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So, here’s the scoop—Mary and Daniel are beyond adorable. Their bright, beautiful happiness on their big day just makes us happy. Thankfully, Lauren J. was there to capture all the smiles! (Lauren also managed to capture some pretty beautiful florals as well!)

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding special to me was that we kept it small! I went back and forth with how to involve everyone I love into this special day but ultimately I wanted a more intimate reception. I am SO glad we only had our closest family and friends with us that day!! I loved that I was able to get married so near to my home, Newport Beach. It is a place near and dear to my heart.

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

My wedding dress was a lucky find! I knew I wanted to feel beautiful but had no idea what my dress was going to look like. I had looked at several shops but nothing was doing it for me. I had decided to get one made and Kamdyn (my cousin/wedding planner/make-up artist/florist) convinced me to try David’s bridal, so I gave it a chance and was so thrilled and shocked to find MY dress. I put it on and felt like dancing! That’s how I knew it was the one. Oh and it had pockets which is an automatic plus!! It was the most magical decision of the wedding planning process, aside from our engagement!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

The touches that I felt made it personal were the beautiful flowers! I love flowers and was so happy to have been able to help in the process of picking them out. I wanted a fresh lovely evening and I felt like we accomplished just that. I loved the photo wall as well, of our grandparents’ and parents’ wedding pictures. I have lost both my grandparents but I was happy their presence was felt with their photos.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was probably when we walked out of the temple as Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and seeing all my favorite people waiting to hug and congratulate me! I honestly remember looking around and thinking “everything is perfect!!!”

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Tell us how you met and became engaged?

We met at school but didn’t fall in love until we lived on opposite sides of the world. I knew he was a good guy but wasn’t sold on him being my one and only!! After 4 months of not seeing but staying in contact we saw each other for the first time and absolutely fell in love. It was like love at first sight, but we already knew each other…weird I know but it’s true! One month later he surprised me on my birthday with my favorite piece of jewelry, my diamond ring. The rest is history.

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Photography: Lauren J. // Florals & Hair & Make-up by Kamdyn Milberg from San Diego // Dress: David’s Bridal Vera Wang “White” Collection (and altered to make it one of a kind by adding sleeves) // Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse Shoes: Nordstrom // Wedding Venue: Newport LDS Temple // Reception & Dinner: Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point

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There’s just something about this lovely little New Zealand wedding. Maybe it’s the quiet beauty of Sarah Cabalka’s photography? Maybe it’s the subtlety in the couples’ design choices? Either way, we just can’t help but love Josh and Valerie’s clean and graphic wedding day.

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Photographer:  Sarah Cabalka Photography // Event Venue: French Bay Yacht Club // Ceremony Location: French Bay Yacht Club //

“I’m going to keep it soooo low-key casual and simple…then 300 hours of Pinterest later I found myself making novel-length programs, producing a musical production and making a small film. I will say, it was worth it.” We think so too, Tracy! Check out this wonderful wedding filled with family, love and some very pretty details. Planned and designed by Orange Blossom Special Events with photography by Next Exit Photography

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The Carondelet space is a really intimate, personal, spiritual place. The outdoor and indoor character and charm created the perfect setting for an evening we would call “enchanting”. The special, intimate and organic vibe we wanted everyone to feel during the wedding was a reflection of our relationship. It was a botanical garden meets secret garden theme – and the lighting was all candles and amber wall lighting and we felt like we were all in such a special moment in time together. It was really an evening full of love. It was very hard to not invite a larger group of people, but we were so present and loved spending time with everyone – it really didn’t fly by…we soaked it all in.

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

Well, the thought of wearing a white wedding dress was not happening. I think I cried after trying on 15+ dresses…I’m like, why don’t they look like they did in the picture?? So one day on my Instagram feed I see this skirt and top outfit (I follow Monique Lhuillier because of her style, not wedding dresses) I once I saw this “skirt” and “top” with pockets…I knew. So I walked into the shop and walked out with my “skirt-top” dress with pockets. (If I worked out more I would have had the seamstress shorten the middle but I spared the midriff look…sigh.)

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

I was one of those brides that started off like, oh, I’m going to keep it soooo low-key casual and simple…then 300 hours of Pinterest later I found myself making novel-length programs, producing a musical production and making a small film. I will say, it was worth it. Some of my favorite touches:

– A receiving line into the wedding – so we could hug and say hi to each guest when they came in
– A program with every guest’s photo and mini-bio…a conversation starter for guests to get to know each other – it made people feel special
– A piano player, sextet and DJ to fill each minute with amazing music from my childhood, my teenage years, my new step-children’s favorite songs and our favorites
– A small tribute “surprise” film for my new step-children thanking them for letting me be a “Ward” (our last name) – I think everyone was crying and it confirmed how special our relationships were to each other
– Our shaman officiant who grounded all of us on the real purpose of a relationship at the beginning of our evening – she was an old friend

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The moment the violin sextet starting playing Katy Perry’s Firework to walk down the aisle to the man of my dreams, with the closest friends from our lives surrounding us. Breathtaking and surreal.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Met:
We worked on the same business together (eHarmony…ironically). We were both dating other people on/off, I lived in NYC for a year – but we always kept in touch. Over the four years of friendship – I would always “help” him with his girlfriends…even tried to decorate his apartment for a girl coming to visit him! We ended up working for the same company – and after taking tennis lessons together (through our company fitness program) started to realize we really just liked each other…which I didn’t want to admit at first (I mean, I knew too much!!) but it was totally awesome and totally perfect and he is the one.

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We were looking for rings and I wasn’t into any of them. After months and months, we woke up one morning and got into a spit spat because he felt like I needed to pick one. So, on the way to work I said we could go grab one after work. Around 5pm, he texts me: “Are you ready” and I said “No, need 30 more minutes” and he wrote back “Okay, problem – we’re just getting engaged, that’s all” and I said: “k”. With that, we met 30 minutes later, bought a ring and he proposed in the store and we walked out engaged and grabbed dinner. Loved.

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Planning and Design: Orange Blossom Special Events // Photography: Next Exit Photography // Venue: Carondelet House // Florist: The Little Branch // DJ: Ian with Red Shoe // Cake: Superfine Bakery // Makeup: Makeup Therapy // Limo Service Radii360 // Catering: Tres LA // Music: West Coast Music // Design Sound: Design sound // Venue: Carondelet House

 

Here’s to your big day being as lighthearted and fun as this beyond-gorgeous inspiration shoot from our friends over at Supposey Co. The florals are Out. Of. This. World. We know you’ll love it as much as we do!

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Photographer: Alp & Isle // Styling, Florals, Rentals: Supposey Co. // Gown: Vera Wang // Shop Gossamer //Models: Miranda Richbourg & Ethan Barker

Show us a giant tone-on-tone, blush-hued, modern painting and we are S-O-L-D. (Seriously though, how do we get a print of that piece?!) We’re also super inspired by the rest of the lovely, and airy details of Whitewood Events‘s visionary shoot in the sculpture garden of the Georgia Museum of Art. We’re digging the late-summer dahlias and need we mention Carlisle the furry show-stopper?! He’s pretty much the most amazing wedding attendant ever. Just have a look for yourself at these incredibly beautiful images by Noi Tran Photography.

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From Whitewood Events: “The inspiration for the shoot came from the dress. The soft femininity of it, combined with the structured and angular boning in the bodice, made for a perfect bridal mix next to the Georgia Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden. We chose this time of year to capture the trailing greenery down the mirrored front of the courtyard, and we love how the touches of nature sneak in between the grey structures and walk ways. In an effort to keep it modern yet organic, we stuck with local greenery and simple statement blooms.”

Vendors:  Photography: Noi Tran Photography // Planning, Styling & Florals: Whitewood Events // Venue: Georgia Museum of Art // Cake: Classic City Confections // Stationery: Letters + Light // Hair & Make up: Flawless Finish // Ribbons: Silk and Willow // Bridal Gown: Nha Khanh // Table Linen: Nuage Designs //Bridal Clutch: Kate Spade // Shoes: Ted Baker // Models: Taylor DeBell & Dylan Camp // Painting (Canvas): Donald Kaufman // Groom’s Suit: Kenzo // Eames Style Chairs: Broad 9A