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Alyssa and Riley’s gorgeous wedding makes one thing very clear—there’s no better wedding accessory than a pair of huge smiles on the couple of honor.  This duo’s joy is as contagious as their day is beautiful. The rustic, simplicity of Franciscan Gardens made for a perfect canvas for Alyssa’s hand-crafted signs, as well as the elegant rose with eucalyptus and pops of gold floral design by Penelope Pots. All the big smiles and lovely design features of the day were captured perfectly by the most gifted Natalie Schutt Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Riley and I did not have a wedding planner, being involved in every decision made our wedding that much more special to us and personal. The most unique thing about our wedding had to be all the vendors! They’re all so incredibly talented. Once we told them what we had in mind for our wedding day, we trusted them to just “do their thing.” Everything turned out better than we could have ever imagined!

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

I began the search for my dress at Mariposa Bridal Boutique in Anaheim, CA. This was my first time trying on dresses so I wasn’t too sure of what to expect (nor did I expect to find my dress that day). I tried on a handful of dresses before finally trying on “my dress”. I continued to try on more dresses thinking I should, just to be sure. There was just no contest here – ultimately, the fit and flare of the Maggie Sottero dress with light beading and lace had my heart. My favorite part of the dress has to be the detail and train.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Riley’s mom is an ordained minister so we thought, who better to marry us than her? It was such an honor and so incredibly special to have her marry us!

I love to craft so I knew I wanted to create some things we could use on our big day! I made our table numbers, table seating chart and welcome sign.

My “something old” and “something borrowed” were also very personal and cherished items. An old handkerchief from my grandmother was gifted to me by one of my aunts. She made it into a rose shape to be placed in my bouquet as my “something old”. My cousin gave me an angel wing charm (the other matching charm belonged to my grandmother) to add to my bouquet as well – that was my “something borrowed”.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I have two moments I’ll never forget. The first being when my grandpa walked me down the aisle. He’s 93 and to me, that’s a blessing in itself. Then to have him escort me down the aisle alongside my dad; I couldn’t be more grateful.

The second being when Riley and I saw each other for the first time during our “first look”. I’ve always dreamed of that moment. I had so many butterflies right before tapping him on his shoulder to turn around. Having that moment to share – just us two – that was just so special.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Riley and I met through a mutual friend in 2014. We frequented the same spot and one day we both asked our mutual friend who each other was. We started dating almost instantly. About a year and a half later, Riley was stationed in Biloxi, MS (he’s in the Air Force). I went to visit him in the little beach town of Biloxi. When I arrived it was near sunset so we went to grab dinner at a restaurant right on the water. After dinner, we began to walk along the shore and that’s where he stopped to whisper sweet nothings in my ear. Then, he got down on one knee and proposed! I cried, screamed and jumped for joy. Riley had to remind me to give him my hand so he could place the ring on my finger. That’s when I saw it – my dream ring!

 

 

Photographer: Natalie Schutt Photography // Coordinator: Agape Planning // Florist: Penelope Pots // Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas // Venue: Franciscan Gardens // Catering: 24 Carrots // Officiant: Maria Evans, Mother of the Groom // Hair/Makeup: Blush by M. Marie // DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions // Bakery: Torrance Bakery // Videographer: Kayla Esparza Photography // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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The ocean provided a “foundation of strength and positivity” in bride Ashley’s upbringing and she made it a strong point to incorporate it in the celebration of her wedding to Brandon. Casa Del Mar Hotel, in Santa Monica, offered a perfect setting for the couple and set the scene for an elegant day  planned by EDE By Jacqueline with nods to an ocean theme. Romantic ceremony design and florals by Chloe & Mint and a french-inspired macaron bar are the Parisian details we know brides will love and Sally Pinera captured it all beautifully.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

I wanted something in Santa Monica. I grew up in there and wanted it to be close to home and close to my heart. I envisioned my wedding to be near the ocean without actually being on the beach/water. Growing up, I found peace and comfort in looking at the vast ocean and hearing the waves crash. It was what I would turn to through life’s tougher moments and it never failed me. The ocean and home were pillars of strength for me, so I wanted that foundation of strength and positivity represented in my wedding as well.

My color palette was cream/champagne with touches of mint green/sage. I’m drawn to natural colors and wanted my wedding to be subtle with a touch of class and understated elegance. I chose the venue because I wanted to accentuate the colors of the ballroom itself and not cover it up with too much “stuff” going on. I wanted to enhance the beauty that was already there.

I loved the flower girl dresses. I wanted something extra poofy and had the dresses made of layers on layers of tulle by an Etsy seller. All the girls were so adorable in them! I also ordered the same dress for our daughter. Though she was too young to be a flower girl, I wanted her to match the other girls.

