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Gasp! Swoon. Sigh…We’re basically speechless over this one. Lavender and Rose, a.k.a. event-planner-extraordinaire, created an absolutely breathtaking wedding day for Liz and Jonathan in the South of France. The florals are heavenly, the bride is timelessly elegant and the scenery will take your breath away. We can’t even find the words to describe this level of gorg. Luckily, these incredibly stunning images by the uber-talented Marianne Taylor Photography say it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We really wanted a destination wedding. I was in love with all things French – I had lived there in the past, we both spoke the language, he proposed and so it was easy, South of France it would be. I googled ‘wedding planners in the South of France’ and came across Lavender and Rose. Even from the first glance of their website, I knew they would be the right choice. Thankfully, Jennifer said they would be available to plan our wedding for late September and off we went. Jennifer was excellent. Her vision, style, professionalism and attention to detail was impeccable and at all stages of the planning process, she kept me calm and assured. I knew she had it under control (even when I didn’t) and most importantly, she understood my vision for the day. That’s key.

After a lot of issues with finding the right church, with the help of some family friends, we secured a beautiful church in Bar-sur-Loup, a tiny village just north of Mougins/Cannes. The church itself was perfect but the views were spectacular, in the mountains and overlooking a large impasse. It definitely had that wow factor. Our church ceremony music was performed by Hitched Wedding Music. Their voices are simply breathtaking and even during rehearsals, they amazed our bridal party.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We had welcome bags hand delivered by Jennifer and her team. They included a tiny bottle of champagne, locally made soap and jam from Grasse and heel protectors (as the Chateau had stony paths). They also had all the details for pick up times, locations etc so everyone knew exactly where they had to be and when. Catering was by Parfum et Saveurs – the food was simply delicious, served to guests under silver lids to keep the food warm as there was quite a walk from the kitchen to marquee.

We had a live acoustic walking band, the Gypsy Queens, who played in between courses and speeches – they went to our guests tables and asked them for their requests. They really got everyone in the party mood. It was such a good idea to have them play in between courses as I often felt at previous weddings, that part can sometimes drag. After the cake cutting (our cake was by Wedding Cakes by Pamela) and dessert, the band led us up to another staged area with a grand piano and festoon lights where Jon serenaded me – a complete surprise. It was so romantic and a moment I will treasure. Jon and I had our first dance to a live performance of the song My Cherie Amour (classic) with all our guests waving sparklers. The Gypsy Queens led everyone to the inside dance area for the final part of the day, the dancing. Our DJ was Yannick Le Roux who was excellent. I think Jennifer had to literally move people off the dance floor at 3am! Yannick really listened to what we wanted and I would strongly recommend him. Another great idea was to have the Photo Booth by Alban Pichon in the same area as the dancing so that when people got a bit tired from dancing, they could act silly with French themed props and take away their pictures.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Jon and I travelled in style to our reception in a vintage Aston Martin Lagonda. It was so vintage we had a wind up roof! I squeezed me and my dress into the car and there was just enough room for my new hubby! The guests followed behind in organised transport beeping their horns!

Our reception was held at the dreamy Franco-Italian Chateau Diter located just outside of Grasse. Filled with statues, fountains, ponds, flowers and the most spectacular renovated chateau, it was the perfect location for us. We had two large marquees set up (just in case) and boy were we glad of that. For what seemed like a lifetime (I was told later it was 20mins), we had a torrential downpour, just as we arrived at the venue. Jennifer dealt with it in true professional style and ushered everyone to champagne and canapés under the marquee. We had stunning music again from Hitched Wedding Music during the cocktail with Rob playing on a grand white piano and Rosie singing 1950s classics to jazz favourites. The French caricaturists and live cooking stations by caterer Parfum et Saveurs kept guests entertained.

The rain was worth it – after the clouds parted, we had this heavenly ethereal light, something I have never witnessed before. It was magical and made for some amazing photographs from our photographer, Marianne Taylor and videographer Clark and Palmer Wedding Films (both UK based) . They captured the detail, the light, the mood and all the tiny details which whizz past you on the day.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I met Jonathan at a friend’s birthday party in a steak house in East London. He wasn’t my usual type I have to say but I was intrigued when he ordered the largest meat platter I had ever seen. He has now admitted it was all an attempt to get my attention but I just remember asking myself ‘Who is that hungry Chinese guy and how on earth will he finish all that meat?’ Well it worked – the following weeks were full of old school romance, fun filled dates like ping pong, swing dancing and restaurant hopping. It was the most fun I’d had in a long time! After a year and a half, he got down on one knee in true romantic fashion at a beautiful Chateau in a small village outside of Lyon. And so the French story began.

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Vendors: Photography: Marianne Taylor Photography // Videographer: Clark and Palmer Wedding Films // Event Planning: Lavender And Rose // Florist: Miss Rose by Perrine // Wedding Gown: Sassi Holford // Stationery: Louise Richardson // Caterer: Parfum et Saveurs // Singer: Gypsy Queens and Hitched Wedding Music // Wedding venue: Chateau Diter

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Jennie and Zach celebrated their marriage with a gorgeous wedding day at the historic Bingham House in Texas. The couple sought the help of close friends, and fabulous stylists, at Blooming House Collective, for all their event styling—and, wow, was it ever beautiful! The florals are beyond spectacular, from the signage wreath, to the head pieces to the striking bouquet. And we love the underlying romance in every stunning image captured by Cassie Loree, who happens to be another friend of the couple. How talented are Jennie and Zach’s friends?!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our October wedding celebration was special to us because it was actually a follow up to a more intimate ceremony we had in April. We were able to use our close friends at Blooming House Collective for all our styling, the title theme “I Love You, I Do” came from a song written by a close friend of the brides, Maggie Koerner, photography by another close friend, Cassie Loree Photography. Having it in the evening at the Bingham House set the perfect backdrop for the atmosphere we were trying to accomplish. This really was a celebration for all our friends and family!

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

I first became aware of Berta Bridal through searches on Pinterest, but quickly realized how hard it would be to actually get a dress, let alone just see one in person. The nearest store to try one on was NYC or Boston and that wasn’t happening. In perfect timing, I found out they were doing trunk shows in Texas and I was able to talk myself into an already booked show at Bridal Boutique Lewisville. The dream dress fit in one try. No alterations needed – so I knew for sure it was the one. So they sent off the order to be hand made and I would get it just a few weeks before the actual wedding date – cutting it super close.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We tried to keep the whole ceremony very personal. First of all it was super low key – less than 100 guests – very close friends and family. Everything from start to finish was done through the same company (BHC) who did our invitations and also our event styling and all calligraphy (pics) . We were married by our friend and church pastor. In one of the sitting areas we were able to use some of my parents old radios that my dad had restored and scattered family photos around. Our 18 month daughter was a flower girl and also made her way up the stairs to join us for the sand pour. And finally for our sand pouring and first dance we had our close friends sing and play rather than a DJ. We also made sure every guest had a personalized name tag (BHC) to go home with.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The entire day was a happy blur (even more than I thought it would be) but there were a few points where we were finally able to slow down for a moment. The first time was our first dance. We had our friend Taylor Phelan sing “All Of Me” by John Legend and that was when Zach and I were finally able to relax and feel everything happening around us. What an incredible day it had been so far! The next time was at the very end. We were picked up by a horse and carriage in front of Bingham house and I think we both had the biggest smiles and tears in our eyes as we were driven off and were able to look back at all of our friends and family who made all of this so special.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Shreveport while I was recording an album at Blade Studios but it wasn’t until a few weeks later on the back of Dave Matthews tour bus driving to SXSW that we actually talked. Soon after that we moved back to Dallas and had a daughter named Stella. We had talked about getting married, but didn’t get serious about it until he proposed at our Valentine’s Day dinner the next year.

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Jennie and Zach from Flour Mill Media on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Cassie Loree Photography // Styling: Blooming House Collective // Accessory Florals: R Love Floral Designs // Decor Florals: Blooming House Collective // Makeup: Cher Hukill // Hair: Dianne Gomez // Dress: Berta Bridal // Wedding Venue: Bingham House // Cake: Dianne Rodriguez // Entertainment: Taylor Phelan from Season 7 of The Voice

Gasp! In the name of all that is bridal and beautiful! This one is a STUN-NER. Whitney and Ty let their mutual affinity for the Arizona desert inspire their beautiful wedding day—from the painterly, scenic backdrop of a private estate, to the stationery details and graphic florals. A beautifully edited, neutral color palette wove throughout all of the details creating a day that was both classic and completely contemporary at the same time. We know you’ll be as inspired as we are by the breathtaking imagery photographed by the fantastic Logan Cole.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There’s a tree in my parent’s backyard that I had envisioned getting married under one day. I wasn’t even dating Ty at that time. So it was pretty special to be in my parents’ home for such a momentous occasion. We both grew up in Arizona and have an affinity for the desert and it’s weather. Celebrating under the desert sky was important to us.

