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Vivian Lyttle Events and team were inspired by the beauty of simplicity. Using cool tones of white, grey and black, with touches of green and marble – they tell the story of a serene morning wedding morning. The bride’s By Catalfo gown, ethereal and flowing, is accented by her black birdcage veil. Textural, letterpress, calligraphy and wax seals in the invitation suite by Bon Paper House are timeless and accented by a luxe grey The Mrs. Box, and an Ikebana-inspired, floral centerpiece brings the slightest warmth to the cool, modern tablescape. The soft grey and white linens pick up the architecture of Dundurn Castle, the perfect romantic setting for a gorgeous wedding day. Kurtz Orpia Photography was the mastermind behind the lens and captured the dreamy details in these film photographs.

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Photos: Kurtz Orpia Photography // Styling: Vivian Lyttle Events // Floral Design: Fiorella Floral Design // Stationery: Bon Paper House //  // Venue: Dundurn Castle // Gown & Robe: By Catalfo // Decor: Simply Beautiful Decor // Make-up: Fiona Man Make-up Artist // Hair: Jolease Genge – Glow Hair & Beauty // Veils: Frilly Bits // Cake: Sweet Avenue Cakery // Model: Bailey from Vogue Models & Talent // Film Lab: Canadian Film Lab // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Planner Simply Charming Socials and host Four Corners Photography  put together a stunning inspiration shoot that aimed to show brides how to create a clean, beautiful, modern wedding in an otherwise empty, open space. Crisp whites, organic details, lush greenery, and florals create the perfect look for a modern wedding space and reception. Climbing greenery by Gold & Bloom Floral Design on the walls is a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony site, accentuating the attention on the brides—one in a Houghton NYC pantsuit and dreamy Jaclyn Jordan NY cape, while the other bride wears a simple Rebecca Schoneveld gown. Christa O’Brien Photography was behind the lens capturing this fresh spin on the industrial loft wedding design.

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Photographer: Christa O’Brien Photography // Host: Four Corners Photography // Design & Styling: Simply Charming Socials // Florals: Gold & Bloom Floral Design // Venue: Ambient Studio // Bridal Shop: The Sentimentalist // Dress Designers: Rebecca Schoneveld (Lani’s Dress) // Cake: Peche Petite Boutique Bakery // Pantsuit: Houghton NYC // Hair Accessory: Jennifer Behr // Cape: Jaclyn Jordan NY // Hair & Makeup: Jade Jamrozy Hair & Makeup Artistry // Paper Goods: Minted. // Rings: Trumpet & Horn // Talent: Kristin Brock with Salt Agency & Lani Beale // Plates & Glassware: Blue Eyed Yonder // Furniture: Presentime Rentals // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

A shout out to all the Hamilton-obsessed brides out there—this one’s for you! This styled shoot is Auburn + Ivory‘s American Colonial brain-child and it’s stunning. The team of super talented vendors took very literal inspiration from the musical and transformed it into a marriage of modern simplicity and elegant colonial details. Cheer Up Press set the tone with letterpress stationery in dusty pastels, warm pinks, robin’s egg blue and gold—a color scheme that translated beautifully into spectacular florals by State + Arrow Design Co. and Katie Reed of Old Slate Farm. Rich velvet textures and a breathtaking Carolina Herrera gown reference the colonial vibe while feeling totally current and a cake by Wendy Kromer is the perfect grand finale. Lucky for us, Henry Photography, was on hand to capture all the details in these gorgeous fine art images.

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Setting out, we wanted to give the “Hamilton” obsessed brides modern, fine-art inspiration from the musical to incorporate in their own weddings. The musical has a spellbinding way of bringing our early American history into a palpable modern experience, and we imagined today’s bride wanting to recreate that feeling as well.

The color palette is inspired by the colors of the musical, the neutral parchment color in homage to his prolific writing, the blues of his military days, and the tawny brown of Hamilton’s (non-military) coat. We also included the different colors associated with all three Schuyler sisters- teals and robin’s egg blue for Eliza, warm rich pinks and red for Angelica, and golds and yellow for Peggy; all present in our shoot just as all three were uniquely present in the Hamilton story.

Our team also wanted to reflect an admiration for the specific historical period of Hamilton’s wedding in December of 1780, so we included specific antique pieces like the colonial dressing mirror, English china, dining chairs, bone dice, fan, and musket. We joined these actual antiques with period-inspired modern details, including the engagement ring from Susie Saltzman and groom’s handmade cravat from the Lesser Bear.

Adria of State + Arrow, and Katie of Old Slate Farm collaborated beautifully on creating florals that were both modern and transporting. Both florists looked to American colonial floral paintings for inspiration, using flowers that would have been available to late 18th century brides, and arranging them in painterly ways. State + Arrow’s lush arrangements and bouquets highlighted the romance of the Hamilton story. Pomegranates and persimmons were included as homage to the Hamilton’s December wedding date. The stunning installation of overgrown greenery and florals created by Old Slate Farm reminds viewers that this is a world straddling modern day and the past.

The most notable details of the shoot, the dress and models, were directly inspired by both Hamilton the musical and the colonial style; the dress was the perfect marriage of modern simplicity and elegant colonial details and the bride’s white hair color was trendy and modern, but also reminiscent of the powdered wig styles of the period.

Our team worked to add small and specific details in homage to Hamilton the musical, with Alexander and Eliza appearing on place cards (as well as Angelica and Peggy), “may you always be satisfied” styled on parchment in preparation for a toast, one of Hamilton’s actual letters to Eliza handwritten and included in the detail vignette, antique postage featuring the Marquis de Lafayette styled with the invitation suite, and the ring pictured with a photo of The Grange, where Hamilton wed Eliza.

Photographer: Henry Photography // Concept + Design: Auburn + Ivory // Florist (bouquet + Centerpiece): State + Arrow Design Co. // Floral Installations: Katie Reed of Old Slate Farm // Stationery: Cheer Up Press // Venue: Old Slate Farm (florist’s home) // Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera // Wedding Veil: Vera Wang / La Jeune Marieé Bridal // Ring: Susie Saltzman // Wedding Cake: Wendy Kromer // Silks and Velvets, Custom Cravat: The Lesser Bear // Beauty: Angie Warren Artistry // Manicure: Charlotte Lucas // Men’s Suiting: Pursuit Yourself // Shoes: Trademark // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Planner Gabby of Banks & Leaf and photographer Lisa O Dwyer came together at Ireland’s historic Gloster House to produce this breathtaking inspiration shoot. The estate of the venue is stunning with old-world architecture and landscapes while the moody glam of the details give it a fresh, romantic tone. Rose-centric florals by Dash Caffrey are gathered and gorgeous, Lenka Calligraphy updates classic calligraphy with bold colors and whimsical lettering, and Cupcakes and Counting steals the show with a spectacular three-tiered black cake with gold leafing and decadent sugar roses. Check out the romantic inspiration story and these gorgeous Lisa O Dwyer below.

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The story of this inspiration shoot is of a beautiful red-haired Irish girl who lives in a very classical romantic country house in the countryside. She falls in love with a city-boy from Dublin. She shows him the beauty of the Irish countryside and the classical beauty of the house where she grew up. She envisions two looks for her wedding.

In the first look with a gold silk dress from House of Delphine (a French designer living in County Kerry), she is the Irish Queen Maebh. The meaning of the Irish of her name is “she who intoxicates” or “mead woman” (mead is the Celtic honey-wine which is the origin of the word “honeymoon”). Her crystal crown is from Gems & Bones. Her bouquet has tones of copper and autumn, foraged around the florist’s property in County Cavan.

The second look that the bride envisions is classic and timeless, a white lace dress and veil by House of Delphine. The lace reminds her of her ancestors and the legacy of her family and Irish lace-making. Her bouquet is lush with tones of red. The red reminds her that winter is coming and that the red berries of the rowan tree and holly will be decorating the Irish landscape.

The dinner will be set for the wedding inside her home at Gloster House. She loves the dark richness of the centuries-old family table for the wedding meal. She has a dark cake with handmade sugar flowers by Cup Cakes and Counting. Her stationery is in navy, cream, crimson, and gold by Lenka Calligraphy. Her family heirlooms play a part in the dinner setting…she is home for now.

Photographer: Lisa O Dwyer // Stylist / Planner: Banks & Leaf // Floral Designer: Dash Caffrey // Stationery: Lenka Calligraphy // Venue: Gloster House // Film Lab: Boutique Film Lab // Dress Designer: House of Delphine // Cake Designer: Cupcakes and Counting // Quartz Crowns: Etsy  // Makeup: Beth W Makeup // Hair: Michaella OHalloran

 

 

We love EVERYTHING Sylvie Gil Photography, so it’s no surprise that her recent workshop has us swooning. Planned and designed by Firefly Events, the styling includes silk accents in dreamy pastels, hand-touched elegance in the paper details by  Yonder Design with calligraphy by Plume Calligraphy, soft and stunning florals by Floresie and super romantic gowns from the likes of Vera Wang  and Claire Pettibone. Oh—not to mention—it’s all set against a stunning French countryside backdrop at Chateau de Varennes. Make sure to read below for the team’s inspirational back story of secret black tie masquerade ball. So fun! And it’s all here for us to enjoy in Sylvie Gil Photography‘s signature fine-art style.

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from Firefly Events: Our bride and groom met at a secret black tie masquerade ball in Burgundy. They saw each other from across the room and were instantly drawn to one another. They spent the rest of the evening together and decided then and there to elope. They snuck away to a nearby abandoned chateau and tied the knot, just the two of them. The next day they sent word to a few of their closest friends to join them in an intimate celebration.

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography / Sylvie Gil Workshops // Planning & Design: Firefly Events // Production Designers: Wanderlust // Floral Design: Floresie // Paper Goods: Yonder Design // Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy // Venue: Chateau de Varennes // Business Class: Shanna Skidmore // Hair & Makeup: Marina G // Media Sponsor: Style Me Pretty // Cakes: Apoline Cake Design & Nine Cakes // Gown #1 in the stairs: Costarellos / Loho Bride // Gown #2 at ceremony & hallway: Vera Wang  // Gown #2 at sunset w/ lace back: Claire Pettibone // Groom Outfits: The Black Tux // Jewelry: Bekah-Anne // Lingerie: Odile de Changy-Paris // Lingerie robe: Claire Pettibone // Macaroons-sweets: Cakes in the City // Masks: Curious Fair // Hair pieces, Table runners & Ribbons: Orchidée de soie // Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box // Rings: Susie Saltzman // Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes  // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Tabletop Rentals: Vaiselle Vintage // Tabletop Ceramics: Hortense Montarnal // Furniture Rentals: Options // Film: Kodak // Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab