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A Gold Medal Worthy Wedding Fit for a Five-Time Olympic Champion

When you’re a five-time gold medal Olympian, only the best will do for your big day. And let me assure you, this gorgeous Laguna Beach wedding is definitely the best of the best — a Monique Lhuillier gown, a seaside ceremony overflowing with white flowers and an al fresco reception under the stars. Head to The Vault to see it all captured by John Schnack Photography, who frankly deserves a medal of his own!

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From Brian DobbinThe Montage Laguna Beach’s classic style and location embodied the spirit of this couple and gave me a framework within which to style their day.

He, a 5-time Olympic Gold Medalist rower and she in 3rd-year med school, both are driven and disciplined but low-key and relaxed in their personal lives.

They met at UCLA. The Groom’s family is from a small midwest town, very conservative and reserved, and the Bride is a California girl from Emerald Bay whose mother is an advertising guru and father a famous painter. Quite a diverse group!

My goal was to make this quintessential California love story simple and elegant and understandable to everyone and allow these families to blend together easily. My mantra throughout the design process was “feel at home”.

The ceremony location was a no-brainer; the biggest greenest lawn with the biggest bluest ocean backdrop filled with hundreds of distressed French kitchen chairs, entrance and wedding arch made of rough-hewn trees and covered with two truckloads of pristine white flowers by Urban Gardener.

Simple piano music, bridesmaids in a blush dress of their own choice and bouquets of their own design. My Bride was looking statuesque at 6’ tall in the first dress I discovered at Erin Cole. I knew immediately that this Monique Lhuillier was meant for her.

The groomsmen, (ranging in height from 6’2”-6’5”), were elegant and handsome in navy blue suits and ties.

The best part of the event was The Montage allowing us to be the first client to buy-out studio, their famous fine-dining restaurant with the killer view.

I couldn’t imagine having this group dine anywhere else on property! The ballrooms are lovely but no view, and besides, I had other plans for those!

Once we secured studio and their amazing chef I began to re-design the restaurant into a “house on the Ocean”, removing every piece of furniture and installing antique furniture, carpets, flowers, books, (who’s titles all had something to do with love/marriage/family), cashmere throws, and personal items that make a house a home. Post-ceremony cocktails and jazz took place in the Studio herb garden with simple reclaimed wood bars and tables and the sun and fragrant plants and flowers. Guests lounged on garden walls and hung out in the “house” and the gorgeous bar.

The oceanfront terraces were cleared and we rolled in 22 real antique farm tables and mismatched chairs that carried the theme of “home”. Amazing flower groupings in antique vasesby Urban Gardener, many candles, and strings of Italian garden lights, (on dimmers), set the mood. Sunset on the terrace was spectacular, and a five course dinner was punctuated by traditional wedding shenanigans, moving speeches and wild dancing and much, much laughter.

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Photography: John Schnack Photography | Event Planning: Brian Dobbin | Floral Design: Urban Gardener | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Montage Laguna Beach | Makeup: Trompe L'Oeil | Hair: Mars Salon | DJ: Dart DJs | Band: West Coast Music | Venue: Montage Laguna Beach | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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A Wedding That Proves Pink Peonies Are Always a Good Idea

Swoon a wedding that begins with THIS peony and garden rose filled bouquet? You don’t have to ask me twice. But it only gets better because The Hidden Garden decked out the entire wedding in florals you’ll want to steal, with planning by Samantha Scott, hair + makeup by Kacee Geoffroy, and an entire gallery just waiting to be discovered. Lacie Hansen, we heart you so for each and every perfect capture.

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From The Bride… The seeds of our love story were planted in high school where were started as best friends. We sprouted and grew throughout college at our alma mater, Cornell University. Despite the headwinds of long distance, we truly blossomed in the following years to come. Having been a part for a few years of our relationship, we thought it would be amazing to celebrate our marriage and return back home together by having a wedding in Los Angeles with our family and closest friends.

The Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills at Los Angeles was a fabulous venue with best-in-class staff and service. The venue had the perfect combination of a lovely garden ceremony, a covered outdoor cocktail hour, and an elegant ballroom reception – simply a dream come true.

We wanted the night to be elegant and entertaining, with splendid pops of color, delicious food and inspiring drinks! We brought in florals that reminded us of the gorgeous rose blossoms from the Huntington Library, our favorite spot to enjoy in our hometown. The day was perfect and we felt lucky to have everyone celebrate with us. We are incredibly thankful for a wonderful wedding team that made this day so special!

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Photography: Lacie Hansen | Event Planning: Samantha Scott Events | Floral Design: Hidden Garden Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood | Jewelry: Mother's Heirloom | Rings: Van Cleef & Arpels | Hair + Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Band: De Bois Entertainment | Favors: Compartes Chocolatier | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles | Beaded Reception Dress: Bob Mackie Vintage | Champagne Tower Glasses: The Whaling Club | Red Reception Dress: Pronovias

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This Classic Forest Wedding is a Must-See

Take a breathtaking setting like Nestldown and add in a plethora of gorgeous details that are equal parts classic + romantic and the results are undeniably pretty.  Think stunning florals from Seascape Flowers, the beauty stylings of TEAM Hair & Makeup and a pretty, pretty cake from Sweet Lauren Cakes creating a traditional meets fairytale love fest that is an absolute must-see.  Head to THE VAULT for every moment from The de Jaureguis (formally Erin Hearts Court) and prepare to make your hearts happy.

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From the Bride… It is incredibly rewarding when you put a lot of work into planning something, and it actually turns out the way you had imagined. Fortunately, our wedding was one of those things. Jeremy and I met at work, and were engaged three years later on our anniversary. It was a blessing in disguise that we got engaged in November 2013, as most venues for 2014 had been booked. It gave me plenty of time to plan.

It was difficult at first to decide what type of wedding we wanted, at least until we had found the venue. I think somewhere deep down I knew that I wanted it to be very romantic, whimsical, and classic. About five years before the wedding, my mom told me she had been to an event at this beautiful venue in Los Gatos. She said it would be perfect for a wedding. This of course was before I had even met Jeremy. As fate would have it, we visited the venue and fell madly in love with it. Once we saw Nestldown, it was obvious we weren’t going to think twice about it. It was truly the most beautiful and magical place either of us had seen. From the modern yet rustic barn, to the perfectly landscaped gardens, to the towering redwood trees throughout the property; Nestldown truly set the stage for our fairytale wedding.

Besides marrying the man of my dreams, I would have to say my dress was one of my most favorite parts of the day, which is hard to believe considering I am not a big wedding dress person. But when you are gifted the most stunningly beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress from your amazing aunt, what else is one to do but fall madly in love with it. It was hard to think that somewhere out there there would be a dress that would be mine; that would be made for my personality, and that would be classic, delicate, and elegant. And then I found it. Accompanied by my mom, sister, and aunt, I put on a beautiful Oscar dress covered in silk applique leaves. I knew this was the one. It is not everyday a girl gets to wear one of her all-time favorite designers, especially on her wedding day. Nordstrom special-ordered the dress for me and was an absolute dream to work with. I was lucky enough to wear my great grandmother’s aquamarine earrings. Something old, borrowed and blue. Between that and my new dress, I was covered.

When it came to the look of the wedding, I wanted it to be different. I didn’t want it to feel bohemian just because we were in the woods. I wanted to keep the classic elegance of traditional weddings, but with a twist. A formal wedding in an informal setting. Our colors were mostly white, with touches of blush and green. Nestldown is so stunning that we didn’t need to do much to dress it up. Our florist, Laurie from Seascape Flowers, exceeded all my expectations and dreams, with soft flowers like ranunculus, hydrangeas, and peonies. In particular, I had visions of a very soft, light-pink peony, but knew they were hard to find in this color. The day of the wedding, to my complete surprise, there they were in all of their glory. She had made everything exactly how I had imagined it. As an added touch, the escort cards floated on beds of hydrangeas, under a willow tree by the pond.

Our wedding day was a perfect 73 degrees and sunny with some clouds, which I was thankful for as the day before it was well into the 90s. Our ceremony took place down in the redwood chapel, where my Aunt Brooke officiated the marriage. Vowing to spend the rest of your life with someone while beneath the redwood trees is really a special moment that is hard to put into words. However, what truly made it special was having someone that we cared so deeply about marry us. It is a bond that we will share with her forever. After the ceremony, we enjoyed cocktail hour in the meadow. Guests played bocce ball and enjoyed music and appetizers. Dinner was served on the front lawn by the Koi pond. Our caterer, Thomas John Events, prepared a beautiful meal that all our guests still rave about to this day. To finish off the evening, everyone headed into the barn for dancing and dessert. I absolutely loved the assortment of desserts from Sweet Lauren Cakes. The table was covered with pie pops, cake pops and mini cupcakes; it was a hit with all our guests, as they could enjoy a variety of sweets throughout the evening. Paul from Big Fun DJ packed the dance floor, and guests had a blast making memories in the photo booth. Every detail helped shape our wedding – a day that I will truly never forget.

As a bride-to-be, you are already on the right track by visiting the Style Me Pretty website. It was an absolute savior for me throughout the planning process and provided me with so many wonderful ideas. However, if I had any additional advice for brides planning their wedding, it would be this: decide what is most important to you and focus on it. For me, having a perfect venue was extremely important, as was an awesome photographer. I probably spent most of my time looking for our photographer, Erin and Courtney; they were incredibly fun to work with and their photographs speak for themselves. The other advice I would give is to focus on one task at a time; finish that task before moving on to the next. Be sure to keep moving forward, and if you can, try to use any spare time to your advantage. I was finished with coordinating our vendors about eight months before the wedding. It gave me a lot of time to work on the details, and most importantly it kept me calm knowing things were done. The day before the wedding, let it all go. At that point, whatever is going to happen will happen, so let it. It is meant to be.

Your wedding day really is the most magical moment of your life. Cherish it, take in as much as possible, and pay attention to the details; the little things make the BEST memories. You will remember your day forever, and always with a smile.

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Photography: The de Jaureguis (formally Erin Hearts Court) | Floral Design: Seascape Flowers | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mori Lee | Catering: Thomas John Events | Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Hair: Jen Norton | DJ: Big Fun DJ | Groom's Attire: Canali | Venue: Nestldown | Bridal Boutique: Nordstrom | Dessert: Sweet Lauren Cakes | Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Rentals: Alexis Party Rentals

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