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A Pink Al Fresco Wedding Fit for a Foodie

If you were a guest at Dana and Edaan’s wedding, not only would you enjoy the design magic of Moonmilk Event Studio, but you’d be indulging in a carefully curated menu of jalepeño margaritas and pomegranate mojitos alongside eats like braised tacos and sashimi. These two foodies wanted a wedding that gave their people a party to remember, and Nicole Clarey photographed all the fun.

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From Moonmilk Event Studio… Upon meeting with Dana and Edaan, we knew that we wanted to design a wedding that was reflective of their fun and youthful energy. We decided on a summer wedding with the beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch as the backdrop for the nuptials. Taking cues from the surrounding landscape, we opted to include an abundance of bougainvillea throughout the wedding to compliment the various event spaces and add to the color palette. After entering the ranch, guests sipped on jalepeño margaritas and pomegranate mojitos as they surrounded the outdoor pool which was decorated with rose petals in bright hues and candles placed in floating bamboo trays.

Dana and Edaan are both self-confessed foodies so we curated a menu that included fun elements like a braised taco station and a sashimi station to keep guests intrigued during the cocktail hour. For the reception, we came up with the idea of incorporating wood arbors above the dining tables to create a more intimate space for guests to enjoy dinner al fresco. Each wood arbor was adorned with climbing roses, flowering jasmine, and bougainvillea to give guests the impression that the arbors were permanent structures on the lawn. 

Guests danced the night away on a seamless dark burgundy dance floor as the custom D and E marquee sign glowed in the background. The festivities continued until the wee hours of the night and concluded with a late night visit by an In-N-Out Truck to make sure guests had the perfect ending to this memorable event under the stars.

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Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography | Cinematography: Noteworthy Weddings | Wedding Dress: Custom Design by Elihav Sasson | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Catering: Foodheart Catering | Hair + Makeup: Yaniv Katzav | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Bride's Earrings: Keren Wolf | Dance Floor: Barker Decor Service | Event Design + Coordination: Moonmilk Event Studio | Photography Assistance: Camryn Clair Photography | Rentals + Lighting: A Rental Connection | Sound: Cosmos Cound

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Latin Details Spiced Up Their Classic Ranch Wedding

When your husband-to-be hails from Santiago, Chile, it only makes sense to infuse a touch of Latin style to your wedding day design. In the words of the bride, “I knew immediately I wanted to accent with copper since one of Chile’s main exports. We were especially excited to surprise our Chilean guests during the ceremony by having our flower girl and ring bearer walk down the aisle in traditional Chilean clothes.” See how it all turned out with a peek at the images by Gloria Mesa Photography.

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From The Bride…Boris and I met at UCLA. Boris and his brother came from Santiago, Chile to study English and then marketing at UCLA Extension and I was an undergraduate studying Spanish and Linguistics at UCLA. It was love at first sight!

After finishing my BA, I went on to get my doctorate. Two years into my doctorate, Boris left Los Angeles to start a business with his brother in Chile. We separated for two years. Finally after finishing my doctor of optometry degree I moved to Chile for one year, teaching English and learning Spanish alongside Boris in Santiago, Chile. We spent one beautiful year together living and traveling through Chile. We visited Patagonia, wine growing regions, and deserts, along with other parts of South America including Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

I moved back to Los Angeles after a year abroad to start my career as an optometrist and 9 months after coming home, Boris and I were engaged. We immediately picked Quail Ranch in my hometown as our wedding venue for its natural beauty and its peaceful Spanish inspired architecture. We felt quail ranch offered us the perfect mix of elegance and Latin styles.

It was important for us to include many Chilean touches to our wedding since we both love Chile and hold it close to our hearts but live in Santa Monica, California. I knew immediately I wanted to accent with copper since one of Chile’s main exports is copper and is used in Chilean decor. My mother in law helped bring copper plates from Chile for our centerpieces. She also brought table runners from Chile for our accent tables. We were especially excited to surprise our Chilean guests during the ceremony by having my niece and nephew, our flower girl and ring bearer, walk down the aisle in traditional Chilean clothes, that of a Chilean cowboy and girl. We had my mother in law bring their outfits from Chile. We also used copper in our signs throughout the day. Boris and I handmade the copper signs with the copper tubing at our local hardware store.

California and Chile share many similarities and one of them is that both regions we come from have excellent wine. My parents selected red and white wine from Napa, California and my mother and father in law brought red wine from Chile. We encouraged our guests to sample wine from California and Chile during the dinner and reception.

Our escort cards were a nod to Boris and I’s first official date. Boris picked me up outside my apartment and handed me a Ferrero Rocher before we walked to a local coffee shop. We handed each guest a personalized mini cake stand with a Ferrero Rocher inside with their table assignments.

Our ceremony and reception were completely bilingual events, Boris and I each wrote and read our vows in English and Spanish. Our officiant, DJ, and photographer were also bilingual.

Overall, our event was extremely inclusive, intimate and reflective of our cross-cultural values. We were so happy to have our friends and family from both North and South America come celebrate us, together. All of our vendors worked with us smoothly to bring everything alive and our photographer captured the day perfectly!

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Coordination: Kim Paolone Of K. Rae Events | Venue: Quail Ranch | Photography: Gloria Mesa Photography | Floral Design:Unique Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Skiff’s Cakes | Bride’s Shoes: Bloomingdales| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Hair + Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry | DJ: GTZ Entertainment | Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux | Officiant: LA Wedding Woman| Groom’ s Attire: Friar Tux | Maid + Matron of Honor Dresses: BHLDN

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The Bride Wore an Open-Back Dress That Stole the Show

You know we go a little weak at the knees for a beautiful wedding dress, so when Carmen Santorelli shared photos of this bride rocking an open back Watters Wtoo gown, we dropped everything and simply drooled. It’s the kind of gown that perfectly sets the tone for an elegant, outdoor affair, and once you take a look through the gallery, don’t miss the clip from Tim Kang Films.

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From The Bride…Eric and I attended the same church, but it was at our church softball practice that we first met, in March 2013. It was the first season our church would have a women’s team, and, ironically, my oldest and over protective brother had encouraged me to join. Lucky for Eric, he was asked (he calls it “forced”) to coach the girls team, and I joined the team by the 3rd or 4th practice. By then, Eric had gotten a black eye from pitching for the girls… but something about his black eye and his deep monotone voice was mysteriously attractive. That’s where our love story emerged, and we have been best friends ever since.

The main inspiration for our wedding was a bohemian, laid back style. We immediately fell in love with Hummingbird Nest Ranch and its Villa ceremony + reception sites. Once we decided on the venue, the other details came together. I loved how peaceful and close to nature this outdoor venue was. Every section, every angle, and every detail was absolutely beautiful and unique.

The Spanish style villa and fuchsia colored flowers around the Hummingbird Nest Ranch inspired the burgundy colored bridesmaid dresses and bouquet florals. To go along with the boho-elegant look, I wore my hair in a low loose bun with a braid on each side tucked in. My bridesmaids wore their hair down in any style, and then had incorporated a braid to each bridesmaid’s hair as well.

When it came to choosing the dress, I wanted a slender and elegant, yet somewhat bohemian or non-traditional. It was actually one of my bridesmaids who encouraged me to try on the dress that I thought would not be flattering. But after trying it on, we all unanimously agreed it was THE dress.

We held a Korean traditional ceremony “Pae baek” during our cocktail hour. The main purpose is to bow in honoring the groom’s family and receive their words of advice/wisdom.

We did a sparkler send off during our reception. Though this required 3 friends to help make 200+ DIY sparklers with me 3 nights before the wedding, it was a pretty simple and sweet way to include all wedding guests…and of course an opportunity for great photos.

Aside from the incredible BEAUTY all around us that day, my favorite part was having all of our loved ones from all over the world with us that day. It was a celebration that happens once in a lifetime, and we feel so blessed.

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Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Cinematography: Tim Kang Films | Event Planning + Design: Everly Events | Floral Design: Bloomwell & Co. | Wedding Dress: Watters | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Stationery: Davina Kim | Catering: Huntington Catering | Hair + Makeup: Yuri Sinata | DJ: Jason Cova | Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Bridal Salon: Lili's Bridals | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Photo Booth: Instabooth LA | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Rentals: A1 Party Rentals

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