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Enchanted Santa Lucia Preserve Forest Wedding in Carmel-By-The-Sea

Truth be told, I had a LOT of wedding venue inspiration to choose from when I was in the planning process—a pro (or con?) of the job, depending on how you look at it. On my (very long) wish list was Santa Lucia Preserve, because well, LOOK. Though I didn’t end up choosing it for my own I dos, I still get to enjoy it’s beauty thanks to celebrations like today’s planned by Lady Liberty Events. Every moment snapped up by Kelsea Holder is filled with modern rustic beauty and utter joy. Experience it all below for yourself.

From Lady Liberty EventsB&A wanted their special day to be an intimate celebration truly reflecting both of their personalities and style . With the groom leaning more towards modern simplicity and the bride wanting to include hints of vintage and natural elements, we worked closely with them to create a remarkable day that embodied all of their desires. Incorporating warm jewel color tones in hues of forest green, rust and pomegranate along with gold and blush accents, provided a striking contrast to the venues surrounding.

A stunning ceremony in a serene forrest setting encompassed by massive red wood trees, we focused on the nature of the beautiful organic environment. B and A said I do surrounded by a lush floral circular floor installation that was jaw droppingly stunning. Guests were transported to the cocktail hour where the bride and groom wanted to create more of an interactive and fun post-ceremony celebration (which included elements such as monogramed jenga, corn hole, cheese tower/charcuterie display). The escort display, a salute to the groom’s company and where the bride and groom first met, consisted of a unique display of hand made miniature grocery shopping bags filled with marzipan carrots along with each guests name and table assignment. Crafted signature cocktails were flowing at both the cocktail hour and reception, providing fresh mocktails and alcohol based selections all evening long.

As guests approached Santa Lucia’s iconic barn, they were greeted by a swag of twinkling lights that lended to the cozy outdoor lounge and fire pit area. With custom draping, crawling greens, and assorted candles flanking the barn doors, upon entry guests were in awe of the barns transformation. Overhead, rustic wood chandeliers dressed with dripping foliage were hung over the center dining area while both sides of the barn were draped with flowing fabric providing a special setting above all the guests. A swooping installation of fairy lights that were strategically strung to complement the barn’s layout, created an incredible overhead moment unlike any other. Modern Wood round and kings tables romantically draped with antiqued-blush runners, gold leaf patterned chargers with forrest green dinner plates, spice velvet foiled menus, and miniature Dandelion chocolate bar place cards (the bride and grooms favorite chocolate), created a dreamy place setting for each guest.

The indulgent florals, perfectly spilling onto the tables, were constructed of blooms in hues that complimented the entire table scape with taper candles in rust and dark green displayed in gold modern holders adding to the entire moment. The tables were all named after the couples favorite places to visit in San Fransico and watercolor images of each location were used to designate each table. Under the sea of twinkle lights, a vintage photo booth bus and guest book display provided a fun place for guests to snap some pics for the bride and groom. Rather then focusing on a huge cake, we went with a selection of individual pies since Becky’s favorite dessert is pie. The pies were displayed under a plexiglass sign that read “PIED THE KNOT” with a small statement cake that B&A would cut into. The Bride and Groom wanted to be sure to create a number of different experiences throughout the evening that their guests would enjoy….it was a HUGE success.

Photographer: Kelsea Holder Photography | Florist: Enchanted Garden Floral Design | Cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop | Catering : Santa Lucia Preserve | Lighting : Fiesta lighting | Ceremony Music: Isaiah Pekary | Venue: Santa Lucia Preserve | Beauty: Urban Beauty Loft | Bride Dress: Galia Lahav | Event Planner/Designer: Lady Liberty Events | Groom Attire: Custom Tuxedos From Elevee | Invitations & Printed Items: Prim & Pixie | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Music/Entertainment: Dart Collective | PhotoBooth: Das Bus | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Specialty Rentals: Theoni Collection | Specialty Rentals: Found Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Blueprint Studios

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Take Note! 8 Wedding Dress Details You Should Consider When Selecting Your Gown

You’ve had your dream dress in mind since the days of playing “wedding” in your backyard. But when it comes to shopping for your perfect gown, you’ll realize there’s more to it than simply picking something out from Mom’s wardrobe. There are details to consider, like the dress neckline, length, material, train, and more! So with the help of Allure Bridals, we’re rounding up what to search for to ensure it’s a selection you’ll love (and your four-year-old self would be proud of). Scroll on for the info, then head to AllureBridals.com to start shopping!

Take note of the train. Not all trains are created equal! For example, you wouldn’t want a 12-foot train for a beach wedding or a tea-length gown for a formal affair. When it comes to fabric trailing behind your gown, be mindful of matching it to your wedding theme and setting. (Our hearts are set on Allure gown 9505 for its versatile, voluminous train that works for ceremonies both inside or out. Perfect!)

Play up the back: Sure, the front of your frock is the first thing people will see. But the back of the gown is what leaves a lasting impression. If you want a more spirited vibe with your selection, go for something like a behind bow detail for an added element of fun. Our pick? This charming Allure selection — I mean, how fun is that bow?!

Consider heel height: Planning on flaunting flats on your Big Day? While we’re all for switching into something comfortable on the dancefloor, consider how the dress looks without extra height. The difference may help you make your decision on the spot.

Add a little extra with embellishments. We adore the use of eloquently applied appliqués — they instantly up the wow factor on a gown! So if you’re in the market for something special, ask to try styles with added embellishments, like the gorgeous Allure 9505, to see if it’s a look you love.

Material sets the tone. Having a good feel for your fabrics is key to keeping the dress in budget and on-theme with your wedding. Just take tulle, a structured transparent netting found in fuller and more formal ballgowns. Then there’s crepe, a draped silk fabric that looks flawless on curvy and minimalist models. For overlays and embroidery, you’ll often see organza used for its effortless seethrough look. And finally lace, it’s timeless and traditional and can be made up of dozens of different types of characteristics, depending on which one you go with. Settle on a fabric, then use it as a starting guide to finding something just right for you.

Keep it at arm’s length. Let’s talk straps! While some girls love to show a little shoulder in a strapless look, others appreciate the support (and low-maintenance fit) of a spaghetti or a cap sleeve option. For those who want extra coverage, or are getting married at a more conservative venue, three-quarter or long-sleeved selections may be for you. Keep all of these in mind as you start your search.

Contemplate color. Looking to break away from an all-white look? Consider adding a bit of color to your dress. We love the idea of having a slight hint of nude or blush in a skirt or bodice to make it feel fresh, whimsical, and unique, like Allure style 9520.

Dress by Allure | Style 9620

Comfort is key. Fashion can mean sacrificing comfort. But when it comes to your wedding day, this should not be the case. As you slip into gowns, be sure to pay attention to fabrics and styles that’ll allow you to breathe easy, from walking down the aisle to breaking it down on the dance floor. After all, looking good and feeling good is what it’s all about!

Lush Wedding Inspiration with Modern Elegance at Château De La Napoule

The sun-soaked French Riviera, colorful blooms, a to-die-for Naeem Khan dress and photos by Oliver Fly Photography… I mean, does it get much better than this, folks? I think not. Prepare to fall in love with every intricate detail of this modern yet elegant editorial at Château De La Napoule planned and designed by White Eden Weddings. The stunning tablescape adorned with heavenly flowers from Miss Rose by Perrine will take your breath away while the ceremony site is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Alright, enough talking, it’s time to get inspired…

From White Eden WeddingsWhen thinking up our vision for this editorial, we had three words in mind: colorful, lush and refined. We wanted to embrace the sunny nature of the French Riviera and combine it with modern elegance. We based ourselves at the stunning Chateau de la Napoule to create that colorful and refined inspiration, especially in the stunning « Lovers garden » which we turned into a romantic, pastel filled and elegant cocoon.

This intimate garden overlooks the sea -the essence of the French Riviera, and is surrounded by the stone castle and lush greenery, which creates an incredible intimacy and nature connected sense. Every element of the design is consistent and echoes the next one. It all started with the choice of the venue which is a place made for royalty! We designed all the ingredients of the day to bring a feminine and romantic feel to that masculine Chateau.

The stunning flowers by Miss Rose by Perrine are lush, exquisite and a central element of the day. We focused on a refreshing and sunny pastel color palette to bring some lightness and airiness to the solemnity of the Chateau. The ceremony space was intimate and organic to fully embrace and enhance the existing nature in the garden. Perrine designed a custom arch covered in foliage and flowers as if nature and flowers took over in this space; and incorporated orchids and ranunculus, the favorite flowers of the bride.

The centerpieces were the continuity of the ceremony area with lavish flowers covering the table like a colorful path straight out of our wildest spring dreams. The table was topped with a bespoke velvet pink tablecloth and modern golden flatware that echoed the geometric golden chairs. Touches of pale yellow were added in the flowers to remind the bride’s stunning engagement ring: a yellow diamond solitaire, custom made by Louis Julian. In order to create a link between every moment of the wedding, from the reception of the Save the dates months earlier to the dinner reception, the bespoke stationery accompanies the guests. Delphine from Silent Word Studio created bespoke watercolors of the chateau that were present on the Save the Dates, the invitation suite and the menus. The very original escort cards completed it and actually represent the Chateau once brought together like a puzzle!

We created welcome baskets that could be delivered in hotel rooms to greet guests. These were designed to make them feel as welcome and special as possible and included a hand drawn map of the French Riviera with the events from the welcome dinner to the wedding day to the brunch; gorgeous and delicious treats, and some bubbly to start the wedding celebrations off right! On the day, the intimacy and collusion between the bride and groom was palpable and refreshing, and the show stopping Naeem Khan wedding gown brought a goddess and ethereal look to Laura, our lovely bride, which was complimented with a very light make up and natural hair. Catherine from Made in Cake got actually inspired by it and beautifully reproduced the patterns of the dress on the trio of wedding cakes and on the delicate sugar cookies that were included in the welcome baskets. All of these details would of course be meaningless if not captured perfectly by Oliver Fly, a film photographer as involved as talented. His keen eye for details and unequaled commitment to styling and flawless results enabled us to showcase every aspect of this shoot.

Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Floral Design: Miss Rose By Perrine | Dress: Naeem Khan | Wedding cake: Made In Cake | Rings: Louis Julian Cannes | Tuxedo : By Monsieur | Bridal Shoes : Bella Belle | Chateau: Chateau De La Napoule | Hair & Make up: Amandine Baron | Planning & Design: White Eden Weddings | Rentals: Options | Ring box : The Mrs Box | Stationery & Calligraphy: Silent Word Studio | Vows Books: elmo Paperstories ltd.

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This Colorful Amalfi Coast Wedding at Villa Cimbrone Is a Real-Life Fairytale

Say “ciao” to the most magical, intimate Amalfi Coast wedding at one of our favorite venues, Villa Cimbrone, captured beautifully by Facibeni Fotografia. The beautiful bride took inspiration from her bold bridesmaids’ dresses designed by Johanna Ortiz for her bright pink color scheme. The week-long festivities went off without a hitch all thanks to Sarah Fay Egan! The bride donned a Monique Lhuillier gown that we’ll be seeing in our dreams for many days to come – a true princess dress! Oh, and the flowers, ohhh the flowers… let’s just say if you’re a pink peonies girl, then this one’s for you.

From The Bride… I envisioned an intimate wedding in Italy, which is my favorite country in the world. I wanted the whole week of festivities to be very personal so that my husband and I’s friends and family could connect and become friends at the end of it. I wanted lots of candles and flowers – I think these two elements are key in a beautiful wedding. But at the end of the day I just wanted everyone to have fun and enjoy this magical place! My color palette was pink, green and white. I am usually not a colorful person but I found a bright pink Johanna Ortiz bridesmaid dress that had the most beautiful colors on it and took inspiration from there.

I am a chef so I love finding pottery for my kitchen when I travel. While in Positano prepping for the wedding, I found some handmade coffee mugs that had lemons painted on them. I thought they would be perfect for our gift baskets so I had 120 of them made with our names and wedding date on them. They were such a great take away and I love that our guests still use them to this day and it reminds them of our wedding weekend.

My favorite moment was probably saying my vows to my husband. I am from Texas so we are very used to a couple hundred person wedding, even some that have over 1,000 guests. I stood there saying my vows to my husband and looked into the crowd of 98 people and it was every single person I love in my life sitting in my most favorite town in the whole world. It was a pinch-me moment that I never wanted to end.

My flowers were an assortment of different kinds – everything from peonies to roses in all different hues of pink with some leafy greens in the mix. My gown was a large Monique Lhuillier gown that I had found while traveling in LA. I had originally wanted something tight/ almost a mermaid fit but my mom made me try on this large, strapless lace gown and I fell in love. I did want to be completely covered durning the ceremony so I had them make a long sleeve lace top that fit perfectly over my dress. I removed it after our dinner.

Our cake was a large white cake with real pink flowers all down it. It was a lemon cake of course because lemons were a big theme with our wedding! Our gift bags were a fun straw beach bag that I found on Etsy. I wanted everything from the bag to be used again so I created things that I had received from past weddings and still loved. I had the mugs made, baseball caps made with our monogram and lemons on them, a bag of lemon candies that I had found in Ravello and loved along with waters and some treats! My best advise for all the brides-to-be? Don’t stress and find a good wedding planner! Our wedding planners really helped make this week so perfect and took anyway any worries I had so I was able to enjoy every moment. I trusted them and put the weekend in their hands and everything turned out magical.

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Photography: Facibeni Fotografia | Videography: Matteo Castelluccia Videomaker | Event Planning: Sara Fay Egan (@sarafayeganevents) | Floral Design: Sebastian Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Villa Cimbronne | Invitations: Paradise Design Co | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Johanna Ortiz | Makeup: Danni Miniz (@lovelydanni_artistry) | Makeup : Mason Griffin (@masondelaneymakeup) | Calligraphy: Tara Jones Calligraphy | Entertainment: Nuart (@nuart_events) | Wedding Venue: Villa Cimbronne | Accomodations: Palazzo Avino

How To Host A Delicious Mexican Date Night In For You and Bae

Cancel your dinner reservations — it’s time to do a date night in! With the help of Cuisinart, we’re showing you how to whip up a cozy Mexican meal in your home that bae (and you!) are sure to love. With mouthwatering recipes like shrimp ceviche tostadas, grilled Mexican corn, and frozen watermelon margaritas on the menu, and colorful decor to boot, it’s bound to be a fiesta! Scroll below for the tips on the simple – and super stylish – ways to get it done.

Recipe(s) for Success

With Cinco de Mayo and warm weather around the corner, there was no better time to debut some south of the border palette-pleasers. On the menu? Savory Mexican corn whipped up in this user-friendly griddler, a flavor-packed shrimp ceviche made easy with this professional knife block set, and last, but certainly not least, an ice-cold margarita complete with a fruity twist (made in this easy-pour blender). Rest assured, these selections were delicious and easy to make, too — which takes the pressures off of you!

Find all of the yummy recipes to get you started here, then, see them in action in the video below!
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Entertaining Essentials

Let’s taco ’bout the products we used to pull the meal together! Believe it or not, a solid set of knives (you’ve been using those dull ones for years) and sleek non-stick pans help make date night – and clean-up – a breeze. We’re all for it! Luckily, Cuisinart® equipped us with the staples we needed to keep things easy, like these gorgeous gadgets below.

Love what you see? Get in on the action by shopping online or adding them to your registry so guests can get them for you on your Big Day.

1. Cuisinart Airfryer Toaster Oven

We loveee how this multi-purpose tool gave our tostadas a healthy take. By covering them in coconut oil, and popping them in the airfryer, they instantly took on a “fried” consistency — without the extra calories. And since the tool is so versatile (you can bake, broil, or toast your way through any recipe) it’ll become an instant staple in your kitchen for any meal.

 

2. Cuisinart Hurricane Velocity 2.25 Peak HP Blender

Summer season is coming, y’all… cue the cold drinks! Other than makin’ those tasty margaritas above, this heavy-duty blender holds its weight in gold when it comes to prepping smoothies, salsas, even your fiance’s famous daiquiris. With slick features, like an easy-pour spout and an ultra-quiet operation, it’s a standout among other models!

 

3. Cuisinart Griddler Five

Okay, okay, this may not be the first thing that comes to mind to equip your kitchen with. However, here’s why we’re obsessed with it: The digital display and user-friendly settings make it simple to whip up everything from paninis to savory Mexican side dishes. Plus, it has all the functionalities of a grill, so you can impress your S.O. by prepping burgers or brats on your own — all done indoors!

 

4. Cuisinart Professional Series 15 Piece Cutlery Block Set

Are you really a true chef without your own professional knife set? Upgrade your cutlery game with some of the 15 sharpest pieces of stainless steel knives around. (Buh-bye struggling while you chop your way through recipes!)

 

5. Cuisinart Hammered Collection Copper Tri-ply Stainless 9 Piece Set

It’s merely a bonus if appliances are beautiful, and this tri-ply hammered stainless steel set fits the bill. With all the essentials you need for your stovetop (like a saucepot, saute pan, and more!) you’ll be good-to-go to make dishes for all the date nights to come. Bonus: The Heat Surround™ Technology is extra forgiving, so you can cook away worry-free of burning anything, which we’re all for.

Table Talk

Creating a fun themed table is a must for your meal. We reached for breezy linens, beachy bamboo chargers, and pink florals to keep things feelin’ festive. We also incorporated everyday kitchen staples, like tumblers and gold flatware, to keep the tone casual as well. We finished up by throwing on a Latin-infused playlist to enjoy while we dug into those tostadas!

Ready to start the party? Print our recipes below, then head to Cuisinart.com to get the deets on other fiesta-friendly products you can shop or add to your registry to cover all of your kitchen needs. (Trust us: You’ll use ’em for just about everything!)

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Videography : Studio Dylan | Creative Direction and Design: Jess Blazejewski

Sarah Koller is a writer based in San Francisco, California. In addition to writing about other brides special days, Sarah is planning her own Big Day for Spring of 2019. Beyond bridal things, you’ll find her seeking out a good brunch place, perfecting her Instagram stories, or doing anything outside on a sunny day in Cali.

Imperial Amber & Peach Wedding Inspiration at Atelier Studio in Texas

If you’re stumped on what direction to go for a wedding color palette, may I suggest this melody of amber, peach, pink and mauve goodness?! Executed by Ashley Mauricio-Flores, the florals from The Vintage Bouquet mimic the sweetest sunrise, while gems from Nicole Mera add just the right amount of sparkle to the stunning Bride. And those darling peaches from Charity Teague Confections? They’re made from solid chocolate. There are too many delicious details to call out—thankfully you can experience them all below, with imagery by May Carlson.

This collaboration was a dream lineup of truly passionate creatives and what resulted was an ethereal afternoon of peaches, rosé, and magical amber light. Styled by the florist, Ashley Mauricio-Flores of The Vintage Bouquet and photographed by film photographer, May Carlson. They wanted to create something timeless, using royal elements but with a more modern American twist. They mixed a little old world with the new with the midcentury modern sofa and combining vintage gold candle sticks with more modern wooden ones.

They wanted it to be warm and rich in tone but soft in look and feel, consisting of amber, blush, yellow and gold accents. The colors are really vibrant but the way everything is composed it has a softer feminine feel. Every piece of the shoot was carefully selected to compliment one another. The model made for a perfect canvas to create some unique floral body decoration. Ashley designed a floral neck piece made of garden flowers and ranunculus that spread from the top of her neck to end of her shoulder. It was adhered to the model’s skin using a special type of body tape.

Nikki Swift with Nicole Mera kept the ear rings simple, yet classic, with stunning 2.50 Carat each diamond Asscher cut studs. The model wore pair a 3.02 ct Emerald cut & Baguette Diamond Halo three stone ring paired with an Asscher cut eternity band on the other hand.

The peaches on the plates were made from solid chocolate by Charity Teague confections in San Antonio. Believe it or not, they tasted even better than they looked! Everything used in the shoot is available to rent.

Photography: May Carlson Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Ashley Mauricio-Flores | Wedding Dress: Unbridaled | Cake : 2tarts Bakery | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Nicole Mera | Ring : Nicole Mera | Hair and Makeup : Amanda Jergins: Glam on Demand | Chairs : Luxe Event Decor | Chocolates : Charity Teague Confections | Gown & Designer : Nala via One Day Bridal | Model : Kennedy Givens | Paper Suite: Isidore Augustine | Photography - Assistance: Parker Radbourne | Planning and Design : Ashley Mauricio-Flores | Ring Box : Your Hearts Content | Styling Board : Olive and Oak | Vintage Rentals : Ashley Henry | Vintage mannequin: Lot 59

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The 11 Most Popular Wedding Dress Trends from Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week 2019

The lucky team at SMP just got back from the most amazing fashion-filled week in Barcelona taking in all the pretty at Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week 2019, and we’re here to fill you in on all the can’t miss trends fresh off the runway! From modern jumpsuits to jaw-droppingly big ball gowns – there’s SO much to see! So let’s get right into it, shall we… prepare for some major Pinspiration ahead!

1. Capes

Capes started making an appearance on the bridal runways a few years ago, but this season they’re back and better than ever. It’s official, the Super Bride look is here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Check out these gorgeous designs from Pronovias, Maggie Sottero and Marchesa.

Maggie Sottero

2. Colored Dresses

We love a bride who isn’t afraid of a major color pop! And if there’s one thing that caught our eye during VBBFW – it was bold, statement-making, colorful gowns. We just can’t get enough of these nontraditional styles.

Pronovias

3. Black Is the New White

So, it looks like designers have clearly crossed over to the dark side this season. We’re talkin’ BLACK wedding dresses people! Even if it’s not your thing, there’s no denying the sheer beauty in these gown. I mean, can say trés chic?

Sedomir Rodriguez De La Sierra

4. Bridal Jumpsuits

There’s something so powerful yet so elegant about a bridal jumpsuit – this season’s runway looks have us falling head over heels with this modern take on bridal style all over again.

Sedomir Rodriguez De La Sierra

5. Short Dresses

Designers were all about the short wedding dress trend this season and we’re seriously here for it. So, whether you want a cool, fuss-free frock to change into for the reception or you just genuinely love the short dress look for your wedding day – the options for you are truly endless! How sweet are these styles from Pronovias, Lorena Panea and Esther Noriega?

6. Voluminous Ball Gowns 

If we could only choose three words to describe this season’s wedding dresses, they would be – VA. VA. VOOM.

7. Ruffles 

Designers took this feminine trend to a whole new level this season with ruffled sleeves, skirts and everything in between!

8. Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle!

Glamorous brides – boy do we have a treat for you. Pronovias made your wedding dress dreams a reality this season by adding an extra dose of glitz and glam to their gowns. Let’s just say the results are truly spectacular.

9. Shoulder Play

We’re talking feathered shoulders, ruffled shoulders, voluminous shoulders, off-the-shoulder… really anything you can think of to make for a dramatic shoulder moment – this season did it. And they did it so well.

10. Minimal

Timeless style seems to be a reoccurring trend in almost every fashion week season, check out these instant classics from VBBFW19 below!

11. Bows 

This might just one of our favorite trends on the list! Whether they be bold and dramatic or small and sweet – in our opinion, bows are always a good idea.

A Destination Wedding at Alila Villas Uluwatu Rich with Balinese Culture

There’s nothing we love more than when a bride and groom choose to embrace the local culture of their wedding venue – it makes any wedding design all the more beautiful and special, don’t you agree?! This adorable couple tied the knot at Alila Villas Uluwatu with the help of Luxury Weddings Indonesia on a custom floating stage under a towering tropical arbor by Rose & Willow. The entire day is like a dream – see for yourself through these gorgeous images from Axioo Bali!

From Luxury Weddings Indonesia… Whilst hailing from Taiwan, Angela and Henry wanted their guests to be immersed in the local culture of the country they chose for their wedding, embracing the rich cultural heritage of Indonesia.

They reached out to Luxury Weddings Indonesia because of the company reputation with holding beautiful weddings at the stunning Alila Villas Uluwatu located on the southern cliffs of Bali. The decorator for the wedding, Rose and Willow, helped them to incorporate a lot of Indonesian cultural and traditional elements into the event; sourcing local foliage and flowers, lots of bamboo, rattan furniture and hanging lamps, Balinese umbrellas, hand-woven macrame and Tenun Ikat Jepara, – Javanese batik.

For the wedding ceremony we built a floating stage and ceremony area atop the resort’s central swimming pool, the aisle beginning at reception and continuing all the way to the end of the infinity pool on the cliff edge overlooking the ocean. The white aisle was decorated on either side by acrylic pedestals with glass vases of tropical leaves and baby’s breath. This lead to the altar and the palm leaf and monstera leaves wedding arch.

After the ceremony guests gathered for cocktails in the garden surrounded by big Balinese umbrellas with sofas underneath for them to chill and cover themselves from the heat of the setting sun. We included a photo corner with peacock styled rattan chairs so the guests could have the moment captured forever. For dinner we built 250 square meters of white wooden flooring covered by transparent tent on the lawn of Alila.

The tent was decorated with rattan lamps of various sizes, tropical greeneries and lot of fairy lights. We also hung rattan baskets sourced from a local Balinese market and adorned them with more freshly picked greenery. The guests were seated on wooden bentwood chairs of natural colors alongside tables adorned with centerpieces of intricate local rare white flowers and more greenery. As the sun went down all the lights and torches were lit up and created a beautiful ambience, a day and night in Bali to remember. Captured by Andreas Permadi from Axioo Bali Photography.

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Photography: Axioo Bali | Wedding Planner: Luxury Weddings | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Le Nouvelle | DJ: Andre Batz | Band: Yello Band | String Quartet: Melody Bali Voice | Decorator: Rose & Willow Weddings | Gift: Rove Gift | Gift: Rove Gift | MC: Rachel Alexsander | MC: Rachel Alexsander | Make Up Artist: Yeanne Makeup Art | Photo booth: LOL Photobooth | Resort: Alila Villas Uluwatu | Video: Axioo Bali

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8 Tips for Your Groom to Survive Wedding Planning

While it’s most common for the bride to handle the bulk of wedding planning, grooms should certainly join the process and contribute to the wedding day. Not only does this make it more fair for the bride, it also ensures the groom is invested in the aesthetic and logistics of the day. Whether your groom is excited or not at all for wedding planning, here are 8 tips for your groom to survive wedding planning.

1. Ask What He Values

At the beginning of the wedding planning process, ask your groom what he cares about and when it comes to the wedding day. His answers will help you determine which tasks he’ll enjoy taking on throughout planning.

Kaella of Kaella Lynn Events says, “As a planner, I always review my clients priorities early on so I can cater the planning to them. It goes the same for you as a couple. Determine what is important to each of you, and take note of what is important to him, that might not be your priority. Those are the things he is excited about so get him involved. Also I always remind myself, that the engagement and wedding planning process should be fun. It’s important to remember that the process is as special as the big day. It’s easy to get stressed and lost in the planning, but try not to lose sight of that. The more you to enjoy this time together the more you will not only survive and have fun!”

2. Set Your Budget Together

Remember that the wedding day belongs to both of you, so each of your values should be represented not only in the wedding plans, but also in the budget. “Have an honest discussion about wedding budget before you begin your planning. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a fabulous vendor or venue, only to realize they are out of your budget.  Coming to an agreement on budget ahead of time will save everyone involved a lot of heartache.” says Kate Siegel of Kate Siegel Fine Events.

3. Know How He Operates

Does your groom get things done on his own without you reminding him? Lucky you! If that’s not the case, understand how your groom works best. Should you make a to-do list so he can enjoy crossing off tasks? Do it if that works! Would he work best with calendar alerts or another method? Try those! Find a solution for your groom that will ensure he accomplishes planning tasks without feeling pressured or frustrated. Everybody has different preferences when it comes to logistical planning, so it’s best to find planning methods that work best for your groom and you!

4. Pace Yourselves

The fabulous planners behind Amorology recommend not pushing your groom into planning around the clock. They suggest to the groom, “Pace yourself! Only feel you need to be involved in the things that are very important to you or of course that your bride to be wants your support in! We have found it is always a fun idea to set aside one night a week for wedding planning with your bride! Go to your favorite restaurant, or cook dinner at home while discussing the details and making decisions in a low-pressure way that doesn’t overtake your engagement!” Combining planning with a fun or casual activity is a surefire way to make it feel manageable for grooms who might not be used to working on wedding tasks as frequently as the bride.

5. Have Him Attend the Tastings

Hands-down, every time I ask my grooms what their favorite part of planning was, they tell me it was the catering, cocktail, and cake tastings. Honestly, that was totally my favorite part too! Make sure your groom is able to attend anything tasting-related not only because it’s delicious and fun, but also because his input will be helpful when selecting final menus.

6. Properly Prepare for Meetings

Whether the meeting is about chairs, flowers, or planning logistics, it’s not uncommon for it to last much longer than you anticipate. Jeannie Savage of Details Details recommends, “I think it’s important for grooms to never enter any meeting on an empty stomach.  Sometimes meetings are longer than an hour and it’s hard to anticipate a definite end time. So it’s also important for the bride to anticipate this too, make sure you are not hungry!”

7. Have Him Interact with Your Planner

When it comes to interacting with vendors, grooms should not be shy about communicating with your wedding planner. Heather Hoesch of LVL Events advises, “Be sure you talk about the parts that matter to you, often times grooms speak up in the final hour when it is too late and that can cause conflict and stress right before the wedding.” Additionally, she encourages grooms by adding, “Don’t be afraid to ask your planner questions directly! So often grooms use the bride as the buffer and that can cause unnecessary stress.”

8. Don’t Neglect Date Night

Remember not to lose yourselves in the planning process. Be sure to spend time together outside of wedding planning. Rachel Welland of Bliss Events adds, “Plan dates so you are sure take some breaks from wedding planning!  Take the time to reconnect, relax, and catch up on other topics besides your wedding.  Outdoor dates (e.g. hiking, picnics, outdoor activities/sports) can help you feel refreshed and clear your heads.  Then you will be ready to tackle wedding planning again.”

Cavin Elizabeth is a wedding film photographer based in San Diego, California. Her wedding work has taken her all over the United States and abroad. In addition to being a photographer, Cavin is an educator and an avid blogger of wedding planning tips for brides and grooms. She authored the book A Bride’s Guide to a Picture Perfect Wedding, which teaches couples how to make wedding plans that are best for photography. 

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3 Ways To Make Your Wedding Planning Process Completely Stress-Free

From April Baytan DesignsWith so many options and endless inspiration, planning and designing your perfect wedding day is a challenging task for many couples. Too often, couples don’t know how to navigate the initial process, they get discouraged and start to reject their own personal taste and style, and fall into planning a wedding not curated to them—leading them to give in and more often than not try to replicate a beautiful wedding they’ve come across instead of creating their own authentic day. So how should one start? Along with stunning imagery from Mariel V Photo and a film from Hitmaker Films, we have some tips below for you today.

First – a quick look at how this gorgeous day came together in this sweet clip put together by Hitmaker Films.

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1. Start with You.

You, your lifestyle, and your relationship are more than enough. Inspiration to create and design a beautiful wedding doesn’t have to go any further. Before you even hire any wedding vendors, the best thing to do is take some good quality time and reflect on yourselves and your relationship. Let your relationship and who you are as a couple be the desired inspiration to help guide you in designing your special day. What things do you enjoy? How would you describe yourselves and style as a couple? What wonderful memories do you have that you want to incorporate into your wedding somehow? Once you gather your thoughts and have a good grasp on the things that make your relationship unique and brings the both of you joy, you can then make the step towards finding a wedding planner or designer that’s right for you.

2. Choose a Planner or Designer that Compliments You

Yes, the actual planning of your perfect wedding can be difficult, especially if you haven’t planned one before. Wedding planners are such a great resource to help you execute your wedding vision, keep expenses within a reasonable budget, and ensure your event runs smoothly. But don’t just pick a planner or designer that you know will do a good job, pick someone who you actually like to be around. Planning a wedding with someone you actually enjoy and naturally click with is a lot less stressful than one who doesn’t understand you and planning a wedding with someone who’s easy to be around is actually a lot of fun! The more you feel like you can be yourself around your planner or designer, the more your planner or designer will get a better sense of who you are and what vendors would be best to partner with.

3. Trust Your Planner or Designer to Help Create Your Vendor Team

Once you have your planner and designer, you’re more than likely going to be shown their preferred vendor list – don’t dismiss these! No, you don’t have to use people off of your planner’s preferred vendor list if you absolutely don’t want to, but there are a lot of advantages to hiring vendors who are familiar with each other. When you select vendors who enjoy working together, you’re hiring a team of professionals who not only want to do a great job for you, but also for one another. Vendors who love working together will go the extra mile to help one another and also want to elevate each other’s work when possible. Not only does this benefit you and create beautiful content for your photographer, but it also helps with easy communication throughout the planning process as well as positive energy and smooth logistics on your actual wedding day.

Here’s an example of how Floral and Event Designer, April Baytan Designs, together with close friend and talented Photographer, Mariel V Photo, put together a beautiful wedding design by simply using a couple’s lifestyle as inspiration.

Our couple loved growing up in the very diverse and eclectic city of San Francisco and wanted their personal style and love for their beloved city to be the inspiration for their wedding design. Their modern yet sophisticated “city by the water” wedding takes place in San Francisco and draws direct inspiration from the city’s environment. A color palette filled with shades of blue and grey reminiscent of the city’s tall concrete and glass buildings, surrounding blue ocean, and often present fog served as the foundation for the rest of the design. Glass-like textures were used such as sleek ghost chairs from The Chiavari Guys and our bride’s earrings and fluid artistic gestures of gorgeous water-stroked details from paper goods by S Libbrecht Studios and cake by Paper Heart Patisserie.

To keep the couple’s modern day style at the very forefront, April Baytan Designs put together garden style floral pieces in a neutral palette of white and cream and paired them with other neutral details, such as a charcoal grey linen from La Tavola Linen, simple and classic tabletop items from Aracely Cafe and the most light and airy silk ribbon from Frou Frou Chic. Last but not least, for a stylish and grand statement, the couple’s modern and uber chic style was showcased with a show stopping blue tulle wedding gown and effortless second white option by Carol Hanna Bridal demonstrating endless amounts of texture and movement which went together perfectly with effortless hair and makeup by CSM Lash.

Photographer: Mariel V | Videography: Hit Maker Films | Floral & Event Design: April Baytan | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Paper Heart Patisserie | Hair & Makeup: CSM Lash | Chairs: The Chiavari Guys | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper Goods: Shelby Libbrecht Studio | Restaurant & Event Space: Aracely Restaurant | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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Industrial Chic Wedding Inspiration at Strongwater Events in Columbus, Ohio

I look at every wedding editorial we share like a mini lesson in wedding planning. After all, the pros are creating a pretty little Big Day blueprint just for you! Today’s blending of styles is the main focus and one you should heed. If you’re scouting venues with an industrial vibe, make sure to give your space a bit of soft contrast like Mari Foster did here; layering in florals from Evergreen Flower Co. and a flowing Willowby Watters dress. Lauren Lee created a collection of images that you can study in depth to pull inspo from for your own celebration—see them all here.

From Lauren Lee PhotoFor this wedding editorial, we had a lot of fun playing off of the natural and organic design aesthetic of the venue. Our minimalistic table-scape added a pop of color to the space as the twists and turns of the centerpiece created flowing movement. To complete the look, we fell in love with velvet table linens and a soft yet playful gown. The flowers and color scheme were inspired by the season. Spring flowers such as lilac and parrot tulips were an essential part of the design. We also incorporated Japanese ranunculus, delphinium, and sweet pea.

Photography: @laurenleephotography | Event Design: Something Old Dayton Vintage Rental | Floral Design: Evergreen Flower Co. | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Miam Cake | Invitations: @laurenleephotography | Shoes: Bella Belle | Ring: Kristen Coffin | Makeup: The Bride Bar | Hair: The Bride Bar | Venue: @strongwater_events | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photography - Assistance: Jessica Babic Photography | Rentals: Something Old Dayton Vintage Rental | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Vow Books: Beautifully Noted | Wedding Boutique : La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique

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Stunning Arabian Wedding Inspiration in Muted Tones at Qasr Al Sultan

The most beautiful bride, blooming floral by Le Marche des Fluers in romantic muted hues and stunning details inspired by the unique heritage of Dubai – these are just a few things you can expect to see from today’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous style shoot from The Purple Chair. Maddy Christina captured the feminine aesthetic of the designs so flawlessly – trust us when we say you’re going to want to spend a little extra time admiring this one, friends!

From The Purple ChairThe Arabian shoot was born as a result of creatives from different regions who met in Dubai to create a location inspired shoot. The venue was the perfect backdrop for this shoot as it highlights the unique heritage of the city. Beautiful coral architecture and brass elements were abundant in the venue.

Pampass, mustard roses, buds, berries and a combination of garden roses were perfectly married in clay vases by Le Marche de Fleur. Muted tones were selected to compliment the mustard and beige accents of the venue. Robin from Feather Paper created a delicate hand crafted invitation suite incorporating the distinctive Arabian bee and Ghaff leaves to tie the suite with the shoot. The special accent in the menu shots were the spices which are a vital part of the day to day culture in the region.

The Purple Chair worked closely with Sara from 800 Tailor to create a modest jumpsuit paired with a cape and a lace hood highlighting the elegance of the bride and embracing her tradition in a romantic and humble manner. The video captured so immaculately by Morning Jacket Films provides viewers with a better look and feel of the feminine aesthetics, embroidery and detailing of this inspirational shoot.

It was a pleasure working with like minded and talented individuals who all came together to create this local inspired shoot and provide the industry with a closer look at the details and unique beauty that stems from this region.

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Photographer: Maddy Christina | Flowers: Le Marchè des fleurs | Dress: 800 Tailor | Stationery : Cotton Lifestyles | Hair and Make up: Monica MH Beauty | Wedding Venue: Qasr Al Sultan | Furniture: Innovative Hiring | Heels: Bella Belle | Stylist: The Purple Chair | Tableware: The Supper House | Video: Morning Jacket Films

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How to Be the Greatest Best Man & Maid of Honor Ever

At the end of my own wedding night, my bridesman (yes, that’s right!) told me that he hadn’t realized how much of a privilege it was to be in my bridal party until the day unfolded. Cue a huge hug from me! As a best man or maid of honor, know that you’ve been honored to be a large party of the bride or groom’s core group for the wedding day and that truly should mean something to you. They could have chosen any of their friends or family members to fill the position and they chose you. To live up to the title, here’s how to be the greatest best man and maid of honor ever.

1. Always Ask How You Can Help

The bride or groom likely will need help at some point throughout their planning and especially on the wedding day. Not all couples will directly ask for help, so be sure to ask often if they need anything or what you can do to help.

2. Plan a Bachelorette/Bachelor Trip

Traditionally, the maid of honor and best man plan the bachelorette and bachelor trips, respectively. If you’re up to the task, plan a trip that the bride or groom will love. If they’re huge party people, perhaps plan a lively weekend in Vegas. If they’re more chill and prefer relaxing, you could opt for a quiet trip to Palm Springs. Bottom line, plan the trip with their interests in mind and ask for help from the other bridal party members if you need any assistance. That way the bride and groom never have to lift a finger. They’ll simply enjoy the trip and some time away from work and wedding planning.

3. Know the Wedding Timeline

I cannot stress enough how quickly the wedding day goes by and how many things the bride and groom have on their mind. On my own wedding day, I loved that I didn’t have to look at a schedule. My bridal party had it printed or saved to their phone to reference throughout the day. All I had to do was ask when something was going to happen next and they immediately could tell me! My husband’s best man had the timeline fully memorized and was wonderful at directing where he and the groomsmen would go next. It seems simple, but knowing the timeline like the back of your hand will be a huge help to the couple!

4. Organize the Getting Ready Room

Before the photographer is set to arrive, enlist all of the bridal party members in cleaning up trash, plastic water bottles, suitcases, shoes, etc. from the areas that will be photographed. This is not only greatly appreciated by the photographer but also from the couple who will love their cleaner photos!

5. Keep Bridal Party Members On Time

Again, the timeline of the wedding day is something you should know well. Know when to direct the bridal party to be at their next location and ensure they have everything they need with them like bouquets, boutonnieres, or anything else important. You don’t want the bridal party photos cut short because any of you were late for portraits, so keep them on a tight schedule!

6. Lookout for Hair and Makeup Touch Up Needs

Although hopefully the bride’s photographer has an eye for detail, you’ll want to make sure that you are looking out for stray hairs or smudged makeup on the bride in case the photographer misses it. Make sure she looks flawless throughout the day and always jump in to fix anything out of place. She’ll be so thankful!

7. Write an Incredible Toast

To give an unforgettable wedding toast, keep it to less than 4 minutes and be sure to tell guests who you are at the beginning. I find toasts that tell a story with a great flow from start to finish seem to do best with guests rather than a collection of random inside jokes. Be sure to practice your toast multiple times and have someone you trust give you feedback. Perfecting the toast not only shows you truly value the couple, but also ensures you give the best possible speech!

8. Check the Reception for Left Behind Items

At the end of the evening, the couple will be busy saying their goodbyes. Before you leave, check the reception space for any items they might have left behind. Phones, handbags, shoes, makeup, or even gifts certainly shouldn’t be left behind. It’s these little tasks that will truly make you the greatest best man or maid of honor!

Cavin Elizabeth is a wedding film photographer based in San Diego, California. Her wedding work has taken her all over the United States and abroad. In addition to being a photographer, Cavin is an educator and an avid blogger of wedding planning tips for brides and grooms. She authored the book A Bride’s Guide to a Picture Perfect Wedding, which teaches couples how to make wedding plans that are best for photography. 

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Chic Tulum Mexico Destination Wedding at Mahayana Tulum

I’ve seen enough Mexico destination weddings over the years and I can say with complete confidence that Tulum takes the cake. Sure, that’s a very personal opinion—but I have no doubt that once you see today’s beach fete from Ether & Smith and Destination Weddings Tulum, you’ll be on team Tulum, too. Dig your toes in the sand right here in the full gallery.

From Ether & SmithVivian & Basile, and their closest friends and family, flew all the way from Vancouver to Tulum, Mexico, to celebrate their vows and party under the night sky. The bride had three dresses, a chic lace Pronovias dress, a red dress for the reception, and a effortless bow dress for the first dance. The bridesmaids wore a beautifully draped pink dress perfect for the beach setting. The groom wore a blue suit with a unique floral lining to match the tropical setting.

The ceremony had a statement round flower arch focusing on the beach backdrop, guests entered the ceremony area welcomed by refreshing coconut drinks before they took their seats on wooden pews. Cocktail followed on the beach with the most perfect sunset views and delicious and unique hors d’oeuvres and acai bowls. Upon entering the reception area just steps away under the palm trees, they were welcomed with guest favors.

Long tables were decorated with white and green arrangements with gold accents. Mix-matched chairs gave character and a slightly rustic feel meets the beach life – the perfect Tulum vibe. The night ended with open dancing under the stars, a lot of sand between toes, and an after-party that will always be remembered.

From the Bride… Basile and I were two strangers that met at a coffee shop about five years ago. He had just moved over from Montreal and it was his second day in town. He moved into the building that housed my favorite coffee shop, and we struck up a conversation about travel, music and recommendations on what to do in this city that was now his new home. This fortuitous exchange turned into many planned dates, and a spontaneous first kiss at the inner harbor solidified our strong feelings for each other.

Since then we have reached many milestones together; we purchased our first home, welcomed an Australian Shepherd into our family, and traveled to many destinations around the world. When we traveled to China to visit my family in 2017, he proposed to me in Shanghai. One of my most romantic memories is of a tiny garden just tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Bund; Basile went down on one knee and I blubbered exclamations of surprise and tears before I remembered to proclaim my answer —a definite and resounding yes!

With our families being split up in Quebec, British Columbia and abroad, it made sense for us to seize the chance to plan a destination wedding. Basile gave me free reign to choose the location but I already knew exactly what I wanted. A few years ago my cousins (who are like sisters to me) traveled to Tulum, Mexico for a girls’ getaway and we had an exhilarating time exploring the cenotes, beach and town. One magical night while we were walking down the beach promenade we heard laughter and live music coming from an enchanting little restaurant that was closed for a private event. People were dancing with delight; their jubilation was infectious and we hovered around the entrance like moths drawn to a flame. We joked that the next one to get married amongst us three would have to get married there. 

