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A Ceremony Set in an Enchanted Forest

Lea and Michael wanted to wed in what felt like an enchanted forest, so the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden was their perfect spot. Nestled in the Redwood Grove, they shared vows amongst the ones they love and let nature serve as the ultimate decor. Sorella Muse photographed and you can see the entire day right here.

From the Bride… We weren’t sure where we would get married but knew we wanted an outdoor venue nestled amongst the trees. So when we arrived at the Redwood Grove at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, I knew we had found our place.

As you walk in it feels like you’ve entered an enchanted forest. As you continue to walk towards the ceremony site, the trees clear and you are greeted by a lovely little amphitheater hugged by redwood trees. At that moment we both knew it was perfect!

When you are a creative by profession, planning your own wedding feels like working on a masterpiece. I didn’t really have a theme for our wedding, but I knew I wanted to play off the natural beauty of the garden. I took inspiration from the redwood trees and interesting plants that grow all throughout. The rustic sticks in the table arrangements were inspired by the Redwood Grove. The guest favors were small potted succulents with wood slices engraved with our names and wedding date. Even the lace details on my dress were delicate flowers that looked more natural than feminine or girly.

I kept the color palette simple and soft using champagne and ivory to contrast with the deep green and brown tones of both the ceremony and reception sites. The bridesmaids wore champagne-colored dresses and the groomsmen wore navy. We used deep red to add small pops of color throughout.

For the reception we wanted our guests to have fun and discover a place some never knew existed. We kept the guest list to an intimate group of family and friends to share the day with, to laugh over a few funny stories and dance the night away. The next day, we were whisked away to our honeymoon, which was a perfect end to the magical day.

From the Photographer… It was such a pleasure photographing Lea and Michael’s beautiful wedding at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden! I absolutely love fall weddings, when it’s still warm enough to say “I do” outdoors but just chilly enough as the sun sets for a cozy dinner indoors.

As sweet and intimate as each part of the day felt, my favorite moment came towards the end of the evening, when the traditional bouquet toss would usually happen. Lea chose to re-interpret this bridal tradition. As a photographer who sees so many wedding celebrations, there’s nothing I love more than putting a personal spin on wedding traditions. Instead of tossing her flowers, Lea chose to gift them to her grandmother, to honor the strong marriage and enduring love that her grandparents had shown was possible and which she was inspired by, as we should all be. It was one of the sweetest things I had ever seen! Her grandparents then shared their own dance on the dance floor, and it made me remember that weddings are just the first day of a long adventure you embark upon with the one you love.

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Photography: Sorella Muse | Event Planning: Honey And Twine | Floral Design: Lyal Nickals | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Ceremony Venue: UC Berkely Botanical Gardens, Berkeley California | Reception Venue: UC Berkely Botanical Gardens, Berkeley California | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: S+S Gastropub | Hair and Makeup : Tamra Marie Artistry | DJ : Gatsby Entertainment | Groom's Attire: DKNY | Getting Ready Location: Claremont Club & Spa | Invitation : Minted

The Ultimate Modern Wedding Inspiration

How incredibly beautiful is this inspiration?! It’s enough to make anyone want to say “I do” again. From the Bride’s beautiful updo, to the lovely all white bouquet, Blueberry Photography has captured all that (and SO much more), and we’ve got it all just waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

From Blueberry PhotographyThe Art of Broken Pieces

“… to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.”

Often when we talk about marriage, we focus on the joyful memories when love is most abundant and overflowing. What we tend to neglect are the moments of doubt, anger, sadness, and fear. It is in these times from which a true love is built, through the prospect of letting a relationship fade away. We reflect on the totality of it all, from conception to the hypothetical future, and the authenticity of each other’s emotions. Here is where we decide to give up or to keep pushing forward, learning each other’s quirks, knowing when to let go of an argument, to discern pettiness from principle, and to understand how to be a selfless companion. This is the kiln that forges the vessel where love remains.

That vessel is what we hope to exemplify with Kintsugi, the Japanese art of rejoining broken ceramic pieces with gold lacquer. The philosophy behind this practice embraces values of restoration and finding beauty in imperfection. The photo shoot we present to you is a blend of simple design with a complex message that lies within the gold-filled cracks of each ceramic plate.

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Photography: Blueberry Photography | Event Design: Joy Nicolas | Floral Design: Bloomwell & Co. | Wedding Dress: Tomomi Okubo | Cake : La Vie Douce Design | Jewelry: Shibumi Studio & Gallery | Hair + Makeup: Camille Goldston Hair & Make Up Artistry | Calligraphy: Sunim Ink | Venue: Blueberry Photography | Linen : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Model : scout model and talent

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Plan Your Dream Wedding at the Luxe Bridal Show

There are bridal shows, and then there are events like the Luxe Bridal Show – an amazing get-together at Claremont Club & Spa that will take your planning to an entirely new level.  Think tasty cocktails, fabulous vendors and a special guest appearance by the planning genius himself, David Tutera.  It’s a non-stop day of inspiration happening on Sunday, April 10th.  Get your tickets HERE, my friends.

With over $25,000 in prize giveaways and a crazy gorgeous selection of cakes, wedding dresses, tuxedos, rental decor, florals and more, the Luxe Bridal Show is everything you’ll ever need to plan your dream day. I’m talking yummy tastings, a fully stocked bar, inspiring vendors and chic attire that is the definition of must-see.  Not to mention the ah-mazing Day of Show promotions + awesome giveaways. Oh, did I mention David Tutera’s special guest appearance?!?  Sooo amazing.

What are you waiting for, loves?  Pre-register for the Luxe Bridal Show by purchasing tickets HERE and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $10,000 Wedding Trunk.  Then mark your calendars for the best thing you’ll do while planning your Big Day.  Seriously… do.not.delay.

Photography: Clane Gessel Photography | Wedding Dresses: La Soie Bridal | Venue: Claremont Club & Spa | Bridal Showcase: Luxe Bridal Show


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