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A Sand in the Toes Affair Paired with All Out Glamour

If you love the idea of a seaside fete but can’t quite let go of your glamorous ways, then this photo shoot is the answer to your wedding dreams. A mix of easy breezy and all out glam at the hands of  The Hidden Garden and André Maier Photography, it is sure to inspire a beachy and whole-heartedly gorgeous affair. Head to the vault for so much more plus a film by Cloudless Weddings below!


From The Hidden Garden…For this gorgeous shoot at Casa Del Mar, we pulled inspiration from the luxury hotel itself, as well as the oceanside community of Santa Monica. For the ceremony space, we focused on a softer palette that felt reminiscent of a California sunset – pampas grass paired with soft peach, blush and cream florals. The design was set on a natural wood structure, blending perfectly with the sand and sea backdrop. As we moved into the reception, we wanted to emphasize the relaxed beach setting while maintaining the grandeur of the Casa Del Mar ballroom. Distressed wood elements, punched up color, dark pillar candles and dramatic, oversize chairs throughout the room helped achieve this balance. We complimented the tablescapes with hand painted glass “messages in a bottle” that added an elegant beach inspired touch to the space.

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Photography: André Maier Photography | Videography: Cloudless Weddings | Floral Design: The Hidden Garden | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Hair and Makeup: Davee Troublefield | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Katrina | Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting | Entertainment: Entire Productions | Mens Attire: Menguin | Hotel: Casa Del Mar | A/V: PSAV | Bridal Salon: JLM Couture | Female Model: Christine Harris | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Male Model: Zack Harris | Paper Goods: Calligraphy By Katrina | Production: The Bridal Bar | Rentals: Line 204 Events | Software Technology: AllSeated | Welcome Boxes: Salt and Pepper Co

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A Classic Oscar De La Renta Dress Set the Tone for this Soiree

It would be impossible for me to choose just one favorite wedding dress designer. But oh, you can bet I’ve got my top ten and Oscar De La Renta is right up there at the tippy top. This stunning Bride just hits that statement home even further and completely sets the tone for this classic affair in Half Moon Bay. Jen Huang‘s delicate imagery gracefully takes us through the sweet journey from start to finish, and it’s all so, so good.

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From Jen HuangI loved photographing this wedding – even on a foggy day in half moon day, it shines in its beautiful simplicity, despite the fact that the fashion is absolutely drool worthy – a gown by Oscar De La Renta and a suit from Armani, with Rolex bridal gifts and jewelry from Tiffany & Co and Van Cleef and Arpels, and the heels from Prada are to die for! But even with this enviable collection of accessories the bride kept it wonderfully simple. From the classic line of her gown, to the ceremony arch of white roses, I love her impeccable taste, and that she still focused on the most important moments, the love between her and her groom, which we captured on a windswept California beach. We left the rest up to the natural beauty at the Ritz Carlton.

From the Bride… I moved up from Los Angeles 3 years ago to the Bay Area to help out the family business (we have restaurants). Henry, who was born and raised in Indiana, had started his sixth year of residency when we met in August 2015. It just so happened that his favorite restaurant was my place of work and one fateful Friday, he came into eat. He visited the restaurant five consecutive Friday nights in attempts to talk to me, but I never noticed because it was too busy! Henry finally mustered up the courage to talk to me during his fifth visit but never asked me out. I was a bit curious why he had talked to me in the first place but left it at that. A month later, he came back and asked to meet me for coffee and the rest is history. Never in a million years did I imagine to meet my husband this way but it’ll be a great love story to tell our children one day.

After 8 months of dating, Henry proposed in Napa. We hoped to get married in Napa but felt that it would be too far for our guests to travel to. While visiting the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay for brunch, we knew this would be the most perfect venue with its old world charm. It felt like a destination wedding but still close enough for our local guests.
I had always envisioned my wedding to be romantic and classic. I chose white and green tones for my colors and wanted a garden inspired wedding with a warm summer evening feel. I only had three months to plan from the time of our engagement to our wedding day, so it was incredibly stressful but also rewarding knowing I was able to pull it off. I was extremely nervous because I couldn’t find a dress but after a trip to LA, I found the one from Oscar De La Renta. It arrived two weeks before the wedding but luckily I only needed one dress fitting. All the vendors I chose miraculously pulled through even with such a tight deadline. I really couldn’t have done it without my florist, Amy Burke for creating such a lovely space and photographer Jen Huang for capturing the moment.

On August 6, 2016, we were joined by 150 guests to celebrate our special day. I loved that it was intimate so that we could celebrate with all of our closest friends and family.

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Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Studio Cake | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Shoes: Prada | Hair and Makeup: Makeup By Sung | Groom's Attire: Armani | Venue: Vera Wang Papers | Bridesmaids Gowns: Fame and Partners | Earrings: Van Cleef & Arpels | Groom's Ring: Tiffany & Co.

High School Sweethearts Wed In Vibrant Palm Springs Bash

Located in Palm Springs, this couple enhanced the gorgeous desert setting with vibrant florals and a bright color palette. In my mind, there is nothing more perfect than an outdoor ceremony and reception nestled inside the San Jacinto Mountains under a warm desert sunset. The entire day was captured beautifully by Randy + Ashley Studios. Dream of a warm weather escape while browsing this gallery in The Vault!

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Their love story is ten years in the making, after meeting in high school. Throughout college and early adulthood, these two were always together except for a brief time when they were on a break over a summer (and no, not the Ross-and-Rachel-kind of break), and it was actually during that time apart that they both realized each other was the One. In fact, Devin took a train all the way from Manhattan to Montauk to surprise him because she knew he’d be there on a vacation … all because she realized that she’s just a happier person when she’s around Kevin.

When it came time to pop the question, Kevin proposed during a weeklong trip with friends to Rhode Island, on the very last day in Narrangansett (how he waited that long with the ring in his pocket, I have no idea!). They took a walk to see the cliffs they’d been wanting to see all week, despite the impending rain, and he got down on one knee once they reached the highest point of the rocks. Devin has no idea what he said after he proposed (“it was all a blur!”), but knowing Kevin I’m positive it was something very lovely, well thought out and true from his heart.

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Photography: Randy + Ashley | Florist: City Iris | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Makeup: Kallen Knetzger | Hair: Just Blow Drys | DJ: Michael Capitanelli | Groom's Suit: Indochino | Officiant: Garrett Foster, Ceremonies By Garrettt | Officiant: Garrett Foster, Ceremonies By Garrettt | Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Planning: First Pick Planning | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Restaurant: Spencer's Restaurant | Signage: The Gilded Line | Wedding Rings: Wedding Ring Originals

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