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Jane and Otavio planned their West Hills, California garden wedding remotely from Chicago. So, to get the gorgeous day of their dreams, the enlisted army of trusted vendors to make it all happen. The couple definitely chose right— Joyce Kim Weddings led the team, while Bended-Knee created breathtaking florals (the bridal bouquet and ceremony arbor are perfection), Baby Bea’s Bakeshop executed the sweetest dessert table and Melissa Gidney Photography captured it all. We know you’ll love this super-fun, super sweet celebration.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The venue felt like a hidden gem with a blank canvas that I could call my very own. It fit the bill for what we had envisioned for our wedding, rustic yet elegant, and were incredibly flexible about allowing us to bring in our own vendors.

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

Not to sound crazy, but I found the dress a few years back while helping a friend shop for wedding dresses. It was love at first sight (just like when I first met my now husband) and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. However, I didn’t want to get too in over my head because I was nowhere near being engaged. When the time came, I still thought about the dress, but wanted to give myself a chance to fully explore all available options. After a day spent trying on dresses, I decided to finally try on the dress and instantly knew. At the moment, I realized that planning a wedding shouldn’t be too complicated if I just go with my gut.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

With an army of talented vendors that brought my vision to life, I was able to incorporate a lot of vintage pieces that made the venue feel more personal and homey.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Aside from finally diving into the dessert bar, the first dance. It was the culmination of our wedding day and the time we could finally relax. The day had gone without a hitch, and we got through the most nerve-wrecking part, the ceremony! Ironically, it also finally hit me at that moment that I am now a Mrs.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We first met in Chemistry class at UCLA during our freshman year. After ten years of a whirlwind romance, he finally got down on one knee right where we first met and asked me to be his wife.

From The Bride… We first met in Chemistry class during our freshman year at UCLA. However, it took us both a little over two years to realize there was something truly special in our bond. Needless to say, our friendship turned into something more after our first kiss, and the rest is history. Fast forward ten years, everything comes full circle and Otávio proposes to me right where we first met. Shortly after, we pack our bags and make our way to Chicago with the company of our newest, attention stealing family-member, a Siberian Husky. Just as we started planning our wedding, I enroll in business school at Northwestern University while Otávio starts fundraising for his fintech startup, Nvestly.

With the help of an army of incredibly talented and very patient vendors, we somehow managed to plan a wedding remotely across country in the midst of exams, recruiting, summer internships, a company acquisition and puppy rearing. We picked Orcutt Ranch in West Hills, California for the venue – a hidden gem filled with charm that provided a beautiful blank canvas to make our own. We just wanted our guests to have a great time, so having the right atmosphere was very important to us. Our caterer, Viviane Arlotto, created a menu inspired by our roots (for Otávio, that meant Churrasco style steak, Coxinhas and Caipirinhas; and for Jane, lemon grass shrimp and scallion rice) mixed with California fare like grilled sea bass and seasonal roasted vegetables. The tabletop, by Modern Party Rentals, was the perfect balance between elegance and simplicity – ivory linens adorned with glass-beaded chargers, mercury votives, wooden table-numbers with DIY menus and guest placecards.

We were also very fortunate to have very talented friends add their personal touches to make our day even more special. Our guests spent the evening dancing under the stars listening to the latest grooves spun by Marlon Fuentes, posing away at our photo booth creatively set up under the rose arbor by Pixel Photo Booth, and noshing on delectable desserts from Baby Bea’s Bakeshop. Joyce Kim Weddings delivered every vision in my mind and more – we were simply in awe of everything the day of and grateful that both Melissa Gidney Photography and Atomic Tangerine Films were there to beautifully capture every moment special to us both.

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Jane & Otávio from Atomic Tangerine Film Co. on Vimeo.

Photography: Melissa Gidney Photography // Photography Assistant: Vanessa Tierney // Event Planning & Design: Joyce Kim Weddings // Floral Design: Bended-Knee // Videography: Atomic Tangerine Films  // Wedding Dress: Vera Wang // Stationery: Beacon Lane // Bride’s Shoes: Valentino // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan // Catering: Viviane Arlotto // Dessert: Baby Bea’s Bakeshop // Hair & Make-Up: Theresa Huang // Calligraphy: Letters To You // Grooms Attire: Suitsupply // Rentals: Modern Party Rentals // Vintage Rentals: Found Rentals // Vintage Rentals: Etablir Vintage Rentals // Venue: Orcutt Ranch

 

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As with every New Year, the idea of resolutions is an ever present part of ringing in fresh beginnings. For us, that list starts and stops with the importance of family and friends. We’ve decided that hosting those we love, and filling our home with warmth, memories, and plenty of food is on the agenda for 2016. If you are newly engaged and getting ready to be married, this may be something on your mind as well, especially as you are starting off newlywed, possibly in a new home as well! We’ve rounded up a few inspiring pieces from Crate and Barrel that are right at home with our sense of style. Because we love EASY hosting, we think a fun DIY pizza party might be our first adventure, so here are some fun ideas to go with!

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If you are newly engaged and already have registries on your mind, you MUST check out Crate and Barrel. We used them for our wedding and I love ALL of my pieces. It’s so easy to find new Crate and Barrel pieces to add to your wish list because their style is so classic (with just enough modern to keep you on trend!). They also have super fun registry parties to help get you started! Le sigh. We’d like to start all over again because we love. all. these. pieces.

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There’s just so much peaceful, prettiness happening in this styled shoot from the talented planners Just a Little Ditty. We love the way the gorgeous blue palette weaves through all details—like the lush watercolor stationery by If So INKlined and  Sue Corral Ink and the lovely table settings. See for yourself in the beautiful images by the always-amazing Rachel May!

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This Photography: Rachel May // Planning and Style Direction: Just a Little Ditty // Florals: Floral Images Design Studio // Rentals, Catering and Coordination: Harvest Moon // Hair Styling: Top Knot Studio // Makeup: Rouge 9 Makeup // Bride’s Attire: Sealed with a Kiss // Groom’s Attire: Jos A Banks // Jewelry: Suz Somersall // Custom Art Installation: Pallet & Pen // Event Plant Materials: Hot Pots // Printed Materials: If So INKlined, Sue Corral Ink // Models: Jane Winslow and Ethan Blum // Draping: Blue Ridge AV and Lighting // Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals // Rentals: Paisley & Jade // Rentals: Festive Fare // Cake: Paradox Pastry // Venue: Barn at Edgewood Farm

 

We gasped in excitement more than a few times at this lovely, indie wedding from Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography.  Smogshoppe, as always, provides such a fun graphic backdrop, but we especially love the way Savannah and David softed the look with a palette of gorgeous, muted pastels in abundance of florals by The Little Branch. We’re also crazy about the cake by The Butter End Cakery. When in doubt—a gilded deer topper is a definite showstopper!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I feel like our guests are really what made it special and unique. Both my husband’s family and my family were able to be there. I have a very large extended family on the east coast. Though they could not all make it, almost every family had a representative in attendance! In addition to that, my husband and I both have many friends from all over. Just seeing everyone we love all there in one space was pretty fantastic. There was so much joy and happiness. Our friends and family have continued to tell us how much fun they had. As the bride, the day kind of goes by in a flash and you don’t always get a chance to notice everything going on. So knowing everyone had such a great time made the celebration that much more meaningful.

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The venue also was extremely special and unique because it was like a hidden urban jungle in the middle of Culver City. Both my husband and I love plants and nature and wanted to get married in the woods, however it wasn’t quite feasible to do that with people flying in from all over. Our venue, Smogshoppe, was completely covered in floor-to-roof planters with large green succulents and other plants. It was the best of both worlds – close to a major city and totally green!

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

My gown and top were from BHLDN. I started the dress search about six months before the wedding. I had this idea in my head of exactly what I wanted and I had searched and searched online to no avail. I was a little particular about the dress, but you only get one chance to wear it so I wanted it to be perfect. Luckily, BHLDN released a new collection of dresses about two months before my wedding. And the one I had dreamed of was there! I went and tried it on and bought it that day. I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

I’m a bit nostalgic and sentimental, so I added a lot of personal touches. On the gifts for all of the guests, I put a lyric from a different love song. I picked the song based on the person or a memory with that person. It was fun figuring out a line for each guest and the guests loved comparing theirs with each other! I made all of the gifts with my husband and some of our friends. The gifts were little air plant holders – something you can expect from a couple in love with plant life! We also had a “Make Your Own Sundae” bar in honor of my late grandmother (and in honor of my obsession with ice cream!). My family is a music family – almost every aunt, uncle, cousin, parent will break into song at any given moment. Some of my favorite memories are singing and dancing with my family. I picked a lot of older music for the day because I absolutely love older music and it reminded me of those times. There were a lot of songs that people reminisced and sang to, young and old. My husband had the brilliant idea to get my younger brother to dance down the aisle – and he enthusiastically did! He got the crowd standing to “Get On Up” by James Brown right before my father walked me down to Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing” (another personal touch as my parents raised me on Van Morrison). My husband and I really love adding special details and I think that every moment that day felt like us.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

So many! It’s hard to pick one. But I’d have to say the Best Man and Maid of Honor’s speech plus the video they compiled of our friends and family congratulating us. My dad’s speech was hilarious. My mom sang a beautiful song about my name. And my uncle performed “I’ll Be Loving You Always” which is sung at everyone’s wedding in my family.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met through mutual friends at a party on St. Patrick’s Day. We got together a couple weeks later and have been together ever since! He proposed in Boston, MA while we were on vacation. We had gone to see a band at their St. Patrick’s Day concert that I had wanted to go to for over ten years. The band has a song called “Forever” that they sing on their live album right after an on-stage proposal. Years ago, I had told my husband about the live album and the song and the surprise proposal and how sweet I thought it all was. Little did I know, he took that story to heart. He proposed there at the concert (not on stage because he knew that would terrify me haha) on St. Patrick’s Day – three years after we’d met! And, of course, he had already arranged for the band to sing “Forever”, which they did, along with a engagement congratulations!

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Photographer: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography // Flowers: The Little Branch  // Invitations: Sienne Josselin // Cake: The Butter End Cakery // Caterer: Eco Caters // Dress, Top & Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN // Bride Shoes: Aldo // Groom’s Suit & Groomsmen Suits: Friar Tux // Hair & Makeup: Sweet Adeline Beauty // DJ: Skyline Entertainment // Venue: Smogshoppe

 

You guys! This wedding is so adorable. Eventi by Diana Venditto nailed the couple’s request to maintain a more casual vibe at their country club venue.  We’re obsessing over the beautifully edited implementation of a mix-and-match theme—the banners, the bold pattern play of the napkins, an assortment of rustic dining tables and a trio of darling wedding cakes. And the florals?! Perfection again by Diana Venditto! And just to top it all off, Anne Robert Photography captured Jenna and Pat’s big day in her signature, timeless style. You’re going to love it.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We thought the most special part of our wedding was being surrounded by our closest friends and family for several days. I could not believe the amount of love and support I felt from everyone! Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating with us. I couldn’t have imagined a better setting for our wedding.

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

I went into the shopping process with nothing specific in mind, and spent a full day in NYC getting frustrated and not finding anything. The second morning there, we started at a shop called Gabriella’s and I ended up with the first dress I tried on! It was made by Kelly Faetanini and was covered in lace, with cap sleeves, and a sheer back. Our wedding was on a warm day in late August and I was comfortable all day long!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Our reception was at a country club, but Diana with Eventi understood that we wanted to maintain a more casual feel. Without much direction at all, she put together the most beautiful decorations and set up the venue in a way that reflected our personalities perfectly. We had banners and lights hanging from the tent, a photo booth, a fun lounge area, colorful place settings, and rustic wood touches everywhere. One of the most enjoyable moments was walking back towards the tent with Pat after we had taken our sunset photos. We finally had a chance to really take in the scenery and watch the party unfold in front of us!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day for me was doing our first look before the ceremony. We had woken up very early, and after getting ready for hours I was starting to feel anxious about the day ahead. Seeing Pat after the long morning was a wonderful reminder of why we were really here. I must have been visibly nervous, because he immediately hugged me and said something to make me laugh. I especially love our video because Pat has a microphone on him and these exact moments were captured perfectly!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

If you ask Pat, he’ll tell you that we met at a trivia night with a group of friends, but I did not remember meeting him that night! We finally met “again” at a tailgate for a Baltimore Ravens football game on Thanksgiving night in 2011. We were at the beach with some friends in July 2014 when he woke me up super early and proposed to me while we were watching the sunrise on the beach. Little did I know that all of our friends were in on the surprise and were watching from the back porch of our house!

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pat+jenna from Toy Box Productions on Vimeo.

Designer, Planner & Florist: Eventi by Diana Venditto // Photographer: Anne Robert Photography // Band: Infusion w/ Washington Talent // Wedding Invites/Wedding Day Paper: mlc designs  // Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil  // Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter // Videographer: Toy Box Productions // Photo Booth: Pixilated Photo Booth  // Tent: Loane Bros. // Bar: Revolution Event Design & Production // Wooden Table Rentals & Lounge: Something Vintage // Chairs, Glassware, Linens & China: Party Rental // Vintage Car: Lasting Impressions // Ceremony Venue: Church of Immaculate Conception // Reception Venue & Catering: The Elkridge Club