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ORANGE COUNTY WEDDINGS & EVENTS 2012

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WELCOME TO CEREMONY

ORANGE COUNTY!

2012 proves to be a big year for both Ceremony Magazine and myself personally. We launch our first Bay Area edition of Ceremony; we publish our three Southern California annual editions for the eighth year; we introduce our all new innovative Ceremony blog; we complete a Ceremony website renovation and makeover; I am on twitter faithfully and for the first time ever; I enjoy a milestone birthday; and together with my husband and Ceremony business partner I celebrate ten years of marriage. Now more than ever, we don’t just aim to inspire, we strive to bring you pure wedding ingenuity. The 400 pages that follow showcase the vendors that make this happen, and we think you’ll agree that they are quite ingenious. This Great List of wedding professionals contains not only many of the best in Orange County, but also some of the finest in the country. Through beautiful imagery and brief editorial contributions, together we bring you fresh ideas, the latest trends, and new ways to apply old traditions. Quality is evident and creativity flourishes on pages spotlighting stunning tabletop designs and chic fashion spreads. From cutting edge fashion to the smallest planning detail, Ceremony is for the smart and stylish bride that appreciates refined quality and extraordinary service. If this is you, and you want to see your wedding published in our Weddings of Distinction section, please send an email directly to me at aharrick@ceremonymagazine.com and let me know which of our Great List of wedding professionals you hired after finding them in Ceremony. We will give your wedding special consideration since we know you chose vendors whose quality we can trust. It is our pleasure to continue to showcase more real Weddings of Distinction than ever before! With 50 real weddings in this Orange County issue alone, and more than 150 collectively amongst our four California magazines, we highlight the featured vendors we know you can trust. Throughout the entire magazine, we have listed their web addresses alongside their work as a helpful tool when you are flipping through Ceremony Magazine online. You can link directly from the ceremonymagazine.com digital magazine pages to our featured and respected vendors’ websites. We have also included other wedding contributors chosen by our featured couples so that you may make your own informed decisions. As you travel along your wedding planning journey, preparing for life’s wondrous path of marriage and love, we encourage you to put extra special thought into the most significant aspect of the wedding celebration – the

Congratulations!

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February 2012

Photographed by Jim Kennedy Photographers

Ceremony is an annual magazine with bi-monthly cover changes:

February 2012 Ring by Lugano Diamonds

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June 2012

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IF EVER A PLACE WERE MEANT FOR A WEDDING... DONALD J. TRUMP INVITES YOU to this premier venue for special events. Located on the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Trump National Golf Club offers 180 degrees of stunning coastline and ocean views. To complement the natural beauty of this location, the clubhouse is a model of world class elegance. The exquisite venue and personalized service are sure to make any guest feel just as serene and content as the ocean itself. We offer the choice of two breath-taking ocean view rooms. Paired with our very own valet, guests enjoy privacy and exclusivity at every turn. The cuisine is rated as the best to be found in Los Angeles. From hors d’oeuvres to dessert, our specialty chefs complete your experience through taste. On your wedding day, you will be transported to another world. Your dream of romance with desire for seclusion and beauty are guaranteed to be fulfulled. One Ocean Trails Drive Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 310.303.3220 | www.trumpgolf.com

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GREAT LIST photographers

TRISTA LERIT PHOTOGRAPHY Bold, beautiful color...that’s what Trista loves and specializes in. In this day and age of soft muted tones in so many photographers’ portfolios, Trista embraces color and uses it to her advantage to create larger than life images. Couples who share the same passion for vibrant beautiful tones in their wedding photos seek Trista for her ability to not only capture the sweet unspoken moments of their wedding day, but also for her truly unique flare to stand out from the rest. Trista’s photographic style can best be described as modern, chic, elegant and timeless. When Trista is not shooting weddings, she spends her free time reading interior design blogs, watching reality TV with her husband Doug and cuddling with her two favorite pups Mochi & Spunki Brewster.

JIM KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Jim’s passion for weddings is evident in your first meeting with him. Brides love his relaxed style and easy going personality. Building a relationship with his couples prior to the wedding day is very important to him; he feels this is the key in capturing the personalities of the couple on their wedding day. Jim’s goal: to provide the images that will help relive all of the special moments and emotion that make up the wedding day for years to come. Jim takes pride in the fact that most of his business is based on referrals from brides, wedding coordinators and venue managers.

Joe and Mirta Barnet’s style is modern elegance with a twist of fashion and a big dash of fun. They are known for powerful images that portray the chemistry, love and playfulness of every couple they photograph. The Barnet’s work is regularly featured in numerous bridal magazines and other publications. As a husband and wife team, they have a yin and yang approach as they capture every emotion, detail and the beauty of your wedding day. Joe and Mirta love what they do and truly feel honored to create memories that will be cherished by your family for generations.

jimkennedyphotographers.com 800.264.4558

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STUDIO EMP Joel, owner and principle photographer at Studio EMP, has been recording couples and their weddings with still images for over a decade and his focus has never changed: make interesting, real-life images of clients and their guests that reflect who they are and what they are feeling on one of the most joyous days of their lives. Studio EMP never tries to force their personalities into your images just to get a ‘cool shot’. We allow you to be yourself, relaxed and positive in order to capture fresh, dynamic photographic works of art. Take one step into their amazing boutique studio in a historic building in Downtown Fullerton and you will be flooded with their style, uniqueness and ultimate dedication. Studio EMP is always friendly and always professional, as to not take the focus off of the celebration. studioemp.com 714.992.5400

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It is the combined images from the Great List of photographers that make up a majority of Ceremony. Their unique blend of personalities and photographic styles are brought to life, detail after detail,

wedding after wedding, emotion after emotion, on the pages of Ceremony. The covered “short-list” of Ceremony Orange County’s advertisers is kept exclusive to a limited number of only the finest photographers in the industry.

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DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY, INC Duke’s relentless pursuit to capture the best photos from your wedding day, along with his friendly personality, discreet presence and quick thinking, make him the perfect choice. He will leave your day capturing an abundance of glamorous, photojournalistic and long-lasting memories. Duke views each wedding as a fresh and new assignment, striving to capture images that are unique to your wedding. His use of additional lighting and a keen eye to scout out the best locations are essential to his original style in wedding photography. dukeimages.com 866.812.foto | 626.744.9695

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FRANK SALAS When Frank Salas photographs your wedding, you have a partner and a friend. His style combines the traditional with the contemporary, providing you with a collection of images fully capturing the elegance, glamour and sentiment of your wedding day. Guests will enjoy his relaxed nature and fun personality while his stunning imagery will be yours to cherish for the years to come. Frank is recognized as a Master Photographer and a Photographic Craftsmen by the Professional Photographers of America association and is also a member of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International organization. For 8 consecutive years, Frank Salas has been chosen as the “Wedding Photographer of the Year” by Professional Photographers of Orange County. His wedding images have garnered him numerous awards including the prestigious Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence and the coveted Fuji Masterpiece Award multiple times.

NICK CORONA PHOTOGRAPHY Nick and Liz Corona of Nick Corona Photography take elegance to a whole new level. They launched into the wedding industry seven years ago with a dream to inspire couples to fall in love all over again, every time they look at their pictures. Their award-winning style of photography combines an artistic expression with contemporary sophistication that is sure to preserve your memories for a lifetime. Bridal blogs and magazines have recognized their talent and agree that their eye for detail and a desire of never settling for second best, Nick and Liz know how to make your wedding day extraordinary. Nick and Liz only reserve a limited number of wedding dates each year in order to preserve their relationship with their clients and provide the best products and service in the industry. This is more than just their business…it’s their passion. nickcoronaphotography.com 951.415.5313

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BRETT HICKMAN PHOTOGRAPHER I am the youngest of four children — 1 Brother and 2 Sisters. I lived in San Francisco for 6 years. It was too cold so I moved back to SoCal. It’s too hot. I married my best friend & beautiful wife, Adriana. I am a sucker for any Scorsese & Chris Nolan films. I can quote 47 lines from the film Braveheart. I have a mild obsession with frozen yogurt. I am fond of frozen yogurt in the jacuzzi. Simultaneously. I really do love capturing real moments that evoke emotion. I smile ear to ear behind my camera often. I remain good friends with many of my past clients. I take pride in my ability to make people laugh. I am exceptionally close with my family. I have an amazing family. I would love to take your photos. Really. bretthickman.com 949.350.8005

LUCERO PHOTOGRAPHY, INC

IMAGERY IMMACULATE Imagery Immaculate Photography is an award winning, full service wedding studio located in Villa Park, smack dab in the middle of Orange County, California. At Immaculate, our focus on telling your story has never wavered. Immaculate clients are anything but typical, trusting us to create journalistic images and incredible artistic portraits with a spontaneous feel. The foundation of our studio rests on honesty, customer service, and amazing color! Together we’ll guide the way through the maze that is wedding photography from planning to execution. With us, you’ll live your wedding in the moment. Let our decade of experience make your day Immaculate.

Jeremy Lucero has made an impression in the wedding industry with his artistic imagery over the last 17 years. His photos have been featured in the most stylish wedding magazines and exclusive wedding directories in the nation. He loves that photography allows him to capture the human experience and the essence of who his subjects are; it’s about documenting moments to look back on that will evoke the feelings and emotion of the day. His images prove a level of artistry that can only come with a great eye, skill, experience and style. He has had the pleasure of working at some of the best wedding venues in Southern California, including The Ritz Carlton, Pelican Hill, Terranea and Balboa Bay Club. Jeremy is not only an accomplished photographer but he is a talented musician and painter as well. lucerophotography.com 866.898.3686

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JOSEPH MARTINEZ PHOTOGRAPHY As a husband and wife team, Joseph and Anna Martinez bring a personal understanding of what it means to photograph the cherished moments of a wedding. While their artistic skills and creative sense help tell your story through beautiful imagery, their goal is to make the bride and groom feel comfortable as they naturally capture the day’s beauty and emotion. Their passion for shooting weddings comes from the happiness and contagious love that the day represents.

2 RINGS & A DRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS Photographing events, elegant or outrageous, with a relaxed yet avant-garde style, 2 Rings & A Dress Photographers continues to capture dramatic, iconic and stunning wedding imagery for the fabulous clients we serve. Visit us in our super cute boutique studio and see for yourself. We hope to meet you soon - Tracey Hanson and Associates. 2ringsandadress.com 949.500.0119

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VIS PHOTOGRAPHY

KAREN FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY Karen French is the most published wedding photographer in the country. Karen’s work accounts for over half of the images in the top three bestselling wedding books in the nation, and over 2,500 of her images have been featured in or on the cover of national publications. Early in her career, she assisted some of Los Angeles’ top fashion and celebrity photographers, which laid the foundation for her distinctive fashion/photojournalistic style. Considered by many of her colleagues to be a “photographer’s photographer,” many of them choose Karen to photograph their own weddings. She is extremely knowledgeable about the history of photography and the work of fine art photographers around the world, and regularly attends gallery and museum exhibitions which keeps her abreast of innovations and trends in photography. Karen feels privileged to witness one of the most intimate and important days in a family’s life and take the photos that will be cherished for generations. She loves her job and her craft. karenfrenchphotography.com 714.968.5139

My husband, Rob, and I (Leah) make up Vis Photography. This might sound cliché, but it’s true - we love art. Photography is two things: it is an art form, and it captures moments. Each moment has deep potential for beauty, meaning, and expression. On an incredible day like a wedding day, we have the privilege of making art and capturing the art that is happening right before everyone’s eyes. We are truly blessed to be able to share our gift with you.

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THE BOUDOIR DIVAS The Boudoir Divas studio is the premier Boudoir Photography studio in Southern California, specializing in making women feel gorgeous! We are so blessed to be able to photograph women and show them that they are just as hot as any model in a magazine. Our adorable 4,500 square foot studio is home to an all-female staff and includes 20 exclusive sets and your own dressing room complete with outfits, accessories and shoes. We will coach you through every bit of the process, from outfit selection to posing and expression. The session is completely private and for ‘his eyes only.’ We believe that every woman was created uniquely beautiful, and we want to celebrate who you are right now! theboudoirdivas.com 858.485.0443

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GINA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY Gina brings her travels to life in the fresh images that she creates for her clients. Natural light, warm pastel tones and a touch of charisma with a vintage flair are some of the many components that make her pictures so unique. Gina’s goal is to design images in which people look natural even though she choreographed the scene, creating a cohesive piece of art and not merely a record of the wedding day. Ultimately, her goal is to craft vibrant, fine art images that are as unique as you.

Kelly Casper Lombardo is an Orange County photographer who founded her photography business, klycphoto in 2011 with the understanding to “do what you love, and love what you do.” Boasting a background in psychology, education and graphic design, Kelly specializes in family, children and maternity photography but her true passion is capturing boudoir. Making women feel gorgeous and confident is without question, her greatest joy. Kelly is amazed to see her clients’ true beauty emerge, especially when they can’t see it within themselves. While truly enjoying the simple things in life, Kelly finds inspiration to enhance her photography and also enjoys painting, drawing and dancing. She continues to uphold her personal mantra everyday, “Life is short, and it is meant to be lived the way you want.” klycphoto.com 714.742.1100

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HOW DO YOU KNOW? PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Amy Harrick ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jennifer Petrini ART DIRECTOR Mark Berning VICE PRESIDENT SALES & MARKETING James Harrick ADVERTISING ACCOUNTS MANAGER Lindsey Dieter GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Nikki Li Mihalik Alexei Norris Alexis Ward Brian McCarthy Michael Novido BLOG MANAGER & EDITOR Andie Berning EDITORIAL ASSISTANT & WRITER Autumn Brim Ceremony Magazine 1621 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. Suite D San Marcos, CA 92078 phone 760.471.4838 toll free 888.8.CEREMONY web CeremonyMagazine.com mobile CeremonyMagazine.com/mobile blog CeremonyBlog.com email info@CeremonyMagazine.com

Ceremony thanks its many quality professional contributors. While Ceremony has made every effort to bring you only the finest professionals’ expertise and advertisements, opinions expressed are solely theirs and all ads are published based on the representation that the advertiser is properly authorized to publish the entire contents thereof. Ad content is not the responsibility of Ceremony. All information provided is believed to be accurate at the time of publication. Any reproduction of this publication in whole or in part, photographs, text or otherwise, without written permission of Ceremony Magazine is strictly prohibited. Printed in China. Offices, production, and pre-press in California. Those who wish to submit artwork, images, editorials or weddings for publication should visit our website for submission guidelines. To order back issues or any of the four 2012 issues (Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco), please visit our website.

