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.
Pascale and Maurice were married at Adobe Mission Church followed by a reception at The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 3. “It was a blank slate — a contemporary white space that we could dress any which way to make our own,” Pascale said. “A lover of color, I really didn’t want to limit ourselves to a simple color scheme, so I didn’t. We drew from vibrant ones (orange, yellow, pink, and turquoise) of the festive Mexican culture as well as the sunset shades of the Southwest.” The bride wore a sweetheart peplum ballgown with a silk ruched bodice, accessorized with a mantilla chapel-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “Maurice surprised me with a message on the bottom of my shoes, ‘I fell in love with your feet, now I get to marry them. I love you!’” she said. “There were so many handcrafted elements like the the mini rosary beads that my mom and aunt strung, so that each guest would receive one during the ceremony.” Even an “Amor” sign above the church! Following the nuptials, the newlyweds drove off in a vintage Chevrolet El Camino with “Novio” and “Novia” written in hearts on the back. Cocktail hour included signature margaritas and a street taco and hot sauce bar. Yum! A favorite moment? “Our reception entrance!” Pascale said. “Before everyone could head upstairs for dinner, Maurice and his sombrero-wearing, maraca-shaking groomsmen walked in with the mariachi band as they played a song called ‘El Rey.’ The boys then picked up ‘derbakes’ (Arabic hand drums), surprising the crowd with a Middle Eastern acoustic jam session as the bridesmaids entered wearing belly dancing skirts, shaking their hips to the oriental beats. I finally made my way in with my dad, as Maurice free-styled along to a Latin trumpet tune.” Rustic wooden farm tables were decorated with black and white sequin chevron runners, native desert plants, and playful pops of tulips. “We were having so much fun that we almost forgot to cut our cake,” she said. “Our dessert spread featured churros and dipping sauces, petite s’mores, cookies, milk shooters, popsicles, and candies complete with stuff-your-own pinata bags.”
Sandra and Brian were married at Barndiva in Healdsburg, Calif. on May 18. “Everything was in one place — the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception,” Sandra said. “The chef used to work at The French Laundry (3 star Michelin restaurant), and we’re BIG into food.” The bride wore an a-line wedding gown with a tiered skirt, accessorized with a gray sash and wedges, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. “When we saw each other for the first time, we both cried hysterically,” she said. Following the Jewish and Taiwanese American nuptials, guests were served pass hors d’oueures, 5-course meal, dessert bar, and late night snacks. Wow, that’s a lot! Reception tables were decorated with all handmade items. “I loved that everyone chipped in,” Sandra said. “Our aunt sewed all of the table runners, the ‘maids made their bouquets from flowers we bought at the SF Flower Mart, my sister made the seating chart. Super special.” The table numbers were chalkboard wine bottles attached with a tag that said, “Draw on me,” and each place setting included a kitchen utensil or cutting board as a favor. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Pick the three things that are most important to you and forget about the rest,” she said. “Spend your money and your time on those three things and you won’t go crazy.”
Amy and Rocky were married at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif. on November 29. “The inspiration behind the day was of course to become husband and wife and to share the happy moment with our close friends and family,” Amy said. “What we wanted to create for our guests was a beautiful day that they would remember and cherish for as long as we would. We didn’t want to follow any of the standard wedding ‘recipes’ that we had seen in past weddings we had attended. We did this by incorporating our tastes and preferences with all of the suggestions and expertise that our vendors gave us.” Prior to the ceremony the bride and her ‘maids got ready in patterned floral kimono robes and matching glitter TOMS. Portraits were taken in the amphitheater where musical artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, ZZ Top, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Callait, and Justin Bieber have performed. Amy wore a sweetheart lace wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil. Did you know she also wore a red wedding dress too? Bridesmaids were blushing in dress in various fabrics, styles, and lengths with do-it-yourself bouquets filled with roses, gerbera daisies, and baby’s breath. Following the sunset nuptials, the newlyweds proceeded to the grapevines to share a few peaceful moments to themselves before the reception. Inside, guests were escorted to their seats with wine corks, while tables were decorated with candles and the ceiling with paper lanterns. A photo booth was nearby for them to leave a photo as well as their well wishes before the night was over too.
Julianne and Navin were married in both an American and Indian ceremony Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, Mass. on July 6. “From the beautifully landscaped grounds to the multiple breathing greenhouses, our chosen venue was one-of-a-kind,” Julianne said. The Indian ceremony was first featuring a vibrant red and orange color scheme while the American ceremony was second featuring a lavender and sage green color scheme. Cocktail hour was in between. One of the bride’s favorite moments was “when we recited our personal vows,” she said.”But then, the next day, my grandmother told me it was one of the best weddings that she had ever been to, and my grandfather was sore from dancing too much.” Doesn’t that make your heart melt? One of the groom’s favorite moments? His bride! The reception was decorated with all white circular tables and chiavari chairs, burlap table runners, and tall floral centerpieces, and table names named after flowers.