Real Wedding at the Grand Island Mansion- Sera + Jacob

Posted by on October 14, 2013 · 3 Comments 

This modern and elegant wedding, photographed by Carmen Salazar, proves that exceptional photography can tell the sweetest stories.

It’s nearly impossible not to smile, gush, sigh and even laugh while viewing these images.

The wedding took place at the breathtaking Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove, CA

{Big thanks to the talented event coordinator of this wedding, Fearon May, for the submission}


Meet Sera and Jacob, the stunning bride and groom with undeniable chemistry.  Their wedding took place at the breathtaking Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove, CA.


Sera looked radiant, wearing a custom bridal gown made just for her by Miosa Couture.



Wedding planner, Fearon May, recalled,  “One of my favorite moments of the day was when they did their first look. This couple had been dating for 9 years before getting married. They were high school sweethearts and when they saw each other for the first time they made out like school kids…I have done a lot of weddings but I have never seen a couple so in love and affectionate with one another.”





The wedding party looked polished wearing purple hues to match the general purple color scheme.  The bridesmaids carried bouquets of lilac roses and orchids with handles that were adorned with rhinestones.  The groomsmen accessorized their grey suits with purple ties and socks.





There were lots of thoughtful details and personal touches that made this a stand out wedding, including;

  • a hand rolled cigar bar
  • elegant fabric draped walls and ceilings
  • large chandeliers and hanging crystal garland
  • centerpieces of grand white tree branches scattered with orchids and modern, pungent purple and white  floral arrangements of different heights
  • luxurious linens and beautiful designer chair covers (I’m obsessed with those chairs)
  • table edges adorned with thick crystal banding
  • a designer head table
  • light up lounge furniture
  • A dessert bar full of cupcakes and cake pops (in leu of the traditional wedding cake) surrounded by endless crystal strands
  • The couples favorite food truck, Krush Burger, serving up delicious burgers and fries
  • Guests that tore things up on the dance floor, including one awesome grandmother (pictured below)












Finally, an image that sums up Sera and Jacob’s wedding…


To see more of this memorable wedding, check out Sera And Jacob’s Wedding Video from Phillip Alan Films.

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Aisle style: ceremony decor for every type of bride

Posted by on September 23, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

What’s your aisle style? Get inspired by some of my latest favorites for every type of bride.


A modern picturesque wedding ceremony aisle by Karen Tran, photographed by J Stemmer Photography

An irresistably chic, modern wedding ceremony inspired by Coco Chanel.  Styled by Rachel A. Clingen for WedLuxe Magazine


Outdoor, modern wedding ceremony from Elizabeth Messina Photography featured on Style Me Pretty

A fun, modern yellow and white wedding aisle seen on One Wed

Beautiful, modern wedding ceremony aisle from Bella NaijaKaren Tran flowers and photography by the Youngrens


Beautiful, modern white flower and tree aisle at the Liberty Grand (Toronto), designed by Rachel A. Clingen & featured in WedLuxe Magazine



A gold, candlelight vintage ceremony aisle at the Breakers Hotel photographed by Andrew Duany

Feathers and vintage chandeliers ceremony decor from Green Wedding Shoes

A vintage inspired wedding aisle decorated by Karen Tran, featured on Pink Dahlia Vintage blog




Classic, elegant candlelight wedding ceremony from High Society Event Planning

Beautiful baby’s breath and crystal infused ceremony aisle from Say I do


A lavish unforgettable wedding ceremony from My Beloveds On Tumblr


Luxurious wedding aisle by Preston Bailey, seen in Hello Magazine


Glamorous cherry blossom tree wedding ceremony by Preston Bailey, seen on Jennifer Bergman Weddings


Culturally infused, glam ceremony decor. More incredible eye candy from Rachel A. Clingen featured in WedLuxe Magazine


A creative crepe paper flower wedding aisle seen on One Wed

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Handwritten vows aisle & backdrop by Once Upon A Time Events from Weddings Illustrated


