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Get Your Dose of Pink Today with this Italian-Inspired Los Angeles Wedding

I don’t know about you, but I’m fully embracing the hefty doses of pink scattered about blog land today. Whether it’s bridesmaids dresses, perfect pink lips or fetes covered in bougainvillea like this one. Especially fetes like this one. It just goes to show that this happy hue can brighten any day, even when a bit of rain decides to make an appearance. Park & Grove added their beautiful touch, while Lacie Hansen documented every sweet moment and The Vault is glowing a little more today because of it.

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From Park & GroveA few days after Caitlyn and Marco got engaged in Santa Barbara, we met with her over lunch to discuss her wedding. From the very start, long before she even had a wedding date, dress or venue, she knew she wanted a wedding in Southern California, the place she and Marco call home, that looked and felt like a gorgeous celebration on the Italian coast.

We needed to find a venue, in or around Los Angeles, that could accommodate Caitlyn and Marco’s “must haves,” an outdoor ceremony and a place for their dinner reception that wasn’t a ballroom. They selected the Bel-Air Bay Club, a beautiful Spanish-style private club, in the Pacific Palisades where they especially loved the ceremony location with sweeping views of the beautiful California coastline. The dinner was held in the beautiful living room, which felt straight out of Italy, complete with a stone fireplace, arched doorways and terra cotta tiled floors. Adjacent to the dinner space, was an outdoor courtyard for cocktails and late night mingling.

Caitlyn very much shared our viewpoint that a wedding should tell one cohesive story from beginning to end. She not only wanted the venue to feel Italian inspired, but she carried the theme through in the décor, printed materials, menu, cocktails, etc. She loved the beautiful bougainvillea that grows wildly throughout Europe and wanted her florals to reflect the same vibrancy. Stella Bloom created loose, garden inspired arrangements in a palette of fuchsia, red, coral, blush and ivory. Marco and Caitlyn’s invitation suite featured beautiful watercolor artwork and whimsical calligraphy all hand done by the Romance Between. The floral illustrations were created to match the look and coloration of the floral, they even painted Caitlyn & Marco’s exact floral covered ceremony structure with Stella Bloom’s guidance, and then we brought pale blue accents to represent the ocean and gold addressing for added formality.

The wedding day brought some unexpected showers to sunny Southern California. The cocktail reception was moved inside but Caitlyn and Marco wouldn’t let a little rain prevent them from having the outdoor ceremony that had been so important to them from the very start. They felt strongly that they didn’t want to bring in a structure or tent to block the sweeping coastal views, but wanted their guests to stay dry for the short ceremony, so we purchased dozens of clear plastic umbrellas to keep everyone dry. The weather wasn’t in the plan, but it created one of the most magical and romantic ceremonies we’ve ever seen. The second it was over, guests headed back into the clubhouse for cocktails and dinner and luckily enough, the skies cleared at the end of dinner and the event ended with lots and lots of dancing and late night flatbread and sweets were served in the courtyard, for guests to enjoy al fresco under the stars.

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Photography: Lacie Hansen | Videography: Couture Motion Pictures | Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs | Cake: Susie Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Bel-Air Bay Club | Reception Venue: Bel-Air Bay Club | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Bel-Air Bay Club | Hair and Makeup: Nicol Artistry | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Brides Custom Veil: A Stitch In Time | Brides dress: Reem Acra | Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Fife Dreams | Charger Rental: Classic Party Rents; | Classic Car Rental: Classy Chassis Rentals | Dinner Reception music: David Sparkman Band | Event Production & Design: Park & Grove | Furniture: Pretty Vintage Table | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper Design, Custom Illustration & Calligraphy: The Romance Between | Photo Booth: Alissa Noelle Photography | Rentals: Imperial Party Rentals

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Romantic California Wedding Filled With Laughter + Happy Tears

Someone recently asked me if I would have done anything different on my wedding day. The only thing? I would have hired a cinematographer. I love, love, love my wedding photos, don’t get me wrong—but there’s something so wonderful about having the laughter and happy tears in motion too, and this film from Reel Eyes Media hits it home. High School sweethearts surround by their friends and family (and bridal party of 16!)—what more could you ask for?

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From the Bride… Robbie and I went to the same high school in Fresno and had a few classes together. We engaged in playful banter, but outside of math class, we didn’t really hang out. Robbie was a year older (and cooler) and graduated before I did. We didn’t see each other for 12 years.

We “remet” in 2012 at a mutual friend’s party in San Francisco. We happened to both be with dates, but we basically just fell in love with each other and ended up leaving together! We had a long distance relationship for a year and half, before Robbie made the big move out of his hometown that he’d never left so we could be together.

Robbie and I fell for each other because of our adventurous personalities and zest for life, we think we’re a team of explorers. Holly Farm is beautifully overgrown with a jungle/garden feel with many nooks to get lost and wander in. It’s truly a magical experience. You step into another world. We chose Carmel as a location because that was our first weekend away and where Robbie first said I love you to me (we’d been dating three weeks!).

We’re both amazed by space exploration so we used table names such as “Rocket Man” and “Cosmic Rays”. We had a draw your own constellation chart as a “guest book”, a telescope, and globe. We used antique candelabras to go along the long tables with long garlands for a midnight summer’s dream feel.

On the bar we had a sign that read “What’s Your Spirit Animal?” to inspire conversation. And an Alice and Wonderland Quote on display that read “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” Colors were all over the place actually. Just all bright and uplifting (mainly blues, greens and yellows), which is what we were going for. The ceremony musicians played the theme song from Pride and Prejudice when I walked down the aisle. Overall, we were going for wild and beautiful!

We had our closest friends from childhood, high school, college and beyond. I had a bridal party of 10 with my little sister as my maid of honor. Robbie had six groomsmen with his little brother as the best man. They both gave hilarious killer speeches! My grandfather and I danced together, one of my favorite moments. Everyone had blast, drank and ate a lot, (the churro bar was out of this world!)

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Photography: Michelle Warren Photography | Videography: Reel Eyes Media | Coordination: Swoon California | Florist: Laughing Gal Floral | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cake: Layers Sensational Cakes | Catering: La Creme | Hair and Makeup: Julissa Garcia & The Refinery | DJ: DJ Antonio | Grooms Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Brian Lyke | Wedding Venue: Holly Farm | Hair/Makeup: Kim Larson | Paper Products : Lucky To Be In Love | Wedding Veil: Untamed Petals

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Getting Married Al Fresco Never Looked So Pretty

Oh, Sonoma, you get me every time. You know just how to make those winery weddings shine in the prettiest of sunlight, and today’s fete from Milou and Olin is absolutely no exception. Every moment of this day was graced with a sun-soaked, vineyard backdrop like this. Wedding dreams? I’d say so. See more in The Vault!

From Lucinda, the Bride… Lucky and I met at work, and were together for more than seven years when Lucky decided to get down on one knee. Our engagement was very romantic and every girl’s dream (will…at least mine). Lucky surprised me with a trip to Cabo (I thought we were going to Phoenix, AZ for work and we were literally in the Phoenix airport when Lucky gave me my plane ticket to Cabo and off we went). During our first night in Cabo he proposed to me during a private beach dinner.

Being from Colorado, we love being outside and really embrace the beauty of scenery. On top of embracing nature, we also share a passion of wine, so when it came to choosing a place to get married, it was very clear that wine country in California was perfect for us. Being out of state, I knew I couldn’t pull the wedding of our dreams off alone, so I found our wedding planner Lindsey Nickel, at Lovely Day Events. I would highly recommend future brides that are planning a destination wedding to use a wedding planner, we have never regretted that decision. I don’t know what we would have did without her. Lindsey did an amazing job and we couldn’t have put together the wedding we had without all her help, suggestions, and mastermind. She kept things stress free for us and literally took care of everything (she was the first person at the venue on the wedding day and the last one to leave). By having a wedding planner, our guests (and us) were really able to let loose and have a great time. We are still getting compliments from our guests on how this was the most beautiful and best wedding they have been too and the most fun they have ever had at a wedding, which is awesome!

During the wedding process, our goal and inspiration was for the wedding to be elegant, romantic, fairytaleish, and as much fun as only one could dream. During the planning process, I think if future brides pick the couple items that matter the most and focus on those. There are a lot of things to do during the planning process and things will not go as planned and letting things go and having someone help is key. With having a wedding planner, I knew I was staying on track and that things were being taking care of (during the planning process and the day of the wedding).

One area that was important to us was the venue, we knew the venue would set the vibe for the wedding. When we toured Gundlach Bundschu Winery there was an instant connection for us and we feel in love and felt at home. Not only was everyone there so hospitability (and they are every time we go!) it is a family owned, which is something else we were looking for (we didn’t want to me a number). The area where they host weddings is secluded and breathtaking surrounded by the vineyard and wine cave. It was perfect and exactly what we were looking for.

The actual wedding day, not going to lie, was the longest day. The time until the ceremony took forever – even the ceremony took forever. During the day, I was extremely nervous. Not because I was getting married but because I don’t like being the center of attention, and having everyone looking at me made me anxious. In order to help that, I was told to find Lucky and not look away, which I did and it took some of the pressure away… I felt like it was just Lucky and me. As slow as the day and ceremony took, the reception went lightning fast! Definitely try to take a deep breath and really embrace the moment, it is an awesome feeling being surrounded by people who love and care about you.

Since we had a destination wedding, we were hoping our guests would use this as a long weekend getaway, which people did. We had around 40 people travel to our wedding. People starting arriving on Thursday (the wedding was on a Friday) and the last group left Sunday evening. We loved this as it gave us more time with our guest and it took the pressure off at the actual wedding. We didn’t feel the urgency to make rounds because most of the people we had spent time with before the wedding or we would spend time with them after the wedding. This means our special day really lasted four days as we had events each day (wine tours, tastings, brunch, etc.), which is different than a traditional wedding near your home where everyone shows up for four to six hours and then it is done. Happy wedding planning, and enjoy every moment of it, it’ll go super fast!

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Photography: Milou + Olin Photography | Event Design: Lovely Day Events | Event Planning: Lovely Day Events | Floral Design: Wine Country Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Invitations: Sweet Zion Paperie | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Officiant: Weddings of Heart | Transportation: Woody's Wine Tours | Wedding Venue: Gundlach Bundschu Winery | Hair and Make-Up: Bella Bridal Napa Valley | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

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