Traditional Wedding Ceremony at TPC Sawgrass North Florida

Feast your eyes on this beautifully elegant wedding held at the prestigious TPC Sawgrass in North Florida.  Full of classic details and pretty colour palette of silver and pink it was full of lovely traditional style plus a good dash of glitz and glamor with the bride donning a beautiful Jim Hjelm Couture gown. With loads of pink peonies and roses, candles and mirrors the reception glittered with the perfect blend of Southern and Elegant and finished with TPC’s famous Cookie skillets, the best part of any meal!

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Photographer: Pure Sugar Studios // Event Designer: Glenn Certain Studios // DJ:Zholer-Sobel Entertainment // Invitation Designer:Bella Figura //Dress Designer: Jim Hjelm Couture // Cake Designer:Classic Cakes // Ceremony Location: Immaculate Conception //Makeup Artist: Makeup by Paulina Perez // Reception Venue: TPC Sawgrass // Caterer: TPC Sawgrass // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vineyard Wedding in California with DIY Details

A vineyard wedding is always incredible in and of itself. This we know for sure. But when you add perfectly planned DIY details to the mix, then you know it’s going to be sensational. Another thing we know for sure, is this couple are insanely fun to be around. Just take a peek at the images by Rebecca Gosselin Photography – full of laughter, infectious smiles and frivolity all-round. It’s a bona-fide California wine country handcrafted affair that exudes an amazing sense of  style, featuring not just a whole range of gorgeous handcrafted decor, but also a drop-dead stunning statement necklace to accessorise the brides’s Paloma Blanca gown.  Yes, it’s that good, lovelies. Enjoy all the perfection of this DIY masterpiece.

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Wedding Highlights

Angel and Ryan wanted to have a sophisticated and comfortable wedding with a great party. She loves to dance, he loves great food and beer and together they love entertaining family and friends. Coming from Nevada, these two wanted to create a great getaway for their guests and ultimately decided to bring everyone along with them to Wine Country. Keeping with their theme of sophisticated comfort, Angel and Ryan found a sweet private residence called the Oak Leaf Retreat in Healdsburg, CA to tie the knot. Many of the wedding day elements held some sort of significance to the couple and many of the details were created by either them or family members.

The DIY elements of the day:

Tables – wine bottle hurricane cut by groom, wood planks for the runner, interspaced bud vases (put together by the bride’s stepsisters) and simple but elegant candles and succulents. Necklace – made by bride’s mom featuring grandma’s brooch (who was at the wedding); Table names – Beers with couple related theme (groom and bride love craft beers); Escort Cards – created by the Bride’s stepsister are embossed coasters tagged with names to take home if desired. All paper goods/programs/invites – created by a friend of the groom. DIY photo booth. Drink Stirrer Flags with song quotes for signature cocktail (a Pimm’s cup, the bride love’s music); Triangle dinner bell – from the bride’s step mom (we had one growing up) for getting guests attention for speeches or kisses. Several wooden signs for direction. Lighting – by the Bride’s Dad.

 

Photographer:  Rebecca Gosselin Photography // Event Planner: Kelly & Company, Wine Country Weddings // DJ:AMS DJ and Entertainment Services // Floral Designer: Dandelion Floral // Makeup Artist: It’s A Date at The Powder Room // Event Planner:Kelly and Company Events // Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca // Caterer: Park Avenue Catering Co.// Cake Designer: Sift Cupcake & Dessert Bar // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Lovely in Lace Vintage Wedding by Rachel Rowland Photography

 Inspired by modern lace, pretty pastel hues and antique finds? Then take a seat. Cos, this dreamy vintage affair is full of your favorite things. Beautifully captured by Rachel Rowland Photography it features classic elegance and vintage charm right from the romantic beginning through to the captivating end. It’s just image after image of pure gorgeousness…. including one amazing backless lace gown!

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Photographer:  Rachel Rowland Photography // DJ: DJ Kevin Redford // Dress Store: Le Star by Angels // Reception Venue:Linden Hall //Floral Designer: The Grasso Greenhouse //Submitted via Two Bright Lights 

Tiffany Blue Destination Wedding by Gary Kaplan Photography

A destination wedding on an island in Mexico… what’s not to love?  With a stunning oceanic backdrop, an elegant outdoor ceremony and a pretty Tiffany Blue theme complete with girls in blue, it’s a nuptial paradise. Photographed by Gary Kaplan this wedding is all love, all gorgeousness and all Mexican sunshine!  Soak up the pretty pics here… 

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From the Photographer

Kat & Justin held their destination wedding in Isla Mujeras, Mexico at the all-inclusive Palace resort on October 11, 2012. There were very blessed to have 40 of their friends and family celebrate their nuptials on this beautiful island. Kat is slightly obsessed with Tiffany’s, so the bridesmaids dresses were Tiffany blue. Justin gave her a Tiffany ribbon charm for her Tiffany bracelet the day of their wedding and you can catch glimpses of it throughout the images. They took a trip to Italy before their wedding, which is where she found her wedding shoes.

 

Photographer:  Gary Kaplan Photography / Venue: Isla Mujeras Palace, MexicoSubmitted via Two Bright Lights

Vintage Travel Themed Wedding by Studio Laguna Photography

Katie and Nick live in San Diego, but came back home to Minnesota for their wedding. They chose a vintage travel theme and paired it with a contemporary gray, navy and yellow color palette. All of the design elements were soft with a touch of glam. From the vintage trolley from Renee’s Royal Valet, to the reception in a St Paul train depot, the couple was on theme the entire time… so it only made sense that Studio Laguna Photography took them to a vintage train museum for portraits!

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Photographer:  Studio Laguna Photography / Floral Designer: Colleens Flower Cellar / DJ: Instant Request / Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier / Invitation Designer: Tate Stationery / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe  / Reception Venue: Union Depot / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Destination Mediterranean: A Wedding on Santorini by Anna Roussos

I think it’s safe to say many of us have dreamt of running off to the Greek Islands with the love-of-our-life and basque in the romance of it all. Well, blissettes, thanks to the extraordinary talents of Anna Roussos and the spectacular backdrop of Santorini, it’s one of the prettiest Mediterranean weddings you will ever lay your eyes on. This intimate rendezvous is exactly why I adore destination weddings

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From the photographer: 

It was Jenna and Sam’s dream to get married in Greece, and because of the travelling distance from the States, they decided it would be easier without family nor friends. Of course famous Santorini was the first island they thought about and it was a great choice (other couples who have wed in Santorini will understand). The wedding was very intimate and romantic. They could enjoy all the time for themselves, without any worries. While Jenna and Sam were exchanging vows, I could see tears of happiness in their eyes. It was truly beautiful moment!  

 

 

Photography by Anna Roussos / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

San Diego Destination Wedding by Melissa McCLure Photography

On the west coast of USA in San Diego there is a gorgeous seaside town called La Jolla. A pretty locale that is ideal for  a wedding – just like this beautiful destination wedding by Melissa McLure Photography. It’s stylish, it’s understated and it has us dreaming of romantic sunsets and walks along the shore. I’ll leave the rest to beautiful bride Natalie, who shares with us all the lovely details below. Enjoy the sunshine lovelies….

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FROM THE BRIDE:

Describe your proposal?

David proposed on a Friday evening in September, under a tree in Central park. Very low key, but just right!

What was your wedding vision?

I have never really been the girl/woman with a wedding vision. The things that mattered to me (and us) were that people felt comfortable (not stuffy) and they were able to enjoy good food, wine and dance the night away and simply celebrate with us.

One thing I remember thinking was that I didn’t want really BIG centerpieces because I hate when I cannot see someone across the table at wedding due to some big monstrosity (not to say they are not beautiful, just not my style).

Having some part of the wedding outside seemed natural, which is a big reason David and I didn’t get married in NYC (where we live). We wanted to have the beauty of La Jolla shores be part of the “decoration.” 

Tell us about your planning details:

The ceremony and reception was at Scripps Forum in La Jolla (the ceremony was on the grass overlooking the water and for the cocktail hour we used the space between the grass and Forum. The dinner reception inside the Forum)

I am not sure if I had a “theme” per se, but wanted things to look classy and clean (no clutter of “stuff”)

Green is my favorite color, so it seemed natural to myself and my friends that this would be one of the colors (mint/sea foam). Ultimately it was not, I just seemed to gravitate to more navy/midnight blues.

I started with what I wanted to my bridesmaids to wear – they all have beautiful olive skin so I knew they would look good in just about anything (unlike me!) – and with the time of year being February I thought the midnight blue dresses would look so pretty against the green grass and ocean.

I always knew that tulips would be the flower, they have always been my favorite, particularly the peach ones, which go so well with the midnight blue!

Describe your wedding style:

I got my dress at Nicole Miller (great recommendation from a bridesmaid and wonderful friend who was married not too long before David and I, Melissa shot their wedding as well, that is how we met her).

