A Classic Love Story

Wedding themes can be tricky, but one “theme” that will never go out of style is that of a classic love story. We love the inspirational elements in this editorial shoot and are excited to share more of the ideas behind them with you, from the charming outdoor venue with gorgeous gardens (always one of our favorites!), to the intimate dinner setting, to those amazing florals. Read on for more!

From the Vendor Team:
“From the moment we stumbled upon Tudor Place, we were enamored with its beauty and inspired by its charm. The hustle and bustle of being in the heart of Washington, DC disappeared once we stepped beyond the property gates. With its impressive architecture and lush gardens, we found ourselves daydreaming of a classic love story which would become the inspiration for our editorial shoot.

Our vision was to embrace the residential and luxurious feel of the property. A tucked away garden was the perfect location for the intimate celebration. We set the dining table with pieces that could be found within the home; a textured raw silk linen, family heirloom china, antique silver and fine crystal. These elements were balanced with lush and organic florals in soft yellows and creams. We incorporated delicate blue accents, through the place settings and timeless stationery, to compliment this palette.

The bride’s styling was effortless and sophisticated. Her understated hair and makeup looked stunning in the soft and natural afternoon light and her Zuhair Murad gown played off of the textures throughout the gardens. All of the elements blended so naturally and set the tone for a classically beautiful affair. “

Venue: Tudor Place  | Photography: Jose Villa | Styling & Design: Simply Chic Events  | Florals & Decor: Beehive Events | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Hair & Makeup: KPN Hair and Makeup | Mira Zwillinger and Zuhair Murad Gowns: Carine’s Bridal Atelier | Silver Dress: Carol Hannah | Calligraphy & Custom Stationery: Antiquaria |Printing of Stationery: Haute Papier | China: Herend, USA |Stemware: Moser, USA | Model: T-H-E Artist Agency

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03.23.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

A Beautiful Bridal Experience: Garnish Boutique

Searching for your bridal gown can be either enjoyable and simple, or terribly difficult. Thanks to reality TV, we all know that there are many factors which affect how your shopping experience will be, and today we’re excited to introduce you to one boutique that has become a destination for all East coast brides: Garnish Boutique.

Located in Baltimore, Garnish is widely recognized for its elegant, intimate atmosphere and dedicated shopping experience. Since their recent renovation and expansion, the boutique is a must-do for every bride on the East coast. With a long list of exclusive sought-after designer labels, and Garnish’s intimate and inviting approach to the bridal shopping experience, brides (and their moms and best gals!) will find that the dress search doesn’t need to be stressful, difficult, or painstaking.

So what is it that sets Garnish apart from every other bridal salon? First, their stunning interior makes you feel like a million bucks. What bride wants to feel like she’s trying on the most important dress of her life in a dimly-lit closet? Thanks to a luxe, inspiring interior with plenty of natural light, brides can really see the true color and lustre of bridal fabrics. Next, the curated selection of designers exclusive to Garnish is amazing (we’re talking about some of our favorite designers: Amsale, Amy Kuschel, Catherine Deane, Christos, Hayley Paige, Leanne Marshall, Liancarlo, Nicole Miller, and Romona Kevezaas well as bridal accessory designer Twigs & Honey), and each gown is hand-selected to ensure that every stylish bride can find what she’s looking for, whether her wedding is indoor or outdoor, boho or classic. And last, but certainly not least, we introduce you to the Garnish Girls: highly-skilled and educated consultants who are eager to get to know a bride’s likes and dislikes and how she wants her wedding day to be, to best help every girl who walks through their doors.

Garnish Boutique believes that searching for your wedding dress is a process, and should be one that is both memorable and  fun as well as educational. Now, go make your appointment!

Design: Stephanie Gamble Interiors | Photography: Krista A Jones | Flowers: Petal and Print

 

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03.23.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Outdoor Anniversary Photos

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: amazing photography shouldn’t just be reserved for the wedding day. We love that Andrea and Mamadou wanted to celebrate their wedding anniversary with a beautiful photo session. When you’re planning your photo session, we encourage you to find as beautiful of a location as this one — an overgrown landscape, a trickling creek, a moss-covered tree…and this lucky couple had it all in one! Check out some of our favorite outdoor anniversary and engagement sessions here, here, and here!

Photography: Austin Gros

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03.20.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Elegant Fall Wedding in Chicago

There’s nothing quite like an elegant fall wedding, and Sarah and Finn’s day was as gorgeous as they come! From the bride’s sleek dress, custom-made for her Juan Carlos Obando, to the minimalist table decor, the couple wanted to keep things simple and heartfelt. Read on for more from the bride!

From the bride:
“We wanted the day to be simple, heartfelt, and feel a bit rustic but yet elegant. The tables were laid with garlands made from olive branches and eucalyptus, which a crew of family members assembled the day before the wedding. We wanted the food to be simple and tasteful, to contrast with the most important part of the night to me: the dance party. The venue (in the Chicago Park District) had a checkered marble floor, and its high ceilings provided excellent acoustics. We also have some wildly talented friends, so the music and the dancing was definitely a highlight.
 
One of the most important aspects of a wedding, to me, is the pictures that will make the day live forever. A photographer who can capture the spirit of the day is a rare and special find, and we definitely found him in TIm Coulson. Tim has a way of finding the purest moments of love in the most unexpected moments. He was right next to me whenever I needed him, but then for much of the night he was invisible, just part of the environment. Weeks later, after the excitement of the wedding had died down and I had a little “post wedding blues,” we saw the photos and the spirit of the day came rushing back to us. He was without a doubt the best decision we made for this day.
 
We had grand dreams to drive away in a fancy getaway car, but ended up driving away in my parents Subaru, which was actually the most poignant thing we could do – that car has literally driven us across the country twice and is still kicking. It took us back to our hotel, ending the most amazing journey of all.”

 

Photos: Tim Coulson | Dress: Custom Juan Carlos Obando | Veil / hair piece: Juan Carlos Obando | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Flowers: Dilly Lilly | Rings: Jacob Estate Jewelery  | Jewelery: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids dresses: Their Own | Grooms Tux / Shirt: Calvin Klein | Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen suits / shirts: Their Own | Bow ties / ties: Their Own | Ceremony venue: Columbus Park Refectory | Reception venue: Columbus Park Refectory | Catering: Berghoff Catering | Cake: Berghoff Catering | Stationery designer : Cindy Kim | Hair: Irene Jones of Restoration Salon | Music: Devin McNichol | Celebrant : Kara Wagner Sherer | Day of Planner- Tiffany Razo

 

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03.19.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog