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Alyssa and Riley’s gorgeous wedding makes one thing very clear—there’s no better wedding accessory than a pair of huge smiles on the couple of honor.  This duo’s joy is as contagious as their day is beautiful. The rustic, simplicity of Franciscan Gardens made for a perfect canvas for Alyssa’s hand-crafted signs, as well as the elegant rose with eucalyptus and pops of gold floral design by Penelope Pots. All the big smiles and lovely design features of the day were captured perfectly by the most gifted Natalie Schutt Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Riley and I did not have a wedding planner, being involved in every decision made our wedding that much more special to us and personal. The most unique thing about our wedding had to be all the vendors! They’re all so incredibly talented. Once we told them what we had in mind for our wedding day, we trusted them to just “do their thing.” Everything turned out better than we could have ever imagined!

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

I began the search for my dress at Mariposa Bridal Boutique in Anaheim, CA. This was my first time trying on dresses so I wasn’t too sure of what to expect (nor did I expect to find my dress that day). I tried on a handful of dresses before finally trying on “my dress”. I continued to try on more dresses thinking I should, just to be sure. There was just no contest here – ultimately, the fit and flare of the Maggie Sottero dress with light beading and lace had my heart. My favorite part of the dress has to be the detail and train.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Riley’s mom is an ordained minister so we thought, who better to marry us than her? It was such an honor and so incredibly special to have her marry us!

I love to craft so I knew I wanted to create some things we could use on our big day! I made our table numbers, table seating chart and welcome sign.

My “something old” and “something borrowed” were also very personal and cherished items. An old handkerchief from my grandmother was gifted to me by one of my aunts. She made it into a rose shape to be placed in my bouquet as my “something old”. My cousin gave me an angel wing charm (the other matching charm belonged to my grandmother) to add to my bouquet as well – that was my “something borrowed”.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I have two moments I’ll never forget. The first being when my grandpa walked me down the aisle. He’s 93 and to me, that’s a blessing in itself. Then to have him escort me down the aisle alongside my dad; I couldn’t be more grateful.

The second being when Riley and I saw each other for the first time during our “first look”. I’ve always dreamed of that moment. I had so many butterflies right before tapping him on his shoulder to turn around. Having that moment to share – just us two – that was just so special.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Riley and I met through a mutual friend in 2014. We frequented the same spot and one day we both asked our mutual friend who each other was. We started dating almost instantly. About a year and a half later, Riley was stationed in Biloxi, MS (he’s in the Air Force). I went to visit him in the little beach town of Biloxi. When I arrived it was near sunset so we went to grab dinner at a restaurant right on the water. After dinner, we began to walk along the shore and that’s where he stopped to whisper sweet nothings in my ear. Then, he got down on one knee and proposed! I cried, screamed and jumped for joy. Riley had to remind me to give him my hand so he could place the ring on my finger. That’s when I saw it – my dream ring!

 

 

Photographer: Natalie Schutt Photography // Coordinator: Agape Planning // Florist: Penelope Pots // Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas // Venue: Franciscan Gardens // Catering: 24 Carrots // Officiant: Maria Evans, Mother of the Groom // Hair/Makeup: Blush by M. Marie // DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions // Bakery: Torrance Bakery // Videographer: Kayla Esparza Photography // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Becky and Chris’s wedding at Big Spring Farm was what Kathryn Ivy Photography called “one of the most sentimental, detail driven, beautiful weddings” she’s ever been a part of. It also happens to be beautiful. Bare trees and rustic-barn vibes set the tone of the day planned by A Little Party Events and cozy, on-trend details like the retro food truck by The Cozy Caravan Club, donut wall by Blue Ridge Bagels and copper accents filled with florals University Florist added personalization to the event. To fully appreciate all the lovely moments of the day, we have the gorgeous images from  Kathryn Ivy Photography.

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form the photographer: Chris and Becky met at college (JMU) and they became friends – but nothing more. Becky was going through the life change of losing her dad and Chris became such a great support for her. He patiently pursued her for over a year before they finally had their first date. They dated for 2 years when Chris decided to ask Becky to marry him. He proposed to her on top of Skyline Drive, in the rain, surrounded by both of their closest friends.

