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A Garden Party Wedding Like You’ve Never Seen

Thanks to Margaret and Darius we’re kicking off 2017 in a serious way and it has everything to do with their garden wedding set in the bride’s hometown of Pasadena. It’s classic pretty to a T, and the pin-worthy blooms by Enchanted Garden Floral Design are only the beginning. See the entire day photographed by Steve Steinhardt in the gallery and don’t miss the clip below from New Classic Wedding Films.

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From the Bride… My husband and I wanted to make sure the wedding truly represented us as a couple — so it was very important that the wedding wasn’t distinctly my vision, nor simply his. After all, marriage is not only about compromise, but the idea that you are better together. Our venue was born out of this idea — as I really wanted a garden ceremony, and my husband wanted nothing more than an indoor reception.

When our planner took us to the historical Ambassador Mansion and Gardens in Pasadena, we both feel in love with the expansive and well-manicured grounds which included many smaller gardens and lawns. It was perfect for the progressive evening event that we envisioned. Plus, it was an off-the-beaten-path estate in my hometown of Pasadena, which made our hidden gem feel even more personal.

We loved the idea of getting married in the round, so we planned our ceremony for Merritt Garden where guests were seated around two fountains and an overlooking bridge. Leading up to the bridge was the most stunning backdrop for a garden ceremony — a four-story staircase, which made my walk down the aisle both a breathtaking and dramatic moment. The staircase leading up to the mansion and was lined on both sides by Italian cypress trees, so we were able to leverage the natural beauty of the environment, and added florals to the fountain as well as the bridge. For an added touch of glam, guests were welcomed to sit in ghost chairs while sipping on passed champagne upon their arrival.

Instead of a guest book, we requested that attendees at our wedding send us a message in a bottle, a DIY project I took on. Using 5 champagne bottles, we assigned labels for different anniversaries — 1 year, 5-year, 10-year, etc — and allowed guests to write us words of advice that we would read on our anniversary for those particular years.

Cocktail hour was a short walk to Fowler Garden. Guests were guided by sequined gold arrows and custom wood directional signs built by my father, with calligraphy that matched our romantic garden invitation. My husband and I really tried to surprise our guests at every turn, so guests were met by a 60-foot custom gold sign that was created in partnership by two of our vendors. It really was my favorite piece we created for the wedding. It was installed on a 90-foot natural hedge that bordered Fowler Garden, and was a lyric from our first dance song — How Will I Know by Whitney Houston. Instead of the original, we chose a Sam Smith cover of the timeless classic, which is a more romantic ballad and fitting for our first slow dance as husband and wife.

For cocktail hour, guests got to enjoy a traditional garden party complete with a string quartet, passed hors d’oeuvres and a choice of our signature cocktails — “the southern gentleman” or “la rosette.” Our escort cards were hung on a floral chandelier by silk ribbons at one end of the garden, with a vintage lounge set on the other. I was inspired to bring one of my favorite childhood games to cocktail hour, given that my cousins and I often played croquet on my aunt’s lawn in Pasadena. This made our garden party feel even more family focused — particularly due to the DIY projects which included a hand-painted pastel croquet set and a custom-built bean-bag toss built by my father.

Our reception was held in the Terrace Villa which held two historical ballrooms. We greeted guests after cocktail hour one by one as they entered the villa, surrounded by a floral-lined staircase and candles which made for warm and inviting lighting. Servers passed rosé in gold sugar rimmed glasses, with cocktail napkins that contained advice from loved ones we received during our engagement and other fun facts. We created an indoor/outdoor space on the villa terrace with white trussing, chandeliers, and warm lighting and provided ivory pashminas for guests in case the weather became chilly.

We considered having a sweetheart table but knew that more than anything we wanted our reception to feel like a large family dinner. We choose long rectangular tables inside and out, and filled them with the most glamorous details we could imagine — Chantilly lace runners, gold flatware, and vintage crystal glasses. For a personal touch, we added tiny gold horses for place settings — in remembrance of my grandfather who raised horses as a young man in Illinois. It was a DIY project of mine, and a way to honor family members who were present in spirit. Vintage family wedding photos from my parents, grandparents, and others sat on the mantle in the Great Room as another tribute.

Since we sat with our guests instead of at a sweetheart table, we adorned the back of our chairs with roses and custom gold-mirrored signs with the words “Better Together” — another nod to our garden chic style for the evening. Our cake was created one of my favorite bakeries — and as a compromise, my husband picked the flavors, and I picked the design. We actually made the mistake of forgetting to eat a slice during our reception and didn’t freeze any for our one year anniversary. As a surprise to my husband, for our first anniversary, I had a mini replica cake created and read words of advice from our “message in a bottle” guest book. We’ve also started the tradition of reading our vows each year — so I saved our toasting flutes and vow booklets as keepsakes.

Every time I look at my wedding photos — they inspire the same breathtaking emotion I felt on my wedding day. This is not only because of how incredible our love is, but because of my closest friends and family who celebrated with me — and all of the magical vendors who made my dream day possible.

