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There’s so much to inspire in this gorgeous elopement shoot from designer Adriana Marie Events. The team set out to create a soft, ethereal and relaxed vibe. The look was achieved with lush foliage and rich blooms by Blossom and Vine , soft plant-dyed fabrics, the bride’s flowing Tara la Tour gown, and an adorable barefoot couple skipping hand-in-hand through the tree lines to their forest nuptials. The private ceremony in the woods, a floral-themed sweetheart table by the lake, and sweet, gold-flake accented desserts and a decadent cake by Catherine George Cakes polish off the colorful, romantic mood. Lauren Swann Photography was behind the lens capturing all the beautiful details and we’re thrilled to be sharing them today.

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Designer: Adriana Marie Events // Photographer: Lauren Swann Photography // Florist: Blossom and Vine // Paper: KA Kalligraphy // Location: Blossom and Vine Farm // Baker: Catherine George Cakes // Bride model: Nina Laveau // Groom model: Jarrel // Gown Designer: Tara la Tour // Tuxedo: Capital Custom Clothier  // Hair & Makeup: Pretty Weird Beauty // Ring: Trumpet & Horn // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Linen: Rentals to Remember // Tabletop: Anthropologie

 

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Brianna and Chris’ Chicago wedding planned by Estera Events is a lovely blend of historic elegance and modern sensibilities. Playing with a mix of historic Chicago architecture and new modern and sleek design, a ceremony at the Grainger Ballroom at the CSO set the tone for a Grand urban affair, while the celebration following at Modern Wing at the Art Institute was totally contemporary.  Beautiful rich hues and stunning florals by HMR Designs shine against the urban setting and photographer Kina Wicks was on hand to capture it all.

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Planning: Estera Events // Photographer: Kina Wicks // Floral & Design: HMR Designs // Paper: Sarah Drake Design // Ceremony Location: Grainger Ballroom at the CSO // Reception Location: Modern Wing at the Art Institute // Bridal Gown: Amsale // Cake: Elysia Root Cakes // Hair & Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists // Catering: Bon Apetit Catering via the Art Institute // Band: Becca Kaufman Orchestra // Linens: BBJ Linen

 

Vanessa and Fabien live in Paris but adore the landscape and lifestyle of California. Sharing a dream of splitting their time between the West Coast and France, the couple chose the Ventana Inn & Spa for their intimate 45-person wedding. Rustic details spearheaded by Posh+Folk charmed guests and a show-stopping floral altar by Christine Cater framed panoramic views of the ocean and hills of Big Sur. The couple enlisted Arnau Dubois  to capture all the details in these lovely photographs of  Vanessa and Fabien’s beautiful day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

From the bride: The greatest triumph of the day and evening was that we felt like we had opened a window to our love and our relationship that everyone was able to step into. It felt like a celebration of our love, but also of love in general. We were also happy to see that everyone had fun — I have never seen a crowd enjoy music and dancing as much as we did that night. Everyone went into a beach-y wedding trance and we were carried away by the magic of a warm summer night in Big Sur.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

From Posh+Folk: Champagne and cocktails were passed on the Terrace, followed by an elegant dinner. Tables were adorned with copper vessels, vibrant coral flowers, and illustrations of the couple’s favorite spots in Paris that were hand-drawn by one of the bride’s younger sisters. Hundreds of fairy lights among dripping greenery and white flower stems hung above the head table, adding a further sense of romance to the stunning views.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

From Posh+Folk: One of our favorite moments from the wedding was when an impromptu receiving line was formed following the ceremony. The heartfelt words exchanged between the pair during the ceremony left virtually every guest in tears as they congratulated the couple.

Photography: Arnau Dubois // Event Planner: Posh+Folk // Floral Designer: Christine Cater // Invitations: Bella Figura // Venue: Ventana Inn & Spa // Cake: Parker Lusseau // Officiant: Soaring Starkey // Hair & Makeup: Melissa Hoffmann // Dress: Claire Pettibone // Suit: Chris Kerr // Rentals: Chic Event Rentals // DJ: DNA Entertainment

 

Elise and James’ festive and colorful Frida Kahlo-inspired wedding at The O’Donnell House embodied everything the couple loves and everything that brought them together—art, music, poetry, the desert, laughter, our family and friends. With the help of planner The Events Department, the couple created their big day through a “Frida filter” focusing on whimsical flower arrangements and installations by Magnolia Flower Shoppe, embracing pops of vibrant color in the bridal party and venue, and “planning their wedding as if it were the greatest art project of their lives.” We are LOVING the pure joy of the couple (and of course all the bold details) as captured beautifully by Grey Collective member Kathleen Geiberger Art.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our festive and colorful Frida Kahlo-inspired wedding embodied everything James and I love and everything that brought us together: art, music, poetry, the desert, laughter, our family and friends. James and I elected Frida as our theme when we decided that we wanted our wedding to be the opposite of reserved and demure; we yearned for a celebration rife with creativity, passion and a life-as-art perspective—everything we believe Frida Kahlo personifies. Creating our wedding through our Frida filter allowed us to throw caution (and, at times, tradition) to the wind and focus on the details that were truly important to us like having whimsical flower arrangements throughout our venue, embracing pops of vibrant color, and planning our wedding as if it were the greatest art project of our lives.

Another aspect of our wedding that made it so unique is our venue, The O’Donnell House—a historic Spanish-style estate perched on the cliff-side of Palm Spring’s San Jacinto Mountain with a view of the entire Coachella Valley. It provided the perfect canvas for our Frida Kahlo-inspired wedding with its bright, fuchsia bougainvillea flowers blooming all around and iconic desert cacti dotting the landscape. At night, after the sun set, the valley lights twinkled below making our festive affair all the more intimate.

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

My gown is by Catherine Deane for BHLDN. Before I’d ever even imagined being engaged I dreamed of one day wearing a BHLDN dress. It was a three piece gown: a skirt, a sweetheart corset top and a cap sleeve, lace topper. It went so perfectly with our theme and our venue. Crazily enough, I found my dress three weeks before the wedding. Luckily the wonderful staff at BHLDN had the dress rush shipped and my seamstress worked hard to have it all finished in time. I picked up my finished dress three days before the wedding. Nothing like a little excitement to start off the special weekend!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our officiant, Sven, is James’ and my mutual best friend since freshman year of high school. Never once in high school did we imagine that James and I would end up married one day. Sven crafted the most sentimental ceremony by keeping the focus solely on James, me and the story of how our relationship came to be. He told funny and sweet stories of us and secretly interviewed our parents so he could share their perspectives on our relationship. This allowed our audience to learn more about us and, ultimately from the feedback we received, feel more connected to us.

My cousin Mackenzie has the most incredible voice and she sang and played the piano for our ceremony. Then at the reception, she invited all of our guests onto the dance floor to dance to her rendition of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose”. Afterwards our DJ segued into a fun song that kept everyone dancing.

We named all of our tables after our favorite musicians, poets and painters. We had a Frida Kahlo table, of course, along with a Rumi table, an Edith Piaf table, a Georgia O’Keeffe table, etc. We had paintings of quotes around the reception area like Frida Kahlo’s famous “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic” and Pablo Neruda’s “I long to do to you what spring does to the cherry trees”. Our hashtag was “When two brows become one”, paying homage to Frida’s iconic unibrow.

For dinner we had a taco bar with all the fixings and a margarita station with a pineapple jalapeno margarita, pomegranate margarita and a traditional. For dessert we served churros, Spanish style crema cantalana (crème brulee) and a simple but delicious (and amazingly affordable!) two-tiered cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Our guests demolished the food and that’s exactly what we wanted to happen!

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I can’t pick just one, sorry!! Having my mom help me button my dress, fasten my jewelry, kiss my check and send me on my way down the aisle. Then walking arm in arm with my dad to my cousin Mackenzie playing the piano and singing her rendition of George Ezra’s “Blame It On Me”, while seeing all of my most favorite people in the audience and up front under the most beautiful floral altar. Our ceremony space was narrower than most, meaning our bridal party had to squeeze close together which made it so intimate—not only did I see my groom gazing back at me, I saw all of my very best friends gazing back at me, too.

Then, standing at the altar alongside James, listening to his incredibly heartfelt vows; saying “YES!” instead of “I Do” when asked if I take James as my husband (a meaningful accident and one that worked better with my vows, anyway); and, accidentally kissing James when I first got up to the altar—oops!! Sacrilege!

Having a matron of honor, Katie, a maid of honor, Torrie, and the most amazing tribe of bridesmaids: Krista, Mackenzie, Kristin, Amanda, and Britney stand by my side throughout the day and throughout the entire year of wedding planning. Also, being so in love with all of James’ groomsmen! Some are my best friends, some are part of my family. I love them all so much and it truly means the world to me they were part of our day.

Photographer:  Kathleen Geiberger Art // Event Planner: The Events Department // Floral Designer: Magnolia Flower Shoppe // Invitation Designer: PaperPlum // Reception Venue: The O’Donnell House at The Willows // Dress Designer: Catherine Deane // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Apparel: Kenneth Cole // Jewelry: Lauren Wolf of Esqueleto // Bakery: Nothing Bundt Cakes // Apparel: Show Me Your Mumu // Caterer: Westwood Catering // Equipment Rentals: Signature Party Rentals // Video: Amari Productions

 

Bonnie Sen Photography  and Bright Occasions were inspired by the artistic and whimsical nature of music to create this wedding inspiration shoot that flowed smoothly with elements of lush foliage and perfect blooms by Petals by the Shore and gorgeous paper by The Dandelion Patch. Set at the National Cathedral School, the overall mood, story and color palette is soft and romantic, with added surprises of modern elements. We’re loving the highlights including piano escort card display, painted marble backdrop, and the vintage gold bar cart used two ways. Get inspired when you check out all the gorgeous images by Bonnie Sen Photography.

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From the creative team: Our beautiful bride is wearing a soft blue-gray bridal gown and lace coverlet by pas de deux bridal, with understated and natural hair and makeup. The lace coverlet is a perfect addition for winter months and also gives the look of separates, which is a trend we are seeing a lot more of in bridal fashion. We chose pas de deux, which literally means a dance for two, perfect for our music-inspired shoot. Their romantic and versatile line of gowns and separates are both fresh and timeless.

We emphasized the organic movement of greenery throughout the ceremony and reception details. Our bride and groom are surrounded by beautiful foliage in a way that feels as though it is growing up and around them. The 25 foot long gray marble hand painted backdrop and aisle anchors the space, giving it added depth and richness. The painted backdrop is also a perfect compliment to the blush and gray watercolor invitation and stationery set with modern gold lettering.

The gold vintage bar cart was a perfect addition for the shoot and became a great way to display our wedding cake and dessert table, as well as for our grapefruit and thyme cocktail and bar set-up. Finally, our long dinner table brought the whole look together. The lush flowers and candlelight on the table with a backdrop of rich greenery to bring the outdoors in and offer a sweet surprise to the reception. The soft gray linen, white dinner plates, gold flatware and mix and match glassware fit with the simple and elegant aesthetic of the shoot. And the clear lucite chairs give the table a contemporary look, while fitting in with the timeless design.

Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography // Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions // Florist: Petals by the Shore, Kelly Shore // Invitation Suite: The Dandelion Patch // Venue: National Cathedral School // Dress Designer: pas de deux bridal // Suit: Alton Lane // Wedding Cake: Catherine George Cakes // Wedding Gift: Marigold & Grey // Hair Stylist/Make-up Artist: Amie Decker Beauty // Artist: By Brittany Branson // Drape: Drape Kings // Rings: Susie Saltzman // Rentals: Select Event Group // Vintage Furniture: Something Vintage// Models: (Bride) Anastasiia Putkova / (Groom) Sepehr Hajireza