At first glance, this wedding is gorgeous. No question. But take an even closer look and you’ll find a story of incredible strength and unfailing love. A love that perserved through the bride’s devastating diagnosis and treatment of stage 4 cancer, and came out stronger in the end. It’s the kind of love that deserves a wedding so beautiful, SO special that only a team of extra talented vendors like Bethany Belle, Brier Rose Design and Unlimited Thought Productions could pull it off. And the best news of all? This courageous bride was able to celebrate the day cancer free and crazy in love. (Now if that’s not something worth celebrating, I don’t know what is!) Read this couple’s full story here, and be sure to check out the entire gallery of images plus heart-melting film below.
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From Brier Rose Design…Kelsey and Samer were such an amazing couple and such a great dynamic together. I wanted to incorporate both of their passions and love for life that jumped out at you. They both love to travel so I chose the Atlas Map for guests to ‘Sign in on places they have traveled or would like to’ ! I also used a pedestaled glass bowl to house a secret stash of blueberries for the groom because he told me they were his ‘absolute favorite snack’. It helped that they fit into the color scheme too! I loved the color scheme representing all the soft pinks as Kelsey feminine and strong and navy for Samer masculine and warm. The gold representing purity and luster for life they displayed together. Their color schemes was one of my all time favorites. It was a special request of the bride to add a more personal touch to the wedding by having me hand write all the guest escort card tags. Their love for healthy and organic diet inspired me to use fresh herbs in the arrangements and bouquets.” In lieu of party favors, the couple gave a donation to Livestrong and each guest got a Livestrong bracelet to take home. The last part of the detail I want to add is that the centerpieces were hand made by Collette and her husband and each one had a different word from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 on it…. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Wedding Photography: Bethany Belle | Wedding + Floral Design: Brier Rose Design | Wedding Venue: Temecula Creek Inn | Wedding Cinematography: Unlimited Thought Productions | Wedding Dress: Enzoani |Veil: Blush Bridal Couture | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: H&M | Men’s Suits: Macy’s
Adorable may be the first word that comes to mind when you stumble on these sweethearts, but when you read just how much they had to do with their dream of a wedding day? Then words like talented and genius just seem more appropriate. Because the ah-mazing made-from-scratch laser cut invites they crafted up for this grand celebration? Done start to finish from these two. That’s just the tip of the talent iceberg, and thanks to Brandon Wong Photography we get to admire every last detail right here.
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From Brandon Wong Photography… As graduates from architecture school, Atieh and Siavash developed much appreciation for design. When it came to their special day, they didn’t want to leave any detail without their own touch. With the Art theme in mind they designed and hand built almost every inch of their wedding.
The invitations were designed and made from scratch by the couple. It was laser cut and engraved on the front while it represented all the wedding colors on the back. Their wood block centerpieces were designed and fabricated to accommodate floral arrangements, candles and lanterns while they satisfied the couples love for modern design and wood.
In order to get away from traditional table assignment, they customized a diagram with unique table names, tailored to fit the expected guests. They also introduced their love for music and literature in form of wedding favors, by having different and unique quotes for each of their guests on a laser inscribed bookmark. To incorporate more of their Persian heritage, many of the quotes were translated to Farsi.
The big, ethnic, and colorful Persian affair lasted the night away with gorgeous group dances, money scattered across the dance floor, and gorgeous LED lights to illuminate the energy of their guests.
Wedding Photography: Brandon Wong Photography | Wedding Venue: Fallbrook Hacienda in Fallbrook, California | Floral Design: Ana Aftahi | Catering: Hatam Restaurant | Wedding Cake + Desert: Gelson Market | Music +Lighting: DJ Julius | Hair + Makeup: Magic Beauty Team
Every time I visit Temecula, I can’t help but think about weddings. The acres upon acres of rolling vineyards, the cute little wineries dotting the countryside, the almost too perfect to be true weather… it’s like the wedding gods plopped its pretty little existence right down in Southern California just for the purpose of saying “I do.” And this darling day captured by Pure Love Photography? It’s a Temecula masterpiece with breathtaking florals from Daily Petal, a sweet rustic vibe and a dazzling Mr. and Mrs. loving every last minute. Click here to see it all.
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From the bride… I’m not sure how it happened, but every piece of my wedding came together seamlessly, starting with the bridesmaids’ dresses that I found at a buy & sell boutique on three different occasions! The handmade invitations and programs, custom handmade dresses from Etsy for the flower girls to the beautiful hanging floral frames from our amazing florist The Daily Petal. I was worried about merging my very rustic vintage decor with the very Tuscan wine country setting but I think it turned out beautiful. An added bonus was all the beautiful handmade signs built by my father and the gorgeous centerpieces provided by Donna Fredriksen. It gave it just the perfect touch.
Our Pastor Patrick kept everyone in tears with his sentiment and humor. He really made our moment so special and one we’ll never forget!
As the evening wore on and the girls and I switched into our boots, our DJ (Richard from KSDJ) rocked the house blending a little country (my fave), a little top 40 and of course a little middle eastern dancing music to blend together the diverse tastes of my now beautiful blended family. I really couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Wedding Photography: Scott + Melissa Love from Pure Love Photography | Wedding Venue: Gershon Bachus Vintners in Temecula, California | Floral Design: Daily Petal | Event Design: Donna Fredrickson | DJ: KS DJ | Wedding Invitations: The Bride | Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo via Mon Ami Bridal | Men’s Attire: Friar Tux | Hair + Makeup: Gods & Heros
And a great big THANK YOU (all caps style) to the Cook Islands for sponsoring this week of fabulous here on SMP California… and for the entire week of tropical island daydreaming ahead. Seriously. It’s going to be fabulous. xoxo