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Vintage Glam Mountain Wedding

I’m sending a little shout out to all the DIY brides out there today, particularly this stunning Bride. In the midst of planning my own wedding, going the DIY route sounds appealing, but it’s a ton of work! So when I see it pulled off oh-so-beautifully in this mountain fete from Candice Benjamin, I say kudos to this lovely lady for glamming up a vintage chandelier, crafting a gilded LOVE sign, wrapping over 200 votives in lace and gold and so much more. Don’t miss the sweet film from Cloud 9 Cinematography!

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From the beautiful Bride…We were engaged November 2012, and shortly after we drove out to see a venue that I had fallen in love with online, called Serendipity Garden Weddings. It was located at the top of the San Bernardino Mountains, in Oak Glen, CA. I was nervous and excited, I was hoping it was as beautiful in person as it was in pictures. To my surprise, it was even more beautiful in person. Derrick and I loved everything about it, it felt perfect for us. We had never been to an outdoor wedding and we were a little nervous about what our family would think. We decided to bring them out to see it for themselves, and they fell in love with it too! They spent 3 full hours walking around the garden and they didn’t want to leave, we knew then that we had their blessing. The venue was booked every weekend for 2 full years, so we decided we would have our wedding on a Thursday. We were married on a beautiful sunny day on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

I wanted a vintage wedding with a classic, romantic, feel. I love details because they personalize an event. I DIY’d a large portion of our wedding, and loved every bit of the process, it allowed me to be creative again. Over the course of 8 months, I gathered ideas and began tackling each project. My first project was glamming up a vintage gold chandelier that we used as a backdrop for the ceremony. I spent 10 hours gluing crystals to it, and it was worth it. The outcome was just what I had envisioned.  It was the first of many projects and it really set the tone for the rest of the wedding.  My projects for the ceremony area included a wooden aisle sign , reserved seat signs, flower petal cones made of doilies, chalkboards made from vintage frames,  the ring bearers sign, and the flower girls basket and head piece. My brother in law surprised me by hanging crystal strands to the alter. I still remember arriving at the venue, driving up over the mountain and catching a glimpse of the chandelier and the crystals sparkling in the sunlight and swaying in the breeze, it was so beautiful.

I was inspired by a photo that Derrick and I took in front of the LOVE sign in his hometown of Philadelphia. We had lots of Derricks family and friends at the wedding and I wanted to honor his hometown. I found silver LOVE place card holders that we spray painted gold and finished off with a coat of glitter. My lovely and very creative sister Flower hand wrote each of our guests name on cardstock which we used as seating assignments. Flower also wrote our guests name on brown cardstock that we added to each of our guests wine glass using tiny clothes pins. I made a large LOVE sign out of cardboard, glitter, a vintage frame, and a chalkboard, that we placed on the outdoor fireplace. The DIY projects at the reception area also included a chalkboard menu and bar sign, bathroom signs with our baby pictures, Mod Podged ampersand sign to link our chairs together, my bridal hair piece, table numbers, and thank you cards placed in photo booth pictures sleeves. 

I love candles, I purchased over 200 votive candles and wrapped half in lace and half I painted gold. They looked beautiful surrounding the gorgeous arrangement made by our wonderful florist at Flowers Ect. I provided him with lace and he wrapped each wooden box with it. I also provided our florist with lots of globe vases filled with glitter that he added small flower arrangements to. The candles, flower boxes, and glitter globes created a gorgeous runner for our long wooden tables.

We love sweets. We added mini cupcakes to our cocktail hour, and they were a hit with our guests. I stained wooden boxes and with the help of my sister Yoli, we created tiny chalkboard signs to label each flavor. I surprised Derrick with a Grooms cake in the shape of a large pink Homer Donut. He loved it, and it was really yummy too! Cucamonga Cakery did an amazing job.

The most memorable portions of the wedding included waiting at the top of the hill right before the start of the ceremony in the horse in carriage and looking down at all our guests, seeing Derrick as I walked down the aisle, my mother daughter dance, Derrick being thrown into the air by my cousins, our first dance, and our human tunnel grand exit.

Our wedding truly felt like a fairytale. We were surrounded by so much love, it was the most beautiful day of our lives. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from family and friends and to our amazing photographer Candice for capturing these precious memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Cinematography: Cloud 9 Cinematography | Floral Design: Flowers Ect. | Wedding Dress: Pronovias Barcelona | Cupcakes: My Delight Cupcakery | Wedding Cake: Cucamonga Cakery | DJ: Matt Phipps | Grooms Attire: Friar Tux | Bridesmaid Dress: Aspeed | Ceremony + Reception: Serendipity Garden Weddings | Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux | Rentals: With Love Event Decor

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Classic Indoor Wedding with a Dash of Glam

I truly believe a sure fire way to a glamorous color palette is to stick to a tried and true black and white combo. It works each and every time. And added to that classic black and white stripe action is a dash of gold and florals by Linda Carson in the loveliest shades of pink. All together, it makes for one gorgeous affair shot by Katie Shuler Photography with a film by 618 Studios. See it all right here.

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From The Bride…I was going for soft, classy elegance. The black and white table runners and gold antique accents were Gatsby inspired. Black tie attire and my dramatic gown set the mood for the candlelit dance party later in the evening! Formal but fun!

The color palette was Gold, Black & Cream, Blush, different tones of pale pinks with a touch of mint green. The look was Romantic Classic, with tons of candle lighting.

The bride’s bouquet was pale pink peonies. The wedding party and reception area had 6 different shades and tones of pale pinks, caramel, blush, traditional and garden style roses, white with black center anemones, with a touch of dusty miller and succulents. Each guest table was unique by design, from vintage elements, to crystal bud vases, and random beautiful gold mercury glass votive candles.

A few extra touches were added to the reception area: an elegant seating area, a large antique buffet adorned the cupcakes with beautiful lamps flanking the buffet and a unique seating chart, handwritten on a large gold framed mirror with an antique chandelier leaning on the table.

Photography: Katie Shuler Photography | Videography: 618 Studios | Floral Design: Linda Carson | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cupcakes: Sweet Arlene's | Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom Bridal | DJ: Bruce Barrios | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Assistant Photography: Wade Carr | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang | Hair : Piper White | Makeup: Vanessa Perez De Mejia | Wedding Venue: Westlake Village Inn

Sunny Al Fresco Wedding in Ojai

There are wedding tents and then there are stunning masterpieces of drapery under which the prettiest al fresco weddings occur. This Ojai affair photographed by Michael Costa most certainly falls under the latter. And it comes baring floral gifts by Flowerwild and the most elegant details crafted by Jill La Fleur. Have a look at the full gallery and tell me you haven’t seen a more gorgeous tent. Am I right?

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From The Bride…My only requirement when looking for venues for our wedding was that I wanted to be able to dance under the stars. After visiting the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa I realized this was the place I pictured in my dreams. After our first site visit, our search for a wedding venue was over. We never anticipated that we would only visit one wedding site and call it a day, but that is what happened. What really captured our hearts was the beauty and tranquility of the grounds. It truly was the perfect place for our dream wedding. The wedding was on a beautiful, sunny day in October 2012. After exchanging vows under the magical canopy of a 100-year-old Oak Tree, our guests were whisked off to the herb garden where they sipped on the Inn’s signature drink, the Pink Moment, and nibbled on an assortment of appetizers. After a short hour had passed, our guests were escorted through the garden down to lawn where we met them for an unforgettable night of dinner, dancing, and cake accompanied by a sundae bar. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Everything had fallen into place perfectly. My dream had become a reality. The stars were out and our hearts were full…. what a night it was. Miller and I had known each other for quite some time before we had actually started dating. We both attended Newport Harbor High School and ran in the same group, but we never thought we would end up together. After high school, Miller left for college at the University of Colorado Boulder, and I went off to San Francisco State. Six years later, we unexpectedly reconnected at a mutual friend’s wedding in Mexico. After meeting at the beach bar on the first day, we were inseparable. That was it for us! Five years later we tied the knot and had our dreamy wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. I got to dance under the stars and marry the man of my dreams, what a lucky girl I am. Today we still live in Newport Beach. Miller is Vice President at Farmers and Merchants Bank and I am a stay at home mom with our beautiful 3-month-old daughter, Hannah. Life is good for the Akins Family!

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Michael Costa | Event Planning: Jill La Fleur Wedding Planner | Floral Design: Kate Flowerwild | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Invitations: Dauphine Press | Ceremony Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: AA Jewelry Box | Bridesmaids Dresses: Swoon | Lighting: Lewis Barker Decor Services | Groom's Shoes: Kenneth Cole | Officiant: Pastor Low Norris | Assistant Coordinator: Jenn Curti | Bride's Hair: Kristine Norris | Bride's Reception Dress: Erin Fetherston | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Dara Ettinger | Decor: Casa De Perrin | Dog's Bowtie: Silly Buddy | Groomsmen Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Hair & Make-Up: Mar Team Hair & Make-Up | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Anthony Ybarra | Music: Bobby Joyner Band | Reception Dress Belt: The White Dress | Rentals: Nicole Classic Party Rentals

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