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Mission Viejo Wedding Full of Classic Romance

When a Reem Acra wedding dress as gorg as this one serves as the inspired jumping off point for an entire soiree, it’s bound to be as stunning as this one. Filled to the brim with classic romance, including absurdly pretty blooms from Little Hill Floral Designs and sweet DIYs done up by the Bride and Groom, Honey Honey Photography sits behind every piece of lovely in the gallery.

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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride…Derek and I started dating in high school and have been inseparable ever since. Naturally, I started browsing for wedding inspiration years before getting engaged. When it finally came time to plan our own wedding eleven years later, there were so many different details I wanted to incorporate but nothing seemed to flow. Once I picked out my wedding dress, which was the very first wedding dress I tried on, everything started coming together. My wedding gown inspired the romantic and classic feel of our wedding, while our outdoor venue added a rustic touch. The hand sewn lace on my wedding dress inspired my bridesmaids’ bouquets of soft astilbes. My dress had touches of silver beading, so I made sure to incorporate silver and gray to our wedding palette and softened it with blush colors. To highlight our outdoor summer wedding, I included sunset colored garden roses for added pops of color. I love weddings with details and personalization, so I immediately took on multiple DIY wedding projects. I spent the most time on our wedding invitations, designing different versions to set the mood for our romantic outdoor wedding. After deciding on the final design and purchasing our tools, Derek and I lovingly hand letterpressed each set of invitations. Touches of lace and ribbon and a metallic leaf-patterned envelope liner tied it all together. My other DIY projects included monogram moss letters to hang outside the garden gates, thank you cards for each place setting, a framed chalkboard seating chart, and dinner and signature drinks menus. With the help of my bridesmaids, I put together over a hundred program fans and labels for our mini wine bottle favors. Seeing everything come together on our wedding day made it all worthwhile. Our handwritten personalized vows, the wine box ceremony, our self-choreographed first dance and the DIY projects added personal touches and made our wedding day so much more special. When Derek and I finally got a chance to sit down at our sweetheart table, we took a moment to soak it all in. It was so much more than we had envisioned. The venue was gorgeous with rolling hills and lush trees, the bistro lighting added to the ambience, and the flowers were soft and dreamy. Most importantly, our closest family and friends were enjoying themselves and sharing with us one of the most important days of our lives. We cannot thank all of our vendors enough for helping us make our special day a successful one.

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Videography: Everly Films | Floral Design: Little Hill Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Porto’s Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Lighting: De-Lighted! | DJ: Platinum Peaks | Officiant: Rev. Tom Mosley | Harpist: Tomoko Sato | Groom's Tuxedo: J.Crew | Hair/Makeup Arist: Denise Castro Of Kelly Zhang | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booths | Venue: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club | Wedding Planning/Design: Bride

Badgley Mischka and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Honey Honey Photography is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Romantic Outdoor Affair in a Sea of Pastel

Fold a soft color palette into an already gorgeous backdrop and it never fails to evoke all out romance. Delbarr Moradi Photography also helps. Her images are the kind we want to hang on our walls and pin feverishly to our wedding boards. We first met this duo here and now their story is coming full circle. With styling by Amanda O’Shannessy Creative, florals by Huckleberry Karen Designs, and a gorgeous dessert spread by Dolce Cakes, this gallery is sure to be one of your faves.

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From Amanda O CreativeWhen I initially met with Naomi and Vic to discuss their vision for their wedding they told me the story of how they ended up dating. They were in college and had been friends for a while but secretly they both had feelings for each other. One night they both had a dream that they kissed! Eventually they told each other about these dreams and of course – started dating soon after! Their dreams, which brought them together, played such an important part of their love story that we knew we had to incorporate them into their wedding design in some way. To help create a romantic, dream-like setting we decided on lots of soft, sunset inspired colors with washes of watercolor to give the design an ethereal vibe. Romantic florals and flowing chiffon framed Naomi and Vic as they exchanged vows overlooking the golden hills of Northern California. Guests found their way to their seats by picking up escort cards which were calligraphed by Naomi’s talented bridesmaid. Pieces of sea glass, which brought in a beautiful mint color, served as weights for each card and were also used as sign holders. We incorporated the same mint color and lush florals into their dessert display where a watercolor sign that read “a dream is a wish your heart makes” was framed by greenery and soft pastel flowers. The same lush, romantic pastel flowers were found in the centerpieces and bouquets where pops of gold added just a little bit of sparkle and glam to the outdoor affair.

Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography | Videography: Event Horizon Pictures | Styling: Amanda O'Shannessy Creative | Floral Designer: Huckleberry Karen Designs | Cakes: Dolce Cakes | Wedding Invitations: Minted | Brides Shoes: Joan & David | Bridesmaids Dresses: JCREW | Catering: Le Papillon | Lighting: Bloomsters | DJ: Big Fun DJ | Groom's Shoes: Ferragamo | Groom's Suit: JCREW | Officiant: Sanford Marshall, The Wedding Coach | Bride's Dress: Pronovias | Cake Stands: Frances Lane | Ceremony & Reception: Clos La Chance | Desserts: Dolce Cakes | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup & Hair: Aimee Makeup Artistry | Paper Goods: Minted | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Veil : Trudy's Bridal

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Springtime Big Sur Wedding

We love weddings that are full of personal touches and romantic details. This bride and groom fell in love with Big Sur, California and knew right away it was where they wanted to make it official. With the help of some awesome friends and family, Evynn Levalley, and all the loveliness that Big Sur has to offer, this wedding is definitely something to swoon over. Get lost in the dreamy gallery!

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From the Bride… When my now husband and I first stood at the edge of the cliffs in Big Sur, something inside of both of us changed. It’s one of those amazing places in the world where nature has formed something so dramatic, so awe-inspiring, that you feel humbled and grateful to get to experience it. More than three years later, when we got engaged and started planning our wedding, we knew that it was the perfect place for us to begin our life together as husband and wife.

Deciding to get married in Big Sur was the easy part – convincing our friends and family to fly across the country and then take a three hour drive down a winding remote highway was a bit more challenging. We were blessed that more than 25 of our closest friends and family – none of whom had ever visited Big Sur – decided to make the journey.

Because this was such a big investment for our guests, I wanted to make sure that they could soak up as much of the Big Sur spirit as possible. I made all of the invitations by hand, integrating natural wood and moss elements so from the moment they first experienced the wedding, we were starting to tell the story of the natural beauty of the area. We kept that theme going in every other printed detail – with moss and wood embellishments following through to the placecards and menus. Ripplewood Resort – where most of our guests stayed – is a quaint gathering of cottages nestled in a redwood grove along the Big Sur River, so when they arrived, these details came to life in nature.

When it came to the ceremony and reception…we felt fortunate that we found an amazing team of extremely talented local vendors who ensured that every detail was 100% Big Sur and showcased the best of the area for our guests.

Our officiant, Soaring Starkey, helped us find the ideal spot for our ceremony – a tucked away clearing high in the dunes above Pfeiffer Beach, away from the wind and crowds and shadowed by towering cypress trees. While the “aisle” to get up there was a bit tenuous in heels and a long lace train, my dad handled it like a champ and our harpist, Susan Bradley, created a scene that to me, felt like it was out of a fairy tale.

Following the ceremony, we celebrated with a champagne toast with guests before our shuttle drove everyone to the Big Sur Bakery for our reception. Every detail was local – from the flowers our florist harvested from her garden to the fresh salmon that was just caught that day in the bay to fresh strawberries from a garden just down the street (which my husband kept getting bowls of all night long). The best part was that the intimate, family feel that our vendors had created translated perfectly to our guests – at the beginning of the weekend, many of them didn’t know each other very well, but during the ceremony and reception, we all became a tight-knit group, on the dance floor toasting and celebrating well into the night. When it came time to leave, our guests got to take a bit of Big Sur with them, as we had custom totes designed with a map of all of our venue locations and filled it with local treats and snacks for the journey back home. It was honestly more than a wedding weekend for us – it evolved into a celebration of friendship, love and all of the natural wonder in the world. Which was beyond anything we could have ever hoped for.

Photography: Evynn Levalley | Floral Design: Kate Healey | Stationery: Nicole Twork | Ceremony Location: Pfeiffer Beach | Reception Venue: Big Sur Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Attire: Sid Mashburn | Officiant: Soaring Starkey | Ceremony Music: Susan Bradley | Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Bridal Hair And Makeup: Kim Larson | Bride And Groom Accommodations: Post Ranch Inn | Guest Accommodations: Ripplewood Resort | Reception Music: Belmont Entertainment | Totes: CW Designs

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