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When we created and introduced the inaugural edition of Ceremony Magazine 12 years ago, we did so with two mantras in mind: weddings are visual, so photography is key; and collaborate with the highest quality vendors and the magazine will follow suit. Those principles still reign true today. Ceremony Magazine has always been big on pictures and short on words, and it seems social media is emulating the same. With the likes of Pinterest and Instagram becoming the go-to social media sites, the whole world can now communicate in a language that has no barriers: pictures. Now more than ever, it’s the perfect complementary platform to view the best-of-the-best of Ceremony’s thousands of timeless inspirational wedding and photo shoot images. We hope you will follow us and find inspiration for your own wedding. While we revel in the limitless amount of ideas we can digitally find, we know that the most beautiful image is no substitute for finding quality vendors who can execute your vision. That is why we indulge in the pure Wedding IngenuityTM from Ceremony’s own family of wedding professionals that are right here in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. This Great List of wedding vendors contains not only many of the best in the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas, but also some of the finest in the country. It is their work that makes up a large part of this magazine, including 36 real weddings in this issue alone. Throughout the entire magazine, their web addresses are listed alongside their work as a helpful tool when you are flipping through Ceremony Magazine online. We are excited for what we know you are about to experience: meeting, collaborating with and perhaps even befriending some of the most creatively talented people you will ever know. As you travel along your wedding planning journey, preparing for life’s wondrous path of marriage and love, we encourage you to put extra special thought into the most significant aspect of the wedding celebration — the

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Jim Kennedy Photographers

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Jessica Elizabeth 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.

Capturing the chemistry and love of every couple we photograph with a modern, elegant and impactful style is what we do. 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.

Hi there! I’m Becca and I have the best job on the planet. I’m a natural light photographer who specializes in capturing stunning imagery that evokes true emotion. I’m known for my simple, romantic style and my awesome blog sneak peeks! My heart beats for true love, wedding cake, and the hundreds of tiny details that go into creating your perfect day. Nothing is overlooked, and you’ll be able to relive your day over and over in moments and details you might not have even noticed as they were happening. That’s where I come in. I’d love to meet you and hear more about your amazing plans!

Jessica Elizabeth is a full-service wedding photography and cinematography studio founded in 2008 by husband and wife duo, Jessica & Robert. Today the studio has grown to include a team of talented photographers and cinematographers who are passionate about our work and the clients that we serve. At our core, we are storytellers. Our photographic and cinematic philosophy balances contemporary with traditional, where fashion, fine art, photojournalism, and vintage appeal come together in perfect harmony.

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It is the combined images from the great list of photographers that make up a majority

of Ceremony. Their unique blend of personalities and photographic styles are brought to life, detail after detail, wedding after wedding, emotion after emotion, on the pages of Ceremony. This coveted short-list of Ceremony Los Angeles advertising partners is kept exclusively to a limited number of only the finest photographers in the industry.

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Simpson Portraits

I invite you to a personal photography session with me; it will change the way you see yourself. Sophia Loren said, “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief she is beautiful.” At Simpson Portraits, we specialize in beauty photography, including bridal couture, mother/ daughter/ sister sessions, magazine-style portraits, and elegant bridal boudoir.

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Whimsie Photo + Video

Sadi is a hopeless romantic at heart, and that romance has blossomed into a love affair with photography. You can feel in her images the emotion of every moment captured. Her focus throughout the day is to document every last detail, combining both posed and candid moments for a complete memento of the day. Brides and grooms are always taken aback at the feelings captured in her still imagery. She maintains a specialized company geared towards providing high end whimsical wedding photography and videography. The Whimsie team has been praised time and again for their customer service, professionalism and high end wedding products. The passion behind the photographs stands out above others and brings the wedding day to life.

Herman Au Photography Herman is a unique talent and a seasoned professional. His ability to work with both still image and motion picture gives him a unique perspective. His strong photography skills and deep understanding of light sets his work apart, and it shows in the variety of styles he shoots in from his masterful use of both natural and artificial light, to his always creative composition, and his unique directing approach that make his work full of life and personality.

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Michael Purdy Photography

Mike’s style is most appreciated by the bride that wants artwork; not just snapshots. It all begins with a well-planned high-fashion engagement shoot. Mike works with his clients to develop their custom style by using color swatches, mood boards and themes. The day of the wedding is well planned and his team knows when to lead the client and when to step back and capture oncein-a-lifetime moments. Whether the client is stiff or a natural with posing, Mike knows how to create an atmosphere that is fun and enjoyable so his clients feel relaxed and stay “in the moment” throughout the day. His company services all of Southern California and also specializes in destination weddings around the globe.

mcpurdy.com 800.471.1833

whimsiephoto.com 909.567.6267

Duke has been in the photography business for over 15 years. He began working for respected celebrity, portrait, and fashion photographers in his early years. Duke now owns his own successful wedding photography business in Pasadena, CA. He has his own team of second photographers and production artists that are essential to his business and just as dedicated to the photography industry as he is. 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.

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The Big Affair "The Big Affair" is a boutique company that specializes in providing elite wedding photography services in both Southern California and destinations across the world. Combining a classic sensibility with a contemporary eye for modern style and design, we present timeless, romantic, fun, and artistic photography designed to showcase the most beautiful imagery your special occasion can offer. We pride ourselves on our personalized client-photographer relationships, a customized workflow tailored to match our photography with your own personality and ideas, and the timely delivery of your precious moments after the fact. Every wedding is unique, and, at "The Big Affair", we firmly believe that your wedding photography should absolutely reflect the essence and joy of your precious moments through thoughtful preparation and an attention to detail that you truly deserve. But don't take our word for it: our clients rave about our services, and love the personal care we give to each and every couple. Please take a moment to read our reviews, and feel free to contact us today to begin your own wedding photography journey.

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Brittanee Taylor Photography

When I started my photography business in 2007, I had no idea how much it would change my life. At the time, I really enjoyed taking photos; it was my escape from intense study nights at the library. For so long I thought that I wanted to become a doctor, but as fate had it, I ended up becoming a wedding photographer! It seemed as though every time I tried to take a step forward in the medical field, a photography opportunity would land in my lap, and I went for it. Becoming a full time wedding photographer is the best decision that I've ever made. When you genuinely love what you do, you really never work a day in your life! Being a part of someone's wedding day is the biggest privilege I could ever receive, and I get to do it for a living! I am such a goober for romance and love stories that I truly am happy to be in the wedding industry. Every wedding is unique just as each couple I meet.

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The Argus Image It all began when I was 15. I picked up my dad’s film camera and my love affair with photography and capturing the beauty in the world around me began. I studied art and graphic design at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles and then I went to NYU to do a foreign language studies program. I had no idea that this was where I would find my inspiration. But that’s New York, a visually stirring glimpse of global diversity that spurred me to travel and take pictures. Whereas New York was my catalyst, Paris became my provocateur. It was there I learned the art of focusing on individual stories through my photography. After a nice long stint of traveling in Europe, I knew it was finally time to come home and work in Los Angeles to pursue my dream. I decided to take the plunge and start my own photography business, The Argus Image, where I've found a passion for shooting weddings. Each couple has such a unique story of who they are individually, and how they came together. I love to capture that narrative and delivering it visually so it can be enjoyed over and over again.

Erin Shimazu Photography

Erin is a professional wedding and portrait photographer from Los Angeles whose greatest photographic hope is to use art as a way to celebrate life and make people happy. She is the proud owner of her own business and has shot commercially both in the US and more recently internationally, while her work has been published both in print and online in the United States. Her first artistic passions were painting and drawing, but she fell in love with photography when she picked up her dad’s old film camera in high school. She has been shooting ever since. She has a degree in Fine Art and has studied at UCLA, Art Center, Otis College of Art and Design, and Santa Monica College. Other things that make Erin happy include: hula dancing, video games, good wine, people who are not afraid to be goofy with her, Dodger games with her Dad, and Almond Joys.

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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, beautiful ribbon 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 excitement awaits on the big day. Photography by Christopher Todd christophertoddstudios.com

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how do you know? How do you know…he’s 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 wedding professionals that we recommend and invite to join our family of advertising partners. 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 professionals, we believe there is no specific formula for choosing who we invite to join our family. Probably not unlike you, we take a looksee 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. Additionally, the esteemed planners on the following pages each approach weddings in their own unique way, and we have interviewed each of them in order to give you an up close and personal look at their backgrounds, their ideas, and their wedding ingenuity. 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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Coordinator Spotlight THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: My first chapter was as a sales rep for a couture bridal boutique in Colorado. Then, I started working in the early 90’s under my own name, only to be detoured into entertainment where I spent the next 15 years acting, producing and writing and releasing two albums. I also had a production deal with NBC for several years and had high accountability to studio heads and was exposed to all facets of production from budget, production, legal and logistics.

