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All the Inspiration You’ll Ever Need for Your Nature-Inspired Wedding

One thing we know for certain? Taking your design cues from the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego’s Balboa Park is never a bad idea.  And neither is stealing every.last.ounce of pretty from this gorgeous inspiration sesh from heidi-o-photo and Lauren Sharon Design & Rentals. It’s nature meets minimalism in the prettiest of settings. Fall in love with every stunning moment in THE VAULT.

From heidi-o-photo… Inspired by the gorgeous grounds of The Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, this earthy, modern styled shoot looks to nature and the traditional elements of Japanese design to bring new dimension to a classic motif.

Shibui- Beauty by way of simplicity, Minimalism

Fukinsei- Asymmetrical Balance

Shizen- Naturalness, Organic Spontaneity

Lauren Kimmons, owner of Lauren Sharon Design & Rentals embraced equal parts quiet sophistication and a casual, organic warmth with her concept for the dining and lounge spaces. “Our backdrop was an award winning Japanese garden with cherry trees just coming into bloom- it was amazing. The concept was to create a space that embraced our surroundings and centered around the principles of Shibui, Fukinsei and Shizen- offering each guest their own personal experience of the garden.”

Together with Heidi Orcino of Heidi-O-Photo, they created a concept of balance: between contrasts, elements of design and periods of style. A mix of mid-century modern furniture and natural, almost wild, floral installations honors the minimalism of traditional Japanese design and its fondness for the natural- in the truest sense of the word.

Organic Elements built an amazing floral installation that brought the garden backdrop right to the table- using yellow acacia, jasmine vines and giant air plants (among other gorgeous greens) they created a mini garden that grew up from the table and down from the ceiling.

“With the help of Snake Oil Cocktail Company, we were able to create two custom craft cocktails. We wanted to see this concept through and only Snake Oil’s mindful approach to garden-fresh ingredients and innovative recipes would do,” said Lauren.

They created two cocktails for the shoot, the New Moon (Yamuzaki 12 Year Whiskey, Green Tea, Fresh Mint, Pressed Blood Orange and A Touch of Honey) and the Sun + Sky (Nigori sake, North Shore Aquavit, Pressed Lime, Elderflower and Sea Salt). 

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Photography: heidi-o-photo | Floral Design: Organic Elements | Wedding Dress: M Bride Salon | Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company | Jewelry: LOA Designs | Hair + Makeup: Beauty By Stacey | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Venue: Japanese Friendship Garden | Cocktails: Snake Oil Cocktail Co. | Concept + Fashion Concept: heidi-o-photo | Event Design, Furniture Rentals + Concept Collaboration: Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals | Invitations, Menus + Table Numbers: Four Things Paper

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An Ethereal Garden Party Wedding We Can’t Believe Is Real

When a crew like Jose VillaLaurie AronsMindy RiceElysium ProductionsA Day in MayCasa de PerrinCurlicue Designs and TEAM Hair & Makeup get their hands on a wedding, dreams are bound to come true. And for this couple that looked like an ultra-romantic garden party held at the incredible Lodge at Torrey Pines. Classic brides, this gallery is all the inspiration you’ll ever need.

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From Laurie Arons Special EventsElise & Sean are one of the kindest, sweetest couples I’ve had the pleasure of sending down the aisle, and with beautiful taste too. Elise imagined an elegant and romantic day for her hometown San Diego wedding, and the team of vendors loved working with her to bring this vision to life.

The couple were married in a Catholic ceremony at Founders Chapel, before joining guests at their reception at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. We transformed the Lodge’s green lawn into an ethereal garden party, with custom wood structures by Rrivre Works. Mindy Rice Design pulled out all the stops adorning the structure with greenery & flowers, while beautiful light fixtures cast a soft glow over the dinner.

The tabletop was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. Elise & Sean’s wedding was the first to use Casa de Perrin’s Sage & gold florentine chargers, which looked beautiful alongside their gold flatware & cut crystal stemware. Following dinner, guests danced away to Encore, one of the incredible bands from West Coast Music.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Invitations: A DAY IN MAY DESIGN | Ceremony Venue: The Immaculata At USD | Reception Venue: The Lodge at Torrey Pines | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Band: West Coast Music | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Wood Structure: Rrivre Works

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Art Deco Wedding at a Historic San Diego Hotel

With a fabulous art deco vibe and superb planning by Bliss Events, this glamorous US Grant Hotel wedding is an affair that would make Gatsby proud. Layer in all the delicious desserts from Sweet Lydia’s Of San Diego, sweet signage from Love Notes Stationery and artful photography by Laura Christin Photograph, and this gallery is one fabulous nod to the roaring 20s. More in the VAULT.

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From Bliss EventsThe historic US Grant Hotel located in the heart of Downtown San Diego is the essence of romance. When Leah and Jacob first walked into the hotel, their wedding vision fell into place. The venue boasts of history and class in the bustling downtown of their favorite city. Leah was all about style in her art deco 1920’s inspiration complete with black and gold colors with feathers and sparkle throughout every element. The US Grant lit up the city skyline that night with gold lighting around the perimeter of the property in honor of the bride and groom.

Special consideration was given to Leah and Jacob to be photographed on the otherwise exclusive and private terrace for their first look which made for a dramatic background for Laura Christin Photography to capture the romance perfectly beneath the San Diego skyline.

The late afternoon intimate ceremony of 65 guests inside the gold and black-checkered floor lobby was held under the hotel’s magnificent chandelier. With draping elements provided by Concepts Event Design and adorned with candlelight and florals from Organic Elements, the ceremony was intimate and warm.

The dazzling reception was held in the spectacular Crystal Ballroom filled with white feathers and florals among gold-beaded charger plates and crystals. The centerpieces by Organic Elements brought out the theme on the tables perfectly with low gold vases holding a lush array of ivory roses, ivory dahlias, ivory spray roses, gold succulents and ivory hydrangeas. Sweet Lydia’s designed a cake fitting for a roaring 20’s dancing queen made up of almond cake with sweetened mascarpone and belgian milk chocolate ganache. The mother of the bride made edible flowers for the cake and the bride and her mom placed the flowers on together as a favorite childhood past time. The cake was surrounded with exquisite desserts displayed on beautiful black stands such as salted caramel French macarons, flourless chocolate cake bites, snickerdoodle cookies, mini devils food cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream in gold liners, vanilla panna cotta verrines with mini passionfruit macaron and mini whisky cake cupcakes with cinnamon caramel buttercream. JD Musik kept the dance floor packed and the couple danced the night away. Starlight Photo Booth captured the event’s playfulness filled with props and feather boas.

This dazzling wedding was a unique and memorable celebration of Leah and Jacob’s love!

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Photography: Dove & Blake's Home | Coordination: Bliss Events | Floral Design: Organic Elements | Wedding Dress: Cristiano Lucci | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair + Makeup: Clairestyle | DJ: JD Musik | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Venue: The US Grant Hotel | Cake + Desserts: Sweet Lydia's | Graphic Design: Love Notes Stationery | Maid Of Honor Dress: Vera Wang | Photo Booth: Starlight Photobooth | Rentals: Concepts Event Design

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Abby Capalbo

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