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Baroque meets Gothic Inspired Wedding Shoot

We’re all about light, blush infused festivities but sometimes moody, dark details are wildly gorgeous. Take a cue from Christina Bernales Photography + Erin Ostreicher Designs who were inspired by gothic and baroque art and how those dark details could be infused into a modern day wedding. With a simple color palette, touches of gold and historic details, this inspiration is all at once elegant and modern but with a gorgeous old world feel


From Christina Bernales PhotographyWe incorporated shed antlers, magnolias and very subtle shades of black, ivory and grey with hints of gold. Our goal was to use texture to add depth and keep our color palette clean and simple. A color palette reminiscent of Gothic or Baroque art. We also incorporated plum into the decor to add a little pop of color to the shoot. We were super excited to collaborate with the amazingly talented Rebecca Schoneveld who was kind enough to lend us a couple of dresses for the shoot from Brooklyn and worked with so many wonderful vendors in Vermont. While we used these historic elements to make the shoot unique, we still tried to maintain a clean, elegant aesthetic. 

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Natural Outdoor Wedding at Levyland Estate

I’m a huge believer in the beauty of simplicity, and these California nuptials encompass that idea in perfect form. Surrounded by sweeping views and sandy shores, Erin and Ben let the setting speak for itself and focused on what’s most important – the love. With Natalie Bray behind the camera every light-filled moment is beautifully documented all waiting right here.


From Natalie Bray Photography… Meet Erin and Ben! They are the most heartfelt and sincere couple I have ever met. Incredibly kind, generous, and soooo in love! You can see it in all the details surrounding their spring wedding at the Levyland Estate in Carlsbad.

Erin wanted a spring wedding with stunning wildflowers and the light and airy feeling of the ocean encapsulating their day. And the Levyland was the perfect location to capture her vision. Erin and Ben wanted the wedding day to be laid back with romantic touches to juxtapose the modern lines of the venue. She did that with lots of vintage details, such as an antique library desk seating chart…where guests names were hand typed and placed like an old library system. A great way to start guests on the journey through their wonderful celebration. She had a vintage type writer and sweet notes to complete the look. Also, a beautiful banner over head by rifle paper company to welcome guests. Such a lovely detail!

Erin’s dress was stunning chiffon full length gown from a small shop in London … she loved the back and the silhouette. Chiffon and lace truly complimented Erin’s petite frame. Also, Nancy Lui did a beautiful job with a natural look to highlight our stunning bride. She looked like a dream!

The maid-of-honor hand painted each bridesmaids name on the hangers as a gift. Such a sweet detail. Her bridesmaids chose complimentary colored dresses, but not matching, with light blush and cream, which made for a stunning addition to her wedding party. From lace to chiffon their dresses added a nice detail. Plus, the ladies can use the dresses again. Erin bought each of her bridesmaids a Kate Spade rose gold rope ring. Gorgeous!

Florals by L& S truly completed the look romance with pops of color and whimsy. Erin wanted the reception to be romantic as well. With market lighting overhead and handmade paper garland lining the dance floor made for a perfect atmosphere for family and friends to dance the night away. For a different look L&S made a beautiful floral crown for the reception as well. The day was full of stunning light and wonderful moments between family and friends. So happy we got to celebrate and share in this joyous occasion.

Photography: Natalie Bray Photography | Florist: L & S Florals | Banner : Rifle Paper Co. | Catering : Four Seasons Catering | Coordination: Stecklair Events | Make-up : Nancy Lui | PHOTOBOOTH: Mobile Photo Booth | Rentals : Platinum Party Rentals | Rope Ring : Kate Spade | Videography : Natalie Bray | Wedding Venue: Levyland Estate

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Jewel Tone Wedding Moments to Love

There’s no denying blush – and all airy pastels, for that matter – are having a major moment. But when it gets right down to it, jewel tones are what really send me swooning. From a rich emerald to a royal blue to berry hues of any shade, there’s a million ways to pull off a jewel tone in your wedding and we’re here to show you how. Get cozy SMPers…this pretty party is just getting started.

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Blush and Gold Seaside Wedding in Montauk

Sequin table linens = best invention ever. And that little splash of glam is so unexpected in this Montauk affair but blends beautifully with the seaside surroundings. Lobsters and summer sequins, weathered docks and a line-up of blush peonies from Flowers By Beth.  Now that is a shindig we can get behind. Pore over the gallery of images captured by Brklyn View Photography right here.


From Brklyn View PhotographyTheir wedding is filled with wonderful fun details from the brides heart covered shoes, to gold glittered table cloths to the lobster themed corn holes.

Summer weddings out in Montauk are my absolutely favorite! The warm air, blue skies and all the flowers seem to be in bloom. For Annie and Sam, The Montauk Yacht Club was the perfect venue for their blush and gold inspired wedding in the Hamptons. Annie wore a breathtaking layered wedding dress from Lazzaro. Lots of layers of tulle with a lace bodice and removable lace straps fit her perfectly. The bride wore a small scissor pendant bracelet on her wedding day in loving memory of her grandmother who was a seamstress. Annie loves everything pink so it was only fitting to have pink accents throughout their entire wedding day. From her heart printed heels, pink invitations, floral printed bridesmaids dresses, and down to their pink signature cocktail, the happy couple left no detail to chance. Sam wore a tuxedo with a black and white polka dotted bow tie. The couple were married at St. Therese church in the heart of Montauk before heading over to the Montauk Yacht Club. Annie hand painted the lobster inspired corn hole games and lobster photobooth props. Their reception room was filled with a warm white glow to give a white wash effect inside the Farm Ballroom. Pink, coral and white centerpieces with mirrored vases decorated the two long tables. The couple loves the beach so it’s no surprise it was a big inspiration for their wedding day. Pieces of Beachwood were used as their table numbers and coral decorated their seating chart. I’m so honored I was part of Annie and Sam’s wonderful wedding day. There’s not doubt about it – He’s her lobster! Congratulations to the happy couple!!

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Videography: Bellucci Films | Florist: Flower By Beth | Wedding Dress: Lazzaro | Invitations: Eyes Wide Open | Ceremony Venue: St.Therese Church | Reception Venue: Montauk Yacht Club | Brides Shoes: Sophia Webster | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Garden | DJ: TBD Entertainment | Hair Salon: The Endz Salon Montauk | Rentals: Ultra Pom

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