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Bright + Cheerful Winery Wedding

We love a Bride who embraces pops of color on her Big Day and this next beauty is no exception. Busting with bright bouquets and sunny hues, this Dutch Bride honored her heritage with tulips and organic details (just look at this aisle runner)! Adeline & Grace captured it all and we promise that this gorgeous gallery is sure to add some cheer to your day!

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From Adeline & Grace PhotographyFrancine and Jay are the most fun-loving couple we’ve ever worked with—their love of life and laughter is immediately apparent when you meet them. Their beautiful springtime wedding took place in Campovida, and utilized several areas of the expansive property. Francine’s family is Dutch and so the wedding theme featured orange, the Dutch national color, as well as tulips, which are the national flower. The dress code was black tie, and guests were encouraged to wear hats for the ceremony, another Dutch tradition. Jay, a proud Detroit native, had special custom tuxedo shoes to show his hometown pride. Campovida is an organic farm, so we wanted everything to feel natural— the ceremony was under an old oak tree on the property, and aisle arrangements were created without vases, to look as if they were growing out of the ground. After the ceremony, guests strolled through the property’s various floral pathways to the Tuscan Garden where they enjoyed a Hendricks Gin specialty bar, with drinks infused with seasonal fruit flavors. After cocktails guest were invited to the Hop Barn to dine at long farm tables under a soft glow of market lights. To show their Dutch pride, Francine’s entire family had some sort of orange accent to their outfits, so each guest was given an orange handkerchief as a favor so they too could join in on the fun. The handkerchiefs were tied with a little dutch clog napkin rings at each place setting. Francine and her family have lived all over the world, including Malaysia, Italy, and Hong Kong. The menu featured some of the family’s favorite recipes from the countries they’ve lived in, including a Dutch cheese station. After dinner, the guests headed to a custom tent for a night of dancing with the 80′s band “Mustache Harbor” and Jay changed into a custom orange tuxedo for the first dance! After the band set, the party goers danced into the wee hours of the night with a silent disco to finish the night.

Photography: Adeline & Grace Photography | Floral Design: Madeline Trait | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | Officiant: Karl Kiser | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Venue: Campovida | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Music Of The Valley | Cocktail Hour Beverages: Hendricks Gin | Event Coordination: Glow Event Design | Hair + Makeup: Melisa Hall | Photo Booth: You Booth | Reception Music: Silent Disco | Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events

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Lazaro Fall 2015 Collection at JLM Couture

It goes without saying that the name Lazaro holds some serious weight in the world of bridal fashion. So California brides, you’ll want to mark your calendars for June 5-7, 2015 to preview the new Fall 2015 Lazaro collection at the JLM Couture Flagship Salon in West Hollywood. These dresses are beyond stunning, and the icing on the cake? You’ll get the chance to meet Head Designer Lazaro himself!

Known not only for their incredible selection of dresses but also for their top-notch customer service, JLM Couture is the shop to find your dream dress. Featuring incredible silhouettes, luxe fabrics and jaw-droppingly gorgeous details, this Lazaro Fall 2015 Collection is something else. I’m also pretty smitten with the incredible watercolor inspired fabrics which would be perfect for a bride looking for something just a little bit different.

Ladies, you will not want to miss this one! Appointments can be made by calling 424.249.3909 or by visiting the JLM Couture website. Happy dress shopping!

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Romantic Spring Wedding at Smog Shoppe

First it was these rose gold shoes that made me gasp. Then I soaked up the gorgeous colors from the florals and decor and started taking notes. But the icing on the incredible (vegan!) cake? This showstopper of a dress. I didn’t even need to look any further, but I’m glad I did because Koman Photography’s pics just kept getting better and better and this Cali celebration is one I won’t soon forget.

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From the Bride… Since our third date, Sean and I knew we would marry each other, but I had no idea he was going to pop the question the night we were celebrating a year together at our favorite restaurant in LA, Crossroads Kitchen. We left a wonderful date and as we were headed home he started babbling all this stuff about loving me so much that I started to freak out – I thought he was about to deliver some bad news. But when I asked him he just kept smiling and so I started to suspect. Turns out he had commissioned my sister (and future MOH) to set the scene and make sure the dog didn’t catch fire from all the candles. I walked in the apartment and when I turned around he was on one knee. I’m a pretty private person so I love the fact that he made it just about us, at home. And, our wedding was no different – totally about us.

