The Bride Wore Black and Completely Pulled It Off

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I’m always on board for a wedding day that breaks the mold, and this elopement photographed by Sylvie Gil does just that. Beginning with the bride’s Carolina Herrera black wedding gown, to an intimate exchange of vows at the Legion of Honor, Jessica and Ben proved that stylish weddings come in all forms and we can’t get enough.

Jessica & Ben are soulmates and childhood sweethearts – the picture of spontaneity and true love! The pair had been in love but never dated, for 22 years before they finally decided to elope at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Jessica crafted her own bouquet from her garden, did her own make and hair. The couple wore matching Louboutin shoes, and the only guests in attendance were the bride and groom’s siblings.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Shoes: Louboutin | Venue: Legion of Honor | Grooom’s Suit : Yves Saint Laurent

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How to Host the Ultimate Wedding Meets Vacay

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Destination weddings are amazing. And not just because you get to rush off to paradise to say “I do” with your future hubs. That part’s obviously awesome, but so is the vacation you’re taking with all of your loved ones. Not sure how to host the perfect destination soiree? We’ve got you covered. From choosing the right locale to serving up the tasty treats, we’re running down five fab steps to a crazy cool wedding meets vacay below.

CHOOSE AN AMAZING LOCALE

First thing’s first. You can’t say “I do” without a fabulous locale, so when narrowing down your options for the perfect place to celebrate, making sure your venue is one part wedding central and one part fun-filled destination is key. Think relaxing on the beach with your loved ones in Hawaii, spa days with your fiancé in Napa, soaking in the views aboard the deck of a Disney Cruise Line or saying “I do” against a castle backdrop (or overlooking a savanna of African animals!) at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. And that’s just a sample itinerary.

Photography: White Rabbit Photo Boutique

INVITE YOUR NEAREST + DEAREST

They say the more the merrier, and when it comes to tying the knot in paradise, that couldn’t be more true. Because, honestly, what’s more amazing than activity-filled days spent with your besties (did someone say paddle boarding?), followed by everyone you love witnessing you + yours making it official? Plus, who wouldn’t love a little fun + relaxation, all in the name of love? Answer: no one.

Photography: Jose Villa

DON’T FORGET THE WELCOME BAGS

Your guests are traveling far and wide for the big day, so making sure they are pampered for the entire wedding week/weekend is an absolute must. Start by greeting them with welcome bags that really set the tone for your event… and provide them with items that will come in handy as they navigate all of the fun. We’re talking bottled water, aspirin, sunblock and tasty treats from the area for a fabulous greeting they’ll absolutely love.

Photography: KT Merry

PLAN FUN-FILLED ACTIVITIES

Your wedding may be THE event of the weekend, but having an itinerary of fun-filled activities for all of your guests to enjoy is great, too. From surfing to sight seeing to hiking through the gorgeous scenery, you’ll want to make sure your guests are staying busy… and that goes for you, too. I mean, calming those nerves with a picnic on the beach with the one you love? We call that awesome.

Photography: Jose Villa

CELEBRATE!

The key to any great wedding + vacation? Bring those party shoes and get ready to celebrate. Whether that’s a special dinner seaside with your fiancé, toasting those you love at your welcome party or simply kicking back with a Mai Tai on the beach, truly taking the time to relax and enjoy the most important moment of your life is so, so necessary. Which is why destination weddings are just so dang fabulous… and why finding a partner like Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons is beyond important. Someone who will handle all of the little details + planning, so you can literally be a guest at your own wedding. In other words? Hosting a destination wedding is the ultimate celebration + vacay all in one. And we LOVE.

Photography: Jose Villa

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Top Wedding Entertainment Trends of 2017

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It’s 2017. In this neoteric age of Instagram and Pinterest, brides have vision boards, pins, and “MUST-haves” before even stepping foot into their first potential vendor’s door. Every bride-to-be wants her wedding to be perfect, magical, but most importantly, one of a kind. Couples are coming up with more and more ways to make their wedding stand out, reevaluating the expectation to include what is considered the “norm” and giving more creative input than ever before in every area, including music and entertainment. Here at On the Move Entertainment, we believe every wedding is bespoke, we strive to make celebration dreams come true, and we are constantly acclimating to the times, so we’ve rounded up the eight most popular trends in wedding entertainment for 2017 to help inspire your big day.

Euro Flip

If you’re having a traditional sit down dinner, consider saving the dancing until after all the dining is complete (European style!) rather than dancing in-between courses.

 

Walk to Your Own Beat

Swap the classic strings ensemble at your ceremony for something a bit more unique to you. One of our biggest requests this year was to implement a beat to the ceremony music, so we decided to curate a brand-new group called “Pop Classical,” which features three live string pieces and a beatboxer. It has quickly become one of our most popular groups for wedding ceremonies.

Speech Don’t Kill My Vibe

More than ever, couples are asking their best man, MOH, parents, and whomever else is making a toast at the reception to keep their words to a minimum length as to not use up too much time in the reception or lose the energy of the party. Don’t be afraid to request your loved ones keep it “short and sweet.”

And All That Jazz… Or Not

For years, the music at a typical wedding cocktail hour consisted of a small ensemble, usually jazz or a classical genre. Often it was the reception band broken down into an acoustic duo or jazz trio. However, we’ve received so many requests this year to curate something unique for the couple’s cocktail hours, we created a small ensemble, “Hip Hop Jazz,” consisting of typical jazz instruments covering current hip-hop tunes for a modern, edgy vibe. It’s the perfect change up before heading into the reception. Don’t be afraid to pick an ensemble whose music represents you as a couple.

Formality Shmormality

Consider nixing mid-reception traditional formalities, such as the bouquet and garter toss, cake cutting, or formal introductions if they’re not your style and replacing them with some not-so-traditional formalities. Or just more dancing.

“I Do” It for the ‘Gram

Try out a new take on the always fun photo booth! Super popular this year have been the animated GIF booth, flip-book booth, Snapchat booth, 360 degree booth, anything involving Boomerang, and last but not least, the coveted multi-cam. Couples are even curating their own Instagram worthy setups by placing decor and backdrops in a specific area, knowing most guests have their own professional camera right in their pockets – an iPhone! Custom geo-filters for Snapchat and custom geo-tags for Instagram are also a must in 2017. How else will all the people who couldn’t make it see all of your amazing wedding details!?

I Did It My Way

In the past, a first dance was usually a meaningful ballad that the bride and groom would dance to slowly while gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes. In 2017, first dances are more innovative than ever – choreographed dances by the bride and groom, all-out performances involving the bridal party, and fully immersive, guest-involved pieces are frequent and often. Don’t believe us? One word: Youtube.

Cirque-Us

There’s a place for specialty talent at weddings now more than ever before. In the past few years, same-sex weddings have influenced this by not being so stuck on the traditional wedding components and embracing the idea of infusing more fun and entertainment into the day. Cirque performers, champagne serving aerialists, celebrity impersonators, and beautifully costumed performers to complete a specific theme are all finding their way out of the corporate industry and into the wedding industry. We recently had a stunning wedding at The Foundry in Long Island City where the entertainment was truly customized to the groom and groom’s vision. It started off with an intimate and sultry, live ensemble with a chanteuse vocalist performing interpretations of the couple’s favorite songs for the ceremony, then featured dancers dressed as peacocks during the cocktail hour, and finally, a flashmob-style performance choreographed for the couple’s first dance. To top it off, they coordinated a surprise, drag queen performance during the late night dance party!

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How to Guarantee Your Groom Looks Almost as Good as You, No Matter the Venue

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No two venues are alike, so outfitting your groom + groomsmen in a one size fits all ensemble? Definitely not an option. Because whether you’re saying “I do” on a seriously sunny beach or in a field of purple tulips, your guys need to look the part. Enter The Tie Bar. It’s our go-to source for premium neckwear + accessories that also happens to be the solution to all of your styling problems. Scroll for a look that is sooo on point.