How do you know he is…the one? You may have been asked this question by your parents, your friends, even yourself. The answer isn’t always perfectly clear; he may or may not be ‘ideal’ on paper; you may have known him for only two months or perhaps you’ve been hanging in there a good five years; he may be a cowboy while you were visualizing a business man. The so-called ‘signs’ aren’t always there, but somehow…you just know. At Ceremony, we feel the same way about our Great List of vendors that we recommend. We take this vendor collective very seriously, which is why we don’t put arbitrary consideration requirements in an antiquated form. We don’t have a scholastic checklist to help us come up with an ‘A’ grade. We don’t even have a job application type form to fill out. You see, when it comes to choosing our Great List of recommended vendors, we believe there is no specific formula for choosing who we invite to join our family. Probably not unlike you, we take a looksie at Facebook, we inquire with their friends and colleagues and, most importantly, we get to know them by social networking the old-fashioned way (in person). In the end, we go with our gut. We just…know. You will find that some of these recommended vendors have refined their businesses over the past twenty years, while others bring fresh ideas after having recently started their own businesses. Many of our recommended venues are on the AAA Five-Diamond Resort list; others include charming private estates and everything in between. What they all have in common is that we have a mutual respect for each other; we each genuinely want to see the other succeed; we envision a future together. Do those relationship qualities sound familiar with someone you know? We hope that you will find this varied Great List vendor collective to be helpful in finding your wedding day professionals. There is no single vendor that is perfect for everyone, but there are vendors that are perfect for you. And when you meet them, you will just know.

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TABLE of CONTENTS CEREMONY 2012

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WEDDING PLANNING

INVITATIONS & GIFTS

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PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMA

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286 WEDDINGS of DISTINCTION

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sarah & chad

JIM KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHERS

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ellen & ryan

JAY HSIANG PHOTOGRAPHY

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kim and brian

JAN GARCIA PHOTOGRAPHY

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vanessa & charles

BRETT HICKMAN PHOTOGRAPHER

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BARNET PHOTOGRAPHY

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cassandra & jesse

MICHAEL S. KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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stephanie & brian

JIM KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHERS

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sara & anthony

TONY FLOREZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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hilary & mitchell

JOSEPH MARTINEZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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chrystal & david STUDIO EMP

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melaura & dominick IMAGERY IMMACULATE

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kelsey & christy

KRISTINA LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

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crystal & sandy KLK PHOTOGRAPHY

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tess & ian

BARNET PHOTOGRAPHY

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caroline & elias DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

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dina & pierre

LUCERO PHOTOGRAPHY

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katie & dayne STUDIO EMP

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jennifer & steve

2 RINGS & A DRESS – PHOTOGRAPHERS

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elizabeth & benjamin

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carley & jason

BARNET PHOTOGRAPHY

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caitlyn & lynn

GINA MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

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kelly & domenic EMBRACE LIFE PHOTO

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lauren & dorian

MARISA HOLMES PHOTOGRAPHY

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bethony & chad

ZOOM THEORY PHOTOGRAPHY

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julie & ayal

VIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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alyssa & adam

NICK CORONA PHOTOGRAPHY

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christie & jon PHOTOS ON MAUI

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sumanta & arvind

DARIN FONG PHOTOGRAPHY

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serena & chase

LUCERO PHOTOGRAPHY

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ivy & peter

JIM KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHERS

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negar & andrew

BOBBY BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

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meaghan & brandon

JIM KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHERS

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nicole & tommaso FRANK SALAS

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samantha & mike

NICK CORONA PHOTOGRAPHY

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michelle & gordon EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY

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brianna & evan

A PICTURE LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

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melissa & anthony

TONY FLOREZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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monica & alex

PAPERWHITES PHOTOGRAPHY

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stephanie & jonathan VIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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alisha & rakesh

LIN & JIRSA PHOTOGRAPHY

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krissy & anthony

ZOOM THEORY PHOTOGRAPHY

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rylia & cristian

JESSICA ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY

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angeline & michael

TRISTA LERIT PHOTOGRAPHY

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kelly & brian

JIM KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHERS

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kodye & brian

VAL WESTOVER PHOTOGRAPHY

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katie & rj

KAREN FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY

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whitney & chris LLANES WEDDINGS

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ashley & anthony

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nadine & frank

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FASHION & BEAUTY A child's kiss is magic. Why else would they be so stingy with them? ~ Harvey Fiersten

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What are your favorite styles and fabrics? NM: Jacquard and metal fabrics continue as a perennial interpretation of bridal dresses in Nicole Miller’s collection. Her latest creations include vintage lace, which is a favorite of our brides and staff. WF: The softer, almost muted palates…peaches, blush, grays, beige and nudes. PB: Silk taffetas, crepes and organza are my favorite textiles to work with. An elegant bias with a hand beaded vintage lace, or an elegant low “v” back and a simple cap sleeve is truly an enchanting style. However, by 2013 soft flowing ball gowns will make a comeback. What do you suggest when a bride wants to incorporate her ethnic heritage into her look but still wants the big white dress? WF: We love and encourage a bride to incorporate her heritage, family background, pretty much anything that will tie in their life and roots. It is so important during this special time to feel that you are building a connection and a foundation for your future while “marrying” it with your past. The best thing we can do is be supportive and use all of our experience and knowledge in this industry so our bride feels comfortable enough to make decisions whether its having an alternate dress, incorporating accessories or traditional bridal wear that reflects their background. LB: Demographically our boutiques serve ethnically diverse brides regularly; we believe that incorporating the ethnic heritage is an integral part of successfully completing the search for the perfect gown. Lovella Wedding Specialists aspire to learn every intricate detail of ethnic traditions and the profound meaning it conveys to blend chic, contemporary gowns of today into a timeless yet traditional personal expression on the most important day of her life. NM: We recommend accessories like a sash, floral hairpiece, or suggest wearing a treasured piece of heirloom jewelry. Brides can also use colors as a component of their look to reflect ethnic heritage. What 2012 designer collection impressed you the most? WF: I think it’s fun to take bridal to another level and bring in some soft color. I love blush so when I saw a gown being done in this color I was so excited! It was also refreshing to see some shorter styles out there. I was very impressed by Alvina Valenta’s collection. It was the perfect blend of femininity with a hint of flirty playfulness. I loved that she incorporated little textured caplets and tulle, keeping it whimsical but realistic. LB: Fashion is ART. Style is an expression. At Lovella we’re very impressed with dramatic, simple, sophisticated elegance, detailed yet delicate but bold embellishments that make a statement. Some of our favorites are: Ines Di Santo, Lazaro, Edgardo Bonilla, Alvina Valenta and Pronovias. PB: As a designer myself, I never look to what other designers are doing, as I concentrate on my own collection. However, I do pay attention to the Inesclose Di Santo, at Lovella Bridal textiles as this is my specialty.

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GREAT LIST wedding consultants

KEVIN COVEY WEDDING & EVENT COORDINATION

Kevin Covey

Kevin Covey is a highly sought-after planner who has been planning fabulous weddings in Orange County, Los Angeles and beyond for over a decade. Kevin can be seen planning weddings on popular shows like “Whose Wedding is It Anyways?” “Platinum Weddings,” “Married Away” and “Wedding Altered!” This humble planner is a true innovator who thinks outside of the box. With his creative vision, impeccable taste and wonderful organizational skills Kevin plans one-of-a-kind events. 714.257.9535 kevinsparties.com

949.859.1792 714.225.2841 de-luxe-events.com

Wendy Dahl

Combining her creative flair and calm demeanor, Wendy Dahl specializes in innovating chic wedding experiences that reflect each couple’s personality and style. Wendy and her team make their clients shine by guiding them through the design and planning process with ease, sophistication and imagination. Each event is handled with passion and precision to ensure the outcome for you and your guests is a unique celebratory experience. With over a decade in the wedding industry, including working with exemplary clients and leading and mentoring other wedding professionals, she is a trustworthy choice for one of the most memorable events of your lifetime. 714.596.4455 chicproductions.com

A Good Affair WEDDING & EVENT PRODUCTION

DE LUXE WEDDINGS & EVENTS The French say “de Luxe,’ but Kerry Pulverman executes that level “of luxury.” As the founder of de Luxe Weddings & Events, Kerry is best described as creative, professional, warm-hearted and fun. A member of ABC and WIPA, she places a special emphasis on the artistry of every production. Kerry is passionate about locating unique venue spaces, often transforming blank canvases into visual masterpieces, reminiscent of her client’s distinctive style. Gaining her inspiration for design while living in Europe, and combined with her background in accounting, de Luxe Weddings & Events promises to deliver a meticulously organized and spectacular special day…remember it is Your Dream, Realized.

CHIC PRODUCTIONS

Kerry Pulverman

With nearly a decade in the business of weddings and special events, Natalie has garnered a strong standing in the industry, great vendor relationships, and a superb track record for well-planned, beautiful weddings and events. Inspired by working with awesome couples and helping them incorporate their personalities into a memorable wedding design is what drives Natalie to define her company, A Good Affair, from her competition. Earning distinction as the 2010-2011 Planner of the Year by Meeting Professionals International – OC, Natalie has been featured in credible wedding magazines and popular blogs. She is deeply involved in the hospitality industry as a Certified Wedding Professional, a member of ABC, the Board of Directors for MPI and past Director for ISES.

Natalie Good

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Gini Garner events

Jim Kennedy Photographers

Exceptional Every Time from intimate to lavish, gini provides the resources, creativity & experience to let you be a guest at your own wedding Gini Garner 949.472.2233 www.ginigarnerevents.com

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GREAT LIST wedding consultants GINI GARNER EVENTS

WHITE ORCHID PRODUCTIONS

Christine Bailey

Christine has been planning special events for 14 years and has worked on events ranging in size from 20 to over 1000 people. She formally opened Haute Events in 2002 and transitioned that company into White Orchid Productions in 2009. A former (and still sometime) model and actress from Long Beach, Christine pulls from her fashion background when creating storyboards for her clients. Having traveled extensively since the age of 16, she loves incorporating different global elements with the couple’s cultural backgrounds and interests in order to create amazing, one-of-a-kind events. Her enthusiasm and love for what she does is part of what keeps her clients coming back for her services, and her calm demeanor assures every client that things will be very well taken care of.

Gini Garner

714.396.7451 • 424.214.8879 whiteorchidproductions.com

949.472.2233 ginigarnerevents.com

EMILY SMILEY FINE WEDDINGS AND SOIREES Beautifully designed! Beautifully planned! A beautiful new beginning! Emily Smiley Fine Weddings and Soirees is a boutique style event planning company with years of experience in hospitality, event production and design. Emily Smiley uses her impeccable style, creativity and charming personality to understand each client’s vision. It is her sincere passion to exceed all expectations…because it’s THE DAY you have been waiting for your whole life! 760.522.6358 emilysmiley.com

Gini is a wealth of creative ideas and know how; coupled with her knowledge of the industry and hands on approach you can be assured all will be perfect. Prior to 2000, Gini owned Gini Garner Imports, designing and manufacturing soft goods specializing in home decor and Christmas. Her client list was nationwide and her travels often took her to the orient. Gini then took her experience, abilities and connections to the hospitality industry in 2001 where she has established herself as a leader in the industry. In 1995 Mission Viejo High School established the annual Gini Garner Spirit Scholarship. She currently heads a “social butterflies” ministry for Saddleback Church, where she has organized and planned special events for 20 years. Gini will be your ADVISOR, ADVOCATE, COUNSELOR; you want her on your team!

INTERTWINED EVENTS

Emily Smiley

Think LA. New York. Paris. Flashy rings and shiny things. That’s what you get when you intertwine motivated, stylish wedding and special event planners, who combine years of brains, background and brilliance to bring you an event that dazzles. From styling to planning to coordination, Intertwined Events knows where to add that perfect dash of glam - so that your vision isn’t just executed, it’s elevated. Dream big. Style your event today.

Katie Webb Meghan Schinderle Emily Kouri

714.694.0844 intertwinedevents.com

THE SPECIAL DAY Creating personalized experiences for couples is an important priority for The Special Day. Since 2001 when Carolyn Chen began to assist couples with their wedding plans, The Special Day’s reputation has truly grown based on honesty, respect and professionalism. She, along with Sophia Kim Park, are well versed in cultural weddings and of various faiths, and have an extensive background in designing attractive events at unique locations such as private estates, soundstages, urban lofts, concert halls, museums and more. With seven years international corporate experience, and having traveled extensively throughout the world, these ladies draw on their experiences, knowledge, cultural exposure, inspirations and passions to help couples create their special day.

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Event Design & Coordination

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GREAT LIST wedding consultants

A SIGNATURE WEDDING Monique Atwell lives up to her reputation for surpassing her clients’ expectations with style and substance. She has passionately molded A Signature Wedding into the preeminent choice for the discerning wedding couple. Monique ignites the couple’s vision to create a unique, personalized wedding experience that will never be forgotten. With her finger on the pulse of the industry, Monique pairs her clients with high quality, innovative, and talented professionals and leads them to deliver a seamless and stress-free wedding. Experience the excellence of Monique’s work as she partners with you to create your signature wedding! Monique is fluent in Spanish and an active member of the Association of Bridal Consultants and International Special Events Society.

Monique Atwell

KIMBERLY BRADFORD EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN

Kimberly Bradford

Kimberly has designed weddings with a personal touch and creative eye for over sixteen years. Her warm demeanor and distinguished style have earned her a reputation for excellence. Kimberly and her team guide their couples graciously throughout the planning process from innovative concept to flawless execution. Treating each wedding as if it were their own, their goal is to always exceed expectations. Kimberly is a featured planner on the Style Network’s “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?” 949.515.8900 kimberlybradfordevents.com

323.620.3179 asignaturewedding.com

UNIQUE ELEGANCE Step out of the box and into the creative designs of Unique Elegance, Wedding Consulting by Sheryal Rozzelle. With over a decade of experience planning the most posh, extravagant weddings, Sheryal Rozzelle applies her sharp sense of design and passion to create perfect events suited to her couples’ distinctive personalities. Mixing her detail-driven expertise and intuitive style aesthetic, Sheryal creates lavish, colorful affairs every bride dreams of. 949.291.9966 805.717.7929 uniqueelegance.net

MARIA LINDSAY WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING

Sheryal Rozzelle

Maria Lindsay has been planning events for more than twenty years. Her background in education is in Theatre Arts Production and Interior Design. She was awarded the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Scholarship upon which she launched her career in the Arts. During her years of studies, she trained in opera and also did live television locally. After performing, she started a flower business and then crossed over to photography. Blending all these experiences led her into designing events. Her success at constantly redefining event planning allows her to consistently stay on the top, on the cutting edge and remain one of the most experienced planners in all of Southern California.

Maria Lindsay

949.499.1030 marialindsayweddings.com

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VENUES

Marriage is the mother of the world and preserves kingdoms, and fills cities, and churches, and heaven itself. ~ Dr. Jeremy Taylor

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CELEBRATION LOCATIONS The diversity of Southern California’s countless venues is here at your fingertips. With a myriad of offerings, from historical landmarks to hidden city nooks, you will find the perfect wedding backdrop in this Great List of Southern California and destination venues.

park hyatt aviara resort Carlsbad

With its airy oceanfront terrace and striking regal ballroom, the resort promises lavishness and romance. { 1000 guests max }

PAUL BARNETT

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callaway vineyard & winery

the balboa bay club & resort Newport Beach

Serving as the only full-service hotel situated on Newport Beach, the California coastal resort provides stunning waterfront views. { 450 guests max }

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trump national golf club Los Angeles

Take in breathtaking views of Catalina Island and the Pacific while standing on top of the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. { 300 guests max }

trumpnationallosangeles.com

montage laguna beach

JIM KENNEDY

Laguna Beach

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A picturesque garden atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific will provide both a secluded and open setting for your wedding. { 450 guests max }

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callawaywinery.com

disney's fairy tale weddings & honeymoons Hawaii Kapolei, Hawaii

With the tropical views of Hawaii and all the imagination of Disney, eco-friendly Aulani Disneys new resort and spa opening Fall 2011 is both fresh and enchanting.

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Temecula

Endless stretches of vineyards create a serene and romantic backdrop. { 250 guests max }

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Coronado

Not only is this historic landmark the ultimate in royal sophistication, it provides 28 acres of picturesque beach shoreline. { 20-650 guests }

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disney's fairy tale weddings & honeymoons Anaheim

Southern California

DARIN FONG

The theme park provides multiple magical locations for the ultimate storybook wedding. { 2000 guests max }

luxury estate weddings

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Magnificent private estates of extraordinary grandeur set in Malibu, Orange County, Palm Springs and San Diego. { max guests varies }

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rancho las lomas

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Silverado

Set amidst manicured botanical and

the lodge at torrey pines

zoological gardens, this California ranch offers a colorful and unique atmosphere. { 400 guests max }

La Jolla

The craftsman style architecture adds to The Lodge’s magnetizing warmth and rustic elegance. { 220 guests max }

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grand tradition - arbor terrace Fallbrook

Paradise is found at this pavilion, known for its waterfalls, gardens and floral draped arbors. Outside catering permitted. { 220 guests max }

coronado island marriott resort & spa Coronado

Celebrate in the fresh air and tranquil view of the San Diego Bay. { 465 guests max }

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the us grant

San Diego

A crowned jewel in the heart of vibrant downtown San Diego. The US Grant sets the standard for modern glamour in a classic setting, boasting unrivaled elegance and grace. { 1200 guests max }

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A day to begin your forever...

together.

Est. 1987

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coto de caza 949.858.4100 | www.coto-de-caza.com | 25291 Vista del Verde | Coto de Caza, CA 92679

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Celebration Locations

vellano country club Chino Hills

This venue’s clubhouse sits amidst the sweeping hills and valleys of Chino Hills. { 250 guests max }

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catamaran resort hotel & spa San Diego

This tropical paradise has the waters of Mission Bay in its own backyard. { 450 guests max}

aliso viejo conference center Aliso Viejo

Breathtaking views of Saddleback Valley, lush greens and boundless rolling hills top off exceptional in-house cuisine and impeccable service. { 300 guests max }

alisoviejoconferencecenter.com

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electra cruises Newport Beach

shadowridge country club Vista

Exchange your vows under a beautiful gazebo in an intimate hilltop garden setting overlooking the luscious green golf course. { 300 guests max}

Private and lavish yachts are designed to match your personal style and theme. { 325 guests max }

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verandas

Manhattan Beach The Cape Cod style venue overlooks thriving gardens, koi ponds and the Pacific Ocean. { 250 guests max }

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pala casino spa resort Pala

Storybook lawns and gardens with views of Palomar Mountain serve as scenic and secluded ceremony settings. { 500 guests max }

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the beachcomber Crystal Cove

Tucked away in the Historic District, The Beachcomber Café’s multiple event sites with panoramic waterfront views present unlimited possibilities. { 200 guests max }

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Celebration Locations

talega golf club San Clemente

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Spanish archways, lush landscaping, courtyard, waterfalls and unique underground tunnels make a picturesque setting for a ceremony and reception. { 200 guests max }

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pala mesa resort Fallbrook

The mission bells will be ringing when you say “I Do” at the resort’s antique mission-style pavilion complete with thriving gardens and cascading waterfalls. { 350 guest max )

tustin ranch golf club Tustin

JIM KENNEDY

Manicured fairways, colorful gardens and sparkling lakes with wellappointed clubhouse facilities grants an uncompromising experience. { 220 guests max }

palamesa.com

STUDIO EMP

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muckenthaler mansion four seasons westlake village Westlake Village

With its waterfall lawns, stately ballrooms and even a Chinese pagoda, this hotel provides an array of beautiful backdrops. { 900 guests max }

Fullerton

Nine acres of gardens and beautiful landscaping surround the mansion’s ornate architecture. { 120-400 guests max }

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lake arrowhead resort Lake Arrowhead

At this resort you can soak in the natural beauty of the San Bernardino National Forest and the tranquility of Lake Arrowhead. { 300 guests max }

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hyatt regency huntington beach MIKI & SONJA

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Elegant courtyards and grand ballrooms fill the resort, which is encompassed by the dazzling Pacific. { 400 guests max }

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With a backdrop only nature can provide, The Waterfront Beach Resort is the ideal place to host your perfect Southern California beach wedding. We know every moment counts from the time you arrive to the very last dance. Our award winning wedding experts will seamlessly transform your special day into a dream come true.

To speak with a wedding expert today, please contact Vanessa Rockafellow 714-845-8420 Danielle Wagner dwagner@waterfrontresort.com 714-845-8421

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Celebration Locations

coto de caza golf & racquet club

miramonte resort & spa

Coto de Caza

Indian Wells

The Santa Rosa Mountains create a beautiful backdrop for the Mediterranian-style buildings with grand terraces overlooking views of a manicured estate resort. { 500 guests max }

The country club is host to several romantic backdrops, cascading waterfalls, natural terrains and an endless sea of green golf course. { 300 guests max }

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miramonteresort.com

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The resort captures the true essence of Hawaii with coconut palms and magnificent views of the Kahalawai Mountains and Wailea Beach. { 500 guests max }

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la venta

Palos Verdes Estates The beautifully restored 1920s Spanish villa is a historical landmark on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. { 250 guests max }

laventa.com

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the crosby at rancho santa fe San Diego

The lush greenery of the golf course wraps around this venue’s spacious clubhouse. { 180 guests max }

omni san diego hotel San Diego

This venue takes advantage of its prime location in the heart of Downtown San Diego with open-air terraces that take in exciting 360-degree views of the city. { 550 guests max }

thecrosbyclub.com

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ebell of los angeles

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TRISTA LERIT

Los Angeles

Indulge in Hollywood decadence at this landmark location, known for its regal courtyard and dining venues. { 300 guests max }

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happily ever after awaits you make it happen right here Take advantage of our years of experience and let the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa create the wedding of your dreams. With stunning open air courtyards and three ocean view ballrooms, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific from start to finish. Our amazing culinary staff will help you create the perfect menu for your event and is well equipped to handle cultural requests from around the world. Our team of professionals is dedicated to giving you the wedding you’ve always imagined. For more information please call us at 714-845-4652 or or visit us online at www.hyattregencyhuntingtonbeach.com.

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Celebration Locations

the dana on mission bay San Diego

This hotel and marina offers waterfront views of Mission Bay in the middle of a tropical setting. { 300 guests max } JIM KENNEDY

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the richard nixon library Yorba Linda

Sculptured gardens and reflecting pools highlight the landscape, while inside you will find a faithful replica of the White House East Room with stunning crystal chandeliers. { 500 guests max }

nixonlibraryevents.com

aquarium of the pacific Long Beach

The breathtaking Blue Cavern exhibit anchors the Great Hall to create a majestic aura for gatherings large or small. The intimate Café Scuba, with its sunset views, overlooks the Seal and Sea Lion exhibit and Lorikeet Forest. { 550 guests max }

orfila vineyards Escondido

A spacious permanent tent housed on the lush San Pasqual agricultural preserve provides idyllic vistas of a quaint rose garden and grape arbors. { 350 guests max }

orfila.com

MIKI & SONJA

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San Juan Capistrano

Escape to colonial Spain inside this luxury hotel near Rodeo Drive, boasting glamorous ballrooms and blooming gardens reminiscent of the golden era. { 600 guests max }

The old world meets the new at this open air plaza complete with fountains, clay pots and arches. { 450 guests max }

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la costa resort & spa Carlsbad

This quaint village setting offering resort accommodations is complete with lush fairways, winding pathways and rolling coastal hills. { 1700 max guests }

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Celebration Locations

the waterfront beach resort, a hilton hotel

Huntington Beach

Get a taste of California with endless views of the Pacific Ocean and serene white sand beaches. { 350 guests max }

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h ʁ carlsbad oceanfront LARRY CRANDALL

Carlsbad

Opening in July of 2012, this brand new beachfront resort offers lavish wedding accommodations and stunning views.

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the inn at rancho santa fe Rancho Santa Fe

Gracious rural living sets the theme for this inn located in the hills of Rancho Santa Fe. { 150 guests max }

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summit house

Fullerton

This Old English Tudor Manor fascinates with incredible views of the countryside, impeccable service and masterful cuisine.

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taglyan complex Los Angeles

Old World charm meets all of the amenities offered with today’s technology in a venue prepared to meet every need in luxurious surroundings. { 500 guests max }

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rancho bernardo courtyard

The ultimate in Downtown sophistication, W San Diego’s trendy vibe and BEACH rooftop will impress even your swankiest guests.

This hidden Spanish-style courtyard is the perfect setting for outdoor garden receptions. { 300 guests max }

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Rancho Bernardo

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hotel laguna

Laguna Beach

With its own private beach, the Spanishinspired hotel offers an array of oceanfront ceremony sites. { 200 guests max }

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the los angeles athletic club Los Angeles

Rich in tradition and luxury, L.A.’s first private urban country club, sets the stage with traditional glamour and modern romance. { 250 guests max }

clubweddings.com

the crossings at carlsbad Carlsbad

With canyons and vistas dipping throughout an immaculate sea of green, this location is natural beauty at its finest. { 215 guests max }

ponte family estate winery

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Temecula

JOSEPH GUIDI

In the heart of Temecula Valley Wine Country, this location is home to winding vineyards and a 180-degree view of Palomar Mountain. { 300 guests max }

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bella collina towne & golf club San Clemente

Truly enchanting hillsides and vineyards adorned with flowing streams and rustic bridges make this a pastoral paradise. { 200 guests max }

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carmel mountain ranch country club San Diego

The hills are alive at this country club, which is home to a spacious terrace room overlooking the mountains.{ 220 guests max }

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grand tradition beverly mansion Fallbrook

The Victorian estate is a dream come true with its enchanting heart-shaped lake featuring a waterfall and swans. { 300 guests max }

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exceptional service • exquisite cuisine • unforgettable charm

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dream event come true. Conveniently located in South Orange County, the Aliso Viejo Conference Center offers beautiful

rooms with breathtaking views of Saddleback Valley for small or large events for up to 300 guests. For more information, please contact our private events director.

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THE NEW RANCHO

An interview with Jeannie Lawrence, Rancho Las Lomas Photos by Barnet Photography

church beams. The couple culled inspiration from their adventures. They decided to use old doors, windows, lumber and commissioned an artist to replicate a tile mural they saw in Portugal. Drawn to the sprawling nature of European villages, they scattered the Ranch with charming bungalows. And they brought animals. Jeannie had stayed at a sanctuary for Bengal tigers and was drawn to the creatures. When the Lawrences discovered one of their employees had a license to exhibit foreign animals, they ushered their Ranch into a new phase: zoological garden. Countless brides have fallen under the charms of Rancho Las Lomas, raving about the interconnected terracotta walkways and roses lining the stone pathways. Current brides have even more to be excited about. “We are opening the Ranch in ways we haven’t before,” Jeannie says. “We are opening smaller bungalows and outdoor spaces for brides who want a more intimate wedding.” Brides can now capitalize on a backyard family estate feeling. They can choose from a ceremony held under flowering apple trees or nuptials by a Spanish style bungalow. Whatever they select, one thing is certain, their guests will be transported. Not to a specific place since Rancho Las Lomas is a patchwork of times and places, but to a magical land built on a deep love of family and adventure.

“We are opening smaller bungalows and outdoor spaces for brides who want a more intimate wedding.”

The key threads of Jeannie Lawrence’s life – love for family, love for travel, and love for animals – are all carefully woven together at Rancho Las Lomas, Jeannie’s sprawling 23-acre facility in South Orange County. Nestled in the hills of Silverado, the Ranch offers brides a unique side of the OC, away from the expected seaside wedding venues. Perhaps most intriguing is the host of animals on the Ranch. Wedding guests can observe zebras, tigers, and even alpacas, all on exhibit throughout the estate. While the Ranch is expansive and exciting, it still has a sense of a family home – because that is exactly what it is. “My late husband, Rick, and I wanted to create a place for family and friends,” Lawrence says. 25 years ago, Rick and Jeannie discovered the nameless plot of land. Peppered with orange trees and undeveloped, it was a blank canvas for the Lawrences. While it now has a distinctly Spanish flair, it is a composite of the couple’s personal memories. “We created the Ranch based off of our favorite places,” Jeannie says. And not just favorite places, though the architecture is reflective of Spain, Portugal, and Italy but favorite images – sprinkled hillsides, colorful tile

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Do you have any unique presentation options for serving food at a wedding? Think Chinese to-go box for tray-passed or stationary items. Use a cone for a light mixed salad or flavored fries. A lollipop stick isn’t just for cake pops anymore as you can pop them into a meatball or shumai and instantly have an exciting food. What is a large crowd-pleasing wedding day menu? By far, our recipe for provolone potatoes are always a hit and the guests’ favorite.

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Everyone knows about the standard “Our Wedding” photo album. Most likely you grew up thumbing through your parents’ or grandparent’s books, laughing at mom’s eighties sleeves or awing over how young your grandmother looked. For a long time that was the only way to cement the special day. The sounds (laughter, crying, clinking of glass) – and motions (the veil in the wind, Uncle Joe’s zany dance moves) were only vaguely replicated and invoked. However, that’s all changed. Now instead of just getting frozen snapshots, brides are increasingly turning to wedding videographers to capture their day in all its vivid life and color. “It’s important to capture the most moving moments, like the bride’s parents seeing her for the first time or the kiss at the end,” says Gor Gevorkyan, wedding photographer and videographer for Royal Gor. “Video does that in a way that photography cannot.” And, in case you were wondering, it’s not like handing an iPhone to your cousin with the record button on. Brides who hire videographers can expect a stunning end product that flawlessly run through the highlights of their day. Videographers give the same precision and care to editing wedding videos that filmmakers give to movies or commercials. “When done right the resulting DVD is awe-inspiring,” Gevorkyan says. He suggests reviewing a videographers work prior to booking and getting a sense for their ability. Once you feel confident, book them knowing you’ll get a treasured memento of the day – one that captures every aspect.

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If you’re like most brides, music means a lot to you and your fiancé. In fact, it probably surrounds the timeline of your relationship – there’s that concert you went to together, that song that’s “our” song, the times spent singing together with the radio. So, of course, incorporating it into your wedding day is important. It tells your guests a little bit more about the two of you, sharing what beats make you both jump up and dance.

From a practical standpoint, music is the auditory guide of the day, telling guests that you’re about to come down the aisle or that the party is about to get started. When it comes to figuring out your musical options, the choices are endless, from a DJ to a band or even cousin Don and his IPod. But if you want everyone talking about your celebration as being the best ever, there’s a new force on the musical block: 11H Entertainment’s Infusion Xperience. 11H Entertainment takes original soundtracks and scores them with drums and percussion, wind instruments, and strings--combining the experience of a live band with the quality sound of the original songs.

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“We aren’t a cover band,” Steven Muchnij, owner and operator of the company, explains. “We infuse each song with new life.” From motown to country, from Adele to Andrea Bocelli, 11H Entertainment customizes the experience for each couple. “It’s about telling the couple’s story,” Muchnij says. “It’s about creating special moments.” No matter the challenges –say you are a diehard Rihanna fan but your fiancé adores classical guitar-Muchnij and his team can come up with a solution. “We had one couple who had very diverse musical tastes,” Muchnij recalls. “The groom liked this unique music. He wanted his guests to experience something that they hadnever heard before. But the bride wanted the top 40 hits.” Muchnij carefully mapped out the evening around both of their needs. Knowing the groom wanted something different, Muchnij’s team crafted an eclecticlive infused mix for the groom that was played throughout dinner. Then, to get the party started, he switched to the bride’s favorites. The couple couldn’t rave enough, saying that they and their guests had never had so much fun.

And that’s what motivates 11H Entertainment. It’s hearing that uncle so and so had never danced before and had that night. It’s hearing that everyone, spanning the age spectrum, never returned to their chairs. “That’s what it’s all about,” Muchnij says. “That’s why I love what I do.”

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Need Some NRG? NRG (yes, it is a play on the word ‘energy’) isn’t one of those entertainment groups that come around often. They are chameleonlike, performing every musical genre from the twenties to Lady Gaga. Their repertoire is endless. If you want Broadway show tunes, no problem. Love Frank Sinatra? They’ll fly you to the moon. Looking at NRG now, with their stunning costumes, flawless musical execution, and instant charisma, it’s hard to believe the entire company grew out of one duo. “It was my wife and I,” says Andy Salmonsen. “We were playing gigs and we just blossomed from there. We added three girls then some more musicians and before you knew it, we had the ability to perform a thirty-five person orchestra.” Besides just growing in numbers, NRG stayed on the cutting-edge of the music industry by adapting to each style. “Our strength is really in our diversity,” Salmonsen says. “We have a wide array of performers. Each of them have different strengths and they bring that to NRG.” It’s true, a notion confirmed by one look at their lineup. They have a Puerto Rican drummer who brings the sensual pulse of Latin music for brides wanting a tango. There’s the former Miss Mississippi who can sing ‘Il Bambino’ like it’s closing night at the New York opera. Rounding out the band even more is their horn player, a musician who cut his melodic chops with Ray Charles. Beyond their impressive resumes, NRG is mostly known for its chemistry. Years of playing together and their close-knit community makes for some dynamic performances. “We really are a family,” Salmonsen explains. “And that translates. We appreciate each other and we appreciate each and every family we play for. When we’re singing ‘Butterfly Kisses’ and we see a dad dancing with his little girl who just got married, we have to hold it in. Because we are right there in the moment with you.” And that’s what makes NRG meaningful. They don’t go on and on about their celebrity clientele or brag about the big-name gigs they’ve played. They focus on the heartfelt moments and their gratitude at being able to facilitate them. “Those are the times that stay with us,” Salmonsen says. “That’s why we do this.”

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There are the princess brides – they want the whole Cinderella horse and carriage bit. There are the trendy brides. For them, a suped up limo just off of an MTV music video shoot is transportation perfected. And there are hipster brides. Two-seater bicycle from Goodwill anyone? But for the more, shall we say, restrained class of bride there is something else. Vintage cars and classic limos. Sleek vehicles that add style to any wedding. With Kate Middleton herself arriving at her wedding in a vintage Rolls Royce, it’s an entrance any elegant bride would want. “The car can really make the day,” says Sherry Walters of Classic Limos, a Southern California vintage limousine company. “There are so many ways to incorporate the vehicle into the wedding, from photos to grand exits and entrances.” Classic Limos itself boasts a fleet of fourteen cars collected from various parts of America and Canada. Its crowning piece is an original 1927 Packard, one of the few in the world available for hire.

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When reserving a vehicle, there are a few things to consider, from making sure the limo you rent is mechanically safe to having the driver show up on time. “Select a licensed and insured limo company,” Walters suggests, noting that more than 90% of the vintage limo companies in Southern California operate without a PUC limousine license and valid insurance. She also encourages brides to see the car prior to the wedding day to ascertain its condition and to work with a company that promises arrival times. “Being late is the number one complaint against limo companies,” Walters says. “Choose a company with an on time guarantee that will email you in advance.” For stylish brides who have a penchant for nostalgia, the vintage car is the way to go.

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Come down from the cliffs to the beachfront Alila Villas Soori and enjoy a superb balance of Bali’s tranquility and vibrancy at its most stylish. Ideally situated between lush green rice terraces and distinctive black sand beaches, relaxation is redefined in private villas. Alila Villas Soori offers an array of charming venues for a wedding celebration, each with magnificent views of Bali’s shimmering coastline. The resort also offers a wonderful “Honeymoon Hideaway” in their Ocean Pool Villa, where newlyweds begin their journey together with special touches such as a rose petal drawn bath with candles lit, overlooking the Indian Ocean, or a romantic dinner in the lavish outdoor pavilion. Taking Bali’s private villa experience to dramatic new heights is the exclusive, ultra-luxury villa, The Edge. Clinging to the rocky sea cliff, the private villa enjoys unparalleled views of the ocean from the pinnacle of the Island of the Gods. The Edge serves up a sophisticated blend of personalized attention, luxurious style and modern hi-tech comforts. The azure blue sea is incorporated into traditional Balinese spa rituals, enjoyed in wall-less rooms with liquid floors. This oneof-a-kind resort provides each guest with ‘a sublime taste of life on the edge’. In Bali, the incredible wedding of your dreams can become the reality of your future. Katrina Simorangkir of Bali Weddings International explains: “The beauty of a wedding in Bali is the availability of magnificent venues.” An unforgettable experience awaits for couples looking to tie the knot in this magical Island of the Gods.

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Brian and Stephanie were both in photography school at Brooks Institute when they met in line returning photo equipment. They chatted it up for a few moments, enough time for Brian to get a glimpse of Steph’s student ID (disclosing her full name). Of course he looked her up in the school directory to track down her email, and sent her an instant message she couldn’t refuse. Almost three years later, while snuggled in their pajamas after an exciting Christmas morning with their parents, Brian would reveal one final gift from Santa, a diamond ring and his proposal of marriage.

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Hilary could tell Mitch was full of nerves. He had taken her out for a lovely dinner but was antsy the entire time. Her suspicions were piqued as she knew the big question was coming. However, his jitters were contagious and Hilary started to get nervous as well, so she told him just to take her home. When they got inside, she started pacing back and forth until finally Mitch grabbed her and said, “Babe, I’m trying to propose!” After breaking the tension, he romantically got down on his knee to ask for her hand.

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Inspired by Provence, long wood tables ornamented with organic wildflower arrangements transported guests to an elegant French countryside.

PROVINCIAL melaura & dominick

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Dominick had garnered all his nerve to ask Melaura to their high school winter dance. She had said yes, but quickly took back her acceptance since her parents did not know this young lad. Melaura claims that he avoided her for the next eight years, until they ran into each other at the gym. Dominick realized what had attracted him to her in the first place and they finally got together. A few years later, Dominick would ask her to open the refrigerator; there inside was a corsage and a note. He turned on “their song” and said, “I didn’t get to dance with you at the winter formal but will you dance with me for the rest of my life?” She said YES of course, with complete certainty!

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FLIRTATIOUS crystal & sandy

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It was love on the metro. Crystal and Sandy both worked in the same downtown Los Angeles office building. Since they both lived in Orange County, they would make their way to work on the train every morning. Crystal, a stunning brunette, caught Sandy’s eye, and seeing her on the metro each and every day (and in his building) became something he truly looked forward to. One special day, as they shared an elevator ride, he finally spoke to this lovely girl. This time, they weren’t just smiling at each other on the railway, but riding side-by-side.

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The bride’s artistically stunning bouquet would be the precursor to an affair plush in dramatic lighting, florals and décor, impressing the A-list crowd with a red-carpet nightlife vibe.

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Elias was at a Los Angeles nightclub when a beautiful girl with brown hair caught his eye. Thinking a more subtle approach might be best, Elias started chatting with the girl’s friend before asking for an introduction. That was all it took. One year later Caroline, that pretty woman Elias had spotted at the nightclub, was walking down the aisle to be his wife.

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Katie and Dayne went to the same high school but didn’t really meet until two years after graduation at a New Year’s Eve party. They talked the entire night and as the crowd counted down to the New Year and the clock struck 12, Katie and Dayne shared their very first kiss. Two years later, on a family vacation in Hawaii, the pair would hike up Diamond Head where Dayne would present her with her very own stone!

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Sports fans Elizabeth and Benjamin foster a lively rivalry over football. For the wedding day though, Elizabeth, a self-professed “hater of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” was able to set her wrath aside and let Ben incorporate the Terrible Towel into their wedding day details. This loving gesture made Ben forgive Elizabeth and her lack of love for the Steelers – at least for that day.

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TRADITIONS caitlyn & lynn

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VENDOR LOVE gina marie photography gmariephoto.com [photography]

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Celebrating with two ceremonies allowed for a vibrant display of ethnic dress, counter-balanced with the cool aqua tones of the modern day reception.

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GRACEFUL lauren & dorian

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The blushing bride was a vision in her Amsale gown; her silhouette and style were replicated in the couture cake confection.

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VENDOR LOVE roger’s floral studio rogersgardens.com [floral design]

the balboa bay club & resort balboabayclub.com [location]

sweet art

sweet-art.com [cake]

classic limos

classiclimos.com [transportation]

makeup by berit makeupbyberit [makeup]

[photographer] marisa holmes [coordinator] brooke keegan [rentals] chiavari chair rentals [favors] party donuts [entertainment] sounds of paradise, rembrandt [videographer] threaded films [gown designer] amsale [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair] tiffany monday [formalwear] calvin klein [bridesmaid dresses] priscilla of boston [mothers’ dresses] sue wong [flower girl dresses] isabel garreton [honeymoon destination] st. lucia

LOVE STORY

Dorian planned his proposal to Lauren under the guise of a standard date night in Laguna. While Lauren thought they were waiting for their table reservation at a beachside restaurant, Dorian suggested a walk on the sand. As they approached the water, he suddenly dropped

to

one

knee.

Shocked

Lauren

had no idea what really happening until the photographer Dorian planted popped up to take pictures capturing this special surprise. They returned to the rooftop bar to celebrate with 50 of their closest friends and family.

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TIMELESS julie & ayal

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This shabby chic event loved everything vintage with English garden flowers, old-fashioned typewriters, suitcases, timepieces, and compasses to direct the guests to their tables.

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VENDOR LOVE vis photography visphotography.com [photography]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [gift registry] [coordinator] a touch of style [location | caterer | cake] beverly wilshire hotel [floral design] art with nature design [linens] bbj linens [lighting] sprokets entertainment production services [stationery] ceci new york [dessert] pinkberry [favors] photo illusion [gown designer] romona keveza [bridal salon] bridal reflections [bridal jewelry] family heirlooms [bridal shoes] stuart weitzman [hair & makeup] kristy wainwright [formal wear] hugo boss [bridesmaid dresses] bill levkoff [wedding rings] vintage [honeymoon destination] bora bora, moorea

LOVE STORY

Ayal had first told Julie that he loved her in New York City, next to Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It seemed appropriate for him to make a grand gesture for their proposal in the very same spot. While Julie was upstairs in her uncle’s apartment, oblivious to the goings on outside, Ayal was preparing to pop the question. He hired several musicians from The Julliard School to play classical music for the surprised moment. As Julie and her uncle left to go to “dinner,” Ayal was waiting for her, on one knee to ask her to be his wife.

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LOVE NOTE

The island’s beauty would lend a natural décor to this oceanfront celebration.

PARADISE christie & jon

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VENDOR LOVE four seasons resort maui

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LOVE STORY

The International Cardiology Congress brought Christie and Jon together, connecting the two over their shared occupation. Jon knew from the moment he met her that she would be his wife. However, Christie wasn’t one of those fireworks or hot air balloon “type” girls. Instead he quietly asked for her hand at home right before the two were to leave for a vacation. Only they would know exactly what was said during this private and tender moment; a very romantic proposal that these two will never forget.

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LOVE NOTE

A play on color and fun: pops of pink and whimsical details like the tennis shoe centerpiece dazzled the dĂŠcor.

ECCENTRIC serena & chase

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VENDOR LOVE lucero photography lucerophotography.com [photography]

laura hooper calligraphy lhcalligraphy.com [stationery]

[floral design] bobbe vagell floral concepts [coordinator] save the date events [location] parker hotel palm springs [cake] pastry swan [entertainment] undercover the band [gown designer | bridal salon] winnie couture [hair & makeup] elyse reneau [gift registries] macy’s [honeymoon destination] hawaii

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When she first saw Chase at work, Serena assumed

he

was

just

another

random

manager. Thinking nothing of it, she was very opinionated around him and told him pretty much exactly what she thought about the job. Only later did she learn he was actually the owner’s son. Her first thought was “well, I guess I just got myself fired.” Chase, however, appreciated her candor and asked her out.

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LOVE NOTE

A stunning sofreh and all its lavish details looked picture perfect among this pastoral setting.

EXQUISITE negar & andrew

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VENDOR LOVE bella collina towne & golf club bellacollinagolf.com [location]

jay’s catering

jayscatering.com [linens | rentals | caterer | cake] [photography] bobby brown photography [floral design] marcia johnson [stationery] li’k design [entertainment] mehrdad ekhteraiy [videographer] navid studio [gown designer] anais collection [bridal shoes] enzo angiolini [hair & makeup] jan levin [formalwear] friar tux [bridesmaid dresses] pretty maid [mothers’ dresses] tadashi [flower girl dresses] david’s bridal [wedding rings] robbins brothers [gift registries] macy’s, bed, bath and beyond [honeymoon destination] new zealand, australia

LOVE STORY

It was San Diego State University’s student orientation; that time of year when the new class is nervously trying to make friends and get a feel for the semester. It was there, amidst the thousands of students present, that Negar and Andrew met. They quickly formed a bond and embarked on the whirlwind school year together. A few years down the road with many tests and textbooks behind them, Andrew took Negar to the Hotel Del and proposed as the sun set over the horizon.

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UNIVERSAL nicole & tommaso

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LOVE NOTE

Romantic rustic archways adorned in white flowers hinted at the ambiance of an Italian countryside, while the couple said their “I dos” overlooking the Pacific.

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VENDOR LOVE frank salas

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square root

squarerootdesigns.com [floral design | linens | rentals] [location | caterer | cake | favors] ritz carlton [coordinator] lisa simpson [entertainment] alan jackson [gown designer | bridal salon | veil] vera wang, vera wang flagship salon [bridal jewelry | wedding rings] cartier [bridal shoes] custom from Italy [formalwear] michelle negri [mothers’ dresses] georgio armani [wedding rings] anaconda [gift registries] geary’s, willams-sonoma [honeymoon destination] italy

LOVE STORY

When this handsome Italian gentleman came over from his native land for a visit, he spotted a stunning American girl sitting in a café. Of course he had to approach her and strike up conversation. While Nicole questioned this potential

intercontinental

relationship,

she

was quickly swept off her feet by Tommaso’s charm and strikingly good looks. The two fell madly in love and survived the distance with many overseas trips until finally Tommaso found the perfect moment on a beach in Santa Monica to ask Nicole be his forever.

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LOVLINESSS michelle & gordon

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Croatian elements, such as kruiskovac, a traditional beverage, were interspersed into this glamorous reception draped in crystals; and a decadent candy display was accented with luxuriously long white feathers.

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VENDOR LOVE evoke photography evokephotography.com [photography]

a signature wedding asignaturewedding.com [coordinator]

wildflower linen wildflowerlinens.com [linens]

[location] st. anthony’s croatian church [floral design] design by ashley [rentals] chiavari chair rentals, tiers of joy, cmc rentals [lightening] g2 audio and lightening [stationary] calligraphy by katrina & maison de papier [caterer] ann & mario catering [cake] a sweet design [entertainment] ludi ritam chicago [videographer] elysium productions [transportation] american parking & limo [gown designer] kenneth pool [bridal salon] saks [veil] vera wang [bridal shoes] gucci

LOVE STORY

It all started as a childhood crush in Croatia. Michelle, who spent her summers abroad with her family, was dared to slow dance with a boy named Gordon.

Clearly that

was just the start as this youthful friendship progressed into a transoceanic romance. Michelle and Gordon kept their love alive by writing good old-fashioned love letters and scheduling new-age skype sessions. Then, before she knew it, Michelle retells adoringly, “He was on his way to America to marry me.”

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Precious little princesses were charming in full tulle dresses with keepsake brooch bouquet wands, adding a vintage flair to this fashionably styled soiree.

HEARTFELT melissa & anthony

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VENDOR LOVE maria lindsay wedding & event planning marialindsayweddings.com [coordinator]

krista jon

kristajon.com [floral design]

archive vintage rentals archivevintagerentals.com [vintage rentals]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [linens]

[location] casa romantica [photography] tony florez photography [linens] classic linens [rentals] signature party rentals [lighting | entertainment] fly by night djs & lighting [caterer] iva lees catering [cake] heidelberg pastry shop [videographer] ashley video productions [transportation] vip limo and shuttles [hair & makeup] design visage [formalwear] j. crew [gift registries] bed, beth and beyond

LOVE STORY

Since they both have a close network of family and friends, Melissa and Anthony decided to incorporate them all into their wedding day. During the ceremony, they passed around an antique key and invited guests to bless it with countless well wishes. This special key was then used to lock Melissa and Anthony’s love letters into a box for very safe keeping.

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Guests were welcome to feel right at ‘home on the range’ at this country chic affair, complete with cowboy boots, peacock feathers and intimate stylized touches.

VENDOR LOVE vis photography visphtography.com [photography]

ambiance designs by shawn adams ambiance-designs.com [floral bouquets]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [mother’s dress] [location | linens | lighting | entertainment] the condor’s nest [stationery | hair & makeup ] cherie arellano [caterer] dalena’s catering 2 u [cake] family friend [favor] photobooth pro [transportation] lifestyle transportation [gown designer] galina signature [bridal salon | veil] david’s bridal [bridal jewelry] ella bella [bridal shoes] cowboy boots

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VENDOR LOVE hotel laguna

hotellaguna.com [location | caterer]

[photography] zoom theory photography [lighting] vox dj [cake] great dane bakery [gown designer] essence of australia [bridal jewelry | flower girl dresses] macy’s [bridal shoes] steve madden [hair & makeup] mac [bridesmaid dresses] belsoie [wedding rings] kay jewelers [gift registries] bed, bath and beyond, target [honeymoon destination] las vegas

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Multi-colored bridesmaids dresses in shades of blue tied in with an ocean inspired wedding that featured starfish and seashells in the décor.

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DELECTABLE angeline & michael

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LOVE NOTE

Lavish pink blooms filled the ceremony and reception dĂŠcor with an elegant yet flirty vibe, while a sweetly loved dessert bar was a favorite amongst guests.

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TRUE LOVE angeline & michael

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VENDOR LOVE trista lerit photography tristalerit.com [photography]

nisie’s enchanted florist nisiesenchanted.com [floral design]

[location | caterer | cake] st. regis [coordinator] me events & design [linens] fusion linens [rentals] chiavari chair rentals [lighting] tmm pro [stationery] stephita, sugar press [favors] hollywood candy girls [entertainment] angelica strings, n’emand [videographer] elysium productions [hair & makeup] joyce luck style [honeymoon destination] italy, france

LOVE STORY

There was a plan. It was elaborate, heartfelt and involved Michael asking Angeline to marry him after sending her on a bit of a scavenger hunt to all of their favorite haunts. He even had plans to have friends meet her at each spot. However, as they sat in the quiet of their apartment on New Year’s Eve, drinking champagne he realized it was simple… and perfect, and proposed then and there.

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LOVE NOTE

It was definitely true love’s kiss that awoke this fairy tale couple’s nuptials.

CHARMING kodye & brian

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VENDOR LOVE coto de caza golf & racquet club coto-de-caza.com [location | caterer]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [mothers’ dresses] [photography] val westover photography [floral design] green leaf design [rentals] fusion linen [stationery] papyrus [cake] it’s all about the cake [favors] the sweet bites [gown designer] maggie sottero [bridal salon] paradise creations [bridal shoes] steve madden [hair & makeup] solmaz saberi [bridesmaid dresses] bari jay [flower girl dresses] etsy [wedding rings] pulido jewelers [gift registries] bed, bath and beyond, crate & barrel [honeymoon destination] riviera maya [travel agency] apple vacations

LOVE STORY

Southern Californians Kodye and Brian always indulged in one of the perks of their location: living near Disneyland. Every year they would buy each other a park pass and leisurely enjoy the Magic Kingdom. Once upon a time, however, Brian took Kodye to Sleeping Beauty’s castle and asked an attendant to take their picture. It was at that enchanted moment, he would drop to his knee and ask her to be his very special princess for all of eternity. The end.

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LOVE NOTE

The stylish yellow color palette woven into the linens and silhouette of the cake patterned this modern soiree; inspired by the Viceroy Palm Springs.

whitney & chris

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VENDOR LOVE a good affair wedding & event production agoodaffair.com [coordinator]

lavenders flowers

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nordstrom

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LOVE STORY

Whitney’s father is responsible for bringing this happy couple together. Who knew parents could be such great matchmakers! It would be immediately following a family brunch on Christmas day in 2010, that Whitney and Chris would find themselves at their favorite spot on the beach in Newport. As an avid surfer, it wasn’t uncommon for Chris to “check the surf”. Upon doing so, he wanted to check to make sure that Whitney would marry him!

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AFFECTION nadine & frank

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LOVE NOTE

This intimate wedding highlighted the closeness the couple shares with their loved ones as they faced their guests during the ceremony and celebrated with the entire party at one big king table.

