A Mid-Century Modern LA Wedding

A Mid-Century Modern LA Wedding

Lindsay and Derek have a modern love story if I ever heard one. They met on Tinder and four dates later knew they’d found The One. Fast forward to their wedding styled by the interior designer bride with coordination by Tessa Lyn Events and you’ll find a chic, organic mix of Japanese denim, brass, and wood infused with a moody vibe to amp up the romance. Elizabeth Messina photographed and the happily ever after doesn’t stop here because these two have a baby girl due this winter!

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From the Bride… It was a modern day romance: boy and girl both swipe right, fall in love, and the rest was history. Derek and I met on Tinder (it really works!) and four dates (in seven days) later, we knew magic was brewing. After thirteen months of wining, dining, traveling, and making a home together, Derek proposed in front of the storied swans at the Hotel Bel Air with a custom-designed oval diamond ring set in rose gold. The evening was beautifully and thoughtfully planned, with surprises unfolding at every turn, culminating in an intimate engagement party with out-of-town family and our closest friends.

As an interior designer with a foodie fiancé, our wedding priorities were clear from the start: a stunning backdrop, personalized styling, and an unforgettable meal were the prerequisites to finding our ideal venue. As we embarked upon a California road trip the following week, we spent hours dreaming up how magical it would be to get married at our favorite LA restaurant, Hinoki and the Bird. We were thrilled to learn that it was the perfect fit to accommodate 110 of our nearest and dearest. The design concept for the wedding began with the existing materials at the venue – a chic, organic mix of Japanese denim, brass, and wood. To infuse a sexiness and romance appropriate for the black tie optional affair, we turned to Dutch-inspired florals and loads of dripping tapered candles, which struck the perfect balance to the venue’s earthy minimalism.

We chose a dramatic palette of white, indigo, oxblood, and blush. To set the event’s tone from the first touchpoint, we combined a raw deckle edge invitation with an envelope liner adapted from the sculptural work of Dutch fiber artist Peter Gentenaar. My bridal bouquet of hellebores, ranunculus, and privet perfectly complemented his thistle boutonniere, all brought to life by the brilliant floral stylings of The Bosky Dell.

Upon arrival, our guests were greeted with champagne and hand brush lettered denim fabric place cards. The aisle was lined with vintage carpets and adorned from above with hanging floral installations sculpted from budding magnolias and quince. I chose an etherial gown by Mira Zwillinger and walked down the aisle to Ben Harper’s Forever. We read the vows we wrote for one another beneath a simple chuppah of bare branches.

Following the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy custom craft cocktails and an abundance of delicious appetizers like lemongrass lamb and lobster rolls, accompanied by a lively gypsy jazz trio. The family-style dinner of black cod, miso steak and jidori chicken was served on Heath ceramic place settings with gold-rimmed stemware along candle-filled farmhouse tables. After dinner, a roaring dance party commenced, and we partied the night away into the wee hours with family and friends.

We spent our wedding night at the hotel where we got engaged and upon returning there that evening, took a late-night swim and relived every detail of an unforgettable day. Derek and I are forever grateful for our dream wedding and are thrilled to be expecting our first child, a baby girl, in January.

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Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Videography: BlueCat International | Floral Design: The Bosky Dell | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Stationery: Anne Robin | Bride’s Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Makeup : Jamie Greenberg | Hair : Christine Symonds | Lighting : Ernie Mondaca | DJ: Dart DJ | Band: Django Foxtrot | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew | Hotel: Hotel Bel-Air | Venue: Hinoki and the Bird | Bride’s Earrings: Irene Neuwirth | Bride’s Gift: Spinelli Kilcollin | Bridesmaids’ Robes: Stone Cold Fox | Event Design + Coordination: Lindsay Balton | Flower Girl Dress: BHLDN | Groom’s Shoes: Common Projects | Ketubbah: Skirball Cultural Center | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Month of Coordination: Tessa Lyn Events | Photo Booth: RED Photo Booth | Rentals: Elan Event Rentals | Rentals : Found Vintage Rentals | Second Hair Stylist (Bridal Party): Tonia Day | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Vocalist: Jenna Caine Parris

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4 Things You Need To Know Before Registering for Your Wedding

Guys, we know curating the perfect registry isn’t always easy. Trust us, we sooo get that. Which is why we’re turning to the experts at Zola for a little how-to on registering for all the gifts you most definitely can’t live without. From baking essentials to splurge-worthy items, it’s your journey to a must-have list that will last you long after the “I do’s” have been said. Scroll for four very awesome steps.

