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Cheers to the Romance of Winter – Wind + Rain Are No Match to Champagne

Winter has a special place in the hearts of these two. They met in those chilliest of months, started dating, and even said “I do” at that time of year. So it was only fitting that they toast to three years of marriage in the same season! Designed and styled by Chloe+Mint and with a gorgeous calligraphed champagne bottle courtesy of Seniman Calligraphy, these two kissed and sipped and smiled – and Tenth & Grace captured it all. Cheers to the romance of winter and many more years of love for these two!

From Tenth & GraceNicole and Austin celebrated their third wedding anniversary with a romantic anniversary shoot at the Sutro Baths in San Francisco. Designed by Chloe+Mint, the session featured a gorgeous winter-inspired bouquet by The Bloomery Co. and a personalized champagne bottle by Seniman Calligraphy. The wind and rain added to the romantic feel!

From Nicole… All of our major anniversaries fall within a one month period. We met, started officially dating, and got married in the winter months.

We kept our wedding very simple, and eloped on a secluded portion of the California coast. One of my very favorite parts of our day was feeling like a princess in the most beautiful dress, and getting to celebrate with my love. For our three year wedding/five years together anniversary, we wanted to have a shoot that felt a lot like the best parts of our wedding, so we could remember all our feelings so many years ago, and the commitment we made to each other. In that time, we’ve changed so much, but in a way, so much has stayed the same. This shoot was the perfect embodiment of that.

Tanya was able to bring the most romantic, elegant vision to life – one that even rivaled our wedding day. The vendors were unbelievable. I was spoiled with the most beautiful bouquet, a dress that was so delicate and perfect in every way, all wrapped up with the sweetest, personalized details, like champagne to toast our love on the rocky coast of the San Francisco Sutro Baths. It was like we were married all over again, I couldn’t have asked for a better anniversary.

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Photography: Tenth & Grace | Event Design + Styling: Chloe+Mint | Floral Design: The Bloomery Co | Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Makeup: Jessica Fernandez | Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy

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How To Pull off an Intimate Garden Wedding in the City

Smack dab in the middle of downtown Los Angeles, this wedding was as beautiful as it was intimate. A garden setting surrounded by city skyscrapers added a uniquely elegant touch to this couple’s special day. Soft blush florals provided by The Little Branch, added a perfectly subtle enhancement to the already beautiful setting. Check out the entire collection captured by Michael + Anna Costa Photography.

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From the Bride… In our first year of dating, we attended 11 weddings, so we had the chance to see many beautiful ceremonies, venues and wedding styles. But when it came time to plan our wedding, neither of us really knew what we wanted. I had never been the girl who imagined her dream wedding or pictured what my dress would like, so we had a hard time getting started. We knew we wanted an outdoor venue close to home, and happened upon Maguire Gardens, a private park in front of the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library. We saw a few pictures online, and when we visited it felt like a tree-covered oasis in the middle of the high-rise buildings of Downtown L. A. It felt comfortable, chic, unique, and perfect for us. From there, everything started to fall into place.

When I started dress shopping, the jeweled ball gowns were gorgeous, but they didn’t feel right for our venue. It seemed like something natural and fluid was more appropriate. My Bliss Monique Lhuillier gown was perfect with its delicate, understated lace and open back. The Art Deco exterior of the Central Library juxtaposed against the lush garden inspired the bridal party attire – navy suits for the guys and gray dresses for the girls. For a fun touch, we asked the guys to wear whatever brown dress shoes they had and asked the girls to pick out their favorite dress silhouettes. I love how natural everyone looks in styles they find comfortable and the overall look of the bridal party when everyone is just a little bit unique. For a fun touch, Randy wanted to wear a matching navy vest and pink tie to set him apart, and it totally worked.

Given that the park had so much greenery and innate beauty, we wanted the flowers to look organic and natural as well. We opted for a pale palette and unfussy arrangements rather than tightly-bound, symmetric bouquets. The ivory, blush and silver sage in the bouquets paired perfectly with my gown and the bridesmaids’ dresses. Meg at The Little Branch helped us create beautiful arrangements to go under our ceremony tree to help define the space, and, since the reception was outdoors at night, she incorporated lanterns and votives on the tables for additional lighting. I told Meg that I wanted the flowers to look nice but not overdone and too serious, and she made sure everything turned out more perfectly than I ever could’ve imagined. To add a little something fun and unexpected to our venue, we added a couple of chandeliers – one hung from the tree where we held the ceremony and one over our sweetheart table. Sandra at Luna Party Rentals proposed the idea of the crystals strewn over the tree and making the chandelier look like it was floating over our table. Despite having spent hours getting ready and taking some of the pre-ceremony photos, I didn’t feel like it was truly our wedding day until I first saw the ceremony tree with the chandelier and crystals right before we did the first look. It was like a fairy tale.

For the ceremony itself, Randy and I thought it was important to write our own vows and make the wedding ceremony truly our own. Our officiant, Elysia, made us feel comfortable in front of everyone, and there were definitely a few times where we were all laughing during the ceremony. My favorite was probably after Elysia told the story of how Randy was so nervous during the proposal, that he handed me the ring but didn’t put it on my finger. When he slid my wedding band onto my finger that day, I very quietly joked to him, “You did it this time”, which Elysia decided to share with all of our friends and family. And the fact that Randy and I made the same joke about our competitive nature when we watch Jeopardy together is probably a good sign that we are truly meant to be together.

Other than the type of venue, one of the few things we knew from the beginning was that we wanted good music and food. Basically, we wanted a fun party for our family and friends. Angelica Strings provided beautiful music for our ceremony, even arranging a string quartet version of Jose Gonzalez’s “Heartbeats” for the bridal entry. During cocktail hour, we had a signature spicy mezcal cocktail and Django Foxtrot, a local jazz band, both of which fit the cool, urban vibe at our venue. Dom from Red Shoe was an amazing DJ and provided the best mix of oldies, pop and our favorite 90’s rock and hip-hop that kept people out of their seats and dancing all night. Our nephew, the ring bearer, and my cousin, the flower girl, had so much fun dancing on a “real dance floor” that they were sweaty and exhausted by dinner time, and one of our friends danced so hard that she sprained her ankle!

The other wedding decision we had no trouble making was picking a cake. Our favorite bakery for birthday cakes is SusieCakes, so it was an easy decision to go with them. The hard part was picking which flavor to go with after the tasting, so we ended up with two flavors! We had a hard time figuring out how to cut the first slice and couldn’t stop laughing. Dessert has always been our favorite part of a special meal, so we also had a dessert table with various bite-size options and candy. We couldn’t have done any of it without Brooke, Christy and the team at Orange Blossom Special Events. They went above and beyond to help us throughout the planning process and ensured that the day was perfect. We knew we were in good hands with them. We’re so grateful to have worked with Michael + Anna Costa Photography. Michael’s photos are beautiful, and he really captured the day. We couldn’t believe how many photos he had taken and had a tough time selecting the ones that would ultimately go into our album.

Lastly, we had been worried throughout the whole planning process about doing a completely outdoor wedding during an El Nino year in California. We didn’t have a contingency plan other than getting a large tent to cover the whole area, which would have blocked out so much of the natural beauty of the venue in addition to being inconvenient. Thankfully, we had a quintessentially Southern California day full of blue skies and sunshine. It ended up being the perfect day to celebrate the start of our marriage with friends, family, dancing, and lots of dessert.

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Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Coordination: Orange Blossom Special Events | Floral Design: THE LITTLE BRANCH | Cake: Susie Cakes | Catering: Cafe Pinot | Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang | DJ: Red Shoe LA | Officiant: LA Wedding Woman | Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings | Venue: Maguire Gardens | Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Django Foxtrot | Rentals: Luna Party Rentals

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A Dolce & Gabbana Ad Inspired This Real Wedding

When bride-to-be, Shirly came across a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement one day, she knew she’d just found her wedding inspiration. Featuring striking florals, rich black accessories, ghost chairs, lush greenery and brassy gold elements, it guided her fashion-forward approach to their wedding design…and the result is every modern bride’s dream. Mark and Shirley brought on an amazing vendor team with Esoteric Events, Kristina Adams, Amari Productions, Seniman Calligraphy, The Blushing Bird and La Tavola, to name a few. See it all this way!

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From the Bride… When we first started designing the look of our wedding, we struggled to unite vastly different aesthetics that we both loved. One day, I came across a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement and that became the focal point of our inspiration. We took the colors of the fashion forward florals and layered in rich black accessories and ghost chairs for a modern take, and then incorporated brassy gold elements and lush greenery and textures for some old-world romance. Thanks to our spectacular all-star vendor team, we are so happy with how everything came together!

We had only moved to Los Angeles from New York for two months before Mark proposed. So we thought it was very fitting to have our wedding in Southern California since we had many out of town family and friends traveling from Asia and the East Coast. We both wanted an outdoor celebration, and once we saw the venue with its sweeping vast views, we knew that was it. Our wedding day was truly the happiest days of our lives. It’s a remarkable feeling to be marrying your soul mate, surrounded by everyone you love. I couldn’t stop smiling all day, and no matter how hard I tried to stop it, I cried lots of happy tears!

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Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Cinematography: Amari Productions | Wedding Planning: Esoteric Events | Floral Design: Honey and Poppies | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative | Bride's Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: RoomForty | Hair & Makeup: Chiali Meng | DJ: Vox DJs | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Bridal Accessories: The Blushing Bird | Bride's Crown: Mignonne Handmade | Cake & Desserts: Mr. & Mrs. Creamery | Cocktails: Pharmacie | Day of Calligraphy: Letters To You | Invitation Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth Backdrop: Drop It MODERN | Specialty Rentals: Etablir Shop

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