This beautiful Bride is the exact opposite of a bridezilla. In fact, she might go down as the most laid-back Bride ever. With no theme or look in mind, she and her handsome Groom focused on having fun with family and friends. And the end result, captured by Christine Choi, is a gorgeous southern California wedding as lovely as the Bride and Groom. See it all in The Vault!
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From The Bride…Our only goal for this wedding was to have fun and for all our guests to have fun! We realized you can do whatever you want for your wedding and there really is no “right” way. We picked what we liked even if it didn’t fit a theme or a look. When people asked what were colors or if we were having a slide show, we just looked at them and said we aren’t doing it. I tried to limit the number of DIY projects just to ensure my own sanity but in the end it was the perfect amount of personal touches that made our wedding so special.
Photography: Christine Choi Photography | Event Planning + Design: The Events Department | Floral Design: Jensen's Foods | Wedding Dress: Kara Wedding | Invitations: Bold Paper Co. | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Smoke Tree Ranch | Hair + Makeup: Kelly Zhang | Band: West Coast Music | Groom's Attire: Thick As Thieves LA | Venue: Smoke Tree Ranch | Cake + Desserts: Over The Rainbow | Groom's Shoes: To Boot NY | Groom's Tie: The Suited Man
Amanda and Jerry wanted their Southern California wedding to be “the most extravagant wedding” their guests had been to. And with Artisan Events Floral Decor behind every gorgeous and glamorous detail, it’s safe to say they definitely achieved their goal. From the Bride’s beautiful all-white bouquet to the gilded reception, every part of this day is a total stunner. See it all from Stefani Ciotti in The Vault!
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From The Bride…Inspiration was a classic romantic wedding with colors of white, cream, champagne and accents of gold.
Jerry and I met seven years ago at a mutual friend’s wedding. Jerry was a groomsman and I was a bridesmaid. We walked down the aisle together cracking jokes under our breath the whole time (not appropriate but very entertaining and flirtatious). We spent the reception talking and dancing only with each other and exchanged phone numbers at the end of the night and the rest was history…
We chose to have our wedding in the California desert because we have a house in PGA West, La Quinta, and also wanted to make sure there was sunny skies on our special day. It is also a place Jerry and I are most relaxed and get away to when we can when not running our business. We wanted a small but very elegant affair that would be the most extravagant wedding our guests have been to. It had the best food, entertainment, and a luxurious setting. We wanted our guests to feel comfortable so we invited everyone to the rehearsal dinner and a light breakfast the morning after.
My favorite part of the wedding day was the first look and the moments we had alone after the ceremony. We had such a great moment together seeing each other for the first time and reveling in the ceremony afterwards.
My advice to future brides is to hire an event planner if you can. I showed him my Pinterest, answered his questions, and I just showed up the day of and it was everything I wanted! No need to review mood boards, samples, etc. He is a true professional and visionary.
Photography: Stefani Ciotti Photography | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Swarovski | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Charlotte's Weddings Portland | DJ: Music Media Entertainment | Venue: Bougainvillea Estate | Bride's Ring + Engagement Ring: Shane Co. | Event Planning, Design + Floral Design: ARTISAN Event . Floral . Decor | Groom's Ring: Gucci
Southern California is just made for marrying… and behind some of our all-time favorite weddings? The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, a fab catering + event planning company that knows all there is to know about throwing an ah-mazing event. Think scrumptious food, exceptional service and a team of professionals that will transform your day into the best celebration that ever happened. We love them.
With the The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, your dream wedding is right at your fingertips with a talented team of professionals completely committed to you and your vision, from that very first meeting to your perfectly executed going away brunch. Which means that you can rest assured that every.last.moment will run seamlessly and completely stress-free… that’s just how they do it. Not to mention those perfectly executed (+ totally customizable) menus and seriously stunning set-ups that are beyond picturesque.
Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate soiree or a 250-person sit-down dinner for the ages, The Kitchen for Exploring Foods will handle every last detail with that five-star service they are known for. They’ll even use your venue as inspiration for their breathtaking designs and customizable menus. Which means that southwest-inspired rehearsal dinner under the trees? It will be just as amazing as you imagined with fresh, organic goodies curated with your natural setting in mind. Think Avocado Pico de Gallo, Shrimp Tostado and Short Rib Tacos… just to name a few. So creative and so yummy.
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Photography: Willa Kveta Photography | Catering: Kitchen for Exploring Foods