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“It was a hot day and the sun was shining at the perfect angle. She was the most beautiful bride ever.” This moment was the most memorable for groom Cameron on his wedding day to bride Ashley. The couple wed at Calistoga Ranch in an intimate ceremony and reception filled with classic details in white, linen and lace. Miss Meliss Floral Design “over-delivered” Ashley’s vision of romantic white blooms and a classic wine country reception in The Wine Cave at the ranch capped off the festivities. We’re absolutely loving the sophisticated restraint on the day and it’s all captured in these beautiful film photographs by Meghan Mehan.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was small and intimate which made it really special. Calistoga Ranch was such a fantastic venue and is so naturally beautiful. Having our ceremony on the lawn and having our family close by was wonderful.  A good friend of ours was also able to officiate and his ceremony was so special and personal to the two of us.

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

My gown was a mix of two designers. The top was Reem Acra, and the skirt was by Watters. I found it at a small bridal boutique here in Dallas called Warren Barron. We went to a few other boutiques but nothing struck and the other boutiques seemed a little too prom style. Warren Barron was amazing. They carry specialty items and their staff is wonderfully knowledgeable. I was able to try on gowns with my mom, mother-in-law and grandma which was perfect!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Everything about our wedding was very personal. We chose wine country because Cameron and I hold the valley very near and dear. It was the first trip we took together, and many more followed after that. Our florist completely over-delivered in the BEST possible way. She took everything we said we wanted and made it perfect. We were also surrounded by close family and friends which was so special. My Grandparents were able to be in attendance with us which was also very personal and special to both of us. The wine we served was from our favorite local vineyard, Fleury. It was so fun to be able to share our favorite wine with our friends and family!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Ashley: I think the most memorable part of the day for me was our first look. It was so wonderful to have a few special moments alone with Cameron before our wedding started. Also, he was {is} the most handsome man I’ve ever seen. Cameron: Seeing Ashley in the wine vineyard for the first look was the most memorable part of the day that will never leave my mind. It was a hot day and the sun was shining at the perfect angle. She was the most beautiful bride ever.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met the old fashioned way…actually, we met via a dating app. It was kind of a one-shot wonder for both of us. We met for dinner and both instantly knew there was something there. I think by date three I knew I was going to marry him. We both knew very quickly that we were made for each other. After a few months, Cameron surprised me with breakfast in bed and a proposal!  To say that was one of the best days of my life would be an understatement. After he proposed, we jetted off to Canada where we spent a few days at Cameron’s family cottage in the Georgian Bay celebrating with family.

Photography: Meghan Mehan // Florals: Miss Meliss Floral Design // Invitations: Paperless Post // Venue: Calistoga Ranch // Hair & Makeup: Carrie Aldous // Dress (two-piece gown): WattersReem Acra // Catering: Calistoga Ranch // Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply // Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew // Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux

 

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Aubrey and Tom celebrated their nuptials by taking a weeklong Hawaiian vacation with 100 of their closest friends and family. They filled their time at with fun and festivities and capped it off with this stunning ceremony and reception on the grounds.Alluring Events + Design enlisted local creatives and vendors to implement the fresh, tropical vision in a contemporary palette with hints of dusty blue and rich rusty, terracotta and punchy coral. Lucky for us, Rochelle Wilhelms Photography was on hand to capture all the beautiful details and special moments set against the stunning island backdrop.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Tom and I are big travelers, so it was amazing to take a vacation with 100 of our closest friends and family. We wanted to spend as much time with everyone as we could, and make it a fun wedding week, not just a day. We held a welcome party on a catamaran when everyone arrived and hosted a donut brunch the following day at the pool. All of the guys had a golf day, while the girls enjoyed a spa day. It was so fun to incorporate different events into the vacation.

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

I purchased my gown from Miosa Bride in Sacramento. I really wanted something simple and timeless.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We are big foodies so had really fun food stations at the wedding. Guests had their choice of things like hurricane fries, wok fried chowmein, taco stations and shaved ice. Food was important to both of us so we didn’t want to do anything traditional.

Also, my husband’s Mom hand dyed the ribbon for my bouquet, and she made all of our table runners.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The whole day was stress free thanks to our amazing team of vendors. Good vendors and a wedding coordinator are key to a relaxing day! We both felt really present for the wedding, which was so refreshing. Our sunset photos were pretty amazing, and the sunset in general that night was gorgeous. We ate delicious food, and danced the night away with our friends and family, I would say everything was memorable!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Tom and I met through mutual friends at a BBQ, about 7 years before we started dating. Then, 7 years later, at a friend’s wedding, we had a spark, shared a few dances and started dating. Tom proposed to me in Bodega Bay, on the beach. Bodega Bay is our favorite vacation spot, so it is very sweet and really special to share that memory with a place we will continue to vacation at for years. He even had a photographer (hiding) there to capture the moment.

Wedding Planner: Alluring Events + Design // Photography: Rochelle Wilhelms Photography // Florals: Blooms by Brooke // Wedding Planner: Couture Events // Invitations: Throne Invitations // Stationery: A Fabulous Fete // Venue: Olowalu Plantation House // Videography: Classic City Films // Calligraphy: Wild Precision // DJ: DJ Boomshot // Hair + Makeup: Heather Ellison Beauty // Rentals & Decor: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals / La Tavola // Catering: Three’s Catering // Dessert: Ululanis

 

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

 

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