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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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Jamie & Justin

October 5

Dove Canyon, California

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From the Photographer: “Jamie and Justin wed at the very-private Dove Canyon Country Club, nestled in the hills near Orange County’s Santa Ana Mountains—and one thing is certain about this couple’s future: Their children will have gorgeous eyes. And possibly an affinity for the Anaheim Ducks, as well as hard-core partying, because before their grand exit under a shower of sparklers waved by guests, this wedding brought the house down on the dance floor! Dissatisfied with traditional bridesmaid dresses, Jamie opted to dress her bridesmaids in silver sequins and soft pink folds, and tied in the rest of the wedding design using similar hints of pink in places such as cake embellishments, sparkly lettering on the soles of her shoes, and the ceremony seating sign. Justin put his own touch on the affair, as well: he is a photographer, and set up an open-air photobooth capture some of the revelry as the night wore on.” – Luminaire Images

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Lush, Glam Pink and Purple Wedding in California

Posted by Kim on Jan 09, 2013

Lindsey & Matthew

June 15

Newport Beach, California

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From the photographer:

“Matt and Lindsey’s summer Newport Beach wedding was one I had been looking forward to all year. They held their wedding at one of my favorite venues, the Newport Beach Marriott and enlisted some of my favorite vendors. LVL Events really tied their day together, leaving not one detail to chance. Matt and Lindsey tied the knot under the gorgeous outdoor gazebo on the Marriott lawn and their ceremony  could not have been more perfect. Their reception followed in one of the hotel’s grand ballrooms, adorned in pink floral arrangements, by Bloom Box, that were simply breathtaking. Matt and Lindsey were given a first look of their reception site before their guests so that they could take it all in and were they surprised. I would have to say their favorite detail of their room was their sweetheart table, which was not covered in your standard linens but instead a blanket of fresh pink roses. . . absolutely stunning! The remainder of their day included a dress change by Lindsey, out of her stunning fairytale gown into a shorter version of the same gown, so chic! And of course a fun photo booth, caricature artist and a classic ice cream station to put the perfect ending touch on a perfect wedding day. ” – Lily Stein Photography

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