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Lauren and Adam wanted to incorporate both romance and her Hispanic heritage into their big day, and we think they nailed it by choosing Rancho Las Lomas as their venue. Paradise Florista turned eucalyptus, ranunculus, roses and peonies into gorgeous texture everywhere, continuing the romanticism under the twinkle lights. To add some personal touches, Lauren asked her brother to officiate, and walked down the aisle to a song her late father had been practicing just before he passed away. Martina Liana designed the gorgeous gown that brought tears to Lauren’s eyes when she tried it on, sealing the deal for her. We are loving the colors, texture, and beauty of this wedding, expertly photographed by  Mallory Dawn Photography, and we think you will too.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I wanted everything to have a very romantic feel while also incorporating my Hispanic heritage. So, I hired a flamenco guitarist to play the ceremony music and cocktail hour! I think the venue itself was super unique too. Who can say they had zebras and a white tiger at their wedding?! 

  

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

I found my gown at Blush Bridal Couture in Tustin, CA. It was the third dress I tried on at my very first time gown shopping. I tried on another 7 dresses before putting mine back on. I decided to take it off and go to my other shopping appointments, but when they were unclipping me I started to cry. I never cry so that’s how I knew it was meant to be!

    

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My brother was my officiant! My husband and I aren’t very religious and we wanted our ceremony to be led by someone who knew us, so we asked my brother. Also, the recessional song I chose was the last song my dad was learning how to play on the guitar before he passed away. It was really important to me that pieces of him were displayed throughout the wedding even if I was the only one who knew about them! I think setting thank you notes at each place setting was super special too. I, unfortunately, wasn’t able to see every single guest, but sought comfort knowing they read the note that I wrote for them.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The beginning of the ceremony. For Adam, it was watching me walk down the aisle and seeing me in my dress for the first time. For me, it was the sudden realization of “holy cow, I’m marrying my best friend right now”.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met through a mutual friend right as high school was ending. We didn’t actually starting talking until Thanksgiving that year and then were official 2 weeks later. Adam proposed the day he graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department Academy. After the graduation ceremony we walked, with our families, to a spot to take pictures. Adam kept looking at me and saying, “how should I pose?” I, not understanding what was happening, just told him to act normal. All the while his mom was slipping him the ring box behind his back. That’s when he grabbed me by the shoulders to face him, said, “I love you” and dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so shocked he had to ask twice!

Lauren + Adam from The Hubs Films on Vimeo.

Photography: Mallory Dawn Photography // Coordinator: All in the Detail Design // Florist: Paradise Florista // Invitations: Minted // Venue: Rancho Las Lomas // Bridal Gown: Martina Liana // Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Couture // Hair + Makeup: Design Visage // Cake: Rooney Girl Bakeshop // Cinematography: The Hubs Films // Flamenco Guitarist: Brandt Jacobus // Specialty Furniture: Sweet Salvage Rentals // Grooms Suit: Men’s Warehouse // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo + Adrianna Papell // Photobooth: On the Go DJ Pro // Catering: 24 Carrots Catering // DJ + Lighting: Elevated Pulse // Gelato Cart: Mangiamo Gelato

 

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We LOVE this elegant Glasgow wedding, shared with us by Alyssa at Adorn Invitations. Christina and Paul didn’t have a big agenda regarding a theme for their big day, other than knowing they wanted a traditional Scottish wedding. In these stunning images by photographer Carley Buick you will see they achieved that and more with groom and groomsmen looking incredibly smart in their kilts, and everyone dancing to a traditional Scottish song at the end of the evening. As she should, the bride stole the show in her dreamy Pronovias gown, and coming in a close second were the unique and dramatic floral arrangements by Flowers 4 Hours. Christina’s advice for brides: “Don’t get too stressed over the minor details. Remind yourself that your wedding guests aren’t going to notice the tiny details which haven’t gone to plan. All that really matters is that everyone is having a good time!”

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How did you and your partner meet?

We met in November 2010 at the birthday party of two mutual friends.

How did he propose?

We got engaged in Barcelona in July 2015 in front of the Fountains of Montjuic. Paul got down on one knee with my great granny’s engagement ring which I had always loved. It was very romantic and a very special but surreal moment which we’ll never forget.

