Champagne Bridal Gown Inspiration

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Mandy Kellogg’s gorgeous wedding shoots, it’s that all-white can be overrated. Not that we don’t love a traditional wedding — but as this champagne bridal gown shoot for Occasion Magazine shows, sometimes color can cause quite the splash.

Although this champagne gown from Liancarlo isn’t a far cry from traditional wedding gowns, the tinted tulle still feels modern and unexpected. We love how the easy makeup and messy hair from Jennifer C. Nieman and bold purple florals from Lindsay Coletta Designs complement the dress’s ethereal feeling perfectly.


Concept & Styling, Mandy Kellogg Rye for Occasions Magazine
Photography, Rustic White
Cinematographer, Munn Brothers Films
Flowers, Lindsay Coletta Designs 
Hair & Makeup, Jennifer C. Nieman
Venue, Ambient Studios Plus
Model, Jen Whitley
Gown, Liancarlo Style 5806 via Kelly’s Closet 
Belt, Kelly’s Closet
Earrings,  Carolee via Bloomingdales Lenox 

Shoes, Via Spiga via Bloomingdales Lenox

Pretty in Pink: A Simply Delicious Cocktail for Drink Dispensers

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 This post was written exclusively for Have & Hold by Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers

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I’m not gonna hide it. I loved everything about this photoshoot. From visiting with my best friend Lea, to making a flower arrangement, to finally toasting to it all. Okay, the last part is the highlight — the toast! Ah, nothing’s better than a Tybee Island Sipper recipe — created by the author of From the Kitchen of Azure Rountree.

Tybee Island Sipper From the Kitchen of Azure Rountree

Items needed:
1 (750ml) bottle sauvignon blanc (chilled)
2 cups white cranberry juice (chilled)
¼ cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons triple sec orange liqueur (chilled)
1 bottle champagne (chilled)

In a drink dispenser, combine bottle of sauvignon blanc, white cranberry juice, agave nectar and triple sec, then stir together. Fill champagne glasses 2/3 of the way full. Top each glass with champagne and serve.

Cocktail Recipe: From the Kitchen of Azure Rountree
Location: Golden Isles
Photography: Jade + Matthew and Jenna Davis Photography
Styling: Lauren Weems
Supplies: Smithers-Oasis

Bridal Diaries: Q&A with Caitlin Moran of Style Within Reach

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Hindsight is always 20/20 — unless you’re lucky enough to get some great advice along the way. That’s the idea behind our new Bridal Diaries series — who else is better equipped to hand off gems of wedding planning wisdom than someone who’s just experienced it all? Today we’re featuring an interview chock full of great tips from Caitlin Moran of Style Within Reach. As the Editorial Director of Glitter Guide, Caitlin’s amazing taste and organizational expertise have helped her plan the wedding of her dreams — but she learned some important lessons along the way, too. Keep reading for her tips, along with shots of her gorgeous engagement session!

Photography by Abby Jiu


Q: What do you wish you knew before you started to plan your wedding?

A: I wish I would have delegated more tasks from the beginning (everyone is offering to help, so take it!) and I also wish I would have given myself a rule about not changing things. I’ve changed everything in our wedding so much and it’s made me so behind in planning. I even changed our wedding logo after I had a custom stamp made!


Q: What has ended up being the most difficult part of planning your wedding? Has anything been surprisingly easy?

A: The guest list was by far the most difficult task for us as a couple. I was surprised at how quickly I found a venue I was happy with -— I saw images, went in person and was sold!


Q: Is there anything you would’ve done differently so far?

A: I would have spaced out the work and DIY projects. We are down to less than 2 months from our wedding day and I’m still up to my ears in projects. I do have a goal to get everything done a month ahead of time so the month of our wedding can be spent relaxing, tying up loose ends and not running around like crazy. I’d suggest this goal to everyone!


Q: What has been your most invaluable resource?

A: Advice from my married friends. From everything on what to spend your money on to how to handle sticky situations with your future in-laws — my friends have been so supportive and helpful!


Q: What are you most looking forward to on your big day?

A: I’m so looking forward to seeing my vision come to life and to be in one place with all of the people I love — and of course marrying my guy!! Caitlin’s extra advice for brides: If your budget allows it — pay for anything you can to be done for you (like making your invitations — bad idea!!), order pre-made DIY projects on Etsy and try to cut down on the tedious craft projects you sign yourself up for. A wedding planner takes care of all these details, but if you can’t afford one try to limit the projects — it can be stressful. Like I mentioned above, I’ve given myself a deadline of September 1st to get everything wrapped up for our wedding (9/26 is our big day) — it’s my mental deadline and I hope to have all of my projects wrapped up and everything organized so I can really take a few weeks to relax, soak it all in and focus on myself!

An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

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There’s something magical and instantly romantic about the beach. It’s no wonder that so many couples are drawn to the coast for weddings and engagements.

An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

We love how the talented team behind this shoot — including photographer Anna Delores, stylist Joelle Charming and floral designer Amy Jordan of Stella Blooms— brought that magic to life in these stunning photos. We talked to Amy Jordan to get the scoop on her inspiration for this pink and red coastal wedding shoot.

 An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

Q: What was the main inspiration behind this shoot?
A: We wanted to take advantage of our beautiful coastal views while staying far away from the typical “beach theme” — the result was a fun, elegant tablescape that makes you want to cozy up and enjoy a cocktail with a view.

An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

Q: What made you decide to use pillows and a low table instead of a traditional table and chairs?
A: The low seating gave it a casual intimate feel, and the Pottery Barn pillows were the perfect touch to create an inviting, cozy area for our guests to relax.

An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

Q: How did you choose the color palette?
A: We wanted everything to be neutral ocean tones except for the pop of the vibrant lush flowers.  The pillows were the perfect shades of sands, grays and creams that complemented the backdrop and bright florals perfectly.

An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

An Inspiring Pink and Red Coastal Wedding Shoot in Southern California

Photography: Anna Delores
Styling: Joelle Charming
Floral Design and styling: Stella Blooms
Cake: MJB Cakes
Make-up: Crystal Huber

Add a Little Print & Pattern to Your Registry

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It’s time to pattern your home pretty!

While we certainly support the traditional approach to a wedding registry (white, classic, timeless items), we believe that you should have some fun with your registry, too. Add a little print and pattern to your wedding registry this year. Whether it’s a splash of ikat on your tabletop, a pop of jacquard in your bathroom, or suzani-inspired pillows for your couch, you’ll appreciate the life and personality that these patterned pieces will bring to your new home.

Take a look at our top picks for printed + patterned pieces for your registry, below:


1. Ikat, Rustic Luxe and Reza Palampore Napkins/ 2. Colorful Painterly Ikat Print/ 3. Ikat Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, Diamond Tile Phulkari PillowAlana Printed Pillow/ 4. Marlo Jacquard Organic Towels/ 5. Calista Floral Duvet/ 6. Ikat Napkin Set/ 7. Ikat Embroidered Lumbar Pillow/ 8. Leya Tote Bag/ 9. Pia Bordered Shower Curtain

How to Design Your Wedding Invitation Suite: Tips from Beth Helmstetter

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How to Design Your Wedding Invitation Suite

This post was written exclusively for Have & Hold by Beth Helmstetter.
Photos by Steve Steinhardt
All invitations provided by Wedding Paper Divas from the Pottery Barn and Wedding Paper Divas Curated Collection.

Do you know how to design your wedding invitations? It’s harder than it looks — with so many options today, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the details to consider. While you can go very basic with just the invitation and RSVP card, we personally love the idea of guests receiving a beautiful suite with anything and everything they need to know about the weekend.

Here are the main elements we consider when designing an invitation suite:

How to Design Your Wedding Invitation Suite

1. Paper type and quality. The paper you use will communicate the style and formality of your wedding. If you’re considering a super formal wedding, a thicker, more luxurious card stock is appropriate. If you’re going more fun and casual, Kraft paper or even colorful paper can be a great option.

2. Print type. Letterpress and flat printing are the most common options for invitations. Flat printing is a perfect cost saver and these pieces from Wedding Paper Divas are the perfect execution of how luxurious flat printed invitations can look. If you want something with a little more texture, you might consider letterpress printing. It has a refined yet approachable feel and is perfect for the couple who appreciates every detail. And engraving is perfect for the classic couple who wants a day filled with formality and timeless style.

How to Design Your Wedding Invitation Suite

3. The actual invitation. This piece should obviously be the showstopper in your suite. Once you work out the perfect wording, have your stationer design a piece that introduces your guests to the aesthetic you will be featuring on your wedding day. Don’t forget to consider things like the size of the invitation, orientation of the wording and shape of the cut. A rectangular, 5-by-7 piece is standard, but there are so many other options. If you are a more modern couple, a square invitation might be the perfect shape. Or, if you are super glam, consider an oversized invitation that really stands out in the mail and makes a statement.

4. The envelope. Of course the envelope is a given, but when considering this piece, don’t forget to think about things like the envelope liner, the font the calligrapher will use for addressing and the stamp. Also, have your stationery designer create mailing labels or print the back flap of the envelope with your return address in a style that complements the rest of the suite.

5. The RSVP card and envelope. When designing the RSVP card, you’ll need the basics — such as the guests name and number attending — but you may want to also use this piece to collect even more information to make your planning that much smoother. For instance, if you have traveling guests, this is a great place to request hotel accommodation information. Or, if you are offering meal choices, this is the perfect card to gather those details. I love to do something unexpected with the envelope of this piece, like choosing paper in a complimentary color or creating a cute motif to print on the front. It just shows guests you thought of everything and adds a little element of surprise. Lastly, don’t forget to get a cute matching stamp.

How to Design Your Wedding Invitation Suite

6. Additional event invitations or itinerary. If you are hosting a rehearsal dinner, welcome party or brunch, this is a great place to introduce these events as well. You can always get a little more fun with this piece, but remember to keep it within the same overall design aesthetic and color palette.

7. Directions or map. If you love paper as much as we do, you might consider adding a cute hand drawn map (Laura Hooper‘s maps are perfection) or simple driving directions.

8. Additional information. Hotel information, which airport to fly into and general survival information for the wedding destination can be great to include in the invitation suite. If we’re having an outdoor wedding or shuttling guests to the venue, we use this additional card to tell guests all of the details far in advance so there are no surprises the day of the wedding.

9. Wedding website insert. If you prefer to forgo many different pieces, you can consolidate all of the above information on your wedding website and simply keep the suite to an invitation, RSVP card and a wedding website insert. This is not only an efficient way to go, but also budget friendly.

Bridal Diaries: Tips for Brides-to-Be from a Pottery Barn Bride

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You’d think that working at Pottery Barn — and, coincidentally, thinking about brides, weddings and registries all the time — would make wedding planning a snap. But when it comes down to it, our office brides-to-be find themselves just as overwhelmed when they start the planning process. That’s why we’re starting our new Bridal Diaries series at Have & Hold — where PBHQ brides share their tips and tricks from planning their big day.

Today, we’re featuring an interview with Alexia, one of our tabletop buyers, whose wedding is in just a month. Read on to hear about what she’s learned along the way.

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What has been your favorite part about the wedding planning process so far? It was really fun pinning in the beginning to get the ideas of what I wanted my wedding look to be. I also really love getting RSVPs back from people — especially when they write nice or funny notes!

What’s been the most difficult part? Did you expect it to be difficult, or was it a surprise? The most difficult part was getting started! Everything stems around your date and location. It was so hard to pick because so many options are on the table! Once we landed on the date and location, the rest just fell into place.

Now that you’re almost to your big day (!) what advice would you offer new brides to be when planning their wedding? Don’t sweat the small stuff. I am about a month away right now, so I’m working on all the little details and odds and ends of the wedding. In the moment, things seem like the biggest deal and the hardest decision. Plus, a lot of people have opinions around them and it’s easy to get stressed out or frustrated. I have started writing lists, making quick decisions and delegating those minor details. I imagine when the wedding is over I won’t remember whether or not I had eye drops in the toiletry basket in the bathroom!

What helped you decide what to register for? My mom and sisters helped a lot! We got online together one night and went through everything. I recommend going into the places you’re thinking of registering at, walk through to see everything in person, take notes, and then go home and register online by category (dinnerware, cooking, bedding, etc). Definitely use resources like friends and family who have been through the registry process for advice!

What are you most excited about for your wedding? As excited as I am for the actual wedding day, I really can’t wait to move in with my husband to be and unpack/organize/use all our new stuff!

Create your Pottery Barn registry here.