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What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with some patriotic wedding inspiration?! This styled elopement by A Beyoutiful Fête Events & Design is set in Washington D.C. with a backdrop of some of our country’s most iconic monuments! Even the cake by Catherine George Cakes features a fondant-design of The Capital—and it’s SUNNING!! We’re also loving the color palette’s spin on the good ol’ red, white and blue—it’s updated with blush pinks, pale blues, with touches of cabernet, gold, and rose gold. So enjoy these beautiful images from Amilia Photography and have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

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From the team: The sun was barely coming up over the serene tidal basin in Washington D.C. when our couple held each other close and read sweet vows to each other. This Jefferson Memorial Elopement styled shoot was inspired by the classic architecture of the Memorial, Capitol, and Washington Monument, with a touch of whimsy.

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Our color palette was composed of blush pinks, pale blues, with touches of cabernet, gold, and rose gold. The couple’s whimsical pink bike was adorned with beautiful flowers and represents their new adventure into marriage.

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Every detail of their elopement was carefully curated and meaningful to the couple. The bride’s bouquet was wrapped with delicate silk ribbon with the calligraphy scripture, “Where you go I will go, where you stay I will stay” (Ruth 1:16) written on it, their vows were beautifully scripted in blue watercolor, and the calligraphy champagne bottle marked the occasion. Shimmery rose gold and pale blue elopement announcements were sent out to their closest friends and family to join them for a brunch fete in celebration.

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Their warm-white wedding cake had The Capitol crafted in sugar as well as delicate vines of blush pink sugar roses climbing the two tiers. The white leaves perfectly mirrored the bride’s couture lace gown. The newlyweds shared a sweet picnic on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial, sipped on celebratory champagne, and cut their beautiful wedding cake with the Washington Memorial as their backdrop. It doesn’t get more classically romantic than this!

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Photographer: Amilia Photography // Planning & Design: A Beyoutiful Fête Events & Design // Floral Design & Bike: Joy & Co. Events // Invitation Suite: Dreamcatcher Stationery // Cake: Catherine George Cakes // Vows & Champagne Bottle: Kirsten Marie Design // Hair: Kirsten Marie Design // Makeup: Laura Henderson Makeup // Jewelry: Everistta Bridal // Dress: White Swan Bridal Boutique // Tux: The Black Tux

 

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We love the exciting and lush palette of this stunning quarry elopement produced by Shannon Skloss Photography. Lindsey and Mike wanted something romantic, rural and “untouched” and when they came to Shannon, she knew just the location. We are especially drawn to the amazing florals by  Bows and Arrows. The tones of coral, peach, pinks and whites to compliment the aqua waters of the location perfectly and add a lush punch of color that we know you’ll love!

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Photography: Shannon Skloss Photography // Florals: Bows and Arrows // Skirt: Joanna August // Hair: Adrienne with R Beautiful  // Makeup: Eyes by Erica  // Cake: Layered Bakeshop  // Officiant: Marty Younkin with LoveNotes

 

Auberge du Soleil was such a natural choice for Janine and Josh’s wedding venue that the couple chose not to even tour other locations. The picturesque Napa locale is dear to the couple and was a perfect fit for their classic and inviting wedding. We’re loving Janine’s Vera Wang gown—so perfect for the classic bride—and the florals by Fleurs de France are forever elegant. The touches of gold and candlelit details are timeless and the couple made sure to incorporate special people and meaningful objects throughout the ceremony and reception. We’re especially loving the way that Sonya Yruel Photography‘s style captures the love of the couple with a classic wedding feel!

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How would you describe your wedding?

Classic, unique, warm, fun, and inviting.

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Something Old Borrowed, & Blue?

My handkerchief was originally my baptism bonnet, the garter was the one my mom wore on her wedding day and came with the penny!

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Tell us about the mirror seating chart!

The antique mirror belonged to my grandmother who had passed a few months prior, just shy of 103 years old. That mirror hung in her San Francisco flat since 1930 and we found a local artist there (through Etsy) there who wrote our seating chart on it.

Napa and Auberge have always had special meaning to us. I grew up visiting my grandparents and going to Napa, frequently eating at Auberge. Josh did a stage at the French Laundry one summer at the beginning of our relationship. I visited him often, and we so enjoyed exploring and tasting our way through the city. It was the obvious choice for us to get married at Auberge as we did not even tour any other sites!

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About officiant Fran Adams.

Fran was/is the bartender at the restaurant at the Ritz Carlton where we worked and first met, so she has known us since the beginning of our relationship. We told her we were open to any style of ceremony since we are not particularly religious but more spiritual. Fran offered to include traditions from other cultural weddings she has officiated such as the “warming of the rings” where everyone offers positive thoughts and energy to them as they are passed around. She also suggested that incorporating more people into our ceremony would be meaningful as everyone was marrying us and not just her. We had no idea who she asked to speak and offer a few words regarding marriage and love. I loved our friends’ and family’s creativity with writing poems, creating art, and offering genuine words. The ‘tasting’ was a complete surprise and was her amazingly, creative way to tell our story through a food tasting, given that we originally met as server and chef in a restaurant. The ceremony could have not been more ‘us’.

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Any great engagement stories that you’d like to share?

Josh’s gift to me was a slide show he put together documenting our 8 year relationship! The most special pictures were from our engagement, as I had no idea it was ever photographed! He held that secret for 2.5 years! Josh proposed to me on the beach in Playa Del Rey (where we used to live), one weekend when he was visiting me from Chicago.

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Advice for couples planning a wedding?

Start early and do as much as you can ahead of time; there are so many details!  Pinterest helps one to get ideas and get organized and I found a lot of decor on Etsy. The “look” of our wedding really came together in the last two months. If you can afford to hire a planner, do! We hired “day of” planning and wish we had selected a larger package to give her more responsibilities. This would have eased our stress a bit, however my mom and I had a wonderful time planning and bonding over the entire experience.

Photographer: Sonya Yruel Photography // Coordinator: A Savvy Event // Florist: Fleurs de France // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // Getting Ready Venue: Calistoga Ranch // Venue, Catering and Desserts: Auberge du Soleil // Videographer: Weddings on Film // Cake: Perfect Endings // Ceremony Musicians: Eloquence Strings // DJ:  Vaughn Wooster of Boutique DJs // Dress: Ethel by Vera Wang // Bride’s Shoes:  Jimmy Choo // Earrings & Ring: David Yurman // Tux: Hugo Boss // Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo // Groom’s Accessories: Ralph Lauren // Cuff Links: Alexander McQueen // Hair & Make Up: Bella Bridal // Bridesmaid Robes: BHLDN // Rentals: Rion Designs // Rentals: Encore Events Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Officiant: Fran Adams // Transportation: California Wine Tours

 

Torrey and Rane’s relationship history is super romantic—like The Notebook in real life. (Seriously—just read to the end of the feature and you’ll totally get it.) So, their relaxed, hacienda-inspired wedding is befittingly romantic and a beautiful representation of the couple filled with personalized details and contributions from family and friends. Torrey, a ceramist, even handmade 250 terracotta clay tiles for wedding favors! We love the laid-back style of the day and we’re wild about the way the brilliant Jenavieve Belair captured it in her signature photojournalism style. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was so very special to us for a few reasons. Every single person that was involved in the wedding was a friend prior to our big day. The ever-talented florist Casey Shostag of Second Nature Creations is a dear friend from high school. Our DJ was a long time friend that had agreed to do one more wedding DJ session just for us. The caterer, wedding planner, you name it. When it finally came down to me walking down the aisle, I could feel that I was surrounded by people that knew and loved us.

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

Oh the gown!! It was the first one I tried on months before the wedding! I went to a few places just to look at others but I knew that THIS dress was THE dress. Yanique Barnes, the designer at Dreamers & Lovers was such a treat to work with! The tagline for Dreamers & Lovers is ” Wedding Gowns For The Laid Back Bride”, which is exactly what I was looking for! As many brides do, I was losing weight like crazy and had to take my dress in 3 times! She was speedy and confident, which made me confident as well!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

The little things that you think go unnoticed, get noticed for sure! I had so much fun planning our Hacienda style wedding. One of my favorite details of the wedding was the 250 handmade terracotta clay tiles that I made for wedding favors. I am a ceramist (Tangible Goods Studios) on the side and knew I had to incorporate my craft somehow. These were (a total pain in the butt to make) but were so worth it! I’m still getting photos of people who have made them into Christmas ornaments.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many memorable parts of our wedding. One big one was seeing my dad break down in tears after seeing me for the first time coming down the aisle (of course I lost it too). Then seeing my hunk of a husband all dressed up; oh man there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Another was seeing my husband and his mother dance their Mother/Son dance; it was so amazing because SHE was leading and was wearing the biggest smile on her face.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I met him when I was 15 and he was 16; it was puppy love for sure. When his parents moved him to Hawaii when I was 17, I just lost it. He came back for me when I was 18 and we were attached at the hip until college. He went to the Coast Guard, I went to college and we split up for 4 years. We were with other people, doing other things, and would occasionally send emails to each other.

Before too long it was emails every day, and then finally, I left my boyfriend in Ventura and drove to meet him in San Francisco at 3am to see him after 5 years. After that there was no turning back, we were just as madly in love with each other as we were when we were kids, but now it was real, it wasn’t just this high school relationship. We had serious history. He proposed to me in Mexico on the beach with my closest friends surrounding me. It was flawless, and we lived happily ever after.

Photography: Jenavieve Belair // Flowers: Second Nature Creations // Venue: Fallbrook Hacienda // Dress: Dreamers and Lovers // Hair: Blanco Blanco Hair  // Makeup: Laurie Carter Makeup  // DJ: Joe St. Thomas

 

We’re loving this masculine-inspired shoot at The 1912 —a brand new Santa Ana venue. The creatives, led bySugar Branch Events, were inspired by copper, leather, cement and whiskey and sophisticated vibe. Add in a real couple in love and the shoot is sure to inspire. We’re definitely digging the unique floral designs by The Bloom of Time and the gorgeous food styling by 24 Carrots. And, what’s more perfect for a groom than whisky-inspired details?? Check out these beautifully captured images by Brett Hickman Photographers for all the details!

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From the team: The shoot centered around a farmhouse table covered with a rich cognac leather runner and white blooms. Each type of flower was arranged in its own vase for a masculine touch, and paired with greenery, copper-sprayed eucalyptus and suede-like magnolia leaves. Each set of matte gray plates was wrapped in a metallic hand-lettered leather strap to serve as the place card, and was accented with a deep blue cotton linen napkin loosely wrapped with a black velvet ribbon. Maidenhair fern favors planted in handmade cement and copper pots served as the individual favor at each setting. Small bottles of bourbon served as the escort cards, wrapped in a copper, hand-painted sleeve. Catering included a miniature Bites & Shots menu of succulent beef with dark beer shooters and Moscow mules (in tiny copper cups) paired with the cutest little sliders you ever did see!

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To add a touch of personality that might suit the gay community, the paper goods utilize slight innuendos to classic gay culture (like the invitation attire reference to a “white party,” outshining the bride, and the word “commitment”). Even the signature drinks are a reflection of the masculinity and spicy Latin culture of our gentlemen couple.

Photography: Brett Hickman Photographers // Design & Coordination: Sugar Branch Events // Florist: The Bloom of Time // Stationery: Paper Plane Paperie // Calligraphy: Aria Paperie // Venue: The 1912 by 24 Carrots // Wardrobe: Friar Tux, Eric Acuna // Makeup: Design Visage, Kelsey Connelly // Food & Beverage: 24 Carrots // Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery // Vintage Rentals (furniture, glassware): Sundrop Vintage // Rentals (flatware, plates, napkins): Classic Party Rentals