The Most Romantic Spot on the Planet Just Might Be…Provence

Does it get any more romantic than a quiet chateau in the South of France? That would be a hard no. For Tamara Gruner’s recent photography workshop, she showcased just how magical a honeymoon in Provence can be. And with design and styling by Weddings of Excellence in Provence and the old world charm of Le Clos Saint-Estève, these images are all the motivation you need to book that post-wedding vacation to the prettiest spot on Earth.

From Tamara Gruner Photography… What can be more beautiful to spend your first days as a married couple in beautiful Provence? We chose the stunning Provencal venue ‘Le Clos Saint-Estève’ for our honeymoon inspiration. Our happy couple arrives in style at their honeymoon location with their cute suitcases. Our bride is wearing a beautiful modern dress from Alyssa Kristin, which matches her stunning shoes from Bella Belle Shoes. Happily, they are wondering around the beautiful estate and can’t hide their love for each other. Our sweet lovebirds are looking forward to a week of relaxing days after their wedding. Upon their arrival they are waking up to sunshine the next day. Our bride is dressed in her gorgeous lingerie made by Veronica Sheaffer. To totally unwind they are having breakfast in bed in their typically Provencal bedroom – a stunner itself! We wish the both of them many more fun mornings in their future life together! If you wish to be part of our next Tamara Gruner Photography Workshops 2018 (April 22nd – 25th) click here for more info.

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Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Event Planning & Design: Weddings of Excellence in Provence | Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering: Brunet Frères | Makeup: Ylva Langenskiold | Hair: Agnes Caneri | Groom’s Attire: Rayne Homme | Attendee Presents: Rose et Marius | ESTATE: LE CLOS SAINT ESTEVE | Floral Design & Event Design: Un Jardin En Ville | Guest Blogger: Erin Lepperd from Style Me Pretty | Invitation & Calligraphy: Crème De Papier | Lighting & Technical Support: BAZ MUSIC LIGHT CONCEPT | Lingerie: Veronica Sheaffer | Management of Venue: LE CLOS SAINT ESTEVE | Model Agency: Enjoy Models | Ring & Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Scans & Guest Speaker: Richard Photo Lab | Short White Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Shuttle: Provence Panorama | Silk & Ribbon & Headpiece: Orchidee De Soie | Tabletop Rentals: Carron Paris | Website Designer Guest Speaker: Icon6 | Workshop: Tamara Gruner Photography

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What to Sell, Save + Donate After Your Wedding

Whether you’re tight on money after your wedding or not sure what to do with 150 mercury glass votive candle holders, here are some suggestions to help you whittle down what to keep or toss.


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SELL: Your Dress

Take a deep breath. You probably did not see this coming, did you? Hear me out on this one. There is a slim chance your potential future daughter will want to wear your dress. At the time of her wedding, your dress will be outdated, and unless perfectly preserved and stored (which can be pricey) not in wedding day shape.

If you sell your dress now (either online or through a bridal consignment shop), you can likely get up to 50% of the purchase value back! Besides, do you really want your dress to take up precious closet space for the next 30 years? Don’t forget, you’ll have stunning photos of you in your gown. Take the proceeds and buy a gorgeous purse you’ll use every day, or even surprise your new hubby with a weekend getaway!


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SELL: Your Decor

Wedding decor is one of those things that will cycle in and out of trends over the years. There’s no use saving hundreds of votives, your hand-lettered table numbers, that antique mirror-tuned-seating-chart or even those beautiful batch cocktail dispensers. Have hundreds of leftover bubbles or sparklers from your exit? A beautiful card box? Selling them now on sites like Next Door can help offset the cost of the original purchase. Or, rent them out bigger items through sites like Fluid Market and maybe you can even make some money!

SELL: Flower Girl/Ring Bearer Attire and Accessories

Your precious mini-attendants might have already grown out of their festive duds by the time you get back from your honeymoon! Clean the attire first (kids are messy, you know) and then put them up for sale via kids consignment shops or sites like ThredUp or Poshmark.

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SAVE: Your Accessories

Accessories are the perfect (small!) items to cherish and keep. Some easier items to save would be your shoes, jewelry and headpiece! You could wear your wedding shoes on every anniversary, or pass on your beautiful wedding day necklace and earrings to that future daughter (or daughter in law)! Your perfume would be a lovely sensory reminder to save as well.


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SAVE: Your Husband’s Suit

I know, I know! I told you to sell your dress, but your guy gets to keep his suit? Not fair. Unless he wore a tuxedo, chances are his suit can be dressed down and worn for other occasions in life. Another wedding, a job interview, a special anniversary dinner are all reasons to bust out the suit again, perhaps without the jacket and with a different tie!


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DONATE: Your bouquet

Well, you’ve tossed it once, so just keep on tossing it! Preserved flowers rarely keep well, so why not donate it to a guest (your MOH perhaps) or have someone drop it by a nursing home or hospital the next day. If you’d like, keep one bloom and press it between a book.

DONATE: Extras

Extra program paper. Unused seating cards. Half-used DIY/craft supplies. Welcome bags. Donate or recycle all of these. Hopefully, your skilled photographer caught all these details so you can contain them into one big, beautiful wedding album. Trust us, you don’t want to pack and repack these odds and ends as you move from your shared apartment to your starter house to your forever home. Just recycle, throw out or donate whatever doesn’t have a practical use (or extreme sentimental value).

 

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Celebrating National S’mores Day — A Bachelorette Beach Bonfire!

National S'mores Day Inspiration

Surf, sand, and s’mores! For those of you that know the joys of beach bonfires, is there anything more perfect than ending the evening with one of these decadent delights? We don’t think so. 🙂 In honor of ‘National S’mores Day’ (yes — it’s a real thing! And whoever is/was on the team to come up with these days… Where do we sign up?!), we’re dishing up this adorable editorial. Putting their own spin on the day, the team at Layered Vintage put together this laid-back beach bachelorette party (which could definitely double as a birthday party or something of the sort), and we couldn’t imagine anything better!

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Two Designers’ Minimalist Elopement in Joshua Tree

When a graphic designer and fashion design instructor tie the knot, you can expect a stylish affair and that was certainly the case for Dominique and Curt’s big day. They opted to skip the stress and minimize the fuss with a pop-up ceremony in Joshua Tree, California. Dominique stunned in a BHLDN bridal jumpsuit and post-vows the couple celebrated with donuts and champagne. Head to the gallery for even more captured by Gaby J Photography.

From Gaby J PhotographyDominique, a fashion design instructor, and Curt, a graphic designer, met 3 years ago in Philadelphia through a mutual friend. They couldn’t have met at the worst time – Dominique was in the middle of moving to Charleston and Curt was moving to San Francisco later on in the year.

After a couple of dates together, they kept in touch but knew it was too good to be true. On a whim, Dominique asked Curt to visit her in Charleston and shortly after, he asked her what she would think if he moved there. Of course, Dominique wanted him there more than ever but left the decision up to him. I’m sure you can guess his decision!

Dominique and Curt are both avid outdoorsy people and the desert has a small piece of their hearts. They knew they wanted to elope and have a stress free, intimate day just between the two them. Unanimously, they chose to elope in Joshua Tree, CA and have a pop-up ceremony by Flora Pop.

Being a fashion design instructor, Dominique wore a vintage white jumper paired with sparkly Jimmy Choos. Curt wore a minimal floral print tie and tailored suit. They started their wedding day together in their Airbnb relaxing with drinks in their hand and snacking from a charcuterie board spread.

They walked hand-in-hand to their favorite spot in the desert and professed their vows to each other amongst wild flowers and pre historic boulders under a magical sun setting sky.

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Photography: Gaby J Photography | Floral Design: Flora Pop | Officiant: Flora Pop | Jumpsuit: BHLDN | Location: Joshua Tree National Park

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Wild + Free Summertime Elopement in the Italian Dolomites

Italian Dolomites Elopement

Wild and adventurous elopements are popping up everywhere. We’re seeing so many couples embrace this version of the wedding; they introduce epic backdrops, wild and unexplored areas, and their photographer captures some of the coolest shots. The vision for this shoot came about from this elopement trend and wanting to bring it to the Dolomites in Italy. Photographer, Lilly Red Creative, shares Scouting a place that we had never been before to find the perfect spot wasn’t easy. We drove nearly 900 miles in three days, going to explore different sites and hearing about different spots from tourists and locals. If you believe in what you are doing, even when it’s hard to do, the determination will give way to success and seeing your results! The awesome photographs and amazing experience are proof of that.

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