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We’re currently in the midst of a renewed love affair with orchids and Natasha and Michael’s wedding at Terranea Resort is filled to the brim with the graphic white blooms. Planned by Amber Events, the day included a ceremony under an arch of orchids overlooking the sea followed by a traditional ballroom reception complete with personalized touches. All the gorgeous florals were created by Heirloom Design House, invitations by Copper Willow Paper Studio and the bride wore a Winnie Couture gown. The couple enlisted Jon Cu to capture all the details in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was so special to us because it really showed the love that Mike and I have for each other. Each accent of the wedding embraced the love we share.

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

My Winnie Couture wedding gown was simple but very elegant. I found my gown while dress shopping with my mom. It was one of the first gowns I tried on and loved, but wanted to try on gowns at other stores before making my “YES” decision. After trying several gowns on, I decided I loved the first dress I tried on at Winnie Couture.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our wedding was wonderful because of all the great vendors we had, but it was even more special because Mike and I shared the same wedding vision. Every aspect of the wedding was special from picking orchids as our main flower for the ceremony, to each wedding song played during the ceremony.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The whole day and evening was memorable but one of the most special moments to me was “the first look.” Waiting to see Mike the whole morning all dressed up was worth the anticipation!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We first met on JDate about 6 years ago and went on a few dates. I then got accepted to pharmacy school in New York during the time we were dating and learned I had to move for five years! Long distance for five years would have SUCKED! We then parted ways but remained friends/acquaintances on social media/text. About two and a half years ago, I randomly texted Mike saying, ”Hi, how are you?” and he immediately responded. We were inseparable ever since. The way Mike proposed was beyond clever but I was extremely surprised! He proposed at the Montage Beverly Hills and made me feel like a PRINCESS! One of the best days of my life! It was a true gift marrying him.

Planning: Amber Events // Photo: Jon Cu // Florals: Heirloom Design House // Invitations: Copper Willow Paper Studio // Calligraphy: Fawn Lettering // Venue: Terranea Resort // Gown: Winnie Couture // Hair: Davee Troublefield // Makeup: Aille Beauty // Video: Knot and Gown Films // Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals // Audio Visual: Stage Labs // Band + DJ: LA Allstars Entertainment // Rabbi: Stuart Lasher

 

 

 

 

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A stunning warm-hued palette with punchy coral accents shines in Shirley and Jason’s wine country wedding at Cornerstone. No detail was left untouched in the event design by Going Lovely—from the round calligraphy signage Blush Type Design, to the custom wedding crest, to the oversized escort card easel to Twigss Floral Studio‘s incredibly romantic arrangements and accents oat every turn. Fresh, joyful casual elegance radiates throughout the garden ceremony followed by the lantern-lines, round white tent reception. Lucky for us,Lori Paladino Photography was on hand to capture all of smiles and special moments of Shirley and Jason’s big day!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Jason and I LOVE going out to eat and trying new restaurants, so having really good food at our wedding was a big priority for us. We loved our caterer, Sage Catering. They helped us come up with a customized farm to table style menu, which featured many of our favorite foods such as an heirloom tomato and burrata salad, herb crusted hanger steak, pan roasted sea bass, and Bellwether ricotta ravioli.

We also had Hog Island Oyster Co. shuck fresh oysters for our guests during cocktail hour. It was a huge hit and I think that our guests really loved that we didn’t have a typical wedding menu.

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

I found my Vera Wang Nisha gown at Glamour Closet in San Francisco. They sell designer samples off the rack, and had a great selection in my size and within my budget.

One of my best friends picked this dress out for me to try on. I had my reservations because it was mermaid cut, strapless, and ivory — I had always pictured myself in a white A-line dress with sleeves — but I was quickly reminded that you don’t always know what you want. It was important to me that my dress fit my personality, and I loved that the front was classic and conservative, while the back — with big bows, tulle, and silk flower details — was unique and fun!

Having a good friend with me who knew my personality and style, who would give me her honest opinion, and who pushed me to take a few risks was so important, especially since this was the first place I went to and I bought my dress that same day!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We recently added our puppy, Kingston to our family and one of our ceremony readers recited a passage titled “How Falling In Love Is Like Owning A Dog” by Taylor Mali. It was fun hearing our guests laugh along with us because it really was so relatable!

We love wine, so we knew we wanted to get married in wine country.  For our table numbers, our planner collected wine corks over the course of several months and used them to display our table numbers in brass candlestick holders. I thought that was a fun and pretty way to incorporate our love of wine.

I loved the custom watercolor crest our wedding planner had designed for us. It was incorporated in our invitations, day of signage and stationery, and she even got us customized corn hole boards for the cocktail hour lawn games that we took home as a keepsake and for future entertaining!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Jason and I hadn’t really talked about our vows before the actual ceremony, so hearing his made me tear up. Wedding planning did not bring the best out of either of us (even though we had a great planner!), so it was special to me that both of our vows described why we love one another and that we both love our differences more than anything else.

Seeing all of our friends and family in one place was also so special! It was very surreal, as a lot of memories would come to mind with each familiar face I saw. More than anything, our wedding reminded me how lucky Jason and I are — we have so many great people in our lives, more now than ever as we’ve combined our makeshift families.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

In true Silicon Valley fashion, Jason and I met online through an app that connects you via mutual friends! We hit it off on our first date, and soon after we were exploring new restaurants, discussing pop culture, traveling, and meeting one another’s friends and family.

Jason proposed in Shanghai during our trip across China. It was very special because he’d arranged for both sets of our parents to be there with us to celebrate before we headed off to Beijing as an engaged couple!

 

Photographer: Lori Paladino Photography // Event Planning: Going Lovely // Floral Design: Twigss Floral Studio // Venue: Cornerstone // Caterer: Sage Catering // Make Up Artist/ Hair Stylist: Beauty by Chau Nguyen // Videographer: Alex Win Studios // Cake Artist: Susie Cakes Marin // DJ: One Final Touch // Beverages: Mills Wine Group // Party Rentals: Bright Event Rentals / Encore Events Rentals // Linen Rentals: La Tavola // Signage: Blush Type Design // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Miami couple, Giselle and Jordi, brought their big Cuban families to South Carolina to celebrate their nuptials. WED planned a stunning event at Brays Island Plantation including an outdoor ceremony highlighting cultural traditions against scenic backdrop. Following was a personalized reception dripping in greens by Ooh! Events—we’re talking greenery on the light fixtures, suspended greenery wreath chandeliers and modern planter arrangements everywhere. Green letterpress and calligraphy invitation are by the bride and A Fabulous Fete, and a triple tiered chocolate-on-chocolate fudge cake is by Brenna Chiaviello. Photographers-extraordinaire Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay were behind the lens capturing all the details in these striking images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We chose to get married at Brays Island Plantation in South Carolina. The location itself holds a lot of significance to us and our family. Over the course of our relationship, we traveled there many times to celebrate holidays and special occasions. We are from Miami, so bringing our big Cuban families to a remote island in South Carolina created a special, intimate ambiance where people really felt like they could relax and enjoy. We were heavily involved in the planning of the wedding – I am talking every single detail, so our unique style and personality was all over it – our personal favorite was the triple fudge chocolate cake.

