Shades of Yellow Completely Transform This Chic Wedding Design

I’m always amazed how a little pop of color can infuse so much style and whimsy into a wedding. Take this day designed by Laurie Arons where she helped the couple pull off an unexpected color palette of shades of mustard yellow paired with midnight navy blue. From the Sarah Winward’s florals to A Day in May Design’s invitations, they carried the palette throughout and the drop-dead gorgeous gallery is from none other than Jose Villa.

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From Laurie Arons Special EventsOur bride Wilhemlina loved the idea of using a bold and unusual color combination for her March wedding. Knowing that flowering mustard is prominent in Napa Valley that time of year, we decided to use bold mustard yellow, complimented by beautiful midnight navy, on the printed materials.

Since their venue Durham Ranch is in many ways a clean palate, we could really let the flowers be the design statement of the wedding. Each aspect of the wedding received a stand out installation of floral that progressed in richness of color.

Starting with the ceremony, Sarah Winward and her team created a full dramatic arch for the couple’s backdrop. The arch was constructed of incredible blooming white branches, which are only available for a couple weeks during the season. After cocktails, guests moved into the barn at Durham Ranch for dinner under a magical ceiling installation of green vines and delicate hanging lights. It covered 40 feet of ceiling and was a labor of love for the teams from Sarah Winward and Got Light, who executed it to perfection.

To close out the night, we revealed a dance tent built over the Durham Ranch pool that was full of bold yellow flowers. My favorite part of the tent was the bright yellow entryway valance Sarah constructed out of forsythia. It was unexpected, yet so perfect to set the fun tone inside.

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Photography: Jose Villa | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Cake: Perfect Endings | Invitations: A Day in May Design | Bride’s Shoes: Dolce Gabbana | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jim Avila | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs | Lighting: Got Light? | Ceremony Music: Carlos Reyes | Venue: Durham Ranch | Candles: Creative Candles | Event Design + Production: Laurie Arons Special Events | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Photo Booth: MVS Studio | Reception Music + Band: West Coast Music | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Sound: Delicate Productions | Table Top Rentals: Casa De Perrin | Wedding Dress + Veil: Joan Gilbert Bride

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What happens when you find yourself in Thailand with the one you love? You head to the beach for a shoot with Love Is My Favorite Color, of course. Think toes in the sand, salt in the air, and more crazy romantic moments than you can count. Go see it all in The Vault!

From Love Is My Favorite ColorSometimes we are so excited about something that we kind of miss having that fuzzy feeling when you have finally made your vision come to life. We were really looking forward to this engagement shoot.

Apart from being a drop dead gorgeous couple, Tara and Anton are the kind of people that inspire you to be a better person. The beauty they have inside , the kindness in every single gesture, the constant smiles on their faces, their ability to always give the very best of them to everyone & all the time and of course, the love they have for each other, is unbelievable. So yes, we had the perfect couple!

Tara’s family owns a Villa by the Layan beach so it was a pretty natural choice to have their engagement shoot right there. We wanted them to feel relaxed and to be able to show their incredible personalities. Having them inside the water was also a must. Because that’s what people do when they are at an amazing beach in Thailand!

The result was this sweet and sexy engagement shoot that we will forever remember as one of the most treasured ones in our hearts.

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Photography: Love Is My Favorite Color | Dress: ASOS | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Lace Gown: Sarafina Dreams | Location: Layan Beach | Shirt: Uniqlo | Trousers: Custom made in Thailand

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Hi SMP Brides! It’s Jess of Dressed by Jess again and today I am so excited to share my garden-inspired bridal shower with you. First, let me start out by saying that I was so completely overwhelmed with love and joy on the day of my shower. The feeling of having all of the special women in your life, in one room, gathered to celebrate your soon-to-be marriage, is indescribable.

I cried many happy tears! My bridal shower was not a surprise, I was aware of the date and location, but my girls kept a lot of secrets from me which made the day extra special. My mom, sister, bridesmaids, and future mother-in-law did such an incredible job planning the day for me. From the flower bar, to the custom flower crown station, to the floral photo booth, my eyes didn’t know where to settle first upon entering the room.

My shower took place at the Madison Hotel in the Conservatory room, which features floor to ceiling windows, opulent chandeliers, and rich greenery. It was truly stunning! The invitations were accentuated with pretty pastels, pops of fuchsia, and a whimsical garden-inspired design by Sugar and Grace Paper. The reverse side of the invitations included the saying “Please join us in the garden for love and laughter before the happily ever after.”

We spent the day sipping on mimosas, enjoying delicious food and all the fun festivities my bridesmaids put together. We laughed over the clever games and cried over the sentimental moments. I really enjoyed the He Said/She Said game. It was fun to listen to all the guests’ responses.

The flower bar represented my love for florals, and it also served as a favor station. Each guest was able to pick their favorite flowers and put them into jars to bring home. Another fun touch? We used the flowers to create flower crowns! This station was a hit. I couldn’t pull my friends away from it if I tried to. It kept them very busy when I opened gifts.

The photo booth was very non-traditional and my sister worked with Angela of Floriography Designs to hang flowers for the backdrop. At the end of the day I really enjoyed looking back at all the photos of my friends and family. It was such a sweet touch.

I opted to keep my ensemble fairly traditional for the shower. I wore a long-sleeved lace white dress from Allen Schwartz and completed the look with a Marchesa clutch from Rent the Runway. I worked with Michelle from Up and Out to create a bohemian-inspired fishtail braid. We styled it with a delicate Violette Garland hair accessory from Hermione Harbutt. I felt the dainty pearl flowers nestled along the gold branches truly fit in with the bridal shower theme.

It was a floral-filled afternoon and I was surrounded by so much love. I’m so thankful for those who helped me celebrate. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my bridal shower. Huge thank you to Jessa of Love & Light Photographs for capturing every moment. Stay tuned for more pre-wedding details. xx Jess.

Flower bar tips from Floriography Designs

Find a floral expert that can provide the flowers, tools, and expertise. In the case of DIY, do research about flowers and find a good flower market provider.

Create a concept. Choose your color theme and floral style. You could go from French market, urban chic, to rustic and country style. Try to pick flowers according to your bridal shower theme.

Select the right flowers that will be easy to pick for your guests that can be arranged in small bud vases. Preferably no thorns and clean stems.

Don’t forget to prep! Order your flowers ahead of time. On the day before, unwrap and prepare buckets with clean water and flower food to condition and feed them. Clean the stems removing thorns or any unnecessary leaves. Arrange them by bunches.

Set the stage. Get creative by designing and decorating your flower bar with buckets for your guests to pick the flowers. Prepare the bud vases with water and floral food ahead. Set up some small working tables for your guests to work on with tools to cut and arrange the flowers.

Follow Jess’s Journey:

Meet the Bride | Margarita + ‘Maids | Planning Inspo | The Dress | Mistletoe Moments

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Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Bride’s Shoes: LC Lauren Conrad | Hair + Makeup: Up and Out | Venue: The Madison Hotel | Bride’s Clutch: Rent the Runway | Bride’s Dress: Allen Schwartz via ABS | Floral Design, Flower Bar + Floral Photo Booth: Floriography Designs | Hair Accessory: hermione harbutt | Invitation Suite + Sinage: Sugar & Grace Creative | Pre-Bridal Shower Glow: EC Beauty Studio

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Nothing (and we mean, nothing) is better than a handsome man in uniform. And today? We’re honoring just that. As we salute, and remember the fearless men and women who’ve defended our country and sacrificed for our freedom. A salute to our soldiers with an ode to military weddings, both big and small. It’s our way of saying thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your service.

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Today marks the unofficial kickoff of summer (!!!) and thanks to Best Photography we’ve got an engagement session that’s the perfect of inspiration for all your warm-weather adventures. Set on the most darling of sailboats, this couple planned a picnic for two and you can see how it all played out inside The Vault.

From Best Photography… Nothing beats photographing a couple in love, on a sailboat, cruising the coast of Madeira Beach Florida. Talk about an amazing shoot! The weather was absolutely perfect and getting to photograph these two on this gorgeous sailboat was an incredible experience. Not to mention the fancy cheese, wine, and a cool crisp breeze to keep us all cozy for the eveningCaptured on film, Alyssa and MJ’s love shines, and this engagement inspiration will have you longing for a trip to the ocean.

Photography: Best Photography | Film Lab: The FINDlab

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Hey friends! Thanks for following along on our wedding planning journey so far. I’m SO excited to show you our wedding venue today. My mom and I went to see Holman Ranch before we were even engaged, because we happened to be in the area and had heard amazing things.

After exhaustive research, we decided to land on Holman Ranch for our September 2016 wedding. For many reasons, this was the perfect place to say “I do”! First, it is obviously gorgeous and has the most amazing view of the Carmel Valley. Second, it makes it possible to have your entire wedding ceremony and reception all in one place. No traveling for guests was very important to us. Third, it fit our wedding style (eclectic, rustic and romantic) and has endless photo options. Fourth, it has guest rooms on the property if guests want to stay there. Lastly, we knew we were going to have our wedding in California (even though we live in Michigan) so we wanted to choose a location that was a beautiful vacation spot for those guests coming in from out of town. It checked all of our boxes!

