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WEDDING BLOG

This Couple Infused Southern California Style Into Their Traditional Indian Wedding at Brookview Ranch

October 23, 2018 | juliette

The warm days of summer might be gone, but we’ve got Grace and Rohan’s gorgeous wedding at Brookview Ranch to bring some sunshine into our lives today! The creative couple planned a traditional Indian ceremony and backyard-inspired reception that celebrated their cultures and their love of the outdoors. The Southwestern style and color palette came through in every detail, most notably the captivating floral arrangements created by Flowers by Leah. While there were tons of traditional elements infused into this celebration — from the traditional ceremony that involved every member of their families to the traditional sweets they provided for their guests at the reception — the couple also focused on making the day look and feel like nothing we’ve seen before! From the sweetest first look reveal to their romantic golden hour portraits, this wedding was a California summer dream come true, and photographer Jenny Collen nailed it in capturing every single moment!

The Couple:

Grace and Rohan

The Wedding:

Brookview Ranch, Agoura Hills, CA

Our most memorable part of the day was definitely the ceremony. The day goes by so quickly but because the ceremony had so many parts, time seemed to slow down and we felt like we were able to take everything in. It was also really personal because it involved so many different family members.

My brothers come up to help me give blessings and tug on the groom’s ear as a warning to take care of their sister. Our parents literally tie the knot that bound us together. My brothers and uncles stood at each corner of the mandap to help the groom and I complete the circles around the fire. Our aunts came up to put sindoor (red powder) on me and give me marital advice. We also walked down to each elder family member in the crowd, touched their feet, and asked for blessings. It really felt like two families were joining together. Our officiant also made sure to explain everything and engage with the guests so that they knew the significance of each step. 

Our advice: don’t feel trapped by all of the wedding norms and customs! Make sure the events reflect who you are as a couple. As you’re planning, it will begin to feel like the wedding is for everyone else and not you two, so I highly recommend setting aside moments for just the two of you during the day. For us, those moments were the first look and the golden hour photos. These were before and after the ceremony, so it really gave us the time to breathe, get away from everyone, and just be together.

I wanted the vibe for our wedding to really celebrate summer. I love being outside but not in an outdoorsy, camping kind of way — more like if we go to a restaurant, I always ask to sit outside and my ideal hangout situation is someone’s backyard/outdoor space and a glass of wine. There’s just something about sitting outside with friends as the sun goes down. It might sound cheesy or nostalgic, and perhaps it comes from growing up in the suburbs, but I wanted to capture that feeling of being a kid and realizing you can be outside longer because the sun doesn’t set until 8 and school is out — those evenings when it’s still warm after the sun sets.

Basically, the vibe was really dependent on finding an outdoor venue that felt welcoming and had more of a backyard feel than a wedding venue. This casual vibe was difficult because Indian weddings are typically very elaborate and extravagant. But that’s just not us, so we tried to draw inspiration from our trip to India the year before, where it felt like more happens outside than inside and vibrant colors fill the streets. Overall, we celebrated summer with bold bright colors and having both the ceremony and reception outside, which might seem crazy for a July wedding in So Cal, but we got the Malibu Canyon breeze and it all felt perfect. 

We opted out of the traditional wedding cake and cake cutting. I’m not a huge fan of cake (not to mention the cost), so we chose to have desserts that represented our mixed cultural backgrounds. We had an assortment of pan dulce (Mexican bread), brownies, mini cupcakes, and Kheer (Indian rice pudding). Our wedding favors were also small boxes of barfi, another Indian sweet. We also didn’t feel the need to have a cake-cutting because part of the wedding ceremony involves the bride and groom feeding each other sweets, traditionally a laddu which is what we opted for. It felt redundant to make everyone watch us feed each other again and it was an easy way to cut costs.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jenny Collen
Venue – Brookview Ranch
Floral Design – Flowers by Leah
Catering – LA Roots Catering Co.
Desserts – India Sweets and Spices
DJ – VOX DJs
Hair and Makeup Artist – Bliss Bridal Beauty
Wedding Dress – Mukhtar Sarees
Bride’s Sangeet Apparel – Polki Fashions
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s Ceremony Apparel – Frontier Heritage
Groom’s Reception Apparel – Polki Fashions
Rings – Katie Carder
Rentals – Elegant Event Rentals and Conejo Rental Center
Transportation – Your Enchanted Carriage
Favors – India Sweets and Spices

 

Congratulations to Grace and Rohan, and a special thanks to photographer Jenny Collen for sharing this incredible wedding at Brookview Ranch with Junebug! Looking for more inspiration to personalize a culturally traditional wedding? This Santa Barbara destination wedding at Crossroads Estate included Persian, Indian, and Western ceremonies!

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Elegant Tropical Greece Destination Wedding at Agreco Farm

While most Greek weddings have distinctly rustic, Mediterranean vibes, Katie and Manny channeled tropical elegance in their gorgeous destination wedding at Agreco Farm! Bobbie of Sand + Lace not only helped the couple choose the venue but also helped bring their vision of an intimate, whimsical, and organic wedding to life. Using tropical florals and foliage designed by Manfler Zempili, minimal table decor, and a modern cake baked by Pavlov’s Lab, this day was as unique as it was elegant. We adore the bride’s summery gown from Rue De Seine, and the heart sunglasses she used to add a cute touch whimsy to her look. We also love not only the dreamy ceremony and reception photos The Shepards Photo captured, but the fact that they set up a private table for two with cocktails for the couple to take a moment to themselves with a view of the incredible farm venue!

The Couple:

Katie and Manny

The Wedding:

Agreco Farm, Crete, Greece

Without a doubt, the vows were the most memorable part of the entire day. But, what elevated the whole experience (for the two of us and all of the guests), was that Manny’s emotions were coming in hot right from the get-go. From what people told me, he was tearing up coming down the aisle before the ceremony even started! Let’s be real, there is something so stinking heartwarming about a fully grown fella tearing up with emotion. Back to the vow part, there was something about that specific section of moments of sharing our vows and commitments to one another that shut out everything else happening. It was this crazy feeling of knowing we were surrounded by our loved ones, yet we were in a little bubble of bliss where it was just the two of us. We’ll never forget that feeling.

If you’re going international hire a planner! Bobbie (our planner) was 100% the best and first decision we made for our wedding. We knew going into it that Greece was where we wanted to be, but could not have done nearly as amazing of a job without her. We’d hire her 100 times over if we could! Also, couples should plan their wedding together!

We chose our venue off of 2 photos Bobbie had shown us in a proposal, after having said no to about 4 different ones! It felt crazy that we weren’t going to see it in person until we got to Greece for our wedding, but with Bobbie’s vision for it, there was not a doubt in our minds it would be beautiful!

Our photographers were basically our friends come the day of! We spent our entire travel time with Aslan and Andria and, come the day-of, they were the best humans on the planet. They had a list of photos to take right after the ceremony — which I never even thought about — and they had a table made overlooking the vineyard with drinks for Manny and me to pause and take a few minutes to enjoy being married! We love them!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – The Shepards Photo
Event Planning – Sand + Lace
Venue – Agreco Farm
Floral Design – Manfler Zempili
Cake – Pavlov’s Lab
Hair and Makeup Artist – Michalis Tsotras
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine

 

Our biggest congratulations to Katie and Manny, and an extra special thanks to Junebug member The Shepards Photo for sharing this incredible wedding at Agreco Farm! Want to see even more dreamy Greek wedding inspiration? Check out this secluded beach wedding at Villa Seven in Rhodes, Greece!

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This Organic Chic Acre Baja Wedding Showcases Some Seriously Unique Bride and Groom Style

October 21, 2018 | juliette

This Cabo wedding at Acre Baja is for the foodies and the fashionistas! Alexandra and Steven took wedding day style to a whole new level with the bride donning not one but two custom capes alongside her Pronovias gown and Gucci shoes and the groom rocking a classic black tux accessorized with a non-traditional Gucci tie and Stetson hat. Their goal was to create a chic, modern, and — most importantly — fun destination celebration, and we think they did just that! With tiny bottles of Mezcal and maracas for each guest, a carefully curated selection of the best foods, and the expert design eye of Bliss Events by Bonnie Chase, they created a one-of-a-kind celebration we’re sure none of their guests will forget! There were so many unbelievably stylish moments, as well as some outrageously fun party moments, and photographer Stefanie Vinsel captured them all brilliantly and harmoniously!

The Couple:

Alexandra and Steven

The Wedding:

Acre Baja, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

My dress was by Pronovias and my shoes were by Gucci. Because I work in the fashion industry, I had to do something to personalize my look. So, I made two separate capes that hooked onto my dress. The ceremony cape was made of silk and extended 5 feet past my dress, and the reception cape was hand-beaded and weighed over 7 pounds!

For us, it was important to be able to spend as much time with our friends and family as we could. We wanted to love, laugh, dance, eat, drink with all of them for more than just our big day. We also wanted them to really get time to know each other better as well. That said, if anyone else feels the same way, a piece of advice would be to have a destination wedding. It almost forces that situation to create itself.

The food and drink were provided by Acre and it was unreal (and that comes from two foodies)! Upon entering the venue, guests were greeted with a choice of welcome cocktails; a tamarind old fashioned and a mezcal cocktail with lime, pineapple, and hibiscus. 

After the ceremony, canapes were served by the pool, including quesadillas with squash blossoms and salsa verde, oysters with Michelada, red wine mignonette and soy peppercorn and a chorizo flatbread with cucumber yogurt and pumpkin seed pesto. For dinner, guests were served a family-style menu. We also had a custom lemon rosemary cake with cream cheese frosting and a boysenberry drizzle.

The most memorable part of our wedding, for both of us, was sitting at our sweetheart table and taking it all in. That all our friends and family were there to celebrate the love we share. It was pretty incredible to see so many people there that supported us on our journey.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Stefanie Vinsel
Event Planning – Bliss Events by Bonnie Chase
Venue – Acre Baja
Floral Design – Flowers and Events Los Cabos
DJ – Marcus Russell Price
Videography – Max Cutrone
Stationery – Bauer Haus
Hair and Makeup Artist – Kat Thompson
Wedding Dress – Pronovias
Bridal Accessories – Gucci
Groom’s Apparel – Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, and Stetson
Transportation – Impala Ground Services

 

Congratulations to Alexandra and Steven, and a huge thanks to Rayce PR for sharing this beautiful wedding at Acre Baja with Junebug! Planning a destination wedding of your own? You have to see this rustic Phuket destination wedding at Chalong Bay Rum Distillery for inspiration!

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