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Rustic Bohemian Romance at Saddlerock Ranch Winery

Lady Liberty Events describes this sweet duo’s love as “fun, hilarious, exciting and best friend forever kind of love.” And their wedding? Well, it’s a perfect extension of that energetic love that they share. From moments like this that will make you grin to giant balloons to adorable kisses with pup in tow, there’s so much to love about this day captured by Braedon Photography. See it all here!

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From Liberty Woodman of Lady Liberty EventsCandace and Mike, These two…. The love they have for each is other is that fun, hilarious, exciting and best friend forever kind of love. They weren’t frou frou fancy, traditional by any means, and frowned at the thought of anything that was cookie cutter. Simply put, they wanted a day that reflected both of their personalities that would be laid back with the perfect touch of elegance and would result in a kick-ass celebration that their friends and family would never forget.

We came to an overall event vibe that we called “rustic bohemian romance”… that ultimately would end up as a rave! With our style in place it was time to start nailing the details.

Ready for the ceremony to commence, guests were seated facing the weeping pepper tree where the existing twig canopy was accented with flowing fabric, romantic greenery, and a petite chandelier in the center. While the wedding party was just about done lining up and we were ready to cue the music, I noticed that the groom was sitting in the audience chumming it up with his friends! With a quick tap on the shoulder and a good laugh, Mike made his way up to prepare himself for what he will always remember as the most special part of their big day.

Since the ceremony lawn was vast, we used antique cottage doors flanked with bushes of wild lavender and garden roses to create a reveal. The front of the doors were accented with their initials, M & C, made with fresh antique hydrangea blooms. This provided a romantic entrance for the wedding party and bride, which also allowed us to shave more than 100ft from the aisle!

The ceremony was officiated by one the grooms childhood friends and was by far one of the most touching, personal, and funny ceremonies that I have had the privilege to witness. The bride and groom tied together the strings of two huge peach balloons (representing unity) and released them to signify the unknown adventures that they would embark on together.

During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on specialty cocktails such as spiked lavender lemonade, nibbled on tasty miniatures of Mike & Candace’s favorite guilty pleasures, and helped themselves to bottled beer casually chilling in vintage wooden tubs. The guest book area consisted of small note papers for quests to write letters to the bride and groom that they would read on their 6 month, 1 year, and/or 5 year anniversary. This table also displayed Glassy sunglasses that the groom had custom made which donned their wedding monogram. A large, old school, white boom box, was displayed for guests to “tag“. A hand painted wooden sign that read Mutual weirdness forever, sat under one of the venues gorgeous oak trees, where a trio of large hoops were hung flaunting the guests escort cards.

Candace loves dream catchers so we wanted to incorporate these in a way that would still create a timeless look without being something that would go out of style or feel dated when they looked back on their day. We hand made a plethora of multi sized dream catchers using vintage lace for the centers with hues of grey, purple, gold, and ivory incorporated into the ribbons, lace and feathers. Utilizing some super cool yarn that we found, which had hints of metallic gold and dark purple threads, these babies were going to have to be placed somewhere special to make a statement. We decided that an installation that hung only over the head table would create a unique and stunning way to highlight the bride and grooms table. With bistro lights strewn over the dinner area, accented with hanging crystal votives, the dream catchers added the ultimate boho touch to the romantic rustic dinner setting.

The dinner tables were a combination of raw and reclaimed wood square and kings tables all topped with a smoky purple runner. The bride and groom weren’t fond of having all round tables, so we integrated a just a few of them to offset the unique layout and to bring in a touch more of the purple color which was one of the grooms favorite hues. A grey linen napkin tied with a raw silk eggplant ribbon showcasing each guests’ name, and accented with fresh rosemary sprigs, were placed at each setting. Folded over brown paper bags replaced your standard breadbaskets, and purple tinted glassware added the finishing touch to the setting, keeping it simple yet charming. Gorgeous arrangements of horticulture styled blooms in hues of purple, peach, pops of raspberry, and forest style foliage created an overall lush yet naturalistic flair to each table. Silver mercury candles added a lovely glisten that helped us to create the overall rustic and romantic atmosphere that the bride and groom were wanting to exude.

