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Surprise Coastal Wedding

It’s funny… after all of these years working for SMP, I still find myself completely speechless.  I mean, I literally thought I had seen it all, but along comes a day like this breathtaking gem from My Bride Story and blows me completely out of the water.  Because this isn’t just any wedding.  It’s an epic love story meets a SURPRISE marriage celebration (even to the bride!) meets some of the most amazing images from Andy Seo Studio that you will ever see.  Get lost in all of the magic in the full gallery.

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From My Bride Story… This may be, by far, the most heartwarming and intimate wedding I have ever planned in my entire career. This couple had been living together for the past 20 years. However, they never had the opportunity to wed due to difficult circumstances. The husband is now a CEO of a highly successful junior clothing line called Molly and Dolly, named after their two beautiful daughters. This family currently resides in Hong Kong, but the father decided to surprise the family with a trip to the United States AND a wedding ceremony for his wife!

I was given the privilege of planning the wedding in just six days!! From picking out venues, dresses, and shoes to putting together a romantic, organic garden tablescape, the entire planning process was definitely a treat for me. They had an intimate ceremony at Wayfayers Chapel with just the family of four and two other witnesses. Then, we headed off to a romantic candlelit dinner reception with a total of twelve guests, including the family. We chose the Mar’sel restaurant at the Terranea Resort and it was a perfect reception location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Mar’sel is a fine dining that is known for their locally-sourced ingredients (citrus and herbs from the resort’s grounds), so we added the maidenhair, champagne grapes, and laser cut names to tie in with our organic, garden place setting. Lavender, raspberry, blush pink, ivory and gold color palette were picked out to highlight the bride’s evening gown.

This wedding was nothing short of an amazing surprise wedding I have ever witnessed. They walked down the aisle with their daughters, promising 20 more years (and counting!) of life together. I was so blessed to have witnessed their heartfelt gratitude, love and respect for each other.

Photography: Andy Seo Studio | Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms | Wedding Dress: Wilshire Wedding Center | Ceremony Venue: Wayfarers Chapel | Reception Venue: Mar'sel Restaurant, Terranea Resort | Catering: Mar'sel Restaurant | Event Design & Planning: My Bride Story | Hair & Make Up : Hair Day | Music: Mike Isberto

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Romantic Cliffside Wedding at La Venta Inn

I’m a sucker for a good romance, especially those chance meetings that should have, could have happened years prior.  This, loves, is one of those stories, and it’s all culminating in a drop-dead gorgeous cliffside wedding at La Venta Inn.  Think romantic blush hues, lush blooms from Flowers By Laurel and vintage goodness from Found Vintage Rentals.  See it all captured by Melvin Gilbert right here.

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Inn

From the Bride… Although my husband, Scott, and I grew up and went to high school about a mile apart, we didn’t meet until we both attended a mutual friend’s birthday party when we were 30. The party took place in Santa Monica, where we had both lived for years, but never met. We felt so lucky to have finally found each other, and spent the first year of our relationship getting to know one another and exploring the beautiful beach cities that surrounded us. Other than a love of the beach, another common thread that drew us closer was a mutual love of music. We relished listening to new albums for the first time and going to concerts by bands and performers we loved. So when it came time to plan on our wedding, there were two things we knew we wanted to involve: the ocean and music.

The second we walked into the ballroom at the La Venta Inn, we knew we had found our venue. Perched high on the cliffs of Palos Verdes, the stunning ocean view brought tears to my eyes. Choosing our venue was the very first thing we did… and the rest of our wedding seemed to fall into place from there. Given our mutual love of music, we decided to go with a vintage “Music & Memories” theme for our wedding. For “Music,” we used sheet music accents on everything we could: our guest book, ceremony programs, menus, table numbers, banner signs and escort cards. For “Memories,” we went with a Polaroid guest book to capture the looks on our guests’ faces as they entered our wedding, and a photo booth to capture moments of fun as they unfolded. And for the grand finale, our cinematographers put together an amazing Same-Day-Edit, which we showed our guests as a surprise on a screen overlooking the twinkling lights of the city below.

We didn’t have a wedding planner, but we did have a ton of help from family, friends and the good old internet. One of my bridesmaids accompanied me to the famous Fairfax High Flea Market where we picked up the beautiful vintage suitcases, picture frames and perfume trays that were displayed throughout the venue. I bought the chalkboard signs displayed in the courtyard on Craigslist and Etsy, and my mom and I wrote out all of the signage. I went to the Found Vintage Rentals warehouse and picked out all of the vintage furniture displayed throughout our venue. Our guest book, escort cards and flower girl dresses were all hand-made by various vendors I found on Etsy. And the table numbers, ceremony programs, and menus I designed and bought on Zazzle. Although planning our wedding ourselves was stressful at times, the payoff was more than I ever could of imagined. There was a moment during dinner when I turned to my husband at our sweetheart table, tapped him on shoulder and told him to look out over the dining room. Our guests were buzzing with conversation, the room was glowing with candle light, and I remember saying: “I can’t believe this is our wedding…everything looks so beautiful!” I don’t think it gets much better than that.

Photographer: Melvin Gilbert | Videography: Solano 888 Productions | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: JWD Paperie | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection | Catering: New York Food Company | Hair Stylist: Pa Kou Xiong | Lighting: La Venta Inn | DJ: Mike Sincere | Wedding Favors: Wine Straws | Groom's Shoes: Gordon Rush | Accommodations: Terranea Resort | Ceremony & Reception: La Venta Inn | Coordination: Mike Halish Of La Venta Inn | Cupcakes / Cake : New York Food Company | Florals: Flowers By Laurel | Getting Ready Location: Terranea Resort | Groom's Tux/Attire: J. Crew | Limo / Transportation: GTS Charter | Make Up Artist: Pa Kou Xiong | Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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Bohemian Coastal Wedding at Terranea Resort

Once in awhile a wedding comes along with so many beautiful moments, it’s so hard to edit down. Every single image captured by Rebecca Fishman of Birds Of A Feather is like trying to choose between pretty, prettier and prettiest. Every one. This beauty is a mix of coastal views, a killer dress, bohemian details crafted by La Boheme Events and wildly good blooms by HollyFlora. that are sure to be an instant fave. See even more right here.

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Bohemian

From Lindsay, the Bride… Having both grown up in Palos Verdes, my fiance Matt and I felt destined to get married in the same place we met as children 20 years prior. We had spent our youth playing along those cliffs, so it was truly a dream come true to look each other in the eye and promise our love to one another in a place with so much history and such a big part of our story.

I called the wedding Gypsy by the Sea. I wanted an eclectic mix of vintage gypsy with a country seaside in England. This way we could bring in elements of the country – lanterns, vintage colored glassware from Casa De Perrin and organic elements like rust, wood and home-made honey – all the while combining a colorful “gypset” feeling inspired by the ocean with watercolors, satin ribbons and colorful crystals. I wore a vintage inspired dress called The Butterfly, a custom made vintage-like veil and a caplet to match each from Parisian designer Les Habitudes.

Having my own branding agency, Social Gypsy, my favorite part of the process is telling a story. In this story, we wanted to capture the elements of the sun and the ocean, a “yin and a yang” that represents Matt and I. Our incredible wedding planner Hallie Slade, from La Boheme Events, did a wonderful job helping us create this. We wanted to bring in elements of the earth with lots of wood, lit candles and wild flowers since we are both so fond of nature. Holly Flora blew us away by creating inspired floral arrangements – using wild flowers, succulents and gorgeous light tones all held in brass antique vases. They also brought tons of colored glass candleholders that reflected warm colorful light everywhere. We rented an old farmhouse table for the head table and dressed it with a gorgeous hand made watercolor table runner created by Bramble Workshop. One of our songs was Here Comes the Sun (thank goodness it was sunny that day) and Prim and Pixie created tote bags to match for guests with the image of a large sun over the blue ocean.

For invitations I wanted something that would capture the essence of where we were getting married. Terranea has gorgeous sunsets over the ocean. We painted watercolors, which we then incorporated into the invitations with the very talented Prim and Pixie, along with menus and place cards to match. For the table cards we went with an ombre design inspired by the horizon at sunset joining the ocean. They were delicately placed on a rustic wooden door.

The dress was champagne, which went perfectly with my rose gold diamond and ruby wedding band and his rose gold band custom designed by Kathy Rose of Roseark (she also made my engagement ring). I found the perfect Jimmy Choo heels that added some flair to the dress, earrings and a clutch from Roseark and I wore a vintage diamond and gold bracelet given to my grandmother by my grandfather on her wedding day. Shannon Kim Hair did an ethereal loose side bun with soft braids and each bridesmaid had a braid-do of her choosing. Kerry Malouf Make-up did a gorgeous glowing “no make-up,” make-up look, while Gina Mari’ Skincare prepped my skin for months leading up to the date with a special bridal skincare routine so I wouldn’t have to wear too much make-up. The bridesmaids wore dusty rose, hand selected Roseark earrings with jackets and shawls of their choice. I wore two jackets through out the evening, a vintage rabbit fur passed down from my mother and a maroon rock inspired vintage jacket I found at my favorite store, Déjà Vu in Sun Valley, ID.

It was a magical evening (captured on camera by the very talented Rebecca Fishman of Birds of a Feather) that flew by. We danced the night away to The James Gang band. Fresh flowers were delicately placed on the delicious multi-flavored cake by Jamaica Cakes. Guests also had the opportunity to spend time in the tented outdoor lounge that we created to look like a swanky Parisian hideaway with couches, starry lights, a bar and meaningful keepsakes that we placed on furniture from Found Vintage Rentals. It was a Gypsy by the Sea’s fairy tale for both of us, and a night we will never forget.

Photography: Rebecca Fishman, Birds Of A Feather | Event Design: La Boheme Events | Floral Design: HollyFlora | Wedding Dress: Les Habitudes | Cake: Jamaica's Cakes | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Roseark | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Terranea | Band: James Gang Band | Grooms Attire: Mattucci Tailoring And Tuxedoes | Beaded Shrug: Les Habitudes | Glassware: Casa De Perrin | Groomsmen Attire: Mattucci Tailoring And Tuxedoes | Hotel: Terranea Resort | Invitations/Paper Goods: Prim And Pixie | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Table Runners: Bramble Workshop | Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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