A Black + White Wedding in the Palm Springs Desert

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This wedding is a day all about perfect contrasts. Black and white. Lush greens and a desert setting. Modern and sleek yet classic and refined. It’s exactly the vibe Vanessa and Kelly envisioned for their Palm Springs destination affair and Ashley Kelemen captured every moment just right. Peek below for so much more!

From the bride… We first met at the University of Oregon — although we had several classes and many mutual friends, we like to say it all started one fateful night over dollar beers at our favorite campus bar. After close to a decade together, we got engaged in front of our favorite spot near our home — the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, complete with a surprise party with all our closest family and friends.

We’ve both traveled to Palm Springs extensively and love the weather, the vibe, and the design — we decided to pick a venue there so that our wedding would truly feel like a vacation for our friends and family (most traveling from New York, San Francisco and Portland). Colony 29 was the first venue we saw, and nothing else compared. We were floored by the incredible ceremony and reception venue, but most importantly we loved that we could host our entire wedding party in the amazing casitas on the property.

Choosing Rachael as our wedding planner was easy — we had never met before, but after seeing a few Palm Springs wedding she had done in the past, we knew she would immediately understand the look and feel we were going for. And wow, did she kill it. We knew we wanted it to be black-tie since we loved the contrast of the black and white with the desert background. And we wanted our florals to feel lush and green — not too many colors, not too structured.

The people around us are what makes us, us. We cherish our relationships and part of what we both love about each other is how much we value our friends and family. So it was important to us that the wedding felt intimate (just 115 guests), and we went about choosing our vendors (including the amazing Ashley Kelemen) and planning the day with that in mind. We had a really great friend officiate, two childhood friends do a reading, and made sure to incorporate a lot of time for dancing, cocktails, and conversation (our friends LOVE to dance).

Music and food were other very important things on our list. We worked closely with our DJ to come up with a list that would fit the mood and feel meaningful to us. All of the music played during the ceremony and for first dances were artists that we had seen live together. And Miho was absolutely the right catering choice. Their food is absolutely ridiculous! Our catering manager was incredible to work with and even came up to us right after the ceremony (literally right after) with a much-needed cocktail, without being asked. We can’t even count the people who told us it was the best wedding food and service they had ever had.

It’s hard to pick a single moment — the entire wedding was a beautiful, amazing whirlwind. It was perfect in every single way. Our first look was so special, and it’s impossible to forget how it felt standing up there and saying I do in front of the people we love most. Ending the night with Shout and Sweet Caroline (University of Oregon musts) was just the cherry on top. We couldn’t be more grateful for a day that we can cherish forever.

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Photography: Ashley Keleman | Floral Design: Siren Floral Co. | Hair + Makeup: Makeup By Nancy | DJ: Red Shoe LA | Venue: colony 29 | Catering + Bar: Miho Catering | Dessert: Swiss Donuts | Event Planning + Coordination: Lace and Likes | Paper Goods: Emily Brunner | Rentals : Planks And Patina

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A Parisian-Inspired Engagement Party

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He popped the question, and you said YES. And before you dive head-first into wedding planning, some serious celebration is in order. *Cue* this darling engagement party for California couple, Jess and Matt, who got engaged in the City of Lights. Ilana Ashley Events planned and designed the Parisian-inspired festivities and Steve Steinhardt caught behind the camera. More to see right this way!

From the bride-to-be… After an unforgettable engagement in Paris, we headed back to Los Angeles to celebrate with our favorite people. We gathered at a friend’s home in the Hollywood Hills for an effortlessly chic party that combined the sophistication of France with our more casual California surroundings.

Guests were greeted by a farm table topped with blush hydrangeas extending from shimmering mercury glass vases, vintage candelabras with peach tapered candles, and mismatched glass dishes holding delicious macaroons. The eucalyptus garland that decorated the farm table was echoed in the greenery on the bar, on top of which sat our black and white Eiffel Tower engagement photo. A palate of black, white, blush, and gold united the party, from the “Welcome” triangle banner hung from a white fence to the “cupcakes and cocktails” napkins scattered throughout the lounge area.

Guests mingled and enjoyed craft cocktails and a variety of sweet treats. Gourmet oven warm cookie sandwiches were paired with specialty ‘Rose-Marry Me’ grapefruit cocktails served in delicate antique glassware. The dessert table was filled with a variety of our favorite cupcakes, each of which was skillfully decorated with adorable engagement ring accents. I channeled a very stylized 60s casual Hollywood glam look for the event, with an off the shoulder gold fringe sundress and signature era hairdo. Our French Bulldog, Olive, and her four-legged friends were each adorned in specially hand-made flower garlands. The personal and quirky touches made for a truly special day that was unique to us.

As the sun set on our engagement party, we knew this was just the beginning of many incredible celebrations in our life together.

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Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography | Event Planning + Design: Ilana Ashley Events | Hair + Makeup: Glamsquad | Beverages: Lee’s Libations | Bridal Attire: BHLDN | Bridal Jewelry: J.Crew | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Dessert (engagement ring cupcakes): Sprinkles Cupcakes | Dessert (floral cupcakes): Magnolia Bakery | Dessert (ice cream sammiches): Chunk-n-chip | Dessert (macarons): Monsieur Marcel | Tabletop (vintage glassware and vessels): Dish Wish

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The Most Elegant Island-Style Elopement Draped in Florals

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It doesn’t get much prettier than the majestic backdrop of the Hawaiian Islands; and Anna Ranch is right in keeping with all that tropical beauty. Inspired by this gorgeous locale, Moana Events, Modern Elopement and Grace Flowers Hawaii crafted the most elegant elopement inspiration draped in a sea of white. This destination wedding is taken to a whole new level of stunning. See even more of Aria Studio’s beautiful captures right here.

Inspired from the history and beauty of Anna Ranch tucked in the uplands of Hawaii Island, we designed a sophisticated and elegant all-white elopement against one of Hawaii’s majestic backdrops that tourists rarely have the opportunity to experience.
The rolling and impossibly green hills of Waimea serve as the backdrop for the quaint and historic Anna Ranch.

Anna who the ranch is named after was a real woman and inherited the ranch in 1939 after it being in her family for a century and earned her title as “The First Lady of Ranching.” Not only was Anna a skilled rancher and sportswoman, she also loved to throw amazing social events at the ranch to raise funds for the surrounding community. Anna always dreamt of developing a heritage center on her ranch and toward the end of her life she donated her land and ranch house to the community and it has since been listed on the National Historic Register.

In the same vain as our unexpected heroine and romantic hills we wanted to design a sweetheart tablescape perfect for a luxurious elopement that represented Hawaii’s natural foliage without the usual brightly colored flowers. Instead, we wanted tropical Hawaiian flowers in elegant whites and greens paired with romantic lace linens and vintage inspired dinnerware. The cascading white orchids and crown flowers were inspired by the Hawaiian lei and subtly represents the bride and groom as royalty on their special day.

The elegant simplicity of the Sarah Janks wedding gown was perfect for our modern interpretation on the traditional Hawaiian wedding lei. The lei has been used for hundreds of years to signify the wearers status, enhance beauty, and show love and respect from the lei giver to the receiver. The crown flowers that made up the backward lariat style lei that dramatically draped down our bride’s back were chosen because they were Queen Liliuokalani’s favorite and most prized flower.

The bride’s exquisite bouquet matched our non-traditional Hawaiian theme with white bougainvillea, orchids, and tropical white antheriums mixed with white garden flowers and tied with a cascade of crown flower strands.

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Photography: Aria Studios | Event Design: Moana Events | Event Planning: Modern Elopement | Floral Design: Grace Flowers Hawaii | Hair and Makeup : Mara McMichael | Calligraphy: Hawaii Calligraphy | Venue: Anna Heritage Ranch Center | Dress & Veil: Love And Lace- A Bridal Boutique | Linens : Les Saisons | Photo Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Big Island Tents | Rentals: Maison De Ware | Wedding Ring: Heidi Gibson

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Gorgeous Florals to Inspire the Prettiest Spring Wedding

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If you ask us, Spring florals are at the tippy top of our Prettiest Things EVER list. They never, ever disappoint and when infused into a wedding day, it truly makes for a celebration worthy of all the oohs and aahs. From delicate pastels, to floral appliqué wedding dresses and an elegant, subdued tablescape, see how Laura Remmert Events + Denise Fasanello Floral Design + Face Time Beauty and the lovely Judy Pak transformed this shoot into a Spring wonderland sure to inspire.

From the caterer … I don’t know about you, but when I think Spring, I think of flowers. They represent new life, a fresh start, and of course warm weather. That said, why should the florist get to have all the fun?! We wanted to incorporate the blooms of Springtime in the catering piece as well – this means a Spring Melon Mosaic with edible blossoms like Micro Lovage, Borage, and Sunflower Sprouts. We also wanted to subtly mirror the centerpiece with our paper goods, so we built a whimsical floral border out of the amazing digital catalog offered by the New York Public Library.

From the coordinator/designer… We wanted to create a table for a fresh, young, stylish bride who likes a mix of casual and formal elements. Wave Hill is the perfect venue for a springtime wedding in an amazing garden that feels miles away from NYC even though it’s technically still NYC. We wanted our table to feel as though we brought the garden inside. We created this table design by mixing lots of different textures. Our base was an exquisite ivory lace table linen with beautiful detailing. We then played around with a variety of textures for the place settings, dark brown rattan chargers made the white textured feminine dinner and salad plates pop. We mixed modern stemless glassware with a vintage inspired water glass. One of my favorite elements is the unexpected blue and white toille napkin wrapped around the salad plate. We completed the table with floral inspired menu cards, place cards and table numbers.

From the Florist/event designer… The florals for this table were inspired by a gorgeous Valentino dress Alexa Chung wore at an event recently with beautiful floral embroidery. Pretty and feminine. Much of my inspiration also came from the gardens at Wave Hill, the Wild Garden in the Spring and Summer features so many colors and textures and varieties of flowers. For this piece, I wanted to work with a lot of tiny flowers such as muscari, pansies, lupine and tiny spray roses as well as and unexpected elements such as fiddlehead ferns and spirea. Lots of variety and texture, just like a wild garden. We wanted fresh and vibrant!

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Photography: Judy Pak Photography | Event Planning: Laura Remmert Events | Floral Design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design | Wedding Dress: SPINA | Reception Venue: Wave Hill | Catering: Great Performances | Hair & Makeup: Face Time Beauty Concierge

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Putting a Gorgeous Twist on Classic Red, White and Blue

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There’s your classic red, white and blue shindig, often designated for 4th of July and other patriotic parties, and then there is this gem. It’s in a league of its own and it lies somewhere in the crazy gorgeous modern meets classic realm. Crafted by Calder Clark Designs, with the stunning red blooms by Blossom Events, elegant stationery by Cheree Berry Paper and the prettiest of imagery by Tec Petaja, see how an insanely talented group of vendors transformed this historic South Carolina spot into a wedding celebration built for 275 of the couple’s closest family and friends.

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From the photographer… Caroline and Taylor met on a business trip with their Dads. Their first date was a bike ride for sushi on the boardwalk (back in NJ), and it was kismet. Three and a half years later, Taylor proposed to Caroline under a gazebo on the beach. They were married on the oldest plantation in South Carolina under towering live oaks with 275 of their closest family + friends.

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Photography: Tec Petaja | Event Design: Calder Clark Designs | Floral Design: Blossom Events | Catering: Cru Catering | Makeup: Kelly Martuscello | Band: Rupert’s Orchestra | Groom’s Attire: Alton Lane | Baker: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal | Bridal Gown: Mira Zwillinger | Ceremony Trio: Clelia Reardon | Guest Transportation: Absolutely Charleston | H&M: Salon Vari | Lighting + Sound: Technical Event Company | Linens: Nuage Designs | Personal Dresser: Cacky’s Bridal Aid | Plantation: Fenwick Hall | Rentals: Eventworks | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Stationer: Cheree Berry Paper | Tenting: Sperry Tents

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A Dark & Moody Wedding Like You’ve Never Seen

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Merielle and Bob are without a doubt one of the most stylish couples to EVER grace our pages. Inspired by her black diamond engagement ring – not to mention her impeccable personal style – Merielle wore a black velvet wedding dress with Bob in a floral dinner jacket for an equally dapper look. Guests dressed the part in black and white while feasting their eyes on the design work of Shannon Leahy and so many talented vendors who made it happen. Settle in for the long haul, because these images by Jose Villa will leave you awe inspired.

From Shannon Leahy…. Merielle and Bob were married in an intimate civil ceremony at San Francisco City Hall but wanted to have a fabulous reception to celebrate with their family and friends. Aside from being the sweetest couple, they have amazing taste. Merielle LOVES flowers, and on any given day you’ll see her dressed stylishly head-to-toe in black rocking her rose gold and black diamond engagement ring. Thus the design was born: sophisticated black-tie glamour with over-the-top floral moments.

It was important for the wedding to be a wonderful evening for their guests, and to still be unique to the couple. They served a beautiful vegan menu and the bride was show-stopping in a gorgeous, black velvet gown and the groom wore a floral dinner jacket. The wedding guests were equally chic, dressed in black and white.

They ended the night by gifting their guests custom-inscribed bottles of Dom Pérignon and departed in a vintage Rolls Royce. The evening was a beautiful celebration of their union, and a night to remember.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cake : The Whole Cake | Catering : Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: My-Hang Pham | Lighting : Got Light | DJ: Chris Clouse | Band: Elan Artists | Vintage Car: Sausalito Limousine | Venue: Bently Reserve | Chair Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Custom Stage + Dance Floor: Barker Decor Service | Floral Design + Custom Decor: Cherries Flowers | Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lounge : Blueprint Studios | Paper: Yonder Design | Photo Booth : Tom Foolery | Planning + Design : Shannon Leahy Events | String Ensemble: Corelli Strings | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Timelapse Video: Orange Photography | Welcome Gift : Favor Custom Gifts

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A Destination Wedding in Island Paradise

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Alexis and Murphy decided to tie the knot in Punta Cana and with one look at the photos by Melissa Jill it’s easy to see why. Think white sand, crystal blue water, and true paradise in every sense of the word. They brought on seasoned wedding pros like The Eventeur to bring their “classic, lux” vision to life, and in our opinion? They nailed it.

From The EventeurAlexis and Murphy were married in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with the Caribbean palm trees and lapping ocean water as a backdrop. Alexis has family on the island – in fact, her mother was born and raised there –which made the Dominican Republic as meaningful a destination as it was scenic. Punta Cana boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and Alexis & Murphy’s wedding there was an absolute fairy tale from start to finish. But even the glories of nature couldn’t outshine how stunning and joyous the bride & groom looked as they were wed!

The design of the wedding was lux and classic, with white flowers and elegant details, like the pierced wood fans for the guests to use and the perfectly mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses. Tradition and family are important to the couple, and Alexis was moved to tears when Murphy surprised her with his grandmother’s ring as she prepared for the day.

The wedding was also seasoned with vibrant and unique touches, which accented the refined style and made it a perfect fit for the fun, adventurous couple. The groom, who plays minor league baseball, presented his groomsmen with custom bobbleheads, and cocktail hour was energized by the music of a Dominican trio band. The newlyweds and their guests danced the night away beneath the stars.

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Photography: Melissa Jill Photography | Cinematography: The Love Studio | Event Planning: The Eventeur | Floral Design: Ritual Salon & Spa | Cake: Cake Studios Bavaro | Stationery: Idieh Design | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Hair + Makeup: Anna Nuet | DJ: APC Entertainment | Suits: Suitsupply | Venue: La Yola | Dress Boutique: Mariée | Rentals: Punta Cana Party Events | Wedding Dress Designer: Watters

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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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Bringing a Big Dose of Modern to this Napa Black Tie Affair

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Black and white wins every single time in our book. It’s so classic and elegant even when paired with modern details. Now throw a crazy talented bunch of wedding vendors into that mix including design by A Savvy Event, florals by Nancy Liu Chin, a whole lot of pretty imagery by Lindsay Madden Photography and a film by Reel Eyes Media, and it takes this already stunning affair and truly makes it shine. Plus there’s a fairy godmother of wine tucked in the gallery and what’s not to love about that?

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From A Savvy Event…Katlin and Nawder Alavi were just a girl from Florida and a boy from Texas, until they met each other at SMU during their college years. They fell in love, and eventually moved out to a beautiful apartment in the marina district of San Francisco. Their home is clean, and white, with many modern elements. When Katlin and Nawder first started planning their big day, they knew that they wanted to bring a similar style to their wedding.

With the help of Kelly from A Savvy Event, the Alavis planned a romantic, elegant, black tie affair at Meadowood Napa Valley. The entire weekend of events was picture perfect, from their welcome party and rehearsal dinner at Brasswood Estate, to their brunch and croquet game on the lawns at Meadowood.

Because the groom and his family are Persian, it was important to the couple that they incorporate Persian elements into the ceremony. Katlin and Nawder had two officiants, and a Persian-American ceremony. In following with the Persian traditions, they had a sofreye aghd, filled with beautiful elements such as a mirror, candlesticks, beautifully crafted flatbreads, decorated eggs, sugar, gold coins, and more. Traditionally this portion of the wedding is very colorful, but in keeping with Katlin and Nawder’s design aesthetic, it was filled with white and metallic accents.

Cocktail hour was held on the fairway of the golfcourse, with playful elements such as a woman wearing a champagne skirt, which the guests enjoyed immensely. They offered signature drinks from a bar surrounded by elegant lounge areas, all enclosed with greenery.

Dinner was held in an open air tent on the upper lawn. The tent was intended to define and elevate the outdoor space, so that the guests felt as if they were simultaneously inside a black tie venue while enjoying the beauty of Meadowood’s outdoor spaces. The head table ran down the middle of the tent, with chandeliers hanging above. The silver mirrored tables used to seat the bridal parties and bride and groom reflected the lights shining from above, creating a sparkly ambiance throughout the meal. The rest of the surrounding tables were covered in metallic tablecloths of two variations, all of which complemented each other and the head tables. The florals were white with hints of greenery and sage colors, in modern vessels to create a clean contrast with the more romantic china and table scapes.

Nawder’s most important request was to have a fantastic band that could sing into the night. So, they flew one up from Los Angeles and danced the night away with their guests.

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Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography​ | Event Planning: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Wedding Dress: Custom Made | Invitations: Yonder Design | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Calligraphy: Sarah Hanna | Lighting: Lux Production | Entertainment: Elan Artists | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Meadowood Napa Valley | Hair & Make Up: Professional Makeup Artistry | Hair & Make Up: It’s A Date at The Powder Room | Photobooth: Giggle and Riot | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Glassy Baby | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Rion Designs | Sofreh Aghd Designs: Fancy Little Details | Video: Reel Eyes Media

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A Clean, Modern Take on a New England Wedding

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In a day where clean lines and modern design reigns king, it only makes sense that the incredible Belle Mer plays backdrop. Set right on the sea, the venue was everything Samantha and Zach we’re looking for and the ever-fabulous Rebecca Arthurs captured the day from beginning to end.

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From the bride, Samantha… Zach and I met in college at The University of Michigan, but we did not start dating until a few months after graduation when we lived in the same building in New York City.

My vision for the wedding was a formal evening with a modern sophistication in a waterfront location. My favorite moment of the wedding day was the first look – it was such an honest and raw moment and something special that I will always remember.

From the floral designer, Greenlion… Samantha and Zach both were drawn to clean lines and simplicity. We incorporated lush large philodendron leaves to add a contrast to the clean groupings of white hydrangea, tulip, and orchids we used in the centerpiece work. It complimented the space beautifully. The chuppah was hand-crafted from vines and we added lush organic style florals in greens whites and creams for a bold ceremony backdrop.

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Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Event Planning: Exquisite Events | Floral Design: Greenlion | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Shoes : Giovanetti Rossi | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Longwood Events — Boutique Venues | Catering: Longwood Events and Weddings | Makeup : Deb Houghton | Band: Night Rhythm | Band: Night Rhythm | Groomsmen’s Attire: My Suit | Venue: Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue | Ceremony Programs: Wedding Paper Divas | Escort Cards: Heather Belle Ink | Grooms Shoes: Del Toro | Menu Cards : Katlem Design | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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