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THE AISLE WEDDINGS , INSPIRATION, & ADVICE FROM

THE AISLE GUIDE

VOL. 01 / JAN ‘22 14 US DOLLARS

VOL. 01 / JAN ‘22 COA S TA L C A L L I N G : A N E LO P E M E N T BY T H E S E A / F I N D YO U R P E R F E C T D R E S S W I T H B H L D N TO P 3 H O N E Y M O O N D E S T I N AT I O N S F O R 2 0 2 2

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Contents

WHAT'S TRENDING 12 / WEDDING TRENDS

Find out which trends should be left behind in the new year and what's replacing them. 16 / LOOKS WE LOVE

Feel inspired in your planning with our favorite wedding day looks.

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INSPIRATION STARTS HERE

CAPTURING THE MOMENT

A SWEET ESCAPE

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No matter where or when you're getting

Get the most out of your wedding day

married, make sure your design is a

photographer with tips from Stetten Wilson.

reflection of you. 28 / VENUE 101

Choosing a venue that’s a perfect fit for your wedding day vision has never been so

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Commemorate your big day by documenting all the little moments.

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Sweet Heather Anne answers all your wedding cake questions and delivers a sweet treat with her favorite cake recipe. 76 / BUILDING YOUR MENU

Prep for your wedding tastings before you dig in and decide what to serve up on your big day.

simple.

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3 2 / D E S T I N AT I O N W E D D I N G S

Put a unique twist on your bar with an

Valentina Ring of The Stars Inside shares her top tips for planning a wedding abroad.

outdoor setup and signature cocktails from Snake Oil Cocktail Company.

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Pull inspiration from classic color palettes and décor accents.

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AISLE STYLE

LOVE IN BLOOM

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

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122 / FLORAL DESIGN

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Renowned hairstylist DJ Quintero can

Get creative with 21 innovative ways to use

After the wedding, make a house a home

help you look your most beautiful on your

florals in your wedding.

with this registry checklist.

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142 / HONEYMOON

Learn the ins and outs of the most iconic

Luxe & Nyx, a boutique travel collaboration,

Designer Maria Korovilas gives an inside

bridal bouquet styles so you can say “Yes!”

shares their top three honeymoon

look into bridal fashion and her latest

to the right set of stems.

destinations for 2022.

wedding day. 98 / FA SHION SPOTLIGHT

collection with BHLDN, BHLDN Blue Label. 102 / WOMEN’ S FA SHION

Find your prefect wedding dress style with a quiz from BHLDN. 106 / DRESS CODES

Know the difference between black tie, formal, semi-formal, cocktail, and casual wedding day attire. 108 / MEN’ S FA SHION

Learn how grooms can make a statement with their wedding day attire.

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California Love

A Winter’s Promise

Coastal Calling

KATIE & ALEX

Decorated in soft neutrals and sunset pastels, a private residence in San Juan Capistrano proved to be the perfect locale for Katie and Alex's intimate affair.

WH E R E T H E S KY TOUCHES THE SEA

The Revery LA provided the perfect backdrop for this styled shoot, designed to provoke hope and excitement for future weddings.

This styled shoot inspires possibility with a pretty-in-pink unconventional elopement by the sea.

Photo by Heather Kincaid

Photo by Rebecca Carpenter Photography

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Photo by Rebecca Yale

INSPIRED BY THE SIMPLICITY OF LOVE

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Hill Country Glam

Sailing Into Sunset

Season of Love

BRITTANY & DANIEL

TAYLOR & BRAY

BRIGHT FALL BLOOMS & SPANISH COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE

Brittany and Daniel married their NYC lifestyle with the bride’s country roots in their glamorous Texas Hill Country wedding. Photo by Tailor James Photography

After tying the knot at a historic church in Charleston, Taylor and Bray sailed off into the sunset for the party of a lifetime on Daniel Island. Photo by Stetten Wilson Photography

Inspired by autumn, this styled shoot is a modern and elegant interpretation of Spanish Colonial style. Photo by Carlie Statsky

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PUBLISHER

EDITOR IN CHIEF

SENIOR EDITOR

Rob Farrow

Emily Feig

Karina Trejo Melendez

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

A S S O C I AT E P U B L I S H E R - S A L E S

Christina Farrow

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PHOTOGRAPHY CO-FOUNDERS

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LETTER FROM THE FOUNDERS

and creativity brought it all together. I didn’t realize it at the time, but at that very moment the well laid career plans I had made for my life would be thrown out the window to make way for my love for weddings. Fast forward many years, and while my passion for weddings has never changed, my career path in the wedding industry certainly has. I was lucky enough to meet and marry someone who is just as crazy about weddings and events as I am, and after planning hundreds of destination weddings together, we founded Aisle Planner in 2013 to fill a need for online planning and business management tools for wedding professionals. In 2017, we launched The Aisle Guide as an online wedding magazine and planning resource to inspire couples and showcase our community of talented wedding pros. While we’ve come a long way over the years, I’ll never forget how this journey started—with a magazine and the excitement sparked from its pages. This year, The Aisle Guide turns five and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to bring our online magazine to life in a print publication filled with beautiful weddings and helpful planning advice from our community of wedding pros. On behalf of the team here

How our journey started.

at Aisle Planner and The Aisle Guide, we hope you enjoy it!

a world I knew absolutely nothing about. Flipping through

Christina & Rob Farrow

the pages, I found myself completely mesmerized by the

Christina & Rob Farrow, Founders of Aisle Planner

I’ll never forget the first stack of wedding magazines I brought home. I was young, single, and despite the fact that I had never planned a wedding before, I had agreed to help a friend plan her destination wedding in Hawaii. I cleaned out our local bookstore of all wedding magazines on the shelf—every single one of them—drove home, made myself a cup of coffee, and settled into my couch to dive into

beauty and intention behind every photo, and I was even more enthralled with the wedding professionals whose talent

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Marrying the old with the new.

As a teenager, I lived and breathed magazines. I loved flipping through the carefully curated pages and finding beautiful inspiration, cutting out my favorite pieces to create something uniquely mine. Before Pinterest, we taped the prettiest wedding pictures on our walls or gave them a home in our binders. We all yearn for the connection and nostalgia of a time past. Trends circulate but nothing ever truly goes out of style. Like the magic of taking a Polaroid picture even if we have our high-resolution cell phone cameras, or visiting a library even if our Kindle can hold hundreds of books. There’s something incredibly special about the tangible feeling of getting to hold endless possibilities in our hands. So we decided to create the best of both worlds by marrying the old with the new! It’s an absolute dream come true to present our debut print magazine, The Aisle—an extension of The Aisle Guide, our premier digital platform for gorgeous inspiration, pro tips, and the connection to leading event experts across the globe. Volume 1 of The Aisle is full of awe-striking beauty

experiences for their guests. The outcome—refined and

including heavenly honeymoon destinations and edible

breathtaking weddings that pull at our heartstrings and

sequin cakes, to an inside look at wedding day beauty

leave a lasting impression, while also inspiring others to

with celebrity hairstylist DJ Quintero and renowned dress

reimagine the journey they take to make it to the end of

designer Maria Korovilas. From country glam to city chic,

the aisle.

you can find inspiration for every type of dream wedding and fall in love with each turn of the page!

We’re so proud of The Aisle and all of the hard work and collaborative talent that made it come to life. We hope you

The stunning editorial shoot, Coastal Calling, is featured

love it as much as we do!

on the cover as it perfectly captures the essence of The Aisle with its combination of modern and vintage touches. Valentina from The Stars Inside embeds several shades of pink, a common trend seen throughout the magazine. Other prominent trends include fringe elements, bold and unexpected fashion choices, natural woods and textiles, as well as many intentional and personal details. The Covid-19 pandemic brought a new sense of intimacy to weddings. Due to the postponement of many of these weddings, more

Xo,

Emily Feig Emily Feig, Editor in Chief

time and care was given to creating highly personalized

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In With the New 15 WEDDING TRENDS WE’RE L E AV I N G B E H I N D & W H AT ’ S REPL ACING THEM By Linda DiProperzio

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ach year brings a fresh crop of wedding trends to excite wedding professionals and couples alike—and with their arrival

comes the exodus of those styles and fads that have definitely run their course. While some have been overused and could make your day look cookie-cutter, there are other trends that are no longer in play because of the events of the past year. We asked The Aisle Guide’s community of wedding planners which trends should be left behind in the new year—and what couples can replace them with to still make their big day stand out.

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LARGE WEDDINGS

I N T I M AT E A F FA I R S

Even before the pandemic, couples were seeing the benefits of a smaller guest list. “Engaged couples now more than ever are seeing how cutting your guest list down to the essentials can help their wallets and improve their experience on the wedding day,” says Kay Northrup of Kay Northrup Events, who adds that couples are now able to call the shots because many are paying for their own

everyone you know. After all, money equals decision-making power, especially when it comes to planning your wedding.” 12

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drop the archaic tradition that you must invite

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vows. “They’ve basically bought the right to


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BALLROOM WEDDINGS

B AC K YA R D VOW S

FOR YOU

married in a backyard, says Suher Haidar of

All of those “must-do” wedding traditions—

Forever Refined Events. After all, couples are

receiving lines, money dances, garter tosses,

able to take that blank slate and transform

group dances, etc.—are now things of the past.

the space into their dream wedding venue,

“I think couples are realizing the fuss of these

adding personal touches and bringing in ven-

traditions just doesn’t spark joy for them, so why

dors they really want to work with, instead of

do them? Next to go entirely will be bouquet

being forced to hire someone by their catering

tosses; give it a few years,” predicts Northrup.

smaller events.

O U T: F L OW E R WA L L S IN: HANGING FLORALS

O U T: T R A D I T I O N A L F I R S T

We admit it, flower walls are beautiful, but

DANCES

they’ve been featured at so many weddings

IN: UNIQUE PERFORMANCES

that they’ve lost their wow factor. Instead of

Couples are having more fun with their first

focusing blooms into just one wall, spread

dances and turning the moment into a way to

them out or change the perspective by drawing

reflect their personalities and even celebrate

guests’ eyes up with a hanging floral instal-

their cultures. Carissa Corsi of Carissa Corsi

lation, suggests Michelle Garibay of Michelle

Events explains how one of her clients has

Garibay Events.

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decided to showcase their Spanish heritage by performing a sexy salsa as their first dance in lieu of the usual slow dance.

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There is something truly special about getting

hall. Backyards are also the perfect space for

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O U T: W E D D I N G F O R M A L I T I E S

O U T: C U T E W E D D I N G S I G N S IN: CUSTOM SIGNAGE

Those signs telling couples to “pick a seat, not

O U T: Z O O M W E D D I N G S

a side” are cute, but they don’t really serve any

IN: LIVE STREAMING

real purpose. Garibay recommends working

Sure, Zoom was fun for a while, but unless

directly with your stationer to design custom

people are right in front of the computer at

signage that ties in with your invitation suite—

all times, it can be hard for people at home

and making sure those signs are actually useful,

to really experience what is going on at the

such as directing guests to the cocktail hour

event. Corsi says that’s why one of her couples

or letting them know where the restrooms are

has hired a social media expert who will be

located. And when it comes to signage, less

live streaming their entire wedding day for

is definitely more.

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O U T: TA B L E N U M B E R S

says Holly Gray of Anything But Gray Events. “Try some

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mixed-metal galvanized tins, glass cylinders in different

According to Corsi, couples are using their guest tables to

heights, or terracotta pots in different colors or sizes.”

share special moments from their relationship. In lieu of boring numbers, they are naming their tables after things that mean something to them, such as favorite songs, movies, or places they’ve visited together.

O U T: W E D D I N G FAVO R S IN: EXTRA GUEST EXPERIENCE

While the concept of wedding favors is a lovely sentiment, if guests had a choice between an additional tray-passed

O U T: M AT C H I N G B R I D E S M A I D D R E S S E S

appetizer option or a fun activity like a photo booth at a

IN: SAME COLOR, DIFFERENT STYLES

wedding, they would choose those over a favor any day,

Gone are the days where your bridesmaids wear match-

explains Gray.

ing shoes and gowns, says Simone Vega of Simone Vega Events. Instead, more bridesmaids will be wearing a gown in the color palette that the bride chooses, but in the style that they feel most comfortable in.

O U T: C AT E R E D D I N N E R S I N : C R E AT I V E C O C K TA I L R E C E P T I O N S

Vega revealed that she has a few couples who are ditching the traditional sit-down dinner for a more flavorful cocktail

O U T: M A S O N JA R S

reception, adding that couples are focusing on what they

IN: OTHER REPURPOSED ITEMS

can offer their guests, instead of just the usual beef, fish,

Wedding planners all agree: It’s time for mason jars to

and poultry choice.

say farewell. “Mason jars have run their course, period,”

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O U T: C H A M PAG N E T OA S T I N : A R T I S A N C O C K TA I L

Instead of champagne glasses on a wall, consider crafting a unique cocktail and have servers greet guests with an artisan beverage that can then be used to toast the bride and groom, suggests Samantha Leenheer of Samantha Joy Events. O U T: F I R E WO R K S IN: UNEXPECTED SURPRISES

There’s always something magical about fireworks, but sadly, most fireworks are illegal. As for the commonly used sparklers, those can also be dangerous when you’re mixing fire and (often) inebriated guests. Instead, Garibay recommends showcasing smaller unexpected surprises as the event unfolds, so all the guests can enjoy the experiences—not just those who stay until the end. Examples can be special entertainment, a balloon drop, or confetti cannons to kick off open dancing. O U T: D E S S E R T B U F F E T IN: WEDDING CAKE

While couples opted for dessert buffets in an effort to be different, the wedding cake is definitely making a comeback—but not just a plain buttercream cake or small cutting cake. “A tiered cake that tastes as good as it looks with an intentional design in line with the aesthetic is the centerpiece of the reception,” explains Garibay. “It should complement the overall event design and tie in details from other aspects of the wedding.”

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Looks We Love FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY I N S P I R AT I O N

M O O DY AT M O S P H E R E

We’re swooning over these gorgeous hues, large blooms, and perfect lighting! If you’re looking for a moody, romantic theme, consider incorporating deep colors, like crimsons and plums, along with shades of blush and beige. Add twinkling lights and flickering candlelight, and you’ll have the recipe for an atmosphere that’s so warm and full of love, you and your guests will never forget it!

GOLDEN HOUR

The way the sun reflects off the streets of Santorini creates a glimmering wonderland we want to run away to! Talk to your photographer about what time you’ll achieve the optimal golden hour and work it into your timeline. You definitely don’t want to miss that photo op!

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TROPICAL BOHO

Puerto Rico is known as the island of enchantment, and this styled shoot embodies magic. The event designer and florist highlight the tropical elements of the destination in every subtle detail. It’s the perfect mix of fun and creativity, with a hint of luxury. The bright color palette and unique florals makes this shoot truly unforgettable!

TUSCANY MINIMALISM

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This wedding has our whole heart!

Clockwise from top right: Nikk Nguyen; Tatyana Chaiko; Tatyana Chaiko; Nikk Nguyen

The rolling hills of Tuscany, the blush color palette with gold accents, and the too-cute-to-eat food and drinks all come together to make a sweet and romantic soirée. Aside from the stunning minimalist décor, you can genuinely see the happiness this couple and their guests felt. The bride emanates with natural beauty and joy that

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E S O O H C OT D R A H

R U O P OT YSA E

BOHEMIAN MAUI

These summer nuptials in Maui capture the spirit of aloha and luxury. The carefully curated design has handpicked components representative of the couple’s unique love story, refined taste, and love affair with travel. Citrus hues played upon Maui sunset colors, with shades of blue tied in to create a modern bohemian vibe.

ABOVE THE CLOUDS

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Modern elegance with a touch of whimsical

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imagination. This urban glamorous rooftop wedding is the ultimate inspiration for all glam brides—the bride who doesn’t care for conventional and traditional weddings and wants to celebrate her big day above the clouds! While Athens might not be the first location that comes to mind, the fine art mixed with urban glamour will win your heart over! ,.lov/1.c8la %5/3-02T,.H cnE I slA iatIkS coL CE muG imU erPI D RTE O .COM ASU LI ,ogacihC ,yrotnuS maeB 1202©

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’Tis the Wedding Season S T U N N I N G TA B L E S C A P E S FOR EVERY SEASON

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aking a thoughtful approach to design ensures the visions of your dream event come to life in vibrant ways that not

only reflect you, but bring to life your entire event environment through the colors, hues, and textures of the season. Here, the founder of To Be Loved Events, Samantha Kin, looks at one important piece of design: the perfect reception tablescape. When designing your reception tablescape, first analyze your selected wedding date, season, and location. These factors can help you navigate the design of your wedding theme and color palette. For each particular time of year, there are different flowers in season. This seasonality, along with your wedding venue SAMANTHA KIN Founder of To Be Loved Events, Samantha Kin is an awarded Los Angeles wedding planner who’s inspired by immersive event design, everlasting love, and a great romcom. Whether your event vision is intimate or grand, To Be Loved Events offers wedding planning services that are elevated, expert, and always centered around delivering a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of your love story. Designed for busy couples seeking an above-and-beyond experience, they’ll oversee vendors, tie up loose ends, and manage every last line item so you don’t have to.

style, will inform your design and theme decision-making. Once you have your desired color palette and style selected, you can begin to decide on event rentals and décor. Most of your tableware—including plates, napkins, glassware, and flatware—will be highly dependent on your menu. Whether you choose to be formal or casual, simple or elaborate, options abound. And there’s always plenty of design room to add detailed touches, such as place cards, favors, candles, table numbers, chargers, runners, florals, menus, and more!

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For spring, Samantha shows a brighter color palette with orange, pink, peach, and yellow tones. Mixing greenery, gold accents, and more blush tones, she created a simple yet elegant table. This option would be beautiful outdoors in April or May. 2

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Here’s a fun example of soft pastel florals with greenery and blush, gray, and gold accents. It was paired with a simple ivory menu and hanging napkin fold. Place cards would be a welcome addition as well. This could be wonderful for an outdoor wedding during the summer months. 3

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The autumn color palette is much more muted. Samantha went deeper with the greenery and included soft touches of ivory, gray, and lilac. Paired with gold vases and flatware, these touches give the table some extra pop while

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For winter, Samantha chose a darker palette with deep maroon, wood, and greenery. The bare wooden farm tables with deeper colors make the tableware stand out. This would be perfect for a rustic reception, possibly for a barn or winery wedding. THEAISLEGUIDE.COM

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Love Under the Big Top TIPS FOR PLANNING A TENTED WEDDING

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o most people a tent is a tent—however, there are some very important things to consider when booking a tent. Frame

tents, pole tents, and clear-top tents all have pros and cons, and they can differ depending on the location, season, and time of your event.

C O N S I D E R E V E RY D E TA I L

When you’re planning a tented wedding, you’re starting from scratch. Consider available space, how level the ground may be, proximity to the ceremony, where guests are able to park, and access to restrooms. Additionally, you’ll need to look at access to water, power, and a place to use as a kitchen. S PACE R EQU IR E ME NT S

The amount of clear open space needed grows with the number of guests and what activities are being hosted under the tent. Here’s a quick guide to common uses and space requirements. SAFETY FIRST

You have to plan for fire safety when hosting a tented wedding. Don’t be without fire extinguishers, candles should only be in glass containers, and sparklers (if allowed) should

KNOW YOUR DÉCOR

only be lit outside of the tented area. After

Be sure to check with the tenting company

the tent has been installed, monitor the tent

before hanging or suspending anything from

structure for various changes, like stakes or

the ceiling. Knowing weight limitations and

augers pulling out of the ground, tent weights

structural hang points is exceptionally import-

moving, and loose poles, ropes, or straps. If

ant for safety, and understanding what you

you notice any of these occurring, contact the

can and can't do can save you from having to

rental company immediately.

pay any tent damage fees.

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Type of Event

Space Needed Per Person

Stand-Up Cocktail

7.5 sq. ft. / Person

Cocktail Partial Seating

10 sq. ft. / Person

Sit-Down Dinner

15 sq. ft. / Person

Ceremony/Theater Rows

5-6 sq. ft. / Person

Dance Area

2 sq. ft. / Person

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Add Character to a Ballroom Wedding S T R AT E G I C D E S I G N C H O I C E S T O B R E AT H E LIFE INTO B L A ND S PACE S

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allroom weddings are popular for a reason—they can be pretty darn seamless to plan. You have a seasoned on-site staff to work with, a connected hotel can host

your out-of-town guests, and they can easily accommodate nearly any size wedding. But we’d be lying if we said the everyday ballroom wedding was dripping in personality. Adding character and energy to typical ballroom spaces can take some serious strategy, but these design tips can help.

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COVER THOSE CARPETS

LIGHTING,

If the ballroom you’ve booked is covered

LIGHTING,

in unsightly carpeting, ask your wedding

& MORE LIGHTING

planner about options to cover it up.

The number one way to transform a

Depending on your budget, you can

venue—no matter the space—is strate-

lay temporary carpets from wall to wall,

gic lighting. From uplighting, charming

bring in area rugs and textiles to cover

market lights, and romantic candlelight,

certain areas of the carpet, or even lay

figure out what kind of lighting is feasible

temporary hardwood floors down.

for your ballroom wedding. The more

ADD SOME GREENERY

mood lighting, the better.

The right florals and greenery will help

ENCOURAGE AN

breathe life into an otherwise bland space.

OPEN AIRFLOW

Think about bringing the outdoors in with

If your ballroom faces the ocean, a

beautiful floral garlands and—our favorite

stunning lake, or even a nice outdoor

option—stunning floral chandeliers. The

patio, consider keeping doors propped

goal is to draw eyes away from unsightly

open during your reception, giving the

carpets or boring divider walls.

ballroom more of an open-air feel so

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If your ballroom has a divider wall, consider

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along the wall. Textiles are another great

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option—have your wedding planner or

guests don’t feel like they’re celebrating in a box. If this isn’t achievable with your ballroom, make the space feel like a world in and of itself with details that create an atmosphere in line with your overall wedding aesthetic.

designer pull some options and hang a wall of pretty fabric.

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Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE

V

enue shopping lays the foundation for your entire wedding design. With everything from location to logistics to consider, and a slew of opinions to sift through,

knowing what makes a perfect wedding venue can be tricky. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that question, but there are a handful of things you should consider when choosing a venue that’s a perfect fit for you and your wedding day vision.

SIGNING ON THE DOTTED LINE

LOGISTICS

SERVICE

Logistics aren’t the most exciting place to start when venue shopping,

Service comes in second on our list of what makes for a perfect

but they’re hands down the most important. Above all else, a venue

wedding venue. No matter how stunning a venue may be, if you’re

has to work for your wedding. When you shop for your wedding day

simply not in sync with their on-site coordinator or feel their customer

clothes, people always tell you not to try on dresses (or suits) that are

service has been terrible, it’s probably not worth booking the venue.

way out of your budget, because you don’t want to fall in love with

If you’re having trouble getting anyone to answer your questions or

something you’ll never end up getting. Think of venue shopping the

respond to your inquiries from the get-go, things will probably only

same way. If the logistics don’t work, nothing else matters. Have a list of

get worse after you’ve signed on the dotted line. This one comes

non-negotiables ready, and make sure the venue you’re considering can

down to trusting your instincts. You may love the venue, but the

accommodate all of them. If it can’t (and if you’re not willing to budge

people matter more. If you’re not feeling good about their on-site

yourself), then save yourself the heartbreak and don’t look at the venue!

team, we say don’t book it.

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“You may love the venue, but the people matter more. If you’re not feeling good about their onsite team, we say don’t book it.”

L O C AT I O N

You likely have an idea of where you want to get married. Maybe it’s in the forested mountains of Lake Tahoe or on a chic rooftop in New York—if you’ve always pictured your wedding taking place in a certain location with a certain aesthetic, you obviously want to see that vision through when venue shopping. Remember, though, along with location come some logistical considerations—like parking—so don’t forget about those!

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FEASIBILITY FOR GUESTS

While your own desires for your venue should come first, you also want to weigh those against the feasibility of the venue for your guests. If you want to have your fragile 85-year-old grandmother at the wedding ceremony, but the venue you’re looking at is only accessible by a set of 500 steep stairs that lead to a sandy beach, you’re going to have to decide on which is more important—having Grandma there or saying “I do” at that venue. Likewise, if it’s important for you to have many friends and family there, you don’t want to choose an across-the-globe location that will require your guests to book expensive plane tickets and accommodations, as this will cut your guest list down significantly. THEAISLEGUIDE.COM

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The Ultimate Site Visit Checklist B E F O R E YO U R V I S I T:

ϑ Do they have the date you're considering available?

ϑ What are the rates for different days of the week, times, or seasons?

ϑ What’s the maximum capacity? ϑ Does it have spaces for a

ϑ Can we do a tasting before we finalize our menu? Is there a charge for a tasting?

ϑ Can we provide our own liquor? ϑ Is there a corkage fee if we bring in our own alcohol?

ϑ Is there a cake cutting/serving fee?

hold both spaces?

D U R I N G YO U R V I S I T:

ϑ Does the venue have hotel accommodations? ϑ If not, how close are the nearest hotels?

ϑ How many hours and what

items are included in the rental fee?

ϑ Do those hours include setup

ϑ Does this venue have any scheduled construction projects?

ϑ If any portion of the wedding

is outdoors, is there a backup plan in case of inclement weather?

POLICIES & PROCEDURES:

ϑ Is the venue accessible for all? ϑ Are taxis/rideshares easily

ϑ How much is the deposit and when is it due?

ϑ Are there "ready rooms"

ϑ Is the deposit refundable? ϑ What's the cancellation policy? ϑ What's the policy if we need to

ϑ What time can vendors start

ceremony and a reception?

ϑ Are there any additional fees to

MISCELLANEOUS:

postpone?

ϑ Does the wedding venue carry

accessible from the venue? available on-site?

setting up on the day of the wedding?

ϑ How many bathrooms are available?

liability insurance?

ϑ Are clients or vendors required

to have liability insurance? If so, how much?

and breakdown time?

ϑ Is parking available on-site? Is

R U L E S & R E G U L AT I O N S :

C AT E R I N G :

ϑ Are there noise restrictions? ϑ What are the regulations

there an additional cost?

ϑ Is catering provided in-house? ϑ If not, is there a preferred catering list, or is it open to work with whomever we choose?

ϑ Is there a food and beverage price minimum?

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regarding open flames?

ϑ Are sparklers or fireworks allowed?

ϑ Does this venue have a

preferred vendor list or vendor restrictions?

ϑ Does this venue require a wedding planner?

Scan to view the full checklist on The Aisle Guide

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London Calling TIPS FOR PLANNING A D E S T I N AT I O N W E D D I N G

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lanning a destination wedding is no easy feat. From language barriers to cost differences, there are quite a few

details to consider. But with the right team of professionals, you'll be sure to pull off an unforgettable event! Here, Valentina Ring of The Stars Inside shares her top 10 tips for planning a wedding abroad.

CHOOSE A M E A N I N G F U L L O C AT I O N .

One of the joys of destination weddings is getting excited about the location. Think about choosing a place that's important to you in some way—somewhere linked to a fond memory, a bucket-list location, or an embodiment of the passions and hobbies you share as a couple. Enjoying that travel experience with your loved ones will make the celebration all the more memorable! While brainstorming locations, try not to set your heart on anywhere too specific until you’ve had some time to find out whether it's within budget, safe for travel, and

VA L E N T I N A R I N G O F

has all the resources you need for the kind of

T H E S TA R S I N S I D E

celebration you have in mind. DO YOUR RESE ARCH SO YOU CAN MANAGE YOUR E X P E C TAT I O N S O N B U D G E T.

The cost of a destination wedding depends on the location you choose, the style of wedding you want, and the value-for-money of the specific elements that are priorities for you. For example, you might find that a particular European country has very cost-effective catering and

The Stars Inside is a bespoke planning and design studio, specializing in soulful elopements and intimate destination weddings all over the world. Valentina’s specialty is creating magical atmospheres that couples can enjoy to the fullest. She loves working closely with her couples to help them weave their passions, stories, and values into their celebrations. Her work is all about making time and space for creating deeper connections with loved ones through heartfelt, elevated, and welcoming wedding experiences. She’s based in the UK, but supports couples in styling and planning breathtaking weddings and elopements all over the world.

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in your local area, but requires a higher-than-average

yourself with a short planning lead time, though, don’t

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investment for florals and productions (i.e. music and

panic. The planning process just might require a bit

lighting). Or perhaps the style of rentals you want is

more flexibility, quicker decision-making, and possibly

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really tricky to find in a particular location, and so

some phone calls to get answers from venues and

is in higher demand and therefore more expensive.

vendors, decisively and promptly.

Approach your first round of vendor research with an open mind, flexibility, and a willingness to manage your expectations depending on what you discover.

BECOME FAMILIAR WITH T H E L EG A L I T I E S WE L L I N A DVA N C E .

Make sure you spend time researching and familiarizing

GIVE YOURSELF EX TR A TIME TO PL AN .

yourself with the legal part of the marriage too, even

As a rule of thumb, destination weddings have more

before choosing the country. Some countries will have

logistical challenges to plan and prepare for, and you

easier, more friendly eligibility criteria for non-residents

may also discover that the speed of communication

to marry there, while others may be exceptionally com-

and approach to paperwork is different from what you

plicated (or may not allow it at all). Know the gist of

were expecting. With that in mind, couples wanting to

what bureaucratic hoops lie ahead before committing

say their “I dos” abroad should give themselves plenty

to a location, or, alternatively, keep your plans more

of time to plan so there are buffers for these possible

flexible by considering the option that you may end up

delays. Better to feel like you can go with the flow and

doing the paper-signing legal bit locally to you, and a

make decisions at their natural pace. If you do find

symbolic (but no less meaningful!) ceremony abroad.

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GIVE YOUR GUESTS PLENT Y OF NOTICE .

HIRE A TEAM OF

Whether they're juggling work, holidays, childcare, other

PR O F E S S I O N A L S YO U T R U S T.

trips already planned, or something as simple as getting

Working with a planner who knows the area, or who

their passport (or wardrobe!) ready, your guests will

has experience supporting couples internationally,

be grateful for the chance to plan well ahead for your

will give you peace of mind knowing that every sup-

adventure abroad. Send your Save the Dates as soon as

plier will be managed and briefed and everything will

you know where and when you’ll be tying the knot, and

come together seamlessly on the day of. Many planners

then plan to send your invitations anytime between 4–8

specialize in working in new venues all over the world,

months before the wedding.

sometimes sight-unseen, and will know exactly what

E M B R A C E T H E C U LT U R A L , S E A S O N A L , AND GEOGRAPHICAL QUIRKS.

Spend smarter by choosing native, seasonal flowers and local ingredients and specialties. Not only will this allow you to save money (to invest elsewhere if you wish!), it'll also infuse your wedding with the scents, flavors, and colors of the beautiful country you've chosen. Get to know the location you’ve chosen by reading some travel advice articles, looking through galleries, and ideally speaking

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problems to anticipate, how to make the most of your team and venue, and what questions to ask. Whether or not you’re partnering with a planner, make sure you take the time to research your vendors thoroughly, share lots of details with them, discuss their contracts in-depth, and wait to book until you find someone you feel completely confident with. Having a team you trust and who understands your vision is extra important when hosting a celebration abroad.

to friends or family who have visited. You may discover

I T ’ S O K AY F O R YO U R G U E S T S

some really helpful insights on what to lean into and what

T O PAY F O R S O M E T H I N G S .

to avoid. In particular, look out for recent travel warnings,

It’s absolutely fine to ask your guests to cover part of

political issues, or health concerns in the region.

their costs, like contributing to the welcome dinner, to

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“If you can, plan to arrive at least five days before the wedding so you can catch up with vendors.”

any extra activities they want to participate in, or to their

can, plan to arrive at least five days before the wedding

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accommodations. It’s very likely that your guests will turn

so you can catch up with vendors, and gently overcome

By Julieta

the wedding into a longer holiday, and they'll absolutely

any jet lag too!

understand if covering their expenses for multiple days isn’t something that is (or should be) part of your wedding budget. Tactfully layout expectations by setting up a helpful website where you can provide recommendations or explain the cost of rooms and meals. This is also a great way to give tips and advice for arranging travel, activities, and accommodations without feeling like you need to help every single guest book their plane ticket!

BE SAFE.

This tip goes for all weddings and is even more important for destination weddings—make sure you have wedding insurance well ahead of time. Investing in wedding insurance will protect your financial investment and also give you some emotional peace of mind. Not to mention the fact that many foreign venues actually require it these days anyway. Make sure you know exactly what coverage

P L A N A F E W T R I P S T O YO U R C H O S E N

you're signing up for, and read the fine print of the policy

D E S T I N AT I O N A H E A D O F T H E W E D D I N G ,

so that you’re prepared in case of having to make any

I F YO U C A N .

difficult decisions down the line. Most likely, you won’t

If possible, visit the location a few times before the wedding.

need to use it and it'll just be a one-off payment that you

Trying some local activities and restaurants, arranging

make and then set aside—but it’s absolutely better to be

a local catering tasting, or scheduling hair and makeup

safe than sorry!

trials will allow you to plan more intelligently and more intentionally. If visiting isn’t possible, don’t worry! It’s absolutely still possible to plan a magical and seamless celebration. It’s all going to come down to hiring professionals who are trustworthy and communicative. If you THEAISLEGUIDE.COM

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Shades of pink, blue, and purple are stunning in ombré.

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Jewel tones are ideal for velvet or silk linens.

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EARTHY NEUTRALS

With this magical palette, the more blooms the better.

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MAGICAL VIOLET & CREAM

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Attention-Grabbing Accents That Won't Break the Bank W H E R E T O C R E AT E F O C A L P O I N T S I N YO U R W E D D I N G D É C O R

From an attention-grabbing entrance to reception lighting, here are a few things worth splurging on to create focal points in your wedding décor.

E Y E - C AT C H I N G E N T R A N C E

Invest in a wow moment as wedding guests enter the ceremony space. Whether it be an illustration, welcome sign, or a statement floral arrangement, you want to create something that will grab their attention and set the tone for your wedding's color story. Follow that up with a structure that will frame the two of you as you exchange your vows and highlight the theme of your special day. DOUBLE DUTY

Once you've created two attention-grabbing elements, make them work for multiple aspects of your wedding day. An elegant, eye-catching ceremony structure can be used as an excellent backdrop for your formal photographs and can be repositioned over your sweetheart table or cake table for a brand new reception look! Other elements of the ceremony décor, such as urns of flowers or lanterns, can be moved to the reception space and placed on anything from a gift table to a dessert station. LUXURIOUS LINENS

Linens can bring gorgeous pops of color and texture to your wedding reception in a reasonably affordable way. By adding unique linens to your sweetheart table and cake table, you'll create a detail everyone will capture in their photos. Even selecting a different colored napkin will create a splash of excitement at your guests' tables—an easy way to add interest to your otherwise classic display. LIGHT IT UP

Never underestimate the power of lighting! Uplighting can change the color of a neutral-colored blank canvas, while pin spots can draw the eyes to the centerpieces or wedding cake you're focusing on. And, a warm glow of candles at table height not only makes all of the glassware and charger plates shimmer, but also adds romance, and after all, who doesn't look good in candlelight?

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Houstonian Brides begin an enchanting journey of love and lifelong traditions when they celebrate their magical day with us.

Imagine saying I Do under thousands of twinkling lights and toasting to a future filled with happiness, love, and laughter.

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA

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Clockwise from top left: Blush pink roses added pops of warm color; retro map stationery by Sueko Sage followed the wedding’s elegant but playful theme; the property's avocado farm meant the wedding party was surrounded by beautiful hills and trees. Opposite page: Katie and Alex pose in their wedding ceremony attire.

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atie and Alex are college sweethearts who met in

Although the wedding was small in guest count, it was big in

the dorms during their freshman year of college

glamour. It was a black tie soirée with formal details, like a cham-

and began dating the following summer. Fast

pagne tower and string quartet. Because the residence is not

forward to December of 2018: Alex surprised Katie

typically a venue, they were able to be really creative with how

with a trip to New York City, where he proposed

they used the space to achieve their vision of having a highly

to her over French food after a romantic stroll through Central

personalized one-of-a-kind aesthetic. The color palette had a

Park. As a nostalgic nod to the early years of their relationship,

variety of colors—soft and romantic neutrals of sand, walnut,

one of their shared college professors officiated their ceremony!

sage, and dusty blue with sunset pastels of blush, cantaloupe, butter yellow, terracotta, and pops of coral accented with black

The couple wanted their wedding to feel intimate and personal,

and mixed metallics. They layered playful touches like fringe and

so they opted for a private residence in San Juan Capistrano.

lanterns on top of all the glam. The lanterns were such a unique

The venue has a quaint avocado farm, surrounded by beautiful

way to incorporate Chinese culture and add gorgeous festive

hills and trees. They had 40 of their closest friends and family

light to the space when the sun went down. Throughout the

members, making the whole experience incredibly special. It was

property, there were vignettes with beautiful vintage-inspired

very important to the couple to honor Alex’s Chinese culture and

furniture where guests could relax. This made everything feel

Katie’s Jewish heritage. They incorporated Jewish traditions in

upscale but cozy, adding to the intimate vibe. From the subtle

their ceremony—like the chuppah and breaking of the glass—

elegant elements, to the cultural fusion and fine details, this was

as well as delicious Chinese dishes and recipe cards as favors.

the perfect California love story.

