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Colorful Santa Monica Pier Wedding Inspiration

Thank you Sorella Muse Photography for bringing me such joy on this dreary day. This colorful photo shoot, planned by PopUp Weddings By HME with fabulous florals by Missy Fine, all at the Santa Monica Pier, has given me the boost of energy I needed… and provided some bright ideas for my next soiree as well. The weekend is practically here and these pics are the perfect way to jump right in to the festivities.

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From Popup Weddings By HME… The inspiration for this shoot was the beautiful Santa Monica Pier. Our new company, PopUp Weddings by HME, can plan weddings in some of California’s most iconic and unique locations, such as the Santa Monica Pier. When deciding which spot to host one of our first styled shots, we thought what better place than this! We decided to play off of the fun and bright colors the Pier has to offer as well as bringing in the carnival touches such as the tickets and the cotton candy maker. With our bride dressed in a short, lace dress and our groom in a gray, tailored suit, we were ready to mix tradition with modern and fun twists!

Photography: Sorella Muse Photography | Event Planning: PopUp Weddings By HME | Floral Design: Missy Fine Inc | Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo | Reception Venue: Santa Monica Pier | Hair & Makeup: StyleBee | Rentals: Line 204 Events

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English-Inspired Santa Monica Wedding

Inspired by her Groom’s homeland of England, this Santa Monica bride infused their wedding with chic nods to UK culture. From the floral china patterns to the quiet garden vibe, it’s a fusion of English charm and California cool with coordination by WINK! and a must-see cake from our friends at The Butter EndAnna Delores snapped it all behind the lens, and there’s SO much more in the gallery right here.

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From The Bride…With so many of our guests traveling from far, we made the decision early on to have our wedding in Santa Monica where Phil and I met and where we currently live. It made the experience so much more special because we were inviting our loved ones in to our home and neighborhood.

Phil is from England, and having recently spent time in the UK I was instantly inspired by British tradition and pop culture- floral china patterns, milk glass, blush and mint color palette, english garden roses, Rolls Royce, Abbey Road (Beatles album cover for groom’s photo), and our signature drink Pimm’s Cup. Likewise, keeping true to LA I also pulled inspiration from Hollywood glamour/Gatsby inspiration – gold accents, sequins and speakeasy 1930′s inspired bar areas.

Tiato provided a modern twist and the perfect raw setting to play with, with all the natural wood, raw concrete floors, industrial elements and lighting, and a chic bar. Succelents were added in to the floral arrangements and grooms party boutineers.

I wanted the ceremony to feel traditional and romantic, yet updated and chic. We used an assortment of chairs- vintage round back linen chairs, tufted benches, and traditional church pews, mixed in with more modern bistro chairs. Our alter provided a modern back drop- geometric wooden structure, clean lines, dressed with eucalyptus seed.

I wanted dinner, which took place in the garden, to feel like an updated version of a vintage tea party. A vintage credenza was used for the tea station paired with vintage tea cups and saucers for guests to enjoy. We placed vintage settees and chairs adjacent to the tea station to create a “tea room.”

Our cake table was a long wooden table with a metal frame and industrial legs, and was dressed with vintage tea trays and mirrors. Our reception took place inside. Our Marquee Lights were the focal point for a touch of Hollywood glamour in a cool industrial setting. Our invitations were mint with a cascading wave pattern and gold foil accents for a vintage glamour feel. We continued this branding in our table numbers and place cards, as well as the custom wooden signs created for the program and menu.

The best advice I could give is have fun and allow yourself enjoy the process. We never took ourselves too seriously or cared what people would think. We tried hard to always keep perspective so that if an idea became too big, we would step back and drill down to basics.

This year leading up to the wedding has been the best year of my life. I think this is why Phil and I had an absolute blast the day of. We couldn’t be more happy and also super proud.

Photography: Anna Delores | Videography: Crescent Bay Films | Coordination: WINK! | Floral Design: Seed Floral | Catering: Tiato | Hair And Makeup: Fiore Beauty | DJ: VIP DJ Entertainment | Officiant: LA Wedding Woman | Cake Designer: The Butter End | Ceremony And Reception: Tiato | Classic Car: Classy Chassis Car Rental | Live Music: Organic String Quartet | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Rentals: DishWish Rentals

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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.

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

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