Becky and Chris were surrounded by those same friends, plus a lot more, on their wedding day at Big Spring Farm. Becky was absolutely stunning in her Hayley Paige Londyn wedding gown. Her bridesmaids wore a variety of blush, cream, and gold dresses. Their bouquets by University Florist of Lexington were full of white roses and greenery. Becky & her sister Amanda had special ribbon made with their family quote printed, “Just think, all this and heaven too.” The bouquets were wrapped in white and blush silk ribbon and Becky’s had a locket with pictures of her and her daddy. Becky carried his handkerchief with her all day to catch the tears of joy (and there were a lot of those!)

The couple shared a first look where they read their personal, intimate vows to one another. At the ceremony, Amanda, Becky’s sister, played a recording of the prayer their daddy said at her wedding just weeks before he passed. Everyone was in tears, including me behind my camera. That was one of the most special moments I have ever witnessed at a wedding ceremony.

At the reception, drinks were served by the Cozy Caravan Club (the cutest thing in the world!!). In lieu of a father/daughter dance, Becky had her daddy’s friends play one of his favorite bluegrass songs while everyone danced in his honor. And her girlfriends sang an a cappella love song for them. They sounded like angels! This was one of the most sentimental, detail driven, beautiful weddings I have ever been a part of and I am so honored to have photographed it.

Photographer:  Kathryn Ivy Photography // Event Planner: A Little Party Events // Floral Designer: University Florist // Event Venue: Big Spring Farm // // Dress Designer: Hayley Paige // Bakery: Blue Ridge Bagels // Hair Stylist: BooBoo Shears // DJ: Music of the Times // Caterer: The Cozy Caravan Club

 

Reflecting on their Hawaii destination wedding, Jess and Kevin “recall how perfect everything was from that first moment arriving at Olowalu, to the flowers, the music, the weather, our wonderful friends and family, food — everything was absolutely perfect.” Not to mention bright, cheery and filled with playful nods to the tropical locale. We’re especially loving the punchy blue and coral color palette, pineapple motif and local Ululani’s Shaved Ice for desert. The all-star team planner Maui’s Angels  and florist Damselfly Designs put together a day filled with memorable details and photographer Wendy Laurel was on hand to capture it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was completely customized and hand-picked to what we wanted. We are big foodies and wanted to make sure we chose the best appetizers, drinks, food, and dessert. We were so happy to Ululani Shave ice and mini pies from Leodas; our guests also loved this!

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

I brought a small entourage of family members and one of my bridesmaids to help me pick out my dress. I have always loved bling and sparkle but didn’t want something too heavy since we knew we’d be having a beach wedding. I found THE dress during my first visit to a local wedding dress boutique. I customized it by adding on more elegance/bling with a belt and tailored it to have a slight mermaid fit.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Sadly my grandma had passed away one week prior to our wedding. Growing up my grandma and I were very close as she helped to raise me while my mom was working. Of course I wanted her to still be a part of the wedding so I had borrowed my grandma’s ring from my mom and had it tied to my bouquet. When we tied it to the bouquet, our florist Damselfly had made sure to ask my mom and I to tie the ring to my bouquet together — it was truly a very special moment for us.

We also loved that we had Marvin Tevaga perform during our wedding. We chose songs that were very close to our hearts — Kevin walked down the aisle to Beegee’s “How Deep is Your Love”, which is the song his parents walked down the aisle to, and I walked down to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, the song that Kevin played while we watched the sunrise at Haleakala (our first vacation together to Maui). Marvin absolutely has the voice of an angel!

Lastly, we chose some of our favorite Hawaiian dishes to notate our table names rather than using the traditional numbers.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The simple answer is everything — we look back on our special day frequently and just recall how perfect everything was from that first moment arriving at Olowalu, to the flowers, the music, the weather, our wonderful friends and family, food — everything was absolutely perfect for us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Kevin and I met towards the end of our undergraduate years through a mutual friend (the best man). We developed a close friendship but I was already in a long-term relationship with someone. When that relationship finally ended, Kevin did the swoop and charmed his way into my life. Kevin supported me through the hardships of veterinary school and when I graduated we finally no longer had to have a long-distance relationship. Our relationship grew stronger through our continuous love and support for one another. After about 4 years of dating, Kevin proposed to me at the restaurant where we had our first date — the restaurant was decorated with photos of us through our years together that were tied onto balloons. I thought I was going out to have drinks with his sister and was so shocked at what was going on, but of course I said yes. I also always told Kevin that if/when he proposed, I wanted to make sure my nails were done for all the photos to come so he brought a bottle of nail polish to the restaurant too!

