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How to Elevate a Blank Space Venue With the Right Color Scheme

Tying the knot at a blank canvas venue has many advantages – versatile enough to satisfy any style, super customizable and a clean setting for photos, but it also comes with its challenges. Like the overwhelming idea of “where do I even begin?!” Lucky for you, the talented team at Hummingbird Bridal and Events is here to provide you with some major inspiration. Their designs are an amazing example of how to elevate a blank space with a lively color scheme and out-of-the-box blooms by Bittersweet Gardens. Head on over to the full gallery to see it all come to life – taken by Shannon Grant Photography!

From Shannon Grant PhotographyWhen planning this editorial, we knew we wanted to showcase diversity, an elevated take on an elopement, and a modern meets timeless aesthetic with a bit of a *wink*. Pinks, peach, and little bits of fresh, summery orange set off against a neutral palette help to bring warmth and enliven an open space. 

Designating areas of interest with standing floral installs creates an intimate, yet lush and inviting ceremony space. When planning an elopement, why NOT go all out and invest in a draped fashion-forward backdrop in lieu of a photobooth? Make like a celebrity and ensure your guests all leave with photos of themselves that rival a Vogue cover story! 

When your celebration has a smaller footprint overall, you can really invest in creating an unforgettable, personalized experience. Just because the guest list may be tiny, doesn’t mean your wedding dreams need to be! Go for it, have fun, and revel in the fact that love is not, nor ever will be canceled.

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Photographer: Shannon Grant Photography | Videographer: Echo in Dreams | Planner: Hummingbird Bridal And Events | Floral Design: Bittersweet Gardens | Cake: Soul Cake Shop | Rings: E Scott Originals | Makeup Artist: Makeup Artistry by Liz | Hair Stylist: Michelle Anne Hair Design | Groom: Maggie Inc | Suit: 9tailors | Art Museum: Massachusetts Museum Of Modern Art | Bridal Boutique: Flair Bridesmaid Boutique | Bride: Misia O'Brien | Framed Art: Talula Christian | Furniture/Draping: Ryan Designs, LLC | Invitation: Wouldnt It Be Lovely | Rentals: Peak Event Services

A Colorful San Diego Wedding Day With Jaw-Dropping Ocean Views

This gorgeous couple tied the knot under a beautiful floral mandap created by TBD San Diego, complete with breathtaking Pacific ocean views. While Flora the Venue had the festivities going off without a hitch, the newlyweds danced the night away with their guests in a secluded garden reception brought to life by a colorful pastel palette. To watch it all unfold, don’t forget to check out the full gallery of images from their day – all taken by Ariel Min Photography!

From Ariel Min Photography Bhavika and Shivan’s gorgeous wedding weekend featured colorful pastel details against classic Southern California landscapes, from a beachside ceremony to a reception in a secluded garden. The weekend consisted of four major events attended by the couple’s family and friends from all over the world. On the night before the ceremony, the couple held a Sangeet ceremony at Flora in downtown San Diego, a unique indoor venue that features gorgeous lush California plants and greens all around its walls.

The evening was highlighted by singing and dance performances from family members. On the morning of the ceremony at Scripps Seaside Forum, the couple exchanged a first look against the blue Pacific Ocean dotted with morning surfers. For an hour before the wedding ceremony, the groom, his family and the rest of the wedding party danced through the baraat, also known as the groom’s procession, led by DJ Preet Bisla of VOX DJs. The ceremony took place under a beautiful floral Mandap designed by TBD San Diego, followed by a luncheon on the patio. 

 

For the evening reception, the couple and their guests moved to Japanese Friendship Garden inside Balboa Park in San Diego, a secluded garden deep inside the park. The cherry blossom trees had started blooming already, which provided a gorgeous backdrop for newlywed portraits. Inside the ballroom, guests were guided to their tables by escort cards made out of hand-cut fabric swatches that matched the evening’s color schemes.

The couple’s delicate wedding cake, made by Food Network’s ‘Cake Wars’ champions Fab Cake Girls, illustrated a sunset over the ocean. 

Guests were entertained all night with dancing, a newlywed couple’s game and heartfelt speeches. Plus, the UCSD Zor — the University of California, San Diego’s award-winning Bollywood/Fusion dance team — gave a dazzling performance towards the end of the night.

Photography: Ariel Min Photography | Videographer: Taylor Films | Coordination: Flora the Venue | Cake: Fab Cakes | Ceremony: Scripps Seaside Forum | Reception: Japanese Friendship Gardens At Balboa Park | Catering: The Wild Thyme Company | Calligraphy: Traveling Calligrapher | DJ: Vox DJs | Attire: Binari Art | Dancers: UCSD ZOR | Dessert: The Good Donut Shop | Film Lab: The Find Lab | HMU: Salt Spelt Beauty | Henna: Gopi Henna | Musician: Ronobir Lahiri Music | Photography - Assistance: Sloane Photo | Rentals & Florals: To Be Designed | Sangeet: Flora

True, Blue Southern Charm With Just a Little French Inspiration!

It’s true what they say, that inspiration can come from anywhere, and for photographer, Tracy Burch that inspiration came in the form of a piece of fabric she stumbled upon in France and translated into a picture-perfect Southern dream at Trinity View Farm. From rich blues to dreamy peach, this inspiration shoot is everything, with a jaw-dropping floral arch by Jana Brown Design Co. to a beautiful tablescape and some serious ‘Sound of Music’ vibes with rolling hills in the background of the couples portraits. Take a look below and be sure to check out the highlight video by Loomis Films!

From Tracy Burch PhotographyOur editorial concept grew from blue toile fabric snagged while perusing a fabric shop in Paris. The toile was an elegant touch to elevate a neutral tablescape, and paired nicely with the southern aesthetic of our shoot at Trinity View Farm in Tennessee.

Fresh seasonal fruits like blueberries and peaches, were added in to compliment the blue and peach hues and were also incorporated into the flat lay invitation suite and tablescape details and custom cocktails. 

Garden roses were sourced from a local grower and boasted beautiful cream, blush, and apricot tones, which went perfectly with the added greenery and rich silk tie around the brides bouquet. 

We used unruly foliage in the ceremony display to offset some of the refined details such as the gown and the manicured lawn, all set against the backdrop of a panoramic view of the rolling Tennessee hills.

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Our editorial concept grew from blue toile fabric snagged while perusing a fabric shoppe in Paris. The toile was an elegant touch to elevate a neutral tablescape, and paired nicely with the southern aesthetic of our shoot. Fresh seasonal fruits were added in blue and peach hues, which were also incorporated into the flat lay details and custom cocktails. Garden roses were sourced from a local grower and boasted beautiful cream, blush and apricot tones. We used unruly foliage in the ceremony display to offset some of the refined details such as the gown and the manicured lawn, all set against the backdrop of a panoramic view of the rolling Tennessee hills.

Photography: Tracy Burch Photography | videography: Loomis Films | hair & makeup : Katie Gurley | Estate : Trinity View Farm | bridal store : House of White | design & florals : Janna Brown Design Co. | gown design : Anne Barge | men's wear : Zara | paper : Plume Calligraphy | rentals : Liberty Party Rental | silk: Frou Frou Chic

Find Out Why This Villa Is Forever Our Favorite Amalfi Coast Wedding Venue

When it comes to Italian wedding destinations, I think we can all agree it’s pretty tough to compete with Villa Cimbrone. The venue’s timeless, old world romance enchants us every. single. time. That being said, we couldn’t be more excited to share today’s destination wedding at Villa Cimbrone from Events by Paulina. To see all the dreamy details, including an epic hanging floral installation from Malafronte Fiori, head on over to the full gallery – all taken by Bottega53!

 

How and when did you meet?

From the Bride… We met at a mutual friend’s house in Taipei, where Jimmy was invited to cook for a group of friends. Luckily, Jimmy brought his best and prepared his signature bourbon bbq ribs and sea urchin risotto, because it caught Rachel’s attention. After a few weeks of dating, Rachel told Jimmy that she was moving to Los Angeles to continue her education for the next two years. Jimmy said he was all for it and they started their two year long distance relationship from Los Angeles to Shanghai defying the cliche that long distance doesn’t last. (12/2013)

 

How and when did you get engaged?

