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WELCOME TO THE EIGHTH ANNUAL EDITION OF CEREMONY LOS ANGELES Now more than ever, we don’t just aim to inspire, we strive to bring you pure wedding ingenuity. The 384 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 Los Angeles, 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 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 set the precedence in featuring real Weddings of Distinction. With 53 real weddings in this Los Angeles issue alone, and almost 200 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 listed other wedding contributors chosen by our featured couples so that you may make your own informed decisions.

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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 2013 issues (Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco), please visit our website.

KN OW? 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 look-see 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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FLOWERS & DÉCOR

FASHION & BEAUTY

INVITATIONS & GIFTS

PLANNING & PRODUCTION

WEDDING LOCATIONS

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lisa & andrea

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jessica & brian

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IDEA PHOTO

kimberlee & kevin

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elisa & marco IDEA PHOTO

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anna & limzer

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ani & norvan

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jacinda & jonathan

lisa & omar

JIM KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHERS

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MELVIN GILBERT PHOTOGRAPHY

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lisa & shant

kari & ulises

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CALLAWAY GABLE

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kari & mike

preeti & prashant ANDRENA PHOTOGRAPHY

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MARIANNE LOZANO PHOTOGRAPHY

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linh & kevin

lindsey & nate BRITT RENE PHOTO

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SAM LIM STUDIOS

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fabiola & marcelo

megan & greg

STROTZ PHOTOGRAPHY

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WIND PRODUCTIONS

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jill & erez

sanaz & john

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STUDIO EMP

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sona & harout

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adrianna & shazan

STEVEN LAM PHOTOGRAPHY

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karen & ervine

JAY HSIANG PHOTOGRAPHY

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dominique & donald

TODD JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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isabel & arman ROYAL GOR

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veronica & kelly

MARIANNE LOZANO PHOTOGRAPHY

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sarah & haben

HEIDI RYDER PHOTOGRAPHY

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stacy & brian

ADRIENNE GUNDE PHOTOGRAPHY

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amber & daniel STUDIO EMP

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april & sagar

HARVARD PHOTOGRAPHY

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sarah & drew

WHITE HAUTE PHOTOGRAPHY | JOE + KATRINA

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milda & joseph

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lindsay & ben

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jaime & joel

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kris & charles CAROLINE TRAN

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lexi & erik

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kelly & gary

CAMI JANE PHOTOGRAPHY

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sachi & danny

CONRAD LIM PHOTOGRAPHY

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kathleen & wayley

SARINA LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

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valerie & kenneth

KRISTEN BOOTH PHOTOGRAPHY

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nisha & patrick

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vicki & dale

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nicole & hubert

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catherine & clayton

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alissa & joseph

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shahrzad & keyvan DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY

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amanda & austin KLK PHOTOGRAPHY

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JANA WILLIAMS

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CAMERON LEUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

SAM LIM STUDIOS

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STEPHANIE HOGUE PHOTOGRAPHY TRUE BLISS PHOTOGRAPHY

danielle & chandler

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dianthe & vito

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taylor & aaron

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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

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

CAROLINE TRAN Inspiring, creative, and fun, Caroline Tran documents life in brilliant artistic angles. With her easy-going and vivacious personality, she brings out the natural beauty in her subjects. Her clients feel as if they have known her for years and that intimacy emanates from her photos. Creating ethereal artwork that expresses elegance and bliss, her candid approach highlights the raw emotions of love and life. Caroline has a unique way of infusing her work with a soft femininity while retaining a carefree quality that also captures the true essence of her subjects. carolinetran.net 626.217.CARE

EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY With a flair for style and an appreciation for life’s simple joys, Michael and Emi make their job look easy! This talented husband and wife team works with the industry’s top professionals to deliver amazing images time and time again. Because Michael and Emi absolutely love what they do, their passion and personality have built their reputation, establishing them as a sought after duo. They strive to create fresh, modern elegance in images that reflect the beauty and emotion of the day, all while making their clients look their best. Couples continually choose Evoke because they are personable, easy to work with and genuine. Specializing in stunning color and dramatic black and whites, their emotional-driven images are beautifully crafted into albums that are uniquely designed for each client. Visit their website for images of laughter, love, joy and passion. evokephotography.com 800.388.9401

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 LA’s advertisers is kept exclusive to a limited number of only the finest photographers in the industry.

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Wedding photography is our passion. We capture the chemistry and love of every bride and groom we photograph with a modern, elegant and impactful style. Our easygoing, unobtrusive approach makes the experience fun, allowing everyone to relax and have a great time. Weddings are about love, beauty and celebration; we photograph every cherished moment, and later work with our couples to create a beautiful wedding album that will be treasured for generations. Our devotion to detail and personal customer service limits the number of weddings we photograph each year. We feel honored to be a part of one of the most important days in a couple’s life.

Anyone can take a photo, but can they capture a moment that will last a lifetime? With a true appreciation for the simple things, Cameron & Tracy Leung consistently capture organic and classic moments in each of their couple’s weddings. Being newlyweds themselves, this talented husband and wife duo knows first-hand the expectations and the pure joy couples experience during the biggest day of their lives. Their easygoing and exuberant personalities ensure that all couples are picture perfect on their wedding day, while also making them feel like they have known them for years. Their incredible intuition, use of depth, and ability to capture color are absolutely amazing. Anyone can take a picture, but it takes artists like Cameron & Tracy to show the life within these moments.

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JIM KENNEDY PHOTOGRAPHERS 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.

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JAY HSIANG PHOTOGRAPHY

SARINA LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Jay Hsiang is a destination wedding photographer based in Los Angeles. His style is fresh and clean with a sprinkle of modern twists. Jay loves to capture emotion and creates images that show the joy of love and heart stirring moments. With his lenient personality and sensible style, he is able to capture the personality of the bride and groom and reveal the beauty of their unique love story in an extraordinary way.

Sarina’s photography is full of life, exudes vibrancy, happiness and above all, LOVE. You simply cannot help but smile when you see her images. She is passionate, genuine and easy to work with. Her humor, sweet demeanor and strong work ethic will have you awestruck. Let her images captivate you and let her personality enchant you. Her goal is to capture all the fun, sweet, and loving moments of your happy day, giving couples a wonderful experience from beginning to end.

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GOLDEN PICTURE

SAM LIM STUDIOS

My passion for photography began at the age of 10, when I watched my father become one of the most highly recognized photographers in LA. Established in 1981, Golden Picture has serviced the community for over 32 years. Touched by the beauty of the world through the lens, my interest, dedication and appreciation for photography grew. I bring that conviction to Golden Picture, and along with my family, we pride ourselves in delivering high quality, artistic, and beautiful pictures and videos for our clients. As the primary photographer, my highest priority is telling your story through the photo lens. We do everything possible to capture every moment in time for you to enjoy for years to come. Using the latest digital equipment to shoot and process your pictures and videos, our goal has always been to deliver the best quality customer satisfaction possible!

Having spent much time in the cultural meccas of LA and NY, Sam has crafted a unique blend of both East and West Coast into his photography style while still honing a deep respect for the cultural sensitivities of his Korean heritage. Upon graduation from Brooks Institute of Photography, he interned with the famed Annie Leibovitz and later assisted her for two years. During this time of personal growth and discovery he found his form. “I never forget the tried and true techniques that are the foundation of great photography. Being at the right place at the right time is all that matters, and the elite photographers who actually capture that moment are the greatest storytellers on earth.”

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STROTZ PHOTOGRAPHY Inspired by the beauty of people and life, Joy Strotz is a photographer who craves capturing once in a lifetime moments. Joy has a diverse career in photogaphy, but feels most passionate about her wedding photography. She loves to capture true photojournalistic moments, as well as fashioninspired images that will thrill even the most discerning couples. Joy has been the recipient of many awards and accolades for her photography, and her work can frequently be seen in national publications and advertising. Using her awardwinning style, Joy will create images that allow you to relive the beauty and priceless moments of your wedding day for years to come.

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MARIANNE LOZANO PHOTOGRAPHY ANDY SEO PHOTOGRAPHY A lifestyle and wedding photographer for two decades, Andy calls Los Angeles home. “I am grateful for every chance to travel, meet and photograph numerous people, places and moments. Nothing makes me happier than documenting stories of people’s lives in the most creative way.” Whether you are being photographed by Andy, or by one of his hand picked team members, Andy Seo Studio pursues perfection both in aesthetics and journalism and believes it is most important to understand each couple’s characteristics to create the most honest stories. andyseostudio.com 213.387.0101

Marianne Lozano is a favorite in the Los Angeles wedding scene! Whether shooting a wedding or editorial, she brings her unparalleled sense of style and fresh perspective to every shoot. With her great attention to detail, she approaches weddings as a unique experience to create incomparable images; one of the many reasons she has become popular among event and floral designers, as well as wedding planners. Her work has been published in many pages and covers of Ceremony Magazine. Marianne’s style can be described as fun, fresh and elegant, with an editorial flair. Couples are attracted to her exuberant personality and high standards in all aspects of her work. Whether working in Southern California or traveling around the world, Marianne always captures the heart and soul of each couple and their day in a way few can match. Spontaneous. Detailed. Soulful. studiolozano.com 310.801.4434

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The appropriately wild hair worn by the gorgeous models in this Ceremony issue’s fashion photo shoot is no accident; it is the work of a true hair genius, Richard Dalton. Hailing from the tiny village of Fala in the Lammermoor Hills, south of Edinburgh, Richard Dalton has been passionate about hairdressing for as long as he can remember. “My mother was my first client, well, guinea pig,” he snickers, adding, “as was my grandmother whose hair fell so long and luxuriously down her back, I just loved to brush and brush it.” By the time he was 18, Richard was awarded a scholarship to the acclaimed Vidal Sassoon Academy in London and went on to work for notable high-end salons including Antoine de Paris and the famed Dorothy Grey Salon. In 1973, he became a member of the creative team for Glemby International, landing him in the manager’s chair at Fenwick Bond Street. On the books weekly at Fenwick’s were appointments for Lady Jane and Lady Sarah Spencer. Over the holidays, their little sister joined them to get her tresses dressed. This, of course, was Lady Diana. Right after she became Her Royal Highness, Richard styled her hair more frequently. Diana was comfortable with him and soon his appointments were daily to the Kensington Palace or Highgrove House in the mornings, wherever she was staying. It was Richard’s job, as her personal hairdresser, to trim and style her hair every single day for any appearances she would make. If the Princess traveled, so did her stylist. “I was her baggage,” he recollects fondly, remembering his many happy moments spent by her side. Diana listened to Richard; she trusted him. In the early days, Vogue Magazine advised all her fashion choices and she only wore British designers. “Her hats and veils were so old-fashioned,” gushes Richard. “One day we saw a hat on the telly (television) and I told her THAT was what she should be wearing.” It was a Philip Somerville design and the Princess immediately made an appointment to meet him and asked Richard to accompany her. “She introduced me as her best friend that day,“ and from there on out, Philip designed most of her hats while Richard coordinated the hair design around each accessory. “Tiaras were Diana’s least favorite,” he recalls. “They were heavy, hurt her head and made way too much noise when she walked.”

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Richard would put the tiara on his own “large noggin” to adjust the elastic and set-it in place for her. He advised many of her fashion choices and is responsible for her choker-turned-headband from the 1985 ball held at the Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne. He also suggested the one red and one black glove for the America’s Cup Ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel in September 1986, which perfectly complemented her Murray Arbeid evening gown. The backless dress she wore to the premier of Back to the Future, it was Richard’s idea to drape the long pearls in a knot down her back. “She wanted to kill me when she sat back in her chair at the theater, but it was a statement.” Richard was the first hairdresser to cut the baby fine hairs of Prince William and Harry – remnants that remain in their childhood scrapbooks. He was a part of Diana’s everyday life and he truly loved her for who she was – a true princess, inside and out. “I was with her until 1991 and she could tell the public life was hard for me,” says Richard emotionally. “I knew too much and it would never be my business to discuss.” It is easy to see why Ceremony Magazine has partnered with Richard Dalton on almost a dozen shoots. Within moments, Richard can create any icon referenced, whether it be Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelley or Greta Garbo, transforming each strand into a picture perfect masterpiece. His work can be seen in all of Ceremony’s Southern California editions as he has become as important to Ceremony fashion shoots as he was to Her Royal Highness. He is truly a gem, a gifted artist. His craft is flawless and his charm unsurpassable. And to have him tousle your tresses, there’s just no doubt you’ll feel exactly like a princess. Currently Richard resides in Laguna Beach with his two loves, Angus and Skye, his West Highland Terriers. He is the US Ambassador for Philip Martin Hair care and is available for wedding and special event hairdressing. richardstylingdalton.com

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Until recently, most couples have turned to tradition for the breakdown of their wedding budget. Many old-fashioned “rules” come from a time when dowries and inheritance were the determining factors in getting married. For the modern couple more excited about building a life together than securing family alliances, some of these customs may seem a little outdated. Traditionally, the bride’s family is responsible for: the engagement party; paper goods; photography; the bridal gown; the groom’s ring; transportation to and from ceremony and reception; decorative flowers; the cost of the wedding ceremony; reception venue, entertainment, and food; guest favors; and thank you gifts for the bride’s maids. The groom’s family traditionally covers: the rehearsal dinner; the bride’s rings; the groom’s suit or rental; marriage license and fees; personal flowers for close family members and the bridal party; alcohol at the reception; thank you gifts for the groomsmen; and the honeymoon. Depending on your personal style and vision for your big day, some of the items on the list will stand out as more important than others. Remember, nothing says you have to follow tradition to the letter! Your wedding is an expression of your life together as a couple, and should be as classic and traditional or as offbeat and quirky as you are. Play around with everything, from whether or not to bother with an engagement party to swapping out your first dance for a slide show, until you are satisfied. Before you begin the fun parts of wedding planning, make sure to sit down and have separate, private conversations with each of your families. Chances are, they have been thinking about this day longer than you have and already have an idea of what they would like to help with. Maybe your dad is a wine

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It may take a while for reality to set in after you get engaged; but somewhere in the haze of daydreaming about your picture perfect wedding day, it dawns on you, “How are we going to pay for all of this?”

connoisseur and would be excited to help you set the cocktail menu and cover drink expenses; maybe your fiancé’s mother is touched that you’ve decided to be married in the same church she said her vows in years ago and offers to cover that cost. Just make sure to be delicate about financial concerns and patient with any suggestions your family offers. Even if you know it’s a terrible idea to ask your second cousin to be your photographer to build his portfolio and help cut down your costs, thank Mom for the suggestion and tell her you’ll look into it before making any final decisions. If your families are enthusiastic to help but don’t have a clear idea of what they’re ‘supposed’ to do, feel free to make suggestions based on the traditional approach. If you’d rather pick up some of the costs yourself, other common ways to divide the costs of a modern wedding are: each family and the couple all pay for a third of the total costs; the two families split costs evenly; or each family pays the costs of the guests they are inviting, and the couple picks up the rest. Most importantly, keep in mind that all rules are meant to be broken. The more willing you are to get creative with your budget and wedding expenses, the more you will be able to relax and enjoy the day when it finally comes along!

