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You know you’re going to get a spectacular color palette in a wedding planned by the fabulous Kaella Lynn Events. Kelsey and Michael’s big day is no exception with its bold, saturated red color scheme—a nod to the couple’s boisterous personalities. Olympia’s Valley Estate set the scene for the lakeside nuptials followed by a barn reception and it’s all filled with spectacular florals by Amanda Vidmar Designs. We absolutely love that the couple had a cake-shaped piñata smashing instead of a traditional cake cutting as a nod to Cinco de Mayo and lucky for us Lynette Boyle Photography was on hand to capture that moment and all the others in these striking film images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The venue alone was a very special part of our day. Olympia’s Valley felt like a place we could see ourselves in another life – out of the city and surrounded by the beauty of Northern California – with plenty of room for rescue dogs!

The music also made our day very unique – we selected non traditional songs for the ceremony based on our ties to those songs from different points in our lives.

Kelsey’s sister officiating the wedding, along with writing our own vows, made the ceremony feel very unique and especially personal.

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

Gown was found at Kinsley James Couture Bridal in Walnut Creek, CA. The design was “Harmony” by Rivini. I had a high-neck halter in mind from the very beginning, so it took a lot of searching to find one.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

The non-traditional ceremony music was selected to represent different parts of our lives, which combined with our own vows made the ceremony extra personal.

Having the bold, saturated color scheme, unusual in the Spring, was also a nod to our boisterous personalities.

Of course, our dog, Annie, walking down the aisle as the flower girl was key.

Gelato was chosen as a dessert not only because it’s Michael’s’ favorite, but traveling to Italy is a fond memory for us.

Being wed on Cinco De Mayo, having a cake-shaped piñata smashing instead of a traditional cake cutting was a fun way to bring our quirky personalities to the reception.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Michael says his most memorable part of the day was hearing Kelsey’s vows. Coincidentally, for Kelsey, it was the moment just after the ceremony when they were walking away from the crowd – Michael looked over at her, kissed her hand, and said “your vows were absolutely incredible”. Through the whirlwind and nerves of the ceremony, it can make it hard to let things sink in, so she is grateful for that moment when she saw how much her words meant to him. And, the photographer caught that exact moment in a photo, so we are lucky it will last forever.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

True to our generation as early millennials, we met on an app. “Cute pup”, Michael said referencing Kelsey’s profile photo. A couple weeks later, Kelsey showed up late to their first date, explaining to Michael that she was tardy due to taking her “pup”, Annie, to see Santa Claus. Annie soon became Michael’s dog too – and he made sure she was a part of their engagement.

He proposed to Kelsey inside her old apartment (where their friends now live), with Annie in tow. This was the place he walked her home that first night, meeting Annie for the first time and starting their journey together.

Event Planning + Design: Kaella Lynn Events // Photographer: Lynette Boyle Photography // Floral Design: Amanda Vidmar Designs // Paper Goods: Jenna Caitlin Designs // Venue: Olympia’s Valley Estate // Bridal gown and veil: Rivini from Kinsley James Couture // Bridal hair and makeup: Skyla Arts Beauty // Bridesmaids hair and makeup: The Powder Room // Bridesmaid dresses: Reformation // Grooms suit: J Hilburn // Groomsmen Suits: Indochino // Caterer: Paula Le Duc // Rentals: Encore Event Rentals // Votives: Glassy Baby // Linens: La Tavola Linen // DJ: Truthlive // Videographer: Final Frame Studios

 

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Stephanie and Andrew’s misty Portland wedding day is filled with lovely details and stunning florals in a perfectly dusty, blush-centric palette. The couple married and celebrated at Bluehour, an urban restaurant that they transformed into the venue of Stephanie’s dreams. They achieved the look with Anna Mara Flowers‘ dreamy blush-hued bouquets and tablescapes accented by greenery and mauve, peach and blush blooms. Bridal party fashion and reception details are from Anthropologie and BHLDN and paper printing is by Anders Printing Company. The couple chose Alixann Loosle Photography to capture their big day and we’re happy to share the lovely images with you today!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We used a wedding venue that is not typically used for weddings. It is a restaurant that I transformed into the venue of my dreams. Most of the wedding guests were from out of town, so they had no idea what to expect. When it was raining outside, we had the most wonderful time eating dinner with candles and lights to show the beauty of the flowers and hurricanes draped across the tables.

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

My gown was from Ania bridal and I found it on my first time looking for a dress. I knew exactly what type of dress I wanted and when I described it the bridal consultant she went running to the back of the room because she knew she had something that would be perfect. When she brought it back to the dressing room, my eyes lit up because I knew it was perfect. I had not considered wearing a blush dress, but when I tried it on I saw how the blush helped add a little color back to my skin and added a bit of fun to the look overall. I absolutely loved the detailed scalloped work on the lace of the dress. I purchased the dress after a week of thinking and I could not have been happier with how I looked on my wedding day.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One of my husband’s hobbies is to DJ so he put together all the music for our wedding in advance. At one point in the night, we both went to the DJ booth and played the music for while and had some fun! Music always brings us together and we thought it would be perfect to have it also bring all of our guests together on the dance floor. Another way we added a personal touch was by including our dogs. They were in the hotel room while we were getting ready and they walked down the aisle during the ceremony. Our wedding wouldn’t have felt right without our dogs being there.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was the first look. Taking a moment to see each other one last time before we exchanged vows and got married was a moment full of excitement and love. Our family and friends were watching nearby and holding back tears and I felt so loved and lucky to be loved. After we had spent some time on our own, everyone came running in for a group hug and I felt so lucky to have so much support on my wedding day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Arizona through mutual friends right before we began college. We dated all through college and we then moved to Portland, Oregon where he went on to finish medical school. One day, when he was halfway through medical school, we went to one of our favorite parks that overlooked the entire city and Mt. Hood with our dogs. We sat on a bench enjoying the view and he dropped down on one knee and proposed. When I said yes, my friends from home came running out from behind all the trees and gave us a giant group hug. We all went to a music festival in the gorge to continue the celebration. I was so shocked how he could have planned all that without me finding out. He knew how much it would mean to me to have my friends there for such an important moment in my life.

Photography: Alixann Loosle Photography // Florist: Anna Mara Flowers // Printing (invitations, name cards, welcome sign, seating chart): Anders Printing Company // First Look Venue: American Bank Building (Pioneer Square)  // Ceremony: L’Heure Bleue // Reception & Cake: Bluehour // Wedding Gown: Ania Bridal // Table Numbers, Vases & Hurricanes: Anthropologie/BHLDN // Videographer: Moving Pictures // Bridesmaid Dresses, Bridal Accessories: Anthropologie/BHLDN (veil/bracelet/earrings/halo) // Bridal Heels: Nordstrom // Bridal Slippers: Anthropologie // Bridesmaid Getting Ready Moo Moos: Etsy Shikoco // Bridesmaid Champagne Glasses: Anthropologie // Groom Suit: Duchess Clothier // Groom Watch: MVMT
// Groomsmen Suits: Banana Republic // Groom/Groomsmen Ties & Pocket Squares: BHLDN // MOB & MOG Dresses: BHLDN // Hair/Makeup Artist: Jessica // Cake: Bluehour with flowers by AnnaMara Flowers // DJ: Anthony Nguyen (Friend of Andy. Andy made the set himself)

 

 

Jenni and Jason wanted a wedding day “classic enough that we’d look back and love every detail year after year.” So the couple enlisted the help of planner True North Events Co. to help them achieve the “simple, modern and romantic vibe” they dreamed of for their San Francisco nuptials. A crisp, fall day help set the tone  and made for beautiful portraits of the wedding party decked out in navy gowns and tuxes. Florals and ceremony arrangements by Meredith Farrar Designs are voluminous and slightly unruly for a modern feel. Classic touches like Pollet Paper Co. letterpress invitations and a calligraphy monogram by Kelsey Malie Calligraphy add a timeless quality while Jenni makes a modern statement with her rad black leather jacket over her white Theia gown. Lucky for us, the couple selected the signature style of Anna Marks Photography to capture all the details in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We got married on November 17, 2017 at a restaurant (Foreign Cinema) in San Francisco. It was a perfect crisp fall day and we had an incredible time just relaxing with our bridal party, getting ready, popping some bubbly. We did our first look in the charming Pacific Heights neighborhood and took pictures in a gorgeous park nearby. The sun was just setting and it was so romantic and beautiful. Our wedding took place at Foreign Cinema restaurant in San Francisco’s hip Mission district. We were going for a simple, modern and romantic vibe. Something that would be classic enough that we’d look back and love every detail year after year. But fun and different enough to show off our personalities.

