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Dinner Party on the Beach

It’s not often I get to share a party that I was not only lucky enough to style, but also lucky enough to attend! So naturally, I’m especially excited to share today’s dinner party on the beach. The celebration? My lovely friend Jenna of That Wife‘s 30th birthday! The setting? One of the most picturesque places in the Bay Area, the Carmel City Beach. We set out to create a celebration with florals that complemented the natural seaside landscape, a healthy dose of metallics, and a bit of a Middle Eastern flair. We had such fun choosing flowers from the wholesale market and arranging them in a mismatched vessels that we collected from Home Goods and local thrift stores. Gorgeous pale green and copper chargers, rose gold flatware, and Moscow mule mugs set the table, which was completed with wooden bench seating, all from Classic Party Rentals. Sand-colored linens and a patterned runner from Napa Valley Linens echoed the beach setting. Pretty pops of Jenna’s favorite color, kelly green, were peppered throughout, including on the gorgeous calligraphy place cards from JM Paper & Ink and serving trays from Anthropologie. We all had the best time getting glammed up by Dolce Vita Beauty and putting on our pretty frocks for a fabulous party, which concluded with blankets and a bonfire on the beach. It’s so wonderful to relive these wonderful memories in the beautiful images from Majesta Patterson!

Bay Area Beach Wedding Ideas

Eclectic Beach Wedding IdeasBohemian Party Guest

Escort Cards on TrayHot Pink Green and Sand Table

Bohemian Beach Wedding Ideas

Dinner Party on Beach Majesta PattersonCopper Mint and Hot Pink Wedding Ideas

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Beach Wedding Decor

DIY Garden Rose CenterpieceGold Greece Style Headband

Lantern Beach Wedding DecorMiddle Eastern Candies

Green and Gold Wedding Place Setting

Green and Pink Beach Wedding IdeasBeach Birthday Party in Carmel

Long Gowns for Beach PartyDog in Bow Tie

Party Dresses in Shades of Pink

Lounge Seating on the BeachAir Plants and Moscow Mule Mugs

Birthday Party on Beach

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Beach Party Campfire

Photography – Majesta Patterson | Event Design – Elizabeth Anne Designs | Coordination – Hey Wedding Lady | Linens – Napa Valley Linens | Rentals – Classic Party Rentals | Cake Stand and Trays – Anthropologie | Hair and Makeup – Dolce Vita Beauty | Calligraphy – JM Paper & Ink | Dresses – Mango Begonia MaxiModcloth, H&M, and Vintage | Headpiece – Winston & Main | Location – Carmel City Beach

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Colorful + Whimsical Garden Wedding

We couldn’t think of a more lovely way to start the week than with a Taylor and Hagan’s fairytale wedding at Nestldown, a fairytale location set in the Santa Cruz mountains among the redwoods. The couple worked with Gavita Flora to create a setting bursting with color and whimsy, and befitting the location in its full bloom. Long farmhouse tables from Classic Party Rentals were set with crisp white china and a mixture of soft greenery, fresh fruit, and vibrant full blooms. Set against all of the colorful florals, the maids’ J.Crew gowns in the palest of ivory were angelic, but of course nothing could upstage Taylor in her stunning Hayley Paige gown from Haute Bride. This wedding has our whole heart. We are completely smitten by each gorgeous image from Anna Marks Photography!

NestldownHayley Paige Ballgown

Ivory Bridesmaids Dresses

Wedding Welcome SignBridesmaids in White

Wedding Ceremony Under Redwood Trees

Nestldown Wedding Anna MarksWedding Arbor with Lavender

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Nestldown Wedding Anna MarksEscort Cards in Tray

Lavender Centerpiece and Groom Place CardEucalyptus Leaf and Flower Garland

Laser Cut Table NumbersColorful Wedding Flowers

Long Tables for Outdoor WeddingPink Flower Chair Decor

Purple and Pink Wedding FlowersWedding Cake with Pink Flowers

Photography – Anna Marks Photography | Venue – Nestldown | Floral – Gavita Flora | Stationery – Parris Chic Boutique | Calligraphy – Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Catering – Toast Catering | Bakery – Icing on the Cake | Rentals and Linens – Classic Party Rentals | DJ – Los Gatos DJ Company | Transportation – Corinthian Parking | Hair and Makeup – Moni Sebestian | Bridesmaids Dresses – J.Crew | Gown – Hayley Paige from Haute Bride | Bride’s Shoes – Valentino | Suits – Custom | Groomsmen Ties – J.Crew | Wood Signage – Meghann Miniello

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Welcome To The Weekend

Hello friends! We are so excited to end the week with the announcement of two new EAD vendor guide members! San Francisco-based photographer, Whittaker Portraits wants your photographs to be heirlooms forever and we could not be more in love with the heartwarming images that fill her portfolio! Floral, design and styling and full service event implementation are the foundation of Chicago-based Vision of Elegance’s service offerings and when the fabulous team is designing your dream event, it is guaranteed to be a complete fairytale! Have a beautiful weekend ahead and enjoy our favorite finds from the week.

Elegant Wedding Inspiration In An Olive GroveLady Evelyn Gown

{Images by Kerry Bartlett via 100 Layer Cake}

A few of our favorites from the week:

Looking for more inspiration? You can find us sharing wedding prettiness on our Instagram and Pinterest pages. xo!

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Vision of Elegance Events and Whittaker Portraits are members of the EAD Vendor Guide. To find vendors in your area, click here, or to apply to become a member, click here.
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    10 Favorite New Orleans Weddings

    New Orleans WeddingsAugust 29th marks the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina passing through New Orleans. Though this devastating storm left much destruction in its wake, it couldn’t dim the spirits of this majestic city, one of the most charming, vibrant, and resilient cities in our country. We’re paying tribute to the Big Easy today with 10 of our favorite New Orleans weddings. Sit back, grab a Sazerac, and enjoy.

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    Kim Starr Wise Floral Events, Matoli Keely Photography, and Greer Gattuso are members of the EAD Vendor Guide. To find vendors in your area, click here, or to apply to become a member, click here.
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    Destination Wedding In Tuscany

    Be still our hearts. Every single moment of Emily and Marcus’ Tuscany wedding is utterly awe-inspiring. The couple, together for five years, is from Norway, but chose to marry in Italy after Emily fell in love the with the country during her travels and her three-year medical study in Padova. Over 100 guests traveled to Monteriggioni, a charming small walled town counting just 9000 people near Siena, to celebrate. Their wedding planner, Francesca of SposiamoVi, introduced them to the stunning Borgo Stomennano and it was love at first sight.Their wedding weekend started off with an Italian-style pizza night by the swimming pool, following by a Saturday wedding, and concluding with a relaxing farewell brunch on Sunday. The intimate Santa Cristina church in Monteriggioni held the ceremony, officiated by Marcus’ uncle. The guests were then driven to Borgo Stomennano where they were treated to a romantic Italian garden reception with wrought iron chairs, beautiful florals by La Rosa Canina, and a canopy of lights above. Prepare to transport yourself to Italy via the gorgeous images from Lelia Scarfiotti!

    Tuscany Wedding Lelia ScarfiottiWhite Peony Bouquet

    Tuscany Wedding Lelia Scarfiotti

    Elegant Cap Wedding VeilBride in Italy

    Bridesmaids in Blush and Gold

    Italy BrideBridesmaids in Chapel

    Santa Cristina Monteriggioni

    Monteriggioni Church Wedding

    Wedding Getaway CarBridesmaids in Rose and Gold

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    Tuscany Wedding Lelia ScarfiottiBride with Cap Veil

    Centerpiece for Garden Wedding

    Tuscany Wedding at VillaGarden Wedding Centerpiece

    Tuscany Wedding

    Photography – Lelia Scarfiotti | Ceremony Venue – Santa Cristina | Reception Venue – Borgo Stomennano | Wedding Planning and Design – SposiamoVi | Floral – La Rosa Canina | Catering – Galateo Ricevimenti | Lighting – JDEvents | Makeup – Lara Navarrini | Music – Ariel Jazz | Brides Shoes – Jimmy Choo

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