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You have the ring, you have the guy and now you have several daunting to-do lists and calendars already telling you that you’re six months behind. The first thing to do is B.R.E.A.T.H.E. This is a wedding and it’s supposed to be fun. The key to setting the fun in motion is to identify the tools that it takes to truly be a guest at your own wedding.

The Location

You should first choose a date and location for your wedding. The availability of your desired location will impact the date you will be married. Once you establish when and where your wedding will be you can begin to secure other vendors. You’ll also experience relief and excitement as you begin to visualize the décor, the colors and yourself in that space.

he’s interested in and what pieces of your wedding are most important to him. Knowing that you can work together will allow you to walk down the aisle with confidence.

The Wedding Coordinator

The Budget

There is a misconception that a wedding planner only works on the so-called fun aspects of the wedding, looking at swatches and designing the visuals. Although many venues often require a coordinator, hiring one is essential because they will negotiate your contracts, design essential elements and remain on top of vendors to make certain they deliver as promised. When interviewing coordinators, you should not only compare prices and services, but also make sure that this person will act as your advocate so you can relax as a guest on your day. It’s important that you are able to be open and direct with your coordinator so they understand your vision and can help you navigate every aspect of the plans while advising you through unexpected issues.

The Wedding Party

Next, keep in mind that the people you choose to invite into your wedding party will be central to your wedding experience. It may be trendy to have a large wedding party, but you should take time to be selective instead of deciding out of obligation. Bear in mind those who will truly be there to help you through tense moments rather than adding stress into your day.

The Groom

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Establishing a realistic financial plan should be determined well before getting too deep in the planning process. Use local statistics for budget projection; the cost for an Aurora, Colorado wedding will be very different from a wedding in Malibu, California. While twenty years of experience may enable a planner to accurately project and execute any budget, being candid with yourselves and your coordinator about what you can actually afford is critical. The last thing anyone wants for your marriage is to go wedding poor when you are just starting your lives together. You won’t feel like a wedding guest if you are concerned about how you are going to pay the bill.

The Big Plan

One last, important detail is having a really good blueprint to follow. You can’t build a house, unless you have some plans, the same goes for a wedding. You can hire all the best vendors, but without a plan of logistics and timelines and diagrams to execute the day, you are setting up your team to fail. There are no wrong answers; there are only choices. Go with your instincts. In the end, choosing the right planner who can find the best vendors and who can make sure that items and services are delivered without issue will be your greatest gift. Having secured the right team, you’ll know that people who have a genuine interest in the success of your day surround you. So trust those you’ve hired, let the professionals do their job and enjoy being a guest at your own wedding.

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Photography: Go before the actual day, at the same time you’d be taking pictures, and do a test run with a friend. That way, you can see which pictures you like best in which settings and you can share that with your photographer.

Splurge on: Upgraded chairs, pretty linens and a white seamless dance floor, it will make your over all decor that much more breathtaking! ~ DE LUXE WEDDINGS & EVENTS de-luxe-events.com

Beauty Tip: Perfume! Pick a new scent so every time you smell it you will think of your wedding day.

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Beauty Tip: Prep your lips for your first kiss as husband and wife with a Vitamin E stick and be sure to exfoliate your lips at least once a week, to clear away dead skin for perfect kissable lips. ~ BELLA DESTINEE belladestinee.com

Favors: A box of treats (cupcakes; warm choc chip cookies; s’mores) placed in each guest’s car as they leave for the evening for a sweet treat on the drive home. ~ A GOOD AFFAIR WEDDING & EVENT PRODUCTION agoodaffair.com

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Photography: The current trend is photographs that show the couple without showing their face. This could be your bottom halves, your shadows, your shoes, or perhaps just the faint outline of your fuzzy heads. ~ SKYBOX EVENT PRODUCTIONS skyboxeventproductions.com

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Rehearsal Dinner: Host it at a different venue in a secluded private room or make the rehearsal early and then head to the beach and have burgers and beers and play a volleyball match! ~ BELLA VITA EVENTS bellavitaevents.com

Fashion: Exposed back in the dress design will be very popular again in 2013. The continuing trend of interesting hemlines with “high-low” profiles (in which the hem in front is shorter than in the back, creating an attractive fluttery effect) will definitely stand out. ~ BELLA DESTINEE belladestinee.com

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Transportation: A vintage Woody for the bride and groom. ~ A GOOD AFFAIR WEDDING & EVENT PRODUCTION agoodaffair.com

Entertainment: Start with a classy, elegant Grand Entrance then surprise your guests by jumping into Gangnam Style Dance.

Favor: Buy vintage purses that can be used instead of flowers for each of your bridesmaids! ~ BELLA VITA EVENTS bellavitaevents.com

Transportation: Think local. What’s in your town that would make your ride unforgettable? A trolley bike? Fashion: Think airy, An actual trolley? A tractor? sultry and a lot of vintage! Take your pick, but keep it personal!

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Decor: Try putting your guest place cards around a non-alcoholic drink. That way they can enjoy a beverage as they f ind their seat. ~ LISA KAHN EVENTS lisakahnevents.com

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Hot destination wedding spots? Italy, France,and Spain. The Caribbean, Fiji, Australia ! Or Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for less of a commute! ~ BIANCA WEDDINGS biancaweddings.com

Transportation: It is always more fun to travel together. But who says it has to be in one bus. Try renting similar classic cars and caravan together. ~ LISA KAHN EVENTS lisakahnevents.com

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Invitations: We’ll be seeing more of interesting die cut shapes, laser cuts and even popup designs which hint to the formality of your wedding. ~ BELLA DESTINEE belladestinee.com

Catering: A hot chocolate and coffee station is always nice both for the elders and children. An additional s'mores station would be a cherry on top! ~ AQUAFUZION EVENT PLANNING aquafuzion.com

Ceremony: Have a flower girl and ring bearer hold a sign during the processional that says Here Comes The Bride" and say something on the other side like “Lets Party” so they can flip it over and show it during the recessional. ~ LISA KAHN EVENTS lisakahnevents.com

Photography: The bride should practice posing with her dress before the big day. She should be comfortable sitting, walking, and posing with her bridal gown. ~ AQUAFUZION EVENT PLANNING aquafuzion.com

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Entertainment: Traditional string trios and quartets seem to be making a classic return! ~ BELLA VITA EVENTS bellavitaevents.com

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Fashion: Who says the bride has to wear white? Metal tones were hot this fall in fashion and now are showing up in wedding dresses too. ~ LISA KAHN EVENTS lisakahnevents.com

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Decor: Mix and match several different Vows: Make them personal and textured linens, from silk to sequin to incorporate your love story. Vows are ruffles; don’t be afraid to make the supposed to be a love letter to one another. environment more alive with texture.

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Décor: Anemones are the HOT FLOWER for 2013!

Flowers: We love cascade bouquets and so do our brides!

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Vows: If there’s something you wish to express that’s not a natural fit for your wedding vows, include that private sentiment in a letter or card you send to your partner on the morning of the wedding.

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Catering: For the foodies at your wedding, do a food tasting at the cocktail hour! You can have the chefs come out and do demonstrations, or talk about pairings with different wines. It could be entertaining and educational for your food-inclined friends. ~ SKYBOX EVENT PRODUCTIONS skyboxeventproductions.com

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Catering: Tableside service is always a great way to give guests a choice of entrée on the spot instead of beforehand in your invitation.

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Fashion: What to do with the dress after the big day? Re-wear the bustier if you have a two-piece dress. While you preserved the bottom, you can keep the bustier in your closet to wear on your oneyear anniversary with a pencil skirt and blazer!

Entertainment: Instead of just using an entrance song/planned dance, do one to exit! It will be a great ending to an already fun night for you and your guests. ~ SKYBOX EVENT PRODUCTIONS skyboxeventproductions.com

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Transportation: A Wood bus, trolley or train are all fun ways to transport your crew from "getting ready" to the "big event." ~ DE LUXE WEDDINGS & EVENTS de-luxe-events.com

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Beauty tip: Accent your natural beauty….too much is never the best direction to go! ~ BROWNSTONE PLACE brownstoneplace.com

Catering: Over-the-top wedding menu? An incredible, over-the-top raw bar with shrimp, lobsters, oysters, clams, and langoustines. ~ BELLA DESTINEE belladestinee.com

Decor: Instead of a traditional sign in book, use a piece of furniture like a bench or mirror and have the guests sign it.

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Photography: Bolder and brighter images seem to be coming back versus the very soft vintage effect that was so huge in 2012. ~ A GOOD AFFAIR WEDDING & EVENT PRODUCTION agoodaffair.com

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Decor: Bring the outside inside with pergolas over your guest's tables and tons of lighting! ~ BROWNSTONE PLACE brownstoneplace.com

Photography: Instead of a "trash the dress" shoot, save your wedding dress to later cut up and incorporate parts of it in your own daughter's wedding.

Catering: Have a signature cocktail that’s meaningful for the both of you maybe something you guys had on your first date? Include a sign that explains the importance to your guests. ~ AQUAFUZION EVENT PLANNING aquafuzion.com

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Fashion: Silhouettes are still very figure flattering but with less bling and embellishment; also, there are not as many strapless gowns for 2013! ~ BELLA VITA EVENTS bellavitaevents.com

Invitations: Patterns are not just for linens. Invitations with bold patterns and designs are a great way to catch your guest's eye.

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Photography: Often you will never do anything with your dress, so why not trash it? This could be a great thing to do on your 1-year anniversary to bring back memories and have a really special time together getting all dressed up one more time! ~ A GOOD AFFAIR WEDDING & EVENT PRODUCTION agoodaffair.com

Décor: The “just picked from the garden” look and feel with hand tied bouquets and lush centerpieces will always be a favorite for floral design. ~ BELLA DESTINEE belladestinee.com

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about him in my journal every day,” recalls Kymm, “I knew I was going to marry him.” Just like they are today, she was a singer and he a piano player. When Kymm requested that they pair up for the annual talent show, Andy declined. “I wanted to win,” Andy explains as his reason for going solo. Ironically, Kymm won first place, but it would take her a year to finally win Andy’s heart. They soon formed a band and for their first real gig together, they were hired to play at an RV camp. They laugh about it today, but they have been making energetic music together ever since. They consider themselves lucky; to work together their entire careers, be married, and have a family together is not easy, but it’s all they know and they love and gracefully manage every second of it. Band Notes • Schedule your first dance for right after the grand entrance. This keeps the dancing go all night long, as your guests don’t have to worry about being the first ones out on the dance floor. • Remember that a seasoned band is the conductor of the room once the wedding reception begins. While your wedding coordinator may be tending personally to you and your family or putting out fires, the show goes on. An experienced band knows how to compensate for any schedule variances. • Like many bands, NRG will supply a master sound list where you can highlight favorites and cross off others. They urge couples to keep in mind that the band should play for everyone, not only the couple’s personal favorites; trust an experienced band to do what they do! • Years of experience gives a band connections and capabilities to deliver under any circumstance, including lost, stolen or damaged equipment. NRG Music & Productions is a full service entertainment company providing sound and lighting, small bands to full ensembles, strings, ceremony music, an in-house DJ, and the newest trend in live entertainment, a fusion band where the authentic sound of computer tracks are mixed with live voice and instruments. nrgmusicandproductions.com

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Lisa Kahn believes that every client is unique and treats each event with the affection and attention to detail that it deserves. As an accomplished advertising account manager, working with some of the top art galleries in New York and Los Angeles, Lisa Kahn’s expertise is in the understanding of the many seamless details required to create a successful and glamorous event. With a bachelors degree in psychology and art history from NYU, she understands her client’s wishes, anticipates their needs and turns their wedding vision into an aesthetically beautiful reality. This, along with Lisa’s strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and fun sense of humor, make working with her an undeniable pleasure.

With more than 30 years of experience skillfully and flawlessly planning elegant affairs throughout the nation and amongst Hollywood’s elite, Ava’s talent is unparalleled in the industry. She is known for her honesty, integrity and commitment, has a meticulous eye for detail and meets any challenge with open arms. Ava’s do-it-yourself attitude helped her build Brownstone Place from the ground up and she made her authorial debut in 2011 with Where IS Your Mother?: A Simple and Suggestive Guide to the Basics of Proper Etiquette and Simple Grace.

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BELLA VITA EVENTS Deborah James is one of the most respected event producers in the U.S. She possesses a ‘big picture’ perspective honed from years of success as a producer and performer in the music, television and film industry. She has a meticulous eye for detail and she’s renowned for her gracious, professional demeanor. Deborah has received numerous industry accolades, and has been featured in numerous publications. Bella Vita means beautiful life, and that’s what Deborah and her talented team manage to evoke in every event. From weddings to intimate soirées, celebrations planned by Deborah have a grace and flair that colleagues and clients describe as flawless. ABC, NACE, ISES and IWCA member. 818.874.0776 bellavitaevents.com

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With nearly a decade in the business, 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 A Good Affair from her competition. Earning distinction as the 2010-2011 Planner of the Year by MPI–OC, Natalie has been featured on numerous blogs and print publications. 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.

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Ceremony is proud to introduce the following Great List of top-notch, highly-respected wedding consultants in Los Angeles. The wedding consultants featured here are Ceremony advertisers based solely on the very limited and special invitation by Ceremony. Each has a unique touch to plan only the finest weddings and events.

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Aquafuzion is an innovative leader in the event planning industry. With their skilled, resourceful team of stylish planners, they fashion unforgettable and within-budget, one-of-a-kind weddings. Unique floral and intricate invitations are created exclusively by the Aquafuzion design team. This one-stop licensed and insured planning company captures the complete essence of your wedding wish, “to be the VIP guest of your very own wedding”. The three main planners, Debbie, Michelle and Beverley are members of ABC. With over 12 years of experience in the wedding and events industry, they are known for their culturally diverse backgrounds and creative designs. Please contact the Aquafuzion team to set up a complimentary consultation.