My flowers were organic and free flowing like those found in a garden. I wanted a soft color palate of cream and blush accented with eucalyptus and other greens and Chloe + Mint captured that well. Garden roses, black and white anemones, and peonies. My gown was by Martina Liana and made me feel comfortable in my new full-figure as a mother. The sweetheart top and delicate lace was subtle but still elegant. I wanted a more traditional look for the ceremony and added a lace bolero. Cake (by the Butter End) was a simple but delicious and adored with flowers that matched my bouquet.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

I really wanted to personalize my wedding details. A dear friend of mine is a designer and gifted us her time and creativity by working with me to design our invitation suite. We handpicked every detail of the suite, from the font, layout, cardstock, envelope color, foil press color, etc. I wanted to tie in the location of the wedding – by the beach –and elements of that so we selected different seashells and incorporated a different shell into the invite, RSVP, menu, and thank you card. It was felt really special to be able to work with her to create something from scratch instead of selecting a pre-made design. Although it took a lot more time than I had on my hands (with a then newborn), I have a fond memory of the whole process.

I also wanted my then-fiancé to have a part in planning the wedding, and I wanted him to feel proud of the celebration we were putting together for our friends and family. Being an avid fan of Chardonnay, his father has a hefty collection of wine corks. I wanted to somehow incorporate the wine corks into the wedding and asked Brandon if he could make the corks into escort card holders. Brandon was really on board and worked on his project with his brother. The escort card holders came out beautiful, and he was able to bond with his brother while working on them. I loved that this simple project not only personalized our wedding but also brought my husband and his brother closer.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

My favorite moment was the reaction of our wedding guests when we had our First Dance. Having had our daughter, Harper, a few months before the wedding, and being a working mom, I did not have much time to learn a choreographed dance (let alone plan a wedding!) It was a tradition of Brandon’s family though, and I so very much wanted to honor this tradition. We started dance practice late and as our wedding day got closer and closer, we realized we would not be able to get down the routine in time. On the day of, we decided we throw off our guests and start our dance swaying back and forth, like a middle school slow dance. When it was cue to start the choreographed part, I heard our guests gasp in surprise that we had something planned. It was so fun and exciting, and in the midst of the excitement from everyone’s cheering, we somehow pulled off the dance!

Take in every moment and enjoy the day! Really, just have fun. My wedding really did fly by – like every other bride had cautioned me – but I never realized just how quickly the day would be over!

Photographer: Sally Pinera // Wedding Planner: EDE By Jacqueline // Flowers: Chloe & Mint // Venue & Catering: Casa Del Mar Hotel // Wedding Dress: Martina Liana // Dress Salon: Lovella Bridal // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang Studio // Groom’s Tux: Men’s Warehouse // Cake: The Butterend // Videography: April Story Films // DJ: Vox DJ’s // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

The moment Lizzy and Mark set eyes on the forest at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Oconee, they knew it was the one. “The smell of the pine trees with glimmers of the lake sparkling” set the tone while incredible floral displays by Designs by Kent added romance and whimsey. The robust arbor, cascading floral chandelier and textural bouquets are amazing and you can check it all out in these images by Willett Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our venue, the forest at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Oconee, really set the tone for the whole day!  From the first time we saw it, we knew we had to be married there.  The smell of the pine trees with glimmers of the lake sparkling in the background are just pure bliss!

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

I found it at Kelly’s Closet in Candler Park!  It was the first dress the truly felt myself in.  I knew I had to have it.  The gorgeous intricate but eclectic lace just sealed the deal.  I didn’t know if I was going to wear the off the shoulder straps for the wedding, but I’m so glad I did, I feel like they really help make the dress.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Our vendors really went above and beyond to make us feel special and comfortable the whole day.  Everything from the dreamy setting, to the beautiful lounge furniture and seating arrangement, the artist painting under the pine trees, along with some great music and the people we love the most in the world truly made it unforgettable.  Oh, and a late night snack was pretty amazing after dancing the night away!

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

Watching everyone enjoy themselves. Mother Nature really showed off and let everyone truly enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.

 

Photography: Willett Photography // Floral Design: Designs by Kent // Paper Goods: Paces Paper // Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering: The Ritz Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee // Hair & Makeup: Scoobie West & Company // Wedding Gown Designer: Rue De Seine // Wedding Gown Boutique: Kelly’s Closet // Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Ring Box: Anthropologie // Groom’s Attire: Perry Ellis // Rentals: Crush Event Rentals

 

We’re kicking off the new year with a total stunner! Planned by Grey Collective member CES Weddings and Events, Annie and Patrick’s day at Canyon Oaks Country Club is white-tented-rustic-elegance at its finest. Details include plentiful florals in a subdued palette by Cambray Rose Florist, vintage-inspired rentals from WeDo Designs, a beautiful naked cake by Upper Crust Bakery and a bride that fit the part in her effortless gown and cathedral-length lace veil. Deer Lovers was on hand to capture it all (including the giant marquee ‘L-O-V-E’ lights that were the handiwork of the father-of-the-bride!) in thee lovely photos.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

The attention to detail and the “wedding weekend” experience allowed us to blend so many important people in our lives, and show our friends and family why Chico is so special to us. Having so many guests see the bride’s hometown was so unique and made for an unforgettable celebration!

