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Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue with L’Relyea Events + A Promotion!

Loves, meet L’Relyea Events, the talented team of venue scouting specialists that are about to take your wedding to a whole new level of amazing.  Think an entire day of venue tours, lunch and wine tasting, all guided by a planning professional that knows everything there is to know about finding the perfect locale for you and your sweetie.  Day of your dreams in one, two, three?  Yes, please.

If you’re anything like me (and I know you are), you’ve been planning your wedding day since before you were even engaged.  So finding the perfect venue to host all of the happiness?  Sooo important. That’s where L’Relyea Events comes in.  They’ll spend an entire day getting to know you and yours + your wedding vision, so that they can find a locale that best suits everything you’re looking for.  From fabulous wineries to drop-dead gorgeous ballrooms to private estates that are as romantic as they are stunning, they’ll narrow down the field to just a handful that will work well with your style AND price point.  They’ll even follow up with detailed info on each venue you visit, with helpful notes and suggestions.  It’s awesome.

So what are you waiting for, m’dears?  Contact L’Relyea Events today to book your venue scouting experience.  You’ll love their never-ending attention to detail and their ability to paint the picture of how your wedding weekend/day will go.  And don’t forget to ask them about their planning services for a day that is pure perfection… and then some.

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For their 2015 brides, L’Relyea Events is offering 50% off the Venue Scouting Package with the purchase of their “Un” Planning Service Package! And if you are recently engaged and looking to get hitched in 2016, L’Relyea Events has something for you, too! With the purchase of their “Un” Planning Service Package, they would like to offer you 25% off your Venue Scouting Package!

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Malibu Beach Post Wedding Shoot

No m’dears this is not a staged shoot, this is an actual couple, still beaming from that post-wedding bliss. Full of love and laughter, they skipped along El Matador State Beach in Malibu while Betsi Ewing snapped away, capturing every sweet, romantic, silly moment, so while their wedding may have come and gone, these memories will be around forever.

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From the beautiful Bride… Shota and I met years ago in high school in Houston, TX and have been together since. Many of those years were spent together at heart, as I went away to college for several years in Tokyo. After 11 years together Shota popped the question! We decided to have our wedding in Tokyo where most of our family now live but still wanted to take wedding photos by the beach in Malibu, just north of where we live. A beach wedding would have been lovely, but that can be difficult to pull off in Tokyo!

I brought my Reem Acra dress to LA when I moved here right after our Japanese wedding. I fell in love with it and wanted to wear it more than just once! A post-wedding photo shoot was a great excuse to put it back on. We wanted the photos to look natural and whimsical and Betsi did an amazing job with that wish. We were lucky to have such a wonderful photographer who was both friendly and professional at the same time. Our family and friends loved the photos and it was such a great way to celebrate and remember our life and love here in California where we currently call home.

Photography: Betsi Ewing Photography | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair: Patti At Lorraine Colour Bar | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Flower Crown: Dearest Delight | Location: El Matador State Beach In Malibu, CA

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Romantic + Ethereal Wedding Inspiration

Meadowsweet Events, can you please come recreate this stunning style, colors, textures, and all for my apartment? I want to surround myself with this scene, breathe in Plenty of Petals romantic creations, and dive into each and every one of Carmen Santorelli’s photos and never ever leave. See every inch of this breathtaking beauty right this way, and I dare you to not get weak at the knees.

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From Carmen SantorelliWe created this beautiful editorial as a color story, and we incorporated pale greys, creams and neutrals into the table design, while trying to keep the color palette consistent by choosing the best venue/backdrop as well. The gorgeous tabletop added lots of texture, and we incorporated beautiful vintage silverware and glassware sourced from quaint antique stores throughout Southern California. We chose to use the lovely twin sisters models as a play on mirrored images.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Cake: Sweet Lydia's Of San Diego | Venue: Hamilton Oaks Winery | Bridal Boutique: Elle Bridal Boutique | Event Planning + Design: Meadowsweet Events | Furniture Rentals: Hire Elegance | Hair + Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Linens: La Tavola | Paper + Calligraphy: Type & Title | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon And Co. | Tabletop Rentals: Gardenology

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Vintage + Whimsical Los Angeles Wedding

I honestly can’t decide what I like most about this glamorous wedding. From the sweet, white Papel Picado signs and whimsical moon photo backdrop to the Bride’s dreamy Karen Willis Holmes feather capelet and the wild, romantic flowers in vases sent over from India, this wedding, photographed by Gather West Photography, is what dreams are made of. Admire all the gorgeous details right this way!

From The Bride…We let the season dictate a lot of the colors we chose. We opted for deep wintery reds and shades of blue running the spectrum from icy blue to dark navy. Our beautiful reception venue was built in 1871 and we felt it really didn’t need much alteration. With most of the walls taken up by those gorgeous windows, and with the building itself located in the city’s oldest district, we wanted to have that feel coming in all around us. We opted for fairly minimal décor and what we did add in had a vintage feel running throughout. The copper and brass vases for our centerpieces were brought in by our florist, who had her aunt ship them over from India. We only provided her with a rough concept of what we wanted—wild, untamed, winter flowers. What she gave us exceeded our expectations! We also wanted to honor the strong tradition of long-lasting marriages in our families, particularly our parents and grandparents. The large picture frame over our gift table had photos of family weddings going back three generations.

Photography: Gather West Photography | Floral Design: Blue Box Flowers | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes | Cake: Alcove Cafe & Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Old Plaza Church | Reception Venue: El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument | Catering: Gaby's Mediterranean | Makeup: Zoa Lopez

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Romantic Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

Here at SMP, Boho is the new it girl. She is effortless, elegant, laid back and yet entirely timeless. Wispy gowns and floral headpieces complete her style and there is an innate ode to all things organic. And this inspirational shoot – crafted and photographed by This Girl Nicole Photography with a film from Anna Lord Studio – captures the boho bride to utter perfection. More here in the gallery!

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From This Girl Nicole PhotographyThis styled shoot was inspired by this real life bride and her custom-made gown by Miss Tashina. Pulling elements from the dress, the shoot encompasses the ethereal, bohemian, and delicate styles. I wanted to photograph the bride in an area that would compliment these elements, and not overpower the softness of the overall shoot; thus, leading me to a neutral color palette of a golden field, which also brought in a nice texture from the grass and oak tree.

The pops of color bring in some playfulness without it screaming a typical bohemian color palette and enhances the simplicity of the dress and environment. I would imagine this styled shoot would appeal to many brides and not just a boho-chic bride because of the diverse color palette. The one piece that really brought this shoot together were the florals; the “wildness” of the bouquet works beautifully with the setting and because the dress is so simple, the bouquet could be a little “louder.” Brides with bouquets like this do not need an extravagant dress or lots of jewelry, it becomes its own accessory and makes for stunning images.

The headpiece plays the same roll, it becomes another accessory and compliments the bouquet nicely and also brings some pretty color around the brides face.

Photography: This Girl Nicole Photography | Videography: Anna Lord Studio | Floral Design: Milieu Florals By Hannah Koo | Wedding Dress : Miss Tashina | Stationery: Blake Design | Hair & Makeup: Designed Elegance By Emily Barton | Desserts: Le Mignon Macaron | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

IQ Videography

I’ll admit it — I’ve been married almost four years, and I still watch my wedding film all the time. So you can imagine my excitement that I get to introduce you all to the incredibly talented and award winning IQ Videography.

Based in San Francisco, IQ Videography specializes in an artistic, modern style that beautifully captures all the details of your wedding day. Their unobtrusive approach allows for a more intimate filming of your big day and their top-notch HD technology and editing techniques create a finished product that is something you’ll watch on repeat for years to come. IQ Videography also uses combinations of 8mm film and video — swoon! The combination of nostalgic + crisp footage is so unique and seriously special.

Capturing all of the most special and emotional moments from your big day, from gift exchanges to hand-written emotional vows, IQ Videography crafts wedding films that are as visually stunning. For more information and to book them for your big day, head over here.

Ceremony Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Reception Venue: Annadel Estate Winery

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