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Lauren and Andrew tied the knot at The Villa San Juan Capistrano, a enchanting venue filled with historic charm. The garden ceremony and reception are stunning and the quiet palette of the rose-centric florals by Floral Occasions establishes a romantic vibe. We love the the lace details and pastel colors in the invitation by Smitten on Paper, sweet The Mrs. Box, and a variety of champagne bridesmaids dresses. Lucky for us, Kristina Adams Photography  was on hand to capture all the gorgeous details in these stunning film photographs.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Andrew and I were married at The Villa in San Juan Capistrano, CA, on August 6th, 2016. The venue was visually beyond our wildest dreams especially because it reminded us of where we got engaged in Europe the previous year. We were immediately drawn to the Villa’s romantic charm and intimate secret garden setting. Although our year of planning was memorable and special, it also had its stressful situations; every question, every wedding dedicated weekend that we hibernated, every decision made, every penny spent was absolutely earned!

I believe it was a combination of the location and attendees that made 8/6/16 a day we’ll never forget. Our family and friends traveled from coast to coast to witness our lifelong promise and love for one another. Having grown up in Orange County, it was extremely momentous to me to be back in such a special place I once called home. Andrew and I truly felt that the entire day exuded love from every family member, friend and vendor. Our most treasured moment of the day started with our first look at the Mission San Juan Capistrano – a two hundred year old monument whose Spanish ruins and gardens are incredibly enchanting. Andrew and I both remember feeling extremely anxious to finally lay eyes on one another. We were so happy to have had a moment just to ourselves and to love on one another before the anticipated bustle the rest of the day ensured. I’ll forever remind myself the overwhelming sense of emotion, pride and excitement I felt after tapping Andrew on the shoulder in the courtyard overlooking the mission bells. 

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

I found my wedding dress at Blue Bridal, an inviting boutique in downtown Denver. My mom, sister and close friend/bridesmaid not only made me feel like a princess but truly made the trying on process a memorable one. Ironically, I found “the one” within weeks of being newly engaged and was surprised to say yes to the dress after only visiting two other bridal shops in the city. My Casablanca gown was strapless, form fitting and had just the right amount of sparkle and lace. It was important to me that I didn’t feel like I was playing dress up but truly wanted to feel like a beautiful bride. The moment my sister zipped up my dress, I felt an overwhelming sense of emotion and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Our wedding was abundant with significant touches that Andrew and I dreamed up. Upon guests entering, they signed a custom painted guestbook globe that read, “I’ll love you to the ends of the Earth.” Signature drinks included a “His” and “Her” cocktail; Monte Carlo for the groom and Platino Fresco for the bride. Most of the decor and accents were custom with calligraphy including signage, place cards, table numbers and a watercolor bar menu. A close family friend of the Seaber family officiated the ceremony and paid special tribute to both sets of parents who were celebrating 31 years of marriage that month (August). I chose to honor my mom by having my florist wrap a small piece of lace from her wedding dress around my blush bouquet. Furthermore, in memory of my childhood best friend who had passed away and gone too soon, looped her most precious Tiffany & Co. ring around the lace at the base of my flowers. One of my favorite childhood memories was brought to life that day when my two uncles and cousin agreed to playing the acoustic guitar as our guests arrived to the Villa. I vividly remember hearing them start to play from inside the venue as I put on my finishing touches. I’ll forever be extremely touched and honored to have had them play on such a momentous day.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

By far, the most memorable part of the day was when we exchanged vows and said our “I do’s”. It was as if Andrew and I were the only ones in the room expressing every intimate and heartfelt feeling towards one another. If you know Andrew, you know that he sometimes is a man of few words. It was that moment in time, I felt as if he was handing me the world. Our vows were truly the best gift and the words spoken that day for all to hear are a true testament to our relationship and future as Mr. and Mrs. Johnson.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Our story began Sophomore year at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Andrew and I were both members of the Greek system and first caught each other’s eye at the CU vs. West Virginia football game in October of 2008. We ended up meeting through mutual friends and dated for the remainder of college. Some of our favorite memories came out of our four years as Buffs. Fast forward seven years when Andrew asked me to marry him on July 2nd, 2015 in Monaco! We were traveling through Europe “just us two” before we met up with my family in Tuscany, Italy. Andrew proposed at the top of the cliffs overlooking the marina and Palace of Monaco. I was truly on top of the world and we were over the moon excited to share the big news with family and friends.

