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Classic St. Regis Monarch Beach Wedding

You know we don’t mess around when it comes to important things like The Bachelor. So when this wedding from Jasmine Star hit our inboxes and happened to include a bridesmaid we instantly recognized as Amanda from this season, it was the ultimate win-win. Of course, a day this glam doesn’t happen without a team like A Good AffairLittle Hill Floral DesignsJP ReynoldsElevated Pulse ProductionsWildflower Linens, and so many more. Head to The Vault and see why we can’t get enough. Pssst: we’re live tweeting tonight’s episode, join us here!

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From Event Designer and Planner, Natalie Good… Kathryn and Corey are the ultimate fairytale couple. Both of them have the total package- looks, compassion, and huge hearts! We they contacted us, our planner Jayme Vainer was beyond thrilled to work with them to plan their very special day at St. Regis Monarch Beach.

I met with Kathryn and Corey to design their dream wedding day. From the moment Kathryn and Corey walked through the door I felt their wonderful energy. Two people who are so in love with life and so excited for their big day. I knew I wanted to bring a glam wedding to life with a boho twist that I felt expressed their inner hipster.

A color palette of ivory, crème brulee, rose gold, and a touch of blush set the tone for a gorgeous design. We brought in mirrored tables with tabletop candelabras, lush florals filled with garden roses, hydrangea, spray roses, and gold dusted eucalyptus, and bespoke glass votives. The sweetheart table was created with cascading floral garlands and tons of candlelight that lead down to the white dance floor with a custom gold monogram.

Their 250 person wedding was filled with so many friends and party animals I wanted to create a central 20 foot long bar with lounge furniture for all to hang out at throughout the evening. The tiny details from the blush menus to custom glass etched table numbers really pulled the entire design together. Guests found their place cards under a floral tree with hanging candles. Kathryn and Corey walked into the reception and said it was like a dream, we sure felt the same way!

Photography: Jasmine Star | Videographer: Good Times Productions | Event Planning + Design: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Floral Design: Little Hill Floral Designs | Bakery: Simple Sweet Cakery | Invitations: Paper Plane Paperie | Makeup: Whitney Olson | Hair: Design Visage | Calligraphy: Kara Anne Paper | Officiant: JP Reynolds | Wedding Venue: St. Regis Monarch Beach | Bride's Hair: Ashley Hoffman | DJ, Lighting, And Photo Booth: Elevated Pulse Productions | Linens And Chairs: Wildflower Linens | Musicians: Enchanted Evening Chamber Ensemble | Photo Booth : Insta Party Box | Specialty Rentals: Edge Design & Decor

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Real Housewives of Orange County Tamra Barney’s Wedding

If you know anything about Team SMP, you know we consider The Real Housewives a top guilty pleasure. It’s the reality show we can’t stop watching, so to say we’re excited to dive into Tamra Barney’s lavish “I do” is one serious understatement. With Diann Valentine Living Well by her side and Christine Bentley behind the camera, Tamra pulled off an amazing day fit for the camera crews. Take a look back at her California nuptials below!

From Diann Valentine Living WellWhen I first met Tamra Barney, I knew immediately that she wanted to have a wedding that was a lot of fun. Tamra is a fun-loving, brutally honest woman who lives her life out loud and just happens to live in on television. We hit the ground running with less than two months of planning to get it all done with Bravo’s cameras in tow.

Tamra told me that she ultimately decided to take this journey with me because she did not want the traditional wedding but rather was looking for a truly unique experience. She expressed her love of neutrals and simply said make it beautiful! I enlisted Justin Howard to take on the florals for the wedding, and we talked about both the couple, and Eddie’s love of cycling. Justin had the brilliant idea of painting a bicycle gold and using it as a chandelier for the ceremony.

Hundreds of hydrangeas, chandeliers and a fabric treatment were installed, and it was the perfect combination of glamour and edge for their ceremony. The morning of her wedding, I surprised Tamra with what I hoped would be one of her favorite things from the wedding. Just minutes before the ceremony started, I delivered her a custom Valentine Cuff.

The reception was my playground to have fun. The Judge’s have a large group of friends that enjoy a good time so I wanted to create small pods of seating arrangements where all of these individual parties would come to live. Therefore, one singular dining table comprised of 4 – 60” square tables to seat 20 people with three 7ft. stall cherry blossom trees in the center of each table to balance the massive center area on each table. The custom table linens in shades of taupe, ivory and champagne were inspired by the custom Mark Zunino gowns she wore.

Thousands of yards of tulle, grommets, laser cut patterns, buckles and brooches adorned the custom tablecloths, table caps and varying chair covers. Eclectic lounge groupings in the same palette were interspersed within the ballroom for a constant flow of formal and informal seating arrangements encouraging more mingling throughout the evening. 

A mercury glass dance floor sat in the middle of the room with a suspended cake stand strung using crystal ropes that sat 30 inches off the ground accented with a few strands of oversized pearls. Placing it in the center of the room deliberately on the dance floor was a risky but well-calculated interruption for each guest as they entered the room. 

Tamra and Eddie’s wedding was the most fun I had that year and still laugh out loud every time I think of the moment when Tamra and Eddie were preparing to cut the cake. Tamra ran up on it, pulled the cake stand back as far as she could and let it go. I knew our cake stand was secure and it wouldn’t break, but for a moment I thought about the mess I would have to clean up if that gorgeous cake went flying in the air. Thankfully, the cake gods were on our side that night.

Aside from the typical major family fight at the rehearsal dinner, the 50 person TV production crew, and the wedding cake that almost went flying across the room, it was just your average, gorgeous, Saturday night!

Photography: Christine Bentley Photography | Wedding Designer + Producer: Diann Valentine Living Well | Cinematography: Perryfield Films | Cinematography:Brian Perry | Floral Design: Flaming Flower Productions | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Wedding Cake: It’s All About Cake | Hair + Makeup: Hair Comes The Bride | Lighting: Amber Event Production | DJ: KC Campbell | Officiant: Dr. Linda Wainwright Trott | Venue: The St. Regis Monarch Beach | Suspended Cake Stand, Oversized Pearls, Lounge Furnishings, Swee: Diann Valentine Living Well | Ceremony Chair Covers: Wildflower Linens | Ceremony Harpist: Carolyn Sykes | Ceremony Live Artist:Timree Gold | Cherry Blossoms: Jackson Shrubs | Dance Floor: Barker Decor Service | Gummy Bear Bar:Giant Gummy Bears | Photo Booth: So Cal Shutterbooth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Romantic Laguna Cliffs Wedding

When Monday morning kicks off with a romantic, fairytale wedding as pretty as this one from Studio EMP, there’s no doubt we have an absolutely gorgeous week ahead. Bursting with blooms from Inviting Occasion, sprinkled around charming pieces from Found Vintage Rentals, every moment was coordinated to perfection by LVL Weddings & Events. See so much more in the gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride… Since the age of 15, I have looked through wedding magazine after wedding magazine trying to imagine to what my perfect day would consist of. I have always dreamed about having a fairytale wedding. I wanted to have a wedding that was soft, classic, and romantic. I used several resources for inspiration such as pintrest, wedding magazines, and past wedding albums from previous weddings. I created a collage of colors, flowers, themes, and then present this to my wedding planner Kerri Hatter of LVL Event who then guided me in a direction that could fulfill this vision. I owe my gratitude to my wedding planner, and florist/designer Larrissa Rehder for carrying out my vision and dream of my perfect fairytale wedding. My favorite memories of the day were, the ceremony, walking down the aisle and seeing my husband for the first time! And the ambiance and decor topped off the evening, it was truly a dream come true.

The biggest piece of advice that I would offer to current brides is not to stress about the small things and to ASK FOR HELP! For me I wanted the day to go perfect and I felt I had to do everything on my own which resulted in a melt down! and The realization that I had a team and family members that I trusted and were there to help with the process and create the perfect day for me.

Photography: Joel Maus + Lorely Meza For Studio EMP | Videography: Mission Visual | Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Inviting Occasion | Wedding Dress: The White Dress In Corona Del Mar | Cake: It's All About The Cake | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Design Visage | Musicians: Del Lago Trio | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Resort: Laguna Cliffs Marriott

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