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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.


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

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Doie Lounge Robes + A Giveaway!

I’ve long been obsessed with the stunning robes from California-based Doie Lounge, which make sure you and your ladies look amazing from start to finish on wedding day! Not only do I love that they’re eco-friendly, locally produced and seriously gorgeous, but they make the most perfect — and practical — gifts for your bridesmaids.

Made of natural + sustainable fabrics, Doie Lounge robes look adorable in “getting ready” photos  and are super flattering on both tall and short frames! Available in sizes xxs to x-large, these comfortable robes seriously stay put with a permanently attached outer silk tie and an interior tie! Available in a beautiful assortment of colors and combinations — including the newest blush robe called Betty as well as to new pastel robes, the Paige and Shirley, which will ship in 2015 — Doie Lounge also offers discounts for buying in bulk (see more here).

These robes hit the pretty jackpot every time. If you’re not seeing the exact color combo you’re looking for, be sure to email sara{at} and she’ll help you come up with the perfect robe for you and your ladies! Also, ask if there are any robes available that aren’t pictured on the site as sometimes there are a few styles hiding behind the scenes. For more inspiration, check out these real Doie Lounge bridal parties, right here!


The Prize: A lucky reader will win a Lilian Rob from Doie Lounge in any size!

To Enter: Visit the Doie site and pick out your favorite style! Then head back over here and comment below with which one you like best.

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced in the WIUP on Friday, November 7, 2014

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Valorie Darling Photography  Hair: Trace Hennigsen  Makeup: Artistry by Danika | Calloway Gable Photography | BLF Studios | ES Creations Photography | Katie Hall


Pastel Glamour in Santa Monica

It may be fall, but today we are fully embracing spring thanks to this wedding of lifestyle blogger turned Bride, Whitney of See Shop Eat Do. Her day is a sea of pastel details, a bounty of blooms by Stephanie Grace and all mixed with classic sensibilities. To say this is a stunner is a complete understatement. Catch even more captured by Paige Jones, in the full gallery right here.


From The Bride…Justin and I are both from Canada originally, but we met and got engaged here in Los Angeles, by the beach. We wanted our wedding to be romantic and traditional yet unstuffy, and to reflect what we both love so much about California. Having our reception at Casa Del Mar, an oceanfront hotel rich in Santa Monica history was the perfect fit. Our color scheme of blush pink, white and gold ran through all aspects of the event from our invitations to the bridesmaid dresses to the florals. Our bouquets and arrangements also had plenty of greenery in them which helped to lend a lush, California-casual vibe to the decor. It was really important to us that our guests, many of whom had flown in from other countries, have an amazing time and our band did a great job of getting everyone up and dancing from the second the reception started to the last song of the night.

Photography: Paige Jones | Videography: WADE Koch | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Makeup Artist: Fiore Beauty | Florals And Planning: Stephanie Grace | Party Rentals: Del Rey Party | Venue: Casa Del Mar

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