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VENDOR LOVE barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

kimberly bradford event planning & design kimberlybradfordevents.com [coordinator]

nisie’s enchanted florist nisiesenchanted.com [floral design | rentals | lighting]

[location | caterer | cake] pelican hill [stationery | favors] penny’s stamping attic [entertainment] karla ross productions, ellie choate harpwomen [videographer] elysium productions [transportation] vip limousines & coaches [gown designer] st. john [bridal jewelry] virgins, saints & angels [bridal shoes] boutique 9 [flower girl dresses] lord & taylor

LOVE STORY

It was just a normal day at the salon for Nadine. She was chatting with her client as she cut his hair. Little did she know that she was making quite an impression. Her client was thinking to himself, “I have to tell Frank about this girl.” As soon as he left the salon, he called Frank and told him he had to get his hair cut by Nadine. Frank waited two weeks (he had to let his hair grow out a little bit) then went to meet this famed stylist. The haircut was the best of his life, but even more so, was the resulting relationship!

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MAGNIFICENT

kareena & ashwin

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LOVE NOTE

This three-day spectacle is a visual feast for the imagination with overthe-top floral works masterfully crafted to transport guests to the wonders of the world.

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VENDOR LOVE square root

squarerootdesigns.com [floral design | linens | rentals | lighting] [photography] andrena photography [coordinator] ajita chopra events [location | caterer] ritz carlton [stationery] ravish kapoor [cake] beverly’s best bakery [entertainment] dj lloyd, dj sharad, paris house of addicts [videographer] simply cinematic [audio | sound] 3d sounds [bridal attire] manish malhotra, anjalee and arjun kapoor [hair & makeup] jaywant thakre & shahida sheikh [henna artist] beauty by lishma [honeymoon] bora, bora

LOVE STORY

Love at first sight set Ashwin and Kareena together forever. Being a traditional gentleman, Ashwin asked her father for his blessing before making a grand proposal. He invited Kareena’s entire family to St. Maarten for a family holiday, and after a lavish brunch on a private beach resort, Ashwin took his love for a stroll along the white sandy shore. He had full intentions to “tease” her by walking the entire length of the beach and back before popping the question. However, he could sense her suspicions and couldn’t contain himself any further than 20 feet. It was there, against the blue of the water that he gazed right into Kareena’s eyes, dropped to one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. They returned to a festive engagement party and celebrated with champagne and fireworks!

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LOVE NOTE

This magical setting was full of whimsy with roses and crystals woven throughout the dĂŠcor.

ROSETTES sarah & chad

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VENDOR LOVE jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

flowers by cina flowersbycina.com [floral design]

[location | caterer | transportation] st. regis [coordinator] a divine occasion [stationery] sweethearts design studio [cake] rockwells bakery [favors] aaron brothers [entertainment] visions entertainment [gown designer] piccione [bridal salon | veil | bridal jewelry] alfred angelo [bridal shoes] steve madden, custom [hair & makeup] flawless faces [formal wear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses | flower girl dresses] david’s bridal [mothers’ dresses] tadashi [gift registries] williams-sonoma, macy’s [honeymoon destination] bahamas, miami, key wes

LOVE STORY

The second after Chad and Sarah met for the first time, Chad called his mother to tell her he’d met his future wife. They began dating after two weeks, and just seven months later, Chad showered Sarah with a “Half-Birthday Trip Around the World” celebration. They traveled through 17 different countries through gifts, activities, restaurants and chocolates. He ended this journey on El Matador Beach in Malibu at dusk with his proposal of marriage.

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An ocean-view ceremony was followed by a striking reception dripping with crystals and candles.

STRIKING ellen & ryan

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VENDOR LOVE white orchid productions whiteorchidproductions.com [coordinator]

jay hsiang photography jayhsiang.com [photography]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

wildflower linen wildflowerlinens.com [linens]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [mother’s dresses]

[location | caterer | cake] ritz carlton [stationery] handmade by the bride [entertainment] white orchid productions [gown designer] pronovias [bridal salon | veil] mary me bridal [bridal jewelry] nadri [hair & makeup] the glamourist [formal wear] friar tux [bridesmaid dresses] bcbg [wedding rings] j.b. diamond [honeymoon destination] europe

LOVE STORY

It all started at the office. Ellen and Ryan, who both work in real estate, fell in love against the backdrop of work printers and water coolers. The culmination of their relationship, though, was anything but work-related. Ryan proposed to Ellen on top of the iconic Empire State Building. There they were surrounded by a New York cityscape – without a copier in sight!

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RAVISHING kim & brian

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Voluptuous orchids ravished throughout the ceremony and reception dĂŠcor in full centerpieces and candlelit sconces. Hints of aqua blue in the linens and styling gave the affair a glamorous beachside vibe.

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VENDOR LOVE karen tran florals

karentran.com [floral design | linens | rentals]

crown weddings crownweddings.com [coordinator]

hotel del coronado hoteldel.com/weddings [location | caterer]

j grace

jgrace.com [stationery]

bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com [mothers dresses]

[photography] jan garcia photography [lighting | entertainment] tim altbaum productions [cake] cake [favors] get shaved ice, mobile moments photo booth [entertainment] tinifuloa grey [videographer] side by side video [gown designer] monique lhuillier [bridal salon] m bride [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [hair & makeup] little white stylists [formal wear] burberry, a better deal tuxedo [bridesmaid dresses] melissa sweet [mothers’ dresses] tadashi [honeymoon destination] hawaii

LOVE STORY

Kim came home one day to find the sweet strains of ‘Lucky’ (their song) playing on the porch while Brian waited for her. He led her inside where a bank of rose petals formed a pathway through the house. It led her to their TV where Brian had created a slideshow. It recounted the milestones of their relationship and, when it finally ended Brian asked her to make him the happiest man in the world.

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DESTINED vanessa & charles

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VENDOR LOVE brett hickman photographer bretthickman.com [photography]

white sakuras whitesakuras.com [floral design]

[coordinator] events inspired by love [location | caterer] seacliff country club [rentals] events taylor made [cake] tom girl baking club [entertainment] station identification [gown designer] casablanaca [bridal salon] here comes the bride [veil | bridesmaid dresses] david’s bridal [bridal jewelry] family heirlooms [flower girl dresses] la boum party [wedding rings] tacori, ben bridge

LOVE STORY

Sometimes the Ying and Yang are truly perfect counterparts. Vanessa is sweet and organized with a gentle sense of humor and Charles is a free-spirited, outgoing guy who makes her laugh. Together, along with their German Shepherdmix Zoey, they are destined to be happy, enjoying their similarities and embracing their differences through this journey of marriage.

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Modern elements like cylindrical vases full of orchids brought style to this bright and happy blue and yellow color palette.

CHEERFUL cassandra & jesse

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VENDOR LOVE flower fusion

flowerfusion.net [floral design | rentals]

taylor films taylorfilms.com [videographer]

[photography] michael s. kelley photography [location | coordinator| linens | lighting | transportation] los willows [stationery] invitations by jennifer gibson of branded [caterer | cake] ranch events [favors] made by bride’s mother [entertainment] tim altbaum productions [transportation] victorian carriages [gown designer | veil] st. pucchi [bridal shoes] nina shoes [hair & makeup] juneberry photo, alison zeman [formalwear | bridesmaid dresses] uniquely elegant attire couture bridal [flower girl dresses] advantage bridal [wedding rings] tiffany & co, ben bridge jeweler [gift registries] macy’s, williams-sonoma, target [honeymoon destination] fiji [travel agency] turtle island resort

LOVE STORY

Military couple Cassandra and Jesse had a myriad of difficulties to overcome: long deployments,

high-pressure

jobs,

and

stretches of time apart. In fact, they only saw each other six months out of the three years they dated. However, they were driven by a commitment to each other and an undeniable sense that they were meant to be. When Jesse picked Cassandra up at the airport after a particularly long deployment, he asked her to be his wife. It made all the waiting worth it.

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VENDOR LOVE maria lindsay wedding & event planning marialindsayweddings.com [coordinator]

[photography] tony orez photography [location | caterer | cake] ritz carlton [lighting] swank [ linens] fusion linens [stationery] artiface [entertainment] essence entertainment [transportation] beach harbor limos and vip limo and shuttles [hair & makeup] design visage [formal wear] friar tux [gift registries] crate & barrel, namebe.com [honeymoon destination] st. lucia

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ALLURING sara & anthony

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studioemp.com [photography]

colette’s catering colettesevents.com [caterer | cake]

muckenthaler mansion colettesevents.com [location]

found vintage rentals foundrentals.com [rentals]

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Inspired by their love of travel and books, the wedding design consisted of beautiful literary works, vintage postcards, suitcases and pinwheels made of maps.

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ROMANCE kelsey & christy

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A gorgeous dessert table highlighted the soft romance of the stylish affair.

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VENDOR LOVE french buckets frenchbuckets.com [floral design]

jay’s catering

jayscatering.com [catering | cake | rentals]

lake forest limos lakeforestlimos.com [transportation]

carcano dj

carcanodj.com [entertainment] [photography] kristina lee photography [coordinator] lvl weddings and events [location | lighting] the casino [stationery] typologie and co [videographer] kroh media [gown designer] vera wang for david’s bridal, blue garter [bridal salon] david’s bridal [veil | bridesmaid dresses] dressing up [hair & makeup] richard michael aveda salon [honeymoon destination] turks & caicos

LOVE STORY

Christy and Kelsey have a distinctive mantra that embodies their relationship: “Christy is the compass to Kelsey’s storm.” This single line points to Kelsey’s fun loving personality and

Christy’s

deep-rooted

stability.

Their

slogan played into their wedding details with an imprinted cake and signature cocktails, “Christy’s Compass” and “Kelsey’s Storm.” Guests were given a glimpse into the beautiful dynamics

of

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couple’s

union.

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EVOLVING tess & ian

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VENDOR LOVE barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

square root

squarerootdesigns.com [floral design]

kevin covey wedding & event coordination kevinsparties.com [coordinator]

wildflower linen wildflowerlinens.com [linens]

[location | caterer] ritz carlton [rentals] signature party rentals [lighting] amber event productions [stationery] paper girl [cake] christopher garrens cakes [favors] luisa chocolates [entertainment] jason michael entertainment, del lago trio [gown designer] la sposa [bridal salon] angela at la soie bridal [bridal jewelry | veil] rene pawele [hair & makeup] denise empey [bridesmaid dresses] monique lhuillier [wedding rings] paris designs, robbins brothers [gift registries] macy’s, pottery barn, crate & barrel

LOVE STORY

Tess and Ian’s first date was at The Cheesecake Factory. As was their second, but in another city. And their third, for that matter, was at the same trusty restaurant, yet a different location. So when Ian took Tess to The Cheesecake Factory a few years later (of course it was one they’d never been to) she couldn’t help but think of when they first got together. Over dinner, Ian asked her about their relationship and she told him that she would always love him. Afterwards they strolled along the sand as Ian asked, “When you said you loved me, did you mean forever?” and presented her with a ring.

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The bride’s jewel-encrusted gown stunned against the ornate gold of the Orthodox church and the rich colors of the reception room.

DECADENT dina & pierre

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VENDOR LOVE lucero photography lucerophotography.com [photography]

hyatt regency huntington beach hyattregencyhuntingtonbeach.com [location | catering]

classic limos

classiclimos.com [transportation]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [bridesmaids dresses]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [gift registry] [coordinator] alice isaac [floral design] paradise delight [stationery] papyrus [cake] rockwells [entertainment] emad batayah [videographer] tom buckley [gown designer] stephen yearick [bridal jewelry] nadri [bridal shoes] ivanka trump [hair & makeup] andrea buhler, christine harris [mother’s dresses] jinny’s bridal [honeymoon destination] hawaii

LOVE STORY

For Dina and Pierre, the Hyatt Regency Resort is a very meaningful place. After all, it was the location where Pierre proposed to Dina over dinner one very romantic evening. With the Hyatt woven into their memories, it only made sense that they should marry at that very special place.

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LOVE NOTE

Organic florals mixed with elegant vintage elements, including an heirloom cake topper used by Steve’s parents and grandparents, at this stylish celebration.

HEIRLOOM jennifer & steve

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2 rings & a dress - photographers 2ringsandadress.com [photography]

rancho las lomas rancholaslomas.com [location]

24 carrots

24carrots.com [linens | rentals | caterer]

patty’s cakes

pattys-cakes.com [cake]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [mothers’ dresses] [coordinator] jaime dreng [floral design] petals and stems by claudia [stationery] inviting moments [entertainment] vibe entertainment [gown designer] enzoani [bridal salon] mariposa [bridal jewelry] nadri [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [bridesmaid dresses] monique lhuillier [flower girl dresses] us angels [hair & makeup] kara hill, alexander’s of brea; sandy bugbee [wedding rings] ultimate ring [registries] bed, bath and beyond, pottery barn [honeymoon destination] kauai

LOVE STORY

Steve, a fireman, knew the sparks were about to fly when Jennifer showed up for their blind date with his favorite six-pack of Oktoberfest beer in tow. Jennifer knew that Steve was the man she would marry when he came to speak to her Kindergarten classroom about fire safety. It didn’t hurt that he was looking so handsome (and heroic) in his uniform that day. Steve clearly felt those flames and immediately went out to purchase the engagement ring. He proposed the following week on the beach after a sunset walk, and their love has been ignited ever since.

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The ocean's blue hues were brought to shore and used throughout the decor, dress, flowers and even the cocktails.

