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Susie and Max met on their first day of work at Google. They both moved to San Francisco as transplants and connected over their southern upbringings love of their SF district: The Mission. The couple celebrated their nuptials in a destination Santa Cruz wedding with ceremony at the historic Holy Cross Church followed by a beachfront reception at the retro-inspired Dream Inn Santa Cruz. The couple let the locations chine and kept their details simple including white florals by Wild Child Flowers and Minted stationery. They enlisted the eye of  This Love of Yours to capture all the special moments in these adorable photographs.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We tried to make every detail represent us. Having our wedding in Santa Cruz, a place where neither one of us are from, felt unique. Santa Cruz is a special place and we ensured that our guests experienced everything it had to offer from the moment they landed. We held small, informal get-togethers throughout the weekend that put less pressure on the actual wedding day. All three days felt like an ongoing celebration!

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

The gown is from Lovely Bride and designed by two sisters based in LA — Tara Lauren. Their style embodies a feminine, vintage vibe. The Farrow was one of the first dresses I tried on and it felt different from the rest. The long veil made me feel especially lavish.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We’re big winos and beer nerds. We chose all of the drinks ourselves and tried to include beverages that were local to California (the Turley Zinfandel and Trumer Pilsner were big hits). We also featured our love for travel with our guest book. We asked guests to fill out a postcard with advice or a travel recommendation. We read and reread all of the postcards; such memorable tokens from our wedding.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Our last song stood out to both of us. We played “Shout” and every single person came out to the dance floor. We stayed close to one another but moved and danced around the room, taking it all in. What a feeling to have everyone you love in one place!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met on our first day of work at Google. We both came out to San Francisco as transplants and connected over our southern upbringings and our love of living in the best district in SF: The Mission.

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Planning & Design: Katie Hillenga, Dream Inn // Reception Venue: Dream Inn Santa Cruz // Photographer: This Love of Yours // Florist: Wild Child Flowers // Stationery: Minted // Ceremony Venue: Holy Cross Church // Gown: Tara Lauren & Lovely Bride // Hair & Makeup: Urban Beauty Loft // Bakery: The Buttery // Rental Company: Alexis Party Rental // Lighting: Bay Area Event Lights // Videographer: IZ Cinema // Reception Music: Elite Entertainment // Photobooth: 143 Photobooth

 

 

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Alex and Drew had no doubt High Lonesome Barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch was their perfect wedding venue—Drew was scoping it out before they were even engaged. The Colorado location played an important role in Alex’s childhood and inviting all their friends and family to there to celebrate their nuptials was a must. Calluna Events planned a day filled with voluminous lavender-hued florals and cascading greens by Cori Cook Floral Design, periwinkle paper goods by Whimsy Design Studio and personalized rustic details throughout. Jamee Photography was behind the lens and captured all the beautiful moments in these stunning images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I grew up going to Devil’s Thumb Ranch. It is just down the street from the home my grandparents built in Granby, CO, after my Grandfather became sick and could no longer travel. They built it with the hope that family and friends would use it to visit them and it would be a place to gather and celebrate. Devil’s Thumb was always a place that served for special occasions and beautiful, nearby hikes. It became equally special to my husband, Drew. We love hiking around the area and ending the day with a glass of wine on the restaurant’s deck. Before we were even engaged, Drew had already reached out to DTR to see what dates they had open for summer 2019. He knew that it was the only option. We did not look at any other venues and had Devil’s Thumb locked in for Labor Day just two days after our engagement. Having all of our family and friends in a place that is so special to us and being able to share that with them was incredible!

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

The gown is Romona Keveza. I found it at Felice Bridal. It was the last dress I tried on there. I was deciding between two strapless gowns but something just did not feel right. The associate said there was one dress that they had just gotten in that day and she still had not seen it on anyone. It was the same as one of the strapless gowns I had tried on, but in a different cut that I had been liking on other dresses. I put it on and knew it was the one. I love that dress SO much!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

For our ceremony, we had Drew’s Uncle, who everyone lovingly refers to as “H”, officiate the ceremony. We wanted to be married by someone who we personally knew and someone who knew our relationship from day one. He killed it. It was the perfect combination of love, religion, humor, and personal touches. We had my Grandmother, who first introduced me to Devil’s Thumb, do a blessing, which included how we truly believe that we were meant to be together, and Drew’s sisters did a reading. It was so special to have people who we love so much be a part of our marriage. Some other fun touches we did were personalized cocktail napkins with fun facts about the couple, Alex (a HUGE Elvis fan who got third place in an Elvis impersonation contest in 3rd Grade) walked down the aisle to Can’t Help Falling in Love, we brought the outdoors in with beautiful ivy hanging all over the beams inside the reception, and had a 12 piece band that kept everyone on their feet all night!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The entire day I was so worried that it was going to rain. The weather had been beautiful up until that day and, of course, Saturday was the only day where rain threatened. You can see in a lot of the pictures how ominous the clouds look. There were a few drops during our first look and bridal party photos before the ceremony, but nothing crazy. In the middle of our ceremony, right when we started saying our vows, it started to rain. It was not a rain that makes you want to run inside or that will even get you super wet. It was a few heavy, scattered drops, but nothing more. I felt like, at that moment, my Grandfather, and all our other loved ones who are no longer with us, were there and making their presence known. It was comforting and peaceful. Looking into the man I love’s eyes and reciting our personal vows with this overwhelming sense of love was truly remarkable.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The amount of small world connections that Drew and I have made it clear that we were meant to meet one way or another. Drew is from Lake Forest, IL and Alex is from Denver, CO. Drew moved to Denver for a job, not knowing anyone but his sister and an old friend from high school. That old friend turned out to be the boyfriend (now fiance) of Alex’s lifetime best friend (and maid of honor) and introduced them only two weeks after Drew moved to Colorado. Once the two met, they were immediately inseparable and knew that something was different. Alex’s best friend from college was also from Lake Forest, IL, and Drew’s sister used to babysit her growing up. Both were bridesmaids in the wedding. Drew needed to sublet his apartment in Chicago after moving to Denver. Alex’s friend from high school had just moved to Chicago and was looking for a room, so she ended up subletting from Drew. After 4 years of dating, Drew and Alex decided that they were going to combine Christmas with both their families that year and everyone was invited to celebrate in Avon, CO, where Drew’s parents live. On a snowy morning walk overlooking the mountains, Drew got down on one knee and proposed with his Grandmother’s (and Great Grandmother’s!) ring. The surprises continued as Drew had planned for Alex’s best friends and grandparents to drive up to the house shortly after. We ended the night with a snow cat ride to Beano’s Cabin in Beaver Creek where we celebrated!

Photography: Jamee Photography // Planning: Calluna Events // Floral: Cori Cook Floral Design // Paper goods: Whimsy Design Studio // Venue: High Lonesome Barn at Devil’s Thumb Ranch  // Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza from Felice Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses: Hayley Paige // Hair: Shear Bliss // Make up: Bobbi Brown // Decor & Rentals: Pink Monkey Solutions  / Tents and Events // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Band: Denver Radio Band // Cinematography: Lupher Arts // 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.

 

When searching for a venue, high school sweethearts Abby and Jay were open to a number of locations. Jay was raised in Michigan and his family resides there while Abby has family in Dubai, the UK, and Canada. So Michigan and the Niagara/Toronto area were both area of interest. Along with planner Lustre Events, the couple toured some gorgeous properties but instantly knew Michigan’s The Valley at Frutig Farms,  was meant for them. The destination celebration was elegant, romantic, and totally filled to the brim with florals by Ines & Marie. Artful details like custom stationery by Simply Sealed and epic display of the cake by Bella e Dolce added wonderment to the design.  Christine Lim was on hand to capture all the moments and we’re thrilled to share her images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was a destination wedding for everyone that came, so it was important to us to make everyone feel included. We did this by having our rehearsal dinner be a “welcome” dinner for everyone who was already in town. Family and friends were able to meet before the big day, which made the evening of the wedding more fun and comfortable as the introductions were out of the way!

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

One year after our engagement and about 60 dresses later, I found my dress at a small bridal boutique in Michigan. Though I tried on lots of styles, it ended up being exactly what I had envisioned all along!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Personal touches included photos of the time we have been together (starting in high school) in frames for guests to look at, including pictures of our 4-month backpacking trip through South America last year. The biggest surprise were the llamas that were waiting for us at the end of the aisle! My husband and I fell in love with llamas during our travels, so my mom had the crazy idea to have some crash our wedding! They were waiting to greet us as we exited our ceremony. It was incredible!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Though the whole day was memorable, moments that stood out were our first look, ceremony, and reception.  The excitement of seeing other at the first look and the anticipation of what we were about to do was unreal! The ceremony was incredibly intimate and emotional, and it felt like there was no one else there but Jay and I. Nothing beats the moment we said our personal vows to one another. The tears wouldn’t stop flowing! To look around the beautiful tent and see all of our loved ones in one space was a moment we won’t forget.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jay and I met in middle school in Dubai, and began dating in 11th grade. We managed to do long distance with him in the US and myself in Canada for four years, which meant a lot of planes and road trips! In the summer of 2016, we went on a canoe portaging trip in Algonquin Park, and it was there that Jay proposed to me! I still have no idea how he was able to hide the ring box from me (we shared a backpack) and have the guts to bring it on our canoe. Lucky for me, he recorded the whole thing with the GoPro so we have a wonderful memory of the day!

Wedding Design & Planning: Lustre Events // Photography: Christine Lim // Florals: Ines & Marie // Stationery: Simply Sealed // Venue: The Valley at Frutig Farms // Cinematography: James Frodyma // Bridal Gown: Doyle gown from Willowby by Watters // Bridal Boutique: Ella Bridal // Hair & Make-up: Studio 9 Salon // Cake: Bella e Dolce // Catering: Tavolina Events // Lounge Furniture: Fancy Fray // Tabletop Rentals: Gigi & Laclede // Event Rentals: Firefly Premier // Live Musicians and DJ: Christina Kateri Music // Bridesmaids: Show Me Your Mumu // Groom Attire: Ike Behar Dusk Blue “Lane” Tuxedo