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

The dress was the last thing I thought I would ever wear- never say never! My sister and mom actually found it. It was a blush Monique Lhullier gown that had the most faint floral pattern on it. I found it at Destiny’s Bride in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

I wore my mom’s veil that is 40 years old! Ty held his grandfather’s handkerchief that his mother gave to him on the wedding day. We love donuts so naturally, that was our party favor. The flower girl carried my great aunt’s wedding bible and my mom needlepointed the ring bearer pillow. My mom’s is an incredible baker. She took her family recipes to a local baker who replicated all of our favorite desserts for the dessert bar (Deb’s dessert bar). Our moms were seated next to each other on the corner seats of the front row- they are the cornerstones of our lives. Florals were done by the flower shop I worked at at the time of the wedding and currently- Root75 on Coronado, CA. Having our family friend Moffat Zimba, all the way from Ndola, Zambia, bless our meal and evening of celebration. I did the illustrations for all of the paper elements and collaborated with childhood friend and bridesmaid Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae Co. for the invitation suite/ save-the-dates. And for the day of paper goods, worked with bridesmaid Suzy Lee (dear darling calligraphy) and Margaret Sanford (nightingale handmade). The three of us forged a paper goods company, Ruminary Co. shortly after.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Arizona has perfect weather year round, except for the wind storm that blew in the day of our wedding. It was raining and windy all morning. The sky broke open in to the most beautiful sunshiny moment, about 10 minutes before the ceremony started. The rest of the evening was the most blissful desert weather you could dream of. Walking down the aisle, for both myself and Ty was the most emotional moment. Moreso than seeing one another for the first time before the ceremony. It was overwhelming to be in the presence of so many people who love and support us. My dad and I dad barely made it down the aisle without falling apart! We love sharing a meal with anyone, and this was the most epic dinner party ever! We loved dancing under the stars with our family and friends.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ty’s younger sister Molly and I became friends when I moved to Arizona. So, Ty has known me since age 14. He was patient for a long time. He began pursuing me in 2008. It took me four years to come around to the idea of dating Ty. He began writing me letters as his last and final effort. It stuck. One evening, Ty and I went out for dinner and when I opened the door, I knew in that moment, I was going to marry him.

Ty me up from work on Friday afternoon and we went to Coronado beach for a long walk, typical for us at the time. He led me to a blanket laid out for them as they watched the sunset. Ty said it was time to grab some dinner so I turned around to pick up the blanket and when I turned back around he was on one knee. First we went to surprise my mom who was in town with some of her girlfriends, then we went back to my apartment and our friends were their to welcome and celebrate.

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Ty + Whitney from Brinton Films on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photographer: Logan Cole // Reception: El Chorro // Planner: Outstanding Occasions // Stationery: MaeMae Co. // Floral: Root 75 // Linens: La Tavola // Rentals: Cre8ive Entertainment // Entertainment: Midnight Special // Desserts: Let Them Eat Cake, Bosa Donuts, La Grande Orange // Photobooth: The Arizona Photobooth Company // Day-of paper goods (programs, menus, dessert tags, etc): Ruminary Co.

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

Kate and Adam’s wedding is a particularly special because Kate is a wedding photographer in her own right. When a wedding photographer plans a wedding, you know it is going to be unique and special, and this one absolutely takes the cake! Set on the water’s edge of Lake Chelan, the pair invited friends and family for an alfresco dinner under the stars. We absolute adore all of the elegant yet homespun details that they included in the big day (including those KILLER florals by Stacy Anderson Design) and are absolutely enamored with these gorgeous images shot by Ryan Flynn Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Being a wedding photographer, I’ve experienced every kind of wedding imaginable. I wanted to have a more intimate, less conventional wedding so that it remained unique and memorable to Adam and I. We invited 70 of our closest friends and family, and held a back yard wedding at a family friends house in Lake Chelan. Chelan was special to me, as much of my childhood was spent vacationing there. Being in the wedding industry, I already knew which vendors I wanted to use. Fortunately they were all available on our date, and we got to work with some extremely talented people!

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

I wore a Sarah Seven gown that I absolutely loved! I found it at The Dress Theory.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Adam and his dad built all of the tables and benches from cedar milled off of their property. For dessert, my mom made everyone a personal blackberry pie (our favorite treat) and she also sewed cloth napkins out of a dip dyed ombre fabric I really loved. My cousin played “That’s Amore” on the accordion as we exited the ceremony, and we served pizza at the reception (our favorite food).

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Adam and I loved the speeches and toasts. It was really special hearing our closest friends and family share how much they loved us and affirmed our marriage. I also loved when we stepped out for a minute onto the deck that overlooked our party to soak it all in.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Adam and I met in 2006 while serving at a Young Life camp in Canada. He proposed when I was on a photo shoot with some fellow photographers in the Columbia River Gorge. See the full story here.

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Adam + Kate from Alec Cattarin on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Ryan Flynn Photography // Florals & Design: Stacy Anderson Design // Invitations, Paper Goods, Calligraphy, Seating Chart, & Menu: La Happy // Tables: Gather Tables // Dress: Sara Seven from The Dress Theory // Suit: Hugo Boss from Nordstrom // Pizza: Local Myth // Earrings: Kathryn Elyse // Lanterns: Anthropologie