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Gorgeous Yellow + Gray Wedding in Toluca Lake, CA

This is a wedding with one of my all time favorite color combinations! Captured by Viera Photographics, Yolanda and Brant were married on a gorgeous February day at a club in Toluca Lake, California. The venue has an award winning dining room, but is also a tennis and fitness club. Yolanda and Brant even took a few swings with tennis racquets at the end of their reception! The couple was married while surrounded by close friends and family, many of whom helped with the details of this beautiful event. A modern, yellow and gray color palette was used throughout the florals and decor. I especially adore the pre-ceremony images of Yolanda and Brant; they look so happy together!

Photographer: Viera Photographics
Ceremony + Reception Venue, Catering: Ramsey’s at the Club
Bridal Gown Store: Ferndales Bridal
Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Royal Accessories
Bridesmaid Dresses: Made by Claire Yu, friend
Tuxedo + Mens Attire: Roger Stuart Clothes
Cake Designer: Vanille de Patisserie
Floral Designer: The Enchanted Florist
Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Tiny Kikawa of Theresa Huang Makeup & Hair Design
Invitation Designer: Etsy
DJ: Steve Ratter, friend
Photobooth Rental: Moustache Photo Booth
Officiant: Kevin Grow, friend

All images by Viera Photographics
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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DIY Modern, Neon Concrete Block Planter

Last summer, I set out to make a super easy and inexpensive planter to spruce up my apartment balcony. I posted an image of my DIY neon planter on Instagram, and to my surprise, it received a lot of attention. It was featured on Babble, Apartment Therapy, Brit + Co., MAKE, Decor Hacks, and many more fabulous blogs. Given the popularity, I thought it was time to do a quick tutorial post to show you how to make your own planter! This planter would also be a nice addition to an outdoor ceremony or reception space; the color and pattern possibilities are endless.



1. Set up your drop cloth in a well ventilated, preferably outdoor, area. Be sure to position it so the wind will not spray the paint onto any nearby buildings or surfaces.

2. Take one concrete block and wipe it to remove any loose particles or debris. Then, place a piece of painter’s tape diagonally across the block. Lay your printer paper over half of the tape to cover the side of the block not being painted and add more tape to secure.

3. Spray paint the block following the dry times and directions on your particular spray paint can. Each block will need at least two coats. You can easily make another mask and paint two or more blocks at a time. Pay attention to which sides of the blocks you are painting and be sure they correspond with the pattern you intend to create on the finished planter.

4. Set the bottom row of blocks in place. Cut your wire mesh to size (same as the bottom of the blocks, roughly 8″ x 16″).

5. Stack the remaining blocks in layers, sandwiching a piece of wire mesh under each opening that will house a plant. See image below.

6. Fill each opening with a few inches of crushed stone for drainage. Next, top with potting soil and transfer plants.

7. Enjoy your new planter!

All images and design by Kate of Modernly Wed

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City Themed Aquarium Wedding in Boston

Modernly Wed is finally back up! Thank you for your patience over the last four (!!) days while the site was down. Today, I have a fabulous, modern aquarium wedding to share with you. Captured by Summer Street Photography, Samantha and Ben were married  on a gorgeous day last August in a ceremony overlooking the Boston Harbor. The couple prepped at the downtown Boston Hilton Hotel before meeting at Post Office Square for a touching first look. I love how happy they are to see each other on their wedding day! Next, Samantha and Ben wandered around the city for a few lovely portraits, including a few stunning images on a carousel. Their ceremony was filled with sweet words and the perfect first kiss, all with a refreshing harbor breeze. Cocktail hour was spent among the New England Aquarium’s fish tanks and penguins, followed by a city themed reception behind the aquarium. Samantha designed the Boston inspired wedding invitations, escort cards and table numbers. Each guest received a “T-pass” (Boston subway card) as an escort card that also doubled as a luggage tag gift. The T-pass escort cards corresponded with tables named after T stops that held significance in the couple’s relationship. This is another unique wedding that makes me miss my days in Boston!

A few words from the bride:

Ben went to school at MIT and I was across the river at Boston Unviersity. We met through mutual friends and never looked back. We share a love for nerdy humor and lazy Sundays with our beagle Hunter. We knew we had something special when we survived living together in a tiny 400 sqft studio apartment. After several years we bought a house together and Ben proposed on our first night together in the new house. We took our time planning the wedding, which allowed us to choose the exact date and venue we wanted without too much pressure.

We wanted to have a simple wedding with personal touches and a hint of whimsy. We centralized our wedding in the Boston area; the city where we. We chose the New England Aquarium as our venue because we were smitten with the view of the Boston Harbor for our ceremony and the idea of having penguins at the wedding! The venue’s central location in the city also allowed for our out of town guests to explore the city during their stay. While the small DIY wedding projects became overwhelming at times, it was worth all the effort! After 6 years of being together, Ben and I were married at sunset and successfully planned the party we wanted.

Photographer: Summer Street Photography
Ceremony + Reception Venue, Catering: The New England Aquarium
Bridal Gown Designer: Peter Langner
Bridal Gown Store: Kleinfeld
Bridal Shoes: Nina
Bridal Veil: Sandra Hom, bride’s cousin
Wedding Rings: Boston Ring and Gem
Earrings + Bracelet: Gifts from bride’s parents
Bridesmaid Dress Store: J.Crew
Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers
Groomsmen’s Attire: Joseph A Bank
Groom’s Shoes: Converse
Cake Designer: Icing on the Cake
Floral Designer: Blooms of Hope
Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist: Blushing Brides Boston
Ring Bearer + Flower Girl Signs: DIY by bride
Invitations, Place Cards + Table Numbers: DIY by bride
DJ: Nik Shulka
Photobooth Rental: Nelson Cruz Entertainment
Officiant: Claire Miller, Justice of the Peace

All images by Summer Street Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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