Category Archives: REAL WEDDINGS

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

7 of Our Favorite Dream Destination Wedding Venues

Some brides have been dreaming about their big day for years — they’ve decided on every little detail, from the color palette to the cake. And there are others who are caught off guard with wedding planning, and find themselves caught up in the whirlwind of flower, tablecloth and dress options.

No matter what camp you’ve found yourself in, it’s hard to resist the allure of these dream destination wedding venues. From Hawaii, to Santorini, to Provence, each of these locations is a dream come true for any bride.

Take a look at 7 of our top dream destination wedding venues:

haikumillHaiku Mill
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Bodrum, Turkey

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Clare, Ireland

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Celestia Grand Villas
Santorini, Greece
(photo by Anna Roussos)

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Hotel Escencia
Tulum, Mexico
(photo by Thayer Allison Gowdy Weddings)

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Sorrento, Italy

chateauChateau La Gorce
Gironde, France

Our 8 Favorite Rustic Elegant Wedding Venues

Whether your taste leans modern or traditional, there’s something about rustic elegant weddings that transcends all styles. It’s hard not to love the combination of dripping crystal chandeliers, lush green garlands, elegant white lace and warm reclaimed wood. It’s one of our favorite looks.

If you’re considering a rustic elegant look for your upcoming wedding (or just love some gorgeous wedding eye candy), take a look at our top 8 favorite rustic elegant wedding venues, below!

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San Ysidro Ranch: Santa Barbara, California (photo by Tec Petaja)

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Zingerman’s Cornman Farms: Dexter, Michigan

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High Point Farms: Flintstone, Georgia

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Long Ridge Farm: Shelbyville, Kentucky (photo by Todd Pellowe)

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Memory Lane: Dripping Springs, Texas

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Hermitage Museum & Gardens: Norfolk, Virginia (photo by Sarah Goodwin)

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Durham Ranch: St Helena, California (photo by Delbarr Moradi)

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Oystertag Vistas: Myersville, Maryland

PS: Follow our Rustic Elegant Weddings board on Pinterest for more inspiration.

Fanny & David’s Palo Alto Wedding

“I loved the rustic, yet feminine feel of this whimsical wedding,” says photographer Vero Suh. The bride, Fanny, donned a feminine Monique Lhuillier dress, paired with a light pink Gucci heels to match the color theme of her wedding. From the romantic indoor ceremony, the overflow of pretty details and a Pinkberry bar at the end of the night, this wedding has all the element of a beautiful day, with just the right amount of fun.

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Photography: Vero Suh Photography | Event & Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Ceremony & Reception Location: Rosewood Sand Hill | Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes | Dessert: Pinkberry | Hair & Makeup: The Glamourist | Shoes: Gucci | Dress: Monique Llhullier

Lindsay & Stephen’s Beachside Engagement

Lindsay and Stephen both grew up vacationing on the coast. So, when it came to planning their beachside nuptials they chose WaterColor Inn & Resort to say “I do.” Since they were already planning their big day by the sea, they wanted their engagement shoot to capture some of their favorite spots along Florida’s 30A beaches. Photographer, Dear Wesleyann walked the couple through the beautiful streets of Alys Beach, took them on a tandem bike ride through Rosemary Beach, all with just enough time to catch the sunset.

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From the bride: We started our shoot with Wesleyann walking through the streets of Alys beach. All of the white architecture and greenery made for such a beautiful backdrop. We found an outdoor seating area on the beach side and popped some bubbly — as it also happened to be my birthday! Wesleyann made it so easy for us to just be ourselves and have fun. Her pictures capture that joy perfectly. 

Our next stop was in the town of Rosemary Beach, where Wesleyann somehow worked her magic to get a tandem bike for us to shoot on. It’s an understatement to say we had fun with that! We hurried down to the beach right as the sun was going down to take some sunset shots and we could not have asked for a more beautiful ending to the day.

Photography: Dear Wesleyann

Julia & Jonathan’s DIY Block Island Wedding

According to their photographer Kate Slater, Julia and Jonathan one of their favorite couples of the year! “They win the award for cutest, most laid back, totally madly in love couple of the year — if there is such a thing.” We would have to say we whole-heartedly agree.

This wedding is filled with DIY touches made by the bride, brilliantly water coloring everything she could get her hands on, including her custom-made silk gown, which was lovingly created by her fashion designer mother, Kathryn Conover CoutureFrom the gorgeous seaside location and wildflowers to calligraphy and cake, this wedding has it all. 

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Venue: Spring House Hotel | Venue Coordinator: Danielle M. Dziok, Spring House Hotel | Photography: Katie Slater Photography | Dress: Kathryn Conover Couture | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Flowers: Blazing Star Farm | Invitations: Designed by Julia Wilde, Printed by Coeur Noir | Paper Goods: Designed by Julia Wilde

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Bill & Blaire’s Beautiful Seaside Wedding

Bill and Blaire grew up vacationing at the beaches of 30A in Seaside, Florida, so when they decided where to say “I do,” the choice was easy. “It was the perfect place for us to exchange our vows,” Blaire explained. The Seaside Chapel is simple and romantic with pine floors, white pews, and charming bell tower. Her vision for the reception was elegant with a southern flair. The clean, white lines and Mediterranean inspired architecture of Alys Beach created a stunning backdrop; the theme of mint and gold weaved throughout. Thanks to the brilliant photography of Dear Wesleyann and flawless coordination by Shelby Peaden Events, the day was perfect — despite having a shake up in the date due to a tropical storm!

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Photography: Dear Wesleyann

Ceremony Venue: Seaside Chapel

Reception Venue: Central Park at Alys Beach

Floral, Event Design/Styling, Linens & Lighting: Events by Nouveau

Wedding Planning and Day-of Coordination – Shelby Peaden Events

Stationery: Paper Affair

Videography: Gilmore Pictures

Catering: Cafe Thirty-A

Bakery: Publix 

Band and Ceremony Musicians: GTS Entertainment Group

Transportation: Mike’s Limousine &  A Bride’s Ride

Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Vivo Spa Salon

Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate

Gown: Nicole Miller

Jewelry: Suzanna Dai 

Shoes: Jimmy Chou