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Beautiful Blooms: Lush Pink and Green Flowers for a Nantucket Wedding

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Whether the weather agrees or not, spring has officially arrived — and with it, an abundance of beautiful weddings and blooming flowers. We have weddings and registry on the mind this time of year, which is why we were so excited to see this wedding with beautiful florals from Soiree Floral.

Hazlegrove-00089Set against the pristine backdrop of Nantucket at the Nantucket Yacht Club, this beautiful East Coast wedding overflows with lush florals in white, pinks and a touch of green.



From Julie Almand at Soiree Floral: “A soft, lush, garden-inspired look in shades of green, pink and white was chosen to complement the bridesmaid’s blush dresses. For the ceremony, the church was dressed up in lush garden-inspired greenery along the railings and inside the church. The aisles were graced with Nantucket baskets filled six lush blooms — a nod to Nantucket traditions.”


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“At the reception, the guests were greeted with an escort card display that doubled as favors created by Merrell’s mom. Guests entered cocktail hour with a spectacular view of the Nantucket harbor with drinks on the lawn and patio.”



“For the reception, the team at Soirée Floral designed three different looks for the tables with mixed elevated and low centerpieces. To keep the look clean and crisp while still evoking romance, silver mercury and clear glass candlelight filled the room with a soft glow. The lush centerpieces of hydrangea, amaryllis, roses, belles of Ireland, freesia, orchids, snapdragons and ranunculus filled the room with a nod to late summer. Various sized vases filled with floating candles made for a dramatic atmosphere for guests to dance the night away.”

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Dress – Monique Lhuillier
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Suit – Paul Stuart
Bridesmaid Dresses – Donna Morgan
Photographer – Cary Hazlegrove
Florist – Soiree
Cake – Jodi’s Cakes
Reception Venue & Food – Nantucket Yacht Club
Ceremony Venue – St. Paul’s Church
Wedding Planner – Maggie Naylon, Nantucket Island Events
Rentals – Placesetters
Hair & Makeup – RJ Miller Salon
Placecards – Ellie Gottwald
Menus – Parchment Fine Papers 

An Elegant Ceremony for Two: Becky and Austin’s Texas Elopement


Although we’re certainly known for our love of parties, nothing can quite beat the intimacy of an elopement. Maybe it’s the romantic in us, but it’s just so special — don’t you think? This beautiful elopement in Texas — shot by the talented Amber Vickery — embraces the private, personal side of Becky and Austin’s elopement, while still capturing the festivity of the Tres Lunas Resort.















Photos: Amber Vickery
Dress: Galina for Davids Bridal

Flowers: Austin Flower Company
Hair and Makeup: Katelyn Tidwell
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

7 of Our Favorite Dream Destination Wedding Venues

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Some brides have been dreaming about their big day for years — they’ve decided on every little detail, from the color palette to the cake. And there are others who are caught off guard with wedding planning, and find themselves caught up in the whirlwind of flower, tablecloth and dress options.

No matter what camp you’ve found yourself in, it’s hard to resist the allure of these dream destination wedding venues. From Hawaii, to Santorini, to Provence, each of these locations is a dream come true for any bride.

Take a look at 7 of our top dream destination wedding venues:

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Bodrum, Turkey

dromoland2Dromoland Castle Hotel
Clare, Ireland

Celestia Grand Villas
Santorini, Greece
(photo by Anna Roussos)

Hotel Escencia
Tulum, Mexico
(photo by Thayer Allison Gowdy Weddings)

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Sorrento, Italy

chateauChateau La Gorce
Gironde, France

Our 8 Favorite Rustic Elegant Wedding Venues

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Whether your taste leans modern or traditional, there’s something about rustic elegant weddings that transcends all styles. It’s hard not to love the combination of dripping crystal chandeliers, lush green garlands, elegant white lace and warm reclaimed wood. It’s one of our favorite looks.

If you’re considering a rustic elegant look for your upcoming wedding (or just love some gorgeous wedding eye candy), take a look at our top 8 favorite rustic elegant wedding venues, below!

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San Ysidro Ranch: Santa Barbara, California (photo by Tec Petaja)


Zingerman’s Cornman Farms: Dexter, Michigan

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High Point Farms: Flintstone, Georgia


Long Ridge Farm: Shelbyville, Kentucky (photo by Todd Pellowe)


Memory Lane: Dripping Springs, Texas

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Hermitage Museum & Gardens: Norfolk, Virginia (photo by Sarah Goodwin)

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Durham Ranch: St Helena, California (photo by Delbarr Moradi)

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Oystertag Vistas: Myersville, Maryland

PS: Follow our Rustic Elegant Weddings board on Pinterest for more inspiration.

Lindsay & Stephen’s Beachside Engagement


Lindsay and Stephen both grew up vacationing on the coast. So, when it came to planning their beachside nuptials they chose WaterColor Inn & Resort to say “I do.” Since they were already planning their big day by the sea, they wanted their engagement shoot to capture some of their favorite spots along Florida’s 30A beaches. Photographer, Dear Wesleyann walked the couple through the beautiful streets of Alys Beach, took them on a tandem bike ride through Rosemary Beach, all with just enough time to catch the sunset.

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From the bride: We started our shoot with Wesleyann walking through the streets of Alys beach. All of the white architecture and greenery made for such a beautiful backdrop. We found an outdoor seating area on the beach side and popped some bubbly — as it also happened to be my birthday! Wesleyann made it so easy for us to just be ourselves and have fun. Her pictures capture that joy perfectly. 

Our next stop was in the town of Rosemary Beach, where Wesleyann somehow worked her magic to get a tandem bike for us to shoot on. It’s an understatement to say we had fun with that! We hurried down to the beach right as the sun was going down to take some sunset shots and we could not have asked for a more beautiful ending to the day.

Photography: Dear Wesleyann

Julia & Jonathan’s DIY Block Island Wedding

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According to their photographer Kate Slater, Julia and Jonathan one of their favorite couples of the year! “They win the award for cutest, most laid back, totally madly in love couple of the year — if there is such a thing.” We would have to say we whole-heartedly agree.

This wedding is filled with DIY touches made by the bride, brilliantly water coloring everything she could get her hands on, including her custom-made silk gown, which was lovingly created by her fashion designer mother, Kathryn Conover CoutureFrom the gorgeous seaside location and wildflowers to calligraphy and cake, this wedding has it all. 


Venue: Spring House Hotel | Venue Coordinator: Danielle M. Dziok, Spring House Hotel | Photography: Katie Slater Photography | Dress: Kathryn Conover Couture | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Flowers: Blazing Star Farm | Invitations: Designed by Julia Wilde, Printed by Coeur Noir | Paper Goods: Designed by Julia Wilde

Bill & Blaire’s Beautiful Seaside Wedding


Bill and Blaire grew up vacationing at the beaches of 30A in Seaside, Florida, so when they decided where to say “I do,” the choice was easy. “It was the perfect place for us to exchange our vows,” Blaire explained. The Seaside Chapel is simple and romantic with pine floors, white pews, and charming bell tower. Her vision for the reception was elegant with a southern flair. The clean, white lines and Mediterranean inspired architecture of Alys Beach created a stunning backdrop; the theme of mint and gold weaved throughout. Thanks to the brilliant photography of Dear Wesleyann and flawless coordination by Shelby Peaden Events, the day was perfect — despite having a shake up in the date due to a tropical storm!

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Photography: Dear Wesleyann

Ceremony Venue: Seaside Chapel

Reception Venue: Central Park at Alys Beach

Floral, Event Design/Styling, Linens & Lighting: Events by Nouveau

Wedding Planning and Day-of Coordination – Shelby Peaden Events

Stationery: Paper Affair

Videography: Gilmore Pictures

Catering: Cafe Thirty-A

Bakery: Publix 

Band and Ceremony Musicians: GTS Entertainment Group

Transportation: Mike’s Limousine &  A Bride’s Ride

Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Vivo Spa Salon

Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate

Gown: Nicole Miller

Jewelry: Suzanna Dai 

Shoes: Jimmy Chou

Amanda & Ben’s Boston Engagement

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Amanda and Ben’s enchanting summertime engagement in Beacon Hill, a neighborhood of Boston, had us seeing stars — and red, white and blue! Just after their engagement, Ben and Amanda were given the opportunity to move to Boston from the Kansas City and jumped at the chance. While it was a drastic change from their previous Midwest environment, they felt like Boston was the perfect choice for our engagement photos because it depicted their new home and their exciting future together.

“We love the  historic and charming architecture of Beacon Hill, Amanda explains. “The brownstone facades and cobblestone roads are truly one of a kind. We love that the photos have an Americana feel.”

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The second location was Duxbury Beach, a favorite getaway for the couple. It’s only “45 minutes away from our apartment, you can actually drive out on the sand and park for the day. We love to take our sweet dogs, pack a picnic and get out of the city. It will always have a special place in our heart.”Amanda & Ben's Boston EngagementAmanda & Ben's Boston EngagementAmanda & Ben's Boston EngagementAmanda & Ben's Boston Engagement

Photography: Katie Slater Photography

Gina & Ryan’s Classic Villa Montalvo Wedding

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It was Ryan and Gina’s event designers who instantly knew that they were a perfect match when they met to hear their plans to host an intimate and classic wedding at the gorgeous Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CA. The result was absolutely flawless. With photography captured by the ever talented Ashley Maxwell, their wedding designers at Every Elegant Detail share the inspiration behind their beautiful day. 003053081092141162272325488072307690791

When describing their wishes for their wedding day we could not have been more thrilled. One very important aspect to both Ryan and Gina would be the food and service for their guests.  They wanted amazing ingredients prepared and presented to their guests family style.  Some of the highlights of their meal by Componere Fine Catering,  included an amuse course of Kumamoto Oyster, Green Apple Ice, Serrano Chili followed by main courses that included Wild Alaskan Halibut Cheeks with fried capers, Grilled Block-Cut Ribeye, Potato and Root Vegetable Risotta and ended with an exquisite sweet dish of Chocolate-Malt Kulfi, Crushed Cardamom Caramel Corn.

The decor and ambiance was also equally important to Gina and we worked with Amy Burke Designs to come up with a  floor plan of kings tables and square tables with candelabras and romantic florals to accent the dining space on the terrace at the Villa.  Hydrangea, garden roses and dahlias played a large part in creating the feeling we were going for throughout all of the spaces.  Gina looked absolutely stunning in her Monique Lhullier wedding dress flanked by the bridesmaids in their BHLDN persimmon dresses.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Villa Montalvo

Event Design: Every Elegant Detail

Photography: Ashley Maxwell Photography

DJ/Band: Big Fun DJ

Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs

Catering: Componere Fine Catering

Cake: Cakework

Invitations: Hello Lucky

Bridal Gown: Monique Lhullier

Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN

Hotel: Hotel Los Gatos

William & Ashley’s Romantic Small Town Wedding

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When we saw Pottery Barn registrants, William and Ashley’s beautiful small town wedding we instantly fell in love. With vintage-inspired touches, a century-old reception space, hints of lavender and photography brilliantly captured by Britta Hundertmark of Britta Marie Photography, we knew this was something very special. Read the bride’s Q&A as she describes her big day in her own words. Untitled-1View More: More: More: More: More: More: Q. Can you tell us a little about you and your husband?

A. My husband and I started off very differently. William was born in New Orleans and lived around the South as a young child eventually making it up North to Indiana as he approached High School. I was born and raised in Northwest Indiana about a 30 minute drive from Chicago. We love being a part of one another’s interests that are typically are the same. We love sports and events, while I enjoy painting, cooking and redoing old furniture. Entertaining has become a big part of our lives, we enjoy having our friends and family over for dinner parties and cookouts. We are a very laid back and fun couple, and enjoy anything we do when we are together!

Q. How did you meet?

A. William and I met in Bloomington, IN where we both held our first real jobs out of college. We started off as good friends, and as we spend more time together, our relationship grew into more than friendship. We moved up to downtown Chicago where we took full advantage of everything Chicago had to offer.

Q. How did you get engaged?

On a random Wednesday. I came home late from work and met up with William and his good friend at one of our favorite spots – Celtic Crossings in Chicago for dinner. After having some pizza and a few beers, we walked back to the apartment where he suggested going up to the rooftop to see the Chicago skyline since it was such a beautiful night. When we arrived at the rooftop, we had a heartfelt conversation and after a year and a half of dating William got down on one knee and proposed. I was so surprised! So right away we made our standard family phone calls to share the good news. Still excited we ran back to Celtic Crossing where they gave us a bottle of champagne and Guinness to celebrate!

Q. Describe your vision for your wedding day.

A. Our vision was to have our wedding be romantic and fun while surrounded by close friends and family. We choose to have our wedding in Evanston, IL a really cute town that would allow our guests a small town feel but located close to downtown Chicago. I created a theme as I planned our big day to help bring my vision into a reality. I wanted a romantic vintage feel with a southern flair. We chose a 100-year-old reception hall that was once a Women’s Club – this fit my theme perfectly. Since so many of William’s family would be traveling to attend the wedding, I thought it would be special to include the southern style particularly to our food and drink. We choose Heaven on Seven in downtown Chicago, that specializes in New Orleans, LA Cajun cuisine to cater our wedding. This was a fun twist to the typical “wedding food” and we even included New Orleans Hurricane’s as our signature drink at the bar.  However, since we did have several people in from out-of-town so we included small pieces of Chicago as well, such as mini bags of Garrett’s popcorn as our wedding favors and the famous Sprinkles cupcakes at the sweet table. Our colors were a very soft lavender, grey and ivory with mixed metals as accents –however our flowers were all different kinds of soft colors and had a very organic feel. For my dress, I went with a very detailed lace and crystal Stephen Yearick mermaid style gown and silver Manolo Blahnik’s.  William sported a three-piece grey suit with Burberry tie. I wanted that feel of very classy look, which tied in nicely to our vintage feel.

Q. What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?

A. I had several memorable parts of the wedding day. I had so much fun getting ready with my girlfriends in our Pretty Plum Sugar robes – they made for some beautiful pictures! Of course, the most special part of the day was having my father walk me down the aisle and seeing my very soon to be husband see me for the first time. I had a wonderful moment as I was walking; I had my head down almost the entire time to try to keep myself from crying, and when I did look up, I looked to the left to see my Grandmother crying – which in turn almost made me lose it! I also loved walking into our reception hall all decorated before everyone arrived – it was so amazing to see a year and a half of work come together so nicely. All in all, spending the most important day of our lives with our friends and family was the most memorable experience.

Q: Can you tell us about the song you chose for your first dance?

A. Our first dance was also a very memorable moment for us. William is really into  music, so I wanted him to pick a song that reminded him of our relationship. He chose Tim McGraw’s, “My Best Friend” as our first dance song. I loved it and as I really listened to the lyrics it reminds me exactly of our relationship. I also felt a country song was a great fit for us because for me when I listen to country it is just simple, laid back and fun – that is how William and I are together.

Q. Any favorite items you registered for?

A. We registered at Pottery Barn and everything we received we loved! Our favorite items were our PB Classic Sheet Set, our Emma Dinnerware, and our monogrammed toasting flutes. The bedding is so comfortable. I love changing up the throw pillows to change the look. Our Emma Dinnerware is so cute and goes with everything!

Photography: Britta Hundertmark of Britta Marie Photography

Venue: Women’s Club of Evanston

Catering: Heaven on Seven

Dress: Stephen Yearick

Cupcakes: Sprinkles

Popcorn Favors: Garrett