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Santa Monica Wedding at Casa Del Mar from Harrison Long Photography

I may not know this darling duo, but I am fairly certain of one thing: they are a couple that really likes to have a good time.  The kind of couple who throw the world’s most beautiful celebration, complete with purple-infused florals from M.J. Design LA, fab paper goods from Minted and a whole lot of Lakers-inspired awesome captured by Harrison Long Photography.  And after the nuptials and yummy cake from Vanilla Bake Shop?  Well, there’s a crazy awesome dance party.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

And don’t miss a minute of this sweet film from Unboxed Images.  It’s lovely.

From Harrison Long PhotographyLizsl and Geoff are an awesome couple. They are fun-loving and caring people that are always down for a good time – their wedding was nothing short of a reflection of their vibrant personalities. One of the most important things to them was to make sure that all of their guests enjoyed themselves that day. Not only was their wedding absolutely gorgeous, but it truly was a celebration.

Located on the waterfront of Santa Monica beach, Casa Del Mar provided a beautiful backdrop for a modern-chic wedding. Aesthetically it is sophisticated and elegant, and yet at the same time it’s true to its location and holds a cool and casual beach feel to it. It supplied the perfect juxtaposition for Lizsl and Geoff to celebrate their wedding and mix contemporary with vintage for a jubilant party. Libations were free flowing well before the ceremony commenced and cocktail hour featured a whiskey and sausage tasting table. Lizsl and Geoff are huge LA Kings fans. Midway through cocktail hour they surprised their guests with a special appearance by Bailey, the 6 foot lion who wears a number 72 jersey because that’s the average temperature in LA. Upon entrance, Bailey caused a couple near-faintings, held a baby, blessed the whiskey tasting area, and got the crowd revved up. Why Bailey?  That’s just how Lizsl and Geoff roll.

The reception was a mix of modern and vintage. In the middle of the Parisian chandelier ceiling covered ballroom, the head table was a vintage farm table with eclectic chairs. Guest table numbers held a bit of levity to them. Instead of the conventional sequentially ordered seating assignments, table numbers were randomly numbered with glimpses into the lives of Lizsl and Geoff. There was table number 496 with the caption underneath it that read “cost of Geoff’s most recent traffic ticket” and then there was table number 2.1652233 that read “number of times Lizsl and Geoff cry during Downtown Abbey. Per episode.” Each table was different, including table number 234622 which read “Our secret passcode for everything. Just kidding.” below. Even the dessert bar had its own unique touch with a combination of weathered wood crates, milk-glass cake stands, magenta uplighting, bird cages and vintage tables that held delectable desserts. The dance floor got kicked off early with the 80′s band Fast Times covering everything from Joy Division, to the Cure to New Order. Nothing quite gets you energized to cut some rug and shake what you’ve been blessed with, than dancing your head off to “Take on Me” or the Idol’s “Dancing with Myself”. All in all, it was a wedding that fit Lizsl and Geoff perfectly. A blend of love, modern elegance and a whole lot of party.

From the Bride + Groom… We wanted the theme of our wedding to be centered on love and celebration. Of course our love for each other, and family and our many close friends. And also for Geoffrey’s two sons. And for LA, where we live and thrive. The wedding colors were different shades of purple, like the Lakers. Bailey, the LA King’s Mascot was there too! A long time ago, it was a toss up: elope or the wedding. We know now we made the right choice! Throughout the night we heard people say they had so much fun — and that’s all we could have asked for.

Photography: Harrison Long Photography | Cinematography: Unboxed Images | Floral Design: M.J. Design LA | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie | Lighting: G2 Audio and Lighting | Band: Fast Times | Entertainment: LA Kings Mascot Bailey | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Musicians: Aaron & Jane | DJ/MC: Dean Henderson | Dinnerware Rentals: Vintage Table co. | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Makeup: Chaili Meng | Table Rentals: Town & Country | Wedding Planners:: A Classic Celebration | Wedding Venue: Casa Del Mar

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Santa Monica Wedding from onelove photography

I have a confession. Before I found my way into the world of weddings, I didn’t know what a peony was. That’s almost blasphemous, isn’t it?  But now, I’m fully versed in the big fluffy flower genre and that love for the all-star bloom runs deep. I’ve also added a few more loves to the list. Things like branches intermingling with floral centerpieces, little gold details and really good, take-your-breath-away photography; all of which this wedding has thanks to the likes of The Little BranchA Stunning Affair and onelove photography. Have a look right here for even more.

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From the Bride…Andy and I were set up through his cousins wife who was a colleague of mine based in Atlanta. I grew up in Los Angeles and Andy was a Midwest guy from Oklahoma who had moved out to LA for film school at USC. Carrie saw something in the two of us and insisted that we meet. Who knew that first date would be the beginning of the rest of our lives? Apparently she did! We both felt something special that night after finishing one others sentences over Brazilian food at a local West LA restaurant, Bossa Nova, and laughing our faces off at his friends underground comedy show in a residential garage, the Comedy Carhole. It was in this same place almost 2 years later that he proposed on bended knee along a street his best friends helped him decorate with personalized luminaries featuring our names!

I think every woman out there fantasizes just a little bit about what her wedding day will be like however when the time came, I was overflowing with ideas and inspiration and frankly did not know where to begin. Andy was happy to just get married and he patiently supported me in every way cooking dinner every night, cleaning our apt and keeping up with laundry so I could focus on our wedding! Budget was a big factor in determining where we would get married. We briefly considered Andys hometown of Tulsa as it would be more affordable but quickly decided Los Angeles was best for our many friends with young families and would be easier for us to plan with our hectic work schedules. Most of our extended family would be traveling anyhow from across the U.S. so we settled on Memorial Day weekend to throw what we hoped would be an unforgettable vacation for the wonderful family who had nurtured us along the way.

It was important to both of us to honor our Catholic heritage so we chose to get married at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. I always knew I wanted the traditional experience of walking down the aisle in a church to meet my handsome husband to be! We are both very laid back when it comes to our personal lives, so it was very important to find a reception venue that reflected our personalities and sense of style playful, quirky and intimate  and fit our budget! Santa Monica is limited when it comes to budget friendly venues  most options are beachfront ballrooms, which were out of our budget and also lacked the character and charm that we were looking for. Our wishes were answered when we visited a cool urban garden called Tiato at the recommendation of a friend!

Tiato offered everything we were looking for in a venue and embodied all of the elements that felt like an extension of our home…an urban oasis with indoor and outdoor spaces with gorgeous succulent walls, a beautiful tree with hanging lanterns that I knew would be the perfect backdrop for our first dance, a cool interior space with a gorgeous Napa-esque bar complete with Edison bulb lighting and rustic details throughout like market string lights, wine barrels and wheeled carts. Needless to say, we swooned and immediately fell in love with everything Tiato had to offer! Andy and I seriously love food so were so excited to find Tiato had an extensive menu to choose from with our favorite comfort food options like truffle mac n cheese and kobe beef sliders! I have a sweet tooth like no other so when I saw this amazing long rustic table at Tiato, I envisioned it covered with our favorite sweet treats  French macaroons, crme brulee shooters, cake pops, mini cupcakes and a rustic 3-tiered cake with layers of red velvet, chocolate with salted caramel and vanilla cake w/ strawberries and crme.

The most memorable moments of our wedding reception happened on the dance floor. Ill never forget the look on my Dads face after nailing our trick move during our first dance to My Girl after spending weeks practicing in the parking lot at work or watching my nephews and mom jump rope with a rope they had fashioned by stringing together glow necklaces. Andy and I had an epic dance off to a mash up of Titanium vs the Proclaimers 500 miles from our favorite movie, Pitch Perfect, while our families surrounded us cheering! Our friend Marcy also grabbed the mike from our DJ and rapped to Vanilla Ice and later my best friend Kelly closed the night with an acapella version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, which gave us chills. It was truly the best day of our lives and my feet ached for days following! We are so grateful to all of our friends and family for their help and support and to our amazing vendors who made our day possible.

Photography: onelove photography | Event Design: A Stunning Affair | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Ceremony Location: St. Monica Catholic Church | Reception Location: Tiato | Rentals + Lighting: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Linen Rentals: Designer Specialty Linens | Photo Booth: Smilebooth | Stationery: Smitten on Paper | Transportation: OC Cruiser | Officiant: Monsignor Torgerson | Cinematography: Amanda Madeline Studios | DJ: Ian Gotler from RedShoe LA | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Makeup + Hair: Kelly Zhang | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: J. Crew | Jewelry: Ben Amun | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Veil: Custom, A Stitch in Time | Hanger: BHLDN

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Santa Monica Wedding from Birds of a Feather

This is a study in just the right amount of bright. It’s enough to make this wedding go POP without overpowering all the classic details of the reception crafted by A Stunning Affair + Brad Austin. Think stunning seaside affair with a line-up of coral dresses like you wouldn’t believe and a photographer who knows her way around a dreamy image. That would be Sarah Yates of Birds of a Feather and you can see the full set of dreaminess right here.

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From A Stunning Affair…Claudia and Eddie got married at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, CA. All of their closest family and friends gathered on the terrace to witness them recite their vows. Down the aisle we displayed lanterns and hanging from the chairs were petite glass vases filled with flowers of the day. To keep their guests cool, we placed bamboo fans with programs on each chair.
 
The beautiful bride, Claudia wore a one shoulder lace gown and added a few sprigs of Lily of the Valley to her hair. Claudia also carried a textured bouquet filled with Creamy Blush Garden roses, Vendela roses, Lily of the Valley Bush, and Blushing Bride Protea. Each of Claudia’s bridesmaids wore a different dress in shades of coral and carried green and white bouquets with a subtle hint of blue. Their dresses were reminiscent of the colors of the sunset. The groom and groomsmen all wore tan suits and light blue ties and were adorned with textured boutonnières. The bridal party couldn’t be complete with out our ring bearers that carried the rings on hand made moss pillows and our adorable flower girl.
 
Following the ceremony, guests gathered for cocktail hour where they sipped on cocktails, watched the sunset and listened to music from their live musicians.To memorialize the occasion, guests were asked to sign their names and best wishes and sentiments to the bride and groom. Before entering the reception, guests picked up their calligraphed escort cards by Laura Hooper. They then entered the reception room which was illuminated with soft amber lighting. Their centerpieces were displayed in a variety of glass containers filled with roses, hydrangea, and dahlias. Each blue napkin held a menu card and was adorned with a sprig of lavender or hypericum berries.
 
Guests spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away to the sounds of their amazing band from West Coast Music and snapping photos in their photo booth. When it came time to cut the cake, guests gathered around and watched Claudia and Eddie ceremoniously cut their cake from Epicurean Umbrella. We were all honored to be part of such a beautiful day in their lives. Congratulations Eddie and Claudia!

Photography: Sarah Yates, Birds of a Feather  | Event Planning: A Stunning Affair | Pastor: James Young | Venue: Shutters on the Beach | Floral Design: Brad Austin | Linens: La Tavola | Invitations: Sesame Letterpress | Chiavari Chairs: Chiavari Chair Rentals  | Lighting: Go Go Sprockets | Wedding Cake: Epicurean Umbrella | Photo Booth: www.socre8tive.com | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper | Makeup: Roxanne with Shin Hair | Hair for Bridesmaids: Blow Dry Bar | Hair for Bride: Natalie Paz

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