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Springtime Wedding in Brooklyn

Spring might be a good nine months away, but the second I locked eyes with this Brooklyn Botanic Garden wedding I’ve been hoping and praying it’d show up a wee bit sooner. With trees in all their fully bloomed splendor, there’s never been a more perfect setting to swap vows, and Rebecca Yale documented the day in gorgeous fashion. Have a peek right here!

From Rebecca Yale… Kelsey and Noah’s Spring wedding in the Brooklyn Botanical gardens was a true celebration of Spring and love! After a terrible winter in New York City we felt Spring would never come, but on the day of Kelsey and Noah’s wedding the skies cleared, the sun shined on the newly blossomed cherry blossoms and we were given a perfect Spring day. Kelsey and Noah were married under the shade of a beautiful tree in a meadow in the gardens and then celebrated with their friends and family in the Palm House at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The afternoon felt like a joyous garden party and they let the beauty of the gardens and the flowers take center stage, picking up the light pink of the cherry blossoms throughout the day in the details from the bride’s shoes to the groom’s tie.

Light poured in from the glass roof of the palm house giving the laser cut place cards and menus a beautiful dimensionality as it created shadows on the white table cloths. The guests were serenaded by a 3-piece band with oldies, each song hand chosen by Kelsey. Perfectly fitting the garden party motif, the bride and groom gave cans of seeds as a thank you to their guests before making a grand exit through a cascade of yellow and pink rose petals to a vintage yellow taxi.

It was so wonderful to capture genuine moments of love and joy between Kelsey and Noah. I knew they would be so much fun to photograph when we first met and she told me- “We both love the color green, spicy food, and, of course, each other.” Kelsey even had inscribed in Noah’s ring “I love you most” one of my favorite details of the day!

Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Floral Design: Seaport Flowers | Wedding Dress: Stephanie Allin | Invitations: Paper Source | Ceremony Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Reception Venue: Palm House | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Charles Sally Charles | Makeup Artist: Anni Bruno NYC Faces | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Photography - Assistance: Orange Blossom Photography | Second Shooter: Emilia Jane | Wedding Veil: Stephanie Allin

Badgley Mischka, Indochino Custom Apparel and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Emilia Jane Photography and Rebecca Yale Portraits are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Classic Vineyard Wedding with a Pop of Color

Loads of color isn’t for everyone but a little pop of hue is a universal language in the color department. It takes this classic white wedding and infuses it with a pretty citrus punch of blooms by Daisy Rose Flowers and images of the day that have solidified our love affair with Em The Gem. Have a look here for more including polka dot dresses and a wedding gown that dreams are made of.

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From The Bride…Brian and I both knew we wanted to get married in the San Francisco Bay Area, and after looking in the city and wine country, we knew that Viansa was the place. The setting there was just gorgeous and the staff, especially our coordinator Cortney, took care of everything perfectly. Brian grew up in Sonoma, so it meant a lot to us to have our wedding in his hometown, close to his family. Our ceremony was outside in the courtyard, and then we moved up to the terrace for cocktail hour, and finished with dinner and dancing in the tent. We loved bringing the bright colors of orange and yellow into our flowers, table settings, and other touches to add some whimsy to the wedding. We also added some personal touches to the ceremony, with our custom vows and a special yoga blessing at the end. We went with mini cupcakes and ice cream cones for dessert vs a traditional wedding cake, and my mom added a family recipe of lemon cookies to top it off.

Photography: Em The Gem | Floral Design: Daisy Rose Flowers | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Ceremony Venue: Viansa | Reception Venue: Viansa | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Sage Catering | Hair: Lisa Weaver | Grooms Attire: Banana Republic | Ceremony Music: Wine Country Entertainment | Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic | Makeup: Joey Cheung - J Beautique

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Picture Perfect Tips for the Newly Engaged Bride with Invisalign®

Newly engaged? Get ready to show your pearly whites, my dears, because a bride will have over 300 photos taken in the time from “I will” to “I do!” So naturally, you’ll need to look your best. We’ve teamed up with Invisalign® and TV lifestyle expert, Justine Santaniello  — who’s tying the knot in November — to share some picture perfect pointers for you and your honey!

SMP: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received before your big day?

Justine: The best piece of advice I have received is to go with your gut and be as decisive as possible. As a bride you have a lot of decisions to make and for me in particular choosing a venue that’s a blank space makes for even more decisions. You have to trust yourself, you know what you like, you know what your aesthetic is, go with it! Consult your fiancée of course, maybe your mother or a bridesmaid but ultimately its up to you. The more decisive you are the easier things will be and you will notice everything gets done a lot faster when you aren’t wasting time going back and forth.

SMP: What is the look you’re going for on your big day?

Justine: The look I want to achieve for myself is very similar to the overall look I want for our wedding. Classic and romantic with a twist of modern. My dress is unlike any other wedding gown I have seen before, very detailed, fitted, textured, and a little sexy. I’m looking to have long flowy, loose curls with a natural yet dramatic look for with my makeup. Overall I want to feel confident and comfortable!

SMP: How did your experience with Invisalign help get you ready for your big day?

Justine: One of the most important things I could tell other brides is to take steps now to make sure you look and feel your best for your wedding day! For me, I wanted to start a skincare routine to get that glowing complexion, I wanted to look fit so I started a light workout routine and I wanted to have the perfect smile so I started Invisalign treatment! And now, my smile is one hundred times better than I even imagined it could be. Since I’ve been in treatment with my Manhattan-based orthodontist, Dr. Gail Schupak my teeth are perfectly straight and that space I have had forever – is gone! The process has helped me take my overall oral care more seriously. I now look at it as any other beauty routine!

SMP: What is the top tip that your bride friends have given you before you walk down the aisle?

Justine: I’m so lucky to have friends that have recently been married or are engaged as well, so they are my go-to’s for all questions and concerns. The piece of advice that sticks out the most is to really take in the moment while you walk down the aisle and to walk slowly! Make sure to memorize his face looking at you as much as possible, hold on tight to whoever is walking with you, and take in the fact that everyone in that room is there for you and to celebrate you!

There you have it, some amazing tips from a fabulous bride-to-be! Ready to get started with your Invisalign treatment? For more information, head over here. Smile big, my dears! xo

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How to Discover Your Wedding Style

Hi bridal beauties, it’s Angela with Saffron Avenue here to bring you some tips on how to narrow down your wedding style. As you know there’s a wealth of inspiration at your fingertips these days – from blogs to magazines, and of course Pinterest. Being a new bride bombarded with inspiration can be a bit overwhelming, so I’m sharing how I was able to edit down, filter through the pretty and fall in love with my wedding style.

WRITE IT OUT First things first – write down a list of words that describe your style and who you are as couple. Think beyond just the wedding, think about how you dress, how you decorate, where you shop, and how others would describe you. Are you traditional, modern, boho, vintage, rustic, funky, adventurous, southern, etc? Not only that, but think about what makes you unique as a couple, like your engagement, hobbies, pets, etc., anything that play a part in your wedding design.

PICK A PALETTE | Now think of a few colors that you are drawn to and palettes that might represent some of the adjectives or words listed above. To help search for color combinations I recommend looking at Design Seeds, Creature Comforts and even through abstract art like Kristy Gammill. Anything that may help you narrow down your selection or give you palette ideas.

When choosing your palette make sure to keep it around 5-6 colors and around 2-3 focal colors. Introducing too many colors may cause confusion and inconsistency throughout. That doesn’t mean you can do various shades though, we all love ombre. Just make sure to pick colors that make sense and can be incorporated throughout the wedding.

PIN YOUR FAVES | There’s endless amounts of ideas and inspiration on Pinterest so I would actually recommend creating more than one Pinterest board. This will not only help you but will also benefit your wedding vendors. First, create a ‘Wedding Style’ board. This can include your color palettes, wedding style, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, fashion, jewelry, etc. This board is one to show your vendors so they can get a clear idea of what style you are going for, typically by just scrolling through they should get a sense of your style and palette. 

Next, create a “Wedding Ideas” board. Since a lot of ideas found on Pinterest may not blend with your style or colors, it’s smart to separate it into a different board. For example, let’s say you are having a rustic outdoor wedding but you found a photo in a ballroom with an escort card that you loved. It could be confusing if you put it under your wedding style board since it clearly isn’t that rustic style, but it if’s in your Wedding Idea board you can pin it and put the description as to why you liked it.

BUILD A BOARD | If you are anything like me, you’ll want an inspiration board. I do this all the time for my branding clients and did it for my own wedding to share with my vendors and my wedding party. I took my color palette and my wedding style photos and popped them into a inspiration board. If you are wondering how to do this you can use the “Build a Board” here on Style Me Pretty, or if you are familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator you can create your own board too.

CREATE A BINDER | Once you narrow down your palette and style you can start pulling together an inspiration binder. I love having something I can carry around and share. So feel free to pick up some fabrics, paint chips, ribbons, and card stock that can be added to your binder as additional pieces to show or give to your planner, florist, invite designer, etc. With that you can start tearing pages from wedding magazines for more inspiration and even sketch out your ideas. Not only will this help the design process but it will also be a keepsake for years to come!

I hope all of these tips help you narrow down your wedding style and give you a great place to start with the design process. Make sure to have fun with it too!

Photography: Stephanie Neprud | Styling: Saffron Avenue

Angela

Contributing Editor, Blogger Bride