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Elegant Tented Santa Barbara Polo Club Wedding

As a Santa Barbara native, I always get a little misty-eyed when a familiar venue or vendor comes across my desk, but this tented wedding at the Santa Barbara Polo Club really brought back all the memories. Featuring the combined talents of many local faves — award-winning Pure Joy CateringGrass Roots floral design, and Jessica Lewis Photography – this gallery is truly a must-see!

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From Jessica LewisThis was such a beautiful wedding. The Bride looked stunning and was surrounded by beautiful flower girls. It was so sweet… I call this Bride my Meg Ryan Bride even though her name is Barbara because to me she looks so much like Meg Ryan. The Groom’s gift t her on the wedding day were a beautiful pair of diamond earrings, and her reactions was priceless!

From the beautiful Bride… Scott and I meet on St. Patricks Day, 2012. He proposed a year and a half later in Santa Barbara at the Four Seasons Biltmore. We both knew right away that we wanted to get married in Santa Barbara, as it was such a special place to both of us. We started looking at venues. When we came across the Santa Barbara Polo Fields, we feel in love with the atmosphere and the creative space. On November 22, 2014 we got married at the Santa Barbara Polo Fields. It was truly a blessed and heavenly day that we will never forget.

Photography: Jessica Lewis Photography | Videography: Ryan Pettey | Event Planning: Engaged Tobe Wed | Floral Design: Grass Roots | Catering: Pure Joy Catering | Hair & Makeup : Luna Bella Artists | Lighting And Sound: Ideal Lighting And Sound, LLC | Band: The Mustaches | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Santa Barbara Polo Club | Cigar Roller: AMS Cigar Catering | Dessert: Crushcakes Carp | Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Valet Service: Bluestar Parking And Valet

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Romantic Meadowood Napa Wedding

When Coco Tran and Fleurs De France join forces, there’s no telling how gorgeous a wedding gallery will be. They’re two of our most adored talents in the industry, and when they sent along this Meadowood Napa Valley celebration, my eyes were instantly glued to the screen. It’s the little details like emerald cut engagement ring, to the the floral stationery suite by Ceci Of New York and the bride’s gorgeous glow a la Artistry By Danika that all add up into something truly special. Go ahead and see for yourself.

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From The Bride…Chris and I met at work in FL and we were friends for a few years. We both moved to separate cities for new job opportunities (me in Chicago and him to the Bay area). We kept in touch and kindled our relationship during his work travels to Chicago. So, after a year and half of long distance I decided to make the move to San Francisco and then 6 months later we were engaged! We are truly each others best friend.

I grew up in a small beach town in Ft. Myers, FL. My family is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. My parents were both born and raised there and my sister was also born there before my parents moved to the states; so I am the first generation american. We traveled a lot growing up, and I used to spend my summers in Buenos Aires. For college, I went to Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee.

Chris proposed in Halfmoon bay at Ritz Carlton as the sun was setting. There was a bag piper playing as he went down on his knee which was so fitting because he is Irish. Afterwards, my family surprised me and we all celebrated together over dinner and cocktails friends. It was a magical evening.

My vision for the wedding is timeless sophistication, and elegance…The whole wedding team I assembled have executed my vision flawlessly…The day was perfect. Thank you Coco for capturing the day and details so well. We are so excited !

Photography: Coco Tran | Floral Design: Fleurs De France | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Perfect Endings | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Meadowood Napa Valley | Band: Lucky Devils Band | Venue: Meadowood Napa Valley | Invitation Suite: Ceci Of New York | Linens : La Tavola | Makeup & Hair: Artistry By Danika | Planning & Design: Heather McMichen for Meadowood Napa Valley | Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals

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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!

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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 | Model: Emily Matheny Of Stars Model Management | Rentals: Chair Divas

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Romantic Winter Wedding at Verandas Beach House

As someone who only recently has lived near a beach, I truly appreciate what a treat it is. So to say your vows overlooking this beauty has always seemed special and this Manhattan Beach bash captured that in full force. Ryan:Lockhart Photography’s pics have me in awe, captivated by their gorgeous lighting and the love radiating from these cuties. It’s safe to say there are no hump day blues for me today.

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From the Bride… Grant and I met at a local bar in Hermosa Beach 3 ½ years ago through mutual friends. We connected immediately and have been together ever since. Two years later Grant proposed at his Grandparent’s beach house in Carpentaria surrounded by both of our families on Christmas Day. We knew soon after our engagement that we wanted a wedding venue close to the ocean in Southern California. Being from Manhattan Beach I wanted someplace that was local and had that laid back, “beachy-chic” vibe, and then we found Verandas Beach House. With its beautiful outdoor garden, complete with hanging lights and a master staircase, as well as an exquisite interior with sweeping ocean views, we knew this was the perfect place for us to say “I do.”

