13 Jan

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

L + R live in Japan but planned a rustic Tennessee wedding to represent both their personalities + Ryku’s Japanese heritage. Choosing Southall Eden, a venue 30 minutes outside of Nashville, gave them the chance to show all their out of town fam + friends the beauty of rural Tennessee in an intimate, personal setting. Sage Nines Event Production took care of the overseas planning, design, and florals, and Tec Petaja snapped these lovelies below…

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Looks tasty!

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

One of their friends, illustrator Sarah McIntyre, drew cartoons that Southall Eden Paperie translated to the invites + cocktail napkins. What a cute idea!

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Shannon OKelley | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Bridal processional: “Bridal Chorus” (Here Comes the Bride) by Wagner
Recessional song: “I’m Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
First dance: “Running on Faith” by Eric Clapton

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

 

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Going to be dreaming of this bouquet for days! The recipe: blue hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, dahlias, cornflower, peony, garden rose, astilbe, delphinium, blue thistle, acacia, willow eucalyptus

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Shannon OKelley | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

A favorite memory, via Leisl…

Ryku’s uncle speaks very little English, but is a huge fan of country music. He has memorized the words to many of his favorites, and the band asked him up to sing “All My Exes Live in Texas”. The crowd absolutely loved it and it really set the mood for a truly memorable celebration with our family and closest friends.

Rustic Nashville Tennessee wedding | Photo by Tec Petaja  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84421

Leisl + Ryku’s planning advice? Don’t be afraid to hire a professional. They’ve probably been in similar scenarios before—like planning a wedding on a different continent than where you live—and can help make it as stress-free as you’d hoped.

Wishing you two the best!

Photographer: Tec Petaja / Venue: Southall Eden / Planning, Design, & Florals: Sage Nines Event Production / Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Harrison / Stationery: Southall Eden Paperie / Catering: Kristen Winston / Cake: Dulce Desserts / Rentals: Liberty Party Rental / Caricature Illustration: Sarah McIntyre / Dress: Claire Pettibone Chantilly from The Dress Theory / Groom’s Fashion: All Purchased in Tokyo

 
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12 Jan

Couples are so hands-on with their weddings these days it makes sense that would-be technical things like the registry are becoming more customized. The Zola wedding registry has introduced a ton of great features since we first perused their site over a year ago, and unlike other wedding details (ahem, DIYs, deciding on a venue, etc.)—this one actually saves time + energy. Yes please!

Before you get started, there are a few features you’ll want to know about:

Zola Wedding Registry

With Zola you can choose the date items are sent out and use their Gift Tracker—a lifesaver for thank yous and scheduling. You can do a virtual exchange if needed to swap your gifts out before sending. Then there’s the iPhone App, which has a barcode scanner + Registry Planner. We recently noticed that the app also has a feature called Blender (aka Tinder for wedding gifts), where you can easily browse their selection!

Zola Wedding Registry

One of the coolest things is that Zola makes a registry actually fun. You have options to set up gift, experience, and cash funds, and to set up group gifting, plus a bookmarklet so you can add items from anywhere online to your Zola account.

Zola Wedding Registry

Registering can feel overwhelming, so they’ve curated gifts into starter collections to get you going. They recently teamed up with Molly Sims for a tastemaker collection to inspire your own curating.

Zola Wedding Registry

The guys at Zola are always coming up with ways to make registries more personal. The #LOVE feature means couples can see all the Instagrams + tweets tagged with your wedding hashtag right from the app, so you have yet another collection of memories to look back on! Sweet, yes?

Receive $25 in credits when you start (not publish) your wedding registry with Zola between 1/12/15 & 4/12/15. Your credits will be placed on your Zola account four weeks after the registry goes live. Get started here!

 
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12 Jan

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Whoa… now that’s a bouquet! And one that totally gives off the bohemian, overgrown vibe bride Nicole told us about. She and Chris based their entire wedding design off of the beauty of the Palm Desert, where Nicole is originally from. That meant pinks, blues, creams, and light greens throughout. With the help of Bustle Events + photography by Joielala their desert vision was brought to life.

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Nicole’s massive Siren Floral Co. bouquet featured succulents, protea, air plants, roses, & bougainvillea.

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

What beauties!

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

And the dress… A Monique Lhuillier two piece with a lace bustier and full silk/organza/tulle skirt with asymmetrical bustling in the back.

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

A drop-dead-gorgeous reception scene, for sure.

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Chris and I both agreed that our first priority was that the venue had to be outdoors. We also liked La Quinta because we live in Brooklyn and have so many out of town guests traveling (about 150 from out of town); therefore, you are able to be at the resort and literally never leave. No driving and lots to do. We had a pool party in our suite on Friday. Chris loves tennis and played tennis with his groomsmen on the wedding day. We hosted several other events on the property including our rehearsal dinner, golf and brunch.

Palm desert wedding | Photo by joielala photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84389

Nicole says having Bustle Events as a planner was so helpful during an 18-month engagement that could easily turn into constantly stressing about the details. She recommends having a planner or at least someone by your side on the day of to help it all go smoothly. Lastly, remember that this day is meaningful for you + your spouse’s families too!

Cheers guys! Check out Nicole’s Pinterest board for more… It’s seriously inspiring!

Photographer: Joielala / Ceremony Venue: Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: La Quinta Resort / Wedding Planner & Design Assistance: Bustle Events / Floral: Siren Floral Co. / Hair: Jeffrey Alen / Makeup: Lauren Segala / Stationery & Paper: William Arthur at The Village Inscriber / Calligraphy: Julie Song / Dessert: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Ceremony Music: Plays Well with Others / Reception Music: Mariachis, Santiago Maldonado Reyna & The Greg Scott Band / Furniture: Found Rentals / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Bride’s Dress & Veil: Monique Lhuillier in NYC / Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo / Groom’s Suit: Custom / Cufflinks: Maria Frasca in Palm Desert, CA / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Janie and Jack

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