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This Wedding Gown Is Legit Dream Dress Status

While I could go on and on about why I love this wedding captured by Jana Williams, it’s the dress that has my heart. The cut, the style, it’s hard to beat. But it’s just one piece of a perfect puzzle for this classic Orange County celebration and with Hoo Film’s clip, we feel like we’re right there with all the lucky guests. Watch below and enjoy even more beauty in our Vault!

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From the Bride… We had a strong idea of what we wanted the day, ambiance and décor to look like and with the help of our amazing florist, Fayaz, and team of vendors, we really hit the nail on the head! The ambiance was sexy, ethereal, warm, elegant, and just outright fun all at the same time. The décor was mostly shades of white with hints gold and blush, and tons of candlelight. We really wanted to make the space feel like an intimate dinner party, and not some big crowded room, and I felt like we were able to achieve this pretty well through our layout, and décor with 215 people.

The moment I got to see Brandon for the first time that day was so special, an intimate moment. He looked gorgeous and we were both just so happy, it was such an amazing feeling. We spent the next hour taking pictures, enjoying the venue and décor. Finally, the moment came to walk down the aisle with my parents and I was so nervous I would trip or embarrass myself. I ended up crying my eyes out a few times throughout the ceremony. I was mortified but there is nothing quite like the feeling of looking Brandon in the eyes and knowing the vows and commitments we were embarking on, I was overwhelmed with happiness. Once the ceremony was over we were ready for the fun begin and the reception did not fall short!! We danced, we laughed, and had some of the best speeches from our fathers, Maid of Honor, and Best Man. They killed it, and captured our essence and set the tone. It was the best day of my life and it all happened in a flash. I want to go back and do it all over again, it was so much FUN! I am constantly reliving it through our amazing memories, wedding videos and pictures!

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Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Videography: Hoo Films | Event Planning: Details Details Wedding And Event Planning | Floral Design: BloomBox Designs | Hair + Makeup: Jocelyn Rivard Hair/Makeup | DJ: DJ Cheyene Tilly | Wedding Venue: Pelican Hill Resort | Music: Angelica Strings | Violinist: James Thompson

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An Oceanside Wedding Planned in 4 Months Flat!

I’m giving MAJOR kudos to this couple who pulled off an incredible wedding day in a mere four months. They opted for a simple ceremony on the sand with only their nearest and dearest to bear witness, and Luna de Mare photographed the gallery we might never get over. Go feel all the happy, beachy vibes with a swoop through The Vault.

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From Luna de MareWeddings are beautiful, regardless of size or venue. Part of what makes each Wedding day so beautiful and uniquely you, is the ability to manifest your day into whatever you envision it to be.

Jessica & Lawrence wanted an intimate beach elopement with a handful of their core family & friends in attendance. Nestled into a corner near a cove on the beach, two of their closest friends officiated, and each person present took turns in reading a few sentences taking part in a bond to connect them forever.

Beautiful to witness, and an honor to document. Their day couldn’t have been more perfect. It was exactly as they had imagined and hoped it would be, with a dozen people encircling them as they vowed to love one another, for all time.

They toasted with champagne, and walked hand in hand as the sun set, towards their intimate celebration at one of the best restaurants on Pacific Coast highway, which houses some of the most trendy and sought after eateries along the California Coast.

From the Bride, Jessica… We planned our whole wedding in about 4 months, so we were incredibly fortunate to find our dream team of vendors. Each of them are artists who are passionate about their crafts, and they added so much magic to our simple little celebration. Our photographer, Beatrice of Luna de Mare, is just amazing. Clearly, her talent speaks for itself through her work, and she made Lawrence and I instantly comfortable in front of the camera (the champagne only played a supporting role). Bea referred me to both my hair & makeup artist, and florist.

Chiali Meng, was my cosmetic savior, and made me feel more beautiful than ever. I’ve worked with many hair & makeup people throughout my career in beauty advertising, and Chiali is unequaled. Our superstar florist was Plenty of Petals. I couldn’t stop staring at our flowers all night – Kasia’s compositions are just SO stunning. One of my favorite details was our stationery, and my dear friend, Lauren Fletcher, created it all by hand, calligraphy and design. Last, but certainly not least, was my dress designer, David Young Couture. From sketch to final fitting, he poured his heart into creating the perfect beachy, flowy wedding gown for me. It was so fun to wear, I couldn’t stop twirling all day.

My best advice is to learn to listen to your heart about what’s most important to you and your partner. For Lawrence and I, that meant having an incredibly intimate wedding with our parents, siblings, and two of our closest friends officiating. We gave up some of the traditional wedding elements, but our tiny guest list of 12 gave us the flexibility to hold our ceremony on a public beach, and to host our dinner reception at our favorite local restaurant. Most importantly, it kept us focused on the significance of the wedding, and let us soak in the time with each other and our loved ones. It was relaxed, simple, meaningful, and felt perfectly like us!

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Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Florals: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: David Young Couture | Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Rings: Josh Levkoff Private Jeweler | Hair & Makeup: Chiali Meng | Calligraphy: Lauren Fletcher | Bride's Robe: BHLDN | Bridemaid's Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Reception Dinner: Selanne | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon

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Glamorous Ballroom Wedding That’s Got Florals For Days

Ballroom Bride’s get ready for a heavy does on Pinterest pretty, because this glamorous fete takes the cake. Two words: floral tablecloth. We officially have no words – it’s all next level. With Jana Williams Photography behind the lens and Perryfield Films capturing the pretty, we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!

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From Jana Williams PhotographyOn a Friday night in June of 2010, probably the furthest thought from Geoff and Val’s minds was that later that evening, they would meet the person they were going to marry. After all, the old adage “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” seemed to be an observed law; but then again, Geoff and Val had never played by the rules. Five years and a few months after that fateful Friday night meeting, they stood in union, before family and friends and said their “I do’s” in a beautiful ceremony.

From the Bride…Everyone told us it would be the best day of our lives and it truly was. To have a day to celebrate our love for each other with all of the people we love the most in this world is an indescribable experience. I will never forget the feeling when I came around the corner of the St. Regis terrace and saw the ceremony setting for the first time. The beautiful draping flowers, so much love in the air, and my soon-to-be husband waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It was perfect, and set the tone for a truly magical evening.

If you can’t afford a wedding planner, or a photographer, or a videographer, it’s not the end of the world. Above all else, the most important thing that day will be your ATTITUDE. The energy you give off will be emulated by others. If you are stressed, frustrated, or angry, those around you will feel it and take on the same emotion. Again, yes, things will go wrong, and when you’ve invested so much into this one day, it’s hard not to be affected by it. But weddings are a lot of work, and all those involved are doing their best to make it perfect for you. So be gracious and kind to everyone who helps make the day possible. And remember when it comes down to it, you’re there to marry the person you love. So be happy that you get to! Be humbled by the fact that everyone present is there for you. Take in all of the joy and love; it will radiate through you, and you will undoubtedly be your most beautiful self on your wedding day.

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Photography: Jana Williams Photography | Cinematography: Perryfield Films | Event Planning: Details Details | Floral Design: BloomBox Designs | Wedding Dress: Naeem Khan | Hair + Makeup: Design Visage | DJ: Mike Soltani | Band: West Coast Music | Wedding Venue: The St. Regis Monarch Beach | Ceremony Painter: Rich Flynn | Ceremony String Quartet: Angelica Strings | Ice Sculpture: Ice Bulb