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California Wedding from JennaBeth Photography + Taste Catering & Event Planning

I hope you had a good breakfast LBBers, because if not, you are about to be really hungry. I’ve got a wedding that is as beautiful as it is delicious. With Taste Catering & Event Planning behind the design AND the food, you know it’s good. JennaBeth Photography captured the love, the day, and the scrumptious looking dishes, and they’re all right here!


From the designer… Angie Ossip and Flavio Averbug wed in a sweet garden wedding in Tiburon at the Landmarks Art & Garden Center on September 9th.  The bride originally from South Africa and the Groom, from Brazil, treated their guests to Kiwi Caipirinha’s and late summer buffet lunch of Local Smoked Black Cod with Complressed Melon, Cucumber & Basil Salsa Cruda and Sugarcane Tuna Skewers with Rum Glaze as a nod to both cultures.  They ‘broke bread’ with 150 guests and celebrated with a 6’ long loaf of Challah Bread!  The Brides bouquet included Proteas, the national flower of South Africa.

Photography: JennaBeth Photography, captured by Carmen Alvarez | Catering & Dessert: Taste Catering & Event Planning | Flowers: Billy Cook of Taste Catering & Event Planning | Event Design: Hayley Seed of Taste Catering & Event Planning | Event Coordination: Events by Satra

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Bay Area Wedding at Landmark Art and Garden Center from Captured By Aimee

There’s al fresco dining and then there is this breathtaking Landmark Art and Garden Center affair, a gorgeous bayside beauty with a lush garden setting that can only be described as crazy gorgeous.  I’m talking all caps ROMANTIC, people.  And when you add to the world’s most beautiful locale a bundle of sweet DIY details mixed with darling vintage finds and a rustic meets elegant vibe, you can guarantee a day that will most certainly go down in the SMP Hall of Fame.  Check out all of the lovely photographed byCaptured By Aimee in the full gallery.


From the Bride.. As every couple does, we wanted to have a wedding that exemplified who we are as a couple and one that displayed the love we have for one another and for those around us.  We fell in love with our venue at the Landmark Art and Garden Center.  It to me was like an intimate secret garden, back-dropped by the San Francisco Bay.  We imagined the wedding to have the natural rustic beauty of the garden with touches of elegance and refinement. I loved the combination of textures with burlap, lace and pearl and much of the decorations and details were a labor of love between my mother and me.  My mother created the lace and pearl trimmed burlap runners, the raw silk cushion covers for the stone benches, and fashioned the wagon for the flower girls and ring bearer.  I created the doily/lace lanterns, the flower girl fascinators (which had lace rosettes with gold and pearl buttons and a cream veil), designed our wedding program poster and scoured flea markets and antique stores in search of finishing touches like candelabras, antique cake stands, picture frames and chandeliers.

On the big day to see everything come together as we imagined was surreal and I was brought to tears at how perfect it all was.  The weather was gorgeous and all our vendors handled everything seamlessly.  The inside of the cottage was decorated intimately with family and childhood photos of the two of us. It felt like you were in our home and getting a glimpse of each of our family’s history. The flowers were so beautifully done with the centerpieces being either wooden flower boxes, galvanized buckets, or mason jars all carrying a mix of wild field-like flowers and herb sprigs. Our music was our own personal soundtrack  and was a blended selection of songs all thoughtfully chosen by Kevin and me. Our processional song, “Tous Les Garcons et Les Filles” by Francoise Hardy, was a song selection that was very special to me because of it being so loved by the many generations of my family who had listened to it when they were in Vietnam and when they immigrated to the states. Being both foodies, Kevin and I wanted to have a diverse menu and in addition to our catering had brought in specially made Vietnamese spring rolls, and splurged on an Oyster Bar.  With our open bar we also made sure we had some of the best wines and champagne to celebrate with! The laid-back atmosphere of our wedding made it comfortable and easy for our family and friends to roam around the garden and cottage mingling, drinking, eating and enjoying all the personal details we had created for the wedding.  

One friend of mine told me “Your wedding was the most beautiful, elegant wedding I’ve ever been to that turned into the biggest party!”  Which made me so happy to hear because although the day was a celebration of our marriage, it was also a day to honor all the people who had been with us through these years and gotten us there, and knowing everyone was having as much fun as us made the day the happiest of our lives!  Kevin and I are so blessed to have found one another and to have had such a perfect day to celebrate it!

Wedding Photography: Captured By Aimee | Photography Assistant: Lauren Nygard | Wedding Venue: Landmark Art and Garden Center in Tiburon, California | Catering: Delicious Catering | Oyster Bar: Hog Island Oysters | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Alterations: Roxy from The Bustle Del Mar (760.520.4181) | Hair: Lucy Nsour-Reynolds |Makeup: Penelope Vazquez | Lighting: Jimmy Duhig Creative Lighting

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Tiburon, California Wedding from Adeline + Grace Photography

Hope you’re all having a very happy heart day. At this risk of sounding cheesy, I have to confess that around here every day is a little like Valentine’s Day. Each day brings a stylish celebration totally centered around love. Today is no exception… from the looks of this California wedding, this adorable couple starts each morning with a smooch. Not only is it sweet and playful, it’s obvious these two love birds are blissfully in love. With gorgeous images by Tiffany of Adeline & Grace Photography and colorful petals by Soulflower Design Studio, this Bay Area bash is charm-central. Before you head off to the gallery to see the rest of the pretty pics, make sure to read the write up from the couple. The groom’s take on the ceremony is positively swoon-worthy.

From Tiffany of Adeline and Grace… Geo completely surprised Angela by proposing on the peak in Squaw Valley as they were snowboarding, one of their greatest shared passions, with their closest friends who were all in on the surprise. Many of these friends had known both of them since they were in high school, where they had first met on the same track team. Over a decade later, after reconnecting and dating in New York City, the engagement happened just as they were amidst a move from New York City to Singapore.

From the Groom… As a result of the new move, a lot of the planning had to be done based on online research or recommendations from friends since we only made one trip before the wedding to choose our venue and vendors. We chose California because it was a midway point for our guests who were mostly from the East Coast and Asia. We scoped out all sorts of venues, ultimately choosing Tiburon, which was special to us because my parents had just bought a home there and we had celebrated Thanksgiving and other family holidays together. Old St. Hilary’s Church and the Corinthian Yacht Club are quaint, cozy and rustic, with panoramic views of the ocean, sun and greenery. As an extra plus, we could see both venues from the dining room and patio of my parent’s home! We thought it would be a beautiful reminder of our special day every time we visited.

The color palette we chose combined nautical blue with happy, uplifting soft yellow. Our friends later reminded us that these are the school colors of our high school! The flowers were inspired by the wildflower preserve that surrounds Old St Hilary’s. While we had decided to have an indoor ceremony and reception out of concern for rain and chilly Bay area evenings, we wanted to bring the nature in with us.

When I look back on the ceremony, it still feels like a blissful dream. It starts with me standing at the altar waiting for the doors of the church to open. When she entered the church and started walking down the aisle, I felt all the anticipation that had been building up hit me all at once. I had pictured this scene many times before in my head, but as she approached the altar, she looked more beautiful than I had ever imagined. I never knew how it felt to be brought to tears by beauty until seeing her walk down the aisle. I’ll never forget that moment.

From the Bride… We weren’t caught up in traditions, and did our best to make the day personal and all about our love for each other and our friends and family. Our attitude was that the day shouldn’t be stressful – we would only plan and do as much as we found fun and meaningful. Our friends love to party so we knew we’d have an amazing day with them no matter what. We didn’t let ourselves get too obsessed with all the little details, but I like arts and crafts so I picked a few fun DIY projects that made the wedding more personal. I hand painted “I’m His” and “I’m Hers” and other wedding signs, spent months folding paper boats with little banners as placecards (that took a lot longer than expected, but Geo help me with them while watching TV!), and because we travel so much together, we made table number settings which each had a picture in a city we had traveled to and a story about why that city was special to us. I drew and created the invitations, which showcased New York City and San Francisco, and the airplane and city skyline on the invitations became a motif for our wedding cake and photobooth icons. I found a wonderful artist on Etsy who made adorable cake toppers of us snowboarding in our wedding outfits. My brother and I are very close, and he was our wedding officiant, which made the ceremony so personal for us.

The wedding day was one of the most amazing days of my life. People had warned me that the day would fly by and I wouldn’t even remember half the day, but every single moment was so vivid. Although we had already made a move across the world and started building our home together, joining together as a family on that day in front of all our loved ones was an experience that surpassed my expectations. It was especially wonderful for us because since our move to Singapore, we hadn’t seen many of our friends so it was a huge reunion. We hosted a yacht party on the Bay the day before to give ourselves more time to catch up with our friends, and to share the beauty of San Francisco with all the visitors. Over 95% of our guests all flew in or drove over 7 hours to come to our wedding so we wanted to celebrate for as long as possible with them!

The wedding day was completely stress-free largely due to our amazing vendors. Brandy from Bliss Event Productions was our month-of-coordinator, and on the day of the wedding, she coordinated with all the vendors, made sure the shuttles picked up all our guests, set up our decorations and we didn’t have to worry about a single thing. Tiffany from Adeline & Grace captured amazing photographs, keeping us on schedule even as we shuttled the huge bridal party all over town to get gorgeous shots by the water and in the wildflower preserve. The florals by Soulflower Design Studio blew me away—I had sent pictures of the feeling I wanted to evoke and she captured it perfectly, coming up with cost-effective ways to wow our guests and help us fit our budget by re-using the flowers in different ways throughout the day. Afterwards, our cinematographer, Marco, from 1080 Visual worked overnight to give us a wedding highlights video that we could send immediately to Geo’s sick grandmother in Taiwan so she could feel like a part of our special day. We are so grateful for everyone who went above and beyond to let us have the most beautiful day of our lives!

Wedding Photography: Tiffany of Adeline and Grace Photography / Ceremony Location: Old St. Hilary’s Church / Wedding Reception Venue: The Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, CA / Wedding Coordination: Bliss Event Productions / Floral Design: Soulflower Design Studio / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Cinematography: 1080 Visual / Wedding Cake: Branching Out Cakes / DJ: DJ Dukes / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Lighting: Got Light? / Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation / Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. / Accommodations: Lodge at Tiburon

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Handmade With Love ~ Wedding From 2Chic Events And Design

Melissa & John were married on the coast of California, in the quaint town of Tiburon, which is nestled amongst the hills, seaside just outside of San Francisco. The ceremony was held at Old St. Hilary’s, an historic hilltop chapel, followed by a reception at the Landmarks Art & Garden Center. The event took place on September 18th 2010, a perfect day with clear blue skies and incredible ocean views that are as beautiful as they are rare in the bay area. -from 2Chic Events and Design

Personal touches made this wedding as sweet as it was beautiful. During the ceremony, Melissa & John’s sister and brother read love letters that the couple had written to each other in high school. Melissa and her mom spent over a year working on DIY personal touches as well, including hankies for the guests, which were hand embroidered with sentiments by Melissa’s mom and were meant to absorb the guests’ tears of joy. The end result was an intimate, personalized and stunningly gorgeous affair.

“John and I wanted every aspect of our wedding to not necessarily be unique in the wide world of weddings, but unique to us. From the décor to the picture perfect little white wedding chapel, I truly believe that our vision came to life the day we were married.

We’re really proud to say that all the decorations were either handmade or recycled. We used distressed wood gathered from a lumber yard to make signs leading the way to the ceremony and reception sites. We hand-stitched our initials onto handkerchiefs for our guests to use during the ceremony (which also doubled as wedding favors!) We gathered old mason jars to use to hang lights throughout the trees, as well as for our table centerpieces. Since my father had passed away the year prior, I placed a picture of him in a locket that was later wrapped around the handle of my bouquet. That way, he was still able to walk me down the aisle.

During the reception, we hosted a “Beer Bar” where various types of bottled beer were displayed in rustic crates. We also served local wine which was gifted to us from a family friend’s vineyard. From my brother’s hand painted cake toppers, to re-using my parents toasting glasses, each of these details helped to create a wedding that was truly unique to John and me.

Even after all that, it was the intimacy of our wedding that really made it special. Along with reciting traditional vows, John and I also read aloud love letters we wrote to each other back in high school (nearly 9 years ago!) Also, with just under 70 guests, we were able to talk with and enjoy every single one of our guests company. In order to ensure that they felt as special as we did, I wrote notes on the back of each of our guests’ place cards personally thanking them for being here and supporting our marriage. They also received homemade cookies (sugar, chocolate chip and snickerdoodles!) when they checked into their hotels. It was very important to us that our guests felt as special as we did.

With the help of the hardest working wedding planner on earth (Sonja of 2chic events rocked it!), a host of amazing vendors and support from our family and friends, our wedding was just that, “our” wedding and we couldn’t be more happy with the way it turned out. “

Photography: Hendricks Kim Photography / Flowers: Accents by Sage {Personal Flowers}, Friend of Family {Church/Reception Flowers} / Event Design: Bride & Her Mom / Event Planning: 2Chic Events & Design / Ceremony Location: Old Saint Hilary’s, Tiburon / Reception Location: Landmarks Art & Garden Center / Shoes: Enzo Angiolini

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DIY Wedding with California Charm, II

Someone once told me that creativity translates. And I’ve used that exact phrase so many times since starting Style Me Pretty. I see photographers that are incredibly talented at event design, florist that are amazing photographers, stationery artists that are accomplished stylists. It’s fascinating to see how creativity can be executed in a million different ways, all centered around the artist’s unique perspective.

Well such is the case with today’s featured affair. Emily, the gorgeous bride, is the founder of Frenchie and Flea…an adorable line of paper goods and accessories over on etsy. Her sense of style is so charming, filled with personality and flair…and it translates beautifully from invitation design to planning her own perfect wedding.

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photography by the amazing Cameron Ingalls

From the beautiful bride, Emily…

We adored the quaint and historic white church on the hill…it was a sweet and perfectly intimate setting for our personal ceremony.  The reception was a great contrast to the vintage church.  It was held at a festive Mexican Restaurant on the water’s edge, overlooking the San Francisco skyline, and really set the tone for the party!I love to craft and create, and I desperately wanted my wedding to reflect my passion for handmade.  My vision evolved over our long(ish) engagement, and the key to not getting overwhelmed with all of the inspiration out there (blogs, wedding mags, etsy, etc.) was to keep online photo albums of all my ideas.  I would add things that I loved, and would weekly or monthly go through everything I had collected and edit.  Sometimes a few months would go by and I would notice my taste was starting to move in a different direction…and I was totally OK with that!  In the end, I paired my ideas down to the things that I loved the most and diligently worked on executing those.

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photography by the amazing Cameron Ingalls

We love simple, and I believe less is more, so I focused my creative energy on the elements that were important to me: the candy bar, the wish jar, the tablescapes, the pillows on the benches, the handmade wreaths, etc.  With the help of some extremely talented friends, my wedding was crafted together with lots of love and care, and the result was simply perfect.  Paper rosettes, vintage seam binding ribbon flowing in the wind, mercury glass, framed pictures…it was vintage + modern with a handmade twist.  Simple, playful, layered with lots of textures and materials, and most importantly warm & welcoming.  I wanted our guests to feel like they could relax and feel at home…which was why both our venues and our decor were playful, comfortable, and not over-the-top.  Plus, the breathtaking view of San Francisco from the restaurant and church was an amazing focal point (and FREE) and became the inspiration for the invitations and website.

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photography by the amazing Cameron Ingalls

All the printed material was designed and created by myself and my business partner and bridesmaid, Allegra.  We started Frenchie & Flea earlier this year, and are constantly striving to inspire and be inspired by all of the creative women in the etsy/blog/wedding world.  The designs from my wedding are in our etsy shop now!  Etsy was a HUGE resource.  I purchased vintage seam binding ribbon, vintage hankies, the bridesmaid lockets, the flower girl tutus and shoes, and plenty of crafting supplies from etsy vendors.  I loved being able to utilize and support the wonderful artisans and crafters out there…I think it added such personality and thoughtful touches to our overall look!

My dear family friend (who’s more like an aunt) Bobbie did all the gorgeous flowers.  She was my sounding board for all of my creative ideas and whims, and the creations she made for my special day were unbelievably perfect. The hair accessories were created by my bridesmaid Amanda.

After going through the wedding process, I would love to encourage all the brides-to-be out there to stay true to their hearts as they plan their special day.  I love that traditional rules are being thrown out the window these days, and that brides feel like they can do (or do without) the things that are actually important to THEM.  If you want to be married by a friend, do it.  If you want to throw the wedding cake out the window and serve ice cream sandwiches, do it.  You get the idea…..old-school traditions that mean nothing are OUT and being true to your own unique ideals and style are IN, and I LOVE IT!  Thank you to all the blogs (ahem Style Me Pretty) for providing constant inspiration and encouragement for brides to trust their vision and be authentic in their wedding style.

Here is the complete list of vendors:

Photography: Cameron Ingalls – We could not have dreamed of images as gorgeous as his.  He was a HUGE hit at our wedding and we cannot thank him enough for capturing our day so perfectly!
Videography: Josh Morris of Rain Studios – Their production talent, all shot in high-def, was beyond my wildest imagination!  I feel like I can relive the emotion and experience of my wedding day forever!
Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. (
Ceremony Location: Old St. Hilary’s in Tiburon, CA
Reception Location: Guaymas Mexican Restaurant in Tiburon, CA
Flowers: Bobbie McCasland – a dear family friend that has the biggest heart and the most fabulous creative style!
Invitations, Programs, Etc. – Frenchie & Flea (my etsy shop/design company)
Bride’s Dress: Coan Couture
Bride’s Shoes: Seychelles
Bride’s Sweater: Target
Bride’s Necklace: Anthropologie
Bride’s Hair Accessory & Corsage /Bridesmaid’s Hair Accessories: Untamed Petals
Bride’s MakeUp: Kristin Bachtold
Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker
Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie
Flower Girl Tutus: Chicky Poo
Flower Girl Shoes: Small Beans ()
Music: Guitarist David Snellbacher () & Designer DJ’s of San Francisco
Wedding Day Coordinators: Susan Schlageter & Julie Lazarewicz
Pumpkins: Poetic Pumpkins
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