The sky’s the limit with Skybox Event Productions. It’s a one-stop-shop for any couple, where fantasy meets reality in a rare completion of your wildest dreams. From elegant tradition to trendy romance, we create unforgettable memories for each wedding. Be pronounced husband and wife, while Skybox Event Productions takes care of all the details on your special day. As creative director and principal consultant, Ngoc is constantly at the forefront of new style and design. With a BA from UC Irvine and a master’s from USC, she has been creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for more than eight years.

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BELLA DESTINEE Katie’s aesthetic sensibility fused with a strong logistical mind frame has produced stylish, seamless and stunning events for the past 8 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Flute and Music at the University of Southern California. Offering a fresh flair and positive approach to event design and planning, Katie ensures that the full potential of her clients' visions come to fruition. Today she is an event scholar, designing events and weddings the same way a Broadway producer approaches a play - she makes sure that the stars shine and the audience (guests) leave wanting more.

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Bianca Porrino Whitmore is originally from the beautiful region of Alba, Italy and speaks fluent Italian, English and Spanish. Since 2000, she has been coordinating weddings and events of all sizes around the world, and has lived and worked in London, San Francisco, Italy and San Diego. She has worked with many couples as well as worldrenowned organizations: Hyatt Regency, Bath and Body Works, Hotel Barbabuc, and Langa Turismo. Bianca Weddings provide full service wedding planning and production with packages available for day of events to complete coordination. It is Bianca’s deepest passion to design and plan every single detail and follow through the entire process for beautifully executed weddings and memorable experiences.

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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.

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I always wanted to get married with just candles! I think candlelight is the most beautiful light there is and there's something very spiritual about it. ~ Nicole Kidman

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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 Carlsbad

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

aviaraweddings.com

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

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callaway vineyard & winery Temecula

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

callawaywinery.com

the riviera country club Pacific Palisades

Positioned in front of the Santa Monica foothills, this internationally renowned golf course offers glamour, beauty and a sense of history. { 500 guests max }

franciscan gardens San Juan Capistrano

Share your first dance as husband and wife under the stars in the rose garden at this charming wedding venue. { 200 guests max }

rccla.com

franciscangardens.com

montage laguna beach Laguna Beach

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

montagelagunabeachweddings.com

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Enchanting Encounters...

Featuring an enchanting garden, extraordinary cuisine and outstanding service, the InterContinental Los Angeles provides an intimate and magical setting for the perfect wedding. The Grand Salon Ballroom with its silver, pearl and charcoal decor, extensive LED lighting and eight beautifully restored chandeliers offers an array of elegant options. The InterContinental takes pleasure in fulďŹ lling your every desire to ensure an unforgettable experience. 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067 | InterContinentalLosAngeles.com

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celebration locations falkner winery Temecula

Perched above the beautiful Temecula Valley, take in breathtaking views and experience the relaxed elegance of a wine country wedding. { 225 guests max }

falknerwinery.com

luxury estate weddings Southern California

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

chuck jones center Costa Mesa

rancho las lomas Silverado

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

Let your imagination run wild at this brand new event space, which can be tailored to create your perfect wedding day. { 350 guests max }

chuckjonesby24.com

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grand tradition ~ arbor terrace Fallbrook

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

grandtradition.com

` 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 }

usgrant.net

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Dana Point

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

Luxury at its finest describes this resort with stunning oceanfront views and unparalleled facilities that will captivate fortunate guests. { 900 guests max }

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true beach events San Diego

Dance in the sand and enjoy breathtaking views along the coast, with California State Beaches’ all-inclusive packages for the perfect destination. {300 guests max}

electra cruises Newport Beach

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

aboardelectra.com

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

shadowridgecc.com

pala casino spa resort Pala

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

palacasino.com

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the beachcomber cafe 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 }

thebeachcombercafe.com

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celebration locations talega golf club San Clemente

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

talegagolfclub.com

center club tustin ranch golf club Tustin

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

Costa Mesa

Experience an incredible, unparalleled private club atmosphere that will be the perfect backdrop for the most memorable event of your life. { 250 guests max }

center-club.com

tustinranchweddings.com

old ranch country club Westlake Village

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

Seal Beach

Nestled among 128 acres of lakes and tree-lined fairways, this golf course is the ideal place for you to say "I do". { 400 guests max }

oldranchweddings.com

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five crowns

Corona Del Mar Inspired by a traditional English country inn, this lovely spot will provide a romantic backdrop for your most important occasion. { 100 guests max }

thefivecrowns.com

hyatt regency huntington beach Huntington Beach

Elegant courtyards and grand ballrooms ďŹ ll the resort, which is encompassed by the dazzling PaciďŹ c. { 400 guests max }

huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com

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celebration locations coto de caza golf & racquet club Coto de Caza

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

coto-de-caza.com

four seasons resort maui at wailea Maui

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

fourseasons.com/maui/weddings

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

laventa.com

the crosby at rancho santa fe San Diego

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 }

omnihotels.com/sandiego

the ebell of los angeles Los Angeles

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

ebelloflosangeles.com

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

thecrosbyclub.com

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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 }

thedana.com

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 }

yourevent.aquariumofpacific.org

orfila vineyards

orfila.com

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 }

balboabayclub.com

serra plaza

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

serraplazaevents.com

aliso viejo country club Aliso Viejo

Nestled in one of the newest coastal hill communities, this country club welcomes a special event setting that serves up memorable celebrations of all kinds. { 130 guests max }

alisogolf.com

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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 }

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Chuck Jones Center by 24 carrots is a brand new, state-of-the-art event venue in Orange County. We’ll help you create a memorable experience that will leave your guests speechless!

(800) 717-1545 • chuckjonesby24.com 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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hilton carlsbad oceanfront resort & spa Carlsbad

Recently opened in 2012, this brand new beachfront resort offers lavish wedding accommodations and stunning views. { 370 guests max }

hiltoncarlsbadoceanfront.com

the waterfront beach resort, a hilton hotel Huntington Beach

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

waterfrontresort.com

summit house Fullerton

This Old English Tudor Manor fascinates with incredible views of the countryside, impeccable service and masterful cuisine. { 250 guests max }

summithouseweddings.com

taglyan complex 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 }

taglyan.com

sheraton cerritos Cerritos

With beautiful ballrooms that can accommodate events of all sizes, this full service hotel provides a perfect place to share your special day. { 120 - 600 guests max }

sheratoncerritos.com

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padua hills theatre Claremont

Located in the hills of Claremont, this historic theatre sets the stage for your forever to begin. { 350 guests max }

chantrellescatering.com

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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 }

hotellaguna.com

intercontinental los angeles century city Beverly Hills

Our newly renovated ballroom with extensive LED lighting truly transforms the room to ďŹ t your wedding, not the other way around. { 400 guests max }

intercontinentallosangeles.com

ponte family estate winery Temecula

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 }

pontevineyardinn.com ponteweddings.com

casino san clemente San Clemente

An iconic event space in the heart of San Clemente with a history of music and dancing is the ultimate location to celebrate your vows. { 375 guests max }

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 }

clubcmr.com

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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 }

grandtradition.com

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Franciscan Gardens is a gorgeous and unique venue for your special day. Dance under the stars in our beautiful rose garden and let the old world charm of downtown San Juan Capistrano transform your wedding into the unforgettable experience you’ve always dreamed of. call us at

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31815 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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Located on the scenic back bay of Morro Bay, the cozy inn features fifteen theme suites with fireplaces and excellent bay views.

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Temecula, a quiet city cradled between sprawling mountains and gently rolling hills in Southern California, rests just ninety miles southeast of Los Angeles. This diverse area is close enough to the coast to accept the cool ocean air that adds to Temecula’s wide range of wine production. Visit this awardwinning area of the golden state and sample Riesling produced by cool climate grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon shaped in more moderate climates and Syrah from berries grown in warm temperatures.

A destination wedding to one of the many Temecula wineries offers quaint pleasures for the bride, groom and their guests. Stepping into a small, locally owned Temecula winery you will be personally greeted by the owner and winemaker and welcomed into a warm, friendly setting. Temecula supports over thirty beautiful wineries with Ponte Winery, Callaway Vineyard and Winery and Falkner Winery offering superior service, grand wedding venues and vast sundries of the area's finest wine.

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Opened to the public in 2003, Ponte Winery limits the quantity of wine produced throughout the year to ensure only the best wines reach their visitors. Enjoy classic wines, blends and sweet or sparkling selections during your stay at the newly opened Ponte Vineyard Inn. In its first year, the inn was named one of the top ten world’s best wine resorts by Departures Magazine and has been recognized as an official AAA Four-Diamond Resort. For your ceremony setting, choose between the organic beauty of the mountains and vineyards or one of the sophisticated, intimate indoor settings available for you and your guests. Callaway Vineyard and Winery, nestled in the heart of Temecula Valley, first planted vines in 1969 on a sixteen hundred foot plateau, below the mountain peaks. In choosing this tranquil location, the golf legend founder created an ideal site for your big day. From their bilevel vineyard terrace with outdoor dining to the refined barrel room, the Callaway Vineyard can help you style the ultimate wine country wedding.

FALKNER WINERY For a picturesque hilltop wedding location, Falkner Winery

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Whichever winery suits your wedding approach, remember to check the Temecula Valley calendar of events and coordinate your destination wedding with one of the many local festivities. A spring wedding is the perfect time to celebrate Grape Day or enjoy the World of Wine Barrel Tasting with your guests. Or, if fall weather is your longing, California has devoted the entire month of September to applaud the exceptional wines produced by their extraordinary state.

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San Diego, known for its ideal climate, remarkable beaches and energetic microbreweries, offers a distinctive getaway filled with fun, sun and wedded bliss. Planning a destination wedding can be stressful, but choosing among reputable San Diego vendors with long histories of successful, elegant events should alleviate many of your concerns. Amid the various venue options in San

Diego, two prominent, reliable settings, the US Grant and the Park Hyatt Aviara, stand out as choice settings for your big day. Built in 1910 by Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., the son of our eighteenth president, the US Grant stands as an icon in the heart of downtown San Diego. With accolades including being named one of the fifty best designed hotels by California Home and Design and achieving the four diamond award from both AAA and Forbes, selecting the US Grant for your event will make any apprehension you may have disappear. In addition to the twenty-two event spaces available for an intimate ceremony or an extravagant celebration, the US Grant also offers professional wedding coordinators to guide the bride and groom through the planning process. And, while you finish any last minute touches or enjoy some pampering at Spa Journeys, your guests can step out into San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter to shop, dine and be entertained with local attractions.

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balances high above Temecula Valley and offers incomparable views for your estate wedding. Treat your guests to one of the prized winners of the Critics Challenge International Wine Competition while dining on Mediterranean style food and enjoying the astounding panoramic views.

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Park Hyatt Aviara sits secluded within the hills and valleys just north of San Diego and offers a much different experience far away from the bustling city streets. A AAA Five Diamond resort for the past two years, Park Hyatt Aviara has established itself as one of the top luxury hotels in Southern California and as a coveted locale for wedding festivities. Before the main event, spend time with your guests hiking nearby trails, golfing at the resort’s Arnold Palmerdesigned championship golf course or relaxing at the European-style

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spa. When it’s time for you to walk down the aisle, you can feel confident that every detail will be taken care of by one of the resort’s professional wedding specialists.

landscape on the 5th Fairway, or in one of the recently renovated resort ballrooms. Then lead your supporters to the Sunrise Terrace, perfect for a cocktail hour or an ornate reception.

While there are endless venue options, choosing a location with a pattern of excellence in service, accommodations and style can relieve any stress you may experience during your wedding planning and your wedding day.

Reflecting the Regency style of old Hollywood, Viceroy Palm Springs offers impeccably styled studios and suites that are a huge hit for guests. Their one or two bedroom villas feature fireplaces, dining rooms and full parlors. Rest assured that friends and family are comfortable as you focus on last minute details for your courtyard or ballroom celebration on the Viceroy’s four and a half acres of perfectly manicured grounds.

Palm Springs originally became known for the celebrities that inhabited the area during the 30s, 40s and 50s. Stars like Hugh Hefner, Barry Manilow and Nat King Cole have come to this easy living neighborhood to get away from the stress of Hollywood. What these icons were searching for, the seclusion, peace and serenity of the tranquil desert, is easily accessible to today’s brides. Venues such as Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, Viceroy Palm Springs and the Jackalope Ranch will turn your wedding dreams into reality with their knowledgeable staff, exceptional ceremony and reception alternatives and the astounding amenities available for you and your guests. A destination wedding with the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa allows your guests to enjoy a true vacation while celebrating your nuptials. Sitting close to the natural beauty of the Indian Canyons and Joshua Tree National Park, family and friends can spend time hiking Southern California trails or driving nearby scenic routes. Say your vows on the Starlight Terrace amidst endless views of mountain ranges, encircled by beautiful desert

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The intricately designed, lodge-themed Jackalope Ranch incorporates two separate lawns for outdoor weddings of up to eight hundred attendants. No expense was spared in the details that went into the ranch including the cascading water that welcomes guests as they enter, and the walkway that carries you over a pleasantly flowing stream. After your ceremony, treat your guests to the progressive southwestern cuisine of moist barbeque and grilled steaks prepared with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Join the ranks of stars and celebrities and begin planning your Southern California destination wedding you have envisioned for years. The sunny days and starry nights of Palm Springs create an idyllic setting for any venue you may choose for this momentous event.

Las Vegas Las Vegas is known for its casinos, unrivaled nightlife, elaborate show rooms, luxurious pools, and of course, impromptu marriages.

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While many come to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Vegas, there are also those seeking a well-planned, extravagant wedding day complete with mouthwatering food and royal treatment throughout their event. The Bellagio Las Vegas strives to make your every wedding wish come true with custom packages including ceremony music, floral design, photography and even live webcasting. Having been presented with multiple Awards of Excellence, the Bellagio recognizes that couples seek Las Vegas weddings not only for the luxury available, but also for the signature Vegas appeal of resort pools and pure entertainment. Before your main event, relax at the Bellagio’s Mediterranean-style pools; soak up the luxurious spa; or enjoy any of the various top-notch restaurants.

No longer just for couples looking to elope or to have their wedding be officiated by a celebrity impersonator, Las Vegas has become a highly regarded, lavish location for destination weddings.

Monterey & Carmel Travel is inherent in a destination wedding and planning a warm welcome for your guests will help them relax when they finally do arrive. Monterey is a bit off the beaten path of the big city airports and it’s likely that arrival times will be scattered throughout the day; so have the resort staff place a handwritten note from you and your groom in each room, along with a homemade guide to Monterey County. Mention local attractions such as Big Sur for the outdoor adventurers who seek hiking trails or waterfalls that plunge directly into the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a “can’t miss” for any visit to Monterey.

