Crystal Cove Beach E-Session

Categories Real Weddings

Hannah and Dale’s engagement pics were taken at the Crystal Cove--a state beach in Newport Beach, CA. Coastal e-sessions are some of the most fun and free aren’t they?! And what a gorgeous location Crystal Cove is–from the beachfront cliffs and coves to the field of wild flowers. Rustic and romantic … kudos to AlliChelle Photography for bringing us all this natural light and beachy goodness! Enjoy.

Photographer:  AlliChelle Photography

California beach engagement session

Crystal Cove beach engagement pictures

California beach engagement session

Newport Beach, California engagement photos

Newport Beach engagement pics

Newport Beach, Crystal Cove

by AlliChelle Photography

Crystal Cove State Beach

California beach engagement session

Crystal Cove engagement pictures

Cali beach engagement photos

Newport Beach at sunset

sunset at Crystal Cove State Beach

sunset beach engagement photos

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Real Wedding: Crystal and Carlton

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

I have another beautiful and stylish couple for you today… Carlton and Crystal were married on 10-2-10 at ~ Christian World Ministries in Lake Charles, LA. Their reception was held at the Lake Charles Civic Center on the top floor… the Buccaneer Room. The photographer capturing all this elegance is Ashley Wood of Sulphur, LA    Woodlands Photography.  The Wedding Coordinator was Monica Rideaux of Lake Charles, LA

Evident in these lovely pics … Carlton and Crystal meld family and faith with such style, grace and tenderness. It just seems effortless. Enjoy and read along as Crystal shares about their style, colors, and how she enjoyed her wedding day!

Wedding Style Classy. Elegant. I’m not a flashy person. I’m just me. I love things that are nice, but not stuffy or stiff. 

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{So delicate and wonderful … and seemingly made just for her, I had to ask Crystal about her dress}  *Love*

THE dress I have always admired Spanish-style wedding dresses. When they zipped me in and hooked the veil … that was it! I started crying and I KNEW this was MY dress. {2010 Concord from Blue by Enzoani – Alecon Lace in Ivory}

Highlights of the Day When I woke up the morning of my wedding, I thought I would be anxious and nervous but I was so peaceful and happy. Sharing a moment with my mom as she looked in my eyes with love and hooked my necklace around my neck… Having all of my bridesmaids, my best friends around me on my special day… Grabbing my Dad’s arm as he lead me down the aisle… Kissing my husband!

Wedding Colors I love black and white… but I felt that I needed to add color to our wedding. I decided to go with apple red… deep and beautiful. I knew the color would look wonderful on all of my bridesmaids.

Bouquets These were ostrich burgundy and red feather stick picks, died to match the roses.

Best part of the whole wedding day The best part was joining Carlton in marriage in front of friends and family who genuinely love us and want the best for us. On this day I became Mrs. Carlton Briscoe and also a  full-time step mom. My life changed on October 2, 2010 and it was one of the best days ever!

Advice you’re glad you took I was so overwhelmed towards the last few weeks before the wedding. Several people told me to take in every moment of our wedding day, to soak it in and embrace it. And I am so happy I did! If I had worried about other unimportant factors, I would have missed the little things that made my wedding day so special.

The dessert table My husband enjoys sweets, so what better way to honor him than to give him his very own table fun of the desserts he loves. Variety of cookies – Chocolate cake with chocolate dipped strawberries, Traditional white cake with Pineapple filling and another traditional white cake with strawberry filling. The cake was a four tier classic round cake with bavarian cream filling and almond flavored icing.

{I love the tenderness in these photos… *sigh*}

Advice you wished you took I really tried to listen to all of the advice I received. I had several aunts and friends who shared their knowledge on love and marriage. The wedding was truly my vision as well as the ceremony. I tried to incorporate some of my Catholic faith in the ceremony and some of my husband’s Baptist traditions as well. I believe the wedding was about us and that was important.

Advice you’d like to give Each and every couple is different as each and every wedding is unique. Make your wedding about you and your spouse!

Gorgeous and inspiring! Thank You Crystal and Carlton for sharing your special day with all of us! We wish you oodles and oodles of joy and happiness and blessings!

This is the Thank You that Crystal and Carlton ordered from MagnetStreet Weddings. The design is from the   Soothing Blue line. And, what a great photo!


Crystals: 2011 Wedding Trend

Categories Inspiration

Happy New Year!

Brilliant Beautiful Crystals. We’ll be seeing them incorporated in new and sparkly ways in 2011 …  delicately beaded into the bodice of a gown … hanging from manzanita branches … and of course in accessories like jewelry, attire and other reception decor.

2011 crystal wedding trend {click & enlarge}

Crystals are inherently glamorous and even if you don’t consider yourself to be the “glitzy” type, you can still integrate them in ways and areas to attract light and color~ that’s what they do best! Crystals are just magical that way!

How will you be integrating wedding crystals in 2011?

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top inspiration board: hot pink manzanita and crystal wedding tree via Lara Rios Wedding Photography, Elya wedding gown, and flat square wedding invitation {Antique Rose} with vellum overlay and band inside petal holder via MagnetStreet Weddings. {View all designs for Antique Rose}

bottom inspiration board: toasting glasses, Etsy: necklace via Jurgita Handmade, Haute belt via IngenueB


Modern-Vintage Florida Real Wedding

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

We’re so very excited to share Jeff and Christine’s dream wedding–a modern day romance filled with a mixture of vintage and playful details. Christine had these lovely things to say about their beautifully curated wedding, “I didn’t want our wedding to feel like a theme. Jeff and I dated for 10 years before we got married, so we wanted our wedding style to simply represent us and our love for each other. When it came to color we went with neutrals plus pops of color. My favorite details were the ones that had meaning behind them. My dad had passed away a few years ago, so I had a piece of his old work shirt sewn over my heart in my dress. Jeff is a huge marvel comics fan, so I made pinwheel flowers for him and his groomsmen out of marvel fabric that would become part of the boutonnieres. And our wedding venue was seriously great and unique–and old building converted into a modern art lounge.”

Bravo photographer Aaron Bornfleth for such a beautiful rendering of the day. Without further ado…

Wedding Style: Modern-Vintage Romance
Wedding Colors: Shades of Gray | Ivory | Yellow| Blue | Agua-Green | Coral

Ceremony & Reception: Nova, St. Petersburg, FL
Photographer: Aaron Bornfleth
Wedding Stationery: MagnetStreet Weddings {Save the Dates, Invitation Suite, Thank You Cards}

Bride and Groom

Wedding Day Highlights…
There were honestly so many … From hanging out with the girls all morning long, over looking St. Pete Beach, to reading the most amazing letter from my husband to be, our first look, an incredibly personal ceremony done by the most amazing officiant, to dancing the night away.

Best part of the whole wedding day…
Marrying my best friend and being able to celebrate with family and friends. Jeff and I live about 2 hours from our venue, which was the least amount of travel time for a few of our local friends. Everyone else either drove or flew across the country to spend the day with us. It seriously meant the world to us to be able to spend the day with these people.

Photo Save the Date from MagnetStreet

Storybook Ending Photo Save the Date Card from MagnetStreet

Florida bridal party getting ready

wedding hair and charm bouquet

Yellow, white and orange wedding bouquet

Fabric pinwheel boutonniere

Bride's wedding dress with sewn in material

Bride in St. Petersburg wedding

About your dress…
I had the hardest time shopping for my dress here in Florida. I would find faults with everything. It was then I realized that it was my mom missing from the shopping experiences that I was actually missing. So on a trip up to Michigan I planed a few bridal appointments and that’s when we found my dress (Watters). I actually didn’t have the “this is the dress” feeling at first, but my mom did. I slept on the decision, and went back to try it on the next day (after revisiting a few favorites). Momma’s always know best, because I absolutely feel in love with it the next day.

Groomsmen in Florida real wedding

Bride with bridesmaids in mix-match blue dresses

Bride and Groom first look, Florida real wedding

Personalized Wedding Invitation from MagnetStreet

Whom My Soul Loves, Rectangle Wedding Invitation from MagnetStreet

Love letter to bride from groom on wedding day

comic book wedding theme

Bride entering ceremony in Florida real wedding

Flower girl and Ring bearer

Bride walking down aisle with mom

Bride and Groom painting on canvas during wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom announced husband and wife

Bridal party in St. Petersburg, FL

Bride and Groom in the park

Bride and Groom in park

Bride and Groom entering reception

First wedding dance

Wedding dessert table

Wedding Reception Decor

Wish tree in wedding reception table decor

Wedding Reception at the Nova, St. Petersburg, FL

Bride and Groom at Nova wedding venue

Groom tossing the garter

Wedding reception at Nova, St. Petersburg, FL

Bride and Groom cutting the wedding cake

Wedding Thank You Card from MagnetStreet

Vision of Love Photo Thank You Card from MagnetStreet

Congratulations Jeff and Christine! Thanks so much for sharing your day with all of us!!

Wedding Pro Shout Out

Aaron Bornfleth
See more pictures from this stunning wedding here.

Coordinator, Ruby Virginia Thomas and the entire Nova 535 team made sure everything was perfect.

In Motion Videography
In Motion created this awesome video trailer. Feel free to check it out here. : .

A Wedding with Grace
Grace Felice

Carter’s Florist

MagnetStreet Weddings
Everything was perfect. We used the special design request with most of our items and absolutely loved this feature. It allowed us to make everything exactly how we wanted. The quality of the products (we ordered save the dates, invites, rsvp, thank you cards, and my mom ordered my shower invites too) was great, but my favorite part was the customer service. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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