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The Lovesick Wedding Expo + A Discount!

Calling all of you indie-minded, totally nerdy, seriously artistic and all-around fabulous ladies and gentlemen… this wedding show is for YOU.  Yes, I am talking about the Lovesick Wedding Expo, an alternative wedding showcase celebrating its fifth year of complete awesomeness.  Think one amazing party boasting uber-talented vendors and crazy cool inspiration at every corner.

Happening this weekend in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, the Lovesick Wedding Expo will completely rock your world with amazing burlesque performances, giant glowing jellyfish (!), circus performances, skee ball and even more surprises.  Each and every show is completely different (and all sorts of wonderful), from the spectacular live music to the fab cash bar to the thousands in giveaways.

What are you waiting for, lovelies?  No matter your budget or wedding vision, grab your mister or misses-to-be (or just your besties) and plan your trip to the Lovesick Wedding Expo happening this weekend in both Los Angeles (Saturday, February 21st at Unique Space) and Alameda (Sunday, February 22nd at Rock Wall Wine Company).  Tickets are only $10 online, $15 at the door and all money raised from the show’s giveaways will benefit the Human Rights Campaign’s marriage equality efforts!

And don’t forget, use the code STYLEME at checkout for a 50% discount on tickets! 

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Elegant LA Winter Wedding

This couple should teach a course on wedding planning. Not only did they prioritize what was important to them, but the final result perfectly reflects their authenticity. From learning InDesign to create their invites, to acting as the MC’s for the reception, they’re pros. Steve Steinhardt captured all the action and I not only feel inspired, but also incredibly motivated, to dive into my own wedding planning ahead.

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From The Bride… I found my talented photographer on Style Me Pretty so I’m very honored to share these images! I’d like to start off by thanking SMP for having Steve in their Little Black Book so that I could find someone who can work amazingly under various different lighting conditions with both digital and film. When I first saw his work, I had told him that his work looks like carefully thought-out illustrations and I still think that’s the best way I could describe his artistry.

I love all things antique and traditional, so my vision for my wedding was a very elegant sit-down dinner type of occasion in a very lavishly historic location. When I found The California Club I thought it was perfect – not only is the venue beautiful but the service is impeccable, their food is perfect, and the air conditioning (the air conditioning was really important to me) is heavy. I instantly fell in love with club’s decor from the early 1900s, which was all in pristine condition and how the entire building carried the vibe of old Los Angeles (the city were I grew up, met my husband, and fell in love). I chose the traditional white and green color palette for my florals, but with a very wild texture to contrast against the prim and almost majestic quality that the venue carries with all that dark wood and burgundy curtains.

I invested the most on food, florals, lighting, photography, and music, because my husband and I thought these things were the most important to us. For everything else, we tried to use our creativity to be more economical. I did all of the stationery myself by learning how to use InDesign on Skillshare.com and by finding Johnny at Printing World to print them beautifully. I asked him to print our seating chart and we framed it ourselves – I think it turned out quite nicely. Not bad for a DIY newbie, right?

We also decided to not have a dance floor (which saved us a ton on MC’s, DJ’s, dance floors) and opted to a multi-course dinner with the most amazing jazz music performed by our band. Adam Bravo, our jazz pianist, actually went to high school with me and had signed a contract on the back of my calculus notebook during our senior year that he would one day perform at my wedding. It was touching to have him be there almost 10 years later and perform at my wedding after so long.

To make the wedding much more personal and intimate, our bridal party, my husband and I decided to do most of the MCing ourselves. We wanted to do this so that we would be communicating with our guests constantly throughout the night. It was great and our guests loved it. It also helped that we were all very comfortable with public speaking.

Last but not least, everything went very smoothly with the help of Joyce from Joyce Kim Weddings. I have never met someone in my life who was so organized, detailed, sweet, and an absolute people-person. I really do not think my wedding would’ve been so amazing without her. Jeff and I can’t thank her enough for all of her hard work in keeping us sane so that we could enjoy our own wedding. With her help, I actually managed to finish all of my courses and the dessert AND the cake. If that’s not ease, I don’t know what is.

Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography | Coordination: Joyce Kim Weddings | Floral Design: Designer Dana | Wedding Dress: Ellis Bridals | Cake: Cake House | Stationery: DIY | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Sorella Vita | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | Band: Adam Bravo Music | Ballroom: The California Club | Make Up And Hair: Kelly Yi Make Up

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Glamorous Fig House Wedding

A love story as sweet as this one (read: colleague cuties) guarantees that the wedding will be just as endearing. After six years of dating, they teamed up with Kayla Vie Events and celebrated big time at The Fig House with one glamorous affair. Honey Honey Photography captured the sweetness, from the craft ice cream cart to romantic raindrops, and it’s all waiting for you in the full gallery here!

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From the Newlyweds… We met one another at work. Brian saw me when I came in for my interview and little did we know, that moment would change our lives. Any excuse to get us two together was always occurring (happy hours, work functions, etc). Pretty soon it became apparent that it was meant to be for the two of us to become a “we”. Flash forward 6 years later and we were planning our wedding.

True to form, it was also love at first sight with our venue. We both fell in love the second we stepped foot into the building. We originally planned on getting married near a vineyard, but once we saw this, we knew instantly. The vision from that point forward was pretty easy and fell into place since the Fig House has so much design and character of its own. It is unique and intimate with touches of glamour but not pretentious. That became our theme for the wedding. While searching for wedding planners, we stumbled across the best wedding photos we had seen. Yet again, love at first sight. Emma was exactly what we had hoped for in a photographer. She knew how to handle our inexperience in front of the lens, make us feel at home and amazingly still got great shots.

Kayla Ton, our planner brought everything together for us and made sure the day was flawless. There was a lot of pieces to the puzzle for us to make sure this wedding embodied our relationship. In lieu of a wedding cake for all the guests, we chose to do an ice cream cart from our favorite craft ice cream shop near our street. Rings were also purchased from our neighborhood jewelry shop. We were focused on making a great party for everyone and truthfully the ceremony was not meant to be the highlight. What a surprise that was. The ceremony is by far our favorite part and memory. As we are not religious, we wanted to create a unique ceremony mixing together our love with the support of our friends and family, Our dear friend, Tracy, obliged us to become our officiant. She truly outdid herself bringing together quotes of love from our friends along with our personal vows.

Our greatest goal in all of this was to remain true to our relationship, and with all these beautiful people behind the scenes, it became the best day of our lives. Even the drops of rain after the ceremony became a romantic memory and our good luck charm for the future.

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Wedding Planner: Kayla Vie Events | Florist: Pocketful Of Sunshine Styling | Wedding Cake: Cake Goodness | Catering: Flatiron Catering | Hair & Makeup: Neihule | Officiant: Friend | Bar: Liquid Catering | Dessert: Carmela Ice Cream | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Valet: American Parking & Limo | Wedding Venue: The Fig House

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Romantic Vintage Chic Spring Wedding

I am bowing down in awe. From creating their own stencils and letter pressing their own invitations, to crafting adorable signs, this couple should look into a new profession. All of their hard work paid off for their whimsical, romantic celebration, paying homage to their personalities while looking picture perfect in every pic by Koman Photography. This gorgeous gallery is guaranteed to inspire us all.

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From Koman PhotographyWhenever we’re around this couple we can’t help but smile and laugh continuously. Their hearts are beautiful and that quality radiates when you see them in person. Christine and Jeff are goofy, fun, loveable, and visibly so in LOVE. We feel incredibly honored and privileged that they chose us to document their beautiful wedding at the Skirball Cultural Center.

From The Bride… Once upon a time, in a land known as Sun Valley, California, a little princess dreamt of her fairytale wedding. She clipped magazine pictures of wedding gowns, collected swatches of potential color schemes, and kept an impressive list of love songs that one day a live band would play, filling the air with music, love, and laughter on the biggest day of her life. That little princess was me.

On Friday, October 12, 2012, after a long shift at the hospital, my prince charming took me to the place where we first met. Outside of UCI’s physics lab, he asked me the biggest question of my life: will you marry me? And that’s when the wedding planning officially began. The search for the perfect venue was not an easy task. We wanted an old Spanish-inspired church ceremony that was secluded from the city, and a vintage-inspired venue that would comfortably accommodate 260 guests (including 30 children). We drove up and down the coast of California from San Juan Capistrano to Santa Barbara, physically visiting over 20 churches, and over a dozen reception venues, ending up right back in the heart of Los Angeles. We chose to exchange our vows at St. Monica’s in Santa Monica and to celebrate at the Skirball Cultural Center, and although it was not exactly what we had initially envisioned, it best fit our needs with ceremony times, distance from church to venue, and comfort for all of our guests. But with one look at the elegant Guerin Courtyard, which is adjacent to the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Skirball Cultural Center, we knew we had found the perfect wedding venue. We were in complete awe with the high chandelier ceiling and loved how the glass doors opened to create a seamless indoor/outdoor flow.

With the venues booked, we spent countless hours researching the best wedding vendors. After several meetings, we finally ended up with our handpicked “dream team” who made our wedding day nothing short of amazing.

With a shabby chic theme in mind, we chose details that were soft and romantic, inspired by a modern-day Marie Antoinette with a whimsical Alice in Wonderland touch. Being a perfectionist, nothing was ever good enough to purchase as-is. Everything had to be customized with our personal touch. Making our own stencils, we hand painted our “Let them eat cupcakes,” “Here comes the bride” and “Mr. Right/Mrs. Always Right” wooden signs (which looking back at it now, we probably should have just saved ourselves the 20 hours of labor and purchased them from Etsy). We never thought we would learn so much about fonts, paper, flowers, and Chantilly creams. We quickly became self-proclaimed experts in all of our projects, designing our own website and filming our save-the-date video (http://booboowillyoumarryme.com/save-the-date/). Laser cutting and letter pressing our own invitations, we designed every detail leaving no font unnoticed, and no templates purchased.

That day was perfect. We chose a soft palette of blush pink, nudes, ivory, and gold. I will always remember my smiling bridesmaids who wore long blush pink chiffon dresses in varying styles with rose gold and glitter shoes by Chinese Laundry, while my Matron of Honor stood by me in a long, ivory crème lace gown. They wore loose curls, and although they all had different hairstyles, they all incorporated a braid to give them that whimsical touch. The groomsmen wore gray suits with matching gray Vans and argyle socks. Incorporating our Filipino culture, our fathers and Godfathers wore traditional barongs for the church ceremony, and changed into dark gray suits for the reception.

The night was filled with live music by AMFM band, a magical processional with flower girls in vintage wooden wagons wearing pale pink and ivory tulle dresses, lace wrapped cupcakes in 4 different flavors, a Filipino candy bar, a periodic table of seating chart (to show our nerdy side), girlie yet romantic tea cups, personalized cookie escort cards, an ice bar, portraits of our parents on their wedding day, pale pink peonies, and customized tote bag giveaways. We cannot thank our families and bridal party enough for all the time spent rehearsing for our first dance remix which incorporated our parents doing a hip hop number and our bridal party essentially “making it rain” to kick off our reception.

Although that little princess who once thought that her magical wedding day was just a Bippity-Boppity-Boo away, finally learned that there is much, much more that goes into planning a wedding. I cherish every bow tied, papercut obtained, and every friendship made along the way because it is with those experiences that I gained a true appreciation for the art of wedding planning. Despite the tremendous amount of detail that went into the planning process, they are the unplanned details that will forever make this day legendary. I will always remember my husband standing at the end of the aisle watching me as I made my way to him and the tightness of my father’s embrace before he gave me away. I will remember my mother’s touch, constantly fixing my belt, dress and veil ensuring that every detail in my attire was always properly in place. I can still hear my sister singing “Ikaw” in Tagalog as our family members placed our traditional cord, veil, and coins on us while lighting the unity candle, and I can still remember my husband tightly holding my hand as we made our way down the aisle after finally being introduced as Mr. and Mrs. while the cantor gracefully sung Michael Buble’s “Everything.” It was the most perfect fairy tale, and I could not have asked for more. It is a moment we will look back on when we are old and gray and reminisce how truly magical that day was – the start of our happily ever after.

Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Twenty Seven Studios | Coordination: Love Is Sweet Events | Floral Design: Deefined Floral Designs | Invitations: Handmade With Love | Ceremony Venue: St. Monica's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Skirball Cultural Center | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Christy's Bridal | Lighting: Inlight Lighting | Groom's Attire: Al Weiss Men's Clothing | Band, DJ And Emcee: Downbeat LA | AMFM | Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Cake, Cupcakes And Macarons: Artistic Cakes | Cupcake Boxes: Pepermart | Dessert Display: Carrara Pastries | Hair And Make-up: Beauty In Motion Studio | Ice Bar: Crystal Creations | Linens And Chairs: Stephanie's Linens | Personalized Tote Bag Giveaways: 4 Imprint | Photo Booth: Fotopod Booth | Wedding Dress (custom Made And Designed): Shin Bu Bridal

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Surf and Sand Resort

I love California, that’s a given. The sun, the sand, the ocean  — it’s all swoon worthy in my book. So when it comes to booking a West Coast wedding destination? I’d look no further than Laguna Beach’s Surf & Sand Resort. Featuring stunning accommodations, gorgeous views and unique event spaces, Surf & Sand Resort is the perfect spot for a dreamy beachfront wedding.

From the creative and exceptional cuisine at the venue’s on-site restaurant, Splashes to the endless local Laguna Beach activities right out the front door, your guests will be thanking you for saying “I do” in such a fabulous locale. Surf & Sand Resort has gorgeous spaces for every wedding weekend event — from rehearsal dinner to farewell brunch. Oh, I can’t forget to mention the venue’s award-winning pool and luxe 15fiftyfive Lounge that offers up incredible sunset views! My dears, this spot’s got it all.

I don’t know about you all, but my bags are already packed! OH! There’s more — if you book your big day at Surf & Sand Resort by March 31, 2015, you’ll receive an extra night stay for the bride and groom! Offer good for wedding reception of 50 or more guests and/or minimum $6000 spent in catering food and beverage. For new bookings only. Simply mention this post when booking your wedding date. Happy planning! xo

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Julie Vino Trunk Show at The White Dress

Brides-to-be, mark your calendars for January 30-February 2, 2015, because there’s a trunk show coming you’re not going to want to miss! Tel Aviv based wedding dress designer Julie Vino is showcasing her incredibly stunning 2015 Collection exclusively at The White Dress and let me tell you, these gowns are something truly special. Just take a peek below.

Handmade of the finest European fabrics and Parisian laces, these breathtakingly romantic gowns are unlike anything you’ve ever seen! The trunk show will feature the Julie Vino Provence Collection 2015 as well as some of the most requested styles from the Orchid and Ceasaria Collections.  Not only will brides get the chance to try on these stunning gowns, but there is also a 10% discount for styles purchased during trunk show appointments!

Brides are flying in from across the country to get the chance to try on a Julie Vino wedding dress, so be sure to book your appointment! Head over here to see exactly which gowns will be featured at the trunk show and to choose a time slot. Contact Brielle at The White Dress at 949.723.0121 with any questions. Happy dress hunting, my dears.

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