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A bride can’t properly celebrate the engagement season without her leading ladies, and the bridesmaids certainly deserve to be celebrated as such! With the desire to showcase a bridesmaids luncheon inspiration to honor “gems” of friends, Marilisa Schachinger of Chancey Charm Weddings and photographer Lauren Carnes collaborated on a glam bridesmaids’ luncheon complete with bold colors, gemstone inspired details, and a stunning skyline. The glam luncheon features modern invitations by Green Tie Studios paired with classic gold calligraphy by Leen Machine Calligraphy & Design with fun bold florals by Bloomin’ Bouquets. The scene is set alongside contemporary place settings,  glitter place card frames by Kate Aspenfestive cocktails featuring darling gem shaped cocktail stirrers by Host & Toast. Once you are through ogling over the gorgeous images, be sure to find out more about all the vendor resources below!

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Vendors: Photography: Lauren Carnes Photography // Planning: Marilisa Schachinger of Chancey Charm Weddings // Florals: Bloomin’ Bouquets: Unique Floral and Event Design // Venue: Ventanas // Catering: Legacy Catering and Events // Truffles: Classic City Confections // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Custom “You’re a Gem” sign & gem drink stirrers (listed as cake toppers): host & toast // Makeup: Becca Whittinghill Makeup Artistry // Hair: Claudia Verduzco // Invitations: Green Tie Studio // Calligraphy: Leen Machine Calligraphy & Design // Gold Frames & Boxes: Kate Aspen // Agate Coasters: Manor // Wardrobe Styling: LIFEStyled // Tulle Skirt: Bliss Tulle // Bride’s Dress: Kirribilla // Models: Bonnie, Savannah & Emily of Click Models

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As we head into the weekend, we thought the perfect way to enjoy our Friday is with a recap of our favorite party of the year: The Cream Event.

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If you haven’t ever been, here’s how it works. The genius team behind The Cream Event sets a mood/theme for all the vendors–and for you! This year, the color scheme included tons of whites and creams–so everything from decor to fashion was all in these hues!! All sorts of killer wedding vendors are invited to show off their wares for you–the attendee. What is amazing is that you can see how one inspiration board can be interpreted in so many different ways! What a killer way to check out wedding pros in the actual context with which you’d use them!

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Not only do you get to meet and chat with killer designers, but you also get to sip fab cocktails and munch on insanely delish food, and learn more about all kinds of amazing options to make your wedding gorg–think exquisite linens, bespoke bow ties, venue resources, stunning cakes, vintage furniture, gilded tableware–the list goes on!

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Lady Grey made an appearance with a little station to show of her Mrs. Box collection with special thanks to Bloom Babes for our fab flowers and Found Vintage Rentals for our furniture!

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After plenty of oogling at all the pretty, entertainment and dancing kicks off (with plenty of cocktails to go around for everyone!).

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Every year, The Cream Event ends with the most epic dance off. For this year’s prize to the dance off winner, Wanderable teamed up with Mr. & Mrs. Smith (who has spent the last decade checking into the world’s most stylish, inspiring and romantic boutique hotels) to offer a 7 night honeymoon in France at this year’s Cream Event in Los Angeles. The incredible giveaway included a $2,000 hotel credit in Paris (which can be used at any of the 65 properties in the Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotel Collection in France), as well as 7 different Wanderable experiences, like a Flytographer photo shoot, Macaron making class, guided tours of Montmartre and Versailles and foodie excursions! In total, the prize was valued at over $5,000!!! Crazy, right? That’s why things get a little crazy during the dance off:

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If you didn’t know, Wanderable is a super fab online resource for the chic, modern couple who values experiences over things. Their site allows you to register for custom experiences, rather than the standard gift, and we love the idea! In fact, Wanderable is offering a $20 credit if you sign up by clicking here! So great, right?

For an even better feel for the action at The Cream Event, check out the videos below, which give you a little taste of all the fun we had!

