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Abby and Jeff’s wedding at Hartley Botanica is like a tropical Secret Garden affair. Filled with elegantly edited DIY projects by the bride, the day is designed to let the venue and the couple’s style shine. We especially love the handmade paper by Etsy vendor Papel Vivo that Abby bought in bulk to design and printer all her own paper and signage. So timeless! The day was coordinated by An Enlightened Event, with beautiful classic florals by Belle of the Ball and it’s all captured by Ashley Dang Photography.

 

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Groom: We wanted to keep the traditional wedding aspects (ceremony, speeches, first dance, etc.) short and sweet to maximize the time we could spend talking and dancing with our friends and family. Basically, we wanted to host the best, most beautiful and fun party of our lives. Thankfully, with all the legwork we did and all the amazing vendors we hired, I think we succeeded.

Bride: At one point during the night our coordinator approached us and asked if I wanted to do the bouquet toss. I remember looking around and seeing all our guests under the twinkling lights – some feverishly dancing, some deep in conversation, some raucously utilizing the flip book and photo booths. Everyone was having so much fun. Jeff and I looked at each other and simultaneously said, “Naw, let’s just keep the party going!”

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Bride: Creating and personalizing was a huge component of the wedding decor. I love designing and crafting and the wedding was the perfect opportunity to do so! Much of the wedding décor was painstakingly found or made by either myself or my family members–a true labor of love!

I found an amazing vendor on Etsy who sold handmade paper for a steal and I purchased it in all sizes to print our save the dates, programs, menus, table numbers, and seating arrangements. For the table numbers, we used only numbers that were special to us (and wrote a little blurb below each table number with its significance) instead of simply using sequential table numbers. The same monogram that I designed for our wedding papers is also embroidered on Jeff’s pocket square that he used on the big day.

My mom and aunt helped me wrap each jam favor with twine and cheesecloth and my dad made the countless wax stamps that were used in my invitations and favors. I rented some items but also found many other items by scouring flea markets, Etsy, eBay, and thrift stores. Jeff had to come with me one night to a Craigslist seller’s home to pick up a heavy iron trellis that I wanted to use to display the seating arrangements. To keep the signage natural looking and consistent with the Tuscan garden theme, I wrote with chalk paint on slate cheeseboards that I bought for a steal at World Market. The ring bag was a linen pouch I found that I hand-stamped with our initials.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Bride & Groom: We talked about this and discovered that we share the same one–our first look! After so many hours of being apart and busily prepping all morning for the wedding, finally seeing each other alone under the archway of vines and flowers was magical. Time–well it just kind of stopped.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Groom: Ha! This is a bit funny–so we met each other back in 2009 in law school. We were both California transplants who found ourselves in DC. We became fast friends but after I asked Abby out and she said “no” we sort of drifted apart for the remainder of law school. However, after graduation we both found ourselves in Southern California and we reconnected again over frequent hiking outings. Long story short: I asked her out again, she said yes, and we lived happily ever after. Just kidding–sadly that’s not how it happened. I asked her out again and she said no. Then asked her out again–another no. Then finally, I asked her out again and just told her to think about it. That was the key because after we took a trip (still as friends) to New York, she finally said yes! After dating for about a year and half I surprised Abby with a proposal while out on a hike at Will Rogers, something that was special to us because hiking was how we initially reconnected after law school.

Coordination: An Enlightened Event // Photographer: Ashley Dang Photography // Florist: Belle of the Ball // Venue: Hartley Botanica // Design: Bride // Cake: Skiff’s Cakes // Desserts: Carrara Pastries // Hair & Makeup: Grace Lin // Bride’s Dress: GP Wedding // Bridal Crown: Erica Elizabeth Designs on Etsy // Bride’s Shoes: Chloe // Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie // Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse // Paper: Papel Vivo // Engagement Ring: Jean Dousset // Wedding Bands: Tacori // Caterer: Command Performance // Decor Rentals: My Lovely Events
// Decor Rentals: Party Pleasers // Videographer: Buckley Videography // DJ: Jonathan Rosales of Red Shoe // Photo Booth: Foto Snap // Flipbook Booth: A Little Scene

