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16 Kitchen Essentials to Add to Your Wedding Registry

In my personal opinion, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where so many precious memories are made cooking with your loved ones and enjoying one of life’s greatest gifts – FOOD! Whether you’ve just moved into a new place with your hub, you’re stumped on what to add to your wedding registry or you just want to give your kitchen a little upgrade… these essential items will have your kitchen looking and feeling complete!

1. Knife Set

Trust us, it’s worth the splurge. A good knife set that’s sure to last is a must for every starter kitchen.

2. Cutting Boards

Cute as décor and useful, what more could a gal ask for – are we right?!

3. Measuring Cups

If you’re looking for cute copper measuring cups that will stand the test of time, we’ve got you covered!

4. Colander

Easily forgotten yet a total must in the kitchen. Plus how cute are these colored colanders?! LOVE!

5. Spoons, Spatulas, Tongs

Check ‘em all off in one go with this adorable and affordable 12 Piece Bamboo Utensil Set!

6. Toaster

7. Coffeemaker

Bring the Starbucks to you every morning with an all-star coffeemaker no kitchen is truly complete without!

8. Kitchen Towels

There are so many options for you when it comes to kitchen towels! Match them to your kitchen color scheme for a cohesive look or pop of color!

9. Cookware Sets

It goes without saying that pots and pans are total must-have for any kitchen. Get yourself a non-stick set and thank us later.

10. Baking Set

There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly baked cookies – it’s the perfect excuse to invest in a 12 piece bakeware set!

11. A Good Cookbook

Whether you’re a pro in the kitchen or haven’t even mastered the art of mac and cheese yet, a good cookbook is always a good idea!

12. Dinnerware

Every starter kitchen needs the perfect dinnerware set because…. Duh!

13. Drinkware

Pro tip: Get yourself some every day glasses in a few different sizes and be sure to have plenty to go around for your next dinner party!

14. Salt and Pepper Shakers

Who doesn’t love an adorable set of salt and pepper shakers?

15. Blender

You may not think of a blender as an essential kitchen item, but once you get one for yourself – you’ll totally understand why we couldn’t NOT include one in this list!

16. Wine Glasses

And of course, to complete your kitchen essentials – we saved the best for last!

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Lake Como Fairytale Wedding at Villa del Balbianello

Lake Como truly is a fairytale wedding destination and Kiira & Arthur’s wedding is the only proof I need. The scenery alone is other worldly—but Eventoile Destination Weddings did an incredible job perfecting a layer of beauty atop that natural charm. The Wedding Tale captured the day as if it were a fictional film, yet it was so, so real my friends.

From The Wedding TaleOn the day of Kiira & Arthur’s wedding Lake Como graced us with a wonderful sunny spring day. The lake was calm, the cherry trees in full bloom across the banks and the light was simply perfect, a magical atmosphere as if time itself wanted to stop and eternalize the moments. We met Arthur returning from a ride on the long lake his smile said it all! His preparations at the luxury hotel Terminus on the lakefront were filled with emotions. His best men and his brother helped him put on his custom white tux and right before they boarded a boat to Villa Balbianello.

Overlooking Piazza Cavour, Kiira got prepared in a beautiful attic, where large windows and an all-romantic balcony filled the room with creamy light. We could tell right from the start these were very special sentimental moments for her. Radiating with bliss and surrounded by her bridesmaids, among them her sister the blogger Petra @petrakorpi, who wore pastel-colored gowns they were all lulled by the sun and the Italian scents of blooms coming from the streets under our prestigious perch. Stunning in a dress designed for her by the Fashion Designer Teemu Muurimäki she couldn’t wait to get in the boat to be with Arthur.

The boat trip to the Villa was accompanied by music, laughs, hard love and some gorgeous lake vistas in the breeze. Upon our arrival Kiira started walking towards the aisle and Arthur waited for his bride in total anticipation. The moment of their meeting was as if it came out of a fairtytale.

The couple’s guests were entertained on the terrace overlooking the lake, with romantic music, Italian antipasti and wine, while Kiira and Arthur whisked each other away for some alone time on a boat ride around the villa, and upon their return the reception inside the villa began, with a candlelit dinner soaked in florals, chandeliers as the excited members of their families began their speeches. Cheek and Elastinen, Kiira’s favorite band played the couple’s song, a nod to the bride’s figure skating moves, as the two danced on the veranda.

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From Eventoile Destination WeddingsI don’t know where to begin in describing the ways I’m thankful to have couples as beautiful as Kiira and Arthur, whose Lake Como wedding in Villa Balbianello played upon the frescoed walls and charming gardens of this outstanding venue, easily one of the most romantic places to get married in the world.

As Arthur was already planning to propose in 2014, he had his heart set on the Villa, for its beauty and for the majestic surrounding landscapes. Although the couple moved to New York, when Arthur proposed last May, they just had to return and whisk away all their loved ones from the States, Spain and Finland for their dream destination wedding on the shores of Como Lake.

The overall planning and styling process began with Kiira and Arthur’s love for a luminous, powder-soft palette that would focus on whites. They’re both such an elegant couple, so tasteful and in love with refined simplicity, so eventually we decided to go for ivory and gold, not only because it is one of the hottest trends but for the way it enhances every single accent with its shine, just like the love of this beautiful couple.

Kiira’s figure-skating nickname in Finland is Jääprinsessa (Ice Princess) due to her resemblance to Grace Kelly, the former Princess of Monaco, so we opted for wedding invitation suites and paper goods made of Amalfi paper and white tranlucent vellum paper, a nod to pureness and ice-skating, with Kiira’s ice swirl represented by the manuscript’s font interlacing their names.

Delicate shades were the basic palette of this amazing celebration, with magical flower arrangements and spanning installations intended to tap on the natural beauty of the elements inside and outside of the Villa and its stunning vistas. Kiira’s wedding bouquet was made up of David Austin roses, ranunculi and peonies.

The festivities continued in a beautiful veranda on the lake that was the setting for their first dance together, poetry. The festivities then continued throughout the night with wild dancing on the notes of the famous Finland singers Cheek and Elastinen.

Photography: The Wedding Tale | Videography: The Wedding Tale | Stationery: LetterInk | Catering: Class Catering | Flower: Figli Dei Fiori | HMUA: Paola Bianchera | Music: Blunotte Events | Planning and Design: Eventoile | Villa del Balbianello: Villa del Balbianello | Wedding Dress Designer: Teemu Muurimäki

Classically Elegant Wedding at Villa Muggia in Italy

There is something magnetic about Sandy and Andreas. Their beautiful chemistry shines through every lovely portrait captured by Gianluca and Mary Adovasio and there’s no doubt that the Bride’s smile glows like a sunset. Francesca Caddeo Slowdecor made sure that their day was equally as alluring as their bond—watch it all unfold below and please make sure to view the joy-filled video from 2Become1.

Andreas and Sandy met 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland where they both lived at that time. Andreas was having after-work drinks with colleges outside a bar. When it started to rain Sandy and her friend saw some covered seats, and asked the guys if they could sit down. Seconds later Andreas came back from the bar realizing his friends just gave away his seat. Whenever somebody else went to the bar or for a bio break he took his chance to sit closer to Sandy. So they finally ended up talking for hours. This was the beginning of their relationship.

After 3 years of happy relationship, they moved to Hong Kong. After two amazing years and on their last trip before relocating back to Zurich, Andreas popped the question in a romantic dinner setting in Hoi An, Vietnam. Arriving back home they could not only celebrate the end of the life changing adventure of living abroad, but also the start of a new chapter together.

From the Bride… Whenever we thought about our wedding, we always imagined it outside of Switzerland and as a weekend spent with family and our closest friends. We experienced many destination weddings before, and loved that feeling of being far way from everyday life. We started looking for destinations in Italy as we love the Italian culture and the way of living.

When we started looking for our venue, we thought of Stresa as a strategic location. Only few hours drive from home. We love this part of Italy with the mountains and lake backdrop, good food and a timeless feel to it. During our visit we met Carola the owner of Villa Muggia, she showed us around in the garden and the beautiful interior of the villa. We lost our heart to the villa as it was easy to picture our perfect day in this wonderful setting/surrounding.

We met our wedding planner Francesca Caddeo through a friend. At that time, we very still in the process of discussing venue options. Francesca helped us to see the full potential of the venue and how to bring our vision of our wedding to life.

My dress was by Limor Rosen. I saw a picture of it at the very beginning of my search for the dress. While trying many dresses it was always in the back of my mind. My mom pushed me to find a boutique where I can try it as she wanted to make sure I’ll find my dream dress. I tried it on and there was no doubt. I loved everything about. It was elegant, flowing and romantic in a modern way.

Our formal invitations made by the The Little Press, Australia. They were letter pressed on hand made fabric paper consisting of the main invitation and a poem we wanted to be a theme on our day: “ I look over at you and see sunshine” – describes so well how we see each other and how we live our life together.

We always pictured a romantic garden setting for our wedding. We wanted it to feel lush, but in a natural way. We’ve chosen to go palette of muted blues and pinks to match with the antique look of villa Muggia. The floral arrangements by Il profumo dei fiori exceeded our expectations: flowers in a mix of dusty pink and dark reds arranged in natural style, loads of candles, greenery and garlands to show the beauty of the place without adding too much, it was very sophisticated and chic.

We decorated the beautiful outdoor lounge in the gardens with antique rugs and sofas, mixed with more contemporary-design seats. Our wedding planner Francesca worked on the design proposal for us. She was able to get exactly what we had in mind and guided us to create this wonderful backdrop to a perfect day.

The ceremony was hosted by a friend of the bride’s family. We sat down with him and told him our story, what we love about each other and about our values. From that he created a very personal ceremony that ended in traditional vows. The ceremony was framed by the music of the solo acoustic singer James Mc Lean who we had flown in from London. The setting was sophisticated and lush, with a romantic flower arch as a center point.

At the arrival guests were offered fresh lemonade and beer as a welcome drink. After the ceremony, a typical Italian aperitivo followed in the gardens by the fountains, with the most gorgeous sunset views on the lake. We had a 2 hour traditional Italian aperitif including a buffet of freshly carved prosciutto, Italian cheeses, bread, canapés, and champagne.

For dinner we had a seated 3-course dinner under the beautifully decorated marquee. We decided to go with a mix of round and rectangular tables to avoid a too traditional look. The tables were decorated with flowers in the colors of dusty pink and dark red in vases of different styles and sizes, dark grey table clothes to break the white fabrics of the marquee, all lit by candles.

After dinner we all gathered on the terrace of the villa. The caterer arranged a live preparation of the huge Italian layer cake with red fruits (mille feuille). The event ended in the morning after hours of dancing.

After the wedding, we spent a couple days in Puglia, Italy. A beautiful masseria and the cute villages were the perfect backdrop for unwinding and sharing our impressions of the wedding day.

There are so many wonderful moments to remember that are still giving my goose bumps: walking through the park down to ceremony space, to meet Andreas there surrounded by our loved ones; bursting of happiness entering the marquee as husband and wife where all the guest were cheering and waving their napkins in the air and our first dance. But nothing made me prouder than hearing Andreas’ speech, a perfect mix of humor, giving thanks to our family and friends and words of love towards me, his wife. The day was more than we could ever dream of. We are more than grateful for this experience and the unforgettable memories created with our favorite people.

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Photography: Gianluca And Mary Adovasio | Videography: 2Become1 | Event Planning: Francesca Caddeo Slowdecor | Flowers: Il Profumo Dei Fiori | Invitations: The Little Press | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Class Catering | Hair: La Femme a la Page | Venue: Villa Muggia | Bride Dress: Limon Rosen | Furnitures: Sofi Design | Music: Camilla Pagani | Singer: James McLean

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5 Glow-Boosting Recipes to Get Your Hair, Skin and Nails Wedding-Ready

You’ve got the dress, you’ve done your hair and makeup trial, you’re doing great – but don’t stop now! We’re challenging you to go one step further and get your hair, skin and nails wedding day-ready from the inside out. Our girl Cara Clark, nutritionist to the stars, is dishing the most delicious recipes that make it super easy (and super healthy) to get that bridal-worthy glow. Can’t wait to get started? Keep on scrollin’!

P.S. Cara is launching a wedding nutrition challenge for all you beautiful brides out there who are looking for a non-diet approach to getting in your best shape for the Big Day! Use code SMP20OFF for $20 off your purchase!

Getting ready for your big day means more than just your body looking amazing, you want your hair, skin and nails to look and feel awesome as well! Here are some of our glow-boosting recipes you should definitely start incorporating days and months before the big day! Think antioxidants, omega 3’s, and more!

1. Veggie-Sausage One Pan Wonder

  • 4 chicken sausage links (Vegetarian: Omit and swap in ¼ cup toasted pine nuts after cooking.) 1 cup cannellini beans
  • 2 cup butternut squash
  • 1 bag shredded Brussels sprouts
  • 1 bag of broccoli slaw
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • Sprinkle of nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Add 1 Tablespoon of oil to skillet over medium heat. Add all ingredients to pan and cook until veggies are soft. Season with salt, pepper and sprinkle nutritional yeast on top. Approximately 10-12 minutes.

2. Crispy Asian Salad

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup mixed spring greens
  • Chopped cucumber
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • Chopped red onion ¼ avocado
  • 1 small orange or clementine, seeded & diced
  • ½ cup diced chicken *Vegetarian option: ½ cup chickpeas
  • 2 Tablespoons slivered almonds
  • Chopped cilantro or parsley

Optional dressing: 1 teaspoon lemon juice + 1 teaspoon raw honey + 1  Tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil + 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger + 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos  

3. Dole Whip Smoothie

  • 1 ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt or full-fat coconut cream
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)

Blend together in a high-powered blender. Use the tamper tool to blend quicker and avoid overheating. Blend just until smooth and serve immediately or freeze for later. Serves 3.

Tip: Try it in popsicle molds! 

4. Detox Citrus Smoothie 

  • 1 large orange, peeled, seeded, & pit removed or 3 clementines, peeled & pit removed
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest + juice of 1 lemon
  • Big handful of greens
  • ½ inch slice fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seed
  • Scoop of collagen peptides
  • 6-8 oz unsweetened coconut or nut milk
  • Ice, if desired

5. Air Popped Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast 

  • 2 cups air-popped popcorn
  • Olive or coconut oil
  • A variety of fresh herbs
  • 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

Drizzle popcorn with olive or coconut oil. Sprinkle fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, etc.) and 2 Tablespoons of nutritional yeast on top. Enjoy!

Photography: Angelica Marie Photography | Makeup: 10.11 Makeup

Survivor Stars Sierra Thomas & Joe Anglim’s Gorgeous Equestrian Engagement Session

In case you hadn’t already heard – two of Survivor’s fan favorites are officially tying the knot!! And today we’re sharing their gorgeous engagement photos from Kate Anne Photography. Sierra and Joe wanted their engagement photos to reflect their personality as a couple and capture them in their natural element: surrounded by their beautiful horses, dancin’ around in the sun-soaked fields of their Utah home. It’s so amazing to see how in love these two are – congratulations to the happy couple!

From Sierra… Joe and I met as contestants on Season 30 of CBS Survivor while filming in Nicaragua. We quickly became best friends after filming and three years later, I fell in love with my best friend. Joe’s proposal was perfect and completely unexpected. He chose the ring by himself and proposed while we were camping watching the sunset. It was perfect, surreal and completely heartfelt.

This photo session is special to us because our horses are a huge part of our lives. They are our family. We have 7 horses altogether. The three who joined us for photos are Consuela, momma Perry and her baby Miliani. Miliani is joe and I’s first horse we’ve bred and raised together. We purchased Consuela merely two days before Joe left for Fiji to film season 38 this last year. She was the best distraction to help me get thru the 7 months he was gone. Initially we had planned to capture me riding her wearing this gorgeous, hand painted gown. But Suela(not surprisingly) had a mind of her own and was not excited about the idea!! She had never seen me in a gown like that and wasn’t sure what to think, especially being bareback on her. We love how the session went, nonetheless. We really wanted these photos to capture us in our element: at our farm house and with or horses. Nothing makes us happier.

