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A Wedding in Her Parent’s Backyard Where They Had Their First Kiss

These two sweethearts first met as kids at summer camp, and their story is one for the books. Fast forward over a decade to their wedding day and you’ll find a backyard celebration filled with breezy California style and no shortage of meaningful details. HoneyFitz Events came on board to plan and coordinate with Jessica Castro working behind the lens. Congrats, lovers!

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From The Bride…Not everyone gets to say they actually grew up with the love of their life. Mark and I met at summer camp when we were 11 years old; and we began dating when we were 17. After staying together through college across the country from one another, moving back to Los Angeles, living together in an adorable bungalow, rescuing a puppy, and enjoying life together, we got engaged 11 years after we first started dating. Having been together for so long, we wanted to make our wedding celebration as personal and full of joy as possible.

Mark and I still live within 15 minutes of where we both grew up and wanted to showcase the beauty and laid-back quality of our lives in Southern California. We chose to have the reception in my parent’s garden where we had our first kiss, and the ceremony was across the street in our dear neighbors’ backyard. My mom, a landscape architect, had designed the gardens at both homes, not knowing they would later make the perfect venue for our wedding celebration.

I knew I found my dress as soon as I saw it at a Rue de Seine trunk show at Lovely Bride LA. Michele Corty, the talented and sweet designer of Rue de Seine, even took my exact measurements for the dreamy floral lace dress so it would fit my 6ft1 frame. Mark, who rarely wears pants, wore a French navy suit from J Crew with matching shorts that he changed into (along with a brand new pair of Birkenstocks) for the dancing potion of the evening. I wanted my bridesmaids to wear dresses in the same floral print, but different styles. Coming up empty handed after searching for fabric, I decided to buy them all the same floral maxi dress from Asos and then encouraged them to change it into whatever they would like. One bridesmaid kept the dress the same, while my maid-of-honor turned hers into a two-piece with a crop top, another created a jumpsuit, and the other made hers short. It was so fun seeing what they came up with to suit their own style.

As a floral designer, I was focused on the ambiance and beauty of the wedding. We chose a cheerful wedding palette, combining coral, peach, and a range of greens and yellows with dove grey. We selected Memorial Day weekend for our wedding not only because we would be able to have a multi-day celebration with our guests, but also because of the abundance of Coral Charm Peonies, my favorite flower, during the month of May. My floral assistants from Lark Farnum Design worked their tails off creating the gorgeous tables of lush garlands and abundant flowers I had designed. I asked my close friends who were not formally bridesmaids to come over to my parents’ house while I was getting ready in the morning to make themselves flower crowns for the wedding. I made the boutonnieres and bouquets the morning of the wedding, tying lace handmade by my great, great, great grandmother into both my bouquet and the bouquet of my maid-of honor, my cousin. I put two other family heirlooms onto my bouquet, a pin loaned to me by my 92-year-old grandmother and another loaned to me by Mark’s family that had belonged to his late-grandmother.

Having been in the wedding industry for a number of years, I was so happy to have chosen incredible vendors to pull off the big day so that I could relax and enjoy the day. The amazing Jennifer and Susan of HoneyFitz Events put all my plans into action and pulled off a day that felt effortless and welcoming for all of our guests. Jessica Castro beautifully captured the emotions and splendor of the day in her photos. We chose to have our favorite Mexican restaurant, La Cabinita, cater the dinner so we could eat our favorite meal on our favorite day. Someone was even making fresh tortillas on site! Along with delicious cake from Crust and Crumble, my amazing aunt made 200 mini fruit pies (my favorite dessert) that guests could eat while dropping it low on the dance floor. Petey of Queue DJ set the tone of our wedding perfectly with a playlist that kept our guests dancing until we shut the party down.

One of the most unforgettable moments of the wedding was when my dad and our best man sang a few songs together. I think most everyone was tearing up when my dad played “Sweet Baby James” which he used to play for me when I was little.

Mark and I both could barely stop crying out of joy all day. I loved looking out during our ceremony and not seeing a dry-eye amongst our guests as Mark and I read our own emotional vows. After a particularly moving line of his vows, I exclaimed, “Holy *expletive*, you wrote that?” After so many years together, having an event that brought our closest friends and family from all over the country and world together to celebrate our love is a joy I cannot fully explain and will never ever forget.

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Photography: Jessica Castro | Floral Design: Lark Farnum | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Cake: Crust + Crumble | Invitations: Basic Invite | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: La Cabanita | Hair + Makeup: Renee Loiz | DJ: Queue DJ | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: At Home | Beverage Services + Bar: About Thyme Catering | Bride's Rings: Salt & Stone | Custom Napkins: Paper Source | Escort Card Table: Leaf Decor | Event Planning + Coordination: HoneyFitz Events | Groom's Ring: Staghead Designs | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Edi Party Rental | Wooden Watches: Tree Hut

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Casual Elegance at Altadena Town and Country Club

Get ready for a breath of fresh summery air, my dears. Pinks and corals and fresh grass aplenty and it’s making my heart ache for those sun-soaked June days to come. With a bright and beautiful gallery from Eyelet Images, I can almost smell the sweet bouquets and feel the warm breeze on my shoulders!

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Country Club

From the beautiful Bride… Our goal for the big day was to throw an elegant yet youthful wedding with our favorite people in the world. Between the ballroom princess dress, the 1910 timeless architecture of the country club, and the stunning flowers the night was a true fairytale. The wedding was more than we could ask for and was beyond anything we had envisioned it could be.

With the help of my insanely talented aunt Sue Tippitt, also our florist, we were able to have the over the top garden feel we had wanted. She used a collection of varied colored blue/green succulents, coral and white garden roses, white dahlias, lambs ear, dusty miller, African imported berries and eucalyptus leaves. On top of the help with the flowers, a different incredibly talented aunt, Dana Parks, along with my grandmother helped me put together the tablescapes, ceremony programs, and delicious “H” embroidered coral sugar cookies. Many others, including parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends, contributed to creating the perfect wedding day for both Jeremy and me.

Given that we did not have an official wedding planner during our 9 month engagement, I decided to take on many of the wedding projects to create a unique and individualized touch. With a bit of an art background, I took the liberty of designing our wedding invitations. My maids were kind enough to help me with assembly while we watched our favorite TLC wedding shows. I also created our table numbers, escort cards, wedding signage, and other personal details.

We both envisioned our wedding in a beautiful outdoor garden so when we discovered the Altadena Country Club we were thrilled! The natural beauty of the venue made it easy to have an exceptionally stunning wedding. Sitting along the Sierra Madre mountains and overlooking the valley with its huge windows made the venue a must.

Our favorite part of the evening was definitely the massive dance party we had at the reception. We had the most energetic, fun group of people we could have asked for to make our party rock all night. Following the lovely reception and awesome dance party, we were sent off with a gallon of confetti. My great grandfathers 1930’s Clenet was waiting to whisk us away; the perfect ending to the perfect night!

Photography: Eyelet Images | Videographer: Eric Chiang | Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal | Cake: Pastries by Nancy | Shoes: Macy's | Bridesmaid Dresses: DressbLee | Catering: Altadena Town & Country Club | Hair Stylist: Drybar | DJ: DJ Mes | Bridal Jewelry: Ryan Seacrest Distinction | Ceremony and Reception: Altadena Town & Country Club | Event Design & Favors: The Peacock And The Pomegranate | Musician: Jonathan Berry | Musician/Vocalist: Kat Stevens | Photography Assistant: Valerie Rodriguez

Altadena California Wedding from onelove photography + Fresh Events Company

This is the kind of wedding that is way too cool for me. I could never pull it off they way they did, she in her vintage inspired gown (and gorgeous veil) and he in his bowtie and glasses. It is also the kind of wedding I would have sold my left arm to get an invite to. Fresh Events Company designed a day worthy of this ultra-glam couple, and lucky for all of us invite-less, onelove photography has provided us with a gallery so perfect, we’ll be in there for days.

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Fall
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Country Club
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Vintage

From Fresh Events Company … Angela and Matt wanted their wedding to have a vintage, speakeasy throwback to the 1920s feel with inspiration coming from fun whiskey bars and Angela’s lace vintage dress. They invited a small group of their closest friends and family to attend their romantic candlelit ceremony followed by a delicious dinner with dancing, an ice cream station, and late night snack to top it all off!

Angela and Matt met the way a lot folks do today….online! They met for drinks at a nearby wine bar where they hit it off right away. Angela later found out that Matt had dinner plans with a friend that night that he kept pushing back so that they could talk longer. Their proposal is one out of a story book with Matt asking Angela in the rain while taking a walk in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco!

From the bride, “My favorite wedding moment was when the doors opened I walked in the room. I saw all the candle light, flowers and the fire in the fireplace. It looked so pretty, warm, and romantic and then to have all our close friends and family standing there was really overwhelming and special.”

Photography: onelove photography | Cinematography: Cloud 9 Cinematagraphy | Flowers: Ixora Florist | Event Planning + Design: Fresh Events Company | Venue: Altadena Country Club | Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Grace

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