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A Wedding in Her Parent’s Backyard Where They Had Their First Kiss

These two sweethearts first met as kids at summer camp, and their story is one for the books. Fast forward over a decade to their wedding day and you’ll find a backyard celebration filled with breezy California style and no shortage of meaningful details. HoneyFitz Events came on board to plan and coordinate with Jessica Castro working behind the lens. Congrats, lovers!

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From The Bride…Not everyone gets to say they actually grew up with the love of their life. Mark and I met at summer camp when we were 11 years old; and we began dating when we were 17. After staying together through college across the country from one another, moving back to Los Angeles, living together in an adorable bungalow, rescuing a puppy, and enjoying life together, we got engaged 11 years after we first started dating. Having been together for so long, we wanted to make our wedding celebration as personal and full of joy as possible.

Mark and I still live within 15 minutes of where we both grew up and wanted to showcase the beauty and laid-back quality of our lives in Southern California. We chose to have the reception in my parent’s garden where we had our first kiss, and the ceremony was across the street in our dear neighbors’ backyard. My mom, a landscape architect, had designed the gardens at both homes, not knowing they would later make the perfect venue for our wedding celebration.

I knew I found my dress as soon as I saw it at a Rue de Seine trunk show at Lovely Bride LA. Michele Corty, the talented and sweet designer of Rue de Seine, even took my exact measurements for the dreamy floral lace dress so it would fit my 6ft1 frame. Mark, who rarely wears pants, wore a French navy suit from J Crew with matching shorts that he changed into (along with a brand new pair of Birkenstocks) for the dancing potion of the evening. I wanted my bridesmaids to wear dresses in the same floral print, but different styles. Coming up empty handed after searching for fabric, I decided to buy them all the same floral maxi dress from Asos and then encouraged them to change it into whatever they would like. One bridesmaid kept the dress the same, while my maid-of-honor turned hers into a two-piece with a crop top, another created a jumpsuit, and the other made hers short. It was so fun seeing what they came up with to suit their own style.

As a floral designer, I was focused on the ambiance and beauty of the wedding. We chose a cheerful wedding palette, combining coral, peach, and a range of greens and yellows with dove grey. We selected Memorial Day weekend for our wedding not only because we would be able to have a multi-day celebration with our guests, but also because of the abundance of Coral Charm Peonies, my favorite flower, during the month of May. My floral assistants from Lark Farnum Design worked their tails off creating the gorgeous tables of lush garlands and abundant flowers I had designed. I asked my close friends who were not formally bridesmaids to come over to my parents’ house while I was getting ready in the morning to make themselves flower crowns for the wedding. I made the boutonnieres and bouquets the morning of the wedding, tying lace handmade by my great, great, great grandmother into both my bouquet and the bouquet of my maid-of honor, my cousin. I put two other family heirlooms onto my bouquet, a pin loaned to me by my 92-year-old grandmother and another loaned to me by Mark’s family that had belonged to his late-grandmother.

Having been in the wedding industry for a number of years, I was so happy to have chosen incredible vendors to pull off the big day so that I could relax and enjoy the day. The amazing Jennifer and Susan of HoneyFitz Events put all my plans into action and pulled off a day that felt effortless and welcoming for all of our guests. Jessica Castro beautifully captured the emotions and splendor of the day in her photos. We chose to have our favorite Mexican restaurant, La Cabinita, cater the dinner so we could eat our favorite meal on our favorite day. Someone was even making fresh tortillas on site! Along with delicious cake from Crust and Crumble, my amazing aunt made 200 mini fruit pies (my favorite dessert) that guests could eat while dropping it low on the dance floor. Petey of Queue DJ set the tone of our wedding perfectly with a playlist that kept our guests dancing until we shut the party down.

One of the most unforgettable moments of the wedding was when my dad and our best man sang a few songs together. I think most everyone was tearing up when my dad played “Sweet Baby James” which he used to play for me when I was little.

Mark and I both could barely stop crying out of joy all day. I loved looking out during our ceremony and not seeing a dry-eye amongst our guests as Mark and I read our own emotional vows. After a particularly moving line of his vows, I exclaimed, “Holy *expletive*, you wrote that?” After so many years together, having an event that brought our closest friends and family from all over the country and world together to celebrate our love is a joy I cannot fully explain and will never ever forget.

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Photography: Jessica Castro | Floral Design: Lark Farnum | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Cake: Crust + Crumble | Invitations: Basic Invite | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: La Cabanita | Hair + Makeup: Renee Loiz | DJ: Queue DJ | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: At Home | Beverage Services + Bar: About Thyme Catering | Bride's Rings: Salt & Stone | Custom Napkins: Paper Source | Escort Card Table: Leaf Decor | Event Planning + Coordination: HoneyFitz Events | Groom's Ring: Staghead Designs | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Edi Party Rental | Wooden Watches: Tree Hut

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Breathtaking seaside nuptials + a luxe ballroom reception? Sign. Us. Up.

Saying “I do” on the beach doesn’t mean sacrificing that elegant ballroom wedding you’ve always dreamed of.  Don’t believe me?  Just ask these two cuties, who married seaside at Hotel Casa Del Mar in one of the prettiest celebrations we have ever seen.  From the breathtaking “I do’s” to the stunning ballroom reception, this unique affair is allll about the luxury.  See it here in THE VAULT.

Saying “I do” mere steps from the Pacific Ocean?  I truly can’t think of a more perfect celebration. Unless, of course, you want to follow in the footsteps of this stunning duo and keep the party going with a night of dancing (+ champagne toasts) in a glam ballroom decked to the nines with sophisticated gold and white details. It’s basically the epitome of a dream wedding and we have Hotel Casa del Mar to thank for delivering all of the pretty.  Think luxurious accommodations, a talented team of wedding professionals AND a sweet locale like Santa Monica as the world’s coolest Big Day backdrop.  Awesome doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Whether you’re planning an intimate celebration for your closest friends + family or a more grand affair for hundreds of your loved ones, Hotel Casa Del Mar will turn your every wish into a seriously stunning reality. Get inspired by soaking in even more of this beautiful day here, then head to Hotel Casa Del Mar’s website to start planning your very own. You can thank us later, loves.

Photography: JKoe Photo | Videography: White Rose Production | Event Planning & Design: Kat Minassi Events | Floral Design: Avant Garden | Cake: The Butter End Cakery | Makeup: Jasmine Kim | Hair: Ashley Walters | Lighting: TmmPro | Officiant: Robert Espero | Ceremony Music: Rispsi Yepremyan | Event Host : Hryer Kaprealian | Music: Mike Soltani | Pastry: Rafi's Pastry And Cakes | Percussionist: Moris Hedvat | Rentals: White Night

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The Ridiculously Cool Wedding We’ve All Been Waiting For

I can’t even tell you how excited we are to share this decidedly “cool girl” wedding. It’s one of those celebrations that completely breaks the mold with rich, moody colors, unique design moments (they were married under a teepee!) and a modern boho vibe that’s a TOTAL breath of fresh air. Bravo, Amorology for designing the desert wedding of our dreams and Ashley Keleman for photographing these gems in The Vault.

 

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From AmorologyWhen Jen and Brian came to us, they had just cancelled their Dominican Republic destination wedding due to the Zika outbreak and had to move the celebration state-side. The couple wanted a place where they could surround themselves with the family and friends they would have been traveling with and luckily for us they turned to one of our favorite locations, Colony 29, where they could all gather together and stay nearby.

The desert oasis set the perfect backdrop for their modern boho palette of dusty nudes and dark moody jewel tones of raspberry, muted turquoise, emerald, and magenta. As a nod to how their relationship developed – the couple met as neighbors in an apartment complex sharing a wall – Jen and Brian were married under a teepee to symbolize their two homes now becoming one.

The dainty lion brought us wild and free blooms to adorn a ceremony and reception already surrounded by rose gardens, orchard trees, and flower vines. To lend a cocktail vibe, we brought in an eclectic mix of modern bohemian elements through folklore and added candlelight and ambiance to the atmosphere with black taper candles and brass candlesticks.

Guests dined at low tables with moroccan poufs or smaller clusters of tulip tables set with geode slabs and brass chargers. As we further got to know Jen and Brian, we learned that they while opposite in character they truly are each other’s better half – and as such we decided to pay homage to this by hanging fringed hemispheres on a marble backdrop to represent two halves of the same moon. Guests also gathered their seating assignments here from calligraphed crystal moon rocks. Throughout the night, guests sipped on the Girl Next Door and the Neighbor Boy (a reference to the nickname for Brian coined lovingly by Jen’s friends during their early courting days) and danced the night away.

Guests were treated to a family style meal by Miho Catering, and in lieu of a traditional cake the couple opted for tray-passed mini-churros and hand pies. The night was truly one of those perfect palm springs evenings, where guests gathered under the stars surrounded by painted hills to celebrate a love as bright as the desert moon.

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Photography: Ashley Keleman | Event Design: Amorology | Event Planning: Amorology | Floral Design: Kimberly Anderson, The Dainty Lion | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Catering: Miho Catering | Hair + Makeup: Sparkle Tafao | Calligraphy: Betlem Calligraphy | DJ: Dart DJ | Venue: colony 29 | Backdrop: Backup Backdrops | Beverage Services: RoomForty | Day of Paper Design: Peanut Press Creative | Lounge Area: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Witty Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Tabletop: Hostess Haven

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