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White-on-White Santa Monica Winter Wedding

Now that your Halloween sugar high is in full effect, we decided to round out this Friday with one of the prettiest white-on-white weddings we’ve ever come across. It’s what happens when My Bride Story takes the style reigns for a day anchored in classic design + glam winter whites, and the captures from Erin Hearts Court? Well, they’re the kind of photos that’ll remain timeless forever.


From The Bride…Jon and I met in Santa Monica on Carmageddon weekend when the 405 was closed and everyone stayed put and hung out in their neighborhoods. We met at a pizza parlor and spent the next year and a half living and enjoying life at the beach. Jon proposed on a sunny afternoon while we were walking on the beach. He had the whole thing planned out perfectly and we stayed the night at Casa del Mar, which is just down the street from our apartment. I knew right away that we should also get married there and he agreed. Step one of wedding planning was done.

The only thing I knew beyond the location was that I wanted a white wedding with no bridal party. We have five families between the two of us and we wanted each one of our family members to be a part of the wedding. We chose one of my brothers to be the wedding officiant and everyone else would walk down the aisle wearing whatever they chose.

While searching wedding websites for ideas I saw a wedding that I thought was beautiful. I contacted the planner, Esther Kim, we met and I knew she was perfect. The rest of the planning was fun and easy. Esther and I worked so well together and the finished product was better than anything I could have ever dreamed of.

Jon and I designed a wedding ceremony that matched our personalities and showed the tremendous amount of love we have for one another. The room for the ceremony was lit with candles and filled with white flowers. It was truly breathtaking and our favorite part of the day. It really was the best day of our lives, getting to celebrate with all our friends and family from near and far. We can’t thank our families enough for all their love and support. We look forward to working with Esther to help us celebrate future milestones.

Photography: Erin Hearts Court | Floral Design: Bloompia | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: Arts And Letters Santa Monica | Hair: Decarra Salon | Lighting: G2 Lighting | Coordination: My Bride Story | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Makeup Mandy | Photo Booth: Mebo Photo | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Wedding Planning: My Bride Story | Wedding Venue: Casa Del Mar

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Elegant Santa Monica Wedding at The Annenberg

When black tie meets seaside, the result never fails to wow. Something wonderful always just seems to happen when bow ties and lace mix with toes in the sand. This new Mr. and Mrs. treated their guests to just such a perfectly elegant California evening where even the sunset right on queue, and thanks to Daniel Cruz‘s stunning images we can soak up all the lovely here.


From Spark Event ConsultingJoseph first met Woosun when she was doing a clerkship as an international student from Korea, in her last year of medical school, at the same hospital Joseph worked at. While this fact sounds rather ordinary, the circumstances on how they met were a bit unusual. That particular day, Joseph had purposely settled into a very secluded room and isolated area of the hospital to work in to avoid just that – meeting people. It was literally the last place he expected to have anyone walk into, let alone the girl he would later be marrying! But it was all meant to be, and the couple soon began dating and after her return to Korea, kept a long distance relationship for another two years before Woosun made the official move back to California.

While ethnically Korean, Joseph is pretty American as you get. And aside from her clerkship that led to her meeting Joseph, home has always been in Korea for Woosun. So as they began preparing for their wedding, with friends and family on two separate continents, they decided to hold two weddings. Along with the purpose of celebrating their marriage, each would also provide a time to highlight their own personal cultures and unique traditions. Woosun managed the planning of the Korea wedding, which was held in the intimate mountainside resort of Sam Cheong Gak in Seoul. The couple wore formal Korean wedding attire and were married in a very traditional Korean wedding ceremony. On the other hand, Joseph was the mastermind for the wedding in the States. The fact that he loves to surf and also lives only a few blocks away from the beach, easily convinced him to reserve a beachfront location for their U.S. ceremony and reception. While the occasion still required a suit and tie, the couple enjoyed a nice relaxing walk on the beach following the ceremony and appreciate together a beautiful California beach sunset before re-joining their guests and enjoying the American tradition of first dance as husband and wife!

Regardless of location, backgrounds, and cultures, the one thing that resonated throughout both wedding occasions was the love that Woosun and Joseph shared and were committed to. And how wonderful they had not one, but two opportunities to make happy wedding memories!

Photography: Daniel Cruz | Videography: Soulstory | Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms | Catering: Feast Catering | Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang | Cake & Wedding Favors: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Cello Guy | Ceremony Officiant: Hollywood Lutheran | Event Planning & Design: Spark Event Consulting | Event Stationery: I Do Concepts | Music & Lighting: Honored Occasions | Wedding Venue: Annenberg Community Beach House

Doie Lounge Robes + A Giveaway!

I’ve long been obsessed with the stunning robes from California-based Doie Lounge, which make sure you and your ladies look amazing from start to finish on wedding day! Not only do I love that they’re eco-friendly, locally produced and seriously gorgeous, but they make the most perfect — and practical — gifts for your bridesmaids.

Made of natural + sustainable fabrics, Doie Lounge robes look adorable in “getting ready” photos  and are super flattering on both tall and short frames! Available in sizes xxs to x-large, these comfortable robes seriously stay put with a permanently attached outer silk tie and an interior tie! Available in a beautiful assortment of colors and combinations — including the newest blush robe called Betty as well as to new pastel robes, the Paige and Shirley, which will ship in 2015 — Doie Lounge also offers discounts for buying in bulk (see more here).

These robes hit the pretty jackpot every time. If you’re not seeing the exact color combo you’re looking for, be sure to email sara{at} and she’ll help you come up with the perfect robe for you and your ladies! Also, ask if there are any robes available that aren’t pictured on the site as sometimes there are a few styles hiding behind the scenes. For more inspiration, check out these real Doie Lounge bridal parties, right here!


The Prize: A lucky reader will win a Lilian Rob from Doie Lounge in any size!

To Enter: Visit the Doie site and pick out your favorite style! Then head back over here and comment below with which one you like best.

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced in the WIUP on Friday, November 7, 2014

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Valorie Darling Photography  Hair: Trace Hennigsen  Makeup: Artistry by Danika | Calloway Gable Photography | BLF Studios | ES Creations Photography | Katie Hall