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

Elegant Barcelona Destination Castle Wedding II

When the day finally arrived, I felt like I was floating softly through the best dream that had ever been had: from arriving with my father to the castle to the glimmering farewell of petals and sea of candles at our exit.

During the aperitivo, we sipped cava, ate freshly cut jamon and innovative Spanish cuisine as the golden sun faded. At twilight, we moved up under the canopy of trees to dine at long tables lined with simple garland of olive branches. My cousin serenaded us with an opera song that could not have started the night off on a better note. At the end of our meal, guests leisurely enjoyed cigars, customary in Spain at weddings, and the glowing lawn below before breaking out into dancing until dawn. We are extremely blessed to have had such a special night, sharing our love with our friends and family, and we are grateful to have had Bryce so exquisitely capture our memories that we will cherish forever.

The planning, styling and execution were flawless and I cannot stress enough how important it was to work with great people who understand and shared my vision and are willing to go above and beyond to produce a beautiful event. That night they pulled an all-nighter, arriving at 8 am to their hotels, after an already long week in Barcelona preparing for our engagement shoot, boudoir session, welcome dinner, and finally the wedding. They are superstars and I cannot sing their praises enough. Many thanks to all of the great people who worked so hard during the year and throughout the weekend in Spain to make it so memorable!

Styling, planning, & production: Joy Thigpen Environments | Photography: Bryce Covey | Custom Bridal Dress, Veil, & Headpiece: Cheryl Taylor | Second Dress: Antonio Berardi via theOutnet | Custom Earrings and Ring: Shahrzad Vasseghi of Royal Designs Atlanta Shoes: Valentino via Net-a-Porter & Zara Groom’s Attire: Carolina Herrera Floral Design: Joy Thigpen Environments  with assistance by Kelly Lenard of Intertwine Style Floral Studio Rental: Covadonga de Eguilior Venue Coordinator: Samantha Hellsman | Photobooth: Fotomaton Barcelona  | Videography: Marc Galver of Frame Crew | Vintage Car: Grupo Limousines | Buses for guest transport: Dachs Limousines | Spanish trio of guitars: Javier Van Velthoven Sound, DJ, Pianist and lighting: Frank Poole Producciones | Table & furniture rental: Nuovi Piatti Other rentals: Luz de Ohcan | Catering: Hotel des Arts Arola Restaurant Cake & Sweets: Think Sweets Hair & Makeup: Salon Bigudi | Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic Custom Illustrations & crest: Happy Menocal | Invitation design & printing: Alee & Press | Day of Calligraphy: Antiquaria | Invitation Calligraphy: Danica Cindell of BP Invites & Calligraphy

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01.16.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Elegant Barcelona Destination Castle Wedding

Jose Luis and I met in graduate school in 2007 and although it wasn’t a standard “storybook romance,” it was crazy and fun and full of travels all over the world. After graduating, we headed in different directions, Jose Luis to India and I to NY, unable to merge our career pursuits and our relationship. We stayed in touch though and after several years apart, we decided to give it another shot, embarking on a challenging, but lovely long distance relationship between NY and São Paulo.

After proposing and my transfer to Brazil, we started to think about the wedding and what we wanted: a lively Persian Spanish celebration filled with food, alcohol, and lots of dancing.

We chose Barcelona because it is where Jose Luis lived for many years and a perfect destination location for our international guests with delicious food and wine. When visiting venues, we fell in love with the Castell de Sant Marçal for it’s old world beauty, the stunning façade, and beautiful grounds. It was a true “this is the one” moment for both of us!

I stumbled upon Joy Thigpen’s portfolio very early and fell in love with her work instantly. I decided to hire her before I even had the venue and a date set. It felt a bit unorthodox but we really connected on our approach to style and design, and most importantly, the concept of creating understated elegance. With a sea of endless inspiration, Joy served as my anchor, pulling together my ideas into a cohesive vision, plan, and action, and steered me to excellent vendors, like Bryce Covey, for our photos.

After our site visit and plan in place, we moved onto the dress. Joy introduced me to the most charming dressmaker in Atlanta, Cheryl Taylor. Bursting with creativity, Cheryl was excited to do something totally different for me. Armed with inspiration of Spanish olive branches and jasmine vines, sample designs from Joy, and images of silhouettes I liked, she designed and created the most exquisite custom dress with hand painted silk screens and imported French lace. She ran with our concept independently, creating a matching hand stitched veil that took hours and hours to sew, as well as lingerie pieces and robe which I was able to use for a boudoir session. I looked forward to our creative and collaborative visits all together in Atlanta and highly recommend for other creative brides to design custom dresses – worth every penny!

The ceremony was held just before dusk in front of the castle. I loved looking out at our family and friends smiling up at us. My husband teared up during the ceremony, which moved me tremendously as he does not show emotions often.

Photography: Bryce Covey // Creative Direction, Styling, and Production: Joy Thigpen Environments // Custom dress, veil, headpiece, and dressing gown: Cheryl Taylor // Custom earrings and ring: Shahrzad Vasseghi of Royal Designs Atlanta // Shoes: Valentino // Groom’s attire: Carolina Herrera // Venue: Castell de Sant Marsal // Florals: Joy Thigpen with assistance by Kelly Lenard and Covadonga de Eguilior // Hair & Makeup: Salon Bigudi // Venue Coordinator: Samantha Hellsman // Vintage Car: Grupo Limousines // Spanish trio of guitars: Javier Van Velthoven

01.15.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog