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Cozy + Traditional Wedding in Santa Monica

You know what’s adorable? Marrying your sweetheart on the very street where you first met, which is exactly what these cafe cuties did. A sentimentally sweet celebration paired with ceremony rituals, Koman Photography shot every second. It’s California chic meets a twist on tradition (with plenty textured blooms along the way) and you can see it all in The Vault!

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Summer
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Mansion
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… We met in a cute café on Main Street in Santa Monica, so it was pretty magical for us to be able to celebrate our marriage on the very same street we first met.

We are both romantic and traditional. We appreciate simple elegance, and we love the beach, so it makes sense that we fell in love with The Victorian (our venue) from the moment we visited. It felt intimate and classic, and set the tone for our celebration. Not to mention, Holly, the venue contact, was the sweetest and most accommodating person to work with. We chose soft, romantic colors – blush, dusty green, and gold.

What we wanted most was to enjoy our time with friends and family, and to incorporate both Mexican and French tradition – from the ceremony rituals (the lasso, the unity candle, the arras), to the music that our DJ played.

We spent a lot of time with our florist, Una Yeh, chatting about flowers, vases, textures, heights. On our wedding day, she created the most incredible flower arrangements I have ever seen, incorporating mercury vases, gold books, succulents, and other beautiful flowers. Every detail was just gorgeous.

Our photographers Marlene and John understood our style right away – our love for the beach, the outdoors and nature in general. Because the girls got ready at a residence in the Pacific Palisades, the photographers recommended taking bridal party photos on a nearby mountain trail, which made for a spectacular backdrop (and not to worry, no actual hiking was required)! They also encouraged us to sneak away for a few moments during the wedding to capture a few romantic beach photos. We are so grateful to our photographers who captured all the special moments so beautifully. We are lucky to have found such talented, creative, kind and professional people to work with.

We are so thankful to our wedding coordinator, Candace Lam, who gave us peace of mind and directed everything so perfectly, and to everyone who participated in our special day.

Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Royal Films | Coordination: Love Is Sweet Events | Floral Design: The Flower Lab | Wedding Dress: Glamour Closet | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Hair And Makeup: S Studios | Calligraphy: Julie Dwyer Design | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | DJ: Luxury DJs | Venue: The Victorian | Groom And Groomsmen Attire: Mister Tuxedo | Tailor For Bride's Dress: A Stich In Time

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Citrus Wedding Inspiration with Late Afternoon

We’ve been known to love a good farm-to-table fete around here. But fashion-to-table? It’s a love on a whole new level. Every citrus-infused inch from Twofold LA jumps off the page in this recent Flutter Magazine feature, captured to a T by Rebecca Yale. And that beautiful gal rocking Monique Lhuillier? You might recognize her as Liz of Late Afternoon, who will be letting us in on her own wedding planning secrets tomorrow! Set your sights on this innovative inspiration, freshly added to The Vault.

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Summer
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Estate
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Whimsical

See this spread in beautiful print in the recent issue of Flutter Magazine as well!

From Twofold LAOur initial inspiration for this shoot was derived from the beautiful vibrancy of California’s citrus season. With an emphasis on citrus tones paired with lush greens and pops of white, the classic Mediterranean architecture of this stunning Bel Air residence was fused with more whimsical elements to cultivate a dream like quality. Breathtaking floral moments such as a garden of hanging wisteria by Celadon Celery, romantic floral arrangements by Emblem Flowers and an oversized floral headdress by Wild Vase helped each scene blend seamlessly into the already lush surrounding landscape. Beautiful fresh faced Los Angeles based blogger Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon looked both elegant and effortless in dresses from Monique Lhuillier paired beautifully with breathtaking gems by local jewelry designer Deanna Hamro. With an incredible team of creative vendors the shoot came together to strike a balance between that undefinable sense of California cool and elegant opulence.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Design: Twofold LA | Event Planning: Twofold LA | Floral Design: Emblem Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Jewelry: Deanna Hamro | Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Catering: Haute Chef LA | Makeup: Marlaine Reiner | Hair: Alexis VonKuykendall And Lorien Meillon | Venue: Private Estate | Floral Installations- Staircase And Dessert Station: Celadon & Celery | Flower Crown: Wild Vase | Invitations And Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Model: Liz Of Late Afternoon | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silk Fringe Napkins: Alexander Navas And Associates | Tableware Rentals: Borrowed Blu | Wardrobe Stylist: Ashley Zohar

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Romantic Spring Wedding at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club

For anyone who doubts fate, I dare you to reconsider after hearing this love story. These cuties found each other online, yet discovered they lived in the same apartment building, and worked only two blocks apart; they were destined to meet. And meet they did, and fall in love, and celebrate with a family-focused, colorful bash, with Joshua Aull and Taylor Films capturing it all. Read their story and see every pretty pic in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride… For two years before we met, Will and I unknowingly lived in the same apartment building in Arlington, Virginia. Our offices in downtown Washington, D.C. were right around the corner from each other. Every day, we were separated by just two blocks, and every night, we were separated by just two floors. We had no idea how close we were to each other – until we met on match.com. There was an incredible spark from the start and it’s been an amazing, fun-filled journey ever since.

Will and I got married in San Diego in the church I grew up attending. The reception was at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, right across the street from where I went to elementary school. We were married by Father Joseph Shea, the same priest who married my parents 35 years before – on the same weekend.

Our florist Kasia from Plenty of Petals helped us create a beautiful romantic setting. I loved our loose bouquets, and the pastel blooms with pops of color and bright foliage. My bridesmaids wore soft blush dresses, which was perfect with all of the greenery from the golf club and the Rancho Valencia where we got ready for the big day. We had a beautiful three-tiered cake with a cake topper that was passed down from my grandparents and my aunt and uncle. Will and I made sure to have a box of to-go cake in the backseat of our get-away car!

The dance floor was packed from the end of the mother-son song to the very end of the night, even after the late night sliders and fries came out and the ice cream bar was unveiled. Everyone chanted “One more song!” to The Heroes (our amazing wedding band!) at the end of the night because no one wanted the night to end. Especially us. It was the best day of our lives.

Photography: Joshua Aull Photography | Videography: Taylor Films | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Ceremony Venue: Church Of Nativity | Reception Venue: Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club | Band: The Heroes | Event Coordination: To La Lune | Film Lab: Photovision Film Lab | Hair And Make-up: Lovestruck Makeup Artistry

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Rustic + Modern Vineyard Wedding

This wedding had me at hello.  Well, actually, it had me at chocolate dessert bar meets modern + rustic styling meets whiskey + wine tasting, but you get it… it’s awesome.  From the stunning setting that is the Sanford Winery to the amazing captures from Michael + Anna Costa Photo to the yummy dishes from Pure Joy Catering.  Head to The Vault for the full gallery.  It’s insanely pretty.

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Fall
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Winery
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Rustic

From The Bride… Jason proposed to me in Sonoma wine country at one of our favorite wineries which set the stage for our wedding to be held at a California winery as well. We decided on Sanford Winery located in Lompoc, California just north of Santa Barbara. We decided on Sanford since it seemed to best match the overall vision of our wedding which was: laid back, modern but rustic (if there is such a thing), food and wine focused.

One of the unique aspects that made our wedding special for us was having my brother marry us who signed up online to become an ordained minster to do so. We also decided to keep the ceremony extremely short (under 5 minutes!) which seemed popular amongst the guests. We decided to go green on both the “save the dates” and actual wedding invitations by using Paperless Post. During cocktail hour we held a whiskey, wine and chocolate tasting for our guests and we also did away with a traditional wedding cake and decided to do a chocolate dessert bar instead since my family runs a chocolate company that has been in our family for 75 years. I designed my own wedding dress from scratch with help from the amazing designer Shin Bu in Koreatown, Los Angeles. I was able to sell the dress back to him after the wedding that helped save some money. I went with 5 inch heels (why!) during the ceremony but then switched over to my black Frye cowboy boots for the rest of the night which were much more comfortable and great for dancing!

Given Sanford’s natural beauty and backdrop of gorgeous vineyards, there wasn’t a lot of additional décor that was needed. I was able to do all of it on my own using ideas I found by researching other weddings I made chalkboard signs and menus for the bars, chocolate, guest book, etc. We saved pickle and olive jars for months and filled some with moss and Christmas lights, some with electric candles and others got tweed around the rims and were hung on the ceremony chairs after we placed flowers inside of them. We were able to spend under $100 on the flowers for the wedding and let the vineyard beauty do the rest of the work!

My favorite moment of the day has to be the sunset toast made by my father. It was a little unconventional to have a toast after the ceremony during cocktail hour by the father of the bride, but we knew we couldn’t let the beautiful sunset over the rolling hills of the vineyard go to waste. It was one of the most memorable moments of the day… Well that and the dancing, of course! We also did a first look photo since we didn’t have any concerns seeing each other before the ceremony. We were so glad we did after receiving our photos as the shots came out great!

Our advice to future bride and grooms would be to not spend money on small things that no one will notice. Focus on what’s important to you; for us it was good food and wine and a beautiful setting that needed little else!

Photography: Michael Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo | Cinematography: Life In Rewind | Event Planning: Orange Blossom Photography | Catering: Pure Joy Catering | DJ: Gavin Roy Presents | Transportation: Jump On The School Bus | Venue: Sanford Winery | String Lighting: Santa Barbara Lighting And Sound

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Romantic Garden-Inspired San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

The first time I saw pictures of a wedding at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, I instantly knew it’s where I wanted to get married one day. And this wedding from Michael + Anna Costa Photo reminds me why. With a talented team of vendors including Twine EventsFound Vintage Rentals and La Tavola, the ranch becomes a magical setting for any couple to say, “I do.” See all the pretty here.

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Spring
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Outdoor
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Romantic

From The Bride…It was a Friday night in September of 2013. I was helping Paul pack for one of his usual business trips. But for some reason, this was a trip he didn’t want to make. He seemed real down and upset. Mind you, Paul is not one to show too much affection but tonight was different. He kept showering me with hugs and kisses. He just kept saying over and over “I really don’t want to leave.” In my mind, I felt so bad for him but at the same time thinking…”What is wrong with him? He is never like this. He travels all the time for work.” The next morning, he was up at 5 am even though he didn’t have to get up until 6am. But nonetheless, I slept until he was ready for me to take him to the airport. At 630am, we were out the door with luggage in tow. As I was closing the trunk to my car, Paul repeated how he didn’t want to leave me. I turned around and gave him a big hug as I reassured him that he would be home in a few days. At this point, he asked “In the meantime, would you hold on to something for me?” I thought…a pair of keys? But to my surprise, he pulls out a little black box and hands it to me. While choking back tears, he says “I already think of you as my wife but I wanted to make sure you knew how much I love you. Will you marry me?” So at 630 am in the dark, in front of the house, me in sweats (I didn’t even bother to brush my hair or teeth because I was going to crawl back into bed once I dropped him off)…we were engaged! It was one of the happiest moments in my life.

The first thing I did after getting engaged was to go wedding dress shopping. I went to so many different venues and tried on so many dresses and had no luck. Finally, my best friend and maid of honor, Heather, went with me to help me out. Again, I tried on so many dresses and ehhh. Heather asked if I had seen the dress on display at the front window. Of course I hadn’t. They say you will have a moment when you try on the dress that is the “one.” It is no lie. I walked out and looked in the mirror and knew that I found my wedding dress. My veil was handmade by my dear friend and sister, Kim Anh. And to finish off the dress, I made the belt. It was a perfect addition to the dress.

When it came to the wedding venue, we didn’t really look. Paul had a business dinner at The
Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch and was really impressed. We eventually went there for Sunday brunch and I absolutely fell in love with the place. It was tucked away and was so romantic and just lovely. We knew we didn’t have to look any further. And the wedding and events team is exceptional. The next vendor on my list was a photographer. I happen to find Michael and Anna Costa Photography. After much research on them, I was just awestruck by the beauty and yet simplicity of their photography. I wanted someone who could make beautiful pictures out of candid moments. Just from my engagement pictures, I knew I found the perfect photographer in Michael Costa. He also has a very calming demeanor which made a huge difference on our wedding day. Since I found my photographer, I was on to what was next on my list…a wedding planner and florist. Erica Espana from Twine Events was an exceptional planner. She is always on top of things and made sure I was as well. It helps that she is also a stylist so the setup from the ceremony to the vignette to the reception room was so stunning.

Everyone kept telling me how important it was to have a planner on your wedding day. I didn’t realize how much until on our wedding day, I did not have to make a single decision. Erica just followed the timeline we put together and I never stressed about a single thing. Now onto my floral designer, Nina Kincaid from Coco Rose Design. She did an absolutely amazing job. The floral design was exactly what I wanted, simple yet so beautiful and romantic.

There were so many special moments on our wedding day that it is difficult to pick out one thing that stands out so I will share a few. When my photographer told me about the “first look” moment, I was a little hesitant about it because I didn’t want Paul to see me before the ceremony. But once we realized how romantic it was going to be, we decided to do it. Truly, I was so happy we did the first look. The first moment we see each other as bride and groom with no one there to distract us from the emotions we were feeling. It was truly special. When Paul asked me to marry him, he proposed with his late mother’s ring. I took the original setting and melted it down to make his wedding band. When we exchanged rings, we knew that each of us would have a part of her as a symbol of our vows. That was truly special. Once we got engaged, we decided to try to conceive asap. After much heartache and tears…we were finally blessed with wonderful news. We decided to keep it a secret until the wedding. My maid of honor had this great idea to make the announcement by putting a picture of infant shoes on a card facing inward on pink glitter baby champagne bottles that would be used as wedding favors. We would make the announcement at the reception by asking everyone to turn the card around. Well….before we made our grand entrance into the reception room, a friend came to us and told us that the cat was out of the bag. So when we finally made our grand entrance, everyone was screaming and shouting with joy for the wonderful news. That was truly special. Having all of our close family and friends be a part of our wedding day…truly special beyond words.

Photography: Michael Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo | Floral Design: Coco Rose Design (Nina Kincaid) | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete | Harpist: Laurie Rasmussen | Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Laundry By Shelli Segal | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Event Planning + Design: Twine Events (Erica Espana) | Flower Girl Dress: Jayne Copeland | Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen’s Ties: Brooks Brothers | Groom’s Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Groom’s Shirt And Bowtie: Lanvin | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Ring Bearers’ Outfit: JCrew, Old Navy, Isaac Mizrahi, And Vans | Veil: Kim Anh Nguyen | Wedding Singer: April Walsh

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