SHORELINE carley & jason

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VENDOR LOVE barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

nisie’s enchanted florist

nisiesenchanted.com [floral design | linens | rentals | lighting]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [bridal jewelry] [location | caterer | cake] ritz carlton [coordinator] gail garceau [stationery] jill parkin designs [favors] snapshotz photo booth, el beso cigars, carving ice [entertainment] da capo players, big band theory, vive entertainment [bridal salon | veil | mothers’ dresses] the dresser [hair & makeup] design visage, lettie mix [formalwear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] david’s bridal [wedding rings] robbin’s brothers [gift registries] macy’s, bed, bath and beyond, target [honeymoon destination] hawaii

LOVE STORY

It was a MATCH dot com! Carley, a teacher, had been browsing on the popular website and had keyed in on one profile in particular – a super cute guy who shared in her interests and occupation. On their very first meeting Jason confessed that he always knew he was destined to marry a teacher. Two years later this couple took a walk along the beach; a very long walk. Jason was about to make his premonition come true and searched for the perfect spot to ask his match, the teacher, to be his wife.

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Rockstar details like concert ticket invitations and vinyl records doubling as chargers and table numbers glammed up the affair with an edgy vibe.

kelly & domenic

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VENDORS

[photography] embrace life photo [location | caterer | cake] the cass house [floral design] harbor floral studio [linens | rentals | lighting] unlimited events [stationery] handmade [favors] brown butter cookie company [entertainment] jericho bacani [gown designer] melissa sweet [bridal salon] the white dress [veil] summerball [bridal jewelry] family heirlooms [bridal shoes] blue suede by cathy jean [hair & makeup] kim bennett [formal wear] friar tux [bridesmaid dresses | flower girl dresses] amsale [wedding rings] walter zimmer [gift registries] honeyfund. com, crate & barrel [honeymoon destination] france

LOVE STORY

Domenic proposed to Kelly at CSULB, where they both went to school. The two had gone to check out a new feature of the institution: a brick walkway where their names and graduation dates were imprinted. It memorialized the past four years they had shared together and the next chapter of their life to come. Kelly was admiring it when Domenic surprised her by asking for her hand in marriage.

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IMAGINATIVE bethony & chad

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From edgy, European elegance to fairy tale romance, each table offered a distinct look with baroqueframed mirrors, lounge furniture and multiple centerpieces created in the prettiest shades of pink.

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TRUE LOVE bethony & chad

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VENDOR LOVE inviting occasion invitingoccasion.com [floral design | linens]

rancho las lomas rancholaslomas.com [location]

24 carrots

24carrots.com [caterer]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [gift registry]

lounge appeal loungeappeal.com [rentals]

[photography] zoom theory photography [coordinator] lvl events [lighting] the event company [cake] its all about the cake [entertainment] time of your life [transportation] chris medrann [gown designer] lazaro [bridal jewelry] vintage family heirlooms, nadri [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair & makeup] fascino salon, adrienne timpe [formal wear] friar tux, zaharoff [bridesmaid dresses] j crew [mothers’ dresses] david meister [flower girl dresses] priscilla of boston [wedding rings] dave schneider jewelry [honeymoon destination] mexico

LOVE STORY

Chad and Bethony were at a vineyard deep in the heart of wine country with their families. Chad’s mother wanted to take a snapshot of them so they meandered through the grapevines, looking for a perfect spot. They found their way into a gazebo when Bethony realized they were all alone. Chad pulled her into his arms and told her he loved her. Then he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.

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Blushing tones, decorated with pearls, enhanced the voluptuous bridal bouquet and floral centerpieces, reminiscent of a vintage-styled Victorian tea party.

VICTORIAN

alyssa & adam

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VENDOR LOVE nick corona photography nickcoronaphotography.com [photography]

grand tradition estate beverly mansion

grandtradition.com [location | coordinator | caterer]

ambiance designs by shawn adams ambiance-designs.com [linens]

atmosphere entertainment atmospheredj.com [entertainment]

[floral design] thompson flowers [stationery] mollee jo designs [cake] pila’s pantry [favors] photobooth now [videographer] step one productions [transportation] hayne chauffeuring-antique cars [gown designer] maggie sottero [bridal salon] marry me bridal [veil] alfred angelo [bridal jewelry] eliot danori [hair & makeup] taylor fiorica-carlton hair [formal wear] friar tux [bridesmaid dresses | mothers’ dresses | flower girl dresses] david’s bridal [wedding rings] robbins brothers [honeymoon destination] hawaii [travel agency] aaa travel

LOVE STORY

They were both too cool for school and met at a local skate park that served as a hangout for all the teenagers of that time. Ten years later, Adam gave Alyssa a box of ring pops as a birthday present. As she surveyed the treats, she suddenly realized that there was a beautiful diamond ring among them. She looked up and Adam was down on one knee, asking her to marry him.

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Dramatically crafted décor and effects fashioned this ethnic celebration, complete with several glamorous gowns for the bride and an elephant’s elaborate arrival.

TWILIGHT sumanta & arvind

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VENDOR LOVE unique elegance uniqueelegance.net [coordinator]

darin fong photography darinfong.com [photography]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

shine lighting shinelighting.com [lighting]

couture beauty team couturebeautyteam.com [makeup]

[location] bride’s parents’ home [florals] elaborate floral, jonathan ryan [linens] raquel’s linens [stationery] custom card designs [cake] sweet layers cake and pastries [caterer] monahar’s delhi palace and sissons enterprise [entertainment] sound nation [videographer] pacific pictures [gown designer | hairpiece | veil] mukhtar of kolkata [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [formal wear] frontier of cerritos [wedding rings] brilliant earth, tiffany [transportation] blue star limo service [honeymoon destination] california

LOVE STORY

It was an ideal setup – neither Sumanta nor Arvind realized it was happening, therefore skipping any of that blind date awkwardness. Their friend, who thought they should get together, invited them to a party, hoping they would click. And that they did - their eyes met across the room and it was an instant chemistry. It wasn’t until much later that they realized it was a masterfully crafted meeting!

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VENDOR LOVE jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

the waterfront beach resort, a hilton hotel waterfrontresort.com [location]

flowers by cina flowersbycina.com [floral design]

[caterer] agave underground, brew ha ha, southern wine [coordinator] a divine occasion [rentals] afr event furnishings [linens] fusion linen [stationery] li-k designs [cake] roosmoor pastri

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The blues of the great Pacific inspired this décor, enhanced with Hawaiian fire dancers and thriving entertainment.

MERRIMENT

ivy & peter

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SERENADE meaghan & brandon

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A peacock feather adorned each napkin, drawing a stylish sophistication to the event.

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VENDOR LOVE gini garner events ginigarnerevents.com [coordinator]

talega golf club talegagolfclub.com [location]

jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

[linens] fusion linens [floral design] fantasy floral [stationery] francis orr [cake] heidelberg [favors] la flower mart [entertainment] invisible touch [videographer] firefly films [gown designer] pattis [bridal salon] the white dress [veil] family heirloom [bridal jewelry] erin cole, family heirlooms [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair & makeup] beau dieda, lisa nickerson [formal wear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] bcbg [wedding rings] robbins brothers [gift registries] macy’s, crate & barrel [honeymoon destination] jamaica [travel agency] sandals

LOVE STORY

Every girl dreams of a guy who will one day write her a love song and serenade her with the musical stylings from his guitar. Well, Brandon is one of those said fellas. With an ear for music and penchant for lyrics, it only made sense that he would use this romantic advantage in his proposal to Meaghan. On the big day, he got down on one knee and performed a song for her, followed with the ring, which was hidden in his guitar case. He definitely struck all the right chords with this one.

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A black and white affair, perfected with pops of pink, added a modern styling including the bridesmaids' chic LBDs and fabulous shoes!

FABULOUS samantha & mike

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VENDOR LOVE nick corona photography nickcoronaphotography.com [photography]

pala mesa resort

palamesa.com [location | coordinator | linens | lighting | caterer]

bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com [gift registries]

[floral design] michael’s flower girl [stationery] posh paper [cake] tammy lambert cakes & catering [favors] sugarbird [entertainment] dance experiences [videographer] aristan production [gown designer] lazaro [bridal salon | veil] here comes the bride [bridal jewelry | wedding rings] traditional jewelers [bridal shoes] kate spade [hair & makeup] luca bella salon [formal wear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] white house/ black market [mothers’ dresses] tadashi, david’s bridal [wedding rings] david yurman [gift registries] crate & barrel [honeymoon destination] hawaii

LOVE STORY

Mike was acting weird and Samantha could tell. He had taken both her and her sister to a restaurant for dinner, and as Sam ate her bean and cheese burrito, both watched her very carefully. Nothing unusual happened. As she set her silverware aside, the waitress came to take away her plate, but Mike grabbed it back telling her to look closer. Excited that there might be something sparkling within the remnants of her food, she quickly poked around the leftovers. Looking alarmed, Samantha’s sister jumped up to find a manager. As it turned out, the ring had been planted in the food but hidden in the wrong plate! Fortunately the dish was returned to its rightful owner and a ring was placed on Samantha’s finger.

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Scarlet embellishments set the stage for this red haute event.

DRAMATIC brianna & evan

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VENDOR LOVE intertwined events intertwinedevents.com [coordinator]

jenny b. floral design jennybfloraldesign.com [floral design]

richard nixon library nixonlibraryevents.com [location]

sweet art

sweet-art.com [cake]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [mothers’ dresses] [photography] a picture life photography [linens | rentals] signature party rentals [lighting] honored occasions [stationery] alexandra works [caterer] crème de la crème [favors] donations to diabetes association [entertainment] live art by a family friend [transportation] california limousines [gown designer] pronovias [bridal salon | veil] mary me bridal [bridal jewelry] family heirlooms [bridal shoes] badgley mishcka [formal wear] friar tux [bridesmaid dresses] waters [flower girl dresses] handmade [wedding rings] custom [gift registries] macy’s, bed, bath and beyond, crate ‘n barrel [honeymoon destination] st. lucia [travel agency] sandals

LOVE STORY

As director of an arts conservatory, Brianna was used to taking the lead in staged productions. With just a little improvisation technique from her boyfriend,

Brianna didn’t see this act

coming. Evan, who had taken a role in one of her plays, called her onstage closing night and proposed marriage in front of a thrilled audience. As the house lights came up, Brianna discovered her friends and family cheering in the audience. Needless to say, this was definitely Evan’s all time top performance.

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The essence of a tropical paradise was created with the vibrant floral dĂŠcor, rich in magenta, purple, and green hues, offset by deep blue oceanic linens.

SANCTUARY monica & alex

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VENDOR LOVE karen tran florals karentran.com [floral design | rentals]

emily smiley fine weddings & soirees emilysmiley.com [coordinator]

bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com [gift registry]

[photography] paperwhites photography [location caterer] la valencia [dance floor] platinum pro [stationery] bella figura [cake] sweet and saucy [favors] etsy [entertainment] pete goslow [gown designer] paloma blanca [bridal salon] mariposa bridal [ bridal jewelry] kamofie [bridal shoes] kate spade [hair & makeup] denise empey [bridemaid dresses] rachel pally [flower girl dresses] melissa sweet [wedding rings] ann sportun [gift registry] pottery barn [honeymoon] maui, kauai

This

office

budding

LOVE STORY romance

didn’t

start

conversation

around

the

with water

cooler but rather a love of dogs. Alex was consulting

with

Monica’s

company

and

the two found themselves bonding over photos of their canine companions. Soon, in fact only 8 months later, Alex found the perfect moment after a Friday night dinner to surprise her with his proposal of marriage.

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LOVE NOTE

Fascinating patterns and delicate designs incorporated the couple’s heritage from the stunningly intricate saris to the henna art adorning the bride’s hands.

INTRICACY alisha & rakesh

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VENDOR LOVE chic productions chicproductions.com [coordinator]

hyatt regency huntington beach hyattregencyhuntingtonbeach.com [location]

colette’s catering

colettesevents.com/cakes [cake] [photography] lin & jirsa photography [floral design | linens | rentals] cat tuong flowers [lighting] 3d sounds [caterer] jay bharat [gown designer] custom [hair & makeup] hair comes the bride

LOVE LINKS

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LOVE NOTE

The bride’s ‘something blue’ came in the form of her darling bow slingback heels embellished with rhinestones.

SWEETNESS rylia & cristian

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VENDOR LOVE de luxe weddings & events de-luxe-events.com [coordinator]

french buckets frenchbuckets.com [floral design]

jay’s catering jayscatering.com [caterer | cake]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

[photography] jessica elizabeth photography [location] vibiana [linens | rentals] fusion linens [lightening] black tie events [stationery] paperwork [favors] main street decor [entertainment] mariachi alma latina [bridal gown designer] pronovias [bridal salon] mary me bridal [hair & makeup] hair by drew [formalwear] friar tux [mother’s dresses] tadashi [honeymoon destination] mexican riviera

LOVE STORY

Rylia and Cristian met through a mutual friend at a party. The meeting was not a moment too soon as they celebrated Valentine’s Day together just one week later. It was the first of many holidays to come, including one very special birthday for Rylia a few years later. In lieu of the traditional “Happy Birthday,” Rylia’s cake said, “Will You Marry Me?”

LOVE LINKS

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LOVE NOTE

Huge white ostrich feathers were intermixed with flowers and candles, presenting a fascinating combination of textures and visuals, reminiscent of the retro glamour days Palm Springs is known for.