The Cream – Butter Pictures from Butter Pictures on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Brian Tropiano PhotographyMichael Radford PhotographyOur Labor of LoveThe Wedding Artist CollectiveYes, Dear Studio // Video: Shark PigButter PicturesThe Wedding Artist Collective // Designers: Beijos EventsEsoteric EventsGreen Ribbon PartiesKarson Butler EventsPow WowTwofold LA // Florist: Bloom BabesBloom & PlumeEmblem FlowersJL DesignsMoon CanyonStella Bloom Designs // Caterers: Contemporary CateringMIHO Catering CoPaula LeDuc Fine Cateringroomforty // Rentals: Borrowed BluThe Plant LibraryFound Vintage RentalsHostess HavenLa Tavola Fine Linen RentalsThe Water CottageTown & Country Event RentalsYeah! Rentals // Bar: ONEHOPEPharmacieThe Spare Room Off-Site // Sweets: Bo NuageHannah’s BananasSheila MaeSweet Lucie’s Ice CreamWhisk & Whittle // Lighting: The Lighter Side // Paper Goods: Paper Chase PressBliss & BoneA Fabulous FeteMon VoirSmitten on Paper // Photobooth: SmileboothThe Photo BusMobile Photo Booth // Music: Django FoxtrotElan ArtistThe Flashdance // Attire: The Black TuxGold Coast GoodsChristina Sfez // Misc.: William-Sonoma // Online: Grey Likes100 Layer CakeGreen Wedding ShoesInspired by ThisLenndLoverlyThe Venue ReportWanderable

We are onto day two of sharing my own personal wedding experience. Before we jump into the big day tomorrow, I wanted to share with you my incredibly gorgeous bridal shower thrown by my three amazing sisters, and my bestie Megan Gonzalez of MaeMae & Co. Megan designed TONS of fun paper details for the big day, starting with a custom invite suite:

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The theme that my sisters, Megan, and planner Jocelyn of 1703 Event Studios came up with was “Kissing the single life goodbye!” Appropriately, everything was kiss themed and so much fun!

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Found Vintage Rentals provided a blush pink settee that was the perfect spot for me to open gifts, and Morgie Porgie Puddn Pie made incredibly cute lip shaped cake pops that were such a thoughtful touch!

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My dear friend, Lauryl Lane, did the flowers for the wedding AND our shower! She is such a talent and I was between crying and beaming at how much I loved the flowers! 

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Guests were greeted with peanut butter cup favors with wrapping that read, “Pucker up, Buttercup” on the outside.

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Megan also created a huge seating chart, photo back drop, and a mad libs style card for guests to fill in. This was one of my favorite details!! Guests were asked fill-in-the-blank questions like, “If you want to spice up your evening, I suggest ______________.” It was fun to read the variety of answers, from G to R rated! Guests also included a polaroid snap of themselves in front of the backdrop to go alongside the card. I absolutely LOVE going back over these and reading them. It is such a sweet and personal memento from the day! 

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My sisters got together with my brother-in-law to plan an incredibly thoughtful luncheon full of all my favorite treats. Each element of the food was labeled as salty, sweet, tart, etc… I think my favorite treats were the Lemon Tartlettes with crystallized lavender sprinkled on top. Whoa. 

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ONEHOPE Wine who also provided the sparkling wine for our wedding toast, brought in some bottles of their delish Brut that we used for toasting! 

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 The specialty drinks were dressed up with striped paper straws topped with paper cutouts of hot pink lips made by Bake Me a Party.

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Above, a shot of Megan, and below, my three sisters. These four gals were my Matrons of Honor on the big day!

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Above is the custom backdrop Megan designed, and below is a sweet shot of the table linens from La Tavola Linens. I’m such a sucker for black and white stripes! 

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Below is a shot of my sweet flower girl, Brooklyn! 

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Our darling friends at Fiore Beauty came and created a lip and lash bar for guests! It was so much fun!

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My mom gave an incredibly embarrassing, funny and sentimental speech! I loved it!

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I’m not sure how it happened, but I promise you there was no dress code yet somehow my entire bridal party showed up in hues that matched the theme of the day. 

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Photographer Emily Blake was on hand to capture the day! It was so much fun and I’m so thankful for such an incredibly beautiful and thoughtful day to hold in the memory of my heart!

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You can see more of the details where these images were originally feature on Martha Stewart Weddings!

