Archive for August, 2011

Kate & Greg: Wedding Video

August 29th, 2011

Wait until you see this wedding video…’s awesome, and it’s of Kate’s & Greg’s wedding on the North Shore of Oahu (see previous post). The video was shot by Sharkpig which is part of The Flash Dance, a super-cool collective of L.A. artists who flip traditional wedding planning on its a**

Kate & Greg from Shark Pig on Vimeo.

Kate & Greg: Oceanfront Wedding

Oahu, Hawaii

August 29th, 2011

Beach weddingHawaii holds a special place in my heart, and as anyone who’s been there knows, it’s simply magic.  Not sure if it’s the air, the ocean, or the generous aloha spirit, but whatever it is, Kate and Greg have felt it, too, and they wanted to spread the love.  They chose the North Shore of Oahu for their destination wedding and made an equally wise decision to have Sarah Yates photograph it. Get comfy, crack open a coconut, and devour the photos from this awesome wedding. beach weddingbeach weddingHow amazaing are the surfboards at the ceremony?  Kate’s short, floaty dress by Sarah Seven was the perfect choice for this easy, breezy, backyard-on-the-beach wedding.  beach wedding beach weddingWould you believe that Kate’s and Greg’s original location fell through at the last minute because the venue double booked the date?? Luckily for this couple, things worked out in their favor, and they were able to have their reception at this private residence. It worked out for the best as far as I’m concerned!! There’s a quiet lesson here…always hire reputable vendors, even if they’re a bit more expensive. beach weddingbeach weddingbeach weddingbeach weddingThis wedding looks like it was a ton of fun.  The happiness in these photos is tangible.  Kate and Greg probably suffered a little stress when their wedding plans started to unravel, but sometimes Plan B ends up being more than Plan A ever could have been.  No doubt the island’s aloha spirit had something to do with it.  There’s a saying in Hawaii that certainly applies here: Hawaii No Ka Oi, or, Hawaii is the best.  Couldn’t agree more.

Lisa & Keith: Oceanfront Wedding

Little Compton, Rhode Island

August 17th, 2011

We’re back in Rhode Island with Lisa’s and Keith’s wedding at Bicentennial Farm in Little Compton. A working cow farm that’s been in existence since the 1600′s was the perfect venue for this laid back, unconventional couple. Not only did Lisa and Keith fall in love with the location (farm on the water!) and its history, but the farmer rents out houses on the property, so they had the perfect home base, as well.Beach weddingBeach wedding Beach weddingLisa’s smile is so warm, and her eyes so beautiful. Love the shell necklace and red cowboy boots! Beach wedding The muted sea glass colors of the bridesmaids’ dresses complement the moody light of the overcast weather. Lisa and friends made the whimsical fabric pinwheels and picked the day’s flowers right from the farm’s historic garden.Beach weddingBeach weddingBeach weddingEverything about this wedding is so simple, sweet, and pretty. Many, many thanks to Jagger Photography.

Kristin & Derrick: Lakeside Wedding

Moose Pass, Alaska

August 8th, 2011

So thrilled to have found an Alaskan summer wedding to post. It’s been a year long goal, and now here it is. And so lovely! Originally spotted on Green Wedding Shoes, these beautiful photos were taken by Floataway Studios.Kristin’s coral pink flowers and cardigan really pop in the rustic, woodsy environment. The happy color warms things up, and you know there was a little chill in the air. Check out the snow on those mountains!Don’t Kristin and Derrick look so serene? I imagine that’s what some delicious, pure Alaskan air will do for you on your wedding day. The reception was held at The Inn at Tern Lake, which appears to be the most perfectfully situated, peaceful place on Earth. Bet it’s just as beautiful blanketed in snow.

Kerry & Oriel: Ocean View Wedding

Coromandel, New Zealand

August 4th, 2011

This is one of those weddings that sends you into a daydream. Kerry and Oriel, both British, drew friends and family together for an intimate, ocean view wedding on a cliff in New Zealand! They rented a 5 bedroom vacation home, Just Paradise, and held ceremony and reception right there. Love Kerry’s dress and simple, flat sandals, and Oriel looks dapper in his suit. Kerry arranged all of the decor, a sweet mix of soft pattern, color, and texture. The umbrellas around the dining tables are a great alternative to a tent, adding to the casual ambiance, and the Jamaican menu has my mouth watering! Many thanks to Jel Photography for sending these gorgeous images which I originally spotted on Polka Dot Bride.

May and Florin: Beach Engagement Portraits

Montara State Beach, Montara California

August 3rd, 2011

Much thanks to Stacy of SAS Photography for sending these great engagement photos. Florin proposed to May along the California coast, so it was important to them to have their engagement portraits shot on the beach, as well. And what a beach it is!! Can you imagine a more dramatic background? Wow! This is Montara State Beach in Montara, California.

These images we sent via Two Bright Lights.

Oceanfront Venue: The Chanler

Newport, Rhode Island

August 1st, 2011

For the past few years I’ve been reading about The Chanler, a historic hotel perched high above the famous Cliff Walk in Newport, RI. I’m visiting my sister in Newport right now, and this weekend as we were driving aimlessly through town, I mentioned that I wanted to take a look at it for blog purposes. Her eyes lit up as she told me what a fantastic place it is and that we weren’t far from it. Quite unexpectedly, my sister crossed two lanes of traffic and pulled through an iron gate (already open, luckily) right into the driveway of the majestic mansion. Well, hello gorgeous!

Not only was this 20-room hotel voted #1 Small Hotel in the US by Conde Nast Traveler in 2010, but it was named #3 Best Inn in the US by Travel + Leisure for 2011. The mansion was built in 1873 as a summer house by Civil War-era NY Congressman John Winthrop Chanler, who just happened to be married to Margaret Astor Ward, great granddaughter of John Jacob Astor, the first multi-millionaire in the US. Obviously, the standards were pretty high, and they remained high when the building was refurbished and re-opened as The Chanler in 2003.

Lucky for me, the hotel staff was setting up for a wedding on the Cliff Lawn as my sister and I barreled into the parking lot. Not only did I get to see the venue, but I got to see it during set up! It wasn’t until we hopped out of the car looking a little beach-abused in our bathing suits and cover ups that we realized we might not be welcomed at the hotel with open arms. That could not be further than the truth. While The Chanler is very refined (about beautifully decorated), it is not stuffy. And what a view of the ocean it has! I took several photos with my phone, but none were as good as the photos on the website, so those I’ve posted are courtesy of The Chanler.

The hotel has three ceremony sites, but the Cliff Lawn has the spectacular ocean view. The covered, columned Terrace is a beautiful spot for a reception, also with ocean view. While you do not need to stay at the hotel in order to have a wedding (up to 200 people) there, it is possible to rent out the entire mansion for your event, including the 20 guest rooms. Driving out through the gate, my sister concurred…we’re on a mission to attend a wedding at The Chanler. As guests, of course.