It was totally dark by the time the ceremony started, which we were a little nervous about, but it ended up being so great!! We had white twinkle lights and candles (Glassybaby) everywhere to create a really moody, romantic vibe in the outdoor courtyard. We had guests sit in a U shape around us and had a sitting/standing ceremony to keep it feeling intimate and casual. It was a Friday night, so we made sure guests could get the party started right when they arrived— upon arrival, they were greeted with coupes of champagne and little bowls of popcorn.

Our close friend officiated our “loosely Jewish” ceremony, under a chuppah we borrowed from friends who we met in Israel that was covered in lace from my late grandmother (a really nice way to incorporate some of my family heirlooms). The ceremony was sweet and hilarious at the same time (we had been dating already for 10+ years and had traveled extensively around the globe with our officiant, so there were some really fun stories sprinkled in).

After the ceremony, the party started! Instead of a formal sit down dinner, our whole reception was cocktail style and guests were free to move around the three open spaces of the restaurant. We worked with Foreign Cinema to create a “tapas” style menu, with small plates roving around the room for a few hours. When it was time for dancing, everyone joined us in the modern industrial looking gallery where our DJ was spinning amazing beats all night. We also had a projector playing black and white 90s music videos on the back wall (everything from Madonna to Backstreet Boys). It was a huge blast and created such a fun dance vibe.

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

I had a pretty clear idea in my head about what I wanted – something really classic, timeless and simple but with a bit of a modern feel. I tried on a ton of dresses in all different styles but kept coming back to this one. After bringing my mom, sister and a few other friends to see it, we were all sold! It was a pretty easy, painless process. I love that it had a really simple silhouette, with a few fun details (like the sleek crepe fabric, a deep back and enough of a train to make it feel slightly formal). It was also really fun to pair accessories – I did gold mirrored shoes to add a little bit of pizazz, a classic two-layer veil to add a bit of a traditional romantic vibe and then for the party, a leather jacket!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

– My late grandmother’s lace covering the chuppah and rose pin for my bouquet

– Earrings borrowed from my mother-in-law (that belonged to her late mother), bracelet borrowed from my best friend Alex (that she and our other friend both wore in their weddings!), veil borrowed from my friend Hannah (that she wore in her wedding)

– Sunday Candy for wedding cake song (Jason loves Chance The Rapper)

– Guest book was a “cookbook” I made for Jason with pictures and recipes from our travels

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Definitely the ceremony and those few moments before the ceremony. We were up on a balcony and could watch everyone coming in, it was really cool to see the look on their faces as they entered the space and it just felt like there was so much excitement in the air. The ceremony was for sure the most memorable part – it just felt so intimate and having our good friend officiate struck the perfect tone for us, our families and our friends.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jason and I met in Fall 2006 as freshman at UCLA and started dating shortly after. 10 years later, after a move to San Francisco, lots of adventures and international travel, a shared apartment and many other landmark moments, he woke me up to go watch the sunrise (one of my favorite activities). That morning, he proposed while we were watching the sunrise over San Francisco from Marin’s Hawk Hill (Google it— it’s gorgeous!). It was a Friday morning, so we spent the day together then celebrated with family and friends later that night.

Photography: Anna Marks Photography // Planner: True North Events Co. // Florist: Meredith Farrar Designs // Invitations: Pollet Paper Co. // Venue & Catering: Foreign Cinema //  Wallflower Design // Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy (envelopes) / Kelsey Malie Calligraphy (monogram) // Make Up & Hair: Dreamcatcher Artistry // Wedding Dress: Theia, from Lovely Bride // Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith // Entertainment: Stephan Kane (guitarist)  and Chris Fox with Fox Sounds (DJ)  // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Heather and Michael’s wedding at Triunfo Creek Vineyards is a vision of rustic elegance in a soft muted color palette of lavender, aqua and white. The couple enlisted the genius of Little Grey Events to bring their ideas to life with voluminous, romantic florals and personalized details that played on their last name, Wolff. The custom wolf cake topper on Susie Cakes‘s beauty is adorable! Michael even hand-built his bride the arch of her dreams to accommodate the venue’s larger-than-average farmhouse doors. The couple enjoyed one final dance under the stars to close out the night soaking up every last moment of their beautiful day that’s captured to perfection by Honey Gem Creative.

