Second Chance at Love

This beautiful affair is not just about perfect pops of pink, glorious sun-dappled gardens and a bevvy of adorable flower girls… more importantly, it’s about two beautiful people Kathleen and Frank, finding love for the second time around. Fancy Love Photography perfectly captured every pretty moment of this Washingtonville wedding from the intimate garden wedding vows right through to the love-filled reception and the most special of moments – when the bride danced with her son. I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye on the day!  We adore how this celebration proves that a second wedding is just as perfect as the love it celebrates!

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Photographer:  Fancy Love Photography / Reception Venue: Feast at Round Hill / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Red & Pink Wedding in Thousand Oaks

We are going to add some blissfulness to your weekend with this fabulous modern wedding in Thousand Oaks California. Bright Bird Photography teamed up with a handful of breathtakingly talented vendors and the most gorgeous bride and groom to create this red and pink sparkling gem. Where will I start? There is pretty paper design from Bow and Arrow Designs, romantic vintage style pink and red florals to-die-for by Floral Crush Studio and a fabulously funny ‘Weddings for Dummies’ cake by Merengue Bakery just to name a few. Together, all of these marvellous embellishments make this outdoor soiree totally unforgettable.  

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Photographer:  Bright Bird Photography / Event Venue:  Sherwood Country Club / Floral Designer: Floral Crush Studio / Invitation Designer: Bow and Arrow Paper and Design Co. / Band: Rembrandt  / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Hugo Boss / Bakery: Merengue Bakery /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Los Angeles Yacht Club Wedding by Kaysha Weiner Photographer

For their big day, bride and groom, Tracy and Josh wanted to incorporate the nautical feel of their venue – the Los Angeles Yacht Club – with the charm of an ocean side Southern California wedding. The beautiful ceremony at Founders Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verde was the perfect start to their day and the simple but thoughtfully themed details including mini boat escort cards, pops of navy and pink accents, and even some custom m&m’s gave it all sweet personalized touches you could hope for – oh, and not to mention the beautiful pics by Kaysha Weiner Photographer of course!

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Photographer:  Kaysha Weiner Photographer / Reception Venue: Los Angeles Yacht Club / Cinema and Video: All Because He Asked / Ceremony Location:Founders Park / Event Planner: Lynn Events / Floral Designer: Magical Blooms / Pre Ceremony Location: San Pedro Double Tree / DJ: VOX DJs / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Bald Head Island Wedding by Anne Liles Photography

Gorgeous bride – check. Pretty flowers – check. Sweet styling – check. A couple madly in love – double, triple check! All bundled together in this beautiful Bald Head Island wedding by Anne Liles Photography. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, located alongside a sleepy beach this North Carolina soiree honestly feels like you’re coming home. To a blissfully sweet and pretty home that is!

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From the photographer:

Michelle and Preston were wed at the Village Chapel of Bald Head Island and held their reception at Shoal’s Club, Bald Head Island NC. It’s a destination off the coast of Southport, NC a sleepy town at the mouth of The Cape Fear River.
You must take a boat to get to the island and there are no cars, only golf carts for transportation. It’s off the beaten path and provides folks with a comforting sense of ‘leaving it all behind’. Michelle’s family owns a home on the island, and it was her number one choice in places for she and Preston to host their guests for their lovely fall wedding on the island. It was a wonderful celebration to be a part of. 

 

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

Modern Whimsical Wedding in Black, White, Gold & Pink

Black and white and gold all over, with a touch of pink – what’s not to love about this fun color palette beautifully curated by the talented Haydee of Sweetest Celebrations. An elegant black tie wedding is elevated to new heights with subtle accents in gold, and a flash of hot pink brings an unexpected whimsical flair to the event.

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The Inspiration:

The modern bride is someone who takes a classic and romantic gown with a full ruffled skirt and gives it new life with a fun organza flower. Classic stripes in black and white bring a modern feel to the event, from the drinks served under a circus like tent in stripes, to the fun boutonniere worn by the groom.

Gold flatware and plating treats guests like royalty, but the striped straws keep the event casual, while adding a touch of whimsy at the same time. Pink and gold are scattered throughout the wedding in unexpected places — the tiny flags on the straws, the monogram cake topper, and some fun balloons that can be used as photo props for the guests and bridal party. 

This inspiration board is the perfect combination of the modern and whimsical. It is for the modern, hip couple that wants to have fun at their wedding, while still providing their guests with a beautifully elegant experience.

 

Haydee Duarte is the owner of Sweetest Celebrations, a boutique event styling and coordination business in South Florida. Sweetest Celebrations styles your entire wedding experience – everything from the engagement session right through to wedding decor – and is passionate about infusing soft and romantic details into a couple’s special day, with a touch of modern glamour.  For more information about Haydee and her services take a peak at the Sweetest Celebrations portfolio

 

Image Credits (Clockwise): Boutonniere via INK DIY Weddings / Tent Bar via Weddbook / Cake and Place Setting viaSouthern Weddings, photographed by  Erin Rene Photography / Flowers in Vase:  Marry You Me / Bride via Style Me Pretty, in gown by Rivini , as photographed by Mango Studios / Balloons via 100 layer cake, photographed by Annie McElwain / Bridesmaid Dress via One Wed, dress by Lazaro, photographed by SYPhotography / Straws available from The Pink Orange Boutique / Bouquet via United with Love

 

Half Moon Bay Golf Links Wedding from Portrait Design by Shanti

This Half Moon Bay affair is all kinds of wonderful and I am seriously taken back at how absolutely elegant every single element is. Held at the Half Moon Bay Golf Course –  a beautiful golf course perched on the bluff side of the Pacific Ocean – it’s a wedding that is all class with personalized touches, breathtaking images from Portrait Design by Shanti and one ah-mazing wedding gown!  

