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Oversized Sun Hats, Romantic English Gardens and a Countryside Castle – Yes, Please!

This stunning editorial from Willow and Oak Events blends classic, old world elegance with fashion-forward details in the charming English countryside. Think Pride and Prejudice circa 2019. The full gallery captured by Julie Livingston Photography features three heart-stoppingly gorgeous gowns, enchanting floral arrangements from Moss & Stone and two unique but equally beautiful cakes from Lemon Tree Cakes. Prepare to get seriously inspired by this heavenly shoot!

From the stylist, Willow & Oak Events… In this couture European garden editorial, we wanted to achieve a true sense of the grandeur of Hedsor House, a Georgian venue in the English Countryside with roots deep in Royal history. Our goal was to bring the infamous gardens to life inside of a traditional home- to mix old classism and new. The images aim to evoke a sense of opulence, a feeling of intimacy, and inspiration that can only be told through a unique story. We’d recommend sitting amidst candlelight with a glass of chardonnay while viewing this dreamy gallery from Julie Livingston Photography! Our bride in this story, Elizabeth grew up in the English Countryside. She had a garden as ambitious as all of her dreams. She remembers as a little girl setting out at sunrise to walk barefoot, basket in hand alongside her mother to see what blooms were ready for harvest. Though her travels eventually took her away from England, this garden was her calm and the pendent for all of her wedding plans. 

The scripty calligraphy + custom illustration from Silbia Ro gives a feeling of old world romance that reminds us why we love correspondence where pen meets paper. As loose blooms, silk ribbons, petite perfumes and French ormolu jewelry boxes came together for the styled heirloom detail shots, our hearts were colored happy by the way the refined paperie danced with the Edwardian and Art Deco style engagement rings from the inimitable Victor Barboné. Elizabeth’s wedding weekend started just as many mornings of her childhood did – foraging fresh, organic, verdant blooms. The flirty Inbal Dror gown she wears in the garden is endlessly mesmerizing with its crystal dusted straps, pretty tulle bows and voluminous, sweeping skirt. As she explores the manicured gardens of Hedsor House, the beauty of which is unmatched, she moves slowly. She takes her time between pastel hydrangea corner and lily pond, boxwood labyrinth and old stone stairways and absorbs every tranquil moment of the day. As dusk set in and guests traveling from afar arrived, the al fresco welcome dinner encouraged the in between moments. 

Laughter over old stories and shared wonder over what the future holds. The blue velvet linen was draped with a powdery hued silk runner, as ikebana floral arrangements were scattered organically across the table. While the sun began to set over the Thames Valley, the guests took a break from formality, grabbed a slice of cake adorned with sugar flowers and let their antique arm chairs sit perfectly imperfect as they moved to the edge of the gardens. The bride’s princess gown by Lee Petra Grebenau from Morgan Davies Bridal with golden crystal tulle and floral embroidered lace was conjured up in a serendipitous moment we’re oh-so-glad happened. As she awakened the next morning, a misty morning added an ethereal energy to the grounds below where the intimate ceremony was prepared in the Sunken Garden. 

Upholstered Dior chairs sit on either side of the old stone pathway that becomes the aisle as Moss & Stone brings a colorful energy to the picturesque landscape through flourishing urn arrangements of open garden roses, dahlias and dainty little posies to boot. Her wedding gown from Lee Petra Grebenau is hopelessly romantic with its sweeping train, beaded sleeves and high illusion neck. Complementing the look is a loose chignon by Carly Cox and natural, yet luxe makeup artistry by Sarah Yeo. Accented with chandelier drop earrings from Sibo Designs, her bridal style is reminiscent of Old World splendor. Meanwhile, the groom was dressed to the nines in a tailored gray suit by Clements & Church. The reception was nothing if not distinguished – handwoven napkins, crystal cut glassware, vintage silver cutlery and rose print plates at each setting. Set against a backdrop of natural wood paneling in the Hedsor House ballroom, the trio of chandeliers above illuminated the scene from above while Paris gray tapers from Creative Candles dripped away romantically below. The cake by Lemon Tree Cakes sat poetically against a painted meadow backdrop as its handcrafted wafer paper accents dusted with gold leaf pointed towards the sky. All in all, it was a weekend that held memories for a lifetime captured beautifully by  Julie Livingston Photography.

Photography: Julie Livingston Photography | Event Planning + Design: Willow and Oak Events | Floral Design: Moss and Stone | Wedding Dress: Lee Grebenau | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Lemon Tree Cakes | Rings: Victor Barbone Jewelry | Makeup Artist: Sarah Yeo | Hair Stylist: Carly Cox | Groom: Lucas Adolfo | Venue: Hedsor House | Bridal Accessories: SIBO Designs | Bridal Boutique: Morgan Davies | Bride: Shauna Ridgard | Candles: Creative Candles | Furniture Rentals: Great Hire | Hand Woven Napkins: Silk Willow | Menswear: Clements & Church | Modeling Agency: BMA (Stephanie & Ashley) | Paper Goods: House of Modern Letters | Silk Ribbon + Runner: CFleurs Design | Styling Board: Heirloom Bindery | Velvet Table Linen: Every Golden Detail

60 of the Best Father/Daughter Songs of All Time

Long before there was a groom, there was a dad. That man in your life loved you before you even knew how to love yourself. He supported your dreams, taught you how to drive, and complimented you through your most awkward stages. On your wedding day, he will get one special dance before he gives you away. The song you choose will say a lot about your relationship. It might be slow and steady, upbeat, vintage, or a medley of all three… just like your dad. Grab your tissues – and some waterproof mascara – because we’ve made a list of the best father/daughter songs of all time to help you decide

    1. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
    2. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
    3. “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
    4. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
    5. “My Girl” by The Temptations
    6. “How Sweet it Is” by James Taylor
    7. “I’ll Be There” by Jackson 5
    8. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
    9. “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee
    10. “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
    11. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
    12. “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride
    13. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
    14. “Daddy’s Little Girl” by Michael Buble
    15. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
    16. “ABC” by Jackson 5
    17. “Because You Loved Me” Celine Dion
    18. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban
    19. “A Song for My Daughter” by Ray Allaire
    20. “Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift
    1. “She’s a Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones
    2. “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
    3. “I’ll Be Your Man (Song for a Daughter)” by Zac Brown Band
    4. “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
    5. “You Are My Sunshine” by Johnny Cash
    6. “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth
    7. “I’ll Always Be Your Baby” by Natalie Grant
    8. “Daddy” by Beyonce
    9. “Daughters” by John Mayer
    10. “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)” by Billy Joel
    11. “My Wish” by Rasal Flatts
    12. “Never Alone” by Lady Antebellum
    13. “Ready, Steady, Don’t Go” by Billy Ray Cyrus
    14. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
    15. “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart
    16. “Dance With My Daughter” by Jason Blaine
    17. “My Old Man” by Zac Brown Band
    1. “Walk Like You” by Edwin McCain
    2. “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” by Darius Rucker
    3. “Through the Years” by Kenny Rogers
    4. “Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks
    5. “Daddy’s Little Girl” by The Shires
    6. “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins
    7. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
    8. “Just Fishin’” by Trace Adkins
    9. “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III
    10. “In My Life” The Beatles
    11. “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn
    12. “Forever” by The Beach Boys
    13. “Lullaby” by Billy Joel
    14. “You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor
  1. “She’s Leaving Home” by The Beatles
  2. “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty
  3. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler
  4. “Your Song” by Elton John
  5. “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra
  6. “Gracie” by Ben Folds
  7. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N Roses
  8. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
  9. “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks
Here’s Proof That Imperfect Weather Can Be a Major Blessing for Your Wedding Pictures!

The bride said it best, this gorgeous couple said their I do’s “above the clouds” at the always beautiful Malibu Rocky Oaks. Their foggy wedding day made for the most insanely gorgeous pictures captured by Carmen Santorelli Photography, proving that an imperfect forecast may just be the biggest blessing in disguise. After postponing their wedding celebrations to a later date due to the devastating Wesley Fires, the bride and groom finally got their dream day, complete with blush hues and tons of romantic, soft texture. Don’t miss the pretty, all planned by A Stunning Affair, at the full gallery!

From the bride… Just a week before the big day, we heard the news of the Wesley fires in Malibu. I never though that anything like this could happen, and we found ourselves without a place to get married.

As tragic as it was, people losing their homes and many others like us having no place to get married, Isaac and I got to experience the true love of friends and family that help us prepare a small private ceremony at our home church, and we were still able to get married our most close ones on November 18. 

Our dream wedding and celebration was postponed to the summer, after some healing and recovery happened after the fires. Although it was postponed, we got to appreciate each moment with each other and our loved ones. It’s incredible how the same nature that caused a devastating fire, gave us a dreamy fog at the top of the hill of the estate, giving us the most dreamy and once in a lifetime picture. 

We decided to call our wedding “Above The Clouds”. The wedding inspiration was simplicity with different texture and tones of blush and clear ghost chairs and decor letting the beautiful location and view shine.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Coordination: A Stunning Affair | Floral Design: Flower Allie | Catering: Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ | Wedding Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | HMUA: Chiali Meng | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Video: MOKA

This Terra Cotta & Butter Wedding Inspiration Perfectly Embodies the Coziness of Fall

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” – Victoria Erickson. This quote couldn’t be more fitting for today’s dreamy Fall-inspired shoot from Meggie Francisco Events. Buttery hues, terra cotta accents, hearty cuisine and romance at every turn – take a peak inside the full gallery to see all the autumnal magic, taken by Nicole Clarey!

From Meggie Francisco EventsEven in Columbus, Ohio, the last bits of summer drift lazily into fall. Warm days give way to cool nights with increasingly cozy dinners. This feminine wedding photo shoot celebrates the end of summer and its hazy, buttery pops of color that gently begin to fade away. Columbus, Ohio boasts a strong LGBTQ+ community and a supportive wedding community to serve them. We’re the home of superstar Nina West, and our vendor community firmly believes that love is love. Though our city may not rival the sprawling metroplexes around the nation, we’re proud of the abundance of diversity and love in central Ohio. 

We were honored to feature a confident and beautiful local same-sex couple in this inspiration shoot. We started by bringing the model couple to Luxe Redux to find fashions that fit their personal styles. Mercedez wore a mix-and-match suit combination with a clean jacket and lace slacks from Martina Liana, as well as a satin camisole from Willowby Waters. Cara donned a striking off-shoulder gown with sheer panel cutouts from on-trend Australian designer One Day Bridal

Both brides held complementing garden-style bouquets with buttery yellow and latte-inspired hues from State and Arrow. From here, we carefully planned the details to create an event with heart and soul. While the look of an event always sets the stage for celebration – terra cotta candles, copper toned flatware and worn wooden chairs usher in the intimate earthiness that fall brings – in this inspiration, we wanted to hint at the experience behind the look. 

A warm welcome gift of epicurean soaps and jams greets guests with love and care. A toasty old-fashioned and citrusy French 75 announce a lively cocktail hour. A hearty cool-weather meal of butternut squash soup, beet root salad, and beef short ribs create an unforgettable seasonal dining experience for the guests. Creamy buttery Chardonnay was poured for the first course. As the golden sun set, the couple shared a kiss and stole off to their dance party. 

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Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography | Videography: Little Tree Studios | Event Planning and Design: Meggie Francisco | Cake: Le Gateau Llc. Weeding Cakes By Sue Larson | Stationery: Cheer Up Press | Jewelry: Diamond Cellar | Catering: Franklin Park Conservatory | Makeup: angie warren artistry | Hair: B Rose Beauty Bar | Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory | Bridal Shop: Luxe Redux Bridal | Camisole Designer: Watters | Floral: State & Arrow Design Co. | Gown Designer: One Day Bridal | Model: Mercedez Wood | Model: Cara Krabbe | Perfume: Penhaligons | Shoe Designer: Vince Camuto | Shoe Designer: Sam Edelman | Silk Ribbon: The Lesser Bear | Skinny Taper Candles: Creative Candles | Suit Designer: Martina Liana | Tabletop: All Occasions | Terra Cotta Votive Candles: Pink Moon Candles | Welcome Gift Jams: Prospect Jam Co. | Welcome Gift Soaps: Senteurs D'Orient

Secret Garden Floral Inspired Nursery

I first spotted this adorable room on instagram, promptly saving it in my inspiration file to repost within a few days. Marie Flanigan has always been a favorite interior designer of ours (check out this gorg home and this pretty party!) so it was no surprise that she was the talent behind such a spectacular room. As fate would have it, Marie and her team sent me a note that very day to see if we wanted to share the entire space with our readers…the very definition of kismet! Read on to see the inspo behind the nursery crafted with TLC for her very own baby girl!

From Marie Flannigan Interiors…Step into the garden. Or, in this case, a chic, botanically-inspired nursery designed for our founder’s charming baby girl.  A floral mural directs the room’s color story, while gold leaf-painted paneling, antique accents, and Hunt Slonem bunnies lend an exquisite sense of whimsy. A Jenny Lind crib rests atop an Oushak rug offering a view of the antique carved mirror and white linen bird and branch mobile above.

A macramé chandelier, antique brass sconces, and linen drapery on a Lucite and un-lacquered brass rod offer up precious light control. Double closets and a campaign style lacquered dresser provide ample storage,while a cane daybed with roll-out trundle allows the room to grow with its stylish little inhabitant over time.

From Marie…“My favorite feature is the garden-inspired wallpaper! Framed by bright white paneling, its vibrant, painterly hues feel warm, tailored,and inviting. I designed the room for my newborn daughter, making this project a true labor of love[pun intended!].

We live in a historic neighborhood where square footage is at a premium, entirely focused on creating a welcoming, multi-purpose space that’s sophisticated enough to grow with her overtime. 

I approach design with the same goals in mind, no matter the client’s age. It’s all about creating moments that enhance daily living, and I love how kids’ rooms invite us all to have some fun! Much of a child’s day is spent on the floor in play, which always offers a dynamic new perspective.

Plush area rugs, stimulating hues, ample storage, and multi-purpose furnishings reign supreme, and I can’t get enough of that cane daybed in particular. This was my third baby and first girl, a fact that clearly contributed to the look and feel of the room!

Inspired by my home’s historic Craftsman style, I started with gold-leaf paneling and whimsical wallpaper to enhance the room’s distinctive architectural detailing in a fresh, interesting way. From there, it was all about curating an eclectic mix! We layered up on mid-century modern, boho, and contemporary design elements for a chic play on traditional nursery style.

Interior Design: Marie Flanigan

This Is How to Pull off the Ultimate Tuscan Wedding Weekend (Including an Epic Pizza Party!)

A pizza party, a winery venue, romantic rolling hills, an al fresco reception… yeah, this is a Tuscany wedding weekend done oh-so right. Don’t mind us, we’ll just be living vicariously through this dreamy Italian weekend thanks to Purewhite Photography‘s beautiful photos, filled with all the delicious carbs a girl could ask for. The Tuscan Wedding truly thought of everything to make the couple’s destination weekend one to remember, from beginning to end! Don’t miss out on the full gallery!

From The Tuscan WeddingThe lovely Elizabeth & Andrew wanted a destination wedding and looked for a location with delicious food and wine, an abundance of romantic energy and beautiful landscapes – so what better location than Tuscany? The duo paired with The Tuscan Wedding to create the most magical wedding of their dreams!

To truly get have their wedding guests acclimate to the fabulous Italian food culture, the couple hosted a Welcome Pizza Party for all of their guests when they arrived: the pizza party had more than just a selection of delectable pizzas, but also an assortment of delicious salads and savory pastas! The day after, The Tuscan Wedding arranged for them an amazing Rehearsal dinner at the beautiful Dievole Wine Resort the evening before the big day to welcome all of the lovely guests! This charming evening had a perfect view of all the spectacular Tuscan landscapes.

The next morning, Elizabeth looked amazing in her elegant satin gown. Cherrie Spisso perfected this gorgeous look with a soft makeup paired with a romantic low bun with loose curls. And her bridal party looked just as stunning in their black satin dresses with a small bouquet in their hands.

The Tuscan Wedding created the dreamiest ceremony ever with white rose petals along both sides of the aisle and a circle altar around the bride and groom, done with greenery
and flowers thanks to the creative Flowers Living. After the entrance of the beautiful bridesmaids, the bride made her appearance at the end of the aisle and walk down escorted by her father. The pair exchanged their meaningful vows in front of the groom’s father, who celebrated the wedding, and sealed the ceremony with a kiss symbolizing their new life together! Guests were given elegant white rose petals to shower the newlyweds as they exited the ceremony.

Now, for the real celebrations The Tuscan Wedding organized a fabulous reception in the garden with the most heavenly details – antique silver candelabras everywhere that magically lit up the night! Fabulous ivory, white and light and dusty pink floral arrangements with textured greenery were at every table.

The catering from Dievole Wine Resort served the most delicious dishes ever! The three-course meal began with a green risotto with wild herbs and goat cheese. Next, a homemade traditional Tortello was served with truffle, pears, honey and truffle caviar. For the main course, a savory roasted cinta chestnut and honey. Each course was a meal in itself, yet guests knew they had to save room for the delicious four tiers wedding cake made by the Sugarcups and decorated with a cascade of flowers.

After the cake, the lovely guests headed to the dance floor to hear amazing songs from the talented Matthew DJ who kept them moving to every song all night! The most mesmerizing light design was beautifully done by Wedding Music and Lights leaving guests in awe for hours! Purewhite Photography and Waterfall Visuals captured this fairytale of an evening in the most magical way – so beautifully done. 

Elizabeth & Andrew are truly made for one another and we wish the lovely couple a life of love and happiness for all of eternity! Our team is so appreciative to have worked with such an incredible couple and an amazing team for creating this picture-perfect evening!

Photography: Purewhite Photography | Videographer: Waterfall Visuals | Wedding planner: The Tuscan Wedding | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Cake: Sugarcups | Ceremony Venue: Dievole Wine Resort | Reception Venue: Dievole Wine Resort | Catering: Dievole Wine Resort | Hair and makeup: Cherie Spisso | DJ: Dj Matthew | Lights designer: Wedding Music And Lights

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Proof That a Non-Traditional Wedding Venue Is Key for a Wow-Worthy Wedding

Today’s gorgeous couple kicked tradition to the curb and decided to tie the knot in one of San Francisco’s most iconic museums – the Legion of Honor. SmittenKiss Weddings and Events knew exactly how to dress up the clean lines and historic charm of the building with speciality floral from Vo Floral Design and a neutral color palette with subtle pops of blue hues. Trust us people – the full gallery, captured by the always fabulous Jen Huang, is an absolute MUST.

From SmittenKiss Weddings and EventsNikki and Michael’s love started on the beautiful grounds of where they worked, Stanford University. While their love unfolded, so did their world travels. The couple trotted the globe while enjoying the finest cuisines from the most touted restaurants in the world. When they started the journey of wedding planning, they knew they wanted something timeless, something artful and something classic. It was important that 15 years from now, they would look back and still feel the elegance of each detail. 

Michael placed emphasis on the venue, while Nikki placed emphasis on the photography, but both agreed the ambiance found in the environment, the robust flavors of food and the decorative elements to be just as important. The Legion of Honor is one of the most beautiful and iconic museums in San Francisco. Just looking at the columns and the courtyard’s clean lines, one is captivated by the powerful silence surrounding the facility.

The couple paid attention to every aspect of their wedding. The level of detail down to the color of textiles, the aromatic lavender and yuzu flavors of the mocktails and how each stem of floral and fig was placed, was not dismissed. Though we knew September was welcoming fall, unlike the east coast California doesn’t quite get the autumn swept streets, but we created a heavenly foliage backdrop for the couple. We didn’t want to get lost in a muted palette and so blue hues found it’s way into the picture. Specialty floral and cheese gauze runners were strategically placed. 

It was an honor to plan and design their wedding. We worked with an wonderful group of talented vendors and will be forever grateful for the magic that happened that evening. Setting up a wedding of that caliber on restricted time was a challenge but the team as a whole was beyond amazing, and the evening produced a glorious result.

Photographer: Jen Huang Photography | Floral Design: Vo Floral Design | Dress : Vera Wang | Hair and Makeup : Aimee Makeup & Hair Design | DJ: DJ Sequence | Tuxedo: Ermeneglildo Zegna | Accessories: Perfect Details | Bag Pipe: Troy DuFrene | Boudoir lingerie: NT Events | Bride Shoes: Bella Belle | Cake and Petite Desserts : Alexander's Patisserie | Chairs, Flatware, Lighting: The Chiavari Guys | Fine Catering: McCalls Catering & Events | Getting Ready: The Palace Hotel | Invitation and Vow Books: Ink & Press Co. | Live Ceremony Music: Sara and Hannah Duff | Macarons: La Vie Douce Design | Milk Tea Bar: Boba Guys | Name Place Cards: Seniman Calligraphy | Photobooth : Jennifer Mihalyi | Planning and Design : Smitten Kiss | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Silk and Cheese Gauze Runners: Party Crush Studio | Sinage: Traveling Calligrapher | Styling Details: Heirloom Bindery | Wax Seal: Signora E Mare | Wedding: Legion of Honor

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The Perfect Cocktail for Your Halloween Festivities

Festive cocktails are our favorite thing on the planet. If there’s a party, you best believe we have the perfect sip in hand. And this Black Sangria from The Whisking Kitchen? It has just the right amount of moody cocktail vibes for Halloween celebrations. Brew up a batch this weekend with the simple recipe below! Click here for even more Halloween related inspo.

Hocus Pocus has led me to this spooky black sangria! It’s filled with all the black fruits I could find, tons of red wine and brandy. If I was a Sanderson Sister this is what I would certainly be guzzling down on all-hallows-eve.

This sangria is perfectly paired with a cheeseboard for your halloween get togethers. Break out some vintage glasses to get that ultimate witchy feel! And if you’re really going all out you could serve it in a punch bowl with some dry ice behind it for that great smoky effect and you will certainly have a “witches brew” situation.

Black Sangria
prep time
1 Hour/s 10 Minute/s
cook time
total time
1 Hour/s 10 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 3 Black plums, sliced
  • 1 Cup of blackberries
  • ½ Cup of pomegranate aerials
  • 2 Cups of black grapes
  • 2 Cups of red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon
  • 1 Cup of brandy
  • 2 Cups of Pomegranate juice
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher fill with fruit slices, brandy, pomegranate juice and red wine.
  2. Stir well and chill for one hour before serving.

Photography: Elizabeth Van Lierde | Recipe and Styling: Elizabeth Van Lierde

See How This Minimalistic Industrial Venue Turned Into A Romantic Indoor Garden

With a mix of light and dark and, minimalistic and romantic details, this inspiration shoot is everything, bringing what you wouldn’t typically expect together to create absolute perfection, all dreamed up by Crowned Events! An industrial backdrop was the venue of choice and Building 177 was the perfect fit for Organic Flora to create a hanging floral installation for the ceremony and lush and playful blooms for the centerpieces. Pura Soul captured all of the beauty in the modern, whimsical details including the brides stunning off the shoulder Galia Lahav gown! Go ahead and start saving not one, but all of these images for your own wedding day!

From Skylar Stetten of Pura Soul PhotographyWhether you’re a planner, a bride, a florist, or a photographer, it’s not easy to make a large space feel small–but somehow this group did it. For this shoot, the hanging ceremony arch installation helped to lower the ceiling and make the venue feel more intimate. The flowers that flooded the tables filled up space with their overflowing opulence, not to mention they were locally sourced from the florist’s home garden! And most of all, the Galia Lahav dress showed up front and center with its couture beading and romantic sleeves that made up this minimalist-maximalist shoot.

From Crowned EventsThe inspiration behind this design stemmed from the desire to fuse styles that we generally find in opposition to each other– dark and light, moody and romantic, clean lines and delicate details. Pura Soul’s expertise in fine art photography, Organic Flora’s timeless aesthetic and Crowned Events love for adding a modern spin to classic design produced a synthesis of contemporary ideas and refined presentation. We knew Building 177’s vaulted ceiling, modern white columns and open-air feel were the perfect canvas to showcase this concept.

Organic Flora’s ceremony installation created a sense of whimsy and grandeur which we grounded with the clean, midcentury lines of Catalog Atelier’s Leigh and James chairs. Sarah, of Beauty Bespoken, kept our bride looking fresh and beautiful, highlighting her natural features. Our bride wore a stunning oval-halo Honey Jewelry Co ring and a gorgeous, ultra-feminine Galia Lahav dress that we feel complimented the softness in the ceremony installation and playfulness of her bouquet.

For the tablescape, we knew Catalog Atelier’s sleek glassware and marble chargers would be the perfect compliment to Borrowed Blu’s clear + white Siren plates and matte black Luna flatware. We added organic cotton Fawn napkins, a dark velvet linen, and a slate blue table runner to introduce some varying texture and movement through textiles. Organic Flora’s arrangements featured soft pink, lush blooms, adding a feeling of delicacy to our tablescape. We used unexpected mediums, such as acrylic and leather, to create special details like candle holders and name cards. Sophia of Sophia Loves Letters’ entire suite captured the essence of light vs dark and soft vs hard we hoped to communicate in all aspects of our design.

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Photography: Pura Soul Photography | Videography: Darling Darlene | Design: Crowned Events | Floral Design: Organic Flora | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Invitations: Sophia Loves Letters | Ring: Honey Jewelry Co | Make up: Beauty Bespoken | Hair: Beauty Bespoken | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Venue: Bldg 177 | Wedding Venue: Building 177 | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Planning: Crowned Events | Rentals: borrowed BLU | Tabletop: Catalog Atelier

The Perfect Recipe for a Local Wedding with That Unbeatable European Feel

SO, you’re dreaming of a fancy European destination wedding riddled with romance… but the price tag is leaving you hesitant? Don’t worry, we got you girl. Or should we say Copper + Chloe has got you! Today’s editorial is the perfect example of how to get that destination feel that you’re so desperately craving at a local (more budget-friendly) venue – it’s really not as hard as you think! Keep on reading for some insider tips and head on over to the full gallery captured by Cassi Claire featuring the dreamiest blooms from Faye + Renee to get those creative juices flowing.

From Cassi Claire Photography…  This European inspired wedding editorial is perfect for the travel-loving couple who adores a European romance but wants to keep their nuptials local. We wanted to show you how you can embrace the beauty of a venue in your own state, while still having your favorite trends from destination weddings across the world! Planned by Copper + Chloe, we wanted to strike the balance between romantic and soft but also play with lots of layers of texture to create a setting that wowed and transported guests to a different country.

Faye + Renee designed a breathtaking structure over the table that included billowing silky drapery, floating chandeliers, and lush florals in hues of pink with bleached pampas grass and cascading orchids for dimension. They also created an jaw-dropping lounge area from their collective line that was filled with velvet textures, chandeliers, the most beautiful furniture, and lush flowers everywhere.

Barely Blushink created an invitation suite that would be sure to set the tone and get guests excited to escape to another world for a day! For a new play on escort cards, Erica created custom calligraphy name sashes to adorn every chair.

The bride wore two different looks by Alexandra Grecco – an elegant lace long-sleeve gown for the first half of the day and then a subtly-sexy plunging neckline gown for the reception. Bella Belle Shoes made sure the look was romantic from head to toe! Having Cassi Claire capture all of the beautiful moments in her romantic and timeless photography style was the final touch to help us execute our vision!

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Photography: Cassi Claire | Videography: Blue Fox Films | Planner: copper + chloe | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Gown: Alexandra Grecco | Cake: Antoinette Boulangerie | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Bentley Diamond | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Boho Hair Salon | Calligraphy: Barely Blush Ink | Tux: Bucco Couture | Venue: Fiddler's Elbow Country Club | Furniture Rentals: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Linens: Nuage Designs | Tabletop Rentals: Lovely Luxe Rentals

All The Designers We Loved from New York Bridal Fashion Week 2019

New York Bridal Fashion Week 2019 defined bridal #goals. Picture a week full of jaw-dropping gowns with trains for miles, eloquent, hand-applied embellishments, cascading, cloud-like skirts… you get the idea! The team at SMP team had the privilege of attending, and today, they’re back to report on some of their favorite shows debuting trends for 2020. Scroll on to get the scoop and get ready to start swooning.

Eisen Stein

Eisen Stein Fall’s 2020 Collection delivered a “wild wings” theme in a way that was tasteful, clever, and even a bit thrilling. From crystal-accented gowns with foliage-like arrangements, to feather details, and plunging necklines with flowing trails, every strut down the runway was filled with magical and unexpected moments, just like the wilderness vibe behind it.

Monique Lhullier

There’s no shortage of florals with this designer, and her 2020 Fall Collection was no exception to this. With a “celebration of life” beat, each runway debut included lively renditions of botanical prints and appliques so indicative of the seasons of life. With accents like billowing leaves, removable capes, and color, color, color (!) the selection was fun and uplifting, just like Lhullier’s main message behind the showcase.

Inbar Frieman

Inbar Freiman’s 2020 Wild Feather Collection appeased the appetite of every New York Bridal Fashion Week attendee. Her dresses were form-flattering and detail-oriented with their unique beading and accents, but they were also effortless and every day practical too. Made with quality, breathable fabrics, they promise to feel just as wonderful as they look.

Galia Lahav

Lead designers, Galia Lahav and Sharon Sever, paid homage to the sea and all its mystifying qualities in their 2020 IX Bridal Collection. Viewers were dazzled by sequins (reminiscent of water droplets), striking metals (mirroring the scales of sea creatures), and hypnotic, mermaid-like silhouettes. The power and beauty behind every style that swam, er, strutted down the aisle were mesmerizing and refreshing, akin to that of a rising and falling tide in a great watery oasis.

Anne Barge

With Anne Barge celebrating 20 years of wedding style, her 2020 Fall Collection included a showcase of the evolution of her selections. Starting with old-school vintage and feminine styles, transitioning to bold tulle and 3D textures, and ending with present-day jumpsuits and illusion necklines, each phase of the fashion house’s history was represented in a tasteful and meaningful way, much to the delight of the 2020 bride.

Maggie Sottero

Between Maggie Sottero, Sottero and Midgley, and Rebecca Ingram, the three labels (under the same umbrella) provide excellent options. Their 2020 collection exemplifies this by offering a little something for every new bride. From short, playful frocks, to trendy off-the-shoulder looks, to intricate geometric lace, each option encapsulates a different look and feel. Just take this lovely new Rebecca Ingram design, for example. Paired with sweet tulle straps and an intricate bodice, it could cater to either a rustic *or* romantic bride.

Berta

In Berta’s 2020 Napoli Collection, you’ll still see the designer’s signature sleek cuts and unique fabrications used. One differentiation to note here, however, is the new type of fabrics, embroidery, and beading shown. The new-to-us parade of glitz and glamour was a crowd-pleaser. (Just wait until you see it too!)

32-Feet Long, 650 Blooming Branches and 50 Hanging Votives – This Is the Head Table of All Head Tables.

Go big or go home, are we right?! For today’s glamorous wedding, Rebecca Reategui, Nancy Liu Chin and The Vessel SF created a jaw-dropping 32-foot long structure to complete their head table that featured 650 cherry blossom branches, 50 hanging votives, and delicately hand-painted details – now that’s one dedicated vendor team!! You’re just going to have to see it to truly appreciate its splendor. Don’t miss the full gallery captured by Larissa Cleveland Photography to see all the heavenly moments.

From Rebecca Reátegui Weddings and Special Events… As we worked with our couple, Akane and Aaron, to establish a design direction for their wedding day, Akane was consistently drawn to white blooming branches, especially cherry blossoms. Once Akane had selected her wedding dress, which was a stunning, ethereal gown by Oscar de la Renta with delicate blossom detail throughout the bodice and sleeves, our design inspiration was solidified! Wedding guests were given the first hint of the wedding design when they received their save-the-dates and invitation suite. The custom stationery, designed by Studio Luzance, featured a delicate monogram in matte gold foil with blooming branches encircling their intertwined calligraphed A’s. We loved the design with the joining of the two A’s, both for its visual interest and its symbolism, with the two A’s – Akane and Aaron – joining together in marriage.

To complement the monogram design, a variety of custom cherry branch illustrations were woven throughout the invitation suite, including a subtle white-on-white design on the vellum wrap, a blossom on the wax seal and a small branch on their custom stamps. For the ceremony design, Aaron and Akane liked the concept of a floral structure visually framing them for the ceremony, and their monogram design was the perfect source of inspiration for the shape and floral elements. Our wonderful florist, Nancy Liu Chin, created a lovely wreath of white blooming branches as the ceremony backdrop, with a second floral ring that greeted guests at the beginning of the aisle as they were seated for the ceremony. To create a focal point on the open dining lawn, we planned for a grand head table with a standing structure overhead. Working with The Vessel SF, we designed a custom 32-foot long gold structure, which Nancy Liu Chin’s team laced with 650 blooming branches and adorned with 50 hanging votives. Nancy’s incredibly dedicated team painstakingly hand-painted the wires from which the votives hung, so that they would match the structure’s gold color.

To echo the splendor above, the center of the tabletop was replete with romantic florals which featured the bride’s favorites: sweet peas, ranunculus, peonies, garden roses, lisianthus, and bleached Italian ruscus. The guests sitting at the round tables, which encircled the head table, also enjoyed dining under a canopy of blooming branches in the form of trees, which also featured hanging votives and lush florals at the base. On the tabletops, the blossom motif appeared in the table linen overlays, embroidered with delicate blooming branches in soft white and gold, as well as on the custom gold foil-pressed menus with the couple’s monogram. Even the scalloped, gold-edged china gave a nod to the blossom design. Specialty glassware edged in gold and linen napkins with a metallic thread completed the look. After dinner, guests were invited into the ballroom for dancing and dessert. Lounge furniture from Urban Parlour added sophisticated seating to guests who needed a break from dancing to their fun 8-piece band, All Access. Later in the evening, guests were surprised with the couple’s favorite late-night snack: a ramen bar, which was a huge hit, complete with Miso and Shoyu Broths, Volcano Kimchi, Bok Choy, Bean Sprouts, Thai Basil, Green Onions and Sweet Chili Sauce! Sugarfina favors added a sweet ending to the evening.

From Akane, the Bride… Even though it was our wedding day, it just didn’t truly feel like it was “our” day until I finally got to see Aaron at the first look. It made me feel at ease to see him just as nervous and excited as I was with the idea of finally walking down the aisle together after more than a decade since we first met in New York. After our first look and some family photos, it was time for us to walk down the aisle. I would have to say, it was such an indescribable feeling to walk down the aisle filled with all our close friends and family with my father by my side. At that moment, we officially knew that the day was happening! Every piece of the wedding was a dream come true from the scenery to the decor, floral arrangements, music, and food as well as the heartfelt speeches from the closest people in our lives. I have to admit however, we never fully understood the joy of doing a first dance until we experienced it on our wedding day and found it was one of the best parts of the day for us. It was one of the moments we got to fully enjoy ourselves together while surrounded by the people that are truly special to us. One of my dreams for my wedding was to fill up the venue with cherry blossom branches. My vision for the wedding was to have floral arrangements that were airy and delicate yet a design where you could still see the strong structure that was supporting the delicate arrangements. The elements of cherry blossom branches just had the perfect balance of what I was looking for. I do find it to be a bit of a coincidence that I wanted to incorporate cherry blossoms (known as “sakura” in Japanese), which is a flower that has such a strong cultural connection to Japan, into our special day. Perhaps part of me wanted to subconsciously incorporate my heritage into an ultimate California style wedding. 

Photography: Larissa Cleveland Photography | planner: Rebecca Reatigui | florist: Nancy Liu Chin | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | stationary: Studio Luzance | hair and makeup: The Glamourist | lighting: Got Light | band: All Access DJ | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Jenny Rinzler | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Rentals: Urban Parlor | ceremony and reception: Rosewood Sand Hill | linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | photobooth: Say Ya Photobooth | rentals: Standard Party Rentals | video: Hit Maker Films

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Modern Meets Bollywood With This Multi-Faceted Wedding That You Have to See!

Multiple wardrobe changes, multiple decor changes, and a party at The London in West Hollywood, anyone would want to attend! For Brandon & Vikas, they wanted anything but traditional for their wedding day reception – from a Bollywood themed cocktail hour, to a reception with lounge furniture and ALL of the dancing, all planned by Jacqueline Hallgarth and envisioned by groom and groom! The Hidden Garden beautifully crafted multiple floral arrangements to fit the couple’s multi-faceted day from ceremony to cocktail hour, to reception and Lucas Rossi Photography captured it all perfectly. Take a peek and consider having a different theme for every portion of your special day!

From the Couple…We did not want our wedding reception to in any way feel traditional, uncomfortable, formal, or awkward for our guests. Instead, we had a vision of a rooftop party in a lounge setting where guests were free to mingle with each other, move around easily, drink, dance, and be joyful. We wanted everyone to feel welcome, loved, and carefree. For the ceremony, we wanted bright, white, sunny, and clean. We envisioned some seating but mostly standing room only and the opportunity for our guests to meet each other before we arrived. And, for the cocktail hour between the ceremony and reception, we wanted full-scale Bollywood fun to honor Vikas’ heritage.

We wanted everything to feel bright, modern, and effortless. For the ceremony, the vision was bright white with black and silver accents, and a pop of red for the officiant’s dress. We knew this simple color palette would work well with our white flowers and the green flooring at The London. For the cocktail hour, the more color the better for the Indian theme, but we wanted it to look purposeful and seamless. The reception was designed to be a night-time version of the ceremony, so we went with darker colors – black, grey, and pulled some of the white from the ceremony. The overall style and vision was simple but luxe.

We designed everything ourselves with some expert guidance from our fantastic wedding planner, Jacqueline. We chose all of the furniture, tenting, flowers, music, favors, our own attire, and all other details. It’s always challenging to design a venue with only an idea of what it might look like – especially in the relatively large spaces at The London – but we were more than pleased with the result. One specific element that was particularly important to us was the cake. We wanted to blend the themes of simple and modern with traditional Indian and this resulted in beautiful large mehndi design on the multi-tiered cake, including a heart and peacock to symbolize special moments on a recent vacation in India. Many guests thought the cake was a sculpture and were surprised when we started our cake-cutting moment! We could not have been happier with the cake designed by The Butter End. We also had a figurine made by Doob on Melrose – an eight-inch replica of us that was part of the cake display.

Our favorite moment of the wedding was undoubtedly the exchange of vows and being able to share our love with our friends and family on such a beautiful afternoon. Other favorite moments were the Bollywood dancers during our cocktail hour, our choreographed dance to open the wedding reception (Josh Groban’s “More of You” combined with Rihanna’s “We Found Love”), the combined mother-son dance, and the toasts provided by Vikas’ sister and Brandon’s brother.

We chose flowers that reflected the style vision – simple but luxe. White flowers abounded – orchids, roses, and calla lilies – and we also added arrangements of succulents. We each wore five different ensembles to reflect the mood of each “chapter” of the wedding – ceremony (white tux jackets), cocktail hour (traditional Indian attire both us as well as the entire wedding party), reception (black tuxes), dancing (flashy jackets), and post-party (flashier jackets – ahem, sequins). For favors, we wanted to choose something classy, meaningful, and edible. We knew that macarons from Bottega Louie would be a hit and we were correct!

It’s important to put a great deal of thought and time into creating your vision for your wedding. It’s equally important to partner with a fantastic wedding planner and we were very lucky to find Jacqueline. As well as our brilliant photographer, Lucas Rossi. But once the planning is done and everything is set to go, it’s MOST important to step back, take a breath, and enjoy each and every moment. Weddings go by quickly but it’s so worth all the work to make your special day truly phenomenal.

Photography: Lucas Rossi Photography | Floral Design: The Hidden Garden | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | DJ: Unite Entertainment | Favors: Bottega Louie | Dancers: Haseen Dance Company | Lighting & Draping: Above The Top Party Rentals | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Planning: Jacqueline Hallgarth | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals | Venue & Catering: The London West Hollywood

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The Night They First Met Became the Inspiration Behind Their Entire Wedding Day – and It Was Perfect.

Her effortlessly romantic dress, the soft lavender and peach blooms, the venue… these are just a few things we can’t stop obsessing over in today’s wedding planned by Lovestruck Events. The darling couple met on a crisp Spring night in the bride’s hometown. In a moment of kismet, they saw each other from across the bar and their connection couldn’t be denied. They talked for ours outside on a park bench as the bride glanced up and saw the budding trees and delicate blooms around them – it was the perfect inspiration for their Spring wedding day, two years later. We couldn’t be more in love with this couple or these photos by Jessica Blex Photography & Design – check out the full gallery here!

From Lovestruck EventsBetsy and Ryan’s wedding color palette was inspired by the peach and blush tones of the grand staircase at Joslyn Art Museum. We installed a clear top tent at the base of the stairs. Rather than walking straight to the tent from the museum parking lot, we invited guests to take the long route to the tent through the sculpture garden. 

Betsy and Ryan’s guests were greeted with signature cocktails and passed canapés. Lanterns lit the path to the tent where large wooden planters were filled with dogwood, seasonal greens, and hand-lettered seating assignment posters. The sun set as wedding guests dined, so the soft patio bulbs strung from the tent and the warm candlelight on the tables created a warm glow in the tent. Guests were served a nontraditional wedding dessert of valrhona jivara milk chocolate mousse with a dark chocolate cake center. Each chocolate dome was topped with a chocolate ring and edible gold foil. 

How They Met:

From the Bride… Our meeting happened by chance in late spring two years before we said “I do,” so we wanted our wedding to embody all things spring. The night we met, Ryan had dinner plans with a buddy at a restaurant that wasn’t open on that particular evening, so on a whim, they decided to go to a different restaurant and sat at the bar top for dinner. I was newly back in our hometown after working in a different city for several years. I was making rounds reconnecting with old friends when I stopped into that very same restaurant to say a quick hi to the bartender, a friend from college. That was the night that Ryan and I met for the first time, but it felt like we had known each other for years – lifetimes, maybe. We eventually made our way outside to a park bench and talked for hours catching each other up on what we had missed out on in one another’s lives. I remember looking up at the trees and seeing the bright green of the budding trees and blooms around us. This, I thought, this is the beginning of something I never want to forget.

About the Design & Advice:

The crisp spring air, bright greens, and soft fluttery flowers of that spring night became the inspiration for our wedding vibe. My advice to brides and grooms out there in the thick of planning their wedding is to pick two or three “must-have” items for your wedding and stick to them. The rest of your wedding details? Leave it to the creatives. This rule truly saved me from sweating the small stuff and being overly stressed out during the wedding planning year. 

My must-haves were 1. A tent reception 2. Greens, greens, and more whimsical greens, and lastly 3. A band. For the rest of the details I enlisted the help of my amazing wedding planners, Candace and Lindsay, at Lovestruck. They did such a good job listening to our vision and bringing it to life. Every detail was perfect and we couldn’t have been any happier with how it turned out!

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Photography: Jessica Blex Photography Design | Videography: Gold Hairpin | Event Design + Planning: Lovestruck Events | Floral Design: Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: The Confectionist | Ceremony Venue: St. Johns Creighton University | Reception Venue: Joslyn Art Museum | Catering: Abraham Catering | Hair and Makeup: Jackie Blum | Calligraphy: Miranda Writes | Band: D'Funk | Transportation: VIP Limo | Tent: Lincoln Tent | Ceremony Musicians: Natalie Thomas Trio | Cocktail hour musician: Sam Swerczek | Desserts: Farine and Four | Dinner Musician: Sam Swerczek | Draping and Lighting: 402 Event Services | Rentals: United Rent-All | Rentals: Nostalgia Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Ultrapom | Wedding Gown Boutique: Rhylan Lang Bridal

A True, Charming, Southern Wedding For These Childhood Sweethearts!

OK….this story completely melted my heart, when I read it; from the fact that the groom asked the bride to be his girlfriend when they were just 13 years old, to the utterly romantic proposal story! And, it just kept going once the wedding planning started! Meredith and John had THE most charming, Southern wedding at The Capital City Club with overflowing florals by Jackson Durham and a variety of perfectly paired linens by La Tavola! Chancey Charm Wedding Planning & Design brought the bride’s vision to life and Dear Elouise created the dream, custom invitation to set the tone for the day! To top it all off, Amy Arrington Photography was behind the lens, capturing every special moment from details to dancing! Check it out below, and be sure to read their story!

From the Bride…Our story began when I was thirteen years old and John asked me to be his girlfriend. His mom loves to tell the story of when he came home one day from school and told her “I am going to marry her one day”. Fast forward to Christmas Eve 2017. We were up at Lake Burton with my family and everyone was getting ready to go to dinner at the Waterfall Club (little did I know that the club was actually closed for the holidays). We pull up and there were rose petals and candles everywhere leading to the entrance of the club. I remember thinking to myself “this is very romantic for a Christmas dinner”. We open the front doors to the biggest Christmas tree, a band and all of our family members anxiously waiting for our arrival. John got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I was so excited I started hugging and kissing him and all of our family before I could even remember to put the ring on! We went on to have a beautiful dinner with our families and danced the night away. 

Growing up I loved looking through my mother’s wedding album. I knew that I wanted to have a wedding that would never go out of style and that would be classic. I immediately started searching for the venue and the perfect planner. Thankfully I found Shelley Legg for Chancey Charm Weddings who helped me bring my vision to life flawlessly. Picking a planner was one of the hardest decisions for me to make and the second I talked to her I knew she was the perfect fit! It took a little while to find our venue but we landed on Capital City Club in Brookhaven. We decided to have a sailcloth tent out on the driving range lit up with twinkle lights. Green is my favorite color so I incorporated that as much as I could and stuck to neutral colors. One of my favorite parts about planning our wedding was designing all of our paper goods. Brent Fraim at Dear Elouise completely made all of my invitation dreams come true. You think about your wedding day since you were a little girl and being able to hold your invitation in your hand is one of the coolest parts leading up to your big day.

Our dogs mean everything to us and because we couldn’t have them there with us we decided to have Dear Elouise design specialty cocktails after them. We also wanted to have something different than a place card so we wrote everyone’s names on the leaf of a pear. We wanted to make the entrance a statement so we hired Jackson Durham to build a beautiful arch of flowers around the entrance of the tent. They also designed a beautiful champagne display. Sitting in each champagne flute was an acrylic table assignment. We really enjoyed The SlowMotion Booth. We decided to have them there instead of your typical photo booth and it was such a hit! Our guests couldn’t stay away and it was such a treat to be able to go back and watch everyone’s videos after our wedding day.

One of the most fun parts of our big day was the trolley ride that we took with our wedding party and family from the church to the reception. We popped champagne and laughed until our knees hurt. It was a really special time we got to spend with our best friends. Our wedding planner pulled us aside once we got to our venue and let us have a little meal together just us two before we went into cocktail hour. It was a time I will cherish forever. Looking back on our wedding day we appreciate having all of our friends and family together in one place…because at the end of the day that’s all you have! I cannot stress enough to brides that your wedding day is about you and your husband. Enjoy it, relax, have fun and don’t worry about anything else!

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Planning: Chancey Charm | Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet, Inc. | Ceremony Venue: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Capitol City Club, Brookhaven | Catering : Capitol City Club, Brookhaven | Calligraphy: Peach and Valley Designs | Band: Rupert's Orchestra | After Party DJ: DJ q tip | Beauty: The Moore Agency | Bridal Gown: Joan Pillow Bridal | Custom pillows, napkins, aprons: The French Table | Design and Florals: Jackson | Durham | Host Hotel: The Whitley Hotel | Love Wedding Painter: Love Louise Designs | Paper Goods: Dear Elouise | Photo Booth: The Slow Motion Booth | Rentals - Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals - lounge furniture: Crush Event design | Rentals - tent, flooring, lighting, staging, dining tables, dini: Goodwin Events | Transportation - get away car: Classic Convertible Carriages | Transportation - wedding party: Premier Trolleys | Video: HUD Productions

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This Is the Most Creative Way to Make a Big, Outdoor Space Feel Cozy and Intimate

When the bride and groom decided to bring 20 of their nearest and dearest from Texas to Napa, they wanted to make sure it felt intimate, personalized and beyond memorable. And with the help of Brannan Events & Design – they achieved just that! The entire gallery captured by Olivia Richards Photography is filled with bespoke details that made their wedding weekend so unique for their guests. From the embroidered place cards to the thank you gift boxes to the wooden structure that made for the most intimate dinner setting – there’s so much to love about Jordan and Brett’s romantic Napa affair.

From Brannan Events & DesignJordan and Brett brought 20 of their closest family and friends from Texas, to the gorgeous Calistoga, of Napa Valley, for a weekend of love and wine (can you really go wrong?!) Jordan wanted combine their love of travel, family and nature into a beautiful, floral inspired day!

 Calistoga Ranch was the perfect was the absolutely perfect setting with it’s Spa Cabins, on-site vineyard, cacti varietals, wildlife, and a picturesque lake. We wanted to include bespoke touches so we created embroidered place-cards for each guests, have fresh fruit as a part of the table design, but also for guests to munch on, along with a thank you gift-box, waiting for them at their dinner seat.

To give dinner a romantic feel we rented a draped wooden structure, with floating floral lanterns was the perfect way to create an intimate dinner space in the expansive valley we were nestled in. With an ultra romantic setting, a whimsical and fresh color palette, and overflowing florals; readers are sure to be inspired by these sweet details!

Photography: Olivia Richards Photography | Event Design: Brannan Events & Floral Design | Floral Design: tumbleweed floral truck | Invitations : I Do Boutique | Ceremony Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Reception Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Catering : Blue Sky Ranch | Entertainment: NCPS Boutique DJ | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Bridal Beauty: Powder Room | Bridal Gown: Berta | Day-of Stationery: The Bright Line Studio | Linen: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Planning: Brannan Events & Floral Design | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Ribbon: Tono Co | Strings : Musical Heart Strings

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The Top 10 Things Every Couple Should Include in Their Registry

When I got engaged, I initially was so excited to create our registry then when I actually started, I instantly became so overwhelmed. What do I put on there? I’ve only thought of like five things…that’s nothing…I’m totally lost on what I even need. What do people put on these things? Sound anything like you? Read on for a list I wish I had when starting my registry on the top 10 things every couple should include in their registry.

1. Tabletop Essentials

If you’ve been yearning for a sleek dinnerware or glassware set, now’s your time to get them through your registry. My husband and I registered for a new flatware set, pasta bowls, hi-ball glasses, and wine glasses to replace our mix-match and college sets of tabletop essentials. They are all easily some of our favorite items from the registry!

2. Home Décor Accents

Home décor isn’t just limited to those live, laugh, love signs you’ve probably seen a hundred times. When decorating your home, bring your own personality into each room with unique décor accents. Love artwork? Register for a few must-have pieces!

We registered for a ceramic pineapple with a white body and blush leaves and even though I had to persuade my husband to agree to it, he ended up loving it as much as I did. Whether you’re in need of decorative boxes for function and beauty or simply a pineapple for beauty only, don’t be afraid to add a few fun décor items to your registry.

3. Specialty Kitchen Appliances

Whether you could use a rice cooker (which also can cook steel cut oatmeal!) or an air fryer, think of what specialty kitchen appliance would be best utilized in your home. While it’s use might be more limited than a standard oven, if it can do a much better and faster job of cooking a staple food in your home then it deserves a place on your registry!

4. Kitchen Knives and Cutting Board

Before my husband bought a set of Shun knives, I always doubted how useful “fancy knives” would be. Trust me when I say they’ve made our cooking lives a whole lot easier. I recommend Shun or Wusthof knives to pair with a wooden cutting board that’ll last you a lifetime.

5. Cohesive Bath Towels and Bath Rugs

As someone who loves the idea of cohesive design within a home rather than hodgepodge mix-match décor, I was over the moon when we received a full bath towel and bath rug set from my husband’s grandmother for the wedding. Register for a set of bathroom essentials that’s cohesive, whether your set is from the same designer and matches perfectly or the pieces simply complement each other in color and style.

6. Linen Bed Sheet Set

Linen is everywhere these days and I have no idea why I’ve yet to purchase a linen jumpsuit. Thankfully, I registered for linen sheets for my own wedding registry and seriously love them. If you think linen doesn’t sound soft, you might change your mind when you learn that linen softens more and more with each wash. They breathe better than almost any other sheet fabric, making them a lifesaver for hot nights. Total win!

7. Garden Tools

If you happen to have a home with a yard, start a vegetable or flower garden with tools you can register for. From gloves and trowels to buckets and raised beds, garden essentials make the perfect gift from a guest with a green thumb. If your guest is local, you can deliver them some of your harvest as an extra special thank you!

8. Cooking Lessons

My husband and I registered for cooking lessons (via a cash fund) so that we would finally be motivated to try one out. The class was one of our first gifts to be purchased and we couldn’t be more excited to attend our first lesson! If you’re not much of a cook, you can try cocktail classes, art classes, or anything else you think your guests would love to gift you for an incredible experience.

9. Honeymoon Activities

If you don’t need many material goods or simply value experiences more than things, register for honeymoon activities. Rather than just having an open cash fund, create a few separate items (i.e. a surfing lesson, drinks for two, exhibit tickets, etc.) that give your guests a much better idea of what they’re gifting you.

10. Pet Essentials

Don’t forget your pets! If you’ve been eyeing a new dog or cat bed or even a new feeding station, you can absolutely add that to your registry. Pets are just as much a part of the home as you are, so feel free to add a couple of home items for your pets.

 

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. 
Making the Most out of a Small Space Beach Bungalow

I love a good tiny home renovation. But, when said tiny home also has meaningful details, thoughtful changes and style and style and style for days? Well, it just makes my blogger heart so very happy. This beach bungalow reno was a total labor of love for Magi Fisher – photographer behind Magdalena Studios – and her husband, who brought in friends and family to help them turn their little cottage into something that beachy dreams are made of. Make sure to scroll down to the end to watch the gorgeous video of the space, too and if you’re looking for sources, Magi has them all on her blog here!

From Magdalena…It’s been a journey from the beginning – from a couple years worth of house-hunting for the perfect fixer-upper project, to design ideas and inspiration, color palettes, and long nights picking out tiles in Home Depot and painting ceilings over spilled Chinese food take out while I studied for the bar. 

It’s truly amazing how much this space changed in a matter of months and how quickly it became our dreamy surf bungalow in Ocean City, NJ!

So much of our inspiration came from our love for the sea and travel, as well as spending time with our family and friends. Our kitchen and living room now open up into one now large space and our the former attic was lifted into a white shiplap vaulted ceiling with a ladder leading up to a guest loft.

 

We wanted extra space for hosting and designed the layout to open up the space we have for gathering. Our home style and décor intertwines boho bungalow beach shack vibes with a clean, midcentury minimalist palette. It’s our imperfect blend of boho beachy, California coastal, midcentury chic all at the same time.

We are so, so incredibly lucky to have had my in-laws who are insanely talented with these projects. (So when I say we did all of the work ourselves, I mostly mean they did!) I learned so much from them.

My sister-in-law Sarah taught me how to cut and place tile (see what an incredible job she did on our bathroom!?) and my father-in-law taught me how to put up wallpaper. My father-in-law did everything from plumbing and electric to skylights and building the breakfast nook.

We had the help of so many family and friends in knocking down walls, gutting the old, and painting the new. It was a full-on family affair and looking back, there were so many good memories made creating this home!

And if you really want to see this sweet bungalo come to life, check out the cool film of the space Magdalena and her hubs made. It’s gorgeous and gives you such an incredible view into their lovely home!

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Photographer: Magdalena Studios | Design: Magdalena Fisher

A Mountain Top Wedding With A Little Rain and A Lot of Color!

Boy, do I love when a color palette completely surrounds a bouquet! What I love, even more, is when they are bright and colorful like these florals, beautifully crafted by Floressence Flowers. Not only did they deliver for the bride’s bouquet but they created the most stunning reception installation at The Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club. While a bit of a rainstorm delayed their ceremony, it made for the best mountainside images by Perry Vaile Photography! Take a peek below, and check out Hart to Hart Media’s video of the couple’s dreamy day!

From the Bride…Sam and I met on my first day of work in mid-July of 2013. Our firms, his real estate, and mine marketing shared office space at the time (and still do today!). Our friendship was platonic for two and a half years until one evening at a post-work happy hour, we found ourselves effortlessly chatting the night away and made all excuses to extend our time together. From that night on, our relationship was fast and fun.

Sam will die claiming he fell in love the moment he saw me. Cute of him, but we really sealed the deal over pitchers of Shiner Bock at Milo Butterfingers, a windowless dive bar in Dallas. My mom had sent me the NY Times article that received some attention that year, The 36 Questions That Lead to Love. I shamelessly suggested we try it out. We sat in a grungy booth laughing and listening to each other for nearly three hours. If there was any doubt before, it was gone. That night confirmed it – we had both found our match.

Fast-forward two short years. Sam proposed, and unknown to me, I planned the engagement celebration – he’s clever like that. His July birthday offered the perfect excuse to gather friends on a Friday night at, you guessed it, Milo Butterfingers (his idea). He proposed at our house a few hours before the celebration was set to begin. It was quiet, sweet, and casual. He followed protocol by getting down on one knee and delivering some unforgettable words. I said, ‘yes’. We laughed, I cried, we Facetimed with our families, ate pizza and drank champagne before heading to Sam’s birthday party to share the big news with the rest of our friends. Note: Sam never told anyone his plan, which made for a night full of surprises all around.

We quickly narrowed our sights on a wedding in the North Carolina mountains, a corner of the world near and dear to both of us. I grew up in Charlotte and have spent summers in the mountains since childhood. Sam fell in love with the area early on in our relationship, and we could not pass up the opportunity to bring our friends and family from Texas and Nebraska together to experience everything it has to offer. An activity-filled guest experience was high on our priority list, so we planned hikes and played golf in the days leading up to the wedding. I even spent the morning of our wedding day on Lake Glenville with my dad and a few close friends.

We knew we wanted to get married outdoors with a long-range mountain view, and the 18th tee box at Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club was certainly one of the most dramatic places we saw. At the edge of an elevated and exposed ridge, it delivered nearly 360-degree mountain views. For the ceremony and reception, we envisioned a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that was classic and elegant but with a colorful twist. I have always been drawn to bright, happy colors and knew I wanted that to come through the floral. The team at Floressence Flowers took my inspiration and crafted a stunning floral and moss-topped alter for the ceremony, along with my favorite part – a matching asymmetrical bouquet. The blush tones mixed with the vibrant pinks and oranges created a beautiful contrast against the blues and greens of the mountain backdrop.

The weather was pristine all weekend, warmer than anticipated, sunny, not a cloud in the sky. That is, until 20 minutes before I was supposed to walk down the aisle. Without warning, as can be the case in the mountains, the skies opened up and it poured. Lightning, thunder, a little hail, and plenty of rain. The storm ultimately delayed our ceremony by an hour. We laughed and used the extra time to snap a few photos while our guests enjoyed a bonus cocktail hour. The rain cleared leaving a misty landscape and dramatic sky, all of which were captured by our immensely talented and hilarious photographer, Perry Vaile.

Our cocktail-style reception was on a grass lawn under a sailcloth tent. The entry path was lined with lanterns and the space was filled with café lights and candles. Hanging floral installations framed the dance floor, which Sam and I did not leave all night long. We made our exit in a flurry of white confetti and rode slowly to Old Edwards Inn in the back of a white 1980s Excalibur Phaeton. With the top-down under the star-filled sky, it was the perfect end to a weekend we will never forget!

About Floressence FlowersFloressence is a floristry studio based in western North Carolina that specializes in floral design for weddings, rehearsal dinners and special occasions. Our work brings us to the most elegant and inspiring venues in North Carolina and beyond. At Floressence, we create from a deep sense of place. The mountains of western North Carolina and its lush biodiversity supply our designers with a surplus of inspiration and seasonal touches, the abundance we use to conjure your dream aesthetic. Our deeply personal approach paired with our talented team of designers and exquisite flowers conspire to create your most unforgettable moment. Surpassing expectations is our baseline.

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Photographer : Perry Vaile Photography | Videographer: Hart to Heart Media | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Cake: Sugar Cloud Baking Company | Catering: Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club | Hair and Makeup : Blush By Wendy | Band: Sol Fusion | Officiant: Darr Conradson | Wedding Venue: Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club | Ceremony Musician: Asheville String Trio | Event Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Event Rentals : Classic Event Rental | Linens: Nuage Designs | Wedding Planners: Asheville Event Co.

This Wildflower Themed Wedding at Kestrel Park Is Every Ethereal Bride’s Dream

The joy and cheerful spirit of today’s whimsical celebration at Kestrel Park is jumping off our screens! Leave it to TOAST Santa Barbara to completely wow us with their unique take on the couple’s “wildflower” themed wedding. From the invitation suite by PS Paper to the towering trellis covered in climbing blooms and greenery – every detail of their day was curated to perfection. Get your pinning fingers ready and head on over to the full gallery — captured by Tenth & Grace!

From Tenth & Grace PhotographySarah and Peter’s beautiful wedding at Kestrel Park was inspired by wildflowers, which was a theme that was woven throughout every detail of their big day. The wedding was planned and designed by TOAST Santa Barbara, who also designed the florals for the ceremony and reception. 

Sarah and Peter held their ceremony under a white and green floral arch flanked by sycamore trees. The day proved to be hotter than anticipated, but the bride and groom took the weather in stride -and guests stayed cool with the handheld fans that were distributed prior to the ceremony. 

After cocktail hour in Kestrel Park’s famed garden, guests entered a reception space that was completely transformed. TOAST Santa Barbara designed a unique trellis that enclosed the entire space and was adorned with greenery and florals. 

The wildflower theme was on display with the escort card display, lush and colorful floral centerpieces and an amazing cake designed by Colin O’Dea. After dinner, guests danced the night away thanks to The Midnight Special band from West Coast Music.

Photography: Tanya Menoni | Videography: Elysium Productions | Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri | Wedding Cake: Colin O'dea Cakes | Catering: New West Catering | Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Venue: Kestrel Park | Bar Service: Simply Cocktails | Day of Stylist: Style Me Jean | Lighting & Draping: SPARK Creative Events | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Musicians: Santa Barbara String Quartet | Photo Booth: Gavin Roy | Planning, Design & Florals: TOAST Santa Barbara | Print Material: PS Paper | Reception Band: West Coast Music | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Found Rentals | Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Rentals: The Ark Event Rentals

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