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Wedding Favors; shawls


We love these individually wrapped shawls. It’s a great way to make sure guests stay warm for those gorgeous outdoor weddings. Weather can be fickle and change on a dime, so why not be ready? Brides can mix and match to incorporate the color palette of the wedding. They can be a wonderful inexpensive way to cater to the guests and keep the color scheme flowing throughout the wedding. Plus the shawls are a cozy favor for guests to keep wearing even after the big day. It is such a cute and lasting piece of the design.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photographers Ltd , Planning + Design: Joy de Vivre Wedding Coordination


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Pastel Bridal Gowns; Elie Saab

elie saab pastel gowns blogWe cannot get enough of these pastel bridal gowns. They are an elegant and beautiful choice for brides looking for something a little different and unique. These spring colors are sure to make a lovely statement and add a beautiful flare to any wedding. This collection of gowns came from Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture. There seem to be more and more pastel wedding dresses coming out each season with every collection and we are so excited to see this trend grow and take root – it’s a perfect way to introduce a little fun color for the nontraditional bride!

Image credit unknown. If anyone knows where these originated from, please let us know!

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Carneros Inn; Gorgeous Venue for Napa Wedding

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One of our favorite venues to work at in the beautiful wine country is Carneros Inn in Napa, CA. Not only does it provide you with breathtaking views of the Napa Valley, their exquisite selection of wine and food is perfect for those “foodie” couples out there. We love this location! It is wonderful for our wine country brides as well as a great escape for a fabulous destination wedding. The above photos are from a wedding we designed & planned a few years back for Ashley & Scott – it was an intimate destination wedding for this couple, and despite the morning rain, the couple and their guests all had a fabulous time.  We are super excited about our upcoming September wedding at The Carneros Inn for local San Francisco couple Rosanna & Andrea – be sure to check back later this year for photos from their fabulous Italian inspired fete.

Check out The Carneros Inn for more venue details:

Wedding Planner & Designer: The Stylish Soiree Photography: Jenny Martell Florals: Branch Out Flowers Venue: The Carneros Inn, Napa, CA


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DIY Darling Drink Decor


These cute (and super easy!) oversized DIY stir sticks would be a great addition to cocktails at a summer wedding or party. All you need to do is print out the template on 80lb card stock, use a 3.5″ hole punch to cut out the circles and glue to a popsicle or corn dog stick. Voila! You have your darling drink decor. Cheers!

Original DIY found on Style Me Pretty

Photo credit: Justin & Mary Marantz

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Kick Off Your Heels!


Every girl can relate to wanting to kick off their heels and dance the night away at a wedding reception. So, at your wedding reception have a basket of flip flops for girls to trade in their 6 inch heels and dance comfortably! Choose a color that goes with your color scheme and have three different baskets for small, medium, and large flip flops.

Photograph by Ruffled Blog

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Elie Saab Wedding Gowns…. le sigh.

Elie Saab does it again with his ethereal, out of this world gorgeous gowns.

The back of the Elie Saab dress – like a fairytale. If I could do it all over again and choose any dress irregardless of price, this one just might be it. Although I’d take any number of other amazing Elie Saab gowns just as happily. 😉

What’s your ultimate dream gown, lovelies? Do you dream in lace, beading, or tissue paper taffeta?

XOXO Yelena

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Lovely Mint Bridesmaid Dress

This floaty frock makes me want to frolic by the seaside, with chiffon billowing in the breeze. The best part? It’s under $100, making it a bargain bridesmaid dress in the perfect minty hue.

What color are you dressing your bridesmaids in? One color, varying shades, or mix and match? Fill us in!

Dress via ModCloth

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A Beautiful ‘Something Blue – Christian Dior Gown

Daily Inspiration: Christian Dior’s take on *something blue*

Brides: What are you planning on using for your ‘something blue’? We’d love to know – comment below!


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Nontraditional Wedding Dress

How amazing does this bride look in her FAB pink Elie Saab dress? I’m a huge advocate of looking outside the (wedding dress) box for their perfect wedding gown.

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Wedding Dress Alternative: Carmen Marc Valvo

I’ll admit it – I may have splurged on my own wedding dress (blowing my budget in the process), but I am still a firm believer that a gorgeous, dream wedding dress can be found for under $1,000. The only catch is that, unless you buy your wedding dress second hand, finding a stunning gown in the sub-$1,000 range is best done by shopping regular off-the-rack retail. Case in point? This lovely flowing white gown from ready to wear designer Carmen Marc Valvo.

Carmen Marc Valvo has been turning out beautiful gowns for a number of years, and all of the dresses in the line feature high quality construction – which is more than you can say for a David’s Bridal wedding dress. Plus, one of the best things about buying an off the rack wedding dress alternative is that you can try on THE dress in the store, in your size, guaranteeing you will love how the dress looks on your wedding day. Another huge benefit to buying a wedding gown off the rack is that the alterations will be much, much less than alterations at a bridal boutique. Though I am strongly against the adage that the ‘wedding’ label immediately constitutes a markup in price, I will say that I’ve noticed this is somewhat true when it comes to wedding gown alterations in a bridal salon.

What I love about this Carmen Marc Valvo dress is the dramatic detail on a classic style gown. The oversize flower detail on the one-shoulder dress is something I’ve seen a lot of on the bridal gown runways the past two seasons, and I think it’s a trend that’s going to stay for another few seasons. Also, the dress passes my ‘timeless’ test – at least 80% of the dress is classic, and it would have looked just as appropriate worn thirty years ago as it likely will be thirty years from now. All in all, a sub-$1,000 wedding dress winner.

Carmen Marc Valvo Pleated One-Shoulder Gown with Flowers, $940 from Bloomingdales

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