Equestrian Inspired Rustic Engagement

We end this week of beauty on Once Wed with a GORGEOUS engagement session from KT Merry. Inspired by the lovely setting of Joshua Tree Stables, Beauty in the Making created the most lovely rustic inspired florals for this lovely bride and her handsome groom.

Photography: KT Merry Photography // Location: Joshua Tree Stables //Wardrobe, Makeup and Hair by Jenna D of Hot Pink Style // Florist: Beauty in the Making // Clothing Provided by Bloomingdales Boca RatonUnique Bridal, and RVCA

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03.01.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

The New French Twist Wedding Hairstyles Tutorial


I think we’re beginning to see wedding hair trend away from down and wavy to more casual updos like this beautiful french twist from Martha Stewart Weddings. We created a little graphic highlighting all the steps, but for more detailed instructions check out the full tutorial from Martha Stewart Weddings.

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02.28.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Romantic White Wedding in Napa

It’s always a good day when I receive a submission from the brilliant, Jose Villa. If you’ve been reading wedding blogs for a while, you’ll be able to spot his work the instant you see it. His images are filled with the most beautiful light, and his composition is exquisitely timeless. I could scroll through Chris and Jenet’s wedding for hours. So much beauty and inspiration. More from their wonderful planner, Laurie Arons

Chris Jenet’s early May wedding was a celebration of springtime beauty, driven by the bride’s impeccable taste and vision for a romantic yet chic wedding. The couple chose Napa hotel Carneros Inn for its clean white lines and fresh California style. Jenet wanted the beautiful romantic florals to compliment this fresh feeling, so we designed the wedding in mostly white with accents of light grays and taupes.

The ceremony took place in the resort’s Apple Orchard, overlooking the early budding vines. A chuppah constructed of natural linen and the charming garden chairs were adorned with beautiful white locally-grown clematis.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner at Carneros Inn’s Hilltop patio and dining room.

A special surprise followed dinner when videographer Cana Family played a beautifully edited video of the wedding ceremony and reception thus far. Family and friends were teary-eyed as they watched the joy of the day played back before them.

As dancing to DJ Chris Huvane kicked into gear, a fun candy bar by PS Paper provided a little taste of something sweet…until the stunning cake by Perfect Endings was cut that is. The beautifully sculpted fondant honored the lace Jenet’s Monique Lhulilier gown.

Photography: Jose Villa  // Venue/Catering: Carneros Inn // Planning/Design: Laurie Arons Special Events // Videography: Cana Family // Florals: Kathleen Deery Design // Printed Materials: PS Paper // Calligraphy: Mara Zepada of Neither Snow // Ceremony Music: KLC Music, string quintet // Dinner Music: The Leftover Cuties // DJ: Chris Huvane // Bride’s Gown: Monique Lhuillier // Hair: Danny Rishoff // Make-up: Barbara Guillaume // Cocktail and dinner music: Leftover Cuties // Cake: Perfect Endings // Lighting: Illusions Lighting

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02.26.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Deposit A Gift

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So, the time has come to create a wedding registry, eh? But, you hesitate; you already have the dual cappuccino maker and coffee pot, the set of mixing bowls, and plenty of towels in your bathroom. Plus, you’re moving! You’d really like to register to decorate your new home or go on a honeymoon instead of more items you don’t really need. Poof! Enter your wedding fairy godmother, Deposit a Gift.

Deposit a Gift grants you the wish of registry flexibility. They offer whatever your little heart desires- providing you the tools to build a unique registry (and free wedding website if you need it!) For example, that honeymoon you want to take? Covered. The décor for your new home? Covered. Saving for a new car? You got it. Frankly, a registry like this is much more endearing than any other because it’s personal: Deposit a Gift lets you share your story with guests so they can contribute to something extra-special that you’ll remember forever. Simply share your story with guests, create a a gift list of what you would like money towards, then sit back, relax and watch your account grow!

It’s that simple, no really, it is. And if you are having difficulty, just ask one of their awesome customer service reps — email response time is practically instantaneous and they’ve got a phone number for you and guests if you prefer a live chat or phone order.

To setup, visit Deposit a Gift’s website and create your free registry wish list for friends and family to contribute monetary gifts.

In a hurry? No problem, DAG offers rapid registries. What are these you might ask? Rapid Registries, are pre-made registries organized by theme so you can setup with just a click. And with their pre-written registry notes offering wording suggestions, you’ll be able to communicate your wishes easily, in an etiquette-friendly way! Deposit a Gift is also internationally friendly for those couples who are having a destination wedding or perhaps have worldwide friends-saving your guests from expensive shipping on gifts that could be damaged in the process, or cause you unnecessary stress having to schlep them to and fro. There’s also the added benefit of security. Keep your peace of mind knowing that your registry items are secure and not lost or misplaced in an envelope somewhere. Weddings are about the bigger picture, the two of you in that moment. With that in mind, Deposit a Gift offers a discreet URL that is not all about the gifts. Making it easy to share with your family and friends on any of your wedding suite items. Let’s face it, there’s unlimited potential here for you to achieve your wedding registry dreams. Head on over to Deposit a Gift and get to registering! And if you don’t want to take it from us, just read their reviews.

Photography by Rylee Hitchner

02.26.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog