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.”
Garlyn and Dutch were married at the bride’s parent’s ranch in Lockwood, Calif. on May 3. The bride wore a lace a-line wedding gown with a tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair swideswept in a curly ponytail and birdcage veil, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue satin dresses and carried bouquets of colorful garden roses. Notice they all wore cowboy boots? “These two have been together for many, many years,” Amanda McCullough of Hearts and Horseshoes Photography said. “It was the most amazing wedding filled with so much love.” And that it was! Guests were greeted with a wooden sign post that directed them to the ceremony and reception. In lieu of folding chairs, there was hay bales underneath a giant oak tree. The cutest flower girl and ring bearers processed down the aisle, complete with a red Radio Flyer wagon and two bow tie-collared pups. Following the exchanging of vows and rings, the newlyweds took off on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Dinner and dancing took place inside the barn lit with crystal chandeliers. “Her sister, Lacey, was the caterer, and her mom orchestrated and put together the tables,” McCullough said. They were decorated with mix ‘n’ matched linens, mason jar and spray-painted wine bottle centerpieces atop wooden slices, and “love is sweet, so take a treat” favor bags at each place setting. In lieu of a traditional guest book, cards were placed inside vintage suitcases. Even gifts were placed inside a clawfoot bathtub! Inspirational quotes were found throughout the night such as “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite,” and “Forever starts here.” Plus, family photos could be spotted hanging along the walls. “They are just the sweetest couple,” McCullough said.
Adrienne and Brian were married in an outdoor ceremony at Shakespeare’s Garden, followed by an indoor reception at The Hamon Observation Tower in San Francisco, Calif. on May 31. “My wife wanted a beautiful outdoor garden, and I wanted something architecturally modern,” Brian said. “Shakespeare’s Garden for our ceremony and the de Young Museum tower for our reception, it turns out they were only 100 feet from each other.” The bride wore a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with lots of texture, accessorized with a sideswept ponytail and feathered birdcage veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with matching solid tie and pocket square. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of white hydrangeas and green tricks. “The book, which my husband and I made,” Adrienne said. “We spent countless hours gluing each page down and then Brian cut a space in the center for our rings.” Following the reception, guests were given a penny to make a wish with at the fountain. Fun fact: It was also in memory of those loved ones who couldn’t celebrate from above. The museum’s floor-to-ceiling windows provided scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Tables were decorated with white linens and floating candle centerpieces. “Having all of your family and friends all in one room supporting you was such an amazing experience,” he said. In lieu of a traditional guest book, Jenga pieces were signed to build memories. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Elope, but if you aren’t eloping, then make sure you choose a photographer and videographer that you are comfortable with as they’ll be sharing your most intimate moments with you and your future spouse,” she said.
Donna and Richard were married at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Calif. on May 24. “After seeing how naturally beautiful the property was, with a ton of green, rustic character, trickling ponds, the fun vintage ferris wheel, and of course the big oak tree that served as our backdrop for our ceremony, we knew we found our spot,” Donna said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of Valentino’s “rockstud” pumps, while the groom wore navy blue suit, accessorized with a checkered button-up shirt, and denim bow tie. “This fabric was the starting point for our entire color inspiration,” she said. “The wedding passed by in a flash. Richard and I joke all the time that we can’t remember much of it but as cheesy as it sounds, but I will always remember the moment we were up at the altar. It was as if time slowed.” The ceremony took place underneath a big oak tree dangling with cafe lights, and a vintage ferris wheel off to the distance. Afterwards, all 112 guests walked with the newlyweds, waving ribbon wands, to the tented reception. Do-it-yourself mason jar escort cards were filled with nuts. Each table was decorated with white linens, peony centerpieces, and chalkboard numbers. Their favorite detail? The dessert display! Just look at that three-tiered naked cake topped with fresh fruit and various other pastries. “Be flexible,” Donna said. “I know most brides will have a clear vision of what they want, but what I have learned is no matter how well you try to plan the event, you will run into problems. Whether your problem is a logistical issue or a budgeting problem or just the fact that your bridesmaids can’t agree on their dresses, as long as you are open-minded and willing to deal, than things will work out!” Amen.
Rachel and Garry were married at The Japanese Garden followed by an outdoor backyard reception in Van Nuys, Calif. on June 7. “The moment you step foot into the Japanese Gardens, you are surrounded by peace and serenity,” Rachel said. “Any stress, any worry seizes to exist while you are there. You can’t help but admire the beauty. ” The bride stunned in a v-neck halter wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with no tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and dahlias. All 80 guests sat at round tables in padded folding chairs, decorated with sandalwood linens, white napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and a personalized thank-you note at each place setting. “Garry and I took a moment to reflect and kind of stepped back and looked around at all of our friends and family,” she said. “To see their smiling faces, laughing and dancing – so much love was everywhere. It was truly humbling, and our hearts were bursting.” An indulging dessert display included a buttercream-frosted cake, oatmeal cream pies, Ho Hos, and chocolate covered marshmallows. Lucky them! The newlyweds jetted off in a 1961 Bentley at the end of the night for a touch of old Hollywood glamour. “If at the end of the day, you marry the love of your life, the rest doesn’t matter,” Rachel said.