Wedding Dress Trends to Expect at Bridal Week Fall 2017

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I don’t have a favorite day of the year. Instead, I have a favorite week. Two to be exact. Bridal Fashion Week, when my days are filled with clouds of lace, flowers made from the finest fabrics, and sartorial masterpieces. It’s a week I look forward to every six months, eagerly anticipating what I’m going to see walk down the runway. And for Fall 2017, bridal stylist and expert Annie Cavallo, of I Do Style, is predicting we’ll be seeing these six gorgeous trends.

The New Romantics

Designers are re-thinking the classic bridal silhouettes and we will continue to see this investment into the new millennial bride mindset. Ready-to-wear influences of pants, jackets, dress shirts will be back for the Fall and than some. I predict we will see some reinvented favorites like a ball skirt layered over a short-set or romper — be ready to mix and match with wedding day separates. Accessory to watch for, BELTS!

Botanica

The concept of florals on your gown rather in your bouquet is not slowing down but rather over growing. We are seeing the floral explosion across all fashion platforms and especially in bridal with 3-D appliqués, garden vine details, embroidery and even veil treatments. The favorite bloom for the seasons seems to be the Rose, perhaps evolving from it’s spot light in the Spanish Influence trend we saw this past spring. Look out for rose appliqués, embroidered motifs and even shades of pink as rose seems to be the new it flower and color.

Elizabethan

High collars, ruffles and the emphasis on shoulders —this season prepare to see the royal treatment on your traditional ball gowns. This trend is all opulence with impressing details: rich brocade fabrics, dedicated pleated collars and cuffs, yoke panels and a grand statement train. Puffed shoulders and fitted sleeves would be a huge part of this trend, capes and crowns to finish the look and a possible gothic twist — think more black in bridal.

Old West Influence

Evolving from the victorian trend of high necklines, lace patterns and tiered ruffle skirts, we should be seeing more of this trend for Fall. Watching some of the RTW designers add a fresh spin to this style adding in lace up corset treatments, bustled trains and even short mini dresses that give a “parlor girl” vibe, these could all be seen again with bridal spin. Key notes for this trend, ruffles and ruching, paneled gathered ball skirts and feathers and fringe.

Next-to-Nothing

Even though there isn’t much left to take away, the “nude illusions” trend will still be turning up the heat on this Fall’s runway. There could be some interesting under-pinning treatments, boning structures and seaming details that play into the new style trends. I think lace up corsets will definitely be feature with these gowns paired with gauzy sheer layers.

Baby Doll

Flouncy layers, cascading ruffles, feminine details that are soft and playful. We could see some empire waistlines and that true baby-doll shape dresses coming from the influence of 90’s fashion. Collars and chocker accessories would be part of this look, strong off the shoulder arm details and ruffle sleeves. Other 90’s references that could come into play, crochet, open weave laces and mesh.

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A Slow Sunday Morning + Breakfast in Bed = Total Marriage Goals

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There are anniversary sessions, and then there are anniversary sessions. The latter? A perfectly planned photo shoot dreamed up by Eventi by Diana Venditto and captured by Morning Light by Michelle Landreau. Add in pretty stationery from mlc designs, llc and a pile of pancakes and we think you’ve officially got yourself #anniversarygoals. See it all in The Vault!

From Eventi by Diana VendittoThe idea behind this shoot was to celebrate the few days after your married. It’s such a special time in a relationship and I wanted to focus on the moments. Eating breakfast together the first time as husband and wife, exploring together, really just keeping it simple. Everyone you love was just with you to celebrate your union and now it’s time to focus on what it really means and figure it out together.

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Photography: Morning Light by Michelle Landreau | Event Planning: Eventi by Diana Venditto | Florist: Eventi by Diana Venditto | Stationery: mlc designs, llc | Jewelry: Smyth Jewelers | Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil | Clothing: Nordstrom | Food Stylist: Saschas 527 | Model: Lindsey K. Weller

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10 Things You Do Not Need to Register For

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Registering for your wedding can be totally and completely overwhelming, especially when what you want and what you need are two very different things. Yes, that fondue pot can melt chocolate or cheese into a bite of heaven, but chances are, it’ll be collecting more dust than deliciousness. So, before you go on your wedding registry shopping spree, take a peek at the 10 things you shouldn’t register for. Trust us, it’s probably not worth it.

  1. Electronics:

    With a new model out every other day, it’s just plain silly to register for something that will be considered “old” and “dated” before you even say “I do.” These are the types of items it’s better to take your time, research and invest in later on as a couple.

  2. Fine China + Crystal:

    If you host and entertain elegant affairs frequently, then by all means, register for these sparkly pieces. But if you don’t – and don’t see yourself doing so anytime in the future – then skip. There are much smarter selections that you’ll actually use to choose from.

  3. Furniture:

    Do you know exactly where you’ll be living for the foreseeable future? If not, don’t invest in large, expensive pieces that may not fit the size or style of your future home.

  4. Clothing:

    Not the time, not the place.

  5. Personal Knick Knacks + Toys:

    Similar to clothing, these items are for your Christmas list, not your registry.

  6. Precious + Fragile Bakeware:

    Even any amateur baker will tell you, your pastry pieces need to durable. You don’t need to worry about breaking your bread pan anytime you whip up some whole wheat treats.

  7. Anything with an Expiration Date:

    If you’ll need to replace the item in six months, it’s not worth a spot on your registry wish list. Buy it yourself and add something longer term to the list.

  8. Seasonal Specific:

    Sure you love ice cone machine but will you use it after August 31st? Most likely not. The Halloween place mats? If their time to shine is only a matter of weeks, treat yourself to them on your own and save your guests from searching for them for your shower.

  9. Misc “Fun Items”:

    Do you really need that fondue pot? The s’mores maker? Unless you will legitimately use it more than 10 times in the next year, it’s a pass in our book. They’re fun and all until you find it in a back drawer two years later, collecting dust. Not needed.

  10. Intimate Items:

    If you don’t want Grandma to see it, don’t register for it. End of story.

Sooooo…. what do you register for?

Macy’s has the goods this way!

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Pops of Color Took a Classic Wedding to the Next Level

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I love a classic wedding that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and David and Melissa’s Houston affair is the perfect example. A traditional church ceremony followed by an elegant yet entirely fun reception complete with a live Latin band, this celebration was dream for Dana Fernandez to photograph and Monroe Wedding Videography to film. Scroll on for all the above plus so much more.

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Upon meeting David and Melissa, we knew that they would be amazing to work with. They had some of the best chemistry to the point, where barely had to direct them during their engagements and wedding day because the love they shared was electric.

In addition to their amazing connection, their wedding day did not disappoint. From the designs put together by Danyett from Two Be Wed to their personal florals from Blush and Vine, everything was absolutely beautiful to photograph. The couple had their reception at one of our favorite venues, The Bell Tower on 34th, which is pretty much a photographer’s dream to be able to photograph. The entire floor was covered in lush greenery as well as neutral florals with pops of color everywhere.

They had an amazing reception filled with fun music from their band, Yelba’s Latin Fire, where the guests danced the night away. Their wedding was definitely one of our favorites and everything was absolutely amazing to be a part of and especially to be able to capture!

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Photography: Dana Fernandez Photography | Videography: Monroe Wedding Videography | Cakes: Edible Designs By Jessie | Ceremony: St. Anne’s | Reception Venue: The Bell Tower On 34th | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Hair and Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up | Calligraphy: Artful Designs By Rachel Nieman | Band: Yelba’s Latin Fire | Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klien | Ceremony Music: Third Floor Strings | Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Blush and Vine | Bouquets, Boutonnieres, and Ceremony Florals: Blush and Vine | Bridal Boutique: Brickhouse Bridal | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Gown Designer: Ellis | Linens: House Of Hough | Photobooth: The Houston Photobooth | Planning and Design: Two Be Wed | Reception Florals: Floral Events

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Black, White, Pink and Sparkle; A Seriously Glamorous Wedding Reception

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The real wedding we have to share with you today is a pretty cool one, it’s glitzy, it’s glamorous, it’s stylish and it’s fun.

And it’s also stacked to the (black chandelier clad) rafters with unique ideas that fans of punchy style or gold sparkle will love.

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Sandra & David got married with a traditional Armenian ceremony, then shook things up with a warehouse reception at The Washbow in Culver City, L.A.

And it’s that unique wedding reception that we’re sharing with you today, with its flowing cocktails, neon lights, luxe florals, sequin linens, geometric details and preppy stripes.

All that sounding like a bit of a clash? Not when Natalie and her team at A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production  wereon hand to design something truly gorgeous.

Captured by Aaron Young Photography, scroll down to be inspired by this fabulous bash, and read more about it, with tips and insights from Sandra, David and Natalie.

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The Love Story

Technically David and Sandra met on a youth pilgrimage to Armenia to celebrate the 1700th anniversary of Christianity in that country back in 2001.

There was a group of about 100 kids, Sandra was new to the group and didn’t know many people while David was plenty of friends in the group. He claims he remembers Sandra but she doesn’t think he really remembers her.

In 2011, Sandra moved back to California where her cousin, Sarah, had been working for David. Sarah thought of David as her mentor and had spoken so highly of him. Sarah set Sandra and David up and a few years later came the proposal. 

David proposed to Sandra on the Jimmy Kimmel Show

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The Ceremony

Sandra and David had a traditional Armenian ceremony.

It was important for them to include a special quote by Maya Angelou that truly described their love for eachother:

In all the world there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world there is no love for you like mine.” 

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The Honeymoon

After the wedding, Sandra and David honeymooned in Maui. They stayed at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.

Originally, Sandra was against going on “another beach vacation”. But she really underestimated how tired they were going to be after hosting a wedding weekend that she welcomed a trip where “you’ll have to make minimal decisions”.

They definitely recommend going on a trip right after the wedding: You’re at the peak of your happiness and you get to extend the fun and festivities of the weekend!

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The Photography

Sandra and David choose Aaron Young to capture their day because he was down to earth and they knew he would bring out the best in them.

They are not a couple that takes a lot of photos and so it was important for them to choose someone they felt very comfortable around. They loved his style and the over quality of photos.

He also offered them an alternative to a photo booth. Sandra and David both knew they wanted some entertainment for their guests but didn’t want just another photo booth.

Aaron offered them what he calls a marvellous light. It is an open photo booth lounge that allowed guests to take fun photos and then download later. It was a happy medium to not having a traditional photo booth.

Sandra and David chose Atomic Tangerine Film Co. because they wanted something that was a little funkier and more upbeat rather than a traditional wedding video. They didn’t want something long and sappy.

They also loved that they got to pick off five songs that they liked and Atomic Tangerine created a video around one of the chosen songs so it felt more personal to them.

Later when the video was ready, they showed the older generation who were surprised to find out they even had videographers! They were perfect for the occasion.

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The Refreshments

Sandra and David love speakeasies. They had The Whaling Club create two signature cocktails:

Rosemary Gimlet – Vodka, rosemary, lime and sugar. 

Old Fashioned – Bourbon, sugar and Angostura bitters. 

For dinner, they had stations of wonderful food by Urban Palate. Both Sandra and David are true foodies. They wanted to ensure the food reflected some of their favorite dishes.

They had contemporary takes on their traditional Armenian favorites as well as some barbeque to showcase Sandra’s time in Austin.

David isn’t a fan of cake. Instead they had ice cream sandwiches from Coolhaus and a wonderful dessert selection from Urban Palate. 

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The Inspiration

Color Palette: Black, white, gold, and berry tones with a pop of hot pink. 

Style: Urban chic, sophisticated funky. 

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Special Details & Favourite Moments

Sandra and David had a lot of out of towners for their wedding.

They hosted drinks the night before the wedding and an after wedding brunch to give them more time to see all their guests who came from so far away to celebrate with them.

For Sandra, it was running into their grand entrance to the song “It Takes Two”. Sandra and David ran in from different sides and got everyone riled up which really set the tone for the evening.

For David, it was when the priest said today was a miracle. Possibly because David was actually getting married.

Sandra and David love speakeasies so for them, the venue really helped to make their wedding “so them”. When guests arrived, they walked up to a cold warehouse on the outside, only to find a beautiful, magical, garden oasis behind big gates.

The attention to detail in each decorative element choice had a lot of thought put into it. Everything from the paper goods, to the table settings, to the dance floor, and to the bar evoked Sandra and David’s personalities.

Their favorite part was the neon sign that really tied in the whole area.

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The Music

For Sandra and David’s first dance, they started with “Careless Whisper” by George Michael and then the DJ mixed into “Mas Que Nada” by Sergio Mendes/Black Eyed Peas to bring in some fun Latin dancing that Sandra loves.

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The Venue

Sandra loved the fact that the venue offered a sleek blank slate so she could dress it up how she wanted to.

It was also in a great location – Sandra and David both liked that it was in Culver City and their guests could enjoy the surrounding area.

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The Flowers

Peonies, garden roses, protea, succulents, pierres japonica, and regular roses.

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The Decor & Details

We knew we wanted a unique wedding filled with interesting details but didn’t know how to do that so we hired Natalie Good, owner of A Good Affair for Wedding & Event Production to create an unique environment the guests would never forget.

Natalie’s design inspiration was “Rich bold color that really captured Sandra’s personality mixed with metallics and bold black.

Sandra and David had a large guest count but they really did not want boring round tables. To create a unique space I created a 30′ X shaped table as the focal point of the room as well as tall bar height dining tables to elevate the design.

Black crystal chandeliers made a bold statement hanging from the exposed beams at The Washbow.

We also created a custom gold fringe wall as the couple’s backdrop and a fringe installation over the bar. A custom neon sign really added some wow to the space too.

Black sequin linens gave a touch of glam that worked beautifully with the bold florals.”

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Advice for Other Couples

Overall – Be organized. Determine a budget, then determine who you’re going to invite. Your budget will highly revolve around how many people you’re inviting.

Prioritize what’s important for the wedding and don’t limit yourself. For Sandra, she preferred to have great cocktails over a great dress.

While Sandra was browsing blogs for venues, she kept her options open and ended up coming across what would be her wedding dress. Sometimes you never know where you’ll find things!

Sandra created a mood board that helped her identify the things she really liked. After months of collecting photos, she realized she had a pattern and you could really tell what she was drawn to.

Another big tip, keeping the lines of communication open with your partner and those heavily involved is very important.

Just go with the flow – there will be hiccups and disagreements and family drama, take a deep breath and realize you’re planning a party at the end of the day.

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Pretty sparkling, right? I love the unusual table plan, and the palette is so unique as well – we rarely see black used this much for weddings, but it really works in the large open space.

Did you watch their proposal video too – so cool!

Thanks so much to Aaron Young Photography, A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production, and of course Sandra & David for sharing their gorgeous wedding reception with us.

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Photographer: Aaron Young Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production / Reception Venue: The Washbow / Flowers: Jodie Tucker Flowers / Bride’s Dress: BCBG / Groom’s Attire: Emilio Ciro / Bridesmaid Dresses: Aiden Mattox / Videography: Atomic Tangerine Film Co. / Invitations & Stationery: Honeycrisp Designs / Cocktails: The Whaling Club / Band: Scott Cummings Music / DJ: Luxury DJs / Dessert: Coolhaus / Linens: Luxe Linens / Rentals: Edge Design and Decor / Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals / Rentals: Otis and Pearl / Lighting: Infinity Lighting
Photographer: Aaron Young Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production / Reception Venue: The Washbow / Flowers: Jodie Tucker Flowers / Bride’s Dress: BCBG / Groom’s Attire: Emilio Ciro / Bridesmaid Dresses: Aiden Mattox / Videography: Atomic Tangerine Film Co. / Invitations & Stationery: Honeycrisp Designs / Cocktails: The Whaling Club / Band: Scott Cummings Music / DJ: Luxury DJs / Dessert: Coolhaus / Linens: Luxe Linens / Rentals: Edge Design and Decor / Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals / Rentals: Otis and Pearl / Lighting: Infinity Lighting

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One Couple Treated Their 44 Guests To A Celebration of a Lifetime

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Secretly wishing to have a smaller wedding with just your closest friends and family? Take cues from blogger-turned-bride, Amanda of A Glam Lifestyle and her beau who headed to Napa Valley to make their intimate wedding come to life. Think a glamorous Beaulieu Garden party with crystal chandeliers and a sweetheart table decked out in white and blush blooms. Jana Williams captured and UHB-sessed is an understatement.

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From the Bride… I was never the little girl who dreamed about her wedding growing up. But, when I met Matt I fell into a real life fairy tale. We worked at the same company at the time. I’d been there nearly a decade and he was there almost five years. Yet, our paths hadn’t crossed. Turns out, he’d been asking around about me. He just hadn’t had the courage to approach me and introduce himself. I can remember his face so clearly that day he came to say hi. It was his boyish smile that made me fall for him. A few weeks later, we knew we were serious when on our second or third date – we were already talking about wedding plans!

I confided that I wanted a small, intimate wedding. Matt had to warm up to the idea a bit, but after we took a trip to Napa Valley a few months into dating and did some wine tasting, he was hooked. And that’s when we first said I love you. A year passed and after a picturesque engagement in Santorini, we came back to Napa to scout wedding venues. I had come across Beaulieu Garden on Instagram and was immediately in love, just like I was with Matt. We started planning our “bohemian glam” themed event and enlisted the help of a stellar planner who ensured it all came together. Our wedding day, although overwhelmingly hot at almost 100 degrees, couldn’t have gone better.

The day was romantic, timeless and chic. The mirrored furniture and lounges, coupled with the crystal chandeliers, gold accents, and white florals with hints of blush truly created a secret garden for our affair. Even the bridesmaid dresses matched the landscape perfectly with their watercolor floral pattern! The bridesmaids and I were able to get ready onsite at the venue in the gorgeous bridal suite. While I was waiting to get ready, I walked around the property and watched it all being set up. It hit me then that 45 of our closest friends and family had made the trip out for our special day. I was about to marry the love of my life. Our wedding planner stopped by and she commented that I was the calmest bride she’d seen! It was true. I wasn’t nervous at all. The words just came out of my mouth and I said, “This is the easiest decision I’ve ever made.”

Matt and I are taking a few months to enjoy newlywed life and then we’ll be off to honeymoon in Bora Bora and New Zealand in November! When it comes to life, we’re definitely lucky in love.

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Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Cinematography: Daniel Gruen | Event Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Rion Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra – Ette | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Invitations: Prim & Pixie | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Lighting : Got Light | Venue: Beaulieu Garden | Hairpiece: jennifer behr | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Get Ready to Say Farewell to Summer with This Stunning Shoot

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I happen to believe that the unforgettable Mr. Calvin Harris said it best with his rendition of “Summer,” because honestly that’s pretty much I feel inside as we begin to bid adieu to summer and say HELLO to sudden seasonal changes. Thankfully, we’ve got the ultimate farewell to our favorite season captured by Savan Photography to help us ease into it all. See it in The Vault!

From Savan PhotographyThe white sand, the beach grass, the wide open coast line and of course the Haystack Rock were all inspiration for our Oregon Coast Summer light Bridal/Wedding Inspirational shoot. Our vision was simple and fresh. To achieve that vision, we gathered elements from the landscape and local farms for our florals. We kept the colors of the florals fresh and light keeping it in line with the pale ocean blue hues and the local greenery. All of which complimented the stunning landscape.

In regard to the table setting, we looked to the ocean and sky for our inspiration and settled with classic blue plates. Also wanting to add a little sparkle, we brought in colors of gold seen on the bottom of our champagne glasses, while still drawing the eye to the surrounding landscape. Linen napkins, beach grass and drift wood we added for a pretty and organic table setting.

Incorporating fresh greenery of white, green and yellow hues and florals forged from a local farm, brilliantly designed by Metal and Moss, took this bridal session to the next level. Crafted with so much attention to detail, it didn’t matter which way the bride held the bouquet; each bloom and greenery fell perfectly into place and was stunning from every angle. The floral table arrangement was just as gorgeous with its design, organic and effortless feel.

We also extended those ocean hues to the invitation suite that was made by Pirouette Paper. The script was perfected crafted on fine Italian paper with rich royal blue ink.

The vision was not to overlook Cannon Beach, or Haystack Rock of the Oregon’s Coast; it was to highlight it with minimal and clean design in mind.

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Nautical + Art Inspired Oceanside Wedding

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Whenever we hear the words ‘Hawaii wedding’, we know we’re in for a real stunner of a celebration. Add in a dream vendor team and well, stunning doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Complete with the prettiest petals from Mandy Grace Designs and yummiest signature cocktails from Garnish Craft Cocktail CateringUnveiled Hawaii designed a day that is beyond delightful. With captivating images from Wendy Laurel, see Kate + Chris’ special day in The Vault!

“From the blue sky and ocean, to the golden sun

and vibrant palm trees, Hawaii was everywhere

The Photographer, Wendy Laurel.

Rich hues of blue reflect the Groom’s career

in the Navy and their shared love of the sea

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From Wendy LaurelThe bride and groom are Kate and Chris who are both originally from Alaska. Chris is in the Navy and the couple lives here on Oahu now. Chris has a love of naval architecture and Kate is a talented artist. Their wedding details and style reflected all these elements.

Kate chose rich blues for the color of her wedding to reflect the Navy and their shared love of the sea. Bright and deep colored florals accented the hand dyed muslim blue tablecloths. Chris’s love for naval architecture was shown off in the naval blue prints included in the invitation suite and hung at the reception. Kate’s artistic talents created the hand drawn invitations, table favors, table numbering, and signs throughout the reception. Touches of Alaska were included as well such as Kate’s Dad’s antlers from hunting in Alaska. And of course Hawaii was everywhere from the blue sky and ocean to the golden sun and the vibrant palm trees.

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Photography: Wendy Laurel | Cinematography: Ohana Films | Event Design: Unveiled Hawaii | Floral Design: Mandy Grace Floral & Event Design | Cake: Cake Fanatics | Catering: Aloha Events Catering | Hair + Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry | Band: Barefoot Minded | Venue: Olowalu Plantation House | Beverage Services: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Minister: Aunt | Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Rentals: The Collection Maui | Rentals: Set | Ribbon: Adorn Company

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Dreamy Seaside Wedding That’s Classic As Can Be

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This time of year Spring seems like a lifetime away, but one peek at this wedding from Kate Ignatowski Photography and it officially can’t come soon enough. Between the cherry blossom blooms and the ‘maids dressed in soft pink gowns by Joanna August, it’s a joyful ode to the Springtime season and there’s lots more this way.

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Spring

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Classic

From Kate Ignatowski PhotographyMargalit was thoughtful about every detail. She worked with a handful of select artists and then applied her expertise from working in the advertising industry to perfectly pull everything together. The result was a seamless, beautiful event that was a dream to photograph. On top of all the pretty, Margalit and Zach are an absolute joy to be around. Their happiness and excitement is contagious, and I love how they are beaming in every capture.

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Photography: Kate Ignatowski Photography | Floral Design: Pedestals Floral Decorators | Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri | Invitations: The Bride | Bride’s Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August | Makeup: Anny Chow | Hair: Andy Tseng | Calligraphy: Carolyn Jane | Band: Faze 4 Orchestras | Band: Nafshenu Orchestra | Venue: The Sephardic Temple | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bride’s Earrings: Adam Marc Jewels | Photography – Assistance: Kristy Timms | Photography – Assistance: Elena Wolfe Photography | Programs: Christen Ruble | Rehearsal Dinner Cards: Paperless Post | Wedding Programs Watercolor Artist: Quinn Luu

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Bright + Cheery Modern Loft Wedding in the City

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If you happen to love a modern, sleek city wedding and don’t shy away from a bright pop of color, this wedding day just might be your new best friend. Coral charm peonies stole the floral design show and perfectly offset the all-white loft space for both the ceremony and reception. High fives to Kelly Kollar for a stunning gallery that’s all at your fingertips inside The Vault.

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Spring

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Modern

From the couple… We live in the East Village/Alphabet City in New York and we got engaged down the street from our apartment in a community garden where the groom is a volunteer member. When it came time to research venues and pick a date, we loved the idea of a springtime celebration in the city – we hoped that our friends and family would be shedding their winter coats, loosening up into spring, and feeling festive and ready to party!

We held our ceremony and reception in mid-April at Studio 450, an all-white loft space with glossy floors, walls of windows, and great views of the city. We didn’t have a specific theme in mind, but in retrospect, the wedding turned out to be somewhat garden-inspired. We wanted the wedding to be simple and elegant with a festive dose of formality to reflect the city setting, but also relaxed and fun. I looked at lots of photos online for inspiration, but ultimately our main wedding planning strategy was to pick great vendors, trust their advice, and let them do what they do best.

Each and every one of our vendors did an incredible job, especially the incomparable Yen and Gary of Real Food Catering who not only took care of all of the fabulous food but also seamlessly pulled the entire day together. Our wedding day was perfect and we are so thankful to our fabulous photographer, Kelly Kollar, for capturing the mood and energy of the day.

We ended up getting gorgeous weather – it was warm and sunny and almost 70 degrees. The “getting ready” part of the day at the Eventi Hotel was laid-back and fun. We did a “first look” at Studio 450 and took photos before the ceremony. The ceremony was short but pretty emotional. We were surrounded by cherry blossom branches,the space was flooded with light, and it felt totally ethereal. One of our favorite details of the day was the flowers (especially all the coral charm peonies!) by our amazing floral designer, Doan Ly. We also particularly loved the calligraphy by Julia Bez for our invitation envelopes, table numbers, place cards, day-of signs, and of course the large mirror at Studio 450 with hand painted guest names and table assignments.

Our cocktail hour took place outside on the terrace as the sun was setting, and we had dinner and dancing downstairs in the space where the ceremony had taken place. We absolutely loved the Silver Arrow Band. At one point, while the band performed “At Last” by Etta James, we looked around the dance floor and noticed that some people had actually stopped dancing to face the stage concert-style and just watch the vocalists sing.

Ultimately, however, the best part of our wedding was simply being surrounded by our family and friends. Thanks to our wonderful vendors, we were truly able to savor the experience and enjoy the day.

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Photography: Kelly Kollar Photography | Floral Design: A.p. Bio | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: Sesame Letterpress | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Marisa Perry | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alice & Olivia | Make Up: Sally Duvall | Hair: Patty Mocarski | Calligraphy: Julia Bez | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Hotel: Eventi Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Saks Fifth Avenue | Catering and Coordination : Real Food Catering | Ceremony & Reception: Studio 450 | Groom’s Tux: Ralph Lauren Black Label | Paper Productions: Minted | Photobooth: Fresh Pressed Photo Booth | Pipe and Drape: Universal Light And Sound | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

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