From Hair And Makeup by Steph and Kate Anne Photography… This photo session was really so easy for us because all we were doing was working with Sierra and joe in their natural element. Just being themselves is what made the photos turn out so natural and beautiful. Nothing was staged or contrived. It was beautiful to watch them together with their horses!

Photographer: Kate Anne Photography | Dress designer : Chantel Lauren Designs | Hair/Makeup: Hair And Makeup By Steph

This Romantic Spring Elopement in Paris Is Every Girl’s Dream

Paris is always a good idea… especially when it comes to choosing your elopement locale. Add a tulle BHLDN gown and a lush neutral toned bouquet from Floraison and it’s officially the elopement of our SMP dreams. Just one look at this enchanting day in Paris captured by Lauren Fair Photography and you can’t help but realize the sheer romance and intimacy of eloping – it’s truly something so special. We’re getting goosebumps as we sit here scrolling through these photos that so beautifully capture the emotions and magic of the day. See for yourself and don’t be surprised if you find yourself considering an elopement of your own!

From Lauren Fair PhotographyA romantic Paris elopement with gorgeous honey toned florals by Floraison Paris, a tulle BHLDN gown, the most breathtaking balcony at sunrise with a view of the Eiffel tower, and cherry blossoms!

The best part of Paris is being awake at sunrise to capture all the loveliness of the city before the rest of the world wakes up, and we captured the most beautiful scenes with Krista + Kyle as we ventured around the city together!

With a gorgeous sunrise balcony view of the Eiffel Tower, followed by portraits at the Trocadero and the Louvre, the iconic Parisian spots were in full bloom for spring! 

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design: Floraison | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Ceremony Venue: Residence Charles Floquet | Calligraphy: Shotgunning for Love | Flatlay Styling: East Made Co | Props: Curated Behaviour

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Whimsical Spring Wedding at Ethereal Gardens in California

Julie and Sang’s wedding day was a whimsical, romantic dream taking place at a venue with quite the fitting name, Ethereal Gardens. With a handmade veil, created in the bride’s late mother’s honor and her three brothers, all to play signature roles throughout, this fête felt all of the emotions. Natalie Bray Studios captured the magic, including the prettiest floral, pastel wedding cake to an always spectacular, sparkler send-off. Top it all off with beautiful bouquets and eye-catching centerpieces by Wallflower Inspiration and get whisked away as you scroll and check out more at the full gallery!

From Natalie BrayJulie and Sang are truly amazing!! Julie is a beauty inside and out. She lost her father and mother recently and this was such an emotional day. Her brother walked her down the aisle and she had a veil handmade in her mother’s honor. The florals were fantastic, the venue was a stunner, and the support for these wonderful souls was palpable.

From the Bride…

What was your color palette and your style vision? I wanted to go for classic and elegant, so neutral colors-simple black suits and shades of grey for the bridesmaids. Pops of color with our florals. and touches of gold in décor details. 

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning? Simple and elegant, in a tent. Rustic but modern. To be honest I always wanted it to be in a tent in the middle of some great outdoor area, like Montana or even Italian Tuscany Hills. So when I saw the venue in San Diego, I kinda knew it was the one. 

What unique elements or DIY details did you include? Nothing was really DIY except for the honey jars gift favors that acted as name placements for the guests as well. 

What was your favorite moment? Reading our vows and the father-daughter dance with my brothers. My father passed 6 months prior to my wedding very unexpectedly and the only way I felt right for him to be there with me was to have each of my brothers play a crucial role because each of them has different qualities of my father. My oldest brother was my officiant, my second to oldest brother walked me down the aisle, and I danced with all three of my brothers during the father-daughter dance with a slideshow of different photos of my dad and I dancing throughout the years. It was emotional but very meaningful to me.

Your favorite crafted detail? My Veil. It was a custom cathedral veil, Juliet cap. It was just so elegant and the details went very well with my dress. 
Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc. My flowers – I wanted to have touches of color and very organic.  My gown – I didn’t really know what I wanted but when I tried on that one I knew this classic lace sleeve gown felt very me. My cake –  was made by Fab Cakes and it was a very light grey color buttercream with handpainted handmade flowers cascading down the tiers. 
What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be? Take it in. It’s so hard to slow it down on the day of. Everything will work out, and if things don’t go ask plan, it’s ok because you’ll be too happy to notice. Also if you have the chance, try to greet everyone at your wedding. If not, I had a welcome dinner two days before the wedding, for anyone everyone who flew in for the wedding so we could catch up, mingle, and really spend quality time since I knew during the wedding I’d be so busy running around. 

More from the Bride… Natalie is an amazing photographer who made my husband and me feel super comfortable in front of the camera. We’re both awkward when it comes to us getting our photos taken and she made it fun and comfortable. We did three shoots with her and she captured every detail. She’s very professional and has the warmest, kindest heart. We found her through Instagram and a friends wedding that she shot. We felt that her style of photography was just beautiful, light, and elegant. We also love that she shoots in film so the quality of the images is just amazing! 

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Photographer: Natalie Bray Studios | Videography: Side by Side Cinema | Floral Design: Wallflower Inspiration | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Fab Cakes | Invitations: the paperie parlour | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Catherine Nguyen | DJ: Vox DJs | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Ethereal Gardens | Custom Veil : Veiled Beauty | Photo Assistant : Ariel Min Photography

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French Garden Wedding Inspiration at Château de Villette

French garden wedding goodness at a dreamy chateau? Yes, please! If any of the preceding words are in your wedding vocabulary, I urge you to carve out some time today to get cozy with this blueprint for beauty. Planned and designed by Fete in France, this editorial features an edgy emerald hue we don’t often see—making it all the more alluring. And what’s more, Koman Photography documented every ounce of inspiration to perfection per usual. Don’t miss their striking film below, too!

From Fete in France… When the opportunity came up to do a styled shoot at the beautiful Château de Villette we jumped at the chance. This spectacular property, nicknamed Le Petit Versailles, located not far from Paris is one that we have long admired for its perfectly symmetrical 17th century proportions, stately décor and formal Jardin à la française designed by André Le Nôtre, the same landscape architect responsible for the gardens at Versailles.

With the talented team of the Komans behind the photo and video lenses we had our departure point for the shoot! After re-visiting the spaces we decided to actually use the Orangerie which had beautiful light during the day and afforded us a neutral canvas for our table set up. The Orangerie was full of lemon trees being stored for the winter and those deep green leaves and citrus colors ultimately inspired our décor.

With a backdrop of the clean stone, we wanted to infuse a pop of color and warmer texture so we had a velvet tablecloth custom made of the event in a dark green to set off the soft citrus hues of yellows, oranges, and pinks artfully arranged by Floraison.

We then accented the table with fresh white linen napkins, blue Porto plates and green and blue glassware provided by Maison Options. In lieu of traditional paper, the talented Joy of Studio French Blue personalized alabaster coasters in gold calligraphy at each place setting.

Sweet Creations Cakes integrated the emerald green perfectly into the cake design with a stunning modern geode design. Fresh colors were peppered throughout the design and we had fun styling all the brightly-hued ring boxes from Voeu du Coeur, the green stationery by Studio French and the accessories by Lindsay Marie Design.

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Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: Floraison | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Sweet Creations Cakes | Shoes : Bella Belle | Hair and Makeup: Ava Belle | Venue: Villa Balbiano | Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design | Bridal Shop: Metal Flaque Paris | Event Planning and Styling: Fete in France | Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Studio French Blue calligraphy + design | Rentals : Options | Ring Box: Voeu Du Coeur | Scans: Richard Photo Lab

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Blush Spring Wedding at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley

This incredible day captured by Weddings By Scott And Dana comes with SO much more than a collection of pretty images. It comes with my favorite kind of writeup—from the Bride herself. She’s taking us from their meet cute all the way to their Big Day and sharing a few things, like why they decided to forgo certain traditions and their favorite wedding day moments! L’avventura Events guided them in their planning process and it’s all blush California romance to a T!