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From the planner: Heather and Michael met in college and 10 years later, on a rainy night in Paris, Michael proposed! After tons of research and many venue visits, they fell in love with Triunfo Creek Vineyards, a beautiful white farmhouse nestled in the hills north of LA. The couple put so much thought and hard work into every aspect of the wedding day and their excitement was incredibly infectious. Heather and I had so much fun dreaming up the florals for her wedding. I loved her muted color palette of lavender (Pantone color of 2018), aqua, gold and white and the Dessy bridesmaids gowns were the perfect shade to match the eucalyptus and soft greenery in her florals. We also used ranunculus, garden roses, lisianthus, blue muscari, blue lace, lavender sweet peas and lavender  delphinium for a soft and romantic feel.

Heather loved the idea of her wedding arch also being used for their grand entrance out of the french doors of the farmhouse. However, the doors were a bit bigger than any arch available to rent so Michael built his bride an arch that fit the farmhouse door dimensions perfectly and also looked stunning for their ceremony! There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd during their beautiful ceremony.

Guests then made their way to cocktail hour where they sipped on signature cocktails including the “Whiskey Wolff” (Moscow mule with whiskey).  For the cake table, we repurposed florals from the ceremony to sit behind the cake and Heather searched far and wide to find the perfect ceramic wolf cake toppers (a nod to the groom’s last name). At the end of the night, my team gathered guests at the front of the farmhouse for a grand rose petal exit while Heather and Michael had one final dance. They soaked up the last moments of their wedding in the most beautiful way, dancing alone under the stars.

From the Bride: Is there a better way to round out a decade together than with I do?? Michael and I met 10 years ago on the first day of our sophomore year in college and have been inseparable ever since. When Michael and I began planning our trip to Europe little did I know it would change my life forever! While visiting Paris Michael got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him, it was the best moment of my life! It was so great to get engaged while traveling as we were able to have that time together and just enjoyed being in the moment.

Shortly after we returned home we started touring up and down the coast of California looking at venues. We fell in love with Triunfo Creek Vineyards, it has an effortless charm to it that was simply undeniable and we couldn`t imagine a better setting for our special day.

Having dreamed of this day for so long I had a distinct view of what I wanted but I knew I was going to need some help to make it a reality. Sarah of Little Grey Events truly turned our special day into a fairy-tale. Sarah was not only our amazing planner but she was also the creator of our perfect bouquets and floral arrangements. She was so amazing to work with throughout the entire process and the day would not have been the same without her!

Everyone always tells you how fast the day will fly by and all you want when it’s done is to be able to relive it over and over again. Our photographer Brooke, from HoneyGem Creative, took the time to get to know us and our style, she became an extension of us, capturing all of the special moments of our day just the way we imagined them.

What was your wedding day theme?

Our theme was rustic elegance with a soft muted color pallet of lavender, aqua and white. We had fun with our last name, Wolff, and incorporated it into many aspects of our day from the invitations to the cake toppers.

Looking back, what are some of your favorite wedding day moments?

There were so many incredible parts to the day… among my favorites were our first look, hearing Michael say the vows he wrote (and when he closed the vow book and just spoke straight from the heart), and the drive after our exit where we reminisced on the most perfect night!

 

Photographer: Honey Gem Creative // Planner/Floral design: Little Grey Events // Invitation Designer: Darla Marie Designs // Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards // Wedding dress: Stephen Yearick // Hair & Make-up: Kacee Geoffroy Hair and Makeup // Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes // Bridesmaid dresses: The Dessy Group // Grooms Suite: Bspoke Style // Rentals: A Rental Connection // Catering: Command Performance Catering // Groomsman attire: The Created Gentleman // DJ: Invisible Touch Events // Vow Books: Seniman Calligraphy  // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Bride Kelly drew inspiration from favorite movies and television shows—like Little Women and Downton Abbey—for the styling of her wedding her wedding to groom Matthew. So, the couple enlisted Cibi Events to turn Legare Warring House into an English garden and with the help of floral genius The Purple Magnolia, the result was spectacular. Every last detail is filled to the brim with roses and we’re loving it. Kelly’s minimalist gown is by Theia, letterpress invitations are by Aerialist Press and beautiful photographs are by Caroline Ro.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was important to Matthew and me that our wedding reflect our individual personalities and our interests as a couple. I drew a lot of inspiration from my childhood and favorite movies and television shows (including Little Women and Downton Abbey.) I wanted the wedding to feel as if our guests were strolling through an English garden, and I felt as if our ceremony and reception space perfectly reflected that! (All thanks to the fabulous CiBi Events and Purple Magnolia)

Another aspect of the wedding that was important to us was our dinner. Both Matthew and I enjoy sharing meals with our families and friends. Our family style dinner allowed us to recreate the feeling of a huge family dinner made even more special among candlelight, flowers, and drapery. It was so special to look out from the head table and watch our families laugh, chat, and mingle.

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

I was so excited to go shopping for my dress, and I had in mind a bohemian/loose fitting style dress. Everyone tells you that your wedding dress will never be what you initially have in mind, and it’s very true! I shopped at two stores in Charleston, SC, and I found my dress at the second store we visited.

After trying on multiple dresses, my sister picked a classic style dress with a sweetheart neckline. I was shocked at how much I liked the clean silhouette. The bridal consultant then pulled the unassuming Theia gown I chose. As soon as I slipped on the dress, I loved how elegant and sophisticated I felt. I felt like myself but older and more mature – in a good way. The very next day, I returned to the shop to ensure my first reaction held true, and it did! I would suggest to other brides that they have an open mind when trying on dresses. Also – don’t forget the ability to customize! I love that I wore a lace topper for the ceremony which made the dress feel even more bridal to me.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Matthew and I are lucky that so many women in our families are creative and artistically talented! My mom embroidered pillows with forget-me-nots to recognize my grandmother who battled Alzheimer’s disease. Matthew’s sister custom made two signs that were both showcase pieces for our ceremony and reception. Matthew’s mother painted and hand-drew many smaller signs for our wedding and rehearsal dinner. We also included family photos inside Legare Waring House which allowed us to remember our entire families. Now we are able to showcase these signs and photos in our home, and they will always remind us of our wedding day.

Additionally, Matthew and I love music, and it was important that our music choices reflected our personal interests. The song I walked down the aisle to (“For the Beauty of the Earth”) was one of my favorite church hymns and was also featured in Little Women. We also used the same DJ that our friends had used in their weddings, so it was great to relive those memories!

Another feature that became personal was the first layer of our wedding cake! Matthew’s parents also had Italian Creme Cake as their wedding cake.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many memorable parts! However, one sticks out in my mind. As soon as we finished family photos, Matthew and I sneaked back inside the house and went into the library which overlooked the courtyard. It was very special to peek out through the window and watch as our family and friends visited with each other and enjoyed cocktail hour. We loved having a quiet moment to ourselves prior to joining everyone. Our caterer spoiled us with some of our passed hors d’oeuvres which made the moment even better.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matthew and I met through Matthew’s sister SaraBeth. Matthew attended Clemson University, but he had an internship in Columbia, South Carolina my freshman year at the University of South Carolina. One night a few of my friends headed over to Matthew’s apartment to celebrate the end of the year, and the rest is history! We dated for seven years (many of those long distance) prior to becoming engaged.

Our engagement seemed like a dream to me! Matthew planned a date night in August during the middle of the week. He suggested we walk along Sullivan’s Island, SC (a place we frequented while we dated), and then afterwards we would get a drink at one of our favorite restaurants. The day he planned to ask me, my cat became seriously ill (he’s now recovered), and Matthew almost backed off his plan, but I’m glad he didn’t!

As we walked down the beach, I noticed a photographer taking photos of three young girls dancing. I mentioned to Matthew that my sister and I had our photographs taken on the beach as a Father’s Day gift when we were young. As we walked closer to the girls, I noticed a huge heart drawn in the sand with white flowers and three signs that said “Kelly, will you?” Just moments before Matthew proposed, his mom and dad set up everything for the surprise.

Everything around me disappeared, and I had a hard time paying attention to what he was saying! The photographer was actually for us, and the young girls dancing were visiting from France. I’ll never forget that moment.

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Planning & Design: Cibi Events // Photographer: Caroline Ro // Flowers: The Purple Magnolia // Invitations: Aerialist Press // Venue: Legare Warring House // Dress Designer: Theia // Dress: Gown Collective (Formerly Fabulous Frocks) // Hair & Makeup: Ash & Co // Escort Cards: Candlefish // Cake: Cakes by Kasarda // Catering & Bar: Cru Catering // DJ: Dragon Entertainment // Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals // Rentals: Ooh Events // Ceremony Musicians: Charleston Virtuosi