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English-Inspired Santa Monica Wedding

Inspired by her Groom’s homeland of England, this Santa Monica bride infused their wedding with chic nods to UK culture. From the floral china patterns to the quiet garden vibe, it’s a fusion of English charm and California cool with coordination by WINK! and a must-see cake from our friends at The Butter EndAnna Delores snapped it all behind the lens, and there’s SO much more in the gallery right here.

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From The Bride…With so many of our guests traveling from far, we made the decision early on to have our wedding in Santa Monica where Phil and I met and where we currently live. It made the experience so much more special because we were inviting our loved ones in to our home and neighborhood.

Phil is from England, and having recently spent time in the UK I was instantly inspired by British tradition and pop culture- floral china patterns, milk glass, blush and mint color palette, english garden roses, Rolls Royce, Abbey Road (Beatles album cover for groom’s photo), and our signature drink Pimm’s Cup. Likewise, keeping true to LA I also pulled inspiration from Hollywood glamour/Gatsby inspiration – gold accents, sequins and speakeasy 1930′s inspired bar areas.

Tiato provided a modern twist and the perfect raw setting to play with, with all the natural wood, raw concrete floors, industrial elements and lighting, and a chic bar. Succelents were added in to the floral arrangements and grooms party boutineers.

I wanted the ceremony to feel traditional and romantic, yet updated and chic. We used an assortment of chairs- vintage round back linen chairs, tufted benches, and traditional church pews, mixed in with more modern bistro chairs. Our alter provided a modern back drop- geometric wooden structure, clean lines, dressed with eucalyptus seed.

I wanted dinner, which took place in the garden, to feel like an updated version of a vintage tea party. A vintage credenza was used for the tea station paired with vintage tea cups and saucers for guests to enjoy. We placed vintage settees and chairs adjacent to the tea station to create a “tea room.”

Our cake table was a long wooden table with a metal frame and industrial legs, and was dressed with vintage tea trays and mirrors. Our reception took place inside. Our Marquee Lights were the focal point for a touch of Hollywood glamour in a cool industrial setting. Our invitations were mint with a cascading wave pattern and gold foil accents for a vintage glamour feel. We continued this branding in our table numbers and place cards, as well as the custom wooden signs created for the program and menu.

The best advice I could give is have fun and allow yourself enjoy the process. We never took ourselves too seriously or cared what people would think. We tried hard to always keep perspective so that if an idea became too big, we would step back and drill down to basics.

This year leading up to the wedding has been the best year of my life. I think this is why Phil and I had an absolute blast the day of. We couldn’t be more happy and also super proud.

Photography: Anna Delores | Videography: Crescent Bay Films | Floral Design: Seed Floral | Catering: Tiato | Hair And Makeup: Fiore Beauty | DJ: VIP DJ Entertainment | Officiant: LA Wedding Woman | Cake Designer: The Butter End | Ceremony And Reception: Tiato | Classic Car: Classy Chassis Car Rental | Coordination: WINK! | Live Music: Organic String Quartet | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Rentals: DishWish Rentals

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White-on-White Santa Monica Winter Wedding

Now that your Halloween sugar high is in full effect, we decided to round out this Friday with one of the prettiest white-on-white weddings we’ve ever come across. It’s what happens when My Bride Story takes the style reigns for a day anchored in classic design + glam winter whites, and the captures from Erin Hearts Court? Well, they’re the kind of photos that’ll remain timeless forever.

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From The Bride…Jon and I met in Santa Monica on Carmageddon weekend when the 405 was closed and everyone stayed put and hung out in their neighborhoods. We met at a pizza parlor and spent the next year and a half living and enjoying life at the beach. Jon proposed on a sunny afternoon while we were walking on the beach. He had the whole thing planned out perfectly and we stayed the night at Casa del Mar, which is just down the street from our apartment. I knew right away that we should also get married there and he agreed. Step one of wedding planning was done.

The only thing I knew beyond the location was that I wanted a white wedding with no bridal party. We have five families between the two of us and we wanted each one of our family members to be a part of the wedding. We chose one of my brothers to be the wedding officiant and everyone else would walk down the aisle wearing whatever they chose.

While searching wedding websites for ideas I saw a wedding that I thought was beautiful. I contacted the planner, Esther Kim, we met and I knew she was perfect. The rest of the planning was fun and easy. Esther and I worked so well together and the finished product was better than anything I could have ever dreamed of.

Jon and I designed a wedding ceremony that matched our personalities and showed the tremendous amount of love we have for one another. The room for the ceremony was lit with candles and filled with white flowers. It was truly breathtaking and our favorite part of the day. It really was the best day of our lives, getting to celebrate with all our friends and family from near and far. We can’t thank our families enough for all their love and support. We look forward to working with Esther to help us celebrate future milestones.

Photography: Erin Hearts Court | Floral Design: Bloompia | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: Arts And Letters Santa Monica | Hair: Decarra Salon | Lighting: G2 Lighting | Coordination: My Bride Story | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup: Makeup Mandy | Photo Booth: Mebo Photo | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Wedding Planning: My Bride Story | Wedding Venue: Casa Del Mar

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Elegant Santa Monica Wedding at The Annenberg

When black tie meets seaside, the result never fails to wow. Something wonderful always just seems to happen when bow ties and lace mix with toes in the sand. This new Mr. and Mrs. treated their guests to just such a perfectly elegant California evening where even the sunset right on queue, and thanks to Daniel Cruz‘s stunning images we can soak up all the lovely here.

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From Spark Event ConsultingJoseph first met Woosun when she was doing a clerkship as an international student from Korea, in her last year of medical school, at the same hospital Joseph worked at. While this fact sounds rather ordinary, the circumstances on how they met were a bit unusual. That particular day, Joseph had purposely settled into a very secluded room and isolated area of the hospital to work in to avoid just that – meeting people. It was literally the last place he expected to have anyone walk into, let alone the girl he would later be marrying! But it was all meant to be, and the couple soon began dating and after her return to Korea, kept a long distance relationship for another two years before Woosun made the official move back to California.

While ethnically Korean, Joseph is pretty American as you get. And aside from her clerkship that led to her meeting Joseph, home has always been in Korea for Woosun. So as they began preparing for their wedding, with friends and family on two separate continents, they decided to hold two weddings. Along with the purpose of celebrating their marriage, each would also provide a time to highlight their own personal cultures and unique traditions. Woosun managed the planning of the Korea wedding, which was held in the intimate mountainside resort of Sam Cheong Gak in Seoul. The couple wore formal Korean wedding attire and were married in a very traditional Korean wedding ceremony. On the other hand, Joseph was the mastermind for the wedding in the States. The fact that he loves to surf and also lives only a few blocks away from the beach, easily convinced him to reserve a beachfront location for their U.S. ceremony and reception. While the occasion still required a suit and tie, the couple enjoyed a nice relaxing walk on the beach following the ceremony and appreciate together a beautiful California beach sunset before re-joining their guests and enjoying the American tradition of first dance as husband and wife!

Regardless of location, backgrounds, and cultures, the one thing that resonated throughout both wedding occasions was the love that Woosun and Joseph shared and were committed to. And how wonderful they had not one, but two opportunities to make happy wedding memories!

Photography: Daniel Cruz | Videography: Soulstory | Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms | Catering: Feast Catering | Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang | Cake & Wedding Favors: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: Cello Guy | Ceremony Officiant: Hollywood Lutheran | Event Planning & Design: Spark Event Consulting | Event Stationery: I Do Concepts | Music & Lighting: Honored Occasions | Wedding Venue: Annenberg Community Beach House