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Behind the Invitation: Watercolor Wedding Wonders

Watercolors are always a win and add in a scenic California celebration (and a ferris wheel!) and we have magic in the making! To get guests prepped and pumped, Anticipate Invitations set the scene with this folded invitation suite. With pics by Jennifer Yarbro, we’re diving into the details of this romantic romp through Cali and wishing we were one of the lucky guests to get one of these beauties in the mail!

From Anticipate InvitationsIt was nothing but pure romantic sweetness for Lauren and Evan’s small, folded wedding invitation. The smaller size and folded format of their invitation was actually a cost-reducing element since we were able to combine the map with the invitation. But smaller here simply translates to cute and works to their favor.

Wrapped in delicate, white tissue paper and tied with twine, the front of the folded card had a painted laurel wreath with Lauren and Evan’s initials. The card opened to reveal a hand illustrated watercolor map of Malibu and the Southern California coastline. One of the highlights of their venue was a vintage ferris wheel, which marked the spot on the map, along with other iconic California favorites. The open spans of the Pacific was the perfect spot for their invitation wording to land.

The back of the invitation had a blush pink pocket adhered, which held the response card, also done in watercolor, and a return envelope.

Sometimes budget restraints or other obstacles can lead to great creative solutions that turn out to be even better than Plan A. Proof that good things do come in small packages!


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Photography: Jennifer Yarbro | Invitations: Anticipate Invitations | Wedding Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Photography - Assistance: Anticipate Invitations

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A Dolce & Gabbana Ad Inspired This Real Wedding

When bride-to-be, Shirly came across a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement one day, she knew she’d just found her wedding inspiration. Featuring striking florals, rich black accessories, ghost chairs, lush greenery and brassy gold elements, it guided her fashion-forward approach to their wedding design…and the result is every modern bride’s dream. Mark and Shirley brought on an amazing vendor team with Esoteric Events, Kristina Adams, Amari Productions, Seniman Calligraphy, The Blushing Bird and La Tavola, to name a few. See it all this way!

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From the Bride… When we first started designing the look of our wedding, we struggled to unite vastly different aesthetics that we both loved. One day, I came across a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement and that became the focal point of our inspiration. We took the colors of the fashion forward florals and layered in rich black accessories and ghost chairs for a modern take, and then incorporated brassy gold elements and lush greenery and textures for some old-world romance. Thanks to our spectacular all-star vendor team, we are so happy with how everything came together!

We had only moved to Los Angeles from New York for two months before Mark proposed. So we thought it was very fitting to have our wedding in Southern California since we had many out of town family and friends traveling from Asia and the East Coast. We both wanted an outdoor celebration, and once we saw the venue with its sweeping vast views, we knew that was it. Our wedding day was truly the happiest days of our lives. It’s a remarkable feeling to be marrying your soul mate, surrounded by everyone you love. I couldn’t stop smiling all day, and no matter how hard I tried to stop it, I cried lots of happy tears!

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Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Cinematography: Amari Productions | Wedding Planning: Esoteric Events | Floral Design: Honey and Poppies | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative | Bride's Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: RoomForty | Hair & Makeup: Chiali Meng | DJ: Vox DJs | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Bridal Accessories: The Blushing Bird | Bride's Crown: Mignonne Handmade | Cake & Desserts: Mr. & Mrs. Creamery | Cocktails: Pharmacie | Day of Calligraphy: Letters To You | Invitation Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth Backdrop: Drop It MODERN | Specialty Rentals: Etablir Shop

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Romantic “I do’s” on Top of the World

With a backdrop this beautiful, it’s really hard to go wrong. But add in a gorgeous Bride and florals so pretty we just can’t keep it to ourselves (thanks to the talented Peony & Plum) and the finished results are nothing short of stunning. Kurt Boomer captured it all and lucky for us, all the images are in our Vault gallery just waiting to be dove into!

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From the Kurt BoomerMalibu Rocky Oaks is one venue that I shoot at more than all others. It is one of those perfect venues. A gorgeous villa, gorgeous light and just enough space for an intimate celebration. Catalina and Brock came from the East Coast to share their vows in this amazing setting. Beautiful couple in a gorgeous location? Its always a good thing.

Peony and Plum brought her amazing talent with thoughtful floral design. The Elegant Ninja brought it all together for a memorable wedding day.

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Photography: Kurt Boomer | Videography: White Rose Production | Event Planning: The Elegant Ninja | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Cake: Butter End Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | Catering: RoomForty | Make up: Hikari Murakami | Band: Seaside Strings | Rentals: Archive Rentals

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