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The global Mandarin Oriental, a AAA Five Diamond Award winner, was designed around the best of what Las Vegas has to offer. The resort towers high above the famous Las Vegas Strip and incorporates perks for your big day like a free honeymoon night stay and spa vouchers for you and your groom. After indulging in the Las Vegas lifestyle, chances are you will not want your weekend to end. Plan a post-wedding pool party for your guests at the resort’s stunning pool deck while enjoying the views of the Vegas skyline. Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Hotel duo offers you and your guests Forbes’ five star award-winning accommodations and is the only resort on the Strip with its own challenging golf course. For your invitees who are looking for more entertainment, Wynn’s 2013 calendar brings an unexpected treat from Le Reve – The Dream. Once your guests have been satisfied, they can join you for the main event at the base of a cascading waterfall surrounded by lush landscape or in a primrose garden under a canopy of trees with streaming fountains.

Once your family and friends have had a chance to settle in, hosting a dinner or wine tasting allows those who may not know each other to ease into conversation before your formal wedding ceremony and reception. Cannery Row dining, influenced by early fishing families and produce from nearby Salinas and Carmel Valley, boasts the award-winning Sardine Factory and the Cannery Row Brewing Company with the largest beer selection in northern California and thirty small batch bourbons. Monterey is home to many wineries, which have guided tours and wine tastings daily. The Bay View Tasting Room is just a few miles from the Hyatt Regency Monterey and offers private tastings and dinners. During tastings, staff will educate you and your guests about Monterey County’s wine growing region as well as suggesting the finest wines from the area while you take in the gorgeous views of the Pacific. CEREMONYMAGAZINE.COM

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wine tours for pleasure and food with fresh, local ingredients. HYATT REGENCY MONTEREY

Plan your intimate gathering or enchanted celebration for up to one hundred guests at the Kenwood Inn and Spa. Choose between a poolside courtyard, rustic central piazza or spaces within the Kenwood itself for your wedding celebration. Be bathed in luxury at this Mediterranean-style villa sitting on over two acres of lush landscaping and emerald vines and treat yourself to one of the many award-winning spa services that incorporate the healing qualities of grape seed oils. From the red wine extracts and Chardonnay oils to the Crushed Cabernet Scrub, their custom products and services embrace the nourishing and fortifying benefits of vinotherapy.

Fisherman’s Warf is not only an active seaport; it also contains shops, restaurants and excursions like whale watching, fishing trips and glass bottom boat tours. Depending on the time of year, you may also catch Whalefest Monterey and see the migration of the gray whales along with local musicians and scholars lecturing on preserving marine life.

While the weekend will eventually come to an end, you can still send your guests off in style. The TusCA Ristorante, located within the Hyatt Regency Monterey, proudly offers a farm to table menu with locally grown ingredients. Holding an informal breakfast allows guests to drop in once they’ve woken up rested and had a chance to pack before enjoying one of the energizing menu selections and saying their goodbyes.

Sonoma Many couples are looking for a lavish setting for the biggest day of their lives, but also want to be able to spend time relaxing with family and friends. It’s not often that so many of your loved ones are all in the same city, so finding a comfortable location where you can unwind and have fun is key. Sonoma and Napa Valleys bring together exactly what you are looking for with the natural beauty of the vineyards as your backdrop, esteemed spas and

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Be sure to check the county’s event calendar for the many festivals held throughout the year. Monterey promotes several jazz festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the world’s longest running jazz festival, in September. Or, if you are looking for something less crowded, steer your visitors toward the seventeen-mile scenic drive along the shoreline between Pacific Grove and the famous Pebble Beach golf course. There they can view local attractions like the Lone Cypress, Carmel Bay and Seal Rock.

Featured on the Travel Channel for Chef Snook and his amazing food, your guests will be satisfied by the fruits of Kenwood’s own verdant gardens, which supply the seasonal dishes with only the freshest ingredients. Begin your meal with an insalata verde di kenwood, a salad of garden baby lettuces, shaved young vegetables, herbs and flowers, a twenty-year balsamic and an arbequina olive oil and follow

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it with the pappardelle autunno, a house made pappardelle with shaved autumn garden vegetables and pesto verde. Everyone with rave about the delightful dishes as Ann Davis, Kenwood’s wine director, demystifies wine pairing with her remarkable education and experience. For larger destination weddings, the ruggedly beautiful Chalk Hill Estate has nearly fifteen hundred acres of oak woodlands, natural streams and a patchwork of sixty small vineyards each producing their own characteristic wines. Visiting the Mayacamas Mountain Range for your wedding weekend, guests will never be lacking in entertainment. A large portion of the estate is dedicated to expansive wilderness areas, stables, sports fields, guesthouses and fishing and swimming ponds. The handsome architecture of Chalk Hill Estate was built with materials that harmonize with the natural beauty and serenity of the land surrounding it. The most popular and stunning venue for your destination wedding is the elegant Estate Pavilion with floor to ceiling windows and an Olympic-sized riding arena. The oldest family owned winery in California, Gundlach Bundschu rests at the southernmost point of Sonoma Valley with Napa Valley just to its east. Because of the gently sloping terrain, Gunlach Bundschu focuses on the early-ripening, high acidity varieties of Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. The estate venues are all outdoors, so destinations wedding here must be between late May and early October when the California weather is ideal. With the gorgeous mountain and vineyard views, you and your groom will be eager to spend as much of your day outside as possible. Once your wedding has been planned, consider taking some time for leisure and embark on an adventure that this area of the country is known for. Whether you are gathering your gals or guys for a fabulous pre-wedding fiesta, entertaining your outof-town guests or celebrating your honeymoon with the one you love, Platypus Wine Tours is your must-have accessory for touring California’s quintessential wine regions of Napa and Sonoma. Stepping aboard the comfortable Platypus bus, you will know you are in the hands of affable and capable guides who seek to personalize your trip around your interests. From the moment the bus slips into drive, you will be engaged in riveting conversation about the history of the region and the process of growing and harvesting grapes for the creation of extraordinary wines. Winding through the scenic hills and valleys, you turn onto an out-of-the-way road ascending gently up the narrow mountain and leading to an astonishing view of the Petroni Vineyards. Lorenzo Petroni, proprietor and chef of the acclaimed San

PLATYPUS TOURS AT KENWOOD INN Francisco institution North Beach Restaurant, purchased this glorious land in 1992 for the sole purpose of growing the prized Sangiovese Grosso clone from his native Tuscany in Sonoma soil. The 100% certified organic vineyard not only produces exquisite wines, but also participates in the commitment of creating premium olive oils. With a 17,000 square foot cheese cave doubling as a grand ballroom for your wedding day, spectacular vistas with views of the vineyards and the intimate surroundings of the fig grove, Petroni Vineyards is a venue that offers couples a location that will give them vibrant memories to carry in their hearts for a lifetime. As you bid arrivederci to the Petroni Vineyards, re-board the bus and be greeted by a bottle of Petroni wine and an array of cheese and crackers. Sip sumptuous Chardonnay during the winding trek down the mountain toward the Russian River Valley’s Thomas George Estates. The father and son team, Thomas and Jeremy Baker, have established a world-class winery focusing on their Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays while providing exceptional experience to couples. Enjoy the cool confines of the wine cave before being sent off to picnic with a bottle of their exceptional Sauvignon Blanc.

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Thomas George Estates allows couples to celebrate in their wine cave but also offers two hilltop sites overlooking the Mayacamas Mountains and Russian River. Each site includes the use of the winery’s mobile kitchens and lodging is available at four of their properties.

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The last winery on your list, the Paradise Ridge Winery, is a living, breathing work of art where installations are constantly changing and reinventing the lush landscape. Savor your glass of Brut Cuvée as you tour the elegantly appointed ballroom with sparkling chandeliers. Step out into the courtyard set with chairs wistfully waiting for the arrival of your guests and imagine walking toward your groom on your wedding day. Meandering through the countryside remember the philosophy of Sonoma County; slow down and savor the flavor around you. From being immersed in the culture of wine to your once-ina-lifetime adventure that enlightens, entertains and delights, Sonoma and Napa Valleys are nothing short of sheer pleasure from start to finish.

Cabo San Lucas If you’re looking for a destination wedding not too far from home, One&Only Palmilla is waiting for you with just a quick, two hour flight from Los Angeles. The southernmost point of Baja, California hosts this five star destination as one of the premier luxury resorts in the world. From fine dining and internationally renowned architecture to an abundance of outdoor recreation, all you will need will be at your fingertips.

Leading up to your big day, spend some quality time with guests aboard One&Only Palmilla’s fifty-foot Azimut yacht. Select between two to eight-hour excursions where you can cruise the Sea of Cortez, snorkel among nature’s sea life or simply soak up the warm southern sun. Return to the resort for a yoga class offered through the resort wellness center or for some pre-wedding pampering at the spa. Each treatment represents a blend of Mexican and Asian cultures with global accents creating an experience that excites your every sense.

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You and your guests will sleep soundly in one of the resort’s 173 spacious suits, all offering astounding views of the Sea of Cortez. With amenities such as private infinity edge pools, outdoor baths and a dedicated twenty-four hour butler, know that each and every desire you have during your stay will be met. When your wedding day arrives, say your vows in the resort’s historic chapel. An intricate staircase creates an ideal setting for photographs of you and your groom, and once inside, absorb the quaint beauty of the ornate wooden pews and golden lanterns lighting the aisle. Celebrate your marriage just steps from the chapel with an outdoor patio reception or choose a beach banquet with enormous stone boulders as your backdrop.

ONE&ONLY PALMILLA water for some snorkeling and diving. Once you’ve had your fill of fun, spend at least one day listening to the sounds of the ocean waves at your private cove complete with a floating bed. In the years following the most important day of your life, you will look back at this magnificent destination wedding knowing that each detail was met with perfection. Set in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, One&Only Palmilla will bring you and your guests stunning views, unrivaled hospitality and endless activities to delight you during your stay.

Hawaii ONE&ONLY PALMILLA Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a French chef commanding restaurants in Las Vegas, London, Paris and Shanghai, collaborated with One&Only Palmilla to create a menu using his signature style but adding vibrant local flavors and techniques. When planning your selection for your intimate rehearsal dinner, choose between delicious favorites like corn raviolis, roasted pork chop with jalapeno chili paste and green vegetables or crispy huachinango.

Golden beaches, unique small towns, soft music and premier restaurants draw crowds to vacation on the Hawaiian Islands but they also present an ideal setting for your destination wedding. Take in some of our nation’s history by visiting Pearl Harbor or perfect your surf skills on one of the many pristine beaches during your wedding weekend on one Hawaii’s picturesque islands. FOUR SEASONS MAUI

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Once the festivities have come to a halt and your guests have departed, it’s time for you and your spouse to savor some much needed quiet and relaxation together. Thankfully, the options are endless. Take in the remarkable views of the Sea of Cortez while golfing the greens of the state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus twenty seven-hole course. If you are looking for action a little closer to the sea, try deep-sea fishing for the day or climb right in the

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KOLEA VILLAS AT WAIKOLOA Resort options are infinite in this touristy part of the country, but not many compare with the welcoming hospitality of the Four Seasons Maui. Guests will enjoy rooms and suits featuring sitting areas, private lanais and revitalizing ocean views. Before your wedding, relax by one of the resort’s three exquisite pools and indulge in a private poolside or in suite massage by an expertly trained masseuse. Acquainting your family with his in an informal setting before your formal wedding ceremony will alleviate any nerves before the big day, so take advantage of the Four Seasons’ complimentary activities and equipment. Organize a friendly game of beach volleyball or tennis match and pair up members from each side of your families. For your wedding ceremony, choose a venue that most suits you and your groom. The Four Seasons offers a variety of ceremony and reception venues from the oceanfront lawn to ballrooms, gardens and terraces. Any site you request will be perfectly tailored to your every desire including creating a menu that caters to different cultures, religions or personal preferences. A slightly different resort, the Paia Inn Hotel is a trendy boutique hotel located on the north shore of Maui directly on an immaculate stretch of white sand beach. Deemed one of “America’s Most Romantic Hotels” by Travel + Leisure, this is a find for outdoorsy couples looking for a fantasy island wedding. Maui offers more than just ocean views. Hike up a volcano with your fiancé, friends and family before diving into the cool ocean for an up close view of a sparkling waterfall or test your courage by ziplining high above the forest canopies. The Paia Inn Hotel’s spacious patio is a cozy area perfect to celebrate becoming husband and wife. The Big Island is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain, but

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offers the largest variety of environments by far. Home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the most massive mountain in the world and the tallest sea mountain in the world, selecting the Big Island for your destination wedding will truly make it the best of the best. If you are seeking a private villa to retreat to for a few quiet moments during your weekend, the Kolea Beach Villas in Waikoloa are a seamless fit. Resort amenities include an infinity pool, spa, minilagoon and fitness cabana within the quiet property, but a quick walk down the beach to the Marriott Resort and Spa and you have a large resort at your fingertips.

Italy If you are considering a destination wedding, envision celebrating with friends and family in one of the many diverse regions of Italy. The most arduous part of your planning will be deciding between locations such as Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet, or Venice, the setting of Casanova’s pursuits. A country of romance, passion and history, Italy will leave you questioning why everyone doesn’t get married here. An Italian wedding offers unending options for venues and landscape. Venture past typical beach locations and discover cities such as Alassio in the Province Savona where the Italian shoreline far exceeds any expectations. Unwind by taking a drive along the coast and you can be in the French Riviera within a few hours, or simply take in the remarkable architecture and picturesque ocean views. Italy is much more than relaxing beaches and clandestine islands. Celebrate your marriage in a castle, on an ornate bridge, high atop of a mountain overlooking one of Italy’s famous lakes, in a cozy town or a large city, or even in a secluded site that many do not even realize exists.

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The city of Alba, in the Cuneo Province, boasts numerous castles and vineyards and delivers some of the most distinctive, high-quality wine in Italy. Consider the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Palatine Gallery, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna or one of the seventy museums of Florence for an idyllic ceremony or reception venue. Venice is also attractive with its unparalleled character and classic, breathtaking towns. With these alternatives and others like Sorrento, Capri or Lakes Como, Garda and Maggiore, your options are infinite.

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For either ceremony, you will need to obtain a marriage license while in the United States. Once you have your license, take it to the Italian Consulate nearest you and complete all necessary paperwork. Many couples also visit the American Consulate

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There are some important details that should be taken up before your travels. Italy, the home of the Roman Catholic Church, is the perfect location for a traditional religious ceremony but sometimes a Catholic wedding can be a challenge. Churches require both the bride and groom be baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith, that they complete marriage counseling and, should the bride or the groom have previously been married, churches require that at least five years pass before you remarry. To avoid such hurdles, couples may consider a civil ceremony where anything is possible.

once they arrive in Italy to confirm they complied with all necessary conditions. To be on the safe side, as with many destination weddings outside of the United States, some couples prefer to get married at a local courthouse, and then travel to Italy for their dream ceremony and celebration with loved ones. Once you’ve taken care of the procedural issues, you can focus on the fun part: styling your wedding! Hiring a coordinator who is well versed in the Italian culture will relieve much pressure, especially if you hire the right coordinator. Someone who knows the area, language and culture will help you easily navigate the country and its specific customs.

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In addition to creating a unique and original wedding experience, the right coordinator can also fully immerse you in Italian style. Italy leads the world in fashion and design, and wedding trends are no exception. Classic Italian details include elaborate bouquets filled with seasonal flowers, distinct Italian shoe design, traditional veils and crocheted detail in everything from the wedding dress to the favors and hairpieces. However you choose to design your wedding, know that you cannot go wrong with any style that is you. By choosing to celebrate your wedding in this country of passion and love, hospitality and culture, food, wine and fashion, you are building unforgettable memories. It’s important to be able to look back and love the wedding you created. You may have such an amazing experience that you will return again and again to renew your vows and celebrate anniversaries. Now that’s amore!

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Blue Crush Southern California’s top wedding professionals surfed the blue carpet to toast the coast’s newest seaside resort at Ceremony Magazine’s BLUE CRUSH industry event!

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Mini ceviche taco (fish or shrimp) with cilantro, lime, and chili crema. Served with a mini tequila or Mexican beer shooter. Mini fish taco (grilled or fried) with shredded cabbage, piquillo peppers, and crème fraiche. Served with a mini virgin margarita on the rocks. Blue corn blini with citrus cured ahi, and shiso. Served with a premium vodka shot. Mini French toast with fresh berry compote. Served with a shot of hot chocolate or espresso. Fried clams, oysters, or calamari. shooter.

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Trend for wedding menus in 2013?

NYFC: A greater variety of smaller portions to offer flavor experiences. Definitely not less food, just more options for a dining adventure.

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What is a perfect pairing for a food and specialty cocktail?

24 CARROTS: We actually took the food and specialty cocktail pairing to a different, yet fun level with our collection of “shots and bites” hors d’ oeuvres. We have a full range of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options such as:

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Describe an innovative food display station that can WOW! guests.

NYFC: Our biggest hit of the year was an amazing charcuterie display, offering a large variety of amazing “tastes” taking guests’ palates on a culinary adventure. Pairing this with an olive oil and sea salt tasting gave them a chance to experiment, educate and try things they would otherwise be afraid to purchase at the market themselves. 24 CARROTS: We recently created a floating dessert display. We had special trays made out of high-quality plexiglass, and we suspended them from the roof of a tent. They cascaded down and looked like our desserts were hovering in the air.

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What is your advice to couples who want to infuse ethnic food into their wedding menu?

NYFC: Absolutely go for it. Just remember that events are a specialty unto themselves. Catering chefs are accustomed to working “off-menu” because by definition, that is what we do. We listen, we learn, we test, we taste and once we have it perfected, we then practice the art of making it so it will travel or can be finished on site – we are “catering” to your vision. Not all chefs can pull this off so get creative but remember to do your research (and this doesn’t mean a private tasting for two – anyone can do that) and ask around.

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Introduce your guests to your wedding by using an invite that fancies both visually and tactilely with sparkling gems, textured paper, starfish or the always stylish letterpress. Intermix graphics and fonts then tie it all up in a slim delivery box or an elegant envelope. It’s an impression that will leave your guests wondering what other excitements await on the big day.

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Sandy and Jeff headed out to the desert with their wedding photographer, Jay Hsiang, for a romantic and passionate pre-weddding photo shoot.

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The celebration continues to this day. ~ Gene Perret, Writer, The Carol Burnett Show

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TRIUMPH jeanne & wesley

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LOVE NOTE

The bride’s Macedonian heritage inspired the Eastern European elegance theme which was carried through to the cake, menus, place cards, wine labels and light design.

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VENDOR LOVE barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

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glow concepts glowconcepts.com [staging]

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nordstrom

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bloomingdale’s

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LOVE STORY

What began as a long distance romance grew into true love. During the beginning of their relationship, while Wesley was living in Washington, he would send Jeanne a new love song each week. The very first song he sent to Jeanne was a special promise that meant a lot to each other, so they decided to use it for their first dance as husband and wife.

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ORGANIC jessica & brian

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LOVE NOTE

When their wedding day finally came, Jessica and Brian enjoyed themselves and had fun with their guests and with each other. They styled a clean, organic wedding with details such as sliced lemons and a chalkboard seating chart.

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VENDOR LOVE andy seo photography andyseostudio.com [photography]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

[venue | catering] bacara resort and spa [wedding consultant] vp events [gown design] modern trousseau [bridal salon] the white dress [bridal shoes | mothers’ dresses] vera wang [formal wear] formal cocktail attire [floral design] nlc productions [lighting] ambient event designs [stationery] jonathan carlos [videography] romantic wedding videos [photo booth] scott topper [hair] nina minardi [makeup] lynn simpson and tiffany brigg [officiant] dan oliver [flower girl dresses] watters flower girls [wedding rings] the jewel bos [registries] williams-sonoma, macy’s, pottery barn [honeymoon] maui, hawaii

LOVE STORY

Jessica and Brian went to the same high school, but never spoke to one another until their worlds unexpectedly collided at a baseball game. They loved everything about their wedding day from their first look to the toasts celebrating their marriage.

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PARADISE kimberlee & kevin

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LOVE NOTE

A destination wedding was the perfect answer to Kimberlee’s dream of a beach wedding and Kevin’s vision for a small, intimate ceremony. Their laid back, sophisticated event did not require many additions with the sunset and natural landscape creating the perfect setting.

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VENDOR LOVE four seasons resort maui

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nordstrom

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LOVE STORY

As these two passed through the Palace of Fine Arts on their morning walk to find coffee, Kevin stopped Kimberlee, bent down to one knee, and proposed. Kimberlee was especially surprised because Kevin had been aloof the months prior. She realized that Kevin’s act was all part of his plan when they arrived back at their apartment and Kimberlee saw a sign hanging over their door that read, “Lady, I am not as noncommittal as you think.”

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LOVE NOTE

Walking into their reception as husband and wife, seeing their guests dancing among the yellow daffodils and gold chiavari chairs with candlelight illuminating everything was Anna and Limzer’s happiest wedding moment.

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VENDOR LOVE evoke photography evokephotography.com [photography]

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nordstrom

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LOVE STORY

Limzer and Anna have crossed paths throughout their lives but it took over ten years for them to realize that they belonged together. When Limzer was ready to propose, he surprised Anna by telling her they were going to a friends’ wedding when, in reality, there was no wedding. He took her to the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills and asked her to hold the wedding gift. She walked into a flower petal lined suite, read a note telling her to open the wedding gift, and was met by the biggest surprise of her life.

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LOVE NOTE

Their wedding was covered in shades of pink and even included a touch of their dog and a clever moss dachshund at the sign in table.

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VENDOR LOVE aquafuzion

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sweet art

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LOVE STORY

Jacinda met Jonathan when she went with some friends to a haunted maze and Jonathan kept dragging Jacinda to the scariest area so she would stay close to him. Jacinda did stay close that night and Jonathan knew that he always wanted her to be by his side. He asked Jacinda to be his wife at the Huntington Library Japanese Garden with good friends nearby.

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LUSTER lisa & shant

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LOVE NOTE

This mirror themed wedding was filled with reflections of love in the mirrored tabletops, mercury glass vases, huge mirrors leading to the grand ballroom and even the seating chart.

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classic limos classiclimos.com [limousine]

[photography] callaway gable [ceremony location] forty martyrs armenian apostolic church [lighting] psav presentation services [stationery] details design studio [cake] let them eat cake [favors] choconet, inc. [videography] royal gor [entertainment] jose garcia band, dj heartbeat

LOVE STORY

Lisa’s aunt knew Shant as a young boy but when she met him again as an adult, she knew that he and Lisa would be perfect together. She was impressed with his charming personality and immediately began coordinating the set up. Her plan worked. Lisa and Shant went on their first date within a week, were engaged within nine months and married five months after the proposal.

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BLOSSOM kari & mike

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LOVE NOTE

White flowers were everywhere at Kari and Mike’s elegant, candlelit affair.

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friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

wildflower linen wildflowerlinens.com [linens]

[wedding consultant] champagne taste [rentals] hire elegance [lighting] amber event production [stationery] love paper paint [entertainment] impulse, west coast music [transportation] vip limousine [hair | makeup] design visage [ice luge] ice bulb [photo booth] epod photo booth [snack] in-n-out burger truck [bridal salon] jinny’s bridal [bridal shoes] kate spade [bridesmaid dresses] tadashi shoji [wedding rings] harry winston [honeymoon] vienna

LOVE STORY

Kari and Mike managed to find each other during one of their active workdays and once Mike had Kari’s attention, he knew he never wanted to let her go. At home on Christmas day, with their family opening gifts, Mike asked Kari to be his wife.

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LOVE NOTE

Since both are from Los Angeles, but have not lived there for years, they wanted a wedding that reminded them of home and the many cultures they grew up with. Their menu included churros, fruit with salt and lime, Asian desserts, hot dogs wrapped in bacon and lychee sangria.

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VENDOR LOVE sam lim studios

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LOVE STORY

Kevin and Linh met on several occasions during their lives, but lost touch each time. Finally in 2008, while both were in Vietnam, they met again and their crush quickly grew into a strong relationship. A few months after, Kevin moved to Vietnam to be with Linh and right before Valentine’s Day, Kevin showed Linh a slideshow he had created on his iPad. When it came to an end, he proposed.

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LOVE NOTE

Flower filled birdcages, wildflowers and gold lined chargers clearly showed that simplicity reined at this blissful event.

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VENDOR LOVE

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[venue] hummingbird nest ranch [photography | videography] wind productions [wedding consultant] fancy that events [catering | linens | rentals] huntington catering [lighting] pro event services [stationery] simply state stationery [evening snack] in-n-out burger truck [cake] raffy’s pastry [entertainment] dino’s band and groove works dj [gown design | bridal salon | veil | bridal shoes | bridesmaid dresses] vera wang [hairpiece | bridal jewelry] lovella bridal [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair | makeup] liz kan [formal wear] burberry [mothers’ dresses] sue wong [flower girl dresses] etsy [wedding rings] helzberg diamonds and macy’s [honeymoon] us virgin islands and puerto rico [travel agency] expedia

LOVE STORY

After discovering her during an evening out with friends, Marcelo courted Fabiola for five years before asking her to be his wife. Marcelo flew Fabiola to Hawaii, waited until the timing was perfect and bent down to one knee.

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LOVE NOTE

Jill and Erez’s uniquely designed wedding at the Natural History Museum came together with a mammoth martini ice luge, dinosaur centerpieces, wooden jungle animal favors and a grand dinner served in the African mammal hall.

HISTORIC jill & erez

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VENDOR LOVE studio emp

studioemp.com [photography] [venue] natural history museum of los angeles [wedding consultant] silber charm events [floral design] ioxra floral studio [linens | rentals | lighting] town and country event rentals [stationery] artiface custom and distinctive invitations [catering] about thyme catering [cake] hotcakes bakes [ceremony entertainment] alisha bauer [reception entertainment] h2h entertainment [videography] royal gor [gown design] maggie sottero [bridal salon | bridesmaid dresses] the dresser [hair | makeup] angie williams [formal wear] rik dukar [wedding night] sheraton downtown los angeles

LOVE STORY

It may have taken many years for Jill and Erez to find each other, but once they did they wasted no time making it official. While vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Erez asked Jill to spend the rest of her life with him and Jill could not have been happier to say yes. She was so ecstatic that she planned their historic wedding in less than four months.

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Seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day, surrounded by hints of lavender and bejeweled embellishments, made Sona and Harout remember that this was a beautiful day in their lives, made them forget about all the plans and focus on one another.

SPARKLE sona & harout

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goldenpicture.net [photography | videography] [venue | catering] palladio banquet hall [rentals] diamond rentals [cake] edvin’s custom cakes [hair | makeup] bella nella [floral design] dante flowers [linens] palladio banquet hall [favors] bedazzeled cupcakes [stationery | hairpiece | veil] mary’s bridal [catering] van bakery [entertainment] starlight dj mike [transportation] platinum style limousine [gown design] unique bridal [bridal jewelry] badgley mischka [bridal shoes] giuseppe zanotti [transportation] tux 4 u [bridesmaid dresses] dave & johnny [mothers’ dresses] tadashi shoji and jianini [flower girl dresses] elena collection [wedding rings] exotic jewelry [honeymoon] bora bora [travel agency] royal travel

LOVE STORY

When Harout’s sister celebrated her marriage three years ago, it not only joined her and her husband, it also brought Sona and Harout together. Harout could not imagine his life with anyone else, so he proposed to Sona the traditional way by visiting with Sona’s parents, accompanied by his own parents, and asking for her hand.

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FLAWLESS karen & ervine

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LOVE NOTE

The natural beauty of the Callaway Vineyard and Winery lent itself perfectly to the shabby chic style of Karen and Ervine’s wine country wedding, which was flawlessly officiated by Karen’s brother.

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TRUE LOVE karen & ervine

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VENDOR LOVE jay hsiang photography jayhsiang.com [photography]

callaway vineyard & winery callawaywinery.com [venue]

[wedding consultant] love birds wedding and special event planning [rentals] t.h.e. flower [dessert] jennifer hsiao [entertainment] frankey ray [videpgraphy] michael liu [bridal salon | hairpiece | veil | hair | makeup] oscar wedding group [bridal shoes] miu miu

LOVE STORY

Opposites really did attract for Karen and Ervine. Karen is passionate, outgoing and a dreamer while Ervine is a planner and knows why he is taking every step. It took them a while to get used to each other’s personalities but, when Ervine proposed, they wasted no time in getting their marriage license. They fight, they laugh, they comfort each other and, for Karen, it is the perfect life.

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LOVE NOTE

Every moment of their classic wedding was spectacular in its own way, from their church ceremony to their emotional first dance, Isabel and Arman loved every part.

isabel & arman

MAGNIFICENT

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VENDOR LOVE buds and blooms

budsandbloomsla.com [floral design | wedding consultation] [photography | videography] royal gor [ceremony venue] st. peter apolostic church [ reception venue | lighting | catering] anoush banquest hall [rentals | linens] cmc rentals [stationery] a-z printing [cake] cakes by anna [favors] hershey’s chocolate [ entertainment] dj heartbeat [transportation] limo by referral [gown design] armine [bridal salon | hairpiece | veil] r-mine bridal [bridal jewelry | wedding rings] barin’s fine jewelry [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair] lara c. kay [makeup] linh tran at atelier sav salon [bridesmaid dresses] lili bridals [mothers’ dresses] noel [flower girl dresses] sweet kids [registries] bed bath and beyond and macy’s [honeymoon] italy, france and spain

LOVE STORY

When Arman saw Isabel from across the room, her smile took his breath away and it was love at first sight. During a flight to Mexico, Arman requested

that

the

stewardess

announce

their engagement over the intercom and, as she listened, Isabel was in shock. After the announcement, Arman asked Isabel to be his wife and their fellow passengers began cheering.

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RAVISHING sarah & haben

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LOVE NOTE

This was a classic wedding with sophisticated black and white dĂŠcor highlighted with luscious red roses.

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VENDOR LOVE lisa kahn events

lisakahnevents.com [wedding consultant | candy bar]

four seasons westlake village

fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/weddings [venue] [photography] heidi ryder photography [floral design] hidden garden [lighting] swank audio visuals [stationery] cherry blossom stationery [caterer] pat’s catering [cake] unique bakery [favors] shutter booth [entertainment] debois entertainment [hair | makeup] the studio agency

LOVE STORY

Haben planned the perfect proposal for the perfect girl. He wanted it to be special and to be a surprise, so he let Sarah arrange their Valentine’s weekend in an effort to remain inconspicuous. Well, it worked. As Sarah fed the ducks some bread from an earlier picnic, Haben bent down to one knee and watched the shock and surprise take over Sarah’s face.

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WONDER amber & daniel

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LOVE NOTE

Amber’s ninety-year-old grandmother treated the bride, groom and their guests to a touching reading of “These Hands” during the wedding ceremony.

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VENDOR LOVE rancho las lomas rancholaslomas.com [venue]

studio emp

studioemp.com [photography]

inviting occasion invitingoccasion.com [floral design]

24 carrots

24carrots.com [catering | linens | rentals]

mon amie

monamie.com [bridal salon]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

[reception | entertainment | lighting] lsm entertainment [stationery] posh by nida [cake] it’s all about the cake [taco bar] mexico’s best catering [ceremony entertainment] brandt jacobus [mariachi band] mariachi internacional de mexico de francisco [videography] dove weddings [transportation] a style of life limousines [gown design] maggie sottero

LOVE STORY

For their first vacation, Daniel took Amber to New Orleans during Mardi Gras. When the town began to quiet down after Fat Tuesday, Amber and Daniel took a horse drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter and walked to an area overlooking Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral with the Mississippi River in the background. Daniel knew this was the perfect moment, got down on one knee and asked Amber to be his wife.

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LOVE NOTE

Sarah and Drew spared no shine, glitz or glamour in making their Old Hollywood, regency style wedding come to life and truly made their time with each other, family and friends the focus of the day.

RADIATING sarah & drew

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

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [hairpiece | veil | bridesmaid dresses] [venue] the viceroy, palm springs [photography] white haute photography, joe + katrina [wedding consultant] table 7 events [stationery] paper plains and minted [entertainment] phil shane [gown design] jorge manuel [bridal salon] the white dress [hair] lorraine rodriguez [makeup] tracy quick and sophia pickle [bridesmaid dresses] monique lhuillier [registries] jonathan adler, honeyfund and macy’s [honeymoon] costa rica

LOVE STORY

After five years of dating, Sarah began to think that she and Drew might never be married. Drew knew he wanted to be married to Sarah, but he just could not find the perfect ring. When he finally found a canary diamond for her he could not wait another minute. He rushed home and asked Sarah to be his wife.

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LOVE NOTE

When their day finally arrived, Ben and Lindsay each spent a moment taking in everything, the romantic lavender floral arrangements, the golden goblets and the heartfelt speeches, and really appreciating their entire wedding experience.

lindsay & ben

APPRECIATED

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VENDOR LOVE jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

chic productions chicproductions.com [wedding consultant]

hyatt regency huntington beach huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com [venue | catering]

bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com [registry]

[floral design | rentals] shawna yamamoto [linens] fusion linens [lighting] swank lighting and invisible touch events [cake] tom girl bakery [favors] korbel winery [stationery] prim and pixie [videography] colin calbalka [gown design] modern trousseau [bridal salon] the white dress [hairpiece | veil | bridal jewelry] renee pawele [hair | makeup] flawless faces [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [formal wear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] amsale [mothers’ dresses] lazaro and elie tahari [wedding rings] tacori and etyan brandes

LOVE STORY

It was Ben’s younger brother who first introduced Lindsay and Ben while they were taking classes at San Diego State University, but they attended the same high school for years without ever meeting.

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kris & charles

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LOVE NOTE

The breathtaking view from the Thomas Fogarty Winery was only enhanced with the bright orange and deep maroon colors of the calla lilies, hanging flowers and the orange of the ring bearer’s vest.

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VENDOR LOVE caroline tran carolinetran.net [photography]

every elegant detail everyelegantdetail.com [wedding consultant]

amy burke designs amyburkedesigns.com [oral design]

[venue] thomas fogarty winery [linens] la tavola [rentals] hartmann studios [stationery] hello lucky [catering] componere ďŹ ne catering [cake] studio cake [dessert bar] candy warehouse [ceremony entertainment] krista strader and tennyson lum [reception entertainment] big fun dj [transportation] lone star transportation and destination systems [bridal shoes] jimmy choo

LOVE STORY

Kris and Charles worked for the same company over twenty years ago and knew of each other but never did meet. It was not until a few years later, when they were again working for the same company, that a co-worker introduced them. As soon as Kris began working somewhere else, Charles made his move and made Kris his.

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LOVE NOTE

Their ceremony was one of their favorite parts of their day. They combined traditional western elements with a Chinese Tea Ceremony to create something that was uniquely theirs.

kelly & gary

EXCEPTIONAL

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VENDOR LOVE cami jane photography camijanephotography.com [photography]

the riviera country club

therivieracountryclub.com [venue | wedding consultant | catering]

nicole miller

nicolemillersd.com [gown design]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [bridal salon]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

[floral design] lila bello studio [linens | rentals] luna rentals [stationery] paper source [cake] hansen’s bakery [evening snack] in-n-out burger truck [entertainment] awesome entertainment [bridal jewelry] nadir [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair | makeup] yana beauty studio [bridesmaid dresses | flower girl dresses] j. crew [wedding rings] cartier [registries] williamssonoma and macy’s [honeymoon] maui, hawaii [honeymoon resort] ritz carlton at kapalua bay

LOVE STORY

While studying at the University of California, Gary’s best friend met Kelly and knew that she would be a perfect fit for Gary. They bonded over their love of food and soon Gary proposed during a day trip to Victoria Beach.

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LOVE NOTE

Kathleen was nervous as she stepped onto the crowd lined dance floor in her flowing Vera Wang dress but the second she locked eyes with Wayley all her nerves melted away.

HARMONY kathleen & wayley

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VENDOR LOVE sarina love photography sarinalove.com [photography]

[ceremony venue] founder’s park [reception venue] maison riz [floral design | hairpiece] catalina gifts [cake] cake and art [ceremony entertainment] isle entertainment [reception entertainment] ross creations [gown design] vera wang [bridal salon] david’s bridal [hair | makeup] all made up [formal wear] men’s wearhouse [engagement ring | wedding rings] david k. jewelers [wedding night] crowne plaza hotel redondo beach

LOVE STORY

Wayley first noticed Kathleen during an intramural basketball game at the University of California but they did not start spending time together until nine years later. Because their relationship has always been very comfortable, Kathleen and Wayley felt free to be themselves from the very start.

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VIVACIOUS

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LOVE NOTE

Nisha and Patrick tried to keep their wedding a traditional Indian celebration with Patrick making his grand entrance on an elephant but added touches of vintage flair to perfect their special day.

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VENDOR LOVE

a good affair wedding and event production agoodaffair.com [wedding consultant]

inviting occasion invitingoccasion.com [floral design]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

found vintage rentals foundrentals.com [vintage rentals]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [bridal jewelry | bridal shoes | formal wear]

bloomingdale’s

bloomingdales.com/registry [registry]

the cocktail concierge cocktailcrg.com [bar]

[venue] vibiana [photography] tosti studios [caterer] natraj [linens] designer specialty linens [rentals] krushna mandap decoration [invitations] papyrus [stationery] invitation design studio [entertainment | lighting] 3d sounds, have trunk will travel, inc. [hair | makeup] hair comes the bride [videography] isabel cinémathèque [favors] elsie j prints and donkers [staffing] five star staffing [bridal salon | mothers’ dresses] atirma collection

LOVE STORY

Nisha and Patrick didn’t anticipate an ordinary weekly trip to the grocery store would offer a chance meeting for the love of their lives. But after that fateful day, they knew this was something special.

It was not long

before Patrick asked Nisha to be his wife.

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LAVISH nicole & hubert

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LOVE NOTE

The venue was formal and classic, yet the bride, groom and guests all relaxed and had a great time with funny speeches, games and a choreographed group dance.

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VENDOR LOVE barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

square root

squarerootdesigns.com [floral design | rentals | lighting]

kimberly bradford event planning and design kimberlybradfordevents.com [wedding consultant]

mon amie

monamie.com [bridal salon | hairpiece | veil]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

[location | linens | caterer] the millennium biltmore hotel [cake] nancy k designs [ceremony entertainment] naples chamber ensemble [reception entertainment] carcano dj [videographer] custom made productions [stationery] patricia ducharme [gown design] lazaro [bridal jewelry] macy’s [bridal shoes] stuart weitzman [hair] ona zimmerman [wedding rings] sam jewelry, robbins brothers [officiant] father bill murphy

LOVE STORY

For Hubert’s birthday, Nicole planned a picnic at a park in Laguna Beach followed by a romantic dinner.

Hubert decided to turn

the tables on Nicole and transformed his birthday celebration into a marriage proposal.

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LOVE NOTE

Greatly influenced by Jane Pride and Prejudice, this wedding highlighted their literature, vintage, and romance.

Austen’s couple’s love for Victorian

LITERARY catherine & clayton

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VENDOR LOVE aquafuzion

aquafuzion.com [wedding consultant | floral design | linens]

found vintage rentals foundrentals.com [vintage rentals]

wedding paper divas weddingpaperdivas.com [stationery]

[venue | catering | cake] lindley scott house [photography] mark brooke photography [hair | makeup] fanny huang, stacy wu [invitations] sophia liao [favors] ebeehoney.com [gown design] oleg cassini [bridal salon] david’s bridal [bridal shoes] aldo [formal wear] cache [bridesmaid dresses] modcloth, bluefly, asos [mothers’ dresses] macy’s [wedding rings] tiffany and co. [registries] macy’s, target, bed bath and beyond, rei [honeymoon] greece [travel agency] homeric tours

LOVE STORY

For their first vacation together, Clayton took Catherine to Hawaii and she had no idea that along with his clothes, he had also packed a ring. There were several close encounters where Catherine almost discovered Clayton’s secret, but luckily the ring stayed tucked away

and

Clayton

surprised

Catherine

during a romantic walk along Waikiki Beach.

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LUXURIANT

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VENDOR LOVE duke photography dukeimages.com [photography]

[venue | lighting | transportation | cake] bellagio las vegas [wedding consultant] fancy that event design and coordination [floral design] tic tock couture florals [rentals] chameleon chairs [stationery] creative works designs [catering] Caspian [favors] patchi [entertainment] bijan mortazavi [videography] visual masterpiece [gown design | bridal salon | hairpiece | veil] ver wang [bridal shoes] valentine and Christian louboutin [formal wear] Armani [flower girl dresses] lovella bridal

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AMOROUS tamara & john

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LOVE NOTE

John and Tamara wanted their wedding to feel timeless and romantic. They also incorporated a rustic, Italian theme throughout the weekend, which included engraved cutting boards with Italian cookbook favors for guests and an Italian chop chop salad.

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VENDOR LOVE the us grant

usgrant.net [venue | lighting | caterering]

kathy wright & co. kathywrightandco.com [floral design]

cbs lifestylist

cbslifestylist.com [wedding consultant]

nrg music and productions nrgmusicandproductions.com [entertainment]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [bridal shoes] [linens] apr linens [officiant] jack heidenreich [photographer] jana williams [rentals] apr fine linens [lighting] psav presentation services [stationery] the m collection by mathes & co. [cake] sweet cheeks baking company [videography] dave baez [transportation] simply elegant vintage vehicles [gown design | veil | formal wear] vera wang [bridal salon] warren barron bridal [bridal jewelry] j. crew, bcbg and posh [hair | makeup] team nicole [bridesmaid dresses] max and cleo [flower girl dresses] chic lil’ love bugs [wedding rings] r. f. moeller and yurman [magazines] twentypages [photo booth] rocket photos by cre8tive xchange [registries] pottery barn, macy’s and zgallerie [honeymoon] bali, indonesia

LOVE STORY

Tamara and John became instant friends from the second of their first handshake. After graduation, Tamara decided to move to Los Angeles and John was not only her roommate, but also drove Tamara around for job interviews and tours of the city. He was such a rock for her during that time that Tamara considers moving in with John one of her best decisions.

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SINCERE danielle & chandler

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LOVE NOTE

Even when rain required the outdoor reception to be moved indoors, each and every detail of this vintage wedding continued to impress Danielle, Chandler and their guests.

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VENDOR LOVE barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

rancho las lomas rancholaslomas.com [venue]

inviting occasion invitingoccasion.com [floral design | linens]

24 carrots

24carrots.com [catering | rentals]

found vintage rentals foundrentals.com [vintage rentals]

[entertainment | lighting] elevated pulse productions [videographer] sketch cinema [stationery] lakin graphics [cake] beverly’s best [wedding consultant] lvl events [photo booth] allstar photobooth [gown design | hairpiece | veil] jasmine couture [bridal jewelry] etsy, design by kara [bridal shoes] enzo angiolini

Danielle

and

LOVE STORY Chandler

were

high

school

sweethearts that are complete opposites, but balance each other perfectly.

When Chandler

proposed, he knew that it was important to include Danielle’s family and asked both her mother and father for their permission. Once he had their blessing, Chandler asked Danielle to spend the rest of her life with him and she happily accepted.

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LOVE NOTE

This comfortable Southern California wedding was the perfect mix of pink and white floral designs, rustic tables, custom calligraphed signs and a garden setting.

ETERNAL aaron & taylor

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VENDOR LOVE laura hooper calligraphy lhcalligraphy.com [stationery]

[location] rancho de cielo [photographer] next exit photography [wedding consultant] vala events [floral design] holly flora [linens] la tavola linens [rentals | lighting] smart party rentals [caterer] monrose catering [entertainment] vox djs and paul lemire [bridal salon | bridesmaid dresses] demetrios bridal [hairpiece | veil | bridal jewelry] the white dress [hair | makeup] sabrina snowen [formal wear] astor and black [caricature] ray hofsted [registries] crate and barrel, macy’s, williams-sonoma [honeymoon] kaui, hawaii [travel agency] vicki voll

LOVE STORY

For both Aaron and Taylor, the moments leading up to their wedding ceremony were their favorite. Taylor was well past excited as she waited with her bridesmaids before walking down the aisle and Aaron was thrilled as he watched his beautiful bride come towards him on their wedding day.

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LOVE NOTE

The proposal may have been traditional, but this couple chose fashionable Italian apparel with touches of pink and purple offset against a classic backdrop for their wedding day.

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VENDOR LOVE bianca weddings biancaweddings.com [wedding consultant]

[ceremony location] santa paola in cinzano, italy [reception location] santa vittoria d’alba [photography] idea foto

LOVE STORY

It was love at first sight for Lisa and Andrea. Lisa did not expect to meet her future husband when she planned a Caribbean holiday, but it only took a few days for Andrea to find Lisa by the pool and fall head over heels. Andrea chose tradition when he proposed to Lisa in her home during the Christmas celebrations. It was clear to everyone who saw Lisa and Andrea at the wedding that this is a couple that is so naturally in love.

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VENDOR LOVE bianca weddings biancaweddings.com [wedding consultant]

[ceremony location] piana biglini alba, italy [reception location] monte oliveto, di casa monticello [photography] idea foto

LOVE STORY

Elisa and Marco met at a birthday celebration in San Remo, a city located on the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in northwestern Italy. Before long, Marco whisked Elisa off to the Italian Alps for a weekend of skiing where he suddenly stopped, threw his ski mask to the ground and asked Elisa to marry him. Watching Elisa walk down the aisle with her father, it was clear that this is a union ďŹ lled with love, devotion and respect.

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LOVE NOTE

Simplicity reigned during this September wedding as the simple Italian countryside, fresh vineyards and elegant ceremony venue perfectly complemented the bride’s flawlessly flowing gown.

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DISTINCTIVE

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Ani and Norvan wanted to make their wedding one of a kind with a lot of craftsmanship. It was all worth it when they walked into the ballroom for the first time and saw what they had envisioned during their year of planning.

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VENDOR LOVE duke photography dukeimages.com [photography]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

[ceremony venue] st. garabed armenian church [reception venue] hilton hotel [wedding consultant] fancy that events [floral design] tic tock couture florals [linens] white night design [rentals] revelry event designers, white night design and chameleon chairs [carpeting] primo xl [lighting] lighten up [stationery] copper willow [catering] roberts catering service [cake] cake crumbs [favors] la duree [entertainment] dikran asatryan and dj alex [videography] konstanten film [transportation] platinum style [gown design | bridal salon | hairpiece | veil] monique lhuillier [bridal jewelry | wedding rings] cartier [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair | makeup] henry atelier salon [formal wear] mohan custom tailoring [bridesmaid dresses] nicole bakti [mothers’ dresses] marchesa [flower girl dresses] joan calabrese [honeymoon] bora bora [travel agency] svh travel

LOVE STORY

When Ani was young, she saw Norvan and immediately developed a teenage crush. When a few years passed, and Ani was older, they met through friends and have been inseparable ever since.

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Planning their classic, elegant wedding took time but once they were married to the one they loved, everything was perfect.

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VENDOR LOVE jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

summit house restaurant summithouseweddings.com [venue | catering]

glow concepts glowconcepts.com [linens]

[wedding consultant] at your door events [floral design] commerce flowers [rentals] modern chair rental and floral prop rental [reception entertainment | lighting] freelance event sound and lighting [stationery] paper crew [cake] sweet and saucy shop [favors] photo shenanigans [ceremony entertainment] ocdamia strings [videography] kroh media [gown design] enzoani bridal and blanche couture [bridal salon] the wedding day [veil] erica koesler [hairpiece] mikiye creations [bridal jewelry] bel aire bridal [bridal shoes] benjamin adams [makeup] flawless faces [hair] audrey honeycutt [formal wear] porto filo suits and suit street [bridesmaid dresses] bill levkoff [mothers’ dresses] jasmine bridal and jordan fashions [wedding rings] farah jewelers

LOVE STORY

Lisa and Omar met at a crawfish cookout and were instantly attracted to each other and sat talking for hours. They saw each other many times over the next few months at events and gradually got to know each other more. Finally, Omar sent Lisa a message telling her that he was not sure why, but he could not stop thinking about her. Finding each other was a dream come true.

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LOVE NOTE

Not even rain could dampen Ulises and Kari’s spirits on their flawless fall wedding day. Autumn colors, Cinderella pumpkins and dried leaves lining the aisle fit with the seasonal wedding theme that was only enriched by personal touches like the handpicked tins and homemade caramel apple favors.

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VENDOR LOVE cameron leung photography cameronleung.com [photography]

[venue] malibu lake mountain club [floral design] flowers by leah [catering] truly yours catering [cake] cakery bakery [videography] calsweet super 8mm wedding films [hair] ashlee norman [makeup] rosy hernandez [stationery] invite site [gown design] jim hjelm [bridal salon] lili’s bridals [bridal shoes] anthropologie [formal wear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] celest’s bridal [mothers’ dresses] macy’s [wedding rings] George Thompson diamonds [registries] macy’s and Williamssonoma [honeymoon] Puerto morales, mexico

LOVE STORY

After meeting while working at an elementary school, Kari's and Ulises's interests were sparked and they began dating. On Kari’s birthday, Ulises took her to the beach for a hike though a cave that opened up to a beautiful view of the sunset. While they watched, Ulises bent down to one knee, took a ring out of his pocket and asked Kari to marry him.

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VIGOROUS

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LOVE NOTE

Deep reds and vivacious purples, offset with silver accents was exactly the style this couple had imagined and it truly enhanced the sheer joy this wedding brought them and their families.

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VENDOR LOVE square root

squarerootdesigns.com [floral design | linens | rentals]

hyatt regency huntington beach huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com [venue]

[wedding consultant] ajita chopra events [photography] andrena photography [lighting] amber event production [caterer] natraj cuisine of india [cake] beverly’s best bakery [entertainment] dream world cirque and sound nation [dhol] jess tooray [videographer] imagique weddings [bridal shoes] jimmy choo and badgley mischka [hair | makeup] oscar naranjo [formal wear] yves saint laurent [engagement ring | wedding rings] omi gems [registries] macy’s and crate and barrel [honeymoon] santa barbara, california and italy

LOVE STORY

Prashant chose an evening with a full moon, a night filled with cultural significance, to ask Preeti to spend the rest of her life with him. He made the experience even more special by arranging a dinner immediately following their engagement and filling the tables with members from both families. The happy couple celebrated and toasted to their future long into their extraordinary evening.

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CHERISHED

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LOVE NOTE

This wedding was all about family with the bridal bouquet and sash fashioned from her mother’s wedding dress, a table full of family photos and the bride’s brother officiating the ceremony.

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VENDOR LOVE britt rene photo brittrenephoto.com [photography]

franciscan gardens franciscangardens.com [venue]

24 carrots

24carrots.com [catering]

found vintage rentals foundrentals.com [vintage rentals]

[wedding consultant] intertwined events [floral design] floral occasions [makeup] kacee geoffroy [cake] sweet gems [gown design] jim hjelm [bridesmaid dresses] macy’s [bridal shoes] rene caovilla, forever21 [wedding rings] boone titanium rings, ballard and ballard jewelers [entertainment] steve burdick events

LOVE STORY

One picked up where the other left off. When their friend hosted a housewarming party a few years ago, Nate caught Lindsey’s eye and she bravely approached him to begin a conversation. According to Lindsey, she failed miserably and quickly walked away.

Luckily,

Lindsey had also caught Nate’s eye so he tried again and it went much more smoothly.

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LOVE NOTE

Megan and Greg love good food and good drinks, so they named their tables after their favorite Bay Area restaurants and wrote personal stories on the back of the table cards telling how they found the restaurant and their memories there.

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VENDOR LOVE strotz photography strotzphotography.com [photography]

nicole miller

nicolemillersd.com [gown designer]

bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com [bridal jewelry]

[venue | catering | lighting] la costanera [wedding consultant] mango muse events [florist | hairpiece] jane’s flowers [linens | rentals] a-abco rentals [stationery] paper source [invitations] zazzle [cake] jessica miller [ceremony entertainment] paul snagg [reception entertainment] ian dionisio [transportation] nationwide limousine service [bridal salon] the wedding party [bridal shoes] vera wang [hair | makeup] mizu salon [formal wear] neiman marcus [bridesmaid dresses] banana republic [engagement ring] eric trabert goldsmiths [registries] macy’s, crate and barrel [honeymoon] bali

LOVE STORY

When Megan was still in school, she decided to apply for a part-time job at a restaurant that Greg was opening in Palo Alto. Megan accepted the job and was thrilled about how attractive her new boss was. Within a couple months, they both realized that their relationship was something special and Megan ended her parttime employment to begin her long-time love.

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Sanaz and John chose an intimate affair highlighted with the cobblestone, fountain and natural beauty of the wedding venue.

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samlimstudios.com [photography | videography]

serra plaza

serraplazaevents.com [venue | rentals]

jay’s catering

jayscatering.com [catering | linens | rentals | lighting | cake]

wedding paper divas weddingpaperdivas.com [stationery]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [hairpiece | bridal jewelry] [floral design] florals by jenny [lighting | entertainment] visions entertainment, inc. [favors] heifer international [transportation] international limousines, luxbus america [gown design] romona keveza [bridal salon] marylinn’s bridal [veil] mahtab [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair] jessie holiday [makeup] lynn’s makeup art [bridesmaid dresses] bcbg

LOVE STORY

A happy hour in the middle of winter turned Sanaz and John’s single lives upside down. Within

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they

were

inseparable with John continuously planning perfect dates with Sanaz. When a planned golf date did not happen, John promised Sanaz a round in the birthplace of golf, St. Andrew, Scotland, and this time they actually did.

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VENDOR LOVE sheraton cerritos sheratoncerritos.com [venue]

glow concepts glowconcepts.com [linens]

bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com [bridesmaid dresses]

aerialist press

theaerialistpress.com [stationery] [photography] steven lam [wedding consultant] dnt elite events [floral design] my wedding blooms [lighting] pacific events [catering] pickles indian cuisine [cake] helena wirth cakes [bridal salon] the ivory suite [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair] macaela jensen [makeup] patty berber [formal wear] hugo boss and armani

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HARMONY

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LOVE NOTE

An unpredictable moment where every guest joins the couple for their first dance together as husband and wife creates a light, fanciful and whimsical mood for this unforgettable wedding day.

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VENDOR LOVE bella vita events bellavitaevents.com [wedding consultant]

[photography] todd johnson photography [venue | catering] the langham huntington hotel [floral design] santa barbara style [cake] porto’s bakery [gown design | formal wear] gigi baracci [hair] courtney patterson [makeup] molly lafarga [bridal shoes] jimmy choo and christian louboutin [jewelry] rafello & co [bridesmaid | flower girl dresses] amsale [linens] la tavola [rentals] town and country event rentals [live band | lighting] city connection [stationery] proskalo [videographer] envision productions [entertainment | dj] bino bates [registries] williamssonoma, crate & barrel [honeymoon] maui, hawaii

LOVE STORY

Dominique was reserved but Donald was persistent. Once he laid eyes on her, he knew he needed to tackle the moment or he could lose her forever.

But, when it came to the

proposal, it was Donald who made Dominique wait.

He took her to an exclusive dinner at

the St. Regis Monarch Beach, waited until the end of the evening when Dominique thought that a proposal was surely not on the menu, and finally asked for her hand in marriage.

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VENDOR LOVE

marianne lozano photography studiolozano.com [photography]

serra plaza

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

jay’s catering jayscatering.com [catering]

wildflower linen wildflowerlinens.com [linens]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

lake forest limos lakeforestlimos.com [transportation]

LOVE NOTE

The wedding ceremony was very important to Veronica and Kelly, not only because they wanted to share their love for one another with family and friends, but also to create lasting, loving memories for their six children to have forever.

[wedding consultant] champagne taste [rentals] impact event rentals [stationery] calligraffiti [ceremony entertainment] ceremony essence entertainment [reception entertainment] moondance mobile music [videography] vantage point productions and mission visual [transportation] phat daddy limousine service [gown design] bonny bridal [alterations | veil beverly hills bridal [hair | makeup] design visage [spray tan] plush tan

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LOVE NOTE

A fantasy wedding in a beautifully restored 1920’s Spanish villa accentuated with domed ceilings and a giant stone fireplace set a scene of love and romance for the next ten years and the lives of these two best friends.

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VENDOR LOVE skybox event productions skyboxeventproductions.com [wedding consultant]

la venta inn laventa.com [venue]

new york food company

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nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [hairpiece | flower girl dresses] [photographer] adrienne gunde photography [floral design] lv floral events [stationery] jen simpson designs [favors] apropos roasters [ceremony entertainment] el real chamber players [reception entertainment] zuno productions [videographer] alumiq productions [bridal salon] oscar wedding group [bridal jewelry | engagement ring | wedding rings] gum mae diamonds and jewelry company [bridesmaid jewelry] palomaria [bridal shoes] enzo angiolini [hair | makeup] kelly zhang [formal wear] vera wang and men’s wearhouse

LOVE STORY

It may have taken Stacy and Brian nine years to get engaged but it only took them seven months to get married. Brian believes he knew Stacy was the one for him even before they began dating. Brian is Korean-American and Stacy is ChineseAmerican and each embrace the other’s cultural customs and have learned so much about them over the years that it has truly enriched their lives.

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LOVE NOTE

Sagar and April celebrated their marriage with a traditional Gujarati Hindu ceremony surrounded with a warm gold color palette and deep red flowers then celebrated in Union Station using bright yellow tulips to highlight the venue’s natural beauty.

