Anne + Cedric | Monique Lhuillier Real Wedding From Caroline Yoon Photography

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This beautiful Napa wedding is just brimming with elegant style.  Every detail is so utterly in keeping with the wedding’s ethereal and romantic aesthetic that you can’t help but be inspired.  The bride’s Chantilly lace embroidered Monique Lhuillier Candice was so beyond perfect for the affair that it’s no wonder that when she first spotted it, she knew instantly it would be her gown.

Anne + Cedric | February 2, 2016 | Napa California

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The Ceremony
We got married on the Lommel Lawn at Calistoga Ranch. The lawn overlooks their beautiful lake and it is nestled between lush rolling hills. The backdrop couldn’t have been any more stunning. We got married in February so we were worried about rain but we really lucked out. The clouds were moody grey and puffy so it was great for the photos. As we were saying our vows the clouds broke and rays of light shone down on us. It was such a transcendental moment. 

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The Reception
The reception took place in Calistoga Ranch’s wine cave. I wanted our reception to feel intimate and romantic with tons of candles. The cave was perfect-it was glowing. We had two long kings’ tables with candles and perfectly overgrown flowers lining the tables. We had vines cascading from the large iron chandeliers and olive sprigs at each setting. I wanted to make it feel as if you were in the South of France having a lovely dinner party. 

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Anne’s Wedding Dress Search
I probably tried on about 30-45 dresses.  I was very specific about what I wanted. It needed to be timeless, romantic, and look as beautiful in person as it did in photos. When I saw my dress for the first time I saw it online and I said “that’s my dress!” I knew it from the instant I saw it. Once I tried it on it was more than what I had imagined. My dress has 4 layers which gives it such incredible depth. There are hand sewn pearls and sequins that give it the drama and romanticism that I wanted. It was the dress of my dreams. 

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How She Felt In Her Monique Lhuillier Candice
Classic, romantic and joyful

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Dress
It would make me sad to keep such a beautiful dress tucked away in my closet. I would love to give another bride the opportunity to wear this dress and make her feel as special as I did on my day. This dress was so special to me and I hope it finds a wonderful bride! 

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Credits

Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier Candice | Photography: Caroline Yoon  | Venue: Calistoga Ranch  | Event Planning: Aliya Piotrokowski through Calistoga Ranch  | Floral Design: Kelly Lenard  | Cake: Kara’s Cupcakes Napa 

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Adorable Ways to Include Your Pup at Your Wedding

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There’s a reason dogs are called man’s best friend.  Loyal, loving, fun, it’s natural to want our faithful companions to be a part of something as special as our wedding. If you’re considering including your pooch in your big day, here are some big, small and super adorable ways to do it.

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Save the Date
Personalize your save the date or wedding announcement  by having your canine pal carry a sign with the good news. Photo + Sign: The Ritzy Rose

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Invitations
Or work your furry friend into the wedding invitations or RSVP card like this couple did with their French bulldog. Photo + Design: And Here We Are

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Getting ready photos
As you are dressing, be sure to have your puppy pop in for a photo opp! (Or maybe even a first look?) Photo: Katie Shuler

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Dressed to the nines
Outfit your dog in the perfect wedding day look which may include a tuxedo, a top hat or tutu. But if you’re having a destination wedding, why not a Hawaiian shirt or a tiny Elvis jumpsuit, like this Chinese crested wore for his humans’ wedding in Las Vegas? Photos: Meg Ruth

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Aisle escort
Have a bridal party member — ring bearers, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls are all great choices — escort your puppy down the aisle. Decked out in a festive floral collar or leash, they’re sure to look the part. Top photo: KT Merry; Bottom Photos: Diana M Lott

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Ring bearer
Put your fuzzy friend to work by carrying the wedding rings on pillow strapped to Fido’s back or tied to the collar or a special sign, as above. Totally adorable. Photo: Carmen Santorelli

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Sign bearer
Signal to the the guests it’s time to get ready by sending a note via a very special messenger. Photo: Leila Brewster

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Grooms gift
Incorporate your loved one by gifting a custom pair of cufflinks to your groom. Boxer cufflinks: Braybrook

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Bridal escort
Instead of having a family member escort you down the aisle, have your dog accompany you. Photo: David Newkirk

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Stand guard during vows
Even if your little pooch couldn’t handle walking the aisle, you can always make sure they attend the wedding and keep careful watch over the vows. Photo: Kelsey Combe

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Bridal portraits
If you do include your dog, be sure to have them pose for a few post-ceremony bridal photos. They are sure to become a cherished memory. Top photo: KT Merry; Bottom photos: Jose Villa

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Wedding favors
Whether you go with dog-themed people treats or treats for guests with dogs at home, favors are a wonderful place to get whimsical and include your dog. Left photo: Taylor Lord; Right photo: Amalie Orrange

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Cake topper
Customize your cake topper to include your best friend and you have an instant keepsake. Photo: Joyelle West, Cake topper: Concarta Studio

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Table seating chart
Chalkboard seating chart or traditional escort cards, both of these examples incorporate names of dogs instead of wedding table numbers. Photo: Love Me Sailor; Bottom: Caroline Tran

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Cocktail Napkins
Cute, fun and totally customized. Just how wedding cocktail napkins should be. Photo: Cassidy Carson

 

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Senani + Nathan | Lazaro Real Wedding From Eva Sica

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We love this delightful destination wedding.  At a rustic Mexican villa with 50 of their closest family and friends, Senani and Nathan became husband and wife. We love their radiant smiles at the oceanside vows.  And how the family style reception tables kept the night warm and intimate.  The bride’s magical Lazaro gown is amazing and was the perfect gown for this pretty event.  And now it’s waiting for another bride to love it again.

Senani + Nathan | June 25, 2016 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 

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Senani’s Wedding Dress Search
As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one! I didn’t want white. I was looking for champagne and found this dress which was such a gorgeous color against my skin tone., I also wanted it to look different and unique, with  a bit of sparkle but not too much, sweetheart strapless neck and trumpet style not mermaid with a full bottom skirt.

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How She Felt In Her Lazaro Wedding Dress
Beautiful, Sexy Princess

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Why She’s Selling Her Wedding Gown
I want another bride to feel the same way as I did! The color is so unique and it’s beautiful, elegant and a little sexy all at the same time. I received so many compliments not just from the guests at my wedding but from others that were there on the beach as well as other customers that were at the alterations place. 

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Credits
Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Photography: Eva Sica  | Reception Venue – Villa Celeste in Concha Chinas | Event Planning:  Eva and Michael  | Cake:  Pie In the Sky | Rentals: Puerto Vallarta Wed | Catering: Chef Sandoval

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Gorgeous Wedding Greenery

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How green does your wedding grow? Lush foliage is a hot wedding look these days, for many great reasons. Not only is it fresh and natural, it  can be budget-friendly. It also helps meld indoor and outdoor venues, seamlessly creating gorgeous hybrid wedding settings.

Look to plants such as ferns, palms, succulents and even fragrant herbs to fill in the foliage. Topiaries, living walls, terrariums, hanging elements and centerpieces are perfect places for vibrant greenery to step in as your wedding decor. We suspect this post will have you green with envy.

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The foliage for this wedding makes it appear like the ceremony and reception are taking place in a secret garden slowly taking over the event. Tendrils work their way up poles, pews and hang from the ceiling. Photography: O’Malleys Photographers, Floral Design: FloraNova

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Living walls and box planters of ferns? We’re sold on this verdant, garden-rustic wedding decor. Photo: Emily Christine Photography

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Take a garden reception to the next level with lush archs of ivy or shrubbery. Photo by Elizabeth Messina, Consulting: Mindy Weiss

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Height from bells of Ireland, lush leaves and dripping succulents are incredible reception additions. Photos: Michèle M Waite, Floral Design: FloraNova

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Not every venue will be blessed with an incredibly verdant living wall like L.A.’s SmogShoppe but the inspiration here is incredible. Photo: Rad and In Love

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An extra long garland of trailing greens dotted with a few peonies may be just what your long-table reception calls for.Photo: The Dejaureguis, Floral Design: Vail Vintage Magnolia

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Ferns and white blooms fill the chuppah and reception space for this garden goes glam wedding. Photo: Laurie Bailey, Floral Design: Mark’s Garden via Inside Weddings

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Bring the outdoors in with tall topiaries and mobile hedges for a stately, masculine look. Photo via Interior Foliage Design Inc.

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Fresh, modern foliage. The chic elegance of bright green against an all-white background is a beautiful combination. Photos via: food&desire

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A lush runner of greenery that trails to the ground is a luxurious touch. Photo: Clayton Austin, Floral Design: Without Wax Katy

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Green grass, oversized palm leaves and even tropical plant inspired decor turn jungle into elegance Photos: Samuel Lippke Studios, Floral Design: Mark’s Garden, Design: International Event Company

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From the  moss-covered flowergirl baskets and tent dripped with ivy, to the enormous trees trucked into a cathedral it seems no detail is left untouched by green at this foliage-covered wedding. Photos: Shaun Menary, Floral: GRO designs

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The simplicity of a tropical palm frond wedding altar arch cannot be ignored. Photo: Rad and In Love

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Greenery as the primary part of a bouquet may be unexpected, but it creates a lush, freeform statement. And the eucalyptus is certainly a fragrant addition. Photo: Two Foxes, Floral: Ash and Oak

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Eucalyptus, ferns and other foliage form another perfect arch. Photo: Raspberry Robot, Floral: Cecilia Fox

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Vibrant foliage against copper decor elements is a modern spin on greenery. How gorgeous and effortless is the floating foliage chandelier? Photographer: Sarah Street, Event Design: Luxe + Luna Couture Events, Floral Design: Taffy Floral

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