I just want to eat Elizabeth Messina’s gorgeous photos, and Jillian and Rick’s wedding is no exception. Classic elegance with a touch of modern design, including lovely paper elements from the bride’s own letterpress collection, Gigi Press. Jillian was kind enough to share some details about the day:

We really wanted our wedding celebration to be special not only for us but also for our guests. It was a treat to see our guests really enjoying themselves, starting by being greeted with champagne with fresh springs of lavender when they arrived at the ceremony, to when the doors of the reception opened up to the fabulous band, continuing through dinner and afterward when the men enjoyed fresh rolled cigars, and finally at the end of the night when In-N-Out cheeseburgers came out of the kitchen.

I have a letterpress stationery collection of my own, Gigi Press, but when it came to my own invitations I knew I needed another set of eyes, so I collaborated with Passing Notes on my wedding invitation suite. My goal was to letterpress everything imaginable: welcome notes for guests, CD covers, menus, seating cards, cigar labels…you name it! The table numbers were etched in walnut, as were many coordinating signs. Invitations, seating cards and menus were hand calligraphed with guests names by Grace Connell.

Jillian chose different dresses for each of her bridesmaids based on their body type and personal style. The dress designers include: Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Robert Rodriguez, and Kay Unger.

Says Jillian: It rained on our wedding day…the cocktail reception was completely rained out. I was a total stress case the day before, and Elizabeth [Messina] helped remind me that it’s not about the rain ruining the day…it’s all about you and the love of your life. Now, every time it rains, I think of the day we got married, and it’s a beautiful memory.

Floral design was by Square Root Designs. They did an amazing job – we were married between two pepperberry trees adorned with hydrangeas, succulents, and roses. My bouquet consisted of white baby ranunculus and lily of the valley. And my favorite touch was our chair treatments, a garland of fresh rosemary.

You’ve gotta love Jillian’s advice to other brides: Always keep things in perspective…keep your eyes on the prize…your groom!

Photography: Elizabeth Messina

Venue: Montage in Laguna Beach, California

Planning: Kelly Michelle Weddings

Bride’s dress / shoes: Monique Lhuillier / Manolo Blahnik

Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein

Flower girl dress: Flora & Henri

Stationery: Gigi Press in collaboration with Passing Notes

Calligraphy: Grace Connell

Flowers: Square Root Design

Cake / cake topper: Montage / Fancy Flours

Thanks so much to Jillian for sharing so many details about her wedding, and of course to my friend Elizabeth Messina for sending over these beautiful photos.

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Adrienne Page sent over the photos from this timelessly elegant Miami wedding, and the bride Jenna shared all of the details. Isn’t it lovely?! From Jenna:

Both of our families live in Miami, and I have always loved the Biltmore Hotel since I was a little girl – my mom used to take me there for tea, friends had birthday parties there by the pool. It’s also iconic old-school Miami. I always wanted to have my wedding there and I feel so fortunate that I was able to. The venue and my dress pretty much inspired the rest of the wedding – we wanted to go with something that felt vintage and elegant, but was also us. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and I didn’t want the wedding to feel stuffy; I wanted it to be us, but elegant us.

My dad restores old cars, so he drove me to the church in his 1940 Ford.

All of our place cards and reception items actually got lost two days before the wedding – our calligrapher, Laura Hooper, re-did everything and over-nighted a whole other set. She was great! I had a very specific vision going into the planning process – I knew I wanted white anemones and mercury glass, and I knew my color scheme (white, cream, gray, black, silver). Our florist was able to just go with what I wanted and it turned out spectacular.

Our cake was key lime cake with key lime curd and fresh cream cheese frosting – amazing and yummy and very Floridian. Kyle loved his Krispy Kreme donut groom’s cake with dinosaur toys on top that my bridesmaids made.

Photography: Adrienne Page

Ceremony venue: Coral Gables Congregational Church

Reception venue: The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida

Bride’s dress / bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston

Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka

Hair / makeup: Miller’s Hair Studio

Flowers: Parrish Designs

Calligraphy: Laura Hooper

Cake: We Take the Cake

Thank you to Adrienne Page for these beautiful photos, and to Jenna and Kyle for sharing your lovely day with us. You can see lots more photos from their wedding on Adrienne’s blog, and also check out their wedding video by Portal Films right here.

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Another gorgeous estate… I just can’t help myself! I thought I’d stir up pink-and-green by making it peach and kelly green, with some fluffy white peonies, and then I threw some pineapples into the mix. Long a symbol of hospitality, pineapples are one of my favorite motifs (is that weird?), and they add an unexpected element to this otherwise classic and preppy Southern wedding (Drayton Hall, mint juleps, and we know how Southern gentlemen feel about their bow ties).

Mood: preppy, Southern elegance
Palette: kelly green and peach, white peonies

Top row from left: photo of Drayton Hall by Liz Banfield, green seersucker bow tie from Martha Stewart Weddings, pineapple and peonies centerpiece by Saipua (photo by Justin & Mary)
Row 2: mint juleps from Southern Accents, photo of hugging bride and groom by Yazyjo via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Row 3: photo of peach garden roses by Punam Bean, photo of white chiavari chairs by Josh McCullock, pineapple photo by Justin & Mary, kelly green dress from J.Crew
Row 4: centerpiece with vines by Florali, photo of pink checked shirt with kelly green bow tie by Stephanie Williams, photo of white peony bouquet by Tec Petaja, pineapple motif from Crane & Co.

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