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How To Achieve The Perfect Bright and Coastal Design

It’s no secret that we love a bright and airy home! As the weather warms (finally!) and summer nears, we are even more drawn to the sunny, coastal decor trends that are starting to fill our feeds. But don’t worry, this style isn’t just for those lucky folks with homes on the beach! So how do you approach that laid-back, beachy feel no matter where you live? Interior stylist and designer, Maureen Stevens is here with a few tips on “How To Achieve The Perfect Bright and Coastal Design” and she is sharing a few of her favorite pieces to help get you started.  Her design approach centers on “making subtle changes to your surroundings to give you a totally different experience” and that is right up our alley!

1. Add art reminiscent of the beach…

Artwork is a fun way to bring coastal beach vibes in your home. There are so many different prints with beach umbrellas, people sunbathing, aerial views of the ocean, etc., that will instantly brighten up your home and make it feel like a chic, summer escape.


2. Think organic materials…

Natural materials that remind us of the outdoors are a great way to bring coastal design into your home. From raffia to rattan, jute, acacia and the like, there are so many materials to choose from. Rather than over-doing it and replacing big furniture items with those which are made of these materials, you can incorporate smaller pieces like accent chairs, nightstands, side tables, etc.


3. Choose a color palette that mimics the nature of the coast…

Changing the color of your walls can make a huge impact on your home. By toning down any loud and vibrant colors by replacing them with calming hues, such as taupe or white sand, the colors of the ocean, driftwood, etc., your home will feel lighter and brighter instantly.


4. Go for billowy on your windows…

By implementing light and airy curtains into your home, you’re one step closer to achieving an effortless, coastal design. The light-weight fabric will ebb and flow when a breeze hits them, creating an ocean-breeze effect you’ll love.


5. Focus on negative space…

One of the things that makes the coast so beautiful is its vastness. It’s important to bring this sense of space into your home, as well. Sometimes, less truly is more when it comes to design. Cluttering can create a stressful environment, whereas minimalistic design can contribute to a more relaxed, enjoyable space.

6. Whites, whites, whites…

Have I stated white, and lots of it, yet? Whether it’s wall color, bedding, furniture, or textiles– you name it– white is always a good option. Incorporating different shades of white will open up your home and make your space feel clean and refined, epitomizing California-cool living.


GET THE LOOK

Ready to brighten up? Maureen Stevens is sharing a few of her favorite pieces to help get you started!

1. Large Coastal Art Print / 2. Belgian Linen Sheer Curtain / 3. Montecito Pillow Cover / 4. Large White Planter / 5. Shroom Coffee Table / 6. Reclaimed Wood Console / 7. Brighton Table Lamp / 8. Reclaimed Wood Storage Bench / 9. Medan Chair / 10. Chunky Hand-braided Rug 

 

Interior Design: Maureen Stevens

The Most Flattering Wedding Gowns From Allure Bridals Romantic Brides Will Adore

Finding the perfect wedding dress isn’t easy — there are so many things to consider! Like, is it beautiful? Is it functional? Is it flattering? (Emphasis on this last one, please!) With so many options out there, the search for something that checks all of the boxes can feel like an endless one. So before you begin to sweat it, let us point you in the direction of some truly flawless options by Allure Bridals.

One scroll through these pretties and you’ll quickly fall in love with their romantic, figure-enhancing styles. They are elegant and timeless and will have you looking and feeling your best on your Big Day… which is what it’s all about, anyways! (Psst! They have men’s suits too!) So if you (or your man) are ready to find your dream wedding style, head over to AllureBridals.com to shop all the looks, STAT.

Style 9505

TBH, we’re a sucker for illusion necklines. They allow you to pull off that dramatic backless or strapless look in comfort and style… Sign us up! Paired with a charming tulle bottom that contours to your waist, we’re convinced any bride who rocks this gown is sure to look like a knockout.

Style 9520

This elegant bateau neckline is ideal for the bride who wants to draw attention to her top half. The sweet lace frames the collar bones just right, and those delicate cap sleeves provide the perfect amount of coverage. Yes please to all of these things!

Style 9603

Ohh, we adore a figure-hugging ensemble. With a sultry, strappy back and body-hugging silhouette, any bride will look positively statuesque in this crepe selection! And that bow in the back? We’re obsessed.

Style 9474

This ethereal dress is what fairytales are made of. Between the off-the-shoulder neckline, an illusion back, a tapered-at-the knee profile, and a lacey makeup, it has all the details a true bridal princess could love! Bonus: It comes with a detachable tulle train so you can make your royal debut a dramatic one.

Style 9553

Calling all curvy goddesses! We’re ALL over this dramatic satin skirt that clinches at the waist, only to be met by a stunning ivory lace bodice. Factor in some quarter sleeves and a stunning train and it’s guaranteed no turning heads will be turning away from this babe.

Style 9564

Summer brides — This one is for you! Picture saying “I do” under an arch of dreamy florals in this contouring dress. The scallop detailing makes it feel unique, while the sheath makeup will keep you feeling cool and breezy. Better yet, the nude lining is stretchy so you’ll stay comfortable too!

Style 9620

We’re a sucker for A-line gowns and deep V’s. And this dress is just about the perfect thing! Lace embellishments, a voluminous train, and a fun little bow — what more could you want? We’ll cheers to this one!

Outdoor Wedding at Oak Creek Golf Club with Custom-Built Ceremony Backdrop

When you’re planning a wedding in SoCal, it’s safe to say that 9 times out of 10, it’s going to be an outdoor celebration. And when the Bride is a planner herself (hello, Made By Davina Kim!), it’s safe to say that every inch will be beautifully curated and well thought out. With the help of Sarah Park Events and Iron Grace Rental, this fete featured custom-built structures, ridiculously pretty florals by The Flower by Yoori and a color palette for the books. Get cozy with Perpixel Photography and the full batch of images.

From Perpixel PhotographyI had the honor of photographing Davina and Elliot’s wedding. Davina is a wedding planner, designer and stylist so her wedding was full of beautiful details. She wore a timelines, simple, elegant custom made wedding dress by Atelier by Dawn.

Iron Grace Rentals built pergola structures hours before the ceremony and really made the space warm and inviting with a european feel. To honor their christian heritage, they also built an altar inspired by an old church.

This was a vendor dream team with Sarah Park Events as the stylist. She incorporated terracotta with a neutral palette of blush, cream, and white. Davina gives everything to her clients so it was nice to see industry people create something beautiful and memorable for one of our own.

Photography: Perpixel Photography | Cinematography: MOKA | Coordinator: White Blossom Events | Planner: Davina Kim | Floral Design: The Flower by Yoori | Wedding Dress: Atelier by Dawn | Wedding Cake: Candy Apple Cakes | Wedding Cake: Sweetlee Made | Ceremony Venue: Oak Creek Golf Club | Jewelry: Sincerely So | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Princess Closet OC | Make-up: Beauty With Grace Lee | Hair: Jasmine Chang Studio | DJ: DJ Aflex | Groom's Suit: The Black Tux | Custom Embroidery for Bridesmaids: Custom ADJ | Custom Flower Girl Dresses: Petals for Tasi | Custom Woodwork and Lighting: Iron Grace Rentals | Desserts: Sweets by Keeks | Etching and Laser Cuts: Letters To You | Event Design and Stylist, Florals: Sarah Park Events | Hair Pieces & Flower Girl Headbands: Handmade By Sara Kim | Invitations and Paper Goods: Paper Haven Ink | Midnight Snack: In-N-Out Burger | Pergola Florals: City Flower LA | Photobooth: Third Eye Photo Booth | Rentals : MTB Event Rentals | Wedding Band: Easter Ahn

Sparkling Gold Thailand Wedding at Private Villa on Phuket Island

Like many Thailand weddings we’ve featured, today’s fete is dotted with palm trees, coastal views and golden sun. But after putting this one under the looking glass, you’ll find details that make it truly unique to Kay and James. My personal favorite? The unconventional and unfinished ceremony arch shape which as described by The Wedding Bliss Thailand, “was more story driven, as if saying that this story is just beginning, and there are many more chapters to write.” Is that symbolism romantic enough for you? Take a stroll in the full gallery from Saya Photography and Marina for Studio Ohalala for more.

From The Wedding Bliss ThailandKay and James met each other a few years back on a night out, and have not left each others side. Joined by their shared love for football (and they even support the same team, Liverpool FC), they started travelling tigether and soon knew that it was a destiny.

