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Lauren and Jimmy’s intimate garden wedding at CJ’s off the Square was filled with family, emotion, personal details and some pretty spectacular florals by Enchanted Florist. We’re especially loving the palette of the golden-peachy florals with the taupe Dessy Collection bridesmaids dresses. By far the best detail, however, was the way the couple was absolutely glowing in all the love on their big day and Amy Nicole Photography was at their side to capture it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding ceremony was in a small intimate garden. Our loved ones were literally within an arm’s length from us as we prayed and said our vows. The love in that small garden created emotions neither of us had ever felt before and it was special sharing that with our family and friends. I think anyone will tell you that being able to marry your best friend is special in itself, but on our wedding day we truly felt like every single one of our guests was just as excited as we were about our marriage.

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

I originally saw a picture of my gown online. I already had an appointment to try on dresses at Vocelles so I emailed them to see if they had that particular dress at their store. They emailed me back saying they did not have it but that they would pull some styles for me to try on based on my style preference. In the time between that email exchange and my appointment they received a sample of the dress. It was the first dress I tried on and after trying a few others we all knew it was the one! This was my favorite part of the wedding planning process!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

I feel like we had so many! All of our signs at the wedding were designed by my cousin as well as the thank you place cards. My parents made the wooden chair signs and the hanging wood heart with the love quote, which we now use as part of our home décor! I had the sleeve of my mother’s wedding dress made into a pocket on the inside of my dress that held a photo of my grandparents. I wore my grandmother’s double pearl ring and wrapped my bouquet my great grandmother’s baby blue handkerchief. But the memory mantle in the cake room, which was filled with photos of loved ones no longer with us or unable to attend, was my favorite detail.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

I think we can both agree our first look was amazing and very emotional at the same time. I will never forget the look on Jimmy’s face when he turned around and saw me! We were so excited to see each other and I am glad we had that time alone together before the ceremony.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a sports bar watching a Florida State football game with friends. After talking for a while we discovered that we had both attended FSU at the same time and had many mutual friends. We began dating and after one and a half years we planned a vacation to Ponte Vedra, FL with each of our families so they could meet for the first time. I was the only one to not know that Jimmy was going to propose! It was quite the surprise!

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Jimmy and Lauren from Cardboard Films: The Warehouse on Vimeo.

Photography: Amy Nicole Photography // Floral Design: Enchanted Florist // Wedding Gown: Vocelles Bridal // Wedding Gown Designer: Wtoo by Watters // Bridesmaids: Dessy Collection // Groom & Groomsmen: Jos A Bank // Invitation Suite: Minted // Hair & Makeup: Little Rosie & Co // Videographer: Cardboard Films // Catering & Cake: Main Event Productions // DJ/Entertainment: Premier DJs of Nashville // Rentals: Southern Events Party Rental Company // Venue: CJ’s off the Square

 

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We love the clean, honest, simplicity of Jillian and Kyle’s beautiful wedding day at Solage Calistoga Resort. We’re definitely appreciating the way L’Relyea Events implemented a restrained sophistication that let the couple’s love shine. We’re especially loving the radiant bride’s relaxed glamour which is captured beautifully, along with the rest of the details, by One Love photography.

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from the planner: It does not take much for anyone to look at these two and notice that they are truly, madly, deeply in love. There was nothing short in the ambience, design and decor of their Solage, Calistoga wedding, matching the romance that these two exude.

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With elegant white details and pops of blush floral, this wedding created sophisticated aesthetics with modern elements. The simplicity of decor leaves the attention to detail in the stunning floral arrangements and use of space.

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At the end of the night, the newlyweds danced the night away with their closest family and friends and the bride rocked a short reception dress and flip-flops to join in all the fun there was to offer.

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Planning & Design: Lindsey Relyea, L’Relyea Events // Photography: One Love // Florist: Aimee Lomeli Design // Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes // Glam: The Painted Ladies // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals  & Blueprint Studios // Printed Materials: Vellum & Vogue // Lighting: Got Light // Venue/Caterer: Solage Calistoga Resort

 

The bride and groom, both hailing from families rich in farming heritage, met in their dairy science class in college and the rest is history! The talented team at Engaged & Inspired helped Courtney and Matt honor their love of the earth and farming with personal touches like a “milk toast” and an incredibly gorgeous reception at Holman Ranch. We’re obsessed with the florals by Gavita Flora bright pink bougainvilleas, coral peonies, huge protea and orange kumquats. Check out all the lush details in these images from Kara Miller Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Courtney and Matt’s romantic celebration in Carmel was absolutely breathtaking in every way! Their ceremony took place at the picturesque Carmel Mission Basilica, and afterward they celebrated the night away at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley. Courtney and Matt’s wedding was full of fun surprises – like a marching live brass band that led the bridal party into the reception! They also incorporated a lot of personal touches throughout the wedding that honored their families’ rich histories rooted in love for the earth and farming. I also loved all of the pops of vibrant color throughout the day. Some of my favorite details included the gorgeous emerald green bridesmaids dresses and the spectacular florals by Gavita Flora with bright pink bougainvilleas, coral peonies and orange kumquats.

