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An Ethereal Garden Wedding at The White Sparrow Barn

The oh-so talented team at Moss Floral Design brought an ethereal garden scene indoors at The White Sparrow Barn – and the result was absolutely magical. Abundant greenery and a feminine color palette of soft pinks, blush and mauve danced across the barn’s blank canvas. The entire day planned by Ivory and Vine Event Co. was nothing short of a dream. Don’t miss a single moment of this enchanting affair at the full gallery of images captured perfectly by the always lovely, Stephanie Brazzle Photography.

From Stephanie Brazzle Photography… Ashley & Chad’s winter wedding was intimate, romantic and full of gorgeous details. Ashley and I began dreaming up her wedding with a palette of soft pinks, blush, muave and overflowing greenery, bringing an ethereal garden aesthetic to their stunning white barn venue, The White Sparrow.

The barn gave us an elegant, clean canvas to paint on, and we filled it with soft candlelight, french-inspired details like hand-monogrammed napkins for each member of the wedding party, and luxurious velvet textures. Moss Floral Design juxtaposed soft, refined garden roses with wild smilax, and added pops of deep pink, mauve and amber to contrast the bright, airy wood of the barn.

Ashley’s custom stationery suite designed by Scribbles and Swirls, incorporated a crest with French detailing, and nods to the anemone that were sprinkled throughout Ashley’s bridal bouquet and the arrangements that adorned the velvet-lined tables. Guests were nestled into the barn during a cozy, candle-filled ceremony, the barn doors open to let in the cool air and the sound of rain falling on the leaves outside.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed jazz music, inspired by the couples love of New Orleans, and sipped champagne as we transformed the barn for moody, romantic dining. We wanted to evoke a feeling of closeness, denoted by the soft, plush linens, tall pillar candles and Southern comfort food; a stunning evening spent with close family and friends.

photographer : Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Floral Design: Moss Floral Design | wedding dress: Sareh Nouri | wedding dress : Arte Latica | stationery : Scribbles And Swirls | catering : Vestals Catering | entertainment : Le Force Entertainment | wedding venue : The White Sparrow | Planning: Ivory & Vine Event Co. | Rentals: Bella Acento | Rentals: Beautiful Event Rentals | hamu: Tracy Melton Artistry | jewerly : Shapiro Diamonds | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | robe: Lauren Leshansky | wedding : The White Sparrow

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Bohemian Country Wedding with a Touch of Whimsy at Barn of Chapel Hill

A white barn, the goodness of Chapel Hill and boho details… this is the beautiful combo that makes up today’s Southern fete planned by Kast Events. We’re getting to know these two Bride babes—from the thoughtful proposal to their favorite memories of their celebration—dive into the interview below and make sure to soak up the full day documented by Krystal Kast.

1. How did you meet?

We met in high school, East Chapel Hill High School, where we played soccer together. We grew up less than a mile apart on the greenway in Chapel Hill but didn’t know each other until I was a junior at East and she and her twin sister, Leigh, were on the soccer team. We came back together when I moved from Atlanta to Chapel Hill for medical school and Paige moved back from Boone when her dad was diagnosed with cancer so she could be with her family. We saw each other again at our yearly East reunion at TOPO the Friday after Thanksgiving (We never actually have real reunions because we have them yearly at TOPO—it’s bizarre). We have known each other for 15 or so years but started dating about 6 months to a year after she moved back to CH.

2. How did the proposal happen?

It happened on Christmas Day at our house in Chapel Hill. I had a book made for her—its a hard cover book made by LoveBook—with stick figures of the two of us and it’s called, “I love you – My reasons why” and I gave it to her on Christmas. Her family was in town and staying with us for Christmas so the whole clan was there and knew what was about to happen. I asked them to stay inside so I could give her the book and ring but slowly, one by one, everyone somehow made it out to the patio where we were sitting and wanted her to show them every SINGLE PAGE of the book. I literally couldn’t get on one knee because her mom was nearly on top of me it was ridiculous! But also sweet and cute. The last page of the book asked, “Will you marry me?” To which she replied, “Of course!”- it was awesome.

3. When did you know she/she was “the one?”

I knew she was the one a few years before we even moved in together… to me Paige is a no-brainer, but I think she needed to think about whether or not I was worthy of being her wife. So I waited… and waited… and waiteeedddd… and it was completely worth it.

4. Tell us about your wedding inspiration:

Boho, country barn style, pintrested to the max. Cheryl-Anne’s style was exactly what we were looking for. Greenery, flowers, rustic.

5. Any special details or fun memories from wedding day you’d like to share?

Paige wrote me the sweetest card I’ve ever received – it was actually perfect because not only was it the most thoughtful and loving writing I could imagine, it was specifically meant to keep me from crying during the ceremony, and it did!

I thought having our family members be such a big part of the wedding was really special – our brothers played the music, brother and sister did the readings – Alex and Cliff who are as much brothers as anyone, wrote us a freaking poem and then read it and it was adorable! And John, my younger bro, officiated and crushed it! The selfie guestbook has some real winners in it – as the book progresses you can tell people are getting drunker and the pictures are absolute gems!

And then during the ceremony there were the shotguns that were going off the entire time – what the hell was that? I thought it was funny, a “shotgun wedding” perhaps? The bug that crawled up John’s neck that I had to save him from.

We had an absolute blast! There are so many wonderful memories from that weekend that I can’t even really begin.

Photography: Krystal Kast Photogaphers | Event planning and design: Kast Events | Floral Design: The Barn of Chapel Hill | Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Whole Foods Market | Invitations: Indigo Envelope | Catering: Beau Catering | Hair and makeup: Salon 135 | Makeup and Hair: Wink Hair & Makeup | DJ: DJ Joe Bunn | Favors: Extraordinary Adventures | Ceremony and Reception: The Barn of Chapel Hill | Custom made rings: William Travis Jewelry | Dress designer: Claire Pettibone | Dress designer: Eddy K | Dress store: Gilded Bridal | Rentals: Cottage Luxe | Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Rentals: CE Rentals

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Pastel Wedding Inspiration at Riverwood Mansion in Nashville

Spring is here babes! It’s finally here. That means wedding season is right around the corner and we’re rolling out a plethora of stunning color palettes to inspire you warm-weather fete. Nothing is more spring-classic than a pastel palette and that just what RSVP Events, Julie Paisley and Melissa Broadwell are delivering today. Dive into the dreamiest-ever gallery for more.

From RSVP Events… Our editorial focuses on pastel hues of lavender, pale blue, blush, and cream. The bride’s gown is a set of separates by Carol Hannah, with a billowy linen skirt and bustier in layers of tulle paired with a bouquet lush in dimension.

Her hair and makeup are rooted in simple loveliness, for the bride who truly feels like herself on her wedding day. Design elements focus on texture and intricate touches, from high texture florals and antique silver goblets to detailed chargers and the hand painted walls of Riverwood Mansion.

Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Floral Design: Vintage Florals | Cake: Copper Whisk Cakes | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair and Makeup: Leslie Ellis | Bridal Gown: Carol Hannah | Bride Model: Alexandra Madar | Furniture Rentals: Grand Central Party Rental | Groom Model: David Joniak | Location: Riverwood Mansion | Menswear: Street Tuxedo | Paper Goods: Victoria Fiaretti | Planning & Design: RSVP Events | Ring & Ring Box: Rough Luxe Fine Jewelry | Table Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Tabletop Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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When Rustic Meets Romance at Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Today’s gorgeous wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch designed by Fancy Fete LA with planning from Love It Events will completely change what you think of when you hear the word “rustic”. Knot Just Flowers covered this sun-filled day with greenery and blush pink blooms galore. We’re obsessed with the organic ceremony design teeming with climbing floral on a towering tree – the scene is straight of a storybook! Being that I’m Armenian, I was so excited to see the traditional Armenian elements of their wedding ceremony! It was the perfect blend of both their cultural backgrounds. Check out all the magical details at the full gallery of images captured by Sposto Photography. Trust us people, this wedding is one for the books!

From the bride… We were traveling to Umbria, Italy for our friends’ wedding, and although I knew it was going to be an unforgettable trip, I didn’t know what was to come. Alborz proposed atop of the beautiful Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain  overlooking spectacular views of the city. We were posing for a photo, and all of a sudden I noticed him dropping to his knee and all I was thinking was “Oh my God. What is he doing? Is this really happening??? Is this the moment? What do I do with my hands?” I had hoped he would propose on this trip, but I was in shock! It was a magical moment that I will forever cherish. We had been together for nine years, and I always dreamt of this moment – envisioning it in front of our friends and family, celebrating and sharing in the joy and excitement with everyone, but the trip was actually a great way to embark on this new adventure. We were able to soak it all in and enjoy our time together traveling through Europe in this state of bliss versus jumping into wedding planning right away. We FaceTimed with our loved ones who could not wait to celebrate with us when we got back which was really exciting.

