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by Audrey
08.01.16

Enchanting Sea Oasis Bridal Inspiration - Rachel Haylie Photography - smitten-mag.com_0531

This enchanting inspiration takes place on a hidden beach on the Oregon coast.  The light and airy film images, thoughtful styling, and pale neutral hues are perfect for a dreamy summer wedding.  The illusion back of the dress is sexy and romantic.  Setting the table on the rocks is the perfect modern picnic elopement, but if you rather have tables of guests, these are gorgeous ideas to bring the salty air tabletop.  A bare wood table is a must with gauzy runner woven among the succulents, driftwood, and occasional seashell.  Complete the look with white flowers and gray green foliage.  Keep it elegant and save the cabana stripes for the honeymoon.

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Photographer: Rachel Haylie Photography | Bridal Salon: Merrime Bride & Soiree | Rentals: For the Love of Pete Event Rental & Floral | Flowers & Decor: Good Seed Floral Design | Cake Baker: Mrs. Sipe's Sweets | Hairstylist: Kendall Peters at River's Edge Day Spa | Makeup Artist: Allie Chino | Invitations & Stationery: Lucky Penny Paperie | Bride’s Dress: Sophia Tolli | Bride’s Jewelry: David Tutera | Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Model: Mallory Stephens

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by Audrey
07.19.16

Mediterranean Garden Wedding Inspiration - Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography - smitten-mag.com_0462

When a Mediterranean garden is at your fingertips, little else is needed to make it super pretty.  Here, the photographer explains her creative process:

We were inspired by the lush flora of the Meditteranean gardens. Soaking in warm light, and overflowing with a plethora of roots and tubers, citrus fruit, viticulture, herbs, and flowers used for perfume extraction.  The color and tonality are emphasized by the hardscape, with patios, courtyards, low walls and overheads. Earth tones are punctuated by bright accent colors like fuchsia, lotus-orange, purple and yellow. The Mediterranean garden can host a most romantic wedding, and serve both as a shooting-session backdrop and an incredible venue. The shoot location, the Parparoussi Estate, which also includes a family-sustained winery, provided the perfect setting. We did not employ any extra decorative pieces, as the urns, terra-cotta pots and stonework pretty much decorated the place. The weathered look was key; a true Mediterranean garden is where you live, not just something you view. It should show some wear.  We imagined this wedding to reflect exactly that: continuance, longevity, energy and emotion. Nothing spells Mediterranean like tile, by mixing tile patterns popular in the Adriatic and the Aegean, they brightened up the tablescape. We set the table with Roman style glassware and tile-inspired stationery, menus, invitations, cake and treats. We incorporated a little delicate embroidery, fresh fruit and a crystal candelabra set on a 1920’s mahogany buffet.  The fauna of the estate did not hesitate to make its way into the session, which created a fairy tale feel complete with peacocks.

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Photographer: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography | Event Planning + Styling: La Fete | Venue: Ktima Parparoussi | Bride’s Dress: Katia Delatolla | Bride’s Shoes: Femme Fanatique | Cake Baker: Sweet Talking | Flowers & Decor: aktypis flowers | Bride’s Jewelry: Prigipo | Hairstylist: Antonis Houmouritis | Makeup Artist: Vasiliki Zorba | Styling: Elisavet Fakou | Model: Katya Tarabanko | Special Thanks: Nick Tsakanika

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by Audrey
06.29.16

Beach Bridal Session Hawaii Wedding - Studio 3511 Photography - smitten-mag.com_0233

Sorry for the brief hiatus, we were vacationing in Hawaii, and it was every bit as breathtaking as these images would imply.  The serene turquoise waters splash against rocks and sands a multitude of hues from talc soft white to rich lava black.  It’s a magical place for a destination wedding with it’s year-round idyllic temps and picturesque backdrops.  Need to get married closer to home?  Completely understandable, but consider a fabulous honeymoon to Hawaii, and bring your dress along for some after wedding bridal portraits.  Doing bridal portraits after the wedding is even more fun, as it’s not as important to keep your dress pristine.  So if a hem should dip in the salt water or snag on the rocks, no problem.  Images like these are way more fun than a preserved gown.

NOTE: unless you already live on the islands, leave your four legged friends at home.  Hawaii has super strict rules and quarantine for our animal friends so they can be sure to keep their beautiful isles rabies free.  But this local pup is adorable in a festive floral collar.

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Photographer: Studio 3511 Photography | Location: Sandy Beach, Oahu, Hawaii | Cake Baker: A Cake Life | Bride’s Dress: Baci | Floral Designer: Designs by Hemmingway | Invitations & Stationery: Emily Rose Ink | Ribbon + Linens: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Bride’s Dress: WYLDR

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Volume 15: the Fresh Issue

  The Fresh Issue is live, and full of bold, beautiful, and fun wedding inspiration, trends, and ideas.  We especially love Carly + Kevin’s real wedding we are sharing with Grey Likes Weddings.  Head on over to their blog to see even more images.  What fresh wedding ideas are you planning? Photographer: Ivory + Bliss

Modern Gray Dress, Stunning Scenery

This fashionable couple opted for portraits at a natural wonder over a wedding reception.  And we think they chose right!  How dreamy/fabulous are these wedding portraits?   Cassandra Farley captured the beautiful landscape and the bride’s stunning ASOS dress. Photographer: Cassandra Farley Photography | Bride’s Dress: ASOS