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Villa Astor On Italy’s Amalfi Coast Amazes At This Dazzling Destination Wedding

That’s Amore! This elegant destination wedding on the Amalfi coast is dripping with so much elegance that we can’t help but fall in love. From the gilded details to the fashion-forward bridal wear, every detail is better than the last. Mitheo Events planned and designed a day that rivals the beauty of the iconic location. Lush white blooms by Armando Malafronte are just the right balance of romantic and chic. You’ll adore every artful image captured by the uber-talented Bottega 53. Luxury awaits you in the full gallery.




From Mitheo EventsCelebrating their love story with a glamorous destination wedding of 120 guests, on the Amalfi Coast, the place where their love had begun, was the dream of this stunning couple. Valentina and Michael wished to exchange their vows at the bride’s country of origin, which they both adore, at Villa Astor in Italy.



Due to the current circumstances of travel bans and health regulations, a large-scale event with international guests traveling to Italy from the US and from around the world was no longer an option. Nevertheless, Mitheo Events Italian wedding planners and designers team was committed to creating the most magical and stylish Sorrento destination micro-wedding, with authentic Italian style and timeless details.



The magical location of iconic Villa Astor, haute-couture Monique Lhuillier bridal gowns and romantic all-white floral arrangements of roses by Malafronte, along with a piece-of-art wedding cake by Marco Failla and finely crafted stationery by Letterink were combined into a wedding celebration of timeless elegance and class, impeccably captured in high fashion style by Bottega 53 and beautifully videographed by Luigi De Gregorio.



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Photography: Bottega 53 | Cinematography: Luigi De Gregorio Filmmaker | Event Design: Mitheo Events | Event Planning: Mitheo Events | Floral Design: Armando Malafronte | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Marco Failla | Stationery: LetterInk | Jewelry: Christian Zane | Catering: Sorrento Wedding Catering | Calligrapher: Yvat&Klerb | Groom's Attire: Bencivenga Altasartoria | Wedding Venue: Villa Astor | After Party Gown: Celia Kritharioti | Boat Rental: Sorrento Tourist Office | Bridal Accessories: Botias Accessories | Hair & Makeup Artist: Manola Spaziani Make up Artist | Perfumes: Profumeria Charme | Rentals: Corso Gaetano | Social Media Content Creator: Canova Studios | Textiles: Allegoria

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The Most Epic Captiva Island Wedding With a ”Retro Florida Postcard” Theme

Now this is a couple who knows how to have fun with their wedding décor! As guests walked from one side of the island to the other for the ceremony to the reception (yup, the island is THAT small), they were greeted by a one-of-a-kind night. The adorable couple inspired their wedding design based off those old-school, retro Florida postcards you used to see, you know… the ones with illustrations inside of each letter? It may have been quite a challenge, but Carrie Darling Events and Kaleidoscope Floral pulled it off with every last detail… all while keeping it chic the entire way through. Check out all the can’t-miss moments from their day at the full gallery, all captured by Hunter Ryan Photo.

From Hunter Ryan PhotoCourtney & Stephen’s Wedding took place in the heart of enchanting Captiva Island, FL at a Private Home.

One significant element of the Wedding is that the guests progressed from one side of Captiva to another throughout the night – REALLY. The island is THAT narrow. The ceremony was held on the beach (across the street from the home) and then guests were guided across the road (via traffic cop) to cocktail hour on the front lawn, the dinner tent was behind the home, the dancing tent was on the other side of the back yard, and the send off was on the narrow path on the back side of the property – and the couple left on a boat with a Captain friend! From one side of the ocean to another .

As guests made the progression from one space to another, the couple wanted each new space they encountered to have an entirely new vibe and style. We also wanted to embrace all the unique characteristics of Florida. So, we based the decor in each space on a retro Florida postcard that served as a Save the Date for the Wedding weekend. You know, the kind of postcard with illustrations inside each of the letters? The “L” in Florida was an Orange Grove that inspired the escort card display, the “O” had a retro nod to cocktail hour with the fun beach umbrellas, The “R” had more of a natural greenery/Everglades style for the dinner tent, and the “D” had more vivid colors or orange and red (sunset colors) that we used in the dancing tent.

Invitations:
They had a very intimate invitation design that highlighted hand-drawn illustrations by Lucy Engelman that were inspired by the couple’s own engagement photos. So instead of using actual photos, it was an artistic version of the couple’s own pictures- which offers a very unique way of sprinkling the couple’s likeness into the suite. Lucy created additional illustrations, like a tropical leaf pattern for the liner of the envelope, a map of Captiva for the itinerary (and also used on the Welcome Bag) and welcome booklets. Everything was very monochromatic in a rich Florida green with traditional Wedding white background.

Some of the illustrated images were made into pillows at cocktail hour, as well as trays that the signature drink was served on, etc. It was such a cool way to use the engagement photos, in a non-traditional way, and of course, a lot of keepsakes for the Bride and Groom.

Ceremony:
Inspired by the surrounding Reeds, Seagrass, Pampas Grass. It was a minimalistic look, with 2 large palm fronds coming together to make the ceremony arch.

The Welcome Sign was custom made with rattan fan blades, a bamboo pole base and accents of pampas that said “Welcome to Captiva” with a ceremony directional sign.

Programs were printed, frayed-edge fabric scrolls that were wrapped around the handles of white paper fans and tied with green velvet ribbon.

Guests were greeted with an infused water station on the beach to quench their thirst. The flavored water ( Pineapple Mint, Florida Citrus, Cucumber Mint) were all served in monogram tossware.

Cocktail Hour:
We embraced the Retro Florida Vibe for cocktail hour on the front lawn, and the fun prints of beach umbrellas you might see scattered on the Florida beaches. Several cocktail rounds dressed in bold striped linens were paired with umbrellas, colorful lemon prints, white fringed and even straw materials.

A playful Beach Ball Selfie Wall greeted guests, and they were invited to interact with additional balls laying on the ground as they captured some photos.

Servers held custom drink trays (with illustrations of the couple’s engagement photos) and their signature “My Tie” Drink, which was a nod to how they met (hint: it had to do with the Groom’s tie). Even the stir stick was in the shape of a neck tie ;)

As an added touch for additional drinks from the bar, guests were invited to use one of the green “C&S” shaped Straws, or pick up a koozie.

Escort Card Display:
Carrie Darling Events built an “Orange Grove Trellis” that fit the dimensions of the tent opening, so it also served as entrance decor to the tent. Guests were presented with an uplit trellis, with custom, diagonal shelving that held small oranges with paper leaf escort cards pinned into them. With a guest count looming around 150, we helped move everyone along by organizing the left side of the trellis into last names starting with A-M and the right side of the trellis held oranges with guests with last names that started with M-Z.

Main Dinner Tent:

The Bride wanted to embrace the beautiful, surrounding landscape, so we used a clear tent and did dramatic greenery palm centerpieces on the table, with rattan lanterns hanging from the top of the tent. The bamboo chairs tied into the rattan lanterns, and the mis-matched green water glasses added some fun hues against the white linens.

Wedding Cake / Cake Slice Display:
Placed between a trio of Palm Trees, on a fun tropical print linen! The tall cake featured additional sugar flowers with butterfly details.

Later on in the evening, the cut slices of cake were brought out to 3 long tables (closer to the dance tent that everyone moved to). The 3 display tables had custom neon “flavor ” signs for the Strawberry Shortcake, Lemon Blueberry and Funfetti flavors. It made it easier to see in the dark, and made it even more exciting for guests to choose the flavor of cake they wanted!

Dancing Tent:
Hanging from the center of the tent was an eclectic mix of dried palms in fun spray-painted colors and fun florals in a central floral chandelier.

We anchored a fun rental bar from Unearthed Rentals, on the far end of the tent (opposite from the Stage) for easy access to some evening livations!

Surprises!:
#1 Specialty Dancers/ Entertainment
Right after the Bride & Groom’s Thank you speech (our signal was “Let’s Get This Party Started) a dance troupe of 4 ladies and 4 drummers came in from both corners of the tent with a major presence, and had al the guests stand and follow them down the path to the “Party Tent”

#2 Ice Cream Truck
Instead of a Late night food, an Ice Cream Truck pulled up to the dancing tent- about an hour before the end of the party… song on and everything to draw a crowd, running for their favorite cone or push-pop!

Send Off:
The last 10 minutes of the party, we passed out monogrammed LED ribbon wands for the guests to dance with and then we directed them to the far back of the property, where a line of palm trees was all uplit in fun colors on the way to the dock. The guests lined both sides of the path, and the Bride & Groom walked down a line of white streamers, to a sign that greeted them with “Bon Voyage”. From there, they boarded a boat with their Captain friend, and took off in an epic newlywed kiss goodbye.

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Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Cinematography: Curtis Kennedy Films | Event Planning & Design: Carrie Darling Events | Floral Design: Kaleidoscope Floral | Wedding Dress: Katie Fong Collection | Cake: In Love and Food | Invitations: Lucy Engelman | Catering: Tastebuds Custom Catering | Lighting: Artistic Science | Transportation: Naples Transportation and Tours | Acrylic Signs & Lettering/ Table Numbers, Stir Sticks: Creative Amme | Bamboo Chairs/Tables: Partytime Rentals | Beauty: Duality Artistry | Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Musicians: Jade Strings | Dancers: New Century Dance Company | Dress Steaming: Carla Delgado | Fabric Programs, Menus, Pillows, Escort Cards:: Luster Designs on Paper | Green Water Glasses: Dishie Rentals | Ice Cream: Sunny Days Ice Cream | Place Settings: A Different Look | Reception Band: The Headliners Band | Rentals: Unearthed Rentals | Restrooms: Prestigious Restrooms | Tents: US Tent Rental | Valet: 5 Star Valet

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You’ll Fall In Love With The Fantastic Floral Chandeliers At This Florida Wedding

Look up! This Florida wedding is filled with so many fabulous floral installations you’re sure to fall head over heels. The talented Myrtie Blue gave every inch of this special day a garden-fresh feel that transforms the outdoor ceremony and tented reception. There was no one better than Kelly McWilliams to coordinate all the unique details and create a stylish and seamless affair. Hunter Ryan Photo was there to elegantly capture all the magical moments. Swoon over all the lovely in the full gallery.




From the bride… A few years ago, I was looking at photos from a wedding that I was a bridesmaid in and their photographer had previously completed a wedding at the Seaside Chapel. I instantly fell in love with the simplicity of the chapel and the large windows and thought about how I would like to get married in a chapel like that one day. After Brandon proposed we discussed multiple locations and ultimately fell in love with this one.



I am so glad Kelly McWilliams convinced us to do a first look. It was such a sigh of relief and such a great moment to share with just “us” and get over any nerves. I do not like to be the center of attention and so having him see me in my dress and me seeing him still allowed us to capture the moment when we first saw each other, without everyone else staring at us also.



After not being able to see friends and family for over a year, I can’t tell you how much fun and really just a huge celebration it was. We were so blessed to be able to celebrate such an incredible weekend with close friends and family.



Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Cinematography: Curtis Kennedy Films | Event Planning: Kelly McWilliams Celebrations, Weddings & Parties | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Invitations: Luster Designs on Paper | Ceremony Venue: Seaside Chapel | Reception Venue: WaterColor Inn & Resort | Lighting: Jacob Co Creative | DJ: jordan kahn orchestra | Band: jordan kahn orchestra | Officiant: Bill Newell | Ceremony Music: Wedding Music Plus | Transportation: Emerald City | Beaut: Say Love Hair & Makeup | Ceremony Coordinator: A Wedding Collection | Livestream: Livestream Emerald Coast

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Inspiring Pink And Purple Wedding In Provence

One look at these enchanting photos and you’ll feel as if Provence was simply made for picture-perfect weddings. With incredible landscapes, a Mediterranean-climate, and an overall feeling of tranquility the region is royally suited for a chic affair orchestrated by Instants Magiques Marrakech. With an eye for elegance, Gala Organisation designed a floral dome for the religious ceremony that’s dripping with luxury. Cedric KLEIN Photography captured a day that has us feel as if we’re at the Chateau ourselves. See the full experience unfold in the full gallery.




From Cedric KLEIN PhotographyThe romantic wedding of Raphael and Sandra was chic and elegant in the heart of Provence at the iconic Chateau Diter. The Chateau sits on the heights of Grasse and is a little corner of paradise on the French Riviera for those who want to experience an elegant and graceful wedding.



The chuppa ceremony was held under a wonderfully flowered dome by Gala Organisation for the religious ceremony. The ceremony begins as Sandra, escorted by her younger brother in the procession, arrives at the top of the steps of a leafy alley, overlooking the audience. At the bottom of the steps, waiting surrounded by his relatives is a future groom impatient to discover his sweetheart.



Once the religious ceremony is over, the traditional couple photoshoot follows in the serene gardens, as well as under the colonnades, courtyards, and porches imbued with timeless beauty and all-Italian charm. Then a set table decorated with crystal candlesticks, a magnificent floral composition, and of course a grand piano for an authentic musical atmosphere awaits guests for the dance evening.



Photography: Cedric KLEIN Photography | Cinematography: Kechkiya agency | Event Design: olivier canal brunet | Event Planning: instants magiques Marrakech | Floral Design: Gala Organisation | Floral Design: sandersmids | Wedding Dress: maxchaoulcoutureparis | Reception Venue: Chateau Diter | Catering: Jerome Ravel | DJ: airplayevent | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford Men | Beauty: noor-prestige | Beauty: lydia prestige | Photography - Assistance: JD Bascio

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The Perfect Blueprint for a Whimsical Wedding With Timeless Touches at Mill Pond Estate

A ruffled wedding dress, champagne cart, and floral-adorned getaway boat! These are just a few dreamy things you can expect to obsess over throughout today’s full gallery from Terrie Images. Stephany Perry Events executed the most beautiful styled shoot at Mill Pond Estate marrying whimsical elements with timeless details, dressed in an organic color palette of champagne and green accents. Keep on scrolling and get ready to be completely swept away.. 

From Terrie Images… A Love Letter To You is an inspiration shoot full of greenery and touches of whimsical and timeless. 

This palette was a combination green tones, champagne, ivory , and gold accents. We created two looks within this shoot to demonstrate this organic palette versatility. We included a romantic and organic look to resonate with brides who love all things whimsical. 

We also created a timeless and classic for our brides who love the simplistic details. Both looks highlighted a minimal feel with emphasis on calligraphy pieces to highlight the love letter theme.

Photography: Terrie Images | Cinematography: Priceless Studio Design | Coordination: Stephany Perry Events | Floral Design: Mill Pond Estate | Cake: WILLOW WISP CAKES | Calligraphy: Love Offering | Groom's Attire: Generation Tux | Wedding Venue: Mill Pond Estate | Beauty: Denise Marie Beauty | Bride & Groom Couple: Cotton Lifestyles | Champagne Cart: Prop Champagne Rentals | Gowns: Lillie Mae Collection | Hair Design: Hair Inspired By Ciarra | Linen: Olivia Jade Event Linen Rentals | Model - Bride: Emily Sidney | Photography - Assistance: Fine Line Imagery | Rentals: Set & Styled Curated Rentals | Styling Surface: Elysian Market

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French Inspired Chateau Lill Summer Wedding Inspiration

One look at this inspired editorial and you’ll feel like you booked a first trip ticket to France! With inspiration drawn from the French countryside and summertime, a color palette of warm yellow, cream, and blue delights. The free-flowing, organic flower styling by Leah Erickson Floral have us feeling like we’re strolling through the prettiest of Parisian gardens. Each inspired detail was lovingly planned by Willow & Ivy Events, and beautifully captured fully in film by Matt Erickson Photography. Enjoy all the elegance in the full gallery.




From Willow & Ivy EventsInspired by the French countryside in the summertime, Alexandra of Willow & Ivy Events pulled together an incredible team to create this luxurious wedding editorial in shades of French blue, buttery yellow with punchy pops of yellow in the florals. The incredible setting of Chateau Lill in Washington’s famous winery district of Woodinville was the perfect backdrop with its stunning architecture and ample gardens, complete with stunning florals and multiple ponds.



The butter-yellow florals tied into the intimate elopement-style free-standing ceremony setup across the pond from the reception space. The intricate paper details created by Cree and Co brought an elevated level of sophistication and French flair.



The tablescape was inspired by the patterned linen and opulent velvet napkins from BBJ Linen and was accented with more modern plates and flatware from CORT Party Rentals. In contrast to the abundant blue on the table, Leah Erickson Floral created a stunning garden-inspired organic centerpiece full of bright yellows, soft butter, and various shades of white and cream. The incredible cake by Rue Cler Seattle mimicked the linen and invitation suite with small added raised details peeking out from the folds in the frosting.



Photography: Matt Erickson Photography | Event Planning & Design: Willow & Ivy Events | Floral Design: Leah Erickson Floral | Wedding Dress: a&be bridal shop | Cake: Rue Cler Seattle | Reception Venue: Chateau Lill | Beauty: Michelle Wight | Film Lab: Photo Vision Prints | Invitations & Paper Goods: Créé & Co | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Model: Marlowe Barrington | Model: Seattle Models Guild | Rentals: CORT Party Rentals | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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Chic New York Style Meets Southern Estate Wedding

There’s nothing quite like southern hospitality, and for this wedding held at Great Marsh Estate it was mixed with just the right touch of NYC cool. Inspired by the idea of a southern girl falling in love with a city boy, traditional elements like chintz and bows mix with bold colors and patterns. Just one look at the ceremony tree overflowing with blooms by Love Blooms Floral Design and you’ll be sure to fall in love. Swoon Soiree planned the day in a beautiful and socially conscious way, choosing to work with a venue and vendors that celebrated the southern aesthetic but didn’t ignore the sensitive history of the south. The images by David Abel Photography are a timeless storytelling of history, style, and romance. Get lost in the tale in the full gallery.




From Swoon SoireeIt is no secret that the South East boasts hospitality, southern charm, and some seriously great food. It is also no secret that New York City is famous for its fashion, architecture, art, and its incredible cultural mix and social scene. So what happens when a girl from the south, falls in love with a boy from the city?



When conceptualizing this shoot, we wanted to showcase a beautiful southern venue, but remain socially conscious, and sensitive, to the history of the south. Many of the venues in our area are previous plantations, working farms, or private estates that supported slavery. After a very deep dive into our industry, our local markets, and the clients we serve, we found a venue. Great Marsh Estate has a stately, southern aesthetic, but no history or dark past.



The design was inspired by the Grandmillenial style. This style is rooted in southern hospitality, tradition, familiarity, and etiquette. With elements of Chintz, bows, pattern play, rattan, layers, and lots of color, this is no doubt a southern soiree. We wanted to show that you are able to celebrate your marriage, and your heritage, without romanticizing or ignoring the history of slavery in our country.