Consider Your Personal Style

No two couples are alike… and Zola? Well, they totally understand that. Their premier universal registry offers gifts, experiences AND funds all in one place, which makes showing your unique style and personality sooo easy… and fun. Think a never-ending list of awesome products (hello, KitchenAid Mixer) that are the very definition of well-rounded, plus trendy accent pieces that are really meant for you and your love. Not to mention that you can personalize your Zola registry with awesome pics and sweet notes to your guests, so the entire experience screams “YOU” from start to finish.

Don’t Leave Out Splurge-Worthy Items

Feeling a little shy about registering for those big ticket items? Don’t. Zola offers group gifting, so guests can contribute any amount they wish to those items that are a little more expensive than most. Which means saying “goodbye” to those guilty feelings and “hello” to that splurge-worthy piece that you’ve had your eye on. And products are even narrowed down with super handy categories (everyday, upgrade and standout), so you can easily figure out which ones are worthy of that group gifting tag when you are filling out your Registry Checklist. Afraid the gift won’t be 100% funded? No worries – you’ll still receive whatever amount was gifted to you. We love that.

Think of Your Future Needs

You may be saying “I do” in the near future, but registering? It’s forever. Which is why spending time perusing Zola’s 450 top brands and thinking about what “future you” may want or need is a total must. I’m talking camping equipment (here’s looking at you, Halulite Microdualist Complete 14-Piece Cooking Set), baking essentials for next year’s Thanksgiving feast and that bedding that will take your guest room from okay to fabulous for all of those visitors you are sure to host in your newlywed abode.

Personalize a Cash Fund

Have everything you need, but can’t stop thinking about that trip to Thailand or those fab excursions you and yours are dying to try while honeymooning in Hawaii? With Zola, you can create a personalized cash fund with whatever you wish AND the lowest cash fee on funds you’ll find. Zola even offers a wide range of unique experiences you can register for, like wine clubs, SoulCycle Classes and more. Such a win-win, loves.

Ready to tackle that registry of your dreams? Visit the premier universal registry, Zola, today for a world of amazing options – from awesome gifts (think KitchenAid, Le Creuset, Dyson, Sonos… and more) to fun-filled experiences to cash funds. You can even digitally exchange any Zola item before it ships, get notifications once a gift is received AND register on the go with Zola’s 5-star App. Not to mention the 10% post-wedding discount you’ll receive for an entire year after your celebration is over. It’s a registry experience like no other… go there now to get your gifting on.

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Hurricane Joaquin Couldn’t Dampen This Wedding Day

It’s a fact that wedding days simply don’t go 100% stick-to-the-schedule, no hiccups, perfect. In fact, sometimes unexpected guests like Hurricane Joaquin threaten to crash the party. But for Marisa and Scott, the impending storms didn’t even make them flinch. Because in the end, their candlelit reception designed by Type A Society perfectly offset the weather and Laura Gordon captured every bit.

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From Type A SocietyMarisa Notarnicola and Scott Wright first met during a weekend skiing at Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont. They immediately hit it off and kept in touch following their ski trip. A month later, Scott was ecstatic to find out Marisa had accepted a job offer bringing her north to New York City and significantly closer to him.

The timing was perfect for both of them. They learned quickly their values and priories were aligned– family, friends, faith and future goals. On their third date, they booked a trip to Iceland nearly 6 months away – they knew it was a little crazy but joked that they would have to stay friends until at least that trip! From that point forward they were inseparable.

Scott courted Marisa for nearly two years, and after countless adventures, he flew to Dallas to ask her father, Jim, for his daughter’s hand in marriage. A year of long-distance wedding planning, Scott entering business school, and relocating to Nashville, quickly passed and before they knew it they were hand-in-hand at the altar, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

Bride’s favorite wedding detail: Our ring bearer box! It’s a heart shaped cobalt and gold porcelain ring box – the first gift Scott bought me when we started dating.