From the Bride… Always overly pragmatic on all things love, I was never sure that I was meant to be married – but upon meeting Andrew through a mutual friend soon after moving to Seattle in September 2017, I quickly learned that I had only felt that way because I just hadn’t met my person until that day. After the most incredible year together, we decided to celebrate our first anniversary and shared love for a good adventure over a trip to Portugal. Two days into the trip, Andrew dropped down to one knee in the gardens of the Pena Palace in Sintra, the most beautiful backdrop for a proposal that you could imagine. Despite being completely surprised and taken aback, I had never felt more confident about saying yes to something in my life. Turns out, there is something to be said for the old adage “when you know, you know”.

From the start, Andrew and I shared the same vision for our wedding: romantic, elegant, inclusive, and most importantly, with no shortage of our personalities infused throughout. While we are a relatively easygoing and casual couple, we wanted to make sure that we made each aspect of our big day feel like “us”. Given our shared love for wine and how the area has long been a special place to my family, getting married in the Napa Valley was a natural choice for us. Similarly, after touring the property and learning about the unique opportunity to get married in its stunning wine cave, selecting Calistoga Ranch as our venue proved to be a no brainer as well. We had no doubt that the cave and outdoor Lommel Lawn area would serve as the perfect spaces to host our guests, and that they would also provide the perfect backdrop for the neutral & classic palette that we had envisioned for our big day. We still can’t thank my parents enough for all of the research and groundwork they provided during this process, as they even toured venues on our behalf when we were unable to take time off work to fly down to do so ourselves.

Soon after securing April 20th at Calistoga Ranch, we were incredibly lucky to be introduced to our exceptional wedding planner, Brittany Payton Anderson from L’avventura Events, whose expertise and hard work ensured that things continued to fall into place for us from there. Brittany connected us to an absolute dream team of vendors – including our Photographers, Weddings by Scott and Dana, the kindest and most talented photographer couple that not only completely assuaged our fears of camera shyness, but also captured our wedding more beautifully than we could have dreamed of; Marisa from Revel Floral, who took the vision we provided her and blew us away with the asymmetrical arches and lush greenery hanging from the wine cave’s chandeliers for our ceremony; and Josh from Boutique DJs, who ensured there was never a dull moment by expertly reading the crowd and playing music beloved across all generations in attendance throughout the day. We also worked with the talented folks at Pike St. Press on our invitations and to arrive on our emblem, a hybrid “K” and “A” centered between our wedding month and date displayed in Roman numerals, which we included on everything from our gift bags to our wine cork place card holders to Andrew’s personalized champagne saber that he used during our cocktail reception to open a bottle gifted to us by my father.

In order to achieve our goal of creating a carefree day that made each of our guests feel like an integral part of every moment, we also chose to forgo many of today’s standard wedding traditions. For example, we decided against a wedding party and, instead, chose to have an open door policy while getting ready in our hotel room – which meant that while Jocelyn and her team from Bella Bridal worked their absolute hair and makeup artistry magic on us (while also proving to be a ball to be around, I might add), I was able to also enjoy the company of our friends, family, and even Andrew throughout the day. We also opted out of first dances and into enlisting the help of Little Burro Events to secure sweet little Zoey – a miniature, flower crown-wearing donkey – to serve champagne to our guests throughout the cocktail reception. Lastly, and while it was already perfect, I had the best time personalizing my beautiful Ines di Santo wedding gown – from cutting off its long sleeves to adding a belt and bows to the updated cap sleeves, it turned out even better than I had even dreamed (thank you, Andra Bose Bridal Tailoring!).

Without a doubt, my favorite moment of the day was the bridal processional. While a cover of one of our favorite Kanye West songs by the Vitamin String Quartet’s played, my dad walked me through the wine cave doors to see the smiling faces of all of the people that I love and my soon-to-be husband waiting for me at the altar looking unbelievably handsome. It was the happiest, most powerful moment that I had ever experienced in my life – and, despite being a relatively unemotional person, I couldn’t help but shed a few happy tears as we walked down the aisle.

Andrew and I could not feel luckier or more grateful for our incredible family & friends, who have supported us and traveled from near & far to celebrate our love, and for Brittany & our wonderful team of vendors, whose talents and hard work helped us to achieve the wedding of our dreams. To my fellow brides who are just beginning this journey – I would encourage you to not shy away from forgoing tradition to make your wedding day more “you”, to always trust your instincts, and to select vendors with whom you just “click”. We absolutely adore Brittany, Dana, Scott, and the rest of our wonderful team both personally and professionally, which not only made the process a lot less stressful but also made it a whole lot more fun. If Andrew and I could do it all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing.

Event Planning: L'avventura Events | Florist: Revel Floral | Dress: Ines Di Santo | Catering: Blue Sky Ranch | Hair + Makeup : Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Disc Jockey: Boutique DJs | Suit: Indochino | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Champagne Burro: Little Burro Events | Dress Shop: Bridal Galleria | Invitation/Emblem Design: Pike Street Press | Photographers: Weddings By Scott And Dana | Rentals : Encore Events Rentals | Resort: Calistoga Ranch Resort | String Musicians: Vitamin String Quartet

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A Destination Wedding with Classic California Style at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

From high school sweethearts to husband and wife – this couple’s love story is something out of a Nicholas Sparks novel! He was her first ever boyfriend and 11 years later he proposed. Thanks to I Do Details Weddings & Events, their wedding was just as perfect as their love story. Filled with blush blooms from Honeycomb Affair and a flower girl that is TOO CUTE for words – all captured flawlessly by Tenth & Grace! Keep on reading to hear their romantic story told through the bride’s beautiful words.

Tell us the story of how you met and got engaged!

From the bride… Jake and I met back in high school – he was my very first boyfriend! We remained friends but it was always something more, and we were always going back to each other. This went on for 11 years! We began officially dating again in 2016 and got engaged just a year later. Jake proposed to me on top of Daou mountain in Paso Robles, California. And as Jake says, “I knew in my heart that all these roads were leading me back to you. I have loved you since I met you, and I always knew you would become my wife.”

What was your favorite moment of the wedding day?

Jake did not want to see me until I was walking down the aisle, but I really wanted our vow reading to be intimate. Instead of a first look, we decided to read our vows back to back right before the ceremony! It was such a raw, emotional moment that we got to share together, and not being able to see each other made me even more excited to walk down the aisle.

Tell us about the location and style you chose and why.

I really wanted an intimate wedding but due to the size of our families, it wasn’t going to happen. So I wanted to make the ceremony and reception feel as intimate as possible! We share a love for wine country but couldn’t have our wedding there. So we wanted to incorporate wine in a unique way! 

That’s how we came up with our escort card display as mini wine bottles. We also brought in our own wine from a small winery in Paso Robles to share with all our guests! We chose Carlsbad for our wedding because we both went to school in San Diego and my mom lived in Carlsbad for years. We created beautiful memories there and the tiny little town feels like home to us.

Any tips for brides currently planning their wedding?

I was so nervous that everything would go wrong, and the day couldn’t have been more perfect. I hate that I wasted so many nights stressing over what was the best day of our lives! 

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Photography: Tenth & Grace | Videography: Hoo Films | Florals: Honeycomb Affair | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Stationery: SHE Paperie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Vanity Belle | DJ: Vox DJs | Groom's Attire: Mastroianni Fashions | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Nomi Restaurant | Bridal Hair: Hair by Lauren Wish | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaids' Hair: Vanity Belle | Dance Floor & Stage: Dance Floor Decor | Draping: Concepts Event Design | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Bus: The Booth & Bus Co, | Planning and design: I Do Details Weddings & Events | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Rentals: Found Rentals | Signage: Salvaging Eden | Strings & Band: Lucky Devils Band | Vow Books: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Wedding boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal

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Elegant Napa Valley Wine Country at Long Meadow Ranch

Wine country weddings have an effortlessness about them. Truth: a LOT of work goes into them, but a successful one—looks something like this—where the day flows with ease and every detail seamlessly meets the next. Your Event by Erin made that happen for Erin and Jack’s Big Day, while Mae Flowers graced the day with beautiful blooms. A palette of light gray, navy and ivory neutrally pops against the vineyard backdrop, making Jordan Galindo‘s job of photographing it all, that much easier. Join us here to experience Napa Valley at its finest.

From Jordan Galindo Photography… This Napa wedding was the perfect combination of romantic elegance with a modern twist. Erin and Jack most importantly wanted a wedding that was fun and intimate where their closest friends and family could come together to celebrate.

The couple incorporated accents of grey and gold into their day which showcased their timeless style perfectly. Mae Flowers made sure to use a neutral palette with garden roses, dahlias, anemones and an abundance of greenery to highlight Napa’s natural beauty.

Erin chose to get ready at her Aunt’s gorgeous farmhouse estate which was the perfect intimate setting to get ready for her groom. Her taste in accessories was nothing short of exquisite. Erin’s wedding dress was a beautifully structured satin gown which fit her like a glove.

Czar Press designed a beautiful scripted letterpress invitation suite for the couple’s guests. Erin and Jack said “I do” underneath bistro lights and an aisle lined with wildflowers. After the ceremony, the guests were able to enjoy a farm to table dinner amongst the glowing candlelight. 

Photography: Jordan Galindo | Coordination: Your Event by Erin | Florals: Mae Flowers | Gown: Rita Vinieris | Invitations: Czar Press | Shoes: Louboutin | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Farmstead | Beauty: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Bridal Shop: The White Dress | Bridesmaid Gowns: Katie May | Dessert: Sweetie Pies | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Ranch: Farmstead | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: The Chiavari Guys | Styling Surface: Heirloom Bindery | Veil: Jules Veils

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An Enchanting Wedding at Villa San Juan Capistrano with Fun Hidden Dinosaur Details

An intimate ceremony scene covered in greenery and flowers, the cutest pup of honor, unexpected and fun hidden dinosaur details and a dress that we’ll be talking about for weeks to come – this wedding planned by Joy n’ Company truly has it all. Siren Floral Co. created the most romantic blush floral arrangements from the centerpieces to the bouquets to the perfect flower crown for their pup. Check out all the pretty at the full gallery of images taken by the talented Kristina Adams Photography.

From the bride…Nik and I met at church about 6 years before our wedding and have been best friends ever since. Once he asked me to marry him, it had been a long time coming so we jumped right in. Our driving factor for the wedding was intimacy; both Nik and I wanted the wedding to be meaningful and peaceful.

We were very careful about who we invited and asked God to bless those who would come to our wedding. I was a Classics and Art History double major in college, so our venue was a product of that! Everything I chose really came back to how I wanted the night to feel like we had all been transported to a European garden in the big band era. And then, of course, we threw in a bunch of dinosaurs for good measure!

One of my two favorite parts of the day, was walking down the aisle to my two best friends, my fiancé and my dog! My other favorite was our toast with our families in the back room while Nik and I signed our marriage license with our pastor. Both of these moments made me feel like time had stopped and I could just soak in all of the blessings. I wasn’t even phased by my 15 pound dress!

It was a beautiful day with tons of mistakes and problems that didn’t matter in the end, because we were married and got to go home together!

From Kristina Adams PhotographyNik and Lindsey’s wedding was endlessly romantic and pretty, but I also love that they had so many fun dinosaur accents included in the day! You’ll see them on groom’s socks, as the place card holders, there’s a dinosaur made out of foliage, and bride and groom dinosaurs next to the cake!

Photographer: Kristina Adams Photography | Photography: Mission San Juan Capistrano | Event Planning: Joy n' Company Events | Floral Design: Siren Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick | Bakery: Grace & Honey Cakes | Hair and Makeup: Beach Bridal Beauty | Harpist: Chiara Turner | Bridal Suite Food: Practical Provisions | Ceremony and Reception: The Villa San Juan Capistrano | Painter: Laura Jane Fine Art | Rentals: Archive Rentals

Charming California Wedding at The Ebell Club Long Beach

A patterned tile ceremony aisle, delicious blush and peach blooms from Milieu Florals and moments like this one that’ll pull at your heartstrings… these are just a few gems from today’s fete at Ebell Long Beach planned by Jane Events. I love that the Bride & Groom made every single decision together, which resulted in a day so uniquely themThis Modern Romance was in attendance to document it all, dive in below!

From the Bride… Planning a wedding is an exciting, unpredictable experience filled with unknowns no one can truly prepare for. We spent countless of hours, days, weeks, and months piecing together an event we could only envision with our imagination. In the moment, it felt like we didn’t know what we were doing. The decisions were endless but the clock counting down to our big day kept on ticking! With all the wedding “noise” from family, friends, and other brides-to-be, it was too easy to get overwhelmed by unnecessary taboos and expectations.

Through the planning process, we learned a handful of lifelong lessons that helped us relax on the wedding day, and be present so we could enjoy all the little moments. We decided to make our decisions together so that the wedding day would ultimately feel like us. There are certain details only brides notice, and it’s not worth wasting the time and resources on things guests wouldn’t even enjoy or remember. Every bride is different, and it’s okay to not know what you exactly want – that’s what the process is all about! Trust your gut (and your vendors). You chose everything for a reason, so there’s no need to stress about all the little details.

Four years ago, Jacky and I met at our first job at an advertising agency in Los Angeles. We were young and naive, and quite the opposite in personality. But after a couple of drinks, lunch breaks at Chipotle, and late-night conversations in the car, we became the (unadvised) couple who secretly dated at work.

Through our relationship, our differences developed into complements as we learned how our strengths supplemented each other’s weaknesses. Long story short, we fell in love! This led to March 30th, 2019, a beautiful, sunny day at the Ebell, Long Beach where we celebrated the union of our marriage.

The sunshine perfectly beamed into the courtyard, highlighting the beautiful hanging floral installation designed by Milieu Flowers. The reception dining room was carefully coordinated by Jane Events, displaying our custom vellum menus and wedding favors designed by the groom’s brother (MadeByEnger). The evening was filled with precious moments including toasts, conversations, and tons of dancing! All captured beautifully by our photographer, This Modern Romance.

We absolutely loved how everything came together, but even more so, it was the special moments we shared with family and friends that we will cherish forever.

And now? Enjoy this short film from Etcetera Productions of Jacky & Luke’s wedding for even more of those very special spoken moments they’ll treasure for a lifetime!

~ from Luke’s vows “…we don’t strive for perfection… perfection is not our calling, we’ll still stumble, what I promise is our togetherness… today we become one.”

~ from Jacky, “You see my strengths before my weaknesses, you meet me wherever I am , you walk at my pace… whoever I am today, or tomorrow, is enough.

It will not be us against the world, but us for the world….We are better together & we will journey wherever our story takes us….

Jacky + Luke from Etcetera Photo on Vimeo.

Our Favorite Moments…

  • First Look with Father – a wedding can be a bittersweet day for a father, but Jacky’s dad was filled with utter love and excitement.
  • First Look Bride & Groom – nothing beats a good ugly cry and we both played our part.
  • Written Vows – this was the most special for us as a couple. It was a precious moment where we gave glimpse of our relationship to our family and friends.
  • Toasts – hearing from the people closest to us left us with giant grints and teary eyes.
  • Cake Cutting (with our flower girls) – we learned there are no rules to wedding because it’s your party! We invited our flower girls up to help us cut our cake and enjoy the delicious treats!

