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A Romantic Elopement in Sussex With Breathtaking Views of the Iconic White Cliffs!

There’s just something so sweet about elopements… a table for two, an epic view, and a love to last a lifetime. Today’s might just be one of our favorites of all time, inspired by the epic Seven Sisters in Sussex, UK – the setting of this gorgeous day! Planned by Irina Kn, the entire design is the epitome of effortless elegance. Fragrant whites, deep browns and subtle pops of green made for the perfect color palette for the modern arrangements by Fine Stems. To see this seaside beauty up close, head on over to the full gallery by Nina Gorshunova!

From Irina Kn… We had the privilege to create a wedding anniversary photoshoot for a gorgeous couple – Filipa Cardoso, a talented millinery artist, and her husband Daniel Vianna. A couple of meetings with them gave us an insight into their relationship and the kind of love they share with each other.

For the kind of easy, warm love they share with each other we chose the breathtaking white cliffs, the Seven Sisters, in Sussex, UK. In the warm embrace of the setting sun they shared a few beautiful moments. As twilight approached they warmed themselves with champagne and oysters at a cliff-top reception for two.

The colour palette for our photoshoot was inspired by the shades of the cliffs, the sea, the sky and the wild flowers at the scene. The invisible yet familiar smell of the sea was an inspiration as well.

For Filipa, we wanted a dress that perfectly highlighted her effortless beauty. Our search ended when we found the perfect dress by Elizabeth Fillmore at an exclusive Browns bride boutique. The outfit and look was completed with elegant headpieces designed by the bride herself. The headpieces added the perfect touch of chic and drama.

Nothing lifts the mood like fresh flowers and for this setup we chose flowers that almost felt they were indigenous to the setting. Fragrant whites, wild browns and hints of green.

The entire set came together beautifully and was captured by us as the couple shared their true, warm love for each other.

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Photography: Nina Gorshunova | Cinematography: Julia Semashko | Event Planning: Irina Kn | Floral Design: Fine Stems | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | Bridal boutique: Browns Bride | Location: Seaford Head Nature Reserve | MUA: Alina Petrovic | Millinery: Filipa Cardoso Millinery

Bright And Sunny Wedding Weekend Filled With Punchy Colors In Riviera Maya

This vibrant and sunny Mexico wedding is sure to make you smile.  Planner Taylor Dawn and designer Simply Charming Socials created a day filled with bright and beautiful colors in punchy yellow and coral that we can’t get enough of.  Blooms by Tulipania bring the couples love story to life, and every magical moment is artfully captured in imagery by Katie York.  You’l love every carefully curated detail inside the full gallery, and the rest of the wedding weekend fun!



From Katie YorkThis beautiful destination wedding weekend in Riviera Maya, Mexico is full of bright colors and well-thought details as the bride is a highly talented stationer – Lairsey Paper Co.! Kelsey and Evan were such a fun couple with a fantastic story.



It was so important to them to plan a wedding weekend that genuinely felt like a vacation for their guests – and they definitely accomplished that! 75 of their loved ones traveled from near and far (even from Hawaii & The UK!) – it was such a testament to who they are as a couple and the friendships they’ve built during their 7+ years together.



The entire weekend was filled with so much joy, which directly translated into the colorful design seen throughout their wedding day. The bride flew most of her key vendors in from the states, and it was so fun working alongside such a talented team down in Mexico.



Photography: Katie York | Event Design: Simply Charming Socials | Event Planning: Taylor Dawn Designs | Styling: Taylor Dawn Designs | Floral Design: Tulipania | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Invitations: Lairsey Paper Co. | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Beauty: Margaret Snider | Photography - Assistance: Jessica Gold Photography | Rentals: Canteiro | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Resort: Welcome Party, Ceremony & Reception Venue: UNICO 20°N 87°W

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The Wedding Logistics Tool That Every Couple Needs–Text My Guests

These days, everyone is so spread out, and you likely have people traveling from all over the country (and possibly the world) to come to your wedding. So, naturally, there’s a lot of communication that needs to happen and it doesn’t all fit on a beautifully calligraphed invitation. Sure, you’ve got a wedding website, but let’s be real, a lot of guests won’t even read it. So, how do you make sure everyone knows where to be and when and any other important wedding-related info? Text My Guests is revolutionizing the way couples communicate with their family and friends about their big day, and weddings have never gone so smoothly! Used by hundreds of weddings each year across North America, their service allows you to preschedule an unlimited number of text messages to your guests. From shuttle schedules to COVID travel updates, you can make sure your guests are in the know in real-time.

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COMMUNICATION IS KEY

In an ideal world, you’d send out your wedding invitations and guests would RSVP long before the requested date and that would be that. Guests would know when they need to book their room for the hotel block and know exactly where to park for the wedding. But, unfortunately, there are often a lot of details that guests overlook and end up floundering over at the last minute, or they end up blowing up your phone with questions. You’ve got enough on your plate, with a wedding to plan. With Text My Guests, you can set up pre-scheduled reminders for all of the important dates so that your guests don’t miss a beat and (more importantly) you don’t need to answer the same questions a million times over. You can also send real-time updates if plans change. Whether the reception moves because of rain or the shuttle is running late, you can keep your guests informed with one text–it’s that easy! 

 

SORT BY GROUPS

One of our favorite features of Text My Guests is the ability to sort your guests into groups. Let your “Bridesmaids” group know when they need to arrive at the getting-ready suite for hair and makeup and let your “Vendors” group know which entrance they should use at the venue for setting up.

 

INSTA-GRATIFICATION

It takes weeks (sometimes months) to get your wedding photos back from your photographer. Thankfully, you’ve got a ton of guests that will be snapping their own photos. But unless you plan on reaching out to each of your guests individually or stalking your wedding hashtag on social media, you may never see some of these gems. With Text My Guests, your guests can share their photos to your dedicated number in one place so you can have some Insta-gratification. 

 

EVERYONE CAN USE IT–EVEN GRANDMA

With Text My Guests, there’s no app required, so everyone can use it! Yes, even grandma’s flip phone won’t have a problem. And, unlike snail mail or e-mails that can go unread, 97% of text messages are opened and read within 15 minutes of delivery. So you can rest assured knowing your guests are actually seeing all of the important info you send their way. 

 

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Communication is key to planning the wedding of your dreams!  Luckily for our SMP readers, you can get 10% of your purchase of this game-changing service when you use code SMP10. Let Text My Guests check this communication box off your wedding to-do list, so you can focus on planning the pretty!

 

Start today by visiting www.textmyguests.com and enjoy peace of mind on your big day!

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Refined Mountain Wedding Inspiration at Antelope Trails Ranch in Jackson Hole

High fashion and a little bit country – today’s wedding inspiration is for the rustic chic brides at heart. Alexa Kay Events played with the juxtaposition of clean lines and cowboy hats to pull off an aesthetic that’s sure to inspire. Magnolia Ranch Events created organic arrangements full of locally sourced floral in deep jewel tones. Giddy up on over to the full gallery captured by Jenny Shipley to see all the beauty this editorial has to offer!

From Jenny Shipley… For this editorial, we wanted to harness the natural beauty of Jackson Hole by using rustic features like cutlery with wooden handles, wood paper, and cowboy hats juxtaposed with an elegant, clean-lined table design, a custom-made ceremony wedding dress, and romantic florals. The team captured all that we love about purple mountains’ majesty by using a subtle color palette featuring pops of deep jewel tones.

Warmly hosting the event were the owners of the private estate, Antelope Trails Ranch. Table Design by Alexa Kay Events brought the magical feel of an evening affair to the scene. Our real-life couple was stunningly captured in the great wilderness by photographer Jenny Shipley and videographer Saltrock Studios. Morgan Riley Design brought a delicate art sketch to wedding stationery, and Magnolia Ranch Events brought in a combination of natural and locally sourced florals with deep color to give a pop. 

The ceremony dress was hand-made by the Midwest US and Ukrainian designers, Potapenko & Yanchenko. Amrita Beverages craftily and soulfully made a few welcome refreshments for the team on the day of the shoot. XOWyo + Events provided unique deep stone platting, glassware, and cutlery.

 

Photography: Jenny Shipley | Videography: Saltrock Studios | Event Design: Alexa Kay Events | Floral Design: Magnolia Ranch | Cake: Cami's Cake Co. | Stationery: Morgan Riley Design | Ceremony Venue: Antelope Trails Ranch | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Suit: Banana Republic | Beverages: Amrita Beverages | Bolo Tie: Montana Silversmiths | Dress Designer (Ceremony Dress): Potapenko & Yanchenko | Earrings: Anne-Marie Designs | Film Processor: PhotoVision Prints | HMUA: Tanya Crocker | Rentals: Magnolia Ranch | Table Top Rentals: XOWyo + Co. Events

Winter Bride Must-Haves To Be Stunning And Warm – By Sissily Designs

When it comes to fall and winter bridal accessories most are more function than they are fashion. That’s why we are so stoked to introduce you to Sissily DesignsSissily Designs is the one and only bridal designer in the US specializing in faux fur. Their designer, Anya Powers graduated from the London College of Fashion with a BA Fashion Degree and when she saw the hole in the market, she went to work. Her line, Sissily Designs is available online to brides worldwide and her looks have graced the aisles in over 30 countries! And it’s no wonder, with Sissily Designs’ timeless designs and incomparable faux fur options, they’ve got five stars on Etsy. Seriously, it’s some of the best faux fur we’ve ever seen! You can even see for yourself before you buy by ordering one of their fur sample kits.

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High-Quality Faux Fur For Your Dream Snow Queen Wedding

For some brides, your wedding may be your first adventure into the realm of faux fur and it can be really hit or miss. But, believe us when we say, Sissily Designs knocks it out of the park. Their luxe faux fur is soft, silky, and, most importantly, doesn’t shed! And their fur shawls and wrap come in a ton of colors and sizes.

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Don’t Leave Your Bridesmaids Out In The Cold

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You’re not the only one who may be a little chilly on your big day. Hook your girls up with matching or complementary fur shawls. They make great gifts and they’re a piece that they will keep and wear for years to come! Plus, it makes for pretty epic squad shots…just sayin’. They also offer amazing bulk discounts!

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Keep Your Cute Flower Girls Cozy And Warm

Don’t forget about your flower girls…they get cold too. Thankfully, Sissily Designs has plenty of adorable designs for the littlest members of your bridal party. Seriously, does it get any cuter?

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Custom-Made Options And Beautiful Fur Shawls For Plus Size Winter Brides

Do you have a specific vision or need a different size? Sissily Designs also offers custom shawls! They’ll work with you on everything from design and size to custom colors. This is definitely the way to go if you’re looking for something one-of-a-kind. Plus, the custom design consultation is free!

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Sissily Supports The LGBTQ Community

Sissily Designs is proud to serve the LGBTQ Community. One of their couples was recently featured in the New York Times for this gorgeous wedding. The profits from this order were donated to a local LGBTQ organization. 

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Known For Their Great Customer Service

As we mentioned above, their impeccable customer service has earned Sissily Designs 5 stars on Etsy. Here are just a few reasons why: 

  • They allow customers to exchange their items with no expiration date on the exchange. They’ll even provide a free return label! 
  • They have great bulk order discounts so you can deck out your entire bridal party in top-notch faux fur. 
  • They love to show off their real brides, so they offer customers $10-$20 refunds when you share your wedding pics!

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Real Fur Vintage Rentals

If faux fur’s not your thing, they do have the real deal but don’t worry, it’s all vintage. And, their vintage collection is only available for rental. Even if you’re set on faux fur, it’s definitely worth a peek because there are some real gems, like this white fox fur coat

 

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Sissily Designs is giving SMP readers an exclusive 15% discount for the season when you use code “STYLEMEPRETTY” at checkout.

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Please check out these real weddings with the beautiful fur shawls from Sissily Designs.

 

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A Monochromatic Chic Ranch Wedding In Carmel Valley

What’s not to love about a stylish ranch wedding with pops of shiny disco balls? This Holman Ranch wedding immaculately planned by Coastside Couture is sure to steal your heart.  White blooms from Valley Flores Designs add to the chicness of the day, and you can feel the love and joy shine through the beautiful imagery captured by Alicia Mink.  See all the lovely inside the full gallery.




From Coastside CoutureAlex and Maria were married on a perfect June day in Carmel Valley at the stunning Holman Ranch. The vibe was monochromatic chic with pops of black and of course disco balls. Guests were greeted on the ceremony lawn with refreshments and parasols before being seated for the ceremony which was preceded over by two Judges who were friends of the family.



After the ceremony guests mingled in the Rose Patio with a large round central bar. Craft cocktails were mixed by the Bartenders from Pour Girl while guests participated in a giant paint by numbers paining of the Hacienda at Holman Ranch. The seating was inspired by the couples favorite records, a hint at the dance party to follow.



Dinner was a spectacular family style spread complete with interactive paella stations by aradise Catering. The guests shared many toasts before being treated to an epic dessert spread by Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes. After a dose of sugar the group was ready for the dance party in the Carriage House, DJ’d by Maria of Heart Of Gold, an all female DJ company out of San Francisco.



Event Planning: Coastside Couture | Floral Design: Valley Flores Designs | Cake: Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Paper Culture | Catering: Paradise Catering | Catering: Pour Girl | DJ: Heart Of Gold | Transportation: Main Event Transportation | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch | Hair and Make up Artist: Face Forward Bridal | Linen: Napa Valley Linens | Paint by numbers: Paintillio | Paper Goods: Heart Paper Soul | Rentals: Standard Event Rentals | Rentals: Kiss Me In Carmel

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You Have To See This Ceremony Archway That The Groom Handmade!

Surrounded by the stunning back drop of Snowmass Mountain, this green and white wedding is simply stunning.  When the couple couldn’t find the perfect archway for their outdoor ceremony, the groom decided to build one himself! Forget Me Knot Weddings planned a day that brought all of our bride and groom’s wedding day dreams to life, and Amy Lauren Floral Design filled it with blooms that will take your breath away.  You’ll fall head over heels in love with the incredible imagery shot by Jacie Marguerite Fine Art Photographer, see it all inside the full gallery.




From the bride… We met as college athletes at the University of Miami, passing by each other in the halls of the athletic department, but never connecting romantically. It wasn’t until the bride became long time friends with the grooms sister, and many years later, when the attraction sparked and fate happened! The timing was just right, I guess. We had a very intimate wedding and so many moments stand out as memorable. Reciting our vows with the stunning backdrop of Snowmass Mountain and the oreo cows that came out to graze was magical. Walking down the aisle literally took our breath away. It didn’t matter which direction you turned, there was beauty everywhere! Also the Groom’s brother, who got ordained just for our wedding, as the minister was so special. We found a way to incorporate all of our family members in the wedding somehow. The brides best friend gave a speech and knocked it out of the park! It connected us all as family and showed how fate brought us all together.



We wanted a wedding in nature. We fell in love with Aspen in the summer time a few years back and wanted to make it a yearly destination for our family. Aspen is also where we got engaged in March of 2020 and thought it was the perfect place to tie the knot! We wanted to have our immediate family there with us so we found a perfect ranch (Patak Ranch) in the mountains that was big enough for the crew to join. We wanted to create the most magical week for everyone and make sure they felt the love that we feel in Aspen too. So we planned a week of fun adventures, had cocktails by the fire, jumped in the pool and did a sound bowl healing meditation in the garden the morning of our wedding. For wedding day, the idea was that we had the ceremony and followed by a grand dinner party! We envisioned neutral colors that only added to the spectacular scenery that surrounded us. We chose a wild flower theme and went with greens and whites that had a splash of pastel oranges and pinks. The table settings were green and clear with a touch of gold and handmade paper menu’s that were custom made for our special day. Our dinner was catered by one of Aspen’s best chef’s and his team on site. We set up a spectacular long table, lined with wild flowers, and ate the most delicious food under a sky full of stars while listening to the sweet voice of a vocalist/guitarist. Dinner was followed by desert, dancing and cocktails by the fire pit. FUN FACT! The groom is so handy and we couldn’t find the perfect archway for wedding day, so he built it by hand!



To honor the brides Liberian culture, we used the West African cloths (lapa’s) in our reception. As we arrived to the reception area, our family surrounded us (as newlyweds) and placed several feet of lapa cloth on the ground for us to walk over together. In original Liberian tradition, it was used a warm welcome home to the village after marriage, and a way to show gratitude for the union.



Photography: Jacie Marguerite Fine Art Photographer | Event Planning: Forget Me Knot Weddings | Floral Design: Amy Lauren Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Maria Farbinni | Wedding Dress: LBR Bridal Miami | Cake: d'Elissious Cake Studio of Aspen | Stationary: Bread and Jaim | Shoes: Alexander Birmin | Catering: Eddu & Chefs | Groomsmen's Attire: Rolex | Men's Attire: Suit Supply | Wedding Venue: Patak Ranch | Beauty: Aspen Mobile Hair | Beauty: Aspen Makeup | Rentals: Event Rents Denver | Weddings Rings: TIFFANY

A Blend of East And West Cultures in Sunny Los Angeles

This beautiful wedding at the Bel Air Bay Club is the perfect blending of cultures.  Done in a palette of peach and green, the couple worked with Somni Events to plan the perfect East meets West celebration- California style.  Whimsical blooms by Lily Roden Floral Studio are endlessly romantic, and every joyous moment and well thought out detail is artfully captured in imagery by Katie Jackson Photography. Enjoy all the pretty inside the full gallery.




From the bride… My husband and I met in medical school, and it was an instant love story. We became friends on a long drive to a group camping trip in Sequoia, and after 4 hours of amazing conversation, we knew that we had found someone special. We knew that we wanted to apply to residency together and get married before we graduated medical school. We were so fortunate to both end up at UCLA for residency, so our wedding was not only a celebration of our love, but a celebration of our graduation, our careers, and the life that we would be able to build together! Since Los Angeles is home for us, we wanted an outdoor venue in Los Angeles that overlooked the ocean, to showcase the most beautiful elements of Southern California. We went to a few places, but when we saw the Bel-Air Bay Club, we knew we had found the perfect venue. My husband is Taiwanese and I am Chinese, but we both were raised in the US. We wanted a western wedding, but we felt that it was important to us to infuse elements of our eastern Asian cultures. I also knew that I wanted a more modern peach and green color palette for our spring wedding, rather than the traditional red. We had to get creative in looking for ways to incorporate those cultural elements into this non-traditional color palette. We specifically looked for a Taiwanese wedding planner who could help us achieve this vision, and Michelle from Somni Events not only had an incredible eye for design, but also was able to speak Mandarin with our family! Our photographer Katie Jackson Photography was also so incredible to work with – we were really comfortable with her from our engagement shoot, and she was able to beautifully capture the light, airy springtime aesthetic I wanted. She also made sure to make time for a separate photoshoot for me in my qipao!



For our table numbers, we decided to name each table after a Chinese character. My dad actually helped me come up with a list of characters, which included words like love, happiness, fortune, and family. I asked my good friend to help us design our invitations, and she put together a beautiful rendition of the BABC patio, as well as a gorgeous peachy floral design that I used as the backdrop for the table characters. We thought long and hard about our guest favors, because we wanted those to be personal, long-lasting, and unique. We found an incredible vendor called TangPin Tea, who had a beautiful selection of tea cups, and we were able to personalize these by adding an inscription of our initials and our wedding date to the bottom of the cups. We chose teacups with a crane design, to symbolize longevity and peace, which we hope for our guests and our marriage together. Our guests loved our favors and we got many pictures from them using the tea cups afterward! One element where I did opt for the traditional red was in my qi pao. My husband’s older sisters both wore white dresses for their ceremonies and red qi paos for the reception, and this was a tradition that I wanted to continue. I found a vendor called East Meets Dress that made a gorgeous array of qi paos, and I picked one that was a little more modern. I loved the mandarin collar and the beautiful intricate floral detail on the bodice of the dress. It was affordable, and they make all their dresses to custom measurements! I chose to do my father-daughter dance in my qi pao, which was so special for me and my dad.



One of my favorite vendors was Eat Domi, who made our wedding cake. I had been obsessed with the desserts from Eat Domi for a long time, because they make gorgeous Asian inspired desserts. They’re famous for their profiteroles, which include black sesame, strawberry jasmine, and hojicha flavors. We decided to a chocolate cake with hojicha (roasted tea) ganache, paired with black sesame and strawberry jasmine profiteroles. I can’t even express how incredible these were, and our guests raved about our dessert. We completed the dessert table with a large gold double happiness sign, which made for a gorgeous background for the cake. The double happiness symbol is so important in Chinese/Taiwanese celebrations, and we knew that we had to incorporate it somehow! My husband and I identify strongly with the Asian American experience, and we wanted to showcase that blend of cultures. I wanted our venue and design to embody Los Angeles and California, as this is where we consider home. I think that came through in the Bel Air Bay Club ocean view and the spring-time peachy green palette. I also wanted it to capture symbols from Chinese/Taiwanese culture, such as the table characters and our crane teacups, and show off the amazing array of Asian dessert flavors that exist beyond matcha! My husband and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! For future brides of looking to blend different ethnicities and backgrounds, you should do whatever feels most true to you! Your wedding can be as traditional or modern as you want, and with the array of products available online, it’s easier than ever to blend the two. However, it’s important to set out with a distinct vision so you don’t get lost in the details and endless options, and it’s always helpful to have a wedding planner and designer who has experience with cultural weddings.



Photography: Katie Jackson Photography | Cinematography: Amari Productions | Event Planning: Somni Events | Floral Design: Lily Roden Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Madi lane | Cake: Eat Domi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | DJ: Vox DJ Company | Favors: TangPin Tea | Wedding Venue: Bel Air Bay Club | Beauty: Kohnur | Musician: Tavi Janariu | Photobooth: Triumph Photo Booth | Reception Dress: East Meets Dress | Rentals: TMMPRO | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Borrowed & Blu | Rentals: MTB Event Rentals | Wedding Boutique: Luv Bridal

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Cliff House Wedding in Maui at Montage Kapalua Bay

Today’s Cliff House wedding at Montage Kapalua Bay is your perfect blueprint for an intimate, tropical fête. Designs by Hemingway brought the entire event to life with suspended installations lush with bouganvillea, shower tree, orchids & accents of roses. The couple opted for creams and soft yellow tones instead of the typical tropic-inspired palette. Wedding Scenes Naoko had the day going off without a hitch, while Sara Olivia was behind the lense capturing every last detail at the full gallery!

From Film Photographer Sara Olivia… Nothing says intimate wedding like a private cliff house overlooking Maui’s most beautiful coastline. This wedding will inspire you with delightful buttercream details, from a pop cycle refreshment bar to local shower tree flowers in season just for the occasion. After a joy filled ceremony with closest family and friends, these two lovers basked in a Hawaiian sunset that’s the stuff of dreams.

From designer/stylist Debbie Hemingway at Designs by Hemingway… I fell in love with this venue the first time I walked down to the cliffside to this charming historical house! Styling a wedding here was a dream come true for me so when Christopher & Mariko booked the property at the Montage Kapalua Bay for their intimate Maui wedding, I started styling the florals for this unique venue. 

I designed a hanging floral installation over their long dining table . The suspended floral from the ceiling was a lush dripping garden of bouganvillea, shower tree, orchids & accents of roses spilling over top of rattan lanterns. We kept the design on the table top simple with candles, ceramic matte hand made vessels with dill, ranunculus, & accents of locally grown shower tree blooms in soft yellows, cremes and white color palette. 

We curated the ocean front ceremony to blend with the couple’s Cliffhouse wedding reception floral scape with a blooming garden aisle of yellow dill, white Shasta daisies, and Queen Anne’s lace meandering through natural seating for their guests.

Photography: Sara Olivia | Floral Design: Designs by Hemingway | Invitations: Pirouette Paper | Wedding Venue: Montage Kapalua Bay | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planning: Wedding Scenes Naoko | Refreshment Bar: Embellish Maui | Rentals: Let's Entertain Maui | Rentals: Hemingway Fine Art Studio

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A Celebrity Stylist’s Whimsical & Romantic California Wedding

When a celebrity stylist gets married you know you’re in for endless inspiration.  Our bride worked with Details Details to bring her whimsical wedding wishlist to life, and Eucharis Studio filled the fantastic day with wildly romantic florals.  Jana Williams Photography was there to artfully capture every carefully curated detail in her elegant imagery, see the full gallery for a closer look.



From the bride… We met the old fashion way, in a bar in New York City at 4am. He told me I was beautiful, and I told him I liked his long hair. He was traveling for work and I was there for fashion week. We happened to live 5 blocks away from each other in Los Angeles. We were dating for 5 years before he proposed. However, we were engaged in December 2019. A much longer engagement than we had anticipated. 

There is nothing I love more than pajamas and in a close second I love matching with the people closest to me. A few weeks before Christmas I was supposed to go out to dinner with friends, but they canceled. I have to say, I was hot on Colt’s trail about proposing. It felt suspicious my friends had canceled and conveniently  my hair and makeup was done. Anyway, Colt asked if I wanted to open an early Christmas present, and of course I said yes. It was matching pajamas for Colt and I which is always exciting. He went into our bedroom to change and we have two dogs. They both proceed to come out of the bedroom in the same print pajamas. In my head it all clicked, I was like omg it is happening. Before he got out here I felt both of their little bodies thinking they were wearing the engagement ring, they certainly were not. I thought to myself, wow! What a missed opportunity. We turn the TV on and start looking for a movie for 10 minutes. Colt finally asks me to check one of the dogs pajamas because it seemed too tight, which it clearly wasn’t. I flipped him over to check and on the chest of his pajamas it said “Will you marry me” Colt then proceeded to pull out the box and it was all happening. Then he said I needed to put on a blind fold and we were going to a second location and to not change out of our pajamas. We ended up at one of my friend’s houses and there was a surprise party with our family and friends. Truly, one of the best nights ever. 

We knew we wanted somewhere that was close to LA and had a hotel attached. That way it was like adult summer camp, the wedding weekend running into all of the people you love most. We only looked at Calamigos Ranch, once we saw that big tree with hanging lights, it was on. The venue is beyond whimsical which really lends itself to my overall aesthetic.  



The aesthetic was whimsical, romantic, and fun with pops of color throughout.  It really was all about the details. I knew I had to have black and white check dance floor, at each table we had golden animals that were hidden throughout the table with the tons of candles. Mixed with colored glass vintage dishware which every single piece was different.  The search for “THE DRESS” was a unique one because I did not want to wear all white, but I wanted to still look like a bride. Monique Lhuillier has always had my heart, so going in to try on dresses was a surreal experience, and big love to Mary from Monique who made this so seamless for myself and my mother! I hate to say it, well maybe I love it but my vision from being 5 to 32 did not waiver. I always knew I wanted a dress so big that it would stand on its own with a traditional corset top. This was a hard ask seeing as this would typically fall under a traditional bridal dress. I fell in love with the pattern on Jardin dress but still felt like I was going to miss out on my tulle moment. Funny enough, I committed to my veil prior to picking out the gown, I loved the hand embroidery of the similar print on the Jardin Dress; it was everything I was looking for. On my second fitting with the ever so patient Mary, with a ray of shining light on it I see the dress, The Westwood. However, It has red, blue, pink, and black floral beading on it. I knew this was my silhouette and was told we could make it custom  with the same embroidery from veil but in a smaller scale on the dress. The dress came in a few months later shockingly white with these gorgeous hand embroidered pieces to place all over the dress. Over the course of 3 fittings, multiple opinions, we perfectly hand placed every single piece you see on the dress. We created dimension by going on different layers throughout the dress. I couldn’t have been more happy with how this dress turned out. There was so much love and thoughtfulness poured into this dress. It is something I will cherish forever.

Given the pandemic and all the date changes I found myself waiting for each new collection at Galia Lahav  for my reception dress. I knew this would always be my party. I ended up choosing the Mel gown which embodied pure romance. I knew it was my dress from the moment I laid eyes on it. Funny enough, the sample was not even in stores yet and I ordered it based on the photos. Thankfully, I got the dress and it was even more gorgeous in person. I knew I wanted my after party dress to be romantic with a touch of sexy. The skirt was sheer with a bodysuit underneath to give it a slightly more revealing look. The off the shoulder puff sleeves make any girl feel like a princess, especially on your wedding day.  I am a huge fan of vintage and estate pieces. My engagement ring is from Victor Barbone Jewelry and is from the 1930’s with a gorgeous old mine cut diamond surrounded by emeralds. My wedding gift from Colt was a gorgeous estate ring from the 1950’s with these insane baguettes that we got at Platt Boutique. Given how sparkly my fingers already were, I opted for a classic gold band as my wedding band which is inscribed with a note and our wedding date. Being a stylist picking jewelry is always the icing on the cake, thankfully my mother has an incredible collection of jewelry as did both of my Grandmothers. I knew I wanted something classic and elegant in my ears that had just enough sparkle without being distracting, so I wore her big pearl and diamond wreath earrings which were perfect. I also wore a piece of jewelry from both of my grandmothers, who are no longer with us which was really important to me to have them represented and with me on my wedding day. I had a vintage diamond watch and vintage diamond cuff which completed the look.  I really just trusted my team for the day to execute whatever vision they had for this gown while still looking like myself.  No one does a blowout like Dave Stanwell, for years I watched him create gorgeous hair on my clients that I knew I didn’t need to tell him a thing. The only brief I had to give him was that I wanted to add length, which length is what we had. He is such a visionary that seeing the dress he just came up with the look. Which was a gorgeous blow out with a bit of a bend. He tucked the hair behind both ears and we were done.  The same goes for Alexis Oakley I said I just wanted to look like an elevated version of myself. We stuck to peachy bronze tones which turned out gorgeous. Let me tell you my hair and makeup was intact through the next morning. I am beyond thankful for these two on my wedding day. 

I always knew I wanted something non traditional for the ceremony. Colt entered to “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve. I walked down the aisle with my Dad to “Sussudio” by Phil Collins. I wanted to start the vibe of the wedding off strong and I knew Phil would do the job as it was the soundtrack to my childhood. We did not have any of our bridal party walk down the aisle, but we had all of our nieces and nephews grace the aisle with their presence. My 3 month old niece was pushed down the aisle in a vintage 1950’s bunny stroller that I found on charish. It was darling! My incredible friend and healer Iris Tanz was our officiant, we knew we wanted it quick, sweet, and very us. Iris did an incredible job at really tailoring the ceremony to what we wanted. We really wanted to incorporate something we would be able to keep forever and show our kids that’s when Iris came up with us doing a “Handfasting” which is is an ancient Celtic ritual in which the hands are tied together to symbolize the binding of two lives. We have a gorgeous rope that we are currently having framed in an acrylic box that we will hang in our house.



The guests found their seats by walking up to a wall covered in a Monique Lhuillier  printed Duvet (that matched the hand embroidery I had added to my dress ) to find Maraca’s with their names on them to direct them to their seats. Again, I knew we wanted something non traditional and to maximize the dancing. We had an incredible 12 piece band, West Coast Music – Midnight Special. When Colt and I walked in we had them play a classic, “Everybody” Backstreet Boys to which we invited everyone up to dance for about 30 minutes before any food was served. It was beyond fun and really kept the energy up. We served a grilled little gem caesar salad, Yuzu Seabass or Filet, with a late night treat of happy meals that included original beanie baby toys from the 90’s. Our wedding cake was 5 layers and piped with buttercream, I always admired my parents’ wedding cake growing up, so we recreated it! 

Colt’s Best Friend flew in to surprise him from Australia and gave his best man speech. My two older brothers are my best friends, so they did the honors too.  I loved sitting at our table looking around and being surrounded by the people we loved most, it is such a special moment that is rarely replicated. I loved walking in to see our vision being executed perfectly. But overall I think the dancing between courses with the live band really kept the momentum up and it truly felt like a big party! 



Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Florals: Eucharis Studio | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Hansen's Cake Bakery | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Engagement Ring: Victor Barbone Jewelry | Makeup: Alexis Oakley | Hair: Maranda Widlund | DJ: Kelly Dlux | Band: West Coast Music | Groom's Attire: Dolce & Gabanna | Officiant: Iris Tanz | Dishes: Dish Wish | Groom's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Menus/Signage: Beck Engraving Design | Photobooth: Pixster Photo Booths | Planning: Details Details | Reception Dress: Galia Lahav | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Stationery Maracas: Fiesta Fancies | Venue + Catering: Calamigos Ranch | Wedding Submission Services: Published Pretty

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Beautiful Bold Burst Of Color California Wedding

This bold and beautiful wedding is overflowing with fun.  Done in a burst of vivid blue and orange Lally Events planned and designed a day that spoke to the couple’s heritage and unique love story.  Florals by Revel Floral are a feast for the eyes, and imagery by the oh-so-talented Carlie Statsky is sure to stand the test of time.  See it all inside the full gallery.




From the bride… Our day was 10 years in the making, and was a beautiful celebration of our love. As we thought about how we wanted our wedding to look and feel, we knew it had to be an illustration of who are as a couple and as individuals. From my dress (which was a nod to my Israeli heritage), to the pins of the number 33 the groomsmen wore in honor of Patrick’s late aunt: it all felt uniquely us.



It included elements that tied to our Mexican roots, like the mariachi band that played while the guests arrived and the agua frescas we served following the ceremony. For the ceremony, we wrote our own vows and included our family in the rituals of the ceremony. The chuppah was placed on a small dock that was placed on the edge of the water. I walked down the aisle to “Sabor a Mi” by Luis Miguel, a song that my Oma and Opa (grandparents) would play for me. Our vows took the form of a letter that we read to one another.



We danced the night away, closing the night with a collection of our favorite dance music from the 10 years we’ve been together. Each song was curated by Patrick, marking different milestones in our relationship. We showcased a fun blend of Latin dance songs with our favorite electronic songs all under the twinkling lights over the dance floor. Everyone partied extra hard to stay warm, and brought the energy. It was the day of our dreams.



Photography: Carlie Statsky | Cinematography: Reel Eyes Media | Event Design: Lally Events | Event Planning: Lally Events | Floral Design: Revel Floral | Invitations: Chez La Mariee | Ceremony Venue: Private Estate | Reception Venue: private estate | Catering: Jessica Lasky | lighting: Fiesta Lighting | band: Jukebox Productions | Beauty: Sherrie Long Makeup Hair & Effects | Rentals: Found Rental Co. | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Theoni Collection | coasters: california home style | dragonflies on excort display: Hip and Clavicle | head table structure: The vessel rental co | linens: BBJ La Tavola | rentals, custom altar & custom escort display board: Hensley Event Resources

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A Woodland Fairytale Wedding at Nestldown Designed by the Bride Herself!

Happy Halloween, witches and warlocks 🎃 Today we’re sharing a hauntingly creative wedding that’s sure to surprise at every turn! A lover of all things whimsical and out-of-the-box, the bride knew she wanted to do something unexpected when it came to her wedding design. After falling in love with Nestldown, the couple landed on a “woodland fairytale” wedding theme. Let’s just say Lord of The Rings fanatics are about to be obsessed – we’re talking bridesmaids dressed as elves, the officiant dressed as Gandalf, cocktails with a side of treasure hunting, an enchanting candlelit reception, and all sorts of magical treats along the way! We love a bride who has a vision and isn’t afraid to run with it. To see all the epic moments from their day, the full gallery by Stella Yang Photography awaits!

From the Bride… “Yifei, Before you, I never truly believed in ‘one true love.’ But I was so lucky to meet you at the age of 18 and marry you at the age of 28. Looking back, the most romantic thing I can think of is never the beautiful roses or precious gifts. But, still, your everlasting support and companionship.” – I said to my husband at the wedding ceremony.

My husband and I met and fell in love with each other in undergrad school in China. After graduating, we came to the United States together for grad school and finally settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although we had to deal with a long-distance relationship for over four years, our relationship has always been stable.

A comedian, Mike Vecchione, said, “The marriages (relationships) that last are a combination of two types of people: One person who is boring, another who is crazy.” We loved this joke and thought this was precisely the description of us! I must be the crazy one. My mind is always filled with exciting and whimsical ideas. I would be super excited about every design opportunity, and my wedding is definitely on the top list. So as you can imagine, I was the one that brought this fantastic idea of “holding a fairy wedding,” and my “boring” husband had “no objection.”

The Venue – Nestldown

Nestldown in our mind is “a wonderland hidden in the forest .” The venue was quite spacious and broad, with a solemn and stately redwood forest as the ceremony area, a lawn next to a Koi pond as the banquet area, a lane entangled by vines as the cocktail area, and a wooden house with a crystal chandelier as the dancing area.

What fascinated us was the magical garden in a medieval style. The wooden house, the sand sculptures of dragons and castles, the vintage chess boards, and the fairy lights around the trees all aligned perfectly with what we had in mind for a woodland fairy wedding. We immediately knew that this would be the place for our celebration after the first visit.

The Event Design

With no professional help, I planned and designed the wedding all by myself as a bride. I had a clear vision of the wedding – a woodland fairy-themed celebration with a combination of elegant and rustic touches. The idea is based on a fairytale I pictured in my head – a royal wedding for a princess elf who lives in the woods. To achieve this, I had the couple dressed as prince and princess, bridesmaids dressed as elves, the officiant dressed as a magician, and I also invited the guests to dress like woodland creatures.

The Floral Design

I imagined that the flower decorations in my wedding would be elegant, colorful, yet wild, and whimsical. All kinds of flowers would be scattered around mosses, creating a scene where woodland elves live. With this unique vision, I met Anna, a very talented floral designer. The floral she designed for me is just as beautiful as I pictured.

In Anna’s words – “The floral design and color inspiration comes from Alice in Wonderland fairytale’s wedding theme. Along with the magical redwood forest background, we incorporate contrast colors – vintage red, copper, peach, and almond paired with light blue, steel blue, and violet, to make each color pop. Various wildflowers, and greeneries with moss-covered centerpieces, paired with vintage candles, bring harmony to the forest background and create this magical fairytale atmosphere. For the flower selection, we chose garden roses, orchids, hydrangea, calla lily, and peony and tropical greeneries to give everyone a whimsical, romantic feeling.”

The Wedding Gown

I have been looking for a unique wedding dress, which must be studded with pearls and crystals without making people feel it is too tacky or luxurious. Also, that very dress must be elegant and vintage while maintaining a touch of cuteness and agility, which would make me feel like an elf and a princess at the same time. It took me a year to visit those bridal shops along the west coast, including regular dress rental shops and high-end customization brands. It was not until I randomly saw the picture online for this wedding gown that I decided that it would fulfill all my imagination.

The wedding dress is breathtakingly beautiful. It is in ivory color, which sets a great vintage tone. The laces on the shoulder girdles are just like twinkling wings. Thousands of shining crystals constitute the elegant patterns on the chest and extend to the long tails on the back. It is such a great combination of elegance and cuteness.

Magician and Elves

My lovely bridesmaids are dressed in the costume of elves. I tried quite a few dresses of different styles and finally set my heart on a single-shoulder emerald dress with long silk ribbons on the back, which, as I saw it, made me think of a retro-styled woodland elf immediately. As for their headwear, I chose emeralds entwined on vines that matched the color of their dresses and added to the overall forestry feel. With the elf ears, they all look like real elves coming from the woods!

To match the theme of the wedding ceremony, I prepared the Gandalf costume and wand for my wedding officiant. So he could deliver his “magical blessing” to us that day.

The Bride Entrance of the Ceremony

What particularly attracted me to Nestledown was the long and twisted steps to the ceremony area. Those rustic steps traversed across the redwoods from the high end. Walking down from the top of the steps, you could overlook the entire ceremony area, hear the beats of the music and smell the aroma of soil and vegetation. It is such a long walk that it could help you prepare before the big moment. I chose the orchestral version of Merry-go-round of Life as the background music for my entrance. It came from Howl’s Moving Castle, my favorite animation, which never fails to make my eyes fill with tears.

The Cocktail Hour Activity – Treasure Hunting

When the ceremony ended, there was a special cocktail reception, for which I designed a game called “Hunting for the Golden Feather.” Every guest was given a piece of old craft paper printed with a treasure map (I made a hand-drawn fantasy map for Nestldown). 5 places of treasures are marked on the map. Guests could follow the map to find the golden feathers. Those who found all the treasure would be rewarded with a special gift.

The Reception by Koi Pond

The evening party was held on the lawn near the koi pond. The guests could find wooden boards engraved with their names on vintage oak tables decorated with flowers and mosses.

I switched to a princess-styled off-the-shoulder blue dress when we entered for dinner. It is lighter than my wedding gown, so I can sit down and enjoy my dinner.

The food from Wylder space is terrific and tasty. My favorite one is the salad they brought rainbow beet napoleon layered with goat cheese, drizzled in the balsamic reduction sauce, and garnished with arugula microgreens. It brings a feeling of dining in the woods.

The Wedding Cake

After dinner, we moved on to the sweetest session of that day, cutting our wedding cake, which Trizia designed. The two-layer cake featured a fresh and elegant taste of earl gray tea. On top of the ivory cream surface were mosses, butterflies, and flowers made of sweets, creating an intoxicating atmosphere of forests and fairy tales while bringing the highlight for the ceremony.

The First Dance

The first dance was the most exciting session of the ceremony. We chose La Valse De L’Amour, the Waltz to which Cinderella and the prince danced when they first met. Neither of us knew anything about dancing, so it took us nearly three months to learn it. Every night after returning home from work, we watched the video and practiced once and once again. Constant discussions and explorations granted us tiny progress bit by bit. What an unforgettable memory!

The Grand Exit

For the grand exit, We prepared fairy-lights-decorated transparent balloons for each guest. Then, surrounded by lights and crowds, my husband and I walked onto a vintage car and bid farewell to my guests, bringing the wedding we had planned and expected for a year to a beautiful end.

Photography: STELLA YANG PHOTOGRAPHY | Event Design: Lyric Liu | Floral Design: Ahles Fleurs | Cake: Trizia Cake Artistry | Catering: Wylder Space | Beauty: MK Lucy | Location: Nestldown

These Crystal Pieces From Waterford Are Absolute Registry Musts

These days, people are getting married later in life, and (don’t let your grandma read this) most couples live together way before saying, “I do”. So, it makes sense that registries are changing with the times. It used to be that you registered for what you needed for your new life as a married couple, but now, since you’ve already been adulting for a while, you get to register for what you want (lucky you!). But with so much on your plate it can be hard to know exactly what you want so we’re here to help. There’s one thing that should be on every couple’s registry–crystal. And when it comes to crystal, it doesn’t get better than Waterford.

 

Why Crystal?

What makes Waterford crystal a registry must? Well, first of all, it’s gorgeous. But the most important reason is that it’s an investment–quality crystal like Waterford will last you forever! Think of it as investing in a designer piece instead of disposable fast fashion. In a world where we are leaning into sustainability, the key is investing in quality pieces that can withstand the test of time, be it clothing, home furnishings, tableware, or even decor. And what better way to lock down some staple pieces than to put them on your wedding registry? Fact: everyone loves giving crystal and everyone loves getting crystal. It’s a win-win! 

SHOP THIS LOOK | Lismore Clock

 

What To Register For

When you think Waterford crystal, the first thing to come to mind is probably champagne flutes or wine glasses, but there are so many other ways to use Waterford crystal–and not just in the kitchen. Here are some of our favorite ways to use crystal throughout your home…

Kitchen

Let’s start with the obvious, the kitchen. From glasses to decanters there is no shortage of ways to use Waterford crystal in your kitchen. And while it may feel like you should only break it out for special occasions because it’s so pretty, that’s simply not true. First of all, crystal is stronger than glass, so crystal glasses are actually less likely to break. Also, life is short so why not live every moment beautifully? Break out your crystal champagne flutes for brunch with your besties and serve your favorite go-to wine out of a crystal decanter into matching stemless crystal wine glasses. Give your store-bought cake a glow-up by popping it onto a crystal cake plate for every birthday. And last, but not least, every counter needs a Waterford crystal fruit bowl, even if you fill it with your favorite non-fruit munchies (no judgment here).

SHOP THIS LOOK | Ice BucketWhiskey Glasses & Decanter

 

Bathroom

We spend so much of our time in the bathroom getting ready, so why not level up your bathroom decor game with some beautiful yet functional pieces? Before you start your skincare routine, pop your rings onto a crystal ring dish for safekeeping. Then, brushing your teeth will never be the same after you pour yourself a glass of purified water from your crystal pitcher into a matching crystal tumbler. It’s the small things that make all the difference and if those pretty little items boost your serotonin even a little bit before you head off to work, then they have done their job.

SHOP THIS LOOK | Lismore Perfume Bottle & Ring Dish

 

Dining Room

You don’t need a physical room anymore to call it a dining room, this is just wherever you eat your meals, be it an eat-in kitchen or a bartop table. And how you decorate said table is the ultimate sign of adulting. Ditch the salt and pepper shakers you’ve had since college and invest in a beautiful Waterford crystal set. And think of how impressed your friends will be after they crash at your place and wake up to your favorite go-to hangover cure and a giant cup of coffee served with a stunning Waterford crystal cream and sugar set. So chic, so grown.

SHOP THIS LOOK | Lismore Black Vase & Lismore Black Bowl

 

Living Room

When it comes to crystal pieces, the living room is all about entertaining and decor. Every living room needs a Waterford crystal vase (or two) for a fresh flower arrangement (and yes, babe, get yourself the flowers even if you’re not entertaining). A tall vase is great for on a mantle and a low vase looks perfect on a side or coffee table. Now it’s time to stock the bar cart. You’ll need an ice bucket, cocktail shaker, whiskey glasses, and a few decanters for your favorite liquors.  

SHOP THIS LOOK | Whiskey Glasses & Decanter

 

Follow @waterford on Instagram for even more registry inspo and to see process pics of how these beautiful pieces are made and the artisans that bring them to life.

Registry Items: Waterford

Modern Day Fall Garden Party in Central Texas

Bring on the blooms, this garden-inspired fall wedding is endlessly romantic.  Simply XO Events brought the couple’s Big Day vision to life in the most wondrous of ways, and floral design by Truth and Blooms is nothing short of sensational.  You’ll love every elegant image artfully shot by The Crakes, visit the full gallery for a closer look.




From The CrakesShelby and Sam got married as Texas starts to transition into fall in mid-Texas, meaning the sun was still shining down on their intimate garden-inspired wedding day.



They chose tones to accent the colors of the beautiful new venue in town. Shelby chose the bistro chairs to go along with the whimsical garden theme.



The candles in the reception hall stayed on all night to create an intimate party where they shared wine and ate dinner together at the long communal tables.



Photography: The Crakes | Design: Lettered by Valerie | Event Planning: Simply XO Events | Floral Design: Truth & Blooms | Cake: Sweet Treats Bakery | Catering: Soho Catering | Band: Royal Dukes Band | Transportation: ATX Classic Cars | Venue: Wishwell House | Beauty: Lux Beauty and Bridal | Rentals: Premiere Events

Elevated Elegance At Santa Lucia Preserve

It’s elevated elegance all the way at this Carmel Valley wedding.  Carefully curated details planned by Allison Weddings added to the natural beauty of Santa Lucia Preserve, and flowers designed by Barefoot Floral are beyond beautiful.  Each artfully captured image shot by Carlie Statsky is more incredible than the last, see them all inside the full gallery.




From the bride… After waiting more than a year from our original wedding date and a few postponements, it was a surreal experience to finally celebrate with all of our dear family and friends. The Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California has been such a special place for us and our families, so we were thrilled to share it with our guests. Teeming with untouched, natural beauty, the Preserve was such a perfect place to host the people we love most! Everyone tells you the weekend moves fast, but you have no idea just how fast until things get underway! We kicked off the weekend with an outdoor pizza oven on Thursday at my family’s home and it zoomed by from there! We wanted our friends to soak up the Preserve’s beautiful surroundings, so Friday’s activities were all outdoor and involved golfing, hiking (led by none other than the mother-of-the-bride!) and pickleball.



That evening, guests joined us at Folktale Vineyards, one of Carmel’s most charming wineries and a personal favorite, for our Welcome Party. With over 500 wine barrels stacked from floor to ceiling, the Barrel Room was a perfect introduction to Carmel Valley. Our dress code was “California Chic” and our guests did not disappoint! In honor of my dad’s birthday, we even served a local favorite, Revival Ice Cream, for dessert which was topped with torched marshmallow fluff. The day of the wedding was a whirlwind of pure joy and excitement. For the ceremony, we shared vows in what my family calls the “Redwood Chapel.” The 800 year-old redwood grove was the most blissful and sacred setting, especially with the chuppah of our dreams, designed by Barefoot Floral. After getting married in 2020 with only a few family members, it was so special to finally share our commitment to one another with all of our family members and friends by our sides. Our officiant reminded us that, although Redwood trees stand alone, it’s their closeness, shared canopy and co-mingled roots which provide support and allow them to hold the water they need for life.



After the ceremony, our guests gathered on the beautiful Hacienda lawn for hors d’oeuvres and carnitas street tacos, the groom’s favorite! As the sun began to set, our amazing photographers whisked us away for sunset photos atop a gorgeous vista that we will treasure forever. And then the party really started as guests danced the night away in the 100 year-old barn. We brought in the Pop Rocks from San Francisco and their unreal disco moves and many outfit changes knocked the socks off of our guests. We kicked off dancing with the mother-of-the-bride and father-of-the-groom’s favorite song, Hotel California, and it felt like the fun never stopped! We wrapped up the night with late night churros and In-N-Out inspired burgers before the sweetest farewell. The next morning, we said our goodbyes at our farewell brunch at Quail Lodge over breakfast burritos and much needed coffee. A few of our favorite pups joined too! Although the celebrations went too fast, the weekend was beyond our wildest dreams. Special thanks to the vendors and team that made it happen!



Photography: Carlie Statsky | Cinematography: Spencer Sarson | Event Planning: Allison Weddings | Floral Design: Barefoot Floral | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Invitations: Prim & Pixie | Ceremony Venue: Santa Lucia Preserve | Reception Venue: Santa Lucia Preserve | Beauty: Glamsquad | Menus: Heart Paper Soul | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Signage: Deco Ink Designs

5 Brands You’ll Want to Know While Wedding Planning

Like every other industry, weddings are evolving and new brands are popping up left and right that we all wish were around when we were wedding planning! From cool new guest book alternatives and sustainable shopping to revolutionary teeth whitening, we did a deep dive so you don’t have to. Here are five new brands that will make your wedding planning easier and, of course, (SM)Prettier. You’re welcome ;-)

 

Trousso 

These days, weddings are no longer a single event, and brides want to look picture-perfect at each celebration (think bachelorette, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and afterparty). But it’s agonizing to buy new, expensive outfits you’ll only wear once. Well, have you checked out Trousso? Trousso is the resale platform making upscale bridal fashion financially accessible and environmentally sustainable for the next generation of brides. With Trousso, you can search by wedding event and find designer outfits from brands like Retrofête, Cult Gaia, Jimmy Choo, and Zimmermann. Every transaction on their platform helps one bride earn back money on outfits worn once and taking up space in their closet, while helping another bride access a high-quality ensemble at 20-80% off retail! What’s not to love?

 

After The Tone

Every wedding needs a guest book and why settle for a traditional “book” when you could have something fun, interactive, and something you will truly cherish for the rest of your lives? Introducing After The Tone. They ship you a real vintage rotary phone and record voicemails you want to keep from all of your favorite people. Regardless of the package you choose, you’ll receive your voicemails digitally. You also have the option to put them on Vinyl record or USB. Their phones don’t require wall plugins, extension cords, or wifi! This makes it easy for the phone to be transported throughout your event (from pre-ceremony and cocktail hour to the reception, and even the after-party!) They currently ship Nationwide to the US & Canada. Just set it up and let your guests leave messages throughout the night. Then, break out the recordings on special occasions and anniversaries for a sentimental moment or a good laugh.

 

Bride Brite

You’ve got your hair and makeup trial scheduled, your bridal skincare routine is on-lock, but what about your smile? You want that baby to sparkle! And with so many whitening brands on the market, it’s hard to know where to start. Some are too harsh and some don’t work at all. Well, we’ve found the perfect brand. Designed by a dentist for his bride, BrideBrite guarantees noticeably whiter teeth after using their kit for 10 minutes for 10 days. Best of all, it’s enamel-safe and SENSITIVITY FREE! You can purchase the Bride Brite or Groom Glow Advanced Teeth Whitening Kits on their own or you can bundle and save by choosing two kits of your choice and checking out as a Couple’s Bundle. These kits, in addition to their on-the-go products (BlingBRITE and StayBRITE) make incredible gifts as well. Each Advanced Teeth Whitening Kit features 3 brush-on-whitening pens for precise application (65+ uses), a wireless LED mouthpiece to accelerate the whitening process, a 3D shade guide to mark your progress, and a bonus desensitizing gel to ensure that you don’t experience any sensitivity.

Using the discount code “STYLEMEPRETTY” you can invest in your Wedding White Teeth for $89.97 and get 40% off sitewide + free shipping!

 

Swoon Bridal Consulting

You’ve heard people vent about how stressful wedding planning can be. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the little details and forget to take care of yourself or nurture the relationship that you’re supposed to be celebrating. For some people, it’s also their first time leading a creative team, which brings about its own set of challenges. Well, now there’s a brand that’s taking a unique approach to coaching female leaders of tomorrow through wedding planning. Swoon Bridal Consulting is the first of its kind bridal leadership coaching. Neuroscientifically based for holistic wellness and personal growth during the wedding planning process. They teach interpersonal skill development and meditation techniques to provide brides with a set of tools that can better manage the social pressures of wedding planning, and reduce stress along their marriage journey. With both in-person and online workshops, Swoon fortifies an individual bride’s sense of leadership so she can gracefully navigate everything from the meaningful blending of family rituals to the potential interpersonal clashes among bridesmaids. They’re launching workshops in January 2023 and taking individual coaching clients now, so book today! 

Swoon is offering SMP readers a $150 discount when you use code SMP2023 at checkout. This code can be used thru 11:59pm on November 10th, 2022 on Workshops and retreats (items over $500).

 

The Sip

Now that you’ve said yes, it’s your turn to pop the question. And what better way is there to do that than with a beautiful bottle (or three) of the world’s best bubbly? The Sip curates luxe gift boxes that are perfect for every occasion because your besties deserve the best! Make sure to look into their bulk gifting to get the most bubbly for your buck. Plus, The Sip is a brand you can feel good investing in. Not only are they a Black women-owned business, but a portion of every purchase goes to funding clean drinking water for women and children in need (5,500 gallons so far)! While you’re at it, go ahead and sign yourself up for a subscription because between all the celebrating and late-night Pinterest seshes, you’re gonna need it!

Bridal Consultant: Swoon Bridal Consulting | Bridal Fashion: Trousso | Gifts: The Sip | Guest Book: after the tone | Teeth Whitening: Bride Brite

Old World Italian Wedding Inspiration on Lake Como at Villa Sola Cabiati

Today’s wedding inspiration is for the hopeless romantic at heart. The bride who dreams of old world elegance, timeless design and classic Italian flair. If that perfectly depicts your wedding style to a T, then boy are you in a for a treat – all thanks to the ever talented Janna Brown Design Co! See the full gallery captured by Janna to see find all the inspo you’ll need to pull off your dream destination wedding.

From Janna Brown Design Co… Perched on the shores of Tremezzo, Villa Sola Cabiati reigns as one of the most exquisite properties on all of LAKE COMO.

As one of the most sought after wedding destinations in the world, Lake Como is no stranger to weddings, from luxurious, intimate elopements to extravagant multi-day celebrations, couples travel near and far to say their vows in this iconic setting.

When designing for such an opulent wedding venue, we drew inspiration from its Neoclassical style and Italian gardens, opting for a classic palette of creams and organic greens, incorporating luxurious linens and gold accents. Each detail was carefully curated to create a timeless design as an extension of the decadence of this magnificent Italian wonderland.

Photography: Janna Brown Design Co. | Coordination: Daniela And Paola, Centorose E Un Tulipano | Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Event Planning: Janna Brown Design Co. | Floral Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Wedding Gown: Le Spose di Milano | Hair and Makeup: Daniela Guanziroli | Tuxedo: Domenico Caraceni | Location: Villa Sola Cabiati | Paper Goods: Sugared Fig Paperie

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East Meets West Napa Valley Wedding

This fabulous fusion wedding is bursting with fun.  From a ceremony surrounded by cherry blossom trees to a gift of gold chopsticks at the sit down dinner, Charmed Events Group, LLC planned and designed a day that dazzles.  Flowergirl Em filled the day with the most beautiful of blooms, and Amanda Callaway Photography elegantly captured every moment in impeccable photography.  Visit the full gallery to fall in love.




From Charmed Events Group, LLCEast meets West is the theme of this wedding. Our New York bride really wanted to honor and share her heritage with family and friends and had a particular love and affinity for cherry blossoms to shine at her wedding. The couple chose Napa to get married at because it’s a destination that was important to their relationship. Being that all their family and guests are from the East Coast, she wanted the wedding to reflect East meets West in heritage, as well as East Coast meets West Coast in vibe. We focused on an Asian heritage theme for the ceremony, bringing in lots and lots of cherry blossom trees as the bride had a special love and affinity for them.



