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Pretty in purple is the underlying theme of this lovely inspiration shoot captured by Garrett Richardson Photography. Planned and designed by Rachel Le Events, the garden celebration pairs soft hues of purple and blush with accents of rose gold. Statioinery by Design By Laney established the mood while Modern Bouquet‘s loose, romantic centerpieces full of greenery with plum hellebore, garden roses, lisianthus, cappuccino roses, chocolate lace, astrantia, viburnum and continuous foliage steal the scene. Romance in lavender is at every turn and it;s all here for your perusal.

Rachel Le Events from KAPPEL IMAGERY on Vimeo.

Photography: Garrett Richardson Photography // Wedding Planning + Design: Rachel Le Events // Florist: Modern Bouquet // Stationery: Design By Laney // Venue: The Santaluz Club // Videography: Kappel Imagery // Bridal Attire: M Bride // Dress: Ines Di Santo // Hair & Make-Up: A Toast to Beauty // Groom Attire: Friars Tux // Cake: CAKE // Rings: Honey Jewelry Co // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Styling Elements: TONO & Co // Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab // Models: Caleb & Savanna Allen // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

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You know the vibes are going to be rad when the bride tops her Grace Loves Lace gown with a custom painted leather jacket. Yep—Natalie wins! And her wedding to Caleb at New Orlean’s Race and Religious is just as cool as the painted palms on her jacket. Planned by Southern Couture Weddings, the details include vibrant florals by Root Floral Design, custom illustrated invitations by Scriptura, a courtyard wedding and an intimate dinner under the cafe lights. And what would a New Orlean’s wedding be without a second line? Natalie and Caleb enlisted Caitlin B. Photo to capture their celebratory walk and all the other details of their big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our venue, Race and Religious, was very unique and it really inspired the decisions we made. The wedding turned out to be the garden party of my dreams! The ceremony was held in the main courtyard with a seated dinner to follow. We ate under rows of string lights and were surrounded by brightly colored tropical flowers. I loved that our venue allowed us to have the wedding and reception all in the same place. We actually got ready and spent the night there, too! We also decided not to have a bridal party and our final headcount was 60 guests. It allowed our ceremony to be very intimate and it was important for us to be able to spend time with every guest and that’s exactly what we were able to do!

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

The first time I saw my wedding dress was on Pinterest, I wasn’t engaged but I was OBSESSED. After discovering that the dress designer was located in Australia I decided to follow their instagram account, @graceloveslace, and when the day came to go dress shopping I would attempt to find something similar. A few months later they announced that they were opening their first American store located in Venice Beach! The week after we got engaged my mom and I booked flights to LA and made an appointment at the store. The very first dress I tried on, which ended up being the one, was the exact dress I had seen on Pinterest over a year before! The dress, veil, earrings, and shoes were all Grace Loves Lace. It was so surreal to be standing in the mirror and looking at myself in my dream dress, and I loved that my mom and I have that memory together!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Throughout the entire process I worked with Hannah Trahan at Southern Couture Weddings to ensure we incorporated Caleb’s and my personalities and story into different parts of the day. We focused on making the seated dinner really special for our guests by customizing the entire menu and the place settings along with tablescape to feel formal yet comfortable. The band from my hometown wowed my guests throughout the night; they learned songs specifically for our wedding that were special to us. I had a custom leather jacket hand painted with palm leaves that I threw on over my dress for the end reception and for our second line exit.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The first look really was such a special part of our day. I was strongly against doing one for months but once we started working out timing details I realized that Caleb and I wouldn’t have had any time to take pictures together while the sun was still up. So we opted for doing a first look, and I am so glad that we did. I love that we had a quiet moment to enjoy each other because the rest of the night slipped by so quickly!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Caleb and I met studying abroad in Paris during the Summer of 2014. I only knew one person on the trip and Caleb knew no one! A few weeks into the trip we bonded over the fact that we are both self proclaimed foodies. We decided weren’t going to continue eating the horrible food in the hostel cafeteria and from that point on we went to dinner together every single night for the rest of the summer. About 3 years later Caleb and I went back to Europe on a multi city trip to celebrate his grad school graduation. Paris was our third stop on the trip, and we had already been in Europe for over a week, so I truly didn’t think he would actually hold out or hold on to a ring in a foreign country for that many days. To my surprise he did both and we got engaged in Paris where we met.

Natalie & Caleb Highlight Film from Aperçu Films on Vimeo.

Photographer: Caitlin B. Photo // Wedding Planner: Southern Couture Weddings // Florist: Root Floral Design // Flower Art: Catherine Guidry // Stationery: Mallory Hopkins, Scriptura // Venue: Race and Religious // Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace // Cake Designer: Bittersweet Confections // Hair & Makeup: Carli Escurieux with Bleu Salon // Band: Buck Johnson Brazz Band // Videographer: Apercu Films // Rentals & Lighting: Your Event Delivered // Groom’s Attire: Custom Brooks Brothers // Shoe Designer: Grace Loves Lace // Misc: Leaf and Petal (Rug for Aisle) // Catering: Palates // Transportation: Hotard Coaches // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

You know you’re going to get a spectacular color palette in a wedding planned by the fabulous Kaella Lynn Events. Kelsey and Michael’s big day is no exception with its bold, saturated red color scheme—a nod to the couple’s boisterous personalities. Olympia’s Valley Estate set the scene for the lakeside nuptials followed by a barn reception and it’s all filled with spectacular florals by Amanda Vidmar Designs. We absolutely love that the couple had a cake-shaped piñata smashing instead of a traditional cake cutting as a nod to Cinco de Mayo and lucky for us Lynette Boyle Photography was on hand to capture that moment and all the others in these striking film images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The venue alone was a very special part of our day. Olympia’s Valley felt like a place we could see ourselves in another life – out of the city and surrounded by the beauty of Northern California – with plenty of room for rescue dogs!

The music also made our day very unique – we selected non traditional songs for the ceremony based on our ties to those songs from different points in our lives.

Kelsey’s sister officiating the wedding, along with writing our own vows, made the ceremony feel very unique and especially personal.

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

Gown was found at Kinsley James Couture Bridal in Walnut Creek, CA. The design was “Harmony” by Rivini. I had a high-neck halter in mind from the very beginning, so it took a lot of searching to find one.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

The non-traditional ceremony music was selected to represent different parts of our lives, which combined with our own vows made the ceremony extra personal.

Having the bold, saturated color scheme, unusual in the Spring, was also a nod to our boisterous personalities.

Of course, our dog, Annie, walking down the aisle as the flower girl was key.

Gelato was chosen as a dessert not only because it’s Michael’s’ favorite, but traveling to Italy is a fond memory for us.

Being wed on Cinco De Mayo, having a cake-shaped piñata smashing instead of a traditional cake cutting was a fun way to bring our quirky personalities to the reception.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Michael says his most memorable part of the day was hearing Kelsey’s vows. Coincidentally, for Kelsey, it was the moment just after the ceremony when they were walking away from the crowd – Michael looked over at her, kissed her hand, and said “your vows were absolutely incredible”. Through the whirlwind and nerves of the ceremony, it can make it hard to let things sink in, so she is grateful for that moment when she saw how much her words meant to him. And, the photographer caught that exact moment in a photo, so we are lucky it will last forever.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

True to our generation as early millennials, we met on an app. “Cute pup”, Michael said referencing Kelsey’s profile photo. A couple weeks later, Kelsey showed up late to their first date, explaining to Michael that she was tardy due to taking her “pup”, Annie, to see Santa Claus. Annie soon became Michael’s dog too – and he made sure she was a part of their engagement.

He proposed to Kelsey inside her old apartment (where their friends now live), with Annie in tow. This was the place he walked her home that first night, meeting Annie for the first time and starting their journey together.

Event Planning + Design: Kaella Lynn Events // Photographer: Lynette Boyle Photography // Floral Design: Amanda Vidmar Designs // Paper Goods: Jenna Caitlin Designs // Venue: Olympia’s Valley Estate // Bridal gown and veil: Rivini from Kinsley James Couture // Bridal hair and makeup: Skyla Arts Beauty // Bridesmaids hair and makeup: The Powder Room // Bridesmaid dresses: Reformation // Grooms suit: J Hilburn // Groomsmen Suits: Indochino // Caterer: Paula Le Duc // Rentals: Encore Event Rentals // Votives: Glassy Baby // Linens: La Tavola Linen // DJ: Truthlive // Videographer: Final Frame Studios

 

Planned by For Love of Love, Valerie and Andrew’s vow renewal is a perfect blend of earthy tones and a modern design aesthetic. Photographer Sera Petras offered this sentiment: “Vow renewals have this relaxed, deeply loving nature about them. This, paired with the bright, but minimalist design through their ceremony to the dressed dining table, created a cheerful and elegant experience for them and their guests.” We love the punchy peachy-orange florals against the dusty blues of the linens. Proof that brights can work beautifully and still feel like fall when done right. Sera Petras captured the hues to perfection, along with all the european-inspired bridal stylings in these lovely film photographs.

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Photographer: Sera Petras // Planner: For Love of Love // Dresses, shoes and earrings: BHLDN // Hair and makeup: Emily Artistry // Film lab: The Find Lab // Rings: Crown Jewelers

 

Mother knows best—at least in the case of today’s couple. Bride Emily’s mother, who was a client of Jonathan’s, introduced the two and the rest is history! Their love story is punctuated by their lovely British wedding day. Emily and Jonathan envisioned a “traditional and ethereal” celebration and leaned on their fabulous vendors to bring their vision to life. Through The Looking Glass Flowers cranked up the fabulous factor with white roses at every turn. We’re especially smitten with the greenery installation in the white tent reception! Lucky for us photographer Helen Warner was on hand to capture all the details and joy of Emily and Jonathan’s lovely day.

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How did you and your partner meet?

Hilariously through my mother! She was a client of Jonathan’s business.

 

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it.

I knew I wanted a Temperley dress as I love her quintessentially British aesthetic. I only actually tried on around 5 dresses and I knew I’d found the perfect one when my grandmother got so emotional!

 

 

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?

Traditional and ethereal.

Any DIY décor elements?

I wish I could take credit for all of it, but in the professionals, I trust! So, no, they expertly made my vision a beautiful reality.

 

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?

Nothing! The day was just perfect, all I wish for is to have been able to enjoy it for longer. The day just went by sooo quick!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Ensure you’re working with a fantastic caterer, and enjoy each moment!

 

Anything else you’d like to add?

A wedding is one day, marriage is eternal! You can always wear the dress to vacuum the house!

Wedding Invitations: BWedding Invitations // Photographer: Helen Warner // Flowers: Through The Looking Glass Flowers // Ceremony Venue: St George’s Church, Anstey // Reception Venue: Newton Hall // Welcome Sign: Catsy Creative // Marquee: Chelmer Marquees // On the Day Stationery:  Adorn Invitations // Dress: Temperley Bridal // Makeup: Charlotte Kavanagh // Hair: Jo Morden Hair Design // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Accessories: Clifford Burr // Jewelry: LoveOn Jewelry // Bridesmaids Dresses: Ghost // Grooms Suit: Chimney Suit Hire // Cake: Emily Jane Cakes // Printing: InkTank Printing // Food: Carte Blanche Catering