An art deco (Gatsy inspired) wedding ceremony at Cicada Restaurant from Amber Events, Natalie Moser Photography


A creative chalkboard backdrop ceremony photographed by Elizabeth Jayne


A creative and unique wedding ceremony photographed by Susan Bordelon, featured in Wedding Style Magazine


A rustic barnyard ceremony featured on Brides Magazine

A Bohemian indoor wedding ceremony from Enchanted Florist (TN), photographed by Brooke Kelly


A dreamy boho wedding ceremony seen on Green Wedding Shoes from Three Nails Photography

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A rustic (and crafty) outdoor wedding ceremony on Green Wedding Shoes from Taylor Lord Photography




A chic Parisian wedding ceremony in France by Wedding Privé, photographed by Skiss Agency Photographers


A fairy tale, romantic outdoor wedding ceremony featured on the Bridal Detective


Sweet elements of lace, pearls and white doves ceremony photographed by Julie Irene


A feminine pink, rose filled ceremony aisle from Jevel Wedding Planning


Stunning San Diego destination wedding photographed by Bobbi and Mike.  Planned by Alison Howard Events and flowers by Karen Tran



Beautiful Beach Destination Wedding Ceremony found on Weddings Romantique


A unique, destination outdoor wedding ceremony on top of water from Mazel Moments

Inspiring rainy wedding photos

Posted by on August 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

While attending one of my best friend’s weddings at the Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, New York, I kept my fingers crossed that the sun would be shining for her. Unfortunately, the ceremony was moved indoors but, to tell you the truth, I couldn’t imagine it being any more special.

The couple’s wedding photographer, Vanessa Joy, uploaded all of their photos for guests to view at the end of the night. Talk about a quick turnaround, right?

There were so many ooohs and aaahs being heard. However, when the photos of the bride and groom outside in the rain popped up on the screen, jaws were literally dropping.  These beautiful images could not have been captured without the rain…a blessing in disguise.
This post is dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Spiegelman (pictured below)…

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In case you are worried about your wedding weather forecast, here are 12 rainy wedding photos that might help you see the bright (or NOT bright) side

1. Photo by Leigh Taylor Photography

Beautiful rainy wedding photo- by Leigh Taylor Photography

2.  Riviera Maya destination wedding by Del Sol Photography

Rainy Destination Wedding

3. Lovely bride in the rain found on Mustard Seed Gardens

Beautiful bride in the rain

4. Rainy Boston wedding photo by Tammy Swales

Rainy Boston wedding- photography by Tammy-Swales

5. Bride in rain boots photo taken from Peony Events Co

Bride in rain boots

6. Singapore rainy wedding by photographers Dave and Charlotte

Cute rainy wedding photo taken by Dave and Charlotte

7. Photo found on Lauren Chitwood Events blog

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8. Wedding rain photo at night from United with Love

Rainy wedding photos-United With Love

9. Photo from Sweet Pea Wedding Studio

Bride and groom in the rain photo

10. San Diego rainy wedding photo from Chrisman Studios

San Diego wedding in the rain photo by Chrisman Studios

11. Romantic rainy wedding night photo by Chelsea Nicole

Rainy wedding kiss photo by Chelsea Nicole

12. Intimate rainy wedding day photo by Anne Edgar Photography

Intimate rainy wedding photo by Anne Edgar photography


Free WedPics App

Posted by on July 22, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

The free wedpics app is an interactive photo sharing platform that lets brides experience their weddings through the eyes of their guests.

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Any bride will tell you how fast your wedding will fly by. After the big celebration is over, you are likely to obsess over trying to relive all the beautiful memories of your wedding.  Didn’t you see all the flashes coming from the phones and digicams belonging to your guests?

Don’t drive yourself insane waiting for the professional photographs. Instead of stalking multiple facebook profiles to pool together the magic that your family and friends captured, the WedPics App can do the pooling and digging for you.

But that’s not all…WedPics offers fabulous additional features :

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Check out this short video clip about the Wedpics app and learn more.


Creative Winter Wedding Shoot

Posted by on January 18, 2012 · 8 Comments 

Another Holiday season has come and gone and brides are now prepping for a 2012 Winter Wedding.
Brides often have trouble avoiding decorations that give their space more of a Christmas Party feel.

This LOVELY, creative winter wedding shoot is a shining example of how to have a Holiday celebration without the reds and greens.
Every last detail was thoughtfully planned by a team of super-talented vendors that have mastered the art of wedding design.











This styled scene could not be any sweeter!  Hope it inspires all you Holiday season brides.

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Country, vintage style wedding shoot (reddux)

Posted by on January 9, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Everyday, I fall head over heals in love with a new wedding photographer.

Married couples: take cue from this gorgeous husband and wife, Kellie and Chris Walters.
Five years ago, when they first said “I do,” a dreamy photo shoot could not be worked into their budget.
However, after seeing the phenomenal work of Anna Cunningham of Sweet Hope Photography, they decided to revisit their special day and have no regrets.

Their vintage style wedding shoot (reddux) looked like an absolute blast and could not have turned out more lovely!  It is full of country charm too.

It included horses, dogs, hydrangeas, lace, vintage cameras, butterflies, lamps, a tractor and more…

No captions necessary- SWOON AWAY!
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Real Wedding in Tulare, CA-Jillian+Timothy

Posted by on November 15, 2011 · 1 Comment 

This one of a kind wedding, photographed by the great Rochelle Mort, is full of delightful details that are sure to make your jaw drop.

As you can see, Jillian and Timothy (aka. Boomer) are a beautiful couple!
After glancing through their photos, you know that they enjoyed every second of their special day.  I also loved every moment of viewing this magical wedding.

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I want to start by showcasing the incredible fashion!  The bride looked timeless in a Marisa gown with a sweetheart neckline and floral sash.
To incorporate some sass, Jillian wore a pair of mustard colored peep toe pumps with shimmering gray fabric flowers.  SO SWEET!

In their stylish statement necklaces, dresses from Lula Kate, gray satin heels, etc,  Jillian’s bridesmaids looked ultra chic.  You can tell that they were excited to be part of occasion (and who wouldn’t be when you can look that fabulous?).

I am convinced there was a celebrity stylist on board putting all of these darling and cohesive ensembles together.
I also wonder if these precious kids have agents yet…they are ridiculously cute!

When it came to selecting the perfect location, the couple searched up and down the state of California, but ultimately there was no place like home.
They agreed that having the wedding at the bride’s family estate and farm in Tulare would make the occasion even more special.

“I love the fact that every time I go home I will remember one of the most special days of my life,” said Jillian.


I am certain that their 300 wedding guests gushed about the spectacular venue. What a dreamy looking cocktail hour?

The incredibly unique and personalized touches that were part of this occasion blew me away.

Some of my favorites include; the “Boomerang” and “Jillybean” signature cocktails; a hanging display of various men’s ties used as seating cards, a sweet table that had personalized doughnuts and other treats, a late night “Taco Riendo” stand, and an incredible floating picture wall along the back of the head table featuring vintage family photographs in black and white.


According to Jillian, “Having grown up on a dairy farm, I knew from the beginning that I wanted my wedding to have a rustic feel.  It was also important to me to keep the elegance factor incorporated as much as possible.”

“I kept telling my mom that I wanted a barn meets chandelier style,” she added. 
Mission Accomplished!

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Jillian knew she was in great hands with the help of her mother, who she admires for always getting things done.
“From sewing the table runners to collecting mix-matched silverware through ebay auctions, she did it all.” she said.


The bride also credited her trusty wedding coordinator, Tanya Fulghum of Soiree Event Designs & Couture Floral for helping to execute the wedding of her dreams.
From the get go, Tanya understood her style and put Jillian at ease throughout the whole planning process.


The reception was not only stunning, it was an absolute blast!

It was extremely important to Jillian that they selected an AMAZING band to keep guests on the dance floor.  The James Gang of West Coast Music did just that.

“I have to say that in all my years of shooting weddings I have never seen guests having so much fun,” said photographer Rochelle Mort.

“Besides walking down the aisle to my future husband, the most memorable part of the day was coming into the reception tent after being announced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Murray,” said Jillian.

“It was amazing to look around and see the faces of so many people who have been a part of our lives in different ways, all in one place, and for one reason: to celebrate with us! I felt excited, loved, happy, and most of all, blessed.”

To see this magical wedding in motion, check out Jillian and Boomer’s wedding video recap from Curtis Nemetz Productions.

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Fall 2012 Bridal Fashion Runway Favorites

Posted by on November 6, 2011 · Leave a Comment 

Last month, we were treated to new, brilliant bridal eye candy at the Fall 2012 bridal fashion shows in New York City.
My wrap-up post is ALWAYS one of the toughest entries to write. It is so hard to narrow down the options knowing that I am leaving out some extraordinary gowns.
I must also make sure to include a fair spread so my readers are not just seeing the work of one or two designers.

Since Wed Savvy celebrates bridal diversity, here are some top picks for (almost) every style bride:


Lela Rose, Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier


Anne Bowen, Vera Wang and Claire Pettibone


Romona Keveza, Rivini and Vera Wang


Anne Bowen, Jenny Packham and Claire Pettibone


Ines DiSanto, Romona Keveza and Pnina Tornai


Reem Acra, Ines DiSanto and Romona Keveza


Monique Lhuillier, Talia dress by Elizabeth Fillmore and Watters


Alfred Angelo, Rivini and Amsale


Monique Lhuillier, Romona Keveza and Christos


Vera Wang, Angel Sanchez and Monique Lhuillier

All images courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings and Brides Magazine

Chicago event recap: Lucky and Dior Beauty Bash

Posted by on October 24, 2011 · Leave a Comment 

While having your makeup professionally done is a treat, learning how to master your own polished look is so much sweeter.
Before the Royal Wedding, Princess Kate Middleton received makeup lessons so she could apply her own makeup on the epic day without the hands of a pro.


Thanks to Lucky Magazine and Dior Beauty, ten stylish women gathered at Bloomingdales in downtown Chicago for a private event where they learned how to create their own flawless faces.

Dior’s incredible skin care solutions and outstanding new color palettes did absolute wonders for the attendees.  Sadly, the yellow department store lighting does not do the pictures justice…

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I highly recommend that all you brides (and everyone else) visit the Dior Counter to discover their amazing beauty products.

Flowers by Dilly Lily and Delicious Cupcakes from Sprinkles courtesy of Lucky Magazine

Fun, flowerless wedding shoot in Rancho Sante Fe

Posted by on October 20, 2011 · 5 Comments 

This lovely flowerless wedding photo shoot is proof that a wedding without flowers is not without character…


These adorable photos are the result of a crafty collaboration between some of California’s finest wedding vendors.

The colors are vibrant, the setting is breathtaking and the details are abundant!


I’m smitten over the abundance of eye catching splashes of hot hues, whimsical decorations and geometric patterns.


Notice how many creative elements that unconventionally mimic the floral form including; the brooch bouquet by Fantasy Floral, the 3D frosted flowers on the Sweet and Saucy cake and the silk rose tablecloth and chair backs from Wildflower Linens.  SWEET!

With Becca Rillo behind the lens, every detail pops revealing the multiple textures and depths in every scene.

There’s a fantastic blend of dramatic and whimsical image styles in the set.


Clearly, this flowerless wedding has no shortage of FUN which is key to making your celebration memorable :)

Big thanks to Sophia at Les Belles Affaires for submitting this photo shoot.

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