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We’re loving Alexia and Sam’s delightful outdoor wedding and celebration at a private residence in Santa Paula, CA. Designed and planned by La Fleur Weddings & Events, the floral-driven details are absolutely beautiful—especially the gorgeous pink and green ceremony arch by florist Forage Florals and the tiered, floral-lined cake by Sweet Lady Jane. The white, rustic details of the rentals and tablesettings are a nice compliment to the breathtaking scenery and we’re obsessing over the tiniest of details—the little local oranges on the table. Lucky for us, Jennifer Fujikawa Photography, was the lady behind the lens capturing these gorgeous images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We think all the personal touches we added to the wedding made it so special. We got married at Sam’s parents’ place in Ojai, which right away I think slated the event as a very homey and personal gathering. We wanted to make sure guests felt comfortable and ready to celebrate with us.

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

I must have gone to at least 7 different wedding gown stores (in combinations of: mom, with a bridesmaid, with my mother-in-law). I finally decided to go by myself and really see how I felt about the dresses without anyone else’s opinion and ended up going to a bridal store in Glendale called Lovella Bridal. I tried on a dress that I had tried on at two other stores (unknowingly), but because she “pinned” me into the sample dress well enough to get a better vision of how the dress in my size would look, I knew it was my dress. It was a Martina Lliana dress that I took a chance on and got with sleeves that I couldn’t try on, but it ended up being perfect! It had a huge train we had to pin, and I’m actually proud that it got so dirty in the end. I had a blast.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We really wanted to make our wedding feel like it came from our hearts, so we did a lot of little personal touches! All the signs were handmade by me and my bridesmaid, Elise. My mom made tiny jars of her marmalade jam that we gave out as favors (with local Ojai oranges), we had photos of the older generations of our families at their weddings, and our escort cards were photos of us at the ages that matched the table numbers that we printed out in polaroid templates and hung up on strings for people to find their seats. I’m also pretty proud of our cake topper that pretty much encompassed us as a couple: the topper is very classic from the front, just a porcelain bride and groom. But when you look at the back, the bride is sneaking a butt-grab! No one even noticed, it was our little secret.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

The dance floor! As soon as the “first dances” ended and that first song came on, the dance floor FLOODED with people! It was so fun to see people let loose after all the scheduled parts of the wedding/reception. And as a couple, it was the first dance. It was definitely the point where we both took in the fact that we had just gotten married and really took a moment for ourselves.

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Tell us how you met and got engaged!

We met through a mutual friend while I was studying theater at UC Santa Barbara. We were in a group setting and I think we said like two words to each other, but I felt like we kept looking at each other. So after the party, we both  (unknowingly) had asked our mutual friend about each other. We started dating, moved to LA together, and 5 years later, Sam asked me to marry him while we were doing a mini-vacation at the Bacara resort in Santa Barbara (full circle!).

Alexia Dox & Sam Cornwell from Mawwiage Films + havaCreative on Vimeo.

Photographer:  Jennifer Fujikawa Photography // Event Planner: La Fleur Weddings & Events // Floral Designer: Forage Florals // Venue: Private Residence // Caterer: Seasons Catering, CA //  Cake: Sweet Lady Jane // Equipment Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals

 

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TGIF! We know you’re going to return to this post all weekend for continual inspiration because this wedding is AMAZING! Designed by Keely Thorne Events and photographed by the incredibleKelli Durham, Holly and Austin’s big day at Houston Oaks Country Club is one for the books. Florist Bows and Arrows created green and white masterpieces at every turn—our faves include the breathtaking ceremony arch and the bountiful tent garlands. And the rentals—oh the rentals! Events in Bloom put together some magic in the tent with an amazing custom bar and gorgeous suspended lighting. There’s something stunning at every turn and we’re, basically, totally in love and know you will be too!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Getting rained on as we said our I Do’s! It was a magical & exciting moment (as you’ll see in the video link below)!

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

It was a Monique gown, first one I tried on at Casa de Novia, here in Houston.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We had our favorite restaurant, Uchi, have a special spot serving our guests our top three favorite bite-size dishes.

Bringing in Bows & Arrows for the floral, having Jessie’s Girls as our live band (they were a highlight of the night!), and The Grand Bevy for freshly made craft-cocktails (this was a must at our wedding!)

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Walking down the aisle with thunder in the background and seeing everyone’s smiling faces… the rain started pouring on us as we kissed!

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in high school and started dating our junior year. He took me on a surprise trip to Nevis Island, staying at The Four Seasons, beach-front, for Valentine’s weekend 2014. We arrived the night before Valentine’s Day, so the day of he took me on a picnic to “Lovers Beach” which is a private beach on the island. We drank white wine and walked down to the end, where he got down on one knee and proposed. The rest of the trip was magical as it became the most romantic vacation of my life (besides our honeymoon of course)!

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Holly & Austin – Trailer // Hockley, Tx from 31Films on Vimeo.

Photographer: Kelli Durham // Planner: Emily Moise of Keely Thorne Events // Florist: Bows and Arrows // Custom Stationer, Branding & Signage Designer: Papellerie // Calligraphy: Pen Dance // Venue & Catering: Houston Oaks Country Club // Floral & Map Illustrations: Love Letterer // Videographer: 31 Films // Specialty Décor Rentals & Layout: Events in Bloom // Cake: Who Made The Cake // Bar Service Catering: The Grand Bevy // Specialty Dinner Station Catering: Uchi // Bride’s Dresses & Salon: Casa de Novia (Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier Legend / Veil: Vera Wang / Second Dress: Oscar de la Renta Cate // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Houston // Hair: Therapy Hair Studio // Makeup: Kristin Daniell Makeup Artistry // Band: Jessie’s Girls // Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: Divisi Strings // First Dances & Dinner Musicians: Jason Allen Band // Photobooth: Smilebooth // Lighting & Sound: ProSound // Tenting: SPF Event Resources

 

 

Ashley and Ian’s destination wedding celebration was held at the historic Ribault Club on Forte George Island, Florida and served as mini-vacation for their family and friends who they don’t see as often as they’d love to. The long-distance couple met when the Ashley’s best friend married Ian’s brother. They were paired up to walk down the isle together and the rest is history! Their celebration was a mix of old and new as the couple infused a modern geometry theme into the historic southern venue. We especially love the marbled and hand-lettered invitations by the always-awesome Printerette Press, the larger-than-life bouquet by The Anti Bride and the artful and organic-inspired cakes by Sweet ‘N’ Flour. Lucky for us Stephanie W. Photography was on hand to capture all the lovely details!

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How they met:

Ashley and Ian met in May 2011 in Indianapolis at her best friend and his brother’s wedding. Both were in the wedding party and were randomly paired to walk down the aisle together! They spent the whole wedding weekend talking and by the time they had to leave they were both hooked on each other.

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Since Ashley lived in MN and Ian lived in CA they didn’t have a traditional first date. On a business trip to Long Beach for Ian and a visit to a friend in LA they decided to meet up. Ian picked Ashley up and they cruised down to Long Beach for a car show and brunch and ended up hanging out there for a couple days together before returning home.

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How he proposed:

On a Sunday morning in November Ian decided they were going to go into San Francisco and do something fun. After a fun day driving around and visiting the zoo they decided to watch the sun set on the West Coast, since after 2 years of living in San Fran they still hadn’t done so yet. They put out a blanket on the beach and waited. As Ian was trying to get a picture of them he started making fun of the ugly gloves she had on, saying they were ruining the picture. She was insistent it was too cold to take them off. He then said she would have to take them off because it would be difficult to wear this. He stuck out his hand with the ring in it and asked her to marry him.

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About their wedding:

They turned their wedding into a mini-vacation for their friends, and a week long vacation for most of their family so they would get to spend as much time with all the people that matter to them the most but don’t get to see often enough. For their wedding they wanted to make sure there were good drinks, fun yard games and string lights! It wouldn’t be right without string lights!

Photographer: Stephanie W. Photography // Floral Designer: The Anti Bride // Invitation Designer: Printerette Press // Reception Venue: Ribault Club // Caterer: Mai Oui! Catering // Officiant: First Coast Ceremonies // DJ: Generation Y Entertainment // Cake Designer: Sweet ‘N’ Flour // Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier // Dress Store: Ultimate Bride // Equipment Rentals: Luxe Party Rentals

 

Priscilla and Torin’s wedding, designed and planned by Gatherist, is absolutely stunning. First of all, the scenic views from the Blue Boar Inn in Midway, Utah are breathtaking—specifically the blooming trees against the backdrop of mountains. Second of all, the incredible color palette with shades of magenta, red and bold blue is such an exciting contrast to the rustic appeal of the location and the perfect iteration of the couple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspiration. We also love the touches of romantic glam—from the beading on the bride’s Hayley Paige gown, to gilded ferns on the cake, to gorgeous rose creations by Flourish by Kay , to the princess-inspired flower girl dresses. These gorgeous photos by  D’Arcy Benincosa help to prove that you can mix and match styles and moods to create a totally unique and personal day without sacrificing an ounce of elegance or a bit of interest.

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From the Bride:

For us, the most important aspect of planning the wedding was the creation of a lifetime of memories. We wanted to be able to think back to that day and have those memories encased in love and infinite happiness. To achieve this, we surrounded ourselves with some of the best people in the industry, primarily Emmily Jones of The Gatherist and D’Arcy Benincosa. From day one, these lovely people sought tirelessly to accomplish our vision and followed what inspired us.

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Early on, Torin and I felt that A Midsummer Night’s Dream would perfectly encompass our vision of an intimate, romantic, and magical night. Our inspiration came to full realization when we stumbled across the Blue Boar Inn. The inn fulfilled every dream with its rustic European feel. The halls were lined with rooms dedicated to famous poets and authors of old. But what ultimately inspired us was each other. All the beautiful lights and fragrant flowers paled in comparison to the moment we became man and wife and basked in the love that surrounded us from our friends and family.

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FROM THE STYLIST:

Priscilla and Torin are both romantics at heart. They have a passion for poetry, literature, and meaningful anecdotes. Reflecting their love of Shakespeare, they chose to base their overall wedding design and atmosphere on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. By adding magical bulb lighting to the perfect European-style lush outdoor venue, naming the tables after the play’s characters, and incorporating various other personality & Shakespearean details, every aspect of their wedding projected meaning and character. They also had most of their guests stay at their venue, which happened to be a perfectly on-point bed and breakfast. All rooms are named after literary authors, with the married couple in the Shakespeare suite. D’Arcy captured Pri & Torin’s romantic souls and complimentary details beautifully.

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Photography: D’Arcy Benincosa // Planning & Design: Gatherist // Florist: Flourish by Kay // Calligraphy: Wildfield Paper Co. // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Blue Boar Inn, Midway Utah // Hair & Makeup: Bella Cosa Makeup and Hair Artistry // Rentals: Alpine Event Rentals // Dress: Hayley Paige

 

Lauren and Ilia celebrated their wedding day at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Georgia because it offered everything the couple was looking for, specifically “a natural setting that could accommodate our desire for an outdoor ceremony as well as a late night dance party.” It also set the stage for some beautiful portraits of the bride in her “dream come true” Jenna Packham gown (check out Lauren’s advice on altering a sample gown if you’re considering it!) and dainty floral crown. We’re loving the laid-back vibe of the couple’s day as well as the beautiful images by Chloe Giancola Photography and we know you will too.

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From the bride:

After Ilia and I got engaged, we knew choosing a venue would be the most difficult task in planning our wedding, as our families are spread out across Israel, Ukraine, Canada and the U.S. When we ultimately decided on getting married in Georgia at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, however, everything seemed to fall into place. Ilia and I wanted a venue with a natural setting that could accommodate our desire for an outdoor ceremony as well as a late night dance party, and the GEHC checked all of our boxes. It was a bonus that I was familiar with the venue from regularly running on the connecting trails with my mom! After we booked the venue, I went dress shopping with my mom, sister and best friend to find a romantic dress to complement the wooded, wild surroundings. At the third store we visited, Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta, I found a stunning Jenny Packham gown, and it was a cliched “dream come true.” I never thought I would be able to afford a gown from my favorite designer, but the fact that it was slightly damaged from a sample sale put it inside my budget. The large amount of alterations required was worth it for how amazing I felt on my wedding day! The other details beautifully highlighted the romantic woodland feel in blush, ivory, gold and green. Thanks to all the efforts by our photographer, florist, caterer, coordinator, family and friends, it truly was the best day of our lives!

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Photographer:  Chloe Giancola Photography // Event Planner: Weddings By Clellie //  Event Planner: Elle Planning Events // Floral Designer: Brides and Blooms // Invitation Designer: Kristen Bringe // Event Venue: Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center // Cake Designer: The Baking Grounds Bakery // Linens and Coverings: Angel Linens // Equipment Rentals: Atlanta Event Rentals // Cinema and Video: 11 Squared Films // Dress Store: Kelly’s Closet // Bridesmaid Store: Rent The Runway // Hair & Makeup: Revival Salon // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Savvi Formalwear