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Rebecca and Brett’s wedding day saw one of the worst rain storms in the Los Angeles El Nino season, with torrential downpours all morning and through the afternoon, but luckily the sun came out just in time for the ceremony and the lush grounds of The 1909 in Topanga Canyon sparkled. Even more gorgeous, however, are the rich colors in the handmade, artisan details. The bride, a designer, took to Instagram to find up-and-coming vendors with unique and artistic points of view like florist Pigsty and stationer Fabulous Fancy Pants. Complimented by perfectly executed DIY details and stunning photographs by Christine Donee this one is sure to delight.

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from the bride: From the beginning, not only was look important – but substance. As a designer, I took great care to ensure that each and every detail was carefully thought out, curated, and crafted. Given our long history dating back to the age of 6, Brett and I wanted to make the day feel intimate and charming, with meaningful details that told our story and the story of our families.  After all, we recognized this day wasn’t just about us, it was about our families and loved ones too. Given the fact that we were on a limited budget, many of our details were either handmade or found over the course of our year+ long engagement.

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In my daily career, I have a particular passion for supporting small business,  as I firmly believe that craft and the human touch creates a distinct beauty simply cannot be recreated en masse. Therefore,  we sought to support small businesses and artisans for our wedding, and got to draw from some of the amazing talent that resides in Southern California. I took to Instagram to find vendors that had a unique and artistic point of view. This also helped us find a number of up-and-coming vendors which helped keep costs down and quality high.

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A few of the details created for the day, either by me or by loved ones:

Handmade macramé made by friend and rug/macramé extraordinaire, Karen Flitterman. Karen also created the macrame & green overhead installation during the reception. This was particularly fun, because this macramé piece is technically a baby bassinet. Brett and I had just let our family know the day prior that we are expecting a baby in October, so this macramé piece was not just a beautiful ceiling piece dripping with greens, but also a tongue-in-cheek innuendo about the news to come.

The veil, bridesmaids’ bouquets & tertiary floral arrangements, hand-dyed flour sack napkins, invitations (calligraphy and illustrations), hand-dyed place cards, menus, table numbers, flower toss cones (fashioned from aged pages of a French love story) were all made by me.

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Guest favors of homemade jam were made by my mother who used the fruit of the citrus trees planted by Brett’s father and late mother at the family home.

Leave a wish/Take a wish: To encourage guests to leave “wishes” we created a give/take jar. Guests left wishes and also grabbed beautiful quotes from Pablo Neruda, E.E. Cummings, and Goethe to name a few.

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Other details:

Our wedding day saw one of the worst rain storms in the Los Angeles El Nino season, with torrential downpours all morning and through the afternoon. My dear friend (and planner) Bergen bought a bottle of Jameson as she drove to the venue and buried it upside down (southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of whiskey at the site where the bride and groom are to be married it won’t rain on their wedding day). We crossed our fingers and prayed. The entire day had to be switched around last minute, swapping out cocktail hour with the ceremony and bringing the reception indoors. Luckily, the sun came out just in time for the ceremony and the lush grounds seemed to sparkle after the rain.

We were married by my oldest brother Tom and I was walked down the aisle by my other other two half brothers, Bob and John. This was a really poignant moment for us as a family as I spent the larger part of my adult life trying to find my brothers (we share the same father). I found them 6 years ago and it was a dream to have them be with me on the most incredible day in our lives.

My mother and Brett’s father gave readings during the ceremony; Brett’s father gave an unintentionally hilarious and mildly explicit reading from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin after Brett accidentally printed out the “unedited” version.

Brett and I wrote the ceremony and vows ourselves. My vows contained excerpts from my childhood diary detailing all the awful things I thought about Brett. But to make up for it, I presented him with a book during the ceremony that contained a list of all the things I love about him. I had been writing that list for 6 months leading up to our wedding.

To compliment the heirloom engagement ring from Brett’s family, I was married with my beloved grandmother’s wedding ring.

Our nephew served as ring bearer and rode down on a vintage style fire truck (a nod to my two older brothers who are both fire chiefs).

Photography: Christine Donee // Event Coordination: MB Emerald Events // Flowers: Pigsty // Paper (Invitations & Place Cards): Fabulous Fancy Pants // Venue: The 1909, Topanga Canyon // Calligraphy: Bride // Cake: Superfine Bakery // 1st Dress: Pallas Couture / Still White  // 2nd Dress: Theia / BHLDN // Shoes: Valentino // Groom’s Suit: Custom DTLA // Bridesmaids: Various // Groomsmen: Custom DTLA // Bowties & Pocket Squares: H&M // Macrame: Karen Flitterman // Music: Young Hearts // Catering: Hungry Bear // Doughnuts: SK Doughnuts // Vintage Glassware: Otis & Pearl // Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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Bride Katie, a journalist, has traveled the world chasing stories and residing in places like Abu Dhabi with her groom Ben. But when it came time to plan their wedding, the couple sought the comforts of home—Katie’s parents’ home of St. Michaels, Maryland to be exact. The couple spent many a weekend in the quaint Eastern Shore town while living in D.C., and knew it would provide the perfect backdrop for the elegant yet relaxed celebration they enlisted Kari Rider Events to help them plan. As a nod to the maritime culture of St. Michaels, the team including florist Seaberry Farm, contrasted brilliant whites with hints of dusty blue and gold to create a scene that perfectly complemented the venue’s coastal vibe. Photographer Perry Vaile worked her fine art magic capturing all the beautiful details and scenes of the day, including some stunning bride and groom portraits in between rain showers.

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Photography: Perry Vaile  // Planning & Design: Kari Rider Events // Florist: Seaberry Farm // Invitation: Cara Smith Designs // Venue: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum // Day-of Stationery: Stima Designs // Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy // Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau from Hitched Salon // Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale // Hair & Makeup: Heather’s Salon // Band: Marquise // Fine Wine & Spirits: Hair O’ The Dog // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // Tent & Rentals: Peachblossoms Events

 

 

 

We’re celebrating the last day of summer (gah!) with a gorgeous summer-inspired styled shoot. Just before sunset, on a beautiful summer evening, JPC Event Group and Garnish Event Design headed to Rustic Acres Farm to bring an ethereal, yet rustically elegant vision to life. With the picture perfect back drop of rolling fields, statuesque willow trees and grazing horses, real-life couple Ashlee and Nate boat, bike, cheers and traipse the grounds of their soon-to-be wedding venue. We’re loving the lush, rustic florals byGarnish Event Design and the way that Eva Lin Photography captured the light and details of the gorgeous shoot.

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Event Design & Event Styling: JPC Event Group & Garnish Event Design // Photographer: Eva Lin Photography // Florals: Garnish Event Design // Venue: Rustic Acres Farm // Gown Designer:  Joanna August // Gown Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids // Rentals & Furnishings:  JPC Event Group

 

Laura and Ruben’s wedding day was “a big, fun love party.” Their eco-conscious celebration included a secluded forest ceremony at Stony Creek Metropark and a food truck catered reception at The Packard Proving Grounds. The couple tapped their talented friends for details like illustrated invitations, a first dance musical performance, a hand-stitched veil and a lovely wedding cake and the rest they did themselves—we’re loving the adorable DIY gilded, animal details. And, with Love Is A Big Deal  behind the lens, Laura and Ruben’s delight, and all the adorable details were captured to perfection.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

For our wedding, we wanted everything to feel like a big fun love party with some wedding touches, so we kept the traditions we loved and looked forward to most and kept more to our own style on most other things. We opted for food trucks over a catered meal to give everyone lots of eco-conscious options which turned out to be a huge hit!

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

My gown was a BHLDN gown that I had eyes on at the Atlanta boutique. I was able to buy, never worn from another young woman who had a change of direction for her own wedding, via Tradesy, wanting to be as green conscious as possible, it was a huge success to me to find my dream gown for less and give an already manufactured gown its chance to shine!

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

With large families on both sides and friends from far and wide, we had a pretty good sized wedding (200). We wanted to cultivate that intimate personal feeling of a small wedding while including everyone most important to us, so we opted to ask some of our super talented friends and family to share their gifts in creating our special day. We had my aunt as our officiant, my grandmother hand stitched my veil, Ruben’s cousin hand illustrated our gorgeous botanical invitations for us, a dear friend from Nashville made our wedding cake, and another friend played our first dance song live. These gifts and the countless other people who helped us put everything together made the whole experience feel really communal, intimate and special.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

We had so many amazing memorable moments and were lucky to get to spend a lot of time with all our guests (another perk of a more casual food truck dinner!), but one that stuck out to us both was the little bit of time right after our ceremony when Meg, our photographer, stole us away to take some pics of just us in this amazing patch of Phlox she had been eyeing to the right of our ceremony grove. So it was just really intimate quiet private moments between us among these gorgeous purple flowers, during the golden hour. At one point, on her instruction, we were singing our song together, it was pure magic.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at the University of Michigan where we were both in a capella singing groups! A few years, cities and a couple continent divides later, Ruben surprised me by proposing on the stone steps leading up to my favorite hike in Percy Warner Park, Nashville. We then celebrated by hiking the easy trail loop and having some champagne as fiancées!

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Photography: Love Is A Big Deal  // Day-of Coordination: Nicole Hurtigam of Beautiful Day Planning // Flowers: Flora Detroit // Ceremony Site: Stony Creek Metropark // Reception Site: The Packard Proving Grounds // Strings: Star String Quartet // Hair: Sarah Goers of One Salon // Rentals: A Moment Forever / Colonial Rentals // Gowns: BHLDN // Men’s suits: The Black Tux // Food trucks: The Twisted Mitten / El Guapo Grill / Fat Panda // Cake: Stephanie Higgs, Friend of Bride // Concept, Favors, Table Numbers, Signage/Decor, Edison Chandeliers:  Bride + Groom

 

Alright. You’ve caught us. Our weakness for bougainvillea is hitting an all-time high and we couldn’t help but share this wonderful inspiration shoot from Your Event Florist. It’s inspired by the lush bougainvillea of the venue and leans heavily on Spanish architecture, quaint courtyards, and colorful romance infused into the design elements of its modern twist on Spanish culture. Long regarded as a jewel of the valley, El Chorro‘s iconic setting and historic building along with the pops of cobalts, yellows and the elegant magenta floral, provided the perfect tranquil Spanish resort setting all captured beautifully by Rachel Solomon Photography.

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Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography // Planning, Design & Floral: Your Event Florist // Stationery: Foil & Ink // Venue: El Chorro // Cake: Ruze Cake House // Rentals: Glamour & Woods // Tabletop Rentals: Fancy Lou // Linens: La Tavola // Hair & Makeup: Heather Wilson // Gown: Schaffer’s Bridal