BELLA VITA EVENTS

MY FAMILY: I am immensely blessed to be married 25 years to the same man. I have helped to shape and mold a beautiful child who is passionate, considerate and bright. My passion is to serve people and to help solve problems. I believe in being a solution maker.

DEBORAH JAMES

bellavitaevents.com | 818.874.0776

Idea Ingenuity

All in the Details

COLOR PALETTES: • Amethyst and silver or gold • Blush and pewter or gold • Tiffany blue and silver or crisp white • Shades of blues • Gold and silver • Grey and beige (griege) and pewter • Navy and silver

MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Color - it infuses emotion and I believe it is the essence in which all design starts. Also, making sure that the design is really coming from the heart of the bride.

BUDGET: Be realistic. Don’t start your life together wedding poor.

YOU’RE ENGAGED! YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS: Be realistic with your budget!

HOT: Estate weddings NOT: Chevron prints

LOVE IT: Mirrored furniture OVER IT: Candy bars

GUEST LIST: Ask yourself who will still be in your life five, ten and twenty years from now. MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT: Big Bands • Euro tech DJ’s • Bosinova style • Quartets • Duel violins •

VIDEO: • Same day edit video highlights are a fun way to share the day with your guests at your reception.

"I love weddings because it ’s a privilege to share such an intimate experience and rite of passage in a couple’s life."

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3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Thoughtful, inspiring and passionate I FIND INSPIRATION IN: The heart of my client

MY FAVORITE WEDDING VENUES: Spanish Hills, Bel Air Bay Club, Ojai Valley Inn, Hummingbird Nest Ranch and private estates MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP: Z Gallerie, Etsy, Overstock, Houze, Pinterest MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT OF ALL TIME: Villa San Michelle in Florence, Italy THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: When my son was born MY CLAIM TO FAME: To still have a thriving business with a respectable reputation IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Travel, travel, travel! I BELIEVE: We all have a calling and that this is mine

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME: I’m a serious soccer mom. 3 WORDS OTHERS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE ME: Integrity, transparent, fun MY FAVORITE STAYCATION: Disneyland. It’s the happiest place on earth to lose yourself in.

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Coordinator Spotlight THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: Originally, there were 4 creative women who each specialized in a different forte such as fashion, floral, graphics and organization. Bringing those talents together, they created Aquafuzion, a full service planning company that is now owned by one of the original four and employs over 20 talented individuals to create floral pieces, design custom invitations and plan exquisite weddings and events. FAMILY: The owner of the company, Debbie Liaw, has been married to Jeffrey Lam for 11 years. They are blessed with two lovely children, Jayden, age 8, and Valerie, age 5.

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Idea Ingenuity

All in the Details

COLOR PALETTES: Muted, soft, and romantic colors that reflect inner beauty. Natural earth tones are prominent as well as pale greens, pastel peaches and violets.

MY DREAM WEDDING: Would be absolutely filled with overflowing natural beauty and unending details in a quaint setting with close family and special friends.

DÉCOR: Metallics are going to be huge in the wedding scene in 2016. You can incorporate them anywhere from stationery, décor and floral to vases and wedding cakes. The sparkle can instantly add a glamorous tone to your big day.

3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Tasteful, timeless, and traditional

WEDDING MENU; A fresh, local, farm-to-table menu is still a big hit compared to the traditional wedding banquet plated menu. Opt for a menu that truly reflects you as closely as possible. For example, a raw food banquet, gluten-free 3 course meals, or even a paleo diet menu. A unique and personalized craft cocktail station is always a plus! WEDDING FAVORS: Favors that are useful and meaningful, such as ones that give to humanity or can be enjoyed at the wedding, are a great idea. WEDDING TRADITIONS: Taken from English tradition, the bride is given symbols of good luck in the shapes of horseshoes and keys from family and close friends. She then carries these tokens tied with satin ribbons down the aisle with her floral bouquet.

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I FIND INSPIRATION IN: The bride and groom. Seeing and hearing the couple interact with each other and experiencing the love between them is always truly inspiring. I LOVE WEDDINGS BECAUSE: We are able to experience the expressions of love in so many beautiful stories, settings, and styles. MY FAVORITE WEDDING VENUES: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena and The London Hotel MY FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP: The Los Angeles Flower District IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Host a huge, fancy appreciation celebration for all our past clients and the vendors we work with on a regular basis I BELIEVE: Kindness and sincerity are the keys to open many doors THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME: To love others and be loved by others MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Throwing trash on the ground. It’s not being considerate of those who follow behind you. MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving — I love the whole concept of being grateful and not taking life for granted. THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: When I became a part of the growing company, Aquafuzion.

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HARVARD PHOTOGRAPHY

Fabulous weddings do not happen by chance. They are planned well in advance with the help from a professional, dedicated, and creative team. What sets Aquafuzion apart is that not only are we coordinators with flair, but we are comprised of talented designers with artistic forte in customized invitation design and floral decor. Aquafuzion is truly your one-stop-shop. 1.866.395.2168 ~ www.aquafuzion.com ~ events@aquafuzion.com ~

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Coordinator Spotlight WE STARTED OUR BUSINESS IN: 2008

At Your Door Events

THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: We became friends while working in the marketing department of a specialty children’s toy company. When the economy took a plunge in 2008, we left the company but remained friends. Talking about our dreams and what we would do next with our lives over dinner one night, we casually mentioned opening a business together. We brainstormed on the skills we both had in common and soon discovered that event planning was a passion we both had. On a scrap piece of paper we wrote the terms of our business partnership. With over 400 weddings under our belt, what was a casual conversation about our dreams turned out to be an amazing journey of a solid event planning business.

Jenny Goodman & Sara Holland

atyourdoorevents.com | 888.489.9671

Idea Ingenuity VIDEO: Although photography continues to be a big part of a couple’s budget, we feel like more emphasis needs to be placed on videography. Still pictures are beautiful, but hearing the vows, the toasts of your friends, and seeing the facial expressions of happiness are priceless. REHEARSAL DINNER: Don’t forget to take into account the partners/spouses of your bridal party when planning the rehearsal dinner. It’s also proper etiquette (and highly recommended) to invite out of town guests to the rehearsal dinner. Take this time to graciously thank your bridal party, immediate family, and out town guests for investing in your special day! CEREMONY: More emphasis needs to go to making the ceremony extra special. Don’t be shy about personalizing it and telling your love story. Writing the vows, whether personal or traditional, in a small book that you can exchange at the altar is sweet. On your wedding anniversary, you can bring out the vows and read them back to each other as a way of celebrating what your wedding was about in the first place. COLOR PALETTES: Think calming, soft, and peaceful colors for 2016: rose quartz, peach hues, light blues, lilac, grey, and all colors that are not restricted to gender but can be playful and give the sense of serenity. FASHION: A huge percentage of wedding dresses are strapless, but in 2016 the spaghetti strap will be making a clever and practical appearance. We’re also excited to see a bold and confident bride choose a midriff-baring two-piece dress or a dress with a sexy slit! FOOD & BEVERAGE: Couples are constantly looking for creative ways of serving dinner. A trend that we’ve seen and love is when the food is served at interactive stations. Guests can choose what they want to eat plus it serves as a way of entertainment. We’ve seen an increase in more relaxed type dining instead of traditional served dinners. LOVE IT: Unique venues like restored theaters, museums, old banks and gardens

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Charis Events & Design

Charis Events & Design is a full-scale event production company based in Southern California. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Grace has gained her respect as an event producer nationwide. She understands that successful events are the culmination of stunning visuals, creativity and flawless execution. She has shown her talent in an array of events, including fashion shows during Fashion Week, and her work has been featured on both online and printed materials. Her specialty is conceptualizing one of a kind events that create a lifetime of memories. Charis's events are easily customized, and Grace's experienced team will produce and oversee all elements to ensure a seamless event. Grace associates with ABC, ISES, Event Planners Forum, and Fashion Group International.

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charisevents.com | 213.819.0160

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All in the Details

BEAUTY: Brides are preferring natural curls with accents of flowers and jewels over up-dos.

3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Luxury, timeless and graceful

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Fun cocktail bars are on-trend. The bride and groom can make their own cocktail to be served to the guests, like a cocktail in the form of jello served on a spoon. A nitrogen associated cocktail and ice cream bar is still popular among couples as well.

