by: Emily

Tucked away in a courtyard surrounded by arbors and brick lined paths, Allison and Jamie celebrated their new beginning with a California wedding on the grounds of Belmond El Encanto. They created an evening of “understated elegance,” as the bride described their wedding style, and we love how the details came together. Sticking with a neutral color palette of white and silver with pops of pretty greenery, they added hints of a rustic style mixed with elegant touches that felt oh-so-perfect.

For their design, we absolutely love their escort cards that were shaped as little paper airplanes with instructions for guests to “find their destination” as they made their way to the tables. Such a cute idea that, as you’ll hear from Allison, has roots in their story. Then as guests entered into the reception they were greeted by a mix of farm tables from Amigo Party Rentals, and round tables with linens from La Tavola Fine Linen with a white and silver sheen reminiscent of a marble texture. This mix of styles added the perfect balance of rustic elegance and complimented the beautiful florals created by Twisted Twig Fine Florals.

Every detail came together in an exceptional way, and Colleen from CAKE Event Company helped pull together the final pieces that made their day so special. Marianne Wilson Photography caught hidden kisses and loving glances, and we love that we get to experience those moments through these images. We hope you enjoy Allison and Jamie’s day as much as we did, and don’t forget to check out the little details that Allison shared regarding their special day!

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“The best way to sum up our vision for our wedding day was “understated elegance”. I think our reception venue, the Belmond El Encanto, perfectly embodied that. We knew we didn’t want a venue that was either too lavish, or too rustic, and the beautiful and natural landscaping and architecture at the El Encanto provided the perfect amount of elegance that aligns so well with Santa Barbara’s own organic beauty. The hotel’s location really speaks to the uniqueness of Santa Barbara, because it’s housed high up in the hills but also provides an awe-inspiring view of the ocean. We also felt that the mix of Colonial and Spanish bungalows perfectly reflected our different East and West Coast upbringings.”

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“As for the ceremony, I grew up Catholic, and so I immediately knew I wanted to marry Jamie at the Santa Barbara Mission. It felt so special to say our vows in the historic church for which the city was named and founded around! The mission itself is undeniably beautiful, but it also has an amazing view of the ocean as you walk out the front doors. Taking in the gorgeous view, hand in hand, while the mission bells rang after we were married made for the most incredible start to our life together.”

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We also knew we wanted our wedding day to feel classic and timeless, but still fun! Our fabulous planning team executed our vision perfectly, and even managed to pepper in some flying-themed details for us without letting them overpower the theme of the day. Aviation has been a really important part of our relationship – we’ve moved around to several different states now due to Jamie’s Air Force position, and we’ve also shared many adventures together in Jamie’s grandfather’s Cessna, which was featured in our Save the Dates. Eventually, Jamie purchased his own little four-seat propeller plane, and our flying adventures have continued. Fun details included paper airplane escort cards, giant Kate Spade balloons inscribed with “Love is in the Air”, and signage that used lyrics from the Frank Sinatra song “Come Fly With Me”. We also wanted to ensure our guests were treated to a wonderful experience throughout the entire day. To keep things exciting, we featured three different locations during the reception, which allowed everyone to really experience the whole property. Our cocktail hour was held on the terrace with expansive ocean views, we had dinner al fresco at their arbor, with tables surrounding the lily pond, and dancing was in their lovely ballroom, which features french doors that opened up to a brick terrace with lounge seating and fire pits. I think having multiple locations really kept the energy up all day long!

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We absolutely love Allison and Jamie’s style, and we love how every detail was chosen with such great intention, and it allowed them to highlight such a special part of their love story with travel/flight related details.

In what ways do you plan to incorporate your love story in your wedding day style?

