Elegant Destination Sri Lanka Wedding

We decided to marry in Sri Lanka as this is our common culture; however, as we both are not very traditional,  we wanted to stray away from a conventional Sri Lankan wedding.  We wanted some where intimate and fun where our closest friends and family could celebrate our special day  .  The actual island was completely my partner’s pick and what a fantastic job he did!  It is such a surreal and impossibly romantic place.  There is a single villa on the island which was built in the 1920′s which still retains much of its old-world ambience.   The best part is that the island is only accessible by wading through knee deep water which adds to the mystery and magic! I came across Jonas Peterson’s work more than 5 years ago way before even thinking about my own wedding but from the moment I saw his photography, it was “love at first sight”. I had never imagined that I would have him capturing my own wedding but when I discovered that he was based in Australia, I knew it meant to be.

Photographer: Jonas Peterson | Wedding Planner: Bride with help from family | Wedding Dress: Lace Sari designed by Karishma Kimatrai with the help of online boutique bridal shop Couture Rani and Short lace dress by Lover | Groom Suit: Calibre | Hair Stylist: Jacquline Jayanadhi from The Chopping Block Salon | Ceremony and Reception: Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka | Celebrant: Henri Tatham |

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06.12.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog



What is WEDPREP? It’s a 2 day class devoted to educating anyone 1. looking to learn about the wedding industry as a new and progressive business model 2. planning their own wedding or 3. wanting to blossom as a creative person in an already existing related career. There will be top professionals from all aspects of the Southern California based industry with lectures and hands-on ideas ranging from photography to florals to music to food to fashion to social media & everything in between. Founded by Paige Appel & Kelly Harris of Bash, Please this class will be held at Lightspace Studio in Culver City on June 22-23rd. Email hello@wedprepschool.com to get more info and sign up! The cost is $1000 for two full days of extensive knowledge, delicious food, hands on projects, camaraderie, giveaways, sample business templates, and an overall a new perspective on all things wedding related.

06.12.13 / Featured, News Blog

Cozy Nashville Rustic Wedding

From Jessica Sloane:

“Working with Mancy and Alex was a breeze.  They were confident about what they wanted their wedding to feel like from the beginning.  Their priority was to have a celebration that was comfortable and warm, like a Kinfolk dinner with their closest friends and family gathered around them.  And on their wedding day, Mancy and Alex really embrace the rainy weather with such grace.  It actually felt like we planned for it to rain as the wet weather brought everyone closer and we had a very intimate gathering!”

From the bride, Mancy:

“When Alex and I were in the earliest planning stages, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be intimate, authentic, natural, organic, and most of all, fun.  Alex is from California, and although I have lived in California for the past nine years, I was born and raised in Nashville.  We loved the idea of having a “destination” wedding in Nashville so we could showcase my hometown for California friends and family (most of whom have never traveled to the South), but it was also daunting to think of planning a wedding from so far away.  When I discovered Jessica Sloane’s work, I knew that we shared a similar aesthetic and I could trust her completely.

Our wedding day, which was exactly six months from the date of our engagement, was rainy and unseasonably cold.  Thankfully, because spring weather in the south is so unpredictable, we opted to have the reception indoors at the Hermitage, which is not only historic and pastoral, but its cabin by the spring embodied the rustic simplicity that we were looking for.  Although we had planned an outdoor ceremony, the rain forced the ceremony under the cabin’s covered veranda.  The weather ended up being a blessing, since the rain and the mist made the ceremony so much more romantic and unique. And, the cabin’s two wood-burning fireplaces, which we did not originally plan on using, added even more warmth and coziness to the evening.

Alex and I could not be more pleased with our wedding weekend.  We were so touched that friends and family were not only willing, but happy to travel so far for the celebration.  We were able to highlight my southern roots from the setting to the food, but we also celebrated Alex’s Greek heritage by incorporating olive leaves throughout.  But of course, we could not have accomplished any of this without Jessica Sloane (who made everything so beautiful and seamless), Rylee Hitchner (who graciously captured the day with such sweetness), Erika Finney (my dear friend who volunteered her time to design and oversee the paper goods), and every other vendor who made our day special.  And, boy, did we have fun!”

photography: rylee hitchner photography | design, styling & coordination - jessica sloane event styling & design | floral design - jessica sloane event styling & design | invitation design and printing: erika finney at sugar paper | calligraphy: molly jacques illustration | venue: the hermitage | caterer: beyond details | cake: dessert designs | rentals: southern events | dj: brian snyder entertainment | bridal dress: nicole miller | reception dress and jewelry: BHLDN | veil: twigs and honey | hair and makeup: jordan byers | groom’s tux: hugo boss

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06.10.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

The Not Wedding


Complete with dinner and drinks, an emotional ceremony and a dance-party reception, The NotWedding has become a killer alternative to a bridal show. The hand-selected vendors perform their services as they would at a real wedding, and the “wedding guests” get to hear the music, taste the cakes, and smell the flowers… while enjoying a night of great food, dancing and surprises, leaving brides-to-be saying “I want my wedding to be just like that!”. For brides and grooms, the event serves as a source of inspiration, a resource in finding trusted wedding vendors and an emotional reminder to plan for what comes after the wedding: a marriage! For participating wedding vendors, the event exposes their business to new referral sources, while also exposing each vendor to a wealth of inspiration, resources and confidence to take their business to the next level.

Venue: Bathhouse Studios | Food: Soulfully Good Catering | Wine: Ferrari | Production: BML Blackbird | Photography: Jean Spencer PhotographyJessica Oh! Photography,  Authentic Photo | Videography: NST Pictures | Coordination: Dulce Dreams Events  | Floral and Event Design: Lindsay Rae Design | Event Design:  Tinsel & Twine,  Field & FeatherRuffles & Tweed | Stationery: And Here We AreBuzzy Craftery | Paper Flags & Banners: Liddabits | Dresses: The White Gown | Women’s Shoes: Chromatic Gallerie | Bride and Bridesmaids Accessories: Hushed Commotion | Groom and Groomsmen Accessories: French Knot Studios | Clutches: Merci New York | Band: Mixtape: A Cover Band for Hipsters | DJ: Because the Night | MUA: Makeup by Dana Marie | Photobooth: The Majestic Photobooth Company | Love Story Writer: Prequels

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06.10.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog