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Romantic Spring Wedding at Historic Hotel

I dare you to find a wedding more timelessly elegant than this Maryland “I do.” Set at the historic Antrim 1844, it’s got charm like you wouldn’t believe in a sea of neutral shades, and the gallery from the fabulous Kirsta A. Jones? It’s guaranteed to make your Monday soooo much sweeter.


From The Bride & Groom…We did our best to make sure all the details of our wedding reflected us as a couple as well as our family history.

It was important for us to find a venue that could host all of our wedding activities since it was the first time our families would be meeting. Our friends and families rented out the adorable houses and stayed on property the entire weekend. We held our rehearsal dinner at the Smokehouse Restaurant Friday night then hosted a Welcome Party for out of town guests after the dinner. It was so special to us to have everyone all together in such an intimate setting.

The dessert table was one of my favorite parts of the wedding! It was a way for us to incorporate several different heritages. Steve’s mom and god mother made all the Greek pastries and Amy’s mom made the mini pecan pies (in honor of her southern roots). Steve’s Aunt, who was born and raised on Smith Island, made the Smith Island cakes (chocolate, coconut and pineapple).

Smith Island is a small island (current population= 364 people) at at the southern-most part of the Eastern Shore and is only accessible by Ferry. Steve always loved going to his Aunt & Uncle’s for any party because they’d always have a Smith Island cake (at least one). The cakes are very laborious. Each layer is baked individually and stacked one on-top of another to create 7 layers stuck together with deliciously rich icing. 7 layers is the “official” sign that it was made on Smith Island….it’s recent popularity has spurred many to bake 8-10 layers but the pros learned over the years that anything over 7 tends to topple over.

Our save the dates, invitations, menu cards, etc had the same design on each of them. Steve incorporated that design and customized the corn hole set for the wedding. The lawn games (Jenga and Ladder Golf) as well as the wedding sign came from Sean Pumphrey.

Photography: Kirsta A. Jones | Flowers: Violet's Florist | Wedding Gown: Tara Keely | Wedding Cake: Gateau Monique | Invitations: Anne Marie Gaines | Rings: Zachary's Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Jessica Tiddes | DJ: AJ Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Antrim 1844 | Lawn Games (Jenga & Ladder Golf): Play With Wood | Wedding Signs: Play With Wood

Amsale, Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Occasions are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. JLM Couture, Inc and Krista A. Jones Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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DIY Wooden Pallet Backdrop + WIUP

We made it to the end of the week lovelies, so we decided to leave you with some DIY design inspiration from our friends at Your Cloud Parade. Who would have thought wood pallets could look this cute?  There’s even more inspiration in the gallery thanks to Mark Brooke Photographers, and don’t miss the how-to plus this week’s lucky winners waiting down below!

Wedding Dress: Katie Jean | Flowers : Art With Nature | Green Necklace : A Quiet Curiosity | Hair Accessory : Vanilla Hue | Online Wedding Marketplace : Your Cloud Parade | Photography : Mark Brooke Photographers | Photography : Mathieu Photo

Wood pallets
Painter’s tape
Bright colored paint
A few paint brushes
Wood screws
Plumbers plastic hanger strap


step-1 Lay pallets down to start mapping out design. Take painters tape and tape out desired design. We choose to to stick with geometric patters since the tope is easier to maneuver.

step-2 Use different color paints to make design pop. Let dry for 2+ hours.

step-3 Move pallets separately to location of wedding or shoot then stack them. Once they are stacked use plumbers plastic hanger straps to connect all the palettes safely. Make sure that palettes are secure once on display.

Dream destination wedding from Escapes.CA
Doie Lounge Robe
Plum Pretty Sugar Robe

This week’s DISCOUNTS…
Vino Backyard Designs
Diamond Mansion

For our California brides… Discounts from Paperwhites Photography.

For our Mid Atlantic brides… Discounts from Femina Photo + Design and Uber.

For our Midwest brides… Discounts from Bliss Weddings & Events.


BIG Congrats to Vanessa Selman who won a $350 gift certificate and Maddie Dickinson and Melinda Steiner, winners of $100 gift certificate towards wedding stationery or day-of accessories from Minted!

Eclectic Urban Wedding at the Brooklyn Winery

Brooklyn Winery seems like a dream wedding location; a little pocket of easy elegance in the middle of a bustling city. And for a Bride and Groom that wanted a wedding centered around relaxed fun – boom. I think this wedding is just what the doctor ordered. The team behind this day is to thank; talents like Denise Fasanello FlowersExquisite Affair Productions and Betsi Ewing Photography. Take a peek at all of their handiwork right here.


From The Bride…We met at a dive bar in NYC. Stephen was with some friends, and Genevieve was with a friend sitting at the end of the bar. Stephen, who was originally standing, eventually sat down and started inching his way over as seats opened up. Genevieve had definitely noticed him but was trying very hard to ignore him. When Genevieve’s friend (a guy friend from college she ran into, used to date one of her friends) went to the bathroom, Stephen swooned in. Guy friend ended up saying goodbye, leaving us alone, Stephen’s friends also left…the rest is history!

Our wedding theme was relaxed and fun. Once we decided on a the location, the ideas and pieces came together slowly as went through the motions…I did not have a defined idea of how it should all finally look, but I did not feel the need to stick to tradition.

My friend did my invitations, we had loads of fun finding the right look and feel. I loved our entire wedding  and having all our friends and family in the same space was amazing. The dress was one thing I spent more money on…could not find anything I liked at all so I had to up my budget. We did save a lot of money on the invitations, my friend did a nice discount.

Herbs, garden roses and others were in my wedding bouquet, I really wanted a natural romantic feel to them. I love peonies but they weren’t too in season and sometimes don’t hold up well.

The only thing I would have done differently is maybe eaten more cake, it was soo good! Chocolate on chocolate!!

My only advice is to have fun! And don’t sweat the small stuff!

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Floral Design: Denise Fasanello Flowers | Wedding Dress: Ramona Keveza (Kleinfelds) | Invitations: Lauren Cartagena | Make Up: Laramie Makeup - Laramie Glen | Hair: StylesONB – Sally Monterosa | DJ: DJ Small Change – James Dier | Coordination: Exquisite Affair Productions (EAP) – Christine Viola | Getting Ready: Wythe Hotel | Hair Piece : Hushed Commotion | Honeymoon: Italy (Florence, Capri, Ravello) | Save The Dates, Thank You Cards And Place Cards: Wedding Paper Divas | Seating Chart: Type And Love Paperie – Laurie Corea | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Winery

Brooklyn Winery and BETSI EWING STUDIO are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Classic Indoor Wedding with a Dash of Glam

I truly believe a sure fire way to a glamorous color palette is to stick to a tried and true black and white combo. It works each and every time. And added to that classic black and white stripe action is a dash of gold and florals by Linda Carson in the loveliest shades of pink. All together, it makes for one gorgeous affair shot by Katie Shuler Photography with a film by 618 Studios. See it all right here.


From The Bride…I was going for soft, classy elegance. The black and white table runners and gold antique accents were Gatsby inspired. Black tie attire and my dramatic gown set the mood for the candlelit dance party later in the evening! Formal but fun!

The color palette was Gold, Black & Cream, Blush, different tones of pale pinks with a touch of mint green. The look was Romantic Classic, with tons of candle lighting.

The bride’s bouquet was pale pink peonies. The wedding party and reception area had 6 different shades and tones of pale pinks, caramel, blush, traditional and garden style roses, white with black center anemones, with a touch of dusty miller and succulents. Each guest table was unique by design, from vintage elements, to crystal bud vases, and random beautiful gold mercury glass votive candles.

A few extra touches were added to the reception area: an elegant seating area, a large antique buffet adorned the cupcakes with beautiful lamps flanking the buffet and a unique seating chart, handwritten on a large gold framed mirror with an antique chandelier leaning on the table.

Photography: Katie Shuler Photography | Videography: 618 Studios | Floral Design: Linda Carson | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cupcakes: Sweet Arlene's | Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom Bridal | DJ: Bruce Barrios | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Assistant Photography: Wade Carr | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang | Hair : Piper White | Makeup: Vanessa Perez De Mejia | Wedding Venue: Westlake Village Inn