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Brittney and Kyle wanted a cohesive and seamless feel to their day, and the private estate they chose allowed them to set up several different areas in the property to achieve a flow from pre-ceremony to dancing and everything in between. Brittney picked out two dresses and couldn’t let either one go – one of them was a bold choice of a colored gown but she nailed it with this gorgeous Lanvin design in blue. With white hydrangeas in abundance (a nod to Kyle’s first flowers to Brittney), Willow Floral Design added classic chic to this elegant wedding. You’re going to want to spend some time admiring these photos effortlessly captured by Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay.

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From the Bride:

What made the wedding special and unique? 

Using a private property rather than an established venue required a ton of extra planning but also allowed us to create our ideal, unique event. It was crucial to us that everything felt cohesive and without any down time so we created several different spaces around the property for the event to flow through, from pre-ceremony cocktails to dancing. I think that seamlessness is sometimes uncommon with weddings so we were excited to have that opportunity.

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

I first fell in love with my white gown on Pinterest so of course figured I would never be lucky enough to actually track it down. Also, I don’t enjoy having all eyes on me so I felt that everyone’s shock over a colored dress would be a nice diversion. I kept scouring bridal fashion show images for colored gowns while my mom worked her way up the Lanvin phone chain until we eventually stumbled across both gowns and I had trouble letting either one go!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We threw in a bunch of very particular elements to make the day feel like us. The first flowers Kyle ever gave me were hydrangeas so we included them everywhere: the flower wall, the bouquets, even my dress color was called “Hydrangea.” We were also very deliberate with our music, such as our recessional song “Here Come the Hodads” by the Marketts. We first heard it during the credits for the movie Inherent Vice and danced around the (empty) theater. It is one of our funnest memories so we had to include it in the day. That kind of silly thing made everything feel right.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

“Sunday Kind of Love” was the last song of the night and a couple of the last guests had started to say their goodbyes while we were dancing. Kyle’s best man wouldn’t let them and started singing together, shoulder to shoulder. Somehow it become this massive group hug of everyone who was left (which were all our closest friends), swaying and singing around the two of us dancing. I still get chills when I remember it because it was such a warm, inimitable moment.

 

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Kyle’s band used to play shows with my friends’ band so eventually we saw each other around. He actually added me on MySpace before we ever spoke and then I broke the tension by saying hello the next time we saw each other. He was still in high school so we didn’t end up dating until about a year later. He said “I love you” 10 days in, so we knew it was serious pretty quickly and had planned to get married for years. Because of all that, it was really important to me that the actual moment was a surprise. To throw me off the trail, and because caffeine is my other true love, he got my local Starbucks to let him play barista. When I drove up to get my coffee he was in the window with flowers and the ring.

Photographer: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay // Coordinator/Planner: Catrina-Marie // Flowers/Florist: Willow Floral Design // Invitations: Tokay Press // Ceremony and Reception Venue: Private Estate, Acampo CA // Officiant: Judge Bernard Garber, family friend // Bridal Gowns: The Bridal Galleria San Francisco, Lanvin Chicago // Veil: The Bridal Galleria San Francisco // Seamstress: Couture Designs, Fair Oaks, CA // Jewelry: Inherited from family // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, Sak’s Fifth Avenue // Hair: Holland Filippini, Vanity Salon, Stockton, CA // Makeup: Jolene Schulz, Armani at Nordstrom Arden Fair // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Revolve, ASOS, Fame and Partners, Joanna August, Reformation // Mother of the bride dress: Halston Heritage, Neiman Marcus // Groom’s attire: Burberry San Francisco, Neiman Marcus SF, Dior SF, Alden // Groomsmen’s attire: H&M // Flower girl attire: David’s Bridal // Engagement Ring: Judi Wyant Antiques // Wedding Bands: Kevin Schimke // Music (ceremony and reception): Guilio Cetto, Beat Fleet DJs // Catering: Angelina’s // Cake: Something Sweet Bakery // Rentals: Celebrations // Favors: Best Wishes // Transportation: Aurora Limo // Accommodations: Hampton Inn // Videographer: Jeremy Morgan // Lighting: LB Production Center // Photobooth: Rocket Booths // Cookies: Tower Cafe

 

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Leah and Alex wanted to create an entire weekend experience for the guests at their wedding at Hidden Pond in Maine, and many of them stayed in cabins alongside the couple. Watershed Floral paired white florals with eucalyptus and other greenery to create classically simple elegance in the bouquets and tablescapes. Grey Collective Member SHE Luxe Weddings and Design coordinated all the lovely details, and Rachel Buckley Weddings was on hand to capture every perfect element of Leah and Alex’s New England celebration.

