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Charleston Bridal Inspiration

My secret obsession as of late? Bridal shoots. And when they’re set amongst the swaying Southern trees adorned with Spanish Moss like this one from Lauren Jonas, I could gaze at the gallery for days. Filled to the brim with dreamy dresses from the Gown Boutique Of Charleston and gorgeous hair pieces from Treats For Tresses, there’s so much pretty to peruse.

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From Lauren Jones PhotographyThis styled shoot at Legare Waring House in Charles Towne Landing was captured by Lauren Jonas and is nothing short of stunning. Hair pieces are representing a growing trend in 2014. This team was inspired by Treats for Tresses, a local hair piece designer based out of Charleston. With dresses provided by Gown Boutique of Charleston, the ladies at Fabulous Fête decided on four looks: earthy, whimsical, modern, and trendy. Each of the four looks feature a gorgeous handmade hair piece that will just knock you off your feet.

Photography: Lauren Jonas | Event Planning: Fabulous Fete | Floral Design: Keepsakes Florist | Wedding Dress: Gown Boutique Of Charleston | Cake Stand: Anthropologie | Hair : Tamsyn Rickards | Hair Pieces: Treats For Tresses | Makeup: Sabra Mizzell | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Venue: Legare Waring House

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Al Fresco Wedding in San Francisco

Insanely romantic tidbit of the day? This sweet couple shared their first kiss high up in the Himalayas after a group hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Swoon. So, it’s no surprise when they made the decision to tie the knot five years later, they did it in style. With Michael & Anna Costa Photography behind the lens, this gallery is a glimpse into all the romance.

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From Michael and Anna Costa PhotographyDan and Lauren met in December of 2008 in Kathmandu, Nepal, where they joined the same tour group to hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp.  Dan is originally from Birmingham, England, and Lauren is originally from Bakersfield, California (but was living in Los Angeles at the time), so it seemed like fate that they both happened to travel alone to the same distant city on the same dates with the same goal. These exotic circumstances meant that Dan & Lauren’s first date was kind of a group date (there were 8 other travelers on the hike, plus guides and sherpas, who were with them at all times), and it lasted for almost 12 straight days.  Instead of the traditional flowers, the first gifts that Dan gave Lauren were a piece of string to tie her solar battery charger onto the back of her backpack, and an extra roll of toilet paper, since she had been suffering from food poisoning the first week of the hike and had run low on her own supply!  Since they had no privacy amongst the group on the hike (and no showers for 9 days of the trip), all they could do was walk, talk, laugh and learn a whole lot about one another.  Although Dan didn’t work up the courage to make a romantic move until almost the end of their journey, they shared their first kiss in Lukla (high up in the Himalayas), and after the pair parted ways in Kathmandu on New Years’ Eve, Dan was smitten enough that he booked a trip to California and came to visit Lauren in L.A. the week after she returned home. He met her parents on that trip, then she went straight back to England 2 weeks later to meet his family, and they realized things were serious.

Over the next few years, Dan and Lauren took turns giving up their homes/lives/friends and moving overseas to keep the relationship going – Lauren first quit her law firm job in L.A. and moved to England with her dog, George, in June 2009 for almost a year, then Lauren’s UK visa ran out, and in late 2010 Dan sold his electrical company in England and moved to California to try out the beach life.  After struggling with immigration issues and enduring some long gaps of time apart, they decided to get engaged and remain in California to begin their life as a married couple.

Although they were officially married in San Francisco nearly a year earlier for immigration purposes (with only the bride’s friend, Cara, as a witness), the wedding celebration in Montecito was the first time Dan and Lauren’s parents were able to meet one another during their 5-year romance. Dan and Lauren agreed the wedding day was magical, and a great way to bring the English and American families together. The private Montecito home where the wedding was held is owned by the bride’s mother and step-father (and was completed just prior to the wedding), so the bride’s mother worked tirelessly to finish up all of the landscaping and home decor in time for the big day! The home may be available to rent for weddings and other special celebrations in the future, so stay tuned!

Dan and Lauren now reside in Venice, CA, with their 2 dogs, George & Mia, where they are remodeling their new home. While he is not out training for and competing in triathlons and marathons, Dan is working on setting up a new electrical contracting company in L.A., while Lauren works as a commercial real estate lawyer for a small firm in Santa Monica.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Event Planning: Davia Lee Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Grassroots | Cake: Sweet Surrender Bakersfield | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Seasons Catering | Band: DNA Band | Desserts: Crushcakes | Desserts: Vanilla Bake Shop | Hair And Make-Up: Shine Blow Dry Bar | Lighting Design: Ambient Event Design | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals | Rentals: Party Pleasers | Transportation: Greg At EOS | Transportation : Limo Link | Venue: Private Residence

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Yoga Wedding in the Riviera Maya

When a wedding involves yoga during the ceremony, followed by an very cool underwater ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot, you know it’s going to be amazing! Del Sol Photography captured so many meaningful moments at this intimate Riviera Maya celebration that will leave you in awe. See the full gallery here.

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From Del Sol Photography… Bride Leanne has a wealth of experience with destination weddings managing her own event coordination business in the Riviera Maya. Planning hundreds of weddings a year, she is definitely a bride who knew how to put together an incredible experience for herself, her groom and her guests. Her extensive knowledge of venues and vendors in the area ensured a perfect and unique day. Bride and groom met doing acro-yoga and incorporated their passion in the ceremony, the reception and the trash the dress shoot in a cenote.

The ceremony in the Pueblo Sac-Be amphitheater and the reception in a private villa in Akumal were intimate and very personal, the newlyweds were surrounded by the beauty of nature, pretty decor and the love of their family and friends (and their dog Charly of course).

From The Bride…I actually never thought I was going to get married. Not in the “can’t find a guy to marry” kind of way, but in a more “I’m 100% happy being my free spirit self, able to go and play as I please.” Then, of course, the right guy came along and my world was changed and somehow I ended up engaged (I’m pretty sure it was my idea!)

The wedding location, an outdoor amphitheater in the SacBe eco development of the Riviera Maya, was our location of choice. It held a lot of special memories for me during my time living in Playa, and a jungle setting with a cenote in the background was exactly what we were looking for.

Aaron & I agreed that Matt of del Sol would be our photographer of choice, we were soooo EXCITED when we found out Deborah was our second shooter! And not only that, Sol would be coming along as well. WOAH! Of course Marcos from Artevelas had free reign to do as he pleased with our venue, since truthfully, I trust his taste more than my own. And Maju, my amazing business partner, would be there to run the show along with my favorite DJ – Mood Events. It all came together so nicely.

Probably the biggest gift was from Aaron’s Brother-in-Law and my Spiritual teachers from Ananda Yoga Desde el Corzaon who put together the most meaningful ceremony would could have imagined. Bringing together those two elements really represented who we are as a couple and allowed all of our family, friends, and loved ones to know us a little deeper that day.

Photography: Del Sol Photography | Event Coordinator: LM Weddings | Flowers: Floreria Jardin | Cake: GY Pasteleria | DJ: Mood Event Services | Candles: Arte Velas | Hair/Makeup: MVP Hair And Makeup Artisity | Jewelry Designer: Red-i By Chelsea | Music: Bole Musica | Outdoor Amphitheater: Pueblo Sac-Be | Private Villa: Villa Valhalla Akumal

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