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

The gown was Nicole Miller. After 4 bridal boutiques and hundreds of dresses, I was on a casual Saturday shopping trip with 2 bridesmaids. We had intended on shopping for home decor and work out apparel, but ended up on a whim going into the boutique without an appointment. It wasn’t like anything I had tried on or envisioned but I felt the most at ease and natural in it!

What were some of the touches added to make the wedding personal?

My dad made 8 foot tall marquee letters to spell out “LOVE” after I had seen them posted on a blog. I inquired about renting them locally and after my dad heard the cost he said, “I can build those!” Lo and behold he has himself a side business now.

The dessert bar was unique and very popular, we had nachos (the bride’s guilty pleasure) as a late night snack. A close family friend put together the most amazing welcome boxes for our guests filled with tokens of Chico. Our welcome dinner on Friday included a cute photo booth in an old VW van, a band who played old classics, and jumbo marshmallows for s’mores – a summertime family tradition! Everything from the food and music, to the wooden round centerpieces on the tables which the bride’s stepfather had made out of cedar from Lake Almanor.

The ceremony was officiated by a dear mutual friend and included aunts and uncles that did readings that had significance from each side of the family.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Taking photos in this wide open field at Sunset – our photographers stole us away at the golden hour and we are so thrilled that they did!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at work! We both work for Target and at the time that we met we were working at the same store. We dated for 5 years and we got engaged right before Christmas in 2015. We are known for being the ultimate hosts and entertainers, so at our annual Christmas party in our downtown apartment Patrick waited until all of our friends arrived and proposed in front of about 40 people. We popped champagne and partied until last call that night.

Planning: CES Weddings and Events // Photography: Deer Lovers // Floral: Cambray Rose Florist // Calligraphy: The Printed Pearl // Venue, Catering and Bar: Canyon Oaks Country Club // Rentals: WeDo Designs // LOVE Letters: Steve Ferreria, Father of the Bride // Dessert: Upper Crust Bakery and Celestino’s (Canoli) // DJ: The Wedding DJ Company  // Hair/Make-Up: Lindsey at Mecca

 

Emily and Greg’s charming wedding in Charleston was exactly what they wanted: small, intimate, simple, and meaningful. They included their late fathers in the event by way of a touching display of candles and making them a part of the ceremony. Their vision for the day was also reflected in the gorgeous floral design by Ooh Events and the elegant black and white paper goods by The Lettered Lilly. The venue,  Cannon Green offered the simplicity and beauty this lovely couple was looking for, and Cheyenne Schultz expertly captured every special moment.

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What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?  

They honored both of their late fathers through a display of two candles on a pedestal and words from their officiant during the ceremony. Greg also carried his dad’s wedding ring that was engraved with he and his mom’s wedding date.

What made the wedding special and unique? 

Emily and Greg’s Charleston wedding at Cannon Green took place on the most beautiful 80 degree day in February! It was small and intimate with just close friends and family. The venue was beautiful as is, so there was no need to overdo it. Their wedding was all about Emily and Greg doing things just how they wanted to do them: simple and meaningful.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

As Emily approached the first look location to meet Greg on the character ridden streets of downtown Charleston, she excitedly said, “I see him!” Their first look was such a quiet, sweet and special moment for the two of them.

How did you meet/get engaged?

Emily and Greg met at The Boat and Ski Club in 2004. Emily was a waitress and Greg was having dinner with friends after a fun day on the lake. After they both went their separate ways after years of off and on dating they met again at a bar in their hometown of Salisbury. It was so out of the blue but when they reconnected they both knew they had found exactly what they wanted!

Greg had planned an awesome weekend away in Aiken, South Carolina. They were in the process of moving to South Carolina at the time and Emily was visiting him in different parts of the state every other weekend while he was on call for work. He booked the sweetest airbnb, a tiny house on a farm, complete with chickens, horses, homemade honey, and a slobbery blood hound. Greg proposed on Saturday morning in the tiny house as they were about to explore a tiny little town they had ever been to.  

Photography: Cheyenne Schultz // Florist: Ooh Events // Invitations and Paper Goods: The Lettered Lilly // Venue: Cannon Green // Calligraphy: Leen Machine Calligraphy // Hair: Justin, Swish Salon // Makeup: Charlotte Yeager // Dress Designer: Anna Maier Couture // Dress and Veil purchased at: Nitsas apparel Winston Salem // Greg’s Suit:  Bruce Julian Clothier // Ceremony Musicians: Classical Charleston // Officiant: Kristen Barner