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Lianna Marie Photography and I Do Details teamed up to bring the summer charm to life in this stunning wedding editorial incorporating soft coral and blush hues, textured linens, and romantic details. 
The coral and terracotta palette inspired the shoot, starting with the beautiful lush peonies and sherbet colored florals by Layers of Lovely, to the varietal bridesmaid dresses, to the Peridot Sweets floral-adorned cake and punctuated by the adorable cotton candy cart. The iconic Las Vegas Country Club set a beautiful backdrop for our wedding inspiration shoot nestled in the heart of Las Vegas and Lianna Marie Photography captured in all in these stunning film images.

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Photographer: Lianna Marie Photography // Stylist / Planner: I Do Details // Floral Designer: Layers of Lovely // Venue: Las Vegas Country Club // Film Lab: Photovision // Dress Designer: Anais Anette // Cake Designer: Peridot Sweets // Hair & Make-up Artist: Paperbag Beauty // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Ring: T Bird Jewels // Ring Box: The Mrs Box // Trays: Dogwood Rentals // Perfume: Chanel // Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals

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Larger-than-life floral arrangements, a vibrant color palette, a show-stopping gown and the breathtaking backdrop of Barcelona—today’s editorial is the perfect way to kick off Valentine’s week. The team behind this sophisticated Spanish elopement inspiration includes floral designers RodriStudio & Maisonfrancis with invitations by Pearlyn and Paper, a Dora Sasu gown and gorgeous film photography captured by Lena Karelova Photography.

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From the team:  this editorial, we decided to showcase an elopement in the picturesque city of Barcelona, featuring inspiring architecture, vibrant colors, and a look into Spanish culture. Barcelona, as an autonomous city from the rest of Spain, exhibits the multidimensional sides of an incredibly diverse location with fascinating history and landmarks, as well as, a fervent society extremely proud of its heritage but also very progressive and multicultural.

With so many incredible inspirational shoots already in the region with a focus on old-world architecture and classic elegance, we wanted to bring something fresh and unique without compromising timelessness. We sought to bring the vibrancy of the city by choosing a rooftop as a setting, a much more modern and unexpected choice for the contemporary couple that provides incredible city views. We made sure to choose a couple that had immigrated to the city, as this is very representative of its culture today: multicultural, and inviting, especially to destination couples!

While still taking into account the undeniable history nestled within the city’s architecture, we chose to have the couple exchange vows in front of the Palau de Justicia, or the Supreme Court of Catalonia, located in the heart of the city’s old quarter by the Arc de Triumf.

Designed with the fashionable couple in mind, the bride wore a custom lace gown by Dora Sasu that blended timeless with sexy elegance, while the groom showed a more contemporary style with a navy-blue suit. The rentals and décor translated into a casual yet polished and vibrant reception, a clean and elegant table scape, which helped bring to life the location’s lively culture.

This elopement has a contemporary feel that manages to remain timeless and embedded with delicate fine art moments, like the hand painted invitation, featuring an ode to the florals, as well as the architecture with a hand drawn image of one of the city’s most historical landmarks, namely the Barcelona Cathedral.

Speaking of florals, designers Sandrine of Maison Francis and Angel of Rodri Studio, chose to showcase their talents as separate yet cohesive pieces, by merging the more lavish and luxurious style of the centerpiece with the timeless chic of the bridal bouquet, while making sure to focus on color as one of the most important aspects of the shoot. Inspired by the incredibly rich tones found throughout the city and the region as a whole, and with muted colors so often misconstrued as the only representation of what fine art exudes, we thought it was important to showcase this to couples who might want to infuse color into their big day, and how they can do so while remaining undeniably tasteful and sophisticated.

What is also great about Barcelona as a perfect elopement location is that not only you get to say “I do” in this vibrant city, but it also doubles as a honeymoon spot for couples to explore the city in depth and serve as a connecting point to continue the adventure in other European cities nearby.

Let’s face it, modern-day elopement in Barcelona, sounds like perfection!

Photography:  Lena Karelova Photography // Floral Design: RodriStudio & Maisonfrancis // Invitations: Pearlyn and Paper // Dress: Dora Sasu // MUAH: HairLookStyle // Linen: Nüage Designs // Model: Sofya

 

Matt and Audrey’s set out to “celebrate our love story – share the heart of it and celebrate why we chose each other.” Their intimate wedding at Morrells Boutique Estate is a lovely garden party with personalized details including the bride’s custom dress—made by her mother! Check out the details in these lovely images by Dust and Dreams Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We initially wanted our wedding to be an engagement party that turned out to be a surprise wedding for our guests. We wanted the wedding to be relaxed, informal and easy going. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stick with this initial idea. Our wedding was special and unique because we remained true to our intention. We didn’t want a big wedding with over the top elements, gifts or making it hard for our guests to get to us. We wanted to celebrate our love story – share the heart of it and celebrate why we chose each other. The day turned out to be better than we had hoped! It was small, intimate and so full of love.

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

I struggled to find a gown that was perfect for me. The ONE that made me feel like I was becoming my husband’s wife. After months of searching for a light, romantic dress my mom offered to make me a dress. And it was perfect. I wore a dress that was made for me by a lady that knew me the best.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My husband and I planned the wedding together – right from the beginning. He was so present and so patient – it really contributed to my appreciation for him. From the beginning of our love story, we have been calling one another “Big Bird, Little Bird” and as a wedding stationer it was so wonderful to be able to illustrate this element into our visual (wedding stationery) love story. I was able to put my love of painting into my love of planning our wedding. The wedding stationery held the visual elements of our venue, our favourite colours, memories from our engagement and the icons that represented our nicknames for one another.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

All of it! But I definitely loved getting ready with my girls. We did our own hair and make up, we took our time, we took breaks to walk through the gardens…it felt like a fancy sleepover. I didn’t want to lose the authenticity of their personalities. They did their hair and make up the way they wanted to – and this made me so happy because the essence of our wedding was to celebrate the organic, natural way things happen.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Once upon a time, Matt was given a wrong number at work when he needed technical assistance – by chance it was mine. Eventually we got talking, we became friends, he bought some of my art and then we met in real life. And when I met him it was like I had known him for years. Our whole lives we have been crossing paths. We grew up a few homes from one another when we were children, we have mutual friends – but only met for the first time, by chance when we were in our mid twenties. Don’t underestimate the timing of your lives. When you are ready – you will find the love of your life.

After a few months of dating, we knew we had found “our human”. He planned a surprise weekend getaway for me at Kloofzicht in South Africa. We had never chatted about how I/he dreamt of getting engaged. But I knew I wanted to be near nature and hopefully in a hot air balloon – in the sky above the world. On the day of the engagement, we woke at 5am – to go on a hot air balloon! And it was beautiful, just like I had always dreamt of – well almost. We were unable to go in the hot air balloon as the sky was too cloudy and the nearby airport considered it a risk to fly near the planes in the fog. When we got back to our hotel, we decided to take a long walk to shake off our disappointment. We came to a bridge, surrounded by tall grass. I was taking photos of the tall, golden leaves and when I turned, Matt was on his knee with an open box showing the most beautiful ring. I still got to feel like I was in the sky above the world. And then all the tall grass around us became filled with big and little birds. It’s as if the universe was sending us confirmation of our union.

Photographers: Dust and Dreams Photography // Venue, Catering, Decor & Florals: Morrells Boutique Estate // Wedding Stationery: Stohne Illustration // Bridesmaids Dresses: Infinity Dress // Bridal Gown: made by the Mother of the Bride

 

If you’re looking for an engagement ring, you’ve just made one of the most important decisions of your life — and you’re about to make another. The kind of engagement ring you present to your partner should reflect their personality and the type of life you want to begin together!

Whether you’re surprising your partner or bringing them along with you, there are a few things you should know about how to choose the perfect engagement ring.

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Choosing an Engagement Ring

Don’t make the mistake of beginning your engagement ring search with little-to-no knowledge. Knowing what you want and where to start can help you make an informed decision that will make your engagement ring special. Here’s everything you should consider before you start your engagement ring search.

Stick to Your Ring Budget

First things first, make room in your budget for your engagement ring purchase — and stick to it. It may seem unimportant now, but if things go right with the engagement, you’ll be facing wedding expenses which can really put a dent in your savings.

If you’re trying to make things work with a smaller budget, talk with a knowledgeable jeweler. They’ll know exactly how to help you get the most bang for your buck. For example, the experts at Great Heights — a lab-grown diamond company holding the industry to a higher standard, offers stunning lab-created diamonds that can be up to 40% less than the price of a mined stone. Plus, you’re receiving the peace of mind that your diamond was ethically sourced.

Consider the Materials of the Ring

You have choices that range from the metals in the band to the type of stone featured in the ring. While these customization options can be overwhelming, they certainly have a big impact. That said, do you know all of your options?

Did you know that there are some kinds of precious metals that are naturally hypoallergenic? Platinum and gold, for example.

What about stone choices? Do you want a lab-grown diamond for environmental reasons and budgeting purposes? Or would you prefer a unique stone such as onyx or aquamarine?

These are some of the questions you’ll have to ask yourself during your search. The sooner you nail down your preferred materials, the sooner you’ll be able to move forward with your purchase.

Choose the Right Stone Shape

The shape of the stone you select will influence every other aspect of the ring. It’s also an easy way to filter out the plethora of customizing options, so you can avoid being overwhelmed by details!

Don’t be afraid to discuss these options with your partner. Ask them if they would prefer a classic, timeless round-shaped gem or something a bit more daring like a princess or marquise cut.

Once you understand their preferences, you can look at rings that suit them. You’ll find that things will flow a lot more easily from there.

Research Engagement Ring Vendors

Be sure to stick with accredited jewelers. If you’re not buying from a large national chain, make sure that the store you’re working with is affiliated by the Jewelers of America, the International Gemological Institute, or similar high-ranking official governing bodies. This is important to ensure the quality of the ring you’re able to purchase as well as the security of your ring-buying experience.

Key Takeaways

When you’re choosing an engagement ring, there are several things that you’ll need to consider including shape, setting, style and more! Keeping your partner in mind as you navigate these decisions will help.

You’ll want to give yourself at least six weeks to allow the ring to be properly made or updated to your specifications and delivered safely to your home.

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Meghan and Dan chose to get married in Santa Barbara because it was the location of the first vacation they took as a couple. Santa Barbara Historical Museum provided the perfect backdrop for the floral-filled event designed and planned by Jane Alexandra EventsVelvet Blooms created colorful, floral bliss at—literally—every turn and the result is a cheerful, sunny celebration and it’s all captured on film in these stunning images by Rebecca Theresa Photography.

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What made the wedding day special and unique?

We chose to get married in Santa Barbara because it was the first vacation we took as a couple, for 4th of July in 2013, and we had spent many wonderful weekends there since that first trip. Meghan also grew up going to Santa Barbara for vacations with family. Meghan and Dan put a lot of thought into their guests’ experience and ultimately chose Santa Barbara Historical Museum as their venue because of its location in downtown Santa Barbara and the option to have the ceremony and reception at the same site. They wanted the venue to have a classic Santa Barbara feel because nearly all of their guests were from out of town and they wanted to share the beauty of the city with them. Meghan and Dan also had their very talented friend Krista Doersch design all of the invitations and paper goods, so they were completely custom and turned out better than the couple could have ever imagined. Krista even learned how to water color just for Meghan and Dan!

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

Meghan’s gown was Wtoo by Watters from Lili Bridals in Tarzana. Meghan tried on dozens of gowns over several occasions — she knew what she wanted, she just couldn’t find it. Luckily Lili Bridals hosted a Watters trunk show and Meghan was able to see a wide variety of gowns from the brand. She knew she had found “the” gown because she couldn’t stop thinking about it when she tried on a few more gowns afterward, and because she kept thinking about it as “my dress” when she went home that night. The gown was beautifully altered by Sonya of Lili Bridals. Meghan is glad that she didn’t give up on finding her perfect wedding gown!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

The couple wanted to honor Meghan’s mom and Dan’s dad, both of whom passed away. Meghan’s mom Mickey was an avid gardener and Meghan knew she wanted to honor her through the wedding flowers. Rachel Burch of Velvet Blooms created two planter boxes for the end of the aisle filled with flowers from Mickey’s garden and put a single iris, Mickey’s favorite flower, into the bridal bouquet. The couple chose to honor Dan’s dad Joe by having a Budweiser toast at the reception, Joe’s drink of choice. It was important to the couple that Mickey and Joe’s presence be felt on their wedding day and they were able to accomplish that with the help of their vendors.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

A bee got stuck in the bride’s gown right before the first dance. Luckily, Meghan had the world’s best bridesmaids, who along with their dates, helped get the bee out moments before the DJ cued the music. Meghan and Dan took dance lessons and practiced the dance over and over, but they just couldn’t have anticipated that happening!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Meghan was accepted into a summer program in Leuven, Belgium and the couple decided to travel in Europe together beforehand. They started their trip in London and spent their second afternoon in St. James Park. After a few hours, Meghan was ready to get going on the next activity, in part because she was so tired she fell asleep on a park bench! Meghan became grumpy when Dan insisted they spend just a little more time in the park and was especially cranky when Dan kept fiddling on his phone. She went to wait it out under a tree and a few minutes later, heard the sounds of a camera shutter as Dan walked over to join her. It turns out, Dan had been texting the professional photographer he had hired their exact location in order to capture the moment. Dan’s proposal was one of the happiest moments of Meghan’s life and encapsulates much of what makes Dan a great partner — his thoughtfulness, his generosity and of course, his patience!

Photography: Rebecca Theresa Photography // Planning and Design: Jane Alexandra Events // Florals: Velvet Blooms // Stationery & Signage: Krista Doersch (friend of the couple!) // Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum // Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters // Dress Boutique: Lili Bridals // Beauty: Cheek to Cheek // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Catering: Pure Joy Catering // DJ: VOX DJs // Live Music Jazz Trio: Jake Sucher Music // Tux: Mens Wearhouse // Ice Cream Bar: McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams // Rentals: Ventura Rental Party & Events and Bella Vista Designs Inc.