BARN

1. Merchants Row Plaid Bow Tie 2. Linen Archetype Lapel Pin

You know we’ve never seen a rustic wedding we didn’t adore, but when it comes to styling your bridal party for some barn dancin’ into the wee hours of the morning, not just any bow tie will do. With The Tie Bar, you can easily narrow down the awesome options (hello, gingham pocket square) with the help of their in-house wedding stylists, or simply peruse all of the neckwear + accessories in every color of the rainbow. It’s that simple, you guys.

BOAT HOUSE

1. Arbor Stripe Bow Tie 2. Seersucker Pocket Square 3. High Roller Cufflinks

We’re big, big fans of nautical affairs with a side of prep, so when it comes to selecting groom + groomsmen attire that shows off that perfect prepster vibe, we turn to The Tie Bar for luxe options at a price point that is as budget-friendly as it gets. (Trust us.) From motorboat cufflinks to seersucker lapel flowers to fab striped socks, they’ve got you covered from head to toe. And honestly, we love that.

BLACK TIE

1. Jazz Plaid Bow Tie 2. Golden Slant Cufflinks

No doubt about it, black tie weddings are awesome… and luxurious… and sophisticated. So putting together a chic look that simply screams elegance? It takes The Tie Bar. From gold shot tie bars to fab shoelaces (yes, shoelaces!) to the coolest ever metal collar stays, they’ll make sure your men are rockin’ that debonoir style down the aisle… guaranteed.

BEACH

1. Bayside Pocket Square 2. BHLDN Blush Dot Tie

Saying “I do” with your toes in the sand doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Nope, with The Tie Bar, you can be sure that your destination soiree is full of sun AND chic groomsmen. Think bright, vibrant hues (I’m looking at you, coral bow tie), crazy cool touches (hello, suspenders and pineapple tie bars) and price points that will make your wallet happy. It’s a win-win.

Ready to take that walk down the aisle surrounded by a dapper groom and groomsmen, no matter the locale? Visit The Tie Bar for everything you’ll ever need, plus inspiration for your guests, as well. You can shop the new Tie Bar wedding collection, check out all of the latest styles AND peruse their BHLDN collab. It’s awesome, loves.

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10 Items You Didn’t Know You Could Register For

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There’s nothing quite like curating the perfect list of newlywed must-haves to really turn that house into a home. But if you’re stopping at kitchen appliances and bathroom essentials, then we’re here to tell you, loves: don’t. At Kohl’s, there’s an entire world of amazing products you never even realized you could register for. Think everything from tents to yoga mats to speakers. See our top 10 picks below.

THE PATIO UMBRELLA

Outdoor dining is a way of newlywed life, so having a space that’s shaded from the summer sun is key. We’re head over heels for this pretty umbrella that tilts to just the perfect spot. It’s a true blue necessity.

THE FIRE PIT

Speaking of outdoor dining… you can’t truly enjoy that romantic evening for two if you have to sneak inside once the sun sets. So to keep that party going under the stars, we suggest this convertible fire pit. One part chic side table and one part s’mores roasting station, you’ll be sooo happy you registered for this.

THE COOLER

Newlywed life isn’t all just fancy dinner parties with your most beautiful china… sometimes you fill a cooler full of cold ones and invite your friends over for Super Bowl Sunday. OR grab those sandwiches and sodas and head out to the soccer fields for some fun in the sun. Honestly, the options are endless, but this amazing 40-quart cooler is a MUST.

THE TENT

For all of you lovers of the great outdoors, this awesome tent most definitely needs to make a registry appearance. Because if heading off to the mountains for the weekend is your idea of paradise, this one from Kohl’s will keep you nice and toasty (and dry!) for your entire stay. Plus, it’s cute.

THE KITCHEN CART

Okay, so this kitchen cart is awesome. It’s gorgeous, totally versatile and will most definitely make a statement. And, oh… you can register for it at Kohl’s. I mean, who knew you could add something so cool to your home via your registry? Sooo awesome.

THE LUGGAGE

Luggage is one of those items you never even think about until you need it. Then you pull out your trusty suitcase from college and desperately wish you had added a newer set to your registry. Hindsight, am I right? Don’t make the luggage mistake, loves and check out this beauty. Trust us… you’ll love.

THE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

Whether you love to entertain or just like spending time curling up with your sweetie on the couch, this bluetooth speaker is an absolute must. Think just the right amount of mood music that can be moved anywhere (hello, patio) in your cozy house. Plus, it’s adorable. We like it a lot.

THE MIDCENTURY BENCH

We’re all about adding a little character to our abodes whenever and wherever we can and this Midcentury bench most definitely does the trick. Whether that’s in the dining room for some much-needed extra seating, in the entryway for a stylish first impression or in the bedroom for the perfect place to put on those heels, we can’t get enough.

THE YOGA MAT

That workout regime doesn’t end the minute you officially tie the knot, so be ready to hit the gym when you return from your honeymoon with a yoga mat that is seriously stylish. Didn’t think you could register for workout gear? Well, you can… and Kohl’s has you totally covered.

THE TOOTHBRUSH

Sure, it’s not everyday that you see a toothbrush make an appearance on a registry, but why not? This pretty Sonicare is exactly what you’ll need to keep your teeth pearly white for all of those fabulous dinner parties and date nights with the hubby.

Ready to hit the ground running with a registry that has everything (and we mean everything) you’ll ever need for that newlywed home? Visit Kohl’s today for their never-ending lineup of amazing products, plus fabulous perks + benefits, like a 15% off Completion Offer, a Registry Checklist, an amazing return policy and so much more.

Our Top 10: 1. SONOMA Good for Life 9-ft. Crank and Tilt Patio Umbrella 2. Fire Sense Revolver Convertible Fire Pit 3. Igloo Sportsman 40-Quart Cooler 4. Coleman Sundome 3-Person Camping Tent 5. Baxton Studio Lancashire Kitchen Cart 6. Samsonite Freeform Hardside Spinner Luggage 7. Marley Riddim Bluetooth Speaker 8. HomeVance Allegra Midcentury Bench 9. Gaiam 5mm Granite Storm Solid Yoga Mat 10. Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush
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This Gown Collection Will Leave All of Your Guests Talking

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We all want to look absolutely fabulous on our wedding day, but looking fabulous, sophisticated and sexy? That’s where Grace Loves Lace’s new collection of glam-filled designs, Elixir, comes in to play. Think uniquely gorgeous gowns boasting the most luxurious and unique European laces, beyond flattering silhouettes and details that will totally make a statement. It’s the dream, y’all. Scroll to soak in all of the pretty.

Effortlessly glamorous and full of soul, the newest Grace Loves Lace collection, Elixir, is basically everything you’ve ever wanted… and so much more. From the bold pairing of luxury fabrics and modern details to the artistic patterned laces, these gowns are bringing the WOW factor with a unique 3D textured effect that will most definitely leave your guests (and your honey) talking. We’re talking a collection that will make even the most traditional of brides stand up and take notice with designs that will have you dancing down the aisle. It’s that awesome.

Featuring 12 new gowns, three capes, three veils and nine pieces of jewelry, Megan Ziems (Founder of Grace Loves Lace) has really outdone herself with a collection that she describes as “wearable art”. (We sooo agree, Megan.) Think one beautiful gown after another that all of you style lovers will totally fall for. Ready to find that sexy + sophisticated dress of your dreams? Check out every image shot by the talented Jennifer Stenglein, then mark your calendar for May 3rd, when the newest Grace Loves Lace collection will be available exclusively on their website and in showroom destinations.  We are sooo excited, you guys.

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A Wedding Filled with Whimsy and a Stunning Butterfly Release

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Never have I ever come across a wedding quite as dazzling as this Santa Ynez affair. And it makes complete sense when you hear that the gorgeous Bride is none other than the founder of Flutter Magazine. With the help of an insanely talented group of vendors including design by Joy Proctor, florals by Amy Osaba, beauty by TEAM Hair and Makeup and stunning photographs by Jose Villa, this wedding has whimsy at every turn. And just wait until you see the butterfly release. See the full day right here!

From the Bride… Tyson and I met thirteen years ago during the Fall of our freshman year at college in Santa Barbara. I’ll never forget… I watched him step out of a friends car, and just like that, I found myself flustered in attempts to introduce myself. Looking back now, it really was love at first sight. I know it sounds silly, but I don’t think it’s something you really realize until much later reflection, recounting every moment that lead you to where you are, that you understand how truly special that first meeting was.

With a custom gown in mind, I went to LA-based designer Jannina Figueroa of Madeleine Fig to help make something ‘bohemian couture’ complete with a wishlist of fun features: high-low structure, pockets (a must!), illusion layers, and lace. Every detail was handcrafted with love by Jannina and her team. For a little ‘something borrowed,’ we took remnant lace from the dress to make heirloom robes for the wedding party.

I wanted a special gift for my sister, my maid of honor. As I have always adored Sofia Kaman’s bespoke stacking rings, I knew my sister would too. I went to Sofia with my grandmother’s wedding band and she helped me repurpose the stones into matching stacks of gold and rose gold ‘sister rings.’ It was a beautiful way to share such a special family heirloom with my sister. Of course I had to get custom monogrammed “Mrs.” Boxes for us, too!

Jenna Rainey of Monvoir created the prettiest watercolor heraldry that we used within the invitation suite and throughout the wedding. I’m pretty obsessed! The invite had custom watercolor illustrations and was blind embossed with floral. Tied up with ribbon and placed in hand-calligraphed vellum envelopes, it made for some pretty heart-fluttering and colorful snail mail.

If there was one thing our guests could not stop talking about, it was the food! Inspired by our engagement in Tuscany, it was important to me and Tyson to create a really lovely dinner party… One filled will innovative delights and overflowing with wine, champagne, and exquisite service. Our friends at The Kitchen For Exploring Foods mesmerised palates with a Mediterranean-influenced meal served à la russe. With fifty guests, surrounded by enchanting florals, candlelight, and a live jazz quartet under the stars, it was a dream come true dinner.

From the event designer, Joy Proctor… Kim entered the ceremony down stone stairs of the Villa and walked down the aisle which was lined in growing poppies and ranunculus.

Placed at every seat was an antique glass box from La Rousse Shop with two live painted lady butterflies. Susan Silverberg calligraphed hang tags that read ‘At first kiss, release and set your heart aflutter.’ Upon pronouncement, it was the perfect heart-fluttering celebration of our love.

The color palette reflected Kim’s style through and through, with warm watermelon, coral, and sunset tones paired against taupes and creams as a nod to their engagement in Tuscany. To evoke the playful yet elegant aesthetic that Kim is so known for, we used a beautiful watercolor crest designed by Monvoir, complete with florals and butterflies throughout the suite.

Making their way to the reception, guests were invited to find their seating assignments in drawers of an antique dresser which had been filled with moss and flowers.

As a nod to their Italian engagement, Kim and Tyson wanted to share an al fresco dining experience with their guests. To create an intimate environment we built a beautiful structure draped in taupe fabric over two rows of dining tables. Florals and greenery grew up the structure organically, while Tuscan style chandeliers hung down the center. Linen chairs and wooden tables added to the Tuscan feel, while artisanal breads, olive oil, fruits and flowers created for a lush, edible tabletop. Menus personalized with each guests names were placed atop ceramic plates handmade in Europe. 

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Photographer: Jose Villa Photography | Event Planning & Design: Joy Proctor Design | Floral Design : Amy Osaba | Flowers : Rose Story Farm | Flowers : Florabundance | Stationery: Mon Voir | Catering : Kitchen for Exploring Foods | Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Antique Lounge Furniture & Decor : Barn Relic | Bride and Bridesmaid Jewelry: Sofia Kaman | Brides Dress & Robes: Madeleine Fig | Cake & Favors : Bottega Louie | Candles: Creative Candles | Ceremony and Reception : Sunstone Winery & Villa | Day of Calligraphy: Susan Silverberg | Grooms Tux: Burberry | Lanterns and Votives : Theoni Collection | Lighting, Structure and draping : Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Music : Elan Artists | Ribbons : Silk & Willow | Tables, Chairs & Chandeliers: Revelry Event Designers

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A Monterey Wedding that will Make You Fall Hard for Boho Style Elegance

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There is a signature Beijos Events style that always involves beautiful florals, bright pops of color and an elegant bohemian feel and we just can’t get enough of it. Now enter this Monterey gem and it is right in keeping with all that pretty. Crafted with blooms and garland by Wild Child Flowers, a whole lot of great signage by Meghann Miniello and all the heart-felt moments captured by Yasmin Sarai, this is a wedding gallery so worth getting lost in.

Colors

Seasons

Fall

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Garden

Styles

Bohemian

From Beijos Events… I might be biased but this was the perfect couple, and the perfect wedding to design and plan. The bride is my beautiful sister, Ally. She was the easiest bride to deal with; you think it would be opposite since it was a sibling. She had complete trust in me and pretty much didn’t ask any questions. She wanted something very simple, pretty, and it had to include pink flowers, and most of all it had to be a party, not a typical wedding. Those were my rules. All she wanted was to have the best party every, and for all family and friends to join in with them. What was most special is that she had no idea what expect the day of, so just like the guests, she was getting the 1st look at she walked down the aisle.

We first found Memory Garden while getting lunch at Portola Hotel, and stumbled upon this quiet and hidden gem. She immediately fell in love, and that was it. Abby, you work out the rest of the details to make this happen here, she said. And so I did. Having a small space to work with was quite a challenge to get both the ceremony and reception setup in the same location. Along with over 200 people she invited. It was an intimate wedding party, just siblings and the cutest flowers girls and ring bearers that I have ever seen. Ok, I’m biased.. Having two be my littles and my niece and nephew.

Wild Child Flowers created an amazing floral greenery cacti backdrop which flowed up the stairs to where Ally and Jared would say I do. The ceremony was very non-traditional, it was all about Ally + Jared and to celebrate becoming one. All the readings were not out of the Bible, or a particular traditional wedding poem, or even a typical song lyric. They were rap song lyrics from 2pac and Biggie Smalls which somehow totally made sense while they were being read out loud. The officiant was our cousin who married my husband and I back in 2010. It’s pretty special you can say family married you.

For the reception, we had long wooden tables that were placed among the breathtaking garden. The table setting consisted of rose gold flatware, vintage pink glassware from Danny Thomas, and blush leather name cards done by Meghann Miniello. Each table had a wooden laser cut table number as well. Bright hues of pinks and corals flowers filled up the tables. To find your place, Meghann Miniello created a wooden sign that was adorned with floral greenery from Wild Child Flowers.

The night was filled with hilarious speeches, and heartfelt ones as well. Family and friends ate and drank One Hope Wine and signature cocktails under the stars. Our family is known for cutting up a rug at weddings, and this one goes down in the books. Most of the songs will usually be Michael Jackson, and you will find every single family member on the dance floor. Even myself that has no moves what so ever. Even grandma got out there and busted a move or two! We honored those were not with us anymore that were a huge part in our lives. My grandma made a red heart out of one of my grandpa’s old favorite ties, and gave each granddaughter one that she sewed into our dresses. We placed a always remember wooden sign on an empty chair for Jared’s uncle who had just recently passed away. This was truly one magical night for two people so in love, and I couldn’t have been more proud and honored to help make it the night they will remember forever. 

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Photography: Yasmin Sarai Photography | Event Design: Beijos Events | Event Planning: Beijos Events | Flowers: Wild Child Flower | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Meghann Miniello | Bride’s Shoes: Lu Lu Blush Heels | Catering: Grapes Of Wrath Catering | Groom’s Attire: Macy’s | Bridesmaids’ Dresses (Abby): Show Me Your Mumu | Custom Napkins + Cocktail Stirrs: For Your Party | Flower Girl Dresses: H & M | Flower Girl Shoes: Zara | Glassware Rentals: Danny Thomas Party Rentals | Historic Park (Monterey, CA): Memory Garden | Ring Bearer Bowtie: Little Subtle Arrow | Ring Bearer Outfit: J.Crew | Signage: Meghann Miniello | Wine: One Hope Wine

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7 Things Your Bridal Consultant Should Tell You

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From bridal consultant to blushing bride; I have walked in both shoes. After working with hundreds of brides, steaming thousands of dresses, and consoling countless over-emotional MOB’s (Mother of the Bride), I learned what it takes to be a great bridal consultant. I juggled brides of all shapes, sizes, budgets, and emotions, and sold them the dress of their dreams. During that time, I learned what a huge difference the right bridal consultant can make and here’s exactly what they should tell you at your appointment…

“You Look Beautiful”

Wedding dress shopping can bring out insecurities in any bride. Feeling insecure is a common emotion to have, however the appointment should leave you feeling confident and beautiful. The right bridal consultant will recognize the features that make you unique and beautiful and she will not only find a dress to accentuate those features; she will vocalize that to you.

“You Should Try Something New”

It’s common for a bride to be so set on a dress style before she has even walked into a bridal salon. That can be helpful for the appointment, however the right bridal consultant will push you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to try something a little different. You would be surprised at how many brides end up saying “yes” to a dress that’s opposite of what they originally thought they wanted.

“The Price of the Dress is…”

Some brides save up for their wedding dress for years. Others; their Dad pays in full on the spot. No matter where you are financially, your bridal consultant should be very honest with you about the price of a dress. If you want to try on a dress that is out of our budget, your bridal consultant should kindly tell you so that you are mentally prepared. A bridal consultant is not there to trick you or make you feel bad. She should be making this financial decision as easy as she can for you.

“Tell Me How You’re Feeling”

There are times in an appointment where your Mom will not stop crying about how beautiful you look, your Sister is making passive aggressive comments, and your Grandma is noticing (and criticizing) your tattoo for the first time (sorry Grandma)! So when a bridal consultant is alone with you in the dressing room, she should catch on to your emotions and ask you how you’re feeling. With so many exciting, and nerve-wracking emotions; someone needs to help you calm down when the entourage is getting exhausting, and who better to do it than the consultant.

“It’s Time to Stop Looking”

Even after you have tried on a dress that you love, you may feel the need to keep looking. This can be a slippery slope and cause you to become more and more confused about which dress you like the best. I remember my boss finally telling an overwhelmed bride that she needed to stop. When you find a dress you love, (similar to when you find a significant other that you love) you do not keep looking. You may like characteristics in another dress (or person) but that does not mean you need to keep shopping around. When you have found the one you truly love, let that be the one.

“This is How the Dress Bustles”

Trumpet, ball gown, sheath, or mermaid… each silhouette bustles a little differently. Your bridal consultant knows how each dress shape bustles and she should be able to show you at your appointment. The bustle can make the dress look different in the back so it is important for you to know exactly how the dress will look at each moment of your wedding.

“Here’s What to Expect Post Purchase…”

Each bridal salon has specific rules and details you will need to know after you have put the deposit down on your dress. Some have rules of when the full payment is due, others specify whether or not they will store the dress for you once the dress arrives, and whether or not they offer alterations services. No matter the rules and expectations, you will want to make sure you’re fully aware so that there are no surprises months later.

Shopping for a wedding dress is a special and exciting time for every bride. The right bridal consultant will make you feel prepared and beautiful, all while keeping the end goal in mind; helping you marry the person of your dreams.

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DIY Wedding Decor: Silver Geometric Shapes

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When my wedding planning process first began, I knew that it would involve a few DIY projects. But it wasn’t until I put together a visual direction that it became apparent what that might be. I knew silver accents were going to play a key role in styling, so I came up with an idea that would mimic the geometric shapes of constellations, incorporate pieces of greenery and use disco balls to create that twinkling effect in our tented reception. Today I’m sharing the instructions for how to make silver geometric diamonds using items you likely already have on hand – so get crafting and enjoy!

Materials

Straws (I used regular thin straws and wider “smoothie straws” for variety)
Silver muffler tape
String (I used ‘Bamboo Cord’, from the beading section of the craft store)
Thin wooden dowel or skewer
Ruler or measuring tape
Scissors
Tape
Invisible thread (for hanging)
Greenery of your choice
Thin floral wire
Wire cutters
Disco balls (in a variety of sizes)

instructions

Cut your straws to size. You can experiment with various lengths and shapes, but I used two different sizes for this project, using the regular thin straws for the smaller diamonds, and the wider straws for the larger diamonds, with the following lengths for each:

Small Diamonds:
Four 3” straws
Six 5. 5” straws

Large Diamonds:
Four 9” straws
Six 6” straws

Cut the muffler tape into pieces that correspond with your straw lengths. For the thinner straws, one piece of muffler tape will actually cover two straw pieces, so you can cut those in half lengthwise once they’re the right size. For the thicker straws, you’ll need the full width of tape to wrap each piece of straw.

Wrap the straws lengthwise with the muffler tape. You’ll want to be very careful doing this, as the tape is incredibly sticky and wrinkles easily. Gently peel off the tape backing, lay the tape flat on your work surface and then place the straw lengthwise along one side of your tape. Roll the straw gently, covering with tape and smoothing as you go.

In order to start constructing our diamonds, we first want to attach a length of the string to the wooden dowel using a small piece of tape, which we’ll be “threading” through the straws. I like to start with a fairly long piece of string so that I can limit how many times I need to reattach a new pieces of string, but do whatever you feel comfortable working with.

Thread through three straws in this sequence — long, short, long — leaving a small tail of string at the beginning. Pull the string taut at the end, forming a triangle with the three straws and tying off the string with a tight double knot where the two ends meet. Trim any excess string.

Following the same idea as the previous step, we’ll add our next section. Start from the bottom, threading through one of the long straws, then adding a short straw followed by another long straw. Again, tie off at the bottom and trim the ends, leaving you with two triangular sections.

Again, starting from the bottom, thread through one of the long straws, then add a short straw and then another long straw, once again tying off at the bottom and trimming the ends. Now you’ll have three triangular sections.

To finish off the bottom section and create the pyramid shape of the diamond, thread through one of the long straws, add a short straw at the top, and then thread back down through the long straw on the other side, tying off at the bottom. Now you should have a 3D pyramid shape.

For the top section of the diamond, we want to thread through one of the small straws on the pyramid, and then add two more small straws, threading back through one of the base small straws in order to meet the other end of the string and tie it off.

Follow the same instructions as the previous step to add your final two small straws that will create the top of the diamond shape. And voila! You now have a silver diamond, ready to be decorated and hung as you please. If you want to add greenery, disco balls or any other decorations, you can follow the steps below, or you can simply use the diamonds on their own.

To Add Greenery:

Trim off small pieces of greenery, grouping to create little bundles that achieve the look you’re going for. Use a small piece of floral wire to tie the pieces together, and then to attach the bundles to the diamond shapes.

To Add Disco Balls:

Use invisible thread to hang the disco balls or other accents in the center of the diamonds, tying at the top of the diamond. Hang the diamonds in groups at varying heights to create a layered effect. They make a great installation or backdrop, and when they catch the light, you’ll find it dancing it dancing on the walls thanks to the disco balls and reflective silver.

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