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Fall Lakeside Al Fresco Wedding

I love a wedding that speaks straight to the couple’s personalities, and this California duo made sure to do just that. “It was important that every single element of our wedding felt like “Cyd and Trey,” so keeping true to our taste and style was a theme throughout the planning.” They brought on an A-team including Kathy HigginsTEAM Hair and MakeupElysium Productions + Sylvie Gil, and I say – mission accomplished. More right here in the gallery.

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From The Bride…Trey and I met in Dallas at the bookstore during December of 2008 while we were both in graduate school at SMU. Later that night, I told my roommate (and future bridesmaid) Kelly about the cute guy I met in the bookstore and that I hoped I would see him around again. When grad school started back up in January, it turned out we had a class together and I looked forward to Professor Shaw’s class more than ever. At the end of that semester, Trey asked me out for drinks to celebrate the end of finals… the rest is pretty much history.

We dated for almost five years before we got engaged, so we both knew that we wanted a destination wedding. Trey is from Georgia and I am from Texas, so to us, it just made sense to begin our life together in Napa Valley where we had built so many memories. In fact, one of the first questions I asked him after he proposed at a vineyard in Napa was – can we get married here?? The answer was of course, yes and our planning began almost immediately.

We knew we wanted a romantic garden party in an incredible venue to showcase to our friends and family what we love so much about the Napa Valley. With family and friends traveling across the country to celebrate with us, we wanted to make sure each guest felt loved and had a wonderful time throughout the weekend. That beautiful September weekend started on Thursday with a huge welcome bag (even our planner commented, “Wow, everything really is bigger in Texas!”) that included lots of our favorite treats and information to set the tone for a relaxing weekend in wine country.

It was important that every single element of our wedding felt like “Cyd and Trey”, so keeping true to our taste and style was a theme throughout the planning. The florals created by Polly at Valley Flora in a palette of my favorite colors were lush, romantic and beyond everything I had dreamed of. During cocktail hour, we had a shucker from Hog Island Oyster Co., where Trey and I had shared many dates over the years. Trey carefully sourced every wine we opened for our guests through his friends in wine country and he even bottled his own port with his groomsmen at Turnbull Cellars in lieu of a groom’s cake! We opted for a seated first course and action stations during dinner that incorporated our favorite southern foods. We had shrimp and grits using Trey’s family recipe that Elaine Bell executed to perfection. We also had fried chicken, greens, corn pudding and honey biscuits like my family in Texas makes and then a fresh veggie centric California meal. To this day, our guests are still raving about the food and wine at our wedding!

We were so privileged to work with some of the most talented vendors in the business. Each and every one went above and beyond to create a perfect weekend for us and I am so grateful! Any event is truly only as wonderful as the team you work with and we could not have chosen a better one! The first stop in our planning journey was selecting our lovely planner Kathy Higgins, who led us to our incredible photographer, Sylvie Gil. Aside from being incredibly gifted, Sylvie is just so much fun to work with (and her lovely French accent keeps all the boys in line)! She and her team did a magnificent job capturing our wedding day. Sometimes it is hard to believe that the fairy tale Sylvie Gil and Elysium Productions (our videographer) captured was actually our wedding! My advice to all the brides out there is to soak up and enjoy every single moment of the planning process with those who love you most and when the weekend of the wedding rolls around, the only people you should worry about making happy is you and your groom! Everyone else will figure it out!

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Videography: Elysium Productions | Planner : Kathy Higgins | Cake: Perfect Endings | Bride's shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | Hair and Make Up: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy : Tara Jones | Lighting : Illusions Lighting | Groom's shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A Banks | Ceremony Music: Eloquence String Quartet | Venue: Black Swan Lake | Bride's gown : Vera Wang | Florals: Valley Flora | Grooms' suits: Custom Men | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Chips and Salsa Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Love is in the Details with BHLDN

Picture a day filled with stunning accessories, beautiful decor and some of the most amazing gowns you will ever lay your eyes upon and you’ll land squarely on this breathtaking shoot from BHLDN, the go-to boutique for brides looking to add their own personal touch to the traditional.  It’s a little bit vintage, a little bit contemporary and it’s proving wholeheartedly: love is in the details, my friends.

Created with the help of the always amazing Amy Osaba Events and the talented Corbin Gurkin Photography, BHLDN is celebrating its newest Atlanta location (opening May 22nd!) with this inspiration shoot that is all kinds of lovely.  Imagine a carefully curated collection of heirloom-quality gowns, mix and match bridesmaid dresses and artisanal accessories paired up with some of Atlanta’s finest vendors and you are sooo on the right track.  BHLDN just opened Atlanta bridal appointments for May, so brides-to-be should act fast.  From soft, romantic details (hello sheer backs, ombre skirt (!) and intricate beading) to natural elements (fresh from the garden inspired florals + soft, natural makeup +  leafy greens) to heirloom-worthy accessories, this, loves, is the definition of pretty.

For even more breathtaking inspiration, and to start planning your very own dream day, visit BHLDN today.  And don’t forget to check out the newest items added to their stunning collection of gowns, accessories and wedding decor, including the striking Briar Rose Gown, the rose-hued Cate Gown, the skimming Sabine Dress and the beyond lovely Ursa Beaded Wrap… just to name a few.

Photographer: Corbin Gurkin Photography | Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design | Accessories: BHLDN | Apparel: BHLDN | Decor: BHLDN | Flowers + Creative Direction: Amy Osaba Events | Hair + Makeup: Raney O'Keefe | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Vintage Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder

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Elegant Countryside Wedding in Tuscany

Close your eyes and envision the most spectacular wedding in the Tuscany. Can you see it? Now, open your eyes and start scrolling, because this next pretty planned by the talented Chic Weddings In Italy is exactly what we’ve been dreaming of. Lindsay Madden snapped up every olive grove moment and you can see it all in this gorgeous gallery.

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From Lindsay Madden PhotographyI’m thrilled to share the beautiful wedding of Regina & Jack! They were married in September in Tuscany, Italy and it was absolutely breathtaking.

Not wanting to choose between England (Jack’s home country) and Switzerland (Regina’s) for their special day, Regina and Jack decided to host a destination wedding in Tuscany at Conti di San Bonifacio wine resort. On a sunshine-filled September day {exactly one year after they got engaged}, the two celebrated with 52 of their nearest and dearest. Regina and Jack teamed up with the talented ladies of Chic Weddings in Italy and Tommaso Torrini of La Rosa Canina in order to bring their vision to life. Countryside elegance would be the best way to describe their wedding and the color pallet made up of french grey, cream, butter and sage fit perfectly with the Tuscan landscape.

Regina and Jack made their marriage official under a hanging flower installation that mimicked a hanging arch and moved beautifully (& effortlessly} in the wind. After Regina’s father walked her down the aisle to Alphaville’s acoustic version of “Forever Young,” Regina joined Jack for the officiant’s welcome and the guitarist’s unplugged version of Natalie Cole’s “L.O.V.E.” Regina’s brother Florian read Bob Marley’s “He’s Not Perfect,” and Jack’s brother Will recited “Marriage Is Madness,” by an unknown author. After Regina and Jack exchanged rings and shared their first kiss as husband and wife, they walked back up the aisle to Michael Bublé’s “Everything” while guests tossed olive leaves on them. It was a magical and sweet moment!

After the ceremony, the newlyweds joined me in a nearby olive grove for portraits and their adorable French Bulldog, Muki, joined in on the fun as well. After pictures, Regina and Jack joined loved ones for fun and festivities. Guests were at the villa’s poolside for cocktails, lawn games, appetizers and live music from the band Lady Dillinger. After cocktail hour, guests were escorted to the front of the wine resort’s property for dinner. The newlyweds cozied up in a loveseat—a bench marked by a garland and “Forever Young” signage. Soft candlelight flickered from glass votives, both low and high, with some perched on stone candlesticks. Rustic wood table numbers were nestled between antique chests and small potted arrangements for an informal but intentional effect. As the sun went down guests dined underneath the stars and according to Regina, “it was truly special having dinner outside.”

I am so lucky to have been able to capture Regina and Jack’s wedding day. It was an exquisite affair that I’ll remember forever!

Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Floral Design: La Rosa Canina | Wedding Dress: Jesus Peiro | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Lighting: Alma Project | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Groom's Suit: Alferano | Officiant: Blessings From Italy | Bride's Headpiece: Hermione Harbutt | Catering & Cake: Conti Di San Bonifacio | Ceremony & Reception: Conti Di San Bonifacio | Event Planning & Design: Chic Weddings In Italy | Hair & Make Up: Lara Navarrini | Music: Lady Dillinger | Reception Dress: Pronovias

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Coral Destination Seaside Wedding

Nothing makes my wedding blogger heart happy like a day chock-full of color, style and one crazy in love couple. I’m talking bright shades of coral paired with nautical details galore and vendors like Carolyn ChenJPR WeddingsFound Vintage RentalsWildflower Linen making the magic happen. See the celebration through Caroline Tran’s lens and Elysium Productions film to tie it all together.

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From Caroline TranRobyn and Eddie tied the knot at the gorgeous Terranea Resort, on a lovely summer California day. The bright and airy seaside location was a perfect complement to the colorful coral hues and lovely succulents in all the floral arrangements, bringing together the delicate beauty of the California landscape. Robyn and Eddie planned this California wedding all the way from Japan, with the help of their coordinator, Carolyn, from The Special Day. Their friends and family flew in from all around the world to help them celebrate at this beautiful California Destination wedding. They also shared a special performance with their guests with Eddie on the guitar and Robyn performing a traditional Hawaiian dance.

Photography: Caroline Tran | Videographer: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Carolyn Chen | Floral Design: Inviting Occasion | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang | Lighting: G2 Audio And Lighting | Officiant: JP Reynolds | Venue: Terranea Resort | DJ Mc: Prokreation | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Paper Goods: Cherish Paperie | Paper Goods: Minted | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Signature Rentals

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