all expectations. We were speechless when it came to be receiving our final album. Thank you from the bottom of our heart, you have captured our most cherished moments flawlessly.

What Peggy Did NextIf you have big ideas and are planning a lot of it solo, hire What Peggy Did Next! A voice of reason and solution where needed, Helen became a great friend I could trust throughout. Helen has impeccable professionalism and second to none experience. We will be forever grateful we chose her to coordinate our special day, it ran seamlessly! Out of the many weddings I have been to, the brides have always found something didn’t go to plan, I had prepared myself for that but needn’t have thanks to Helens impeccable attention to detail. She helped plan a day I could have only dreamed of and I couldn’t have done it without her.

Photographer: holly clark | Videography: Clementine Cusack | Wedding Dress: Halfpenny London | Cake: Little Mallow | Stationery: Romeo + Jules | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ghost | Catering: Red Herring | Make-Up: Kelly Dawn | Hair: Vicki Ralph Hair | Lighting: Cinemattag Productions | Venue: St Giles House | 8 Piece Party Band: The Velvet Notes | Church Singer: Ciara Haidar | Cocktail Bar: The Cocktail Service | Cutlery: Couvert | Floristry: Jenni Bloom | Jazz Band: The Velvet Notes | Linen: Just 4 Linen | Pipe Band: Ringwood Pipe Band | Strings: The String Quartet Dorset | Tableware: Duchess & Butler | Wedding Stylist & Co-ordinator: What Peggy Did Next

This Pink Garden Wedding at Snoqualmie Falls Will Have You Craving All Things Summer

We know, we know it’s only January… but it’s about this time of year that we can’t help but dream of warmer days ahead. Luckily, we have today’s gorgeous summer wedding at Snoqualmie Fall to live vicariously through! It’s filled with bright pops of pink, garden roses galore and the sweetest bride and groom of all time. Valley & Company Events made their dream intimate outdoor wedding day a reality, leaving no detail left unturned. Don’t miss out on the full gallery of images – all captured by O’Malley Photographers!

From Valley & Company EventsChao-Ching and John, a busy attorney and doctor, envisioned a romantic and intimate outdoor wedding to kick off their nuptials and summer, and were so delighted when we suggested Salish Lodge & Spa nestled atop Snoqualmie Falls. 

The wedding was filled with summery elements like lupine, berry and cherry cocktails, garden roses, and touches of honey (nodding to the apiary on the property). Guests were whisked across the property through the different scenes: from the outdoor ceremony on the lawn with the roaring falls in the background to the terrace cocktails and dancing, each moment reflected their love and also the amazing backdrop.

Blush early summer blooms like pink and cream garden roses and peonies, blueberry branches, flowering oregano, colorful lupine, and rosemary painted the decadent garden scene, and guests were treated to artful cocktails that played off of the flower theme. Our ceremony altar was a triple garden arch that our team created out of countless roses and Southern greenery, and it was accented with big garden boxes filled with alpine lupine in poppy colors. ​

The petite sculpted cake from the Salish Lodge pastry team was filled with lemon cream and was nestled in green foliage in front of a floral-print backdrop we created from Grey & Cake’s motif. ​We used that botanical artwork throughout, on the handmade menus from Kelsey to the custom bar front panels, cheerful flowers were ever-present through this happy and bright celebration!​

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Salish Lodge & Spa | Rings: Joseph's Jewelers | Hair and makeup: Salon Maison | Lighting: Crimson Haze | Tux: The Black Tux | Bar rental: Happy Hour Bar Rentals | Draping: Prop Gallery West | Dress shop: Blue Sky Bridal | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Planning/design/floral: Valley & Co. | Stationery and bar/cake floral motif: Grey and Cake | Venue and catering: Salish Lodge & Spa

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An Emerald Green Vineyard Wedding Complete With Meaningful Personal Touches at Every Turn

If you’re feeling stumped on ways to make your wedding feel more like you – allow this gorgeous vineyard wedding to inspire! With the help of Kate Phillips Events, this couple was able to personalize every nook and cranny of their special day – from the signature drinks to the floral arrangements, every detail was thoughtfully designed to represent a significant moment in the bride and groom’s lives. Not only was their wedding filled with sentimental touches, but it also looked absolutely stunning, too! We’re still not over their one of a kind ceremony decor adorned with blooms from Photosynthesis, bound to grace the pages of Pinterest for years to come. Head on over to the full gallery to see all the pretty – taken by Shannon Moffit Photography!

From the Bride… From the moment we started planning the wedding, we knew we wanted it to be authentically “us” in every way possible. My mother always told me growing up that “the love is in the details”, a mantra I repeated constantly throughout the planning process. As a result, all of the small touches had a tie to James and I as individuals, our relationship, and/or our families. Some of our favorite details were our signature cocktails, The Bitsy and The Gunner, lovingly named after our two dogs. While the Bitsy, a French 75, was served traditionally in a champagne coupe, the Gunner, a bourbon and ginger, was served in a glass flask with a custom label that James designed himself. In addition to these, we also had a fabulous champagne tower greeting guests as they entered the venue, which I always dreamed of as an avid champagne drinker.

Guests also saw small gold bunnies on each of the tables which were in homage to my beloved grandmother, who we affectionately call Bunny. The Irish flag, hanging next to the American flag outside of Upper Shirley, and the bagpiper greeting guests as they got off the bus, then eventually leading me to the altar and James and I back down the aisle as husband and wife were also in honor of Bunny and the Wright family’s Irish heritage, something that was very instrumental in my upbringing. Two touches I have to give all of the credit to James for are our live painter, Matt Lively, and our neon “Poole Party” sign. James searched through local Richmond Facebook groups, Reddit posts, and reached out to several friends all over Virginia when looking for a live painter to document our special day. He was finally able to find Matt Lively, and we feel so lucky! We asked Matt to paint our ceremony, as this was the most important part of our celebration, and he captured it beautifully- individually painting each and every guest. Our neon sign reflected our wedding hashtag “Poole Party” and came from a local store that deals primarily in store front signs and industrial projects. I’ll never forget the charm of walking into their offices in Richmond with James, and them telling us how fun and different the sign was for them to make and them trying to explain to us how to set it up on the big day- they don’t often work with clueless newlyweds!

In lieu of a traditional cake, James and I decided to cut an apple pie as neither of us care for cake. Ernie, the chef de cuisine at Upper Shirley, crafted the crust of the pie we cut into an image of the tree of life- one of the most spectacular things we’ve ever seen. The Tiffany and Co. Pie server we used was a gift from our friend Katie, a bridesmaid and the woman who introduced us. Guests were treated to mini apple and pecan pies in addition to cookies and cream milkshake shooters for dessert. Our outfits were also each accented with special touches. James’ tuxedo liner was a collage of cigar wrappers and this was carried through the outfit into his shoes, Stubbs and Wooton slippers, that had a cigar on one shoe and a glass of scotch on the other. If you couldn’t tell that James enjoys cigars, it could also be seen in our cigar and bourbon bar! This was a must-have for James and his father, who always enjoy a nice glass of bourbon and a cigar whenever they are together. James also wore his late Grandfather Jim’s watch, a gift that was given to James by his Grandmother Judy when he passed away. I wore my mother’s diamond earrings, and my Grandmother Bunny’s emerald and diamond bracelet on the day of. Apart from being my favorite gemstone and favorite color, the green emerald coordinated with all of the deep greens we used in our wedding. Last, but certainly not least, were the presence of tulips both in the wedding and in our invitations. Growing up, my father frequently traveled to Amsterdam and would always bring me back wooden tulips and tulip bulbs for my garden, solidifying them as my favorite flowers for life. James later asked me to marry him in the middle of a tulip field at the Kukenhoff Gardens in Amsterdam, when the tulips were in full bloom. He proposed with a ring that my beloved grandmother, Bunny, had given him for the occasion just one month before, and a book of letters written by our best friends and family congratulating us. James maintains that traveling internationally with a diamond ring is one of the scariest things he will ever do. We rented a house boat that was parked on a canal in downtown Amsterdam for this trip, and I had been in a sour mood the morning of the proposal because James had insisted on this lodging choice, while I wanted to be in a hotel. I quickly forgave him when we returned from the Kukenhoff Gardens, newly engaged, and the whole boat was decorated with tulips and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, my favorite champagne, that my 3 best friends had sent us, sat in an ice bucket. Needless to say, having tulips apart of the wedding, even in November, was essential!! 