Photographer: Kristina Adams Photography // Florist: Floral Occasions // Wedding Invitations: Smitten on Paper // Calligraphy Signage: Project Watermark // Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano // Makeup and Hair: Swell Beauty // Gown: Blue Bridal // Suit: Indochino // Desserts: Sweet and Saucy // Catering: Ramos House Cafe // Videography: Akros Media, Michael Cannavo // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Jackie and Ryan’s wedding is classic, glam and full of fun details. Planned by Tracie Domino Events, the traditional church ceremony was followed by a celebration that included an extended cocktail hour on the poolside courtyard of the the south-beach inspired Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. A champagne and blush color palette complimented the pink building exterior and an amazing gilded retro cabana lounge was the focal point of the cocktail hour. The glam reception that followed was filled with roses on roses with huge arrangements by Botanica International Design Studio. We’re loving the modern touches like the donut wall by MMD Events and the dancefloor confetti cannon by FlutterFetti. It’s all captured to perfection by Ashley Grandstad of Brooke Images and we know you’ll love it!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We were really focused on our guests more than anything else, our goal was to make sure everyone was comfortable and having a really enjoyable time all day! The ceremony needed to be at 1:30 pm so instead of doing a break in between we opted to do a long outdoor cocktail hour; with fun drinks, lots of yummy food and some bocce! For the reception we chose an amazing band with really high energy and focused on fun details that would keep our guests entertained and having a great time all night!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

I would like to say the most memorable part of the day was getting married! But I think it definitely was the mom dance off that our band had both our moms participate in! None of us knew it was coming but our moms killed it!

Photography: Ashley Grandstad, Brooke Images // Event Design and Planning: Tracie Domino Events // Flowers: Botanica International Design Studio // Stationery And Paper Goods: A&P Designs // Venue: Vinoy Renaissance Resort // Wedding Dress: Ever After Miami // Cocktail Hour Music: Slashly Artist Management // Mixologist: The Grand Bevy // Videographer: Voila Cinematic // Band: C’Nergy Band // Tent: Raj Tents // Donut Wall: MMD Events // Confetti Canons: FlutterFetti

 

Noel and Jeff’s whimsical garden wedding is beyond adorable. Set in couple’s hometown of Philadelphia, at the french restaurant Le Cheri, the boho-inspired ceremony took place in the courtyard atop a collection of oriental rugs from the bride’s family. The flower girls threw colorful pom-poms instead of petals and the bridal part consisting of the bride’s 4 sisters and 5 friends wore mix-and-match long gowns. Texture Florals created the bride’s stunning peach rose floral crown, wild bouquet and lovely headpieces on the bridal party and flower girls. The electric blue custom suit worn by Jeff adds a pop of color that we absolutely love. Pat Robinson Photography was behind the lens capturing the day in his signature photo journalistic style which captures all the authentic joy of Noel and Jeff’s big day. We know you guys are going to love it!

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from the bride: Jeff proposed to me in NYC while walking around the village. It was a complete surprise, although looking back there were all the signs of a proposal…rose champagne, swanky hotel, romantic brunch and walk. We agreed that night on a small guest list and an intimate garden ceremony.

We live and work in center city Philadelphia. A small city wedding felt right to us. Le Cheri is a classic French restaurant in the Art Alliance building on Rittenhouse Square. The Alliance has rotating galleries throughout the mansion. I have a design background and loved the idea of being immersed in art on my wedding day.

A whimsical and romantic garden wedding was what I envisioned. I hired Pat Robinson Photography to capture the day. I did some research and decided on Pat, a photographer who was different from the norm. He was that and so much more. We were taking photos in wall-papered bathrooms, in alleys, and in the front of nearby buildings that offered the perfect city backdrop, nothing run-of-the-mill. He made us feel at ease yet pushed us to get the right photos.

My mother’s friend Jane Fairorth is a calligrapher and designed the letterpress invitations. I chose a floral envelope liner from a graphic designer on Etsy.

I used my family’s vintage oriental rugs as an aisle on the patio of the restaurant for the ceremony. Our nieces and nephews threw colorful pom poms instead of flower petals. My 4 sisters and 5 best friends were my bridesmaids.

A string band played for the ceremony and cocktail hour. Jeff’s best friend from college married us in a hand-fasting ceremony. We tied our hands together using lace from wedding dresses the women in my family were married in.

I get weekly deliveries from the “flwry,” a floral delivery service, and love the romantic style of their floral arrangements. I begged Nicole to do the flowers for my wedding – it was her first. She made flower arrangements, crowns and garlands.

I wore two Nicole Miller gowns. My best friend from college is a senior designer for Nicole Miller. She designed my party dress and the hand-cut lace kimono I wore over my ceremony gown. The ceremony gown was silk, the party dress was embroidered with sequins and ostrich feathers. I wore gold Manolo Blahnik mules. Jeff wore a custom electric blue suit.

We honeymooned in France and Spain directly afterwards.

Photographer:  Pat Robinson Photography // Floral Designer: Texture Florals // Calligraphy: Jane Fairorth // Event Venue: Le Cheri // Dress Designer: Nicole Miller // Hair Stylist: Running With Scissors Beauty Salon // Makeup: Ari Drive // Shoes: Monolo Blahnik // String Band: Rittenhouse Music

 

The inspiration of this shoot was a collective creative process with Revel Wedding Co.Elyse Hall Photography  and Carte Blanche Design to mix hard and soft to create a truly unique wedding design. It’s set at the Arizona Biltmore, known as the “Jewel of the Desert,” and filled with glamorous details and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. We’re loving the overflowing florals by Carte Blanche Design, especially the pompous arrangements filled with grass pieces flanking the ceremony location. The luxurious textures of the reception tablescape have us mesmerized—so romantic! Check out these gorgeous images by Elyse Hall Photography, as they’ve captured every single stunning moment.

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Known as the “Jewel of the Desert”, The Arizona Biltmore has been the magical location for weddings for the past 85 years. Every nook of this stunning resort showcases art, history, and beauty and this inspiration wedding shoot showcases the glamour of this stunning oasis.

The ceremony is set in the front courtyard of the resort to showcase the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and stunning towers. Carte Blanche Design created luxurious florals and pompous grass pieces that framed the couple so beautifully while the soft flower tones added so much romance.

Dinner tables draped with luxurious linens from La Tavola Fine Linen and overflowed with beautiful florals, fresh fruits and wines – delicious food and decadent desserts! Textures and metals were mixed to combine both masculine and feminine touches that perfectly fit the Arizona Biltmore Gold Room.

The bride wore a gorgeous gown with an architectural applique by dress designer, Madison James. This paired perfectly with the rich velvet tux by The Black Tux on her groom.

At the end of the night, when it was time for a nightcap and a little piano playing, the bride changed in to the most beautiful farewell gown in black and blush! Paired with a leather jacket, it was a beyond stylish way to depart this magical evening.

// Photography: Elyse Hall Photography // Wedding Design and Styling: Revel Wedding Co. // Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design // Paper: Minted // Venue: Arizona Biltmore Resort // Accessories and Décor: Urbana // Hair: Heather VanHouten // Makeup: Courtney Montes // Gown: Allure Bridals // Tux: The Black Tux // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens // Chairs: Classic Party Rentals

 

Sofia and Ibrahim celebrated their nuptials at Villa Tolomei in picturesque Florence. The bride and groom, who met while working in Dubai, chose Italy for their destination for the food—who doesn’t love Italian food, right?! Sofia planned the entire event herself centering the design around a rich floral theme perfect for the Tuscan vineyard setting. To bring the theme to life, she enlisted florist Funkybird Firenze to create the stunning grape-hued florals in the bouquets, ceremony arbor and centerpieces and Les Amis Photo to captured all the lovely details and moments of the day.

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From the bride: Ibrahim and I met in Dubai four years ago at work, I immediately fell for his charm. After 2 and a half years he proposed and just over a year later we got married.

By nature, I am a control freak so decided to plan the whole wedding myself. We chose Italy because we were debating about what food to serve our guests and agreed everyone loves Italian food. To us, Florence is the most romantic city in Italy so we decided to look for a venue there – something in the mountains with a beautiful view but still small enough to keep it intimate.

We chose Villa Tolomei because it ticked all the boxes and their events manager supported me a lot through the whole process. Our florist, Sonja from Funkibird was magical and managed to capture the vibe I was looking for. Alma Project set us up with a wonderful band who played all the classics and our first dance song. The wedding day went perfectly and was captured by some very lovely and talented team from Les Amis Photo.

Sofia & Ibrahim | Wedding day from Les Amis Photo on Vimeo.

Photography: Les Amis Photo // Flowers: Funkybird Firenze // Venue: Villa Tolomei // Videography: Les Amis Photo // Cake: Tuscan Wedding Cakes //Music: Alma Project  // Makeup: Paola Bianchera // Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes // Shoes: Aquazzura Firenze // Groom Tux: Custom // Shoes: The Cobbler