The beautiful architecture and landscape of Spain and Italy during our engagement-moon definitely inspired me to incorporate old world charm and rustic elegance into our wedding design. Being in Europe felt like being transported to another world, and since we were unable to have a destination wedding, we really wanted to create the same romantic and whimsical experience for our wedding guests through our venue and design details. We had a hanging “Sofreh Aghd,” at our wedding ceremony which was our unique spin on the several thousand-year old Iranian tradition. My grandmother had passed away six months before my wedding, so to keep her close I wore her necklace and carried her favorite blooms in my bouquet. I know she was with me all day. Other than flower girls, we decided to not have a wedding  party as we wanted to focus on each other and allow our closest family and friends to feel relaxed and be in the moment, but our parents and siblings walked down the aisle and participated in parts of our wedding ceremony which was really special. 

I was really inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cakes, which was a sharp departure from the architectural confections of traditional weddings. We had three cakes with satiny buttercream strewn with blooms and one of the flavors was another unique and unexpected twist – cookies and cream! My father sang a beautiful song that he wrote for me called “My Baby Girl” which was a very emotional moment for me. I grew up singing with him while he played on his guitar, so it was a special nod to this memorable part of my childhood that we share.

After dancing off a family-style feast, I surprised my groom and our guests with an In-N-Out truck at midnight. He was so surprised and it was a total hit with everyone! It was nice to have something special and unexpected planned for him for once! Although we had a non-denominational wedding ceremony, it was important to us to incorporate cultural elements from both of our backgrounds; Iranian and Armenian, but we definitely put our own spin on these traditions. For the Iranian part of the ceremony we had a “Sofreh Aghd” display which includes many symbolic items, all of which represent an element of the couple’s new life together such as a mirror for a bright future, ornate eggs for fertility, gold coins for prosperity, honey for a sweet life, and so on. 

Since we did not have a traditional Armenian wedding in a church, I wanted to incorporate some  symbolic elements from my culture that were special and important to me such as: The Crowning, where the couple joins foreheads and are crowned as king and queen of their own kingdom, the home, which they will rule with wisdom, justice, integrity and loyalty. (This was one of our favorite parts of our ceremony. These beautiful and ornate crowns now adorn a credenza in our home as a reminder of this commitment.) The Common Cup; drinking of wine from a single goblet serves to impress upon the couple that from that moment on they will share everything in life, joy as well as sorrow, and that they will bear one another’s burdens. Whatever the cup of life has in store for them, they will share equally. A Pillow to symbolize the Armenian Blessing, “May you grow old on one pillow” wished to the couple to reinforce togetherness and physical closeness forever. Our “Sofreh Aghd” was a DIY dream that I had envisioned and it ended up being my favorite touch. Since we were getting married among trees in a beautiful olive grove, I wanted the table to be suspended from a tree branch like a swing, to appear as an extension of the tree, intertwined with greens and florals (as opposed to the traditional spread which is an elevated platform on the ground.) I searched high and low for the right mirror to turn into a swing to make my “Sofreh Aghd” dreams come true, and it turned out to be more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Another DIY touch was our favor boxes which were filled with delicious Italian wedding cookies which we sealed with monogrammed gold wax seals and ribbon.   

Our favorite and most meaningful moment of the day was exchanging our vows. In that moment, it truly felt like no one else was there except the two of us. Of course all the other parts of the day are special and important, but this moment was the true purpose of our wedding day; our eternal promise and commitment to each other. We were speaking to each other from the depths of our heart and that moment made it all so real. Our next favorite moment was definitely our grand entrance. We entered hand in hand, dancing into the reception and got the party started right away! Our friends and family rushed the dance floor and we were overwhelmed and in awe from all the love, laughter, and joy surrounding us. Another favorite moment was definitely our first dance. We selected “1000x” by Jarryd James featuring Broods after seeing them together live in concert. When we heard those lyrics, we knew it was our song. Amidst all the chaos and excitement of the day it was one of those moments where everything just slowed down and I was able to lock eyes with my new husband and enjoy this special moment alone, dancing to a song that meant a lot to both of us.

I think it’s really important to include personal touches where you can, whether it’s in your ceremony or in design details. Let your love shine through! Feel free to break the rules or put your own spin on traditions to reflect your love story- everyone’s is different, and that’s what makes each wedding unique. Also, wedding planning and even your wedding day can be stressful at times, and not everything may go 100% according to plan, but don’t forget the big picture and purpose of it all. Everything will come together beautifully and if you stay true to who you are as a couple, everyone will feel the love and is guaranteed to have a fun and fabulous time! As long as you’re having a blast, your guests will, too!

Photography: Sposto Photography | Videography: Emma Lynn Cinema | Event Coordination: Love It Events | Event Design: Fancy Fete LA | Florals : Knot Just Flowers | Cake: Sasha G | Catering: Robert's Catering | Calligraphy: Truly Madly Ink | Lighting: Upstage Productions | DJ: Dj International Arsen | Officiant: Golnar Jahanbeni | Bar: Liquid Catering | Bridal Gown: Panache Bridal | Bridal Hair: Nigina Amini | Bridal Makeup: Deanna Paley | Ceremony + Reception: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Dance Floor: Dancefloor Depot | Invitation: Sydney Beth Designs | Rentals: Rental Avenue | Rentals: Soiree8 | Rentals: My Lovely Events | Rentals: Otis & Pearl | Rentals: Fancy Tables | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Rentals: Sofreh Aghd Design

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Intimate Greece Wedding at Poseidonion Grand Hotel

Not only are we getting a peek inside this gorgeously intimate soiree planned by Deplanv today, we’re also getting a dose of amazing advice from the beautiful Bride. Set in Greece at Poseidonion Grand Hotel, this duo wanted a fete that would feel completely and utterly them. With a few pointers below, they achieved just that – all captured by Les Anagnou Photographers and Jim Grillas Films.

From the bride… We wanted a celebration that would be a true and authentic reflection of ourselves and of our love story. I think that was the motto that Samuel and I defined from the very beginning, when we started planning our wedding. We had been to too many weddings that, although often very beautiful, seemed to be someone else’s doing, rather than the bride and groom (be it a wedding planner, a family member, or – often – the couple trying to please or impress other people). We wanted something that would scream “this is us”.

All the choices that we made were guided by that idea, starting with our wedding planners — we made appointments with six different planners and met with all of them. We then made a decision based on our personal feeling and on the impression (and hope) that they would be able, regardless of their personal opinion, to deliver the wedding that we wanted. And they totally were. Our planners were the best allies and support we could have dreamt of, and we often talk about how happy we are to have done it that way instead of relying on wedding planner recommendations from other couples which, although certainly great too, were likely not right for us.

And so we applied this method to basically all of our decisions (and trust me, there are A LOT to make). We made sure that we chose providers (photographers, videographers, music band, etc.) that we truly liked and whose work we admired. We made it a priority to talk with each of them before the wedding and clarify our needs, our taste, what we liked and did not like.

In addition, we made sure to put in as much personal time as we could to work on small details which seemed like nothing but would make our friends and family feel like this was really us, Sam and Diane, welcoming them into our celebration. So, for example, we ordered colored beach towels for everyone as a wedding favor, but instead of just randomly giving the towels to everyone, we spent hours choosing a specific color for each guest, with their own personality and taste in mind. We signed each welcome letter by hand rather than simply doing it on a computer, and visited each hotel before the guests’ arrival to drop the letter and wedding favor in the rooms. We replaced the traditional seating place cards with printed pictures of the two of us and wrote the guest’s name on the card, making sure that each guest had a picture that would make sense to them (so for example, all our friends from New York had cards with pictures taken in New York).All these small things might seem worthless and very time consuming, but they add up and make your guests feel at home, which is what we wanted. For us, it was a way to show them how grateful we were that they had made that trip to come and celebrate our love.

