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Black, White and Gold New Year’s Eve Wedding in Philadelphia – Khaki and Chris

April 18, 2014 | sarah
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You might be a bit surprised to see a New Year’s Eve wedding in April but since many of you are likely planning for a wedding that is months away (maybe even a cozy winter celebration?), I thought this would be perfect inspiration! Khaki and Chris celebrated their new beginnings with an all out party in elegant black, white and gold. With chevron striped table runners, tinsel and balloons, and the bride in not one, but TWO gorgeous BHLDN dresses, this wedding is full of sparkle! Thanks to Asya Photography, who photographed the day with glamour and style.

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Couple: Khaki and Chris

The Wedding: 12.31.13 – Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia, PA

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Goals: I feel lucky enough to work for such an amazing brand as BHLDN because it taught me that your wedding day should really be reflective of you and your fiancé and that it is a day you can make your own to celebrate and cherish forever. I always dreamed of getting married on New Year’s Eve… a winter wedding on a night fit for celebration. I knew the colors would always be black and white with pops of gold and silver, perfectly festive for the holiday… A bit of preppy and chic with a mix of stripes and chevrons, vintage ribbons I’ve found along my travels, and playful tinsel straws and party horns. We loved planning our big day and all the details. We had the best wedding planner, Sara from Confetti and Companyto pull it all together too! We chose Old City as our venue spot because Chris really loves the historical part of the city. We wanted an older, charming church with an intimate feel and decided on Old Saint Joe’s on Willings Alley. Our reception was at the Hotel Monaco, which was a great compromise for us. A modern, boutique hotel (for me) in the heart of Old City right next to the Liberty Bell (for him). Wedding bells and liberty bells exactly! We wanted to have fun surprises for our guests: a balloon drop at midnight as well as a room setup next to the reception that had a photo booth with a balloon backdrop and wedding Mad-Libs, our version of a guest book, which was one of the funniest and best parts of our wedding.

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Look: Both of my dresses came from BHLDN. I chose my silk Delphine Manivet halter gown at my home office surrounded by some of my closest work friends and my Dad and two sisters. I loved how the skirt was full, but not princessy and the definition at the waist.. not to mention the bow at the nape of my neck. It was very me. I loved it from the first time I saw it, but when I put it on, I knew it was the one. My second dress was also from BHLDN by Rachel Gilbert and I loved the embellished bodice for New Year’s. There was so much sparkle! The chiffon skirt was so much fun to dance in. The bridesmaid dresses came from BHLDN and were long, black tulle strapless dresses with a sweet grosgrain tie at the waist. The groomsmen and groom were outfitted by Saget’s Tuxedos in Drexel Hill. Chris had two jackets for the occasion and we both changed before cocktail hour! I gifted him vintage gilt golden retriever cufflinks to wear since our puppy was at home on our big day! I also had custom Something Bleu shoes that had removable bows to accent my dress and pops of sparkle! 

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Moments: From the groom - Waiting for my bride for an hour at the church while she was sewn into her gown. I couldn’t keep it together saying the vows and she helped me through it.

From the bride - Being surrounded by all my bridesmaids and family getting ready and reading through a letter from Chris before the events started at the hotel. The support and love I felt for us that day will always remain with me. Chris and I were planning on a first look to keep our emotions in check before the walk down the aisle. The dress zipper issue made this a bit problematic but seeing each other as I walked down the aisle was a feeling of happiness and excitement that neither of us will ever forget. And the balloon drop at midnight, surrounded by all of our friends and family, was one of the best moments of the day.

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Advice: From the groom - Take a deep breath and enjoy the planning. Learn how to best communicate.

From the bride - Make sure your big day reflects you and your fiance! From the venue, attire, music, and the all the little details. Don’t get lost in the expectations of a traditional wedding. Things will happen the big day, remain flexible! Or hire Sara and she will make everything perfect.

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

black, white, gold and silver New Year's Eve wedding, photos by Asya Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Asya Photography
Ceremony Venue: Old Saint Joseph’s Church, Old City Philadelphia
Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco
Event Planner: Confetti and Company
Officiant: Father Jerry McAndrews, Old Saint Joseph’s Church
Invitation Designer: Tootsie & Marie Creative Design Studio
Catering: Hotel Monaco
Florist: Petals Lane
Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Bridal Accessories: Shoes – Custom by Something Bleu, Bracelets by Ben Amun, Custom Veil, Hairclip, & Earrings by Paris by Debra Moreland, Robe by Plum Pretty Sugar
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: BHLDN, Robe by Plum Pretty Sugar, Earrings by Ben Amun
Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: Saget’s Tuxedos, Vintage Gilt Golden Retriever Cufflinks
Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: Saget’s Tuxedos
Makeup Artist: Aleksandra Ambrozy
Hair Stylist: Jackie from Aleksandra Ambrozy
Videographer/Film Maker: Squareware Studios See their video here!
DJ: White Label
Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
Favors: Candy Bar with cookies and macarons by Belle Bakery, Philadelphia, PA
Rentals: Linens rented through Petals Lane, La Tavola Linen
Rings: Mervis Diamonds
Balloon Drop & Balloon Background for Photobooth: Magnifique Decor
Photobooth: Party Cam

Thank you Khaki and Chris for sharing your glamorous New Year’s Eve wedding with us!

Junebug’s Most Popular Pins of the Week on Pinterest!

April 17, 2014 | christine

I can’t help but fall in love with each and every one of these inspiring images from Heather Elizabeth PhotographyDana Goodson PhotographyChris + Lynn Photographers and Whitebox Photo! Loved by pinners everywhere, here are our most popular pins of the week on Pinterest!

glamourous vintage plum Inspiration photo shoot from Heather Elizabeth Photography | via junebugweddings.com

Bold and sexy, what’s not to love about this bridal look? Gorgeous bridal accessories from Haute Bride and styling by Polished Event Design and Coordination. Photo by Heather Elizabeth Photography.

 

elegant winter wedding in Florida with photos by Dana Goodson Photography | via junebugweddings.com

Jordann and Adam’s elegant winter wedding had so many lovely details, but the bride’s “something blue” was my absolute favorite – blue velvet pumps! Photos by Dana Goodson Photography.

 

destination wedding in Cabo with photos by Chris + Lynn Photographers | via junebugweddings.com

With the expansive backdrop of the Pacific Ocean for inspiration, Elena Damy created this phenomenal floral design for Lana and Roger’s destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Photos by Chris + Lynn Photographers.

 

Last week we shared a few ideas for mini sparkling wine  bottle wedding favors. Glitter and champagne, what more could you possibly need?

 

North Carolina wedding at The Carolina Yacht Club, photo by Whitebox Photo | via junebugweddings.com

I just love this shot for the southern bride and groom! See more playful wedding details from Maggie and Mackey’s navy and blush wedding at the The Carolina Yacht Club. Photo by Whitebox Photo.

 

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Dreamy Floral Crown Bridal Style with Photos from Taylor Lord Photography

April 16, 2014 | christine
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Soft, feminine and completely dreamy, bride Stephanie’s bridal style exudes a loveliness beyond words. Shades of pink and creamy white provide the perfect palette for a spring wedding – and the floral crown and bouquet by Deitra Butler of Lush Couture Floral tie everything together flawlessly. Get ready to swoon over these exquisite photos from Taylor Lord Photography!

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Couple: Stephanie and Ajay

The Wedding: 6.29.2013 – Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Vision: I always wanted an intimate garden wedding, but when I fell in love with my Indian husband, I quickly learned a wedding that small would never be an option! I had to find a balance between my west coast earthy/hippie desires and his extravagant culture and love of glamour. I took inspiration from the Crillon Ball in Paris, Jane Austen stories, Grace Kelly, and a little mix between Kate Middleton and Kate Moss’s weddings. I wanted a lovely, peaceful, romantic atmosphere.

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Style: I have never seen another flower crown paired with an updo, and I think that is what makes it an interesting take on the trend. I took inspiration from Kate Moss’s wedding flowers, Lana Del Rey, and of course Pinterest. I put my trust in my florist that she would make something magical, dreamy and light that could also go along with the glamorous aspects of the wedding.

The most important aspects of my bridal style were fit, comfort, and timeless grace. I didn’t want a look that would overwhelm me, or draw attention from my natural bridal beauty. I chose a natural waistline to enhance my hourglass figure and the full skirt for ease of movement… and who doesn’t love a floaty fabric that blows in the breeze? My mother and I are tall women, so since she wore ballet shoes on her wedding day, I wore my own version – sheer Zara ballet flats that had subtle sparkle and make me think of glass slippers.

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Dress: Before shopping I did lots of research to narrow down the look I wanted. When the time came to find a dress, I flew home to Portland for Christmas and used that opportunity to shop with my mother and sisters. We went to a lovely boutique called Charlotte’s Weddings & More and found the dress quite quickly. I knew I loved a Reem Acra dress from several seasons ago, but couldn’t find anything like it, so I found a similar gown by Justin Alexander and had a tailor add silk chiffon sleeves.

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Accessories: I found my wedding jewelry in a Bloomingdale’s in Los Angeles with one of my bridesmaids, I didn’t want the jewelry to stand out, only to add a bit of polish. The earrings were lightweight and flattering with an updo, the tiny bracelet was true to my personal style of dainty jewelry. I bought them quite quickly and easily with the advice of my trusted friend! On the wedding day, for my “something old” and “something borrowed” my sister Kaitlynn offered me a little silver ring of hers, and my “something blue” was a handkerchief of my mother’s, tucked into my bouquet.

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Advice: Be brave enough to stay true to yourself, choose a cut and fabric that flatters your figure, and feel free to adjust your dress if you can’t swing a designer gown!

floral crown bridal style with photos from Taylor Lord Photography | via junebugweddings.com

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Taylor Lord Photography
Event Planner: Meredith Commender – Significant Events of Texas
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Park Cities Baptist Church
Florist: Deitra Butler of Lush Couture Floral
Catering: Mumtaz Indian Restaurant
Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander via Charlotte’s Weddings & More
Bridal Accessories: Bloomingdale’s
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Jenny Yoo, Rent The Runway, ASOS, Weddington Way, David’s Bridal
Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: Calvin Klein (suit), H&M (bow tie), Aldo (shoes)
Hair Stylist: Micaela Soto Makeup & Hair
Videographer/Film-Maker: Mantle Films
Live Music: David Brymer, Emily Otteson
Rentals: GBS Linens, Significant Events of Texas
Rings: Blue Nile
Lighting: Beyond

Thank you Stephanie for sharing your gorgeous bridal style with us – you looked gorgeous!

Are you in love with floral crowns? Check out this incredible Pacific Northwest inspired floral crown shoot from McKenzie Powell Floral and Event Design and Ryan Flynn Photography.