Elegant Berry Toned Real Wedding

We’re thrilled to share this elegant, berry-toned wedding with you today. Sloane and Idan obviously have exquisite taste, and this led them to create a beautiful, intimate wedding celebration that really told their story: their Jewish heritage was tied throughout, their chuppah was created from Sloane’s mother and grandmother’s wedding dresses, and more. And we can’t get enough of the sweet little berry touches incorporated throughout the florals!

More from the bride, Sloane:
“More than anything, Idan and I looked to have an intimate wedding celebration that told our story in every detail. We live in NYC, grew up in California and his family lives abroad, so after a worldwide search of venues, we decided to celebrate just north of Santa Barbara in the beautiful golden hills of Santa Ynez Valley. Lavender Oak is a private ranch just beginning to produce extraordinary wines, which we had the chance to taste on numerous occasions through the planning process. Everything about the venue was not only stunning, but truly felt like home to us and will always be a special place to return to. 

The entire wedding was magical. Idan’s groomsmen arrived wearing socks of their favorite sports teams, which he had sent to them as gifts when asking them to be part of our special day. The girls and I were treated by incredible florals that were even more beautiful than I could have imagined, filled with fresh berries, kale and artichokes. As a nod to Jewish culture, our invitation suite incorporated pomegranates and olive leaves, both of which are symbolic. My best friend’s mom is a children’s illustrator, and she worked extremely hard to create such beautiful paper details for us. Our chuppah was hand-sewn from my grandmother and mother’s wedding dresses, and our florist, Jill, produced a beautiful tapestry explaining its rich history. Every detail of our day was special and unique to us. 

The greatest piece of advice we were given was to take in each and every moment, so after the ceremony, Idan and I went inside and spent a few minutes together looking out on the reception area: all of the most important people in our lives were together in one place, smiling and laughing. A moment I will never forget.”
Photography: Christine Doneé | Floral Design: Forage Florals | Venue: Lavender Oak Vineyard | Planner: Diane Hamilton | Hair/Makeup: Rachel Ricotton of Studio C Salon | Catering: New West | Ketubah: Edeet Bergman | Dress: Catherine Deane from BHLDN | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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10.20.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Organic Inspired Wedding at Historic Building

With a gorgeous venue secured, the rest of Tina and Andrew’s wedding planning fell into place. If there was ever a question of whether or not something would work, they simply focused in on the most important things: the beautiful home-turned-restaurant they would be wed at, and the amazing food they wanted to serve their guests. They drew inspiration from the character of the building, creating an organic-inspired reception design with plenty of flowering jasmine and flowing foliages.

Read on for more from the bride: 
“Andrew and I met at his brother’s wedding where we were coincidentally the only two single people. Soon after, we began a long-distance relationship that spanned from the east to the west coast of Canada. Six years and two cross-country moves later, we were married on a warm day in early May in Seattle, Washington.

Although neither of us have ties to Washington, we immediately knew that we would get married there the moment we visited The Corson Building in Seattle. It was our first and only choice. It created the perfect ambiance and backdrop for our wedding; a historic home turned restaurant that at its core celebrates family and community in presenting a unique and memorable meal. We are both passionate cooks who enjoy preparing and sharing meals with our friends, so we wanted to create an intimate dinner party with a menu that reflected our love for thoughtfully prepared food with seasonal ingredients. To personalize it somewhat, during cocktails we served an aged prosciutto that Andrew and his best man had made, and for dessert we served my salted honey lavender pies. 

For the decor we drew inspiration from the Corson’s old world character – stone interiors, wrought iron gates, dark wooden tables, vine covered brick walls and verdant gardens. To complement its earthy feel we filled the space with simple trailing arrangements of flowering jasmine and foraged greens, and aimed for timeless details by adding textured fabric, vintage velvet, hints of metal and hand written touches.  

The event was a true collaboration, where many of our guests contributed their time and talents, adding their personal touches throughout the venue. This was so appreciated because it was important to us that our wedding day was not only a celebration of our relationship, but also a reflection of the love and support of the family members and friends who got us to where we are.”

Venue: The Corson Building | Photography: The Weaver House | Floral design: Bride and Bridesmaids | Wedding dress: Shop Gossamer | Bridesmaids’ dresses: BHLDN | Groom’s attire: Tiger of Sweden | Dessert: Bride’s pie company Tarte Populaire | Rings: Groom’s grandmother’s | Printed suite: Bride

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10.19.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Important wedding details not to overlook

DetailsNotOverlook_TitleGraphic_V4When it comes to wedding planning we all pay attention to the big details and decisions like the venue, food, floor plans, music and flowers. But what about all of the finer details?

When you are pinning images to your Pinterest board, ask yourself what it is about the image that you like? Most often you will find it is the beautiful, more intricate details that are drawing you in, like the flowing silk ribbon on the bridal bouquet, the carefully folded napkin and sprig of herb at the place setting, the flicker of candles on the table, the sweet accents on the bride and groom’s chairs.

We asked Event Designer and Planner Molly McKinley to turn her sharp eye to the top wedding details every bride should pay attention to.

Invitation Styling
Make sure to bring your invitation suite with you for your photographer to take a picture of, along with any sentimental elements they can style it alongside (like your grandmother’s locket). Request that your florist bring extra ribbon and a few blooms for your photographer to play with.
Jewelry and Accessories
Create time to focus on your accessories. If you’re lacking on time, hire a stylist to hone in on your vision and make it happen.
Wedding Day Hangers
Your wedding day dress hangers don’t have to have your names wired on them, but they should at least be a simple wooden design that doesn’t take away from your gown or your bridesmaids.
The Groom
Don’t let your groom rent. This should be his best looking day, too, not just yours. He needs to find a tux or suit that is his to keep – one that fits him perfectly and makes him feel top notch!
Floral Details
Talk through the finer details with your florist, like what your bouquets and bouts will be wrapped with (and how). Do you want long ribbons? Shiny or matte? Silk or organza? Unless it is specified, these details might not come out just like you’ve imagined.
A planner (or sometimes your florist) can help you pick out linens that will completely elevate the look of your event. We usually try to stay neutral color-wise, and bring in textures appropriate for the season. If you’re looking for a pop of color, why not add that in in the flowers or the napkins?
Why pay $5,000 for flowers if you can barely notice them? If your guests are having to pull out their iphones to light the way at times, it also becomes a safety issue. Always ask about the lighting situation at your venue prior to booking, so you’re at least aware of it. Uplighting, pin lighting, or twinkling lights overhead can completely change the look and feel of your event.
Place setting
Even the napkin fold can completely change the look and feel of your table. We try to schedule a meeting around putting together the perfect place setting for your big day so we can think through all of the elements and logistics of how the food is being served. Renting chargers, a newer style of silverware, stunning glassware, etc can bump up your bill a bit. If you can’t afford it for each of your place settings, you could focus these special details on your head table for a fraction of the cost.
I know it seems like a small detail, but choosing votive containers that carry out your overall look is important. Your florist likely has several beautiful options – you just have to ask. They can really add a lot of personality to your wedding.
Chairs are some of the most prevalent elements of your event. I would rather have a bride who puts her money towards nice chairs then use that money for giant floral centerpieces. It makes a big difference. Bad chairs can cheapen the look of your ceremony or reception. Also don’t forget to plan something special for your bride and groom chairs. It’s a fun moment to sit in those together, once you’re finally man and wife!
Table Numbers and Menus
Your day-of wedding paper should flow with your invitation suite or complement your centerpieces. Think through your flowers and their height and the containers used. How can you bring a table number into the mix that stands out without it taking away from the overall look? How are you going to alert your guests of the menu for the evening? Will it be a part of your table setting? Are you having easels with painted menus at each station? Or something unique? Think through the look you like and talk to your planner about something that makes sense logistically and stylistically.

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10.16.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

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10.15.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas