The Bride Wore Oscar de la Renta and Took Everyone’s Breath Away!

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This wedding is proof that when you hire the right people, really pretty things happen. Especially when you’ve got people like Trent Bailey StudioMichelle Elaine WeddingsFace Time Beauty ConciergeKatydid Signature Floral & Event Design and Around Town Entertainment on your vendor list. Scroll on for the entire lovefest, including a beaming bride in Oscar de la Renta who completely stole the show.

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From the planner, Michelle Elaine… I absolutely loved working with Lauren! We planned together for about 14 months so time was on our side to get every last detail perfectly nailed down. Her natural style carried over into her wedding design displaying that same class and elegance. The vision created was timeless, with antique silver candelabras, lush white florals, gorgeous table garlands and slight touches of deep navy, courtesy of our talented calligrapher, Tara Jones. Lauren’s wedding dress, a stunning Oscar de la Renta, completely took everyone’s breath away as she walked down the aisle; I couldn’t even keep it together as I prepared her to walk!

Following the ceremony, the couple had portraits done as my team ensured no detail was missed at the venue. Lauren wanted to create the reception in a way that guests would enjoy a very formal, seated dinner and then be entertained on the pool deck by an incredible band to dance the night away, which they did!

From the bride, Lauren… Dan and I both went to the University of Southern California and were introduced by mutual friends. The first 2 years of our relationship were long-distance, trading weekends up and down the coast between LA and San Francisco, before ending up in Venice Beach. But while our life together is very much rooted in California, I knew immediately after we got engaged that I wanted our wedding to take place in my home state.

My parents both have homes near the Jersey Shore, so when we visit during the summer that has become our home base. It was important for us to have a Catholic ceremony, and as soon as we saw Saint Catharine’s, a stunning historic church, in Spring Lake, the most charming Victorian beach town, we knew it was meant to be.

After choosing the location, we set out to find the right vendors. I actually discovered both Michelle Elaine Weddings and Trent Bailey in the same Style Me Pretty post, and after exhaustive research, I’m so glad I went with my gut and hired them both! Trent’s editorial style was exactly what we were looking for in a photographer; and Michelle not only kept track of every detail leading up to the wedding, making long-distance planning a breeze but also perfectly executed our vision on the day.

We wanted everything to feel very elegant, classic and timeless. Dan and I both tend to favor neutral colors, so we chose that palette for the wedding as well. Almost everything was white or ivory, with accents of gray and antique silver, and a very dark navy for the calligraphy. I’m obsessed with all things paper and calligraphy and immediately fell in love with Tara Jones’ work, which really set the tone for the rest of the details.

The day of the wedding was a dream. My bridesmaids, who all wore different gray dresses of their choosing, came over to my dad’s house, and my mom brought over “Father of the Bride” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding” to play while we got ready. Dan and I gave each other gifts (pearl earrings for me, vintage cufflinks for him), and notes that we had written earlier. It rained that morning, and I think I was the only one who actually wasn’t worried about it… My trusty weather app told me the sun would come out at 2, just in time for the wedding, and sure enough, as we pulled up to the church in the trolley, singing “Going to the Chapel,” the clouds parted and the sun started shining.

I didn’t want anything to distract from my dress, so I carried a simple bouquet of white tulips and lily of the valley… and a huge smile, which I could not keep off my face! My father walked me down the aisle and we had a full mass, with readings by my godmother and Dan’s sister, and a solo of “Amazing Grace” performed by one of my bridesmaids. 

Before the reception, the bridal party took the trolley back to my dad’s house, which is one of my favorite places in the world, for portraits. The photographs Trent captured there are so special to us. When we got to the reception, Dan and I snuck into the ballroom before heading out to cocktail hour to see the set-up and have a moment (and some food) to ourselves. It was so thrilling to see every detail we’d spent so much time planning brought to life and to spend a few moments alone as a married couple reflecting on everything before heading out to take it all in together.

While I had always dreamed of a traditional black-tie wedding, it was really important to us that our guests (many of whom flew across the country to be there) could still feel comfortable and have fun. The Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club was the perfect venue to accommodate that, with its old-school East Coast charm and oceanfront setting being just the right amount of formal, without feeling stuffy. After the cocktail hour on the oceanfront pavilion (with signature Dirty Martini and Old Fashioned cocktails), we moved inside to the ballroom for a candlelit seated dinner. After 3 brilliant toasts and a delicious meal, the party moved back outside under the stars (actually, a tent filled with twinkly lights). I changed into a custom-made strapless ivory column dress and white Adidas, and we cut the cake with a champagne saber my mom’s boyfriend gave us as an engagement gift. The Around Town Band did not disappoint, and the dance floor was packed the whole night. Actually, I think the only time we were sad the whole day is when they played their last song!

