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A Classic Oscar De La Renta Dress Set the Tone for this Soiree

It would be impossible for me to choose just one favorite wedding dress designer. But oh, you can bet I’ve got my top ten and Oscar De La Renta is right up there at the tippy top. This stunning Bride just hits that statement home even further and completely sets the tone for this classic affair in Half Moon Bay. Jen Huang‘s delicate imagery gracefully takes us through the sweet journey from start to finish, and it’s all so, so good.

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From Jen HuangI loved photographing this wedding – even on a foggy day in half moon day, it shines in its beautiful simplicity, despite the fact that the fashion is absolutely drool worthy – a gown by Oscar De La Renta and a suit from Armani, with Rolex bridal gifts and jewelry from Tiffany & Co and Van Cleef and Arpels, and the heels from Prada are to die for! But even with this enviable collection of accessories the bride kept it wonderfully simple. From the classic line of her gown, to the ceremony arch of white roses, I love her impeccable taste, and that she still focused on the most important moments, the love between her and her groom, which we captured on a windswept California beach. We left the rest up to the natural beauty at the Ritz Carlton.

From the Bride… I moved up from Los Angeles 3 years ago to the Bay Area to help out the family business (we have restaurants). Henry, who was born and raised in Indiana, had started his sixth year of residency when we met in August 2015. It just so happened that his favorite restaurant was my place of work and one fateful Friday, he came into eat. He visited the restaurant five consecutive Friday nights in attempts to talk to me, but I never noticed because it was too busy! Henry finally mustered up the courage to talk to me during his fifth visit but never asked me out. I was a bit curious why he had talked to me in the first place but left it at that. A month later, he came back and asked to meet me for coffee and the rest is history. Never in a million years did I imagine to meet my husband this way but it’ll be a great love story to tell our children one day.

After 8 months of dating, Henry proposed in Napa. We hoped to get married in Napa but felt that it would be too far for our guests to travel to. While visiting the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay for brunch, we knew this would be the most perfect venue with its old world charm. It felt like a destination wedding but still close enough for our local guests.
I had always envisioned my wedding to be romantic and classic. I chose white and green tones for my colors and wanted a garden inspired wedding with a warm summer evening feel. I only had three months to plan from the time of our engagement to our wedding day, so it was incredibly stressful but also rewarding knowing I was able to pull it off. I was extremely nervous because I couldn’t find a dress but after a trip to LA, I found the one from Oscar De La Renta. It arrived two weeks before the wedding but luckily I only needed one dress fitting. All the vendors I chose miraculously pulled through even with such a tight deadline. I really couldn’t have done it without my florist, Amy Burke for creating such a lovely space and photographer Jen Huang for capturing the moment.

On August 6, 2016, we were joined by 150 guests to celebrate our special day. I loved that it was intimate so that we could celebrate with all of our closest friends and family.

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Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Studio Cake | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Shoes: Prada | Hair and Makeup: Makeup By Sung | Groom's Attire: Armani | Venue: Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay | Bridesmaids Gowns: Fame and Partners | Earrings: Van Cleef & Arpels | Groom's Ring: Tiffany & Co.

A Summer Inspired Affair Complete with Pops of Color

Goal for today: pin every single pretty image Larissa Cleveland Photography snapped from this wedding. Because to say that we’re completely smitten with every colorful detail of this crazy chic California affair is an understatement. So if you need us we’ll be in The Vault and re-watching every sentimental second Weddings on Film captured below!

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From Ruby and RoseSivan and Jeremy had very large families they wanted to include in the wedding, so the challenge from the beginning was to find a venue that could accommodate a large number guests and yet still feel intimate and personal. Sivan grew up in the oceanside town of Pacifica and the couple was really drawn to the natural beauty of the coast. With its dramatic rocky cliffs, wind-swept wildflowers, and waves crashing in the background, the Ritz at Half Moon Bay made the perfect setting for their celebration.

We pulled inspiration from all of those beachy Northern California elements to create a design that felt romantic, summery and elegant without being too formal. Anna Hoffman of Loop Event Arts artfully combined Fuchsia bougainvillea, deep purple Clematis, raspberries, blush toned dahlias and garden roses, eucalyptus, olive, succulents and air plants, which created a gorgeous contrast to the natural setting outside and neutral palette inside the reception space. To make things feel more intimate, we designed three large loose wreaths of greenery that filled in the space and also beautifully framed the head table.

One of my favorite details is the envelope liner from their invitation suite from Bella Figura – a pale blue watercolor wash which gave it that perfectly romantic, ethereal beachy vibe we wanted to capture.

From the Bride…I could always picture “being married” to Jeremy but not “getting married” to Jeremy. But after finding our perfect venue near where I grew up, I could start to picture our wedding day!

When planning our wedding, it was important to us to honor our families and blend our Jewish and Persian traditions, work with talented vendors that could capture and enhance who we are and what we love, and delight our guests with fantastic food and mind-blowing music.

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Photography: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Cinematography: Weddings on Film | Event Planning + Design: Ruby & Rose | Floral Design: Loop Event Arts | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Natalie Deayala Collection | Catering: Vera Wang Papers | Hair + Makeup: Marisa Perel | Calligraphy: The Bloomery Co | Lighting: Enhanced Lighting and Design | DJ: Dart Collective | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay | Decor Accessories: Theoni Collection | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Menus: Minted | Persian DJ: Pedram Shadkamian | Photo Booth: Giggle and Riot | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals

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An Engineer Designed One Epic Proposal with 360 Lightbulbs

When Whitney’s engineer boyfriend Zach planned a “Will you marry me?” moment, he knew an ordinary proposal wouldn’t do. Instead, he worked to design a sign of 10-foot steel letters lit up with 360 lightbulbs. The install took 36 hours of work, but for Zach every second was worth the “yes” from Whitney. Jose Villa captured the result that’s officially brought us all to tears.

From the Bride-to-be, Whitney… Zach is an engineer and a creative mastermind. He told me that he knew he wanted to do something with lights to propose. His first idea was the hang 10ft letters off the side of the cliff, inside this cove on the coast. However, after many prototypes, the engineering wasn’t working, so he went on to version two: The Sign.

“Zach walked 60,000 steps in those

36 hours putting the sign together,

and installed all 360 lightbulbs by hand.”

He designed the entire sign (the exact size and font of the steels letters, the structure that held the letters, and all of the electrical engineering) on his own. At first he hoped to weld the letters himself, but as time was running out, he outsourced the welding to a local shop a few miles south. After the letters were complete, he took 36 hours to completely build and install the wires and electrical circuiting to actually get this sign to light up.Zach walked 60,000 steps in those 36 hours putting the sign together, and installed all 360 lightbulbs by hand.

The proposal happened on a Wednesday, so from the beginning, he totally threw me off. He told me he needed to go down to his parents’ house on Tuesday to meet with them about a few things, and that I should come down on Wednesday night for dinner. As I was driving down after work, he asked if I could stop and grab dinner (little did I know he was delaying me!), then as I got closer, he told me that he would meet me at the top of the driveway.

I got in the car and as we were driving down the road, he convinced me to go down to the beach even at 7:30pm. We casually walked about 500 steps, and then just as we turned the bend, BOOM, the sign! I froze. I literally didn’t think it was for me! Then, he got down on one knee and asked the big question.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography

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