Looking back, I have to say that this wedding was more amazing that we could have imagined in our wildest dreams. And if I am asked why, or how we achieved it, I would give the following advice: first, choose providers that you trust and who believe in your wedding and share your vision. This is the foundation for any successful wedding — if you have to start arguing with your wedding planners, the rest is going to be even tougher. Second: prepare, prepare, prepare. Everybody tells you “enjoy every second, it goes by in the blink of an eye” — and that is SO true. But in my opinion the only way to be able to enjoy every second is to work on every little detail in advance and make sure that you will not have to deal with anything on that day. Third (and most importantly): remember it is YOUR wedding. I feel like you get that advice from everybody and it sounds generic, but it really is SO IMPORTANT.

Be strong, be focused on what you want for that day, and have the courage to voice it and stand by those choices. So many people (everyone, actually) will come to you with advice, saying that you “cannot wear red nail polish at your wedding, you should have a French manicure”, that you “must invite that cousin even though you don’t know him, because it is your cousin” or that “those glasses are not nice enough, you should pay the additional price to have crystal glasses “, etc. — it never ends. And if you agree with that advice, then by all means, go for it. But if you don’t: have the courage (it does actually take courage) to say no. It is your wedding and 20 years from now, you will likely regret choosing purple flowers although you hate purple just because your mother or wedding planner thought it would look nice; but I am pretty sure you will never regret wearing that red nail polish.

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Photography: Les Anagnou photographers | Videography: Jim Grillas | Event Planning: Deplanv | Floral Design: Deplanv | Venue: Kaiki beach | hotel : Poseidonion Grand Hotel | Beach Bar: Kaiki beach | Music: Viparties Events DJs & More

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An Italian Inspired Baby Shower!

A baby shower filled with pizza, gelato, and rosé floats, oh my! When planning her baby shower with friends, Katrina Scott of Tone It Up, enlisted the help of Be Inspired PR to bring her vision to life. “When Kat came to us with the opportunity to work with her on her baby shower for sweet Baby Bella, we didn’t think twice about it! Reminiscing on her and her husband’s babymoon to Italy, we worked together on bringing the ‘Ciao Bella’ theme to life. A champagne tap trailer (what?!) was out front to greet guests as they arrived, and this baby and her sweet mama were showered all day long!” Take a peak inside this dreamy shower, and get the new mamma’s tips on how to plan your own shower!

We transformed my living room into a comfy boho lounge. We don’t have a ton of seating so we rented a bunch of pillows, poufs, and cushions for guests! I needed more seating so I went to my favorite Southern California rental companies Archive Rentals for pillows, poufs, and cushions!


I contacted my favorite Macrame designer from Etsy, Macrame Elegance, to rent this beautiful tulle backdrop. My girlfriend Angela picked up a bunch of monstera leaves and palms to spray paint gold, which turned out to be the perfect touch of green all over the house.



Having a little champagne set up was the perfect way to greet everyone. Thank you to the entire team at Bubble Tap Trailer!


Archive Rentals also provided all of the place settings, flatware, green and pink goblets, more champagne flute! I love pink and green mixed together, so we went with those two colors with a touch of gold!

For all of the place settings Delovely Details made all the girl’s names in gold. She also made the amazing Ciao Bella sign! I think this was one of my favorite touches to the entire shower. It made everything feel so personal. Plus she made the cute drink stirs that say Baby Bella, which I packed some away for her future parties :)


I was also able to reuse the most beautiful pink depression glasses and cake stand I purchased for our wedding which was so special.


I am obsessed with fresh flowers! So for this special day I went to the talented Euri Wong from Bloominous and wow…she completely blew us away! Her arrangements made the entire shower. She did touches of dusty pink roses, marigold roses, tropical ferns, dahlias, and pampas grass (my faveeee). Everywhere we turned there was a breathtaking arrangement.


For rosé I went to my favorite local company, One Hope Wine! They’re based right here in the South Bay. They also sent these adorable mini champagne bottles for everyone as party favors! I bought the tags “Pop When She Pops” on Etsy.

The custom menu, rosé bar sign, and Photo Booth sign were made by Be Inspired. You can either have these made, or print something and put it in a frame!

My friend and talented chef, Jenny Messing, owner of Kitchen Vibes created the perfect menu! We were so inspired by the food during our trip to Italy, we decided to have a whole flatbread pizza spread and amazing charcuterie board!

The cake may have been the best thing we’ve ever tasted! We chose ‘Champagne Orange’, which was Plumeria Cake Studio’s top rated cake! They also put together the most delicious cookies, donuts, and treats! Treat yo self… and the baby!



Whether you’re planning a shower for a family member or girlfriend, or planning your own, here are my top tips!

  • Ask a few girlfriends to plan!
  • Cater or potluck style! This will make it sooo much easier for whoever is hosting.
  • Don’t overdo the games.
  • Make a playlist!
  • Buy containers for extra food. This is also something I forgot to do. We had so much leftover pizza, cake, and cookies that it would have been nice to send everyone home with some.
  • Use bud vases! If you’re doing the flowers yourself (or if you’re hiring a florist), flowers go a long way in little bud vases!
  • Hit up the craft store- this is where we got so many little things.
  • Polaroid Camera! This is always a hit!
  • Assign 1-2 party planners to take pics OR hire a photographer friend (I say friend too, since it’s such an intimate day).
  • Ask a girlfriend to take notes if you open gifts.

Tone It Up! [ ] Katrina Scott’s baby shower from Juice Box Media on Vimeo.

Photography: Nicole Hill | Videography: Juice Box Media | Floral Design: Bloominous | Invitations: A Fabulous Fete | Catering: Kitchen Vibes | Cake and Desserts: Plumeria Cake Studio | Custom Gift Boxes: Lauren Ashley Studio | Producer: Be Inspired PR | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Signage and Stir Sticks: Delovely Details | Wine: One Hope Wine | Wine Trailer: Bubble Tap Trailer

The Most Helpful Features to Add to Your Wedding Website, According to Past Brides

Between dress hunting and picking your bridal party, you, Ms. Bride, are one busy lady! And that’s not even beginning to address your inbox flowing with questions from guests (“Where are you registered?”, “What should I be wearing?”). Before the floodgates open, our advice to you is to set up a wedding website, STAT, to address all of these items in one resourceful space.

Luckily, our friends at Squarespace make that easy (because let’s be honest, most brides don’t have time to put learning to code on the itinerary!). Their user-friendly website builder is the all-in-one platform that includes the templates, tools, analytics, and security you need to create a beautiful hub to direct all of your friends and their plus ones. Better yet, they make it so simple to customize templates in the look and feel you want, all in just a few clicks.

So, now that we’ve got that covered, we tapped several past brides for their expertise on must-include items to make the most of your site. From geo-tagged maps to integrated registries, trust us when we say these tips will save you from stressing as you approach your big day!

Photography by Annmarie Swift

“Integrate your wedding theme throughout your website.”

“Don’t create a site, just for the sake of having a one,” says one bride. Make it really feel like it’s a natural extension of your day from the cursive font you use to the clever custom domain name you choose, she suggests. Luckily, Squarespace offers an extensive selection of award-winning wedding templates to cater to your event, whether you’re hosting a black-tie affair or a backyard bash. Then, once you have a template selected, you can adjust banners, edit pages, and add functionality to tailor it to your guests and their questions. “It’s that easy,” she adds.

 


Photography by Will Reid

“Add RSVP functionality.”

Dealing with extra stamps, postage, and follow-ups when it comes to your guest attendance is never fun. So one new Mrs. emphasized how helpful it was to integrate RSVPs directly on her website. (Since every Squarespace wedding website template comes with a built-in and customizable RSVP form, there’s no heavy lifting required on your end to make it happen!) This way, family and friends can simply click through to the page to mark their attendance and meal request, while she could manage all of the responses on the backend in a streamlined Google Drive document. 

Photography by Tara Bielecki

“Showcase activities to do in the area.”

If you have several guests coming in from out of town, it’s a good idea to recommend options for them to fill their time over the course of the weekend. One newlywed found people appreciated a dedicated page of things to do in the area close to the venue. “We included our favorite brunch spots, watering holes, even places they could go to get their nails done,” she says. They also encouraged their friends to use their wedding hashtag so they could integrate all of the fun via photos in an Instagram block on their account.


Photography by One Love Photography

“Provide a helpful map for guests to plan out their weekend.”

There will be many moving pieces throughout the course of your special weekend. And all of these (think wedding-facilitated events, hotel check-ins, and ceremony location) require some coordination. Keep your family and friends in the know by including a map on your site, pinpointing the key places they need to know, suggests another Mrs. Bonus: Squarespace allows you to geotag these spots too, so everyone will have the addresses they need to navigate from hotel to ceremony, effortlessly.


Photography by Joseph Rogero

“Plan to include as much information as possible.”

Another helpful approach for creating your domain? Include everything they’ll need to know on the site (including questions that come up during planning). Day of details, like what to wear, the timing of events, parking, and transportation were all “much appreciated by guests,” says a newlywed, noting that several of her pals didn’t even bother bringing the stationary with them because of this. Just make sure your page is mobile compatible, she adds. (Psst: All Squarespace templates are automatically mobile-friendly, thank goodness for that!)

There you have it. Five bride-approved ways to make your wedding website standout. Now, if you feel like you’re in a better place to start designing your own site, head to Squarespace.com/STYLEMEPRETTY for a free trial to get you started. Then, when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code STYLEMEPRETTY to save 10% off your first purchase.

Now go put those creative skills to the test!

Photography by The Lovely Drawer | Wedding Website: Aubrey by Squarespace

A Dreamy Dusty Blue Pelican Hill Wedding Teeming with Hydrangeas

If you’ve been thinking all these years that hydrangeas are just a filler flower – then think again, my friends. These cloud-like blooms are stunning enough to be the main event of any wedding, and these dreamy nuptials at Pelican Hill Resort planned by A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production prove just that. Prepare to dive into a sea of blooms in dusty blue and cream hues arranged beautifully by Nisie’s Enchanted Florist. Just wait until you see the groom’s reaction when he sees his blushing bride captured perfectly by Jenny Quicksall Photography. We couldn’t be more in love with this day.

From Natalie Good, A Good AffairAllegra and James are the quintessential college sweethearts! After college they settled into tech jobs in SF. When James popped the question they knew exactly where they wanted to get married, The Resort at Pelican Hill in Allegra’s hometown, Newport Beach. They came to me wanting to create a unique design for their destination wedding weekend.

We created a gorgeous palette of dusty blues and set out to bring a Coastal Chic design to life. From the unique custom monogram to the dusty blue hydrangea, every detail was intentional and personal to their style and likes. The Jewish ceremony was under a chuppah made of driftwood and pale blue and white blooms.

An outdoor al fresco dinner for their 280 guests was complete with long wood dining tables, patterned textiles, and velvet napkins tied with jute. Guests were welcomed into the ballroom for dancing, desserts, and the band kept people on the dance floor all night long. A favorite detail of their day was the guest book, which was comprised of messages in bottles that the bride and groom will open on each anniversary – how sweet is that?

The bride’s favorite dessert is anything with chocolate and caramel, so we highlighted her personal fave with chocolate bar wedding favors branded with their monogram. The end of the night was finished with the arrival of an In-N-Out truck for guests to enjoy and wrap up the amazing day of celebrations!

Photography: Jenny Quicksall Photography | Cinematography: 618 Studios | Floral Design: Nisie's Enchanted Florist | Ceremony Music: Enchanted Evening | Wedding Venue: Pelican Hill Resort | After-Party Music: Soulville Band | Beauty: 10.11 Makeup | Dinner Music: Ron Kobayashi | Dresser: A Stitch In Time | Photo Booth: Insta Party Box | Planning, Design & Production: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Rentals: Found Rentals | Rentals: Elevated Pulse Productions | Rentals: Designer8 Furniture Rentals | Snacks: In-N-Out Burger

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Whimsical Floral-Filled Wedding at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point

You don’t typically see couples welcoming a baby together in the delivery room before they’ve even started dating – but today’s duo, Princeton and Michelle, did exactly that. You’ll have to read the full story below for yourself and then dive into their utterly beautiful and whimsical wedding planned by Couture Events (and filled to the brim with florals from Blush Botanicals!). There’s a stunner film from Elysium Productions to set the day in motion for you and a full gallery of gorgeous from Leila Brewster.

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How the Bride & Groom met…

Princeton and Michelle met on the very first day of his clinical rotations at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine – Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was his chief resident and was instantly impressed by his enthusiasm and work ethic. Then they delivered a baby together… well ultimately they would be delivering multiple babies together but Princetons first delivery was with Michelle – Although Princeton loved working with kids, he had been dreading delivering a baby; getting put on the spot to catch a slippery, squirming baby was something Princeton hoped to not have to do during his entire obstetrics and gynecology rotation. One afternoon, a pregnant patient, huffing and puffing, came up to Labor and Delivery. Michelle took one look at her face and knew there was a baby coming, and fast! The patient was placed on a wheelchair and quickly wheeled off to the delivery room, Michelle following behind them. “Princeton, I don’t think you’ve delivered a baby yet, please come with me!” Princeton and Michelle quickly followed the patient into the delivery room, where the baby soon began to crown. “Princeton, quick, throw some gloves on!” And there in a delivery room in Honolulu, Hawaii, Princeton delivered his first baby with Michelle’s hands over his, and together they welcomed a new life into the world. They quickly discovered they were both from Los Angeles and bonded over their mutual love for good food, arts, and music. Princeton eventually escaped the rotation unscathed, and through a mutual love of classical music, ono Hawaiian food, and epic travels, a true love was born.

What did you like about your venue?

Monarch Beach was a magical venue. Steps away from the Pacific Ocean, it was a perfect blend of luxury and Southern Californian ease. Both Princeton and I have a reputation for being foodies, so having the perfect meal at our reception was a must! Everyone raved about the delicious food! We’re already dreaming about our one-year anniversary get-away here!

What did you like about your wedding planner?

Couture Events is incredibly creative. From the very beginning, they did an amazing job incorporating our vision and her expertise! From the many text messages and panicked late-night emails, they were my voice of reason throughout the whole planning process. The Big Day could not have turned out more beautiful! It was truly a vision from my dreams!

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

Right from the beginning, we wanted our Big Day to really focus on our beloved friends and family. We wanted the day to be a big celebration that was elegant and sophisticated but not too fussy. Also, we wanted everything to reflect who we are as individuals and as a couple! We aimed for beautiful florals that filled the venue and lots of quirky, unique details that made the celebration whimsical and fun.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Everything! Turning down the aisle after we got married and seeing all our friends and family beaming at us just took our breath away! From the open-air cocktail hour on the terrace to our gorgeous dessert buffet to the late-night sparklers that led to our In-N-Out truck, everything was sheer perfection!

What was your color scheme?

Greenery, rose quartz, rose gold. Were there any new trends that you incorporated, or did you decide to go more traditional? We are a very untraditional couple so we went in a unique direction! We wanted lots of florals, details that incorporated our beloved ring bearer Schnauzer pup Sadie, and tons of delicious eats and drinks to indulge in! Our ceremony altar design incorporated lots of florals but also fully-functional chandeliers that took everyone’s breath away!

How would you describe your wedding style and fashion?

Princeton’s style is classic and timeless, and Michelle’s style is elegant with clean lines but with a fun and stylish twist. Princeton chose a navy blue tux and Michelle chose a classic Vera Wang mermaid gown with beautiful tulle rosettes.

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

We chose peonies and greenery which reflected both our luxurious and down-to-earth sides. We wanted the flowers to just be overflowing in our celebration! We also had a beautiful flower wall that was done with the same flowers in an ombre style.

What kind of food did you serve?

We served classics with a twist: Asian-inspired cod with a beautiful mushroom wild rice; ribeye steak with wasabi mashed potatoes; a dessert buffet with macaroons, cupcakes, cake shots, and schnauzer cookies inspired by our beloved Sadie; and burgers and fountain drinks from our In-N-Out truck at the end of the night!

What flavor(s) did you pick for your cake?

We chose coconut cream as a nod to our meeting in Hawaii.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We went on our honeymoon a month after we got married, to Italy! We went for two glorious weeks in Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence, and even went up north to Alba for the annual Truffle Festival!

What was the most memorable moment of your reception?

The reception was absolutely perfect, but if I absolutely had to choose one moment I’d have to choose the sparklers lighting the way to our In-N-Out truck – it was the best burger I’ve ever had in my life! Having all our loved ones out with us, enjoying burgers and fountain drinks, was an incredible experience! The In-N-Out caps were also on point!

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

As a tribute to their time in Hawaii, Michelle planned a surprise ukelele performance for Princeton during the cocktail hour. She sang Colbie Caillat’s “I Do” and the look of surprise and love on Princeton’s face was priceless!

Photography: leila brewster | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Floral Design: Blush Botanicals | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Baby Bea's Bakeshop | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Rings: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Calligraphy: Four Things Paper | Lighting: Atmopshere Events | Entertainment: Luxury Entertainment Group | Favors: Sugarfina | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort | Beauty: Beauty By Melina | Bride's Jewelry: Haute Bride | Cake Swing: Enticing Tables | Ceremony Structure: Southwestern Teepee Rentals | Dance Floor: Designer Dance Floors | Dessert Trays: Minted And Vintage | Escort Display: Backup Backdrops | Flower Girl's Dress: Olivia Kate Couture | Groom's Watch: Cartier | Late Night Snacks: In-N-Out Burger | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Amuse Booth | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Rentals: Found Rentals | Vintage Plate Rentals: Dish Wish | Wedding Design & Planning: Couture Events

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How To Plan a Fine Art Wedding for Spring & Summer

With all the rain Southern California has been getting lately, it only means a beautiful spring bloom awaits! If you’re planning a spring-inspired wedding, this gorgeous collaboration by Mulberry and Moss and Perfect the Event, is the loveliest inspiration for all you babes crafting a romantic, spring-forward style wedding with fine art flair. 1011 Makeup created soft natural makeup with tousled updos that complimented both weddings gowns designed by Claire Pettibone. See the full editorial filled with femininity and vibrant elements, captured by Babsie Ly in the gallery.

 

From planner, Ilana of Perfect the Event… When you think “fine art editorial” you don’t always think of edgy or black accents. Thinking outside the box and pushing our industry’s norm limit is something that always inspires me when it comes to designing. This shoot was nothing short of pushing the limit, but still keeping that fine art touch we are all inspired by.

Using vintage furniture, delicate paper goods but also bringing in modern table top pieces with high end gowns made it all come to life. The icing on the cake was the floral. Trying to bring in some romance for fine art and yet still keep it artsy with free-standing blooms, Mulberry and Moss rocked it!

This was too much fun to pick out pieces, glam up some gorgeous girls, and highlight some very talented vendors! Long story short, don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone! When you do so, sometimes very magical things are created!

Photographer: Babsie Ly | Videographer: Babsie Ly | Planner: Perfect The Event | Makeup and Hair: 10.11 Makeup | Bridal Gown: Claire Pettibone | Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Olive Saint Lily | Floral: Mulberry & Moss | Lookbook Video 1: Jessica | Lookbook Video 2: Katie | Silk Ribbons: Tono & Co | Styling Surfaces: Chasing Stone | Tabletop Rentals & Styling Pieces: Cherished Rentals | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Marnie Schnabel - Sweet Salvage Rentals

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A Vibrant Bridal Shower with Major Amalfi Coast Vibes at Casita Hollywood

Okay, we’re honestly so overwhelmed by the beauty of this bridal shower that the only word I can say that might sum up how we feel is…. OBSESSED. I mean, this entire event is filled with so many details we could stare at it all day and find something new to love about it! The theme was inspired by the beautiful colors and scenery of the Amalfi Coast, which is where the bride and groom will be traveling to on their honeymoon. It’s complete with a flower wall that will make your heart flutter, a bouquet-making station and the most decadent and delicious dessert table we’ve ever seen. Everything was perfectly planned and put together by Aliana Events. The jaw-dropping florals were arranged by the amazing Celio’s Design. Keep on reading to see all the can’t-miss details of this day, all captured by Alissa Noelle Photography.

From Alissa Noelle PhotographyWhen I photographed this bridal shower, I was absolutely blown away when I walked by all the color! Which matches my photography style perfectly! Coral, gold and tangerine lit up the space. There were so many details… Everywhere! Big and small. It is definitely the most creative + stylish bridal shower I’ve ever seen. What made it so special wasn’t just because of all the beauty, but also the meaning behind the theme. The bridal shower was all Amalfi Coast vibes. This is because it is where the happy couple will be going for their honeymoon! While you can’t bring your best ladies with you on your romantic getaway, the answer is simple… Bring the Amalfi Coast to Hollywood for your bridal shower!

The shower was at Casita Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. An open space industrial venue that is still new to the area. Because it is such an open blank space with beautiful natural light, they filled every inch of it with decor and on theme details. Such as; covering the entry way with hanging bougainvillea on the pergola. If you’ve been to the Amalfi Coast, you already know that this is a real thing there, especially in Positano! It’s actually where I got engaged and i’ll never forget the romantic walks to the ocean as bougainvillea’s hung above us while we were on cloud 9. There is nothing else like it! Can’t forget about this insane floral wall display by Celio’s Design (who also just did florals for Beyonce & JayZ… That’s right… This bride can now say that Beyonce also booked the same florist. GOALS)!!! Then as you walked into the main space, family style long tables with Oscar De La Renta plates, Limoncello bottles, endless floral and gold flatware created the table top decor.

The industrial pipes on the ceiling had hanging greenery and woven basket lanterns giving you the outdoor feel. A bridal shower is not complete without some delicious stylish cake, treats that the planner, Aliana Events, flew in from Italy (planner goals right there, too) and just the most beautiful dessert table made for a… BRIDE! Other details included a DIY project, a perfume making station where all the ladies got to create their own perfume with many scents to choose from. It was temping not to just starting making myself a perfume, haha.

Towards the end, there was a floral bouquet making station for all and the bride, Shannon, had to chose the winner. Then surprise! Here comes her lovely fiancé, Manraj, to surprise the bride before the party ended, and the look on her face when he walked in is priceless. So much love between these two!! I want to end this by saying that for all wedding events you are working on, you should aim to create an event where the theme/decor best represents you as an individual and the two of you together, as a couple. The theme is right there in front of you! All you have to do is rally up a dream team to make it come true while still staying on trend like this bridal shower. One for the books!

Photography: Alissa Noelle Photography | Florist: Celio Design | Cake: Sweet Novelette | Catering : Cleo Hollywood | Wedding Venue: Casita Hollywood | Bride: Shannon Grewal | Desserts: Artelice Patisserie | Furniture Rentals: Revelry Event Designers | Napkins: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Perfume: Aliana Events | Planner + Design: Aliana Events | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Welcome Sign: Aliana Events

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Glamorous Lake Como Wedding at Villa del Balbianello

Lake Como, you are lovely. I will never, ever, ever tire of experiencing weddings set on those dreamy cerulean waters against the foothills of the Alps. Alison and Frankie vowed their forevers to one another in this timeless setting, with AF Atelier, Terrain Styles and Tearose Events handling all of the delightful details. Le Secret d’Audrey and AG Studio Videography joined in to document the day for a collection of images and a film that will fill your heart with magic.

From the Bride… I have always been a fervent lover of European culture and civilization (having studied in Europe for a few months on European music, history and philosophy during my US college years), that Frankie has proposed to me at the beautiful Schloss Belvedere. Our parents are very open minded that we are allowed to host a very intimate celebration with immediate family at home so that we could spend most of our effort organizing a wedding of our dreams.

Lake Como is definitely one of the most picturesque places in Europe and since our wedding date coincides with the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (which is very important for families and friends to gather together on the day which the moon is supposedly to be the roundest on this date in the year), we decided upon the most special villa – Villa del Balbianello – for the wedding that our dearest friends and parents could watch the full moon with us over the lake, and with fireworks also. Our wedding was an intimate and cozy one that we were very fortunate to have 40 guests who fly over and celebrate with us which we wanted to share this special moment with our most treasured people. We had decided to have an attire of ‘Cocktail Festive’ that our guests can dress to impress with festive details, that they were in other colors as well but not only pastel.

Thanks to our event stylist, Terrain Styles, who understands our vision of holding a timeless event, we concluded to go with the color theme of different shades of pink and blush and a splash of burgundy (since it is a fall wedding) with hints of foliage. Our vision for the wedding was to take every guest from the real world to enter into a romantic dream for the day. Le Secret d’Audrey was my wedding photographer as she knows how to bring out the elegance and femininity and she has been our pre-wedding photographer as well. Being a fan of romantic European elements, we chose Grand Hotel Tremezzo for its history and elegant decor, which was best for getting ready shoots to match well with the wedding venue. The romantic European elements were also founded in the reception table set up that there were tall copper candles and golden cutlery. The Galia Lahav veil also had hints of vintage European style with the lace and beaded fringes and long train. I had picked a princess style gown ‘Gia’ from Galia Lahav that had a corset in the trunk and lots of floral appliques along the whole dress. When I first tried in on at Trinity Bridal @trinitybridal in Hong Kong, I did have the feeling of ‘this is the one’!