I think the name of the dress is the Dakota (ivory, strapless, sweetheart, modified mermaid with a mini train). I LOVED this dress! I had a sash made at M & J trimmings in the city (NYC) in a champagne color and some asymmetrical jewel/stone things (obviously I am not good at this stuff). The groomsmen wore grey kingston suites from Friar Tus shop. Our ring bearer wore the same and my flower girl (my niece) picked out her dress with Mom’s help.

And your wedding details?

We didn’t have a wedding cake, only a topper for cake cutting purposes from VG donut and bakery in Solana Beach. Instead our caterer (Crowne Point Catering) put together an awesome dessert station of white chocolate bread pudding, brownies, cheese cake bars, etc. We didn’t do wedding favors, but my Mom did put together little bags for hotel guests (the majority of our guests flew in from various places around the world!) No boutonnieres for the groomsmen, only for my husband and our ring bearer.

Did you include any DIY or personalized details?

We made our place cards with various toys from Paper Source (one opened up about 4 blocks away from us during the wedding planning process, it was awesome). I can actually say that my husband knows how to use an embosser.

David also named the signature cocktail, “Hancocktail” he was very proud of this contribution. A friend of mine had a great idea for a guest book using polaroid pictures. We bought a basic guest book from Paper source, I placed in stickers that hold the polaroids in place. Then guests took pictures of themselves during the cocktail hour and signed somewhere in the book with advise for us. We placed their picture next to their message and now have a snap shot of most guests from our wedding. It is pretty great!

Was there anything that made your wedding unique?

My husband is South African, I am from California and we live in NYC. We wanted each place to be represented, so how better than through alcohol. We had wines from both California and South Africa and our signature cocktail was a Manhattan. Also, in South Africa it is traditional for a close friend of the groom to MC the event. Our very good friend Dean (who flew all the way from Cape Town!) MC’d the night and made it so personal and special.

What was your biggest challenge?

Planning a wedding from the other side of the country is not ideal, but I must say having my Mom and Erin Donoghue (my wedding planner and the lil-sis of one of my closest friends and bridesmaids), made it all very possible and mostly stress-free.

What were your favorite moments?

So hard to choose because it honestly was the best weekend of my life!

Walking down the aisle with my dad, seeing all these people I loved and then seeing my almost-husband, all with the ocean behind them was pretty incredible!

David and I’s first glance (or look, I can’t remember), was so so so special and emotional and the best decision we made. It was supposed to be just us (and Melissa), but we looked over at one point and saw all the groomsmen in one of the hotel rooms peeking out, very sweet.

David’s speech at the wedding (also customary in South Africa, the groom has the main speech). I felt very lucky to have just married him!

Have to include a dancing thing here, I LOVE to dance and I LOVE karaoke. There are endless pictures of me with the DJ’s microphone and doing the air guitar, but I loved singing at the top of my lungs surrounded by awesome friends and family to the quintessential “Don’t stop believing” by Journey, cheesy, but highly recommended at any wedding.

 

 

Photography: Melissa McLure Photography / Hair Stylist:  BeautyEverAfter / Event Planner:  Your Event by Erin /Floral Designer:  Franco’s Flowers / Cake Designer:  VG Donut & Bakery / DJ:  Sound Prodigy / Makeup Artist:  ACMakeup / Event Venue:  Scripps Seaside Forum / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Rustic Chic Wedding in Uptown New York

Today’s wedding is bonafide bliss. It’s a rustic chic wedding so that probably goes without saying…one part rustic, one part total elegance. But then, it also happens to be uptown New York. Now, I’m sure New York City has a million cool spots to tie the knot in. But this one – the Midtown Loft & Terrace – well, let’s just say it’s a rooftop venue that is one to covet that’s for sure! The wonderful Lasting Memories Photography sent it over, knowing that the vintage details alone would make us squeal with delight! Settle in folks and enjoy all the pretty New York details…
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From the Photographer:

Jane and Brendan looked at over 50 wedding venues before they discovered that no package wedding would do for them. Both designers by trade they knew that a blank canvas was the only way they could create their dream day. Fortunately, Midtown Loft & Terrace provided them with this blank canvas. The venue is ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, which allowed their guests coming from all over the globe to make a weekend of it in the big apple. Keeping within a budget and controlling design elements was very important to them and they made the decision to hand make many of these elements themselves. 