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VENDOR LOVE square root

squarerootdesigns.com [floral design | reception consultant] [venue] los angeles union station [photography] harvard photography [ceremony consultant] sheer romance [linens | rentals] signature rentals [lighting] honored occasions [stationery] inviteink [catering] delhi palace [cake] chocolate fountain [ceremony entertainment] david trasoff [reception entertainment] element music and special occasions [videography] robles video productions [gown designer | formal wear | bridesmaid and mothers’ dresses] ctc [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair | makeup] oscar naranjo [wedding rings] robbins brothers [officiant] pratful joshi [dhol players] malidar tooray, jess tooray, jag tooray, puneet layal and ronak parikh [mehndi] five dimensions [registry] crate and barrel [honeymoon] kauai, hawaii

LOVE STORY

April and Sagar went to the Yard House in Irvine looking for good American food and a huge selection of draft beers but ended up finding each other. Before long, they knew that they were destined to be together and Sagar used a quiet moment in their home to ask April to be his wife.

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DEVOTED milda & joseph

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LOVE NOTE

A special love art exhibit offered guests a glimpse into the lives of the bride and groom with collages of love notes, post cards, boxes from old gifts and more.

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

evoke photography evokephotography.com [photography]

mon amie

monamie.com [bridal salon | hairpiece | veil | bridesmaid dresses | flower girl dresses] [location | caterer] terranea resort [floral design] shawna yamamoto event design [linens] fusion linens [rentals] barker décor service [lighting] amber event production [stationery] momental designs [cake] vanilla bake shop [candy bar] candee by sandee [ceremony entertainment] del lago trio [reception entertainment] evm entertainment and jordan music entertainment [dance lessons] orange county wedding dance [videography] visual masterpiece [gown design] lazaro [bridal jewelry] tiffany and co. [bridal shoes] manolo blahnik [hair | makeup] kelly zhang [formal wear] hugo boss, david Donahue, rolex [groomsmen formal wear] men’s wearhouse [mothers’ dresses] mon cheri, coli couture

LOVE STORY

Joseph and Milda met after they were both selected as trainees for the UCLA Medical Center. Joseph began asking Milda on dates. After several attempts, he finally convinced her to accept a study date and they quickly dated, and after became friends. They tried to keep their relationship quiet, but it did not take long for their fellow trainees to see that Joseph and Milda were madly in love.

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LOVE NOTE

Walking down the aisle and seeing the beautifully romantic environment that they created for their guests and themselves, made it all worth it.

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VENDOR LOVE brownstone place brownstoneplace.com [wedding consultant]

[photography] stephanie hogue photography [venue | catering | cake] four seasons resort, biltmore santa barbara [floral design | lighting] king dahl event design [stationery] the invitation spot [favors] glass with a twist [entertainment] scott topper productions [gown design | bridal salon | hairpiece | veil] winnie couture [bridal jewelry] swarovski [bridal shoes] enzo angiolini [hair | makeup] monique powers beauty boutique [formal wear] calvin klein [bridesmaid dresses] bill levkoff [mothers’ dresses] posh [flower girl dresses] alfred angelo [wedding rings] a. jaffe, triton [officiant] reverend robert m. bock [registries] macy’s, crate and barrel [honeymoon] st. lucia, caribbean

LOVE STORY

Jaime and Joel lived in the same area as children but didn’t meet until twenty years later and over two hundred miles from home.

But

when that day came, they were drawn to each other.

Six years after meeting, Joel asked

Jaime to spend the rest of her life with him while standing over the wishing well at Disneyland.

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LOVE NOTE

Erik can play almost any musical instrument, so Lexi and Erik lightly incorporated music into their big day by having each guest sign a guitar instead of a guestbook.

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VENDOR LOVE luxury estate weddings & events

luxuryestateweddings.com [venue | wedding consultant]

wildflower linen wildflowerlinens.com [linens]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [bridal shoes] [photography] true bliss photography [floral design] petals by xavi [lighting | reception entertainment] wave form events [ceremony entertainment] ellie choate [stationery] papyrus [catering] marks catering [cake] armando [gown design] maggie sottero [bridal salon | hairpiece | veil | bridesmaid dresses | mothers’ dresses] jinny’s bridal [wedding rings] kay jewelers [registry] honeyfund [honeymoon] sandals royal bahemian

LOVE STORY

Erik asked for Lexi’s phone number six times, but Lexi was shy. She soon recognized that she could lose something truly meaningful and ended up asking for Erik’s phone number from a friend. Erik knew he found someone special and this time, when he asked Lexi for something, to be his wife, she did not hesitate with her response.

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LOVE NOTE

Taking a big family photograph with both Sachi and Danny’s families, as they gathered close during the wedding ceremony, was especially meaningful because they were able to include family that had flown in for their special day from outside of the country.

sachi & danny

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VENDOR LOVE skybox event productions skyboxeventproductions.com [wedding consultant]

the ebell of los angeles ebelloflosangeles.com [venue | catering]

bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com [registry]

[venue | catering] the ebell of los angeles [photography] conrad lim photography [floral design] lv floral events [linens] fusion linens [lighting] tmmpro [stationery] felix rhys paperie [cake] the sunday sweet [photo booth] push 2 start photobooth [entertainment] zuno productions [gown design] casablanca [bridal salon] jaclyn’s bridal [bridal shoes] anthropologie [hair | makeup] muse makeup artistry [formal wear] hugo boss

LOVE STORY

For Memorial Day weekend, Sachi and Danny spent the day visiting Griffith Observatory then headed off to a late pizzeria lunch. Both Sachi and Danny love trying new beers, wines and foods, so Danny knew this was the ideal moment to ask Sachi the most important question of his life. As they sat together, crunching on their pie, Danny asked Sachi to be his wife.

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VENDOR LOVE fascinare

joyofevent.com [floral design] [venue | catering] odyssey [photography] kristen booth photography [videography] new classic films

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ELEGANCE vicki & dale

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The lush elegance and perfectly blended sparkle of this magical day brought together the best of the bride and groom who stayed true to themselves during the planning and loved every moment.

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VENDOR LOVE bella vita events bellavitaevents.com [wedding consultant]

four seasons westlake village

fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/weddings [venue | catering]

bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com [bridesmaid dresses]

nordstrom

nordstromweddings.com [flower girl dresses]

j. grace luxurious event stationery jgrace.com [stationery]

[photography] stephanie hogue photography [gown design] winnie couture [bridal jewelry] jewelry by michael weiderman [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair] elizabeth ferguson [makeup] amanda rodil [formal wear] armani [videographer] whitestone productions [entertainment] city connection [linens | rentals | lighting | floral design] karen tran florals [registries] macy’s, crate & barrel [honeymoon] rome, milan, lake como, the amalfi coast, italy

LOVE STORY

When they appeared in court on behalf of their clients in September 2004, Vicki and Dale had no idea that this was the beginning of the rest of their lives together. Both swore that they would never marry another attorney, but they would soon change their minds. Six years later, when Dale proposed while traveling in New York for Vicki’s birthday, she couldn’t have been more overjoyed.

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ADORNED stella & gary

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LOVE NOTE

This special wedding day was old world glamour and was as striking and memorable as the rest of this couple’s lives together will be.

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VENDOR LOVE taglyan complex

taglyan.com [venue | wedding consultant | catering | linens | lighting | rentals]

lovella bridal lovellabridal.com [bridal salon]

[photography | videography] royal gor [ceremony location] st. john armenian church [floral design] tic-tock couture florals [stationery] elite design [cake] special cakes by ruben [favors] godiva [entertainment] artash asatryan, andy and dj arthur [transportation] united royal coach [gown design] kenneth pool [hairpiece | veil] maria elena, pronovias [bridal jewelry] exotic diamonds [bridal shoes] christian louboutin, addicted 2b jeweled [hair | makeup] fame’s beauty salon [formal wear] brioni [groom’s shoes] tom ford [bridesmaid dressed] la femme [mothers’ dresses] varsik dresses, sarafia couture [wedding rings] exotic diamonds [honeymoon] france, italy

LOVE STORY

Although Stella and Gary were friends during college and both recognized their attraction to one another, neither one was brave enough to take the next step. Two years later, they met again, decided that it was now or never and began to get to know each other. Gary waited three years until he proposed to Stella while surrounded by their families.

Stella’s fondest

wedding moment was watching Gary arrive from the window of her room and hearing him call out for their families to bring out his bride.

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LOVE NOTE

This rustic romance wedding had a touch of sparkle with vintage lanterns and flowing dresses but also exhibited a certain character with touches like a European handfasting ceremony.

alissa & joseph

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VENDOR LOVE cameron leung photography cameronleung.com [photography]

padua hills

chantrellescatering.com [venue | catering | cake | linens | rentals]

wedding paper divas weddingpaperdivas.com [stationery]

[wedding consultant] wish wonder dream [oral design] art with nature [entertainment] entertainment express [lighting] entertainment express [favors] dizzybox photo booth company [bridal salon] marry me bridal [gown design] maggie sottero [bridal shoes] kate spade [hairpiece | veil] candi merle and crowning glory designs [hair] stephanie vosper [makeup] kandi mccall [formal wear] calvin klein [wedding rings] happy jewelry [bridesmaid dresses] jasmine bridal [registries] macy’s, crate and barrel [honeymoon] cancun, mexico

LOVE STORY

When Joseph planned his proposal to Alissa, he chose the most romantic location he could imagine: the Locks of Love Bridge in Paris, France.

The bridge is covered with padlocks

engraved with couples in love and locked onto the side of the bridge.

After Alissa said yes,

they engraved their initials into the padlock Joseph had been carrying, locked it onto the side of the bridge and threw the key into the River Seine, forever locking in their love.

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LOVE NOTE

Amanda struggled to hold back tears when she was walking down the aisle, but the moment she saw Austin, everything else melted away and she was instantly calm. Their traditional, romantic wedding was everything they dreamed of.

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VENDOR LOVE

a good affair wedding and event production agoodaffair.com [wedding consultant]

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classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

found vintage rentals foundrentals.com [vintage rentals]

24 carrots

24carrots.com [catering] [photography] klk photography [floral design] my floral bliss [lighting] honored occasions and infinity lighting [stationery] invitation design studio [cake] simply sweet cakery [entertainment] steve burdick events and the young guns [transportation] best chauffeured worldwide [hair | makeup] lasting look [gown design] oscar de la renta [bridal salon | hairpiece | veil] erin cole couture bridal [bridal jewelry] givenchy [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [formal wear] canali [bridesmaid dresses | flower girl dresses] alfred angelo [wedding rings] robbins brothers [registries] bed bath and beyond, crate and barrel [honeymoon] caribbean

LOVE STORY

Amanda and Austin were home, relaxing in their pajamas when Austin called Amanda upstairs. She was very confused to walk into a dark bedroom, but slowly began to understand as she saw Austin open a box with a light on it. He was down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.

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LOVE NOTE

From the detailed wedding cake to the pops of bright pink, it’s clear that these foodies have found love so beautiful and divine that they will be together for a lifetime.

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VENDOR LOVE skybox event productions skyboxeventproductions.com [wedding consultant]

sarina love photography sarinalove.com [photographer]

padua hills

chantrellescatering.com [venue | catering | cake | linens | rentals]

nordstrom

nordstomweddings.com [bridal shoes | maid of honor dress]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

[ceremony location] st. denis catholic church [floral design] the flower tray [entertainment | lighting] entertainment express djs [dessert] cool haus [videography] jordan hoffman [transportation] white knight international, inc. [gown design] oleg cassini [bridal salon | mothers’ dresses] david’s bridal [hair | makeup] cherry’s salon [bridesmaid dresses] maria rivero [engagement ring | wedding rings] nq jewelers

LOVE STORY

Kenneth told Michelle that they were entertaining friends in Las Vegas for the weekend, but when they arrived at their resort, he had filled the suite with candles, champagne and rose petals in the shape of a heart. Michelle thought that Kenneth was just being romantic until she heard Kenneth tell her that they actually had the weekend to themselves and saw him bend down to one knee.

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VENDOR LOVE duke photography dukeimages.com [photography]

kelsey events

kelseyevents.com [wedding consultant]

butterfly floral & event design butterflyfloraldesign.com [floral design]

lovella bridal lovellabridal.com [bridal salon]

the cocktail concierge cocktailcrg.com [bar]

[ceremony venue] st. sophia cathedral [reception venue] vibiana [linens | rentals] luna party rentals [rentals] smart party rentals [lighting] amber event production [stationery] paper and thread [catering] tanino restaurant [cake] sweet and saucy [gown] edgardo bonilla [entertainment] takis kokotas greek entertainment [videography] plug video productions [honeymoon] italy

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GRACEFUL amber & brian

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LOVE NOTE

Before walking down the aisle and sharing their day with family and friends, a first look allowed a few special moments of intimacy on a rooftop high above a crowded city.

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TRUE LOVE amber & brian

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VENDOR LOVE intercontinental los angeles intercontinentallosangeles.com [venue | catering]

bella destinee

belladestinee.com [wedding consultant]

butterfly floral & event design butterflyfloraldesign.com [floral design]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formal wear]

[gown design] shibu [veil] panache bridal [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair | makeup] jenny o makeup [photography] priscila valentina photography [stationery] reply by design studio [cake | dessert] moa cake studio [ceremony entertainment] your harpist [reception entertainment] valentine entertainment [linens | lighting] reflection events

LOVE STORY

Brian and Amber adore outdoor adventures, health and exercise, but it was a friend’s karaoke birthday that brought them together. Their first conversation was so amazing that Amber knew it would lead them into a beautiful friendship. But, it was Brian who knew that a wedding was in their future. Both are foodies who love exploring all types of cuisine, so Brian proposed to Amber during a special, romantic dinner on her birthday.

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consultants

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consultants

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décor | rentals

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floral design

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Luna Gardens 310.281.2565 lunagardensevents.com

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gowns | fashion

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Lovella Bridal 818.248.0026 | 818.246.INES lovellabridal.com

Square Root 949.380.3320 squarerootdesigns.com

gowns | fashion

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Butterfly Floral & Event Design 323.882.8400 butterflyfloraldesign.com

Farabela's Touch 818.352.7212 farabelasevents.com

Empty Vase 310.278.1988 emptyvase.com

floral design

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Mon Amie 714.546.5700 monamie.com invitations

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Liora Sky Luxury Invitations 818.481.1768 liorasky.com

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invitations

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Petalos di Pauli 310.880.8405 petalosdipauli.com

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Evoke Photography 800.388.9401 evokephotography.com

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Luxury Estate Weddings & Events 866.551.2199 luxuryestateweddings.com venues

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