Colorful Marvimon Wedding

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“We started out with a loose concept of an “urban Great Gatsby” for the wedding day, but quickly found ourselves choosing whatever we really loved and responded too. Luckily since we have pretty distinct styles and preferences everything naturally looked quite well together. One of the best decisions we made while planning the wedding was choosing great vendors who we knew could fully trust. It relieved a lot of stress to know that our photography, DJ, caterer, vintage rentals, etc were all in the best (and seriously talented) hands! We also didn’t stress about or over think any decisions, which saved us so much trouble. My husband and I did a lot of research online first so we knew what we liked and wanted. This allowed us to only have to look at only one venue, one wedding dress shop, one photographer, one DJ, etc. If my husband and I knew we loved something, we went with it! We also liked the idea of doing a few DIY projects, but tried to be realistic about not taking on too many projects. We both work in the wedding industry, and we’ve seen too many people take on too many DIY projects. That can work out great for many couples, but we knew we didn’t want to be up all night for weeks before the wedding. So we choose two DIY projects that could be done well advance. We made homemade vanilla extract since we love to cook and bake together, and I made the menus, programs, signage, etc with my bridesmaids. We were so lucky that my sister took over decorating and putting everything together the day of, allowing my husband and I could relax with our friends before the ceremony. She also went to the amazing flower market in downtown LA near our venue, and put together the flower arrangements! My mom also collected some vintage vases leading up to the wedding, but most of the pieces came from the seriously fabulous duo over at Casa de Perrin. Our biggest advice to future brides and grooms out there are to choose vendors you love, enlist family for help (especially day of!), and trust your gut!

All the details and planning that led up to the day were fun and a good memory to have, but nothing could have prepared us for how beautiful and emotional the actual wedding day was. The “first look” with our photographer was so special, and gave us plenty of time to not be worried about squeezing in time for portraits. I was afraid the “first look” would ruin the actual ceremony, but walking down the aisle to Alex was still so incredible and unforgettable. We asked my fiance’s cousin to marry us. She put so much time and effort into it, it blew us away! We went our first date when we were 15 and she was able to tell our story in a way that no stranger we hired to marry us could have done. We incorporated our friends and family in the ceremony too through readings of bible verses and our favorite poems. Instead of doing our vows one at a time, we wrote them to be more like a conversation between the two of us. My husband can be very quiet and reserved, but I will never forget how confidently and calmly he spoke during our vows. Everything else that evening completely exceeded any of our expectations too. From the delicious local and organic family style meal at long wooden tables, to our fantastic DJ getting my 94 year old grandma dancing and also honoring the sentimental playlist we meticulously selected, to my sister and her husband surprising us with a photo booth and a vintage 1927 Packard to drive us away during the send off… Everything was truly beautiful. We are so grateful to our families (especially my sister) for helping us create such a beautiful celebration of our love and commitment to each other. We’re also so thankful we prioritized choosing our photographer too (we literally emailed him to shoot our wedding before we even knew what country we were getting married in!), because now we have our favorite day captured as beautifully as it felt to us to hold onto for the rest of time.

I own a bridal shop in Seattle, and it brings me so much happiness everyday to be able to confidently tell each bride that comes in to try on dresses that her wedding day will truly be one of the most beautiful days of their life together! I loved working in weddings before, but our day was so special to us I have a whole new appreciation and excitement for each bride that walks through my door.”

Photographer: Tec Petaja // Venue: The Marvimon House // Hotel (where many of the photos are): The Langham Huntington in Pasadena // Vintage Rentals: Casa de Perrin // DJ – J.P. McLeod // Cake and Desserts: Sweet & Saucy // Wedding Dress: Eden by Jenny Packham - available at my bridal shop The Dress Theory // Catering: Eco Caters // Invitations: Minted // Photo Booth: Lensley Automatic // 1927 Packard Rental: Classic Limos // Valet: Jeffrey Valet // Groom’s Suit: J Crew // Bridesmaid Dresses: All by Pisarro Nights from Nordstrom // Bouquet Florist: Holly Flora

12.17.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Rich Fall Wedding Flowers

Fall Wedding Flower ideas

Combing deep and warm tones to your wedding can help you create a cozy aesthetic during cooler months.  I drew inspiration from rich colors and textures that are present this time of year and foraged for the leaves and berries that are in this fall wedding flowers arrangement.

Creative Direction, Floral Design and Styling: Jessica Sloane // Photography: Austin Gros // Hair and Makeup + Hair Tutorial: Amanda Paige // Dress: Free People

12.14.12 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Intimate Big Sur Wedding

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Nikisha (from New York) and Carl (from DC) KNEW that they wanted to plan their very tiny wedding celebration (10 guests!) on the beach. But Nikisha also couldn’t imagine their special day without the woods, and she was torn. UNTIL she stumbled accross Pfeifer Beach in Big Sur. Where the red woods meet the surf! She fell HARD, and though she had never been to California (and would not prior to the wedding) she made it happen. She had such a great vision, and we were so impressed with how well she pulled it together. For example:  her stunning shawl was a custom order on Etsy, but Nikisha researched specific styles of crochet (thought she doesn’t know how to crotchet herself!) and guided the seller to exactly what she wanted. She found a solo guitarist to simply play their favorite Radio Head song (music only, no singing) throughout the simple ceremony. They hired a local florist for her bouquet and florals at the dinner, and a local officiant. They rented a STUNNING house in the area to spend time as a family before hand and to get ready in, then we all traveled to the beach for the ceremony and portraits. Though you can see it was VERY windy that day, Nikisha could not be swayed from her vision of a ceremony on the beach, and we are all so glad! It was STUNNING. After, everyone travelled nearby to the rustic but totally foodie-centric Big Sur Bakery, where their party of 12 enjoyed an amazingly prepared, and sweetly intimate dinner.

photography: rad + in love // video: neal sandoz // house: wind and sea // ceremony location: pfeiffer big sur state park beach  // shoes: vintage // shawl: etsy // dress: j crew // guitar player: dylan auello // flowers: big sur flowers // officiant: : Pastor Dennis McFadden // wedding cake // reception dinner: big sur bakery

12.12.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Winter Wedding Decorations

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Whether you’re planning a winter wedding or holiday party, this greenery series of winter wedding decorations from Honey of Thousand Flowers is sublime. You can either go completely green like the garland on the table or add some pretty white flowers to it like the garland over the fireplace.

Photography: Leo Patrone // Winter Wedding Decorations and Styling: Honey of Thousand Flowers

12.11.12 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog