Jul
29
Danielle + Justin: An Evening City-esque Fall Florida Resort Wedding By Minerva Photography
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Photos: Minerva PhotographyCeremony Venue: Turnberry Isle ResortReception Venue: Aventura Lakes Clubhouse

Danielle and Justin were married in on the rooftop of Turnberry Isle Resort followed by a reception at Aventura Lakes Clubhouse in Miami, Fla. on November 7. The bride wore not one but two outfits — a strapless satin drop-waisted wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with a floor-length veil, and a long lace maxi dress with an illusion hemline, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short mix ‘n’ matched dresses and carried bouquets of paper origami flowers. How do-it-yourself is that? The evening ceremony’s aisle was lined with floating candle vases, sheer ribbons across the backs of folding chairs, and a chuppah, which was held by close family and friends. Following the exchanging of vows and rings (and most importantly, the signing of the ketub, a Jewish marriage license, guests were escorted to the ballroom. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall floral centerpieces atop mirrors, and challah, elaborately braided bread that is used to bless the dinner. Dancing continued throughout the night, but it wasn’t complete without a hora. The newlyweds were hoisted up high above the crowd onto chairs to the infectious sounds of the “Hava Nagila.” If that wasn’t enough entertainment, there was also the cutting of the five-tiered square fondant cake featuring a crystal chandelier topper. As if they needed more sweets, mini dessert shot glasses were passed out as late night snacks too. See the full board here.

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Jul
28
Ashlee + Michael: An Elegant Gray Spring California Historic Home Wedding By Jeff + Amber
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Photos: Jeff + AmberVenue: Green Gables EstateEvent Planner: Romance DirectorInvitations: Nostalgic ImprintsDress Designer: Hayley Paige from Mia Bella CoutureHair and Makeup Artist: Team NicoleShoes: BHLDNFloral Designer: Flora GlamorBridesmaid Dresses: Watters from Mia Bella CoutureGroom’s Attire: A Better Deal TuxedoBook Letters: Anthropologie DJ: San Diego Partytime DJsCake: Michele Coulon DessertierPhoto Booth: Mobile Photo Booth

Ashlee and Michael were married at Green Gables Estate in San Marcos, Calif. on April 13. ”I knew from the very beginning that I did not want our wedding to be in a hotel, so I began to look at various outdoor venues,” Ashlee said. “When we came across Green Gables Estate, we knew we did not have to look any further as it had all of the character we were looking for.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with drop dangling earrings, initialed necklace, and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore short gray dresses with keyhole backs and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, football mums, and lamb’s ears. Guests were greeted at the ceremony with a wooden sign that said, “Today, two families are becoming one. Please pick a seat not a side.” “We did many things during the ceremony to make it very personal,” she said. “From having every one of our siblings participating in some manner to our 14-year-old dog Gibson being our ring bearer to our niece singing, and to all of our guests participating in the vows.” The reception followed cocktail hour in a tent draped with fabric on the ceiling. “We wanted all of our guests to feel at home so for the place cards we wrote everyone a personal note,” Ashlee said. Tables were decorated with tall candelabra centerpieces, lavender sprig numbers, vintage china, and favor bags at each place setting. They performed their first dance to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, then surprised the crowd by switching the song to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. That wasn’t the only entertainment for the night though — a photo booth complete with props kept smiles wide. The newlyweds’ best advice? “On the day of take a lot of deep breaths to soak everything in,” Ashlee said. “And attempt to schedule at least 10 to 15 minutes after the ceremony where you and your new husband can be alone and take in this joyous event.” See the full board here.

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Jul
25
Editor’s Weekly Wrap-up: Fun Wedding Ideas For the Beer and Cocktail Lover, DIY Ombre Toasting Glasses, Reception Details You Probably Haven’t Thought Of, Rustic Bohemian Anniversary Shoot, And Balloon Decor
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It’s that time of week again! Here are some of our editor’s favorite boards and ideas that you may have missed:

13 Fun Wedding Ideas For the Beer and Cocktail Lover- Nothing gets a party started like alcohol-infused beverages (that’s not the only way of course, but it’s a good one!). Check out these fun ideas we found from real couples.

Photo by Sweet Little Photographs

DIY Ombre Toasting Glasses- Use these sweet champagne coups for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or wedding reception! It’s just 5 easy steps.

Photo by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch 

12 Reception Details You Probably Haven’t Thought Of- From unique favors to a live artist painting your ceremony, there are so many ways to make your reception unique! Take a peek at one of our many ideas.

Photo by Natalie Bray Photography

Rustic Bohemian Anniversary Shoot- This wedding has everything from a pick-up truck to a live horse! If you’re having a rustic wedding, use this shoot as your inspiration.

Photo by Jasmine Lee Photography

Balloon Decor- This decor element is just for kid birthday parties! Use them at your wedding for whimsical or colorful accent.

Photo by Anneli Marnovich Photography 


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Jul
24
Leah + Tim: A Flirty And Fun Blue Summer California Historic Manor Wedding By Jason Burns Photography
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 Photos: Jason Burns PhotographySecond Shooter: Jennifer Corbin PhotographyVenue: The Crestmore ManorDJ: Ultimate Events

Leah and Eric were married at The Crestmore Manor in Riverside, Calif. on June 28. Fun fact: They met their sophomore year at Azusa Pacific University. Go Cougars! The bride wore a strapless ball gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin blue dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and hydrangeas. Guests were greeted with cold bottles of water and mini trail mix snacks upon arrival to beat the heat and any hungry stomaches. The labeling said, “Traffic was NUTS, the drive was HEARTY; you may be tired, BUT it’s time to PARTY.” Following the exchanging of vows and rings underneath old shade trees, the reception began in the courtyard, lit with string lights overhead. Escort cards were displayed on a board adorned with ribbons, and tables were decorated with textured linens, pink and white glass vase centerpieces atop mirrors, and bubbles at each place setting, which served double-duty as favors. In addition to a three-tiered cake topped with a monogram, there was also a fully-stocked dessert bar, complete with delectables like lollipops, macarons, cupcakes, sour roll ups, and meringues. Believe it or not — the newlyweds performed their first dance just as the sun was setting. See the full board here.

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