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Clockwise from top left: The table settings followed the wedding’s romantic neutral color palette; bridesmaids wore black gowns for the formal black tie event; elegant glassware added to the classic style of the tablescape. Opposite page: The couple gave measuring spoons as favors, incorporating their shared love of cooking into their wedding.

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Clockwise from top left: The wedding cake was carrot, the favorite flavor of Katie's father; hanging lanterns added a festive air and gorgeous light to the space when the sun went down; the couple opted for formal details like this champagne tower.

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STYLES CLASSIC / RETRO / ELEGANT

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LINENS

PR I VAT E R E S I D EN C E

24 CARROTS

BBJ LINEN

C O C K TA I L S

D É C O R R E N TA L S

THE WHALING CLUB

ADORE FOLKLORE

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FOOD TRUCK FOOD FLEET DESSERT HEY THERE, CUPCAKE! S TAT I O N E RY SUEKO SAGE BACKDROP BACK UP BACKDROPS OFFICIANT DAN MULHERN

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Playful touches of fringe and lanterns personalized all the glam. Opposite page: Katie and Alex share a sweet moment after the ceremony.

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hen it comes to wedding photographs, not all images are created equal. Different photographers offer different wedding

photography styles that may (or may not) speak to your aesthetic preferences. As you work to nail down a photographer for your big day, it’s important you spend some time studying each photographer’s style to figure out if it’s right for you. Three distinct wedding photography styles to consider are traditional, photojournalistic, and fine-art photography.

TRADITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Traditional photography is what you probably think of when picturing classic wedding photos, like the ones your parents have framed in their house. Typically posed and shot straight-on at eye level, traditional photography isn’t particularly creative, but its simplistic nature ensures your photos stand the test of time. All photographers will likely incorporate this style into your big day when shooting portraits of you, your family, and your wedding party. PHOTOJOURNALISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY

Photojournalistic photography is all about telling a story with images, the same way a journalist would tell a story using words. A wedding photographer who specializes in this style will typically work to capture candid shots that weave together the narrative of your wedding day. This style is perfect for documenting the real, heartfelt moments that happen on your big day—you and your partner buckled over in laughter, your mother wiping a tear from her cheek during the ceremony, the flower girl raising her hands in joy on the dance floor. FINE-ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Fine-art photography is less about creating an image that documents a moment and more about creating an image that stands alone as a piece of art. Often shot on film, this style takes an artistic approach as your photographer stages images that express the emotions swirling around your big day. Picture a striking, upclose silhouette of your hands, or a faraway landscape shot of you two standing on the edge of a cliff with a saturated sky overhead. THEAISLEGUIDE.COM

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Part of what makes the best photographers excel at their craft is pulling inspiration from their clients. Because every couple is unique, if you share your story and what you love about photographs, the more in tune they’ll be with you. Some clients may love an editorial portrait more than a slow-shutter candid moment, and if your photographer understands that, then they’ll know what to pursue given the limited time they have with you and your event. Sharing inspiring images with your photographer (no matter who took the photos) can help them draw inspiration for your wedding day photography. STETTEN WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY Stetten Wilson is a boutique photography studio serving clients around the world. Devin and Skylar specialize in luxury destination weddings, interiors, and commercial photography. The studio was founded in 2007 and has been named one of the Top Wedding Photographers in America by BRIDES magazine. Follow them on Instagram @stettenwilson

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ϑ Invitation Flat Lay ϑ Bouquets & Boutonnieres ϑ Bride’s Accessories (Rings, Shoes, Bracelets, Perfume, Handkerchief, etc.)

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he design team of RMBO Collective and Heather Kincaid Photography created an intimate, thoughtful wedding scenario for a post-Covid world. They stripped away the fanfare of weddings of the past in favor of intimate moments for the couple to share, like getting ready together, sharing a meal, cutting their wedding cake, enjoying their first dance, and toasting to their union. The design aesthetic is a

study of contrast—bringing softness into a hard space, letting light dance in the shadows, and creating joy amid the challenges of our present. The Revery LA provided the perfect backdrop for the neutral color palette with faded winter hues of sand, bone, and shades of gray. The dramatic fringe curtain installation set an ethereal tone while creating a translucent divider to bring intimacy to the large studio. Geometric shapes, from lines to circles, made multiple appearances, from the dining chairs to the stunning yet simple cake. The floral installation hanging above the dining table added whimsy, and the collection of hurricane candles cast a romantic glow. This styled editorial aspires to help couples feel inspired by love, hopeful for the future, and excited to see the magic that can be created in a small setting.

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Clockwise from top left: Little details brought the soft, neutral color palette to life in big ways; Lotus & Ash's masterful stationery design allowed guests to participate in the celebration in a thoughtful way in lieu of being physically present; simple bourbon cocktails made with rosemary honey simple syrup. Opposite page: The cake design followed the shoot theme with its recurring geometric shapes and fringe details.

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Clockwise from top right: One bride wore a beautiful Amanda Pearl Cape by Untamed Petals over her Theia Couture wedding gown; the shoot captured intimate moments like the first dance; Ellamah’s lush, whimsical floral installation surrounding the dining table added softness to the hard space; Greystone Table had the perfect neutral stone china plates, sleek silverware, and gorgeous ribbed glassware to match the linear design concept. Opposite page: The dramatic fringe curtain installation set an ethereal tone while creating a soft translucent divider to bring intimacy to the large studio.

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Our most popular flavor is vanilla praline. We make caramelized pecans in-house and puree FOOD & DRINK

them into a paste to add to the buttercream and spread between the layers. We also chop up crunchy praline pieces, so you get praline three ways. The finishing touch is the caramel syrup that we add to our brown sugar vanilla cake. It’s perfect for someone who wants a lighter flavor with some rich elements. My personal favorite is our blood orange olive oil cake. This cake was inspired by my time spent studying abroad in Italy at the height of the blood orange season. The cake itself is a citrus almond cake made with olive oil instead of butter. The texture is light and spongy, and the flavor could stand on its own as a coffee cake. We layer it with blood orange curd and citrus praline buttercream and the result is divine. W H AT A R E YO U R M O S T REQUESTED WEDDING CAKE D E S I G N S ? W H AT G O E S I N T O C R E AT I N G A C U S T O M C A K E DESIGN FOR A COUPLE?

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edible sequins and cakes that look like buttercream oil paintings. We like to take inspiration from non-cake-related things like textiles and paintings, and clients have been loving those styles. Creating custom cake designs for couples is one of my favorite parts of the process. We have clients come in for a tasting and design consultation where we draw their design on the spot, getting direct input from the very beginning.

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To prepare for a tasting, I’d spend some time looking at design inspiration so you can give your cake designer direction about your wedding style. We recommend not only taking inspiration from cakes but from other items like textiles or stationery. Flavor is the second

Almond Olive Oil Cake A DA P T E D F R O M G I N A D E PA L M A’ S R EC I PE

thing to consider when you’re preparing for a tasting. Make sure to choose flavors true to who you are as a couple. The flavor options

This is one of my favorite cakes, and a great recipe you

alone might point you in the right direction when looking for a cake

can try at home. It can be served on its own right out of

designer. Lastly, have a realistic idea of the budget you’re allocating

the oven with a simple brown butter glaze, or as part of a

for the cake. Because wedding cakes are usually custom-designed,

layered cake. At Sweet Heather Anne, we layer this cake

pricing may vary greatly based on the intricacy of the design. Ask

with blood orange curd and citrus praline buttercream.

questions about pricing before scheduling to get an idea of what to expect and to avoid designing something out of your budget. D O YO U H AV E A N Y T I P S FO R C H O O S I N G A C A K E F L AVO R O R D E S I G N ?

My best advice is to stay true to yourself. You know what you love. Your wedding is an expression of who you are as a couple. I wouldn’t worry about other people’s tastes or expectations. We hear all the time that our more adventurous flavors or designs aren’t really “wedding cake” appropriate. Honestly, there are no rules anymore. Just be yourself and have fun with it!

INGREDIENTS: – 1 cup all-purpose flour – 1/2 cup blanched or natural almond flour – 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder – 1 tsp. kosher salt – 3 large eggs – 3/4 cup granulated sugar – 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil – 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract – 1/4 tsp. pure almond extract – Grated zest of 1 ½ medium lemons – 1/2 cup orange juice DIRECTIONS: 1.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or springform pan and set aside.

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them lightly to break up the yolks. Add the sugar to the bowl and whisk thoroughly until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the olive oil and whisk until the mixture is a bit lighter in color and has thickened, about 2–3 minutes. Whisk in the extracts and zest, followed by the orange juice, and whisk to combine. 4 . Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and whisk until

it’s thoroughly combined and you have a smooth, emulsified batter. Do not overmix once you’ve added the dry ingredients. 5 . Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake

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vary from baker to baker. The main factors that affect cake pricing

KNOW FROM A COUPLE IN ORDER TO DELIVER THE

include the quality of ingredients, whether or not the baker is using

BEST POSSIBLE WEDDING CAKE?

cake mixes, the scale of operation, the skill level of the baker, and the

In order for a cake designer to create your dream cake, they need to

amount of detail in the design.

know your wedding style, what’s meaningful to you, and your budget.

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We also offer dessert tables with mini desserts ranging from maca-

My favorite wedding cake tradition is giving the cake a place of honor

rons and salted chocolate brownie cookies to intricately decorated

at the reception. It can really be a showstopper, so put it on display!

sugar cookies. We find that when it comes to desserts, people love

W H AT G O E S I N T O P R I C I N G A C A K E ? IS THERE A GUIDELINE?

Our cakes are priced at $7.50 per serving plus an additional design

to add sentimental touches, like asking their grandmother to bake her famous cookies or getting tarts from the bakery where they had their first date.

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W H AT ’ S T H E S I G N I F I C A N C E OF THE GROOM’S CAKE?

Groom’s cakes can be a fun way to surprise the groom on the wedding day. These cakes often deviate from the general style of the wedding and celebrate the groom’s interests in a playful way. We’ve made everything from sports-themed cakes to a life-size replica of the groom’s dog. D O YO U H AV E A N Y C A K E D I S A S T E R STORIES TO SHARE?

Back when I was first starting out, one of my employees and I made a cake as a gift for her sister. Because the wedding was closer to my parent’s house than the bakery, we decided to finish decorating the cake there. The house was full of other guests going in and out so the air conditioning wasn’t working very well and the cake got too warm. We stacked the warm tiers fully before transporting the cake down my parent’s gravel driveway. Within 20 minutes, the middle tier of the cake had collapsed. I had to rush home and salvage the remaining cake. Luckily, I was able to bring it to the venue on time, piping frantically in the back of the car as my mom drove me to the venue. The couple loved the cake, but I was crushed that it wasn’t as spectacular as we had originally intended. Now we always make the cakes in our well air-conditioned bakery, and we never deliver them fully stacked. THEAISLEGUIDE.COM

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Knowing what you can (and can’t) afford will save you heartbreak in the long run. You’ll probably end up falling in love with a ton of delicious options at your tastings, but if you’re on a tight budget, you likely can’t serve your guests everything you tasted. Keep a solid number in mind and talk to your partner beforehand about FOOD & DRINK

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You want to start by working with a professional planner to nail down the top caterers in your area. From there, collect sample menus and pricing information from each, and be sure you understand what they offer when it comes to tastings—some may allow you to do a tasting without signing a contract first, while others may only offer a tasting after you’ve booked their services. Either way, you’ll want to have your research done first. Know what the caterer’s or restaurant’s strengths and signature dishes are—read online reviews, check out their website, etc. If, for example, tons of past clients are saying their tuna tartare is to-die-for, you might want to make sure it’s included in your tasting. Knowing a caterer’s background and strengths will help you know what items to focus on as you work to craft the perfect wedding menu. 3

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boring and underwhelming), so catering can be a really great

(after opinion). Plus, your caterer may only offer a free tasting

place to go all out and wow your guests if your budget allows it.

for two and charge per person for any additional attendees.

beforehand—are they willing to dip into the entertainment or design fund in order to make some creative catering choices? Having these conversations beforehand, rather than in front of your caterer and wedding planner, is always the way to go. 4

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While you can nail down dietary restrictions and a final guest count as your RSVPs arrive, it’s still a good practice to have a fairly broad idea of dietary restrictions as you head into a tasting—especially if you know a lot of your guests have them. Have a whole slew of gluten-free friends who will be in atten-

This one‘s pretty straightforward. Though you’ll be tasting

dance? It may be a good idea to taste some of your caterer’s

smaller options of what will be served on your wedding day,

gluten-free options, if possible.

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Tasting a mango salsa in June for your February wedding? Be aware that the mangoes in February on your wedding day may not be as ripe and delicious as you remember them being at

For your tasting party, stick to you, your partner, your wedding

your summertime tasting. A great caterer will always build a

planner, and the person paying for the affair if it isn’t you. No

menu around what produce is available and in season on the

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date of your wedding, but it’s also good to have an idea of pro-

to take photos and notes during your tasting. You may think

duce seasonality yourself as you head into your tasting—that

you’ll remember it all, but after a few glasses of champagne

way, you can ask the right questions and suggest substitutions

and twelve small plates, things may get a little . . . foggy. Snap

if necessary.

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Maybe you loved that salmon but weren’t crazy about the

your initial reaction to flavors. This will be a lifesaver when it comes to nailing down your final menu!

sauce. Or maybe you love spicy foods and are wondering if

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there’s a way to kick up the spice factor a bit on those tacos.

There are a few telltale signs when it comes to food quality, and

Don’t be afraid to ask for changes or solicit advice from the

they’re pretty much the same as they would be at a restaurant.

caterer or chef. Caterers love chances to get creative and flex

Is your produce bright, colorful, and crisp—or is it sad, soggy,

their culinary muscles so, as long as you’re polite and kind

and sub-par? Are you noticing discoloration around the edge

about it, chances are they’ll be more than willing to work with

of hard cheeses (typically, a sign that the cheese was sliced a

you at your tasting to perfect some of those plates. The key is

day prior)? Does the meat taste fresh or like it was previously

to ask these questions at your tasting, rather than calling them

frozen? If your tasting was a meal at a restaurant, would you

a week before the event to change things.

go back for more or would it leave you ready to write a poor

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YOUR RE AC TIONS

Was it the branzino you loved or the sea bass? And which one

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K N OW W H AT T O L O O K F O R

Yelp review? Knowing what to look for when it comes to food freshness is key in a tasting—this will give you good insight into the chef’s level of experience and attention to detail.

was sauteed versus grilled? It’s so important you remember

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Venetian Sour INGREDIENTS: – 1.25 oz. strawberry infused

Ketel One Vodka – 0.75 oz. Aperol – 0.75 oz. lemon juice – 1 egg white FOOD & DRINK

– 0.75 oz. simple syrup

Ginger Peach Old Fashioned

Apples & Apricots

INGREDIENTS:

INGREDIENTS:

– 1.5 oz. bourbon

– 1.5 oz. Remy VSOP Cognac

– 0.5 oz. peach puree

– 0.5 oz. Campari

– 3 drops fresh ginger juice

– 0.5 oz. vanilla syrup

– 2 tsp. fresh orange juice

– 0.5 oz. fresh lemon juice

– 2 dashes cinnamon bitters

– 3 dried apricots

– 3.5 tsp. honey water

– 0.25 green apple

Add all ingredients to a stir-

Muddle dried apricots and apple

ring pitcher. Stir with ice for 30

wedge with fervor in a mixing

seconds. Strain over fresh ice in

tin. Add all liquids. Shake to mix.

a double old-fashioned glass.

Strain into Collins glass, topping

Garnish with an expressed or-

with soda. Garnish with a dried

ange peel.

apricot and apple slices.

Add all ingredients to a mixing tin. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with florals and a charred banana wheel.

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F R A N K I E T H A H E L D , D I R E C T O R O F M I XO L O G Y AT S N A K E O I L C O C K TA I L C O M PA N Y Heading up creative beverage design for Snake Oil Cocktail Company is culinary mixologist Frankie Thaheld. His impressive beverage acumen combines 20 years of working behind bars at San Diego’s top restaurants, a passion for history, and a culture of all things beverage. Bringing his hospitality charm to working with marquee clients, Frankie represents San Diego on the national cocktail scene. Each creation Frankie designs is driven by his commitment to ingredient integrity, culinary innovation, and taste.

Tea Time

Night Light

INGREDIENTS:

INGREDIENTS:

IN YOUR EXPERIENCE , W H AT D O W E D D I N G G U E S T S O R D E R M O S T AT T H E B A R ?

1.5 oz. Bulleit Rye Whiskey

1 oz. fresh brewed espresso

2 oz. oolong tea

1.5 oz. vanilla bean infused

0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice

0.75 oz. simple syrup

Laphroaig Scotch Mist

mint

St Petersburg Vodka –

0.75 oz. cinnamon-vanilla simple syrup

0.25 Fernet-Branca

In my experience, a couple's two signature cocktails are typically ordered most often. In celebration, it’s fun to join in with their likes and tastes. After that, a classic old fashioned or vodka soda are the most popular drinks ordered. ANY TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE A COUPLE’S SIGNA-

Add all liquid ingredients to a

Add all ingredients to a mixing

T U R E D R I N K PE R S O N A L?

Collins glass filled with ice.

tin. Shake with ice and strain into

The easiest ways to personalize a signa-

Stir and garnish with a lemon

a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish

ture drink would be with its name, the

wheel and a generous amount

with 3 floated espresso beans.

color scheme, spirit selection, and palate.

of mint. Add mists of Laphroaig over the top.

W H AT ’ S YO U R FAVO R I T E C O C K TA I L T R E N D ?

When it comes to cocktail trends, I prefer the natural cocktail: beverages with fresh ingredients, bright colors, and no added preservatives. We look to the kitchen and to the farm for inspiration and innovation when building our cocktails. HOW DO YOU HELP COUPLES CHOOSE A NAME F O R T H E I R S I G N AT U R E C O C K TA I L?

Asking questions is vital when choosing a name. What season are we going for? Do they have a specific spirit wanting to be highlighted? W H AT ’ S YO U R FAVO R I T E WAY T O G A R N I S H A C O C K TA I L?

Cocktail garnish should exemplify and amplify the cocktail experience. Look for ingredients that are in the drink and complement it. Fresh herbs like mint, basil, or lavender will add aroma and color to any cocktail.

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OUTDOOR BARS ARE TRENDING

one of these bar setups.

rom classically chic outdoor wedding bars to boho-inspired vintage bars and bar carts, the options are endless when it comes to

sipping under the sun. Bring the fun outside with

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S O P H I S T I C AT E D O U T D O O R

WEDDING BARS

WEDDING BARS

If you’re opting for a boho or rustic aesthetic for your

If your wedding falls more on the sophisticated side, you’ll

wedding, we love the idea of using vintage pieces and

want an outdoor bar that can hold its own against such a

reclaimed furniture to create a bar that feels storied and

stunning aesthetic. We love super chic gold shelving or

unique. A simple vintage table with some shelving behind

a simple, geometric-inspired bar front with lush green-

it is an easy way to create an earthy aesthetic. Or focus

ery suspended overhead to make a serious statement.

on greenery: drape florals along the top of the bar for an

Looking to go totally timeless for your sophisticated

immediately lush look.

outdoor wedding bar? Opt for a custom monogram and

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overhead chandelier!

Self-serve bar carts and stations are such a great way to

P L AY F U L O U T D O O R W E D D I N G B A R S

dip your toes in the outdoor wedding bar trend without

There’s nothing better than a colorful outdoor wedding

having to commit a ton of your budget to it. They’re

bar as far as we’re concerned. To help nail that playful

also a great option for those who are having an outdoor

aesthetic, include fun signage, colorful drinks, and brilliant

ceremony or cocktail hour, but an indoor reception.

menus to match. Make sure to add a signature cocktail

They allow you to offer your guests a little something to

to the menu, customized to you and your partner so the

sip on while they’re outside, without having to set up a

bar matches your own personal brand of fun!

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How to Calculate Beverages for Your Wedding L E T ' S D O T H E M AT H

While caterers or bar service providers usually assist with beverage calculations, if you're providing your own wedding beverages, you'll need to know how much of each ingredient/item to purchase.

K N OW T H E M AT H FOOD & DRINK

Number of Guests x 1.5 x Hours of Service = Total Number of Drinks K N OW T H E VA R I A B L E S

There are a lot of variables that can affect your final calculations, so we wanted to give you some food for thought: – People will pour heavily at self-service bars.

If you are hosting one, plan to order more to PRO TIP

make sure you are covered. – People tend to drink less the earlier in the day

For the champagne

the wedding is, as well as on weekdays and

toast, budget 1 bottle

Sundays.

for every 8 guests and

– Consider the weather. If it’s especially hot out,

ask the catering staff

you can be sure your guests are going to want

to pour 1/3 to 1/2 glasses

lots of cool drinks.

since most guests will

– Know the return policies of the stores you are

take an obligatory sip

purchasing from, especially if you're on a tight

and return to whatever

budget and want to return any unopened

it is they are drinking.

bottles. – And lastly, always buy extra ice.

The main spirits you need to have on hand to stock a basic full bar:

K N OW W H AT YO U N E E D

Regardless of whether your budget accommodates well – Gin

or top-shelf bottles, one of the most important factors in

– Vodka

hosting a successful bar is knowing what (and how much)

– Rum

your guests like to drink! As you sit down to figure out how

– Tequila

many bottles of each spirit you need, it's also helpful to

– Whiskey

know how many servings of alcohol per bottle you get. The

– Beer

breakdown of servings per bottle for the big players is:

Top photo by Shelby Rae Photography

– Wine – Champagne

– 4 servings per bottle of wine – 65 servings per keg of beer – 18 servings per bottle of liquor

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his pretty-in-pink unconventional elopement by the sea is blooming with possibility. The aim of this editorial was to inspire creative, non-tra-

ditional, and innovative couples who are drawn to the idea of having an elopement near the sea. The Beacon House is a lovely historical home by the beach in Whitstable, Kent, England. Built at the turn of last century, the Beacon House stands above a natural promontory that stretches out to sea—with a twinkling view that changes with the tides. The house has a New England feel to it with its wide wooden frontage, distinctive veranda, and wraparound decking. The owners of the house still live in it, looking after it and curating all the beautiful details that tell the story of the property's past. The delicate seashell name cards and coral intertwined with the florals are some of the many ocean elements that invoke joyous imagery. Full of energy, this is a celebration centered around a couple who chooses to fill their elopement day with meaningful luxuries, and plenty of time for adventure too! The palette is playful with a tonal wonderland of pink, framed by crisp black lines—colorful, while still being refined. Pink isn't often a color associated with the sea, but it complements all the whites, blues, and greens of the landscape in a refreshing way. Everything from the sugar wisps on the cake to the translucent vellum of the stationery tells the story of the contradictions of the sea: the immense power of waves crashing on a cliffside, bubbling over the quiet haven just below the surface. The design inspiration is marine and summery, but still fresh and new—a contemporary interpretation of beachy, boho vibes. An intimate day like this can be all the more magical!

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Pink accents like this retro television complemented the whites, blues, and greens of the surrounding landscape. Opposite page clockwise from top: The opalescent pebbles on the table were a playful homage to the seabed; the cocktail menu featured some delicious citrus and pineapple cocktails based on rum (for him) and gin (for her); the bride changed into a casual sequin dress and white boots after the elopement.

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The Beacon House, a historical home built at the turn of last century, was the perfect backdrop for this coastal elopement.

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Behind the Scenes with The Stars Inside W H AT WA S T H E I N S P I R AT I O N F O R D E S I G N ? ARE THERE ANY INTERESTING OR UNIQUE BACK S T O R I E S T H AT P L AY E D I N T O I T ? My original theme was the concept of “where the sky touches the sea.” I loved the idea of taking inspiration from the horizon, the pink and lilac tones of the sky as the sun sets or rises, and the way the water can take so many different forms. W H AT WA S YO U R FAVO R I T E D É CO R D E TA I L? W H Y ? We used tulle, pearls, and rope to make the tablescape and ceremony tactile, intentionally juxtaposing soft lines with the natural, jagged textures of barnacles and shells. The pearlescent pebbles on the table are my personal favorite detail—such a playful homage to the seabed, but seen in a completely new way! D O YO U H AV E A N Y WO R D S O F WI S D O M YO U ’ D LIKE TO SHARE WITH FUTURE BRIDES AND GROOMS? The most important advice us wedding pros can give to engaged couples is to embrace why you’re making the choices you are. Wedding days are about telling your story, with all the little quirks that make you “you”—the things that you love, that excite you, that you’re proud to invest in, and that you want to share with your loved ones. Whenever you feel like you're making a decision with the pressure of expectations, preconceptions, or Pinterest overwhelm, take a moment to step back, breathe deeply, and remind yourself of the marriage that this day is actually all about.

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Love is in the Hair I N S I D E W E D D I N G DAY BEAUT Y WITH HAIRST YLIST DJ QUINTERO

HOW DOES A CLIENT GO ABOUT CHOOSING A HAIRSTYLE FOR T H E I R W E D D I N G DAY ?

On your wedding day, you should look like yourself! You don’t want to look back in a year’s time and think “why did I do that?“ Your wedding day hair should be the best version of you. Trends will come and go, but your wedding pictures won’t. HOW DOES THE WEDDING DRESS S T Y LE IMPAC T H A IR FASHION & BE AUT Y

AND MAKEUP?

It’s all about balance. You should take the neckline and shape of the dress into mind. For example, if there’s a lot going on with your dress, keep hair and makeup a little more simple. Or if the dress is simple, you can be a bit more dramatic with the hair. If the dress has a high neckline, consider wearing your hair up. Ask yourself, what do the proportions of the dress do and how can you balance everything out? HOW CAN A CLIENT HELP THEIR ST YLIST ACHIEVE THEIR DREAM DJ QUINTERO DJ Quintero is a NY-based hairstylist. After working extensively in New York and assisting hair icon Serge Normant, Quintero has established himself as a favorite with celebrity clients such as Katie Holmes, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Julianne Moore, Blake Lively, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Charlize Theron, and Mick Jagger, to name a few.

WEDDING LOOK?

Definitely do a trial! Someone who already knows your hair and what you like is more likely to get it right for your wedding day. Bring a lot of pictures with you to your trial appointment and play before the big day. You don’t want your wedding day to be all about your hair, you want it to be about the person you’re marrying.

He’s also worked with notable photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier, Alexi Lubomirski, Mark Seliger, Russell James, Kenneth Willardt, Mary Ellen Matthews, and Guy Aroch, on work appearing in publications such as Vogue, W Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire, Allure, Interview, Cosmopolitan, and Rolling Stone. His television credits include Project Runway, Saturday Night Live, and the new Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That.

HOW SHOULD A CLIENT BRING THEIR HAIR TO THEIR A P P O I N T M E N T ? W H AT A R E YO U R TOP TIPS FOR WORKING WITH DIFFERENT HAIR TYPES AND TEXTURES?

It’s always best to ask your stylist how you should bring your hair depending on your hair texture and the style you’re aiming to achieve

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for your wedding day. Sometimes a tad bit dirty is better. Sometimes

W H AT A R E YO U R M U S T- H AV E T O O L S O R P R O D U C T S

it’s not. Choose a stylist who knows how to work with the texture of

T O H AV E WH E N S T Y L I N G H A I R ?

your hair—you don’t want any surprises on the day of your wedding.

I always need my Harry Josh Pro Tools and Serge Normant products.

W H AT ’ S YO U R FAVO R I T E H A I R S T Y L E T R E N D

They never disappoint!

RIGHT NOW?

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH HAIRST YLIST IS

I tend not to follow trends. I think whatever makes your client look and

RIGHT FOR YOU?

feel their best is always the right move. If you feel your best with your

Choosing your wedding day hairstyle should be a collaboration and a

hair in a textured updo or loose down your back, you’ll look stunning

discussion with your stylist. Make sure that when you’re referencing the

in that style.

hairstyles of other people or celebrities as an example, those people

W H O A R E S O M E O F YO U R FAVO R I T E C E L E B R I T I E S

have a very similar hair type as you.

TO STYLE AND WHY?

IS THERE A SPECIFIC ST YLE YOU RECOMMEND OR

Sarah Jessica Parker—who I’m currently working with—Amanda Sey-

DON’T RECOMMEND FOR CLIENTS WEARING

fried, Lily Collins, Katie Holmes, and Julianne Moore to name a few.

A V E I L?

They’re the kindest, most down-to-earth people with amazing talents

There’s no specific way to wear your hair with a veil. Whether you

and great hair.

choose to wear your hair up or down, you should look at your veil as

IF YOU COULD ST YLE THE HAIR OF ANY CELEBRIT Y FOR THEIR WEDDING, WHO WOULD IT BE?

The Queen of England, when she marries again. W H AT H A I R S T Y L E D O YO U H O P E M A K E S A COMEBACK?

Anything from the 70s. Middle parts are already making a comeback! If you consider yourself a flower child, consider wearing your hair in

the cherry on top. If you’re planning on wearing a veil for the ceremony and reception, make sure it’s very secure—you might even want to sew it into your hair. You don’t want it to fly off while you’re dancing! W H AT A R E YO U R FAVO R I T E B R I DA L H A I R ACCESSORIES?

Decorative combs, flowers, and fine jewelry can all be amazing accessories for your hair. You can use hair accessories to tie together your entire wedding day look, but make sure they complement your dress.

relaxed, cascading waves or in boho braids on your wedding day. If it suits your wedding style, a flower crown is a nice addition. THEAISLEGUIDE.COM

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Strike a Pose INSIDE BRIDAL FA SHION WITH DESIGNER MARIA KOROVIL AS

H OW D I D YO U G E T S TA R T E D IN THE BRIDAL FA SHION INDUSTRY?

I had a ready-to-wear collection, Korovilas, from 2010 to about 2018. The brand focused on dresses, incorporating artisanal and novelty techniques into casual and event looks, but customers also came to us for special occasions. We didn’t want to cloud the original concept, so we started a new bridal and event spinoff. FASHION & BE AUT Y

BHLDN had been buying from the line before that second collection started, but the new focus further fostered our relationship. Now, I work with BHLDN to create the same kinds of artisanal novelties for their own-brand collection. I love the latest collection with BHLDN. W H AT WA S T H E I N S P I R AT I O N B E H I N D B H L D N B LU E L A B E L?

This latest collection started as a series of vignettes inspired by different facets of the Regency period. We looked at writers, popular colors, artwork motifs in linens, antique fabrications we love today, and even wallpaper. I broke that inspiration down through various lenses, then put it back together to capture versions that would suit the many sides of our customer. That overarching concept shaped a very cohesive collection. I love bridging the gap from ready-to-wear to the bridal market MARIA KOROVIL AS Maria Korovilas is a fashion and textile designer and a brand creative visionary. After receiving her MFA in fashion and textile design, she launched her dress-focused collection, k o r o v i l a s, which was sold at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom Via C, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, and independent boutiques. She now lives in Atlanta, creating capsule collections for BHLDN and maintaining a professorship at SCAD, Atlanta.

and looking at bridal style through the lens of the fashion customer. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE S T Y L E O F B H L D N B LU E L A B E L?

It leans very feminine and romantic—that’s my innate DNA as a designer. While that is my instinct, I also love a modern, clean moment, especially how it’s happening now in terms of volume, volume, volume! I’d say the style overall is novelty, artisanal, fashion shapes you

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BHLDN Blue Label captures the notion of what it means to be a “modern heirloom.” It’s all about that artisanal touch, highlighting techniques like fabric manipulation, embroidery, and patterning that set

“Think about your look in terms of creating ‘moments’ rather than just a pretty dress that fits well.”

the pieces apart from mass-produced commodities. The gowns include various artisanal takes on trends including wallpaper motifs, applique florals, print, and color. These are key to non-traditional bridal gowns, and you’ll see more of them as BHLDN continues to develop this point of view.

won’t find often in bridal, combined with a playful, more artful way of envisioning events. Think about your look in terms of creating “moments” rather than just a pretty dress that fits well. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE BRIDE WHO WE ARS YOUR DESIGNS?

She’s a cool girl with a fashion point of view, even for her wedding dress. She’s open to options beyond the traditional—not afraid to go out on a limb and wear color, or print, or a statement-making 3D pleated organza mini! This bride wants to fall in love with the “concept” of the gown, and that’s hard to do unless you’re adept at vintage shopping, or sourcing with a keen eye from the readyto-wear/luxury market. BHLDN is building out this own-brand collection to capture the true artisanal design process, and that really sets the gowns and their wearers apart. WHO IS YOUR ST YLE ICON OR ST YLE I N S P I R AT I O N ?

I’m a Francophile to the core, so my list goes something like: French New Wave, Anna Karina, Lou Doillon, Clemence Poesy, Vanessa Paradis, Francoise Hardy, Charlotte Gainsbourg . . . plus a dash of Talitha Getty, Anita Pallenberg, Jenny Lewis, and a lot from Freddie Mercury. Those bohemian rock ‘n’ roll vibes find their place with me constantly, even if it’s just the music in my studio. I call them all my “ever inspirations.” For me, these muses are so eclectic, so unique, and have a way of taking the unusual and putting it together to

All sketches by Maria Korovilas, courtesy of BHLDN

feel effortlessly modern and trailblazing. W H AT I S S P E C I A L A B O U T B H L D N B L U E L A B E L?

The open-mindedness of the BHLDN team to embark on creating this collection from a designer’s point of view is entirely special. This is just the beginning and there’s so much more to build. W H AT T R E N D S A R E R E P R E S E N T E D I N B H L D N B LU E L A B E L?

Color, print, casual fabrics made fancy, the return of the empire waist, modern prairie volume, puff sleeves, on/off-shoulder sleeves, tiers.

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The Marina Gown. She’s the mothership of Regency-gone-mod-

I go through phases with favorite accessories, but I love a good

ern with bold novelty cutwork for that extra something. I had

headpiece. Antique wax flower and metal crowns are a classic for

this shape in my mind for a long time. My first win came when

me. It’s a way of having a bridal crown moment with a piece that

I sourced an amazing cotton-silk taffeta that had the perfect

feels extra special and magical and not cheesy in the slightest.

dainty/dry slub texture . . . but it still felt like something was missing. One day it came to me: it needed that BHLDN novelty, which arrived in the form of children’s dresses from the Regency period. They had all this beautiful cutwork, so I traced off some antique motifs and blew them up to the maximalist scale of the silhouette, which changed everything. 100

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The team was captivated by Bridgerton, so we dug into fashion history from the Regency period for BHLDN Blue Label, particularly how casual fabrics like lawn cottons and organdies were made to look so luxurious. We wanted to put those fabrications through the filter of luxe techniques for a high/low mix. BHLDN Blue Label offers a range of fairly classic shapes paired with fabrications that make them unique and interesting, yet still totally wearable. There are some riffs on architectural pleating and fashion-forward silhouettes, but it’s really all about color, technique, fabric manipulation, and the fabrics themselves. You’ll discover faille, taffeta, chiffon, organdy, cotton voile, organza, and a range of tulle qualities that go beyond the expected bridal tulle into more cotton gauze-y textures. There are, of course, variations on ivory, but this collection also plays with prints, blushes, and tea shades for the bride who wants that “golden” moment.

have pushed to the backs of their closets. Case in point: I have a newfound love for the silhouette of Princess Diana’s wedding gown, which is something I could not have said even two years ago. W H AT K I N D O F W E D D I N G D R E S S D I D YO U W E A R O N YO U R S P E C I A L DAY ?

I’m very hands-on in my design life, but my wedding dress was different. I found some insane Art Nouveau tablecloths at an antique fair, threw them on the form, draped them into a look, sketched the look, and sent it to my factory with six weeks to go. I don’t know what I was thinking, but it arrived four days before the wedding and fit perfectly! The gown was cotton-y gauze (my first foray into casual as fancy) with antique brass and ivory cutwork. Our wedding was Art Nouveau-inspired, so that brass detailing became a threadline with my gown as the anchor. W H AT A DV I C E WO U L D YO U G I V E B R I D E S W H O A R E C U R R E N T LY L O O K I N G F O R T H E I R D R E A M WEDDING DRESS?

Don’t think about your dress in a vacuum; think about the “story” of your wedding and build into it with your dress as the most aspirational portion. Always ask yourself “is this cohesive with my wedding concept?” Build a vision, an experience, not just a “bridal look.” W H AT C H A N G E S WO U L D YO U L I K E T O S E E I N THE WEDDING FA SHION INDUSTRY ?

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of fashion that’s poised for huge growth. It’s a bit of an uncharted frontier beyond the expected.

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BHLDN BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding brand, celebrates love with curated collections of distinctive bridal gowns, mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses, occasion looks, accessories, and more. Their imaginative designs and heirloom craftsmanship cater to the bride in search of unusually beautiful things. With many styles in stock and ready to ship, BHLDN makes it simple to complete your wedding wardrobe. Shop with a stylist at 22 BHLDN locations and via virtual appointment, or discover the full collection at bhldn.com.

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You’ve finally said yes to the dress—congrats! The time has come for you to add a bit more personal style to your wedding day look. From gem-encrusted headbands to sweeping statement veils and embroidered jackets, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest bridal accessories to help accentuate your natural

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many variations on the classic black shawl collar tuxedo. For women, it's a little less specific. Usually, this formality is an event for a formal floor-length gown. Sometimes, if the wedding is a little less formal, a cocktail dress or pantsuit can be on point. 2

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Cocktail attire is the most common dress code people will encounter when it comes to weddings. Traditionally, cocktail attire is less formal but not in any way casual. For men, a suit is still appropriate, however colors like charcoal or navy will work. For women, choose a pantsuit or dress that is still below the knee but not necessarily floor-length. Think tea-length or knee-length. Today, more and more creative clothing options are becoming acceptable—so have a little fun with your cocktail fashion!

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Know Where to Start

This dress code blurs lines the most. Casual attire refers to informal and com-

Start with the wedding invitation for clues about

fortable clothing, but also something that most people would consider pro-

how to dress. The date, time of day, and location

fessional attire. Destination attire will absolutely depend on the destination!

of the wedding will give you many silent clues.

You should dress differently for a ski lodge wedding than you do for a beach wedding. Think khakis or nice jeans, light button-downs, and sundresses, all depending on the climate.

– The Date: A weekday or Friday night

wedding may be slightly less formal than a weekend event. Additionally, a holiday wedding may, depending on the invitation's style, give you a nod to some more festive clothing options. – Time of Day: An evening wedding is

usually considered more formal than a daytime wedding. – Location: A wedding ceremony inside

a house of worship will likely be more formal than a ceremony at a beachfront resort where the wedding ceremony could occur outside. Keep in mind that some areas of the country may dress more conservatively than others. – Occasionally, black tie or black tie

optional may be included in the lower right hand corner of a formal wedding invitation. – Look to the couple’s wedding website, if

they have one, for additional information on the dress code. If you’re the couple getting married, this is the perfect place to share those helpful details. – If it’s an outdoor wedding, ladies should

consider flats and wedges over heels that might get stuck in the grass. – A beach wedding might require a

different dress code than a beachside wedding.

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hile you think all eyes might be on your partner, that doesn’t mean no one is going to notice what you’re wearing on your wedding day. As the pros at Generation Tux point out, suit

and tuxedo rental has come a long way, and now grooms can customize an outfit that highlights their own unique style and personality. Even better: You don’t have to spend a ton of money to do it. It’s often as easy as adding some simple—and budget-friendly—touches that can help you make a big statement on the big day.

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look. And while traditional grooms might opt for a

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white shirt, you might want to match the wedding

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out from the rest of the guys in your wedding party. It’s also one item guests really notice, so changing it up makes a difference.

WEAR HEIRLOOM PIECES.

A wrist or pocket watch, cufflinks, or a tie bar that belonged to your father or grandfather will not only

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personalize your look but will also be a touching way

Use your accessories to showcase your personality. For

to pay tribute to your loved ones. And you don’t just

example, a colorful pocket square or a pair of cufflinks

have to honor the men in your life—a groom can even

that pay homage to a favorite hobby, movie character,

take a piece of their mother’s wedding dress and have

or your alma mater, can accentuate your ensemble.

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unique, mixing and matching the flowers and colors

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to coordinate together.

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to feel obligated to wear them on your wedding day. Footwear is a great way to show off your style, whether it’s cowboy boots or Converse sneakers.

fabric, collar style, and cuff style to complete the suit’s

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wedding day look—select a design that speaks to you! Make sure your shirt can accommodate a cufflink because most regular dress shirts don’t. When inserting your cufflinks, make sure you get the correct side facing out (yes, there’s a front and a back). With your arms hanging down at your side, the front of your cufflink should be facing outwards, not inwards toward your body. FASHION & BE AUT Y

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There are dozens of different ways to fold pocket squares, but for your wedding day, go with either the Presidential or the Puff. The Presidential is simply a square fold with the visible part straight across. You just fold the square into a rectangle and make sure the top is straight once it’s in your pocket. The Puff is even easier because it doesn’t have to be perfect. Lay the square flat and pinch the center with two or three fingers before stuffing it into your pocket. The part you pinched is the part that shows at the top—just fluff it up a little bit and you’re good to go. Pro Tip: Pocket squares can be slippery and sometimes fall

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down inside your pocket. Get a small wad of tissue or toilet paper and put that down inside your pocket first, before placing it in the pocket square. The tissue takes up space at the bottom of your pocket so your square stays at the top. TIE BAR

Clean and classic is best. The tie bar should be positioned at your upper sternum so it’s visible if you’re wearing a vest. It JOHN GALFANO John Galfano is the founder of 40OverFashion.com, a men’s lifestyle site and YouTube channel catering to grown-up men. 40OverFashion offers style inspiration, product reviews, lifestyle topics, and fresh ideas for guys who believe first impressions are important. Over the last seven years, John has worked with some of the largest brands in menswear and continues to create more than 125 videos and articles each year dedicated to helping men boost their self-confidence.

should only span about ½ or ¾ of the width of your tie, never wider than your tie. Make sure to match your metals. If you’re wearing a silver watch or silver cufflinks, go with a silver tie bar. JACKET BUT TONS

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aniel and Brittany’s love story began much like a romantic comedy— at a rooftop party above a noodle factory in Chinatown. They talked the night away while enjoying the incredible views of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and they haven’t looked back since. After 10 years, Daniel proposed to Brittany in the fall of 2019 by tying the ring around their

miniature poodle, Stella. Brittany came home to the surprise of a lifetime, Daniel on one knee and an engagement dinner with all of their loved ones at their favorite restaurant, Bowery Meat Company. Like many engaged couples, Daniel and Brittany had to push their wedding date due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They took the delay as a gift in disguise because it changed their wedding season to spring and inspired the bright addition of fuchsia to the sand and saddle-brown color palette. The weather was perfect, guests were vaccinated, and the outdoor venue made their special day safe and enjoyable for everyone. The wedding design inspiration was Hill Country meets NYC glam, so naturally the couple fell in love with Mae’s Ridge because of its rolling hills and modern aesthetic. Brittany’s goal was to marry her love of NYC sophistication with her country roots. Daniel and Brittany’s favorite part of their wedding day was after they were pronounced husband and wife and they walked down the aisle hand in hand as a married couple for the first time. Another highlight was the surprise sparkler cannon exit! Such a magical way to end the night.

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Clockwise from top right: Brittany's Katherine Tash wedding dress was made of beautiful, lightweight silk; bougainvillea was the star of the show, the unique floral element reflecting Brittany’s wish to do something different for her big day; the leathery texture of the stationery was a nod to Brittany's Texas roots. Opposite page clockwise from top left: Dusty pink ceremony chairs complemented the fuchsia bougainvillea vines climbing the altar piece beautifully; the couple’s ceremony was officiated by Katrina Baecht; the dinner portion of the event took place under a covered pavilion draped in twinkle lights; Brittany and Daniel walked down the aisle in style after saying “I do.”

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SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE—DID ANY W E D D I N G DAY T R A D I T I O N S P L AY I N T O YO U R P L A N N I N G ? Brittany wore her late great grandmother's ring and adorned her late grandmother’s Wedgewood broach to her bouquet that was given to her by her father earlier in the week. It was her “something old” but was also just a special memory to add

W H AT WA S YO U R FAVO R I T E D É CO R D E TA I L? W H Y ? All the Bougainvillea! Bougainvillea was the star of the show for all floral elements in this design. Brittany and Daniel just loved the way the altar piece turned out—adorned with hundreds of bougainvillea vines! We also brought in the cutest dusty pink ceremony chairs, which were the perfect accent to the fuchsia mixed with all the earthy browns. Brittany always wanted to do something different for her big day, so all her wedding choices reflected that!

to that day. W E R E FAVO R S G I V E N ? I F S O , W H AT W E R E T H E Y, A N D D I D T H E Y H AV E A N Y S PECI A L M E A N I N G B E H I N D T H E M ? Daniel and Brittany had a cigar roller at their reception. Guests got to custom-make their own hand-rolled cigar. Guests could enjoy the cigar by the firepit at the reception or take it home with them to enjoy later! It was such a fun, interactive event at the reception, which also served as a favor for the guests.

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to press or dry their bouquet after their big day is over, ensuring they can hold onto those precious petals for years to come. But, with so many styles to choose from, how do you know which best complements the overall aesthetic of your wedding? Get to know

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Pageant Bouquet or Presentation Bouquet W H A T I T I S

This bouquet style typically has longer stems and is designed to fit into the crook of a bride’s arm (rather than held in her hands like with traditional bouquets). WHO WILL LOVE IT

Pageant bouquets are gaining popularity in modern boho weddings. They’re perfect for the bride who loves the look of long stems and wants a bouquet that’s out of the box, super lush, and extra dreamy. THINGS TO CONSIDER

Presentation bouquets make for stunning photographs, but they’re not as practical for walking down the aisle.

Cascading Bouquet W H A T I T I S

Cascading bridal bouquets are just what they sound like: arrangements that cascade downward (like a waterfall). Think wispy, long vines spilling forward in front of your hands. WHO WILL LOVE IT

If you’re the queen of all-things whimsical and dreamy, this bouquet is for you! The waterfall shape can feel quite feminine and fairytale-like, so they’re perfect for charming garden weddings, stunning ballroom weddings, and classic cathedral weddings alike. If you’re using lots of vines and greenery throughout your other florals, a cascading

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bouquet might just be the perfect option to tie everything together. THINGS TO CONSIDER

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Round Bouquet W H A T I T I S

Round bridal bouquets are just that: round! Round bouquets either consist of a single type of floral or varying types of florals in a single color arranged in a perfect dome. Stems are typically wrapped tight with a silk ribbon. WHO WILL LOVE IT

Looking for the most timeless and elegant of all bridal bouquet styles? This is it. Round bouquets have been popular in weddings for years—and they’re not going out of style anytime soon. If you’re rocking a princess ball gown or going for a classic, formal wedding aesthetic, this bouquet is your best friend. THINGS TO CONSIDER

A round bouquet is a true classic, so you’ll want to make sure it fits with the overall aesthetic of your wedding. Keep in mind round bouquets typically make the strongest statement when they’re monochromatic or consist of all one type of flower. They also look best kept to a moderate-to-small size.

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given to grandmothers, mothers, or bridesmaids for their walk down the aisle. Just like a round bouquet, they’re arranged into a round dome. WHO WILL LOVE IT

Brides looking for something small and petite that won’t overwhelm their gown will love an elegant posy bouquet. THINGS TO CONSIDER

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Hand-Tied Bouquet W H A T I T I S

Hand-tied bouquets are typically tied off by ribbons or twine, with stems left showing at the bottom for that "fresh-pickedflowers" feel. They’re usually chock-full of an assortment of both flowers and greenery and are meant to feel less constricted and “looser” than round bridal bouquets. WHO WILL LOVE IT

Brides looking for something wild and free will love a hand-tied bouquet. This style is perfect for bohemian affairs and outdoor ceremonies set in a garden or forest. THINGS TO CONSIDER

These bouquets can get heavy! Because a hand-tied bouquet is meant to look lush and often contains an abundance of both greenery and flowers, they can be a little burdensome to carry for long periods of time.

Nosegay Bouquet W H A T I T I S

A nosegay bridal bouquet is like a posy bouquet, only it contains more greenery. While a posy is typically focused on all florals, a nosegay will have leaves or greenery that peep through as well, with the focus being on just a few floral stems. Just like a posy, a nosegay bouquet is small and hand-tied. WHO WILL LOVE IT

If you want something small and understated but with a stronger focus on greens, this bouquet is for you! THINGS TO CONSIDER

These are usually given as gifts to bridesmaids for their walk down the aisle, but they can work well for petite brides or brides who want to opt for a smaller bouquet and keep the focus on their gown instead of on florals.

