5 ways to include The fam in your big day

Here we are, November 24 th, with Thanksgiving right around the corner. This time of year is always super exciting because it means three things are coming your way - family, food, and shopping! Amiright? While I'm really looking forward to all three, for now let's focus on the first one!

Today I thought I'd share 5 awesome ways to include your loved ones in your big day. Sure they get to eat, dance, and celebrate with you; but why stop there? Scroll down for some killer ideas on how to make your family feel extra special on your wedding day.

1. Take a Group photo!

Photo Credit: Tessa Barton

Photo Credit: Tessa Barton

2. Display your family tree! (possibly in a tree)

Photo Credit: Green Autumn

Photo Credit: Green Autumn

3. All hands in for a Generation photo!

Photo Credit: Anna K Photography

Photo Credit: Anna K Photography

4. Dine Family Style

Photo Credit: T & C Photographie

5. Use those heirlooms!

Photo Credit: Jeff Loves Jessica

Photo Credit: Jeff Loves Jessica

Proof That Rainy Day Brides Are The Luckiest

So I know most people would prefer clear skies on their big day but, word on the street is, we have a bit of a rough winter ahead of us. Today's post is just a little reminder that you can have an uber-beautiful wedding no matter the season! Not only is wedding-day-rain supposed to bring good luck, it also looks damn good in pictures! See below for a few of my personal favorite "bad weather" inspo photos! 

Fall at Holman Ranch // Featured on Style Me Pretty

We had so much fun designing and planning this one. We had such a wonderful team together at Holman Ranch playing with some moody colors and blush accents. Here are some of my favorite shots (there were just too many not to share!) and you can see more on Style Me Pretty as well! 

Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Design: Engaged And Inspired | Floral Design: Kelly Lenard | Wedding Dress: Emily Riggs | Hair And Makeup: MUAH Makeup And Hair | Calligraphy: Jenny Sanders| Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Holman Ranch | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic

Air Plant Boutonnieres

Okay, get ready because you're totally gonna wanna steal this idea. Today I thought I'd share the perfect, modern alternative to regular floral boutonnieres. The answer - air plants!

In case the pictures below don't have you convinced let me talk you into it...

Air plants, otherwise known as tillandsia, are great because they're considered eco-friendly, due to the fact that they require very little water to stay alive. They come in several different forms and will give more of a masculine feel to your hubby-to-be's attire than their floral counterparts. Bonus - these little babies will live on long past your wedding day so you can keep them at home as an awesome moment! 

8 Stunning Fall Cover Ups

So fall is finally upon us and I couldn't be more excited! Between the gorgeous warm fall colors and the killer clothing options, what's not to like? I mean, to me, fall fashion has pretty much always been about the layers. Layers means more shopping and more shopping equals, Heck Yes! 

Today I thought I'd spread my enthusiasm for the season by sharing eight awesome ways for brides to bundle up this fall. Scroll down for a serious dose of pretty and feel free to leave me a comment letting me know what look you like best. Enjoy!

1. The Sweet Lace Cape

2. The Classic Cardi 

3. The Glam Fur

4. The Cozy Sweater 

5. The Boho Kimono 

6. The Trusty Denim Jacket

7. The Tailored Blazer

8. The Edgy Leather Peice

California Coast Inspiration

I had to share this beautiful coastal inspiration session because, it's just that good! I love how free spirited and modern the couple looks. That cool vibe mixed with the iconic California coast, makes for one show stopping shoot. Scroll down and see for yourself!

  Photo Credit: Aimi Duong of Love In Photographs via Erich McVey Workshop // Art Direction: Ginny Au // Dress: Rick Owens // Suit: Zara

Lake Tahoe Wedding by Pictilio + Merrily Wed

I'm so excited to share this beautiful Lake Tahoe by some of my favorite photographers, Pictilio. They always impress me with the fun and perfect shots they get, and this feature is riddled with some stunning photos. The setting was beautiful, the decor was so fun and personal and this couple looks like they had so. much. fun. And that is what it is all about now, isn't it?! 

From the Bride: In planning our wedding we tried to keep our guests in mind as we thought through the details. For Garrett and I, our wedding was a celebration of our love, union, and commitment to each other, but also an experience that we wanted to share with our friends and family. We had guests traveling from all over the country to celebrate "us", so we kept this in mind as we planned our wedding, focusing on the experience that the wedding would provide for our guests. With our wedding being in October, and at an indoor/outdoor venue in the mountains, we realized that the weather could be a gamble, so we provided blankets, heat lamps, and an indoor escape to ensure comfort for the guests, in addition to a fire pit on the pier to allow guests to escape from the celebrations to take in the Lake Tahoe surroundings and warm by the fire. While we lucked out in that the day went entirely as planned, I would highly recommend for brides to have some sort of back up option or weather contingency plan, especially if planning an outdoor wedding. In the weeks leading up to our wedding Lake Tahoe experienced severe fires followed by a snow storm; this definitely kept us on edge, but by having a back up plan to move our ceremony indoors if need be, we were able to enjoy the moments leading up to our wedding, and to not have to worry about the elements (such as weather) that were out of our control. This helped us to relax and just enjoy our whole wedding weekend!

Here is the list of vendors:

Designer/Coordinator: Merrily Wed
Ceremony/Reception: West Shore Cafe
Dress: Martina Liana from Janene’s Bridal
Shoes: Toms
Tux: Men's Warehouse
Makeup: Kiss & MakeUp
Hair: Salon Bella Vita
Cake: West Shore Cafe
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Florist: B & B Designs
Rentals: Celebrations
Linens and Catering: West Shore Cafe
Ceremony Music: The String Beings
Reception Music: Love Fool
Shuttle: Reno Tahoe Limosene Service
Photobooth: The Traveling Photo Booth
Photographers: Pictilio

Sneak Peek // Holman Ranch Photo Shoot

It has been a whirlwind over here these days. Wedding season is in full swing and it is equal parts exciting and exhausting! I never really feel like I have any time to do photoshoots anymore. but I just couldn't say no to this one.

So yesterday we headed to Holman Ranch and had a little fun with this moody color palette. And it was definitely was a fun and beautiful day!

Photography: Sally Pinera // Foral: Kelly Lenard // Location: Holman Ranch // Dress: Emily Riggs // Paper Goods: Jenny Sanders // Tux: The Black Tux

Downtown LA Wedding at 440 Seaton

Get ready to lose it guys. Today I'm sharing an unbelievably beautiful wedding by Chaffin Cade Photography. I mean, this is one of those jaw on the floor, can't believe your eyes, must share with everyone kind of weddings. 

I've been obsessing over these photos since the first minute I laid eyes on them and I'm sure you'll find them equally mesmerizing. Sarah Park Events did a killer job pulling the whole thing together from the gold animal accents, to the awesome urban venue. The happy couple had an amazing day even before the confetti canon was locked and loaded. (Yes, I said confetti canon!) Scroll down to see all the awesomeness and join us in wishing Laura and Jason a long and happy marriage!

Photography - Chaffin Cade Photography / Wedding Coordination & Floral Arrangements – Sarah Park Events / Rentals – Pico Party Rentals / Catering – Flat Iron / Venue – 440 Seaton / Ice Cream – Carmela Ice Cream / Band – Steve Lang Music/ Photo Booth – Photo Booth Fun LA