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When Two Coworkers Marry They Plan One Colorful Palm Springs Wedding

For those of you that think offices romances are a tad bit taboo, then I invite you to witness this incredible celebration. Because the love? Totally undeniable, and the celebration? Crazy chic. With the incomparable Erich McVey Photography behind the lens snapping up every detail (like this Found Vintage Rentals), we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

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From the Bride…Matt and I met 7 years ago at work. We still work together! I am from the Palm Springs area and the older I get the more I love the desert. I knew I wanted to get married in my hometown. I am originally from Bosnia, and have a ton of Bosnian family/friends in the desert. This was a great way to include everyone. I also had some family fly all the way from Bosnia to be there so it felt that much more special to us to share this day with all of our loved ones in such a beautiful place with great weather. We live in San Francisco and Matt is from the Bay Area, so it was close enough for his family/friends as well. We fell in love with the Polo Grounds and didn’t see any other venues after that.

Our wedding felt special because Matt’s birthday was the very next day and it was also Easter weekend. Spring was in the air and this is by far my favorite time of the year. The weather is perfect and the sunsets and backdrops of the desert are really majestic. I wanted to make sure that it felt like Spring (My name also means Spring) so I felt like I needed to pay tribute to the season! I wanted to make sure that this was reflected in our décor. I wanted the colors to be bright and blush pinks mixed with white and very lush greens. I love this look. The floral arrangements were everything I wanted. I also wanted to add pops of color and little orange kumquats on everyone’s place setting were perfect for this. I wanted it to be romantic but not overly feminine. Ceremony and reception were both bright and outdoors. We also included some of our own décor with hung lanterns. Adding little touches like signature cocktails and a seating area for guests just made it more personal and a reflection of our style. Both Matt and I love to eat well, and we really feel like the caterer knocked it out of the park!

We used some handmade crochet table cloths that my grandma made (Both of my grandmas passed away and we wanted it to feel like they were a part of this special day.) My aunt also brought back a ton of Rakija (a local Bosnian fruit brandy) and we used that as guest favors for everyone. The music was a blend of Bosnian traditional and pop music along with the American dance music everyone loves. Our DJ did an incredible job blending all of that! It’s not easy with such a diverse group, but we feel like the dance floor was packed the whole night. Music was really important to us. Matt is Jewish so we also had a breaking of the glass ceremony and a chuppah. What I love most about us is that we come from very different backgrounds, cultures and upbringings and I think it’s very special that we all respect one another and come together especially this day in age, when everyone seems to feel so separated from other religions and beliefs.

We just wanted the guests to have a blast and relax. Our ceremony was non-traditional and we wrote our own vows. This was the best part of the day. I still read them sometime and can’t help but feel so grateful. The whole day just felt perfect, it was filled with emotion and tears of joy. The moon came out for our last dance, I really felt like it was a real life dream.

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Photography: Erich McVey Photography | Cinematography: Black Shutter Media | Event Planning: Nicole Alexandra Designs | Floral Designer: My Little Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Michal Medina | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Rings: Rebecca Overmann | Catering: Le Vallauris | Makeup: Maja Makeup | Hair: Chelsea Nicole Makeup | DJ: DJ Chris Paul | Hotel: La Quinta Resort & Club | Venue: Empire Polo Club | Invitations + Stationery: Sloane Harmony Design | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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Al Fresco Ojai Valley Inn Wedding

Is there anything better than a Ojai Valley Inn wedding? No, no there is not. Want proof? Just look at this pretty little party from Heather Kincaid and you’ll see exactly what I mean. With a talented vendor team (like TEAM Hair + Makeup and La Tavola Linen) It’s glamorous with a modern twist and we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Nathan and I met while in college at the University of Southern California and most of our friends and family who have been such instrumental parts of our relationship over the past ten years still leave near Los Angeles. We loved the idea of having our wedding somewhere where many of our guests could stay on the same property for our wedding weekend so that we could spend as much time having fun with them as possible! We’d been coming up to Ojai with friends for years and Nathan had played in annual tennis tournaments there growing up, so the town was nostalgic for us both. It also didn’t hurt that the resort was absolutely beautiful, welcoming and a short drive from Los Angeles for most of our guests!

It was extremely important to us to have a meaningful and personal ceremony followed by an awesome dance party and reception. We chose to write personal vows and were also lucky enough to have Nathan’s uncle serve as our officiant, which made the ceremony feel incredibly intimate despite the fact that we had 240 guests. A significant number of our attendees were around our age, so great music was also key – our band was absolutely phenomenal and had people up dancing (unplanned!) during dinner. To cap off the night, we had late night snacks and a 90’s hip hop DJ for the last hour of the reception.

Although we wanted to have our reception indoors to avoid any nighttime noise restrictions, we really wanted the ballroom to incorporate many of the natural elements that make Ojai such a gorgeous place. Our florist, Camille, did an amazing job of coming up with fun ways to do this, from draping greenery from the chandeliers and bringing in large, beautiful olive trees and various shrubbery to frame the dance floor, to using lush, neutral florals with different textures in planters behind our furniture vignettes. Additionally, since we had opted for black tie attire, we wanted to combine a few traditional elements like my mom’s silver platters on our escort table and gold-rimmed glassware, with more organic components such as long wood tables, and small arrangements of fruit on the tables. And our wedding planners were 100% right that having great lighting was key to highlighting these details and completely transformed the room to give it a magical, outdoorsy feel.

The wedding planning process certainly can be a giant undertaking filled with lots of voices and opinions, and focusing on perfecting every tiny detail can be overwhelming. Our advice is to stay true to what is important to the two of you as a couple, and to put your energy into enjoying not only each other throughout the process and on the big day, but also all of your friends and family that have shown up to celebrate with you – that’s what makes a truly memorable wedding!

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Photography: Heather Kincaid | Cinematography: Red Carousel Films | Event Planning: Park & Grove | Floral Design: Camellia Floral Design | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy: Anne Jones | Lighting: Lighten Up | Band: DeBois Entertainment | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Flower Girl Dresses: Olivia Kate Couture | Invitations + Stationery: Papel Paper & Press | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Stage Drapery + Skirting: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Wedding Dress + Veil: Ines Di Santo

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Private Estate Bridal Shower Filled with Pops of Blue

If there was ever a bridal shower that could leave you breathless, this would be it. Straight from the lens of Luna de Mare, it’s fun meets fancy and we’ve got it all waiting for you to fall in love with in The Vault!

From Luna de MareSet in the landscape of this zen-like beautiful family home, was this intimate luncheon for the Bride-To-Be among her closest family and friends. Celebrating the pending nuptials in between noshing on catered delights and toasting with a little rose was the only way to enjoy this unseasonably overcast Southern California day, offering everyone the perfect excuse to lounge a little longer.

Laurel Events Los Angeles (previously HomeArt& Events) designed this blue-and-white elegant affair with multi-colored Hydrangea hues from Mark’s Garden, continuing the tones throughout all the styling elements and table scape, and the result couldn’t have been lovelier.

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Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Event Design: Laurel Events Los Angeles | Floral Design: Mark's Garden | Invitations: Paperless Post | Venue: At Home | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Town And Country | Table Top Rentals: Fancy Tables

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