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WEDDING BLOG

This Spanish Forest Elopement Inspiration Will Light Up Your Life with Its Unique Neon Ceremony Arch

September 22, 2018 | juliette

Picture this: A modern couple tucked away in a treehouse, getting ready for the biggest day of their life, who are then accompanied by a pair of wolves for their intimate forest elopement. Paloma Cruz Eventos and this talented team of vendors made this unique vision come to life, and photographer Pablo Laguia captured it in breathtaking detail. We can hardly get over the cozy moments in the Cabañas en Los Árboles treehouse and the impeccable bridal fashion that included a fringe and lace gown from Immaclé, black tassel earrings, and a feathered crown from Verbena Madrid. But it was the neon arches at their ceremony location that made our jaws drop because they were simultaneously unexpected but felt totally normal. If you’re a non-traditional couple who loves bohemian, earthy, and edgy vibes, we have a feeling this forest elopement inspiration is just what you’ve been waiting for!

The Talented Team:

Photography – Pablo Laguia
Event Planning, Floral Design, Lighting, and Decor – Paloma Cruz Eventos
Venue – Cabañas en Los Árboles
Styling – Ana Gómez
Videography – Older Garcia
Makeup Artist – Ester Carpes
Hair Styling – Sagoa
Wedding Dress – Immaclé
Bridal Accessories – Verbena Madrid
Groom’s Apparel – ASOS
Rentals – Acusticox
Wolves – La Manada de Castro
Models – Ángela and Imanol

 

A big thanks to Paloma Cruz Eventos for sharing this gorgeous forest elopement with Junebug! Planning a forest elopement or wedding of your own? This Oregon forest wedding shoot will inspire you to give your boho style a twist of modern luxury!

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This Elegant Rustic Smoky Hollow Studios Wedding Proves the Beauty is in the Details

September 22, 2018 | juliette

When you’ve got an urban/rustic venue like Smoky Hollow Studios and a draw-dropping, crystal-topped wedding gown, the simplest of details really do go a long way! Brittany and Ben aimed to create a laid-back wedding with a hint of glam style that properly showed off their personalities, and they nailed it. Their urban venue had a distinctly rustic feel and so much character that just adding greenery and ivory florals designed by Romance & Revelry was enough to set the stage for an unforgettable event. Brittany and her girls also created a simple yet beautiful tulle and lace ceremony backdrop that added softness against the brick and metal architecture. All of the details came together beautifully to create a casual feel in a totally elegant way, and Gipe Photography could not have captured it all more perfectly!

The Couple:

Brittany and Ben

The Wedding:

Smoky Hollow Studios, El Segundo, California

I walked into Bridal Elegance Studio and the first thing my stylist asked me was how I felt about sparkle. I immediately replied, “No sparkles.” We turned the corner and I said, “Except that one!” as I saw the gorgeous dress that would eventually become mine. It was so dramatic and unique with a bit of an edge to it while being totally feminine. It was nothing I ever expected to wear, and I absolutely loved it!

Our first look was definitely the most meaningful part of the day because we had time and space to be together before the chaos and connect. At that moment, all the nerves we had were calmed immediately. The second most memorable part of the day was taking a step back from the party to watch the packed dance floor going wild and being so grateful for all of the people who have made us who we are and who have loved us so well.

Smoky Hollow Studios was the only wedding venue for us! It has an urban/rustic feel to it while being incredibly gorgeous and charming. Also, I really wanted to get married in El Segundo because my dad was an El Segundo Police Officer there for 30 years. He passed away two years ago, so having our wedding in El Segundo felt really meaningful.

Because the backdrop of our ceremony was a brick wall, we created a backdrop of lace and tulle to help soften it up. My sister and bridesmaid glued strip after strip of cut up fabric to an 8-foot pole to hang up on an archway at the venue. It was a tedious task but it turned out exactly like we hoped!

Wedding Party Processional – “Perfect” by The Piano Guys
Bride’s Entrance – “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Ingrid Michaelson
Recessional – “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oats

If it’s important to you, do it! If you don’t want to do something, don’t do it! It’s your wedding. Do what you want to do and give yourself permission to push tradition and other peoples’ opinion to the side. This is your day!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Gipe Photography
Event Planning – Canary Events
Venue – Smoky Hollow Studios
Floral Design – Romance & Revelry
Catering – Critic’s Choice Catering
Cake – Torrance Bakery
Videography – Cody Dodge
Stationery – Minted
Makeup Artist – Joanie Lopez
Hair Styling – Kristine Ruiz
Wedding Dress – Bridal Elegance Studio
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s Apparel – Klein Epstein & Parker
Signage – Oakcliff Lettering

 

Our biggest congratulations to Brittany and Ben, and a special thanks to Gipe Photography for sharing this elegant rustic wedding at Smoky Hollow Studios with Junebug! Love these urban wedding vibes? This blogger’s urban chic Millwick wedding is minimalist, lush, and modern — you have to see it!

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Italian Glam Amalfi Coast Wedding at Villa Eva

September 21, 2018 | juliette

Andrea and Jerry’s destination wedding at Villa Eva showcased the very best of the Amalfi Coast and featured a glamorous, modern twist on traditional Italian style. Planning a wedding from another country is no easy feat, but the team at The Amalfi Experience made the experience effortless and pain-free, planning everything from the couple’s intimate ceremony in Duomo di Sant’Andrea to their surprise reception with a view of the iconic Italian coast. Francesco di Bianco infused a classic feel into the floral design with a soft palette of blooms and lots of greenery that also added a fresh burst of organic elegance. The true showstopper of this event was Andrea’s lace Tara Lauren, which she styled with crystal and gold accessories, and a long champagne-colored veil, to create her own version of Old Hollywood glam. We are hopelessly in love with every moment of this Italian wedding and the way Gianni Di Natale captured it all!

The Couple:

Andrea and Jerry

The Wedding:

Duomo di Sant’Andrea and Villa Eva, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy

We made sure our wedding was within our budget but also reflected us as a couple. It could have been easy to listen to what everyone wanted us to do and to get distracted by all the wonderful ideas on Instagram and Pinterest. So, we made sure that every detail was either significant to us as a couple or something that we both genuinely liked. Our goal was to have an intimate wedding with our closest family and friends and to have it feel magical, whimsical, romantic, and fun! We didn’t want our wedding to be too serious.

We planned the entire wedding with The Amalfi Experience overseas. Everything was done through emails and by looking at pictures. (We had never been to the town of Amalfi or Ravello.) So, even though we had been planning the whole day for months, the final product was beyond what we could have dreamed! 

My style inspiration was the Italian culture with traditional Catholic influence. I wanted a unique dress that had an interesting lace pattern, long sleeves, and a deep V-neck. I found Tara Lauren when my best friend was trying on dresses for her wedding day, and I instantly fell in love with her Harlow dress. So, when it was my turn to go dress shopping, I immediately went to Mary Me Bridal to try it on. There was no denying it was the one! I added length to the train of the dress to create a more dramatic effect when I walked down the aisle.

We kept the reception venue a surprise for our guests and seeing the look on their faces once we arrived in Ravello at Villa Eva was one of the most memorable parts of the day. We had The Neapolitan Quintet playing live, cheerful, upbeat music as the guests walked in. Once they walked in they were welcomed by a beautiful view of the Amalfi Coast. It was magical!

I’m a novice at calligraphy, but I decided early on that I wanted to do my own place cards for the dinner table. Everyone ended up keeping their name cards because they knew that I had personally handwritten each and every one of them!

One of the most memorable parts of the wedding was a surprise that we had for the guests. Our wedding planner, Lucy, is also a fantastic jazz singer! So, I asked her if she could please surprise everyone during dinner with a song or two. She sang “At Last” in her own rendition along with the band we hired…the collaboration was perfect! We had people running back from the bathroom when they heard live singing start and everyone was so surprised to see that the voice was coming from our very own wedding planner. It was definitely a highlight of the night.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Gianni Di Natale
Event Planning – The Amalfi Experience
Ceremony Venue – Duomo di Sant’Andrea
Reception Venue – Villa Eva
Floral Design – Francesco di Bianco
Catering and Cake – Villa Maria
Cake Topper – Clayphory
Officiant – Father Don John
DJ – Filippo Di Constanzo and Eddy J Warner
Live Music – The Neapolitan Quintet
Videography and Engagement Shoot Photographer – Danny Acevedo
Stationery – Shutterfly
Makeup Artist – Alessia Sirena
Hair Styling – Piero Mansi
Wedding Dress – Tara Lauren via Mary Me Bridal
Bridal Accessories – Vyn Designs, Sole Society, Indira Boheme
Crystal Crown, Hair Pins, and Lapel Pins – GemsAndBones
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Lulus
Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel – Groom’s Grotto
Photo Booth – Funnyclick
Transportation – Amalfi Coast Private Car
Hotel – Residenza Luce

 

Congratulations to Andrea and Jerry, and a special thanks to Gianni Di Natale for sharing this gorgeous Italian wedding at Villa Eva with Junebug! Want to see more destination wedding magic? This Brazilian couple planned their fashion-forward Italian destination wedding in only four months!

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