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July 30, 2014

As the summer has sailed, surrender to the oh-so cherished tradition and let the bachelorette parties begin!  Whether your bridal party wants to relax in the sun or dance all night long, we just swooned over these hottest bachelorette party destinations. And we think you will too…

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1. Las Vegas  Not surprised here at all!  This is definitely the number one destination for your ‘maids to soak up some sun from daytime swanky pool parties to fabulous dining and outrageous entertainment.

2. Miami   Think sun-soaked pool parties or white sandy beaches…a perfect place to sip a cocktail or two with your besties.

3. New York City  The Big Apple offers such a variety of sightseeing to incredible cuisine and nightlife.  Your luxurious ladies will definitely love this bach weekend.

4. New Orleans
  Have a bit of a rowdier experience in mind?  Then Bourbon Street is the place to be!  Jazz music, creole cuisine, and truly a party bar scene…this place will not disappoint!

5. Napa Valley
  Okay, so relaxing at world-class spas or drinking wine in style is more your idea of celebrating your upcoming nuptials, then Napa Valley it is.  Gorgeous wine country views coupled with some special girl time…priceless!

6. Austin
  Ahhh, the live music capital of the world, Austin is the perfect destination for the music loving ladies.  Party house boating on Lake Travis is sure to heat up the day!

7. Nashville
  Get your dancin’ boots on and get ready for some of the most iconic bar hopping you will ever experience.  And saddle up for all things country!

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8. Scottsdale
  Beautiful desert weather and transcendent spas provide an ideal setting for a relaxing girls’ getaway.  Lively bars and restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale make place this city on the top ten for sure.

9. Atlantic City   For all our East Coast brides…bask on the beach during the day then try out your lady luck while gambling and dancing at the casino clubs.

10. Chicago 
  This cosmopolitan city has a fantastic restaurant and bar scene.  Lots of alternative activities for your celebration including cooking and art classes, comedy and cabaret shows, burlesque classes and more.

Thanks to Glamour for the inspiration!

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December 6, 2013

Nah, not really!  A beautiful, sun-kissed and fun-filled wedding at Martis Camp was exactly what transpired last June for Katie and Steve on their wedding day.  They traded vows (and shared a symbolic margarita!) on an overlook above a pine tree filled valley, then danced the night away in front of the red Family Barn.  Their 200 plus guests happily gave their blessings as this playful couple begin their new life together.

Katie & Steve Martis Camp 1

With whites, creams and ivories, the pale and deep mustard yellow made appearances throughout the summer day.  Navy blue Donna Morgan bridesmaid dresses provided the perfect backdrop to the sunny yellow burlap wrapped bouquets.

Katie & Steve Martis Camp 2

With a nod to the Tahoe surroundings, the dining tables sported texturally interesting elements such as birch logettes, twine balls, submerged vines and soft, full florals in wooden boxes.  The stationery suite consisted of kraft paper stamped with a tasteful tree or bear…

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A beautiful three tiered ruffled cake reminiscent of her Judd Waddell gown tempted the guests as they danced nearby in the amphitheatre to the beats of the 11 piece band Hip Service.  The beautiful pale yellow floral linen overlay added the right bit of charm to the area.

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Dusk descended quickly but with just enough time for them to share a laugh and ‘ham it up’ one more time…

Love these guys!

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Thanks to an all star crew such as Damion Hamilton Photography who captured every moment of their big day and the stunning florals created by Bellissima Floral.

Congratulations to Katie and Steve!

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October 29, 2013

Set your wedding table with your own personalized touch of style from customized hand-written chargers to hand-picked colorful mason jars.  We couldn’t resist these 5 options which look like a million bucks but cost almost nothing to make.  Whether choosing three or picking just one idea, they are all an easy way to put your own stylish stamp on your wedding reception!

ruffled blog handwrittenplatesChargers

What a perfect way to share your cherished vows or maybe the words to your favorite wedding song on these sweetly inspired DIY porcelain plates courtesy of Ruffled Blog.  It is a keepsake that will last forever too!

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metallictablenumber ruffled blogTable Numbers

Natural rustic meets the oh-so trendy metallic chalkboard to greet your guests at their tables.  Either adorn a simple weathered wood box or hang from an object of your desire… Also courtesy of Ruffled Blog.

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oncewed rustic cake standWedding Cake Stand/Dessert Buffet Pedestals

A perfect pairing for a Tahoe treat (or two)!  We just loved this woodsy accent to any decadent dessert display.  Once Wed gives the simple step by step instructions on the how-tos!

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100layercake colored mason jarFestive Mason Jars

Put a little pizazz in your wedding decor and elevate the mason jar from cute to irresistible with just a spray of paint by 100LayerCake.  These beauties can be used everywhere!

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Style Me Pretty Ice Cream in a JarJackie Wonders PhotographerIce Cream Favors

To temper the summer heat, show your gratitude for your sweet guests with some ice cream in a jar.  Check out this recipe of thanks from City Cradle Design that had our mouths watering.  With a simple modification you can serve S’Mores in a Jar instead which is always a hit!

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August 22, 2013

In the initial stages of planning, one of the hardest decisions may be agreeing on the number of guests to invite to your wedding.  Whether your favorite venue or budget (or just personal preference!) is determining the number of guests which can attend, having the discussion with your parents, future in-laws and fiance from the start will save you big headaches later on.

Of course the number you invite will be higher than the number actually attending.  We recommend using about a 15% decline rate but this can vary on each individual situation – where the majority of guests are traveling from, time of year for your wedding and your guests’ own personal budgets.  We advise our clients individually on a percentage to use.

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Three Easy Steps to Master Your Guest List:

1)  A key point to address and not to tip-toe around is how you will divide up this total number of invited guests.  We have seen lots of scenarios – half for the bride side, half for the groom side – is the most common.  Or depending on who is paying.  Sometimes couples marry later on in their careers and find themselves contributing substantially to their wedding day so a three-way split is acceptable between both sides of parents and then the couple themselves.  Or perhaps four ways, both parents and then a list for each of you.

2)  However you split the master guest list, sit down and compare your personal lists as you may likely have a few overlaps and common invitees.  This will open up a couple of spots!  When making your list, start at the top with your family and friends that you cannot imagine not having there on your wedding day.  As you add to your list, widen the circle of must attends.  This will help if you have to cut (yes, it does happen) guests from your invite list if you are exceeding the total number of guests to invite.  You will have done your work and eliminate from the bottom up.

3)  Equally important is sticking to this guest list!  The master guest list is easily the biggest source of contention for everyone throughout the wedding planning.  Depending on the length of your engagement, you may hit it off with a new work colleague, your third cousin has returned from their world trip or you ran into your long lost childhood friend.  Each wedding is different and if in your situation it works, then the more the merrier, but if it doesn’t, then you need to stick to your guns.  If everyone added 4-6 guests, then you could suddenly be looking at an additional 20 guests and so the problems begin.

Spend a little time at the beginning to agree on a course of action and this will save you a lot of stress, contention and potential arguments later on.  After all your engagement is your first big test of ‘compromise’ with each other and your new family.  Make it a successful one!

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May 6, 2013

We dove head over heels for these DIY watercolor wedding invitations, stationery and more.  This romantic, water-inspired style pairs nicely with a Lake Tahoe lakeside wedding anywhere from formal to casual.  With a dash of color and a sprinkle of water, this “labor of love” will surely have your guests diving in too!

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wedding chicks freeprintablesThis Petunia printable watercolor invitation from Anticipate Invitations on Wedding Chicks, is in this summer’s popular fresh peach.  They also include some oh-so darling tips on how to highlight the watercolor theme throughout your wedding.  From brightly painted cookie frosting to dainty, pastel floral napkins… your summer wedding will surely “float” with this unique touch.

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annika likesDIYFor a more formal approach, this DIY tutorial on letterpress watercolor invitations from Annika Likes is sure to wow.  Beautifully hand-painted and customized invitations never seemed so easy!

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diy-wedding-escort-cards Once Wed 1.jpgWhen its time to invite your guests to find their seats for dinner, splash in a bit of watercolor romance to their experience.  We loved this DIY idea featured on Once Wed and we just had to share…  Definitely steal-worthy!

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DIY marbled paper Green Wedding ShoesThis next idea from Green Wedding Shoes involves a little more “labor of love” than the rest, but the end result is definitely something you and your guests will cherish.  With a little acrylic paint, this marbled paper can be used for almost all things wedding from tags to menus to box wraps…  Take a look!

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DIY Welcome Bag Labels Betsy White BoutiqueWe thought these lovely, quick and easy printable labels for your Welcome Bags, Favor bags and more would be a perfect complement to your lakeside day.  Betsy White Stationery Boutique gives us the 411 on how to make this irresistible accessory.

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Martha Stewart Guest Book 2Lastly, but certainly not least, as you create your watercolor masterpieces for your guests, reward yourself with this adorable printable poster to use as your guest book from Martha Stewart Weddings.  Then adorn your newlywed home with this piece of art and never forget those that “Love Always” on your wedding day!

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February 15, 2013

What’s trending up today in wedding design is actually a trend down…  So out with the old and in with the new!  We just fell in love with the lavish, luxurious cascading flower wedding trend for 2013.  This romantic and intoxicating cascade of beauty can be drizzled throughout your wedding from your ceremony to your reception and beyond!

Ceremony Décor
Some couples desire to stand beside the timeless arch to say their “I Do’s” while others dream of exchanging their vows under a traditional chuppah.  Then there are those that love being surrounded by a waterfall of decadent flowers swinging from the trees.  This cascading flower trend has also beautifully lent itself to include lush greenery or sophisticated swaying linen to accompany the altar area.  Wherever you choose to become “Mr. and Mrs.”, this cascading effect emanates true love with a dash of whimsical romance!

 

 

Reception Décor
Why not wine and dine under a gorgeous cluster of your favorite dangling flowers, with or without candlelight, for your first dinner as newlyweds?  Flowers adorning the chandeliers, twinkling string lights, cascading flowers dancing above the dining tables… priceless!

 

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Beyond!
Okay, so maybe you just want to ‘splash’ some cascading flowers somewhere else in your most memorable day, but not wanting to fully commit to the cascading flowered arch or tablescape?  Rest assured, here are some other ways to include the trend in your wedding day!

Escort Card Table
This table décor often sets the mood or tone for the evening for your guests’ dining experience.  Whether a few small trailing cluster of flowers to welcome your guests to dinner or a decadent cascade of blooms, this is such a delightful touch!

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Bouquet
Breathe in this divine classic phaeleonopsis orchid cascading bouquet, such a gorgeous statement piece!

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Dessert/Cake Table
Here is a trendy way to incorporate both the cascading effect and the use of ever-so popular paper flowers!

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Wedding Cake
The dramatic detail of the cascading flowers will have all of your guests wondering if they should dare take a bite!

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Hair Flowers
A smattering cascade of white blooms can be simple yet elegant.

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cascading hair band

 

So what’s trending up in wedding design is actually a trend down.  Cascading, trailing, dangling – anything pulling your eye up or elongating a décor accent.  Things are trending up in 2013!

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January 17, 2013

We all know the famous Victorian poem “Something old, something new…”

 

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

 

and supposedly, by carrying all of these tokens down the aisle, the bride’s marriage will be happy and bestowed with good luck.  The sixpence represents wealth and financial security and literally is worth about 6 cents.  For optimum fortune be sure to wear it in the left shoe!

“Something old” symbolizes continuity with the bride’s family and the past. “Something new” means optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead. “Something borrowed” is usually an item from a happily married friend or family member, whose good fortune in marriage is supposed to carry over to the new bride. The borrowed item also reminds the bride that she can depend on her friends and family.

As for blue, this color has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and fidelity.  In Christianity the Virgin Mary is commonly dressed in blue, so purity was associated with the color.  Before the late 19th century, blue was a popular color for wedding gowns, as evidenced in proverbs like, “Marry in blue, lover be true.”

We love to see how each bride will interpret these tokens for her own wedding day and put her personal stamp on this old superstition.

Here are some of our fave updated examples and modern inspirations from this traditional poem!

 

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something BlueSomething Old:
Love this – the veil worn by one of our brides was also her mother’s AND worn by both of her sisters before her OR wrap a piece of lace or material from your mom/grandma’s gown around the stems of your bouquet OR wear a family gown altered just for you OR pin an heirloom brooch to your sash/dress on your hip…

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something BlueSomething New:
Modern twist – the bridal bouquet!  One of our brides had a custom fabric rosette bouquet created that will never wilt, lasting forever.  (Great potential for Something Borrowed or Something Old in the future) OR sport jewelry given as a wedding gift on morning of your wedding from your fiance OR write your personalized vows on a scrolled manuscript tucked in your bouquet OR perhaps select a new fragrance…

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something BlueSomething Borrowed:
Deep meaning – one of our brides carried her family bible used for generations down the aisle along with her bouquet OR wear a hair accessory from a family member in your hair OR perhaps incorporate a little token from each bridesmaid discreetly into your wedding attire OR borrow anything you need to complete your wedding day look…

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something BlueSomething Blue:
Another fave – blue stilettos peeping out from your dress OR wear bold Sapphire jewelry Or your bridesmaids write a personal message in blue ink on the bottom of your shoe OR write on the underside of your groom’s tie (or on the inside jacket lining) a love note in blue…

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December 31, 2012

Today we take time to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by, to remember the wonderful new people that came into our lives and to reminisce about the unforgettable life milestones we shared.

A big thanks to the photographers that don’t hesitate to get dirty lying on the ground or hang one-handed from a ladder or wade into the water up to their waists, risking it all so they can get that perfect intimate look or capture a ravishing glance at just the right angle.  Without them, we wouldn’t be able to share a few of these memorable moments and these moments in time would only exist in a fleeting thought…

Thank you to all – our couples, our fellow colleagues – for these moments are a true collaboration of many.  Congratulations and Happy New Year!



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