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Tropical Chic Wedding on Maui at Ritz Carlton Kapalua


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]The colors were bright and vibrant. There were lots of dark greens, orange, yellow and tropical hues.[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]Kelsey and Elliott are from Colorado and connected with Mauna Creative, who is both Colorado and Maui based, before finding their venue and together we decided the Ritz Carlton was the perfect venue for their early January wedding post holidays, what better place to escape the Colorado snow and start the new year!

Their vibe was a blend of elegant and tropical and they are vibrant, joyful people and wanted to reflect that in their colors. The florals by Asa florals reflected that with more color than our more traditional weddings and brought a vision to life that was bright and celebratory. [/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Elliott secretly planned a “photoshoot” with my cousin’s wife (Thao). She’s a photographer and has taken photos of us before. This made it seem less suspicious. Elliott was planning a surprise proposal in Atlanta during a trip but I got sick and had to cancel the trip – so this was a back up plan. We arrived to the photoshoot destination and while my cousin was posing me for pictures, I turned around and Elliott was on his knee. I was so surprised and happy and then we met my family at a restaurant after to celebrate![/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]I started my dress hunt in San Francisco and quickly learned what I liked and did not like. I tended to lean towards clean silhouettes with a minimalistic look. After dress hunting in Colorado (where I reside), I started with a few dresses from Jenny Yoo’s bridal line and knew the Loretta dress was the one when I tried it on! The style was perfect for our beautiful venue at the Ritz Carlton in Maui![/field]
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]I had a non-traditional bridal party that included 2 girls and 4 guys. They are all fashionable and so I gave them colors and few guidelines and they pretty much had free rein from there. They chose the perfect vibrant dresses and suits for a tropical wedding. I particularly loved the collared shirts the guys picked out with bright green palm leaves on them, they matched the vibe perfectly. [/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Food and drinks were the most important part of our wedding weekend. We knew that we wanted this to be a highlight of the weekend. We were immediately drawn to the seafood dishes and fresh flavors of Hawaii that the Ritz had to offer. Since we knew there would be a lot of seafood and Hawaiian flavors during the wedding dinner, we opted for a traditional prime rib feast for the welcome dinner (a nod to our favorite restaurant in San Francisco, The House of Prime Rib). [/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]We focused on lush elements such as the half moon arch and the overhead dance floor installation. Vibrant green couches by the dance floor and tropical hued linens tied it all together, in a brand new clear top sail cloth tent which was the finishing touch of the design as the sun shining through gave a ethereal feel to the entire design. To note, this worked great in January but would potentially be too warm in months like July and August.
However on January 5 it was perfection!
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[field title=”Wedding Cake”]We opted out of a wedding cake and chose a malasada dessert bar! Our guests could choose from a variety of toppings and ice cream to go with their malasadas. It was the perfect bite to eat while taking a break from the dance floor. To celebrate being in Hawaii we also chose to have a shave ice bar during our welcome dinner which was a hit with everyone. [/field]
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[field title=”Special Detail #1″]To elevate the music offerings, they brought in international DJ Greg Garman to play under the stars in the tent until close
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Photography: Dmitri and Sandra Photography | Event Planning: Mauna Creative | Floral Design: Asa Flowers | Gown: Jenny Yoo | Ceremony Venue: Ritz Carlton Kapalua | Shoes: Louboutin | Hair and Makeup: Ry-n Shimabuku | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | DJ: Greg Garman | Suit: Suit Supply | Rentals: Let's Entertain Maui | Rentals: Set Maui | Rentals: Artisan Events | Video: Wes Larsen Media

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At-Home Elevated Farm Chic Wedding


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Yellow, peach, orange, sage, green, aubergine, sea grass, and violet.

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Because we were getting married at my parents’ farm in Athens, Georgia, we landed on the vibe of “farm chic.” We worked with Soeur Events to execute our vision of a cozy, home wedding with a modern twist. We wanted to combine traditional farm aesthetics (fields, grasses, trees, rustic finishes) with refined and sophisticated artistic flourishes from Soeur Events and Pollen Flowers & Goods. The design included everything from an embellished tree stump arrangement to direct our guests to the ceremony site to an exuberant arrangement of baby’s breath as a focal point to our ceremony. Quote from Soeur Events (event designer): “There’s something truly magical about an at-home wedding, and it’s an area where our expertise in tenting truly shines. We take immense pleasure in crafting bespoke experiences tailored to each client’s vision. For Callie, it was essential to create an event that stood apart from her sister’s, and we’re proud to say we delivered beyond expectations. Guests were greeted with refreshing cocktails on the lawn upon arrival, followed by a heartfelt ceremony in a secluded field lovingly prepared by the bride’s father. His dedication, from tending to ant hills to chopping wood, epitomized the lengths to which families go to ensure a flawless celebration. Underneath an elegant sailcloth tent, guests savored culinary delights from carefully curated stations, all in harmony with the rustic charm of the farmhouse surroundings, a vision meticulously overseen by Callie’s mother, whose impeccable interior design taste left a lasting impression.”

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We met in Atlanta in June 2020 through mutual friends. It was the first weekend in Atlanta after the pandemic began when restaurants and bars were allowed to be open. Woody was out with his friends, and I was out with mine, and then one of our mutual friends introduced us at the restaurant. We talked at the bar in the restaurant until it closed. The proposal took place at my parent’s farm in Athens, Georgia, which later became the venue for our wedding. It’s a very special spot for us as it represents family time relaxing in the country. That weekend, my older sister Anna was coming to the farm with her family, and Woody knew I would want to drive up to see them. On Saturday morning, we went for a walk, and he proposed to me at the pond on our property. When we got back to the house, both of our families were there to celebrate. Later that day, we went to downtown Athens, and ten of my best friends surprised me at a bar with champagne in hand! It was a day full of surprises and love from family and friends! When it came to deciding where the wedding would take place, choosing the farm was easy because it’s such a special, sentimental place to us. My older sister got married there as well, and I knew that I would want to do the same someday. One of the best parts of having it there was that we were able to have all of our favorite people in a place that was so familiar and meaningful to everyone. I was so excited being able to wake up there the morning of the wedding and get ready with all my best friends in my favorite place!

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I walked into my appointment at Mandi Jackson Bridal in Atlanta I thought I already knew what I wanted. But when I put on the Oscar de la Renta dress, I knew it was the one! It was something completely different than I had ever pictured myself wearing. It felt utterly timeless and I especially loved the floral applique details. We customized the dress with shoulder straps for the ceremony, which later came off for the reception. Near the end of the reception, I changed into a short dancing dress by Amur. It felt wonderful to lighten up at that point. And it was fun to wear a second dress. I chose to wear white all weekend. At the rehearsal dinner, I wore a white linen maxi by ALEXIS.

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I knew from the beginning that I did not want traditional bridesmaids dresses and thought it would be more fun for everyone to choose a dress that they felt comfortable wearing and that they could wear again! I had been a bridesmaid in at least 10 weddings, and I did not want my bridesmaids to be stuck buying one more bridesmaids dress that would only be worn once. I gave everyone a color palette of earth-toned dresses and told them the dresses could be floral or solid, so there was a mix of each. I also sent everyone some inspiration photos to help them when looking for dresses. Each bridesmaid sent me their dress prior to picking for final approval, and it ended up working out perfectly. I thought all of the dresses looked great together, and they complemented the farm’s rustic charm and blended in with the surroundings. My two sisters were my maid and matron of honor. I wanted them to stand out from the rest of the bridesmaids as they were the only ones who stood next to me during the service, so they wore matching white dresses.

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Although our wedding was in the country, we wanted a certain level of formality so the dress code was black tie. Everyone looked sharp in their tuxedos, especially Woody, who wore a classic black tux by Sid Mashburn and a black silk bowtie

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After the ceremony, we passed signature cocktails to the guests. The drinks included my favorite, a margarita, and Woody’s favorite, an old-fashioned. Guests enjoyed Dennis Dean‘s passed hors d’oeuvres which included caprese skewers, lobster rolls, ahi tuna crudo and Spanish Christorra in puff pastry. Although we had originally considered doing a seated dinner, we decided that food stations would encourage guests to move around the property and sample a variety of exquisite dishes. We had four chef-attended stations, including street tacos, shrimp, and grits, leek-wrapped halibut over fettuccini, and braised short ribs with mashed potatoes. Guests mingled and ate while taking full advantage of the lounge areas designed by Soeur Events.

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Quote from Pollen Flowers & Goods: “The style of the flowers needed to suit the family’s property, not only the pastoral nature of their landscape but also the modern but rustic style of the house. But, we had to be careful – we didn’t want anything to go dark or blend in too much — so we chose bright materials that would show up against the more organic elements we picked to use, like the tree stumps, baskets, and our grass pendants. We achieved this by using the white baby’s breath, white delphinium and yellow butterfly ranunculus, also bright yellow velvet ribbons. To keep these more pristine flowers feeling appropriate, we mixed in lots of foraged branches and plants that grow and bloom at that time of year. I loved that we were able to pull off a somewhat dressy event without feeling too “woodland.” I love the woodland look, but I think it can feel dated and dark if not in the right setting. This was both happy and bright while still reflecting the family’s easy and outdoorsy style.”

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We tried to use as many local vendors as possible for our wedding, and the cake was no exception. Our favorite baker in Athens is Cecilia’s Cake Shop. After our tasting, we decided on a classic 3-tier buttercream wedding cake with vanilla and chocolate layers. Pollen Flowers & Goods adorned it with a few loose blooms of purple clematis on the vine. Just like the wedding itself, the cake was a perfect mix of traditional and rustic sophistication.

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We loved it when the band came out with horns and led us and the guests to the dance floor to transition from dinner to dancing. Our first dance together was “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. My favorite memory from the reception was dancing on stage with Woody and looking out and seeing the dance floor filled with all of our best friends and family, knowing they were having such a great time. Our band, TPG, was truly amazing and played for three straight hours.

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Soeur Events orchestrated a beautiful white sailcloth tent decorated with hanging basket weave lanterns and inviting lounge areas. One of my favorite details was a large square wooden bar that served guests on all four sides so that no one had to wait in line for a drink. Milk and Honey Bartending was on hand to make cocktails all night long. Pollen Flowers & Goods decorated the bar with large foraged greenery in oversized hand-blown vases and finished with a loosely tied yellow velvet ribbon.

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We wanted to finish the evening with a bang, so we arranged to have a sparkler exit outside the tent. Although it had been sprinkling on and off that night, the rain wrapped up at just the right time (I swear Erica Missell from Soeur arranged this just for us!). We took one last look at our guests, and Woody gave me a big kiss. Then, we took off in a vintage white Buick Wildcat convertible.

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[field title=”Special Detail #3″]My parents were both deeply involved in preparing for the wedding since it was hosted at their home. They worked with Soeur to ensure that the house itself as well as the entire property was primed and ready for hosting our weekend. And now that it’s over, we feel so lucky that we can return there and be reminded of our wonderful wedding celebration.

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Photography: Liz Banfield | Cinematography: Philip James Films | Event Planning: Soeur Events | Floral Design: Pollen Flowers & Goods | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Invitations: Paper Daisies Stationery | Catering: Dennis Dean | Lighting: Production Design Associates | Groom's Attire: Sid Mashburn | Bar Service: Milk & Honey | Beauty: Raney O'Keefe | Dancing Dress: Amur | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Alexis Nolana | Rentals: EventWorks | Rentals: Peachtree Tents & Events

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Playful Wedding in the Forest at House on Metolius


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Lavender, olive green, butter yellow, tangerine, red [/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]We aimed to infuse the wedding design with vibrant colors and delightful surprises. The breathtaking ceremony unfolded beneath a modern oak chuppah meticulously handcrafted by their close friend and bridesmaid. Adorned with an asymmetrical, organic installation by Summer Robbins Flowers, the chuppah became a captivating focal point. Along the aisle, bursts of bright purple giant allium, fiery orange lilies, roses, spirea, and lush foliage evoked the enchanting forest surroundings.

As guests transitioned to the reception, they were welcomed into a space imbued with a light and contemporary ambiance. Throughout, touches of white enhanced the air of elegance, culminating in the striking presence of a sailcloth tent. Tables adorned with vibrant green plaid napkins and whimsical paper goods, complemented by gleaming silver accents, invited guests to partake in a celebration that was both refined and joyful.

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[field title=”Proposal Story”]Leo proposed during a hike in Port Townsend, WA – a place that is very special to us. We stopped in front of the Point Wilson lighthouse where he asked the question. Torrie’s mother makes jewelry in her spare time, and Leo had arranged for her to make a simple engagement ring. The ring featured a diamond that was used in Torrie’s grandma’s wedding ring. When she passed away, she passed the diamond down to Torrie. [/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]Torrie’s wedding dress was a vision of ethereal beauty, featuring a pleated tulle swagged gown gracefully cascading off the shoulder. Soft drapes emerged from the center neckline, delicately framing her figure and leading to a spaghetti strap back. The dress exuded elegance with sunburst pleated, hand-crinkled soft tulle intricately woven throughout the body, extending down the center back to create both shape and movement.[/field]
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]Torrie’s sister found a fabulous printed dress in greens and purples, this gown took center stage as both sister and maid of honor. Her choice of attire set the tone for the rest of the crew, who each sported a different color from the palette. It was a fun mix-and-match vibe that brought everything together seamlessly.[/field]
[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]Leo looked sharp in a tailored Todd Snyder blue suit, accentuated by a vibrant flower-printed tie featuring hues of yellow and orange. [/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Guests were welcomed with a delectable charcuterie spread boasting a local selection of cured meats from Olympia Provisions, accompanied by an array of cheeses including bleu cheese on honeycomb and porcini-crusted goat cheese. Oysters on the half shell added a touch of coastal indulgence to the culinary experience.
As dinner commenced, guests were treated to a seed-to-table feast served family-style. The meal began with a refreshing shaved radish salad featuring frisée, mizithra cheese, seed brittle, and a drizzle of green goddess dressing, accented with a sprinkle of flake salt. Main courses included succulent pan-seared wild Pacific salmon and tender braised beef short ribs, accompanied by comforting sides such as wild mushroom risotto, roasted carrots with whipped feta & strawberries, and vibrant spring asparagus.

Torrie and Leo wanted their wedding cocktails to reflect their personalities and shared experiences. The Rhubarb Rye Julep honored Leo with rye whiskey, mint extract, and rhubarb shrub reminiscent of homemade pies and family traditions. Meanwhile, Torrie’s love for fresh flavors inspired the Strawberry Vodka Basil Smash, featuring vodka, strawberry shrub, and basil for a vibrant and refreshing concoction. These signature drinks celebrated their journey and the blending of their passions, creating a toast to love and laughter on their special day.
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[field title=”Florals & Decor”]Torrie’s bouquet and Leo’s boutonniere highlighted the cool tones in their color palette which were soft blues, lavenders, and purple, while their attendants’ florals were in vibrant shades of orange. For reception, each table had locally-sourced, vibrant, seasonal florals in modern containers that reflected the whimsy and restrained elegance of the overall design. [/field]
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Instead of the conventional wedding cake, Torrie & Leo delighted their guests with a delectable assortment of handmade pies sourced from their beloved local bakery in Portland. The tantalizing selection showcased the essence of Oregon with luscious marionberry pies, complemented by timeless favorites like key lime and raspberry rhubarb.[/field]
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[field title=”Special Detail #1″]Leo’s fondness for vintage American-style signage was beautifully reflected in the custom paper goods featured throughout the day. Encountering the All Good Signs vendor at a charming local establishment in Portland, they embarked on a collaborative journey to breathe life into their distinctive wedding signage, infusing the celebration with a nostalgic charm that captured Leo’s passion perfectly.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]Torrie & Leo’s cherished furry companion, Penny, a spirited red pitbull, played a significant role in their wedding celebration. She proudly strolled down the aisle, bringing joy to all in attendance, and later charmed guests during cocktail hour, posing for delightful snapshots while adorned in her exquisite floral collar.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″]Bridesmaids were free to wear a dress of their own choosing, so long as they chose a color from a bright palette inspired by the paintings of Hilma af Klint.[/field]
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Photography: Madison Olling | Event Design: The Indigo Bride | Event Planning: The Indigo Bride | Floral Design: Summer Robbins Flowers | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory Seattle | Wedding Dress: Danielle Frankel | Cake: Pie Spot | Catering: The Hive Catering | DJ: Honest John | Groom's Attire: Todd Synder | Transportation: Shuttle Oregon | Wedding Venue: House On Metolius | Accomodations: House On Metolius | Beauty: Kelli Thomsen Skin Care Makeup Artistry | Bridal Shoes: Freya Rose | Chuppah: Sawyer Studio | Day-of Signage: All Good Signs | Pet Care: Pampered Moose | Photo Booth: Oregon Photo Booth Rental Co. | Rentals: Arden Event Collective

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A Coastal Garden Wedding in Historic Port City


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Priscilla envisioned her wedding featuring a dreamy yet coastal chic color palette that would transport her guests to the streets of Charleston, all while keeping it complimentary to the historic city hall venue. The palette comprised of mixed metallics like gold and pewter enhanced with organic garden tones like soft blush and rich greens.

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The bride and groom are rooted in the historic district of downtown Brunswick so they wanted their wedding to showcase the charm the area has to offer. Since the event was hosted in April, the bride made whimsical florals centerstage to her design concept, despite the classic indoor ceremony and reception. A fun pop of print faced the bar to tie together her invitation suite, and palm-beach decor was placed on almost any surface to keep the theme.

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Priscilla’s husband Brandon works in wine, and this took the couple to New York City to attend “La Fête du Champagne,” a gala celebrating champagne houses and boutiques. New York boasts hundreds of Michelin-star restaurants; with the couple being lovers of food and wine, Brandon knew this was the perfect setting to begin the rest of his life with Priscilla. Brandon surprised Priscilla with an intimate dinner at Per Se, overlooking Central Park. Their 8-course dinner concluded with a silver platter presenting a bed of orchids, in which laid the engagement ring of Priscilla’s dreams.

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Priscilla wanted her gown to be one of ethereal daydreams. From the Jenny Yoo collection at BHLDN, Priscilla chose a tulle A-line ball gown with delicate floral detailing on the structured bodice. To add a touch of modest elegance and whimsy, she commissioned organza puff sleeves. Tying everything together, her custom cathedral-length veil featured subtle floral appliqué at the hemline.

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[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]The bride wanted to build upon the garden party theme of her reception
while inviting the bridesmaids to express themselves. Priscilla decided to have her bridesmaids
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]The couple has a standing Sunday date of playing tennis, followed by fried
chicken and waffles at their favorite restaurant on Saint Simons Island. It was a no-brainer that
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Old City Hall serves as a stunning venue, with rich dark wood and iconic historical elements. This baseline aesthetic made it easy to enhance its charm with whimsical garden florals and gold accents. The bride chose to incorporate varying table linens, with solid colors and patterns across different tables, adding depth and visual interest to the reception space. She opted for custom pillows on the cocktail settee, curating the perfect scene for post-toast lounging. The bar was dressed in an iconic Thibaut fabric, the very same pattern incorporated in the envelope liner of the wedding invitations, tying the coastal and garden party aesthetics together.

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[field title=”Wedding Cake”]If there is one thing this bride knows, it is sweets. Priscilla wanted a classic and
timeless wedding cake. The couple chose a light and fluffy vanilla cake with a tangy and sweet
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The custom bar was wrapped with a fun coastal pattern from Thibaut, which also matched the envelope liner to their wedding invitations. Paired with fun palm beach rattan decor like lamps and their embossed cocktail napkins, it was the perfect centerpiece for their reception.

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The bride and groom invited guests to take Polaroids for a keepsake guestbook photo album commemorating the wedding night. The photo album continues to be a treasured memento for the couple, offering glimpses of the vibrant joy each wedding guest expressed for the couple on their special night.

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Photography: Eliza Ours Photography | Coordination: Kelsey Behrend | Floral Design: Wunderbar Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Publix Bakery | Invitations: KT Creative Designs Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Petal and Pup | Catering: The Porch | DJ: CPM Event Services | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brother | Wedding Venue: Old City Hall | Accomodations: The Park | Beauty: Glam King | Bride: DeVoss Photography | Engagement Ring Designer: East West Gem Company | Rentals: Beachview Linens | Weddings Rings: Beard's Jewelry

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A Fairytale-Inspired Wedding Along the Majestic Shores of Coastal Rhode Island


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Our wedding palette embraced a delicate harmony of blush, mauve, creamy whites, and luxurious golds, weaving together an elegant tapestry of timeless sophistication and understated opulence.

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Natascia and Adam’s wedding blended timeless elegance and fairytale magic beautifully, set in Newport, Rhode Island. It was a weekend filled with unforgettable moments and intricate details inspired by our deepest passions. As guests entered our fairytale world, they were transported to a realm where dreams met reality. Imagine a scene of regal opulence mixed with ethereal charm—delicate textiles, cascading florals, and soft candlelight. Each element was carefully chosen to evoke a sense of timeless romance, blending echoes of the past with contemporary allure. Our vows were exchanged at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, with an atmosphere of magic and reverence reminiscent of John F. and Jackie Kennedy’s historic union there in 1953. Later, we celebrated at the grand Rosecliff Mansion, adorned with blooms and greenery, creating an intimate, secret garden atmosphere within a historic gilded-age mansion. The bride exuded grace in a gown fit for royalty, complemented by multiple dress changes, adding enchantment to the evening. The groom epitomized sophistication in his classic black tuxedo. Together, we embodied a vision of timeless romance, capturing a love transcending time and space. Our guests enjoyed a royal culinary journey, with each course paying tribute to our favorite flavors, family recipes, and historical highlights—featuring dishes from the RMS Titanic dinner menu and whimsical food trucks to end the night with excitement. Every culinary masterpiece was crafted to tantalize the senses, from the first sip of champagne to the final dance under the stars.

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Adam proposed to me on September 2nd, 2021, at the beautiful Castello di Amarosa in Napa Valley. The moment was magical and filled with excitement. We were thrilled to share our journey and exchange vows two years later.

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Fashion played a pivotal role in our wedding, serving as a defining element of our celebration. Natasica’s attire was a testament to her exquisite taste and flair for style. She gracefully adorned herself in three distinct dresses throughout the day, complemented by accessories from renowned designers Cartier, Jimmy Choo, and Sophia Webster. Her journey down the aisle commenced in a magnificent ballgown by Sahar Fotouhi For Panache Atelier for Panache Atelier. It was resplendent with delicate embroidery and intricate beadwork, featuring a dramatic strapless neckline that exuded timeless elegance. Paired with a cathedral-length lace veil, it was a vision of bridal splendor. Following the ceremony, Natasica transitioned into her second gown by Bert, a stunning creation characterized by its long sleeves, plunging V-neckline, and exquisite lace embellishments adorned with crystal beading. With its alluring open back, this mermaid silhouette dress perfectly captured the essence of romance and sophistication. For the final outfit change, Natasica opted for a delightful twist with a fun white flapper-style dress from Jovani. This dress paid homage to the iconic film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” which is significant as it was filmed at our wedding venue. This playful yet elegant ensemble added a touch of whimsy to the festivities, creating an unforgettable moment. In a delightful surprise, the bridesmaids and mother of the bride joined Natasica in embracing the flapper aesthetic, donning their own chic flapper dresses to accompany her in style. Together, they epitomized the spirit of the roaring twenties, infusing the celebration with a sense of vintage charm and joie de vivre that enchanted all present.

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Adam, the groom, exuded timeless sophistication in a classic black tuxedo paired with a crisp white bow tie from The Black Tux. His attire exuded refined elegance, complemented by Louboutin shoes and iconic Cartier cufflinks. Every detail was meticulously curated, and Adam’s ensemble perfectly complemented the grandeur of the occasion.

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Natascia and Adam, both first-generation American-Italians and self-proclaimed foodies, knew that exceptional cuisine was an absolute priority for their wedding day. With a nod to their Italian heritage and love for all things culinary, they curated a culinary experience that delighted the senses and reflected their unique tastes. Partnering with Blackstone Catering, guests were treated to an array of delectable offerings, including pasta stations, antipasto platters, and a fresh Rhode Island raw bar—each dish a celebration of flavor and tradition. A highlight of the evening was the meticulously crafted bar menu featuring three signature drinks that captured the essence of their heritage, favorite movies, and beloved pets. From the refreshing Sicilian Ragdoll to the bold Heart of the Ocean and the indulgent Snippy Snickers, each cocktail was a masterpiece, complete with monogram-branded citrus peels adding a personal touch. Natascia and Adam added a heartfelt touch by incorporating cherished family recipes, including Noni’s Ricotta Cake, a beloved ode to Natascia’s grandmother. As dessert took center stage, in addition to an entire room dedicated to various desserts, guests were invited to indulge in a sweet interlude outdoors with A La Mode, a nut-free ice cream truck from NYC. This thoughtful addition catered to Natascia’s allergy and delighted everyone with its irresistibly delicious treats. The culinary journey continued with a pizza truck from A Mano, satisfying cravings with authentic wood-fired pies, and a Poffertjes station serving one of their favorite desserts. And because no celebration is complete without a late-night treat, guests enjoyed a savory surprise with late-night fare from Chick-fil-A, ensuring that the festivities ended on a delicious note. From traditional Italian flavors to inventive culinary delights, Natascia and Adam’s wedding feast was a true reflection of their heritage, their passion for food, and their commitment to creating an unforgettable experience for all who shared in their special day.

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The floral design of Natascia and Adam’s wedding was a breathtaking symphony of lush romance. It incorporated an array of exquisite blooms such as roses, hydrangeas, and orchids—the latter being a touching homage to Natascia’s grandmother, who held a particular fondness for these delicate flowers. Vibrant greenery added a lush, natural element to the design, evoking a sense of timeless elegance and enchantment. Throughout the venue, guests were treated to stunning displays of floral artistry from The Wild Dahlia. From raised floral columns adorned with cascading candlelight to elaborate floral runners that adorned the tables, every detail exuded luxury and sophistication. The sweetheart table was decorated with a magnificent hanging installation, ensuring the couple was enveloped in blooms from every angle, creating a romantic oasis amidst the celebration. Florals also took center stage during cocktail hour, when guests were greeted by a magnificent floral wall boasting over 3,000 live blooms—a stunning photo backdrop. The antique Rolls Royce getaway car was adorned with a lavish floral bumper, adding a whimsy and romance to the grand exit. Cascading greenery climbed the columns of Rosecliff Mansion‘s historic marble terrace and grand staircase, lending an air of timeless beauty to the surroundings. From the ceremony’s grandeur to the reception’s intimacy, the floral design elevated every moment, creating a truly unforgettable ambiance of elegance and romance. Another integral component of the overall design was the meticulous selection of linens from BBJ La Tavola, which added a layer of elegance and sophistication to the tablescape. Blush velvets, delicate sequined floral linens, and textiles threaded with gold adorned the tables, creating a sumptuous backdrop for the celebration. Details and Swirls added a personalized touch to the venue with stunning hand-lettered ornate antique mirrors, which served as focal points throughout the space. The seating chart, table numbers, and mirrors adorned with quotes from the couple’s beloved films, such as Titanic and The Notebook, infuse the atmosphere with a sense of romance and nostalgia. These thoughtful accents added depth and character to the décor, ensuring every design element reflected the couple’s unique style and love story.

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The wedding showcased a stunningly crafted wedding cake by Confectionery Designs, a true masterpiece adorned with intricate sugar florals that seamlessly complemented the ballroom’s elegant décor. Resting upon a bed of natural florals that mirrored the sugar blooms so closely, distinguishing between the two became a delightful challenge. A personalized touch was added with a sugar monogram that mirrored the custom monogram from Cartalia, tying the design together with exquisite detail. Guests were also treated to a delectable tres leches cake from Uptown, a cherished bakery in Natascia’s hometown of Connecticut. This decadent dessert added a nostalgic touch to the celebration, inviting guests to indulge in a taste of tradition and homegrown sweetness. Together, these confections elevated the culinary experience, ensuring that every moment of the celebration was as delicious as it was memorable.

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SpeechLess Music curated the musical journey of our wedding reception, beginning with the elegant sounds of a string quartet during cocktail hour, transitioning seamlessly to the vibrant energy of a live band for dinner and dancing, and culminating in a spirited nightcap with an eclectic DJ set. Recognizing our guests’ diverse backgrounds and tastes, it was paramount to select Music that would resonate with everyone, regardless of culture or generation. The bands masterfully performed an eclectic repertoire, with a special nod to Italian Music to honor Natascia and Adam’s heritage and delight their families. From timeless classics to contemporary hits, the Music wove a tapestry of joy and celebration, ensuring that every evening moment was filled with unforgettable melodies and infectious rhythms.

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After their church ceremony, Natascia and Adam took a magical horse-and-carry ride to Rosecliff Mansion. The carriage was adorned with flowers and fit for a princess. They had 20 precious minutes of solitude to savor the moment’s significance before the festivities resumed. It was an absolute fairytale moment that captured the romance and splendor of their special day timelessly and unforgettably.

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The European designer Cartalia artfully created Natascia and Adam’s invitation and stationery design. The invitation suite was meticulously designed to replicate the intricate iron gates of the famed Rosecliff Mansion, featuring incredible die-cut paper details. The invite included a hand-drawn map showcasing important Newport landmarks for the weekend events, complemented by romantic calligraphy and ornate floral and flourished details reminiscent of the Gilded Age theme. The color palette of the paper encompassed shades of ivory, mauve, blush, and gold, an embossed mirror token, a velvet hard cover folder, and a custom-made shipping box for each suite. This cohesive design extended to the day-of-paper elements, including guest menus and detail signs.

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Another delightful highlight of the day was the presence of a live painter, Ben Keys Fine Art, who traveled from Charleston, SC, to capture the essence of our reception space and first dance in real-time. This bespoke touch transformed our celebration into a truly unique and luxurious experience for our guests, allowing them to witness the creation of a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. The live painting provided a captivating focal point and an interactive display, inviting guests to engage with the creative process and leave their mark on our cherished memories. As the brushstrokes immortalized our special moments on canvas, we knew that this artwork would stand as a timeless family heirloom, preserving the magic of our wedding day for generations to come.

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Photography: Stephanie Vegliante Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Event Design: Kate Murtaugh Events & Design | Event Planning: Kate Murtaugh Events & Design | Floral Design: The Wild Dahlia | Wedding Dress: Panache Bridal | Wedding Cake: Confectionery Designs | Ceremony Venue: St Mary Roman Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Rosecliff Mansion | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Catering: Blackstone Catering | Makeup: Beautigasm | Hair: Rhode Island Wedding Hair | Lighting: Ryan Designs | Entertainment: SpeechLess Music | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cigar: Breakwaters Cigar | Engagement Ring Designer: Parris Jewels | Groomsmen's Shoes: Louboutin | Hair Color: Luscious Locks And Lashes | Horse + Carriage: New Deal Horse & Carriage | Ice Cream Truck: A La Mode Ice Cream | Late Night Food: Chick-Fil-A | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Painter: Ben Keys | Pizza Truck: A Mano Pizza Truck | Rentals: Uniquely Chic Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Signs: Details And Swirls | Stationery Design: Cartalia | Wedding Dress #2: Berta | Wedding Dress #3: Jovani | Wedding Rings: Cartier

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A Wedding Planner’s Classic And Timeless Wedding With Subtle Stripe Detailing


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Green, white, light blue, and pink.

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As a professional wedding planner, I have seen it all! I wanted my wedding to be classy and elegant with a reception that reflected my personal style (without overdoing it). I wasn’t as worried about every corner having something going on, instead I wanted to showcase smaller details that felt special and unique to me. For instance, I love stripes, so I had a blue, green, and white painted dance floor. I also incorporated subtle stripes into our invitation suite. I’m very particular about color, so I chose custom paint colors for the bars that I designed for our reception. I wanted to make sure the dining room looked utterly warm, inviting, and classic and yet unlike any other that I had designed before for my clients. My top priorities were creating a reception space that was pretty and also comfortable for all my guests. As an event planner, I believe you should never have a sea of rounds in a space. Instead, I wanted to incorporate various types of seating: including banquette wall seating, longs, and rounds with different linen patterns and napkin designs to give dimension to the room and make each table feel unique.

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We love to travel as a couple. While we were on a family vacation in Aspen with William’s family, he proposed to us on the top of Aspen Mountain! Right after the proposal, I found out that my whole family had traveled there as well, so we could all celebrate the moment together. We had an incredible trip that I’ll never forget.

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All I knew going into the process was that I wanted a slim, fitted silhouette. After trying on many options at Warren Barrón Bridal in Dallas, it came down to two gowns. Ultimately, I ended up choosing a Monique Lhuillier because it felt more classic and timeless. My gown had a removable Watteau train off the back that photographed beautifully and made for a dramatic walk down the aisle. The shoulder straps on my gown were also removable. I took them off at the reception to give my arms more range of motion for dancing. Speaking of dancing, I knew I wanted a second short white dress as well. I picked out a strapless Safiyaa mini-dress with a fun feather hem. As much as I loved my wedding gown, changing into something shorter midway through the dancing felt great. My best friend helped me change, and we came out wearing costume wigs (mine in pink) for the reveal. As we entered the reception, a variety of crazy wigs were handed out, along with fun sunglasses. Our guests loved it! Everyone has more fun with a wig on! My “something blue” was a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings by our family jeweler, Genovese Jewelers. And my “something borrowed” was a diamond necklace and bracelet set from my mother, also by Genovese. For the rehearsal dinner, I also wanted the green color scheme to kick off the weekend. I found an incredible green and white floral satin gown by Rodarte that had a high neckline and a cape off the back. When I saw it, I knew it would be the perfect dress for my rehearsal dinner. I paired it with some gorgeous diamond and emerald hoop earrings from Genovese Jewelers. My sister and best friend (my two matrons of honor) also wore green dresses that night.

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I didn’t want a huge wedding party, so I chose to have just my sister and my best friend as my bridesmaids/Matrons of Honor. I picked a full-length statement dress in green and white floral from Emilia Wickstead, a designer I love. I wanted my bridesmaids to feel beautiful, special, and comfortable. The dress not only matched the wedding colors but also provided a timeless and elegant look that my bridesmaids could potentially wear again for other formal occasions. We had three precious flower girls at the wedding party, including my goddaughter and William’s two nieces. They wore white batiste cotton dresses by Pieces by Tam. I loved the old-fashioned styling with delicate French lace and ribbons. They had so much fun twirling and dancing in their fancy dresses!

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Our wedding’s dress code was black-tie so all the male guests wore tuxes. William wore a midnight blue tuxedo with a black satin lapel and a black tie.

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We passed Texas ranch waters to guests on arrival as a nod to William’s Texas roots. We chose not to have signature drinks because, as a wedding planner, I always see guests only take a few sips before heading to the bar to get what they actually want to drink. We hosted a full bar so our guests could order any cocktail that they enjoyed! Our reception was held at my hometown country club where I grew up going with my family, Old Warson Country Club. We hosted a seated dinner, starting with my favorite — tomato and mozzarella salad. Our entrée was a short rib and shrimp. When it was time to dance with my favorite wedding band, Jessie’s Girls, we passed espresso martinis for a caffeine kick.

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As a professional event planner, I knew what vendors I wanted to work with for our wedding. I felt so honored to have jackson durham at the helm of the floral design. I knew they would understand my vision and execute everything with beauty and taste. We kept things very classic and all white for the ceremony and my personal flowers. But for the reception, Jackson Durham infused the design with bright pinks and coral tones which looked beautiful set against the linens in green, white, and light blue. Another special detail was how they used a variety of containers for the flowers on each table, including silver trays and vintage silver vases in different styles and sizes. Combined with the various different linens, each table had its own look, and the overall look had a personalized, home wedding feel.

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[field title=”Wedding Cake”]I didn’t want a traditional wedding cake so we went with a pale green tiered cake with sugar flowers. We had a white-on-white cake with raspberry filling and delicious cream cheese icing. We toasted our cake cutting with champagne in two large sterling goblets that belong to my family and have been used at many other family weddings. [/field]
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Our first dance was set to “All Your’n” by Tyler Childress. William nailed the dip at the end. It was such a celebratory moment! We were so ready to party! We were honored to have Jessie’s Girls, one of my very favorite bands, play for three hours solid.

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As a wedding planner, I know how important it is to have the best photography. After all that planning, you want to have the pictures to remember it all by. Liz Banfield is one of my all-time favorite vendors in the wedding industry! I’ve worked with her many times professionally and have come to rely on her ability to make everyone feel at ease and comfortable. Liz’s ability to capture the genuine personality of each client is a testament to her skill and dedication to her craft. Liz was not only our wedding photographer but someone we will always call our friend!

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My dad surprised me with a fireworks display midway through the reception. Having fireworks was so special and something I had always wanted. William and I watched in awe with all our guests from the lawn next to our tent. Since I was doing double duty as bride and wedding planner, I still can’t believe my dad was able to pull off the surprise without me knowing.

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The printed invitation suite by Carly Creative Co was an absolute dream, setting the tone for the whole event. Like the whole wedding, it was classic and yet unique and personalized. She even managed to include stripes, my favorite. Carly is one of my top invitation designers for my clients, and it was fun to be the bride in the creative process. At the end of the night, we sent guests home with extra wedding cake beautifully boxed up. As a rule, I think wedding favors can often be a waste of money, but everyone loves a little sweet snack for later. I’ve seen a lot of exit cars in my days as a wedding planner so I wanted something a little different. Following a celebratory exit with a colorful confetti bomb, we took off in bight blue Moke America golf cart. We didn’t have to drive far to my parent’s house, where we hosted the after-party late (late!) into the night.

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Photography: Liz Banfield | Cinematography: Julia Kentner Films | Event Planning: Ash Event Co. | Floral Design: Jackson Durham Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Beth Rhodes | Invitations: Carly Creative Co | Ceremony Venue: Church of the Annunziata | Reception Venue: Old Warson Country Club | Jewelry: Genovese Jewelers | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Emilia Wickstead (Bespoke) | Band: Jessie's Girls | Tent: Mike Sandone Productions Inc | Beauty: DanielleStyle | Fireworks: Gateway Fireworks | Flower Girl Dresses: Pieces by Tam | Getaway Car: Moke America | Lighting, Dance Floor, Production: Exclusive Events, Inc | Linens: Nuage Designs | Napkins and cups: The Essential Market | Party Dress: Safiyaa | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Rodarte | Wedding Dress Shop: Warren Barrón Bridal

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Here’s Proof That Modern and Romantic Styles Are the Perfect Marriage


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Neutrals, Black, Ivory, Gold[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]The overall design of the day was timeless and romantic with modern touches. Leaning into the beauty of Viansa we chose a neutral color palette of greens, whites and creams with touches of gold and black in the signage and rental pieces. We ultimately wanted the focus of the day to be on the marriage of Allie and Chris and gathering all of their favorite people in one place to celebrate them.

From the very start, Allie and Chris put their faith in us and trusted our process – from our design deck, to our vendor recommendations, we were able to create magic together, ensuring all of the little details were unique to the two of them.[/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Chris proposed to Allie on New Year’s Eve on the beautiful bluffs in Santa Barbara, CA – the city she went to college in. Chris made a wooden arch with huge bouquets of flowers to add to the gorgeous ocean views. Allie was so oblivious that the proposal was about to happen that when she saw the set-up, she thought to herself “Awww how sweet, someone must have just gotten engaged here today”, but it turned out to be for her! He asked and of course she said yes! They celebrated with champagne and brunch on the beach. Lots of happy tears were shed and they were so excited to start thinking about wedding planning.[/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]Allie’s dress was by the designer Martina Liana. She wanted the dress the be timeless and modern but also fun, and it was just that! She loved the removable sleeves, corset boning style top and hidden leg slit. As a sweet detail, she kept some of the extra fabric after alterations to cut into bows as a part of her bridesmaid gifts that she gave her ladies at the rehearsal dinner![/field]
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]Allie opted to have all of her ladies in satin taupe dresses from Birdy Grey, each one wearing a different style.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]We worked with the team at Park Avenue Catering to create the perfect summer menu for Allie and Chris’ guests. They were welcomed into cocktail hour with fresh bites like watermelon gazpacho and grilled peach-tomato bruschetta. Around the dinner table they had the choice of a bistro filet or lemon-oregano roasted chicken breast, both accompanied by roasted fingerling potatoes, baby green beans and carrots. While they were dancing, in addition to the dessert table, guests enjoyed late night pizzas which Park Ave’s team fired up in the pizza oven on-site at Viansa.

At the bar guests had their choice of three specialty cocktails – his, hers and theirs. Chris’ drink of choice was an Old Fashioned, Allie’s was a Hugo Spritz and together theirs was a Spicy Margarita. While these were flowing all night, guests were also able to enjoy beer on tap from Allie’s families brewery. And of course we can’t forget to mention the amazing wine from Viansa![/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]For florals, we worked with Emily of Flower Girl Em to create the most lush, organic florals for this day, of course allowing her to be the expert and create the magic that she always does! The palette and overall feel was modern with romantic touches. The color palette being tones of soft white, cream and neutral sand with touches of
greenery. The florals felt airy & garden inspired, reflecting the late summer
season. Some of the floral choices included garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias, lisianthus, phlox, scabiosa and tweedia with seasonal greenery.

At the outdoor ceremony we opted for alter ground arrangements to give the look of florals growing organically from the ground and to not take away from the view of the Sonoma hills. We also love the dual purpose that these serve in being able to move them to the reception space and give them more life! Placing them in areas like the head table, cake table and DJ booth.

For dinner, guests were seated at rows of farm tables decorated with a mix of bud vases and taper candles of varying heights and shapes, this is a beautiful way to add movement and dimension to the tables.

The rentals we selected were all from Encore Event Rentals. Guests were seated at wood farm tables and bistro chairs and enjoyed their food and drinks using pieces like Gramercy Flatware, Terra Linen Plates and Cosmopolitan Glasses.

From the invitations to the dinner menus, all of the paper goods and wedding day signage was created by Courtnee of Shimmer & Stain. We used modern fonts and lots of different textures in all of their pieces – gold foil on the invitations, smoked acrylic on the seating chart and fluted box stands for the bar menu. Their monogram was a piece that was carried throughout each piece – it was in their QR code on their details card in their invitation suite, on the base of their beer tap wall, and in the wax seal on their menus.[/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]Their wedding cake was a two tier cake from Susie Cakes, one tier being red velvet and the other carrot cake. In addition to this, guests enjoyed mini chocolate chip cookies from Susie Cakes, an assortment of bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes and mini cheesecakes from Park Avenue Catering. There was no shortage on sweets![/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]Allie and Chris asked two of Allie’s brothers to officiate their ceremony and it was the sweetest thing ever! [/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #1″]When we learned that Allie’s family owns a brewery in Oregon, we knew we had to incorporate this detail into their day. We worked with Courtnee at Shimmer and Stain to create a self-serve tap wall for guests to enjoy three of the beers on tap. To make things even more special, her brothers created a custom mixed culture beer for Allie and Chris. They named it ‘Lot K’ which is the parking lot at the Rose Bowl where Allie and Chris first met at a tailgate. [/field]
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Photography: Olivia Marshall Photography | Floral Design: Flower Girl Em | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: Susie Cake Bakery | Invitations: Shimmer & Stain | Ceremony Venue: Viansa Sonoma | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Birdy Grey | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Beauty: Beauty on Set | Planning: Joyfully Gathered | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals

10 Things That Will Likely Go Wrong While Wedding Planning and How to Handle It

There’s a certain nineties song that talks about “raaa-iii-aayyy-n on your wedding day” (you totally just sang that in your head, didn’t you?). While Alanis Morissette meant it metaphorically, the truth is, it happens. Weddings are vulnerable to all sorts of problems—and rain is sometimes the least of them. The good news? Most problems show up during the planning process, and very often they are 100% preventable. You’ll be even better prepared after reading this: 10 things that are very likely to go wrong while wedding planning, and how to handle it all with grace.

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1. Committing Too Soon

So, you’re riding that newly-engaged high, and you can’t wait to start planning, book a venue, and announce your date. It’s natural to want to make decisions right away, but this is the very moment you can’t afford to rush. Your aesthetic is revealed over time, as you become familiar with the planning process and discover your creative voice. You could book an industrial venue right away, only to find that you really love the idea of an estate wedding with garden florals and cocktails on the lawn.  In order to avoid problems like these, Becca of Rebecca Rose Events urges brides and grooms to hire a capable planning team first:

“We often wish brides and grooms would ask ‘what should we do first, or next?’ The reality is that many people dive in to planning a little too quickly. They make decisions and/or hire vendors even before they’ve hired their planning team and have committed themselves legally and financially to services and/or products that may not really be the best fit for them. It’s imperative that all decisions be in sync with a comprehensive master budget and an overall guiding vision. Sadly, we often have to turn prospective clients away if they’ve already done too much before they approached us about our services, because they have made mistakes that we may not be able to undo.”

Photography: Rebecca Yale | Venue: Greystone Mansion| Floral Design: Unique Floral Designs  | Event Design: Encore Event Design

2. Hiring A Vendor Based Solely Off of Their Instagram Presence

Instagram and Pinterest are wonderful places to find vendors and inspiration, but don’t let them be your only resources. As you search for vendors, understand that social media can only reveal a very limited—and curated– glimpse of how a vendor approaches an actual wedding day. Most wedding services are very visual, but a beautiful picture isn’t enough to determine your ideal creative fit. Mallory of Mallory Dawn Photography encourages her clients to look beyond social when choosing a wedding photographer:

“I am always happy to share full galleries with my clients… Instagram and websites only show the best of the best and you really want to see how your photographer approaches and captures an entire wedding day start-to-finish. I always tell my friends that are getting married to ask this when inquiring with photographers.”

Photography: Ana Lui 

3. Family Matters

When you announce your plans to marry, you may find yourself navigating some complex and sensitive family dynamics. Maybe your family has been gracious enough to lend financial help, but that gift may come with expectations. Unfortunately, some family members will equate money with power or a say in your wedding decisions. You can feel, little by little, that you are losing your voice, and more and more that it is your job to keep the peace. “Weddings bring out lots of different emotions and everyone handles them differently,” empathizes Mallory of Mallory Dawn Photography. “I see lots of family members making comments that stress out the bride or groom and everyone handles them differently.”

In any event, it’s time to reclaim what is yours—your voice. “It is important to set boundaries with your family and friends… as hard as that can be,” says Mallory. But boundary- setting need not be painful or ungentle. Be thoughtful but clear as you address family members with simple statements like “We have decided together that…” It’s excellent practice for those times when you’ll need to announce your Christmas plans, i.e. “We have decided as a family to spend this Christmas in the mountains, even though we really appreciate your offer to host again this year.”

Photography: Sophie Epton

4. Overspent 

During the planning process, most brides and grooms will encounter vendors’ services for the first time; it’s only natural that they would be unfamiliar with costs. “It’s common for prospective clients to lack an understanding of how much time and effort is involved in planning, designing, and producing a wedding,” says Becca of Rebecca Rose Events.

“To prevent undue stress,” counsels Betsy of Rebecca Rose Events, “itemize your wish list in chronological order at the very beginning and make your budget expectations crystal clear. Prioritize the things at the top and be prepared to sacrifice or revise some items at the bottom of the list, so as to not spend outside your comfort zone.” No matter the scope and scale of our wedding, few of us can afford to make every service a priority. But we can splurge on the things we love the most—exquisite florals, aspects of guest experience, or a haute couture gown (we see you, Ines di Santo!).

Photography: Tenth and Grace | Floral Design: Moss Floral  | Event Planning & Design: Chic and Pretty Events

5. A Huge Guest List

On that note, if you are looking to keep your budget realistic, then your guest list is the first place you will need to look. “The single most impactful factor in a wedding budget is the number of invited guests,” states Betsy of Rebecca Rose Events. “Each person has a significant cost associated with them – from the invitations, to the china, glassware, flatware, meal, beverages, and the list goes on.” But editing a guest list is problematic in and of itself. How do you leave guests off in a tactful way? Betsy has the following litmus test for guest list inclusion:

“Our advice is carefully consider the list and ask yourself a few questions. Would you invite this person to your home for a backyard barbecue seven years from now? Would you treat this person to an evening out and spend over $1,000 on them?” If the answer to either question is ‘no,’ then gently reconsider. In the end, your event will feel more intimate and meaningful, and your budget will thank you. (And if you still need help deciding who makes the guest list, check out SMP’s advice here, here, and here!).

