12 Aug

Bridemaids portrait

Awhile back, a client of Ashley Nicole Events’ reached out and asked the team how she could creatively show her best pals the wedding dress she chose. Months later after dreaming up ideas for the client, the concept still stood out. What about other brides who want to do the same? And why not a whole party dedicated to the reveal? This called for a styled shoot, obvs, and the result is whimsical, cheerful, and full of surprises. Thanks to Rachel Havel for all the photos!

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11 Aug

Whether you knew it had to be a destination wedding the moment you said yes or are simply entertaining the idea (we know, sounds pretty good now that we say it!), there’s much to be considered—mostly in regard to the where and how. Allow us to throw another possibility your way, K? Starwood Hawaii has beautiful resorts on four islands, so this post is a little wedding planning homework, if you will.

Starwood Hawaii Weddings and Honeymoons

Waikiki. Sigh.

Starwood Hawaii Weddings and Honeymoons

Starwood Hawaii Weddings and Honeymoons

About those destination weddings… Starwood Hawaii has dedicated wedding specialists at each resort to help. They’ve got wedding packages, ceremony/reception options like chapels + ballrooms, restaurants, luxury suites, culinary pros, and partner vendors on everything from photography to floral. But what you really want to know about are the locations, yes? Here’s a quick breakdown of le options (deets here):

Kauai: St. Regis Princeville (north shore), Sheraton Kauai (southern shores of the Garden Isle)

Oahu: The Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort and Sheraton Waikiki

Maui: Sheraton Maui, Westin Maui, Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Explore Maui’s famed road to Hana, watch the sunrise from Haleakala, or tour the sprawling lavender fields in upcountry Maui with a wedding or ‘moon here. 

The Big Island of Hawaii: Sheraton Kona with the Bayside Chapel engulfed by lush foliage on one side + the historic Keauhou Bay on the other

Starwood Hawaii Weddings and Honeymoons

Looking at all the photos, we’re thinking of one thing: *the honeymoon*. Naturally one of the biggest draws of a destination wedding in Hawaii is that the honeymoon begins right at “I do”. If you already have one of the aforementioned wedding packages, you can easily transition to a romance package, offered at each resort. Each includes a honeymoon registry + a selection of suites (complete with spas, dining, beach activities, all that good stuff!).

Starwood Hawaii Weddings and Honeymoons

Now, how to pull it all off? For destination weddings, Apple Vacations takes care of travel arrangements and puts you in touch with a planning pro to coordinate the big day. They have romantic hotels throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, plus the affordable weddings we discussed above throughout the Hawaiian Islands. With the Group-Ease program, get discounts for groups as small as 10 or book 10+ rooms and get airfare credits and a free hotel stay.

 
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11 Aug

Colorful summer wedding bouquet

Cakies, we think you’ll want to take this color palette down: poppy red, blush, sage green, peach, orange, and white. So good! And just the vibe for a simple summer elopement that’s jazzed up with elegant accents like lush blooms and a spectacular wedding dress. Photog Lindsay Madden + the crew below chose Central Park as the backdrop for elopement inspo because of how many people travel to New York and specifically the park for I Do. It really is a dreamy place for nuptials, right?

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10 Aug

Summer wedding bouquet

How pretty was this morning’s rustic ranch wedding? We’ve got a little more rustic inspo for ya. With three stunning wedding dresses and a surprising bouquet of olive, blooming pieris, garden roses, date branches and more, the scenes that photographer Jennifer Skog sent our way are totally couture-meets-rustic set upon a historic ranch backdrop. Intriguing much?

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10 Aug

Bridal bouquet

Happy Monday, friends. Both of T + M’s personalities truly shined in their rustic Ojai wedding. Tracy’s love of soft feminine touches are sprinkled throughout the pink + gold décor and bridal fashion, and Ojai’s organic outdoor space repped Michael perfectly. It came together as the big, beautiful outdoor dinner party of their dreams with their four daughters as ‘maids and flower girl, and a slew of helpful fam and friends involved. Thanks to Emily of Anna Delores Photography for sharing the photos in this post!

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7 Aug

Calligraphy photo booth backdrop

Much like pulling off a wedding DIY (or two or ten), calligraphing your invites or signage makes for majorly proud moments. Which is kinda why Alyssa of Parris Chic Boutique puts on these calligraphy workshops: Your save the dates + wedding invitations are the first things guests see—it’s pretty neat to set the mood and make an impression yourself. PCB’s most recent workshop, photographed by Love & Light Photographs, was a particular success… Obvs we had to catch a glimpse of all the magic!

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