 

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We love this fresh and fun inspiration shoot at Terzo di Danciano a wedding venue and yoga retreat features a rustic, yet elegant charm. From Italy with Love styled the punchy design with stunning florals featuring pops of bold coral protea set against the awesome water colored and textured walls of the historic Italian setting.  The tablescape is a mix of modern and rustic with ghost chairs around a reclaimed wood table, warm brass accents, classic calligraphy by Kelsey Malie and a show-stopping suspended floral structure. A sweet bouquet by Jardin Divers completes the bride’s look which included a playful blue tulle skirt. A lovely baby pink The Mrs. Box rounds out the pastel palette and Loblee Photography has captured every last bit of it. Enjoy!

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Photography: Loblee Photography // Styling & Florals: From Italy with Love // Bouquet: Jardin Divers // Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie // Venue: Terzo di Danciano // Headpiece: Danani // White Agates: InLoft Calligraphy // Runner: Orchidée de Soie // Rentals: Preludio Noleggio // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

 

Samantha and Brian’s wedding day a the perfect blend of elegant and casual.  Their ceremony was traditional and stunning in the grand architecture of Stanford Memorial Church and their reception was lovely and relaxed in the courtyard of the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. We’re loving the understated beauty of the bride’s stunning J. Crew gown (read below to see how she and her fashion-conscious husband-to-be decided on the dress) and jewel encrusted statement necklace for the reception. Samantha, a graphic designer, created the modern stationery and Aili Ice Designs was responsible for the sweet ocher-hued florals. The couple enlisted Olivia Richards Photography to capture their day and that she did. The images are beautiful!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I think the most special part of the wedding was having my husband’s daughters be the people in our bridal party. Most of our closest friends had had been bridesmaids/groomsmen in multiple weddings already, and we knew it would be a big treat to let them take the day off for our wedding. His oldest daughter Madison was my MOH, and her sister, Reagan, was the ring bearer. It was incredibly special for the four of us to be a part of the ceremony, and to have the girls beside us as we said our vows—definitely a feeling I will cherish forever. On a completely different note, it was a dream of ours to get married at Memorial Church. Since my husband graduated from Stanford, we were allowed to hold our ceremony there. Even before we were engaged we had always talked about how amazing it would be to get married there. That part was definitely special too!

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

The gown I chose was from J.Crew. Since my husband and I are both very into fashion, I wanted to make sure we were on the same page when it came to what kind of dress I was going to wear (although he still wasn’t allowed to see the final choice until the big day)! He had literally looked through thousands of images of gowns and had only liked 4—the one from J.Crew was one of them. I still wanted the experience of dress shopping so I went to a few boutiques and tried on a dozen dresses, but found that I kept asking for something more simple. When I got home, I ordered the dress online from J.Crew. When I tried it on, I knew it was it. Although it was from a major retailer, I felt like it was so unlike any of the other dresses I had seen. It was simple, comfortable, and sophisticated, yet I still felt sexy in it. After some alterations, it was totally perfect and exactly what I wanted. Another thing I had kept secret from my husband was the J.Crew necklace I found online. It was an older necklace I had remembered from when I used to work there. I thought there would be no way I would find it after so many years, but when there was ONE for sale on Ebay, I knew it was meant to be. I saved it to wear for the reception, and it was a fun little change without actually having to change!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

With a ton of help from my mom, we did all of the wedding planning and coordinating ourselves. Since I am a graphic designer by trade, I was able to custom design our invitations, website, signage, and decor. It was a ton of pressure at first and we spent a lot of time trying to figure out what sort of theme we wanted to go with. At the end of the day, we really just wanted it to feel like ‘us’—but that was easier said than done. After some major styles were decided (venue, colors, fonts, flowers) it all came together exactly how we envisioned it. The drink flags and the individual menus were my two favorite details. And as a bonus, it was so much more cost effective to print and foil things ourselves, rather than purchasing pre-made items. I am totally obsessed with my gold-foil machine. I foiled everything! Also, I can’t forget the ice cream truck we had. Our guests absolutely loved it, and it was such a fun addition that nobody was expecting. I wish I had gone back for seconds!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Everyone always says this, but the day went by SO fast, that I have trouble remembering all the details! To this day, it still gives me a little anxiety thinking about the little things I forgot about or wish I had done. While I don’t remember exactly what everyone said during their toasts, I remember feeling so incredibly loved. Brian’s daughter Madison, my MOH, gave us a toast that she had written herself, and it was absolutely perfect. My husband’s brother and mother also gave toasts, in addition to my best friend and dad. Their toasts were everything I imagined they would be; a little crazy, a little funny, and so, so, incredibly supportive. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place after the toasts were through, and I remember feeling calm and secure. I felt like that was it, that was what the whole day was about. It was about being together with everyone we love, sharing our thoughts and hopes about our past, and future, as a family.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

My husband and I met 7 years ago while living in San Francisco. We both went to school at San Francisco State University and worked part time as personal shoppers at J.Crew. Our school departments shared the same floor of the Humanities building, and one day I just so happened to run into him by the stairwell and asked him to ditch his next class and get lunch with me. The rest is history! But really, the rest was a long road ahead. My husband eventually transferred to Stanford; where we would start to build our life and help raise his two children. Once we both had graduated and had started our careers (oddly enough, together at the same company), and 6 years had passed, I told him it was about time to put a ring on it—and he agreed!

Photographer: Olivia Richards Photography // Floral Design: Aili Ice Designs // Invitations & Design: Samantha Lanier, Bride // Venues: Stanford Memorial Church // Allied Arts Guild // Dress: JCrew // Hair: Drybar // Caterer: JW Catering // Cake: Mia Moretti // Ice Cream Truck: Garden Creamery // DJ: Eastwood Entertainment // Film Scans: Photovision Prints

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hair @drybar // dress @jcrew // ice cream truck @gardencreamery

We love the see the way one venue can be transformed to fit the varying tastes and styles of different couples. This styled shoot from planner Outstanding Occasions and photographer Rachel Solomon employs a contemporary vibe at the Arizona Biltmore, a venue you may remember from this recent feature at the same location. This time, the look is bold and modern with a focus on graphic, clean lines. Hints of champagne, blush, smoky amethyst, light mauve, ivory and marble tones perfectly create a romantic mood accentuated by the gorgeous florals and rentals by Prim Unique Rentalsidieh design sets the tone with the marbles, oh-so-current stationery and our fabulous friend Rachel Solomon captured it all in her signature film style. You guys are going to love this!

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From the planner: The outdoor reception area at the Arizona Biltmore served as the perfect location, equipped with stunning views of Squaw Peak Mountain. This delicate color scheme accessorized with various gold mirrored rentals gave the styled shoot a whimsical, yet modern vibe.

The ceremony vision paired crisp, white-cushioned seating with gold metal frames. The graceful ceremony altar was draped with romantic white and blush florals and lush greenery, created by Prim Rentals. The heather grey and white-cushioned and upholstered benches served as a unique reserved seating area for the first row.

The simple, yet elegant escort card display implemented all of the day’s visions. idieh design created gorgeous marble escort cards, with vinyl printing to create a unique yet modern look. The dinner menus followed the same exclusive design of marbled detailing with gold calligraphy.

Wildflower Linen provided an impressive collection of pearly grey and blush tablecloths, topped with smoky amethyst colored napkins for the reception tables. Each place setting brilliantly gleamed with gold rimmed stemware and accessorized with gold flatware and white and gold dinnerware sets from Classic Party Rentals. Tall white tapered candles on gold candle holders added a charming touch to the tables.

The floral centerpieces from Prim Rentals were absolutely breathtaking in their simple yet romantic design. Varying colored pale pink roses with luscious greenery settled in ornate gold vases perfectly complemented the tablecloths and color scheme.

As a perfect finishing touch, Ruze Cake House built a three-tier marbled and gold leaf cake that was anything but ordinary. Prim Rentals created a dainty accessory of dusty colored roses for a pop of color that adorned the side of the cake. Marbled macarons sprinkled with gold flakes also served as an elegant dessert option.

Photographer: Rachel Solomon // Planner: Outstanding Occasions // Floral & Specialty Furniture Rentals: Prim Unique Rentals // Stationery: idieh design // Venue: Arizona Biltmore // Linens: Wildflower Linens // Gown: Martina Liana via Mariee Bridal // Suit: Hugo Boss via Nordstrom // Hair: Chelsea Sprinkle // Makeup: Sephora Biltmore // Cake & Macarons: Ruze Cake House // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Ring Box: The Mrs Box // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittany and Jason’s wedding has all the elements of a relaxed, romantic celebration. Coordinated by Kelsey Rae Designs, the ceremony takes places surrounded by the scenery of Temecula Creek Inn, and following that is a laid-back family-style reception.Carla Kayes Floral Design brings the gorgeous with an abundance of peach, pink, merlot and coral florals in everything from the ceremony arbor, to the bouquets, to the table arrangements. Maria Longhi Photography was the girl behind the lens working her magic to capture all the sun-soaked moments of Brittany and Jason’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The guests and the vendors! At the end of the day, Jason and I look back and thank the vendors through and through for all of their hard work and dedication that they put in to make my wedding dream a reality. They did such a fantastic job! And our guests were family members and close friends that made it all memorable! Without them, we would have no one to show our love to or celebrate the day with!

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

The gown is a Hayley Paige – Elysia! I actually first saw it on someone else as I was trying on another dress at Blush Bridal Couture in Tustin, CA. Once I tried it on, I knew it was the one. I didn’t think I was going to be that bride that had “the moment”, but I instantly pictured my day and I cried! There was no talking me out of it after that moment. When you know, you know!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We used Jason’s parents’ champagne glasses that they toasted with at their wedding (43 years of marriage this year!), our wedding party walked down to Vitamin String Quartet playing “Don’t Stop Believing”, which Jay picked out because of one of his favorite movies The Wedding Singer, my good friend from grade school, Ryann Maray, choreographed our first dance, and our Pastor was Jason’s family friend from when he was a young kid.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The ceremony! While the dinner, the dancing, the cutting of the cake, the speeches, etc. were all fantastic and definitely memorable and enjoyable, the ceremony was hands down EVERYTHING that I had envisioned for my wedding. My dad walking me up to give me away is something that I had always imagined to be a turning point in my life and it definitely was! Holding my fiancé’s hand and exchanging our vows was that special moment where time stood still and I was able to truly embrace the words and feelings exchanged!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jay and I first met working together at Mimi’s Cafe in 2005. I was 16 years old and he was 19 at the time. We would hang out together with one of our mutual friends, Corey (the best man), and create some of the best memories while we were enjoying our youth! Over the next couple of years, we grew individually on different paths, but even still we would occasionally run into each other at Sunday Football gatherings of friends and family. After some persistent behavior and a mutual love for sports, Jay and I became official in January 2014 and it was the best decision ever! When I was single, I remember telling my friends, Holly and Oscar (part of the wedding party too), that I feel like I have so much love to give, yet nobody to love. Well that untapped love for no one went quickly to 1 and then to 2 because it wasn’t long before Jay and I found out we were pregnant. Love comes in a variety of forms and although it was scary and not at all planned, our love for our baby girl, Maddalyn, only expanded our love for each other! So with no further delay, in August of 2014, Jay proposed in the simplest and sweetest form. I got home from work to open the door to our apartment with the love of my life on his knee (shaking like crazy!), a Green Bay Packers jersey that read Mrs. Slater, and a GORGEOUS rose gold ring that he picked out. The moment I said yes was the moment that this crazy, unexpected life all seemed to fall into its place.

Coordination: Kelsey Rae Designs // Photographer: Maria Longhi Photography // Florals: Carla Kayes Floral Design // Venue: Temecula Creek Inn // DJ: Pacific Entertainment // Cake: Cakes to Celebrate // Make Up: Piper Michelle // Dress: Hayley Paige