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The OMG Wedding Dress Our Editors Can’t Get Over!

There are a LOT of reasons to love this wedding from Koman Photography, but my personal favorite? The bride’s Zuhair Murad dress that left all our editors totally speechless. Of course, the florals by The Bloom Of Time, rentals and catering by 24 Carrots, and the perfect backdrop at Rancho Las Lomas only added to the pretty and lots, lots more just waiting to be pinned.

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Seasons
Summer
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ChurchResort
Styles
Classic

From The Bride…Phil and I met 10 years from the date we were married. You could say that when the time came to plan our wedding we were more than ready to start planning, well let me rephrase that I was more than ready to start planning. Early on in our engagement Phil told me that he wanted me to create the wedding I dreamed of and that he would be perfectly fine with the vision I had in mind. Because Phil set the bar high by proposing at a beautiful castle in Germany I had quite the task in front of me.

Rancho Las Lomas was the first and only wedding venue Phil and I visited. Together with my parents we all decided that it was a magical place and we could not imagine NOT having our reception take place there! Rancho Las Lomas is a venue that offers so much beauty in literally every inch of its property. Not only is it full of lush greenery, flowers and oak and sycamore trees, but the Spanish architecture is absolutely breathtaking. Our Mission Basilica Ceremony coupled very well with Rancho Las Lomas and gave our guests another beautiful and iconic Southern California landmark to visit.

The overall mood of our reception was romantic-meets-industrial style. We wanted to create a mood that felt rustic and old-world while still one that felt sophisticated and relevant. Although I wanted to create a distinct style I also wanted to make sure that I did not take away from the beauty of Rancho Las Lomas. Our florist incorporated a variety of garden roses, peonies, hydrangeas, ranunculus, seasonal berries and many more flowers that I won’t try to spell out. Some of the design details included a rustic reclaimed wood wall, antique mirrors, topiaries, lose flowing green garlands, wrought iron lanterns, sequined tablecloths and lots of candles.

We could not have had our dream wedding without our all-star team of vendors. It truly was the best day of our lives and one that we wish we could relive over and over gain.

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Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: 618 Studios | Floral Design: The Bloom Of Time | Cake: Sweet & Savory Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano | Reception Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Catering: 24 Carrots | Makeup: Angles And Arches | Hair: J Anthony Frank and Jess Salon | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Bridal Boutique: Panache Bridal | Event Planning, Styling + Coordination: High Society Wedding & Event Planning | Invitations + Maps + Albums: Darla Marie Designs | Linen Rentals + Furniture Rentals: 24 Carrots | Seafood Bar: Seafood Bar | Wedding Dress + Veil: Zuhair Murad

P.S. How to Pull Off a Sexy Wedding Dress!

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We Found the Garden Wedding of Every Girl’s Dreams

There’s nothing sweeter than vendors pooling their talents to create inspiration eye candy for SMP brides-to-be. And when that inspiration just so happens to be set at Rancho Las Lomas? You better count us in. Jon CUSeniman CalligraphyPretty Vintage Rentals, and so many crafted a shoot all about that soft, understated, and completely effortless romance every girl wants on her wedding day and we’re 100% uhb-sessed.

From Jon CuInspired by the hand-painted tiles and many charming bungalows nested around this spectacular private resort and zoological garden at Rancho Las Lomas. We wanted to create a scene with romantic and soft textures and incorporate the unique elements the venue has to offer. A delicate design with hues of coral, cream and white set the stage for this romantic, yet delicately editorial shoot. Our vision was to embrace a sophisticated and elegant design with an understated and effortless look.

We decided to set the table beneath the famous open-air theater that nestled under ancient oak and sycamore trees which created a room surrounded by the unique elements of the venue such as the orange clay roof and ground tile, white stucco and the blue and white hand painted tiles, murals from Portugal. The soft nectar palette was a lovely backdrop for the loose flowing flowers and vintage-inspired china which paired perfectly with the vintage silverware and accompanied well with the rest of the settings.

Jon Cu Photography was able to capture the effortless beauty of our bride styled in Carol-Hannah gown. The simple messy updo and romantic soft peach makeup with a hint of gold created by Chiali Meng Artistry matched perfectly with the gold foiled dress. Romantic rich florals designed by Plenty of Petals balanced by natural place settings adorned with hand-loomed silk ribbons and calligraphy place card designed by Seniman Calligraphy graced the tables scape and made a thoughtful yet dramatic contrast.

As we designed this style shoot, one of our goals was to include unique venue elements into the shoot. For example, the color of orange is all around the venue from the roof to the floor. In the style shoot, we decided to use orange as our main color of inspiration and incorporated different shades of orange such as the light coral linen, silk table cover, velvet armchair and the darker cymbidium orange orchid that we used in the bouquet and floral arrangements. Another uniqueness of Rancho Las Lomas is the venue itself is a zoological garden with more than 10 kinds of wildlife live on the property. To portray this uniqueness, we decided to include macaw hand-drawings in our invitation suite.

From the textured white fondant cake, the handmade venue inspired wedding invitation suite, to the gorgeous gold foiled open weave linen Carol-Hannah gown and hand-loomed silk ribbons, those unique textures defined the tone of the shoot. By bringing interior luxuries outdoor, such as the velvet armchair and pressed champagne coupes, we created a scene of vintage elegance paired with the relaxed resort lifestyle.

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Photography: Jon CU | Event Design: Yvonne Xue | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: Chiali Meng | Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Tabletop + Armchair Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals

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Pantone’s Colors of the Year Made the Perfect Wedding Palette

When Pantone announced Rose Quartz and Serenity as the “it” colors of the year, we gave you a few ideas to incorporate the hues into your special day. And this couple? They took that pretty color pairing and ran with it. LVL Weddings & Events helped execute the vision and Brandon Kidd snapped all the pretty you absolutely need to see.

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Spring
Styles
Al Fresco

From LVL Weddings & Events Jenny and Steven wanted a beautiful outdoor wedding and reception to treat their guests to a personal celebration of their love. They chose to say their I Do’s at the one and only Rancho Las Lomas. She wanted a soft wedding with neutrals and blush, he wanted to incorporate blue. We combined the soft hues for a dreamy result! Hard to pick a favorite detail but the brides shoes might have to be it! Planned by Heather Hoesch of LVL Weddings and Events, floral design by Nancy of Oak and Owl and expertly captured by Brandon Kidd Photography.

From the couple…Rancho Las Lomas is a magical place with an ability to transform itself into anything you envision for your wedding. When we first stepped foot onto the property we knew in a heartbeat that this was the place to say our “I do’s.”  Our goal was to find a wedding planner that we could rely on to refer top vendors and manage all of the details before and during the wedding. Heather Hoesch, Partner/Principal Planner at LVL Events did exactly that and made it look easy. Because of her experience, network, and professionalism we trusted and valued her opinions which enabled us to easily select our vendors.

After trying on 40+ dresses, I finally found the perfect dress by designer Liancarlo at Mon Amie Bridal Salon. I was the first to purchase this dress from the 2016 trunk show in 2015. I remember being so surprised and excited when I received a sketch of the dress from Liancarlo. Steven was introduced to a local men’s tailor (b.spoke) that made a beautiful customer blue 3-piece suit. The suit included a special surprise, a little love note to me embroidered under his lapel collar.

There were so many memorable elements and experiences that it is hard to pick just one…. If we had to pick just one moment, it would be our first dance. It was the best dance ever and it felt as though time stopped for us. It was priceless.

Our advice for other couples planning now is to enjoy the planning process with your partner and high five each other after checking off each box of things to do!

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Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography | Cinematography: Plug Video | Event Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Oak And Owl | Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo | Stationery: Wiley Valentine | Bride’s Shoes: Klub Nico | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair + Makeup: Flawless Faces | Calligraphy: Heidi Davidson Design | Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions | DJ: The Peoples DJ | Groom’s Attire: b.spoke | Officiant: Jeff Tackett | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Bridal Boutique: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Dance Lessons: Bella Ballroom Dance | Dessert: My Sweet & Saucy | Linen Rentals: Mod Mix Studio | Menus: Minted | Photo Booth: Flipbooth LA | Rentals:Signature Rentals | Table Numbers: Miss Louise Designs

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