Mils + Kathy’s summer garden wedding overflowed with symbols of their relationship. The venue was a historic American house with an English garden feel—repping both her American + his English roots. They incorporated his dream of being a pilot and her love of animals in the deets. Their main color was green (he loves blue, she loves yellow) with other fave color accents. Most importantly, supporting them were the people that knew they were in love even before they did, that rooted for them even when they took a 3 year break and found their way back to each other at last. Sounds like a pretty great day to us!
We haven’t seen too many anniversary portraits as of late but if you + your other half haven’t considered any yet, these Salvation Mountain photos by Esther of Eslee miiiight sway your vote. Not only is this spot a few hours SE of us a visual wonder, it was the perfect way for Chrystal (owner of planning + design company A Blissful Soirée) and Timothy to rep the faith that brought and keeps them together.
Some gorgy paper flowers for ya…
I wanted to incorporate some details from our wedding day in the shoot to make it more personal. I had Art by Sarah Ku customize a piece for me for my one-year wedding anniversary that I gifted to my husband. It was calligraphy lyrics to our first dance song, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” I also had the same mini red velvet cupcakes from my wedding at the shoot because I love sweets. I also wanted to incorporate flowers but this time, instead of real flowers, I decided to use paper flowers (since they last forever). Sara from Handmade by Sara Kim created such a beautiful paper flower bouquet and paper boutonniere for us and isn’t it just absolutely stunning?
Chrystal says, Our first year of marriage was a learning process. There are 2 different personalities under one roof now, 2 different ways of doing laundry, 2 different ways of washing the dishes, 2 different opinions on what is clean, etc. It was hard because it felt like we were getting to know each other all over again. As we were reaching our one-year anniversary, it finally felt like 2 people were finally coming together to understand one another. My husband and I are far from being perfect. But the past 2 years or our married life, we have learned to love unconditionally and sacrificially.
What’s a trip out to Salvation Mountain without a stop at Salton Sea?
They officially celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary this past Monday. Happy anniversary guys!
This may be a bold statement, buuut: a gold glittery dress is always a good idea. As a wedding gown, for sparkly bridesmaids, to flaunt at cocktail parties, you name it. Australian dress designer (don’t worry, they’re sold everywhere) Sorella Vita just launched their much anticipated Modern Metallic collection and it kinda proves our theory. Not only does metallic stand out as far as bridesmaid dresses go, it certainly makes a special white dress pop as well.
(Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!)
But we mean, an engagement party or any summer soiree could warrant such a striking ensemble. Even black tie weddings you’re attending as a guest.
Select from a fun, midi-length tank style, a front-gathered low-v neckline silhouette, a blouson design with delicate straps, or an amazing back view with a low cowl neck and cap sleeves. And each and every gown comes in all five matte-sequin colors, which you can fawn over on the website.
Once you get metallic on the mind, it’s not going anywhere. You’ll basically have to get your hands on something sparkly. Ready to get glammed up yourself? Onto the giveaway…
Sorella Vita Dress Giveaway
One lucky 100lc reader will win a Sorella Vita gown from the modern metallic collection, worth $250+! To enter, follow both @essenseofaustralia & @100_layercake on Instagram. Then just scroll through the Sorella Vita dress gallery and come back and leave a comment with your fave one. This giveaway ends this Monday, August 3rd.
Sorella Vita dresses are sold all over the US + around the world so be sure look up the store nearest you.
Truth: There’s nothing quite like a rustic wedding in the fall. Bold colors and warm vibes and elegant décor, you know? Thinking the same, wedding photogs The Willetts found the perfect Atlanta venue, The Stave Room, to portray such an occasion. Along with Lila Wilson Weddings’ expertise, they added an unexpected twist: blue. And it sure made for a heavenly scene…
Caroline of The Willetts says, Gregg and I, and an incredible team of vendors were inspired by the textures and the rustic vibe of The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, Atlanta’s newest wedding venue and whiskey distillery. We wanted to showcase the breezeway of American Spirit Works and styled an intimate ceremony with a fabulous wedding arch to highlight the mirrored backdrop. We also couldn’t get enough of the mixed metals on our styled table. Rose gold has become a staple color at contemporary weddings and we loved the way everything came together!
Farm tables all the way, if you ask us.
(Btw, you can click the link below for more ideas on incorporating blue!)
The splashes of color in Juli Vaughn‘s florals + crushed velvet textures in the attire made the wood tones pop, especially on these wooden laser cuts by HiNote Stationery.
…Wrapping things up with a killer cake, like we do.
Kudos to the team below for a fantastic shoot. Cakes, be sure to check ‘em out:
It’s so easy to get lost in the darling pinks and whimsical pastels that come with spring and summer weddings. Then we see something like this. And even mid-July, it sinks in: fall is on its way. The colors Bustle Events went with—marsala, turquoise, browns—are perfect for desert bohemian in any season, yet captivating in another sense too. Moody, sultry, dramatic. We love every bit of this story, as captured by The Hearts Haven:
Marina of Bustle Events says, The design concept for this styled shoot began with the colors of marsala and turquoise and a backdrop of the stunning desert wilderness in mind. The look developed into a little bohemian, a little tribal, and a lot of breathtaking details. The neutral colors of Joshua Tree’s cacti and rock formations begged for rich colored details to help show off Mother Nature’s creations.
Joshua Tree is just the best.
One of my favorite parts of the entire shoot was the ceremony “teepee” created by Leaf it to Lexi. The garlands of deep red carnations mixed with branches and grass details came together so perfectly. I did a fun little DIY project with the floating Ojo de Dios that helped bring in something unexpected and different to the look. They were super simple to make, using a few small dowels and yarn.
The team really brought it with this romantic outdoor inspiration. Springy ranunculus in the bouquet, a most romantic wedding gown, a braided bridal hairstyle you’ll want to copy stat… Have we painted a dreamy picture yet? Not to mention a limestone villa (the Stonehouse Villa to be exact) in central Texas is the ultimate space to bring these charming details into.
Anyone planning a spring wedding? Start with Karis of The Daily Romantics’ description… There is a certain romance about the springtime. We love the sweetness of the nature’s colors as they emerge after the colder months, the delicate breeze that seems brand new every time, and the anticipation of sweet days ahead. We wanted to capture those feelings with a romantic and playful springtime shoot.
The florals were crafted to be whimsical and romantic featuring saturated shades of burgundy, blush, ivory, and peach. The reception table was created to be elegant, yet playful with vintage candlesticks and flatware and pops of color in the linens. We finished each table setting with a delicate gold menu and name card.
Instead of just whipping up a marvelous bridal look, the team thought of how it would pair with the groom’s attire and the venue. A blush tulle gown with crystal embellishments + a navy groom’s suit did the trick.
There’s more to see in our gallery.
Thanks to 100LC member Elisabeth Carol + the team below for sharing these ideas.