SUBMIT WEDDING
A Classic Oscar De La Renta Dress Set the Tone for this Soiree

It would be impossible for me to choose just one favorite wedding dress designer. But oh, you can bet I’ve got my top ten and Oscar De La Renta is right up there at the tippy top. This stunning Bride just hits that statement home even further and completely sets the tone for this classic affair in Half Moon Bay. Jen Huang‘s delicate imagery gracefully takes us through the sweet journey from start to finish, and it’s all so, so good.

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From Jen HuangI loved photographing this wedding – even on a foggy day in half moon day, it shines in its beautiful simplicity, despite the fact that the fashion is absolutely drool worthy – a gown by Oscar De La Renta and a suit from Armani, with Rolex bridal gifts and jewelry from Tiffany & Co and Van Cleef and Arpels, and the heels from Prada are to die for! But even with this enviable collection of accessories the bride kept it wonderfully simple. From the classic line of her gown, to the ceremony arch of white roses, I love her impeccable taste, and that she still focused on the most important moments, the love between her and her groom, which we captured on a windswept California beach. We left the rest up to the natural beauty at the Ritz Carlton.

From the Bride… I moved up from Los Angeles 3 years ago to the Bay Area to help out the family business (we have restaurants). Henry, who was born and raised in Indiana, had started his sixth year of residency when we met in August 2015. It just so happened that his favorite restaurant was my place of work and one fateful Friday, he came into eat. He visited the restaurant five consecutive Friday nights in attempts to talk to me, but I never noticed because it was too busy! Henry finally mustered up the courage to talk to me during his fifth visit but never asked me out. I was a bit curious why he had talked to me in the first place but left it at that. A month later, he came back and asked to meet me for coffee and the rest is history. Never in a million years did I imagine to meet my husband this way but it’ll be a great love story to tell our children one day.

After 8 months of dating, Henry proposed in Napa. We hoped to get married in Napa but felt that it would be too far for our guests to travel to. While visiting the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay for brunch, we knew this would be the most perfect venue with its old world charm. It felt like a destination wedding but still close enough for our local guests.
I had always envisioned my wedding to be romantic and classic. I chose white and green tones for my colors and wanted a garden inspired wedding with a warm summer evening feel. I only had three months to plan from the time of our engagement to our wedding day, so it was incredibly stressful but also rewarding knowing I was able to pull it off. I was extremely nervous because I couldn’t find a dress but after a trip to LA, I found the one from Oscar De La Renta. It arrived two weeks before the wedding but luckily I only needed one dress fitting. All the vendors I chose miraculously pulled through even with such a tight deadline. I really couldn’t have done it without my florist, Amy Burke for creating such a lovely space and photographer Jen Huang for capturing the moment.

On August 6, 2016, we were joined by 150 guests to celebrate our special day. I loved that it was intimate so that we could celebrate with all of our closest friends and family.

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Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Studio Cake | Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Shoes: Prada | Hair and Makeup: Makeup By Sung | Groom's Attire: Armani | Venue: Vera Wang Papers | Bridesmaids Gowns: Fame and Partners | Earrings: Van Cleef & Arpels | Groom's Ring: Tiffany & Co.

High School Sweethearts Wed In Vibrant Palm Springs Bash

Located in Palm Springs, this couple enhanced the gorgeous desert setting with vibrant florals and a bright color palette. In my mind, there is nothing more perfect than an outdoor ceremony and reception nestled inside the San Jacinto Mountains under a warm desert sunset. The entire day was captured beautifully by Randy + Ashley Studios. Dream of a warm weather escape while browsing this gallery in The Vault!

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Their love story is ten years in the making, after meeting in high school. Throughout college and early adulthood, these two were always together except for a brief time when they were on a break over a summer (and no, not the Ross-and-Rachel-kind of break), and it was actually during that time apart that they both realized each other was the One. In fact, Devin took a train all the way from Manhattan to Montauk to surprise him because she knew he’d be there on a vacation … all because she realized that she’s just a happier person when she’s around Kevin.

When it came time to pop the question, Kevin proposed during a weeklong trip with friends to Rhode Island, on the very last day in Narrangansett (how he waited that long with the ring in his pocket, I have no idea!). They took a walk to see the cliffs they’d been wanting to see all week, despite the impending rain, and he got down on one knee once they reached the highest point of the rocks. Devin has no idea what he said after he proposed (“it was all a blur!”), but knowing Kevin I’m positive it was something very lovely, well thought out and true from his heart.

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Photography: Randy + Ashley | Florist: City Iris | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Makeup: Kallen Knetzger | Hair: Just Blow Drys | DJ: Michael Capitanelli | Groom's Suit: Indochino | Officiant: Garrett Foster, Ceremonies By Garrettt | Officiant: Garrett Foster, Ceremonies By Garrettt | Bridal Gown: Pronovias | Planning: First Pick Planning | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Restaurant: Spencer's Restaurant | Signage: The Gilded Line | Wedding Rings: Wedding Ring Originals

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Intimate Ceremony + Fun Fete After = Wedding Perfection

With the gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean all around them, along with their closest friends and family, Tara and Nick said yes to each other. And then when all was complete, they wined, dined and danced the night away with many more loved ones at the fabulous Hearst Ranch. Ashley Ludaescher captured both – the intimate ceremony and the fun fete after – all in our Vault right this way!

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Fall
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From Ashley Ludaescher… Tara and Nick fell in love during their time spent at Hearst Ranch, so it made perfect sense for them to tie the knot there. They were very lucky to be one of the few special couples to have the chance to celebrate their weddings on the property surrounding Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. I absolutely love that Tara and Nick were incredibly thoughtful while deciding how to celebrate their wedding day. They chose to have an intimate ceremony with just their families and wedding party and then have an incredible party to celebrate with all of their friends later in the evening.

The ceremony was beautifully decorated by Adornments Flowers & Finery in front of doors which led directly out to the Pacific – the view was incredible! Nick’s best friend married them and Tara’s two children walked her down the aisle, which made for an incredibly personal and beautiful ceremony.

After the ceremony, we drove through the ranch to a mountaintop for their portraits at the mile long pergola where the Hearst family used to ride their horses, which also had the most spectacular views of the entire central coast and Hearst Castle. It was an incredible and unique wedding celebration, focused on what matters most – dear friends, family and true love.

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Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Coordination: ADORNMENTS flowers + finery | Floral Design: ADORNMENTS flowers + finery | Catering: Field To Table Events | Hair + Makeup: Mint Salon ~ Savannah | Transportation: Ride On | Wedding Venue: Hearst Ranch | Rentals: All About Events

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