Real wedding: Lara + Jerome

Lara & Jerome met within a fairly international group of friends. Lara was known as the “American Girl” and Jerome was the “French Guy”. They first met at a fall party where Jerome spilled a drink on her and they hit it off from there. They joked about being future roommates that night and a year and a half later they were engaged on a beach at sunset where Lara said “Oui” (yes, in French).

Their wedding day was a reflection of their personalities organic, colorful, easy-going, but still refined. They got married in the conservatory so they could bring the outside in and be surround by the feeling of nature. Their décor was pops of orange, yellow and cream flowers with pale green eucalyptus leaves to keep it sophisticated. The center pieces also included curly willow branches that hung 6² orange lanterns with led lights to give a warm glow to the room at night. The cake played off the bark/organic theme. Each layer was wrapped with individual 5″ tall chocolate shavings that looked like twigs.

They also wanted to make sure they included little touches of French here and there to pay tribute to Jerome. For instance their favors were wrapped in orange boxes with yellow ribbons. Inside they had French chocolates and candied almonds surrounding a French dessert called Canneli de Bordeaux.

After dinner guests were encouraged to take Polaroid camera’s and a gold frame and take pictures. This was an interesting way of doing a Photo Booth with all the hassle of setting one up.

In the end Lara & Jerome wanted an intimate relaxed evening wedding, where it wouldn¹t matter if the weather was unpredictable. The conservatory at The Royal Park Hotel was perfect and allowed so much of the outdoors into the space during the ceremony/reception. The guest were still be able to go outside during cocktail hour to enjoy the sunset and then move inside to enjoy the stars during dinner and dancing.

[images by Aruna B. Photography]

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Blushless

Blushless is an amazing line of contemporary wedding dresses made in Berlin by Liv Lundelious. All the dresses are totally modern, yet are ethically conscious…you know, for the discerning bride. Liv uses materials like vegan leather and fair trade peace silk, which I love! Definitely check out her site for some more goodies.

[images from Blushless]

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Wedding Photography Unveiled giveaway

I was pretty amazed when last week I received an email from photographer Jose Villa about this new book that PDN put out called Wedding Photography Unveiled [he shot the cover and is featured in the book].  Written by Jacqueline Tobin, its a great look into what really goes into wedding photography, and features the work of 20 amazing photographers from all over.  I received my copy the other day [its quite beautiful!] and Jose is letting me give away a copy to one of you lucky readers!  Leave a comment below on who YOUR dream photographer would be if you could do it all over again, and a winner will be picked at random and announced on Friday.  Thanks Jose!  [if you just can't wait, the book is available on Amazon for purchase]

[images by Jose Villa]

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DIY birdseed packets

Ellie over at Mint has been doing some fun DIY projects for her upcoming wedding…these birdseed packets are so easy and adorable!

[image from Mint]

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