This Playful Colorblock Wedding at SmogShoppe is a DIYer’s Wonderland

February 26, 2020 | brooke

Calling all 2020 wedding trend followers! Daniela and Moe are showing us how it’s done with their vibrant colorblock wedding at SmogShoppe in Los Angeles. If you love all things DIY—which we do—you’re going to fall in love with the details this couple hand crafted for their celebration. It was only natural for these two to dream up some fun creations for their day since they met in architecture school and are both keen on design, and with the extra help from THREAD Events Co. they totally rocked it. Out of all the do-it-yourself elements, we especially love their colorful seating chart with lots of funky shapes! Get ready to be inspired, because Tida Svy graced us with lots of beautiful images of it all!

The Couple:

Daniela & Moe

The Wedding:

SmogShoppe, Los Angeles, CA

We came up with the idea to give out gift totes – tote bags with a whole bunch of goodies inside (chocolate bars, popcorn, kind bars, fruit bars, tide pens, Pedialyte, sunscreen, bandaids, Advil, and Pepto Bismol). But to personalize the totes, we came up with a design with the botanic shapes from our website/invitation design. We cut out foam stamps and block printed the shapes onto canvas totes and also made custom paper tags with our guest’s names to identify the totes.

Although we live in San Francisco (and we got married at San Francisco City Hall), we really wanted to have our wedding reception to celebrate with all our friends and family in LA. We lived in LA for a few years and fell in love with so many neighborhoods, but we were particularly fond of our neighborhood in Culver City. We happened upon SmogShoppe and loved the story of an old smog shoppe (something you see everywhere in LA) turning into this totally unexpected magical lush oasis! We love greenery and can’t get enough plants in our home, so the vibe at Smog Shoppe felt perfect. We also really liked the indoor/outdoor feature along with the industrial nature of the venue – it felt more casual and relaxed.

Since this was just our reception, the pressure was off (a little) in terms of expectations around the ceremony – meaning our main focus was on planning the celebration! We of course wanted it to be fun and memorable, but also represent us as a couple and what we love – which is good food, lots of dancing, and design! We went into the process with one main thing in mind – planning something that we would enjoy. While we wanted everyone to have a good time, we knew that was an impossible standard and so whenever there were decisions that felt hard or we started feeling outside pressure from family or anyone to do things a certain way, we always came back to the standard of making sure we would actually enjoy our reception!

We knew going in that the day was going to be a whirlwind, but we were surprised and so thankful to Ashley, our planner, for taking us aside during the cocktail hour (outside) to take a moment to walk through the venue (inside) to see how everything we had spent months working on and planning for had actually come together! It was such a special moment for us. We both cried with just the release of emotion knowing that we had actually pulled it off and it went beyond what we had ever dreamed.

We went a little crazy with the DIY… from the very beginning, we got it in our heads that we needed to make an amazing website (https://danielaandmoe.com/). Moe is a web designer and I’m an architect, so design is super important to us. We spent about 6 weeks designing the website! It was definitely a passion project but we knew it would set the tone for everything else – it was essentially a brand guideline for the wedding and was incredibly useful in communicating our vision with all the vendors. In the months leading up to the reception, we started dreaming up other things to DIY and ended up making our seating chart, table numbers, and photo booth props! We met in architecture school and are both makers at heart, so we really couldn’t resist.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Tida Svy
Event Planning – THREAD Events Co.
Ceremony Venue – San Francisco Court House
Reception Venue – SmogShoppe
Floral Design – Rawfinery
Catering – Fundamental LA
Cake – Susie Cakes
DJ – Red Shoe LA
Makeup Artist – Courtney Lauren Beauty
Hair Styling – Ana Morales
Groom’s Apparel – Maple Propeller
Linens – The Hostess Haven
Rentals – MTB Event Rentals
Custom Signage – Corey Wolford of See Wolf Design
Valet – Jeffrey Valet


Congratulations, Daniela and Moe, and many thanks to Junebug member THREAD Events Co. for sharing their day with us! If you love THREAD Events Co.’s work, be sure to check out their page in our directory of the world’s best wedding planners.

