2 Jun

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

We love us a good proposal story. It seems like no matter how many of these we hear, we always get a little teary eyed! (Is that normal, by the way?) But this story is especially cute because the two lovebirds involved have known each other since they were in the 5th grade. How sweet is that? Plus, the bride was totally surprised when her future hubby popped the question. Take a look at their romantic beach proposal captured by Studio EMP and then stay tuned for their sweet love story at the end…

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

We think that’s a yes!

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

This incredible floral wreath was created by Lavenders Flowers. And we might just have the DIY tutorial coming to the blog later today…

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

From Bree:
Sam and I first met when we were in 5th grade and his family moved in across the street from mine. I wish I could say the rest was history, but that would be way too easy. Somewhere between watching Billy Madison a million times and playing basketball at our neighbors’ house, we grew little crushes on each other. I don’t remember it as well, but Sam says we became “boyfriend and girlfriend” when he yelled from across the street as my mom drove me away. We hugged all of one time and eventually went back to being just friends. Ah, young love!

We went on to attend the same junior high and high school, and then eventually ventured off to San Diego for college. Together, Sam and I went through all the new, awkward and hilarious times college has to offer. Everything from moving into the same dorm and attending our first college parties to binge eating in the cafeteria (Yeah, Cuic!) and watching “The O.C.” marathons, he was always the one guy I could depend on to be by my side. A lot of our friends used to joke around and say we were going to end up getting married, but we’d just laugh and roll our eyes. After 11 years of friendship and apparently resisting fate, Sam and I finally decided to give the whole dating thing a try (again) after graduating from college. We’ve been each other’s partner in crime, travel buddy, roommate and confidant and now, almost four years of dating later, we get to marry each other! I guess we can say the rest is actually history now.

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

From Sam:
Ever since I can remember, people used to always joke that Bree and I would get married. We would just laugh it off, but I secretly loved it. I think I always knew it was going to happen. After getting hired as a firefighter, I knew I wanted to propose once I was finished with probation. I went to a jeweler, got insanely educated on everything related to rings and started figuring out what direction I wanted to go in. From there, I filled Bree’s mom and sister in and asked them to do some more investigating for me. I kind of knew all along the ring I wanted and they helped confirm my decision! Once I had the ring and had been given the green light from Bree’s dad, all I had left to do was the actual proposal. My birthday was coming up, so I told Bree I wanted to go to catch the sunset at the beach and then head to dinner to celebrate.

I knew I wanted to propose at the beach and have a secret photographer, but the details all came together when Bree’s mom had a friend refer us to Lorely of Studio EMP. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better to capture the day and she was even able to recommend a floral designer to add to the whole vibe. Janelle of Lavenders Flowers put together a floral wreath in the shape of a heart to create the perfect setting. We got down to the beach just in time for the sunset where I stumbled over my words, popped the question and got it all captured perfectly. Instead of going to dinner like I had told Bree, I rented a cabana right on the water down the street where both of our families were waiting to celebrate. Bree was surprised, I was relieved and we got to celebrate with our families the rest of the night. The day could not have turned out better!

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

Surprise beachside proposal story | Photo by Lorely Meza for Studio EMP  | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73613

From Bree:

Sam is probably the least sneaky person on the planet, so I was convinced I would know when he was going to pop the question. We had talked about it a lot and knew we’d eventually get married, but I never knew exactly when. Little did I know that for over a month, he was secretly concocting the perfect proposal and best surprise of all time.

Looking back, he was shockingly composed and never once led on that something was up. Truly a miracle. We headed down to a cove on the beach I’d never been to and I immediately saw this beautiful setup on the sand. In my head I was freaking out… I was thinking I either missed an anniversary or we were about to interrupt someone else’s romantic evening. I pointed it out, commented on how pretty it was and asked Sam what it was. He shrugged a little and then quietly said it was for me. That’s when I really started to lose it. There were lines of candles and flower petals leading us from the steps to the prettiest floral heart. I’m pretty sure I was shaking and starting to violently sob at this point. Sam got down on his knee and stumbled over the sweetest words before asking me to marry him. He presented me with the most perfect ring he designed himself and then revealed the photographer he hired to capture the whole thing. I had barely regained composure when he drove me to what I thought was going to be dinner and had both of our families waiting there to celebrate with us. The whole thing was the most beautiful blur of love, laughs and happy tears. I’ve never been more surprised or felt more loved than I did that day. 

Photographer & Creative Direction: Lorely Meza from Studio EMP / Floral Design: Janelle Wylie from Lavenders Flowers

 
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30 May

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Emily + Zach had us at fancy pizza party. Ummm, yeah—that was their wedding theme. How cool is that? As Emily tells it, We wanted to spend time with our friends and family, eat our favorite food, and have a radical dance party. It worked out perfectly. And then there’s the whole slew of graphic DIY details these lovebirds and their pals spent months working on. They made the place card holders, chalkboards, menus, all but one cake stand, doughnut bags, and hand-painted napkins. We’re so glad Les Loups Pictures & Songs caught it all on camera.

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

There’s something so adorable about a bride in Miu Mius and a mini dress. We love your style, girl!

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Emily’s springy bouquet recipe: garden roses, ranunculus, flowering jasmine, and greenery.

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Emily says, We decided right away that our real money would be spent on food and photographs. I still think we made the right choice! These photos are forever and we already feel that we’ve gotten our money’s worth! Not only are our pictures wonderful, but I had a lot of “performance anxiety” about them because I don’t really fancy myself a photogenic person. Ro and Kenan made the whole experience FUN and really put me at ease.

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

Modern New York wedding | Photo by Les Loups Pictures and Songs | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73570

A favorite memory… During dinner, I remember just surveying the scene and seeing our two moms (who LOVE each other and were seated next to each other) with their heads together pointing at us and whispering. It just felt so good to see the two of them together, becoming a family. I can’t think of anything luckier than in-laws who adore each other. It was a never-ending series of amazing moments—that perfect day.

Congrats E + Z!

Photographer: Les Loups Pictures & Songs c/o The Wedding Artists Collective / Venue, Catering, & Day-Of Coordination: Roberta’s in Bushwich, Brooklyn / Hair & Makeup: Tracey Hussey / Florist: Liza Lubell from Peartree Flowers / Invitation Designer: Julie Everhart from Studio Olivine / Cake: Dough Brooklyn / Music: Shelby Chestnut (friend of couple) / Bride’s Dress: Designed by bride (with lots of help from Kelsy Parkhouse of Carleen) and purchased from Karin Yngvesdotter Couture / Shoes: Miu Miu / Diamond Earrings: Bride’s mother’s / Bracelet: J.Crew / Bag: Comme des Garcons / Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith / Tie: Rag & Bone / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dolce Vita & Free People / Bridesmaid Jewelry: Robin Mollicone Jewelry custom pieces

 
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30 May

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Ahhh Friday. Just a few more hours, and then it’s two whole days of chillin’ out, maxin’ relaxin’ all cool. And this Bohemian engagement shoot from Mandilynn Photography and The Shift Creative sure puts us in that weekend kinda mood. From the sandy riverbed location to the calming Scandinavian color story to the horse (yes, horse!) standing by, this is one dreamy shoot.

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Homemade picnic lunch, anyone?

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Pretty into these DIY fabric kites… What a cute little detail!

Bohemian engagement shoot inspiration | Photo by Amanda Brown | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=73550

Let the countdown to the weekend begin!

Photographer: Amanda Brown from Mandilynn Photography / Design & Styling: Alexis Andra from The Shift Creative / Invitations: One Another Paper

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