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A Mid-Century Modern LA Wedding

Lindsay and Derek have a modern love story if I ever heard one. They met on Tinder and four dates later knew they’d found The One. Fast forward to their wedding styled by the interior designer bride with coordination by Tessa Lyn Events and you’ll find a chic, organic mix of Japanese denim, brass, and wood infused with a moody vibe to amp up the romance. Elizabeth Messina photographed and the happily ever after doesn’t stop here because these two have a baby girl due this winter!

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From the Bride… It was a modern day romance: boy and girl both swipe right, fall in love, and the rest was history. Derek and I met on Tinder (it really works!) and four dates (in seven days) later, we knew magic was brewing. After thirteen months of wining, dining, traveling, and making a home together, Derek proposed in front of the storied swans at the Hotel Bel Air with a custom-designed oval diamond ring set in rose gold. The evening was beautifully and thoughtfully planned, with surprises unfolding at every turn, culminating in an intimate engagement party with out-of-town family and our closest friends.

As an interior designer with a foodie fiancé, our wedding priorities were clear from the start: a stunning backdrop, personalized styling, and an unforgettable meal were the prerequisites to finding our ideal venue. As we embarked upon a California road trip the following week, we spent hours dreaming up how magical it would be to get married at our favorite LA restaurant, Hinoki and the Bird. We were thrilled to learn that it was the perfect fit to accommodate 110 of our nearest and dearest. The design concept for the wedding began with the existing materials at the venue – a chic, organic mix of Japanese denim, brass, and wood. To infuse a sexiness and romance appropriate for the black tie optional affair, we turned to Dutch-inspired florals and loads of dripping tapered candles, which struck the perfect balance to the venue’s earthy minimalism.

We chose a dramatic palette of white, indigo, oxblood, and blush. To set the event’s tone from the first touchpoint, we combined a raw deckle edge invitation with an envelope liner adapted from the sculptural work of Dutch fiber artist Peter Gentenaar. My bridal bouquet of hellebores, ranunculus, and privet perfectly complemented his thistle boutonniere, all brought to life by the brilliant floral stylings of The Bosky Dell.

Upon arrival, our guests were greeted with champagne and hand brush lettered denim fabric place cards. The aisle was lined with vintage carpets and adorned from above with hanging floral installations sculpted from budding magnolias and quince. I chose an etherial gown by Mira Zwillinger and walked down the aisle to Ben Harper’s Forever. We read the vows we wrote for one another beneath a simple chuppah of bare branches.

Following the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy custom craft cocktails and an abundance of delicious appetizers like lemongrass lamb and lobster rolls, accompanied by a lively gypsy jazz trio. The family-style dinner of black cod, miso steak and jidori chicken was served on Heath ceramic place settings with gold-rimmed stemware along candle-filled farmhouse tables. After dinner, a roaring dance party commenced, and we partied the night away into the wee hours with family and friends.

We spent our wedding night at the hotel where we got engaged and upon returning there that evening, took a late-night swim and relived every detail of an unforgettable day. Derek and I are forever grateful for our dream wedding and are thrilled to be expecting our first child, a baby girl, in January.

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Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Videography: BlueCat International | Floral Design: The Bosky Dell | Wedding Dress: Mira Zwillinger | Stationery: Anne Robin | Bride's Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Makeup : Jamie Greenberg | Hair : Christine Symonds | Lighting : Ernie Mondaca | DJ: Dart DJ | Band: Django Foxtrot | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Hotel: Hotel Bel-Air | Venue: Hinoki and the Bird | Bride's Earrings: Irene Neuwirth | Bride's Gift: Spinelli Kilcollin | Bridesmaids' Robes: Stone Cold Fox | Event Design + Coordination: Lindsay Balton | Flower Girl Dress: BHLDN | Groom's Shoes: Common Projects | Ketubbah: Skirball Cultural Center | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Month of Coordination: Tessa Lyn Events | Photo Booth: RED Photo Booth | Rentals: Elan Event Rentals | Rentals : Found Vintage Rentals | Second Hair Stylist (Bridal Party): Tonia Day | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Vocalist: Jenna Caine Parris

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Beautiful Boho Chic Wedding – On a Monday!

This wedding is one unique detail after another, from the boho blue color palette that we can’t get enough of to it being held on a Monday (yay weekday weddings!)! But we shouldn’t really be surprised, because when you have a talented team that includes LVL Weddings & Events, Elevated Pulse Productions, 24 Carrots and more come together at Rancho Las Lomas, magic is bound to happen. Coy Society filmed away and onelove photography captured it all for our Vaultsee it here!

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From the Bride… Whenever I envisioned our big day, I always imagined us dancing al fresco, drinking wine and surrounded by our loved ones. Our venue, Rancho Las Lomas, completely fit the bill!

Since we decided to get married on a Monday (to honor our anniversary date and the date Andrew proposed), we wanted to make sure that our guests were treated to a wonderful ambiance if they were going to take the time off work. The Spanish style venue was truly that – tucked away in the hills, covered by trees and home to their very own wildlife foundation and beer tasting room (so rad!).

When it came to wedding colors, we both love the color blue, and had to have it in our palette. In terms of a theme, we wanted something to reflect our personality and encompass both an elegant and casual vibe, so we decided to go with the eclectic/bohemian style. I liked that it kind of gives you the freedom to either go vintage or modern with it and have it all still work.

In the midst of planning, I quickly became overwhelmed with Pinterest and decided on a different approach to gaining inspiration and finding the right vendors that would help us execute our vision. Instagram to the rescue! I tried searching with different hashtags and found this was the best way to find talented, local vendors. I was able to see photographs of their work and immediately determine if their vibe would match what I was looking for. I may have missed some gems if not for this approach.

I am NOT a DIY bride when it comes to crafting (I wish I was), but I do love design and styling, so I, with the help of my coordinator and florist, spent a lot of time sourcing the right decor, linens, rentals etc. I am obsessed with patterns and texture and hoped to infuse that throughout the decor. My florist knocked it out of the park using geometric wooden pendants, white crisp florals, lots of greenery and the eclectic vessels. I also had a calligrapher create custom wood signs and had her handwrite our guests names on ceramic tiles to serve as both escort cards and favors. One thing I did DIY was most of our paper goods – from our Save the Dates to the thank you place cards, and even painting the envelope liners. The exception was the lovely watercolor place cards we used on our head table which was done by our calligrapher.

We also made sure to include elements to make this wedding ours. Our close friend officiated our ceremony and our cake toppers were hand painted by another good friend. We were unable to have our three fur babies present but we made sure to include them by getting cartoon cardboard cut outs made and used for photo booth props. We also had a favorite musician play/sing acoustic jams during our cocktail hour and had handcrafted ice cream pops served for dessert in our favorite flavors.

Fashion was also no exception. When it came to finding the right dress, I had visited several dress shops and felt like almost every dress was the same, until I visited Lovella Bridal in Glendale. Their stylists helped me find the perfect lace, fit and flare gown, with an illusion back. The minute I put it on, I thought “Andrew would love this.” They also helped me find all the perfect accessories which I hope to wear again someday.

For my bridesmaids, I gave them a color palette and style and had them run with it! All their dresses looked amazing and they also saved money in the process. My mother and mother-in-law also looked stunning in their gowns.

For my groom, I found a suit in the perfect shade of blue and kept his style clean with a white shirt and solid gray tie. The groomsmen wore matching gray suits with mix and match ties from The Tie Bar. My dad wore a custom made traditional Filipino garment called a barong, which is perfect for a summer wedding and also fit with the bohemian style.

Among all the details, my absolute favorite moment of the day was the second Andrew and I joined hands at the beginning of our ceremony. At that moment, all my nervousness and anxiety vanished. I felt at peace and nothing else mattered but us. Another special moment was my dad’s speech. He even serenaded me with a song that he used to sing to me as a child. It brought me and most everyone to tears! The day was truly better than we could have imagined and our photographer and videographer truly captured the love and fun we experienced that day. We wish we could relive that day over and over!

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Photography: onelove photography | Cinematography: Christian Soriano | Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Foxtail Florals | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Simply Sweet Cakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ann Taylor | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Catering: 24 Carrots | Makeup: Kristina Ambartsumian | Hair: Abreanna | DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions | Groom's Attire: J. Crew Factory | Groomsmen's Attire: The Tie Bar | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Bridal Boutique: Lovella Bridal | Calligraphy + Signage: Heidi Davidson Design | Cocktail Music + Guitarist: Jonathan Blake Salazar | Hair Accessories: Maria Elena | Ice Cream + Desserts: Mr. & Mrs. Creamery | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Macrame Backdrop + Planters: Hunter Gatherer Keeper | Macrame Runners: ModMix Studio | Photo Booth: Splendid Photobooth | Rentals: Witty Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Robes: Piyama | Vintage Goblets: Sundrop Vintage

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An Elegant Outdoor Celebration That’s Truly California Gold

We felt a sun-kissed celebration was in order and thankfully Koman Photography agreed. Enter this stunning soiree set in California. A wedding day filled with elegant design details that you’re sure to love and we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!

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From the Bride…Planning a wedding was like a full-time job, but a job you get to complete with your future life partner. Matt and I actually met at work so it was very seamless working together to make this wedding all happen. He proposed to me during our first night in our new home, so planning this wedding while filling and decorating a house at the same time was no easy task, but we were able to utilize our strengths, like my attention to detail and his outgoing personality to confirm all of our vendors, in order to get everything to come into place.

Finding a venue was definitely the hardest part of the process but when we came across the Villa Del Sol d’oro, we knew we had found the one and looked no further. We wanted something different than the standard banquet room or garden and this venue got us exactly what we wanted- outdoor and indoor with a mix of a rustic, classic and vintage vibe. We loved the many different areas that comprised the venue from the library that became a bar at cocktail hour, the terrace we used for the dinner area, and the of course the ceremony area with its amazing backdrop. We chose very light and neutral tones to create a very natural and timeless look. We also threw in some personal details such as a popcorn station to share the love of our favorite snack and hand-made place cards for each of our guests. Our favorite and most memorable part of the wedding was definitely seeing the people we love the most enjoy the unique atmosphere while also blending together to have such a great time celebrating our special day with us.

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Photography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: NLC Productions | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: Sanata Anita Gardens | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bride's Shoes: Chanel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White by Vera Wang | Hair: Nicoletta Guaci | DJ: Steve Burdick Events | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Villa Del Sol D'Oro | Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Photo Booth: Great Entertainment Only | Popcorn Machine: Bart's Carts

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