14 Aug

Bridesmaid portrait

When deciding between Australia (where they’re from) and France (where they live), these two weighed all possibilities, like bookmarking destination wedding photog David of Modern Vintage Weddings just in case. Turns out, venue Chateau Les Carrasses suggested him too. Great photographer, great venue (hello restored Chateau)—all so meant to be. In fact, the whole thing is quite the fairytale…

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13 Aug

Wedding hairstyle

This friends, is how you do a bridal hairstyle. Gahh! Anna Fazio whipped up a few actually, a gorgeous updo, a leaf crown, and a fishtail braid, in honor of this bohemian, organic editorial. Next up was a beauty look that’s just as impressive, (Real Doll Makeup has us covered as you’ll see in a sec) + an absolutely stunning national park locale. Both of them are sharing a bit about how to get the look too. Thanks to Megan Chase Photography for sharing the pics!

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13 Aug

Wedding portrait

Okay, we love, loooove southern California weddings. Love. But after pouring over Bethany Small’s photos from the Oregon wedding she shot, we 100% see why one might choose the PNW for I Do. Simply put, Portland is just so wonderfully green. And gray. It’s a beautiful combo! Anna’s dream was to get married in a forest, but that wasn’t going to happen there in January, so they brought the forest to them with foraged foliage and accented by white flowers, all whipped up by friends + fam. Let’s take a look at the photos, shall we?

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12 Aug

Custom designed floral wedding dress

Dress: Custom designed floral wedding dress / Photo: Lena Kozhina via Style Me Pretty

By now you know how we like our flowers: in bouquets, on cakes, hanging from ceremony arches, adorning chairs, floating alongside candles, etc., etc. So yeahhh, you better believe we love ’em on our wedding dresses too. Need a bit of convincing yourself? This oughta do it!

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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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