When a Victorian Garden Plays Backdrop to Your Wedding…

When a Victorian Garden Plays Backdrop to Your Wedding…

This couple shares a love of the great outdoors, so when they began planning their Pittsburgh summer wedding, a whimsical day designed with wildflowers and natural greens was an obvious choice. They fully embraced in-season blooms and Mt. Lebanon Floral delivered in every way. Peek at their reception space (and entire day!) photographed by Joey Kennedy and you’ll leave utterly inspired.

From the bride… Cary and I met in college down in South Carolina where we both shared our love for adventure and outdoors. A year or so after graduation, Cary proposed to me when we were at home for Christmas. It was wonderful to have my whole family around to celebrate this exciting event. Shortly after we were engaged we made a big move from South Carolina to Colorado, so we could continue sharing our love of outdoors together.

The wedding was inspired by our love of the outdoors, plants, and the mountains. We had the wedding in Pittsburgh where my immediate and large extended family all reside since we are a close knit group.

We were planning the wedding while living in Colorado, so my mother was a huge help in orchestrating everything. Our vendors were absolutely wonderful, and we thank our florist, Carmel, for her creativity. We told her we wanted a somewhat whimsical and bohemian feel that really showcased the local, in season wildflowers and greenery. She came through and brought us more than we could have imagined. The tent, flowers, lighting, music, and photography all came together wonderfully to create the unique and colorful day we had imagined. It had a beautiful woodland feel with a relaxed atmosphere, just like we wanted.

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Photography: Joey Kennedy Photography | Cinematography: Nate Sherer | Floral Design: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Catering: Rania’s Catering | Band: Keynote Band | Venue: Frick Art Museum | Tent: Party Savvy

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Handmade at Amazon Has a Wedding Shop… And It’s Everything

Putting your own personal touch on a wedding that is totally unique + totally YOU is every bride’s dream, no matter your style. But if you happen to fall squarely in that camp of non-crafty ladies (it happens to the best of us), we have a solution: Handmade at Amazon’s Wedding Shop. Yep, this little slice of wedding heaven has everything you’ll ever need to celebrate in style, sans all of those stressful nights yelling at your glue gun. It’s pure genius, you guys. Scroll for all of the reasons we love it so, so much.

RUSTIC

You obviously can’t have a rustic shindig without a few handmade items to really make the day shine, but if you’re running out of time in your wedding planning day to put together those wooden banners you’ve been obsessing over, no worries. Handmade at Amazon’s Wedding Shop has it all. From fab rustic cake toppers to the perfect headpiece that will totally make your outfit, your dream day is literally right at your fingertips. And bonus? You can plan it all in your yoga pants.

1. Wooden Cards Banner 2. Vintage Wedding Guest Book 3. Polka Dot Bow Tie 4. Better Together Cake Topper 5. Gold Wedding Crown Bridal Tiara

MODERN

Weaving goodies from Handmade at Amazon’s Wedding Shop into your contemporary day is THE perfect way to add a touch of you + yours to your celebration. Some of our faves? These glittery gold accents, geometric card holders and this awesome cocktail sign (such a statement-maker). Not to mention, it’s also the best way ever to shop for decor, because, well… it’s Amazon. Think a totally relaxing evening, a glass of bubbly and your good friend, The Laptop. It just doesn’t get any easier.

1. Large Geometric Conservatory Envelope Holder 2. Wedding Cocktails Sign 3. Mr. & Mrs. Mug Set 4. Wooden Table Letters 5. Groomsmen Copper Tie Set

CLASSIC

Classic weddings with a sweet personalized touch are sort of our jam. So sifting through all of the beauties in Handmade at Amazon’s Wedding Shop is most def one of our fave pastimes. From the cutest napkin to a gorgeous bridal headband to a rubber stamp to help you dress up those invites, join us in perusing the pretty and you’ll be checking off those Pinterest must-haves in no time at all. We promise.

1. Old Hollywood Glamour Bridal Headband 2. Eat & Celebrate Napkin 3. Personalized Address Stamp 4. Wedding Album Instant Guest Book 5. Single Pearl Necklace

We know that wedding planning isn’t always easy. Especially when you are trying to DIY your way to a totally unique and totally YOU event. So whether you’re planning to say “I do” in a sweet rustic barn, your childhood church or a penthouse in NYC, Handmade at Amazon’s Wedding Shop is your go-to for all of those goodies that will really make your Big Day shine. Oh, and it will seriously save your sanity. Go there NOW, you guys.
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Look No Further: Your Wedding Dress Decision Is Written In The Stars

It’s your day and you want to look more than just good, you want to look amazing. So how do you find that perfect wedding dress, the one that makes your beauty shine, the dress that makes everyone gasp, the look that is yours and yours alone? Astrology can give you cosmic clues on finding the dress that fits your special elemental nature and enhances the most positive traits of your star sign.

Aries
Untraditional, bold and bright are your signature looks. You are pioneering and brave and you may want to reflect these qualities in your choice of a dress. So think of incorporating reds and purples, unique designs and modern touches into your look.

Taurus
Sensual and soft are two of your most valued qualities in a dress. Look for fabrics like silk, satin and velvet. You also thrive on luxurious touches and so your dress may have unique embroidery, jewels or other special “extras” interwoven into your design.

Gemini
Flirty and fun, you want a dress that allows you to circulate and talk to as many people at your wedding as you can. Look for a simple, intelligent design that may have some geometric touches. You appreciate a “smart” look over one that is too fussy.

Cancer
Your romantic nature loves anything vintage. You’ll be drawn to a more traditional look that incorporates the past. Mom or even Grandma’s dress may be the perfect choice for you, especially if you have a strong attachment to your family.

Leo
Dramatic and luxurious are your key words and your dress needs to reflect your passionate, fiery nature. You’ll want a top of the line design, no expense spared and a dress that maximizes all of your assets.

Virgo
You love a clean natural look, so your best dress will incorporate fabrics like raw silk, bamboo or organic cotton and a hand dyed or one of a kind artisan design. Simple and green are your themes, with a focus on honoring the earth.

Libra
Balance, beauty and harmony are so important to you that your dress needs to be a work of art. If you don’t actually design it yourself, you may commission a design. You want to feel feminine, but without too much fuss, so look for a classic design with a modern touch.

Scorpio
If anyone would wear a black dress it would be you, Scorpio. But you don’t need to wear black to get in touch with your intense, smoky, sexy self. Just find a dress that accentuates your figure, while still leaving something to the imagination.

Sagittarius
Your dress may reflect influences from your travels, or your spiritual or religious beliefs. If you are a more adventurous Sag, your gypsy nature will want to express itself through a wedding day look that is bohemian and fun.

Capricorn
If anyone chooses to wear a wedding pantsuit rather than a dress it would be you Capricorn. You are all the more tailored, sophisticated look. But since you also love glamour and tradition you may stick with a classic style wedding dress as well.

Aquarius
Unique, unconventional and outside the box, your wedding dress needs to be different from the norm. Look for a special design that no one else has, a new fabric or a look that is unusual and cutting edge and all will be well.

Pisces
You will want a dress that has a touch of the magical to it. Something mysterious, dreamy and poetic. A soft bohemian look or something vintage with beautiful fabric will complement your mystical nature perfectly.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Fern Spring is an astrologer, wellness writer and flower essence practitioner from Northern California where she lives with her dog and her guy in the beautiful West County of Sonoma.

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Your Visual Playbook to a Luxe Parisian Wedding

Paris is a city where some serious wedding magic happens. Especially when MC2 Mon Amour, Tuan Nguyen Films, and Greg Finck are involved. Consider this inspiration shoot an ode to their beloved city, ready to inspire the most glamorous of days.

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From the planner, MC2 Mon AmourParis is a symbol of romanticism and elegance so we took the time to contemplate the beauty of our city. At the heart of the most famous monuments of the world, the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris allowed us to create a luxury atmosphere and a perfect wedding day.

The bride is getting ready in the Suite Shangri-La to become “Madame” while admiring the “Grande Dame”. The groom has just some few minutes to wait in the secret garden of the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris to discover his bride, more gorgeous than ever. They climb together the “Escalier d’Honneur” stairs, enjoying every moment spent in the palace at the heart of the most beautiful city in the world.

They discover with admiration the amazing work done by the artisans for their big day!

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Cinematography: Ping Pang Films | Event Planning: MC2 Mon Amour | Floral Design: Vella & Bret | Wedding Dress: Printemps | Stationery: Atelier Preszburger | Bride’s Shoes: Printemps | Hair + Makeup: Harold James | Suit: Printemps | Venue: Shangri La | Bride’s Bouquet + Buttonhole: Floraison | Print: Atelier Stern | Wedding Ring : Bucherer

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5 Bold Alternatives To The Mix-and-Match Bridesmaids Dress Trend

For quite a few years now we have seen many bridesmaids dancing down the aisle in a variety of mix-and-match dresses. But, if you are on the hunt for bridesmaids dress options that make a statement, but aren’t sure the mix-and-match trend is for you, look no further! Here are five bold, beautiful options for your bridal party less often thought of and as unique as you.


1. Sassy Separates

Rather than play mix-and-match with each bridesmaid, opt for separates that can be combined in a unique way. Choosing to dress your girls with individual pieces gives you the freedom to combine lace and satin, sequins and tulle, patterns and solids or those two beautifully complementary colors you couldn’t decide between. The sky is the limit and perfectly paired camis and skirts provide a fresh take on bridal party attire.


