Intimate At-Home Engagement Photo Session

For many people, the idea of being photographed can be daunting, especially in the intimate way that goes hand in hand with the sentiment of weddings and engagements. That’s exactly how Leeor and Taylor felt, and given that their engagement photo session would take place in their own home, it felt increasingly intimate. We can’t emphasize enough that it’s so important to find a photographer who, not only do you love their work, but also connects with you and respects your needs. Share with them if you are nervous to be photographed, and a truly gracious artist will be able to find ways to around your nerves.

Read on for more from this bride and her thoughts on this topic:
“It was important for my husband and I to find a photographer who truly understood the influence of an environment, especially personal space. Meghan helps tell the story of a space and how we experience it. She captures the often-overlooked detail – a glance between us that managed to say everything – and frames it perfectly. She has an easy elegance about her and that quality transcends through her photographs. My husband and I are quite private and rarely intimate in front of others so the thought of having someone try to capture our feelings in an authentic way seemed daunting. After tirelessly stalking her on Instagram, we met and she had us at hello. She is an exceptionally kind human being and a pleasure to be around. To see the world through Meghan’s eyes for one day would be an absolute treat. Thankfully we have her photographs and can catch a glimpse everyday. Edgar Degas said “Art is not what you see but what you make others see” and that is true for Meghan.”



Photography: M.K. Sadler | Location: Couple’s home, a 1927 Spanish style courtyard complex designed by Arthur & Nina Zwebell | Blue printed dress: Marni | Black and White Dress: Dolce & Gabanna Spring/Summer 2015 | Long Black Dress: Vintage | White Shirt with cuffs: Vintage Bergdorf Goodman | Trousers: Tom Ford | Leeor’s Blue T-shirt: James Perse | Blue & White Striped Shirt: Turnbull & Asser | Jacket: Turnbull & Asser | Watch: Vacheron Constantin

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10.21.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Start Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding with Hyatt Zilara in Jamaica

We recently had the exciting opportunity to travel to Jamaica to learn more about destination weddings at the Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva, two incredible resorts that do a stunning job of elevating the experience for destination weddings. Both are all-inclusive resorts, with beautiful accommodations and amazing dining options. The Hyatt Zilara is an adult-only experience, while the Hyatt Ziva offers the fun and excitement that goes along with a traditional beach vacation for guests of all ages.

Much of the difficulty of planning a destination wedding is, of course, not knowing exactly what you’ll get. That’s why we love what the Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva have just added for their wedding couples: the Big Day Preview.* This enables the couple to enjoy a taste of their upcoming wedding, with a two night/three stay at either the Hyatt Zilara or the Hyatt Ziva for only $500. Best of all, if you chose that resort for your wedding, that $500 is applied to your wedding, so it will be an essentially free wedding planning trip! The all-inclusive visit includes scheduled time with the one of the resort’s professional wedding consultants to discuss and view all of the exclusive arrangements for the wedding, including a menu tasting. After all, seeing is believing!

Along with the Hyatt locations in Jamaica, the company also owns and operates several high-end locations in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

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10.21.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

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