Annie + Nick Chalk Hill Wine Country Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

When Nick and Annie first contacted Ashley, they gave her the criteria of good food, winery venue in Napa with a unique twist, and a laid back, whimsical, yet refined style. Annie and Nick currently reside in New York City, so being this would be a destination wedding for their guests it was important to them that the experience felt like they were on amazing wine country weekend vacation. Keeping with the wild, organic desire for the design, the ceremony arbor and aisle treatments were whimsical and natural to compliment the surrounding nature. A beautiful bounty of cheese and charcuterie awaited their guests for cocktail hour paired with the delicious Russian River valley wines that Chalk Hill offers. Moving to the dinner reception, the guests were seated amongst wooden dining cabanas with sprawling colorful floral and candles. The velvet textures of linen, wood dining tables, and vintage glassware kept the design eclectic and fun. The energy from the band, a fun Donut dessert display, and a beautiful Napa Valley summer night, surely did not disappoint. More of this gorgeous wedding can also be found on Style Me Pretty.

Venue & Catering: Chalk Hill Estate Planning & Design: Ashley Brand of LVL Weddings & Events Photography: Carlie Stasky Florist: Natasha Kolenko Rentals: Encore Events Rentals,  Found Rentals, Frances Lane Lighting: #twilightdesign Linens: La Tavola Linen Bar: Best Beverage Catering Band: Hip Service Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation Invitations: Citrus Press Co Beauty: Raina Makeup Doughnuts: Johnny Doughnuts Bridal Gown: Sarah Seven Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

Lauren + Matthew Oahu Destination Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

Aloha from Hawaii!! This gorgeous ocean inspired wedding was full of beautiful details from custom died napkins to a tropical slushi cocktail cart. Our favorite wow factor was the custom build 20ft greenery chandelier that really brought this whole vision to life. Lauren and Matt’s love for Hawaii was reflected in their wedding weekend and their guest had the most amazing time celebrating their love for one another on Oahu’s Turtle Bay Resort. This Oahu destination wedding was one for the books and to top it all off this wedding was also featured in Style Me Pretty.

Venue Turtle Bay Resort Planning & Design Lindsay Longacre LVL Weddings & Events Photography Brandon Kidd  Videography Makai Creative Floral Design Passion Roots  Beauty Whikd Weddings  Bridal Fashion Warren Barron Bridal  DJ DJ Troy Michael  Cocktail Music Musician O’Sullivan Rentals Island Rentals  Lounge Decor Roam Rentals Hawaii Reception Chairs Pacific Party Rentals Ceremony Stage Accel Rentals Slush Cart Wicked hi Slush Ceremony Music #oahustrings Day of Signage Kate Paulso Invitations Curatorial

Michelle + Brian: Ritz Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara Destination Wedding featured on Style Me Pretty

Michelle and Brian hosted a fresh coastal fete in Santa Barbara to celebrate their love for one another. Their destination wedding was filled with personal touches and colorful blooms that paired perfectly with the The Ritz Carlton Bacara backdrop. This beautiful weddings was also featured on Style Me Pretty.

Venue: Ritz Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara  Planner: Lindsay Longacre, LVL Weddings & Events Cinematography: Hoo Films Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography Florist: Inviting Occasion Linens:La Tavola Fine Linen DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions Hair and Make Up: Design Visage

Eric + Palmer’s Pelican Hill Al Fresco Wedding

 

This outdoor al fresco reception dinner made for a beautiful, unique wedding day at The Resort at Pelican Hill for Eric and Palmer. These two have such a deep friendship and it shows. The family and friends enjoyed the beauty around Newport Beach and danced the night away.

Venue: The Resort at Pelican Hill  Planner: Heather Hoesch of LVL Weddings & Events Cinematographer: Hoo Films Photographer: Jessica Claire Photography Ceremony Music: Kevin Miso Rentals: Signature Party Rentals, Found Rentals Florals: Art with Nature DJ: Jason Jass

A Guest Post from our Friends at Zola!

You’re engaged; congratulations! Once the initial shock has worn off, it’s time to get serious about wedding planning. There are so many things to consider – the venue, how many guests, the dress, the list goes on and on! Before you get too overwhelmed, my best piece of advice would be to hire a wedding planner.According to a survey conducted by online registry Zola, approximately 20% of couples regretted not hiring a wedding plannerEven though hiring a planner is an additional cost, it ends up saving you time and money in the long run! Something that happens all the time is that the couple is so excited that they start the process without really thinking through their budget and find themselves overspending on different aspects.

Now, how do you go about hiring a wedding planner? First, do your homework. Research prospective planners’ websites for photos of past work they’ve done and create a list from there. I’d recommend having an idea of what you’d like your wedding to look like. Are you going for simple, rustic, or full-on glam? Compare your taste with the work of the planner and you’ll find your match.

After you’ve narrowed down your list to about four planners, call each one to discuss what services they offer, their availability, and the estimate costs. If these match what you’re looking for then proceed with making appointments. Before heading out to your meetings, there are a number of questions you should prepare. Make sure your vision is being heard and feel free to take the extra step and contact their references before committing.

One of the most important aspects of wedding planning is choosing the venue. This is something couples typically overspend on if they go in without a planner. Before you even start looking at venues, have a budget set in place as wedding costs do add up. Some venues are full-service while others you’ll need to bring in your own vendors and decor. Does a venue have in-house catering? Ask if there’s a food and beverage minimum and be sure to include tax and gratuity. Talk with your planner and the venue to decide what services are included and what the price breakdown would be. If the extra expenses end up exceeding your budget, you may have to scale back on design or look for a more affordable space.

You should also discuss your budget when meeting with your planner before checking out different venues. They will be more familiar with the space, layouts, and the time you’ll need to bring your vision to life. Knowing how many guests you’re expecting to invite will also help before looking at venues. This way you can avoid the common mistake of choosing a venue too small, and having more guests RSVP than you were anticipating.

Most importantly, stay true to yourself and your vision. Just because you may have to scale back on some additional costs, it does not mean you should compromise quality.