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Kentucky Derby Wedding Inspiration

I might be a Midwest-turned-East Coast girl, but this Kentucky Derby weekend I’m embracing my inner Southern Belle all the way. And thanks to The Purple Tree24 CarrotsWildflower Linens and a whole crew of fabulous vendors, it’s easier than ever. Simply pop on your most stylish hat and peruse the gallery right over here!

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From Lori Yohe of The Purple Tree… I had this dream of putting together a very elegant wedding shoot styled around the fun and the glamour of the Kentucky Derby. I wanted to show that it could be dreamy and modern while still infusing plenty of the Derby’s signature marks into the day. Finding the perfect venue was the hardest part, so when I saw the chandeliers in the barn at Giracci Vineyards I was sold! This venue has so much potential for tons of variety, and our vendors really brought their A-game with creating such a fresh spin on an old American classic event. Now I’d love to see real brides incorporate some of these ideas into their day! Because really, who wouldn’t love a Bourbon Bar?

Photography: Lori Yohe, The Purple Tree | Wedding Dress: Mary Me Bridal | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair And Makeup: Joyce Luck | Bourbon Bar: Hi Time Wine Cellar | Coordination: Queen Tut Events & Design, Joanna Tutwiler | Floral Design + Details: Foxtail Florals & Design, Corie Sielaff | Invitations And Paperie: Papercut Invites | Limousine: Lake Forest Limos | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Stylist: Hope Stanley | Wedding Venue: Giracci Vineyards And Farms

24 Carrots and Wildflower Linen are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Colorful Orange, CA Wedding

Three of my favorite things: Southern California, colorful weddings and a crazy talented group of friends and family all coming together to make that aforementioned colorful wedding happen.  And this sweet affair?  Well, it has all three with beautiful blooms from Lauren Valladares + Collected With Love, sweet DIY details and one gorgeous moment after another from Rachel McCauley.  See them here.

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From the Bride… We really wanted our wedding day to capture who we are as a couple and to be as personal as possible. When we moved to Old Towne Orange (OTO) almost four years ago, we immediately fell in love with its historic charm. From the impeccably kept old craftsman homes to the exposed brick shops in the circle, we love it all. You can find us shopping the OTO farmers’ market every Saturday, and we relish being able to walk into the circle to grab a bite to eat or peruse the numerous antique shops. In fact, my engagement ring and our wedding bands are from a local antique jeweler in the circle. So when it came to deciding on where our wedding would take place, it was a no-brainer; it had to be in OTO. Venue options were limited, but after stumbling upon the Woman’s Club of Orange, we knew it would be the perfect location for us. It’s a beautiful 1920’s building that has once served as a billet for GI’s during World War II and a facility for the Red Cross.

We are so fortunate to have family and friends that are in the wedding business. My sister, Lauren Valladares, is a talented florist and stylist who works for Archive Rentals. She and I chose the tabletop pieces for the table, all of which came from Archive. My mom and I chose the fabric for the table runners, and a family friend was kind of enough to sew all of them for us. My sister and her good friend Malorie Clampitt, who is also an amazing florist, chose all the florals and created magic with them. One of my favorite aspects of the day was the gorgeous arch. I simply gave them my ideas and they ran with them. I knew I wanted oranges (the fruit) to be incorporated into the floral design, as a nod to OTO and they did a wonderful job of doing so. Malorie was able to connect with a friend whose family owns orange groves, and provided the crates of oranges for the aisle entrance. All of the credit for the exquisite design and details must be given to both Lauren and Malorie, and all of our family and friends who helped put it all together.

My oldest sister, Ana, did my makeup that day and she also baked our wedding cake. Other family and friends pitched in and baked other desserts for our dessert table. Ana’s husband, Bennett, is a LA-based DJ and he kindly DJed for us.

As for food, we knew we wanted food that was casual yet tasty. We really liked the idea of a taco truck, what’s more representative of Southern California than tacos? When we went to sample SoHo Taco, we knew that they were the ones! Our guests loved them, too.

Some of the DIY projects included the pinwheel backdrop I made for the stage. I wanted something to highlight the stage and to draw attention to the DJ. All supplies were bought at Michael’s and I simply folded up colored paper into pinwheels and hot-glued it to two foam-core poster boards and then connected the poster boards with wire. Some friends helped me hang the backdrop the day before the wedding by tying it up to the rafters above the stage with twine.

Another DIY project was all of the signage for the day. I designed most of it by downloading different fonts on dafont.com and formatting it all on either MS Word or MS PowerPoint. My friend Hillary helped me with some of the design and printed it all. We then mounted the printouts onto foam core and framed them with frames that I had bought at thrift stores and painted gold.

The day couldn’t have been any better. Even though it took A LOT of DIY planning and executing, it was all worth it. We loved that it was so personal and that our friends and family really pitched in to help make the day just as we had imagined it.

Photography: Rachel McCauley | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Soho Taco | DJ: DJ Bennett | Grooms' Attire: J.Crew | Day-Of Coordination, Event Styling & Floral Design: Collected With Love | Event Styling & Floral Design: Lauren Valladares | Groom's Pre-Ceremony Location: Haven Gastropub | Photography - Assistance: Melissa Lipking | Wedding Venue: Woman's Club Of Orange

Donna Morgan and J.Crew are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
Simply Beautiful Coral + Aqua SoCal Wedding

It’s easy to get distracted by the details of a wedding. The pretty accents that we work so hard on, that set our wedding aside from all the rest. But at the heart of those details is something far more magical. Love. Plain and simple. And this couple, against a gorgeous beachside backdrop with photographs by Closer to Love – had the love part of things totally nailed. Click her for more.

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From the bride…We were very selective when it came to our wedding venue- we wanted more of an outdoor feel with pretty views and after a thorough vetting process we ultimately decided the St. Regis in Monarch Beach, CA which fit all of our needs. A big priority for us was to be surrounded by our family and closest friends in more of an intimate feel.

We decided not to have a bridal party and really focus on US, we wanted just the two of us with our deacon exchanging vows in front of all our loved ones. We wanted everybody to enjoy themselves and celebrate with us. When we are not working we are at the beach, it is one of the things that really brought us together.

When it came time to decide on our theme, it was a given- Beach-y theme with Coral and Aqua accents! We are very easy going and casual and wanted our personalities in every aspect of our wedding. We worked together with the wonderful team at Simplistic Elegance, Michelle and Sri, and they helped put our vision into a elegant beach wedding! They had wonderful ideas of incorporating aqua accents, driftwood, seashells and lanterns into our design. It was fun to see their creativity in action- we were absolutely blown away by how well everything came together and how well it represented us both. Our wedding was perfect and we couldn’t be happier!

Photography: Closer To Love | Wedding Planner: Sri Divel With Simplistic Elegance | Wedding Dress: Christos Purchased At The White Dress | Invitations: Beacon Lane | Ceremony: Botanical Gardens At St. Regis, Monarch Beach, CA | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: St. Regis Monarch Beach | DJ: Divel Entertainment | Grooms Shoes: Santoni | Grooms Suit: Mark Pomerantz | 80s Band: Flock Of 80s | Ceremony Acoustic Guitar: Keith Divel Of Divel Entertainment | Cocktail Hour Music: Divel Entertainment | Cocktail Napkins: The Knot | Floral And Decor: Michelle Divel With Simplistic Elegance | Friends And Family Hair + Makeup: Krystle For Kacee Geoffroy Hair And Makeup | Friends Dresses: J Crew | Grooms Tie: J Crew | Hair + Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Hair Clip: The White Dress | Parasols: The Knot | Rentals (chairs: Signature Party Rentals

J.Crew is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Kacee Geoffroy Hair and Makeup and Closer to Love Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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