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Romantic Mint + Peach Inspired Wedding in Los Angeles

To fully appreciate this wedding, you have to savor every peachy moment, and dive deeper into the love behind the day. From a marathon proposal, to the modern ceremony shared with loved ones, every detail is layered with love. Mark Brooke Photography captured every detail and from the DIY wax paper backdrop to the magnificent mint gowns, we’ve got it all in THE VAULT!


From The Bride…Ethan proposed to me while we were on a trip to Portland, Oregon last fall. I was running my first marathon that morning and had no idea what was about to happen! My sister and brother-in-law were there with us the morning of the race. My brother-in-law and I finished the marathon elated, tired, and sore as ever. Ethan and I headed back to the hotel to clean up and spend a day adventuring in the city. Later that evening, we made our way downtown for a date night dinner. I was so tired I didn’t even realize that he barely ate anything! After dinner, he convinced me to walk across the same bridge I had just finished the marathon on to grab some well-deserved dessert! I’m chatting up a storm about how amazing Portland looks at night, while Ethan is looking for a small ‘X’ that’s been placed on the ground in chalk. You see, he had hired a local photographer to secretly capture our moment on film! We got about a quarter of the way across the bridge and he stops to take a panoramic picture. Next thing I know, he’s giving me the most adorable love speech and he’s down on one knee! My hands fly to my face, my jaw drops, and I’m happier than ever as I shout out “yes yes yes”!

The overall inspiration for our wedding was our common love for the outdoors mixed with our modern style approach. We really wanted a space that had an outdoor ceremony with an industrial reception area and we found that at Millwick! The venue has so much built-in style with funky accents like gold walls, a parrot couch, and eclectic wallpaper behind the bar.

We created a wax paper backdrop as our alter and it added a subtle frame for the ceremony. We also installed small bouquets along the aisles, which allowed us to capture the look and feel we imagined for the ceremony. Our florists, Sean and Aldo, really came through on the table arrangements with a simple eucalyptus garland and charcoal grey table runner that laced the wooden tables. We felt that was all that was needed to bring out the stylish features of the venue. Simple but magical, romantic, and modern – we loved the way everything came together for the reception that evening.

Our favorite moment of the day was definitely our vows. Leading up to our wedding everyone had given us the advice of staying present and savoring as many moments as possible. As much as we tried, it really did feel like the day was a whirlwind, but the few still minutes we shared exchanging our vows was something we’ll never forget. It felt like Ethan was the only one around me, like time was standing still. That was definitely the most meaningful part of the whole day. Although, I’d like to add that a close runner up for favorite moment of the night was Ethan dancing to Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake!

Some of our other favorite details from the night were the projection screen at Millwick – which allowed us to show home videos of us as kids during the reception, getting to carve our initials into the wooden bar outside, and enjoying Mochi from an old-fashioned ice cream cart.

One piece of advice we would give to future brides and grooms is – don’t sweat the details on the day of! Not everything is going to go exactly how you planned (I forgot to wear my veil!), but at the end of the day you get to leave the best party of your life, married to your best friend.

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Photography: Mark Brooke Photography | Coordination: Jenny Kreuger Design | Floral Design: Sean Deveraux & Aldo Beppu | Catering: Canyon Catering | DJ: Kyle Kirtz | Venue: Millwick | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Valet: Z Valet

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Colorful Lombardi House Wedding

This Independence Day wedding is a true East-meets-West Coast affair. Set at L.A.’s historic Lombardi House, it excludes a classic New England-esque charm while still feeling entirely California cool. Thanks to the careful guidance of Bookt Events and HollyFlora, the couple pulled off a subtle Independence Day palette, with Magnet Street behind every pretty paper moment. More from Sylvie Gil in THE VAULT.

From The Bride…We’re both from the East Coast and as soon as we saw the Lombardi House with its New England colonial vibe, we knew it was the perfect place for our wedding. The barn was not only a beautiful space for the wedding ceremony, but during dinner we converted it into a dance floor for the late night festivities and it was a perfect party space too. We were able to stay at the Lombardi House for the whole weekend along with our immediate families, so it also gave us a bit of the destination-wedding feeling, while only being two miles from our home.

Our wedding was on the Fourth of July, so we knew there would be fireworks. We wanted to complement this with a décor of rustic elegance. The Lombardi House itself is such a beautiful structure, with its pure white paint, that it makes a perfect backdrop for whatever colors you choose. With the help of our wedding planner, Belinda Lui of Bookt Events, we decided on a palette of reds and purples because we wanted the bright colors to give a nod to the festivity of the holiday, without it feeling too Independence Day thematic.

Belinda guided us to amazing vendors like HollyFlora for flowers, Town and Country for rentals, and Urban Palate for catering, and then made sure that everyone was working towards the same vision. She also connected us with photographer, Sylvie Gil who captured not just the beauty of event, but also the spirit. The final result was both exactly what we had always wanted and beyond our wildest dreams.

We both agree that the most amazing moment was when we first walked down the aisle during the ceremony to see all of our friends and family there to celebrate with us. The barn is such a simple structure; it has an intimate charm. The floral decorations elevated it perfectly. We could not imagine a lovelier place to get married.

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Event Planning: Bookt Events | Floral Design: HollyFlora | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Catering: Urban Palate | Hair And Makeup: Hayley Jean Farrington | Lighting: Lombardi House | DJ: DJ Ian Gotler– RedShoe | Ceremony Music: DJ Ian Gotler– RedShoe | Venue: The Lombardi House | Best Man Attire: Joseph Abboud | Bride’s Shoes: Nina Shoes | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan | Linen Rentals: Town And Country Event Rentals | Maid Of Honor Dress: Dessy | Paper Goods: Magnet Street


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Weddings + Events at Shade Hotel

Located just two blocks from fabulous Manhattan Beach and featuring some of the coolest ceremony + reception sites you will ever see (truly), the fabulous Shade Hotel is a place that was just made for marrying.  Think contemporary boutique hotel meets world class service meets unique spaces that will leave all of your guests talking.  Perfect wedding in one, two, three?  Yes, please.

With its intimate beachside ocean feel and contemporary stylings, Shade Hotel is everything (and I mean everything) you’ve ever wanted for your wedding locale.  Imagine unique spaces that transcend the traditional concept of indoors and outdoors (hello Zinc Terrace), an event staff that can customize every moment of your day to your liking and a ceremony site (I am talking to you, stunning Courtyard) that will blow.your.mind and you are sooo on the right track.  From the natural California sunlight filling every moment to a weekend of pampering with your nearest and dearest (did I mention you can book the entire hotel for your very own?) to a fabulous going away brunch that will cap off the whole shebang, Shade Hotel is THE place to say “I do” in true SoCal style.  We love that.

Call Shade Hotel today to begin planning that wedding of your dreams.  And don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Happy planning, lovelies. xo