Real Wedding { Teaser } : Cassie + Morgan

Last October, on a crisp yet sunny Fall day, Cassie and Morgan tied the knot at Beaulieu Garden in front of their nearest and dearest.  We loved working with them and their families because they were so excited and enthusiastic about their big day and all the little details.  In addition, the vendors that we had the pleasure of working with on this wedding made it one of our most memorable weddings of 2013.  The printed pieces c/o Chewing The Cud, the decor c/o Atelier Joya, the food c/o Paula LeDuc Fine Catering – we could go on and on!  Without a doubt, the biggest show stopper was Cassie’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous Vera Wang dress; the kind of dress every girl dreams about wearing as she walks down the aisle.

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the day, but you can find the entire album on our recent Style Me Pretty feature by following this link.

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

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Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

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Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

Photo by Elle Jae Photography

 

Wishing Cassie and Morgan a lifetime of good food, delicious wine, and lots of love!

Real Wedding: Olivia and Dan on Style Me Pretty Today!

We’re beyond excited to share photos from Olivia and Dan’s wedding at Beaulieu Garden on Style Me Pretty today!  We worked with an all star group of vendors to produce this gorgeous wedding, including Yvonne Wong Photography, Paula Le Duc Fine Catering, Sharla Flock Designs, Got Light., Sweet On Cake, and many others.  Here’s a little sneak peak of some of our favorite photos, but please be sure to visit the entire gallery on Style Me Pretty by following this link.

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Real Wedding: Megan & Ben on Style Me Pretty

 Today we are so excited to have Megan and Ben’s wedding featured on Style Me Pretty!  Megan and Ben were one of the sweetest couples we have ever had the pleasure of working with.  Here are a few sneak peek photos, and you can find the entire gallery by following this link.

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Photo by Nirav Patel

Cheers to you Megan and Ben!  Wishing you a lifetime of love, adventure and lots of laughter!

Real Wedding: Laura + Jeff

Today we are pleased to share the beautiful photos from Laura and Jeff’s wedding at Beaulieu Garden in Yountville, CA.  Their big day took place on a HOT June day, yet despite the heat, Laura managed to look absolutely stunning and flawless throughout the day.  Pat Friday‘s ‘fresh from the garden’ approach to the design of the wedding was full of girly pops of pink { peonies galore! }, lavender and lush hydrangea.   Please enjoy the photos below; our favorite moments from the day were Laura and Jeff’s special dances with their Father and Mother.  Laura and Jeff were such a lovely couple to work with, and we wish them a lifetime of happiness and laughter.

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Planning & Coordination: Stacy McCain Event Planning / Photography: Michelle Pattee / Printed Pieces: InPrint-Elle / Venue Beaulieu Garden / Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering / Flowers: Pat Friday / Lighting & Sound: Got Light / Ceremony and Cocktail Music: An Elegant Touch of Strings / Band: Allstar Jukebox / Cake: Perfect Endings / Makeup: Victoria’s Hair and Spa

Wedding Traditions and History: Wedding Rings

How did the tradition of wearing a wedding band as a symbol that one was married begin?  The wedding ring dates back to ancient Egypt, more than 3,000 years ago.

Egyptian society saw the circular shape of the ring as a symbol of eternal love – one with no beginning and no end. Similar to present day traditions, the Egyptians wore the wedding band on their fourth finger on the left hand. Wearing a wedding ring served as a physical sealing of the marriage and a symbol of commitment. This concept has been passed down for centuries and spread throughout many cultures.

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Photo by Yvonne Wong

Unlike the more romantic Egyptians, wherein the ring symbolized love, the ancient Romans viewed the wedding ring as a symbol of possession. A woman who wore a ring signified that she was a wife who belonged to her husband.

Photo courtesy Romano Britain

Photo courtesy Romano Britain

We have the Archduke Maximillian of Austria to thank for the traditional diamond rings with which many men propose today. In 1477, the Archduke offered his beloved Mary of Burgandy a diamond as a betrothal gift – the first ever recorded diamond engagement ring.

Photo courtesy Mariana Chawi

Photo courtesy Mariana Chawi

Be sure to check out our last installment: Wedding Traditions and History: The Ring Finger.

Wedding Traditions and History: The Ring Finger

Ever wonder why we wear wedding rings on our left hand, second finger from the last?

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Throughout the various stages in history, wedding rings have been worn on different fingers.  This includes the thumb and on both the left and right hands.

According to a tradition derived from the Romans, the wedding ring was worn on the left hand (finger closest to the pinkie) because there was thought to be the primary vein running through the finger. This vein was referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’, or the ‘Vein of Love’, which was directly connected to the heart. Sadly, scientists have now proven that the existence of such a vein is actually false. Despite the discovery, this myth is still regarded by many hopeless romantics as the number one reason wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand.

Photo by Edyta Szyszło

Photo by Edyta Szyszło

Another Christian theory states that early marriages practiced a ritual of wearing the wedding ring on the third finger. During the ‘binding ceremony’, the priest would declare the following words: “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” At the same time, he would take the ring and touch the thumb, index finger, and the middle finger.  Then, while uttering “Amen”, he would place the ring on the ring finger, which sealed the marriage!

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

If you missed it, be sure to check last months Wedding Traditions and History installment on Wedding Traditions and History: The Bridal Party!

Wedding Traditions and History: The Bridal Party

This week we are taking a look at the fascinating history of the modern day Bridal Party.

Photos by Michelle McMurray

The Bridal Party: Then
Photo by Michelle McMurray

Photo by Gertrude and Mabel Photography

The Bridal Party: Now
Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

In early traditions, groomsmen were called ‘bridesknights.’  These bridesknights supported the groom by helping him capture and protect his bride. They would ride their horses to another town to kidnap the bride, and the groom’s ‘best knight’ would help fight for the groom’s love.

Drawing by Manga and Anime

The Groomsmen: Then
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The bridesknights would then oversee the safety of the bride until the wedding ceremony was over.  The best knight would stand on the Brides side so he could be next to her and protect her until they were married. This was thought to confuse the evil spirits, ensuring that no spells could be cast over the couple.

It’s safe to say that the role of the groomsmen has changed significantly over the years!  Today’s responsibilities include planning the groom’s last hurrah by way of a bachelor party, and ensuring he makes it to the church on time for the ceremony.

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The Groomsmen: Now
Photo by Gertrude & Mabel

Photo by Martin Schweig

The Bridesmaids: Then
Photo by Martin Schweig

Back in the day, bridesmaids played a very similar role to the brideknights. The bride’s closest friends would help the bride get some distance from her over-protective family and unwanted suitors so she could be captured by the groom she desired.  On her wedding day, her bridesmaids would dress similarly to the bride in an effort to throw off any evil spirits and bad luck that could be directed towards the otherwise easily identifiable bride and groom.

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The Bridesmaids: Now
Photo by Michelle Pattee Photography

Nowadays, the maid of honor and bridesmaids are chosen specially from the bride’s close group of friends to stand beside her on the big day.  They celebrate her by planning a fabulous bachelorette party prior to the wedding, and see to it that each and every one of her needs are met while she prepares to walk down the aisle.

Traditions are so much more fun in our day and age!

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Photo by Gertrude & Mabel