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Downtown Los Angeles’ Southpark Center was Maggie’s dream venue and she had this to say about it “Flanked by the skyline of downtown Los Angeles, standing together high above the city, and basking in the warm sun, Doug and I were married.” With the help of CCL Weddings & Events, the couple incorporated personal details into the space like graphic stationery by Small Paper Co. , a modern floral arch by Art With Nature and nods to the couple’s Pomeranian all in the bride’s favorite color—purple. Additional details like the ADORABLE donut wall and interactive games throughout the space added the lighthearted mood that Maggie and Doug desired. Christine Farah Photography was on had to capture all the lilac-hued details (and there are lots!) to share with us today!

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from the bride: Flanked by the skyline of downtown Los Angeles, standing together high above the city, and basking in the warm sun, Doug and I were married. What felt like a dream was made even more surreal by the fact that the South Park center was my “dream” venue. We were looking for a venue with an urban, modern feel, yet provided us with natural light and gave us the opportunity to put our mark on the space. We also loved how the venue view was first dominated by the vast expanse of LA in the light, to the sparkling skyline of the night.

Our goal for the wedding was to create an elegant yet simple space that celebrated us both individually and as a couple, down to the smallest detail which wouldn’t have been possible without CCL Weddings helping us. I decided to incorporate geometric shapes throughout the wedding, on our escort board, menus, and vases to reflect both the shape of my emerald cut diamond ring, and the architecture of the downtown buildings. These shapes were meant to compliment the large windows and canvas of our venue. My favorite color is purple, which we placed throughout the design, interspersed with the blue and gold of UCLA, where Doug works. We also wanted to have Bebe, our Pomeranian, join us in spirit, if not in person with her princess-like personality. We had her silhouette turned into an image which made its way onto cocktail stirrers, the cake topper, paper goods, and our Snapchat filter.

One thing that Doug and I realized about each other is that we bring out our competitive side with games, especially with each other. We wanted to bring the feel of our game nights into the wedding, so we developed an interactive experience for our guests. Doug loves quoting movies and I love group games, so we decided to have a movie quote game. We placed quotes around the venue in strategic locations throughout the night, such as at the entrance, and the bar, and guests were to write down which movie the quote was from to win a prize.

Doug and I both love to enjoy good food and drink, and wanted our guests to never be wanting for either at our wedding. I love boba milk tea- I used to work at a boba shop. We set up a station with my all-time favorite drinks as part of the dessert. Doug can be found sometimes eating ramen late at night after enjoying his Scotch, and what a better pairing with our drinks than a DIY ramen bar. We provided a bounty for our guests with spicy kimchi, seafood, and chicken pho flavored ramen. Another surprise we had for our guests was a lady in a “champagne dress,” adorned with full glasses of champagne and provided by A-max Entertainment. In addition to attracting attention, she ensured that our guests had easy access to their drinks.

In the end, all the details came together in a way we could not have imagined. Against the backdrop of the setting sun, not only were our design pieces glow, but also all of our guests on this night to remember.

Maggie + Douglas \\ Interview & Same-Day Edit from Komotion Pictures on Vimeo.

Wedding Planning & Design: CCL Weddings & Events // Photography: Christine Farah Photography // Florist: Art With Nature // Invitation and Stationery Design: Small Paper Co. // Venue: Southpark Center  // Gown: Carolina Herrera / Boutique: Glamour Closet // Catering: Patina Catering // Cake: M Cakes Sweets // Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals // Specialty Rentals: Borrowed and Blu / Modest Peach // Hair and Makeup: Angie Hair and Makeup // Backdrop Installation: Modest Peach // Videography: Komotion Pictures // Cake Topper: Letters To You // Linens: La Tavola Linens // DJ: VOX DJ // Alterations: Stitch in Time

 

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Camille and Dennis were married at Megunticook Golf Club in Rockport, Maine and the day is absolutely STUNNING. The elegant couple (think modern-day John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Jeanne Bessette-Kennedy) filled their day with dear family and friends, a lovely rustic outdoor ceremony and tented reception and beautiful wild blooms by One and Supp and Ragged Mt Flowers. Their favorite moment? When they looked up the hill and saw all their loved ones under the twinkly lights and realized they were married and all was as it should be. We couldn’t love this one more and are so glad that mega-talented Emily Delamater Photography was on hand to capture all the beautiful moments.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

One of my sisters had an insanely gorgeous August wedding the summer before at the same club, so Dennis and I had actually put a lot of thought into trying to make sure we didn’t take their ideas! We thought a lot about trying to make our wedding a reflection of us, just as theirs was perfectly theirs. After all that (as cheesy as it sounds), it was the people there to celebrate with us that really made our day feel unique. It was the most incredibly special feeling to look around and see so many important people from all different parts of our lives in the same place to watch us say “I do”!

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

I went looking in Boston with my mom and one of my best friends. The first gown at the first boutique we stopped at was the dress to beat all day long. Our very last stop was Ceremony Boston where Alexandra Grecco was having a trunk show that day. The first dress of hers that I tried on I did not want to take off. I loved that it felt simple and modern but also elegant and timeless. Choosing that dress was one of the easiest decisions of the whole wedding!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Despite our idea of an “effortlessly elegant” event, there was a lot of teamwork involved in making the wedding look and feel like we envisioned. Knowing that a lot of our friends and family had helped with making and hanging decorations, arranging flowers, and cooking blueberry jam (thanks, mom!) gave the celebration the feel that it was made with a lot of love!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Besides the burrata and cake? There was a moment during cocktail hour when Dennis and I were away from the party, taking pictures. We both looked up the hill and saw everyone under the twinkly lights. We heard laughter and the saxophone and clinking glasses, and it was this wonderful moment of realization that we were married and that it all was happening just as we had been dreaming and planning for so long!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I don’t know how I didn’t notice Dennis pull a ring box out of his pocket to put in the bin at airport security, but lucky for both of us, he was able to keep the whole proposal a surprise until the lovely moment in St Barth. We were down in the Caribbean for a sailing regatta, and after dinner on our first night there we decided to take a beach walk before turning in for the night. I was completely surprised when he popped the question, and so excited to say yes! It was pitch black when he got down on one knee, so it was a very pleasant surprise to see my sparkly ring in the sun the next morning!

Photography: Emily Delamater Photography // Flowers (bouquets and ceremony urns) : One and Supp // Loose Blooms: Ragged Mt Flowers // Paper Goods: ByBrydon and the Bride // Venue: Megunticook Golf Club, Rockport Maine // Bride’s Dress: Alexandra Grecco from Ceremony Boston // Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom: JCrew // Makeup: Beauty Mark Salon // Hair: Green with Envy // Catering: Trillium

 

If purple is your hue, then Kelly and Devin’s East Coast wedding at Marianmade Farm is just the inspiration for you. The couple resides in California, but having both grown up in New England, the bride and groom knew that Maine was “the only place that felt right to be married in.” They enlisted the planning help of Daisies and Pearls and the floral expertise of Michelle Peele to transform their event space and incorporate as much color and local growing wild lupine as possible. You guys are going to love how it all turned out and thankfully Henry + Mac were behind the lens capturing all the details.

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from the bride: We both grew up in New England and had been living in California for years by the time we were planning our wedding. Maine was the only place that felt right to be married in (it was where we met and fell in love), but we also wanted to incorporate some of our laid-back California lifestyle that we loved so much. We had been dating for 7 years and already felt like we were part of each other’s families. So we wanted the wedding to be not only a celebration of our relationship but also our community, as a thank you for so much support over the years. Our photographers asked us what we imagined the wedding day would feel like. We said we wanted it to feel like there was one big giant hug surrounding us. All of our people smiling, laughing, crying, loving together. It felt like that and so much more.

Wedding Vibes: We are both huge fans of color so we wanted to use as much as possible to make the celebration feel vibrant and fun, but also timeless. Something that we could look back on and love for years to come.

