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Intimate Backyard Wedding

I’m not really supposed to pick favorites, but since my love of this wedding is literally bursting out of my body, I am just going to go ahead and say it: this is my all-time favorite wedding.  It’s perfectly simple, perfectly elegant and filled to the brim with amazing details all planned by Sweet Emilia Jane and captured in stunning images by The Hearts Haven.  In other words?  It’s awesome.  See it all right here.

And a sweet film from Origami Productions?  Yes, please.


From the Bride… We were over the moon all day on our wedding. In fact, the entire week leading up to our wedding was magical. It was a charmed time full of creative energy, love from our families and friends, and the eager anticipation of spending our lives together. I also remember an overwhelming sense of calm because I was about to marry the person I have been in love and grown up with for the last eight years.

Kicker’s parents were gracious and generous enough to allow us to marry in their backyard (and Kicker’s childhood home). What that meant in practice was that we completely took over their home in anticipation of our wedding. Our families were like a whirlwind in the week before, moving furniture, hosing down patios and doing everything we could to highlight the inherent beauty of the space.

Kicker’s parent’s home was the most special place we could have wed for many reasons. First, the house and garden are stunning every day of the year so it was guaranteed to be beautiful for the wedding. Foolproof pretty! Second, we were staying there so we spent lots of quality time there for the whole week (and many months before) the wedding and thus got to enjoy our hard work (and the pretty lights) for longer than a few hours. Finally, the coach house above the garage was the first place we ever lived together, six years ago. We used to spend many happy afternoons after work in the garden playing and dreaming about our future, the memories of those times made getting married there even more special.

We didn’t have a theme, per se, but as we made decisions we found that we did things according to both protocol and tradition only as much as felt right to us. We incorporated the olive trees that shade the whole yard as the unifying image on our paper goods and the buttons we made for the guests. We felt that using olive trees and other natural things honored and highlighted the space where we were joining our lives together. We were also drawn to the idea that olive trees are a powerful symbol of love, wisdom and peace-all good things. The flowers on the tables were representative of Midwestern wildflowers (since we live in Chicago now and I am from there). They were also a nice way to add color to the neutral palate that we felt would best highlight the natural beauty of the yard. We were lucky enough to have our best friends and our siblings standing with us and participating in our wedding, including one of our best friends agreeing to officiate our “non-denominational with Jewish accents ceremony.” Those things were part of what made our wedding so happy for us.

But really it was the overwhelming amount of love we felt from everyone that buoyed us and sent us off into our marriage just right. Looking back, so many moments and details that feel like favorites – the way the lights looked as the sun went down, saying our vows under a chuppah made of my great grandmother’s tablecloth,the feel of the grass on my bare feet, the TRULY delicious food, the sounds of the piano played by my aunt as we walked down the aisle, the laughter, tears and warmth that flowed from every person who was there. But my favorite of the favorite parts is the different vignettes in my memory of Kicker’s face throughout the day and how sublime it felt to reach out and touch hands as a newly married couple. At one point, I am told, a motorcycle drove up the neighbor’s driveway directly behind us during our ceremony and I had no idea because it felt like it was just the two of us. Plus, afterward it was a kick-ass party.

We could not have done any of the day, week or year of the wedding without lots of loving help from our families and friends and the hard work of our amazing vendors who did almost everything over phone and email with us from Chicago. They killed it and we couldn’t be happier.

Photography: The Hearts Haven | Cinematography: Origami Productions | Dress: Pronovias | Caterer: Whoa Nelly | Make Up: Amy Rittiner | Hair: Lee Rittiner | DJ: DJ Crash | Coordinator + Personal & Ceremony Flowers: Sweet Emilia Jane | Paper Goods: Darling Press | Photo Booth: Vintage Vault | Photography - Assistance: Ashley Keleman | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents

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Traditional Ballroom Wedding

It’s a well-known fact: traditional weddings make your day better.  But throw in a world of pretty details styled by Wedding Kate Events, a super-smiley bride and groom and a breathtaking Four Seasons Beverly Hills setting and it’s more than just one day that brightens considerably – it’s an entire weekend.  See for yourself in the full gallery captured by Marianne Wilson.  It’s awesome.


From Katie Seefeldt… Being a highly respected pediatric dentist and philanthropist, Eunha had quite a lot on her plate compared to the average bride. When she talked about Howard though, her very business driven mind seemed to take a left turn into a field of flowers and butterflies. Howard is very funny, energetic and brilliant just like his bride to be and we all knew a romantic and personal event was in store.

Eunha and Howard’s planning process was so special to me, I nearly tackled her when I noticed her abnormally large smile and a sparkle on her finger. She knew she wanted the event to be glamorous and elegant without feeling pretentious. She selected shades of sherbet in coral and pink and golden tones of champagne that draped the room in warmth and color. Blooming arrangements topped the dining tables, each thoughtfully constructed using flowers with lots of lush petals. The bride kept within budget using in season flowers and re-purposing arrangements from the escort card display. The reception was held at the famed Four Seasons at Beverly Hills and the room seemed to glow from the twinkle lights outside the gorgeous picture windows.

A fitted lace gown was selected by the bride, adorned with a beautiful jeweled belt which added just a kiss of glamour to her usually preppy style. Her was swept off of her neck to show off her flawless skin and a special surprise gift from the groom. (Hurray for Cartier!) Her impeccable taste continued to her toes with gilded peep toe pumps from Badgley Mischka.

The couple performed a choreographed number, complete with a special lift (of the flower girl of course!) and enjoyed a live performance of some of the couples favorite tunes from Beyoncé and Earth, Wind and Fire. The entire party joined the couple on the dance floor for an impromptu verse sang by the groom.

The entire evening was filled with love, shared between the couple and each guest who was lucky enough to experience the start of the rest of this very special couple’s adventure.

Cheers Mr. And Mrs. Kong!

Photography: Marianne Wilson Photography | Videographer: 202pictures | Floral Design: Fiore Flower | Invitations: See Jane Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Brendan Church | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Beverly Hills | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: The Hair Day | Lighting: Ambiance Pros | DJ: iDJ Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Mr. Tuxedo | Bridal Gown: Wilshire Bridal & Tuxedo | Catering & Cake: Four Seasons Catering | Planning + Coordination: Wedding Kate Events

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Glamorous Garden Affair in Beverly Hills

Mindy Weiss knows how to throw an amazing event and the proof is in the pudding, my friends. Pudding that translates into the blush colored garden wedding of Lauren’s Lyst practically dripping in glamour and crafted at the hands of talents like Marks Garden, Simone And Martin Photography and a film by Vidicam Productions. Have a look here for even more from the day including two other fab events filling this wedding weekend.


From the Bride… Our wedding day was a beautiful blend of love, warmth, glamour and intimacy. The celebration marked a beginning and an end for us, as it followed nearly four years of living states apart. We would often dream of “our someday,” a point in which our lives would not be separated by plane rides or road trips. As my husband said in his vows, “our someday now turns into everyday.” Indeed, the wedding made our dream of a life together a magical reality.

We wanted our guests to feel the magic, too. Planner extraordinaire Mindy Weiss helped us create a celebration that overflowed with love. A rehearsal party and bridesmaid luncheon kicked off the memorable weekend. Our vision for the wedding day itself was to create a romantic oasis through rustic finishes. We combined natural materials with rare vintage finds. The space felt warm and intimate, despite our large guest count. Close friend Gilles Mendel, of J. Mendel, designed my gowns, which I felt beautiful in.

Above all, the most memorable part of the day was certainly the love felt between us and among us. Personal vows inevitably led to tears and giggles, and we waited to see each other until I walked down the aisle. I also wrote a song, which was played during the ceremony.

Guests later enjoyed cocktails, followed by great food and a lot of dancing. My parents surprised us with a performance from Colbie Calliat, because her music has been always been a special part of our love story.

An after-party designed like a disco room kept everyone there until the early morning. We were impressed anyone made it to our post-wedding brunch! My husband and I capped off the night by walking the aisle again when all was quiet, marking the start of our marriage, our future and our “everyday.”

Photography: Simone And Martin Photography | Videographer: Vidicam Productions | Wedding Dress: J Mendel | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Invitations: Lehr And Black | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Draping + Furniture : Revelry Event Design | Florals: Marks Garden | Flower Girl Dresses: Doloris Petunia | Music: West Coast Music | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Design: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants