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To Tie the Knot at Masseria Spina in Puglia, Italy is #Goals

If you’re anything like me and dreamed of saying your I-Do’s against the stunning backdrop of Puglia, Italy, you might as well grab a cocktail and get comfy. Designed by Daniela Vecchio Design,  produced by Itinera – with a talented couple who own creative agencies in Italy and London behind the vows – let’s just say if I could re-do my own wedding day, this would be my perfect blueprint. The darling two exchanged vows under sprawling olive trees, hopped in a vintage red convertible and danced the night away under twinkle lights at Masseria Spina Resort. My favorite part? Their adorable “morning after” photos at a local café in Monopoli. Check out the full gallery of images captured by Linda Nari Photography to get inspired!

From Linda Nari PhotographyKarolina (@outsideboxx) and Marco (@gypseetravel) contacted me from London for their dream wedding in Italy. They were determined to go ahead despite all the difficulties and the uncertainty of the possibility to organize the wedding with all the restrictions going on during the spring. The very first day of reopening was just their original date 15th of June 2021. It was a sign for all of us.

From the Bride… Marco and I met while working together, we became very good friends, we liked to joke around, meet for coffee and have dinners with mutual friends. The friendship eventually evolved into a romantic feeling and we started to date. We left after a few months for a backpacking trip in SE Asia for a year and that was the first challenge for us a couple. But after the trip, we became even closer to each other!

In the past 6 years, we went through the most important life years, we grew up to adults together and created a life for ourselves from nothing. We work together and spend 99% of time together, we feel more ourselves when we’re together than when we’re apart.

Travel took a big part in our relationship, we got to know each other, the real us. In times we were lost and scared or happy and relaxed, we got to discover each other’s values and learn new things about ourselves.

It brought us closer than any other relationship we ever had, if something I know, is that we were meant for each other.

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Photography: Linda Nari Photography | Cinematography: Cinema of Poetry | Event Design: Daniela Vecchio Design | Dress: Bajoras Bespoke | Stationery: atelier_rosemood_uk | Vintage Car: Puglia Auto Classica | Venue: Masseria Spina Resort | Wedding Venue: Masseria Spina Resort | Event production: Itinera | Music: The Chain Du | Wedding rings: Glamira

Wildly Romantic Fall Inspiration Shoot In Italy

The charm of Italy shines in this inspired editorial shoot. While most people think of a summer destination wedding, this talented team of vendors wanted to showcase how special autumn in Italy can be. Overflowing with romance, Eventoile produced a day overflowing with elegant touches. From a garden ceremony to the luxurious reception, richly colored florals designed by Siloh made this love story come to life. All of the elegance was artfully captured in the imagery by Le Secret d’Audrey, you can see it all unfold in the full gallery.




From Le Secret d’AudreyWe all have the image of Italy in summer, by the Mediterranean sea with warm weather, bright sun, and boat excursions. However, Italy is such a rich country, with many landscapes and each season has stunning colors. The fall in Tuscany is such a special time of the year: it gets foggy in the morning, the leaves are turning red but the weather still feels amazing through the afternoon.



The floral by Siloh reflected these rich and warm colors and having a couture gown for the bride was the perfect touch of sophistication for this wedding shoot. La Foce has recently been seen in the TV show Succession and it is not surprising: it is a spectacular venue with a manicured garden and a historic mansion from the 17th century.



As a destination photographer, it was important to show the charm of Italy through an unusual season. The talented team at Eventoile produced the designs of the table and the ceremony in the garden which gave a very unique approach. Traveling for your wedding is the ultimate luxury, especially after over a year of restrictions: 2022 is going to be the busiest for destination weddings. Couples miss their annual trips and want to show their guests countries that are important to them. It is part of their legacy to bring the people they love together and experience this journey with them.



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Photography: Le Secret d'Audrey | Cinematography: Giorgio Guerrieri Films | Floral Design: Siloh Floral | Wedding Dress: Rami Kadi | Wedding Venue: La Foce | Beauty: Ruslana Regi | Planning: Eventoile Destination Weddings | film lab: Carmencita Film Lab

The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Every Loved One in Your Life!
Galentine’s Day Is the Perfect Occasion to Give Your Crew a Preview of Your Wedding Morning

Galentine’s Day might just be our favorite holiday of the year, what with the beautiful bites (we love all things petite and pink), the sweet sips, and all of the festive fringe and finesse that goes into a BFF-focused fete. And to be honest, a Galentine’s Day gathering is not all that different than the vibe that’s created on your wedding morning. You and your best friends and fam all together, reminiscing about all the amazing times you’ve all shared over the years, eating delicious finger foods and petit fours, blasting ‘GIRLS RULE’ bangers from beginning to end, and toasting to the happiest day ever. 

So, this year, if you’re the bride and you’ll be bringing your BFFs together for an epic wedding morning (however far away that may be), why not use Galentine’s Day to give them a sneak peek at all that’s to come on the big day? We’re talking silky robes, comfy slippers, luxe eye masks, and tasteful sippers (i.e. the prettiest #bridesmaid glasses to hold all that bubbly champagne), all wrapped up in a gorgeous, styled setting of pinks, whites, reds, and golds.

Thankfully, our Style Me Pretty Shop is jam-packed with pretty things to enhance your girls day and provide the greatest glimpse of your wedding day bridal suite: from neon signage that nods to all the LOVE in the room to on-point place card holders to plant in your rose-filled escort card display, there’s no shortage of sweet and sassy looks to give your Galentines all of the 😍😍😍. 

Photo by Ash Baumgartner Photography

Read on for some tips on how to glam the bridal party up for the goddesses in your life and what pieces of decor will take the day from crushable to full on XOXO.

Photo by Ash Baumgartner Photography

Set up a rack with brunch-worthy ‘fits.

That means silk or cotton robes and elegant eye masks that make everyone feel gorgeous. Artful hangers to display everything can’t hurt either!

Photo by Courtney Leigh 

Serve drinks the way they do at a spa.

So, coffee or tea can only be poured into ‘sipping pretty’ mugs and strawberry mimosas, Moscato margaritas, and French Kiss 75s can only be sipped out of Lovely Bridesmaid flutes.

Photo by Courtney Leigh

Photo by Ash Baumgartner Photography

Style the soiree with ALL the flowers.

On your wedding morning, you’ll await the arrival of your perfect wedding flowers. So, how about giving your squad a snapshot of the blooms they’ll be clutching on your best day ever? Roses, peonies, tulips, snapdragons… Everything is straight out of Cupid’s Galentine’s playbook, but just as suitable for your bridal suite.

Photo by Courtney Leigh

 

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The Perfect Balance Between Tradition and Glamour at Chateau Martinay in Provence

If you ask us, it’s pretty tough to beat the old-world romance of a French Chateau in Provence. And for these two Londoners, Chateau Martinay was the perfect place to say their “I do’s!”  Flower by céline decorated their day with lush, summer blooms in a delicate palette of blush, dusty rose, soft peach, ivory white and eucalyptus green. WEP in Provence had the entire weekend’s worth of festivities going off without a hitch, while the talented Oliver Fly was there to capture every last detail. Keep on reading to hear about the couple’s steal-worthy wedding tradition and don’t forget to check out the full gallery to pin your fave photos from their day!

What was your color palette and your style vision ?

From the Bride… Our colour palette were soft summer pastels in blush, dusty rose, soft peach, ivory white and eucalyptus green. I wanted to have colours which reflected the warm, natural, and rich landscape of Provence. I loved that my bridesmaids all had complementary shades of the colour palette in flowy, romantic dresses with different cuts that were uniquely flattering. The groomsmen wore navy suits to match my husband who wore a bespoke midnight blue tuxedo. They all wore boutonnières which matched the flowers of the bouquets.

The overall vision was to have an elegant, dreamy wedding in a romantic French Chateau tucked away in acres of rolling hills, flowers and trees. As we were having a destination wedding and all our guests were traveling in, we wanted to create a 3 day escape so that everyone could truly enjoy the best of Provence. Our wedding started off with a Welcome Party at Chateau Pesquie where guests were treated to a private wine tour & tasting and enjoyed cocktails against the beautiful Mont Venoux as the backdrop on one side, and the vineyards and Chateau surrounding the other . We then had a very special and traditional Wedding Tea Ceremony to honour my Chinese heritage. Afterwards, we enjoyed a gorgeous Provencal-style dinner with an accordionist playing beautiful melodies, later with dessert from an old-fashioned ice cream trolly and finally danced under the beautiful star lit sky. The Welcome Party definitely set the scene for the days to come!

The next day was the Wedding Day at the beautiful Chateau Martinay! Our ceremony was held in a forested area of the estate where there was a long alley lined with tall cypress trees, creating the perfect aisle. We ran a white carpet down the aisle and had lots of natural grass and flowers decorating the entire ceremony leading up to a lush floral arch with a gorgeous crystal chandelier hanging from the center. For music we had a violinist and cello and one of our best friends officiated our ceremony. This made it very special as it was personal and bespoke to our journey as a couple.

Our cocktail reception was held in the South Facade of the Chateau in the late afternoon sun with everyone enjoying signature cocktails and canapes. Our dinner was definitely a highlight of the wedding. It was hosted in the courtyard of the Chateau with long tables framing the idyllic fountain pond in the center. Each table had generous crystal chandeliers hanging over them creating this “luxurious indoor dining but outdoors” effect. The table settings were adored with lush foliage and flowers over a draping pink chiffon, beautiful dinnerware of white and gold, and lots and lots of candles. Dinner started with a golden sunset against the warm colours of the Chateau and carried on into the night where we ate in candlelight and glowing chandeliers under the stars. It was magical!

After cake and a champagne tower, we started the party off with a big sparkler entrance into the Chateau ballroom where music, the DJ, a saxophonist and the dance floor waited. It was a party of all parties!

On the final day, we hosted a Brunch & Pool Party at Chateau Martinay under giant shady trees in the Orangerie and an inviting in-ground pool where we basked in the Provencal sun and partied until the sun came down, one more time. A perfect way to end what was a magical and unforgettable 3 day wedding!

What unique elements or DIY details did you include ?

My husband and I actually met at the airport! We are both passionate about travelling and so far have even been to 34 countries together. Instead of a guestbook, we asked our loved ones to write and “send us a postcard” instead which they dropped into an UK inspired postbox we made ourselves. We live in London and thought this was a cute idea and a nice nod to our shared passion of travel.

We love wine and we absolutely adore Provence and wanted a special way to remember and celebrate our wedding day years down the road so we decided on a winebox ceremony. We curated a special vintage of wine from Chateau Pesquie where we had our Welcome Party and wrote each other a love letter to be locked in this wine box. We wrote about how we felt on this day and all the hopes and dreams we had for the years to come. We also asked our guests to write us a message, a piece of advice, or a wish for us, in which all of these notes would be sealed for 5 years. On our 5th wedding anniversary, we would return to Provence and Chateau Martinay, open the wine and read our letters, where we could reflect on the wedding day and the last 5 years of our marriage. We would then choose another bottle and seal this for another 5 years with our new letters to each other, to be opened on our 10th anniversary, and so on. Hopefully this will be a beautiful tradition we can carry on which will always bring us back to our special day.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors for your guests, your cake, etc…

For me, I always knew I wanted a bespoke wedding dress that was dramatic, romantic, ethereal and that would complement the venue perfectly. I love Berta as her dresses are stunning! They are silhouette framing, intricately detailed, definitely dramatic but also very comfortable to wear all day and night. I bought a gorgeous Berta gown in London and then had bespoke details added to it to make it flattering and unique to me. I also had a bespoke 5 meter overskirt custom-made, which had 3 layers of tulle and hand-stitched lace flowers floating down from the waist which matched the same lace flowers on my dress. This enormous overskirt train looked absolutely magical as it floated down the narrow cypress lined aisle of our ceremony. I wore this dramatic overskirt look for the ceremony and at the reception, removed it for a more sexy, figure hugging Berta for my second look! This was a dream dress for a dream wedding!

I love a semi-naked cake as it tends to look a little more natural and you can see all the lovely layers. We had a 3 layer cake with different layers of vanilla sponge with red berries and a chocolate layer with hazelnut cream. The cake was adorned with fresh olive leaves and fruit which suited the setting beautifully! I loved my cake so much that even before the wedding, I asked my planner to ensure 2 pieces would be saved for us to enjoy at our breakfast the following morning!

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be ?

It is a bit cliche and the same advice given to me when I was engaged, but I am sharing the same wisdom with all the future brides – because it is true! You spend so much time, months, maybe even years, planning your dream wedding and when the day finally comes, it all happens in a blur and in a blink of an eye. Really try to take some moments during your wedding together with your husband, to just take it all in, watch the crowd, smell the flowers, savour a bite of cake, and “be in the moment”.

Another piece of advice I have for brides-to-be is, if you are questioning at all hiring a photographer and videographer – do not hesitate for another second! Personally, together with my Wedding Planner and the venue, these were the most important and influential people throughout the entire planning process. Ensure you do all your research first and also make sure you meet them beforehand so you know not only your photography styles align but so you can also develop chemistry and a rapport. If you can, do an engagement shoot or pre-wedding portraits before as this will help relax you (or your groom rather!) on the actual wedding day. A high quality photographer is understandably a big investment, but for me, this was an absolute must. After the wedding is all said and done, all you leave with is your husband and your memories. Make sure they are captured perfectly so they take you back to that day for all of time.

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Photographer: Oliver Fly Photography | Videographer: MG Image | Florist: Wepagency | Wedding dress: Berta | Stationery: Jo Studio | Rings: 77diamonds | Caterer: Brunet Freres | Tuxedo: Anthony Sinclair | Vintage car: Provence Classics | Wedding venue: Chateau du Martinay | Bride shoes: Bella Belle | Cake designer: Made In Cake | Champagne: Domaine de Lucien Jacob | Chandeliers: Phôs | DJ & Entertainment: Selecktive Official | Dress welcome event: Self Portrait Studio - Azaelea Red Dress | Furnitures: Be Lounge | Groom shoes: George Cleverley | Hair pieces: Victoria Harper Bridal | Hairdresser: Axelle B. | Make up artist: Ylva Langenskiold | Rings box: The Mrs Box | Saxopphonist: Adrian Sax | Shuttles: Ose Provence | Skirt designer: Aleksandra Backunaite | Tableware: Wadah table | Veil designer: Joyce Jackson | Violonist: Pierre Hatat | Wedding planner & wedding designer: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Welcome dinner venue: Chateau Pesquie

A Chic French Inspiration Shoot At Chateau de Villette

This French fairytale come to life will have you falling in love with the idea of a destination wedding. Krissy Campbell planned a day inspired by the rich history of Europe telling a tale of travel, culture, and the beauty of exploring new places. The color palette is filled with late summer and early fall tones that beautifully compliment the stunning grounds of Chateau de Villette. Exquisite floral vignettes by Veronique Lorre seamlessly connect each space and weave the story together. Each elegant image by bonphotage is a true work of art, you take a closer look at all the lovely in the full gallery.




From Krissy CampbellWe’d been dying to showcase the intimacy and timelessness of a Paris wedding for a dream couple “Lauren and James” for months before COVID, and we finally were able to get the chance to make this lovely celebration come true as destination celebrations and travel begin to return in full swing. I couldn’t wait to create around the natural elements and history of the Chateau, while also speaking to current topics of connection, thoughtful celebration, intimate post-COVID weddings, fashion, and travel at this stunning location. Destination celebrations often encompass an entire week or more of events and connections with loved ones surrounding the wedding day. I wanted to showcase the versatility and options that a venue like Chateau de Villette provided to a couple like Lauren and James, who could not only marry at the Chateau but also utilize it’s amenities all week long for activities, meals, relaxation, and more with their nearest and dearest friends and family. For this, we decided to showcase a few vignettes throughout the property both inside and outside – primarily a ceremony and two tablescapes showcasing different locations on the premises, yet cohesive designs for the couple’s aesthetic. To bring the vignettes to life, we decided on an autumn wedding date and, again, played to the chateau and its surroundings. I chose a color palette with late summer and early fall tones and a touch of metallic and neutrals, keeping in line with the fine art aesthetic while adding both personal touches and pops of color. I described the couple and their ideal celebration with descriptors such as “European-inspired, authentic, historic, refined, romantic, intimate, sophisticated, delicate yet bold, simply textured, hopeful, artistic, organic, timeless, and cultured.”



We also wanted to create a story for Lauren and James that could be reflected in the experience and details of their time at the Chateau. This is the story of a couple with a love for travel and culture. They want to reflect their connection to the natural and European architecture while inspiring their guests to discover for themselves perspectives and stories beyond their own – to see from someone else’s “window”. To celebrate places and people that may surprise, challenge and inspire. Their celebration speaks of their desire to use their travels and privilege to connect themselves and others to the innate beauty found in places and people wherever they go. All of this gave us a wonderful foundation to work with as we designed the experience. We began to connect with professionals that could beautifully bring these elements and values to life. We worked with the incredibly talented floral designer, Veronique Lorre, to create stunning floral vignettes that flowed naturally throughout each space – from a show-stopping ceremony arch outside in the back Chateau courtyard to the tablescapes flowing with pops of softly toned florals and candles. She also created the most romantic bouquet for Lauren, just perfectly sized for her and her delicate yet bold statement gowns by IlGiardino Fiorito delle Spose and Metal Flaque along with her soft bridal hair, makeup, and jewelry. The touch of florals and these lovely delicate details perfectly enhanced the already stunning natural landscape and architecture. The color palette softly played off tones of autumn and the subtle tones both outside and inside the Chateau. We had so much fun weaving these together. From the antiqued chairs perfectly fit to the era of the Chateau to the subtly textured linens, the most natural pieces held the guest tables together while the pops of deeper color came through in the florals, place settings, warm-toned candles, and blue paper details.



The invitations, day-of stationery by Ciarra Claire was a truly personal touch as each guest received a velvet deep blue menu on the indoor tablescape in addition to a personal hand-calligraphed place card. Subtle natural and crest designs and a sketching of the Chateau in the invites and paper goods gave a nod to the inspiration found in the location and its surroundings as well. The pops of gold in the flatware and blue in the china brought a true nod to the clean, yet elegant look of the Orangerie. The outdoor tablescape followed suit with the floral yet kept to an even more neutral base while building toward the pops of color found at its center, as a whole acting as a natural ornament to the already captivating property. The backdrop of the Chateau with the lake, trees, and garden in view was the perfect spot for an outdoor reception or soiree surrounding the wedding day. We also wanted to ensure that we captured the couple taking special moments for themselves throughout the experience. This is one of my top priorities as a planner and designer – to provide our couples with not only a stunning space but the ability to cherish the beauty of the moments together both alone and with their guests. The bride and groom were captured throughout the Chateau both in their private room but also in the sitting and dining rooms as they awaited their guests and celebrations to begin. We were also able to capture the iconic outdoor locations of the property as Lauren and James showcased both their love and their fun-loving personalities. As you can see through the beautifully captured photos and video from the bonphotage team, each detail of the celebration and experience at Chateau de Villette was thoughtful from beginning to end. The aesthetic and beauty was only heightened by the intimate moments between them and the intentional touches added for themselves and their loved ones. We hope this project inspires a timeless, yet highly personal and intentional approach to the celebration at a destination that fits a couple’s love, values, and journey together!



Photography: bonphotage | Floral Design: Véronique Lorre | Wedding Dress: Metal Flaque Paris | Wedding Dress: il giardino fiorito delle spose | stationary: Ciarra Claire Fine Art | jewelry: Lindsay Marie Design | Groom's Attire: maison faubourg | Planning: Krissy Campbell | Rentals: Vaiselle Vintage | chateau de villette: chateau de villette

The Design For This Wedding Was Inspired By The Groom’s Proposal In A Sea Of Rose Petals

We’re convinced the phrase “love in full bloom” was based on this California wedding. From the stunning ceremony arch to the sweetheart table, and everywhere in between, incredible installations of white roses by Organic Flora fill this fabulous day with romance. Events by Talissa created the classic and dreamy design with inspiration deriving from Adam’s proposal to Lauren in a sea of rose petals. All of the heartwarming details are beautifully captured in the imagery by Dear Lovers, you can see every magical moment in the full gallery.




From the bride… On June 22, 2019, 4 days after Lauren’s birthday, Adam planned the ultimate spa day for his future bride at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, CA. Thinking her belated birthday massage and facial was the most thoughtful part of the day, Adam surprised Lauren when later that night he asked her to marry him surrounded by hundreds of rose petals and candles. The romantic, intimate proposal served as inspiration for the pair’s special day, which was brought to life by Talissa Arcangeli from Events by Talissa. Wanting to keep their day classic, timeless, and intimate, Talissa designed the most dreamy and romantic ceremony and reception space for Lauren and Adam’s 80 friends and family.



The bride walked down the all-white rose-lined aisle accompanied by both her mother and father, while guests watched the two exchange their vows from one of the bride’s favorite details of the day- bisque, French linen-backed chairs. Roses, roses, and more roses! A symbol of love for Lauren and Adam, Lauren worked closely with Leela from Organic Flora to source hundreds of white roses for a romantic and dreamy aisle installation and arch. Lauren and Adam were drawn to the Rancho Bernardo Inn because of its Mediterranean-inspired architecture and charm and all the beautiful rose bushes. It was the first and only venue they toured! On the search for a sleek and simple modern gown, the bride surprised her mom, matron of honors, and even herself when she said “yes to the dress” to a tulle, Badgley Mischka ballgown with lace rose appliques. The rose appliques caught Lauren’s eye right away as they reminded her of her groom-to-be. Adam always told Lauren he would plant rose bushes in their first home together to honor his dad who passed in 2002, as one of Adam’s favorite memories of his father growing up was watching him tend to his roses. Lauren loved the idea of honoring Adam’s dad on their wedding day, and she couldn’t get over how romantic and flowy the dress was. Lauren’s bridesmaids wore various styles of Birdy Grey dresses in the color taupe and held blooms full of white and mauve roses and ranunculus with lots of texture. The bride’s one junior bridesmaid, who was promoted from flower girl to junior bridesmaid after the pair’s wedding was postponed a year because of covid, wore a darker mauve color. Sugared Fig Paperie designed a neutral invitation suite for the bride and groom that included ivory paper, gold ink and magnolia-lined taupe-hued envelopes. Each guest received an invitation and details card wrapped in hand-dyed silk ribbon and a gold wax deal. The taupe-hue was an almost near-exact match to Lauren’s bridesmaid dresses and was the guest’s first glimpse into the pair’s romantic and personalized day. The Bride’s own “Gleaming Primrose Mirror”, a gold, vintage-inspired mirror fit with jeweled adornments, doubled as the seating chart with calligraphy by Betlem Calligraphy.



Weathered wood guest tables filled the intimate, outdoor reception space, which had guests in awe when they saw an outdoor fireplace adorned with greenery, flowers, and candles. Lauren and Adam danced their first dance as husband and wife during golden hour and once the sunset, the patio’s twinkle lights came to life and the reception space glistened. Guest tables were lined with white taper candles and centerpieces of white and mauve roses and ranunculus in ivory vases. Classic, romantic, and timeless! Jenny Wenny Cakes delivered the most delicious and timeless, 3-tiered wedding cake. Adorned with mauve florals from Organic Flora, the pair cut their cake to “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” by James Taylor. Lauren and Adam also treated their guests to some of their favorite treats-cheesecake, tiramisu, lemon bars, brownies, and cookies.



Photographer: Dear Lovers | Videographer: Audrey Alba Films | Flowers: Organic Flora | Wedding Dress: Archive Bridal | Cake: Jenny Wenny Cakes | Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey | DJ: Battleson Entertainment | Suits: Canali | Wedding Venue: Rancho Bernardo Inn | Day of Stationary: Sugared Fig Paperie | Photobooth: The Booth by River and Bridge | Planning/Design/Coordination: Events by Talissa | Rentals ( Reception Napkins): Bright Event Rentals | Rentals (Ceremony Chairs): The Chiavari Guys | Rentals (Reception tables, chairs, silverware, and chargers): Archive Rentals | Seating Chart Calligraphy: Betlem Calligraphy | Wedding Invites: Sugared Fig Paperie

Wedding Day Jewelry Pieces That Will Stand the Test of Time
Modern Romance Meets Garden Chic At The Arlo

What happens when you mix a real-life couple, a hot new wedding venue, and a team of talented vendors? Wedding magic, of course! 787 Event Design & Production dreamed up a beyond romantic day mixed with modern design elements that all pairs perfectly with the beautiful backdrop of Texas Hill Country. Floral installations by Gypsy Floral are almost too good to be true, featuring beautiful blooms in shades of mauve, rust, honey, and blush. The incredible inspiration and carefully curated details are all exquisitely captured in the imagery by Julie Wilhite Photography, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From Julie Wilhite PhotographyWhen a new venue opens up in Austin, and it is as incredible as The Arlo, you get so inspired to do a shoot there! The Arlo fills a much-needed space for couples in the Hill Country. Its understated elegance, with modern design, provides a luxury backdrop for events and weddings of all sizes. Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, between downtown Austin and Dripping Springs, it was built with every detail in mind and thoughtfully planned out to utilize the incredible landscape. Our real-life couple, Katie and Micah, were such a joy to photograph. They are so in love and were excited to be part of this shoot. To design the event, Lexie with 787 Event Design & Production came in with incredible creativity to create a romantic affair, complete with a perfectly modern color palette. A palette of mauve, rust, honey, and blush contrasted with a dusty pacific blue accent. This shoot was a burst of inspiration and fresh design while still being luxurious and romantic.



Peach Paper Design created custom stationery to match our vision: modern romance. Each product in the suite was printed on different colored paper, so guests got a glimpse into the color story of the wedding day. To style this fashionable couple, we worked with Caleigh from CHILLANN Styling. She is an incredibly talented wardrobe stylist in Austin, who often works with couples to style engagement shoots, weddings, and events! For Katie, she chose a beautifully tailored white tuxedo by The Suit Shop with a blush button-down. Micah stunned in the Elora gown by Madi Lane Bridal. It was such a dream to photograph with a soft off-the-shoulder sleeve and romantic lace motif throughout! The layers of tulle danced around as she walked, and the sunlight glowed around the couple as the sunset. For her shoes, Micah wore The Esther kitten heel from Bella Belle. The soft tulle bow tied into the tulle skirt, while the beaded lace details complimented the lace embroidery on the gown. After an intimate ceremony on the venue’s lawn, which featured a large floral installation by Gypsy Floral, we headed to the styled cocktail hour in The Courtyard. The soft blush couch tied in the pink hues in the flowers and the armless mid-century inspired chairs highlighted the clean lines of the venue floor-to-ceiling windows.



When it came to the reception, we created an intimate al-fresco atmosphere where the Texas Hill Country could take center stage. A velvet tablecloth in dusty pacific blue was styled with modern plates and silverware and tied together with the round menus. Organic floral compotes were placed along the table, while the candles added a soft glimmer throughout the evening. It was the perfect marriage of modern and romance! For dessert, Iced Cakes ATX created an incredible work of art. The five-tier cake tied in the ribbed texture of the candles, while the round sugar detail tied into the unique stationery.



Photography: Julie Wilhite Photography | Event Planning: 787 Event Design & Production | Floral Design: Gypsy Floral | Wedding Dress: Madi lane | Cake: Iced Cakes & Confections | Invitations: Peach Paper Design | Limo: Four Leaf Limo | Wedding Venue: The Arlo | Attire: SuitShop | Beauty: Adore Makeup Salon | Bridal Bouqitue: A & Be | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Table Manners | Rentals: Loot Vintage | Wardrobe Styling: Chillann Styling

Effortless Maui Wedding With A Touch Of Earthy Boho Elegance

Filled with all things earthy and exquisite, this effortless Maui wedding has easily found a place in our hearts. When Tehra and Keith decided to have a destination Hawaii wedding, they turned to Makena Weddings to make all their dreams come true and then some. Shades of dusty pink, ivory, and tan wield together to tell the story of their love. The color story took life through the gorgeous blooms created by Dellables, putting an exclamation point on the picture-perfect day. Every incredible detail was elegantly captured by Dmitri and Sandra, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From Dmitri and SandraTehra and Keith knew that they would have a destination wedding, with their requirements being that they wanted a tropical setting and absolutely love being near the ocean, the breathtaking island of Maui was an easy choice! After their venue was secured, the couple decided on a light, effortless, boho wedding theme in shades of dusty pink, tan, ivory, and elements of amber. The couple said their “I Do’s” under a stunning wooden arch dripping in gorgeous floral decor in the color story of the day.



Tehra absolutely stunned in her Essence of Australia wedding gown, Louboutin wedding shoes, and luscious, asymmetrical bouquet. Keith looked amazing as well in his Calvin Klein tuxedo, adorned with a traditional Hawaiian Maile lei. Guests enjoyed an Instagram moment with a wooden backdrop adorned in floral decor complete with a custom neon sign and hand-crafted cocktails as the bride and groom were off taking romantic photos as husband and wife.



Tables were set with ivory dinnerware and vintage glassware in varying shades of amber. Stunning floral decor and taper candles in complementing shades were placed atop macrame runners lining the tables, with boho-inspired pendant lighting hanging from above. Thank you cards made by the bride were placed at each setting, glued to pages from a vintage poetry book that the bride loves. This wedding was straight out of a boho-inspired fairytale and we are so excited to share the images from this incredible day!



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Photography: Dmitri and Sandra Photography | videography: Sunlit Films | Event Planning: Makena Weddings | Floral Design: Dellables | Wedding Dress: Essense Of Australia | Wedding Shoes: Louboutin | Catering: Sugar Beach Events | Hair and Makeup: MeiLi Autumn Beauty | DJ: Take 3 Events | Bar: Aloha Bars Maui | Linen: Reve Maui | Musician: Marvin Tevaga | Rentals: Rio Event Design | Sparks: Maui Tunes | Tableware: Set

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This Super Stylish California Wedding Is Giving Us Secret Garden Vibes

This bride turned her wedding into a secret garden and we can’t get enough of every swoon-worthy moment. Magnolia Event Design created a day guests won’t soon forget filled with romantic pastel details which popped alongside bursts of lemon and yellow. Knot Just Flowers filled the day with blooms as far as the eye can see, from a sensational ceremony arch to reception tables that seemed to have popped up in a garden of flowers. It was style all the way at these California nuptials, from fashion-forward bridesmaid dresses to the bride’s own Romona Keveza stunner. Lucas Rossi Photography captured every magical moment exquisitely in their elegant imagery, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From Magnolia Event Design… We worked with Hallie and Tim to create a wedding that embraced the overall scenery of San Ysidro Ranch– think, chic garden dinner party. We designed with pastel tones in mind embracing the best that Spring had to offer and included pops of lemons and yellow throughout the design, along with apricot-toned tulips and pale blues. The linens were La Tavola’s Tuscany white linens which popped off of the rich green grass that surrounded the dinner space. Their guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food by San Ysidro Ranch.



From the bride… I wanted something simple and elegant for my dress, and this Romona Keveza was exactly what I had envisioned myself wearing on my wedding day. There is so much natural beauty surrounding San Ysidro Ranch that I thought my dress mirrored it perfectly. An Alencon heirloom veil has been passed down on my mother’s side since the early 1900s. My grandmother passed away before I was born, so it was such a heartfelt and special moment for my mom to see me wearing her mother’s veil. There were lots of tears! I can’t wait for my younger sister to wear it someday. I wore my mom’s pearl earrings with 3 diamond clusters. Every since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to wear those exact earrings on my wedding day. I asked my girlfriends to be my bridesmaids by gifting them botanical embroidered linen cocktail napkins with their initials from Lettermade alongside a handwritten note on Dear Annabelle notecards. The botanical design reminded me of the gardens at San Ysidro Ranch. My bridesmaids wore dresses from their favorite designers. It was really important to me that they loved their dress and would be able to wear it again. All the girls looked seamlessly put together while still maintaining their individual styles. My sister wore a yellow Zimmermann dress from their 2021 Spring Collection made from airy linen-silk with a floral wattle print and cascading petals around the neckline and back. We both knew a yellow dress would look best, and she found the most perfect one! I worked with my bridesmaids to help them select a dress they would love walking down the aisle and well after that. Their dresses fit my wedding color theme perfectly.



Despite the challenges of planning during a pandemic, we wouldn’t have changed anything about our engagement and wedding. Our wedding guests consisted of our loving families and closest best friends, and that’s all that we ever wanted. It was truly the most magical weekend! We can’t thank our wedding vendor team, family, and friends enough for all their love and support.



Photography: Lucas Rossi Photography | Floral Design: Knot Just Flowers | Dress: Romona Kaveza | Stationary: Julie King Studio | Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Entertainment: Ybarra Music | DJ: Elite Disc Jockeys | Wedding Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Linens: Latavola Linen | OfficiantClint: Clint Hufft | Planning: Magnolia Event Design | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Welcome Gifts: Poppins & Post

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Coastal Cool California Wedding Giving Us All The Feels

Surf’s up at this coastal cool California wedding. For Lindsay and Todd’s wedding, Callista & Co. created a day where modern meets tropical filled with carefully curated details we can’t get enough of. Just wait until you see the surfboards turned seating chart! Toast added to the chicness of the day with mono-bloom arrangements mixed with fresh, organic greenery. Leave it to Jodee Debes Photography to capture each and every special moment and turn it into a memory that will last a lifetime. You can see every swoon-worthy image in the full gallery.




From Jodee Debes PhotographyLindsey and Todd’s dreamy California wedding was all about intentional details and contemporary styling, which were framed by the beautiful Santa Barbara garden surroundings. Lindsey, an ESPN reporter covering the LA Rams, and Todd, a pilot, were married while surrounded by their closest friends and family, and a few turtles, at the lily pond at El Encanto.



The design by Callista & Co. Featured a palette of mixed neutrals accented with black and tropical greens. Debossed palm trees, subtle turtles, white and natural linen fabrics, and handmade ceramics were featured throughout the day, along with an elegant mix of potted plants, palms, and mono-bloom arrangements from Toast.



The beautiful day was the perfect celebration of a love that is sure to stand the test of time. Everything was captured elegantly by Jodee Debes Photography.



