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Five (!!) Wardrobe Changes for this Cultural Wedding

From start to finish, this Bride and Groom kept us guessing, wondering what gold detailed ensemble was coming next. And with five – yes, five! – gorgeous getups, it’s impossible to pick a favorite. Luna de Mare Photography captured every one and all the other rich Cambodian cultural details of this beautiful bash. More in our Vault this way!

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Al Fresco

From Luna de Mare PhotographyRich in cultural details, this Cambodian wedding set inside the Japanese Garden in Long Beach, was full of rich tones and intricate ceremonial traditions. The bride and groom had a total of five wardrobe changes throughout the day, each adorned with beautiful golden details. Age long traditions were recognized and rituals were performed to perfection, as they relished each with smiles on their faces throughout the festivities of the day. As the morning ceremonies concluded, Sothea and Richard changed into traditional American wedding attire and wed under the same Mandap draped with florals, and held their reception nearby where Cambodian courses were served throughout their night.

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Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Floral Design: Flower Allie | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Missguided | Hair + Makeup: Apsara Diamant | Venue: Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden | Bridal Boutique: Bella Wedding Brida | Linen Rentals: ModMix Studio | Rentals: Chivari Rentals

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This Bride + Groom Said “I Do” in the Most Unique Location

The next best thing to getting married underwater? Getting married in an aquarium! And for this Southern California Bride and Groom who “wanted to do something that was out of the ordinary,” deciding on an aquarium wedding was as easy as saying, “I do.” From the gorgeous white bouquets to the whimsical ocean-themed candy bar, this wedding definitely has the “wow” factor. See it all from Ryon:Lockhart Photography in The Vault!

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Summer
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Nautical

From The Bride…The story of how Alex and I met is a simple yet sweet one. Our best friends set us up on a double date and as they had suspected, we hit it off immediately. It didn’t take long to realize that there was a special connection between us and from that day on, it was impossible to find the two of us apart. We survived the trials of a long distance relationship and after almost 4 years of dating, it was time to take our relationship to the next level!

After asking my father for his blessing, it was off to the island of romance Catalina! Upon arrival we were escorted to a private ocean front bungalow which was ready with champagne and decorated with roses petals. After a glass of liquid courage, Alex got down on a knee and asked me if I’d spend the rest of my life with him. I was ecstatic and obviously said YES and the rest of the weekend was a celebration of our love as we started making plans for the big day.

When it came to finding a venue the only thing we were certain about was that we wanted to do something that was out of the ordinary. Knowing that we had a year filled with weddings to look forward to, we aimed to provide a unique experience for our guest. With a spectacular waterside location, the world class Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California offered the beautifully unique atmosphere that we had been looking for!! It also happened to be where Alex took me on our second dates which made the location extra special!!

After booking the space for our June 27th, 2015 wedding we hired Emma Seitz of First Pick Planning to help us plan every detail, asked Lotus and Lily to design our beautiful flower arrangements and brought in Ryon:Lockhart photography to capture it all. With this dream team we were able to take our visions of a classic, timeless and nautically inspired event and make it a reality.

After months of planning the big day had finally arrived. As guests arrived they were greeted with beautiful harbor views and sounds of steel drums before being escorted to into the venue through a special underwater tunnel/entrance which cut directly through the Sea Lion exhibit. Rose petals and candles led the way for our friends and family as they experienced their first animal encounter of the night. The ceremony itself was short and sweet and it took place in front of the breathtaking three-story Blue Cavern exhibit. Guests then move upstairs for cocktail hours and enjoyed refreshments and yummy appetizers while getting a close-up look at their favorite animals and exhibits. We also had animal experts stationed throughout the venue who performed demonstrations with the animals, shared interesting facts and gave behind-the-scenes perspectives of working with the animals.

As it came time to move back downstairs to the reception space for dinner, escort cards sent guests to their tables which were named after sea creatures found within the aquarium. The playful affair featured navy and white stripes, all white flowers, gold accent pieces and the blue lighting created a feeling of warmth, making the huge space feel cozy and welcoming. After dinner our 250 guests danced the night away and indulged in our ‘ocean’ themed candy bar!

To say our wedding day was a dream come true would be an understatement. Alex and I couldn’t have asked for anything more and will treasure the memories from that day for the rest of our lives.

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Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Cinematography: The Adventures Of | Coordination: First Pick Planning | Floral Design: Jackie Combs Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Birnbaum and Bullock | Cake: Becker's Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Savor | Makeup: Angles And Arches | Hair: Hush Hush Salon | DJ: Vox DJs | Officiant: Senior Pastor Johathan Chute | Venue: Aquarium Of The Pacific

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Peonies, Peaches + A Love Note For Every Single Guest

Being in the position I am lucky enough to be in, I see plenty of sweet and innovative ideas, but well, this one takes the cake. This couple wrote a thank you note to each and every guest and that little love note acted as their escort card. It gets even better: these cute cards were displayed in a variety of pretty pastel colors, creating quite the sight to see. But it was just one of many for this sweet celebration, captured by Jenny Smith & Co. See this delightful display and more in our Vault here!

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Summer
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Modern

From the Bride… Before we started planning, I envisioned our wedding as bright and happy – with lots of color and lots of flowers! It was important to me that the design reflect both me and Eric, and I wanted an atmosphere where both our grandparents and our crazy college friends could really enjoy themselves.
It was so much fun working with our wedding planner to figure out our design! Our venue, the Loft on Pine, brought so much elegance and drama with its exposed brick and wrought iron, so we decided to bring in light, bright, modern elements to achieve the summery look I had envisioned. We landed on a color palette of pale blue and white with gorgeous peaches, rosy pinks, and light green accents. It was so pretty!

One of the most meaningful elements of our day was our love notes. Before the wedding, Eric and I hand wrote a short note to each of our guests thanking them for being there. Then, our lovely planners put all the notes together into a fabulous display, and they became escort cards! I may or may not have been finishing up some of those notes the night before the wedding (oops), but despite the self-imposed time crunch, it was really special to be able to express my gratitude to each of my loved ones individually. Another unique element was the peaches! As a Texas girl, I know that peaches are one of the best things about summer (also, they are adorable), so we incorporated them into our design as delicious place card holders. We were also lucky enough to have a talented brass quintet perform our ceremony music. Eric and I are both brass players – we met in the UCLA Marching Band – so hearing the brass made walking down the aisle even more magical.

One of my favorite details was the big, pink peony in my hair. It just made me so happy. And one of my favorite moments was trying to get it to stay! My mom and matron of honor got pretty creative with bobby pins!

My dress, Watters Amari, had this incredible fabric – white on white floral jacquard – that you just wanted to touch. It was a big ball gown that moved beautifully; I really felt like a bride. Our flowers were incredible: peonies, garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, greenery. The flower arrangements, candles, and peaches made the room feel so festive and warm. The cake was both delicious and beautiful (marble cake with chocolate mousse filling), but in the midst of all the dancing and merrymaking, I only ended up having one bite!

My advice for brides-to-be: don’t forget to eat cake! More than just the bite your new spouse feeds you!

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Photography: Jenny Smith & Co | Cinematography: Nick & Chris Smith | Event Planning: La Boheme Events | Floral Design: Viva Voce Designs | Wedding Dress: Watters | Invitations: Prim & Pixie | Hair: Zara Simidyan | Hair + Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga | DJ: DJ Kyle Taylor | Officiant: Sarah Diringer | Ceremony Music: Brass Quintette | Venue: The Loft On Pine | Catering, Cake + Beverage Services: Jay's Catering | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: borrowed BLU | Rentals: A Rental Connection

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