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This early spring, a picture perfect wedding was held at one of Maine’s hidden gems, suitably named, Hidden Pond. Leah and Alex designed their day around amazing locally sourced food, cool cocktails, and natural greenery and their surroundings. They chose to create a long weekend experience for their closest family and friends with many guests staying right at the resort in fully appointed cabins alongside the couple. Leah opted for classic simplicity when choosing her all white and green floral bouquet and her romantic BHLDN gown. The ladies and gents added that right pop of color for the day adorning themselves in various shades of blue.

As with many intimate style gatherings, incredible food takes precedence and Earth at Hidden Pond’s farm to fork menu items did not disappoint. Guests were seated at long farm-style tables, and family style plates were passed while guests watched the sunset through their gently lit clear frame tent. Each table paid homage to all the travel adventures Leah and Alex had been on together, including Tanzania where Alex proposed while Leah was getting her PhD. As the night unfolded guests gathered in the whitewashed barn to dance under the lights and hanging eucalyptus.

The evening was a success ending with a huge dance party and a s’mores “to-go” bag to continue the celebration at the outdoor fire pit. At the end of the night, they could both agree that the most important thing to them on their wedding day was planning an intimate affair, being surrounded by their closest friends and family and planning a celebration that was very personal to who they are.

Photography: Rachel Buckley Weddings // Wedding Planner: SHE Luxe Weddings and Design // Florist: Watershed Floral // Venue: Hidden Pond // Hair: Aphrodite Salon // Makeup: Beauty Couture // Dress: BHLDN // Catering: Earth at Hidden Pond // Music: Speechless // Tent: Exeter Events // Rentals: Maine Prop House // Men’s Fashion: Men’s Wearhouse

 

Desiree and Carlos chose Palihouse West Hollywood for their wedding because the space aligned so well with their personal taste and vision. They wanted everything about the day to reflect themselves, so they incorporated favorite readings, wrote their own vows and designed the favors around their proposal story. The tablescapes by Earthbaby Flowers set on rustic tables created a casual yet elegant atmosphere that welcomed their guests. We love the photography style of Greg Ross and the unique simplicity of the details including Desiree’s stunning Nicole Miller dress.

 

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What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Reciting our vows and the moment we first saw all of our closest friends and family in the same place.

What made the wedding special and unique? 

It was important that our wedding felt like an extension of ourselves. We chose Palihouse because of its residential-style and decor aesthetic, which happened to align with our personal taste. This allowed us to let the space speak for itself and we loved that it provided a cozier feel to the day.

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

I found my dress at Nicole Miller on Sunset Blvd. I wanted something I could feel like myself in – something timeless, little bit modern and clean, and nothing too busy. They didn’t have anything in-store that fit my description, but there was one dress in the upcoming season’s collection they felt I might like. I was shown pictures from the look book and they called a sample in for me to try the following week. I knew it was my dress the moment I put it on. It was true to my style and I loved the simple and elegant lines throughout.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We completely personalized our ceremony. We chose readings we really resonated with, wrote our vows together, and I surprised Carlos with part of the ceremony modeled around an old email he sent back when we dated where he drew parallels between our relationship and those of famous couples. It was both sweet and funny to revisit and served as a really beautiful moment.

We also incorporated our proposal story into quirky wedding favors. Everyone received a cookie shaped like an iPhone with the picture Carlos posted on Instagram from that day on the front. The caption read, “I asked her mid French fry.”

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We shared mutual friends, but never actually spoke to one another for years until one night a hat I wore to a party served as a conversation piece. We found we had so much in common all along and became fast friends.

Five years later, on our annual visit to New York, he proposed over a Shake Shack lunch in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The views of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge served as the perfect backdrop. Passersby snapped photos of the moment where I can be found in complete shock, still holding a French fry.

Photography: Greg Ross // Day of Coordination: Jessica Carrillo, Art & Soul Events // Florals: Earthbaby Flowers // Invitations: Minted // Venue: Palihouse West Hollywood // Dress: Abigail from Nicole Miller // Bride’s Makeup: Erika Reno Artistry // Bride’s Hair: Miss Rockabilly Ruby // Cake: Vanilla Bakeshop // Wedding Favors: Cake and Art // Groom’s suit: Lubiam // Officiant: Chris Robinson

 

Tina and Ray connected on a dating website—it was Ray’s straight-forward message a yoga pose photo that made him stand out. The couple had a fabulous first date and the rest is history. For their Friendly Hills Country Club wedding celebration, the couple wanted a blend of traditional and modern. All white everything was a must for the bride and the florals by Flowers by Dana definitely nailed it. Ultimately, Tina decided the event needed a little contrast and added the gorgeous navy bridesmaids gowns. We’re loving them! Lucky for us Anya Kernes was on hand to capture the rainy day portraits and lovely style of Tina and Ray’s big day.

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From the bride: Ray and I met on match.com. I was very overwhelmed with how many messages were coming through and Ray was straight to the point and his photos drew me in – I think it was the one where he was doing a yoga pose. Our first date was in Venice at Whalers bar and we hit it off immediately. We stepped outside to take a walk along the boardwalk and decided to tandem bike to Santa Monica. We had such a great time we decided to grab dinner, watch the sunset and the rest is history. We wanted to include this part of our story into the wedding, so as cliche it may be, it was perfect for us to have match boxes as our escort cards – ‘The Perfect Match’.

Andrea and Carl’s wedding is filled with colorful cuteness at every turn. From the gorgeous peony-centric florals by Thistle & Honey to the swan-topped blush ikat cake from Ettore’s European Bakery, Hailey Silver of  Grey Collective member Two Roads Event Co. infused flirty personality into every, last detail. We’re especially loving the punchy blue hue  wovven throughout the day in the bride’s Manolos, the ribbons on the bridal party bouquets and the custom calligraphy invitations. Lucky for us, the ultimate in wedding photography—Coco Tran—was behind the lens to capture Andrea and Carl’s big day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding special to us was all the friends and family we got to share it with. After getting engaged we struggled with a vision and plan for what we wanted for our day. Then, on a whim we called the cathedral and they happened to have a cancellation (literally the only one all year) on the day and month and we wanted to get married and everything started to fall into place from there. The priest that we both grew up with was able to travel over 100 miles to officiate our wedding. Our reception venue was in walking distance of the cathedral and had all the things we were looking for: the mix of wood + metal chairs and tables, fire pit, many seating areas, casual comfort food and an overall visually interesting outdoor space. Once the date was booked, we took less than 4 months to plan everything.

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

I was so in love with my dress! The moment I saw it, I knew it was the one! It’s the Vera Wang Ethel dress. It’s an elegant silk mermaid style dress with the perfect amount of chiffon at the bottom. I wanted to stay true to my personal style, which is more traditional, so I knew that I wanted something timeless and classic. I loved that the Ethel dress was almost a blank canvas for me to change throughout the day.  For our traditional Catholic Cathedral ceremony I wore a custom couture lace bolero and a cathedral length veil. Then for the reception I took off the bolero and wore a silk bow belt by J.Crew, a birdcage and my beloved South Sea pearl earrings. Carl surprised me with my dream wedding shoes: blue bow d’Orsay pumps by Manolo Blahnik.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We hired a calligrapher that designed a custom wedding invitation suite; complete with a custom map and monogram. The chalkboards throughout the reception had a navy background (instead of black) to match our wedding colors.

During a fun mimosa-filled afternoon with my bridesmaids we DIY’ed my cathedral length veil and the burlap runners we used on some of the tables.

We love all-American food, so we served mini gourmet pizzas, sliders, tacos, macaroni n cheese, and 3 types of French fries (which were a total hit!). Our late night snack was chicken and waffles. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and we wanted that to show.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Marrying the love of my life and seeing him tear up during our vows will be something I never forget. There was also a moment out on the dance floor when my grandpa was twirling me around and I looked out at the room full of people we loved, all together in one place, for perhaps the only time ever, so happy and filled with joy for us, and I just felt like the luckiest girl ever.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Calculus class my freshman year, his sophomore year of college. We started studying together and our first date was on Valentine’s Day. Carl proposed on September 2, which also happened to be my grandparent’s 58th wedding anniversary, on the beach in Maui during the sunset. We later celebrated with dinner at our favorite restaurant, Mama’s Fish House.

Andrea + Carl // Sacramento 6.14.14 from Hailey Erin Silver on Vimeo.

Photography: Coco Tran//Event Styling: Hailey Silver of Two Roads Event Co. // Floral Design: Thistle & Honey // Venue: Cafeteria 15L // Bride: Andrea of Tickled Pink  // Cake Design: Ettore’s European Bakery // Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang // Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bridesmaid Gowns: Badgley Mischka  // Film: Alison Ryncarz // Photobooth: Giggle & Riot // Signage: Wedding Chalk Art // Linens: La Tavola