28 Feb

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Any other tea drinking, Jane Austen loving, Downton Abbey (binge) watchers out there? Thought so. Well Zabeena + Chris’ wedding reminds us of all those things in the best way possible. These two got hitched on a sprawling Victorian estate in the English countryside, with a color palette inspired by a pearl necklace. We’d totally think we were back in 1914 if it weren’t for the delightful modern touches captured by Natalie J. Watts like a biodegradable balloon release.

Miu Miu wedding shoes | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Suzanne Neville wedding dress | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Blush bridesmaid dresses | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Blush bridesmaid dresses | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Zabeena’s bouquet recipe: Amnesia and quicksand roses, peonies, and anemonies.

Suzanne Neville wedding dress | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Blush bridesmaid dresses | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Suzanne Neville wedding dress | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Suzanne Neville wedding dress | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Suzanne Neville wedding dress | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

A confession from the bride… I made the table plan for the reception the night before. A bit of cutting and pasting, and no one was any the wiser!

Mini champagne wedding favors | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Mini champagne wedding favors | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Red heart balloons | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Zabeena says, We very much wanted the wedding photos to feel candid and natural. So for the group photo, we ordered 40 biodegradable, heart-shaped balloons. We had people write personal messages to loved ones or people that were no longer with us on the balloons, and then we all released them into the sky. It was a special moment and made for a great photo!

Red heart balloons | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Red heart balloons | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

Historic British wedding | photo by Natalie J Weddings | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69104

And now for some good news… Zabeena + Chris are expecting their second child together, due the first week in April. Congrats you two!

Photographer: Natalie J. Watts / Venue & Catering: Orchardleigh Estate / Florist: Bramble & Wild / Bride’s Dress: Suzanne Neville / Shoes: Miu Miu / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Shoes: John White / Bridesmaids Dresses: ASOS / Shoes: Zara / Flower Girl Dress: I Love Gorgeous / Shoes: Monsoon

 
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28 Feb

We’re still reeling with excitement from last year’s The Cream Event (see it here), and counting down the days (eight!) until we get to do it again. If you’re getting hitched, planning, a party, or a wedding professional, it’s THE place to be. And since we’d love to see you there, we’re giving away a couple of tix to one lucky Cakie…

The Cream Event ticket giveaway

But first, here’s this year’s inspiration board, to give you a little taste of what you’re in for. Prepare yourself for all kinds of modern folk-themed cuteness. Think Mexican tiles, a monochromatic red color story, bougainvillea, and modern copper fixtures.

The Cream Event ticket giveaway

Now’s your chance to win a pair of tix so that you can join us there for free! To enter, just tell us why you’re excited about The Cream in the comments below. We’ll pick a winner at random, and announce it this Monday March 3rd.

We hope to see all of ya’all there!

Congrats to Kristine Garcia on winning tickets to the Cream!
 
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28 Feb

Vintage car engagement shoot | Photo by Love Flora Fauna | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69089

Happy Friday, guys and gals. Since we know lots of you might be taking the weekend to plan your own engagement photos, we thought we’d get your creative juices flowing with this adorable session that Flora + Fauna sent us. Now, when it comes to engagement photos, you can certainly go all out with a full-on styled shoot. But if that sounds like a lot of work, relax. You really don’t need much to make for a sweet and romantic engagement session. In Becky + Jose’s case, they picked a beautiful setting, dressed up his vintage car with a few flowers, brought their adorable pup along, and then let their love do the talking.

Vintage car engagement shoot | Photo by Love Flora Fauna | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69089

Vintage car engagement shoot | Photo by Love Flora Fauna | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69089

Becky + Jose are both interior designers, so that’s where they get their eye for design. Becky says, The day before our photo shoot my friend Stephanie and I made the floral crown I wore and the floral swag that hung on the luggage rack of Jose’s car. Since Jose’s Triumph is a ‘74 and British racing green, I thought the sunflower would be the perfect flower to complement the year and the color of his car. The flowers and greenery came from a local flower shop and from areas throughout our neighborhood.

Vintage car engagement shoot | Photo by Love Flora Fauna | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69089

Vintage car engagement shoot | Photo by Love Flora Fauna | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69089

I try to shop local whenever possible, so for our engagement shoot I found my dress and skirt at a local boutique in Jacksonville called Wolfgang. Most of my jewelry was vintage pieces found at local antique stores.

Vintage car engagement shoot | Photo by Love Flora Fauna | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69089

Vintage car engagement shoot | Photo by Love Flora Fauna | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69089

Vintage car engagement shoot | Photo by Love Flora Fauna | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69089

Vintage car engagement shoot | Photo by Love Flora Fauna | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69089

Vintage car engagement shoot | Photo by Love Flora Fauna | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=69089

Driving off into the distance… what a fun shot to end on!

Photographer: Jennifer Sullivan from Flora + Fauna / Floral Design: Becky Cardenas

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