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A Modern Romance Wedding

They say opposites attract. Take this bride for example – her style is all about modern simplicity. A subtle but gorgeous palette, a quiet nod to tradition and a sense of chic built into every detail. But then if you look closely – with photographs by Christine Choi – you see moments of pure whimsy that made the wedding entirely personal, entirely “them.” Click here for more.


From the Bride…Our wedding theme is “modern romance” which is so me. I wanted my wedding to match with our personality, modern, simple, intimate, elegant, and romantic. We did not have much color in our wedding – only ivory, grey and a pop of yellow to create a modern look. From the invitations, the programs, the flowers, table numbers, and decoration we kept the palette consistent.

The wedding planning process was actually really fun for me. I DIY-ed most of the items, most of the decor, name cards, table numbers, and Mr. and Mrs Sign. Our wedding turned out fabulous, from our tradition Chinese tea ceremony, first look and wedding ceremony to our reception. It was not only a special day for us, it was one for all our friends and families.

Photography: Christine Choi Photography | Floral Design: My Wedding Blooms | Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Porto's Bakery | Invitations: My Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Swarovski | Bridesmaids Dresses: After Six | Catering: Calamigos Equestrian | Hair And Make Up: Kelly Zhang | Groom's Attire: Tuxedos By Mike | Groomsmen's Attire: Tuxedos By Mike | Bride's Qi Pao (Chinese Dress): Brocade Apparel | Cake Topper: Asia World | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Calamigos Equestrian | Cinematography: : Studio205films | Flower Robes: Silk And More | Gift Box: Burberry Watch | Hairpiece: Mariposa Bridal Boutique | Mom's Dress : Nordstrom, Betsy & Adam | Music, MC & Lighting: Jack Hou Of TMMPRO | Photobooth: Sterling Photo Booth | Sneakers: Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro

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Alexandra Grecco + A Discount + A Giveaway!

Since voicing my obsession with Alexandra Grecco sweet-as-can-be skirts, I’ve been dreaming up a time + place where I can wear my very own tulle number! Offering heirloom-quality pieces that are timeless with a hint of nostalgia, I’m loving them for everything from engagement photos + bridal brunches to bridesmaid attire!

Since releasing her first collection in 2010, brides have been falling head-over-heels for this collection that is inspired by designs of the past. Made in New York’s garment district, the high-quality, six-layer tulle skirts are fully lined and layered for a perfect fit and have a gorgeous silk waistband! Available in two lengths (24″ and 30″), in sizes 00-12 and in a gorgeous selection of colors, Alexandra Grecco’s skirts are about as pretty as they come.

Just for our lovely readers, Alexandra Grecco‘s offering 20% off any quantity with code TWENTY. Offer valid until September 12, 2014. 


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Photo Credits: Ivory Tulle Skirt Couple : KT Merry | Ivory Tulle Skirt Photo: Atlantic Pacific


Los Angeles Estate Garden Wedding

From a ukelele serenaded proposal to a vintage secret garden-inspired soiree that took place at the Groom’s childhood home, this L.A. affair is enchanting to say the least. Designed by the ultimate DIY Bride and now owner of House Of Hartt, every inch of detailing was hand selected and chosen with love. For even more, head to the pretty gallery from The Youngrens!


From the beautiful Bride… Josh and I met on eHarmony, myself, I had only been on there for two weeks, so luckily I didn’t have to go through a slew of bad dates before finding Josh. Just 6 months in we went on our first vacation in Kauai, and by then I already knew he was the one. 3 years from our very first date we found ourselves back in Kauai again for our annual summer vacation, but this time it was different. Josh had purchased a new camera that he had been filming me do almost everything on, including eating and walking, so when he decided to leave the camera rolling overnight to “catch the sunrise” I didn’t question his motives. The next morning on our 3 year anniversary he woke me at 6:30 by opening the wall of curtains revealing the brightest ocean view. I immediately rolled over trying to go back to sleep. He finally was able to coax me to come to the edge of the bed, just barely awake he begins to serenade me with his ukulele (not unusual by the way). I start noticing though this time his voice is shaking, he actually seemed nervous which is not the norm. After finishing up 1,2,3,4 by Plain White Tees and a couple restarts of the song, he gets down on one knee and asks the question I had been waiting to hear almost 2 1/2 years ago! To make it even more perfect he surprised me with a serenade at our wedding! Which I was completely blown away by! He sings in front of me all the time, but never in front of an audience – an audience turns him a bit shy and bashful. But not on the day of our wedding! He was so confident and charming. He chose the song Stuck on You by Lionel Richie, which was a perfect song given I did feel like I had waited so long to become his Mrs.. It was perfect, right out of a movie.

As far as choosing our venue, we had quite the adventure! We first forfeited our deposit on the original venue we had booked. A few weeks in we had realized we had gotten ourselves into a very expensive situation and decided to cut our losses and move on. And although we did have a tight budget I didn’t want to compromise the elegance and warmth of the wedding I had envisioned in my head. I knew that if we could just find the right place we could make it our own and DIY it! After looking at almost every venue in Los Angeles and Ventura county, we revisited a thought we had in the very beginning, having it at Josh’s moms house – the very house he grew up in. Aesthetically it was everything I wanted anyways: lush gardens, mature trees hanging over you, organic and intimate, like you had just entered into a secret garden. The only reason we had veered away in the beginning was because it would have forced us to cut our guest list in half. But, it ended up being worth it, and I think ultimately it was meant to be. We had an intimate wedding of about 75 of all of our closest friends and family and a FREE venue! Plus the fact that Josh grew up in the house and that we of course go to his moms house all the time is a huge bonus! We get to stand in the very spot we got married in as often as we like.

The inspiration for the wedding from the very beginning was ‘vintage secret garden’. I didn’t want anything too forced, too formal, too matchy-matchy and definitely as far away from the typical ballroom or wedding hall. I wanted it to look like we just had all these things inside of our house, old family heirlooms, tapestries and mismatched crystal vases, things we had had for years, that we just sort of threw together at the very last minute to create an inviting, beautiful and mystical space. Of course, that wasn’t the case at all. The reality is I went on a hunt for about 8 months through every salvation army, good will store, antique store and craigslist ad to collect almost every single piece by hand. And just to make it even more esthetically fun, we had all of our guests dress to the nines in black tie attire. It was formal and informal all at the same time. I absolutely loved creating this space so much so it inspired me to continue sharing this experience through House of Hartt Rentals & Design, a boutique vintage rental and design company.

Photography: The Youngrens | Videography: Grover House | Floral Design: Kitchen 12000 | Wedding Dress: Pronovias Barcelona | Cake: A Sweet Design | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Kitchen 12000 | Makeup Artist: Liciouss Maquillage | Hair: Dreamcatcher Artistry | Lighting: Pacific Coast Lighting | DJ: DJ Tru | Grooms Attire: The Groom's Valet | Coordination: Orange Dove Events | Gown Boutique: Pebbles Bridal | Groomsmen Attire: The Groom's Valet | Rental & Design Company: House Of Hartt Rentals & Design | Rentals: Party Works | Venue: Private Estate

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