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aylor and Bray met at Berkshire School in Massachusetts in 2011 but they didn’t date until 7 years later when they were both living in Southern California. Bray took Taylor to the Marine Corp Ball, which led to their first official date in Ven-

ice, California. They went surfing and ate PB&J sandwiches on the back of Bray’s pickup truck. On January 25th, 2020, they got engaged during a sunset picnic at El Matador Beach. Just as the sun was about to set, they walked down to the water and Bray got down on one knee. Both of their families got to witness this beautiful moment at the top of the cliffs. They got married on May 1st, 2021, at the historic French Huguenot Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Cocktail Hour was hosted on a boat sailing through the harbor from downtown to Daniel Island for the reception. Local musician Josh Hughett performed on the boat, and guests sipped cocktails from custom mugs as they cruised the harbor. The reception was hosted at the Daniel Island Club on the back lawn overlooking the marsh and a breathtaking sunset. The wedding had a coastal theme with an elegant yet laid-back vibe. The design included neutrals and blues with wood, rattan elements, and seagrass accents. The reception showcased an assortment of medium and large bamboo-wrapped lanterns that illuminated the night. The tablescapes featured a honey rattan charger, blue swirl dinner plates, and geometric salad plates with wood gold flatware. Each setting had a hand-calligraphed wood napkin ring with each guest's name. They incorporated some military traditions like cutting the wedding cake with Bray’s Marine Officer Sword. Taylor and Bray shared their first dance to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” under a stunning canopy of fairy lights. They continued to dance the night away to the tunes of the Atlanta Party Band with all of their family and friends. It was the happiest day of their lives, and they couldn’t stop smiling. Love truly filled the air that night.

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The blue and neutral color palette reflected the couple's love for the water. Opposite page from top: The Spirit of Charleston took everyone on a boat ride through the harbor from downtown Charleston to Daniel Island for the reception; the bridesmaid bouquets were petite posies of baby’s breath to complement their light blue Shona Joy dresses. THEAISLEGUIDE.COM

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Clockwise from top left: Guests found their seats at the reception with calligraphed tiles; the table settings featured a honey rattan charger, blue swirl dinner plates, and geometric salad plates with gold flatware; each table setting had a hand calligraphed wood napkin ring with each guest's name; under the tent, rattan chairs accentuated the wedding's coastal theme. Opposite page clockwise from top left: The four-tier white chocolate truffle cake with Tahitian vanilla; three types of woven chandeliers hung above the birch wood dance floor; Taylor and Bray pose in front of their “The Wilcocks” neon sign.

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L O C AT I O N & V E N U E DANIEL ISL AND CLUB PHOTOGRAPHER STET TEN WILSON WEDDING PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER LIZ CARBONE, FOX EVENTS FLORAL DESIGNER ROADSIDE BLOOMS MAKEUP ARTIST DANNON COLL ARD HAIR STYLIST L ASHES AND L ACE CHARLESTON WEDDING DRESS MIR A ZWILLINGER EVENING DRESS PRONOVIAS DRESS SALON WEDDING SALON OF MANHASSET LINENS S TR A DLE Y DAV IDS ON CALLIGRAPHY J . L I LY D E S I G N S LIGHTING TECHNICAL EVENT D É C O R R E N TA L S OOH! EVENTHAUS CRUSH EVENT DESIGN SNYDER EVENTS VIDEOGRAPHER H2H MEDIA GROUP FILM LAB PHOTOVISION PRINTS

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Outside the tent, there was a seagrass wall with a blue neon sign that said “The Wilcocks” where guests could take pictures while posing on a rattan couch. The couple was able to keep the sign and hang it in their apartment as a reminder of their incredible wedding day. PLANNING A WEDDING CAN BE STRESSFUL .

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Taylor and Bray wanted the tent to look and feel like home.

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They both grew up by the water on the East Coast and now live

Figure out the few things that are the most important to you and pri-

together by the beach in California, so coastal hues have always

oritize them. Definitely don’t sweat the small stuff, at the end of the

played a big role in their lives.

day you are marrying your favorite person and that’s all that matters.

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Wedding Registry MustHaves ESSENTIALS FOR EVERY S PACE IN YOUR H OME

You’re in love, engaged, and planning your dream wedding with your forever person. Maybe you and your significant other have found yourselves unsure of what to add to the registry list despite being avid shoppers. That’s okay! So many couples find themselves in this stage of uncertainty. These items likely will be housed in your first home together, and you may still need a few items to make your house more of a home. We’re here to help with a list of some essential items you should add to your wedding registry!

KITCHEN

Prep & Cooking Tools

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ϑ Knife Set ϑ Measuring Cups and Spoons ϑ Cutting Board ϑ Can Opener ϑ Mixing Bowls ϑ Colander ϑ Potato/Bean Masher ϑ Vegetable Peeler ϑ Whisk ϑ Grater ϑ Thermometer

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Cookware & Bakeware

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ϑ Set of pots and pans ϑ Skillet ϑ Grill Pan ϑ Baking Sheet ϑ Muffin/Cupcake Pan ϑ Casserole Dish

ϑ Shower Curtain ϑ Shower Liner ϑ Shower Curtain Rings ϑ Bathmat ϑ Bath Towels ϑ Hand Towels ϑ Toothbrush Holder ϑ Soap Holder/Dispenser ϑ Toilet Brush Holder ϑ Garbage Can

Utensils

ϑ Spatula ϑ Stirring Spoons ϑ Slotted Spoon ϑ Serving Utensils ϑ Tongs ϑ Ladle ϑ Scooper Appliances

ϑ Coffee Pot or Keurig ϑ Tea Kettle ϑ Toaster ϑ Blender

Miscellaneous

ϑ Kitchen Towels ϑ Food Storage Containers ϑ Oven Mitts ϑ Flatware Tray ϑ Fruit Bowl ϑ Drying Mat ϑ Dish Rack ϑ Apron ϑ Sponges ϑ Creamer and Sugar Bowl ϑ Large Garbage Can D I N I N G

ϑ Flatware Set ϑ Dinner Plate Set ϑ Bowls ϑ Mugs ϑ Drinking Glasses ϑ Placemats ϑ Tablecloths ϑ Platters ϑ Stemware Sets ϑ Salt and Pepper Shakers ϑ Butter Dish

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ϑ Comforter or Duvet Cover ϑ Flat and Fitted Sheets ϑ Pillows ϑ Pillowcases and Shams ϑ Mattress Cover ϑ Curtains ϑ Rug ϑ Frames/Décor

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LUXE & NYX Luxe & Nyx is a boutique travel collaboration created to design custom, full-service itineraries around the globe. They’re inspired by the dreamers, the courageous, the compassionate, and everyone in between. Their itineraries are built for adventuring—near or far, luxe or rugged— and are individually curated and completely unique to you. Luxe & Nyx wants you to travel the way you want to travel. They exist to create those intangible moments and lasting memories shared with loved ones for years to come. Above all else, they believe travel should inspire us to continue to grow and learn as human beings.

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Why Use a Travel Agent TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

You’re too busy to pick up your dry cleaning but desperately need a vacation? Leave it to us to take care of the details so you can relax and unwind. Return to your busy life with new wind in your sails and a fresh perspective on the importance of time away. YO U K N OW W H AT T H E Y S AY A B O U T B E S T L A I D PLANS

Do you love to plan but don’t know

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Set the Scene: Spend your days hiking in the highest and driest desert in the world and climb to the top of an 18,000-foot volcano,

where to start? Let’s work hand in hand to curate the perfect itinerary. We thrive in minutiae and will ensure your vision is executed to perfection, with a few (fun) surprises along the way.

higher than skydiving, for an aerial view unlike any other. Enjoy

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cocktails with flamingos at the Salt Plains as the sky reflects pink

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and purple. Return to the lodge for a Michelin-worthy meal—alpaca

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carpaccio, anyone?—and plenty of libations to refuel for the next

ensuring preferential service, add-

day’s adventures. Try not to overindulge—you’re at altitude! Finish

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and providing insider tips. Everyone

venture or hitting the hot tub to soak those weary bones. Ready for

deserves to be inside the ropes,

your next adventure? Fly south to hike in Torres del Paine National

and we have the network to make

Park in the Chilean Patagonia and cannonball into a glacier-fed lake.

it happen.

Where to Stay: Awasi Atacama (Atacama Desert) Optional Add-On: Patagonia When to Go: Year Round What to Know: The Atacama Desert is at almost 8,000 feet in altitude. We don’t recommend this to clients who struggle with altitude sickness.

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For the Wildlife Enthusiast A FR I C A / B OT SWA N A

(Kalahari Desert - Makadikadi Basin) Set the Scene: Wake to freshly brewed coffee delivered to your tent before enjoying a made-to-order breakfast with all the fixings. Hop aboard your open-air safari vehicle to search for the elusive brown hyena or interact with habituated REGISTRY & HONEYMOON

meerkats as they dig for scorpions for lunch. Finish your evening drive with a gin and tonic and homemade jerky, and keep an eye out for aardvarks, porcupines, honey badgers, and bat-eared foxes. Join other lodge guests for a three-course dinner as you recount the day’s adventures before retiring to your tent’s platform to admire the stars! Time for a scenery change? Fly northwest for a mokoro ride through the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta and see more elephants than you could imagine in your wildest dreams. Where to Stay: Jack’s Camp or San Camp Optional Add-On: Okavango Delta When to Go: April – October What to Know: A small plane is required to access the camp. We don’t recommend this to clients who are afraid of flying.

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For a Lively Beach Scene GREECE / MYKONOS

Set the Scene: Mykonos knows how to party and has a lively beach club scene for those looking to dance in the sand with a glass of champagne in their hand. Spend your days (and nights) enjoying live DJs and local seafood before returning to the hotel spa for a detoxifying treatment. Tired of the party? Options abound! Head into Mykonos Town for some local goods, rent ATVs to explore the island, book a local wine tour, or enjoy a sunset catamaran cruise. Need a change of scenery? Take the ferry to nearby Paros or Antiparos for a few days of rest and relaxation. Where to Stay: Kensho Psarou Optional Add-On: Paros or Antiparos When to Go: May – September What to Know: An international driver’s license is required in Greece. If you want to rent a car or ATV, stop by your local AAA before departing. Be sure to check the requirements for a license on their website.

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From top: The bold orange and yellow of the flower arch complemented the stunning venue; the chairs put a unique spin on the ceremony. Opposite page clockwise from top left: Using a combination of wood and fabric, the stationery played into the whimsical yet structured design of the shoot; the bride wore a balloon-sleeved Daalarna Couture gown for the ceremony; florals included gardenias, garden roses, and ranunculus flowers.

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nspired by autumn, this styled shoot is a modern and elegant interpretation of Spanish Colonial style. Held at a stunning estate in Woodside, California, the venue’s layout is so versatile it offers a space for a ceremony in the courtyard, a cocktail hour by the pool, and the most perfect greenhouse reception! It’s the attention to detail and special touches, like the rounded chairs that mirror the arches in the architecture, that really marry the organic décor to the minimalistic design. The yellow, orange, and tan hues in the color palette, the textures, and the unique boho pieces complement the natural beauty of each space in the estate. Draping lush greenery meets

fall-inspired vibrance and romance with the beautiful florals. Flowers were innovatively woven through the chairs for an extra pop of color. Best of all, the shoot features a real-life couple whose love really shines through in every gorgeous moment captured.

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Clockwise from top: A laid-back cocktail hour took place by the pool on the property; a warm and organic reception moved the shoot into the property's greenhouse; fall-inspired blooms elevated the romance at every turn. Opposite page clockwise from top left: The menu reflected the shoot's autumnal atmosphere; flowers wove through the neutral dining chairs for an added pop of color; the leafy greenhouse brought out the color palette's vibrant jewel tones.

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The three perfectly sculpted cakes were as smooth as terracotta pots and added such an organic touch to the shoot with their neutral colors and greenery. Opposite page: The bride changed into a more playful and relaxed reception gown.

STYLES B O H O / WA R M / GA R D E N PA R T Y

L O C AT I O N & V E N U E PR I VAT E E S TAT E , THE KS EXPERIENCE PHOTOGRAPHER C A R L I E S TAT S K Y WEDDING PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER L A L LY E V E N T S FLORAL DESIGNER H AW T HORN FLOWER S T UDIO HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST MARIS PEREL WEDDING DRESS DA AL ARNA COUTURE BRIDE’S SHOES ALEX ANDRE BIRMAN FROM NEIMAN MARCUS JEWELRY THE MRS BOX CAKE CAKE COQUET TE S TAT I O N E RY B OURNE PA PER CO. D É C O R R E N TA L S THE COPPER ROSE BORROWED BLU VIDEOGRAPHER THE GROVERS

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