Their wedding, hosted at a stunning private villa on the west coast of Phuket Island, Thailand, was themed around luxurious sparkling white and champagne tones. Hosting a destination in Thailand meant for the couple that all of their guests will have an opportunity to relax before and after the wedding and actually combine this trip with their holidays, and it was one of the most important things for the couple to ensure.

We focused on sparkling gold, champagne and white tones for the wedding decor. A varaiety of white flowers paid a tribute to winter and multiple winter festivites, while sparkle added the liveliness that the couple loves so much. Their favourite wedding moment was also connected with fireworks — another light-filled effect. 

Photography: Saya Photography | Event Planning: The Wedding Bliss Thailand | Floral Design: IAMFLOWER | Wedding Dress: Annasul Y | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Passion | Venue: Villa Aye | Bar service: Bubble Bliss Bar | Evening dress: MIKAEL D | Live Band: Eka Soundz | MUAH: Lisa Allen Makeup Artist | Second photographer: Marina for Studio Ohalala

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An Organic Olive Green and Khaki Wedding at Runnymede Plantation

Trust us, this isn’t your average southern wedding. The minute we laid eyes on this stunning Runnymede Plantation affair planned by Tara Guerard, we instantly fell in love with its unique color palette of olive green and khaki hues and organic décor elements of bamboo, brass and palm leaves. Tec Petaja perfectly captured every Pinterest-worthy detail of the day. Prepare to spend a little extra time on this one, folks… it’s a real beauty!

HOW DID YOU MEET?

From the Bride… One of my best friends from college was dating one of his best friends from college when we were living in NYC. We all met up to go to a Reptar concert in Brooklyn.

SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROPOSAL AND ENGAGEMENT RING(S).

We got engaged in Tulum the first night we were there. It was just the two of us there that first night and it was a really private, special moment. The next day two of our friends got there and we had an incredible trip. The ring is a solitaire pear shaped ring with gold band. Exactly what I would have picked out myself! 

WHAT WAS YOUR PLANNING EXPERIENCE LIKE?

Fun and easy! Tara & Soiree did all the leg work and each trip to Charleston to do the planning was a mini-vacation!

THE LOCATION:

Charleston at Runneymede Plantation. We knew we wanted everything to be outside because we both love nature and being outdoors. It was the ideal venue for that, right on the Ashley river with Spanish moss trees and nothing else. We loved the rustic elements and the fact that it was a “blank slate” with no built structures.

DID YOU HAVE A FIRST LOOK?

Yes. At Runneymede before the guests arrived.

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING LOOKS!

I wore a Lela Rose dress that was off white with a subtle pattern on the sheer overlay. Simple Stuart Weitzman block heels & tiny diamond crawlers on my ears. Jamie wore a navy suit and khaki linen tie.

DESCRIBE THE WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE.

8 bridesmaids, 2 matrons of honor, 10 groomsmen & 1 best man. Then 8 house party, 4 ushers & 3 flower girls – my dog, Runi & my brother-in-law’s nieces. The bridesmaids/matrons wore olive green dresses with a high neck halter and the groomsmen wore blue suits with khaki linen ties. House party wore various shades of nude and blush.

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR OVERALL THEME/STYLE?

We wanted it to be feel very organic and like a casual outdoor garden party. We wanted everything to blend in with the surrounding natural beauty and to feel like a big cocktail and dinner party with all the people we love, followed by a really fun dance party. Music was also a key part of the whole night.

WHAT WAS YOUR COLOR PALETTE?

Olive green, khaki, and wood & brass accents. Olive green table cloths, greenery, palm leaves hanging from ceiling in tent, khaki linen napkins and upholstery, sisal runner at ceremony, bamboo & brass accents throughout.

WHAT WAS SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR STATIONERY?

We loved everything lettered Olive did for us. The invitations looked like they were on vintage, textured paper with olive green calligraphy – very organic and casually understated. We went more modern and used fun patterns for itinerary & guest booklets.

LET’S TALK BLOOMS.

I really wanted a collected, organic garden feel – nothing fancy or too manicured. We used quicksand roses, ranunculus, dahlias, olive branches, rosemary, & eucalyptus. Soiree really ran with my inspiration photos and surprised me with final product and it was all perfect!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR CEREMONY DÉCOR.

We really didn’t decorate too much here because the giant Spanish moss tree & Ashley River spoke for themselves. We did a sisal runner going down the aisle, simple wood pews and cross covered in flowers at the front. When you first got the center aisle, there was a beautiful, custom wood canopy overhead with drapery, white sheers hanging from it. Everyone had to walk under this to get escorted to their seats.

DID YOU INCORPORATE ANY CULTURAL, TRADITIONAL OR SENTIMENTAL ELEMENTS INTO YOUR WEDDING DAY?

I’d say music selection for the ceremony & dinner party was really sentimental and important to both of us. Every song choice was an accumulation of songs we loved, at some point in our lives. We also had a close friend sing a Leon Bridges song mid-ceremony and it was soo beautiful and special for us!

DID YOU HAVE ANY UNEXPECTED CEREMONY MUSIC CHOICES?

I think most of them were unexpected to most of the guests because didn’t tell anyone our selections. Families were seated to Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez, Wedding party to Never in my wildest dreams by Dan Auerbach and I walked down to First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes. We then exited to Father John Misty’s Real Love Baby.

DESCRIBE YOUR RIDE.

Wedding parties rode out to the venue on trolleys and our get away car was a vintage, blue ford mustang!

DID YOU HAVE A COCKTAIL HOUR?

Yes! We used my family’s margarita recipe and served those as specialty drinks during cocktail hour

WHAT MENU ITEMS MADE IT A MEAL TO REMEMBER?

Literally everything from Cru Catering was incredible! We did a family style “tapas” dinner. Everything from shrimp & grits, BBQ quail, tomato pies, oysters, crab cakes, beef tenderloin, brussel sprouts, macaroni, and of course French fries!

DESCRIBE YOUR CAKE AND/OR DESSERT(S).

Bride’s cake: Layers of Creme Caramel, Lemon, Coconut & Cookies and Cream. Grooms Cake: Marcona Almond with Chocolate Ganache

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR FIRST DANCE SONG?

Don’t Like you I love you By Luu…We both loved this song and knew early on this would be our first dance song. We found it on a road trip one weekend.

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC PLAYED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT?

We spent days making a playlist for the dinner and wanted it to be played LOUD throughout the tent so the dinner really felt like part of the party. Simply Irresistible played at the reception and they were SO. MUCH. FUN. They played a variety of old funk and soul and newer, more current songs.

LOOKING BACK, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE WEDDING?

The dinner. It was our first time we really had to sit down, relax and take it all in! It was so special to be sitting at that table with our families and wedding party & surrounded by everyone that we love. It was also the first time we got to really look at everything and appreciate how it all came together – everyone’s hard work really paid off! The company, food, décor & music made it the most fun dinner party of our lives!

WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR WELCOME BAG?

Everything represented Charleston. My favorite part was the recipe booklet that included recipes for some of the food served at our reception dinner.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU REGISTERED FOR AND WHY?

Tough question…. Espresso machine – we really wanted one and have used it every day since. Or linen sheets because we have always wanted some!

WHAT WEDDING ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR BEST-ENGAGED FRIEND?

Don’t sweat the small stuff and do a seated dinner and first look for sure! Those are the moments we appreciate the most now and we weren’t certain we were going to do either in the beginning. Also, be organized/detailed with your guest list & addresses early on. That’s the most tedious part so it helps to be organized from the start.

DID YOU HAVE ANY WEDDING DAY SNAFUS?

Hardly! Jamie and I were having so much fun and didn’t want to leave the reception…to the point where we almost missed our own send off and everyone’s sparklers had been burning while they were waiting for us.

Photography: Tec Petaja | Videographer: Sharkpig | Planner: Tara Guerard | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Stationery : The Lettered Olive | Catering: Cru Catering | Makeup: Meg Workman | Hair: Kristy Cuthbert | Band: Simply Irrestible | Officiant: Bill Christian | Transportation: Absolutely Charleston | Transportation : Dream Classic Rentals | Transportation : Carolina's Executive Limo Line | Wedding Venue: Runnymede Plantation | After Party Venue: Restoration on King | Bars: Snyder Event Rentals | Bridal Dresser: Cacky's Bridal Aid | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Peter Kiral | Ceremony Director: Lori Lethco | Photo Booth: Tap Snap | Plants: Plants Alive | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Sound + Lighting: Production Design Associates

Soft and Romantic Desert Wedding Inspiration at Royal Palms Resort and Spa

This elegant and romantic desert editorial from Rachael Ellen Events walks you through the process of creating a wedding design that is unique to you. Whether you’re a modern bride with traditional roots or a boho bride with edgy flair – this gorgeous shoot proves that no matter how incompatible your wedding theme and dream location seem to be, there is always a way to bring your vision to life in a thoughtful, cohesive way. To offer up some inspiration, check out these gorgeous photos captured by Ashley Rae from this day, bringing together the rugged desert landscape with classic bridal style.

From Rachael Ellen EventsThis design was inspired by real brides and the process of creating something that is true to their vision, location, and their love. Often these three things don’t necessarily blend, but with intentional details and thoughtful design, you can create not only a beautiful balance but a playful mixed design that is absolutely unique to the couple. In this case, the location was Scottsdale Arizona. This is the desert – the landscape is rugged, it is hot, and it evokes a more exotic feel. Our bride was absolutely timeless and classic. Her color palette was soft, pink, and very traditionally bridal.

Our design was centered around pairing the rugged dessert with this romantic, classic vision. The key to this design was bridging the classic and desert gap with romantic and edgy bridal details. The bride wore a gorgeous Claire Pettibone gown that was equal parts classic and romantic. The beaded, textured lace played off the landscape while the cape and lace created an über classic and romantic look. 

We chose a sleek bridal updo and gorgeous, glowing bridal makeup. Her three ring stone engagement ring was the perfect mix of classic but not too classic. The groom wore a timeless black suit really emphasizing and rooting the classic nature of the design. This handsome look paired next to hers created a regal desert look that felt very unique to them. The day of details played a huge role in the over design success.

The paper goods, designed by Ink & Press Co. Donned a combination of luxe textures and romantic details to pair the desert with the romantic look. Gold foil on handmade paper with a custom floral envelope liner created the perfect compliment to the design. Other favorite paper elements included the art sketch florals as well as the scrolled name cards and boutonniere tags.

We took the envelope liner design and had this applied to the foam on their rosé tower for an unexpected twist on their cocktail hour. The tables-cape was made to look lush and opulent against the muted dessert shades of the resort. Using blush velvet, gold rimmed dinnerware, textured paper goods, romantic candles and garden inspired florals, we created something fit for desert royalty.

Instead of decorating only the bride and grooms chairs, we opted for floral decor on the entire head table. The florals were focused on a romantic, feminine side of the design. We used shades of white, rose, and blush to create dimension in the subtle palette while using textural elements like spring Spirea, Sword Fern and mint to balance the feminine feel of the design. Our bridesmaids held all sweet pea bouquets – one of our favorite 2019 floral trends. This allowed the brides bouquet to really stand out and gave them something soft and understated to hold. Our flower girl wore a simple, classic spray rose crown to complete the classic, timeless section of our design. Overall, this look was all about pairing two things that don’t naturally go together. Desert doesn’t have to mean bohemian – ballroom doesn’t have to mean classic – beach doesn’t have to mean casual! It’s all about creating unique interpretations of the location centered around what makes our clients unique and that will make their love story stand out.

Photography: Ashley Rae Photography | Event Planning: Rachael Ellen Events | Floral Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: A Bake Shop | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rings: Olive Ave Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Hotel : The Royal Palms Resort and Spa Phoenix | Candles: Yummi Candles | Chiffon Ribbon: Paperie & Silk | HMUA: Makeup Artistry by Natalie | Paper Goods: Ink & Press Co. | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Velvet Ribbon: Honey Silks Co. | Vow Book: elmo Paperstories ltd.

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Colorful Ohio Wedding at The Club At Hillbrook with Lemon Trees

If the first shot of this bouquet is any indication as to the colorful goodness of today’s celebration planned by A Charming Fête, you’ll soon see that a modern whimsical romance follows suit. Oh, and did I mention the reception features lemon trees?! I’m quite positive that every guest who walked into that room went wide-eyed in an instant. The team at Molly Taylor and Co. really outdid themselves. Jump into the stunning collection of images by Lauren Gabrielle Photography for even more.

From the Bride, Molly… Andrew and I met just before my senior year of high school (and right before he went off to college). We met through mutual friends since we did not attend the same high school. After Andrew went off to college, we would constantly text each other, spend our breaks together, and eventually, we began dating. I don’t think either of us thought we would end up in a long term relationship or eventually married, but we quickly realized that we wanted to be together, and even spent our college years in a long distance relationship! Andrew proposed to me in May of 2017, after we had been living together for 3 years and dating for almost 7 years. We were living in Washington, DC, at the time, and took a hiking trip with friends to Harpers Ferry National Park in WV, which wasn’t unusual since we both enjoy spending time outdoors. I had absolutely no idea that Andrew was going to propose, or that he had even been looking at engagement rings! He never mentioned anything to me, but he was secretly in talks with my sister and his mom to pick out the perfect ring. When we got to Harpers Ferry, our group hiked up a mountain to get a beautiful view of the river. Once we got to the top, Andrew totally surprised me by getting down on one knee! I was shocked and kept asking, “seriously?!” It was such a special day that I will treasure forever!

We really wanted to keep our wedding bright and colorful. We knew we wanted a summer wedding, since I am a teacher and summer was the best time for me to get married. I knew I wanted colorful summer flowers with bright pinks, oranges, and yellows, and we knew we wanted to incorporate our favorite color, blue, in some way. We didn’t really have any specific theme in mind, but we shared our color ideas with my planners, Somer and Lisa (A Charming Fête) who did the most amazing job coming up with the design.

My dad is a bee keeper, and Andrew and I knew that we wanted to use honey somewhere in our wedding. We gave little personalized jars of honey to each guest as a favor which also served as the escort card display. It was so special, and my dad even designed the labels that went on the honey jars. Andrew and I worked with my dad to fill the honey jars, and to build wood shelving for them to be displayed during cocktail hour. We loved receiving messages and pictures of friends and family enjoying the honey while celebrating Rosh Hashanah! Additionally, when Somer and Lisa talked about using lemons in our design on the tables, I knew this would be the perfect place to use my mom and grandma’s antique compote jars. My mom, my grandma, and I all collect dishes and serving pieces, so between the 3 of us, we used over 30 of our own unique compotes to decorate our tables and fill them with one of our favorite citrus flavors- lemon! It was so special to use pieces that belonged to my mom and grandma on our wedding day, and they added such a personal touch to our tables.

We would say that the best moment of our wedding was officially being introduced as the Weismans while entering the reception room and immediately starting the horah. Seeing and celebrating with our family and friends from all over the country and abroad was incredibly special. The energy from the band and everyone participating in the horah set the tone for the rest of the evening. Also, as big foodies with a sweet tooth, our desserts were fantastic and we were excited to share with everyone! Our wedding cake was amazing and by far the best wedding cake we have ever had! We served each guest 2 pieces of cake- one chocolate with salted caramel, and lemon with strawberry buttercream and lime curd. As guests left, we gifted them with pre-packaged ice cream from our favorite local place in Cleveland including flavors such as salted caramel and mint chocolate chip. Our guests loved these special and delicious, touches! It was so much fun incorporating special details throughout our wedding day and leaving an indelible impression of Cleveland to guests who had never visited before.

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Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Cinematography: Storybox Cinema | Floral Design : Molly Taylor and Co. | Cake : Hummingbird Bake Shop | Stationery : IMPRESS Event Branding | bridesmaid dresses : Jenny Yoo | makeup: Lisa Adams | Hair : John Roberts Salon & Spa | Entertainment : Cleveland Music Group | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Chairs : Elite Wedding Chairs | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Planning + Design : A Charming Fete | Rentals : Event Source | bride shoes : Salvatore Ferragamo | ceremony and reception: The Club At Hillbrook | dress designer: Anne Barge | dress shop: Kleinfeld Bridal | family bee farm and skincare products : Beessential | veil : Blossom Veils

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Romantic Garden Industrial Wedding Inspiration at Ellie’s Garden

The most beautiful blending of styles often comes from marrying a personality-filled venue with just the right details—like today’s editorial from Natalie Broach Photography. The backdrop, Ellie’s Garden, sets the stage for garden industrial romance to flourish, with blooms from Lina Bosque and beauty by Jessica Rowe. Soak up the peachy, coral and burgundy palette in the full gallery!

