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Becca of Oh Be Joyful Creative and Sami Kathryn Photography joined forces to explore Pantone’s 2019 ‘Color of the Year.’ It’s a bright, bold, eye-grabbing color (that we LOVE, duh!) and while it’s easy to let this color run the show, the team chose to explored a more organic, wild feel that incorporated Living Coral in subtle, unique ways. The Cliff House in Dallas, Texas set the stage with details ranging from letterpress invitations by Oh Be Joyful Creative, florals by Slow Darling and cake by  The Sweet Canvas Co. We’re totally loving the result—is just. so. PRETTY!!

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Photography: Sami Kathryn Photography // Planning and Styling: Oh Be Joyful Creative & Sami Kathryn Photography // Stationery, Silk Ribbon & Runner: Oh Be Joyful Creative // Letterpress: Elefant Press // Venue: The Cliff House // Florals: Slow Darling // Cake: The Sweet Canvas Co. // Dress: Bridal Boutique of Lewisville // Paintings: Rachel Wadlow Art // HAMU: Brite Bar Beauty // Model: Sarah Robinson // Jewelry: Sarah Gauci // Jewelry: Manly Bands // Ring Box: Voeu Du Coeur // Rentals: Coral Lane Rentals

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Melissa and Louis made it a point to really personalize their wedding day at Casa Ybel in Sanibel, Florida. They enlisted Fabulously Chic Weddings to help them reflect their personalities with a weekend of festivities that included decked-out, custom welcome bags, a, ice cream sunday bar, steel drums, lawn games and more. Birhgt and happy peachy-hued peonies and cabbage rose arrangements were by Floral Symphony , watercolor invitations by Creative Expressions and a cake by Lady Cakes. See all the details in these lovely photos by For The Moment Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having all of our friends and family with us for the weekend was so amazing. We tried to keep the wedding on the smaller side so we would be able to spend quality time with everyone (we had 140).  The night before the wedding, we kicked off the weekend with a beach barbecue with lawn games, a steel drum player and an ice cream sundae bar. We had the wedding the following night (see below for personalized details) and a brunch the following morning. We tried to include personal touches throughout the weekend that reflected our personalities and made sure our guests knew how much we appreciated them traveling to be with us.

Our main goal was to have fun and make sure everyone else had fun too. I think we accomplished it!

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

After trying on what felt like a million dresses at a million different stores, I finally found my gown at Kleinfelds. Although the dress was pretty well-covered, it wasn’t completely lined. Instead of adding a lining, we ordered extra lace from the designer and the seamstress (who was absolutely amazing) hand-sewed each piece of lace in strategic places which created a whole new look. She also put some lace towards the top of the bodice to raise the neckline a little bit. I loved it because it created a romantic, garden-y feel, and it felt like a custom dress that was made just for me.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wrote our own vows which weren’t the easiest to get through but we’re really glad that we did it and were able to really say to each other what we wanted to.

We put a lot of thought into our welcome bags, which were a canvas tote that people could use as a beach bag. We ordered koozies and sunglasses with our logo that we included, put together bags with our favorite treats, and added some other things that people would want to snack on, like granola bars from This Bar Saves Lives. We also made “emergency kits” for each bag that were filled with Advil, packets of sunscreen, and other essentials that people might need.

We also had a guest book with Polaroid cameras so that people could take pictures and write a note for us. We had a ton of fun reading the notes and looking through the pictures when we got home.

We had a lot of fun appetizers at the cocktail hour such as mini lobster rolls and chicken and waffles and made signature cocktails that reflected our personalities.

I surprised Louis with a chocolate peanut butter Boston sports-themed groom’s cake. As a big NY sports fan (now married) to a big Boston sports fan, we are constantly jokingly giving each other a hard time. I thought the best way to say I love you would be with sugar in the form of a cake with his favorite flavors and teams. His reaction was priceless.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Having all of our friends and family with us for the weekend was so special. It was so hard to say goodbye to everyone at brunch the next morning!

We also had an amazing band and did not leave the dance floor all night! The most memorable part of the wedding itself was the last song the band played – we had all of our family and friends on the dance floor with us singing and dancing. It was amazing.

Photographer: For The Moment Photography // Design + Planner: Fabulously Chic Weddings // Florals: Floral Symphony // Invitations: Creative Expressions // Venue: Casa Ybel // Hair + Makeup: Duality Artistry // Cake: Lady Cakes // Bridal Shop: Kleinfelds // Band: Wiley Entertaintment

 

Gazing at photographer Lauren Kinsey‘s ‘Chelodonian’ inspiration shoot is like drifting into a floral dream. Chelodonian is an ancient word referencing the swallows at the first warmth of spring winds and has historical references to “awakenings.” This editorial, with abundant florals by Studio Petali and Toni Maticevski and Jurgita gowns from Nearly Newlywed, proved to be an awakening for Lauren Kinsey, metaphorically and physically speaking, and we can absolutely see why.

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Photography & Conceptualization: Lauren Kinsey // Floral Design: Studio Petali // Wardrobe: Nearly Newlywed // Gowns: Toni Maticevski  / Jurgita // Model: Conner McKay // MUAH: Lanna Curry Artistry // Headpieces And Jewelry: Lia Terni // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

 

Raina and Scott’s San Jose Del Cabo celebration is what modern destination wedding dreams are made of. Tropical foliage galore, a clean contemporary aesthetic and serious beach party vibes. The couple enlisted the super-skills of Lauren Lemke for Amy Abbott Events and the rest is history. Lauren suggested their stunning venue, Solaz, and complimented it with “a very clean aesthetic that went with the hotel’s beautiful, modern architecture and beach front setting.” Pina Hernandez utilized neutral tropical blooms and plenty of palms and fronds in the florals while black, white and gold accents in the paper and details by Bells & Whistles added graphic impact. Our friends Ana & Jerome were on hand to capture all the beauty and fabulousness in these gorgeous images.