The morning of our wedding I took a walk around downtown Manhattan Beach with a couple of my bridesmaids and soaked in the winter sun with a warm coffee in hand. It had been raining just a few days prior and I was relieved that it was a beautiful and clear day for our wedding. Even though the morning flew by, I savored every moment and before I knew it, it was time for us to get married. As I started to ascend down the large outdoor staircase making my way towards intricately detailed floral aisle, I was trying to focus on not tripping in my Bagley Mischka shoes, when all of a sudden my cathedral length veil caught on one of the beautiful lanterns decorating the stair case and flew off my head, high in the air! Immediately I burst out laughing, as did all of my guests, because it was one of those amazingly special and imperfect moments that make weddings so memorable. It was an icebreaker and the quintessential analogy for the road we were about to embark on – that no matter how meticulously you plan for something, nothing will ever go according to plan and that is what makes life and marriage so extraordinary.

We had a short and intimate ceremony, exchanging personal vows we hand wrote in BHLDN “his” and “her” vow books. After the ceremony the winter sky gave us an incredible sunset and we sipped champagne, danced until we dropped, and laughed harder than we ever have with each other. The team at Verandas delivered nothing short of a perfect wedding day with impeccable service and delicious food. Our reception tables were covered in fresh winter white linens with mercury glass votives and centerpieces with white hydrangeas and peonies. Our vendors made our dream wedding come true and we are beyond grateful to Ryon:Lockhart Photography who did a phenomenal job capturing every decorative detail, heartfelt speech, and crazy dance move.

On December 6th, 2014 I got to marry my best friend and love of my life. The love we felt for each other that day was only enhanced by the love our family and friends wrapped around us. Our wedding was a dream come true and a day we think of often – it was everything we could have hoped for and more.

Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography | Videography: Juice Box Media | Floral Design: Lilypad Florals | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: SusieCakes | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: New York Food Company | Hair And Makeup: Design Visage | DJ: Skyline Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Mattucci Tailors | Wedding Venue: Verandas Beach House

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Elegant + Rustic Wine Country Wedding

Combing the beautiful Bride’s Chinese heritage (she wore a qipao to the reception, and their wedding date was a Chinese lucky day!) with the Groom’s Catholic faith (they had a second church ceremony the morning after the reception), this colorful fete — perfectly captured in this gallery by Erin Hearts Court – is truly stunning and filled with so many sweet, personal details, we can’t get enough!

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From the Bride… Adam and I were set on a collision course in college, having gone to the same school, worked in Beijing at the same Chinese magazine, attended the same business school, and worked at the same company after graduation. When our paths finally crossed in our first year of grad school, we joked that we were destined to meet — or that we somehow thwarted destiny’s plan to keep us apart. Three years later, Adam proposed at one of our favorite wineries in Sonoma.

Wedding planning began with a list of activities we loved, design elements we were drawn to, and bits of our heritage and past that formed our identities and underpinned our relationship. On it, we had written “St. Louis (his hometown), New York (my hometown), travel and board games (our loves), reading and saving money (my loves), the outdoors and cookie dough (his loves)…” There were no themes that jumped out, and we tried to select a few to concentrate on, but eventually gave up. We decided: if it reflected us, it would be consistent.

So, we looked for outdoor venues with beautiful vistas that did not break the bank. We wanted something warm and intimate that could host both ceremony and reception on site. When Dan O’Connell of Vine Hill House told us that a date that fell on both a three-day weekend and a Chinese lucky date was available, we jumped at the opportunity and booked the first venue we saw.

We selected the incomparable Erin Hearts Court as our photographers, thinking we had no idea how our hodgepodge wedding would turn out and a good photographer can make anything look good! We supplemented with Andrew Hsu as videographer and a fun, high-quality photobooth from Night Owl, the photos from which I used to create a video that captures the progressive revelry of the night.

As the wedding took shape, I found myself gravitating to a little sparkle to complement the rusticity. I settled on a faint gray dress from BHLDN with an elegant sheer back and glittery front. The skirt was soft, flowy, and romantic. We sprinkled gold accents in the entryway and on the tables to complement the bright mandarin-colored bridesmaid dresses and orange flowers. The groomsmen wore navy suits with checkered bowties and pocket squares, while my two bridesmen wore gray suits with matching checkered skinny ties.

We incorporated both our cultures throughout. A Chinese tradition, my bridal party challenged the groomsmen to a series of games to prove the groom’s worth. In typical Chinese fashion, my aunt insisted at the last minute that we add an impromptu tea ceremony. We included a bilingual reading in the ceremony as well as a spiritual one reflecting Adam’s Catholic faith. We served a family-style dinner during the reception, after which I changed into a red qipao for dancing. The next day, we had a small Catholic ceremony in a church with family.

Our guest cards were homemade library cards that listed key dates of our relationship stuck into vintage card catalog holders. We created little Calvin and Hobbes cards for guests to write notes to us with memories, predictions, and advice. One of our favorite elements was a map we made showing where our guests were coming from around the world. Reflecting one of our favorite games, the table numbers were spelled out with Scrabble pieces. Our dessert station featured the “Evolution of a Cookie,” moving from cookie dough to soft baked to crunchy cookies, honoring his and my favorite desserts. We aged cocktails in mini-barrels and created a cigar-and-cocktail lounge in a small redwood grove off the dance floor.

We also tried to personalize the content as much as possible. We wrote our own vows, carefully selected passages from our favorite books and authors, and involved friends throughout the day. One of Adam’s best friends from business school served as our officiant, and family members and close friends delivered selected readings during the ceremony and gave an abundance of toasts at the reception. We were blown away by the thoughtfulness, humor, and insight of the speeches.

The day was clear and bright, and the night was warm for Sonoma. Everything, as disparate as it seemed initially, came together beautifully. Our favorite moment was at the end of the night, when everyone on the dance floor began spiraling inwards into a giant 80-person group hug with us at the center. It was an epic way to end an epic day, and one that very much reflected how we felt — enveloped by love and joy by our closest friends and family.

Photography: Erin Hearts Court | Videography: Andrew Hsu | Floral Design: Maria Philbin | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Trends Catering | Hair And Makeup: Susie Chhuor | Venue: Vine Hill House | Photo Booth: Night Owl Photobooth

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Elegant Gold Palm Springs Wedding

“Organic with a splash of gold” was the design mentality behind this Palm Springs beauty. And with the help of Artisan Events Floral Decor, that vision came to life in a serious way. From the stunning outdoor ceremony to the luxe ballroom celebration, Brett Hickman and Two Spoons Productions made certain no moment went un-cauptured. More pretty right this way!

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From the Bride… Overall, we wanted our wedding to be organic and chic, with a splash of gold! A night of candlelight and romance, flowers as art with creativity and style throughout.

Brandon (Nickname Bubba) surprised me in the middle of Central Park while my parents and I were out visiting my younger brother in New York! The story goes something like this… On Saturday night of our vacation my family “had tickets to go to a broadway show.” Meanwhile, to the best of my knowledge, Bubba was back home working a baseball camp in San Diego. Because I had never been to Central Park before my parents suggested walking through the park before heading to our nearby dinner reservations. As we were walking through the park my parents pointed out the gazebo up on the hill that looked like it might provide some shelter from all the snow. We made our way up the winding pathway which eventually, to my SURPRISE, led to Bubba, surrounded by rose petals in the middle of a snowy Central Park. He got down on one knee under the Treehouse for Dreaming and I said YES!

For the wedding,  above all, our family. Of course I spent countless hours on Pinterest and wedding websites searching for every perfect detail but at the end of the day all we really wanted was to plan a day of celebration with our closest family and friends. Our colors were blush, champagne and gold. In my mind the theme was rustic glam with a touch of romance. Some of the handmade elements we included were our chalkboards, signs, corn hole, stained wine crates, and card box. Artisan was a huge help in tying all of my creative ideas together.

Our favorite part of the wedding was the kiss (of course!) and my first look with my dad and brother. Bubba’s family and friends have a long standing tradition of singing Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” at every wedding. It was such a special moment to be surrounded by our friends and family at OUR wedding singing the song with the people we love most. Not to mention it was followed by Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” which was the perfect end to an even better day!

My best advice for planning a wedding would be to start early and try not to get wrapped up too much in the details. Pinterest can get rather overwhelming to say the least. It’s important to remember that you are pinning things from several DIFFERENT weddings and incorporating each individual piece of “perfection” from Pinterest into ONE wedding is a daunting task. Don’t forget to focus on why you are planning a wedding in the first place – you get to marry the love of your life and have a lifetime of adventures ahead of you with them by your side! That, at the end of it all, is the very best part!

Photography: Brett Hickman Photographers | Videographer: Two Spoons Productions | Event Design: Artisan Events Floral Decor | Coordination: Artisan Events Floral Decor | Floral Design: Artisan Events Floral Decor | Ceremony Venue: Riviera Palm Springs | Reception Venue: Riviera Palm Springs | Calligraphy: Project Watermark | Officiant: Casey Caston | Bridal Gown: Olva By Blue By Enzoani | Engagement Ring And Wedding Bands: Marvel Jewelry | Linens: La Tavola

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