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We are super excited to bring you this ethereal boudoir inspiration shoot from the wonderful Tamara Gruner Photography. We’re loving the incredible florals by Siloh Floral and gorgeous lingerie from Veronica Sheaffer Intimates and the historic location at Cherokee Ranch & Castle. The effect is elegant and beautiful and the perfect boudoir inspiration for any classic bride. Enjoy!

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“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” – A quote by Roman Payne from The Wanderess.

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From the photographer: There is something enchanting and mesmerizing about the natural beauty of a woman. Femininity is freedom, strength, grace, passion, and depth. That’s exactly the type of richness I wanted to capture through this color palette. Deep and saturated tones of black, charcoal, and plum coupled with the soft and light peach, cream, and lavender express the complexity of everything that is feminine. A beauty of a woman is something that is profound and that should be celebrated. I love how these images are able to express both the gentleness and lightness of a woman’s features and curves mixed with the depth and richness of her soul.

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Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography // Lingerie: Veronica Sheaffer Intimates // Floral Design & Styling: Siloh Floral // Venue: Cherokee Ranch & Castle  // Scans: Richard Photo Lab // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Calligraphy: Designsgirl // Ring: Swarovski // Ring Box: The Mrs Box // Silk & Ribbon: Silk and Willow // Headpieces: Irene Lily // White Gemstone: Pottery Barn // Hair & Makeup: Liz Wegrzyn // Model Agency: Wilhelmina Denver // Female Model: Sarah C.

 

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Vivian and Chris’ engagement shoot is like cotton candy in the desert. Sposto Photography‘s signature fine-art style captures the lighthearted mood of the couple as well as the gorgeous scenery. We’re also loving the wardrobe—Vivian’s pink frocks were on point. Note to all brides: petal pink photographs beautifully in the desert. We know you’re going to love these shots!

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We met about 10 years ago while working retail part-time during college. We both weren’t interested at first, but then a couple years later, after getting to know each other more, something sparked! Six years later, Chris had planned a day of errands for the both of us to do. I love surprises, or more like the idea of surprises. I always tell Chris that he’ll never be able to surprise me, mainly because I always ruin them by being overly curious. I’ve always joked with him that I’ll know when the day comes. Little did I know, that ordinary Saturday would be one of the best days of my life. We came back to a yard beautifully lit and decorated with fairy lights (my favorite!). As soon as we turned the corner of the yard, there was a table with flowers and candles. Right then and there, my eyes were filled with tears of excitement. Shocked from the surprise, he held my hands and said something I honestly can’t remember as I was overwhelmed with emotion, but I am very sure they were sweet and thoughtful. The next thing I know, he’s down on one knee, presenting me the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen. We fell in love and now we cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together.

Photography: Sposto Photography

 

Newly engaged Ashley and Steven are both from Italian families, so what better way to celebrate than with an Italian themed engagement party? Perfectly set against a backdrop of gorgeous cypress trees in the groom’s parent’s backyard, the party featured relaxed decor and florals by MINT Design, handmade olive oils, lots of wine and family style tables. We’re totally inspired by all the sweet and simple details (lovely inspiration for a laid-back wedding too!) and, of course, the beautiful photos by Mariel Hannah.

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Steven and I got engaged the day before our 3 year anniversary. He proposed at the winery where we went on our first unofficial date, Baileyana. I was taken completely by surprise even though he almost blew it by texting me pictures of my ring about a week prior. He made up a story when I asked about it and I believed it. Lucky for him, I’m gullible.

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We were so excited to celebrate with our family and friends. Both of us being Italian and with wine being a big part of our dating and engagement lives, it was only natural for our engagement party to be Italian themed. Our party was held in Steven’s parents back yard against the tall cypress trees.

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We picked a neutral color scheme of creams, golds, and natural greenery. We set up little vignettes around the yard to keep the eye flowing calmly and peacefully with elements such as a wine table, appetizer table (complete with homemade infused olive oils) and photo wall.

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Surrounded by our families and close friends (about 60 people) we enjoyed the night and celebrated our love!

Photography by: Mariel Hannah // Decor and Florals by: Lotta Rodriguez, MINT Design  // Invitations by: Matinae Design // Ashley’s Outfit: Morning Lavender  // Ring: Wickersham Jewelers // Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents

 

Gen and Michael’s love story began when they became boyfriend and girlfriend at age eleven. The (very) young love didn’t last long and they parted ways to different middles schools and high schools. Michael, however, knew Gen was soulmate material and hung on to hope, as well as the red toy Ferraris that Gen gave him for Christmas in fifth grade. They crossed paths again after high school and the rest is history. From an early age, the couple has photographed well together (read down for an adorable tidbit on a grade-school pic found just days before their wedding) and their engagement shoot from the fantastic Brandon Scott Photography captured their blooming marital bliss perfectly. What better way to celebrate the official coming of spring than with this gorgeous engagement session.

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The engagement:
Whenever the discussion of an engagement came up, I always said that I appreciated the more casual and relaxed proposals. For some reason, the whole idea of Michael getting down on one knee seemed so formal and not fitting to our relationship. We had always wanted to travel to Europe in the fall and the first fall after I finished school was when we decided to take a trip to Paris at the end of November. We had both just moved to Toronto, and had hectic work and traveling schedules so we decided to seize the opportunity for a short trip, just the two of us. We landed in Paris and made our way to the hotel. Our room wasn’t ready yet when we arrived and we were encouraged by the concierge to walk around the neighborhood while we waited. Our excursion didn’t last very long; Michael wanted desperately to head back to the hotel. I only later found out that Michael had the ring in his backpack, and my mom’s numerous emails before take-off about pick-pocketers had turned him into a paranoid traveler and made him flinch every time anyone would come within two feet of him. Our first day turned out to be beautiful and “uneventful.” The next morning, I woke up to get ready to catch our train to Versailles but quickly got pulled back into bed to find a box on my pillow. After having been together for 7 years, Michael asked me to marry him. We spent the next four days exploring the city and kept the secret from our friends and family until we got home. It was really nice to have had time to share and fully process that special moment just the two of us before mayhem began with all the phone calls and messages once we landed back in Montreal.

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How we met:
We were both 9 years old when Michael transferred to my elementary school. He asked me to be his girlfriend in Grade 5. Unfortunately, our relationship came to an end in Grade 6 when we attended rival summer schools and eventually different high schools. With the help of some mutual friends, our paths crossed once again at 18. Little did I know that when Michael was younger, he used to wish that we would end up together – so much so, that after all these years, he kept the yellow and red toy Ferraris that I had gotten him for Christmas in Grade 5. A couple of months before the wedding, Michael’s mom unexpectedly found an old class picture and it just so happened that we were sitting next to each other. The photograph just solidified what we already knew – that it is in each other that we have had the privilege of finding our soul mate and closest, truest friend. We have known each other for over 15 years and officially had been together 8 years and 41 days on the day that we got married. We have shared countless memories, life lessons, trips, and inside jokes. We are so grateful for all the years that preceded our wedding day and look forward to every year after.

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Photography: Brandon Scott Photography // Flowers and Crown: Botany Flowers

 

A beach engagement session by Aubree Lynn Photography was a no-brainer for Alyssa and Cove who, early in their relationship, bonded over their mutual affection for Kauai. Cove (yes, how perfect is that?!) even proposed at sunset on their favorite beach. And, even more fitting will be when the couple travels back to Kauai this fall to marry at their beloved Polihale Beach in front of their family and friends. This shoot has us excited for the couple (and maybe a little for our own Spring Break vacas) and we’re loving the styling by To La Lune Events and that amazing tropical bouquet by Bloom Babes.

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Cove and I had been together for a little over five years when he proposed last May at Polihale Beach, Kauai. We met when I was 24 and he was 30, after opening day of the horse races in Del Mar at a party at the L’Auberge Hotel. Ironically L’Auberge is just a few short steps from my grandparents’ house, whom I’m extremely close to, and also Sea Grove Park where his parents got married. Little did we know this was a first sign we were meant to be. We first made eye contact as we walked past each other on a flight of stairs. I couldn’t help but tell my best friend that I thought he was cute, and from there she proceeded to stop him. He told me his name was “Cove” and I thought he was messing with me, so I asked to see his driver’s license – this made for a good joke! We danced and had a fun night, but eventually parted ways.

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Cove and I quickly became best friends and our love for each other grew stronger with every adventure we embarked on. I love to snowboard and he loves to surf so year round we were always having fun. Cove and I both love Kauai, and had both been there as children with our families growing up. Our first venture there together was a amazing trip with his family. We continued to frequent Kauai & both fell in love with Polihale beach. My favorite and most exciting memory there was when Cove proposed on 5/9/15.

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The day he proposed he had planned for us to go watch the sunset at Polihale. I had the feeling he was up to something as I’ve never seen him restless! He made dinner at our condo ahead of time and packed it up for us to have a picnic. Let me tell you, heading to this beach is not your normal drive. You have to off-road for about a solid 20 minutes on a bumpy road. I’ll never forget him driving so fast and I bet it was all because his heart was beating beyond control! Little did I know mine was soon to be the same. He set up camp upon arrival & even made me a little fort with his surfboard and towel so I could hide underneath during a typical Polihale wind storm. He went for a super quick swim & next thing I knew he was on one knee with the most beautiful ring he had designed himself. Smitten I said “yes!” and I could never have been happier.

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I feel very lucky to have met Cove that day in Del Mar, and am so glad my best friend stopped him on that stair well. We are so thankful to be traveling back to Kauai to get married this September. Our journey has been nothing less than amazing and we are so excited to start this new chapter in our lives.

Styling: To La Lune Events // Photography: Aubree Lynn Photography // Florals: Bloom Babes // Bracelets: The Stacked Collection // Earrings: Jet Silver Beads Etsy