2. Dressed in White


Who says only the bride can wear white? If you are a little less traditional or you just love a clean, crisp look that sways more modern, then perhaps you are bold enough to go completely monochromatic. White can be an elegant and surprising color choice for bridesmaids and, as long as the bride’s wedding dress differs in silhouette from her party, she will still be the standout.

3. Unexpectedly Bold Hues

Blush and champagne have long reigned supreme when it comes to weddings, with a particular stronghold in the bridesmaid dress department. And while these two ethereal colors are a go-to for good reason, choosing a bright, bold color that compliments your palette, like dark berry for Spring or emerald green for Fall, can give your bridesmaids that fun flair you’re after. Bonus points if your pop color of choice is combined with an eye-catching fabric or lace details.


4. Lovely Textures


It might be that you can’t walk away from that tried and true blush shade, but you are still itching for a fresh take. Try adding dimension by seeking out dresses with obvious texture, like larger, scalloped laces or hand beaded floral patterns. You can keep your color subtle, but still pack a pretty punch.


5. Shimmer and Shine

Metallics are an effortless way to turn up the volume on any bridesmaid’s dress, while giving a unique feel than the ever-popular sequin. For more subtle glamour, you can choose a neutral metallic, like champagne, or you can go full show-stopper with dark-hued navy or merlot shimmer. Either way, your ladies are sure to shine.

Above all, remember that there are endless ways to outfit your bridal party that will make the statement that is right for you, so shop around and have fun trying on loads of dresses with your best girls!

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Katie Patton is merchant and freelance writer from Ohio, currently residing in Celebration, Florida with her fiancé. When she isn’t working you can find her sipping and snacking on a patio, traveling to see her friends and family, endlessly scrolling Instagram or Pinterest and, of course, planning her own upcoming wedding!

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A News Anchor’s Stylish Elopement

You already know we’re obsessed with elopements – especially when there’s a level of style involved to stop us dead in our wedding-loving tracks. So allow me to introduce this Santa Barbara affair that did exactly that. As a morning news anchor, the bride wanted an intimate celebration out of the public eye, so they found the perfect venue plus the perfect vendors – looking at you Tenth & Grace, Shark Pig, and TEAM Hair + Makeup – and soaked up every second of their big day made for two.

From Tenth & GraceWhen you live in the public eye, the thought of planning a huge wedding in front of hundreds of people can be pretty overwhelming. That’s exactly why our bride – a popular morning news anchor – wanted her wedding to be small and very private. The couple decided on an intimate elopement at Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara with only their photographer, videographer, and officiant in attendance.

Belmond El Encanto is the perfect venue for a romantic elopement – it is private and secluded, tucked above in the hills of Santa Barbara with sweeping views down to the ocean. After getting ready in their suite, the bride and groom exchanged vows on the terrace. The couple took additional portraits at Butterfly Beach in Montecito before enjoying their private dinner back at the hotel. All the details that they planned came together perfectly, and – most importantly – their day was just about them!

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Photography: Tenth & Grace | Videography: Sharkpig | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Venue: Belmond El Encanto | Bridal Gown: Nha Khanh

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Proof an Anniversary Session Is Always a Good Idea

Exactly two years after Gabe Aceves Photography captured Eden and Brandon on their wedding day at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards, he photographed this beautiful couple once again on a Virginia hilltop during the golden hour. Just like with their classic wedding, this gallery is filled with photo after photo of sheer perfection. If you’re debating an anniversary session, scroll on for proof that it is always a good idea!

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Photography: Gabe Aceves Photography

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As if You Needed One More Reason to Fall in Love with Cherry Blossoms

There is a reason Spring is such a popular season for weddings… the blooms! And cherry blossoms are at the top of that Love of All Things Florals list. See how this team of creatives were inspired by that pretty blushing branch with a stunning flower filled shoot including design by Type A Society, florals by Wild Green Yonder, and imagery by Angela Newton Roy. Plus, find even more of that crazy gorgeous dress right here!

This beautiful springtime editorial was inspired by the entrance of spring in the Washington DC area marked by the epic Japanese-gifted Cherry Blossoms to our city. We wanted to give our spring brides inspiration to work into their bridal portraits, invitations, tablescape, and hair + makeup. We have all seen the traditional engagement cherry blossom session, but we wanted to show brides how to do something a little different and get creative with the blossoms by bringing them indoors and utilizing them in the tablescape, styling, and even having them mirrored in the gorgeous Gossamer dress we used on our model. Springtime blooms and branches are a such a unique way to bring floral into your wedding table. Building the arrangement directly on the table giving the illusion of branches organically growing up from the center made the arrangement feel like it was part of the table. I think my favorite part about styling this editorial was the Gossamer dress that literally looked like it was pulled from a cherry blossom tree. The floral applique details were perfection mixed with our beautiful model’s perfect skin tone- made for some stunning portraits.

