This, loves, is one bride who knows a little something about planning the perfect wedding. Picture the sweetest of pink and coral color palettes with fabulous DIY details and an oceanside ceremony thrown in for good measure. In other words? This is one crazy gorgeous soiree. Oh, and it was all captured by the talented Tanja Lippert, so you know the gallery is sooo, sooo good. See it all here.
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From Tanja Lippert… Natalie and Thibault’s wedding was classy, simple & colorful with splashes of person touches from the bride & her super talented artist skills. From the personalized stationery to the florals, it was just so darn whimsical and cute!
From The Bride… After six years of dating, my husband and I planned our wedding with the simple idea of celebrating our love with those we cared about most. It was important for us to honor our cultures (I’m Chinese and my husband is Parisian) by focusing on what mattered: location, gastronomy and ambiance. We’re celebrating our wedding in three locations this year so people we care about can join in Half Moon Bay, California, Paris and Hong Kong. My husband also has an adorable son and having him be a part of the wedding was essential.
I resigned from my job in January 2014 and focused on taking a break, planning and designing our wedding. It all started with designing my wedding ring with my husband who offered a beautiful heirloom diamond from his family. Next, I wanted to created a fresh wedding that celebrated joy and our cultures so I decided to do a majority of the design and incorporated cultural elements:
● Designed simple engagement ring with Cartier jeweler in France
● Designed dessert table with signage
● 500+ handmade paper flowers were made from dip dyed coffee filters and tissue paper (for aisle
pomanders, alter decorations and centerpieces)
● Painted tryptic guest sign in artwork
● Made gold dipped and tissue paper pens
● Painted rocket ship monogrammed logo
● Chose spring color palette of coral, mint and gold
● 18 Bird cages gilded gold as centerpieces
● 10+ LED Lion Dance Troupe for celebratory performance
● Variety of French style cake and pastries (Pièce montée)
The most special experiences to me are simple, beautiful and thoughtful Made with Love. Everyone who contributed to our special day truly made it memorable.
Bolero: Simone Carvalli | Cake: Mary Michler | Catering: Oceano Hotel | Ceremony Venue: Oceano Half Moon Bay | DJ: Sound In Motion | Entertainment - Lion Dancers: Norman Lau | Event Design: Wedding Paper Divas | Event Design: Bride- Natalie Woo | Flip Book Station: A Little Scene | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Hair: Angel Vargas | Makeup: Thang Dao | Musicians: Trio Corelli Strings | Officiant: Charles Regal | Photography: Tanja Lippert | Photography - Assistance: Kim Scott | Videographer: Tri Luu Films | Wedding Dress: Alyne
This wedding is a sea of lavender in every sense of the word. From a palette of pretty soft purples to a tablescape decorated with fresh herb sprigs, it ‘s stuffed to the gills with summer style and a reception built around sunlit dining. Plus a ton of gorgeous images by Heather Elizabeth Photography. See the full affair right here in the gallery.
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From Heather Elizabeth Photography
…I am sending you the wedding of Doug and Felice that I photographed on May 31st of this year. The wedding took place at Doug’s parent’s place in Healdsburg, California. The couple still lives out in that area and are huge beer & wine fans. So of course the wedding had the best of the local brews and wines. Felice is so detail oriented that she really had a small detail for everything – down to the sign pointing to the restroom! It was really a feast for the eyes for me to photograph. They even had a private vineyard to shoot in!
From The Bride…All the succulents were ordered on Etsy from a vendor in San Diego and (DIY). We bought all the vases and put the burlap on them and put the lavender in the tall vases. The escort cards were paper from the paper source and I embossed them, cut corks and my mom did the calligraphy. Everything that was not rented was a DIY. Even the arbor was made by Doug’s brother. The bars were rented. We did so much of the wedding ourselves.
Band: Paul Blinkley Duo | Bridesmaid's Dresses: A Touch Of Class (Davinci Collection) | Cake: Cake Girl | Cake Topper: Wedding Star | Catering: Oak And Smoke Catering | DJ: DJ Tony Sparks | Florals (bouquets, Boutineers, Alter Arrangement): Vanda Flowers | Florals (whole Sale For Table): Never Roses | Make-up And Hair: The Power Room | Officiant: Larry Wilkerson | Photography: Heather Elizabeth Photography | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Tuxedo: The Tuxedo Gallery | Venue: Private Residence | Videographer: Britton Productions | Wedding Gown: Eddy K.
If I had taken only a peek at this pretty from Monica Roy, I’d never have guessed it an intimate elopement. The details are that of a full on wedding, but made for only two, and it’s oh-so-lovely. The touch of bohemian in the Bride’s intricate BHLDN dress and floral crown, pop of orange in the lush garden setting and the prettiest coastal views have me wanting to spend my Saturday afternoon in this gorgeous gallery.
From Monica Roy… Little did Rosalinda and Isaac know how fateful their chance encounter on the flight to Colorado would be. The odds seemed stacked against them, as at the time, Rosalinda was living in Mexico (where she grew up) and Isaac, in the States. However, the fact that their conversation spanned the next five hours was an inkling of things to come. Sure enough, one thing led to another and Isaac moved to join Rosalinda in Mexico City, where the couple still reside. Introverts and jet setters by nature, they decided to have a destination elopement when the time was right. They looked up a list of the most beautiful destinations in the world for elopements and stumbled across San Francisco City Hall. Unfortunately, all the appointment slots that they coincided with their elopement dates were booked, so they deferred to a recommendation from a planner. As luck would have it (again), the serene, magical, lush setting that they ended up exchanging their vows in was an even better fit for the intimate ceremony they had envisioned. I was so touched after they asked me to be their witness during the license signing as well as invited me to have a slice of their delicious cake in a nearby coffeehouse after our photo session. Chatting with the couple revealed them to be as brainy as they are stylish. After spending 3 more days in San Francisco, the adventurous duo continued their travels on a honeymoon in Costa Rica followed by Thanksgiving with family in Florida.
Bride's Hairpiece: Whichgoose | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cake: Have Your Cake | Cake Topper: Itty Bitty Wood Shoppe | Ceremony Venue: Hastings House | Groom's Shoes: Calvin Klein | Groom's Suit: Indochino | Make-Up/Hair: Meo Baaklini | Photography: Monica Roy | Wedding Dress: BHLDN
A vow renewal is always a reason to celebrate in the SMP offices – what better way to celebrate your love than to have a second wedding? This couple was married when they were very young and now, a decade later, U Me Us Studios has captured their brilliant renewal at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay!
From the photographer… April and Collin got married 10 years ago when they were very young and they had a very small wedding with immediate families only. Now a decade and two beautiful girls later, they decided to have the wedding of their dreams.
From the beautiful bride… Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay had a lot of elements we were looking for, beautiful beach/ocean scenery and the timeless elegance of the hotel. Our colors reflect our love for the beach and ocean: Light Blue, Coral, Silver, Grey, Ivory
It was an absolutely beautiful day, we couldn’t ask for better weather, and everything just came together. The moments that stand out where when I was walking down the aisle, when Collin and I were exchanging vows, and when we were dancing the first dance.
Bride's Rings: Shane Co. | Bridesmaid's Dresses: J. Crew | Cake Designer: Elegant Cheesecakes | Catering: The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay | Ceremony Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay | Floral Design: Floricore | Groom's Rings: Shane Co. | Grooms Attire: Calvin Klein | Hair & Makeup: Parlour 308 Salon | Invitations: Tiny Prints | Lighting, Linens & Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Necklace: J. Crew | Photography: U Me Us Studios | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay | Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Shoes: Nina
The wedding of a fashion designer. If it sounds amazing, that’s because it was amazing. She wore three dresses (one designed by her dad, one by her uncle, and one by the lovely Vera Wang), three pairs of shoes, and a smile as sparkly as her ring. It was the happiest day of her life, and the sweetest moment of my day, all thanks to Catherine Hall Studios.
And now for the beautiful film from Weddings On Film…
From the photographer… Annie Lee and Andrew Yeh were married on August 4th, 2012. The inspiration for their wedding style was peonies and lace with a vintage feel. Annie, being a fashion designer, loves creating and planning, which was reflected in her wedding design. She handmade the invitations and wore three dresses (one Vera Wang, one designed by Annie’s uncle, the other by her father) with three pairs of matching designer shoes. Additionally, the couple both being Taiwanese, conducted a traditional tea ceremony before the wedding celebration where both of the couple’s families came from all over the world to be in attendance.
Bride's Dress Designer: Vera Wang | Catering: The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay | Coordinator: Christie Hjelm, Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay | DJ/Band: Bay Music & Entertainment | Flowers: Florette Designs | Hair & Makeup: Mimi & Taylor Salon | Photography: Catherine Hall Studios | Shoe Designer for Bride: Valentino | Shoe Designer for Bride: Prada | Shoe Designer for Groom: Armani | Sting Quartet: Golden Gate Music | Videographer: Weddings on Film | Wedding Cake: Just Cake