3 Wedding Instagram Accounts Every Bride Should Follow

Instagram is one of our best cyber friends and it most definitely should be a bride’s best friend when she’s in the throws of planning her big day! Event planners, florists, wedding stylists and photographers are posting so much wedding day inspiration, we can hardly keep up! From bridal editorials to gorgeous engagement shoot locations- it makes a gal’s dream wedding just a “heart” away. So to do all our current brides-to-be out there a solid – and let’s be real – indulge in some of our own wedding fantasies, we rooted around for the creme de la creme of wedding-related Instagram feeds. We promise, these three wedding focused accounts will blow any bride-to-be’s socks off! Get ready to swoon, ladies!!

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Jose Villa is a wedding photographer extraordinaire. This man captures some of the most stunning weddings on the planet and pours out his wealth of knowledge by always sharing vendor info for brides looking to recreate the same dream. He will fill your feed with everything from gorgeous tabletops to idyllic locations and editorials. If there’s one person to follow, it’s him {and we’re totally not biased, even though he did shoot Erin’s wedding!} Unreal.

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A completely different aesthetic, but a master just the same is wedding and lifestyle photographer, James Frost. If you react the same way we do, “Holy crap, how does he do that?!” is likely the first thing that’ll come out of your jaw-dropped mouth when scrolling through his feed. With breathtaking vistas in the background, his engagement photos, no doubt, top the cake!

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We first fell in love with LOHO Bride, a local San Francisco bridal boutique, because of its name – LOHO standing for a bride who is in a League of Her Own. Artfully curated, this feed is for the badass bride- full of edgy style, the latest bridal trends, behind the scenes looks and downright beautiful inspiration. There’s a little bit of a boho vibe, mixed in with a touch of minimalistic chic and we’re just obsessed with the mood of this account!

We’re curious – are there any bridal accounts you’re obsessed with? We’d love to add a few more to our must-follow list.

Addicted to Instagram and on the hunt for more inspiring people to follow? Click HERE for our past top picks.

Holy Matrimony! The Most Epic Wedding Floral DIY

As we’re sure you’ve noticed, photobooths are totally a thing at weddings these days. They’re a chance for people to act silly and enjoy themselves while providing you endless laughter and entertainment while sifting through photos months later. Sure the fake mustaches, silly hats and drunken group snaps may be starting to feel a little….tired, but the perfect place for a photo-opp is not just a trend, it’s a necessity! Your photographer is never going to get to snap candid pics of all your guests and besides – offering up an activity is furn for everyone. But we’ve been feeling ready for a fresh spin on the idea and thought you might be too. So if all those neon boas and oversized plastic sunnies are not really your pinky-in-the-air cup of tea, we’ve got the most epicly chic alternative for you!

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Instead of hiring a company to create a photobooth backdrop for your wedding, or renting a clunky actual booth, we urge you to give this simple DIY a try! A fresh floral garland balloon backdrop is not only gorgeous and sophisticated, it’s SO versatile. Dot these babies throughout the dance floor, position them behind the bride and groom’s reception table, use them to create a stunning alter, the list is endless!  You only need a few things to recreate this look – the most important being some gorge blooms – and thankfully florist Natasha Kolenko is here to walk us through mastering the fresh floral garland!

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How To Master The Floral Garland

You’ll Need:
> Thin gauge wire
> Pliers + floral sheers
> Fresh flowers + greens
> 36 inch round balloons

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STEP 1: decide how long you’d like your garland to be. Cut a thin gauge wire to your desired length.

STEP 2: Choose your greens for the base of the garland. We used Ruskus and yummy smelling Jasmine vine as our base for a full, lush look. Trim excess stems from the greens and begin wrapping the stems around the wire until secure.

STEP 3: To add blooms to your garland, make bunches of 2-3 and wrap their stems together with wire, leaving approximately two inches of wire at each end. Use the ends of the wire to attach floral bunches to the garland. We used Anemones, white garden roses and white Tulips for a clean, crisp look.

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STEP 4: When you are happy with your floral garland, wrap the wire on one end around the knot of the balloon. We used 36 inch round balloons and you can see in the pictures how the varying lengths and weights of the garlands affect the way they float. We love the idea of having some longer garlands draped on the floor with some shorter ones looking like they’re suspended in the air and, quite literally, floating around the room!

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These balloons are simple and elegant and we love the way they just float effortlessly and dreamily around the space. Experiment and have fun with these massive balloons. They’re not only great for weddings. We think they’d be perfect for birthday parties, baby showers or any event you’re looking to make a giant statement.

And now that you’ve mastered the floral garland, use your skills to drape a garland across a table or around benches during the ceremony. All that’s left for you to do is to let your creativity soar!

original photography for apartment 34 by emily scott // art direction by bianca sotelo // florals + styling by natasha kolenko // florals c/o torchio nursery - visit them in the San Francisco flower mart! 

Wedding Week: {Saying Yes to THE Dress}

We’re so excited – it’s that time of year – time to kick off the craze of wedding season with our annual Wedding Week! For the next five days, we’re bringing you everything wedding – at least the pieces of the wedding world that we’re obsessed with. We have an ah-mazing lineup {if we do say so ourselves!} – that we’d bet even our singles out there will appreciate!

To start things off, we decided to indulge in a little bridal fashion fantasy. Since it’s every little girl’s dream to have their own version of a fairytale day, we teamed up with one of our favorite photographers, Emily Scott, to dream up just that – our fairytale bridal editorial, starring THE dress!

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It’s certainly not easy to plan a wedding, especially when the goal is to only have one in your lifetime. As we were researching wedding trends and bridal stories most were pretty, but too feminine, cool, but redundant, show stopping yet not as minimal as we’d prefer our pretend ‘dream day’ to be. So we attempted to create what we felt was missing in the bridal world at the moment! How do you think we did??

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We knew what we wanted: edgy, modern and sophisticated with a touch of timeless glamour. So we started with a mood board {something every bride or pretend-bride {us!} should do!}. Our go-to inspirations were Solange Knowles’ wedding, duh, oh and of course, Jenna Lyons in that to die for floor length, feather skirt! Drool. Once we confirmed that a minimal, clean, yet unique gown was what we were looking for, we headed to Lovely Bride, a new bridal salon in San Francisco, to find the perfect dress. Through a sea of tulle {too big!} and sequins {too much!} we laid eyes on the winner. You know how they say when you know, you just know? We knew. We immediately said ‘yes, to the dress’- a sleek, modern two-piece Carol Hannah.

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We loved the idea of a two-piece – something brides should totally consider if they want something edgy and different and… way easier to get into! The croptop style Silk Jersey Ballet Tank was flirty and drapey, yet athletic and cool. We tucked it into the Le Ciel Skirt that had the most gorgeous waist detail and ethereal flow. With a fringy chiffon jacket over top and minimal gold jewelry, the look had the picture perfect balance of sass and funk.

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To accompany our spunky style, we needed equally spunky hair and makeup. Camille Monique took our vision: a beautiful balance betwen hard and soft and nailed it! We went with a bronzy, gold eye – not too dark – with a softer cheek and a fresh apricot lip. To get the look, Camille used Make Up For Ever New Equalizer in Smoothing {to prime areas like around the nose}, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal {as a base highlight to shine through the foundation}, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer {to conceal under eye circles and at high points on face}, Face Atelier to contour face, Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette in Versailles and Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park and Lodhi. A loosely, slicked back hairdo provided the perfect amount of edge which our model, Laura, took from there!

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Oh, if only we were getting married {or renewing our vows!!} any time soon! How we’d die to look this gorgeous.

We hope this modern take on bridal style inspires some of you who are, in fact, tying the knot this year! How exciting! What does your fairytale wedding entail? We’ll expect to see some pictures, post-knot-tying.

P.S. We have a super sick floral-decor tutorial tomorrow that you will not want to miss!

Need more wedded bliss? Check out our favorite posts from Wedding Weeks past HERE and our Wedding Style Pinterest board HERE.

original photography for apartment 34 by emily scott // art direction bianca sotelo // styling emily scott // hair and makeup camille monique // model laura stern // dress c/o lovely bride