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Sydney and Matt were married at Bernardo Winery in San Diego, Calif. on April 19. “It was very unique,” Sydney said. “It is the oldest working winery in San Diego and had so many beautiful backdrops that it made decorating easy. We absolutely loved the rustic feel it had too.” The bride wore a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with a chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a white tie. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder pink chiffon dresses and carried do-it-yourself bouquets of hydrangeas and baby’s breath. “The moment I saw my emotional groom standing at the end of the aisle,” she said. “It is one of the images I will never forget, and I just could not wait to be his wife. The whole ceremony was filled with so much love, and it meant so much to me to see how happy everyone was for us.” Guests were escorted to their assigned tables via a chalkboard. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, numbers stamped on, succulent centerpieces, and homemade cookies in favor bags that said, “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats”  at each place setting. “My grandma’s helped me make them a couple nights before the wedding,” Sydney said. “The recipe was on the back.”

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Photography: Petula Pea Photography | Venue: Bernardo Winery | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Mia Bella Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Caterer/Cake: Cafe Merlot | Officiant: Lewis Leon | Ceremony Musician/DJ: Jeremy Jones | Hair and Makeup Artist: Jackie Ellis | Jewelry: AnnMarie De | Shoes: BCBG

Eclectic Art Deco Summer Hotel Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on May 16, 2014

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Nicole and John were married in a traditional church ceremony at Sacred Heart followed by a reception at The Parker Palm Springs hotel in Palm Springs, Calif. on September 13. “It reminded me of my mother with it’s high style yet approachable and comfortable with great outdoor and interior intimate spaces,” Nicole said. The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown, accessorized with a cathedral length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of coral dahlias. Following the nuptials, guests enjoyed signature “Mr.” and “Mrs.” cocktails and were asked to follow their “animal instinct” to their seats with handmade paper turtles, rabbits, snakes, etc. Tables were decorated with geometric patterned runners, pinwheel centerpieces, and “for richer and poorer” lottery tickets at each place setting. The newlyweds’ best piece of advice? “Use Excel and Pinterest to help organize your event, but be open to letting go of perfection and try to have most everything done one month prior,” she said. Besides the irony of it being Friday the 13th, everything went off without a hitch! “There was an overwhelming amount of fun spent with family and friends escaping and eating together for the weekend,” Nicole said.

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Photography: Viera Photographics | Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Church | Reception Venue/Caterer/Rentals: The Parker Palm Springs | Dress Designer: Theresa LaQuay Couture from Decades of Fashion | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers | Shoes: Macy’s | Event Planner/Floral Designer: Vivacious Design & Event Planning | Stationery: Leigh Okies | Hair Stylist: Light Fantastic | Officiant: Rev. Howard Lincoln | DJ: TitanUps and DJ Brent Fellows

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Randi and Chris were married at the groom’s grandparent’s ranch in Los, Olivos, Calif. on Sept. 7.  ”We knew it was the place we wanted to bring our closest family and friends together to celebrate our big day,” Randi said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown with a tiered ruffled skirt, accessorized with a jeweled sash and headband in her half-up/half-down loose curls, while the groom kept in casual in a short-sleeve button-up shirt and khaki pants. “I have two moments that I vividly remember,” she said. “First, my dad and I right before we walked down the aisle. He turned to me and said, ‘Are you ready? You look beautiful.’ Second, was when we were introduced at the reception. Watching our bridal party enter and dance was classic.” Tables were decorated with striped burlap runners, and mercury glass vases and vessels filled with roses. “They were located under the walnut trees,” Randi said. Overhead, cafe string lights and papel picado were hung. “One the sun started to go down, they were turned on and lit the grounds,” she said.

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Photography: Paul & Jewel Studios | Event Planner: Kristina Kelly | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from Panache Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Floral Designer: Tangled Lotus | Rentals: Discount Party Rental | Hair Stylist: Unique D Artistry | Makeup Artist: Desere Hernandez | Invitations: Boutique Textiles | Caterer: Brenda Simon

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Bridget and Karl were married at Campovida in Hopland, Calif. on November 1. “The grounds of Campovida are amazing, there is no mistaking that,” Bridget said. “There were so many vibrant and beautiful natural spaces for us to host our family and friends.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with lace appliques, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black three-piece suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, and vines of ivy. The ceremony took place underneath a giant oak tree. Bridget’s favorite moment of the day? “My dad and I had just gotten out of the car, and Gwen was readying my dress for it’s big debut, ” she said. “I saw all of these smiling faces in the sunlight gazing back at us as I continued to take in all that was in front of me, seeing everything we’d planned so hard for. It was just as it was supposed to be! But then, there was the man I was about to marry with a big smile on his face. I took a deep breath, and my nerves were settled instantly.” Dinner followed at the pergola with tables decorated in damask patterned linens, votive candles, and leaves. “All Star Juxebox rocked the house,” Bridget said. “The dance floor was full the entire night and all of our guests raved about them too.”

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Photography: Elle Jae Photography | Videography: Hit Maker Films | Event Planner: Gwen Helbush of Where to Start, Inc. Wedding and Event Management | Venue: Campovida | Dress Designer: Matthew Christopher | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair Stylist: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Makeup Artist: Make-up Artistry by Alan | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Floral Designer: Miss Meliss Floral Design | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering | Cake: Fleur de Lisa Cakes | Officiant: Brian Classen | Ceremony Musician: SF Event Music | Stationery: Jobe & Associates | Band: All Star Jukebox

Intimate Navy Blue Spring Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on May 09, 2014

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Jessica and Marq were married at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. on February 15. “It was the architectural and design details of the sunrise room that made us know that it was the one,” Jessica said. The bride wore a v-neck tea-length wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and a floral hair pin in her half-up/half-down ‘do, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Her bouquet featured an abundance of tulips and anemones with a hint of greenery. The ceremony took place outside with guests standing. “It was very non-traditional with no aisle, no chairs, and no bridal party,” she said. “Immediately after we were pronounced husband and wife, I felt so much love,” Jessica said. “It was amazing. So many tears of joy at that moment.” Yummy hors d’oeuvres were passed during cocktail hour along with flutes of champagne. The reception was lit with lantern chandeliers to create a romantic ambiance overhead each tablescape, which were decorated with uniquely patterned charger plates and navy blue escort cards, menu cards, and table numbers. For desserts, there was a three-tiered cake, macarons, chocolate-covered strawberries, and more. Never can have too many sweets, right?

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Photography: Petula Pea Photography | Event Planner: CBS Lifestylist | Dress Designer: Demetrios | Shoes: Stewart Weitzman | Jewelry: Adiamor | Makeup Artist: Jellis Faces | Groom’s Attire: Joseph Abboud | Invitations: Crane & Co. | Floral Designer: Isari Flower Studio | Cake: Michele Coulon Dessertier | Caterer: Veladora | Hair Stylist: The Parlor

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