Karen Willis Holmes New York Boutique Opening

KAREN WILLIS HOLMES is very proud to announce the February 2014 opening of their Flagship New York Boutique in Soho.

Renowned Australian bridal designer Karen Willis Holmes is widely acclaimed in the fashion marketplace for offering trend conscious women their perfect wedding gown.

Karen began creating Couture pieces for her clients in 2000.  Following the success of the Couture label, Karen branched out in 2004 to design the Bespoke Bridal Collection.  This collection resonates with clients who require a wedding gown with hand crafted couture quality, fit and sophistication, but with the price and ease of a ready to wear wedding dress.

In 2012, Karen responded to increasing demand for off the rack gowns, by designing her Ready to Wear Collection – KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.  Focusing on exceptional fit and centered on embellished and embroidered details, the designs compliment the Bespoke Collection and offer brides a glamorous wedding day look.

Both the Bespoke Collection and KWH Collection  are available in her stores now, including one in New York, and at her national and international stockists.

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES brand has established a reputation for constantly exceeding customers’ expectations, both with the product and the service provided.  Karen’s collections reflect her lifelong love of fashion, and unfaltering demand of attention to detail and exceptional fit.  Her gowns celebrate the spirit of today’s modern bride, who is both stylish and sophisticated – all with a Karen Willis Holmes twist. See more of her beautiful gowns here.

All inquiries can be directed to newyork@karenwillishomes.com.

01.27.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Ojai Resort Wedding with Erich Mcvey

The bride and groom shared a special day bonding their love in marriage with friends and family in the organic and nurturing Herb Garden of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Surrounded by the smells of lavender in an intimate circular ceremony they requested their guests help to officiate their ceremony. Stories of uniting, falling in love and becoming a family were spoken by family members and friends. Alyssa gifted each of her soul maids a bride’s prayer before the ceremony. As the sun set into the Topa Topa mountains guests enjoyed dinner and dancing under an open air tent featuring cooling colors of whites, creams, pale pinks and blushes. The honoring and respecting of friendships and relationships was present on all their guests hearts

The bride is selling her beautiful dress on Once Wed. Check out the listing right here!

Photographer: Erich McVey | Ceremony & Reception Location: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Wedding Coordinator: Sonia Hopkins of XOXO Bride | Draping: BAM specialty Draping| Florist: Flower Wild | Hair & Makeup: Ricardo | Music: ETC Productions | Rentals: Town & Country | Videography: Still Motion | Lighting: Images by Lighting | Bride’s Dress: Inbal Dror – see the listing here | Shoes: Valentino  | Groom Suit: Zenga | Linens: La Tavola

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01.21.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Clare Day Flowers

Clare Day Flowers is floral and event design studio in Victoria BC, Canada providing custom designs for weddings and events.

Clare is a second generation floral designer who brings a lush, organic aesthetic to her designs. Growing up in rural British Columbia, she spent countless hours in her parents garden and the surrounding forest and fell in love with the beauty of nature. Now she spends her time curating and celebrating this beauty through her designs.

Her home and studio is Red Damsel Farm. Named after the native western red damsel dragonfly, Red Damsel Farm is host to four local produce and flower farmers. Together, they grow some of the most sought-after wedding flowers including peonies, dahlias, clematis and other vines and fragrant herbs. In addition to her own flowers, wherever possible Clare sources materials from surrounding gardens.

Like her designs, Clare came to working with flowers organically. After more than a decade in planning, sustainability and business development, her move to the farm in 2007 prompted her to plant some flowers to support native pollinators like the bees and dragon flies. One thing led to another and in 2011 Clare Day Flowers was born.

In 2014 (April 9-13), Clare is leading a flower tour to New York with Susan Ramsey, featuring Ariella Chezar and Emily Thompson. All details can he found here.

Rentals – Black and White Party Rentals  | Venue: Villa Marco Polo Inn  | Photography: Ameris Photography  | Event Planner: Smart Events | Flowers: Clare Day Flowers | Makeup Artist: M Melanie Baird | Hair: Conscious Hair by Elena | Catering: Truffles Catering | Wedding Dress: The White Peony | Groom Suit: Outlooks for Men | Bride Shoes: She She Shoes | Wedding Invitations: Laura Lavender Calligraphy & Illustration

01.18.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Barcelona Destination Castle Wedding II

When the day finally arrived, I felt like I was floating softly through the best dream that had ever been had: from arriving with my father to the castle to the glimmering farewell of petals and sea of candles at our exit.

During the aperitivo, we sipped cava, ate freshly cut jamon and innovative Spanish cuisine as the golden sun faded. At twilight, we moved up under the canopy of trees to dine at long tables lined with simple garland of olive branches. My cousin serenaded us with an opera song that could not have started the night off on a better note. At the end of our meal, guests leisurely enjoyed cigars, customary in Spain at weddings, and the glowing lawn below before breaking out into dancing until dawn. We are extremely blessed to have had such a special night, sharing our love with our friends and family, and we are grateful to have had Bryce so exquisitely capture our memories that we will cherish forever.

The planning, styling and execution were flawless and I cannot stress enough how important it was to work with great people who understand and shared my vision and are willing to go above and beyond to produce a beautiful event. That night they pulled an all-nighter, arriving at 8 am to their hotels, after an already long week in Barcelona preparing for our engagement shoot, boudoir session, welcome dinner, and finally the wedding. They are superstars and I cannot sing their praises enough. Many thanks to all of the great people who worked so hard during the year and throughout the weekend in Spain to make it so memorable!

Styling, planning, & production: Joy Thigpen Environments | Photography: Bryce Covey | Custom Bridal Dress, Veil, & Headpiece: Cheryl Taylor | Second Dress: Antonio Berardi via theOutnet | Custom Earrings and Ring: Shahrzad Vasseghi of Royal Designs Atlanta Shoes: Valentino via Net-a-Porter & Zara Groom’s Attire: Carolina Herrera Floral Design: Joy Thigpen Environments  with assistance by Kelly Lenard of Intertwine Style Floral Studio Rental: Covadonga de Eguilior Venue Coordinator: Samantha Hellsman | Photobooth: Fotomaton Barcelona  | Videography: Marc Galver of Frame Crew | Vintage Car: Grupo Limousines | Buses for guest transport: Dachs Limousines | Spanish trio of guitars: Javier Van Velthoven Sound, DJ, Pianist and lighting: Frank Poole Producciones | Table & furniture rental: Nuovi Piatti Other rentals: Luz de Ohcan | Catering: Hotel des Arts Arola Restaurant Cake & Sweets: Think Sweets Hair & Makeup: Salon Bigudi | Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic Custom Illustrations & crest: Happy Menocal | Invitation design & printing: Alee & Press | Day of Calligraphy: Antiquaria | Invitation Calligraphy: Danica Cindell of BP Invites & Calligraphy

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01.16.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog