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We have Cynthia Martyn Fine Events to thank for all the dreamy inspiration in today’s soft and romantic editorial at Harding Waterfront Estate. The neutral palette is gorgeous for any season—we’re especially loving the way it’s applied in the lush florals by Sweet Woodruff and layers of tabletop enhancements and textures. Plume Calligraphy invitations and a stunning Saint Isabel Bridal gown add refinement while an antique hot air balloon basket adorned with colorful balloons adds a touch of whimsy. Grey Collective member Corina V. Photography captured it all in her signature film style and the images are sure to delight!

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Photography: Corina V. Photography // Styling & Creative Production: Cynthia Martyn Fine Events // Floral Design: Sweet Woodruff // Calligraphy & Stationery: Plume Calligraphy // Venue: Harding Waterfront Estate, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada // Gown: Saint Isabel Bridal // Harvest Table & Chairs: Detailz Chair Couture // Cinematography: Corinne McDonald Films // Tabletop Rentals: Plate Occasions // Hair & Makeup: Olivia Ha // Table Runner: Silk & Willow // Balloons: Cynthia Martyn Fine Events // Hot Air Balloon Basket: Plate Occasions // Diamond Rings, Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet: !XAM Diamonds // Vintage Ring Boxes: Cynthia Martyn Fine Events // Cake: Cakelaine

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Rani and Tim’s vineyard wedding in North East Maryland, was a lovely blend of a modern farm aesthetic and the bride’s rich cultural background. Rani’s mother is from New Delhi and the traditions of her heritage were woven into the day like the elephant motif symbolizing prosperity and good luck, and the bride’s henna as well as her grandmother’s bright ruby jewelry. Amanda’s Florist created relaxed, white florals that tied into the beautiful landscape and Ashley Relvas Photography was on hand to capture all the details and moments of the day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I had never dreamed of what this day would be like having grown up with two older brothers – it just wasn’t something that was brought up very often. Yet, when it came time for my husband and I to make decisions on what we envisioned, things clicked very nicely. Trusting our gut instincts on what we loved the most, we, along with friends and family created an unforgettable day.

After attending weddings into the double digits year after year, we knew the core elements of what we enjoyed the most at a great party – delicious food, flowing booze and music that got every single person out of their seats – everything else was just a bonus. We saw four venues – the last being the one. We fell in love all over again at Elk Manor and were ecstatic to have an amazing all-in-one venue with an established caterer to boot.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

With my mom being from New Delhi and my dad having been born and raised on the east coast and of Irish descent (similar to that of my husband), I wanted to weave both cultures into the celebration to reflect our union.

Any bright colors typically work for Indian weddings while red is typically reserved for the bride. I wore my grandmother’s ruby earrings and necklace to reflect that bright, vibrant color while maintaining a neutral/peach and gold color scheme throughout the bridal party outfits and decorations. The rubies were such a special piece to the day – my grandmother wore them at her wedding and my mother at hers – it was amazing to have three generations of love represented in the jewelry set. Mehndi (Henna) is an Indian tradition when it comes to weddings and I was so happy to have ornate designs on my hands which are known to symbolize joy and happiness.

Elephants symbolize prosperity and good luck, so it was easy for us to make this beautiful animal a cornerstone of our wedding. The gold elephants helped tie together white flowers and other rustic touches to create simple centerpieces that stood out.

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

I went with traditional western clothing for the big day, aiming for embellished and detailed looks. I lucked out at a BHLDN sample sale and came home with two incredible dresses – one for the ceremony and one for the party. For the ladies, I had been loving some Adrianna Papell and decided on full length, neutral embellished gowns. The guys wore navy with peach ties helping to give a balanced and attractive color scheme to our outdoor, by-the-water wedding.

We could not have been happier with our wedding and are so thankful to have such an amazing group of family and friends that surround us and were there to help us celebrate the best day of our lives.

Photography: Ashley Relvas Photography // Florist: Amanda’s Florist // Invitations: Direct from India // Venue: The Winery at Elk Manor // Wedding Dresses: BHLDN // Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell // Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes // Hair: Kristina Wolfe // Makeup: Blush Makeup LLC // Catering: Rogue Fine Catering // Band: Rich Posmontier Ensemble  // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

 

Kristen and Ken’s spring Scottsdale wedding at Four Seasons Scottsdale was truly out of a fairy tale. This gorgeous couple believes that there are few things that are more beautiful than bright, delicate and feminine pops of color against a dusty desert panorama. Designed by Outstanding Occasions, rich magenta florals by Petal Pusher and geometric candle holders were the perfect accessories to the dainty and chic outdoor ceremony. The brilliantly creative Elyse Hall captured all of the intimate moments that this picture perfect celebration had to offer. We’re obsessed and know you will be too!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

With 100% of the guests traveling from out-of-state, the choice of destination was very special and unique to us, as many of our guests haven’t visited Arizona. This was a place that I grew up visiting with my parents as they have a second home here. We were excited to have our dearest friends and family celebrate the weekend with us, so we truly made it a three day affair!

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

I found my gown during a shopping trip with my mom in Atlanta. The hand-beading and detailing was exquisite.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Making the wedding day personal and unique was very important to me. From the welcome bag with our favorite hand-picked items, and a play on the southwest Arizona aesthetic, to the custom made dream catcher escort cards; we truly wanted our guests to feel appreciated, taken care of and feel the southwest vibe throughout. The entire design played off my favorite color of pink, while keeping our location in mind. From fuchsia and gold foiled stationery with a blind embossed aztec print, to our bougainvillea adorned ceremony arch; we added my favorite color in chic ways throughout.

Ken and I are also aren’t huge dancers, so we brought in more of a classic rock band to play our favorite music. Additionally, Ken is from Canada, so we ended the night with a Poutin Bar to play off  his hometown.

Photography: Elyse Hall // Planning: Outstanding Occasions // Flowers / Furniture / Bars: Petal Pusher // Paper Products / Welcome Bags/ Custom Napkins: idieh design // Venue / Cake / Food / Beverage: Four Seasons Scottsdale // Bride’s Dress: Rivini // Veil: Toni Federici // Bridal Shop: Bridals by Lori,  Atlanta, GA // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Hayley Paige from Nordstrom // Suits: Mens Wearhouse // Escort Card Dream Catchers: Bearlanders Trading

 

The inspiration for this shoot designed by Spell Events was derived directly from the whimsy of the lush surrounding of the venue Tiny Boxwoods in Houston, Texas. The gardens are filled with charm and ambience and the team wanted to match that whimsey with the style of the editorial details. Bringing on floral-magic-maker Maxit Flower Design was a must. The abundant florals are romantic, graceful and filled with unexpected details like figs and seasonal fruits. Silk & Willow‘s moody linens are the perfect accent to the colors and warm feels from Maxit’s arrangements, while A Fine Flourish added a timeless touch with calligraphy. We’re loving all the rentals, but the farm table that was built for the shot by the design team is definitely a show piece. If romance and whimsy are what you’re looking for—this one has it all and every, single gorgeous detail is captured in these beautiful images by Awake Photography.

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Coordinating/Design/Furniture: Spell Events // Photography: Awake Photography // Florals/Design: Maxit Flower Design // Calligraphy & Invitation Suite: A Fine Flourish // Venue: Tiny Boxwoods // Wedding Cake: Buttercup Bakery // Hair & Makeup: Blush Worthy // Alice Chairs: Johanna Terry Events // Glassware & Flatware: Aztec Events & Tents // Live Painting: Jamie Lewis Artistry // Wedding Dress: Whittington Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Shoes, & Accessories: BHLDN // Hairpieces: The Botanist Co. // Linens: Silk & Willow // Rings: Susie Saltzman // Chandelier: Décor and More Rentals // Bride Model: Madison Miller // Groom Model: Tyler Spell // Bridesmaids Models: Shelby Bastins / Emily McCollum // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Andrea and Jacob’s traditional wedding in Santa Barbara took place at the The Biltmore with an outdoor ceremony and a ballroom reception. The sun shone down on the day, coordinated by KB Events, and filled with white and pink florals and classic details like the Santa Barbara String Quartet playing the couple’s favorite Beatles songs as the bridal party processed down the aisle. The standout, though, is Andrea’s beautiful Monique Lhuillier ballgown—so beautiful!! Lucky for us Anna Costa was on hand to capture all the delightful details of the day in these images. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding special was the fact that so many of our family and friends traveled to be there. It was great to share our special day with so many of our friends and family.  What also made it special was the beautiful location. The Four Seasons Biltmore at Santa Barbara’s beautiful grounds provided an excellent setting for our wedding.

Tell us about the dress and how you found it!

I wore a Monique Lhuillier wedding ball gown. Before I found my wedding dress, I had gone to several bridal shops and tried on numerous wedding dresses. However, I just didn’t find one I completely loved. Randomly one day after lunch with my mom and sister, we walked by the bridal boutique at Nordstrom and I saw a beautiful dress on display. I tried it on and knew that was the dress I wanted to wear on my wedding day. It was strapless with a sweetheart neckline. The color, which was a mix of ivory and latte, in addition to the beading appliqués on the bodice and skirt gave the dress a bit of a vintage look. The skirt was my favorite part of the gown because it was asymmetrically layered, which gave it a more modern feel. Needless to say, it was a very romantic dress.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

One of the personal touches was our selection of the music. We had the string quartet play some of our favorite Beatles songs (Across The Universe, Eight Days A Week) during the procession. We also took time deciding what would play during our first dance. It was important for the song to be a classic; something soulful and something we’d want to hear years from the day. We chose Sam Cook’s Nothing Can Change This Love. Also, during the ceremony, we did the lasso and arras ceremonies, both of which are rooted in Filipino culture and is an upheld tradition in Andrea’s family. The lasso symbolizes lifetime unity or the everlasting union of the bride and groom when they officially become husband and wife, as well as the symbol of marital protection. The coins were to symbolize our promise to constantly provide for one another.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day for us was the ceremony. Our officiant, Father Battaglia, made our ceremony fun and so meaningful. Being able to say our vows to each other in front of all our loved ones really was special. Also, Andrea and I knew that our wedding day would fly by in an instant, so anytime we realized an important event was occurring (signing our marriage license, first dance, cutting the cake) we would look at each other and say “bask in the moment!” so that we could take the time to enjoy our surroundings, the company of our loved ones, and each other.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Andrea and I met at UCLA, specifically while walking around Drake stadium. We actually lived on the same floor and saw each other all the time in the common study hall. It was there that we became best friends over time and eventually realized we should be together. Four years later, when I was in the middle of law school and Andrea had just started a PhD program, I took her back to UCLA and proposed to her on the top of Janss Steps, which sits on top of a hill overlooking much of the campus, including Drake stadium where we first met.

Santa Barbara Wedding // Andrea + Jacob // Four Seasons The Biltmore from Film Foto Fusion on Vimeo.

Photographer: Anna Costa // Coordinator: KB Events // Florist / Wedding Colors: Grassroots // Invitations: Minted // Venue & Caterer: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara // Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier // Videographer: Film Foto Fusion // Officiant: Father Joseph Battaglia // Ceremony Entertainment: Santa Barbara String Quartet // Reception Entertainment: Project Entertainment DJ // Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Jose Eber Salon, Four Seasons Resort // Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Nordstrom