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Romantic Santa Monica Wedding with Pops of Pink

Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? Speaking from experience, it’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but this duo? They endured a 7 year span together proving that distance only makes the heart grow fonder. Their forever began in Santa Monica with Ryon: Lockhart Photography behind the lens. From the hanging lanterns, to walls filled with succulents, it’s a day dressed up in dreams and you can see it all in The Vault!

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Fall
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Eatery
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… Ryan and I met during our sophomore year at UCLA (go Bruins!) when we lived on the same floor. My version of the story is that when we first started dating, I was studying abroad that summer so it wasn’t my intention to be in a very serious relationship. I loved spending time with him and getting to know him but I thought, “OK, when I leave for Rome in 2 months, we’ll break things off.” To my surprise, it is now 9 years later and we’re still very much together, in fact, married! That summer laid the foundation for the future because for majority of our relationship, we have been apart more than we have been together. Ryan moved to Seattle for work shortly after we graduated and we’ve been doing long distance for the last 7 years. Even though long distance can be difficult at times, it hasn’t stopped us from being together. We continued to create memories and make plans for the future. If anything, I think it has made us stronger together and as individuals.

Within days after we got engaged, I was ready to start planning our wedding because I had been pinning ideas on Pinterest for years before Ryan proposed. He knew how much the wedding meant to me and since he wasn’t in LA, he let me plan most of it. All he wanted to know was what color his suit should be and when to show up. And so the wedding planning began! Ryan and I consider ourselves very casual easy-going people and we love being outdoors so one of the things I knew early on was that I wanted an outdoor wedding with bistro lighting. Maybe we could get married at a beautiful vineyard, a gorgeous rustic barn, or in a luscious forest. There were so many options so I spent countless hours researching venues. I think we visited 10 venues before we came across Tiato. Prior to visiting it, I had never heard of it but within minutes, I realized it was a hidden gem in Santa Monica and fell in love with the place. They had a beautiful outdoor space with a big tree that had hanging lanterns, walls filled with succulents, hedges with twinkling lights, and a small garden where they grew herbs that they used in their food. The inside of the restaurant had a modern open space mixed with beautiful light fixtures and wooden wine barrels. I knew this was the ideal place for us! Ryan could hear the excitement in my voice and trusted my decision so I secured the venue before he even had a chance to visit the site himself. Once we found our venue, everything else came together effortlessly because it laid the blue print for the rest of our wedding. Ryan and I found amazing vendors to be a part of our special day. One of my closest friends, Helen Tao was our florist/wedding coordinator, and we were fortunate enough to find Ryon: Lockhart Photography to document our big day, and through them, we found the awesome DJ Dos-A who kept the fun going all night long! Until this day, one of my favorite memories from that night was when my dad decided to slide across the dance floor on his knees and everyone cheered him on.

Whenever we reminisce about that special day, we always get a warm tingly feeling in our hearts because we felt so loved that night. We are forever thankful to our friends, family, and amazing wedding vendors for all of their love and support. Our wedding day was truly one of the best days of our lives.

Photography: Ryon: Lockhart Photography | Event Design: Helen Tao | Floral Design: Helen Tao | Cake: Sunny Bakery | Catering: Tiato | Hair And Makeup: Beauty By Angelina | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Venue: Tiato | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Cozy + Traditional Wedding in Santa Monica

You know what’s adorable? Marrying your sweetheart on the very street where you first met, which is exactly what these cafe cuties did. A sentimentally sweet celebration paired with ceremony rituals, Koman Photography shot every second. It’s California chic meets a twist on tradition (with plenty textured blooms along the way) and you can see it all in The Vault!

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Summer
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Mansion
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… We met in a cute café on Main Street in Santa Monica, so it was pretty magical for us to be able to celebrate our marriage on the very same street we first met.

We are both romantic and traditional. We appreciate simple elegance, and we love the beach, so it makes sense that we fell in love with The Victorian (our venue) from the moment we visited. It felt intimate and classic, and set the tone for our celebration. Not to mention, Holly, the venue contact, was the sweetest and most accommodating person to work with. We chose soft, romantic colors – blush, dusty green, and gold.

What we wanted most was to enjoy our time with friends and family, and to incorporate both Mexican and French tradition – from the ceremony rituals (the lasso, the unity candle, the arras), to the music that our DJ played.

We spent a lot of time with our florist, Una Yeh, chatting about flowers, vases, textures, heights. On our wedding day, she created the most incredible flower arrangements I have ever seen, incorporating mercury vases, gold books, succulents, and other beautiful flowers. Every detail was just gorgeous.

Our photographers Marlene and John understood our style right away – our love for the beach, the outdoors and nature in general. Because the girls got ready at a residence in the Pacific Palisades, the photographers recommended taking bridal party photos on a nearby mountain trail, which made for a spectacular backdrop (and not to worry, no actual hiking was required)! They also encouraged us to sneak away for a few moments during the wedding to capture a few romantic beach photos. We are so grateful to our photographers who captured all the special moments so beautifully. We are lucky to have found such talented, creative, kind and professional people to work with.

We are so thankful to our wedding coordinator, Candace Lam, who gave us peace of mind and directed everything so perfectly, and to everyone who participated in our special day.

Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Royal Films | Coordination: Love Is Sweet Events | Floral Design: The Flower Lab | Wedding Dress: Glamour Closet | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Hair And Makeup: S Studios | Calligraphy: Julie Dwyer Design | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | DJ: Luxury DJs | Venue: The Victorian | Groom And Groomsmen Attire: Mister Tuxedo | Tailor For Bride's Dress: A Stich In Time | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Romantic Diablo Dormido Malibu Wedding

Set on the cliffs of Malibu, this rustic ranch wedding coordinated by La Boheme is so many things: dreamy in detail, romantic in feeling, and ultra-fun with lawn games and a popping playlist the Groom spent months perfecting. Take a peek into the gorgeous gallery from Jenna Beth Photography, and get lost in all the romantic vintage and citrus-hued details here!


From The Bride…Josh and I met at work in a law firm. We both started as criminal defense attorneys at around the same time, about eight years ago. But we did not meet until about three years in, when we both got transferred to the same courthouse in downtown LA. We got assigned to the same busy courtroom where we had a lot of cases each day, but things moved really slowly. So, we had time to talk and get to know each other. Before long, we started dating. And even as we got assigned to work in different courtrooms, we still worked in the same courthouse. And still do, to this day. Our offices are just a hallway apart. A lot of people ask us if it gets to be a bit much, spending that much time together–working together and then going home together. We just smile, and try to explain as best as we can.

It is great having your favorite person be a constant support, whether it be at work or at home. I so love being as much a part of his day, his cases, his stresses, and his successes, as he is mine. This is how we met, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am a very organized person, and pay attention to detail, so I thought planning a wedding would come naturally to me. How wrong I was. I had never been one of those girls who had always dreamed of her wedding, planning every detail out years before Josh even entered the picture. So, I learned very quickly that I had to make decisions about things I had no opinion about. My mom, sister, and I looked at countless venues, because how was I to know where we should get married? But when we got to the end of the long, windy road that led to a pale yellow ranch house atop the rolling hills of the Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, I knew we had found the perfect spot. It was so peaceful, with breathtaking views, wheat fields, and greenery everywhere.

Once I found the location, the rest of the details just fell into place. I really wanted to let the natural beauty of the outdoor setting speak for itself and most design decisions flowed from there. What we wanted most for our wedding was to create a garden party that felt really intimate where we could catch up with friends and family and celebrate together. Rustic vintage furniture with wine barrels and wooden farmhouse doors as tables, vintage chairs, ottomans, luggage, old books, and a beautiful chandelier helped create the vibe we wanted for the night. Rustic lemonade stands with mason jars and a vintage cupcake dessert bar rounded out the look. We had lawn games for people to play and served BBQ (one of our favorites) because we wanted the night to feel laid-back and comfortable, and for guests to just have fun. Flowers were really important to me because I wanted to complement the already beautiful ranch house setting with beautiful and tasteful natural flower arrangements that matched the sage green, yellow, white, peach, and orange color scheme.

One of my favorite elements were the individually potted succulents that doubled as place card holders and favors for guests to take home and plant in their own gardens. Josh is a big music guy and he spent months creating the perfect list of songs to be played at the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. AC/DC, Grateful Dead, Sam Cooke, Velvet Underground, ELO, Prince, and Otis Redding were essentials.

Even though I didn’t know how to articulate exactly what I envisioned for our wedding night, looking back on our beautiful pictures that captured all the priceless moments, I know we got every detail just right. Especially the happily ever after.

Photography: Jenna Beth Photography | Coordination: La Boheme | Floral Design: These Buds A Blooming | Bakery: Vanilla Bake Shop | Catering: Command Performance | Hair & Makeup: Girl Meets Bongga | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | DJ: Dart DJ | Venue: Diablo Dormido | Paper Goods: Prim And Pixie | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

Abby Capalbo

Design, Styling, Parties