Southern California New Year’s Eve Wedding


For those of you who are about to plan for a wedding on a New Year’s Eve, this one will surely be a treat for you! This wedding affair has all the elements of a true NYC party: gold sequined dresses, shining piñata chandeliers, and glowing sparklers. And the florals, paper goods, and the event designing have totally hit the mark. We owe this everything to Sarah who happens to be one of the owners of L & S Design Co. She typically likes the festive mood of holiday parties from the glitzy feel to having all of the people she loved dancing around and having fun ‘til the break of dawn. She said, “We love the idea of everybody having a great time at our wedding and what could be better than having an NYE style of party on our special day?” and she was totally right about it! Huge thanks to Love Duck’s Photography for capturing all the beautiful moments of this wedding/NYE party and best wishes to Sarah and Pat for having a successful wedding!

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Being a floral designer at L & S Design Co. I was the one who make the wedding bouquets for the brides every weekend. I love doing my job so I wouldn’t miss the chance in making my own wedding bouquet. I had made from Silver brunia, black scabiosa, black center, anemones, Viberum berries, and peonies. I made my bouquet just right before the rehearsal dinner was about to start and I was very emotional in doing it that I could not stop myself from crying. I was so happy to see that the finished product totally reflects ‘me’. It looked as if it was not structured because of all the wild pieces but it was really the kind of bouquet I was hoping to hold at my wedding.

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Here’s a great tip that you can use: We really like the idea that the evening was not only our wedding night but it was also the New Year’s Eve to all our guests. We love to see them having a blast just like we did and we’re glad that we have decided to come up on such an idea. We rented a bunch of lounge furniture and we also had some special dynamic lighting that fitted perfectly with the dance floor. Our food for the wedding was set inside the room and they were grouped in stations. We wanted all the guests to find all the tapas we picked for the menu and they really loved it. There’s really something special about the thought f mingling around rather than sitting down while chatting with the same group of people for the next 2 hours.

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Dancing under this piñata chandelier is really enticing, don’t you think?

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Sarah has been around working with all other brides for their own weddings. So her advice is really something that you can work on with:

My advice is simple – just be true to yourself! Think of the special things that you and your partner like and start your planning from there. Never let anyone lead you away from you vision of the wedding or else you will only regret it everything if you don’t work from the heart.

Lastly, hire a wedding coordinator and leave everything to them because they are the professionals. You don’t wanna let your aunt run up to the DJ just to remind about playing you special mom or having your mom remember your day of taking pictures, right? I thank Megan for making all things possible at my wedding. Coordinators are such important for weddings and it’s a must that you also have them on your special day.


Flowers: L & S Design Co.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Moniker Warehouse

Event Coordinator: L&S Design Co.

Hair: Jessica Peterson

Cake: Bride’s Aunt

Catering: Alchemy

Wedding dress: Maggie Sottero

Wedding shoes: Vince Camuto

Groom’s Suit: Express Men’s

Shoes: Frye

Bridesmaid dresses: Nordstrom

Florida Botanical Wedding


A pleasant day to you Cakies! Today’s featured wedding story will surely inspire you and were going to kick things off by talking about the lovely mother of Christina, the bride of this wedding. She was truly a Super Woman for this event and Christina could not even stop herself for sharing all the things that her mother had done for her wedding. Not only was she able to create Christina’s stunning lace wedding outfit but she was also involved in making the dresses for the flower girls and gathered all the vendors and coordinated with them all the time. And fortunately for them, Christina’s mom has an excellent taste so she would not have to worry about a thing about it. What can we say? Mama knows best indeed! Thank you Love Duck’s Photo for providing us these wonderful pictures of the wedding and best wishes to Christina and Jay!

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Here’s what Christina can say about choosing their venue for the wedding… I have searched here and there from country clubs, barn venues, and even oceanic fronts but none of them really stood out. Then Jay and I visited the Iron Pergola where the McKee Botanical Gardens was situated and I knew it then that this would be the ideal place and Jay fell in love with it too. Their reception site named The Hall Of Giants is filled with character and history. The place is surrounded with a lot of natural beauty and we thought it would be just perfect since Jay and I are both from Virginia. Indeed, we can consider this place as a hidden treasure and we’re so lucky to have found it for our wedding.

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I think the flower girl’s dresses are the prettiest. Christina’s mom is such a master in creating these dresses, we think she should open up a small bridal boutique someday…

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Mom searched the internet to look for vintage designs of wedding dresses and patterns. The designs were easy to find, but the patterns were a bit of a challenge since most of the designers wants to take control of the market. After all the scouring, we were able to find and alencon lace as well as various wedding patterns instead and she used these to fit to me. It was really special taking my walk down the aisle because I know my dress was made with a lot of love and effort from the hands of my mother. This wedding dress is perfect in every single way and I’m glad that my mom has a big part on this outfit.

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Christina’s lovely wedding bouquet was made of seeded eucalyptus and New Zealand peonies. Her bouquet is perfectly balanced and the designed is well attuned to go well with the other elements on her wedding.

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They potted 100 succulents in vintage French zinc pots and used garden labels made of copper to write the guest’s names. If you are interested for more DIY projects for your wedding, please check out Pinterest board and wedding ideas section today.

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Venue: McKee Botanical Gardens

Florist: Monti’s Flower Market

Cake: Sweet Creations

Catering: Elizabeth D. Kennedy & Company, Inc.

Invitation designer: bride, Christina

Wedding Dress: The Greenguide Wedding Dress Collection

Shoes: Ralph Lauren

Groom’s Suit: Island Formals

Bridesmaid Dresses: Eliza J

DIY New York Wedding


The wonderful story behind this couple’s DIY New York wedding is purely beautiful, breath taking, and filled with love. You’ll be amazed to know that they have managed to plan out this wedding in just 2 months and still it came with lots of pretty details that you can be inspired of! This only shows the impact of bringing all the talented friends and loved ones as the wedding was still as magnificent considering the lack of time in preparing for it. Jessica rushed out of bed at the morning of her wedding and helped all of her ladies setting up the tables and all the other details. And she did this while still wearing her pajamas, imagine that! And while the bride was busy doing her thing, one of her close friends stayed with her to take care of the floral necklaces for her bridesmaids while Scott was busy lending a hand is setting up the sail tent that was going to be used at the reception area. It was indeed a beautiful tale of love which is all set in a dreamy way and every moment of this day was masterfully captured by Love Duck’s Photography

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I surely love Jess’ recipe for her bouquet. The dahlias, silver brunia, rice flowers, hellebores, snowberries, and peppergrass were cleverly combined in order to create such a flower piece for her wedding.


Caroline who happened to by my florist and one of the bridesmaids for the day immediately worked on the floral necklaces right after our Friday Welcome Dinner. She was able to make 7 floral necklaces and they were made from orchids, silver brunia, rice flowers, and hot majolica roses then tied them off with various silk ribbons that she was able to collect from the garment district. She also fashioned wire to support all the flowers properly. I was really looking forward in having all the fun as fashionable pieces and she was able to do it since the usual bridesmaid bouquet was not fit for the budget.

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Back in July, Scott and I have discovered that his mom is battling this rare form of cancer called Multiple Myeloma and she has decided to halt all of her treatments. She was only given months to live after that. We have just been engaged during that time (as of May) and we have already made plans to have our wedding in September, but after hearing all of this plus having my mom’s moderate Alzheimer’s condition we have decided to hold our wedding after 2 months and with help of everybody, it was successful. Scott’s mother left us in November and we are both glad to be a part of our special day.

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During the after hours, a 21 inch screen was brought out and it played all of their favorite movies. Rugs made of sheepskin were being placed on the lawn and the Woolrich and Pendelton blankets as well as pillows on the Adironack chairs were also place out so that everybody can used and feel cozy for the rest of the evening. The entire area was transformed into an outdoor living space and the feel was really homely.


Best wished to Jessica and Scott!


Florist: Caroline Jones

Venue: private home on Cazenovia Lake

Bride’s Dress: Lovely Boutique NYC

Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu

Bridesmaid dresses: Joanna August

Groom’s Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna

Shirt: Zohreh

Shoes: Bruno Magli Maioco Oxford

Cake: Gingersnap Bakery

Chef: Stephen Landon

Invitation: Bella Figura

Rentals: McCarthy Tents and Events

Mixologist:Good Spirits


Intimate New York Wedding


You probably know how people keep on asking about what kind of wedding you are going to have so that they will also not the kind of outfits they are going to wear right? Well, everybody kept wondering about how would Kate and David’s wedding was going to be like so they told them that it would like a ‘dressy-BBQ’ kind of affair. We just love their idea about this and they also chose a very beautiful spot to hold their wedding. And so the celebration came and the celebration pretty much says it all as the high heels left a mark on the wooden floor, the fridge was filled with tasty BBQ sauce, and the chicken wing bones were scattered along the driveway… This is one kind of wedding story you shouldn’t miss!

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Amy Merrick took care of all the floral arrangements for this event and as soon as we learned that she was going to be part of this wedding, we knew that a swoon-worthy bouquet was going to be a prt of her creations. The bouquet recipe consists of the following: lambs ear, peonies, foxglove and blueberries and all of this were collected from the bride’s property.

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One of the special details that we have in this wedding was having our parent’s best friend driving for us in a Rolls Royce with my sister. He immediately offered himself to be chauffeur for the wedding after learning about my engagement to David and I never realized such a precious gift that he brought until he drove in with the car. I felt like a princess while I was riding in the car and spending those incredible moments with Mr. Vernon, my photographer, and my sister was really magical! And it was even more special when David and I were getting off the church and riding inside the car as a happily married couple.

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And we so love the bridal party as all of the ladies were wearing blush and nude colored bridesmaid dresses…

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We thought that it would be more meaningful to spend out reception at home not only because of the cozy feel but also because it’s the place that we both love. And that’s the reason why we picked this house in the first place. But even thought we are quite fortunate that the others, hurricane Sandy did managed to damage our yard and destroyed 13 mature trees and a few of the smaller ones. We spent the entire night of the storm literally listening to the trees falling down and praying that none of them would hit our house. The day after, logs and piles of debris were everywhere and the clean-up was really expensive. And that’s why we considered this house as something significant.

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Kate’s wedding advice: It would be nice to hire a wedding coordinator at your wedding because a lot of things will be going on and it will be great to have somebody to take care of it for you. A lot of things happened in our wedding like the coffee not being served despite having all that China and coffee makers and bartenders not having an idea that there were still 20 bottles of wine left in the fridge.

This is so true! We all experience this at our wedding and I would have been a tremendous help to have a wedding planner around. Take my word for it and check out this vendor guide that we have provided for you. Just make sure that you will the one that is nearest to your area.


Reception Venue: private home in Pound Ridge, NY

Invitation: A Printable Press

Bridal Hair: Reagan Baker

Bridal Makeup: Veronica Pastoriza

Florist: Amy Merrick

Cake: Anna Llanos at the Mothership Bakery

Catering: Dinosaur BBQ

Wedding Dress: Gabriella NY

Shoes: Free People

Groom’s Suit: Hart Schaffner Marx and Steven Alan

Shoes: Cole Haan

Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN, Dessy, Watters and Amsale


Creative Woody Wedding

Do you still remember the time when we shared to all of you this couple’s wedding website? We were so impressed with the design of the website that we couldn’t help ourselves but to adore all of their wedding photos that Love Duck’s Photo shared to us (we were actually hoping that we could see their wedding in secret and we’re glad that we did eventually). The design of this affair is practically what every wedding design nerd should be dreaming of: cement and curry palettes, woodsy elements, unique stationeries, and modern branding. Jess was very happy to be hand-on with the preparation and if their wedding is a definitive representation of who they are as a couple, then I guess I would love to have these wedding design nerds around! We would be happy to work with them at any day. Congratulations to these 2 cuties!


In case you were not able to get it, Ross and Jess are designers. The 2 met at a design event and I bet they love collaborating on any wedding projects together. Ross works at this designing firm while Jess at a stylish stationery studio. Jess has a passion for cooking, cuddling her pet rabbit, and entertaining. On the other hand, Ross likes sci-fi movies, cribbage, and a micro brew.


We had so much fun designing all our wedding invites! Studio on Fire had them letter pressed in cotton paper and we bout the envelopes at the Paper Source. We has this suite for only $1,200 and we were also responsible for the design and content of our wedding website of course, with some help from one of our good friend Bobby Marko. He did all of the coding chores for the website. To help us minimize the cost for our wedding, we added a link that would lead visitors to a shop where we are selling some posters we have designed. This move turned out to be great as we were able to earn a handsome amount of money and use it to pay for all of our expenses.

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The couple crafted their wedding guestbook from balsa and they stained each of the pieces then bounded it with a stylish fabric.


The couple also used branches which they found at IKEA, homemade arrows, some flowers, and rope in creating this one of a kind centerpiece that hanged above the main table.

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They also placed craspedias, cottage roses, dragon snaps, and small daisies inside jars and set them on this homemade table cloth.

The table runner would have to be the most challenging work that we have to do and the most time consuming as well. And though it took a lot of hardwork on making these, we both considered it as the most unique and our favorite detail of the wedding. We did all the cutting then we have to iron each of the fabric, the screen print, then iron again. We organized a system where one person would pull the ink on the screen and the other one would pull the fabric out. It took us 5 hours to complete all of this and it was still worth it.


They truly have DIY wedding done right on the money! Congratulations again to Ross and Joss!


Venue: Shephard’s Hill Farm

Flowers: Spruce & Fifty Flowers

Hair: Rue 48

Bride’s dress: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid dresses: The Green Guide

Necklace & shoes: Target

Groom’s suit: J.Crew

Tie: handmade w/ Amy Butler fabric