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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
Sony Studios was an inspired venue choice for Melissa and Sam’s classic Hollywood blue and gold wedding. Kristin Banta Events perfectly designed the Los Angeles-influenced wedding day Melissa and Sam envisioned, using glamorous gold elements paired with sleek royal blue and navy accents. From the couple’s first look before their ceremony to the first bite of their Wolfgang Puck catered dinner, the entire celebration was without flaw.
Our theme was Classic Hollywood. Since we met in Los Angeles, we wanted our wedding to be representative of that. We also wanted to get married somewhere non-denominational and unique. Once we chose to get married at Sony Studios, the rest fell into place. However, since Great Gatsby was really popular at the time, we didn’t want the wedding to be too cliche. We chose navy and gold for the wedding colors, and our wedding planner, Kristin Banta, helped us create an updated spin on the Old Hollywood theme. The venue was set with beautiful florals, rich decor, and touches of sparkle. The whole evening felt very glamorous! Coincidentally, the fitted lace wedding dress I fell in love with was reminiscent of dresses worn then. I let my bridesmaids choose their own gold dresses. I love how the different tones and textures look in our photos. Sam wore a classic black tuxedo with black bow-tie, and his groomsmen wore tuxedos with a gold bow-tie.
The food! And the ceremony. But seriously, the food. We knew it would be good from our tasting, but every bite we ate on our wedding day was amazing. We were truly blown away that a dinner for 120 people could be that incredible. Food aside, we had a really beautiful wedding ceremony led by Rabbi Ian. It was sweet, funny, and sentimental all in one, and we got so many compliments afterwards on what a wonderful ceremony it was. One special moment was Rabbi Ian reading the responses to questions Sam and I answered separately about each other. We didn’t hear each other’s responses until that moment. I had managed to hold in tears until hearing what Sam had written.