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Long Beach Budget Wedding

Setting a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the wedding of your dreams. No siree! Just take a look at this Long Beach affair from Love Is A Big Deal. With an intimate guest list, savvy planning and a few DIYs along the way, they pulled off a day that’s pretty as can be. Have a peek right here!

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From the Bride and Groom… When we began planning our wedding, we had to consider the fact that we wanted to have a gorgeous and intimate wedding while still being on a pretty tight budget. The thought of a DIY wedding of sorts was daunting at first, however we figured out how to be resourceful and were aided by the talent and generosity of friends and family.

We both agreed that our favorite parts of the day were the moments we had between just the two of us. Our first look was incredible (thanks Josh and Meg!), we would absolutely recommend it for anyone who is on the fence about it- it was an intimate and joyful time in which we got to get excited together for the rest of the day to come. Our other favorite moment was during the reception when we got to sit back and enjoy the company of our family and closest friends who were all there to celebrate our marriage.

Some advice to those of you who are planning right now: those moments and the vows you make that day are what end up being the most important parts of the whole event. Keep it simple, focus on what is most important to you, and know that no matter how stressful it can get, at the end of that day you’ll be married and that is what matters!

Photography: Love Is A Big Deal | Flowers: Laurie Huesman | Dress: Ivy & Aster | Bridesmaids Dresses: Rita Li | Catering: Jesse Krohmer | Hair: Rebecca Douglas | DJ: DJ Joe (Biscocho) | DJ: DJ Joe (Joe Biscocho) | Bride's Makeup: Christin Leigh Makeup Design | Paper Suite: Rob Pettit | Private Residence (Rancho Palos Verdes): Leigh's Aunt And Uncles Home

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1920′s Inspired Art Gallery Wedding in Long Beach from Ashley Dang

There isn’t a single image from Ashley Dang sitting in this gallery that I don’t adore. Not a single one. It’s probably because this wedding is simply perfection. From the Bride’s gorgeous  Saja Wedding gown to the breathtaking florals from Primal Flower to the stunning space of the Liberty Art Gallery - it’s enough to make this wedding blogger stop in her tracks. But beyond all that, this couple’s love is just timeless, and  that gets me every time. See it all right here.

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From Ashley DangIt all started with a vintage comic book postcard that Terry, the groom found earlier in his youth years. He’s been collecting rare comic books and memorabilia ever since. I met Vanessa, the bride one evening over coffee and we just naturally clicked. She described her wedding to be a modern twist to a vintage 1920′s theme. By modern she wanted all the design details to be simple and minimal. She specifically chose the Liberty Art Gallery in Long Beach so she could have a clean white backdrop as her venue. The couple incorporated all of their family heirlooms and collectables as part of their wedding which made for a very personal wedding experience for all.

As the couple got ready at their Long Beach home, I was able to use the bride’s grandmother’s antique glass serving plates as a part of the detail images. I was also able to incorporate the groom’s favorite comic book as the base for the ring shot. The bride asked Shelley from Primal Flower to add her step dad’s bee pins onto her bouquets since he is no longer here. They also used vintage frames to place their family member photos that were unable to attend the wedding and/or relatives who are no longer with them. Additionally, Terry’s favorite color is turquoise so they used that as their splash of color on his tie, her gorgeous shoes and sprinkled all over the wedding details. By incorporating the old with the new, they were able to pull off a very cohesive yet fresh look enjoyed by all.

Photography: Ashley Dang | Floral Design: Primal Flower | Wedding Dress: Saja Wedding | Catering: Soho Taco | Bartender: Sunseri's | Cake + Dessert: Avonlea Jacobs | Hair + Makeup: Chelsea from Bouffant Hair Parlor | Venue: Liberty Art Gallery

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Long Beach Wedding from Alice Hu Photography + Mele Amore Events

This bride is awesome.  Awesome.  And if you read her amazing + heartwarming + funny description below (I insist you do), you will LOVE her.  Because, not only is she gorgeous inside and out, she loves her dapper groom with every ounce of her being… and it shows in each and every magical moment of her day captured by Alice Hu Photography.  A day that is rich in color, the fab stylings of Mele Amore Events and, most importantly, l.o.v.e.  (Oh, and Mary?  Let’s be besties.)  See it all in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Chris and I met in September 2008 at a party in San Diego that a mutual friend of ours, Jacob, was having at his house.  Jacob, who was already well into “party mode” when I arrived, told me he had two guys for me, one he called “Sancho” and one he called “Wardo.”  He told me “Wardo” was a professional surfer and sold the story pretty well!  Later in the night while I was playing DJ, Chris, aka “Wardo,” came up to talk to me about the music I was playing. We apparently knew all of the same people, had been to all of the same parties in Long Beach, but had never crossed paths until we met in San Diego.  As I was talking to Chris, Jacob dragged me out of the party to go see one of our other mutual friends. When I returned, Chris had left. I later learned that he thought I was completely uninterested in him and bailed.

I couldn’t stop thinking about Chris after that party.  So I decided to do what all girls do when they really like a boy… stalk him on Facebook.   I discovered that he was, in fact, a professional surfer… or so I thought.  I ended up stalking the wrong guy because there was another Chris Ward who looked a lot like my Chris (not really), but I figured maybe I had drank just a little too much and I had a foggy memory of the night. After some further investigating I found the right Chris Ward, added him on Facebook, and followed his every move for a few weeks.  I would drive from Newport Beach to San Diego to “see Jacob” every weekend just hoping that Chris would show up… and he did!  I decided after a very short time that I was tired of driving back and forth and I wanted to spend as much time with Chris as I could, so I moved in with him and his roommates.  

That was how our relationship began!  We’ve lived many, many places since I first moved in with him in San Diego, and even though our living situations were always changing the thing that never changed was that Chris and I knew we wanted to be together, always.  He proposed on my December 19, 2011, my birthday, and it was 2nd happiest day of my life.

I told my wedding planner, Michelle, that I wanted something “bright, clean, and colorful.”  I trusted her implicitly to take care of everything.  I just knew that she would be able to execute a perfect day for me, Chris, and all my closest friends and family. My amazing and gorgeous bridesmaids were there for me every step of the way.  Helping to pick out music, dresses, and most importantly… cake!  Our whole wedding party kept us calm and excited for the big day, and everything leading up to it.  Chris and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.  It was the happiest day of my life!

Photography: Alice Hu Photography | Planning + Design: Mele Amore Events | Invitations: To Be Invited | Floral Design: Floral Elements  | DJ + Lighting + Draping: LSM Entertainment | Linens: La Tavola | Wedding Cake: Rossmoor Pastries | Chivari Chairs: Elegant Chivari Chairs | Dance Floor: Signature Party Rentals | Makeup + Hair: Tuyen Tran | Wedding Dress: Blush Bridal Couture

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