16 Jan

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Brittany met Ben during a cultural exchange program to Israel, where he’s from and was serving in the Air Force. They became best friends, fell in love, and after he discharged, he moved to the US so they could be together. Brittany told photographer Cacá Santoro that she really wanted to capture how much fun they have together as friends and life partners. Here’s how Cacá translated their love and friendship to photos…

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Their cute proposal story… He proposed on the beach in Santa Monica a few days after he moved to the US. He told me to come with him to the sand to take pictures of us with the sun setting and set up his go pro to take pictures on a timer. Little did I know he was recording a video of the whole proposal! After I said yes, he said “lets get a drink to celebrate” so we went to a hotel on the water and all my family members were waiting for us there with champagne for a toast. Happiest day of my life!

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Best friends for sure! Loooove this.

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

On their photog, Cacá Santoro Photography

We fell in love with her right away and she was the first vendor we booked for our wedding! Our style is eclectic and creative, and that was what we loved about her and her photography style. She really understood what we were looking for in a wedding photographer.

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Romantic Mailbu sunset engagement shoot | Photo by Caca Santoro Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84540

Brittany says wedding planning is so fun and so much work… Trying to remember to enjoy the ride and to take advice from former brides, like “No one will remember the color of your napkins!”  Never have I spent so much time on Pinterest, pinning my dream wedding. 

Congrats, Ben and Brittany!

Photographer: Cacá Santoro Photography / Location: Malibu Creek State Park (Off Las Virgenes Rd.) / Brittany’s Top: Free People / Black & White Pants: Forever 21 / Lace Skirt & Crop Top: Boutique in Kauai, HI

 
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15 Jan

Sure, we loved the last bit of customizations + site designs that the folks at Riley & Grey came out with. Well, maybe it’s because we’ve seen so many gorgy watercolors + gold handwritten words on everything from wedding invites to signage, but we really have a soft spot in our hearts for their newest designs:

Riley and Grey luxury wedding websites

Riley and Grey luxury wedding websites
^^Srsly can’t get over how good the Riley & Grey photo gallery looks with one of our very fave editorials, these rainbow Hawaiian wedding ideas by Wendy Laurel. Gold accents and watercolor washes = a timeless combo.

If you didn’t know, Riley & Grey is the go-to for luxury, customized wedding websites that not only look pretty but offer a simplified yet engaging experience for wedding guests too.

Riley and Grey luxury wedding websites

Everyone will have all the info they need in one place, whether that be a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The mobile experience functions like an app without the hassle of downloads, too.

Riley and Grey luxury wedding websites

Riley and Grey luxury wedding websites

Collect and manage RSVPs, share your registry, and organize info.

Riley and Grey luxury wedding websites

Riley & Grey is always rolling out new designs to keep things fresh and personal for every wedding. Make sure to follow along with their Instagram, Pinterest (literally endless inspo!), and blog for the latest.

Wedding photos from this wedding. Photography: Wendy Laurel.

 
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15 Jan

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Let’s start out with planning tips via Veronica, because once you look at these images by Tim Willoughby, you’ll want to take all of her advice: 1) Personalized touches add up and take time to put together—choose a few that are important, 2) Invest in good logistics (buses or cars, the flow of the night’s events, maps and directions…), 3) Things add up: A DIY bar if your venue will allow it can introduce high-end liquor at a lower price. They did their own Bourbon tasting bar and everyone loved it.

Now, time to see why these two clearly know what they’re talking about…

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Veronica wore Marchesa ‘Poppy’, a French net embroidered gown with pearls and silk covered buttons, + found her cute bridesmaids dresses on Shopbop.com, where she actually manages international business development + marketing. A lovely bouquet by planner A Charleston Bride to complete the ensemble.

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Cute!

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

V + J created a sweet lounge area + lawn games so their 200 guests could hang out & get to know each other.

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

They chose Kiawah because John’s parents had a house on Kiawah Island, which is where they took family trips and Veronica got to know his parents and sisters.

Veronica says, We wanted the wedding to be simple, elegant and a bit playful. We chose white as our dominant color with a bright cornflower blue as an accent ribboning its way through the design and gold and wood touches. Kiawah famously has alligators in its lakes and ponds so we choose miniature alligators to hold our place cards and #dangeralligators as our hashtag. 

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

Elegant and playful Charleston wedding | Photo by Tim Willoughby | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=84512

A film by Life in Rewind:

Parting words, c/o our bride: The most important thing to remember is to remember why you are there. You are there because you are starting a family with the person you love and in so doing are asking two disparate groups of people to be in your family as well. Use the wedding as a positive event to bring people together.

Absolutely true. Cheers!

PS: Loving the fresh + fun wedding inspiration on Veronica’s Pinterest.

Videographer: Life in Rewind / Photographer: Tim Willoughby / Venue, Catering, & Baker: The River Course at Kiawah / Planning & Flowers: A Charleston Bride / Hair: Blushing Brides / Makeup: Leslie Moore / Officiant: Bride’s sister, KC Collins / Ceremony & CT Hour Musicians: Signature Players / Equipment Rental: EventHaus / Lighting: Technical Event Company / Entertainment: Atlanta Rhythm + Groove / Bride + Aid: Cacky Williams / Transportation: Absolutely Charleston / Bride’s Dress: Marchesa ‘Poppy’ from Gabriella New York / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Hair Comb: Ben Amun from Shopbop.com / Veil: Worn by John’s sister’s in their weddings / Rings: Designed by Bride & Groom / Lipstick: Bumbleberry by Too Faced / Groom’s Tuxedo: Michael Andrews Bespoke/ Cowboy Boots: Lucchese / Watch: Rolex / Bridesmaids: Diane Von Furstenberg, NightCap Clothing, & Nicholas dresses from Shopbop.com / Scarves: Etsy

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