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Photography: Portrait Design by Shanti / Venue: Half Moon Bay Golf Links / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Traditional English Wedding Ceremony

Sweet traditional wedding ceremonies are a category all of their own. You know the ones… they’re not over the top or overly pretentious, but romantic and beautiful in an easy, simplistic way. Just like this English wedding ceremony in Chigwell Essex in the UK by Chris Orange Photography. It features a traditional church wedding that will tug at your heart strings, a naturally beautiful bride in a pretty lace gown, the cutest entourage of flower girls, and a vintage wedding car no less ! But most of all it’s the bride’s gorgeous face and glowing smile that kept us mesmerized through this whole sweet affair!

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Photographer: Chris Orange Photography / Hair Stylist:  Hob Salon / Caterer:  Mulberry House / Floral Designer:  Flower Elegance / Dress Designer:  Mia Sposa / Bridesmaid Dresses:  Monsoon / Ceremony:  St Mary’s Church / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Belgenny Farm NSW Wedding by Pictures & Hearts

One little peek at this pretty rustic affair captured by Pictures & Hearts, and I can assure you’ll be obsessed with this Belgenny Farm wedding in Camden NSW. It has all the ingredients for one amazing day, including plenty of DIY details, mismatched bridesmaids and a big old barn boasting plenty of historic charm. Rustic romance simply just does not get better folks!

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From the bride: 

Our DIY projects included decorating all the vases and jars with lace, string and ribbon. We made the chalkboard signs out of old picture frames, the table numbers out of photo frames and used burlap from sacks to make the table cloths. A ll the table flowers, aisle flowers and bouquets we did ourselves (with a whole lot of help from a family friend who is a florist!). The map on the back of our invitations was designed by a great friend (www.elisemaree.com) and the rocky road favours were also hand made and packaged.

The little shoes on the top of our weddding cake is a special family heirloom, from my great grandparents wedding in 1923, then my grandparents wedding in 1954, and their golden wedding in 2004. my gramps sadly could not make it over from new zealand for the wedding, but he was very touched when he saw the photos of the shoes on our cake!

We walked down the aisle to ‘Godan Daginn’ by Sigur Ros, and our first dance was to ‘Perfect Day’ by Lou Reed. The first dance was probably the favourite memory of the day. I started the dance with James, then my Dad came forward to dance with me, whilst James danced with his Mum!  Our next favourite memory was the sudden storm we had right after the ceremony. The skies opened and it bucketed down. Everyone ran for shelter, but then it stopped as quickly as it started, so we could get on with the photos! It was an extra special day, as it was the first time my family have been together in a few years. My older brother had not even met James until a couple of days before the wedding – so luckily he gave his approval! 

  

Photography: Pictures & Hearts / Reception Venue:  Belgenny Farm, New South Wales / Invitation Designer:  Little Paper Lane / Dress Designer:  Louise Alvarez Bridal Couture / Cake Designer:  Hello Naomi / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

LWB Welcomes Sweetest Celebrations {& Parisian Chic Inspiration}!

Hi lovelies! It’s a wonderful Thursday morning and I’m excited to announce our brand new guest blogger to join the LWB family –  lovely Haydee from Sweetest Celebrations. You’ll be pleased to note Haydee is not only obsessed with all things weddings, but she also just happens to be a wedding co-ordinator (handy girl to have around I say!)  Just like us, there’s nothing she loves more than immersing herself in some serious pretty – and lucky for us she will be sharing plenty of pretty inspiration on LWB every month. So, give a warm welcome to Haydee,  and enjoy her first gorgeous feature, then be sure to pop over to her pretty website to see how she can make your special day come to life!

Lately, I’ve been inspired by Paris – the city of romance, soft ruffles and glamorous chandeliers. I picture a wedding adorned with sweet details in shades of ivory and pink, accented with touches of black here and there. This inspiration board features a Parisian Chic wedding theme, with traditional items such as vintage teacups and upholstered wing back chairs balanced with modern touches like black crystal accents and pink ruffles. A nice finishing touch would be to have chandeliers everywhere – to cast a soft mood for the ceremony and then to also liven up the table decor on a smaller scale. French macaroons create the perfect finale adding another element of French elegance to your wedding theme.  I think this style of inspiration would add a touch of romance and glamour to any wedding.

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Haydee Duarte is the owner of Sweetest Celebrations, a boutique event styling and coordination business in South Florida. Sweetest Celebrations styles your entire wedding experience – everything from the engagement session right through to wedding decor – and is passionate about infusing soft and romantic details into a couple’s special day, with a touch of modern glamour.  For more information about Haydee and her services take a peak at the Sweetest Celebrations portfolio

 

Image credits: Feathers via Smitten  / Paper Chandelier via Snippet & Ink  / Crystal Chandelier via Grey Likes Weddings / French Macaroons via Bridal Guide / Pink Ruffled Cake – Pastrychik / Bride and Groom via Intimate Weddings / Vintage Teacups via My Luscious Life  / Madame & Monsieur signs via My Primitive Boutique / Seating Area via The Whitelaw Hotel, Miami  / Pink Ruffled Clutch – Brides of North Texas
 

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