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“I’m going to keep it soooo low-key casual and simple…then 300 hours of Pinterest later I found myself making novel-length programs, producing a musical production and making a small film. I will say, it was worth it.” We think so too, Tracy! Check out this wonderful wedding filled with family, love and some very pretty details. Planned and designed by Orange Blossom Special Events with photography by Next Exit Photography

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The Carondelet space is a really intimate, personal, spiritual place. The outdoor and indoor character and charm created the perfect setting for an evening we would call “enchanting”. The special, intimate and organic vibe we wanted everyone to feel during the wedding was a reflection of our relationship. It was a botanical garden meets secret garden theme – and the lighting was all candles and amber wall lighting and we felt like we were all in such a special moment in time together. It was really an evening full of love. It was very hard to not invite a larger group of people, but we were so present and loved spending time with everyone – it really didn’t fly by…we soaked it all in.

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

Well, the thought of wearing a white wedding dress was not happening. I think I cried after trying on 15+ dresses…I’m like, why don’t they look like they did in the picture?? So one day on my Instagram feed I see this skirt and top outfit (I follow Monique Lhuillier because of her style, not wedding dresses) I once I saw this “skirt” and “top” with pockets…I knew. So I walked into the shop and walked out with my “skirt-top” dress with pockets. (If I worked out more I would have had the seamstress shorten the middle but I spared the midriff look…sigh.)

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

I was one of those brides that started off like, oh, I’m going to keep it soooo low-key casual and simple…then 300 hours of Pinterest later I found myself making novel-length programs, producing a musical production and making a small film. I will say, it was worth it. Some of my favorite touches:

– A receiving line into the wedding – so we could hug and say hi to each guest when they came in
– A program with every guest’s photo and mini-bio…a conversation starter for guests to get to know each other – it made people feel special
– A piano player, sextet and DJ to fill each minute with amazing music from my childhood, my teenage years, my new step-children’s favorite songs and our favorites
– A small tribute “surprise” film for my new step-children thanking them for letting me be a “Ward” (our last name) – I think everyone was crying and it confirmed how special our relationships were to each other
– Our shaman officiant who grounded all of us on the real purpose of a relationship at the beginning of our evening – she was an old friend

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The moment the violin sextet starting playing Katy Perry’s Firework to walk down the aisle to the man of my dreams, with the closest friends from our lives surrounding us. Breathtaking and surreal.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Met:
We worked on the same business together (eHarmony…ironically). We were both dating other people on/off, I lived in NYC for a year – but we always kept in touch. Over the four years of friendship – I would always “help” him with his girlfriends…even tried to decorate his apartment for a girl coming to visit him! We ended up working for the same company – and after taking tennis lessons together (through our company fitness program) started to realize we really just liked each other…which I didn’t want to admit at first (I mean, I knew too much!!) but it was totally awesome and totally perfect and he is the one.

Engaged:
We were looking for rings and I wasn’t into any of them. After months and months, we woke up one morning and got into a spit spat because he felt like I needed to pick one. So, on the way to work I said we could go grab one after work. Around 5pm, he texts me: “Are you ready” and I said “No, need 30 more minutes” and he wrote back “Okay, problem – we’re just getting engaged, that’s all” and I said: “k”. With that, we met 30 minutes later, bought a ring and he proposed in the store and we walked out engaged and grabbed dinner. Loved.

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Planning and Design: Orange Blossom Special Events // Photography: Next Exit Photography // Venue: Carondelet House // Florist: The Little Branch // DJ: Ian with Red Shoe // Cake: Superfine Bakery // Makeup: Makeup Therapy // Limo Service Radii360 // Catering: Tres LA // Music: West Coast Music // Design Sound: Design sound // Venue: Carondelet House

 

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Happy Friday lovelies! We are excited to round out the week with this gorgeous shoot from uber talented Grey Collective member Rebecca Rose Creative!

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These gorgeous images from Lucy Cuneo were taken at Charleston’s Middleton Place, which is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens – how fabulous!

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A bit from Rebecca Rose Events:

Nestled just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, this historic landmark site is so beautifully preserved and curated that something blooms year-round. It is full to the brim with beauty and quintessential southern charm. Inspired by the grounds and gardens, with this shoot the creative team imagined a summer garden wedding celebration that is as strikingly simple in its beauty as it is cheerful and welcoming – both hallmarks of classic southern hospitality. In the 1700’s, Henry Middleton championed geometry and symmetry in planning the layout of the garden. They crafted our details with a like-minded approach, using clean and simple lines paired with colorful organic floral details.

Photography: Lucy Cuneo // Styling, Stationery & Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Creative //  Rentals: Snyder Events // Linens: Nuage Designs // Wedding Dress: Kate McDonald // Shoes: Badgley Mischka for BHLDN // Earrings: vintage // Ring box: The Mrs. Box // Hair and Makeup: Bailey Bial // Model: Karen Arboleda // Film Lab: Photo Vision // Venue: Middleton Place //

Here’s to your big day being as lighthearted and fun as this beyond-gorgeous inspiration shoot from our friends over at Supposey Co. The florals are Out. Of. This. World. We know you’ll love it as much as we do!

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Photographer: Alp & Isle // Styling, Florals, Rentals: Supposey Co. // Gown: Vera Wang // Shop Gossamer //Models: Miranda Richbourg & Ethan Barker

We’ve always been huge fans of Cuban culture—the old cars, the amazing music, the hats, the cigars and, of course, the crazy-vibrant colors. So, you can guess how thrilled we were when The Venue Report reached out to us to style the wardrobe for their Cuban Wedding Inspiration Shoot featured recently on Style Me Pretty.  Seriously, what could be more “Lady Grey” than infusing 1950’s fashion sensibilities with tropical fabulousness?! It was so fun and we’re so thrilled to be sharing all the gorgeous images photographed by the one and only Jose Villa at The Lombardi House with florals by Flowerwild and wardrobe styling by yours truly. 

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Flowerwild | Cakes: Lele Patisserie | Rings:Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Calligraphy: Designsgirl | Venue: The Lombardi House | Cocktails & Bar: Cocktail Academy | Dinnerware: The Ark | Event Styling & Production: The Venue Report | Invitations, Menus, Hand Illustrated Mural, Placemat Tiles: Momental Designs | Models:Newark Models | Photography – Assistance: Joel Serrato | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Ring Boxes:The Mrs Box | Wardrobe Styling: Grey Likes Weddings

You guys! We are so excited to introduce you one of our newest collective members—Anouschka Rokebrand Photography. Her film photography style is light, airy, timeless, romantic and SOOOO gorgeous. To show you how awesome she is, we’re featuring one of her weddings that’s the epitome of her signature style. We know you’ll love these exquisite images from Holly and Dirk’s big day as much as we do!

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Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand Photography // Cinematography: Ray Pluym Cinematography // Styling: Avenue Lifestyle // Wedding Gown: Armeni // Invitations: Atelier Indrukwekkend // Ceremony: City Hall Delft // Reception Venue: Lijm & Cultuur // Shoes: Invito // Groom’s Attire: Humberto // Cafe Lights: Allekabels // Catering & Cake: Hééérlijk // Cutlery And Brass Candlesticks: Hélène Millot Furnishings // Dinner Plates: Ikea // Earrings: Red Truck Designs On Etsy // Filmlab: UK Film Lab // Furniture: FabriekNL // Headpiece: Portobello Jewelry // Ring Bride: Backers En Zoon // Ring Groom: Mimi Amsterdam // Salad Plates: VerTerra Dinnerware // Shoes Groom: Nelson // Veil: SIBO Designs