Happy Valentine’s Day! I could think of nothing more appropriate for today’s feature than Holly and Scott’s romantic Paris elopement…

Sweet pink ribbon tied the couples’ rings together, and matched the bride’s blush pink gown.

The ceremony was held in a small park adjoining Les Invalides, across the street from the Rodin Museum.

Holly’s antique veil was handmade with duchess lace. “Originally from Paris,” says Holly, “it was acquired by my grandmother before I was born.” After the ceremony she changed into a chic bridal hat.

After the ceremony, Holly and Scott attached a padlock to the Pont des Arts. Says Holly: “It’s a bridge where lovers attach a padlock and then throw the key into the river. I bought the lock at a hardware store and decorated it with a handmade blush flower and silk ribbon streamers. Scott wrote our names and wedding date on it after I decorated it.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We both love Paris but had never been there together. We knew we wanted to honeymoon there and once we started planning that trip we couldn’t think of anything more romantic than getting married there too.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite moment was our ceremony in the park. It was so sweet and so beautiful. There were several mothers and daughters playing in the park when we arrived. The little girls were so wide-eyed and excited to see a bride come walking in. Their little faces were so cute! A few sat quietly and watched our wedding which I thought was adorable.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was to let go of others’ expectations about what my wedding should be. That allowed us to plan the wedding that we truly wanted.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Having a great photographer is so important in terms of capturing the essence of the day. Our planner, Ginny Au, suggested that we bring David over with us rather than hiring a photographer there. That way we could get to know him a bit before the wedding day. We flew over together and were able to explore the city the day before the wedding which was so much fun. We love the way his photographs tell our story.

 

Vendors

Photography: David Shirk for Unplugged Photography / Hotel: The Ritz Paris / Coordination: Bits & Bobs / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal / Bride’s shoes: Seychelles / Bridal hat: BHLDN / Groom’s suit: Banana Republic / Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. / Bouquet: Artisan Fleuriste / Cake: Sugarplum Cake Shop 

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Tea parties are one of my favorite things ever! Today’s photo shoot, designed by Easton Events and photographed by Eric Kelley, is full of soft, sweet, feminine details. It reminds me a little of my Tiffany Blue and Tangerine inspiration board!

I love a lady in a top hat!

Vendors

Photography: Eric Kelley / Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia / Event production and design: Easton Events / Styling and Make-up: Lora Elaine / Floral design: Beehive Events / Cakes: Charlottesville Cupcake / Dresses: Samuelle Couture / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Jewelry: Kira Kira Jewels by Suz Somersall / Table Details: Roxie Daisy / Models: Modelogic Wilhelmina; Kayleigh, Julia, Hannah / Teacups and Saucers: Anthropologie /  Video: Meet+Cute Films / Rentals: Festive Fare 

 

See tons more from this beautiful shoot over at Eric Kelley’s blog!

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So excited for a pre-Valentine get together with some of my blog ladies this weekend! Four of us have been getting together about once a month, and it’s been so much fun. I know this might sound weird, but sometimes I wondered if I’d have the chance to make new friends now that I’m not a student, and not working in an office environment. It’s nice to know that there are wonderful friends to be made in my grown-up life!

via Design Related

 

Now some fun links for your Friday!

 

Meat cookies for your Valentine.

A Valentine’s Day mix from Scratch Weddings.

Need a last minute (free) Valentine card? Paperless Post!

I love you to the moon and back, via Creature Comforts.

Stitched love letters.

Hi-Hat cupcakes for my tummy.

Tiny brass heart earrings – little Valentines for your ears!

If Olive & Sinclair chocolate tastes half as good as its packaging looks, then it’s some darn tasty chocolate.

I know I’ve posted these Valentine chocolate cakes before, but they’re so delightful!

More love, via Wantist.

New gorgeousness from Velvet Raptor.

Great speakeasy wedding from 100 Layer Cake.

I want a Herringbone bag in every color, via Sacramento Street (who’s giving one away!).

Wed. Dwell. Grow. Congrats to my friends at Be Inspired!

How to stock your bar cart, from Matchbook Mag.

DIY Oscar party!

 

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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Today’s romantic wedding comes to us from Tanja Lippert, and it’s full of soft pastels that feel just right for this time of year. And, as you know, these Marin County venues are near and dear to my heart…

Meghan got ready and took bridal portraits at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, just a short drive from the ceremony site.

Says Meghan, “The whole day felt like a dream, but having my dad walk me down the aisle and seeing Mason for the first time was definitely one of the best moments of my life.”

A vintage San Francisco cable car was a fun local detail that transported guests from the ceremony to the reception.

Decor was inspired by Meghan’s Monique Lhuillier corset. “It was a soft creamy latte color and had a very romantic feel,” says the bride. “I wanted our wedding to have muted colors that would create that same feeling, like soft pink, moss green, dusty rose, mint, and cream. I was also inspired by lovebirds and used the bird motif throughout the day.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Mason and I met on a boat in the San Francisco Bay, and it was something we wanted to incorporate into our wedding. After searching for a few weeks, I found Old St. Hilary’s. The moment we saw the church, we were speechless. It is a landmark, built in the 1800’s and moved to the top of a hill in Tiburon where it overlooks the bay and the city of San Francisco. It is breathtaking, and incredibly moving – Mason’s mom cried the first time she saw the church, and many of our guests had the same experience on our wedding day. For the reception, Guaymas was the perfect light and festive location, right on the water. It was a refreshing shift from intensity of the ceremony at the church.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Mason and I are both extremely close to our mothers. We wanted them included in the ceremony in a unique and special way, so we created a rose ceremony to show our appreciation for their presence in our lives. We also had plate that had been in Mason’s family for four generations. The rings were placed on the plate and passed down the front row, while everyone in the church put their hand on the person in front of them and thought of something they wished for us in our marriage. It created a warm feeling in the church and made the ceremony feel more intimate.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Slow down and enjoy every moment because before you know it the day is over. This was so true, but easier said than done. There are so many emotions and the experience is absolutely surreal. You want it to last forever, but in reality it’s over in just a few hours! Weddings can be stressful so remember to relax, breathe, and remember that you are marrying your best friend. Have fun and soak up every moment!

 

Vendors Photography: Tanja Lippert / Consulting, design: Nicole Lisanne / Ceremony venue: Old Saint Hilary’s in Tiburon, California / Reception venue: Guaymas Mexican Restaurant in Tiburon, California / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Hair, makeup: Tia Reagan for Freebird Productions / Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell / Flowers: Asiel Design / Cable car rental: Classic Cable Car Sightseeing / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Photo booth: Magnolia Photo Booth

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