CATEGORY: Venue Stories

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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Say Aloha To Waikiki’s Newest 1960s Style Beach Bungalow Motel
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27021
VENUE:
Surfjack
LOCATION:
Waikiki
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Boutique Hotel
Soulful Mid-Century
Tropical Paradise
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

A girls getaway weekend would not be complete without a little surf, sun, and style. Enter the brand spankin’ new Surfjack Hotel on Waikiki. This cute boutique hotel, on Hawaii’s favorite throwback island, packs more vintage charm punch than a rock solid beach boys-only playlist. We can totally picture you and the girl squad lounging around in your kaftans, sipping on cocktails, rocking out to rockabilly surf tunes at this cool spot.

Local art, cool surfboards, and nods to Hawaii’s epic surf culture abound at these modern digs. Check out the three-bedroom suites for some slumber party mania that’s way more grown-up than your parents’ basement.
For the DL on the new Surfjack Hotel, we went straight to the source. Here’s what their people have to say about the cool boutique motel.

Words + Photography by The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

 

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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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Luxury Bedding Brand 'Parachute' Just Opened a Hotel in Venice Beach That Turns Guests Into Locals
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27018
VENUE:
Parachute Hotel
LOCATION:
Venice
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Hotel Opening
California Minimalism
Venice, CA
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

Parachute has famously put customers to bed in the coziest linens with their heads atop the softest pillowcases. The bedding company's founder and CEO, Ariel Kaye, was inspired to deliver luxury comfort to bedrooms across the country following a picturesque stay on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. There, after an exhausting day taking in the glories of the colorful seaside paradise, she crawled into bed and it was like sinking into dreams. It was the bed every traveler wishes for, the one they forever hope awaits them after an extraordinary day of hikes, bites, and rides. That’s why the woman who gave us the softest sleeping experience ever is taking things up a notch—by opening a hotel.

 

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