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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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YOU GUYS! This wedding is what dreams are made of! The history and glam of the Lombardi House—an atmosphere that complements without taking center stage—was the perfect setting for Christina and Jonathan’s day. The subtle hues of the floral design by Moon Canyon followed through with the understated elegance, and the design genius of Bash Please brought it all together. When purchasing a gown Christina consulted a trusted friend who gave her great advice: “you should pick a dress where you are the focus and not the dress”, so she chose this stunning Lihi Hod. But the most memorable part for Christina was “walking down the aisle and seeing Jon look at me with a huge smile on his face.” Isn’t that what it’s all about? And clearly choosing the right photographer for your wedding is key, as Samm Blake expertly caught every perfect moment of this spectacular wedding.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having my two best girlfriends’ daughters as flower girls (Reem + Quinn) was so special. Both girls were adorable holding hands together and were so shy from all the attention on them. Quinn was only a little over 1 year old and just learned to walk and Reem was 19 months so a baby as well.

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

I tried on a million dresses in New York with my mom and my mother in law. Finally the last one I tried on was at Gabriella Bridal Salon NY. It was by Lihi Hod (diamond  top and blush skirt). I knew when I tried it on it felt perfect – simple & elegant. I remember going over to my girlfriend’s apartment in NY and showed her the pictures, and she said you should pick a dress where you are the focus and not the dress – immediately she insisted I go with this dress. I agreed and ordered it the next day and never doubted my decision.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

* Wedding Hastag: #xtinaisdunzo
* Signature cocktails with our fav drinks: Moscow Mule and Champagne drink
* Photobooth: I spent hours online and at costume stores buying funny props for the photobooth. We wanted to make it fun and special since we had our first kiss in a photobooth.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We got engaged at San Ysidro Ranch on our 1st anniversary. Jonathan proposed on the upper lawn area above the pool, he was so nervous he forgot to get on one knee.

 

Los Angeles, California from Max Cutrone INC on Vimeo.

Photography: Samm Blake // Planning and Design: Melissa Stahl, Cassie Dube, and Alexa Zipperman of Bash Please // Florals: Moon Canyon // Stationery: Prim and Pixie // Venue: Lombardi House // Dress: Lihi Hod from  Gabriella Bridal Salon // Videography: Max & Molly // Cake: Susie Cakes // Hair & Makeup: BeNYLA // Catering & Bar Service: Whoa Nelly // Rentals: Town & Country // Specialty Rentals: Found Rentals // Specialty Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin // Linen: La Tavola // Music: DJ Kate // Ceremony Music: Strings by Reiko // Photobooth: Magbooth

 

 

 

Cait and Ned, self-confessed opposites, knew they wanted something unique and different than anything they’d seen on any blog or Pinterest for their big day. From Cait: “I wanted to infuse the traditional, starched, East Coast elements of Ned’s upbringing with the feminine, luxurious, and rad Californian in me; and so we struck a balance. The contrast element was a big part of our love story, and it came out strongly in our design aesthetic – which reflected us perfectly as a couple.” They achieved all that and more in this gorgeous East meets West wedding with a “larger than life” bouquet and amazing tablescapes by Siren Floral Co. Since Cait worked with Designer and Planner Kaella Lynn Events for two years before she got engaged, Kaella already had a discerning eye for Cait’s vision for her wedding and orchestrated it perfectly. We’re sure you’ll agree that Jake & Necia Photography did an incredible job capturing every beautiful detail.

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From the planner:

Cait assisted me for 2 years before getting engaged herself, so naturally we had discussed her dream wedding long before, but the vision became such a reflection of the two of them as a couple once it became a reality. We worked with Siren Floral Co. to create a flower-full masterpiece that was equal parts foliage and big, bodacious blooms and garden roses. Everything started and ended with the florals, and for Cait a larger than life bouquet was the only way it could be.

Aside from the aesthetics and materials used to illustrate how Cait and Ned’s personalities come together, additional touches were incorporated to reflect their future together. During their ceremony, they planted a baby spruce tree with soil from Rochester and California that they since planted in their new home in Rochester. Both love to read and be inspired, so their favorite quotes were written in calligraphy, framed and displayed throughout the event. Cait’s cousin, who lives and owns a candle-making business in Australia created 3 different scents of small candles for guests to take home as favors. She also created larger ones, one in a more masculine scent to be enjoyed in the masculine den (Ned’s lounge) and the other a floral candle to scent the air at the feminine setting (Cait’s lounge) at cocktail hour.

 

From the Bride:

How we met – He was East Coast, I was West: we met for the first time working at an advertising firm in San Francisco, and Ned says “the moment I saw her across the sales floor, I knew she was what I had been waiting for.” Hailing from LA originally, and having just graduated from UC Berkeley across the bay, I couldn’t have been more opposite from the girls Ned had met growing up in Rochester NY and living in Manhattan – and that made all of the difference. I was sunshine and positivity and youthful enthusiasm; Ned was life experience and rationality and conservative savings goals (and 10 years my senior, both in his career and in life). I asked him on an outing in October 2012 under the guise of friendship – “Let’s go to the pumpkin festival in Half Moon Bay!” – and being a good sport, he agreed. A two hour drive and 45 minute festival turned into a 4 hour lunch date filled with craft beer, stories of his life on the East Coast and mine in LA, and both of us hoping that ‘friends’ wasn’t a title that would stick. 2 years later, we were engaged under the Brooklyn bridge in a secret garden by the waterfront – and his surprise proposal was one of the only moments in my life that has truly shocked me. It was perfection.

What inspired our wedding – When Ned and I met, I was working full time in ad sales, and on weekends and evenings, an assistant planner at Kaella Lynn Events. Needless to say, I had very little free time – but weddings have always been my calling. Ned says “I’ve always been in awe of her style, and weddings are what make her happy, so I learned that while my Saturdays were for golfing with friends, hers were for helping people on the most important day of their lives. I support that.”  I carried around a copy of ‘Brides’ magazine to preschool with me from the time I was three years old, and when my dad married my stepmom in 1998, I was at the center of their ceremony and planning process. Naturally, when Ned and I got engaged, I looked to my mentor and friend, Kaella Wilson, (the Chief Wedding Planner at Kaella Lynn Events) to bring our big day to life. She and I had a vision for what the day would look like LONG before it actually came to be – but we gathered most of our inspiration from my life with Ned, our unique backgrounds, and our shared vision – what really made our love story pop. The year-long planning process was such a wonderful time for me, because Ned and I had just moved to New York, and working closely with Kaella kept me tied closely to my roots in California during that time, through endless calls/emails/skype meetings that made me feel right at home.

 

Ned and I would be married in my home town, just around the corner from where my dad and stepmom had tied the knot – and given our shared love of Northern California wineries, a vineyard was a no-brainer.  But I wanted something with edge – a wedding day that didn’t look like anything I had seen on Pinterest or a wedding blog. When I saw my personal flowers on our wedding morning, I almost fell out of my Louboutins – I’ve never seen anything more beautiful, more me, or larger (!) than my bridal bouquet.

The Dress – I went to no less than seven bridal salons with varied groups of my bridesmaids and best friends to try on wedding gowns – and while a number of dresses had felt pretty enough, I hadn’t had a ‘wow’ moment until I visited Bridal Galleria in San Francisco. On that day, I had pulled a few gowns to try on from the sales floor, and as I rounded a corner to take one last glance around, MY gown was hanging from a single rack directly in front of me. I swear it was bathed in magical light as I walked toward it – all gossamer ivory tulle, hand stitched lace with gilded thread, and golden glitter infused throughout the endless layers of horsehair edging. It was a strapless Lazaro ball gown with a 4 foot train and peplum waistline – and I will never forget twirling around the salon, refusing to take it off, while the other gowns I had seen hung unnoticed in the dressing room. It was everything I had ever dreamed of in a wedding dress, and when I saw tears well in Ned’s eyes as I started down the aisle on our wedding day, I knew I had chosen the right one.

Designer + Planner: Kaella Lynn Events // Photography: Jake & Necia Photography // Florist: Siren Floral Co. // Invitations and Paper Suite: Aerialist Press // Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy // Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards // Bridal Gown: Lazaro // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Donna Morgan // Hair & Makeup: Bliss Bridal Beauty // Groom’s Attire: Bonobos // Cakes: Sweet and Saucy Shop // Dessert Bar: Delish Designs // Rentals Premiere Party Rents // Caterer: Command Performance Catering // Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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

stationery @adorninvitations // photographer@carleybuickphotography // flowers @flowers4hours //

dress @pronovias // makeup louiseballantinemua // hair  @thehairboutiquerenfrew // shoes @badgleymischka // bridesmaids dresses @willowbywatters // grooms suit @geoffreykilts

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