Cenzontle : Jardin Secreto was that beguiling restaurant, and I eventually ended up having my rehearsal dinner there. When I became engaged and we started to plan for the wedding I suggested Tulum and the rest was history. I reached out to Sofía from Destination Weddings Tulum and she graciously took care of all of my needs; planning the perfect wedding that we had always envisioned for us. They delivered us a precious wedding that was laid-back, chic, lively and full of love.

Photographer: Ether & Smith | Videographer: Manu Capperalli | Planner: Destination Weddings Tulum | Floral Design: Moni Junco | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Lunna Rossa | Catering: El Patio by Corina | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Mahayana Tulum | Getting Ready Venue: Sanara | Guestbook: The Perfect Gift | Muscians : Fede Díaz + Bogdan Djukic | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Rentals: Aquadeco

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A Classic Wedding at Silverado Resort in Napa with a Modern Twist

If you don’t already know by now, classic green and white weddings are the key to our hearts here at SMP.  The minute we saw this gorgeous day planned by Whitney Werts & Company, we instantly fell in love with this timeless style all over again! Lucky for us, The Edges Wedding Photography was there to capture every magical moment unfold, including the sweetest hugs between the bride and her adorable flower girls (melting our hearts over here!) Louloudi Design created the most beautiful all-white bouquets that we just can’t get enough of. See it all below!

Check out this must-watch film of Laura & Raj’s special day from NST Pictures!

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From The Edges Wedding PhotographyLaura & Raj’s destination wedding was in Napa last June. Their friends and family traveled from all over the world for 3 days of events: Hindu Ceremony, Welcome Party and the Wedding.

What we really appreciate about this wedding is how classic and timeless all the details were, but with a modern twist!

One of our absolute favorite details are the all white bridesmaid dresses. So chic! The day felt like a fresh take on a garden party with lots of lush florals and blue & navy details.

The reception space was a different take on the typical “ballroom wedding” – the blue pattern of the table linen really brought the room to life. And the pattern also perfectly matched the details in the invitation suite. We loved that Laura changed into a glittery jumpsuit at the end of the night for dancing!

Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Event Planning: Whitney Werts Events | Floral Design: Louloudi Design | Cake: Sweetie Pies | Invitations: copper willow paper studio | Hair + Makeup: Miabel Artistry | Hair + Makeup: Nikki La Rose | Wedding Venue: Silverado Resort | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Music: Bellarosa String Quartet | Reception Music: Hip Entertainment | Rentals: Theoni Collection

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Blush-Inspired Maravilla Gardens Wedding in Camarillo, California

Does anyone else feel like the mauve is the new blush? Give me a big ol’ yes in the comments if so! And I’m not mad about it, at all. This pretty little soiree from Dear Lovers and White Blossom Events is further proving my theory is true. Paired with soft rose, al fresco portraits and blooms galore by City Flower LA, it’s a feminine fete for the books—see it all here.

From the photographer (Dani Toscano)… I recently had the pleasure of capturing Michelle & Daniel’s stunning blush-infused wedding at Maravilla Gardens in Ventura, California. The venue itself is such an amazing setting, with endless amounts of colorful flowers, a pair of doves, a view of vegetable fields, and the perfect golden lighting for a garden wedding. Planned by Amy of White Blossom Events, the space came together beautifully with hints of mauve, blush, deep red, and white tones.

The bride wore two dresses, one for her ceremony and another for her reception. For her ceremony, she wore the Hayley Paige Chantelle gown that was strapless, with a lace bodice and layered with tulle. For her reception, she wore the BHLDN Hearst silver gown.The groom wore a classic blue tux, with a solid mauve-colored tie and white boutonniere.

The botanical nature of this venue was emphasized with the stunning floral pieces crafted by City Flower LA. My favorite touch was the circular floral wedding arch, featuring a variety of roses, hydrangeas, eucalyptus, and dahlias. All throughout the space, guests were met with flowers, lush greenery, and butterflies. What a truly magical day! We are deeply grateful to have been a part of such a lovely and fairy tale inspired wedding.

From the bride (Michelle)… Prior to my big day, my dream wedding inspiration constantly changed from colors to locations to themes. I’ve been inspired by so many ideas so it was fun and challenging to curate my summer wedding. During our planning process, I became really interested in a very simple yet elegant chic vibe with muted warm colors and hints of natural elements.

While sticking to our theme, I was driven by a more feminine color palette which included dusty mauve and soft rose. We searched for bridesmaids dresses and I ended up finding a beautiful shade called sienna pink! It was the perfect hue to use as a base color, with romantic and subtle features. I felt like it could really compliment the ranges of greens and other colors at Maravilla Gardens and be a beautiful transition color from late summer to fall.

I wanted our flowers to compliment our romantic mauve palette and organically blend in with the rest of our details. The floral arrangements were executed so beautifully and matched the aesthetic of our wedding so well! We adored the pretty pastel shades, mixed in with mint-hued dusty miller and blush and red roses. We really felt like our flowers softened up some of the elements of the venue.

I absolutely adored our cake topper and our table sets. It added a personal touch to our wedding decor which I truly appreciated. Our cake topper was custom made to feature our wedding hashtag “aSonginthePark” and was placed against a beautiful vine-infused background.

For our table sets, I really enjoyed creating elements and dabbling in DIY projects with my close friends! For our wedding favors, we ended up painting mini pots and planting each individual succulent with love. It felt really special to include friends in such an important part of my wedding and know they helped me create something beautiful and communal.

We had so many favorite moments! From the planning to walking down the aisle to our first kiss to announcing our official names, it was all so incredibly fun for us. We especially loved celebrating with everyone we care for. It would be too difficult and unfair to single out just one moment! I truly believe our special day was an infinite moment that I will cherish forever.

My wedding planner, Amy from White Blossom did an incredible job in executing my vision and bring it to fruition. From our infinity floral arch to the little details of decor, we loved seeing everything we envisioned come together so naturally. We also enjoyed our bar cart stocked with tequila shots with a wooden sign that read: “Take a shot and take a seat.” The attention to detail and craft showcased our personalities!

Other favorite details from our wedding include all of the beautifully placed frames from our engagement session, the photo booth, and live music with our talented trio band who played all of our favorite oldies! It was truly such a magical night and we’re so grateful for all of our vendors!

Photography: Dear Lovers | Videography: Just Like Film | Planner: White Blossom Events | Florals: City Flower LA | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: MJB Cakes | Catering: Command Performance Catering | DJ: DJ Danny | Wedding Venue: Maravilla Gardens | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Makeup/Hair: Jenny Ung | Photo Booth: Open Air Photo Booth | Reception Dress: BHLDN

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Fine Art Ballroom Wedding Inspiration at The Pennsylvanian

In a day where modern al fresco weddings and laid back wedding venues are around every corner you turn—it’s so refreshing to see a classic, fine art take on ballroom weddings. That’s exactly what Megan Lee and Soiree by Souleret envisioned for their recent editorial. It’s just the right amount of elegance, mixed with playful touches. Join us here in the full gallery for even more!

The goal for this wedding inspired shoot was to bring back the luxury ballroom weddings in the fine art field of photography. Living in a big city like Pittsburgh, the majority of weddings are big and beautiful ballrooms. By hiring a photographer who knows how to create stunning “light and airy” reception images, a bride and groom can get a consistent final gallery!

With all the talk of royal weddings in 2018, the planner brought back the rich tones of gold and emerald to create a stunning ballroom style wedding in the heart of the Steel City (Pittsburgh, PA)! The couple that modeled in this shoot are engaged and getting married next year. They are both dancing partners at the Pittsburgh Ballet, so their chemistry and elegance for this shoot was perfect!

Photography: Megan Lee Photography | Event Planning: Soiree by Souleret | Floral Design: Green Sinner | Wedding Dress: Luxe Redux Bridal | Cake: Cakes by Colby | Invitations: Emily Baird Design | Reception Venue: The Pennsylvanian | Shoes: Something Bleu | Rings: Susie Saltzman | Makeup: See Jane Blush | Hair: Simply Captivating Salon | Lighting: EF Lighting | Groom: Alejandro Diaz | Suit: The Black Tux | Bride: Marisa Grywalski | Bridesmaid: Hannah Carter | Linens: Mosaic Inc. | Photography - Assistance: Jadynn Lucero | Photography - Assistance: Andrea Cooper | Rentals: All Occasions | Studio: Bar Marco

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10 Registry Items Worth The Splurge

Spoons and shakers may be no big deal but pots, pans and many other registry items get pricey pretty quickly. And if you’re like us, you’re familiar with that feeling of guilt adding those essentials (?) to your wedding registry. But enough with that. We’re diving in and discovering the goods that are really worth the high price tag. If you’ll use it every day and/or have for the rest of your happily ever after, these items deserve that spot on your registry list – no guilt or doubts needed.

10 Registry Items Worth the Splurge
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An Intimate Malibu Rocky Oaks Wedding with a Stunning Neutral Palette

You mayyy recognize this beautiful, glowing bride from your TV screens and today we’re lucky enough to share her Big Day with y’all! The adorable couple wanted their wedding day to feel like an intimate dinner party at home (love that), and with the help of the perfect venue, Malibu Rocky Oaks, and the perfect planner, All You Need Is Love Events, it was exactly what they dreamed of. Prepare for your jaw to drop when you see their ceremony set up arranged by JL Designs & Events (not to mention the breathtaking views!) See it all captured by Jillian Rose Photography below!

Tell us a little about you and Mitchell and how you met, fell in love and got engaged!

From the Bride… We’ve known each other since 6th grade, and fell in “love” for the first time in 8th grade. We had every class together and went to the 8th grade formal together! Then we went to different high schools and colleges, so we didn’t speak to each other for almost a decade, when we ran into each other again by pure chance because his friends were a fan of a show that I was acting in (Mitchell had NO idea I was even in this show, or even acting at the time). We stayed in touch after that, and a couple years later we started dating. Fast forward 5 years, we took a trip to Paris which was the first trip we took together when we first started dating and the city where we “made it official”. He proposed in a beautiful hotel room with the most incredible view of the Eiffel Tower, just the two of us, no crowds, no cameras. He even pushed the coffee table aside so he can get down on one knee! It’s a moment we share together that we will never forget.

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

We kept explaining to people (and eventually to my planner Shannon Dexter) that I wanted my wedding to feel like an intimate dinner party at home, but really pretty! So from the beginning, We were really determined to find a private home/estate, somewhere we wouldn’t see or run into anyone that wasn’t part of the wedding. So when we came across Malibu Rocky Oaks, We were in pure heaven. The helipad really sold it for me, but we really loved how private it was. You go up that drive way through the gates and you feel like you’re somewhere very far away. And for some reason, even though the house (mansion) is so beautiful and grand, it still felt like a space that we can make very personable and warm. It was the first venue we looked that, and our mind was completely set from the moment we stepped inside. As for style, Mitchell is more of a colors guy, but I LOVE me some neutrals, so being the wonderful guy he is, Mitchell agreed to go with neutrals (and lots of greenery!) for all of our decor and flowers. The views and everything at Rocky Oaks is so spectacular, we just wanted the decor to be something that compliments the views, not something that takes away from it. The biggest challenge for me personally was really putting a specific word for the style I wanted. I just kept blabbing on about how I wanted it to “feel cozy, and warm, and intimate, and very “us”- but still elegant and nice, but not too glitzy!” Luckily, Shannon Dexter is a mind reader and took all that and created the perfect ambience for our wedding.

Tell us about your decor elements, especially anything special that stands out.

One of the most special parts of our wedding was how much of a team effort it was. Especially for the decor, my sister (and maid of honor, AND officiant) did all of the signage– AND she had a baby six weeks before the wedding! But somehow, she managed to make the most beautiful signs, invitations, menus, etc. One of my favorite elements was that we had wood cutouts of the guests’ name on their plate settings. I think that really gave it that personal, dinner party feel I was going for! The welcome sign was also something SO unique and beautiful– we had an acrylic sign, with white writing, and she designed wood cutout leaves to accent it. It’s so hard to describe in words, but it was so cool, and with the added floral arrangements by our insanely talented florist Carissa Jones (JL designs) it was just pure perfection. I’m keeping that sign and putting it somewhere in my house for sure.

What were your favorite special touches from the wedding? Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?

I think our favorite “special touch” from our wedding was our ceremony. Our Maid of Honor and Best Man officiated the wedding, which we loved because we wanted someone that was the closest to us to marry us, not some random Judge we found online. My mom walked me down the aisle, which is obviously not traditional but she’s the most important person to me in the world and the person who taught me to love as deeply as I do, so that was also something very special. But I think what was unique about our ceremony was that we had our bridesmaids and groomsmen a part of the ceremony. For the Declaration of Intent (the “I Do” part of the ceremony), we had each of my bridesmaids ask Mitchell a question and vise versa. It was really special to us to have all of the wedding party be a part of the ceremony because they are the ones that are going to be our support system in our marriage. And also our friends thought of some funny questions, which made for good laughs during the ceremony! I loved that our ceremony was what we wanted– not what ceremonies are supposed to be like, or what is tradition.

What is your favorite memory of the day?

Every guest at the wedding will probably say Amy enjoyed the dancing portion of our wedding the most! (our band was awesome). But for us as a couple, I think it was when we finally got to see each other at the ceremony. We didn’t do first look photos, so the ceremony was the first time we got to see each other (after a long day of getting ready!). Also, Mitchell cried when he saw me walk down the aisle, so that was really adorable :). But it really is hard to pick just one memory of the day, the whole day was so magical and fun because we had such an incredible team of vendors who were so talented, but most importantly, a joy to be around.

Photography: Jillian Rose Photography | Cinematography: McDuff Productions | Floral Design: JL Designs & Events | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: MJB Cakes | Stationery: Fiber & Dye | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Made By Meg | Entertainment: Luxury Entertainment Group | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Wedding Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | Bar: Liquid Catering | Beauty: Tokiko Inoue | Photo Booth: The Booth & Bus Co, | Planning: All You Need Is Love Events | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

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Your Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

If you are a gifting procrastinator raise your hand! We know life gets busy and holidays creep up on us, so we’ve got you covered for those last minute Mother’s Day gifts. Shopping for mom always seems like a challenge but we can speak from experience when we say these gifts are always home runs!

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

1. Eberjey: PJs / 2. Paper Source: Card / 3. Yield Design: French Press/ 4. Serena & Lily: Tray / 5. Naked Cashmere: Slippers / 6. The Little Market: Bag / 7. Susanne Kaufmann: Bath Oil /  8. Great Jones: Pot / 9. Brooke & Lou: Butter Dish / 10. Sweet Laurel: Cookbook

 

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Bag: The Little Market | Bath Oil: Susanne Kaufmann | Butter Dish: Brooke & Lou | Card: Paper Source | Cookbook: Sweet Laurel Bakery | French Press: Yield Design | PJs: Eberjey | Pot: Great Jones | Slippers: Naked Cashmere | Tray: Serena & Lily