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Christian and Evan were married at Newhall Mansion in Piru, Calif. on April 5. “It took our breathes away the first time we saw it!” Christian said. The bride wore a sweetheart drop-waisted trumpet wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a black tie. Since they wanted to stick to their pink, gold, and hint of turquoise color scheme, bridesmaids wore satin pink dresses and carried peony, rose, and anemone bouquets. Notice the “something blue” brooch on Christian’s bouquet? “Everyone loves the little details,” she said. “It was my favorite thing about our wedding.” Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Choose a seat, not a side. We’re all family once the knot is tied.” The couple said their “I do’s” under a giant oak tree draped in white fabric. The reception followed with dinner and dancing on stage with the band, which just so happened to be the highlight of the night. And no one left on an empty stomach because Krispy Kreme doughnuts were served as late night snacks. Yum!

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Photography: William Innes Photography | Venue: Newhall Mansion | Dress Designer: Winnie Couture | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Acton Florist | Caterer: Command Performance Catering | DJ: SOS Entertainment | Hair Stylist: Emily Barton | Makeup Artist: Andrea Hart | Officiant: Bob Hudson | Ceremony Musician: John Patti | Band: Mr. Pink | Invitations: Amanda Hovest | Cake: Bake You Happy | Videography: Ed Hobelman | Jewerly: Mayna Jewelers | Event Planner: Belinda Dexter

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Lindsay and Greg were married at Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, Calif. on October 19. “It was a beautiful space that allows for a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception to take place all in one area,” Lindsay said. “Plus, it was a blank canvas that we could customize and design our wedding style to.” The bride wore an sweetheart ball gown designed by Ian Staurt called “Antoinette,” while the groom wore a classic black suit. Bridesmaids shined bright in their long, gold glitter dresses, and the flower girl look oh-so adorable with her floral wreath in her hair. “Besides seeing my soon-to-be husband for the first time, it was so wonderful to se all of our family and friends together to celebrate such a special day with us,” she said. “We also included thoughtful details like picturing our family members on their wedding day at the dessert bar and also honoring those that served in the military.” The ceremony overlooked the Pacific Ocean with a dramatic arch draped in fabric, while the reception took place instead the grand ballroom with tall floral centerpieces featuring roses and hydrangeas and crystals. The newlyweds’ favorite part of the day? “The catering!” Lindsay said. “Appetizers like truffle grilled cheese and mini sliders with sweet potato fries .  . . signature mojito cocktails . . .and a custom dessert bar.” Who could resist those donuts and layered mouse shooters?

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Photography: Joie De Vivre Photography | Venue: Scripps Seaside Forum | Event Planner/Floral Designer: Emily Smiley | Dress Designer: Ian Stuart | Jewelry: Justine M. Couture | Caterer: Giuseppe’s Fine Catering | Cake: Jeff Bonilla of Urban Restaurant Group | Transportation: Old Town Trolley Tours

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Christie and Mark were married in a traditional Catholic mass ceremony at St. Vincent de Paul Church followed by a reception at James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco, Calif. on December 28. “We ended up picking our wedding venue really quickly because the moment we walked in, we were so blown away that we couldn’t even look at anything else,” Christie said. “We could imagine our big day there, and it just felt right. Also, the view of the Golden Gate Bridge didn’t hurt!” She wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with an off-the-shoulder overlay and ivory sash, while the bridesmaids blushed in their long pink chiffon dresses. Groomsmen looked dapper in classic black tuxedos, accessorized with bow ties. “Our favorite moment was when we said our vows to each other,” she said. “A wedding is just one day, but those vows will last a lifetime.” The glamorous reception featured tall candelabra centerpieces overflowing with hydrangeas and roses, bells were placed at each setting with a guests’ name, and a box of chocolates too. The dance floor was even lit with snowflakes! “Larry Lynch and The Mob really brought the house down, and everyone was dancing all night long,” Christie said. “See everyone have so much fun really made my day.”

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Photography: Clane Gessel Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent de Paul Church | Reception Venue: James Leary Flood Mansion | Event Planner: Fiori Di Miele | Dress Designer: Jin Wang | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Group from Bella Bridesmaid | Jewelry: Penny Prevelle | Hair & Makeup Artist: Skyla Arts | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Banks | Officiant: Monsignor Joseph Milani | Invitations: Letter Perfect | Floral Designer/Caterer/Rentals: McCalls Catering | Cake: Cake Expressions | Band: Larry Lynch and The Mob | Dance Instructors: Arthur Murray Dance Studios | Favors: The Chocolate Dream Box | Videography: Thomas Hughes Films 

Regal and Glamorous Wedding in California

Posted by Kim on Jul 30, 2013

Jennifer & Ronnie

April 13

Fullerton, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We knew we wanted to have a tented reception where we could build out the space from the ground up. Muckenthaler offered a versatility, with a beautiful ceremony space and a large lawn area where a tent was possible!

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The white tent with beautiful lining and three crystal chandeliers
  2. The hanging terraniums that we created as escort cards for all the guests
  3. The crown centerpieces

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Determine the three things that are most important to you in terms of the wedding details as the items that cannot be compromised. Then for everything else, be willing to be flexible and open-minded about alternative methods and options in means of keeping within your budget.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Every moment was so precious, however, one that really sticks out for me is the Father/Daughter dance. My father and I are typically not very emotional or affectionate towards one another, so that moment we shared together was very special.

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Creative and Chic New York City Wedding

Posted by Kim on Feb 11, 2013

Tana & Scott

November 11

New York, New York

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Q&A with the Bride

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

During my time as an actress I booked a gig for a wedding photo shoot at Angel Orensanz Foundation. To be absolutely honest, I almost didn’t even walk through the front door when I arrived onset. I looked up at the old building with it’s paint peeled towering gates from the sidewalk where I was standing and I instantly had visions of being in a real life situation resembling the first two-minutes of every Law & Order: SVU episode. I took a deep breath, walked through the front doors and my heart stopped. The perfectly preserved Gothic interior majestically lit as if it were frozen in time, glow of the chandeliers above; it was the most magical hidden gem in the City and you would never suspect it from the outside. From that point on, I knew if I ever got married I couldn’t imagine a more perfect location.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites? 

My wedding planner, Maya Kalman of Swank Productions, and I had four months to plan everything. During our initial consultation I had mentioned the idea of maybe doing a few DIY projects myself to justify the typical costs of a Manhattan wedding. One of my suggestions was using paper flowers to create a really personal and romantic feel, but I cringed at the thought of tissue paper pom-poms or crepe paper flowers that didn’t look realistic. I wanted paper flowers that looked lush, organic, luxurious and had durability. After a few hours of fruitless online searching I just decided I was going to make my own. Had I made paper flowers before? No. Had I made anything out of paper or even picked up a glue gun since my days in Girl Scouts? Absolutely not. What stemmed from an idea of maybe creating five or ten flowers blossomed into a collection of over 700 uniquely handcrafted individual pieces of floral artwork from personalized escort cards, boutonnieres and corsages to a cascading bridal bouquet and five tier wedding cake dripping in vines.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

 We hosted our cocktail hour and reception on the mezzanine level of Angel Orensanz which was curtained off from the main room below.  In lieu of the standard stadium announcement of the newlyweds followed by awkward transitional pauses, Scott and I opted for a subtle gesture to announce the end of cocktail hour, signal the start of dinner, and our arrival to the reception. As the lights began to rise in the main room, the music of “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine softly mixed in, and one by one each panel of curtain upstairs was pulled back to allow the guests to watch us during our first dance from above.

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