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Vanessa and Fabien live in Paris but adore the landscape and lifestyle of California. Sharing a dream of splitting their time between the West Coast and France, the couple chose the Ventana Inn & Spa for their intimate 45-person wedding. Rustic details spearheaded by Posh+Folk charmed guests and a show-stopping floral altar by Christine Cater framed panoramic views of the ocean and hills of Big Sur. The couple enlisted Arnau Dubois  to capture all the details in these lovely photographs of  Vanessa and Fabien’s beautiful day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

From the bride: The greatest triumph of the day and evening was that we felt like we had opened a window to our love and our relationship that everyone was able to step into. It felt like a celebration of our love, but also of love in general. We were also happy to see that everyone had fun — I have never seen a crowd enjoy music and dancing as much as we did that night. Everyone went into a beach-y wedding trance and we were carried away by the magic of a warm summer night in Big Sur.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

From Posh+Folk: Champagne and cocktails were passed on the Terrace, followed by an elegant dinner. Tables were adorned with copper vessels, vibrant coral flowers, and illustrations of the couple’s favorite spots in Paris that were hand-drawn by one of the bride’s younger sisters. Hundreds of fairy lights among dripping greenery and white flower stems hung above the head table, adding a further sense of romance to the stunning views.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

From Posh+Folk: One of our favorite moments from the wedding was when an impromptu receiving line was formed following the ceremony. The heartfelt words exchanged between the pair during the ceremony left virtually every guest in tears as they congratulated the couple.

Photography: Arnau Dubois // Event Planner: Posh+Folk // Floral Designer: Christine Cater // Invitations: Bella Figura // Venue: Ventana Inn & Spa // Cake: Parker Lusseau // Officiant: Soaring Starkey // Hair & Makeup: Melissa Hoffmann // Dress: Claire Pettibone // Suit: Chris Kerr // Rentals: Chic Event Rentals // DJ: DNA Entertainment

 

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Elise and James’ festive and colorful Frida Kahlo-inspired wedding at The O’Donnell House embodied everything the couple loves and everything that brought them together—art, music, poetry, the desert, laughter, our family and friends. With the help of planner The Events Department, the couple created their big day through a “Frida filter” focusing on whimsical flower arrangements and installations by Magnolia Flower Shoppe, embracing pops of vibrant color in the bridal party and venue, and “planning their wedding as if it were the greatest art project of their lives.” We are LOVING the pure joy of the couple (and of course all the bold details) as captured beautifully by Grey Collective member Kathleen Geiberger Art.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our festive and colorful Frida Kahlo-inspired wedding embodied everything James and I love and everything that brought us together: art, music, poetry, the desert, laughter, our family and friends. James and I elected Frida as our theme when we decided that we wanted our wedding to be the opposite of reserved and demure; we yearned for a celebration rife with creativity, passion and a life-as-art perspective—everything we believe Frida Kahlo personifies. Creating our wedding through our Frida filter allowed us to throw caution (and, at times, tradition) to the wind and focus on the details that were truly important to us like having whimsical flower arrangements throughout our venue, embracing pops of vibrant color, and planning our wedding as if it were the greatest art project of our lives.

Another aspect of our wedding that made it so unique is our venue, The O’Donnell House—a historic Spanish-style estate perched on the cliff-side of Palm Spring’s San Jacinto Mountain with a view of the entire Coachella Valley. It provided the perfect canvas for our Frida Kahlo-inspired wedding with its bright, fuchsia bougainvillea flowers blooming all around and iconic desert cacti dotting the landscape. At night, after the sun set, the valley lights twinkled below making our festive affair all the more intimate.

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

My gown is by Catherine Deane for BHLDN. Before I’d ever even imagined being engaged I dreamed of one day wearing a BHLDN dress. It was a three piece gown: a skirt, a sweetheart corset top and a cap sleeve, lace topper. It went so perfectly with our theme and our venue. Crazily enough, I found my dress three weeks before the wedding. Luckily the wonderful staff at BHLDN had the dress rush shipped and my seamstress worked hard to have it all finished in time. I picked up my finished dress three days before the wedding. Nothing like a little excitement to start off the special weekend!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our officiant, Sven, is James’ and my mutual best friend since freshman year of high school. Never once in high school did we imagine that James and I would end up married one day. Sven crafted the most sentimental ceremony by keeping the focus solely on James, me and the story of how our relationship came to be. He told funny and sweet stories of us and secretly interviewed our parents so he could share their perspectives on our relationship. This allowed our audience to learn more about us and, ultimately from the feedback we received, feel more connected to us.

My cousin Mackenzie has the most incredible voice and she sang and played the piano for our ceremony. Then at the reception, she invited all of our guests onto the dance floor to dance to her rendition of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose”. Afterwards our DJ segued into a fun song that kept everyone dancing.

