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Elegant Beachside Wedding in La Jolla, California

The perfect printed linen is one of those small elements with a big impact. It takes the beauty of this modern beach wedding designed by Before I Do Events and adds a layer of chic so beautifully photographed by Carmen Santorelli. Seashells, modern beach lounging and lovely blooms by Isari Flower Studio – that’s what this gem is all about. Click here for more and be sure to have a look at the film captured by Enjet Media below.


Beach Resort

From The Bride…I feel that Anthony and I are the epitome of ‘what’s meant to be will be’, and that theme shined through on our wedding day. We fell in love with our gorgeous beachfront venue, so we decided to take on the challenge of planning our wedding in just four months in order to secure our dream location. With the help of the amazing team at Before I Do Events and all of our incredible vendors, it proved to be no challenge at all, and everything easily fell into place just perfectly as it was meant to be, for the big day.

We wanted our wedding to be classic with romantic hints of vintage, and Parisian-inspired touches throughout. Most of all, we wanted the wedding to be ‘us’. From the wood planks that lined the aisle with the things we love about each other (how Anthony proposed), to our personally written vows, to our family-style dinner from one of our favorite restaurants, to our basketball themed grand entrance (yes, my husband dunked in his tux), to our delicious dessert bar – it was a night centered around everything we love, including each other and our dearest friends and family.

Love and genuineness filled the room, and we had a blast dancing the night away. We also made it a point to take some time out together to take it all in, which was great since time flew by. After the party ended and Anthony and I got back to our hotel, and we did an impromptu photo shoot on the beach, and we then found ourselves playing ping pong in our wedding clothes (then maybe or maybe not headed to Jack in the Box). It was the best, most perfect night because it was just so ‘US’.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Floral Design: Isari Flower Studio | Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza From Isis Bridal | Hair Stylist: Jamee | Band/DJ: Still Listening Productions | Beverage Service: Giuseppe Catering | Catering Service: Tapenade | Chair Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Desserts: Hostess Haven | Furniture Rentals: Farm Tables And More | Linens: La Tavola | Location: Scripps Seaside Forum | Makeup Stylist: Krysta Demetris | Printwork: Jillian From Coastyle Events | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Transportation: Embassy Limousine | Video: Enjet Media | Wedding Coordination + Design: Alicia From Before I Do Events

La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, Isari Flower Studio + Event Design and Carmen Santorelli Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

Isari Flower Studio

Carmen Santorelli Photography

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Modern Beach House Wedding Inspiration

Backyard weddings are one of our favorite genres. They’re personalized and cozy and dripping in laid back elegance. And if that backyard happens to be mere feet from the ocean, consider it a whole new level of awesome. This photo shoot is oceanfront beauty paired with chic modern details and the idea of a casual beach house get together. Conceptualized and crafted by Lavender & TwineCassidy Rae Events and These Bud’s A Blooming, these images will have you rethinking that backyard affair and maybe moving it seaside.


From Lavender & TwineThe inspiration for this modern and romantic shoot was sparked by an incredible tiled wall–a wall accenting a one of a kind modern beach house. We wanted to help couples think outside of the box, and inspire a fresh take on a modern beach wedding. With a mixed palette of neutrals, greens, and whites with pops of oranges and gold, this is the perfect combination for a modern yet elegant wedding.

The stunning floral arrangements were provided by These Buds A Blooming. Allie put something together more gorgeous than I ever imagined. I mean, did you see that bouquet?! The soft textures in the arrangements combined with the edginess of the succulents and pops of color are a perfect fit with this modern vibe.

Incredible linens were provided by La Tavola. The textured grey linen cloth was the perfect anchor for the table design with dishware provided by Town and Country Rentals. The modern print napkins added a little something extra special. The custom silverware gave the perfect balance of modern elegance.

The cake was provided by The Sugar Lab with a last minute placement of an air-plant as the cake topper. It was the perfect finish to the intentional imbalance of the cake. The use of geometric shapes and blocks made this cake truly something special.

Our gorgeous bride looked amazing in a Paolo Sebastian gown that continued the grey palette through the wardrobe. Crystal Robinson Makeup did an amazing job styling the already stunning brides hair and makeup.

Photography: Lavender & Twine | Event Design: Cassidy Rae Events | Wedding Dress: Paolo Sabastian From Nearly Newlywed | Cake: The Sugar Lab | Linens: La Tavola | Floral Design & Styling: These Bud's A Blooming | Makeup & Hair : Crystal Robinson | Models: Morgan Lott Of Mawwaige Films | Rentals: Town And Country | Venue: Private Residence

These Buds A Blooming is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
These Buds A Blooming

Romantic Spring Wedding at Historic Hotel

I dare you to find a wedding more timelessly elegant than this Maryland “I do.” Set at the historic Antrim 1844, it’s got charm like you wouldn’t believe in a sea of neutral shades, and the gallery from the fabulous Kirsta A. Jones? It’s guaranteed to make your Monday soooo much sweeter.


From The Bride & Groom…We did our best to make sure all the details of our wedding reflected us as a couple as well as our family history.

It was important for us to find a venue that could host all of our wedding activities since it was the first time our families would be meeting. Our friends and families rented out the adorable houses and stayed on property the entire weekend. We held our rehearsal dinner at the Smokehouse Restaurant Friday night then hosted a Welcome Party for out of town guests after the dinner. It was so special to us to have everyone all together in such an intimate setting.

The dessert table was one of my favorite parts of the wedding! It was a way for us to incorporate several different heritages. Steve’s mom and god mother made all the Greek pastries and Amy’s mom made the mini pecan pies (in honor of her southern roots). Steve’s Aunt, who was born and raised on Smith Island, made the Smith Island cakes (chocolate, coconut and pineapple).

Smith Island is a small island (current population= 364 people) at at the southern-most part of the Eastern Shore and is only accessible by Ferry. Steve always loved going to his Aunt & Uncle’s for any party because they’d always have a Smith Island cake (at least one). The cakes are very laborious. Each layer is baked individually and stacked one on-top of another to create 7 layers stuck together with deliciously rich icing. 7 layers is the “official” sign that it was made on Smith Island….it’s recent popularity has spurred many to bake 8-10 layers but the pros learned over the years that anything over 7 tends to topple over.

Our save the dates, invitations, menu cards, etc had the same design on each of them. Steve incorporated that design and customized the corn hole set for the wedding. The lawn games (Jenga and Ladder Golf) as well as the wedding sign came from Sean Pumphrey.

Photography: Kirsta A. Jones | Flowers: Violet's Florist | Wedding Gown: Tara Keely | Wedding Cake: Gateau Monique | Invitations: Anne Marie Gaines | Rings: Zachary's Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Jessica Tiddes | DJ: AJ Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Antrim 1844 | Lawn Games (Jenga & Ladder Golf): Play With Wood | Wedding Signs: Play With Wood

Amsale, Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Occasions are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. JLM Couture, Inc and Krista A. Jones Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Krista A. Jones Photography

DIY Wooden Pallet Backdrop + WIUP

We made it to the end of the week lovelies, so we decided to leave you with some DIY design inspiration from our friends at Your Cloud Parade. Who would have thought wood pallets could look this cute?  There’s even more inspiration in the gallery thanks to Mark Brooke Photographers, and don’t miss the how-to plus this week’s lucky winners waiting down below!

Wedding Dress: Katie Jean | Flowers : Art With Nature | Green Necklace : A Quiet Curiosity | Hair Accessory : Vanilla Hue | Online Wedding Marketplace : Your Cloud Parade | Photography : Mark Brooke Photographers | Photography : Mathieu Photo

Wood pallets
Painter’s tape
Bright colored paint
A few paint brushes
Wood screws
Plumbers plastic hanger strap


step-1 Lay pallets down to start mapping out design. Take painters tape and tape out desired design. We choose to to stick with geometric patters since the tope is easier to maneuver.

step-2 Use different color paints to make design pop. Let dry for 2+ hours.

step-3 Move pallets separately to location of wedding or shoot then stack them. Once they are stacked use plumbers plastic hanger straps to connect all the palettes safely. Make sure that palettes are secure once on display.

Dream destination wedding from Escapes.CA
Doie Lounge Robe
Plum Pretty Sugar Robe

This week’s DISCOUNTS…
Vino Backyard Designs
Diamond Mansion

For our California brides… Discounts from Paperwhites Photography.

For our Mid Atlantic brides… Discounts from Femina Photo + Design and Uber.

For our Midwest brides… Discounts from Bliss Weddings & Events.


BIG Congrats to Vanessa Selman who won a $350 gift certificate and Maddie Dickinson and Melinda Steiner, winners of $100 gift certificate towards wedding stationery or day-of accessories from Minted!