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We are #smittenwith the rise in elopements collecting in our inbox.  This new trend encompasses all of our favorite elements of a styled shoot with the true love and commitment of a wedding.  Of course a big dreamy wedding with lots of loved ones in attendance will never go out of style, consider a new idea, and maybe even save a little bit of money.  The reception is hands down the biggest expense of a wedding, so by eliminating it, you can splurge on photography, flowers, attire, and even location by starting your honeymoon with a breathtaking backdrop, like this elopement in Crimea, Russia overlooking the Black Sea.  After your return (and the pictures come back) host a casual house party with your friends and family to show off your beautiful images.  Now this is a vacation slideshow everyone will love.  If your elopement is going to break a few hearts, then bring a minimal amount of loved ones with you (like five or six on each side).  This is the perfect marriage between a variety of budget sizes and a super swoon/Pinterest worthy nuptial.

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Photographer: Alexander Santi | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: JRweddings | Flowers & Decor: Zeffir Decor | Bride’s Dress: The Ivory Silk | Groom’s Attire: Patrik Man | Hair + Makeup: Kolibri | Calligraphy: Handwriting.life

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by Audrey
09.06.16

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You can’t get much more original a combination than the cultural blend of this Norwegian and Indian wedding.  Set in the coastal town of Galveston, Texas, photographer, Endless Exposures gives us the inside perspective…

When I first heard from my bride Nadia and asked about her love story, she said “I’m a Texan, he’s Norwegian,..and we met and now live in NYC together!” Nadia’s Hotel Galvez had beautiful colors: pinks, golds, oranges, and greenery throughout her reception.. with Indian, Texas, and Norwegian traditions incorporated throughout the day. We absolutely adored her boho-chic lace dress from BHLDN that she paired with a baby’s breath floral crown by Island Flowers. You know it’s going to be a fantastic wedding when there’s not just one, but two wedding dresses. Nadia later changed into her Indian wedding attire to dance the night away with her groom on the colorfully lit up dance floor inside the Galvez’s Terrace Ballroom. The couple loved that the hotel had so much historical and romantic charm.  Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the beautiful Terrace Ballroom while the couple and family took their formal portraits. When the couple was introduced to the reception they were greeted with their closest family and friends to watch them stride into their first dance. They had a Polaroid guest book table setup that entertained guests the entire evening, along with an Anniversary box for everyone to write a note of well wishes, sealed tight until their first anniversary.  We made sure and snapped a Polaroid of the couple at the end of the night so they could join in on the festivities!  I remember talking to Nadia in the hotel room while she was getting ready, and she had told me she wanted a beautiful, organic, and colorful wedding. Nadia got just that with the simplicity and airiness of everything from her beautiful gown, decorations, seagulls in the sky, air in the palm trees, and the sunset as they walked down the aisle.

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Photographer: Endless Exposures Photography | Reception Venue: Hotel Galvez | Bride’s Dress: BHLDN | Videographer: Blink Films | Cake Baker: Cakes by Jula | DJ: DJ Tariq | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Eventology Weddings | Flowers & Decor: Island Flowers | Groom’s Attire: J. Crew | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hairstylist: Orchid Beauty Salon

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by Audrey
08.30.16

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This post is brimming with cutie details inspired by Kate Spade and a hair tutorial for a lovely braided updo.  Here’s a little info from the photographer about their design process.

Kate Spade is known for being fun, colorful, and stylish, but we wanted to pull away from her more typical structured, modern style and add that whimsical feel with a free flowing bouquet, loose-messy hair, silk ribbons in the wind, etc. Additional inspiration came heritage, vintage furniture and historical houses–we were so lucky to be able to shoot at the North Star House designed by Julia Morgan.  In the spirit of shopping local, all the flowers were grown and styled by Little Boy Flowers. Of course being a girly girl, our bride had to show off three of her favorite pairs of heels throughout the day.  When it’s your wedding, you can do what you want!

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Braided Updo Hair Tutorial

It’s the age old question: hair up or hair down? Well, why not both?! This style has the comfort and relaxed edge of wearing your hair down while still maintaining the elegance of an updo. And the best part–It only looks more lovely while it loosens as you dance the night away.

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1. Using a 1″ curling iron, curl hair.

2. Leaving the sides alone, tease just the center of the crown from the front to about 1/3 of the way back down the center of the head. Two to three layers of teasing ought to do it!

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3. Gathering the center section of the crown that you just teased, smooth the top over and twist. Secure with a bobby pin (or two!). You can hide the pin within the twist.
4. Now take a section of the hair from the left side, twist, and wrap over your secured center twist. Secure with a pin.
5. Repeat step 4 on the right side. Secure again remembering to hide the pins in the twist so you can’t see them.
6. Next divide the remaining hair into three sections with the largest being the middle section. Gather that large center section of hair in the middle. We are about to wrap it.

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7. Take the left section and twist it over the middle section as before, but this time instead of securing it with a pin, twist it back underneath the middle section. Do the same with the right section so that both ends meet back underneath the middle section to create a ponytail.
8. With each twist wrapped around the pony, you’ll need to secure it. Use a small hair tie to connect the ends of the twists. The ends will easily hide within the curls of the ponytail.

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9. Style the front of your hair how you like, tendrils, swept bangs, anything.

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10. Finish with hairspray.

Photographer: Lydia Photography | Venue: The North Star House | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Taylor Kane Events | Hair + Makeup: Polish and Pout | Flowers & Decor: Little Boy Flowers | Invitations & Stationery: Elizabeth Mae Creative | Cake Baker: Vintage Blossom Cakes | Rentals: Roots Reclaimed

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