by: Lauren

Taking inspiration from their home countries and pairing it with their loves of food, the beach, and all things organic and rustic, Pooja & Kiminori’s California wedding is absolute perfection. Intimate and gorgeous, J Wiley Photography was there to capture all of the beauty, and lucky for us, we get to soak it all in!

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Pooja is here to share some of her insight about her wedding with us:

What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

There is no doubt that our wedding planner, Andrea Randolph of Infinite Love Weddings was the backbone of all our planning. We were getting married on the opposite coast from where we lived; started planning only about 3 months before the wedding; were traveling during the days and weeks before the wedding; and had guests coming from Japan, India, Germany, the UK, and all over the country! Andrea gave us realistic goals for each week (a HUGE life saver tip for us), and as we got closer to the day, we got daily goals. Even though some days were extremely stress-filled, she never strayed from our side – and kept the bigger vision in focus for us. We couldn’t have done it without her.

Also, my husband worked with me on every detail, which I think made for a day that truly reflected us as a couple – rather than just me as a bride, or him as a groom.  

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

We wanted vendors who we could connect with us on a personal level, someone who would understand what makes us happy in our daily lives – and not just what we want for our wedding day. We also searched for vendors whose work reflected the essence of our venue and theme. Our extremely wonderful photographer (Jen Wiley) and DJ (Kevin Miso), for example, were exactly that for us.  

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

We drew inspiration from each of our home countries’ cultures – Indian and Japanese – and tried to weave them into a rustic, organic, intimate California beach wedding. From wild flowers and wild herbs everywhere we could get them, to sipping sake during our ceremony, to beautiful handmade Indian scarves made by my cousin wrapped in a Japanese “furoshiki” style, we tried to integrate these cultural elements into a simple, natural, laidback SoCal wedding.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

We did an open mic session during dinner. We let guests know several days in advance that there would be an open mic session, so they had time to jot down a few thoughts if they wanted to. We asked my brothers and my husband’s sister to start off (so that part was planned), but we were deeply touched and surprised to see many guests take the mic and share a toast! The beautiful, genuine spontaneity of their thoughts made it the most incredible part of the night – and reminded us how much it meant to us that our closest friends and family were there with us from all over the world.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

No one knows what will make you happiest on your wedding day better than you and your groom. Staying grounded in that vision throughout the planning is important, while taking time to choose a planner and vendors who match that vision (however vague or specific it is). Then, no matter how the day(s) turns out, it will be perfect.

I love Pooja’s advice!! And did you see that they had an “open mic session” during their dinner? That’s such a fun idea! (Just make sure you tell your planner if you want to have one!)

Pooja and Kiminori did an amazing job combining all of their favorite things into their wedding. What are some of your favorite things that you could incorporate into your wedding?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: J Wiley Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Andrea Randolph, Infinite Love Weddings / Flowers & Decor: Roger's Gardens / Catering: The Beachcomber / Ceremony Officiant: Celebrant Venus / Guitarist: Kevin Miso / Bride’s Dress: Amile By Watters / Bride’s Shoes: Something Bleu / Hair & Makeup: Design Visage


by: Lauren

Nicole and Nick wanted a purple and white wedding that was elegant and luxurious, and with lush white florals, glittering crystals, and candlelight everywhere, they certainly got their wish! Aislinn Kate Photography was there to capture the day impeccably, and Nicole is here with us today to share more about her wedding- so sit back and take in all the gorgeousness!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My mom was my number one helper. I could not have planned this wedding without her. I began the wedding process while I was in my last semester of law school in Virginia. Planning a wedding from a different state was hard enough, but it was even more difficult to plan it while finishing law school, taking the bar exam, and starting a new job. It would have been an impossible task without the help and support of my mom. My dad was also such a blessing and a great support system for both of us during the planning and the wedding… he’s a pretty incredible guy… thankfully a married a man who is a lot like him!

I also had WONDERFUL vendors! I can’t say enough about the team who made my wedding the happiest day of my life! The ladies at Megan K Events were incredible and they made sure that every last detail was perfectly executed. They helped with so many of the tasks we would have completely overlooked and forgotten if we had tried to do this on our own. Because of their help, we were actually able to relax on our wedding day! Christine, from Megan K Events, also made sure that my wedding day was over-the-top beautiful! Additionally, Liv from the Hilton, was so easy to work with and she made sure that the venue was perfect and the food was delicious.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

It was very important to me to that I got along with all of the people who would be part of my wedding. I wanted to make sure that we could work well together and that all of my vendors would work well with each other. Not only did I get along with all of the vendors at my wedding, I felt as though each and every one treated me as though I wasn’t just a client, but a friend. I really appreciated that! My wonderful photographers, Aislinn Kate and Bailey, my great videographer, Chris Scott, and the extremely talented beauty experts Melody Weber and Lorie Perkins Weekley are such incredible people that I really loved having them around all day as we prepared for the wedding.

 It was also very important to me that I could trust everyone to carry-out the vision I had for the wedding. I’m a bit of a control freak, so trusting someone else to execute all of my dreams for my wedding was difficult. However, on my wedding day, I was completely calm and relaxed because I knew I had incredible people working with me and they would do an amazing job… and they did!

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

This is a tough question because my wedding didn’t exactly have a theme. To create my dream wedding, I pulled ideas from all of the weddings I had seen over the years, both in person and on television, and I took many of my ideas from Pinterest. I knew I wanted several key things: (1) The color purple; (2) draping & chandeliers; and (3) tons of flowers. The rest of the vision developed from those themes. To explain my ideas for the wedding to my vendors, I found photos online and on Pinterest that captured the ideas I had in my head.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Of course my favorite part of my wedding was marrying the love of my life and the fact that we were able to share that special time in our lives with the people we love most in the world.           

My favorite part of the experience was working with such wonderful people and taking advantage of every fun aspect of being a bride! I really enjoyed the cake tasting, courtesy of Ms. Betty Weber, and the food tasting at the Hilton. I loved my makeup trial with Melody Weber and discovering the fact that we have so much in common! All of my showers and spending time with my bridesmaids was also a blast. Being a bride is a lot of fun!

My favorite thing about the décor at the wedding would have to be the draping, courtesy of Wedding Walls. The ceiling and all of the walls were draped and it was absolutely gorgeous! It changed the appearance of the entire room and looked so elegant. The giant floral arrangements and incredible, flower-covered altar, courtesy of Christine from Megan K Events, were a very close second!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My best advice would be to enjoy every minute, not just the wedding, but the whole process! I tried to take advantage of every pre-wedding tradition because I knew I was only going to do this once and I wanted to experience every aspect of it.

Also, on the day of the wedding, I would advise every bride to put all of the planning aside and just enjoy the day. I was really worried that I would be stressed on my wedding day. As I mentioned above, I’m a bit of a control freak and I’m a perfectionist, but on the actual day of my wedding I tried to put all of that aside and just focus on what I was there to do… marry my best friend! Because of that, my wedding was truly the happiest day of my life!

Isn’t the white with purple accents just gorgeous! Truly elegant and luxurious! And I love all of Nicole’s insights, and how she shares that she was so happy to have a professional handling things for her.

So are any of you self-proclaimed “control freaks”? Are you going to do as Nicole did and trust a pro to handle things for you on your wedding day?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Aislinn Kate Photography // Event Designer: Megan K. Events // Cake Designer: Betty Weber Cakes // Cinema and Video: chrisdscott Photography // Reception Venue: Hilton Pensacola Beach // Makeup Artist: It’s About Face // Musicians:Tayo Reed Explosion // Hair Stylist:VolumeONE Salon // Draping: Wedding Walls

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by: Lauren

I don’t know about you, but one of the very first things I wanted to do when I got engaged was look for wedding dresses- and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one! But once you have your dress, you may forget about one very big piece of the puzzle- your wedding jewelry! In my case, I totally forgot about my jewelry until a few weeks before my wedding. Not only that, but I really had no clue about what to look for and how to match to my dress. I ended up finding some great earrings, but it was purely by luck- I definitely wish I had some guidance to help!

Fast forward to this past Fall, when I met the fabulous owner of Thomas Laine Jewelry at Bridal Market. We of course got to chatting about wedding jewelry and accessories, and I shared my own jewelry story with her. Since I of course want to be able to provide as much information as possible, I figured why not inform brides about how to choose their wedding accessories?! And with that thought and the help of Thomas Laine, today’s feature was born!

How To Choose Your Wedding Day Jewelry

Armed with absolutely stunning pieces from Thomas Laine and using various wedding dress necklines, I created several different looks that show how you can accessorize yourself on your wedding day. In addition to the lovely looks that Esther Louise Photography captured on film, I also have tips and guidelines from the experts of Thomas Laine that you can follow when accessorizing each type of dress neckline. So no worries friends- no matter what style of dress you have, this will definitely help you choose your wedding accessories!

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The bateau neckline follows the natural curve of the collar bone. Keep your accessories simple and elegant, so as not to compete with the fabric close to the neck. Necklaces with a little length are perfect for this retro style. You could also forego a necklace and go with mid-length earrings and a matching bracelet. We recommend drop earrings to create some movement, but not so long that they graze the shoulder or come close to the dress fabric. Depending on your hairstyle, you can accessorize with a hair comb as well for some extra bling.

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Strapless

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A strapless gown is fun and easy to accessorize because you can pair just about anything with it! Bold, multi-strand necklaces, bejeweled bibs, and even classic pearls pair nicely with this dress shape. If you go the bold route for your necklace, make sure you follow the less is more mantra for your earrings: studs or small drops are perfect. [Editor's note: Statement necklaces are my FAVORITE!!! ]

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V-Neck

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The v-neck is being seen among many different styles of dresses lately. Depending on the style of dress, you could consider a simple pendant or pearl necklace, or even just a simple pair of earrings paired with a bracelet. A good rule of thumb is that you don’t want your necklace to compete with the neckline of the gown. If the V-neck has a deep plunge and you want a glamorous look, you can go a step further and try an all crystal necklace that will really accentuate the plunge.