The best piece of advice I received (and, thankfully, actually listened to!) is to be present – enjoy yourself, and be yourself. It really does go by so fast, so don’t miss a moment by worrying about something silly. Spend the whole day having fun with your new husband, your families, and all the people who are there to celebrate you! Thanks to Michelle and her team, we were able to feel like guests at our own wedding, which is how everyone should experience it.

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Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Cinematography: Kiss The Bride Films | Event Planning: Michelle Elaine Weddings | Floral Design: Katydid Signature Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cakes: Chocolate Carousel | Ceremony Venue: St. Catharine’s Church | Reception Venue: Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club | Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew | Rings: Custom by Structure Manufacturing of Fine Jewelry | Bridesmaid Dresses: Various | Hair & Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge | Calligraphy: Tara Jones Calligraphy | Band: Around Town Entertainment | Groomsmen’s Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | Tent: Ocean Tents | Bridal Party Monogrammed Shirts: Life a Stitch | Bridal Salon: Erin Cole | Bride’s Earrings: Christian Dior | Ceremony Programs: Design by Bride, Printing by the Father of the Groom | Flower Crowns: Bluebird Twine | Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom’s Tuxedo: Ralph Lauren | Paper Goods: Color Box Design & Letterpress | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Uplighting: Finer Touch Entertainment | Veil: Janice Haddan | Wax Seals: Nostalgic Impressions

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When a Destination Planner Crafts Her Own Wedding in Umbria

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Jet setting to Umbria is now at the tippy-top of my travel list and it has everything to do with this destination wedding. It is an easy, elegant yet totally un-stuffy celebration crafted by the Bride herself, who just so happens to be a destination wedding planner and it shows! Al fresco tablescapes, the most perfect Umbria-esque rattan chairs, bright blooms and a day filled with Italian beauty… these are just a few of the details to be found in the photographs by Rachel Gomez and Sposto Photography.

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From the Bride… It was my dream to get married in the Italian countryside; it’s my favorite place on Earth. My fiancé and I decided on Italy for the wedding (my heritage) and to tour Scotland (his heritage) for our honeymoon! I am a destination wedding planner and produce weddings mostly around Telluride, CO. I have planned pretty much every type of event.. but for my wedding I wanted to take our family and closest friends on vacation to celebrate life, eat great food and drink wine!

Our main focus was to highlight both of our personalities with unique touches to create a completely custom event. We hosted 52 of our family and friends for a week in Umbria, Italy. The guests stayed onsite at Casali Cole San Paolo a family-run olive oil estate with three guest farmhouses and a historic chapel built in the 13th century! This was the venue’s first wedding and I was lucky enough to work with the bilingual owner of the property to secure local Italian vendors in the area.

The setting of Umbria served as color inspiration, we used dusty peach, light sage, creams and taupe with rose gold and dark gray accents. We wanted to set the tone with custom invitations and worked with Whimsy Design Studio, based in Denver, CO. Whimsy incorporated a watercolor of one of the farmhouses my artist friend painted into the design of the invitation. She added watercolor touches, custom wax seals and plant-dyed silk ribbon to complete the look.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with baskets of local wine, Turkish pool towels from Positano and chocolates from Perugia. We spent the week exploring the Umbrian countryside, visiting little hamlets and relaxing at the property!

Our ceremony was set at the top of Mount Solare at Fontanelle Farmhouse, a stone house surround by fruit trees and lavender. We used natural wicker furniture and kept it very organic. My brother-in law married us and my brother played acoustic guitar was I walked down the aisle with my father. It was truly a family affair! We set a black-tie dress code, the groom and groomsmen wore tuxedos, the bridesmaids chose their own dresses based of the watercolor painting and my wedding dress I fell in love with because to me it was elegant- classic with European glam.

The reception was hosted just down the olive tree-lined dirt road at the pink farmhouse named Poderaccio. The surroundings very natural, it was important to me to create a “black-tie garden party” and the ladies at Puscina Flowers made my dream a reality. The three sisters and fine art floral designers grow everything they use. Their attention to detail was a dream come true for a wedding planner bride.

We continued the theme of art/watercolor on the table by including small paintings “of Italy” at each setting and used a custom crest designed on the menus. The table was lined with organic looking floral arrangements, herbs potted in rustic terracotta pots and accented with fresh picked fruit and taper candles. The look slightly eclectic yet polished and cohesive with the environment. We were served an elegant 5-course meal at a table set for 52 that was looking over the Umbrian countryside. We had an American-style three tier wedding cake and Italian millefoglie cake for dessert. The dance party continued for many hours after under the gazebo overlooking the pool.

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Photography: Sposto Photography | Photography: Rachel Gomez | Event Planning: Polished.Fun. | Floral Design: Puscina Flowers | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal | Cake: Eros Mariotti | Invitations: Whimsy Design Studio | Ceremony Venue: I Casali di Colle San Paolo | Shoes : Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Family Heirloom | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Elizabeth & James | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azeeza | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Eros Mariotti | Hair: Alex Cox | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Hotel: Villa Monte Solare | Hotel: I Casali di Colle San Paolo | Wedding Venue: I Casali di Colle San Paolo | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Azienda Agricola La Querciolana

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Guests Came from Across the World to this Wyoming Wedding

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Sarah and Tony call L.A. home but they wanted to throw a destination wedding weekend their guests would never forget. With loved ones traveling from across the world, including Tony’s family from Nigeria, they brought everyone to Saratoga, Wyoming for a rustic retreat unlike any other. Ashley Sawtelle photographed and we’re so ready to watch it all unfold.

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Los Angeles residents, Sarah & Tony, wanted to create a memorable 3-day wedding weekend at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. Guests came from all over the U.S. and even Nigeria – where Tony’s family is from – to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate the two. The couple wanted to pair decor elements with the beautiful surroundings of the ranch during the fall season. 

Dusty lavender, sage, wheat, and whites were incorporated into the floral designs, ceremony and reception decor. The ceremony took place inside with candle light, rustic wood pews and greens hanging from the light fixtures above. 

Guests got to enjoy cocktail hour on the deck of the main lodge witnessing the beautiful sunset and were welcomed into the grand tent for dinner and dancing.

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Photography: Ashley Sawtelle | Event Planning: Table 6 Productions | Floral Design: Ali Fortunato | Cake: Sweet Marie’s Bakeshop | Makeup: Danica Severance | Hair: Sara Bicknell | Venue: Brush Creek Ranch | Paper Goods: Tasha Rae Designs | Rentals + Design: Design Works

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An Empty Warehouse Turned Wedding Inspo Goldmine

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When Gigi Mallatt Events set out to design inspiration for the modern bride, an empty warehouse was just the blank canvas she needed. Sleek, chic, yet anchored in classic elegance, every light-kissed image by Kristine Herman is worth devouring and we’re just getting started. More this way!

Gigi Mallatt EventsAfter stepping foot in this empty warehouse, my eyes began to create. Being surrounded by all that white space, it felt as if this was my blank canvas to create a design that stayed true to its modern bones, but really add a touch elegance to it. We created this through color, texture, and one gorgeous couple!

The tablescape was adorned in a silver-gray linen with a very sleek look. Gorgeous floral pieces in beautiful pinks and an enormous amount of greenery and modern pieces with touches of gold throughout were present in the design to add a touch of elegance. The cake trio was a great alternative to a single cake and entailed a modern cut out design throughout. With a beautiful paper suite that focused on simplicity and clean design, it was a great addition. The dress by Hayley Paige was a show stopper! The illusion embroidery on the top was so delicate and combined with the layered bottom, it really added to the design.

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Photography: Kristine Herman Photography | Event Planning + Design: Gigi Mallatt Events | Floral Design: Mignon Floral Co. | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Batter Up Cakery | Stationery: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Hair + Makeup: Lea Buehler | Dress Boutique: La Soie Bridal | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Model: Tatyana Ches | Rentals: Celebration Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Specialty Ribbon: Shasta Bell Calligraphy

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5 Wedding Registry Myths Debunked

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We know that registering for your Big Day comes with an entire list of do’s and don’ts, but we’re here to tell you, loves… there really are no rules. So if you need help wading through the endless advice, we’re teaming up with Zola for a little myth busting sesh of our own. From cash registry etiquette (go for it) to china must-haves (it’s not necessary), we’ve got you totally covered. Scroll below for debunking 101 and for your chance to sign up for Zola’s all inclusive registry.

MYTH ONE: YOU HAVE TO REGISTER AT MULTIPLE PLACES

If trekking from store to store scanning your hearts out sends you into a deep panic, then take a deep breathe and don’t stress. Because that age-old tradition of registering at multiple places? It’s definitely NOT a must. With Zola, you can keep your wants all in one place, making everything so, so easy for you AND your guests. Think an entire world of amazing gift options, from fabulous products (they offer over 450 top brands) to fun-filled experiences to cash funds. I mean, where else can you register for all of your hiking needs, plus those kitchen must-haves? We love.

MYTH TWO: YOU NEED CHINA

Registering and picking out that perfect china pattern sort of go hand in hand (we’ve all seen the movies), but if you’ve never in your life yearned to dine on some fancy dinnerware, then guess what? You can skip it. Sure, the perfect set of china is a pretty addition to any holiday, but if you’re honestly never going to use it (and there’s a LOT of you), then we suggest putting that energy elsewhere. (Hint: Zola has some crazy cool options in casual dinnerware that are a must.)

MYTH THREE: REGISTERING FOR CASH IS TACKY

Thinking about registering for cash, but don’t want to appear “tacky” or offend your guests? Don’t worry… you won’t. With so many of you already co-habitating with your sweetie, the last thing your nearest and dearest want to do is give you another toaster you can add to your abode. The best option? Cash, aka, a gift that can be used in sooo many different ways. With Zola, you can create a personalized cash fund with super low fees, then start planning those crazy cool excursions you wanted to do on your honeymoon OR take that trip to London you can’t stop dreaming about. Bonus: your guests will love giving you something you can actual use or want.

MYTH FOUR: YOU CAN REGISTER TOO EARLY

Trust us on this one, loves… you can never register too early. It’s just not possible. Especially since your wedding lineup is bound to include everything from bridal showers to bachelorette parties to engagement celebrations for you and your love. And with all of these crazy happy parties happening, your guests are going to want guidance… so registering at Zola as early as possible is most definitely the way to go. Plus, it’s FUN. (Hint: That wine club of the month you’ve always wanted? It’s the perfect engagement gift.)

MYTH FIVE: YOU CAN’T RETURN OR EXCHANGE THINGS YOU DON’T LIKE

People change their minds. We totally get that… and do it all the time. And sometimes, no matter how much time you spend trying to find that perfect lamp for your new boudoir, the moment you see it in your house it’s just… nope. So, yes… you CAN return + exchange things. And with Zola, you’ll receive notifications once a gift has been purchased and you can even exchange or return that item before it ships. I mean, that’s beyond awesome.  

Ready to start that registry with all of the things you thought you couldn’t? Visit Zola today to peruse their awesome gift options (hello, flatware and bedding), crazy cool experiences (I’m talking to you, cooking classes) and cash funds. You can even use their 5-star app to register on-the-go and will receive a 10% off completion offer for one year post-nuptials. Looking for even more Zola perks? Set up your registry by 3/27/18 and receive $50 in Zola credit. It’s an experience like no other, loves…trust us you’ll want to sign up!
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*You will receive $50 to spend on Zola when you set up your wedding registry on Zola, once you receive $500 in Zola gifts. Zola gifts will be defined as any physical products purchased on Zola.com. Cash funds or third party gifts from other websites are not considered Zola gifts. The $50 Zola credit can only be redeemed for Zola gifts and cannot be redeemed for cash, cash funds or third party gifts. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account 4 weeks after a couple receives $500 in Zola gifts. Registry must be created but not necessarily published by 03/27/2018. Marketing promotional credits expire 180 days after they are issued.

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Your Visual Guide to a Timeless Wedding Design

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Mark my words, a wedding day designed like this will stand the test of time. A neutral palette, lush garden blooms, plus a table rich with layered textures equals a celebration that translates no matter the trends. Thanks to the lovelies of White Event Studio, Vasia Photography and the entire vendor crew for helping us ring in springtime in the prettiest way.

From Aranza Grant of White Events… I’ve always had a thing for feminine colors and when you throw the word “elegant” into the mix you have the most perfect combination. Society Florals gorgeous centerpiece and bouquet brought together the vision by choosing the perfect colors and flower varieties. Plume Calligraphy handcrafted the most stunning paper goods with beautiful illustrations. Ruth and Dean made a simple yet lovely cake embellished with handmade ribbon from Carousel and fresh blackberries. Conscious Hair and Heartwood & Co created the most romantic and timeless look for our gorgeous model, allowing her natural beauty to shine. The Lenora gown proved by White Peony was everything we could dream of for our model.

Last but not least, Vasia was an incredible woman to work with. Not only do I love her work but she is also so passionate and talented. When the scans came back, I had no doubt she was the perfect for this shoot. My advice to couples getting married is to bring their essence into the celebration and not to get caught up with a specific theme or color palette. Do what feels true tho you and have fun experimenting with colors and textures!

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Photography: Vasia Photography | Floral Design: Society Floral | Dress: The White Peony | Cake: Ruth And Dean | Shoes: Bella Belle | Makeup: Heartwood & Co. | Hair: Conscious Hair By Elena | Accessories: Bekah Anne | Paper Goods: Plume Calligraphy | Planning & Design: White Event Studio | Rentals + Decor: White Event Studio | Ribbon: Carousel

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10 Things Your Florist Wishes You Knew

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If you’ve been pinning gorgeous bouquets and intricate centerpieces for years, you’re probably the type of bride who’s put a lot of thought into her wedding flowers. But there are still a few things you need to know before making the floral decisions for your wedding. Here are ten insider tips that wedding florists would like you to keep in mind before your big day!

Seasonal matters.

If you ask for anemones in July or calla lilies in November, it’s going to run your bill way, way up. Look for flowers that will be blooming naturally around your wedding date, and stay flexible on the exact breed of flower.

Not all florists are the same.

When finding a florist, ask questions about delivery services, how far before your wedding the bouquets will be created, and if they provide other services (linen rentals, table number rentals, etc.)

No, flowers aren’t expensive only because they’re for your wedding.

The idea of a “wedding tax” being put on florals simply isn’t true. Flowers eat up a larger part of your budget because of the many hours put into them. Unlike for more basic events, brides tend to be very focused on complex details of their bouquets, leading to more hours for florists spent making them flawless. Between speaking with the bride, planning the florals, and actually executing the floral plan, florists can spend a ton of time bringing the bride’s floral vision to life. If you think about it, you’re really ordering custom art—and in most cases, multiple pieces.

DIY isn’t as easy as it seems.

It’s becoming more and more common or brides to put their own bouquets together or outsource to a friend. If that’s your thing, great—but make sure you do the research ahead of time. Removing pollen, thorns, and other pointy stems is an absolute necessity, and it looks a lot easier than it actually is to create a pretty group of flowers.

Outdoor photos can be killer on bouquets.

If you’re taking outdoor photos before your ceremony, limit the amount you pose with your flowers. The summer heat and winter chill can both be tough on flowers. Take a few portraits, then have a bridesmaid take your flowers back inside for a drink and some rest.

You should consider the environment.

Working with a florist that uses local gardeners means less gas and refrigeration used. Go as farm-to-table as possible. Bonus: organic flowers also tend to last longer!

Don’t use overly scented florals.

Some flowers smell amazing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a great fit for your centerpieces. Scents highly impact our taste buds, and so if you have lilies of the valley, lilacs, or other highly-fragrant flowers in your centerpiece, it could negatively affect how your wedding meal tastes to friends and family. Also, smells are so individual—you never know if something that smells wonderful to you smells less-than-stellar to your guests.

Think about your photos and wedding day look.

Don’t select flowers for your bouquet that will clash with your bridesmaid’s dresses, even if you love them. If your venue is over-the-top and colorful, consider going simpler with the color scheme of your centerpieces. Thinking about your aesthetic as a whole will help you make better floral decisions.

Think outside the box.

Adding a personal touch, like a rosary or a piece of your mom’s veil wrapped around your bouquet, is a super-simple way to bring even more meaning to your flowers. It’s also easy to do—just don’t forget to give your memento to your florist ahead of time. Some florists also love creating unique details like flowers for your cake or entrance arches for your reception. Ask your florist to show you photos of their favorite work they’ve created for weddings to get an idea of what they can do.

Trust your vendors.

Florists work with a natural product, which means they often need to stay flexible. If the flowers you ordered haven’t quite bloomed or aren’t as large as the florist would like, they may need to make substitutions to keep your florals looking perfect. Trust that your vendor has your best interests at heart and try not to be bridezilla over your bouquet.

At the end of the day, your florist wants to work with you to make your wedding the day you’ve been dreaming of. But by keeping these tips in mind, you’ll have fewer bumps in the road and smoother sailing to “I Do” surrounded by gorgeous florals.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Claire Swinarski is a writer and podcaster based in Wisconsin. When she isn’t writing, she can be found obsessing over football, eating a burrito bowl, or hanging out with her husband and son. 

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The Most Glamorous Garden Affair in the Middle of the City

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A wedding through the lens of Jose Villa is pure beauty no matter how you spin it. And this celebration has a whole slew of wedding superstars behind the scenes. From the most timeless design and planning by Mindy Weiss to layers upon layers of white blooms (including a floral dog leash!) by HMR Designs and topped off with one of the most insanely gorgeous cakes by Sylvia Weinstock, this collection of images just might do you in.

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From the bride… John and I were in the same year at the same high school, but in our 4 years there, we never once spoke to each other. It was only several years after college that we finally met at a mini high school reunion in a small bar in Chicago. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Much of our wedding was planned long ago, I think it started when I was 12. I knew I wanted an airy, romantic garden in the city. I knew I wanted my bridesmaids to wear different dresses. I knew Sylvia Weinstock was going to create my sugar-flower covered cake. I knew there’d be a table dedicated purely to desserts. And I knew my dress was going to be lace. My adolescent dreams didn’t veer far from reality. John and I were fortunate enough to be surrounded by a wonderful team who helped us bring our vision to life. We wanted our wedding to feel intimate and romantic. Soft lighting, beautiful fabrics and drapes, and an abundance of flowers set the perfect tone for an unforgettable evening.

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Photographer: Jose Villa Photography | Videography : Vidicam Productions | Planner: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants | Cake: Sylvia Weinstock | Reception Venue: Jennifer Clarke At The Peninsula Chicago | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Mendel | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jovani | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Emily Oliver | Hair : Salon Buzz | Invitations and Calligraphy : Bernard Maisner | Band : Becca Kauffman Orchestra | Brides Dress and Veil: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue : St. James Cathedral | Florals and Decor : HMR Designs | Grooms Tux: Ralph Lauren | Mother of Grooms Gown : Johnston & Murphy | Mother of brides gown: Carolina Herrera

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This LA Couple Planned Their Dream Wedding in Provence

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Randi and David both work in the fashion industry, so it will come as a surprise to no one that their wedding day style was completely on point. They gathered up all their friends and family for a weekend in Provence with the amazing Lavender and Rose crew ensuring it all went off without a hitch. M & J Photography + Pascal Delé Filmaker documented the festivities and we’re covering every last bit.

From Lavender and RoseIt was a true delight for us to be able to assist Randi & David with their wedding in Provence. As the couple work in the world of fashion, both partners were particularly concerned with the style aspects of their big day right from the start. Based in Los Angeles, they fell in love with the Villa Baulieu near Aix en Provence knew it was the perfect place.

The weekend of festivities kicked off in a private villa where guests were treated to a tasting of local wines and cheeses with a wine expert and former sommelier from Alain Ducasse’s eatery in Las Vegas. Guests were then invited to savor a summer evening among the vines, discovering French gastronomy. It was a relaxed and informal sharing platter meal, during which the wine and conversation flowed aplenty.

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More from Lavender and RoseThe morning of the wedding began with the long-awaited preparations at the Villa Baulieu. The ceremony triggered high emotions, with Randi & David exchanging vows before their loved ones, followed by a cocktail reception and dinner beneath the starry sky. High emotions and a few tears were then replaced by music, laughter and dancing until dawn. The wedding made for the perfect Provence summertime weekend!

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Photography: M & J Photography | Videography: Pascal Delé Filmaker | Event Design: Lavender and Rose | Wedding Planning: Lavender and Rose | Floral Design: Miss Rose By Perrine | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mishka | Cakes: Wedding Cakes By Pamela | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: L’Eveil des Papilles | Makeup: Trew | Hair : Andrew Fitzsimons | Calligraphy: Nice Plume | Band: SALUT | Groom’s Suit: Tom Ford | Celebrant: Anne Naylor | Wedding Venue: Villa Baulieu | Her Ring: Cartier | His Ring: Van Cleef & Arpels | Marquee: Organic Concepts | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Michael Costello | Rehearsal Dinner Shoes: Tom Ford | Rehearsal Dinner Tableware: Options Hire | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Private Villa in Rognes | Veil: JLM couture | Wedding Day Tableware: Aktuel

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Refresh Your Newlywed Nest With These Pretty Spring Picks

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Open the window, take a deep breath. Smell that? Spring is on its way and we’re ready to embrace every beautiful bit of it! From pretty pastels and crisp linens, to simply chic vases to hold all those soon-to-bloom flowers in, we’ve rounded up the best registry must-have items for this change in season!

Pretty Registry Goods for Spring

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