After dinner, guests made their way to the dance floor, which was set within 4 lush oak trees all dripping in fairly lights. A collection of crystal chandeliers, were dispersed overhead creating a romantic and stunning glow to the entire space. As Mike and Candace stepped onto the dance floor to begin their first dance, guests circled around watching as they danced together for the first time as husband and wife. To everyone’s surprise the music stopped abruptly, and the bride and groom separated from one another only to catch the LED hula hoops that were thrown their way. The music resumed, however it was a techno tune that was worthy of the most epic and hilarious hula hoop battle between a bride and groom. Guests anxiously rushed the dance floor where everyone received large glow batons that quickly changed the romantic evening into a stellar party that one will never forget!

Surrounding the dance floor were multiple lounge vignettes with assorted vintage pieces providing unique seating areas for guests to relax their feet. As the evening was sadly coming to a close, and guests had sipped on plenty of specialty cocktails, a handsome gold bar cart strolled around the reception refueling guests with truffle popcorn displayed in petite brown bags stamped with the couples monogram, along with fresh mini donuts.

At one point, my team and I literally stepped back so that we could see the entire event in full throttle… and the view from which we were standing was exquisite. The hundreds of hanging fairly lights, the glisten from all of the chandeliers, the reflection from the bistro lights, and the blinking led lights moving around the dance floor was one of my favorite moments that I know can never be replicated. This bride and groom, who I am fortunate enough to call my friends, know what a celebration should consist of.

Photography: Braedon Photography | Cinematographer: Brinton Film Making Co. | Florist: Moon Canyon Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Contemporary Catering | Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cake & Desserts : Sweet And Saucy Shop | Ceremony & Reception Music: Grant Shapiro | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Event Rentals: Town And Country Event Rentals | Event Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Groom & Groomsmen Shoes: Custom Lakai | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Printed Goods/Stationary : Prim And Pixie | Wedding Design/Coordination: Lady Liberty Events | Wedding Invitation : Minted

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Whimsical + Playful Malibu Wedding With a Ferris Wheel

As a little girl, this gorgeous Bride (who owns The Printed Palette with her handsome Groom) used to dress up in her aunt’s wedding dress and dream of her perfect day, which always included a ferris wheel and cotton candy. Years later her dream came true with help from Amorology, and as a result, we have so many pretty pictures from Acqua Photo to pin! From the jade green Weddington Way bridesmaids’ dresses (yes, that’s Tenley from “The Bachelor!”) to the Bride’s ruffly Lazaro gown for JLM Couture and the furniture from Pretty Vintage Rentals, everything about this day makes us smile. See it all here.

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From AmorologyWhen there is a Ferris wheel and a cute couple who happen to be the proud owners of The Printed Palette, we knew that we were in for a great wedding! This wedding brought out the essence of good ol’ fashion fun and a sweet side courtesy of Bon Puf cotton candy cart and countless other treats. We loved working with this darling couple and even got to spend time with one of our favorites; bridesmaid Tenley Molzahn, from The Bachelor. There were so many playful details of this wedding from lawn games and a Photo Booth, to lots of DIY details that we had such an amazing time styling. Beautiful blooms from Plenty of Petals brought the tables to life and fun printed place-mats from Paper Source added a touch of metallic to pair with the mid century wood tables from Circa Rentals. Acqua Photo was there to capture all of the best and touching moments!

From the beautiful Bride… Kurt and I were high school acquaintances who each had a significant other when we met. He tells me now that he always thought I was the prettiest girl in high school. We reconnected in January 2005 on Myspace. He lived in San Diego and I was “finding myself” in between my parents house in Redlands and my best friend’s dorm in Fullerton. I fearlessly invited him to hang out at my friends house one night and to Disneyland the next day. I asked him what his favorite dessert was and he told me “Apple Crisp” so I went and bought him one of those obnoxious candles in that very scent. When he arrived to my friend’s house that night, I immediately had butterflies and couldn’t get over how tall and handsome he was. After an hour or so, I handed him the candle and told him that I was only going to give it to him if I liked him. Without realizing it, I had spilled the beans about how I felt. He teases me about it to this day, but I know that’s what won him over.

