New Hayley Paige Wedding Dresses

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We’re got more couture beauties for you right off the runways of bridal fashion week.  Today we’re sharing one of our favorite collections from the season, the wedding dresses of Hayley Paige.  Hayley is one of the hottest fashion designers in the country and this collection certainly lives up to that reputation.  We’re obsessed with these sheer floral sleeves and big ball gown dresses.  You can even find hints of color in several of her wedding dresses, each with oodles of personality and grace.  This blush pink gown would look gorgeous at a wedding on the sand, no need to dress down for your destination wedding!  Have fun in one of these elegant and oh-so fabulous Hayley Paige gowns, coming to bridal salons across the country in the coming days.  Check for trunk show schedules in your area and you might even get to meet Hayley herself!

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All images courtesy of JLM Couture.

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New Lazaro Couture Wedding Dresses

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Bridal Fashion Week takes place twice a year, a time when the couture designers can share their new collections with the world and debut new looks for brides to wear the following season when it comes time for them to walk down the aisle.  We’ve just wrapped up the latest fashion week and that means we’ve got some fantastic new wedding dresses to share with you!  Up first are a few highlights from one our favorite designers, Lazaro, who always designs for the dramatic.  And better yet, this year, many of his sleeve and silhouette styles are perfect for destination weddings!  Not too much dress to wear in an elegant beach wedding and plenty of cuts and shapes for gals of all sizes.  Lazaro is as sweet as his dresses are beautiful, which makes us so happy to share his latest and greatest here with you today!  These dresses will be on the trunk show circuit any day now so be sure to check stores near you!

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All images courtesy of JLM Couture.

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Fairy Tale Inspired Venice, Italy Engagement Shoot

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Christiane and Erich opted for a very special engagement session – in Italy! This darling couple traveled to Venice for a fabulous, fairy tale-inspired photo shoot with the talented team at Ladies & Lord Fine Photography, and what became of their day out in Italy is nothing short of fairy tale magic in photos.

We asked Claudia Magas of Ladies & Lord to share a bit about the ideas behind their shoot.

Christiane & Erich are avid Italy fans. Every year they come for a vacation to the Northern coast and of course to Venice, which has a special place in their hearts.

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I met the couple on a wedding fair and we really hit it off. They told me about their wedding plans and how they wanted something different. Something bold and extraordinary. Well, THAT is exactly my cup of tea I told them ;))

Christiane once mentioned the carnival and fairy tales and so my imagination ran wild and I immediately thought of a dramatic look in a red cape. I just had the vision of an empty Venice (I know, I am disillusioned haha) and her roaming the streets in it.  (We captured this vision in the short film we made.) 

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In order to be dramatic one must choose bold colours so we went for marsala and gold. The décor from the pompous cake to the many shades of red, burgundy and marsala was a drastic change to all the pastel, blush, peach and ivory palettes that are in right now.

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I travelled with my team to Venice one day before the shoot. We met the couple at the romantic Settimo Cielo Hotel in the San Marco district of town. Christiane & Erich chose it for the glamorous décor and rich colours and posh furniture. It matched our storyboard to perfection. We started with filming a few sequences in the evening trying to get a few alleyways and canals without people. I also love shooting a test run before the big day just to get the couple relaxed. Usually people are not used to being in front of the camera and a short test run makes them more comfortable. We really got it going the next day when we got up in the wee morning hours to start with hair and makeup. Venice is quite quiet in the morning so we used this time to roam the partly empty streets, wander around the alleys. All in all it was magical.

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 People always ask about a highlight but you are in Venice – La Serenissima – it is the atmosphere around you that is the highlight. I can’t wait to come back here soon.

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How will their big day top this day? Well, it’s taking place in Austria to start and we’re sure they have some more magic up their sleeves to share.

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To see more of this amazing love story, watch the video here.

The short film is part of the invitation. Guests will receive the invite and a link to the film. Neat, right?

Congratulations to Christiane & Erich!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Ladies & Lord

Engagement Session Vendors: Venue: Settimo Cielo, Venice, Italy, Makeup: Sfumato makeup, Flowers: Div Art Flowers, Dress: Eva Poleschinski, Jewelry: CIRO, Cake: Betty’s Bakery Molecular Sensations, Calligraphy: Jeannette Mokosch

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An Intimate Destination Wedding Location in the Woods

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If you’ve got a small wedding party and are planning on getting out of town with just a select few, then we’ve got a great spot for you! Consider Colorado for your elopement or intimate destination wedding – at a quaint, historic cabin called Anderson’s Cabin at The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. I had the lucky pleasure of spending an evening here and it’s unique to any place I’ve ever celebrated before. This oh-so special spot was actually Anderson’s home, and he was one of the seven original settlers (or bachelors as these men are known) in the area. He built his log cabin where The Ritz Carlton now sits. So they’ve honored their past, preserved the property, and turned it into an events-only space for small celebrations and family gatherings (complete with modern restrooms just out back).

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With a beautiful wildflower lawn growing outside much of the year, you have a picturesque ceremony location with the valley of Bachelor Gulch on one side and the ski slope covered mountain on the other. Then, head inside for a food-centric celebration and dinner with the best chefs at The Ritz Carlton. For your menu, I suggest keeping it in theme and opting for local meats like bison, lamb, elk, and venison. You can even prepare it yourself with a raclette dinner and encourage your guests to experience the finer style of rustic living while melting your own gourmet cheese and topping your made-to-order meats with a variety of homemade sauces. Not your style?  You can also opt for a fondue experience, après-ski celebration, and many more ways to indulge on the mountain.

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When dinner is done, retire outdoors once more to the fire pit just off the deck and enjoy stargazing and s’mores while the party plays on.

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Anderson’s Cabin at The Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has rustic charm, relaxed elegance, and an intimate home-like feel that makes for a perfect small celebration space. Pair that with the service and menus of The Ritz Carlton and put it just steps from the main property for ease of travel and you’ve got the perfect combination for an elopement or intimate wedding. Consider calling Anderson’s Cabin home for your wedding and you won’t ever want to leave (trust me, I campaigned to stay the night!).

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Boho Chic Beach Wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico

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Romana and Mariano celebrated their nuptials in a beach wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico, with 50 friends and family from all over the world. Mariano is an architect from Mexico City and Romana is a writer, photographer, and digital strategist from Slovenia who had traveled to Los Cabos one of their first vacations together, so it became the perfect place for their wedding. The bride shared their story with us.

As a Slovenian, a beach wedding was something we always admired from the magazines and movies, but I never imagined I’d get married at the beach. It seemed just a very nice fantasy. We wanted to celebrate our love with the closest family and friends, and an intimate beach wedding was also probably the best reason to bring my parents and European friends to Cabo for the first time.

We got married at Zacatitos beach in San Jose del Cabo – this was the area where Mariano used to take me when I first came to visit Los Cabos. The ceremony was set up at a beautiful private empty beach in Zacatitos, and wedding reception was held at a private villa in Laguna Hills, owned by our friends. The house won a Silver medal in Mexican Bienalle for architecture, designed by Colectivo MX.

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My bouquet was beautiful! It had white anemone with blue/black centre, accompanied with small white roses and Baja inspired greens. The anemones flower is said to have sprung from the tears of Greek goddess of love and the design of my dress, by Slovenia designer Uros Belantic, had Grecian style. My flower crown completed the look.

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Our color palette was Baja inspired with white flowers, greens and with accents of gold and red with hand blown hearts.

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The decor was Baja inspired. Our wedding rental and wedding flowers company The Main Event Cabo used the branches of typical Baja torote /elephant trees, adorned with white roses and greens. We had two arches, one as an entrance to the ceremony, and one as a chuppa. We used wooden benches for sitting. Elephant tree branches with greens were also placed on both sides of the isle. To us it was a very romantic setup, beautiful and private, connected to the beach and to Baja.

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A highlight? Our golden retriever Zlatka being with us the entire time through the ceremony.

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One of Mexico’s top Mixologists Osvaldo Vazquez created a special cocktail just for us. He named it Romarian, and it includes Mezcal and Gin, Bitter and Barrel bitter, dried rose, and cucumber. Our guests and we loved it!

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The decor was white linens with white and gold otomi tablecloths and runners, gold chairs. Dinnerware was glass with gold rims, provided by Lazy Gourmet Catering & Events. Flowers were white with greens. Hand blown hearts were placed above the plates of each guest with their name tag. Floating flower beds were placed on the pool, together with floating candles. More candles were around the pool area and dance floor.

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As an accent and a wedding favor we added red hand blown Mexican glass hearts. Each guest received one, and we also used them to decorate an elephant tree at the entrance of the villa.

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We created the menu ourselves with our favorite dishes from Mexico; empanadas with zucchini flower, sashimi, chiles en nogada, fresh fish with Baja organic veggies, chicken in mole sauce, salad with nopal (cactus), churros… Lazy Gourmet Catering did an amazing job in preparing the dishes and presentation.

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Our wedding cake was beautiful and delicious. It was red velvet with white and gold coating. We had churros as well.

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Advice for other destination wedding couples?  I think the best idea is not to try to do it all yourself. Hire professionals that will help you plan, create and capture your best day. We couldn’t have done it all without our planners, decorators, florists, catering and photographers. The photographs are making us relive our best day every time we look at the photos, it’s priceless!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Chris + Lynn Photographers

Wedding Vendors: Bride’s Attire: Uros Belantic for Plein Sud, Groom’s Attire: white suite Zara and shirt Asos, Wedding Planner: Karla Casillas & Co, Wedding Rentals + Flowers: The Main Event Cabo, Wedding Makeup & Hair: Neysa Berman at the The Blanc Bridal Salon, Catering + Cake: Lazy Gourmet Catering & Events, Entertainment: DJ Edwin Bonilla, Invitations: Designed by the groom, Other: One of Mexico’s top Mixologists Osvaldo Vazquez created a special cocktail just for us. He named it Romarian, and it includes Mezcal and Gin, Bitter and Barrel bitter, dried rose, and cucumber, Honeymoon Destination: mini-moon at One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, until Japan and Australia in 2016

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