How did you choose your wedding gown?

I found it relatively easy to choose my dream dress as I knew I wanted a fitted dress with lace. I wanted a dress which was modern but elegant. I found my dress in a shop called Anne Priscilla Bridal in Glasgow. They had the most amazing selection of dresses and the staff there completely understood what style of dress I was looking for. I felt that the Pronovias dress which I chose was elegant and suited to the classic venue. The fabric was amazing quality and it was such an easy dress to wear all day.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?

We never started out with a particular theme/style in mind for our big day. We thought the interior of our venue was so beautiful that it wasn’t so necessary to have a bold style. We wanted a traditional Scottish wedding that was elegant and natural.

What was your favorite moment from the day?

Dancing with our nearest and dearest to Loch Lomond (a traditional Scottish song) at the end of the night!

Any DIY décor elements?

We took inspiration from various things we’d seen at other weddings, blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. I had made a few chalk boards.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?

I would love to do it all over again as it really was the best day ever but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Don’t get too stressed over the minor details. Nobody really cares! I threw a bridezilla fit the day before the wedding when we were setting up the venue as I thought the speakers looked huge. In hindsight…it really didn’t matter! The whole venue looked great even with the speakers. Remind yourself that your wedding guests aren’t going to notice the tiny details which haven’t gone to plan. All that really matters is that everyone is having a good time!

Stationery: Adorn Invitations  // Photographer: Carley Buick // Flowers: Flowers 4 Hours  // Ceremony & Reception Venue: St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow, UK // Dress: Vicenta dress by Atelier / Pronovias // Makeup: Louise Ballantine // Hair: The Hair Boutique Renfrew // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids Dresses: Watters // Groom’s Suit: Geoffrey Kiltmakers // Cake: A-Cakes // Food: Café Source @ St Andrews in the Square // Music: Little Red Wedding Band // String Quartet: Capella String Quartet

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Morgan and Chad decided to make their wedding truly their own by adding many personal touches; Hello Kitty onesies as gifts for the bridesmaids, Chad’s own graphic design of whiskey labels for his groomsmen, a poem the groom wrote for his bride, and Morgan’s mom’s wedding dress turned into a jumpsuit for the happy couple’s exit on a Vespa! Morgan’s gown by Hayley Paige is swoon-worthy to say the least, and the simply stated but gorgeous florals by Enchanted Florist were absolute perfection. We are so lucky that Amilia Photography was there to capture every beautiful moment. And make sure to grab the tissue before you watch the video!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

I feel like our ceremony was pretty special. We didn’t see each other until the beautiful chapel doors were opened and I started walking down the aisle. Chad and I also wrote our own vows and didn’t share them with each other. Chad wrote the most beautiful poem that I will remember forever!! I also think the people who attended made our wedding especially wonderful. Our friends and family were amazing on the dance floor. Our venue reps kept saying “we’ve never had a wedding party dance this much!” There was never a lull on the dance floor–it just kept going until we had to leave!!

Tell us about your gown and how you found it!

A few months before Chad and I were engaged I saw a photo of a groom holding his bride in this beyond gorgeous gown. I didn’t know the designer and the photo was in black and white, but the gown just seemed perfect. After I got engaged, I made a few appointments for a weekend when my mom and aunt were going to be in town. Our first appointment was at The Dress Theory in Nashville. I wanted to go there first because I knew they had Hayley Paige and I was super pumped to try on her dresses. I showed Bre (she’s amazing if you’re in Nashville at Dress Theory) the black and white photo and she said “oh I’ll pull that dress for you”. I was SO excited they had that exact dress and it was a Hayley Paige gown. It was the second gown I tried on and the moment I looked in the mirror I had that moment that you see in all the cheesy wedding movies where the bride cries and the dress is perfect. I tried on a few more dresses because why not and then I put the Hayley Gown by Hayley Paige back on and cried happy tears again. That was it. I found my dress in one afternoon, the first place we looked within 30 minutes of shopping. It was PERFECT. I hate that I only got to wear it once!

What were some touches that made the wedding more personal?

I feel like our whole wedding was so intimate and personal. Here are a few that were extra special to Chad and I:

– I gave my bridesmaids Hello Kitty onesies to wear instead of robes. I have a weird obsession with Hello Kitty and all my besties know this about me. I also got them little bracelets with coordinates of the place that was special to us engraved on them. (for example, my friends I met in college got the coordinates of Auburn University on their bracelets)

– Chad designed whiskey labels for his groomsmen. He’s a graphic designer and spent months perfecting his special label for all of his friends.

– Chad and I didn’t have a first look, but it was really important to me to have a first look with my dad and my brother. We are so close and I knew having that special moment with them before all the craziness began was going to be important for my family!

– Our vows were so special and I just start crying every time I see our video and Chad saying his sweet poem!

– Before we were announced at our reception, we got to get in a boat and wave to everyone from the little lake across the Quarry.

– My favorite little touch was my leaving outfit!! My mom really wanted me to wear her wedding dress! She had preserved it for 30 years and it was in mint condition. I wanted to cut it shorter and wear it when were leaving, but I knew Chad wanted to leave on his Vespa. A short dress was NOT going to work on a scooter, so I decided to turn it into a jumpsuit. Only One Tailoring did an AMAZING job turning my mom’s dress into the perfect jumpsuit to leave in. I loved it so much and it was my favorite little touch!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Chad says his most memorable part of the day was driving over the quarry and waving to everyone while we were taking photos. We got to see all the people we love in one place and it was incredibly special! I think the most memorable part to me was when the doors opened and I got to see him standing at the end of the aisle. It’s just such a cool feeling. It’s like a new beginning, but with someone you already love so much!!

Tell us how you met/got engaged.

Chad and I met at Acme Feed & Seed at a 90’s dance party in downtown Nashville. We eye-flirted at the bar and he danced over to me on the dance floor and we ended up talking for about 3 hours that night. He asked me on our first date the next Friday, which was Valentine’s Day, and we ended up on an 7 hour date and from that moment on it was a done deal. We fell HARD and it was so great. There was never any guessing with him. He asked me to be his girlfriend a month later and two years later, we were married!

Chad started out the engagement process by getting our friends to send a group text asking everyone to go to Acme Feed and Seed (where we met) on Friday, August 26. Of course I said yes (because who doesn’t love a good hang on a roof top bar)! He picked me up on his Vespa and drove us downtown and parked close to Acme. We received messages from our friends saying “we’re gonna be late” and “we can’t find parking.” Those little liars!! Chad made an excuse to walk along the river to the Ascend Ampitheatre Park (where you can see all of downtown Nashville). He told me he needed to take photos of downtown for a graphic design project he was working on. So I grabbed his phone and started getting the best angles possible, crouching down and walking all over the park to get my shot. At this point I’m pretty hot and sweaty and I asked Chad if we could go inside. He kinda took a step back, looked at me and said “sure sweetie, but I’ve gotta ask you one question first”. He proceeded to get down on one knee and told me how much he loves me in his sweet, fighting back tears voice. He told me that I’m his very best friend and he couldn’t imagine spending the rest of his life with anyone else and ends his tear-filled spill with the classic, “will you marry me, sweetie?” Obviously, I’m shaking and not believing it’s real and screaming yes and we stood up, hugged and kissed…then I felt all these warm hugs snuggling us from behind and he surprised me with our families coming to watch our precious little moment! We ended the night with dinner and celebratory champagne at Flyte, and it was more perfect than I could have ever imagined!

Morgan & Chad Trailer from Phillip Colling on Vimeo.

Photographer: Amilia Photography // Florist: Enchanted Florist // Venue: Graystone Quarry // Videographer: Colling Films // Wedding Dress Designer: Hayley Paige // Bridal Shop: The Dress Theory // Caterer: Chef Penelope // Hair & Makeup: Brynn Boyd // Cake: Desserts by Leland // Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse // Jumpsuit: Only One Tailoring

