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Modern Multicultural Spring Barn Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 08, 2014

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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.”

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Photography: Viera Photographics | Videography: Motionscope | Venue/Caterer/Rentals: Barndiva | Dress Designer: Vera Wang | Groom’s Attire: Indochino | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Jewelry: Niel Dahl Jewelers | Shoes: Via Spiga | Hair Stylist: Jade Tu | Makeup Artist: Lena Chavez | Officiant: Rabbi Gordon Gellar | Ceremony Musician: Paul Binkley | Band: Le Jazz Hot | Favors: Totally Bamboo | Cake: Fox & Fawn Bakery 

The Most Romantic Love Songs For Your Wedding

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 20, 2014

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As the month of love comes to an end, we wanted to keep the romance in the air with some of our favorite songs for your wedding. Walk down the aisle to “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes, perform your first dance as newlyweds to “Your Song” by Ellie Goulding, and save the last dance with family and friends to “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. Want to listen to more? Visit WeddingWire’s song gallery!

Romantic Summer Vineyard Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 17, 2014

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Aimee and Michael were married at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma, Calif. on September 16. “We were really looking for a place that had all the elements of ‘us,’ and a venue that would allow us to create a bespoke experience for our guests,” Aimee said. “When we visited . . . it was a blank canvas beset among a bucolic landscape that just couldn’t be replicated elsewhere. The owners were incredibly accommodating, and the site was fully customizable, which would allow us to showcase our Italian heritage, our urban side, and our love of all things wine country while maintaining that rustic feel we had been hoping to achieve.” She walked down the aisle wearing a Reem Acra ruched bodice wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while Michael looked handsome in his black tuxedo, accessorized with monogrammed cufflinks. Following the outdoor ceremony, guests were seated at a long communal farm table decorated with vases and vessels filled with dahlias and berries, and burlap runners. “We hired a specialty cocktail service, and they made craft cocktails with fresh local ingredients,” she said. Her favorite memory? “During dinner, there was a moment where Mike and I stood at the end of our tables and looked down at all our friends and family eating, drinking, and laughing,” Aimee said. “It sort of hit me that we had pulled this off, our vision had come to fruition, and it was even better than we could have dreamed of.”

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Photography: Viera Photographics | Venue: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards | Floral Designer: Grant Avenue Florist | Caterer: Park Avenue Catering Co. | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Hair Stylist: Its a Date | Cake: Patisserie Angelica | Lighting: The Lux Productions  

Top 3 Unique Foods To Serve At Your Wedding Reception

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 27, 2013

Can’t decide what to serve at your wedding reception? From hors d’oeuvres to entrees and desserts to late-night snacks, every guest secretly expects the food to be absolutely amazing. Create a standout menu with some of these top 10 options that they can chow down on:

1. Ice Cream

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Photo: Lily Stein Photography

2. Snow Cones 

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Photo: BluElla Photography

3. Brunch 

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Photo: Amy Watson Photography

Summer Menu Inspiration: Appetizers

Posted by Alexandra on Jul 08, 2013

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We hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July and enjoyed the holiday weekend! This week on the blog, we’re talking summer wedding food! We’ve broken down the menu and rounded up some of our favorite seasonal fare for each category. Let’s start off with some delicious summer wedding appetizers!

Shrimp Cocktail – we love the idea of serving shrimp in chilled shot glasses with a bit of cocktail sauce!

Summer Salad – mix seasonal fruits like peaches, plums, melons and berries with fresh greens for a light, tasty starter.

Oysters - fresh raw oysters chilled over ice make a perfect seaside wedding hors d’oeuvre.

Sliders - hold guests over with bite-sized versions of this summertime classic.

What hors d’oeuvres are you serving at your summer wedding? Let us know in the comments!

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