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Patina Wedding + A Giveaway!

In the world of seriously stunning weddings that go off without a single hitch, Patina Wedding reigns supreme.  Think a talented team of expert culinarians, esteemed sommeliers + mixologists, fab wedding planners and artistic pastry chefs all coming together to make your dream day a total reality.  From their full service packages to their landmark locales, this, my friends, is a true fairytale experience.

With Patina Wedding, cookie cutter weddings are absolutely non-existent.  That’s because the team at Patina Wedding is completely devoted to creating a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience that is truly yours, and yours only.  Celebrate your day in sophisticated style in one of Patina Wedding’s landmark locales (hello, Descanso Gardens, Café Pinot and Walt Disney Concert Hall) or select a spot of your very own choosing, from a private estate to a beautiful seaside setting.  No matter the location, Patina Wedding will utilize their extensive network of seriously talented wedding vendors to create a day that exceeds even your wildest expectations.

Contact a Patina Wedding’s Wedding Specialist today at 213.972.3673 or to get your dream day started.  And don’t forget to ask about their fab collection of signature and classic wedding cakes, party favors and specialty dessert stations that are guaranteed to wow each and every one of your guests!


What: Patina Wedding is giving away $2500 towards your dream day, plus free upgrades, toasts, dinners and discounts on party favors!

How: To enter, simply build your Pinterest wedding board and take a short quiz! Click here for all of the details! #PatinaRingOnIt


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Romantic Post Wedding Shoot at Joshua Tree National Park

The fun doesn’t need to end when the bouquet has been tossed and dance floor cleared out. After a rainy wedding day – which we obsessed over on Friday – this couple and Koman Photography headed to Joshua Tree National Park where the sun was shining and snapped more pretty pics. If the sparkle in their eyes is any indication, we can’t wait to see all that is to come for these two cuties.

From Koman PhotographyJulie and Sam are two of the sweetest people we know. Their smiles are so infectious, their laughter so contagious, their love so pure and real. John and I were so pumped for their wedding day because we knew it was going to be a blast, and it definitely was! But not only did we get to capture their beautiful wedding day, but we got to capture their dreamy Joshua Tree Post Wedding Shoot.

John and I always have the best time with Julie and Sam and we’re so happy we get to capture their love.

From the Bride… The first night I met this silly guy who let me apply my lipstick on him, I had no idea that a year later we would be planning the rest of our lives together. It was on our one year anniversary that Sam proposed to me while traveling through Italy, a place I’d been planning to go for the last 10 years but never did. He wanted to show me the world and I truly felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

Shortly after our engagement, we started on our hunt for the perfect venue. On our first day of appointments and last stop, it was it! When we walked into the Bel-Air Bay Club, it was reminiscent of the rustic romantic charm that we just experienced in Italy. It is classic and elegant, with a touch of rustic and vintage. It was the perfect day, perfect venue, and perfect everything. Despite the fact that it rained on our wedding day, which means good luck anyway, the switch from outside to inside minutes before the ceremony was effortless by the amazing staff, and it was a blessing in disguise when we were able to walk down the aisle to such an intimate setting amongst our loved ones, and where we truly felt the presence of God.

For the day of details, we chose blush pinks, cream, and champagne gold for a soft and classic, romantic feeling to complement the natural tones of the venue. Because Sam and I love photo booths, we were very excited to discover flip books. Our guests made short videos that were turned into miniature books that you flip through to show your clip. And for wedding favors, we had macaron pops because who doesn’t love a macaron!

Although Sam and I were both raised in Southern California, we also wanted to keep tradition and therefore we performed a traditional Korean tea ceremony (Paebaek) on our wedding day. It was a way for us to give thanks and respect to our parents while also receiving some words of wisdom.

To top everything off, our photographers are the sweetest and most generous couple… I thought the rain already brought so much good luck, but they offered a post-session to make up for some loss of photo time! When deciding on a location, the Komans knew another breathtaking place (a place that it likely wouldn’t rain!) in Joshua Tree.

The entire day (and extra day) came together perfectly and created unforgettable memories to start our lives together, and we are blessed to have had all these precious moments captured so naturally and beautifully by the Komans.

Photography: Koman Photography | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom's Attire: Beautiful Day Wedding | Venue: Joshua Tree National Park | Bridal Boutique: Bella Wedding Bridal | Hair And Make-up: Makeup By Sung

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La Jolla Beach Picnic Engagement Session

Date nights are the best. I still get that same spark of excitement to get all dressed up for a romantic evening out with my fiancé. So when Ashley Kelemen sent this e-sesh our way based on that idea? I could help but fall head over heels in love with this picnic-style beach date, complete with a red dress from Lulu’s and lush bouquet by Plenty Of Petals. Dig your toes into this sweet, sandy gallery for more!

From Ashley KelemenMaria & Chris wanted their engagement session to feel like date night, with a gorgeous picnic on the beach and a perfect excuse to dress up! We met up for a lovely stroll through Torrey Pines, wrapping up on the beach at sunset, and had an absolutely incredible evening.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Hair & Makeup: The Girls Beauty Shop | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Bride's Dress: Lulu's | Floral Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon Co | State Park: Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

UFC Fighter Michael Bisping’s English Estate Inspired Wedding

Does this dashing groom look a bit familiar? After tonight’s fight, he might have a whole new set of fans out there. But with David Manning’s gorgeous photos, we declare Michael Bisping already a winner in our eyes. He said his “I do’s” at Rancho Las Lomas, all orchestrated by A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production, and if these pics are any clue, he and his beautiful Bride have a shining future ahead.


From A Good Affair Wedding & Event ProductionMichael Bisping is a middleweight UFC fighter who won his most current fight in August, 2014 with a 25-6 win record. Bruce Buffer, a UFC Announcer, announced the Bride and Groom as they walked into their reception.

From the beautiful Bride… Michael and I met outside of a nightclub of all places in England all the way back in 1999 and have been attached at the hip ever since.

For our wedding day, we were inspired by the Grand English stately home style. I saw the interior of a Chatsworth home and it inspired my vision. 

We decided not to do a first look, so the best moment for me was walking down the aisle and seeing Michael’s face when he saw me and he even cried! Our wedding day was so perfect. Every aspect of the wedding surpassed our expectations. Having Bruce Buffer announce us to the reception was hilarious and set the evening off to a great start. Having a live string trio for the ceremony set such a special and romantic feel; it was quite magical.

Photography: David Manning Photography | Cake: Sweet Art | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair And Makeup: 1011 Makeup | Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions | DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions | Transportation: Classique Limousines | Wedding Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Ceremony Musicians: Festive Strings | Draping: Classic Party Rentals | Event Planning And Design: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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Elegant Loft on Pine Wedding

This is the sort of wedding where every last detail is almost too pretty to believe.  From the stunning florals from Designs By Marina to the breathtaking candlelit ceremony.  But peel back the layers of gorgeous and this is a story of two high school sweeties; a duo soooooo seriously adorable, you can’t help but love every last second of their day captured by AndySeo Studio.  See it here.


From the Groom… Some would call it chance, others fate. Either way, I was one of the lucky few who would find the person I would spend the rest of my life with at a very early age. I first met Nancy at a cross town rival high school’s club event. We had mutual friends who introduced us briefly; I don’t think I said more than two words to her that first night. It wouldn’t be until months later that I mustered up the courage to say “hi” to her again. I fell in love with her personality way before I fell in love with her gorgeous features, and that’s how I knew that the connection we had was something real. She was witty, charming, goofy, and above all else, surprising; constantly keeping me on my toes. I had never met anyone like her before in my life (or since then for that matter).

Throughout the course of those first couple of months, I must have asked her to be my girlfriend at least three or four times, and she mercilessly shot me down each time. I knew she wasn’t quite ready for a relationship just yet, but that wouldn’t stop me from trying nonetheless. Ironically, it was she who finally asked me out one cold night in December. Like a mastermind, she had orchestrated an elaborate scenario at the beach filled with heart shaped candles in the sand, and balloons that symbolized our soon to be relationship. Suffice it to say, we’ve been together ever since.

I’ve been with my then girlfriend, and now wife, for 12 amazing years. In that time, we’ve made countless memories together, from our high school prom to our college graduations. She’s even cracked my shell enough to show me how amazing it can be to travel around the world, experiencing new adventures together every step of the way. Because of her, I’ve had dinner on the beach in Fiji, jumped out of an airplane at 14,500 feet in Hawaii, watched the cherry blossoms fall in Japan, and ate the best pizza of my life in New York. She is my better half, constantly challenging me to live my life purposefully; making me look forward to each new day.

Last November, I made the decision to ask my high school sweetheart to be the woman I spend the rest of my life with. I wanted to surprise her in all the ways that she had done for me over the years. What she thought was a celebratory reunion for my birthday was in fact just an excuse to gather all of our friends together so that I could pop the big question. As everyone gathered around for what she assumed was the surprise birthday cake, I instead dropped down to one knee and asked the most important question of my life. What followed was a tumultuous chorus of tears, laughter, cheers, and congratulations; it is a night I will never forget.

The rest, as they say, is history. We were married about a year after our engagement on our 12th anniversary. The celebration was as much for us as it was for all the family and friends who have supported us along the way. These past 12 years have been a blessing. And yet, I know that the best is yet to come.

Photography: AndySeo Studio | Videography: Scenemotion | Floral Design: Designs By Marina | Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang | Wedding Venue: The Loft On Pine

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