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Moody, Romantic Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

Anything Joy Proctor touches turns to wedding gold, so when she came on board to style Kurt Boomer’s recent workshop the results were – no surprise – perfection. Designed with a nod to Old Hollywood, she chose a palette of moody reds, lavender, black and gold and Written Word Calligraphy whipped up a stationery set to tie it all together. Head to the gallery and let the pretty party begin.


From Joy Proctor Design… I had the pleasure of creating a moody, romantic look for Kurt Boomer’s film photography workshop, held at the gorgeous Villa del Sol d’Oro. Inspired by the stunning architecture of the venue, we created a look that paid homage to old Hollywood, highlighted by a color pallete of black, gold, lavender and reds.

For the bride, Jess Wilcox created a playful 20′s curled look, adding a pop of color of color to her lips. We chose a beautiful Paolo Sebastian gown from Nearly Newlywed that complimented the neutral tones of the venue. Designing the stationery with Written Word was the highlight of the entire concept. The handmade black and charcoal papers with the gorgeous gold calligraphy truly set the tone for the entire look.

As a fun way to incorporate the seating assignments, the bar and the cake, we used the Tent Merchants beautiful bar back to display the seating cards, decanters, champagne flutes and cake. The adjoining lounge suite also had a beautiful grammophone and decanter set up for a perfect cocktail lounge space.

The table top pieces from Classic Vintage Rentals were truly spectacular, and added the most sophisticated look to the beautiful oval wood table from the Tent Merchant. Gold rimmed chargers and glassware were complimented by black menus and moody red florals set on the Villas back terrace. The oversized soft purple/grey runner from Silk & Willow pooled on the ground on either side of the table for a dramatic finish to the look.

Photography: Kurt Boomer Photo | Cake: Sweet & Saucy | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy | Jewelry: Trumpet And Horn | Hair & Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Bolero: Gibson Bespoke | Design, Styling & Florals: Joy Proctor Design | Gowns: Nearly Newlywed | Models: No Ties Management | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Ribbon & Runner: Silk & Willow | Tabletop: Classic Vintage Rentals | Venue: Villa Del Sol D'Oro

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French Blue & Peach Southern Farm Wedding

Combining Southern charm with crisp mountain air, this Pippin Hill Farm affair is dreamy beyond compare. The warm Southern Blooms By Pat’s Floral Designs accentuated the landscapes natural hues, while Shaking Hands captured a film that proved all eyes were on the lovely duo. Amanda Gray was behind the seamlessly coordinated day, while Adam Barnes captured every dreamy detail here.


From Amanda Gray with Ashley Baber Weddings…. Rachel and Greg’s wedding was inspired by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, which served as the backdrop for their interfaith wedding at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards.

Spring blossoms, french blue and peach and hand painted custom papers and wooden crafts were the focus of this April fete.

Both Bride and Groom wanted to honor religious traditions from each family, and had a Rabbi and Priest officiate. Both Jewish and Christian marriage traditions were celebrated. They also incorporated a unique tree watering ceremony to signify growing into their new lives as husband and wife.

The Bridesmaids’ wore french blue gowns by Jenny Yoo and carried pale peach and yellow bouquets perfectly gathered by Southern Blooms. The ceremony site adorned with Dogwood blossoms, the state tree of Virginia.

As a graphic designer, the brides mother knew the paper items had to be exquisite. Kristy Rice and the Momental Team designed a full paper suite, including the invitation with a hand painted rendering of Pippin Hill and gorgeous floral detail on the envelope liner. The brides mother designed coordinating tags for the welcome bags and signage. The brides cousin crafted the bride and groom chair signs and unique cake topper. To go along with the hand painted theme, Jenny from Paradox Pastry provided a beautiful hand painted three tier cake.

From the beautiful Bride…… We thought the day was perfect. We loved the interfaith ceremony that represented both of our families and spoke to us uniquely as a couple bringing both the Jewish and Catholic faith together for our new life as a family.

There was so many family members that traveled from so far for the wedding and the day just felt so full of love. The decorations were so romantic. They were simple and elegant which is really all Pippin Hill needed because it was such a beautiful backdrop for our wedding. Everything about the day was beautiful. The food and wine was amazing and the flow of the day was relaxed and perfect.

Photography: Adam Barnes | Cinematography: Shaking Hands | Event Planning: Amanda Gray, Ashley Baber Weddings | Cake: Paradox Pastry | Stationery: Momental Designs | Hair & Makeup: Lora Kelley | Lighting: Blue Ridge AV; Lighting | Band: Six Stylez | Bridesmaids' Gowns: Jenny Yoo | Florals: Southern Blooms By Pat's Floral Designs | Table Runner: La Tavola | Transportation: Albermarle Limo | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm And Vineyard

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Rustic Glam Santa Barbara Wedding

Patrick Moyer and gorgeous California weddings go hand-and-hand and this richly colored summer affair is certainly no exception. It’s a day dressed in the deep reds + soft pinks a la florals by Loop Flowers, and metallic colored accents thrown in for good measure. Events By Ashley W made sure things went off seamlessly, and you can see it all right over here.


From The Bride…Our wedding, as most newlywed couples would likely say about their own, was more fun and more beautiful than we could have ever imagined.

During the planning process, there were certain elements I felt quite strongly about – a romantic, Spanish style venue, floral arrangements with richly colored pink and oxblood flowers coupled with native California grey-green foliage, and alencon lace details on my gown and veil! (My wedding veil was hand dyed and sewn by my talented mother, an heirloom piece for years to come.) Other details, like the atypical combination of dove grey table cloths with gold chiavari chairs, decorative wrought iron orbs and mercury colored bridesmaid dresses, were things I went out on a limb on and hoped would all come together.

Fortunately, I was filled with delight and surprise by how well my seemingly random tastes and preferences all came together on our big day. The event was rustic yet sophisticated at the same time, perfectly emulating the feel of historic Santa Barbara.

The ceremony was set in the lower courtyard of the SB Historical Museum against a romantic backdrop of white draped panels and a floral orb chandelier. We chose to repeat standard vows, but incorporated personalized elements that reflected who we are as a couple and individuals. For example, rather than biblical readings, I chose excerpts from a favorite philosopher (Reflections on the Art of Living by Joseph Campbell). Our priest also read personalized letters we’d written the night before out loud to our guests, which made for both moments of humor and tears.

We moved to a larger upper courtyard for the reception. Our plated dinner options ware elegant yet substantial, incorporating locally grown produce and seasonal dishes such as watermelon, feta and arugula salad. My husband was happily involved in selecting wines from the Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Valley region.

The most memorable part of our wedding was definitely the dance party. All of our loved ones, young and old, crammed onto one tiny dance floor, dancing their hearts out! Maybe it was the open air courtyard set under romantic string bistro lights, or perhaps the open bar gave guests their dancing feet. Whatever it was, the reception was high energy from start to finish!

Photography: Patrick Moyer Photography | Event Planning: Events By Ashley W | Floral Design: Loop Flowers | Wedding Dress: Peter Langner | Cake: Wayne Kjar Cakes | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Catering Connection | Hair & Makeup: Carlyle Salon And Style Bar | DJ: Gavin Roy | Groom's Tuxedo: Lauren By Ralph Lauren | Lighting And Drapery: Bella Vista Designs | Veil: Handmade By Bride's Mother | Wedding Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

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Doie Lounge and Sweet & Spark + A Giveaway!

If I know one thing after all these years in the world of weddings, it’s that the details are what makes an event truly special; from getting ready the morning of to the brides accessories, it’s all about the little things. And that, my dears, is why we’re seriously smitten with Doie Lounge robes and Sweet & Spark vintage costume jewelry, both of which add sweet touches to your big day!

You and your ladies want to feel gorgeous from the second you wake up on wedding day — and that’s where Doie Lounge comes in! Adding a glam touch to the big morning, these robes are not only beautiful, eco-friendly (made locally in LA) + comfortable (made of soft modal jersey with patterned silk), but they’re a great gift that will be worn over and over again! Flattering on all body types, these pretties come in a stunning selection of color + pattern combinations. Best of all, there’s a discount when you buy robes for all your bridesmaids (more about that here)! Be sure to take a peek at some of the featured real weddings (here) to get an idea of how gorgeous these robes are on real brides + their ladies and follow Doie Lounge on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates + inspiration.

We’ve got the morning of covered, but when it comes to accessorizing a bridal or bridesmaid’s look, we’re head-over-heels for vintage costume jewelry company Sweet & Spark. Offering one-of-a-kind original vintage pieces from the 40s-90s, Jillian, the lady behind Sweet & Spark, and her dad travel the country searching for the best pieces to help you celebrate all of your ladies’ individual personalities! Totally affordable, most of the collection is under $100. You can even curate your very own wedding collection featuring vintage rhinestones and feminine pearls — email jillian{at} for more info. For more information and tons of inspiration, be sure to follow Sweet & Spark on FacebookInstagramPinterest and Twitter!

Between Doie Lounge + Sweet & Spark there’s more than enough pretty to go around. And lucky for you all, they’ve teamed up for an amazing giveaway!


The Prize:  A lucky winner will receive a robe for herself + one for one of her ladies as well as jewelry for herself + one of her ladies! Winner may choose any two robes and any pieces of jewelry she wants, depending on stock.

To Enter: Simply comment on this post with your two favorite Doie Lounge robes and your two favorite pieces of Sweet & Spark jewelry!

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced in WIUP on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Valorie Darling Photography  + Weddings by Scott and Dana + Jeff Tisman Photography + Dustin Soriano | Hair: Trace Hennigsen | Makeup: Artistry by Danika | Natalie Comstock