We went to Disneyland the next day and that is when we started to fall in love. After about a year of an on-again-off-again long distance relationship, Kurt asked me to move to San Diego to help him run a new screen printing business he was dreaming up. Without hesitation and in what seemed like almost immediately, I was packing my bags. We spent another six years running our custom screen printing business and going back and forth from BF/GF to “just friends” all while living together and business partnering together. I know. The business we were in was a very hard business in our given economy and left us little room to be creative. At the beginning of 2012 I decided we needed a change. I started to sketch and design my own designs for clothing. Within minutes of realizing this was going somewhere I named our new business “The Printed Palette”. This business was a new beginning for not only us as individuals but for us as a couple. We finally started to leave the stress behind and give our relationship the attention and chance it deserved. And it worked this time!

Kurt surprised me with a trip to the California Redwoods. He took me on a hike up a national park called “Wedding Rock”. It was truly the most beautiful vision of redwoods and the ocean crashing against the coast. Kurt asked a man to take our photo and walked up to grab his phone back from him after he snapped it. Kurt isn’t a fan of asking people to take pictures, so I remember thinking, “Wow this must be a special occasion.” And then he asked for another one “just in case.”  As I promptly fixed my hair I leaned to pose with him and I looked over to find him on one knee. “I want to ask you to marry me?” After nearly ten years, you can imagine I was pretty emotional. And with happy tears in my eyes on the beautiful coast of California, I said YES!!!

We are a fun, flirty couple with a “two heads are better than one” dynamic. We own a Lifestyle Brand called The Printed Palette. We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our brand and showcase our playful relationship. Together, we designed and created all of the wooden signs, lawn games, and send off flags. We wanted our wedding day to be filled with all the trimmings of a celebration: balloons, confetti, and tons of love! My aunt told me at the wedding that I used to dress up in her wedding gown and say, “One day I will have a ferris wheel and cotton candy at my wedding.” And ironically I had forgotten what the child in me had always known.

I was inspired by my two favorite colors, peach and sea foam blue, and then adding a pop of jade green to tie the whole wedding together—I loved how it turned out! One of my visions for this day was to have an arbor that we could repurpose into a Photo Booth backdrop. Kurt was able to turn my vision into a reality and brought this backdrop to life by screen printing “Best Day Ever” on one side which guests saw as they entered and “Happily Hummel” on the other side which guests saw as we exited down the aisle as newlyweds and it rained confetti! This was one of our favorite DIY projects.

Photography: Acqua Photo | Videography: Scotty Davis | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Invitations: Twinkle And Toast | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Tacori | Rings: Verragio | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Weddington Way | Hair : Kelsey Fenner | Lighting : Pacific Event Lighting | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Band/DJ: So-Cal Wedding Music | Cotton Candy Cart: Bon Puf | Event Coordination And Styling: Amorology | Event Design And Decor: The Printed Palette | Flower Girl Dress: Tutu Du Monde | Furniture Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals | Furniture Rentals: Circa Vintage {Rentals}

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Romantic Summer Wedding at Calamigos Ranch

Do you know one of my favorite things to do at weddings? Keep my eyes on the groom as his beautiful bride walks down that aisle. Everyone else is watching the lovely lady but if you take a peek back, the expression on the groom’s face can be absolutely amazing. Case in point, this rustic and romantic celebration, where this adorable groom was full of emotion, captured completely by Koman Photography. Just a heads up; you’re about to fall madly in love with one darling duo.

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Summer
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Rustic

From Koman Photography… We loved every minute of having Esther and Andy in front of our cameras! They are such sweet people and we’ll never forget Andy’s reaction to seeing Esther for the first time as a bride – he started crying even before seeing her! Their wedding was full of joyful and unforgettable moments!