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This Colorful Hummingbird Nest Ranch Wedding is Sure to Make You Swoon

If colorful summer weddings are your favorite, then get ready to be swept away by Stav and Jeremy’s beautiful California summer wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch! The gorgeous venue boasts expansive gardens, Spanish architecture, and stunning vistas that allowed the couple and Etty Events Los Angeles to create an unforgettable outdoor affair. Wild Muse Floral Co. didn’t hold back with the floral design, creating arrangements in all the colors of the rainbow that complemented the gardens and added a breath of fresh air to the reception marquee. Let’s Frolic Together didn’t miss a beat in capturing all the romantic moments and beautiful details throughout Stav and Jeremy’s summer wedding!

The Couple:

Stav and Jeremy

The Wedding:

Hummingbird Nest Ranch, Los Angeles, California

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Let’s Frolic Together
Event Planning – Etty Events Los Angeles
Venue – Hummingbird Nest Ranch
Floral Design – Wild Muse Floral Co.
Catering – Catering by Maestro
Cake – Sara J Bakery
Officiant – California Rabbi
DJ – Red Shoe LA
Videography – Amari Productions
Stationery – Minted
Makeup Artist – Meg O’Hare Beauty
Wedding Dress – The Dress Theory
Rings – Simone & Son
Rentals – Hollywood Event Rentals


Congratulations to Stav and Jeremy, and a huge thanks to Let’s Frolic Together for sharing this lovely Hummingbird Nest Ranch wedding with Junebug! For more from this incredible photography team, check out Blaire and Jordan’s California desert dinner party wedding at The Lautner!


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We Can’t Decide Which We Love More – The Elegant Opulence or Epic Views in This Malibu Rocky Oaks Wedding

Sabina and Carson’s wedding at Malibu Rocky Oaks had views for days and a sophisticated style that will blow your mind! The winery venue, which had a 360-degree view over Malibu, provided an Italian-inspired backdrop that looked gorgeous with the rich jewel tone color palette the couple chose. Esoteric Events set up the ceremony at the edge of the cliff, which gave a breathtaking view that they framed with a lush backdrop designed by Honey & Poppies. They also set up a luxurious reception under an open-air tent beside the pool that featured black velvet tablecloths, gold place settings, crystal chandeliers, and multi-colored rose centerpieces. But, the sophisticated feel didn’t stop with the decor. Sabina wore a stunning off-the-shoulder Chantilly lace Ester Haute Couture gown and delicate accessories that were timeless and chic. Every detail that photographer Katrina Jayne captured was unbelievably romantic and made us fall in love with winery weddings all over again!

The Couple:

Sabina and Carson

The Wedding:

Malibu Rocky Oaks, Malibu, California

I have always been drawn to dark, moody, wildly romantic elements (i.e. candlelight, roses, chandeliers, etc.). From the beginning, I wanted a wedding that would take your breath away in the most unsuspecting way. Our wedding had a definite vibe; there was a feeling, a mood.

I wanted my wedding dress to be unique and romantic. I fell in love with my dress because of the detailing; it was an off the shoulder Ester Haute Couture dress, made of French Chantilly lace, with intricate beading and embroidery. I kept the accessories simple, not to take away from the gown. I wore nude Aquazurra pumps and had a cathedral length plain veil. The only jewelry I wore was my engagement ring and wedding band.

Our photographer, Katrina Jayne, was a dream. We actually had her take our engagement pictures a year before the wedding. We were so thrilled with her work that we knew we had to have her on our special day. I think the photos speak for themselves!

Our ceremony was outside with a 360 view of Malibu; it was honestly one of the most surreal moments of my life. We had a string quartet, a wildly romantic arch made of roses and lush greens, and our wedding party was seated during our ceremony, making everything feel even more intimate.

Carson and I chose to say our vows privately; we went to the top of the house, out on the balcony and read our vows to each other under the dark night sky. When we had finished reading, the clouds parted and a full moon lit the sky overhead; a moment we will never forget.

Because our wedding was set at a winery, we thought wine (made at MRO) would be the perfect wedding gift. The bottles were labeled and had a picture of the venue on the front; our guests loved the wine and having a bottle as a keepsake was a nice touch.

My favorite photo is hands down us on the Malibu Rocky Oaks rock. I swallowed my crippling fear of heights to take one of the most spectacular shots ever. Being at the top was exhilarating; all we could hear was the chilly November wind swirling around us. There was nothing but mountains and the most gorgeous sunset as far as the eye could see. That was the only time in the wedding that Carson and I were truly alone. It was so intimate; time stood still up there.

Processional – “Kissing You” by Des’ree (Romeo & Juliet)
Recessional – “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros
First Dance – “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Katrina Jayne
Event Planning – Esoteric Events
Venue – Malibu Rocky Oaks
Floral Design – Honey & Poppies
Catering – Urban Palate LA
Cake – Vanilla Bake Shop
Officiant – Officiant Eric
DJ – Red Shoe LA
Live Music – Clover String Quartet
Videography – Robert Michael Films
Stationery – Written Word Calligraphy
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – The Halcyon Agency
Wedding Dress – Ester Haute Couture
Bridal Accessories – Mira Couture and Aquazzura
Guest Book – Claire Magnolia
Rings – Raineri Jewelers


Congratulations to Sabina and Carson, and a big thanks to Junebug member Robert Michael Films for sharing this stunning wedding at Malibu Rocky Oaks with us! Looking for more sophisticated wedding inspiration? Timeless got a chic update in this Yale Union wedding and is bursting with style and decor inspiration!

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This Smoke Tree Ranch Wedding is Laid-Back Palm Springs Elegance

If we had to describe Rebecca and Josh’s wedding at Smoke Tree Ranch in just four words, they would be: eclectic, retro, laid-back, and elegant. Set against the desert landscape, the couple channeled classic Palm Springs vibes with sophisticated attire, which included the bride’s Grace Loves Lace gown and glamorous hair and makeup and the groom’s suave black velvet suit. The Dainty Lion created stunning floral displays in shades of red, cream, and coral, and Planks & Patina provided farmhouse tables, wood chairs, and wooden benches to infuse a bit of rustic charm that helped with the laid-back, backyard house-party feel the couple wanted. By Amy Lynn photography captured every moment of this exceptional desert wedding in brilliant detail, and we’re especially in love with the couple’s intimate portrait session among the cacti that showcased their killer style and carefree personalities.

The Couple:

Rebecca and Josh

The Wedding:

Smoke Tree Ranch, Palm Springs, California

I picked the first dress I tried on! I can’t say I’m low maintenance enough to have only tried on one dress but the whole process was pretty quick and painless for me. I knew I wanted a long sleeve dress so that limited my options. When I first saw my dress, Inca by Grace Loves Lace, on Instagram I knew it was perfect. I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable and beautiful in their dresses so I had them choose their own within my color scheme. The result was fantastic and looks incredible in photos!

We wanted an elegant but laid-back vibe…more of a backyard setting than a hotel ballroom. We also wanted it to flow effortlessly from one space to another and for our guests to feel totally at ease. It’s stereotypical but Pinterest was definitely a huge help in identifying what we liked and didn’t like. Ultimately we ended up with an eclectic style that perfectly suited the retro elegance of our venue while still being low-key enough to fit the house party vibe we were going for!

The whole day was a series of incredible moments but one that sticks out for me is the time we spent alone between the ceremony and reception. Our wedding planning picked us up in a golf cart and had drinks and appetizers waiting in our room. We spent a couple of minutes together letting it sink in that we were actually married before joining our guests. It was really surreal and special.




The Wedding Team:

Photography – By Amy Lynn
Event Planning – Events Department
Venue – Smoke Tree Ranch
Floral Design – The Dainty Lion
DJ – Red Shoe
Videography – The Quail & The Dove
Invitations – Copper Willow Paper Studio
Day-Of Paper Goods – Cecile’s Paper Co.
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Rentals – Planks & Patina


Congratulations to Rebecca and Josh, and a big thanks to By Amy Lynn for sharing this beautiful wedding at Smoke Tree Ranch with Junebug! Want to see how other couples have styled their Palm Springs wedding? This couple crafty all the quirky details for their Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding!

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This Glam Franciscan Gardens Wedding Takes ‘Til Death Do Us Part to the Next Level

April 18, 2018 | colleen

Franciscan Gardens was the perfect spot for Rachel and Garrett’s moody and romantic wedding. These two focused on bringing in elements to their wedding that represented themselves individually as well as a couple. Incorporating their ’til death wedding vibe, the wedding decor is full of skulls, a rich color palette, and a neon sign that came together perfectly with the help of Joy n’ Company Events. With a mix of pastel and dark-colored blooms, Foxtail Florals created some dreamy bouquets and flower arrangements that we are obsessing over. Photographer Jami Laree was there in capturing Rachel and Garrett’s fun and edgy wedding day.

The Couple:

Rachel and Garrett

The Wedding:

Franciscan Gardens, San Juan Capistrano, California

The most important thing in planning the wedding was staying true to mine and my husband’s personalities and incorporating pieces that were reminiscent of our dating relationship and our love into the wedding–from the theme, to the music, to the individual decor pieces. It was also important hiring vendors/awesome people I could trust to see our vision and bring it to life.



Stay true to yourself, and your relationship and remember what the wedding is truly about. It gets difficult to sift through the endless IG and pinterest wedding pages, and many times you can start to feel envious or even go off-budget. But prioritize what you feel is important to you and your fiance and stay true to yourselves. The day is, after all, about you both.

The most memorable part of the day was seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle. As cliche as it sounds, we underestimate the emotion that overwhelms you when you see your future standing at the opposite end of the aisle. We did not opt for a first look, and we were not disappointed. The anxiety and nerves of the day come to a pinnacle when you are standing there about to walk down the aisle, and all at once you feel a sense of relief.

Franciscan Gardens in the heart of San Juan Capistrano is just a wedding venue that speaks for itself. It has a Spanish-style feel, with a secret garden look. It has a beautiful pergola with vines running down the center that you are able to hang florals or lights. The lighting is dark and moody, perfect for our theme, and it has a beautiful indoor brick venue for the reception in case it rained.

Jami was truly a godsend. She made us feel so comfortable, and took the photography game to a different level. She matched me and my husbands personalities so well and she just got us. She captured the best parts of the entire wedding and went above and beyond.

Michelle Searles was our wedding coordinator, she was fantastic from our first meet to the very end. She was the main reason why my husband and I did not stress at all during the day of. She kept us on track and her design aesthetic matched my own.

Garrett and I have had such a whirlwind romance. I instantly fell in love with his intellect and devil may care attitude. The dark, moody vibes just spoke to every inch of our soul. So it was not a surprise that we went with the romantic moody theme for the wedding. I remember vividly driving on our way up to Big Bear 3 months into dating and him and I both saying, “divorce is not an option.” So I call the theme of our wedding “Til Death.” We went with a black, white, and bronze base with deep florals. The black candlesticks, black dinner plates, bronze candelabras, and skulls completed the overall look and feel of our wedding reception.

Hands down, our favorite photo was us walking out of the venue amidst the green and white smoke bomb for our grand exit. We were surrounded by friends and family, and Garrett stops mid-walk and just stares at me with the biggest smile on his face. I’m glad Jami was able to capture that moment for us and it came out super rad too.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jami Laree
Event Planning – Michelle Searles of Joy n’ Company Events
Venue – Franciscan Gardens
Floral Design – Foxtail Florals
Catering – 24 Carrots
Cake – Hey There, Cupcake!
DJ – Manny Soto of Red Shoe LA
Stationery – Minted
Makeup Artist – Joy Santamaria
Hair Styling – Tiffany of Design Visage Beauty
Wedding Dress – Pronovias
Bridal Accessories – Alexis Bittar
Groom’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Rentals – Archive Rentals


Congratulations to Rachel and Garrett, and a big thanks to Jami Laree for sharing their edgy yet glamorous wedding with Junebug! If you loved the deep color palette in this wedding, then you have to see the colors in this Phoenix Wedding at The monOrchid!

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Parker Palm Springs Made This Couple’s Resort Town Wedding Dreams a Reality

Janelle and Chad channeled a totally unique, eclectic glam style into their wedding at Parker Palm Springs. With the help of planners from Save the Date Events and BAHTOH floral designers, they merged elegant decor, including glittery table cloths and tall floral centerpieces, with whimsical details, such as Star Wars-themed table numbers and wedding cake. We adore that they chose to hold their ceremony in a secret garden on the venue’s expansive property and integrated that garden detail with a “create your own terrarium” activity at the reception. Because their wedding took place on a Friday, this tech-savvy couple even live streamed it on Facebook so their co-workers and loved ones who couldn’t attend could watch anywhere in the world. Let’s Frolic Together certainly had a lot of incredible details to capture, and they nailed it!

The Couple:

Janelle and Chad

The Wedding:

Parker Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs was perfect because it’s located very close to LA, has lovely weather in January, and was like a little vacation for the people coming in from out of town. Parker Palm Springs had such nice people there and we really liked the food!

From the photographer: These two weirdos make unicorn dust pour out of my eyeballs. After first meeting at work and not being at all interested in each other, these two gamers connected over music and soon found love in adventure and so many adorable common interests. Their love of video games showed up in the table settings, their love of fantasy showed up in her custom made fairyland gown by Dress Anomalie, and their love of mid-century style shone out from the amazing ambience of Parker Palm Springs. I loved their quirky happy day, and I’d love to see their eclectic glam style and playful nature shared with the world.

The most memorable part of the day was the exchange of our vows. We’re not particularly religious so we wrote our own ceremony and the script for our officiant. Our officiant was a colleague and friend who had worked with both of us and had seen us through every stage of our relationship (even if he didn’t know it at the time). He’s known for amazing charisma and energy — my mom basically adopted him as an honorary Filipino after she met him for the first time! I may have written the ceremony script, but Paul could have read the Constitution and captivated all our guests.

One of the special highlights was that we wrote our vows down in a book that we have written every single date and activity we’ve done since we became a couple. Chad broke down crying, which set the audience into sniffles. Being tech nerds, I live streamed the ceremony on Facebook. Our wedding was on a Friday and, during the live stream, colleagues were apparently gathered around screens and watching and commenting. We also had friends who couldn’t make it get together to have a viewing party. It was amazing knowing we had the support of loved ones and friends all around!

This is going to sound insane, but we built a brand plan for our wedding planning. We both come from a strategy background, so we broke our wedding down like any project at work: What are the main things we want to accomplish? What was our budget? What were our priorities? I made a survey with all the main elements of a wedding’s cost and we both privately ranked what we found vital to spend money on. We found that we completely agreed on nearly everything. We spent money on the DJ and food, but the table settings and the cake weren’t important to us at all. If there were any disagreements, we talked through it until we could compromise. It’s basically just communication with structure. It sounds a little unsexy, but being able to have that kind of open communication with my fiancé was so vital to us being able to accomplish the wedding in four months!

We’re both lifelong gamers, so we wanted to incorporate that into the wedding but still have a sophisticated look. We didn’t actually ever decide on wedding colors. We let Bobbie at BAHTOH figure that out. The venue has a number of beautiful wedding spaces that people usually use for the ceremony, but we were attracted to a humble hedge with a wooden door. It made for a short and uneven aisle (that we covered with a DIY sequin aisle runner we made the night before), but the “secret garden” feeling ended up feeling very magical during the sunset ceremony. We showed off our nerdy side with our Star Wars-themed wedding cake and our table numbers, which featured various science fiction and video game worlds.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Let’s Frolic Together
Event Planning – Save the Date Events
Venue – Parker Palm Springs
Floral Design – BAHTOH
DJ – Redshoe
Videography – Amari Productions
Makeup Artist – Chelsea Nicole
Hair Styling – BAHTOH
Wedding Dress – Dress Anomalie
Bridal Accessories – Shoes of Prey


Our biggest congratulations to Janelle and Chad, and a special thanks to Let’s Frolic Together for sharing this beautiful wedding with Junebug! Love the whimsical elements Janelle and Chad included? This whimsical glam wedding at a New Zealand antique shop will give you all the feels!

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This Eclectic Calamigos Ranch Wedding Pulled Inspiration from the Sea and Sky

September 9, 2017 | emy

Elemental ambiance was ever-present at Aly and Jason’s romantic and intimate celebration at The Oak Room at Calamigos Ranch. The quiet elegance of their venue’s exposed beams, twinkling lights and rustic Circa Vintage Rentals balanced the personal décor of the bride and groom: geometric accents mixed with earthy neutrals and jewel tones by floral designer Peony & Plum and a collection of geodes and crystals brilliantly arranged by Nicole George Event Planning and Design. The couple drew inspiration from the sea and sky, a reflection of the west coast and the story of their relationship. Kristen Victoria Photography captured the couple’s cool get away in a vintage convertible in an ultra glamorous seaside post-wedding shoot. We love how Aly planned a special surprise for Jason: using dry ice to create a literal cloud for their first dance!

The Couple:

Aly and Jason

The Wedding:

The Oak Room at Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, California

We wanted to bring together different elements that we loved into one eclectic but still intimate and romantic setting. We wanted to keep things organic and earthy while also pulling in sentimental elements from the sky and sea, all significant and personal to our relationship.

It was such a highlight, not only in our wedding, but in our lives, to be able to work with our photographer, Kristen, from Kristen Victoria Photography. We immediately fell in love with her style and we knew from her agreeing to make a camping trip out of our engagement shoot at Joshua Tree that we would be fast friends and that she would be amazing to work with. 

We used a ton of our own decor including our personal geode and crystal collection, abalone shells, and geometric accents, including a huge dream catcher that was the focal point of our outdoor setting. Bringing together earthy and jewel tones, as well as boho-romantic and geometric touches really made the whole atmosphere feel like “us”, which we loved being able to share with our guests.

Walking into a room filled with literal love from all of your closest and most beloved family and friends is pretty surreal. To duplicate that at a future event in life is nearly impossible so we definitely had a “once-in-a-lifetime” moment knowing how incredibly precious the entire day would really turn out to be after walking into that room of love!

Our first dance song was a song called “Clouds” by Borns. I had our lighting vendor sneak in a dry ice machine that he turned on for our dance to create a literal CLOUD around us as we danced. It was the first magic trick I’ve pulled on Jason!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Kristen Victoria Photography
Event Planning – Nicole George Event Planning and Design
Ceremony Venue – Our Lady of Malibu Church
Reception Venue –  The Oak Room at Calamigos Ranch
Floral Design – Peony & Plum
Cake – Vanilla Bake Shop
DJ – RedShoe LA
Invitations – LaFabere
Makeup Artist – Juna Beauty
Rentals – Circa Vintage Rentals


Congratulations to Aly and Jason on their gorgeous wedding and a special thanks to Kristen Victoria Photography for capturing the beautiful couple! For more eclectic inspiration, check out this tropical Millwick wedding!

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An Alpaca Almost Stole the Spotlight in This Hummingbird Nest Ranch Wedding

August 14, 2016 | gabby


Between its alpaca photo booth, personal vintage accents, and effortlessly free spirit, this Southern California wedding channels bohemian Wes Anderson in all the right ways! Lindsay and Christopher knew that they wanted every inch of their Hummingbird Nest Ranch wedding to truly reflect themselves and, judging from the smiles that photographer The Shalom Imaginative captured, they succeeded. Quirky boho brides take note: Lindsay’s ethereal Stevie Nicks-meets-Gold Rush gown and Civil War re-enactment boots are a must see!

The Couple:

Lindsay and Christopher

The Wedding:

The Hummingbird Nest Ranch, Simi Valley, California





Lindsay wanted to look like Stevie Nicks had gone to the Gold Rush and got mixed up with a band of fairies. The sisters (Kite and Butterfly) that designed her dress are absolutely magical and have an enchanted studio in the Hollywood Hills where they do their fittings. It was intimate and personal and made the dress so special. Lindsay‘s boots are from a company that makes Civil War re-enactment gear (!!!) and her best friend from elementary school made the flower crown.



We wanted the wedding to feeling like “us” — which sounds a little cliché, but to us meant having a certain degree of chaos, an alpaca, lots of 90’s hip hop, and inventing new traditions instead of abiding by the old. We wanted our dog to be everywhere and part of everything, so we made sure she had a buddy to keep an eye on her at all times.












The bridesmaids wore any maxi dress they wanted as long as it was in the neutral color palate and the groomsmen were asked to wear some sort of gray tux with a neutral tie. We wanted our friends to feel happy and comfortable in clothes THEY liked to wear.











We personalized our ceremony in so many wonderful, meaningful ways. Both Lindsay‘s parents walked her down the aisle, her godfather/uncle served as the officiant, our dog was in the Pup of Honor, we wrote our own vows that included jokes about butts, and the big “reading” was just a small passage by Carl Sagan about the connectedness of the universe. We kept it fast, funny, and sweet.










We each picked three things that really mattered to us and agreed to not care about the rest… that meant delegating stuff to friends and family or ignoring less important details completely. This saved us a ton of money and stress! Video, photography, and music are so important to your guests’ enjoyment of the night and your memories of it. Do not underestimate their power!











Processional: Alexandre Desplat – Mr. Fox in the Fields
Recessional: Cat Stevens – Ruby Love
First Dance: The New Basement Tapes – When I Get My Hands On You



Our wedding video is one of the best things we could have done. Lindsay works in TV, so having a really well-done video was top priority. Thankfully, an incredibly talented co-worker and friend gifted us 13 minutes of video magic that captured all feelings and sounds and images of that day that we get to share with our friends over and over and over and…

The Wedding Team:

Photography – The Shalom Imaginative
Event Planning – Tricia Dahlgren Events
Venue – The Hummingbird Nest Ranch
Floral Design – Finch Floral
Catering – Peaches’ Truck
Cake – Cake Goodness
DJ – Red Shoe
Videography – Brian Rovanpera
Invitations – Irene Wang
Makeup & Hair Artist – Kelly Shew
Wedding Dress – Kite and Butterfly
Bridal Accessories – Oak Tree Farms
Groom’s Apparel – Reiss
Rentals – A Rental Connection, Hollywood Photo Booth, Reptacular Animals


Congratulations to Lindsay and Christopher, and a major thanks to The Shalom Imaginative for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us! Want more quirky Cali wedding inspiration? Then you’ve to see this quirky class Los Angeles wedding at The Fig House!


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Elegant California Wedding at Sunstone Winery

July 16, 2015 | nicole

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Though Jennifer and Christopher envisioned a destination wedding, the ultimately decided to get married stateside. Fortunately, the villa at Sunstone Winery provided a style reminiscent of Tuscany right in Santa Ynez, Califorina. The reception design by Alexandra Kolendrianos truly lived up to the beauty of the venue, from a sophisticated lounge area to a perfectly understated and chic dining table arrangement. Apertura photographed each detail impeccably and captured the most stunning golden hour portraits of the couple walking through the vineyards.

The Couple:

Jennifer and Christopher

The Wedding:

Sunstone Winery, Santa Ynez, California

The Inspiration:

We were originally going to do a destination wedding in Greece, where my family is from, but as every bride knows you loose a bit of control when its over 6000 miles away, time difference and just doing things differently.

When we made the decision to have it in the states, we didn’t want any restrictions. We wanted complete control to paint our perfect day but still feel like we were transporting guests to a magical land and the villa was a perfect place. It’s a deconstructed monastery that was broken down in France and rebuilt in Santa Ynez Valley. Being at the villa with no one around really felt as though time stood still.

As for décor and theme, because the villa was so gorgeous, we wanted to embrace everything the villa stood for……a real old world feeling. Big beautiful, ruffled romantic flowers, vignettes, hurricane vases and chandeliers, chandeliers, chandeliers everywhere! This also included farm tables, antique settings, rod iron gates, candelabras and vintage furniture.

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The Moments:

Everything was so perfectly executed and no one missed a beat. Since we planned this event over a year and half using the Villa as our playground with so many moving parts, we made sure to step away as a couple (7-8 times) throughout the evening and reflect on what was happening. Just live in the moment. Whether it was watching people during cocktail hour, eating our amazing dinner, dancing and the after party…..just recapping with one another all the amazing memories and feelings throughout the evening was magical.

The Couple Recommends:

We used over 2 dozen vendors to make our special day a true fairy tail and they ALL are the best at what they do. They truly were the A-Team of weddings. For us, as a couple, we would have to give credit to our wedding planner, Alexandra Kolendrianos. She handled everything from top to bottom, start to finish. The wedding was perfectly executed with zero hiccups. She held our hand for over a year and a half, did all the heavy lifting, left no stone unturned and dotted every I and crossed every T. Her attention to detail was magnificent.

Now, if you ask our guests, they would say the food and DJ. They said this was the best food they’d ever had and the best DJ they’d ever heard. We’re from San Francisco so its tough to compete with us and Duo blew our expectations and everyone else’s. That coupled with the dance floor packed all night with no one siting down for over 4 hours….literally….made an unforgettable evening.

Finally, I would be amiss if I didn’t mention our incredible photographer Ray Soemarsono who is truly one of the most talented artists we’ve ever met.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Apertura
Event Planning – Alexandra Kolendrianos
Venue – Sunstone Winery
Floral Design – Camellia Floral Design
Catering – Duo Events
Cake – Crushcakes Cupcakery
DJ – Red Shoe
Live Music – Ybarra Music
Invitations – Lazaro Press & Design
Hair & Makeup Styling – TEAM Hair & Makeup
Wedding Dress – Vera Wang
Bridal Accessories – Tiffany & Co.
Groom’s Apparel – Tom James
Lighting – Images by Lighting
Rentals – Town & Country Event Rentals, Archive Rentals, Rivre Works
Transportation – Santa Barbara Limousine Link

Congrats to Jennifer and Christopher on a gorgeous wedding! Be sure to check out Ashley and Jeff’s sweet and simple backyard wedding in California to see more stunning photography from Apertura.


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Urban Garden Wedding at The Marvimon

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Megan and Matt’s urban garden wedding took place at one of Los Angeles’ coolest venues. The Marvimon boasts a living wall filled with lush green tropical plants that served as a uniquely beautiful backdrop for the couple to say “I do.” With the venue’s natural elements in mind, A Soolip Wedding and HollyFlora designed a vibrant celebration with textured florals in joyful shades of pink, orange, and yellow paired on tables with small potted succulents and vintage vases.

The Couple:

Megan and Matt

The Wedding:

The Marvimon, Los Angeles, California

The Inspiration:

The theme we were going for was urban garden with a vintage California twist — exposed brick walls, long wood tables lined with succulents, flowers in ivory, butter, apricot, peach with pops of coral and deep eggplant held in vintage glass bottles, wood bowls and handmade ceramic vessels. Los Angeles has its historic architectural gems throughout the city and we loved the idea of incorporating our appreciation for its rich history in our wedding from sending out authentic vintage post cards hand typed (from the 20’s-40’s), to holding the wedding at The Marvimon. The Marvimon is a historic building, formerly an auto show room in the 1920’s converted into a loft space in downtown Los Angeles. As far as fashion goes, we wanted them to worry less about looking uniform and opting to have the freedom to find a dress/suit they would not only feel good in but also wear again, which is why we chose black.

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The Moments:

We both agreed that our favorite moment was enjoying dinner with all of our guests. We had intentionally chose family style dining, passing dishes down the table, engaging and laughing with each other as if we were at someone’s house and not a formal wedding. That moment was symbolic in how we value and define community.

The Couple Recommends:

All of the vendors we hired were incredible but a couple that stand out was our day of wedding planner, Brooke Zipperman and photographer, Melissa O’Connell from Happy Confetti Photography. One thing we heard from friends was how stressful their weddings had been, so much so that it kept them from enjoying this day they had invested so much energy and money on. Brooke provided impeccable professional support in order for us to really be present and enjoy our day. I felt so confident in Brooke’s ability and handling of all the moving pieces of a wedding that trusting her and letting go was easy which was a huge relief for me.

We had researched a lot of local photographers in Los Angeles but had a hard time finding one that we felt understood the aesthetic we were going for. I had happen to hear of Melissa through a mutual friend. After viewing her website, I absolutely fell in love with how well she used natural light in her photography and emphasized organic candid moments that really captured and evoked strong emotions that I had not widely seen in wedding photographs.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Happy Confetti Photography
Event Planning – A Soolip Wedding
Venue – The Marvimon
Floral Design – HollyFlora
Catering – Heirloom LA
Cake – Susina Bakery
DJ – Red Shoe LA
Live Music – Sadie & The Blue Devils
Hair & Makeup Styling – Kelly Zhang Makeup
Wedding Dress – Nicole Miller
Groom’s Apparel – J.Crew
Rings – Phillip Press
Favors – Marti Chocolatt

Congrats to Megan and Matt on their colorful wedding at The Marvimon and thanks to Happy Confetti Photography for sharing! If you love the style of Megan and Matt’s wedding you have to see Jazmyne and Steve’s urban greenhouse wedding at 501 Union.


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