Dutch Masters Wedding Inspiration

We’re so excited for today’s post not only because it’s something completely out of the box, but it’s from our very own Editorial Manager, Mary McLeod. We’ll let Mary tell you more about this absolutely stunning and original wedding inspiration collaboration between herself, Twigss Floral Studio, and Meghan Kay Sadler.

From Mary:

“I was secretly, but not so secretly, scheming this shoot  for an entire year after I was completely awe-struck by this painting by Valerie Hegarty. Everything about it spoke to me- the colors, the use of texture, the decay, and the life she brought to a traditional Dutch Masters style painting. I couldn’t stop dreaming of bringing this stunning wall to life, and I knew I wanted to save it for the perfect team. So when I met Addison and Melissa Searles of Twigss in France at Ginny Au’s workshop, I felt like the pieces were finally coming together. 

Florists don’t often get to collaborate, so this was so fun for all of us! We took time to learn from one another, and we just enjoyed creating for once. I wanted us to create something completely different to inspire brides who may not be looking for something like they’ve seen before. 

Everything was coming together so perfectly, and then I found out Meghan Kay Sadler would be in town, and I knew she was the only person who could perfectly capture our vision. She came in and blew us away with her translation of our ideas and our work, and this shoot wouldn’t have been possible with out her. 

And let’s not forget our amazing hair and makeup artist, Claudia Mejerle. Claudia turned our stunning model into a piece of art so she would seamlessly fit into the shoot. Claudia’s work became such an inspiration for so many aspects of the shoot, and we’re so thankful she was there to share this special day with us.

And to any brides out there reading, we did this to show you that you don’t always have to plan your wedding inside the box. You can take any of these ideas, like a red dress, or crazy colorful flowers, and use them to make your wedding original and a true reflection of your personality. An installation like this would be an amazing modern backdrop for a ceremony, and I’d love to see brides embrace ideas like this in the future! If you do, you know where to find us!”

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Creative Direction & Design: Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Events and Addison Searles of Twigss | Floral Design: Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Events and Twigss | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle  | Model: Jessica Dunagan | Dress: Free People | Venue: Amy Osaba Events Studio

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03.03.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Amy Clarke Wedding Makeup Workshop

Amy Clarke is one of our favorite makeup artists in the country and we’ve been lucky enough to work with her countless times on beautiful projects and DIY shoots for you. We’ve also been urging her for years to teach a workshop, and she finally is! Keep reading for more details from Amy on the workshop and how to sign up.

From Amy Clarke:
I’m holding my first ever MAKEUP WORKSHOP! It will be in Palm Springs, CA on Monday, March 23rd, from 8am-6pmIt’s a one-day hands-on makeup workshop. Everything bridal.

This is not just a demonstration day. At this workshop you will learn everything you need to know to run a successful wedding makeup business! Things that I had to figure out all by myself. Now I’m handing it over to you.

Due to the hands-on nature of this class, I will be very strictly limiting the number of attendees.

Email me to find out more about the class and to reserve your spot. Registration is now open. amy@amyclarkemakeup.com

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03.02.15 / Featured, News Blog

Romantic California Wedding Ideas

When planning their romantic California wedding, Alana and Kristopher knew exactly what they wanted to focus on: an intimate dinner party with a simple, timeless, romantic vibe. Having worked in the wedding industry, the bride knew that the most beautiful weddings to look at and be a part of are not those that follow ideas from the latest trends or mimic what other people are doing. Instead, the most wonderful celebrations are those that have a sense of authenticity to them. She says, “I’ve seen people make decisions based on current wedding trends, only to end up regretting it a few years later. We wanted each decision we made in the planning process to feel thoughtful and true to us.” Read on for more from Alana about their beautiful wedding day that checked off every important box on their list (plus, we love that this wedding features several of our Once Wed Preferred Vendors – the florist, stationer, and photographer can all be found on our Preferred Vendor list!).

From the Bride:
“Immediately after Kristopher and I got engaged, we started talking about what we wanted our wedding to feel and look like. The Cass House was our first choice as a venue, one reason being we wanted to treat our guests to the best meal the central coast has to offer (I think we did- our guests are still raving about Jensen’s fare)! The grounds of the historic home also created the perfect backdrop for our vision. Grace and Jensen Lorenzen at The Cass House were amazing hosts and made the weekend absolutely perfect. Our bridal party stayed at the inn all weekend, and it was a great way to spend time with our best friends before the wedding day. It was also special that our venue was located in the small town of Cayucos, across the street from the beach where Kristopher first asked me to be his girlfriend, and then proposed five years later.

I chose a color scheme that was neutral driven with bold, seasonally appropriate color in florals and bridesmaid dresses. Kristopher is a brilliant art director & designer, and he created the perfect monogram for us. He then designed all of our stationary around it, including invitations, table numbers, our seating chart and more. It perfectly suited us- minimal, classic, clean. A father-figure in my life who makes amazing wine provided all of the red wine for our wedding and a friend laser printed the bottles with our monogram in gold foil. One of my best friends was a bridesmaid as well as our florist (while seven months pregnant) and put life to my vision for the day. Instead of doing a guest book where people just sign their name, we had Krisotpher’s sister take photos of all of our guests with an instax polaroid camera, and the guests signed the white strip on the polaroid! It was so fun, and the photos are something we will cherish forever! A dear friend of ours played ‘Here Comes the Sun’ on the guitar while I walked down the aisle, and Kristopher’s best man sang and played guitar while we took communion together during the ceremony. Kristopher and I gave the first speech to welcome our guests and introduce our bridal party, and my father-in-law said a prayer for our meal. It was very sweet to see and hear these little touches throughout our wedding day that made the event so unique to us. One of my favorite memories was receiving a bottle of perfume on the morning of our wedding. Kristopher had my maid of honor deliver it to me while I was getting ready. He had picked out the scent himself, for me to wear that day, so we would always be reminded of our wedding day when I wear that scent in in the future. We are so thankful the O’Malley’s captured our event so perfectly, we will always remember the moments we shared with each other and with our loved ones on our wedding day.”

Vendors: Photography: O’Malley Photographers |  Wedding Planning & DesignAlana Weaver | Wedding Coordinator: Grace Lorenzen | FloristApril Flowers SLO |  Invitation CalligraphyLa Happy Design | Invitation Printing: Evolution Press, Seattle  | Hair/Make-up: Danielle Roberts |  Cake: Cass House | Venue: Cass House | Catering: Jensen Lorenzen at Cass House | Dress: Sarah Seven – http://www.sarahseven.com | Veil: The Dress Theory  | Ring: Tiffany & Co.

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

Wedding Invitation Ideas from Shine Wedding Invitations

If you’re planning a summer 2015 wedding, chances are, this is the perfect time to check “wedding invitations” off your task list. Shine Wedding Invitations  is our newest sponsor, and we’re excited to show off what they offer for couples!

Shine Wedding Invitations has just launched their new 2015 collection, which features 17 beautiful designs. Suites have a complete set of enclosures and matching collections items such as save the dates, programs, menus, place cards, thank you cards, and so on, which makes your ordering that much simpler! We also love the option of personalized belly bands and envelope, which you can add to your invitation suite to bring in an accent color or pattern to design a suite that’s uniquely yours. It’s the perfect way to show a little personality at the same time as giving your guests all the info they need.

So, how to get started? First, check out their wedding invitations to get an idea of what you like. Then, you’ll work with a Shine Wedding Invitations designer one-on-one, who will help you every step of the way in creating your personalized suite and making sure that you’re not forgetting anything. They even offer guest addressing to give your envelopes a professionally finished and elegant look!

Even better, Shine Wedding Invitations offers each couple:

  • Free Sample Set – Like them on Facebook for a free sample set (value $8.50) that includes the invite of your choice as well as a sample of luxe papers and color charts.
  • Free Shipping over $500 – Free shipping on orders over $500 (for a limited time). No code needed – free shipping will automatically apply if you add $500 of stationery to your cart (US delivery only)!

Helpful tip: Not sure what your wedding stationery timeline should be? Shine Wedding Invitations suggests that your invites should be mailed 6-8 weeks in advance of your wedding. Be sure to add in some buffer time for you to get them post-office ready and out-of-state mailing!

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02.28.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog