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Classic DC Wedding at Washington National Cathedral & Army Navy Country Club

If any destination is a magnet for a classic black and white affair, it is surely DC. Especially for a wedding that nods to family military history and deep-rooted traditions. But today’s fete also has a touch of modern flair, thanks to Caroline Dutton Events and Sweet Root Village. The lovely Audra Wrisley was in attendance, behind the lens—you can see all the pretty proof unfold below.

From Audra Wrisley PhotographyKatie and Ryan’s wedding was grand and elegant, held at the Washington National Cathedral with a reception to follow at the Army Navy Country Club. To offset the traditional venues, the bride chose modern irises and orchids; to keep the design fresh and the perfect nod to the wintry season around the corner. The wedding design was thoughtfully created with a neutral palette of white, gray, greens and black accents, using the bride’s background as an interior designer to pull inspiration from.

Katie wore an asymmetrical Monique Lhuillier gown and veil and her groom, Ryan wore a custom white tuxedo jacket, with Jimmy Choo loafers. The bridesmaids wore Amsale gowns in black, and the groomsmen escorted them in classic black tuxes.

After the ceremony, the bride and groom were whisked away in a classic car for their first ride as husband and wife, on the way to their reception of dinner and dancing. The bride and groom’s favorite detail of the day were the bourbon favors, hand-calligraphed by Allison R. Banks Designs and hand-tied by the Bride’s mom.

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Favorite details from the Bride… The inspiration for our Big Day was to tie the traditions of old D.C. with the modernity of the city. It was important to represent both because that is exactly what D.C. is to my family. It represents our military history and my family’s time at the pentagon and capitol building but it also represents my experiences at GW just exploring the growth of the city.

I loved having a traditional venue and church experience but with modern touches like black bridesmaids dresses and calla lily flowers. Also the contrast between my rehearsal dinner and reception. I loved that I had both experiences of a colorful modern rehearsal on the wharf and a traditional ceremony in one of the most iconic DC buildings.

My favorite part of the ceremony was my music – it was chosen by my late grandfather and it like a great way to honor him. My absolute favorite detail of our wedding was our monogram, and it is really the element that tied the wedding together from initial wedding invitation through the reception. On paper it represented Ryan and I starting our own family together. We used our two letter monogram on our wedding invitation, and welcome boxes, and used our three letter monogram for the first time at the reception after we were married. Probably a detail no one noticed haha!

The head table was also a favorite detail. I wanted to be a part of the party and we enjoyed sharing that time with our bridal party. We have been together for almost nine years, and weddings only happen once, so we didn’t want to waste a moment away from the action. We love bourbon, and using bourbon bottles as the table cards felt more personal like we were sharing a drink with our guests.

I also loved the vintage car with my dad on the way to the church, and with my new husband leaving the ceremony. Having a moment alone with each of my favorite men was important for me to absorb the moment.

For the overall design, it was important to me to have a color palette, and not a “wedding color.” I wanted to create an event with a lot of depth and detail – more of an experience than a moment.

I wore my grandmother’s garter as something old, and my sister in law’s hair pins as something borrowed. It was sweet to include both my family, and my husband’s family, in this tradition.

A really special moment was when my Dad recognized all of the active and retired servicemen in the room during his speech. We had someone from every branch present at the event and really a cool moment to have everyone stand up together.

Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Videography: Sok Vision | Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Stationery : Allison R. Banks Designs | Ceremony Venue: Washington National Cathedral | Reception Venue: Army Navy Country Club | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Nour Kazoun Makeup Artistry | Hair: Georgetown Bride | Band: Bialeks Music | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Coordination & Design: Caroline Dutton Events | Veil: Monique Lhuillier

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North Carolina Garden Party Wedding with the Biggest Floral Arches We’ve Ever Seen

If we had our own Guinness Book of World Records for weddings, this fete would take first place prize for the grandest floral arches ever. Measuring in at 70 feet, these beauties set the stage for an at-home (yes! this is the Bride’s parents estate!) celebration for the books. McLean Events guided the gorgeous vision along with Blossom Bay on florals. There are plenty of views, thanks to Eric Kelley Photography—all here in the gallery.

From McLean EventsVanessa and Dennis world travelers. Dennis was raised in Germany, while Vanessa has lived in multiple countries and states that her life, one of them being Germany. After graduating college her career path brought her back Germany, specifically Hamburg where she met Dennis. After a two year courtship the couple got engaged. They chose her family’s new estate in Durham, North Carolina as the backdrop for their wedding day. We were inspired by the beautiful stone arches of the property and home combined with their love of architecture in Hamburg, which is famous for its many archways and wrought iron gates. We used them to launch the design plan and even incorporated them in the die-cut invitations and the entrance of the tent.

The bride wanted to bring the feeling of Hamberg to her family’s new town while gracefully combining their love of the English countryside. Upon visiting the family’s home, we knew we wanted to incorporate arches in the ceremony. We decided to create four custom 70 foot arches that would be built on the pre-existing trees. Flowers in all shades of burgundies, blush, pale pinks, and greens were dripping over the custom aisle runner and ivory diamond back chairs. Post ceremony guests made their way through the families home to the backyard when they was greeted by custom crafted cocktails: Lemon Charlie and the Flying Cucumber.

As guests made way to the dinner tent they found their tables on the hand drawn seating chart that is a nod to the couples travels and adventures. The X-shaped head table was anchored in the tent by a large fountain that served as the center focal point. Guess receded and served their first course of Hochzeitssuppe, a traditional German Soup with Chicken, Meatballs, Asparagus, and Noodles. Later in the evening the men and women’s tents opened with vintage bottles of champagne and trench truffles for the ladies and a cigar roller and whiskey tasting for the men.

After dancing under the twinkle lights of the tent guests were ushered into the after party that was held over the families indoor pool which was covered for the event and a neon signs and party props and DJ ready to keep going to to the wee hours of the morning.

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Photography: Eric Kelley Photography | Videography : Heart Stone Films | Floral Design: Blossom Bay Design | Catering: Rocky Top Catering | Band: Atlanta Showstoppers | Planning + Design: McLean Events | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Rentals: Party Tables | Rentals : CE Rentals

An Airy and Romantic Lake Como Wedding at Villa Balbianello

No matter how many times we come across a beautiful wedding in Lake Como, we seem to fall in love with this fairytale place all over again. The sparkling water, the abundant olive trees, the soaring mountains… I mean, can you blame us?! This gorgeous wedding day planned and designed by Ksenia Ridolfi Weddings embodies all the airy and romantic feels of this dreamy locale. Lush arrangements from In Bloom Floral Design teeming with white blooms, elaborate terraced gardens at Villa Balbianello, a scenic post-ceremony boat ride and a candlelit al fresco reception. See all the magical details below with images from Julia Kaptelova Photography!

From the Bride… Sometimes it happens that a person whom you have never known or seen before, in a matter of days, becomes your dearest and closest friend … We have met quite accidentally at the company where I worked; it was located near the Alex’s home place. I have posted a photo in the social network, which he has accidentally saw and messaged to me, we have exchanged a couple of messages. Afterwards, he decided not to wait long to see me, but to surprise me. He called to my office and said that he had a delivery for my name. Later I was handed a huge bouquet.

After I took the flowers a nice young man said: “I’m Sasha, a guy who attacks you on Facebook, don’t forget to answer me, please”. Half a year later we went for a holiday to the Maldives. One day in the evening after the sunset in a very romantic place under a starry sky he knelt down and said that he loved me, that he wanted us to be always together and our children to run in our house someday and drawed out the ring box. When I was a child I loved fairy tales about princesses and always imagined my wedding day as one of those fabulous moments. It would seem that now all the birds from the forest flock to help me and sing the morning song, the fairies help me with the dress and treats, “Once upon a dream” song plays, the bells ring, everyone gets together, your prince takes your hand, and the long-awaited words “And they lived happily ever after” happily sound.

And of course like a real princess from a fairy tale, I imagined a white as snow, shining dress with a fluffy skirt, and lace on the sleeves and a neckline, exactly this image I wanted to create at the wedding. As for decor we wanted to see tenderness, light and a bit of heavenly air tones. I’ve visited Como lake for the first time in 2012 and fell in love with it. This is truly a wonderful, heavenly place! I wanted to spend a wedding day in this beautiful, fabulous location. There are no competitors for Como lake and Villa Balbianello as festive splendor, beauty, space and fabulousness!

Music has a very significant place in our life. We have carefully selected each composition for the wedding dance and for the official ceremony. Classical, neoclassical and compositions of our favorite composer Hans Zimmer were included into the program. We even brought an orchestra from Moscow especially for a chamber evening concert during the dinner.

The most memorable moments were many! Such as sunny morning, tears of joy in the eyes of parents, the groom’s hands shaking, people on the street shouting “Bella Sposa, bella!”, our wedding dance. The moment when I handed my bridal bouquet to my best friend, who has been waiting for an offer long time. If there was an opportunity to repeat this day, then I would do everything to be relaxed as much as possible, to sleep well, to be less nervous and to enjoy every minute of this important day and memorable event. I remember that my heart was pounding like drumroll and there was a round dance of thoughts and worries about every detail in my head. Finally, we were very lucky with the weather, people who were nearby, relatives and friends, and with the team of professionals, who really appreciated this important day and were very sensitive to every little detail.

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Photography: Julia Kaptelova Photography | Videography: Studio Moments | Florist: In Bloom Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Ceremony Venue: Villa Balbianello | Reception Venue: Villa Giuseppina | Bride's shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Catering and wedding cake: Class Catering | Make up and Hair artist: Olga Vetrova | Master of ceremonies: Konstantin Khaldin | Planning and Event Design: Ksenia Ridolfi Weddings | Ring box: Voeu Du Coeur

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Japan, Greece, and France Wedding Inspiration at the Sinclair & Moore Event Design Workshop

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a crush on Sinclair & Moore—Steve and Jamie (and their entire team) are not only incredibly talented at what they do, their passion for crafting truly meaningful events is contagious. As a business owner myself, they’ve been a huge inspiration to me. Atop that, they host THE most gorgeous workshops in all the wedding land and today we get to see the results from their most recent gathering of creative entrepreneurs. Here, they’ve created three dreamy looks inspired by Japan, Greece and France. Plus, a real behind the scenes look at the workshop itself, all thanks to Kerry Jeanne Photography for capturing it.

Japan-inspired shoot… Event design is all about finding some form of inspiration, adding your own twist and then creating something fresh, unique and distinctive. The clean lines, simple movement, modern edges, distinctive textures, gentle blossoms and soft femininity of this shoot were loosely inspired by the aesthetic of Japanese culture.

A group of attendees from our annual Event Design Workshop ran with the vision we set and then worked together to bring our design board to life as they arranged the flowers and then completely installed all of the details. I couldn’t be happier with how this came together. From the custom gown that my friend Nina created for this shoot, to the Midori Bakery cake with incredibly life-like sugar blossoms, to the inspired stationery of Libby Tipton, everything came together beautifully and Kerry Jeanne Photography captured the magic that was created perfectly. Special thanks to Cozbi, the Associate Creative Director for Sinclair and Moore, for this really special collaboration!

France-inspired shoot… For as long as I can remember, I have always been a bit obsessed with France. The language, the culture, the people, the style the ambiance… it is all so inspiring to me. My first trip to France was on my honeymoon. We started in the south of France and made our way to Provence and then to Paris. Paris… I’ll never forget stepping outside of the train station and seeing the city for the first time in all its glory. It was ornate and refined yet effortlessly chic. It was beautiful but still felt approachable to me. The city felt historical while simultaneously feeling fresh and updated.

Grecian-inspired shoot… What comes to mind when you think of Grecian style? For me, it is the worn edges of ancient ruins mixed with light and ethereal touches. I think of marble, ornate columns, effortlessly draped fabric, Roman numerals, laurel wreath crowns and a color palette of the most beautiful neutral shades accented with metallic gold.


Behind the Scenes: Sinclair & Moore Workshop

From Sinclair & MooreWhen I first started our business sixteen years ago, I had a self-made logo that read “Steven Moore… wedding designer.” I didn’t know what I was doing, but I knew I wanted to design beautiful weddings for people. At the time, I thought that just entailed making a pretty flower centerpiece and sticking it in the middle of the table. While that is certainly part of it, I quickly realized that there are so many more layers that go into designing a wedding.

I used to sit in the bookstore for hours looking through every wedding book and magazine I could get my eyes on. I was fascinated by the beauty that I saw. Everything was so detailed and intentionally selected for each incredible wedding that was featured. I wanted to create the same type of wedding… but I didn’t know where to begin or how to get started. All I knew was that I loved creating beautiful things, and I was willing to put in the time and hard work to figure it out.

Through a lot of trial and error, I slowly earned my self proclaimed title of ‘event designer’ by discovering the heart of what that term really means. I learned that event design is all about taking an event that could be ordinary and making it extraordinary. I figured out that the best way to do this is by getting to know the people I was creating for… hearing their story and listening for clues that would help me create something magical for them. I began helping people define their style by exploring shape, texture, colors, patterns, papers, and fonts. I started to think beyond flowers and centerpieces and look at the wedding holistically, making sure every visual component was thoughtfully curated so the fine details were cohesive and a true reflection of our client. That is what event design is all about.

It is now sixteen years later, and I have seen countless trends come and go over the years, and the evolution of weddings has changed significantly. What has not changed is the heart, meaning and purpose behind what event design is all about. This is what we teach in our event design workshop.

In addition to learning how to create our signature lush floral arrangements, our event design workshop explores our 15-step process that we go through with each wedding. The students then divide into three groups and work together within that group to create a detailed photo shoot that puts the principles of event design into practice. This hands-on approach to learning allows the attendees to better absorb the concepts I teach, as they get to see three distinctive shoots come together.

This past spring we welcomed fifteen workshop attendees into our studio for our annual Event Design Workshop. Three different countries inspired the three distinctive photo shoots they teamed up to create: Japan, Greece, and France. This week on our blog we will be showcasing the student’s work and how everything came together. Many of the attendees had no prior experience and had never arranged flowers before! You’ll never guess when you see the finished designs.

Photography: Kerry Jeanne Photography | Cake: Midori Bakery | Stationery: Libby Tipton | Hair & Makeup: Yessie Libby | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Grecian Inspired Dress: Carol Hannah | Japan inspired dress: Nina Cherie | Models: Seattle Models Guild | Paris Inspired Dress: Nordstrom | Planner and Workshop Host: Sinclair & Moore | Rentals: The Ark Event Rentals | Rentals: Cort Party Rentals

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Pink Amalfi Coast Wedding Inspiration at Villa Cimbrone

I’m betting that the Amalfi Coast sits atop many a honeymoon wish list out there—maybe even yours. But why not create a once in a lifetime wedding experience that rolls straight into your honeymoon? An Italy adventure full of love and old-world charm (and maybe some gelato!). Today Blush Wedding PhotographyTanja KibogoNKT Events and the entire vendor team below are painting that exact picture for you. It may just be the convincing you need.

From Blush Wedding PhotographyLet’s take you on a visual and sensory journey along the coast of one of our favorite areas in southern Italy. Imagine driving along the Mediterranean, the wind flowing through your hair carrying with it the scents of the Amalfi Coast. The sweet yet salty aroma of the turquoise expanse coupled with the lingering hint of citrus from the local lemon tree farms.

You decide to make a stop at the top of the hill to admire and explore the quaint village of Ravello. As you stroll through the town, local musicians serenade a crowd as you take in the lush greenery alongside the local delicacies to be tasted and tried from lemon gelato and lattes to limoncello.

You continue on and take in the local scenery when you come upon a hidden entrance at the end of your walk to a hilltop villa overlooking the Mediterranean. The moment you enter, you feel as if you have been transported into a secret garden. As you walk through the ancient pathways and archways of Villa Cimbrone, you admire a sensuous Arcadia and appreciate the uniqueness of each flowering foliage. The delicate details immured in the architecture remind you of a time that once was. In the distance you see a statue of a man, welcoming you in some manner as you make your way over to find yourself on the edge of heaven. As far as the eye can see, you are taken aback by the beauty of the vast expanse before you as the colors of sunset dance along the horizon.

Inspired by the magical moments experienced at Villa Cimbrone, we wanted to create a visual inspiration for our future brides of their destination wedding event on the Amalfi Coast. Instead of having just your honeymoon on the southern coast of Italy, why not create a once in a lifetime experience for your closest friends and family. With so many hidden treasures along its shores, the Amalfi Coast always makes you feel like you are experiencing it for the first time.

When looking to create the perfect wedding inspiration on the Amalfi Coast, we knew we had to shoot in the hilltop village of Ravello, where Villa Cimbrone offers far-reaching views from its infamous Belvedere Terrace, surrounded by it’s century aged gardens. Together with Blush Wedding Photography and Tanja Kibogo Photography, we came together to bring to life a vision of vintage elegance and modern femininity that weaves the story of our international couple. With a soft color palette of white, peach and blush, we collaborated with Liz from Siloh Florals to bring to life the modern romantic femininity our clients emanate. The ceremony took place in the Villa’s “Tea Garden,” a perfect complement to our muted palette. All focus was on the beautiful detailing of our bride’s cape from Gibson Bespoke, which complimented the subtle elegance of our groom’s velvet suit.

We deepened the palette to vibrant peaches and amber tones for the reception, where Myrtle and Olive created a beautiful table setting & arrangements that embraced the romantic vibe to the setting. Paired perfectly with natural and organic feeling of Tara Spencer’s reception stationary. Keeping in line with the modern femininity theme of the shoot, The Cake and the Giraffe, designed the perfect one tier cake, topped with gorgeous floral from Myrtle and Olive.

A month before the wedding, guests are sent out welcome gifts of hand-made Italian leather password wallet and luggage tags by Hello London Designs, stamped with the couple’s initials. Plus Lark & Ives travel set of pins to adorn their bags. Setting the tone and getting the guests excited for the truly wonderful wedding and holiday they are about to experience.

Photography: Blush Wedding Photography | Photography: Tanja Kibogo | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Cake And Giraffe | Ceremony Venue: Villa Cimbrone | Shoes: Bella Belle | Bridal Cape: Gibson Bespoke | Ceremony Floral : Siloh Floral | Hair & Make-up: Ava Belle | Models: 4 Upper Models | Planning: NKT Events | Reception Floral & Styling: Myrtle et Olive | Reception Stationery: Tara Spencer | Ribbon: Seidenband | Save the date invite: Atelier Preszburger | Travel Pins Welcome gift: Lark & Ives | Vow Books: elmo Paperstories ltd. | passport wallet & luggage tags: Hello London Designs

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An Effortlessly Chic Green and White Wedding at The Little Nell

Allow us to introduce you to our new favorite wedding theme, coined by the gorgeous bride as “Orglamic”, a mix between organic details and bold moments of glamour. Sacks Productions knew exactly how to bring the couple’s wedding vision to life at The Little Nell and the results are BREATHTAKING. Aspen Branch has us swooning over their effortlessly beautiful floral arrangements that perfectly complimented the natural surroundings. Leave it to the master, Jose Villa Photography, to capture every moment and detail of the day flawlessly. Don’t miss a few fun facts at the bottom of the feature that are sure to surprise!

How did you meet?

From the bride…Stevi and Eric casually met in Santa Monica at Kreation Café, a location and place neither of them frequent… as Eric was visiting from NYC and Stevi is more of Weho girl.

How did he propose?!

On the rooftop of our NYC apartment, a place we would frequently go on a great New York day and/or night as the views are incredible being on lower Chelsea on a rooftop you had great views of the Empire State Building…it was our relaxation place but also a great place to hang out with friends…but we both had agreed we knew we had fallen in love (or at least recognized the fact that we were falling in love) on that rooftop a few years prior. He had planned to propose on one of our trips to Spain yet the custom engagement ring wasn’t ready therefore Eric chose the next best thing, where we fell in love, our rooftop in NYC!

Why did you choose your venue?

The naturally beautiful feel of the Aspen Mountains , so unreal and magical…(plus Eric chose the Venue, therefore I had no choice, “groomzilla perhaps, haha)

Name one thing you loved about your wedding planner!

She got our vibe as Aspen Branch coined as “Orglamic’ which I call effortlessly chic and it’s how I personally love to live.

Describe your vision/inspiration for your wedding day. Did you have a specific theme?

Yes, effortlessly chic aka Orglamic…I wanted beautiful, elegant not over the top…it was about the environment, the intimate amount of people and the energy therefore I wanted to add the outdoor feel to our indoor wedding, having greens but glam loads of candles hence the orglamic.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

So many things….but more importantly all the family and friends (it may sound cliché but its so true) who made it out (as Aspen isn’t the easiest place for some people).  I will cherish each and every one of them as they made our wedding weekend that much more special. I will do anything for them!

What was your color scheme?

Gold, White, Greens, Wood, Mirrors

Were there any new trends that you incorporated, or did you decide to go more traditional?

No new trends besides my dog of 14 years (flower dog) and Erics family dog Ranger (ring) but the one thing I loved a was that Jared Jeffries our officiant did an incredible heartfelt yet hilarious job marrying us, never in the 100’s of wedding I have attended nor worked on have I ever seen and officiant not have a paper, or book to read off of, yet Jared had nothing in his hands but the rings when he needed to pass to us…

How would you describe your wedding day style?

Hmmmmm, back to effortlessly chic, for my wedding with my first gown I wanted something timeless, I want to look back in 10,15,20 years and think I got that fashion time right. I look at photos of my Grandmother who was married in Cuba and she looked beyond beautiful and elegant in a long sleeve gown, I wanted that for myself, simply timeless. My second dress showed more of my personality, and was more fun, sexy and couture. And my third dress was very me, sexy chic.

What kind of flowers did you pick for your centerpieces and bouquet?

I trusted both Sharon and Beth as I showed them what I loved and they did their thing! I wasn’t too obsessed with flowers as I was more about the energy and feel of the day/night then demanding I have a specific flower for the day. But I  did know I wanted a small bouquet.

Tell us about the food!

The Little Nell is incredible as is their food and service and this is something Eric and I really cared about. The Billecart Rose Champagne was served while getting out of the Gondola to the Ceremony venue…and because I attend quite a bit of weddings and people say the food doesn’t matter yet I always seem to remember the food, I guess you can call me a snobby food eater. We did a tasting with wine pairings as well to ensure both, great food and great wine.  We started with a kale and quina salad, kona crab with ginger and you could choose the night of for either Crispy Skin Branzino (which I actually did eat and it was phenomenal) and Lamb Chops which Eric ate and he said were fantastic. At the end of the night we had burgers and French fries (my personal favorite) available before entering back down the Gondola which is a 15-20 min BEAUTIFUL ride!

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

South Africa we loved our safari’s at Royal Malewane and Cape town (we stayed at the Silo and we loved it)…the Saxon was also an incredible stay (all the rose petals)!

What was the most memorable moment of your reception?

My father in law surprising us both by singing Billy Joel ‘You May Be Right’ Eric and I were trying to figure out what was happening, it was SO special and a HUGE SURPRISE and it was the perfect start to the celebration!

What is the best advice you can share with other couples?

Choose a few things you feel strongly about and don’t stress the rest, it’s a lot of details/planning no matter your budget with the endless choices and costs therefore decide what are your must haves…ours was the venue, band, food and alcohol (I was going to say wine yet I wanted 1942 Don Julio and Billicart Rose which was served to guest upon arrival to ceremony location) in choosing The Little Nell we knew that the food would be incredible (and it was) as was the wine pairing. And when you hear people don’t remember the food, trust me, we do! And a lot of our guests later mentioned the food, the band and the energy!

What did you learn from it all?

Don’t stress too much, enjoy the process and trust the people you hire to work with you yet still provide them with a detailed list of what you would like and/or not like.

Any other details we left out, special considerations, or something you want to share that made your day unique?

All the placements were made of wood, like the table numbers and everyone’s name to tie in the save the date and the location of our venue. There was a coyote captured at the end of the night…

FUN FACTS:

The bride’s wedding shoes are named Aurora by Jimmy Choo and were chosen specifically for the name as that is the name of her late grandmother!

The bride’s first gown was the last dress Peter Copping’s designed for Oscar De La Renta.

The bride’s engagement ring is a seven-sided shield cut vintage stone from the 1900’s!

The bridesmaids wore navy astrology kimonos that were gifted by Cynthia Rowley which tied the spiritual side of everything together.

Jared Jeffries, their officiant, is a professional NBA player who played for the New York Knicks, amongst other teams and is a close friend of the couple!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Videographer : BlueCat International | wedding planner: Sharon Sacks Productions | Floral Design: The Aspen Branch | Invitations: River & Bridge | Reception Venue: The Little Nell | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | wedding bands: Michael Greene | Catering : The Little Nell | Makeup : Stevi Christine | Hair: Lorenzo Calderon | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Entertainment : Elan Artists | After Party Dress: FLEUR DU MAL | Brides Gown : Oscar De La Renta | Groom's First Tuxedo: Custom | Groom's Second Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna | Groom's Shoes: Ermenegildo Zegna | Photo Booth : Social Light | second dress : Brandon Maxwell

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Dreamy Pastel Wedding Inspiration in Cartagena

This insanely dreamy, floral-filled wedding inspiration from DM Events & Design makes us want to book a one way ticket to Cartagena ASAP! The streets are filled with charming pastel hues, old meets new architecture and lots and lots of flower-adorned buildings – it truly couldn’t be a more perfect locale for a destination wedding! This style shoot captured the essence of Cartagena flawlessly. Prepare to fall in love with these images from Stephanie Brauer Photography and floral designs from Don Eloy Events. We’re obsessed!!

From DM Events & DesignWorking in Cartagena was a dream come true! Inspiration abounds in this city full of natural beauty. Often, Cartagena evokes images of rich jewel tones and vibrant colors, think women with lush wine-colored roses in their hair, but we were inspired by the breathtaking sunset views from the old city. Our palette grew from watching the sun melt into the ocean and the dusty, soft pastel hues that saturate the sky.

As with every wedding, the venue is one of the most important decisions you will make. Our list was very short, in fact, it only had one venue on it, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. Originally built as a convent 1621 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, this landmark property embodies the essence of old meets new. Having stayed at the property on a previous trip to Cartagena, it was such an honor to be able to design something so personal and meaningful in such a gorgeous space.

It was important to us to partner with local vendors and we were so incredibly lucky to have found a dream team of talented vendors and just all-around beautiful people. We teamed with Don Eloy Events to create stunning florals that elevated the pastel palette without detracting from the already natural beauty of our surroundings. The majority of our tabletop details were sourced in markets around Cartagena although we did bring linens and napkins from our favorite New York rental house, Nuage Designs.

When it came to bridal attire and accessories, Sposamia Cartagena was a dream to work with! The bride wore a Willowby by Watters dress paired with the most gorgeous pair of rose-colored Manolo Blahnik shoes. Welcome bags are always such an important part of any destination wedding so we knew we had to go big or go home! We worked with the talented Simone Lejour to create festive hand-painted fans to pair with goodies we collected from around the city!

We wanted our guests to bring home a piece of Cartagena so they would always remember such an amazing city! They say if you love what you do, it will show. We hope our love of what we do and this beautiful city shines through in this shoot! Cartagena is an enchanting city with beauty around every corner!

Photography: Stephanie Brauer | Floral Design: Don Eloy Events | Cake: Rice & Flower | Reception Venue: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena | Invitations & calligraphy: Lynette Rose | Accommodations: InterContinental Cartagena | Bridal dress: Watters | Bridal salon: Sposamia Cartagena | Bridal shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Chairs and tabletop rentals: Alcira Guevara Rentals | Escort cards: Wandering Heart Paper | Hair and make-up: Laura Nunez | Handpainted fans: Simon Lejour | Linens & napkins: Nuage Designs | Place cards: Betlem Calligraphy | Planning & Design: DM Events | Processing Lab: The Find Lab | Ribbon: Tono & Co | Tour guide: Claudia Vidal Tours | Vintage stamps: Champion Stamps | Wax seals: Artifiact Uprising

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Classically Chic California Wedding at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame

If you were to ask me, what were your biggest wedding planning priorities? I’d tell you venue, photography and blooms—and this fete right here nails all three. Set at Kohl Mansion, the team at Sealed With A Kiss Events layered on the classic lovely for Vanessa & Greg, while Nancy Liu Chin killed the floral game (as usual). Ashley Ludaescher was behind the lens making for a collection of pin-worthy images—see it all unfold below!

From Ashley Ludaescher PhotographyVanessa & Greg tied the knot on a beautiful September day at the incredible Kohl Mansion outside of San Francisco. Their wedding planner & designer Lara from Sealed with a Kiss Events created a classically chic neutral wedding celebration, with beautiful florals by Nancy Liu Chin. Vanessa looked like an absolute movie star in her Berta gown and the sight of her brought her groom to tears.

From planner, Sealed With A Kiss Events… These two had an unforgettable wedding at Kohl Mansion. Guests were greeted with champagne before being ushered into the ceremony room, with the bride’s uncle playing guitar to create the perfect ambiance. Their guests dined in the mansion courtyard under bistro lights with impeccable florals and danced the night away.

Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Videography: Everly Films | Wedding Planning: Sealed With A Kiss Events | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Wedding Dress: Berta | Wedding Cake: Lelenitas Cakery | Stationery: Aerialist Press | Reception Venue: Kohl Mansion | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Melons Catering | Makeup: Ashley Bias | Hair: Carla Souza | DJ: Lexx Jones | Alcohol: Smith's Beverages | Lighting & Sound: DJ Brandon Leo | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Mariachi: Mariachi Tapatio | Rentals: Abbey Rentals | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals

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10 of the Coolest Rehearsal Dinner Ideas Ever

By the time the rehearsal dinner rolls around, after months and months (and sometimes years!) of planning, the countdown is on. Out of town guest have arrived and settled in, friends and family wait with baited breath to officially begin the celebration of your tying the knot. While rehearsal dinners have traditionally been pretty predictable–a more formal affair the night before, regardless of the style or feel of your actual wedding day–they can occasionally, dare we say, give the party at the reception a run for its money. With more and more couples infusing every single element of their nuptials with their personality, we’ve rounded up some fresh, inventive ways to kick off the weekend festivities with the ultimate rehearsal dinner.

Photography by This Modern Romance | Florals by Wild Club Design

1. Serve feel-good food

If you’re a foodie, opt for a killer menu featuring all your faves. Have your favorite restaurant be the star of the show for dinner or dessert (or both), and make a presentation out of each and every dish. Pay homage to a dish you and your future spouse shared on a first date for the ultimate sentimental move, introduce rehearsal dinner guests to dishes you can’t live without, or let the entire menu consist of bite-sized morsels for dinner with an epic dessert to end the night with. Bite into the groom’s cake early to guarantee everyone gets a little slice of heaven before the next day’s reception festivities!

Photography by Koman Photography

2. Host a rehearsal brunch

Kick off the wedding festivities with a rehearsal brunch! Even if your rehearsal won’t take place until later in the day, breaking bread with your nearest and dearest over a breakfast or brunch spread might give you a little extra cushion time the night before the big day, guaranteeing you’ll at least have the opportunity to call it a night early and catch some extra zzz’s.

Photography by Erich McVey | Linens by La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Design by French Kiss Events | Stationery by La Happy

3. Entertain yourselves

Save the band and the DJ for the big day, and let your friends and family hear your vocal chops–and show off their own. Load the karaoke playlist with all the hits, and be sure to add a tune or two that’s perfect for a duet or trio, something that’s sure to emerge once the music’s started and your bridal party gets in on the action!

Photography by This Modern Romance | Rentals by Elan Event Rentals

4. Pick a location with a story

We love when things get personal: why not give guests a unique perspective of your love story with a rehearsal dinner ripe with meaning? Maybe the site of your proposal or the restaurant you hit on your second date are the perfect spots to welcome guests to.

Photography by Oliver Fly Photography

5. Go with a theme

Go all out with everything from decor to the menu; make it a fiesta, or a seaside clambake, or a country-themed hoedown that calls for cowboy hats and spurs. It might be night and day different from the design of your wedding the next day, but take the theme and run with it!

Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography

6. Make it a costume party

Everyone loves a chance to dress in costume, and that’s a fact! Give your guests a chance to spend the rehearsal dinner in character for a few hours; choose a theme that’s easy for everyone–like your favorite decade–or assign your guest (and their plus one) a character that might perfect for them. Make sure you hire a photographer willing to capture the night before…chances are you’ll want to remember everyone’s creativity in years to come!

Photography by Greg Finck Photography | Dress by Gössl | Headpiece by Miss Lillys Hats

7. Give guests a taste of the town

Have a large percentage of your guest list traveling near and far to make it to your celebration? Show off the city of your nuptials the best way you can, by selecting a rehearsal dinner venue that’s either a key to the city, talk of the town, or showcases all the best things about where you’ve gathered. Consider the hidden gems that only locals know about, and treat your guests to what feels like a best kept secret.

Photography by Lacie Hansen | Venue: San Francisco Ferry Building

8. Head to a unique location

Turn tradition on its head and host a rehearsal dinner somewhere completely unconventional: maybe at a bowling alley to keep things light-hearted and fun or even host a ‘field day’ for friends and family at the park with a casual barbeque dinner. Rent out one theater at the movies and treat everyone to all the movie snacks their hearts can stand–and see if management will let you stay a little longer after flick is over to so you can turn the lights up and make time for speeches. Guests will love the idea of getting to do something out of the ordinary as part of your weekend celebration.

Photography by Jose Villa Photography

9. Pick a place with a killer view

On the beach, at the dock, or tucked away in a mountainside hideaway, a stunning location can serve as the perfect backdrop. With an unbeatable view, the rest of the details, from tablescapes to food to music, will lend themselves to an unforgettable experience that you’ve offered guests, and perhaps even hint at what’s the come the next day as you say “I do.”

Photography by Katie Grant Photography

10. Hold an official game night

If you’ve got a competitive streak, or perhaps want to provide a more relaxed, casual environment, providing games are the perfect way for guests to have fun, but also get to know each other, as members of both sides of the family might want the opportunity to not only catch up, but embrace new members too. You are, afterall, joining two families together, and they’re there to celebrate it! Lawn games are always a hit, as croquet or lawn chess or even jenga are universal games that pass time for young and old alike. But step it up a notch by perhaps dividing into teams for a classic round of charades or the like, and offering a great first place prize–like being served dessert first!

Photography by O’Malley Photographers

Francesca Barger is a wedding enthusiast and the founder and CEO of First Vangarde, the first management group facilitating the representation and management of talent within the bridal industry. Based in the Midwest, she’s worked with companies coast to coast, elevating the careers of a robust portfolio of artists through a commitment to the championing and celebration of their creative talent.

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Coastal Intimate Switzerland Wedding at Maison Buttin-de-Loes

When you blend blush and lavender with the coastal views of Switzerland, two words come to mind: uber romance. And maybe alll the other adjectives that I could overuse on this wedding, like lovely, dreamy and charming. But those words aren’t needed because every bit planned by Laura Dova Weddings is waiting right here for you in the gallery by Oliver Fly.

From Laura Dova WeddingsIt was a true delight for me to be able to assist Sachié & Karl with their wedding in the beautiful region of the Lavaux in Switzerland. it is in this unique region of the world, whose terraced vineyards are classified as World Heritage by the UNESCO, they decided to invite their families from Japan, Estonia and Switzerland for an intimate celebration.

From the very beginning Sachié was particularly concerned with the style aspects of their big day and really made it clear that she wanted amazing vendors even if they had to travel to get to their wedding location. That’s how an amazing team came up to offer them an unforgettable day. They fell in love with the beautiful Musée de Buttin-de-Loes where the view on the lake is absolutely breath taking and the fabulous summer day let them have a moving and romantic ceremony officiated by the talented Marylin Rebelo.

They wanted a simple but very meaningful celebration with their closest family and friends. A ceremony fulfilled with tenderness and seemliness, where they could express their feelings subtly, in regards to their different cultures. They showed us that love is stronger than anything and can conquer it all, even when living on opposite sides of the planet. A message of hope and magic.

To enhance the beauty of all of these feelings, a harpist and flautist played masterpieces from Pachelbel to Bach. Pure delicacy as the we all could feel a nice breeze through our hair while hearing this timeless music. I have rarely seen such a proud man when looking at his bride-to-be when she walked down the aisle in a very intense atmosphere.

Sachié had two different bouquets in the colors and flowers she was drawn to. For her wedding, the florist designed a minimalist small bouquet of sweet peas and clematis in different shades of purple. The bridal bouquet was made of lilac (her favorite flowers), garden roses peonies and stock with touch of jasmine and sweet peas.

The ceremony held outdoor with a wooden arch as a focal point. Partially filled with greenery, stock & roses and draped with a hand-tied fabric, it was offering their guests a gorgeous view on the Leman lake. In the aisle runner, some light ground «growing» compositions brought a natural garden feeling.

The reception was designed with the same seasonal spring/summer flowers with an organic style. On a light grey table linen, the garden styled centerpieces in medicis compote gave this effortless elegance to a minimalist set-up. A light vines runner , fruits and votives was the last touch to bring life to the table and inspire conversation amongst the guests. For the beautiful white layered cake, a simple delicate floral design was made of hellobores, berries and nepetas flowers in lavender tones.

A stunning White One gown and some Jimmy Choo shoes perfectly enhanced Sachié’s natural and effortless beauty and grace, while the groom had chosen a bespoke tuxedo and a bow tie for timeless elegance. With smiles and tears of joy they walked towards their new life as husband and wife, accompanied by a round of applause from their beloved ones. The day finally ended with an elegant outdoor dinner and a splendid table design at the Restaurant Tout un Monde where they enjoyed the most beautiful sunset on the Lake Léman.

Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Wedding Planning: Laura Dova Weddings | Floral Design: Véronique Lorre | Wedding Cake: Saconnex Cakes | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Ceremony Venue: Maison Buttin-de-Loes | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Tout un Monde | Calligraphy: Nice Plume | Officiant: Marylin Rebelo | Bride's Dress: White One | Bride's Headpiece: Percy Handmade | Bride's Veil: BHLDN | Ceremony Music Band : Rossi Arianna & Yonatan Kadosh | Groom's Tuxedo: Scabal | Groom's shoes: Geox | Hair & Make Up: Trine Juel | Processing Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Wedding Rings/band: Tiffany & Co.

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Modern & Organic European Wedding Inspiration at Hotel Domestique

Today’s slice of inspo from Floressence Flowers and Almond Leaf Studios (and the entire vendor team below!) has an old world vibe, yet a layer of modern lovely woven in. From the coral, mauve and beige tones and a hint of black for contrast to the sweeping Samuelle Couture dress, it’s exactly how you blend two styles into one gorgeous event—see it all here.

From Floressence FlowersThe vision for this editorial shoot was an intimate elopement with a modern, chic and romantic European feel. We pulled inspiration from the beautiful layered and textured Samuelle Couture gown and from the venue, which is set amongst the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hotel Domestique combines the style of a French chateau with a luxury modern boutique hotel.

We wanted the wedding to evoke simplicity and minimalism with textural elements to create depth. We chose an earth toned neutral color palette with pops of terracotta and black. The old world but modern quality of the stone patina style of Hotel Domestique’s exterior was a beautiful backdrop to all of the styling elements of the day.

We wanted their guests to feel as if they were sitting down to an intimate and relaxed al fresco dinner in the French countryside, to take in the beauty of their environment and surrounding scenery. The tablescape was adorned with layered elements, creating softness and depth throughout. The floral designs created by Floressence felt organic but modern by adding in textural elements like lunaria and pampas grass which gave the installations and arrangements a style of movement and added visual interest to the ceremony space and tablescape.

The paper goods that were created by Paper Birch were so unique. Lacy created terracotta engraved menus, the invitation suite was on handmade paper with a terracotta backing, all tucked inside a black suede envelope with an engraved leather piece which had the couple’s date and venue sketch on it.

The cake by Sugar Cloud Baking Co also incorporated a softness and modernity by creating a stone patina look enveloped by layered textural gold leaf design and adding lunaria to tie into the floral designs.

Our goal was to create a warm and inviting environment for their guests to really focus on the beauty and importance of the couple’s union.

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Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Cinematography: Almond Leaf Studios | Flowers: Floressence Flowers | Dress: Samuelle Couture | Cake: Sugar Cloud Baking Company | Stationery: Paper Birch Designs | Hair and Makeup: Emily Dawn Makeup | Models: Ben Vanderney & Mira Kasari | Planning : Alise Taggart | Stylist: Alise Taggart

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10 Unconventional Gifts Your Bridesmaids are Sure to Love

There’s no question about it: your bridesmaids are the gals that have, and will, stick by your side to the very end. Whether it’s a crew of 15 or a handful of your nearest and dearest, it’s possible that the months and weeks leading up to the big day have included a moment or two of calling in for reinforcements as you get closer to “I do”-and the best of bridesmaids will step in before you even have to call. You’ll feel compelled to show your appreciation, not just for standing by your side at the altar–or having a tissue ready when you need it!–but for all the time they’ve spent being your friend. Gifts for your group are part “thank you for being here today”, part celebration of friendship, and always a fun way to share your favorites. We’ve rounded up the best ways to extend your gratitude as the wedding day draws closer, no matter the size of the bridal party.

Photography by Elizabeth LaDuca | Bridesmaid Dresses by Jenny Yoo | Wedding Dress by Badgley Mischka

1. Get a little something just for her.

Rather than try to find a handful of things that will work for everyone, why not focus on getting one specific gift, tailor-made for each friend? Maybe you’ve got a fashion-savvy maid of honor, and a beauty-obsessed best friend, and a few friends in between. Spend some time thinking about what might be the perfect addition to an arsenal they already possess, or something you’ve heard them mention that would be fun to surprise them with–whether that’s a great accessory, a cookbook, or a gift card for a blowout! The personalized touch will say you were thinking specifically about them, and that’s a gift in itself.

Photography by Rebecca Yale Photography

2. Craft the ultimate gift box.

A collection of all the things one might need on the big day could be just the thing to take the pressure off of a bridesmaid wanting to make sure all the details are covered! Mini bottles of champagne, cute flats to replace their heels on the dance floor, a handful of chocolates or truffles, even tube of lipstick officially declared “the color of the day” combine the practical with a taste of fun, sure to last beyond just the wedding day.


Photography by Ruth Eileen Photography

3. Everybody loves a monogram.

We’re here for anything branded, whether it be hangers for their bridesmaid dresses, bouquet ribbons, or something to get ready in the morning of the wedding. A tote or duffle bag might be just the thing she needs to pack up and hit the road when the next girls’ trip calls!


Photography by Greer Gattuso | Bridal Robe by Jonquil | Bridesmaids Robes by Homebodii

4. Go for a day at the spa.

Massages, manicures, blowouts…the gift of pampering will never go out of style, and even if you’re not with them when they go for their hot stone massage, you can rest assured knowing a day at the spa might be exactly what the doctor (and the bride) ordered.

Photography by Abby Jiu Photography

5. Long live the girls’ trip!

No one has ever said no to a weekend away with their best friends. Even if your schedule only allows for a quick 24 hours in a new-to-you city–or a place with BFF history–getting away can provide a much needed respite from the craze of wedding planning, and also give you a chance to bask in some sunshine and fun, should you choose a tropical locale. Do some research on what you want to do and see, and what will give you the most bang for your buck, so you’ll feel more at peace about soaking up every minute away!

Photography by Emily Wren Photography

6. Gift a framed photo.

Who’s to say the gift-giving has to happen prior to your walk down the aisle? The only thing that lasts beyond the wedding day are the pictures to prove it; have a shot of the two of you from the day as bride & bridesmaid set in a frame she’ll love.

Photography by Marion Heurteboust | Wedding Dress by Limor Rosen

7. Splurge on professional hair & makeup.

Even if your don’t spend the entire morning getting ready together, consider treating your girls to having their hair and makeup done by a professional, along with you. It might eliminate a bridesmaid’s worry about needing to test out waterproof mascara or long-lasting blush, and will definitely alleviate the pain of having to apply fake eyelashes herself (not for the faint of heart, trust me!). Depending on how many are in the queue, your hairstylist might need to call in reinforcements to get everyone primed and ready and on schedule, so make sure to give your friends the heads’ up to be prompt for their beauty call-times!

Photography by Oliver Fly | Bridesmaid Dresses by Watters

8. Let them choose their own dress!

If you’ve ever been asked to be a bridesmaid yourself, or even seen one movie about tying the knot, chances are you know the likelihood of actually re-wearing the dress chosen for you as a bridesmaid are sometimes slim to, unfortunately, none. So giving the gift of choice is something we can get behind 100%! Leave it up to your girl gang to decide what fit and style looks best on them; you can even give some stipulations as to color or length so there’s a modicum of coordination, and give your stamp of approval once they’ve made their selection.

Photography by Anagram Photo | Wedding Dress by Monique Lhuilier

9. Get a little sentimental.

Weddings have a way of bringing the best emotions right to the surface for everyone, so there’s a chance your friends might recall a memory or two they’re fond of as the day draws closer. In looking back with them at all the times you’ve laughed and cried, see if there are pieces of nostalgia that might serve as a pleasant reminder of the past seasons you’ve spent together: perhaps pastries from a favorite bakery you both frequented in college or concert tickets to the band you couldn’t stop listening to as teenagers.

Photography by Thecablookfotolab | Bridesmaids’ Dresses by Watters

10. Spend some time together, one-on-one. 

While it might seem like one more thing on your ever-growing list of to-dos, spending some quality time with those you’ve asked to stand beside you before the wedding day festivities commence will most definitely do more harm than good. Individually connecting with each of your bridesmaids shows that, while the celebration is important, the people that are celebrating with you matter the most. Emphasize experiences over material things as your way of expressing your gratitude–and catch up with your best girls while you’re at it!

Photography by Allen Tsai Photography | Wedding Dress by JLM Couture

Francesca Barger is a wedding enthusiast and the founder and CEO of First Vangarde, the first management group facilitating the representation and management of talent within the bridal industry. Based in the Midwest, she’s worked with companies coast to coast, elevating the careers of a robust portfolio of artists through a commitment to the championing and celebration of their creative talent.

Feminine Southern Wedding at a Private Home

You know that saying ‘and not a detail was missed?’…Well, this Southern soirée, designed and choreographed to perfection by Invision Events, did not miss a single one! From a custom made monogram crest, designed by Kara Anne Paper, placed in every location possible (including the dance floor and each napkin) to a decadent chocolate groom’s cake and everything in between! Add in a classic Jaguar getaway car, an endless amount of pink, white and green florals by Southern Posies and all of the personal touches of the entire wedding taking place at the bride’s family’s private home…and Colorbox was given the picture-perfect Southern wedding to photograph. Check out this intricately beautiful wedding below and read how each vendor played a role in this couple’s amazing day!

From Colorbox PhotographyUnforgettable– that’s the truest word to describe their day. Hoke and Hollan are two of the kindest, humble (not to mention– beautiful!) people I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. I noticed how gracious they both were to everyone amidst the busyness of any wedding day. I also will never forget the awestruck sense I had walking into their reception area. To say I was a happy photographer considering the content I was about to capture is an understatement! Romantic and elegant– every detail was truly gorgeous. I count it a blessing and privilege to have been their photographer.

From Kara Anne PaperIt all starts with making a fabulous first impression! Hollan and Hoke set the tone for their gorgeous summer wedding with a chic, die shape Save the Date featuring a watercolor monogram crest, letterpress lettering, shimmer liner and whimsical flowing calligraphy across the front of the mailing envelope. To provide their guests with more wedding details, a mini envelope and insert card was included. Shortly after, guests were presented with an oversized custom invitation suite using the same letterpress ink, watercolor crest, and a heavyweight cotton paper. To keep the cards in place, a blush monogram card with white silk ribbon was used for an extra feminine touch. Each suite was nestled nicely inside a handcrafted inner envelope made of a soft shimmer paper and mailed inside of a large Crane envelope. To tie in their wedding paper suite designs on the big day, their monogram crest was displayed for all to see on the dance floor, linen table runners and dinner napkins, ice sculptures, koozies, cups, ceremony fans, signage and more! It was small details like this that truly made the reception space feel extra custom and special to Hollan and Hoke!

From Invision EventsCelebrating Hollan & Hoke was the easy part. Producing a private residence event on the bride’s family land while bussing in 625 guests from hotels nearly an hour way was a little bit trickier, however! When Hollan and her mom, Penny, enlisted us to design, plan and produce her and Hoke’s June wedding on their family farm, we knew it was something special and an exciting challenge we embraced with open arms. Knowing the ties their family had to Post Oak Plantation (named after Hollan’s beloved “Pop”) made everything that much more meaningful, especially because Hollan’s brother had just been married on the property a few years prior. To say this beautiful and serene spot was special to them would be an understatement. We brought Hollan’s vision of summer southern feminine to life through a variety of more than 30 perfectly paired creative partners and a color palette of soft pinks and blushes complimented with warm beiges and ivories. From the creamy sailcloth tent to the tailored, yet relaxed vibes of the various furnishings, to the carpet and drape to the lounge settings and linens, our team curated each design element with thoughtfulness and purpose to exude a southern fete that was if the newlyweds were welcoming guests into their home. Ultimately, their wedding day was beyond magical in every sense and our team was so grateful to be a part of such a hospitable celebration. Cheers to The Smiths!

From Southern PosiesWhen curating the floral components for Hollan and Hoke’s wedding we looked towards four words that Hollan gave us on the day we first met: Romantic, Feminine, Southern and Pink. With it being an early June celebration our late Spring and early Summer choices were plentiful and thoughts of fluffy hydrangeas, sweeping smilax and jasmine vines alongside aromatic peonies and garden roses filled our minds. A few of the main ‘leading ladies’ we selected in Hollan’s overall floral plan were: Blush Italian Ranunculus, Pastel Pink Bouvardia, Miss America Peonies, Keira Garden Roses, Pink Majolica Sprayroses and Pink O’hara Garden Roses. Over 35 floral and greenery varieties were used throughout her wedding design. Hollan’s favorite design pieces (as well as ours!) were the beautiful 7′ diameter floral chandeliers suspended in 4 locations of the tent. Each floral and tablescape detail was meticulously designed from the vessel to the votive as well as sourcing the perfect blush tapered candles to compliment the centerpieces for an extra dose of romantic candlelight. Hollan’s bouquet consisted of 3 different peony variations as well as Blush and White Italian Ranunculus, White Hydrangea, White O’hara Garden Roses, Keira Garden Roses, and White Dove Roses. Hoke’s classic white dinner jacket was the perfect backdrop to his boutonniere consisting of Bouvardia, Ranunculus and Italian Pittosporum.

Q&A’s From Hollan and Hoke…

How did you two meet?

Hollan: “We met in Auburn, Alabama. I remember smiling from ear to ear when I first met Hoke– we just clicked automatically. It was like I had known him for forever!”

Hoke: “We met in Auburn, Alabama. Her brother and I had spent several weeks over the summer together, so I had heard a lot about her. When I finally met Hollan, I saw her from aways away and was so excited to finally meet her (my friend’s good looking sister.) We talked so easily to each other, and I wasn’t worried about what else was going on.”

What was each of yall’s favorite part of the day?

Hollan: “I have so many favorite parts of the day! However, my absolute most favorite was stepping onto the aisle with my brother, Hunter, and looking down the aisle at Hoke waiting for me. In that moment- Hoke and I were stepping into the next chapter in our life as husband and wife!”

Hoke: “My favorite part of our wedding day was when Reverend Pat Mcwhorter pronounced Hollan and I as husband and wife! Hand in hand, we turned to face all of our family and friends at a place that is so special to Hollan, and has become special to me as well! I proposed to her on this property, and now we officially became husband and wife there too! We are so thankful for our family and friends who helped us celebrate our special day.”

What’s next for you two?

Hoke: “There’s a lot I could think is next in our lives and goals we want to accomplish— but since I have met Hollan, our lives have changed for the better, so there is no telling where our lives will be in five years. (But I am looking forward to it!) The only thing I know for sure is that I will spend the rest of my life loving her and doing the best I can to make sure she knows and feels that. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to as Mr. And Mrs. Smith!”

Hollan: “We are currently renovating my grandparents’ home in Mathews! We are truly blessed to be able to start our new life right where I grew up. I am so excited to see what God has in store for us!”

Photography: Colorbox Photographers | Videography: Lifehouse Films | Event Planning & Design: Invision Events | Floral Design: Southern Posies | Catering: Kathy G And Company | Invitations & Calligraphy: Kara Anne Paper | Lighting: Design Productions | Ceremony Music: Auburn String Quartet | Beauty: The Hair and Makeup Collective | Beauty: Glow | Bridal Gown: Carriage House | Bride's Cake: Cake Designs | Bridesmaids Attire: Bella Bridesmaid | Creative Direction: Invision Events | Dance Floor Wrap: Indaglow Productions | Draping: Party Tables | Furnishings: Crush Event Rentals | Getaway Transportation: Coats Classic Cars | Groom's Cake: Peggy McKinney | Guest Transportation: Rare Transportation | Linens: Nuage Designs | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Linens: I Do Linens | Private Home: Post Oak Plantation | Props: PropHouse Birmingham | Reception Music: Big Night Dynamite | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited | Valet: Apex Valet | Watercolor Monogram Crest: Kara Anne Paper | Welcome Gifts: A Signature Welcome

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A Rustic French Blue Wedding at Holman Ranch in Carmel

The rolling hills of Tuscany or Central California? One look at Holman Ranch in the enchanting village of Carmel and it’s almost impossible to tell! Today’s gorgeous wedding planned by Engaged & Inspired is a sea of romantic french blue, rustic stone walls and organic floral arrangements by Growing Grace Floral that will leave you speechless. Sposto Photography captured every swoon-worthy moment of the day with perfection – including the cutest bride and flower girl moment EVER. Keep on scrolling to see all the pretty unfold…

From Sposto Photography This gorgeous french blue wedding was the perfect pallet for the warm rustic walls of Holman Ranch. It truly felt like we were somewhere tucked in the hills of Tuscan wine country. Carmel just has that out of this world feel.

The weather was sunny and warm making it the perfect California day to ring in their nuptials amongst their family and friends. The day was filled with personal touches from the bride’s family.

The tray that was used to photograph the invitations was Jordan’s grandmothers’ and the Cross they got married beneath was lovingly made by the bride’s father made out of wood he salvaged from an old barn.

Walking into the reception space was like a dream. The long rustic tables were adorned with the most beautiful dusty blue runners and each place setting had a unique name card and sprig of greenery.

Jordan and Ryan’s chemistry all day was just so contagious, you couldn’t help but be just so happy for them and the love they found together. They were a dream in front of the camera and I’m so grateful I got to be a part of this special day celebrating with such special people.

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Photography: Sposto Photography | Planner: engaged & inspired | Wedding Gown: Enzoani | Cake: Freedom Bakery And Confections | Stationery: Smitten on Paper | bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Nadri | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Vow To Be Chic | Catering : Paradise Catering | Hair and Makeup: Cameron Alexis Artistry | DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Tuxedos: The Black Tux | Ceremony and Reception: Holman Ranch | Floral: Growing Grace | Hair Piece: Anastasia Enze Bridal | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Ribbon: Tono & Co | Video: Emma Lynn Cinema | cake Topper: The Blushing Script

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French Provençal Wedding Inspiration at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

I’m filing this one under ‘vow renewal’ inspiration. Yes, yes I do have a secret Pinterest board just for this reason—after all, I see hundreds of wedding features a year, and since I’ve already said my I dos, a vow renewal is next on the docket. I cannot wait to see one of your transform this inspiration into your own celebration. It’s all French Provençal dreaminess, loaded with textured neutrals and glowy candlelight, coordinated by I Love You More Events. Please do spend some time with Mallory Dawn in the gallery — it’s a gem.

From Mallory Dawn PhotographyTucked away in the rolling hills of Vista, California is the gorgeous Cal-a-Vie Health Spa. Since 1986, the historic French Provençal spa has been overflowing with intricate detailing, beautiful textures, and stunning light. We used Cal-a-Vie as our inspiration for the shoot, hand picking each additional element to showcase the already stunning scenery.

Plain Jane Posy created an abundance of floral arrangements that really featured elegance and luxury. Jane made sure to stick to a classic color combination of whites and greens while still incorporating different textures to make a diverse color palette. Bree, owner of I Love You More Events did an outstanding job making sure each individual component came together effortlessly to fit our overall vision.

For our bride and groom, we really felt it was important to keep their look classic and timeless. Our bride wore a beautiful couture Rosa Clara gown with delicate lace detailing and a breathtaking cathedral length veil. She wore a stunning vintage diamond ring from Olive Ave Jewelry and classic shoes which had a beautiful silk bow ankle strap detail from Bella Belle. We wanted the groom in a clean black tux to keep with the theme as well.

Moving on ~ and into the marriage celebration ~ Peggy Liao created a stunning four-tiered masterpiece. A wedding cake that provided that visual wow factor that is part and parcel of all classic celebrations.

The talented Flourish Calligraphy took her inspiration from the venue, specifically the stone walls when she was designing all of the paper goods. She mixed different hues of grey, ivory and soft taupe to play off of the natural tones of the beautiful setting. For our reception tablescape, the design was inspired by the elaborate walls in the reception space. The french linen chairs from Archive Rentals provided that touch of luxury we craved. We added a plethora of florals around the table to add an overwhelming sense of romance to the scene. The ivory chiffon table linen from Mrs. Freund & Co. was a very important element that we knew we wanted to incorporate in our design. The soft, draping fabric really took the whole tablescape to the next level. 

Overall, we wanted to feature elegance and romance in this inspirational shoot, and Cal-a-Vie was the perfect location for us to do just that!

Photography: Mallory Dawn Photography | Coordination: I Love You More Events | Florals: Plain Jane Posy | Cake: Peggy's Kitchen | Ring: Olive Ave Jewelry | Hair & Makeup: Beauty By Stacey | Calligraphy: Flourish Calligraphy | Tux: Friar Tux | Venue: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Models: KJ & Kurtis | Rentals: Sundrop Vintage | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Table Linens: MrsFreund | Wedding Gown & Veil: HKLES Bridal Couture | Wedding Gown Designer: Rosa Clara

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Coastal ‘Something Blue’ Pacific Palisades Wedding at Bel Air Bay Club

For a beach-loving duo like Chelsea & Ray (whose first date was paddle boarding!), a wedding at Bel Air Bay Club was just the ticket. Sweeping views of the Pacific Coast made for an incomparable backdrop and a dreamy canvas for Intertwined Events to work their magic. One look at the film from Elysium Productions and captures by Kristina Adams Photography, and I think you’ll be craving a coastal affair, too.

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From Intertwined EventsChelsea and Ray’s wedding day, also known as #ChelsAndRaysBigDay, was nothing short of stunning! From a fully custom design motif to the most romantic ceremony backdrop, this wedding has so many beautiful details that perfectly reflect Chelsea and Ray’s personalities.

Chelsea and Ray met at a bar in Corona del Mar. A couple of drinks in and a shared appreciation for bad dance moves later, they planned their first date. A day of paddle boarding solidified their love for the beach and was the beginning of an amazing love story. When it came to deciding on a wedding venue, they knew they just had to tie the knot with views of the ocean in the backdrop and Bel Air Bay Club had the perfect one.

To complement the stunning ocean views, Art With Nature crafted a stunning ceremony arch that featured bright white roses and hydrangeas. Guests could take a seat at one of the benches or modern slotted wood folding chairs. Either way, there was a gorgeous view of these two finally getting married! Chelsea’s uncle married them in a very intimate and personalized ceremony. Both of their siblings did a special reading as well.

Chelsea was an absolute bridal vision in a Rue de Seine gown. Her bridesmaids wore teal Show Me Your Mumu gowns that matched the entire day. We can’t forget how dapper Ray looked in a classic black suit.

River and Bridge designed custom branding for an invitation suite that was later incorporated into all of the day-of paper goods, cake and favors. The invitation suite was letterpressed and featured their monogram on the invitation, envelope liner, and custom postage. Delicate hand-drawn flowers were an added romantic touch. One of our favorite details was the escort display that featured acrylic triangles, diamonds, and hexagons with calligraphed names. They also served as meal indicators. Fun and functional!

When creating the design, color and texture were huge components, especially in the reception. Place settings featured silver rimmed chargers, grey glassware, and grey and gold flatware. Chandeliers were adorned with eucalyptus leaves. Centerpieces crafted from white tulips, anemones, and roses, paired with blue taper candles were so dreamy. Mismatched linens and chairs were an added touched and completed the overall design.

It was truly a beautiful day for a couple who is beautiful inside and out. It’s always a pleasure working with a couple who want to integrate their personalities into their wedding day. This unique ‘Something Blue’ day will always be one of our favorites!

Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Videographer: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Intertwined Events | Floral Design: Art With Nature | Wedding Dress: Made With Love Bridal | Cake: Sweet and Saucy Supply | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Lighting: Honored Occasions | Entertainment: Dart Collective | Wedding Venue: Bel-Air Bay Club | Bridal Salon: Love And Lace Bridal Boutique | Makeup/Hair: Design Visage | Paper Goods: River & Bridge | Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Circa Vintage {Rentals} | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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Beyond the Ring: Platinum Jewelry We’re Loving For the Big Day

Ladies, listen up! It’s time to talk about your Big Day look. Beyond picking your dream dress and shoes, there’s one often overlooked detail we’re ready to pay some attention to — your jewelry! Deciding whether to flaunt a glitzy statement bracelet, a sparkly pair of stud earrings or a revamped family heirloom can make all the difference in your bridal ensemble. (It’s all about those details, baby!) So we’re rounding up a few glamorous pieces to consider. Since they all come clad in our v. favorite, benefits-packed metal — platinum — you’ll look good and feel good the day you walk down the aisle until your Platinum Anniversary (20th) and beyond.  Scroll on to find something special that speaks to you!

1. Glitzy Bracelets

There is nothing like some arm candy to enhance all those bouquets and ring shots you’re bound to take. Our tip? Make sure you choose an accessory that’s an extension of your style. For the minimalist bride, this Singlestone Gemma Bracelet is worth the splurge with its sophisticated and subtle diamond finish. Plus, since platinum is so durable that you’ll be able to keep it around forever, too! Now, for ladies looking to make more of an impact, these thicker, more intricate options from Brilliant Earth will take you to the next level. Bring on the glam!

 

2. Solitaire Pendants

For those of your baring shoulders or a deep V, we’re all for a little extra bling to frame your flash of skin. In this case, swap the standard strand of pearls for a simple solitaire, like these flawless pendants by Shimansky. They have the shine you crave, in a classy and simple shape. And unlike other pendants commonly made in white gold, Shimansky uses platinum, which is hypoallergenic, so you can rest easy that you’ll stay irritant-free on your Big Day. (Which, is kind of important… don’t you think!?)

Platinum: Rings by Singlestone, Earrings by Shimansky, Bracelet by Singlestone 

 

3. Minimalist Earrings

When you think about wedding earrings, you probably think of the over-the-top, chandelier style jewelry, right? But these minimalist beauties in platinum prove that less really can be more. Just take these Shimansky Prong Huggies for instance. They are elegant and understated, but still add just the right amount of sparkle you want on your special day. Or, for those not looking to take away from their dress, they also come in stud form, which might make for a great gift for the mother of bride and groom, or bridesmaids. Hint, hint.

4. Wedding Bands

Did you know platinum is 30 times more rare than gold? In that case, put the precious metal where you can see it — on your finger! We’re over the moon for these diamond-studded platinum bands, like this Hearts on Fire Classic Eternity band. It’s delicate but dazzling, and since it comes with platinum prongs, rest assured those diamonds will stay safe and secure where they belong. (Hey, you can’t say that about just any metal!). On that note, convert your entire ring bling to platinum, or be sure to choose a complete platinum look when researching your wedding ring jewelry.

Looking for an extra special personal, romantic touch for your wedding bands? Follow these tips to customize your wedding rings.

Now excuse us while we soon over this pear-shaped engagement ring by Brilliant Earth!

 

Sarah Koller is a writer based in San Francisco, California. In addition to writing about other brides’ special days, Sarah is currently planning her own wedding for Spring of 2019. While she’s not browsing florals or chic wedding things, you’ll find her looking for a new brunch place, perfecting her Instagram story, or doing anything outside on a sunny day in Cali.

A Mediterranean Theme Bridal Shower with an Ocean View!

When planning this picturesque bridal shower on the Southern California coast, Sarah Schallberger, owner of Mulberry and Moss Floral Design, knew it had to be extra special! Why? Because the momentous event was for a very important client – her sister! “It was my one chance to plan a truly special event for my sister Hannah to celebrate her engagement” says Sarah. With her family’s roots in Italy, Sarah decided to incorporate the Mediterranean feel into the event. The color scheme matched the ocean backdrop perfectly, and with a setting like this, how could guests not enjoy such a fabulous event!

I think the color scheme is really what brought this design to life, which was inspired by the romance of the European coast and of course, the breathtaking ocean view at the private estate where the shower was hosted. Playing off of the deep blue water that surrounded the property, choosing indigo blues for the color theme only made sense!


Pastel blush and peach florals kept it feeling romantic while olive foliage and pops of red evoked thoughts of Santorini’s lush, bougainvillea covered hillsides.



The invitations designed by Pirouette Paper Company set the tone for “An Afternoon by the Sea” with a blue ombré watercolor pattern. We repeated this pattern in the signage throughout the party.

Sweet Salvage Rentals helped us create an elegant coastal vibe by providing a cozy lounge vignette, which featured a rattan settee, white velvet tufted chairs, some fun indigo poufs and indigo and macrame accent pillows. Indigo textured linens from Wildflower Linen added the perfect pop of color to the patio cocktail tables.


Now days, no party is complete without a flower wall… Am I right?! Being a florist, I couldn’t resist creating a fun installation decked with florals, which Hannah’s guests enjoyed taking photos in front of throughout the party. A custom “Sail Away With Me” sign hand-lettered by Pirouette Paper Company and laser cut by Etched Box completed the look.



Hannah’s guests loved sipping Sangria and Prosecco from blue goblets and beautiful crystal champagne coupes from Cherished Rentals. The “We met in San Fransisco” sign was something I sourced on Etsy – a small personal touch and tribute to the couple’s story.




Lisa’s Bon Appetit provided yummy eats with an Italian flair.


 

 

Photography: Christine Skari Photography | Catering : Lisa's Bon Appetit | Bride's White Jumpsuit: BHLDN | Candle Favors: Lulu Sugar | Florals, Planning & Design: Mulberry & Moss | Glassware Rentals: Cherished Rentals | Invitations & Signage: Pirouette Paper | Laser Cut Sign: Etched Box | Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Marnie Schnabel - Sweet Salvage Rentals

An Elegant Late Summer Wedding in Muted Tones at Chateau Ratměřice

We LOVE when couples kick tradition to the curb and plan their day their way! This gorgeous bride and groom decided to have a very intimate ceremony followed by a seated lunch. After the bride and groom were able to get some quality time in with their closest friends and family, the wedding guests were invited to join them in celebrating their day at a larger reception that same night – how amazing is that?! From her knockout CAXA gown to the trendy trendy round arbor from Frezia Fleur, there’s so much to love about this beautiful day planned by Svatby Podle Adely. Take a closer look below with images by Katka Koncal!

From Katka KoncalThe wedding day started the late morning with the bride’s preparation in her bridal suite. Following an intimate ceremony for their closest friends and family. This romantic part of the day gave the couple time to feel the love they had for each another and to enjoy the presence of every single guest.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds and the ceremony guests continued for a seated lunch served in the courtyard of the castle. Later on, the wedding planner did an outstanding job quickly re-designing the outdoor space for an evening reception with round tables perfectly designed.

The sun was just setting during the guests arrival and it really had a special feeling. The circle ceremony arch was chosen as the latest wedding trend. These oversized wedding arches decorated with flowers are absolutely stunning and can be personalized by the bride’s wedding colors and theme. The circle symbolizes eternity, which goes with the idea of marriage lasting forever.

From the Bride… Our day was just what I’d always dreamed of! We were able to welcome all our guests from all over the world in one place to celebrate with us this special day. We planned the schedule of the day so we would have enough time for us and our families. Therefore the first half of the day was reserved for the closest family and friends and later on our other guests joined us.

Our wedding planner Svatby podle Adély together with Frezia Fleur did an amazing job designing the whole event from start to end. The color palette and flower decoration was exactly how I imaged my wedding to be. Also the venue Zámek Ratměřice is a place we were looking for. Just an hour from Prague, our guests who had to fly in had an opportunity to do a tour across historic parts of Prague the day after the wedding.

Seeing our wedding photographs from Katka Koncal few days after made me cry again with happiness and smile on my face. Our day was just perfect and I am beyond grateful to have everything perfectly captured and I will treasure these memories forever.

Photography: Katka Koncal | VIDEOGRAPHER: JAGR VIDEO | WEDDING PLANNER: SVATBY PODLE ADELY | FLOWERS: Veronika | Wedding Dress: CAXA | WEDDING STATIONERY: KRASOPISKA | WEDDING SHOES: JIMMY CHOO | CATERING: LA BOTTEGA | Groom's Attire: Marco Mirelli | CHATEAU: ZÁMEK RATMĚŘICE | DANCE DECORATION: SVITICI PISMENA | EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: Z SHOW | FURNITURE: FOR EVENTS | GROOMS SHOES: Dolce And Gabbana | MAKE UP / HAIR: MARTINA KNÍŽOVÁ | PROSECCO CAR: LOVELY ONE | Photography - Assistance: MIREK ŽEBRÁK | WEDDING RINGS: EPSTEIN | WEDDING SWEETS: Punkrock Cakes

Classic Amalfi Coast Wedding at Relais Vittoria Nerano

Five words: week long Amalfi Coast celebration. A dream wedding for many, but one that came true for Elya and Emilio. As a blogger, the Bride—Elya D’Angelo is a creative herself and inspires and empowers women through her fashion, travel and wellness tips. It only seems fitting that her wedding is brimming with beauty. She called on Sposiamovi Italian Wedding Planners to craft their special day. Soak it all in by pressing play on Zen Film Works video below and Claire Morris‘ imagery.

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This enchanting wedding was inspired by the beauty and charm of the Amalfi Coast. The warmth in the air, the cool summer breeze and the beauty of the sea inspired a wedding that was altogether inviting, intimate and fresh. As the sun set, elements of the wedding came together to create a dreamy and romantic setting for the couple and their guests.

Elya and Emilio set out to the Amalfi Coast of Italy with a day that would change their lives forever ahead of them. They gathered the most special individuals to take on this journey with them as they wed and took their vows. The night was absolutely breathtaking; filled with happiness, love, and laughter. Their wedding took place at a beautiful venue overlooking the Amalfi Coast. Elya wore a gown that was classic, modern and sophisticated to bring to life the drama and the beauty of the sea. The wedding pre-shoot took place on a boat heading to Positano where the allure of their fairytale wedding truly radiated. Before the reception, Elya slipped into a lace and silk number to evoke a feeling of old-world charm and Italian romance. The bride and groom hopped into a vintage car and soon after sat down with their guests to enjoy an intimate dining experience overlooking the entire Amalfi Coast, toasting the night away.

The entire wedding is filled with endless creative inspiration, placed so perfectly together. The floral designs and greenery were beautifully presented and brought the wedding to life in the most magical way. When planning the wedding, Elya wanted to incorporate touches of Italy, which included olive branches, keeping both the decor fresh and beautiful. The day of the wedding turned out to be much warmer than anticipated. Elya’s wonderful wedding planner managed to quickly come up with the idea to give each guest a beautiful white parasol, which added an even more charming touch. Sophistication, simplicity, and romance were elements Elya wanted to touch on as she brought her vision to life. Feelings of authentic Italian charm and warmth tied in beautifully to create an unforgettable fairytale wedding.

From the Bride… Our wedding was such a dream come true. My husband Emilio and I planned every detail and were inspired by the beauty, charm, and warmth of Italy. Last year Emilio proposed on a boat looking out to all of Positano – it was insanely beautiful! We choose the Amalfi Coast to continue our wedding love story. Emilio is Australian-Italian and I myself am Armenian. The warmth of the Italian people is exactly what we are used to and what we wanted to be surrounded by. We knew the charm of the towns and the warmth of the people would fit in perfectly with what we wanted our family and friends to experience.

We rented a villa and housed all of our guests for a full week. We wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and really get to spend time with us and one another. It was the best decision we made. Every morning we took trips to the nearby cliffside villages and went for long swims, lunches and beautiful intimate dinners. Since coming back, everyone reminisces about their time there, which is the best feeling knowing your guests had such an unforgettable time. We really wanted our wedding week to be rooted in what mattered to us most – family and love! We wanted it to be about togetherness, good food, great laughs and making unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.

Our official wedding day was set towards the end of the week which really gave us those first few days to iron out any last-minute details with our wedding planner. Planning a destination wedding takes a lot of effort and having someone that you really trust is crucial. Our wedding planner, Valentina, was so instrumental in helping us plan every detail with incredible passion and care. She listened to what we wanted and went out of her way to bring our vision to life. All of the vendors that we worked with were brilliant and so hard working. I will never forget waking up and watching the flower team set up from my balcony, bright and early. It just sent my emotions soaring and filled my morning with so much love as they waved to me, congratulated me and worked hard to make the entire venue a flower-filled dream.

Some of the small moments from our wedding that really filled me with unforgettable memories included the sweetest Italian granny. I was in desperate need of finding someone to steam my gown and reception dress. Our venue manager suggested the tiny laundromat in the next town over with grandma Maria who had been steaming wedding dresses for decades. She was just so sweet and overcome with love for Emilio and I. My short time with her filled me warmth and so much joy. We came to Italy for a few reasons and the love and excitement of the people was one of them. What a precious moment that will stick with us for years to come.

The morning of our wedding day Emilio and I spent some time alone, just him and I. We had written love letters to one another and wanted to share this time together, reading them aloud and soaking in these final moments. As we looked out onto the Amalfi Coast, everything felt just right and we were overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude. Having exchanged our vows in front of our nearest and dearest was the most special feeling. Our wedding came to life exactly how we had envisioned it – it was intimate, beautiful and filled with so much love and care.

After we exchanged our vows and before we sat down for dinner, I slipped into my reception dress. I had a vision of silk and lace for my second dress. I took a page out of the old Italian, classic films and wanted to bring my vision to life in Italy for our wedding! We rented a vintage bridal car and shot the most beautiful photos. I still can’t believe how this all came to life. It was all so dreamy. While our guests enjoyed cocktail hour by the pool, Emilio and I were able to capture this once in a lifetime moment that we will treasure forever. We soon returned to our guests and sat down for an intimate dinner. We had one long dining table with the most gorgeous tablescape. Everything was set to perfection. The authentic Italian food, the smell in the air and the cool ocean breeze set the mood for the most unforgettable time. We toasted, danced the night away, cut our cake and ended the night with beautiful sparklers.

We had one final day at the villa after our wedding and so we decided to jet off to Capri with all of our guests! It was the most gorgeous day. We rented two beautiful boats and took off to Capri to celebrate. It seemed like the most perfect way to end our wedding week and the best way to say goodbye to all our guests. What a dream come true.

Photography: Claire Morris | Videography : Zen Film Works | Flowers: Antonia Sangiorgio | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Lighting: Antares | DJ: Scarlett Entertainment | Groom: Emilio D'Angelo | Celebrant: Sposiamovi Italian Wedding Planners | Bride: Elya D'Angelo | Ceremony Dress: Anne Barge | Event Planning, Design & Production: Sposiamovi Italian Wedding Planners | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Hair & Make-Up: Lidija Malinovskaja | Location & Catering: Relais Vittoria Nerano | Reception Dress: Kinsley James Couture Bridal | Rentals: Allestimenti le Rose | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box | Tux, Shirt, Bow Tie: The Black Tux | Veil: Daphne Newman Design | Vintage Bridal Car: Maggiolino Wedding

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