Margo and Jonathan were incredibly fortunate to be able to hold their wedding at their family-owned property in Austin, TX. Brodie Homestead, an elegant and rustic estate, allowed the couple to welcome people into an intimate setting that truly was, and felt like, home. Some of the personal touches included favors of gold dusted chocolate truffles shaped like a cameo pin that was inspired by an antique cameo pin belonging to the bride’s grandmother. They also included family members into the ceremony; from Margo: “I’ll never forget hearing my cousin Laura sing during our ceremony. Also my dad’s father of the bride toast at the beginning of the reception, which lasted 20 minutes and ended in a standing ovation from all the guests!” Sarah Doliver Weddings‘ stunning photos of the ceremony, venue, and gorgeous florals by Gypsy Floral + Events will surely be a treasured reminder for the bride and groom of this beautiful wedding. And let’s not forget to mention the gold accents throughout; simple gold and white elegance of the stationery by Paper Place, and the decadently adorned cake by Word of Mouth Bakery. We’re so grateful Margo and Jonathan shared their day with us.

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From the bride and bride’s sister:

What made the wedding special and unique?

Margo and Jonathan’s wedding was a labor of love. Being able to host their ceremony and reception at our family-owned property was certainly a highlight, and inspired the underlying theme of the day, which was to make all of the guests feel like they were being welcomed into our home to take part in something very special. We tried to include as many meaningful touches as possible throughout the day, and I really think guests left the party feeling like they had attended something special.

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

My mother and I flew to New York from Austin for a weekend of wedding dress shopping with the bride. After our first 3 bridal shop appointments, we hadn’t found a thing we liked! The moment we walked into Wedding Salon of Manhasset for our fourth (and final) appointment, I think we all knew we would find Margo’s dress there! She tried on several stunners, but none compared to the Carolina Herrera she ended up choosing. She was looking for a mermaid silhouette and absolutely loved the idea of exposed boning on the bodice, so this dress hit all her marks! Not to mention, it looked amazing on her. Luckily, they were having a Carolina Herrera trunk show that weekend, so we were able to see this dress, and others, from their Spring 2016 collection!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We tried to bring in as many personal touches as possible throughout the day. Since we had a pretty solid vision for the design elements and overall flow of the day from the start of planning, we used a good portion of our planning and brainstorming time to come up with unique and thoughtful ideas for the day. Guests staying at hotels received welcome boxes in their rooms with some unique items. They each had a few bottles of Topo Chico (an Austin staple) with gold bottle openers, cookies shaped like Texas and New York, the bride and groom’s home states, and a few other items. My favorite was a gold dusted chocolate truffle shaped like an antique cameo pin. This probably went over the heads of most guests, but the cameo was inspired by an antique cameo pin belonging to the bride’s grandmother. Margo had the pin affixed to her bouquet for the wedding. Guests were greeted at the entrance with a sign in table covered in a dense candlescape and flowing greenery covering a large iron scales of justice statue, a nod at the couples professions – they are both attorneys – as well as the balancing act of marriage. My favorite DIY element was the table numbers, which were custom made for the wedding using slices of white marble and stands made out of wood from the original barn structure. We also used wooden planks from the original barn structure to suspend greenery and candles over the aisle and the head table during the reception.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many memorable moments! The dance party was pretty epic. I’ll never forget hearing my cousin Laura sing during our ceremony, though. She arranged a version of the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody” that was absolutely stunning. Also my dad’s father of the bride toast at the beginning of the reception, which lasted 20 minutes and ended in a standing ovation from all the guests!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Margo and Jonathan were introduced by a mutual friend when they were in law school. Four years later, Jon proposed to Margo in their apartment in New York, surrounded by a sea of candles, and then took her to dinner at her favorite restaurant in Manhattan, where they had their first date!

Margo & Jonathan from The Bird & The Bear on Vimeo.

Photographer: Sarah Doliver Weddings  // Coordination: Pearl Events Austin  // Floral: Gypsy Floral + Events  // Paper Goods: Paper Place // Venue: Brodie Homestead // Vintage Lounge Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals // Catering: Word of Mouth Catering // Videographer: The Bird and The Bear Videography // Cake + Desserts: Word of Mouth Bakery // Linen Rentals: La Tavola  // Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design // DJ: Greenbelt DJ // Ceremony Quartet: Terra Vista Strings // China/Glassware Rentals: Marquee Rents // Shuttle Service: Uptown Valet & Transportation // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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