23 Jul

Salvation Mountain anniversary portrait

We haven’t seen too many anniversary portraits as of late but if you + your other half haven’t considered any yet, these Salvation Mountain photos by Esther of Eslee miiiight sway your vote. Not only is this spot a few hours SE of us a visual wonder, it was the perfect way for Chrystal (owner of planning + design company A Blissful Soirée) and Timothy to rep the faith that brought and keeps them together.

Salvation Mountain anniversary portrait

Paper flower bouquet

Some gorgy paper flowers for ya…

Salvation Mountain anniversary portrait

Wedding shoes

Salvation Mountain anniversary portrait

Salvation Mountain anniversary portrait

I wanted to incorporate some details from our wedding day in the shoot to make it more personal. I had Art by Sarah Ku customize a piece for me for my one-year wedding anniversary that I gifted to my husband. It was calligraphy lyrics to our first dance song, “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” I also had the same mini red velvet cupcakes from my wedding at the shoot because I love sweets. I also wanted to incorporate flowers but this time, instead of real flowers, I decided to use paper flowers (since they last forever). Sara from Handmade by Sara Kim created such a beautiful paper flower bouquet and paper boutonniere for us and isn’t it just absolutely stunning?

Salvation Mountain anniversary portrait

Salvation Mountain anniversary portrait

Salton Sea anniversary portrait

Chrystal says, Our first year of marriage was a learning process. There are 2 different personalities under one roof now, 2 different ways of doing laundry, 2 different ways of washing the dishes, 2 different opinions on what is clean, etc. It was hard because it felt like we were getting to know each other all over again. As we were reaching our one-year anniversary, it finally felt like 2 people were finally coming together to understand one another. My husband and I are far from being perfect. But the past 2 years or our married life, we have learned to love unconditionally and sacrificially.

Salvation Mountain anniversary portrait

Dalton Sea anniversary portrait

What’s a trip out to Salvation Mountain without a stop at Salton Sea?

They officially celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary this past Monday. Happy anniversary guys!

Photographer: Eslee / Coordinator & Stylist: A Blissful Soirée / Location: Salvation Mountain & Salton Sea / Makeup: Luna Bella Beauty / Calligraphy: Art by Sarah Ku / Mini Cupcakes: Nothing but Sweet Love / Paper Flowers: Handmade by Sara Kim

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22 Jul

Sorella Vita wedding dresses and giveaway

This may be a bold statement, buuut: a gold glittery dress is always a good idea. As a wedding gown, for sparkly bridesmaids, to flaunt at cocktail parties, you name it. Australian dress designer (don’t worry, they’re sold everywhereSorella Vita just launched their much anticipated Modern Metallic collection and it kinda proves our theory. Not only does metallic stand out as far as bridesmaid dresses go, it certainly makes a special white dress pop as well.

(Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!)

Sorella Vita wedding dresses and giveaway

But we mean, an engagement party or any summer soiree could warrant such a striking ensemble. Even black tie weddings you’re attending as a guest.

Sorella Vita wedding dresses and giveaway

Sorella Vita wedding dresses and giveaway

Select from a fun, midi-length tank style, a front-gathered low-v neckline silhouette, a blouson design with delicate straps, or an amazing back view with a low cowl neck and cap sleeves. And each and every gown comes in all five matte-sequin colors, which you can fawn over on the website.

Sorella Vita wedding dresses and giveaway

Once you get metallic on the mind, it’s not going anywhere. You’ll basically have to get your hands on something sparkly. Ready to get glammed up yourself? Onto the giveaway…

Sorella Vita Dress Giveaway

One lucky 100lc reader will win a Sorella Vita gown from the modern metallic collection, worth $250+! To enter, follow both @essenseofaustralia & @100_layercake on Instagram. Then just scroll through the Sorella Vita dress gallery and come back and leave a comment with your fave one. This giveaway ends this Monday, August 3rd.

Sorella Vita dresses are sold all over the US + around the world so be sure look up the store nearest you.

This post is sponsored by Essense of Australia.

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22 Jul

Groom portrait

Truth: There’s nothing quite like a rustic wedding in the fall. Bold colors and warm vibes and elegant décor, you know? Thinking the same, wedding photogs The Willetts found the perfect Atlanta venue, The Stave Room, to portray such an occasion. Along with Lila Wilson Weddings’ expertise, they added an unexpected twist: blue. And it sure made for a heavenly scene…

Rustic fall wedding invitation suite

Rustic indoor wedding ceremony

Caroline of The Willetts says, Gregg and I, and an incredible team of vendors were inspired by the textures and the rustic vibe of The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, Atlanta’s newest wedding venue and whiskey distillery. We wanted to showcase the breezeway of American Spirit Works and styled an intimate ceremony with a fabulous wedding arch to highlight the mirrored backdrop. We also couldn’t get enough of the mixed metals on our styled table. Rose gold has become a staple color at contemporary weddings and we loved the way everything came together!

Wedding decor

Fall wedding florals

Wedding signage

White wedding dress

Rustic fall wedding tablescape

Farm tables all the way, if you ask us.

Wedding passed appetizers

Wedding florals

(Btw, you can click the link below for more ideas on incorporating blue!)


Rustic wood table number

Rustic wedding invitation

The splashes of color in Juli Vaughn‘s florals + crushed velvet textures in the attire made the wood tones pop, especially on these wooden laser cuts by HiNote Stationery.

Rustic fall wedding place setting

Wedding dress

Rustic fall place setting

Black 3 tiered wedding cake

…Wrapping things up with a killer cake, like we do.

Kudos to the team below for a fantastic shoot. Cakes, be sure to check ‘em out:

Photography: The Willetts | Wedding Photography / Venue: The Stave Room at American Spirit Works / Planning & Design: Lila Wilson Weddings / Floral Design: Juli Vaughn Designs / Hair & Makeup: Scoobie West & Company / Paper Goods: Hi Note Stationery / Cake: For Goodness Cakes / Linens: Nuage Linens / Drapery: Unique Event Elements / Lounge Seating: Collection Event Rentals / Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited / Plateware: Kate Spade / Dress: Anne Barge from Buckhead Bridals by Guffey’s / Jewelry: J. Crew / Menswear: The Modern Gent / Models: Ursula Weidmann Models

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22 Jul

Marsala wedding dress

It’s so easy to get lost in the darling pinks and whimsical pastels that come with spring and summer weddings. Then we see something like this. And even mid-July, it sinks in: fall is on its way. The colors Bustle Events went with—marsala, turquoise, browns—are perfect for desert bohemian in any season, yet captivating in another sense too. Moody, sultry, dramatic. We love every bit of this story, as captured by The Hearts Haven:

Bohemian decor

Calligraphed invitations

Bohemian desert wedding portrait

Marina of Bustle Events says, The design concept for this styled shoot began with the colors of marsala and turquoise and a backdrop of the stunning desert wilderness in mind. The look developed into a little bohemian, a little tribal, and a lot of breathtaking details. The neutral colors of Joshua Tree’s cacti and rock formations begged for rich colored details to help show off Mother Nature’s creations.

Bohemian desert bridal portrait

Bohemian desert wedding ceremony

Wedding calligraphy

Bohemian desert wedding portrait

Joshua Tree is just the best.

Gods Eye decor

Protea florals

Bohemian desert wedding attire

Bohemian desert decor

Bohemian decor

Bohemian desert wedding

One of my favorite parts of the entire shoot was the ceremony “teepee” created by Leaf it to Lexi. The garlands of deep red carnations mixed with branches and grass details came together so perfectly. I did a fun little DIY project with the floating Ojo de Dios that helped bring in something unexpected and different to the look. They were super simple to make, using a few small dowels and yarn.

Bohemian desert wedding

Bohemian desert wedding portrait

More romance in Amanda Madeline‘s film:

Click here to see more from this shoot!

Photography: The Hearts Haven / Videography: Amanda Madeline / Location: Joshua Tree / Design & Coordination: Bustle Events / Hair, Makeup, & Wardrobe Styling: Thorne Artistry / Floral Design: Leaf it to Lexi / Calligraphy & Paper Details: KAKalligraphy / Catering: Waters Fine Foods & Catering / Rentals: Archive Rentals / Skull: Child of Wild / Jewelry: Erin Fader & Shel. Couture

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21 Jul

Braided hairstyle

The team really brought it with this romantic outdoor inspiration. Springy ranunculus in the bouquet, a most romantic wedding gown, a braided bridal hairstyle you’ll want to copy stat… Have we painted a dreamy picture yet? Not to mention a limestone villa (the Stonehouse Villa to be exact) in central Texas is the ultimate space to bring these charming details into.

Thanks to Elisabeth Carol Photography for sending these shots our way!

Outdoor bridal portrait

BHLDN wedding shoes

BHLDN wedding shoes… Swoon.

Spring bridal bouquet


Outdoor wedding portrait

Wedding portrait

Wedding invitation

Romantic outdoor wedding tablescape

Anyone planning a spring wedding? Start with Karis of The Daily Romantics’ description… There is a certain romance about the springtime. We love the sweetness of the nature’s colors as they emerge after the colder months, the delicate breeze that seems brand new every time, and the anticipation of sweet days ahead. We wanted to capture those feelings with a romantic and playful springtime shoot.

Wedding table decor

Rose wine

Gold flatware

Escort card

Romantic outdoor tablescape

Place setting

Spring wedding florals

The florals were crafted to be whimsical and romantic featuring saturated shades of burgundy, blush, ivory, and peach. The reception table was created to be elegant, yet playful with vintage candlesticks and flatware and pops of color in the linens. We finished each table setting with a delicate gold menu and name card.

Wedding cakes

Outdoor groom portrait

Instead of just whipping up a marvelous bridal look, the team thought of how it would pair with the groom’s attire and the venue. A blush tulle gown with crystal embellishments + a navy groom’s suit did the trick.

White wedding dress

Spring bridal bouquet

There’s more to see in our gallery.


Thanks to 100LC member Elisabeth Carol + the team below for sharing these ideas.

Photography: Elisabeth Carol Photography / Venue: Stonehouse Villa / Coordination & Styling: The Daily Romantics / Flowers: Clementine Botanical Art / Hair & Makeup: Flair Austin / Paper Goods: Lucky Penny Paperie / Cakes: Michelle’s Patisserie / Table & Chairs: Loot Vintage Rentals / Candlesticks & Flatware: Vintage / Dress: Sarah Janks from The Dress Theory / Bride’s shoes: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: ASOS

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21 Jul

Outdoor wedding portrait

Fun fact about C + K’s Austin wedding: they didn’t actually see the Barr Mansion until 5 months after booking it. Uh huh. You’ll see how that turned out (spoiler alert: success) in a sec, but first—the story:

When we first looked at venues, we saw so many great places, but we didn’t find anything that actually felt like a good fit for us. Whenever we saw pictures of Barr Mansion, we felt like it was the place, but we had some hesitancy booking it without seeing it. I had a coworker whose daughter was married there and after chatting with him about his amazing experience, we decided to just lock it down without seeing it. When we finally saw it in person, we fell in love with it. It was more beautiful than the photos and exactly what we had envisioned. 

Here’s how Sara and Rocky Photography captured the big day…

Lace wedding dress

Wedding invitation suite

Wedding calligraphy

Bridemaid portrait

How’s this for a dreamy mix of flowers? The bridal bouquet contained clematis, lisianthus, ranunculus, garden roses, spray roses, blackberries, peonies, sweet pea, tulips, hellebores, and scabiosa.

Gold wedding shoes

Our weakness, sparkly heels. These are Kate Spade Gold Sage Heels.

Groom boutonniere

Wedding florals

Wedding portrait

Spring florals

Wedding ceremony programs

Outdoor wedding ceremony

Bridal bouquet

BTW, The moodboard that inspired this lovely color palette is yours for the pinning.

Wedding drink station

Calligraphy escort cards

Wedding tablescape

Place setting

Wedding tablescape

Texas wedding reception

Okay, it’s becoming obvious why these two were able to go with their gut on this one.

Dessert table

Floral wedding cake

Sparkler send off

You know there’s more…


In the end, their biggest struggle + biggest feat? Music! The Nouveau Romantics helped them snag Miles of Texas Pro DJs who encompassed all the different styles they wanted to incorporate (which a band couldn’t really do). Check out their wedding playlist on Spotify.

Katelyn says, There was a big rush in the first three months to lock down vendors and get the details situated, after that it seemed to slow down until invitations and RSVPs get sent out… There are so many options and details that you can become caught up with that aren’t really that important. If you prioritize what is most important to you before you start planning you can make decisions quicker and spend money where you will find most value. One of the best things they did was plan some get-togethers pre- wedding so that all of their out of town guests could mingle and get to know each other beforehand.


Katelyn & Chris’ Wedding Feature | Austin, Texas by The McKellars.

Photographer: Sara and Rocky Photography / Videographer: The McKellars / Venue, Cake, & Catering: Barr Mansion / Planning, Design, Florals, & Paper Goods: The Nouveau Romantics / Hair & Makeup Artist: Janet St. Paul & Avery Allen Makeup / Invitations: Carolyn Jane Design / Linens: Premiere Events / Tableware: The Nouveau Romantics / Plates/Chargers: Loot Vintage Rentals / Lighting: Ilios Lighting / DJ: Barrington Miles of Texas Pro DJs / Food Truck: Pueblo Viejo / Bride’s Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal in The Woodlands, TX / Veil: BHLDN / Wedding Band: Tacori / Lipstick: Bobbi Brown ‘Soft Rose’ / Belt: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Shoes: Johnston and Murphy / Shirt: Nordstrom / Bow Tie: The Tie Bar / Watch: Brathwait / Ties: The Tie Bar

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