When Your Fur Baby Serves As Honorary Flower Girl

We first met Jacqueline and Zach (plus their adorable pup, Sansa) last fall with their Malibu engagement. We knew right then that their wedding day was going to be something special and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Think coral peonies, blushy pink bridesmaids, and a lush outdoor setting made for a springtime affair. But the most adorable moment of all? Sansa’s trip down the aisle as honorary flower girl. It’s hands-down one of the sweetest weddings you’ll ever see with incredible photography by Rebecca Yale.

From Rebecca YaleJacqueline and Zach were married on a sunny spring day at the beautiful Quail Ranch, just a short drive from Los Angeles. The day was planned to perfection by Leslie of Encore Events with bright pops of color from Unique Floral Designs.

The bridesmaids all picked their own dresses in tones of blush (a perfect example of mix and match dresses done right) and they were joined by the bride and groom’s puppy as the honorary flower girl who even walked down the aisle and sat front row as her mom and dad said their I Do’s. No detail was left untouched and guests enjoyed a pre-ceremony citrus water or iced-tea from the beautiful citrus water station set up by the ceremony before finding their seats.

After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails with the bride and groom’s 2 signature drinks and hors d’ouerves before being welcomed to the other side of the house to a beautiful dinner and dancing party surrounding a gorgeous old tree decked out in lights. Leslie brought in a beautiful pop of color using blue water goblets paired with gorgeous gold chargers and gold cutlery on the tables and mixed the round linen tables with a few rectangle farm tables giving the reception a beautiful dynamic appearance. Each table was marked with a slab of hand calligraphed stone with the table number, which was tucked under the gorgeous peony, rose, ranunculus and greenery filled centerpieces.

The bride and groom had their first dance as the golden light shone through the trees and then the groom surprised his bride with a serenade in front of their guests. The couple danced the night away with their friends and family and guests ended the night with their delicious cake + sweets bar.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videography: Motivity Films | Event Planning: ENCORE | Leslie Kaplan Event Design | Floral Design: Unique Floral Designs | Invitations: Emily Devitt Designs | Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Rings: Astrein’s Jewelers | Makeup : Natalie Saraf for Gloss Makeup and Beauty Studio | Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith | Venue: Quail Ranch | Baker: Skiff’s Cakes | Bride’s Dress: Inbal Dror | Bridesmaid’s Robes: Helena Quinn | Bridesmaids Dress: Reformation | Bridesmaids Dress: BHLDN | Caterering: Command Performance Catering | Dress Point of Purchase: Panache Bridal | Maid of Honor Dress: Needle + Thread | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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DIY Escort Cards: The Crafty Way To Wow Your Guests

We hope you’re ready to get your craft on, because we’re spending our day DIYing up some gorgeous additions to your wedding weekend and it’s sooo much fun. First, we teamed up with our friends at Spoonflower for these beautiful bridesmaid robes and now we’re tackling some escort cards using their stunning fabrics. Get ready to make a serious impression on your guests and dive into the simple instructions below.

Materials

An 8″ x 8″ Sample Swatch of Spoonflower Cotton Poplin, You can get 36 squares with one swatch of fabric but if you want each table to have a unique design, order 1 swatch per table. We used these designs.
Large Pinboard
Small Gold Pins
Gold Binder Clips
White Card Tags
Brush Pen
Watercolor Pen In Color Of Your Choice
Double Stick Tape
Pinking Shear Scissors
Yardstick

instructions

Use a yardstick to evenly space out a gold pin for each escort card on the pinboard, then set the board aside.

You’ll want to get one pattern of fabric for each table at the wedding. Cut fabric into squares about 1.25″ x 1.25” with the pinking shears. We eyeballed it, but if you’d like to be more precise, you can measure it out and using a chalk marker on the backside of the fabric to cut along the lines.

Place a small piece of double stick tape along the top backside of each fabric square, and press each square onto the bottom of a white card.

Dip your brush pen in a bit of water, then mix with your watercolor paint. Use this to write out each guests’ name on a card (be sure to coordinate to the correct fabric pattern for the guest’s table). Let dry ½ hour.

Hang the pinboard securely on a wall, or place on an easel. You can garnish with a few fresh vines or flowers for an extra special look.

Clip each card with a gold binder clip and hang on the pins in alphabetical order.

Be sure to put a swatch of corresponding fabric on each table number sign so guests can find their tables. Voila!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

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Desiree Hartsock’s Shares How to Write and Say Heartfelt Vows

Your wedding vows. Let’s be real—they are a trifecta of pressure: they are important, they are said in front of an audience, and they somehow have to capture all the inside jokes, couch cuddling, road trips, and Netflix marathons that make up you and your partner’s relationship in three minutes or under! If that’s enough to give you stress dreams, then take a deep breath and read on.


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Step One: Talk

You’ve probably seen it happen. The bride’s vows are deeply emotional and touching while the groom’s vows are goofy and funny (or vice versa). In order to make sure you are both on the same page, sit down with your fiancé and decide ahead of time on the format and tone. Of course, give a little leeway for your diverging personalities. You might be more comfortable opening with a funny story about the first time he tried to talk to you while he might want to start with a serious quote about marriage. And that’s okay! Just be sure that, overall, you both have a clear understanding of expectations so neither of you feel surprised by what the other person says.


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Step Two: Brainstorm

Get a nice mug of coffee, a cute notepad and pen and start thinking! Write down notes about your relationship, adjectives that describe your partner, and special memories that make you smile. Don’t worry about organizing them into any particular order just yet. Simply enjoy the process and get your creative juices flowing. Once you’ve done that, think about the things you want to promise (they are, after all, called vows!). List a few general ones—like, “I promise to always be there for you”—and some specific ones, like, “I promise to become an honorary Red Sox fan during baseball season.”


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Step Three: Structure

For a foolproof method that would get you an A+ in a public speaking class, follow this formula: begin with a short story or affirmation of your relationship, describe a few things that you love about your partner, say two or three promises, and close with one final promise that sums everything up (and, for bonus points, you can circle back to the story that you started with). With this structure, you’ll say everything you need to say and, perhaps, illicit some tears from the audience. Overall, avoid anything too embarrassing or cliché. You and your fiancé have a relationship that is unique and special—let the quirky/passionate/fun aspects of your shared story guide you.


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Step Four: Practice

You’ll feel much more confident saying your vows if you practice them. Say them in front of a mirror or practice in front of your friends—you can even record yourself on your phone. If you want, you can memorize them, but most brides opt for a pretty little vow book that they can read directly from. With practice, you’ll be familiar with your vows and you won’t have to worry about losing your place or stressing about your delivery. On the actual day, don’t think about anyone watching. Simply look into the eyes of your partner and focus on him alone. This is such a special moment that belongs to the two of you. It’s the culmination of all the ups and downs that compose relationships so let yourself be swept away in the moment.

Before you know it, you’ll be walking up the aisle as husband and wife but, even if your voice wavered or you stammered, you’ll always have those shared promises, from now to forever.

xoxo, Desiree

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DIY Confetti Throwers

DIY Biodegradable Confetti Thrower

Happy Wednesday! Today we are sharing an easy + fun DIY that you can add to your wedding ceremony (or reception exit) for guests to toss as you come back down the aisle as newlyweds! Thanks to our friends at Avery, these DIY confetti throwers can be customized in SO many ways, with lots of different confetti colors (or other toss items!). By just using their White Square Labels, you can create a ton of different options for your wedding. Here’s how we did it…

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This Couple Ditched Tradition For The Elopement Of Their Dreams

If you have any inclination that an elopement might be right for you, listen carefully to the words of this couple who exchanged vows in Paris. “You are going to spend the rest of your life with the person you love! Do not worry about anyone else. Try to live in the moment and do something for the two of you that you’ll remember for years to come.” With the help of French Grey Weddings they did exactly that and our friends at Brancoparta told the story beautifully through their lens.

From the bride… We wanted our wedding day in Paris to be as natural and stress-free as possible. However, I still wanted the occasion to feel elegant and romantic. We decided that an elopement was the best fit for us. I am a first-grade teacher and Glenn is an IT consultant from New York City. We consider ourselves to be easygoing and planning a large wedding at home was becoming a bit overwhelming and impersonal. Neither of us had ever been to Paris and we thought an elopement would be a unique opportunity to explore the romantic city and enjoy our special day together. I also knew we would have gorgeous pictures. My advice to couples thinking about eloping is this:

You are going to spend the rest of your life with the person you love! Do not worry about anyone else. Try to live in the moment and do something for the two of you that you’ll remember for years to come.

We hired Kasia of French Grey Events as our planner/celebrant for our elopement. I felt that a combination of pink and purple hues was the perfect accent to a Parisian backdrop. I sent Kasia a few pictures of how I envisioned my wedding day and she took care of absolutely everything, from the hair and makeup to the bouquet. The bouquet was made of seasonal flowers in my preferred colors. Fragrant purple lilacs, white ranunculus, and pink roses made up the base of my bouquet, accented with tulips and poppies. Soft silk ribbons in pale pink colors gathered in this spring bouquet to perfection.

Glenn and I were staying at the beautiful Pavilion de la Reine Hotel. It was the quintessential location for a romantic First Look session. We entrusted Kasia (our celebrant and planner) with the task of finding the perfect Parisian intimate venue for us. She did an excellent job of choosing a gorgeous and intimate balcony in the historic Arènes de Lutèce. It was perfect. I wore a Madeline Gardner dress from RK bridal in New York City. It was the very first dress I tried on! I fell in love with the scalloped lace and the delicate crystal beading. I assumed I loved it because it was the first time I was seeing myself in a wedding dress. After trying on many other dresses, I couldn’t stop thinking about that first dress-it was “the one”. I knew I made the right choice when I saw Glenn’s reaction upon seeing me for the first time.

I wanted my shoes to be timeless and romantic like Paris. The Badgley Mischka ‘Roxy’ shoes were absolutely gorgeous. The nude satin complemented the champagne hue of my dress.
Glenn wore a custom suit from Robbie & Co Men’s Shop. He was looking forward to seeing my reaction at our First Look. It was well worth the wait–I fell in love all over again.
The wonderful Harold James (my MUAH stylist) styled a low bun that was elegant but subtle enough to put the focus on the neckline of my beautiful dress. My makeup was soft and accentuated my features.

We were fortunate enough to have Andre Teixeira of Branco Prata as our photographer. Being that we eloped and did not have our families with us, it was very important that we had quality photography. Andre photographed us at the breathtaking Jardin des Plantes and captured the essence of our relationship and much that day meant to us. We were driven around Paris in a vintage Rolls Royce. People cheered and waved wherever we went. It was an experience we will never forget. My favorite part of the ceremony was when we recited our vows to one another. We had not rehearsed or written anything in advance! Although short, we knew our words were genuine and heartfelt.

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Photography: Brancoprata | Event Planning: French Grey Events | Floral Design : French Grey Events | Wedding Dress: Madeline Gardner | Hair + Makeup: James Harold | Hotel : Pavillon de la Reine | Groom’s Attire: Robbie’s Suits NYC

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White Sand Elopement Inspiration with Whimsical Boho Details

Sand Dunes Elopement

Endless hills of soft white sand, not a person or creature in sight, just two people ready to declare their love with nature as a witness — the vision was set as Perfectly Poised Events set out to plan the ideal elopement setting for the adventurous couple! Rachel at Joy of Bloom Florals designed some seriously inspiring creations for the day and gave us a little peek into her vision:

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