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Elegant Purple and Orange Florida Wedding from Kismis Ink Photography with Cuban Heritage Influences

I'm so excited to start this week off as I have one of the most amazing weddings to share with you. This Tampa, Florida wedding was photographed by Mariana and Khaled of Kismis Ink Photography and is absolutely stunning and the details are captured perfectly. Not only is the brides dress a "super wow" one with beading and a feathery style but wait until you see the wedding cake. Let's get started with some photos of Nicole and Keily's wedding and then more details on the special day . . .

Nicole's purple feathered high heels and feathered-fascinator {seen a few photos down} are pure gorgeousness.

Loving the details on the wedding gown and don't you just love Nicole's purple garter that matches her shoes so perfectly?

Nicole got ready for her wedding in the Bridal Suite of the Don Vicente. This historic inn was built in 1895 and features Persian rugs, ornate furniture, and lacy, elaborate cast iron balconies. Miriana says "Nicole and Keily's first look seems as if it's a scene from an old romantic Spanish film".

The church Nicole and Keily married in opened in 1905 and most of the church's interior design is just as it was a century ago with the Romanesque architecture and seventy stunning stained glass windows.

Nicole is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and their reception was held at the The Cuban Club which was once a unifying force in the Cuban community. Aren't the feathered centerpieces amazing? So different, yet perfect for the setting of this wedding. And, that cake? WOW!!! Loving the bling between the layers.

Have to send Mariana a HUGE thank you for letting me share this spectacular wedding with you today.

Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: Kismis Ink Photography
Caterer: Affordable Catering 
Dress Store: Emelina's Bridal & Boutique 
Linens and Coverings: Kate Ryan Linens 
Transportation: Ambassador Limousine & Sedan
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Sacino's Formalwear 
Event Venue: Cuban Civic Center 

Inspirational Wedding Dinner under the Tuscan Sun . . . in Connecticut

Today's inspirational photo shoot is simply gorgeous and elegant. It was created at Belle Terrace at Avon Old Farms to illustrate how just a few simple touches can turn a location in Connecticut {or anywhere actually} into a dinner under the tuscan sun. The designs and decor shown here can work for a rehearsal dinner, engagement party or wedding reception. The fashions {including the 2 wedding dresses} were provided by The White Dress by the Shore and the lovely hair styles bring a touch of old hollywood glamour. Photographs are by Matthew J. Wagner Fine Photography.

Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: Matthew J. Wagner Fine Photography    
Hair Stylist: Hair Gallery at the Mill
Event Planner: Marina Luri Events
Floral Designer: Hana Floral Design
Dress Store: The White Dress by the Shore
Linens and Coverings: Party Rentals LTD
Event Venue: Belle Terrace at Avon Old Farms
Fashion Designers: David Fielden and Amy Kuschel

Pomegranate Wedding Ideas : featured in Bridal Guide Magazine

I am beyond excited to share this exciting news with you - I am featured in the current issue of Bridal Guide Magazine on pages 61-64 {which is on newsstands until Mar 20th, 2012} along with a HUGE team of amazing talents including Kismis Ink Photography who's stunning photos bring this winter inspired shoot to life. This pomegranate winter wedding photo shoot graces the Party Planner pages of Bridal Guide with a 3 page spread that was photographed in Tampa, Florida. For this shoot where pomegranates, orchids and pinecones take center stage, I created all the paper goods including . . . invitation, dessert tags, place cards, and dessert toppers. All of the paper goods are available for purchase in my etsy shop, Wedding Girl. Please be sure to pick up your copy of the Mar/Apr issue of Bridal Guide Magazine to see the full scoop on this pomegranate inspired winter wedding. Be sure to watch the video at the end of the post - you will love it!!!

From Mariana of Kismis Ink Photography . . . The pomegranate was a big inspiration due to the symbolism of plentiful and fruitful, fullness and sweetness. A feeling we feel that brides should have in their weddings.


The color palette for this seasonal fête was sparkling gold, rich red and snow white with the inspiring jumping-off point being the ripe, ruby-red pomegranate color. This fruit is in peak season during the fall and winter months so it was just perfect for this shoot. The gorgeous reds found both inside and outside the fruit established the color scheme for everything . . . from the invitaton suite to the table decor to the bride's bouquet and the wedding cake itself.


Lauren of Every Last Detail styled the centerpiece and introduced pine cones as a way to give the shoot a more rustic feel alongside the elegant red and gold elements. By combining the pine cones with the pomegranates, Lauren was able to create a unique nonfloral centerpiece for the table. 


Desserts included petite pastries, buttercream petit fours topped with sliced almonds and raspberry pomegranate Napoleons.


Vendor Credits:
Photography + Co-Designer: Kismis Ink Photography
Co-Designer + Invitation and Paper Goods: Wedding Girl on etsy
Event Designer + Bouquet: MMD Events
Centerpiece, Table Number, Mr & Mrs chair decor + chalkboard sign: Every Last Detail
Cinema and Video: Bryan of Tampa Wonderworks Films
Dress Store: The White Closet Co. {Mikaella Gown and Enzoani Shawl}
Cake Designer: Cakes by Nomeda
Heirlooms and extras: Gracylu Originals
Linens, Coverings + Chandelier: Kate Ryan Linens
Equipment Rentals: Signature Events By Design
Makeup Artist: Michele Renee Hair and Makeup Artist Group
Model: Marlene
Jewelry: Edera Jewelry{Aiglentine Bracelet, worn as both a necklace and bracelet. Consists of real silver threads, red silk ribbon ties, freshwater pearls, vintage rhinestones and quartz crystals}

I have to give a special shout-out to Diane and Mary at Bridal Guide Magazine who are always such a pleasure to work with. I am beyond honored to have been able to work with you both directly on the magazine feature in last issue and this one in the current issue. Thank you for all the hard work you and your team did to put this gorgeous spread together.


And, to finish off this amazing shoot, is a beautiful video from Bryan of Tampa Wonderworks Films. There's nothing better than seeing the model from this shoot in action and close-ups of all the stunning details. Enjoy!!!

A classically elegant wedding in Sayville, New York

Starting off today with the wedding of Carol and Matt from Mindi and Rich of Photography by Verdi. I'll also be ending the day with another wedding from the husband and wife team, so be sure to check back after lunch as we head to Arizona for that one. I love how today's couple stopped by a few local fun spots after the ceremony before heading to their reception. What a fun way to relax together.

I love how the couple stopped at a few local fun spots before heading to their reception. So fun to see Rita's again. We don't have any around us here, but I remember going to a few Rita's when we vacationed in Connecticut a few summers ago. Their frozen custard was so good :)

Wedding Vendors:
Photograpers: Photography by Verdi
Reception Venue: Land's End
Band: Creations Music

Fun and Elegance with a homemade wedding in California

Today's wedding of Nina and Jeff took place in the beautiful Presidio in San Francisco. A lot of the work for the wedding was done by the bride and groom themselves. And, the poker game centerpieces and escort cards are so fun and playful. As the photographer, Carolina of Sphynge Photography, says about Nina and Jeff's wedding . . . "Fun couple with elegant touches!". And, I LOVE this, Nina purchased her beautiful wedding dress from Brides Against Breast Cancer. 

Photographer: Sphynge Photography
Hair Stylist: Sassy Salon

Reception Venue: Presidio Golden Gate Club of San Francisco
Dress Designer: Brides Against Breast Cancer