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12 garden girl The Art of Bouquet Making with Amy Osaba 19 the perfect vintage Tales of True Love with Patrick + KT


28 sugared & spiced Seasonal Mixology for His + Hers 37 two if by sea Tales of True Love with Juli + Carl


44 color theory A Progressive Pop of Style Inspired by Kiana Underwood 48 deck the walls DIY Foraged Wreaths with Katie Chirgotis 55 a garden gathering Tales of True Love with Shannon + Nick 62 the lovliest romance Old-World Romance in France


68 the finishing touch Designer Spotlight on Bel Aire Bridal 73 lux in love Tales of True Love with Shierley + Christopher 80 fashion to table with Lauren Conrad + Maura McManus of Paper Crown


88 bon voyage

73 ON THE COVER Issue No. 8's cover was captured by Jose Villa during the making of Flutter's Fashion To Table series with Paper Crown tastemakers Lauren Conrad and Maura McManus. See the full story on page 80.


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Kelly Oshiro Lifestyle Editor David Bronow National Advertising Director (818) 445-4803 Submissions General Inquiries


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Food + Beverage Duo Events, Enjoy Cupcakes, Foley Wines, Jessica Foster Confections, Kyle Peete and Patrick Reynolds for Farm to Bar, Made in Cake, Merci To Go, Miller Wine Works Design + Styling Amy Osaba, Joy Proctor, Katie Chirgotis, Kelly Oshiro, Kiana Underwood, Lauren Conrad, Little Miss Press, Mary McLeod, Maura McManus, Susan Silverberg Photography + Film Aaron Delesie, Amy & Stuart, Corbin Gurkin, Élan Klein, Jose Villa, KT Merry, Lacie Hansen, Leo Patrone, Megan Sorel, Sylvie Gil Editorial Alexis Wiseley, Jackie Strause, Kelly Mahan, Rachel Fourteau


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Calligraphy Titles Victoria Rothwell of Design House of Moira Flutter Paper Abany Bauer, Jacki Miller, Karla Lim, Kim McKeown, Leslie Lewis Sigler Published by Flutter Magazine, LLC.


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editor's letter

This edition of Flutter marks a milestone: our second anniversary as a print publication and our expansion to national distribution! For those of you who are picking up Flutter for the first time, welcome! Two years ago Flutter made its grand entrance into the world of weddings and entertaining with the idea of infusing the industry with a highly curated, highly visual and artful approach to celebrating chic. Through the thoughtful stories and details that are shared, what has transpired is a truly beautiful and timeless book (a collector’s item of sorts) that inspires the pretty party purveyor in the art of entertaining. From a grand affair to an intimate gathering, Flutter is very much a publication that inspires readers for all of the special occasions in their life. In every issue you’ll find four real weddings, floral design technique, recipes, styled wedding inspiration, Fashion to Table entertaining and so much more. It’s packed with personality and lots of pretty! Photo by Jose Villa

With this 8th edition I invite you to embrace the spirit of the season with savory and sweet libations inspired by the mixologists at Farm to Bar (p. 28). Get crafty with the natural textures of the autumn equinox (p. 48), wander through progressive floral art and bridal fashion with Tulipina designer Kiana Underwood (p. 44), and be prepared to swoon over the prettiest party with our Fashion to Table cover girls Lauren Conrad and Maura McManus (p. 80). As you flip through, I hope every page truly sets your heart aflutter! Finally, on a more personal note, I am over the moon excited to share that behind the scenes of this milestone issue, I got engaged! My best friend Tyson asked me those four special words while we were recently on a dream trip traveling through Italy. You can read all about my Tuscan love story...and my handsome fiancé on the Flutter blog. As we begin to plan our wedding I look forward to sharing with you every detail along every step of the way. It’s going to be so fun! Happy holidays! Kim F E A T U R E D F L U T T E R P A P E R A R T I ST S


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GARDEN GIRL The Art of Bouquet Making with Amy Osaba P H OT OGRA PH Y B Y Megan Sorel


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W E H AV E A C O N F E S S I O N TO M A K E : we’re obsessed with flowers. The colorful, romantic, happy (and sometimes moody) blooms completely set our hearts aflutter. Add floral design muse Amy Osaba into the there anything more delightful? Lucky for us, we had the chance to work alongside Amy and Florabundance for an inspiring bridal floral session that’s overflowing with pretty hues, whimsical layers and fairytale romance for days.

“My favorite artist is Claire Basler. Her paintings embody how I want my arrangements to feel: free, clear, and delicate, yet bold and strong.” ­— Amy

BUILD your BOUQUET Amy’s top four tips for creating a fairytale bouquet ONE

Start with your greens, layering different sizes, shapes, and textures of the fresh foliage in a criss-cross pattern. Working with foraged materials for this part of the process gives you a more unique and natural look. TW O

Pick a variety of flowers that are different in sizes. Work towards an asymmetrical style, but, remember to keep the design balanced by using three points of interest throughout the bouquet. TH REE

Don’t hold the stems too tight. To get our signature "just picked" look, you must let the stems fan out. Don't fight their natural shape! That's what gives our bouquets what we call a "gardeny" style. F OU R

Allow for there to be some "air" between your flowers. Let the flowers fall naturally and face different ways. Don't fight their natural tendency to move. Let the smaller flowers like ranunculus dance above the others for added dimension.

FLOWERS to BOUQUET BY Anemones Clematis Vine Garden Roses (in a variety of sizes) Peonies Poppies Privet Berries Ranunculus Variety of your favorite greens/foliages (we’re fans of foraged!)


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“I always love to add a dancing piece of jasmine at the end of a bouquet or arrangement–I feel like it makes them look fresh and even more alive.” ­— Amy

Here's to the different renditions of the Amy Osaba-style bouquet that were crafted during the 2015 Florabundance + Flutter Inspirational Design Days Workshop! Featured: Beth LeonGuerreo, Tanisha Sczebel, Orly Khon, Holly Chapple, Amy Cason, Korie Mulleady, Jennifer Jensen, Ria Erikson, Katie fo r m o r e f lo r a l m u s i n g s visit Noonan, Britney Lee Fache, Amber Mustain Megan Sorel f l o r a l d e s i g n Amy Osaba f l o w e r s Florabundance s t y l i n g Kelly Oshiro d r e s s Lovely Bride j e w e l r y Sofia Kaman r i b b o n Silk & Willow h a i r + m a k e u p Chateau Belle m o d e l Hello Gorgeous v e n u e Lotusland photography

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patrick + kt / St. Helena, CA / Photography by KT Merry

New Yorkers Patrick + KT gathered their friends and family for a celebration-filled weekend at Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley. The handsome duo dreamed up a day in which charming attention to every detail, an exquisite culinary experience, and the perfect collection of 2007 Cabernet met for a wedding that is all parts masculine, romantic, elegant, and downright fun!


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the perfect pairing “Our love story goes a little something like this...On July 7, 2014, seven years to the day after we met on July 7, 2007, KT asked Patrick to marry him at New York City’s Gramercy Tavern—the first ‘nice’ restaurant we dined together at six days after we met. He fortunately agreed!” — Patrick + KT

“The Napa Valley was one of the first places we vacationed. We always considered it to be a very special location, especially given our love of food and wine. We had stayed at Meadowood a number of times previously, and when thinking of where to get married, we both thought the Meadowood – and specifically under those trees, would be perfect. And it really was.” — Patrick + KT

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Guests' place cards were displayed in copper drink measures. It was a spirited way to tie in the couple's craft cocktail and wine theme. "We wanted to be sophisticated but not fussy, elegant but modern, warm but not over-done. Lisa (our wedding planner) just totally got us. We wanted to throw the best party for our friends and family, and for ourselves. I think we got it done." - Patrick + KI

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San Francisco pastry chef, Jasmine Rae, crafted the perfect blend of masculine and chic into the cabernet chocolate cake.

