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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 | 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: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Witty Rentals | Tabletop: Hostess Haven

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A Modern Day Princess Wedding

Truth be told, I’m completely obsessed with everything about this bride’s look. That blush pink Tara Keely ballgown, those sparkly gold pumps, and a messy-chic topknot fit for a modern princess. Of course, every detail of the wedding fit her romantic bridal look and Jasmine Lee Photography captured all the fun – go see for yourself!

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From Jasmine Lee PhotographyJenny and Marvin married at the beautiful venue, Canyon View that overlooks the East Bay valley. Friends and family gathered from all over the world to celebrate their nuptial. Jenny was a gorgeous bride wearing a blush pink wedding gown by Tara Keely and gold pumps. She didn’t want a traditional up-do so Lela Nguyen did a beautiful job creating a high messy bun. Marvin looked quite dapper in his custom made Proper Suits paired with Christian Louboutin shoes. Love Life and Bloom used white and soft pink flowers to create the romantic ambience.

From The Bride…My husband and I have been together for 8 years before he proposed. I was super shocked (even though, I really shouldn’t be after so many years) and so happy to start planning the wedding that I’ve been looking forward to for so many years!! Once I started, I realized this was going to be a lot work and so I took my time doing it. It took me 2 years to plan my wedding. I love to be in love so naturally I envisioned something very romantic. I went with a very light blush pink and gold theme. It worked out perfectly because I ended up finding a ball gown by Tara Keely that I felt like a princess in. The main thing we wanted for our wedding was for everyone to have fun! Everything else fell into place with that in mind.

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Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Cinematography: That One Studio | Coordination: Direct my Day | Floral Design: Love Life & Bloom | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Kathy's Kreative Kakes | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Hair + Makeup: Lela Nguyen | Groom's Attire: Proper Suit | Venue: Canyon View

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