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

On my first day bridal shopping, I fast forwarded through all the stops, and went straight to the mecca of Miami bridal, Ever After (EA).  I tried on a ton of dresses, and was starting to feel a little discouraged because nothing felt right. As I was finishing up, EA owner, Camille, brought in a dress from the “back room”  and it was love at first zip. With Isabel and I, it was a real “meet cute.” She was a modern take on classic vintage – unlike anything I had ever seen before. From the cap sleeve hand applique chantilly lace, to the double row buttons down the back…I was sold. People always say “you’ll know” when it’s the right dress for you, and that was exactly my experience. Vera Wang is the queen of bridal. It was an absolute dream come true to wear one of her gowns.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Does a donut after party count? Honestly, everything about it was personalized, but our “hora loca” (crazy hour), a common tradition among Hispanic weddings, takes the cake – speaking of cake, did I mention our triple fudge chocolate cake? Jordi and I are old souls, so we took a common Hispanic wedding tradition, and traded in the salsa for oldies jams. Seeing guests of all ages breaking it down jams like “Louis Louis” and “Brick House” was an epic, sweaty masterpiece. Oh, and did I mention there were hats. Really funky hats – like umbrella hats.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Do I have to pick just one? Our first dance to “This Magic Moment” by the Drifters was pretty magical. We dated for 10 years before we got married, and we knew for a long time that would be our song, so it was pretty awesome to finally live that moment. But honestly, the most memorable part of it took place on the dance floor. Our friends and family truly brought their A game. The love we felt from our people was overwhelming. Unlike anything we had ever felt before. Ending the night with powdered donuts in the piano room, singing Billy Joel just topped it off. We really just had the time of our lives.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met as highschoolers while on vacation with our families in the Dominican Republic. Despite constant adult supervision, we hit it off right away. We reconnected back in Miami and have been together ever since. Our relationship took us from Miami to Tallahassee, Florida where we both attended the Florida State University. Just after celebrating 10 years together, Jordi popped the question at a beautiful dock with one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen. Our love for the outdoors has always played a huge part in our relationship, which is exactly why Brays was the perfect destination for our wedding.

Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay // Planner: WED // Florals: Ooh! Events // Paper Suite Design: Giselle Macias (the bride) // Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete // Venue and Catering: Brays Island // Hair: Meg Workman // MUA: Dannon K Collard // Dress: Vera Wang // Paper Printing: IBA Paper Goods // Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston // Reception Music: Lucas the DJ // Rentals: Ooh! Events / EventHaus  / Amazing Rentals // Cake: Brenna Chiaviello

 

Jocelyn and Tommy’s modern boho wedding at Bella Rose Estate was planned by Konsider It Done. Florist LUX Wedding Florist transformed the venue into a romantic, bohemian oasis with dreamy, soft installations and florals at every turn. Geometric, graphic paper goods are by Freed Hands, with tons of fun rentals from Tremaine Ranch and Dang! Fine Rentals. The peach, coral and blush palette is one for the books and Rachael Koscica Photography‘s photographs couldn’t be more inspiring. It’s all pure happiness and we know you’ll love it!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Everything! But we particularly loved our modern boho style. Our wedding backdrop was AMAZING. LUX took our ideas and turned them into something better than I could have imagined. The overall affect was romantic and unique. It was quite the showstopper!

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

I loved my dress! I never felt more beautiful. I found it at Schaffer’s Bridal Salon in Scottsdale, AZ. I knew I wanted something with lace but otherwise I had an open mind. It was the third dress I tried on and I knew right away that it was the one. I love that it was classic and sexy all at the same time!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We had a lasso ceremony (a Filipino tradition, Tommy is half Filipino) which symbolizes unity. We had our mothers place the lasso on us, which added another special element. We said our vows within the lasso, in the shape of a figure eight, which united the two of us as one. Also, the family photos of our loved ones on our welcome table–we have a strong tradition on both sides of our family of long marriages which we wanted to honor. Tommy’s custom cigar area was a huge hit and a very personal touch specifically for him since he’s quite the cigar collector.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The fireworks surprise from my parents!!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in pharmacy school in Arizona. We got engaged 3 years later at Yosemite National Park when we stopped for a picnic lunch on a hike in front of a waterfall!

Tommy + Jocelyn Trailer from The Story is Told on Vimeo.

Photography:  Rachael Koscica Photography // Planners/ Designers: Konsider It Done // Florist: LUX Wedding Florist // Paper Goods: Freed Hands // Venue: Bella Rose Estate // Bride’s Dress: Schaffer’s // Caterer: Fresh From the Kitchen // Cake: Lisa’s Rum Cake // Hair: Maggie Hancock // Make Up: Ashley Doran // Rentals: Tremaine Ranch / Dang! Fine Rentals // Videographer: The Story is Told // DJ: Push Play Entertainment // Menswear: Brother’s TailorsNick’s Menswear // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Daniela and Chris were married in Vicenza, Italy—home to many generations of Daniela’s family. The bride’s family legacy is woven through the quaint cobblestone streets to the most central landmark of Basilica Palladiana; a renaissance structure with a striking copper roof that Daniela’s great great grandfather built. Family and friends travelled thousands of miles to celebrate the couple at their celebration planned by My Italian Wedding Planner. Romantic details were abundant at Villa Valmarana AI Nani like invitations by Cheree Berry Paper and florals by Il profumo dei fiori. Lucky for us, photographer Facibeni was behind the lens capturing it all in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Daniela and Chris – What made our wedding so special and unique was truly the location. The picturesque city of Vicenza, Italy was home to many generations of Daniela’s family. Their family legacy is woven through the quaint cobblestone streets to the most central landmark of Basilica Palladiana; a renaissance structure with a striking copper roof that Daniela’s great great grandfather built. Daniela cherished the memories of her childhood summers spent in Vicenza; it became a home away from home. To know our family and friends traveled thousands of miles to witness our marriage in the most special destination was a dream come true. The magic of Daniela’s families traditions and feeling the presence of their spirits that day was beyond special.

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

Daniela – At the time, I was working as a Buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. So when I (along with my mother, sister and mother-in-law to be) walked into the Sak’s Bridal Salon for my first dress appointment, I recall feeling a bit overwhelmed. Here I was, having the opportunity to try on these incredible designer gowns with intricate beadwork, dramatic waistlines and what seemed like miles of draped silk. Each and every gown was simply stunning, but simply not meant for me. Before leaving, our bridal specialist Shelbie asked if I had a picture of a gown I loved. I knew it was a long shot but showed her a picture of an Oscar De La Renta gown that I had been dreaming over for years. It was seasoned old, but I truly couldn’t stop thinking about it. Her eyes lit up when she saw the picture, “I think I saw that gown in the back!” she said. Minutes later, Shelbie came running out carrying that very gown. Tears filled the room the moment I slipped into it. I remember swooning over the delicately placed floral appliqué perfectly finished with pearl accents. I fell in love with the gown’s simple yet romantic aesthetic. This was my dress.

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Daniela and Chris – For us (especially Daniela), the most fun part of the wedding planning process was in the details. Our wedding planner, My Italian Planner was incredible in executing our vision and incorporating these special components. Some of our favorite details from our wedding day – Daniela’s grey velvet oval monogrammed ring box (I keep it on my nightstand as a reminder of that day) – Our custom Wedding programs printed in 2 languages for our English or Italian only speaking guests – As an alternative to a traditional guest book we collected different postcards from all over Italy. Our wedding planner found the most perfect antique-inspired mailbox for our guests to “mail” us their notes – The gold script “Sposa” and “Sposo” signs that our florist so beautifully tied to our chairs with lush greens – The candle lit in honor of all those who were not able to join us that evening that shined bright as reminder of their love – The pasta alla Bolognese (Chris’s absolute favorite) that was served on the dance floor at midnight.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Daniela and Chris – The most memorial moment from our wedding was when we were announced as husband and wife for the very first time. We so vividly remember walking out to see 150 of our incredible family and friends standing in the most beautiful setting, and all of them cheering for us. We felt completely and utterly overcome with love, our hearts ready to explode with happiness and appreciation. This moment took our breath away.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. Daniela and Chris – We met over 12 years ago at Fairfield University. Funny enough, Daniela was Chris’s Italian tutor. At the time, Chris was in his Junior Year desperately trying to pass Italian class. Daniela was a Freshman, tutoring her peers in Italian to make a little extra weekend money. What started as tutoring sessions at the library turned into hours talking on the phone. Fast forward 10 years later – Chris proposed on a crisp autumn morning at a Bed and Breakfast in Connecticut. A day filled with a cozy fire, lots of champagne and apple picking. Love was in the air.

Daniela & Chris :: wedding highlights from Origami Videography on Vimeo.

Photography: Facibeni // Planning and Styling: My Italian Wedding Planner // Flowers: Il profumo dei fiori // Invitations: Cheree Berry Paper // Venue: Villa Valmarana AI Nani // Bride’s Dress: Oscar de la Renta // Videography: Origami // Catering: Cavour Ricevimenti // Rings: Weston Diamonds (designed by the Father of the Bride) // Bride shoes: Aquazurra // Makeup and Hair: Chana Moung and Noeun Moung // Groom attire: Ike Behar // Groom shoes: Gucci
// Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale