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A Bride Who Put Her Groom to Work!

Ladies. I’m not necessarily saying that you need to seek out people with certain strengths to spend your life with but I’m also not saying that it hurts. Like this groom, for example. Built the cake table, the bar, and the photo-booth backdrop. Like with his own two hands. And when you pair that skill set with the genius of Cortney Helaine and the images from Natalie Schutt you have yourself an SMP wedding (ps…gorgeous dress and glowing bride don’t hurt either). Click here for more!

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From the Bride…I think the most exciting thing for both of us when planning our wedding was always trying to include ways that we could really make our wedding feel like us. We looked for small ways to do this without being overly clichéd, like an Italian inspired menu (a nod to our Italy engagement,) hand-written vows, and constructing much of the décor ourselves (one of my husband’s biggest hobbies is woodworking.) He built our cake table, the bar, and the photo-booth backdrop, to name a few.

My one piece of advice to brides would be to take moments on the day with your husband to stand back together and really “see” your day for what it is. One of my favorite moments from our wedding day happened during the reception. We were on the dance floor with some out-of-town family and my husband grabbed my hand and led me up a little hill just past the reception. We took about 60 seconds to stand and watch our own wedding. We both were in awe of how it came together, and how amazing it was to have so many loved ones come out to celebrate us in our new marriage. It was a nice way to slow down and have a moment to enjoy our wedding day together (trust me–being present on the day IS as hard as people warn you it will be!)

My favorite part of the planning process was working with my family to make it all come together. So many people were a part of helping us create our dream wedding (on a budget!) My mom handmade our favors, which were Pizelle–a traditional Italian cookie. My father-in-law helped my husband build most of our décor. My aunts, uncles, and cousins helped us assemble invites, place settings, and grand exit ribbons. It was such a team effort and those are memories that we will always hold on to.

My favorite moment, hands down, was reciting our own vows. We had planned to do this early on in our engagement, and I was terrified from day 1. Public speaking is SO not my thing. As the day came closer I got more and more nervous. Finally, about 3 days out, I tried to back out. My then-fiancé encouraged me to stick with it… And boy am I glad we did! I can’t describe it, but walking down the aisle towards Weston made all of my fears melt away in an instant. I didn’t see anything else or hear anything else. It was complete tunnel vision. The best part? Knowing that we made personal commitments to each other in front of closest friends and family. If you are even considering writing personal vows or statements, I’d say go for it!

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Photography: Natalie Schutt Photography | Event Planning: Weddings by Cortney Helaine | Floral Design: Studio C Florals | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Canyon Catering | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Canyon Catering | DJ: KSDJ | Groom's Attire: Macy's Bar III | Groomsmen's Attire: Macy's Bar III | Venue: Giracci Vineyards And Farms | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress In Corona Del Mar | Groomsmen's Accessories: The Tie Bar | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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Jewel Tone Garden Wedding With Shades of Blush + Berry

It’s no secret we love a berry colored wedding palette any time of year. So when Jose Villa sent us this insanely gorgeous affair designed by Joanne Lue Events…let’s just say it was hard to keep our cool. Featuring elements of wood and stone, hand-dyed linens, ceramic dinnerware, and sweet personalized notes to each guest, there are so many take-aways to inspire a bespoke celebration of your own.

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From Joanne Lue EventsMeeting a couple like Jess and Matt was a dream – worldly and humble, the two met in business school in Philadelphia and fell in love during their travels around the world and shared a sweet bond over a love of music.

The two live in San Francisco so much of their design inspiration came from Northern California influences – raw and organic elements of wood and stone, hand-dyed linens from Silk and Willow, and ceramic dinnerware from The Ark Rentals, all beautifully shot by Jose Villa.

Their wedding was personal and intimate – Jess and Matt hand wrote individual notes to each of their wedding guests that were tucked into each escort card. As a nod to their love of live music, they named their tables after the many concert venues they had been to together over the years. Guests dined among hanging candlelight, bold jewel toned florals from Cherries Flowers, under an arbor of hundred year old trees. Dinner was a true farm to table feast with tomatoes picked directly from the on-site gardens. And as frequent hosts, Jess and Matt indulged their guests with their favorite foods – cupcakes in lieu of a wedding cake, gourmet bread baskets served with multiple flavors of butter, polenta, and desserts from Jess’s childhood of sesame mochi.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Daniel Chae | Event Design: Joanne Lue Events | Event Planning: Joanne Lue Events | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Cupcakes: Sibby's Cupcakery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: The Glamourist | Lighting: Got Light | DJ: Boutique DJs | Groom's Attire: Canali | Venue: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Bride's Accessories: Perfect Details | Furniture Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Furniture Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Invitations, Stationery + Calligraphy: Oh My Deer Handmades | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Silk Accessories: Silk & Willow | Tabletop Rentals: Frances Lane | Tabletop Rentals: The Ark Event Rentals

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A Mid-Century Modern LA Wedding

Lindsay and Derek have a modern love story if I ever heard one. They met on Tinder and four dates later knew they’d found The One. Fast forward to their wedding styled by the interior designer bride with coordination by Tessa Lyn Events and you’ll find a chic, organic mix of Japanese denim, brass, and wood infused with a moody vibe to amp up the romance. Elizabeth Messina photographed and the happily ever after doesn’t stop here because these two have a baby girl due this winter!

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From the Bride… It was a modern day romance: boy and girl both swipe right, fall in love, and the rest was history. Derek and I met on Tinder (it really works!) and four dates (in seven days) later, we knew magic was brewing. After thirteen months of wining, dining, traveling, and making a home together, Derek proposed in front of the storied swans at the Hotel Bel Air with a custom-designed oval diamond ring set in rose gold. The evening was beautifully and thoughtfully planned, with surprises unfolding at every turn, culminating in an intimate engagement party with out-of-town family and our closest friends.

As an interior designer with a foodie fiancé, our wedding priorities were clear from the start: a stunning backdrop, personalized styling, and an unforgettable meal were the prerequisites to finding our ideal venue. As we embarked upon a California road trip the following week, we spent hours dreaming up how magical it would be to get married at our favorite LA restaurant, Hinoki and the Bird. We were thrilled to learn that it was the perfect fit to accommodate 110 of our nearest and dearest. The design concept for the wedding began with the existing materials at the venue – a chic, organic mix of Japanese denim, brass, and wood. To infuse a sexiness and romance appropriate for the black tie optional affair, we turned to Dutch-inspired florals and loads of dripping tapered candles, which struck the perfect balance to the venue’s earthy minimalism.

We chose a dramatic palette of white, indigo, oxblood, and blush. To set the event’s tone from the first touchpoint, we combined a raw deckle edge invitation with an envelope liner adapted from the sculptural work of Dutch fiber artist Peter Gentenaar. My bridal bouquet of hellebores, ranunculus, and privet perfectly complemented his thistle boutonniere, all brought to life by the brilliant floral stylings of The Bosky Dell.

Upon arrival, our guests were greeted with champagne and hand brush lettered denim fabric place cards. The aisle was lined with vintage carpets and adorned from above with hanging floral installations sculpted from budding magnolias and quince. I chose an etherial gown by Mira Zwillinger and walked down the aisle to Ben Harper’s Forever. We read the vows we wrote for one another beneath a simple chuppah of bare branches.

Following the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy custom craft cocktails and an abundance of delicious appetizers like lemongrass lamb and lobster rolls, accompanied by a lively gypsy jazz trio. The family-style dinner of black cod, miso steak and jidori chicken was served on Heath ceramic place settings with gold-rimmed stemware along candle-filled farmhouse tables. After dinner, a roaring dance party commenced, and we partied the night away into the wee hours with family and friends.

We spent our wedding night at the hotel where we got engaged and upon returning there that evening, took a late-night swim and relived every detail of an unforgettable day. Derek and I are forever grateful for our dream wedding and are thrilled to be expecting our first child, a baby girl, in January.

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Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Videography: BlueCat International | Floral Design: The Bosky Dell | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Stationery: Anne Robin | Bride's Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Makeup : Jamie Greenberg | Hair : Christine Symonds | Lighting : Ernie Mondaca | DJ: Dart DJ | Band: Django Foxtrot | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Hotel: Hotel Bel-Air | Venue: Hinoki and the Bird | Bride's Earrings: Irene Neuwirth | Bride's Gift: Spinelli Kilcollin | Bridesmaids' Robes: Stone Cold Fox | Event Design + Coordination: Lindsay Balton | Flower Girl Dress: BHLDN | Groom's Shoes: Common Projects | Ketubbah: Skirball Cultural Center | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Month of Coordination: Tessa Lyn Events | Photo Booth: RED Photo Booth | Rentals: Elan Event Rentals | Rentals : Found Vintage Rentals | Second Hair Stylist (Bridal Party): Tonia Day | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Vocalist: Jenna Caine Parris

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