From the Bride… As cliche as it may sound, our wedding day was the BEST day of our lives! As the bride, if could, I would re-live it over and over again – yes, even the planning!

Andy and I made sure to always bring the planning process back to us and not lose sight on what was important to us. This made it easy. I actually went to Malibu Cafe for brunch several years ago (B.A. – Before Andy) and just fell in love with the place. The moment Andy and I got engaged, we booked our one and only appointment with Calamigos to look at the venues and decided right then and there, Cottage and Pavilion was it. Andy’s a fun romantic so the string lights and lush greenery pretty much did it for him. The wonderful thing about this place is that it’s naturally so beautiful there’s no need to dress it up with florals and drapes. Andy and I wanted to keep it classic, simple, and romantic. We chose colors like blush and cream that would keep the feeling light and added some navy and metallic pieces for a touch of elegance.

Next was looking for photographers. Our first meeting was with Koman Photography – Andy and I just knew they would be perfect to capture our day – one and done! And yes, the same happened with booking our coordinator! Our wedding cake was made by Andy’s long time friend, Danielle Keane, who has made me delicious birthday cakes and Valentine treats over the years so deciding on the wedding cake was a no brainer really! This theme pretty much carried throughout the whole planning process with officiant, florals, DJ, photo booth etc. We really got lucky!

I knew exactly what I wanted the wedding to be so I took on some DIY projects with close friends and family – invitations, seating chart, place cards, table numbers – it was a DIY party and I loved every moment of it. I have the biggest sweet tooth so a candy bar was a must and I filled it with some of our favorite treats – sour candies and chocolates! We also made sure to incorporate a paebaek – a traditional Korean tea ceremony – which was one of the highlights for us since it was something so important to both of our parents. My dress fittings were also one of my favorite experiences. I had Shin Bu design and make a custom made dress. As I went to each fitting seeing the dress come together literally from scratch was awesome. After many fittings and alterations, I had my dream dress and it was exactly what I had envisioned.

The wedding came together perfectly and it was beyond what we could have ever imagined. Having all of our family and close friends in one place sharing our special moment – it’s just such an incredible feeling. Andy and I find ourselves re-living the wedding day through Marlene and John’s photos ALL THE TIME – it’s pretty crazy!

Photography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: City Flowers | Wedding Dress: Shin Bu Bridal | Wedding Cake: Sheila Mae | Wedding Invitations: DIY By Bride | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair And Makeup: Atelier By Tiffany | Groom's Attire: Al Weiss | Groomsmen's Attire: Al Weiss | Wedding Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Event Coordination: Frankly Weddings | Flower Crowns: City Flowers | Photo Booth: Blank Booth | Rentals: Circa Vintage {Rentals}

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Romantic + Glam Ranch Wedding in Malibu

This blogger bride (of The Blonde Lab) knew exactly what she wanted for her Big Day since she was a little girl: a traditional, romantic affair, with touches of glam. With the help of crafty vendors and the Bride’s lifelong vision, everything came together with luscious pink florals, gold chain details, and a “bar bar” of lemon bars, chocolate bars and more, for dessert. So cute! For even more, take a peek at Wild Whim Photography‘s gallery here.

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From the Bride… Anyone that knows me, knows I am ALL girl. Josh and my story is proof that opposites do, in fact, attract. When we got engaged on the beaches of Malibu last July, my mind instantly shifted to “wedding” mode. I’ve dreamt of my “fairytale” wedding since I was a little girl. To me, that was going to be a traditional, romantic affair with touches of glam.

Right away we headed out to check out wedding venues. We quickly decided on Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Ca. My wedding stylist, Laura Giuliani came with me and she immediately envisioned oversize fabric panels to make the alter site one to remember. The panels were monsters! They were 4′ wide by 8′ tall. Because Laura couldn’t find any fabric that really fit what she had in mind, she hand-dyed each piece of fabric that came together to form a hand-made floral reliefs. She also included linear portions of the fabric to compliment the layers of my dress. The panels were truly breathtaking. To further soften the spot, she dressed the existing grapevines around the alter with Queen Anne’s Lace and Baby’s Breath. And, to tie in the pink hued florals an oversize grapevine wreath was hung over us. It had eucalyptus and peonies, exactly what I wanted. To finish off the spot we placed amazing candle-lit geometric brass and glass lanterns from Anthropologie on the steps!

Because I really wanted my husband to feel like his personality and interests were being represented at our big day, Laura and I worked together to add an edge to our otherwise feminine and romantic event! Laura painted two oversize panels of chain link fence bright gold and added pieces of the hand-died fabric in a geometric pattern. One of the panels was placed next to the bar during the cocktail hour (with a ‘Cocktails’ marquee sign) and the other we used as a photo backdrop. They were so striking in person and definitely something that is doable for any DIY bride!

In keeping with the chain link theme, gold chains were added to the bridal party florals! Each boutonniere and bouquet was wrapped with the chain. As a finishing touch we also put the chain around the dinner napkins at each place setting! Simple and cost effective!

Walking into the reception site felt incredible. Laura built a wall upholstered with fabric to hang our seating chart. It sort of felt like a wall in our living room! The seating charts were affordably printed with gold foil by Olivia Grace Paperie framed and mixed in with other ‘art’ of inspirational sayings including: Dream Big, Smile Always, and Be Happy. That same fabric was used to make runners for the specialty tables including the cake table and tables with framed family photos.

Our dessert bar was a yummy one!! We decided to create a “Bar Bar” and we served up all types of bars including charmingly wrapped mini chocolate bars (with paper from Paper Source), Lara Bars (for a healthier option), and home-made lemon bars, 7-layer bars, and brownie bars. This area also had a hand-made wall upholstered with fabric and two bar signs that lit up!

Laura wanted to tie in my business, Paper Doll Clothing Company into our event, so she made “Paper Doll” place cards for our kiddie table. The table was draped with a gorgeous bright pink sequin runner, tassel balloons, ring pops, and kiddie crafts. The littles were more than entertained and my daughter (our flower girl) felt so special.

Our wedding turned out to be the perfect reflection of who Josh and I are. My favorite memory of the day was seeing Josh’s face light up as he turned around at our first look. It truly was “the best day ever”. I am forever grateful to all our vendors that helped bring my vision to light. Especially my stylist Laura, your talent takes my breath away.

Photography: Wild Whim Photography | Videography: Shane Ruiz | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake : Sweet Art Bake Shop | Invitations: River & Bridge | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Makeup Artist : Allison Briggs | Hair Stylist: Danielle Williams | DJ: Bouquet Sound | Officiant: Jon Krist | Wedding Venue: Calamigos Ranch | 2nd Shooter: Wade Carr | Bride: Lindsay Baltimore | Bridesmaids Clutches : Vincent V Designs | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Floral & Design: Laura Giuliani Designs | Getting Ready Robes: Silk And More | Groomsmen's Shoes: Lakai Footwear | Hair Extensions: Brittney Boskovich | Mother of the Bride Necklaces: Jennifer Dahl Designs | Signage : Laura Stewart Design | Spray Tans: Glow Girls Mobile Tanning

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Tara Keely and Blush by Hayley Paige Trunk Show

With all the wedding dress options out there, I’m always drawn to that timeless combination of classic + modern, which may explain why I’m head over heels with the Fall 2015 Tara Keely + Blush by Hayley Paige collections. And lucky for you Southern California brides, they’ll be featured at the JLM Couture trunk show July 10-12, 2015! Mark your calendars m’dears!!

Held at the JLM Couture West Hollywood Flagship location, this is a trunk show you won’t want to miss. Known for their gorgeous silhouettes, amazing detailing and luxe fabrics, the dresses in the Blush by Hayley Paige + Tara Keely collections are as lovely as can be. All dresses featured are not only stunning but affordable (We’re talking under $3000!) plus all brides who purchase a gown that weekend will be given 10% off!

Head over here to find out more about the show and to book your appointment! Happy dress hunting, dears.

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