Martha and Dane were married at Costanoa Lodge and Resort in Pescadero, Calif. on May 31. The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with an art deco-inspired jeweled neckline and illusion capped sleeves, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, baby’s breath wreath, and a pair of peep-toe flats, while the groom wore a three-piece navy blue suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore long chiffon brown dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, stock, and dusty millers wrapped in satin ribbon. Groomsmen wore button-up shirts, pants, and caps, accessorized with bow ties and suspenders. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look in one of the hiking trails. Guests were greeted at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains with scenic views overlooking the Pacific Ocean bluffs. “Our parents built the chuppah we stood under at the ceremony,” Martha said. The reception took place on the terrace. Thankfully, it was heated! Wooden tables were decorated with white linens, netural napkins, vintage plates and tea cups, pedestal terrarium centerpieces, and scrabble letter sayings such as “love by the moon,” and “live by the sun” surrouned by folding chairs. Dinner was served from locally-grown meat, produce, and seafood as well as sustainable wines too. But it was the mini cake that was kept between the newlyweds only after the first dance, father-daugher dance, and mother-son dance underneath string lights. Dane was certainly not shy when it came time to cut and smash a slice into Martha’s face! Other assorted desserts were up for grabs instead like cookies and lemon bars. “We even had a bonfire every night that our friend’s played jam sessions at,” she said. Fun fact: Out-of-towners had the option of staying the night in resort rooms or even better — Douglas Fir cabins and tent bungalows.
Autumn and Andrew tied the knot at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, Calif. on June 28. The bride opted for a short a-line wedding dress and wore her hair in a curly ‘do while her groom donned dark gray pants, with a matching vest, bow tie, and top hat. Autumn and Andrew didn’t have a typical wedding, but it was chock full of games, delicious foods, and performances to keep their guests completely entertained all night. “We were looking for an outdoor space where we could set up a carnival/circus feel,” Autumn said. “We also were looking for a venue that would let us stay outside until late that evening. When we saw the space at Saddlerock Ranch, we knew it would be perfect for us, and the vineyards and animals on the property were a big bonus!” After exchanging vows in front of 150 friends and family, the carnival began. The reception had a carousel, a variety of carnival games, and a juggler. Guests indulged in festive treats like cotton candy, funnel cake, and popcorn. Family and friends were seated at banquet tables covered with a patterned table cloth and red rose centerpieces. Twinkling lights hung overhead and a stage with a red backdrop was set up for live entertainment such as a contortionist and ribbon twirler. Since the wedding took place at a ranch there were also a variety of animals around, such as horses and sheep. For dessert, guests enjoyed an ice cream sundae bar and a chocolate cake adorned with strawberries. Autumn advises that couples try to stay calm and enjoy their wedding day. “Try to relax on your big day! A few things are bound to go not according to plan, but don’t let that stop you from having a perfect, incredible, memorable day!”
Nicole and Dan were married at Pearl S. Buck Estate in Perkasie, Penn. on May 31. “It has beautiful gardens set around a gorgeous stone home that belongs to the estate of really awesome famous author,” Nicole. “We went for a turquoise, sea foam, light blue, and lime green color scheme.” The bride wore a spaghetti strap a-line wedding gown with fluttery, chiffon petals, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and bold red lips, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, peonies, and dusty millers. “We wrote the whole thing (the ceremony) from start to finish with our officiant,” she said. “And our dog, Reggae, was there too! It was one of the reasons why we chose our venue. He had a blast and even took a lick of our cake when he thought no one was watching.” The reception was held underneath a tent draped with fabric and paper lanterns. Farm tables were decorated with burlap runners, wine bottle and mason jar centerpieces, and menu cards at each place setting. “I really loved our first dance – ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros,” Nicole said. “It was an upbeat choice to go with, but our band played in wonderfully, and everyone joined in at the end.” In addition to the ombre buttercream-frosted cake, there was also a candy buffet, which served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Pick a few things that are really important to you for your wedding,” she said. “If you love a certain venue or band, prioritize them and see where you can cut back on things you don’t care as much about.”
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.
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We always loved frequenting this café, and when we were searching for a venue, the funky atmosphere of Balzac’s came straight to mind. We love its eclectic art and its Victorian Industrial charm.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Absolutely loved the flower arrangements and bouquets with their vintage garden vibe. The donought cake – loved having “coffee and doughnuts” since we were in a café. Combining our two passions of photography and videography into one multimedia presentation that traced our history and life together along with including in it all of our guests at the wedding.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Try to enjoy the planning as much as you can. You don’t realize how special that part is until it’s over. On the day of, forget everything and bask in the moment. It’s hard to take it all in, so consider investing in a videographer so you can relive the day when it’s all over.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Seeing each other for the first time before the ceremony and having the nerves instantly melt away.