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A Wedding Editorial Inspired by Art Nouveau Era Perfume Ads

Today’s stunning editorial captured by Lace and Luce, was inspired by European perfume advertisements in the 1920’s – I mean, how cool is that? Toast Events brought their vision to life with every thoughtful detail, including crystal etched and antique perfume bottles as favors and a DIY Parfumerie bar where guests could create their own personal scent. For more inspiration, head on over to the full gallery of images!

From Lace and Luce Inspired by the Art Nouveau era perfume ads, we desired to create an editorial to radiate the change of the season from Spring to Summer. 

Wanting to use the idea of fragrance and how it evokes memories our main elements consisted of highlighting the abundance of arching florals to the essence of our delicate blooms creating fragrance in form of a parfumerie infused shoot. 

Careful attention was made in the creation of crystal etched and antique perfume bottles as favors, a DIY Parfumerie bar where guests could create their own personal scent, and an art-deco inspired hand painted floral canvas which resembled European perfume advertisement in the 1920’s.

Photographer: Lace & Luce | Videographer: Chris | Planner: Toast Events | Florals: The Gathering Event Company | Dress : Fairy Dreams Bridal | Cake: The Cake Whisperer | Invitations: Lettering by GRG | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Sugar Cane and Co | Rings: Stor by Margot | Make-up: One Fine Beauty | Hair Stylist: Showpony Hair | Venue: Ottawa Art Gallery | Charger Plates: Amy & Jen | Decor: Lavish Events | Dress Designer: Liz Martinez Bridal | Lettering/Mural: Chalked By Mabz  | OAG: Ottawa Art Gallery

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Allow This Gorgeous Santorini Day to Make Eloping the Easiest Decision Ever

During this crazy COVID time,  more and more couples are celebrating their special day with only their closest circle – or even just them two! The amount of stunning intimate affairs we’ve seen over the past few months has been a silver lining for us here at SMP. Secretly, we’re kind of excited for elopement style celebrations to continue when this is all over! I mean, how can you blame us when the results look like THIS?! We’re swooning over today’s cliffside ceremony in Santorini planned by Jennifer Fox Weddings. If you’re on the fence about eloping, please allow this gorgeous day to convince you – all captured by Molly Carr Photography!

From Molly Carr Photography… Nicole & Chris are a US-based couple whose love of travel paired with their adventurous spirit brought them all the way to the sun-drenched, idyllic island of Santorini, Greece to celebrate their elopement wedding. The mood of their elopement was gentle, intentional, gracious and romantic… Elegant and sophisticated… A coming together of two people whose love and appreciation of nature just accented the majestic beauty of the Cycladic island. This was a major inspiration behind the design and feel of their wedding. They specifically chose Oia because of its picturesque beaches, its tranquil feeling of romance and its breathtaking sunsets. 

The overall design inspiration was taken from the multicolored hues of the ethereal sunset. The sunset in Oia is full of so many pastel hues that it’s reminiscent of rainbow-colored sorbet! Their ceremony took place on a private balcony at Oia Canaves Suites that looked out over the Aegean Sea. Instead of having a classic arch which would have obstructed the view, they chose to have a grounded horseshoe arch to stand in the middle of while exchanging their vows. 

With beauty by Harold James Hair & Makeup Artist, Nicole looked like a Greek-goddess in her Elizabeth Fillmore gown, draped in the finest silk that perfectly reflected the majestic Santorini light. The custom calligraphy and stationery pieces were oh so dreamy. Shasta Bell Calligraphy lovingly created everything from the Greek island illustration down to the custom-made box which beautifully presented each of the handmade paper goods. Early on in the planning, Chris secretly reached out to their wedding planner, Jennifer Fox of Avec Weddings and Events, and asked advice as to how to surprise Nicole. 

They came up with the idea of a handwritten love note that she would discover when they sat down for their wedding dinner. Needless to say, it was a slam dunk, and there was not a dry eye in the house! Once at their dinner venue, Mystique Hotel Santorini, the balcony was all dressed up for their private dinner for two. Glass urn lanterns were used to give the space a more organic ambiance and lemon yellow colored candles adorned the table. Each place setting was designated by a shell with the couple’s first name as well as the love note on each plate. Seafoam colored linen napkins were gently tied to accent the marble dinner plate and contemporary flatware. The finishing touch was a stunning floral arrangement that perfectly complemented the pastel-hued sunset, designed by Betty Flowers Santorini.

Photography: Molly Carr Photography | Event Planning: Jennifer Fox Weddings | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Invitations: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Ceremony Venue: Canaves Oia | Reception Venue: Mystique Hotle | Rings: Harry Winston | Hair & Makeup: Harold James | Groom's Attire: Armani | Bridal Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

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Exclusive Château De La Gaude Wedding Inspiration, a Provence Venue Never Seen Before!

Ever dream about tying the knot in the South of France but have no idea where to start looking for a venue? Well, you’re in luck. Because we just found Provencal heaven and its called Château de la Gaude; a newly renovated 17th century chateau. It’s truly the perfect mix of french luxury and countryside charm fit for a destination wedding of any style. For more inspiration, head on over to the full gallery to see all the details from this gorgeous day planned by White Eden Weddings – captured perfectly by Oliver Fly!

From White Eden Weddings… If you have ever been in Provence, you know how many gems can host your destination wedding in the South of France. What you probably don’t know is the Château de la Gaude; this Provencal heaven was built in the 17th century near Aix-en-Provence and has just been renovated. The wonderful team of the Château opened its doors to our creative team in order to design and host an event set-up, and tell for the very first time the story of a destination wedding at the Château de la Gaude.

The wedding venue defines the frame of a destination wedding, and can be – when as beautiful as this French Château – the central focus and source of inspiration. Never seen before on a wedding set-up, the Château de la Gaude has been a major piece of a consistent puzzle, designed to embrace the very French authenticity of the Château and its gardens twisted with the fashion, timeless and bold touches brought all together for this perfect summer day in Provence.

Magnificently captured by the talented Oliver Fly & MG Image, our refined interlude in Provence shows how from a romantic love story can result a tailor-made luxury french wedding experience, filled with details, infused by the South of France and providing lifetime yet different memories.

Speaking of memories, we truly believe that a bespoke welcome bag is the perfect attention to warmly welcome your close ones. This one was made of local treats, a bottle of Rosé wine from the Château, fresh florals. You said « details »? Wait for the best, these provencal bags were hosting hand made edible paper flowers created by Made in Cake and packed in individual boxes made to measure by Crème de Papier and stamped with the graphics of the Chateau’s french gardens.

As destination wedding planners & designers, we anticipate the styling as the answer to several questions. How to embrace the couple’s style? What does it take here to create a refined & consistent experience? How to make sure that every part of the celebration will be remembered for the best? Most of these elements are very personal on weddings, and this editorial was the best occasion to bring creative answers.

Now that the guests were infused with Provence and especially this little heaven that Chateau de la Gaude is, we wanted to design an organic, simple and classic ceremony set-up. We chose to go with a lush start of the aisle, with compositions of diverse white flowers to pop-up from the grass of the gardens and match the amplitude of the three meters high arch, beautifully designed by the very talented Miss Rose by Perrine.

The color palette and soft tones have been chosen in order to give a timeless & extremely refined base to the design. While being consistent with the environment of the Château, the colors were contrasting with the green of the french gardens but matching the softness of the château’s facade providing the necessary consistency on a wedding design.

The bold part of the styling surely was the black details (mostly brought thought the table setting & candle holders) enhanced by delicate black berries & fruits displayed on the head table. In order to balance these black tones and provide some softness to the overall, Perrine has incorporated little touches of cream and soft pink, in her gorgeous florals, themselves perfectly matching the bespoke menus and the floral napkins.

We went on a little bit more classic style for the guests’ tables, with two distinct scenarios, playing with textures and patterns but keeping the same colors and consistency with the florals and table setting.

The beautiful wedding cake, designed by Made in Cake, was incredibly delicate and matching the softness of the overall styling. Displayed on a velvet linen, the scene truly gave the impression that this piece of art was preciously floating above the gardens.

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Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Videographer: MG Image | Floral Designer: Miss Rose By Perrine | Dress: Nicole+Felicia couture | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Jewelry: Louis Julian Cannes | Hair Stylist: Alejandra Nerizagal | Tuxedo: Rives | Vintage Car: Provence Classics | Bridal Boutique: Top Bridal Paris | Cake Designer: Made In Cake | Chateau: Chateau de la Gaude | Linens: Nuage Designs | Make up Artist: Ylva Langenskiold | Planning & Design: White Eden Weddings | Rentals: Be Lounge | Rentals: Options | Ring Box: Je Promis

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The Secret to Making a Major Statement With Your Reception Decor

Truth be told, once the COVID-19 catastrophe came into our lives, we had some trouble with the word “reception” (and all of its semantic cousins: event, party, soiree, etc.). Social distancing protocol and guest count restrictions have a way of doing that – making a wedding reception sound kind of like an oxymoron, right? But we’ve since changed our tune, because couples are celebrating their love just as powerfully as they would have during pandemic-less times, no matter how many people are present at said party! Big or small, intimate or extravagant, a reception is a reception is a reception as long as there is a reason to revel, and there’s no better occasion to do so than when two people commit to forever-lasting love. 

Photography by Leila Brewster Photography

Whatever kind of reception you’re readying yourself for, you can turn up the delight factor of the fete by incorporating intentional and design-elevating decor. Our exclusive collection of [style me] pretty things is replete with items that will make a statement regardless of the scale of your wedding reception. From backdrops to banners, spherical pendants to signature signage, if it’s a mood you’re after, we can help you make it.

We have our favorite products, of course, but before those plugs, we thought it’d be fun to qualify what makes some of the best statements:

Meaningful touches.

These are always important, but especially now, with more intimate weddings and close-knit affairs, meaningful touches and elements that speak directly to you as a couple have so much impact. Maybe it’s having bits of pieces of your first song lyrics emblazoned over your sweetheart table or a quote that you two live for blown up for your besties to read and believe in. 

 

Nods to your new titles.

A newly-minted marriage means new titles for you and your partner. Speaking from experience, we all can remember being introduced as “Mrs.” for the first time and how big our smiles were as a result. So, any decor that can do the most with this new milestone is a win in our books! #finallyaMrandMrs. Same goes for looks that keep “love” in the limelight: you wouldn’t be the new mister or missus without it, so love loudly ❤️.


An aesthetic that goes above and beyond.

Quite literally above and beyond in some regards. Anything that you can hang or string up will immediately draw all the eyes. Collaborating with your vendor team to bring in floral features to up the ante of some of your post-aisle accents is also a surefire statement-making move.


We’re pretty obsessed with our reception assortment, and we can’t wait to see all the wow moments you’re working on – whether your wedding is for a larger crew, just a few [fam and friends], or only the two of you! Get your Style Me Pretty Collection shopping on right now! 

Danielle Halibey is a writer, editor, and publicist living in New Jersey. She has been immersed in the world of weddings since planning her own whimsical, romantic affair in 2014. And isn’t that what they always say, “those who can’t do, teach?” Well, once her nuptials were over, she still had stuff in the ‘I Do’ industry to do. She writes regularly for top wedding blogs including Style Me Pretty and Wedding Chicks, and has garnered millions of press impressions for brands in the wedding space: fashion, beauty, wedding talent+tastemakers and more. 

Full Service, Partial, Month-of? Here’s How To Decide Which Planning Option Is Right For You

Before you rack your brains with all the details, you’ll want to enjoy your engagement. It’s an incredible relationship milestone to reach, and one that shouldn’t be rushed. So, have the champagne, embrace all that comes with your new soon-to-be-wed status, and don’t jump in before you’ve appropriately freaked out (in all the best ways). You’ll get to the big things below, but you won’t want to overlook “the little things” that are super special and meaningful along the way. Now that we’ve settled that – let’s jump into what kind of wedding planning help is the best fit for you! For more planning advice – get your SMP ultimate planning guide today!


Photography by Jen Huang Photography

Difference between Wedding Planners, Designers, and Coordinators:

While often used interchangeably, the terms “designer,” “planner,” and “coordinator” mean different things in the wedding world. When you hire someone, it’s important to know exactly what roles they fill and which services they offer. Some services are more affordable than others, so even if you can’t afford a full-service planner, you still may be able to hire a coordinator that can take some weight off your shoulders. 

 

Wedding Planner

A wedding planner organizes and manages all the logistics of your day. Normally, couples work with this individual and his or her team  from the beginning (or near the beginning) of the process. Depending on the package you choose, this could include venue tours, vendor negotiation and management, timeline creation, budget management, etc. These professionals are the OG “I Do” ideators.  

 

Wedding Designer

A wedding designer is focused on the style and aesthetic of your day. They don’t negotiate with vendors or schedule timelines, but they can help choose decor details like linens and tableware, manage rentals, create a floor plan, and bring together the look and feel of your day. These professionals are the visual visionaries. 

 

Wedding Coordinator

A wedding coordinator takes on the logistics of the day after you’ve planned them. They can help finalize vendor contracts and schedule the day, but won’t be there to help early on in the process. Their job is to help things run as smoothly as possible on the month, week, and days leading up to the wedding. These professionals are the ones who execute and troubleshoot the day you tie the knot. 


Photography by Luna de Mare Photography

Difference between Full Service, Partial and Month of:

Full Service Planning, Design and Coordination

Full service pros are just that: full-service! They’ll take the lead on essentially everything, from setting your budget to sussing out design plans, handpicking your venue and vendors, managing your guest list, reviewing and negotiating contracts, and creating manageable timelines to keep you on track with all of your to-dos. They’ll be there every step along the way and continue to be all-hands-on-deck when it comes to the actual day itself. 

 

Partial Planning and Coordination

If you like the idea of being more hands-on with your wedding planning, but still want some help, partial planning and coordination may be the route for you! Most wedding planning companies offer partial planning and coordination. 

 

Month of Coordination

Month of coordination services aren’t there to help you choose or secure vendors, or design the look and feel of the day. However, they do help pull all the details together and make sure things run smoothly on the day of the wedding. While everyone’s preferences and needs will be different, we strongly recommend that you hire a planner for month of coordination, if nothing else. Asking a cousin or friend to fill that role can end up with less than ideal results, and you want to make sure that they can enjoy the festivities too!

“There is a distinct difference between a wedding planner provided by a venue and a dedicated planner like myself. Wedding planners from a venue make sure their in-house services are on schedule and organized for your event. An independent planner is dedicated to executing the client’s overall vision and designing the event from start to finish. My role is to act solely on behalf of my client, every step of the way—to create an immersive experience reflective of each couple.” – Kate, Kate Siegel Fine Events

Photography by Natalie Cheng Photography

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A Ballroom Reception Done Oh So Right at the Rosewood Miramar Beach

When wedding powerhouses like Jose Villa, Details Event Planning and Toast Santa Barbara are on your vendor team – you know it’s going to be good. No… more like perfect. Today’s gorgeous Rosewood Miramar Beach wedding is the epitome of classic elegance from beginning to end, with breathtaking ocean views to top it all off. Oh, and did we mention the bride’s knockout Monique gown? Yeah, it’s all too good. If you’re looking for some stunning traditional wedding inspo that rivals Charlotte York’s when she married Harry, then head on over to the full gallery to fall in love with every can’t-miss detail.

Hannah and Andrew wed at the stunning Rosewood Miramar Beach. With breathtaking mountain and ocean views, not much else is needed. Their ceremony was filled with florals designed by Toast in a neutral palette for a simple, yet sophisticated look.

Lush arrangements lined the aisle and white ceremony chairs perfectly complimented the draped arbor that was adorned in greenery and florals. Hannah and Andrew pulled out all the stops with the help Details Event Planning to make for a memorable experience. 

Following their ceremony, guests enjoyed fun passed hors d’oeuvres and a sushi bar. Their reception took place indoors in a ballroom setting equally as gorgeous as their ceremony site thanks to rentals from Bright Event Rentals and Theoni. 

Hudson Horns kept guests dancing into the night and an ice cream bar was the icing on the cake to ensure a great time was had by all! Jose Villa Photography and Robert Michael Films were there to capture all the details that we hope you enjoy below! 

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Photographer: Jose Villa Photography | Videographer: Robert Michael Films | Planner: Details Event Planning | Florals: TOAST Santa Barbara | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Hair: Liz Sustaita | Band: Hudson Horns | Venue: Rosewood Miramar Beach | Invitation and Printed Goods: Papel Paper & Press | Photo Booth: Mir Mir | Rehearsal Dinner Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals : Bright Event Rentals | Wedding Submission Services: Published Pretty

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This Wedding Proves That When It Comes to Wedding Decor – Sometimes Opposites Attract!

Well folks, it looks like opposites attract in love and weddings. The bride is all about simple, understated, classic. The groom? Quite the opposite! So, lucky for them, the planning wizards at Event Bliss Design knew exactly how to combine the two styles to create an effortlessly elegant day, with a subtle dose of extravagance. Dying to see how it all came out? Then get your pinning fingers ready and head on over to the full gallery – all taken by Alee Glieberman Photography.

From Alee Gleiberman Photography Vanessa & Carlos chose The Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach for its beauty and modern design. The Betsy is a classic gem on South Beach that kept all of its Miami Art-Deco charm. They have a gorgeous rooftop where Vanessa & Carlos said their I do’s. Their reception space is a modern courtyard full of endless possibilities for transformation. They chose white florals mixed with a ton of greenery.

Farm style tables mixed with a mixture of wood chairs and modern clear back chairs were waiting for their guests for dinner. Vanessa is a lover of all things details and she spent a lot of love and time on picking out every detail involved in her big day. This was a destination wedding for these two New Yorkers and The Betsy was the best landing spot for all of their out of town guests to have the best Miami wedding experience they could have asked for!

From the Bride… It was so important that our wedding day represented us both – this was no easy task as we are so opposite! Carlos is Mr. Over The Top – he loves everything big and loud, just like his personality! Vanessa is the opposite – quiet, simple, understated, clean and classic. We chose The Betsy because it felt like a good balance of both, the Miami Beach flavor but still elegant and timeless. We LOVE going to the beach, it is one of our favorite things to do together. Our wedding/reception music represents us, too! Carlos is a born and bred Harlem boy (Newyorican) and Vanessa is a Dominican girl raised in Miami, so lots of Spanish flavor, lots of New York, lots of Miami in the room! Carlos will be entering the ceremony to Empire State of Mind (by Alicia Keys/JayZ). 

Our parent dances will represent us as such – Carlos will be dancing Puerto Rican salsa with his mom, and Vanessa will be dancing a traditional Dominican Merengue with her dad. We are doing day-of gifts for each other, which we will send to each others getting ready spaces in the daytime. We have an after-party that is strictly 90’s hip hop from 11pm-1am in the BBar (downstairs lounge of The Betsy) with a pizza bar. This is inspired by Carlo’s Harlem/NY roots and both our love for 90’s hip-hop. Our favors are Guava and Cheese donuts from The Salty Donut, so that’s a little Miami flavor Our cake topper will be a little Superman and Wonder Woman couple to represent our geekiness – we love all things Marvel/DC Comics, Star Wars, Harry Potter- we love to geek out together!

Stationary: Champagne Press | Hair & Makeup: Gia Despo Hair & Make Up | Entertainment : AA Musicians | Venue: The Betsy Hotel | Cigar Roller: Cigar Stud Events | Desert: Ana Paz | Donuts: The Salty Donut | PhotoBooth: Hipstr | Rentals: Pialisa | Wedding Photographer: Alee Gleiberman Photography | Wedding Planner & Florist: Event Bliss Design

The Perfect Blend of Rustic & Romantic at Brasswood Bar + Kitchen in Northern California

Today’s wedding in wine country at Brasswood Bar + Kitchen planned by Prim Event Studio is the perfect example of what happens when rustic style meets romantic details – creating one unforgettably inspiring day. Amanda Vidmar blew us away with her floral creations, from a blooming “un-finished” arbor to organic reception centerpieces complete with moody pops of pink. Lucky for us, we can live vicariously through the full gallery captured by The de Jaureguis.

From Morgan of Prim Event StudioBrook and Harrison were married on May 11, 2019 at Brasswood in Saint Helena – the heart of wine country. This New York couple knew they wanted to get married in Northern California, where Harrison is from. After searching high and low, they fell in love with Brasswood and the modern rusticness of the space, and the idea of bringing their guests near and far to such an iconic location in the Napa Valley. They were also looking for a venue with a grand aspect, and Brasswoods huge fireplace and oversized round chandeliers in the dining space did the trick! B + H met the new age way – online. They were engaged on their three year anniversary outside of the bar where they first met in NYC, and where they also shared their first kiss.

Harrison proposed with a handmade ring box out of an old book, reminiscent of another book he intricately carved out the middle of in a topographic pattern that he gave to Brook on their first anniversary with a gift inside — he is quite the romantic! Meanwhile, Brook is equally romantic, having always been the one her friends say “loves love” and has been chasing visions of what her dream wedding would be like. Needless to say, we needed to bring the romance to their wedding day and went with a vision of organic and natural romance to guide our design decisions. We selected light gray, shades of whites and cream, greenery and blush to pull through with wood and metal accents. Our stationery was very romantic with a luxe organic paper featuring hand torn edges, paired with a modern and whimsical script font and delicate graphic leaves that felt reflective of wine country and springtime. 

The hand torn edges played up both a natural feel as well as romance. We utilized wine bottles with guest names and tables attached to the front which felt like a natural decision, considering the location they selected to get married. Brook’s wedding dress was extra special by allowing the full skirt to be removed before kicking off the dancing. With Brook’s style more feminine, we selected a light pink for the bridesmaids dresses and a complimentary navy blue for Harrison and his groomsmen. Our florals also changed progressively throughout the event – starting with all personal florals all white blooms, moving into the ceremony guests were greeted with a beautiful fountain full of blooms and a ceremony floral display that built on the white florals and now also incorporated shades of light pink and blush. As guests moved into cocktail hour and dinner, they were welcomed with even deeper shades of pink and the introduction of more colorful flowers to allow more playfulness. 

Brook and Harrison had a dear friend officiate and another friend provide a reading. Guests were also invited to shower the couple with rose petals as B+H made their way back down the aisle and the petals were contained in cones of book pages, paying homage to the beautiful books Harrison had carved and crafted for Brook. During cocktail hour guests enjoyed a full bar and cocktails on the beautiful patio. During dinner, Brook and Harrison opted for a family style meal, catered by the venue, paired with a dessert bar and cutting cake from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. Following dinner, B+H shared their first dance to John Legend’s “Stay With You” and an epic dance party ensued.

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Photography: The de Jaureguis | Videographer: Josh Harney | Event Planning: Prim Event Studio | Floral Design: Amanda Vidmar | Cake: Bouchon Bakery | Invitations: August + White | Hair and Make up: Makeup By Quis | DJ: Dart Collective | Venue: Brasswood Estate | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Brasswood Estate | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | valet: CPA Valet

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An Organic Lakeside Celebration in New York for the Sweetest Couple

For Nick and Kevin, an elegant tented celebration at their family’s lake house was the perfect recipe for their special day. And thanks to the planning wizards at Simply Beautiful Events, their wedding dreams became reality. Arena’s decorated their day in plum and evergreen blooms complete with two breathtaking living chandeliers, completely transforming their tented reception. Head on over to the full gallery captured by Alexandra Elise Photography for all the inspiration, and don’t miss the groom’s write-up below for the best wedding planning advice.

From the Photographer… I met Nick & Kevin in Washington D. C. For their engagement session in the city that they call home. I love getting to know my couples personally but also in front of the camera before wedding day. Nick & Kevin’s wedding day was focused so much on their closest family and friends and I loved the inside scoop of hearing all of their stories before wedding day. Kelli, owner & lead designer at Simply Beautiful Events has planned weddings multiple times during this same first weekend in August for the same family at the lake, making Nick & Kevin’s wedding extra special. Building relationships is so important in the wedding industry. We want to create the most personal and beautiful day specifically for you and your loved ones and building a relationship strengthens that personal bond and brings in a trust factor. This was so evident on Nick & Kevin’s wedding day. Living in DC, they were planning from afar, but they had all their trust in Simply Beautiful events and the rest of their carefully selected vendor team. 

From Nick… We met on an online dating app in December of 2015 (Like all good millennials do haha). Originally we talked about just hanging out together as friends because we both liked the other but thought of it as more of a “he’s a cool guy that would be a great friend”. After chatting for a week we planned on hanging out. On our first “date” we went out for tacos and played Super Smash Brothers! We dated 2 years before I popped the question. I planned to propose on my birthday weekend when we were spending the weekend up in Rochester with some of our closest friends. After getting all of our friends together, I decided to wake Kevin up from his nap to come out and hang out with us.

Our friend group is very into “Icing” each other with Smirnoff Ices, so as soon as he came out I Iced him. Everyone had a good laugh and Kev was about to be a good sport and drink the Smirnoff but before he could I said “It’s only fair that if you are going to get down and take a Knee that I will too” and then popped the question! Our engagement lasted a little over a year. I didn’t really have a vision of our wedding day but I knew that I wanted the color scheme to be dark purples and evergreens and that I didn’t want a lot of flowers but wanted more greenery. Kev was great because he was happy with what I was envisioning for our wedding. We ended up having about 130 guests which I think was the perfect size for us! We both agreed on our lake house for a few reasons. 1 – The lake has always been really important to my family and when I think of going home I think of going to the lake

2 – The majority of both our families live in NY so it just made sense to have a centralized location. Some of our favorite wedding day moments were spending the morning together with the wedding party getting ready, it was a great time to just hang out and enjoy each other’s company. Another favorite moment was having our family portraits done. It’s rare that we get to have both families in their entirety (since many live all over). I also loved the best man speeches. My best man Bob has been my best friend since the 6th grade so it meant so much to me that he was there and did a trip down memory lane. I know both Kev and I agree that our Mother-Son dances were important to both of us. And although the dancing was so much fun, I think getting to go out on the boat at sunset to get pictures done and being able to see the whole tent and party really made it special and gave us a moment to appreciate it all. I think the best advice I could give to couples that are planning now is to make sure you are listening to advice/suggestions, however at the end of the day, this is supposed to be about what you two want and how you want to celebrate.

Photography: Alexandra Elise Photography | Event Planning & Design: Simply Beautiful Events | Florist: Arenas | Bakery: Premier Pastry | Bakery: Rochester Wedding Cakes | Catering: Root Catering | Makeup: Sonja George | Hair: Jason Wieland | DJ: DJ Chris Sweet | Officiant: Stuart Mitchell | Fine China Rentals: Petunia Rose | Invitations & Paper Goods: Louelle Design Studio | Luxury Event Rentals: Simply Beautiful Events | Photo Booth: Hype Booth | Private Residence: in Livonia, NY | Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events | Sineage: MeNu

Spaces Don’t Have To Be Big To Be Bright

Editor’s Note: There’s so much style packed into this tiny space it’s almost UNFAIR. Like seriously every square inch of it proves you don’t need thousands of square feet to highlight good design choices. Oh and try not to let your jaw just hit the floor when you see the view from the living room. *heart eyes*

Location: This 500 square foot apartment above a 2-car garage is located in downtown Jackson Hole, WY at the base of Snow King Mountain, which is the beautiful view out the living room window as seen in the photos.

About the Owner: The apartment is owned by Paul Kinnard, a contractor and the best man in our wedding. I met Adam, an architect who became my husband, when I moved next door to the first house he and Paul built together. It turned out we had more in common than our red hair – I’m an interior designer. Fast forward several years and projects later, and Adam, Paul and I purchased this property together with the intention of dividing it in two, which we have since done.  Together, we first designed and built this garage apartment, which now belongs to Paul. Paul was kind enough to let us live in the apartment while we all three worked on restoring a historical cabin from 1936 next door. Once our daughter was born and the construction was finished, Adam and I moved into the cabin.

Design style: Despite having divided the property, the two structures which are adjacent, speak to each other. We love the balance of old and new, which is reflected on the interiors as well. I would describe our aesthetic as ‘clean and collected’. Since the apartment was new construction, we juxtaposed that with several antiques. The kitchen table was found at a local thrift store for $20 and is the perfect scale for the space. Because of the drop leaves, it serves as a console or dining table. The living room chairs are original mid-century modern. They are perfect for the small room because they feel light but were comfortable enough to become our favorite spot to sit and watch skiers come down the mountain during cocktail hour.

Inspiration: Our inspiration for the project was all about making the most of a small space that is functional but feels very charming. Because the kitchen is concise and open to the living room, we decided to panelize all of the miniature-sized appliances. The fireplace is a focal point and it was important to us that it be wood burning. Adam and Paul love to cut wood in the fall, so luckily there’s never a shortage of firewood. I have the fondest memory spending Christmas in this small apartment, playing cards by the crackling fire. The sconces were a great addition to the plaster fireplace as they create great ambient light. In the bedroom, we built in Ikea dressers which were cost-effective and functional. The closet doors are integrated into the tongue and groove paneling so that it reads as a solid wall.

Process: We established Third Wheel, LLC in 2016 and first went to work on designing the garage apartment. Adam and Paul built the structure themselves on nights and weekends. I was in charge of finishes, furnishings, and sandwiches for lunchtime. The finishes are simple but refined. We went with basic tile but allocated more for lighting, which instantly elevated the space. Even if you’re planning on living in a space temporarily, there’s no reason not to design and furnish your space to the best of your ability. Look for plug-in sconces, great shelving, or beautiful outdoor planters that will give your space a custom look that’s not permanent. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into building this little apartment and we are lucky we still get to enjoy it since it’s right next door.

Interior Designer and Architect: Emily Janak (@emilyjanakinteriors) and Adam Janak (@northworks_architects)

Living room sources: @Ciscobrothers, @SerenaandLily, @loropianaofficial, @Kellywearstler, @Circalighting, @Mountaindandy, @Sferralinens, @kismetfinerugsjh

Kitchen Sources: @heatherjamesfineart, @persephonebakery, @lecreuset, @allclad. @kohler

Bedroom Sources: @heatherjamesfineart, @bernhardtfurniture, @brookewrightdesigns, @loropianaofficial, @circalighting, @matouklinens

Team: Interiors: @emilyjanakinteriors, Architecture: @northworks_architects, Photography & Styling: @lesleemitchell

Bathroom Sources: @kohler, @heatherjamesfineart, @mountaindandy

 

 

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Architecture: Northworks Architects | Art: Heather James Fine Art | Bedding: Matouk Linai | Bedroom Lighting: Circa Lighting | Cookware: All-Clad | Dining Chairs: Serena & Lily | Furniture: Bernhardt | Home Goods: Mountain Dandy | Interior Designer: Emily Janak Interiors | Kitchen items: Le Creuset | Living Room Linens: Sferra | Pillows: Kelly Wearstler | Styling Props: Persephone Bakery

Dreaming of a Wedding Destination That Feels Like a Real-Life Fairytale? Look No Further.

Italy and France are completely amazing, we all know that… but if you ask us, Portugal is one of the most underrated wedding destinations out there. For today’s editorial, StudioVictorias and Malvina Frolova were inspired by the beauty and diversity of Portuguese landscapes – stunning beaches, broad vineyards and ancient castles. Speaking of castles… we can’t get over how gorgeous this venue is. StudioVictorias said it best, it’s like “a fairytale palace in the middle of an enchanted forest.” Head on over to the full gallery to fall in love with the refined elegance and beauty of Portugal.

From Malvina Frolova… Dreaming of a wedding destination that feels like a real-life fairytale? Look no further. Portugal is a country of endless inspiration. The beauty and diversity of Portuguese landscapes are impressive: 800 km of stunning beaches, broad vineyards of the Douro Valley, amber cork fields of Alentejo, lonely lighthouses, ancient castles, and royal palaces. And the idea of this editorial shoot was to create an inspiration capturing the refined simplicity of the country itself combining it with an old-world European aesthetic and modern elegance. A former royal palace in central Portugal sets the scene for this editorial shoot, created by Portuguese wedding agency StudioVictorias and beautifully captured by fine art photographer Malvina Frolova.

This magnificent palace of the Portuguese monarchs was built in the unique Neo-Manueline style and now is now turned into one of the most beautiful historic hotels in the world. From StudioVictorias: “A fairytale palace in the middle of an enchanted forest” would be the best definition of this venue. The palace is a genuine ode to romanticism, enclosed in the uniqueness and beauty of its interiors, the exceptional framing of the landscape and the grandeur of its eclectic facade. This is a real architectural fantasy with an atmosphere of mystery, surrounded by gardens with exotic trees from far corners of the Portuguese Empire. We brought together a talented team of international vendors to inspire the couples from all over the world to celebrate the wedding in the real royal palace, where the atmosphere of the luxury of the past days is intertwined with the romance of the present. 

We wanted to maximally show all the possibilities of this unique historical venue in the heart of Old Europe. Despite the grandeur of the palace located in a dark mysterious forest, we wanted to create a very light and charming project that could convey the sensuality and tenderness of our couple in love. And as it seems, everything worked out perfectly. In Bussaco Palace any girl instantly turns into a princess. The feminine style of boudoir sets for the morning of the bride, the minimum of accessories, natural makeup and loose updo make her a true embodiment of sensuality and tenderness. The bride’s embroidered lace wedding dress from Vanila Studio and minimalist earrings from OlgaDelice added aristocratic elegance, while a delicate bouquet in an airy garden style complemented her sophisticated look. 

A classic sharp-looking suit from Penhalta fashion house and accessories from the Portuguese designer Maison Nuno Gama were selected for the groom. We intentionally supplemented the magnificence of the old palace and the wild nature of the region with elegant details of the decor and delicate looks of the couple, harmoniously combining the eternal and the modern. In the concept, we used soft pastel shades, from cold grey to warm beige and pale pink and complementing them with dusty yellow. For the ceremony area, floral designer Yana Metlinskaya created an asymmetric arch that harmoniously blends with the surrounding garden space and complements the intricate architecture of the palace. On the balcony of the palace, decorated with luxurious stucco work, a table for eight people was served. Modern gold cutlery and plates were remarkably combined with a heavy silk tablecloth, vintage wooden chairs and a floral arrangement in an airy organic style. The stationery designed by To Be Dream creates an exquisite modern look with handcrafted paper and a typical Portuguese pattern for the envelope. Elegance is added by hand-illustrated details like the drawing of the architectural elements of the palace. Gorgeous four-tier cake by Julie Deffence was created taking into account the general concept and decorated with sugar flowers matching a project’s color palette and handcrafted wafer paper with the same typical Portuguese tiles pattern. At the end of a romantic day, a vintage car was waiting for a couple to take them on their first family trip.

Photography: Malvina Frolova | Event Planning: Viktoriia Ignateva - StudioVictorias | Floral Design: Metlinskaya Yana | Wedding Dress: Vanila | Cake: Julie Deffense Artistry | Invitations: To Be Dream | Jewelry: Olgadelice | Hair and Makeup: Mariya Sazonova | Groom's Attire: Penhalta | Vintage Car: Carros Antigos TXR | Boudoir Dress: Vesssna | Bride’s Shoes: Anna Walker | Creative Director and Planner: Inna Shemet | Groom’s Accessories: Nuno Gama | Handmade Paper: Dikiy Veresk | Location: Bussaco Palace Hotel | Rentals: A C Luxury Rentals

Vibrant Pinks in Provence – This Editorial Is Destination Wedding Heaven!

If you’re a Francophile like myself, then prepare to fall in loveee with today’s editorial at Château d’Estoublon in the heart of Provence, planned by Jennifer Fox Weddings. From the vibrant pink cascading blooms by Miss Rose by Perrine to jaw-dropping gowns, to the 1958 MGA Roadster getaway car – every detail from this day was très chic.  Head on over the full gallery, captured to perfection by Oliver Fly of course, to get inspired for your French fête!

From Jennifer Fox WeddingsA few months before the COVID-19 pandemic, I happened upon Château d’Estoublon in the heart of Provence. With over 500 acres of sprawling, manicured grounds that include an orchard, vineyards, a pond, and a rose garden plus the regal castle, in which each room is as grand as its spectacular facade, my imagination ran wild. I dreamed of the day I could design an event here. A few months later, the opportunity to create an editorial that honored the venue and its surroundings in partnership with the amazing destination film photographer, Oliver Fly, presented itself, turning my dreams into reality. Oliver is deeply passionate about Provence, he knows perfectly the light and turned it to his advantage for to create the best set of images ever. 

Guests were greeted with a curated welcome box featuring olives, rosé wine, olive oil, and other signature products from the chåteau as well as cookies to match the cake, a locally made bar of soap, and a towel as a nod to the luxuriant pool on the property. Grey & Cake created a stationery suite featuring an illustration of Château d’Estoublon, a custom envelope liner featuring white anemones (the signature flower of the day), a lavender wreath on the menus, and a beautiful wax seal. Soft, handmade paper, inky calligraphy, and delicate silk ribbons resulted in a textural, layered suite that truly paid homage to both Provence and the venue. Vibrant pinks served as an unexpected color palette, with purple accents as a subtle nod to Provence’s most famous export. The color selection was serendipitous, as upon arrival at the Chåteau, I discovered a lawn full of bright pink rose bushes in full bloom in front of the staircase, which is where our ceremony took place. 

Miss Rose by Perrine created a cascading, floral masterpiece to adorn the staircase railings, which popped against the creamy hues of the elegant chåteau and looked as if the florals had been foraged from the grounds. A simple arrangement featuring traditional, round-back Louis XVI chairs provided by Belounge, completed the ceremony set up. The groom arrived in a 1958 MGA Roadster by Provence Classics, wearing an elegant suit by Rives featuring a shawl collar and a beautifully belted jacket. Alejandra Nerizagal pulled the bride’s hair back in a romantic chignon, showcasing her dewey, natural beauty, highlighted with peachy makeup by Ylva Langenskiold. Top Bridal Paris provided an immaculately detailed gown, which showcased exquisite beadwork on the bodice, a plunging neckline and back, a flowing, light overskirt and coordinating cape, and a bold, beaded underskirt. A pair of Bella Belle pumps completed the look, with a sheer panel that complemented the skirt of the gown. 

The bride and groom changed attire for bridal portraits by the pool. The bride wore a semi-sheer gown, featuring a bold feather bodice and illusion neckline, and we chose a long, birdcage-inspired veil to allow the golden hour light to shine through. Her look was topped off with a statement, wafer paper flower, designed by Made in Cake, while the groom donned an ivory dinner jacket. Guests enjoyed the chåteau’s rosé and white wines among the olive trees along with the signature cocktail – a Provençal Kiss Martini. Gin, Saint Germain, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, and lavender combined to create a vibrant, refreshing drink that truly captured the beauty and feeling of the area. A long, rectangular table dressed in crisp, pure linens by Madame de la Maison was set with regal gold and white porcelain and crystal by Joli Bazaar for the intimate reception dinner on the chåteau lawn. Lavender taper candles, vibrant floral arrangements, and an abundance of local wine and olive oil completed the tablescape. At the finish of the perfect evening, guests enjoyed a slice of the pink olive oil cake – made using the chåteau’s production, of course – with poached apricots and rosemary cream.

Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Floral Design: Miss Rose By Perrine | Hair : Alejandra Nerizagal | Bridal Boutique: Top Bridal Paris | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Cake Design: Made In Cake | Chateau: Chateau d’Estoublon | Classic Car (1958 MGA Roadster): Provence Classics | Furniture Rentals: Be Lounge | Linens: Madame de la Maison | Make Up Artist : Ylva Langenskiold | Men's Suit: Rives | Planning & Design: Jennifer Fox Weddings | Stationery & Calligraphy: Grey and Cake | Tabletop Rentals: Joli Bazaar

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A Breathtaking Castiglion Del Bosco Wedding That Will Have You Missing All Things Italy

As if we needed another reason to be missing Italy during these crazy COVID times, this wedding just made us fall even harder for Bel Paese (the beautiful country). Cypress lined streets, molten-gold patchwork, and sprawling vineyards surrounded the couple and their lucky guests at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, an 800-year old Tuscan estate. As you can imagine, it was magic from start to finish, all thanks to their talented vendor team, including planning by Caterina Majolo and blooms by Flowers Living. Head on over to the full gallery to see it all unfold, captured by Sotiris Tsakanikas!

From Sotiris TsakanikasIt’s easy to see how Tuscany makes one fall deeper, poetry has been written of its cucina, odes to its fashion and songs of its beauty. Bearing witness to Laura & Myles’ Castiglion del Bosco wedding -let alone capturing it- brought the same impromptu verbal reaction as any Italophile would probably have “La Magia” (the magic). Driving up the meandering, cypress-lined road to the Borgo, the historic heart of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, the 800-year old Tuscan estate which we’d rather thrillingly call “home” for the next days, it was obvious why the bride and groom had given the place double thumbs up for their big day.

It was molten-gold patchwork fields stretching out below towards Montalcino, sprawling vineyards mottled with olive-trees, and milky light in perfect sync with the rolling Tuscan terra. And that was only the beginning, as quite soon I found there’s so much more to it than wildly beautiful scapes. The couple’s villa at the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco with its gentle rustic shades of ochre and flax, opened its shuttered windows to Laura’s preparations while guests were still enjoying their sumptuous colazione already laid out in the kitchen, apple pie, zucchini, homemade pastries and truffle-topped Tuscan bread with cold cuts from the farm.

The weather was turning right after the couple’s poolside first look, and although the ceremony took place alfresco by the ruins of the medieval castle that gives the estate its name, the reception was held indoors decorated with roses and in-season vegetation. Chiara and Massimo Ferragamo – the youngest son of Salvatore Ferragamo (yes, that Salvatore) – who co-own the Castiglion del Bosco make their genteel presence to congratulate Laura & Myles on their journey, while long dresses skirted the patio as the weather finally decided to oblige. Between champagne toasts and cake cutting, we congratulated the bride and groom again for having us bear witness to the bounty of beauty around. By the time we returned to the villa candles have melted right down to their base but as it turned out Laura & Myles had still one dance saved.

From The Bride… Myles and I met whilst we were still in secondary school together. We grew up in Skegness a seaside town in the east of England. I wanted to go to a concert at a seaside town on the other side of the country with my friend, a big adventure at the time as we were young with no transport, and somehow Myles was roped in to drive us, and I didn’t know him until that day. Since then we’ve been inseparable, spending every moment together over the last twelve years! We’ve grown through different phases of our lives, through college, and university, moving to London and starting our careers but our affection and reliance on each other is a constant in a world of change. We love to travel, and find joy in every day together. I’m always the impulsive one looking for excitement in the now, and Myles is the long term thinker ensuring we do all the things we dream up. Together we are a great team. Myles proposed in Manorola in Cinque Terre. It was a total surprise, but looking back on it now he was anxious in the build up! Typically Myles had planned ahead, but on the day he had to improvise as I had changed the plans. He got me up early saying he wanted to go and get some photos before the crowds, and we found a quite spot on the hillside, when I turned around Myles proposed. We spent the day doing some of our favourite things, hiking in the hills, eating gelato, and jumping in to the sea from the rocks.

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Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas | Cinematography: Moon & Back | Event Planning: Caterina Majolo | Florist: Flowers Living | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Sugar And Spice Firenze | Invitations: E.I.Y. Love | Ceremony Venue: Caterina Majolo | Catering: Caterina Majolo | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Bridal Shoes: Aquazzura | Earrings : Annoushka | MC: TUSCANPLEDGES | dj/band : Alma Project | hair piece: jennifer behr

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Boho Brides Will Go Crazy for This Modern Palm Springs Wedding With Pops of Fuchsia

This cheerful, boho Palm Spring wedding is an instant mood booster! With pops of pretty fuchsia blooms from Layered Vintage and a tropical meets desert vibe – there’s so much to love about today’s inspiring fête at The Cree Estate captured by Ashley Rae Studio. Trust us, the full gallery is not to be missed.

Written by the bride… When Tyler and I started wedding planning the first thing we agreed upon was wanting an outdoor venue that felt like a unique destination to celebrate with our guests. We were in love with the Cree Estate in Palm Springs the moment we saw it. From the mature palm trees and giant succulents, to the perfect property layout for the flow of a wedding, we couldn’t love it more. We also loved that we were able to stay onsite with our close family and friends as the property sleeps 16. To enhance the beautiful grounds of the property, all colors, decor, and design elements were strategically chosen to bring our “modern boho” vision to life.

Our venue was a blank canvas and we had to bring everything onsite, which we loved as it allowed us to plan and execute our wedding exactly as we envisioned. To pop against the lush, green grounds, we chose magenta and hot pink with hints of blush and tangerine. All décor had a boho vibe, and we incorporated different textures and mixed gold, copper, brass, and rose gold metals to really bring in personality. We also created moody element by incorporating primarily black signage.

We wanted our wedding to be a day of celebration. From food, drinks, and desserts, to entertainment we wanted our guests to leave feeling like they truly had fun. Both our caterers were amazing, and our guests raved that it was the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding. We also had an amazing band that kept the dance floor going the entire time. Our family and friends totally surprised us with a flash mob, which had me in tears. Tyler and I closed out the night by jumping in the pool with our wedding party, which was the perfect way to end our celebration.

Unique aspects of our wedding day:

• During the ceremony we incorporated Las Arras, a Spanish Catholic tradition of 13 unity coins that represent an enduring marriage, and the Jewish tradition of breaking of the glass, which symbolizes life’s moments of joy and sorrow.
• We hand-stuffed small linen pouches with dried rose petals for guests to throw during the recessional, which was a great way for our guests to celebrate our nuptials.
• Most of our guests flew for our wedding so being able to give them a party favor that was small and easy to travel with yet personal and special was important to us. We tied a palo santo stick and custom matches that read “Come on baby, light my fire” to each name card on the table.

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Photography: Ashley Rae Studio | Videography: Ashley Rae Studio | Florals: Layered Vintage | Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: 849 Restaurant | Makeup: Claire Alyse Make Up | Hair: Katie Webb | Band: The Society Band | Venue : The Cree Estate | Desserts: Over The Rainbow | Dress Designer: Alexandra Grecco | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Ring Designer: Claydon Jewlers | Signage: Wilkdhouse Ink | Suit Designer: Suit Supply

A Cabo Wedding Complete With a Veuve Clicquot Champagne Truck and Surprise Firework Show!

A Veuve Clicquot Champagne Truck? Yup, you read that right! If we could choose one wedding to get an invite for, you better believe this fun Cabo affair planned by Amy Abbott Events would be at the very top of our list! The gorgeous bride and groom tied the knot in a beachside ceremony, danced the night away under a canopy of string lights, and surprised their guests with an epic firework show to end the day’s festivities. It was everything you could dream up for a Mexico destination wedding and more! Head on over to the full gallery to see all the magical details, taken by Sean Cook Wedding Photography.

Who proposed? When and how?

From the bride… Joey proposed when we were on vacation in Maui at the Montage Kapalua on  May 25th, 2018. It was a complete and total shock. I thought we were going to dinner and instead, he lead me to the Cliff House at the Montage. It was covered in pink rose petals and candles at sunset. I was so thrown off I went to leave thinking we must be in the wrong place when instead he leads me to the balcony and proposed. Come to find out Joey had been planning this for months. Joey rented out the Cliff House at the Montage Kapalua or us for the night and planned for a private dinner with all my favorite foods and wine. He even had a hidden photographer to capture the proposal. It was so special.

How did you choose your wedding venue?

We were able to spend a weekend at the Montage Los Cabos before it officially opened with my parents, Aunt and Uncle. Joey and I really wanted a destination wedding at a venue that we could take over for a weekend and one that was very private and intimate. We didn’t just want a day, we wanted more of a full wedding weekend and vacation for all our friends and family. Both of us being California kids, we loved the idea of being by the water and both of us having spent time in Arizona we also loved the idea of the beauty of the desert. At the Montage Los Cabos you feel like you are in a beautiful desert oasis, and then you look out and you are on the beach/ocean! It was a place where the desert meets the ocean and it encompassed everything we had been looking for. The property was intimate and private and we loved the idea of being able to use multiple locations of the wedding day and also have a blank canvas since it was a new hotel.

How did you choose your table decor?

We wanted to have a simple, yet elegant vibe. So we choose to do multiple floral arrangements with a ton of candles.

 

What color scheme did you choose and why?

We stuck with neutral, monochromatic, vibes to embrace the property and the beauty of our surroundings.

 

What did you use as your escort cards and/or place cards?

We used custom Himalayan salt shot glasses with each guests’ first name calligraphed on them that were also used for a group tequila toast and as one of the take-home gifts for the guests. Swell Press also created beautiful printed pieces for each place setting that included a menu and letterpress name card bound together with twine and a tassel. In addition, we had individual rosebuds at each place setting.

What was your biggest splurge of the day?

The Veuve Clicquot champagne truck and the surprise firework show!

Describe your favorite moments!

1. Surprise Firework Show – We planned for a surprise firework show to happen during our first dance. However, once it came time to do the first dance we realized we completely forgot to practice the dance and the cue for the fireworks, so we were laughing through the whole thing and just trying to wing it. Joey dipped me for a kiss and instantly all of the lights went out so it was completely black, the firework show started while simultaneously ‘Higher Love’ by Kygo started playing and EVERYONE jumped to their feet and started dancing. It was a really cool moment and one that everyone still talks about.

2. Dinner – Both of us being foodies we wanted to create a dinner experience. We worked with the chef to create a four-course tasting menu that embraced Mexican culture and gave tribute to our destination: Modern Mexican Cuisine. We even accompanied the dinner with wines only from Mexico. Not allowing guests to choose their meal was somewhat of a gamble, but when it was dinner time everyone was blown away by the meal and service and we LOVED witnessing that moment.

If you could sum up your wedding day in one sentence, how would you describe it?

It was the most magical and perfect day of our lives.

Photography: Sean Cook Wedding Photography | Videography: Satellite Weddings | Flowers: Cristina Gonzalez | Invitations: Swell Press Paper Co. | ring: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaid Dresses: Stone Cold Fox | Makeup: Hailey Hoff | Hair Stylist: Lauren Burke of Nine Zero One Salon | Lighting: VVR Pro | Bow tie: Tom Ford | Groom's Attire: Armani | Bridal Party Robes and PJ Sets: Homebodii | Bride Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Ceremony shoes: Aquazzura | Dinner Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Earrings: Harry Winston | Engagement ring and wedding band: Padis Gems | Fireworks: Cabo Fireworks Company | Loafers: Paul Smith | Planning: Amy Abbott Events | Reception Dress: Tailor Maid | Reception Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Reception and Ceremony venue: Montage Los Cabos | Rentals: Del Cabo Event Design | Rentals : Baja Boutique Rental Co | Veil: Elizabeth Fillmore

Modern Sunset-Inspired Wedding Inspiration in the Colorado Rockies

Who says mountainside weddings have to be rustic? The talented crew at Curate Events + Design are here to prove y’all wrong. Trend-forward arches, a modern color scheme inspired by the Colorado sunset, and a bold mix of other-worldly blooms by The Bloemist. For all the modern mountain bride inspiration, head on over to the full gallery – all taken by Decorus Fine Art Photography!

From Curate Events + Design If you have ever had the chance to see a Colorado sunset over the Rocky Mountains, we consider you one of the lucky ones. We drew the inspiration for this ethereal shoot from the colors that wash the sky during that sweet sunset light over the front range. With trend-forward arches throughout – drawing together the design of these inspirational nuptials, we couldn’t help but to fall in love with the visual story of this shoot.

Hazel Grove Rentals set the tone with classic, multi-faceted tableware and décor, which was complimented flawlessly by The Bloemist’s other-worldly florals. Sunset hues in the bouquets, centerpieces, and other adornments helped to frame the incomparable mountain views that the brand new venue, North Star Gatherings, boasts.

Drawing the design together, Curate Events and Design took the escort cards, created by MBOJ Studio, to the next level with custom hollowed arches and a sweet sentiment of ‘THIS DAY, THESE PEOPLE’. As the mist settled over the peaks, the bride – wearing both Bianca by Sarah Seven and Maxine by Louvienne (from The Lovely Bride) and Valentino shoes, and the groom – wearing suiting from The Groomsman Suit, met in front of the mountain skyline. 

We know that all of the mountain-loving brides out there are likely drooling over this just as much as we are, as we haven’t seen views like these, within a matter of minutes from downtown Denver, ever. 

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Photographer: Kristina Svezintsev | Videography: Living Out Loud | Florist: The Bloemist | Gown: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: Sugar Bakeshop | Rings: Kristen Coffin | Hair and Makeup: LoLa Beauty | Bridal Cape Designer: Primrose By Veil Trends Couture | Bridal Shop: Lovely Bridal Shop | Candles: The Floral Society | Ceremony and Reception: North Star Gatherings | Chairs: Colorado Party Rentals | Earrings: Dazey LA | Gifting: Bundles | Gown Designer: Louvienne | Gown Designer: Sarah Seven | Invitations and Paper: MBOJ Studio | Models: Cierra Pangrac | Planning and Design: Curate | Rentals and Lounge: Hazel Grove | Suiting: The Groomsman Suit

Everything You Need to Include On Your “Change the Date” Cards

When you’ve had a wedding planned for awhile, it’s hard to imagine the extent of circumstances that would move you to postponing or outright cancelling your special day. But with COVID-19 looming like an ever present rain cloud over all of the excitedly-planned 2020 weddings, that’s exactly where we are. It’s sad and deeply disappointing, of course it is, but couples are weathering through the storm and finding their rainbows in brand new wedding dates and totally clean slates. Having something to look forward to or work towards is a beautiful thing – and we’re happy that we can be a part of the “it will happen” hype – at 20 percent off, too!  

Our Style Me Pretty Collection stationery is stunning, especially the Save the Date cards – but just as beautiful are the ways that couples can take our designs and transform them into perfect (and powerful) Change the Date cards. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that our Change the Date tweaks might be a smidge even more special, just because changing the date shows a lot of strength and steadfastness, it’s celebration-worthy to a next-level degree – if you ask us! 

Officially changing the date with your venue and vendors is the hardest part of the wedding reenvisioning, because there are a lot of moving parts to making such a significant switch flip. But once you’ve done that, letting your guests know that things have been reshuffled shouldn’t have to be a big thing. Unlike couples who have had to cancel or postpone their weddings due to unforeseen circumstances that not all of their guests are privy to, couples making the decision to rearrange their nuptials this year can safely assume that their guests understand why. COVID complications, plain and simple. 

Before we share some customizable Save the Date designs that can be co-opted as Change the Date cards, here are just a few things to keep in mind:

1. Get something out quickly. Not like Anne Hatheway in Bride Wars hurriedly, but as soon as you start getting your new plans solidified (or, at the very least, make a concrete decision on your original wedding date), you should consider reaching out to ALL of your wedding guests via email or digital postponement announcement to let them know that coronavirus concerns have prompted you to delay your present wedding plans. In the same message, include a reminder about your wedding website and relay that of-the-minute changes will be reflected there, so they can refer accordingly! 

2. Get things in writing. Starting with all of your new arrangements and coordinating contracts. Once you’re all squared away with your new day, then you can begin sourcing your change the dates. Digital correspondence is absolutely doable (and there are several online stationers out there to help!), but we love the look and feel of a tangible change the date tiding – after all, this new date is something to be proud and excited about, your guests will be thrilled to receive it, and you’ll be happy you decided to stick one on your refrigerator! The countdown to your #idoround2 starts now! 

3. Get your guests up to speed. Yep, you’ll want to stock up on those signature wedding stamps again… because it’s time to let your loved ones in on the official details of the day. It’s a brand new day, so you can go with a look that’s brand new too (for instance, maybe your original Save the Date was photoless, so, this time, you want to go with a photo #stillengagedmentphotos, perhaps?!). Just make sure that you have all the right call outs on your card, peep them all below! 

Anatomy of a Change the Date Card.
Essentially, you’ll be sharing the same details you initially shared in your save the date, but you’ll be acknowledging that things have changed. Here’s exactly what you have to include, so that your guests aren’t kept in the dark about your delay. 

Your names.
For real, seeing your names together is an excuse to smile anytime, but this is your wedding – even higher stakes! 

Your reasoning for the change.
Again, it’s pretty much a given that your guests will anticipate COVID having something to do with your change, but it’s still nice to acknowledge the situation in some way. Something as simply-worded as “since we couldn’t celebrate the way we had hoped, we coped by changing our date” will work just fine! 

Your new date.
Just like your birthday, the day you started dating, your engagiversary, this new date signifies a monumental milestone. We promise, the more times you actually see the new date written, typed, texted, etc. the more you’ll get excited. You’ll be able to give a proper “days till I Do” count before you know it… 

Your new location.
If you have a new one, that is. You might very well be getting married at the same place, just at a different time.  

Your wedding website plug.
This is sooo important, especially if you aren’t sending out entirely new invitations (and just using the change the date for formal countenance). If you can remind folks about your wedding website, you can troubleshoot any queries, questions, and concerns just by directing them there for further explanation. 

For any Style Me Pretty designs that don’t have enough personalizable space to include as robust an explanation as you’d prefer, you can also use one of our equally-stylish + tailorable all purpose cards for overflow. Any of the headings and text box defaults can be erased to allow room for COVID-related decision commentary or to include your own notes like “more details to come” or “re-invitations to follow,” so that guests feel in-the-know about your nuptials.

While this new date might not have been your first choice, it’ll [hopefully] be the best choice – because you’ll be married by the end of it! Shop the Style Me Pretty Collection now for 20 percent off your favorite Save the Date (turned Change the Date) design, and change the date in style! 

Danielle Halibey is a writer, editor, and publicist living in New Jersey. She has been immersed in the world of weddings since planning her own whimsical, romantic affair in 2014. And isn’t that what they always say, “those who can’t do, teach?” Well, once her nuptials were over, she still had stuff in the ‘I Do’ industry to do. She writes regularly for top wedding blogs including Style Me Pretty and Wedding Chicks, and has garnered millions of press impressions for brands in the wedding space: fashion, beauty, wedding talent+tastemakers and more. 

A Wedding Planner’s Quintessential Southern California Wedding Weekend

From a sprawling vineyard setting to authentic local fare, today’s gorgeous wedding for this wedding planner and her handsome hub is the epitome of quintessential SoCal. To pull off this epic weekend in Santa Barbara, the bride enlisted the help of TOAST Santa Barbara and Jill & Co. Events – who absolutely turned her vision into a reality. For endless summer wedding inspiration, head on over to the full gallery captured by Lacie Hansen… and don’t be surprised if your Pinterest boards get a major upgrade upon viewing.

From the Bride… Erik and I both attended UCSB, but didn’t actually meet until after we graduated and were introduced through mutual friends! Being a wedding planner myself, after he proposed in February 2018 in Yosemite, my mind instantly started racing with the next steps. We spent the drive back home discussing what we wanted the wedding weekend to be like, what we wanted our guests to experience, what flavor cupcakes from Enjoy! We were going to serve; but the one thing we knew for sure was that it had to be in Santa Barbara and we wanted our guests to enjoy all of our favorite things about our hometown! With many of our family members living in the Midwest and East Coast, we wanted to create a quintessential Californian weekend for them. 

The rehearsal dinner and welcome party was at Santa Barbara Historical Museum, which honored the history and culture of Santa Barbara. We had a local Spanish guitarist, Chris Fossek, play during cocktail hour, authentic local tacos in handmade tortillas, and freshly made-to-order churros! The tables were filled with bright colors and lots of textures. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen. Again, so authentically Santa Barbara, and styled after the California Missions, it encompasses a beautiful, old-world feel. We loved the traditional nature that the church provided, but loved the uniqueness in its design. My sister, Theresa Kesser, who is an extraordinary opera singer, sang the Ave Maria during our ceremony and it was one of my favorite moments of the day. She and her boyfriend, Ben Werley, also sang Panis Angelicus as a duet, and Ben cantored the rest of the mass. It was so special to have them both be such an integral part of our wedding ceremony.

Grassini Family Vineyards felt like the perfect spot to bring all of our guests to as well! Having worked there once before, I instantly fell in love with the property, knowing its potential. When Erik and I pulled up to tour the vineyard for our wedding, the second the gates opened, we knew we had to have our reception there. The combination of the sprawling vineyards overlooking the gorgeous lake was reason enough, but imagining all of our tables filled with family and friends, under those gorgeous 400 year old California oak trees, how do you get more authentically California than that?! It felt like the perfect final piece to a central coast experience; an evening under the stars in wine country! The wedding we envisioned was elegant, formal, fun, and unique. We wanted to create an atmosphere for our guests that felt romantic and intimate, and also fun and comfortable. We asked guests to come in black-tie attire to create a level of formality from the start. Guests sipped on French 75s and Old Fashioneds during cocktail hour, and Grassini’s Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet for dinner. Velvet covered tables were topped with emerald vine Limoges plates from The Ark, vintage silverware from Theoni, and lush floral arrangements from TOAST! 

One of my favorite elements from the wedding was our print material. Being in the wedding industry, we see so many variations of invites! I was so excited to start the design on ours with local artist, Janice Blair. I’ve worked with Janice every year since I’ve been with TOAST so I knew she would capture my style immediately! She started with a watercolor floral piece that became the backing on our invites, escort cards, and liner on our programs. It was such an integral part of our overall design, incorporating the organic vines in the vineyard, on the china we used, and the colors in the bridesmaids dresses and floral. She also created a watercolor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel that we used on our programs, and now have hung in our home! There was a very subtle Loon theme strung throughout the wedding. We wanted it to be subtle enough that guests might only start to pick up on it once they got to the reception. 

Very early on in our relationship, Erik dubbed me “Loon” during my very late nights of wedding work. The nickname stuck for both of us, and so many of our friends are in on the joke, we thought it was only appropriate to pay the nickname some homage and have fun with it! The crest that Janice created for our print material had two small loons drawn into the bottom. That crest was used on our save the dates, invitations, programs, menus, and cocktail napkins. Each guest had an escort card hung with a small red bird call, engraved with our initials, and backed with the floral watercolor. The top of the board read, “Your Seat is Calling”! My bridesmaids dresses were another favorite detail!! My girls were so supportive as we looked for different options that felt unique. When I found the Needle & Thread dresses, I was sold! Each of the bridesmaids picked their favorite style and shade of blush, and it worked out perfectly! The sunlight against the beading and flowy skirts by Grassini’s lake was just breathtaking. Lastly, since the moment we got engaged, we had an outpouring of love and support from our friends and family, but also from the wedding vendor/friend community! We were so lucky to work with some of our favorite vendors that have become dear friends over the years, including our team at TOAST, Jill Remy of Jill and Co. Events, Lacie Hansen Photography, Lola Video, TEAM Hair and Makeup, Bella Vista Designs, Bright Event Rentals, Found Rentals, The Ark, Lazaro Press, and so many more.

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Photography: Lacie Hansen | Videography: lolavideo.net | Coordination: Jill & Co. Events | Cake : Leles Patisserie | Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church | Reception: Grassinni Family Vineyards | Catering: Maili Halme | Hair & Makeup: Team Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Janice Blair | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Bar Service: Simply Cocktails | Coordination, Design & Floral: TOAST Santa Barbara | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Print Material: Lazaro Press & Design | Reception DJ: Gavin Roy | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Found Rentals | Rentals : Theoni Collection | Rentals : The Ark Event Rentals

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10 Ideas To Celebrate Your Original Date, From Wedding Planner Sojourner Auguste of Erganic Design

As we all know, 2020 has been a year unlike any other. We have had to make a lot of adjustments, including making big changes in the way we live and the way we celebrate.

With everyone’s safety in mind, many couples have postponed their 2020 weddings to 2021. If you moved your wedding to next year, you can still find a way to celebrate or commemorate your original wedding date.  You did choose this special date in 2020, so why not do something special?

The following are fun ideas to help you celebrate your original wedding date. You can combine several of the ideas to create one wildly fun day! Or, do them all on different days. Have fun with it, and remember, it’s about celebrating your love and commitment to each other.

 

1. Have a Private Concert (virtual or in person)

So many wonderful musicians are sharing their gift of music with people, even during this time of social distancing. You can have your own private concert in the comfort of your home via Zoom. Or, you can arrange to have the musicians play for you in person. Be creative! If you have a balcony, or a porch, there are ways to have live music while incorporating all of the safety precautions you need.

Whether you’d like to hear strings, or a jazz ensemble, or want to hear sweet vocals, you can have your own private concert. 

Planning by Erganic Design | Photography by Echoes & Wild Heart

 

2. Photoshoot

Memorialize the day by having it professionally photographed. Just like with an engagement shoot, photographers offer mini photo sessions where you can go to a few of your favorite locations around your city, or you can even have a mini session right at home. Given social distancing restrictions that may be in place, you and your photographer should discuss and agree on where to go, and what necessary precautions you should take. They’ll likely already have ideas in mind, as many photographers have been offering mini photo sessions during this unprecedented time.

 

3. Have a catered dinner with special cake.

Caterers and bakers are your friend. With so many events being postponed, there are caterers and bakers who still want to make some special eats for you! It should not take much to find a good local caterer and baker who is offering delivery (or pick up). Create a special dinner menu with the caterer, and order a small celebration cake. Plan to fully set the table, with your best plates, flatware and glasses. Make it nice and fancy! Create a printed dinner menu, or if this is not an option ask the caterer, as they may be able to help you get the menus printed.
Ask the caterer for their recommendations on wine pairings and for specialty cocktail recipes using your favorite ingredients. Bonus, if the caterer can prepare the cocktails for you, and all you need to do is pour over ice (or into a glass).  

 

4. Write love letters and save them!

What’s more romantic than receiving a letter from your lover? Now imagine reading this love letter on your *new* wedding day, next year!

Since so much has happened this year (so far), there are likely, so many emotions you are feeling. Put those feelings into words and write your loved one the most amazing love letter ever. But then, put the letters into a time capsule of sorts, and agree not to open them, until the morning of your wedding. This will be such an amazing moment for both of you, to read the words you wrote the year prior.

Photography by Brian Hatton Photography | Planning by Erganic Design

 

5. Take Dance Lessons

You may have already been planning to take dance lessons in preparation for your first dance. Well, you still can! Many dance studios are offering virtual dance lessons. So go for it! One idea is to have your first lesson on your original date. Or, if you’re up for it, have a series of lessons before the original date, and then on the date, have a dance recital of sorts. Either record yourselves performing the dance routine and then share the video with family and friends. Or, you can host a Zoom with family and friends and perform your dance routine live.

 

6. Host a Virtual Dance Party with your family and friends

Speaking of dancing, why not host a virtual dance party! DJ’s are ready to spin for your family and friends, and you can still work with them ahead of time to curate the song list. You can also use Spotify and be your own DJ. With integrations between Spotify and Zoom, you can create the ultimate virtual dance party. Query friends and family ahead of time for some song suggestions. Then on the night off, dance away!

 

7. Words of Advice & Date Night

Ask close family and friends to write words of advice and date night ideas for you. The date night ideas should be for future anniversaries:1 year, 5 years, 10 years and 15 years, etc.

You can set up a special email address for the two of you (eg. theFutureAndersons123@gmail.com) and ask your family and friends to email the advice and date night ideas to that special email address. Ask them to do this before your original wedding date (try and give them at least a week or two to get it done). Then on the original date, read the words of advice to each other, as a way to celebrate the date. It’ll be fun to read what your family and friends write to you.

Design by Erganic Design | Floral by Designs by Ahn 

 

8. Wine Tasting

Have a wine tasting with just the two of you, or with some family and friends. Many wineries are offering virtual wine tastings, with a live wine expert on Zoom. You just need to purchase the wines ahead of time and have them shipped to you in prep for your virtual wine tasting. Some wineries have on-going virtual wine tastings with pre-selected the wines. Some wineries let you customize the tasting and you pick the wines you want to try. Either option is great, as it allows you to try great wines while at home.

A personal favorite is Gloria Ferrer in Napa Valley. They have excellent varieties of sparkling and still wines, so you can get a good selection of different types of wines to try.
For Mother’s Day, I picked some of my favorites from Gloria Ferrer and had them shipped to (5) five special ladies (mothers and sisters) and we had our own private virtual wine tasting party. There is some lead time and coordination to consider, but the fun is totally worth it! 

 

9. Ultimate Wellness Date Day

Spend the day unwinding and resetting, with your loved one. This will be a day where you’ll get to experience a virtual escape, so to speak, mentally, while physically relaxing. Below are suggestions for what to do in the morning, afternoon and evening. Be sure you are eating meals/snacks throughout the day too.

Morning Meditation or Yoga:
Start the morning out with a meditation (or virtual workout), led by instructors from, just about, anywhere in the world. From Koh Samui Island in Thailand, to a 15 minute yoga class in Turks and Caicos, there are so many great options out there which are perfect for couples to experience together.

Afternoon At home Spa:
Although you can opt for a virtual reality spa experience (yes, they have VR goggles for this), I suggest creating an actual at home spa with your loved one. It doesn’t matter if neither of you have experience with massages, or facials, or anything. The point is to spend time together. Besides, once you do a little online search for some at home treatments, you’ll be just fine. Think along the lines of:

  • Face – a nice deep facial cleanse, then mask treatment.
  • Body – have a nice bubble bath (for two), with essential oils and lots of candles.
  • Feet – a foot scrub, followed by giving each other a foot massage.

Evening Movie Night:
End the evening with a movie and dinner for two. Given how relaxed the day has been so far, I suggest ordering takeout so you don’t have to cook. Be sure to include your favorite libation.
If you have a backyard, rooftop or terrace large enough, watch the movie and eat dinner outside under the stars, picnic style. This does require having the necessary equipment, such as a projector and screen, or large monitor/tv that you can watch outside. If outside is not an option, then have a picnic on the floor of your living room.

 

10. Have A Virtual Wedding

One great way to celebrate your original date, is to still get married! Whether you have a legal ceremony or you opt to exchange vows without all of the paperwork, you can still have a great virtual wedding. 

Go ahead and get dressed up as you would have for the wedding day (wear a special dress, get dolled up, the whole nine). Hire a florist to create some beautiful arrangements. Think about adorning your place with florals in not so obvious places (like along the stairway if you have stairs). Be sure to have the florist create a wedding bouquet and boutonniere! Make it special.

And create a floral ceremony backdrop (if you have space outside, and weather permits, go for it!)

Photography by Shira Wein Photography | Planning by Erganic Design 

With family and friends attending virtually, you can add a few fun elements to the celebration.
Include music – virtual live music or a DJ (or Soundcloud playlist) will help set the tone.

  • Wine
    You can have wine shipped to your guests, so you can all toast at the same time. Of course, you can still all toast at the same time, even if you do not have the same exact wine.
  • Food
    If the budget permits, have food delivered to your guests. This can be a little tricky if you are not all in the same city. If you are not in the same city, pick out something fun (your favorite pizza, or sushi, or other type of food that your guests can find locally), and then you’ll all be having, essentially, the same type of food, together.
  • Have a virtual photobooth
    With a quick search, you’ll find a lot of great companies offering virtual photobooths for virtual events. It’s become a thing, and guests are loving it.
  • Hire a mentalist
    I have produced quite a few events with mentalists as secret guests. And the crowds love it. Thankfully, these awesome entertainers have created a virtual experience where you can incorporate them into your virtual wedding celebration. And the best part is, they can be based anywhere, and still provide their unique entertainment for your virtual wedding.

Above all, have fun! This day may not unfold the way you originally intended, but it can still be epic, and most importantly, its now part of your amazing forever love story.

 

Sojourner Auguste is the founder and Creative Director of Erganic Design, a wedding design and planning company based in New York City. She began her design career as an Architect for luxury retail brands, and transitioned over to weddings and special events 10 years ago. She has helped couples celebrate their unions in unique and big ways, on (4) four different continents.

Find Out Why the Prospect House in Austin, TX Is Our Favorite Venue for Modern Weddings

If you’re looking for a blank-slate wedding venue with the bones to make your wedding vision a reality – The Prospect House is your dream locale. For today’s wedding, the overall design goal was to create a romantic garden look but with minimalist lines”, and thanks to the talented team at Wild Sky Events – they achieved just that! Clementine Botanical Art’s organic blush blooms looked so romantic against the bright white walls of the reception space, while the boho lounge decor made for a major personality moment! Check out the full gallery to watch the magic unfold – all taken by Feather & Twine!

From Wild Sky EventsFor this wedding, our design goal was to create a romantic garden look but with minimalist lines. We love working with Clementine Botanical Art on our weddings because her whimsical and natural floral style is so gorgeous. She is able to create a garden look without it feeling messy! For weddings that want to go with a more minimalist look, we always like to add candles and other texture elements so the tables don’t feel empty. 

For this wedding, we brought our lovely modern clear taper candle holders as they add dimension to the tablescape design but are simple enough that they don’t draw too much attention. Carta Plena created a wonderful minimalist stationery set and for added texture, we went with Birch and Brass Rental’s organic china, natural fringe napkins, and our favorite white and gold flatware. 

For the ceremony, we had a custom chuppah frame built to add on to the existing structure at the venue. We draped the frame in a lovely loose cheesecloth and Clementine covered it head to toe in greenery. The focal point for the ceremony is the gorgeous hill country view so but focusing on a simple white frame and greenery the view retains guests’ attention. For extra details, we brought in a fun neon sign, funky minimalist boho lounge, polaroid selfie guest book station and a hanging seating chart installation.

Photography: Feather & Twine | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Feathers & Frosting | Stationery: Carta Plena | Catering: Royal Fig Catering | DJ: DJ Nixx | Venue: Prospect House | Chuppah Frame: Mancino Iron Works | Floral: Clementine Botanical Art | Jumpsuit: Stone Cold Fox | Music: Terra Vista Strings | Planning & Design: Wild Sky Events | Rentals: Birch And Brass Rentals

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