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

Courtney custom-designed her dress with the help of Mia Bella Couture to include a dramatic backless shape. Apparently, the designer loved the customizations so much that they will be offering the gown, named after Courtney, in her next collection!

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Both Courtney and Matt’s families have a rich heritage in dairy farming. As a tribute to their families and their roots, they had a “milk toast” after all of the speeches were given at the reception. Toasting flutes filled with milk were passed around to all the guests, and an enthusiastic “Cheers!” was shared by all. Courtney also changed into her cowboy boots for the reception to dance the night away with a live band inside the barn.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

One of my favorite parts of the day was right after Courtney and Matt were announced as husband and wife at the ceremony. After they were introduced, Matt put on his new custom made cowboy hat (a gift from Courtney given to him earlier that morning), and he beamed from ear to ear as they walked out of the church. It was a great way to incorporate their fun-loving personalities into the ceremony!

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Tell us how they met and became engaged.

Courtney and Matt met in a dairy science class in college, and from the very beginning they knew they were meant for each other. Matt proposed to Courtney on a trip to Italy, where Matt joined Courtney to extend her business trip into a romantic vacation. The proposal came as a complete surprise to Courtney, as he popped the question right in the middle of a tour!

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Photography: Kara Miller Photography // Event Planning: Engaged & Inspired // Floral Design: Gavita Flora // Videography: Epic Studios // Linens: Classic Party Rentals // Cork Stopper Favors: Amorim // Biscotti Favors: The Chocolate Cow // Invitations: Ink & Iron // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBG Maxazria // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Wedding Dress: Mia Bella Couture // Reception Band: The Zippers // Brass Band: Brass Monkey Brass Band // Cake: Paris Bakery

Danielle and Taylor and gorgeous. Their wedding is gorgeous. The end. Seriously, though, this one is a stunner. From Danielle’s Vivienne Westwood gown and Taylor’s white tuxedo jacket, to the California sunset behind their reception this wedding is striking. Gold Leaf Event Design & Production created exceptionally beautiful details and we’re thrilled to be sharing  Scott Clark Photography‘s photos!

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

Danielle and Taylor were living in Switzerland throughout their engagement. Danielle’s cousin (and bridesmaid) was living in London at the time, which is where Vivienne Westwood’s studio is located. While Danielle visited, she and her cousin set out to find the perfect dress. Danielle knew she wanted a non-traditional dress and Westwood, had the gown she was looking for. From the moment she tried it on she knew it was “the one”. Later in the year, while on her bachelorette party in Paris, she found incredibly detailed Sergio Rossi shoes that completed her overall look.

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What made the wedding special and unique? / What were some touches added to make it personal?

Danielle’s family shipped her and Taylor olive oil from her family’s olive grove in Greece, which was provided on the tables for guests to enjoy, and gifted next to Swiss chocolates they had sent from Geneva to complete their welcome boxes.

Each guest’s place setting was personalized with laser cut wooden place cards; corresponding wood pieces included engraved stir sticks for escort cards, menus, stamped with their wedding brand up top and chair signs that read, “I Belong With You,” “You Belong With Me,” lyrics from a favorite The Lumineers’ song, Ho Hey.

While living in Switzerland, Danielle and Taylor fell in love with the song C’est La Vie, which Katie Boeck of Élan Artists sang beautifully as Danielle’s father escorted her down the aisle. This inspired the overall French aesthetic, which you’ll see was carried out through their tablescapes, French bistro chairs, seating vignettes and décor. Their seamless white dance floor was customized with their “DT” wedding brand.

Danielle’s father collects antiques, and stumbled upon a beautiful apricot cake stand which became Danielle and Taylor’s accent color for their wedding. It can also be found in their invitation suite and glassware. To complete the evening guests enjoyed In-N-Out burger sliders, and root beer floats; Danielle and Taylor’s favorite late night snack!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Danielle says walking down the aisle and seeing Taylor standing at the altar was the most memorable part of the day. Furthermore, they were blessed with the most beautiful California sunset that took place during their Oceanside reception. She said she’d never forget looking out over all the tables, with Taylor seeing all of their closest family and friends, was “absolutely the most perfect moment.”

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Danielle and Taylor met the good old fashioned way…in a bar in Chicago. It was Danielle’s 23rd birthday, and Taylor’s friends prompted Danielle and her friends to join their table for a drink. She and Taylor have been together ever since!

Danielle and Taylor’s permanent residence is in Phoenix, Arizona. They had been traveling due to Taylor’s job for years by that time, and finally arrived back home after his hockey season had been completed. As Danielle waited for him to get the “house keys” from their car, Danielle waited at the door. When Taylor approached the front door steps, he got down on one knee and popped the question.

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Event Planning and Design: Gold Leaf Event Design & Production // Photography: Scott Clark Photography // Florist: Bloom Box Designs // Brand: Tasha Rae // Dance floor and Draping: TMMPRO // Entertainment: Élan Artists / Who is Chris Lewis? // Paper Goods: Paper Birch DesignsChikPea Graphics  // Linens: La Tavola // Officiant: JP Reynolds // Rentals: Archive Rentals // A/V: Five Star Audio Visual // Videography: Belvedere Stories // Hair & Make Up: Stephanie GM,  The Wall Group // Venue/Catering: Montage Laguna Beach

 

Jane and Otavio planned their West Hills, California garden wedding remotely from Chicago. So, to get the gorgeous day of their dreams, the enlisted army of trusted vendors to make it all happen. The couple definitely chose right— Joyce Kim Weddings led the team, while Bended-Knee created breathtaking florals (the bridal bouquet and ceremony arbor are perfection), Baby Bea’s Bakeshop executed the sweetest dessert table and Melissa Gidney Photography captured it all. We know you’ll love this super-fun, super sweet celebration.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The venue felt like a hidden gem with a blank canvas that I could call my very own. It fit the bill for what we had envisioned for our wedding, rustic yet elegant, and were incredibly flexible about allowing us to bring in our own vendors.

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

Not to sound crazy, but I found the dress a few years back while helping a friend shop for wedding dresses. It was love at first sight (just like when I first met my now husband) and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. However, I didn’t want to get too in over my head because I was nowhere near being engaged. When the time came, I still thought about the dress, but wanted to give myself a chance to fully explore all available options. After a day spent trying on dresses, I decided to finally try on the dress and instantly knew. At the moment, I realized that planning a wedding shouldn’t be too complicated if I just go with my gut.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

With an army of talented vendors that brought my vision to life, I was able to incorporate a lot of vintage pieces that made the venue feel more personal and homey.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Aside from finally diving into the dessert bar, the first dance. It was the culmination of our wedding day and the time we could finally relax. The day had gone without a hitch, and we got through the most nerve-wrecking part, the ceremony! Ironically, it also finally hit me at that moment that I am now a Mrs.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We first met in Chemistry class at UCLA during our freshman year. After ten years of a whirlwind romance, he finally got down on one knee right where we first met and asked me to be his wife.

From The Bride… We first met in Chemistry class during our freshman year at UCLA. However, it took us both a little over two years to realize there was something truly special in our bond. Needless to say, our friendship turned into something more after our first kiss, and the rest is history. Fast forward ten years, everything comes full circle and Otávio proposes to me right where we first met. Shortly after, we pack our bags and make our way to Chicago with the company of our newest, attention stealing family-member, a Siberian Husky. Just as we started planning our wedding, I enroll in business school at Northwestern University while Otávio starts fundraising for his fintech startup, Nvestly.

With the help of an army of incredibly talented and very patient vendors, we somehow managed to plan a wedding remotely across country in the midst of exams, recruiting, summer internships, a company acquisition and puppy rearing. We picked Orcutt Ranch in West Hills, California for the venue – a hidden gem filled with charm that provided a beautiful blank canvas to make our own. We just wanted our guests to have a great time, so having the right atmosphere was very important to us. Our caterer, Viviane Arlotto, created a menu inspired by our roots (for Otávio, that meant Churrasco style steak, Coxinhas and Caipirinhas; and for Jane, lemon grass shrimp and scallion rice) mixed with California fare like grilled sea bass and seasonal roasted vegetables. The tabletop, by Modern Party Rentals, was the perfect balance between elegance and simplicity – ivory linens adorned with glass-beaded chargers, mercury votives, wooden table-numbers with DIY menus and guest placecards.

We were also very fortunate to have very talented friends add their personal touches to make our day even more special. Our guests spent the evening dancing under the stars listening to the latest grooves spun by Marlon Fuentes, posing away at our photo booth creatively set up under the rose arbor by Pixel Photo Booth, and noshing on delectable desserts from Baby Bea’s Bakeshop. Joyce Kim Weddings delivered every vision in my mind and more – we were simply in awe of everything the day of and grateful that both Melissa Gidney Photography and Atomic Tangerine Films were there to beautifully capture every moment special to us both.

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Jane & Otávio from Atomic Tangerine Film Co. on Vimeo.

Photography: Melissa Gidney Photography // Photography Assistant: Vanessa Tierney // Event Planning & Design: Joyce Kim Weddings // Floral Design: Bended-Knee // Videography: Atomic Tangerine Films  // Wedding Dress: Vera Wang // Stationery: Beacon Lane // Bride’s Shoes: Valentino // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan // Catering: Viviane Arlotto // Dessert: Baby Bea’s Bakeshop // Hair & Make-Up: Theresa Huang // Calligraphy: Letters To You // Grooms Attire: Suitsupply // Rentals: Modern Party Rentals // Vintage Rentals: Found Rentals // Vintage Rentals: Etablir Vintage Rentals // Venue: Orcutt Ranch