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Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography | Cinematography: New Classic Films | Event Planning: A Stunning Affair | Floral Design: Enchanted Garden Floral Design | Cake: Sweet and Saucy | Stationery: Prim & Pixie | Makeup: 901 Salon | Hair: EJ3 | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina | Lighting: TMMPRO | DJ: Red Shoe LA | String Quartet: Clover String Quartet | Venue: Ambassador Mansion and Gardens | Photo Booth: A Little Scene | Rentals: Etablir Shop | Rentals: DishWish Rentals

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How to Make Star Wars and Oscar De La Renta Fall in Love

How this duo managed to mash up Christmas, Star Wars, Oscar de la Renta and nighttime Bloody Mary’s in a way that actually feels really chic and dare I say…gorgeous!? is beyond me. But they did and I’ll take it. Over and over again. It might have something to do with the fact that LVL Weddings & Events was behind the pretty and that B&G Photography was on hand to turn that very pretty into something Winter dreams are made of, but regardless, we’re toasting to the bold and yet entirely beautiful wedding that is making us smile from ear to ear. Click here for even more!

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From the Bride…The wedding took place in our hometown of Pasadena, California twelve years after we started dating. Our wedding had touches from two of our passions: Christmas and Star Wars. The bride’s birthday is in December, and Christmas has always been her favorite time of year. A Christmas wedding was a must have, and the wedding took place almost exactly one year after being engaged. The wedding weekend was kicked off with a private viewing for friends and family of Star Wars: Force Awakens, other Star Wars themes included the groom’s tuxedo studs, socks, and the cake topper.

Our event celebrated our long history and included over 25 people who graduated from our same high school, nine of which were in our wedding party. The groom’s college tennis team was also represented by fourteen members. The ceremony took place in the same church that the bride was baptized in, as a baby. The reception, at the Valley Hunt Club, was just two blocks from the groom’s parent’s house – where the rehearsal dinner took place the night before. One of the best moments of the night was the parent-child dance in which more than thirteen mother/son and father/daughter pairs danced to the Beatles’ All You Need is Love.

The bride was thrilled to be wearing an Oscar de la Renta gown and holiday-red Ferragamo shoes. She also wore pearls borrowed from her mother and a sapphire ring borrowed from her 98 year old grandmother, who was in attendance at the wedding. The groom wore a custom tux from Indochino and his wedding band has been passed down for three generations. It is the same ring that his late grandfather wore.

The wedding party included the bride’s sister, brother, and 2-year-old nephew as well as the groom’s two brothers and many friends. The bridesmaids wore navy Alfred Sung full length dresses and the groomsmen wore grey Indochino suits. The ring bearer wore a sailor suit made by the bride’s mom.

Other highlights included the bride’s childhood piano teacher playing the piano during the ceremony, including Silent Night and Joy to the World as guests sang along. The dessert table had a cake with a Star Wars topper and a macaroon Christmas tree, the bride’s favorite cookie. The bride’s choice cocktails were a fig mojito and cranberry spritz and the groom’s choice cocktails were an old fashioned and a bloody Mary. Later in the evening, special hot bourbon apple ciders were served to guests. The meal was a holiday feast of pumpkin soup, prime rib, roast turkey, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, roasted spaghetti squash, and more. The reception also had jars filled with silver and gold cranes that the bride, groom, and bride’s family folded for luck.

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Photography: B&G Photography | Cinematography: Twin Palms Media | Event Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Susan Merchant | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Invitations: Crane & Co. | Ceremony Venue: Mt. Olive Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: The Valley Hunt Club | Bride's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Band: Non-Stop, De Bois Entertainment | Cake + Macaroons: Euro Pane Bakery | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Christopher Brennan | Signage: SR Forty Three

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An Intimate Elopement That Proves You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Style

If you’re toying with the idea of an intimate elopement, then let this modern inspiration be the push you towards making it happen. For all you need is a team of talented vendors (like Kelly Oshiro and La Tavola Fine Linen Rental) and you’ve got yourself the making of magic. So, what are you waiting for? We’ll let Booth Photographics captures in The Vault convince you of the rest.

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From Kelly OshiroInspired by a modern couple, who loves both mid-century design and old world elegance, I created this contemporary wedding shoot for photographers Booth Photographics. For the bride, I pulled an elegant Delphine Manivet wedding pantsuit from Solstice Bride paired with handmade modernist jewelry from VLM Jewelry, and a sleek ponytail by Studio MMB. For our groom, a timeless white dinner jacket were paired with velvet loafers, all from The Black Tux. I also pulled designers sunglasses from Gogosha Optique for a few sleek and modern wedding portraits.

Ceremony was envisioned as an intimate elopement, held in front of the fireplace at Feynes Mansion, with understated ferns and geometric lanterns decorating the space. Dinner was setup on the beautiful balcony of the turn of the century mansion. Modern black and tan bentwood chairs from Yeah Rentals! Were paired with a gray velvet linen from La Tavola and the place setting was decidedly modern with marble plates from the Ark and a plated fig salad. Twig and Twine created a loose, organic arrangement in moody fall colors with smoke bush, chocolate cosmos and garden roses. Simple gold taper holders from CB2 held traditional bee’s wax candles. A simple tiered cake from Lele Patisserie was decorated with fall foliage and individual hyacinth blooms.

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Photography: Booth Photographics | Event Design: Yvonne Xue | Floral Design: Twig & Twine | Wedding Dress: Delphine Manivet | Cake: Lele's Patisserie | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Jewelry: VLM Jewelry | Hair + Makeup: Studio MM&B | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Feynes Mansion | Bridal Boutique: Solstice Bride | Chair Rentals: YEAH! Rentals | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Models: Brittany | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Stylist + Producer: Kelly Oshiro | Sunglasses: Gogosha Optique | Tabletop Rentals: The Ark Event Rentals

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