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Ten Years Later and Love Never Looked So Good

My husband and I have been married 11 years. And life has changed so hard core over those 11 years, it’s hard to put into words. But seeing this 10 year anniversary session – photographed so incredibly beautifully by our friend, Greg Finck – I’m reminded that despite time flying at the speed of light, and everything around us changing and growing, at our very core, we are exactly the same. I love this feature, love this couple. Click here for even more.

From Photographer, Greg FinckGloria and Cory are two photographers from Orange County and they contacted me a while ago to photograph their 10-year anniversary session in California. If ever there is a need for proof that a couple can still be in love after 10 years of marriage and two kids, they are the absolute example! The love between these two is obvious and radiant, that their session was so easy to shoot!

We started the session at beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano, and I was so inspired by the Mexican heritage tucked inside, the colors of the old stones and beautiful bougainvillea. After soaking up the beauty of the Mission, we headed to Laguna Beach.

The change of scenery was lovely, as the weather completely changed and it offered us a totally different experience. Gloria and Cory played in the waves and I was able to capture that feeling of pure joy that is so much a part of their relationship. All while trying to ensure that I didn’t drop my camera in the water!

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Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Mission: Mission San Juan Capistrano

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Pretty Pastels + Beautiful Gardens Make This Wedding Pure Magic

We’re major fans of fab vendors (they make our wedding world go round) but you know what else warms our hearts? When we hear statements like this: “My husband wins the award for best co-planner of the year.” Because whether it’s your wedding day or 100 days later, your best partner should be right in front of you. These two cuties created a pretty, pastel summer wedding that’s giving us plenty of inspiration, all thanks to Ether & Smith’s pics. See them all right this way!

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Summer
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Al Fresco
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Romantic

From the Bride… When Derek and I met in college, I knew right away that he was a keeper. We dated for eight years and spent much of that time in a long distance relationship as each one of us went through medical school and residency in different locations. Eight years later, he proposed to me on the same campus where we first met. Of course after saying “yes” I immediately began planning our wedding!

With Derek being from Los Angeles and me being from the San Francisco Bay Area, we both knew we wanted to stay true to our Californian roots with an outdoor, relaxed, and intimate event filled with the people we love. I envisioned a palette of blush, soft periwinkle blue, and brilliant greens to evoke the feeling of a gorgeous midsummer night’s garden party. Maravilla Gardens was the last venue we visited, but when we saw it, I knew it was the perfect location for us to tie the knot.

Both of us being detail oriented, we wanted our wedding to perfectly reflect us as a couple. We featured local beers from Vermont, where Derek went for medical school, and San Francisco, where the two of us have countless memories. For dessert, guests enjoyed one of my favorite Chinese sweets, egg tarts. We also chose each and every song for the entire wedding.

My husband wins the award for best co-planner of the year, taking the lead on booking our DJ, photobooth, and even chairs. My girlfriend and bridesmaid worked tirelessly to help bring our vision for our invites and all of the signage to life. Derek’s groomsman personally flew in all of our macarons and cake pops from his bakery up in San Francisco.

As we were still in a long distance relationship while planning our wedding, the weeks leading up to our big day were stressful, filled with last minute things to do. But on the day of our wedding, all of our hard work paid off – we have never gotten so many compliments! My favorite moment from our wedding was listening to my husband’s vows. Standing across from him on the alter, it hit me that I was finally marrying the man I can truly call my best friend and partner in life. Afterwards, we laughed, ate cake, and danced the night away under the stars. It was the best day of my life.

For my brides-to-be, never think it’s too early to do anything! The more you do in advance, the less you have to do in the weeks leading up to the wedding when unexpected tasks come up. Book vendors that you love. I read this so many times on SMP but it’s so true! You will breathe easier knowing you can trust the people you’ve hired to carry out your vision. Don’t be overwhelmed by all the ideas floating out there. Instead, focus on your relationship and be true to yourselves and your unique aesthetic as a couple. Enjoy the whole process, especially your wedding day – it will all go by too fast.

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Photography: Ether & Smith | Coordination: Maravilla Gardens | Floral Design: City Flowers LA | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: By the bride | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Nadri | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jennie Kang | DJ: GTZ Entertainment | Ties: The Tie Bar | Officiant: Michael Beecher | Wedding Venue: Maravilla Gardens | Baked Goods: M Cakes Sweets | Photobooth: Booth Twenty Four

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A Ceremony Set in an Enchanted Forest

Lea and Michael wanted to wed in what felt like an enchanted forest, so the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden was their perfect spot. Nestled in the Redwood Grove, they shared vows amongst the ones they love and let nature serve as the ultimate decor. Sorella Muse photographed and you can see the entire day right here.

From the Bride… We weren’t sure where we would get married but knew we wanted an outdoor venue nestled amongst the trees. So when we arrived at the Redwood Grove at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, I knew we had found our place.

As you walk in it feels like you’ve entered an enchanted forest. As you continue to walk towards the ceremony site, the trees clear and you are greeted by a lovely little amphitheater hugged by redwood trees. At that moment we both knew it was perfect!

When you are a creative by profession, planning your own wedding feels like working on a masterpiece. I didn’t really have a theme for our wedding, but I knew I wanted to play off the natural beauty of the garden. I took inspiration from the redwood trees and interesting plants that grow all throughout. The rustic sticks in the table arrangements were inspired by the Redwood Grove. The guest favors were small potted succulents with wood slices engraved with our names and wedding date. Even the lace details on my dress were delicate flowers that looked more natural than feminine or girly.

I kept the color palette simple and soft using champagne and ivory to contrast with the deep green and brown tones of both the ceremony and reception sites. The bridesmaids wore champagne-colored dresses and the groomsmen wore navy. We used deep red to add small pops of color throughout.

For the reception we wanted our guests to have fun and discover a place some never knew existed. We kept the guest list to an intimate group of family and friends to share the day with, to laugh over a few funny stories and dance the night away. The next day, we were whisked away to our honeymoon, which was a perfect end to the magical day.

From the Photographer… It was such a pleasure photographing Lea and Michael’s beautiful wedding at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden! I absolutely love fall weddings, when it’s still warm enough to say “I do” outdoors but just chilly enough as the sun sets for a cozy dinner indoors.

As sweet and intimate as each part of the day felt, my favorite moment came towards the end of the evening, when the traditional bouquet toss would usually happen. Lea chose to re-interpret this bridal tradition. As a photographer who sees so many wedding celebrations, there’s nothing I love more than putting a personal spin on wedding traditions. Instead of tossing her flowers, Lea chose to gift them to her grandmother, to honor the strong marriage and enduring love that her grandparents had shown was possible and which she was inspired by, as we should all be. It was one of the sweetest things I had ever seen! Her grandparents then shared their own dance on the dance floor, and it made me remember that weddings are just the first day of a long adventure you embark upon with the one you love.

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Photography: Sorella Muse | Event Planning: Honey And Twine | Floral Design: Lyal Nickals | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Ceremony Venue: UC Berkely Botanical Gardens, Berkeley California | Reception Venue: UC Berkely Botanical Gardens, Berkeley California | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: S+S Gastropub | Hair and Makeup : Tamra Marie Artistry | DJ : Gatsby Entertainment | Groom's Attire: DKNY | Getting Ready Location: Claremont Club & Spa | Invitation : Minted