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Last week, we decided it might be fun to put together a styling guide for throwing a Champagne and Cheese Party. Using gorgeous wares from VIETRI (which you can register for at Belk, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus, or directly through VIETRI) we pulled together a monochromatic look that is perfect for a small cocktail party! We employed a soft grey, white, and green palette and even chose cheeses that coordinated in color! Rosemary flatbread and marcona almonds are the perfect and simple accompaniment to pull everything together. The platters from VIETRI’S Incanto line worked beautifully with our subtle palette.

I could not be more obsessed with those gold rimmed wine glasses, so we decided we ought to give away a set of four (by the way…these lovers were on Oprah’s Favorite Things list this year!). There are tons of ways to enter below, and we’ll announce our winner next week!

*Very special thanks to Lacie Hansen for these GORGEOUS images, and to Richard Photo Lab for the processing.

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Wedding Blog Champagne and Cheese Party with VIETRI

Wedding Blog Champagne and Cheese Party with VIETRI

Wedding Blog Champagne and Cheese Party with VIETRI

Wedding Blog Champagne and Cheese Party with VIETRI

Wedding Blog Champagne and Cheese Party with VIETRI

Wedding Blog Champagne and Cheese Party with VIETRI

Wedding Blog Champagne and Cheese Party with VIETRI

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Laetitia and Ben planned an intimate vineyard wedding that was meant to reflect their usual entertaining style–close family and friends, an al fresco family-style meal, and drinking wine fireside. What more could you want? Very special thanks to Michelle Warren Photography for sharing such gorgeous images.

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Tell us about what inspired your wedding.

Ben and I met on a trip to Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia 8 years before we tied the knot. We spent plenty of time imagining our life together and realizing that our wedding day values were about our friends and family who would graciously make a long trip to be a part of our special day. We enjoy having our friends over for dinner any night we can all get together. We often follow up dinner by drinking wine fireside and enjoying conversation with one another. It was important to us that our wedding reflected our entertaining style and would be a fun, memorable event that made everyone feel comfortable and ready to have a good time!
We took inspiration from the idea of a harvest celebration at a vineyard. Visuals of an Italian countryside, family style meal, and festivities carrying on into the night abounded. We imagined the décor as elegant in its simplicity, aged but not rustic per se, and complementary to natural beauty of the vineyard landscape.
What made the day unique?
We always knew the wedding would be the ultimate family affair. True to prediction, the wedding was held at a private vineyard estate of my mom’s twin sister. The groom’s brother created all of the wedding stationary artwork which included custom watercolor paintings hinting at different parts of the property (apple orchard, vineyard, barn, olive trees, etc). The hostess (bride’s aunt) hand-packed lavender sachets from the estate’s lavender field as a fragrant favor to the other guests. As a nod to the groom’s love of golf, the tables were adorned with ribbon-tied labels highlighting famous golfers and chocolate golf ball favors were commissioned by a local chocolatier.
In a fun twist, a 1951 Chevy flat bed truck was delivered just hours before the wedding rehearsal. As the story goes, the bride’s Uncle had his eye on this truck for quite some time for their vineyard; his wife wasn’t so sure about it.  After soliciting input from all his male friends, “of course buy the truck!”, he had the truck delivered the day before the wedding. Needless to say, it was a big hit!

Tell us a little about the vendors you chose.

Our love of food and family was captured in a spectacular meal created by JR’s Catering. We feasted family-style on grilled herb salmon with a wine caper butter sauce, smoky chateaubriand, and vegetables in a veritable rainbow of colors. For dessert, we took a turn from traditional and opted for a small serving of gelato instead of a wedding cake.
The breathtaking floral arrangements by Renaes Bouquet perfectly captured the colors, textures and atmosphere of our wedding and I was immediately captivated upon my “first look”. Tying the entire experience together was our invaluable wedding coordinator Carla and her assistant Kristi. All the details that emerged at the last minute were taken on headfirst by these two and I was able to enjoy my day unburdened.
Last but by no means least, the first vendor we booked was our incredible photographer Michelle Warren. It was so important to us to find someone who could journal the day in a way that would enable us to look back 10 years from now and know exactly where we stood in the room when the photo was being taken. We are incredibly grateful to her for not only capturing a lifetime of memories, but making us and our guests look like we are all in a magazine spread! Our expectations were beyond surpassed!
Overall we were blessed to have such an incredible team of talented individuals to make our dream wedding come true and family and friends to match.

Janie Medley of The Bride’s Cafe put together an incredibly gorgeous shoot for us to celebrate Valentine’s Day with you! Along with her amazing team of vendors, Laura Gordon Photography, Sarah Park Events, and Laura Hooper Calligraphy, we could not be more excited to drown away in bright pink peonies and colorful blooms. Obsessed. Be sure to add The Bride’s Cafe to your list of must-read blogs for gorgeous inspiration!

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Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Wedding Blog Happy Valentines Day!

Photographer: Laura Gordon Photography // Venue: Belle Haven // Floral Designer: Janie Medley Flora Design via The Bride’s Cafe // Event Design: Sarah Park Events //
Makeup: Airbrush Makeup by Ariel // Dress: Gossamer // Vintage Rentals: Paisley & Jade // Stationery Design: Laura Hooper Calligraphy // Model: Sammy Jaeger

For those of you planning a wedding for this fall and summer, now is the time to start thinking registry!!! Our newest sponsor, Cuisinart, has some really fab multi-use products that make it much easier to cook at home and entertain friends (which is really what I’m all about)!

My favorite idea, of course, is a grilled cheese party for friends! With the Cuisinart Griddlers®, invite a group over, have out bread, plenty of cheeses, and super fun toppings to mix-and-match for gourmet sandwiches. Make it even more fun and compete to see who makes the favorite version! Some fun ideas? Artichokes, sun dried tomatoes with jalapeno cheese, or pears, brie cheese, and arugula. The Griddler®  also has a set of reversible plates that snap in and out turn into a Contact Grill, a Panini Press, a Full Grill, a Full Griddle, or Half Grill/Half Griddle–so bacon and eggs, or burgers, or pancakes–all doable on this guy! You can see more fun recipes here, here, and here.

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We also love the food processor for fun dips and appetizer nights!

Wedding Blog Cuisinart

For baking, the Cuisinart mixer is another tool that you’ll be shocked at both how easy it is to pull out and use, and how often you find yourself using it!

Wedding Blog Cuisinart


Today’s feature is SO Lady Grey. Bold graphic patterns, gorg flowers, fab stationery, and plenty of romantic touches to pull it all together. Special thanks to Shannon Kirsten Photo for sharing these gorgeous images with us, and to Sarah Tucker Events for the fabulous design, alongside flowers from Freshly Picked.
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Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Wedding Blog Preppy Garden Romance!

Vendors: Photography:  Shannon Kirsten Photo // Design and Coordination: Sarah Tucker Events // Floral Design:  Freshly Picked // Bridesmaid Dresses:  Camilyn Beth black gowns special order // Brides Dress: Jenny Packham via Boca Raton Bridal // Furniture & Decor:  Wish Vintage Rentals // Vintage Tableware: Dishie Rentals // Paper Suite, and hand painted signs: Shannon Kirsten Illustration // Favor Paper Design: Paper Please Studio // Bridesmaid Bags: Hayden Reis // Chargers: Handsome Chargers