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Spa Bridal Shower

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With tables full of corals and sea shell elements, Amber Karson Events and team planned a spa day to remember for bride Teresa and her important ladies in her wedding. We love how this could translate into the chicest of bridal showers for a much deserved rest and relaxation before the wedding. All captured by Abby Jiu, whose images left us daydreaming of mimosas by the pool.

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From the event designer, Amber of Amber Karson Events: There is nothing we quite enjoy more than a relaxing day at the spa with friends. Pampering oneself before your big day is recommended to release pre-wedding stress, jitters and to re-energize for the long days ahead! A spa service is also always a great bridesmaid gift! To kick off a three day weekend of San Diego wedding festivities, our bride Teresa asked us to organize a very special spa day and luncheon for the VIP ladies in her bridal party and family. La Costa Resort & Spa was a perfect venue for the relaxing afternoon.

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Personalized tote bags were waiting in each bridesmaid’s locker when they checked in. After services, Teresa’s VIP ladies were invited to the beautiful spa patio for a private luncheon. A seashell wreath adorned the bride’s chair. Vintage shell stamps on the invitation introduced the party’s theme and color palette.

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Studio Fiore’s gorgeous centerpiece include lush florals and starfish & coral accents. Spa-inspired cocktails were dressed up with monogrammed paper coasters & sea shell picks to hold fruit garnishes.

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Shoot Location: Carlsbad, CA / Event Design and Planning: Amber Karson Events / Wedding Photographer: Abby Jiu / Venue and Caterer: La Costa Resort and Spa / Flowers: Studio Fiore / Linens: La Tavola / Monogram Paper Coasters: Preppy Plates / Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy / Tote Bags: iomoi / Swim Cap: Headcovers.com

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Aurora Cinema

Aurora Cinema is a filmmaking studio based in New York. After several years of shooting for some of the best in the wedding industry, I’ve decided to venture out and create something inspiring with beautiful imagery and powerful stories.
We are a team of creative professionals dedicated to mixing passion & art throughout the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, Boston, & Newport.
Get in touch with us to see what we can create for you!

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1920s Garden Wedding

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Today’s wedding, sent over from the UK by Lisa & Scott of Lisa Dawn Photography, is full of dreamy little details: the bride’s Jenny Packham wedding gown, a venue with roaming peacocks, and potted herb centerpieces. You may remember their own wedding we featured last year!

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From the bride, Kate: When Jonathan and I got engaged in South Africa, we chose to design the ring ourselves. Jonathan knew I loved the elegant simplicity of an emerald-cut diamond and ‘shortlisted’ some stones, before we chose the style of the ring together. It wasn’t intended to be of a particular style/era, we just liked the shape and the fact that it was a little unusual, but it ended up becoming the starting point for an art deco/1920s inspired wedding day.


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The first thing that we decided on was the venue – it was a really easy choice! We had spent a long time looking online for relaxed, informal venues with little success. There were so many choices but none of them felt quite right or were within budget, so we had stopped looking until one quiet afternoon in the pub. We were with some friends who’d got married at Larmer Tree Gardens, a venue we’d been to a few years previously for an amazing music festival, but hadn’t considered as it was so far from where we live. But as soon as we looked into it we knew it was perfect; it’s like a secret garden, with meadows, orchards and woodland dotted with original 19th century architecture and, of course, the peacocks!


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The next bit to slot into place was the dress – another easy decision. I had looked at loads of dresses online and discounted them all for being ‘too weddingy,’ and I had seen the Eden in Jenny Packham adverts but thought we’d never be able to afford it. I looked online for once-worns, trawled vintage shops and websites and looked into dressmakers before eventually arranging to go and try it on in the Jenny Packham store in London. I was really nervous to try it in case I fell in love with it, which of course I did, but as soon as I put it on I felt relaxed, comfortable and confident – this was the one. Thankfully, my mum offered to help with the cost, and I was sold!


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Then came the wedding stationery. We really wanted something handmade and unique to us, nothing too formal, so we decided to do it ourselves and incorporate aspects of the venue into the design. I hand drew a template with the Singing Theatre, peacocks, deck chairs and lantern crooks, and added a tandem bicycle as we are both keen cyclists, before pencilling in the text. There were a few Photoshop evolutions as ‘save the dates’ became invitations, and then programmes and seating plans, all printed at home on the same laid white card from Paperchase.


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From the outset, we had said that the things we wanted most for our wedding were good food and good music, so choosing a band was crucial. We had danced the night away to the Dollars at our friends’ wedding and knew that their repertoire was exactly what we had in mind, so found them on Alive Network. It was a really useful way of looking for a band as we could sort available bands by price, listen to demos and read reviews, but after finding loads of available bands we decided to stick with the Dollars as we’d seen how good they were.


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The flowers were done by Rustic Rose florists, near Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire. Katy was really helpful and ordered in lots of flowers for us to look at and discuss. I love peonies and really wanted them in the bouquets, but also to incorporate some roses for the romance and some other more ‘English country garden’ flowers. We settled on fragrant freesias and delicate astrantia with some grey-green eucalyptus leaves. When the ‘Cezanne’ roses we’d chosen came in a few days before the wedding looking much too orange, Katy got in touch straight away and emailed photos of alternatives, and we decided on ‘Sweet Avalanche’ instead, which I think actually looked much better than our first choice would have! For the tables, we decided to name each after a different herb and to have a potted plant in the centre surrounded by vintage inkwells containing freesia and astrantia. Rustic Rose provided half of the inkwells, while we sourced the rest from eBay. In the end, we forgot to label the herbs so guests had to have a little bit of culinary knowledge in order to find their seat!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t get caught up in the details and forget the bigger picture: you’re getting married and that’s far more important than ‘the perfect wedding’! Don’t bankrupt yourselves or stress too much about this one day, nobody will know if you’ve forgotten something or not done something you wanted to – they’re there to celebrate with you not to judge. And remember to enjoy the day; it flies past!


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Wedding Music:
Background: Debussy
Bride’s Processional: “Clair de Lune,” Debussy
Newlyweds’ Recessional: “She’s a Rainbow,” Rolling Stones
First Dance: “You Do Something To Me,” Paul Weller

Wedding Location: Salisbury, UK / Wedding Photographer: Lisa & Scott of Lisa Dawn Photography / Wedding Venue: Larmer Tree Gardens / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Eden” / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson “Tilly” via Luella’s Boudoir / Bride’s Hair Accessory: Jenny Packham “Acacia” / Bride’s Earrings: Glitzy Secrets “Deco Dream” / Makeup: Laura and Natalie of Bridal Treats / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monika Kunat / Groom’s Suit: The Kooples / Wedding Flowers: Katy of Rustic Rose / Wedding Cake: Waitrose / Wedding Music: The Dollars / Invitations: made by bride / Transportation: Premier Carriages

Wedding Republic

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If you prefer to register for experiences that you are passionate about rather than platters you probably won’t use, then you should definitely check out Wedding Republic, a beautiful new online cash wedding gift registry that couples and guests will love! After receiving great feedback in the US, they have now expanded their service to the UK too. Wedding Republic lets you receive cash, without asking for cash! As a couple, you can make your registry more personal, with gifts you really need instead of cookie cutter registry items that may never get actual use. You can also register for experiences instead of stuff or set up a honeymoon registry and share the entire itinerary with your guests! Customize your wish list with gorgeous images, or scan through their gift suggestions to give you a head start. Wedding Republic gives you flexibility, so if you registered for an espresso machine, but ended up deciding you didn’t need it, you don’t need to worry about return policies because you got cash!

Wedding Republic is ideal for your guests too, because it allows for easy and convenient shopping. No one needs to worry about being the last to get to the registry only to find they are stuck purchasing measuring cups + dish towels, when they really wanted to get something more meaningful. This format allows guests to contribute towards bigger picture gifts, that they know the you really want because your registry is more than just a gift list- it’s a way to tell your guests how you plan to live your lives and make them feel as though they are part of the big picture. Whether it’s your house down payment, honeymoon, or your favorite charity, your guests will be glad to gift you with items and experiences that are meaningful in your new life together!

Wedding Republic, also offers you your own personal wedding registry consultant, who is always available to help address any questions or concerns you might have about setting up your registry, wedding registry etiquette or anything else! So head on over to Wedding Republic, and register for exactly what you want+ need to build your life together.

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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