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Heidi Ryder is at again with these absolutely lovely images from Taryn and Nick’s wedding day at Westlake Village Inn. The couple are high-school sweethearts who always felt their wedding day was inevitable, so the event-planner-mother-of-the-bride had plenty of time (we’re talking years) to gather inspiration and ideas for a spectacular celebration. We love all the beautiful, personalized details of the day, especially the amazing florals (everywhere!) and the beautiful tented reception design. We’re know you guys are going to be as inspired by this one as we are!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The most unexpected part of our wedding was that it took place on my 25th birthday. I never intended to share my wedding anniversary with my birthday, but it does make for one less date for my husband to remember.

As Nick and I had been together since early high school, it always felt as though our wedding day was inevitable. This gave my mom, an event planner, and me plenty of time to discuss wedding details. From the moment I called my mom to tell her we were officially engaged, it was game time. All of the photos of flowers, dresses, linens, embroidery designs and color schemes we liked we neatly filed away at my childhood home. I knew I wanted a romantic, warm and inviting style without appearing to be over the top. I even had my own “Franck” a la Father of the Bride, and he created the most beautiful flower arrangements for our wedding which tied everything together. The three of us collaborated to bring my dream wedding to life.

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We held the wedding at Westlake Village Inn, which resembles a vineyard estate with a freestanding tent for the reception. A rustic, yet elegant look. The hotel became a destination wedding for us Westsiders who don’t venture far. It had all the best elements without feeling like a standard hotel ballroom. It was perfect.

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Every small detail was so important to me. The color scheme was blush, ivory, green with a pop of one dark color. The floral arrangements were a mix of high and low vases, all different antique silver mixed with votive candles and petals. Three long tables framed the dance floor. A mix of rectangular and round tables were used to fill the room to make the space feel warm, cozy and intimate. We used rose gold flatware to balance the blush linens. Lighting throughout the tent was amber and pink to compliment the reception. Vineyard chairs were the last touch to complete the room.

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

I never envisioned what my wedding dress would look like, which was a blessing and a curse. I tried on everything and anything. After many, many, many dresses, I found the one at Monique Lhuillier. It was the first dress that brought tears to my mom’s eyes, where she told me for the first time I looked like a bride. It felt real and was perfect.

The gown was extremely delicate with lace and tulle. I adjusted the dress slightly making the lace straps and train removable so the dress transformed after the ceremony.

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What were some touches added to make it personal? 

The two most personal moments of the ceremony came through music. I chose to walk down the aisle to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” as did my mom at her wedding to my dad, and our cantor surprised us with a beautiful performance of my grandmother’s favorite song in her memory. Both songs will always resonate in my heart.

On the lighter side, we had custom drinks, letter-pressed napkins, drink stirrers and matchboxes with our initials on one side and ‘perfect match’ on the other. We monogrammed bathrobes for the bridal party, handkerchiefs with our initials hung on vintage racks during the ceremony ‘for your tears of joy,’ each parent and grandparent received personalized hankies and we even monogrammed welcome bags with our wedding hashtag #sarnoffisthenewblack.

Our delicious, simple and beautiful wedding cake was topped with a wedding cake topper Nick and I picked from my mom’s vintage collection.

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

My brother was my husband’s best man, which was a very touching moment in itself and his best man speech was probably the most memorable part of the evening for everyone. Only a little brother and subsequent best man could tease the bride in a way no one else could get away with. It was personal, funny, touching, loving, brass and perfectly reflected the love he holds for both Nick and myself.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged!

Nick and I met in high school when he was a senior and I was a sophomore. I thought he was so cute and since he was the president of the Robotics Team (yes, you read that correctly), I joined the team so that we could spend more time together. Fast forward many years later and I can say for sure that it was one of the greatest decisions of my life.

He proposed to me while we were in New Orleans for our 8-year anniversary. On the second night, he took me out to dinner to celebrate and as we exited our hotel I saw a horse drawn carriage waiting to take us to dinner. It was the first moment when I thought “he’s going to propose to me tonight.” We rode around the city for a little while before stopping in front of a garden. We stepped out of the carriage and sat down at a bench nearby. That was the moment that Nick got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was a moment and a feeling that I will always remember. As he slipped the ring onto my finger I noticed the octagonal shape of the ring. Nick told me that he had it made to represent the eight years we had been together – the ultimate representation of our high-school-selves and the adults we had grown into together.

Taryn & Nick from Atomic Tangerine Film Co. on Vimeo.

Photography: Heidi Ryder Photography // Event Coordination: Day Of Gal // Floral Design: FHO Events // Venue: Westlake Village Inn // Invitations and Custom Favors: Salutations Home // Calligraphy: POPPYJack // Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Earrings: R. Zach Jewelry // Hair: Anthony Pazos // Makeup: Blushington // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop // Cotton Candy: Bon Puf // Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings // DJ: RedShoe LA // Rentals: 204 Events // Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth  // Videography: Atomic Tangerine Film Co.

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Susan and Alex both spent much of their youth by the water so Tiburon, with it’s coastal views and gorgeous scenery, was a natural choice for the couple’s destination wedding. We love the way planner Cassy Rose Events created a day filled with romance, beautiful gathered wildflowers by Mandolin Flowers and relaxed vintage details at Corinthian Yacht Club. Lucky for us, J Wiley Photography was there to capture all the happy moments set against a stunning seaside backdrop. Enjoy!

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This Chicago-based couple are college sweethearts, and chose to have their destination wedding at Old St. Hilary’s Chapel set atop a grassy hillside in Tiburon, CA. Susan, a San Francisco native, writes, “The ceremony site is a small white clapboard former church located on a wildflower preserve overlooking the SF bay. We fell in love with the church immediately because it felt intimate, full of history, and a little quirky. We both spent a lot of time by the water growing up (Susan in the Bay Area, Alex in Cape Cod) and chose a venue by the water with gorgeous views.”

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They incorporated the wildflower motif into all of their ribbon-adorned floral arrangements, and didn’t shy away from color! Their brightly colored flowers popped against the neutral landscape of the chapel and the whites and sky blues of the reception space.

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Susan kept it simple with her understated, lace-back Amy Kuschel gown and baby’s breath adorning her updo, and Alex stayed sharp in a J. Crew tuxedo with classic lines.

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The couple transported their wedding party and guests to the reception in an iconic San Francisco trolley car which perfectly captured the flavor of this destination wedding, and everyone partied the night away to a live band.

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Planning + Design: Cassy Rose Events // Photography: J Wiley Photography // Florist: Mandolin Flowers // Venue Ceremony: Old St. Hilary’s // Venue Reception: Corinthian Yacht Club // Dessert: The Whole Cake // Hair/Makeup: Eliza Dessh // Dress: Amy Kuschel // Entertainment: Entire Productions the 415 // Transportation: Classic Cable Car // Lighting: JL Imagination // Rentals: Chairs/Linens Standard Party Rentals // Rentals: Specialty Glassware Frances Lane // Rentals: Vintage Furniture Pieces By Violet

Abbie and Malik’s wedding was a family affair. From the location in Palm Springs (where the bride vacationed with her grandfather growing up) to the “diligently hung vintage lace hoops,” the couple incorporated their family and friends with heartfelt details. We’re also totally infatuated with the florals—both the incredible bougainvillea that sets the scene at The O’Donnell House, and the bold desert event florals by The Bloomin’ Gypsy. Most of all though, we’re loving the amazing smiles and joy captured by beautifully by Hailley Howard Photography and we know you will too!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Abbie and Malik chose Palm Springs as their ideal destination for their special day. Abbie spent many vacations visiting her grandfather who resided in Palm Desert, so the location was extra special to her. In the early part of their relationship, Abbie and Malik would take road trips and spend weekends out in Palm Springs. In addition, they wanted their wedding weekend to be a short and accessible getaway for family, friends and guests. All of the decor was either created/collected by Abbie or her friends and loved ones, which made their wedding day even more special and meaningful.

