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This colorful inspiration shoot planned and styled by Grey Collective member Claire Duran Weddings & Events is a continuation of today’s theme—celebrating summer as it comes to an end. Highlighted by a show-stopping bouquet from the team at Blossom & Vine the the details are focused on simplicity and casual dining met with the romantic elegance in the bride’s styling.  The watercolor of hues are captured in full detail by photographer, Photos by Sarah Beth and we know you color-loving brides are going to be inspired by this one!

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Photography: Photos by Sarah Beth // Planning & Styling: Claire Duran Weddings & Events // Flowers & Concept: Blossom & Vine // Stationery/Calligraphy: In Loft Calligraphy // Gown: Kate Pankoke, Elaya Vaughn Bridal   // Hair and Make Up: Behind the Veil // Vases: Art of Fire // Model: Desiree Istrati

 

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We’re celebrating summer, as it comes to a close, and this wedding at Spanish Oaks Ranch planned by CJN Event Planning with design and decor by 43Layers , is a perfect summer-send-off. Holly and Andy opted for a garden/outdoor theme with lots of greenery, wild flowers, potted plants, and a ceremony under a big beautiful tree. They incorporated an unlimited color palette with bright florals by ADORNMENTS Flowers & Finery and a bridal party in floral-print summery dresses. Check out the vibrant images captured by Sarah Kathleen for lots of relaxed details for a late-summer soiree.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The words/content of the day made our wedding special and unique  My Dad (who is incredibly articulate) married us, we wrote our own vows, and my husband gave an amazing speech to thank our guests and family. His speech was a complete surprise. It was an awesomely authentic/real speech about what matters in life, living in the present, and how he struggled with defining success until now. He encouraged everyone to stop rushing through the present, “this is your life”, he quoted “putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future,” live immediately! Writing vows can be hard, but it was the best decision we made and it’s truly what made the day so special. We shared our love publicly with our friends and family.

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One of my vendor’s email signature was “don’t worry, everything is going to be amazing!,” and she was right. As a bride you are thinking about the details of your big day (flowers, food, table decor, seating chart, music, etc). Remember to take a moment and notice the more important details like your family that are eager to help, your wonderful fiancé who loves and supports you, and your friends that want to celebrate you every step of the way. Dwell on these details. Another piece of advice, pick your florist early on! They help dictate decor (what’s on the tables, down the aisle, welcome area, linens, seating chart display, etc). We loved our florist; she brought our vision to life.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

The dress is Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, and boy did it take forever to decide! After visiting 10+ bridal stores I finally found my dress at Bridal Galleria in San Francisco. When I told the bridal assistant it was the dress. she was very sweet and encouraging, and I said “it’s just a dress.” This caught even me off guard. As a woman you think about what your wedding dress might look like, and it was such a surreal feeling finally selecting one because I truly realized that it wasn’t important, it really is just a dress. I was searching for that “aha moment” and honestly I never found it, it wasn’t until the wedding day and now looking back that I really love my dress and how it reminds me of the vows I made to Andy.

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What were some touches added to make it personal? 

Andy and I wanted our wedding to be unique to us, sentimental, and fun for our guests. Because we love the outdoors, we went for a garden/outdoor theme with lots of greenery, wild flowers, potted plants, and a big beautiful tree under which we were married. People often ask what your colors are when you’re planning a wedding and we didn’t really have colors. We used every color and didn’t want things to be too matchy-matchy. I wanted the bridesmaids’ dresses to be different and feminine, it took me 20+ dresses to find the right floral print (not too girly, not too baby shower-ish). Neutral bridesmaid dresses were popular when we got married so I loved the floral dresses we found because the base was neutral/cream but the pops of wildflowers made them unique. Because the dresses had so many colors, we weren’t boxed into using one color for the flowers or decor. To make things personal we focused on things we love (floral, stripes, nature, Mediterranean food, BLT’s, mojitos, apple crisps, etc) and the talents of the people we love. My brother drew a picture of us hiking with the San Francisco skyline in the background and we used this for our invitations and made logos for the wine bottles, my mom learned calligraphy to make our save the dates, the best man made personalized wooden stir sticks, and my dad built wooden signs for the seating chart display. Some of my favorite decor elements of our wedding were the floral arch and the seating chart display. For the seating chart display, I loved the terra cotta potted plants, especially that they had a dual purpose (informative & decor).

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

My husband’s speech and our vows!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Andy and I meet at a friend’s birthday party (at a bar!). Andy proposed at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. This was the spot where two years prior on our first date, I challenged him to “pretend propose” to empty the crowded room in the aquarium. He went along with the prank and from then on, we knew he was a keeper. For the proposal, Andy had set up this same room with mementos from our travels and meaningful items, which included a life size bear. He had to book a private tour, purchasing 25 tickets, in order to get in there after hours at the aquarium. After proposing he surprised me with a dinner at a small restaurant, Sociale in SF where friends and family were awaiting. I was overwhelmed and SO HAPPY. Andy’s mom and dad flew in from Colorado and his sister from Virginia. It was such a wonderful night.

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Photographer:  Sarah Kathleen// Design and Decor: 43Layers // Event Planner: CJN Event Planning, Jamie & Chris Neutill // Floral Designer: ADORNMENTS Flowers & Finery // Rentals: All About Events, Paso Robles, CA & Embellish Vintage Rentals // Makeup: Bluebird Salon, Amber // DJ: DJ Johnny Walker // Cinema and Video: Forrey Films // Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier // Hair Stylist: Nine Zero One Salon // Caterer: Pacific Harvest Catering // Reception Venue: Spanish Oaks Ranch // Invitation Designer: Wide Eyes Paper Company // Wedding Signs & Art: Cullen Brown // Customized Stir Sticks: 43layers

 

Magali and Milos’ wedding at the Château de Varennes is absolutely heavenly. The venue is breathtaking with historic accommodations, church and celebration spaces all located on the perfectly manicured grounds which was important to the couple who had this to say: “You can plan each detail in advance and try to anticipate everything, but in the end it’s really the guests who will create the atmosphere and make the wedding special and unique!” I agree one-hundred-percent and you can  see the couple joyfully glowing in the love of all their family and friend in these gorgeous images by Stephen Liberge Photography. Of course you’ll also see lovely details like the peach-inspired florals by Un été à la campagne and vintage brass accented tablescapes all planned by Wedding Factory. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Guests! You can plan each detail in advance and try to anticipate everything, but in the end it’s really the guests who will create the atmosphere and make the wedding special and unique! It is also why we choose the Château de Varennes to celebrate our special day: the beautiful setting which is isolated with everything on site (accommodation, church, rooms) so allowed us to bring our little world together and spend a whole weekend with our loved ones. We had more than 30 nationalities at our wedding! We had friends from our home city of Geneva, which is famous for being very cosmopolitan, Serbian family from the groom, and Swiss/Brazilian relatives from my side. It was a crazy mix that resulted in a lot of fun encounters! No matter where you are from, everyone speaks the same language when it comes to partying!

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

First, I’ve made the mistake of looking on the internet too much to get inspiration and ended up being focused on an Australian designer dress which was impossible to find in Europe. After having done all the process to order it, when it finally arrived I realized that it didn’t fit me well at all (!!). I then started to do what I should have done from the beginning: trying several styles of dresses in wedding boutiques, which is how I found my beautiful Monique L’hullier dress from their Bliss collection. What I really liked about the dress was that it was very comfortable, flattering color (powder) and the fact that it had a removable tulle train which allowed me to have two dress styles in one: one with more volume for the ceremony and a close-fitting one for dinner and dancing.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We tried to customize some elements by adding small personal touches and adapting the style to our personality. The invitation and the menu were entirely custom made (we chose the font, paper, size and I drew the logo). We also prepared some favor gifts for our guests: dancing shoes (Brazilian flip flops) with the wedding logo and some little bottles of the traditional alcohol of Serbia, « rakija » specially made by the groom’s grandfather who was unable to make it to the wedding. The DJ was a friend who knew most of the guests and played all the best music to make them dance until dawn. Special mention to the 15 minutes of traditional Serbian music to get the party started; it really set the tone for the whole evening!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was definitely the walk to the church. I grabbed my father’s arm and we were both very emotional. Then when I arrived at the church to see the smiling faces of the people I love the most, before joining my future husband with his eyes shining. It was an unforgettable moment which was, at the same time, a bit of a blur because of all the emotions I felt.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Milos and I met about 8 years ago at the end of our studies at university, during a barbecue organized by a mutual friend. For our first rendezvous, before going to the restaurant, he invited me to admire a beautiful view from a bench overlooking the Lac Leman in Geneva. Usually very talkative and confident, he was a bit shy when it came to making the first step. His tactic was to drop his plastic bottle onto the floor and when he picked it up, he would sit a little closer to me. A silly technique that we laugh about now. The day of the proposal, we were supposed to go to a restaurant but he suggested to go back to “our bench”, since we hadn’t been back there since our first date. Once seated, he dropped his bottle voluntarily again, except that when he got up this time, he knelt with an amazing ring in his hand!! It was just a wonderful surprise that he had prepared for months with the help of our parents and friends.

Photographer: Stephen Liberge Photography // Wedding Design & Planning: Wedding Factory // Day Of Coordination: NKT Events // Flowers: Un été à la campagne // Venue: Château de Varennes // Videography: Something Wedding // Hair: Bulles d’Hair // Makeup: Annette Thorton // Caterer: Kook’In Traiteur // Cake: Cakes in the City // 2nd Shooter: Stephany Mora

We are completely obsessing over the design of Ashley and Brendan’s Sonoma wedding celebration. Settled into Healdsburg, Chalk Hill is an absolute scenic and architectural gem, but what absolutely adore is the way  So Eventful, dressed it up with a series of stunning lounge areas, an incredible ceremony arbor by Soulflower Design Studio, and tablescapes that are the epitome of  relaxed elegance. Grey Collective member One Love was on the scene to capture all the intimate moments and breathtaking design of a beautiful wedding in wine country.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding embodied everything that Brendan and I love, the outdoors, amazing food and wine, excellent music and being surrounded by those we love. It was so special that so many people traveled from over 40 states to be a part of our unforgettable day.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I found my gown at Carine’s Bridal in Georgetown, Washington DC, while shopping with my mom and mother-in-law. The designer was Rivini. The gown was tiers of handmade lace, sweetheart neckline, fit to flare with a long train. It reminded me of classic New Orleans which is one of my husband’s favorite cities. My veil was custom made by ABT Veils to match my dress and it turned out stunning.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

My wedding planner, So Eventful – Ashley, left no stone unturned. We were able to ship a lot of items from home in Florida, that we were able to use at our wedding. For instance our guest book was an antique art book my husband had given me years back. All of my jewelry was borrowed from family. Our officiant, Peadar Dalton, made the wedding so incredibly personal and centered around Brendan and I. You could feel the love emanating at the ceremony.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Cutting the cake. It was the first time I was able to be “married” and not have to pose for a camera, I was just able to laugh with my husband, see all of the guests that traveled to our wedding and embrace everything that was created for us on our wedding day. It may be cliche but it was an “awestruck moment”, and the cake was delicious too!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Brendan and I met working together at Commander’s Palace in Destin. Four years later, he proposed on our back porch on Christmas Day in a tux. It was unexpected and the timing came at a funny time for us, but it was perfect.

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Photographer: One Love // Wedding Planner & Event Designer: So Eventful // Florist: Soulflower Design Studio // Venue: Chalk Hill // Caterer: Componere // Rentals: Encore Event // Specialty Rentals: Rion Designs // Flooring: Zephyr Tents // Lighting: The Lux Productions // Linens: La Tavola // Wedding Cake: Costeaux // Videographer: Daydreamer Cinema // Band: Hip Service // Ceremony Musicians: Wine Country Entertainment // Transportation: Pure Luxury // Getaway Car: Classic Cars  // Makeup: It’s A Date // Hair: Tiffany Tebo // Arena Restrooms: Water Cottage // Officiant: Peadar Dalton, Your Ceremony Matters

Pink. It’s a completely and totally mesmerizing color—the hue that we’re always, ALWAYS drawn to. Which is why we’re so excited to share this strikingly beautiful inspiration shoot from Grey Collective member Corina V. Photography whose team was inspired by “the gorgeous spring blossoms that are so unbelievably beautiful with their vibrant colors and intoxicating fragrance.” We can almost smell them through the screen!  Corina‘s images are ethereal, romantic and slightly mysterious, all set again a backdrop of dreamy pink blooms and we know all you pink-crazy brides will love them as much as we do!

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Photography/Creative Direction/Styling: Corina V. Photography // Stationery: Olive Branch and Co.  // Makeup & Hair: Olivia Ha // Gowns & Single Tiered Veil: Catherine Langlois // Double Tiered Veil: Lisa Van Hattem // Headpiece: H&M // Earrings & Ring: Etsy // Mini Naked Cake: Patricia’s Cake Creations // Model: Anastasia Moss