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How did you meet, and how long did you date before getting engaged?

We met through mutual friends at a 21st birthday party while we were at college at the University of Maryland. We dated for 6 years before getting engaged.

Who proposed? When and how?

Scott proposed when we were in Paris having a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. It was the last stop on our trip through Europe and he had hidden the ring and surprise from me (and our friends and families) the entire time.

How did you choose your wedding venue?

It was recommended to us by our wedding planner Lauren Lemke.

How did you choose your table decor?

We wanted a very clean aesthetic that went with the hotel’s beautiful, modern architecture and beach front setting.

 

 

Please describe 4 favorite moments:

1- The first time we saw each other before the wedding (first look). It was so special to be able to have a little bit of time to ourselves during all of the excitement. There was so much build up to the day, so being able to share a moment in the midst of it all was unforgettable.

2- When Scott’s dad and cousin got on the stage and played with the band. Everyone was so surprised and it meant so much to us that they had planned such a thoughtful and fun addition to the day.

3- Being able to blend our two cultures together and have a combined wedding ceremony performed by one of our closest friends, as well as elements from traditional Hindu weddings that were coordinated with Raina’s Aunt and Uncle.

4- Listening to all of the stories and memories that were shared with us throughout the weekend during the speeches, toasts and just in conversation. Having all of our closest friends and family in the same place for the whole weekend brought back so many memories and allowed us to make even more.

Photographer: Ana & Jerome // Planner: Lauren Lemke for Amy Abbott Events // Flowers: Pina Hernandez // Invitations: Minted // Paper goods/printed items: Bells & Whistles // Hair & Makeup: Blanc Salon // Dress: Alessandra Rinaudo // Groom’s Attire: State and Liberty // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS, Chrissy Teigen for Revolve, Lulus // Rentals: Del Cabo Events  and Let it Be // Band: Pura Vida

 

Rebecca and Wilian’s Napa Valley wedding took lace at Brasswood Cellars. Dusty pastels and velvet textures gave the winter nuptials a moody vibe while romantic floral arrangements, centerpieces, backdrops, and bouquets by Tango & Foxtrot mixed whites and greens with blush, and deep burgundy to brighten and complimented the dark navy and gold of the details. The highlight of the event was the emotional ceremony—the couple had enlisted Lauren Snead to officiate and personalize their ceremony including Rebecca’s to both Wilian and also to his daughter Sophia. Not a dry eye in the place and Apollo Fotografie was on hand to capture it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was winter elegance at a winery with a moody color palette and velvet textures. We wanted our wedding to be an intimate celebration, under 40 guests, with our closest friends and family. We wanted to celebrate real, honest love, making our guests feel like part of our celebration. We also wanted our Brasswood Cellars wedding photos to be classic and romantic so we felt this venue would be a perfect match.

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

It felt like I had an endless search for a wedding dress. I tried on dresses at more than a dozen bridal stores. As a winter wedding, I knew I wanted a long sleeve dress, which is hard to find in Los Angeles. I finally found the dress at Lovella Bridal. I made alterations to the dress (the sleeve lace coming down on my hand, cinched-in waist, and more lace applique on the shoulders) to make it my own. Wilian knew he wanted either a Tom Ford or John Varvatos tuxedo. Together, we found a classic, elegant, chic black John Varvatos tux.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our floral arrangements, centerpieces, backdrops, and bouquets mixed winter whites and greens with blush, and deep burgundy. They brightened and complimented the dark navy and gold.  We also had an electric violin duo, Chris and Laurann. They played the ceremony, cocktail hour, and dinner. They played our favorite songs as a violin duo with tracks in the background. They played Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, The Postal Service, Sia, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It was very important to us to include Wilian’s daughter, Sophia, in our ceremony and the day. I was not just marrying Wilian; I was lovingly committing to Sophia as well.  Another one of our favorite parts of the wedding was our wedding officiant, Lauren Snead. She worked with us to create a beautiful, unique-to-us wedding ceremony. It was a real and true expression of our love for each other and Sophia. The ceremony was our most anticipated and special moment from our wedding. We were both excited because it was a true expression of our love. It was unlike any other wedding ceremony. And, we were able to include Sophia. There wasn’t a dry eye as we exchanged vows, and then I said my vows to Sophia. It was a very emotional, loving and real ceremony.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a mutual friend’s party and literally bumped into each other. We began talking and spent the rest of the night chatting. I put up a wall at first (I was afraid of being hurt), but I soon realized that Wilian was true to his word, respectful, and truly loyal. He saw through the wall I put up, seeing that I was protecting my sweetness and kindness, so he continued to pursue me. Months after being together, Wilian asked me to marry him at Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma. He brought me outside to show me the views. Unaware what he was about to do, I tried to turn around and go back inside because the sun was too bright and hurting my eyes. I almost ruined his proposal, but he urged me on. I followed him outside, and he proposed to me. I said “yes!” without any hesitation.

Photography: Apollo Fotografie // Planner: Charmed Events Group // Florals: Tango & Foxtrot // Venue: Brasswood Cellars // Dress: Trudy’s Brides // Hair & Make up: Stylebee // Dessert: Flour & Bloom // Officiant: Lauren Snead // Event Rentals & Decor: Encore & La Tavola // Tux: John Varvatos // Videography: Apollo Fotografie // DJ: Heart Of Gold DJs // Catering: Brasswood Cellars