It created the most stunning and magical setting for our couple to say their vows out. We also used the cherry blossom trees as a motif for their escort display as guests joyfully found their seats. The couple hired the main singer form Crazy, Rich Asians to sing her chinese version of Yellow by Coldplay for our bride as she walked down the aisle. Guests were also later treated to a small performance set during the reception as well. For the reception, the couple wanted to share their stylish, modern and polished East Coast vibe so we transitioned the design to be reflective of a New York vibe.



While we used blush and whites for the ceremony, we transitioned our color palette to be whites, cremes and soft golds for the reception. Hundreds and hundreds of candles used were used to evoke feelings of a NY affair and the couple paired their Pan Asian inspired dinner with a gift of gold chopsticks for each guest. Guests then migrated to the estate’s barrel room where they were treated their guests to the most epic first dance by the couple. And in true NY fashionista fashion, the bride changed her dress two times, each filled with Tulle goodness dance the night away.



Photography: Amanda Callaway Photography | Videography: Amy Hung Films | Event Planning and Design: Charmed Events Group, LLC | Floral Design: Flower Girl Em | Cake: From Flour | Make Up: Amanda Isabelle | Event Rentals: Standard Event Rentals | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Special Guest Singer: Katherine Ho

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This Classic Seaside Elegance Wedding Was Worth The Wait

This destination Hawaii wedding is as heartfelt as it is filled with stylish inspiration.  Taryn Stark Wyant Event Planning and Design made the couple’s 2.5 year wait, after a postponement due to Covid, more than worth it.  From the seaside ceremony to the outdoor tented reception, every inch of this day is dripping with pretty.  Blooms by Dellables are endlessly romantic, and each magical moment is artfully captured in imagery by Dmitri and Sandra Photography.  Head to the full gallery for a closer look at all the fun.




From Taryn Stark Wyant Event Planning and DesignAnna and Aaron are both Business Managers from BC, Canada. While they had planned their Destination Maui Wedding for March 2020, Covid had other plans for them. A mere 4-days before their wedding was scheduled to take place that year, Hawaii closed it’s doors to incoming travelers and Anna and Aaron were forced to postpone their Wedding. Nearly 2.5 years later, the couple traveled to Maui with their closest family members and friends, and the newest addition to their family, their son, Cohen!

“The favorite part of our Wedding was our Arch–Taryn’s sweet surprise for us, absolutely stunning!” says Anna. “I highly recommend hiring Taryn Stark Wyant Event Planning and Design and her team for your big day! We had the most amazing experience!”



“It was really important to me to honor the couple in a sizable way, both literally and figuratively! They had waited too long for this special moment,” says Founder and Principal Planner of Taryn Stark Wyant Event Planning and Design, Taryn. “We are blessed to partner with some truly incredible vendors on our Hawaii-based Events. I called Jonas + Tasha, owners of Artisan Event Rentals Maui, before the Wedding and begged them to build me a massive arch for Anna + Aaron. Without question, they immediately agreed! I then purchased a stunning candelabra-style golden chandelier for the middle of the structure, and Dellables Floral Design then pulled out the stops in the arch décor and voila! We had a dream come true!” Following their seaside ceremony, guests were led to a stunning, flowing white sperry tent dripping with tailored chandeliers and a twinkle canopy.



“The couple was committed to classic elegance within a breathtaking, oceanfront space on Maui. We didn’t want to compete with our surroundings, so we worked carefully to bring their vision to life in hues of whites, ivory, golds, and neutrals. The hope was to create luxe, classic elegance,” says Taryn Stark Wyant Event Planning and Design.

“We know it is cliché to say every part was our favorite,” say Anna and Aaron, “but it was just because we had waited so long for this day, everything was absolutely perfect! But if we had to say our favorite, it definitely had to be all the sweet speeches that were given to us.”

Dinner and speeches were followed by group games, bouquet, garter tosses, and fun-filled dancing. All in all, it was apparent that this celebration was definitely worth the wait!



Photography: Dmitri and Sandra Photography | Design: Taryn Stark Wyant Event Planning and Design | Event Planning: Taryn Stark Wyant Event Planning and Design | Floral Design: Dellables | Ceremony Venue: Sheraton Maui | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | DJ: Maui DJ Services | Cine: R. Flinn Media | Rentals: Artisan Events | Rentals: Let's Entertain Maui | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Set Collections

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Modern Romantic Garden Wedding at Deane House

A summer palette of coral, blush and sage set the scene for this Calgary wedding.   Kaity Body Photography captured the endlessly romantic details perfectly in her artful photography, and Jacqueline Rae Weddings planned and designed the day to perfection.  Floral design by Meadow & Vine is nothing short of spectacular, see it all inside the full gallery.



From Kaity Body PhotographyJen & Ian’s garden wedding brought a perfect mix of history, modern design, and the wild west all together during the week of the world renowned Calgary Stamped! It was Jen and Ian’s dream to have their family enjoy the Calgary Stampede, especially as Ian’s family would be travelling such long distances to attend their big day. Jen also celebrated her Bachelorette with her closest friends in Nashville, a perfect way to begin their final wedding preparations. The Wild West was checked at the door for one day, as the historical downtown venue, the Deane House, turned into a modern, romantic garden fairy-tale. Walking into Jen and Ian’s home, hair and makeup was almost complete by the talented team at Top Knot Brides, adding the final touches to Jen’s long angelic Hollywood styled hair. Her bright blue eyes full of excitement, ready to pop some champagne and slip into her shimmering floral Galia Lahav gown, complete with long white bows on each shoulder. You would swear it was made for her – it had the beauty and drama Jen was looking for in her dream wedding gown.



She was even gifted the perfect earring set from Ian for this memorable occasion, a pair of delicate diamond studded flowers from Calgary Jewellery. Jen also gifted Ian an Omega Seamaster watch from the same Jeweller for his wedding gift. Jen’s bridal hair piece, as well as all of the bridesmaids jewelry was from shop owner Lindsay of Cinder & Sage, one of Jen’s bridesmaids! The gems were hues of coral, blush, and sage to accent the soft gradient of bridesmaids dresses. Ian departed from the Fairmont Palliser Hotel to eagerly await his stunning bride, for a private moment together. Luxurious transportation from Ambassador Limousine brought Jen to the riverside park, and when Ian turned to see his Bride, his expression was not hard to read. After a moment of excitement and tears, their beloved dog Gus joined the happy couple in his wedding attire. This would be the last time they would see their sweet Gus until they returned from their Honeymoon in Italy. After a romantic walk through the towering trees and some fun with their full bridal party, they were off to the floral filled gardens of the Deane House as their guests found their seats. Jen and Ian were surrounded by a cascade of coral, blush and ivory florals by Meadow & Vine, that appeared to be suspended by sunlight. Their vows brought tears and laughter to the air, and then it was finally official! As guests went to enjoy custom cocktails at Gus’ Gin bar, the now Mr. & Mrs. Were off to see their reception dreams become a reality with the stunning design by Jacqueline Rae Weddings.



Jen’s vision was fully realized with black contrasting accents added to the evening reception, to add a more moody and luxe vibe. The clouds of baby’s breath above, as well as encased below the assortment of intricately made desserts by Whippt Kitchen, created that dream like ambiance for the evening. Guests searched for their names on the arched statement seating chart, and for their table numbers on the beautifully custom designed stationery by Pink Umbrella Designs and Ynot Digital. The delicious meal and emotion filled speeches from friends and family were memorable to say the least. After the cake was cut, the champagne tower was poured, and the couples sparkler lit first dance was had, Pez Productions ensured everyone was on their feet, until the fireworks at the Stampede Grand Stand show lit up the night sky. With the promise of a life full of love, and a rodeo to get to in a few short hours in lieu of a farewell brunch, Jen & Ian’s marriage was off to the races.



Photography: Kaity Body Photography | Event Planning & Design: Jacqueline Rae Weddings | Floral Design: Meadow & Vine | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Cake: Whippt | Invitations: Pink Umbrella Designs | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | DJ: Pez Productions | Groom's Attire: HUGO BOSS | Officiant: Jane Paterson | Transportation: Ambassador Limousine | Accomodations: Fairmont Palliser Hotel | Beauty: Lisa Marie Racz of Top Knot Brides | Bridal & Bridesmaids Accessories: Cinder & Sage | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Deane House | Photography - Assistance: Deanna Rachel | Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Rentals: Modern Luxe Rentals | Signage: Ynot Digital | Wedding Dress Boutique: The Bridal Boutique