PANACHE kelly & brian

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VENDOR LOVE gini garner events ginigarnerevents.com [coordinator]

jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

[location | catering] riviera palm springs resort [lighting] orange county audio visual [floral design] fusion linens [entertainment] invisible touch [cake] over the rainbow [videography] elman adams [floral design] sky events [gown designer] mikaella [bridal salon | bridal jewelry] haute couture [hair & makeup] design visage [bridal shoes] kate spade [mothers’ dresses] inc [wedding rings] icing on the ring [gift registries] williams-sonoma, z gallery, crate & barrel [honeymoon destination] aspen

LOVE STORY

Brian knew he wanted his proposal to Kelly to be a surprise. His plan was to lead his lady down the shore to a beautiful spread on the beach with blankets, champagne and of course, the question. It sounded like a great plan so he enlisted the help of his mother, who went ahead of them and laid everything out – making it perfect. In an effort to remain anonymous, Brian’s mother wore a wig… just in case she ran into anyone! With those noble efforts of Kelly’s soon-to-be-motherin-law, this proposal went off without a hitch.

LOVE LINKS

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PICTURESUE katie & rj

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LOVE NOTE

Distinctive textured linens and pretty garden-inspired botanicals ornamented the ceremony and reception sites.

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VENDOR LOVE karen french photography karenfrenchphotography.com [photography]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [gift registry]

[location] pelican hill resort [coordinator] susan mcdonald [floral design | linens] white lilac [lightening] five star audio visual [stationery] crane [caterer | cake] pelican hill [entertainment] wayne foster entertainment [videographer] ashley productions [gown designer] vera wang [bridal salon] saks [veil] vera wang [bridal shoes] gucci [hair & makeup] design visage [formalwear] marchesa [bridesmaids dresses] the white dress [mother’s dresses] st. john [wedding rings] furrer jacot [honeymoon destination] st. lucia

LOVE STORY

It all started when her best friend met RJ and then called Katie gushing, “I found someone more preppy than you and loves working hard just like you…and he is wearing loafers.” Since Katie knew her BFF was keyed into her needs (and she had been on the lookout for a hardworking, loafer-loving guy), her response was, “I’m on my way!” Three years later, after a romantic San Francisco dinner perfected with champagne and limo service, Katie’s suspicions were heightened as she tried to locate a ring in his pockets. She was convinced it was just a fabulous night until he detoured near the Koit Towers to ask for her hand, pulling the ring from his sock. He knew she was on to him.

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MOMENTO ashley & anthony

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LOVE NOTE

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VENDOR LOVE

emily smiley fine weddings & soirees emilysmiley.com [coordinator]

embellishmint floral and even design studio embellishmint.com [floral design]

a perfect table aperfecttable.com [linens]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

lounge appeal loungeappeal.com [furniture]

[dance floor | lighting] platinum pro [photography] vcs photography [location] estancia la jolla resort and spa [stationery] invitation factory [favors] shutterbooth [cake] sweet cheeks [videographer] elman adams films [transportation] presidential limo, white wedding trolley [entertainment] nathan welden, dj rey, immaculate [gown designer] enzoani [bridal salon] blush bridal couture [bridesmaid dresses] j crew

LOVE STORY

Ashley and Anthony, who had been dating since high school, have always had a thing for greeting cards. For holidays, birthdays and just-because-days, they would get each other this simple token of affection. One day Anthony suggested that they make a scrapbook of all their cards. Ashley was a little shocked. Anthony, known to be a “man’s man” wasn’t exactly an arts and crafts type of guy. However she agreed and on her birthday, Anthony surprised her by telling her he finished the scrapbook. Excited, she flipped through it to find a new card added in the back. It read, “Will you marry me?”

LOVE LINKS

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GREAT LIST

BAR & BEVERAGE

bar & beverage

129

Pacific Coast Bar & Beverage 714.334.1436 pacificcoastbar.com bridal registry

The Registry at Bloomingdale’s 800.888.2933 bloomingdales.com/registry

Sweet Gems 949.981.5563 sweet-gems.com

Colette’s Catering Extraordinaire 714.447.9190 | 888.228.3780 colettesevents.com

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candy bars

catering

consultants

A Signature Wedding 323.620.3179 asignaturewedding.com

235

cakes

125

Sweet Art 949.677.7994 sweet-art.com 124

catering

115

24 Carrots 800.717.1545 24carrots.com 116

Jay's Catering 714.636.6045 jayscatering.com 57

A Good Affair 714.679.1139 agoodaffair.com

cakes

bridal registry

1800 Registry 1.800.734.4787 1800registry.com

Candee by Sandee 949.900.6772 candeebysandee.com 119

consultants

48

Pattys Cakes & Desserts 714.525.8350 pattys-cakes.com 124

catering

beauty

Newport Dental Spa 949.706.6737 newportdentalspa.com 5

cakes

CONSULTANTS

catering

121

Paracel Resturant 714.878.3789 62

consultants

53

Chic Productions 714.596.4455 chicproductions.com

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CONSULTANTS

consultants

71

de Luxe Weddings & Events 949.859.1792 | 714.225.2841 de-luxe-events.com consultants

consultants

65

73

consultants

Gini Garner Events 949.472.2233 ginigarnerevents.com 55

59

entertainment

Carcano DJ Audio Visual & Lighting 949.455.1296 carcanodj.com

202

decor | rentals

224

Revelry Event Designers 323.263.1657 revelryeventdesigners.com 281

entertainment

285

NRG Music & Event Production 888.849.6417 nrgmusicandproductions.com CEREMONYMAGAZINE.COM

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Unique Elegance 949.291.9966 | 805.717.7929 uniqueelegance.net

Concepts Event Design 619.336.0202 conceptseventdesign.com

Atmosphere Entertainment DJ & Lighting 714.808.0829 atmospheredj.com

63

consultants

decor | rentals

283

consultants

consultants

consultants

White Orchid Productions 714.396.7451 whiteorchidproductions.com

69

consultants

Kimberly Bradford Event Planning & Design 949.515.8900 kimberlybradfordevents.com

The Special Day 877.731.2436 thespecialday.net

67

GREAT LIST

Kevin Covey Wedding & Event Coordination 714.257.9535 kevinsparties.com

Maria Lindsay Wedding & Event Planning 949.499.1030 marialindsayweddings.com

entertainment

61

Emily Smiley Fine Weddings & Soirees 760.522.6358 emilysmiley.com

Intertwined Events 714.694.0844 intertwinedevents.com consultants

ENTERTAINMENT

2012

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GREAT LIST

FLORIST

221

florist

Ambiance Designs by Shawn Adams 877.742.9623 ambiance-designs.com florist

Flower Fusion 714.966.9300 flowerfusion.net

Jenny B. Floral Design 714.336.8744 jennybfloraldesign.com

Mina Flower Design 714.836.9600 | 714.313.6855 minaflowerdesign.com

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florist

florist

florist

White Sakuras 714.848.8818 whitesakuras.com

203

florist

207

Inviting Occasion 714.608.9096 invitingoccasion.com 209

florist

417

Lavenders Flowers 714.441.2345 lavendersflowersandgifts.com 199

Nisie’s Enchanted Florist 562.596.7733 nisiesenchanted.com 1

Square Root 949.380.3320 squarerootdesigns.com

florist

florist

Flowers by Cina 800.445.4531 flowersbycina.com

Karen Tran Florals 858.481.9424 karentran.com 217

florist

215

French Buckets 949.759.0404 frenchbuckets.com 201

florist

florist

Elementals Fine Florals 562.799.1660 elementalsfinefloral.com 205

florist

GOWNS

florist

222

Roger's Floral Studio 949.640.5800 rogersgardens.com 223

gowns | fashion

35

Lovella Bridal 818.246.4637 lovellabridal.com

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GOWNS

gowns | fashion

43

Nicole Miller 760.632.7000 nicolemillersd.com gowns | fashion

39

232

Lake Forest Limos 800.300.4546 lakeforestlimos.com

42

invites

234

jewelry

234

linens

Designer Specialty Linens 310.548.5183 | 949.253.3400 designerspecialtylinens.com

invites

invites

41

232

limos

279

Classic Limos 800.550.3125 classiclimos.com 200

linens

204

Glow Concepts 562.692.1500 glowconcepts.com CEREMONYMAGAZINE.COM

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Petalos di Pauli 310.880.8405 petalosdipauli.com

Lugano Diamonds 949.720.1258 luganodiamonds.com 282

47

gowns | fashion

J Grace 619.713.1714 jgrace.com

Paper Patch Creations 818.219.5998 paperpatchcreations.com

TangĂŠ Design 562.692.1515 tangedesign.com limos

gown preservation

GREAT LIST

Pegeen 877.473.4336 pegeen.com

Margaret’s Cleaners 866.454.2375 margarets.com

Laura Hooper Calligraphy 818.259.7605 lhcalligraphy.com invites

37

Nordstrom | 714.529.0123 818.884.7900 nordstromweddings.com

The White Flower Bridal Boutique 619.501.1700 thewhiteflower.com invites

gowns | fashion

LINENS

2012

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LINENS

198

linens

PHOTOGRAPHY

248

photography

photography

250

TM

Photographers

Wildflower Linen 866.965.7775 wildflowerlinens.com photography

2 Rings & A Dress - Photographers 949.500.0119 2ringsandadress.com 245

Brett Hickman Photographer 949.350.8005 bretthickman.com photography

Gina Marie Photography 949.303.3163 gmariephoto.com

photography

Joseph Martinez Photography 714.922.0563 joseph-martinez.com

photography

265

photography

242

photography

252

Jim Kennedy Photographers 800.264.4558 jimkennedyphotographers.com 266

Karen French Photography 714.968.5139 karenfrenchphotography.com 260

photography

Frank Salas 949.727.3045 franksalas.com

Imagery Immaculate 562.537.6844 iiphoto.net 247

photography

256

Duke Photography Inc. 866.812.3686 | 626.744.9695 dukeimages.com 239

photography

photography

Barnet Photography 714.549.4900 | 800.608.8545 barnetphotography.com

photography

268

Lucero Photography Inc. 866.898.3686 lucerophotography.com 254

photography

258

studio

EMP Nick Corona Photography 951.415.5313 nickcoronaphotography.com

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Studio EMP 714.992.5400 studioemp.com

Trista Lerit Photography 949.636.4129 tristalerit.com

2012

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PHOTOGRAPHY

photography

241

Vis Photography 951.295.2910 visphotography.com rentals

271

The Boudoir Divas 858.485.0443 theboudoirdivas.com 208

Classic Party Rentals 714.540.6111 classicpartyrentals.com venues

photography | boudoir

VENUES

rentals

venues

206

services

venues | catering

82

Aquarium of the Pacific 562.951.1663 yourevent.aquariumofpacific.org 110

The Beachcomber Cafe 949.644.8759 thebeachcombercafe.com venues

Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa 858.539.8720 catamaranresort.com

venues

venues

venues

Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club 949.858.4100 coto-de-caza.com

CALIFORNIA

106

venues

83

Callaway Vineyard & Winery 951.676.4001 callawaywinery.com 79

venues

11

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons 321.939.3292 disneyweddings.com/diamond CEREMONYMAGAZINE.COM

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The Balboa Bay Club & Resort 888.445.7153 | 949.630.4358 balboabayclub.com

Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club 949.333.4835 bellacollinagolf.com 90

64

L.A. Wedding Sitter 310.804.4561 la-weddingsitter.com

NEWPORT BEACH

Aliso Viejo Conference Center 949.425.2555 alisoviejoconferencecenter.com

275

photography | boudoir

KLYC Photo 714.742.1100 klycphoto.com

Found Vintage Rentals 714.888.5811 foundrentals.com 101

GREAT LIST

2012

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GREAT LIST

VENUES

416

venues

Electra Cruises 800.952.9955 aboardelectra.com venues

Hotel del Coronado 619.522.8070 hoteldel.com/weddings

La Costa Resort & Spa 800.854.5000 lacosta.com

Luxury Estate Weddings 866.551.2199 luxuryestateweddings.com

414

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venues

venues

venues

Pala Casino Spa Resort 877.946.7252 palacasino.com

98

venues

87

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach 714.845.4652 hyattregencyhuntingtonbeach.com 89

venues

91

The Lodge at Torrey Pines 858.777.6720 lodgetorreypines.com 2

Montage Beverly Hills 310.860.7891 montagebeverlyhills.com/weddings 108

Muckenthaler Mansion 714.447.9190 colettesevents.com

venues

venues

Grand Tradition 760.728.6466 grandtradition.com

Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa 800.800.6793 lakearrowheadresort.com 100

venues

9

Hotel Laguna 949.494.1151 hotellaguna.com 15

venues

venues

Four Seasons Resort Maui 808.874.8000 fourseasons.com/maui/weddings 13

venues

VENUES

venues

3

Montage Laguna Beach 949.715.6220 montagelagunabeachweddings.com 111

venues

93

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort 760.268.1234 parkhyattaviara.com

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VENUES

venues

105

Ponte Family Estate Winery 951.694.9444 ponteweddings.com venues

104

venues

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venues

107

video | cinema

The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel 714.845.8420 | 714.845.8421 waterfrontresort.com

Taylor Films 760.846.0418 taylorfilms.com

96

venues

venues

95

Talega Golf Club 949.369.6226 talegagolfclub.com 81

Tustin Ranch Golf Club 714.734.2111 tustinranchgolf.com 85

GREAT LIST

The Richard Nixon Library 714.364.1181 nixonlibraryevents.com

Summit House Restaurant 714.671.3092 summithouse.com

Trump National Golf Club 310.303.3220 trumpgolf.com venues

97

Rancho Las Lomas 949.888.3080 rancholaslomas.com

Serra Plaza 949.542.4848 serraplazaevents.com venues

venues

VIDEO

venues

103

Vellano Country Club 909.597.2801 experiencevellano.com/ceremony 270

video | cinema

274

Royal Gor Video 213.792.7102 royalgor.com

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