From Natalie BroachAs a wedding photographer, I get the amazing opportunity to work with real couples by photographing them on one of the biggest days of their lives! My light and airy style is also combined with capturing real emotion by getting my couples to feel comfortable in front of the camera. Though weddings keep me very busy, I always love pushing myself and tapping into my creative side through other types of photoshoots. After doing a fun styled shoot last year with some creative vendor friends of mine Jessica Rowe Hair and Makeup Styling and Verdure Florals, I knew It was time we all came together again to share ideas for something that would be unique and beautiful. We all can agree we love a good black tux and white lace wedding gown, but we knew in order to truly create something that would stand out, we were going to have to go beyond what we are all used to seeing.

It all started with finding a beautiful couple and we did just that! Though they may not have been a real couple, Nina and Devante sure fooled us with their beautiful chemistry in front of my lens! I was able to give them direction just as if they were a real couple and I love how they responded to it. Having the groom whisper something sweet or funny into his bride’s ear to get that little burst of laughter is the perfect way to capture instant joy. Asking the bride to slowly lift her eyes to his or to have her softly touch his arm as he sweetly tucks her hair behind her ear, are all little ways of getting these incredible and authentic looking images.

Picking an amazing location was next on our list. As soon as we saw Ellie’s Garden we completely fell in love and were so excited they were on board with our photoshoot. Located in the heart of Jacksonville, in Historic San Jose, Ellie’s Garden and Warehouse offers a space unlike any other. The strength of industry meets the romantic backdrop of nature. The perfect balance of yin and yang, and the ever changing garden and grounds offer a look that suits any season and event. The garden and exterior grounds are 16,000 sq. ft., while the warehouse is 4,300 sq. ft.. This provides so many different layouts that every affair is special and unique unto itself. The location instantly gave us major secret garden vibes with a touch of glamour. With large antique metal gates to set the mood when entering the garden to the colorful landscape featuring Florida native plants, this venue was absolutely perfect.

When it came to florals, Lina from Verdure Florals wanted the flowers to have a romantic and whimsical feel for the shoot. She used beautiful garden roses, ranunculus, carnations, sweet pea, lisianthus, and some grasses to add texture. Her favorite part about this beautiful bouquet was that all of the greenery you see is from her own backyard. This gave it that romantic, secret garden, hand tied bouquet look that is just stunning.

Selecting the perfect dress and suit can be very challenging when you have so many amazing options to choose from. My favorite local bridal boutique, Love a Bridal Boutique, were so kind to lend us a dress. We originally had a different dress selected but the week of our styled shoot, the ladies at Love Bridal received a new dress and when they sent me an image I knew that was the dress for our shoot! The other dress we had originally selected was beautiful as well but this one by Jack Sullivan completely knocked the other dress out of the picture.The Carrie gown by Jack Sullivan Bridal features a lace bodice, complete with a strapless sweet heart neckline. The skirt is a soft a-line that highlights three tiers of Chantilly lace trimmed layers. We paired this with a pair of gorgeous earrings by a.b.ellie that Love Bridal Boutique offer. The Coryn earrings feature organza tuffs with rhinestone accents and gold hoop detailing. They absolutely completed the look and added a more glamorous feel.

When it came to picking the Groom’s suit we knew that it needed to compliment the colors of the florals as well as our location. As soon as we began the process of looking at different colors, we quickly landed on this skinny fit burgundy suit by New Look, purchased at Asos. We paired it with a New Look White dress shirt, Cole Hann brown shoes and decided to leave out the tie for a more modern approach.

For the hair and makeup, Jessica, from Jessica Rowe Hair and Makeup Styling, wanted to create a very natural and soft glam look. She did a golden and bronze light smoky eye using different shades of browns that paired beautifully with a soft pink lip shade. She kept the natural texture of the model’s hair for extra volume and added loose curls for a low up do. She pulled pieces to frame her face to go along with the natural and whimsical look for the shoot.

For the stationary, Ashley, from P+Co Design Studio, wanted there to be a balance of boldness and delicacy, romance and modernization. The negative space causes the eye to stop and focus on the content. It creates a boldness but the layout, thinness of the letterforms, illustrations, and color palette point back to the delicate look of the shoot. Ryan from M.C. Pressure, absoulutely nailed it with the color and paper selections. The paper is thick and textured and perfectly blends a modern look with a handmade feel. The color palette of the stationery is romantic but still modern.

Photography: Natalie Broach Photography | Floral Design: Lina Bosque | Wedding Dress: Love Bridal Boutique | Groom's Attire: Next | Venue: Ellie’s Garden | Earrings: a.b.Ellie | Hair&Makeup: Jessica Flores | Invitation Design: Ashley Purser | Letterpress: Ryan Tempro | Wedding Dress Designer: Jack Sullivan

Traditional Persian Wedding at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California

Oh, Roza and Justin—you are couple goals and your fete is wedding goals! For those reading today, let me preface by saying this wedding will knock. your. socks. off. It’s a blend of modern romance with tradition in the form of the Bride & Groom’s Iranian heritage—thanks to Charmed Events Group and Fancy Little Details. There are 200 stunning images sitting in the full gallery thanks to Taralynn Lawton, with a handful of our favorites below—make sure to experience the whole day right this way.

From the bride… We met shortly before New Year 2014, and spent the next 3.5 years as any young, smitten Bay Area couple would…enjoying all that San Francisco has to offer. In July 2017, Justin surprised Roza with what she believed was going to be a weekend escape to Carmel. Little did she know that the weekend escape was soon going to become one of the most memorable experiences of her life. As they were walking to what Roza believed would be a wine tasting, Justin dropped down to one knee and proposed to Roza in a picturesque vineyard at Carmel Valley Ranch. Roza was thrilled to say yes!

We took a couple of months to soak in the joy of our engagement, but soon after began planning our dream wedding. We knew we wanted a wedding that would incorporate our love for family, the outdoors, festivity, and our shared Iranian American culture. We chose Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, a classic Italian villa at the foot of the Santa Cruz mountains, as the perfect venue to host our big day. A few months of immersing ourselves in color palettes, flowers, food tasting, and our favorite – cake tasting with Pretty Please Bakeshop – our vision slowly began to come to life.

Roza envisioned a modern, romantic and lush aesthetic. Justin wanted a flow that would bring their friends and family from different parts of their lives together seemlessly. We both wanted a DJ that would keep everyone dancing all night, which DJ Mind Motion absolutely did! We also both wanted to honor our Iranian heritage with a traditional “sofreh” ceremony, put together by Fancy Little Details, and a reading of Iranian poetry by our officiant Nilou Weddings.

Through the help of an amazing wedding vendor team, headed up Frances of Charmed Events and captured by Taralynn Lawton Photography, the details fell into place and resulted in a day that left us both overwhelmed with pure joy! We felt indescribably blessed to experience our big day amongst the people we love the most, and carry the gratitude with us each day.

Photography: Taralynn Lawton | Floral Design: Tango And Foxtrot | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop | Ceremony Venue: Villa Montalvo | Reception Venue: Villa Montalvo | Engagement Ring: Amir Mozaffarian | Wedding Bands: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Le Papillon | Makeup Artist : Megan Naik | Hair Stylist: Hair by Anaa K | Groom's Attire: Gene Hiller | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Nilou Weddings | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Event Planning & Invitation Design: Charmed Events Group, LLC | Groom's Shoes: Mezlan | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Stuart Rentals | Ribbon: Tono & Co | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Sofreh Aghd (Traditional Persian Ceremony Spread(: Fancy Little Details | Wax Seals: Artifiact Uprising

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Romantic Summer Wedding at Island Art and Taste in Greece

For a couple who became inseparable after their first date, a destination wedding in Greece was the location of choice. From an intimate first look to handwritten vows, captured by Les Anagnou Photographers, James Escobar and Alain Mbouche, you can feel the love radiating from these two. Think Happy Events planned the perfect day filled with an array of green and white floral arrangements by Studio 7 and just the right amount of gold details. Take a peek below as these two take their place beside one another and watch their heartwarming and fun video by Vasilis Kantarakis Films.

From the Bride…Jason and I were introduced on a hike through a mutual friend. It was a friendly meeting, but nothing more. The following weekend we reconnected at an event where feelings more than friendship began to develop.

I went on a trip to Europe for three weeks, and Jason asked me on a date promptly upon my return. We were inseparable after that. Then, on a seemingly normal Thursday in May, Jason and I were having dinner at a French restaurant in San Francisco before a show.

Jason seemed on edge, but I thought he was excited for the show. Not five minutes into dinner, he says, “I’m sure you can tell that I’m quite nervous. It’s because I want to ask you to be my wife.” He set the ring box down on the table, and I was speechless (which is a rare occurrence). Instead of immediately saying yes, the first words out of my mouth were, “Can I put it on?!” 

After some happy tears and laughter, along with actually saying YES!, we headed downstairs to leave. On our way out, our families surprised us. Jason had been planning this for months! More happy tears ensued and we celebrated the evening with our loved ones. It was perfect. Fast forward a few months, and we had the most magical wedding day in Greece.

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Photography: Les Anagnou photographers | Photography: James Escobar | Photography: alain mbouche | Cinematography: Vasilis Kantarakis Films | Wedding Planner: Think Happy Events | Florals: Studio 7 | Wedding Cake: Pavlov's Lab | Ceremony Venue: Island Art & Taste | Hair & Makeup: Frantzeska Koukoula | DJ: Vive Entertainment | Furniture: Zazoo | Graphic Designer: Atelier Invitations | Party: Island Art & Taste | Tableware: White Lilac, Inc.

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Minimalist Brides Will *Swoon* Over These Simple and Chic Maggie Sottero Dresses

Not all minimalist bridal styles are created equal. And design house, Maggie Sottero Designs gets that, which is why she created simple, yet stunning bridal gowns that cover all of the bases to appeal to the “less is more” girl. In her collections, you’ll see hints of elegant lace in unique places, subtle crystal embellishments, stunning silhouettes, and distinct fabrics that “spark joy” in all the right ways. So if you’re a bride that lives for uncomplicated picks, keep scrolling through to browse these simple wedding dresses from Maggie Sottero Designs that will capture your heart quicker than you can say “Marie Kondo”.

Photography by Jack Gilchrist

BIANCA MARIE

Ladies who have an eye for a classic silhouette will be all over this beautiful ballgown, Bianca Marie. The simple stunner is made from Shavon organza and features elegant details like a strapless scoop neckline and flowing train for a romantic look that shines on its own.

JAMILIA

Found: The definition of a simple and chic bridal gown. From the sweetheart neckline to the illusion hemline we’re at a loss for words over this flattering Rebecca Ingram style. Très chic

BIANCA

For those who love the ‘Bianca Marie’, but are hoping for something with a bit more, we found your perfect solution — its sister dress, the ‘Bianca’. You’ll still get the same sophisticated Shavon organza makeup, but with pearls and handmade rosettes on the front. And just when you think it can’t get any better, you’ll turn around and see that gorgeous train — wow!

VERITY

This dress has pockets — are you sold yet?! Despite being ecstatic over this minor detail, we need to give credit to other stunning parts of this selection, like that sparkly Swarovski crystal belt, for instance. It’s gorgeous!

EVANGELINA

Bring attention to your best asset — your back! We’re beyond obsessed with the rear-facing side of this otherwise understated selection. The glittering Swarovski crystals all come together in a string of beading that plunges down the back for an effect that promises to turn heads.

ADA

If you adore sweet accents on your gown, consider this one. It comes with subtle enhancements like lace motifs, illusion straps, and a jewel neckline to make a straightforward silhouette feel like something extraordinary.

TYRA

Cue the Canon in D! This elegant Sottero & Midgley gown is ready to make its debut down the aisle. With modern elements, like crystal-lined side cutouts and a panel train, it warrants a wear by any fashionista or statement-maker.

ARLEIGH ROSE

Considering a dress with sleeves? Allow us to introduce to you another gem that may have you rethinking that. This crepe sheath has a jewel embossed back with tasteful cutouts to deliver the drama you want, but with retro cap sleeves to give you the coverage you crave. It’s the best of the best!

MAREN

There’s just something about a chiffon skirt that’s lovely, but ordinary. Pair it with a bodice that’s covered in crystals and beading and now you’re talking! Hello, minimalist meets all-out glam.

VERONICA

If you’ve got a taste for traditional trains, this lacey ensemble is a terrific pick. It all starts with that dramatic deep V that flows down into a silky lace-accented trail that, combined, makes for one wow-worthy gown.

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

A House With A View

Warning: you might want to pack your bags immediately and move to Southern California after seeing this home tour. The expansive space incorporates inspiration from its coastal surroundings while ensuring a perfect view everywhere you look! The designers from Design Works focused on a timeless, beachy vibe for the home – think lots of different shades of blue, whites, neutrals. Every where you look, the space is styled and decorated to perfection. See for yourself!

ENTRYWAY

The room that really stands out in this home is the foyer. It had such a large presence, especially with the addition of the center table and stools. The Ralph Lauren chandelier was the perfect addition and made the entrance feel very stately which is something you don’t see – or get the opportunity to design – in every home.

THE LIVING ROOM

One challenge we had was that the great room was very large and quite a distance from the kitchen. Our goal was to make it feel cozy and inviting without feeling crowded with too many pieces of furniture. Our solution was to use larger scale pieces and a very big cocktail table to tighten up the space and make it one beautiful, open room.

THE KITCHEN

The kitchen has a large, open feel to it. We kept the colors very neutral with the exception of the blue chair which tie in the coastal color palette. 

THE MASTER SUITE

We spent of lot of time designing the master suite. The couple had different opinions when it came to bedroom decor so we had to strike the right balance of blush and neutral tones while keeping the feeling of the room super warm and cozy. We also added a unique lighting fixture to spice the room up a bit. 





THE BACKYARD

You’d never want to leave this backyard, and living in SoCal – they will be able to enjoy it almost year-round. It was so much fun designing the outdoor space. There was a lot of room for different vignettes – including the lounge area by the fire place – and around the incredible infinity pool – but our favorite setting is the bar area. It has this huge island with plenty of bar stools, a TV – we think it’s the best bar in town.


 

 

Photography: Ryan Garvin | Interior Design: Design Works

Charming Provence Wedding Inspiration at Domaine Les Martins

I’m quite certain that today’s wedding editorial will be sprinkled across hundreds (if not thousands) of Pinterest boards in wedding land. It’s Provence charm at it’s finest, all thanks to Janna Brown Design Co.. Set at Domaine Les Martins, the simply beautiful touches like white roses and romance-driven calligraphy compliment the old-world vibe like no other. I urge you to visit the full gallery from Katie Grant Photography—it’s loaded with even more goodness!

From Janna Brown Design Co.When asked to design a 1:1 workshop near Gordes, I stumbled upon Domaine Les Martins, and knew it was the perfect fit. I was seeking a venue filled with warmth, character, oozing French charm, and Domaine les Martins was just that. Owners Regis and David have created a slice heaven with this bed and breakfast, with each corner of the property reminicent of a page out of Vogue Living.

As we were in Provence, I wanted to indulge in the idea of baguettes, cheese and wine, and I based our tablescape on these elements. Editorial sessions allow a bit more flexibility with design, and I wanted to create an unconventional table setting. We spent the morning in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, sourcing cheese and bread from all of the local shoppes. We foraged wild clematis vine from the roadside, and found a charming florist who provided us with beautiful white roses.

While browsing the garden area, we stumbled upon curious snails, who could not have been more fitting for our paper details. We focused on the details of the paper goods and tablescape, and kept the bridal look quite simple with dewy makeup and a delicate gown by Cathy Telle. Our stunning friends, Zhenya and Julius, complimented the venue in neutral colors, with Julius in a casual trouser and linen jacket. Zhenya’s bouquet was oversized and untamed, brimming with wild clematis.

Photography: Katie Grant Photography | Event Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Florals: Janna Brown Design Co. | Gown: Cathy Telle | Hair and Makeup: Camille Bonardi Hair & Make-Up Artist | Hotel: Domaine Les Martins | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Paper Goods: Linen & Leaf | Silk Ribbon: Silk & Willow | model: Zhenya Swan

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Lebanese Wedding In Athens, Greece at Kefalari Suites

When this Bride approached her planner, Sand+Lace Events, she sought a wedding with an “Alice in Wonderland” vibe and without feeling too themed, that’s exactly how this gorgeous Greece fete reads. From the ‘maids in their floral crowns to the wildly beautiful tablescapes set below ivy-wrapped trees, Sotiris Tsakanikas had plenty of pretty to document. See it all, right this way in the full gallery!

From Sand+Lace EventsMohammed and Lara are the sweetest couple living in Dubai, with Lebanese, Syrian and Irish roots which all came together in their beautiful enchanted garden wedding at a vineyard just outside of Athens on a beautiful warm day in May.

Lara contacted us with the wish to have a completely styled wedding, she saw the venue as a blank canvas and wanted to create an intimate wedding with an “Alice in Wonderland” kind of vibe to it. We choose a rich color palette with lots of greenery, a lot of lush flowers, long wooden tables, string lights, chandeliers and even a few rabbits.. We put a lot of thought into the small details, for example by using little dear heads as table number holders and napkins recreated from the famous “Flower Still Life” by Dutch painter Jan Davidsz. de Heem.

For the ceremony, we went for a stunning floral garland beautifully decorated around a fig tree by the team of Studio7 Florescense which certainly wowed everyone! After the ceremony, the guests moved on to the cocktail area guided by talented Louis Vlahakis performing acoustically on his guitar and singing “Stand by Me” from music legend Ben E. King. While guests were all singing their way into the cocktail hour it didn’t take long before they awaited another bombastic surprise. The bride and groom secretly prepared a grand Lebanese Zaffe entrance with loud music accompanied by percussionists to honor their roots. This definitely set the tone for the rest of the evening!

As the evening moved along and the night started to fall guest took place at the enchanting dinner area. The dining tables were covered by the leaves of tall trees, string lights and chandeliers. This all lighted up the setting as Mohammed, Lara and their guests dined underneath the stars.

Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas | Videography: Jim Grillas | Flowers: Studio 7 | Cake: Pavlov's Lab | Catering: Intercatering | Celebrant: Andreas Akratos | Venue: Kokotos Estate | Concept, Planning, Stationery & Styling: Sand+Lace Events | DJ & Entertainment Services: Party Mobile Services | Furniture Rentals: Stylebox | Guitarist: Louis Vlahakis | Lebanese Drummer: B&W Drums | Preparation hotel: Kefalari Suites | Tableware Rentals: White Lilac | muah : Georgia Xristodoulou Makeup Specialist

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A Spring Garden Editorial Filled with Femininity and Blush Fleurs

If you’re looking for Spring wedding inspiration that encompasses the delicate romance of the Spring season – look no further! This stunning style shoot from Aravella Event Design couldn’t be more perfect. From the bride’s hand beaded gown to the soft palette of blush tones with subtle hints of yellow to the feminine fleurs by Riverdale Farm Albany & Abbey Lou Flowers… everything about these designs will take your breath away. Prepare to fill your Pinterest boards with these gorgeous pictures from Jemma Keech.

From Aravella Event DesignI wanted to create a feminine and romantic Spring wedding inspiration filled with soft textures, organic blooms and intricate details. I was inspired by Riverdale Farm’s beautiful large country garden, which during Spring the cutting beds are filled with wildflowers and garden flowers in an array of blush tones and delicate textures.

Helen from Riverdale Farm worked alongside her daughter Abbey of Abbey Lou Flowers to create the textural bouquet and arrangements, which evoke the feeling of rambling country gardens. To compliment the floral arrangements the table was set with a luxe velvet tablecloth and a mix of vintage stemware, gold flatware and hand torn calligraphed menus.

The simplicity of the deckled edge cake by The Cake and I, compliments the soft textural floral design and looks almost too pretty to eat. The bride’s stunning Zanzis Couture gown features a modern design with intricate hand beaded embellishments and a long flowy veil to complete the look.

Captured beautifully on film by Jemma Keech, this editorial is filled with femininity and was designed to inspire couples seeking an intimate garden wedding.

Photography: Jemma Keech | Event Design: Aravella Event Design | Floral Design: Riverdale Farm Albany | Wedding Cake: The Cake And I | Stationery: Small Brown Writes | Shoes: Georgie's Bridal Shoes | Hair: Kate Samiotis Hair | Wedding Venue: Tree-Elle Retreat | Furniture: Hire In Style WA | Hairpiece & Garter: All About Romance | Model: Paige Sykes | Wedding Dress & Veil: Zanzis Couture

A Modern Southern Wedding with a Panama Twist at William Clinton Presidential Center

Since the groom is from the mountains of Panama and the bride is from The South, this couple wanted to incorporate details that represented both of their unique cultural backgrounds to their overall wedding décor. To do so, they enlisted the help of Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design to bring their vision to life. Prepare for the most beautiful bright pink bouquets by Silks A Bloom, darling baby blue bridesmaid dresses, some traditional southern fare and a modern reception space that will take your breath away. It all came together seamlessly and truly represented the best of both worlds. Check out all the details from this southern wedding with a twist captured perfectly by Kati Mallory Photo & Design!

From the bride, Mary Daniel… John and I met during a law school function (to be specific – a 90s theme party), and from our first date on, I knew I wanted to marry him. Although we are both attorneys, and seemingly quite similar (we joke that we began finishing each other’s sentences on our first date and haven’t ever stopped), I view him as my perfect complement. I wanted our wedding to reflect our similarities and our differences. The overarching theme became just that – To place a focus on the details that composed us as a couple. Although John grew up in Texas, he is from the mountains of Panama, and I am from Little Rock, Arkansas. From day one of planning it became about combining those cultures in the form of one large party. Our wonderful wedding planner, Anne-Claire Allen Owens of Anne-Claire Allen Planning & Design, embraced this full swing. She helped guide us toward an overall theme of “Southern with Twist.” We incorporated bright pink florals as a nod to Panama’s more tropical feel to complement the more traditional wedding ceremony venue. We greeted guests to the reception with traditional Panamanian sangria, topped with fresh fruit, and they feasted on some Arkansas staples afterward. As a child I’d always dreamed of a hometown wedding with all of my family surrounding me. Unfortunately, several important members of my family, including both of my grandmothers, passed away prior to our marriage, so my style vision for our wedding day began about honoring the role my grandmothers played in my life. My maternal grandmother loved almost nothing more than blue and white chinoiserie pieces, and my paternal grandmother cherished gardenias and all things gardenia scented.

Anne-Claire worked with us to incorporate those details throughout our wedding, from the gardenia-scented Lux Fragrances candles in the gift baskets to the chinoiserie-printed fans on the balcony at our reception venue. Our invitations were lined with a custom created gardenia print, and our crest was adorned with gardenias. We even used my family’s collection of chinoiserie vases for most of the florals! At that point in the planning process, the vision truly began to stand out for a blue and white wedding with pops of pink. While I was focused on incorporating chinoiserie throughout our wedding, I did not want to create an overly traditional décor because John is drawn to a more clean, simplistic design style. That’s where our venue comes into play. We took trolleys from the very traditional church where our ceremony took place to the Clinton Presidential Library, which is one of the most modern pieces of architecture in Little Rock. I think the transition from a stone and wood paneled church interior to the glass and limestone ballroom at the Clinton Center truly signaled the switch to party mode! John and I are total foodies that could not settle on one menu, so instead of having a seated dinner, we had an oversized buffet. There was passed hors-d’oeuvre’s, a raw bar with East-Coast oysters and tuna tartare (a nod to our love for traveling – Cape Cod has been our favorite vacation spot so far), pork tenderloin with horseradish sauce, fried chicken (in honor of our first date – John says he knew I was a keeper when I ordered fried chicken and greens on our first date), macaroni and cheese, an entire bread assortment (another nod to Panamanian custom), and more sides than you could ever count!

John and I are huge Tex-Mex fans, so after a while we had sliders and quesadillas brought out to the dance floor, just to make sure everyone stayed full – Ha! We were fortunate enough to get married over a holiday weekend, so many of our friends and family were able to travel in and attend. We joke that our guests filled most of Little Rock’s downtown hotels, because we had guests fly in from Panama, China, Peru, France, and all over the United States. It was absolutely the most humbling feeling, and I knew I wanted to make sure we treated them to a weekend they’d always remember. Guests were greeted at their hotels with “Welcome to Little Rock” baskets composed of [mostly] Arkansas-made products: J&M cheese straws, a Lux Fragrances scented candle wrapped in a pink box and topped with a blue hydrangea in honor of our wedding colors, a marshmallow crispy cake from The Crispery (which is based in Virginia, where John and I met, but has its bakery in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where I was born and where most of my family lives), and finally, a miniature pecan pie made in Texas by the Gilbert Pecan Company because John and I were moving to Houston, Texas after our honeymoon. I have too many “favorites” to name, but I think the aspect I most enjoyed planning was creating the perfect nod to John’s [other] two loves: flying and our dog, Winston. John did not want a traditional groom’s cake, so instead, I surprised him with a milk and cookie bar, his favorite late-night snack.

We had a custom drawing of Winston that could be made into stickers, and the wonderful chefs at the Clinton Center created airplane-shaped cookies for the station. We labeled the station “Winston’s Wag Bags” and instructed guests to fill a to-go bag with cookies, sealed shut with a sticker of Winston! Another favorite was working with Shuler Studio to create our monogram. We first incorporated it in our save-the-date and then sealed our invitations with wax seals stamped with our monogram. At the reception, Deborah Allen painted a beautiful centerpiece for the back wall of the ballroom with our monogram and the dance floor was adorned with it. Smaller details incorporated it as well; we had custom pillows monogrammed and placed in the lounge areas, stir-sticks and koozies at the bars monogrammed in navy and white to pick up the navy lounge furniture, the guest book ring bearer pillow were properly embroidered, and even the favors by The Crispery were iced with our monogram! Although I loved every minute of our wedding, there are five moments (in consecutive order) that are my most cherished. (1) Opening my wedding present from John to learn we’d gotten each other the exact same gift – an oil painting by beloved Kristen Hess Art. I cried from laughing so hard when I realized! Luckily, she was smart and advised him to give me a certificate for a painting from our wedding day. (2) A balloon release at the church with our family in honor of our deceased family members and friends. When I was young, my brother passed away, and my grandmother helped me understand the concept of death by sending balloons up to Heaven for my brother. It was incredibly important to me that we incorporate a prayer and balloon release prior to our service. (3) Communion. John and I are both religious, and while we wanted the reception to consist of nothing but the world’s most fun party, we wanted to make sure our ceremony honored the commitment we were making. (4) Private dinner after the ceremony with just John and me. Y’all. You need a moment to relish in the fact that you just got married!! Eating in a private dining room ensured that we got that (and that we got to taste all the magnificent food)! (5) Private last dance to end the night. Again – You really need several moments to process the rush of it all and try to commit all those feelings to memory. Our last dance was the most incredible way to wrap up our wedding and head into marriage together!

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Photography: Kati Mallory Photo & Design | Videography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films | Event Planning: Anne Claire Allen Planning & Design | Florals: Silks a Bloom | Wedding Dress: Laine Berry | Cake: Mickey's Cakes and Sweets | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: William Clinton Presidential Center | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Megan Irwin | Hair: Hope Stanley | Band: Funkytown | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A Bank | Bridesmaid Pajamas: Deshler Designs | Crispy Cakes: The Crispery | Guest Book: Charming Scribe | Invitation: Hobart Printing | Koozies, Drink Stirrers, Matches: Sip Hip Hooray | Monogram: Shuler Studio | Monogram Painting: Hope Stanley | Oil Painting: Kristen Hess Art | Rentals: Hank's Event Rentals | Ring Bearer Pillow: ElegantThreadsEtc | Wax Seals: Nostalgic Impressions

Colorful Garden Wedding at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

If al fresco garden party with a side of boho glam sounds right up your alley, then this one is for you babes! Dreamy, right?! With LVL Weddings & Events at the planning helm, every corner is tucked with carefully curated details—and loads of blooms by Carla Kayes. Join in this wedding journey below with captures from Mirelle Carmichael and a film by Amari Productions.


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From LVL Weddings & EventsKaitlin wanted to create an al fresco upscale garden party. To define the space and add some intimacy we decided to introduce pergolas that were hung with gorgeous chandeliers and lots of loose greenery. We created a structure over the dance floor that also added in some whimsical touches with string lights and more greenery.

Kaitlin and Pete met when they were kids so having a surprise memory wall put together by the Mother of the Bride & Groom was the perfect personal touch. The wall had love letters from the Bride & Groom to each other before they were teens.

Kaitlin mentioned that she loves champagne so we decided to incorporate that into their custom seating wall that said Come Sip with Us! The parents of the couple are great friends so we decided to create a special table just for them which was a little spin on a sweetheart table for them.

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael | Wedding Planner: LVL Weddings & Events | Florals: Carla With Enchanting Blooms | Cake: Sweet Cheeks Cakery | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaid Dresses : Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaid Dresses : Monique Lhuillier | Hair and Makeup: Beauty By Stacey | Hair and makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty | Brides Dress: Christos | Grooms Tux: The Black Tux | Live Music: Brian Stodart | Paper Goods: Pea Body Papers | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Rentals : To Be Designed | Video : Amari Productions | Wedding: Rancho Valencia

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5 Ways To Use Pantone’s Color of the Year ‘Living Coral’ in Your Modern Wedding

As much of a neutral lover as I am, my color kryptonite is coral. So, you can imagine my elation when Pantone announced Living Coral as their color of the year. I knew we’d be in for a dose of vibrancy in weddings and today’s slice of inspo from Lauren Field Design and Kristin La Voie Photography nails it. Read on below for five innovative ideas on how to infuse this vibrant, happy hue into a modern wedding with a wow-worthy palette.

1. Wear it!

Make a statement by starting with the decision to wear a colored gown. This unique Elizabeth Dye wildfire gown was the perfect way to incorporate such a bold statement piece. Be sure to select simple accessories to allow the gown to take the full spotlight.

2. Choose a neutral colored venue

Select a venue that will allow the color to shine without being too busy. The Prospect House gave us such an opportunity with it’s simple yet elegant spaces that have a grand light filled quality to them. By creating focus around the features we admired most, we were able to seamlessly blend our colorful vision for this modern fete.

3. Pair with analogous (adjacent) colors on the color wheel

Infusing the palette with colors that have a similar underlying tone with varied hues (like magenta, rose quartz, etc) help to draw attention in a visually pleasing and exciting way. There is nothing boring about this color combo!

4. Set a baseline of decor with dark, light, and translucent elements

Combining architectural elements of various luster and matte finishes, the color can feel bold yet well curated. We incorporated high gloss tableware with a smooth matte velvet; translucent ghost chairs atop a matte concrete floor to create visual interest.

5. Choose florals that include preserved elements with minimal greenery

Balanced textures and unique pairings (like the dyed fan palms, bleached Italian ruscus, and bright anthuriums) help a composition remain innovative and unique, while totally logical. Hints of unexpectedness help bring your overall concept up a few notches!

From Lauren Field Design… Inspired by the intersection of modern architecture/abstract art and the evocative use of shapes, forms, and color (or lack thereof) inherent in both mediums, we wanted to reflect the simplicity and visual order of layering texture in a refined yet dramatic fashion.

At The Prospect House, the captivating display of simple materials, lofty exposed structure, and abundant natural light provide a stunning backdrop reminiscent of an art gallery. These experiential characteristics of proportion, scale, and light/reflection became driving factors for all aspects of the design.

We selected a palette of tone-on-tone hues of jet black and charcoal infused with varying shades of living coral. The high contrast decor was paired with architectural accents of concrete, mixed metals, and translucent elements as a nod to the thoughtful architecture of the venue. The ceremony installation was meant to channel the poetic brushstrokes of an abstract expressionist painting. For the table, we chose a charcoal velvet tablecloth layered with luster glassware, matte black flatware, and colorful asymmetrical arrangements influenced by the art of Ikebana flower arranging. The cake was a dark silhouette of impressive texture atop lucite on a dramatically high table with an avant-garde vibe.

The bride and groom were both dressed in elegant silhouettes with a bit of modern flair; the groom in a velvet jacket, the bride in a runaway train of tiered tulle. The bridal look was feminine yet edgy with a classic chignon to showcase the statement of the gown.

Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography | Florist: Remi and Gold | Gown: Elizabeth Dye | Cake: Jessica Fuller Cake Art | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair & Makeup: Süße Poesie | Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Venue: Prospect House | Design & Planning: Lauren Field Design | Linens: Nuage Designs | Paper Goods: Letters by Lane | Rentals: Peerless Events and Tents

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Classic White & Gold Wedding Inspiration at Taipei Marriott Hotel

If you’ve ever doubted a clean and neutral palette, or fear that it may be too lackluster for your own Big Day—I urge you to spend some time with this inspiration shoot captured by Allen Fu of Milk and Honey Studio. With a timeless marriage of white and gold, details like the florals by TWIG Studio, charming calligraphy by Tinge & Flourish and a textured cake by Wooden Lace Cakery elevate this neutral palette for a collection of images that are proof white can pack a punch.

From Allen FuThe inspiration for this styled shoot was drawn from the colors, white and gold. Such combination spoke timeless and elegance to me, which was the foundation of everything from calligraphy, floral design and the venue we chose.

When I thought about elegance, the Garden Villa in Taipei Marriott Hotel was the first place I thought of, with its classic arch design it really sets a beautiful foundation for our shoot. You will also see the influence of white and gold throughout the shoot, from the gold foil in the design of the menu and calligraphy, to the color choices of our floral design.

We are very proud and happy with the result of our hard work to create what we feel is a timeless and classic shoot with the inspiration of white and gold, and we hope you would enjoy it as much as we did in creating it.

Photographer: Allen Fu Photography | Floral Design: Twigs Studio | Wedding Dress: Nicole+Felicia couture | Bakery: Wooden Lace Cakery | Ring: Ginza Diamond Shiraishi | Makeup Artist: Jeanie. H. Wedding | Calligraphy: Tinge & Flourish | Hotel: Taipei Marriott Hotel | Film Scan: Richard Photo Lab | Model: Zoe | Model: Nikki | Photography Studio: Allen Fu | Ribbons: Thread & Thrum @thread.n.thrum

Classic & Whimsical Santa Lucia Preserve Wedding in Carmel-by-the-Sea

At this point, I’ve got a pretty good knack for spotting our most-loved vendors in wedding features. In today’s classic-meets-whimsical-with-a-side-of-rustic-vintage California celebration planned by Alison Events, I spotted several of those crazy talented peeps before even peering at the credit list. Found Rentals was easy to identify with all those gorgeous rentals, Casa de Perrin and La Tavola graced the tabletops with their goods, while Zephyr Tents housed created a classic atmosphere and Ariella Chezar splashed the day in colorful blooms. It all came together for the most charming day of love held at Santa Lucia Preserve—see it all below, captured by Tec Petaja and Max Cutrone.

From Jesse Tombs of Alison EventsLauren & Galen’s wedding day was all about color, texture and personality. One word Laura used when describing what she likes was eclectic. While I wanted the look to feel collected over time and worldly, I also wanted it to feel authentic to the place, and cohesive. We made the look constant with the use of color. I like starting the day our with a more mild, muted version of the color story.

For the ceremony we wanted to keep the look very natural, but eclectic with the mismatched benches, church pews and chairs we used for seating. We worked with Ariella Chezar to create a living garden that flowered out of the ground down the aisle towards the alter at the based of redwood trees said to be hundreds of years old. Dart Collective from LA used a 25 piece band to perform a song from a Philip Glass opera with a choir of singers. As the song had a spoken word portion, Laura’s uncle learned the piece and recited the part perfectly for the ceremony as Laura was walked down the aisle by her father.

For the cocktail hour, I design a beautiful custom Turkish Rug wrapped bar that Jeni and Jewel from Found Vintage Rentals created for me. It turned out so perfect, and I just loved how it incorporated our colors, and also added texture and depth to the design. It was inspired by a bar I saw at the Nomad hotel in LA. I love finding inspiration for wedding design in unexpected places. We also worked with Found to create many lounge vignettes throughout the cocktail hour lawn to provide beautiful place for guests to lounge and take in the stunning views of the Preserve.

The Preserve catering team set up an amazing Gin and Tonic bar, where guests could select from a wonderful array of Gins and Tonics along with different garnishes. This was inspired by a cocktail bar in London that Laura and Galen love. We wanted to try something really sculptural and different for the escort card display. Laura and Galen love art and museums, so we wanted the escort card display to feel like an interactive art installation where guests could interact with the flowing silk fabric panels. We worked with Yonder design to bring the instal to life. Ariella worked with the Green Vase in New York to make the custom paper flowers that adorned the installation.

The escort card set up was also a peek at what was to come in terms of color and materials for the dinner tent. In the dinner tent, I wanted to keep it super fresh and bright. Laura loved the colors orange, red and yellow. We thought the ice blue linens from la Tavola almost acted as a neutral here. The beautiful chairs from Theoni collection kept the look fresh and casual, but also really sleek and modern. I was obsessed with the dinner plates. Casa de Perrin actually purchased these especially for our event. I found them online and asked Diana if they could source them for us. When I first showed them to Laura, she told me they were the plates she wanted to register for and that she was obsessed with them too. We were totally on the same wave length when it came to design, which is also so fun. I just love collaborating with clients that I click with from an design point of view.

The big reveal was after dinner, moving into the barn. The neon lights (each one had a special meaning the the clients and their closest family members and friends) were inspired by an art instal Laura and Galen saw at a museum. I loved the idea and thought, why not do 30 neon signs above the stage in the barn? After the wedding, we shipped all the neon signs to the guests that they correlated to; so when guests got home, they were surprised to find a neon sign all boxed up on their front steps. I just loved collaborating with Laura and Galen and can not wait to work with them and their families again. A true honor and privilege to work also work with such professional, creative and talented vendors to help us bring our vision to life.

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The Welcome Party

Thursday’s welcome party was a chance to really welcome guests to the beauty that is Pebble Beach and the Carmel coast. We chose to host the event on the dock at the Pebble Beach and Tennis Club. We took over the whole dock, and transformed it into a seaside cocktail reception with a wonderful creative team.

While I wanted the look to feel nautical and sophisticated, I also didn’t want to take ourselves too seriously. We came up with the mantra “Nautical by Nature.” We wanted the elements that we brought in, furnishings, decor, accessories, and floral to feel as if it had always existed there. I partnered with Kathleen Deery Design on the overall decor and design, her Urban Parlor company provided the beautiful rattan and cane furniture. Kathleen and her team also created the beautiful sea grass inspired floral designs. We also worked with Jewel from Found Vintage Rentals for additional furniture and decor items. Found provided the boards, seaside props and lifeguard chairs for the event; these items really made the look feel layered and give a lot of depth to the design.

We worked with Dart Collective from LA for the entertainment. They provided this incredible band that was inspired by the Yacht Rock. We wanted the music to feel fun and be filled with personality. Yonder Design partnered with us on signage and paper products. I came up with idea to print a menu on a sail. Yonder translated this into a model sailboat that was white washed to hold the printed sail as a bar menu. We also had custom lifesavers made their the couples names on them to adorn food stations. Cocktail napkins and stir sticks featured navy nautical icons created by the Yonder team. As the sunset, lights we placed under the dock lit up the water below.

The Rehearsal Dinner

Friday night, Laura and Galen wanted the event to feel a bit more elevated, while still allowing the wedding to really shine as the focal point of the weekend. I was truly inspired by the venue for the design, The Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The Club, originally built on 1926 is a traditional Spanish Colonial. The color for the event was inspired by the terra cotta tile roof of the club, it’s brick patios and stucco exteriors.

The pops of lemony yellow were a request of the bride and Kathleen Derry and I were happy to oblige. I love yellow and was so excited to incorporate it into this somewhat masculine color palette. I think the yellow added just the right touch of femininity.

We worked with Yonder Design on the paper elements which again were inspired by the tones of the building and the Spanish Colonial style of the club. We worked with Casa De Perrin to find the perfect tabletop to accent the dinning area. Theoni collection special ordered these amazing white leather and wooden Sayulita chairs for our event which added a specialty, custom look to the decor.

Found Vintage brought in beautiful lounge seating, which was accented by furnishings from Urban Parlor. Together the furnishings looked as thought they always belonged in the club. All the pieces we selected looked as if they were just part of the club’s decor on a daily basis, which was my intention. The event rooms at the club are usually not furnished, so this was an exciting project to dream up.

Photography: Tec Petaja | Event Planning: Alison Events, LLC | Floral Design: Ariella Chezar Design | Hair + Makeup: Face Forward Bridal | Lighting: Fiesta lighting | Entertainment: Dart Collective | Transportation: Main Event Transportation | Chandeliers: Urban Parlor | Custom Tabletops: Casa de Perrin | Furnishings + Custom Bar: Found Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Outdoors: Santa Lucia Preserve | Paper Materials: Yonder Design | Photography - Assistance: Kyle John Photography | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Restrooms: The Water Cottage | Tenting + Flooring: Zephyr Tents | Travel Conceirge: Natalie Fisher Ochs | Video: Max Cutrone | Wedding Day Stylist: The Wedding Detailor

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