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Heidi Ryder is at again with these absolutely lovely images from Taryn and Nick’s wedding day at Westlake Village Inn. The couple are high-school sweethearts who always felt their wedding day was inevitable, so the event-planner-mother-of-the-bride had plenty of time (we’re talking years) to gather inspiration and ideas for a spectacular celebration. We love all the beautiful, personalized details of the day, especially the amazing florals (everywhere!) and the beautiful tented reception design. We’re know you guys are going to be as inspired by this one as we are!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The most unexpected part of our wedding was that it took place on my 25th birthday. I never intended to share my wedding anniversary with my birthday, but it does make for one less date for my husband to remember.

As Nick and I had been together since early high school, it always felt as though our wedding day was inevitable. This gave my mom, an event planner, and me plenty of time to discuss wedding details. From the moment I called my mom to tell her we were officially engaged, it was game time. All of the photos of flowers, dresses, linens, embroidery designs and color schemes we liked we neatly filed away at my childhood home. I knew I wanted a romantic, warm and inviting style without appearing to be over the top. I even had my own “Franck” a la Father of the Bride, and he created the most beautiful flower arrangements for our wedding which tied everything together. The three of us collaborated to bring my dream wedding to life.

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We held the wedding at Westlake Village Inn, which resembles a vineyard estate with a freestanding tent for the reception. A rustic, yet elegant look. The hotel became a destination wedding for us Westsiders who don’t venture far. It had all the best elements without feeling like a standard hotel ballroom. It was perfect.

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Every small detail was so important to me. The color scheme was blush, ivory, green with a pop of one dark color. The floral arrangements were a mix of high and low vases, all different antique silver mixed with votive candles and petals. Three long tables framed the dance floor. A mix of rectangular and round tables were used to fill the room to make the space feel warm, cozy and intimate. We used rose gold flatware to balance the blush linens. Lighting throughout the tent was amber and pink to compliment the reception. Vineyard chairs were the last touch to complete the room.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I never envisioned what my wedding dress would look like, which was a blessing and a curse. I tried on everything and anything. After many, many, many dresses, I found the one at Monique Lhuillier. It was the first dress that brought tears to my mom’s eyes, where she told me for the first time I looked like a bride. It felt real and was perfect.

The gown was extremely delicate with lace and tulle. I adjusted the dress slightly making the lace straps and train removable so the dress transformed after the ceremony.

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What were some touches added to make it personal? 

The two most personal moments of the ceremony came through music. I chose to walk down the aisle to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” as did my mom at her wedding to my dad, and our cantor surprised us with a beautiful performance of my grandmother’s favorite song in her memory. Both songs will always resonate in my heart.

On the lighter side, we had custom drinks, letter-pressed napkins, drink stirrers and matchboxes with our initials on one side and ‘perfect match’ on the other. We monogrammed bathrobes for the bridal party, handkerchiefs with our initials hung on vintage racks during the ceremony ‘for your tears of joy,’ each parent and grandparent received personalized hankies and we even monogrammed welcome bags with our wedding hashtag #sarnoffisthenewblack.

Our delicious, simple and beautiful wedding cake was topped with a wedding cake topper Nick and I picked from my mom’s vintage collection.

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

My brother was my husband’s best man, which was a very touching moment in itself and his best man speech was probably the most memorable part of the evening for everyone. Only a little brother and subsequent best man could tease the bride in a way no one else could get away with. It was personal, funny, touching, loving, brass and perfectly reflected the love he holds for both Nick and myself.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged!

Nick and I met in high school when he was a senior and I was a sophomore. I thought he was so cute and since he was the president of the Robotics Team (yes, you read that correctly), I joined the team so that we could spend more time together. Fast forward many years later and I can say for sure that it was one of the greatest decisions of my life.

He proposed to me while we were in New Orleans for our 8-year anniversary. On the second night, he took me out to dinner to celebrate and as we exited our hotel I saw a horse drawn carriage waiting to take us to dinner. It was the first moment when I thought “he’s going to propose to me tonight.” We rode around the city for a little while before stopping in front of a garden. We stepped out of the carriage and sat down at a bench nearby. That was the moment that Nick got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was a moment and a feeling that I will always remember. As he slipped the ring onto my finger I noticed the octagonal shape of the ring. Nick told me that he had it made to represent the eight years we had been together – the ultimate representation of our high-school-selves and the adults we had grown into together.

Taryn & Nick from Atomic Tangerine Film Co. on Vimeo.

Photography: Heidi Ryder Photography // Event Coordination: Day Of Gal // Floral Design: FHO Events // Venue: Westlake Village Inn // Invitations and Custom Favors: Salutations Home // Calligraphy: POPPYJack // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Earrings: R. Zach Jewelry // Hair: Anthony Pazos // Makeup: Blushington // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop // Cotton Candy: Bon Puf // Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings // DJ: RedShoe LA // Rentals: 204 Events // Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth  // Videography: Atomic Tangerine Film Co.

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Susan and Alex both spent much of their youth by the water so Tiburon, with it’s coastal views and gorgeous scenery, was a natural choice for the couple’s destination wedding. We love the way planner Cassy Rose Events created a day filled with romance, beautiful gathered wildflowers by Mandolin Flowers and relaxed vintage details at Corinthian Yacht Club. Lucky for us, J Wiley Photography was there to capture all the happy moments set against a stunning seaside backdrop. Enjoy!

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This Chicago-based couple are college sweethearts, and chose to have their destination wedding at Old St. Hilary’s Chapel set atop a grassy hillside in Tiburon, CA. Susan, a San Francisco native, writes, “The ceremony site is a small white clapboard former church located on a wildflower preserve overlooking the SF bay. We fell in love with the church immediately because it felt intimate, full of history, and a little quirky. We both spent a lot of time by the water growing up (Susan in the Bay Area, Alex in Cape Cod) and chose a venue by the water with gorgeous views.”

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They incorporated the wildflower motif into all of their ribbon-adorned floral arrangements, and didn’t shy away from color! Their brightly colored flowers popped against the neutral landscape of the chapel and the whites and sky blues of the reception space.

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Susan kept it simple with her understated, lace-back Amy Kuschel gown and baby’s breath adorning her updo, and Alex stayed sharp in a J. Crew tuxedo with classic lines.

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The couple transported their wedding party and guests to the reception in an iconic San Francisco trolley car which perfectly captured the flavor of this destination wedding, and everyone partied the night away to a live band.

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Planning + Design: Cassy Rose Events // Photography: J Wiley Photography // Florist: Mandolin Flowers // Venue Ceremony: Old St. Hilary’s // Venue Reception: Corinthian Yacht Club // Dessert: The Whole Cake // Hair/Makeup: Eliza Dessh // Dress: Amy Kuschel // Entertainment: Entire Productions the 415 // Transportation: Classic Cable Car // Lighting: JL Imagination // Rentals: Chairs/Linens Standard Party Rentals // Rentals: Specialty Glassware Frances Lane // Rentals: Vintage Furniture Pieces By Violet

We’re so excited to welcome Bespoke Only to our wonderful Grey Collective family. Everything lead designer Melissa touches turns to gold (or rose gold or copper or silver) and shines. We love her affinity for interesting + elegant designs and we totally appreciate that she never veers too far into big trends. This keeps her beyond-gorgeous work as timeless as it is beautiful and this editorial in collaboration with Geraldine Magazine and Judy Pak Photography for Geraldine Magazine issue #3 is a perfect example.

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The Concept: Layered in perplexing patina and mystique, an inimitable beauty emerged in a faded manor from the bygone era. Dusky roses in tints of mauve and mustard mixed with sumptuous pure white peonies form an intoxicating palette that carries a powerful visual impact. The decadent backdrop speaks of decayed opulence with its manifest signs of nostalgia – floor sweeping fraying velvet drapery, heirloom decorated rooms, delicate sheer lace gown adorned with hand-sewn rhinestone embellishment, and so on. A sense of unutterable poetic allure is everywhere.

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Photography: Judy Pak Photography // Art Direction + Styling: Geraldine Magazine + Bespoke Only // Floral: Brrch // Makeup and Hair: Face Time Beauty // Dresses: Gabriella Bridal // Dress 1: Jenny Packham // Dress 2: Marchesa // Dress 3: Kelly Faetanini

 

 

Spring means blooming trees and florals and green, green, GREEN! But it also means rain in much of the country, and this lovely editorial from Claire Duran Weddings and Events is the perfect inspiration for bringing spring indoors. The white walls and large windows of Pamela Jane Studio provide gorgeous light and a softness to the fun details in green copper, gold, and green and gourgeous florals by Succulents and Saffron Design. We love Lauren Werkheiser Photography‘s bright images capturing the airy romance of the shoot. Enjoy!

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Photography: Lauren Werkheiser Photography // Planning: Claire Duran Weddings and Events // Florals: Succulents and Saffron Design // Stationery: Caitlin Creative Works // Venue: Pamela Jane Studio // Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop // Makeup Artist: Alison Harper // Dress: Gossamer // Garter: Garter Girl // Placemats: Silk and Willow // Ribbon: Ruffled Lane // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Models: David and Lauren

 

Abbie and Malik’s wedding was a family affair. From the location in Palm Springs (where the bride vacationed with her grandfather growing up) to the “diligently hung vintage lace hoops,” the couple incorporated their family and friends with heartfelt details. We’re also totally infatuated with the florals—both the incredible bougainvillea that sets the scene at The O’Donnell House, and the bold desert event florals by The Bloomin’ Gypsy. Most of all though, we’re loving the amazing smiles and joy captured by beautifully by Hailley Howard Photography and we know you will too!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Abbie and Malik chose Palm Springs as their ideal destination for their special day. Abbie spent many vacations visiting her grandfather who resided in Palm Desert, so the location was extra special to her. In the early part of their relationship, Abbie and Malik would take road trips and spend weekends out in Palm Springs. In addition, they wanted their wedding weekend to be a short and accessible getaway for family, friends and guests. All of the decor was either created/collected by Abbie or her friends and loved ones, which made their wedding day even more special and meaningful.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

Abbie was set on finding a non-fussy, non-traditional “bride” dress. She was looking for something lace but more of a vintage feel. The dress she found at “The Bustle” was one of three that she tried on. She loved the off-white color which had a coffee colored underlay.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

The decor was a collaborative effort of friends and family. Abbie had friends over to help make much of the decor in advance. Her mother and friends also worked hard on the decor from out of state. The day of, they diligently hung vintage lace hoops from the balcony. Abbie had a parent from work hand-sew a long lace table runner from doilies that she had collected at various thrift shops and antique stores. The wedding arch was built by a former student’s father. So, there was quite a village contributing. One other element that was very personal to us were the various photos of loved ones that were framed in the entryway. It gave the wedding a very sentimental approach, especially for guests as they entered.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The morning of the wedding, a giant rainbow appeared from a RARE morning rain (when does it ever rain in Palm Springs?!?). We knew that it was my grandfather looking down on us. (He had passed several months before the wedding, and we had hoped that by having it close to him in Palm Springs, he would be able to attend.) It was my dad that saw the rainbow, captured the photo and sent it to me in the morning, so it was very special. Also, of course, walking down the aisle and seeing all of our friends and family gathered in one place was incredible. That’s definitely a more typical memorable part of the day, but I’m sure it’s special and unique for every bride and groom. One other very special moment (that I’m so glad we chose), was to leave the wedding for a bit during our cocktail hour with our amazing photographer. She had a plate of food and champagne ready to go in the limo and we drove down to capture a view scenic desert shots. It was a great few minutes with us alone and being able to celebrate and let everything seep in. Not to mention, we were able to capture some incredible photos against the desert mountain backdrop.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Malik proposed to Abbie in a sunrise hot air balloon trip in Cappadocia, Turkey. The proposal came as a complete shock and surprise and was done in the most incredible setting. We were enjoying the sunrise view over the unique terrain of Cappadocia. It was out of this world and one of a kind!

Photographer:  Hailley Howard Photography // Coordination: Lisa Sipe with The O’Donnell House // Floral: The Bloomin’ Gypsy, Veronica Lowe // Venue:  The O’Donnell House Palm Springs // Dress: Private Label “The Bustle” Del Mar // Hair: Cassie McNulty at the Ace Hotel // Makeup: Claire Alyse Makeup, Claire Stones // Decor: Bride’s own // Catering: Westwood Catering // Food/Bev: Coordinated by O’Donnell House // DJ: DJ Mark with Creative Audio Productions // Photo Booth: Classic Photobooths