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Monterey Plaza Wedding Film from Hit Maker Films

California beauties, we’ve got a little treat for y’all today. Not one, but three fabulous films from Hit Maker Films will be gracing our pages today and we couldn’t be more excited. Up first is a seaside soiree with the sweetest vows that have us grinning from ear to ear! By the end, we think you’ll be grinning too.


From Hit Maker FilmsWe loaded up the car and headed back to Monterey for Young and Stas wedding. Their sea side wedding was held at the beautiful Monterey Plaza. The ocean view during their ceremony was simply amazing. Young and Stas have known each other for 13 years, talk about a jumping the gun. Stas proposed to Young in Russian Hill on his way to a charity dinner. He decided to propose at the top of Russian Hill in a small park that Young and Stas used to walk through quite often. Young soon found out there was no Charity Dinner when Stas romantically Proposed. Young and Stas wedding day was filled with love and laughter, were truly lucky to have couples like them and honored to be entrusted to film their big day! We hope you enjoy.

Photography: Gillett Photography | Cinematography: Hit Maker Films | Wedding Venue: Monterey Plaza Hotel

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Monterey Wedding at Pasadera Country Club from Onelove Photography

So… here’s the deal.  I am obsessed with this wedding.  Like steal every last detail, pin every last image, live inside its beauty forever obsessed.  And I just thought you should know.  Because when I go this crazy over a wedding (and it’s crazy), I tend to loose all ability to speak.  Which means you’ll have to forgive my bumbling, mumbling, school girl crushery as I tell you that you’re going to love the beautiful florals from Fleurs Du Soleil, the beyond awesome Mr. and Mrs. and the devastatingly gorgeous images captured by Onelove Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Our wedding day was incredible! Where to begin?! We wanted to make sure our family and friends had a good time. What better way to do that than with an open bar? Kidding -sort of…  Our ceremony lasted a whopping 15 minutes – it was short and simple and full of jokes (kind of like us). I think most people would find our wedding ceremony a little unconventional: Mike had six groomsmen and one groomswoman, I had four bridesmaids; our dog (the polar bear looking thing) walked down the aisle; I walked down the aisle to a Final Fantasy X-2 song, we walked back to Eye of the Tiger and struck a pose mid-way down the aisle. We just had fun! Cocktail hour consisted of everyone fending for the beef sliders, sitting around the fireplaces, enjoying drinks, and putting on the green. (Putters and golf balls provided by the country club – how cool is that?!)

During the reception, we had a small area where we put together our favorite local snacks from the Sacramento and Davis area: Fat Face Popsicles, Mahoroba pastries, and Gold Rush Kettle Corn from the farmer’s market. Our favors were party sunglasses, which ran out before the reception even started! Needless to say, they were a hit! We had them custom made with a Libra sign on the side. (Mike and I are both Libras – in fact, we have the same birthday!)

There were so many funny moments throughout the day. Mike and I decided to do a first look. I was told to walk slowly towards him and tap his shoulder. But I heard one of my bridesmaids yell “tackle him!” So I did. I’m sure Mike will never forget that moment!

Later that night, my father-in-law and his brother decided to have a little fun of their own by pushing the popsicle cart around the tables during dinner and ringing the bell. “What flavor do you want?” Everyone loved it!

The best part was how easy going the entire day was. No muss, no fuss, just good food, good fun, and good company!

Keana and Jasmine! Thank you so much for being wonderful and for putting up with my awkwardness in front of the camera! Thanks for capturing our wedding so flawlessly! You two are fantastic. Best photographers hands down! 

Wedding Photography: Onelove Photography / Wedding Location: Pasadera Country Club in Monterey, California / Floral Design: Fleurs Du Soleil / Wedding Cake: Gayle’s Bakery / Favors: Fat Face Popsicles / Lighting: DIY by the Bride / Calligraphy: Rachel Carl / DJ: Matt Cohen / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via La Soie Bridal / Shoe Designer: Bettye Muller via BHLDN / Jewelry: Godmother’s + Anthropologie / Rings: Lisa Sherman + Lou Skoby ( / Bridesmaids’ Attire: Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique / Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang via Men’s Wearhouse / Hair + Makeup: Kristina Fong from Nathan Michaels Salon

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Monterey Wedding from Leah McEachern Photography

If ever there was a perfectly eclectic, perfectly vintage wedding, this my friends, is it. Photographed to perfection by Leah McEachern Photography, this wedding proves that you can meld tradition with fun. Casualness with a little sparkle. Even beach chic with elegance. Yup, it’s all right here and we can’t help how much we’re in love with it all. From the bride’s gold heirloom bracelet to the adorable DIY vow books. See even more right here.

Watch along with us as we drool over this fab film by Nebulous Dream Productions:


From the Bride… My husband and I wanted our wedding to be an expression of our personalities and unique relationship with each other. Michael and I both grew up on different beaches on the west coast (him on Vashon Island, Washington and me near Santa Cruz, California). After we graduated, we spent two years living right next to the beach in Miami, Florida while I did an Americorps program called Teach For America. In fact, right after we graduated college, Michael proposed to me on a beach in Cancun, Mexico. Because of our joint love for beach culture, we wanted to incorporate it into our wedding. This was why we chose to have our wedding at the beautiful Memory Garden in Monterey, California. Because we have lived in so many different places, the majority of our guests traveled from all over the country to attend our wedding. We wanted to give them a true Monterey experience, and Memory Garden was just the spot to do so. The venue was a breathtaking garden that was attached to a museum of Monterey/California history. The museum was opened to our guests during cocktail hour so that they could roam through and learn a little more about the area. Each table was also provided with local Monterey salt-water taffy. Our wedding was a vintage, eclectic wedding that was casual but detail-oriented. The wedding was made up of pale shades of cream and deep purples, with hints dark brown. Our flowers consisted of succulents, cream and deep purple flowers, as well as dried wheat. The bridesmaids chose their own dresses and the groomsmen all wore suspenders and Sperrys. Almost our entire wedding was hand-made and at a low cost. We spent two years scrounging through thrift stores and estate sales to find vintage items, lace, doors, and old furniture for the decorations. My grandmother passed away a year before my wedding, so I wanted to make her a part of it as much as I could. I attached her brooches to my bouquet and used some of her collectables as part of the centerpieces. My father gave me one of her favorite pearl rings to wear. I also wore my mother’s antique, gold bracelet from Portugal that was passed down to her from my grandmother on my mother’s wedding day. It was important for us to include touches of tradition and meaning like these. Our guests had three choices of favors—their own potted succulent, fair-trade tea, or candles that we made out of teacups. The guests were able to take pictures in our hand-made photo-booth, play corn hole, mix their own bag of popcorn from our popcorn booth, write on our quilt, which served as our guest book, or cater to their sweet tooth at our dessert bar. Our wedding was a perfect day, filled with so much fun and laughter. I have never seen a dance floor so packed with people! Even the servers and videographers got a chance to join in on the party. My favorite part was the simple fact that Michael and I were able to share our special day with all of our friends and family—it was one day when all the people we love were together in one place!

Wedding Photography: Leah McEachern Photography / Wedding Venue: Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California / Floral Design: DIY / Wedding Cinematography: Nebulous Dream Productions / Hair: Inga Cox / Wedding Dress: J.Crew / Makeup: Laura Anzalone of Glo Makeup