 

Photographer: Wendy Laurel // Wedding Planner: Maui’s Angels // Florist: Damselfly Designs // Invitation Design: Lin Kung // Venue: Olowalu Plantation Estate // Gown Maggie Sottero // Salon Janene’s Bridal Boutique // Officiate: Ernest Puaa // Musician: Marvin Tevaga // Hair & Makeup: Maui Make Up Artistry // Cake: Cake Fanatics // Event Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals // Catering: Aloha Events Catering // Shaved Ice: Ululani’s Shaved Ice // DJ: Maui DJ Services

 

“It felt like a dream, it was that beautiful.” says bride, Brianna, of her wedding to Joseph atOlowalu Plantation Estate. We couldn’t agree more!  Planned and designed by Maui’s Angels, with stunning florals by Mandy Grace Designs , the details are abundant including whimsical stationery by Kate Paulson Designs and signage by  Miss B Calligraphy, an amazing dessert bar by Maui Wedding Cakes, a bold ceremony design, and romantic sunset-hued tablescapes. We LOVE everything about Brianna and Joe’s big day and you can see it all in these photographs captured by the amazing Wendy Laurel.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Other than saying “I Do”, it was walking into my own wedding. After getting hair and make-up done at the hotel (Honua Kai) the girls and I all got into a limo and headed to the Olowalu Plantation. I walked into the house (which is stunning itself) and out onto the porch that overlooks the grounds and saw the bar, lights, tables, chairs and arch for the ceremony, and everything else. The plantation grounds were filled with decorations in every area and flowers everywhere along with a huge chandelier hanging from a tree over-top of the bar. There were a good amount of people working their tails off right up until the ceremony to make everything perfect for us. When I saw how magical and perfect everything was all at that moment I become overwhelmed. I couldn’t believe that this was my wedding. It felt like a dream, it was that beautiful.

Also, Joe had surprises sent to me throughout the day. It started with breakfast, then a while after that he surprised me with a trip to Thailand in a note along with a diamond bracelet that I had my eye on for months, so I could wear it on my wedding day. But my favorite was a framed picture of my dogs (next to a little shot of Patron to calm my nerves) that he had set up and waiting at the Olowalu Plantion for me. I was really bummed when I wasn’t able to include them in on the big day, so having a little piece of them there was just the cherry on top. All in all our wedding was everything and more. People still talk about it to this day of how beautiful it was. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard how amazing our pictures are.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

After I got finished with college I moved into a duplex in St. Cloud with three of my girlfriends. For a very short time Joe and a couple of his friends lived on the other side of the duplex before they moved to a different house. We kept in touch after he had moved out and started dating after a couple of months. Five years later he decided to propose on top of Mt. Solaro in Capri, Italy.

 

 

 

Wedding Planner: Maui’s Angels Destination Weddings & Events // Photographer: Wendy Laurel // Florist: Mandy Grace Designs // Stationery: Kate Paulson Designs // Ceremony/Reception Site: Olowalu Plantation Estate // Signage: Miss B Calligraphy // Cake: Maui Wedding Cakes // Rentals: Signature Rentals Maui // Gown Designer: Watters // Grooms/Groomsmen Clothing Designer: Jos A. Bank // Bridesmaids Clothing Designer: Show Me Your Mumu // Hair & Make-up for Bride: MeiLi Autumn Beauty // Catering: Sugar Beach Events // Cocktails and Bar: Garnish Craft Cocktails // Live Music: Jasmine Rice // DJ Entertainment: Maui DJ Services // Linens: Adorn Company // Officiate: Ernest Puaa

 

