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Bali Garden Party-Inspired Wedding

When it came time to pick a wedding venue Georgie and Tim wanted something special. A place not only beautiful - trust me, the Amanusa Resort fits that bill – but also somewhere layered with meaning. In a nod to the Bride’s Indonesian roots and desire for a garden party vibe, they settled on a Bali-set wedding designed by Asmara Weddings and captured by Thomas Stewart. See the whole day here. 

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Summer
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Resort
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Elegant

From The Bride…Georgie and Tim met at work, in an advertising agency in Sydney. As Tim was leaving the company he decided it was about time he asked Georgie out. She said yes and a year later they went traveling through Europe and South America for six months and moved to New York, where they got engaged. Georgie always wanted to go on safari for her honeymoon so Tim filled their apartment with inflatable zoo animals and asked her to go to Africa with him.

We wanted to get married in a place that would not just mean something to us on the day but in the future as well. Georgie’s mum is not only Indonesian, but her mum and dad have just moved to Bali. We wanted a garden party style venue and when we saw Amanusa, it was easy decision. Plus, it’s Bali.

Planning the wedding was interesting to say the least! We planned the whole thing from the States, with the exception of a 4 day trip to Bali. During this time, we also changed jobs and moved to the other side of the States 6 months before the wedding. When you are doing so much via email and Internet searches you really have to trust the people you are working with. 

When they tell you the day goes fast, they are not lying. I think we were both quite taken aback on the day. To have so many loved ones there for you and to see this event you have been planning everyday, actually happening, even better than you imagined, it was almost too much. Someone described a wedding day to us as being like a soldier returning home from war. You can do no wrong. It’s your day to be a hero, so stop for a moment and take the whole thing in.

From Thomas Stewart…Georgie and Tim’s wedding was just epic. I’ve never seen a venue as incredible as Amanusa; at night, the reception looked like a scene straight out of a fairy tale. Despite the heat and crazy humidity, and even despite some random lighting problems during speeches, the day was a huge success. I loved Georgie’s incredible Jenny Packham gown which was super elegant; I also loved the venue styling. The Balinese love their styling!

Photography: Thomas Stewart | Event Planner: Asmara Weddings And Events | Cake: BuzzBakeHouse | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Nine West | Rings: Equinox Jewelers; Portland, OR | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ted Baker | Hair Stylist: Yuni At La Fausta Salon | Band: Martini Club Sydney | Groom's Shoes: Saint Laurent | Groom's Suit: Tom Ford | Bride's Dress: Jenny Packham | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Amanusa Resort | Earrings: Nadri Jewelry | Florist / Stylist: Gloriosa Flower House | Stop-Motion: Anna Blackman

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15 Reasons to Choose a Fall Wedding

With summer’s fade to fall, weddings amongst the golden leaves are officially on the horizon. And with that comes rows of candles, woven blankets, mugs of cider, and a million other details that speak to this cozy time of year. Still deciding if a fall wedding is for you? We’re about to count down 15 reasons that’ll easily sway your decision…without a pumpkin or gourd in sight.

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Elegant Provence Wedding full of Romance

The true essence of Provence can be found in this collection of images captured by Aneta Mak. Beautiful scenery is a given but added to that is an open air celebration with an ease and elegance that can only be found in France. Planned by Autour D’Une Histoire, with flowers draped at every turn by Sabine Flowers, see this dream wedding weekend in its entirety right here.

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Rustic

From The Bride…When planning our wedding, it was important that the event was a reflection of us. We wanted it to be elegant and intimate, with an element of romance and rustic charm. With guests travelling from all corners of the earth, it was important for us to create a weekend that would make everyone feel at home.

The vision for the wedding came together when we fell in love with the venue, Le Manoir at Domain des Oliviers de l’Esterel. Having dated for over 8 years, we spent many summers visiting the groom’s grandparents in the South of France, where we immediately fell in love with the Provençal countryside. Travel and food are a big part of our lives, and we were sold on the venue when we saw the olive groves and lavender rows which evoked memories of countless road trips we and had shared together in the local hills.

We tried to tie these memories together through the décor and food at the wedding. The chuppah and floral arrangements were meant to feel as though they had always been there, with flowers grown wild in the nearby fields. Lenôtre worked with us to translate our memories into a menu that felt reflective of our relationship. They created an olive bar featuring flavors of Provence, prepared a version of the groom’s grandmother Charolotte’s famous apricot meringue pie for dessert, sourced locally line-caught sea-bass for the entrée, and a presented a selection of our favorite cheese from Herve Mons (a local affineur we discovered while dining at Maison Troisgros). Even our wedding cake was based off of Pierre Hermé’s Ispahan macaron, reflecting a small piece of the bride’s Persian heritage.

More than anything, what made the evening so special was having all of our friends and family there to celebrate with us. Nearly every guest, from the very young to the very old, was out on the dance floor, partying late into the early morning hours. It was incredibly memorable to see all of our friends and family gathered together in a celebration of our love.

Photography: Aneta Mak | Wedding Planner: Autour D'Une Histoire | Flowers: Sabine Flowers | Invitations: Crane & Co. | Bride Dress Designer: Ines Di Santo | Bride Headpiece: Jenny Packham | Bride Jewellery: Gumuchian | Bride Shoes: Valentino | Catering & Wedding Cake: Lenotre | Dress Boutique: Bridal Reflections | Groom Bow Tie: Tom Ford | Groom Cufflinks: Hermes | Groom Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom Tuxedo & Shirt: Lanvin | Live Music: The Gypsy Kings | Music: Alex Shahabi, Style Events | Wedding Venue: Domaine Des Oliviers De L'Esterel

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Wedding Registry with Zola + A Promotion!

Today’s modern couple is smart, design-savvy and knows exactly what they want — especially when it comes to registering for their big day! Thanks to Zola, brides + grooms can now create a wish list with endless options, that’s as easy to create as it is to manage. Registering has honestly never been so much fun.

With Zola, couples can customize their registry page with photos, notes and collections to organize gifts! Whether you’re needing some tried + true basics from classic brands such as KitchenAid, Le Creuset or Vitamix or trying to up your cool factor with pieces from up and coming designers such as Billy Cotton and Nine Space, couples can curate their very own mix of gifts, experiences and cash funds and add products from anywhere on the web. The best part? Guests can choose anything they want from your wish list and purchase it all with a single checkout on Zola. There’s even an option for group gifting so you don’t have to feel price-conscious about adding some bigger-ticket items.

To top off the amazingness that is Zola, they make it incredibly easy to manage and edit your registry on the web or on the go with the Zola iPhone app. They also offer a Registry Planner which helps couples figure out how many gifts you need to add to your registry depending on the number of invited guests. Hello, incredible! You can also use their Gift Tracker which alerts you when a gift is purchased, and you can choose to hold, ship or convert it to credits!

Ready to get your very own Zola Wedding Registry? Now’s the time, because Zola is offering SMP readers $25 in Zola credits when they sign up for their registry! New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between September 16, 2014  and December 16, 2014. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account 4 weeks after a couple’s registry is published live. Head over here to get started. xo

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