Melli and Philipp’s gorgeous wedding took place in Mallorca, an island off the coast of Spain. After the church ceremony, 150 guests joined them at their home for the reception.

Melli wore a pair of beautiful vintage drop earrings.

The couple chose Spanish guitar for their ceremony music.

Venue: private home in Mallorca, Spain

Bride’s dress: Vera Wang

Groom’s suit: Gieves & Hawkes

Photography: Nikole Ramsay

Nikole Ramsay is based in London, and she takes such lovely photos. I have another wedding by her coming up later this week!

*Note: Several readers have left thoughtful comments regarding the environmental damage caused by releasing balloons. Though the short-term visual impact is lovely, the long-term effects can be incredibly harmful to wildlife and I encourage you to find other festive ways to celebrate and use balloons at your wedding and other events.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding was on last night – how did I forget about that movie?! I’m amending my list from last week and adding it. Definitely a top ten wedding movie. Which ones would be on your list? Hope everyone has fun weekend plans – taking mom out to brunch? Mom, if I was there to take you to brunch, I promise I would! Happy weekend and Happy Mother’s Day, lovelies, and I hope you enjoy these fun links from around the web!

Wonder Woman via Worth 1000.

Send some topography.

The zipper is my favorite part of this dress.

It’s not a party without a piñata!

Love and Cartagena.

Wishing my hair long.

Buy local, via Lovely Little Things.

Retro road map, via daisy pink cupcake.

Picnic club? Sign me up!

San Francisco neighborhoods, via paper tastebuds.

How cool are these paper curtains?

MaeMae Paperie makes the best invites.

On name changing.

I’d live in this apartment with or without furniture.

Fab fiesta.

Had to buy their album after posting this wedding.

A blog devoted to cupcakes? I say yes, via simplesong.


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I first discovered Max and Margaret’s work when Anne Sage interviewed them about their company, Unusually Fine Photography, and they were kind enough to let me share Sara and David’s shoot with you. This is not your average love shoot, which is exactly what I love about it. It’s intimate and sexy and sweet, and totally authentic. Doesn’t it feel a little like a retro movie? But why am I telling you this – on with the photos! Here are Sara and David (who, according to Max and Margaret, “aside from being very pretty to look at, are tres cool”) and Boston’s South End.

Don’t you just love love? And don’t Max and Margaret take awesome photos? And if you’re wondering if they’re any fun, check out this little blurb from their about page:

Max sports a moustache but Margaret does not. We have four legs and five languages between us. Plus a little French. Send us anywhere and we’ll be pretty alright. We love Rome. And Paris. And New York. And wherever it is that you want to take us, too. We love turning strangers into friends.

Fun, right?! See more Unusually Fine photos at their blog and find out more about them in this interview over at The City Sage.

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Rebecca and Mike’s beach wedding is full of preppy charm – I love the periwinkle blue and cream palette. And they planned the whole thing in just a few months! Says Rebecca, “We live in NYC but a city wedding just wasn’t us. We both love to travel, so a destination wedding was an obvious choice. I grew up on the coast, and I always envisioned an outdoor ceremony near the beach. We love nature and being outdoors and were inspired by the natural, untouched beauty of St. John and low-key style of the resort which is located within a national park. We knew we were asking a lot of our guests to travel so far to celebrate with us, and we really wanted to make it as easy as possible for everyone and ensure they’d get the most out of their trip. It worked out so well. Most of our guests stayed for at least a few days after the wedding, and some joined us for a full week of island fun!”

As a wedding gift, Rebecca gave Mike a pair of custom cufflinks with their wedding date stamped on them.

During the wedding, each of us carried something from the other person’s family. Mike wore a monogrammed handkerchief that my mother had given him in the chest pocket of his suit. I pinned Mike’s grandfather’s wedding ring to the inside of my dress. Since neither of us have living grandparents, it was wonderful to have something to make us feel like those who couldn’t be with us physically were still somehow with us spiritually.

For the ceremony, I filled small white paper bags with dried whole blue cornflowers and used periwinkle organza ribbon to attach hang tags that read “As the bride and groom come your way, toss the flowers and shout hooray!”

I wanted guests to feel like they had walked into a friend’s lovely beach cottage, not a reception hall. My mother sewed the periwinkle table runners. Place cards were designed and printed by Luscious Verde. The coral graphic tied in with the sea theme of the wedding as well as the cause to which we made a donation on behalf of our guests: Coral Reef Alliance.

Mike created playlists for the entire event that we played off an iPod during the reception. It saved us a ton of money and worked out well. We had music we knew we liked that was appropriate for each segment of the evening – the cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. We went back outside to the veranda after dinner to dance under the stars and the full moon.

I’ll pass along some good advice that was given to me: Take time during the evening to step back and just watch – watch all your family and friends, in one place, enjoying themselves and celebrating your love and happiness. The day goes by so quickly and you need to make sure you take a moment to soak it all in.

Venue: Caneel Bay Resort in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Invitations: Lion in the Sun

Bride’s dress: Jenny Lee (found at a Mark Ingram sample sale)

Groom’s suit / cufflinks: Brooks Brothers / Heather Moore Jewelry

Congrats Rebecca and Mike! And thank you to Corbin Gurkin for the beautiful photos!

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Valery and Chauncey’s swanky Jamaican wedding is by far one of my all time favorites. Details from the super-chic bride…

On the choice to have a destination wedding:  “Our wedding was a celebration of everything we love: family and friends, music, and pampering our guests! Jamaica is a place that Chauncey and I have visited countless times over the course of our relationship and we have truly grown to love it’s unique spirit. When it came time to plan our wedding we knew we wanted to share the island’s magic with our guests. For the amount of money we would have spent for one night in Manhattan, we did four days of festivities in Jamaica over Memorial Day weekend – a Thursday-night cocktail party, a Friday beach barbecue, the wedding, an after-party that went until sunrise, and a Sunday lunch.”

 The signature cocktail?  “Rum punch was our unofficial signature cocktail; we like the numb, happy Carib buzz it gives you. When planning food and beverage, it’s key to know your crowd: Do they drink a lot? Ours drank us out of house and home!”

 Shell chandeliers cast a sexy glow over the festivities. “The best part?” says Valery, “they were dirt cheap!”

On their unique wedding timeline: “We were weren’t afraid to mix up the expected flow of the day. Our wedding started with the cocktail hour! This allowed us to mingle with our guests and relax before our ceremony. We took all of our formals prior to the cocktail hour, so we could relax and focus on enjoying the rest of the day. After the cocktail hour, our guests were all seated at their respective dinner tables and we had a “dinner theater” style ceremony where we stood in the center, surrounded by our guests. It was intimate and offbeat, and was perfect for us as we didn’t want the usual processional down the aisle.”

  What was for dinner?  Round Hill Hotel was originally a private refuge for style icons like Cole Porter, Grace Kelly, and Jackie Kennedy. It has very old-school glamour, so we opted for a retro supper club menu to fit the clubby old school atmosphere: iceberg wedge salad, Oysters Rockefeller, lobster tails, filet mignon, and Baked Alaska.”

On her unique bouquet:  “I wanted to carry native ginger flowers. They have a thick stem so I thought I’d just hold one, but the florist surprised me with a bouquet.”

On the importance of music at their wedding: “As Chauncey and I are both jazz musicians (he plays the sax and flute; I sing), we opted to provide the cocktail hour entertainment ourselves. With the help of some of our talented musician friends (who also happened to be guests) we put together a six-piece jazz combo and dedicated meaningful songs to each other: Chauncey performed Art Blakey’s ‘When Love Is New’ and I did Cole Porter’s ‘You’re the Top’ and the Etta James version of ‘Nature Boy.’ It was a great way to include our passion for music in the wedding and share it with our guests.”


A few more details from Valery:

What was your favorite part of the day?  If I had to choose a favorite moment, aside from the ceremony, it would have to be our after party. We rented a gorgeous mountainside villa not far from the resort and hosted an all night throw down. Our DJ, Quantic, kept our friends on the dance floor until 6am – it was completely wild, and ended with a sunrise swim in the pool. I will never, ever forget it.

Do you have any advice for other brides?  Be true to who you are and don’t get sucked in by pressure from others. It is so easy to go into “please everyone” mode, but you’ll learn quickly that this is an impossible feat. It is entirely possible to be both a gracious host and also remain on track to creating a day that truly reflects who you are as a couple. Also – enjoy yourself! It really is a remarkable occasion. Rarely will you get to see all your loved ones gathered in one place. I tried to look around and soak in that moment as much as possible.

Photographer: Cappy Hotchkiss / Venue: Round Hill Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica / Save-the-date: Ceci New York / Wood Veneer Invitation: Oslo Press / Invitation Inserts, Menus: Albertine Press / Bride’s Cocktail Dress: Alice by Temperley / Bride’s Cocktail Shoes: Pierre Hardy / Bride’s Cocktail Hat: Gina Foster Milliner / Bride’s Ceremony Dress: Catherine Walker & Co. / Bride’s Ceremony Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom’s Seersucker Suit: Etro / Groom’s Shoes: Tom Ford / Band: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings / DJ: QuanticQueen Majesty / Planning: JoAnn Gregoli, Elegant Occasions
  • Chic Jazz Wedding in Jamaica

    4 May 2010
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