The ocean provided a “foundation of strength and positivity” in bride Ashley’s upbringing and she made it a strong point to incorporate it in the celebration of her wedding to Brandon. Casa Del Mar Hotel, in Santa Monica, offered a perfect setting for the couple and set the scene for an elegant day  planned by EDE By Jacqueline with nods to an ocean theme. Romantic ceremony design and florals by Chloe & Mint and a french-inspired macaron bar are the Parisian details we know brides will love and Sally Pinera captured it all beautifully.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

I wanted something in Santa Monica. I grew up in there and wanted it to be close to home and close to my heart. I envisioned my wedding to be near the ocean without actually being on the beach/water. Growing up, I found peace and comfort in looking at the vast ocean and hearing the waves crash. It was what I would turn to through life’s tougher moments and it never failed me. The ocean and home were pillars of strength for me, so I wanted that foundation of strength and positivity represented in my wedding as well.

My color palette was cream/champagne with touches of mint green/sage. I’m drawn to natural colors and wanted my wedding to be subtle with a touch of class and understated elegance. I chose the venue because I wanted to accentuate the colors of the ballroom itself and not cover it up with too much “stuff” going on. I wanted to enhance the beauty that was already there.

I loved the flower girl dresses. I wanted something extra poofy and had the dresses made of layers on layers of tulle by an Etsy seller. All the girls were so adorable in them! I also ordered the same dress for our daughter. Though she was too young to be a flower girl, I wanted her to match the other girls.

My flowers were organic and free flowing like those found in a garden. I wanted a soft color palate of cream and blush accented with eucalyptus and other greens and Chloe + Mint captured that well. Garden roses, black and white anemones, and peonies. My gown was by Martina Liana and made me feel comfortable in my new full-figure as a mother. The sweetheart top and delicate lace was subtle but still elegant. I wanted a more traditional look for the ceremony and added a lace bolero. Cake (by the Butter End) was a simple but delicious and adored with flowers that matched my bouquet.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

I really wanted to personalize my wedding details. A dear friend of mine is a designer and gifted us her time and creativity by working with me to design our invitation suite. We handpicked every detail of the suite, from the font, layout, cardstock, envelope color, foil press color, etc. I wanted to tie in the location of the wedding – by the beach –and elements of that so we selected different seashells and incorporated a different shell into the invite, RSVP, menu, and thank you card. It was felt really special to be able to work with her to create something from scratch instead of selecting a pre-made design. Although it took a lot more time than I had on my hands (with a then newborn), I have a fond memory of the whole process.

I also wanted my then-fiancé to have a part in planning the wedding, and I wanted him to feel proud of the celebration we were putting together for our friends and family. Being an avid fan of Chardonnay, his father has a hefty collection of wine corks. I wanted to somehow incorporate the wine corks into the wedding and asked Brandon if he could make the corks into escort card holders. Brandon was really on board and worked on his project with his brother. The escort card holders came out beautiful, and he was able to bond with his brother while working on them. I loved that this simple project not only personalized our wedding but also brought my husband and his brother closer.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

My favorite moment was the reaction of our wedding guests when we had our First Dance. Having had our daughter, Harper, a few months before the wedding, and being a working mom, I did not have much time to learn a choreographed dance (let alone plan a wedding!) It was a tradition of Brandon’s family though, and I so very much wanted to honor this tradition. We started dance practice late and as our wedding day got closer and closer, we realized we would not be able to get down the routine in time. On the day of, we decided we throw off our guests and start our dance swaying back and forth, like a middle school slow dance. When it was cue to start the choreographed part, I heard our guests gasp in surprise that we had something planned. It was so fun and exciting, and in the midst of the excitement from everyone’s cheering, we somehow pulled off the dance!

Take in every moment and enjoy the day! Really, just have fun. My wedding really did fly by – like every other bride had cautioned me – but I never realized just how quickly the day would be over!

Photographer: Sally Pinera // Wedding Planner: EDE By Jacqueline // Flowers: Chloe & Mint // Venue & Catering: Casa Del Mar Hotel // Wedding Dress: Martina Liana // Dress Salon: Lovella Bridal // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang Studio // Groom’s Tux: Men’s Warehouse // Cake: The Butterend // Videography: April Story Films // DJ: Vox DJ’s // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box