We’re so excited to share our first Gift Registry event with Crate and Barrel that we co-hosted a few weeks ago at The Grove in LA. It was such a lovely, private event for couples in the area and one that we couldn’t recommend more to anyone newly engaged and/or overwhelmed by the registry process.
We sprinkled a bit of our favorite parts of planning a wedding throughout the event too. Everyone loves cake, flowers, and cocktails, right?!
Naturally, there was cake.
Want to see more? Pop over to the Crate and Barrel Blog to see the full recap, decor details, and more thoughts on these unique events hosted at stores around the US.
This morning’s bohemian bouquet recipes were pretty amaze, right? Here’s another shoot that oughta give you your floral fix: Elsy Photography + Angela Mazanti Design crafted a magical garden vignette inspired by southern wedding décor + modern accents + decadent flowers + green garlands. Oh, and a pretty surprise guest…
What a stunner.
We can see this setup influencing a super intimate wedding or even a romantic spring dinner, preferably complete with Angela Mazanti‘s florals from table to crown.
Leilani of Elsy Photography says, Angela and I, along with our talented friend, Ashley of Ashley Upchurch Photography dreamed up this shoot by incorporating our love for all things southern and whimsical. When Angela told us her brilliant idea of dressing up a golden horse with beautiful flower garland, we knew it would play a key role in giving our shoot the fairy tale look we were going for.
The peach + coral color palette came from spring blooms + southern fruits.
Brides-to-be, send this to your groom too! Loving his style.
Um, it might be impossible not to fall in love with purple after laying eyes on that bouquet. A beauty for sure! Stylist + photographer Catie Coyle sent us not one but three totally different, flawless bouquets by Flower Lab from this bohemian Seattle inspiration shoot. Get all three bouquet recipes (and some free spirited vibes too while you’re at it) below:
The recipe for this lavender bouquet: Fuchsia anemone, “cool water” roses, lavender lisianthus, blackberry, lavender tulips, trailing jasmine, blue spiral eucalyptus, blue acacia, plumosa fern
We are inspired by the free spirited bride, who insists her wedding dress must not hinder her ability to dance; a bride who says her vows under a canopy of trees and who runs barefoot to feel the soil beneath her feet. The soft morning light, pastel lace dresses and cascade bridal bouquets helped us achieve this romantic and feminine look that echoes the adventurous spirit of the Pacific Northwest.
If you prefer the comfort + community that comes with a backyard wedding, Katherine of Lucky & In Love totally has you covered. Allow her to explain: There is something so wonderfully intimate when a couple decides to host their wedding in their own backyard. It becomes a showcase of their lives together, an outpouring of love for not only each other, but the friends and family who have supported their relationship throughout. Good point, yeah? Thanks toMelissa Jill Photography for all the romantic film images in this post!
Katherine, on backyard weddings, The best ones are a direct reflection of the couple, highlighting the quirks of their personalities and the customs and traditions they’ve developed and grown to hold on to. These days, backyard weddings are not your average summer BBQ! They are detailed, well thought out, and carefully styled soirees that take double the planning, but can often produce double the reward.
A bouquet complete with anemones and eucalyptus leaves always wins our hearts.
The food and beverage are a take on spring and summer favorites: homemade marshmallows dipped in dark chocolate with edible copper flakes perfect for roasting, and malachite macarons from Ruze Cake House. The signature drink? A light sangria spritzer, made with Bon Affair‘s Sauvignon Blanc, granny smith apples, bartlett pears, and a hidden lime rim garnish.
The green hues of the mineral malachite were a major source of inspiration for them throughout, but this cake sure proves it! Props to Ruze Cake House.
Thanks to Lucky & In Love + everyone below for reigniting our love of intimate affairs!
Eric + May had us at the name Bali, but their sweet style and story won us over. They met in Shanghai after moving separately from the US and connected over travel (most notably getting engaged in New Zealand). Naturally a destination wedding was in order, and 80 guests flew in from all over the world to the secluded seaside resort of Alila Manggis in East Bali. First the bride designed a Balinese welcome dinner to kick off the festivities. Then it was onto the Western wedding Chloe of Caught the Light captured below:
For our wedding favors, we tailored made his/hers cotton canvas gift bags with a customized Bali design. Inside the bag, we included tropical essentials such as chapstick, sunscreen, bug repellant, anti-itch balm and sunglasses, as well as keepsake souvenirs such as luggage tag and a set of coasters with our own designs. I included various monogramming, such as printed gold emblem of our names on the sunglass cases, hand sewn initials on the groom side’s TOMS shoes, and personalized robes for the bridesmaids.
By creating all the stationery herself, May was able to create both English + Chinese versions so all guests could be fully informed. Isn’t this design so cute?
May also designed this breathtaking scene herself…
Alila Manggis has a perfect setting with an exotic enclave of palm trees along the ocean side, and I wanted to maintain this beautiful and stylish simplicity. I chose a color palette of blush pink, cream, and gold to add a romantic and warm tone to the lush greenery and vivid blues of the oceanic skyline. I picked peonies and avalanche roses for their pastel colors, while gold accents from the chairs and vases brought a nice glow under the sun. I also adorned the chairs with silk ribbons to create an air of whimsical romance as they fluttered with the sea breeze. For an extra touch of texture, I overlaid sheer blush pink cotton runners on the reception tables.
Of course the big day had to be as fun as it was beautiful. They strung up photos, made a large message board for guests to leave notes about their fave memories, and enlisted Bali Snapz to set up a photobooth that printed two instant prints, one for guests to keep and one for them to leave in place of the escort cards. Cool!