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We love clean, classic and elegant.  Which means we were very excited to be asked to style and shoot this beautiful new collection of Oleg Cassini Wedding Dresses !  While staying true to Mr Cassini’s design legacy, these dresses are perfect for every bride longing for old Hollywood glamour with understated, rich embellishments and flattering lines.  

The lovely detailing of these dresses is hard to ignore. Muted bronze beading against the blush hue of a strapless gown exemplifies modern elegance. The scalloped lace of an off the shoulder dress is reminiscent of the era of Grace Kelly . An updated cap sleeve brings a new nuance to a timeless ball gown . Delicate layers of chiffon on a trumpet style just bring a sigh of delight.

The Oleg Cassini line is carried exclusively by David’s Bridal , who believes that every woman deserves to have the wedding dress of her dreams regardless of her style preference, shape, size or budget. They have more than 60 years experience catering to brides and their bridal parties, so know how to meet your every need. With more than 300 stores located across the US, Canada, UK, and Puerto Rico their lines are easily accessible to both you and your entire bridal party. If you love the ease of finding your dress and accessories in one location you will love that David’s Bridal offers a complete line of shoes, handbags, jewelry and headpieces as well. Make your appointment today!

Photography Laura Gordon | Styling  Mallory Joyce  for Once Wed | Makeup and Hair  Anna Breeding | Floral Design Jenn Pineau from Nature ComposedVenue  The Branch Museum |  Model  Brooke from Modelogic

 

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One of the most beautiful parts about running a wedding blog is being able to see wedding celebrations from all around the world. Today’s couple, Diana and Michael, chose to be married in her home country of Columbia, choosing a romantic, elegant wedding that tied together the bride’s discerning style with the country’s amazing culture. Centuries-old buildings and a celebratory post-ceremony parade paired effortlessly with a classic reception.

Read on for more from the bride about her wedding in Colombia: 
“Our story begins in the spring of 2013 when Michael and I crossed paths on a street in San Francisco, California. As I saw him in passing, I was curious and drawn to him, so I dared to say hello and the rest is history. Over the next couple years, we spent our time discovering the differences and commonalities of our two worlds. I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and Michael in Lima, Ohio. I introduced him to Colombian cuisine and my colorful native culture. He introduced me to Ohio’s seasons, which I love, and the charm of his small town upbringing. During our first trip together to Cartagena, Colombia we were instantly captivated by its history and beauty. Cartagena is like stepping into one of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novels, all at once romantic, authentic, mysterious, inspiring and magical. So when Michael popped the question in the fall of 2015, there was no doubt we wanted an unforgettable wedding in the most fairy-tale like city we knew, Cartagena.

My wedding inspiration was influenced by Californian and Tuscan weddings. I wanted to create a romantic, garden style, incorporating soft and natural tones with accents of green; what I imagined as natural elegance. My palette was pale blush, peach, taupe and white. I envisioned garden roses, eucalyptus foliage, vintage candleholders, tapered ivory candles, simple calligraphy and warm lighting. Cartagena’s Spanish-colonial architecture, centuries old stone walls, cobblestone streets, vast balconies and historic churches where the perfect canvas for my natural elegance vision. For the ceremony, we selected the effortlessly beautiful, 16th century church, San Pedro Claver, and chose to utilize delicate altar arrangements and a pathway of candles to enhance the church’s natural beauty. For the reception, we selected a restored Spanish-colonial mansion turned boutique hotel, Casa Pombo. We built upon the main ballroom’s unique features including, walls with preserved fresco paintings and wrought iron chandeliers, incorporating long wooden tables, silk runners, and delicate centerpieces to create a soft, natural look. The night was celebrated with a live salsa band and the bride and groom dancing until the early morning hours.”

Photographer Vicki Grafton Photography | Wedding Planner  Itala Vasquez | Dress Katie May | Lace Robe BHLDN (Designer is Homebodii) | Tuxedo Tailor’s Keep | Engagement Ring/Wedding Bands: La Bijouterie | Ceremony Venue San Pedro Claver Church | Reception Venue Casa Pombo | Caterer Adriana Santos Mora Eventos | Flowers/Decoration Florarte | Cake Elsy de Figueroa (Ideas Dulces & Catering) | Production, Music & Dancers Playa Producciones | Invitations/Stationery  Valentina Gladden Calligraphy  | Ceremony Musicians  Felipe Madariaga Musicalizaciones | Make-up and Hairstylist  Carlos Torres

If you’re anything like us, when you first saw this rich, luxurious bridal bouquet, you thought: “woah.” The rich jewel tone palette is just incredible. Even better? The fact that it’s paired with this modern, minimal wedding style. We don’t often see the combination of a minimalistic style with a deep jewel tone palette, and we hope that this inspires plenty of brides to play around with a similar color combination! The stark white loft space absolutely craves bold color, and one large floral arrangement on a table is the perfect way to do it.

Read on for more from the photographer, Jackie of Whiskers & Willow Photography: 
“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.” – Henry David Thoreau

When we think about a modern city, we think about fast paced life with rarely a moment of stillness. We wanted to inspire the modern bride who seeks to bring nature to the city to inject that feeling of serenity into her wedding day. We were inspired to do a minimalist modern design with foraged florals full of whimsy and romance. This bright white LA loft was the perfect backdrop for Sweet Emilia Jane’s modern design. Our bride is effortless and chic with a gorgeous minimalist Houghton gown from The Dress Theory. The slit in the center elegantly drapes down to those lace up heels from Bella Belle Shoes. Beauty by Stacey artfully crafted each individual lash into a stunning lash line on our model Isabella from Aston Models. She kept the eyes natural and wow’ed with dark and bold lips, which is on trend for 2017. Jewelry from Susie Saltzman like the simple solitaire pear-shaped diamond was the perfect modern accent for our chic bride. And McCool and Daughters brought the design full circle with modern foraged florals adding a dreamy texture and bold color to the minimalist tabletop, a white on white paradise complete with modern place cards and menus from Epoch Design.

Photography Whiskers & Willow Photography | Design Sweet Emilia Jane | Florals McCool and Daughters | Makeup and Hair Beauty by Stacey | Model Isabella of Aston Models | Gown Houghton from The Dress Theory | Shoes Bella Belle Shoes | Jewelry Susie Saltzman | Stationary Epoch Design | Cake Sweet Cheeks Bakery | Film Scans The Find Lab | Chairs Town & Country Event Rentals

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