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

Abbie was set on finding a non-fussy, non-traditional “bride” dress. She was looking for something lace but more of a vintage feel. The dress she found at “The Bustle” was one of three that she tried on. She loved the off-white color which had a coffee colored underlay.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

The decor was a collaborative effort of friends and family. Abbie had friends over to help make much of the decor in advance. Her mother and friends also worked hard on the decor from out of state. The day of, they diligently hung vintage lace hoops from the balcony. Abbie had a parent from work hand-sew a long lace table runner from doilies that she had collected at various thrift shops and antique stores. The wedding arch was built by a former student’s father. So, there was quite a village contributing. One other element that was very personal to us were the various photos of loved ones that were framed in the entryway. It gave the wedding a very sentimental approach, especially for guests as they entered.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The morning of the wedding, a giant rainbow appeared from a RARE morning rain (when does it ever rain in Palm Springs?!?). We knew that it was my grandfather looking down on us. (He had passed several months before the wedding, and we had hoped that by having it close to him in Palm Springs, he would be able to attend.) It was my dad that saw the rainbow, captured the photo and sent it to me in the morning, so it was very special. Also, of course, walking down the aisle and seeing all of our friends and family gathered in one place was incredible. That’s definitely a more typical memorable part of the day, but I’m sure it’s special and unique for every bride and groom. One other very special moment (that I’m so glad we chose), was to leave the wedding for a bit during our cocktail hour with our amazing photographer. She had a plate of food and champagne ready to go in the limo and we drove down to capture a view scenic desert shots. It was a great few minutes with us alone and being able to celebrate and let everything seep in. Not to mention, we were able to capture some incredible photos against the desert mountain backdrop.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Malik proposed to Abbie in a sunrise hot air balloon trip in Cappadocia, Turkey. The proposal came as a complete shock and surprise and was done in the most incredible setting. We were enjoying the sunrise view over the unique terrain of Cappadocia. It was out of this world and one of a kind!

Photographer:  Hailley Howard Photography // Coordination: Lisa Sipe with The O’Donnell House // Floral: The Bloomin’ Gypsy, Veronica Lowe // Venue:  The O’Donnell House Palm Springs // Dress: Private Label “The Bustle” Del Mar // Hair: Cassie McNulty at the Ace Hotel // Makeup: Claire Alyse Makeup, Claire Stones // Decor: Bride’s own // Catering: Westwood Catering // Food/Bev: Coordinated by O’Donnell House // DJ: DJ Mark with Creative Audio Productions // Photo Booth: Classic Photobooths 

 

 

 

 

 

You can imagine our excitement when Grey Collective Photographer Sarina, of Sarina Love Photography, sent over her very own wedding! We love seeing how our industry friends choose to celebrate their own nuptials. In the case of Sarina and her groom Carlo, it was a graphic art gallery wedding filled with joyful florals by Fascinare Events, bold colors and lots of smiles. Sarina entrusted talented Natalie Williams with the job of photographing the wedding and, of course, the images are fantastic. This is a fun one!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We really wanted the wedding to be fun and not overly traditional. We decided to have our ceremony at Wayfarers Chapel because it was so beautiful there. We had an unplugged wedding which allowed our guests to be present during our vows.

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We also opted to have our reception at an art gallery because it was an open canvas that allowed us to be more creative. We had beautiful flowers hanging from the ceiling as well as fun colorful flowers that made the room feel whimsical.

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We eliminated having a guestbook, cake cutting, and a Photo Booth. We didn’t even have any favors. Instead, we focused on creating a wedding that had awesome food and a fun and relaxed vibe that allowed everyone to mingle. We had fun celebrity heads as props so our guests could take fun selfies and use our hashtag. Our seating chart was quite unique as well! We took photos of each of our guests and printed them on a Polaroid. Upon entering, they were surprised to see their photo. They literally had to look at every photo to find their face in order to find what table they were at. It was not only a fun and interactive activity for our guests but it was also an art piece so-to-speak.  Our guests mingled and ate a ton and loved every minute of it all! They all told us that our wedding was not a typical wedding and it was so much fun and memorable!

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

I have photographed a ton of wedding dresses over the years and I always hear brides complaining how heavy their dress is. I really focused on being comfortable so I can enjoy the day more with my family and friends. I opted to find a dress that was light, uber feminine, and very flowy. I began my search online and I fell in love with Watters. All their dresses looked so feminine, modern, and pretty. I loved all their dresses! The dress I selected was perfect for me. It was so light because it was mainly made of tulle. Most importantly, I felt pretty in it and that’s all I could ask for!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

The groom works in the food industry and is a major foodie. The bride is a wedding photographer. With these two things in mind, we really focused on adding elements that represented both of us.

We had our wedding in an art gallery and once you entered, you were greeted with hanging floating walls filled with a Polaroid photo of each guest. Underneath it, was their table numbers! Adding this element represented the bride’s love for photography and art. As for food, we had a ton of food! The groom created the menu himself! We had food stations throughout with a variety of items. We also had a boba bar since we both love boba milk tea. A lot of our guests were not from California, so we wanted them to have a taste of California. So for a late night snack, we had the original food truck come out – Kogi BBQ Truck! We also  opted not to have a cake and instead we had Confetti Ice which is Italian ice with custard on top. This allowed our guests to try something unique and create their own flavors! Our guests told us it was the most food they ever ate at a wedding!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Walking down that aisle and seeing my future husband tear up made my heart melt. To hear his vows and to have all our family and friends witness it, was truly overwhelming. I was so deeply moved and I will never forget our ceremony.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met online through OkCupid.com! We realized we had a lot of things in common and we both loved to travel! We got engaged 2 years later. I came home from work and the whole house was dimly lit with candles and filled with rose petals. I heard soft music being played. He left me a note to go upstairs and I found a heart-shaped box filled with a romantic love letter. I wanted to cry right then and there but the note said to come back downstairs. So when I went back down, he magically appeared and went down on his knee and proposed. I could tell he was nervous and happy. I was so happy and the ring he picked out was perfect!

Photography: Natalie Williams  and Kaysha Weiner // Florist and Coordinator: Fascinare Events // Videography: X-Posure Films // Bride’s Dress: Watters “Jacinda Gown” purchased at The White Dress // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Headpiece: Lottie Da Designs // Table Numbers: BetterOffWed // Hair & Makeup: Susie Chhuor Hair & Makeup Team // Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo // Late Night Caterer: Kogi BBQ Truck // Desserts: Confetti Ice // Groom and Groomsmen Ties: Tiebar // Cufflinks: Cufflinks // Wedding band: Neil Lane // Groom’s and Groomsmen attire: The Mens Wearhouse // Grooms shoes: Kenneth Cole  // Ceremony Venue: Wayfarers Chapel // Reception Venue: DAX Gallery

 

Violet and Romel’s San Francisco wedding is nothing short of spectacular. It’s a wedding fit for royals—complete with a cathedral ceremony and a grand reception at San Francisco City Hall. The bride definitely rivaled any princess in her dramatic Inbal Dror gown (that train!) and Blooming Bouquet dressed reception venue with more florals that we could have dreamt up. We’re also loving the way the couple beautifully wove their Assyrian and American traditions. Lucky for us, the always amazing Blueberry Photography was on hand to capture all of the breathtaking moments of this one-of-a-kind wedding. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our families were born and raised in the Middle East and, as Assyrians, we come from an ancient culture, rich with a multitude of beautiful traditions. However, Romel and I were raised in America. What made our wedding unique was our ability to maintain many of those traditions, while carrying some of the more American traditions that we grew up with into our wedding as well. One example is the long-standing Assyrian tradition of having the bride escorted out of her parents’ home to the church by the groom and his family. This signifies that the bride is leaving her family to join another. Although an important tradition in all Assyrian weddings, we grew up with the American superstition that it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. Since I didn’t want my groom to see me before the ceremony, we compromised by having his family come to my parents’ home, but having him meet me at the altar.

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

I always knew I wanted a gown by Israeli designer Inbal Dror. I would spend hours gazing at her couture gowns online and, when Romel popped the question, I finally had a reason to! I had decided on the dress, but had to find a bridal shop that carried it. Unfortunately, none of the shops that carried Inbal gowns had a sample of the particular one I had selected. The Panache Bridal Shop in Beverly Hills informed me that their shop in Santa Barbara had an upcoming Inbal Dror trunk show so I called to inquire as to whether the dress I wanted would be there. The sales associate told me that they would have many Inbal samples that day, but not the one I was calling about. Three weeks later (and the day before the trunk show), I received a call from Panache Bridal Santa Barbara, notifying me that the dress had surprisingly arrived with the other Inbal samples! I was so excited and shocked that they had even remembered me that I knew it was fate. The next day, I took the first of four trips to Santa Barbara. Eight months later, I finally brought my dress home (Inbal’s need to be ordered months in advance because the dresses are made to fit). Some would argue that one would have to be mad to take that many road trips for a dress, but those trips are some of my best memories. My mom, grandmother, and I would take the trip down to Santa Barbara for my dress appointment, after which we would grab lunch, have some wine, and shop. That quality time really kept me grounded during the otherwise stressful process of planning a large wedding.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

I have a Tiffany’s necklace with a cross and a few other religious charms I’ve collected over the years (e.g., a cross charm from Rome, a charm of St. Mary from my favorite local church, etc.). I wear this necklace almost every single day. It’s been with me for years through everything from the first day I met Romel, to the day he proposed; from law school to the bar exam. I absolutely couldn’t walk down the aisle without it, so my mom dropped it in a tiny mesh bag and pinned it to the left side of my dress, right next to my heart.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The ceremony in general, and when we exchanged our vows in particular. Since we were married in a Catholic church, we were able to create our own mass by selecting Bible verses and psalms that we could relate to, or that meant something to us. Even though we opted for the traditional vows, at the moment we exchanged them, we both knew we were bound together through a holy sacrament. It felt amazing to know that our love for each other was so strong, that we were willing to stand before God and declare it. The exchange of vows was also memorable as it ended on the funny note of my husband’s fingers being so swollen from the mild heat that I couldn’t fit his wedding band onto his finger!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in a small bar in Los Gatos through a mutual friend. We were instantly drawn to each other. We were together for seven years when Romel proposed aboard a ship in the San Francisco Bay. It was my birthday, as well as Independence Day weekend. We decided on a dinner cruise in San Francisco to celebrate. After dinner, we walked out to the deck to watch the fireworks. As soon as the fireworks begun, I turned to kiss him and saw him down on one knee with an open box in his hand. We like to joke that my husband gave up his independence on Independence Day!

Photography: Blueberry Photography // Flowers & Decor: Blooming Bouquet // Videography: Extreme Vision Films // Music: Linda George // Hair: The Secret Brush // Makeup: Makeup By Sharona // Bride’s Dress: Inbal Dror // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Hugo Boss // Catering & Rentals: Premier Catering & Events  // Lighting: Everything Audio Visual // Wedding Favors: Godiva // Wedding Cake: The Cakery  // Limo Service: El Paseo Limousine // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph // Photo Session Venue: Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park // Reception Venue: San Francisco City Hall // Bride & Groom Suites: Hotel Valencia Santana Row

photography @blueberry__photography // hair @thesecretbrush // makeup @makeupbysharona // music @thelindageorge // bride and groom suites @hotelvalenciarw