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Pantone’s Colors of the Year Made the Perfect Wedding Palette

When Pantone announced Rose Quartz and Serenity as the “it” colors of the year, we gave you a few ideas to incorporate the hues into your special day. And this couple? They took that pretty color pairing and ran with it. LVL Weddings & Events helped execute the vision and Brandon Kidd snapped all the pretty you absolutely need to see.

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Spring
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Al Fresco

From LVL Weddings & Events Jenny and Steven wanted a beautiful outdoor wedding and reception to treat their guests to a personal celebration of their love. They chose to say their I Do’s at the one and only Rancho Las Lomas. She wanted a soft wedding with neutrals and blush, he wanted to incorporate blue. We combined the soft hues for a dreamy result! Hard to pick a favorite detail but the brides shoes might have to be it! Planned by Heather Hoesch of LVL Weddings and Events, floral design by Nancy of Oak and Owl and expertly captured by Brandon Kidd Photography.

From the couple…Rancho Las Lomas is a magical place with an ability to transform itself into anything you envision for your wedding. When we first stepped foot onto the property we knew in a heartbeat that this was the place to say our “I do’s.”  Our goal was to find a wedding planner that we could rely on to refer top vendors and manage all of the details before and during the wedding. Heather Hoesch, Partner/Principal Planner at LVL Events did exactly that and made it look easy. Because of her experience, network, and professionalism we trusted and valued her opinions which enabled us to easily select our vendors.

After trying on 40+ dresses, I finally found the perfect dress by designer Liancarlo at Mon Amie Bridal Salon. I was the first to purchase this dress from the 2016 trunk show in 2015. I remember being so surprised and excited when I received a sketch of the dress from Liancarlo. Steven was introduced to a local men’s tailor (b.spoke) that made a beautiful customer blue 3-piece suit. The suit included a special surprise, a little love note to me embroidered under his lapel collar.

There were so many memorable elements and experiences that it is hard to pick just one…. If we had to pick just one moment, it would be our first dance. It was the best dance ever and it felt as though time stopped for us. It was priceless.

Our advice for other couples planning now is to enjoy the planning process with your partner and high five each other after checking off each box of things to do!

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Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography | Cinematography: Plug Video | Event Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Oak And Owl | Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo | Stationery: Wiley Valentine | Bride’s Shoes: Klub Nico | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair + Makeup: Flawless Faces | Calligraphy: Heidi Davidson Design | Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions | DJ: The Peoples DJ | Groom’s Attire: b.spoke | Officiant: Jeff Tackett | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Bridal Boutique: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Dance Lessons: Bella Ballroom Dance | Dessert: My Sweet & Saucy | Linen Rentals: Mod Mix Studio | Menus: Minted | Photo Booth: Flipbooth LA | Rentals:Signature Rentals | Table Numbers: Miss Louise Designs

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This Couple’s Surprise Entrance Wins the Award for Best in Show

This wedding planned by Cortney Helaine wins the award for best reception ever. For starters? The couple rode in on a horse. Oh, and they also arranged for a jumping show during the reception. I mean, I’m not judge, but that’s ribbon worthy. From the ethereal ceremony underneath a 100-year-old oak tree, to the floral covered fountains, this gallery is as good as gold. See it all captured by Jenna Bechtholt in The Vault

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Fall
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Whimsical

From Cortney HelaineJack and Julie’s wedding was filled with friends and family from all across the globe. Jack’s parents being Korean, Julie born a Southern California girl, but both living in New York City created a guest list from around the globe.

The planning process was speedy but it was no problem for Julie as she knew the wedding she had been dreaming of since a girl. With a monochromatic all white color scheme with bits of greenery, Julie imagined an etherial ceremony underneath 100 year old oak trees, which she found at Giracci Vineyard and Farm. As guests arrived they were greeted by the valet and passed a fountain covered with large white floral clusters that cascaded down the fountain allowing the water to trickle over them.

Guests were escorted to their seats beneath the giant oak trees and a family friend began to serenade the bridal party as the walked down the aisle. Julie walked arm in arm with her father together down the aisle, a moment they had both waited their whole lives for. Jack’s smile could be seen from across the farm as small tears fell from Julie’s mother in joy. The couple stood underneath 5 hanging chandeliers with florals tucked into them and a beautiful pink and light blue fabric back drop with ivory lace.

Throughout the ceremony, the couple had laughter, tears and an overall element of joy surrounding them as their pastor, from their church in New York, explained the meanings and celebration of marriage.

As the bridal party departed to a nearby meadow, the guests were invited to the barn for cocktails but this is no ordinary barn. It is a refurbished barn turned event center with red wood paneled walls and white shutters. Guests lounged on the furniture while surrounded by dropped organza. A menu of mini lobster rolls, sugar cane skewered tiger shrimp and a seared scallop made guests mouths watered as the walked by.

To help bring the families together and give them something to universally enjoy, a horse jumping show was arranged. Riders in their full dress uniforms proceeded to enter the ring and give guests a show. While guests watched the horses and jumpers preform children were able to walk up and pet a beautiful brown horse on the sidelines and speak to a trainer about what the average training day looks like. Julie even made an appearance towards the end of the cocktail hour on a horse named Oh-la-la to show off he beautiful train and riding skills.

As guests were invited to their seats by shine entertainment, they entered Julie’s favorite part in the planning process, her customized reception space. Complete with a hanging cake, adffogato station, vintage chandeliers, market lights, crystal and glass candelabras, as well an additional 4 tier wedding cake atop the vintage wishing well.

Their night proceeded with a duel entree of seabags and filet provided by 24 Carrots catering and then onto toasts and dancing through the night. Guests loved the blow up photo booth as well as homemade sweet treats provided by the family and friends of the bride. Everything was finished off with a fabulous toast to the bride and groom and loving words from both sets of parents as the guests departed.

From The Bride…Jack and I met through a mutual friend. Having just recently moved to New York from California, I was excited to meet new people, and the group of us became friends. About a year after meeting, I heard from our mutual friends that Jack was interested. I had no interest at that time and saw him only as a friend. After my good friend kept telling me what a good guy he was and encouraging me to give him a chance, we went on two awkward dates. I called him afterwards and told him that I was “too busy to date”. He responded so graciously that after we hung up, I was actually more interested in him. After another month went by, our friends told us that we needed to talk to one another, and after sharing our mutual feelings, we giddily began dating.

About a month before he proposed, Jack flew to California to get my parents’ blessing. He knew that I wanted my family and best friends around when he proposed to me, so it all happened during a trip to California. We went to look at wedding venues, and on Saturday morning, we decided on the venue. I noted the irony that we had put the deposit down when I wasn’t technically engaged yet. Afterwards, my best friends took me to eat and then to Crystal Cove. I began to get a sense of what was happening, but even though I had an idea, I still cried so much after seeing Jack. He showed me a scrapbook that he had made. It had pictures and mementos from when we first started dating- he had even saved the ticket to our first date at Cirque du Soleil! I was so touched that such a non-crafty guy took the time to make a scrapbook. He also collected letters and videos from my friends, and at the end of it, had written a letter to me. After reading it, he got on one knee and proposed. I cried throughout the whole thing, and said yes immediately!

Having become obsessed with Style Me Pretty in college, I had a good sense of what I wanted for my wedding. We had a 4 month engagement, so I had a lot of work to do. I went through all of the vendors on SMP’s Little Black Book, but because it was a short engagement, many were understandably unavailable. Through countless searches and with the help of my amazing coordinator Cortney, I found the best vendors. We wanted our guests to enjoy the day at our gorgeous outdoor venue! A quartet and guitarist, horse show, photo booth, mini lobster rolls, home-made desserts, hanging cake, market lights, candelabras, selfie-sticks, dreamy florals, the list goes on! We cannot thank our vendors enough, to name a few- Little Hill Floral Designs adorned the venue with the prettiest florals, 24 Carrots catering cooked up and served the best food, Signature Party rentals put together an amazing set up, Shine Entertainment kept the guests laughing, Jenna Bechtholt photography and Sherman Film Productions captured the day beautifully, and of course, Cortney coordinated the whole day seamlessly!

We flew our pastor from New York to officiate our wedding, which was so special to us. Jack and I could not stop crying happy tears throughout the ceremony. More than anything, we wanted all our guests to hear the gospel, the only message that gives us eternal hope and joy. That Holy God, would look upon sinners like you and me, and in love, send His only Son, Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man to live a perfect sinless life that we could never live, die on the cross, and resurrect three days later so that anyone who believes in Him, repents and trusts Jesus as Lord and Savior, would have eternal life. Jack and my greatest desire was that people would hear this and believe, and share in the joy that we have. We had so much fun and truly savored each moment, it was a day we will cherish forever!

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Photography: Jenna Bechtholt Photography | Cinematography: Sherman Films | Coordination: Weddings by Cortney Helaine | Floral Design: Little Hill Floral Designs | Cake: My Sweet & Saucy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: 24 Carrots | DJ: Shine Entertainment | Venue: Giracci Vineyards And Farms | Bridal Boutique: Tomato | Photo Booth: Optic Booth | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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Romantic Vineyard Engagement Session

After a fairy tale romance (read: high school sweethearts) and a movie-like proposal (one word: Italy), you knew these two sweeties would pull out all of the stops for their e-sesh planned to perfection by Weddings By Cortney Helaine. And guess what?  They nailed it. From the lush florals from Little Hill Floral Designs to the stunning images from Natalie Schutt.  Head to THE VAULT to soak them all in.

From The Bride… Weston and I first met in a middle school history class. I sat in front of him and remember him as being the shyest boy in the class…he remembers me as the life of the party…go figure! Our paths crossed again in High School when our best friends began dating…we quickly became inseparable, and eight years later the rest is history!

Weston proposed to me in the Cinque Terre in Rome, Italy. He had studied abroad there during his Sophomore year of college and had always promised me that we would go back together. After a LONG 15 hour flight (with the ring tucked away in his sock) we arrived and quickly headed out for our first Italian meal. Some backstory: I had NO IDEA that this was coming. Not even an inkling. In the months leading up to our trip many friends and family suspected that it was coming, and he insisted over and over again that he wanted it to be PERFECT, and that “now just isn’t the perfect time.” He insisted to me so adamantly that this would be a really special trip, but not for that reason. I completely believed him. So I was completely blown away when he got down on one knee in front of a beautiful Roman fountain in this breathtaking square in Rome. In fact, the first words out of my mouth were “NO WAY!”…I just couldn’t believe he pulled off such a surprise! My “No Way!” quickly turned into a thousand “Yesses!” and we spent the rest of the trip celebrating our engagement.

Our hope is that the feel of our wedding is a cross between vintage elegance and rustic charm. I grew up riding horses, and immediately fell in love with the fact that our venue has this breathtaking backdrop with gorgeous horses amidst old oak trees. What a dream come true.

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Photography: Natalie Schutt Photography | Event Planning: Weddings by Cortney Helaine | Floral Design: Little Hill Floral Designs | Location: Giracci Vineyards And Farms

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