Groom’s favorite wedding detail: Our antique shuffleboard table that we converted into a champagne bar and the bagpiper that led us outside of the church after the ceremony.

Biggest surprise of the wedding: Hurricane Joaquin became a welcomed guest at the wedding! The cold and rainy weather was completely offset by the cozy candlelight and romantic draping inside the reception tent.

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Event Design: Type A Society | Floral Design: La Fleur Du Jour | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Ashley Bush Lettering & Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Matthews Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Estate at Autumns Gate Farm | Catering: Caroline Street Catering | Makeup: Bobbypins And Blush | Hair: Kelly With 1213 Hair Studio | Band: Exclusively Entertainment | Logistical Coordination: Retha Ballestracci | Tent Rentals: Gibson Rental

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A Modern Wedding Designed with Metallics + Greenery

An elegant affair with an industrial feel, this modern day wedding celebration is sure to inspire your upcoming affair. From the greenery-filled reception to the bride’s long sleeve lace gown, it’s the perfect blend of tradition (like those lovely Paper Daisies Stationery programs) paired with totally fresh details and we’ve got it all captured by Amy Arrington Photography in The Vault!

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From the Bride…Colton and I met our senior year of college on September 24th 2010, the night before our alma maters met on the football field. I went to the University of South Carolina and was in Auburn, Alabama visiting my best friend. Little did I know that a trip to visit her would lead me to find my husband. Colton and I had an instant connection and were inseparable the rest of the time I was there. On Game day, we got separated from our friends and ended up going into the game together, just the two of us. While in the stands, a girl came up to us and asked how long we had been dating because she said we were an adorable couple. Little did she know we had known each other less than 24 hours. Two weeks later Colton came to visit me in South Carolina and the next weekend I was back in Auburn visiting him. On day 21 we officially started dating and on day 36, Halloween, we said I love you for the first time. From that day on we travelled back and forth between Alabama and South Carolina every weekend until I graduated. In fact, the first 3 years of our relationship we were a long-distance couple. I went away to graduate school and while we didn’t see each other every weekend like we did that first year we came pretty close. After 3 years of long distance the time came for us to finally live in the same city. On October 18th 2014, 3 days after our 4-year anniversary, Colton proposed

Wedding planning started immediately. We knew that we wanted three things. A wedding planner, a neutral color palette, and to honor our strong family ties. We looked to our past to prepare for our future, and make our wedding special. My grandparents who passed away before Colton and I got engaged had a big influence on our day. The center diamond in my engagement ring was my Nana’s diamond, and my grandparents 61st anniversary was the day before our wedding day, which played into the day we chose. We also used the guest book they used at their wedding as our own. Another way that we incorporated family traditions was with the selection of my wedding gown. The women in my family have all worn long sleeve lace gowns and I wanted to carry on that tradition. Colton also carried on a family tradition, his best man was the son of his father’s best man. Both of us had been raised catholic, so it was also very important to both families to have a traditional Catholic wedding.

Colton and I had talked about wanting the venue to have an industrial feel or for it to be a distillery or brewery of some kind. We were so lucky that American Spirit Works, a Whiskey Distillery, and special events venue was opening it’s doors just in time for our special day. It provided the perfect industrial, rustic backdrop for our big day. When Colton and I booked the venue, we had nothing more than a rendering of what the space was going to look like to go off of, but we loved the vision so we booked the venue with complete trust in the events team there. Once we had the venue locked in, the real planning started and our wedding slowly but surely started to come together.

The venue led us to our theme–“industrial glam”. Since we wanted neutral colors we incorporated mixed metals including galvanized tin, silver and copper to make it feel more industrial. In addition to the mixed metals, Crush Event Rentals custom designed a lighting fixture with Edison bulbs to hang in the middle of our dance floor. We also knew that we wanted white flowers and a lot of greenery to add a soft contrast to the space and give it a glamorous/romantic feel. Our amazing florist was able to take our vision to the next level and make everything look breathtaking.

In addition to the custom lighting fixture, we wanted a few statement pieces to bring the design together and to pay homage to the city where we would start our lives together. The head table had long garland down the middle, copper mugs for everyone in the wedding party and a beige love seat for Colton and I to sit at together. Since I am from Atlanta, we incorporated custom made “Share a Coke” bottles, as the table assignments. We encouraged all of our guests to “Share a Coke with the Wilburn’s” as they found their seats. One thing about the venue that we really enjoyed was the main bar area which was a gorgeous wood statement piece with a very large chalkboard mounted on the wall behind it. We were able to create a custom drink menu with personal touches which added to the overall look and feel of the space. We worked with a local artist to design a beautiful pattern that we incorporated onto the chalk board that just set the bar area off.

Our top three favorite moments of the day were fairly easy for us to choose. Walking down the aisle with my dad, seeing Colton for the first time was unforgettable. It was a moment we had been working for and building toward for 5 years all culminating in one look. The next was seeing our venue for the very first time. As I said earlier, the venue itself was a work in progress when we booked it. So, when we finally got to see all of the decorations and little details we stressed over for months come together, was truly special. And finally, the dance floor! Not only our first dance which is, of course, an awesome memory; but dancing with all of our friends and family was outstanding. All of the stress and worry we had leading up to the wedding was forgotten as soon as the music started and everyone cut loose. It was the best night of our lives.

A piece of advice we would give to engaged couples would be to be true to yourself, and to always choose each other every day. Another huge piece of advice I would give, is to find and to hire a wedding planner that understands what you are looking for. We completely trusted Laura to execute our vision and keep our best interests in mind. She made the entire experience much more manageable and enjoyable for a bride who is not extremely organized.

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Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Design: Laura Birney Events | Event Planning: Laura Birney Events | Floral Design: Stylish Stems | Wedding Dress: Berta | Cake: Cake Hag | Invitations: Victoria Austin Designs | Ceremony Venue: Holy Spirit Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Stave Room At American Spirit Works | Bride’s Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Bold American Events | Hair + Makeup: Veronica Sitterding | DJ: Black Tie Events | Chalkboard Artist: Kate Turner Studio | Chargers: Event Rentals Unlimited | Event Rentals: Crush Event Rentals | Grand Exit Transportation: Special Day Limos | Linen Rentals: Cover Ups | Photo Booth: Robot Booth | Programs: Paper Daisies Stationery | Wedding Party Transportation: Marietta Trolley Company

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30 Years Later, The Bride Married in the Same Spot as Her Parents!

Quite simply, Samantha is the ultimate Style Me Pretty bride. She dreamt of a wedding set in her grandparent’s back lawn (the exact spot her parent’s wed 30 years earlier) and brought on an incredible crew of vendors including TRUE Event, Hana Floral Design and Paper Moss, just to name a few. Oh and that Austin Scarlett gown? It was a meaningful nod to her mom’s own off-the-shoulder wedding dress. See the celebration photographed by Leila Brewster right this way.

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From the Bride… Rob and I were on the same page from the start, our wedding was going to be a party where guests left feeling the love. We met in 2012 while both working for AOL (that is also where we met the one and only Abby Larson!), and pretty much haven’t spent a day we are both in town apart ever since. I am not an easy person to surprise, but Rob nailed the proposal…which overall could not have been more us – still in bathing suits, straight out of the ocean, on the beach, and the perfect combination of having it be a private moment and then getting to celebrate with our family and friends afterwards.

Family has always been the core bonding point between Rob and I. We both come from big, loud, loving families that we are very close with, so family and our respective family traditions was important for us to reflect in our wedding weekend…starting with the location. I grew up dreaming about getting married in my grandparents’ backyard, I cannot tell you how lucky I felt to make that dream a reality (and what it says about Rob that he never even questioned it). Not only was their house special because of all the great times we have had there (we both love spending as much time outside by the water as possible), but my grandfather (an architect) designed the house over 40 years ago and our wedding date ended up falling almost exactly 30 years after my parents’ got married on the same back lawn.

The meaning of the location and that view from the back lawn steered a lot of the creative vision for the wedding overall. I loved the idea of classic and timeless with personal touches throughout. The decor was “clean” — very much white and wood, with some accents of blue and natural pops of color in things like the flowers. We worked our family and large wedding party (another direct reflection of Rob’s and mine life together) in with features like our save the dates (my grandfather’s original blueprint digitized by Rob’s architect brother), our invitations (photographed by my aunt), custom matches on the bars in honor of Rob’s grandfather who collected them, a family photo table from our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days, my matron of honor illustrated our program cover (and our program itself included “fun facts” related to the wedding and our friends and family), and our caterer made each of our mom’s respective signature cookie recipes to include in the dessert table. My dress, designed by Austin Scarlett, was also symbolic in that my mom wore an off the shoulder gown and I loved the idea of doing the same and wearing something timeless that I would love looking back in years to come.

We also had the dream team of vendors who all felt like family throughout the entire experience. Abby Larson introduced me to Sarah True of True Event, who is now a life long friend and made everything possible. We hired our band, The Hudson Project (Elan Artists), after hearing them at a friend’s wedding three years before and still remembering them as the best wedding band we had ever heard. The whole team at Marcia Seldon Catering was not only amazing to work with, but our guests all absolutely raved about the food (which says a lot for a wedding where everyone spent 6 hours straight on the dance floor and hardly sat!)…they also did an unbelievable lawn party style cocktail hour and a half (the extra half hour was one of Rob’s few requests!). Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral is a genius professionally and personally just the best person and energy to work with.

Our tent speaks for itself…Greenwich Tent Company/Sperry Tents outdid themselves, and Ryan Designs with the bistro lighting, drapery, lounge area, and homemade life-size photo frame was the cherry on top. Both Rob and I have creative backgrounds and really appreciated working with such creative people throughout the entire process to bring the wedding weekend to life…Emily Hostetler of Paper Moss made all of our ideas a beautiful reality with all of our printed collateral, and I am still dreaming up items to get calligraphy on just to work with Sara McCarthy of Ink Revival. Leila Brewster captured our wedding exactly how we want to remember it, through candid moments that show the emotion and pure joy of the day.

Some personal favorite moments from the wedding itself included getting ready with the best group of women and girls anyone could ever ask for, the entire ceremony (which Rob wrote most of himself and was a mix of tradition and personal…we each wrote five “promises” to each other), my dad and brothers surprising me with a performance of mine and my dad’s song (Brown Eyed Girl), and the sister “dance off” that took place between my dad’s four sisters and Rob’s mom and her three sisters!

I love Style Me Pretty, and have been a power user since way before I was engaged…so this is truly another dream come true to have our wedding featured here.

From Sarah True of True EventThe reception was set at the bride’s grandparents house on the water in Greenwich CT. The perfect backdrop for a coastal inspired wedding. Sammi didn’t want it to be overly coastal or kitschy so we were very subtle in our nod to coastal details. We selected a very soft blue linen for cocktail hour and for the reception we used a runner that was reminiscent of a capaiz shell, with pattern and design, it gave a subtle sheen to the natural texture of the farm tables. And the round tables had a sand colored linen with flecs of gold woven in, that in the sun looked like sand on the beach. A mix of elegant and natural details were woven throughout the event and each detail was carefully thought through. It is always our goal in creating the design of the event with the bride and the groom that it is a reflection of them as a couple and is not just every other wedding you go to. From the save the dates, to the hand illustrated programs, old family wedding photographs and vintage doors salvaged from the bride’s father there were special moments throughout the day that had a story behind them, just like Sammi & Rob’s relationship.

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Photography: leila brewster | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Design: TRUE Event | Event Planning: TRUE Event | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Invitations: Paper Moss | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Marcia Selden Catering | Calligraphy: Ink Revival | Lighting: Ryan Designs, LLC | Band: Elan Artists | Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | After Party DJ: James Mulry | Bridal Boutique: Bergdorf Goodman | Bridal Makeup: Nina Soriano | Bridal Party Hair: Hair by Renee Russo | Bride’s Wedding Day Gift from Groom: Jennifer Meyer | Groom’s Bow Tie: The Tie Bar | Groom’s Cuff Links: Smathers & Branson | Groom’s Socks: Vineyard Vines | Groomsmen’s Cuff Links: Smathers & Branson | Groomsmen’s Socks: Vineyard Vines | Groomsmen’s Ties + Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | Hair Accessories: jennifer behr | Illustrator: Betty Artwork | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Logo: The Groom | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Tent Rentals: The Greenwich Tent Company | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents

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This is What Happens When Dreams Really DO Come True

It wasn’t too long ago that we ventured to Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons with dapper duo Brian and Nathan for a fun-filled e-sesh. And if the Mickey ears + shared milkshake were any indication, their wedding was going to be the best. day. yet. Well guess what? It sooo is. From the candlelit ceremony to the luxurious reception, this is a celebration that only Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons can make happen. Scroll to see the magic for yourselves.

From Nathan… Brian and I met back in 2006 through a friend at a Labor Day party. I think we both instantly knew it was LUV at first sight. We spent our first date watching the space shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral before I surprised him with a trip to Walt Disney World. We went around to all of the parks, enjoyed La Nouba at what was previously Downtown Disney, and got VIP seating to the Magic Kingdom parade and fireworks!  

Brian and I have always held a special place in our hearts for Disney. We both grew up watching probably every Disney movie ever created and spent so many family vacations at the Walt Disney World Resort. We were also lucky enough to live in Central Florida for eight years where we were able to visit Disney World any time we wanted. (We were definitely spoiled.) From childhood memories to magical moments with family/friends as adults, when it came time to plan our happily ever after, we couldn’t think of a better and more magical place. 

It came as no surprise that I started planning our Disney wedding years and years before we were even engaged – let’s just say I was very motivated! We both knew we wanted it at the Walt Disney World Resort, but with so many options, I’m glad I started planning early. Over the years, I was able to see so many wonderful pictures and videos from other Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, so it definitely helped me to start early. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons gave us an opportunity to have anything our hearts desired during our special day – the beauty, attention to detail, the magic, and most of all, the romance of a Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons made selecting Disney the easy part; trying to control our excitement was the challenge. 

We selected to have our Rehearsal Party at Epcot’s Italy Isola, because of Brian’s Italian heritage. We selected Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club Convention Center for our ceremony, reception, and after party because of our love of the beach and spending as much time on or near the water as possible. Having drawn inspiration from our lives together, we also wanted to incorporate some Disney magic from some of our favorite films. Our ceremony was filled with floating candles, candles hanging from the trees at the front, and warm lighting around the space – this was inspired from Disney’s Tangled, specifically the paper lantern scene. Our projection cake featured some of our favorite Disney movies, including Peter Pan, which was the first movie that I ever saw in the theater as a child and is one of Brian’s favorite movies – plus we absolutely LUV London. Overall, we were inspired by special moments during our lives together and the magic that Disney played in our lives. 

It is so difficult to select just one of our favorite moments, because the entire week/weekend was a dream come true. Hosting our Rehearsal Party at Epcot’s Italy Isola was truly special to us – we loved the private space for our family and friends to gather together, to enjoy delicious food inspired by the countries around us at Epcot, and have front row seats to Epcot’s Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. So many of our guests were so surprised by the beauty of the location and we received many compliments. 

Finally, one of our favorite parts of our wedding was working with the Team at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons – I can’t begin to express how happy and pleased we were with our entire experience. We may never be able to express how thankful we are. They made the entire process so stress-free, fun, exciting, and magical – they really do have the ability to make dreams come true. 

Planning a wedding can (at times) be stressful; there are so many little things to think about and things that you never really even thought about. Our biggest piece of advice is to always have fun and enjoy every single minute of the planning process. The time being engaged is probably the most exciting and thrilling time of your lives together, so don’t let the stress of wedding planning ruin that. The AMAZING Team at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons is there for you throughout the process and knowing that their goal was to make sure we had our “Best Day Ever” helped us to really enjoy the process and relax. 

Completely inspired by Brian and Nathan’s stunning celebration? We don’t blame you. To host your very own fairy tale wedding, contact a Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons’ expert today to learn more about their stunning selection of ceremony + reception venues, tasty menu options, floral and decor, transportation, entertainment… and MORE.  That happily ever after you’ve been dreaming of? It starts now, loves.

See even more Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons magic below!

Disney Princess Inspired Wedding Dresses | Add Some Disney Magic to Your Wedding Day | Disneyland Engagement Session | Walt Disney World Wedding | 10 Reasons to Get Married at Disney

Photography: Switzerfilm | Wedding Planning: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings | Floral Design: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings | Venue: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings | Decor: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings

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This is What Happens When Dreams Really DO Come True
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A Dream Elopement with a Golden Retreiver Puppy

Get ready for cuteness overload because this modern day elopement inspiration is serving up major wedding day goals. From the dapper fur baby to the stunning design details, we’ve got every gorgeous bit captured by Kristina Adams Photography waiting for you below!

From Kristina Adams PhotographyThis elopement inspiration is inspired by a bride and groom’s journey on a wedding day, and the thoughtful details that can accentuate the beauty of each moment. Preparatory moments, the anticipation of seeing each other, and the joy of knowing that your lives are finally coming together in loving partnership (and just maybe that partnership includes a puppy!)

As a wedding photographer, I love to tell the story of your wedding day. To do this here, we started with a bright clean space and documented the moments the (BHLDN!) dress is buttoned up. Honeycomb Affair set the table and designed the florals with a very specific experience in mind, and meshed classic with modern, and structured with organic. After hair and makeup was beautifully done by Hikari Murakmi, our bride stepped in to her BHLDN dress and our groom donned his The Black Tux suit. We envisioned them toasting with their closest friends and family, celebrating their love, and looking forward to their future together.

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Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Floral Design: Honeycomb Affair | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Hair + Makeup: Hikari Murakami | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Co-Design: Honeycomb Affair | Model: Taylor Jahn | Model: Katherine Cowgill | Paper goods: Alley & Co. | Ribbon + Fabric: Silk & Willow

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A Dream Elopement with a Golden Retreiver Puppy
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Blogger Bride Michaela Noelle Designs’ Wedding Reveal!

Our wedding day was everything we had imagined and more. By far the best part of the day was getting married but a close second was having all of our friends and family, from all over the country, in one spot to celebrate. Our hope was that by creating a beautiful atmosphere for our wedding, our guests would feel loved. The gorgeous flowers and incredible backdrop of Holman Ranch did just that. See it all photographed by Danielle Poff and filmed by United Media Collective below!

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Peek Back at Michaela’s Wedding Journey

Engagement Session | Defining the Inspiration | Bridesmaid Gift Box | Selecting Vendors | The Details | Bridal Shower

From the Bride, Michaela… There were so many special aspects to our day. From little details, our ceremony uniting us as one, the amazingly touching and hilarious speeches made by our maid of honor, best man and my dad — everything was so memorable and important to us. It was equally important to us to honor a very special person who sadly didn’t get to see us be married. My husband’s father passed away last January, so we wanted to honor his memory. We had my grandmother sew a heart-shaped piece of one of his favorite shirts onto two hankies. One for me and one for McCann. The hanky I carried was my great, great grandmother’s hanky that she used on her wedding day many, many years ago. My grandma embroidered McCann’s dad’s initials on them and he carried his in his pocket, while I tied mine around my bouquet. It was our something borrowed and something blue. A way tangible to remember his dad and how much he meant to us.

Our ceremony was another important part of our day. We chose to wash each other’s feet, showing one another that we promise to love and serve the other person, just has God has loved and served us.

Some other fun touches included customized cornhole bean bags with our monograms, our delicious apple raspberry jam favors (we met in an apple orchard!), the comfy vignette seating we created outside of the dancing barn complete with blankets and pillows, our amazingly talented DJ who kept the beats rollin’ all night (the dance floor was literally never empty!) and the glow sticks we passed out at our reception, and our interactive polaroid camera guest book. What a FUN day, which we will remember for years to come.

Advice for brides: Once the day has arrived, just rest. Know that you’ve done everything you can to plan your beautiful celebration of marriage. Relax and let the professionals (and your bridal party!) take it from there. The only thing that truly matters is the fact that you are getting married! So celebrate that, take time during the day to take deep breaths and take it all in. I did lots of “this is my wedding day!”while just looking around the reception taking in the joy and beauty.

