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Michelle and Julian were married at Catalina’s in Sydney, Australia. With a view that overlooked the water, the pair invited family and friends to join them for their sunset vows and a gorgeous party after–which the bride tells us was a little inspired by a 90’s dance revival with tons of color and plenty of glow sticks bracelets to go around once the dancing started! We absolutely love all the fun of this wedding, shot by Nerida McMurray Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

For us, our wedding was a party. We decided to do our photos before the ceremony so we could maximise the amount of time we had to spend with our guests. We decided on a sunset ceremony at Catalina to capture the gorgeous view as dusk rolled in.

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

I found my dress at Lisa Gowing. It was love at first sight! I had only tried two dresses on before finding my dress but knew I didn’t have to look further. I left the boutique and called my Mum and best friend and told them they had to come and see it for the final tick of approval.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We added personalised touches to our whole wedding, including naming our tables after ski runs in Aspen where we got engaged, and the boys wore customised cufflinks in the shape of aspen leaves. We used bright, vibrant flowers to represent the joy we felt and danced the night away with a 90s dance music revival – with glow stick bracelets for guests to share.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our wedding dance! We’d sweated over the dance, hoping to get it right. Thankfully we pulled it off without any mistakes!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in July 2009 on RSVP! You could say that online dating is not the most romantic way to start a relationship but we realised how right we were for each other from very early on. We ended up getting engaged in Aspen, Colorado in February 2013. Julian proposed one evening as we shared another memorable trip to our favourite destination (we have been to Aspen every year we have been together).

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Photography: Nerida McMurray Photography // Location Photos: Private Property // Ceremony and Reception: Catalina’s // Bride’s Gown: Lisa Gowing

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Tressa and Mike’s Paso Robles wedding coordinated by Vanessa Noel Events at Lago Giuseppe Winery is full of fun pops of color, which you know is something we love around here! The couple incorporated many of their friends and family, who pitched in their talents to make the day that much more special. We know you are going to love these gorg images shot by Anna Delores Photography!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our day was special because of the people who were a part of it. Not only were we surrounded by 175 of our closest family and friends, but the majority of our wedding vendors were friends as well. Our planner, photographer, musician, chef and venue owners were all good friends of ours, and it meant so much to have a special connection with those who were a part of planning and executing our special day. Gorgeous weather, a lovely venue, delicious food, stringing lights, dancing, and a full moon also contributed to our perfect day.

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

I never thought I would love wedding dress shopping as much as I did. We went to two bridal salons, Mon Amie in Costa Mesa and Love and Lace in Irvine. I ended up finding two that I loved, but decided on the first gown that I tried on, which was at Mon Amie. I loved the lace detail on the dress and I accessorized it with a crystal sash that was my favorite addition.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Mike and I created a fun wine menu based on wines that have a special significance to us. Mike also designed all of our chalkboard signs… I was so impressed! Our planner, Vanessa from Vanessa Noel Event, inspired me (and also did a majority of the work) to make tie-died napkins, which i thought was a fun touch. Our flowers were also stunning! Lori Boe did a fabulous job of turning my very vague description of “pops of color” into an amazing display of flowers.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

We both really wanted to enjoy our day, take it all in and enjoy every moment of it, because we knew it would go by way to fast. Some of our highlights of the day were catching each others eyes as I walked down the aisle, taking a moment to look down from the top of the hill to watch everyone enjoying themselves, dancing like crazy with our friends and family, and our late night acoustic music, port and cigar session. The fact that not one but two people ripped their pants that night, I figured that’s a sign of a good party!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Mike and I met at JUSTIN winery in Paso Robles, where he was the Tasting Room Manager at the time. I was having lunch with my family on our way to Morro Bay. Mike happened to be pouring wine for us, so we started chatting with him and I could tell that he really enjoyed talking to us and getting to know us. I felt the same way about him. As we were leaving the tasting room, Mike handed me his business card and hinted that I should contact him next time I’m in the area (I was living in San Diego at the time). I sent Mike an email to reach out to him, we started talking on the phone, and a month later we went on our first date while he was visiting his family in Orange County.

Two years later, Mike and I were in Yosemite with my family right before Christmas. I thought my Mom had planned a family scavenger hunt around Yosemite, so I played along with it. Little did I know, it was all part of Mike’s plan to get me in front of Half Dome so that he could propose to me. It was a perfect day and we celebrated with champagne and an amazing dinner.

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Vendors: Photography: Anna Delores Photography // Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events // Venue: Lago Giuseppe Winery // Cinematography: Turned Wedding Films // Catering: Thomas Hill Organics // Cupcakes: Lickety Split // Hair & makeup: The Queens Bees // Live music & DJ: Dan Curcio // Bridal Salon: Mon Amie // Rentals: All About Events // Florals: Lori Boe Floral Design 

Stacy and Edwin are both pharmacists, so naturally when it came time for CCL Weddings & Events to help plan and design their wedding, it made sense to include a few fun details that were a nod to the bride and groom’s career. Obviously you know how much we love personal details so it’s no surprise how much we love everything about their gorgeous wedding at Fig House. One of our all time favorite photographers, Braedon Photography is responsible for all of these beautiful images, so of course it is a major love fest over here today!

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

Both dresses were custom made by Dawn at Atelier in Los Angeles, CA. I really wanted a fun, blush wedding gown. Dawn designed the wedding gown which was really light and whimsical and blended the color so it had just a hint of pink. I wanted a belt for the dress and she beaded the beautiful gold studded belt to make the dress unique.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It started with us falling in love with our venue, The Fig House. The vibrant colors and the retro furniture were just a few things that made it feel like the perfect place for our special night. Edwin’s brother designed animation characters of us and it was detailed throughout our wedding. Guests were given pins with each of our animations to wear to represent which side of the wedding they came from. Our favorite drink(grapefruit izze) was labeled with a personal label and given to guests as a welcome beverage. PharmacieLA served our guests a variety of tasty cocktails and drinks during the reception and Whoa! Nelly catering did a fantastic job with the appetizers and family-style dinner. All of this with our concept executed by Catherine and her team made it an unforgettable night for us.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We are both HUGE foodies and wanted our guests to know where our favorite places to eat were in Los Angeles. We included in our invitations a map of our favorite places to eat since most of my family traveled from Hawaii and we wanted them to explore what LA has to offer. We also had our favorite desserts at our wedding: Carmela ice cream and Churros by Salinas. Catherine made it even more personal for us by adding the Pharmacy theme since we are both pharmacists. Our guests name cards were made out of old-fashioned pharmacy bottles that looked absolutely exquisite and the flowers that went in them made it even more delightful.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

As soon as the reception began, our guests couldn’t wait to come up and congratulate us. We had a sweetheart table and one by one, our friends and family came up and it made us feel overwhelmingly loved. Our photographer Braedon didn’t miss a beat and had everyone who came up pose for a picture so that we could capture a moment with our loved ones. Even though we had arranged to take pictures with our guests later in the evening, this made it even more special since it was all improvised.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met through our mutual friend Boram who felt that we were perfect for each other. She actually arranged for our friends to get together one night just so we could meet. We didn’t know her intentions at first but when we met a second time, we didn’t need her assistance as we naturally just clicked and were drawn to each other. When we started dating we realized our friend was right about us. We both share a similar sense of humor as we both make each other laugh constantly and even have the same taste in the art of music. We also love to eat and explore new places to dine at and its been fun sharing those experiences together. We even get to share our rants about work, although unfortunate at times, since we are both Pharmacists. Since we are self-proclaimed Foodies, it was only appropriate to get engaged while sharing a delightful dinner and dessert at one of our favorite restaurants, Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles. I have a major sweet tooth and was shocked that dessert was coming even though we didn’t order anything. When I read the words “Will You Marry Me” on the plate, I clearly thought the restaurant made a mistake, but after I saw my name “Stacy” on the bottom and Edwin getting on one knee, I couldn’t believe what was happening!

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Vendors: Photography: Braedon Photography // Wedding Planning and Design: CCL Weddings & Events // Venue: Fig House // Catering: Whoa Nelly // Stationery Design: Chris Kim Designs // Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang Studios // Floral: Green Leaf Designs // Dessert: Salinas Churros // Dessert: Carmelas // Photobooth: Sutando // Alcohol: Pharmacie LA // Rentals: Town and Country // Hand Lettering: Skye Cho (#fontgirl) // Glitter Hearts: Shop Ban.do // Dress: Atelier by Dawn // Trio: OC Strings // DJ/MC: Shine Entertainment

It should come as no to surprise to you, darlings, that we are lovers of all things color, so when we spied Amber and Eric’s wedding shot by Amanda Watson Photography we knew we’d have to share this one with you! Bright bridesmaids, a groom decked in blue, and a colorful bouquet–these are things we just can’t get enough of!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Several elements made our day the most dreamy and perfect of all. In the fabric of the day, the most purposeful event was the joining of our unique family. I happen to be be blessed with the worlds most loving, talented, creative, bright, thoughtful, beautiful, young man, my son Julian. He is every bit of the center of our world. It was of great importance to for us to convey that in our ceremony. Julian walked me down the isle with my father and in part gave his blessing in “giving me away”. However he was not far, standing beside me throughout most of the ceremony.

Together we held arms and shared prayer and centered thoughts as we moved to one of the most magical parts of the ceremony, our family wishes. We had collected Dandelion’s from all of our most favorite places, spaces important to our family and saved them for our wedding day. Together we gathered close and included all of our guests in our tradition, whispering “one, two, three .. Blow!”

We have mostly just called it wishing. My son and I had started the tradition many years ago, walking the dogs and throughout outdoor adventures. Julian and I would take turns finding the most perfectly fluffy Dandelion’s, carefully pick them, close eyes and center our thoughts on all the good we wanted for our lives, envisioning our dreams, and blowing all at once in hopes they would come true.. That all of the good energy we put into each other and love we give and share with others all comes round and our dreamscapes come true. They are hopeful and warm moments in our everyday. Eric soon joined us in our journeys to mountains and nightly walks with the pups, wishing together with us. It was only natural that we would include a group wish with our family and friends, all channeling good thoughts and energy together on our most special day.

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

I think women across the world dream of The Dress. Many still after, what they would’ve worn instead or perhaps if they could do it all over again, what wild change they would have made… A dream day. I can say without any doubt, my dress was the most perfect choice. It took all of ten minutes to eye that beauty. Though I tried on a few others for good measure and a bit of play, it had me at hello.

The whole experience was perfect. The boutique I chose, Molier Bridal came highly recommended and for good reason. She’s a quaint little shoppe, dainty, with warm staff and vintage feel. They have so many beautiful gowns, truly the finest collection from the classics to editorial-esque billowy gowns. Though I met my Maggie Sottero and just said yes. Beaded, art-deco, plunging neck and back, sheer lace shoulders, and the most exquisitely designed train, I fell in love immediately. I felt so special the moment I put it on. It was so formal and fine, so unique. I had never seen a gown so different and magnetic. It was magnificent. I had two dear friends with me that day that gasped and immediately agreed. And that choice made all of the difference. I have never felt more beautiful than on my wedding day. Perfect right?

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Eric and I really wanted everyone that was apart of our day to know how much we loved them, how important they were to our family, how grateful we were for their love and support in growing us to this point in our lives. We decided we did not want to wait for the thank you cards to send to say all we wanted to say. So we decided to write letters to every single guest. I am a bit of a crafter and hand made the stationary, hand painting and with stamps, all colors and impressions chosen specially. It was literally the most gratifying and the warmest feeling to tell he people that mean so much to us exactly that and all the more love. It felt so good to take the time to do it.. I knew that we might not get the chance in a bustling day to do so. It was the least we could do for all those who have done so much for us.

We also had tremendous help in realizing our wants and wishes for the day. We worked closely with my dear friend Camden Chitwood of Emerson Events, amazing wedding planner. She also created our flower arrangements, more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. My flower crown was everything. It was The Most. My mother in-law collected nearly all of the antique dishes and glassware. All of which I now get to enjoy daily, teapots teacups, and flower vases smiling at me everyday as a perfect reminder.

Our photographer was is a dream. She and her husband worked together to make our entire engagement and wedding photos beyond perfection. The moments could not have been captured more authentically. It was truly magic. All involved made it the most special. From our fine dinner the night before to our friends assisting in surprise freezing weather in decor and last minute fabulous touches, to my son close to me, fancy hotel extravagance and breakfast in bed and dancing, our “last night” as just a perfect two. The day’s prep, boys and shaves and girls with curls and champagne. Lovely gifts from my soon to be husband and the kindest love letter to Julian. It was everything.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

This one is hard to answer. It was all of it. Everyone and everything was such a perfect fit. The vows were huge. We wrote our own and elected to leave out any traditional ones. We made our family wish together and blew the collected Dandelion’s towards our family and friends and then turned to each other.

I got to be as flowery as I wanted to be.. and he got to share with the world just how eloquent and beautiful and stunning a man he is.. Though it’s known. It was so warm in that space between us though the temperature had plummeted to the 30s, snowflakes and all. When I could see his face and all other spaces went quiet except his brown eyes. That was it. Perfect.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

His eyes. I saw them and they saw me, and that’s all I could see. It started at this perfect show Washed Out.. We were introduced.. the night went on. I saw him through the lights and thought once or twice.. The night ended and on our own ways. Later at another show, a Best Man’s finest brought us together once again. This is when I really saw him. He has the perfect teeth and this laugh, I could not stop watching. We met again. Later he inquired with one of my favorite girls on the planet, “What about her..”. We met on a Wednesday evening, conversation and close for hours, and every hour since. Gives me a fuzzy nose to think of it all! So completely in Love.

The engagement:

We are mountain folk trapped in the flat lands. Hahaa! But really we are. Any moments we can we whisk away to the closest, most beloved state of Colorado. Estes Park is where we land every summer. Pups and scurries up mountains, campfires and cozy nights. I always said I wanted to be married on a mountain. One quickly finds out how difficult a task that becomes so far from peaks.

Eric was thoughtful and knew of my dreams. We went away with a couple one weekend in February, to a cabin in the mountains of Oklahoma (mt Scott to be exact). We arrived early and decided to hike. Eric and I were sort of just taking it all in and he calls for me to come over and see where he is. Before I could ask what was up or where to look he started to tell me beautiful things and how he loved me so… Got down on one knee and asked me to marry him forever. I super said yes and screamed like a crazy person. So much joy in that moment!

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Vendors: Photography: Amanda Watson Photography // Event Planner: Emerson Events // Ring box: The Mrs. Box // Reception Venue: Myriad Botanical Gardens // Caterer: Althea’s Vault Cafe and Bakery // Bakery: amy cakes LLC // Brides Shoes: Betsey Johnson // Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero // Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew // Makeup Artist: Malorie Avaline Hair & makeup // Linens and Coverings: Marianne’s Rentals // Jewelry: Swarovski // Photobooth Equipment: botbooth // Ring Designer: Pale Fish

 

Alana and Blaine hosted a celebratory 180 guests at their Hummingbird Nest Ranch wedding, and made sure to include plenty of unqiue details to keep the atmosphere fun including Mexican cuisine for dinner, and sandals so guests could kick of their shoes and dance! We absolutely adore the blue hue that runs throughout her wedding decor, and that father of the bride is looking pretty spectacular in his blue tux, don’t you think??? We’re so crazy about these photos by RomaBea Images!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The guests in attendance! To look around and see a huge crowd of people, but then to recognize each face was a moment I will never forget. What made the wedding unique was how the day encompassed “us”. We had Mexican food (our favorite cuisine) and we had fresh donuts being made to order which was a huge hit for all our guests!

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

I took some of my bridesmaids along to a Watters trunk show since I loved all of their bridesmaids dresses, and was exploring that option. As it turned out, I had my bridesmaids pick out their own individual navy dresses and I LOVED the outcome, everyone was happy. Though unplanned, I decided to try some Watters dresses on, and the one I chose was everything I was looking for. I said yes so quickly, it was quite exhilarating! I went through a mix of emotions wondering if I’d made the right choice but in the end I really loved my dress and judging by my husband’s first look reaction, he did too!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

I really wanted to make our guests feel comfortable and express our gratitude to them for coming, near and far to celebrate our day. We had a fairly large wedding of 180 guests, so it was difficult to spend time with each person individually. We had “thank you” escort cards, sandals for dancing, bathroom necessities, and so forth to make them feel appreciated. I also had some family members that were no longer with us, so I had a charm for each of them represented on my bouquet.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

I don’t think I can pick a favorite! I was so excited to arrive at our venue, and it really hit me that the day was here! Seeing my husband Blaine for the first time was a moment I’ll never forget, his emotion explained it all. The father daughter dance was also something I’ve anticipated since I was a little girl.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

My husband and I happened to meet through my brother Greg who always wanted me to come visit him in college and I never got around to until his graduation! Low and behold, that’s when I met Blaine. We dated long distance for 2.5 years and after 3.5 years he decided to pop the question during a Hot Air Balloon ride in Temecula!

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Vendors: Photography: RomaBea Images // Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch // Event Coordinator: Simply Chic by Carrie // Florals: Unique Floral Designs // Gown: Watters from W Too Brides // Shoes: Monique Lhuillier // Groom’s Attire: Bespoke