Southern California Winter Wedding Reception Inspiration

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When you live in Southern California, there’s never an inappropriate season for outdoor entertaining. This feminine, cozy get-together from Anna Delores Photography, Stella Bloom Designs and Vanessa Noel Events does the perfect job of embracing the gorgeous great outdoors in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Despite the warm weather, this talented team still gave the setting some festive, seasonal flair with chunky knits, sparkle, and a touch of leather and fur.

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See the full feature on Style Me Pretty!

Most Wonderful Time Sign, Metal Lantern, Wooden Lantern, Red Blanket, and Pillows: Pottery Barn
Photography: Anna Delores Photography 
Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs 
Reception Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch 
Jewelry: 31 Bits 
Calligraphy: Jamie Ellen Paperie 
Cake & Desserts: MJB Cakes 
Cocktails: Savour This Kitchen 
Styling & Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events

Winter Wedding Takeover: We’re Swapping Instagrams with Loverly Today!

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Something borrowed, something blue — follow us on Instagram today, we have something special for you!

We’re so excited to swap Instagrams with Loverly today. Follow them to see all of our favorite winter wedding inspiration, and follow us to see their favorite decorating tips, gleaned from their most gorgeous wedding features.

You can see all of our photos at #loverlytakeover and #potterybarntakeover!

Cold Weather Dos and Don’ts from Lizzie Post

Are you attending or hosting a cold weather winter wedding this season? Take a peek at etiquette expert Lizzie Post’s winter wedding dos and don’ts before you do:

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Serve hot drinks before the ceremony and/or during cocktail hour. “My cousin had an October wedding, where they served hot cider with cinnamon sticks and orange right before the ceremony,” says Lizzie. “It was the perfect way to start the afternoon.”

Consider all of your guests’ comfort. “Take your oldest and youngest guests into account first so you don’t bust your budget,” says Lizzie. “Make sure guests know to come prepared for cold weather, too. Get the word out to your guests as soon as you know how the weather will be.”

Have a backup plan. Whether it’s a heated tent, an indoor option, or just plenty of blankets, you’ll want to have all of your bases covered. “Make sure you have some kind of company of facility on call in case of inclement weather,” Lizzie says.

Note appropriate attire for guests on your wedding website. “It really is okay to dress for a cold weather wedding — you don’t have to wear a summer dress,” Lizzie says. “You can be in a dress with long sleeves, you can bring a jacket — whatever makes you comfortable.”

Need more advice? Pick up the 6th Edition of Wedding Etiquette by Anna Post and Lizzie Post. Be sure to check back in with us for more etiquette tips from Anna and Lizzie, too!

One Gorgeous Greek Engagement Shoot, PLUS Our Top Destination Engagement Shoot Tips

A romantic, sun-drenched engagement shoot in Greece — we can’t think of a better way to start down the path as a soon-to-be married couple, can you?

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Kristin and Scott chose the talented Eric Kelley to shoot these special photos. We love how the couple embraced the environment’s bright hues and casual style (that coral maxi dress is amazing).

Take a look at their gorgeous engagement shoot in Greece, plus our quick tips for destination engagement shoots, below.

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Our 3 top tips for destination engagement shoots:

1. Find a photographer that both of you are comfortable with. Whether he/she is traveling with you, or you’re meeting them there, it’s worth it to be picky here — your pictures will definitely reflect how much fun (or lack thereof) you were having that day.

2. Make sure either you or the photographer are familiar with possible locations at your destination. If your photographer is a local, make sure you tell him/her what you’re looking to get out of this shoot. If your photographer is traveling with you, do your research ahead of time and map out locations that you’ll want to visit/shoot at in advance.

3. Check the weather and plan accordingly. Weather is an issue for any engagement shoot, but if you’re doing this on vacation, you’ll want to be extra careful. Have backup indoor locations on your list, and plenty of weather-friendly wardrobe options.

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Perfectly Peach Bridal Shower Bar: Peach Gin and Tonic Recipe

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What do you get when you combine one girly wedding shower theme with one crisp and classic cocktail? Just ask Melina Thompson from Sugary & Buttery. Today we’re featuring the final recipe in her amazing Perfectly Peach Bridal Shower Bar. Read on for her delicious peach gin and tonic recipe!

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Peach Gin and Tonics
(1 serving)

INGREDIENTS
• 3-4 tonic water ice cubes (or regular ice cubes)
• 2 ounces gin
• 1 ounce clear peach schnapps
• 4 ounces tonic water
• Peach wedge for garnish

PREPARATION
• Place the ice cubes in a Martini glass.
• Add the gin, then the tonic water, then the peach schnapps, stirring well.
• Garnish with peach wedge, and serve immediately.

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See the recipes for Melina’s peach petit fours and peach vanilla bourbon cupcakes .

An Elegant Ceremony for Two: Becky and Austin’s Texas Elopement

Although we’re certainly known for our love of parties, nothing can quite beat the intimacy of an elopement. Maybe it’s the romantic in us, but it’s just so special — don’t you think? This beautiful elopement in Texas — shot by the talented Amber Vickery — embraces the private, personal side of Becky and Austin’s elopement, while still capturing the festivity of the Tres Lunas Resort.

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Photos: Amber Vickery
Dress: Galina for Davids Bridal

Flowers: Austin Flower Company
Hair and Makeup: Katelyn Tidwell
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

A Riot of Color: Bold, Bright and Beautiful City Wedding Inspiration

­­As any creative knows, inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. We love wedding shoots inspired by nature, but it’s the hidden urban beauty that we love in this vivid and bold city wedding inspiration from Juli Vaughn and Vue Photography.

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Instead of focusing on the rough edges of their local concrete jungle — Atlanta — this talented team focused on the happy, bright colors in Atlanta’s Living Walls. An adorable couple, cheerful flowers and one cute pup help soften the hard lines of the city, too.

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Credits: Event & Floral Design: Juli Vaughn Designs/ Catering: Sun in My Belly/ Photography: Vue Photography/ Hair & Makeup: Andrea Carter Artistry/ Wedding Dress: The Sentimentalist/ Men’s Wear: The Modern Gent/ Venue: Westside Art Center/ Cake: Sugar & Slate/ Invitation Suite/Paper goods: Fresh Love & Co./ Coordination: Pretty Swell Parties/ Linens: I Do Linens/ Art/Canvas Placemats: Renee Bouchon Art/ Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

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