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Elegant Napa Valley Wedding Infused with New Orleans Flair

You can take the couple out of New Orleans, but you can’t take New Orleans out of the couple, and this festive affair is proof. Infused with Big Easy touches—from the brass band to the beignet desserts and magnolia-adored cake—this wedding, captured by Weddings By Sasha, is the perfect mix of California style and Southern flair. Head to The Vault to see all the pretty.

 

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From The Bride… Joe and I have known each other since high school. Our parents became friends and our families started having Thanksgiving together when I was in college at Tulane University in New Orleans. Joe and I became friends and after a long distance friendship we finally started dating when I moved to San Francisco. Joe proposed to me in New Orleans, one of my favorite cities on the planet. Our families were there for a vacation and he got down on one knee in Jackson Square and we all went for beignets to celebrate.

Being that our lives and my job are in California, we knew we wanted to get married here, but with lots of influences of New Orleans. We found Villa Montalvo, a gorgeous Villa and gardens that looks like it fell straight out of Tuscany. We pictured an elegant outdoor garden wedding in this more formal location. For the decor we paired wicker chargers and flowers with ferns with ornate silver candelabras and our decorative monogram wax seal throughout.

A few details that made this wedding extra special:
– My christening bonnet turned into the handkerchief that I carried on my wedding day
– A New Orleans brass band surprised guests for the recessional playing “When the Saints Go Marching In” and then led guests from the ceremony to the cocktail hour
– The bouquets were created in sterling silver cones that my mother had collected
– We had fun New Orleans cocktails at our custom bar ( French 75s, Sazeracs and Mint Juleps of course )
– Our menu was Southern inspired, a salad of sweet gem lettuces, peaches and crispy shoestring sweet potatoes with pancetta and mint julep dressing. And for the entree, whole grain mustard glazed chicken, friend green tomatoes, pickled fennel remoulade, smoked gouda grits and polebean slaw.
– After dinner we passed powdered sugar beignets and sent around a whiskey cart for after dinner drinks
– A large magnolia, the symbol of New Orleans adorned our cake

Photography: Weddings By Sasha | Floral Design: Atelier Joya | Catering: Global Gourmet | Hair And Makeup: Ali Moss | Venue: Villa Montalvo

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Golden Hills Engagement Session

How do you savor summer? I’m taking note from this pair, who basically walked on sunshine. It’s a love sesh from the lens of Honey Honey Photography that’ll have you dreaming of fields of gold. Sharing sweet kisses and elegant outfits (an ode to their Viva Las Vegas beginning) the gallery is your jackpot, and it’s waiting for you in the The Vault!

From Honey Honey PhotographyTony and Diana met in Viva Las Vegas! Diana was traveling the world at the time and took a small break to go home to California for 3 weeks. Within that time, she went to Las Vegas with girlfriends while he was there for a bachelor party. Tony lived in Orange County while Diana resides in The Bay Area. 7 months later was when they reunited for the first time when Tony drove all the way to San Jose just so he can take Diana out on a date :)

First date went well and continued with weekly back and fourth traveling. 6 months later, he realized he couldn’t stay away so he packed his bags, rented a uHaul and moved to the beautiful Silicon Valley. 2 years later, he asked for her hand in marriage and she said yes!

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Bride | Hair: Gwen Huyen Tran From BombSHELL Salon | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Venue: Orange County | Blue Dress: Virgos Lounge On Asos | Groom's Black Suit: Top Man | Groom's Second Suit: Zara Men | White Dress: Club Monaco

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Romantic Santa Monica Wedding with Pops of Pink

Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? Speaking from experience, it’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but this duo? They endured a 7 year span together proving that distance only makes the heart grow fonder. Their forever began in Santa Monica with Ryon: Lockhart Photography behind the lens. From the hanging lanterns, to walls filled with succulents, it’s a day dressed up in dreams and you can see it all in The Vault!

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Fall
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Eatery
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From the beautiful Bride… Ryan and I met during our sophomore year at UCLA (go Bruins!) when we lived on the same floor. My version of the story is that when we first started dating, I was studying abroad that summer so it wasn’t my intention to be in a very serious relationship. I loved spending time with him and getting to know him but I thought, “OK, when I leave for Rome in 2 months, we’ll break things off.” To my surprise, it is now 9 years later and we’re still very much together, in fact, married! That summer laid the foundation for the future because for majority of our relationship, we have been apart more than we have been together. Ryan moved to Seattle for work shortly after we graduated and we’ve been doing long distance for the last 7 years. Even though long distance can be difficult at times, it hasn’t stopped us from being together. We continued to create memories and make plans for the future. If anything, I think it has made us stronger together and as individuals.

Within days after we got engaged, I was ready to start planning our wedding because I had been pinning ideas on Pinterest for years before Ryan proposed. He knew how much the wedding meant to me and since he wasn’t in LA, he let me plan most of it. All he wanted to know was what color his suit should be and when to show up. And so the wedding planning began! Ryan and I consider ourselves very casual easy-going people and we love being outdoors so one of the things I knew early on was that I wanted an outdoor wedding with bistro lighting. Maybe we could get married at a beautiful vineyard, a gorgeous rustic barn, or in a luscious forest. There were so many options so I spent countless hours researching venues. I think we visited 10 venues before we came across Tiato. Prior to visiting it, I had never heard of it but within minutes, I realized it was a hidden gem in Santa Monica and fell in love with the place. They had a beautiful outdoor space with a big tree that had hanging lanterns, walls filled with succulents, hedges with twinkling lights, and a small garden where they grew herbs that they used in their food. The inside of the restaurant had a modern open space mixed with beautiful light fixtures and wooden wine barrels. I knew this was the ideal place for us! Ryan could hear the excitement in my voice and trusted my decision so I secured the venue before he even had a chance to visit the site himself. Once we found our venue, everything else came together effortlessly because it laid the blue print for the rest of our wedding. Ryan and I found amazing vendors to be a part of our special day. One of my closest friends, Helen Tao was our florist/wedding coordinator, and we were fortunate enough to find Ryon: Lockhart Photography to document our big day, and through them, we found the awesome DJ Dos-A who kept the fun going all night long! Until this day, one of my favorite memories from that night was when my dad decided to slide across the dance floor on his knees and everyone cheered him on.

Whenever we reminisce about that special day, we always get a warm tingly feeling in our hearts because we felt so loved that night. We are forever thankful to our friends, family, and amazing wedding vendors for all of their love and support. Our wedding day was truly one of the best days of our lives.

Photography: Ryon: Lockhart Photography | Event Design: Helen Tao | Floral Design: Helen Tao | Cake: Sunny Bakery | Catering: Tiato | Hair And Makeup: Beauty By Angelina | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Venue: Tiato

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Whimsical Olive Grove Wedding Styled Shoot

Awash in stunning organic details, sweet romantic moments and just a hint glamour (hello, crazy cool black, white and gold color palette), this inspiration sesh is totally going to make your Wednesday. Think a talented team of vendors, beautiful florals from Beloved Blooms and one breathtaking image after another from Fern Shin Photography.  Head to The Vault for all of the pretty.

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Whimsical

From Splendor And Bliss… We admire and cherish all things warm, simple, organic and romantic; therefore wanted to create a wedding inspiration shoot that reflected all those things. The beauty is in the details for this effortless, yet classic shoot. Our distinct color palette of soft blues, creams, black and white highlight the uniqueness of the majestic and distressed olive grove backdrop, and you find your focus being drawn to the accents of deep red in the bride’s lips and groom’s black & white suspenders—matched so eloquently with the tablescape.

The overall essence of this theme was captured in the flowers and table setting, meticulously coordinated and styled by Splendor and Bliss. With breathtaking crystal ball florals hanging above the grandiose olive trees by Beloved Blooms, the captivating paper suite delicately curated by Red-Letterday, and a combination of pottery and vintage glasses, we were able to produce a whimsical outdoor look.

In addition to this finished setting, our wonderful models , Kelly + Ryan, were gracious enough to be a part of this amazing shoot. Being a real couple (scheduled to be married later this year), and both pursuing their dreams as an actor and writer, this was the perfect opportunity to achieve their best performance as of late!

Photography: Fern Shin Photography | Floral Design: Beloved Blooms | Wedding Dresses: Kara Wedding | Hair And Makeup: Chelsea Nicole Makeup And Hair | Venue: Highland Springs Resort | Cake And Desserts: M Cakes Sweets | Coordination And Styling: Splendor And Bliss | Hair Accessories: Tessa Kim | Invitations And Calligraphy: Jane From Red Letter Day

Elegant Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Shoot

There are inspiration shoots, and then there are inspiration shoots designed by Nancy of So Happi Together. The latter being my absolute fave. She’s got design instincts like you wouldn’t believe, and when she’s teamed up with Sally PineraCasa De PerrinFound Vintage RentalsLa Tavola and so many industry talents, the result is inspirational imagery we’re BEYOND grateful to house in The Vault.

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Summer
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Vineyard
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Words by Nancy from So Happi TogetherThe inspiration for our shoot comes from the couples that we actually work with – stylish, fun-loving, working professionals who want to throw a fabulous party to celebrate their union. They keep their guest count limited to the people who know and love them as individuals and as a couple. For this reason, they want to be sure to spoil each of their guests and keep the good food, good drinks and good times rolling well into the night and early morning. A private estate provides the perfect space for such a soiree, especially when it comes with a stunning view of the Pacific.

While our couple has a definite sense of style and taste, they hire a planner (Nancy Park of So Happi Together) to creatively design and seamlessly execute the styling and coordination of their special day. Being busy professionals, they trust their vendors to produce a day that will reflect their personalities and aesthetic. They also want to enjoy a day (or even a week!) of not feeling so busy. They want their wedding day to be an escape from the hustle and bustle of the everyday, for themselves and all of their guests. With this in mind, a color palette is chosen with soft soothing lavenders, cool refreshing marble grays, and muted dusty blues that reflect the calming ocean views.

Every detail of the wedding is thoughtfully designed to provide guests with the feeling of luxurious comfort and escape. And of course, they have hired a film photographer to perfectly capture the essence and moments of the day. They appreciate the art and timeless beauty of film and trust Sally Pinera Photography with their vision.

The ceremony takes place on a helipad at The Malibu Rocky Oaks Estates and Vineyards, which provides an unobstructed view of the famous Malibu canyons. A “field” of lavender, provided by floral designer Heavenly Blooms, lines the edge of the helipad and creates a serene and natural backdrop for their wedding vows. Cross-back vineyard chairs (provided by Town and Country Rentals) are a nod to the vineyard on property and all of the other Malibu vineyards that the ceremony site overlooks. Even the pads on these chairs are custom dusty blue linens from La Tavola Linen.In contrast, the cocktail reception has clear views of the ocean and is sprinkled with inviting lounges provided by Found Vintage Rentals. Guests mingle poolside and receive their escort cards, which are boxed in beautiful glass and brass jewelry boxes. Each hand calligraphy name card is adorned with fresh blooms and acts as a work of art for guests to take home. They incorporate the crest that the couple had designed for their invitation suite by designer and calligrapher, Red Letter Day. This alludes to the fact that each individual guest is really considered family to our happy
couple.

The marble-top dining table, also provided by Found Vintage Rentals, is the perfect foundation for the gorgeous floral arrangements provided by Heavenly Blooms and vintage place settings by Casa de Perrin. The arrangements are grounded by a hand-dyed silk runner and surrounded by hand-made French gray taper candles in vintage brass holders and assorted specialty votives provided by Modest Peach.

Each place setting is adorned with a mini bouquet of the bride’s favorite flowers, tied together with hand-dyed silk ribbon, which naturally cascades across the vintage china.All paper goods incorporate some sort of hand calligraphy by Red Letter Day. The menus and main invitation have silver-foiled bevel edges. And a collection of color-coordinated, vintage stamps are used for mailing. The cake and desserts mimic the serene marble details of the tablescape and has some of their favorite desserts like French macarons and delicate mini meringues dusted with gold foil.

The bride herself has her wardrobe beautifully styled by Wilmarose Orlanes. Her Samuelle Couture gown has layers of romantic tulle that match the overall décor and color scheme. Her accessories are from Styled by Two’s Company, with shoes by Jimmy Choo and bridal clutch by Deux Lux. Hair and Makeup provided by Regina and Jazmine, respectively, for the Halycon Agency. The groom’s attire is provided by The Black Tux.

Of course, the couple has to end their evening in style, so they have a vintage Rolls Royce (provided by Classy Chassis) decorated with matching floral garlands to act as their getaway car. A perfect end to a perfect celebration.

Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Design And Planning: So Happi Together | Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms | Wedding Dress: Samuelle Couture | Makeup: Jazmine For The Halcyon Agency | Hair: Regina For The Halcyon Agency | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Classy Chassis Rentals | Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards | Bride’s Accessories: Style By Two’s Company | Bride’s Clutch: Deux Lux – Foxy Box | Cake And Desserts: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Candles: Creative Candles | Chair And Lighting Rentals: Town And Country | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linens | Ribbon And Runner:Silk And Willow | Speciality Tabletop Rentals: Casa De Perrin | Speciality Votive Candles: Modest Peach | Specialty Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Stationery And Calligraphy: Red Letterday | Wardrobe Styling: Wilmarose Orlanes

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