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Breakfast on the Lake Engagement

This darling couple spent a quiet morning cozied up at San Marcos Lake for their oh-so-adorable e-sesh. Complete with donuts and J. Crew pajamas, the talented Carmen Santorelli Photography was behind the lens and snapped up plenty of romance. From lakeside kisses to a formal attire stroll in the desert, every picture is dreamier than the last. Cozy on up to the full gallery for more!

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From The Bride… Jason and I are San Francisco residents, but our love story began in San Diego. It only made sense for us to incorporate it in a special way, which is why we chose to do our wedding / engagement shoot there. We wanted the shoot to feel fun, playful, and maybe even surprising; thus, pajamas and donuts outdoors was something that was easily agreed on! Carmen, our photographer, is owed the credit for suggesting the dock by the lake. Per her suggestion we chose San Marcos Lake as our location. We also wanted to do something with formal-wear in a contrasting setting and the San Marcos Lake area kindly obliged with its desert-like surroundings. We’re not an overly “cutesy” couple, so I loved the way Carmen was able to capture our not-so-mushy personalities and the less traditional nature of the shoot while still giving them a romantic vibe!

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Mugs: Anthropologie | Pajamas: J. Crew | Venue: San Marcos Lake

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Modern Viceroy Palm Springs Wedding

Darlings, I’d say we’re due for a good dose of modern. Modern with a little spunk and whimsy tossed in for good measure, like this Viceroy Palm Springs fete from Heather Kincaid. Kissed by the California sun, it’s a day chock-full of charm, from the happy blooms by Artisan Event Floral Decor to the hip stationery from Mae Mae Paperie. Devour every inch of pretty right here in the gallery.

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From Artisan Event Floral DécorColors of hot pink, yellow and accents of silver! Stylized and artistic! Candlelight and Romance! Flowers and succulents as art.

From the beautiful Bride… Nate and I had visited a number of locations in LA and Palm Springs and didn’t have that feeling that they were “the” location until we went to the Viceroy Palm Springs. Everything felt right from the moment I started emailing with Olivia Prescott (Director of Events) to our site visit and follow ups. They were so welcoming, courteous, nice and treated our bulldog, Chief, like a king when on our initial site visit. We knew we wanted to incorporate him into the wedding and the Viceroy was the only location that treated him like he was part of our family and that it wouldn’t be a burden to have him at the property or in the wedding. There wasn’t any extra pressure to rent out the entire hotel (like several other locations) and we could really customize it to be the wedding we were envisioning. We both loved the coziness and serene feeling we had walking through the property and the Palm Springs backdrop was to-die for! We decided on our drive home that it was the place where we had to get married and worked on convincing our close family to a destination wedding. Couldn’t have imagined getting married anywhere else.

We hadn’t started looking into planners until we officially booked The Viceroy Palm Springs and my best friend has used Joey and Artisan for her wedding at the Parker Palm Springs and the Viceroy said if the Artisan team was available on our wedding date, that they were the team to use for everything. I met Joey when I was a bridesmaid for my best friend’s wedding and had that feeling again after speaking with him about how I envisioned our wedding day and knew he and the team were reliable, professional and the team that could bring all of our ideas to life. They were flexible, welcoming of new ideas and problem solvers for everything that came along leading up to and on the wedding day. All of our guests were so amazed by the beautiful wedding we had created and heard over and over again from them that it was the most beautiful and classy wedding they had ever been to.

Photography: Heather Kincaid | Floral And Event Design: Artisan Event Floral Decor | Cake: Over The Rainbow | Hair: Jose Neira | DJ: Music Media Entertainment | Officiant: Mike Coppersmith | Belt Around Dress : Custom Made By Brides Mom | Bride Shoes : Jimmy Choo | Brides Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Brides Ring : Maven | Cake Topper Set : Knottingwood | Cocktail Napkins: Bride Designed | Coordinator : Artisan Event Floral Decor | Flower Girl Dresses: I Love Gorgeous | Groom's Ring : Mozafarian | Grooms Suit : Kenneth Cole Reaction | Groomsmen Shoes: Nike | Groomsmen Suits: Kenneth Cole Reaction | Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar | Here Comes The Bride Sign: Bride DIY | Hotel: Viceroy Palm Springs | Invitations And Paper Goods: Mae Mae Paperie | Makeup: Keturah Chisholm | Mr. & Mrs. Glasses: Furbish Studio

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Mountain View Lake Tahoe Wedding

When Lake Tahoe serves as your backdrop, you can pretty much guarantee that your nuptials will be gorgeous. Awe-inspiring views coupled with the floral and event design of EUCCA Floral makes this homey affair memorable beyond compare. And with Onelove Photography on the guest list, you can bet that every image captured of this artistic duo is stunning.

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From The Bride…We chose a family home for our wedding and it was intimate, romantic, and had a killer mountain/valley view. We have backgrounds in art and flowers and wanted to infuse that into our decor. Woodland Watercolor best describes our wedding style. Before the wedding, we had help from bridesmaids and friends to create hand dyed napkins & table runners. My ladies even helped to create lots of little geometric shapes for a modern accent to the decor.

As a floral designer, flowers were very important! I opted to keep things low and lush which showed off the beautiful spring blooms and the setting. I put together the floral arrangements and bouquets with help from some of my closest friends and bridesmaids. Then there was our ceremony! I had my heart set on a reclaimed wood wall backdrop. This was the groom’s project! After finding reclaimed wood at local shops, Tyler and his groomsmen Chris set to work on building. Our cousins jumped in to help paint- it truly was a family affair!

We used garden roses, peonies, tulips, delphinium, and loads of spring blooms. I scoured the grounds and foraged for specialty foliage, lilacs, and hellebores. I had the bridesmaids select unique dresses they liked within our color palette. That way, they would all feel comfortable and beautiful. They looked great! Each bridesmaid carried a unique bouquet to compliment their dress.

The groomsmen wore a more casual look with vests, colored shirts, pants, and dark camel colored accessories. Our boutonnieres had a playful and romantic look with petite garden roses and gold painted animals. I wore an ivory silk Tadashi Shoji dress and carried a bouquet of juliet garden roses with delphinium, spring blooms, and foliage.

The hutch that served as our dessert station was made by a local wood-worker from 100+ year old cabin and barn wood. Tyler has a love for history and sweets, so this was a perfect way to display the goods! We wanted our wedding to be intimate- to reflect both of our styles, and to involve our closest friends and family. We ended up with a comfortably small guest count which promoted lots of quality time and laughter.

At the end of our ceremony we performed a ‘hand fasting.’ It is an old traditional wedding ceremony where your family and friends fasten ribbons around the hands of the betrothed. Our guests formed a circle which we walked around- this enabled us to spend a moment with each person- we really felt the love! The hand fasting ceremony was beautiful and special. We had the chance to touch everyone at the start which made the whole day feel personal and intimate.

Our first look was so sweet and romantic! I literally buried my head in my bouquet from shyness. Pinning my groom with his boutonniere was also special. I pin lots of boutonnieres, but this one will always be my favorite. We loved having our dog, Zeus, there to celebrate. He’s a special little guy with loads of personality. I know we’ll love the photos of him on that day forever.

Having our family and friends there and so willing to help will always touch us. I will cherish the memory of my junior bridesmaids stopping by for hugs and running off to dance with bouquets. Our photo booth was a great tool- everyone stopped in for photos with silly props. Be inspired! Don’t be afraid to reach for big ideas. Any idea, big or small, can be translated into something special. Pick a few things that excite and reflect you- whether it be animals, travel, impressionist art, color, or food. Bounce those small, obscure ideas around and a concrete look will start to form. Talk it out- talk to a coordinator or designer. Involve friends and family when you can. Let people know how you want things to look and feel. They may think of something new and amazing that brings your vision to life. Ask for help. DIY projects, sourcing, referrals. All of these can be made easier by the efforts of professionals and friends.

Have fun! Weddings are stressful, but remember what it’s about. After all the build up and planning, let go and know that your day is going to be exactly as it should be. Beautiful and probably imperfect. You’re going to remember the important details- the look in his eyes when he saw you, those annoying nervous giggles, speeches that surprise you (in a good way), your little cousin initiating a dance off. Take part, be present, and enjoy. What’s perfect anyway?!

Photography: Onelove Photography | Event Designer: EUCCA Floral | Cake: Roundabout Catering | Stationary: Minted | Lighting: Tahoe Entertainer | DJ: Last Resort DJ | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Dress Designer: Tadashi Shoji | Florals: EUCCA Floral | Rentals: Tahoe Entertainer | Venue: Lake Tahoe

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