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Elegant Seaside Wedding with a Pop of Orange

The wedding industry is a tight-knit circle, and when one of our ties the knot it’s one seriously happy day. In the words of the Bride, Hayley of Laurie Arons Special Events, “The day truly felt like a dream – being able to marry the love of my life while being surrounded by co-workers and vendors that have turned into my family.” That vendor family includes a whole crew of A-list talent, and Joel Serrato captured the images we might never get over. Even more inside The Vault!

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From The Bride…It was so fun to be on the other side of the wedding planning process. Laurie Arons and some of our favorite vendors took great care of me, as I was for once the Bride! The day truly felt like a dream  – being able to marry the love of my life while being surrounded by coworkers and vendors that have turned into my family. We wanted our day to be focused on fun, love and happiness. Laurie, Katie, Amy and our team helped create that with little surprises throughout.

Our ceremony on the beach in Half Moon Bay was very family-oriented. Our grandmas were our “flower girls”, our sisters were the ring bearers along with our beloved dog Ted, and Dave’s uncle became ordained to marry us.

We had our reception in Dave’s parents backyard, because it felt intimate and special for our family and closest friends (60 guests). I was wowed when I walked into the backyard to see the beauty that was created just for us – it brought tears to my eyes! Kathleen Deery Design created the perfect seaside setting that included Dave’s favorite color – orange. I loved the nod that Kathleen gave to Dave’s science background, with beautiful florals in test tubes on our bar. Laurie also surprised me with fun place cards that were bright pops of color hidden under the Casa de Perrin pewter chargers.

The cocktail hour was a blast. We 3 specialty cocktails and custom napkins that said “Every great love story begins with a cocktail” (at least ours did). I loved the capiz wind-chime escort display with Samantha Singson-Martin’s calligraphy and the fun lucite cocktail menus by Amber Moon Design.

People are still talking about our wedding meal. We worked with Paula LeDuc Fine Catering to incorporate some of our favorite foods – buttermilk fried chicken, roasted butternut squash, macaroni & cheese and a Spanish salad (we got engaged in Spain). The cake by Perfect Endings was as delicious as it was beautiful.

One of our favorite memories from the day was our sunset shoot – we smiled, kissed and took in being married – while our friend, the super talented photographer Joel Serrato, continually made us laugh. We are already talking about an anniversary party because it was the best celebration we have ever been to!

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Photography: Joel Serrato Films + Photographs | Event Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Perfect Endings | Stationery: Pitbulls And Posies | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Kenney Duy Of Fellini Salon | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy | Lighting: Illusions Lighting | DJ: Dj Beneaf | Groom's Attire: Armani | Venue: At Home | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Synchronicity Strings | Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Hair Accessories: BHLDN | Lanterns: Theoni Collection | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin

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Romantic California Coast Wedding Inspiration

Be still my beating wedding-obsessed heart… this wedding is just too much pretty for one girl to handle! From the delicate veil with lace detailing to a truly unique bouquet Love Life & Bloom, there isn’t a moment in the California coast inspired wedding shoot that doesn’t make me swoon with happiness. See every moment from This Love of Yours Photography here!

From This Love of Yours Photography For the first look, we wanted a classic, yet modern bride that has a vision of soft romance. The imperfect updo, and natural makeup are the key to keep the look fresh when paired with the lace sleeve blush gown.

The second look was bold and glamorous — A pop of berry lips, soft smokey eyes, and loose wavy hair come together with the tulle, lace, and long sweeping train on this Pronovias dress. Sparkles and pearls here and there to enhance this timeless glam bride.

Photography: This Love of Yours Photography | Floral Design: Love Life & Bloom | Wedding Dress: Bolee Bridal Couture | Hair And Makeup: Miche Makeup & Hair Boutique | Floral Boutique: United Wholesale Flowers | Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Model: Star Model Management | Rentals: Chair Divas

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Colorful Half Moon Bay Wedding

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.


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.

Photography: Tanja Lippert | Videographer: Tri Luu Films | Event Design: Bride- Natalie Woo | Event Design: Wedding Paper Divas | Wedding Dress: Alyne Brida | Cake: Gerhard Michler | Ceremony Venue: Oceano Half Moon Bay | Catering: Oceano Half Moon Bay | Makeup: Thang Dao | Hair: Mount Tabor Park | DJ: Sound In Motion | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Charles Regal | Bolero: Simone Carvalli | Entertainment - Lion Dancers: Lion Dance Me | Flip Book Station: A Little Scene | Musicians: Corelli Strings | Photography - Assistance: Kim and Niki, Photographers