Colorful San Ysidro Ranch Rehearsal Dinner

I am so excited to be sharing Sarah and Ian’s gorgeous wedding over the next two days on Once Wed. The amazing ladies over at Bash, Please pulled together an incredible team for their rehearsal dinner and wedding at San Ysidro Ranch. I just love a couple who embraces color at their wedding.

Photographer: Tec Petaja | Venue / Catering / Bar: Hydrangea Cottage at San Ysidro Ranch | Event Design & Coordination: Bash, Please | Florals: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Band: Mariachi Bandido  | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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01.27.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

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.

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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