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We’re loving Bianca and Kyle’s elegant Key West destination wedding. Planned by Destination Wedding Studio and set at the Hemingway Home in Old Town Key West (yep—the home of Ernest himself) the lovely garden party included a romantic ceremony under the palms and a gorgeous reception under a tent of white tulle.  The stunning florals by Duarte Floral Design include graphic bouquets filled with eucalyptus, roses and astilbe and lush green, leafy table runners. Lucky for us, Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography to capture all the beautiful details of the day and we know you’re going to love them!

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Photography: Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography // Planner & Stylist: Destination Wedding Studio // Floral Design: Duarte Floral Design // Stationery:  Printmakers Inc. // Venue: Hemingway Home // Hair + Make Up: Beauty And The Glam Squad // Cake: Amazing Cakes and Creations // Rentals: Eventfully Yours Rentals // Music: Event My Way // Caterer: Key West Catering Company

 

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Next up we’re sharing another wedding from the talented team over at Michael Costa + Anna Costa Photography. It’s fun to see how a photographer shoot different styles and this classic country club wedding is totally different from the relaxed Hawaiian vibe of the previous post captured by the same photographers. Leslie and Scott were married at Riviera Mansion/University Club in Santa Barbara. The ceremony had to be moved indoors due to weather, but the resulting vows in front of the fireplace just added to the overall vibe. We’re loving the classic details like the bride’s lace Matthew Christopher gown and all the gorgeous florals by Anna Le Pley Taylor. Check out these details and more in the lovely images by Michael Costa + Anna Costa Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Scott and I live in San Diego, but we always talked about having our wedding in Santa Barbara. We wanted our wedding to have a smalltown intimate feeling, where everyone would feel like one big family. My mom was the one who actually found our venue online and after viewing it in person, we knew it was the perfect place for us to get married. Even when my plans for an outside ceremony were canceled due to rain, we moved it into the living room in front of the fireplace which turned out more perfect than I could have ever imagined.

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

My gown was Matthew Christopherand I found it at Mon Amie Bridal Salon in Costa Mesa. I was set on finding a dress with cap sleeves and after trying on a few that just weren’t right for me, my dress stylist at Mon Amie asked me to try on a dress she had picked out for me. After trying it on, she said she initially hid it from me because she didn’t want me to dismiss it automatically as it was strapless. Not only did it fit me like a glove, but it made me feel sexy and elegant. The paisley lace was unlike anything I had ever seen and stood out beautifully against the mocha underlay. I also fell in love with the buttons that went all the way down my train.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We created an area in the foyer to pay homage to our parents. Both couples are still married – a rarity these days. Our parents mean a great deal to us, and we wanted to thank them for always being supportive, loving, and a great example of what a successful marriage looks like. Another personal touch for me was the bear charm I sewed onto my garter. Scott and my step daughter Leigha’s nickname for me is Bear, so having the charm made it feel like I had them close to me all day.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were many memorable moments throughout the day, but the one that stands out is our ‘first look.’ It was an amazing moment to have with Scott, and I think we were more emotional here than we were at the actual ceremony!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We were introduced by a mutual friend. We laugh now because we can remember parties we were both at and never met!

Scott proposed to me at Basic, a restaurant in downtown San Diego. This restaurant has a special meaning in both of our hearts because it is where I told Scott I loved him for the first time. After dinner, he took me to the exact spot in front of the restaurant where I had told him I loved him and got down on one knee. I was so surprised – it was such a wonderful, surreal moment. Because no one else was around at the time, it truly felt like we were the only two people in the world at that moment. In fact, we ended up taking a photo in front of a firehouse because the firemen were the only people around!

Photographer: Michael Costa + Anna Costa Photography // Florals: Anna Le Pley Taylor // Paper Goods: Smitten on Paper, Amy Gonzales // Venue: Riviera Mansion/University Club // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals SB – Tables & Chairs // Linens: La Tavola // Videographer: Shark Pig Weddings, Wade Koch // Officiant: Jono Shaffer // Acoustic Guitarist for Ceremony: Christopher Wooley  // DJ: Nik Bordokoff // Hair/Makeup: Feathers and Fox // Hair & Makeup Design by Peggy Busch // Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries // Brides Dress: Matthew Christopher // Bridal Shop: Mon Amie Bridal Salon, Costa Mesa // Brides Shoes: Schutz // Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Grooms/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse

 

 

 

We’re loving the moody romance of Sofia and Adam’s industrial wedding at Liberty Warehouse. The couple, both from New York, loved the idea of saying their vows with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. Designed and styled by the Grey Collective member Bespoke Only, the event details were warm and intimate including chalkboard lettering by Papersoul and whimsical tablescapes with florals by Peartree Flowers. The team enlisted the skills of Pat Furey behind the lens and the gorgeous photos are all below for your viewing. Enjoy!

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From the bride: Adam and I knew we wanted to get married at the Liberty Warehouse the moment we stepped foot inside. Its raw industrial space allowed us to bring in personal touches that felt unique to who we are as a couple. We are both from New York so we loved the idea of saying our vows with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop.

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Our hope for our wedding was to create a magical evening that felt intimate, romantic and warm, and each and every decision was made to this end.  To achieve this vision, we brought on Melissa Lee from Bespoke Only who went above and beyond in every way possible. Together, we began by choosing a neutral, but warm color palette made up of cream, pewter, and dusty rose. We spent a ton of time strategizing the proper lighting for the vibe we were after. Ultimately we relied mostly on fairy lights and many different types of candles. Julia from Papersoul did hand calligraphy on the mirrors and various chalkboards, welcoming our guests to our happily ever after, and inviting them to share in our favorite cocktails. We worked with Peartree to create whimsical yet classic tablescapes complete with center pieces made up of seasonal foliage with smaller pops of color, and sprinkled with berries for added texture. We placed whole pomegranates and heirloom pumpkins on each of the tables and bars. Pat Furey and Claire Hudson (photography), and Hello Super Studios (film) were there to capture every moment.

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I will never forget walking into the reception for the first time after having just been introduced as husband and wife. So many glowing, loving faces welcomed us into that magical room, it felt like a dream. We could not have hoped for anything more. We are so grateful to our friends and family for making it all possible, and we will treasure the memories, photos and videos for many, many years to come.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The Liberty Warehouse is a raw industrial space which allowed us to showcase our personality through the choices we made on decor. Collaborating with our incredibly talented vendors, we were able to create an understated ambiance that was both romantic and welcoming to our guests. We dangled fairy lights along the ceiling, and lit candles throughout the entire space to further the enchanting vibe. And amongst this magical environment, the band was able to get everyone on their feet to dance the night away.

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

My wedding gown was made by Oscar de la Renta, and the combination of lace, floral appliques and delicate beaded touches added a romantic and vintage flair that I was instantly drawn to.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Walking into the reception for the first time, being announced as the new Mr. and Mrs. Handler, is a memory and feeling that we will cherish forever. As our best friends and treasured family welcomed us into a space that reflected the efforts of two years of wedding planning, the love in the room was palpable. When we heard the first musical notes of “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray La Montagne, for our first dance as a married couple, we knew that this would be the best night of our lives!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The Groom’s Version: We went to Washington University in St. Louis together during which period I was repeatedly turned down for coffee dates by Sofia. After graduation, since there were so few eligible bachelors back in NYC where we both ended up, she finally conceded to let me take her out for our first date.

The Bride’s Version: We went to Washington University in St. Louis for a full four years together without ever having crossed paths. Just days after graduation, when we were both living in NYC, we were introduced by mutual friends at a bar. Adam’s good looks and wit earned him an invitation to an upcoming party Sofia was hosting, and the rest was history.

Either way, a mere five years later, Adam planned the most magical proposal to Sofia in Paris and she said yes, without a doubt!

Photography: Pat Furey // Design & Styling: Bespoke Only // Floral: Peartree Flowers // Stationery Calligraphy: Jess Platt Co // Chalkboard Lettering: Papersoul // Venue: Liberty Warehouse  // Cinematography: Hello Super Studio // Band: Russ Bennett from Hank Lane // Bride’s Dress: Oscar de la Renta // Hair & Makeup: Personal Friends // Hair: Ali Ozel // Makeup: Ross Barry // Cake: Laurent Dupal / Ceci Cela

The pairing of Grey Collective Members Arte de Vie and Blue Gardenia Events produces absolute perfection in Joia and Louie’s wedding at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center. At once simple and visually impactful, the ceremony details included white, orchid-filled ceremony florals, chuppah and bouquet by Bee’s Wedding & Event Design in the industrial light-filled space. And the reception—wow!!!! The warehouse space was transformed into a lush, candlelit celebration by Blue Gardenia Events and Firefly Ambiance. Joia and Louie’s modern nuptials are the epitome of a neutral palettes and perfectly edited details and we love the way  Arte de Vie captures it all in their signature film style.

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from the photographer: Where to even begin with Joia and Louie’s wedding day?!  This couple was stylish and classy in a simply elegant manner from their rehearsal attire to the wedding day dress and suit, to Joia’s reception gown. The New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center could not have been a better match for this couple! This was actually our first wedding at the CAC, and I have to say that it was so much fun to watch the space come alive. The ceremony room is a long narrow room with light flooding in from the windows, exposed beams and ducts, and unfinished floors. Once you move in chairs, florals, a chuppah — the entire space changes dramatically. After the ceremony the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the main entrance of the gallery, and then they were led into the incredible reception area transformed from warehouse by day to a lush, warm ambiance for their celebration. The decor was amazing! I loved seeing Joia and Louie’s reaction as Blue Gardenia Events led them into the space for their first glimpse. They almost lost it! They were overjoyed with the results.

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Photographer: Arte de Vie // Event Planner: Blue Gardenia Events // Florist: Bee’s Wedding & Event Design // Ceremony and Reception Venue: Contemporary Arts Center // Candle Décor: Firefly Ambiance // Hair: Ali Vasquez Hair // Makeup: Lynna Vo // Ceremony Musicians: New Orleans Finest Musicians // Reception Entertainment: Dry Water Band // Caterer: Joel’s Catering
// Videographer: Studio Vieux Carre // Staging, Lighting, Pipe & Drape: See Hear Productions // Catering and Bar Rentals: Perrier // Rentals (Tables, Chairs, Misc.): Event Rental // Lounge Furniture: 12th Table

 

Jesica and Alex’s wedding was a dream come true. Coordinated by Amy Abbott Events and set in the idyllic beachfront of Cabo, the wedding celebration lasted 3 days with different events exploring the natural beauty and food of the area. The ceremony was held on the beach front of the Cabo Surf hotel, married by one of their best friends while their family and closest friends witnessed their personal vows. The reception was held in garden of the hotel and filled with elegant, romantic details and covered in pale pinks, neutrals, and natural green colors of the florals by Pina. The gorgeous images of the event by Ana & Jeromeare sure to delight all you destination brides.

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how they met: Jes and Alex met at work when they were working on a project together for major release. Alex was still new to the city, and Jes started inviting him to local bars and nights out with her friends where they started to hang out more and more. One magical night, Alex, Jes, and their friends stayed up all night and watched Lilo and Stitch, Aladdin, and Lion King; that’s when sparks started to fly. A few weeks later, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and in the midst of celebrating in champagne showers in the street, they had their first kiss. And they have been inseparable ever since!

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Photography: Ana & Jerome // Coordination: Martha Lomeli with Amy Abbott Events // Flowers: Pina // DJ: Teeven // Venue: Cabo Surf // Makeup and Hair: Enrique Meza // Wedding Dress: Marisa // Suit: Samuel Sohn // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August

photography @anaandjerome // coordination @amyabbottevents // flowers @pinacate0202 // venue @cabosurfhotel

makeup and hair @enriquemezaro // groom’s suit @samuelsohn // bridesmaids’ dresses @joannaaugust/