During one of Jimmy and Rachel’s summer vacations to Europe, Jimmy had planned a little surprise along the way. Jimmy cunningly planned his proposal and rented a yacht for the day to take them from Capri to Positano where he would propose during sunset with Positano’s mystic cliffside architecture as a backdrop. However, what he didn’t plan for was a luggage that never arrived at Naples and a high tide on the way from Naples to Capri. The dramamine was in that luggage, and Rachel was so seasick that she told Jimmy she never wanted to get on a boat again. Luckily, the luggage arrived to our resort in Capri, albeit missing a wheel, but with the seasick meds, she was ready to give it another shot. We cruised around Capri, dined at one Michelin-starred Il Riccio and even had Michael Jordon dine behind us. Finally, we boarded our private yacht, headed towards Positano, and paused about 500 yards from the beach for a photo session at the bow. With John Mayer’s “Gravity” playing in the background, Jimmy dropped to one knee and proposed. (07/2018)

 

Why did you pick this venue? What did you most love about it?

We had considered a number of cities in Italy and researched a number of venues, but we wanted to bring all of our family and friends to the place that we felt was most special, the Amalfi Coast. During our search, we saw surreal, beautiful pictures of Villa Cimbrone online, and Paulina had just so suggested the same venue as one of her top choices. We knew Villa Cimbrone would be the place. Ravello was relatively close to Positano, while being a bit more quaint and dreamy. The number of rooms was perfect for our big family so we booked the entire villa for our family to stay in during our wedding. Villa Cimbrone also had such a wide selection of picturesque spaces across its property that could be used for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and after-party. It only made sense, even if we never had the chance to visit the venue or taste the food before our wedding. Our choice was perfect, as the venue was more beautiful than we thought, and all of the hotel staff were top-notch, including the spectacular Villa Cimbrone events coordinator, Donnatella.  Looking back, we would make the same decision, hands down.

 

What was your vision for your wedding?

Our vision of our wedding was to create a journey shared with family and friends, which included traveling from Rome to Positano and hosting a Capri boat excursion with a welcome lunch party in Capri followed by evening drinks in Positano and in Ravello. Literally, we would explore, wine and dine together all the way till the big event. For the wedding itself, we wanted different experiences from the welcome drinks to the ceremony, cocktails, reception and finally the after-party, and Villa Cimbrone offered it all with such an expansive, diverse and beautiful property. We started our welcome drinks with a rooftop lemonade stand at Villa Cimbrone’s terrace where the guests had amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea. The guests were then ushered through the famous Cimbrone gardens passing by a pomegranate tree to eventually reach a cliff-side ceremony filled with white rustic florals where a quintet was playing classical love songs. Once the ceremony was finished, our guests would be ushered into one of many gardens filled with gelato stands, an escort card table with limoncello shots for each guest, and a gift table where we had custom bags and cashmere scarves with hand-ironed logos. The gelato, finger foods, Prosecco and an Italian guitar duo made for a fun way to kick off the evening.  

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Photographer: Bottega 53 | Videographer: Giordano | Wedding Planner: Events by Paulina | Florist: Armando Malafronte | Stationary: Letters by Ann | Hair: Alessandro Mancino & Marco Carpentieri | Lighting: RMS | Hotel: Villa Cimbronne | Chairs: Wedding Chairs & Co | Guestbook: Be Golden | Music: Wedding Music | Rentals: FG Eventi

Terrazzo Quarantine First Birthday Party

Editor’s Note: Celebrating during this crazy time of life has never been more important, and this AH-dorable first birthday party has all the pep and fun of a traditional birthday party with all the bonuses of being extra safe — i.e. a win-win! With a little bit of creativity and elbow grease, celebrations can STILL go a long, long way! 

When I started planning my son Eli’s first birthday party, I knew I wanted the theme to be unique and terrazzo was a perfect choice! The super fun medium is made of chips of marble or granite set in concrete by artisans. I based the color scheme off of a blue, orange, and gold terrazzo pattern that I found online.

With just two weeks to go, we found out that we wouldn’t be able to host the party because of COVID-19 government restrictions. We quickly pivoted our original plans and decided to package up the fun and celebrate with our loved ones “social distancing style”. All non-essentials shops were closed at the time so I had to get creative. I made the gift tags, party hats, pom poms, and matching gift wrap with the help of my inkjet printer and a few YouTube tutorials. Despite the necessary DIY elements, the details came together even better than I had imagined.

Our guests received a wooden box in the mail with Zoom coordinates, handmade party hats, custom sugar cookies, a recipe, and the ingredients to make Eli’s signature birthday milkshake! They were absolutely elated to be able to celebrate with us. My mother-in-law even cried when she received our package!

With our terrazzo backdrop set-up and signature birthday drinks in hand, we hosted our very first Zoom party. Eli looked especially festive wearing a birthday crown knit and mailed to us by his great-grandma. Celebrating Eli’s first birthday over a video call wasn’t what we had anticipated, but it’s definitely a birthday party that was very special- and one we’ll never forget!

Here’s Why That Pricey Wedding Photography Cost Is Worth Every Penny

If you’ve taken the time to look at potential photographers and their pricing, you may have noticed that it can be WAY expensive. But there is absolutely a reason why: wedding photography is in a class of its own. We don’t mean that in an aesthetic, “look how pretty it is” way. We mean that in the nitty gritty amount of work that goes into it way. Wedding photographers develop a unique skill set, dealing with sticky situations, anxious brides, sudden weather changes, and other hiccups. It is through years of trial and effort, practice, training, and development, plus sheer hard work that they have become the artists that they are! And yes, they are artists. 

To get all your wedding photography questions answered and more, check out our Ultimate Wedding Photography Guide!

Photo by Jen Huang Photography

Like most vendors, photographers quote based off the cost of material and their time—but keep in mind, that goes well beyond the number of hours they put in on the day of! An experienced photographer will go all in to make sure they’re ready for your day. They will take time to visit your ceremony and reception sites, to make sure they’re  familiar with the surroundings of their snaps, what layout and lighting they’ll be working with, and what (if any) challenges they might face. Not to mention, they will take time to meet with you beforehand to get a sense of who you guys are as a couple and what you’re envisioning for your special day. Then after the wedding is done, they’ll spend marathon days editing photos to produce a gorgeous, well-curated portfolio. 

Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

So with that in mind, here’s a list of some factors photographers take into consideration when building out their pricing:

  • Educational Background | Is the photographer academically trained in photography? Are they continuing their development on a regular basis by participating in workshops and conferences? 
  • Years of Experience | How long have they been shooting weddings? 
  • Location | Photographers in large cities and destination locations  may charge more for their services.
  • Awards and Accolades | Has their work earned any honors or distinctions over the years? (This can often show you what kind of weddings they’re exceptional at shooting.) 
  • Published Features | Do they have work featured in prominent and industry-leading wedding publications like Style Me Pretty? While it might not be especially important to you, it does bolster those aforementioned professional accolades.
  • Hours of Coverage | How long will they be available on your wedding day? Do you need them from morning until midnight, or would six hours suffice? 
  • Second Shooters | A second shooter is, of course, an additional expense, but having one will allow for more moments to be captured during larger weddings. Unless your wedding is small and intimate, a second shooter is pretty much a must. You can trust your photographer’s recommendation on this.
  • Travel Expenses | Will the photographer need to travel a long distance to attend your wedding? What sort of traveling expenses might they incur? You’ll be responsible for covering these additional costs.  
  • Hours of Editing | So much time and energy is put into editing the photos from your day! As a rule of thumb, the more hours of coverage you have, the more time the gallery will take to edit.
  • Gear | The tools a photographer uses are costly and, as such, can factor into pricing. This includes state of the art cameras, lenses, lights, reflectors, styling mats, film (if a film photographer), etc. Top notch photographers replace their gear regularly!
  • Album Costs | Most good photography packages include luxe photo albums, and the cost to have one made will be included in your pricing should you choose to order one. We’re big fans of albums and will always recommend that you do one. Yes, it can add up, but you won’t want to skimp on this—it’s one of the best keepsakes you’ll have in life.
  • Insurance | Many high-end photographers have business insurance to cover any liability concerns that could arise (for example: if they accidentally break a glass at the venue, or if a guest trips over their camera bag or injures him/herself on a piece of photo equipment).

Because of all these factors, photographers are available for work at several pricing tiers. Keep in mind that those priced lower generally have less experience, less education, and less (or lower quality) equipment. So, if you’re looking at $ versus $$$ vendors, put in some extra time to really research them and their abilities. If you decide to inquire with them, ask about their process and background to make sure you trust them with your day.

“Every photographer is priced differently and offers a different experience to their couples. We are not all the same! Photographers differ by personality, editing style, what medium they use to create their images, the deliverables they offer, the number of shooters they offer, the experience of those second shooters, the number of images they deliver to clients, the amount of hours they spend with you on the wedding day, years of experience, the number of weddings they’ve shot, and many other variables. You’re not just comparing apples to apples when it comes to photographers.”

– Dana Cubbage, Dana Cubbage Weddings

Photo by The Happy Bloom 

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An Empowering Editorial at Easton Broad Inspired by Butterflies

The gorgeous gallery of images is almost as beautiful as the meaning and inspiration behind today’s shoot, dreamed up and captured by RTFaith Photography, with planning assistance from Shantilly Gatherings. This talented duo decided to create a shoot reflective of the transformation and growth our industry and our world is going through right now, elegantly embracing positive and necessary change. Please read the beautiful words from Shantel and Rithy to learn more about the creative process behind this empowering shoot – we couldn’t be more in love.

Vision Behind the Shoot

From the planner, Shantel Dix, and photographer, Rithy Tamba… “Change does Not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” -MLK
The inspiration behind the Empowerment Bridal shoot came to us in three stages and the shoot itself went through a transformation while it was in the developmental phase. As artists, we observe what is going on in the world around us and use art to reflect the change that we wish to see.

METAMORPHOSIS “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” -Maya Angelou
Shantel: I originally created the idea of a butterfly shoot as a fantasy shoot in a desire to reflect my own individual growth as an artist and a lover. Butterflies are gorgeous fragile creatures who undergo a full body transformation that requires strength in both body and mind. This is something people also endure in a metaphorical sense while journeying down the path of love with their spouse.

Adapting to change is necessary if you really want to be able to merge as a couple. Often your relationship will be put to the test many times causing your love to continuously transform. At the heart of my inspiration, my own relationship had endured many changes over the last year and our growth was truly worth representation, little did I know that the world around us was about to experience change as well.

PANDEMIC “Change is never easy, but always possible.” -Barack Obama Just as we had begun to cultivate this gorgeous vision, the world was hit with an unforeseen force that rocked the status quo. During this time of pandemic, many have been and continue to contemplate the state of normal we once accepted. I witnessed couples planning their weddings struggle with the pressure to postpone their weddings. As people have adjusted to our new normal, they began to embrace smaller ceremonies, micro weddings and elopements. It has been truly beautiful watching love continue to transform to conquer all adversities.

BLACK LIVES MATTER “I am No Longer accepting the things I cannot change. I Am changing the things I cannot accept.” -Angela Davis At this point I was beginning to call into question whether a butterfly shoot was the way to go, as we didn’t even know if we would be able to do a shoot at all. But this was my form of self expression where I could show the world the change that I wanted to see come about. Growing up I’d been to countless romance filled BIPOC weddings and as an adult I’ve helped beautify many brides and yet I still see very few represented in magazines and blogs. As much as I have always desired to see a face that reflects mine on the cover, I also wanted to see fellow vendors owned by individuals of color cited in these very same publications. I knew that this had to be where I began.

The Inspiration

What can I do to start the change I want to see? Change that is needed now. I realized that this shoot needed to become about more than just me as a Black woman, a Black mother, and a Black bride. This project reflects what I’ve always felt was missing from the wedding advertising industry: representation for the love and beauty of all Black brides. Now more than ever is the time to embrace positive change. Old ideas of what is considered desirable have often not embraced the beauty that is the Black woman. Just like the huge variety of butterflies, diversity is also a display of breathtaking beauty that should be shared with the word. I hope that you will assist us in our endeavor to show the diversity that true love encourages.

 

Vision in the Details

Butterfly veil It is said that when a butterfly flies in front of you that it symbolizes a change is coming and that you need to leave your past behind to embrace it. We chose four Black models to show the beauty, strength and diversity of the Black bride. There is not a huge diversity amongst wedding vendors in Oregon but this is changing rapidly and I am happy to say we had a group of very talented individuals. I suggest to not feel any qualms about reaching out and asking companies if they are BIPOC owned.

Rithy (Photographer)- styled the tablescape and the cake bar. The shoot reminded me of a modern romance, which we don’t often see featuring brides or people of color. So I wanted to keep the aesthetic modern, but have flowy drapes to create a romantic feel. The vision I had was a strong, but delicate table where the brides can sit and converse about all things near and dear to their hearts.

Advice for those planning:

Spring/summer wedding This is definitely a spring and/or summer wedding as butterflies respond much better to warm weather, also be sure to order butterflies native to where you’re getting married. We used fake butterflies ordered from a small company on Etsy that were made from recycled materials. I highly recommend this unless you can get butterflies locally so as to avoid any cruel treatment towards the butterfly in cross country shipping. Thrift give We thrifted a few background pieces where we could like pillows, throws and shoes adding into the sustainability of the shoot. I highly recommend thrifting for little decor and accent pieces not only is it good for the environment but it can cut down on costs and help you get unique pieces. Of course this is easier to do if you give yourself plenty of time leading up to your special day. Hiring an event planner can help you organize all of this and help you get your vision nailed down from day one.

All of our vendors were absolutely amazing and contributed so much. RTFaith Photography is POC owned and her beautiful photography lended to the soft and romantic feel while capturing the models strength. She also handled all of the details with perfect precision, from dress details, to table and cake setup. Her vision behind her film camera brought the shoot to life. Her cues and precision with the models brought chills to the room and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Easton Broad was the venue we chose, this female owned venue has urban appeal that gave us a modern twist that helped emphasize the strength behind the shoot. Finding a venue that fits your vision and will work with you towards your wedding is so important. Stephanie Mai is a POC Bridal designer which as it stands is hard to find and her work is absolutely ethereal. She helped us choose the dresses that would help bring both a modern and romantic feel on our Brides. Our florist was Knot and Fern, she pulled together a strong arch of feminine florals that perfectly framed our Brides.

Our models Shantel, Decontee, Mikaela and Karrin were all chosen for their strength during these trying times and their own unique beauty as Black women. Decontee told me that despite being a successful model even having walked in NY Fashion week she had never been asked to model as a bride and never expected to have this opportunity again because of the color of her skin. Our models had their natural beauty accentuated by Shantilly Artistry overseen by Shantel Dix with Hair and Makeup by Marissa Nwerem who is a multitalented Black Cosmetologist. They went for a rosey look to compliment the setting and bring out that Bridal flush. Vintage Meets Modern was kind enough to add in her sophisticated rental pieces that helped complete the overall aesthetic. This is a BIPOC owned company. Fat Cupcake created a sleek and modern all white cake with a white chocolate drip, white roses and white pearls. Those pearls matched the gorgeous gold earring accented with freshwater pearls from Amaree and Reese Jewelry a WOC owned jeweler. Adding into our sustainability we also enlisted Emma Brooke Jewelry who creates beautiful, modern pieces including the rings and necklaces from vintage or damaged pieces. Our crown and hair pieces were from Stem and Stone and Taimani Emerald Creative. Coordination by WOC owned Shantilly Gatherings.

From the florist… In a quest to expand my community I have been involving myself + my business in various collaborations with other wedding industry vendors. I met Rithy of RT Faith Photography while working on a styled shoot last year. We instantly connected and kept each other in mind for future projects, so I was delighted that she reached out to me to about working on a collaborative shoot based on a vision of make-up artist Shantel of Shantilly Make Up Artistry. I had not yet met Shantel but was excited to bring flowers to a photoshoot with butterflies as the main inspiration. So dreamy! During planning the photoshoot direction went through its own metamorphosis as the world around us was changing daily. This sweet and feminine photoshoot that would include a veil of butterflies became something much more profound, and Empowerment Bridal shoot. An opportunity to highlight some amazing Portland local BIPOC owned businesses while showing Portland a more diverse bride.

The day of the shoot was similar to the set-up of many other shoots I’ve been to. Everyone set up their hair and make-up tools, we began to set the scene by setting the table with gorgeous flatware and glassware, fun music played in the background and I started to build the floral installation that would be the backdrop. Golden hour was approaching and there was a clear moment that, in my opinion, set this shoot apart from others I have participated in. The energy pivoted, and everyone’s chemistry aligned. As we were finding perfect lighting and Rithy began to position the models she asked them to close their eyes, directing each model to embody a different vibe. She counted to three and these beautiful women opened their eyes with the some truly fierce looks. We all stopped and commented on how bold + beautiful it was. We all got the feels, jaws dropping, looking at one another and truly feeling the MAGIC. Shantel, Decontee, Mikaela and Karrin all posed with such confidence and poise. Their bold looks were just as beautiful as their smiles.

I am truly grateful that I was invited to collaborate with these women and proud of the images that came from this day. The message comes across so authentically in Rithy’s images, not only because of her talent but because the women shown in the images are truly beautiful Black empowered individuals.

Photographer: RTFaith Photography | Coordinator: Shantilly Gatherings | Floral Design: Knot and Fern | Dress: DeLux Bridal | Wedding Dress: Stephanie Mai | Cake: Fat Cupcake | Hair and Makeup: Shantilly Artistry | Hair and Makeup: Marissa Nwerem | Venue: Easton Broad | Crown: Stem and Stone | Event & Wedding Venue: Easton Broad | Jewlery: Amaree and Reese | Model: Decontee Peters | Model : Mikaela Woods | Model : Karrin Shriner | Model : Shantel Dix | Rentals: Sherine Iskandar | Rings and Necklaces: Emma Brooke | Styling Mat: JRD Artshop

A Little Bit of Magic is What You Get When You Mix An Ethereal Gown With A Farmhouse Backdrop!

Rolling hills, a flowing dress, and, one of the coolest barns we’ve ever seen at Bloomsbury Farm made up for today’s inspiration shoot by Dani Toscano. The mix of the three created a stunning visual paired with an elegant farmhouse tablescape, created by Janna Brown mixing striped napkins and neutral-toned florals. Scroll slowly because I promise you, this is a good one! Maybe even stop the mouse as you catch that Alon Livine gown trailing through fills!

From Dani ToscanoThis beautiful Bloomsbury Farm editorial was built upon elements that complimented the rolling hills of the landscape, the delicate movements of an ethereal gown, and the organic nature of the farm.

The tablescape, designed by Janna Brown, presented an elevated farmhouse aesthetic. She selected neutral linen to pair with beige striped napkins, and hand-lettered menus and place cards for each place setting. Her florals were predominantly cream tones, with a few mauve varieties interspersed. Hand-made bread loaves and artisan cheeses perched below the cascading florals were the finishing touches for the table.

Our bride donned a stunning gown by Alon Livne, that trailed behind her as she traipsed through the sunlit hills. Her makeup was dewy and natural, a perfect fit for such an organic setting. As the sun began to soften, we captured portraits in front of an untamed ceremony installation, brimming with wild foliage and hydrangea.

Photography: Dani Toscano | Gown: Alon Livne | Hair & Makeup: Katie Gurley | Tuxedo: Street Tuxedo | Designer & Florist: Janna Brown Design Co. | Farm: Bloomsbury Farm | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Paper Goods: Isidore Augustine | Rentals: Liberty Party Rental | Silk Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

Desert Lovers Need to Consider This Private Estate Venue in the Heart of Coachella Valley

Picture this… 5 acres in the heart of Coachella Valley, a three-hole golf course, a 1,500 square foot pool, multiple entertaining spaces, and epic landscapes galore – obsessed yet? We are too. Desert lovers are going to fall in love with the Old Polo Estate from today’s gorgeous peachy styled shoot planned by Sugar Plum & Co. To see all the inspiration this day has to offer, don’t forget to check out the full gallery – all captured by Jaymel Molina Photography!

From Jaymel Molina PhotographyThis romantic peachy summer-themed styled shoot was held at the charming Old Polo Estate, located on 5 acres in the heart of Coachella Valley, just one mile from where the Annual Coachella Fest, Stagecoach, and Desert Trip is held. 

This private venue sports a three-hole golf course, a 1,500 square foot pool, great entertaining spaces, and large grassy areas, which makes for the perfect wedding backdrop. Both models had no problems expressing their romantic side and love for each other as they are in a committed relationship in real life. How cute is that?!? 

We kept the desert heat at bay with some refreshing cold White Claw Hard Seltzers, and homemade custom popsicles made just for this shoot. All the details from the linens, candles to the invites came together perfectly – complemented by the surrounding desert foliage.

Photographer: Jaymel Molina Photography | Coordination: Sugar Plum And Company | Florist: Milieu Florals | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Exquisite Desserts | Hair & Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga | Calligraphy: Hand Lettered Market | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Estate: Old Polo Estate | Host: The Shootout Society | Macrame: Macra Faye | Model: Jordyn | Model: Danielle Byrd | Popsicles: Nichos Ice Cream | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Rentals: Sundrop Vintage | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Table Numbers: JP Stationery | Wedding Invites: Minted

Trend Repot: Wood Tones

The thing about trends these days is that it’s less of a *new* idea coming into play and more of a revitalization of an idea. Case in point — the front and center use of wood tones as a primary color in a room is having a major moment. And we’re not talking about the shiny, cheery wood that actually wasn’t wood deep cabinet colors you grew up with. Oh no, now we’re looking at REAL wood that comes in multiple varieties, grains, and colors. This resurgence is a nod to a more natural aesthetic. It’s calming to look at and makes a space feel a little less “showroom” and a little more “collected.”

Check out some of our favorite examples!

1. Full Feature Spolight

A BIG way we’re seeing major use of wood tones is actually in making it the dominant feature in the whole design. We’re consistently drawn to this because it’s earthy, trendy, and just dadgum beautiful. Coordinate with the cabinetry can be tricky but when it’s done well, it’s gorgeous.

2. Accents Features In a Home

Another place we’re seeing wood tones really pop in when they’re used as accents to the space. Whether as a door or even as a ceiling treatment, putting wood in both expected and unexpected places makes it really stand out. This can also look like things like pillars, fireplace mantels, ceiling beams or even countertops.

3. Dominant Furniture Choices

There was a time when it felt like you painted EVERY piece of furniture that came into your house. But that time has now passed and gorgeous wood pieces are here to pop. When you’re working with bright white spaces, a little wood-toned furniture goes a loo0ong way.

4. Accessories Throughout The Home

If you’re trying to make your home feel a little more collected and peaceful, many times the solution is actually adding some wood accents to your space! Whether that’s a few candlesticks here, a cutting board there or a chair with wooden legs, adding small pops of nature-made warmth brings a lot of much-needed balance to your home.

We’ve been seeing this “trend” sneak into the home for a while now, and overall we have to give it a solid 10/10 in both short term aesthetic and long term lasting power. This is one trend train you won’t regret hoping on!

 

1.: Amy Johnson | 1.: Amy Johnson | 2.: Love Grows WIld | 3.: Studio Ezra | 4.: Nicole Davis | 5.: Nicole Davis | 6.: Studio McGee | 7.: Bria Hammel Interiors | 8.: Studio McGee

Have Your [Wedding] Cake and Eat It, Too, With the Help of These Tasty Touches

By a show of hands, who has heard something along the lines of “the veil makes the bride” at some point in their wedding planning journey? Well, any of those silly little clichés, really, we’ll be as bold as to say that they’re all fake news. The only real sentiment we can get behind is that “it’s not a wedding, unless there’s cake…” (kidding, of course,  these days, more than EVER before, a wedding can be anything that the couple wants it to be, we’re just particularly hungry for the ones that have cake 😉🍰). Five concentric tiers and tantalizing from top to bottom? Three square levels of luscious, buttercream-frosted perfection? Maybe it’s a croquembouche or a cheesecake, a tower of cupcakes or a creative cookie cake display, perhaps? No matter the look, if it’s a pretty confection, enjoyed in the name of love, it’s a wedding cake and we’ll take it! 

Speaking of taking it, just a couple days ago, we were speaking to a vendor friend of ours who had her own microwedding last month, and she said that one of the highlights of their day was the wedding cake. It was a festive moment and one that brightened up the bitterness that could have befallen her COVID wedding, but didn’t. And we couldn’t agree more! Wedding cake lifts the mood and gives the couple and their guests a little sugar high on top of the wedding high that already accompanies the day. A slice of cake and a dollop of newlywed dust is iconic to the wedding experience, and it’s pretty universal – whether it’s a big wedding, small wedding, just with fam, just with friends, or just the two of you.


Our Style Me Pretty Collection wouldn’t be nearly as sweet without some special cake-related items. We have metallic serving sets, gold-wired toppers, the perfect stand, and the most stunning porcelain cake plate duo for the guests of honor, so there really is no reason you can’t commemorate the occasion #totalpieceofcake.

And some ideas to keep things sweet, if COVID’s done its best to make things sour.

If you’re “saving room” for later… And postponing your big day to another [hopefully safer] time, you can still celebrate your original date. Check in with your bakery to see if they can create a smaller version of the cake you would have enjoyed on your wedding day. Let them know that you have your own cake stand, and share the dimensions ahead of time, just so you can be sure the scaled-down delight fits!

All that’s left to do is to top it, and why not do it with the one word that’s been on your mind this whole time: LOVE!!! 

 

If you’re in the mood to make your own…

Throw on some aprons, pour yourselves a glass of postponed-wedding Prosecco, and have some fun in the kitchen (especially since you might have some brand-new wedding registry items that haven’t been broken out yet #standmixersfirstmoment). Your wedding cake doesn’t have to be perfect, either, as long as it’s baked with love. For extra points, document all of the DIY-ing and the delicious final product, sliced and served on your adorable porcelain cake plates, so that you can Polaroid the proof and stick it in your topper to impress your guests next year!


If you’ll be sending guests home with a slice or two to-go…

Have your photographer capture a few pics of the two of you cutting your cake (with your special serving set), and then allow a dedicated server to cut the remainder of the cake and carefully place slices in cute, mini take-home boxes with pre-packaged, disposable utensils. This way, the cake won’t be sitting out for hours and guests won’t have to worry about any extra germs floating around.

We actually have two serving options in our shop, a white and gold cake serving set and a silver ornate cake serving set, so if you’re having a small celebration now and a larger event later, you can make use of both! Designate one for cake at your microwedding / minimony, etc. and the other for cake at your post-COVID party, and then put each set into respective date-engraved shadow boxes, along with other wedding mementos from the events. Talk about a well-confectioned time capsule!

Shop everything for your cake cutting ceremony right now – and maybe put a little “Sugar Sugar” on in the background, too, you know, to candy-coat your purchase all the more!

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

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California Chic in the Santa Ynez Valley Complete With a Must-Have Addition for Coffee Lovers

Today’s timeless affair at Kestrel Park planned by Event of The Season is the definition of “California chic” and we’re living for it. The two exchanged vows underneath a blooming floral arbor by Camellia Floral Design with blush, white and pops of burgundy hues. Our favorite part? The cutest little coffee bar addition to their reception for a caffeine pick-me-up to keep the dance floor going all night long – how cute is that?! To see it all unfold, head on over to full gallery – taken by Taryn Grey Photography!

From Event of the SeasonWhen we started designing Chelsea and Bradley’s wedding they told us they wanted a day that was elegant and timeless, with a European flair and hint of California Chic. Kestrel Park was the perfect location for their romantic garden nuptials and last hurrah in the states before settling down as a married couple in London. 

The palette consisted of a balanced mix of textures with neutral hues, warm pinks, sophisticated pops of deep navy/black, and an abundance of organic greenery. Bradley wore a custom suit, and Chelsea an incredible Mira Zwillinger gown with hair and makeup done by TEAM Hair and Makeup. The ceremony took place down the sycamore lined allee, with organic string quartet playing nearby. The two said their vows under an abundant floral archway and twinling candlelight. 

Camellia Floral Design did an incredible job blending the natural elements in from the venue, and incorporating moody unexpected details into her organic arrangements. The black cross back chairs from Bright Event Rentals really grounded the ceremony. After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails and bites in the gardens and apple orchards. Signature margaritas and gin and tonics were served over custom ice cubes with the couple’s shared initial. On the way to the reception guests were invited to find their table assignments which were displayed on a freestanding backdrop with clusters of florals at the base. Each escort card was embellished with a wax seal. 

The reception was composed of 4 long feasting tables set with textured linens, modern tabletop pieces, and an onyx charger with a velvet napkin to carry on the chic. In lieu of material favors, the bride and groom wrote each of their guests a sentimental note, which sat beside each place setting. The evening was lit up by Spark Creative Events, while guests enjoyed a family-style dining experience prepared by Omni Catering followed by black and white marble cake by Colin O’Dea Cakes. Following dinner, guests enjoyed gourmet coffee and espresso martinis (the groom’s favorite) from Welcome Coffee Cart. Everyone danced all night to a lively performance by the Halfmoons. Taryn Grey captured the day so beautifully, while SJ Videography created the most romantic film. It was truly a night to remember.

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Photography: Taryn Grey Photography | Videography: Sj Videography | Floral Design: Camellia Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Cake: Colin O'dea Cakes | Catering: Omni Fresco Catering | Hair & Makeup : Team Hair And Makeup | Lighting: SPARK Creative Events | Ceremony Music: Organic String Quartet | Wedding Venue: Kestrel Park | Coffee Cart: Welcome Coffee Cart | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Personalized Ice Cubes: Ice Bulb | Reception Band: Dart Collective | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Wedding Planning, Event Design, Stationery: Event Of The Season

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Intimate Micro-Wedding Inspiration At One Of Northern California’s Premier Private Estate Venues

It is no secret that micro-weddings are here for the immediate future, but after we saw today’s inspiration shoot photographed by Ashley Baumgartner, we might be on board for the long run! Put together by Stephanie Teague Events, this shoot set amongst the gardens of Park Winters was exactly what we needed with lush greenery and delicate gold details. Take a look and see why sometimes less is more, even when it comes to the guest list…and see the adorable flower girl steal the show!

From Ashley BaumgartnerAmidst life’s greatest uncertainty, remains love. Love that can stand the test of time. That can stand the tests of this world. And can stand the tests of this period in time where we all face insurmountable uncertainty. And that’s exactly what couples should grasp to, the certainty of love. The certainty of love, and life. Happiness and humor. Family and friendship. And that’s exactly what Leslie, Lamar, and their precious daughter did during this time. Clung to love. Clung to family. Clung to friends. And chose celebration anyways.

In this classically intimate garden inspiration editorial designed by Stephanie Teague Events and Taylor Petrinovich, Leslie and Lamar welcomed guests to their micro-wedding, an ever-growing and much-needed trend in our wedding industry. An intimate affair for those closest to their heart. Their daughter. Their family. Their friends. The people most important to them in the world. And what perfect place to have it – Northern California’s premier private estate venue, the grounds of Park Winters.

Their guests and bridal party alike arrived at Park Winters famous inn to be greeted with champagne shelves from Lux Event Rentals and Design and a refreshing sip to begin the celebration. After being invited by a modern, black-tie themed paperie suite by Ashley Baumgartner, guests knew they were in for a classic, elegant and intimate affair. The grounds of Park Winters were only a tease of the beauty they were in for before heading to their garden view for a ceremony lush with florals by Le Bloomerie, stunning white and gold chairs, and the glimmer of sunset.

In front of their closest friends and family, Leslie and Lamar tied the knot with their stunning daughter between them. A kiss sealed the deal and then there was certainly no shortage of reasons to celebrate with those that meant the most to them.

The couple, their bridal party adorned in blush-toned Bella Bridesmaid gowns, and their family returned to the lawn of Park Winters for classic cocktails and more champagne, a preview of the night’s desserts – a three-tiered gold-encrusted wedding cake by Baker & A Black Cat, and a few portraits with their guests to memorialize the company that they chose so dearly to celebrate alongside them.

Guests were then lead to an enchanting corner of the property to their private dinner affair at Park Winters, known for its famous farm-to-fork dinners curated on property. Mouths were agape as guests entered the nook adorned with flowing greenery draping from an outdoor chandelier and delicately placed blooms. A table set just for them, in gorgeous neutral linens from Hensley and sleek modern chairs signified the start of their relaxed evening. Classic place settings lined with gold trim and a menu in a modern black and ivory palette gave a peek into the feast they would enjoy together. Blush and ivory florals provided a romantic touch to the evening’s soiree along with delicate gold and black details. Leslie and Lamar’s bridal party toasted to their love and their union of their family in celebration as the couple stole kisses from each other.

For their classic black-tie micro-wedding, Leslie and Lamar opted for classic looks. A simple and understated Goddess by Nature gown from Grace and White proved to be elegant and timeless, in combination with a sleek hairstyle and makeup palette from All Dolled Up Norcal. But a little bling is always needed, and Leslie’s beaded Bella Belle heels brought just that. Lamar opted for a classic black suit but brought his own personality with a velvet blazer. Their daughter stole the show in a white tutu ball gown complete with matching bun. Leslie’s look would not have been complete without an overflowing and bountiful ivory-toned bouquet, draping in a sleek ivory ribbon from Party Crush Studio.

Although it was micro, it was nothing short of a perfect wedding day for Leslie and Lamar perfectly captured by the film photographs of Ashley Baumgartner and the cinematography of Taylor Petrinovich. It will surely be a day that Leslie, Lamar, their daughter, and their closes inner circle will never forget.

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Photography: Ashley Baumgartner | Videography: Taylor Petrinovich | Florals: Le Bloomerie | Wedding Cake: Baker A Black Cat | Hair & Makeup: All Dolled Up | Officiant: Tan Weddings Events | Backdrop & Styling Mats: Suzy Pierce Art | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Bridesmaids Gowns: Bella Bridesmaid | Coordination & Styling: Stephanie Teague Events | Furniture Rentals: Lux Event Rentals Design | Invitation & Paperie: Ashley Baumgartner | Private Estate/Garden: Inn At Park Winters | Ribbon: Party Crush Studio | Tabletop Rentals & Linens: Hensley Event Resources | Wedding Dress Designer: Goddess By Nature | Wedding Gown Boutique: Grace and White Bridal

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Who Knew Southern Blooms in the Desert Was Such an Epic Combo!

Magnolias? In the desert? You might be thinking that this unlikely combo sounds a little too out there – but P.S. & Associates Event Planning just proved us all oh-so wrong. The results are magic and we’re obsessed. There’s nothing better than when a couple and their vendors aren’t afraid to reach outside the typical wedding box and create something incredibly unique and beautiful. To see how it all came together, don’t miss out on the full gallery of inspiration captured by Katie Jane Photography!

From The Katie Jane PhotoOur goal with this stunning shoot was to celebrate love along with the gorgeous tones of the Southern California desert. Tumbleweed Sanctuary provided the perfect setting for this romantic and edgy inspiration shoot.

Every detail was perfectly styled by P. S. & Associates Event Planning, from the romantic ceremony between the Joshua Trees to the whimsical bar trailer perfectly decorated with magnolia leaves by La Rosa Que Crecio. The table was styled with earthy details, such as raw crystals and magnolia leaves, alongside metallic gold accents and clean, modern tabletop elements.

Each of our brides were styled to match their own unique tastes. Laura wore an incredible custom bridal jumpsuit by Amanda James that was complimented by a Nina Berenato spiked ear cuff to add a little edge. Heather’s look was more ethereal and romantic . Her gown by Chosen One Day was perfectly styled with her loose waves and soft makeup.

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Photography: Katie Jane Photography | Floral Design: La Rosa Que Crecio | Wedding Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes | Rings: Kobelli Fine Jewelry | Venue: TumbleWeed Sanctuary | Beauty Concierge: Elwynn and Cass | Bridal Gown: En Blanc | Bridal Gown Designer: Chosen By One Day | Bridal Jumpsuit Designer: Amanda James Bridal | Ear Cuff: Nina Berenato | Furniture & Specialty Rentals: Provenance Vintage Rentals | Hair Piece: Accessories by Juliana | Hair and Makeup Artist: Veronica Lara | Models: Heather & Laura | Paper Goods: Blissful Stationery | Planning & Styling: P.S. & Associates Event Planning | Rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals | Specialty Tabletop Rentals: Dish Wish

An Upscale Rustic Wedding With the Cutest Escort Card Idea You’ll Want to Steal

A dreamy Wyoming setting, foraged blooms by Fleur De V and the most adorable four-legged wedding guest – today’s elevated ranch fête planned by Simply Grand Weddings & Events is a country girl’s dream. Get ready for some majorly gorgeous additions to your Pinterest board after admiring the full gallery – all captured by Carrie Patterson Photography!

From the planner, Simply Grand Weddings & EventsMarissa and Ezra’s wedding was truly full of faith, love, and laughter. They got married on Snake River Ranch, just a stones throw from Ezra’s family home with wide open Teton views and beautiful aspen groves. They find their inspiration in music and the mountains. Their foremost desires for their day were a great band (check!) and a beautiful, easy setting (check!). Everything was very relaxed and beautiful. It felt like one large family celebrating! Because their wedding fell on the Fourth of July weekend, they wanted to incorporate lots of American feeling touches like denim, used in their invitation suite and leather. We brought the hints of blue in throughout the wedding in different subtle ways. 

Marissa wanted the landscape to be the star so Vanessa at Flue de V kept the beautiful florals and decor very classic and romantic with whites and greens and touches of blue here and there, utilizing flowers and grasses that felt wild and foraged but also thoughtfully arranged and lovely. Their traditional Jewish ceremony was held in the large green aspen grove on the property. After walking with his parents through the grove, down the aisle to “Walk the Line” Ezra waited under a gorgeous white floral Chuppah. Marissa crossed over the bridge and into the grove with her parents by her side to the song, “Yellow” by Cold Play played acoustically by a small ensemble in the trees. After grabbing a glass of champagne, the guests walked along the stream through the forest for the grand reveal of the reception site. 

The sweeping green fields and Teton views are always such a wonderful surprise for guests. As guests entered the field for cocktails and appetizers, they were greeted by a large board holding the escort tags attached to rustic leather tassels that would later be transformed into a donut wall for dessert. Utilizing every space in a fun and functional way, we made sure guests could circulate between all of the bars and appetizers throughout cocktail hour while the band played outside. Marissa and Ezra practiced their first dance along the stream as they made their way to cocktail hour. Inside, the tent felt like a garden as abundant flowers and grasses surrounded the stage and the head table. 

Marissa wanted lots of beautiful lighting and to bring the outside in. Lush green vines crept up the tent poles into the antler chandeliers and string lights criss-crossed above. The modern table settings by XOWYO lent an organic elegance to the romantic white and green arrangements and cups of wild grasses on each table. The hand painted watercolor table numbers were named after Marissa and Ezra’s favorite Teton peaks. Marissa wanted the floor plan to feel like a large family dinner but also have easy flow to the dance floor and to the outside of the tent. The meal was served family style, and keeping table top design impactful yet minimal for ease of service and passing was a task Vanessa at Fleur de V mastered. The timing of the event was free flowing with dancing from beginning to end so access to the bars and dance floor were key. This is something I enjoyed most about their day. I loved the open concept timeline! Much less regimented feeling and kept people guessing what’s next. Plus The Cowling Band was amazing so it would have been a crime to limit them to a few hours. Everyone danced the night away!

Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography | Cinematography: Apres Visuals | Floral Design: Fleur De V | Stationery: Xowyo | Catering: Cafe Genevieve Catering | Lighting: Hughes Productions | Wedding Venue: Snake River Ranch | Airstream: The Silver Bungalow | Cake and Donuts: Jackson Cake Company | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Planning: Simply Grand Weddings And Events | Rentals: Xowyo | Tables and Chairs: Canvas Unlimited | Tent and Floors: Sperry Tents Colorado

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This Is the Perfect Blueprint for a Romantic Garden Wedding

Charleston charm, personalization inspiration at every turn and gorgeous organic arrangements from Roadside Blooms. This my friends is the perfect blueprint for a romantic garden wedding done right – all thanks to We Do! Charleston. Head on over to the full gallery to pin your favorite details, all captured by Samantha Jean Becker!

From Love, Samantha JeanHistoric wedding venues in Charleston hold a special charm in which garden party vignettes are most at home. For this editorial wedding shoot, we wanted to create specific moments in various spots of the Governor Thomas Bennett House and surrounding property that marry lush, organic floral arrangements and manicured landscaping to modern lines of physical structure and design. Since launching We Do! Charleston, our wedding planning and design company, last summer, this shoot served as sort of a branding debut for us. We incorporated the shade of blue from our company color palette as well as a WD monogram for the bride and groom, Whitney and Declan, that also represents We Do! 

As you enter the ceremony location on the crescent lawn, you’re greeted by an ornate fountain, that begets an Old World sophistication. Transparent ghost chairs from Eventworks added modern lines while still allowing you to blend seamlessly into the grounds as you waited for the lovebirds to enter. Roadside Blooms perfectly executed a floral archway sprouting with natural woody textures and pastel blossoms that served as the backdrop for ‘We Do’. To introduce the ‘something blue’ color palette of the day, we designed double-sided custom program fans, die cut in the outline of our couple’s WD monogram on the front and the ceremony information on the back. Leaving the ceremony, you enter cocktail hour on the oyster tabby with french striped linens from La Tavola on high tops. There was a beautifully handmade bar from The French Eclectic, framed with W and D marquee lights from Alpha Lit Charleston. Lawler Beverage Co. 

Just finished pouring the champagne tower and had begun serving the couple’s signature drink, a white cosmopolitan. The French Eclectic also provided beautifully upholstered velvet lounge furniture that invited guests after snacking on savory hors d’oeuvres from Thurston Southern Catering, displayed on a vintage mahogany sideboard that is part of We Do! Charleston’s rental inventory. A pink velvet tablecloth with lace overlay holds the wedding cake from Dessert Designs by Gisela, complete with cakesicles and sugar cookies stamped with “We Do”. Entering the reception, two handmade pine farm tables stood end-to-end beneath a large wooden arbor adorned with two capiz chandeliers and smilax greenery. Roadside Blooms planted an entire garden on the tabletop with a greenery table runner amongst the glass plates and gray stoneware. The stems of pink goblets were tied with hand-dyed gray silk ribbon with white lettering on blue handmade paper for place cards. To further customize this dinner party, the WD monogram was embroidered in blue on white napkins, displayed beneath the glass salad plates. Prism pillar candle holders were placed amongst the greenery and florals as focal points to catch light and reflect the pastel color scheme of the tableware. A white backdrop from SomethingoodCHS held the seating chart, bringing in more blue and modern lines on the table cards of guest names. WD monogram motifs persisted throughout this event in the decal on the dance floor, in the wedding invitations themselves, and welcome bags for traveling guests. Inside the Governor Thomas Bennett House, circa 1825, Bridal Portraits took place on the cantilevered staircase in the foyer that extends, with no visible means of support, to the second floor–one of only two in the entire city of Charleston. Hair and makeup by local artists, Contours and Curls, began in the stucco-over-brick basement on the ground floor. Lowcountry Valet brought in a 1950 Packard, in dove gray, adorned with a cloth banner on the trunk that was hand-lettered with “It was always you” for our lovely couple’s grand exit to their happily ever after.

Photographer: Love, Samantha Jean | Florals: Roadside Blooms | Stationery: Tiny Shindigs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Caterer: Thurston Southern Catering | Suits: Charleston Tuxedo | Bar Service: Lawler Beverage Co. | Chairs: Somethin' Good | Crowns: Emma Katzka Bridal | Desserts: Dessert Designs by Gisela | Gowns: Gown Boutique of Charleston | HMUA: Contours and Curls | House: The Governor Thomas Bennett House | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lounge: The French Eclectic | Marquee Lighting: Alpha-Lit New Orleans | Planning + Coordination: We Do | Rentals: Eventworks

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You Just Have To See This Unique Way To Display Your Seating Chart!

From elegant emerald to bold black this simple, yet stunning styled shoot photographed by Branson Maxwell, will make you swoon! Shot at The Olana, in Dallas, Texas, the venue was the perfect mix of elegant and vintage, with regal doorways and grand staircases! A floral circle was crafted by Cece Designs to creatively display the seating chart (and of course offer up absolutely gorgeous photo opp’s!) which guests surely won’t forget! Carried over to the beautiful table design, these floral circles might just be the answer to your design questions for your own special day! Take a peek below and get your Pinterest board ready!

From Branson MaxwellThis styled shoot is the perfect inspiration for all Spring and Summer brides, especially those who want to keep it simple yet elegant. The floral circle is unique yet classy, and will sure to stay in guests’ minds forever. The simple palette of green, white, and black is timeless and chic. Every detail, down to the invitation suite and tablescape, is dignified and well thought out.

The black and white vintage theme kept consistent throughout all the details, from the traditional black tux, the simple black, and white invitations, and table set up. Nature and foliage were an important part of the inspiration as well. Long vines of flowers were dangled across every doorway, tablescape, and accent piece. The shoot took place at The Olana in Dallas, Texas. This venue gave an elegant, romantic feel to the images with high ceilings and a grand entrance staircase which displayed the feeling of luxury and significance.

Photographer: Branson Maxwell | Styling: Lyons Events | Florist: Cece Designs | Wedding Dress: Weddings By Debbie | Cake: The London Baker | Stationery: Lyons Paperie | Venue: The Olana | Accessories: Etoile | Concept & Planning: Heather Benge Events | Decor: Gold Dust Event Co | Groom's Tux: Generation Tux | Hair & Make Up: Sunkissed And Made Up | Host: Styled Shoots Across America | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Marquee Event Rentals | Ribbon: Flower Shack Blooms

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This Wedding Will Instantly Inspire You to Add a Touch of Whimsy to Your Wedding Flowers

When your sister is an insanely talented floral designer, Juniper & Jasmine – you know your blooms are going to be better than your wildest dreams. Today’s stunning bride wanted to ditch the done-before green and white wedding palette and go with something a little more whimsy. With the help of ELM Events, they incorporated deep moody hues with soft sage and shades of blue to create what might just be our new favorite Fall wedding color scheme. Check out the full gallery for more inspiration – all taken  by The Happy Bloom!

From The Happy BloomWhen your sister is a florist in Charleston, you know your wedding day florals are going to be heavenly. Elizabeth and James were married last Fall and treated their guests to the party of their lives. Royal hues adorned their reception and a champagne wall welcomed their guests to cocktail hour. Enough from us. We’ll let Elizabeth fill you in on all of the details!

What was your vision for your wedding day? What made you choose certain colors or decor?

From the Bride… Whimsical was the word we kept going back to – from picking out my dress to the florals and decor to just the overall feel of the day. While we wanted our day to be timeless, we also added a touch of whimsy to most elements to allow our personalities to shine through. With Caroline as my sister, I spend a lot of time around weddings so the majority of our color/decor ideas were driven by floral inspiration. I knew I didn’t want your basic white + green palette and wanted to embrace color very early on. I ended up finding a random photo of an arrangement on Instagram that I was really drawn too. It had a such an awesome mix of deep moody hues while also incorporating some softer colors like sage green, shades of blue, and violet in a way I hadn’t really seen before. I shared it with Caroline and from there we were able to guide our decisions on everything else – we were always thinking “ok, but will this work with the flowers I want?” before making the final call on all other design elements.

A few of my favorite whimsical/color design details:

– The mismatched boutonnieres – I pointed out about 1000 “favorite” flowers leading up to the wedding day when helping Caroline with other weddings, so she just rolled with it and gave the guys options! Word on the street is they were fighting over their favorites in the man cave haha.

– The table scape on the farm tables. This was all Caroline too! She selected the black taper candles and silk table runner and then had the idea to add vintage books in. I loved how it turned out and am so happy we got to hide a few Harry Potter books in there!

– Our champagne bookshelf that we had handmade by Piece of Work – rather than choosing a rental we had the owner Les create a one of a kind piece with mix-matched shelves for us using material salvaged from a historic home on New Street which we’ll be able to use in our home! (and will obvi house our Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc. Etc. Collections haha)

– Our rose and gold cakes were so much fun to design with Ashley Bakery!
– All the velvet – from the furniture to the linens to the bridesmaids dresses, I loved the different shades and texture we were able to incorporated here.

What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day?

Oh gosh, there are a few. Does being followed all over Charleston by church bells qualify haha? For me, I think just looking back on the day and knowing I got to spend such special moments with the people who mean the most to me. Getting ready with my girls during the day. Those final few seconds of chaos getting dressed with my mom and sister. The car ride to the church with my dad and the last few moments before we walked into the church where we were both trying so hard to play it cool. Waiting in the bridal suite in the church with my sister and soon to be sister in law. Messing up my vows, haha. Driving around Charleston with James for photos and getting a few minutes by ourselves before we joined the reception. Then spending the entire night on the dance floor with our family and friends. It was all truly a dream! But if I had to pick one moment, it would probably be walking into the reception. The band cranked up a Led Zeppelin song for James as we were weaving our way through the crowd and when we got to the dance floor I finally got to see the amazing floral centerpiece my sister and her team created hanging above us. It was such high energy from everyone as we were being announced as Mr. And Mrs. Combined with James and I’s excitement, which created such a special moment!

What’s next for you and your husband?

We have a crazy few months ahead of us! James graduates from his masters program at Clemson on December 19th and we head to Southeast Asia for our honeymoon just a few days later! Once we return in mid-January we will be settling down here in Charleston. We have been long distance for the entirety of our relationship so knowing that is coming to an end in just a few short weeks is such a relief. We’ve been joking that 2019 was the year of the wedding, 2020 is year of the dog. So official what’s next: 1) Finally settle into a home together here in Charleston and then 2) rescue the most perfect pup sometime in the spring to start our little family!

Photography: The Happy Bloom | Florist: Juniper & Jasmine Designs | Cake: Ashley Bakery | Invitations: Dodeline Design | Ceremony Venue: St Matthews Lutheran Church | Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Jewelry: Emma Katzka Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Salthouse Catering | Hair + Makeup: Lashes And Lace Charleston | Suits: M. Dumas & Sons | Vintage Car: Lowcountry Valet | Bar Service: Squeeze OnSite | Bridal Boutique: Verità Bridal | Bridal Dress Designer: JLM Couture | Historic Home: The Governor Thomas Bennett House | Planning + Design: Elm Events | Reception Music: Liquid Pleasure | Rentals: Event DRS | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Veil: Bel Aire Bridal

Sweet Ways to Set Your Mr. & Mrs. Table Settings Apart on Your Special Day

For a moment, let’s consider that your wedding reception is the fanciest, most looked-forward-to date you’ve had in the entirety of your relationship. You’re dressed to the nines, you’ve undoubtedly had those butterflies fluttering around in your stomach since you went to bed last night (seriously, it’s excitement like sleeping before Santa, to the enth degree), and you’re sitting down for the happiest lunch or dinner date of your life. It has to feel different, right? Sitting down with your wife or husband for the first time? Ahh, it’s the best!! And to be honest, it’s made even better by all the special touches that honor your new titles. Wives for life? Hubbies for the long haul? That’s right, you can lean in!

We don’t shy away from any opportunity to make our couples feel unique on a day that’s all about them – so, of course, we made sure our Style Me Pretty Collection was well-stocked with bride and groom goodies. From personalized golden toasting flutes to signs that put your wedding roles on display [in the best way], these little details aren’t just phenomenally photogenic, they’re also perfect for helping you get used to your new life-long labels – mister or missus sounds 👌. Our table settings aren’t only reserved for sweetheart tables, either, they look similarly-stunning on communal tablescapes shared with all of your guests!

Just make sure your photographer snaps at least one of each of these. Promise?

 

The “let’s just sit and soak it all in before the squad gets here” shot.

Because the day is inevitably going to fly by, and you’ll want to be to recall the perfection of the table set for YOU. The way the rosé in those glasses matches the sky behind you, the pristinely-placed flatware, the mood-making blooms in the middle, how it all comes together in your honor. 

Tenth + Grace 


The “listening to your toasts with those speechless looks on your face” shot.

Because you’ll want to remember the exact feelings you had when you heard your favorite people talk about your love and just how much they love you. 


The “let’s steal a kiss when no one’s watching” shot.

Because there’s something about newlywedship that just makes each kiss feel like magic – quite literally, sparks fly. If your shutterbug can capture the chemistry of your smooch, underscored by some telling signage, then you might just be taken right back every time you see it. 

Like we said earlier, you’ll be missus and mister forevermore, but the bride and groom for only a moment. So, take advantage of your wedding day and set your table with looks that will have your guests smittenly going “awww, these seats are taken!” 

 

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Get the look with our Mr. & Mrs. Napkin Rings

Get the look with our Gold Bride and Groom Toasting Flutes.

Get the look with our Chair Signs – can be matched with any wedding vibe, classic (to match the real wedding look above), romantic, bohemian, etc. 

Get the look with our Our Day Gold Chair Signs

 

Get the look with our Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs with Tassels

We’ll be the first to say that sweetheart tables are the GOAT, but these days, with weddings taking on a more intimate ethos overall, we’re particularly keen on seeing those bride and groom call outs at one main table. You two in the center of it all, toasting to your new life together and feeling especially blessed to be able to celebrate with the ones you love most? It’s a beautiful picture and a memory that will last forever.

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The Most Important Last Minute Details You Can’t Forget

There will be so much going on the days before your wedding that it’s very easy to forget some key details – and some things that are not merely a detail. Here is a list of 6 things brides forget, so you can be sure not to forget them yourself!

 

1. Things you’ll need in your getting ready suite

Hand sanitizer/wipes, tissue paper, drinks, food, and a phone charger. I also highly recommend having some electrolyte replenishing drinks or powder to help you and your squad stay hydrated throughout the day. Also, don’t forget to have your meals as usual! It is a very busy day, but staying fed and hydrated will help you enjoy the day without fatigue and headaches. Pay special attention to water intake if you’ll be sipping on a (few) delicious mimosa(s)!

Hillary Muelleck Photography

2. Marriage License

Believe it or not, with all the excitement and anticipation for the more fun parts of the wedding day, it’s not that uncommon for couples to forget to bring their marriage license to the ceremony site. To avoid forgetting it, have it in a folder and pack it into your wedding day bag the week before your wedding. After the wedding, your officiant will take it with him to file with the county, then you will receive your marriage certificate.

3. Items for detail shots

For your photographer to be able to capture those beautiful detail shots you swoon over online you will need to remember to bring the important items that make a beautiful detail shot. Be sure to bring a full invitation suite with you, order a few extra blooms from your florist, and if you have pretty items that are meaningful to you, such as a pretty family heirloom, a small decorative tray, brooches, a heirloom ring box…Anything beautiful and meaningful that helps tell your story will make those shots all the more special. Most photographers and designers have a styling kit with basic items that can be used for these shots, so if nothing else, be sure to bring your invitations!

Hillary Muelleck Photography

4. Cake knife and flutes for your champagne toast!

There is sometimes a misconception about who provides the couple with their toast flutes as well as cake cutting utensils. In most cases, those are provided by you. Some caterers do offer cake cutting utensils, but most couples choose to buy their own so they can choose the design – since those appear on so many pictures – as well as choose beautiful and personalized flutes that you can use again on your special milestones.

Hillary Muelleck Photography

5. Prepare tip envelopes

Be sure to prepare any tips in separate envelopes ahead of time for any vendors that require a tip or that you wish to tip because they’ve been amazing. For catering staff, the caterer may prefer you place tips in separate envelopes that can be handed to each staff member, or you may be able to hand the catering manager a single envelope with all the tips. Ask your caterer ahead of time or check your contract, so you’ll have that ready to go.

6. Designate someone to collect all your personal items at the end of the night.

It’s easy to overlook this need, but it’s very important to make sure you assign someone to collect all of your items at the end of the night. Most venues usually need the space clear that same night after the event, so you need to be sure someone is in charge of collecting all of your things and taking it home for you. Between making sure you don’t miss the last dance, saying your goodbyes, and making that remarkable exit, you will be too busy at the end of the night so assign someone ahead of time. Also remember to assign someone to take your dress to the cleaners, if you’re leaving right after the wedding for the honeymoon.

Cathy Durig Photography

 

By Eliana Nunes, Owner and Designer at Eliana Nunes Events