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Elegant Estate Wedding Inspiration Part II

Now that you’ve swooned part one of this perfectly styled lovefest, it’s time to dive into the celebration that follows. I’m talking a reception table decked out with sprawling blooms, gold accents and an Edison bulb chandelier that’ll rock your world. Cloudless Weddings filmed the affair designed in the hands of Brooke Keegan, and Marisa Holmes snapped the gallery with so much more.

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From Brooke Keegan Weddings And EventsFor the dining table, we wanted to bring in a little bit of the industrial feel from the Ceremony into the Reception. AK Johnston Group hung vintage Edison bulbs over the table top and we once again used the metal “X” back chairs. The wood table and romantic and lush flowers were accompanied by a screen printed hemstitch napkin. We gathered them with a leather band with the guests name beautifully written on it in gold by KA Kalligraphy.

Who needs bread? We had the sweet B. Toffee treat on each b&b plate. Instead of a traditional cake, we went with a B.Toffee cake. Something that the guys were able to break a piece off of and still do the ceremonial exchange. We set up a Cigar and Scotch bar for later that evening. It is always a fun idea when you have a group of guys that love to sit around and chat. Once the guests got back to their room, there was a Hangover Kit waiting so that they could prepare themselves for the morning that was to come from all the fun drinking the evening before. Doesn’t the Bloody Mary look amazing!? It is the Alchemy Hail Mary, which is bacon infused vodka, homemade bloody mary mix and pickled vegetables.

Photography: Marisa Holmes | Videographer: Cloudless Weddings | Planner: Brooke Keegan Weddings And Events | Calligraphy: KA Kalligraphy | Lighting: AK Johnston Group | Officiant: JP Reynolds | Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Getting Ready Outfit: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering/Mixologist: Alchemy San Diego | Dining Table: Signature Party Rentals | Floral/Decor: Holly Flora | Grooms' Styling: Crow Thief | Hair/Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Models: JP Calderon, Julz Heaney, Aimee Miller & Austin Johnston | Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine | Tabletop Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Toffee Cake: B. Toffee | Venue: Hancock Park

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Elegant Estate Wedding Inspiration Part I

Brooke Keegan is one of those planners who can do no wrong. So when she set out to design a masculine-yet-totally-romantic shoot you better believe she nailed it. With details like leather letter-pressed invites alongside moody hues and lush blooms (kudos, Holly Flora!) the resulting shots from Marisa Holmes are nothing short of wedding heaven. Psst: there’s even more pretty coming up next.

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From Brooke Keegan Weddings and EventsI really wanted to do a wedding inspiration shoot that displayed masculinity without losing the touch of romance and elegance. JP and Julz are my clients, a real couple, getting married in the Fall of 2015. I knew they were the perfect couple for this project! There are so many details that go into a destination wedding and I wanted to feature several of those elements.

The letter pressed leather invites and paper goods were created by Wiley Valentine. Masculine yet formal. A Welcome Gift is the perfect touch upon arrival. You always want to include 3 elements in the gift: hydration (non-alcoholic more importantly than alcoholic), snacks and pampering items. After a long flight, most guests like to throw their feet up, grab a drink and a snack and relax! The Ceremony was created by Holly Flora – lush and romantic, yet industrial with the metal “X” back chairs.

We did small scotch bottles for the escort cards and served specialty mixed drinks at Cocktail Hour. The signature cocktail was a Smokey Mora from Alchemy San Diego: 2 oz Mescal (preferably single village) mixed with 6 fresh muddled blackberries, 0.5 oz Lemon Juice, then strain over ice and top with a splash of soda water, garnish with a blackberry and fresh mint. They were accompanied by several mini hors d’oeuvres. Food presentation can really add to your overall decor!

Photography: Marisa Holmes | Videographer: Cloudless Weddings | Planner: Brooke Keegan Weddings And Events | Calligraphy: KA Kalligraphy | Lighting: AKJohnston Group | Officiant: JP Reynolds | Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaid Getting Ready Outfit: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering/Mixologist: Alchemy San Diego | Dining Table: Signature Party Rentals | Floral/Decor: Holly Flora | Grooms' Styling: Crow Thief | Hair/Makeup: Beauty By Melina | Models: JP Calderon, Julz Heaney, Aimee Miller & Austin Johnston | Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine | Private Estate: Hancock Park | Tabletop Rentals: Archive Rentals | Toffee Cake: B. Toffee

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Whimsical Brunch Wedding in Downtown Los Angeles

I am a self-confessed brunch addict. Mimosas, cappuccinos and pancakes by the stack… just where I want to be on a lazy sunday. Now fold all of that goodness into the prettiest Marvimon House wedding crafted by Pluck and coordinated by WINK! It’s a day that brunch dreams are made of and one that finds guests with tambourines in their hands and pancakes in their bellies. See it all captured by onelove photography right here.

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Rustic

From WINK!…The bride and groom are lovers of Los Angeles. They incorporated their love of: brunch, Dodgers Baseball, Bicycles, and Coffee. Featuring a bona-fide “cereal bar” and pumpkin pancakes! Their bridal party serenaded them live to “Hey! Ho!” for their processional with adorable handmade signs. 

From The Bride…We actually built our wedding backwards. We started with planning the most basic option (the two of us, in jeans, at the courthouse) and from there, we began adding back in the things we would miss if we did that simple scenario (having our friends and family there, etc.) It was interesting to discover the things that ended up mattering to us (I had no idea, until then, that I cared about wearing a white dress or having an aisle to walk down). Turned out, both of us wanted more of a wedding-type wedding than either of us expected. We just wanted to make sure that everything we did, we did because we wanted to, not because we were supposed to. And, we wanted to do it our way. It was so much more fun and liberating, then, to go through and put our signature on each of the elements we kept.

Décor was a huge part of the experience we wanted to create. Most of our friends and family are scattered all over, so our time together with them has been limited and their knowledge of our relationship has been based on the cliff notes versions we’ve given them over phone calls and Skype. We wanted to create a sort of museum experience in the space- a walk through the history of Chase and Tami, if you will. We incorporated artifacts from our relationship into the displays and we took advantage of each element to tell a story about us. Instead of a standard dinner, we designed a unique brunch since that’s our favorite meal. Instead of a full bar, we had a bubble bar and then added the Handsome Roasters coffee cart, because coffee (and Handsome, in particular) has been a huge part of our relationship. The table themes were inspired by our adventures together. Our refrigerator at home is covered in photo strips from every booth we’ve ever encountered, so we rented a photo booth. We created encyclopedia entries (a reference to my Match.com profile, where Chase first “met” me), which served as mini story captions to explain the significance of each piece. We really wanted the whole day to be interactive and for our guests to participate in the celebration instead of just sitting down and watching everything happen from their various assigned seats.

Anything else you want to share with other brides about what you learned while planning your wedding?

1. Everyone tells you that your wedding day will go by fast. But it goes by even faster than you imagine when someone tells you how fast it goes. Create an instagram hashtag and encourage your guests to use it- even starting with the beginning of their day leading up to the wedding. There are also tons of apps and websites your guests can use to upload and share their photos and videos. It’s so much fun to go through and re-live your day that way and experience it through your guests’ lenses.
2. Make sure that the two of you are at the heart of everything. This is just one of the hundreds of amazing days you’re going to spend together. It’s really easy to lose that perspective in such an overwhelming process, but that simple reminder always seemed to take a huge amount of pressure off and bring the fun of it back in.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Event Design: Pluck | Caterer: Good Gracious! | Ampersand Marquee: Scott Coppersmith | Bikes: The Wheelhouse | Coffee: Handsome Coffee Roasters | Coordination: WINK! | Dress Designer: Rosa Clara | Headpiece: Twigs & Honey | Ice Cream Sandwiches: Chunk N’ Chip | Makeup: Carrie Mercado | Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth | Venue: Marvimon House | Vintage China & Flatware: Plated In LA | Vintage Ford Bronco Retal: Rocky Roads

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