23 Jun

Magnolia leaf garland arbor

We love Palm Springs weddings, and the fact that this is DIY (though you’d never know it) is such a bonus. With Sarah being a graphic designer, her sister in design, and her mom having their aesthetic down too, they opted out of hiring a coordinator. Creating their own chuppah, signage, favors, and decor actually made it easier to nail the modern Moroccan theme that M. K. Sadler captured just beautifully, as you could assume!

Modern Palm Springs wedding bridesmaids

White bridal bouquet

Palm leaf decor

We liked the idea of bold graphic black and white design mixed with dark green palm leaves and hints of metallic. Our ceremony and reception was held at Greta Garbo’s desert vacation home from the 1920s. We wanted to respect the Spanish and Moroccan architecture with the theme. We loved the classic yet modern feel of our wedding.

Modern Palm Springs wedding signage

Modern Palm Springs wedding

Side note: Their wedding website is still up + full of sweet stories a la the groom.

Modern Palm Springs wedding

Modern Palm Springs wedding ceremony

Right before it all began, Sarah even snagged a moment to take it all in, which she majorly advises all brides do (srsly brides-to-be, heed that advice!) She says, Right before you walk down the aisle, slow down, stop, breathe, take everything in. All the faces, the scenery, and especially the groom! You will want that mental image to last forever. The ceremony was so emotional when they read their vows, that not even the groomsmen could keep it together. So presh.

White lace Watters wedding dress

Modern Palm Springs wedding

Moroccan inspired escort card display

Moroccan inspired escort card display

Modern Palm Springs wedding

White ranunculus

Moroccan inspired table decor

And a few words on finding their photog, M. K. SadlerWe were searching for a long time and everything started looking the same. Then we came across Meghan. Her style stood out immediately. We loved the mood, movement, and artistic expression she was able to capture. We didn’t want traditional portraiture. Meghan’s style fulfilled everything we desired in our lasting photographic memories of our engagement and our wedding day.

Magnolia leaf table garland

Modern Palm Springs wedding

Leaf place card setting

Magnolia leaf bouquet

Black tie wedding party

Congrats to D + S!

Photographer: M. K. Sadler / Videographer: East West / Venue & Catering: La Quinta Resort & Club / Coordination: Bride, her mom, & sister / Florist: Jessie Craven of Indigo Design / Makeup: Dottie Palmer / Hair: Molly / Invitations: Bride’s Sister Hannah of Soffa Design / Dessert: Banana Foster Bar & Espresso Cart by Brew Ha Ha / Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Bride’s Dress: Watters from The White Dress in Corona Del Mar, CA / Shoes: Badgley Mischka ‘Lacie’ in Dark Blue / Earrings & Bracelet: The White Dress ‘RP Midori’ / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Roe + May / Groom & Groomsmen Tux: Calvin Klein Slim Fit

 
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22 Jun

Squarespace has become a website staple as of late, with tons of bloggers and biz owners utilizing its easy interface + customizable features. Makes sense that creating a wedding website through them is super simple too. Easier, even. You can use one of their templates to create a beautifully designed, mobile-friendly wedding website to share all your event deets with loved ones. Collect mailing addresses and RSVPs, post photos and info, and connect wedding registries all in one place. Get inspired by these designs and don’t forget to use code 100LAYERCAKE for 10% off your wedding website.

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Photo for Darrell + Shauna by Ania & Taylor Stalman 

Riley & Grey luxury wedding websites

Brian & Twila photo by Reaux Photo

A great big spot to put your best couple photo for all to see. Have one in mind yet?

Riley & Grey luxury wedding websites

Jill & Ryan photo by Nostalgic Photography

A few cool features of the wedding websites…

● You can link to or embed registries in a snap or create a customized cash gift registry
● Every annual account includes a free custom domain name
● Create an album to share with friends and fam with one of their online galleries
● Collect emails + RSVPs with a function that saves all RSVPs in a simple spreadsheet

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Jill & Ryan photo by Nostalgic Photography

Share your photos after the big day too.

Riley & Grey luxury wedding websites

Brian & Twila photo by Reaux Photo

If you just want to throw up a save-the-date to give your friends and family a preview of your wedding site, all you need to do is choose an image and go. New cover pages let you put up a website in minutes.

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Neal & Alannah Photo by Silver Lucida

As with all Squarespace websites, you can expect a simple and powerful website with 24/7 support and a beautiful, responsive design (it will look good on any device). Squarespace 7’s new features include a redesigned interface (making editing and previewing easier), a partnership with Getty Images that means you can choose all the images for your wedding site for $10 flat, and 6 new wedding templates.

Head to Squarespace to get started, and use promo code 100LAYERCAKE for 10% off!

 
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22 Jun

Rustic and romantic vineyard wedding

Patrick and Corinne’s wedding is equal parts rustic and romantic. A vineyard wedding just can’t be beat if you’re looking for both. Their goal was to reimagine one of their first dates amongst the vineyard, with the addition of 180 guests who could drink and dance in the moonlight. Does anything sound better? Thanks to Megan Sorel Photography for sending these photos our way!

Mr Boddington Studio wedding invitations

Blush and pink bridesmaids

Enlisting Flower Wild ended up being the best decision for flowers, even though they had a stressful experience with their first florist. These bouquets make it all worth it, yeah?

Black grooms tux

Le Spose Di Gio wedding dress

Rustic vineyard ceremony

Wedding programs

Pink and gold bridal bouquet

Corinne explains, When we were first dating, we had a really romantic day out at my family’s vineyard where we shared a bottle of wine, wandered the vines, and sat next to the pond. We loved the idea of recreating that day with all of our favorite people. Also we wanted to have our first dance under the huge, beautiful oak trees at the vineyard. Our wedding song was “California Stars” by Wilco so we got to have our first dance under the stars. It was as if no one was there except for the two of us.

Wedding favors

Rustic and romantic vineyard wedding bar

Gold escort card station

Rustic and romantic vineyard wedding

Rustic and romantic vineyard wedding

Agate table numbers

Agate slice turned table number? Such a rad idea.

Rustic and romantic vineyard wedding

Rustic and romantic vineyard wedding bar menu

Rustic and romantic vineyard wedding tablescape

Rustic and romantic vineyard wedding

Rustic and romantic vineyard wedding florals

DIY paper table-runner

Pink garden rose floral centerpiece

Gold wedding favors

One of the best things about rustic weddings are the many opportunities for personal DIYs. They also added a tribute to Corinne’s brother. She says, Patrick and all the groomsmen carried a coin minted in 1980 to symbolize my brother, Lee, who passed away. Lee loved collecting coins so we wanted the groomsmen to carry a memory of him with them. He was born in 1980 which is why the coins were minted that year.

Rustic and romantic vineyard wedding

vineyard-wedding

Cheers to C + P!

Photography: Megan Sorel Photography / Videography: Elysium Productions / Venue: Grassini Family Vineyards / Coordinator: Jill & Co. Events / Florals: Flower Wild / Makeup: Fiore Beauty / Catering: New West / Invitations: Mr. Boddington / Calligraphy: Emily Snyder / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Lighting: Bella Vista Designs / Flatware: Casa de Perrin / Music: DJ Nahchey / Bride’s Dress: Le Spose Di Gio from Kleinfeld Bridal / Shoes: Maison Martin Margiela / Diamond Studs: Borrowed from Bride’s Mom / Groom’s Tux: Savvi / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Dessy Group / Bridesmaids’ Bracelets: Custom by Kathryn Bentley of Dream Collective / Groomsmen Suits: Calvin Klein

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19 Jun

Citrus inspired wedding inspiration

How exactly does one end up lying on the floor in a hand-stitched wedding gown surrounded by fruit and flowers? We’ll get to that in a sec, but first—these bouquets. Following a citrus wedding theme, The Bloom of Time crafted textured bouquets full of bright blooms and the freshest greens. This palette continued through to cake and macarons too, making it all the more sweet. The resulting explosion of citrus by Zoom Theory Photography is pretty spectacular.

Citrus inspired wedding inspiration

Citrus inspired wedding flowers

Citrus inspired wedding inspiration

Citrus inspired wedding inspiration

A little background info via Adrienne of The Bloom of Time: It started like this: A handful of wedding industry pros got their creative juices flowing around a wedding shoot inspired by a fun and whimsical citrus color palette. Then, one crazy idea led to another (Yes! Bananas—love it!), and a few days later no one is surprised to see a model lying casually on the floor of Urban Americana, completely surrounded by a vibrant installation of fresh fruit and flowers. She smiles up playfully at Meredith of Zoom Theory’s rapidly firing camera, as the photographer leans precariously off of a borrowed ladder 15 feet off the ground, with a nervous florist holding tightly onto her ankles and whispering prayers.

Citrus inspired wedding cake

Citrus inspired wedding inspiration

Citrus inspired wedding florals.

Lovely gowns for the models were designed by Mademoiselle Maud, stitched by hand with delicate details, appliqués, and hardly-there sheer overlays. Insta-loved hair and makeup artist Christina Vo used her expert touch to create fun, pretty looks that felt retro yet fresh.

Citrus inspired wedding inspiration

Citrus inspired wedding inspiration

Citrus inspired wedding inspiration

The florals included shades of grapefruit, tangerine, blood orange, banana, and key lime.

Too fun. Thanks to Zoom Theory + the team below for starting our weekends on a cheerful note.

Photography: Zoom Theory / Florist: The Bloom of Time / Hair & Makeup: Unveiled by Christina Vo / Dessert: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Bananas: Hannah’s Bananas / Vintage Rentals: Urban Americana / Dresses: Mademoiselle Maud

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19 Jun

Sareh Nouri Spring 2015 bridal gowns

Morning friends! Thought we’d kick off the day by sharing Sareh Nouri’s Spring 2016 bridal collection recently unveiled at Spring Bridal Fashion Week. Full of surprising, gorgeous details like long lace sleeves and timeless cathedral trains, we’re already dreaming up all the amaze wedding designs that each gown could inspire. Tell us which dress in these photos by Laura Gordon you’re drooling over most…

Sareh Nouri Spring 2015 bridal gowns

Dark Blue wedding dress by Sareh Nouri

Sareh Nouri Spring 2015 bridal gowns

A little info about le collection…

The Persian inspired designer has selected the finest handmade French lace, Italian silks, and gorgeous embellishments that add ample romance to the collection. The use of luxurious fabrics such as satin organza and soft English tulle add movement and personality. The collection stays true to its mission of lightweight and ultra-luxurious gowns, each with impeccable structure and fit with a built-in bustier, entirely hand-sewn in the U.S.A.

Sareh Nouri Spring 2015 bridal gowns

Sareh Nouri Spring 2015 bridal gowns

Sareh Nouri Spring 2015 bridal gowns

The back of that dress!

Sareh Nouri Spring 2015 bridal gowns

Dark Blue wedding dress by Sareh Nouri

Sareh Nouri Spring 2015 bridal gowns

Silk organza, embroidered lace, Swarovski crystals, and a chapel train, all enveloped in an airy, ethereal veil.

White bridal bouquet

Sareh Nouri Spring 2015 bridal gowns

^^ Um, the details here are divine. You can flip through the full collection here.

Photography: Laura Gordon / Floral: Holly Carlisle for Rosegolden Flowers / Hair: Alison Sileo & Mark Sileo / Makeup: Nicck Townsend / Bridal Gowns & Veils: Sareh Nouri / Select Laces: House of Sophie Hallette / Headpieces: Jennifer Behr, Maria Elena, Erica Elizabeth Designs

 
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18 Jun

Intimate blue & metallic wedding inspiration

These blue and metallic wedding ideas come from Jen Huang’s last artist workshop, which involved attendees designing gorgeous centerpieces, photographing their own creations, and then getting behind the camera again for an outdoor couples session, to name a few activities. A wedding design + florals by the talented Poppies & Posies inspired everyone’s work, and we think it’s time it got to inspire real weddings too… Just look at all the pretty details.

White peony bouquet

Intimate blue & metallic wedding invitation inspiration

Sarah Janks wedding dress

Dark blue grooms suit

A little inspiration for the groom, too.

Fresh berry boutonnière

Vintage topaz wedding rings

White peony bouquet

Intimate blue & metallic wedding inspiration

Intimate blue & metallic wedding inspiration

Intimate blue & metallic wedding place setting

Intimate blue & metallic wedding inspiration

Don’t you think their design is perf for a winter wedding that you don’t want to be too theme-y? Just softness and the subtlest winter accents, like charcoal and black mixed in with blush, berries, and the tiniest hints of red.

Intimate wedding florals

Intimate blue & metallic wedding table numbers

Amber tapered candles

Intimate blue & metallic wedding menu

Intimate blue & metallic wedding inspiration

Intimate blue & metallic wedding inspiration

Blue and gold wedding cake

Blue and gold wedding cake

Chignon bridal hairstyle

A flawless low chignon hairstyle for ya. Jen says, Catherine wore a gorgeous Sarah Janks  gown and a beautiful Girl with a Serious Dream veil. She also wore a stunning antique diamond ring from Trumpet & Horn. Erica from 10.11 Makeup created the beautiful soft updo and paired it with soft, natural makeup.

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If you missed it, be sure to check out this breathtaking beach portrait sesh also from the Jen Huang Photo workshop, featuring many of these lovely vendors.

Photography: Jen Huang Photo / Location: Private Home in Santa Barbara, CA / Floral Design & Styling: Poppies & Posies / Fresh Flowers: Florabundance / Ribbon: Silk & Willow / Hair & Makeup: Erica of 10.11 / Calligraphy: Paperfinger / Food: Duo Events / Plates & Settings: Anthropologie / Linens: Not Perfect Linen / Dress: Sarah Janks / Veil: Girl with a Serious Dream / Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn

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