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Rustic Chic Calabasas Wedding at Tapia Park

After poring through all of these seriously pretty photos from Nancy Neil, I want to reach through this computer screen and squeeze this adorable couple. Their personality oozes out of every thoughtful detail of their gorgeous Tapia Park fête, making it as meaningful as it was beautiful (and making me want to become their bestie). See even more of their heartfelt day here.

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From the Bride…When Tyler and I started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted something that was simple, beautiful, memorable, affordable, and most importantly fun and enjoyable for our guests. We were engaged in December and wanted a Spring wedding, so with a short four month engagement time was of the essence. Our dream ceremony setting was in an open meadow with church pew seating and naturally beautiful scenery which can be tough to find in Los Angeles. After searching high and low for a venue that fit within our dream and our budget, we found the perfect meadow in Tapia Park. We were the first couple to be married there as it is not a traditional wedding venue, but we were willing to accept the challenge (and risk April showers). With the help and hard work of friends and family we transformed the meadow into a magical and intimate ceremony venue. Our 230 guests sat in beautiful white church pews from Pretty Vintage Table facing the altar with a breathtaking backdrop of rolling hills. We exchanged our vows as the sun set behind the hill and it was everything we had dreamed. A wool Moroccan rug was beneath us at the altar and now resides in our living room as a stylish sentiment of the best day of our lives (so-far!).

After a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour in the park, we had dinner and dancing to follow at Tyler’s parents’ home. Our goal was that our reception would feel warm, inviting, comfortable and fun! The style was a juxtaposition of vintage, classic, and contemporary design. Pretty Vintage Table designed our tablescape with elegant fine vintage china, crystal goblets, and vintage silverware transforming our wedding of 230 guests into what felt like an intimate gathering. A grey linen runner ran the length of the long family style tables with classic white flowers and greenery in contemporary glass vases. We served a comforting farm-to-table style meal. Due to our long guest list, a buffet worked best for our space and we placed the salad and rolls on the table to embrace a family style feel. For desert we served our favorite: delicious heart shaped brownies made by our dear friend Barb, fresh local berries, and Haagen-dazs Vanilla Ice Cream. My mom made her famous carrot cake for us to cut and enjoy as well!

We danced the night away under a canopy of market lights. We ended the night with a sparkler “stay in” because we weren’t ready to leave! We truly had the best time with our family and friends and could not ask for a more perfect way to begin our lives together.

Photography: Nancy Neil | Ceremony Venue: Tapia Park | Bride's Shoes: Alice and Olivia | Jewelry: Jill Michael Jewelry | Caterer: Outback Catering | Alter Rug: West Elm | DJ/Music: Jesse Carmichael | Flower Design: Dew Flowers | Signage and Artwork: Davie Art | Vintage Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table

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French Vintage Ranch Wedding from RomaBea Images

A worldwide romance turned fairytale wedding – that sums this beauty up quite well. And not only is it beautiful, this stylish affair is sprinkled with meaning and filled to the brim with a style that is all this couple. That combination? Well, it doesn’t get better. Captured to perfection by RomaBea Images, this gallery is one you simply cannot miss. See why here.

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From BeatriceJennifer and Joe’s wedding was in one word, magical. We first connected via Skype because their wedding was a destination wedding (they live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and also had friends and family all over the world).

They met at a friend’s wedding in Phuket, Thailand (hence the signs at the Wedding referencing it) and instantly felt a connection. They courted over the next couple of years while she lived in Los Angeles and he in New Jersey. When his job decided to take him overseas, they took the plunge and went together and began planning their destination wedding in Los Angeles since that’s where they spent most of their ‘dating’ time and wanted to pay tribute to that time in their lives.

The wedding took place in an historic 1930′s farm house nestled in the Santa Monica mountains under huge Oak trees, surrounded by their closest friends and family who flew in from Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Russia, Greece, Canada, Lebanon, Tennessee (she’s a Southern girl at heart)..the list goes on and on. The Officiant was one of the Groom’s best friends, who also happened to be the “friend” whose wedding they both attended and met at in Thailand. It was so perfect and fitting and insanely romantic.

The details included old trinkets and photos from both sets of Parents and Grandparents. They wanted to honor the grandparents that were no longer with them but by including things such as lace runners, trinkets and vases from their collections, they felt they were with them in spirit on that beautiful day. Even the sweets were dates from the Middle East, almonds from Jordan, Sprinkles’ famous cupcakes instead of traditional cake- their personalities were infused in every detail of the wedding.

Inspired by the French 1920′s Vintage Style (he speaks French as does his family, and his sister currently lives in Paris), they set out to create a warm and romantic setting for all to enjoy. It was one of the most beautiful, genuinely touching weddings I have ever had the pleasure of capturing and I was so honored to have witnessed it all.

From the Bride… Having organized our wedding from overseas (Abu Dhabi), we really struggled with finding the perfect location to complement our personalities, but most importantly to truly inspire our family and friends to make the journey (since they were scattered all over the world…CA, TN, SC, NJ, NY, DC, VA, CO, MI, MA, Canada, Qatar, Lebanon, Dubai, Russia, Greece, Egypt, and Hong Kong! After weeks and weeks of research and soul searching, we discovered this beautiful location in California! Since I had lived there when we first met and that’s where our romance bloomed, it just seemed to make sense! Plus the mountains were sure to highlight our wedding day full moon! After some back and forth, the stars truly aligned and it really was the start to everything falling into place! With such an amazing and inspiring backdrop we could truly begin to visualize the details, keeping it simple and full of love!

You may not think it, but Southern and Arabic are actually very similar! We wanted so much to incorporate the beauty of our cultures and bring a sense of who we were to the event. Not only what “things” have shaped us…but who. Since Joe and I were very close to our grandparents, all of whom have since passed, and they exude in so much of what we do and love in this life, we wanted to make sure they were felt in every detail of the day. And they surely were!

From their wedding pictures on our welcome table to the crochet doilies and lace runners on the tables to the small trinkets scattered about, they shined on our big day brighter than the sunshine! What’s more, since it was a relatively small crowd (95 of our dearest), some family members took notice and mentioned to each other how a particular something looked like “Meme’s” or “Mama’s,” only they really had no idea that it actually was!

Wedding Photography: RomaBea Images | Wedding Venue: Diablo Dormido Weddings | Event Coordination: Dana Barrett of Orange Dove Events | Catering: Kitchen12k | Floral Design + Vintage Decor: Designs by Katy (part of Kitchen12k) | Bride’s Gift + Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Hair: Blo Dry Bar | Wedding Dress: Vintage *Off the Rack | Groom’s Attire: Custom made in Dubai | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Various, Neutral Tones | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | Cupcakes: Sprinkles

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