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Winter Weddings Inspiration

No mater what you celebrate this time of year, it’s easy to fall in love with winter weddings. There’s something so romantic about exchanging vows in front of a backdrop of white winter.

Here are some of my favorite winter weddings images. They’re just snow good!

Ella Photography

Ella Photography

Amy Lashell Photography

Amy Lashell Photography

Tessa Perkins Photo

Tessa Perkins Photo

Clarke Walker Studios

Clarke Walker Studios

Melissa Diep Photography

Melissa Diep Photography

Peter Bang Photography

Peter Bang Photography

Think you’re stuck and out of luck for good ideas for winter weddings? Wrong! Snow plow your assumption and heat up your brain with this super cute idea: SNOW SKIS! CHUPPAH POLES! Is this not brilliant, or what?

Happy Winter, Everyone!

Tessa Perkins Photo

Tessa Perkins Photo

  • Judith Joseph says:

    I LOVE the skis as huppah poles!! What a great idea!

Flower Power: La Petite Gardenia On Designing A Perfect Wedding

Yesterday, the wedding of Brian Autenrieth and Alisan Porter, known for her work as a child actress in hits like Curly Sue and Parenthood, provided some amazing eye candy for all of us to enjoy. It’s no surprise that Alisan, the cute little girl who made us smile, grew up to be a stunning bride. And her handsome groom, Brian, was dashing as a groom should be, and looked so in love and happy to be marrying Alisan.

Their venue, Dormido Diablo, was warm and rustic and provided the most excellent ambiance for tying the knot, but for a wedding, it’s always nice to step it up a notch and that’s where La Petite Gardenia came through to provide delicious and delicate floral design.

We have Alison Franchi, CEO and Lead Designer of La Petite Gardenia, to share the design inspiration for Alisan and Brian’s wedding.

Ali chose a quaint California ranch tucked away in the Santa Monica Mountains. Her theme was feminine, whimsical, and vintage-inspired with lots of David Austin garden rose (her favorite), ranunculus, and hydrangeas.

We worked with a color palette of taupe, grey, blush pink, and cream with accents of birch wood.

Birch wood boxes acted vessels for her whimsy centerpieces which held a variety of garden roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus, dusty miller, and berries.

Her bridal bouquet was a lush French-inspired hand bouquet consisting of various David Austin roses, ranunculus, and dusty miller in shades of soft pink, cream, peach, and grey. We finished the look with burlap ribbon, hemp, and pearls to grace the stems of Ali’s bouquet.

The girls carried a lighter shade of soft pinks, white and cream.

It was the perfect array to complement Ali’s lace gown and soft style.

It’s always a treat to see photos of finished projects by La Petite Gardenia, a preferred florist of The Wedding Yentas.

La Petite Gardenia is a botanical art and floral design firm focused on providing unique living art installations for those whose passion for art equals their love of gorgeous flora. Each distinctive creation is rooted in nature and infused with a blend of concept art & interior design that cohesively breathes new life into any environment. CEO and Lead Designer, Alison Franchi, takes pride in offering floral designs that are filled with creativity as well as organic integrity. Featured in several notable publications and commissioned by such diverse powerhouses as Dior, CBS, Lamborghini, and Warner Bros, Alison has also collaborated with acclaimed interior design firms like Room & Board and Modern Home & Living. Currently serving both the East and West Coasts, Alison and her team provide patrons with customized living art developed in La Petite Gardenia‘s signature style – modern, organic innovation that’s truly artistically defined.

  • Jennifer says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous!! I Love love love all of these arrangements. Alison Franchi is amay-zing!

Pamper Day for a Bride & Her BFFs

Beverly Harris, wedding planner for Beverly Hills brides, loves to spoil her customers. Apart from lavish wedding celebrations, as you see in this photo shoot, Beverly also arranges exclusive Beverly Hills glamour days for brides and their girlfriends.

Recently, Sarah Jo and her two friends indulged in one of Beverly’s splendid Beverly Hills glamour days filled with excitement, pampering, and lots of fashion and surprises. The fun began in their suite at The Peninsula Beverly Hills with a hair and make-up session and a getting-ready photo shoot. Glamourized and gleeful, the three headed to a private cabana on the hotel’s rooftop where warm California breezes and a Champagne breakfast awaited. Of course, no glamour day is complete without a red carpet-worthy limousine!

Beverly Hill Glamour Day

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Next, Sarah Jo and her friends were whisked away to the heart of Beverly Hills for lunch and shopping. First stop, a star hotspot, the restaurant Villa Blanca for another glass of bubbly, exquisite petit-fours, and a few surprise gifts. Sarah Jo treated her friends Ida and Jennifer to ravishing silk flower hair accessories by Emici Bridal, then they surprised her with a scarf, tailor-made ring, and adorable custom-made swizzle sticks by illustrator and designer Astrid Mueller!

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Following a delightful hour of banter and celebration, the girls strolled down fabulous Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood, perusing the world’s prettiest labels. On this day of glamour, their walk included a stop at the JLM Couture flagship salon for a private appointment to try on designer dresses and lots of swoon-worthy Jimmy Choos.

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After so much fashion, they were ready for a pamper stop at the Naked Princess, where they were treated to exclusive spa products, a cupcake extravaganza and did a little lingerie shopping.

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To cap off a wonderful day of fashion and pampering, the party returned to The Peninsula for poolside cocktails, a glorious Los Angeles view, and a big toast to the bride!

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Photographer: Kishana Highgate
Wedding Planner & Shoot Producer: Beverly Harris Weddings
Hair/Make-Up Stylist: Denise Marquez
Transportation: Exquisite Transportation
Silk Flower Hair Accessories: Emici Bridal
Stationery, Scarf, Ring, and Swizzle Sticks: Astrid Mueller
Venue: The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Restaurant: Villa Blanca
Bridal Salon: JLM Couture Flagship Boutique
Lingerie Boutique: Naked Princess
Cupcakes: Crumbs Bake Shop

  • Beverly says:

    Hi Alison. Thank you for the wonderful post.

  • Astrid Mueller says:

    So excited to be featured on your pretty blog, Alison! Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Michelle McMurray de Luces says:

    The above photos show an amazing day had by these three friends in such a lovely way. What fun!

Chairish Your Day & Love Your Chairs!

When it comes to where your guests sit their tushies on your wedding day, why should you bench your ideas? Believe it or not, the chairs you use in your reception can spice up your party or extend your style!

I absolutely adore this styled shoot from photographer, Gretchen Moore, that was styled by Eclectic Hive and Chairished Vintage Chair Rentals at Lazy J Ranch in Vail, Colorado.

The theme is clearly rustic, sticks to a smart and snappy color palette of turquoise and buttery gold, and is furnished with damask details and crystal accessories. It’s almost like we could all pack our bags and go glamping together. (Really, dear Yentas, is there any other kind of camping? Oy vey.) (Confession of the day: I’ve never been camping — surprise surprise. I don’t go anywhere where I can’t plug in my flat iron. Ya hear?).

OK, so back to the chairs. Here’s what I love: because there is a clear style, it’s completely okay — and flippin’ adorable! — to have mismatched chairs. Are they really mismatched? Well, they’re all different styles, so it appears that the answer would be yes, but upon further inspection, they all come from the same family. They are white. They are wooden. They are laced with ornate detail. So while they are each different, they are like cousins. And cousins are family. So consider the chairs at this styled shoot to be co-mingling at the 2012 Glamping Family Reunion.

Moral of the story: lace a theme throughout your mismatched chairs and overall wedding style. It’s okay to spice up the party with some texture and make the chairs fraternal instead of identical. If you’re planning this ever-popular-for-good-reason rustic/chic/vintage/glam wedding reception, then this is how you do it.

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  • Astrid Mueller says:

    Love the homey yet elegant feeling of this intimate celebration – the bare wooden table add a beautiful warm touch!

Modern Sparkly Table Shoot by Yasmin Khajavi Photography

There’s nothing I swoon over more than a photo shoot of a tablescape. Sure, the subjects don’t pose and smile, but boy do they inspire! Absolutely loving this blush, cream, and champagne color palette that is both romantic and warm with just the right sprinkle of feminine. The textured and fluffy floral arrangements suggest playful elegance while details like ghost chairs and lucite labels for drinks and table numbers bring a modern and sophisticated vibe to the mix.

This tablescape could definitely work for any event location whether it’s a country club, urban space, or rustic venue. And it doesn’t only work for weddings! The style can be woven into showers for both baby and bridal, anniversary shin digs, and birthday festivities. Nothing is too wedding-ish that it can’t work for other celebrations that are worth showcasing beautiful and carefully designed details! So get party planning!

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From Yasmin Khajavi Photography: When Hailey Bernstein and Astrid Mueller, both contemporary creatives with a shared love of fashion and modern design, put their heads together, amazing things were bound to happen. For this styled shoot, they envisioned a fashion-forward, style-savvy couple planning the ultimate modern loft celebration. The look is clean-chic but full of warmth with soft, feminine sparkle. Hailey and Astrid decided on a light, neutral palette — tans, champagnes and mixed metallics with hints of blush and ivory. The light, breezy colors soften and brighten the raw loft space, offering a neutral canvas for some fun, fashionable and uber-chic details.

Sequin linens added unexpected glamour and sparkle, emphasizing the clean table lines yet luxurious texture. We alternated between tan sequin linens for tables, and tan and white chevron sequin linens for standing bistros, which brought extra variety and interest to the space. We designed a laid-back, yet luxurious tablescape with an abundance of soft and fluttery peonies, mixed metallic mercury glass votive holders, mirrored vases and tons of floating candles for ambiance. For the menus, table number and design pieces, illustrator Astrid Mueller, normally known for her delicate, fashion-inspired illustrations, took an abstract design approach and worked with minimalistic, circular design elements, inspired by architecture and the round shape of peonies. She devised a new, unique idea for this celebration design by introducing personalized, laser-engraved, perspex drink disks for the seating and cocktails. She also chose to create cool, urban-inspired but lavishly-printed stationery, lush and soft to the touch. The menus were artisan-printed and hand-debossed by Digby & Rose, creating a beautiful architectural effect. All details and were beautifully captured by the contemporary, Portland-based photographer Yasmin Khajavi.

Photography: Yasmin Khajavi Photography
Photo Shoot Venue: Castaway Portland in Portland, Oregon
Styling, Tablescape, Floral + Event Design: Zest Floral and Event Design
Invitation Design + Engraved Perspex Design Details: Astrid Mueller
Stationery Printing: Digby & Rose
Linens: La Tavola
Ghost Chairs, Table Settings + Glassware Rentals: West Coast Event Production

  • Astrid Mueller says:

    Dear Alison,
    Thanks so much for featuring our styled shoot – I’m honored about your kind feedback, and to be published on your beautiful blog!
    Warmly,
    Astrid