Photography: Jodee Debes Photography | Event Design: Callista & Company | Event Planning: Callista & Company | Floral Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Lele Patisserie | Catering: Belmond El Encanto | Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Entertainment: Dart Collective | Wedding Venue: Belmond El Encanto | Groom's Tux: Hugo Boss | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Elan Event Rentals | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Bella Vista Designs, Inc

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A Multicultural Affair Overlooking The Cliffs Of Malibu

Friends and family from around the world gathered in Malibu to celebrate Meghna and Emeka’s love. With the help of Elegante Weddings And Events, the couple created a day that blended their cultural backgrounds and traditions into a unique celebration set against stunning scenery. Everything from the wedding stationery including traditional Nigerian textiles to the ceremony with a customary Indian Pundit was a fabulous fusion. Honeycomb Affair filled the day with lush, vibrant colored blooms, and it was all artfully captured in the elegant imagery by bonphotage. Visit the full gallery to fall in love with every last detail.




From bonphotageMeghna and Emeka’s Malibu destination wedding brought together people from all over the world of different cultural backgrounds as they blended their families and traditions in a colorful and one-of-a-kind celebration.   Meghna is Pujabi and Emeka is from Nigeria.  The most important thing is planning was honoring both of their cultures while introducing one another’s families to the others traditions and cuisines.



Guests were first introduced to the Indian, Nigerian fusion upon receipt of the save the date and invitations.  Studio M Creations blended a traditional Nigerian textile pattern with the colors of the wedding and created a custom monogram that embraced the shape of Nigeria and India becoming one.



The reception space was completely open to the views and featured a mixture of floral bridge tables with gold accents and low and lush arrangements.  The reception began with a cocktail hour around the pool and transitioned into a unique, multi-course dinner.  The first two courses were small plates that were Nigerian, Indian fusion dishes, and the guests’ palettes were cleansed with a saffron, cardamom sorbet that led to a family-style service of all types of traditional curries from both Nigeria and India.



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Photography: bonphotage | videography: bonphotage | Event Planning: Elegante Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Honeycomb Affair | cake: le gout | stationary: Studio M Creations | Ceremony Venue: Le Sangreal | Reception Venue: Le Sangreal | Catering: Summit Event Catering | make up: Dolled Up By Lulu | hair: French Twist | Rentals: MTB Event Rentals | bollywood dancers: karmatography | drape: Pipe Dream Events | linen: BBJ La Tavola

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Lady Whistledown-Approved Bridesmaid Style for a Bridgerton Inspired Look
The Carolina Herrera x Paperless Post Collection is Here to Help You Start Celebrating Your Love with Bold Style and Sustainability!

Haute off the (digital) press! For those of you thinking about your ‘Save the Dates,’ read all about this fashion-forward, eco-chic collaboration! Paperless Post has joined creative forces with the beloved haute-couture house, Carolina Herrera, to design an exclusive collection of bold and beautiful digital invitations that cater to all your wedding festivities. With a daringly feminine style, this e-invitation suite brings the vivid creative vision of Wes Gordon, the fashion house’s Creative Director, straight from the runway to dazzle your guests!

A true marriage of style and sustainability, the Carolina Herrera x Paperless Post Collection is the prettiest expression of whimsical sophistication. The modernity of Carolina Herrera’s aesthetic and the brand’s sustainability focus fits perfectly with Paperless Post’s innovative spirit and artful digital invitations. Together, they have channeled the exuberance and elegance of the House of Herrera’s gowns to set the tone for the contemporary couple’s special day in an environmentally friendly way.

Paperless Post’s platform is user-friendly and streamlines your wedding planning process – say goodbye to waiting for your invitations to be stamped, sealed, and delivered! You can customize your invitations with the details of your wedding day, and in just a few clicks of a button, they’ll be sent with love to your guests’ inboxes. Even better – managing your guest list is seamless and flexible with the ability to update your guest with news and information about your wedding day.

The Carolina Herrera x Paperless Post Collection offers a range of invitations, save the dates, and general correspondence cards that pay an exquisite homage to Carolina Herrera’s fabulous floral motifs and striking use of color. Head to Paperless Post’s website to choose the perfect digital stationery that speaks to your unique story and start celebrating love in the way that only Carolina Herrera and Paperless Post know how – forever playful and stylishly sustainably!

Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Invitations: Paperless Post

Love Is In Full Bloom At This Bright And Cheerful California Wedding

This bright and cheerful day is sure to make you smile! The bride is admittedly a neutral lover but for her wedding day, she wanted the decor to pop! Cluster Events carefully curated a day with vibrant hues at the forefront, while Posey Pop designed organic floral arrangements so good that guests felt as though they’d wandered into a secret garden. You can feel the love bursting through the beautiful imagery by Birds Of A Feather. You can watch the full day unfold in the full gallery.




About Us/Disability:

From the Bride… We’re an inter-abled couple. My husband, Roque, is a quadriplegic and uses a wheelchair. When looking for wedding inspiration, it was difficult to find couples like us to relate to, so we had to forge our own path in some ways. All love should be celebrated, and disability doesn’t preclude a couple from having their dream wedding.

We met online when I moved from St. Louis to LA for occupational therapy school. I had been learning about spinal cord injuries in school, and when I saw Roque’s picture with his wheelchair he immediately piqued my interest. We quickly got to talking, and 7 years later here we are. Roque proposed on January 1st, 2020, just as the clock struck midnight.

 

Cultural Fusion:

Our wedding was a unique cultural fusion. Roque comes form a large Mexican family and mine is Jewish. We made a conscious effort to incorporate both cultures into our wedding. We exchanged las arras matrimoniales (Mexican wedding coins) under our chuppah made from my grandfather’s tallis (prayer shawl), had a mariachi band, and danced the hora all in one night.

Music is such a cultural anchor. Because we both come from different cultural backgrounds, we wanted to make sure each of our families felt equally represented by the music that we chose. We had Motown and other oldies that I grew up listening to with my Jewish family, as well as Latin music from around the globe that my husband’s big Mexican family loves. Then of course we had all the early 00’s hits that all of our friends could sing along with. It was an eclectic mix, but somehow the DJ made it all work. The dance floor was filled the ENTIRE night!



 

Venue/Design:

We got married at Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano. We used their outdoor courtyard space, which is lined with tall greenery for privacy. It really feels you’re entering a secluded, intimate hidden treasure when you walk in.

When we chose our venue, I immediately knew I wanted sort of a “secret garden” theme. The courtyard enclosed in greenery was the perfect backdrop. To compliment this theme, we had lots of brightly colored blooms made into organic looking arrangements similar to the way wildflowers grow. We also had vines attached to the pergola and entrance to create the feel they’d been there for decades and are part of the landscape. I generally go for neutrals in my everyday life, but I fought the urge to do the same for our wedding. I wanted it to look exciting, approachable, and fun, but sophisticated at the same time.

I chose a sheath dress made from stretch crepe by Theia. I wanted something simple, elegant, and timeless. I tried to avoid anything too trendy, for fear I’d end up changing my mind later.

 

DIY:

I found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands during the height of Çovid. I used that time to teach myself about woodworking. I set up a small wood shop in our garage, which is where many of our wedding details came to life. All of our signs, a jumbo Four in a Row game, and lots of other details were handmade by me.

DIYs Made by the Bride:
Welcome sign
Escort sign
Unplugged ceremony sign
Specialty cocktail sign with a cocktail named after our dog
“Yarmulkes” sign
“In loving memory” sign
Ceremony programs
Personalized jumbo Four In A Row game with fun facts about us on each of the pieces
Question booklets for each table for guests to fill out
Table numbers
Thank you notes at each place setting



 

Wedding Highlight:

At one point during the ceremony, our Rabbi had us turn around and look at all the guests that travelled from near and far to celebrate us. The feeling of love in the air from all of our family and friends is still something I’m trying to wrap my head around.

 

Advice to Future Brides:

It seems easier said than done, but don’t sweat the small stuff! When it comes down to it, nothing else matters on your big day except for you, your partner, and the people who are so excited to watch you shine.



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Photography: Birds of a Feather | Cinematography: Grimace Films | Design: Handmade By Hannah | Event Design: Cluster Events | Event Planning: Cluster Events | Floral Design: Posey Pop | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: Susie Cake Bakery | Catering: Nes Events | DJ: Vox DJs | Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens | Beauty: OC Beauty by Elizabeth | Rentals: ARCHIVE RENTALS

A Waterfront Celebration Planned In 45 Days

Can you create wedding magic in 45 days? If you’re Rebecca Rose Events and a talented team of vendors the answer is an astounding- yes! After the pandemic changed Danielle and Anthony’s plans from a 400 person wedding in Italy to an intimate celebration on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the entire planning and design process was started again by scratch. A unique color palette filled with amber, toffee, and cinnamon tones with gold details, natural greenery, and the perfect punch of blue was the perfect complement to the newly chosen scenery. From the looks of the utterly elegant imagery by Corbin Gurkin Photography you would never know the plans for this picture-perfect day had been pulled together so quickly. You can see how it all came together seamlessly in the full gallery.




From Rebecca Rose EventsAfter the pandemic forced Daniella and Anthony to cancel their 400+ guest, 5-day destination wedding in a seaside city in Italy, we had 45 days to reimagine, relocate, plan, design, and produce a more intimate celebration on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.



Daniella’s fashion inspired the creation and selection of every artistic detail from the graphic design elements to the linen selection, to the fresh vines that adorned the interior of the tent. They honored their Italian heritage with a traditional Catholic ceremony that morning. Additional guests joined the families later in the evening for an alfresco celebration.



Daniella and Anthony blended their Italian culinary preferences with local Maryland cuisine to include a beautiful antipasto spread, four-course plated dinner service, late-night espresso bar, and Italian confetti candies in personalized custom tins for each guest. Daniella and Anthony immediately embraced a unique color palette, and we blended amber, toffee, and cinnamon tones with gold details, natural greenery, and the perfect punch of blue. All these colors danced together so beautifully against the sunset over the water.


Photography: Corbin Gurkin Photography | Cinematography: Clayton Film Co. | Event Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Event Planning: Rebecca Rose Events | Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Cake: Susan Gage | Invitations: Rebecca Rose Events | Ceremony Venue: St. John Neumann Catholic Church | Reception Venue: White Hall | Shoes: Alexandre Birman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Susan Gage | Band: Elan Artists | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Transportation: Z Best | Transportation: Charm Cars | Rentals: Sugarplum Tents | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Rentals: Nuage Designs

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Crowning the Winners of the Style Me Pretty 2021 Best Of Awards!

Ladies and gents – drumroll pleaseee. The day has finally come to crown our winners for the first annual Style Me Pretty Best Of Awards! If you’re already dying to know who won what, just scroll on down. But before you go, we wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank each and every one of you for your enthusiasm and excitement surrounding our first ever Awards. Without your support, nominations and votes – we truly never could have made this little dream of ours a reality! We’d also like to send a MAJOR congratulations to all the nominees and of course, to our incredible winners. Let’s give them all a big round of applause, shall we?!

It’s safe to say, we’re already eager to see next year’s entries from the magic that’s to come in 2022! Now, let’s get back to announcing the winners…

BEST OF WEDDINGS

The best of the best, the prettiest of the pretty – these are the weddings that made our hearts flutter fastest from 2021!

Best of Spring/Summer Weddings 2021

*WINNER* When Miami Glamour Meets SoCal Cool – Magic Happens!

 

Best of Fall/Winter Weddings 2021

*WINNER* Every Inch of This Autumn Inspired Wedding Feels Like A Dream

 

BEST OF MOMENTS

We know this may sound a little cliché – but here at SMP, we live to celebrate the significance in every moment. The ones that make us laugh, the ones that make us happy cry, the ones that surprise… and the ones we’ll never forget! Weddings are simply a series of moments strung together to create a seamless celebration. From wildly creative escort displays that play on a certain theme, to a best kiss moment that deserves it’s very own Princess Diaries foot pop! We’re celebrating the best wedding moments of 2021 that are simply unforgettable.

 

*WINNER* Best Escort Card Display Moment

Photography: Weddings by Scott and Dana | Planning & Design: Jenn Robirds Events | Florals: ORGANIC FLORA | Stationery: Shimmer and Stain | Rentals: Shimmer and Stain

 

*WINNER* Best Floral Moment

Photography: Will Reid Photo | Co-Concept Creator, Stylist: Ashley Pigott | Co-Concept Creator, Floral, Decor: Rachel A. Clingen | Venue: Kurtz Orchards Weddings  | Chairs: Simply Beautiful Decor

 

*WINNER* Best ‘Down the Aisle’ Moment

Production & Planning: Black Gay Weddings | Contributing Planner:
Chanda Daniels | Editorial Photographer: Alicia Rinka | Venue: Ebell Events | Floral Designs: Whit Hazen | Wedding Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes | Mixologist/Bartender: Janae Thomas | Officiant: Lawrence Broughton | Grooms: David Singletary & Jarell DuBose | Grooms Styling: Black Gay Weddings | Catering: Felicia Collins & Williams Catering | Stationery & Branding: FRWD Style | Make Up Artist: Krystal Hemphill | Behind The Scenes: Foxxy Roxy Wood | Violinist: Bryan Delgado | Vocalist: Amber Sauer

 

*WINNER* Best Reception Design Moment

Photography: Jose Villa | Design: Laurie AronsFloral: Mindy Rice DesignStructure: Hensley Event Resources | Lighting: Illusions Lighting Design

 

*WINNER* Best Wedding Cake Moment

Photographer: Two Fourteen Photography | Cake: Lila Cake Shop | Planner: H & L Lovely Creations

 

*WINNER* Best Dress Moment

Photography: Courtney Bowlden Photography | Planning, Styling & Design: AMV Weddings | Dress: Amsale

 

*WINNER* Best Wedding Exit Moment

Photography: Lance Nicoll Photography

 

*WINNER* Best ‘Brought Us to Tears’ Moment

Photography: Moments Photography VT

 

*WINNER* Best Kiss Moment

Photography: Courtney Bowlden Photography | Planning + Design: Britt Jones Co | Florals: Solstice Bloom | Car: Redempta Rentals

 

*WINNER* Best Flatlay Moment

Stationery & Styling: Inquisited

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Get Inspired By The Sentimental Details of This Couple’s Vintage Yet Modern Nuptials!

