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We’re loving this breezy, Greek inspiration shoot from Alisa of Blackbird Foto. We’re definitely digging the the way the team gave “the quintessential blue and white nautical theme a facelift.” The really fresh and refined Mediterranean details include some gorgeous calligraphy invitations, a stunning gold leaf and wild flower three-tier cake and some crazy-beautiful table florals. Enjoy!

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From Alisa: Color scheme: We wanted to give the quintessential blue and white nautical theme a facelift, so we gave it a more mature look by adding in grey and using a dusty shade of blue. The goal was to create a soft, serene, dream-like feel.




Stationery: The invitation set features the ubiquitous olive branch. We wanted to showcase an olive branch crown in some fashion, so it’s featured on the monogrammed circle (O&C). Watercolor was chosen as a background on recycled linen paper to give the set that soft, seaside feel.












Florals/Tablescape: The main feature of the table is the sailboat centerpiece. It was a DIY labor of love. I painted, distressed it and then created the sails with floral wire and crystal strands I bought from Amazon (I’d be happy to create a DIY tutorial piece if readers desired). Olive branches were in the floral centerpieces to stay true to our theme. A light purple King Protea was added to the arrangements to give it something unique. Ines Naftali, Florist and Table Stylist, wanted to ”bring the sea to the table”, so she dressed it up with pieces of coral, shells and ”sea plants”. You might notice one of them wrapped around the Silk and Willow runner, hanging off the side of the table. Mercury glass vases and tarnished metal candlesticks provided color shading and texture. The napkin rings are silver olive branches wrapped around vintage French napkins. The wedding favor is the Greek Evil Eye; you’re supposed to hang it in the home to protect your loved ones.












Food: Even the food in this shoot plays true to my fiancé’s Greek roots. My husband-to-be manufactures cookies for a living (yes!). We featured 2 well-known Greek desserts: Kurabie and Loukoumades. Kurabie are a Christmas time cookie – an almond biscuit center, covered in powdered sugar. Loukoumades are akin to donuts – a special dough that is fried, but the key is to pour honey and chopped walnuts on top!



Photographer: Blackbird Foto // Event Planner: Brisa Events // Florist: Ines Naftali // Furniture Rental: The Salvage Snob  // Stationery: Weeds & Whimsy // Makeup Artist: Angel Gabriel // Men’s Stylist: My Groom’s Room // Cake: Make My Cake // Kurabie: Greco // Location: Oleta State River Park // Blue bridal outfit: Alexandra Grecco // Bridal Stylist: Elizabeth Quintero // Ribbon: Ginny Au // Table Runner: Silk and Willow  // Plates: Ikea // Utensils: Anthropologie  // Evil eye: Amazon


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This wedding has timelessness written all over it. It’s got everything—a breathtaking bride and her dashing groom, a historic church with gorgeous floral wreaths on the doors, an sophisticated palette of neutral tones and an elegant outdoor reception. Melissa and Eric added personality to their reception with his and hers bars of cigars and s’mores, respectively. Lucky for us, Mike Cassimatis captured all of the brautiful moments and inspiring details of their big day!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

This is a cheesy answer, but everything. The wedding turned out exactly how I envisioned, from the outdoor reception to the mismatching bridesmaid dresses.








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

Wedding dress shopping was by far my favorite part of wedding planning. Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique in St. Louis makes the experience so personal and wonderful. The gown I chose was the 2nd dress I tried on, and there was no looking back. My best friend actually picked it out for me, as I was convinced I wanted a long sleeve dress. But I put it on and knew it was the only dress where I felt beautiful, but also felt like myself.









What were some touches added to make it personal?

To start, I knew my wedding had to be outside, despite the worries of my parents. The day started out to be bitter cold, but by the time the cocktail hour started, it didn’t even matter – and the sun actually came out! We had a s’mores bar because marshmallows have always been my favorite thing in the world (even though I was so busy on the dance floor, I never even saw the s’mores bar in person!). We had cigar bar for the guys – the only request from my husband. But my favorite special touch was my getaway dress. I had my mom’s wedding dress shortened into a fun cocktail dress, and wore it at the end of the night.







What was the most memorable part of the day?

The toasts at the ceremony were by far my favorite part of the day. It was incredible to hear my dad speak so highly of my new husband, and also make fun of me like he usually does. My maid of honor’s speech was so personal and the perfect way to honor our new marriage, as was the best man’s speech. Although I already knew how great of a match Eric and I are, the speeches reconfirmed it.


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Just call me Tinderella. We met by matching on Tinder, as Eric was having a contest with his friend to see who could get more matches in an hour. However, it was our mutual friends who actually set us up for our first date. We got engaged about a year and a half later. We took our dog, Huck, for a walk at the park where I grew up. I was in the mood for exercise, so kept walking ahead of Eric trying to power walk. I ruined the actual act of the engagement about 3 times – ran into someone I knew, didn’t want to walk in the horse meadow, etc. But in the end, he proposed at the end of the walk and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Plus, it makes for a great story!

Photography: Mike Cassimatis // Florist: Bloomin’ Buckets // Dress: Fleur de Lis Bridal // Dress designer: Modern Trousseau // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid // Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Joanna August // Shoes: Kate Spade // Caterer: Catering St. Louis // Cake: Encore Baking Company // Tuxes: Black by Vera Wang // Hair: Daniellestyle // Makeup: Brady Keenan // Band: GalaxyRed // Church: St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church // Reception Venue: Old Barn Inn

It’s pretty obvious that we can’t help ourselves when it comes to a styled shoot highlighting florals. Well, today’s feature—from IntrigueDesigns Workshop’s New Orleans edition—is literally dripping in them!! Enormous raspberry-hued peonies, big blush dahlias and giant banksia are spilling down from an incredible suspended floral structure set atop a cool, modern table scape. You have a very talented team of vendors to thank for this lush eye candy including Fat Cat FlowersSapphire Events and of course the gorgeous moody, film photography of Arte De Vie.

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Floral Design: Fat Cat Flowers in collaboration with Sarah Campbell, IntrigueDesigns Workshop // Styling: Valerie Gernhauser with Sapphire Events // Rentals: Sapphire Events // Photography: Arte De Vie  // Hair: Albert Brown Salon // Makeup: Midori Tajiri-Byrd, Professional Makeup Artistry // Invitation Suite: Arzberger Stationers from Ellis-Hill // Model: Heady Kraft // Dress: Enaura Bridal


We’re so excited to share this super-fun and vivid engagement session with you guys! Deidra and Pete were the lucky winners of a complete Sorella Muse wedding package back and June. We love Deidra’s description of Nicole, of Sorella Muse: “Like a hummingbird flitting about, she moved between angles, shots, and genial suggestions to bring out our most authentic selves.” Sounds like a good team! We can’t wait to see photos of their big day!

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How they met: In January 2008, Pete was celebrating a transition from grad school with a trip to Costa Rica. Packed and ready, he needed only a map of the country. He stopped into his local Barnes and Noble, where Deidra was working part-time to save some extra money before heading off to law school. She was covering the cash register for a co-worker who was taking a break when Pete approached to pay for his map. Deidra was feeling extra friendly that evening and decided to strike up some small talk in Spanish. After engaging briefly and warmly, Pete asked for her number under the pretext that they might meet up and practice Spanish together. Pete wasn’t deterred after Deidra canceled their first date, supposedly “too tired to meet up,” and they finally did dinner about a month after meeting. Fast forward seven years, and they are thrilled to be planning their wedding.

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The Proposal: Our engagement weekend was our definition of a perfect weekend. We started off with lunch at Hopscotch, one of our favorite restaurants in Oakland. Next, we made our way through the grey rain toward Aptos and a cozy-modern guest house on a vineyard overlooking the Pacific. After just settling in and with a bit of feigned whimsy, Pete suggested a pre-dinner toast of Deidra’s favorite grape juice and cupcakes. Each cupcake was in a box of its own, but the last box contained a ring box instead of a cupcake. Deidra was happily surprised when she opened that third box and Pete began to tell her all that he felt, asking eventually whether she would be his partner in marriage and in life. A happy yes followed, and we enjoyed the rest of a long weekend with comedy, sea kayaking, walks, the new Hobbit release, morning tea, a visit to the Santa Cruz Surf Museum, and of course, ice cream.

