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Golden Bohemian Affair in Arizona

I am a self-confessed gold junkie through and through so the second I spotted this boho bride and her glamorous “goldie” dress from Sarah Seven, I was hooked. And the day behind that sparkling gown is equally as fab. It’s a beautiful mix of modern art gallery meets floral halos by Butterfly Petals and glam details planned by Hello Gem. Head to the gallery captured by Elizabeth McDonnell for so much more.

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From the Bride… When you marry into the surname Gold, you are basically hand-fed the perfect wedding theme. From there, it was simple: Sarah Seven “Goldie” wedding gown, chunky ByAMT classic gold wedding bands, a neon “Stay Golden” sign, and gold foil invitations. We wanted our wedding to be like our relationship: deeply intimate, frolicsome, and unorthodox. Originally when our creative backbone/day-of-coordinators Hello Gem asked what I envisioned, I told them I wanted our wedding to look like Juliet’s bedroom in Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo & Juliet.

A Golden Affair was structured around the idea of throwing a modern, industrial bohemian party in the desert. We chose the Icehouse as our venue for it’s exposed brick walls and ceiling ducts. Our florist Butterfly Petals, assembled a bougainvillea trellis to serve as an alter piece, and we lined the open-ceiling ceremony space with an ombré runner, candles, and wooden pews to create the illusion of an old, deconstructed cathedral. The white column room allowed us the creative space to hang a light installation that pooled onto the concrete flooring and suspend hand crafted, dimly lit clouds from the ceiling beams. White geodes and terrariums were collected to create the centerpieces. The head table was lined with forty Louis chairs to seat our bridal party and their respective dates and faced the dance floor, naturally delineated by family-style wooden picnic tables, adorned with wildflowers and candles.

Perhaps our favorite element of the wedding was the ceremony. I walked down the aisle under a cotton candy-colored Arizona sky to “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence + the Machine live at the Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony itself, inspired by a traditional Buddhist wedding, incorporated mindfulness and a collection of readings we felt captured the intellectual spirit of our meeting and union. We chose Chito’s cousin, Tara Martell, a yoga instructor and a close friend, to officiate our wedding, for her positive energy and free-spirit. We wrote our vows together, based on the virtues we believe make for a blessed and happy union. In the beginning we collectively settled on three components which we believe make a wedding enjoyable for others: good beats, toothsome food, and a limitless open-bar stocked with the holy trinity of booze-whiskey, tequila, and champagne. By far the most difficult task for us was finding a DJ; we wanted Erykah Badu meets Adventure Club. We ended up flying out DJ Smiles Davis from Los Angeles and were enamored with her beauty, energy, and ability. Our very talented and close friend, chef, and restaurateur Aaron May of BLTconcepts designed a menu of gourmet comfort food items served buffet style. In lieu of a wedding cake, we opted for a dessert table of our favorite confections including: lemon meringue tartlets, doughnuts, strawberry rhubarb pies, and très leches.

I wore “the Goldie” dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Bride in New York City; a headpiece of purple peonies; Olcay Gulsen lavender suede scalloped pumps with gold piping; a favorite vintage gold cross my deceased mother purchased in Santorini, Greece one summer during my childhood, as well as her gold Rolex watch, paired with a Cartier love bracelet that was a wedding present from my father and his current wife. Chito, the groom, wore a midnight blue tuxedo made-to-order from Brooklyn Tailors in Williamsburg, and Dsquared2 patent shoes. Each of the ten bridesmaids wore a unique white dress, because, honestly, what is sexier than a woman in a sundress? The maid-of-honor, my sister, wore a vintage floral kimono from our parent’s wedding in the 1970’s. Half of the bridesmaids wore floral headpieces, and the other half metal headpieces made by Pamela Love and Jacquie Aiche. Our friend Alexis, owner of Avenue Boutique, in Tucson, gifted each bridesmaid a unique necklace, bracelet, or set of earrings. Each girl carried a simple bundle of lavender, cabbage, or wildflower. The flower girls wore apron dresses, caftans, and rompers by Tutu du Monde with floral headpieces. Former brides always give you terrific advice for the day-of: take time to eat something, don’t get too hammered, embrace the madness, etc. At the end of the day, we really felt like we put such a tremendous effort into creating this gathering of our most beloved and intimate kin, and we made a pact to be present in the moment and enjoy the fruits of our labor. We sat down and ate together, had conversations with the people we love, danced, and sipped champagne. Afterwards we sat and discussed our favorite moments: His was our un-choreographed, puerile first dance to the Montmartre remix of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” because he said it was the only time he felt alone with me; mine was him sprinting outside insisting that I come dance because Smiles Davis was playing “Flawless” by Beyoncé (do you see why I married him?).

Photography: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography | Event Planning: Hello Gem | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Aaron May | Invitations: Jay Strehlow | Ceremony Venue: Ice House | Reception Venue: Ice House | Catering: LTB Concepts- Aaron May | Make Up: Glam Lounge | Hair: Lisa Fresa Palacios | DJ: Smiles Davis | Bridesmaid Gifts: Avenue Boutique | Photography - Assistance: Kelsey Shirley Photography

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Elegant Philadelphia Greenhouse Wedding

I can’t think of any better way to beat the seasonal blues than a greenhouse wedding in the middle of winter. It’s exactly the route these two Philadelphia lovies went and I, for one, am a major fan. Of course, they couldn’t have pulled it off without Stephen STARR Events by their side, and Love By Serena captured every last bit. Cozy up with your cup o’ joe and head to the full gallery right here.

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From Love By SerenaWhen I received Rhae’s e-mail about documenting their big day, I was over the moon with excitement. I first met her through past wedding clients of mine (Sylvie & Charlie), as she was the maid of honor in their wedding. Sylvie was her matron of honor and Charlie officiated their ceremony, so it was awesome to see some familiar faces.

Rhae and Nick are both doctors residing in Philadelphia, PA. Being the fun, laid-back couple that they are, they wanted to reflect that in their wedding. The two of them wanted to have some gorgeous, natural light for their winter wedding – yet wanted to keep warm. That said, The Horticulture Center at Fairmount Park (a beautiful greenhouse) was the perfect spot for their ceremony and reception!

They got ready at the elegant Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. The two of them saw each other for the first time on the 19th floor of the hotel (XIX restaurant), with a lovely view of the city. Rhae wore an absolutely stunning Jenny Packham dress.

Photography: Love By Serena | Event Planning: Stephen STARR Events | Floral Design: Rebecca Redpath | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Stephen STARR Events | Hair & Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates | Calligraphy: Barbara Frantz | Lighting: Eventions Productions | DJ: Cutting Edge Entertainment | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridal Boutique: The Wedding Shoppe | Ceremony & Reception: The Horticulture Center At Fairmount Park | Desserts: Brendenbeck's Bakery | Hotel: Hyatt At The Bellevue

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Spring Garden Wedding full of Romance

This is the true definition of romance starting with a gorgeous bridal robe and moving on to flowers that could kill a girl, they’re so good. It’s a spring Texas wedding that has succulents folded in with delicate garden blooms, all masterminded by The Nouveau Romantics. Catch even more of the pretty, prettier and prettiest captured by Heather Hawkins right here. And you don’t want to miss the film by C1 Entertainment below.

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From The Bride…James & I knew that we wanted a wedding that reflected our love for each other, our families, and our friends. We wanted our day to showcase our passions for our faith, our community, our relationship, our style, and our loves for great food, delicious drinks, awesome music, and gorgeous florals. We knew that we wanted to host a celebration not only of ourselves and of our marriage but also of the people who supported us along the way, both individually and as a couple.

We decided that we wanted to get married and have our reception outdoors and options in Dallas, where we live, felt limited. We ventured to Austin on the recommendation of our close friend & super talented photographer, Heather Hawkins, who was booked to shoot a wedding at Le San Michele, a venue located in Buda. We fell in love with the way Le San Michele combined a sense of sprawling European-style gardens with Texas foliage, where beautiful plants like succulents and bluebonnets and cacti were growing freely around the property. We loved that the venue owners had outfitted the space with plenty of amazing lighting and beautiful decor, and we appreciated that we could bring in any vendors of our choosing to help us on our special day.

Through yet another connection, we were introduced to The Nouveau Romantics. We cannot say enough good things about working with Liz and Hannah – they made our dreams become a reality. They helped us craft the ceremony and reception that we wanted, and we loved that they are a one-stop shop, a place where we could work together on everything paper, floral, and event-related, creating a really streamlined effect for our wedding as a whole. From succulent-filled bouquets and margaritas during cocktail hour to farm-style tables and family-style food service, Liz and Hannah helped us make selections that felt innately us, choices that reflected our relationship and the party we wanted to host for the people we love most in the world.

Liz and Hannah created a secret Pinterest board to allow us to post pieces of inspiration throughout the planning process. That was really helpful for me; as a visual learner who wanted to be extremely hands-on throughout this detail-oriented process, I really craved a place where I could see our vision come to life. Florals were important to me, and I was blown away with what Liz and her team came up with – our bouquets, filled with succulents and ranunculus and garden roses, detailed with trailing ribbon, were mind-blowingly gorgeous. Alongside my bridal bouquet (which I wish I could carry around with me every day!), my favorite pieces were the flower collar they made for our English mastiff, Callie, and the flower crown I wore during the reception.

The food and beverages were important to us, too, since James & I not only love to eat but we also love to host dinner parties and gatherings centered around a good meal and great conversation. We chose Royal Fig to do our catering, noticing them as a recommended caterer on the list of every single venue we visited in Austin, including Le San Michele. We loved that their menus change seasonally and that they source ingredients locally as much as possible. We also loved that they make their own homemade margarita mix, which is completely delicious. After the wedding, guests raved to us about the food – it was that tasty and memorable. Our favorite dishes were the green chile macaroni and cheese, the Shiner-braised beef crostinis, and the orecchiete pasta with asparagus and peas. Both our bride’s and groom’s cake were the same flavor – appropriately named the James Brown (maybe not after my husband, perhaps…) – provided by the super delicious Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. We wanted our dessert table to primarily comprised of pies, a mutually favorite dessert of ours, and we were so glad that we went with Cutie Pies for these treats. We loved the blueberry and peach pies but the award-winning heath toffee pecan pie was a show-stopper.

The DJ from Look No Further provided the musical backdrop for an epic dance party, one that will live on in infamy in our memories. The DJ was super accommodating when James and his groomsmen asked to play a special, secret serenade at the reception, a musical treat that knocked my socks off. The video footage from the dance party documents just how awesome the music was!

All in all, our wedding day was everything we ever hoped for and so much more. We are so grateful and blessed, and we keep looking through Heather’s gorgeous photos and Patrick’s incredible video so we can relive that day over and over again!

Photography: Heather Hawkins Photography | Videography: C1 Entertainment | Cake: Sugar Mama's Bakeshop | Catering: Royal Fig | Hair: Kimberly Eddleton | Lighting: Ilios | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Le San Michele | DJ : Look No Further Entertainment | Makeup: Katherine Laurent Karli | Pies: Cutie Pies | Planning, Design, Flowers And Invitations: The Nouveau Romantics | Rentals: Loot Vintage Rental | Rentals: Whim Event Rentals | Restrooms: Texas Loo | String Trio: Barton Strings | Tent: Sperry Tents By Whim

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Bridesmaid Dress Shopping with Saffron Avenue

Angela from Saffron Avenue here, and today I’m sharing my experience dress shopping with my bridesmaids! You might have noticed from my last post I’m a huge fan of mix and match styles. I knew I wanted soft neutrals and long dresses, but was a little nervous it might be hard to translate my vision. But with a little luck – and mimosas a’plenty – each girl found a gorgeous gown to love.

Since all of my bridesmaids are married and have been through the entire bridesmaid dress shopping experience, I wanted to try something new and fun for them. That is when I discovered Brideside, which allows you to pick out dresses, have them shipped to you, and then try them on in the comfort of your own home. Since all my maids live in different cities I thought it would be neat to host a girls weekend where we can get together, sip some wine, reminisce, and of course try on gorgeous dresses at my apartment.

We started our morning off with a delicious breakfast bar and sipped on some mimosas. After breakfast, each of the girls picked out a few of their favorite dresses to try on first. We mixed and matched the styles as well as the colors and by the time we were done each girl found one they absolutely loved! We then picked out the final colors and sizes and let our stylist know we were ready to order the dresses. It was so awesome to see all the girls dresses, colors and styles come together and totally got me even more pumped for May 1st!

The entire experience was so much fun, it was like Carrie Bradshaw trying on her many outfits in her closet among her best friends. I wouldn’t trade it for anything and so happy each of my girls found a dress!

Until next time! xoxo, Angela

Photography: Laurelyn Savannah Photography | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Brideside | Brand Consultant: Saffron Avenue

Angela

Contributing Editor, Blogger Bride