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Elegant Backyard Wedding

I’ve seen a lot of gorgeous backyard weddings in my day, but never one as ethereally romantic as this.  A sweet mixture of soft, sophisticated details, dahlia-filled blooms and luxe muted tones all add up to a day that can only be described as uber-elegant.  Add in one heartwarming moment after another captured by Diana McGregor and, voila.  Pure, unadulterated perfection.  See it here.

And a beautiful film from David Chang for even more pretty…  

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From The Bride… Before Matt and I were even engaged we knew that we wanted our wedding to be in my parents’ backyard. Precisely measuring the backyard, I calculated that we could fit 175 guests. My mom thought we could comfortably fit 90! We settled on 140.

The style and color scheme evolved from the decision to have a backyard wedding. I love all things navy blue and was set on having navy blue bridesmaid dresses, but with the outdoor setting, I wanted the beauty of the backyard to shine without distractions. I settled on letting my bridesmaids choose a cream dress of their liking.

A majority of my time planning the wedding was mulling over the flow and logistics of the event. I found that a well-timed and smoothly operated wedding is ideal. So romantic, I know! I was adamant about one location for ceremony and reception. There would be no re-parking for me or my guests! There was so much peace to wake up in my parents’ home and not have to rush off to a venue. It all happened there. We also did photos ahead of time. We were relaxed and able to finish all of our bridal party, individual and family photos with time to spare before the wedding.

My absolute favorite part of the ceremony was the string quartet. It was on my wish list since day one, and we had members of the Santa Monica Symphony perform songs Matt and I selected. Live, classical music elevated the ceremony to a whole different level.

It also misted five minutes before I walked down the aisle. It was beautiful.

Photography: Diana McGregor | Videographer: David Chang | Coordination: Christy Villasenor | Floral Design: ELLAMAH | Catering: Eli Huff | Bridal Dress: J Crew | Cotton Candy: Bon Puf | Desserts: Mary Nash & La Mousse Desserts | Photography - Assistance: Katie Gibbs | Private Estate: Private Estate | Rentals: La Party Rents

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Colorful Santa Monica Pier Wedding Inspiration

Thank you Sorella Muse Photography for bringing me such joy on this dreary day. This colorful photo shoot, planned by PopUp Weddings By HME with fabulous florals by Missy Fine, all at the Santa Monica Pier, has given me the boost of energy I needed… and provided some bright ideas for my next soiree as well. The weekend is practically here and these pics are the perfect way to jump right in to the festivities.

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From Popup Weddings By HME… The inspiration for this shoot was the beautiful Santa Monica Pier. Our new company, PopUp Weddings by HME, can plan weddings in some of California’s most iconic and unique locations, such as the Santa Monica Pier. When deciding which spot to host one of our first styled shots, we thought what better place than this! We decided to play off of the fun and bright colors the Pier has to offer as well as bringing in the carnival touches such as the tickets and the cotton candy maker. With our bride dressed in a short, lace dress and our groom in a gray, tailored suit, we were ready to mix tradition with modern and fun twists!

Photography: Sorella Muse Photography | Event Planning: PopUp Weddings By HME | Floral Design: Missy Fine Inc | Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo | Reception Venue: Santa Monica Pier | Hair & Makeup: StyleBee | Rentals: Line 204 Events

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

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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}doielounge.com 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!

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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

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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.

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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 | Venue: Casa Del Mar | Florals And Planning: Stephanie Grace | Party Rentals: Del Rey Party

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