As all of our guests including us were not Italians, we reckoned it was best for our wedding stationer to create a map of Lake Como including the important spots; for instance, villa d’este, grand hotel tremezzo and of course our wedding villa!

While having a wedding in Italy, we simply have to hire a gelato cart from our Catering, Class Eventi, which all of our guests had enjoyed including our staff crew. To keep our guests entertained, we had prepared a first dance performance which Frankie did not have any experience in dancing before. Luckily, we did it so smoothly with the lifting that nobody believed we only took a 5 hour class! We also had our stationer to prepare a message card for every guest that our closest friends were to write down advice for us newly weds. We had the most amazing fireworks from Blunotte Eventi who also played the song of ‘Time of my life” from the Broadway Show Dirty Dancing during the performance. My evening Watters gown, from Miss Bride Wedding Shop, was very much fitted into the scene with its sparkly top and flowy tulle that allowed me to walk around the guests tables and talk to them easily! All our guests were very excited about it that they were comparing this to the official fireworks in Hong Kong. Blunotte Eventi was also responsible for the lighting and music that day, which we hired their harp plus violin duet for our ceremony.

Holding a destination wedding which is so far from home is not the easiest thing. But we were very glad to have organized the wedding smoothly. Logistics was well planned by AF Atelier that our guests were either placed at Sheraton Lake Como or at the town Como itself, which shuttle buses were organized and there was a boat taking the guests from Como and Sheraton Lake Como respectively. It also served the purpose as a boat tour for them since it was the first visit at Lake Como for most of our guests. We hope this wedding will remain dearly in everyone’s memories in the years to come, spending Mid Autumn together in a foreign country at one of the most beautiful villas.

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Photography: Le Secret d'Audrey | Cinematography: Ag studio videography | Event Design: Terrain Styles | Event Planning: AF Atelier | Floral Design: Tea Rose Milano | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Invitations: Featherly Script | Rings: Bulgari | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Class Catering | Hair & Makeup: Sanni Sorma Makeup & Hair | Groom's Attire: June Woonamy | Celebrant: Rita Annunziata | Hotel: Grand Hotel Tremezzo | Accessories Shop: Lanes Bridal | Boat: Menaggio Water Taxi | Bridal Robe: The Lace Atelier | Bridesmaids Robe: Yumi Kim | Bridesmaids' Bouquets: Bunny Garden Silk Flowers | Dance Dress: Maria Lucia Hohan | Dance Instructor: Annie | Earrings: Jenny Packham | Evening Dress: Watters | Evening Dress Shop: Nicole Miller, From Miss Bride Hong Kong | Heels: Christian Louboutin | Lighting & Entertainment: Blunotte Events | Villa: Villa del Balbianello | Wedding Dress Shop: Trinity Bridal

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Modern Minimalist Wedding Inspiration That Proves Less Is More

This contemporary style shoot that took place at The Modern Bride, planned by As You Wish Weddings, is simplicity and minimalism at its best. The minute we laid eyes on the bride’s dotted Divine Atelier gown combined with Forever Wildfield’s bleached, organic bouquet we were instantly in love. The chic tablescape is complete with three of our favorite things: marble, gold flatware and textured velvet linen. Keep on scrolling to get inspired for your big day with these gorgeous bright images from Simple Lace Photography.

From As You Wish WeddingsFor this creative shoot, we were inspired by the idea that less is more. Keeping to a neutral colour palette of white, grey, and gold tones across all elements, we were able to create a vibe that felt modern, clean, and sophisticated, yet warm and inviting at the same time.

The right venue was vital in setting the tone for this shoot, so we knew it had to be The Modern Bride – a gorgeous wedding dress store in Guelph, Ontario with it’s high ceilings, white walls, and plenty of natural light. For the tablescape, we wanted the florals to feel organic and filled with uncommon elements like bleached Italian ruscus, lunaria, frilly white tulips, and bunny tail grass. Place settings included gold-rimmed marble chargers and gold flatware that paired beautifully with the minimalist stationery and textured velvet linen.

Instead of having just one cake, we featured a trio in varying size, each with different yet complimentary design elements. Keeping the ceremony space minimal, with floral arrangements on a larger scale but in similar composition to the table designs, allowed the bride’s stunning “Dot” dress by Divine Atelier to shine.

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Photography: Simply Lace Photography | Videography: SevenSeas Production | Florals: Forever Wildfield | Cake: Crumb & Berry | Makeup: Jennie Diana | Hair: Elevate HairArt Studio | Bridal Boutique: The Modern Bride | Chairs: Higgins | Cookie Favours: Sweet Pea Cookie Co. | Location: The Modern Bride | Paper Goods: Bon Paper House | Place Settings & Linens: Simply Beautiful Decor | Planning & Coordination: As You Wish Weddings | Wedding Dress Designer: Divine Atelier

Dreamy Anniversary Session in Lavender Fields & Cobblestone Streets of Provence

Raise your hand if a visit to the Provence lavender fields is on your bucket list! If not, after today’s dreamy (read: GORGEOUS) anniversary session with Oliver Fly, it 1000% will be. Can you even imagine how divine the scent must be, standing right here? You can almost smell the calming aroma in the full gallery.

From the Bride… It has always been a dream of mine since I was a teenager to travel to France and see the lavender fields in bloom. While I have been lucky enough to travel extensively over the last five years with my job as a wedding photographer (and often to France!) the timing never worked out quite right so that I could see it in bloom. That all changed this year when I was hired to shoot a wedding in the South of France for early July. The lavender is only in peak season for 4 weeks or so out of every year, and it looked like we were going to be there just in time – I was so excited! In honor of my five year wedding anniversary with my husband Jordan, we decided that we would be in front of the cameras for our own shoot, in the lavender fields of France.

It took me about two seconds to know who I wanted to shoot our anniversary session – my wonderful friend and talented photographer, Oliver Fly. Oliver and I attended a photography workshop several years ago in France, and became friends through the process – often Skypeing with each other across the world or trying to meet up whenever we were in the same hemisphere to catch up and share lives as fellow photographers. Luckily, Oliver was already going to be in Provence at the time, so it was kismet!

After a whirlwind three days of shooting a wedding and teaching a workshop in Provence- we were tired, but so excited and ready for our shoot. Our dear friend Clari with Tepeino Puntocom had flown in from Argentina to be the hair and makeup artist for our workshops, and so she was able to do my hair and makeup for our shoot. It felt like such a reunion as she had done my hair and makeup five years ago when Jordan and I eloped in Argentina – and she is just magic! My close friend and talented floral artist, Twyla with Remi + Gold, was also in France for the wedding and workshops; she was able to pick flowers from the Saturday market to make a beautiful bouquet for me as well. Words can’t express how fortunate I felt to have this dream team around me!

We started the shoot off in Lacoste, a tiny Provence village filled with cobblestone streets and stone walls with French blue shutters – it was like being in a postcard. The town wasn’t very busy at all that day so it felt like we had the whole town to ourselves. We then jumped in the car and chased the sun to get to the lavender fields (and of course, Oliver knew of the best place!) When I stepped out, I literally couldn’t believe my eyes. Rows and rows of lavender for as far as the eye could see- it was endless. The air smelled so strong of lavender, and it was filled with the hum of happy, buzzing bees everywhere. We changed outfits and ran out into the fields to catch the last of the golden hour light with Oliver behind the lens.

I still can’t believe that after years of dreaming about being able to see the lavender fields in person, that this dream finally came true for me this year. Jordan and I are beyond lucky to have had this amazing team of professionals and dear friends who could join us for our anniversary shoot, to create photos that we will cherish for years to come. My greatest advice to anyone contemplating an anniversary shoot or any travel shoot is – just do it! It will be one of the best investments of your memories when you travel, when you experience that fleeting magic in time.

Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Floral Design: Remi and Gold | Dress: Lulu's | Shoes: Anthropologie | Earrings: BHLDN | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Hair & Make up: Tepeino Puntocom | Jumpsuit: Astr

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A Few Of Our Favorite Ways To Update Your Home For Spring!

Spring has finally arrived, so it’s out with the cold, and in with the new! And what better way to embrace the new season than with a few simple decor updates to refresh your home. Not sure where to start? From kitchens, to bathrooms, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite tweaks to revamp any room in your home!

BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

We love a plant filled home! Plants, branches or full trees look super chic on a shelf, beside the couch, or to greet guests in an entryway. An added bonus? They also help detoxify the air! But don’t fret if you’re missing your green thumb – there are plenty of fabulous fake plants that will fool even the most avid gardeners.

