17 Jul

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

There’s something so elegant about a black + gold color palette. Add in the biggest bunches of colorful flowers you can find, and you’ve got a recipe for a dramatic, sophisticated wedding theme. Photog Kristen Curette had the idea for a luxe vineyard shoot, and Jennifer of Jennifer Laura Designs put her spin on it with all the matte black details to contrast with all those big, beautiful florals.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Calligraphy, matte black, gold, and a single flower…

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Black velvet ribbon chair sashes by Le Petit Mariage, an oversized candelabra, and a lush garland sure make a pretty place to sit.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Can a centerpiece be too pretty? Jennifer says, We sprinkled in a ton of pretty with florals, fruit, and gold details.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Cake by Dream Slice Cakes | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Cake by Dream Slice Cakes | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

So unique and unexpected.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Ah, fruit + desserts rollin’ in on a vintage gold bar cart. Yes, just yes.

Luxe, vineyard wedding inspiration | Photo by Kristen Curette |  Design and Styling Jennifer Laura Design | Cake by Dream Slice Cakes | Flowers by  Maxit Flower Design | 100 Layer Cake

Kudos to the team below for such a beautiful setup…

Photography: Kristen Curette / Venue and Wine: Haak Vineyards and Winery / Design and Styling: Jennifer Laura Design / Florals: Maxit Flower Design / Cake: Dream Slice Cakes / Paper: BP Invites / Rentals: Aztec Events and Tents, Bourbon and Bloom, and Moonshine Vintage Rentals / Place cards and bride and groom chair sash: Le Petit Mariage / Model: Mallory White

 
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17 Jul

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

We so wish our hair looked this glamorous every day. Wouldn’t that be something? Lucky for all you brides-to-be, you get to spend hours swooning over pics like this (okay, we do too), all in the name of landing on the perfect ‘do. Janet Miranda, owner and bridal hair expert at BE.NYLA is here to nudge you in the right direction with a series of bridal hairstyles based off of romantic summer beauty + fashion. Shoutout to Betsi Ewing for the photos in this new lookbook, and to Janet for all the wedding hair 101

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Deep Side Part + Loose Waves

Note: For medium curls, use a 1.25” curling iron; for large and voluminous curls, use a 1.5” curling iron.
Tools: Protective serum, light hold hairspray, curling iron

Steps:
1. Create your part before curling
2. Using the curling iron, curl sections away from your face
3. Run your fingers through hair from roots to ends to loosen the wave 
4. Finish off by spraying with the light hairspray 

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Rope Braid

Note: Second-day hair is best to create this look—texture is key.
Tools: Two elastic bands, bobby pins 

1. Tie hair in a low ponytail
2. Grab a thick portion underneath the pony + wrap around to cover the hair tie; pin
3. Separate hair in two equal sections; twist together
4. Finish by tying hair with elastic band, and tie a few strands around to hide band

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Top Bun

Note: Best with second-day hair.
Tools: Boar brush, one elastic band, bobby pins 

1. Tie hair in a high pony, using boar brush to smooth
2. Twist the hair
3. Wrap around to form a bun, and pin!

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

Romantic bridal hairstyle ideas | Hair and makeup by Janet Miranda | Photos by Betsi Ewing | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=75581

So great! Thanks, Janet! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Photographer: Betsi Ewing / Hairstylist: Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist Janet Miranda of BE.NYLA / Dresses: Temperley London, Monique Lhuillier provided by Nearly Newlywed / Model: Annelise Cherie

 
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16 Jul

Is a honeymoon really only a one-time deal? Mayyybe, but the 100lc team sure loves a good vacay, like when Amanda explored Mexico (here & here), or Jillian’s recent trip to Jamaica (here & here)—all expertly vetted and planned thanks to the pros at Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels. Their honeymoon specialists have spent 10+ years studying up on the best stays around the world. There are over 900 boutique hotels on their radar, so you know your dream destination is out there, and these pics oughta help you find it.

If your ideal getaway involves a secluded beach, tropical cocktails, and hours to sit and do nothing, you’re in luck. Mr & Mrs Smith is offering $200 off your honeymoon booking just for our readers… full details at the end of this post. Let’s take a look at their top three destinations for those who want a one-stop fly-in and lie down on the beach type of honeymoon. Over to you, Mr & Mrs Smith

Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

If you’re looking to wander off-the-radar and directly to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches (without the tourists), then this slice of paradise on tropical Con Dao island is it. Tiny and isolated, you can explore the area on guided hikes, bike rides, snorkel or boat excursions. Well, that is if you can manage to pull yourself away from the secluded palm tree-fringed beach, the private pool at your villa or the award-winning spa.

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels | 100 Layer Cake

Six Senses Con Dao, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels | 100 Layer Cake

Six Senses Con Dao, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels | 100 Layer Cake

Six Senses Con Dao, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Capella Pedregal, Mexico

Basking on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, this luxury escape proves you need not travel far to feel completely transported. And, with sparkling ocean views and private plunge pools in every room, four creative restaurants and a spoiling spa (hello, candlelit massage) you’ll likely feel transformed, too. At the very least, relaxed. It’s a difficult place to leave, even for an afternoon, but the hotel’s staff of personal assistants will help arrange dolphin swim excursions, snorkeling trips or zip-line tours for adventure-seekers.

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Capella Pedregal, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels - Capella Pedregal | 100 Layer Cake

Capella Pedregal, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels | 100 Layer Cake

Capella Pedregal, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Secret Bay, Dominica

As far as romantic settings go, the five tree-house-style villas and bungalows perched on a tropical hillside overlooking the Caribbean are difficult to top. After all, these intimate, jungle-shrouded suites with private terraces and inviting king-size beds were the runner-up for the Sexiest Bedroom in the World in last year’s Smith Hotel Awards. Not content to simply flop, the concierge will arrange trips with local guides for every outdoor pursuit from horseback riding to remote hiking, deep-sea fishing and sailing excursions, scuba diving or a cruise along the Indian River in a traditional Caribe boat.

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels - Secret Bay Cove | 100 Layer Cake

Secret Bay, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels | 100 Layer Cake

Secret Bay, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels - Secret Bay Cove | 100 Layer Cake

Secret Bay, a Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel

Daydreaming yet? Time to start, because Mr & Mrs Smith is offering Layer Cake readers $200 off a honeymoon booking of 7+ nights.

Bookings for the seven-night consecutive hotel stay at one Mr & Mrs Smith hotel need to be made by August 31st 2014 and travel completed by January 31st 2015 (valid on new bookings only). Just use the code FLYNFLOP when booking online or call their honeymoon experts: 1-800-464-2040 and mention it over the phone.  

Ahhh, feelin’ relaxed already.

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