A Sophisticated Garden Wedding in Oklahoma

During their planning, Katty and Chris knew that the focus of their garden wedding in Oklahoma would be the experience of their guests. With a guest list of over 400 people and a bridal party of 34, it’s easy to imagine that any sense of personality or intimacy would be overlooked, but this was far from the case for their wedding. Katty hired creative director Ginny Au to create a day that allowed the newlyweds to celebrate in sophisticated style, at the same time as creating a welcoming atmosphere.

Despite the extensive guest list, the reception managed to feel intimate, with no detail overlooked. An inspiring space was designed, incorporating textured linen, plenty of candlelight, and fresh fruit mixed into the tablescapes…and, individual buttercream frosted cakes for each guest’s  dessert.

The palette of Katty’s bouquet alone is just breathtaking: summery hues of pink, peach, and coral added to rich foliage and pale blue silk ribbon brings such a sense of life and vibrancy.

Locations: [ceremony] Holy Family Cathedral; [reception] Philbrook Museum of Art |Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au | Catering: Palace Café | Flowers: Sarah Winward | Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Filmmaking: Joel Serrato | Officiant: Father Rick Stansberry with Christ the King Catholic Church | Stationery and Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design | Cakes: Amy Cakes | Music: [ceremony and cocktail hour] Brava Quartette; [reception] Haute Chile Productions | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen RentalParty Pro RentsTLC Rents | Bride’s Dress: Elie by Elie Saab | Bride’s Accessories: [veil] Monvieve from Ivory & White Bridal Boutique; [shoes] Jimmy Choo shoes | Hair: Candice Davis of Sterling Salon | Makeup: Amy Clarke | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids | Matron of Honor’s Dress: Anna Sui | Bridesmaids’ Earrings: Lulu Frost | Groom’s Tuxedo: Armani Collezioni | Groom’s Accessories: [bow tie] Tom Ford; [slippers] New & Lingwood | Menswear: The Black Tux | Transportation: Exquisite ValetKristal Limousine | Ribbons: Froufrou Chic

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03.22.16 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Chic Dinner Party Destination Wedding in Italy

The couple were living in London while planning their wedding, so Italy was the obvious choice for their intimate destination wedding. After a search of several months for the perfect venue, the bride found this renovated, 200-year old farm house where they could host the wedding and have all their guests staying nearby. The groom’s family loves to host beautiful meals to celebrate special occasions, and the couple knew that they wanted their wedding day to fall in line with that tradition: “Our aim was for the wedding day to feel more like a fabulous dinner party, rather than a wedding. We were very conscious not to have it evolve into something larger than we had originally wanted, so we kept it to 30ish people.”

The rural location provided many opportunities for guests to explore areas not familiar to tourists, enjoying local produce, truffle hunting, and frequenting tiny restaurants. On the wedding day, guests were able to enjoy “dinner-as-theatre,” as the bride describes it: the venue’s open kitchen allowed guests to view and smell their dishes being prepared.

Working with Ginny Au and Lesley Lau meant the bride didn’t need to worry about any of the logistical or aesthetic details. In keeping with the venue’s minimalist renovation, the event designers helped the couple to achieve that “fabulous dinner party” atmosphere, while bringing in chic design elements that would be expected at a wedding. Thick, textured paper with striking black calligraphy, simple olive branch arrangements and installations, and gauzy table linens elevated the aesthetic from the ordinary dinner to one that won’t soon be forgotten.

Creative Direction: Ginny Au + Lesley Lau | Styling: Lesley Lau | Venue: Casa Olivi | Photography: James Bennett | Hair & Makeup: Amy Clark | Catering: Le Case

03.21.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Design Your Own Wedding Gown with Karen Willis Holmes

We have long been fans of Karen Willis Holmes, designer of gorgeous wedding gowns suited especially for brides with a modern, sophisticated sense of style. And today, we’ve fallen even more in love with them. Why? Because they have just launched their first-ever Design Your Gown collection.

Here’s how it works: you can choose from 9 bodice options and 9 skirt options, mixing and matching to create EXACTLY the look that you want. With nearly 100 different combinations, brides are truly spoiled for choice. From strapless, boat neckline and v-necklines, to fitted, full and flirty skirts wedding dress shopping just got a whole lot more fun.

Pieces can be kept separate or sewn together as a finished wedding gown. The collection is made to order (to standard sizes) in their workroom in Sydney, Australia. Selected pieces are in each of their boutiques, so contact info@karenwillisholmes.com to ask about your favorite combinations.

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03.21.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Plan Your Wedding on a Budget with Wedding Tasker


Selecting your wedding vendors can be a very difficult process. With so many talented wedding professionals accessible to brides today, the task of narrowing down who you can afford and who you connect with is more difficult and time-consuming than ever.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to find the wedding professionals who suit your needs, right away? That’s exactly what Wedding Tasker does. They like to call themselves a bride’s “partner in wedding planning” – and for good reason. Their goal is to make it easier than ever for stressed-out brides to plan their weddings on a budget.

How? With just 3 simple steps, Wedding Tasker tailors your wedding needs and wants to the right selection of potential wedding vendors. You’ll receive personalized quotes free of charge, so you can compare to find the best wedding professional for you! It’s simple to get started, easy to choose the vendors who are the right fit for you, and it’s easy on your schedule. Planning with Wedding Tasker allows you to receive the info you need without requiring you to spend all your time planning.

Wedding Tasker provides referrals for wedding vendors in 15 different categories across the US. Their site allows brides to hear directly from wedding vendors who are interested in working with you, and you can evaluate their proposals for you based off budget, portfolio, reviews and ratings, and their profile on Wedding Tasker.

All you have to do to get started is sign up on their site – even better, there is no cost for you!

GIVEAWAY: Comment on our Facebook post by telling Wedding Tasker what the most difficult planning task has been so far, for your chance to win a $100 Visa gift card from Wedding Tasker.

03.19.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog