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Danielle and Dan wanted their wedding celebration to reflect their story. So, they enlisted creative genius Kaleb Norman James Design to incorporate details of their native Pacific Northwest into the big day. An amazing bespoke stationery suite by la Happy introduced the event at Kiana Lodge, and botanical, leafy greens reflected the couple’s love of the Olympic Peninsula and adventures they’d shared there throughout their relationship (Dan is a surfer so they’re constantly exploring the coast!). The couple enlisted O’Malley Photographers to capture all the candid, intimate moments in these photos reflecting a timeless film style.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Exchanging hand-written vows was the most meaningful element of our wedding. Leading up to the big day, we spent months of Saturday mornings sequestered in separate rooms writing words that were unique to our bond and relationship. Our short ceremony centered around our promises to each other and it was a deeply moving moment for both of us.

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

I found my gown at The Dress Theory, a boutique in Seattle that curates a unique and modern collection. It was my first time dress shopping and I was so excited to explore the gowns with my mother and maid of honor. After a few minutes running our hands through lace and beads and tulle, we chose a few flowy pieces to try. The moment I tried on the third dress (a backless, sheer long-sleeved gown with romantic detailing throughout), I knew it was the one!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted our wedding to reflect our story and worked alongside Kaleb Norman James to incorporate details of our native Pacific Northwest into the big day. Our Sound-side venue and botanical, leafy greens reflected our love of the Olympic Peninsula and adventures we’d shared there throughout our relationship (Dan is a surfer so we’re constantly exploring the coast!). Capturing candid, intimate moments was also so important to us, and the O’Malley Photographers did it so timelessly.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

A memorable moment of the wedding was hearing toasts from our friends and family. There was laughter, there were tears, and we felt incredibly lucky to be surrounded by our closest loved ones. It was so refreshing to take a moment on a day we’d planned so carefully to enjoy such sincere and thoughtful words that we hadn’t had a part in planning at all.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

We met at work! On his first day, Dan was given the seat next to me and there was an instant connection. We spent the next six months sipping Moscow mules, divulging embarrassing moments, and bumping shoulders in my tiny studio kitchen before heading off on a whirlwind trip to Kona. Dan proposed on a volcanic rock beach and we celebrated with surfing and grocery store champagne.

Danielle + Dan from Amanda Muchmore on Vimeo.

Photography: O’Malley Photographers // Planning Florals Design: Kaleb Norman James Design // Stationery & Calligraphy: la Happy // Venue: Kiana Lodge // Hair & Make-up: Kendra Springer // Cake: Blackbird Bakery // Cinematographer: Amanda Muchmore // Wedding Gown: Hayley Paige, The Dress Theory // Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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“Remember to feel the love. Be in the moment. Getting married isn’t just the day of the event, it’s the entire process. If you don’t enjoy it, what is it all for anyway?” Kayla’s advice to other brides couldn’t more true and the joy that she and Nathan felt on their personalized wedding day couldn’t be more apparent in these beautiful images by Heather Selzer. Planned by CES Weddings & Events, the celebration was held Gale Vineyards and filled with bohemian and rustic details for the Redwood-loving couple. The florals by M Creations Floral Design were stunning and included an eclectic gathered bouquet, ceremony arch and greens dressing up the many reception focal points. We’re especially love the gift display of mugs that the couple hand-selected for all of their guests—a perfect representation of a couple that’s figured out how to find the joy in the journey.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We originally wanted to get married in the redwoods. We love hiking near our home in the Bay Area and our favorite places all have large dense redwood forests. We found some of that for our special day (the first look), but wanted to also incorporate nature into the invites. So, trees were the theme. Our engagement photos were taken in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, which were used for the save the dates. For the invites, we took a photo from a log pile in our backyard, and used it as the background. We designed the ideas behind them and Kayla brought them to life using her own calligraphy skills.

We did a rehearsal brunch instead of a dinner to save money and give us the evening to chill with family, friends, and each other. That also meant Friday night was free for us, so we organized a yoga class with the entire bridal party and their partners. Two of our friends are yoga teachers and they lead the 1.5 hour class. It was awesome!

Additionally, many of the guests (and the couple themselves) do not drink alcohol. So we made sure to have tasty alternatives and NA beers.

The reception was held at Gale Vineyards in Durham, California just outside of Chico. We chose this location for both the natural beauty it offered as well as the functionality of having the ceremony and reception at the same venue. Gale Vineyards was filled with tall trees and great space to accommodate the guest count. Hidden off to the side was the bar and boho lounge space the couple designed – equipped with a vintage Italian leather couch, blue velvet lounge chairs, accent rug, and wooden table made by the our close friend. On the other end of the reception space was an open space that served as both the buffet space early in the evening, and the dance floor after dinner.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We were very close to my grandmother June who passed away a little over two years ago. She was the matriarch of the family. So I created a banner that was hung at the reception with one of June’s quotes to remind everyone that she was there with them on their very special day.

Often brides will create gift boxes for the bridesmaids, but I wanted to also do something for all the mamas in the family. I hand dyed organic cotton robes, shibori style. Included in their box were a custom robe, lip gloss, facial mask, bath salts, and a handwritten card. This made all the mothers and grandmothers feel loved and a special part of the big day.

The officiant was a close friend and the vows were said under a handmade copper altar which we designed and a close friend made for us. We wrote our own vows, and a close friend also came up and read a poem by Rainer Marie Rilke. All of the small, personal details made the reception extremely personal and special.

The takeaway gift was a coffee mug. We went around to various thrift stores, antique stores and shops, to find over 150 mugs that were unique. It’s something that we do in our own home and wanted to share some of that joy with our guests.

Tell us about the dress and how/where you found it.

Initially, I purchased a dress online by Grace Loves Lace. But, when it arrived it didn’t really meet the expectations I had about it. With only 2 months before the big day, I panicked. Luckily, living in the Bay Area, there are plenty of options for last-minute finds! My MOH & I went to San Francisco the next day to hit as many stores as possible. Luckily, we found the perfect dress at their first stop, Glamour Closet. It was much more simple and more of my style. It matched the vintage/bohemian style of the wedding. Love at first sight!

What was the most memorable part of your day?

At the end of the night, the DJ announced the last song. Kayla ran over to Nathan and hugged him. A friend saw this and came up to hug both of them. Then everyone from the wedding started to join in, surrounding the couple in a huge group hug in the middle of the dance floor. They all swayed back and forth laughing and smiling and enjoying the last moments of a beautiful day together. It was magical.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in college. Nathan was a roommate to one of Kayla’s close friends. She had a crush on him for a while and one day worked up the courage to ask him out over text – he said yes!

The first date was a cold December night in Chico. The plan was to get coffee at Naked Lounge, but Kayla was starving so upon Nathan’s arrival she asked if they could go eat. They walked around the corner to Upper Crust and sat down with some soup and chili. Between the corn bread and coffee, the school talk and the shared interest in standup comedy, the time flew by. Little did they know, this meal was the start of something special. They had found their partner, their person.

One of Kayla’s favorite places in Chico, where we met, is called Monkey Face. It’s a rock formation in Bidwell Park that looks like the face of a monkey. When you climb to the top you can see the entire canyon and the city of Chico stretched out before you. Nathan took her for a hike up there and popped the question in September 2016.

What advice do you have for brides planning their wedding?

Maintain collaboration with your partner throughout the entire planning process. It’s very important to discuss the details with your significant other to ensure that your ideas are both reflected on the day of your wedding. And, make sure you pick the best MOH and BM for the job. There will be times when you really need to lean on them to help you through it all.

Remember to feel the love. Be in the moment. Getting married isn’t just the day of the event, it’s the entire process. If you don’t enjoy it, what is it all for anyway?

Photographer: Heather Selzer // Planning: CES Weddings & Events // Florals: M Creations Floral Design //  // Calligraphy: Letter After Letter // Venue: Gale Vineyards // Dress: Sarah Seven // Wedding Dress Boutique: Glamour Closet // Shoes: Charlotte Stone // Brides Ring: Aura Jewelers // Hair Stylist: Lucy Keene // Makeup: Powder Room // Groom Attire: Baroni Suits / Formal Education // Grooms Shoes: Aldo // Handmade Details: The Creative Crow // Catering: Bacio // Desserts: Upper Crust // Linen Rentals: We Do Designs // Specialty Rental: Heirloom Fox // Music: Clearcut Entertainment // Film Lab: The Find Lab

Laura and Mish’s destination wedding at Alcazar Palm Springs was a weekend of celebrations filled with a mixture their Australian, American and Chinese heritage and punchy hints of hot pink in all the custom details. Guests were invited to the event with gorgeous original stationery by Sarah Labadie and both brides wore bespoke Gabriela Hearst gowns while they danced the night away under the cafe lights at their poolside reception. Hailley Howard  was on had to capture all the love, joy and rad desert portraits in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding reflected our heritage – a wonderful mixture of Australian, American and Chinese cultures. We incorporated customs from each of our respective backgrounds. Additionally, because it was a destination wedding, the celebrations lasted over three days. We had our rehearsal dinner at Birba, then our welcome drinks at Eight4Nine, our wedding and recovery pool party at Alcazar.

We originally thought about getting married in Australia, but gay marriage was not legally recognized. At the time of our wedding, Australia was undergoing a non-binding same-sex marriage postal vote which divided the country. It was important for us to acknowledge during our ceremony that we felt that every couple who loved each other had a right to marry. Given we hired out the entire hotel, all our guests were treated to welcome boxes which were filled with Californian goodies and treats.

Tell us about the gowns and where/how you found them!

We both wore gowns which were custom designed by acclaimed luxury womenswear designer Gabriela Hearst. Gabriela and her team did an incredible job with creating silhouettes that suited each of our styles and bodies. Mish met Gabriela through work.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

  • All the guests who stayed at our host hotel were provided beautifully curated welcome boxes with all local California products including wine, chocolates, candies, shortbread and even a hangover kit
  • We designed our own stamp for our invites
  • We designed the embossed stationery to reflect our fun Palm Springs vibe with pink and gold as the key colors
  • We created several unique hashtags for our special day
  • We had two special signature cocktail drinks, one was named after our Siamese cat, Mr Lee: “Hello Mr Lee” and the other was BK Heights – the suburb we live in New York City.
  • Mish’s bouquet contained a picture of her and her late father
  • All our ‘bridesmates’ received special thank you gifts including a monogrammed champagne flute, jewelry for the girls and pink flamingo socks for the boys
  • We included several native Australian flowers in our bouquets

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

At the reception towards the end of the night, we were all on the dance floor and Cyndi Lauper’s Time after Time came on. We both embraced each other and then we noticed that all of our guests had formed a circle around us and were dancing and singing to the song around us. In that moment, you could feel the love and electric energy. Love and joy permeated on the dance floor. All of our friends and family were bonding during this special moment.

 Tell us how you met and became engaged.

It all started on West 21th Street in New York City on a summer evening: Saturday, June 25 2011. New York State had legalized same-sex marriage the day before, giving the national gay-rights movement an historic victory. The energy in the city was electrifying and everyone was out celebrating Pride. Laura and her girlfriends had decided to drive up from Washington D.C. to celebrate Pride and attend one of the women’s parties at a swanky club in Chelsea. Mish and her friend Christine decided to check out the same party that evening.

While we exchanged numbers and started to talk for a few weeks after the party, nothing eventuated. We didn’t speak for four years until we reconnected at the beginning of 2014 when Laura sent a real time message to Mish on GChat. Mish was rarely visible on GChat so she was surprised to receive a message from Laura.

Then during the summer of 2014, while Laura was visiting New York on business, both her and Mish caught up over dinner. That began the rekindling of their friendship. They officially began dating in January 2015. Then during the summer of 2016 after an intense workout session at the gym, Mish proposed to Laura, with the help of their Siamese cat, Mr. Lee.

Photography: Hailley Howard // Planning: LVL Weddings and Events // Florals: Legado Design // Stationery: Sarah Labadie // Venue: Alcazar Palm Springs // Wedding Dresses: Gabriela Hearst // Cake: Over the Rainbow // Catering: F10 Catering // DJ: Cottrell Guidry // Video: Ragi and Amanda

 

Palm Springs, California | Mish & Laura | Wedding Film from Ragi & Amanda on Vimeo.

Erin and Ante’s wedding at La Quinta Resort & Club is the epitome of classic California weddings—it’s totally romantic, with perfectly tailored details. The vision of the couple was edited to perfection by COJ Events and introduced to guests by a beautiful invitation suite created by Heather O’Brien Design. Details followed the light, timeless look of the stationery and included voluminous white garden roses, Erin’s customized Oscar de la Renta gown flanked by a bridal party in champagne, and a classic ballroom reception. The couple honored the groom’s heritage with traditional Croatian music that united guests as they danced their hearts out and Rachel Owens Photography captured it all in these stunning film images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was honestly just having all of our nearest and dearest family and friends all under one roof. It is truly such a cool feeling to feel so much positive energy, love and support from everyone.