Favorite Moments: 

Truth be told, our whole reason for having a wedding was to celebrate our union with those that we love most. When discussing what we saw in a wedding, James and I (very briefly) talked about eloping. This was quickly shut down, however, because we both knew part of the importance of professing our love to each other, would be professing it in front of our friends and family. This was echoed in our large bridal parties- each of us had 9 attendants that were a mixture of family and friends from every stage of our life, from kindergarten through graduate school. To avoid it looking like too much of a wall on either side of us, we opted to have our bridesmaids and groomsmen sit down, front row, during the ceremony while my maid of honor, my sister Cara, and James’ best man, his best friend Seth, stood next to us. It felt so great to have all of those special people have a perfect view as we said our vows. One thing James and I agreed upon immediately was that we wanted a live band. When we each pictured our wedding receptions, after the sanctity of the ceremony had concluded, we both envisioned a big party where we would be able to let loose with our nearest and dearest. Kustom Made quickly made all of these dreams come true for us and more. From the moment they played the first couple of notes, as they lead guests into the reception space from our cocktail hour, we knew we had made the right decision by hiring them. Their interaction with each other and the audience was unbeatable and I’ll never forget me and my bridesmaids being on stage singing “Proud Mary” after James and his groomsmen had been led in a fabulous rendition of “My Girl”. Their music selection made it so everyone, no matter their age, was able to get up and dance and this allowed for a spectacular moment where James, Bunny (my grandmother who is 92 years old), and I did a three way tango in the middle of the dance floor.

Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Event Planning: Kate Phillips Events | Florist: Photosynthesis | Wedding Dress: Rita Vinieris | Stationary: Empress Stationery | Ceremony Venue: Upper Shirley Vineyards | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Band: Kustom Made | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Live Painter: Matt Lively | Makeup/Hair: Avenue 42 | Rentals: Paisley & Jade

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A Seaside Stunner That Will Steal Your Heart

Planning your special day? Then you definitely don’t want to miss this seaside celebration. It’s bursting with love, loose organic floral arrangements, and an oceanfront pampas grass accented ceremony arch that will get your heart pumping. Angela and Alexander’s Montauk wedding has all the dreamy details you’re going to want to incorporate into your wedding day. Head over to the full gallery for the not to be missed images by the always impeccable Betsi Ewing Studio.



From the bride… When we started searching for venues, we knew we wanted a fall wedding but were open for the type of venue. Picking Gurney’s Montauk was the obvious choice for us once we saw the place. The backdrop of the ocean was stunning and the inside was cozy with burning fireplaces.



We decided not to do a first look, so the most special moment of the day was seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony. You could feel the overwhelming love of all our family and friends.



Once we started planning the wedding, the details started falling into place and really represented who we are. We wanted lots of flowers, but also let the beautiful setting speak for itself. From the first moment seeing each other to the last dance, there was so much emotion and happiness, it’ll be a feeling to forever cherish.



Photography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Florist: Wildflower Floral Events | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Sugar Sugar Custom Cakes | Stationery: Minted | Bridesmaids Dresses: Birdy Grey | Hair & Makeup: Up & Out | DJ: One Sound NYC | Venue : Gurney's Montauk Resort And Spa | Acoustic Guitar: Chris Zurich | Mens Tuxedos: J.Crew | Neon Sign: Echo Neon

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Katie of The DC Darlings’ Glamorous Rosecliff Mansion Wedding

It goes without saying that beauty and fashion blogger Katie of The DC Darlings has style, so naturally, we couldn’t wait to see her wedding day. When she and fiancé Chris started planning their wedding they decided to dream up their own modern-day fairytale. Inspired by the royal weddings of Kate Middleton and Megan Markle, Katie opted for timeless elegance at every turn with a white and green color palette and plenty of special touches along the way. Visit the full gallery for an intimate look inside their special day.



From Urban SoireeAs they embarked on planning their wedding day, Katie and Chris knew Newport’s Rosecliff Mansion was the perfect choice. Katie envisioned an elegant day, with plenty of champagne, glitz, and glamour.



Thoughtful details filled the day from start to finish, like a custom-designed crest incorporated into the stationery elements throughout the event. The ceremony was a vision of a modern fairytale event designed with an impossibly romantic style.



They worked alongside a strong team of vendors to bring their vision to life, with thoughtful details like their incredibly stylish tablescapes leaving guests speechless. Katie’s Monique Lhuillier dress stunned bringing the fairytale aesthetic full circle.



The couple’s guests continued the evening inside the mansion for a night of dinner, dancing and celebration. Glowing candles were placed throughout the space for a warm and intimate atmosphere, with festivities carrying the excitement well into the early morning hours.



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Photography: Elizabeth LaDuca | Cinematography: McElroy Weddings | Floral Design: Atelier Ashley Flowers | Cake: Montilio's | Cake: Montilio's | Invitations: RSVP | Catering: Blackstone Catering | Makeup Artist: Amanda McCarthy Beauty | Hair Stylist: Andrew Light | DJ: Lost Art DJ | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label | String Quartet: Lou Peragine | Wedding Venue: The Elms | Bridal Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Blog: The DC Darlings | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Table Numbers + Signage: Mad for Mod | Wedding Planner + Designer: Urban Soiree

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Ask The Editor: Couch Shopping, How to Submit Home Tours & Letting Go of Old Stuff

We’re three weeks in to the Ask The Editor series and it’s slowly becoming one of our favorites. We want to know what you want to know!

Plus, we just think there’s a lost romance in getting to write to a semi-anonymous personal with hopes for an answer — and we’re suckers for romance.

From Brigid: Couch Shopping: Help!

Oh, girlfriend, we’ve been there. Heck, we’re still on the hunt for the perfect couch! Aside from a total remodel, purchasing a couch is by far one of your largest home investments. So it’s TOTALLY ok to take your time here. So as you shop, take into account these factors:

Couch Use: What kind of lifestyle do you live? Do you have pets? Kids? Friends over for movie marathons? Taking into account how your couch will most be used will help you to narrow down some styles.

– If you’ve got kids running around you might want to consider a low-to-the-ground couch that has plushy corners and not too many detachable pillows (you know, the ones that will end up on the ground in . 5 seconds)

– If you’re taking pets into consideration, keep in mind fabrics trap scent so maybe a leather couch is in order, but on that token a *durable leather that doesn’t show scratches from their paws

– Are you a couch napper? Make sure it’s long enough!

– If your shopping for a formal living room, you can go totally chic without too much consequence.

Cleanability: This goes hand in hand with how you use your couch. No one wants a dingy couch so how you’re able to maintain it’s sparkly clean appearance is of the utmost importance.

A GOOD leather is by far the easiest to clean and maintain, but keep in mind that can tip you over into spending literally thousands of dollars on a couch.

An economical way to keep your couch looking brand new is to by one with a slipcover. We can not recommend this enough! Having a slipcover helps you not sweat the little spills that are, for certain, going to happen. And, if you like to change up your style you can always purchase a new slipcover for a fraction of the price of purchasing a new couch!

Style: Once you’ve got the practical parts nailed down it helps you eliminate a lot of factors as you’re choosing your style! You can go modern, traditional, glam or all-American with your couch style, and not to add to much pressure but choosing the style can set the tone for the rest of your furniture!

But on the flip side, you can also get a classic, clean-lined couch and ramp up your style with accent chairs. So at the end of the day once you’ve determined how it functions and how you want it to look you take PLEOTHRA of couch options and widdle them down to ones that work for you!

From Melanie: “How do you let go of old stuff that takes up space”

An age-old question that is very, very tricky to answer. When you’re looking at the item, try and determine these three things.

1. Is it sentimental? Is this item attached to a memory? Passed down a few generations? The first “adult” purchase you feel like you made? Keep the things that mean the most, and toss, sell or donate the ones you don’t have feelings towards

2. Is it quality? What is the item made out of? Some things that you keep for memory sake aren’t actually in amazing condition and just sit and deteriorate over time. If you’re struggling to keep in in good condition, toss it.

3. Do you want to pass it down? Is it a legacy item that is taking up space but you want to keep so that your kids can have it? Ask them to come clear it out now! If they don’t want it, toss it and you have your answer!

When in doubt, “hide it” for a while, see if you miss it and if you don’t, toss it, donate it or sell it!

From Rachelle: “More home tours please!! It’s not really a question but I love them!”

We’re glad you asked! We are currently revamping our weddings submission page to accommodate and direct more home tour information! So, with that said, to all you interior designers, photographers, home DIYers and interior design enthusiasts, if you have a home tour under your belt just DYING to get some limelight, head on over to stymepretty.com/submissions and send it our way!

That’s all for this week! See ya next Friday, friends.

Xo,
SMP Editors

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Ready on Your Wedding Day

Planning out your wedding day morning? Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with the ultimate guide to getting ready on your wedding day. From who should join you in your bridal suite to what bring so you’re the most prepared – keep on reading for our top tips!

Choose Your Getting Ready Room Wisely

For the best photos, choose a bridal suite with large windows, tons of space, and clean/neutral décor. For more of an in depth guide on choosing the right space, find my guide here. Do be sure that your room can fit you, your family, and bridesmaids who will need hair and makeup. Too tight of a space creates stress that you won’t want that morning!

Have Music to Play

Want a calm morning? Have a relaxing playlist at hand. Want more of an early party vibe? Throw on some top 40. Know your group and what music will provide your ideal getting ready experience! Bring or have someone bring a Bluetooth speaker for best results.

Bring or Order Food to Snack On

Hair and makeup for your entire bridal party could take up to 4-6 hours (or more if you have a large group). You are definitely going to need to eat during that time. It is NOT a good idea to skip food before your ceremony as passing out down the aisle is the last thing you want. Bring healthy snacks or if you’re in a hotel, order room service with high protein foods (no carb comas, please!).

Have Champagne or Rosé

Unless you’re worried your group will become too rowdy before it’s time for photos, stock the room with ingredients for mimosas or just have champagne or rosé. A mimosa or two over a few hours of getting ready, while remembering to snack, will help you relax and enjoy the morning.

Have a Timeline Timekeeper

Have your most trusted bridesmaid be your timekeeper. They should know the wedding day timeline inside and out so they can keep everyone on time. You don’t want to lose out on portrait time because you all lost track of time, so make sure someone is keeping up with what time everyone needs to leave the room for photos.

Have Your Photographer Present

Even if you don’t want tons of photos of your makeup and hair behind the scenes, photographers usually need to be present during getting ready to photograph at least your wedding details (invites, rings, etc.) This is their warm up time and a time for your bridesmaids to loosen up around the camera before portraits.

Once everyone’s hair and makeup are complete, have your photographer take a cute set of photos of you and your bridesmaids in your robes. These robe shots are so fun and a great way to kick off your official photos!

Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Photography

What Brides Need to Hear As They Begin Planning Their Best Day Ever

We won’t sugar coat it, weddings are gorgeous, they inspire us, they set our hearts on fire, but they’re also a whole lot of work. That’s precisely why you so often hear people say “make sure you soak up every bit of your ‘we just got engaged!’ excitement.” You’ll want to hold onto that cloud 9 high for as long as you can, because once “I Do” decision making kicks off, it can be pretty all-consuming. We chatted with former brides who recently traded their fiancée-ship for full-time wifey wings, and got some really honest feedback about wedding planning: the good, the bad, the happy and sad, and we wanted to share, because not so long ago, these ladies were figuring it all out, too. 


Tip #1 – Keep It All About You.

When the decisions have been made, when your vision has been decided upon, when you have guided your wedding style to perfection… the curse of *buyer’s remorse* just might set in. After all, the constant influx of eye candy found simply by turning on your computer can be intoxicating and wildly addicting. But this, my lovelies, is the moment that really counts. This is the moment where you learn to trust yourself and your vision, where you go forth knowing that you are well equipped to not only plan a wedding… but to plan one with grace, with substance, and with adoration and respect for all things uniquely you. Print out those inspiration boards and hang them on your wall, keep the swatches of fabric that you carefully selected nearby. And plant a big fat reminder smooch on the one you love. Because it’s in that very kiss where you will always find what’s most important. ~ Abby

Our founder, Abby, says it best. You really can’t start planning a wedding before remembering that this day is about you two, first and foremost. Every detail should be stamped with the love you share. 

 

Tip #2 – Get a binder.

One of the first things I ever got once I had my ring was my wedding planning binder and a HUGE blush pink and champagne-colored floral memory box from Michaels. I couldn’t wait to start filling up the pages and the box with everything that touched my wedding in some way. Truthfully, in the two years that I planned my wedding, if I was asked that age-old question of ‘if your house was on fire and you needed to save one thing, what would it be?’ I would have said “my wedding binder+box,” and that’s without hesitation. Everything stored inside was a relic of my relationship with my groom and our future special day. And I protected it fiercely~ Stephanie

Millennial brides, you might be a few decades older than your Trapper Keeper-loving selves , but you can still get down with a life-aligning binder of sorts ((especially one emblazoned with your new soon-to-be last name)). If it means keeping tabs – literally – on your wedding and everything that goes along with it. 

This proud-to-be-a-bride portfolio will be your lifeblood throughout your engagement, where you can document all of your v. important things, from venue one-sheets to first impression notes on your vendors, contact information for everyone in your “I Do” dream team (wedding talent and bride tribe peeps) to calendar benchmarks for all the big deal days along the way. Show off that you’ve officially entered #weddingplanningmode by whipping out your binder and sprawling all of your novelty stickers out on the table. Caption your Gram post with your wedding date and a 🥂 emoji and live in this milestone for a minute. Ours has a 12-month calendar, a budget tracker, and ALL of the worksheets to write down everything about everyone (photo and music worksheets, dress and salon worksheets, cake and flower worksheets and rental worksheets, etc.). It’s so pretty, too, definitely something that has pass-down, heirloom potential.

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Tip #3 – Lean on your love and prepare for tears.

I think one of the things I did, which probably wasn’t helpful, was that I kept expecting things to be a nightmare. It’s wedding planning, it HAS to be hard, right? Well, that’s not always true – sometimes you DO catch a break, sometimes you do have some down time to stop worrying and start chilling out. I tried to make things harder than they had to be, and should have lived moreso by the motto of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’

Meanwhile, when things were hard, I definitely leaned on my fiancé for support. He kind of helped me to realize that mini meltdowns are going to happen, so don’t try to hush them. Have your cry in the shower, scream into a pillow, let tears stream on your way into work, but once you’ve gotten it out. Once you’ve purged all of that emotion, move on and move forward. ~ Slava

No matter how the tears are rolling 😢😭😂, if you’re the one getting married, cry as much as you have to, but make it #bridalbawling. A cute stash of mini tissues, like these watercolor floral ones, are a great bag add! 

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Tip #4 –  Establish a cadence with your crew well before saying “I Do.”

Also, don’t establish lax lines of communication early on, because it’ll come back to bite you. Our photographer wanted to start a dialogue with us well before the wedding, would email a lot and ask for feedback – and we kind of dropped the ball and let weeks / months go by without responding. Well, when it came time for our wedding, and we had questions/requests about the shot list, we couldn’t really get ahold of him. He was kind of MIA, but we were at fault, because at the outset we set up a seemingly ‘blasé’ way of back-and-forth. It definitely backfired. ~ Kim

Use that binder of yours for one! But also, make sure you use your consultations and vendor sessions as a sounding board. Talk about how you envision your wedding day, for sure, but also discuss ways that you’ll work together and collaboratively. Does email work better? Are texts during the day more your style? How about phone calls, are late-night calls a big oh-no-no? Get into a rhythm with your vendors as quickly as possible, so that you can avoid any pitfalls later. Communication is everything.

Tip #5 – Keep romance on your radar.

With so many items on your wedding to-do list, it gets so easy to become completely consumed by the entire planning process. Making big vendor decisions over dinner, answering wedding-related emails before bed, and worrying about the potential weather you may or may not have on your big day – it’s truly so much to handle, even with help! My best piece of advice would be to prioritize date nights, maybe once a week, where you go out or stay in, and promise each other NOT to talk about the wedding. Give yourself that time to decompress with your soon-to-be spouse and truly remember what this whole marriage thing is all about – a celebration of your beautiful love! You’d be surprised how much even just a few hours a week devoted to doing anything but thinking about the wedding can do – for both you and your partner!  ~ Lauren

You might very well say that date nights will ALWAYS have a place in your planner, but when you’re trying to tie the knot, intimacy can be killed ((and it’s no one’s fault!)). That’s why we’re such ardent supporters of regular “time outs” throughout the engagement process. Whether it’s brunching in bed one or two Saturdays a month, going out for dinner after every vendor appointment, or simply committing to a new Netflix binge with your boo before bed at night, you’ve got to do it. You’ve got to make time for each other, outside of your regularly-scheduled pre-wedding programming.

Remember when we mentioned not popping champs without a particular wedding cause? Well, this is the only way we’ll relate anything wedding to your imbibing. And it’s because toasting out of gold-accented champagne coupes with ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ inscriptions can only manifest good things to come. Cheersing to you guys and your titles for the next year (or two), now, can ensure you’ll be toasting, in the best of spirits, on the big day!

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Tip #6 – Do your dress justice.

One of my biggest wedding regrets was kind of forgetting about my wedding dress. I did the alterations, I transported it to my venue as delicately as possible, I had the perfect place to vignette my fashion for those getting-ready snaps, but I had NOTHING to hang my dress on. Huh?!?!! That’s right, I have an amazing picture of my fit-and-flare gown, in all its glory, hanging on a plastic hanger. That bad look, it’s forever burned in my brain, and it’s the worst! I really should have gotten one of those personalized hangers with my new last name, or at least a really pretty wooden or acrylic hanger to glam up the gown. But I didn’t. Sigh. ~ Danielle

Your dress isn’t the biggest part of your day, but it’s still super important. You’ve done your best to keep it protected, clean, primped and polished, so you’ll want to let it shine for all those detail shots.

Our simple wooden hangers aren’t overwhelming, they aren’t pretentious, they’re just really flippin’ cute, especially the silhouetted white dress! And even though he won’t be getting ready with a whole lot of fanfare, he still deserves to have his suite feel special. His entourage is high key important, too. Really, they can hang…

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Whatever keeps you smiling on your way to the aisle, girl, you do you. We’ll help as much as we can!
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Danielle Halibey is a writer, editor, and publicist living in New Jersey. She has been immersed in the world of weddings since planning her own whimsical, romantic affair in 2014. And isn’t that what they always say, “those who can’t do, teach?” Well, once her nuptials were over, she still had stuff in the ‘I Do’ industry to do. She writes regularly for top wedding blogs including Style Me Pretty and Wedding Chicks, and has garnered millions of press impressions for brands in the wedding space: fashion, beauty, wedding talent+tastemakers and more. 

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4th Birthday Ballerina Tea Party

This ballerina birthday party is what every little girl (and let’s be real, mom) dreams of! Every little detail is so precious and intentional. You can’t help but walk away from these photos feeling inspired.

This Ballet Tea Party is truly a little girl’s dream come true! Children’s Party Planner, Party Pickup, planned this birthday party for their client Jessica and her daughter, Elizabeth.

The lovely floral invitations from Dixie Design Collective, featuring artwork by Gina Langford, coordinated beautifully with Jessica’s vintage family china to pull the entire design of the party together.

Guests were greeted by a gorgeous pink balloon garland on the entry of Jessica’s home. The amazing florals from Wild Things brought the party to life, and the India Amory tablecloths were chosen to complete the look. A collection of antique napkins were used at the place settings and also for party decor. The balloon and honeycomb garlands in various shades of pink added a fun touch.

A tiered birthday cake from Olexas and custom tutu and teacup cookies by Hey Kat bakes were the perfect sweet treats for party guests.

The little ballerinas made mini floral arrangements to take home and had an absolute ball playing with tea cart station with tea party themed toys from Pottery Barn Kids. No detail was spared to achieve the sweetest pink and white, floral filled day. Wild Things used their signature garden style arrangements, with gerbera daisies, roses, ranunculus, dusty miller, tulips, seeded eucalyptus and hydrangea to set the tone for Elizabeth’s sweet dream-like party. Surrounded by ballet slippers, monograms, and balloons, the floral centerpieces added unique special touches for a memorable day. Wreaths added focal points to the environment, and small finishing touches like cake florals and tutu rack toppers made for a perfectly put-together party for little ballerinas. Savor Style created and styled the most gorgeous boards and grazes.

The ballerinas enjoyed traditional tea party fare, such as mini scones, quiche, tea sandwiches and Rose macarons, while the adults grazed on a custom Charcuterie board. The perfectly pink candy graze was a sugary delight to both adults and children – handmade heart-shaped dishes created by a local potter added a sweet touch. Festive sips included a Rosé bar with sparkling and still wine, mimosas, and Rosé iced tea with rose petal and candied citrus garnish.

The guests were given a mini dance lesson by a local talented ballerina and took home their very own pink tutu as a party favor. Elizabeth’s gorgeous birthday party was filled with memorable moments for family and tons of fun for all.

 

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Sometimes A Little Rain Is Exactly What You Didn’t Know You Wanted For Your Wedding Day!

