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This Couple Met at a Wedding and Then This Happened

Joanna and Stephen met at a wedding, so it’s only fitting that their day dreamed up by JNS Events sets the standard high. For starters, their cake matches the linens. If that doesn’t steal your design loving heart right from the get-go then I don’t know what will. Oh, perhaps these adorbs desserts from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering will do the trick. See it all from Lori Paladino Photography in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Steve and I had an international courtship, meeting in London at a mutual friends’ wedding. He was living in Hong Kong and I was based in the UK so after the sparks initially flew we did long distance for almost a year before Steve convinced me to move to Asia. After a whirlwind few months, he proposed on our veranda on New Years Eve. Giddy with excitement, we started planning our wedding and decided on San Francisco as the perfect destination because it was half way between Europe and Asia. We travelled to San Francisco a few times to pick the venues, do tastings and finalize details and we had the most amazing wedding planner, Jenny Schneider of JNS Events, guide us along the way. With a sixteen hour time change from Hong Kong to San Francisco, we put all of our faith in Jenny, and she did not disappoint.

I knew I wanted something traditional in terms of a church service and formal black tie sit down dinner. We ended up getting married at St Patrick’s Catholic Church and had our reception at the Asian Art Museum. The church was dreamy, with a boys choir singing throughout the service and I still remember the smell of the flowers walking down the aisle, thanks to Kathleen Deery. The Asian Art Museum was the perfect venue for us, and every detail was taken care of.

We mainly went with creams and golds, starting with our save the dates and continuing through to the wedding cake. We wanted something traditional and elegant.

On our invitations we had a gold seal of the Golden Gate Bridge which sealed it closed…..we got a lot of attention from that. I also cherish my wedding photo album. Lori Paladino captured every moment of the day to absolute perfection.

I have so many. I loved getting dressed and doing the hair and makeup surrounded by friends and family. I remember being a little shaky with nerves getting out of the car but then seeing Steve at the altar and just enjoying every moment, forgetting about being nervous. I adored Steve’s speech and our first dance was amazing.

Our flowers were mainly shades of cream. Kathleen Deery did an outstanding job with our center pieces which were mainly orchids. My dress was designed by Jin Wang. I wanted something ‘old school’ and Jin created a magical dress with a full skirt and lace bodice with long sleeves. The veil was lace trimmed.

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Photography: Lori Paladino Photography | Cinematography: Thomas Hughes Films | Event Planning: JNS Events | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Wedding Dress: Jin Wang | Cake: Perfect Endings | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Cathedral | Reception Venue: Asian Art Museum | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jasmine Chan | Band: Notorious

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The Most Elegant E-sesh EVER!

Sally Pinera has done it again. For this truly talented artist has way with a camera lens that transports you, and today? We’re headed to San Francisco, the Legions of Honor to be exact. A hidden gem in a bustling city, Janice and Chris shared sweet moments while surrounded by stunning architecture. Overall it’s timeless meets tradition and we’ve got it all waiting for you to pin in The Vault!

From Sally PineraJanice and Chris’s engagement session was timeless, classic and so sweet. Tucked away in San Francisco, Legions of Honor was the perfect location for their engagement. Surrounded by beautiful architecture, wearing outfits adorned with lace, Janice and Chris had their sweet engagement.

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Photography: Sally Pinera

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Modern Palm Springs Bash with a Cotton Candy Bar

Three words: Cotton candy bar. If that doesn’t hook you, then these flamingo inspired details are sure to do the trick. Whatever the winning wedding detail may be, you’re sure to fall head over heels for this wedding captured by Alyssa Marie. Brimming with incredibly chic vignettes (thanks to Found Vintage Rentals), we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

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From the Bride… My fiancé and I got married this past September in Palm Springs, California. A spot that is very special to us and a place that I wanted reflected in our wedding style. Being an event designer, I felt so lucky to have some of my best friends in the industry be a part and help create such a special day in our lives.

Apart from the ceremony, the event décor and feel of our wedding weekend was the most important to me. I wanted the décor to be classic and elegant, while also modern. I wanted our guests to feel the style of our wedding from the moment they received the save-the-date, cocktail recipe included. From our welcome party on Friday evening to the pool party on Sunday, we were focused on our guest’s enjoyment on their mini-getaway to the desert. We rented an estate for the weekend so all of our events could be held in one place. My goal was finding a spot that was going to let me create whatever I wanted and not be limited by a traditional venue. We wanted to play up all that our location had to offer without looking like it had a theme. We went with an all-white color palette, to contrast the lush greenery and had our pops of color in our floral décor. I wanted as many elements to be custom as possible and took on many DIY projects, most of them including lots of gold foil, another theme running throughout. My dad built all of our oversized wood signage, our bar façade and the altar where we got married, something that was very special to me. I collected vintage cocktail glasses for months to be used during our reception and had a polka dot dance floor with a chandelier hanging from a Palm Tree. All of the details made the reception feel more personal and reflective of our style.

We wanted to include special touches throughout the ceremony and reception that felt unique to our guests. My favorite of all was our confetti cannons that went off as we had our first kiss. Only our vendors and bridal party knew, so the reaction as it went off couldn’t have been more amazing. Another detail I had to have was Bonpuf. She was one of the first details I locked down when I began planning. The cotton candy was such a hit at cocktail hour!

Style Me Pretty has been such a place of inspiration to me and I love the weddings you choose to recognize. It is an amazing resource to me to go to when I am searching for creativity with other weddings I plan and was so helpful with planning my own.

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Photography: Alyssa Marie Photography | Videography: Visioneer Media | Event Design: Samantha Dapper Event Design | Floral Design: Shindig Chic | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: The Sweetest Couple | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Makeup: Tara Buenrostro | Hair: Jen Plus Color | DJ: Hilo Productions | Tuxedo: Friar Tux Shop | Wedding Venue: The Cree Estate | Confetti Canon: Confetti Unlimited | Cotton Candy: Bon Puf | Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Getting Ready Venue: The Avalon Palm Springs | Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booths Palm Springs | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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