Practical advice for your wedding: hire a planner or coordinator. Just do it! It makes your life SO much easier. Our wedding flowed so well because of this. Also, find an amazing photographer and videographer. These are the only tangible memories of your day, so be sure you love the work of whomever you choose.

For more of a peek into our day, check out our wedding video, which has brought tears to my eyes every time I’ve watched it. We are so thankful to have this on video to show our future children.

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Cinematography: United Media Collective | Floral Design: Michelle Lywood | Cake: I Do Wedding Cakes | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way | Catering: Paradise Catering | Hair + Makeup: Lindsay Dabalos | DJ: Belmont Entertainment | Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Venue: Holman Ranch | Blankets + Pillows: Lulu & Georgia | Bridal Jewelry: Haute Bride | Bridesmaids’ Robes: Love Ophelia | Cake Topper: Lietofiore | Calligraphy + Illustration: Graceline Art | Ceremony Programs: Shine Wedding Invitations | Coodination: engaged & inspired | Furniture + Rentals: Forage Vintage Rental Co | Guest Book Table Sequin Linen: Mrs. Freund & Co. | Jam Favors: Kitchen Kettle Village | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Maid of Honor Dress: Jenny Yoo | Ribbon: Adorn Company

Inspo to Reality: Michaela’s Wedding Pinterest Board!

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We’ve Got the Secret to the Best Wedding Invites Ever

Not gonna lie, finding the right wedding invites can be a little overwhelming. Especially if you’re looking for that perfect combo of OMG beautiful and customizable. Enter Minted, our fave community of independent artists with a lineup of pretty that allows you to put your very own stamp on the details. Think wow-inducing paper goods meets a uniquely you take. Find that dream invite below.

Finding those perfect paper goods doesn’t have to be as difficult as you think. With Minted, you can peruse that never-ending lineup of unique wedding designs, then add your special touches for a big ol’ side of individuality. From beautiful invites to matching day-of stationery products (think menus, place cards, programs and table numbers) to crazy cool wedding websites and exact match colors, Minted has everything you’ll ever need to coordinate your look from start to finish, plus a talented team of design associates that will guarantee pieces that are uniquely, perfectly you. We love that.

Whether you’re on the lookout for a design that perfectly matches your art deco-inspired soiree, an invite that is all about classic elegance or something else entirely, Minted’s team of talented designers will help you achieve that paper suite you’ve always imagined. Not to mention that each design is offered in different formats to suit your style, so the world is yours when it comes to foil-pressed, letterpress, Minibooks, postcards, magnets, petite cards… and more. Minted even offers FREE calligraphy-inspired guest addressing, FREE number + name printing on table numbers and FREE guest name printing on place and escort cards. It’s awesome.

The secret to the best wedding invites ever? Find a stunning suite at Minted, then add your personal flare, so that it completely represents you and yours to a T. Happy shopping (and customizing), lovelies.

Photography: Heather Nan Photography | Florals: Sarah Winward | Ceramic Bowl: Ernest Gentry | Ceramic Dishes: Aviva Rowley | English Countryside Invitation: Design Lotus | Garden Rose Invitation: Wildfield Paper | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Sophisticated Floral Invitation: Carolyn Nicks

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A Glam Styled Engagement Session

Michael and Carina Photography have a way with the camera that leaves us totally speechless and wanting more. Perfect example? This golden era engagement session that’s sure to inspire a bit of wanderlust. Complete with sweet kisses and one crazy chic couple, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!

From Michael and Carina PhotographyThis couple left me speechless. They have been best friends for years, have a baby boy together and the chemistry between them is unreal. Floriza wore two stunning dresses and Jerome wore a classic black suit. The light and the location of their session made for a beautiful atmosphere; this is definitely one of our favorite engagement sessions of the year!

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Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Dress: French Connection | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: David Yurman | Hair + Makeup: Floriza | Mens Attire: Giorgio Armani | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Trump Waikiki – Reece

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A Glam Styled Engagement Session
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