Thematically they wanted to combine their love of the rustic outdoors of upstate New York and his love of vintage grand prix racing. Choosing coral and turquoise as their colors, and burlap and kraft as textures and paper, gave them the necessary colors and looks associated with a summer, rustic wedding. They wanted the evening to be farmhouse chic, right in the heart of New York. Several custom burlap pillows decorated the furniture in order to bring some of that rustic appeal into the space. Jane and Brendan designed and printed their kraft paper invitations, sealing each one with a wax seal. When unfolded it read as if were and old time advertisement for a Broadway show. Programs doubled as fans were also designed and printed by the couple. Additional printed pieces that were also created by the couple were the seating cards and menus, which were also done on kraft paper to match many of the other printed pieces that were made. One of the bridesmaids illustrated the wedding book/poster that all the guests then stamped with their fingers and signed. A close friend of the couple performed the ceremony on the rooftop. Cocktails and passed hors d’ouvres followed on the roof as the sun set over the Hudson. Time to dine and dance in the loft.

The couples opted for rectangular wooded farm tables laid out in long rows to give the feeling of eating at an outdoor picnic table. No table linens were used exposing the natural texture of the tables. They were dressed up using a burlap runners on top of which the coral colored centerpieces sat in galvanized tins. Candles adorn the tables along with bottles of wine, which had been labeled over with various grand prix track labels and vintage race numbers to act as table numbers. The stemware was simple but had the necessary pop, as they were turquoise. Mason jars dressed up with hand made straws each decorated with a little flag served as water glasses. 

The gift table was made to look like a flea market. To hold the wedding cards a custom box was made by the groom to look like an old leather trunk complete with travel stickers. The desert table held miniature pies set upon a tiered birch bark holder provided by their florist. A custom made pie topper, ordered by the bride to surprise the groom, was displayed. It was created by an Etsy artist to look like the bride and groom on their wedding, but with a bit of a racing twist. After dinner and dancing, guests were invited to pick up their favors. Custom boxes were made by the groom to hold lottery tickets with a sticker on the outside reading, “Lucky in Love”

Finally, for those who had not danced enough another small after party on the rooftop completed the evening allowing guests to wind down while enjoying the fantastic views of Midtown Manhattan at night.

Photography: Lasting Memories Photography / Wedding Venue: Midtown Loft & Terrace / Catering: Park Avenue Catering / Event Co-ordinator, Flowers & Decor: Nancy Swiezy Events / Music: Scratch DJs / Rentals: Broadway Famous / Wedding Gown: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: Alexander McQueen / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Sydney City Wedding by Hilary Cam Photography

A wedding overlooking Sydney Harbour always comes with a spectacular factor, but when we saw this gorgeous modern affair by Hilary Cam Photography we knew it was much more than a collection of gorgeous city views. Meet Diana and Greg. Both grew up in China, both decided to study in Australia, and both found each other, here in Sydney. Their heartfelt ceremony at the Little Bay Chapel left not a dry eye in the house, as Greg recounted watching the sun rising over The Great Wall of China and how the new light in his life, Diana, and watching their first sunrise together in Little Bay – surpassed it by far! So romantic. Their beautiful reception was at L’Aqua Cockle Bay where lovely bride Diana changed into a second wedding gown and then the party began with heartfelt speeches, hilarious games and wonderful food.

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From the photographer:

When I first met Greg and Diana I was blown away by Diana’s attention to detail and wedding planning skills. She was enthusiastic and curious and had more than the usual questions. Emails were exchanged (40 to be precise) before a single photo was to be taken! I was a little nervous as a result, but Greg and Diana turned out to be an absolute pleasure to work with – always good spirited and very excited about every aspect of planning their day! Greg and Diana are anything but your regular couple, they wanted moustaches at their wedding, encountered zombies on their engagement, and their wedding day was a feast of gorgeous details and incredible food – all that planning paid off!

 

Photographer: Hilary Cam Photography / Photographer’s Assistant: Tristan Cardew / Ceremony: Little Bay Chapel  / Reception: L’ Aqua Cockle Bay/ Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Outdoor California Wedding at Miramonte Resort and Spa

Thank you True Bliss Photography for sending this California beauty our way. We always adore a classic + modern wedding and when you throw in beautiful outdoor elements like the surroundings at Miramonte Resort and Spa, then we know we’re in for a treat. A gorgeous palette of teal blue and white, summery maids, and a handsome groom in shorts, and we’re practically going ga-ga! I can promise you, my lovelies, you’ll love taking in all the pretty!

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Photography: True Bliss Photography / Floral Designer: My Little Flower Shop / Reception Venue:  Miramonte Resort and Spa / Dress Store: Anthropologie &  Mariposa Boutique / Other:  Whimsical Gelato / Submitted via Two Bright Lights