3 Apr

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Remember that Parisian-chic engagement party we had up on 100lc not too long ago? (That now-famous naked cake oughta jog your memory.) Well today the ever-stylish bride + event designer Samantha Dapper is back again to share her + fiancé Kyle’s engagement photos from their session with Alyssa Marie Photography at the ever-lovely Parker Palm Springs. Shall we?

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Love this couple’s style. Did we mention this bow playsuit is on MAJOR sale at ASOS right now? Only a few sizes left!

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Samantha + Kyle’s proposal story, via our bride-to-be…

Kyle and I met while we were both in high school, we started dating in college and were engaged last April, while on vacation in Oahu. On the day of our engagement we spent the day beach hopping, trying to chase the sunshine on a cloudy day. On our last stop I was trying to get some sun and he told me that he would be right back. I remember him taking too long and when he finally came back he told me to stand up and needed to tell me something. WHY was my immediate response, I knew something was up. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was amazing, the two of us alone on the most beautiful beach. It was perfect.

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Sweet!

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

A fairy tale bouquet by Shindig Chic, who also did the florals for their party.

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Srsly adorable shot.

Modern Palm Springs Engagement | Photo by Alyssa Marie Photography | 100 Layer Cake

The big day will be in Palm Springs so it made sense to have their e-sesh there too. They were sure to incorporate the mid-century modern influence and as Samantha puts it, the drama of the desert backdrop. She tells us, I think the photo shoot really represents what our wedding style will be; fun and formal! Alyssa Marie Photography captured it perfectly! I have known and worked with Alyssa for years and I feel so lucky to have a friend document such an important time in our lives. We can’t wait for the big day!

We have a hunch we’ll be peeking at those photos, too! Congrats guys!

Photographer: Alyssa Marie Photography / Hotel: The Parker Palm Springs / Design: Samantha Dapper Event Design / Florals: Shindig Chic / Hair: The Drybar / Ring Box: The Mrs. Box / Samantha’s Bow Romper: ASOS / Bow Heels: Chinese Laundry / Sun Hat: Forever 21 / Striped One-Piece: Victoria’s Secret / White Top: ASOS / Pink Skirt: Custom by Fara / Nude Heels: Valentino / Kyle’s Dress Shirt & Suit: Suit Supply / Black Pants: J. Crew / Shoes: Magnanni

 
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2 Apr

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Coqui Coqui, Tulum | 100 Layer Cake

With Jillian off cruisin’ and beachin’ and exploring honeymoon locales in Vietnam, we’ve been half living vicariously through her and half dreaming up all the other places yet to be traveled by the rest of us here at 100lc. Perfect timing for The Venue Report‘s top 10 destination beach wedding venues to pop up, if you ask us! All you destination-seeking couples listen up, these worldwide gems are the best of the best.

PS: Would you be heartbroken if we showed you more than 10? The team at TVR shared a few extras and one thing led to another, ya know?

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Coqui Coqui, Tulum | 100 Layer Cake

Coqui Coqui, Mexico

At Coqui Coqui, you’d stay at a beachfront limestone structure with a double exposed spa, airy bedrooms, and an unforgettable Caribbean experience.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Annandale, New Zealand | 100 Layer Cake

Annandale, New Zealand

Um yeah. Imagine kicking back in that cozy white chair in the lower righthand corner. Here there are 5 farm historic coastal homes with sea views and private, luxurious details.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | American Trade Hotel, Panama | 100 Layer Cake

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | American Trade Hotel, Panama | 100 Layer Cake

American Trade Hotel, Panama

The American Trade Hotel just had to be added to the list. Who else is obsessed with this venue’s design? They’re also near the beach with ocean views.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Andaz Maui| 100 Layer Cake

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Andaz Maui | 100 Layer Cake

Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii

A modern, tropical beach spot in Hawaii with views of everything from the ocean to waterfalls to the valley. Also of note is that this a fab pick for those of you with larger guest lists! We mean, those bohemian vibes…

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Cabanas Cuatro Cuatro, Ensenada | 100 Layer Cake Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Cabanas Cuatro Cuatro, Ensenada | 100 Layer Cake

Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros, Mexico

Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros is basically glamping in Mexico—which is pretty intriguing in itself. You can take over the whole place, design a rad reception with an old boat as the backdrop, and say “I Do” on a cliff top over looking the ocean. You gotta check out the full report to really get a feel for this one.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Fogo Island Inn | 100 Layer Cake Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Fogo Island Inn | 100 Layer Cake

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

An inviting setting with some of the craziest views you’ll ever lay eyes upon. There’s 29 guest suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, a gathering hall, rooftop space, and first floor lounge.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Maderas Village, Nicaragua | 100 Layer Cake

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Maderas Village, Nicaragua | 100 Layer Cake

Maderas Village, Nicaragua

A cool, totally unique ‘bohemian beach paradise’ and jungle oasis. The guys at The Venue Report tell us that it’s perfect for adventurers and surfers—think hammocks, yoga, and guitars around the campfire.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Malliouhana, Caribbean | 100 Layer Cake

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | Malliouhana, Caribbean | 100 Layer Cake

Malliouhana, Caribbean

This impeccably designed, highly regarded Caribbean venue just reopened late last year, better than ever. It’s kept its original charm while injecting a modern personality and glam features. Plus, it’s situated on 25 acres of lush gardens… Soooo there’s that.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | San Giorgio, Mykonos | 100 Layer Cake

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | San Giorgio, Mykonos | 100 Layer Cake

San Giorgio Hotel, Mykonos, Greece

Really, who doesn’t dream of taking off on a dreamy Greece escape every now and then? The San Giorgio Hotel on Mykonos is right on the water with hammocks and a pool that you can completely take over. The chapel next door basically seals the deal for use as a wedding location.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | The Oyster Inn, New Zealand | 100 Layer Cake

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | San Giorgio, Mykonos | 100 Layer Cake

The Oyster Inn, New Zealand

Back to New Zealand. (Clearly we have to get there stat). It’s just oozing charm for the ultimate intimate wedding destination. Nothing but nautical, beachy vibes here.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | The Surf Lodge Montauk | 100 Layer Cake

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | The Surf Lodge Montauk | 100 Layer Cake

The Surf Lodge, Montauk

With an outdoor campfire movie theatre and several beach spaces, you get classic beach vibe with a little vintage flair, right in the US.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | The Wickinnish Inn, BC | 100 Layer Cake

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | The Wickinnish Inn, BC | 100 Layer Cake

Wickinnish Inn, BC, Canada

Far from your tropical beach, this British Columbia venue is srsly perfect for anyone wanting an honest PNW experience—rolling waves, tons of green, and a true nature experience. Wed surrounded by trees or on the shore, and celebrate right from the beach.

Top 10 Beach Wedding Venues from The Venue Report | The Wayfarers Chapel, Palos Verdes | 100 Layer Cake

Wayfarers Chapel, Los Angeles, CA

Super close to LA, this chapel venue nestled in a Redwood grove on the SoCal shore is as breathtaking as the view. See it in action with this earthy shoot we featured last year.

Okay, now that you’ve looked ‘em over… Which is your fave? Thanks to The Venue Report for giving us the low down!

 
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2 Apr

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

A styled shoot inspired by cakes? We’ll take it, and then some! Photog Esther Sun had a vision for a spring-themed shoot influenced by patterns in a certain vintage wallpaper, which naturally led to cakes to resemble the warmth of spring. Milieu Florals brought that dream to life with earthy accents and M Cakes Sweets whipped up the cakes to match. So much deliciousness wrapped into one photo shoot, right?

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

Raw Naked Cake

A moist vanilla bean cake with hibiscus rosewater butter cream and hibiscus custard. Dressed with a lush peony bloom, jasmine vines, dusty miller, and fresh berries.

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

The amaranthus is just the *perfect* little detail, isnt’ it?

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

Romantic Rose Cake

A white cake with rosemary butter cream. Adorned with an O’hara garden rose, Juliet garden rose, peach parrot tulip, waxflower, jasmine vines, green hanging amaranthus, and greens.

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Green Cake 

A buttermilk cake with lemon curd, goat cheese and thyme butter cream. Topped with chamomile blooms, green hanging amaranthus, pieris japonica, willow, and seeded eucalyptus.

Y-U-M.

Spring wedding cake inspiration | Photo by Esther Sun |Cake by M cakes Sweet | Florals by Milieu Florals | 100 Layer Cake

And a peek at the vintage wallpaper that inspired it all. Thanks to Esther SunMilieu Florals, & M Cakes Sweets for sharing.

PS: Gotta have a floral cake for your spring event? Check out our naked cake tutorial and learn how to whip up your very own.

Photographer: Esther Sun / Florist: Milieu Florals / Cake: M Cakes Sweets

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