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Colorful Summer Wedding at The Villa San Juan

Dressed in the brightest of colors on the sunniest of days, this wedding is what summertime bliss is truly all about. It’s a day kissed by that California pretty and designed alongside the talented Intertwined Events..and those textured blooms by Floral Occasions? Don’t even get me started. Ray Kang worked his photo genius behind the camera and believe it or not, the party is just getting started.

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Summer
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Villa
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Rustic

From The Bride…I never pictured my dream wedding while growing up but the few things I did know were the color scheme – bright oranges, yellows and corals – and a location that had natural beauty. Thankfully, we found The Villa, a turn-of-the-century Spanish home, whose charm and elegance filled in our blank canvas quite quickly. The setting of the Villa and my love for nature inspired our invitations and decor. Every table had a distinct pair of antique brass birds, and at each place setting there was a favor of goat milk soap, handmade by the friendly Camlon Farms who we met at a farmer’s market.

The warm July day was expected and thankfully our wedding coordinator, Katie Webb, suggested program fans coupled with parasols, which helped our guests avoid melting in the summer sun. The Villa staff, Michelle, Rachel and Keith, couldn’t have been better and we are grateful to them for going beyond our expectations with their responsiveness, friendliness and professionalism. The food and drinks from Iva Lee’s were delicious and their service was fantastic. Floral Occasions’ vivid arrangements punctuated the day which was captured by our favorite photographer-in-a-bow tie, Ray Kang, and film crew, 4120 Productions. Our hope is that our kids will enjoy looking at these memories as much as we enjoyed seeing our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days. All of this was icing on the three-tiered Swiss made cake provided by Sweet Art – heavenly for both our eyes and tastebuds.

For the ceremony, we borrowed and adapted a tradition from the Jewish faith called the Seven Blessings, which turned out to be a highlight of the day. Seven guests, chosen by us, gave their thoughts on a specific word (passion, playfulness, gratitude, etc.) that would help lead to a happy marriage. Not only was it deeply satisfying to hear these blessings, but it finally gave us the privilege to take in the ceremony, as all eyes were on our speakers and not on us.

In the end, all of these details added up to a wedding we couldn’t have possibly imagined but was exactly what we wanted – intimate, heartfelt and fun.

Photography: Ray Kang | Floral Design: Floral Occasions - Stacey | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Sweet Art | Catering: Iva Lee's Catering | Hair: Two Tone Umbrella - Denise Empey | DJ: Divel Entertainment - Keith | Harpist: Naomi Alter | Event Planning And Design: Intertwined Events | MakeUp: Melissa Hennessee | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Video: Pure Cinema Productions | Wedding Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano

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Bridal Shower Flower Workshop

As a bride-to-be, this inspirational shower captured by Anouschka Rokebrand is only feeds my floral crown obsession. Filled with fragrant blooms made for snipping, the loft space of Avenue Lifestyle Studio was perfectly transformed by Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} into a creative and casual party. Join me in toasting the future and donning a halo of blooms while scrolling through the gallery here.

From Avenue LifestyleFor this bridal shower inspirations shoot, floral wreaths were the inspiration. I wanted to create an event where the bride-to-be’s closest friends could gather together in celebration of the imminent nuptials by participating in a floral wreath making workshop. The setting was organic, natural, light, feminine and whimsical. Pretty and ever-so-slightly utilitarian. The primary elements used to convey this included wood, terra-cotta, linen and cotton.

Everything the attendees needed to create their own fresh flower headband was set out for them at their own personal workstation at one central trestle-legged work table. Each station included a pair of scissors, florist wire and tape, a custom-made note to write to the bride-to-be and a paint dipped pencil. Terra-cotta pots filled with fresh flowers and herbs lined the centre of the table, ready to be made into headbands, while cafe lights were suspended from wooden beams above the table added a touch of romance to the setting. After a productive workshop, the bride-to-be and her leading ladies sipped Prosecco while admiring their self created floral headband in an antique mirror.

For this shoot, Stijlvolle Trouwkaarten, provided us with a custom stationery suite which highlighted the organic aesthetic that I wanted to give the entire event. Simplistic yet classic with natural elements and a nod to the wreath.

A whimsical draping of the most delicate climbing blossom suspended softly above the food table, a delicious spread which ensured our busy bride-to-be and her friends were well catered for. The menu included: a salad of foraged flowers and leafy greens; goats cheese, honey and mint blinis; artichoke, pear and parma ham tartlets; balsamic and mint soaked grilled aubergine on crusty ciabata; and the most heavenly flat peach cake with vanilla and sage cream cheese icing. The food and food styling was done by the expert hand of Amsterdam based food stylist Ajda Mehmet. Beautiful bone and silver cutlery and mismatched vintage cream crockery by Hélène Millot Furnishings were used to serve all of Ajda’s delicacies, while her fine crystal vintage wine glasses and champagne flutes had the girls sipping prosecco in style!

How to Create a Fresh Flower Headband:

ONE | Start by cutting a length of aluminum wire (about 20cm long) using wire cutters after measuring it over your head from ear to ear. Prepare short lengths of florist wire for later, as well as several lengths of florist tape, cut into thin strips (you’ll thank me later when you’re not grappling to wrap a fat piece of tape around a tiny little opening). Twist a long length of florist tape tightly around the aluminum wire and press it in with your fingertips so it sticks. You should feel a sticky residue from the tape on your fingertips.

TWO | Prepare several clusters of flowers of two or three varieties each and secure by wrapping the stems in florist tape. For example, combine a spring of rosemary and a small cluster of hydrangea. The fuller you want your floral headband, the fuller these bunches can be. For a more delicate headband, use no more than three stems per cluster.

THREE | From one end of your tape-wrapped wire (about 5cm from the end of the wire), attach one of your flower clusters tightly wrapping a small strip of florist tape. Press it down to secure. Attach the second little cluster to the wire in the same way, following the same direction as the first.

FOUR | Continue adding flower clusters in the same way along the length of your wire, using the thin pieces of tape you prepared earlier to attach the taped up stems to the aluminum wire. Stems should all be going in the same direction. You might need a little more strength in some areas, in which case use a short length of florist wire and wrap it around the area, pressing it down carefully to secure it with the tip of the wire cutters.

FIVE | Keep working your way around the length of wire until you are pleased with the way it looks, as well as the balance of flowers, foliage and colour. Your final cluster should end about 5cm away from the end of the wire.

SIX | To finish off the headband, cut two lengths of natural twine (about 20cm each) and knot tightly to each side of the headband, just beneath the last cluster of flowers. Wrap the twine along the remainder of the wire on each end, knotting it off tightly and the end. Leave about 10-15cm extra twine on each end to be able to fasten it to your head. Voila! You should have yourself a beautiful headpiece made from fresh flowers.

Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand | Stationery: Stijlvolle Trouwkaarten | Assistance: Jessica Van Der Liende | Cafe Lights: Allekabels | Floral Assistance: Jennifer Laarman | Food Styling: Ajda Mehmet | Glass, Flatware & Sideplates: Hélène Millot Furnishings | Hay Kitchen Scissors & Marble Tray: Hay Amsterdam | Studio: Avenue Lifestyle Studio | Styling & Creative Direction: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} | Table Linens, Wooden Boards & Chairs: Dille & Kamille | Wooden Side Plates: Verterra Dinnerware

Elegant Beach Wedding in Bridgehampton, New York

If this elegant seaside soiree was around when I was getting married, It would have inspired my entire wedding. Seriously. Because to me, this gallery is perfect. With a coastal yet sophisticated vibe (not to mention one seriously cute pup), every image beautifully captured by Charlotte Jenks Lewis defines beach chic, and you can see even more here.

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Fall
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Club
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Elegant

From The Bride…The first thing we knew we wanted for our wedding was to have it on the very same beach in Bridgehampton, New York where we got engaged in May 2012 and where we often walk our dog Noodles. We found a perfect beachfront venue just a few feet away — Outdoor ceremony on the beach! Ocean views from the dance floor! — and we quickly locked it down. Shortly thereafter, Hurricane Sandy absolutely decimated the place, leaving our venue a sad construction zone. But with some regular monitoring of the construction progress (read: useless stressing), it was repaired and looked better than ever by the time our wedding day rolled around. And thankfully, the weather fully cooperated that day, so Mother Nature and I are back on good terms.

For our decor, we went with a fall theme for our October wedding with mostly ivory and eggplant colors. We had an amazing and creative florist who indulged all of my crazy ideas — like having edible elements in the centerpieces, branches hanging from the ceiling, and turning the entrance hall into a full-on forest. Her end product was 100 times better than my original “vision” so trust your vendors!

Our main priority for the cocktail hour and reception was probably the food! When I told the caterer about my love of all things miniature, he went above and beyond by making mini versions of all our favorite foods. Mini burgers paired with mini beers, mini tacos paired with mini margaritas, you name it and it was mini. We still talk about the food!

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Planner: The Wedding Sitter | Wedding Cake: Beach Bakery | Invitations: William Arthur | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Robbins Wolfe | DJ: Jason Fioto | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Bride's Crystal Hair Comb: Eileen Fisher | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhullier | Bride's Veil: Kleinfeld's | Bride's Wedding Band, Novo Yellow Gold Band: Tiffany's | Club: The Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club | Design Of Printed Materials: Karen Messing Design | Floral & Event Design: Claire Bean Events | Groom's Superman Socks: Joy Of Socks | Groom's Tie: Theory | Groom's Wedding Band: Tiffany's | Hair Styling: Phyllis Cortese | Mariachi Band: Mariachi Instrumental De Mexico | Rentals: Party Rental, LTD.

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Summer Malibu Wedding at Calamigos Ranch

From the bride’s Ines Di Santo gown to the ‘maids’ sparkly frocks, this wedding is a day centered on style. Bright Blue Events designed the gorgeous details, and I, for one, can’t get enough. It may be blistering cold in our part of New England, but I’m feeling pretty good about settling in for the night with Gina & Ryan’s photos and soaking up every last inch.

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Summer
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Ranch
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Rustic

From Gina & Ryan PhotographyWe’ve been in love with Calamigos Ranch ever since we first stumbled upon it while planning our own wedding. The grounds of this Malibu ranch are gorgeous. Twinkle lights, large oak trees, pretty signage, and subtle quirks of a vintage carnival theme are sprinkled throughout the property, making this place truly unique. Even the architectural design is of it’s own. It’s a dream. And although we weren’t able to have a Calamigos Ranch wedding ourselves (tip, book your date way in advance!), we were able to relive the romance through Megan & Stanley’s breathtaking wedding.

Megan & Stanley’s vision was aimed towards simplicity, clean graphic design, and a whole lot of pretty; upscale rustic chic. The two put together an elite team of wedding specialists who brought their vision to life. Every little detail was executed to a “T”, making for an absolutely unforgettable day. Megan & Stanley’s Calamigos Ranch wedding took place at The Cottage Pavilion. They tied the knot under a large twinkle-lit oak tree, beneath the warm ambiance of the chandelier above. It couldn’t have been any more romantic! And the reception? Whoa, yeah, that pretty! Large dark wood tables were canvased with pretty white hydrangeas along with an eclectic mix of glass and crystal dinnerware, silver candle holders, and baby succulent wedding favors jarred in glass pots.

The wedding day unfolded with ease. Megan was absolutely stunning, calm and collected. And Stanley was as handsome and as excited as ever. The two (without a doubt) are a couple of the most rad people we’ve worked with. They radiate happiness, kindness, and a whole lot of fun. Genuinely happy, the type you can hang out all day with and still want more.

Photography: Gina & Ryan Photography | Cinematography: Wade At Shark Pig | Event Design: Bright Blue Events | Event Planning: Bright Blue Events | Floral Design: Lotus And Lily | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Sweet & Saucy | Ceremony Venue: Calamigos Ranch - The Cottage Pavilion | Reception Venue: Calamigos Ranch - The Cottage Pavilion | Brides Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Caterer: Calamigos Ranch | DJ: DJ Orbit | Officiant: Gary Gaulton | Audio Visual Rentals: Avista Rentals | Ceremony Musicians: Clover String Quartet | Coordination: Bright Blue Events | Decor & Rentals: Town And Country | Hotel (Getting Ready): Westlake Village Inn | Ice Cream Truck: Recess Truck | Invitation Suite, Letter Press, & Paper Goods: The Paper Mint Press | Linens: La Tavola | Lounge Furniture: Archive Rentals | Make-Up Artist & Hair Stylist: Kelly Zhang Studio | Photo Booth: My Flippin' Party | Sheet Cake: Hawaiian Bakery | Viewfinders: Image 3D

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