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Guests Stayed in Safari Tents For Their ‘Desert Chic’ Wedding

If you’re the kind of couple who’s looking to buck tradition and design a nontraditional day, take notes from this bride and groom. They brought their guests to the Utah desert, where they enjoyed incredible natural scenery and luxe safari tents as on-site accommodations. Of course, they called on the pros at Under Canvas and Celeste Greene: Sustainable Event Design to help bring their desert chic vision to life, and Brumley & Wells didn’t miss a single beat.

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From The Bride (Amanda Beethe)…When envisioning our perfect wedding my fiancé (Anthony Neff) and I both wanted a natural setting – a backdrop that was grand yet understated…where the minimal wedding details could stand on their own. We felt strongly that any artificial decorations couldn’t hold a candle to the beauty in the living landscape. So we set out on a journey to find a “natural chapel” in the sky or at the edge of the earth. A place where our family and friends from all corners of the country could gather together. Growing up I would take family road trips through the southwest desert and the area holds a special magic for me – luckily my fiancé felt the same. We found a beautiful location at Moab Under Canvas; a serene plot of land overlooking Arches National Monument where our guests could stay on site in canvas safari tents and wake up to the same beautiful sunrise that we had fallen in love with. It was the perfect setting for a friend/family reunion and celebration of our love. As an aside, my (now) husband and I have known each other for 14 years and have been living together in NYC for 12 years – so this was not exactly a surprise or formal affair but more of a ceremonial “coming together” to rejoice the past and future.

The color palette was pulled directly from the landscape – soft rose, red and tan of the desert sand; sun-bleached whites and greens from the juniper trees and sage brush. The wedding party colors followed suit; the ladies in white and the men in white, tan, and grey. The style was minimal and understated with a focus on strong geometries and the simple movement of the white canvas blowing in the wind. Both of us being architects, we wanted to create a sense of space in the expansive desert but with a light hand that would respect the natural surroundings. We designed a procession through three gathering spaces: First the Tipi Marquis with lounge seating, bar and classic western films projected on the canvas with a nearby fire pit for s’mores and stargazing. A second path led to the ceremony site: a natural vista with stunning views leading out from our deluxe safari tent. And third, the reception area where we designed and built a temporary platform floating over the desert under a canopy of garden string lights. All connected with lantern-lit paths. Each area was connected by a lantern-lit path.

One of our favorite moments had to be the first dance ending with the full moon rising over the desert behind our guests (unplanned). It was heavenly. Music plays a major role in our lives and we spent a lot of time gathering “The Big Day” Playlist so we had an endless supply of music to dance late into the night.

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Photography: Brumley & Wells | Event Planning: Celeste Greene: Sustainable Event Design | Floral Design: Soil & Stem | Wedding Dress: C.F. Goldman | Invitations: The Wells Makery | Jewelry: Maiyet | Rings: Mociun | Catering: Brown Brothers Catering | Hair: TX Do Or Die | DJ: DJ Flash & Flare | Groom's Attire: Billy Reid | Venue: Under Canvas | Tent Rental: Under Canvas | Accessories: clyde | Bridal Boutique: assembly new york | First Look: Canyonlands, UT | Rentals: Diamond Rental | Tailor: Ghost Tailor | Transportation + Rafting: Tagalong Expeditions

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Join Us For a Wayfair Registry Celebration!

You know we’re never ones to miss a crazy cool party, so when Wayfair asked us to join them for a VIP preview + reception on Tuesday, October 4th, we signed up immediately. I mean, an entire evening celebrating Wayfair’s awesome new registry with yummy bites, signature cocktails AND a meet and greet with yours truly? We can’t wait to see you there.

The first ever registry to offer a lineup of options for your home across ALL styles and price points, the Wayfair Registry is your one-stop shop for everything (and I mean everything) you’ll ever need with over 7 million products in kitchen, bath, bed, living, patio, garden and beyond.  In other words? If you want it, the Wayfair Registry has it… and all with free shipping, white glove delivery (for larger items), a 90-day return policy and a 10% off completion discount on those remaining items that weren’t purchased by your nearest and dearest.  You can even personalize your registry by adding those adorable engagement pics and leave sweet notes of thanks to your guests.  Even better? Wayfair Registry offers Group Gifting, so you can add all of those awesome items you have your eye on (think new furniture or gourmet appliances) and your guests can contribute the amount they want.  It’s what we call a win-win.  Want a little sneak peek of our fave registry finds?  Here you go…

Mark those calendars NOW and prepare to help us celebrate the new Wayfair Registry on Tuesday, October 4th from 5 to 9 pm.  We’ll be there to chat about our special, hand-picked items and you can also check out the Kleinfeld Lounge for a sneak peek of their latest designs, mix and mingle with Wayfair Registry Specialists and enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres. It’s a can’t-miss event.

What: To celebrate the launch of the Wayfair Registry, Wayfair is offering couples a chance to win $20,000 to put toward their big day!

How: To enter, couples must sign up for Wayfair Registry and add at least $1,000 worth of product to their Registry between September 20th, 2016 and November 3oth, 2016. No purchase necessary.

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SMP Registry Sneak Peek: 1. Vintage 5 Piece Place Setting Set by MEPRA 2. Cake Stand by BIA Cordon Bleu 3. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Pot by Brayden Studio 4. Glass Stemware Pink Red Wine Glasses (Set of 4) by Certified International 5. 5 Piece Kitchen Utensil Set 6. Forum Dinner Plate by Casafina 7. Dorset Basket for Four in Gazebo by Picnic at Ascot 8. Stoneware 12 oz Coffee Mug by Le Creuset 9. Pizza Peel by Ironwood Gourmet 10. M’Heritage 10 Piece Cookware Set

See A Wedding Workshop Inspired by Garden Roses

When the ever-so-talented Holly Chapple hosts a class for floral designers you know you’re in for a world of pretty. And this June workshop inspired by none other than David Austin garden roses? Well, it certainly didn’t disappoint. For each and every one of these creations belongs to the class that crafted them and thankfully Jodi and Kurt Miller captured it all to revisit time and time again in The Vault!

From Holly ChappleThis photo shoot was inspired by David Austin garden roses, and Holly’s recent journey to London. Holly teaches her Chapel Designer workshops in the UK, Australia, throughout the USA and at her farm Hope Flower Farm. Holly brought many treasures home from her most recent visit to London, she was there this April to teach the London Chapel Designers conference. The garden rose bunting and matching doilies were purchased at Hampton Court Palace, these items and their beautiful garden rose pattern inspired Holly to create a shoot based around the items she gathered in London and her beloved David Austin roses. Vintage silver containers were gathered in London and were also used in the tablescape. On the table you will find lovely salt and pepper shakers, silver tea strainers, tea sets and gorgeous silver all purchased in London. The fact that her guest teacher Robbie Honey was coming from London helped to Solidify her desire to create an English Rose Garden – Tea party shoot. Baker and food stylist Sarah Orman also from London, went about creating traditional English tea party treats. I Sarah could bring an authentic tea party vibe to the shoot.

All florals were dripping with david austin garden roses, peonies, and vine. We wanted to create a design that looked a natural trellis. This area would be the perfect place for our table scape. The arbor custom made at the workshop was covered in vine and floral. The structure was a fabulous group project led by Holly Chapple. Robbie taught the designers about cascading bridal bouquets and the tradition of wiring stems. Custom stationery was designed by Sarah Kate Couture who did custom sketches of garden roses which complimented the bunting.

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Photography: Jodi & Kurt Photography | Floral Design: Laura Boucher/ Laura B Florals | Floral Design: Houston Flower Girls | Floral Design: Deborah Hudgens | Floral Design: Bramble & Bee | Floral Design: Simplified Celebrations | Floral Design: Susie Puckett/ The Everyday Gardener | Floral Design: Holly Urban | Floral Design: Benn Kuhns | Floral Design: Forever Cole Events | Floral Design: Flower Vibes | Floral Design: Dolly Creekmore Goings | Wedding Dress: Hitched Salon | Cake: Fresh Bakes | Invitations: Sara Kate Couture | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Hitched Salon | Hair + Makeup: Jamie D'Agostino | Floral Design + Teacher: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Floral Design + Teacher: Robbie Honey | Flower Girl Dress: Little Birdies Boutique DC | Food Stylist + Baker: Sarah Orman Of My Modern Diary | Location: Hope Flower Farm | Model: Ashlynn Sommers | Model: Cari Funkhouser | Model: Audra Avery | Model: Robbie Honey | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Ribbon: Honey Silks And Company | Vintage China and Antiques: Hope Flower Farm

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Chic Wine Country Wedding With Pops of Pink

A wedding day in Sonoma means good food, flowing wine, and stunning vineyard views as far as the eye can see. Dana and Charles gave their guests that quintessential wine country experience and the result was the ultimate celebration anchored in Greek Orthodox tradition. Don’t miss a moment from the lens of Jesse Leake inside The Vault.

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From Rebecca Johnson of Kristi Amoroso Special Events… Dana and Charles were excited to plan a wedding in Sonoma as this is one of their favorite places to come, spend time and enjoy great wine and food, on the weekends and they were excited to welcome many of their guests from the East Coast where they both grew up.

Finding the perfect venue was very important to them. They were looking for something unique, private, and modern. The Glass House was ideal as it is surrounded by the vineyards that were so important to the bride and groom, but also offered the highest level of sophistication and elegance. The groom’s Greek heritage was felt in their hosting of the ceremony at the beautiful Nativity of Christ, Greek Orthodox Church.

After a traditional Greek ceremony, guests were transported by shuttles, drinks in hand, to the reception venue in Sonoma. Actively involved with the florist, the bride added some sentimental touches such as a non-traditional guest book where guests signed rocks and put in a glass vase, family photos at the cocktail reception, a well thought out and designed back bar with uniquely displayed items and even a wine tasting bar with wines made from the surrounding vineyards. The cocktail reception also featured a wonderful raw bar and the guest house had a cheese charcuterie room, both were devoured by the guests.

Dinner was set around the pool with the Jazz vibe band, Ever Music group, playing in the background. As night fell and the vineyard’s rows were illuminated, the guests partied late into the night, snacking on late night savory bites, desserts and cake while the DJ spun party tunes until the last guests departed this amazing wedding event, fulfilled.

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Photography: Jesse Leake Photography | Event Planning: Kristi Amoroso Special Events, LLC | Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Nativity Of Christ Church | Reception Venue: GlassHouse Vineyard | Catering: The Girl & The Fig | Hair + Makeup: Sarah Hyde | Lighting: Twilight Design | DJ: Dart DJ | Transportation: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation | Cake + Desserts: Crisp Bakeshop | Cocktail/Dinner Music: Ever Music Group | Decor + Lanterns: Theoni Collection | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Restrooms: Honeybucket

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