Inspiration: Triteia and Zultanite by April Violet

“When she was a child, my love carried a road-map in her hand the way other girls carried handkerchiefs. She always knew the way. Her feet were little wings. And her beautiful head was a compass.” ― Roman Payne

The inspiration for this shoot started with vintage maps. Their neutral colors: blacks, pinks, and light blues. The palette paired perfectly with the venue, a quaint, European-inspired bed and breakfast (built during the coal era) and endearingly called the Mousehole. All of this old world beauty produced lovely, luxe images featuring our Triteia and Zultanite gowns.

Gowns: Triteia and Zultanite | Photography: April Zelenka Photo Co. | Coordination & Styling: Elevate Events | Floral: KP Designs | Suit: Calvin Klein |  Models: The Rock Agency |  Bridal Pumps: Charles David | Hair & Makeup Artist: Lovely Elegance | Cake & Desserts: Yield Bakehouse | Stationery: Wondrous Whimsy | Bridal Accessories: BHLDN | Veil & Hairpieces: Kata Banko Couture | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Place Settings: World Market | Napkins: Me2Designs | Venue: Mousehole Lodging in Wisconsin.

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Jojo

Jojo and Michael locked in their love under the approving gaze of Abraham Lincoln. As DC residents, it made perfect sense for these two to celebrate among the treasures of their city. With the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument to their backs they said I do in an intimate ceremony. Jojo looked statuesque in our draped linen Kensington ballgown skirt and silk jersey ballet tank

Finery: Kensington tank and skirt | Photographer: Tim Riddick | Hair and Makeup: Jjana Valentiner

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Coralia by Alexandra Wallace

Our Coralia gown stuns in this simply lovely inspiration shoot from Alexandra Wallace. We adore the soft warm color and texture of this gown set against a clean crisp backdrop, with these wild florals and moody details. And we REALLY adore it drenched in that magic hour sunlight, sun-flares, handsome husband, and all. 

Finery: Coralia Gown, Heritage Veil, Alchemy Headpiece | Photography: Alexandra Wallace | Planning + styling: A Lovely Creative | Invitation suite + signage: Salt & Stag | Venue: Higuera Ranch | Make up: Rhyan Townsend | Hair: Olivia Shackelford | Linens: La Tavola | Florals: April Flowers | Cake: CB Bakeshop | Jewelry: Sofia Kaman Fine Jewels | Ribbon: Silk & Willow

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Lauren

Lauren and Zach did the Big Apple proud! These cool cats celebrated the city in their dual-borough nuptials. From their first look photos (taken right across from the landmark Soho Pharmacy in Manhattan) to their intimate ceremony, at Frankies 457 in Brooklyn, Loreto Caceres Photography captured it all. The couple's day was set against the brownstones, bridges, and street scenes that make us love this city. Lauren chose to have a custom gown created from our Bellevue Bustier and Versailles skirt. It was the perfect embodiment of the sleek sophistication and spunk that is NYC.

Gown: custom created from our Bellevue and Versailles separates | Photographer:  Loreto Caceres Photography | Venue: Frankies 457

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Matte Gold & Metallics at The Green Building

This shoot is a true-blue wonder. We love the feminine, frothy, drama of our Oceane and the warm, textured, metallics of our Pyrite set in the industrial interior of The Green Building. The floor to ceiling windows provide magical illumination. The expansive spaces are perfect for showcasing the movement inherent in these beauties. Exposed brick, pillar candles and double exposures, who could ask for anything more?

Gowns: Oceane and Pyrite | Photographer: D’Arcy Benincosa | Venue: The Green Building | Styling: Firefly Events | Florals: Boston Pollen | Makeup: Imogene Forever | Calligraphy: Julie Ha Calligraphy | Cake: A White Cake | Tabletop: The Table Top Company | Ribbon: Tono & Co from Utterly Engaged | Rings: Alberta Diamond Co 

Happily Yours, CH


Real Weddings: Meet Beryl

The sweetest love imaginable. So Beryl and James had planned to get married awhile back, but you know what they say of the best laid plans. A little (completely adorable) surprise came along and postponed their original timeline. The couple wed this October, and their celebration was all the richer for it. They were able to celebrate with their beautiful baby girl! Beryl chose our Middleton Place gown and Braided Sparkle Belt, the perfect ensemble for their boho, Australian I dos.

Gown: Middleton Place | Sash: Braided Sparkle Belt | Photographer: Erin & Tara | Design, Styling & Flowers: The Style Co.

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Grand Palais by Valentina Glidden

An abundance of flickering candles and florals in the softest blush make this inspiration shoot magnificently romantic. Valentina Glidden was behind the lens to capture all of the grandeur set at Vibiana, a Catholic church turned event space in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The styling of Smith + James play up the European charm of the venue with help from florals by Plenty of Petals. The draped linen ballgown skirt and deconstructed tulle bodice of our Grand Palais hold its own in this stately space. So very pretty in pink.

Finery: Grand Palais Gown and Heritage Veil | Styling: Smith + James | Photography: Valentina Glidden | Florals: Plenty of Petals | Cake: Sheila Mae | Calligraphy and Paper Design: Kara Anne Paper | Hair and Makeup: The Halcyon Agency | Venue: Vibiana  

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Alana

Alana and Chris tied the knot in one chic, Californian, winery wedding. The mix of ivories and nudes that Alana chose for her bridesmaid palette are the perfect compliment to her Tourmaline gown. We love the rustic elegance of the Soda Rock Winery. You may think you've seen a chandelier in a barn before but LOOK AT THIS ONE!!! Congratulations you two.

Gown: Tourmaline | Photographer: Elle Jae | Venue: Soda Rock Winery

Happily Yours, CH

Inspiration: Driftwood Beach and Monticello

Siren and sailor. We are completely seduced by this driftwood inspiration shoot by Emily Katharine of The Ganeys. It looks as though our Monticello gown has walked right out of the sea. The draped chiffon gown's washed silk and organic texture embodying the currents and waves themselves. With every detail perfected, from the abalone table runner to the delicate coral cake topper, and that sun-bleached bouquet, this seaside love story is one for the ages.

Gown: Monticello | Photography: Emily of The Ganeys during Amanda Watson Workshops | Styling: Posh Petals and Pearls | Hair and makeup: Emma Collins Beauty | Cake: Cathy Huber Cakes | Bouquet ribbons: Tono and Co. | Florist: Marble and Pine | Rentals: Snyder Events | Papergoods: Ashley Curry Calligraphy | Rentals: EventWorks Rental | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab 

Happily Yours, CH

Real Weddings: Meet Lindsey

Lindsey and Maxwell's destination wedding had everything a great beach celebration requires: sand, sea, and a cotton candy sunset. Their Costa Rican venue, Pangas Beach Club Tamarindo, was nestled among the palm trees right on the beach. Lindsey chose our Plié Bodice and Stratosphere Skirt. We love that she topped it with a floral crown and finished her bridal look with bare feet. Congratulations you two!