Metals | With Grace & Love

“Through Love, All That is Copper Will Be Gold”

“A solid material that is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity”. No, we aren’t talking about your relationship with your man…we’re talking about metals!

As we embark on the 2017 wedding season, it’s apparent some trends are crossing over from last season. One of those trends are metals; whether its iron, gold, silver, copper, or aluminum, these versatile components are a must have on your special day. These metals can be found in any shapes or sizes; silverware, plates, cake stands, signature drink glasses and even as accents in your bouquet. Luckily, all metals complement each other; so don’t hesitate on layering or combining different metals. Get creative with your cake table, put your three-tier ivory cake on a rose gold cake stand and share your romantic or messy cake cutting moment using a pewter serving set.

Creativity is key! Mixing metals and colors is a great way to express yourself while sticking to your style. Whether your theme is bohemian, formal, vintage, or tropical, metals can complement any style. Another way to incorporate this idea of mixing metals into your big day is in the bridesmaid’s dresses. Mix and match solid color dresses with sparkles or metallic dresses; this also gives your girls the chance to express their own styles. If this is too flashy for your beach ceremony, have your girls rock some shiny or sparkly sandals.

Whether you’re a DIY bride or a professional online shopper with a million purchased email confirmations, metals are friendly tools to use to add special little touches. Don’t restrain your creativity when it comes to your big day, after all it is one of the biggest days of your life. So, express your style in a way that represents you and your groom. Wow your guests with a pop of metal here and there; it will be that hidden gem that will keep them in awe all day.

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Thanksgiving Dinner | With Grace & Love

Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving surrounded by our friends & family – and we wanted to give you a little sneak peek into Sara’s home! With Grace & Love Events works with brides on wedding design throughout the year so it’s fun to bring our design world into our own homes for the holidays.

Simplistic elegance was the idea behind the table design, with neutral palette and bright pops of color in the flowers. WGL worked with a few of our favorite vendors renting tabletop items and took a DIY approach to the floral centerpieces to complete the look!

Grey + white seem to be a running them towards the end of 2016 and we’re hoping the trend continues into 2017. Wedding design has long been stuck on blush pinks and we’re ready for a neutral change 🙂

Linens – La Tavola Fine Linen
Rentals – Celebrations Party Rentals



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Thanksgiving Design | With Grace & Love

This year we will be hosting both our first Thanksgiving dinner and very first Friendsgiving party. That being said, there’s been a lot of talk in our office about designing the core focus of both of events….the dining table!

Being wedding planners we take tablescape design very seriously. It is physically impossible for us to turn off our wedding planning eye for detail. Of course we’ve gone over every detail of both our Thanksgiving & Friendsgiving table scape design (twice already) and are here to share our inspirations with you for your very own tablescape design!

The Centerpiece: This year our obsession has been with the neutrals—which makes sense why we are head over heels for a fairytale pumpkin centerpiece. It’s a soft and gracious way to bring attention to your dining table.


Place Settings: To match our neutral tone setting, we decided for Friendsgiving to go with a wicker Rattan. It adds the perfect touch to the natural and casual look we are trying to achieve for Friendsgiving.


What we loved about this setting is we could easily change out the charger for a more classic and elegant look. We decided to go with this look for Thanksgiving dinner.

Isn’t it amazing how much a charger can change the entire feel of a table? This is a great tip to keep in mind when designing your wedding tablescape!


Place Cards:  After seeing mini pumpkins in Trader Joes for a whopping .69 cents, we were sold! We plan on hand painting our guests name on them for place cards. We also saw on Pinterest some really cute place cards that said “Thankful for (name)” and thought that was a very personal touch.


You can see more of our inspirations on our Pinterest board! Have fun designing your Thanksgiving table! Here’s to lots of turkey, wine, family & friends!

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Rainy Wedding Day | With Grace & Love

RAIN. It’s supposed to be wedding day good luck, but in reality, it’s typically a bride’s worst fear. You’ve worked so hard planning your wedding and dreaming about how perfect the day will be and then the weather man calls for rain and nearly gives you a heart attack in those precious days leading up to the wedding.

We’ve been there & we’ve handled that. Rain does not have to ruin your dream wedding day, in fact, it can make your wedding ten times more magical. See photo below of a With Grace & Love rainy wedding day that resulted in a RAINBOW!! Seriously the most magical thing we’ve witnessed. (You can see more of the wedding here).

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As we head into the rainy season, we wanted to share some tips for how to handle and prepare for rain to make sure your wedding day is perfect.

PLAN B: When venue shopping for a spring or fall wedding, be sure to ask if the venue has a backup for rain. This can save you a lot of stress in the long run if a Plan B is already established for you and can be a seamless transition.

TENT: Ask for a tent quote months in advance. This way you will know what to expect and won’t be shocked by the price the week before the wedding. (Tents can be very costly)

HAVE FUN! If it’s going to rain, why not make the most of it! Purchase some scotch guard for your shoes, maybe some darling rain boots and we can’t forget the cute umbrellas! Dancing in the rain is everyone’s favorite. J (You can find cute umbrellas here)

WEDDING COORDINATOR: Wedding Coordinators and Wedding Planners handle rain situations often. Having us on your side means we’ll help you figure out a Plan B or C and take the stress off your plate so you can enjoy being a BRIDE! It’s our job to make sure your wedding is everything you’ve dreamed of and we are more than happy to handle a little rain!

EYE ON THE PRIZE: Rain or shine, you’ll be marrying the love of your life on this day. Rain is not going to stop that. It’ll be one of the BEST days of your life! Things may not be the way you planned, but in the end, your day will be perfect because you’ll say “I do!” That’s the most important part!

TTFN-ta ta for now!

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Bridal Fashion Week – Fall 2017 | WGL

Bridal Fashion Week is our favorite week of the year—technically weeks thanks to spring/fall fashion! It’s a week full of dreamy bridal gowns and inspiring trends topped with the ultimate swooning. Basically every bride & wedding planner’s dream! This fall Bridal Fashion week literally swept us off our feet.  Here are a few of our favorite trends from Bridal Fashion Week, photos courtesy of


Sleeves are the ultimate princess bride touch. Remember Kate Middleton on her wedding day? Us too; and we still have all the heart eyes for her bride style.

Sleeves are perfect for the bride planning a wedding with a classic, romantic feel. We’d love to see this trend in a spring garden wedding or even an outdoor fall wedding.



If we had to pick a trend from Bridal Fashion Week we love most, it’s this one. The simple statement wedding dress is perfect for the modern wedding and bride. We love that the dress lets the bride’s beauty do the talking. We’re firm believers in, “simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

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We are so excited to see more Boho dresses on the runway this year. Boho brides have a special place in our heart and we love the free-spirited feeling these dresses give us!
These dresses are perfect for a bride planning a Boho wedding. We’d love to see this trend in beach weddings or whimsical forest wedding next year.

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The illusion neckline makes our hearts skip a beat. So soft, feminine, and full of grace. We love the subtle seductive look of the sheer neckline. It’s different and unexpected, yet so bridal at the same time.

This look is perfect for the bride who’s modest and a dash of daring. We’d love to see this trend in every wedding next year—we love it that much!


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3D details are so unique and a great choice for the bride that is looking to do something different for her wedding day! It’s such an unexpected detail that is sure to wow your guests when walking down the aisle.

There are so many options with 3D details, we’d love to see our brides pick one that reflects their own personality and wedding style.


Happy dress shopping & wedding planning!


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Wedding Details – Escort Card Inspiration | WGL

At With Grace & Love Events we love details that uniquely represent you. One of our favorite ways to display these details is through an escort card display. There are so many creative and fun displays to choose from–the possibilities are endless! To inspire your escort card display, we’ve gathered a few our favorites!

For the Modern Wedding:

-Agate Slices

-Geometric Tiles














For the Traditional Wedding:

-Classic Calligraphy Cards

-Acrylic Sign








For the Rustic Wedding:

-Antique Door or Window

-Wood slices









For the Classic and Formal Wedding:


-Sip and Seat










For the Boho Wedding:

-Ombre Seating Chart

-Floral Cards









Photo Credits:

Agate Slices/ Kim Weglin @CustomCallligraphy | Geometric Tiles/ Kim Weglin @ CustomCalligraphy | Traditional Escort Cards/ Kim Weglin @ CustomCalligraphy | Acrylic Wall/ via Once Wed/ Kate Holstein Photograpghy/Joy Thigpen Design | Vintage Window Door/ via Wedding Chicks/ Kelsey Stewart Photography | Wood Slices/ Kim Weglin @ CustomCalligrapghy | Mirror/ via Mod Wedding/ Honey Honey Photography/ Chic to Chic Wedding | Sip + Seat/ via Style Me Pretty Vault/ Closer to Love Photography | Ombre/ via Style Me Pretty | Floral Escort Cards/via 100 Layer Cake

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Mauve & Berry – Wedding Color Inspiration | WGL

As wedding planners, we are always on the lookout for inspiration. One of our favorite places to find wedding color inspiration is the nail polish wall. During a recent Target trip, as per usual, we stopped at the Essie Nail Polish wall and were instantly drawn to the color “Lady Like.”

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It was a perfectly creamy mauve color – soft and a sophistcated neutral we couldn’t wait to use as inspiration! We matched this color up with deep rich berry tones and the complimenting palette couldn’t be more swoon worthy. Below are our favorite inspiration photos.

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Most would think the deep, rich, berry tones are better for a fall or winter wedding, but paired with mauve you can use these colors all year long. We even love this color palette for a mix & matched bridesmaid look. The colors are opposite, yet complement each other so well adding a unique dynamic to your wedding style. The mauve adds that feminine soft touch to the bold berry tones for a perfect combination.

Check out our Pinterest for more swoon-worthy mauve + berry inspired pins.


Inspiration via: Style Me Pretty | Via: Bridal Musings | Via: Once Wed | Via: Inspired By This

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Boho Engagement Shoot – Danielle & Jerry

When bride, Danielle, asked us to style her engagement shoot we couldn’t wait to hear all about her vision! Our hearts almost exploded when she shared with us her forestry, boho inspired ideas. The photos from Maria Olech are absolutely swoon worthy! Take a peek at some our favorites from the shoot.

We thought we’d share the essentials to a perfectly styled, boho inspired photo shoot! Below you’ll find everything you need to make your next shoot as dreamy and magical as this one.

1. THE LOOK: In your engagement photos, all eyes are on you! You’re going to want to look and feel your best—and that includes being comfortable! We loved Danielle’s choice for a simple and flowy dress in a natural color. It was the perfect selection to flatter her easy-going and light-hearted personality! In addition, a floral crown is a MUST for a boho inspired photo shoot. We loved Bloom & Vine’s design for Danielle—it was a statement piece but did not over shadow her beautiful bridal glow!

2. THE LOCATION: For a dreamy boho inspired photo shoot, the location possibilities are endless! The location could be on a beach, in a field of flowers, on the river, whatever fits your love story and personality best. Danielle & Jerry’s love really shined in this location as they were lost in each other’s eyes in the midst of the magical forest. These photos were taken at the Arboretum at UC Davis.

3. THE PROPS: The props were the most fun to pick for this styled shoot. We worked with Botanica Lifestyle + Design to pick the perfect pieces. We chose to go with a lounge/picnic setting in the forest. We started out with a textile, patterned rug. We then paired it with some lounge pillows and brass pieces on a small table for dimension. The final touch was hanging beautiful violet colored dream catchers above Danielle and Jerry.

We also really love the idea of using candle lit lanterns, lounge furniture, streamers or ribbons, and a tree swing. We’re full of creative, fun ideas and would love to help style your engagement shoot, wedding or event!

Florals : Bloom & Vine

Photography: Maria Olech, MTO Photography

Rentals: Botanica Events

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Courtney & Greg – Inn at Park Winters


This spring wedding at the Inn at Park Winters was recently featured on WeddingChicks and we couldn’t be more excited to share Courtney & Greg’s beautiful day with you!

Courtney’s dream of a romantic & rustic wedding at Park Winters was brought to life by a team of talented vendors. Since Courtney’s family runs an event planning business, Dazzle, they were able to create details throughout the day that were truly one of a kind alongside our team. From vintage doors to hand-stamped bread bags this wedding was perfection all the way through.

One of my favorite aspects of the design were the Essie inspired bridesmaids dresses in various shades of neutral colors – such a fun idea! These neutral colors were seen throughout the table design, including white lace runners on farm tables & pops of lilac.

Check out the swoon worthy photos from Winter Tree Studios below –

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Photography – Winter Tree Studios

Venue – Inn at Park Winters

Coordination – Sara Renfro, With Grace & Love Events

Coordination & Styling – Dazzle

DJ, Lighting & Entertainment – Sean Kennedy, Music & More DJ

Florist – Brannan Street

Paper Goods & Calligraphy – Beacon Lane & Hi Note

Cakes – Danville Bakery & Lester Farms Bakery

Catering – Chef & Baker Catering

Beauty – Stacy York & Cortney Sweat

Fashion – Gesinee’s Bridal

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Mary & Austin – A Disney Engagement

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Meet With Grace & Love couple, Mary & Austin. They are set to be married this September at the Inn at Park Winters and we cannot wait to plan their wedding. It’s going to be filled with just as much magic as their love story.

Mary & Austin got engaged at the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland! With the help of some Disney magic, Austin was able to surprise Mary by popping the question in front of the castle like every little girl dreams of.

The morning of the engagement Austin asked Mary if they could stop by Sleeping Beauty’s castle for a photo. When the park opened, the two went straight to the castle to take the photo. Once there, Austin was whispering his plan to propose with the Disney photographer. The photographer then turned and walked up to Mary and shared that her camera was broken and the two would have to come back later for a photo.

Not much to Mary’s dismay, she was excited to get on with her Disney birthday trip and ride the rides–completely forgetting about the photo Austin so badly needed in front of the castle. Later that morning, Austin asked Mary for the second time if they could back to get a photo with the castle.

The two went back to the castle to meet the same photographer from that morning and when Mary turned to pose for the camera, Austin was down on one knee with ring box. The entire proposal was caught on camera. Little did Mary know it wasn’t just a photo by the castle, but the moment she’d been dreaming of for a very long time.

Disneyland is such a special place for Mary & Austin. Both Disney lovers and pass holders they frequent the park often. They celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and just about anything else they can at Disneyland. So it only made sense for them to get engaged there.

As they started to wedding plan and find a wedding photographer, Chris from Chris Howard Imagery, suggested they do their engagement photos at the park and it resulted in PURE MAGIC! You can feel their love in the photos and see that special Disney magic that surrounds them.

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Photography by Chris Howard Imagery

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