Our Favorite Details…

  • Custom Menus & Wedding Favors (designed by Groom’s brother – personalized vellum overlays with guest names and an illustration of their selected entree)
  • Groomsmen Socks! (Luke and his party all wore different socks inspired by some of his favorite foods – Sushi, Burritos, Eggs & Bacon, Chips, and Pizza!)
  • Hanging Floral Installation– Initially, we were concerned with our selected color scheme due to the eclectic style of the venue and elaborate black tiling on the floor. Many of the weddings we saw featured at the Ebell consisted of deeper hues, but we went with what we wanted and LOVED how our colors and florals softened the style and overall ambience of the day, giving off major spring vibes and warm positivity.
  • Desserts!

Photography: This Modern Romance | Videography: Etcetera Productions | Event Planning: Jane Events | Floral Design: Milieu Florals | Cake: SusieCakes | stationery: made by enger | Reception Venue: Ebell Long Beach | bride's shoes: Bella Belle | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Tres L.A. Catering | hair + makeup: Kohnur | lighting: LB entertainment | DJ: Vox DJs | wedding favors: amborella organics | mini desserts: Artelice Patisserie | photobooth: third eye photobooth

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

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

Photography: Jose Villa 

1. Committing Too Soon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photography: Ana Lui 

3. Family Matters

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

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

Photography: Sophie Epton

4. Overspent 

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

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

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

5. A Huge Guest List

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

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

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

6. Little Arguments

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

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

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

Photography: Greg Finck 

7. Timeline Issues

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

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

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

Photography: Rebecca Yale  

8. Failing to Make a Beautiful Plan B

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

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

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

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

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

9.  Destinations Can Be Difficult

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

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

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

Photography: Oliver Fly 

10. Things Feel Different Than You Thought They Would

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

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

Photography: Mallory Dawn 

11. Parting Words

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

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

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

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

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La Jolla Vow Renewal Inspiration That Embraces Tradition

Vow renewals and anniversary sessions are the perfect opportunity to capture moments that you might not have on your Big Day—and a really good excuse to document your growing love again! For Ariel and Sam that mean honoring their heritage by wearing their Hanboks (something they didn’t do for their wedding). Natalie Bray captured their sweet connection and the best glowing golden hour light to perfection, as she always does.

From Natalie Bray StudiosWhen considering a vow renewal Ariel and Sam knew they wanted to incorporate their heritage by wearing their Hanbok as they did not get to at their celebration a year before. This was a way to honor their parents and grandparents as well. Also, Ariel is a very talented photographer herself and knew she wanted the beauty of film to capture this moment.

With light pastel colors leading the way with the Hanbok, the florist accented the look with the most stunning blooms that had pops of purple, pink, and cream. Ariel’s ring was custom & we wanted to highlight that with a gorgeous grey blue ring box from The Mrs. Box.

We chose a location that would let the vibrant colors of the hanbok really shine and with the super bloom of wildflowers all over Southern California, we took advantage of natures beauty as well. This was such an honor to be a part of and these two are the most sincere and kind couple. Happy 1 year Anniversary!

Photography: Natalie Bray Studios | Styling: Ariel Min Photography | Floral Design: tiny victories | shoes : Kate Spade | hair: hair by kayti | Film lab: The Find Lab | Hanbok : Custom from South Korea | ring box : The Mrs Box | vow booklets : Shasta Bell Calligraphy

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Punta Cana Oceanside Destination Wedding at La Cana Golf Club

Juan and Edna’s wedding day celebration was a culmination of high school sweetheart love to a long-distance challenge while Juan served as a Marine to a Today Show proposal. As someone who married my own college sweetheart who serves in the military—I feel the most meaningful connection to these two and know that their bond is so, so powerful because of it. Today, we get to play virtual guests to their Big Day, planned by CM Events and Design and captured by Asia Pimentel.

From CM Events and Design… Edna and Juan are high school sweethearts. They went to Eastside High and call their love story an “Eastside Love Story”. After high school, Juan went off to the Marines and Edna stayed in New Jersey attending college. Once Juan completed 4 years in the Marines, he returned to New Jersey and pursued his dream of becoming a firefighter. Juan surprised Edna with a proposal, live on the Today Show!. Fast forward to the wedding weekend in the Dominican Republic.

Juan’s family is from the Dominican Republic and Edna’s family is from El Salvador. They knew they wanted a destination wedding and the Dominican Republic just seemed like the perfect destination to bring everyone together. Working with the planning and design team from CM Events and Design, Edna and Juan celebrated the weekend with about 60 of their closest friends and family at Punta Cana Resort and Club.

The bride wanted vintage details incorporated throughout the wedding, so for the invitations, the bride had custom newspapers designed and printed that included information about the weekend, their proposal and fun information about the couple.

Puntacana Resort & Club is home to the Caribbean’s ultimate beach and golfing experience, with 3 miles of magnificent white sand beaches and 45 holes of championship golf. The understated elegance and timeless vision of Oscar de la Renta, which defines the uniquely Dominican experience of staying at Puntacana Resort & Club, makes it a favorite and was the perfect location to host their sophisticated wedding celebration.

For the design, the bride wanted to incorporate two of her favorite colors, blush and dusty blue while still keeping the design romantic and timeless. Although the white sand beaches at the venue are some of the most beautiful in the world, the couple wanted to use the beach and the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop and opted to have a ceremony on the grass. The planning and design team had a custom arch built so that the simple ceremony space would have a statement design piece. White rose petals filled the aisle and white chivari chairs completed the ceremony space. Special touches during the ceremony were the flower girl wagon that carried the bride’s niece, the violinist and the vows that Edna and Juan wrote.

After the ceremony, guests were greeted with custom monogrammed coconuts; chilled coconut water was the perfect refreshment. To find their seats, guests found their place on the custom-built escort display wall which held vintage keys and name tags tied with hand died silk ribbon. The reception was held on the upper level of La Cana Golf and Beach Club on their Spanish Patio. The couple wanted an open-air feel with views of the beach and sea. The florals and decor included linen and table runner drape by BBJ, lounges with compote arrangements, gold rim chargers, taper candles, low centerpieces filled with garden roses and designed by Katie of Bloom 52. The open-air terrace was decorated with hanging bistro lights and smilax, and trees were added to the terrace area to transform the space as well. Other special touches included a cigar bar, a simply frosted fresh floral Dominican cake and a signature drink called the Yoshito named after their dog Yoshi which was given to Edna by Juan while he was deployed.

Photography: Asia Pimentel Photography | Event Design: CM Events and Design | Event Planning: CM Events and Design | Floral Design: Bloom52 Floral Co. | Flowers: Mercaflor | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Stationery: Paper Tales Custom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Puntacana Resort & Club | Makeup: Melanie Gabrielle | Hair: Olga Montilla | Calligraphy: Custom Crafted | Tux: Generation Tux | Officiant: Jehison Cabrera | Venue: Puntacana Resort & Club | Clubhouse: La Cana Golf and Beach Club | DJ and Lighting: Vizman Entertainment | Linen: BBJ Linen | Rentals: JR& CO | Ribbon: Jefferson Lane | Video: NCH Films

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15 Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

Nothing resonates with hearts of today’s brides and grooms like personalized wedding services. More and more, we see personalized touches everywhere— from hand-painted wedding flowers on custom invitations to designer welcome bags and place settings with the most exquisite calligraphy. Of all the ways to personalize a wedding, nothing could be more personal than writing your own wedding vows.

A union is created with words and wedding vows, insists Laura of The Paris Officiant, “are the heart and climax of every wedding ceremony.” But how do you pull off personal vows with style and grace? How do you write clear, beautiful vows that contain real promises and elicit real emotion? How do you make those vows sparkling, sincere—and not the least bit sappy? We promise those perfect-for-you vows are just within reach, and we might just make you fall in love with the writing process, with the help of some very talented wedding insiders who have all the best tips!

Photography | Sophie Epton 

1. Decide If Personal Vows Are Right For You

As with any other wedding-related decision, the decision to write your own vows is something you must come to personally. You will likely know, deep down, if personal vows are right for you simply because you have a strong desire to write them. But if you aren’t feeling so settled in your choice, look to other areas of your life for affirmation. Ask yourself, do you have a powerful response to poetry and literature? Do you love to write and receive letters? Do you feel your best when you are creatively or personally expressed? Writing your vows should feel like a natural extension of who you are. And if you are wondering how personal vows will influence your ceremony, know that it will only be for the sweeter: “Self-written vows make the ceremony more personal, emotional, and genuine,” reflects Laura of The Paris Officiant. “Choosing your own words for your personal promises and saying them out loud can make the commitment feel more thought-through, deliberate, and stronger.”

Photography | Lauren Fair Photography

2. Ask For a Blessing

Before you give yourself over to the writing process, know that you may first need to obtain a blessing from your officiant and/or your church. Some faith practices disallow the use of personal vows and expressions; others will require that you recite the vows traditional to your faith practice prior to saying your own.

If it is necessary to say traditional vows, but you still long for a more personal form of expression, Julie of Elysium Productions has a beautiful idea for you! Know that “you can always [say] your own private vows to each other during your first look or after the ceremony in some quick alone time!” promises Hill. In addition to enhancing your wedding day experience, these intimate moments lend themselves to being beautifully captured on camera and film.

Photography | Lauren Fair Photography

3. Establish Framework

Once you have decided to write your personal vows, you may want to have a discussion with your partner. Take the time to talk about the planned length, format, tone, and scope of your vows. While you will likely want to keep the details of your vows private, you may find it helpful to establish a common framework, and set a shared tone for the vows. You’ll be spared the embarrassment of writing vows that just don’t vibe—imagine, for instance, if you recited selections from Whitman and your fiancé told jokes for three minutes. We mean.

If you can’t bear the thought of discussing your vows with your partner, but still want them to feel complementary, know that you can turn to your officiant for support. “I understand if the couple has the wish that their vows are not too different,” empathizes Laura of The Paris Officiant, “and I am happy to help with that in case they want to keep their vows a secret.”

Photography | Erich McVey

4. Create A Beautiful Writing Process

Once you’ve done a bit of research, fully embrace the creative process, and make that process beautiful. Go somewhere where you can retreat. Light a candle. Pour a glass. Play a bit of classical. Set a gentle, creative mood. It’s so easy to feel pressured to write ‘perfectly,’but there’s no room for anxiety in your creative process. With your essential oils diffusing and your cool-girl playlist on, you’ll be able to write from a relaxed state. You’ve got this.

In this reflective space, you get to be nostalgic as you like, and you can let your mind drift to dreams of the future. Laura of The Paris Officiant echoes this need for a safe and non-critical creative space; “start with a very free brainstorming,” Laura urges, “and write down everything that comes to your mind—without judgement.” Reflective analysis can and will come later; for now, free yourself from self-critique. Relax and allow your expression. View this time as a kind of luxury—a chance to let go of wedding planning (and other) stresses and simply connect.

Photography | Kate Holstein

5. Take Time

Now that you’ve dedicated time to your writing, it’s time to walk away. Give your ideas time to rest. Take a walk, or take a weekend. Once you’ve finished your first draft, “put it aside for a few days,” encourages Laura of The Paris Officiant, “Then read your draft once more with a bit of distance to see if that’s really what you wanted to say.” Know that the time you take off isn’t wasteful; you will return to your writing refreshed, with a renewed sense of clarity and a deepened understanding of what you want to say.

Photography | Rebecca Yale

6. Look to Literature

In one of our favorite- ever onscreen wedding scenes—from the movie Love Story— Ali MacGraw’s Jenny Cavalleri and Ryan O’Neal’s Oliver Barrett say some stunningly personal vows. Jenny recites a sonnet from Elizabeth Barrett Browning—with the hauntingly beautiful opening lines, “When our two souls”—and Oliver responds with a passage from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road” that ends with question– really an invitation– “Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?” The silence that follows is dear—as though no one wants to intrude on the moment with words of their own. It was an iconic movie moment, notable for its restraint; while we usually think of weddings in terms of visual beauty, this was an instance where the vows—and really, only the vows—mattered.

When it comes to writing your vows, look to literature. Steep yourself in poetry. Leave behind the usual choices (unless they are your favorites) and seek out rare poems, passages, and authors. Poetry is intimate and, when read well, creates a powerful moment that transcends the couple and reaches out to include the audience.

Photography | Lance Nicoll

7. Read Old Letters

If you have kept a journal over the course of your relationship, mine it for treasures! Look back on pivotal moments and memories. Read prayers that you may have written for your husband or wife. You won’t want to isolate your audience with too-personal details, but do use elements of your experience. That experience belongs to you and only you, and therein lies its beauty.

Photography | Esther Funk Photography

8. Say a Blessing

Instead of trying to summarize your love story, consider writing your vows in the form of a blessing. There is something so powerful about offering up a prayer and speaking a blessing over your union, in the presence of many witnesses. Consider the power of a spoken blessing as you read these words written by John O’Donohue:

“Though the words are intoned on a particular day on a special occasion, the light of the blessing reaches towards them from eternal time where memory and future live within one circle. The blessing of the journey already knows more about the journey than the new couple do… all beginning risks the unknown; a blessing was intended to be a shelter of light around the pilgrim and place. A blessing brightens the road; the heart is no longer completely vulnerable to the dark.”

Photography | Meiwan Wang

9. Speak About the Trials

Nothing grows love and intimacy like adversity. As you write your vows, don’t be afraid to reflect on the hard things you have walked through—together or separately. Few things you write can be truer. The deeper the sorrow, the greater the joy there is to be had—and you will be feeling that so completely when you arrive at your wedding day. Express what it means to have made it through pain to this moment of healing, beauty, and union.

Photography: Mallory Dawn Photography

10. Incorporate Your Faith And/Or Cultural Heritage

Your love story, while wonderful in its own right, is delicately interwoven with so many other aspects of your personhood. As you write your vows, consider ways to infuse elements of your faith and/or cultural heritage into your vows. Many couples, notes Montorio, “incorporate Bible quotes or a prayer or words in a different language or a saying/proverb from their cultural background into their vows” and these inclusions add richness, texture, and context to their vows and the promises they make.

Photography: Laura Gordon Photography

As you research your ancestry and background, you could take the opportunity to connect with family. Have tea and share stories with a grandmother or great-aunt. You just might find a pearl– a story, a tradition, or lesson from your faith. Place it with loving care into your vows– it will be a sweet tribute to the love and legacy that formed you.

Photography | Erich McVey

11. Remember Your ‘Why’ 

If you find yourself struggling to write your vows, just look to your everyday life; endless inspiration waits there. Think of the person you love, and what his or her presence means to you on a normal day. If you need a reminder, be intentional about spending a little time together. Go on a walk, or out to dinner, or if you are lucky, take a little trip. Simply delight in being in each another’s presence. Notice the little things—the way he smiles when he spots you in a crowd, or, in the words of a favorite poet, “the way her hands dismantled bread.” You don’t have to look far for inspiration; you have everything you need, in the here and now.

Photography | Lauren Balingit

12. Familiarize Yourself  

Give your vows the gift of your preparation. Practicing your vows will give you peace of mind and calm a case of wedding-day nerves. Memorization is optional (just be sure and keep a vow book with you just in case!) but familiarization is non-negotiable. You want to be able, at certain points in your vows, to look up from your vow book and speak directly to your partner. To lock eyes. To speak to the soul. These promises should feel innate, and if you spend time getting acquainted with them, they will.

Photography | Lauren Fair Photography

13. Feel It All 

…But don’t think you have to stay on script and prevent any breaks of emotion. Laura of The Paris Officiant encourages brides and grooms to feel whatever emotions rise as they say their vows: “Don’t be scared to get emotional and show your feelings,” she says reassuringly, “Nobody expects you to stay cool and composed on your wedding day.” Your emotional response will doubtless touch others as well; though she has presided over countless ceremonies, Laura feels that “[e]very self-written personal wedding vow is unique and special.” She adds, “I often find myself tearing up when my couples read their vows because I feel their words come directly from their hearts.”