LIVING ROOM SWAPS

Ditch those thick wool blankets and cozy throw pillows. Instead, add a lighter touch to the living room with bright and bold throw pillows and an airy blanket.

PAINT THOSE CABINETS!

One of our favorite trends we’ve been seeing all over Instagram are colorful painted kitchen cabinets. Adding a bright pop of color to a backsplash or cabinets is an easy, and super stylish way to transform an entire room.

FILL IT WITH FLOWERS

One of the best parts about spring is the abundance of blooms we missed during the winter months. Filling your home with fresh flowers and bowls of fruit are sure to brighten any day.

TABLE SETTINGS

Embrace bright colors and seasonal florals when it comes to table decor. Mix and match colors and prints with placemats and fun napkins. And don’t forget about adding a few fun pieces of serve ware – like these bright blue goblets!

LIGHTEN THE BEDDING LOAD

Say goodbye to winter bedding! Put those thick blankets in the closet and opt for clean whites and a great quilt to add a light and airy feel to the bedroom.

ADD A LITTLE WALLPAPER

Playing around with wallpaper has never been easier now that peel and stick wallpaper is a thing! Try something small like a powder room, or create a fun accent wall. This adds a fun statement to a space without longterm commitment!

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Glamorous Rancho Palos Verdes Wedding at Wayfares Chapel & Westin Pasadena

If you’re on the hunt for a truly unique venue (and one that will give you all the outdoor vibes, while keeping things indoors)—feast your eyes on Wayfarers Chapel, a.k.a. “The Glass Church”. Incredible right? It was the most stunning scene for Nancy and Simon’s I dos, followed by a reception at Westin Pasadena, all planned and designed by Modest Magnolia. Get to know this sweet duo below and soak in their celebration right this way.

From the planner Modest MagnoliaNancy Chen and Simon Lu met at work and it took a few years before they actually went on their first date to the movies. It was against company policy to date colleagues at work so the two would act normal and professional during work days and then secretly go on dates after work. They were seeing each other nearly every day and that was when their love blossomed and led to their engagement!

When we got to know them as a couple, Nancy expressed that she had always dreamt of having an outdoor wedding, but that having a wedding in November wasn’t ideal for her guests with how chilly it can get in the California coastal evenings. We decided that we had to bring the outside, in!

We started with their ceremony at the Wayfarers Chapel, also known as “The Glass Church” located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. It is noted for its unique modern architecture and location on cliffs above the Pacific Ocean designed with lush greens in any given view. We wanted to keep that lush green theme and invite all that nature that into their ballroom reception at the Westin, Pasadena.

With one of the deadliest fires in the history of California looming in our backyard, we felt defeated with the thick smoke casting over Los Angeles, days leading into their special day. To our surprise, it illuminated the sky with an unfamiliar hue that was absolute magic for our couple, Nancy and Simon, a day where guests danced until the very last minute of the wedding!

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Cake : Ele Makes Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Wayfarers Chapel | Reception Venue: Westin Pasadena | Brides Shoes : Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Asos, Tadashi Shoji, Adrianna Papell, Eliza J Dresses | Hair and Make Up : Luong Lasting Team | Brides Ceremony Gown: Maggie Sottero | DJ, MC, Dance Floor, Draping: DJZ Productions | Dessert Station : Waffles deliege | Florist and Rentals : Lace And Stems | Getting Ready Venue : Terranea Resort | Groom & Groomsmen's Suits : Simply Suits | Photography and Cinema : Love & You Studios | Planning and Design: Modest Magnolia @modestmagnolia | Reception Gown : Blue by Enzoani | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Table Cards, Cake Topper and Menue Cards: Ngocreations

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Classic & Clean Indoor Spring Wedding Inspiration at Portland’s Sentinel Hotel

We feature a fair share of al fresco fetes, but that doesn’t mean that indoor soirees aren’t the cat’s meow. According to this slice of inspiration from Carlos Hernandez, Vanity Affair Events and Kaleb Norman James Design, they are. Natural light covers the stunningly set scene at Portland’s Sentinel Hotel for indoor intrigue. Layer on the candlelight and you won’t think twice if it happens to rain on your wedding day.

From Carlos HernandezSpring in Portland is all too often overlooked as an ideal wedding season, as showers force couples indoors. We desperately wanted to showcase a classic, clean, yet glamorous wedding with spring blooms and the seasons most coveted color: pink! Our focus for this shoot was transforming the iconic Sentinel Hotel into a warm, inviting and floral forward setting for guests to feel glamorous in even the years most rainy months.

In order to lighten the grand ballroom, we kept our tablescape monochromatic pink on pink velvet by La Tavola. We wanted to design a table that was both luxurious, traditional and showcased the use of color, especially with Pantone releasing Living Coral as 2019’s color of the year. We captured this intention with Kaleb Norman James’ off-centered abstract floral arrangement and acrylic menu cards, paired with traditional elements of a silver napkin ring, blush wine glasses, and hand calligraphy name cards.

The 3 tier white Italian buttercream cake perfectly fit our juxtaposition, with an abundance of white beading and a right aligned structure. However, the Galia LaHav gown from Dress Theory Seattle stole the show, with an oversized skirt, plunging neckline and glittered stars throughout. This inspirational shoot proves that April showers may bring your guests inside, but your day certainly won’t suffer because of it.

Photography: Carlos Hernandez | Event Design: Vanity Affair Events | Floral Design: Kaleb Norman James Design | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Cake: Dream Cakes | Stationery : La Happy | Makeup: Whitney Stassi Artistry | Hair: Swept Away Wedding Hair Design | Suit: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Sentinel Hotel | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: The Party Place | Rentals: St James Specialty Rentals | Video: J&M Media

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Outdoor Summer Wedding at The Edgewood Valley Country Club in Chicago

There is nothing that brings families together, more than a wedding and this one surely takes the cake! With the ceremony arch built by the bride’s father and a special song performed by the bride’s sister, this wedding, photographed by Elizabeth Nord Photography was truly a family affair. Having a completely outdoor wedding from start to finish, which doesn’t happen quite often in Chicago, The English Garden Flower Shop crafted romantic centerpieces and stunning floral details, which fit effortlessly with the beautiful backgrounds of The Edgewood Valley Country Club. With Kristina Taheri Special Events there to beautify the day, we think you will love these details as much as we do!

From Elizabeth NordBrittany and Joe had such a beautiful wedding day! I was over the moon excited about (of course) photographing these two cuties, but also about photographing an outdoor ceremony and reception (which is rare in Chicago). It was so dreamy! They started their day by getting ready at the Hilton Chicago and then went across the street to Grant Park for their first look.

Brittany scoped out these spots a few weeks before the wedding and I couldn’t have picked a better spot myself. I love that she has such an eye for detail and beauty! The bridesmaids wore elegant mismatched blush dresses that were an assortment from Azazie, Lulu’s, and Nordstrom, while the guys sported handsome black tuxes from The Black Tux. Soon after some portraits at Grant Park, we drove to Edgewood Valley Country Club for the rest of the evening.

The ceremony was truly one of a kind and one that was inspired by family. The arch that they were married in front of was built by the bride’s father and was driven to Illinois from his home in Minnesota, the bride’s uncle officiated, and her little sister sang a special song (“I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”) for them during the ceremony…not to mention it was back lit by the most amazing sunset.

I’m so glad we had some time after the ceremony for a few more portraits in this stunning golden light. The reception was underneath a huge white tent decorated with string lights, elegant white, blush and green flowers, candles and light gray tablecloths. Rendevous kept the dance floor hopping all night long and I ended my time with the bride and groom with sparklers on the golf course. I couldn’t have imagined a better day all around. Congrats Mr and Mrs Bozich!!

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Photography: Elizabeth Nord Photography | Videographer: Toast Wedding Films | Event Planning: Kristina Taheri Special Events | Floral Design: The English Garden | Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design | Makeup: Bianca Sansosti Artistry | Hair: Bianca Sansosti Artistry | Band: Rendezvous | Tux: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Edgewood Valley Country Club | Chairs: Covered Affairs | Linens: BBJ Linen

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The Simple, Time-Saving Secret to Making Ring Shopping Easier

Let’s face it, ring shopping can be time-consuming and overwhelming… and that’s before even paying! So RockHer is here to help you (and your partner) take the guesswork out of finding your dream diamond ring by doing so affordably and efficiently.

Their secret to saving time and money comes down to ROSI, their AI-enhanced diamond search engine. Instead of overpaying, she finds you the best diamond for your buck by scouring thousands (yes, thousands!) of gorgeous, GIA-certified diamonds, saving you a trip to the jewelry store in the process. Then, once you have a diamond and setting you like, RockHer creates your selection by hand in their LA-based shop, presenting you with a custom made engagement ring that’s as lovely and unique as you are!

Of course, this purchase is a BIG one, so RockHer is well-equipped to settle the nerves with their specialized compare your diamond tool. This feature makes it easy to see how your ring holds up against competitors in carat size, carat weight, and more to ensure you’re walking home in confidence with a real stunner.

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Knowing Your Diamond Ring: The 4 C’s

By now, we’ve already established that using RockHer’s AI-enhanced diamond search makes buying a diamond easier than ever. But it certainly doesn’t hurt going in knowing what you’re shopping for. So we’re giving you an overview of the 4 C’s– cut, carat, color, and clarity- below.

First up is cut, which many diamond experts consider to be the most important of the 4 C’s. Cut shouldn’t be confused with shape, which is the shape of the diamond (like “round,” “oval,” or “princess”). Cut is actually a grading of how well a diamond was cut. Why do experts say this is the most important of the four C’s to know when buying a diamond? Because how well a diamond is cut affects how well it captures light. So a well cut diamond will sparkle beautifully, while a poorly cut diamond will look dim and dull.

Next we have carat, which is actually a weight measurement. Many people think carat weight means carat size, or the diamond’s size, but it doesn’t. Carat weight can give you a good idea of a diamond’s carat size, though, because the more it weighs, the bigger it’ll be! A 5 carat diamond will surely be a lot larger than a 1 carat diamond.

Third up is color. For diamonds, the best color grading is D, which means it’s totally colorless. The higher the color grade, the more colorless the diamond. (Pro tip: for white diamonds, the less color- the better!)

Last but not least in our four C’s overview, we have diamond clarity. Clarity is a grading of how flawless a diamond is. Diamonds can have internal or external flaws which can sometimes be seen with the naked eye, making the diamond look less beautiful. So the higher the clarity grading, the more flawless your diamond is.

Now that you have this info, rest assured ROSI will help you eliminate any defects not seen to the naked eye as you search. After all, you deserve to take home a real winner in your diamond ring!

Oval Engagement Rings

Now onto the fun part- the shopping process! If you’ve been near Instagram or Pinterest in the last few months, you’ll know that the popular oval diamond engagement ring setting has been ALL over, worn by the likes of royal influencer like Kate Middleton. The elongated and symmetrical shape is without a doubt a true statement piece. While traditional jewelers can be limited in their oval offerings, RockHer is known for their extensive selection of options across carat sizes that are both elegance and full of timeless glamour.

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Looking to mix up the classic gold or silver design? A softer and subtle rosy hue might be for you. The jeweler offers an extensive selection of rose gold engagement rings, including these jaw-dropping halo engagement ring designs, that promote a stunning feminine feel guaranteed to look good on any finger. Better yet, ROSI will help you find a flawless diamond shape in any carat weight to match your pink band – all within budget, of course!

Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

Girl, you’re all about tradition. In fact, you’ve been dreaming about that classic rock with round-shaped corners well before it came in style. So these stunning cushion cut diamond engagement rings are for you — as long as they’re presented with champagne and a dozen roses, right? Rock the romance in this expertly cut statement-makers.

Unique Engagement Rings

You’ve always lived life to the beat of your own drum, so your gem should do this too. RockHer offers a variety of unique engagement rings, ranging from teardrop to champagne-colored, that you simply won’t find in any ordinary jewelry store. Browse their selection of dazzling metals, intricate settings, and distinct sizes (we call dibs on the dreamy, heart-shaped one!) that’ll set you apart.

Gorgeous Wedding Bands

Once you’ve officially said “I do”, accessorize your finger with a sleek wedding band. RockHer offers styles for both him and her in attractive metallic options like white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold. Whether you’re going with a slightly domed, flat, or hammer design, one scroll through and you’ll be swooning over them all.

Then, if you’re looking for something with a little extra glamour, consider designing your own eternity band. With their band builder tool, you can customize width, metal type, and color to create something flawless and sophisticated to slide onto your ring finger. Bonus: Since you have total control, you can design something that sticks within your number.

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All things said you have SO many options when it comes to picking a premium sparkler to mark your forever. Relying on an easy, customized process, all while avoiding premium fees, is the way to go.

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An Ethereal Wedding with Celestial Vibes at Franciscan Gardens

This wedding is so good it’s literally out of this world. No, seriously you guys… this Franciscan Gardens wedding day planned by Fawn Events is jam-packed with celestial details and stunningly ethereal moments. The two styles blended so seamlessly together, creating a cosmic connection in one of the most stand-out weddings on SMP! We’re so excited to share these stellar photos captured by Ashley Burns Photography. This one is truly extraordinary…

From Ashley Burns PhotographyWhat really sets this gorgeous wedding apart was the blending of two different trends and making them one – ethereal and celestial. Soft yet modern. Both trends played off the day and each other so effortlessly. The day was super detail oriented – from the unique floral arrangements, to the subtle star and universe touches (like the brides ombre star veil), to the carefully handpicked metallic bridesmaid gowns, down to the custom handmade charcoal grey velvet napkins with tiny crystals as the napkin tie. It was the perfect day – perfect sunny weather, perfect setting – until unexpected rain came during their first dance. The forecast didn’t even predict this rain, It came out of nowhere. The couple remained dancing in the rain to Ocean Eyes by Billie Eilish, then everyone used their velvet napkins as umbrellas and gathered inside where the ceremony was for the rest of the evening and danced the night away! Although the day did not play out how the couple envisioned, nothing rained on their parade. It was still the best night ever.

The venue is hidden in the middle of a small historic Orange County town called San Juan Capistrano. It offers both an indoor, industrial setting, in addition to a gorgeous, private outdoor garden area.

Instead of traditionally exchanging vows at the alter, the couple days prior to the wedding went to the Rise Festival in the Mojave Desert and wrote their vows on lanterns (and in a vow book) and released them into the sky. During their first look, they shared what they wrote one another on their lanterns. It made for a very poetic, unique way to commit their lives to one another. The location for the first look was at the historical Mission of San Juan Capistrano, which was a Spanish mission founded in 1776.

From the Bride… It doesn’t rain in Southern California, and it rained. Unexpectedly, it down-poured, right as the garden reception was beginning. In an incredibly heartwarming effort, all of our friends and family came together to ensure that we had the night of our lives. Right before our eyes, the indoor ceremony space was transformed into an impromptu reception! Members of our bridal party and photographer, Ashley, replicated our sweetheart table inside – as guests and staff alike brought in the centerpieces and decor elements. While guests enjoyed their salads from their laps in their ceremony seat, our coordinator, Laura, and the 24 Carrots staff carried in tables and set up the room so fast that no one even realized how they were suddenly eating at a table with a glass of champagne. The running joke was that our handmade velvet napkins (by our guest Peggy!) made great umbrellas. Quickly our disappointment turned into an overwhelming love and gratitude for all of our guests. We danced the night away right in the place where we said “I do”, and it was nothing shy of perfect.

Photography: Ashley Burns Photography | Videography: Jeremy Foster | Floral Designer: Desert Rose Florals | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Ginger & Fox Bake Shop | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Engagement Ring: Michael M | Wedding Bands: The True Gem | Catering: 24 Carrots | Makeup: Emma Willis | Makeup: Emma Wellis | Hair: Hair Artistry by Desirae | DJ: Vox DJs | Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Bridesmaid Pajamas: Victoria's Secret | Cluster Ring: Bella Terra Jewels | Crystal Hair Piece and Flower Girl Crowns: Jewelz by Jewlia | Custom Velvet and Linen Napkins: Elm Street Textiles | Design and Coordination: Madeline Ramirez (Bride) | Design and Coordination: Fawn Events | Dessert: Sidecar Doughnuts | Escort Card Calligraphy: Kimi Nam from Wabi Sabi | First Look and Vow Exchange: Mission San Juan Capistrano | Flower Girl Cape: Tutu Du Monde | Flower Girl Jumpsuit: OMOLOKO | Flower Girl Shoes: Avarcas | Garter: Mamie & James | Handmade Cotton Rag Paper: Fringe and Rose | Necklaces: GLDN | Ombre Star Veil: Crown and Glory | Photobus: Traveling Photobus | Robe: Lunya | Signage: Beau Paperie | Tuxedo and Groom's Shoes: Calvin Klein