the perfect vintage “Over the years we have collected wine across multiple vintages and from various regions, especially Californian and French wines. Patrick in particular knew that 2007 was the ‘perfect vintage’ for cabs in Napa. We were keen to share wines that we collected over the years on the special weekend with our friends and family. It was a natural confluence for us to create the theme around wine and the year we met, which tied in perfectly with the setting.” — KT

love is in the details Event planning extraordinaire Lisa Vorce inspired Patrick and KT to host a fabulous red white and blue party to welcome their guests to the Fourth of July weekend festivities. It made for the most picture-perfect, spirited, and tasteful gathering. ITINER AR Y

friday, july 3 Guests arrived at Meadowood for an International Red White and Blue croquet tournament on the property’s grand Croquet Glen lawn. Notice the white dress code? We love it!

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“We wanted the welcome party to be relaxed, fun, and not too over-the-top so as not to overshadow what was to come on Saturday. And it was perfect!” — Patrick + KT

In the spirit of the Fourth of July, event designer, Lisa Vorce, staged the event with patriotic accessories for everyone to enjoy: skimmer hats, parasols, and flags from the U.S., Canada and Australia—an homage the couple's hometowns. Get Your Grill On! After croquet a traditional BBQ was served complete with grilled corn, baby back ribs, mini sliders… there was even cotton candy for dessert! Tables were lined with baskets of red and blue berries, and red enamel dishware and drinkware. Traditional Pimm’s Cups cocktails, champagne and lemonade were tray-passed. A Napa experience isn’t complete without a proper wine tasting! A wine bar was setup with the couple's favorite vintages and varietals from 1993-2006.

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Let the wedding festivities begin! Patrick and KT were married on the majestic golf course lawn.

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CREDITS Photography KT Merry, Event Planning + Design Lisa Vorce, Venue + Catering Meadowood, Floral Design Chestnut & Vine Groomsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tuxedos Custom, Groomsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shirts Custom, Cake Jasmine Rae Cakes Stationery + Signage Amber Moon Design Calligraphy Anne Robin Calligraphy Wood Pergolas Rrivre Works, Lighting Lighten Up, Rentals Classic Party Rentals Specialty Rentals Elan Event Rentals Flatware Casa de Perrin, Ceremony/Cocktail/ Dinner Musicians Supernova Cinematography Artisan Productions 26

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S UGA R E D & S PICED S E AS O N A L M I X O L OG Y for H I S + H ERS PH OT OGRA PH Y B Y Ă&#x2030;lan Klein

In the spirit of personalizing your celebrations, Farm to Bar mixologist Kyle Peete shares inspiration on three seasonal sips with a twist. Cheers to sipping it your way!

F O R HE R : Pour contents into champagne flute and add 4 oz favorite sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish with basil bud and halved strawberry.


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B U B S & S U DS Yields one cocktail 1 Strawberry 4 Leaves Opal Basil (regular basil works too!) ž oz Fresh Lime Juice ½ oz Simple Syrup 1 oz Cutler's Artisan Vodka Muddle together strawberry and basil. Combine all ingredients in shaker with 1/2 cup ice and shake.

F O R H I M : Pour contents into pilsner glass with 12 oz white beer.

B A C K C O U N TRY Yields one cocktail 1 Blackberry 3 Sage Leaves ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice ½ oz Simple Syrup Dash Angostura Bitters 2 oz Cutler's '33 Bourbon Muddle together the blackberry and sage. Combine all ingredients in shaker with 1/2 cup of ice and shake.

F O R H E R : Strain all contents into martini glass and garnish with sage-wrapped blackberry.

FOR HI M: Pour all contents into rocks glass and garnish with bitters-soaked blackberry atop a single sage leaf.

P ERS IM M O N TO C O M E A B O A RD Yields one cocktail 1/4 Grilled Persimmon, muddled ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice Ÿ oz Grand Marnier 2 oz Favorite Spiced Rum Spice Garnish: Cinnamon / Nutmeg / Clove / Sugar Create the spice garnish by blending equal parts of each spice together in a shallow dish. Set aside for her.