We love a vintage touch – especially when mixed with subtle contemporary elements and meaningful DIY details! The couple contrasted the modern feel of their venue, Slate, with Charleston-inspired charm – a city close to the couple’s hearts! They blended the ambiance of two cities with an escort display of vintage St. Louis postcards, an antique cake table, and celebrated their shared love for music with a Taylor Swift quote! The couple captured their romantic day with a photo-booth, florals by Olive And Gene Weddings, all set with props from our Shop – such as our most popular backdrop banner! See all the special and sentimental moments of this day, planned by Olive And Gene Weddings in the full gallery from Sarah Harvey!

From The Bride… I am a fine art film wedding photographer, so I was so excited when my now husband proposed and we could start planning our own wedding day! It was so fun planning our day alongside vendors who are also friends! Our photographer was a bridesmaid and my hair and makeup artist was my maid of honor.

We wanted the design for our wedding to feel very romantic and whimsical with pops of color (slate blue, blush pink, and mauve) and vintage touches. We wanted a more modern venue, so I loved the idea of bringing an organic garden-inspired vision to a more modern setting! I lived in Charleston, South Carolina when we first started dating, so I wanted to include the kind of colorful, vintage charm that has always inspired me in Charleston! We also wanted a modern city feel that represents St Louis. However, we were on a budget.

One of my favorite details was the vintage St Louis postcards we used for the escort card board. We love antique shopping, so this was a great budget-friendly way to include a detail that was also personal to us. We visited antique shops all over St Louis for a year to find vintage cards perfect for each guest. We hand-tied silk ribbon to each postcard and hung it on a board hand-crafted by our now brother-in-law! Guests then got to keep the postcard as a keepsake from the day.

We alternated the cards on the board so that you could see both the beautiful images on the front, and the writing the cards have on the back from the original senders! Some of the cards were over 100 years old.

The table we used for the cake was also a vintage find! We now have the table in our living room. This is now such a special piece that we have in our home, and was a great way to add to the design of our reception while staying on budget!

We kept the guest list very small and intimate. We had 80 guests! This made the day so special, and more budget-friendly.

Instead of hiring a photo booth, we had polaroid cameras complete with a Style Me Pretty backdrop and Style Me Pretty props! We also skipped a DJ and made our own playlists on Spotify. We borrowed disco balls from a local dj company for reception lighting! All of these choices helped with our budget and made for the most fun party!

We included romantic, vintage details throughout the day from our stationary on handmade paper, to our cake with delicate sugar flowers and handwritten calligraphy. We love Taylor Swift, so the quote ‘you and me forevermore’ was a nod to our shared love of music.

We wanted to also include our pets (a cat and dog) so we had custom napkins made with illustrations of them, and I gifted Brian custom cat and dog cuff links on the day to wear with his tux!

We also wanted to include special touches in memory of my grandparents who passed away that year. The necklace I wore was the stone from my grandma’s wedding ring, and I had it set with a chain of hers as well.

Our stationery designer was amazing at working within our budget! She created a full keepsake suite for us to have, and then we mailed out just the invitation and details card to guests. For some of the reception signage, she created the digital designs, and then I printed them myself on handmade paper I bought off of Etsy. This was a great way to make sure everything felt cohesive and was also within our budget!

Our florist (and coordinator!) was also so accommodating to our budget. We went with organic, petite bridesmaid bouquets with snapdragons and blush roses to compliment my bouquet. She created low, organic centerpieces for every other table. For other tables, she used simple florals in bud vases surrounded by candles.

For my gown, I knew I loved Leanne Marshall. I was lucky enough to find one of her beautiful gowns off of the rack after taking a road trip to Bride KC, hoping to find one of her gowns at a discounted price there. I then had the gown altered to better fit me which is why the top is customized!

Overall, we wanted our wedding day really to represent what is special to us vs. leaning on the more traditional side of things! For example, we had tacos served for dinner and margaritas as our signature cocktail! We absolutely love how everything came together, and I feel so lucky to have so many incredible friends as vendors who helped make the day possible!

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Photography: Sarah Harvey Photo & Film | videography: Lauren Michelle Productions | Coordination: Olive And Gene Weddings | florist: Olive And Gene Weddings | Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cake: Kaked by Katie | Stationery: Jackie Chen Design | shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Fifth Wheel Catering | Groom's Attire: Savvi Formalwear | venue: Willow | Beauty: Nicole Kopp Beauty | Bridal Salon: bride.kc | Bride: Ashley Carrington Photography | Disco balls: TKO DJ | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Linens: The Aries Co. | Napkins: The Emerald Hound | Rentals: Party Rentals By Premier Rentals Of St. Louis | Treat bags: Picture Perfect Papier | Veil: All About Romance | bridesmaid salon: Bella Bridesmaid

Limoncello Inspired Italian Wedding Editorial

When life gives you lemons, use them in your wedding decor! This limoncello inspired editorial, at the historical Villa Cetinale in Siena, Italy, has everything from a limoncello table to fresh lemons decorating romantic reception tables. AMV Weddings planned, designed, and styled this spectacular day filled with free flowing organic blooms by Flowers Living. It was all elegantly captured in the incredible imagery by Jenny Wagner Photography. Take a trip to Italy in the full gallery.




From Jenny Wagner PhotographyThis wedding editorial, set in the autumn in the countryside of Tuscany, features a vibrant couple and fittingly bright and crisp details to suit their style. Lemon trees and a limoncello table, a cake design inspired by porcelain, and a gorgeous vintage getaway car round out a vibrant and romantic wedding design.



The couple enjoyed their ceremony at the back of the historic Villa Cetinale in Siena, Italy, with a ceremony space covered in beautiful florals and greenery.



The bride took a quiet moment to admire her gorgeous reception table, also adorned with intricate greenery and lemon and porcelain details. The couple then shared a few sweet smiles and kisses during a more private moment between just the two of them, in their vintage Italian getaway car.



Photography: Jenny Wagner | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Dress: Amsale | Cakes: Sweetiepie | Stationary: Inquisited | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Shoes: Something Bleu | Jewelry: Victor Barbone Jewelry | Men's Attire: Bucco Couture | Accessories: Megan Therese Couture | Classic Car: Classy Car Rentals | Flatlay Styling: Sophie Kaye Photography | Hair/Makeup: Madeline Eleanor | Linens: Nuage Designs | Location: Villa Cetinale | Model: Fabio Martina | Models: Arianna Bettio | Planning, Styling + Design: AMV Weddings | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Ring Boxes: Lovely Ring Boxes | Styling Accessories: Curated Trove | Styling Mats: Lindale Studios | Workshop Host: AMV Weddings | Workshop Speaker: Koman Photography | Workshop Speaker: Andreas K. Georgiou | Workshop Speaker: Sophie Kaye Photography | Workshop Speaker: Rossini Photography

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