Effortless Destination Wedding in Greece

Charlene and Gabriel, a couple from France, chose a destination wedding on the amazing Greek island of Paros. Just off the coast from Athens and the island of Santorini, this gem has maintained the essence and natural beauty that make it unique. The bride said, “We were so struck by the beauty of the island that we decided very quickly that we wanted to get married there!” We love the way they planned: working with a French wedding planner, they chose as many local wedding vendors as possible, and hosted their guests at a large villa in front of the Aegan Sea. A swimming pool to one side, the sea to another, and the stunning Greek sunset made for an amazing reception. And can we say, Charlene’s backless dress is completely gorgeous!

Looking for more destination wedding inspiration? Some of our favorite destination weddings have taken place in France, Bali, and Spain.

Photography : Yann Audic for Lifestories Wedding Photography | Dress: Pronovias | Shoes: Valentino | Groom’s Suit: De Fursac | Groom’s Shoes: Finsbury | Tie: Sandro | Cuff links: Lanvin | Shirt: Izac | Catering: Aliprantis Bakery | Wedding Planner: Mademoiselle Chahnez | Fleuriste: Dianthos

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01.21.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Elegant Winter Wedding in Texas

We love to hear the love stories of our couples, and Sara and Alex’s story is incredibly sweet: not only was he her first date, but that very first date was their last ever “first date.” These newlyweds have been together since high school, and so their wedding celebration felt a long time coming. They planned an elegant winter wedding in their home state of Texas, and though Texas may not be as “wintery” as many other places, we love the way they incorporated seasonal touches to their wedding: hot chocolate and marshmallows, handmade knitted shawls gifted to the bridesmaids, and a seasonal palette of whites, greens, and gold. Read on for more ideas and inspiration from the bride!

More from the bride:

“We got married on a chilly January afternoon on my family ranch in Navasota, Texas, surrounded by about eighty of our close family and friends. When we were beginning to plan, the season and location were very important to us to create a cozy and personal feel to the day. The ranch is really special for us, both as a place I grew up with and also as a little haven for us throughout our relationship.

We really wanted to achieve an intimate and relaxed environment for the day that embodied our personalities and story. We kept to a muted winter color palette, with lots of candles, rustic florals, and greenery foraged from the land.

Our friends and family warmed up with hot chocolate and homemade marshmallows prior to the ceremony, held in the ranch house living room. We had a tent reception to follow overlooking the lake, with dark and stormy cocktails, a family-style winter feast, and dessert served in cast iron skillets. Alex and I love to share food together, so having a great, communal meal was really important. The whole day was magical, with every detail customized for us to create the perfect environment to dedicate our lives to each other. I will never forget it.”

Sara & Alex’s Wedding in Super 8 | Texas from The McKellars on Vimeo.

Event Planning, Design, and Florals: The Nouveau Romantics | Photography: Jose Villa | Videography: The McKellars | Venue: Que Pasa Ranch | Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham | Calligraphy: Wayfarer’s Creative | Makeup: Nisa Nicole | Paper Goods: Hazel Wonderland | Cake: Coco Paloma | Catering: Spoon & Co

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01.20.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Booking Hotel Blocks the Easy Way

One of the most daunting tasks associated with wedding planning is reserving a hotel room block for your guests. It’s hard to know where to begin and how to get it done right, and chances are, you’ll have a LOT of other details on your mind. That’s why we’re excited to introduce you today to Jetaport! Jetaport is a streamlined solution for brides and grooms to quickly and easily book wedding room blocks for their guests

Jetaport’s seamless technology and expert service eliminate the extra work for brides, grooms and wedding planners alike. The days of following up on emails to hotel sales managers and playing phone tag are gone. Your time is better used on flower arrangements, cake tasting, and figuring your seating chart. Plus, Jetaport also saves your guests an average of 15% on their hotel rooms, and the service is entirely free for you to use! That’s a win-win in our book.

Whether your wedding is a city ceremony or a countryside escape, Jetaport’s network of over 200,000 hotels provides you with a broad spectrum of accommodations to choose from. Pick up to four of your preferred hotels and Jetaport sources the lowest group rates possible. Your dedicated Jetaport Travel Advisor will ensure that you get the best offers without the hassle of dealing with it yourself. Custom hotel offers are neatly displayed on your personal trip dashboard, making it easy to compare and review the rates and terms. All you have to do is accept the offer that works best for you, and you’re done. Time to share the good news with your wedding guests! Here’s a useful tip: Ask about shuttle service to and from the wedding venue as a courtesy for your guests. We don’t want them to be late!

Questions? Check out the FAQ’s about using Jetaport. Not sure what all this talk about a room block is really about? Wedding Blocks 101 will help with that!

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01.20.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

French-Inspired Fall Wedding Ideas

When many members of your groom’s family are from France, it’s inevitable that there will be some French influence in the design and planning of your wedding. Today’s sweet couple, Melanie and Will, did a beautiful job of incorporating French flair into their fall wedding in California.

Starting with a beautiful autumn palette of marsala, mauve, the tiniest hint of peach, and fresh greens and whites, the couple selected lush floral details and an amazing oversized farm table for their outdoor reception, and mixed in details like French literature and readings.

More from the bride:
“I was inspired by fall in wine country—pops of marsala and mauve mixed with flowing vines. My husband is part French, and most of his family flew over for our wedding—some visiting the States for the first time! I wanted a French flair for the design, the location, and, of course, the food. Barndiva couldn’t have been a better fit.  Our wedding was rustic, romantic and very French-inspired. My husband’s one must-have was to celebrate our marriage like the French, late through the night. Most spots in the area close at 11pm. Barndiva stays open until 2am—another win for our awesome venue find! Lukka at Barndiva not only helped us plan—he was also our officiant. We wanted my husband’s family to feel part of the ceremony, and Lukka made our wish come true. He spoke French beautifully, translating a few parts in his passage. He chose such heartfelt readings—I couldn’t have imagined a more touching ceremony.”

Photography: Christina McNeill | Venue: Barndiva | Floral Design: La Fleuriste | Dress: Olia Zavozina via Kinsley James Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Veil: Toni Federici | Lace Top: Olia Zavozina | Lariat Necklace: Renee Pawele | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell, Jenny Yoo | Suit, Tie, Shirt, Shoes: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup and Hair: Brush Salon

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01.19.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog