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The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel Wedding from Desi Baytan Photography

There is a reason we are called Style Me Pretty. And the reason rests on weddings just like this. The soft and romantic Southern California soiree is so beyond pretty that it makes us all feel a little sweeter, a little happier, and, a little prettier. Desi Baytan Photography captured the gorgeous beach affair – every pretty in pink detail. And because of that, we have a gallery spilling over with amazing images. Click here to spend your day with this pretty, pretty soiree!

Tim and I got engaged two years ago in Honolulu, Hawaii. We have been together for eight years, and met each other in junior college. After graduating from UCLA, we both found jobs in Los Angeles and decided to start our life here. For the past few years, we have enjoyed the weather and the beach so much in L.A., and when Tim proposed to me, I knew that we had to get married by the beach, so we could capture the beautiful Southern California weather and scenery.

We searched for many hotels in the SoCal area, and The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel definitely caught our eye. The sunset terrace was just perfect for a small size ceremony like ours. It is a private, beautiful courtyard overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Plaza room for the reception was also what we were looking for, simple but elegant, and with a classical touch. The french doors open with a great view of the ocean and connects to the sunset terrace.

Since we had a relatively small group, we wanted to have a “warm and cozy” style wedding, and only invite close family and friends. The color scheme we chose was soft pink and champagne, which was inspired by the design of a wedding invitation set from I Do Concepts.

I designed our wedding stationary by using soft pink ribbon to wrap the light champagne colored cards with contents printed in a dark champagne color, also with a touch of light pink floral in the background. That is the exact simple, elegant, but chic feel that we wanted for our wedding.

We wanted to avoid the typical ballroom wedding feel. Instead of having all high vases as our centerpiece, we chose to have several different types of flowers displayed in different shapes of vases, so that the whole table setting looked unique, clean, and very fresh.

It was definitely the most memorable day for both Tim and I, and we enjoyed every single moment of it. Our favorite part of the day was after the reception. We walked down to the beach with our photographers and took some amazing photos by the beach. It was finally the time for us to relax and just walk down the beach to enjoy the view.

Photographer: Desi Baytan Photography / Event Planning & Design: Lisa Simpson Wedding Celebrations / Invitation Designer: I Do Concepts / Cake& Desserts: The Ritz Carlton / Wedding Gown Designer: Vera Wang White / Venue: The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel / Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Wrap Dress / Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang

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Rancho Las Lomos Wedding from Kristeen LaBrot Events + Harmony Loves

I’ve never been to California, but every single wedding we get from the Golden State is perfect, and SO Californian (even I can see that!). From Wine country to Los Angeles to San Francisco, each wedding has a different feel, but they are all so – fabulous. And this Rancho Las Lomas wedding, captured by Harmony Loves, is the perfect example of the wonderful soiree that is a California wedding. With help from Kirsteen LaBrot Events, this beautiful bride was able to wed her handsome groom in a fabulous outdoor ceremony surrounded by friends, family, love, and of course, pretty little details. Check out the rest of them in the full image gallery!

Adam and I met at my front door.  He had just moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia looking to begin a new adventure.  As he began looking for a place to call home, my roommate and I were looking to fill a vacancy in our third bedroom.  Adam arrived at our front door one evening to see the apartment and meet us.  After the interview, my roommate—and best friend clearly explained why he could not live with us.  “ You like him!  He can’t move in.”  Sure enough, we choose a different roommate, which allowed me to ask Adam out on our first date.

Four years later, we had our own place in Culver City when he surprised me on a Friday afternoon with his proposal.  He had said to come home quickly after work so that we could get some drinks and begin the weekend.  When I arrived home he said he had two surprises. One…we weren’t going to get drinks, we were going to Ojai, California (one of our favorite get away spots) and the second surprise was in the bedroom.  He presented me with champagne, flowers, and got down on one knee.  I had never been so surprised in my life!  He then quickly packed a bag for me while I sat in wonderful shock and we hit Friday afternoon traffic all the way to Ojai.  It was the best 2 hours of traffic I ever experienced—-calling friends and family and just being out of our minds excited!

We wanted to have an outdoor ceremony at a venue that also had a beautiful space for our reception.  We had many people coming from the east coast and we wanted to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Southern California.  We also wanted to get out of town just a bit and that’s how we found Rancho Las Lomas in Mission Viejo, California.  With its Portuguese tile, orange groves, outdoor lighting, and exotic animal preserve it was a gorgeous and completely private space.  We loved the different levels of the property and distinct spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and then reception.  We got married under large sycamore trees with a simple décor including branches and leaves adorning the gazebo structure.  The aisle was created with a simple border of white rose petals. The property had a fantastic bridal cottage for my bridesmaids and the mothers to get ready in.  I LOVED that this was our own space for the entire day and every structure was made using a Portuguese inspired style.

I’ve always loved the combination of green and blue together.  I had a scarf that mixed navy blue and chartreuse and always thought it was a classic combination.  The ladies wore navy blue Ann Taylor dresses that complimented their green/white bouquets.  We used some burlap accents throughout the venue.  We had burlap table numbers on wine bottles, burlap wraps around the cocktail tables, and burlap pillows that I painted with a blue/green design that resembled the tile patterns on the property. I used Etsy to help design most of the elements to our wedding.  From the flower in my hair, the invitations, favors, bridal party gifts etc I used elements from different Etsy vendors.  It all came together to be very unique.  Overall, this was a ranch wedding that was part garden, part rustic but didn’t lean too much into one theme.

Adam and I know that a marriage is also a joining of two families.  We are lucky enough to both have parents who’ve been married for over 30 years.  During the ceremony, our officiant acknowledged that we are each an extension of our families.  We honored our mothers and Adam’s grandmother by presenting them with flowers during the ceremony.  It was a surprise element and also one of the more emotional parts.  So glad we did it!

Wedding Planner: Kristeen LaBrot Events / Florist: Modern Bouquet / Hair Accessory: Twigs and Honey / Venue: Rancho Las Lomas / Photographer: Harmony Loves / Dress: La Soie / Caterer: 24 Carrots / DJ: DJ Lux from Premiere Events / Hair and Makeup: Design Visage / Invitations: Julia’s Poppies Design / Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina

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Modern Winery Wedding by Connie M. Chung Photography

As much as I LOVE the East Coast, there is just something about California that I never tire of and I think it may have a certain something to do with the perfect, sunny weather. In lieu of getting to bask in the glory of a warm, So Cal day, I’m going to kick up my heels and live vicariously through this yellow-hued winery wedding shot by Connie M. Chung. It has the perfect weather I so long for, the loveliest happy color palette and enough details to send me into blogger overdrive. See it all here!

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From the Bride… We both planned our wedding together to make sure it was a wedding that we both wanted.  Since a lot of our guests would be flying in from out-of-town, it was important for us to give them a mini getaway while they joined us for our celebration.  Both of us immediately fell in love with wine country for it’s greenery, wine tasting, and close proximity to the city.

This was a budget friendly wedding so it was a major DIY wedding with help from talented friends to add personal touches to wedding details.  A good friend lent us her vintage typewriter so our guests could type messages to us, and our family and friends were the musicians for our ceremony. Additional DIY projects included mason jars with grey striped straws for guests to enjoy their drinks and take home as favors, paper cones for tossing petals, printed paper treat bags for the dessert table, and even scoops of ice cream with handstamped wooden spoons for dessert.  Internet sites were a must to buy specialty items and to find the best price for the product.  There are also a ton of site offering “free printables” that can easily be downloaded and customized for our wedding.  I was able to design our paper goods, including invitations (our uncle printed them for us), and added handstiched details by turning my bridesmaid’s home into a pseudo sewing sweatshop!  My cousin makes the most perfect cake and cupcake pops that were perfect for our dessert table.  My SIL handsewn number pillows to use on the day of our eshoot which became our table signs.  Our SIL #2 handmade our cake topper of clay and designed it adding the traditional korean handbok in our wedding colors- yellow and grey.  Our dessert table also included traditional Korean rice cakes as part of a wedding tradition.  The highlight of our whole day was seeing our 6 month old nephew cruise down the aisle in a remote controlled car.  He stole the show and is still named the “best ring-bearer” ever by our guests!  We are blessed to have major talent all around us so friends and family helped out with the details.  The best part about our wedding is seeing how our family and friends were involved in the overall completion of the wedding.

During our planning, we received the best advice any bride and groom can hear during wedding planning: “Instead of stressing about how to make your wedding different or unique, focus of making the wedding special and meaningful to you as a couple.”  It was the BEST thing we heard because it took away the uncecessary stress that most couples face today to produce a fabulous wedding.  It’s easy to get lost in the “new” and “different” ideas but keeping to the thought of making it meaningful to us, helped us stay grounded in making decisions to make our wedding, our own.

Photography: Connie M. Chung / Hair and Makeup: Marie of Kelly Zhang Makeup Team / Flowers: Friend / Ceremony and Reception Location: South Coast Winery in Temecula, CA / Shoes: Caparros / Dress: Watters / Dessert Table: Amy Park of White Blossom Wedding & Event / Cake Pops: Susanne Ramirez (Cousin of Bride) / MC/DJ: Shine Entertainment / Groomsman socks: Express Men / Bridesmaid dresses: girls bought own dresses / Cake: Beverly’s Best in Fullerton, CA / Cake topper: Esther Oh (Sister-in-law)

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