CATEGORY: Correspondents on Location

What Dinner By A Lake Looks Like When Urban Outfitters Dresses Your Squad
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 26984
VENUE:
Whiskeytown Lake
LOCATION:
Redding
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Feast by the Lake
Bohemian Picnic
Rustic
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

Urban Dictionary defines Friendsgiving as, “the celebration of Thanksgiving dinner with your friends. This usually occurs on the Wednesday before or the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, since Thanksgiving is usually reserved for family gatherings.” Yet, here at the Venue Report, we define Friendsgiving as, “a time to gather all the crazy characters in your life to sit down at one beautiful table and eat too much, drink too much, laugh too much, and have an epic dance party in a gorgeous setting.” We’re willing to bet that most of you agree with the latter definition and have likely celebrated a holiday or two in this fashion. 

And since it’s not every day that we get to hear the scoop behind an awesome brand collaboration, you can imagine how stoked we were to interview photographer Hannah Merritt about this photo shoot she did with stylist and social media darling Mel Denisse. All clothing and some of the decorative accessories were provided by Urban Outfitters, and Mel put together the vision of this Friendsgiving by the lake. We’d say she pretty much nailed it, since now all we can think about is planning our next Friendsgiving. Check out what Hannah has to say about this cool collab.

Words + Photos by Hannah Merritt 

 

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Downton Abbey Fans, This Photo Shoot’s For You
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27008
VENUE:
Port Eliot Estate
LOCATION:
Saint Germans, England
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Rainy Bridal Shoot
Romantic & Moody
English Countryside
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

As any Downton Abbey fan will happily reminisce over, the wedding scene when Lady Mary finally marries Matthew Crawley is easily the most beautiful wedding scene in all of TV history. With the perfect amount of light flooding into the big, airy mansion, and the abundance of gorgeous flowers in an otherwise dark and moody setting, there’s an air of old English gloominess that makes the celebration that much sweeter. You can imagine our excitement when we got our hands on this photo shoot with a similar vibe.

We recently had a fill-us-in session with the shoot’s creative director Amanda Rose of Oak and Cypress and photographer Kristen Marie Parker. The dream team gave us all the details of the inspiration behind this stunning photo series and the incredible property. Spoiler alert: there may or may not have been a sighting of a ghost.

Words + Photos by Kristen Marie Parker


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This Couple Just Hosted Everyone’s Dream Tuscan Villa Wedding
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 26999
VENUE:
Villa Catureglio
LOCATION:
Tuscany, Italy
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Destination Wedding Week
Rustic, Modern Elegance
Ancient Italian Villa
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown


Tuscan villa weddings never cease to inspire. There’s something so magical about that fragrant Italian air, the rich history, and the gorgeous architecture. And Italians seem to host weddings with such an air of simplicity, like it’s no big deal to host a dinner party for fifty or sixty people outdoors, under the clear Tuscan sky. Sara and Patrick’s wedding at Villa Catureglio has us all in total fantasy land over here, what with the Chestnut hunt in the mountains, vineyard tours, and the gorgeous meals they celebrated with.

Sara and Patrick recently filled us in on all the details of their wedding planning from afar. They worked with the creative and brilliant duo, Elyse and Katie, at BW Theory in Austin to make all their great ideas into a reality.

Words by bride, Sara + Katie Moore of BW Theory | Photography by Matthew Moore Photography 


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What Does A Mixologist Make For Himself On Vacation?
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27025
VENUE:
Stargazing Desert Retreat
LOCATION:
Pioneertown, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Weekend Roadtrip
Rustic Eclectic
Desert Retreat
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

Ian Collis is a known around town as the king of crafting cocktails. This craft has wowed many taste buds around the country and we got the inside scoop on Ian's best tips and favorite recipes.  

Ian spends his days creating tasty libations and experimenting with his over 100 different bottles of liquors & liqueurs. He has collected his bolstered bar from cross country journeys, alcohol inspired adventures, and local vendors in his neighborhood, always adding to his never ending queue of what to make next. Hello, most delicious science experiment, ever! What better way to comemmorate a weekend in the desert then rolling up to Stargazing Desert Retreat and it's fully loaded, on-site saloon that's private to the property? Stay tuned for a how-to video, recipe, and the best kept secrets for any mix master. Happy drinking! 

 

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This Nautical Los Angeles Beach Wedding Blended Cultures and Traditions
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27016
VENUE:
Shade Hotel
LOCATION:
Manhattan Beach , California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Cultural Wedding
Feminine Chic
Seaside Hotel
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

For a weekend of beach bummin’, heading out to Manhattan Beach is a no-brainer. What's not to love about the sound of the waves, cute shops, and epic sunsets? For this multicultural wedding planned by Sugar Branch Events, guests were able to enjoy a weekend by the Pacific while all staying in one hotel that was totally easy for out-of-towners to get to. The best thing about having all your friends and fam in one place for the weekend is that you get to really maximize your time together. We can practically hear the clinking of glasses just thinking about it.

A wedding that brings together two cultures and two religions is not always the easiest thing to plan, but this couple makes it look easy as an ocean breeze. The Persian groom married his American bride incorporating a Persian sand ceremony, as directed by a Methodist minister. Try saying that ten times fast. Meanwhile, the neutral, modern background at Shade Hotel is softened by minty drapery, a green living wall, and lots of fresh florals. A stroll down the boardwalk is par for the course post-ceremony, and makes for some gorgeous beachy photos. The planners over at Sugar Branch Events gave us the full story behind the scenes of this wedding with Josh Elliott behind the lens.

Words by Sugar Branch Events, Photography by Josh Elliott Photography

 

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