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Real Honeymoon: Kirsten and Kyle

Posted by Jeffra on May 27, 2015




“Kyle and I chose to go to the Amalfi Coast, as it incorporated everything we wanted in a honeymoon: breathtaking scenery, a mix of sun and adventure, great wine and most importantly amazing food! We love to travel and really wanted to go someone we’ve never been before. The Amalfi Coast fit the bill perfectly!”






“We split our time on the Amalfi Coast between Positano and the Island of Capri. Both locations were absolutely beautiful but also very different. Our hotel in Positano, Le Sirenuse, had one of the best views from our balcony I’ve ever seen and the hotel itself was simply stunning.”




“The food in Italy is unlike anything else. Coming from an Italian family, I grew up with classic Italian dishes, but nothing beats the fresh mediterranean flavors and local seafood off the Amalfi Coast.”




“Kyle and I love to explore, so we definitely kept busy on our honeymoon from a tour of Pompeii to Limoncello tastings. Hands-down our favorite adventure was the private Gozzo boat we chartered for the day around the Island of Capri. We got relax, swim in the crystal blue waters, check out the famous Blue Grotto and just soak in the day.”






Advice for Newlyweds Planning Their Honeymoon:
“Although I love to plan trips, we decided to get help from a local Italian agency specializing in customized trips to Italy. Not only did they take care of all our transportation and arrangements, but because they were based in Italy they knew exactly how to make our honeymoon idyllic. It was the best decision we ever made, because we truly got to relax and didn’t have to worry about a thing.”


Real Honeymoon: Catherine and Joey

Posted by Jeffra on May 25, 2015

“We went to Greece! After touring Athens for a day, we headed to Mykonos. We explored the island (and experienced the notorious wind) for three days before heading to our final destination, Santorini. We stayed in Fira for five days and explored the entire island, from Oia to the light house at the opposite tip.”



“In Athens we stayed at The Athens Gate Hotel for just a night, it has a roof bar that overlooks the Acropolis which was pretty awesome. In Mykonos we stayed at The Deluxe Mykonian Ambassador Hotel which overlooks the water, has a beautiful pool, and was located in the perfect part of the island to see as much as possible and be close to town. In Santorini we rented a private villa at the Celestia Grand Villas which had an amazing view overlooking the caldera.”



“What isn’t to love about tzatziki and feta with every meal? The food everywhere in Greece was incredibly fresh, lots of vegetables and seafood, surprisingly good Italian food like pizza and fresh handmade pasta. Of course the traditional Greek specialities were amazing too – spanakopita and the gyros. Oh the gyros. You can’t go wrong.”


“My favorites adventures in each of the places we visited were:
Athens – Souvlaki Alley. Its kind of the dueling cheesesteak restaurants in Philly, but with Souvlaki restaurants on a busy street with outdoor seating in the middle of Athens.
Mykonos – Little Venice. It’s perfect for watching the sunset and seeing the famous windmills of the island, has tons of the traditional white buildings and churches with blue roofs and tons of good restaurants.
Santorini – Everything. Hiking up the mountain to see the ruins of Ancient Thira, wine flights at Santo Wines overlooking the caldera, laying on the black sand of Kamari Beach, Lucky’s Souvlakis in the heart of town…”


Advice for future newlyweds planning their honeymoon:
“Stay as long as possible. Beware if you are prone to get seasick on the ferry between islands… If you are going to Santorini, hike along the coast from Fira to Oia – it’s breathtaking. And definitely get an ATV to get around and explore during the day! Some of the most fun we had was getting lost on the ATV and enjoying whatever beach or town where we ended up.”


SHOP IT! Jewelry, Shoes, and Accessories for Brides

Posted by Sarah Z. on Feb 17, 2015


Photo credits (clockwise): Nancy Aidee Photography // Natalie Franke Photography // Delbar Morradi // courtesy Jen Rios Designs 

You did it! You’ve found your wedding dress. Now for the fun stuff: accessories! From glitzy heels to classic cover-ups, we’ve rounded up beautiful (and affordable!) extras for classic brides, modern brides, rustic brides, and glam brides. If you need help nabbing the perfect earring or sourcing a lace clutch, consider these slideshows an invaluable resource.

What the Heck Do You Wear to an Engagement Shoot?

Posted by Sarah Z. on Feb 10, 2015

what to wear to an engagement shoot

Photo by Enmuse Photography

Engagement photos are one of the best new wedding traditions out there today. Not only do they give you a chance to capture that just-betrothed glow, they also provide images for save-the-dates and wedding websites. Most importantly, they’re the perfect trial run with your wedding photography before the big day! So what the heck do you wear when it’s time for the engagement shoot? Head to our handy What to Wear to an Engagement Shoot article for tips, tricks, and general guidelines that will help out any couple.


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Chelsea and Joey were married at The Grace Maralyn Estate and Gardens in Atascadero, Calif. on July 26. “The Grace Maralyn was the perfect venue for us because it felt like we were having the wedding in our own backyard, but the amenities and the details made it a much better version,” Joey said. The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, jeweled headpiece, floor-length veil, and a pair of t-strap peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a dark gray tweet vest and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short mint dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, scabiosa pods, and seeded eucalyptus wrapped in ribbons. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Find a seat, not a side. Today, we’re family!” and encouraged them to grab a paper cone filled with lavender for the toss. “The moment we first saw each other while Chelsea was walking down the aisle,” he said. “The anticipation of the entire day and everything leading up to that, seeing her in her dress, looking as beautiful as ever, and having Florence and The Machine playing in the background, it felt like a scene from a movie. We both lost it a little bit.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit.  Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Cocktail hour began with signature Mr. and Mrs. cocktails — my dear watson and the howdy stella. The reception took place shortly thereafter in the lawn. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, gold vase centerpieces, wooden numbers, picture frames, votive candles, and homemade jars of jelly, which served double-duty as favors, at each place setting, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “We loved having everything happen at one location,” Joey said. “The ceremony and the reception flowed together seamlessly because we didn’t have to worry about moving 100+ people to another location. It definitely kept the party going.” Dinner included a greek salad, Santa Maria tri-tip steak and chicken breast with salsa and roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, and garlic bread. Dancing took place in the barn. A three-tiered fondant cake was cut and served for dessert in addition to caramel apples and fruit tarts. “It might sound silly, but having a photo booth was a really fun extra,” he said. “We were able to look at all the photos afterwards and see our family and friends having a great time througout the night. It was nice to know how much people were enjoying themselves.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Give yourself plenty of time to plan things out and be as thorough as possible, but be okay with the outcome regardless,” Joey said.

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Photography: Ballad’s Photography | Videography: Randy Price | Venue: The Grace Maralyn Estate & Gardens | Dress Designer: Lucy Acosta Designs | Shoes: San Marina | Jewelry: Bo and Luca | Hair Stylist: Jamie Feliz and Tanja Gawera | Makeup Artist: Pantea Mohammedi | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: ASOS and Topman | Officiant: Chuck Buller | Invitations: Chelsea Rotella | Floral Designer: April Flowers | Caterer: Splash Cafe Gourmet Catering | Cake: Renee Alcorn | DJ: Kevin Alexander of AMS Entertainment | Favors: Kristi Pearce 

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