Little Palm Island Resort

I recently visited Little Palm Island to shoot the Plum Pretty Sugar look book, and am so excited to share more with you about this amazing island resort.

This sweet little island, discreetly tucked into the Florida Keys coastline and only accessible by boat or sea-plane, is one of the most romantic spots I’ve ever been to. It is intimate and private, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring. Our favorite activities were paddle boarding around the island, seeing the native deer up-close (we had a few run-ins with them, and they are the sweetest little creatures!), sunset dinners by the beach, and waking up every morning to shower outdoors, in our private outdoor shower. With a pool, beaches, and the best resort food I’ve ever tasted (with a killer signature cocktail, the Gumby Slumber!), Little Palm Island has become our new favorite destination for honeymooners or those seeking a romantic getaway alike.

Photography: Jesse Chamberlin Jesh de Rox | Location: Little Palm Island | Creative Direction + Styling: Joy Thigpen | Creative Direction + Scouting: Emily Newman | Model: Elite Miami Models

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09.23.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Classic Wedding Fashion Inspiration

We know our Southern brides (and gals with classic taste all over!) will love this fashion editorial from photographer Lucy Cuneo. We simply cannot get enough of this amazing Monique Lhuillier gown and appliquéd jacket; they are the perfect choices for a bride searching for an updated classic. Pair it with an elegant updo and drop earrings to up the romance factor.

More from the photographer, Lucy Cuneo: 
“A stunning gown from Monique Lhuillier provided the inspiration for this classic yet fun shoot at Charleston’s Middleton Plantation. The full toile skirt is a nod to the tradition and history that abounds in the historic formal gardens; the embroidered lace overlay is a layer of modern fun detailing that mirrors the youthfulness and playful energy of our young couple. In-season azaleas provide the color and ancient live oaks the framing to a shoot that matches the best of today with iconic elements made more beautiful by the passage of time.”

Venue: Middleton Place | Photography: Lucy Cuneo Photography | Florals: Stephanie Gibbs | Hair & Makeup: Team Hair and Makeup | Extensions: Team Bridal Extensions | Gown:  Monique Lhuillier from Carine’s Bridal | Ring: Croghan’s Jewel Box Tux: The Black Tux | Children’s Outfits: J.Crew | Models: The Block Agency

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09.22.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Simplistic Farm Wedding

Planning a wedding at your home could fill even the most organized couple full of stress and anxiety. That’s why we love the sentiment behind Maggie and Jake’s wedding celebration, set at the bride’s family farm: behind every decision was the ultimate goal to ensure that their guests were able to look around themselves, and appreciate the simple, overwhelming beauty of creation. And though the details weren’t of high importance to them, everything from the bride’s amazing custom dress to the simple tablescapes and organic florals were all, in a word, beautiful.

Reflections from the bride on her wedding day:

“The first question everyone always asked after they found out Jake and I became engaged was whether or not we were going to have the wedding on my family’s farm (which inevitably operates as an actual wedding venue). I always said yes, it was never really a question to me. However, growing up I never imagined myself getting married in my own backyard & to be honest I don’t even think I really gave much thought to my own wedding until we started working in the wedding industry.

When it finally came time to sit down and sift through all of the wedding day details I didn’t want to simply make decisions because it would follow the traditional pattern of a wedding or make something “look” beautiful. I wanted everything to have more meaning and depth to it than that; I wanted the wedding to “feel” beautiful because of the intention behind the details. I remember sitting down with Abany one day and explaining that when I envisioned the wedding, I wanted our guests to see creation in its simplest form. I am a firm believer that less is more in so many aspects and I wanted our guests be able to look around and appreciate the true and simple beauty that comes as a gift to us everyday, unfiltered and untouched.

I wanted the guests to see the natural beauty that I bear witness to everyday on the farm; the varying colors of green in an open field, the vast tree line above, the way the light trickles through the pathways, the sweetness of gathered loved ones. I wanted guests to see the wonderful and beautiful gift of creation.”


Venue : Morning Glory Farm | Photography : Rylee Hitchner | Styling/Flowers/Planning : Abany Bauer | Gown : Custom Design by Ship to Shore | Hair & Makeup : Lula Hair & Makeup | Catering : Best Impressions | Paper & Calligraphy : Brown Linen Design | Rentals : Hey Love Rentals | Music : Dreamtones & Aaron Robertson | Videography : Caravan Cinema Co.Coletta Films | Linens : LaTavola

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09.21.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win $500 From Colby June

A bride’s search for the perfect gifts for her bridesmaids can be difficult to say the least. With everything from monogrammed clutches to wedding-related bridesmaid kits and everything in between, it’s safe to say that one thing your friends will always appreciate is a gorgeous piece of jewelry that suits their personal style. We’re excited to introduce you to Colby June today, and show off some of our favorite pieces!

For all their love and support along the way, your bridesmaids deserve a gift that shows your appreciation. Colby June offers a range of wedding collections that allows you to choose the perfect piece for any style, whether your gals love something more classic, bohemian, or nature-inspired. We love this solid bronze, coral-imprinted cuff — it’s perfect for your friend with a contemporary aesthetic!

Colby June is based in Aspen, Colorado, and handcrafts all of their pieces from sterling silver, 14K gold, and bronze with precious and semi-precious stones. To win a $500 gift card from Colby June, you can either enter by commenting below about what you love about their jewelry; or enter by heading over to our Instagram page! (Giveaway ends October 3rd, 2015!)

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09.21.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog