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We’re completely enamored with the gorgeous dusting of springtime all over this dreamy styled shoot by J29 Events. The soft whites and ethereal quality of a blooming almond orchard set an incredible backdrop and Olivia Smartt totally captured it’s fairytale-like qualities. Stunning florals by Tango & Foxtrot, calligraphy by Graceline Art and silk ribbon by Adorn Company add to the overall feminine romance. And, we absolutely must note, that we’re head-over-heels for the cake. A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes managed to create a two-tier, edible representation of the mood of the entire shoot—it’s absolute perfection!

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Vendors: Photography: Olivia Smartt Photography // Planning and Design: J29 Events // Coordination, Styling & Rentals: Trunks & Tales // Hair & Makeup: Skyla Arts // Florals: Tango & Foxtrot // Cake: A Spoonful of Sugar Cakes // Calligraphy & Paper: Graceline Art // Silk Ribbon: Adorn // Rings: Rebecca Overmann // Bridal Accessories: One World Designs Bridal Jewelry // Bride model haircut: Ink Salon // Model- Bride: Rose Oser // Model- Groom: Andrew Punsoni // Location: Private Estate

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You guys! Every once in a while, we get crazy giddy over a shoot and just can’t wait to share it with you! Today is our lucky day (and YOURS) as we share with you this crazy adorable feature by our newest members of the Grey Collective: Grit + Gold Studio. Their work is absolutely inspired and we are feeling pretty thrilled to welcome them to our talented collection of insanely fab vendors! Stylist Peyton Frank for Grit + Gold is responsible for all this darling genius, alongside the killer talent of Ben Q Photography and Ginger Roots Floral Design. How much fun are all of these ideas? Wouldn’t this look be PERFECT for an engagement party?

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Vendors: Photography: Ben Q Photography // Location: Fort Worth, TX // Venue: Grit + Gold Studio // Design Stylist: Peyton Frank for Grit + Gold // Florist: Ginger Roots Floral Design // Calligraphy: Tiffani Licona // Hair and Makeup: Something You // Models: Madison Jones and Timmy Root // Dress (aqua) and Accessories: Beehive Fort Worth

You know that effortlessly cool girl? She’s both laid-back and elegant at the same time? Yep—that’s definitely Britta, whose wedding to Ty is a total extension of her relaxed, gorgeous vibe. Britta and Ty became engaged in the south of France. So amazing, right?! Naturally, they went with a “french antique” theme which they incorporated into a day filled with meaningful touches. From the head table candlesticks, to the bride’s veil, each wedding detail has a story and Alexandra Steele captured it all.  We love how Alexandra’s film photography adds to that effortless, antique elegance of Britta and Ty’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We wanted to get married in a place that was meaningful and true to us. We couldn’t think of a more perfect place than Ty’s best friend’s parents’ house that he pretty much grew up in. Their Iowa estate was so charming and surrounded by the most beautiful trees and even a pond! We also made sure our wedding was full of personal touches to make it our own. Our “head table” was Ty’s parents’ first dining table after they got married, our head table candlesticks were Ty’s grandmother’s and my veil was Ty’s mother’s – just to name a few. I’m an antique dealer, so it was important to me that we incorporated antique pieces that were a part of our family’s personal collection. I was also lucky that Ty let me pretty much take the reins and plan the entire wedding. It was a labor of love, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We not only designed our own wedding invitations, but printed and cut every single one! We got great joy from knowing that every touch was hand done and curated by us. Most importantly, we wanted every guest to get a sense of “us” through all the special personal touches.

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

It’s a funny story about the hunt for my wedding dress, actually. I initially wanted a black wedding dress because I didn’t want to look like every other bride. I’d scoured every bridal magazine and wedding dress show, and I just didn’t think a traditional dress it was for me. After telling Ty my vision was for the dress, he politely suggested I get a “fitted ivory” dress. I then realized that you should probably look like the bride on your wedding day. I luckily found Le Soie Bridal and found the perfect dress for our vintage theme.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part was probably me having a Freudian slip during our vows and saying, I promise to “control” you, instead of “console”. That was a good laugh. And of course, the best man speech. Ty has twin older brothers and their speech was priceless. They started by rolling up to the dance floor in a four-wheeler while Thin Lizzy’s song “Jail Break” played. Then they proceeded to “apologize” for all the things they did to Ty growing up. One of them being, tying him to a pole in his underwear and then leaving him. Everyone was falling off their chairs laughing, including us. They then ended their speech with a role play of how Ty and I met (acting as Ty and myself) that was unforgettable. We’ve watched their speech many times since the wedding and it still makes us laugh until it hurts.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ty and I met while I was managing the vintage furniture store in Santa Monica in 2009. He had Yelped furniture stores and accidentally wandered in not knowing it was a girlie furniture store. He then feigned interest in a bookshelf we had for about two weeks, as it gave him an excuse to come in and see me. When I finally told him I couldn’t hold the shelf anymore, he came in and asked me out. He later admitted buying a bookshelf the evening we met from an office store for $40. We now own that special vintage bookshelf, as it was too meaningful to let go.

We got engaged in the south of France (Aix-en-Provence) after being there for a film festival that Ty was featured in. I had no idea he was planning to propose while we were away, which is strange, because I had even picked out my 1920’s engagement ring about eight months before. After leaving the film festival, (and he won!) we made a plan to spend a few days in a beautiful chateau in Aix. Just before we arrived, we were stopped at a light and two guys on scooter drove up to our car and quickly jumped off and tried to open our back door in an attempt to take our luggage. Thankfully, our doors were locked so nothing was taken – most importantly the ring in Ty’s backpack! Once we got to the Chateau we wandered through the gardens and came across this lavender field and that’s where he proposed. It was absolutely perfect and unexpected. We then decided on a “French Antique” wedding theme to incorporate our engagement into the wedding.

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Ty & Britta from Cashew Productions on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Alexandra Steele Photography // Day-of Coordination: Anticipation Events // Ceremony + Reception: Private Residence // Catering: Braise Catering // DJ: Kory Basset (friend of the couple) // Ceremony Musician: Evan Schneider (brother of the bride) // Cake: Jules Bakery // Hotel: Hilton Doubletree // Videography: Cashew Productions // Florist: Julie’s Fountain of Flowers // Hair: Nadia’s Salon & Spa // Officiant: Walker Fletcher (friend of the couple) // Vintage Furniture Rental: Covington & Co. // Rehearsal Dinner: Private Residence // Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Tie: Burberry // Bride’s Dress: Le Soie Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Alexander Wang // Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage // Invitation Calligraphy: Alexa Lane Arranaga

Michael and Valerie are a crazy beautiful couple that met while in college, but spent several years afterward dating while separated by an entire continent! Love stories like this always make our hearts go pitter patter, and we just couldn’t resist sharing this one with you today! We absolutely love the Seattle area venue, Sodo Park by Herban Feast and just can’t get enough of the gorg details planned by Janel Schlit including the blue suits, lush white florals by McKenzie Powell and the photos from Kate Price Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was a true amalgamation of our lives, loves, and families. The ceremony (performed by Michael’s Uncle) combined cherry-picked traditions that were meaningful to us and represented where we’ve been and where we were going. We wanted everything about the ceremony to be honest to who we are and what marriage meant. We also wrote our own vows, which mixed our promises to each other with a little fun. The day felt true to us, and we will never forget it.

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

I tried on many exquisitely beautiful dresses, but I felt most myself in this simple and sparkly Reem Acra gown. My mom came to see me in New York from Seattle and we scoured the City until we found the perfect dress at Saks. Jill, my consultant, acted as a surrogate mother to make the dress perfect after my mom flew back home. A lot of love and attention went into the dress, and I am grateful.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

The ceremony included an Irish hand-binding ritual in which our hands were tied with fabric. The fabric we used were pieces of our mothers’ wedding dresses, our fathers’ shirts, and the groom’s step-father’s tie. And all the pieces were sewn together by the Bride’s Grandmother and Groom’s Aunt. It was a really colorful special touch, and now we have a memento from the day that we’ll keep forever.

We also wrote notes to each guest to read when they sat down for dinner. It was a lot of work beforehand, but it was really important to us to tell each guest individually what it meant to us to have them there. We didn’t get to spend nearly enough time with each guest that day, so we were happy to have had a chance to say what we wanted through our notes.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Seeing the people we love most in the world all in the same place at the same time. That was the greatest gift we could ever imagine. And it made for one incredible party. (My dad ended up spinning on his back on the dance floor. Priceless.)

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met our freshman year of college at Georgetown, and became close friends. Sophomore year, we started dating. That began a decade of growing up together. We were on opposite coasts after graduation and spent years finding weekends to travel across the Country. After we made our home in New York City, Michael brought all of our family and friends from across the country to our favorite local bar and surprised me with a proposal in front of everyone. It was perfect.

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Michael + Val- Documentary Film from Janssen Powers Weddings on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Kate Price Photography // Planning: Janel Schlit // Venue: Sodo Park, Herban Feast // Flowers: McKenzie Powell // Video: Janssen Powers 

 

Whenever we see a wedding that was designed by Bustle Events, we get excited! Their work is always so gorgeous, and when you combine that with a photographer like Michele Beckwith and florals from Mandolin Flowers, you kind of can’t not love EVERYTHING. Oriana and Nate’s wedding at Los Altos History Museum is no exception. We absolutely love all the delicate details, lush flowers, and al fresco reception.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

One of the things I was most excited about was getting ready with my children and marrying my best friend. Nate surprised me with a Tiffany Atlas bracelet that I wore to complete my look. I worked closely with Erin from Bustle Events and Mandolin Flowers to create the details and florals in a soft palette and accents of gold. The florist draped passion vines down the tables, and each place setting was completed with custom stationary from Aerialist press.

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

So my wedding gown is actually a funny story. I originally had a Lazaro dress, but felt it just wasn’t the one and ended up getting a new dress shortly before the wedding, a Monique Lhuillier. It fit like a glove and added a bid of beaded drama to the look with those flared hip details and shape. Overall the look I was going for was soft, with a little bit of glamour.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met and fell in love in college. We raised their little children together in San Francisco, before moving to Berkeley to finish our studies.

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Vendors: Photography: Michele Beckwith // Event Design and Planning: Bustle Events // Invitations: Aerialist Press // Florals: Mandolin Flowers // DJ: DJ Josh Dukes // Bakery: Studio Cake // Catering: Karen Bevels Catering // Makeup: Priscilla Francine Makeup // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Ceremony: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church // Reception: Los Altos History Museum //