Wine Country Wedding

Looking to get married in Wine Country?  Then look no further for some great inspiration from this darling duo!

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Anna and Alex ventured outside of their home in San Francisco to say I do in Sonoma County at the beautiful private estate, Relais Du Soleil.  But this story began much further from California than that.  The pair are both originally from the former Soviet Union and came to the US as young refugees.  Cut to decades later, both are successful entrepreneurs in love!

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Once the couple’s courtship was in full swing, Alex proposed in front of her whole family at Central Kitchen in San Francisco and the rest was history!

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The lovebirds said I do under a chuppah made by their friends and dressed in garland to blend with the beautiful natural setting.

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Rustic wedding details were spotted throughout the event (as was the green garland to match the ceremony).  Keys tagged with escort card information welcomed guests to their seats for dinner!

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For the reception, the couple opted for a French country style vibe under a tent!

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One little touch of lavender dressed each place setting perfectly!

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The tables were also adorned with homemade vodka made by the bride’s father.

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The couple fell in love at Burning Man so as an homage to their past, they included large metal sculptures from Burning Man around the tented area.

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At the end of the night, a purple ombre cake was served up along with a picture perfect purple dessert bar!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Wedding Vendors: Photography: Elena Zhukova, Event Planning and Design: Milk & Honey Special Events, Catering: Elaine Bell Catering, Venue: Relais Du Soleil, Flowers: Huckleberry Karen Designs, Wedding Cake: Beaux Gateaux, Desserts: Bouchon Bakery, Mixology: Goose and Gander, Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals, Tent: Wine Country Party, Transportation: Pure Luxury


Rustic Fall Colors in this Northeast Wedding

Another duo with a flair for fun that we’re taking a look back on today.  Congrats again Emily and Fred!

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Emily and Fred said I do at a fall inspired wedding in Hoboken, New Jersey with an intimate group of friends and family present to celebrate with them.  We may have just come off of 4th of July but anytime is a good time for some sweet nature inspired décor and we love the colors from this big day!

The slightly hipster crew said I do at the Kolo Klub, with 65 loved ones to witness it all!  The venue was certainly unique and special – so how did they find it?  “We met with Adena for our engagement shoot about 8 months before our wedding and we really weren’t sure where we were going to do it. After talking to her, and after she got a feel for us, she suggested some venues that sounded like a right fit and the Kolo Klub in Hoboken was one of them.  We wanted to be married in a low key Hoboken spot (since that’s where we’ve made our lives as adults) and this was perfect.  Getting married in a bar surrounded by 65 of our closest friends and family was perfect. No seating plan, nothing formal – just an amazing place to celebrate, drink and eat great food (catered by Anthony David’s which was also sort of a selling point, since they cater for this space!)”


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With such seasonally fabulous floral and decor, we asked Emily how to design came to be.  “We have been together for over 10 years and wanted a very relaxed, “true to us” wedding in the Fall. So we just chose warm autumn colored items or anything playful that we saw & liked and wanted to incorporate into the day.”

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We hear a lot of couples love that they opted for a first look and this pair is no exception!  Before the ceremony, the couple actually spent some quality time together.  Fred & I met up before the ceremony, just us, to take photos with Adena.  Just that hour or two with just the 3 of us was fun and solidified the fact that we were doing this the way we always wanted to – a little non traditional, with only our favorite elements of tradition included. We got all of our couple photos “out of the way” before the ceremony/celebration, which allowed us to enjoy quality time with our family and friends. That was a favorite moment.”

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Informal seating and festive tables then filled the reception room for the big party!

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And for dessert?  Cakes and cupcakes!  But what about this unique cake topper?  “Since we didn’t want to bring our pug, Peter (7 years old), to the ceremony/celebration we wanted to be sure that he was there in spirit. He’s our favorite little guy and has been there for the majority of our relationship and he needed to be there one way or the other.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Wedding Team: Photographer:  Studio A Images, Location: Kolo Klub, Caterer: Anthony David’s, Floral Designer: Botanical Design, DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Etsy store – SIBO, DJ: Joe Balance, Cake Designer: Molly’s Cupcakes, Hair Stylist: Toni and Guy, Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas (Stationary Goods – Invites RSVPs etc.)

A Rustic Burlap Wedding

We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!  This kicks off our week of some of the sweetest weddings of the year on the blog (don’t worry, we’ll be back in January with all new events too).  To start, enjoy some rustic burlap wedding inspiration from this darling So Cal couple!

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Paige and her darling groom, Eric, said I do in Southern California wine country, Temecula to be exact, at Lake Oaks Meadows.  A beautiful outdoor ceremony and oodles of rustic wedding details at the reception, we can’t help but swoon over the love of these two on their wedding day!

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Natalia Cruz of TaliaStudio shared with us her experience photographing this gorgeous day!  “In what was set to be another memorable day filled with rain, we had a pleasant surprise of clear skies for the wedding of Eric and Paige. I remember driving through rains for their engagement session earlier this year, and on our drive to their gorgeous Lake Meadows venue in Temecula I thought to myself, “please please PLEASE let it be clear today.” The Lord had graced us with 100% amazing-ness on a 40% chance of rain. Pulling up to the venue I swear I could hear violins in the background (of my mind). It was so incredibly beautiful! The rains from the previous days brought a shine to the whole place.”

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“They did opt for a First Look, so this of course guarantees more images/time with the bridal party and couple, and thankfully they chose to go this route since there was only 20 minutes left of light when the ceremony ended.”

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Then after the first look it was onto the ceremony and reception with lots of chalkboard wedding details!

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Mason jars flanked with quotes about love lined the aisles as the couple said I do in the lush outdoors.

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At the reception, a sweetheart table complete with their initials awaited the couple.

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…as did a delicious dessert bar!

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Burlap sacks filled with goodies were gifts for guests at the end of the evening.

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And they had quite possibly the most creative gift table ever!

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“I read the other day that getting married is easy, but staying married is hard. These two are incredibly blessed to have found each other!”

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Wedding Vendors: Photography: Jeff and Natalia Cruz of TaliaStudio, Venue: Lake Oak Meadows, Florist: Murrieta VIP, DJ: Mike Shroyer Good Time DJ, Cake: The Crimson Cake, Wedding Decor: Bride + Her Mom

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas friends!  We hope you’re celebrating with those you love most!  Congratulations to all those couples who wed this week (and to those who just got engaged too!)

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{Photos: Invitation:Rahel Menig Photography via Wedding Chicks, Bride: Invitation Styles, Couple: Jennie Tewell, Ring: Kristin Hornberger, Escort Card Jars: Something Turquoise, Bouquet: Jennifer Stuart via Artfully Wed, Cake: Evelyn Keijer, Desserts: Pen n Paper Flowers Studio & Design}

Glitter Christmas Eve Wedding

What could be more festive than a Christmas Eve wedding? Give the ultimate gift and celebrate the holidays with glitzy, glittery nuptials. The gold glitter is a perfect way to incorporate cheerful Christmas spirit into your special day. Whether you’re going for rustic, elegant, or classic, these glittery ideas and decor inspiration will create the perfect combination of holidays and wedding


{Top Row Left: Jessica Strickland Photography via Jessica Dunn, Right: via The Bridal Detective, Second Row: Lauren Fair Photography via The Knot, Third Row Left: Paige Smith Designs, Right:Raymond Lee Jewelers, Bottom Row Left: Julia Wade Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs Right: Arina B. Photography via Ruffled}

Warm Winter Cocktails

Here in Los Angeles, it rarely gets colder than 65 degrees. But for native Southern Californians, that’s nearly freezing and a very good reason to not step foot outside. Unfortunately, the cold is not a good enough reason to play hooky, and no matter how difficult it is, we still have to go to work and school. In order to make days like these a little bit better, we’ve put together a list of winter cocktails to help us relax and warm up after a long day of work.

Not only are these delicious drinks perfect for a nice relaxing evening, but they could also serve as the perfect signature cocktail for a winter wedding. Warm up your guests with hot buttered rum, mulled wine, or a spiked pumpkin latte! Not only are these cocktails aesthetically pleasing, but they look and sound delicious!

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{Top Row Left: Cooks with Cocktails, Right: The Gouda Life, Second Row Left:Kitchen Treaty, Right: Hello Natural, Third Row:Real Housemoms, Bottom Row Left:The Framed Table, Right:The Kitchn}

S’mores Inspired Desserts

If you’re planning a winter wedding and love the idea of incorporating s’mores into your wedding somehow, check out these delicious, jaw-dropping ideas. Warm up guests with s’mores hot chocolate or feature a gourmet s’mores bar, where guests can add toppings like bacon or cookies. If you’re looking for more options, try the crescent s’mores roles, cheesecake, nachos, or cookies for a fun and unique take on these traditional desserts. Whatever you may choose, these yummy treats will be sure to be a crowd favorite and keep your guests coming back for more.


{Top Row Left: Minimalist Baker, Right: Bakerita, Second Row Left: How Sweet it is, Right: A Cookie Named Desire, Third Row: Foodie Crush, Bottom Row Left: Krafted Koch, Right: Lemon Tree Dwelling}

Pink and Silver Weddings

Silver sparkles this time of year, especially on New Year’s Eve so if you’re hosting a holiday fete, a New Year’s I do or a wedding this winter, consider the palette of pink and silver!  A romantic duo that shines bright on your wedding night, we love the look the combination creates (especially with mirrors making smaller spaces or crowded rooms seem bigger).  Take a look at a few of our festive faves for this color combination!

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{Photos: Dress: The Lane, Mirror w/Flowers: Ambrosio Photography via SMP, Bridesmaid Dresses: Etsy, Bouquet: Art with Nature via Wedding Chicks, Invitation: Elfenpulver, Mason Jars: It All Started with Paint, Dessert Bar: Lee Bird Photography, Cake: Black Sheep Photography, Glitter Vase: Young Hearts Photography via Ruffled}

Green, Gold and a Pop of Red

‘Tis the season for sparkling golds, reds and greens!  But did you think to pair these holiday colors together for your big day before?  They aren’t as “holiday” as you might think, in fact, it’s super chic!  From gold sequin linens to sparkling invitations and bright red bouquets, we love the holiday season for oh-so fab winter weddings!

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{Photos: Bouquet: Christa Elyce via Bridal Musings, Invitation: Etsy, Shoes: Christian Oth, Hair Headpiece: Etsy, Table Number: Etsy, Bridesmaid + Menu: Chard Photographer via Ruffled}

Pantone 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Every year, Pantone scours the world for trends in fashion, decor, beauty, and entertainment to find inspiration for an annual color. This year, inspired by richness and elegance, Pantone and X-Rite announced “marsala” as the signature color of the year for 2015. This deep, wine red hue brings a certain sophistication and refined look to any occasion. Whether you’re going for a rustic elegance, bohemian, or classic vibe for your nuptials, this timeless color is appropriate for all themes and decor.

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{Top Row:Emma Case Photography via Love My Dress, Second Row Left:Kate Foley Designs, Right: Sage Nines, Third Row: Lani Elias via Magnolia Rouge Bottom Row Left: Lani Elias via Magnolia Rouge, Right:Elise Cakes}

Engage!14 Cayman Islands – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we come to you from the Cayman Islands at the Engage!14 Wedding Industry Summit.  We chat with members of government and tourism board about what the Cayman Islands has to offer destination wedding couples and we take a look at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman while getting ideas and decor tips from Celebrations LTD.  Tune in!

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!