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How gorgeous is this wedding?! It’s giving us a whole new appreciation for the color purple. Hues like lilac, eggplant and merlot were brought together in the details, like the gorge flowers by Unique Floral Designs , for a totally glam look at Miranda and Danny’s wedding at Vibiana, a restored Cathedral-turned-event-space in downtown L.A. And can we talk about Miranda’s style?! This new momma was smokin’ on her big day with a plunging cut-out lace gown and a killer fishtail braid. Lucky for us, One Eleven Photography was on hand to capture the bride’s fabulous look and the rest of the stunning details of  Miranda and Danny’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Being able to spend it with the people who meant the most to us. We had been so busy being new parents we really hadn’t had time to just relax and have fun!




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

Originally I found a Berta dress on Pinterest and fell in absolute love! After finding the only vender in all of SoCal to have it, I drove 2 hours to try it on. I ended up HATING it! It looked amazing on the 5’11” brunette model but terrible on little me. I finally gave in and tried on a couple more. This one was it! I loved it and the fact that the skirt was detachable made it even better as I love to dance! I purchased an additional shorter skirt for later in the evening to really dance in.



What were some touches added to make it personal?

We wrote our entire ceremony ourselves so it would really encompass who we are. Writing our vows was super special too! We did an ice-cream party to wrap up the evening too as the bride loves ice-cream and dislikes cake.









What was the most memorable part of the day?

Being able to finally marry one another! We planned our entire wedding originally for May 23rd 2015 only to find out a couple months later that we were expecting a baby! We moved the wedding to September so our son could be a part of our special day.











Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met on Tinder! We both had only been on it for a couple weeks. After finally deciding to meet up at a local coffee shop, our 15 min coffee date turned into a 3 hour coffee date. It really was love at first sight. After only one month of dating Danny told me (Miranda) he was going to marry me. I totally thought he was kidding. He started having a ring made, asked my parents for their blessing and at our 5 month anniversary he took me back to the coffee shop we met and asked me to marry him! We never in a million years thought we would find “the one” on a dating site but here we are, baby and all!


Photo and video: One Eleven Photography // Floral: Unique Floral Designs // Coordinator: Lisa Kahn // Bride Hair: Brittain Kristine // Makeup: Samantha Bates // Dress: Berta Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Hair: Sofia Sweet // Bridesmaids’ Dress: Donna Morgan // Groom Tuxedo: Hugo Boss // Groomsmen Tuxedos: The Black Tux // Officiant: Couture Ceremonies, Barry Bishop // DJ: Skyline Entertainment // Venue: Vibiana

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Here at GLW (and in most of the wedding industry) we often focus heavily on style—ok, we almost always focus on style. Don’t get us wrong—we LOVE a gorgeous wedding and all the personalized details that make it special, but sometimes we come across  a reminder of what this whole marriage thing is really about: love, and how much better life is with it. Sarah and Chris’s wedding at Golden Gate Park is a stunner and we can’t take our eyes off of Sarah’s glam Houghton Gamila gown! However, it’s the couple’s miracle story that has us all teary eyed. Read on for the bride’s emotional story and check out the beautiful images by Katch Silva.

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I met Chris in 2007 in the break room at work. He was making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich out of his locker when I walked in. We had a very situational first conversation, but when I walked out, I knew something special had happened in that moment. What I felt can only be described as a feeling of destiny and every time I saw him after that, I knew he felt it too. We spent the next eight years madly in love, but often in doubt until the timing was right, and he proposed in April of 2014. I was shocked! I never thought we’d get married, but it was the most important decision either of us could have made at that time, and the following few months would reveal why.





We got legally married in August of 2014 in preparation for buying a house. We also started planning a small wedding for April 2015, right around the time of my Spring break from graduate school. I ordered the most beautiful wedding invitations from Marie Chang Designs and they were scheduled to arrive on the morning of November 19th. Someone had to be home to sign for them, and Chris had the day off, but I stayed home from school anyway because I was beyond excited to see the invites. At about 8:30 on that morning, Chris’ heart stopped while we were sitting at the kitchen table together. I called 911 right away, and when the paramedics arrived, he was without signs of life. They tried to aggressively resuscitate him on the kitchen floor and took him to the nearest hospital where he was worked on for an hour by the emergency room doctors and nurses. When I got to the hospital, the doctors told me that his heart was beating again, but that he would likely not survive due to the extended length of time it took to revive him. They placed him in a drug-induced coma for 24 hours as they cooled his body with the hope of reducing the damage to his organs.






It was such an unbelievable tragedy. I’ll never forget calling my dad who was on vacation in Southeast Asia at the time and telling him that Chris was dead. I thought I would be planning his funeral for Thanksgiving, but by nothing short of a miracle, Chris survived. He woke up after the sedation was withdrawn 24 hours later, and was disoriented, but very much alive! He became known throughout the hospital as the Holiday Miracle. To this day, we still don’t know why his heart stopped. What we know for sure though, is that if I hadn’t been there to witness the arrest, he would have died right there in our kitchen. The only reason I was home that morning was because of those beautiful wedding invitations.
We ended up canceling the wedding since it would take a few months for Chris to fully recover. Coincidentally, Chris went back to work during the first week of April, and when the date of the canceled wedding went by, we started to feel sad. There was so much to celebrate now, so we started planning again for a second wedding, and on October 10th we finally had our special day!







We were married in Golden Gate Park at Chain of Lakes Meadow in front of about 85 of our closest friends and family. It was a place we had spent a lot of time together over the years with our dogs. We didn’t have a wedding party, just my nieces as flower girls. We were married by our good friend Ian Brown, who also happens to be married to one of my best friends, Nhadine. I set them up on a blind date the year Chris and I met and they got married a few years later. I was the maid of honor in their wedding, so it was such a special continuation of our circle of friendship to have him officiate for us. He’s a bit of an over achiever, a surgeon, college football player, and all around wise man, and now he can call himself a reverend!







We were married in Golden Gate Park at Chain of Lakes Meadow in front of about 85 of our closest friends and family. It was a place we had spent a lot of time together over the years with our dogs. We didn’t have a wedding party, just my nieces as flower girls. We were married by our good friend Ian Brown, who also happens to be married to one of my best friends, Nhadine. I set them up on a blind date the year Chris and I met and they got married a few years later. I was the maid of honor in their wedding, so it was such a special continuation of our circle of friendship to have him officiate for us. He’s a bit of an over achiever, a surgeon, college football player, and all around wise man, and now he can call himself a reverend!




Our reception was at Le Colonial, a French Vietnamese restaurant tucked away in alley in the TenderNob neighborhood of SF. When you’re there, you feel somehow that you’ve been transported to another place. It was simple, but so perfect. It had the feeling of a really fun dressed up dinner party. All of our guests raved about how much fun they had dancing and drinking and playing in the amazing open air photo booth. It was truly a perfect blend of simple urban elegance, romance, and humor. Chris and I gave a speech during dinner to thank everyone for coming, and I’ll never forget how special it felt to look at out all of our closest friends and family and think, “Wow, all of these amazing people are here to honor us.





I did all the ceremony and reception decorations myself with seeded eucalyptus and pomegranates to honor the Fall season. To add a personal touch, I had Marie Chang (who did our second set of invites as well) personalize the menus and reception stationery even though the restaurant offered to do it for free. My bouquet, the flower girl bouquets, wrist corsages and boutonnieres were made by Melanie Tom of Hawthorn Flower Studio in Berkeley and were inspired by our ceremony decorations.







The one thing I had not done for the first wedding was find a dress. I knew I wanted something simple but I felt very indistinct in every dress I tried on. When I started searching again, I stumbled upon a dress through blog searches that looked simple and interesting and I learned that a new boutique in SF called LOHO Bride might carry it, so I made an appointment with the shop owner Christy Baird. The dress had sold out by the time of my appointment, but Christy offered up some alternatives by Houghton that I tried on reluctantly. The first was the Gamila gown, and when I put it on, I knew immediately that it was “the one.” It was so simple, elegant, feminine, and modern. I bought it the next day without hesitation, and on the day of the wedding, it just felt so right for the occasion.


The best part of it all though, was seeing my mom all dressed up in her custom Korean Hanbok dress made for her by a dress maker in Koreatown LA named Kim MeeHee. I’ve never seen her look so beautiful. The night before the wedding she thanked me for buying the dress and said, “For once in my life, I feel like a princess.”


There was time when Chris and I didn’t think we would ever get married or have a wedding. Neither of us thought it was that important. We were wrong. The marriage, and the celebration that followed were two of the most important events of our lives that brought together our friends and family, created beautiful memories to last a lifetime, and above all, saved my husband’s life!

Photographer: Katch Silva // Coordination for ceremony: San Francisco Weddings // Flowers: Hawthorn Flower Studio // Dress: Houghton Gamila gown from LOHO Bride SF // DJ/Band: DJ Justin Miller, Boutique DJs // Cake/Dessert: Fox and Fawn Bakehouse // Hair/Makeup: Skyla Arts, Camille Monique // Stationery: Marie Chang of August+White // Night Owl Photo Booth // Reception and Catering: Le Colonia

Alright guys, this classic-glam wedding had got us feeling all (Sofia Copola) bubbly! The couple’s “romantic garden party” reception took place inside a traditional, downtown ballroom and the combo of the overflowing florals with the French Provincial architectural details fills our eyeballs with hearts. Seriously—how fab is is it that they brought in that topiary wall structure?! Lucky for us, Laura Ann Miller Photography captured all the fabulous details of Kristen and Dave’s big day!

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From the bride: From the moment we met, we were instantly best friends. I know everyone says that…but it really is true. We were friends for 7 years before we even started dating and that gave us an amazing start to an even more amazing love story.







We wanted everything to have an effortlessly arranged look and feel, which includes the bridesmaids and groomsmen’s looks! I chose Donna Morgan dresses in grey because they were so light, airy and fit everyone beautifully. For the groomsmen, we wanted to keep it upscale but also wanted the guys to stand out a bit more, so we chose a navy blue tuxedo from theblacktux.com. The combination of navy and grey turned out beautifully with the rest of the elements of the wedding!






I imagined our wedding reception to feel like a romantic garden party with a lot of “Anthropologie” and vintage like qualities. I love flowers and I really wanted them to transform the ballroom into our own private garden. We chose 5 different level flower arrangements, with lots of lush magnolia leaves to compliment the blush and white peonies, parrot tulips, hydrangeas, astibles, and garden roses. The tables were set with an assortment of gold and silver tea lights and vases, assorted table linens to give a textured and romantic vibe, bowls filled with iced champagne and custom handmade menus that said “Let’s Eat”. The 4 cakes of different flavors were on display on a vintage dresser and custom cake toppers.







Dave and I wanted to make the day truly ours, so we tried to add personalized touches throughout the day. My very gracious bridesmaid offered to create our entire wedding suite, which included a custom “K & D” logo. Dave and I also have a dog that we are obsessed with but since she is a little too rambunctious for a wedding, we decided to have cookies created in her likeness to give as a treat to all the guests. It is not a St. Louis wedding without all the essential St. Louis late night snacks! Which include Ted Drewes ice cream, Gus’ pretzels and toasted ravioli!


The best decision we made was hiring the vintage car for after the ceremony. We wanted to take a few moments after the ceremony to just be alone as husband and wife. We had a vintage Rolls Royce pick us up at the church at take us to our house to take a few pictures before meeting up with the rest of the wedding party. We had champagne to toast our marriage and it was amazing way to reflect on the commitment we made to each other and the start of our new life together!

Photography: Laura Ann Miller Photography // Videography: Sweet Tea Films  // Coordination: Kate & Company // Florals: Tina Barrera, The Special Event Florist // Cake: The Cakery  // Band: Charles Glenn // Invitations, Calligraphy, Menus, Programs: OnThree Designs // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan // Bride’s Dress: Essence of Australia // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo  // Tuxes: The Black Tux // Transportation: BEST Transportation // Ceremony: St.Mary Magdalen // Reception: The Crystal Ballroom at the Marriott Grand

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This wedding has timelessness written all over it. It’s got everything—a breathtaking bride and her dashing groom, a historic church with gorgeous floral wreaths on the doors, an sophisticated palette of neutral tones and an elegant outdoor reception. Melissa and Eric added personality to their reception with his and hers bars of cigars and s’mores, respectively. Lucky for us, Mike Cassimatis captured all of the brautiful moments and inspiring details of their big day!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

This is a cheesy answer, but everything. The wedding turned out exactly how I envisioned, from the outdoor reception to the mismatching bridesmaid dresses.








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

Wedding dress shopping was by far my favorite part of wedding planning. Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique in St. Louis makes the experience so personal and wonderful. The gown I chose was the 2nd dress I tried on, and there was no looking back. My best friend actually picked it out for me, as I was convinced I wanted a long sleeve dress. But I put it on and knew it was the only dress where I felt beautiful, but also felt like myself.









What were some touches added to make it personal?

To start, I knew my wedding had to be outside, despite the worries of my parents. The day started out to be bitter cold, but by the time the cocktail hour started, it didn’t even matter – and the sun actually came out! We had a s’mores bar because marshmallows have always been my favorite thing in the world (even though I was so busy on the dance floor, I never even saw the s’mores bar in person!). We had cigar bar for the guys – the only request from my husband. But my favorite special touch was my getaway dress. I had my mom’s wedding dress shortened into a fun cocktail dress, and wore it at the end of the night.







What was the most memorable part of the day?

The toasts at the ceremony were by far my favorite part of the day. It was incredible to hear my dad speak so highly of my new husband, and also make fun of me like he usually does. My maid of honor’s speech was so personal and the perfect way to honor our new marriage, as was the best man’s speech. Although I already knew how great of a match Eric and I are, the speeches reconfirmed it.


Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Just call me Tinderella. We met by matching on Tinder, as Eric was having a contest with his friend to see who could get more matches in an hour. However, it was our mutual friends who actually set us up for our first date. We got engaged about a year and a half later. We took our dog, Huck, for a walk at the park where I grew up. I was in the mood for exercise, so kept walking ahead of Eric trying to power walk. I ruined the actual act of the engagement about 3 times – ran into someone I knew, didn’t want to walk in the horse meadow, etc. But in the end, he proposed at the end of the walk and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Plus, it makes for a great story!

Photography: Mike Cassimatis // Florist: Bloomin’ Buckets // Dress: Fleur de Lis Bridal // Dress designer: Modern Trousseau // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid // Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Joanna August // Shoes: Kate Spade // Caterer: Catering St. Louis // Cake: Encore Baking Company // Tuxes: Black by Vera Wang // Hair: Daniellestyle // Makeup: Brady Keenan // Band: GalaxyRed // Church: St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church // Reception Venue: Old Barn Inn

This wedding has it all! It’s one part rustic, one part preppy, one romantic and a million parts gorgeous. We LOVE the way Elaine and Jeff’s wedding blends styles and trends to create a unique and super-fun wedding day. We have Shelly Fortune for all the adorable details and Melanie Mauer Photography for the beautiful images of the day.

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From the bride:

Jeff and I met while working at a radio station. I was in my senior year of college for Broadcast Journalism and French and this happened to be my summer internship, while Jeff was working at the station leading all of the promotions interns. Unbeknownst to me, he started requesting me to work his events because of my “great work ethic” so we saw each other more and more. By the end of the summer we had become a couple!

Five years later, Jeff put a plan in motion to propose to me. He knew my love for France and anything French in general and decided there was no better way. Christmas 2013 he gave me a box full of everything French he could find: candies, books, and a little Paris journal inscribed, “Pick a date”. I jumped up and screamed, “ARE WE GOING TO FRANCE?!” It was absolutely perfect. When we went to Paris four months later in April, we were lucky enough to be there over Easter. Still sluggish from jet-lag, we decided we had to venture out to see a public Catholic service in Notre Dame. I had been there several times, but never inside, and never to a service like that before. It was spectacular! Once we were outside, I was back to being tired, slightly cranky, and ready to crawl back in bed. But Jeff had other plans. In the garden just outside of the cathedral next to the Seine, Jeff dropped onto one knee and proposed! I think I nodded because everything up to that was a blur. He likes to say that once wasn’t enough, I made him propose three times…and it’s true! I wanted to make sure I remembered everything! The last and third time, back at our apartment, I made sure to say YES out loud!

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Favorite moment of the wedding day:

It’s so hard to choose – when I was walking down the aisle with my grandfather towards Jeff, a big beautiful blue butterfly swooped down in front of me and fluttered with me on my way down. Some people have told me they saw three surrounding me – which is incredibly symbolic to me. That day I was deeply missing my father, my aunt (his sister), and my grandmother (his mother) and this let me know they were there with me. However, I will also never forget watching Jeff’s reaction when we saw me for the first time. He looked like he had seen an angel! It always makes me smile.

Advice to current brides: To make sure to RELAX and take time to absorb everything and take it in. There comes a point in the process when there’s nothing else you can plan, control, or fix – you just have to give up and enjoy the truly special day.


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Special details:

My mother sewed a piece of my father’s tie into my dress – specifically two small strips on either side of the zipper as if he were supporting me; that was very special. For the decor, I knew I wanted to get married on a horse farm but wanted to incorporate a little bit of everything in our personalities. I wanted black and white striped elements and a croquembouche to remind us of Paris where we got engaged; but I also wanted lemons to be involved – bright yellow and vibrant colors. Living in Arizona, there are so many citrus trees and my favorite time of year is when people bring buckets of lemons to take and I stack them high in a large bowl on the kitchen counter!


Photography:  Melanie Mauer Photography // Planner: Shelly Fortune // Florals: Suzi Hjorth of Magnolia Floral Design // Dress: Lazaro from Kleinfelds NYC // Cake: Martine’s Pastries // Catering: Cooper Vaughn of Apiary Catering // Ceremony Music: Misty Mountain String Band // Stationery: MDRNCRAFT Studio // Keds // Venue: Polo Barn at Saxony Farm