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

Finding the perfect dress was really important to me as I felt like it set the tone for our wedding and affected my overall mood for the evening. I knew I wanted a classic gown, but with an edge.  However, this wasn’t easy. I must have tried on every single wedding dress in Southern California (twice!!). It wasn’t until I went to Oscar De La Renta that I found my dress. The only drawback…it had no edge. So I decided to create my edge through alterations. I added pockets for a more fun, flirty and runway feel and altered the back of the gown to show more skin for a slightly sexy (but still sophisticated) feel. It was PERFECT!

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Aesthetically, it was all of our custom signage and escort wall that matched our invitations. I wanted to keep with the classic, romantic and vintage theme we had going on. We also personalized our wedding a lot through our music. Christmas songs played by our Flamenco guitarist during the cocktail hour and then a 30 minutes of straight Croatian music at the reception, which was really important to my husband who is of Croatian descent. The songs were a HUGE hit to not only the Croatians in the room, but to EVERYONE. It really united all of our guests and created so much love and positive energy to the room. Still gives me the chills.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Walking down the aisle. It went by so fast and I nearly blacked out.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ante and I met through mutual friends in Las Vegas of all places!!  I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight at all, but more of a game of cat and mouse until my sister’s wedding that sealed the deal for us.

Ante & Erin from Triptych Weddings on Vimeo.

Photographer: Rachel Owens Photography // Wedding Planner: COJ Events // Florist: Maggie Jensen Floral Design // Stationery: Heather O’Brien Design // Venue: La Quinta Resort & Club // Bride’s Gown: Oscar de la Renta // Hair: Studio M (Nicole) // Makeup: Nyrie Aitken // Groom’s Tux: Giorgio Armani // Rentals & Linens: Signature Party Rentals // Lighting: Perfect Touch // Entertainment: The Flash Dance // Videographer: Triptych Weddings // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Atva and Samir’s destination Morocco wedding is absolutely breathtaking. Set at Kasbah Bab Ourika just outside of Marrakech, the multi-day, multi-cultural event blended the couple’s traditions with celebrations and ceremonies staged against the stunning backdrop of the Atlas mountains. The couple enlisted multi-talented planner, Best Day Ever Events, for the planning, styling and florals—all with a subtle modern, bohemian flair. We’re loving the fresh invitation suite by Mark van Wijk and the floral-dressed naked cake by Amandine Marrakech. But it’s photographer Raisa Zwart‘s stunning images that truly make Atva and Samir’s day feel like an advertising campaign for Moroccan nuptials. 

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I think what made it us was the fact that we were able to capture the best of both Western and European wedding traditions and it blended perfectly on both days. The Henna night did have a traditional Morrocan dress – although less dramatic and traditional wedding djelleba for Samir. Our entrance was accompanied with traditional Berber folk music and dance. We also served shared Tagines and desserts as you typically see in Moroccan weddings, and of course Henna but for everyone not only the bride. Which was a huge success. Our wedding day was more traditional western with my dad walking me to the aisle, a western ring ceremony, photo shoot and toast,  but with Milk and Dates for prosperity and fertility before the ceremony and of course sugar – or candy – throwing at the end of the ceremony topped off with traditional Moroccan (and from Samir’s childhood). Pulo Duro – 50cent ice cream cones for our guests.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

For Samir his moment was me walking down towards him on Jacob Banks Silver Lining. Slightly nervous and stressed but so beautiful. For me it was the brief moment we (finally) sat together before dinner when you realize this great man is now my husband!

Tell us how you became engaged.

Samir proposed to me when I didn’t expect him to do so anymore (to be honest I was hoping for it for quite some years). We just had a very romantic holiday in Mozambique, we just celebrated our 14 Year anniversary and nothing. So one random Saturday morning, when I was just desperate for coffee he asked me to sit down and he gave me a gift to unwrap. It was a traditional Moroccan sugar cone with a note that said will you marry me?

Samir + Atva / Wedding in Ourika, Morocco (4K) from The Dreamers on Vimeo.

Photography: Raisa Zwart // Event Planning, Styling & Floral Design: Best Day Ever Events // Floral Design: Le Kiosque a Fleurs & Theun & Bloemen // Stationery: Mark van Wijk // Venue: Kasbah Bab Ourika // Cake: Amandine Marrakech // Officiant: Marry van’t’ Zelfde // Videography: The Dreamers // Makeup Artist: Rob Peetoom // Wedding Dress: Pronovias // Henna Dress: Selma Benomar // Bridal Accessories: Jimmy Choo & Astley ClarkeIsabel Marant // Groom’s Apparel: Oger // Rings: Tiffany & Co