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Melissa Schollaert shared these lovely photos of Chaviano Couture’s 2013 collection with us, and they were just too dreamy not to share…

Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert

Flowing tulle, delicate lace, and hand painted organza… the collection perfectly embodies romance and whimsy.

Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert
Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert
Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert
Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert

Don’t you love the barely-there roses on the skirt of this gown? So sweet and unexpected!

Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert
Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an elegant take on kaftan sleeves – such a uniquely chic look!

Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert
Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert


See lots more of Chaviano Couture’s beautiful dresses in the gallery.

Photographer: Melissa Schollaert / Gowns: Chaviano Couture / Floral Design, Stylist: Carlee Sizemore / Model: Kacie Boguski / Hair, Makeup: Medalyn Salon / Accessories: Paloma’s Nest / Custom Dress Fabric: Momental Designs
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There’s something really special about Super 8 films, so it’s easy to understand why a couple might choose a videographer to capture their wedding day in this nostalgic medium. But what about other important moments or events that you might want to keep between family and friends (meaning: without a professional videographer)? With a baby on the way, I imagine having her first birthday on Super 8 – what a wonderful memory that would be! Or what about a honeymoon or birth story or even a family vacation? I love the idea of capturing life in analog, which makes me super excited to introduce the Homemade Films kit from my buddies at A Bryan Photo.

Here are a few of my favorites (they’re all under 4 minutes, so definitely take a sec to check them out):




Aren’t these fun?! The way it works is A Bryan Photo sends you their Homemade Films kit complete with Super 8 camera and film, you use it and send it back them, and then they edit it into a memorable film for you. One couple loves them so much they’ve taken it with them on three different trips!

So what would you want to capture on Super 8? Wouldn’t this be a rad wedding gift for a group of friends to give a couple for their honeymoon?

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Last week’s wedding updo post was a big hit, but we didn’t want to leave those down-do brides hanging! Loose curls, half up, sideswept – here, 60 of our favorite long hairstyles for brides…

Jessica Chastain // Emmy Rossum // Marion Cotillard
Maya Rudolph // Megan Fox // Rachel Weisz

Freida Pinto // romantic half-up hair // Angelina Jolie
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley // Zoe Saldana // Martha Stewart Weddings

Kate Winslet // Gisele Bundchen // Jessica Alba
long wavy hair // Reese Witherspoon // Lily Aldridge

Jenny Packham // Rosie Huntington-Whiteley // Sandra Bullock
Taylor Swift // heavy bangs // Cushnie et Ochs

Brides // The Knot // Brides
Oscar de la Renta // Reese Witherspoon // The Knot

Jessica Chastain // twisted back hair // Lauren Conrad
Lela Rose // Jordana Brewster // Gucci

Gwen Stefani // Oscar de la Renta // twists and curls
Rebecca Minkoff // Alicia Keyes // Badgley Mischka

Blake Lively // Elle Sweden // Dita Von Teese
Dianna Agron // romantic vintage hair // Diane Kruger

mod flip // Fashion Gone Rogue // deep side part
Mollie King // mod-inspired half-up hair // mod curls

Carolina Herrera // Dianna Agron // Claire Danes
Reese Witherspoon // Kate Beckinsale // Brooklyn Decker


Looking for updos? Check out our last round-up, with 60 of our favorite bridal updo hairstyles!

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Sleek or soft, vintage or modern, bohemian or glam – there are endless possibilities for your bridal coif! If you know you want to wear an updo on your wedding day, then hopefully this post will help you narrow it down even further. Here, 60 of our favorite updos to inspire you…

modern bouffant // Heather Cook Elliott // InStyle
Elizabeth Messina // Hair by Eve Whittington and Company, photo by Chellise Michael // The Knot


Carolina Herrera // Belathée for Jennifer Behr // finger waves
Diane Kruger // Kate Winslet // Tyra Banks


Emma Stone // Rachel Comey // Project Wedding
Marion Cotillard // Scarlett Johannsen // Brides


Dianna Agron // Rodarte // Natalie J. Watts
Heidi Klum // Ciara Richardson // Dakota Johnson


Amber Heard // Elie Saab // Zooey Deschanel
Phillip Forstner // Lucy Liu // BHLDN


Tec Petaja for Once Wed // Dior // Scarlett Johannson
Studio 417 Salon // Carolina Herrera // Elle Spain


Diane Kruger // Ralph Lauren // Jamie Chung
looped bun // Rooney Mara // Altuzarra


Martha Stewart Weddings // The Hair Styler // Ornent
Nicole Kidman // Twigs & Honey // Lauren Conrad


Anne Combaz // Reese Witherspoon // Los Angeles Magazine
Britt Ekland // updated beehive // Beyonce


braid crown // Hairdressers Journal // Louisa Bailey
Saty + Pratha // Gil Inoue // Martha Stewart


The runway and the red carpet are both excellent sources of inspiration for gorgeous hairstyles, but depending on what you’re looking for, a web search for ideas can be a tad overwhelming. Hopefully this round-up has taken some of the legwork out of The Great Updo Hunt for you!

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Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers! In addition to our Snapshot of a Marriage post (a celebration of lasting love), we thought we’d give you a post the celebrates the other part of Valentine’s Day we can’t live without: chocolate! We asked some of our favorite wedding vendors to share their most-loved chocolates with us, and the result is a collection of amazing sweets that would make for delicious wedding favors, welcome bag gifts, or just everyday indulgences. Enjoy!

Meg Smith | Photographer
Caramels with Exotic Salts from Woodhouse Chocolate (top left)
“My favorites are any of the caramels with exotic sea salts from Woodhouse Chocolate in St Helena – my hometown. You feel like you’ve stumbled across a chocolate store in Paris. And if you want to see a child completely in awe bring home one of their chocolate animals for a very special occasion.”

Elizabeth Messina | Photographer
Dark Chocolate Truffles from La Maison du Chocolat (not pictured)
Dark Chocolate Truffles by Jessica Foster Confections (top right)
“I have a not so secret love affair with chocolate, and perhaps my favorite chocolate indulgence is a single dark chocolate truffle. The flavor is simply sublime. Maison du Chocolat Dark Chocolate Truffles have such a rustic feel, and the richness, flavor, and texture are divine. Jessica Foster is a local boutique company and each one is made by hand – these are the truffles I served at my wedding and they will always be close to my heart.”

Jose Villa | Photographer
Cocoa Truffles from Trader Joe’s
“I love Trader Joe’s truffles! I know getting chocolate at Trader Joe’s is not exactly a luxury, but they are darn good… and dangerous!”

Ariella Chezar | Floral Designer
Aztec Chili Tiles from Poco Dolce (far left)
“While I love almost all of Poco Dolce’s chocolate tiles (with their Burnt Caramel high up on the list), the Aztec Chili tiles have the perfect little kick combined with excellent quality chocolate. Yum!

Lisa Vorce | Event Planner & Designer
Chocolat Chaud from Angelina (left)
“My sister and I spent a very cold winter in Paris when we were young, and nothing warmed us up like the hot chocolate from Angelina. “La Maison Angelina” has been around since 1903, and serves the most luscious, thick, lava-like chocolat chaud you could imagine. Actually, you should go there, so you don’t have to imagine it! I promise, you’ll be in love! And if you can’t get there anytime soon, MarieBelle offers a line of hot chocolates that are delish as well!”

Bryan Johnson, A Bryan Photo | Photographer
Almonds & Sea Salt bar by Mast Brothers Chocolate (right)
“Mast Brothers uses the best ingredients and you can taste it in every bite. The almond and sea salt bar is exceptional because the dark chocolate is lightly sweet with a hint of salt for a savory twist! So delish.”

Kathryn’s favorite…
Butterscotch Squares by See’s Candies (a)
“Basically brown sugar covered with milk chocolate – it’s super sweet and is a childhood favorite that I will love forever.”

Laurie Arons | Event Planner & Designer
Champagne Truffes by Teuscher (b)
“It is a combination of a milk chocolate shell exterior, with a dark chocolate creamy make-your-mouth water ganache and a surprise of champagne creme in the center. Delicious!”

Sarah Ryhanen, Saipua | Floral Designer
Twix bar (c)
“My favorite chocolate is probably a Twix bar. I like cheap chocolate, and lots of it.”

Cynthia Warren | Illustrator, Designer, Calligrapher
Burnt Caramel Tiles from Poco Dolce (d)
“I desire less sweet things as I get older. However, the Poco Dolce bittersweet chocolate tiles are a perfectly sized little taste treat. They come in several flavors but my favorite are the burnt caramel. I love letting the velvety dark chocolate melt in my mouth to reveal the crunchy burnt caramel toffee inside – the combination of flavors and textures is delightful. The small sprinkling of gray sea salt on top finishes the flavor experience perfectly. Heaven!”

Steve Fortunado, Room Forty | Caterer
Dark Chocolate 70% bar from Green & Black’s Organic (top left)
“Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate is hard to beat for breaking off corners of a delectable brick – I dig that it is fair trade, organic, the flavor is intense, balanced – and can be used for cooking or for straight up gnawing. I’m partial to the pure bars, because that simple, pure high quality chocolate goes really well with wine and spirits, and if we’re in the mood to eat chocolate, we’re usually in the mood to drink as well.”

Kate Holt, Flowerwild | Floral Designer
White Chocolate bar from Green & Black’s Organic (top left)
Chocolate Covered Pretzels (not pictured)
“This white chocolate is divine – it isn’t overly sweet, and is really smooth and creamy.
Also, I always love a chocolate covered pretzel. I guess it’s the sweet salt thing that gets me – whoever figured that combo out is a genius!”

Calder Clark | Wedding Planner & Designer
Sea is for Caramel bar by Sweeteeth (top right)
“I’ve always heard that your taste buds change every 7 years. Old wives’ tale or not, mine have become salt obsessed! So Sweeteeth’s ridiculous sea salt caramel dark chocolate bar covers my every craving, plus they’re local and so genuine that it’s easy to support artisan chocolatier Johnny Battle.”

Kathryn’s other favorite…
Passion Fruit Truffle by Laderach at CocoaBella (bottom right)
“I had no idea what I was biting into the first time I tried one of these bon bons, but the sweet white chocolate shell with the tart passion fruit center was the most delightfully surprising taste I’ve ever had. They’ve become one of my all-time favorites.”

Rebecca Schmidt Ruebensall, Mr. Boddington’s Studio | Designer, Stationer
Put Your Money On Honey from Droga Chocolates (right photo, top left corner)
“[We worked on some designs for Droga Chocolates] and I think it’s safe to say that Put Your Money On Honey are our absolute favorites. They are dark chocolate covered caramels made with wildflower honey and a dash of salt on top – delicious! We make excuses multiple times a day on why another box should be opened! Research, of course.”

Is your mouth watering yet? I’m not sure I’ve met a chocolate I didn’t like a lot, and there are some I truly love, but I’m always looking to try something new. So do tell – what is your all-time favorite chocolate bonbon or bar? Leave a comment by 11:59PM PST letting us know what chocolate you love most, and I’ll send one of you a box of my favorite Butterscotch Squares from See’s Candies!


Photos by Christina McNeill.
Styling by Stacy Wichelhaus.

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