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Stylish Terracotta Inspired Garden Wedding in Southern California

Warm, sunbaked terracotta was the inspiration for this southern California wedding.  With earthy hues and incredible attention to detail, you’ll love every inch of this romantic day designed by Kelsey Rae Designs.  Embracing the relaxed garden vibes, Carla Kayes Floral Design created the most breathtaking deconstructed ceremony arch for the couple to exchange vows in front of.  Dear Lovers magically captured every special moment in imagery that is sure to stand the test of time, visit the full gallery and prepare to fall in love.




From Dear LoversAnna and Roberto are truly so special and some of the sweetest souls. They had their trials being a covid couple and having to reschedule their wedding a few times, but in the end, it couldn’t have been more perfect. And more perfectly, them. We started their wedding off with lots of bougainvillea elements and a slightly different color palette. That progressed as the date changes happened into one of my favorite color palettes to date. We landed on terra cotta vibes, with some layered neutrals, a pop of blue, and lots of very carefully thought-out details.



They got married under the big beautiful tree at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, with the most gorgeous deconstructed arch I’ve ever seen, put together by the insanely talented, Carla Kayes Floral Design. It was important to Anna that we have a place that felt anchored, while also incorporating the tree and not taking too much away from it. The deconstructed arch was a perfect solution as it gave purpose to the space but was the perfect compliment to the nature around it.



After they enjoyed some drinks and apps, we brought them over to the reception space, which took place under the prettiest tent! Guests found their seats by way of the cutest seating chart display- an arched installation dreamed up by me and Fawn Lettering, with lots of pretty flowers! I worked closely with the bride to put together two looks on the round and farm tables with rentals from Catalog. I always love when couples want to mix the looks, as it adds a visual appeal and something a little unexpected! The one element that had high importance to Anna, was incorporating the blue vintage water goblets. It was the perfect accent color to all the pinks/peaches/ terra cotta colors we had going in the flowers. We hung boho lanterns and dressed them up with greenery above the dance floor- it was stunning! They had such a great band through Bonnie Foster Productions, with tons of energy, and a bilingual MC that really brought it all together. And it was all so expertly captured by Dear Lovers Photography and SJ Video. They understood the importance of the details for Anna and Roberto and truly delivered on their gallery and video! The day was a perfect celebration bringing two families together, who all traveled in from different parts of the US and Mexico. They all got to enjoy time together at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and have a whole weekend of celebrations! I’m forever grateful for getting to bring Anna and Roberto’s vision to life. They are the best!



Photography: Dear Lovers | Videography: SJ Videography | Event Design: Kelsey Rae Designs | Florals: Carla With Enchanting Blooms | Cake: SusieCakes | Hair + Make Up: Alexis XObeauty | Band: Bonnie Foster Productions | Wedding Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe | Calligraphy / Invites: Fawn Lettering | Donuts: VG Donut & Bakery | Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Catalog Atelier | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

A Sun-kissed California Wedding Infused With Citrus Inspired Elements

This California wedding is sweeter than sunshine.  Filled with citrus-inspired details, from the cheery color palette to real lemons lining the reception table, Embark Event Design created a day that’s equal parts chic and fun.  Beautiful blooms from The Flora Club in tones of pink, yellow, and orange are sure to put a smile on your face.  You’ll love every bright and beautiful moment artfully captured in imagery by Jen Rodriguez Photography, visit the full gallery for your dose of vitamin C!




From Embark Event DesignElise and Jasper’s history at HammerSky Vineyards dates far back before they said “I Do” at the beautiful vineyard and even long before they were engaged. Elise and Jasper met on a sunny day in Southern California as Elise made her way home from a long work trip with her colleague & friend. From Elise, “All I could think about was getting home and relaxing on the couch, but my friend had other plans. We were to go hang out at our friend’s house in Venice beach for a BBQ. Little did I know, Jasper also happened to live at that house. I told her ‘no way, I’m headed home to get some rest’ but Liz quickly won that battle and I obliged (all it took was a mimosa and Liz telling me how good my eyelashes looked). Even though I know we would’ve still met one way or another, I always think about what would’ve happened if I wasn’t so easily convinced.”



From the day of the unexpected BBQ later, Elise and Jasper were inseparable and immediately began traveling the world together, with one of their first stops being California’s Central Coast & HammerSky Vineyards where they would eventually wed. As Elise and Jasper sipped wine and looked out over the beautiful rolling hills bursting with vines, Elise let out “If we ever get married… This would be the place”. Fast forward to the not-so-easy year that 2020 was as Elise and Jasper navigated being newly engaged and planning a wedding in their dream spot all amidst a global pandemic. Instead of letting a wedding postponement and the many challenges and pivots that came along with it get them down, Elise and Jasper decided to have faith that the future would still be bright, so much so that we adopted this mindset for their entire wedding weekend! Jasper and Elise’s new shared last name is Albright – which paved way for their wedding and life slogan “It’s Gonna Be Albright!” Every last detail of this sunkissed California wedding features sweet nods to brightness and happiness, from the warm color palette to the lemon filled tablescape and beyond.



From Sarah at Embark Event Design, “Designing Elise and Jasper’s wedding weekend was one of my fondest memories of 2020 and 2021. With each design & logistics decision, Elise and Jasper kept the focus on their love for each other and gifting each of their guests a magical weekend in California. We spent countless hours pouring over custom paper goods with Britt at Swell Press Paper, resulting in a beautiful invitation suite featuring Elise and Jasper’s love story and citrus-inspired elements. We kept the imminent change of season in mind for this late September wedding and tied in hints of sunset tones throughout the design
while still allowing for the yellow and happy hues to pop. Elise’s chic Sarah Seven gown and Jasper’s custom tux (engraved with their motto – of course!) were the perfect selections for this classic setting. The two enjoyed every last moment of their day and danced long into the night never leaving each other’s side – finally husband and wife and with a very bright future ahead!



Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Cinematography: Aziz Studios | Floral Design: The Flora Club | Invitations: Swell Press Paper Co. | Catering: Pure Joy Catering | Entertainment: The Cimo Brothers | Wedding Venue: HammerSky Vineyards | Beauty: The Queens Bees | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planning & Design: Embark Event Design | Rentals: All About Events | Rentals: Avenue Twelve Rentals | Rentals: Theoni Collection

10 Thoughtful Mother of the Bride Gifts For Every Style And Budget
Top Trends to Shop for Your Spring Wedding

As we head into spring wedding season, we’re always thinking about trends that have made a splash [as of late] and ways to incorporate them into the upcoming celebrations. So, if you’re part of a couple that lives for trends and elements that have become Insta-famous, then you definitely might want to take a look at these fun wedding finds and add some get-the-look-with-these products to your spring soiree wish list. Our Style Me Pretty Shop is stacked with sweet accessories and aisle-worthy accoutrements that shine for knots tied in springtime, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.

Photo by Corina V. Fine Art Photography

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A change in just-for-brides status. 

Getting ready as a wedding party isn’t just reserved for brides: The groom’s suite is a big deal, too. What was once an exclusive mimosas, slippers, robes, and female power jams session for the bride and her gang is now an equally fun and memorable time for the groom and his group (think whiskey, board games, poker, custom snacks, etc.). Same goes for the wedding ensemble props, like hangers for the guys (or girls) to hang their suits or tuxes on and cute signage to signal that respective wedding party glow-ups are in progress. 

Photo by Courtney Leigh
Photo by Courtney Leigh

Wedding morning surprises. 

Exchanging gifts with your significant other (in private, usually) on the morning of your wedding has been popular for as long as we can remember, but a new trend we’ve been smitten with is couples surprising each other with little trinkets or tidings that aren’t huge or grandiose, but still incredibly meaningful and appreciated. Our peel and stick ‘I do’ and ‘Me too’ shoe decals are exactly what we imagine when we think of an understated, but still smile-inducing gesture. And your guests will get a kick out of them, too, if your ceremony format finds you kneeling at the altar.   

 

Photo by Courtney Leigh

Matching vow books for at-the-altar captures. 

Personalized vows are certainly not a trend, as they’re always in style, but special ‘mine and yours’ type vow books have only really become popular in the last few years — and we’re obsessed! Whether you want to go with His and Hers keepsake books or simplify with books embossed with ‘vows’ in elegant script, coordinating with sentimental journals that match will not only look stunning in photos (in both getting ready and ceremony vignettes), they’ll be wonderful reminders of your special day for years to come. 

In fact… since the hardcover books come with 68 sheets of paper (a substantial amount of space!), you can even use them to drop special ‘love notes’ to each other over the course of your marriage: anniversaries, birthdays, and just because occasions. Adorable, right? 

Sure, a wedding is haute in any season, but nuptials happening in spring just truly set our hearts on fire. Just the bloom-wreathed pets and pairs of festively-dressed flower girls and ring bearers, alone, make March through June weddings some kind of wonderful. Planning for your own warmer-weather party to celebrate your love? Then make sure you take a peek at our curated Style Me Pretty shop collection, available on-site right now!

Photo by Courtney Leigh
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A Sun-Drenched Garden Wedding at Bear Flag Farm

Today’s effortlessly chic wedding at Bear Flag Farm planned by Parker Nichols Events and Design is making us crave every ounce of summer! Sun-soaked lavender fields, a live quartet, and a dreamy floral arch by The Posh Posey are just a few of the many moments you can expect to swoon over in the full gallery from Anya Kernes Photography. The countdown to summer wedding season officially starts NOW.

From Christina of Parker Nichols EventsWe loved working with Kelly and Todd on their September 2021 Wedding. This classic couple wanted to have a summer garden party style wedding and we loved bringing their vision to life! Originally, we were planned to transform a local tennis club for for this timeless affair but once our couple saw Bear Flag Farm, they knew this private estate was the perfect location for their fall nuptials. 

This venue had everything our couple was looking for… and more! Designing this day was a dream. Sailcloth tents, fresh lavender fields and endless green spaces provided the perfect backdrop for this occasion. We kept the ceremony classic with a beautiful floral arch from the Posh Posey, white chiavari chairs and a live quartet in the sunken garden. 

Guests moved on to our tented cocktail in the Citrus Grove where they sipped on Margaritas and Negronis. Reception took place in the lavender garden; A beautiful green space set between two lavender fields. Bistro lights, tapered candles, and the most beautiful sunset created the perfect scene. Wooden cross back chairs, clear beaded chargers, and gold flatware pulled together our table scape. 

Our finishing touch, and probably my favorite small detail of the day, was our personalized baguettes at each place setting with custom tags from Postal Press. Dinner was a formal, plated meal from Farm to Table Catering who is known for their delicious options and beautiful, farm fresh aesthetic. Our couple decided on five, 6 layer chocolate cakes from Susie Cakes, a favorite of the bride. It was the perfect early fall evening. Guests danced under the moonlight and celebrated this amazing couple!

Photography: Anya Kernes | Event Planning & Design: Parker Nichols Events and Design | Floral Design: Posh Posey | cake: SusieCakes | Catering: Farm To Table Catering | lighting: Monkey Glue Lighting | DJ: DJ Goyo | Wedding Venue: Bear Flag Farm | Beauty: Artists by Sherrie Long | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Paper Goods & Signage: Postl Press | Quartet: Camellia String Quartet | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals | Styling Ceramic Plates: Simple Things Ceramics | Styling Surface: Locust Collection

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A Fairytale-Worthy Wedding At The Meridian House

Pinch us, because this wedding is so pretty we feel like we’ve fallen asleep and woken up inside a fairytale! Filled with jewel tones and old-world romance, Jess and John’s wedding at Meridian House is a must-see. Julie of  Vieira Events expertly planned the picture-perfect day, with special touches like a vintage mail-inspired escort card display.  Dark and moody florals designed by Floral and Bloom are utterly romantic, and every moment is elegantly captured in imagery by Lindley Battle.  You won’t want to miss a single swoon-worthy minute, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From Lindley BattleAfter years of traveling the world together, and a move across the country, Jess and John got engaged in their new home of San Francisco. They wanted to have their wedding celebration in the city where they met and lived together for the majority of their relationship, and picked the classic DC venue The Meridian House.



Julie of Vieira Events planned a wedding day that was effortlessly sophisticated while still filled with whimsically romantic moments that made Jess’s face constantly light up with joy.



The jewel tones and floral touches perfectly complemented the old-world romance of the venue, and all came together to form this classically stunning celebration.



Photography: Lindley Battle Photography | Event Planning: Vieira Events | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Invitations: Emily Baird Design | Ceremony Venue: Meridian House | Catering: Occasions Caterers | Beauty: Amie Decker Beauty | Dress Shop: Carine's Bridal Atelier | Entertainment/Lighting: Lucy Black Entertainment | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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When French Riviera Glam and Provence Serenity Wed

Judging by the title, you know this is going to be a good one. The adorable couple kicked off their French destination wedding weekend with a poolside welcome brunch at Château Saint-Martin & Spa that made us all green with envy. The next day, their wedding took place at Chateau Saint Georges, planned by  Life Events, where the decor and floral design by Emily Alarçon were inspired by the classic elegance of the venue. The bride looked absolutely breathtaking in an Eva Lendel gown with a bow detail you just have to see. Check out the full gallery captured by Anya Kernes Photography to see every last detail.

From Anya Kernes Photography… Sorhaya and Duc truly had they best of both worlds – the glamour of the French Riviera and the beauty and serenity of Provence. 

They hosted a welcome brunch the day before the wedding day at Château Saint-Martin & Spa. Hidden on a hilltop of a Provencal village of Vence, the chateau is something out of a dream with its picturesque and peaceful landscape surrounded by gardens and olive groves, and was the perfect way to kick off the weekend’s celebration.

The wedding day took place at Chateau Saint Georges in the French Riviera, an enchanting property with incredible views overlooking Cannes and the village of Grasse. The decor and floral design was inspired by the elegant and classic exterior of the Chateau with white, gold and touches of pink. 

Needless to say, Sorhaya looked stunning in her gown by Eva Lendel which was a perfect match for the glamorous feel of the venue. The invitation suite custom made by Crème de Papier had a beautiful sketch of the venue and a personalized crest in gold foil creating a perfect tease for the guests of what to expect. 

The specialty drinks (three types of a mojito) were a total hit during the cocktail hour, which were just a few of the personalized touches throughout their beautiful wedding day.

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Photography: Anya Kernes | Cinematography: AIRSNAP | Event Planning: Life Events | Floral Design: Emily Alarçon | Wedding Dress: Eva Lendel | Cake: Made In Cake | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bracelet: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: De Bouche En Bouche | DJ: Mix and Light | Wedding Favors: Une Pincee De Provence | Groom's Attire: Zegna | Groomsmen's Attire: Suitsupply | Wedding Venue: Chateau Saint-Georges | Bartending: Flair Evolution | Beauty: Harold James | Bride's Shoes (Brunch): Alexandre Birman | Bride's outfit (Brunch): Mara Hoffman | Day Before Brunch: Chateau Saint-Martin | Earrings & Hair Accessories: Keren Wolf | Groom's Attire (Brunch): HUGO BOSS | Groom's Shoes: Antonio Maurizi | Groom's Shoes (Brunch): Givenchy | Hair for Bridesmaids: Julien Matha | Styling Ceramics: Simple Things Ceramics | Styling Surface: Locust Collection

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Elegant And Romantic Wedding Editorial With A Modern Twist

This editorial has us feeling like we booked a trip to Italy, but it was actually shot in California! The jaw-dropping Dolce Villa Estate was the perfect location for Whimsically Wed to create wedding magic.  From the romantic ceremony to the endlessly lovely al fresco reception, blooms by Wild and Behold Florals created a lush garden-inspired design that we can’t enough of.   Amber Dawson Photography captured each detail to perfection in her stunning imagery.  See each spell-binding picture in the full gallery.




From Amber Dawson Photography… Dolce Villa Estate was the perfect venue to host our elegant and romantic wedding editorial. This beautiful Italianate villa provides that old country feel of Italy without leaving the rolling hills of Redlands, California.



Our talented vendors organized a beautiful ceremony and reception to showcase the venue’s property and stunning views. We began the day with the bride and groom arriving in their Rolls Royce for their ceremony then onto their reception, popping a bottle of champagne, and ended the evening dancing over the candlelight.



It was a beautiful day created by an expert team of vendors, filled with endless inspiration for the modern romantic bride! 



Photography: Amber Dawson Photography | Event Planning: Whimsically Wed | Floral Design: Wild and Behold Florals | Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: The Layered Life | Invitations: The Bridal Press | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Tux: Friar Tux | Wedding Venue: Dolce Villa Estate | Beauty: Jyz Makeup and Hair | Bridal Boutique: NWLA | Ceremony Arbor: Enticing Tables | Chairs: Adore Folklore | Linens: Morilee Madeline Gardner | Models: Willow Model Management | Table Top Rentals: Catalog Atelier | video: Two Fourteen Photography


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Classic Meets Modern at This Montana Wedding With 360 Mountain Views

360 breathtaking views, a sunset color palette, and fresh mountain air shape the day for this Big Sky wedding. If you love the Montana state of mind, you don’t want to miss this one! Lindsey and Derek enlisted the help of Soiree 99 Events and Wild Blume to make their classic meets modern wedding come to life. Every awe-inspiring detail is captured in the full gallery taken by Orange Photographie — and while you’re there, be sure to check out that curated s’mores dessert table, highlighted with monogrammed marshmallows!

From Orange Photographie… Lindsey and Derek saw their wedding as the perfect opportunity to share all the beauty and adventure they love about Big Sky, Montana! The Reserve at Moonlight Basin is surrounded by the most stunning and jaw-dropping 360 mountain views. The stand out of the wedding was easily the 30 feet of ceremony florals — exclusively lining the aisle on acrylic boxes to give a “floating effect”– and framing the epic infinity pool, drop-off style views of where the couple recited their vows. 

The couple wanted their wedding to feel fresh, modern and funky with a variety of patterns and textures- ice blue velvet napkins, art deco prints and custom invitation suites with suede and brass accents. Since they were not cake fans, they opted for a curated s’mores dessert table highlighted with wedding monogram embossed marshmallows– which made other appearances throughout their wedding design– from their invitation suite to a custom acrylic sign which accented a round white bar in a separate bar tent. 

While they wanted funk, they also wanted timeless Montana– this led to their wedding designer’s suggestion of a Big Sky sunset color palette: peach, dusty blue, rust and pops of teal. The colors all came full circle with the ultimate sunset at the end of the perfect evening on their wedding day. 

Another memorable element was Lindsey’s jaw-dropping Galia Lahav gown with the draped, beaded back. This was actually a last minute change after disastrous alterations resulted in her original dress being unwearable. 

A panicked Lindsey put the sample gown on and everyone immediately knew it was all meant to be, as it fit her like a glove and was such a showstopper. It served as such a good reminder to not panic when wedding plans get altered…better plans might be in store that you might not have even dreamt of at first!

Photography: Orange Photographie | Event Planning: Soiree 99 Events | Floral Design: Wild Blume | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Invitations: Summit & Sage | Band: Diamond Empire Band | Wedding Venue: Moonlight Basin | Beauty: Ethereal Hair & Makeup Artistry | Ceremony & Reception Custom Builds: Keller Customs | Dessert: Sweet and Tart | Rentals: Montana Party Rentals | Rentals: Tailored And Tied | Rentals: 44 Rental and Design

Austin Garden Wedding Filled With Fabulous Fall Foliage

This Austin wedding day will take your breath away. Two Be Wed helped fill the day with special touches, like a neon escort card display that read, “with my whole heart.”  From the garden ceremony to the tented reception,Stems Floral designed romantic arrangements that help bring our couple’s love story to life.   If all that’s not enough to get the happy tears going, just wait until you see the beautiful bridal portraits shot against the most incredible foliage by Jeff Brummett,  You can see every magical moment in the full gallery.




From Jeff BrummettConlee and Forrest’s wedding at Mattie’s At Green Pastures was so full of joy! From the emotional first look to the stunning ceremony, there were lots of happy tears being shed. Their friends and family were an important part of the day as well. The couple wanted to make sure everyone felt appreciated and had a great time. Of course, Mattie’s At Green Pastures is an Austin treasure and made for the perfect backdrop.



From the bride… Our ceremony was full of emotion, including floods of happy tears from Forrest and guests. My cheeks hurt by the end from smiling so big the entire time. It was intimate, 91 of our closest family and friends watched us exchange handwritten vows, commit to each other for life, and share our first kiss as husband and wife. I walked into the ceremony with my dad to “I’ll Stay” by Matt Stinton. Forrest picked the song before we were ever engaged. He said it made him tear up the first time he heard it and knew it was what needed to play as I walked down the aisle to him. We walked out to Hall and Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True.” Forrest was a mess, it was only my second time to ever see him cry. I loved every second of his emotions pouring out. Our backdrop was incredible. We were both obsessed with the monochrome gold tones. The fall foliage fit into our color scheme and let my white dress and his blue tuxedo pop. It was time we needed to soak in what was about to happen, the vows we were about to share, the commitment we were about to make. A chance to embrace each other for the last time before being husband and wife. This was when Forrest also gave me a handmade print he made of our wedding logo that I designed. He is an incredible artist and I had begged him for over a year to make me something, and I finally got it. It was so special and I’ll treasure the piece and memory forever.



The florals were what I was most excited to see come to life on our Austin wedding day. I was dead set on an aisle runner and a large, lush arch. I wanted ivory tones for the ceremony and to have the reception florals carry the colors of cocktail hour. We wanted the reception to feel like a natural progression of the evening. Low centerpieces were intentional to encourage conversation across the table. The florals were meant to enhance the venue, not steal the show. The vibe I was aiming for was an upscale, intimate, garden wedding. I wanted it to feel lush with flowers. Every aspect of the decor would feel intentional and meaningful. We both wanted the guests to be able to feel how special they are to us and how much we love each of them. Our wedding was planned around our loved ones first. Their experience was foremost on our minds. We wanted to show them our gratefulness and make our wedding a happy memory for everyone.