Photography | Erich McVey

14. Prioritize Emotions AND Visuals

When most of us plan our weddings, we are consumed with the visual. We plan tables, linens, florals, and décor with painstaking care. But what if, throughout the planning process, we brought just as much thoughtful attention to the emotions and intentions surrounding the wedding day? Before the wedding, reflects Julie of Elysium Productions, “it is all about the visuals for the couple,” but afterwards “it is all about the experience…. and that’s where those personal vows come in… while the visual things are great, they go away as soon as the event is over and all that is left is the memory of the experience.”

In every wedding she officiates, Laura of The Paris Officiant also recognizes this dance between the visual and the intangible. But words alone, she notes, have the power to transform: “A wedding above all means pronouncing promises which make a couple step over a threshold. This happens during a wedding ceremony. Before the ceremony they are a couple, lovers, friends… after the ceremony they are husband and wife. This transformation happens through words, meaning, and emotion.”

Photo Courtesy of Emily Mayne Studio

15. Keep Forever

Finally, if you really want to create vows that last forever, consider how to preserve them. If you have commissioned a fine art stationer to create a custom illustration, then consider having your wedding artwork printed on a beautiful vow book or stationery. Emily  of Emily Mayne Studio can envision her custom artwork—for instance, an “elaborate and elegant botanical motif that highlights [the couple’s] wedding flowers”—printed on a hardcover vow book or exquisite stationery. Using custom artwork for multiple purposes like the vow book “not only creates a cohesive and intentional design throughout your wedding day, but the pieces I create are designed to be opened and appreciated just as much tomorrow as they will be years from now when you’re sharing your wedding with your children.” This artwork transcends the wedding day and can become a fixture in your lives—and your children’s lives (just imagine your someday daughters playing ‘wedding’ dress-up and asking to see your vow book.) “[W]hat a tangible way to not only share artwork with the bride and groom’s family and friends, but to also create a lasting keepsake for years to come,” says Emily—and we couldn’t agree more.

Photography | Joey Kennedy

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A Small, Intimate Wedding at Natirar Mansion in New Jersey

We see it all, here at Style Me Pretty, from big, elaborate weddings to weddings like these; small, personal and intimate and I have to say, I adore them both. Today’s nuptials photographed by Jessa Schifilliti took place at the historic Natirar Mansion, a hidden East Coast gem of a venue. With loads of greenery and soft white flowers, Brave Floral designed the picture perfect dinner party for their small amount of guests! Take a peek below and check out the full gallery for non-stop smiles from the happy couple!

From Jessa SchifillitiLindsey and Adam planned the most intimate wedding day in September at Natirar Mansion in Gladstone, New Jersey. With a mile long, enticing drive once you turn into the grounds, you are captivated by the time you reach the mansion. I fell in love with their vision for an intimate day with a small ceremony and special dinner with their family and closest friends.

We had so much fun with their first look and taking portraits all around the stunning property. There definitely wasn’t a shortage of backdrops! This was such a refreshing day, watching these two focus on what truly matters to them with such a small, intimate day. 

Ninety Acres, a farm to table restaurant within the mansion is simply exquisite and delicious and, the guests were so impressed with the menu and service. Brave Floral created the most intimate dinner party with greens and whites, it felt like such a special evening!

It was so much fun capturing this gorgeous couple and being apart of each little moment. After witnessing this special wedding day with the couples tight-knit group, I can say that micro-weddings have a special place in my heart!

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A Romantic Wedding at Eritage Resort with Sweeping Vineyard Views

It was the perfect sunny day a bride always dreams of in Eastern Washington for these lovebirds to say “I do” at Eritage Resort. The bride looked absolutely stunning in a classic, vintage-inspired Monique Lhuillier gown while her bridesmaids donned feminine, apricot colored dresses. Kasey D Weddings planned every detail of the day from the romantic vineyard ceremony to the al fresco reception under the stars. See all the magic unfold below with images from Kat Braman Photography!

From Kat Braman PhotographyThe Bride and Groom met in the Bride’s little farming town, Heppner, Oregon while she was home visiting her parents. The groom had just become a recent resident. It seemed that their paths crossed every time she returned home until he got the courage to ask her out on a date. It was only fitting then that the couple should pick a new venue in Eastern Washington that was surrounded by wheat and was reminiscent of the Bride’s farm upbringing as well as the place it all started for them.

“We wanted a destination wedding but also wanted it to be a drive away for all our family and friends, so the wine country of Walla Walla seemed like the most natural location for us and then we found Eritage Resort and we knew we found our venue. The vineyard and intimate resort for our guests’ cut out of the wheat fields of Walla Walla was a magical combination for us.”

The couple embraced the natural beauty of the venue’s surroundings and went with a soft and neutral color palette with warm hues to play up the golden wheat fields. The Bride wore a classic lace Monique Lhuillier while the Groom donned a custom burgundy suit with a velvet jacket. The bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo Dresses in the color “Whipped Apricot” in the Liana, Vivienne, Inesse and Jacqueline styles. The groomsmen looked dapper in navy suits as the navy was carried out in pieces of their day-of papery.

The bouquet featured soft and feminine florals with a variety of garden roses, sweetheart spray roses, astilbe, and snapdragons. The bride’s father walked her down the aisle to a lush circular arch atop a mound overlooking the surrounding landscape. After the couple officially became husband and wife, they snuck away for a moment to themselves and popped their own bottle of bubbles before joining their 250 guests. They had a family-style feast featuring a Pacific Northwest-inspired menu including slow roasted Chinook Salmon, grilled corn risotto, Culotte of Washington Wagyu. A Shigoku oyster bar was the focal point during the cocktail hour. A live band kept the energy high for the rest of the evening as guests danced under the stars.

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Photographer: Kat Braman | Videographer: Riley Wilkinson | Event Planning: Kasey D Weddings | Floral Design: Kasey D Weddings | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Cake: Sarah German | Invitations: Jen Simpson Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Eritage Resort | Hair and Makeup: Beaute | Band: Blue Wave Band | Groom's Attire: Michael Allen's | Transportation: Dream Ride Charters | Venue: Eritage Resort | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Eritage Resort | Rentals: Dawn Alderman, Owner of John loves June | Veil: Annie Ekstrom Bridal

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Rancho Palos Verdes Beachside Wedding at Terranea Resort

Raise your hand if you’re dreaming of a seaside wedding venue?! Undoubtedly, I have a feeling you’ll love today’s wedding just as much as I do if you’re coastal-obsessed. With the Pacific as their backdrop, Melissa and Joey celebrated in the sweetest style at Terranea Resort. They called on Details Details to help with every facet of their day and the beauty truly shines through in Caroline Tran‘s imagery. Take it all in below.

From Caroline Tran… The love that Melissa and Joey share for one another is so inspiring and their wedding day was spectacularly beautiful. Fayaz from Bloom Box Design did an incredible job of bringing their wedding day dreams to life. Melissa’s simple and chic garden bouquet of greenery and pale blush blooms was definitely a trendsetter for many brides to follow. Her beautiful gown with bead and embroidery details was a show stopper as well.

Their magical first look with the amazing Pacific Ocean backdrop was beautifully captured by Caroline Tran. Their ceremony which was also over looking the ocean was flowing with greenery and blush flowers as well. Angelica Strings played the most beautiful tune as Melissa walked down the aisle to unite with Joey, the love of her life.

Following the intimate ceremony, guests enjoyed Cocktail Hour and found their personalized golden wood cut outs of their names on their seats. It was such a unique detail that guests could enjoy at home long after the wedding. An amazing dinner followed which had the guests choose their dish with the many different food stations. The evening continued under the stars with great entertainment by Encore Band and West Coast Music. Congratulations again Melissa and Joey. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Photographer: Caroline Tran Photography | Videographer: Hoo Films | Event Planner: Details Details | Florist: BloomBox Designs | Lighting: Shine Lighting | Venue: Terranea Resort | Ceremony/ Cocktail Music: Angelica Strings | Makeup/Hair: Design Visage | Photobooth: Pixster Photo Booths | Reception Music : West Coast Music

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