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Laura and Mish’s destination wedding at Alcazar Palm Springs was a weekend of celebrations filled with a mixture their Australian, American and Chinese heritage and punchy hints of hot pink in all the custom details. Guests were invited to the event with gorgeous original stationery by Sarah Labadie and both brides wore bespoke Gabriela Hearst gowns while they danced the night away under the cafe lights at their poolside reception. Hailley Howard  was on had to capture all the love, joy and rad desert portraits in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding reflected our heritage – a wonderful mixture of Australian, American and Chinese cultures. We incorporated customs from each of our respective backgrounds. Additionally, because it was a destination wedding, the celebrations lasted over three days. We had our rehearsal dinner at Birba, then our welcome drinks at Eight4Nine, our wedding and recovery pool party at Alcazar.

We originally thought about getting married in Australia, but gay marriage was not legally recognized. At the time of our wedding, Australia was undergoing a non-binding same-sex marriage postal vote which divided the country. It was important for us to acknowledge during our ceremony that we felt that every couple who loved each other had a right to marry. Given we hired out the entire hotel, all our guests were treated to welcome boxes which were filled with Californian goodies and treats.

Tell us about the gowns and where/how you found them!

We both wore gowns which were custom designed by acclaimed luxury womenswear designer Gabriela Hearst. Gabriela and her team did an incredible job with creating silhouettes that suited each of our styles and bodies. Mish met Gabriela through work.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

  • All the guests who stayed at our host hotel were provided beautifully curated welcome boxes with all local California products including wine, chocolates, candies, shortbread and even a hangover kit
  • We designed our own stamp for our invites
  • We designed the embossed stationery to reflect our fun Palm Springs vibe with pink and gold as the key colors
  • We created several unique hashtags for our special day
  • We had two special signature cocktail drinks, one was named after our Siamese cat, Mr Lee: “Hello Mr Lee” and the other was BK Heights – the suburb we live in New York City.
  • Mish’s bouquet contained a picture of her and her late father
  • All our ‘bridesmates’ received special thank you gifts including a monogrammed champagne flute, jewelry for the girls and pink flamingo socks for the boys
  • We included several native Australian flowers in our bouquets

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

At the reception towards the end of the night, we were all on the dance floor and Cyndi Lauper’s Time after Time came on. We both embraced each other and then we noticed that all of our guests had formed a circle around us and were dancing and singing to the song around us. In that moment, you could feel the love and electric energy. Love and joy permeated on the dance floor. All of our friends and family were bonding during this special moment.

 Tell us how you met and became engaged.

It all started on West 21th Street in New York City on a summer evening: Saturday, June 25 2011. New York State had legalized same-sex marriage the day before, giving the national gay-rights movement an historic victory. The energy in the city was electrifying and everyone was out celebrating Pride. Laura and her girlfriends had decided to drive up from Washington D.C. to celebrate Pride and attend one of the women’s parties at a swanky club in Chelsea. Mish and her friend Christine decided to check out the same party that evening.

While we exchanged numbers and started to talk for a few weeks after the party, nothing eventuated. We didn’t speak for four years until we reconnected at the beginning of 2014 when Laura sent a real time message to Mish on GChat. Mish was rarely visible on GChat so she was surprised to receive a message from Laura.

Then during the summer of 2014, while Laura was visiting New York on business, both her and Mish caught up over dinner. That began the rekindling of their friendship. They officially began dating in January 2015. Then during the summer of 2016 after an intense workout session at the gym, Mish proposed to Laura, with the help of their Siamese cat, Mr. Lee.

Photography: Hailley Howard // Planning: LVL Weddings and Events // Florals: Legado Design // Stationery: Sarah Labadie // Venue: Alcazar Palm Springs // Wedding Dresses: Gabriela Hearst // Cake: Over the Rainbow // Catering: F10 Catering // DJ: Cottrell Guidry // Video: Ragi and Amanda

 

Palm Springs, California | Mish & Laura | Wedding Film from Ragi & Amanda on Vimeo.

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The team behind this Cali Coastal inspiration shoot led by Kingsley & Co. Event was inspired by the natural colors of the coast and shore. Keeping the details of this elopement true to the characteristic of the rocky and sandy landscape, they coupled a natural, soft palette with romantic touches and a few vintage, timeless pieces to blend the old and the new. Plenty of Petals incorporated a palette of soft, sunset tones and beautiful calligraphy touches are by Pirouette Paper Company. A scene-stealing veil with lace appliques adds drama and Jordan Galindo Photography captured it’s movement along with all the lovely details in these ethereal images.

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Photography: Jordan Galindo Photography // Planning & Design: Kingsley & Co. Events // Floral: Plenty of Petals // Paper Goods: Pirouette Paper Company // HMU: Danielle Ryan Beauty // Ring: Honey Jewelry Co. // Dress: Lovely Bride LA // Veil + Hairpieces: The Veiled Beauty // Ribbon: Tono + Co. // Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Styling Surface: Heirloom Bindery // Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab // Rentals: Archive Rentals

 

Erin and Ante’s wedding at La Quinta Resort & Club is the epitome of classic California weddings—it’s totally romantic, with perfectly tailored details. The vision of the couple was edited to perfection by COJ Events and introduced to guests by a beautiful invitation suite created by Heather O’Brien Design. Details followed the light, timeless look of the stationery and included voluminous white garden roses, Erin’s customized Oscar de la Renta gown flanked by a bridal party in champagne, and a classic ballroom reception. The couple honored the groom’s heritage with traditional Croatian music that united guests as they danced their hearts out and Rachel Owens Photography captured it all in these stunning film images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was honestly just having all of our nearest and dearest family and friends all under one roof. It is truly such a cool feeling to feel so much positive energy, love and support from everyone.

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

Finding the perfect dress was really important to me as I felt like it set the tone for our wedding and affected my overall mood for the evening. I knew I wanted a classic gown, but with an edge.  However, this wasn’t easy. I must have tried on every single wedding dress in Southern California (twice!!). It wasn’t until I went to Oscar De La Renta that I found my dress. The only drawback…it had no edge. So I decided to create my edge through alterations. I added pockets for a more fun, flirty and runway feel and altered the back of the gown to show more skin for a slightly sexy (but still sophisticated) feel. It was PERFECT!

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Aesthetically, it was all of our custom signage and escort wall that matched our invitations. I wanted to keep with the classic, romantic and vintage theme we had going on. We also personalized our wedding a lot through our music. Christmas songs played by our Flamenco guitarist during the cocktail hour and then a 30 minutes of straight Croatian music at the reception, which was really important to my husband who is of Croatian descent. The songs were a HUGE hit to not only the Croatians in the room, but to EVERYONE. It really united all of our guests and created so much love and positive energy to the room. Still gives me the chills.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Walking down the aisle. It went by so fast and I nearly blacked out.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ante and I met through mutual friends in Las Vegas of all places!!  I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight at all, but more of a game of cat and mouse until my sister’s wedding that sealed the deal for us.

Ante & Erin from Triptych Weddings on Vimeo.

Photographer: Rachel Owens Photography // Wedding Planner: COJ Events // Florist: Maggie Jensen Floral Design // Stationery: Heather O’Brien Design // Venue: La Quinta Resort & Club // Bride’s Gown: Oscar de la Renta // Hair: Studio M (Nicole) // Makeup: Nyrie Aitken // Groom’s Tux: Giorgio Armani // Rentals & Linens: Signature Party Rentals // Lighting: Perfect Touch // Entertainment: The Flash Dance // Videographer: Triptych Weddings // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Is fall seriously just around the corner?? This farm to table inspiration shoot definitely gets us excited for those autumnal vibes with it’s color palette rich in mustard yellow, cream, pink and orange. Planner and stylist Leigh and Mitchell foraged ferns to create the sculptural floral installation hanging above the dining table and incorporated organic vegetables like turnips in the centerpieces. The mood is light, airy and modern with stationery by Euni + Co. and baked goods by Bakery Nouveau. Captured on film in Catie Coyle Photography‘s signature style, the over look is delightful and has us excited for the beauty of fall weddings.

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Photographer: Catie Coyle Photography // Planner + Florist: Leigh and Mitchell // Stationery: Euni + Co. // HMUA: Makeup Starrr // Bakery: Bakery Nouveau // Film Lab: PhotoVision // Shoes: Bella Belle // Ribbon: Tono & Co. // Dishes: Crate & Barrel

 

Atva and Samir’s destination Morocco wedding is absolutely breathtaking. Set at Kasbah Bab Ourika just outside of Marrakech, the multi-day, multi-cultural event blended the couple’s traditions with celebrations and ceremonies staged against the stunning backdrop of the Atlas mountains. The couple enlisted multi-talented planner, Best Day Ever Events, for the planning, styling and florals—all with a subtle modern, bohemian flair. We’re loving the fresh invitation suite by Mark van Wijk and the floral-dressed naked cake by Amandine Marrakech. But it’s photographer Raisa Zwart‘s stunning images that truly make Atva and Samir’s day feel like an advertising campaign for Moroccan nuptials. 

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I think what made it us was the fact that we were able to capture the best of both Western and European wedding traditions and it blended perfectly on both days. The Henna night did have a traditional Morrocan dress – although less dramatic and traditional wedding djelleba for Samir. Our entrance was accompanied with traditional Berber folk music and dance. We also served shared Tagines and desserts as you typically see in Moroccan weddings, and of course Henna but for everyone not only the bride. Which was a huge success. Our wedding day was more traditional western with my dad walking me to the aisle, a western ring ceremony, photo shoot and toast,  but with Milk and Dates for prosperity and fertility before the ceremony and of course sugar – or candy – throwing at the end of the ceremony topped off with traditional Moroccan (and from Samir’s childhood). Pulo Duro – 50cent ice cream cones for our guests.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

For Samir his moment was me walking down towards him on Jacob Banks Silver Lining. Slightly nervous and stressed but so beautiful. For me it was the brief moment we (finally) sat together before dinner when you realize this great man is now my husband!

Tell us how you became engaged.

Samir proposed to me when I didn’t expect him to do so anymore (to be honest I was hoping for it for quite some years). We just had a very romantic holiday in Mozambique, we just celebrated our 14 Year anniversary and nothing. So one random Saturday morning, when I was just desperate for coffee he asked me to sit down and he gave me a gift to unwrap. It was a traditional Moroccan sugar cone with a note that said will you marry me?

Samir + Atva / Wedding in Ourika, Morocco (4K) from The Dreamers on Vimeo.

Photography: Raisa Zwart // Event Planning, Styling & Floral Design: Best Day Ever Events // Floral Design: Le Kiosque a Fleurs & Theun & Bloemen // Stationery: Mark van Wijk // Venue: Kasbah Bab Ourika // Cake: Amandine Marrakech // Officiant: Marry van’t’ Zelfde // Videography: The Dreamers // Makeup Artist: Rob Peetoom // Wedding Dress: Pronovias // Henna Dress: Selma Benomar // Bridal Accessories: Jimmy Choo & Astley ClarkeIsabel Marant // Groom’s Apparel: Oger // Rings: Tiffany & Co