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Marianne Wilson Photography // Coordinator: CAKE Event Company – Colleen Kaufman // DJ: Matt Commerce // Bridal Gown Shop: Gigi Bridal  // Gown Designer: Pronovias //Groom’s Clothing: The Black Tux // Venue and Catering: Belmond El Encanto // Calligraphy: Southern Scribe – Allie Lloyd // Signage: DeLovely Details // Floral: Twisted Twig Fine Florals // Lighting Design: Ambient Event Design //Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen // Charger Plates: MTB Event Rentals // Rentals: Amigo Party Rentals // Trolley: Santa Barbara Trolley // Busses: Jump On the School Bus // Hair/Make-Up: Bliss Bridal Beauty // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bride’s Earrings: Jeweler’s Touch (Yorba Linda, CA) // Bride’s Hair Pins: BHLDN // Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Tiffany and Co.



by: Lauren

A mix of modern style with a classically elegant design is perfect for these inspiring grey and copper wedding ideas. Misty Saves the Day pulled together an incredible team of talent to pull off this style.

Copper and grey details combined with pops of tangerine gave way to a color palette that added a bit of the unexpected. The architecture of The Chrysler Museum of Art created a beautiful setting for this elegant style. With large stone arches and staircases, timeless details, and bright light shining in, the space gave so much character to the entire look.

The modern features of the table design added a beautiful contrast to the classic style of the space. A square table adorned with a lush garland added a fun twist to the table. The floral designs created by Isha Foss Events added elegance and a perfect pop of color. Mixing copper accents and touches of grey details offered a beautiful balance in the tabletop style, and we love the fun paper details from Ceindy Doodles, complete with wire calligraphy names to guide guests to their seats.

There are so many fun details that this team pulled together, and we hope you love how beautifully Maria Grace Photography captured this wedding inspiration!

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A final detail that made a major statement in our book was definitely the cake style and display. Tucking it under a stone arch with an asymmetrical swag of a silver petaled linen was the perfect way to make the cake a focal point of the wedding style. We love how each element offered such stunning inspiration, and ideas that can easily translate to so many different looks.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Venue: The Chrysler Museum of Art  // Photography: Maria Grace Photography // Coordination: Misty Saves the Day // Bridal Attire: House of Maya // Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair // Makeup: Makeup by Kim Porter // Florist: Isha Foss Events // Furniture and Linens: Distinctive Event Rentals // Specialty Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage // Paper: Ceindy Doodles // Cake: Incredible Edibles // Jewelry: Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge // Tux: The Black Tux



by: Lauren

Austin isn’t normally thought of as being a place for a destination wedding, but Megan and Kyle chose Ma Maison in Austin, Texas for their wedding location as a way to celebrate a place they loved visiting while dating. The couple, along with many of their family and friends, traveled in from Chicago for this elegant Texas wedding celebration, and we can’t wait for you to see!

Eclipse Event Co. worked alongside this couple to pull together such a lovely evening of celebration, and we love every detail that Brio Photography captured. Megan and Kyle chose an elegant style with blush and champagne tones, and so many treasured details that added a personal flair to the day. We are so excited about the insight and words of wisdom that Megan shared with us. She shared so many of their personal design details, and we love that you get to see some of the beautiful details and traditions from her special day!

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What was the most important to the two of you while planning?

We wanted to create a weekend in which our guests were able to experience as much of Austin’s great food, drinks and music as possible. Since all of our guests were coming from out of town, travel accommodations were an important part of showing everyone a good time. We put together a little bar/food truck crawl on the night before our rehearsal dinner and had a welcome party for everyone after our rehearsal dinner. We chose to splurge on bus transportation from Austin to Dripping Springs. We thought it was important for everyone to enjoy the city and not have to worry about any travel on the day of the wedding.

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Please describe your details.

My good family friend generously handmade all of our chalkboard signs. My parents helped me make the frame and table numbers for all the guests, it turned out great- you would never guess it came from a frame in the alley! My mother-in-law made me a gorgeous robe to wear while getting ready and also sewed these adorable bride and groom birds that we put on top of a little smash cake we got, just to have a bit of “cut the cake” tradition.

