Ivory Sparrow Weddings: Lauren and Drew

We love weddings and we love our Ivory Sparrow brides! If you and your girls have worn our wraps, robes or flip flops, send us your wedding photos. We’ll feature them in all their lovely, unique glory (and make sure to include a couple snapshots of you donning your special Ivory Sparrow frocks)! Please email them to elizabeth@ivorysparrow.com.
In selecting a location to get married, Lauren and Drew chose to say “I do” at Maderas Golf Course on a gorgeous, sunny San Diego day. With pops of purple, personal details, and a delicious cupcake wedding “cake,” guests were able to celebrate their future life together as husband and wife, in style. Congratulations Lauren and Drew!
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Photographer: Anika London

Ivory Sparrow Weddings: Lesley and Jason

We love weddings and we love our Ivory Sparrow brides! If you and your girls have worn our wraps, robes or flip flops, send us your wedding photos. We’ll feature them in all their lovely, unique glory (and make sure to include a couple snapshots of you donning your special Ivory Sparrow frocks)! Please email them to elizabeth@ivorysparrow.com.
Lesley is quite possibly one of the sweetest Ivory Sparrow brides we’ve come across and her wedding in St. Helena, California, was absolutely stunning. The day began with brunch at French Blue with her bridesmaids, followed by hair and makeup (and Ivory Sparrow wraps, of course!). The ceremony and cocktail hour took place at Tra Vigne restaurant, with an intimate reception at Merryvale Winery afterward. City Lights Band played hit after hit and guests danced the night away in celebration of the happy couple. Congratulations Lesley and Jason!
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Reception: Merryvale Winery
Music: City Lights Band
Hair & Makeup: Keli Campbell

Ivory Sparrow Weddings: Brittany and Todd

We love weddings and we love our Ivory Sparrow brides! If you and your girls have worn our wraps, robes or flip flops, send us your wedding photos. We’ll feature them in all their lovely, unique glory (and make sure to include a couple snapshots of you donning your special Ivory Sparrow frocks)! Please email them to elizabeth@ivorysparrow.com.
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Having dated for five years before Todd got down on his knee and proposed, a short engagement was quickly in the works once he popped the question. The ceremony location was an easy choice: aside from its beauty, Brittany’s parents had married at Wayfarer’s Chapel in Palos Verdes almost 40 years earlier. After they said ‘I do,’ guests hightailed it to La Venta Inn, an event space overlooking the Los Angeles coastline. With soft blush details and natural florals, guests danced the night away with the help of German feigling shots and an outdoor cigar lounge. Prost Brittany and Todd!
Reception: La Venta Inn

(Soon to be Huge) Honeymoon Destinations

Let’s face it: we’re about 150 years past being able to discover any uncharted territory on planet earth. Still, there are plenty of destinations that are off the beaten path (at least the path of many tourists). Here are a few favorite possible honeymoon spots that have yet to become the next Hawaii (but are dangerously close to becoming hot spots!).

Barbados

BarbadosThough surrounded by islands that are frequently visited, Barbados has shockingly remained somewhat quiet on the tourist front. While some resorts are exorbitant, there are deals to be found, and their beaches are the perfect place to unwind after the hubbub of your wedding.

Belize

BelizeFor travelers looking to unwind and explore, Belize offers the beaches AND jungle. With the second largest barrier reef in the world and more than 1,000 mangrove/sandy cays, snorkeling and diving opportunities are many, and white sandy beaches are dotted with hammocks for pure relaxation.

Croatia

Plitvice WaterfallsProbably the destination on this list most likely to become a tourist haven first, visiting Croatia right before or after high season (summer) is your best bet. Whether you’re in the mood to wine taste in the Istrian countryside, sunbathe and swim on the island of Hvar, walk the city walls of Dubrovnik, or take in the immense beauty of Plitvice National Park (pictured), this country will not disappoint.

Marshall Islands

Beautiful corals in shallow reef Marshall Islands Majuro AtollThe Marshall Islands is the 5th least visited country on earth due to the fact that it’s difficult to get there (United is the only airline that flies, with flights from Honolulu and Guam, and the prices are ridiculously high). However, if you’re willing to splurge on the plane ticket, paradise awaits. Some of the best diving, fishing and snorkeling can be found here, as can friendly locals and unadulterated beaches.

Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and PrincipeThis is another destination that is not easy to get to (quite possibly the most difficult, actually). If, you and your loved one have a plethora of patience, however, it might be just the ticket. Gorgeous green mountains for hiking, amazing clear water beaches and practically no one around – you’ll feel like you’re living in your very own Blue Lagoon.

Ivory Sparrow Weddings: Annaleis and Corey

We love weddings and we love our Ivory Sparrow brides! If you and your girls have worn our wraps, robes or flip flops, send us your wedding photos. We’ll feature them in all their lovely, unique glory (and make sure to include a couple snapshots of you donning your special Ivory Sparrow frocks)! Please email them to elizabeth@ivorysparrow.com.

The day Annaleis said, “I do,” to Corey was gloriously sunny and warm. Having known one another for more than a decade, their friendship deepened into love. With the ceremony and reception at Villa de Amore in Temecula, the bride selected purple hued wild flowers, vintage glass and classic books to infuse the event with a relaxed and elegant vibe. For a bit of fun, each table of guests was welcomed to the buffet by listening for songs that were special to the couple. At the end of the night, all their friends and family left happy in knowing how perfect they are for one another. Congratulations Annaleis and Corey!

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Photographer: Michele Paniz Photography

Wedding Flower Guide: Late Spring and Early Summer Blooms

Can you hear it? The sweet sound of church bells, going to the chapel and people saying, “I do?”

Yes, it’s unmistakeable: it’s wedding season!

For us, the months from May to October are the best. The weather is glorious, people are happier, couples in love make the ultimate commitment by getting married and flowers are blooming left and right. We thought it would be fun to celebrate the best of what Mother Nature has to offer right now, especially for wedding bouquets and arrangements. If after checking them out, you’re still in need of some floral inspiration, check out our Pinterest board, which is full of many petals of beauty perfect for any celebratory occasion.

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Smitten Magazine Relaunch and Some Ivory Sparrow Love

Last week, Smitten Magazine not only debuted their Spring/Summer 2013 issue, they also launched a new and rebranded website as well.

And we have to say, we are completely smitten.

From their color palette to their choice of fonts, from their original inspiration shoots to their quality content, every reader will love and appreciate each well thought out page.

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Oh, and it can’t hurt that our sweet bridal body wrap was a featured editor’s pick for bridesmaid gifts! In looking at the other showcased products and companies, we were honored to be amongst such quality company.

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Splendid Wedding Send-offs

In recent years, the trend for a bride and groom to spend their wedding night eating, drinking and dancing into the wee hours with their guests has almost become an expectation. After parties are hard to say no to, especially when they’re filled with all your friends and family. Thus, it’s almost unusual to buck the trend and go the once traditional route of saying “adieu” to your guests at the end of the (gasp!) wedding. Here are a few of our favorite send-off styles that we found in combing the web for you. Enjoy!

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Craft Pom Poms 8And an oldie, but a goodie…
Car 9Which would we be our choice, you wonder: glorious send-off or after party? Don’t ask us! Having to decide between a fete and a dramatic exit is like asking us to choose between our wraps and robes… We simply can’t!

Ivory Sparrow Weddings: Razan and Andy

We love weddings and we love our Ivory Sparrow brides! If you and your girls have worn our wraps, robes or flip flops, send us your wedding photos. We’ll feature them in all their lovely, unique glory (and make sure to include a couple snapshots of you donning your special Ivory Sparrow frocks)! Please email them to elizabeth@ivorysparrow.com.

Clearly meant to be, Razan and Andy sealed the deal at Torrey Pines Christian Church before dancing the night away at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel. With well thought out fuschia and violet details, as well as nods to their cultural heritage, the feeling of being surrounded by love from friends and family was surely the most memorable part of the day. Congratulations Razan and Andy!

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Ivory Sparrow Weddings: Lindsay and Dave

We love weddings and we love our Ivory Sparrow brides! If you and your girls have worn our wraps, robes or flip flops, send us your wedding photos. We’ll feature them in all their lovely, unique glory (and make sure to include a couple snapshots of you donning your special Ivory Sparrow frocks)! Please email them to elizabeth@ivorysparrow.com.

In saying “I do!” Lindsay and Dave took the phrase “something blue” to a whole new level. Their gorgeous wedding in Massachusetts was complete with aqua details, a clear-topped tent and even a trolley! In looking at these photos, we’re sure you’ll agree: the thing that is most obvious and radiates through is the love these two have for each other. Congratulations Lindsay and Dave!

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Ceremony: The First Church Swampscott Congregational
Reception: Eastern Yacht Club
Photographers: ES Photography
Event Coordinator: Nikki Keller
Florist: Tracy Scott, Roses and Thistle Floral Boutique