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A traditional Hindu ceremony normally takes place in a ballroom with many family and friends, but today’s featured couple decided to throw a less traditional wedding reception—on a farm! Filled with all the vibrant visuals we love so much about Indian weddings, this one captured by Grey Collective member D. Park Photography and planned by So Eventful LLC  shows the unique pairing of cultural traditions and the rustic barn setting of Olympia’s Valley Estate.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

A traditional Hindu ceremony normally takes place in a ballroom with many family and friends. This couple decided to throw a less traditional wedding reception and show their closest friends and family something they have probably never seen before by taking them to an outdoor farm venue filled with livestock and a beautiful barn for dinner.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

During the Hindu ceremony, a pack of cows came to watch over. In the Hindu culture, cows are very sacred and deeply respected so this was fun to see! All of the guests were so excited to see the cows watching over, it was almost like the cows were blessing the couple.

Photo/film:  D. Park Photography // Planner: Kristen Miller of So Eventful LLC // Florist: Angella Floral Arts // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Getting Ready: Four Points by Sheraton, San Rafael // Venue/Draping: Olympia’s Valley Estate // Site Coordinator: Lydia Tresch // Dress: Sushma Creations Bombay // Hair/Makeup Lilys Beauty World // Jewelry: Sirini Bombay // Rings: Mon Ami Jewelry Chicago // Rentals: Encore Events Rentals // Caterer: Park Ave Catering // Horse: Hackney Horse + Carriage // Photobooth: Giggle and Riot // DJ: Wicked Entertainment // Officiant: Shastriji Shiv Kumar Bhatt // Transportation: Luxbus Charters

 

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Tasha and Jim wanted “to mesh a very traditional Serbian Orthodox wedding ceremony at a more relaxed, beachy, outdoor location” and enlisted Details Event Planning to help implement their vision at Montage Laguna Beach. A casual elegance underlies the design of the garden ceremony reception while spectacular greenery and florals by Mark’s Garden grace every detail. Stationery and custom crest is by Papel Paper and Press, cake by Fantasy Frostings and it’s all captured by Birds of a Feather Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our venue! We wanted to mesh a very traditional Serbian Orthodox wedding ceremony at a more relaxed, beachy, outdoor location. We also wanted it to feel formal enough for the occasion and the Montage in Laguna Beach was absolutely perfect.  Dancing under the canopy of fairy lights and flowing ribbons while the waves crashed on the beach below is something we and our guests will never forget!

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

My gown was Carolina Herrera and I found it at her boutique in Beverly Hills. I wanted something simple, classic, and elegant – my only stipulation (or so I thought) was no strapless, but as soon as I tried on my gown I knew it was the one! I especially loved the tuxedo bow detail in the back!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had an artist create a Perry family crest for our big day, we used this in our invitation suite and throughout all the paper goods for the wedding. It was such a special way to commemorate this amazing day that started our life together, we even put the crest up in our bedroom to remind us of our beginning as husband and wife.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

As the sun was setting, my new husband and I took a few minutes to step away and take some photos with this gorgeous backdrop of a Laguna Beach sunset. We finally had some time to take in the meaning of the day and be thankful for celebrating this momentous occasion with all of our family and friends. It is a moment that neither of us will ever forget.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met on the tried and true Tinder App, which we will laugh about forever! He proposed to me on his birthday, knowing that was the only way he could truly surprise me! I had planned a big birthday dinner out for him with some surprise birthday gifts so was completely caught off guard when he popped the question that night!

Montage, Laguna Beach Wedding // Tasha and Jim from Robert Michael Films on Vimeo.

Photographer: Birds of a Feather // Event Planning: Details Event Planning // Florals: Mark’s Garden // Paper Goods: Papel Paper and Press // Venue: Montage Laguna Beach // Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera // Videographer: Robert Michael Films // Cake: Fantasy Frostings // Hair: Sheila Raye Stone // Makeup: Thierry Pourtoy Makeup // Reception Band: The Lowdown | West Coast Music // Lighting: Images by Lighting // Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Archive Rentals

 

Tara and Jeremy’s wedding at Boone Hall Avenue of Oaks + Cotton Dock is all of it—romantic, southern, fresh, rustic, vintage, scenic, intimate, inviting, timeless….and the list goes on and on. The day, planned by Erin Altman of Ooh! Events, is truly a modern wedding dream in a beautiful palette of blues. Florals in white and tall greenery centerpieces are by Out of the Garden, monochromatic blue-on-blue letterpress stationery sets the tone and a lovely pantry blue cake is by Declare Cakes. We’re loving the bamboo chairs and the velvet touches but the bride’s smile truly lights up all these breathtaking images captured by Shauna Veasey.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Having our friends and family all in one place was what made it so special. Most of my family and friends are from New York and my husband’s family is from Georgia, so having them travel to Charleston, SC meant the world to us. Boone Hall Plantation was a dream venue and getting married under the oaks made it a perfect setting.

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

I found my gown at the very first boutique I visited, Hayden Olivia Bridal in Charlotte, NC. It was actually the very first one I tried on and fell in love. It was exactly what I was looking for. Simple and elegant. I, of course, went to two other places and tried on more dresses just to make sure, but I knew the first one was the one. The designer was Modern Trousseau. It was deep V-neck with pearl beaded bodice and Italian crepe fit to flare skirt with chapel train.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Instead of a wedding guest book, we had a custom portrait made for guests to sign. It was an illustration of us in our wedding attire and we even had our two dogs included in the photo.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The entire day was amazing. However, I would say the most memorable moment was walking to the Cotton Dock for the first time with my husband and having our first dance with all our friends and family around us. The dance floor was outside on the Cotton Dock which reaches out over the tidal marsh. It was beautiful and one of my favorite moments.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met online and realized we had mutual friends so we went on a date and have been together ever since. We were dating for 3 years before we got engaged. My husband works in the racing industry so we went to Las Vegas for the NASCAR Awards Ceremony. Little did I know he had the ring with him the entire time. We went out to dinner and then headed back to the hotel and he proposed in the hotel. It was the sweetest proposal and brought me to tears. I definitely had no idea it was coming. It was the best surprise.

Coordinated + Designed by: Erin Altman of Ooh! Events // Photographer: Shauna Veasey // Floral: Out of the Garden // Venue: Boone Hall Avenue of Oaks + Cotton Dock // Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau // Boutique: Hayden Olivia in Charlotte, NC.  // Videographer: Hart to Heart // Cake: Declare Cakes // Ceremony Musicians: Palmetto Strings // Reception Entertainment: Darby Events with Stephen Darby // Catering + Bar: Cru Catering // Transportation: Marquee Limo // Dishware: Polished // Shoes: Jimmy Choo classic white satin pump // Suit:  Jos A Bank  // Officiant: Rick Burton // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Kalpana and Matt’s favorite part about their wedding at Villa Verano was that it was actually two weddings in one day! First, a vibrant Hindu ceremony  and brunch complete with cultural tradition, henna, parasols and a gorgeous pink palette. Second, a romantic Christian ceremony in the villa courtyard followed by a dinner filled with pared back metallic details. We’re loving the way Trina Schmidt Weddings totally transformed the lush venue into two different celebrations with the help of Coco Rose Flowers. The couple enlisted Elizabeth Burgi Photography to capture their celebration and you can see all the beautiful images here!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

That it was two weddings in one day! For the Hindu ceremony we wanted people to have fun, so we had bright colors on our mandap, brought some fun colored parasols which were great since it was so hot and of course started the day with a horse ride and party which I think was a great way to kick off the day. For the Christian ceremony we wanted low key, romantic which I think we got from not bringing in too many flowers but using the beautiful landscape already there and then getting married in a little courtyard made it more intimate.

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

I had been planning this wedding in my head for a while (thanks Pinterest) so I knew I wanted a long sleeve, low back dress. I found Dreamers and Lovers and they designed the kind of dresses I wanted and after trying on maybe 5 dresses I knew the “Kristen” was it.

How did you find your FIRST wedding dress?

Matt and I had been dating for about 6 years and I knew that he’d eventually pop the question, so when my mom and I traveled to India, I figured I’d go ahead and do some shopping. Four months later I got the ring!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Bride (Kalpana)- My favorite part was in the morning at the Baraat, I sneaked into the kitchen and watched the festivities, hidden in the corner. It was fun to see both families having so much fun and seeing Matt on the horse. Groom (Matt)- Marrying Kalpana. Or riding in on the horse at the Baraat.

Tell us how you met.

We met on Match. I was on the site for maybe 2 days before Matt emailed me. We set up a date at a bar a week later. I showed up about 10 min late and when I got there he was nowhere to be seen. I was on my way out when I saw him on the phone. After that date it was happily ever after.

How did you get engaged? 

We were on a Christmas trip to Sedona and on the last day there we went on a hike. When we got to the top, Matt sort of dropped to one knee (it was super muddy from the rain) and popped the question!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Since my dad passed away 20+ years ago, I wanted to make sure to remember him as I was walking down the aisle, so I attached a photo of him on my bouquet and sewed a piece of his shirt onto my white dress. Matt is the last of his siblings to get married, so I wanted everyone to know there’s a new “Mrs. Hull” in town and got a jacket embroidered with my new name on the back of it.

Villa Verano Wedding – Matthew and Kalpana from TSI Video Productions on Vimeo.

Photography: Elizabeth Burgi Photography // Wedding Planner and Design: Trina Schmidt Weddings // Florist: Coco Rose Flowers // Venue: Villa Verano // Hair and Make-up: Unveiled Make-up & Hair // Lunch Caterer: Chennai Tippin // Dinner Caterer: Pure Joy Catering // Videographer: TSI Video Productions // Rentals: Town and Country Rentals // Baraat White Horse: Enchanted Carriages // Shuttle Service: EOS Santa Barbara // Hindu Ceremony Priest: Ramesh Hebbala // Christian Ceremony Priest: Father Kearney // Luncheon linens: La Tavola Linens // Henna: Henna Me Beautiful

 

A wedding ceremony surrounded by redwoods and dinner in an apple orchard was the perfect fit for this nature loving couple, Imee and Albert. With gorgeous views at Dawn Ranch Lodge, their color palette was inspired by the nearby Russian River and it’s rocky banks. It was important to the couple for design team Linen and Lilac to marry the laid back style of the venue with the feel of a more formal event. Adding components like textured linens, formal seating areas at cocktail hour, lush floral arrangements by Roots and Stems, and long banquet tables helped transform this rustic outdoor space into an elegant affair, pleasing friends, parents, and grandparents alike and it’s all captured here by Nicole Lev Photography.

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Photography: Nicole Lev Photography // Design + Planning: Linen and Lilac // Florist: Roots and Stems // Venue + Catering: Dawn Ranch Lodge // Videographer: Shutter and Sound // Hair + Makeup: Imagi By Fiona // Music: Love in the Mix // Photobooth: Two Dudes Photo // Rentals: Bright Event Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // Lighting: ATL Events // Desserts: Moustache Baked Goods