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The Pigeon Letters and CK Event Design combined creative forces to bring to life a soft and elegant wedding design paired with green accents and modern touches. Oregan’s Bindery in McMinnville provided the perfect backdrop for the look with soft light pouring in through the endless windows and a subtle industrial feel, it let every element shine. A beautiful marriage of romantic and edgy shines in The Pigeon Letters‘s hand lettered invitations, the tablescape with black accents, a green geode cake by Dream Cakes and of course the lush, feminine florals at every turn by Metal + Moss. Lucky for us, Lauryn Kay Photography was on hand to capture all the details in these gorgeous photographs.

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Photography: Lauryn Kay Photography // Calligraphy and Event Design: Peggy Dean of The Pigeon Letters // Paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants // Coordination and Styling: Valerie Senff for CK Event Design // Floral Design: Metal + Moss // Cake: Dream Cakes // Wedding Gown: Elizabeth Dye // Makeup and Hair Stylist: Kelli Gasaway // Tableware: Vintage Mingle // Party Rentals: The Party Place // Jewelry: Little Sycamore // Model: Anandi Cade // Floral Ribbons: Silk and Willow

 

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Bride Sarah fell in love with Georgia’s Cumberland Island years before her engagement to Bryan, and knew it was the perfect place to invite their friends and family from around the world to celebrate their wedding. The couple hosted the weekend  at Greyfield Inn, a romantic historic property with breathtakingly beautiful grounds. Their personalized events included special details nodding to the bride’s Scottish heritage and a muted white color palette that let the beauty of the surroundings shine. Amy Arrington was on hand to capture it all and we’re excited to share the lovely images with you today!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The picturesque, protected Cumberland Island provided the most amazing environment for our wedding, I fell in love with the island the first time I stepped foot on it to go camping years back.  The wild horses, untouched beaches, and no one else around for miles made it the perfect place to share with the people most important to us. The atmosphere of Cumberland Island and Greyfield Inn feels like a step backwards in time, isolated from life’s usual distractions. It was a weekend to focus on being together with our favorite people from all over the globe. The Greyfield Inn, built by the Carnegie family in 1900 and converted to an inn in 1962, hosted our guests in addition to our rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception. We had the entire inn to ourselves, and the charm and romance of Greyfield paired with the hospitality of the staff was unforgettable. Chef Whitney Otawka and beverage director Christopher Becerra worked with us to create amazing tasting experiences all weekend long. The whole experience had so many personal touches, we couldn’t have been happier with how the whole weekend went.

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

I had no preconceptions when it came to wedding dresses; I had not dreamed of a specific wedding dress so I went into wedding dress shopping with an open mind. Not being the biggest shopping fan I was a little overwhelmed by the choices at first. However, I do love to dress up and love classic lines and a touch of vintage. I tried a number of classic ballgowns on and they looked beautiful but they didn’t seem in fitting with the outside wedding we had planned. I headed to Bridals by Lori in Atlanta as they have such a wide selection and pulled tons of gowns with nothing seeming to be quite right. Then I described our wedding setting and one of the assistants went to grab a couple more dresses. Once I put on the dress I knew it was the perfect one for the day and venue. The beautiful embroidered pattern running down the skirt reminded me of the Spanish moss hanging from the trees on Cumberland Island. I remember Skyping my mum back in the UK to tell her I had found the dress and tearing up a little.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

The rehearsal dinner menu had a British twist through out (I moved from Scotland to the USA in 2009), we had posh fish and chips and then sticky toffee pudding for dessert. We were able to customize all the food and wine selections, and our favorite cocktails were handcrafted for our guests. The ceremony was performed by a dear friend of the groom and we worked with him to plan the entire ceremony and wrote our own vows. The weekend definitely felt like it was designed for us. It was great that we had the entire Inn to ourselves and our wedding party. There were so many small wedding details too that were personal from my family’s tartan on my dad’s tie to the horseshoe that I carried for good luck – a tradition from back in the UK.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

It’s almost impossible to narrow down; we had a whole weekend of memories with the most incredible people, some we hadn’t seen in years. Almost all of our guests were from out of state or out of the country – we were honored to have so many guests make the journey to Cumberland Island. But the most memorable part of the weekend has to be standing in front of all of our family and friends watching the love of my life starring right back with a big grin promising to spend the rest of his life with me.

Tell us how you met and became engaged?

Both of us had been encouraged by friends to try this new dating app that neither of us had heard of, but I think everyone has heard of Tinder by now! But when our friends introduced us to the app it hadn’t been out that long and everyone was just learning how entertaining it was to swipe left or right. Bryan was a day trader and I was a research scientist and I can’t imagine how our lives would have crossed path without this app. When we went on our first date he was certainly more interesting and animated than any other guy I’d met.

With our engagement I think Bryan had a challenge trying to catch me off guard, I’m not great with surprises. He knew I was maybe on to him and we had a trip coming up to Rome which I thought was an obvious choice. So he caught me off guard one night as I returned home from work. I hadn’t a clue what he had planned, all I knew was he kept calling to see why I was running so late that day. When I opened the door I saw rose petals leading throughout the house and I just stopped everything to register what was happening. As I walked in I saw photos strung through the house, chronologically displaying so many fantastic moments of our times together, then balloons, more petals and roses, and at the end my boyfriend all dressed up and smiling from ear to ear!

Photographer: Amy Arrington // Flowers: Island Flowers and Garden // Stationery: Minted // Venue: Greyfield Inn // Hair and Make-up: Kristen Waiting, Helmet Atlanta // Dress Designer: Eve of Milady / Bridals by Lori // Bridemaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Bella Bridemaids // Cake: Tamatha Cain Choux Cake Studio // Groom: Ralph Lauren Purple Label Saks Fifth Avenue // Music: Music by Pegge, Pegge Ealum // Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Vintage Setting: I. Switt Fine Antique Silver & Jewelry Philadelphia PA

 

You know we can’t help ourselves when it comes to a great palette and the punches of poppy red in this editorial co-designed by Hannah Bjorndal and Claire Duran Weddings & Events have us swooning. We see a lot of beautiful blush and neutral palettes in wedding world—always beautiful!—but bold colors are a lot harder to come by, and such a stunning statement when done right! Red can sometimes feel heavy or intense, but in this case it’s so light and elegant in the details at Great Marsh Estate which included stationery by Wild Hearts Calligraphy, a modern trio of cakes by Fluffy Thoughts and gorgeous florals by Casa Delirio.

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Photographer: Hannah Bjorndal // Planning & Styling: Claire Duran Weddings & Events // Floral Design: Casa Delirio // Stationery & Paper Goods: Wild Hearts Calligraphy // Venue: Great Marsh Estate // Gown & Jewelry: BHLDN // Cakes: Fluffy Thoughts // Men’s Formalwear: The Black Tux // Ring: Susie Saltzman // Welcome Gift: The Welcoming District // Models: Marla & DJ Bondoc // Linens: Nuage Design // Hair: Shear Society // Makeup: Valerie Hammer Makeup Artistry // Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // Workshop Co-Hosts: Hannah Bjorndal &  Anna + Mateo // Rentals: White Glove // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

You know we love a great color palette and you can imagine our delight when we laid eyes on these images from Radostina Photography. Set against the rural farmland and scenic landscape of Arden Wood Events, this inspiration shoot is filled with subtle pops of bold hues like neon coral, rich blue and punchy yellow balanced by blush and ivory neutrals. Creative director Party Crush Studio highlighted their rental linens in the romantic garden party tablescape featuring florals and installations by Dream Flowers Design StudioPaper Love introduces the look with a textured calligraphy invitation suite while a citrus-adorned cake by Batter Up Cakery is the final a showpiece, beautifully summing up playful romance of the editorial.

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Photographer: Radostina Photography // Creative Direction, Ribbons & Linen: Party Crush Studio // Florals & Ceremony Installation: Dream Flowers Design Studio // Calligrapher & Stationery: Paper Love // Venue: Arden Wood Events // Wedding Cake Design: Batter Up Cakery // Hair & Makeup Artist: Jessica Morton // Wedding Dress: Shop Gossamer // Rentals Chiavari Guys: The Chiavari Guys // Model: Aislinn

 

An alluring aesthetic, the appeal of a classical old world villa, a sensuous journey into a world drawn from hundreds of years in the past. A romantic, mystical and ultimately beautiful adventure into a far-away world in a land halfway across the earth. This was the inspiration of Rainbow Chan Weddings & Events for “Old World Villa” set in the breathtaking Villa Le Fontanelle in Florence, Italy. The team included Copihue Floral Studio and stationer Ivory and Twine with stunning photography byArtiese Studios. Read on to get all the behind-the-scenes scoop from the visionary planners, themselves.

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from the planner: Creating a gorgeous wedding space in an authentic Italian villa, and having an enchanting Mediterranean canvas to create a majestic work from our palette of colours, styles, and textures, our stylists and planners were thrilled to craft one of our most ambitious styled shoots yet. Inspired by a floral approach, with an overarching loose and organic framework in recreating a beautiful garden for a wedding space, our stylists and planners had worked with plenty of textures and colors to create something so vibrant and beautiful. From pale shades of pink, lilac, and white, to hues of brown and grey to attune the mood to the Mediterranean land, our piece is truly an “old world” style through a modern approach.

To authentically capture the old world theme, a trip to Florence in Italy was the only way to truly encapsulate such an eclectic style. And no better place is there than the famous Villa Le Fontalle, a fifteenth century farm situated on the beautiful Florentine valley overlooking an awe-inspiring view that has drawn many to its quarters for hundreds of years. And so too were we drawn to the historic villa for our styled shoot. Making perfect use of the centuries – old villa’s pristine gardens, its historic terraces, and building a beautiful scene overlooking the rolling hills of Florence was a truly magical experience.

For the floral approach, our stylists had employed various effervescent bouquets of varying colours in a multitude of hues; from carnation pink to a regal lilac purple, all playfully brought together in a context drawn out by lush and powerful greenery strewn about the villa’s old world walls, creating an eternally beautiful and altogether magical aesthetic. For the wedding space’s choice in stationeries, our stylists had hand-picked several elements that exemplify a light and airy theme set in an old world villa style; using light shades of pink and violet, hints of gold, and incorporating an old wax seal with the softest pink ribbons creates an uplifting and elegant atmosphere that’s inescapably enchanting.

With a simplistic and minimalist cake ensemble that ever-so-slightly incorporates the Mediterranean greenery, an awe-inspiring ring and ringbox which echoes the overall light and airy theme, and all the assorted accessories used to build an organic and lively tablescape in true old world fashion, our styled shoot is a true beauty to behold. So come along with us, join in our journey to a Florentine villa in a world born centuries in the past yet lives and breathes to this very day. Experience the allure of an old world aesthetic, and be enchanted by our latest styled shoot, “Old World Villa”.

Wedding Planner: Rainbow Chan Weddings & Events // Photographer: Artiese Studios // Florist: Copihue Floral Studio // Stationery: Ivory and Twine // Venue: Villa Le Fontanelle // Make-Up/Hair: Consuelo Cardella // Models: (Female) Bianca Senatore // Gowns: Pearl Bridal House // Rings/Ring box: Cynthia Findlay // Rentals: Roland’s Social & Business Catering