Traditional with a Modern Twist

Red, White and Blue, the most traditional palette of them all. With Fourth of July coming up, our thoughts turn to all things Americana and how to celebrate our beautiful country! And while this color combination is the most tried and true, it can sometimes feel a bit dated, but not in the hands of Color Pop Events and Juli Vaughn Designs. Putting a unique twist on these classic colors, the creative team brought them to life in a totally modern way!

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Set inside the newly renovated Brooklyn venue Weylin B. Seymour’s, this styled shoot could not have found a better location. Originally the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, the space is full of details from the bank, such as the original vault brass pieces and an intricate painted dome ceiling, which set a backdrop for the traditional. Blending copper seating with perfectly patterned vintage armchairs, pieces from Patina Rentals gave the tablescape a contemporary feel while the flowers from Juli Vaughn Designs, in their shades of amber with pretty peonies poking through, softened the look. Not to mention the invitation suite from Sincerely Jackie Paper, in deep shades of red with perfectly whimsical calligraphy by Everly Calligraphy.

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And honestly, who wouldn’t love to take a seat and open some gifts with the bridesmaids -Tiffany blue, I think we know what’s in those boxes! But what really made us fall in love with this styled shoot, is the lovely bride and dapper groom! Somehow, this gorgeous Amsale gown hit the perfect blend of traditional silhouette with modern minimalism and just the right amount of tulle for fun! And the groom, matching his slightly- patterned J.Crew midnight blue tux jacket with black tuxedo pants is the modern gentleman of our dreams. With Whyman Studios to capture and share each moment with us, we felt as if we were right there with the happy couple as they said “I Do.”

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Photography  Whyman Studios | Coordination + Design Color Pop Events | Florals, Design and Styling Juli Vaughn Designs | Rentals Patina Rentals | Dresses Amsale | Hair Styles on B | Makeup Nicole Sievers Make-Up Artistry | Suit J. Crew | Jewelry Confetti by Annette and Susie Saltzman Custom Fine Jewelry | Cake Nine Cakes | Linens Nuage Designs | Calligraphy Everly Calligraphy | Paper Goods Sincerely, Jackie | Venue Weylin B. Seymour’s

Engage!16 Breakers: Make Waves

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It’s no secret that we at Nüage Designs are huge fans of Engage! We’ve been lucky enough to work with Rebecca and Kathryn for the past eleven summits and each time we come away with new knowledge, and reinvigorated with more love for the wedding industry. This time we were especially swept up in the magic of Engage! with the summit being held in our very own sunny South Florida, hosted by our friends at The Breakers. While we could seriously write a book about our favorite moments, we sat down and came up with the top things that really gave us the feels this week.

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So many of us come to Engage! to center ourselves and rediscover the essence of our work in the company of our friends and those who have become our family. In our search for great design, beautiful events and gorgeous photos, we become swamped by “inspiration” and lose the true meaning of the word. It was really inspiring to hear from some of our design role models on where they look to get their creative juices flowing. From Jes Gordon we learned to keep our eyes open, and look up constantly. Seeing her take pictures of NYC garbage and transform them into backdrops and ceiling installations at her events was just incredible! And from Matthew Robbins, our favorite hunter gatherer, we learned that inspiration, which we breathe in and feel throughout our soul, is different from the visuals we mood board on Pinterest, which should be seen as tools that help us explain our vision.

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And with great inspiration follow great events. This time around at Engage! we found ourselves with big, goofy grins plastered on our faces the entire time, and can you blame us? From waking up in New Orleans with beignets and a bloody mary bar to an emoji-fueled lunch break where we may have had more than just one happy pill, the fun did not stop! The icing on the cake? A purple rain themed after party à la Prince that topped any dance party we’ve ever been to. Seeing experiences from our real day-to-day lives translated into these awesome parties lifted our spirits to new heights and is something we can’t wait to experience more and more in our own work.

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Even the best theme has to be handled with great execution, and The Breakers Design Studio, along with their creative partners, did not fail! For starters, we were just in love with the coral color palette. Call us Floridians if you want but there’s just something so lovely about this shade of red that makes everything look amazing! Combining coral hues with patterns of pink and mixed metal elements, the look and feel of Engage!16 was deeply felt throughout every event. It was all about the details too – from the intricate laser cut sea fan menus from Two Paper Dolls to the personal dry-erase boards from Gifts for the Good Life and the croquet lawn decor (who doesn’t love a bright pink flamingo?), not one opportunity was missed to imbue each event with personality!

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Of course, a party is only as good as it’s entertainment, which was incredible at Engage!16. The level of talent and creativity was unlike anything we’ve seen yet. Truly nothing kicks your day off with as much energy as a jazzy soul-infused band from Louisiana. The guys behind Equinox Orchestra quite literally blew our socks off! And just as we were hitting an afternoon slump, AA Musicians showed up with a gospel choir that had us hands-in-the-air yelling out “Hallelujah!” The entertainers at night were equally unbelievable. From a psychedelic candy party hosted by Elan Artists’ gorgeous girl band, Pretty Retro, to the Uptown Mix Orchestra from Vali Entertainment that set the mood at the gala, and a surprise performance by opera singer Fernando Varela, not a moment went by that we were not having a blast!

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But of all things, all the inspiring words we heard, the delicious treats we snacked on and the dances we shared, our favorite thing was the sense of camaraderie and authenticity from our Engage! community. We listened to so many of our event mentors talk to us from a real place of vulnerability and truth on the things that scare them and the ones that lift them up. Preston Bailey wonders if he will be relevant in five years, Lynne Easton risked her family home to grow her business and Mindy Weiss wants to quit every other Sunday. These incredible event professionals inspire us to work happier, risk more and evolve, not shrink away, in the face of fear and adversity. To hear that we are all in it together and to imagine the heights that we can take the wedding industry together was just brilliant! 

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In the true spirit of Engage!, we feel rejuvenated and more full of energy than ever before. With great ideas and a lightness of heart, we left The Breakers ready to take on the world…or at the very least our next wedding.

Host Resort The Breakers Palm Beach | Presenting Partners The Knot, Gold Calendar, Style Me Pretty, Minted | Graphic Design Trisha Hay Design | Event Branding, Branded Gifts and Accessories Gifts for the Good Life | Event Linens Nuage Designs | Nametags, Itineraries, Day One Agenda and Lunch Menus TPD Design House | Production Support and Custom Printing Checkerboard Ltd. | Audio Visual, Lighting and Sound Palm Beach Staging and Production | Hashtag Photo Printing Luster | Official Photographers Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Love Life Images, Cameron Clark, John Cain Photography, Jeremie Barlow | Official Videographers Ray Roman, I Do Films, Party Slate | Engage! 16 App Appy Couple | Social Media Support Maid Of Social | Decor and Florals The Breakers Palm Beach | Candy Bar Sugarfina | Draping Swag Decor | Pool Letters and Fire Pits Event Effects Group | Furniture Rentals Nuage Designs, AFR Event FurnishingsBubble, Events on the Loose, Classic Party Rentals, Great Hire, Signature Chandeliers | Entertainment Elan Artists, Equinox Orchestra, Vali Entertainment, Fernando Varela, Rock With You, The Powerhouse Group | Dressed to the Nines Beglammed Beauty Bar, The Styling Suite, The Black Tux, Rent the Runway | Stationery Alpine Creative Group | Pop Up Boutiquerie The Gilded Group

Lakeside Summer

With summer around the corner, sweet reminders of time spent away start coming back to us. Thoughts of sleep- away camp, weekend trips to the great outdoors and afternoons spent hiking in the woods remind us of how great it feels to spend time with Mother Nature.This MStarr Event Design wedding takes all of those perfect memories and rolls them into one gorgeous lakeside celebration of love! Right on Sebago Lake in the lovely state of Maine, the couple exchanged their vows under birchwood decorated with bright summer blooms by Petal Floral Design.

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After the “I Do’s”, the Migis Lodge was transformed into a romantic library-inspired space, with bookmark escort cards and library card menus setting the mood. From the Julie Song Ink watercolor invitations to the dahlia-topped naked cake, not one detail was missed at this rustic-chic party! And the final touch that really put us over the moon? Ending this night of laughter and love around a bonfire enjoying some delicious gooey s’mores!

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Photography Justin & Mary Photography | Dress Amy Kuschel San Francisco | Decor and Lightning Ryan Designs | Floral Designs Petal Floral Design | Stationery Julie Song Ink | Event Styling MStarr Event Styling | Rentals New England Country | Linens Nuage Designs

Inspired By: Marrakesh

Wanderlust, you got us yet again! This time we’re dreaming of deep red stone walls, bold geometric designs and overflowing baskets of aromatic spices. Marrakesh, Morocco you are on our mind! This magical city full of bright color and personality, delicious foods and beautiful people has us falling in love all over again. If you can’t hop on the next flight out, scroll through and immerse yourself in everything that the culture has to offer!

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From the red walls surrounding the medina to the handcrafted ceramics dyed every shade under the sun, this city is bursting with color! Walking through the souks of Marrakesh, there is eye candy (and real candy!) everywhere you look. We love seeing all the different hues combine and clash together in the most stunning way!

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The detail on the tile work around the city is impeccable. To see these intricate mosaics and the work behind them is just breathtaking. The traditional trade of making these tiles, known as zillij, has been a long-standing custom of Morocco. Combining only lines to create unique geometric patterns in stunning shades of color, each tile is it’s own unique piece of art.

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Between the spices wafting in the air and the smell of freshly cooked couscous, there’s so much to indulge in here. A blend of cultures, Marrakesh is a mixing pot of cuisines with Arabic, Mediterranean, Andalusian and Berber influences. The result? Some of the most mouth-watering dishes you will ever try! With such a range of ingredients at their fingertips, traditional Moroccan food is very flavorful, with their own unique ras el hanout spice, a blend of 27 spices. And the tagines, so beautiful and the source of so many delicious dishes! Not only are these earthenware pots a staple of traditional cooking, they are also gorgeously decorated in arabesque patterns – functional and lovely!

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Beyond the colorful wares and spiced cuisine, what made us fall in love with Marrakesh were the people. Their pride in the traditions and customs of Morocco is seen not just in the artisanal work but in their hospitality – you are never more than an arm’s length away from being offered their divine mint tea! Their positive outlooks and welcoming attitudes are really an inspiration for what every moment of life should be filled with.

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Surrounded with all this beauty and love, we couldn’t help but see how Marrakesh inspired some of our own friends here at home. At the hands of Yanni Design Studio and Michelle Durpetti Events, a night perfectly named, “To Marrakesh with Love,” came to life at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. Bright colors, gilded accents and geometric patterns foiled on Hannah Handmade invitations truly imbue the sense of the culture in a modern way. Oh, and the menu, featuring spices, dried fruit and a delicious tagine dish in it’s mix was total perfection!

Whether here, or in Morocco, we will always think of Marrakesh when playing with bold colors, intricate prints and the warm hospitality of a beautiful event

Venue The Drake Hotel | Event Production Michelle Durpetti Events | Event Design Yanni Design Studio | Media Partner Modern Luxury Brides | Invites Hannah Handmade | Photo Collin Pierson Photography | Film Mirar Productions | Bridal Gowns Dimitiras Bridal | Hair Robyn Tornabeni Productions | Make Up Makeup By Aga | Transportation Metropolitan Limo | DJ Beat Mix

Bright & Sparkly

It’s no secret that we love bright colors, shiny objects, and all things sparkly so when we saw this Dulce Dreams Events styled shoot…we were obsessed! Inspired by the locks that lovers place on famous bridges across the world, this photoshoot is bursting with fun and adventure! Mixing gold and silver metallic accents, the design lends a nod to the locks and fences themselves. Adding to the excitement, Dulce Dreams Events and photographer Mikkel Paige, brought in bright pinks, bold oranges and royal blues to the cheerful design.

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Set against sparkling white sequins, the flowers from Makini Regal Designs and the invitations by Yuling Designs just come to life! But what we really love is the sentiment and absolute joy behind this couple’s lovely day. A beautiful reminder to celebrate love and toast to find the one who will, “steal your heart and forever throw away the key.”

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Photographer Mikkel Paige Photography | Event Design Dulce Dreams Events | Floral Design Makini Regal Designs | Venue The DL | Wedding Dress Della Giovanna | Hair Accessories Bobby Pin | Makeup Lauren DeCosimo and Nicole Sievers | Nails Raqstar Nails | Bridesmaid Dresses Rent the Runway | Wedding Cake Made in Heaven Cakes | Rentals Octavia + Brown and Two of a Kind | Linens Nuage Designs | Agate Coasters Kirahley Kreations | Wedding Invitations Yuling Designs | Calligrapher Chalk It Up 2 Love | Videographer NST PICTURES