Photography: Lauren Fair | Floral & Event Design: Oleander | Venue: La Badia di Orvieto 

6. Little Arguments

When you go out for a date or get off of work, it’s natural to slip into wedding talk with your fiancé. That last e-mail! The rental company’s chair shortage! That cryptic text from your mother! You may find that all of your conversations start to follow this pattern. Little fights and tearful misunderstandings are almost inevitable.

In order to keep the wedding in its rightful place, set aside designated times for wedding planning. Be focused and clear about your goals for that hour or that evening. Divide and conquer your inbox. Make decisions together, and know that this is excellent premarital practice for difficult tasks you will face later on. And as much as you possibly can, leave your wedding in the capable hands of your planners and vendors. That trust will free up so much time and energy, that you can then spend on enjoying your engagement.

And remember– take your free nights! Dress up, go out, laugh together, and leave thoughts of the wedding completely behind. You’ll nurture your relationship and everything else will benefit from that. Because it’s true, what they say– the more in love you are, the less dire the possibility of melted buttercream will seem.

Photography: Greg Finck 

7. Timeline Issues

When creating a wedding day timeline, be mindful of your photographer’s requests. Your photographer approaches your wedding as both artist and planner, balancing your schedule with the demands of light and time. If you want your wedding photos to have that golden hour glow, plan around your photography timeline—and share that timeline in advance with other vendors and family members!

“I really try my best to educate my couples on natural light and how it can be tricky to work with sometimes because in many ways it can be unpredictable,” counsels Mallory of Mallory Dawn Photography. “I usually block out 30-45 minutes on a wedding day for the couple’s romantic portraits right around golden hour. And sometimes this gets shortened if the wedding starts to fall behind. This can be due to family members not being present during family portraits or multiple other reasons. I think my advice would be to trust your photographer when it comes to timeline and dealing with light… couples need to be flexible and really ask questions early on about the best timing for wedding day events when it comes to lighting.”

All of your vendors will have similar timelines, and in order to have a seamless wedding day, it’s imperative to follow them!

Photography: Rebecca Yale  

8. Failing to Make a Beautiful Plan B

Remember that whole thing about rain on your wedding day (or were you trying to forget…)? No one wants to consider the possibility of rain– or any other kind of inclement weather– on her wedding day, and many brides, in an effort to remain optimistic, will refuse to entertain the possibility. Sunshine and birdsong it will be! But “planning the day as if that’s the only way it could happen is a huge mistake. It is imperative to have a weather backup plan for any wedding or special events,” states Betsy of Rebecca Rose Events.

Instead, consider weather from every angle, and, with the help of your planners and designers, create a gorgeous plan B. Allow your florist to implement creative ideas for an interior space, perhaps creating a canopy of flowers to hang above the head table, or a stunning mantel installation. Begin to envision and embrace the idea of a room full of crystal, flora, and fireside. Make friends with the Sperry tent. Above all, make the alternate plan inviting, so that you begin to associate it with feelings of artistry and love. When you are as excited over plan B as you are for your primary plan, no act of weather will unmoor you. You’ll just move serenely to a space that you have already addressed—and maybe even wished for. “It’s not enough to develop a logistical weather plan,” admits Betsy of Rebecca Rose Events. “You need to truly prepare your mind and heart for inclement weather too, so that you’re every bit as comfortable with plan B as you are with plan A.”

And take solace in the fact anything unexpected—even rain—can be a blessing in disguise. Things may not be as we imagined them; they may indeed be better. Mallory of Mallory Dawn Photography can attest to this:

“I have an example from my own wedding day,” offers Mallory. “We were supposed to have our cocktail hour outside in the beautiful California sunshine, however, it started pouring the day of our wedding, so we had to move it indoors. We never thought it would rain in April in California so this never even crossed our minds. It actually ended up being so wonderful and our guests still talk about now nice of an atmosphere it was. The room they brought our guests into had a full bar and a fireplace in the center of the room which was so cozy and intimate. Our guests really got to connect with one another in the smaller space while staying dry from the weather outside. They chatted and mingled by the fireplace and it is something our guests still rave about to this day!”

Photography: Jessica Rose | Floral Design: Studio Mondine |  Venue: Old Stone House, St. Giles

9.  Destinations Can Be Difficult

“Destination weddings require an exceptionally high aptitude for event logistics,” notes Becca of Rebecca Rose Events. In fact, destination weddings are so complex that they deserve an entire category unto themselves—it’s not one thing that could go wrong but a complex cocktail of destination-specific things. “Our team has spent years honing and improving our destination wedding planning and production process… so much so that it’s hard to even imagine a family tackling such a significant task on their own, without solid professional guidance,” admits Becca, before listing some of the possible complications (or, at best, considerations) when planning a destination affair:

“Every wedding requires careful research and due diligence, but destination projects really up the ante. For example, it’s important to become knowledgeable about local laws and ordinances, customs requirements, taxes, what resources do (or do not!) exist nearby, transportation options, guest accommodations, licenses that may be required for certain services, cultural sensitivities, possible language barriers, etc. Even if the destination is not an international one, there are many important considerations that need to be taken into account.”

So whether you’re planning that gorgeous Vail mountain wedding or Tuscan retreat, hire a dream wedding planning team who is capable of handling the high demands of destination planning. You’d rather have an itinerary full of things like après ski or vineyard walk than rescuing flower shipments from the customs department and delivering event chairs to the accessible-by-foot-only waterfront property.

Photography: Oliver Fly 

10. Things Feel Different Than You Thought They Would

Maybe you’ve always dreamed of carrying peonies in your bouquet, but you just miss peony season. Maybe, instead, you’ve had your heart set on a winter wedding, but a family circumstance compels you to move your date up. Or you’ve always pictured your best friend standing by your side as maid of honor, but the two of you have drifted. If, as you wedding plan, you are married to things being a certain way, you are almost bound to experience some heartbreak. And that heartbreak shouldn’t be discounted—it is hard when things just aren’t turning out as we envisioned they would.

“I feel like my creativity as an event designer often flourishes most when I have to work through a problem,” muses Becca of Rebecca Rose Events. And in the end, it’s true. The more that all of us– designers, planners, brides and grooms alike– loosen our grip on things, the more room we make for elements of artistry and surprise. Allow yourself to relax and trust in a process that may lead to unexpected graces.

Photography: Mallory Dawn 

11. Parting Words

In all likelihood, your vendors will be extremely professional and devoted, and any problems come up will be the unavoidable sort.

“We over-communicate and organize every little detail, so I find when something goes wrong, it tends to be beyond the control of proper planning and preparation,” reflects Callista of Callista & Company. “My biggest piece of advice is to surround yourself with a quality wedding day team, so if anything goes awry, you have a dedicated, creative, and responsible group of people there to turn things around. Utilize the long-standing relationships your planner has to offer. Great vendors step up beyond their contracted roles, arrive early and stay late, and go above and beyond to ensure your expectations are exceeded, no matter the circumstances.”

In the end, know that any of these problems may just be the setbacks from which you experience your deepest joy. Trust your dream team– and watch as that trust translates into resourcefulness, creativity, and beautiful design.

Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Venue: Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm

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A Vibrant Colored Summer Wedding on Sea Island


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The wedding design and inspiration was a combination of a classic beachy summer gathering and a sophisticated dinner party. There is nothing I love more than hosting a fun dinner party. And my mom, who took the lead on the design, is known for hosting a fabulous party with stunning tablescapes. We wanted to combine all of these elements to host a reception that was equal parts fun and beautiful. My mom and I both love color and decided on late summer vibrant flowers in pinks, oranges, and yellows, but we also wanted to honor the classic “Sea Island green” with lots of greenery and palms. We worked with Inslee to design the paper artwork and accents for the weekend, and she perfectly incorporated the vibrant floral hues and palms. A local florist on the island, vine garden market, used our piles and piles of inspiration to design floral arrangements and the tent of our dreams. We also incorporated woven baskets throughout the printed materials and the reception design, which included dozens of hanging basket lanterns on the tent ceiling. Kellie Ryan Designs was so helpful organizing my mom and I throughout the design and planning process and managing all of the wedding day logistics. She kept us on track when our imaginations ran wild, was always calm, and was so pleasant to work with! Danny and I wanted to enjoy our (very large) families and groups of friends, allowing everyone to experience Sea Island for the magical place that it is. I enjoyed every minute of the reception but mostly looking around and seeing all of our favorite people from all parts of life in our favorite place. It is hard to describe the feeling, but one that I know probably won’t happen again. I tried to pause and look around and take it all in as often as possible. But we were so lucky that our incredible photographer, Liz Banfield, captured it all beautifully for us to remember.

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We were in Southampton with my family for a weekend in July and my parents and all of my siblings were in town for the weekend. Danny knew how hard it was to get my family all in one place with one sister leaving to study abroad a few weeks later. He worked with my mom and sisters to craft a plan – after playing golf in the morning with my brother as a distraction they met the rest of my family on the beach for an afternoon of lounging and hanging out. I was oblivious, napping and reading all afternoon. Finally, late in the afternoon, after he asked (a few too many times) to go on a beach walk, I finally agreed, suspecting something might be up. We walked down the beach away from the bustle of Cooper’s Beach, and he got down on one knee on a quiet stretch of the beach. Little did I know that he and my sister had recruited some onlookers to follow us and take pictures from afar. We had a moment to enjoy ourselves and Facetime Danny’s family and then walked back to celebrate on the beach with my family. Some of my cousins were on the beach nearby and walked by right after we began celebrating, which was such a serendipitous addition to the special day.

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I ended up working with the team at Markarian to customize my dress. My mom, sisters, and I went to a number of bridal boutiques and stores throughout NYC and our hometown of Raleigh. I live in New York City, and I loved the idea of working with a local NYC designer. Ultimately, the dress I chose was a variation of the first dress I tried on during my first dress appointment at Markarian. I knew August in South Georgia was going to be HOT, so I didn’t want anything too big or heavy – I wanted to embrace the beachy vibe. I didn’t want to wear anything I had seen before while still wanting the dress to be timeless and elegant. I ended up piecing together two different dresses I tried on at the Markarian showroom, and they worked with me to create the classic, streamlined, yet unique dress I had dreamed of. We had to use a lot of imagination when ordering the dress, and the first time I tried on the actual dress was at my first fitting. I was so nervous for that first fitting, hoping that the dress would look the way I had imagined – and it ended up being so much more! Before I had even found my dress, my mom came across Monvieve veils, and we became obsessed. Once I decided on my dress and the simple fabric, I knew I wanted a touch of lace on the veil, so I worked with the designer at Monvieve to combine a beautiful French lace from Caudry, fully cut and sewn by hand in the Monvieve factory in Italy I knew I wanted a blusher to walk down the aisle with my dad – I have always loved the traditional look and because Danny and I would not see each other until the moment I walked down the aisle. I knew the veil would play a big part of that moment. It was cathedral length and flowed perfectly in the wind after the ceremony during our photos and cocktail hour. For jewelry, I borrowed my paternal grandmother’s pearl and diamond earrings from my aunt for the wedding day and wore an Aquamarine ring given to me by my maternal grandmother as my “something blue.” My cousin who is also a jewelry designer, Diana Mitchell Designs, reset the ring into a more modern setting. I also wore a gold and diamond bracelet that Danny dropped off at my parents’ house on the morning of the wedding. As much as I adored my wedding gown, I loved changing into a second dancing dress by Simkhai. I loved how it floated when I danced – which Liz caught perfectly on film. When I found this dress, I was excited because it was simple enough not to take away from my wedding gown, but the streamers added an unexpected flare. I chose to wear white for the whole weekend. For the rehearsal dinner, I wore a maxi by Elie Saab.

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We are both so lucky to have so many amazing friends so we had a very large bridal party who did not stand at the altar. I sent the bridal party (15 women in addition to our sisters) a few pictures of our floral inspiration with the vibrant pinks, oranges and yellows and let them run with it from there. They completely understood the assignment and all of the dresses ended up working so well all together while still reflecting their (all fabulous!) personal styles.
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We opted not to do a salad or appetizer course because we had a long cocktail hour full of heavy hors d’oeuvres (coastal classics including shrimp and grits and a raw bar). We knew people would be ready to get the party started by dinner time! When everyone sat down, there were breadbaskets on the tables filled with famous Sea Island mini corn muffins. The dinner was a surf & turf combination of a petite beef filet with bordelaise sauce and a Chilean sea bass with lemon beurre blanc. For late-night snacks, we served pimento grilled cheese sandwiches. After dancing all night to the Atlanta Showstoppers, we handed out trays of Chick-fil-A sandwiches right before making our final exit for the night. Danny is from Michigan and his family has deep Michigan roots. Although our wedding was taking place in Georgia, I wanted to give a nod to his Michigan upbringing. He loves Labatt Blue beer, a Detroit favorite but generally hard to find in the South. We were able to special order the beer through Ocean Forest and surprised Danny with it being the “signature drink” at the wedding.

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My mom has a special knack for florals and fauna. She was the creative lead on all things relating to the floral design (along with just about everything else!). She hung a basket on my chair at the reception filled with greenery and colorful flowers. It was such a special thoughtful touch and as soon as I sat down I knew she was the one who had made that happen.

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Our wedding cake was made by the Sea Island pastry chef. We described the basket and flower theme from our wedding and she decorated all four tiers with a basket weave icing adorned with fresh flowers in our bright color scheme. We had two flavors. The first was infused with Limoncello and included a creamy lemon filling (my favorite!). We also served a vanilla Genoise cake with coconut buttercream (Danny’s favorite!).

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Atlanta Showstoppers are known for ending the night by playing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and calling the bride and groom on stage for the last song. This was a highlight because we were able to look from the stage above at all of our loved ones enjoying the last minutes of the reception.

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We loved the illustrations created for our printed materials by Inslee, which included the basket and flowers motif as well as a fishing rod and golf club, nods to Danny’s favorite pastimes. We wanted to use them in other personalized details as well. Our florist Kelly Revels from vine garden market had the idea to put the palm illustration, originally used in our envelope liner, blown up in size and placed as a large mural on the front of the bar. Kelly worked directly with the artist, Inslee Farris, to create these custom panels. We also used Inslee’s illustrations to customize matches, glassware, and napkins.

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Photography: Liz Banfield | Cinematography: DeVoss Photography | Event Planning: Kellie Ryan Designs | Floral Design: The Vine Garden Market | Wedding Dress: Markarian | Ceremony Venue: St. William Catholic | Reception Venue: Ocean Forest Golf Club (Ann Heins) | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Calligraphy: Carole Murray | Band: Atlanta Showstoppers | Groom's Attire: Peter Millar | Beauty: Anna Breeding | Bridesmaid PJs: Julia Amory | Favors - custom hats: Gfore | Invitation Design & Illustrations: Inslee | Invitation Printing: Arzberger Stationers | Invitations, Paper Goods: If It's Paper | Luncheon Floral Design: Edward on St. Simons | Luncheon Hats: Sarah Bray | Luncheon and Bar Signs Illustrations: çeems by Emma Payne | Rehearsal Dinner Beauty: Felicia Cammon Beauty | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Elie Saab | Second Dress: Simkhai | Wedding Veil: Monvieve

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This Romantic Seattle Inspiration Shoot Brought A Beautiful Garden Indoors


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We wanted to create something that featured the beauty of the Sunset Club, which is a year-round indoor-only venue while highlighting its beautiful areas to photograph in. Its main feature, the Georgian ballroom, with beautiful botanical wallpaper, makes you feel like you are in a garden indoors. The wedding colors were inspired by the beautiful ballroom and the garden effect we wanted to invoke while protected from Seattle’s rain. We worked closely with the florist, A La Chloe, to plan a lush floral design that was used throughout the space and intentionally selected the bridesmaid dressed to give a bit of garden whimsy while featuring several options from Dessy. We also included a subtle nod to the architecture of the ballroom’s white crown molding in the cake design, as well as the linen choice. The venue was really the center of the design inspiration; it was definitely one of Seattle’s hidden gems!

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The Sunset Club is a private and exclusive venue in the heart of Seattle. The large, Georgian-style Clubhouse offers entertaining that is both elegant, gracious, and uniquely timeless. This fully indoor venue boasts a unique experience for guests who are guided from one spectacular room to the next on the wedding day. The stunning ballroom is adorned with original Georgian style-painted panels and features beautiful chandeliers, a full theatrical stage, and a balcony. The venue is richly decorated with elegant eighteenth-century furnishings and artwork that have been thoughtfully acquired over the past century.

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The bride wore Spring by Monique Lhuillier. Monique Lhuillier’s collection embodies an Italian garden. The intricate lace embellishments and floral details of Spring were the perfect complement to the garden glam aesthetic that Events by Genevieve created at the Sunset Club. In crafting the bridal look, Ivonne of IM Artistry approached hair and makeup with particular intention. Her goal was to evoke a sense of enduring elegance, one that transcends generations and never fades from style. She meticulously curated every detail to achieve this timeless aesthetic. For the bride, Ivonne opted for a classic yet refined updo, artfully tailored to accentuate her natural bone structure, ensuring she exuded grace and sophistication. Complementing her ethereal glow, they chose rich terracotta hues for her makeup palette, delicately enhanced with a touch of pink blush to create the radiant aura of a bride. The bridesmaids’ ensembles echoed this romantic sentiment, with soft and flirty looks accentuated by cascading waves in their hair. The result was a bridal party that exuded polished elegance, radiating a timeless allure that captivated all in attendance.

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The bridesmaid’s dresses were all from Dessy. We love that Dessy has so much variety, allowing the bridal party to select something that feels true to their personality and complimentary to their body type while still aligning with the couple’s overall vision for the wedding day. Each bridesmaid selected a dress in the garden glam color palette of soft blushes, pinks, and greens with options for a solid gown or floral detail. We loved the mismatched yet cohesive look!

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The A La Chloe team curated a floral arrangement that embraces soft, understated tones, echoing the elegance of the Sunset Club‘s gorgeous painting. Delicate hues of ivory, pale yellow, blush, and dusty pink intertwine seamlessly, creating a captivating visual harmony. To infuse an extra layer of romance, the designers incorporated an exquisite selection of garden roses, lisianthus, sweet peas, and seasonal blooms. The addition of plum branches adds a subtle yet striking touch, balancing strength with delicacy. The reception boasts an array of arrangements in varying heights, offering depth and drama to the ambiance. Each arrangement is crafted to enhance the overall aesthetic, complementing the venue’s sophistication. While the ceremony setup exudes simplicity, its elegance is undeniable, perfectly harmonizing with the modern floor tiles of the venue. Every detail is thoughtfully curated to ensure a seamless blend of beauty and sophistication. Personal flowers and additional arrangements are designed with a singular focus: to elevate the romance of the occasion. Each bloom is chosen with care, embodying the essence of love and celebration. The cake design was heavily based on the rich historical beauty of the venue. With a muted pink fondant and molding to mimic the iconic walls of the ballroom, the colors, and architectural aspects tied in beautifully with the surroundings. Six towering layers were accentuated with flourishes of rice paper and abstract flowers, in addition to a stenciled airbrush detail to add a softness to the bottom two layers. The invitation suite, designed by Honest Calligraphy, was a juxtaposition of refined simplicity and luxurious detail. The color palette remained soft and romantic, reflective of the overall design, featuring clean whites and the softest blush. The custom crest and menus were designed to reflect similar architectural elements present in the Sunset Club ballroom and wedding cake, and soft floral accents were a continuation of the garden aesthetic featured throughout the wedding day design.

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We simply cannot get enough of this stunner of a cake, artfully designed by Alewa Bakeshop. Lisa is a true artist and has a special talent for taking inspiration from the couple, venue, and overall wedding day design. Her work often features hand-painted elements and sugar flowers nearly indistinguishable from fresh flowers. For this masterpiece, Lisa incorporated more structured elements, like the hexagonal layer situated amidst traditional rounded layers and fondant molding to reflect the architectural elements of the grand ballroom. She softened those elements with airbrushed floral accents on the bottom layer of the cake and wispy, soft-white wafer paper flowers.

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If you want a garden glam style for your wedding day, be prepared to place a high priority on florals in your budget and think outside of the box about where you’ll want to feature florals. Bouquets and tabletops are a given, but sometimes people overlook the opportunity to make a statement and create a cohesive guest experience by incorporating florals at the cake & escort display, entrance to the ceremony/reception, or as a unique statement at the cocktail hour or on the dance floor. If your venue has a unique element like an architecturally interesting doorway or a grand staircase, highlight that feature with a floral installation. And, if possible, pay to have your floral team on site for the duration of your wedding day. What really brought this garden-theme full circle was incorporating florals into unique moments of the day; the bride was surrounded by floor arrangements during her getting ready/bridal portraits, floral accents on the grand staircase, and the vignette of the wedding gown on the mannequin with florals. Having your floral team at your venue means they can assist with all the moving parts to create these magical moments. Lastly, higher a planner who knows their stuff. Gen from Events by Genevieve left no stone unturned when it came to the design for this day. From the cake to the paper products to the candelabras and linens, she ensured that every design element was in alignment with the overall garden-glam aesthetic.

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Event Design: Events by Genevieve | Floral Design: A La Chloe | Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Alewa Bakeshop | Invitations: Honest Calligraphy | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Jewelry: Joseph Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Groom's Attire: Top Tier Tux | Wedding Venue: Sunset Club | Beauty: I M Artistry | Photography & Videography: Janet Lin Photography | Photography - Assistance: Katy Hulten | Photography Assistance: Brian Kuranishi | Rentals: CORT Party Rentals | Rentals: Noble Rentals | Rentals: Noble Event Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Celebrating the Intimacy and Beauty of Mallorca’s Most Iconic Vista


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The styled shoot was inspired by the love story of Ida & Andreas, a couple who eloped one year ago in Sweden with just each other, and renewed their vows in March 2024 in Mallorca, surrounded by their loved ones and the island’s breathtaking scenery. Our aim was to capture the intimacy and beauty of their celebration against one of Mallorca’s most iconic vistas. We wanted to create a concept that respected the history of the venue while infusing it with luxury, intimacy, and the essence of Mallorcan charm. The story we sought to convey was one of love, connection, and the timeless allure of Mallorca as a wedding destination.

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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]For this shoot, we selected a color palette of soft, seasonal hues, including white, light blue, and touches of green. These colors were chosen to complement the natural beauty of the venue and evoke a sense of luxury and tranquility. The integration of these colors into the overall design was seamless, with each element carefully curated to enhance the ambiance and create a cohesive look and feel. From the floral arrangements to the decor, every detail was thoughtfully considered to ensure a harmonious and visually stunning aesthetic.[/field]
[field title=”The Venue”]Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Mallorca, the Monestir de Miramar stands as one of the oldest buildings on the island, steeped in rich history and timeless allure. Originally founded by Ramón Llull, a pioneering figure in Mallorcan history, the venue holds a special place as a memorial to his legacy and that of Archduke Ludwig Salvator, who both made significant contributions to the Balearic island. Perched majestically overlooking the wide expanse of the Mediterranean, the Monestir de Miramar offers enchanting views and an atmosphere of unparalleled tranquility. Its architectural charm and storied past provided the perfect backdrop, adding depth and meaning to every moment of the day. As the heart and soul of Mallorca’s cultural heritage, the venue embodied the essence of romance and elegance, making it an ideal setting for their love story to unfold.[/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]Two timeless wedding dresses were selected for this shoot, reflecting the couple’s desire for elegance and sophistication. The ceremony dress, sourced from Atelier Emilia Paris, and the second dress, from Murashka Wedding Atelier, added a touch of luxury and enhanced the natural beauty of Ida & Andreas. The selection of these dresses was guided by a desire to create something unique, adding a sense of individuality to the overall aesthetic.[/field]
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[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The floral arrangements and decor were carefully curated to complement the natural beauty of the venue and enhance the overall aesthetic. Blue hortensias, polianthes, and other seasonal blooms were selected to create stunning arrangements that added elegance and charm to every detail. Despite challenges such as short notice and inclement weather, the team successfully executed our vision, creating a magical atmosphere that captured the essence of Mallorca’s beauty.[/field]
[field title=”Favorite Design Element”]One of the standout design elements was the cake, which was truly out of this world. Additionally, the floral arrangements added an element of elegance and sophistication to the ambiance, enhancing the overall aesthetic and creating a memorable experience for all involved. The unique and exquisite design added a touch of luxury to the shoot, reflecting the couple’s romantic celebration against the backdrop of Mallorca’s stunning landscapes.[/field]
[field title=”Tips To Pull Off The Look”]To achieve a similar look and feel, couples are encouraged to embrace creativity and individuality, allowing their personalities to shine through in every detail. Planning and execution are key, whether you have months or just weeks to prepare. With passion and good vendors, anything is possible. The shoot’s success was a result of doing what we love most, with a focus on creating a memorable experience that captured the essence of Mallorca’s beauty.[/field]
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Photography: Philipp Timpert | Cinematography: Ricci Wedding | Coordination: Aria & Amour | Design: Fusion Deco Event | Event Planning: Cygnus Events | Floral Design: Fusion Deco Event | Wedding Dress: Atelier Emelia | Cake: La Oca Margarita | Invitations: Daisy Damaris Norton | Celebrant: Distinctive Ceremonies Mallorca | Beauty: Carolina Taylor | Concept & coordination: Aria & Amour | Lights: Luxe Lighting Mallorca | Location: Son Marroig | Rentals: Exclusive 4 Events | Second Dress: murashkaofficial | Wedding Day Content Creator: Philipp Timpert

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Colorful Summer Garden Wedding With Pink and Citrus Hues


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Bright and punchy citrus tones (yellow, oranges, pinks) with soft blue accents. [/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]We wanted to create a day that matched Paola and Lucas’s joyful and playful personalities. Not afraid of color, we leaned into pinks and citrus-hues to create a summer day that was both bright and enchanting.[/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]Paola and Lucas met at the University of Michigan and moved to Washington, D.C. after graduation. 8 years together, Lucas proposed at the Constitutional Gardens in Washington, D.C. (where Paola and Lucas were living at the time), and their families and friends flew out to celebrate with them afterwards at one of their favorite Mediterranean restaurants. They moved to the San Francisco Bay Area soon after.[/field]
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[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]Mix and match floor-length gowns in various pale blue and yellow fabrics and prints.[/field]
[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]Mix and match floor-length gowns in various pale blue and yellow fabrics and prints.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]The food and drinks were endless on this warm summer day. Guests were greeted with sparkling wine dazzling in edible glitter. Cocktail hour brought refreshing bites and fun summery cocktails, including passionfruit margaritas with edible glitter, spiced whiskey sours topped with an edible monogram wafer, and mango monitors with personalized stir sticks. They then dined, laughed, and toasted under the warm California night sky and redwood trees.[/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]We found these gorgeous watercolor floral linens from BBJ La Tavola that I knew we had to use. The print became the cornerstone of our design, influencing everything from the floral color palette to the chair and charger selections. Zuri Floral Design tied it all together with big, bouncy blooms that felt both playful and romantic, which were accompanied by brightly colored candles and freshly picked citrus. [/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]Paola and Lucas shared a private moment during cocktail hour with a small personal-sized wedding cake and champagne.[/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]Paola’s aunt, also named Paola, officiated their wedding.
Processional Song: What a Wonderful World (live violin)
Recessional Song: Can’t Help Falling in Love (live violin)
First Dance: Perfect, Ed Sheeren
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Photography: Scott & Dana Photographers | Videography: Rob Goodman Photo | Event Planning: Vanessa Pence Events | Floral Design: Zuri Floral Design | Cake: butter& | Stationery: Aerialist Press | Catering: Inn At Park Winters | Entertainment: Sounds Elevated | Beauty: Beauty on Set | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Inn At Park Winters | Film Lab: Photo Vision Prints | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Theoni Collection

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Elevated Garden Party at Haley Mansion in Mystic Connecticut


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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Blue, White, Green + Pink[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]With their wedding being held at the historic Haley Mansion in Mystic Connecticut, the couple wanted to celebrate the classic coastal color palette and design, while incorporating their love for the garden party aesthetic. The result was this incredibly beautiful and romantic wedding day by the water![/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]Staying true to her love of all things classic and timeless, the bride chose a beautifully simply Anne Barge gown, with a stunning bow detail to add a little extra femininity.[/field]
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]The bridesmaids wore a matching shade of blue, anchoring the style and color of the attire to their chosen color palette.[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]Summer in New England means seafood was a must! The couple treated guests to a fresh oyster bar during cocktail hour.[/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The florals were created by the incredible Earth Blossoms Flowers in soft shades of pink and white, complimenting the nautical blues worn by the bridal party. A favorite piece was the collaboration with Phillips Designs on the escort card display, featuring a “pick your own petal” name card along with fresh flowers, resembling a flower box.[/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]The cake was designed and baked by Marble Made Cakes in soft pastel shades, complimenting the garden theme.[/field]
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