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Modern + Masculine Summer Wedding at Barndiva

I fell more and more in love with this wedding – and this couple – with every photo I went through. From their adorable pups at the ceremony (escorted by their best men no less) to the dapper suits and macaroon cake at the reception, this California celebration captured by heart. Abi Q didn’t miss a second of this stylish soiree planned by Going Lovely, and you can see the whole fantastic day right here.

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Summer
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Farm
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Rustic

From Going Lovely… When Rich and Kiko first reached out to us and gave us a glimpse into their style along with the lowdown on their love story, we knew their big day was going to be epic. Then we met them in person and the love and energy between them was so evident as they finished each other’s sentences and were just oh so fun. Oh, and they had an impeccable sense of style in addition to being downright darling. They had already booked the modern and playful Barndiva for their big day and wanted our help organizing a festive and fun 4th of July weekend for all of their closest friends and family. They kicked off the weekend with a welcome dinner at the Hotel Healdsburg complete with a traditional Filipino pig roast, custom cocktails, lawn games and fireworks with all of their family and friends (including their sweet dogs Lucy and RJ).

We enlisted the oh so talented Abi Q Photography to capture their big day and she did so without a hitch. The theme was masculine and modern, and we used Succulence to incorporate their love of succulents throughout the decor.

Their ceremony was incredibly intimate and heartfelt. They were each walked down the aisle by their parents and even included their sweet Yorkies as well that were carried by their best men. As a homage to Kiko’s Filipino culture, the two wore the Barong Tagalog – the formal and traditional attire made from pineapple fibers. They both wrote their own vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd!

Following the ceremony, they changed into incredibly stylish suits and were as handsome as can be. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the modern art gallery sipping on custom cocktails while taking Polaroids for the grooms to keep as an alternative wedding guest book.

We incorporated a masculine vintage lounge from One True Love Rentals- complete with a leather chesterfield sofa, which was well utilized throughout the night.

Dinner took place outdoors in an intimate garden setting under a canopy of string lights. To keep with the rustic and masculine theme, we incorporated lots of leafy greens amongst the succulent centerpieces, copper accents, amber medicine bottle bud vases and rustic antlers along with custom menus and navy linens. The ‘head’ table was in the center of the action on a large rustic farm table that we filled with extra large copper candle lanterns, which added the perfect amount of romantic and rustic lighting.

The fun continued throughout the night with a macaron tower ‘cake’, lots and lots of dancing, a photobooth and a late night delivery of In-n-Out burgers! It was an amazing weekend filled with lots of love, laughter and a great time had by all.

Photography: Abi Q Photography | DJ: John Piazza | Grooms Attire: Ted Baker | Grooms Shoes: Magnanni | Catering And Mini Desserts: Barndiva | Ceremony & Reception: Barndiva | Event Planning & Design: Going Lovely | Florals: Succulence | Getting Ready: Healdsburg Modern Cottages | Linens: Classic Party Rentals | Macaron Tower: Tout Sweet | Paper Goods: Hen & Co. | Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Wood Ceremony Pedestal Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals

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Elegant LA Winter Wedding

This couple should teach a course on wedding planning. Not only did they prioritize what was important to them, but the final result perfectly reflects their authenticity. From learning InDesign to create their invites, to acting as the MC’s for the reception, they’re pros. Steve Steinhardt captured all the action and I not only feel inspired, but also incredibly motivated, to dive into my own wedding planning ahead.

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Winter
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Club
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Elegant

From The Bride… I found my talented photographer on Style Me Pretty so I’m very honored to share these images! I’d like to start off by thanking SMP for having Steve in their Little Black Book so that I could find someone who can work amazingly under various different lighting conditions with both digital and film. When I first saw his work, I had told him that his work looks like carefully thought-out illustrations and I still think that’s the best way I could describe his artistry.

I love all things antique and traditional, so my vision for my wedding was a very elegant sit-down dinner type of occasion in a very lavishly historic location. When I found The California Club I thought it was perfect – not only is the venue beautiful but the service is impeccable, their food is perfect, and the air conditioning (the air conditioning was really important to me) is heavy. I instantly fell in love with club’s decor from the early 1900s, which was all in pristine condition and how the entire building carried the vibe of old Los Angeles (the city were I grew up, met my husband, and fell in love). I chose the traditional white and green color palette for my florals, but with a very wild texture to contrast against the prim and almost majestic quality that the venue carries with all that dark wood and burgundy curtains.

I invested the most on food, florals, lighting, photography, and music, because my husband and I thought these things were the most important to us. For everything else, we tried to use our creativity to be more economical. I did all of the stationery myself by learning how to use InDesign on Skillshare.com and by finding Johnny at Printing World to print them beautifully. I asked him to print our seating chart and we framed it ourselves – I think it turned out quite nicely. Not bad for a DIY newbie, right?

We also decided to not have a dance floor (which saved us a ton on MC’s, DJ’s, dance floors) and opted to a multi-course dinner with the most amazing jazz music performed by our band. Adam Bravo, our jazz pianist, actually went to high school with me and had signed a contract on the back of my calculus notebook during our senior year that he would one day perform at my wedding. It was touching to have him be there almost 10 years later and perform at my wedding after so long.

To make the wedding much more personal and intimate, our bridal party, my husband and I decided to do most of the MCing ourselves. We wanted to do this so that we would be communicating with our guests constantly throughout the night. It was great and our guests loved it. It also helped that we were all very comfortable with public speaking.

Last but not least, everything went very smoothly with the help of Joyce from Joyce Kim Weddings. I have never met someone in my life who was so organized, detailed, sweet, and an absolute people-person. I really do not think my wedding would’ve been so amazing without her. Jeff and I can’t thank her enough for all of her hard work in keeping us sane so that we could enjoy our own wedding. With her help, I actually managed to finish all of my courses and the dessert AND the cake. If that’s not ease, I don’t know what is.

Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography | Coordination: Joyce Kim Weddings | Floral Design: Designer Dana | Wedding Dress: Ellis Bridals | Cake: Cake House | Stationery: DIY | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Sorella Vita | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | Band: Adam Bravo Music | Ballroom: The California Club | Make Up And Hair: Kelly Yi Make Up

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Elegant Fall San Ysidro Wedding

San Ysidro Ranch will forever be on my favorite venues list and when you combine that magical setting with the creative vision of LVL Weddings & Events the wedding that follows is straight from the storybooks. Intimate, elegant and sprinkled with all-white florals from Sweet Marie Designs, it’s a proof that a quiet Monday affair can be anything but ordinary.

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Fall
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Ranch
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Rustic

From The Bride…It was not love at first sight! Our falling in love was nothing like a fairytale. My world, before I met Michael, was already completed, secure and certain. I did not see him as the missing pieces to my universe, but against all the odds he made a place for himself by expanding my world into a warmer and brighter place. Now, I cannot imagine my life without him. I’m thankful that I’m married to my best friend.

From The Groom…Joob was profoundly intriguing to me, she represented an understanding of the world that I could have never comprehended. Her attention to detail and focused approach to life was the perfect balance to my unbridled ambition and excitement. She is a concise, no-nonsense type of person who is unabashedly honest and unapologetically sagacious. I love that about her! Her genius is what hooked me and I’m more than happy to give up half my stuff and the whole of my heart to spend the rest of my life with her.

From The Bride…It took us quite sometime to decide that we were going to have a wedding (we liked the idea of running to Las Vegas and getting married there). After we made the decision that we were going to have a wedding, we had to decide where. My parents live in Thailand and they said they could be here by September. That left us 5 months to plan everything. I looked for a venue that fit my idea of my wedding for almost a week and found San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. I suddenly fell in love with this place. We called them immediately to make sure they had our desired date available. All the weekends were all taken, but we were lucky because all of our guests had flexible work/life schedule, so we ended up with a Monday wedding. I always wanted a small intimate wedding.

We wanted the day to be about our friends and family gathering, and not so centered on the actual wedding. It is a rarity to be able to have all our love ones gathered in the same place at the same time to celebrate our life’s important moments with us. My parents and best friend flew across the globe to be there. We had one long dinner table and it reminded me of a secret garden wedding. We had a harpist playing during the ceremony and dinner reception. The sound of the harp encompasses what it feels like to be in love! I am in love with the white, simple, classic look of a traditional wedding and that is what sums up the style of our wedding. I do not think it could be any better than this. Our wedding was memorable and beautiful. We really had the time of our life. Lastly, we cannot be thankful enough for our fantastic vendors making all this happen.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Brides Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Brides Dress: Rosa Clara | Grooms Tux: J. Crew | Venue: San Ysidro Ranch

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