With the most stunning ceremony spot with sweeping views of the Carmel Valley, gorgeous buildings, the perfect quaint patio for dinner and an updated barn for dancing, we couldn’t be more excited!After we made our venue decision, I wanted to compile a team of vendors who were more than just a vendor– I wanted to have a team of artists and people I genuinely loved, not just admired their work. Since I’m immersed in the wedding industry a bit, I had a good idea of some people I wanted to have as a part of our day! Since this is often one of the most daunting aspects of pulling together your wedding day, I’ve come up with a few tips to help you compile your wedding day vendor team.

One of my sweetest friends in the wedding industry is Danielle of Danielle Poff Photography. It was a no brainer that she would shoot our wedding! I love her personality, her style and that she shoots with film. So dreamy! Next up, we decided on the ever-talented Michelle Lywood for our flowers. With a joyful spirit and genuine love for people and whimsical, natural flowers, I knew this was the perfect match. Beautiful flowers are what dreams are made of! Then we nailed down our caterers. As I mentioned, we wanted a cohesive team of people for our wedding, so when both Holman Ranch and our coordinators suggested Paradise Catering, there were no questions asked! Going with a company who comes highly recommended is so comforting. Shortly after this, we decided on our DJ who came highly recommended as well, John Belmont Entertainment. I totally trust our wedding will flow perfectly because of everyone on our team.

5 tips on assembling your vendor dream team

Determine your budget. This dictates everything you plan for your wedding, including which vendors you can work with! sometimes vendors will list their minimums or starting prices on their website. If not, email them to inquire!

Nail down your style & feel for the day and make a list of vendors who fall in line with your style.
Go through their websites, look at their work on other websites, etc. You want to familiarize yourself with the styles of each potential vendor!

Determine your top 3-5 most important venders / aspects of your wedding. Personally, I think the venue, photographer, catering, and coordinator / wedding planner are the most important aspects. I say this because the venue dictates the overall feel of the day, the coordinator determines how successful the flow of the day is, the photographer is the only vendor that preserves your wedding for a lifetime, and the catering is what keeps your guests happy 🙂 Of course I see my entire as equally important in the greater scheme of things, but these were the first few we hired.

Ask around, research and meet with your vendors. Before hiring and signing on the dotted line, make sure you ask friends who they worked with, what they liked and didn’t like about their vendors, ask your wedding planner who he/she prefers to work with, read online reviews, and of course, be sure to meet with said vendors before hiring them! You really want to make sure you’re on the same page with the style, the cost, and ensure your personalities are a good match.

As I mentioned, I not only wanted to hire talented vendors, but I also wanted to hire people who’s heart and passion I could easily see. This is a big day for us, so anyone I could hire that would be equally as excited as us was my goal!

Hire one or two key vendors first and then get their suggestions for the rest of the team.

Even though I plan events as my job, I knew I needed someone amazing to help coordinate our wedding. Enter Allison and Audrey of Engaged & Inspired. Not only do they create beautiful events, but they also work at Holman Ranch often, so I was incredibly confident in their ability to coordinate for us. I’ve also followed Allison on Instagram for years and know she is kind and talented. I know my family and I can rest easy, knowing we are in great hands!

Follow Michaela’s Journey down the aisle!

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Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Event Coordination: engaged & inspired | Floral Design: Michelle Lywood | Catering: Paradise Catering | DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch | Blogger Bride: Michaela Noelle Designs

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You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to your wedding day hair and makeup — do you go beachy with loose waves and bronze makeup? Classic with a pretty updo and rosy pink cheeks? Boho chic with a romantic braid and natural glow? Vintage with pinned curls and a berry lip? Or maybe high fashion with a trendy top knot dramatic eye? Take a peek at this video from Elysium Creative Media and Design Visage Beauty to see all five and decide which look makes you feel your most beautiful!

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While we’re not usually ones to say no to shopping, when it comes to unique registry ideas, thinking beyond the shops can lead to some pretty fun and exciting experiences. From honeymoon activities to expanding your horizons or raising funds for causes near and dear to your heart, we’re on board. We may dream of that espresso machine but we don’t doubt the satisfaction factor in these ideas as well!

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A backyard wedding is touching as it is, but add in that this couple wed in the Bride’s family home just makes it all the more unforgettable. A chic celebration centered around family, Kelsey & Andrew planned the sweetest shindig and thankfully Alison Duffy Photography captured it all to share. From the stunning ceremony to their sparkling exit, we’ve got all that and more waiting for you in The Vault!

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From Alison Duffy PhotographyKelsey & Andrew have grown up with each other their whole lives as their dads have been best friends since college. As fate would have it, their love story began down the road when Andrew asked her to go to Cardinals baseball game with him and there was instant chemistry.

When it came time for their big day, it only seemed perfect to have their wedding in the yard of the bride’s family home, with a focus on family. The bride Kelsey, admittedly, said she was also all about the beautiful details and I think it paid off in a big way as everything from her shoes to the floral arrangements to the romantic brass candlesticks were incredibly elegant while also being perfect for their backyard affair. To top off the night, loved ones gathered outside the tent while Kelsey and Andrew made their grand exit through a tunnel of glimmering sparklers; a truly magical ending to their gorgeous and fun wedding celebrations!

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Photography: Alison Duffy Photography | Floral Design: Magnolia Market | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cakes: The Cake Mom & Co. | Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Renz Rags | Catering: Rays of Kelso | Makeup: Lipstick and Lashes | Hair: Colour Couture Salon | Bride’s Earrings: David Tutera | Candlesticks: Ebay | Film Processing + Scanning: Indie Film Lab | Flower Girl Dresses: Zulett Couture | Invitations + Programs: Bride | Rentals: Wedding Rental Solutions | Wedding Dress Boutique: Andrew Jackson Bridal | backyard: bride’s family home

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Wedding videography has evolved immensely over the years and these days, there are so many different styles, it can be a bit unnerving to find that perfect fit for you. Which one will capture your celebration the best? What are all the factors to consider? Feeling a bit overwhelmed and lost?! Stop right there because we got the gurus of Happy Together Films to share their insight so you can be prepared and ready for your time in the limelight!

FACE TO FACE

Be sure you know exactly who will be at your wedding! Ask the videographers to identify which professional will be shooting on that day during your meetings. Knowing the specific person who will be with you all day is very important – imagine if it’s someone you don’t get along with? They will be with you all day so a comfortable relationship is essential when starting the videographer search!

BIG OR SMALL

You should consider what your priorities are for your for your wedding day and apply that to your videography plans. If you really want your day to be intimate and simple, a team with one or two videographers is perfect. Usually these teams are quiet and try to mix in with guests. But if showing aerial shots, having a same day edit, etc, is important for you, a bigger team is the way to go. Sometimes teams like these can be big but you will be able to get those epic aerial shots that you desire.

PACKAGES AND BUDGETS

Don’t be shy! Ask all the questions you can think of BEFORE hiring the team you want to film your wedding. What do the packages include? When is the final results delivered, what sort of timeline? Are preview clips included? How are they delivered, and more!

ENGAGEMENT SESSION

Some videographers offer couples the option of having engagement sessions just like photographers do. Talk to them and see if that is possible and ask them how they approach it. Most couples feel much more comfortable on their wedding day, if they had already been filmed before.

AUDIO

Audio gives film another dimension. If you want your speeches to be recorded, make sure that is known and understand how it works – you may need to wear a small mic. If you have a friend singing a song or reading a poem, remember to talk about that with your wedding videographer prior to the wedding day. For recording good audio, preparation is key. The more information your wedding videographer has, the better.

SONGS

Songs aren’t just important to discuss for setting the mood and aesthetic of your wedding film, but also for copyright issues. Something additional to consider – if you choose the songs for your film, you’ll miss out on a fun, little surprise! If you love your team’s portfolio and trust them in choosing the best songs for you, the song surprise can be totally worth it!

GADGETS

We love wedding films with those wonderful epic shots. To capture many of these, you’ll need cinema gadgets like drones, sliders or cranes. Don’t forget that some of these can be noisy and quite large. Sometimes that can disturb the environment, the gorgeous natural views of your venue and also disturb some moments and guests. If your aim is to have an intimate wedding, less gadgets may be a better choice.

CONTRACT

Be sure your contract has every single aspect clarified and in print. If you have specific moments happening on your wedding and you want them to be recorded, make sure to include them in the contract!

CHANGES

Inquire if it’s possible to make any changes after your wedding film is delivered. Since video can take a long time to be ready because of the editing and post-production, some videographers don’t allow any changes. Others allow a specific number of changes and others charge for each change on the final film. Ask the team how they approach this topic.

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