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Pretty Pastels + Beautiful Gardens Make This Wedding Pure Magic

We’re major fans of fab vendors (they make our wedding world go round) but you know what else warms our hearts? When we hear statements like this: “My husband wins the award for best co-planner of the year.” Because whether it’s your wedding day or 100 days later, your best partner should be right in front of you. These two cuties created a pretty, pastel summer wedding that’s giving us plenty of inspiration, all thanks to Ether & Smith’s pics. See them all right this way!

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Summer
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Al Fresco
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Romantic

From the Bride… When Derek and I met in college, I knew right away that he was a keeper. We dated for eight years and spent much of that time in a long distance relationship as each one of us went through medical school and residency in different locations. Eight years later, he proposed to me on the same campus where we first met. Of course after saying “yes” I immediately began planning our wedding!

With Derek being from Los Angeles and me being from the San Francisco Bay Area, we both knew we wanted to stay true to our Californian roots with an outdoor, relaxed, and intimate event filled with the people we love. I envisioned a palette of blush, soft periwinkle blue, and brilliant greens to evoke the feeling of a gorgeous midsummer night’s garden party. Maravilla Gardens was the last venue we visited, but when we saw it, I knew it was the perfect location for us to tie the knot.

Both of us being detail oriented, we wanted our wedding to perfectly reflect us as a couple. We featured local beers from Vermont, where Derek went for medical school, and San Francisco, where the two of us have countless memories. For dessert, guests enjoyed one of my favorite Chinese sweets, egg tarts. We also chose each and every song for the entire wedding.

My husband wins the award for best co-planner of the year, taking the lead on booking our DJ, photobooth, and even chairs. My girlfriend and bridesmaid worked tirelessly to help bring our vision for our invites and all of the signage to life. Derek’s groomsman personally flew in all of our macarons and cake pops from his bakery up in San Francisco.

As we were still in a long distance relationship while planning our wedding, the weeks leading up to our big day were stressful, filled with last minute things to do. But on the day of our wedding, all of our hard work paid off – we have never gotten so many compliments! My favorite moment from our wedding was listening to my husband’s vows. Standing across from him on the alter, it hit me that I was finally marrying the man I can truly call my best friend and partner in life. Afterwards, we laughed, ate cake, and danced the night away under the stars. It was the best day of my life.

For my brides-to-be, never think it’s too early to do anything! The more you do in advance, the less you have to do in the weeks leading up to the wedding when unexpected tasks come up. Book vendors that you love. I read this so many times on SMP but it’s so true! You will breathe easier knowing you can trust the people you’ve hired to carry out your vision. Don’t be overwhelmed by all the ideas floating out there. Instead, focus on your relationship and be true to yourselves and your unique aesthetic as a couple. Enjoy the whole process, especially your wedding day – it will all go by too fast.

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Photography: Ether & Smith | Coordination: Maravilla Gardens | Floral Design: City Flowers LA | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: By the bride | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Nadri | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jennie Kang | DJ: GTZ Entertainment | Ties: The Tie Bar | Officiant: Michael Beecher | Wedding Venue: Maravilla Gardens | Baked Goods: M Cakes Sweets | Photobooth: Booth Twenty Four

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Adorable Baby Boy “Walks” Down the Aisle to Wait For Mom (The Bride!)

If you think you’ve seen all the wedding cuteness out there, you better think again because this baby boy is about to make your heart explode. Dad (the Groom) carried him down the aisle to wait for Mom (the Bride), who couldn’t have been more radiant if she tried. Sposto Photography captured every sweet moment and we can’t get enough.

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Spring

From Sposto PhotographyKevin and Loren’s wedding was a dream! The blush and mint combination matched with the garden-esque estate really brought the color story to life! Loren and her bridesmaids got ready together in the beautiful bridal suite offered by the venue. Her backless Allure gown was so lovely featuring a lace train and a fingertip length veil.

The couple was married under a birch arbor adorned with floral delicacy surrounded by their friends and family. Their vows were heartfelt and emotional, celebrating their love and their son who Kevin walked down the aisle just before Loren’s Dad walked her down the aisle.

Dinner was served alfresco under market lights that came on just as the stars came out. Kevin, an accomplished mixologist, created a signature chili mango cocktail for the guests to enjoy and the night concluded with a gelato station! It was such a fun party filled with laughter and excitement.

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Photography: Sposto Photography | Floral Design + Rentals: Casi Cielo Events & Flowers | Venue: Gerry Ranch | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Bridal Boutique: Bridal Elegance Salon | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Allure Bridal | DJ: DJ Mikey P | Hair: Jamie Rose | Makeup: Sarah Weeks | Bride’s Earrings:J.Crew | Bride’s Shoes: Sam Edleman | Gelato Station: Paradis Ice Cream | Ring: Jewel’s by Grace | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Groom’s Attire: Klein Epstein & Parker

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This is What a Year-And-a-Half of Wedding Planning Looks Like

When it comes to planning your wedding, Pinterest can be both a blessing and a curse. In the case of this gorgeous Bride though, it was definitely a blessing. From the night she got the rock until the day of “I Do,” this Bride was dreaming and planning the perfect wedding to her best friend. See all the glamorous pink details, captured by Maria Lamb Photography, in The Vault!

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Summer
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Outdoor
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Al Fresco

From The Bride…When Oday proposed to me December of 2013 that night I started pinning wedding dresses and everything to do with wedding stuff on Pinterest! I planned our wedding for a year-and-a-half and had time to think and dream and put together my dream wedding! The day of our wedding came and I couldn’t have been more of a nervous wreck. Our wedding venue was a gorgeous garden and we had about 230 people. While I was getting ready in the bridal suite I heard the quartet music beginning to play. My heart was just about to pop out of my chest! My dad kissed me and said “are you ready?” He grabbed my arm and when I turned the corner to walk down the aisle I was completely blown away by the beauty of everything—my groom, the altar, my maids, my guests, and the beautiful surroundings. After the ceremony when we saw the cocktail area and reception area sparkle with pops of blush and gold my heart was full. Me and my husband would sneak away here and there and just talk about how amazing we felt and couldn’t believe it was finally here! My wedding could not have been more magical if I actually dreamed of it in a dream and the best and most magical part was I married my best friend and soulmate that day.

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Photography: Maria Lamb | Cinematography: Leo Evidente Photographers | Coordination: Maravilla Gardens | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Le Toile Flowers | Cake: Le Toile Flowers | DJ: Vox DJs | Venue: Maravilla Gardens | Photo Booth: Conejo Photo Booth | Specialty Dessert: Knafeh Cafe

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