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The lavender fields of Woodinville Lavender Farm in Seattle are just so beautiful, we’re pretty sure they are the stuff of dreams. When you add to that a wispy white tent, design details by Pink Blossom Events, blooms by Fena Flowers, a gown by LaineeMeg and plenty of farm to table details, it’s absolutely beyond! We are so excited to share these images with you shot by Katie Parra Photography.

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Woodinville Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas

Vendors: Photographer/Art Director: Katie Parra Photography // Design/Coordination: Pink Blossom Events // Venue: Woodinville Lavender // Floral: Fena Flowers // Rentals: AA Party Rentals by Cort // Paper Goods: Sally of La Happy // Wedding Cake: Hey Sweets! // Rose Gold Wedding Rings, earrings, and necklace: Green Lake Jewelry Works // Models: Molly & Josh Jackson // Gown and Veil: LaineeMeg // Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison // Lavender Cocktail: Kaspars // Farm Tables: Seattle Farm Tables // Puppies names are Basil and Wilfred (The lab is Wilfred and the retriever is Basil)

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Stephanie and Dave hail from New York City, but with family all over the country, they knew no matter what, there would be plenty of travel for their wedding, so they opted for a destination wedding in Palm Desert. The pair hosted a golf tournament, Fiesta welcome dinner, wedding, and brunch, all at La Quinta Resort! With plenty of time poolside too, I can’t imagine a more fun and festive weekend with those you love. This couple is so dang gorgeous, and all the more so thanks to images by Michael Radford. Are you ready for this? We are obsessed with the design by Artisan Events and know are you are going to love!

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort
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Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

What made the wedding special and unique?

Although we both have worked and lived in New York City since college, Dave is originally from the East Coast and I’m from Los Angeles so, no matter what, a lot of our guests were going to have to travel. For this reason we decided to have a destination wedding. We chose La Quinta Resort and Spa in Palm Desert because my family had been vacationing there for years and we had both been together there before and enjoyed it. A large majority of guests made a long weekend out of it and we hosted a golf tournament, Mexican Fiesta welcome dinner/rehearsal (which Michael Radford took photos of as well) and a farewell brunch all at La Quinta Resort. The casitas at La Quinta Resort were great and we took over a whole section of the resort so everyone gathered all day at the pool. It was all about family, friends and spending quality time together.

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

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

Originally I was hoping to wear my grandmother’s dress as both Dave and I are very sentimental but after a dry cleaning snafu and major shrinkage, I set out to find something really special and unique. I knew I didn’t want to be a cupcake bride. A number of people kept recommending Elizabeth Fillmore to me and when I went with my sister, and maid of honor, to Saks Fifth Ave. in New York City I tried on a few of her designs and loved them. I tend to wait sometimes until the last minute with big decisions and after my sister returned to Los Angeles I dropped the ball. My sister followed up with me a few months later and I looked at Saks Fifth Ave. again and they were having an Elizabeth Fillmore trunk show two days later, I decided it was a sign! I got the last slot of the day and was lucky enough to get to spend quality with Elizabeth Fillmore who is absolutely wonderful and we narrowed my selection down to two of her dresses, but in the end ‘Jewel,’ my dress, was the one. I can’t tell you enough how lovely Elizabeth Fillmore was, we even FaceTimed my mother during the fitting so she could be a part of it!

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

What were some touches added to make it personal?

We wanted the wedding weekend to reflect how we are as a couple, and Dave and I both love to host get-togethers in NYC and we felt our wedding should demonstrate that hospitality. We wanted to make sure our guests would enjoy the weekend and just relax and enjoy all the great company and surroundings. My favorite color is orange and the wedding took place in an orange and citrus grove on the property and that lead us to using oranges as a detail in all the beautiful floral arrangements by Artisan Events. Artisan Events also served as wedding coordinators, and were responsible for all events during the whole wedding weekend affair. Also, we originally had planned for our one-year old German shepherd lab mix puppy to join in the wedding ceremony, but in the end had to leave him behind with his trainer. However, Dave surprised me with a life-size, cutout photo of the puppy so he was there in spirit and found a place on the stage at the reception. When everyone was dancing like crazy on the dance floor the band picked up the mock-up of our dog and was dancing with it, super fun!

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

What was the most memorable part of the day?

When I decided to have an outdoor ceremony in Palm Desert I was happy because I knew that weather was one thing we would not have to worry about… who would have guessed that the wind could pick up so dramatically! We had one of our closest friends from college, Adam, marry us and as part of the ceremony we had our two sets of parents lighting candles they would hand to us to light a new candle together. Unfortunately the wind picked up right then and despite many attempts by our parents and us to get the candles lighted we realized that it wasn’t going to happen! It actually ended up being a magical moment with some quick-witted commentary from Adam and both families coming together to block the wind and work together to at least try and get the main candle lit! Everyone was laughing and it was special how we all came together.

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Want to hear about how they became engaged? Check out their engagement feature on Grey Likes!

Wedding Blog Citrus Inspired Destination Wedding at La Quinta Resort

Vendors: Photography: Michael Radford // Venue: La Quinta Resort // Event Design/Florals: Artisan Events // Make-Up: Samantha Salk // Hair: Helena Van Zandbergan // Dress: “Jewel” by Elizabeth Fillmore // Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Stephanie and Dave are a crazy stylish and gorgeous couple. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they chose Michael Radford to shoot their engagement session! We’re even more excited because later today, you get to see their insanely beautiful wedding! So seriously, check back in!

Wedding Blog Stephanie and Daves Engagement
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We’re going to let Stephanie and Dave tell their story, because it’s oh so good:

Although they went to college together for four years, Stephanie would say she never really noticed Dave until a mutual friend’s wedding in 2010. In the midst of an epic dance party (courtesy of Dave’s iPod), Stephanie requested Katy Perry’s “California Girls” and after a brief but heated negotiation, Dave obliged. Even though Dave had done Stephanie a huge solid by playing the tired old pop song, the following week Steph ignored Dave’s Facebook request and rejected his email invitation to dinner when they returned to New York.
After being utterly rejected, Dave tried to forget about Stephanie and almost did until a year later when the Colgate five-year reunion brought the two together again. Amid the hallowed halls of Ye Old Stone Jug (Colgate’s premier late-night venue), Dave put on his best boyish charm and again asked Steph to dinner when they returned to New York. This time he wouldn’t take no for an answer and this time, albeit begrudgingly, Stephanie accepted and they’ve been together ever since.

Wedding Blog Stephanie and Daves Engagement

Wedding Blog Stephanie and Daves Engagement

Our engagement took place on a trip to Dave’s family vacation home in Florida where Dave surprised me with a ring at sunset on the beach…. I should have seen it coming but it took me by surprise and poor Dave had been stressing after being stopped by both airport security and while getting on the plane about the ring, but somehow I didn’t notice. Dave also had planned ahead and hired a photographer, discreetly posing as another casual couple on the beach, to capture the whole proposal so my family in Los Angeles could see it all.

Wedding Blog Stephanie and Daves Engagement

Wedding Blog Stephanie and Daves Engagement

Wedding Blog Stephanie and Daves Engagement

Wedding Blog Stephanie and Daves Engagement

Wedding Blog Stephanie and Daves Engagement

Wedding Blog Stephanie and Daves Engagement

Vendor: Photography: Michael Radford

Liz and Steve planned a crazy personal and intimate wedding for their friends and family at Spohr Gardens in Cape Cod. The outdoor ceremony over a dock was followed by a crazy fun night of family style Italian food and of course, oysters and mojitos by candlelight. Photographer Evangeline Lane is to blame for all these gorgeous images! We so love the personality and love that shines through!

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod
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What made the wedding special and unique?

The people, the timing and the location! Cape Cod is one of our favorite places and after living there this past winter we decided it would be the perfect place to have our wedding. We really lucked out with finding local vendors whose vision were inline with ours. Having such talented people to work with meant we could relax (a bit!) while letting them do what they do best. We also loved having the ceremony outdoors right over the water at Spohr Gardens – it was breathtaking and helped us to be present. It was also special having the reception at one of our favorite restaurants at the Cape. Once we walked inside it feel like we were all transported to Italy for the night with all of our favorite people, it was magical!

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

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

The gown is from BHLDN and is by the Australian designer, Rachel Gilbert. I saw the sequins and bought it immediately – there was only one left! I have a thing about sequins…I just love a bit of sparkle must be the jewelry designer side of me. The dress was also great for dancing which is always important to factor in!

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

What were some touches added to make it personal?

We are both designers (karaslawrence.com) and we were very excited to design the invites and wedding website. We used a photo I took at boardwalk beach and Steve designed the invites, thank you cards and built the website. I also had fun illustrating a map of the area for our guest! We worked with local printers and paper stores in, Providence. Our friend Cory (mrcoryrobinson.com), helped us with the lovely hand-painted signs and table numbers. I also had fun making Steve’s wedding band and our friend Bernice (machajewelry.com) made my lovely band. My cousin Jeff also played acoustic guitar during the ceremony it was awesome to have friends and family be a part of the festivities! We feel very lucky to have such talented friends!

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

What was the most memorable part of the day?

This is hard to answer! One moment that stands out was when we walked up to the reception at Osteria La Civetta and saw a Vespa with a hand-painted sign with our names on it–the owner, Sara’s mother had made it for us as a surprise. There were also a bunch of beautiful candles outside and we could see everyone through the glass windows talking, eating oysters and drinking mojitos; I don’t even think they even noticed us! It was very special and of course, the speeches, the food, the music and the dancing! Another moment was right after the ceremony when we went with the photographers to our favorite beach. Our friends had tied Narragansett Del’s Shandy cans to the back of our Volvo, they were bouncing around like crazy. When we arrived at the beach it was amazing to have a quiet moment together to take it all in before the reception began. Now we love looking back on all the beautiful photographs that Evangeline took. It felt effortless having Evangeline Lane and Evan there to shoot our wedding; they fit right into the crowd and were always right there when something special was happening! I love looking at the photograph of our guests at the ceremony blowing bubbles and taking photos, I feel like I am looking at still from a Wes Anderson film. Moments like this are what made our day!

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Greenpoint thought mutual friends who were visiting. After we met we slowly realized we had so much in common we grew up like 20 minutes away, went to the same college, both majored in graphic design and new a lot of the same people. Somehow we had never met until that day! Steve lived in Philly at the time and I had recently moved to NYC. It was a really fun time! I loved going to Philly and Steve loved visiting me in NYC. It was exciting getting to know each other while exploring two cities, but we spent way too much time on the Chinatown bus. Eventually Steve decided to move to NYC and the rest is history. Seven years later we got engaged in Arizona at the north rim of the Grand Canyon it was beautiful!

Wedding Blog Boho Glam Wedding on Cape Cod

 

Vendors: Photography: Evangeline Lane // Ceremony: Spohr Gardens // Reception: Osteria La Civetta // Cake/Dessert : Windfall Market // DJ/Band: DJ Dox Ellis // Bridal Gown: BHLDN // Shoes: Sam Edleman Gladiators // Engagement Ring: Vintage, Rose gold w/ rose cut diamonds // Wedding Bands: Bride: Macha Jewelry and Groom: Liz Karas // Grooms suit: John Varvatos // MOH: J.Crew // Best Man: Banana Republic // Flowers: Astrid, Windfall Market // Reception Stylist: Sara the co-owner of Osteria La Civetta

Blueberry hues and oyster shells. An unlikely combo, yet a surprisingly lovely pair. Whether the sea is nearby, or simply close to the heart, the details allow one to feel as though the saltwater beckons. The bride wears a simple dress and carries a delicate rainbow of blues. Wild ocean-hued floral arrangements are paired with muted gray oyster shells and Russian olive sprigs and loosely arranged as a table runner. The oyster shells proudly stand in as salt and pepper cellars. A simple cake atop a distressed metal stand is adorned with blueberries and conveys as much elegance as it does the simplicity of seaside living. The scattered blueberries are a darker version of the lovely pearls oysters gift to us. In a thoughtful gesture, hand-written thank you notes from the couple are left in anticipation of each guest. Lovely, no?

Erin Kate Photography gifts us with both images and styling, with flowers by Soil & Stem and a sweet cake by Tulie Bakery.

Wedding Blog Blueberries and Oyster Shells: Seaside Inspiration
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Wedding Blog Blueberries and Oyster Shells: Seaside Inspiration

Wedding Blog Blueberries and Oyster Shells: Seaside Inspiration

Wedding Blog Blueberries and Oyster Shells: Seaside Inspiration

Wedding Blog Blueberries and Oyster Shells: Seaside Inspiration

Wedding Blog Blueberries and Oyster Shells: Seaside Inspiration

Wedding Blog Blueberries and Oyster Shells: Seaside Inspiration

Wedding Blog Blueberries and Oyster Shells: Seaside Inspiration

Wedding Blog Blueberries and Oyster Shells: Seaside Inspiration

Wedding Blog Blueberries and Oyster Shells: Seaside Inspiration

Vendors: Photography & Styling: Erin Kate Photography // Floral Design: Soil & Stem // Cake: Tulie Bakery