You don’t always get what you ask for when it comes to your wedding day, especially sunshine – but sometimes what you didn’t ask for is exactly what you didn’t know you needed! For this bride and groom, some rain showers and clouds made their wedding day absolutely perfect with a moody and magical feel, from their stunning photos by Sarah Carpenter to dancing the night away with a storm blowing outside. When it came to the details, Sinclair and Moore, blew it out of the water with their intricate designs and elegant floral arrangements from the brides blooming bouquet to (my personal favorite,) the centerpieces! Take a peek below to see all of the magic and be sure to check out even the tiniest cuties who will melt your heart!

From Sinclair and MooreBecca and Chris had a very beautiful wedding day at a private estate overlooking the Puget Sound. They went with a color palette of slate blue and white. The couple chose to have signature scents from Jo Malone for as a special detail for their date. Funny enough, they found out after choosing the scents that they are the same ones Prince Harry and Megan Markle use! Their ceremony was on the lawn under gorgeous Washington evergreens, and the reception was set up under a gorgeous sailcloth tent. Between the two events, cocktail hour spanned the lawn starting in a tent opposite the reception tent and allowing guests to chat with a view of the stunning Washington waterway. Sinclair and Moore designed this stunning wedding for them as well as doing all the floral design, bringing together elegance and romance as they always do. Becca moved gracefully in her flowing Sarah Seven gown from The Dress Theory and had her bridesmaids in slate blue, floor-length gowns. The flower girls wore white with lovely, delicate flower crowns situated on their heads. The day started out grey and rainy, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the day. By dinner, the sun was peeking out of the clouds in the most beautiful pre-sunset glow. Instead of a guest book, Chris and Becca had guests sign a giant bottle of wine that was gifted to them by one of their good friends.

From the Bride…

Our Venue: He loves the water, I love the mountains. Our Venue was an instant decision because it showcased both elements that we love: mountains and Puget Sound. 
 
Our wedding Vision: Simple, natural, warm and inviting are the words we used to describe our dream wedding to Steve and Erika in our first meeting, and of course, they surpassed our wildest dreams. 

More on our vision: The arches that Steve created are some of my favorite details. Our guests entered from the front door and were immediately greeted by our happy parents (of course) and with the fullest most beautiful flower arch I had ever seen. 
 
Wedding day: Sunshine is what we hoped for, and rain and clouds are what we received. After all, is said and done, I would not change it for anything. The wind and clouds made our day feel magical and moody. It was fun to see the arch at the end of the aisle and the flags on top of the tent move with the wind. I’ll never forget dancing until late at night under the lights of the tent with a storm blowing outside – truly special memory.

Autumn Grass/California: Steve asked me if there was anything that reminded me of California that I wanted to incorporate into our wedding. I instantly responded with the “golden hills of Northern California”.  On our wedding day, Steve surprised me with including Autumn Grass in all the flower arrangements – I love that there is a little piece of California hidden in the details of our wedding day. 
 
Favorite memory: The speeches: our dads, my childhood best friend, and his brother and sister all gave speeches at our wedding. The speeches are something we will cherish the most. We laughed, we cried, and we reflected on the memories that we shared over the years and the memories that have yet to be made. We were reminded by how loved we both are and how blessed we are to have everyone we love in one place celebrating the life we were starting together. 

I was blown away to find out that Chris’ sister had written me a letter the day that Chris first met me. She started with, “if you’re reading this, it is because I’m standing at your wedding right now and you are getting married to my wonderful brother, Chris. It’s May 28th, 2017 and I already know that you are the one for him (he does too)…” After that, the tears just flowed. 
 
Our photographer: Sarah and her husband are the sweetest. I had the great opportunity to get to know Sarah before our wedding day, as we were working on a special surprise for Chris. Her ability to capture the small moments within the big moments is what grabbed my attention. We are so thankful for the photos she captured and will cherish them forever.

Photographer : Sarah Carpenter | Videography: Storybox Cinema | Event Planning: Sinclair & Moore | Floral Design: Sinclair & Moore | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: DERU Market | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: Herban Feast | Hair and Makeup: Studio Artist Collective | Lighting: Lightsmiths | DJ: Chris Graves Music | Ceremony Music: Puget Sound Strings | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Groom Attire: The Black Tux | Rentals: Cort Party Rentals | Wedding Day Stationary: La Happy

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