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One-Shoulder

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Accessorizing a dress with a one-shoulder neckline will really depend on the dress itself. The dress used here was very simple, so we chose to accessorize with a necklace and earrings- similar to how we would accessorize a strapless. However, if you have a one-shoulder dress that has more detailing, then opt to just go for some gorgeous eye-catching earrings.

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Spaghetti Strap

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If there are embellishments or beading on your spaghetti strap dress, as with a majority of gowns in this style, focus on earrings and a bracelet. If the gown has little to no beading on the bodice (as seen with the dress here) try a necklace that has a triangular shape to it.

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Halter

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The halter neckline is one that isn’t seen too often, but they’re definitely out there! Since the halter portion of the dress already draws a lot of attention, it’s best to opt for mid-length earrings and a matching bracelet for this style. This is also a great opportunity to add some sparkle to your hair too!

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And now after all that pretty, you may be wondering about when you should choose your wedding accessories. Of course you don’t have to rush right after getting your dress, but I recommend purchasing no less than 2 months before your wedding day. That way you can have your jewelry with you when you go for your dress fitting and you can try everything on all together!

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So there you have it! Six different wedding dress necklines and examples of how you can accessorize each one using gorgeous Thomas Laine wedding jewelry!

Out of all these looks, which one is your favorite? As I’ve said before, I’m definitely a fan of the statement necklaces!! But now with all this wedding day jewelry talk, I’m curious- have you started thinking about what you’ll be doing for your wedding day jewelry?

This post was sponsored and made possible by Thomas Laine. All opinions, styling, and images are the author’s own.

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Jewelry: Thomas Laine / Photographer: Esther Louise Photography / Styling: Every Last Detail / Bridal Salon: Malindy Elene Bridal / Hair & Makeup: Collective Creations


by: Lauren

I’ve said it before, and I will happily say it again- a garden wedding never disappoints! The natural beauty of the Davis Island Garden Club would be enough to suffice for today’s wedding, but when you combine a romantic style and whimsical details… utter gorgeousness ensues! Lucky for us, Sarah & Ben captured this lovely feté perfectly, and the bride, Meghan, is here with us today to share more about her wedding:

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

We figured it would be pretty easy for the two of us to handle everything by ourselves…and we quickly realized how wrong we were.  Our families were a complete lifesaver as they humored us and put up with all of our crazy ideas.  My dad helped me saw wood from tress in his backyard that we used for our invitations and escort cards. My mom was the candle queen and made the regular thriftshop rounds until she had collected enough candles to create our perfect candle-light vision.  My sister is a rockstar and literally helped with everything from printing to baking to ribbon-wand making.   We knew what we wanted, but they helped everything become a reality.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

Our wedding day was all about love and making memories.  We wanted our vendors to help guide us in the right direction but ultimately let us take the reigns.  We feel like we totally lucked out with our vendors.  Everyone was fantastic to work with and truly had incredible skill, ranging from floral arrangement to photography, to lighting,  the details were absolutely perfect.  

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

Our wedding was loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  We wanted elements of whimsy and playfulness.  The twinkle lights and candles did a great job in setting the stage and the moss and wood features helped our reception feel playful and natural. 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

We were so happy to just be married, I remember being so overwhelmed all morning getting ready, but as soon as Miles grabbed my hand, everything was perfect.  My second favorite moment was definitely pulling up to our reception venue in a water taxi and finally getting to see the beautiful set-up that we had been planning and dreaming about for over a year. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Go with your gut.  Just because someone tells you this is “how it is done,” doesn’t mean that is the case.  For example, I wanted all of our guests to enjoy dinner at one huge feasting table that wrapped under the lights and trees.  This had never been done at our venue and was logistically challenging because of the tree placement and uneven ground (Most people set up tables inside.)  It was important to us that everyone ate together so we stuck with our plan and with the help of our wedding coordinator found a way to make it work.  I think it is these quirky details that make weddings truly memorable and  personalized to the couple.

The details are all absolutely perfect! The custom signage complements the unique reception design in such a gorgeous way. Who knew that just a few signs could have such a large effect on the look and feel of a wedding?

I’d love to hear from you- are you planning on incorporating any details into your wedding that will potentially have an effect on your whole wedding design?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Sarah & Ben // Event Planner: Winsor Event Studio // Vintage Rentals: WISH Vintage Rentals // Floral Designer: Arlene Floral Designer // Catering: catering by the family // Reception Venue: Davis Islands Garden Club // Makeup Artist: Jess Waldrop – Makeup Artists // DJ:MBC Entertainment // Lighting: Tampa Lights

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