The Most Amazing Floral Arch We’ve Ever Seen — Seriously!!

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Here at GWS, we’ve got a *thing* for florals… And love. And really just gorgeous photos that take our breath away + capture the unique essence of each couple (but we’re guessing you already knew that!). Anyway, the moment we laid eyes upon this jaw dropping, absolutely stunning, mind boggling beautiful floral arch our hearts went pitter patter (in the best way possible) and we knew we had to share it with you!

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How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon (For The Opposites-Attract Couple)

Having diverse interests is probably one of the things that makes you such a strong couple—you’re always teaching each other new things, even if it causes a few disagreements. Planning your dream honeymoon together is just another way to strengthen your union, and have the trip of a lifetime to look forward to post-wedding.

Here are five honeymoon planning tips for the couple who may not agree on every detail.


Set your budget.
While obvious, it’s important to do first – it’s no fun planning your dream trip only to discover it’s way outside your means. Be realistic with yourselves about how much money you’re able to comfortably spend – factor in any honeymoon registry contributions, if you have one. Don’t forget to look for savings in unlikely places – specifically any airline, hotel and credit card rewards you can cash in. These days you can use airline miles to book hotels, hotel points to book rental cars, credit card points for a new bikini – you get the picture!

Finally, agree on where you’ll prioritize spending your money – do you want to go somewhere exotic and far away if it means less money for a hotel? Will you splurge on adventures but not meals? Don’t skimp on somewhere pleasant to stay—you’ll want a beautiful place to relax together at the end of the day!


Agree on the feel of the trip.
What do you picture: lounging by the water? Thrill seeking excursions? Exotic dinners? Choosing exotic vs. familiar, city vs. country, mountain vs. ocean will help you narrow your list. The great news, if you’re like my fiancé and me, is there are plenty of places where you can have it all (or close to it). We are travel opposites, so we chose Spain to be able to explore new cities, but also lay on some beautiful beaches.


Think about the weather and time of year.
Once you decide when you’re able to go (whether right after the wedding or several months later), be realistic about the weather at your possible destinations. If you know you want snow, or warm waters, it’s a great way to narrow down your list. You can also eliminate options if you know it’ll be peak tourist season, and too expensive or crowded. Do your research and find a spot that will have your ideal weather, but won’t be peak visitor season for the best experience.


Try something new.
Having a brand new activity you’ll try on your trip is a great way to build anticipation for your honeymoon. Trying something new together is also a wonderful way to create lasting memories. For the couple that has varied interests, it’s a good way to find common ground (rather than planning something just one of you likes). While my fiancé and I differ on a lot of things, we both love food, so we decided our first cooking class was the perfect activity!



Compromise.
My fiancé and I had the best time planning our honeymoon because it was all about building an experience that would offer new memories.  We’ll get to tap into our shared love of long dinners, exploring castles, and shopping open air markets. I’ll indulge his love of art museums, let him linger in front of a few paintings (then he’ll escort me to the museum cafe), and he’ll lounge on a beach for me (but I’ll be sure to sneak in adventurous boat ride for him). Embrace the compromise!

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Chloe O’Sullivan is a freelance writer and sales director based in Washington DC (soon relocating to Northern New Hampshire). When she isn’t writing, she can be found trying new restaurants, planning her next trip, or hiking with her soon to be husband.

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When Middle School Sweethearts Tie the Knot

Lyndsey and Thomas’ wedding was a dream come true in more ways than one. For starters, saying “I do” was a long time coming for these middle school sweethearts and the setting of Saddlerock Ranch had been a pipe dream of Lyndsey’s since a family trip to California many years prior. The Texan couple brought a taste of home to their Malibu nuptials, including a “Howdy” sign crafted by Bella Grafia and we’ve got every moment of the day captured by Leah Vis.

From the bride… Thomas and I were middle school sweethearts, so our wedding in October was a long time coming. Since our families and friends from Texas had been waiting for so long, no one minded traveling to California for our dream wedding at Saddlerock Ranch.

Everyone asks why we got married in Malibu, California, and, to be honest, we have no history or ties to California at all. I went on a Malibu Wine Safari at Saddlerock Ranch about 5 years ago with my mom and a friend, and one of the tastings was at the Chateau Le Dome. The rolling hills and vineyard views took my breath away, and I told my mom “I am getting married here one day!” Flash forward many years, the day after Thomas proposed my mom asked what we were thinking for a wedding location. I told her “I already told you…Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu!” Having my wedding at Saddlerock Ranch was really a dream come true.

I think the theme for our wedding is pretty obvious, flowers, flowers, and more flowers! From the invitation liners to the dinner plates to my Maid of Honor’s dress, I knew I wanted to incorporate as many floral touches as I could. An idea from our incredibly creative wedding planner, Lindsay, we had a custom-made “Howdy” sign hanging from the bar, and I thought it was the perfect touch to bring a little Texas flair to California.

Our wedding ended up being the most beautiful celebration, and we owe our perfect evening to Bliss Productions and all of our wonderful vendors.

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Photography: Leah Vis Photography | Wedding Planning + Design: Bliss Productions | Floral Design: Mark’s Garden | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Sweet Arleen’s | Engagement Ring: Jewel’s by Grace | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie | Hair + Makeup: The Beauty Pair | Band: The Class Band | Suits: Men’s Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Caligraphy: Heidi Davidson Design | Custom Bolero: Hayley Paige | Howdy Sign: Slinging Ink™ Calligraphy | Linens: Luxe Linen | Maid of Honor Dress: Show Me Your Mumu | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Tableware: Casa de Perrin

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A Year of Flowers: Roses

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Everything’s coming up roses for the month of June… and what a coincidence — as the birth flower for June is the rose! Have you seen the other installments of our “A Year of Flowers” mini-series with Poppy + Mint Floral Company? If not, pop on over here and then continue the journey with us as we celebrate the true sweetheart of summer: Roses!

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A Canceled Venue Didn’t Stop This Dream Wedding From Happening!

Just two months before their big day, Jaecelle and Andrejs encountered every couple’s worst nightmare – a canceled venue. But rather than postpone, they worked with Big Sur Weddings to organize a new location that felt like Plan A all along. Set right on the cliffs of Rocky Point, they exchanged vows above the crashing waves and the incredible Greg Finck captured all the moments we can’t stop talking about.

From Greg Finck… A wedding is sometimes exposed to natural randomness. Jaecelle and Andrejs learned it the hard way when their wedding venue was canceled just two months before their wedding day. The pouring rains in Big Sur during the winter broke a bridge and made their original venue inaccessible. That’s when Diane, from Big Sur Weddings, played her magic for an amazing Plan B.

Jaecelle and Andrejs, both from California, ended up getting married at Rocky Point, before an al fresco dinner in the Carmel Valley, where we could all enjoy an amazing sunset. Everything at this wedding was so beautiful. The couple designed their invitation suite by themselves, and what a result! And what to say about Jaecelle’s bespoke wedding dress? All of these details were a delight for a photographer’s eyes.

The day ended with an amazing sunset that I leveraged for some portraits in the wild grass before the couple headed to their own dinner table in the middle of their guests. Another beautiful wedding day in North California!

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Videography: J Michael Media | Event Planning + Design: Big Sur Weddings | Floral Design: Gavita Flora | Ceremony: Rocky Point | Reception: Big Sur Weddings | Bride’s Shoes: M.Gemi “Cammeo” Pumps | Catering: Feel Good Foods | Hair + Makeup: Blush Makeup Studio Monterey | Groom’s Attire: High Society | Officiant: Jeffrey Gang (friend) | Bride’s Dress: Shin Bu Bridal | Bride’s Rings: Victoria Jewellers | Cocktails: Pour Girl | Dessert Station: Lady M Confections | Dinner Napkins: Adorn Company | Groom’s Ring: Rebecca Overmann | Invitation Suite: Homemade by the couple | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Music: Kelly Productions | Reception Music: DJ Jason O’Neil | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Rentals: Mrs. Peasy | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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A 10-Mile Hike to Havasu Falls was Worth the Trek for these Engagement Photos!

Havasu Falls Engagement

Would you hike 10 miles for an engagement photo session in front of a crystal-blue waterfall? For Tina + Matt, the adventure was in the journey and the destination! Havasu Falls is an oasis deep in a desert canyon on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona, and, as photographer Anni Graham tells us, well worth every ounce of effort to get there. An adventurous couple requires an adventurous photographer, right?! T+M found that in Annie, who told us how the shoot came about:

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Mentioning the Unmentionables: Finding the Perfect Bra with ThirdLove

Finding the Perfect Bra with Thirdlove

You’ve found THE dress, you know what you’re going to wear to your bridal brunch, your ladies have their dresses picked + prepped… However, there’s one daunting question left: What bra do you wear to keep everything in place + looking amazing?

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3 Unexpected Bridal Shower Cocktails

We’ve all been at bridal showers where they serve champagne and rosé and while none of us are complaining about those options, it’s always fun to mix it up! A refreshing cocktail is the best tool for beating the heat at summer bridal showers. Seriously, is there a better way to keep your guests happy?! Try one of these unique cocktails.

Limoncello & Lavender Prosecco (Yields 5 servings)
For the syrup:
1 cup water
1T lavender flowers
1 cup honey
½ c granulated sugar

For the drink:
1 cup limoncello liquor
1 (750ml) bottle of prosecco
lavender sprigs for garnish
lemon slices for garnish

Make the lavender infused simple syrup by bringing the lavender flowers plus the water to a boil over medium heat. Next, add the honey and sugar and stir until it is dissolved. Set this aside and let it cool.

In a pitcher, combine the liquor, prosecco and simple syrup and stir. Pour over ice into each glass and garnish with a sprig of lavender and a lemon slice.
Frosé (Yields 5 servings)
1 (750ml) bottle of rosé
½ cup lemon Italian soda

Pour the rosé into ice cube trays and freeze overnight. Blend the “ice” cubes and lemon Italian soda in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.


Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita (Yields 3 Servings)
For the syrup:
2 sliced jalapeños
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup honey
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water

For the drink:
¾ cup tequila
½ triple sec
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
blackberries for garnish

Make the jalapeño-blackberry infused simple syrup by bringing the jalapeño slices, blackberries and water to a boil. Next, add the honey and sugar and stir until it is dissolved. Let the simple syrup cool.

Combine the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup. Pour over ice and garnish with blackberries.

Add a fun upgrade to any of your signature cocktails with one of these:


Summer Infused Ice Cubes
Add your favorite berries or flowers to ice cube trays and then fill them with water. They will make any drink pretty!

Popsicles
Place an upside down popsicle into your cocktails for an extra treat! We suggest a blackberry or lime flavored popsicle for the margarita.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Carly Ellentuck is a freelance writer and blogger bride. She is the gal behind The Cozy Curator, a blog that features all things life+style. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her fiancé. Carly is currently enjoying planning her modern boho-beach wedding that will take place on Long Beach Island this summer!

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Historic New Orleans Fete Complete with a Second Line Brass Band

If you are going to have a traditional New Orleans wedding, you better believe a second line parade for the new Mr. and Mrs. is in order. And that is only the beginning of this classic meets modern celebration held at the family’s estate and crafted by Everly. Also on the docket, not one but 3 insanely gorgeous dresses dawned by the fashion blogger Bride. Take a peek at the full celebration captured by Elisa Bricker right here.

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Seasons

Fall

Settings

Estate

Styles

Classic

From the Photographer… Fashion blogger and bride, Bridget Ryan, chose to get married in her historic home town and celebrated her wedding at the family home. Their wedding was steeped in tradition, but her personal style is modern and fresh, so blending tradition and bringing in modern touches was important. Her husband and his family are French, so their wedding was also a blend of cultural tradition, and friends from around the world. They married these styles and traditions in a graceful ceremony at the church where she grew up and celebrated their wedding in the back hard of her family’s private estate. Of course, since it was a New Orleans wedding there were local traditions such as a king cake for guests in their welcome bags, beads galore, and a second line to celebrate the new couple!

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Photography: Elisa Bricker | Videography: Khoi Pham | Wedding Planner: Everly Event Planning & Design | Floral Design: Fat Cat Flowers, LLC | Cake: Nikki’s Frosted Fantasies | Invitations: Scriptura | Reception Venue: Private Estate | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Makeup: Belladona | Hair: Amber Buxton | Calligraphy: Sterling Calligraphy | Band: Sam Hill Entertainment | Dress Design: Nardos Design, Dallas Texas | Flower Girl Dresses: Banbury Cross

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