Inspiration Shoot: Downton for Weddings Unveiled

We've got a mad crush on this Fall inspiration shoot captured by Odalys Mendez. The changing leaves on the trees create the perfect backsplash for these luxe details. The rich jewel tone invitations and deep blue velvet shoes pair perfectly with our Downton gown in light silver. The juicy florals look almost good enough to eat and that naked cake definitely is. Maybe, just maybe, summer ending isn't so bad afterall.

Dress: Downton | Photography:  Odalys Mendez | Flowers:  Rosegolden Flowers | Venue:  Dunaway Gardens | Styling:  Simply Charming Socials | Hair and Makeup: Hope Ferguson

Happily Yours, CH

Real Wedding: Meet Vanessa

Vanessa and Shayla were married 60 miles north of New York City at Atlas Studios, in the scenic Hudson Valley. This historic factory was renovated in 2012 and turned into work space for creatives. It provided a light drenched industrial vibe, just right for this major party! The couple added the chicest white balloons and lanterns and let the building do the rest. They incorporated a few time honored rituals. They tasted lemon and honey and jumped the broom. They also added their own non-traditional twists, like walking down the aisle together and giving party favors of incense and personalized matchbooks. Vanessa chose our Azurite and made it all her own with our Katy Veil, Layered Chevron Belt, and a rad pair of Nike high-tops. 

Dress: Azurite | Photographer: Hudson River Photographer | Venue: Atlas Studios | Florals: Diana Mae Flowers | Suit: Kris Harring | Rings: Yasuko Azuma | Catering: Fresh Company

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Tanzanite in the Desert

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Windswept wonder in the desert. Film photographer Jessica Scott Photography and stylist Westcott Weddings created these amazing images. Soft neutral dunes provide the perfect backdrop for our Tanzanite gown. The Mauve chevron silk burnout pattern and geode beaded bralette are undeniable, and seem made for a wedding saturated in bright desert sun. Wind, rays, and sand make this shoot a natural stunner.

Dress: Tanzanite | Photography: Jessica Scott Photography | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Design & Styling: Westcott Weddings | Florist: Bristol Lane | Paper Goods: Wondrous Whimsy | Makeup Artist: Makenzi Laine | Model: Anna Terry | Jewelry: Chesley Mae Designs

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Megan

Megan and Scott’s wedding was summertime romance at it's finest. The southern charm drenched fetè took place at Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, SC. The couple exchanged vows on the banks of the Ashley River. Megan was the very first bride to wear our Centaurea gown and she did it so right! She kept her accessories minimal and let the seamed gold cloque ballgown shine. The huge coral peony in her hair was the perfect finishing touch. After the I-dos, guests dined on low country fare and danced the night away with the bride and groom, who started the party off with a choreographed number. Congratulations you two!

Gown: CENTAUREA | Photography: DANA CUBBAGE WEDDINGS | Planning + Coordination: INTRIGUE DESIGN + EVENTS | Venue: LOWNDES GROVE | Floral Design: ROADSIDE BLOOMS | Cake: PATRICK PROPERTIES | Hair + Makeup: LASHES AND LACE | Bride’s Shoes: BADGLEY MISCHKA | Bride’s Jewelry: personal | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | DJ: DJ REHAB | Men’s Attire: BLACK LAPEL | Catering: PATRICK PROPERTIES | Rentals: SNYDER EVENTS + POLISHED! | Invitations: CARTALIA STATIONERY | Draping: LOLUMA | Choreographer: CASSIE NORDGREN

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Euphorbia and Senara in Hawaii

“Like a wild flower; she spent her days, allowing herself to grow, not many knew of her struggle, but eventually all; knew of her light.” – Nikki Rowe

Do you ever wonder what gives some photos that little something extra? Sure, you've got to have a talented group of people, and beautiful things to shoot, preferably in a breathtaking location. Whatever it is that adds the magic, this photoshoot, styled by Utterly Engaged and photographed for Donny Zavala’s workshop, has loads of it. The quote from Nikki Rowe painted the picture for this project and it was brought to life by the colors of the sunset on an Oahu beach, a bouquet of eucalyptus and garden roses (that looks like it washed up from some garden at the bottom of the ocean), and a crown fit for the goddess of the sea.

GOWNS: Euphorbia (shown with the Petal Slipdress) and Senara | PHOTOGRAPHER & INSTRUCTOR: Donny Zavala | CREATIVE DIRECTOR & STYLIST: Utterly Engaged | FLORAL DESIGNER & STYLIST: Catalina Neal | MAKEUP ARTIST & HAIR STYLIST: Hikari Murakami | CREATIVE ASSISTANT: Caroline Cervantes | SPONSOR: Mastin Labs | FILM LAB: Photovision | HEADPIECE: HEART OF GOLD DESIGNS | CALLIGRAPHY: Sarah Ingram | WEDDING RINGS: Susie Saltzman | SILK RIBBONS: tono & co. | MODEL: Angelei Shulman

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Nicole

Rooftop garden oasis I-do's in the heart of NYC. Nicole and Ben wanted a non-traditional, intimate, outdoor ceremony and reception and they found just the spot for their 60 guests at the David Burke Kitchen in New York's SoHo neighborhood. Lush greenery, flowers and the view of the freedom tower wowed guests. Nicole and Ben did away with a number of wedding traditions and opted for an extended cocktail hour, gourmet slider and truffle fry bar, boozy beignets, dancing and a GIF booth in place of a photo booth (LOVE!). Nicole knew she didn't want a white gown from the get-go and ended her search when she chose a two piece including a custom skirt, our Mulberry made in the pale aqua and gold chevron silk jaquard of our Azurite gown. Perfection for this sunny, September love-fest. 

Finery: Custom Mulberry Skirt in our Azurite silk jaquard, top similar to our Aleister (more about our custom pieces here) | Photography: Ardita Kola Photography | Venue: David Burke Kitchen | Hair Stylist: Mark Christopher Rowbotham | Floral Design: Metropolitan Plant Exchange | Desert Table: David Burke Kitchen and MILK bar

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Celestine's Woodland Escape

All hail Persephone, the Goddess of Spring. This amazing shoot from Lynette Boyle conjures dancing flowers and fairies alight in enchanted woods. The light-as-a-feather silk chiffon and crepe de chine of our Celestine gown make it perfect goddess wear. That lush floral crown is giving us major butterflies and leaving us dreaming of eternal summer.

Gown: Celestine | Photographer: Lynette Boyle | Florals: A Bud and Beyond

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Jenna. Pt. 3, the ceremony (and party)

Alas, we join Jenna and Omri for the final installation in their blog trilogy, their wedding at The Foundry in Long Island City. As you might guess, it was really good. After their romantic, tradition filled ceremony (with Jenna in our L'Elysee gown) they got down to the business of partying. Laughter ensued, they performed a duet for their guests, served up s'mores, and our Ruffle My Feathers Dress even made another appearance! Congratulations you love birds!

Finery: L'ElyseeGeode Druzy Sash, custom headpiece, Ruffle My Feathers DressHeritage Cathedral Veil | Photographer: Jenn Emerling

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Oceane Lakeside Elopement

Light blue summer perfection. This afternoon elopement has all of our summertime favorites, a placid lakeside setting, bright flowers, a boat ride for two and some romance. Designed by Kari Ellen Events and photographed by Tyler + Lindsey this shoot has us wishing it was summer all year long.

Dress: Oceane | Photographer: Tyler + Lindsey | Venue: Avalon Legacy Ranch 
| Planning & Styling: Kari Ellen Events | Floral Design: Lizzie Bee Flower Shoppe | Hair & Makeup: Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design | Calligraphy: Scribbles & Swirls | Cake: Loft 22 Cakes | Rentals: Party Rent DFW | Vintage Rentals: Gold Dust Vintage Rentals | Linens: Chrys Q | Jewelry: The True Gem Company

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Jenna. Pt. 2, the first look

Welcome back! We left Jenna and Omri, last week, after their pre-rehearsal dinner photo shoot and today we rejoin them for the first look! These two are so obviously full of fun and love, just raring to go. No doubt we are in for a good time (amiright?). Jenna chose our silk cloque, backless ballgown with a plunging neckline (L'Elysee) for the ceremony and OH how she moved it!!! Hope to see you again next week for coverage of the ceremony and after-party. Believe me, you won't be disappointed. 

Finery: L'Elysee, the Geode Druzy Sash, custom headpiece | Photographer: Jenn Emerling

Happiily Yours, CH