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Hindu-Chinese Wedding at the Los Altos History Museum

Vibrant, bright and infused with meaning, this beautiful celebration at the Los Altos History Museum captured by Bethany Carlson Photography is just prettiness defined. Planned to perfection by Mango Muse Events, every colorful detail is gorgeous to say the very least, and you can see it all here.

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From Bethany Carlson PhotographyI was instantly smitten by Los Altos History Museum’s intimate charm. Dark chocolate, vintage-style buildings engulfed the red-brick courtyard. Large trees hugged the perimeter which made Szu & Girish’s wedding ceremony & reception feel as though we were whisked away out far in the countryside. I loved the diversity that the wedding day brought. from the traditional hindu ceremony showered in bright colors and indian customs to the receptions modern styled details (and not to mention the bride’s gorgeous couture reception gown). The bride began her day by wearing a bright fuschia sari accompanied by her (soon-to-be) mother-in-laws wedding jewelry & henna-dyed hands. The guests were divided by a river of bright rose petals. both Indian & Chinese family members and friends were present as the repeated and responded to the mantras read by their officiant. Although in western culture this seemed to be a lengthy service, the hindu ceremony was a shortened version of what is usually a three-day process. So very symbolic each moment was for Szu & Girish. At the end of the ceremony, the two took their first steps together as a husband & wife and was showered with rose petals. The reception began with cocktails, photo booth and writing personalized puzzle pieces to the bride & groom. Guests found their table by searching for their postcard from a location that the couple had traveled together. After emotional speeches & incredible dessert spread, the couple had their first dance synchronized. Followed up by the parents of the bride dancing for the crowd to light the dance floor.

Photography: Bethany Carlson Photography | Event Planning: Jamie Chang Of Mango Muse Events | Wedding Dress: Bloomingals | Cake: Baked Bakery | DJ: Big Fun DJs | Florist : Three Sisters | Officiant : Anand Shrama | Photo Booth: Bethany Carlson Photography | Venue: Los Altos History Museum

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Rustic + Elegant Caballo Estate Wedding

This bride has amazing advice, and the second you see her wedding, you’re going to be scrambling for a pen and paper to take notes. She planned a wedding that is quite possibly more beautiful than California itself (I know.), brought in Estate Weddings and Events to manage it so that she could enjoy it, and hired This Love of Yours Photography to capture every single moment. Genius.


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From the stunning bride… I had such a blast planning our wedding that I used to tease my husband that I wasn’t sure I every actually wanted our wedding day to come. The best advice I can give to anyone starting the planning process is to have fun, find great vendors and TRUST the vendors that you hire. We decided to start by identifying the aspects of our wedding day that were our top priority and go from there.

For us, location was number one. We wanted the venue to have wow-factor without being pretentious and to be luxe without being stuffy. The Caballo Estate was absolutely perfect. They only do a handful of weddings a year (it’s a private residence) so we knew none of our guests had been to a wedding there before and we loved that it was an unexpected upscale twist on the idea of a “barn wedding.” The estate and it’s staff definitely delivered!

The next question we asked was – how do we make our wedding live beyond that one day? So photography and how I was going to look in those photos was our next priority (there, I said it!). I could not have been happier with This Love of Yours Photography and Maria Lee Makeup and Hair (and her agency artists!). I vetted a LOT of photographers and had multiple hair & makeup trials before finding these industry gems. They were able to capture the soft, natural feel against the gorgeous backdrop of the property so well. We couldn’t have been happier.

My overall planning advice would be:
1. Don’t be discouraged by vendors who don’t list prices on websites. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are more expensive than those that do.
2. Decide the things that you are really important to you (location? food? ability to serve your own home-brewed beer?) and let that help guide your vendor search, planning and budget allocation.
3. Find creative ways to have friends/family contribute – one of my best friends’ family owns a bakery in Chicago and they flew out a signature cheesecake for our wedding cake. It made it so special and personal.
4. Hire a videographer, it’s my one regret!
5. If possible, get ready on-site at your venue. I can honestly say that I do not have the feeling of “it all happened so fast” because for me I started my wedding day bright and early! Being able to see the finishing touches going up, the chandeliers being raised, and the flowers being set, built up an excitement and anticipation that I would have wholly missed had I showed up just in time to walk down the aisle.

The best part of the day was definitely our ceremony. I don’t remember what anyone said, but I know it was perfect. And I’ve never seen my husband smile at me like that!

Photographer: This Love Of Yours Photography | Event Planning: Cassy Rose Events | Floral Design: J Floral Art | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Cake: Eli's Cheesecake Of Chicago | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | DJ: Elite Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Amethyst Trio | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cake Design: Beaux Gateaux | Event Management: Estate Weddings And Events | Hair/Makeup: Maria Lee Makeup And Hair | Private Residence: The Caballo Estate

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Los Altos Engagement Session from Delbarr Moradi Photography

Delbarr Moradi will forever be a favorite of ours and it’s for shoots just like this. From dreamy to beautiful light filled and right on back to dreamy, her photographs capture that spark between a couple like no other. I promise these two will make you want to grab a picnic basket and your love and trapse off into a field for some wining and dining. Catch even more of the magic from Delbarr’s camera right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Victor and I started out as friends 10 years ago, but our relationship really began when we both dreamed the same dream. We also love to travel and our favorite place we have been to so far is France. The cobblestone paths, aromatic bakeries, and sprawling olive groves that make up the French countryside was the most beautiful sight we have ever witnessed. We wanted to tie these two memories together by having our engagement photographs look like an ethereal dream of our journey. The locations we found were also only minutes from where Victor spent his childhood.

The rolling hills and olive tree grove offered the most enchanting backgrounds that evoked memories of our trip to France. Our photographer, Delbarr Moradi was able to capture the glowing sunlight perfectly, like a sweet daydream.

Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography / Location: Los Altos, California

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