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If you know anything about Lady Grey, you know we love the idea of elopement. While we’re not ones to shy away from a party, we still can’t envision anything more romantic than sacred vows taken just between you and your love. Wouldn’t this even be great for a vow renewal? Either way, here’s a gorgeous scene set for us by Melissa Jill Photography with styling and floral design by Sarah’s Garden.

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Wedding Blog Rustic Elopement
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Vendors: Photography: Melissa Jill Photography // Styling & Floral Design: Sarah’s Garden // Hair & Makeup: Jessica Fierro // Gown Designer: Rue de Siene // Gown provided by: The Dress Theory San Diego // Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic // Calligraphy: Graceline // Models: Arielle Van Wolvelaerd & Matt Harris

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Ed and Picca’s wedding at Franciscan Gardens is full of fun details, gorgeous color, and a romantic setting that set the tone for an “epic” day! Photographer Jeremy Chou captured their incredibly beautiful images and we are so dang excited to share them with you! Get ready for detail overload!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

If Ed and I could describe August 23, 2014 in one word, it would be EPic. Sharing this day with our family and friends made it that much more special for us. We love the fact that we personalized our wedding from our vows, to our first dance, to the theme, the decor and desserts, to a mini-film which told our love-story involving our family and friends. We also loved that it was an intimate setting… “Big” but small wedding.

Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding

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

My bridesmaids are all from out of town. So last year during the Christmas holiday season, everyone was home visiting family. I scheduled a few trips for us in one day and it was our last stop; a trunk sale at Mariposa Boutique in Orange County. My only criteria was that I didn’t want lace and I didn’t want beading, otherwise, I tried to go in with an open mind. To be honest when I tried it on, it didn’t feel like it was IT. All of my bridesmaids loved it though! It wasn’t until I face-timed with my mom and saw her reaction. After that, I knew it was the one. An off-white lace overlay made of tulle and hints of beading by Pronovias. It was simply perfect, and funny how I walked out of there and fell in love with what I originally didn’t want. The best part about it!? The price tag–waaaaay under budget.

Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

We wanted to share our love-story with our guests from the get-go. From there, I “ran-away” with a love-story theme and DIY’d the decor: Escort library cards filed in card catalog boxes I purchased from Marshall’s, hand-made bookmark place cards, book centerpieces spray painted in gold, tables numbered by chapters, chalk board signs (with the help of another DIY bride, Alyssa) and a dessert library with all home-made treats/desserts (including our cake and cake topper) made by friends and family! We had one of Edward’s friend since 7th grade perform an acoustic version of one of our favorite songs of 2014, “Latch,” by Sam Smith and our cousins Ricky and Christine of The Yodsukars also produced a mini-film of our love-story of how we met. When I asked my little nieces and nephew what their favorite part of the wedding was, they said “When we watched the movie.” For the bridesmaids, I wanted each of them to be different to show their individuality but at the same time I wanted them to be comfortable in the dress that they were wearing. I gave them a color palette and allowed them to choose their own dresses. All different styles but complimentary in color.

Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Can I say ALL OF IT!?! Since then, we can’t stop thinking about our wedding day. We’ve watched the videos and looked through photos taken by guests over and over!! We miss it so so much!! But if we were to choose, it was our ceremony. For me particularly, it was the part where Edward said his vows.

Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at The Bonaventure Hotel in DTLA at a New Year’s Eve party through mutual friends. He was the first person I met shortly after the stroke of midnight. That evening, we sat in the hotel lobby in front of a water fountain away from the noise and had a great conversation. I got cold and Ed gave me his sweater which I ended up “stealing” that night in hopes that I would see him again. It was returned on our first date and the rest was history… On our 3rd-year anniversary, he took me back to the same exact spot where we met/talked on that one New Year’s night and that’s where he asked me to be his wife. He read a letter that he wrote prior to getting down on one knee, this letter was also featured in our mini love-story film.

Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding
Wedding Blog Ed and Piccas Franciscan Gardens Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Jeremy Chou Photography // Associate Photographer & Assistant: Alyssa Marie & Michelle Lam // Wedding Venue: Franciscan Gardens // Portrait Venue: San Juan Capistrano Mission // Wedding Coordinator: Viv Milne, 221 By Viv // Catering: 24 Carrots Catering // Linen Rental: La Tavola // Furniture: Archive Rentals // Videographer: Boffo Video // Floral: Green Leaf Designs // Officiant: A Moment to Cherish, Daniel Deghi // DJ: A. Waller Entertainment // Hair & Makeup: Sharleen Carlos

 

Kathleen and Tony are crazy adorable, and threw, what looks to us, like the most fun wedding, pretty much ever. They incorporated a California chic vibe into their decor, and we honestly can’t seem to get enough of Kathleen’s Lazaro dress. Like, we are obsessed. Okay, are you ready for all this gorg, shot by Hailley Howard?

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What made the wedding special and unique?
K&T – When we started planning our wedding we knew right away that we didn’t want to get married in a church. Neither one of us are religious, but we are spiritual. We were honored to have our close friend John O’Connell be our officiant. We chose a location nearby which set the back drop for our Spanish/Italian wedding. We wanted it to be a celebration of friends, family, and love. Also, our dog, Phil, made an appearance as the ring bearer. He was a big hit.

Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding

Tell us about the dress and where/how you found it!
K – I had no idea what I wanted, but I knew I wanted something with lace. I tried on quite a few dresses the first outing, but didn’t quite find the one. It was on my second dress shopping day we decided to go to Panache in Pasadena. I walked in and was quite overwhelmed with so many beautiful gowns. At first I didn’t think I was going to find my dress, but there it was, peeking out from the window from which it stood on display. All I could really see was the ruffling train flowing over the edge of the stoop and the special details on the back bodice. I knew I had to try it on. It was the first dress I tried on at Panache that day and immediately I knew it was the dress. The dress is designed by Lazaro and has so many special details I couldn’t have dreamt for a more special dress.

Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?
K – Tony and I are designers who love all things natural and slightly rustic. We wanted to do something that expressed our aesthetic and who we are. Tony, being a graphic designer, pretty much designed everything – from the invitations to a special wax seal which united both our initials. We kept it simple and the color palette minimal only using black, white, natural, the colors found in succulents and the softest peony pinks.

Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?
K – It’s so hard to pick one thing!! To be honest for me it was hearing Tony say his vows to me. The whole day was just so fantastic. Having so many friends and family with us here in LA.
T – Seeing Kathleen walk down the aisle towards me, looking absolutely beautiful. The reception was a blast, too. It was great having all of our favorite people in one room, cutting loose. The whole day was memorable.

Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding
Wedding Blog Kathleen and Tonys Chic L.A. Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged!
T – We met in Savannah, Georgia at Savannah College of Art and Design. Immediately there was a connection and we couldn’t stop talking about dreams, art, pets, friends. I proposed at sunset on a small beach on Catalina Island. It’s beautiful and only a boat ride from LA. A funny thing happened earlier in the day. We went para-sailing and Kathleen’s a little scared of heights. She wasn’t sure that she wanted to go up in the sky. The boat captain (who was joking with her up to that point) got super serious and fatherly. He reassured her that she was completely safe. Of course, once we got into the sky, she loved it and was beaming. When we came back down the captain announced that he was retiring and that it was his last day on the job. He shook my hand and very seriously said “Take care of her.” It was like he somehow knew I had the ring in my pocket.

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Vendors: Photography: Hailley Howard // Coordinator: Kelly Demaray // Venue: Occidental College // Lighting: Dashing Events // Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth // Flowers: Commerce Flowers

Soft lavender hues, rustic touches, and a vintage dress make for a gorgeous wedding inspiration! These beautiful images are thanks to Anthem Photography with styling and florals by Kae and Ales. How lovely is that paper by Cast Calligraphy and vintage dress from Shop Gossamer? Le sigh.

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Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration

From stylists Kae and Ales: “We were inspired by the warmth and rawness of the summer light, especially in the evenings when it casts a serene glow over everything it touches. We borrowed greatly from the raw, natural elements of the surrounding landscape. A helping of wildflowers and some delicate gold details complete this simple yet elegant look.”

Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration
Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration
Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration
Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration
Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration
Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration
Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration
Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration
Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration
Wedding Blog Rustic Lavender Fall Inspiration

Vendors: Photography: Anthem Photography // Stylist and Florals: Kae and Ales // Hair + Makeup: Sky Bella Artistry // Invites + Calligraphy: Cast Calligraphy // Dress: Shop Gossamer // Venue: Washington State University // Jewelry: Caroline Mininger // Equipment Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals

 

Christy and Jason hosted their romantic seaside wedding in York Beach, Maine, where the bride spent many summers. Most of their guests traveled for the big day, so special welcome bags (that the pair printed on their own using a Gocco printer!) were a special touch. Photographer Shannen Natasha of The Wedding Artists Collective beautifully captured the color and magic of this East Coast wedding and we are absolutely obsessed with the soft hues and personal details!

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Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine

What made the wedding special and unique?

The wedding was based in York Beach, Maine, a town where I spent many summers at my grandparents’ house, and it was so fantastic to share York with all my friends and Jason’s family. Since most people had to travel to get there, Jason and I spent countless hours Gocco-printing welcome bags to show our appreciation. I still see my friends carrying their “York Beach” totes today!

Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine

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

I loved the selection at Birnbaum and Bullock, and I especially loved the salon itself — very intimate. Some of the stores were just so chaotic and impersonal, it made the experience way less special. I kept gravitating toward any dress that wasn’t white or ivory—and this antique pink one at B&B was just everything.

Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine

What were some touches added to make it personal?

We had the harpist play “Ceremony” by New Order/Joy Division as we walked down the aisle as husband and wife. I could hardly hear it at the time because it was all so overwhelming, but it gives me goosebumps still every time I hear it now picturing that moment in time. (Similarly, we requested that the DJs play “Otis” by Kanye West/Jay Z at the reception when we entered the room—that doesn’t quite give me goosebumps now, but it certainly makes me giggle.)

Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine

What was the most memorable part of the day?

During the ‘twilight hour,’ our photographer Shannen got us out on golf carts around the grounds of our venue (which was a golf course and event room) for a last round of portraits. It was so relaxing to take a break from the limelight and just enjoy some quiet time with Jason.

Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We’ll always have Scott Dadich (editor of WIRED magazine) to thank for introducing us! Our companies (Martha Stewart and Adobe) were partnered to bring magazines on to the iPad, so Jason came to one of our industry events, where Scott introduced us. Almost two years later, Jason popped open some Dom Perignon and gave me my great-grandmother’s diamond ring that he had repaired and improved upon.

Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine
Wedding Blog Outlook Farm Wedding in York Beach, Maine

Vendors: Photography: Shannen Natasha of The Wedding Artists Collective // Venue: The Red Barn at Outlook Farm // Flowers: Emily Carter Floral Designs // Calligraphy: Anne Robin // Cake: Let them eat cake: // Gown: Robert Bullock Bride // Suit: Michael Bastian for Barneys // Paper: Christy Sheppard Knell // As originally seen in Martha Stewart Weddings