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This Bride’s Bright Lehenga Will Convince You to Ditch the White Wedding Dress

I’ve always pictured myself coming down the aisle in a traditional lace wedding dress, but this stunning Bride just convinced me to consider color — fuchsia, coral and gold, to be exact. From the Bride’s gorgeous lehenga and traditional Hindu ceremony to the al fresco reception and lush florals from Michael Daigian Design, this day makes me wish I could turn back time so I could attend. See every magical moment from onelove photography in The Vault!

From the Bride… Ian and I had been dating for over 5 years when we went to Vietnam for my bar trip. I had been so absorbed with studying for the bar and planning the post-exam trip that an engagement was not on my mind. Plus, I had planned to give Ian some hints about the ring and never got around to doing that! One day in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Ian surprised me with a private sunset boat cruise. We got up to pose for a picture as the sun was setting and he dropped down on one knee and proposed using his grandmother’s ring! My first thought was that he was tying his shoe laces, which made no sense because it was summer and he was wearing sandals. 

We knew we wanted to share our passion for food and wine with our loved ones as well as take advantage of the beauty of our home state of California. We had just moved back to San Francisco from Chicago and looking for an outdoor venue in Napa or Sonoma county was an obvious choice for us.

Planning a Hindu wedding outdoors meant we had to get creative, as Hindu ceremonies are typically held indoors against a wall. What we ended up with was a beautiful view of the vineyard behind the mandap (stage with pillars), which was itself draped with fabric and adorned with flowers. We also wanted to get away from the colors you traditionally see in a Hindu wedding and went with softer colors that complemented the outdoor setting rather than distracted from it.

For the reception, we wanted our guests to sit down to a beautiful but comfortable setting. We arranged long tables in a square with the dance floor in the middle, which created a sense of unity. Tables were named after some of our favorite restaurants and, to the extent possible, we sat people at tables named after restaurants we’ve eaten at together or in the city they live. This was a fun way to spark memories and make recommendations.

Favorite moments? For me, it was the moment I locked eyes with Ian as I was walking down the aisle and saw the pure emotion on his face.

We also loved involving our family and friends in the ceremony. They all surrounded the mandap at one point to say a prayer and bless us.

Another one of our favorite moments was when we sat down at the reception and looked around at our guests having a great time. The sun was setting and we could feel the love.

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Photography: onelove photography | Cinematography: Buster Brown Productions | Event Planning: So Eventful | Floral Design: Michael Daigian Design | Cake: Giorgi's Wedding Cakes | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Makeup: Brush Salon | DJ: Denon & Doyle | Ceremony Music: Wine Country Entertainment | Venue: Stryker Sonoma | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Shuttle: Pure Luxury | Valet Parking: CPA Valet

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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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