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The creatives that came together to design this gorgeous inspiration shoot wanted to “combine two different worlds that rarely touch – multiple locations that are both near and far.” White Lace Events & Design described “the flowing picture as California Coastal meets the romantic and historic travels of an opulent European garden.” Isari Flower Studio fashioned the flowing vines, topiaries, and deeply colorful bougainvillea to help create the European aesthetic on the shore of the Pacific. And is there anything more romantic than riding off into the sunset together in a gondola? We are so thankful that all the amazing details were captured in these stunning images by Kristin La Voie.

Soft sand, eclectic shells, seagulls flying, and waves riding the ocean shore — another beautiful day on the coast of San Diego, California. Upon the sand, a setup of artistic and opulent creations came alive with the salty breeze and sweet touches of the sun rays throughout the rich velvet, celestial cake, and dip-dyed fabric. It wasn’t something typical that one would see on their daily walk on the beach, but it spoke a rich and romantic story.

The flowing vines, tailored green topiaries, the groomed bougainvillea, and the rich velvet grey chairs gave way to the castles in Europe. The handmade elements of the plates, the crystal glassware delicately laced with rose gold, continued to elevate the feel of old Europe. The dancing fabric, the sea salt runner, and the raw table with an open shell all lent to the beach elements. The ocean, colorful sunset, and the rigid sand experienced a journey that day.

 

The bride floated in the layers of her Reem Acra gown that stunned anyone from afar. Her rich, long brown hair elevated the softness. The gentle movement upon the gondola and the shoreline with her husband close by her side. He wore a navy tux, with details that enticed the designs of their setting at the Loews Coronado Resort. He strolled comfortably by her side on the beach, and you could see the frames of life happening and being instilled in their memories. The cuddling on the gondola as if they were on the canals in Venice, Italy, kissing under the bougainvillea arch, and sitting in the sand enjoying the views of the coast. The bride and groom had joined the two worlds of Europe and California into their future as husband and wife—living their dreams.

 

 

Planner and Designer: White Lace Events & Design // Photographer: Kristin La Voie // Floral: Isari Flower Studio // Paper Goods: Design By Laney // Venue: Loews Coronado Bay Resort // Gown: M Bride // Gown Designer: Reem Acra // Hair / Makeup: Bianca Sansosti // Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking // Silverware: Folklore Vintage Rentals // Plates / Glasses: Anthropologie // Men’s Attire: The Black Tux // Rentals: To Be Designed Specialty Rentals and Event Design // Models: Garrett Richardson and Megan Richardson

 

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Lauren and Adam wanted to incorporate both romance and her Hispanic heritage into their big day, and we think they nailed it by choosing Rancho Las Lomas as their venue. Paradise Florista turned eucalyptus, ranunculus, roses and peonies into gorgeous texture everywhere, continuing the romanticism under the twinkle lights. To add some personal touches, Lauren asked her brother to officiate, and walked down the aisle to a song her late father had been practicing just before he passed away. Martina Liana designed the gorgeous gown that brought tears to Lauren’s eyes when she tried it on, sealing the deal for her. We are loving the colors, texture, and beauty of this wedding, expertly photographed by  Mallory Dawn Photography, and we think you will too.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I wanted everything to have a very romantic feel while also incorporating my Hispanic heritage. So, I hired a flamenco guitarist to play the ceremony music and cocktail hour! I think the venue itself was super unique too. Who can say they had zebras and a white tiger at their wedding?! 

  

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

I found my gown at Blush Bridal Couture in Tustin, CA. It was the third dress I tried on at my very first time gown shopping. I tried on another 7 dresses before putting mine back on. I decided to take it off and go to my other shopping appointments, but when they were unclipping me I started to cry. I never cry so that’s how I knew it was meant to be!

    

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My brother was my officiant! My husband and I aren’t very religious and we wanted our ceremony to be led by someone who knew us, so we asked my brother. Also, the recessional song I chose was the last song my dad was learning how to play on the guitar before he passed away. It was really important to me that pieces of him were displayed throughout the wedding even if I was the only one who knew about them! I think setting thank you notes at each place setting was super special too. I, unfortunately, wasn’t able to see every single guest, but sought comfort knowing they read the note that I wrote for them.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The beginning of the ceremony. For Adam, it was watching me walk down the aisle and seeing me in my dress for the first time. For me, it was the sudden realization of “holy cow, I’m marrying my best friend right now”.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met through a mutual friend right as high school was ending. We didn’t actually starting talking until Thanksgiving that year and then were official 2 weeks later. Adam proposed the day he graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department Academy. After the graduation ceremony we walked, with our families, to a spot to take pictures. Adam kept looking at me and saying, “how should I pose?” I, not understanding what was happening, just told him to act normal. All the while his mom was slipping him the ring box behind his back. That’s when he grabbed me by the shoulders to face him, said, “I love you” and dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so shocked he had to ask twice!

Lauren + Adam from The Hubs Films on Vimeo.

Photography: Mallory Dawn Photography // Coordinator: All in the Detail Design // Florist: Paradise Florista // Invitations: Minted // Venue: Rancho Las Lomas // Bridal Gown: Martina Liana // Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Couture // Hair + Makeup: Design Visage // Cake: Rooney Girl Bakeshop // Cinematography: The Hubs Films // Flamenco Guitarist: Brandt Jacobus // Specialty Furniture: Sweet Salvage Rentals // Grooms Suit: Men’s Warehouse // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo + Adrianna Papell // Photobooth: On the Go DJ Pro // Catering: 24 Carrots Catering // DJ + Lighting: Elevated Pulse // Gelato Cart: Mangiamo Gelato

 

YOU GUYS! This wedding is what dreams are made of! The history and glam of the Lombardi House—an atmosphere that complements without taking center stage—was the perfect setting for Christina and Jonathan’s day. The subtle hues of the floral design by Moon Canyon followed through with the understated elegance, and the design genius of Bash Please brought it all together. When purchasing a gown Christina consulted a trusted friend who gave her great advice: “you should pick a dress where you are the focus and not the dress”, so she chose this stunning Lihi Hod. But the most memorable part for Christina was “walking down the aisle and seeing Jon look at me with a huge smile on his face.” Isn’t that what it’s all about? And clearly choosing the right photographer for your wedding is key, as Samm Blake expertly caught every perfect moment of this spectacular wedding.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having my two best girlfriends’ daughters as flower girls (Reem + Quinn) was so special. Both girls were adorable holding hands together and were so shy from all the attention on them. Quinn was only a little over 1 year old and just learned to walk and Reem was 19 months so a baby as well.

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

I tried on a million dresses in New York with my mom and my mother in law. Finally the last one I tried on was at Gabriella Bridal Salon NY. It was by Lihi Hod (diamond  top and blush skirt). I knew when I tried it on it felt perfect – simple & elegant. I remember going over to my girlfriend’s apartment in NY and showed her the pictures, and she said you should pick a dress where you are the focus and not the dress – immediately she insisted I go with this dress. I agreed and ordered it the next day and never doubted my decision.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

* Wedding Hastag: #xtinaisdunzo
* Signature cocktails with our fav drinks: Moscow Mule and Champagne drink
* Photobooth: I spent hours online and at costume stores buying funny props for the photobooth. We wanted to make it fun and special since we had our first kiss in a photobooth.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We got engaged at San Ysidro Ranch on our 1st anniversary. Jonathan proposed on the upper lawn area above the pool, he was so nervous he forgot to get on one knee.

 

Los Angeles, California from Max Cutrone INC on Vimeo.

Photography: Samm Blake // Planning and Design: Melissa Stahl, Cassie Dube, and Alexa Zipperman of Bash Please // Florals: Moon Canyon // Stationery: Prim and Pixie // Venue: Lombardi House // Dress: Lihi Hod from  Gabriella Bridal Salon // Videography: Max & Molly // Cake: Susie Cakes // Hair & Makeup: BeNYLA // Catering & Bar Service: Whoa Nelly // Rentals: Town & Country // Specialty Rentals: Found Rentals // Specialty Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin // Linen: La Tavola // Music: DJ Kate // Ceremony Music: Strings by Reiko // Photobooth: Magbooth

 

 

 

For this Little Sahara, UT (Sand Dunes) shoot, the creators / visionaries chose to simulate the Utah desert sunset with soft neutral hues of yellow, blush, orange and red with the florals as a stark contrast in the unadorned desert setting. Ambra from Query Events about the stunning model and her dress: “We paired our dark haired model with the Bainbridge Alexandra Grecco gown with tons of movement and a slit for days.” Query Events skillfully planned, designed, and arranged the florals in this gorgeous shoot, and aren’t we incredibly lucky that Callie Manion Photography was there to capture every perfect detail? We think it’s amazing, and we think you will too.

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Inspired by the desert landscape, a team of Texas vendors made the trip to the gorgeous sand dunes of Little Sahara right outside of Salt Lake City. Designer Ambra Costner-Portillo of Query Events used a neutral color story with floral arrangements meant to mimic the sunset – butter yellows, soft oranges, blush and red.

 

Keeping all textures and elements as true to the existing landscape as possible, meant for a story that looks at home together. We knew we wanted a minimalist dress with zero “fuss” to really showcase how gorgeous our native Salt Lake City model is – a true desert girl!

 

 

You can just feel the desert wind in these photos! We love the location and the variation in landscape – everything came together just beautifully!

 

Photography: Callie Manion Photography // Design + Planning: Query Events // Floral: Query Events // Stationery / Calligraphy: Golden Greys // Gown: Alexandra Grecco, “Bainbridge” Gown  // Modeling Agency: NIYA Management // Model: Jacqueline Vare // MUAH: Brynn Thomas // Linen: La Tavola

 

Cait and Ned, self-confessed opposites, knew they wanted something unique and different than anything they’d seen on any blog or Pinterest for their big day. From Cait: “I wanted to infuse the traditional, starched, East Coast elements of Ned’s upbringing with the feminine, luxurious, and rad Californian in me; and so we struck a balance. The contrast element was a big part of our love story, and it came out strongly in our design aesthetic – which reflected us perfectly as a couple.” They achieved all that and more in this gorgeous East meets West wedding with a “larger than life” bouquet and amazing tablescapes by Siren Floral Co. Since Cait worked with Designer and Planner Kaella Lynn Events for two years before she got engaged, Kaella already had a discerning eye for Cait’s vision for her wedding and orchestrated it perfectly. We’re sure you’ll agree that Jake & Necia Photography did an incredible job capturing every beautiful detail.

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From the planner:

Cait assisted me for 2 years before getting engaged herself, so naturally we had discussed her dream wedding long before, but the vision became such a reflection of the two of them as a couple once it became a reality. We worked with Siren Floral Co. to create a flower-full masterpiece that was equal parts foliage and big, bodacious blooms and garden roses. Everything started and ended with the florals, and for Cait a larger than life bouquet was the only way it could be.

Aside from the aesthetics and materials used to illustrate how Cait and Ned’s personalities come together, additional touches were incorporated to reflect their future together. During their ceremony, they planted a baby spruce tree with soil from Rochester and California that they since planted in their new home in Rochester. Both love to read and be inspired, so their favorite quotes were written in calligraphy, framed and displayed throughout the event. Cait’s cousin, who lives and owns a candle-making business in Australia created 3 different scents of small candles for guests to take home as favors. She also created larger ones, one in a more masculine scent to be enjoyed in the masculine den (Ned’s lounge) and the other a floral candle to scent the air at the feminine setting (Cait’s lounge) at cocktail hour.

 

From the Bride:

How we met – He was East Coast, I was West: we met for the first time working at an advertising firm in San Francisco, and Ned says “the moment I saw her across the sales floor, I knew she was what I had been waiting for.” Hailing from LA originally, and having just graduated from UC Berkeley across the bay, I couldn’t have been more opposite from the girls Ned had met growing up in Rochester NY and living in Manhattan – and that made all of the difference. I was sunshine and positivity and youthful enthusiasm; Ned was life experience and rationality and conservative savings goals (and 10 years my senior, both in his career and in life). I asked him on an outing in October 2012 under the guise of friendship – “Let’s go to the pumpkin festival in Half Moon Bay!” – and being a good sport, he agreed. A two hour drive and 45 minute festival turned into a 4 hour lunch date filled with craft beer, stories of his life on the East Coast and mine in LA, and both of us hoping that ‘friends’ wasn’t a title that would stick. 2 years later, we were engaged under the Brooklyn bridge in a secret garden by the waterfront – and his surprise proposal was one of the only moments in my life that has truly shocked me. It was perfection.

What inspired our wedding – When Ned and I met, I was working full time in ad sales, and on weekends and evenings, an assistant planner at Kaella Lynn Events. Needless to say, I had very little free time – but weddings have always been my calling. Ned says “I’ve always been in awe of her style, and weddings are what make her happy, so I learned that while my Saturdays were for golfing with friends, hers were for helping people on the most important day of their lives. I support that.”  I carried around a copy of ‘Brides’ magazine to preschool with me from the time I was three years old, and when my dad married my stepmom in 1998, I was at the center of their ceremony and planning process. Naturally, when Ned and I got engaged, I looked to my mentor and friend, Kaella Wilson, (the Chief Wedding Planner at Kaella Lynn Events) to bring our big day to life. She and I had a vision for what the day would look like LONG before it actually came to be – but we gathered most of our inspiration from my life with Ned, our unique backgrounds, and our shared vision – what really made our love story pop. The year-long planning process was such a wonderful time for me, because Ned and I had just moved to New York, and working closely with Kaella kept me tied closely to my roots in California during that time, through endless calls/emails/skype meetings that made me feel right at home.

 

Ned and I would be married in my home town, just around the corner from where my dad and stepmom had tied the knot – and given our shared love of Northern California wineries, a vineyard was a no-brainer.  But I wanted something with edge – a wedding day that didn’t look like anything I had seen on Pinterest or a wedding blog. When I saw my personal flowers on our wedding morning, I almost fell out of my Louboutins – I’ve never seen anything more beautiful, more me, or larger (!) than my bridal bouquet.

The Dress – I went to no less than seven bridal salons with varied groups of my bridesmaids and best friends to try on wedding gowns – and while a number of dresses had felt pretty enough, I hadn’t had a ‘wow’ moment until I visited Bridal Galleria in San Francisco. On that day, I had pulled a few gowns to try on from the sales floor, and as I rounded a corner to take one last glance around, MY gown was hanging from a single rack directly in front of me. I swear it was bathed in magical light as I walked toward it – all gossamer ivory tulle, hand stitched lace with gilded thread, and golden glitter infused throughout the endless layers of horsehair edging. It was a strapless Lazaro ball gown with a 4 foot train and peplum waistline – and I will never forget twirling around the salon, refusing to take it off, while the other gowns I had seen hung unnoticed in the dressing room. It was everything I had ever dreamed of in a wedding dress, and when I saw tears well in Ned’s eyes as I started down the aisle on our wedding day, I knew I had chosen the right one.

Designer + Planner: Kaella Lynn Events // Photography: Jake & Necia Photography // Florist: Siren Floral Co. // Invitations and Paper Suite: Aerialist Press // Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy // Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards // Bridal Gown: Lazaro // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Donna Morgan // Hair & Makeup: Bliss Bridal Beauty // Groom’s Attire: Bonobos // Cakes: Sweet and Saucy Shop // Dessert Bar: Delish Designs // Rentals Premiere Party Rents // Caterer: Command Performance Catering // Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box