Photography: Jeff Brummett Photography | Event Planning: Two Be Wed | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design + Event Styling | Wedding Dress: Rita Vinieris | Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Matties | Beauty: Etoilly Artistry | Bridal Boutique: Ivory Bridal | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Rentals: Birch And Brass Rentals | Rentals: Loot Vintage

An Enchanting Cullen-Approved Wedding Underneath the Redwoods

Where do we begin with today’s enchanting wedding from CMG Events? Let’s just say if you’re a Twilight fan, this is the real-life Edward Bella wedding you’ve been waiting for. Deep green moss, hundreds of fairy lights and sparkling lanterns surrounded the beautiful couple as they exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony under a canopy of Redwoods, complete with a few adorable furry guests. The talented team at Vanda knew exactly how to add a delicate floral touch to compliment the abundant forest setting while Kristina Adams Photography captured all the magic of their day – check it out at the full gallery!

From CMG Events… Nestled in an enchanting redwood grove in Fairfax,CA, Ali and Kyle said I Do in front of their 40 nearest and dearest. Originally they had 200 person wedding scheduled for 2020 and like so many others their ideas and priorities changed after their postponement.

Ali told me she wanted to feel like she was in an enchanted forest so that is just what we did!

For ceremony we created a lush chuppah design, but our favorite part was the back of the aisle wood tree stumps with lanterns and real moss to being the aisle to life and make guests feel transported into a forest.

For cocktail hour guests enjoyed cocktails under the redwoods and when they were ready to be seated for dinner they approached the champagne wall to find their name on the individually rolled scrolls.

For the table scape we had real live moss that we hand placed down the tables as table runners with pops of twinkle light lanterns and bud vases for a whimsical touch. Each name card was placed in a small wood stump with its own moss. Every detail we made sure to feel organic to the space.

The cake table was also covered with live moss and featured a spectacular Cheese Wheel Cake by the Cheese School San Francisco.

Dining under bistro lights and with the mossy table design and lanterns the space truly came alive as the night continued. Ali said her vision came to life and Plan B was even more enchanting than Plan A could have been!

Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Cinematography: Dream Together Films | Event Design: CMG Weddings & Events | Event Planning: CMG Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Vanda | Cake: Kiri Of The Cheese School SF | Reception Venue: Deer Park Villa | Catering: A Fork Full Of Earth | DJ: MVMNT DJs | Beauty: Page Beauty | Beauty: Page Beauty | Champagne Wall: Lux Event Rentals Design | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Signage: Maggie Tom Designs | Strings: Synchronicity Strings

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This Intimate Private Estate Wedding Proves There’s No Place Like Home

This backyard Virginia wedding is one for the books! With the help of Cheers Darling Events, Camille and Dwight turned their home into the wedding venue of their dreams.  The neutral color palette played perfectly with the green of their garden and the pop of blue for their poolside reception! Floral & Bloom Designs created organic, free-flowing arrangements for the perfect touch of relaxed elegance.  The intimate celebration was perfectly captured in the imagery by Kim Branagan, proving that there really is no place like home.  See the full day unfold in the full gallery.




From Kim BranaganCamille and Dwight were married on Saturday, September 18th at their home in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. They were engaged early in 2021, knowing that they wanted to wed before the end of the year (they had been together for six years), and decided to welcome a small group of their family and friends to their new home would be the perfect way to celebrate. Camille and Dwight wanted the focus to be on their love, family, and sharing a good meal, with good drinks.



After exchanging vows, the couple mingled with their guests around the pool before inviting everyone to take a seat at one long table, set for 55 guests. The group enjoyed a long, al fresco meal under bistro lights – the meal was served family-style, with french-passed proteins, to encourage conversation throughout the meal. Guests enjoyed a multi-course meal from Heirloom Catering & Event Design – starting with individual mezze platters of dips, veggies & bread, followed by a grilled romaine salad, ribeye steak, sea bass, crispy asparagus, and roasted fingerling potatoes.



Following dinner, Camille’s stepfather serenaded the guests with a few songs on the saxophone while Camille and Dwight cut into their beautiful, three-tiered Buttercream Bake Shop wedding cake. Camille and Dwight kicked off the dancing with their first dance, with Dwight’s four daughters joining them on the dance floor to “Shake it Off” to get that party started. As guests enjoyed dancing, mini gelato cones and wedding cake were passed around the party.



Photography: Kim Branagan | Event Planning: Cheers Darling Events | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Invitations: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Catering: Heirloom Catering & Event Design | DJ: DJ D-Mac And Associates | Officiant: Close Friend | Beauty: Georgetown Bride | Ceremony Guitarist: Bialeks Music | Lighting & Flooring: Sugarplum Tents | Location: Private Estate | Rentals: Something Vintage | Rentals: Maison de Carine | Rentals: DC Rental

Bringing the Indoors Out for This Nature Inspired Summer Wedding

These two Michigan natives celebrated the beauty of their home state in summer with every thoughtful detail. Their sun drenched ceremony surrounded by lush ferns and guests donning parasols made for the most ethereal setting. After the “I do’s”, it was time to head over to one of the most gorgeous tented receptions we’ve probably ever laid eyes on. Ann Travis Events and Katie Wachowiak quite literally brought the indoors out, decorating the space with sconces, custom wallpaper, comfy furniture, and a greenery adorned rattan lantern installation that made for a major “wow” factor. See it  all at the full gallery – taken by Jake Anderson!

Michigan lovers through and through, Emily and Mike first met at University of Michigan when they discovered their dorm rooms were across the hall. A friendship soon formed and built over the semester before they decided to make things official. Years later, Mike surprised Emily by popping the question on a hiking trip with their new puppy. Emily, of course, said yes! Emily doesn’t remember everything Mike said, but remembers it was perfect.

For their wedding day, the couple took inspiration from their home state where their love grew and its beauty. Thought and care went into every small detail. The tented spaces featured comfy furniture and walls, complete with sconces, to have the feel of a home built overlooking the river. Custom wallpaper was modeled after the wallpaper in the original home on the property and used on the reception walls and the unique ceremony planters. 

The escort cards highlighted different types of Michigan ferns – another homage to the property which is filled with beautiful ferns in the summer. With a greenery and rattan lantern installation suspended over the space, the dance floor was a huge statement piece. 

Behind the band was a custom backdrop with framed hand-pressed flowers on a trellis background to further the nature theme. Their adorable pup Maizey also made an appearance, with a hidden painting on the back of the cake and their signature cocktail named the Maizey Mule.

Photography: Jake Anderson | Videography: killer creations | Floral Design: Katie Wachowiak | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Stationery: Jade Social | Suit: Armani | Wedding Venue: EK Preserve | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planning and Design: Ann Travis Events | Rentals: Event Theory | Rentals: Theoni Collection

A Green And White Hued Wedding In Greece Filled With Gorgeous Details

This Grecian wedding is prettier than a picture.  Hosted at the luxurious Kinsterna Hotel & Spa, incredible architecture and idyllic scenery collide for one wow-worthy wedding.  With everything from a lush green and white outdoor garden ceremony to photo ops with an adorable donkey, Think Happy Events filled every minute of this day with magic.  Crisp, lush white blooms by Studio 7 delight and fill the event with effortless elegance.  The love of the day is artfully captured in the imagery by Elias Kordelakos, visit the full gallery to enjoy every last detail.



From Elias Kordelakos … Kinsterna in Monemvasia, Greece is one of the best choices for an intimate wedding. With its architecture resembling the Italian Tuscan style, situated at the side of a hill, perfectly isolated provides everything a couple wants for their special day.



A lush green and white floral aisle led to a stunning ceremony arch where the couple exchanged vows.  The outdoor ceremony was simply stunning.



An alfresco dinner later led to dancing under the stars.  It was everything our couple could have asked for and more! 



Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Videographer: Sotiris Tseles | Event Planning: Think Happy Events | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Reception Venue: Kinsterna Hotel & Spa | Makeup artist: Theocharis Katerina

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Personalize Your Pre-Wedding Events With Our Favorite Picks From the Style Me Pretty Shop!

Your wedding day is obviously #1 on the list of priorities to plan for when you’re getting married, but that doesn’t mean all the events before aren’t worthy of their own special touches. From your bridal shower and bachelorette to your bridal luncheon and bridal suite brunch (on game day), there are plenty of pre-nuptials celebrations that make so much sense to personalize. After all, that’s the goal, right? To make your entire wedding journey one that’s cohesive, curated, and just like a storybook come to life over the course of your engagement. So, whether you’re planning the parties yourself, enlisting the help of your ‘I do’ inner circle, or completely passing the baton over to your best friends and family for all things ‘fete finessing,’ you can trust in the entirety of our Style Me Pretty decor shop to make these milestones all the more meaningful.   

Now, granted, any accessories like candles, place cards, hanging banners, and special signage can have a serious impact on your aesthetics and soiree staging/styling, and we have so many of them to peruse (we’re obsessed with our tea lights, acrylic accents, and garlands, for starters). But we’re particularly smitten with the pieces that aren’t just pretty, but totally personalizable and all-purpose-party motifs, too — meaning that they can have encore appearances at future events and look incredibly stand out every single time. 

These darling details have our hearts, especially since they have heirloom/something borrowed appeal, as well. You can use them for your own parties and then pass them along to your sister, cousin, best friend, goddaughter, etc. to personalize for their own best day(s) ever.

Think loose flower petals, lights, and photo snapshots as the perfect props to make these items pop and help put signature stamps on them! 

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

A cache of artful and customizable centerpieces 

… Because when your favorite people in the world are gathered in your honor, you can make their table so much more inviting with creative, charming, and conversation-starting centerpieces. This elegant gold hoop on an acrylic stand makes a great impression and adds a modern element to any tablescape. Simply ask your floral-savvy co-hosts to incorporate hints of your wedding flowers (colors and types of blooms that’ll feature on the big day) onto the hoop, or use it as a stand-alone piece. 

 

A gorgeous cake stand

… Because when a wedding is concerned, cake has a place at every occasion (big or small). This one opens up so you can display flowers or other fun accessories, or keep it clean for a super minimalist design that will make it look like the cake is suspended in mid-air.

 

A very special entrance piece 

… Because LOVE is the reason for ALL of this, why not lean into that with a facade that’s a true focal piece. Each letter in this wire set is made with a brilliant gold-colored profile and features a Nordic 3D design that is certain to capture the hearts and attention of your guests. A versatile design allows it to be displayed along the wall as a heartwarming backdrop or conveniently placed on a shelf or mantel as an eye-catching centerpiece. And the best part? You can attach flowers, tea lights, or LED lights for added visual flair.

Whether you’ll be having many or just a few festive functions before you say ‘I Do,’ you can bring some extra pretty and personalization to every one of your wedding celebration parties with items from our Style Me Pretty Shop!

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A Romantic Tropical Fête at the Montage Kapalua Bay

Aloha Hawai’i! It’s the dead of winter, we’re all craving the warmth of Spring and a tropical Hawaiian vacation is just the medicine we need. Allow today’s Montage Kapalua Bay wedding to be your dose of Vitamin D – surrounded by salty ocean views, sun-soaked corners and sprawling palms. Teresa Sena Designs brought the vibrant tropical vibes of the island to the floral decor, while Moana Belle Events brought modern luxury to the day leaving no detail unturned. See the full gallery for all the island-style inspo, captured by Dmitri & Sandra Photography!

A romantic cliffside ceremony, flowers in a mixture of textures and colors and stunning ocean views, Andie and Kris’ wedding was a gorgeous Hawaiian celebration filled with palm trees, warm tradewinds and so much love. For Andie and Kris, it was all about soft, fresh flowers, a tropical, airy vibe and most of all, an epic celebration by the sea with their family and friends who were more than happy to travel to the beautiful island of Maui after a year of lockdowns and travel restrictions.

Moana Belle Events created an incredibly elegant yet decidedly tropical fete that exuded the trademark modern luxury feel that tthe Montage Kapalua Bay is famous for. The beautiful wedding decor was thoughtfully planned out and represented their years of love together as a couple. From the bold tropical flowers that adorned their ceremony arch to the extravagant flower installations under the sailcloth tent, there were so many details to love about this design.

From Moana Belle… “For an added “wow” factor, we wanted to create an installation that allowed for the typical atmosphere to be brought into the dining tent. We were inspired by the lush palm trees that can be found throughout the Montage Resort and decided to create an installation that mimicked the palms, creating faux palm canopies on the wooden poles of the Sperry tent to add gorgeous focal points above the dining tables and dance floor. 

Over the dance floor, to create that tropical lush vibe, we suspended globe lighting from the faux palm canopy to create a moody and tropical atmosphere for the dancing portion of the evening, which was a big point of importance for Andie and Kris.”

Photography: Dmitri and Sandra Photography | Videographer: Ohana Films | Event Design: Moana Belle Events | Floral Design: Teresa Sena Designs | Ceremony Venue: Montage Kapalua Bay | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Lighting: KCK Entertainment | Beauty: Maui Makeup Artistry | Linens: Winters Events | Live Band: Island Kings Band | Napkins: Reve Maui | Rentals: Rio Event Design | Tableware: Set

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An Elegantly Intimate Wedding In Villa Del Balbianello

Our heart skips a beat for well-thought-out, intimate weddings.  Picture this, your favorite people, a beautiful destination, and the chance to make memories that will last a lifetime.  For their special day, Rachel and George decided to entertain their nearest and dearest in Italy.  The Lake Como Wedding Planner brought their vision to life complete with a waterfront ceremony and a reception that made guests feel as if they were sitting inside a secret garden.  The artful blooms were elegantly designed by Tulipina, and Elias Kordelakos was able to capture the love of the day in imagery that is sure to stand the test of time.  Visit the full gallery to fall in love with every last detail.



From Elias Kordelakos … An intimate wedding, means you have more time to enjoy it with your guests and be more relaxed. Rachel and George had postponed their original date a few times already so they wouldn’t want to miss another chance of celebrating their love.



The bride was radiant in her Zuhair Murad gown! They had chosen one of the most coveted villas in Lake Como,Villa Del Balbianello and a talented team of vendors to make their dreams come true.



The Lake Como Wedding Planner, together with Tulipina created a magnificent setup for the ceremony and reception area, Marco Failla created some delicious chocolate favors as a farewell favor and Elias Kordelakos captured all the magic!



Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Videographer: Marco Abba | Event Planning: The Lake Como Wedding Planner | Floral Design: Tulipina - Kiana Underwood | Wedding Dress: Zuhair Murad | Cake: Ramperti Pasticceria | Reception Venue: Villa Del Balbianello | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Class Eventi | Celebrant: Comolake celebrant | Boats: Como Classic Boats | Chocolate Favours: Marco Failla | Printed goods: Letter Ink | Rentals: The Como Collection

A Classic Southern Wedding Complete With The Cutest Puppy!

This wildly romantic wedding will take your breath away.  Filled with special touches, like incorporating the couple’s cute pup and a  reception under a  200-year-old  oak dripping with lanterns, WED brought this twosome’s Big Day to life in the most wonderful of ways.  Sara York Grimshaw helped to tell the love story through fabulous floral design, and Hannah Alyssa Photography elegantly captured every magical moment in her incredible imagery.  Watch the full day unfold in the full gallery.




From Hannah Alyssa PhotographyTed planned to propose to Catie on the beach in Montauk during a winter weekend getaway, but the pandemic canceled their getaway, resulting in Ted popping the question in his Hoboken apartment, surrounded by flowers, champagne, and a dog tag that included his last name (& Catie’s soon-to-be last name)! Catie and Ted’s first-ever vacation together was to Charleston, South Carolina, and they instantly fell in love with the city and the Lowcountry’s beautiful live oaks draped in Spanish moss, which made it an obvious choice when planning their destination wedding. The couple welcomed a black Labrador Retriever puppy, named Gus, just three weeks prior to their wedding day, and he, and his big brother, Fin, stole the show in their floral wreaths.



“The dogs were so excited to see us for pictures after our ceremony! They were trying to jump up on my lace gown and people around us were gasping in fear my dress would be ripped to shreds. I was secretly hoping a few paw prints would be stamped instead,” Catie said. The duo kicked off the weekend celebrations with a rehearsal dinner at The Gadsden House downtown, and celebrated their marriage the following day at a private residence about an hour away – a special place that from the moment guests arrived, they felt totally immersed in the spirit of the Lowcountry.



Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the grand front lawn, then made their way to the back of the house to dine along the banks of Combahee River, surrounded by formal gardens and massive oaks. Post-dinner, they danced the night away under a 200-year-old live oak, with custom five-foot lanterns hanging from its branches. The WED team combined elements of wood with soft overlays of floral and gold accents throughout. Bridesmaids wore sage green dresses while groomsmen complemented the ladies with Brackish Guinea feather bow ties.



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Photography: Hannah Alyssa Photography | Videography: Hart to Heart Media | Event Planning: WED | Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal | Catering: Cru Catering | Band: The Rivertown Band | Transportation: Lowcountry Valet | Drapery: The Social Spool | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Lighting & Custom Builds: Technical Event Company | Mobile Bar: Chug-A-Lug Wagon | Musicians: Peter Kiral | Private Residence: Private Residence | Reharsal Dinner Venue: King Street Hospitality Group | Rentals: Event DRS | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals

This Three-Day Wedding in Tahoe Is the Perfect Balance of Sophisticated and Cozy

From the organic, earth-toned blooms by Stems by Diana to the bride’s sleek and modern Carolina Herrera dress, this 3-day wedding weekend in Lake Tahoe at Martis Camp exudes class and comfort. Audere Events turned the couple’s dreams to reality as they tied the knot surrounded by panoramic mountain views. Lucky for all you mountain-chic brides, the full gallery is teeming with all the inspo you could ever need – taken by The Ganeys!

From the bride…. Planning a wedding in 2020 wasn’t for the faint of heart. Let’s just say, it didn’t feel like the rom-com that I was expecting. We experienced what felt like one challenge after the other from postponement to forest fires to snowstorms to power outages. But, despite it all, our big day was an absolute fairytale.

We hosted our wedding at Martis Camp in Lake Tahoe, California. It was our ideal venue. My family owns a home at Martis Camp and we have so many fond memories visiting throughout the years. We knew its sophisticated yet cozy feel was the perfect atmosphere for our big day.

The design of our wedding was a highlight. I loved the color scheme that we chose. We had muted greens and blues that drew upon the natural beauty of Tahoe. We also brought in autumnal colors for accents, which ended up being an unexpected delight from changing our original May date to October.

In combination with the earthy color scheme, we added lots of organic flowers, soft ribbons, wooden baskets, and vintage furniture items. The overall aesthetic created an ambiance of class and comfort. The ceremony felt like the secret garden of my dreams with a backdrop of an endless forest. My favorite details were the fresh flowers in votives at the start of our aisle and a stunning flower arch at the end of it.

My husband and I entered the reception area in a vintage, white Bentely. Upon entrance to the dinner tent, there was a champagne tower which was fun to see before going inside. The tent was lined with twinkling lights and flowers. It also had wooden chandeliers hanging with intertwined ivy. The best part, though, was our 40-person rustic, wooden head table for our massive bridal party. It was so special.

The dancing portion of the night was outside the tent. We utilized the amazing Martis Camp family barn stage for our band. There were dessert bars, plenty of heaters, and a massive fire pit to keep everyone warm. When it became too cold to bear, we went inside the barn, where there was a late night area set up. We had a dj, late night food tray-passed, games, and a smaller dance floor.

The fashion was another unique part of our wedding. With ample planning time, I found two dresses to wear. For the ceremony, I wore a Carolina Herrara dress that was a simple, sculpted silhouette with stretch crepe. My mom wore a Herrera on her wedding day and I wanted to follow suit. We customized the dress to fit my style by lowering the back, adding buttons down the train, and extending it. To pair, I found a timeless, cathedral-length veil with hand-laced flowers at the base.

My second dress was a custom silk gown by one of my favorite designers, Olivine Gabbro. She is a master at tailoring. I knew that for my second gown, I wanted something more fitted and fun. Olivine and I worked together to come up with the perfect design. I was able to pick the fabric, color, shape, and be a part of the design process. The final product was a silk, high-necked gown with a slit and small train. I absolutely adore it.

From the flowers to the colors to the fashion, our wedding was exactly as we wanted it. Our amazing vendors executed the weekend with grace and poise, even in the face of all the logistical challenges. In the end, the difficulty we faced just made it more unique and memorable. In today’s world, we know how lucky we are that we celebrated our love with our favorite people. We are forever grateful.

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Photography: The Ganeys | Videography: Dax Victorino Films | Event Planning & Design: Audere Events | Floral Design: Stems by Diana | Invitations: Steph B And Co | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair and Makeup: Love is in the Hair | DJ: Epik Entertainment | Band: Take 2 | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Hip Entertainment | Transportation: Tahoe Elite | Transportation: Northstar Zephyr Lodge | Vintage Car: SacTown Vintage | Venue: Martis Camp | Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridal Tailor: Daria Korzhina | Dress Designer: Carolina Herrera | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Photography - Assistance: Molliner Photography | Reception Dress: Olivine Gabbro | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Ralph Lauren | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Gar Woods Grill & Pier | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals and Tent: Celebrations Party Rentals | Styling Mat: Locust Collection | Welcome Party: Ritz Carlton New Orleans | Welcome Party Entertainment: Jeff Jones