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A Modern Affair on the Amalfi Coast at the Breathtaking Casa Angelina in Praiano

Organic beauty was the name of the game at this breathtaking wedding on the Amalfi coast! Wedding Boutique Italy planned and designed an affair that highlighted the magical, raw beauty of its location, with the prettiest florals, an ethereal tablescape, and a memorable ceremony, to name a few. Adding to the beauty of the day, the bride wore a Monique Lhuillier gown full of unparalleled glamour. It’s safe to say that this Italian paradise wedding was something out of a movie. You won’t want to miss the fairytale unfold in the full gallery, captured lovingly by Katie Grant Photography!

From Katie Grant PhotographyMeg and Benton married in the most gorgeous, intimate ceremony overlooking the stunning coast of Amalfi in Southern Italy. Their closest family and friends gathered round to watch them exchange vows under a sunny summer sky on the coast. In choosing their perfect location, they looked no further than Casa Angelina in Praiano…the venue encompasses all the best of the Amalfi coast with its sweeping views, luxury service and fine dining. Their private lawn was the perfect place to host the intimate ceremony while the infinity patio set the stage for the reception. In between, guests enjoyed local Prosecco and handmade pizzas for a delightful cocktail hour.

Meg wore an incredible Monique Llhuillier gown that featured stunning tulle wings while Benton looked sharp in his classic tux. Together they were the epitome of refined coastal couture.

The evening was perfectly brought together by the Wedding Boutique Italy with a clean tablescape and modern elements accented by soft white blooms. After a traditional first dance, Meg and her father shared a very special father daughter dance that then led into a delicious dinner and an evening of fun celebrations overlooking the famous coastline of Amalfi.

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Photography: Katie Grant Photography | Event Planning: The Wedding Boutique Italy | Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Beauty: Alessandro Mancino | Both: Casa Angelina Lifestyle | Video: Redeemed Productions

A Modern Fairytale Comes To Life At A Castle In Provence

Fairytale lovers rejoice, you’re about to step inside a fantastical story come to life. With artistic direction by wedding and floral designers La Blonde et le Barbu and talented film photographer Thomas Audiffren, the romantic tale of four companions in a fabulous castle in the South West of France takes shape. Dogs play the part of wolves, to add the savage touch needed for a modern take on a classic storyline. Jino Agnelli, film director, artfully allows the story to unfold. Get swept away in all the magical details in the full gallery.



From Thomas AudiffrenAround the wild and calm wolf, the poetry of a wedding in the heart of Provence, with fruity colors contrasting with the green so present in the French gardens of the Château. The artistic direction of this editorial is conducted by the designers La Blonde et le Barbu and the film photographer Thomas Audiffren. 



The refinement of the Château with its swimming pools, its Provencal building with rough stones, the elegance of the statues, and the grandiose outdoor swimming pool which housed the ceremony was perfect for a modern fairytale. It was obvious that we had to create the arch in front of the pool of the castle.



The decoration was purely inspired by refinement with soft tones of pink, peach, and yellow all around the flowers. The wedding cake is designed and created by LB Cake Design and beautifully decorated by floral creations of La Blonde et le Barbu.



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Coordinator: Peony Moments | Wedding cake: LB Cake Design | Stationery: Promesse Graphique | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Héloise | Caterer: Frederic Bernard | Suits: I Gilles | Wedding Venue: Chateau de Sannes | Chairs and table: Be Lounge | Classic cars: Provence Classics | Coordinator assistant: Amoro Events | Design, artistic direction, floral design and planning: La Blonde et le Barbu Design | Dog: Kallar | Dogs: Plamen and Jaden | Film director: Jino Agnelli | Floral assistant: L’éternelle Rêveuse | Floral assistant: Maison Alba | Little plates, dishes and ceramic cups: Caroline Augier | MUA and hair design: Karine Brossard | Model (her): Alix | Model (him): David | Peach color dress and drawing: Marion Fera | Photography and artistic direction: Thomas Audiffren | Tablecloth: Madame de la Maison | Tableware, bar et escort card: Joli Bazaar | White dress: Alma Real

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A Glossier Giveaway + Say “I Do” to a Dewy Wedding Day Glow with Their New Wedding Makeup + Skincare Sets

You’ve got your venue, florals, and catering confirmed and your invitations sent but what about your wedding day beauty? From a full face of makeup to light touch-ups throughout the day, Glossier’s limitededition Wedding Edit has all your favorite (and soon-tobe-favorite) staples to meet the beauty needs of you, your wedding party, and your guests! The celebration is starting early because we’re teaming up with Glossier to give away their ‘Gifts For the Wedding Partyproduct trio for you and up to 10 people in your wedding party. Learn more about how to enter here and check out their other limited-edition sets from their Wedding Edit below.

The Wedding Makeup Edit has all the Glossier essentials you need to create a full makeup look for your special day. Sweep on a shimmering, catch-thelight eyeshadow look with the iconic Lidstar, and create a classic, easy wing that lasts all day with Pro Tip liquid eyeliner. Last but not least, finish off the eyes with lengthened, wispy lashes courtesy of Lash Slick mascara (bonus: it won’t budge through a night of dancing). For the face, add a natural flush of color with the pillowy Cloud Paint gel-cream blush and a hydrated, lit-from-within glow with the dewy, crystal-infused Haloscope highlighter. Complete your look with Glossier’s blotted matte lipstick, Generation G, and touch up any smudges that might happen along the way with Milky Oil makeup remover.

Gorgeous wedding day skin has never been so easy with The Wedding Day Skincare Prep SetIn four steps, you’ll be on your way to refreshed, recharged, and radiant skin just in time for walking down the aisle. The Wedding Day Skincare Prep Set features four of Glossier’s hydrating, skincare, and body heroes the conditioning Milk Jelly Cleanser, nourishing Balm Dot Com lip balm, ultra-hydrating Moon Mask, and skinsoftening Daily Oil Wash. Get glowing skin from head to toe for your big day! 

In a wedding party or attending as a guest? The Makeup Dresses Up Set features the four products you need for a more elevated take on Glossier’s signature glow (perfect for a night out or a wedding, of course!). Lidstar and Haloscope add long-lasting shimmer and light, while the blotted matte Generation G gives you a classic lip look that’s easy to touch up between dancing the night away! Finish the look with the undetectable, Stretch Concealer for perfect lightweight, natural coverage with a dewy finish that still lets you look and feel like you.

Don’t forget to thank your “I do” crew! The Gifts For the Wedding Party Set is a trio of three Glossier community favorites that are perfect for gifting to those that have always stood by your side (and will be by your side at the altar!). This limited-edition set includes Glossier’s fast-absorbing, nutrientrich Hand Cream and highshine Lip Gloss that comes alongside a plush, coated cotton Beauty Bag to carry their beauty essentials on the wedding day. Enter to win this trio for yourself and your wedding party in one step, here.

Just looking for a product or two to put the finishing touches on your wedding makeup? All the products in Glossier’s Wedding Edit are stars! Though some of our favorites not included in the set are Boy Brow and the new Ultralip. Boy Brow is an award-winning brow pomade that will fluff, groom, add a hint of color (or you can choose clear), and keep your brows in place without stiffness or flakiness. Ultralip is the cashmere sweatpants of lipsticksits hydrating formula feels plush and luxe on your lips with the moisture of a balm, sheen of a gloss, and buildable color of a lip tint. Swipe on a coat for the perfect pout to kiss your spouse!

With Glossier’s Wedding Edit Collection, you’ll have the dewy makeup look that everyone won’t be able to stop talking about for years to come! But, don’t run away from your chance to get the ‘Gifts for the Wedding Partyset for you and your wedding party of up to 10. Enter the sweepstakes here from July 27 August 10th. Participants must be getting married and live in the US, Canada (excluding Québec), or the UK. The winner will be chosen at random, and the sets will be shipped to the soon-tobe-married individual to gift their wedding party. It’s time to get glowing, so let Glossier help you and your wedding party shine as you walk down the aisle.

Photography: Brooke Nash Photography | Beauty: Glossier

Something Elegant, Something Rustic, Something Vintage: A Celebration of Everything They Love Most!

They say home is where the heart is, and it’s exactly where Taylor & Phil officially began their new life as husband and wife! Combining a mix of elegant, rustic, and vintage elements, their wedding perfectly complemented Phil’s private family ranch and its stately European influences. Charmed Events Group, LLC infused a sophisticated ambiance into the intimate venue with champagne & blush hues, Gavita Flora’s crisp white blooms, and the bride’s grand arrival in a vintage car. Celebrate this couple’s love for each other and the life they have and will continue to build in the full gallery, captured by the talented Carlie Statsky.

From Carlie StatskyTaylor & Phil’s wedding was held at Phil’s family’s private ranch, with the reception inside the newly completed barn that was built to house their incredible collection of vintage vehicles. 

The couple put so much of themselves into the design of the day, combining a mix of elegant, rustic and vintage elements that complimented the rural location and the stately European-influenced architectural design of the barn. The couple chose the location for the ceremony based on best views on the property and the groom built the wooden hexagon ceremony structure himself. 

The bride was driven to the ceremony by her father in one of the family’s vintage cars, and after the cocktail hour was driven up to the top of the property, in a 4 wheel drive John Deere Gator together with her husband and us photographers and videographers for some sunset photos with some more incredible views. 

The whole day had so many personal touches from the handmade escort card display to the custom candles gifts for each guest, and it truly was a celebration of this couple, their love for each other and for ranch living.

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Photography: Carlie Statsky | Videography: Jake Weisler Films | Event Planning: Charmed Events Group, LLC | Floral Design: Gavita Flora | Cake: Cake Delight | Reception Venue: Private Estate | Catering: Checkers Catering | transportation: Black Tie Limo | Beauty: The Hair + Makeup Company | Beauty: Bay Area Beautiful | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Rentals: Theoni Collection | music: Amos Productions | rentals: Pleasanton Rentals

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Modern Minimal Vineyard Wedding Filled With Endless Inspiration

Be prepared to fall in love with every detail of this California vineyard wedding. Boheme Events designed a day that’s equal parts timeless and romantic with elegant accents around every turn. Photographed by Lerina Winter, with assistance by Danny Miles, the magical dusk light and natural wood tones were the perfect accouterment to highlight the elegant details curated by the vendor team. The paper suite by Folio Press & Paperie added the perfect touch, accentuating the elegant and tactile quality of letterpress printing. Romantic blooms by Intrepid Floral Co. captivate the eye and heart. You’ll love all the details in the full gallery.



From Lerina WinterWith a summer sunset rivaling Tuscany, an earthy Santa Ynez vineyard as the backdrop, this stunning bridal duo, in dresses by Vagabond from Lovely Bride, made a modernistic statement on the pastoral vibe.



Situated on a 40-acre vineyard in Santa Barbara County, this intimate wedding was designed and styled by Carrie Elizabeth of Boheme Events. La Tavola velvet drapes, paired with Heath Ceramics, framed this intimate occasion on the twin oak terrace of Roblar Winery. Spring-fresh arrangements by Intrepid Floral Co. matched the breathtaking backdrop of the valley.



Handcrafted pieces from All Heart Rentals were a nod to the natural minimalistic theme. Danielle M. Estrella’s cake and Porter Gulch rings pushed the luxury factor to a present-day form of decadence. This cherished affair will remain etched in the minds of those who attended, a timeless reminder of what modern design and planning can bring to a bucolic setting.




Photography: Winter Creative | Event Planning + Design: Boheme Events | Floral Design: Intrepid Floral Co | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: Danielle M. Estrella | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Rings: Porter Gulch | Catering: Roblar Winery | Wedding Venue: Roblar Winery | Beauty: Dreamcatcher Artistry | Candle Holders: Burkedecor | Candles: The Floral Society | Chairs: The Tent Merchant | Decor: Boheme Events | Invitations + Paper Goods: Folio Press & Paperie | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Model: Jade Grace | Model: Saavan Sagar | Photography - Assistance: Winter Creative | Specialty Furniture Rentals: All Heart Rentals | Table Top: Bright Event Rentals

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Let Love Blossom and Say “I Do” at This Historic Country Estate & Magical Garden Oasis

What could be more romantic than escaping to a secret garden for your special day?! With over 16 acres of lush gardens, over a dozen dynamic event spaces, and a luxe grand ballroom Filoli Historic House & Gardens is an idyllic setting for true love to blossom whether you prefer a lavish wedding celebration or a more intimate affair. Nestled between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, you can take advantage of all this flourishing venue has to offer in any season — like its bright tulips in spring, summer perennials, jewel-toned autumnal foliage, and twinkling lights during the Holidays!

More than just a pretty façade! Filoli not only has beautiful property and grounds. It also has a rich history as one of the most divine remaining country estates, built in the 20th century. Versatility is another key asset of this venue, and its diverse spaces can accommodate both indoor and outdoor weddings and guest lists that are long or short!

Your future with your significant other is bright, so let your love story come into full bloom at a magnificent oasis that honors the beauty of love and nature.  Say “I do” at Filoli and experience the magic and one-of-a-kind feeling of getting married at this historic house & gardens!

Photography: Alice Che Photography | Photography: Janine Licare Photography | Cinematography: Sean Kenney | Floral Design: Golden Fields Floristry | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Flour & Bloom | Stationery: Calligraphy Katrina | Shoes: Bella Belle | Groom's Attire: Hall Madden | Wedding Venue: Filoli Garden | Beauty: Raven Reed Makeup | Bridal Salon: Bridal Galleria | Linens: Nuage Designs | Models: Kayla Marie Cromer | Planning + Design: Vanessa Pence Events | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Tabletop Rentals: The Ark Event Rentals

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Colorful Monarch Beach Resort Wedding With Special Touches

Overlooking the California coastline at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, A Good Affair designed an elevated tropical celebration that won’t soon be forgotten. Special touches and intimate details drove the design of the day like the couple’s love of Hawaii, the bride’s incredible designer gown, and their adorable doggie Belle. With a color palette rivaling the sunset, Natalie Bray Studios captured the joy and love of the day perfectly in her artful imgery. Visit the full gallery to take a closer look at all the lovely.



From Natalie Bray StudiosStacy and Grant, like many couples have had numerous plans over the past year. They handled it with grace and knew they wanted their love and the experience for their guests to be reflected throughout. After a venue change and date change, they found the beautiful Monarch Beach Resort. They loved the blank canvas to work with and it was the perfect place to dance under the stars as well.



With their dog Belle as their fur baby, they wanted to incorporate her into the design. A Good Affair surprised the couple with a hand-painted photo of her as table numbers and at their seating chart.



Colors of sunset and modern tropical florals accented the design in a stunning way. Everything was planned and designed with the couple in mind the result was incredible.



Photography: Natalie Bray Studios | Cinematography: One Story Weddings | Event Planning: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Floral Design: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Gown: Pronovias | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | Ceremony Venue: Monarch Beach Resort | Catering: Monarch Beach Resort | Make-Up: Stacey Craven From Smoke And Mirrors | Hair: Kacee Geoffroy Hair and Makeup | DJ: Elevated Pulse | Film lab: The Find Lab | Music: Thunder storm artist | Photography - Assistance: Sloane Photo

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Dannijo Co-Founder Danielle Snyder’s Wedding Is Filled With Effortless Elegance On The Pink Sand Beaches Of The Bahamas

Breathtaking ocean views and enchanting details make this oceanside wedding an absolute must-see. Held at The Ocean View Club, the style and effortless elegance of the day planned and designed by Michelle Rago Destinations and Little Island Design is only rivaled by the location’s pink-sand beaches and crystal-blue waters. Our bride Danielle Snyder, co-founder of Dannijo, dazzles in a gown by Reem Acra that puts an exclamation point on the event. You can feel the joy of the day in the artful imagery captured by Sergio Sandoná. Visit the full gallery to fall in love with every swoon-worthy detail.



From Sergio SandonáWelcome to a three-day wedding with a welcome party facing the Caribbean sea, followed by a beach rehearsal dinner on the pink sand of Harbour Island, and finally the wedding day at The Other Side Club which was magnificent for the view and location.



Our beautiful bride Danielle Snyder, founder of Dannijo wore a Reem Acra dress with special details. Her chic look beautifully complimented the elegance of the day.




Photography: Sergio Sandona Photography | Event Design: The Other Side | Event Design: Little Island Designs | Event Planning: Michelle Rago Destinations | Groom's Attire: Reem Acra | Beauty: Dannijo

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3 Tips for Planning a Wedding Your Guests Will Truly Enjoy Attending

While my clients are my source of inspiration and my priority, and I look to each of my couples to make their wedding day a reflection of their love story, their styles and personalities, and the things they treasure the most, I’m also very mindful of how the experience feels from the guest’s perspective when planning a wedding. I’m all about hospitality, so that’s second nature to me, but I know that some people plan their wedding without much consideration for their guest’s experience, not because they mean to, but because it’s hard sometimes to put ourselves on the other side of things. We’ve all heard “it’s your day, do whatever you want”, “it’s all about you”, but really it isn’t so simple if you actually want to host a wedding your guests will enjoy attending.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it all starts with the two of you. Your wedding is the celebration of one of the biggest milestones in your lives and should be approached as such. It is about the two of you first, after all, it is your love story you’re celebrating! But creating an extraordinary experience for the people who took the time to come celebrate with you is just as important. This experience must be carefully curated and thought through.

Here are some tips on how to be mindful of your guest’s experience from the start, which in turn will make your wedding day one that your guests will love attending and will remember fondly for years to come. 

 

Make sure your guests will be comfortable at your outdoor ceremony

This is so simple, yet often gets overlooked when the focus is solely on aesthetics. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a designer, I’m all about aesthetics, but I believe even the most beautiful view and the most exceptional design elements combined will fall flat if people are too uncomfortable to appreciate it.

If it’s a hot day and you’re hosting your ceremony outdoors, provide shade in the ceremony area, if possible, either by setting up the ceremony under a nice tree canopy or by having it under a tent or existing structure. Make sure water and, if needed, bug spray is available for your guests upon arrival. You can also place small fans on each chair – these can also add a lovely design touch if done right.

If it’s a cold day and you’re outdoors, provide cozy blankets and if necessary, have heaters placed near the seating area. While feeling cold in a suit or formal gown is a lot less uncomfortable for a guest than being too hot in the same attire, it is still uncomfortable. You want guests to feel comfortable and excited while they anticipate the events of the evening.


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Provide comfortable seating at your reception 

Be thoughtful about the chairs you choose for the reception, not only because they’re important to help convey the design style, but also because they should be comfortable. Some chairs may be beautiful but prove incredibly uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time. The dining experience is a big part of the evening, but if guests are sitting uncomfortably while they eat, they likely won’t enjoy it as much. If fully cushioned chairs do not fit in the budget, it’s okay! You can still choose a chair within the budget that is comfortable to sit on.

As a bonus, provide lounge areas throughout the space if possible so guests can mingle in a more relaxed setting before and after dinner. Some people may worry that lounge areas will keep guests from hitting the dance floor, but I don’t find this to be true. People either like to dance or they don’t, and people who like dancing will not miss the chance to dance with everyone in lieu of sitting down.


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Have a solid timeline and avoid delays

Even the best timelines may run into small delays sometimes, and that’s normal, but having long delays that make your guests feel like their time is not being appreciated does not set the right mood. Even if you’re normally a fashionably late person, aim to walk down the aisle on time, especially if guests have been sitting outdoors. A delay of 10 or 15 minutes is understandable if something arises, but a much longer delay will have at least some of your guests restless and likely to start dispersing, causing even longer delays to the overall wedding timeline. Being on time with the events leading up to the reception will allow you to enjoy the reception without feeling rushed or incurring extra fees. Keeping a good timeline is good for everyone, but especially appreciated by your guests.  

In the end, people will always remember how they felt in any particular situation, that’s just how we work. It’s not about creating over-the-top experiences necessarily, but about being thoughtful. So keep good hospitality in mind as you plan your wedding and you’re sure to guarantee that your guests will have an amazing time and leave with fond memories of your wedding day.

This Couple’s Sophisticated Banff Wedding Was An Artistic Vision of Refined Romance!

Planning a wedding is an art form! Rebecca & Eric’s scenic wedding at the Fairmont Banff Springs was a pièce de résistance, drawing inspiration from the couple’s shared love for fine art and refined taste. Julianne Young Weddings brought their creative vision to life with an elegant neutral palette and playful pops of rich red & deep magenta. Soft linens and Foxglove Studios textured florals created a sophisticated backdrop for artistic focal points of hand stitched menus and sparkling gold rimmed décor and candles.  Admire an evening of refined romance that was truly a work of art in the full gallery by Justine Milton Photography.

From Justine Milton Photography… Rebecca & Eric dreamt of a sophisticated & romantic wedding day in the mountains with the backdrop of the “Castle in the Rockies”, the breathtaking Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. 

Their refined style and love for art inspired a modern yet playful colour palette of blush tones, neutrals, and a healthy balance of rich red and magenta, which popped elegantly against soft ivory florals and linens. The ceremony was set in the iconic Mt Stephen Hall of the hotel, with florals & pops of blush silk lining the aisle, which led to an elegant focal point of artistic & textured floral arrangements. 

After photos around the scenic Banff National Park, the couple returned to the ballroom to find a completely transformed setting of harvest tables and tall, elegant centerpieces. Hand stitched menus graced every guest’s plate, with unique gold rimmed decor pieces & candles to add a sparkle in the room.

Photography: Justine Milton Photography | Floral Design: Foxglove Studio | Cake: Kake by Darci | Stationery: Pink Umbrella Designs | Hair & Makeup: Lisa Marie Racz of Top Knot Brides | Lighting: Orange Frog Inc | Band: Side One | Cake Knife & Server: Anthropologie | Location: Fairmont Banff Springs | Monogram & Banner Design: Acétate La Boite | Musician: Deborah Nyack | Planning & Design: Julianne Young Weddings | Rentals: Modern Rentals

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A Modern Black And White Loft Wedding Brimming With Romance

Sleek, sophisticated, and refined, we’re loving everything about this black and white San Diego wedding. Held at a modern loft, Tres Chic Affairs worked with Amanda and Taylor to create an unforgettable wedding day filled with special touches like a mirrored DJ booth. Crisp white florals by Modern Bouquet filled the space with romance. You’ll love each and every detail exquisitely captured in the imagery by Natalie Bray Studios. Visit the full gallery for a closer look at all the fun.



From Tres Chic AffairsThe design for Amanda and Taylor’s wedding completely evolved since we began planning with a different season, different vibe and different venue. Their plan C venue was modern and minimalist. We decided to go with this vibe and keep things chic with all black and white.



The best detail was including a painting of the bookstore where Taylor proposed to Amanda and the hollowed out book that held the ring box. So romantic and so fun for their guests to see! Their new space really lent itself to a cool party vibe and still felt warm and inviting which can sometimes be hard to achieve in such modern spaces.



Some of my favorite elements were their sleek place settings, mirrored DJ booth, and crisp florals. These two gorgeous people were just as beautiful on the inside and truly remained committed to enjoying the process and remembering what was important throughout all the changes that were thrown their way.



Photography: Natalie Bray Studios | Event Planning: Tres Chic Affairs | Floral Design: Modern Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Spina Bride | wedding dress: Unbridaled by Dan Jones | Cake: VG Donuts | Reception Venue: Luce Loft | shoes: Marc Fisher | ring: test | Catering: Coast Catering | make up: unlimited beauty studio | Hair: m studio ssd | DJ: San Diego wedding DJ | venue: Luce Loft | Photography - Assistance: Ariel Min Photography | film lab: The Find Lab

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Above the Clouds, a Stunning Ceremony Overlooking the Hills of Malibu

With just 7 of their dearest and nearest there to witness, today’s beautiful couple exchanged vows above the clouds at one of our all time favorite venues – Malibu Rocky Oaks. With the help of Lavish Weddings, the bride designed her own wedding blooms consisting of neutral toned roses and pops of pampas grass, perfectly complimenting the pastel painted sky. To see all the swoon-worthy moments, head to the full gallery of inspiration all captured by the lovely Natalie Bray Studios.

What was your vision for your ceremony?

Malibu Rocky Oaks is truly breathtaking. It was my first choice for our wedding celebration pre-covid. Unfortunately we couldn’t move forward with the venue due to our 150 person guest list. Then in March of 2020 lockdown hit and our wedding plans came to a screeching halt. My then fiance and I were crushed but still wanted to celebrate our love on our day the way we had planned, however intimate the vow exchange may be. I took a chance and reached back out to Malibu Rocky Oaks and then this seemingly unattainable dream came to life. That day, above the clouds, in the watercolor sky declaring our love in front of 7 family members will go down as the best day of our lives. The gorgeous photographs captured by Natalie Bray and the stunning video by Spiritmade Visuals are priceless and take me right back to that incredible feeling. Christine from Lavish Weddings managed everything flawlessly so that we could enjoy every moment of our day.

Any details or decor reasoning?

We had a small window of time to set up the ceremony site so I put together the floral arrangements the night before and brought them to the venue. With a few quick instructions, Christine from Lavish Weddings executed my vision perfectly. I wanted the florals to appear like they were floating in air and the look fully came together with the crystal ghost chairs from APR Boutique Event Rentals

 

About your proposal?

Stephen and I had planned a trip to Italy with my parents to celebrate my 30th birthday and my father’s 60th. Our itinerary was to begin in Rome, then to a villa in Tuscany, then to a home in Sorrento with a 180 degree ocean view, then to gorgeous Capri and back to Rome. When we first arrived we checked into an exquisite boutique hotel in Rome called CasaCau and popped a bottle of Champagne. The following day we spent the morning exploring Rome and spent the afternoon visiting The Vatican. The last stop on our tour was St Peter’s Basilica where the ceiling by Michaelangelo left me in complete awe. On our way out, we wanted one more photo together in front of the Basilica during sunset. I handed my phone to my mom and asked my parents to take our photo. Stephen took out his film camera and handed me a small film canister and asked “can you help me open this?” Thinking nothing of it, I opened the film canister to find the most beautiful oval diamond ring at the bottom and when I looked up, Stephen was down on one knee. I cried, he cried and my parents were crying while doing their best to capture the moment on camera. Stephen proposed on the first official day of our vacation and we spent the rest of the trip celebrating our engagement all over beautiful Italy.

How you chose your gown?

My journey to finding “the dress” was a very long but fun one. Before ever trying anything on, I had a vision of what I wanted but was pleasantly surprised when I found what I felt looked best on my frame. I visited nearly every bridal boutique in San Diego and Los Angeles. I probably tried on a hundred dresses if not more. I’m an extremely picky person and the smallest details down to the thickness of a strap, or the beading could deter me from a dress entirely. When I tried on the Zimi gown by Jane Hill during their trunk show at Kinsley James in West Hollywood I was floored. The dress felt elegant, timeless, effortless and opulent all at the same time. Most importantly, I felt like my best self while wearing it. The dress is a work of art.

Photography: Natalie Bray Studios | Event Planning: Lavish Wed | Floral Design: By the bride | wedding gown: Jane Hill | Ceremony Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | shoes: Gucci | rings: Brilliant Earth | suit: Givenchy | earrings: Chanel | heels: Yves Saint Laurent | rentals: APR Event Rentals

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This Citrus Colored Country Club Wedding Is Sure To Steal Your Heart

Hues of orange, coral, tangerine, and peach delight at this Scottsdale wedding full of citrus charm. College sweethearts Cooper and Nicolle turned to Soiree Events Chicago to make their wildest wedding dreams a reality. The goal was to host friends and family at a destination wedding filled with special touches along the way, and from the ceremony set against the mountains to the reception filled with bright and enchantingly beautiful blooms by Mint Green Designs the couple did just that. Every joyful moment was lovingly captured in the elegant imagery by Elyse Hall Photography. Visit the full gallery to take a sip of sunshine.



From the bride… We met during a school competition last semester of our senior year in college. It only seemed meant to be as we met and fell in love doing what we loved most, design and construction, and being surrounded by some of our best friends.



After moving to different cities we stayed together and traveled long distance for two years and it was all very worth it and made us grow even closer. This was where Scottsdale, AZ became very special to us because we’d spend many weekends and holidays here together in the interim.



The main priority for us was to have our closest friends and family present, especially with what was still going on in the world at this time. To make it easy for everyone to travel to the destination and feel at ease for the evening. Our wedding vendors did just that! It all came together seamlessly with the help of our vendors making our vision into a reality.




Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Soiree Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Mint green Designs | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Shoes: Valentino | Make up: Make up & Glow by Whitney | Hair: Candice Davis | Band: WJC Music LLC | Country Club: The Country Club At Dc Ranch | Detachable skirt: Crystal Design | Linen: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Video: Sarah Palik Photography and Videography

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Soft Lavender Hues Make This California Wedding Endlessly Elegant

This California based editorial is everything we love about weddings. Radiant Love Events developed a color story including lavender and pale yellow to symbolize elegance, grace, and joy and the effect makes our hearts go pitter-patter. Azalea of Wild and Behold Florals brought the color story to life by using florals that consisted of soft purple hues. The romance of the day is artfully captured in the imagery by Victoria Masai Photography. Get lost in all the loveliness in the full gallery.



From Radiant Love EventsI wanted to create a romantic destination wedding weekend under the olive groves. Temecula is the perfect setting to plan for a weekend of wine, dine and celebrate.



Azalea Hsu owner of Wild and Behold Florals adorned the existing wooden backdrop with an asymmetrical floral design. The florals and greenery created a view that was organic and natural to the space.



It was my vision to create a guest reception tablescape that had an ambiance of romance and beauty ready for meaningful conversation. I wanted the tabletop pieces to welcome a guest experience of warmth and love. The blush-toned glassware and the beaded china were modern yet inviting.



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Photography: Victoria Masai Photography | Cinematography: Ricky Meyer Films | Floral Design: Wild and Behold Florals | Wedding Dress: NWLA | Cake: Tuberose Cake Studio | Ceremony Venue: Miho Catering | Reception Venue: Temecula Olive View Ranch | Rings: Hidden Space Jewelry | Catering: Miho Catering | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Beauty: Kylee Hudson | Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bride Model: Brooke T | Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca | Groom Model: Reagan P | Olive Oil & Soap: Temecula Olive Oil Company | Rentals: Adore Folklore | Ribbon: Tono + Co | Stationery and Calligraphy: The Paper Mint Press | Tabletop Rentals: Catalog Atelier | Wedding Planning, Design & Stylist: Radiant Love Events

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Fashionistas Will Love The Chic Details and Bow-Accented Gown of These College Sweethearts’ Modern Affair!

These two college sweethearts tied the knot —  with a pretty bow! Nobody can object that the most Vogue-worthy part of this modern occasion was the bride’s blush Alexia Maria gown, accented with a dramatic bow (which Elle Woods would totally wear to her wedding)! George Abrams Events expertly styled Maggie & Trent’s affair at the Royal Palms Resort with a palette of pinks, blues, and white, juxtaposing sleek table settings with the blooming beauty of Floral Bella’s arrangements. Fashionistas — find all the style savvy wedding inspiration you need in the full gallery, chicly captured by Elyse Hall Photography.

From the Bride… Our love story began at the University of Arizona (Bear Down!), where we were college athletes on the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Trent is from Cape Town, South Africa, and I (Maggie) am from Phoenix, Arizona. We would’ve never crossed paths if it weren’t for the game of tennis that brought us both to Tucson. We met on the very first day of school and instantly knew that we both felt a feeling that neither had ever felt before. 

We would do anything to see each other, even if it meant occasionally skipping class so that we could spend even a few minutes together. Falling in love with each other was undeniably one of the best feelings in the world. After graduation, we were both fortunate enough to land jobs in Phoenix, where we took the next step and moved in together. 

A couple of months after our move, Trent planned an elaborate surprise proposal involving my family and coworkers, which involved him surprising me in my special education preschool classroom where I teach while my family and friends hid in the room. On the morning of our third anniversary, I was utterly shocked when I opened the door to find him down on one knee in my classroom and asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. 

And my shock only doubled when my whole entire family and my best friend, who flew in for the occasion from Chicago, hopped out from behind cubbies to celebrate us right away. It was truly the most memorable moment of our lives. After almost two years of waiting and three date changes, we were finally able to have the wedding of our dreams, and it was absolutely worth it!

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Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Videography: Good Vibe Media | Wedding Planner: George Abrams Events. | Floral Design: Flora Bella AZ | Wedding Dress: Alexia Maria | Cake: A Bake Shop | Invitations: The Paper Place | Invitations: Oblations Paper | Jewelry: Cartier | Hotel: Royal Palms Resort | Reception Music: The JJ's Band | Rentals: Cre8ive Event Rentals

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Take In The Breathtaking Scenery of This Couple’s Sleek & Sophisticated Wedding!

What a view! The sweeping scenery of Eleanor & David’s ceremony took their guests’ breath away. Labellum Flowers adorned the Big Sky canvas with a chuppa encased in blooming roses & hydrangeas. Bash Bozeman created a mountainside masterpiece and blended sleek sophistication, inspired the bride’s beaded Oscar de la Renta gown, with details that showcased the couple’s fun personalities — like welcome bags with their favorite tequila and a custom-made boardwalk by Tailored and Tied! Take in the love that filled the mountain air at the full gallery, beautifully shot by Orange Photographie.

From Orange Photographie…The bride custom ordered her blush Roger Vivier heels to go along with her beaded Oscar de la Renta gown. The delicate beading on the dress then served as the inspiration behind the icing appliqué on the cake created by Elle’s Belles Bakery. The couple opted to not have a wedding party and focused on getting ready with and pampering their closest friends. It was the best of both worlds, as they were able to spend time with their closest friends, and those friends didn’t have to worry about the added stress of formal wedding party duties. 

Welcome bags for family and friends included the couple’s favorite tequila, locally made granola, and sugar cookies from Elle’s Belles (the cake baker) with the couple’s custom logo.

The couple’s ceremony took place near the venue’s helipad, which has sweeping views overlooking the Spanish Peaks range, as well as the iconic Lone Mountain peak. Guests walked down a custom boardwalk created by Tailored and Tied toward the chuppah that had been adorned by Labellum Flowers with heaps of roses, hydrangeas, hops, and foliage. 

After the ceremony, champagne and Miller High Life was offered to the guests on the helipad during their pre-cocktail hour. The formal cocktail hour took place under the pines in what the club calls their “treehouse.” The seating chart was a table was adorned with flower-filled glass cloches and custom acrylic blocks with the guests’ table assignments. Once inside the tent, guests dined on beef tenderloin and local trout and danced the night away to the sounds of Ground Control, part of Elan Artists family.

Photography: Orange Photographie | Cinematography: Mighty Fine | Event Planning: Bash Bozeman | Floral Design: Labellum | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Elles Belles Bakery | Invitations: August & Stone Design Co. | Makeup: Fumi Makeup | Hair: Brooklynn Studio | Band: Elan Artists | Groom's Attire: Commonwealth Proper | Ceremony Rentals: Tailored And Tied | Photobooth: Big Sky Photo Booth

Brilliant Earth Helps You Sparkle (Without Stealing the Spotlight From the Bride)!

ATTN: all bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, and wedding guests! Who says you can’t sparkle without taking away the shine from the bride on her special day?! You can keep the spotlight on the bride while wearing beautiful, eco-friendly Brilliant Earth jewelry that compliments your wedding ensemble and looks amazing with your everyday style after the big day!

Brides — honor your ‘maids with pieces they’re bound to fall in love with and wear for years to come! Brilliant Earth has stunning jewelry options for bridal parties that are fit for every style, color, texture, and pattern of gowns. The Silver Engravable Diamond Bar Pendant is the perfect combination of posh and personalized — it’s the sweetest and sleekest accessory for completing a bridesmaid’s look! Or, you can add a little twinkle to your bridal party with the North Star Pendant. For an extra special and sentimental touch, customize each of your girls’ necklaces with their birthstone!

For those attending a wedding, it’s all about making an effortless statement. Accessorize your ensemble with sophisticated pieces and a subtle glam feel. The 18K Yellow Gold Marseille Hoop Earrings, Silver Premium Akoya Cultured Pearl Bracelet, and Silver Riata Diamond Pendant look classically chic without being over the top. Truly timeless and wearable for so many occasions, Brilliant Earth has jewelry for guests that never goes out of style!

Parents of the happy couple play such an important part in the magic and love of wedding days! Mothers (and soon-to-be mothers-in-law) of the bride want to celebrate their children’s wedding with a special and elegant look! Brilliant Earth has pieces that are the very definition of luxury and refinement — like the Bronte Diamond Earrings, Mina Pendant, and 18K White Gold Oval Halo Diamond Pendant. For those who prefer jewelry that is more subdued yet still beyond beautiful, the Martini Studs and Diamond Tennis Bracelet will dress you up with undeniable grace!

Bring people together with love, style, sustainability, and sparkle! Brilliant Earth has something for everyone in and at the wedding with a variety of jewelry styles and price points. With an environmental consciousness and durable quality, the pieces will be as everlasting as the union so that you can glisten with brilliance on special occasions and on the regular day-to-day!

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This Is How You Bring an Exquisite Italian Wedding Stateside

In love with all things Italy? Us too! Leave it to a Lauren Fair workshop to show us how to create all of the appeal of an Italian wedding without leaving the states. Filled with olive groves, lavender fields, and tons of charm Allegretto Winery set the scene for this spectacular day designed by Always Yours Events and Lauren Fair Photography. From the bridal bouquet to the stunning tablescape, flowers by Bows and Arrows Florals are sure to take your breath away. The artful imagery by Chelsey And Jordan Photography beautifully captures the elegance of the day. You’ll fall in love with every last detail in the full gallery.



From Chelsey And Jordan PhotographyThis exquisite stateside destination wedding inspiration from Lauren Fair’s photography workshop showcases a beautiful Italian-inspired wedding venue, blooming lavender fields, and gorgeous olive groves in beautiful California. Allegretto Winery was the perfect backdrop as it boasts a stunning chapel, olive groves, and rows of vineyard grapes.



Keri with Always Yours Events leaned into jewel-toned greens and punches of color that complement the Italy aesthetic. As guests sit in the courtyard, they share a meal under the twinkling lights and warm sun setting behind them.



Bows and Arrows Florals created floral designs that are good enough to eat! They created a tablescape that brings out the beauty of the Italian countryside brought to California. This wedding design inspires couples to embrace a locations’ unique aspects and lean into the colors and textures that surround them.



Photography: Chelsey And Jordan Photography | Event Design: Always Yours Events | Event Planning & Design: Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Wedding Dress: Madebride by Antonea | Stationery: Inquisited | Wedding Venue: Allegretto Winery | Beauty: The Face Of Beauty US | Linens & Napkins: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Workshop Host: Lauren Fair Photography

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Celebrity Pro Surf Legend And Hollywood Stuntman Exchange Vows At Cliffside California Wedding

Known around the world for its well formed long ride ocean waves, Rincon Point was the perfect place for celebrity pro surf legend and star of MTV’s “Surf Girls” Mary Osborne to wed Hollywood stuntman Lance Gilbert. The couple knew it was going to be the ride of their lives. They turned to Diana Dorsey to bring their elegant coastal vision to life and the result is nothing short of breathtaking. Blooms by Sirce filled the heartfelt wedding by the sea with bright and beautiful blooms that are sure to make you smile. The love of the day shines in the elegant imagery by Melisa Hall. Take a trip to sunny California the full gallery.



From the bride… Being a pregnant bride on my wedding day, made me feel absolutely gorgeous. There was something much more unique and special about getting dolled up and showing off my pregnancy bump. It felt truly special walking down the aisle with my baby inside of me experiencing a truly magical moment in front of our closest family and friends. I never imagined getting married or being pregnant having both at the same time was truly a dream come true.



The beach house is a place I will always call home and has so many significant memories for me growing up. I couldn’t think of a better place to bring our closest family and friends together (especially after Covid), in the backyard of our family beach house overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was the perfect private location to celebrate this magnificent day. It also really made me feel like my late father was there looking over us and so proud of the home he worked so hard to create 40 years ago for our family. 



I loved the idea of having our sweetheart table under my dad’s tree he planted for my brothers and me as a child. As the sunset, my mouth dropped in awe when I saw how stunning the tree was lit. I loved every moment of the day and I remember it vividly like it was yesterday.



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Photography: Blue Note Weddings | Videography: Blue Note Weddings | Event Planning: Diana Dorsey | Floral Design: Blooms by Sirce | Wedding Dress: Made With Love | Cake: Icing Boutique | Invitations: Inquisited | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: The Necklace | Hair: Danielle Boshoff | Groom's Attire: Armani | Beauty: Bunny Boutique & Wax Bar | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Private Estate: Chateau De Solimar | Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals | Singer: Cotton Lifestyles

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The Epitome of Traditional Elegance at the Armour House in Chicago

Today’s wedding day is for the classic brides at heart. This brunette beauty and her handsome groom tied the knot in an idyllic outdoor ceremony at the Armour House in Chicago, planned by Mindy Gurwin. From the romantic garden setting to the cascading floral-adorned staircase at their candlelit reception – every detail of their day exudes timeless style. Don’t miss out on the full gallery of inspiration, all taken by bonphotage!

From the bride…We met on my first day at work and have been attached at the hip ever since! After working together for 1 week, Trevor slid into my Instagram DMs and asked me on our first date – as he puts it “shooters shoot.” A year later, we got engaged in Bali and couldn’t wait to start planning our dream wedding.

A few months before our wedding date, covid hit and we had to make the difficult decision to postpone our wedding to the following year. In the end, our day was perfect and worth the wait! 

Trevor and I always agreed that we wanted an outside ceremony at a timeless and classic venue. We saw a few venues and immediately fell in love with Armour House and knew we had to get married there. We also wanted the flow of our wedding day to be seamless for our guests to have everything at one location – ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. 

For florals and decor, I love a minimalist aesthetic with tons of romance. We chose light blush peonies and eucalyptus as our florals and couldn’t have been happier with how it all came together.

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Photography: bonphotage | videography: bonphotage | Event Planning: mindy gurwin | Floral Design: thistle and plume | dress: Sarah Seven | cupcakes: Molly's Cupcakes | Ceremony Venue: Armour House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Brideside | makeup: Makeup By Jaycie | tuxedo: Enzo Custom | music: Okyne Media Lab | veil: Percy Handmade

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