We named all of our tables after our favorite musicians, poets and painters. We had a Frida Kahlo table, of course, along with a Rumi table, an Edith Piaf table, a Georgia O’Keeffe table, etc. We had paintings of quotes around the reception area like Frida Kahlo’s famous “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic” and Pablo Neruda’s “I long to do to you what spring does to the cherry trees”. Our hashtag was “When two brows become one”, paying homage to Frida’s iconic unibrow.

For dinner we had a taco bar with all the fixings and a margarita station with a pineapple jalapeno margarita, pomegranate margarita and a traditional. For dessert we served churros, Spanish style crema cantalana (crème brulee) and a simple but delicious (and amazingly affordable!) two-tiered cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. Our guests demolished the food and that’s exactly what we wanted to happen!

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I can’t pick just one, sorry!! Having my mom help me button my dress, fasten my jewelry, kiss my check and send me on my way down the aisle. Then walking arm in arm with my dad to my cousin Mackenzie playing the piano and singing her rendition of George Ezra’s “Blame It On Me”, while seeing all of my most favorite people in the audience and up front under the most beautiful floral altar. Our ceremony space was narrower than most, meaning our bridal party had to squeeze close together which made it so intimate—not only did I see my groom gazing back at me, I saw all of my very best friends gazing back at me, too.

Then, standing at the altar alongside James, listening to his incredibly heartfelt vows; saying “YES!” instead of “I Do” when asked if I take James as my husband (a meaningful accident and one that worked better with my vows, anyway); and, accidentally kissing James when I first got up to the altar—oops!! Sacrilege!

Having a matron of honor, Katie, a maid of honor, Torrie, and the most amazing tribe of bridesmaids: Krista, Mackenzie, Kristin, Amanda, and Britney stand by my side throughout the day and throughout the entire year of wedding planning. Also, being so in love with all of James’ groomsmen! Some are my best friends, some are part of my family. I love them all so much and it truly means the world to me they were part of our day.

Photographer:  Kathleen Geiberger Art // Event Planner: The Events Department // Floral Designer: Magnolia Flower Shoppe // Invitation Designer: PaperPlum // Reception Venue: The O’Donnell House at The Willows // Dress Designer: Catherine Deane // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Apparel: Kenneth Cole // Jewelry: Lauren Wolf of Esqueleto // Bakery: Nothing Bundt Cakes // Apparel: Show Me Your Mumu // Caterer: Westwood Catering // Equipment Rentals: Signature Party Rentals // Video: Amari Productions

 

Alright guys—this one is desert-boho at its finest! Monica and David’s wedding took place in the bride’s parents’ backyard—a boutique San Bernadino vineyard that was planted by the family. With home grown wine and teepee vibes, the day is filled with artistic family-created details like more than 200 tie-dyed napkins and 250 hand-made pinchpots. Florals by Fleuris Flower Studio are show-stopping including Monica’s larger-than-life floral crown and the overall mood is totally joyful and captured perfectly by Mandilynn Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Location–being able to get married in literally my parents backyard which is a boutique vineyard that we planted together as a family. Home grown wine. Teepee vibes.

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

I was recommended to a local boutique that a few of my girlfriends had gotten their dresses at. Deborah’s bridal in Upland. They were simply amazing to work with. I didn’t want the typical dress with layers of tulle. I knew I wanted a fitted long sleeve lace gown but when I said that out loud I’m sure people envisioned 80’s style with the Rambo headband. I wanted classy with a killer back. We were in a pinch because I went in late December and the wedding was less than 4 months away. I went with Stella York and had to pay a rush fee to have it made because it was coming from Australia. Time is money! I was told that I wouldn’t know until late January/ early February if I would be guaranteed the dress because of the short time frame. I remember trying on the sample size and busting out with a dance move to make sure I could boogie on the big day.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

My gem of a mom and her artistic abilities. She handmade over 250 ceramic pinch pots that were later filled with my private stash of succulents and given to our guests. We also tie-dyed over 200 napkins, which added pops of flair. The cake was my Great Aunt Carol’s recipe for her southern pound cake. The flower arrangements had an assortment of feathers from our peacocks. The succulents in my bouquet and David’s boutonniere were planted after the wedding as a keepsake. Our glasses were cut wine bottles with hand etched logos. We also served the family reserve (Red Fern Blend) wine with custom labels #davidamonicaletspolka. Oh and pizza!! 5 different varieties of gourmet stone oven pizza. It was everything.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The joy. It sounds corny but David and I were both ecstatic. We were so happy to celebrate our love with each other and amongst our closest friends and family. The day was to celebrate our union.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at a barbecue at my friends house. He spilled wine all over my friend’s carpet and turned bright red. It was hilarious and I teased him for months. He’s a good sport.

The night of our engagement we were planning to have dinner at the lodge in Lake Arrowhead for our 6 month anniversary. He met me at the bottom of the hill and we drove up together in his truck. He looked clammy and nervous. I just thought maybe he needed to eat! We arrived at the little lodge and headed towards a gazebo. I looked over and saw a couple sitting in candlelight at a little table with a bottle of champagne. David wanted to keep walking towards them and I was like “no way we are crashing their romantic dinner!” He insisted. I was super awkward. He begins with a speech which I don’t remember but it was sweet and all of a sudden gets down on one knee and asks if I will marry him. He opens up a box with 3 rings. And I’m shocked and answered with  “absolutely!!!”

Photography: Mandilynn Photography // Flowers: Fleuris Flower Studio  // Stationery: The Pastel Fox // Venue: Stomping Ground Vineyard, Steve and Peggy Avila // Wedding Dress: Stella York, Essence of Australia // Shoes: Free People // Hair and Makeup: Bride // Bridesmaids Dress: For Love and Lemons // Caterer:  Urban Pie // Cake: Nikki’s Custom Cakes // Chairs: An Elegant Affair // Videographer: Jay Williams Photography // DJ: Paid 2 Party

 

 

Nicole and John wed in Olde New Castle, a quaint historic town nestled along the Delaware River. The colonial buildings and cobblestone streets provided a welcoming backdrop to their berry-hued wedding day. The couple said their vows in the New Castle Court House Museum and celebrated at The Arsenal at the New Castle Historical Society. Flirty floral invitations from Minted set the tone for the day and A Styled Fete created stunning florals filled with magenta roses, white dahlias and rich burgundy blooms. Lucy for us,  Stacy Hart Photography was on hand to capture all the charming details.

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from the photographer: Nicole’s Melissa Sweet gown was perfectly complimented by the rich burgundy flowers she carried and her bridesmaids mystic colored gowns were hand-selected to tie in the unique color of Cinderella pumpkins. Her handsome groom, John, donned a navy blue suit with a matching striped tie and classic brown oxfords. Their son echoed the styling in adorable navy trousers and a miniature gingham bow tie.

The couple chose colors that would tie in fall, while keeping a sophisticated look for the affair. Her florals did that job perfectly by bringing in rich, burgundy cascading ribbons and soft, cafe-au-lair dahlias. A Styled Fete did a wonderful job with the bouquets; they were the image of perfection!

After their vows were completed at the historic New Castle Court House, they headed down the cobblestone road to their cocktail party reception. The courthouse was built in 1732, so they chose minimal ceremony decor to let the beautiful space speak for itself. Nicole kept the classic yet modern feel consistent through the reception by presenting her friends and family with an amazing spread.

Some of the more playful options included pumpkin quesadillas and mac and cheese cups. Guests were also able to take home locally made donuts as favors. I was so pleased to be a part of their big day. Documenting their love for one another and all of the details they worked for months planning was an absolute honor. Each little moment and detail made for an all together perfect afternoon for this bride and groom!

Photographer:  Stacy Hart Photography // Floral Design: A Styled Fete // Invitations: Minted // Ceremony Venue: New Castle Court House Museum // Reception Venue: The Arsenal at the New Castle Historical Society // Makeup Artist: Gloss Salon // Cake: Homemade // Dress: Melissa Sweet for David’s Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Generation Tux

 

Sofia and Ibrahim celebrated their nuptials at Villa Tolomei in picturesque Florence. The bride and groom, who met while working in Dubai, chose Italy for their destination for the food—who doesn’t love Italian food, right?! Sofia planned the entire event herself centering the design around a rich floral theme perfect for the Tuscan vineyard setting. To bring the theme to life, she enlisted florist Funkybird Firenze to create the stunning grape-hued florals in the bouquets, ceremony arbor and centerpieces and Les Amis Photo to captured all the lovely details and moments of the day.

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From the bride: Ibrahim and I met in Dubai four years ago at work, I immediately fell for his charm. After 2 and a half years he proposed and just over a year later we got married.

By nature, I am a control freak so decided to plan the whole wedding myself. We chose Italy because we were debating about what food to serve our guests and agreed everyone loves Italian food. To us, Florence is the most romantic city in Italy so we decided to look for a venue there – something in the mountains with a beautiful view but still small enough to keep it intimate.

We chose Villa Tolomei because it ticked all the boxes and their events manager supported me a lot through the whole process. Our florist, Sonja from Funkibird was magical and managed to capture the vibe I was looking for. Alma Project set us up with a wonderful band who played all the classics and our first dance song. The wedding day went perfectly and was captured by some very lovely and talented team from Les Amis Photo.

Sofia & Ibrahim | Wedding day from Les Amis Photo on Vimeo.

Photography: Les Amis Photo // Flowers: Funkybird Firenze // Venue: Villa Tolomei // Videography: Les Amis Photo // Cake: Tuscan Wedding Cakes //Music: Alma Project  // Makeup: Paola Bianchera // Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes // Shoes: Aquazzura Firenze // Groom Tux: Custom // Shoes: The Cobbler