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Irish and Long enlisted Maui’s Angels to aid them in throwing a true celebration of their love—and the ultimate bash—for their friends and family that travelled from around the world to their wedding at Olowalu Plantation Estate. Infusing unique elements and some of the bride and groom’s local favorites made it an unforgettable day. A custom maraca escort card display set the tone and encouraged guests to “shake for a kiss” throughout the night. Hawaiian shave ice was a cocktail hour favorite and they shared their favorite local desserts, Donut Dynamite & Leodas Pie for dessert. Pink florals are by Bella Bloom Maui and signage by Miss B. Calligraphy. The couple enlisted Wendy Laurel to capture their celebration of love in these super-fun photographs.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Irish and Long really wanted to focus on creating an incredible celebration of their love to share with their guests who flew from around the world to celebrate with them. Infusing unique elements with some of the bride and groom’s local favorites really made it an unforgettable day. A custom maraca escort card display set the tone and encouraged guests to “shake for a kiss” throughout the night. Hawaiian shave ice was a cocktail hour favorite and they finished dinner with some of their favorite local desserts, including pies from the bakery, Leoda’s, across the street from the venue.

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

Sarah Seven Romanced off-the-shoulder lace gown. It really matched the simple and romantic feel of our wedding. I had been eyeing it for a while after seeing it on Instagram and thought it was perfect. I purchased it and got to meet the designer at a trunk show at The Dress Theory in Seattle. I’m so glad I bought it a year ahead of our wedding, since it was discontinued the following spring.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Playful accents like brightly-colored confetti, large ALOHA letters, custom maracas and a wood surfboard serving as a guestbook helped infuse the bride and groom’s lighthearted nature and joyous personalities.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Irish (Bride) – the simple and intimate ceremony with our own written vows / Long (Groom) and having all of our family and friends fly in to join us for our destination wedding.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Optometry school in New York. I (Irish/bride) was a year ahead of him and wasn’t that impressed that a first-year liked me. But he was persistent and won my heart. After finishing school and moving to the Pacific Northwest, he proposed with macarons which he hand painted ‘Will You Marry Me?’ on my birthday. Hindsight, we had bought them together the previous day, and I only wanted a small 10 pack of macarons, but he insisted we get 15!

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Wedding Planning & Design: Maui’s Angels // Photography: Wendy Laurel // Flowers: Bella Bloom Maui // Stationery: Etsy // Venue: Olowalu Plantation Estate // Gown Designer: Sarah Seven // Dress Boutique: The Dress Theory // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Hair & Make-up: Salon 253 // Signage: Miss B. Calligraphy // Catering: Maui Ohana // Video: Sunlight Films // Cocktails and Bar Setup: Maui Ohana // Live Music: Marin Tevaga // Linens: BBJ Linens // Rentals: Inspiration Events Hawaii & Accel Rentals // DJ: DJ Del Sol // Dessert: Donut Dynamite & Leodas Pie // Officiate: Tino Rosete // Shave Ice: Ululani’s Shave Ice // Custom Maracas: Wylie West Creative

 

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YOU GUYS! Angie and Jesse’s wedding at Santa Barbara Historical Museum is SO GORGEOUS! The couple enlisted Rebecca at Imagine…Weddings & Special Events to help them create their perfect day which included a palette of natural tones with pops of Santa Barbara’s seasonal (amazing) color  and an emphasis on farm-to-table. We love the mix of styles—romantic with a hint of boho—with florals by Coco Rose Design stationery by Honey Paper, cake by Lele Patisserie and vintage get-away car. The details are vibrant and joyful, just the the couple, and we love the way Daniele Rose with Lavender and Twine captures it all so beautifully in these film images.

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How did you meet?

The old fashioned way…On Match.com! Jesse was my first date and last kiss. Truth be told, we both believe we would have met eventually anyway. I (the bride) years ago, was working at Saturday Night Live and regularly in contact with my now husband’s previous company, The Writers’ Store, in California.

Describe the proposal.

We love spending occasional weekends at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Under a full moon in November, Jesse got on one knee under an old oak tree and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

Tell Us More About Your Story:

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is rich with history, yet a blank canvas for any event. We did natural tones and our pop of color was the seasonal and regional offerings that Santa Barbara provides. We believe in farm to table which carried through in our flower and plant choices. Phillipe with Catering Connection created an amazing menu that was French inspired, California Cuisine. It was tapas style, but a lot of food and extremely filling. Our wedding was uniquely us, a blend of tradition, with the forward spirit that we each bring to the relationship. For example, our dinner was served tapas style because we wanted all of our guests to experience the excitement we do around amazing food.

Rebecca brought our wedding to light with a collaborative, supportive, and focused energy along with her eye for all of the beautiful details. What sets Rebecca apart from the rest, is her ability to bring the bride’s vision to fruition without imposing her own stylistic choices, unless she is asked. Rebecca removed the noise around us, which allowed us to focus on the moment.

Describe your vision/inspiration for your wedding day.

We knew right away we wanted to get married in Santa Barbara, therefore, the majority of our vision was based in the beauty that Santa Barbara has to offer. I am from the south and the groom from CA & NY. We wanted to share with our out of town guests the exquisiteness of California, while still hosting an intimate event. We wanted to eat, drink, and dance under the warm moonlit sky in one of our favorite places and with our absolute favorite people!

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

We have three! Our first was the ceremony itself, which culminated in feeling and seeing the love and support from all of our friends and family. Our 2nd was our first dance! Jesse is not a natural dance, but on our wedding night, with lessons behind us, we owned the dance floor to King Floyd’s “Groove Me”. Our 3rd was the fact that nearly everyone spent the entire night on the dance floor.

How would you describe your personal style and fashion (wedding dress/tux)?

Having lived in NYC while working for Saturday Night Live, I was swept up with the style the city has to offer. Heading west, I could not help but be inspired by everything that is classic Hollywood. So I would say our style is a blend of southern charm, meets NYC fashion, mixed with the glamour old Hollywood has to offer.

The dress: Finding the perfect wedding dress is an event in itself, one to be celebrated with loved ones, and what better destination for a wedding dress celebration than New York City. My mother and sister flew in from North Carolina to the city I lovingly called home for almost 5 years while working at Saturday Night Live. Bergdorf was high on the list and when I found out they were having a trunk show with Austin Scarlet, first season winner of Project Runway, our date was set. The experience was nothing short of amazing. I met with Austin, who was warm, creative and seemed to know what I was looking for before I knew it. Later he followed up with hand sketches and in no time the dress was taking shape. Weeks out from our wedding day I brought the dress into a local, Los Angeles designer shop, L’ezu for some last-minute alterations. While working with Patricia Nevil, the owner and designer, I fell in love with a one of a kind, fun and sassy dress that Patricia made herself, and luckily, fit me like a glove.  A really neat part about the dress is the not one piece of lace was the same, and all from different parts of France. This dress was the perfect party dress and a great excuse to do a wardrobe change before our first dance.

 

 

 

What was the most memorable moment of your reception?

There are so many! Our first dance as mentioned above, but after the first dance the band played one of our favorite Grateful Dead songs, “Shakedown Street”, where all our friends and family hit the dance floor in celebration. Our band Modern Tribe learned and played songs not on their typical set list with complete precision.

Other Special Touches included:

  • Suzy and My Something Blue
  • The wrap on my bouquet was made complete with an embroidered flower from my dear toy poodle Suzy’s favorite sweater. At eight pounds and known for her sassy ways, Suzy was my trusted and beloved companion for over 18 years. Adding an embellishment from her sweater brought her presence to our special day along with my something blue.
  • Spoons: A perfect finishing touch came together through the love, creativity and energy of my sister Natalie. She found a beautiful Haiku, Patience by Kewayne Wadley that inspired her to find unique, antique teaspoons for each guest, and that served to direct our guests to their designated table. What’s more incredible is the journey of the 80-pound board Natalie made herself in Asheville, NC and brought to Santa Barbara to hold the spoons.

Wedding Planner: Imagine…Weddings & Special Events Rebecca Gigandet // Photographer: Daniele Rose, Lavender and Twine // Florals: Nina Kincaid Coco Rose Design // Invitations & Calligraphy: Honey Paper // Wedding Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum // Videographer: Santa Barbara Wedding Films // Ceremony Dress: Austin Scarlett / Bergdorf Goodman // Reception Dress: Patricia Nevil L’ezu // Bride’s Shoes: Ceremony: Badgley Mischka // My something borrowed from my sister Natalie: SJP // Bride’s Earrings: Patricia Nevil L’ezu Beverly Hills // Cake: Lele Patisserie // Groom’s Tux: Ted Baker // Groom’s Shoes: To Boot Adam Derrick // Groom’s Watch: Shinola Limited Edition Rambler 600 // Rings: Single Stone // Catering: Catering Connection // Officiant: Nanette McIntyre // Rentals & Linens: Town & Country Event Rentals // Lighting: Bella Vista Designs // Entertainment: Modern Tribe // Getaway Car: Ala Carte // Transportation: Santa Barbara Trolley

 

Vivian and Peter’s romantic, fairy tale-inspired wedding was befitting of their modern Pride & Prejudice love story that can be traced back to elementary school. After a decade of friendship, the couple fell in love and despite heavy coursework and long distance, love prevailed and they enlisted event planner Manna Sun Events to design the perfect celebration. Spectacular pastel florals Nicole Ha Designs adorned every detail at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay including graphic ceremony structures and elegant ballroom centerpieces. We’re loving the artful cake by Cake Coquette and the horse drawn carriage gave off major real-life-cinderella-vibes. Photographer VID Studio was on hand to capture all the spectacular details in these lovely images.

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Event Planning, Design & Coordination: Manna Sun Events // Photographer & Videographer: VID Studio // Florist: Nicole Ha Designs // Invitation Set: Minted // Wedding Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay // Calligraphy: Blushtype // Make-up and Hairstyle: Yi Bridal // Bride’s Wedding Gown: Homemade by Bride’s Family // Bride’s Wedding Shoes: René Caovilla // Lighting: Magical Lighting // DJ: Big Fun Disc Jockeys // Officiant: Officially Yours // Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen / Standard Party Rentals // Bakery: Cake Coquette // Horse Carriage: Grand Carriages & Baraat Horses // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Iris and Michael’s stunning spring soiree at Gamble Gardens was designed by none-other than Kaella Lynn Events. A perfectly romantic garden party, the event was filled with (even more) elegant, gathered florals by Lauras Floras in a rainbow of dusty pastels.Brown Fox Calligraphy introduced the event with a timeless stationery suite and Studio Cake punctuated the day with a silk-ribbon wrapped cake accented with twigs of lavender. We love the sunlight-streaked joy of the day and it’s all captured beautifully by Lynette Boyle Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

First of all, the setting at Gable Garden was amazing. It was May and the garden was in full bloom. There was serenity and peace to the whole place and the extra flowers for the wedding made the scene luscious. The most unique feature though, was that the ceremony itself was arranged in a circle. When we stood there in the center, and said ‘I do’ we could feel the love and energy from everyone around us in every direction.

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

I found the dress at the first place I went. I went alone, and was just starting to look; they brought out 5 dresses and one of them was perfect.  I left the store without buying it and called Michael and sent him a picture. The dress showed my full back, and I was worried it might be too revealing for him. But he said okay, and I made a u-turn and went back and bought that dress right then and there.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Michael’s father was the Officiant, and his mother read a beautiful poem. Also – we created (with Kaella’s guidance) lots of little outdoor lounging areas, where people sat and talked. Every time we looked around, people were smiling and having a great time. And one more also – we had this wonderful family-style long table for dinner, with the perfect place settings, under a tree on the garden patio. It felt magical.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

After we said our vows, we walked out of the center of the circle, with our kids behind us. We all gathered as a new family and spontaneously hugged as a group, and one of the kids said ‘We did it!’ and we all cried.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met online. We lived 2 miles apart and it took the computer months to match us. Our first date was at Pete’s and it was okay but neither of us really felt much. Then we went to dinner for our second date, and sparks flew right away. Iris made Michael laugh a lot, which was a requirement and Michael saw Iris cry which was his requirement.

We got engaged after talking about it at length, and making sure our kids could get along. We went ring shopping together but Michael handled the details of getting it made.  We went away for a weekend in Napa and Michael surprised Iris (a little) with flowers in the room, and ring in hand.

Photography: Lynette Boyle Photography // Planning + Design: Kaella Lynn Events // Floral Design: Lauras Floras // Paper: Brown Fox Calligraphy // Venue: Gamble Gardens // Bridal Gown Designer: Michaela Bridal // HMU: Skyla Arts Beauty // Cake: Studio Cake // Table top rentals: Frances Lane // Lounge furniture: Found Vintage Rentals // Catering: Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Lighting: Impact Lighting // Music Trio: Rob Reich // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

 

 

Jessica and Lucas celebrated their nuptials with a destination wedding in Sonoma. The day at Trentadue Winery was planned by Milestone Events Group and featured a scenic outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour and garden receptions all on different sections of the property. Vanda Floral Design created airy white florals with hints of light peach and dusty pink. Relaxed wine country vibes set the tone and sunshine was abundant and you can see it all in these images by Catie Coyle Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

I always knew I wanted to get married in wine country. I love the idea of a destination wedding. All of your closest family and friends spending a weekend together in a beautiful part of the country always excited me. It only took one trip out to California for Lucas to be fully on board. Several of our friends had been to destination beach weddings but very few had ever been to one out in Sonoma. When looking for venues we wanted to make sure we could find a place where we could have the ceremony and reception outside. Trentadue offered that. We were able to have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception on different parts of the property. Our guests got to enjoy different views throughout the night.

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

BHLDN was my first choice for a wedding dress! As soon as I got engaged, I started looking online. I knew right away when I saw my dress that I loved it. I just needed to try it on to make sure! I went to BHLDN with my mom and bridesmaids. As soon as I tried it on, I knew! It was simple and elegant. Exactly what I wanted.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We wanted the wedding to be intimate so we only had about 85 people attend. One of our best friends officiated the wedding so he was able to add so many personal touches.

We also realized how much effort it took for people to join us on our day. We wanted to be sure to thank them so we had thank you notes on everyone’s place setting that we personally signed. We got to pick which wines we wanted from the winery so my mom, sister, and I got to fly out for some wine tasting prior to the wedding.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The ceremony! I thought I was going to be so nervous standing in front of so many people expressing my emotions but I was so calm and comfortable. Writing our own vows and having our best friend officiate it made it so incredibly special. It was so picturesque and personal. The vines and mountains in the background made it feel magical. When I look back at the pictures from the ceremony I feel like I am looking at something out of a magazine!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Lucas met my brother-in-law through work. After spending time with my sister and brother-in-law in Mexico on a work trip, my sister and Lucas got to talking about her “single sister.” After a work move brought Lucas from St. Louis to Champaign, IL he decided to make a trip up to Chicago to meet me. The four of us went out to dinner and the rest is history! After dating long distance for almost a year, Lucas quit his job and moved up to Chicago! He proposed a few months later in Central Park in New York. I thought we were just going on a fun weekend trip to visit one of Lucas’s friends who had recently moved there but Lucas had other plans. After proposing, he had a professional photographer capture the moment. My sister and brother-in-law were in town to celebrate and two of my best friends from Chicago surprised me at dinner! They flew all the way out there just to celebrate with us. It was perfect!

Photography: Catie Coyle Photography // Wedding Planner: Milestone Events Group // Florist: Vanda Floral Design // Venue: Trentadue Winery // Gown: BHLDN // Caterer: Park Avenue // HMUA: Wash & Brushup Co.