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Backyard Palm Springs Destination Wedding

If you ask me, this couple had the right idea. With guests traveling from all over Canada and England they opted for a destination “I do” in sunny Palm Springs. Playing up their desert setting they stuck to a light, neutral palette with blooms by Arrangements Floral, and made certain there was good tunes and dancing all through the night. See the day through all Candice Benjamin’s captures right this way.

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From The Bride…We knew we wanted our wedding to be a fun celebration focused on our love, with all our friends and family! Our friends and family were excited about the idea of heading to La Quinta for a mini-destination- we had friends coming from all over Canada, and a group of family traveling from England. We decided on La Quinta because its a really special place for us, and the date was too perfect to pass up! We have gone to the Coachella Music Festival for many years, and we got engaged while in California for the festival last year. The day before the Coachella festival this year happened to fall on the day of our 10 year anniversary, April 17, and we loved the idea of getting married on that day surrounded by family and friends, where we got engaged, and then continuing the celebration at the festival for the weekend with many of the guests!

When looking for a venue in La Quinta, there was only one that we had our heart set on – Jeff’s parents house, in the PGA West community. From the beginning, I could picture walking down the aisle that wouldlead through the entrance archway, across the courtyard and down towards the pool edge where the ceremony would take place. We got our wish when we found a caterer, New Leaf Catering, and a florist, Luna of Arrangements Floral and Party Design, who confirmed we could make our wedding happen there, and who were willing to take on the challenge of planning a wedding at private residence with a couple who lived in Canada!

We were not set on any particular color scheme, and instead wanted to make sure that our decor fit the beautiful desert setting. That lead us towards flowers in creams, blush, peach and succulent greens, with additional accents in the decor of gold and turquoise. The bridesmaids picked mismatched blush colored dresses to blend with the desert feel, and groomsmen matched Jeff in light grey suits. It was important for us to incorporate elements of our home on the west coast of Canada into the wedding. We made candle holders from driftwood collected from beaches at home for each table, and gifted each guest with a jar of spicy red pepper jelly from Hornby Island, where my family has a cabin. Luna’s team did a wonderful job on the day bringing all the elements together, to make a day filled with love feel magical.

Music was also a really important aspect of our wedding, as we are such music lovers – with input from friends, we made playlists for cocktail hour, dinner, and 6 hours of dancing. Parents and the bridal party walked down the aisle to ‘Falling’ by the Lumineers, and I was walked down the aisle by my Dad to an acoustic version of ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay – a longtime favorite song of Jeff and mine. One of our best friends from home officiated the wedding ceremony, which took place by the pool with a view of the mountains, and included personal vows and a reading by my Mum, Claire. After the ceremony, cocktail hour in the courtyard lead into dinner, again in the backyard space, which had been transformed during cocktail hour. Guests sipped on our favorite wines and a signature lavender French 75 cocktail, New Leaf Catering provided a fantastic meal with a variety of food stations. For our dessert, my Dad made my all time favorite, his famous cheesecake, as our wedding cake for all our guests, in the form of a cake for the head table and a cheesecake cupcake for each guest.

Two of the best MCs we could ask for entertained us for the evening, and heartfelt and hilarious speeches were followed by our first dance, which was such a special moment for us – we danced to an Eric Clapton song as our friends and family surrounded the dance floor holding sparklers. Dancing, sing alongs, lounging on the outdoor furniture in the courtyard, and photos in the photo booth ran very late into the night, which concluded with a whole group of guys including Jeff jumping in the pool for a late night swim! A day after get together with all the guests at my parents the next day lead right into a weekend of fun and music at the Coachella Valley Music Festival. We could not have asked for a more perfect weekend!

Photography: Candice Benjamin Photography | Florist: Arrangements Floral And Party Design | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Evernew, The Little Pink Dress | Catering: New Leaf Catering | Hair And Makeup: Bijou Beautiful | Ties: Club Monaco | Ceremony And Reception: Private Residence | Cordination: New Leaf Catering | Groom And Groomsmen Suits: Indochino | Head Table Rental: Planks And Patina | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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Country Romance at Delta Diamond

Country romance speaks to me on so many levels. From the cherry orchard venue, to the courtyard ceremony complete with vintage handkerchiefs, to the hay bale couches, to the hand stitched accents, all the details help create one beautiful affair. Complete with a splash of romantic vintage elegance, This Love Of Yours captured a gallery full of goodies here!

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Rustic

From This Love Of YoursFrom the start Ryan and Nikki have had a country lifestyle in a city setting. So a country wedding with a splash of romantic vintage elegance seemed to be the perfect setting for the special day. Delta Diamond Farm is a working cherry orchard with beautiful settings throughout from the rustic barn to the courtyard wedding site to the rolling orchards…the possibilities were endless. This wedding featured many DIY whimsical details to make the day absolutely perfect!

This hot October day started with a formal courtyard ceremony with a vintage flair from the handkerchiefs for happy tears to the loved ones that have passed table. There was also a DIY feeling with the guestbook picture painted by the bride and the handmade card boxes. After the ceremony the cocktail hour in the hay bale couch area began with beer, wine, & moonshine. The bride and groom got to watch the cocktail hour from the loft of the barn where they would wave and greet guests. Guests enjoyed the drinks, appetizers, and played lawn games that were made by the bridal party.

The reception was under the market lights under a beautiful fall night sky in front of the barn. The long tables were lined with vintage plates and white pitchers bought from thrift stores and garage sales throughout the last year by the bride and mother of the bride. The favors were all sewn by the bride and tied with twine and her great grandmothers buttons she had collected throughout the years. Centering the tables were cross-stitched table numbers handmade by the mother of the bride. All the details created a night of fun and romance for this beautiful wedding. It ended with the bride and groom singing a few songs with one another, dancing with all the guests and a whole lot of love to go around :)

Photography: This Love Of Yours | Floral Design: Sue Tipp Flowers | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: TLC Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Delta Diamond Farm | Reception Venue: Delta Diamond Farm | Catering: Wilma Lott Catering | Lighting: Verducci Productions | DJ: Verducci Productions | Groomsmen's Attire: Selix Formalwear | Photo Booth: Verducci Productions | Rentals: Getting Hitched? Wedding Design And Rentals

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Rustic Chic Fall Wedding at Holly Farm

This adorable couple named each reception table after a relationship milestone from first date to first furry friend. I not only love the creativity behind this, but can’t help but fondly reminisce about my own moments and I have a feeling the guests at this rustic wedding did the same, making this shabby chic celebration even sweeter. See all these details and more snapped by onelove photography right this way!

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Fall
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From The Bride… Stephen is Chinese, born in Boston and grew up in an all Jewish neighborhood. I’m Jewish, born in Russia, went to Jewish day school and love Chinese food. Needless to say we love and appreciate each other’s cultures. It was important to us to bring both our cultures together in a very “Chewish” (Chinese/Jewish) celebration. Being surrounded by all of our closest family and friends and sharing these magic details with them was what made the celebration so special to us.

We really went the route of DIY for the most part. Where we could we had our guests help us. On our invites we asked that our guests help us decorate with love by sending us a photo from their own wedding. We then spent months buying vintage frames and used the beautiful photos from family and friends to fill the space with love. We made chalkboard banners, collected vintage plates, vintage tea cups, gold candelabras and even custom table numbers. Rather than using numbers we used significant “firsts” in our lives – First Date, First Kiss, First Vacation. etc. Each table number had a picture and story on the back to accompany it. We used the vintage tea cups and made candles out of them to tell guests which table they were at. On each chair during the ceremony we left small glassine bags filled with paper hearts in memory of Stephen’s brother who passed. We asked guests to throw their hearts up to the sky in loving memory. Each piece of decor was symbolic and meaningful to us.

There were so many amazing moments, saying “I Do”, reading our vows, doing a first touch… but watching Stephen’s mom and my almost 90 year old Grandma dance the night away is definitely pretty high up there as highlights. We also loved doing our first dance. It was such a treat to surprise my parents and our guests.

Photography: onelove photography | Coordination: Erin Moses | Floral Design: Christine Cater | Cake: Layers Cake | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Tamie Aceves - La Creme Catering | DJ: DJ Image From The Wood | Ceremony And Reception: The Holly Farm | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Dress Designer: Inbal Dror

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