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Lindsay and Amos took a cue from their venue, the Parker Palm Springs, as well as Lindsay’s antique emerald engagement stunner when designing the elements of their wedding celebration. With help from Artisan Events the couple incorporated vintage vibes into their adorable stationery by Anticipate Invitations (sandpaper mountains everyone!), vintage cocktail glasses hand-chosen for each guest and macrame owls made by the grooms mother on each table. Punchy, pink, graphic florals and elegant family-style tables added balance to the look while the bride’s relaxed glamour in Monique Lhuillier sets the tone of the event. Lucky for us, Mi Belle Photographers were on had to capture all the details and we’re thrilled to share the photographs with you today!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Fitting with our venue and my engagement ring (an antique), we took inspiration from vintage Palm Springs and wove that into all elements of the wedding. Some examples:

Our invitation featured a vintage Palm Springs postcard replica as the reply card, as well as sandpaper mountains! We also used unique vintage Palm Springs postcard replicas as the place cards. Everything came complete with vintage desert stamps. We asked our guests to send us marital advice or well wishes with their place card postcards, and we love receiving them regularly as a fun memory.

My parents finally gave in to my begging them for years for a set of vintage Cera cocktail glasses with poison names on them. Inspired by these glasses, we collected enough (over a year on eBay, Etsy, and at thrift stores) that we gave one to each guest. We tried to make them fit each person as best as possible. We used them, and local Old Potrero whiskey (distilled down the street from us and named after our neighborhood), for a “whiskey toast” to kick off the dancing! And we also used vintage matchbooks on the escort cards, again trying to match to the individual.

We encouraged all guests to wear Palm Springs festive attire, particularly to the welcome drinks, and we had many come prepared in caftans, short suits, and palm-printed pants in return. Amos even wore a blue palm-printed suit to the rehearsal dinner and welcome!

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

I spent a whole fun-filled day in New York shopping with my mom and some of my best friends / bridesmaids. I couldn’t decide on a gown at the time and decided I’d try two of Monique Lhuillier’s gowns again in SF. Of course, as it turned out, I ended up seeing and falling in love with a third I had never seen before, and that’s the one I went with. I switched into a very Palm Springs-y beaded party dress by Alice & Olivia to maximize the dancing!

There was another gown I fell in love with by Bo & Luca, at a small boutique in SF (Loho Bride). While it wasn’t “the one” for the wedding, I couldn’t help but wear it for the Rehearsal & Welcome as it fit perfectly with the Parker in its art deco look.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted to make sure our personalities and things we love really shined through, as well as those of our loved ones. Some examples:

The Parker features a wall of macrame owls (and one two-story one). We shared a photo of the wall on one of our wedding planning visits, and Amos’ mother got a “hoot” out of it. She mentioned how she used to make similar ones a while back. Little did she know she was signing herself up to make one for each table. We now have them as our own owl wall at home!

We are huge board game players. We play a game together at least every other day. Thus, after spending a lot of time trying to find a book reading, we realized the most “us” thing to do would be a reading from the rule-book of a board game. Amos’ sister, also a board gamer herself, read it flawlessly, which was not easy!

We have two cats that sadly could not make the trip (as they don’t leave SF) — Agatha Kittie & Angela Lanspurry. That said, they were sure to sign the guestbook first. However, our love of cats showed up in our vows (and cat-themed books in which we wrote them) and pretty much every toast.

Amos’ best friend from high school and groomsman is a really talented musician, so we asked him to play acoustic guitar for the ceremony. He was the best sport, since we picked just about the most difficult songs, e.g., Lana Del Rey’s This is What Makes Us Girls (not out of cruelty but because we listened to that non-stop when first dating) — and he still killed it.

Lindsay’s friends have amazing personal senses of style, so bridesmaid attire was a no-brainer. She gave them the wedding colors and asked them all to pick long dresses or outfits. One bridesmaid even wore a Palm Springs-inspired caftan two days in a row!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Definitely our vows. We wrote them ourselves, and even though we didn’t compare notes, they were so closely aligned that everyone assumed we wrote them together. We keep them in our bedside drawers, and it’s so fun to look back on them. We were able to capture a lot of the shared things we love and many inside jokes while still being fun for others to hear (I hope!).

Also up there was our “first swim” at the end of the night — we got a lot of guests into the pool with us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The story differs a bit on whether you ask Amos or Lindsay. We met through friends of friends but also at a trailer park-themed dive bar in San Francisco; the latter is a bit more fun to share. We quickly discovered a shared love of hiking, travel and adventures, board games, and takeout food. All of these occurred on our first date that lasted all day!

We grew to love day and weekend trips up to wine country from our home in SF, so Amos worked the engagement into one that we’d planned to ensure it was a surprise. After a wine tasting, we went for a hike in Calistoga, and Amos seemed anxious to find the best view possible and hurried up a rock. He had to propose quickly when I got up there as I kept saying how scared I was and threatening to go down, until he proposed of course. We finished the day with dinner and an overnight at my favorite spa.

lindsay + amos :: a parker palm springs wedding from Isabel Gonzalez on Vimeo.

Photographer: Mi Belle Photographers // Event Design, Day-of Coordination & Florals: Artisan Events // Stationery: Anticipate Invitations // Venue: Parker Palm Springs // Bride’s Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier // Salon: Bridal Galleria // Hair & Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy Hair & MakeupVideography: Isabel Cinematheque

 

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YOU GUYS! We are so excited to share this fabulous Italian wedding designed by Grey Collective member Chic Weddings in Italy with you. From the Frida Kahlo-inspired reception under the cafe lights on the couple’s recently restored B&B in Ceglie Messapica, to the bride’s rad style accentuated with the larger-than-life-amazing floral crown, this wedding is oozing with style. We’re loving the romance of the family-style reception and the florals by Flower Addicted are the perfect amount of artsy. Studio AQ was on hand to work their fabulous photo magic and we’re so happy to be sharing the gorgeous photographs of Luisa and Francesco’s wedding with you.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We were lucky enough to get to celebrate our wedding in a special venue: our home! We have recently renovated an old trullo property in Ceglie Messapica, in the heart of Itria Valley and transformed it into “Fikus” a small boutique B & B so it was the perfect occasion to gather our very big Italian families and friends from all over Italy and Europe to be with us on our special day. It was so emotional we got to celebrate our wedding in our very own nest we have created with so much passion and heart. Plus the work that the CW team and the florist have done was amazing – we were all in awe!

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

I had something completely different in my mind and wanted something more ” Gatsby – like ” but eventually in the last atelier I went, the dress was just there awaiting for me! The atelier manager opened these huge wardrobes with amazing floating dresses and the only thing I was attracted to was this tiny impalpable lace long sleeve – so I asked “What about this one?” and so I was actually choosing my own dress. It’s the Villaroel dress from Yolancris, and honestly I never thought this kind of dress would do for my body type but I felt so comfortable in it and started giggling when I had it on. Of course I added my special styling and twist: I wore it with no under-gown, I added the golden belt and the D&G like vintage crown for the party , and I just felt it was so much my style.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I have always been passionate about Frida Kahlo and her art but in the recent years I got to see this amazing exhibition in Rome all by myself – so I spent three hours wandering around her pieces and her life and it really got into me. Also Francesco and I share this idea of love that goes beyond formality and cliches and we really wanted to express it . So it was inevitable somehow to get her style as major inspiration for our big day.

The floral crown was the killer – Francesco and all the guests went nuts about the bold flowers and everyone kept asking about it. Channeling Frida all day was our way to make the wedding so very deeply personal.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I am a control freak and although everything was perfect and everyone had great time, I was stressed out the majority of the time!

It had been a crazy day and I had been spinning around a lot. But the most memorable moment of the day was driving back from the castle where the ceremony was held to our B & B. We were in the car with Marta from Studio A+Q and the driver and it was like any other day – it was perfection. Francesco and I chatting and giggling and really feeling the love. The light was perfect, the warm summer wind, the anticipation of what we were about to see, it was those perfect 15 minutes we will never forget.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Francesco and I are both originally from Puglia but had never met until we were both living as expat in Brussels. Oh, yes life is funny! We got together in 2012 and by then Francesco had decided to move back to Puglia for its own start up, I basically quit my job and went back to live with him, leaving everyone in shock! But love wins it all! The idea of Fikus came a little bit later and it has been the center of our life for the past years, so the perfect ending to our project was to celebrate our love there.

Francesco proposed on the rooftop of our house on a sunny September Sunday morning with my favorite Juste un clou ring by Cartier – surrounded by ancient olive trees and a construction site work in progress for the renovation. One of those (im)perfect moments that are unforgettable!

Event Design and Production: Chicweddingsinitaly // Photography: Studio AQ // Florals: Flower Addicted // Invitations: Otto piu’ otto // Venue: FIKUS The Apulian B&B // Second Shooter: Paolo Manzi // Catering: Chez vous // Bridal Gown: Yolan Cris // Bridesmaids Dress: Vila

 

The stunning views, canopies of trees, and surrounding gardens of Beltane Ranch were the perfect fit for Karla and Peter’s romantic wedding weekend in wine country. The couple hired A Savvy Event to plan their day and execute all the personalized details like the guests’ garden walk, with placards narrating the couple’s love story leading them to the ceremony site. Florals by Loop Event Arts are a highlight of the ceremony and reception and a relaxed farm-to-table menu was perfect for the reception under the expansive old, oak trees. Check out all the details and sweet moments of the day in these images by Larissa Cleveland Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We created a special “garden walk” for when guests arrived for the wedding. Before reaching the ceremony site, guests received refreshments then proceeded down a winding path through a beautiful garden. Throughout the garden, we’d placed signs that told the story of our love. How we met, what we love about each other, happy memories we have, trips we’ve taken together, etc. It set the stage and mood for them to arrive at our ceremony site.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

One of my favorite memories from my wedding day was actually the morning yoga session with friends. It really set the tone of the splendid, and relaxed day ahead.

After the ceremony Peter and I took 15 minutes of alone time. It was such a special and intimate moment. We couldn’t stop calling each other “husband!” and “ wife!” From up on the second floor of the Ranch House, it also allowed us to look down from the balcony at ours guests enjoying cocktail hour and cherish the moment – really take it all in!

Beltane Ranch Wedding: Karla and Peter from Dax Victorino Films on Vimeo.

Photographer: Larissa Cleveland Photography // Planner: A Savvy Event // Florals: Loop Event Arts // Stationery: Aerialist Press // Venue: Beltane Ranch // Gown: Vera Wang // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August // Video: Dax Victorino Films // Catering: Park Avenue Catering // Rentals: La Tavola / Bright Event Rentals // Music: Boutique DJ’s

 

Camille and Dennis were married at Megunticook Golf Club in Rockport, Maine and the day is absolutely STUNNING. The elegant couple (think modern-day John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Jeanne Bessette-Kennedy) filled their day with dear family and friends, a lovely rustic outdoor ceremony and tented reception and beautiful wild blooms by One and Supp and Ragged Mt Flowers. Their favorite moment? When they looked up the hill and saw all their loved ones under the twinkly lights and realized they were married and all was as it should be. We couldn’t love this one more and are so glad that mega-talented Emily Delamater Photography was on hand to capture all the beautiful moments.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

One of my sisters had an insanely gorgeous August wedding the summer before at the same club, so Dennis and I had actually put a lot of thought into trying to make sure we didn’t take their ideas! We thought a lot about trying to make our wedding a reflection of us, just as theirs was perfectly theirs. After all that (as cheesy as it sounds), it was the people there to celebrate with us that really made our day feel unique. It was the most incredibly special feeling to look around and see so many important people from all different parts of our lives in the same place to watch us say “I do”!

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

I went looking in Boston with my mom and one of my best friends. The first gown at the first boutique we stopped at was the dress to beat all day long. Our very last stop was Ceremony Boston where Alexandra Grecco was having a trunk show that day. The first dress of hers that I tried on I did not want to take off. I loved that it felt simple and modern but also elegant and timeless. Choosing that dress was one of the easiest decisions of the whole wedding!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Despite our idea of an “effortlessly elegant” event, there was a lot of teamwork involved in making the wedding look and feel like we envisioned. Knowing that a lot of our friends and family had helped with making and hanging decorations, arranging flowers, and cooking blueberry jam (thanks, mom!) gave the celebration the feel that it was made with a lot of love!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Besides the burrata and cake? There was a moment during cocktail hour when Dennis and I were away from the party, taking pictures. We both looked up the hill and saw everyone under the twinkly lights. We heard laughter and the saxophone and clinking glasses, and it was this wonderful moment of realization that we were married and that it all was happening just as we had been dreaming and planning for so long!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I don’t know how I didn’t notice Dennis pull a ring box out of his pocket to put in the bin at airport security, but lucky for both of us, he was able to keep the whole proposal a surprise until the lovely moment in St Barth. We were down in the Caribbean for a sailing regatta, and after dinner on our first night there we decided to take a beach walk before turning in for the night. I was completely surprised when he popped the question, and so excited to say yes! It was pitch black when he got down on one knee, so it was a very pleasant surprise to see my sparkly ring in the sun the next morning!

Photography: Emily Delamater Photography // Flowers (bouquets and ceremony urns) : One and Supp // Loose Blooms: Ragged Mt Flowers // Paper Goods: ByBrydon and the Bride // Venue: Megunticook Golf Club, Rockport Maine // Bride’s Dress: Alexandra Grecco from Ceremony Boston // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom: JCrew // Makeup: Beauty Mark Salon // Hair: Green with Envy // Catering: Trillium

 

If purple is your hue, then Kelly and Devin’s East Coast wedding at Marianmade Farm is just the inspiration for you. The couple resides in California, but having both grown up in New England, the bride and groom knew that Maine was “the only place that felt right to be married in.” They enlisted the planning help of Daisies and Pearls and the floral expertise of Michelle Peele to transform their event space and incorporate as much color and local growing wild lupine as possible. You guys are going to love how it all turned out and thankfully Henry + Mac were behind the lens capturing all the details.

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from the bride: We both grew up in New England and had been living in California for years by the time we were planning our wedding. Maine was the only place that felt right to be married in (it was where we met and fell in love), but we also wanted to incorporate some of our laid-back California lifestyle that we loved so much. We had been dating for 7 years and already felt like we were part of each other’s families. So we wanted the wedding to be not only a celebration of our relationship but also our community, as a thank you for so much support over the years. Our photographers asked us what we imagined the wedding day would feel like. We said we wanted it to feel like there was one big giant hug surrounding us. All of our people smiling, laughing, crying, loving together. It felt like that and so much more.

Wedding Vibes: We are both huge fans of color so we wanted to use as much as possible to make the celebration feel vibrant and fun, but also timeless. Something that we could look back on and love for years to come.

I spent a lot of my childhood on the Maine coast and my favorite book is Miss Rumphuis, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. It’s a story about a woman who spread Lupine seeds all over the coast to make the world more beautiful. As it turns out, our mid-June date is prime blooming season for wild Lupine. We used the book cover as inspiration for a bright color palate and decided that we would spread Lupine all over the wedding. We were married on a working flower farm so it only seemed right that farm’s flowers would provide all the florals for the wedding. I wanted bright, wild looking florals to keep a laid back vibe running through the décor.

One way we tied California into the wedding was through our incredible invitations and paper goods wizard, Taryn Sutherland of Twinkle and Toast. Her modern calligraphy with fun nontraditional lettering let us continue our use of bright colors with a watercolor/Lupine palate to tie all the details together.

Having all of the people you love in one place doesn’t happen all that often, so we made it a priority to provide the best guest experience we could. For us, that meant spending the money needed on transportation from hotels to the venue and back, an amazing caterer that specialized in family style celebrations, and great music. We feel that all of this helped create a relaxed and welcoming vibe to the whole weekend.

We also loved the idea of getting everyone together the night before so we had a large traditional lobster bake and then invited all of our guests to join us for dessert and drinks. We still got family time and additional party time with our guests. It also took some of the pressure off in having to make it to every table at dinner during the reception- which we definitely didn’t accomplish.

Advice for Planning Couples.

Surround yourself with vendors that you trust and let them do what they do best. Devin and I had a lot going on around the time of our wedding. We moved from California to New England, closed on a house, completed graduate school, and changed jobs in the three weeks leading up the wedding. Our amazing team, led by Sarah Goodwin of Daisies and Pearls, took care of everything and we got to sit back and take in every last drop of the day.

Also, no matter how hard you try to not let the process stress you out, it will. When that happens, step back and try to remember that you have a fabulous party coming your way with all of your favorite people. Lastly, happiness and laughter are contagious. If you are having a fabulous time, your guests will too. So let yourself feel all the feels on your wedding day and if you do that, it will feel like you.

Favorite part of the day: Every moment of the day felt like pure magic. Getting ready with the female loves of my life, seeing everyone sending so much love back at us. The day felt like it was pouring with joy.

A few moments in particular surprised me with how much they ended up meaning:

First Look- When we first started planning the wedding, I was totally against the idea of a doing a first look. I grew up dreaming of seeing the look on my groom’s face when he saw me for the first time walking down the aisle. But then we did an engagement session with our photographers and they allowed it to feel so peaceful, standing close to Devin and just being in the moment. So non-invasive and natural feeling that we decided it was really important to have some alone time like that on the wedding day. The only thing we told our photographers about the first look was that we didn’t want it to feel forced, and they delivered big time. After seeing each other at the venue (where I was getting ready), we hopped in their car and stopped for a walk through a field of blooming wild Lupine a few miles down the road. A beautiful, secret hideout away from the hustle and bustle of the day.

It was also the field that provided flowers for my bouquet. With Lupine being my favorite flower, getting to walk with Devin through that field was not only relaxing and quiet, but also a dream come true. The next day, we were both so grateful that we got that time together because once the day gets rolling, you won’t be alone at all.

Ceremony: We put a lot of thought and time into our ceremony. It’s the reason we were all together that day and we wanted it to represent what we felt was important in a marriage relationship. Having a completely secular ceremony was a big part of our beliefs and Devin’s father got ordained to marry us. He is a great, thoughtful public speaker and built his messages from the book “How to Love” – Thich Nhat Hanh. My godparents also serenaded the crowd with an interactive, acoustic rendition of “Give Yourself to Love”- Kate Wolf. From the first time we talked about the ceremony, Devin insisted that we write our own vows. He felt strongly that our whole community should hear from us why we loved each other and why we were getting married. I was completely terrified, not one to pour my heart out in front of crowds. During the ceremony, I completely forgot about my anxiety because I was having so much fun watching Devin’s father charm the crowd. When it was time, I just focused on Devin’s face and went for it. And when he read his vows back, it was incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more special and loved than in that moment and will never forget it. Having someone we knew well and trusted standing up there with us also helped a lot in terms of making us comfortable.

Photography: Henry + Mac // Planner: Daisies and Pearls // Flowers: Michelle Peele // Invites: Twinkle + Toast // Venue: Marianmade Farm // Catering & Cake: Trillium Caterers // Bride Dress: Romona Keveza // Dress Shop: Musette Bridal // Bridesmaid Dress: Joanna August // Groom Suit: Hugo Boss // HMU: Ariel Johnson // Rentals: One Stop Event A Family Affair of Maine // DJ: DJ Jon