Stationery and Design: MaeMae & Co. // Event Planning: 1703 Event Studios // Flowers: Lauryl Lane // Photography: Emily Blake // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Cake Pops: Morgie Porgie Puddn Pie // Sparkling Wine: OneHope // Lip and Lash Bar: Fiore Beauty // Rentals: Chiavari Chairs for Rent; Found Vintage Rentals; Signature Party Rentals // Paper Straws: Bake Me a Party

“Family. That is the heart of rehearsal dinners. Weddings celebrate a new marriage, a union of two individuals, while rehearsal dinners celebrate past, present, and future families. They are an exciting beginning and a bitter-sweet end; a last hurrah and a joining of families that happens over a table filled with food, anticipation, and love.” We couldn’t think of a more perfect introduction for today’s post, so we had to share with you the words of Meredith Speer, mastermind of today’s feature and creator behind Bristol Lane Florals.

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The couple arrived to a gorgeous banner created by Whitney Farnsworth, a stunning table set up by Southern Social and a yard of their closest friends (including their sweet pup, Molly).

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Meredith and her team worked to make this rehearsal look elegant and cozy with touches of pecans and bourbon, two of the couple’s favorite southern things. A chef brought in a slew of amazing dishes, including grits, pecan-planked figs, and roasted acorn squash with pecan-honey butter. Having the dinner in the bride’s parent’s backyard and bringing in a caterer allowed the family to fully focus on one another and celebrating the upcoming marriage of Sarah and Marshal.

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Michelle Boyd Photography and Clayton Stringer Productions captured every sweet moment as the group mingled, ate, and toasted to the past and future of this amazing couple. It was a special and moving night. Instead of worrying about last minute details, there was an overwhelming peace and thankfulness as the family settled in for dinner. As the sun set, Sarah’s father welcomed Marshal into their family with a toast and open arms.

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Marshall + Sarah // A Styled Autumn Rehearsal Dinner from Stringer Productions on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography // Videography: Stringer Productions // Florals: Meredith Speer of Bristol Lane Florals // Planning & Event Design: Southern Social // Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth // Venue: The Winfield Inn // Food Styling: Forage & Fodder // Chef Extraordinaire: Betty Kilpatrick // Cake & Pie Baker: Rebecca Hubert // Makeup and Hair Stylist: Makenzi Laine // Tables & Furniture Rentals: Birch & Brass // Bride’s Dress: Anthropologie // Dinnerware & Serving Utensils: West Elm, Crate & Barrel, & Vintage Candles & Holders: Everyday Occasions // Film Processing: PhotoVision

Morgan wanted to keep her wedding very traditional, but there were SO many cute ideas that she LOVED, so when it came to planning the bridesmaid luncheon, Angela of Angela Marie Events decided a mini-soiree would be the perfect time to have tons of fun and pull out all the stops for an ultra glamorous event. Angela told us, “Her aunt and I decided that this would be a great chance to raid Morgan’s Pinterest account and incorporate all those cute pins she loved!”

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The luncheon fully sparkled from the glasses, to the runners, to the desserts. Angela also incorporated her grandmother’s china, which was a surprise! Each maid had a super cute bag from Wedding Chicks full of goodies from the bride. The coral peonies were gorgeous with David Austin roses, hydrangeas, and other beautiful pink florals!

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A gold fringe backdrop with hearts hung with gold twine was displayed behind the desserts, while tassels from Snooty Blooms hung in front of the drink table. The southern tradition of “cake pulls” were incorporated into the cake with a topper by Proper Prints that said, “Love my ladies” and the cake backdrop was full of homemade tissue flowers and paper poms. Each guest enjoyed a St. Germain cocktail for cocktail hour and then enjoyed a tasty cup of shrimp and corn soup, a choice of a salad, and many sweets to nibble on–perfect southern inspired treats for this southern bride.

Each girl was amazed at the details of the event and each kept saying “this luncheon is SOOOO Morgan!”

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Vendors: Photography: Ashleigh Jayne Photography // Styling, Planning, Coordinating, Florals: Angela Marie Events // Invitation, menu cards, place cards, welcome sign: The First Snow // Calligraphy on invitation envelope, wine bottle, signage for dessert table, place cards, drink hearts, cake topper: Proper Prints // Cookies: Silly Gilly Desserts // Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Adorn Cake Designs // Custom Bags: Wedding Chicks // Cakes, Petite 4, Macaroons: Ambrosia Bakery // Venue: Bistro Byronz // Paper Tassels: Snooty Blooms