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Classic Ivory, Merlot and Blush Wedding by Sarah Ainsworth Photography

From its serene gold-accented palette, to its seasonal menu of roasted corn chowder and beef tenderloin with wild-mushroom-and-onion risotto, to its crystal chandeliers and soft candlelight, Hayley and Jeffrey’s fall wedding is pretty much a perfect example of how to do fall elegance fabulously. The couple, who met on a blind date (!!)—which led to a second date the very next day—wanted their marriage celebration to be not just full of love, but utterly timeless. We think they did both, beautifully. And we’ve got the gorgeous photos by super-talented Houston photographer Sarah Ainsworth to prove it. Congratulations, Hayley & Jeffrey!

Photos: Sarah Ainsworth Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Watters from Brickhouse Bridal ~ Groomswear: Al’s Formal Wear ~ Entertainment: DJU Productions

Classic Black, White and Blush Wedding at Hotel ZaZa

When Allison entered their room at Hotel Granduca on the eve of Cinco de Mayo and found hundreds of rose petals and candles everywhere, she actually wondered if she was in the wrong room. But when Ty took her by the hand and got down on one knee, she knew she was in exactly the right place. One year later, the pair celebrated their nuptials with a timeless reception at Hotel ZaZa, done up in classic shades of black, white and soft blush pink by Events in Bloom. Lovely in her Vera Wang gown, with hair and makeup by The Perfect Face, Allison danced the night away with her handsome groom—and 250 of their nearest and dearest—in a one-for-the-ages Houston wedding that has captured our hearts. Big thanks to Pink Posh Photography for the pretty pix, and big congrats to this sweet, smitten Houston couple!

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Photos: Pink Posh Photography ~ Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang ~ Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo ~ Bride’s Hair & Makeup: The Perfect Face ~ Cake: Who Made The Cake ~ Flowers: Events in Bloom ~ Videography: 1Cinema Productions ~ Venue: Hotel ZaZa

St. Germain Wedding Cocktails

St. Germain Wedding Cocktails

Photo: St. Germain

OK, this one goes out to our esteemed publisher Radhika Day, who just happens to be a major St. Germain fan—and with good reason. The classic French elderflower liqueur, made from gently macerating hand-picked blossoms that bloom briefly each spring, is ineffably subtle and delicious. Trying to describe it, according to the famous French artisanal liqueur-maker, is like “asking a hummingbird to describe the flavor of its favorite nectar.” Which we would never do. We’ll simply say that St. Germain is more or less the flavor of romance—which makes it perfect for wedding-day cocktails.

Our favorite is La Rosette, a simple combination of 4 parts Brut Rosé Champagne to ¼ part St. Germain, served in a chilled flute and garnished with a pansy, rose petal or delicate orchid. Parfait! Non?

For more delicious and incredibly pretty St. Germain wedding cocktails, sip—er, clickhere!

HWB Hearts: Crystal Wedding EVERYTHING

Here’s the thing about crystals: No matter how simply they’re used in wedding décor, once you get them next to a light source—whether fixture or flame—they just can’t help but sparkle. And that little flash and glow is what makes an occasion feel…special. There’s no occasion more special than your wedding. And no better way to make it shine than with twinkling crystal elements. Like these.

Crystal Manzanita Tree Crystal Silver Mist Chandelier and Crystal Wine Cork Place Card Holder Swarovski Crystal Votive Holder Crystal Mr. & Mrs. Place Cards and Snowflakes Wedding Cake Hanging Crystal Curtain and Crystal Tree Wedding Centerpiece

Photos (top to bottom, left to right): Isha Foss Events via Weddify ~ Overstock.com ~ Gallery 360 ~ Panache Bride ~ Tange Design ~ Sue’s Sweets ~ Designs by Hemingway ~ Camlie Inc.

HWB Hearts: Watercolor Weddings

We’re engaged in a major love affair with watercolor at the moment. The dreamy, soft-edged, ombré effect of this art form (think Paul Cezanne’s landscapes, Paul Klee’s abstracts, Georgia O’Keeffe’s magnificent flowers) is just so perfect for spring and summer weddings, we can’t get enough. Look for it in custom save the dates and wedding invitations, billowy chiffon destination-wedding dresses, table linens and plates—even shoes! And don’t forget to talk to your florist about creating a WOW watercolor effect with flowers like parrot tulips, peonies and hydrangeas. Lovely stuff!

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Credits (Photos top to bottom, left to right): Ever After Papery, Anthropologie, Ovadia & Sons, Delia’s, ALDO, Printerette Press, Becky Hill Photography, Jen Aitchison