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Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?

Family is very important to us, so we wanted to incorporate them in as much as possible. Kyle comes from a very large family, they have started to hand embroider all the names of each couple onto this consignment tux and bridal gown they found years ago. It seems hard to explain until you see it, but it is a very sweet tradition. I was able to take my mother’s wedding dress and have a seamstress turn it into a purse I was able to use on the wedding day, it was so nice to have a piece of her past with me. We had pictures of each of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day in frames on our cake table. We also were able to have one of my grandfather’s poems read during the ceremony to honor his memory.

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What were your favorite parts of the day?

This is the hardest question of all. There are so many good memories. Our wedding ceremony was perfect. Our officiant managed to weave the story of us meeting and our love for one another with one of our favorite songs “this must be the place.” It was an indescribable feeling that I wasn’t expecting. It was incredible to look out into this group of people that had traveled so far to witness our marriage. It was very special.

We loved that we ate dinner separately in the courtyard during the cocktail hour. It gave us a few minutes of privacy together and allowed us so much more time during the dinner to visit with our guests.

One of our favorite parts of the night was the dancing. We had some amazing energy and people were cutting loose. We barely left the dance floor after our first dance. We enjoyed a “final dance” after all of the guests had cleared out. It was really neat to look out into the empty room one last time together.

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Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

Our advice would be to make your decisions and stick with them. We spent a lot of time going back and forth on silly details that did not even cross our minds once on our wedding day. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Also, you have to give up on your people pleasing tendencies. We learned you are never going to make everyone happy, so go with what makes you both happy. Finally, on the day of the wedding be sure to take a step back together to appreciate the moment, especially the love of your family and friends.

Such great advice, and so many treasured moments. We absolutely love Megan and Kyle’s wedding day! The unique traditions and classic details made their wedding day an incredibly special celebration.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Brio Photography | Ceremony Venue: Ma Maison | Reception Venue: Ma Maison | Event Planning: Eclipse Event Co. | Floral: Stems Floral Design | Desserts: Moojo | Rentals: Marquee Event Group | Linens: Marquee Event Group | Hair: Lauren Lumsden Hair & Makeup | Makeup: Lauren Lumsden Hair & Makeup | DJ: Bat City Beats | Ceremony Musicians: Aaron Goldfarb Music | Transportation: Clark Travel



by: Lauren

With a classic style and a preppy navy and white color palette, Anne and Karl’s outdoor Florida wedding at Cypress Grove Estate House was full of pretty details and a beautiful look that mirrored their personalities.

From best friends in high school, and years spent apart through college and the start of their careers, they knew there was something more between them. At the start of a recent European vacation, Karl proposed at a castle in Ireland, and that was the perfect start to this journey into marriage together.

From incredible travels to wedding day bliss, this couple celebrated their journey together in an elegant and classic way. Photos under a canopy of trees, lakefront “I Do’s,” and an evening spent dancing under the stars sounds like the perfect way to start a lifetime together. With the simplicity of white blooms from Flowers by Lesley, and royal blue accents, Anne and Karl’s wedding day style was clean, simple, and oh so charming.

With every detail woven so perfectly together by Tickled Pink Brides, and captured in the most beautiful way by Stephanie by Kristen Weaver Photography, you couldn’t ask for a better day!

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What a sweet day of celebration for a couple with such a long and loving history! We love that they chose to keep their wedding style simple, but with the focus on special elements that made a big impact as a way to really highlight the beauty of the day.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Stephanie by Kristen Weaver Photography // Planner: Tickled Pink Brides // Venue: Cypress Grove Estate House // Hair and Makeup: Luma Bridal  // Floral Design: Flowers by Lesley // Rentals: RW Events // Catering: Big City Catering // Cake Artist: Anna Hightower, Anna Cakes // DJ: Soundwave Entertainment // Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero // Bridal Salon: CC’s Boutique

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