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FO R H E R : Combine all ingredients in shaker without ice. Shake, strain into a spice-rimmed snifter and add 3 oz hot water. Garnish with persimmon ribbon.

FO R H IM : Combine all ingredients in shaker with 1/2 cup ice and shake. Pour contents into rocks glass garnished with grilled persimmon wheel.


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juli + carl / San Clemente, CA / Photography by Amy & Stuart

Flowing champagne-filled libations, lush romantic greenery, exquisite style… Grab a bellini and join the party! You’re in for an elegant seaside wedding scattered with memories of this chic couple’s Italian adventures abroad. Salute!

sister style Juli’s twin sister and maid of honor Alex was the first to find her swoon-worthy dress from the British designer Erdem. The feminine yet bold frock helped set the tone for everyone else’s attire.


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a monique lhuillier moment Juli said “I do” in a lacy strapless mermaid-style Monique Lhuillier gown and veil. For the reception, and as a nod to her Groom’s satin lapel tux, she ditched the veil and added a black satin sash. This thoughtful switch made for a fun way to distinguish the party from the ceremony.

love notes “A week or so before the wedding our planner reached out to me to write a short note to each of my bridesmaids that she attached to their bouquets, I thought it was such a beautiful idea. Little did I know she had Carl do the same for me! I will never forget the moment I saw his note on my bouquet” — Juli

behind-the-scene... “Cocktails (The Bride’s Bellini & Groom’s Aperol Spritz) were served in the lush garden lounge and dinner was served at long tables beneath a canopy of tiny little lights. Table tops held the simplicity of a garland of lemon leaves scattered with fresh blooms of gardenia and a mass of pillar candles. Dinner was served family style with a classic Italian menu.” — Jo Gartin, Wedding Planner

â&#x20AC;&#x153;During our time studying (and traveling) abroad, we completely fell in love with the Amalfi coast and Italian culture: family style dinners that last all night, the lemons, the bellinis, the sunshine, the hospitality! Our circle of friends and family is a small tight knit group and we wanted to combine our love for the Amalfi coast with the intimate feeling of a gathering of close friends and family. We aimed for a family style dinner with a formal twist.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Juli f lu t t e r m ag . c o m


“It was such an amazing day, but nothing could top seeing my Juli walking down the aisle.” — Carl CREDITS Photography Amy & Stuart, Event Planning + Design Jo Gartin for Love Luck and Angels Venue Private Garden, San Clemente, CA Floral Design Holly Flora, Wedding Gown + Lace Jumpsuit Monique Lhuillier Bride’s Shoes Cèline, Bridesmaids Dresses J. Crew, Maid of Honor Dress Erdem, Groom’s Tux Etro, Groom’s Shoes Magnanni, Cake It's All About the Cake Catering Heirloom LA, Rentals Town & Country, Custom Rentals Eden Rodriguez Productions Cinematography Butter Pictures, Music Wayne Foster,

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inspired by Kiana Underwood Photography by Corbin Gurkin

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“The various floral scenes were meant to add color and life to the grey-toned backdrop of the abandoned train station, and add to the surreal majestic beauty of the interior landscape.” — K IA NA

WA N D E R I N G THROUGH WONDERMENT Cascading floral pods were suspended from the ceiling and were overflowing with color and texture, creating a dreamlike installation for any bride and her guests to wander through. Our hearts are aflutter!


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DIY Foraged Wreaths with Katie Chirgotis

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;TIS THE SEASON to deck your halls, walls, and doors with artfully textured accents and decor. Floral designer Katie Chirgotis of Eothen shows us three crafty ways to bring the beauty of the season into any space with earthy and organic foraged wreaths.

PH O T O G R A P H Y BY Leo Patrone


“The best way to bring the season to your door is to literally step outside of it and harvest what's right there. Evergreen or leaves with a waxy sheen will last for weeks. Look for branches with natural curves, and don't hold yourself to perfect circles, (boring!).“ ­— Katie


Scout evergreens, changing leaves, shrubs, and found objects like feathers, stones, pinecones, and more, that you'd like to weave into your wreath. S U PPL I E S

26-gauge paddle wire 28-gauge straight wire Wire cutters Stem cutters Base frame * N O T E : your base frame dictates your wreath’s overall look. A double or quadruple wire frame, such as the blue-green piece, will support a lush, full design. A single wire frame, such as the pampas grass piece, will be more minimal. Incorporating the texture of a dried vine base (like grapevine or honeysuckle), makes for the most organic and natural composition as seen in the rose hip wreath.


CREATE PACKETS OF YOUR INGREDIENTS There’s no right way to do it, just layer a mix of three or four ingredients in your hand, trim the stems, and start your wiring by wrapping paddle wire around the cut end of the packet a few times. Repeat until you have enough packets to cover your base.

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LAYERING I'm right-handed, so I begin by layering from the upper left of the frame. Lay and hold the first packet against the frame using your left hand. Using your right hand, wrap your paddle wire, (currently connected to your first packet), behind and around the frame three times - making sure you're keeping the wire taut as you go. Do not cut the wire! Place the next packet in position so the top of packet #2 covers the bottom of packet #1. Continue layering and wrapping with your wire, moving your way down and around the frame as you go. Remember, you should be using the same piece of wire for the entire base.


WRAP & TUCK When you've completed your base layer, give yourself at least six inches extra length of paddle wire before snipping. Finish your wiring by wrapping and tucking until the end is secure and hidden.


CREATE MOVEMENT You can now tuck in gestural wisps (leaves, branches, seedpods) to add movement into your base layer by nestling them into the wire wrapping or thicker greenery. You can further secure these pieces by threading in straight wire, twisting and tucking the ends into the back of your wreath.


HANG TIME Hang your wreath, step back and enjoy!


“Right now I'm obsessed with grasses: their colors and texture can completely change a composition. More farmers are purposely growing beautiful varieties, but there's always treasure in a roadside ditch or a passed-over meadow. That said, I can't keep my fingers from vines. And honeysuckle is super nostalgic.” — Katie fo r m o r e i n s p i r at i o n visit


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shannon + nick / Santa Barbara, CA / Photography by Lacie Hansen

Dreaming of a Santa Barbara wedding? Prepare to fall in love with Shannon and Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elegant garden party at the San Ysidro Ranch. Naturally infused with romantic greenery, floral pops of color, and manicured whimsy, the venue is one that guarantees an intimate celebration fitting for any two love birds.

“San Ysidro Ranch provided the perfect backdrop for a beautiful and intimate affair. The grounds were absolutely stunning and provided the garden wedding feel that we wanted. The Ranch also played host to our rehearsal dinner; we were able to dine al fresco under the summer sky. The grounds are truly magical – especially after dark, the lights in the trees come on and the outdoor fireplaces come to life.” —Shannon

The couple exchanged their vows in front of a beautiful grade trellis, with wild, organic floral arrangements on either side of them.

bouquet breakdown Shannon's romantic bouquet was composed of an organic palette of hellebore, dahlias, ranunculus, clematis, blushing bride, and garden roses. “With the florals we were going for romantic and soft with a hint of a gathered style. I created asymmetrical spilling compositions in the most beautiful vintage dough bowls from Found Rentals. Since each bowl was unique, each floral arrangements composition was different. This suited the couple and the venue perfectly.” —Kristen Caissie, floral designer

thoughtful sips For the cocktail reception the couple served blood-orange margaritas (an ode to their then-upcoming honeymoon to Riviera Nayarit, Mexico) and French rosé (an ode to their engagement in Paris).

“The ranch’s many gardens, including the vegetable garden, inspired the table names and overall theme. Keeping true to the garden elegance of the property, organic floral arrangements sat on the dinner tables between which hand-drawn vegetable table cards by Brown Linen Design lay.” —Joy Proctor, Event Planner

CREDITS Photography Lacie Hansen Event Planning + Design Joy Proctor Design Venue / Catering / Cake San Ysidro Ranch Floral Design + Lighting Moon Canyon Bride’s Gown Vera Wang Bridesmaid Dresses J. Crew Groomsmen The Black Tux Invitations + Stationery Brown Linen Design Rentals Classic Party Rentals Specialty Rentals Found Vintage Rentals Linen La Tavola

“Our first dance to ‘That’s How Strong my Love Is’ by Otis Redding was one of my favorite moments.” —Nick


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captures our hearts in Ansouis, a small village in southern France thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brimming with enchanting old-world charm: wandering cobblestone pathways, stonewalled terraces, perfectly manicured gardens and grounds, and avenues of cypress trees. To make this dreamy French wedding inspiration even dreamier, you can swoon over stunning lace gowns from Claire Pettiboneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new 2016 Romantique collection.

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The Romantique Bride Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equal parts graceful, poetic, bohemian. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dreamer who wakes with visions of vintage lace, floral embellishments, delicate pearl accents and light-as-air-tulle dancing through her head. She is handcrafted in Los Angeles by Claire Pettibone.

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Glitter and lace and tulle…oh my! When it comes to topping off your bridal style, it’s these intricate embellishments that add a glimmering array of pretty to any ensemble.

From glittering tiaras to romantic combs, sparkling hair sticks to veils, jewelry and belts, how does one choose? We sat down with Bel Aire Bridal’s creative team to get the skinny on everything from selecting the perfect accessories, to style tips, design concepts, the current trends and more to create a memorable bridal look that is unique to you.

What is Bel Aire Bridal most known for?

Bel Aire Bridal is known for its wide diversity of styles and offerings for every bride. We love that brides can turn to us and find whatever they are looking for: from headpieces to bridal belts to stunning cathedral veils. We also offer products at a variety of price points and have partnered with some of the best bridal stores in the country. What type of bride would you say your designs appeal to? We take into account

different types of wedding styles, such as glamorous, classic, vintage, destination, romantic, and trendy. We want all girls to be Bel Aire Brides, so we design our collections with a wide variety of styles for a wide variety of personalities. What gowns do you find complement your accessories best? We produce glittering belts

to jazz up simple dresses, intricately beaded veils to frame the most opulent ensembles, and luxurious lace edge veils to match romantic styles. Gorgeous metallic or floral headpieces top off the whole look. Our designs wonderfully complement everything from satin sheaths to extravagant tulle ball gowns. How does a bride choose between wearing a headpiece and a veil? It’s her special day—

why not wear both? A flowing cathedral veil is stunning for the ceremony and photos, while a shorter length veil or headpiece is fun for the party. Headpieces are so pretty and can add a sweet accent or over-the-top sparkle—the choice is hers!

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What dress designers inspire you? There are so many! We

love sourcing inspiration from independent designers like Samuelle Couture & Leanne Marshall that incorporate soft organic fabrics. We also look to high-end couturiers such as Vera Wang & Monique Lhuillier for the latest trends, and designs from Maggie Sottero & Allure Bridals for our traditional bride. We gather inspiration from across the board so we can create styles that every bride can relate to. What about pieces for bridesmaids to wearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;any suggestions? We love coordinating

pieces that tie together the whole bridal party. Many of our designs are offered in a variety of styles so brides can mix and match. For example, our glittering rhinestone half halo can be paired with its matching rhinestone floral pins.

These create a cohesive style that looks great in photos (especially if the bridesmaids are wearing different gowns). 2015 is quickly winding down. What trends are you hoping will stick around? Color! We have

had so much fun incorporating color into our collection this past year. Blush and champagne are definitely at the top of the list! We love statement colors: they are perfect for the trendy bride and look equally beautiful on bridesmaids. How can brides buy Bel Aire Bridal accessories? Bel Aire Bridal

is sold in authorized bridal salons throughout the United States. Check out our store locator page on the official website to find a retailer in your area. Our stores often host trunk shows, so be sure to watch our events page for local shows.

v i s i t for more on our Q&A and styled inspiration with Bel Aire Bridal.


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shierley + christopher / St. Helena, California / Photography by Aaron Delesie

We invite you to delight in details unlike any other for a lux Napa wedding thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decked with tulips and cherry blossoms, and dripping in ivory and gold chinoiserie embellishments. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an extraordinary event where every single detail was planned with thought and created with love by dream team Lisa Vorce and Kathleen Deery. Lucky for us, photographer Aaron Delesie captured every ounce of the fanciful Napa affair.

a grand entrance The Restaurant at Meadowood staff lined a grand 50-yard boardwalk to the ceremony site to welcome guests in style and true Napa spirit with rosĂŠ wine.

bouquet breakdown Shierley held a soft bouquet of seasonal white peonies tied up with silk ribbon. Her bridesmaids carried bouquets of white tulips and callalilies. A garden of thousands of pristine white tulips lined the aisle and surrounding platform that led Shierley to her groom. Swoon!

“The couple’s worldly and sophisticated style challenged us to raise the bar higher than we've gone before, resulting in magnificent floral installations and many custom structures and decor elements.” — Kathleen Deery


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this takes the cake! Perfect Endings designed the cake of all cakes around the chinoiserie motif throughout the reception. Each tier was covered in cafe au lait colored fondant, hand gilded with gold leaf, painted in bittersweet chocolate, and filled with a different flavor: Cafe Amour, Chocolate Caramel, Chantilly and Banana. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in heaven!

in great taste Designed with excellence in mind, Shierley and Christopher wined and dined guests with a five-course menu that was a true collaboration between Michelin-starred chefs Christopher Kostow and Michael White. Alternating courses served caviar, capesante, handmade fusilli, beef and olive oil pudding.

blushing bride Shierley channeled her inner Grace Kelly in a striking long-sleeve, high-neck, ivory and lace Valentino gown. CREDITS Photography Aaron Delesie Event Planning + Design Lisa Vorce Venue Meadowood Floral + Decor Design Kathleen Deery Design Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gown Valentino Cake Perfect Endings Stationery Nab Studios Catering Chef Christopher Kostow Chef Michael White Rentals / Draping / Tenting Classic Party Rentals Chargers Town & Country Tabletop Casa de Perrin Linen La Tavola


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fashion to table

FAS H I O N to T A B L E with LAUREN CONRAD + MAURA McMANUS of Paper Crown P H OT OGRA PH Y B Y Jose Villa

We invite you to join us for an intimate gathering where

champagne wishes and sweet dreams of decadent desserts meet for the prettiest of parties with Paper Crown tastemakers Lauren Conrad and Maura McManus. Inspired by their feminine-romantic clothing brand, the stylish bffs are helping you celebrate chic. 80

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Paper Crown-Approved P ARTY

We are all about details and thoughtfulness in design in our clothing and the same goes for hosting a special gathering. Taking extra care in details makes for a significant impact. Here are some tips:

Hand-write invitations. Add romantic touches with flowers. Get personal with place cards and menus. Tune in to the perfect soundtrack. Consider comfortable seating and cozy throws. Pretty dishware and glassware are always a plus! — Lauren + Maura

“We are fortunate in that we work with our best friend. We have known each other since 5th grade, lived together after college and shared a dream to start a clothing company together. Paper Crown came to be over many late nights of designing, business planning and multiple dinner parties with our closest friends that we essentially conned into forced focus groups (with wine and dessert of course!). Almost six years later, multiple seasons and new categories of Paper Crown, we suppose we owe our friends a dinner party in their honor!” — Lauren + Maura


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a sugarcoated SPREAD

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for dessert? The hostess duo displayed an a la carte assortment of mini apple pies, meringues and cheesecake from Merci To Go, decadent truffles from Jessica Foster Confections, and mini wine-infused cupcakes and cakes from Enjoy Cupcakes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all locally-sourced favorites!


Lauren, Peony Dress in Cream. Maura, Marietta Skirt and Norfolk Top in Organza Lace.


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the perfect PAIRING “We kicked off

the party with a pink champagne toast! Each dessert was paired accordingly to a formal wine tasting, starting with the lightest wines and desserts and working towards the darkest, most full-bodied. To add another element of fun (and decor), we used the prettiest assortment of glassware for each tasting.” — Maura



Lauren and Maura poured an assortment of Foley and Miller Wine Works wines. They also served Belvoir Rose Lemonade — the prettiest nonalcoholic sip.

location BITS

+ TIPS With a love for wild unkempt beauty and flowers, this rose and rosé-filled garden party was held at Ranch Roses. The Santa Ynez, CA flower farm boasts seventeen vintage garden rose varieties. Yes, flower lovers, they ship these beauties nationwide! f lu t t e r m ag . c o m


“I love dressing up when hosting events. Wear something that makes you

feel beautiful! This is what this gathering is all about — embracing lovely things, your friends included!” ­— Lauren


Lauren, Natalie Dress in Cream. Maura, Springfield Dress in Blush.

have you HEARD?

On March 29, 2016 Lauren is releasing an entertaining-inspired book, Celebrate! “I’m really excited to release a book that will help guide in making beautiful celebrations, like our wine and dessert party with Flutter. Through a little planning and resourcefulness, hosting gatherings is easy to achieve. After all, life is all about celebrating!” ­— Lauren


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k e e p a n ey e o u t in early 2016 for the new spring Paper Crown collection!


Jose Villa

Ranch Roses



vintage props







Lauren Conrad + Maura McManus

Nina Kinkaid

Embellish Vintage Rentals

artisan chocolates

Atelier f l u t e s +


Susan Silverberg

Works s p a r k l i n g blankets


Kelly Oshiro





market baskets

Merci To Go

Jessica Foster Confections





pink tray




The Tent

The Little Market

mini cakes


Foley Estates, Miller Wine

Belvoir Fruit Farms t a b l e t o p Hudson Grace p l a t e s American

gold-rimmed glassware

Anthropologie w h i t e


Trousseau & Co. t h r o w

Asher Market h a i r Kristin Ess m a k e u p Carissa Ferreri f lu t t e r m ag . c o m


bon voyage BON VOYAGE | honeymoon snapshots from around the globe

tanzania, AFRICA couple:

Rachel + Jeremy


Tanzania, Africa

travel season:


length of stay: lodging:

10 Days

Gibb’s Farm / Kimondo Camp / The Palms

honeymoon moments:

Staying in the incredible safari tents at Kimondo Camp (a mobile camp that actually relocates along with the safari migration). • Eating dinner by a fire while watching elephants and giraffes walk by at Kimondo Camp. • Taking a game drive through Lake Manyara National Park. • Indulging in a luxurious Sultan’s bath for two while staying at The Palms in Zanzibar. • Watching the families of elephants cross the Mara river and play in the water. • Standing on and taking in the views of the border beacon between Kenya and Tanzania. • Learning to speak Swahili the way the locals do and convincing everyone to refer to me as “Malkia”... aka queen! • Seeing the village where one of our guides grew up and meeting his mother. • The Serengeti Honeymoon lions. • Swimming and paddle boarding in the Indian Ocean. • Seeing the local people of the Maasai tribe in their traditional red and plaid sukas. • Seeing all of the kids in their adorable uniforms hold hands as they walk to school - ages ranged from maybe 5 years old all the way up to high school/teenagers. r e a d m o r e about Rachel + Jeremy's honeymoon at

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issue no. 8 | 2015


With Lauren Conrad and Maura McManus

Flutter Magazine Issue No. 8  

With this 8th edition we invite you to embrace the spirit of the season; both holiday and engagement! Tempt your tastebuds with savory and s...