I spent a lot of my childhood on the Maine coast and my favorite book is Miss Rumphuis, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. It’s a story about a woman who spread Lupine seeds all over the coast to make the world more beautiful. As it turns out, our mid-June date is prime blooming season for wild Lupine. We used the book cover as inspiration for a bright color palate and decided that we would spread Lupine all over the wedding. We were married on a working flower farm so it only seemed right that farm’s flowers would provide all the florals for the wedding. I wanted bright, wild looking florals to keep a laid back vibe running through the décor.

One way we tied California into the wedding was through our incredible invitations and paper goods wizard, Taryn Sutherland of Twinkle and Toast. Her modern calligraphy with fun nontraditional lettering let us continue our use of bright colors with a watercolor/Lupine palate to tie all the details together.

Having all of the people you love in one place doesn’t happen all that often, so we made it a priority to provide the best guest experience we could. For us, that meant spending the money needed on transportation from hotels to the venue and back, an amazing caterer that specialized in family style celebrations, and great music. We feel that all of this helped create a relaxed and welcoming vibe to the whole weekend.

We also loved the idea of getting everyone together the night before so we had a large traditional lobster bake and then invited all of our guests to join us for dessert and drinks. We still got family time and additional party time with our guests. It also took some of the pressure off in having to make it to every table at dinner during the reception- which we definitely didn’t accomplish.

Advice for Planning Couples.

Surround yourself with vendors that you trust and let them do what they do best. Devin and I had a lot going on around the time of our wedding. We moved from California to New England, closed on a house, completed graduate school, and changed jobs in the three weeks leading up the wedding. Our amazing team, led by Sarah Goodwin of Daisies and Pearls, took care of everything and we got to sit back and take in every last drop of the day.

Also, no matter how hard you try to not let the process stress you out, it will. When that happens, step back and try to remember that you have a fabulous party coming your way with all of your favorite people. Lastly, happiness and laughter are contagious. If you are having a fabulous time, your guests will too. So let yourself feel all the feels on your wedding day and if you do that, it will feel like you.

Favorite part of the day: Every moment of the day felt like pure magic. Getting ready with the female loves of my life, seeing everyone sending so much love back at us. The day felt like it was pouring with joy.

A few moments in particular surprised me with how much they ended up meaning:

First Look- When we first started planning the wedding, I was totally against the idea of a doing a first look. I grew up dreaming of seeing the look on my groom’s face when he saw me for the first time walking down the aisle. But then we did an engagement session with our photographers and they allowed it to feel so peaceful, standing close to Devin and just being in the moment. So non-invasive and natural feeling that we decided it was really important to have some alone time like that on the wedding day. The only thing we told our photographers about the first look was that we didn’t want it to feel forced, and they delivered big time. After seeing each other at the venue (where I was getting ready), we hopped in their car and stopped for a walk through a field of blooming wild Lupine a few miles down the road. A beautiful, secret hideout away from the hustle and bustle of the day.

It was also the field that provided flowers for my bouquet. With Lupine being my favorite flower, getting to walk with Devin through that field was not only relaxing and quiet, but also a dream come true. The next day, we were both so grateful that we got that time together because once the day gets rolling, you won’t be alone at all.

Ceremony: We put a lot of thought and time into our ceremony. It’s the reason we were all together that day and we wanted it to represent what we felt was important in a marriage relationship. Having a completely secular ceremony was a big part of our beliefs and Devin’s father got ordained to marry us. He is a great, thoughtful public speaker and built his messages from the book “How to Love” – Thich Nhat Hanh. My godparents also serenaded the crowd with an interactive, acoustic rendition of “Give Yourself to Love”- Kate Wolf. From the first time we talked about the ceremony, Devin insisted that we write our own vows. He felt strongly that our whole community should hear from us why we loved each other and why we were getting married. I was completely terrified, not one to pour my heart out in front of crowds. During the ceremony, I completely forgot about my anxiety because I was having so much fun watching Devin’s father charm the crowd. When it was time, I just focused on Devin’s face and went for it. And when he read his vows back, it was incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more special and loved than in that moment and will never forget it. Having someone we knew well and trusted standing up there with us also helped a lot in terms of making us comfortable.

Photography: Henry + Mac // Planner: Daisies and Pearls // Flowers: Michelle Peele // Invites: Twinkle + Toast // Venue: Marianmade Farm // Catering & Cake: Trillium Caterers // Bride Dress: Romona Keveza // Dress Shop: Musette Bridal // Bridesmaid Dress: Joanna August // Groom Suit: Hugo Boss // HMU: Ariel Johnson // Rentals: One Stop Event A Family Affair of Maine // DJ: DJ Jon

 

Bride Debby knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding to Laurence, who knew that he should definitely just hand her the reigns (smart man!) The result, is a lovely garden celebration at Seattle’s Willows Lodge filled with deep, rich jewel tones and beautiful nature. We’re loving the florals by The London Plane—organic, wild and romantic and you guys have to check out the super-personal cat-cookie favors. Laurence in the owner of the FIRST cat cafe in Seattle so naturally, they ad to tie that one in See all the details and beautiful scenery captured in Miranda Hattie Photography‘s images below.

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From the bride: We wanted our wedding to be a big celebration and a destination for our friends and family around the globe to visit and create the memories they will cherish as much as we would. Laurence didn’t really have any preferences and since he knew I always love planning, he let me take the control and gladly, I am that type of girl who always knows what she wants. I have always wanted to have an elegant wedding with lots of flowers and nature. It would be perfect to have the wedding in a beautiful garden. The first venue we visited was the Willows Lodge and we immediately fell in love the beautiful garden and decided on the spot. It’s organic, and it has the greenery I was looking for and gorgeous flowers everywhere.

We did not only want to have our wedding to be full of life and rich in color but also possess the classy elements. I love the color of fall so right after we got engaged (on 10/1), we decided to have our wedding on the same date a year later. I was able to incorporate my favorite color, burgundy, in bridesmaid’s dresses and my flower arrangements. The wedding style was rustic yet elegant and romantic.

The whole day was magical and it really was the perfect wedding I had been dreaming of. I wasn’t nervous at all and I was happy to see our friends having fun too. I was also glad that before we exchanged our vows, Laurence and I read letters to our parents, who flew in from Taiwan to attend our wedding. Growing up, our parents have sacrificed a lot to give us the best. We have been living abroad for years and we don’t get to see our parents very often. Showing them our appreciation and our love for them is the least we could do. It’s a day about love and we made sure to celebrate it fully. It will be a memory we keep with us forever.

All my friends know I am crazy about flowers and before I got engaged I already set my mind on The London Plane; they would be the flower shop to design and arrange my flowers for my wedding day. My office is right next to The London Plane and every time I walk by, I am fascinated by the designs and the flowers in the shop. We settled on a jewel tone, creamy blush palette and using protea as the center flower for my bouquet. I wanted my bouquet to be unique and speaks my personality. The style was organic, wild and romantic at the same time.

Laurence is one of the owners of the first cat café in Seattle, Seattle Meowtropolitan, so our favors were the “meow-carons” from the café. They were designed by the Fuji bakery and I asked them to add a bow on the female cat. We also custom-made wooden coasters with the Seattle skyline that our guests can bring back with them. Most of our guests were from out of town so we wanted to give them a souvenir that they would find useful.

Advice for brides: Try to focus on what’s important and what you love the most and go with it during the planning process. Don’t stress out about it because nothing is more important than the love you have for each other. Friends and family gather together to celebrate your big day and they will have a great time while you are also having a fabulous time.

Debby & Laurence || Wedding Highlight Video from Shutter And Sound Films on Vimeo.

Photography: Miranda Hattie Photography // Florist: The London Plane // Invitations/Programs/Signage: Minted  // Venue: Willows Lodge // Wax Seal: Written Word Calligraphy // Bridal Gown & Accessories: Monique Lhuillier from Marcella’s // Accessories: Maria Elena, Marcella’s // Bridesmaid Attire: Amsale  from BHLDN // Cake/Desserts: Morfey’s Cake // Favors: Fuji Bakery // Groom’s Attire & Accessories: Tie: Saint Laurent; Groom’s suit: Awareness Kenneth Cole, Men’s Wearhouse // Groom’s shoes: Ecco // Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Ties: The Tie Bar // Hair & Makeup: Nicole Wang Makeup and Hair // Videographer: Shutter and Sound

 

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