Light + Airy Home Tour

by Audrey on 07.20.16

in Lifestyle

by Audrey
07.20.16

We’ve always been fans of the beautifully curated weddings featured on Southern Weddings, so you can imagine our delight when Emily March sent over these images of editor, Lara Casey’s lovely coastal inspired home.  For more beautiful images, and all the fun details about this easy and breezy home design, be sure to check out our first ever Lifestyle Issue.

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by Audrey
07.19.16

Mediterranean Garden Wedding Inspiration - Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography - smitten-mag.com_0462

When a Mediterranean garden is at your fingertips, little else is needed to make it super pretty.  Here, the photographer explains her creative process:

We were inspired by the lush flora of the Meditteranean gardens. Soaking in warm light, and overflowing with a plethora of roots and tubers, citrus fruit, viticulture, herbs, and flowers used for perfume extraction.  The color and tonality are emphasized by the hardscape, with patios, courtyards, low walls and overheads. Earth tones are punctuated by bright accent colors like fuchsia, lotus-orange, purple and yellow. The Mediterranean garden can host a most romantic wedding, and serve both as a shooting-session backdrop and an incredible venue. The shoot location, the Parparoussi Estate, which also includes a family-sustained winery, provided the perfect setting. We did not employ any extra decorative pieces, as the urns, terra-cotta pots and stonework pretty much decorated the place. The weathered look was key; a true Mediterranean garden is where you live, not just something you view. It should show some wear.  We imagined this wedding to reflect exactly that: continuance, longevity, energy and emotion. Nothing spells Mediterranean like tile, by mixing tile patterns popular in the Adriatic and the Aegean, they brightened up the tablescape. We set the table with Roman style glassware and tile-inspired stationery, menus, invitations, cake and treats. We incorporated a little delicate embroidery, fresh fruit and a crystal candelabra set on a 1920’s mahogany buffet.  The fauna of the estate did not hesitate to make its way into the session, which created a fairy tale feel complete with peacocks.

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Photographer: Sotiris Tsakanikas Photography | Event Planning + Styling: La Fete | Venue: Ktima Parparoussi | Bride’s Dress: Katia Delatolla | Bride’s Shoes: Femme Fanatique | Cake Baker: Sweet Talking | Flowers & Decor: aktypis flowers | Bride’s Jewelry: Prigipo | Hairstylist: Antonis Houmouritis | Makeup Artist: Vasiliki Zorba | Styling: Elisavet Fakou | Model: Katya Tarabanko | Special Thanks: Nick Tsakanika

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by Audrey
07.17.16

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Designers (and anyone who loves to draw or wants to get better at it), looking for a beautiful workshop to flex your creative muscle?  We are in love with this Sketchbook Series, and not just because of the fab hot pink sideboard in the photo above.  It’s also a great way to learn new skills and meet new friendors in your community.  Here’s more info from the organizers:

The Sketchbook Series for creative professionals is a workshop taught by Mary Phan, creative director of Very Mary Inspired. Mary has utilized her sketching skills in her former discipline in interior design, including event design and planning. In The Sketchbook Series, you will learn the basics of sketching that are invaluable to any creative business­­ skills that has become necessary for today’s top event designers, event planners, cake bakers, florists, or any creative individual needing visually communicate ideas. This class is fun, inspiring, fresh, and is an interactive way to meet industry professionals.

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Host + Speaker: ​Mary Phan of Very Mary Inspired + The Sketchbook Series | Event Production + Design: ​ROQUE Events | Venue, Rentals + Florals: Blueprint Studios | Photographer: ​Caitlin O’Reilly Photography | Cake Baker: ​Batter Up Cakery | Invitations & Stationery: Laura Lambrix Designs | Catering: ​Stephanie Graham Events | Sponsor: ​Aisle Planner | Sponsor: Imagination International

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Inspiration in an Oregon Backyard

Backyard Wedding in Oregon -Katie Dessin Photography - smitten-mag.com_0426

This summer wedding inspiration has all our favorite details for a warm weather celebration: outdoor setting, seasonal fruits, grilled entrees, and soft flowers.  Here are some thoughts from the photoshoot team on how they came up with and executed their vision: Oregon is home to dozens of natural wonders, from the deserts and painted hills […]

Married in a California Flower Farm

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Here are some thoughts from event planner, Alana Jain Events, on this lovely summer wedding: Combining both traditional and casual, this backyard wedding in Carpinteria, California incorporated some of the bride’s Dutch traditions, while guests sipped and danced under the moon light overlooking acres of the family flower ranch.  The simplistic and rustic decor, along […]