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Photography: David Abel Photography | Cinematography: Yeattes Productions | Event Planning: Swoon Soiree | Floral Design: Love Blooms | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Wedding Dress: Mark Ingram Atelier | Cake: Fleur and Flour | Invitations: Kara Anne & Co. | Reception Venue: Great Marsh Estate | Shoes: Something Bleu | Hair and Makeup: Anna Breeding | Calligraphy: Leah Letters | Groom's Attire: 707 Fine Clothing | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Great Marsh Estate | Bartender: Christian Slater | Chocolate Bars: Nadia & Co. | Diamond Earrings and Veil: Gibson Bespoke | Female Model: The Artist Agency | Floral Hair Pins: Bridal Treasure Studio | Fuchsia Earrings: Christie Nicolaides | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Male Model: Avi Mandel | Male Stylist: Justin Uglow | Pearl Earrings: Christie Nicolaides | Pearl Headband: Hail Grace Designs | Rentals: Something Vintage | Satin Bow: Fariba Designs | Tabletop Rentals: Maison de Carine | Welcome Baskets: Bows and Blue

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How to Make Your Submission Sail to the Top of SMP’s Front Page

Time and time again, we’re asked the same question… “What does it take to be published on Style Me Pretty?” As most of you may have guessed, the answer isn’t quite as simple as one would imagine. With over 500 submissions per week from vendors and couples alike, hoping to see their work or wedding grace the pages of SMP, our editorial team carefully selects a mere 2-3% for publication on the Front Page.

We feel so incredibly fortunate for every single submission that comes through our doors, we know just how much time and effort is spent perfecting them. As we walk you through a detailed list of tips and tricks to aid in your submission process, please remember – we never want you to feel discouraged if your submission is not accepted for publication on SMP, due to the sheer volume of submissions we receive, we are unfortunately put in the position of denying many beautiful events we dearly love. It has absolutely nothing to do with how talented you are, or how special the event truly was – sometimes, it’s just a matter of a full calendar! 

“Style Me Pretty most definitely has a look. A feel. Pretty. Fresh. Clean. Classic…with a twist. Pretty weddings are everywhere but those that we carefully choose to publish on site, have something extra. A sparkle. A hint of wow without being over the top. Rooted in the classic but with a fresh, modern approach.” – Abby Larson, Founder of Style Me Pretty

Now, let’s talk specifics! Want to make your wedding stand out in the crowd? Always follow these tips…

 

1. Make sure your submission is complete!

It’s so important when reviewing that we have all the necessary information before making a decision on a submission. When we say “complete”, we’re talking… a full gallery of images (more on this in tip #2), a detailed description of the day (see tip #3), and a full list of vendor credits – the more hyperlinks the better! One of the most common challenges we face when it comes to submissions is, undoubtedly, vendor credits. More often than not, we receive an urgent request to add/edit a vendor’s name to an already published editorial. Although we’re a tiny team over here at SMP, we always do our best to make sure every request is taken care of – but it would be SO helpful if you could please triple check the list of vendor credits before submitting to make sure they’re correct, and all there! 

2. Upload a full gallery of images 

Ahh the images – also known as “the fun part”, but admittedly more complicated than you’d think! When we say we’re looking for a full gallery of images in order to review and curate the submission properly, we’re not simply asking for you to hit a certain number of images (80-120 is ideal), it’s even more than that. Although we publish far more images than a magazine spread, we also carefully curate the types of images that we put up. Every image included should be able to stand alone or work as a collection. Consistency in color, tone, style and execution are incredibly important. We need images that show the bride, her fashions, the maids, the groom, the flowers, centerpieces, decor elements, favors, invitations, etc. It’s super easy to forget about flat lays – but they provide the perfect amount of breathing room in every gallery, a crucial component to our curation process! 

Although they can be loads of fun, we don’t want to see too many images of the guests dancing or smoking cigars, no matter how beautiful they are. Those types of images really don’t resonate well with our readers. Additionally, detail shots are very important in considering the wedding for publication, though details should be in healthy balance with the wedding story – the getting ready, the personalized touches, the moments. We do use black and white photography peppered in so feel free to include a very select group of black and white imagery as well. Lastly, the majority of your gallery should be vertical imagery, with about 10% horizontal! 

All of these elements combined allow our unique editorial curation process to prosper. Through our careful board curation process, our editors are able to tell a story of how the wedding day unfolds – from getting ready moments to the last dance, balancing the near and far, in an artistic manner that truly let’s the little details shine.

3. Give us the details, make your description count!

A huge part of the feature relies on the story of the day! Ideally, we like to have the write-up come from the couple, but that’s not an absolute – words from the planner, designer or photographer are just as good! We’re looking for 3-5 paragraphs tops that might include…

*a proposal story

*the overall ‘inspiration’ for their wedding design/decor

*some unique or special wedding details

*any traditional elements

*any DIY touches

*their favorite moments of the day

*advice for future brides/grooms

The more info we have, and the more unique attributes, the better. Remember that at it’s core, SMP is a social engine pro – and the elements that go viral on social for your business are the things that you might not have thought of or that aren’t obvious from the images. Whether the bride is a planner herself, whether some awesome new product/brand was used, whether there was a special appearance from the couple’s favorite artist or their four legged friend was their ring bearer – dig deep and find the coolness!

 

4. Keep SMP’s aesthetic and preferred photography style in mind

This shouldn’t come as a surprise – but SMP has a very particular brand aesthetic. We love those gorgeous, film-focused, airy, editorial-driven photographs. 

We gravitate towards images that are clean, simple and that haven’t been too fussed with. We do our best to steer clear of images that are too busy or have too much going on in them. Although we completely understand and love that there are many different types of photography styles, we’re inclined to fall more in love with photographs that are shot in a magazine style approach. Where the details are set against a simple, clean backdrop and have been thoughtfully styled. We see far too many bouquets set against brick and ivy, far too many invitations that are washed out and feel messy. You are your own best stylist, so get in there and take a bit of control with the wedding story! 

5. Use real couples in your styled shoots

We tend to care more about the execution of the design than whether or not the shoot has perfect models. In fact, we’d rather see real emotion from real men and women in shoots, a variety of skin tones, sizes and sexual orientations. 

 

6. Include a link to the wedding video, if you have one! 

If you have access to the video, it will always make the wedding much stronger online. We like videos that are under 3 minutes, ideally in the 2 minute time frame. Please be sure that your video is in either Youtube or Vimeo format and the sharing settings are set public. 

 

7. Don’t forget to include the location! 

Include a city + state in the title of your submission. This allows us to ensure that we are covering all areas of the US and beyond. We are often lacking content from certain areas and if you reach out, we’ll be happy to share our needs list.

8. Think unique! 

This goes without saying, but we are desperate (singing from the rooftops desperate) for weddings that showcase designs and trends that have never been done before. We’re craving indoor weddings done right, new approaches to old styles (for example, a modern approach to a barn venue), an epic escort card display, or a fashion trend that will have the next generation of brides buzzing. We see so many weddings every day that certain styles begin to feel a bit overdone. So, if there is a unique angle, it will definitely catch our attention.

 

9. Keep diversity in mind 

As many of you may know, last summer we compiled a list of 6 promises to champion a true change against racism and inequality in the wedding industry. One of the promises we made to our readers was to increase our representation of the BIPOC community on Style Me Pretty. Our overarching goal with this promise is to ensure that every person, no matter the color of their skin, their culture, their sexual orientation, gender identity or their religion, feels comfortable, at home and inspired when they read Style Me Pretty. We want to ensure that our readers regularly see themselves in the content of our site and on our social channels, and so realize the need for our content to be more representative of the different ethnicities that make up the population around us. Since then, we have made strides in our efforts – but we continue to encourage you all to please submit weddings and styled shoots that feature BIPOC couples for consideration to SMP. In the same light, we are always looking for same sex weddings to publish as well. 

It’s important to remind you here that every wedding is judged on a case-by-case basis. So, if you feel the wedding may be lacking in other areas but makes up for it in others, for example, it has an element of diversity or a very touching story – then we will absolutely do our very best to make it work! 

10. Remember to be kind 

Although there is by no means a “nice” rule here at SMP, we always remember the ones that are! There of course have been so many instances where a vendor may have been particularly rude after their submission was declined, or after it has taken us a while to get back to them with an answer. Sometimes it can be so easy to forget that we’re all human, and although we might be mighty, we’re a tiny team of people just trying to do the best we can everyday – just like you! We really appreciate and remember the vendors that show us grace and kindness throughout and after the submission process. This does not mean that you should feel uncomfortable asking for feedback on a declined submission – we are always more than happy to talk to our LBB members about how they might be able to improve, or fill them in on exactly why their submission was passed on at that time. 

We so hope this gives you all a better understanding and grasp on the ins and outs of our submissions process here at SMP! As always, we are so incredibly grateful for your continued love and support – sometimes we truly wish we could give a big hug to each and every one of you. Should you have any questions or concerns, you know where to find us! 

XOXO,

The SMP Team

LovBe Has TWO New Engagement Ring Styles That You’re Going to Want to Share with Your S.O!

LovBe, the lab-grown diamond company has two new engagement styles that you’re going to want to add to your Pinterest board and share with your S.O! Without disrupting the earth’s resources, LovBe offers unmatched quality, cut, and beauty with their new Hidden Halo and Embellished Solitaire collections, which you have to check out below. Want to design the engagement ring of your dreams? Check out their ring builder tool for a completely customized ring!

Hidden Halo

These double diamond delights feature a secret only the wearer will be wise to: beyond the magnificent diamond bezel surrounding the center stone, there is a hidden ‘halo’ of pave diamonds just below the center stone on the ring’s setting. While not visibly viewed from the initial glance, upon a closer look, this surprise diamond setting shines from within and elevates this extraordinary setting to another level. The hidden halo rests atop a sleek pave band, completing this sparkle-covered look. Hidden Halo settings are available with a range of center stones, from round brilliants and ovals to pear shapes and emerald cuts. For those looking to sparkle inside and out, you’ve found your ring.

Embellished Solitaire

For those looking for something classic yet slightly different, perhaps a ‘sprinkle’ of diamonds will fit the bill! Think of a timeless setting, with a round, oval, Cushion, or Princess cut diamond set on a sleek band. Now add smaller diamonds surrounding the center stone, like petals on a flower, creating a bezel with a slight halo effect. Alternatively, diamonds are available studded along with the band, making this ring anything but ordinary, and perfect to be stacked with a wedding band or two! These tiny diamond additions bring a special touch to a ring, truly setting it apart.

Whether an actual hidden gem is your style or a sprinkle of diamonds added to that classic setting, LovBe has just the ring for you. Their stunning engagement rings are of the highest quality and always lab-grown, making you feel extra good about that new addition to your left hand! So, run, don’t walk to show your other half these new rings!

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Tucked Away in Maui’s Jungle, the Haiku Mill Is One of the Most Breathtaking Venues in America!

Timeless with a tropical twist! Couture Events planned an intimate occasion for Claudia and Tony tucked away in the heart of the Maui jungle at the historic Haiku Mill. Stately décor and florals by Bella Bloom Maui in classic shades of cream, white and green were set against overgrown vines and vibrant greenery. The couple exchanged their “I do’s” surrounded by the wildly lush backdrop of Hawaiian flora and fauna and their closest loved ones. Playful details like the bride’s blue shoes, a bridal wreath, signature craft cocktails, and live music added fun pops of modernity to this one-of-a-kind day. Dmitri and Sandra Photography captured the love and emotions that filled the island air, which you can view in the full gallery!

From Couture EventsTimeless. Classic. Romantic. Intimate. These are just some of the words that inspired Erica Goldsmith’s design for Claudia and Tony’s wedding. Tucked away in Maui’s jungle, the Haiku Mill was the perfect combination of classic meets tropical that the couple wanted.

They exchanged “I Do’s” in the open-hair ruins of the old mill, surrounded by overgrown vines and lush tropical greenery. As guests enjoyed signature craft cocktails and live music, the mill was transformed from ceremony to reception featuring romantic florals from Bella Bloom Florals. 

Dmitri and Sandra Photography captured the emotions of the day… Including the hilarious expressions from the couple’s daughter.

Photography: Dmitri & Sandra Photography | Event Planning: Couture Events | Floral Design: Bella Bloom Floral Boutique | Cake: Cake Fanatics | Catering: Cutting Edge Catering | Catering: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Officiant: Pia Aluli | Transportation: Primo VIP | Wedding Venue: Haiku Mill | Musician: Marvin Tevaga | Rentals: Inspiration Events Hawaii | Rentals: Set | Rentals: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Stylist: Maui Makeup Artistry

A Neutral Color Scheme Meets The Beauty Of Nature At Wadley Farms

A neutral palette never goes out of style, and when you mix dreamy muted details with the beauty of the great outdoors- everybody wins. Styled Shoots Across America hosted a day filled with elegance and Heather Benge Events styled it with just the right sprinkle of fun. Soft florals by Flower Bar Co. will steal your heart, and the artful imagery by Elizabeth Burgi will leave you wanting more. Fall in love with all the details in the full gallery.




From Elizabeth BurgiThis outdoor styled shoot hosted by Styled Shoots Across America is such a gorgeous example of what you can do with a neutral color scheme and the beauty of nature. The whimsical Wadley Farms venue boasts a greenhouse that made a perfect backdrop for the day.



Heather Benge Events styled it with all soft florals and rosemary sprigs from Flower Bar Co. The cream-colored cake from Maile Cake Design was dripping with flowers as well.



Our bride wore a classic dress from Styled Gowns and her hair and makeup from Sunkissed and Made Up was kept soft and natural. One of the keys to this shoot was using natural lighting and this venue has so many beautiful areas for photos.



Photography: Elizabeth Burgi | Event Design: Heather Benge Events | Event Planning: Styled Shoots Across America | Floral Design: Flower Bar Co. | Wedding Dress: Styled Gowns | Cake: Maile Cake Design | Invitations: Green Mango Kraft | Ceremony Venue: Wadley Farms | Shoes: Bella Belle | Groom's Attire: the modern groom | Beauty: Sunkissed And Made Up | Bridal Accessories: Janice Tan Couture | Model: Jasmyn Gina Swindall | Rentals: Diamond Event Rentals | Ring Box: Lovely Ring Boxes | Styling Surfaces:: Replica Surfaces

Intentionality and Purpose Were Infused Into Every Detail at This Garden-Inspired Vow Renewal

This garden-inspired editorial is bound to make your heart blossom! LoveLee Experiences created the perfect intimate setting to celebrate this couple’s vow renewal at McGovern Centennial Gardens. Intentionality and purpose were infused into every detail as Event by Ova enclosed the ceremony space with a semi-circle of florals to represent the couple’s all-encompassing love for each other and their guests. Thoughtful touches like the prettiest champagne tower and flower-adorned cakes made for even sweeter memories to cherish in the years to come. Take in all the blooming beauty of flourishing love at the full gallery, captured by the ever-talented Studio Rendition!

From LoveLee ExperiencesAn intimate event means more attention to intentional detail and not the contrary. What has taken us by storm during the pandemic and turned out to be such a beautiful way to celebrate with those you love! This styled shoot contains elements that emulate an actual intimate vow renewal. 

We are purposeful when choosing married couples as models to capture snapshots of a story that reflects the depth of their marriage. Our couple celebrated their 18th year of marriage at the end of June! The ceremony space is a blueprint for a design that can expand to a guest count to fit an intimate event. 

The flowers were intentionally designed to be a semi-circle and enclose the guest space, a way to symbolize those who have been an integral part of a couple’s marriage. The cake, sweetheart table, and champagne tower serve as a way to tie everything together into one sweet, memorable occasion.

Photography: Studio Rendion | Event Planning: LoveLee Experiences | Floral Design: EVENT by OVA | Wedding Dress: Belleame Bridal Houston | Cake: Danmarie Bunag | Invitations: Cottonwood Print Design Co | Groom's Attire: Generation Tux | Wedding Venue: Mcgovern Centennial Gardens | Accessories: Emilia Rae Bridal | Beauty: Etoilly Artistry | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Model: Daphine Bush | Model: Jonas Bush | Rentals: Swift + Company

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A Cascade Of Colorful Flowers Frame This Ceremony On Italy’s Lake Como

It doesn’t get prettier than this wedding inspiration shot at Italy’s prestigious Lake Como. Our real-life couple, Beatrice and Paolo, exchange vows in one of the most romantic places on earth under a moon-shaped flower arch by Cinque Terre Floral Design that’s sure to take your breath away. To up the swoon factor the couple even exchanged a diamond heirloom ring belonging to the bride’s grandmother. The ethereal beauty of the destination inspired the details of the day which turned into magical moments thoughtfully planned by Elena Renzi. Beauty awaits at every turn in the artful imagery by ManiSol Wedding, visit the full gallery to get a closer look.




From ManiSol WeddingWith this inspiration shooting, we wanted to embrace the ethereal beauty of Lake Como in all its details, shades, and wonderful atmosphere. Everything started with the choice of the venue – the majestic, private Villa La Cassinella, the only villa on the lake that is only accessible via its waters.



The stationery was made using handmade, recycled paper and we chose to use the classic Lake Como rowboats instead of motorboats or water taxis. We got the inspiration for the color palette from the Villa itself: soft orange, green, and peach pink designed to match and blend with the beauty of the Villa and the lake.



We chose a colorful table set for the wedding dinner, matching the beautiful color of the porch. A peach pink embroidered tablecloth, hand-painted plates, and colorful flowers did the rest!



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Photography: ManiSol Wedding | Cinematography: ManiSol Wedding | Floral Design: Cinque Terre Floral Design | Floral Design: La Verde Milonga | Wedding Dress: Isabella Caposano | Cake: Bella's Bakery | Invitations: Carta Muriel | Groom's Attire: Sartoria Orefice 1856 | Wedding Venue: Villa La Cassinella | Beauty: Carmelo Spina | Beauty: Irene Trucco | Model: Beatrice Lorenzi | Planning: Elena Renzi | Rentals: Blunotte Events

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This Photographer’s Wedding Is Pretty As A Picture

Say cheese! This photographer’s wedding is sure to have you smiling. When it came to capturing the details of her Big Day, Rachel turned to none other than her own team of photographers at Mandelette Photography. With a list of vendors that felt more like family to the bride and groom, you can feel the love and happiness from the elegant ceremony to the cocktail-style reception. Blooms by Ashland Addison Floral & Event Decor are just the right touch of romance mixed with fun, and The Simply Elegant Group made sure every well thought out detail had Rachel and Cole smiling. Visit the full gallery to feel the love.




From the bride… Cole and I got married on the luckiest day of the year. 7-18-21: these are all lucky numbers both in Vegas and Jewish tradition. The one thing missing from our wedding was my father, who passed away from brain cancer this March. He was shining down from heaven on our cocktail-style event, and I carried his handkerchief down the aisle on my bouquet.



One of the final parts of our day, before our sparkler exit, we played the video I had filmed dancing with my father in my autumn wedding dress, back in October of 2020, before he passed. You can see in the room that there was not a dry eye around. It was heartbreaking not to have him there, but I know he walks with me every step. Down the aisle, into married life, and every day.



Photography: Mandelette Photography | Cinematography: Mandelette Photography | Event Planning: The Simply Elegant Group | Floral Design: Ashland Addison Floral & Event Decor | Wedding Dress: Diana's Bridal - Skokie, IL | Cake: ECBG Cake Studio | Ceremony Venue: Colvin House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Baltic Born | Catering: Chic Chef Catering | DJ: Chas Vrba | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Classic Wedding Car | Venue: Colvin House | Beauty: Fearless & Bella

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A Vibrant Spring Wedding in Coral and Yellow Hues at L’Auberge Del Mar

Miss Natalie Bray Studios does it again – brightening our days, one gallery at a time! Today’s real wedding was just the dose of vitamin D we needed to start the week off right. Blue Pansy Floral created the most cheerful arrangements, bursting with coral, hot pink and yellow hues. SD Weddings by Gina kept the festivities going off without a hitch while the couple and their guests danced the night away under string lights and stars. Don’t forget to check out the full gallery of pretty before you go and pin your faves!

From Natalie Bray Studios… With 3 postponements and many changes due to pandemic Jayla and Victor were finally able to wed on a stunning Spring day at L Auberge Del Mar. With their closest family and friends it was a day full of emotion and complete love. 

The couple wanted a timeless and elegant celebration full of vibrant colors, laughter, and great food. Blue Pansy Floral Design brought the most beautiful blooms of coral, hot pink, and yellow to all aspects of the floral design. The bridal bouquet was a show stopper and accented Jayla’s off the shoulder gown perfectly. 

She wore Ruby earrings as red is a symbol of good luck in her family. The ceremony overlooked the ocean and was accented with a circular arch and lots of stunning blooms. It truly brought the design and planning from SD weddings by Gina to life. Jayla and Victor chose to say personal vows to each other during their first look. It was an incredibly tender moment for the two of them. They dined under the twinkle lights and perfect sunset. Couldn’t have asked for a more heartfelt celebration and well worth the wait.

Photography: Natalie Bray Studios | Event Planning: San Diego Weddings By Gina | Floral Design: blue pansy floral | cake: Extraordinary Desserts | Ceremony Venue: L'Auberge Del Mar | shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | hair and make up: Chiali Meng | dj: My DJ's with Gill | Photography - Assistance: Dani Toscano | film lab: The Find Lab | rentals: Best Rentals

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Modern Wedding Planning Means There Are No Rules – And We’re Here for It!

People have been getting married for centuries and, as such, certain codes of conduct have materialized: rules, etiquette, traditions, etc. to give couples guiding principles and a template to plan out one of the most important life events. Not going to lie, there are some mainstays that we wouldn’t be opposed to keeping around for all-time: for instance, an engagement ring or any piece of proposal jewelry – diamonds or gems of any kind work just fine as a prop for a VIQ (very important question). For the most part, though, it’s 2021 and the only real requisite that a couple should follow for their wedding is to keep their love intact and to plan something that’s completely representative of their relationship and everything that means the most to them. 

We thought it might be fun to provide a run down of some of the biggest wed-iquette (that’s wedding etiquette, FYI!) considerations and then sound off on Style Me Pretty’s modern iteration. If you’ve been following us for a while, you probably already know that we’re huge proponents of personalization and details so delightful they add the perfect dose of pretty to your party. So, when wedding ‘rules’ are concerned, we say go ahead and break them, it’s your day, you do you!! 

 

Read along for our SMP take on some of the longstanding wedding playbook follies, as well as a few recommendations on gifts to celebrate your whole aisle team. Yep, the wedding and all of its lead-up gives the pedestal up to the bride, but that doesn’t mean she can forget about all the beautiful souls who got her there

Photo by Lindsey Taylor Photography & Rachael Kazmier

The Old Rule: The bride’s parents host the engagement party

The New Take:

Anyone can do it, even and especially if the couple wants to host the celebration themselves! The COVID pandemic has influenced the wedding industry tremendously – but one positive thing it’s done is allowing brides and grooms to figure out their own affairs. Not to say that parents (of either the bride or the groom) can’t plan something like an engagement party, but since the world is still spinning on this social distancing/virtual axis, the modern couple is much more equipped to customize an e-party event that heeds public health cautions, honors their own tastes, and hypes up their ‘I Do’ crew overall.  

Oh! And that means the to-be-weds can take the lead on making toasts, too. There’s nothing wrong with starting this whole journey off with a real big “Cheers to us!”

Photo by Courtney Leigh

The Old Rule: The bride’s parents pay for the [wedding] day

The New Take:

These days, there are no assumptions for who will pay for the day. The couple may be paying for the wedding all on their own, they may be receiving financial support from their parents or other family members, and other times, budgeting for the big day can be drawn from a virtual potluck of private patronage. 

So, if you’ve just gotten engaged, take matters into your own hands and get up-to-date with all the latest on wedding planning. You’ll feel a whole lot more comfortable having those conversations about money later on. 

Photo by Courtney Leigh

The Old Rule: The bachelorette party is a complete surprise for the bride

The New Take:

Surprises are cool, for sure, but nowadays brides want to be in on the fun and have a finger on the pulse of their party – and we totally support them! Not to mention, with the pandemic throwing such a wrench into all parts of the engagement process (from picking a date and place to planning all of the pre-wedding fetes) you can’t blame a bride for wanting to be in control and for getting psyched over all the pomp and circumstance and paraphernalia that comes with a bachelorette trip, weekend, night out, etc. 

It’s not just about the bride sash, the guest of honor needs her squad all decked out, too! 

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There is such freedom in realizing that the wedding rules we’ve come to know are yesterday’s news, but with the freedom also comes unlimited opportunities and endless decision making – so, to keep yourself on track, take a peek at our Ultimate Planning Guides. We don’t believe rules are necessary, but since planning is a process, procedure/protocol can often help reign everything in and alleviate some of the pressure. Shop the Style Me Pretty Collection + Ultimate Planning Guides right now!

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Take This as Your Sign to Include a Floral-Adorned Champagne Bar at Your Reception

These charming nuptials at La Casa Toscana are what lavender dreams are made of! The Apostolic Wife planned a fanciful day where love and flowers were abloom with Ever After Vintage Wedding’s fresh & dried blossoms in the prettiest purples and blues. The couple shared their vows under the quaintest gazebo while their guests luxuriated in sophistication, style, and splendid details — like a bloom bar and champagne cart. Everything about this wedding — including the bride’s dreamy pale lavender gown  — exudes beauty, grace, and whimsy. Visit the full gallery to soak in the lavender-hued loveliness of this fantasy day in the full gallery by Cornelia Zaiss Photography.


From Ever After Vintage WeddingsThe joining of a lush garden style with charming sophistication made these quaint inspired nuptials truly the stuff of dreams. La Casa Toscana was the perfect venue to really pull in the refined feel we were looking for. As guest are seated for the ceremony, the European inspired gazebo dripping with florals makes a lovely focal piece while they wait. 

The bride graces the aisle in a gown that honors her inner goddess. The groom in a classic style white tux. As the couple says their “I Do’s” and head back down the aisle, I Imagine the guest entering the reception to this classically landscaped garden. 

Greeted by a lovely display of beautiful blooms, they would be excited to create their own floral creation in a Bouquet Favor Bar complete with stunning high quality ribbons. The reception florals were a beautiful mix of unique dried florals and fresh flowers giving this garden look a touch of a fine art style. This intimate celebration with loved ones and friends would spare no detail. Including customize monogram napkins and a beautiful champagne bar. It would truly be a day filled with love…… And lavender.

Photography: Cornelia Zaiss | Design: MK Customs | Design: Skye Luxe Designs | Event Planning: The Apostolic Wife | Floral Design: Ever After Vintage Weddings | Wedding Dress: Delana Formals | Cake: Kristen Marie Cake | Invitations: Bliss Creative Atlanta | Groom's Attire: The TUXXMAN | Beauty: Jennifer Beauty & Co | Location: La Casa Toscana | Rentals: Treasury Rentals | Rentals: Revvies Luxury Transportation | Rentals: Prop Champagne Rentals | Rentals: Over The Top Linen | Rentals: Taylor Rental Naples

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La Vie en Rose Wedding at La Caille’s French Chateau

This French-inspired Utah wedding is bursting with charm. From the welcome baskets brimming with wine and cheese to the oil-filled favor bottles, every detail of this special day is well thought out by Kate Elizabeth Events. Little moments made everything magical, from draping the chateau’s grand staircase pillars in soft, organically styled greens to peacocks roaming freely at cocktail hour. As you scroll through the artful imagery by Alexia Nilsen you’re sure to be enchanted at every turn. See it all in the full gallery.




From Alexia NilsenThis editorial is quite literally La Vie en Rose, or “life in happy hues,” brought to fruition in wedding form. We wanted to create a visual wedding story to inspire modern brides who are classic at heart and crave an elegant, timeless celebration.



One of the main areas of focus for the shoot lies in the textures and qualities of materials and the intentional placement of individual eclectic items. The French-inspired chateau at La Caille set the stage for a romantic sunset ceremony, while its private vineyard allowed close family and friends to dine with a view.



The scalloped windows above the balcony inspired our choice of imported English linen napkins, custom oval menus, and delicately hand-drawn calligraphy which illustrates a personal and truly luxurious feel from start to finish.



Photography: Alexia Nilsen | Event Design: Kate Jones | Floral Design: Sweet Grace Floral | Wedding Dress: Bridal Brilliance Rentals | Cake: Ballerina Baker | Invitations: Every Little Letter | Hair and Makeup: Hannah Geilmann of HTGMUA | Beauty: Hannah Geilmann | Location: La Caille | Model: Chantell Robbins | Rentals: Wild Event Studio | Rentals: Diamond Event Rentals | Rentals: Elevate Events | Wedding Rings: J. Brooks Jewelers

Dreamy Desert Wedding Featuring Watercolor Touches Done By The Bride Herself

This dreamy desert wedding features artwork from the bride herself! She painted a watercolor series in pastel desert tones, which was incorporated in everything from the save the dates to a map detailing weekend activities inside the welcome bag. The desert proved hot in more than one way, with the expert help of planning team Revel Wedding Company, who was able to turn the couple’s vision board into a jaw-dropping reality. The expansive and rugged desert landscape was the perfect backdrop for a sensational burst of blooms by Carte Blanche. Elyse Hall Photography captured every magical minute in her artful imagery. You’ll feel as if you stumbled upon a mirage in the full gallery.




From the bride… Mike and I first met while living in Charlotte, North Carolina through some mutual friends. He was so confident and direct from the moment we met, but it was his consistency and persistence that won me over. From day one he has been the most consistent and supportive person in my life.



One weekend in July, we had a casual trip to Telluride planned and it was on that trip, right in the middle of Main Street with everyone cheering, that he proposed. It was so unexpected and so perfect. Not only did he pull off the perfect surprise, but he had flown to North Carolina a few weeks prior for only 12 hours to ask my parents for their blessing in person.



When it was time to start wedding planning we looked at our home states of NC, FL, and then CO before realizing that no matter where we chose would be a destination for a large portion of the guest list. When we thought about our big day, we knew we wanted it to be outside and a well-traveled destination for the guests. Mike suggested we consider Arizona and he was so right!




Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Revel Wedding Company | Florist: Carte Blanche | Cake: A Bake Shop | Make Up & Hair: Makiaj Beauty | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Rentals: Event Rents- Phoenix | Resort: Sanctuary | Video: Something New Media

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European Colorful Editorial at the Romantic Del Mar Country Club

There’s no need to shy away from color! Bright and bold palettes can be equally as elegant as their neutral counterpart, and this editorial set at the Del Mar Country Club is proof. Keeping everything light, delicate, and romantic Exhale Events planned a day filled with special touches. Cavin Elizabeth Photography not only photographed this beautiful editorial but also provided the fashion-forward wardrobe for the bride from her bridal boutique The White Flower. Studio Fleurish kept the colors woven throughout the various designs of the day in the most wonderful of ways. Get lost in all the romance inside the full gallery.




From Exhale EventsThe timeless and elegant European aesthetic and architecture of the Del Mar Country Club transports you back to another time and place. Its lush walls of greenery, old world architecture, and sprawling acres of land made a beautiful canvas for our colorful, floral garden-inspired editorial.



Our color palette focused on summer tones of bright pinks, oranges, corals, and yellow with a blend of lighter muted tones for décor and detail accents. The focal point was a beautiful escort display with bright blooms framing the soft-colored envelopes with guest names beautifully calligraphed from Four Things Paper.



Our vision for the table and floral was to integrate a beautifully patterned linen and colorful blooms that looked as though they were growing organically out of the table. With so much color on the table, we chose to keep our cake on the neutral side. Milly’s Fine Cakes created a stunning masterpiece that showcased the details of the bride’s first look and then complimented our cake with floral lollipops and homemade chocolates that incorporated bright edible flora petals to keep our design cohesive yet elegant.



Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Photography | Floral Design: Studio Fleurish | Invitations: Four Things Paper | Reception Venue: Del Mar Country Club | Tux: Friar Tux | Beauty: A Toast To Beauty | Bridal Boutique: The White Flower Bridal Boutique | Bridal Gown Designer: Lee Grebenau | Cocktails: Snake Oil Cocktail Co. | Colorful Gown: Marchesa | Desserts: Milly's Fine Cakes | Furniture Rentals: To Be Designed | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Models: Willow Model Management | Planning: Exhale Events | Tabletop Rentals: Hostess Haven