6 Oct

Getaway vespa

Stepping foot on a California vineyard like Milagro Farm, Italy naturally comes to mind. But Ashley of Always Flawless Productions + the team below didn’t just add in a little Italian flare and call it a day—the goal was to channel an authentic Tuscan vineyard in even the tiniest details. Even if Tuscany isn’t exactly in the cards for your wedding, it could be recreated at any vineyard venue, or even your own backyard… Just note the theme in Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Duo’s shots:

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6 Oct

Winery wedding portrait

When Carol Ly sent these photos she snapped at Kurt Boomer’s Sunstone Villa workshop our way, she told us to imagine ourselves at a winery at the end of summer, where the weather is crisp but sunny, and the day is full of light. Fancying ourselves at Sunstone IS easy as pie for us, but we sure couldn’t have imagined just how dreamily Joy Proctor‘s styling + Amy Osaba’s bouquets + everything else from this day would come together. There are too many lovely details, each one more perfect for the last.

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5 Oct

Going the DIY route when it comes to websites is tricky, especially if you’re not the techiest of people. One little tweak can turn into a disaster ever so fast, and without Squarespace to take care of all the nitty-gritty that comes with building a website, it can take up sooo much precious planning time. Since Squarespace now offers spectacular wedding websites, couples can make a great site all on their own. If you want to go that route and end up with something a bit like the screenshots below but totally tailored to you, we do have a few tips for whipping we have a few tips for whipping such a website up!

Squarespace wedding websites

Tip 1: Make it easy to use

And easy to find. Squarespace annual accounts come complete with a custom domain name, making it a lot easier to personalize the site and invite guests to take a look. Once they’re online, you probably don’t want to field a ton of calls from confused loved ones that aren’t sure how to navigate (as fun as that is). Each Squarespace site allows you to collect email addresses + RSVPS, and guests can even RSVP virtually with a feature that gathers all info in a spreadsheet for easy organization. The responsive design means that the website will look good across devices as well.

Squarespace wedding websites

Tip 2: Pack in all the info you + your viewers need

One of the biggest reasons wedding websites are so popular these days is because it makes coordination with guests easy peasy. Collect and share important info with guests so that everyone’s on the same page. One thing you really don’t want to compromise on is of course the registry (hello!), so it’s a mega bonus that with Squarespace you can link to registries with ease, or simply create a customized cash gift registry right on the site.

Squarespace wedding websites

Jill & Ryan photo by Nostalgic Photography

Tip 3: Make it pretty, make it you

Your website of course has to be a reflection of you + your partner’s style, not to mention the wedding design itself. Normally this might get a bit complicated, but as mentioned, you’ll start off with an easily customizable template and end up with a beautiful, mobile friendly website. A fave of ours:

Squarespace wedding websites

Neal & Alannah Photo by Silver Lucida

See the gallery? That’s another big must have for an awesome wedding website. You already have the site, now put it to good use after the event! Upload photos from the wedding (photo booth, anyone?) and honeymoon so that you can share it with the same people who made your big day special, and anyone that couldn’t make it there in person.

To get started, visit the Squarespace wedding website. Use code 100LAYERCAKE to save 10%!

If you create a website, be sure to send us a link.

 
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5 Oct

Fall bridal bouquet

When we saw those killer bouquets in last week’s Spanish-inspired styled shoot, we knew we weren’t quite over bright blooms. Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean a vibrant color story needs to be absent from your day. Emily Wren had this idea to translate a rich palette + the lighting of 17th century Dutch Master paintings to photos. It wouldn’t have been possible without capturing the richness in the bouquets or the decadence in the food—all the recipe for a Dutch-inspired wedding scene. Injected with lots of color too!

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5 Oct

Deep red bouquet

R + A knew what they did and didn’t want in their romantic Italian wedding: She didn’t want a theme. She wanted to recreate a garden inside Officine del Volo. He wanted Japanese Maple trees. Everywhere. Vendors kept telling Roki she wasn’t the typical bride, and it turns out—you don’t have to do anything by the book to throw a beautiful autumn party for 351. Thanks to Lisa Poggi for sharing the photos!

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2 Oct

Bourbon caramel cake

It’s October, the weather is a teeny bit cooler–it’s just about time to start talking fall fare, no? A cozy autumn spread is essential for intimate gatherings, yeah, but they’re really taken to new heights for weddings and special events. And the flavors? Even the names will convince you, like this brown butter chocolate chip cake by Call Me Cupcake. Extra huge bonus that it’s a drop dead gorgeous cake, too!

Naturally when we thought of fall food we headed straight for desserts. Perhaps you’ll want to give one of these recipes a try?

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