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Photography: Angela Newton Roy Photography | Floral Design: Wild Green Yonder | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Shoes: Bella Belle | Creative Direction & Styling: Type A Society | Hair & Make Up: Anna Breeding | Menu Cards: Smock | Model: Cima Talent | Paper Suite: Written Word Calligraphy | Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | Veil & Crown: Twigs & Honey

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Beautiful, Breezy Summer Rehearsal Dinner Outfits

Summer is nearly here, which means wedding season is full speed ahead and warmer temperatures are here to stay. Whether you are the bride, the groom, a member of the bridal party or an honored rehearsal dinner guest, you will need an ensemble that is equally cool as it is fabulous.

Look no further—here are 10 beautifully breezy outfits to inspire all of your pre-wedding summer evening festivities!

What to Wear to A Summer Rehearsal Dinner

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Style Me Pretty Contributor – Katie Patton is merchant and freelance writer from Ohio, currently residing in Celebration, Florida with her fiancé. When she isn’t working you can find her sipping and snacking on a patio, traveling to see her friends and family, endlessly scrolling Instagram or Pinterest and, of course, planning her own upcoming wedding!

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A Bridal Luncheon to Inspire All Your Summer Soirées

Since Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, what better way to kick off the season of outdoor events than with a pretty, al fresco bridal luncheon? Inspired by the feminine blue and white china she observed at a coffee shop, Drewe Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Focus on the Coast Weddings, worked together with Salt Harbor Designs and Theo Milo Photography to create a beautiful feminine fête at Airlie Gardens. Between the flowing gowns, summery menu, abundant florals, and romantic blue tablescape, this gallery will surely inspire all your summer soirées.

From Drewe Smith… When I traveled to Chicago last spring for a girls’ getaway, I had just started planning the newest issue of Focus on the Coast Weddings. When I walked into The Allis one morning, I was more in search of an iced coffee than editorial inspiration. Little did I know, I would find both. One of the first things that caught my eye was the blue and white floral china my breakfast was served on; decidedly French and feminine, I knew I had to have it. Within a month, my new dishes had arrived, and with them, the beginnings of the photoshoot you see here.

I knew I wanted to feature a bridal luncheon in our newest issue, so as soon as I set foot back in Wilmington, NC, I contacted Theo Milo of Theo Milo Photography and Jennifer Rose of Salt Harbor Designs. We sat down together and envisioned a soft palette of blues and simple, classic details with a touch of romance. Airlie Gardens pergola was the perfect place to shoot, embodying the rustic formality of gardens in the French countryside, complete with a bubbling fountain (which Southern Bee Designs incorporated into the invitations).

The bridesmaids were dressed in flowing gowns of complementary shades from Tusc Boutique. The bride-to-be, outfitted in our signature blue, wore a delicate wrap dress that highlighted the refined jewels provided by Melissa Tyson Designs. Classic wedge shoes from Soul Shoetique completed the outfits. I wanted the theme of understated sophistication to be consistent, so we kept the bridal parties hair and makeup subtle. Beauty Bar Boutique did a fantastic job of channeling the effortless, French cool-girl look by using muted pink tones and giving our bride-to-be a messy chignon.

Choosing the food wasn’t a difficult task. What could be more French than baguettes, oysters, and macarons? Pinpoint Restaurant, one of our personal local favorites, crafted elevated dishes with floral embellishments on sterling silver serving platters and simple wooden cutting boards. Salt Harbor Designs brought the table to life with their arrangement of ranunculus, garden roses, delphinium, parrot tulips, lilac, and privet berry, channeling the color palette of the afternoon.

With the table all set and the glow of flickering candles illuminating the setting, the bridesmaids sat down to celebrate the bride-to-be and their longtime friendship, surrounded by the simple, beautiful things in life. Staying true to our classic theme, Theo Milo used film to capture the essence of the day. C’était magnifique!

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Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Event Design : Salt Harbor Designs | Floral Design: Salt Harbor Designs | Cake: PinPoint Restaurant | Invitations: Southern Bee Designs | Shoes: Soul Shoetique | Jewelry: Melissa Tysons Designs | Catering: PinPoint Restaurant | Hair: Twist & Pin | Hair and Makeup: Beauty Bar Boutique | Venue: Airlie Gardens | Concept + Model Styling: Drewe Smith | Dresses: Tusc Boutique | Fashion Consultant: ADG Fashion Styling | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Models: Christie Doolittle, Kayleigh Winslow, Kenzie Hansley | Produced for: Focus On The Coast Weddings | Rentals: En Vie Interiors

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