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Our Engagement Session: Our engagement session with Nicole was better than we could have imagined. From start to finish, it was organic and uniquely us. Oakland and the East Bay have been our home for 10 years, so it was fitting that we toured a sun-filled Temescal coffee shop, a local ice cream shop, and a favorite park—spontaneously pausing in between midway to enjoy a mural. All the while, Nicole accompanied us like an old friend. She made us feel so comfortable and at ease. Like a hummingbird flitting about, she moved between angles, shots, and genial suggestions to bring out our most authentic selves.

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Photography : Sorella Muse N. Anderson Studio //  Makeup: Tamara Locke // Hair: Liz & Company Oakland, CA // Deidra’s Skirt: Sam & Lavi // Deidra’s Top: Banana Republic // Sandals: Cocobelle via Shopbop // Pete’s Shirt and Jeans: J. Crew // Pete’s Sandals: Chac // Location: Arbor Cafe, Temescal Alley, and Piedmont Park //

This wedding has it all! It’s one part rustic, one part preppy, one romantic and a million parts gorgeous. We LOVE the way Elaine and Jeff’s wedding blends styles and trends to create a unique and super-fun wedding day. We have Shelly Fortune for all the adorable details and Melanie Mauer Photography for the beautiful images of the day.

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From the bride:

Jeff and I met while working at a radio station. I was in my senior year of college for Broadcast Journalism and French and this happened to be my summer internship, while Jeff was working at the station leading all of the promotions interns. Unbeknownst to me, he started requesting me to work his events because of my “great work ethic” so we saw each other more and more. By the end of the summer we had become a couple!

Five years later, Jeff put a plan in motion to propose to me. He knew my love for France and anything French in general and decided there was no better way. Christmas 2013 he gave me a box full of everything French he could find: candies, books, and a little Paris journal inscribed, “Pick a date”. I jumped up and screamed, “ARE WE GOING TO FRANCE?!” It was absolutely perfect. When we went to Paris four months later in April, we were lucky enough to be there over Easter. Still sluggish from jet-lag, we decided we had to venture out to see a public Catholic service in Notre Dame. I had been there several times, but never inside, and never to a service like that before. It was spectacular! Once we were outside, I was back to being tired, slightly cranky, and ready to crawl back in bed. But Jeff had other plans. In the garden just outside of the cathedral next to the Seine, Jeff dropped onto one knee and proposed! I think I nodded because everything up to that was a blur. He likes to say that once wasn’t enough, I made him propose three times…and it’s true! I wanted to make sure I remembered everything! The last and third time, back at our apartment, I made sure to say YES out loud!

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Favorite moment of the wedding day:

It’s so hard to choose – when I was walking down the aisle with my grandfather towards Jeff, a big beautiful blue butterfly swooped down in front of me and fluttered with me on my way down. Some people have told me they saw three surrounding me – which is incredibly symbolic to me. That day I was deeply missing my father, my aunt (his sister), and my grandmother (his mother) and this let me know they were there with me. However, I will also never forget watching Jeff’s reaction when we saw me for the first time. He looked like he had seen an angel! It always makes me smile.

Advice to current brides: To make sure to RELAX and take time to absorb everything and take it in. There comes a point in the process when there’s nothing else you can plan, control, or fix – you just have to give up and enjoy the truly special day.


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Special details:

My mother sewed a piece of my father’s tie into my dress – specifically two small strips on either side of the zipper as if he were supporting me; that was very special. For the decor, I knew I wanted to get married on a horse farm but wanted to incorporate a little bit of everything in our personalities. I wanted black and white striped elements and a croquembouche to remind us of Paris where we got engaged; but I also wanted lemons to be involved – bright yellow and vibrant colors. Living in Arizona, there are so many citrus trees and my favorite time of year is when people bring buckets of lemons to take and I stack them high in a large bowl on the kitchen counter!


Photography:  Melanie Mauer Photography // Planner: Shelly Fortune // Florals: Suzi Hjorth of Magnolia Floral Design // Dress: Lazaro from Kleinfelds NYC // Cake: Martine’s Pastries // Catering: Cooper Vaughn of Apiary Catering // Ceremony Music: Misty Mountain String Band // Stationery: MDRNCRAFT Studio // Keds // Venue: Polo Barn at Saxony Farm