Erin and Robert were married in a traditional church ceremony at Yosemite Chapel followed by a reception at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls in Yosemite Valley, Calif. on September 21. The bride wore a strapless satin a-line wedding dress, accessorized with a collared, capped-sleeved bolero, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and tie. Notice the pine cone boutonniere? Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched long neutral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of mums wrapped in ribbon. Following the intimate nuptials, portraits were taken around the park just before Mother Nature let down rain, thunder, and lightning, but the skies were oh-so dramatic! The reception followed inside the Moutain Room Restaurant and Lounge, decorated with cylinder vases filled with pillar candles and evergreens atop wood slices. Guests found their seats via a handwritten chalkboard sign, devoured an organic and sustainable, buffet dinner, and sweetened up with a three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake. The newlyweds danced the night away and then jetted off to their honeymoon for two weeks afterwards.
Tory and Kyle were married at Movie Colony Hotel in Palm Springs, California on February 22. “It had such an intimate setting,” Tory said. “We hoped our guests would gather the whole wedding weekend (and they did, we booked the entire hotel!).” The bride wore a strapless taupe wedding dress with soutache flowers over the bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, dark gray vest and pants, accessorized with a patterned bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of cala lillies, succulents, craspedia balls, green tricks, berries, and dusty millers. “We stuck with neutral greens and 0ff-white with pops of retro teal and orange,” she said. The ceremony took place against a fabric ribbon backdrop where both said their own vows. “It was more special than we could have ever imagined,” Tory said. “What seemed like a formality and a small part of the whole planning process was definitely my favorite part of the day.” The reception took place surrounding the pool lit with bistro bulbs. Tables werer decorated with lace runners, burlap napkins, and music-themed names. “Personal touches included our guitar guest book and our favorite burger spot catering,” she said. Guests were even encouraged to upload their pictures to Instagram as long as they used the hashtag #blacksmithe222. The newlyweds best advice? “Only surround yourself with people who make this a fun experience for you and your groom,” Tory said. “It’s the one day it can be your way or the highway. You want to look back and have only positive feelings about the day. Protect the process and enjoy the ride by making sure you love your vendors!”
Leslie and Irfan were married at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, Calif. on September 28. “Other than the fact that it’s a beautiful and fun location, Crystal Cove was a significant part of my childhood,” Leslie said. “My family and I spent a lot of weekends fishing and exploring the tide pools of this beach. We even loved that the area was preserved as a state park and not bought out for condos too. We wanted to give back since choosing the venue also provided some funds to the upcoming projects.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with drapped chiffon on the front and back, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Her do-it-yourself bouquet featured all seeded eucalyptus wrapped in twine. “Finally typing the knot was my favorite moment,” she said. “The applause from our guests and the public standing around was really amazing as we were introduced as husband and wife.” Fun fact: They both were barefoot! The reception was held outside on the deck. Tables were decorated with seashell-filled centerpieces, engraved wood slice numbers, and Coca Cola at each place setting. “We wanted to keep it low maintanence and simplistic,” Leslie said. In addition to cake, there was also an assortment of cupcakes! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Prioritize what will matter to you on the wedding day,” she said, “Don’t spend so much time on the details that you won’t be paying attention to anyways. Your guests are there to see you, not to judge or fuss about your centerpieces. What will be more memorable to them is how happy you both are.”
Allison and Justin were married on Sunset Cliffs followed by a reception at BO-Beau Kitchen and Bar in San Diego, Calif. on July 15. Fun fact: It was a Tuesday! “Justin and I wanted to keep everything local to our town of Ocean Beach,” Allison said. “We knew the cliffs were romantic and beautiful without having to add much. We wanted to take our family and friends out for delicious food too.” The bride wore an empire-waisted wedding gown with lace capped sleeves, accessorized with a pair of jeweled neutral flats, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Her bouquet featured roses, dahlias, and succulents. “The most important and beautiful part of the day was when we read our vows to each other,” she said. A French-inspired dinner was served on the private patio, decorated minimally. Wooden tables included matching folding chairs, napkin-wrapped silverware, and a chalkboard sign hung above the fireplace. Plus, lots of #selfies were taken! The newlyweds’ best advice? “We had a lot of people, who wanted to help with the wedding, and we let them,” Allison said. “It was the day so much more special to have everyone involved. My mom made the dress Justin’s niece wore, Justin’s nephew played the ukelele for music, and my brother made the cake.”
Brenda and Mark were married at Villa San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. on May 18. “It fit us,” Brenda said. “It was unique, intimate, outdoors, and beautiful all-in-one.” The bride wore a strapless lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a jeweled headband, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Since there was no bridesmaids or groomsmen, the only bouquet featured garden roses, pincushions ferns, olive branch leaves, and lavender sprigs. “I walked down the aisle to “One Day More” from Les Miserables, and my favorite moment was by far saying our vows and declarations to each other,” she said. After the “I do’s,” the now Mr. and Mrs. took off for a ride in a Bentley. The reception followed outside on the courtyard. Tables were decorated with white linens, vintage vases and vessels, mercury glass votives filled with candles, and picture frames. Fun fact: “Table numbers were all of the Los Angeles Laker’s retired jersey numbers (I am a huge fan!),” Brenda said. “Both of our mom’s even made cookies for the mini dessert display.” Look at those butterscotch toffee shot glasses, caramel apple lattice top pies, In lieu of a traditional guest book, guests were asked to help build memories by writing well wishes on Jenga blocks. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t procrastinate, trust your gut, and make decisions together,” she said. “It should be a team effort.”