I wasted no time trying on dresses and about 10 white, traditional gowns in, found the one. A gorgeous multi-colored, drop waist, fit and flare with an asymmetrical horsehair ruffle (GASP). We’re vegan, so we started researching caterers who could accommodate and through that search came across the Smog Shoppe. It was so perfectly us – a little urban, a little earthy. Then we did a food tasting with Jennie Cooks Catering and were sold on bite one of pierogi casserole and tempeh schnitzel – in honor of the groom’s Polish roots. I only met with one florist who totally got my theme – mixing in soft romantic colors and structures to the harder urban venue. The overall color scheme was inspired by my dress – blush, ivory and champagne, accented by the bridesmaids in navy, groomsmen in grey and rose gold metallic accents. Then, by the grace of the universe, Wedding Paper Divas released rose gold metallic foil printing! With my mom and sister’s help, we DIY’d table number holders from wine bottles, seating charts and bar menus. My dad and Sean built custom bag-o boards with our monogram and wedding date for the reception. And our amazing family friend created our “naked” wedding cake (also vegan) and the ivory flower girl dresses. Koman Photography did an amazing job capturing (and coaching, if I’m honest) every amazing moment, without making me feel like hiding from the paparazzi. It turned out exactly how I’d hoped.

Photography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: Blossom Floral | Wedding Dress: White By Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Janice Clark | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White By Vera Wang | Catering: Jennie Cooks Catering | DJ: DJ Lady Sinclair | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Smog Shoppe | Flower Girl Dresses: Janice Clark Wedding | Hair And Make-up: Danelle Goodwin And Sheryl Conner

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Elegant California Seaside Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by the endless sea and blue skies of the Southern California coast, this seaside shoot by Carolly Photography is pure romance! Flowing dresses, a vintage glass tablescape and a watercolor cake—no detail was overlooked by Chloe+Mint Design & Events, Indigo & Plum Florals , La Tavola Linen and more. See it all in the full gallery right here!

From Carolly PhotographyHow can you not fall in love with the beautiful coast of Southern California? Malibu was the perfect location for us and our inspiration came from the natural colors of the sand and beautiful, grandiose rocks, engulfed by the color of the endless sea and blue skies. The color palette we chose was soft silver tones with cool blue hues brought out with whites and silver.

The floral inspiration from Indigo & Plum was an organic creation, a little understated, yet full of light greenery and white blooms for a clean look. The tablescape gave some glamour to the coast shoot. Vintage pieces were from Borrowed Blu, Chloe+Mint, Mint Vintage and La Tavola. Our bar setting blended fluidly against our beach canvas. S’More Sweets’ beautiful cake echoed the ocean waves with blues and silvers, and mussels to represent life under the sea.

We dressed our bride in relaxed yet elegant and ethereal gowns from BHLDN and Alexandra Grecco, adorned with bridal cap veil from Veiled Beauty. The bride’s hair and makeup were soft and natural, and impeccably done by Theresa Huang’s artists. Invitations from Smitten on Paper were inspired by the mossy rocks and ocean blues. We hope that this styled inspiration shoot will give couples lots of ideas to jump off of for their own wedding on the beach.

Photography: Carolly Photography | Event Design: Chloe+Mint Design & Events | Floral Design: Indigo & Plum Florals | Cake: S'more Sweets Bakery | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Bride Model: Sydney Lee | Groom Model: Jourdan Quevedo | Hair Accessories: Handmade By Sara Kim | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Location: Malibu Beach | Makeup And Hair: Aveline And Julie For Theresa Huang Makeup And Hair Design | Persiphone Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Rentals: Mint Vintage Rentals | Rentals - Tableware: Borrowed Blu | Thalia Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Veil: Veiled Beauty

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Romantic Sonoma Wine Country Wedding

Warm summer day? Check. Tuscan-inspired surroundings? Check. Good food and drinks? With this wine country wedding held at the Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn, I think we can safely say, “Check!” The stars were aligned on this Bride (flawless thanks to The Makeup Dolls) and Groom’s special day, and luckily Vero Suh Photography was there to capture it all in the full gallery right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Greg and I met in July 2010 at local restaurant and bar. I will admit I was not immediately smitten as I was in business mode – trying to recruit my would-be husband to work for my company. That night, we exchanged contact information and it was shortly thereafter that he recruited me for our first date. Little did I realize, when planning our wedding day, that we would get married on the exact same day, four years later, of our first date. It only came to our attention the week of the wedding, and it was such a serendipitous surprise.

In the months leading up to our wedding, we both were very vocal about what was important to us. For Greg, he wanted a warm summer day and great food and booze. For myself, I wanted a venue that could accommodate all of our wedding events and has a Tuscan feel. When we visited Ramekins, which met all of our criteria for our summer wedding, we knew it was a done deal. The owner of Ramekins also owns a local antique shop and brought wonderful European elements into the venue, such as a rustic gate and a wooden cheeseboard from 18th century France. It was a perfect mix of old and new, just like we wanted our wedding to be.

As for the day of, it was so incredibly hot, my husband definitely had his “warm” weather request met. I was almost a bit too warm to be honest, and it was really hard to get through pictures. However, by the time the ceremony came, we were so incredibly excited we could not let the heat get us down. My favorite moment was pre-ceremony in the grand hall where dancing would later take place, and we gathered with our entire wedding party and parents to have a quick champagne toast.

Our dear friend Kevin officiated our ceremony, which we co-wrote, and I could not have been happier with our choice. He knew both of us well, and he has a marriage we really respect. There was a chance my grandmother was not going to make the wedding due to her health, and we had written in a line acknowledging her presence from afar. Although we told Kevin she was going to be there, he still included the line that spoke to her sending her best wishes from a distance. It was actually a perfect moment–my Grandma, who had to overcome so much to make it, had her own special shout out during our ceremony. I could not have been happier.

Once we were officially husband and wife, sans tears because we were smiling too much, we let the party begin! We had a his and her cocktail, tasty appetizers and a family style menu on the patio, with string lights to set the ambiance. However, my favorite part of the wedding was when the dance party started. Our band was a popular local cover band, and we had kept the inside area off limits until this point. My husband and I insisted we start the party off with a few pop songs before we move into the formal dances, and I am so glad we did. It was such a fun way to transition from dinner to dancing! We then moved into the first dance, and the dance party was started.

The last part of the night I will share is the cake cutting. At this point, I knew it was the end of our scheduled wedding events and all that was left was dancing. We had both made a point to really enjoy each moment, and I will not forget when I leaned over to Greg and told him, “This is our last ‘wedding event’.” We made it really count, and he didn’t even put cake on my face! Once the cake cutting was done and we knew the cameras were going home, a wild dance party ensued and my husband and I officially capped off the best night of our lives.

Photography: Vero Suh Photography | Videography: Tim Fox Weddings | Wedding Dress: Liancarlo | Invitations: Just Ink On Paper | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair And Makeup: The Makeup Dolls | Lighting: The Lux | Ties: General Knot | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Venue: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn | Event Coordination And Floral Design: WedSpring | Linens: La Tavola | Reception Band: Pop Rocks | Rentals: Wine Country Party | String Trio: Amethyst Trio | Veil: Sara Gabriel

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EatSleepWear’s Romantic Bridal Session

You may know this lovely lady from her stylish site EatSleepWear but after these pics you may think of her as your new bridal fashion icon. She donned some incredibly gorgeous Monique L’huillier gowns as Alison Conklin snapped away at some of Cali’s best sites from the beach to the chic streets. See every look right here and good luck picking a fav!

From the vendor team… Alison Conklin will be shooting Kimberly Pesch of EatSleepWear’s upcoming May wedding in Hawaii, and in preparation for the wedding, Alison and Kimberly went out in California to shoot some bridal inspiration.

From Kimberly Pesch… Gearing up for my wedding on May 28th, I wanted to dream up some California inspired wedding style with my incredible wedding photographer Alison Conklin. I love being able to fully discover new bridal collections. I was able to try on Monique Lhuillier’s newest collection. I always love her mermaid silhouettes and beautiful lace work. I wanted to take every opportunity to try on as many dress styles as possible in preparation for selecting the perfect style for my own wedding. Can I please play dress up in bridal everyday?

Alison and I wanted to showcase the collection in the beautiful California landscape that I call home. A little mix of urban LA with the out of this world view in Malibu. We started our day in downtown LA soaking in the rich textures of the arts district. The lace was such a great contrast to downtowns rugged edge. We then drove up the coast and made out way out to Malibu. Rustic rolling fields were the perfect backdrop for these gowns. We ended by the beach with one of my unexpected favorite dresses. A shorter cropped gown where you could just barely see my ankles and I could run through the sand. Doesn’t every bride want to be barefoot on the sand? It was the perfect day collaborating with my favorite people in the world. I could not be more excited to be heading to Maui, Hawaii for my wedding taking place next week!

From Alison Conklin… It was mid March when we left the cold snowy east coast for sunny and warm California. Geoff and I love Cali as we were married out there 9 years ago. Being able to photograph Kimberly in some of Monique Lhuillier’s newest gowns was a dream. Kimberly and I became fast friends after shooting her engagement photos in Philadelphia many months back, and we knew that shooting her where she lived now would be a great addition to her wedding story.

We had decided on some urban shots in LA to start. We drove around until we found a street that had great color and textured walls. My favorite was a door opening with a green facade that was chipping bit. The sun was bright that afternoon and made for some dramatic portraits. After that we headed to Malibu and found some incredible mountainous landscapes. My favorite image in this series is the one of Kimberly walking through the field. Lastly, Kimberly knew of this perfect secluded beach where there are hundreds of steps down to the water. At the top of the steps there was a field of bright yellow flowers that created such a gorgeous backdrop for those delicate lace gowns. When we made our way to the beach it was breathtaking and the sun was starting to set. The last dress had a shorter crop which seemed made for running down the beach and standing on the rocks. It was an ideal day and just a small preview of what’s to come for Kimberly and Blake’s wedding next week!!

Photography: Alison Conklin | Event Design: Kimberly Pesch | Shoes: Givenchy | Makeup: Kimberly Pesch | Hair: Abreanna At 901too Salon | Hair: 901 Too | Dresses: Monique L'huillier | Hair Piece: BHLDN | Model: Kimberly Pesch Of Eat Sleep Wear

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