I FIND INSPIRATION IN: Traveling, art, hotels, movies and my everyday life

TRANSPORTATION: A fun shuttle service is something to consider! Couples can add customized signs/phrases like “Jane and Joe are getting hitched” and/or “New Mr. and Mrs. John Doe” to make it more personalized. Plus, this way all the guests know where to go! DESTINATION WEDDINGS: Spending a weekend with your nearest and dearest is always great, but it is especially wonderful on your wedding weekend. With the same budget as would be allotted for a local wedding, couples tend to invite less guests and offer more treats while making memories with their closest friends and family.

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IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Experience every single five-star hotel and restaurant in the world I BELIEVE: In myself

3 WORDS OTHERS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE ME: Passionate, sophisticated and elegant MY FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Go, Lakers! MY FAVORITE DRINK: Champagne

"If money were no object, I would experience every single five-star hotel and restaurant in the world. "

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THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: I had a retail business providing clients with Greek baptismal and wedding accessories. This business gave me the opportunity to interact with clients that were in need of wedding assistance. My first wedding was at the Beverly Hills Hotel; I assisted a friend with her daughter’s wedding. Guests from that wedding passed on the word.

Hellenic Designs Georgia Covell

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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: I attended UCLA and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I worked in the import and export industry until I had my children. While at home, I opened a retail business that catered to the Greek community. This allowed me to be a stay at home mom and provided me with something to do while my children were at school. MY FAMILY: I’ve been married to a wonderful and understanding husband for 29 years. We have two boys, Matthew and James, and a plot hound that we adopted from the pound named Electra.

Idea Ingenuity CEREMONY: In church ceremonies of different ethnic backgrounds, try to incorporate some element of the other person’s cultural heritage. For example: I have a client that is Greek but marrying a Filipino. Our priest is allowing the couple to bring their priest to participate in the service. At the end of the Greek ceremony, the Filipino priest will give a blessing and celebrate some of their traditions. COLOR PALETTES: Many brides are very traditional when it comes to color palettes. It would appear that there are really no seasonal colors. Pastels are still preferred with ivory and blush pinks as big winners. DESSERT & CANDY BARS: Don’t skimp on dessert or candy if you are planning on providing guests with this experience. Make sure you have plenty and a variety. MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT: In addition to the DJ and/or band, entertainment can add a little pizzaz to the wedding celebration. TRANSPORTATION: Don’t forget about homecoming and prom when considering a limousine. Limousine companies tend to book early and pricing during this peak season is high. BUDGET: People are always afraid to talk about his topic. A budget helps the vendor know what they can offer you. It helps in determining what you can and cannot afford, thereby finding vendors that meet your specific financial constraints.

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All in the Details MY DREAM WEDDING: Would be in a small church on an island with the reception overlooking the water and dancing until sunrise MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Everything in moderation and keep true to the things you like A FAVORITE WEDDING THAT I HAVE PLANNED: Anita and Bani’s Assyrian wedding. They combined new and old world traditions that made their wedding an unforgettable experience for all of their guests. The groom and his family picked up the bride from her house where they announced their arrival with the traditional musical instruments of the zurna and daouli. The groom and his family (50 of them) danced in front of the bride’s house before entering the house. The groom performed a male dance with all of the groomsmen waving specially made kerchiefs (yalikhtha). The kerchiefs were handmade by the groom’s mother and given to the guests. At the wedding reception (500 people in attendance), the party continued into the late hours with a famous Assyrian singer. 3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Elegant, clean and classy I FIND INSPIRATION IN: European cities, architecture and nature THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: When I married my husband

YOU’RE ENGAGED! YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS: Enjoy your engagement. Time goes by so fast. Don’t get so caught up in the wedding plans that you forget to enjoy each other’s company. MY FAVORITE WEDDING VENUES: Biltmore Los Angeles, Terranea, Westlake Village Inn, Bacara Resort, Montage, Santorini and Mountaingate Country Club MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP: Small boutiques, Nordstrom, Pier 1 Imports, William Sonoma, Crate and Barrel

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JOHN & COLETTE

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THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: I bought the business from my mentor who was the prior owner of the company.

Master Plans Yingka Chou

master-plans.com | 310.480.3848

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: • College: Went to USC with emphasis in Interpersonal Communication and Business Management • Work Experience: nonprofit youth leadership development during college, event marketing for several years, hotel management for a couple years and floral event design production for 2 years • Languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, Conversational Spanish, English MY FAMILY: • Married to a computer nerd. Quite the opposite from my line of work. • I have 2 dogs who are like my kids

Idea Ingenuity COLOR PALETTES: Love, love, love French blue mixed with anything else. It’s such a classic neutral that people overlook. Europeans have been using this color since medieval times and it’s still around. FLOWERS & DÉCOR: While Pinterest is a great idea-gathering tool, tangibility helps to put things in perspective. Go to your local fabric or flower district to really touch and feel and put things together. Make your own mock up designs to help you decide what you love. DESTINATION WEDDINGS: I think more and more couples are opting to do destination weddings to keep their guest count intimate and as an opportunity to explore and travel. It’s a perfect getaway with loved ones, and those who really want to make it will go. GUEST LIST: One of the hardest parts of wedding planning is not being able to get answers or narrow your guest list. Be firm and say no to additional guests or requests if you really can’t accommodate. This will help you stay on budget. Putting assigned number of seats on your RSVP card is a great way to eliminate the question of how many are invited. WEDDING TRADITIONS: Ask family and grandparents about personal traditions or historical elements to tie into your wedding. Surprisingly, I find many of my couples know very little and rely on planners to tell them about their own culture and traditions, which makes it less personal when you can’t relate. LOVE IT: Classic, timeless and elegant elements OVER IT: Rustic, garden, boho

"I believe that being sympathetic and listening with an open heart enlightens your soul."

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All in the Details MY DREAM WEDDING: A wedding in Versailles Palace or any of those French chateauxs 3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Eclectic, classic and modern I FIND INSPIRATION IN: Landscapes and music

MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP: Furniture and interior design places IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Buy a ranch and own horses MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Ambience is everything. Every little detail from lighting to the type of chairs and linens will change the tone. Mixing different types of elements is a great way to showcase personality and should be incorporated into the design to make the wedding personal. SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME: I love the great outdoors (like hiking and mountain climbing) as much as I love museums and architecture and having afternoon tea. ON MY BUCKET LIST: Attend a masquerade ball in Versailles or Carnival in Rio THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME: My family and integrity MY FAVORITE SPOTIFY/PANDORA STATION: Classical, new age and piano MY FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: San Antonio Spurs

MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Christmas music on repeat and Valentine’s Day MY FAVORITE DRINK: Moscato/white wines

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Coordinator Spotlight I STARTED MY BUSINESS IN: 2010

Events By Evelynn

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: I graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations. I worked for two different coordinators during college, and decided to start my own business upon graduating. Best decision I could have ever made!

Evelynn Korszyk

eventsbyevelynn.com | 626.215.0185

Idea Ingenuity BRIDAL FASHION: Colored hairpieces with a deep blue crystal broach or a coral feather piece COLOR PALETTE: French blue. It’s such a stunning, crisp and elegant color for spring or summer weddings! FAVORS: The best favors are ones guests can enjoy right away. Treat guests to sweetly wrapped grandma’s delectable chocolate chip cookies, and include the recipe for guests to make too! HOT: Champagne bars complete with different fruit, purees, juices and flavors! NOT: Un-groomed grooms. This is your wedding day; look your best! LOVE IT: Asking your guests to go “unplugged.” Not only will your guests have a great time, they will intently listen during the ceremony, watch every moment, engage with each other and actually be a part of the festivities. Let the photographer capture every moment amazingly while your guests simply have the time of their lives. OVER IT: Mason jars

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All in the Details MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Creating an event that is solely for the client, and that comes through relationship. I get to know each of my client’s personalities, passions and style. And through that relationship, we build on the design with our experience and expertise, creating a realistic vision by incorporating every aspect of an event, from colors and design to logistics and atmosphere. Every detail is thought out and cohesive. I FIND INSPIRATION IN: Just about anything I see. You just have to have an open mind to be influenced and inspired. YOU’RE ENGAGED! YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS: Before you start anything, get the big picture in mind. Sit down in a quiet, relaxed place. Clear your mind and focus on your dream day. Think of what you want to see, what you want to smell, and the things you want to experience. What are your priorities? Think of themes and colors. Write down keywords of what you want your wedding to be like. After you’re done and confident with your list, keep it in a safe place and refer to it often during the planning process. During the next few months, so many different options, colors and styles, and everyone competing for your attention will bombard you. Brides tend to lose focus on what they originally wanted, what they truly want. Read over your list, and almost always you’ll know what decision to make and what direction to go in. It’s a great way to clear your head and get back to focusing on what really matters. Remember, always have the end goal in mind. SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME: I am involved with the Special Olympics and have a deep love for people with intellectual disabilities. MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY: Christmas

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Coordinator Spotlight Sharibella’s owner and director of planning and design, S. Renea Martoff, has been designing beautiful and eloquent weddings since 1996. Renea brings her clients' visions to life with her creativity and attention to detail, whether it is creating custom invitations, place cards, designing event layouts, floral design, or custom designing a themed event. Sharibella offers event and wedding consulting, full-service event and wedding planning, same day wedding coordination, rentals and floral design.

Sharibella Events Renea Martoff

sharibella.com | 818.232.7844

Idea Ingenuity

All in the Details

COLOR PALETTE: Silver, black, white and gold. It’s very classy and glamorous!

MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Design every wedding around your couple. Use them as your canvas.

PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO & PHOTO BOOTHS: Stand out with an alter-ego photo shoot with your wedding party. Incorporate usage of a drone for your same-day edit, and make your photo booth fun and a reflection of you as a couple.

3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Classy, stylish, and chic

TRANSPORTATION: If you have a huge wedding party, a luxury party bus is a great idea. If it’s just the bride and groom, always shoot for an old classic Rolls Royce or a modern Mercedes Maybach - classy!

I LOVE WEDDINGS BECAUSE: They're a reflection on a new journey in one’s life. I’m a stickler for new beginnings.

BUDGET: Be realistic with your budget and set your wedding details around, not beyond, it. You still have a life to live afterwards. GUEST LIST: Keep your guest list tight and reserved for your very closest and dearest family members and friends. HOT: Any type of ghost chair, whether it’s a ghost chiavari or open back chair, is very elegant. NOT: Wood dance floors should be a thing of the past

LOVE IT: Calligraphy seating charts on oversized mirrors OVER IT: Seating place cards

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I FIND INSPIRATION IN: People, current events and things that are going on in the world today

YOU’RE ENGAGED! YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS: You should know your significant other’s favorite things by now. Incorporate those things in your wedding planning. MY FAVORITE WEDDING VENUE: Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles. Their built-in lighting system is everything! MY FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP: Is Paper Source. It’s my go-to place for all things paper. MY CLAIM TO FAME: People know me for appearing on reality TV with some of my celebrity clients. Others know me for the event PR work I do for some of my celebrity clients. IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Feed every homeless person living I BELIEVE: In positive karma. You are the energy you give.

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME: I’m very observant and very nosy! I must know all the details like I’m on the CSI Wedding Police Squad.

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The diversity of 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 venues.

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the lodge at torrey pines la jolla

A historical craftsman property situated on La Jolla's coastline with panoramic views of world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course, this is a setting unlike any other lodgetorreypines.com

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four seasons | westlake village

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

balboa bay resort newport beach

fourseasons.com/westlakevillage

Serving as the only luxury waterfront hotel in Newport Beach, the California coastal resort provides stunning waterfront views. balboabayresort.com

laguna cliffs marriott resort & spa | dana point

Among the magnificent cliffs in Dana Point, this oceanfront resort’s enchanting Victorian-style setting is perfect for romantic celebrations. lagunacliffs.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; VICTOR SIZEMORE; TRUE PHOTOGRAPHY; JIM KENNEDY; KATRINA JAYNE

the resort at pelican hill | newport coast

Pelican Hill is a magnificent blend of 16th century Palladian architecture and the beauty of the California coast. Ever-present ocean views serve as a magnificent backdrop for all your gatherings: a rehearsal dinner alfresco, wedding ceremony on the lawn and a lavish reception with panoramic Pacific views.

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the beachcomber cafe | crystal cove

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disney’s fairy tale weddings | anaheim

Tucked away in the Historic District, The Beachcomber Cafe’s multiple event sites with panoramic waterfront views present unlimited possibilities.

A dream is a wish your heart makes and whether your wish is for a wedding that's classically elegant or distinctly Disney, there is a venue that will make your dreams come true.

thebeachcombercafe.com

disneyweddings.com/california

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. thecasinosanclemente.com

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wiens family cellars | temecula

At Wiens Family Cellars, enjoy your ceremony surrounded by lush vineyards and the rich textures of a winery setting. Celebrate your Temecula wedding with unforgettable food and wine in a fully enclosed event pavilion, outdoor patio or intimate barrel room.

seven-degrees | laguna beach

Seven-Degrees is the juxtaposition of refined luxury and modern angles. From the smallest, seven-degree corner after which it’s named, to the native succulent landscaping and contemporary rooms, the venue has many facets and limitless opportunities. seven-degrees.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; PAUL BARNETT; JIM KENNEDY; DPARK PHOTOGRAPHY

park hyatt aviara | carlsbad

With its airy oceanfront terrace and striking regal ballroom, the resort promises lavishness and romance.

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Perched on 102 acres of oceanfront, walk down the aisle inches from the Pacific and exchange vows with the horizon as your altar. terranea.com

the loft on pine | long beach

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pala mesa resort fallbrook

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Private gardens, scenic mountain views and 30-foot waterfalls create a beautiful surrounding for your wedding day.

Magnificent private estates of extraordinary grandeur set in Malibu, Orange County, Palm Springs and San Diego.

palamesa.com

luxuryestateweddings.com

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hotel laguna | laguna beach

Built in 1903, this chic urban venue boasts 10,000 square feet of wood floors, iconic columns, old brick walls, and vaulted "barn-like" ceilings with skylights, and an impeccably restored Great Hall.

Spanish archways, lush landscaping, courtyard, waterfalls and unique underground tunnels make a picturesque setting for a ceremony and reception.

theloftonpine.com

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With its own private beach, the Spanishinspired hotel offers an array of oceanfront ceremony sites. hotellaguna.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; EVOKE PHOTOGRAPHY; TRUE PHOTOGRAPHY; CLICK CHICKS

terranea resort rancho palos verdes

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This private country estate is its own enchanted village offering ambiances from expansive green lawns and garden nooks to ballrooms and banquet settings under the starry sky. theinnatrsf.com

franciscan gardens | san juan capistrano

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san diego zoo and safari park san diego & escondido

The unique and lush venues at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park create the perfect backdrop for your special celebration. It's a one of kind experience you and your guests won't soon forget! sandiegozoo.org/weddings

island hotel | newport beach

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rancho las lomas | silverado

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

Set amidst manicured botanical and zoological gardens, this California ranch offers a colorful and unique atmosphere.

franciscangardens.com

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; CHRISTOPHER TODD; JAIME CRAIG; BARNET PHOTOGRAPHY; SARGEANT PHOTOGRAPHY

hotel irvine | irvine

Contemplating a black-tie affair? A ballroom bash? Nuptials in the garden with a reception under the stars? Whatever your dream, Hotel Irvine will make it come true.

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The Colony House is a contemporary event venue featuring rustic accents in versatile indoor and outdoor spaces, influenced by Anaheim’s craftsman style architecture. colonyhouseanaheim.com | 714.576.8989 401 N Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805

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Set sail to celebrate your special day on the water. From intimate ceremonies to large-scale nuptials, engage in a uniquely amazing experience aboard a Hornblower yacht. hornblower.com

center club | costa mesa

Experience an incredible, unparalleled private club atmosphere that will be the perfect backdrop for the most memorable event of your life. center-club.com

doubletree by hilton | los angeles downtown

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pala casino spa resort | pala

Storybook lawns and gardens with views of Palomar Mountain serve as scenic and secluded ceremony settings. palacasino.com

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. thefivecrowns.com

orfila vineyards & winery | escondido

The tranquil Kyoto Garden offers a unique venue for romantic weddings in the city.

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

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; BRETT HICKMAN

hornblower cruises & events | san diego, marina del rey, long beach, newport beach

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SWEET SCENTED BREEZE OF THE BLUE PACIFIC FIRST KISS AT SUNSET AMIDST A VIBRANT NATURAL LANDSCAPE YOUR EVERLASTING MOMENT

Your ideal wedding is waiting at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. Impeccable service, world-class cuisine and unique local flair complement all your wedding activities. From the engagement party and bridal shower to the reception and accommodations, one of our trained wedding consultants will assist in crafting the perfect celebration for you and your guests. 2015

For more information contact us at +1 760 603 3670 or visit AviaraWeddings.com The trademarks HYATT™, Park Hyatt™ and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt International Corporation. ©2015 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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The beautifully restored 1920s Spanish villa is a historical landmark on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. laventa.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. nixonlibraryevents.com

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coto de caza golf & racquet club | coto de caza

the estate on second santa ana

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

The Estate is a full-service venue designed with versatility in mind. Think of the space as a home, equipped with plenty of beautiful rooms for entertaining

coto-de-caza.com

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the colony house | anaheim

the ebell of los angeles los angeles

Rustic event venue operated by 24 Carrots featuring versatile indoor and outdoor spaces influenced by Anaheim’s craftsman style architecture.

Indulge in Hollywood decadence at this landmark location, known for its regal courtyard and dining venues.

colonyhouseanaheim.com

ebelloflosangeles.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; IMAGERY IMMACULATE; KRISTINA ADAMS; JIM KENNEDY; DAVELLO PHOTOGRAPHY

la venta inn palos verdes estates

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Celebrate the wedding of your dreams at the city’s preeminent event space, featuring 360-degree panoramic views, 6,000 square feet of flexible space for up to 250 guests, access to the helipad, and much more. Whether you are looking to create a rustic farm-to-table event or a modern contemporary setting, our dedicated venue representatives will help make any event a memorable occasion. 633 WEST FIFTH STREET | 213.894.9000 | WWW.SKYSPACE-LA.COM |

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Allow your guests to enjoy this breathtaking and multifaceted event space while you take your vows with the sparkling pool, palms and the vast Pacific Ocean as your wedding backdrop. Nothing could be more perfectly California on your special day! waterfrontresort.com

summit house | fullerton

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

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hyatt regency mission bay | san diego

A unique and picturesque wedding site that will have the bride beaming and your guests staying to enjoy the surroundings until the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. missionbay.hyatt.com

the mission inn hotel & spa | riverside

With its breathtaking Spanish mission architecture and European charm, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa becomes a grand stage for creating unforgettable memories as you celebrate your new life together. missioninn.com

the langham huntington | pasadena

The Langham Huntington captures the grace and elegance of classic Southern California. With 23 acres of meticulously cultivated gardens and historic ballrooms, this iconic landmark hotel is the perfect wedding venue where your fairytale begins. langhamhotels.com/pasadena

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; JIM KENNEDY; HERMAN AU; NICK CORONA; VERA IN AUGUST

the waterfront beach resort, a hilton hotel huntington beach

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HORNBLOWER WEDDING CRUISES A DEPARTURE FROM THE ORDINARY.

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The newly renovated ballroom with extensive LED lighting truly transforms the room to fit your wedding, not the other way around. intercontinentallosangeles.com

oue skyspace LA & us bank tower | los angeles

The hills are alive at this country club, which is home to a spacious terrace room overlooking the mountains. clubcmr.com

aliso viejo country club | aliso viejo

OUE Skyspace Los Angeles is California’s tallest open-air observation deck and the premiere destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles.

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.

skyspace-la.com

alisogolf.com

loews coronado bay resort | coronado

hyatt regency huntington beach huntington beach

Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views overlooking downtown San Diego at this newly renovated waterfront resort. loewshotels.com

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carmel mountain ranch country club san diego

Elegant courtyards and grand ballrooms fill the resort, which is encompassed by the dazzling Pacific. huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; ZELO PHOTOGRAPHY; CALLAWAY GABLE; STUDIO LUXE

intercontinental los angeles century city beverly hills

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120 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 www.doubletreeladowntown.com | (213) 629-1200

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the ranch at bandy canyon | escondido

morgan run club & resort | rancho santa fe

Set deep in Bandy Canyon, this Southern California ranch is adorned Unique wedding venue and boutique resort reinvented with statewith rustic Road, cabins,Escondido, a dramaticCA pool and an authentic 1930’s adobe of-the-art renovations in the picturesque and peaceful community 16251 Bandy Canyon 92025 | 760.871.6494 | www.bandycanyon.com lodge in addition to a charming terrace and ceremony site. of Rancho Santa Fe.

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aquarium of the pacific | long beach

The breathtaking BlueofCavern exhibit anchors the Great to create a he Aquarium the Pacific in Long Beach provides bothHall a beautiful majestic aura for gatherings large or small. The intimate Café Scuba, with its and unique atmosphere for ceremonies and receptions, from intimate sunset views, overlooks the Seal and Sea Lion exhibit and Lorikeet Forest. gatherings to groups of 500.

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newport dunes | newport beach

Surrounded by the scenic upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and encompassing eight indoor and outdoor waterfront event spaces, Newport Dunes offers highly customizable settings for your big day. newportdunes.com

Dine under our Blue Whale, enjoy harbor views from our new roof Top

the most memorable location for your special day.

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verandas beach house | manhattan beach

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The Cape Cod style venue overlooks thriving gardens, koi ponds and the Pacific Ocean.

Private and lavish yachts are designed to match your personal style and theme.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; TRUE PHOTOGRAPHY; HARVARD PHOTOGRAPHY

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Nearby destination wedding venues in Northern California and Baja California can provide the perfect opportunity for those looking for all the benefits of a destination wedding, but without the potential constraints of long travel times or expensive travel costs for their guests.

Featuring picturesque, panoramic views of lush green views and rolling hills, and nestled in Livermore Valley wine country, the Palm is the ultimate romantic setting for a beautiful wedding in the vineyards. palmeventcenter.com

the westin st. francis | san francisco

Located in the heart of Union Square, this exceptional landmark hotel will transform your special day into a one-of-a-kind celebration that is both modern and timeless. westinstfrancis.com

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rancho la puerta | baja california

Situated beneath sacred Mount Kuchumaa, Rancho La Puerta’s world-class culinary center and organic gardens offer a unique wedding venue of unparalleled natural beauty and magic. rancholapuerta.com

intercontinental mark hopkins san francisco

Opening to great fanfare in 1926, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins is conveniently located in the crest of the illustrious Nob Hill and intersection to three cable car lines, commanding its reputation for historical legacy and service excellence. intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; HAZY LANE STUDIOS; JASMINE WANG; KATIE GARDNER; RHEE BEVERE; JASMINE WANG

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The unique and exotic settings at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park provide an unforgettable scene for your special day. Celebrate among gorgeous views and some of the most incredible creatures on the planet. Call 619-685-3259 or visit sandiegozoo.org/weddings for more information.

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A Mediterranean villa in the heart of the picturesque Livermore Valley Wine Country. Featuring a dramatic entry hall, rustic ceremony room, grand salon and lush courtyard, Casa Real is Old-World luxury for any occasion. casarealevents.com

quail lodge & golf club | carmel

The stunning scenery of Carmel Valley provides both an ideal setting and quiet country club atmosphere for your celebration. quaillodge.com

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the bridges golf club | san ramon

Defined by their majestic surroundings, this property has been described as a slice of Tuscan beauty in the heart of Northern California. thebridgesgolf.com

gundlach bundschu | sonoma

A timeless setting between the Pinot and Merlot grape vines connects couples to the beauty of this family owned and operated winery. gunbun.com/weddings

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; TYLER VU

casa real at ruby hill winery pleasanton

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rancho las lomas is one of the most elegant wedding locations in america. this restored early california rancho offers a private and intimate atmosphere, surrounded by an exquisitely manicured botanical and zoological garden. we welcome you to visit our special location.

19191 Lawrence Canyon, Silverado, California 92676 (949) 888-3080 • Fax (949) 888-3084 • www.rancholaslomas.com Corporate

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Field of Dreams

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In 1940, wellness gurus Edmond and Deborah Szekely had a revelation, “If we build it, they will come.” And so began the modern fitness evolution. Rancho La Puerta became the first health spa as we know them today, and over the past 75 years they have earned a healthy resume, including the #1 ranking by Travel + Leisure as the top destination spa in the world four out of the past five years. What started out in a windowless adobe “house” amongst the vast desert fields of Baja California with a wondrous view of Mt. Kuchumaa, a mountain held sacred by Native Americans for thousands of years, is now a 3,000-acre world-renowned destination for those seeking health, fitness, relaxation, and notably romance. The Ranch is still operated by the Szekely family today and is richly ingrained in Mexico’s deep-rooted traditions of family and hospitality. Notable areas of The Ranch’s growth include the 83 sprawling casitas decorated with fine folk art and authentic Otomi textiles, La Cocina Que Canta culinary center and cooking school, an unparalleled 6-acre organic farm, a top-notch spa, several gyms, structures and pools that seamlessly blend into its exquisitely manicured acres, and lucky for you, its new offerings for weddings and special events. The options are seemingly endless for The Ranch’s truly special experiences that take you from pre “I will” to post “I Do.” Destination Wedding Weekend Rancho La Puerta is the ultimate in destination weddings! If you are looking for an intimate destination wedding with your closest family and friends, without the added time and costs for travel, the three or four night stay for you and your guests would be a perfect option. Your wedding weekend may be one of the few times in your lives where you have everyone you truly love all together in one place at one time. The Ranch’s inherent qualities help to make that experience all the more special. With its “unplugged” mantra, all-inclusive amenities, family style dinners and variety of activities offered, there is something for everyone to do and yet still be together. You and your guests can partake in the array of fitness classes available for any level (including the popular cardio drumming); attend the Salsa y Salsa event where you will not only learn to make delicious salsa, but dance it as well; enjoy an exhilarating morning hike to La Cocina Que Canta for a healthy and tasty organic breakfast; hone your cooking skills in a hands-on cooking class and delight in the fruits of your labor; luxuriate in a hot stone facial followed by a rooftop outdoor spa dip and shower; indulge in wine tasting of the surprisingly phenomenal wines from the Valle de Guadalupe with sommelier Alberto Cortez; enjoy select breakfasts poolside during the splendid, gorgeous mornings; and best of all, revel in Manuel’s dance classes for the most fun you’ve ever had exercising. Perhaps you are dreaming of a destination wedding with a larger guest list and unique weekend activity options. The less- traveled, clean and somewhat sleepy border town of Tecate and its neighboring Valle de Guadalupe beckon. Guests may choose to stay at nearby Santuario Diegueno Hotel and visit The Baja’s magnificent wine region in the days before or after. While wine touring, dinner at Finco Altozano is a must. The outdoor country setting of Tijuana Chef Javier Plascencia’s restaurant is brilliant with a menu to match. For an ultra-casual meal, the tacos at El Amigo alone are worth the trip.

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The Wedding Day Whether you and your guests are staying at the resort or coming in for the day, the natural wedding setting is a true sanctuary. You can choose to get married and host your reception outdoors amongst the tranquil gardens with sacred mountain views, perhaps with a Mariachi band at dinner under the arbor of twinkling lights, or within the grand rancho ambiance of the tiled great room and courtyards. Either way, on-site wedding planner Maura Montoya and Chef Denise Roa will help make your wedding day a most memorable one. Chef Denise is as creative as she is talented. Of course, she reaps the fruits of their long-time gardener’s labor, but her innovation shows when she cooks and plates a radish to look like a scallop and taste as delightful. Healthy never tasted so delicious. She will cater to any allergy or dietary restrictions with finesse, and although sustainably caught seafood is magnificently prepared, it is often the organic garden-to-table produce that is the star on the plate. Honeymoons and Elopements Honeymoons aren’t only for the just-married. A pre-wedding moon allows you to de-stress and reconnect before the big day. Either way, a week at Rancho La Puerta will start your marriage off in a healthy and rejuvenating way – for both the mind and body, as well as romantically and spiritually. The unplugged life on The Ranch reminds guests to live in the moment, to seize the experience of being with our loved ones in all of nature’s beauty. There is wifi in some areas, if you are so inclined, but it is limited so that you won’t be all-consumed. Endless Experiences The opportunities are endless for events at The Ranch that give you quality time with a loved one or two, or six. Saturday at the Ranch is a great opportunity to spend a quality day with your mom or your bridesmaids. During the monthly scheduled events, guests are able to enjoy the amenities for a day, including spa time and massage, a nature hike, fitness classes and a culinary cooking experience. Like most of their guests, once you find your way to The Ranch the first time, you will return time and time again. From weddings to honeymoons, to engagement parties or a day with your maids, Rancho La Puerta is bar-none when it comes to fulfilling experiences that nourish the mind, body and soul and providing an environment for investing in each other. Getting There When people think of crossing the border, it is often assumed that means Tijuana. However, Rancho La Puerta sits just a few short miles from the clean and easy Tecate border crossing, which is only 40 miles from the San Diego Airport. You and your guests may drive across, or you may drive to the border and have resort drivers pick you up and escort you through. Another convenient option, especially for a bit larger weddings, is to arrange for Rancho La Puerta’s charter bus to transport your guests to and from the San Diego Airport or a designated San Diego hotel. Any option is extremely convenient and seamless, as Rancho La Puerta has been transporting guests for three quarters of a century. The Details Minimum 25 guests and maximum 120 guests for wedding-only packages. Minimum of 8 guests for destination wedding weekend packages at The Ranch. Elopement packages also available. Couple and all guests must have valid passport at time of travel. CEREMONYMAGAZINE.COM 

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CATERING & DESSERTS

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A Marriage of Flavors An interview with New York Food Company newyorkfood.com

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on-trend food ideas for 2016 weddings: Anything smoked: meats, chicken, pork, seafood, cheeses, and vegetables. We had a smoked mushroom, potato hash as a side to a New York strip steak recently and it was amazing. Kick off your special day with a signature cocktail that sets the party mood. And be sure you serve a variety of stationary or tray-passed, bite-size foods that includes a few unique items that guests may have never tried. That sets the tone for a fun event! favorite, creative ways to display food at stations: Chafers have gone away unless absolutely necessary. Everything when possible should be beautifully presented on a platter with appropriate, seasonal garnishes. Get creative with fresh, clean succulent clippings, large philodendron leaves, anything organic. Use your imagination! unique dessert ideas: Many of our couples are featuring three or more individual cakes instead of just one large wedding cake. This gives them more options on types of cakes, sizes, shapes, filling and frostings, and décor. Also, anything mini is popular: cookies, pies, tarts, donuts, donut holes, parfaits. a trending way to elevate the presentation of meals: One way is the plating of items on the entrée plate (preferably a large soup plate for the entrée with items stacked when possible) with starch in the center. The entrée should shine on top of the starch with vegetables on the side. Sauce should be added around the starch/ entrée before veggies are plated. 3 words that should describe a well-executed wedding meal: Fresh, delicious & creative

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a unique flavor to incorporate to wow guests: Curry gets the NYFC team vote! For example, curried cauliflower with toasted pine nuts and fried parsley, curry vegetables as a side and curried rice with currants. our specialty is: Menus that feature an eclectic mix of traditional favorites married with current trends. We are also proud of our professional service team. We offer exquisitely served, plated meals to beautiful yet casual buffets. Every menu and every event is customized to fit the style and taste of each couple. our food philosophy: We design menus to favor the clients’ tastes, not ours. We always make it fresh and made to order, utilizing the freshest ingredients and sourcing locally as much as possible. Our menus are used to start the discussion with our clients; they aren’t meant to limit the offerings. if you could suggest three courses for a couple to serve at their wedding, what would they be? First Course (hot): seafood sampler – oysters rockefeller, scallop sardou, grilled shrimp and chimichurri salsa — champagne First Course (cold): caviar with water crackers, sour cream, grated egg and minced red onion — champagne Second Course: simple baby arugula salad with baby beets, goat cheese and a simple fresh herb vinaigrette — sauvignon blanc Entrée: roasted smashed yams with caramelized onion, topped with grilled baby lamb chops with lamb jus, and a side of sautéed garlic spinach ­­— zinfandel

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our specialty is: We believe in the complete guest experience. From the minute guests arrive to your wedding, they’re attended to. Special touches come standard for us, such as a welcome beverage, bride and groom service during cocktail hour, or complimentary cake cutting. We make sure that we create an atmosphere in which people are blown away by the excellent food and the quality of service.

our food philosophy: We believe that food is a journey and we want to take you along for the ride. We offer a variety of outstanding cuisine that we all personally love and have sampled ourselves. And because everybody’s taste buds differ, we don’t limit ourselves to the standard menus. Our chefs are always up for a challenge and we’re always looking for ways to expand our culinary horizons.

on-trend food ideas for 2016 weddings: Produce is finally getting to be the star of the meal instead of just a side, and it’s one of our favorite ways to incorporate a lot of color and flavor into the dining experience. Our current favorite is the grilled butternut squash steak topped with roasted poblano and corn relish, queso fresco, and fresh coriander.

if you could suggest three courses for a couple to serve at their wedding, what would they be? Compressed watermelon salad: Pickled and compressed heirloom watermelon with balsamic reduction, basil emulsion and sea salt foam

We’re also seeing a revival of pairing menus, where we complement each dish with a cocktail or wine course (maybe even whiskey!). These are typically requested by couples who want the reception to be a truly exceptional dining experience for their guests. trending ways to elevate the presentation of meals: Couples are becoming more aware of food presentation and making it a priority when finalizing menu selections. One of the best ways to ensure a clean and classic plate is a compressed dish, such as our compressed salad of baby arugula. It’s a long standing favorite, but we’re thrilled to see it embraced often. a neat late-night wedding snack idea: A spiked coffee or hot chocolate station is always one that goes over well with guests. It can be as caffeinated (or as boozy) as you’d like!

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Peppercorn-crusted filet mignon with café de Paris butter: Potatoes dauphinoise, broccolini with extra virgin olive oil and crushed chili flakes Decadent sea salt caramel chocolate torte: Nutella fuilletine crunch, bitter hazelnut biscuit, dark chocolate sabayon mousse, sea salt caramel cream, draped in nutella ganache, chocolate pralines and raspberry champagne reduction what is your best advice for couples looking for their perfect caterer? Firstly, take time to enjoy being engaged. It’s easy to get overwhelmed at this time that should be such a joyous occasion. Once you get an idea of your wedding wish list, call us and trust the professionals to guide you along. We get to plan weddings every single day and we want nothing but the best for your big day. After all, we’re in this together.

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Oh Darling, Let ’s be Adventurers

Inspired by handhelds from around the world, this street food spread fuses unique flavors with creative cuisine.

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Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness. ~ Lois L. Kaufman, Author

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A floral feast

The functionality of a tabletop becomes an artistic expression of your wedding as you break bread for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Sit pretty with friends and family as you laugh, love and toast to new beginnings.

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brilliant beginnings

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brilliant beginnings

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pastel paradise

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simply sweet

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hera's garden

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a lovely affair

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lavish love affair

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european opulence

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royal lady

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and parisian elegance

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garden symphony

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lavender heaven

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pure gooness

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essence of love and grace

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essence of love and grace

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All you need is Love...

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Luxurious Love

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love story

Ashley and George met at a party and fell more and more in love over the course of eight years together. When they were both sick on their anniversary, George asked Ashley to be his wife over a quiet candlelit dinner at home.

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Everything about Ashley & George’s wedding was grand - from the dress, to the floral décor, to the gorgeous ballroom.

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[venue, caterer & wedding night hotel] ritz carlton laguna nigel [wedding consultant] a good affair [photography] studio 22 & allison maginn [invitations & stationery] invitation design studio [ceremony entertainment] mike myrdal [reception entertainment] harp dove [videography] happy camper films

love note

The couple chose a palette of blushes and golds for a soft romantic look. The tall vases of lush roses mixed with the grand chandeliers completed the opulent yet tasteful fairytalelike setting.

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love story

On their first night at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Bryan planned an intimate dinner for two on the sand. It was the perfect place for Bryan to ask Tatum to be his wife.

love note

Tatum and Bryan greeted their guests with their favorite drinks in hand as they walked back down the aisle after the ceremony.

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love story

Jessica and Philippe met in Las Vegas through a mutual friend. Philippe proposed one evening while they were visiting Jessica’s family. She had dinner plans that night so they were having a glass of champagne on the deck beforehand (Philippe is from Paris and the French like to have an apéritif before dinner). They were just talking and he ended up getting down on one knee and proposing. It was simple and perfect.

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vendor love

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love story

Pardis knew Sharmin was the one the very first time they met at a friend’s party. However, they didn’t exchange contact information that night so they had to wait until another mutual friend wanted to introduce them six months later!

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Pardis proposed to Sharmin on their rooftop overlooking downtown Los Angeles.

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love story

Neola and Warren got engaged on Valentine’s day. Warren's parents were visiting. During dinner, Warren snapped at one of them for mentioning the possibility of marriage. Neola was upset, because she interpreted it as Warren not wanting to get married. When they returned home, Warren proposed. He then explained that the reaction was not because of anything except his concern that someone would give away the secret before he asked Neola.

love note

During the ceremony, the band started playing the Circle of Life song from Lion King as the wedding party began coming down the Isle. When the music started, all of the animals came over to listen. There was a one week old baby rhino frolicking with a few adult rhinos and several baby giraffe's with the adult giraffes. People asked if they somehow staged it.

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love story

This modern day fairytale began when Briana & Joey met at work. Then, on a visit to Disneyland, Joey proposed to Briana in front of Cinderella’s castle.

love note

As huge fans of Dancing With The Stars, Briana and Joey took lessons and performed a choreographed dance as a surprise for their guests.

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love story

Sadi worked with Kyle’s mother and sister, and when she finally met Kyle, it was love at first sight!

love note

Their guests forgot to throw the colored sprinkles as Sadi and Kyle walked back down the aisle, so they went back and did it again the right way!

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vendor love square root

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the registry at bloomingdale’s bloomingdales.com/registry [registry]

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love story

Brittany and Murphy met in high school, but the magic started in college on a Spring Break trip to Cabo San Lucas. A few months after the trip, Murphy asked Brittany on their first date. They haven't looked back since!

love note

The couple did individual family dances - in which they danced with their grandparents, brothers, sisters, and parents. It was such a unique and special touch. They also wrote individual thank you notes on the escort cards to each and every single guest.

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vendor love charis events

charisevents.com [wedding consultant]

designer dana

designerdana.com [floral design] [ceremony venue] st. andrew's catholic church [reception venue, caterer, wedding night hotel] the westin pasadena [cake] cake studio la [rentals] white night design [linens] luxe linen [photography] andy seo studio [lighting] impulse event lighting [invitations & stationery] color and creation [videography] moka visuals [bridal salon] bella wedding bridal [hairpiece] twigs & honey [bridal jewelry] stella and dot [bridal shoes] cathy jean

love story

Cristina and Jung met through a family friend getting to know each other via text about a week before they met. They found that they shared a similar personality and character, and when they finally did meet, they were both amazed by how much more they have in common (same religion, hobbies, etc.) They also found out that they both have a picture taken from the same place when they were kids - some kind of military exhibition back in the 80s (they had taken a picture in front of the same helicopter). They joked that maybe they were on each side of the helicopter taking the picture at the same time.

love note

One of the main events of the wedding, other than the nuptials of course, had to be the flowers. Hundreds of roses and orchids were decadently overflowing in the tall vases while shorter bouquets covered the tables. There was even one table that had a masterfully crafted centerpiece running the entire twelve person length of it.

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kelseyevents.com [wedding consultant]

jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

[venue, caterer] calamigos ranch malibu [cake] the vanilla bakeshop [floral design] jenny b floral design [favors] card decks [videography] plug video [gown design] essence of australia [bridal salon] blush bridal salon [hair] design visage [makeup] dolled up oc [groom’s formalwear] calvin klein [groomsmen’s formalwear] men's wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] donna morgan [engagement ring & groom’s band] masters jewelers [bride’s wedding ring] princess bride diamonds [registries] crate & barrel, macy's, bed bath & beyond [honeymoon] madrid, barcelona, porto, lisbon, the algarve

love story

Cheryl and Jon knew each other from elementary school but didn’t connect until after college in Chicago. He reached out to her and asked if she would shoot some photos for his company. She had always had a crush on him so it was an easy decision for her. They ended up spending the whole day together running around the city taking pictures.

Having

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many

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Cheryl has seen a lot, so she wanted to make sure her wedding was unique. Jon was very into magic growing up so Cheryl came up with the theme of “Vintage Magic”. They had a magician strolling through the cocktail hour, the favors were decks of cards, and the table numbers were all old magic posters.

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vendor love

the langham huntington pasadena

langhamhotels.com [venue, wedding night hotel & rentals]

minted

minted.com [invitations] [wedding consultant, caterer, floral design, stationery] stephanie grace designs [cake] fantasy frostings [linens] a-packaged party rentals [photography] soulmate wedding photography [ceremony entertainment] otherwise strings [reception entertainment, lighting] dj allen ward [videography] eventfilming. net [formalwear] randy reisman [registries] honeyfund [honeymoon] barcelona and rome in 2016

love story

Enrique and Mike got engaged after recently moving into their home in Calabasas on Valentine’s Day at their housewarming party. They invited 50 of their closest friends and family and it was the first time their families met since Enrique’s family is not local. Halfway through the party, Mike gave a toast welcoming everyone to our home and thanking them for being part of the celebration. At the end of it, he got down on one knee and asked Enrique to marry him in their backyard on a beautiful warm spring night underneath the string lights they had put up together a few days before.

love note

The centerpieces were one of the highlights of the evening. Mike and Enrique had something totally different in mind but when they went to meet with their florist to see a mockup, he presented them with his vision for us which incorporated a hint of what they wanted but with his professional spin on it. They had a tall centerpiece and a lower one and alternated them on the tables. They were modern yet romantic and whimsical and really helped draw in the autumn vibe.

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whimsie photo + video whimsiephoto.com [photography]

[venue] arrowhead pine rose cabins [entertainment] chad hobart [cake] niki’s custom cakes [catering] fox in the woods catering [floral design] jasmine rose [hair] amanda peugnet [makeup] e2 beauty [rentals] heirloom rentals [décor] lamb of hearts

love story

On a weekend getaway to Big Bear with their three dogs, Allen planed the perfect proposal to Emily. She was so excited, that she started looking at venues before they even returned from their trip.

love note

Emily and Allen bonded over their love of dogs. Emily was smitten when she found out Allen rescued beagles from testing facilities.

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at your door events atyourdoorevents.com [wedding consultant]S

irises designs

irisesdesigns.com [floral design] [venue] central park in rancho cucamonga [caterer] anchos southwest bar and grill [cake] sweet art cakes [wedding night hotel] four points by sheraton ontario-rancho cucamonga [rentals, linens] orchid party rentals [photography, videography] georgestreet photo and video [lighting] ultimate music entertainment [entertainment] tony "e" entertainment [transportation] american limousine [gown design] mori lee [bridal salon, veil] deborah's bridal [bridal jewelry] macy's [bridal shoes] dsw [hair] all stars barber and beauty salon [makeup] brown blush beauty [groom’s formalwear] men's wearhouse [groomsmen’s formalwear] macy’s [bridesmaid dresses] david's bridal, lulu’s [bridesmaid jewelry] etsy [mothers’ dresses] nordstrom, custom from nigeria [engagement ring] greenwich Jewelers [wedding rings] leon diamond [registries] bed bath and beyond [honeymoon] italy [honeymoon resorts] continentale, the westin europa & regina [photobooth] polite in public

love story

The couple met as sophomores at Stanford University when they lived two doors down from each other in the same house. They formed a friendship as they realized how much they had in common. This friendship naturally and easily turned into a relationship.

love note

Chibuzo and RJ are from a mix of different cultures; she is Nigerian and he is American, Armenian and Mexican. They had a 300+ guest wedding that celebrated this beautiful blending of cultures through the food and décor.

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erin shimazu photography erinshimazuphotography.com [photography]

intercontinental los angeles century city

intercontinentallosangeles.com [venue, linens, rentals, lighting, catering, cake, wedding night hotel]

[wedding coordinator] silver charm events [floral design] parties and petals [ceremony entertainment] dhamaka productions [reception entertainment] dj jedi [hair] jenn strand [makeup] caren elle [baraat] enchanted carriages

love story

Vishal took Eswari on a journey to all the special places in their relationship, ending at one of Eswari’s favorite restaurants. Eswari was upset that it was closed, but Vishal pulled her inside where a table was set for two and that is where he finally proposed!

love note

Eswari and Vishal talked for hours the very first night they met. They say the chemistry was instant!

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michael purdy photography mcpurdy.com [photography]

the hidden garden

hiddengardenflowers.com [floral design] [venue & catering] bel air bay club [entertainment] wql dynamite, jesse macleod [lighting] images by lighting [formalwear] the black tux & the tie bar [videography] d.p. weddings [wedding coordinator] deanna nash [cake] vanilla bake shop [hair & makeup] kelly zhang studios [photo booth] perfect shot photo booth [invitations & stationery] drolet paperie & zazzle [gown design] ines di santo [veil] lovella bridal [catering] oh my gaga [transportation] pacific shuttle & quality parking [calligraphy] costal calligraphy

love story

It took a lot of flights for Lauren and Frank to get to France for their friend’s wedding. Along the way, Lauren almost found the ring he was hiding multiple times. Frank was able to surprise Lauren with a proposal at a chateaux a few days later.

love note

Lauren fondly remembers how overwhelmed with emotion Frank became as he saw her for the first time.

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vendor love the argus image theargusimage.com [photography]

[venue, catering, cake] four seasons resort the biltmore [wedding coordinator] wild heart events [floral design] louloudi [rentals] fusion event rentals [entertainment] Justin claveria [hair & makeup] team hair & makeup [formalwear] nordstrom & cole haan [wedding rings] wedgewood rings, alexia bittar, justin claveria [officiant] rich tobin

love story

Years after working at a restaurant together, Lauren and Doug tracked each other down and quickly realized they were meant to be.

love note

On their wedding day, Doug presented Lauren with a sweet love note in a hand carved wooden frame.

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the langham huntington pasadena langhamhotels.com [venue, catering, cake & wedding night hotel]

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

wildflower linen

wildflowerlinens.com [linens]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

[photography] christine bentley photography [floral design] j’adore floral and event design [lighting] inlight lighting [favors] beau-coup favors inc. [ceremony entertainment] clover string quartet [reception entertainment] downbeat la [videography] plug video productions [hair & makeup] le brian salon

love story

Shane and Bob met more than 19 years ago in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They were both vacationing there in early October 1996 and attended a party where mutual friends introduced them. They always knew they wanted to get married, but it wasn't until the recent marriage ruling that they decided to tie the knot.

love note

The ceremony itself was definitely the highlight of wedding for the couple. Having their friends and family there to witness their commitment to each other and hearing their personalized, written vows was very special for both of them

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vendor love

jessica elizabeth photographers jessicaelizabeth.com [photography]

[venue] sls beverly hills [wedding coordinator] elcee weddings [floral design] the finishing touch wedding design [rentals] palace party rentals [stationery] posh by nida [cake] royal cakes la [dessert bar] the dessert bar [ceremony entertainment] deidre lee moore [reception entertainment] dj tos [videography] mdot media productions [gown design] white by vera wang [bridal salon] david’s bridal [bridal sheos] charlotte olympia [hair] rvm salons [makeup] vanessa haro [formalwear] saint laurent [bridesmaid dresses] jenny yoo [officiant] la wedding woman [photo booth] creative photo booth

love story

Janay and Eladio got to know each other as college students, but Janay was in a relationship at the time. Later, when she was single again, she remembered how charming and easy to talk to Eladio was and reached out to him.

love note

Janay designed every last detail of their modern and glamorous wedding day in Beverly Hills.

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barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

[venue & wedding night hotel] ritz carlton laguna niguel [wedding coordinator] platinum weddings by kerrie [floral design] enchanted florist [entertainment] pulse productions [honeymoon] maui, hawaii [honeymoon resort] four seasons maui

love story

After an introduction by a mutual friend on a trip to New York City, Michael sent a message to Karen that she couldn’t forget. When she was visiting New York again, she and Michael went on their first date!

love note

Karen originally wanted a small wedding, but when she saw the ritz carlton in laguna niguel, she was amazed!

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brittanee taylor photography brittaneetaylor.com [photography]

[venue, linens, rentals, lighting, catering, candy bar, entertainment] serendipity gardens [florist] enchanting gardens and bridal shop [cake] mary brooks

love story

When Stanley planned a family brunch in celebration of his graduation, Alicia petitioned for a change of restaurant, not knowing that Stanley had something special up his sleeve. Everyone was in on his brunch proposal except for Alicia.

love note

When Stanley saw Alicia arrive in the carriage in her wedding dress, he couldn’t hold back his happy tears at the sight of his soon-to-be wife.

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aquafuzion.com [wedding coordinator, floral design, invitations, stationery]

the langham huntington hotel & spa langhamhotels.com [venue, catering, cake, wedding night hotel]

[photography] lin and jirsa [linens] elegant design [rentals] revelry event design [lighting] tmmpro [entertainment] fusion sounds [hair & makeup] dolled up by lulu [calligraphy] calligraphy by katrina

love story

Erika and Usman met as coworkers and Usman would often ask Erika to do last-minute projects. Erika teased that he owed her coffee, and one day, Usman made good on that promise!

love note

Both Erika and Usman’s favorite moment was their first look at one another before the ceremony.

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vendor love terranea resort terranea.com [venue]

events by evelynn

eventsbyevelynn.com [wedding coordinator]

[photography] brian leahy photography [floral design] mitsuko floral [rentals] found rentals & high colorful dance floors [lighting] chiavari chair rentals [cake] vanilla bake shop [ceremony entertainment] the secret jazz band [reception entertainment] shutter and sound films [photo booth] cre8tive outlets

love story

Kevin’s coworkers teased him when he brought Lina along on to their conference in Hawaii and hadn’t put a ring on her finger after so many years. Little did they know, Kevin had a ring in his suitcase the entire time and proposed on their last day there.

love note

Lina and Kevin loved seeing their families having a blast on the dance floor, no language barriers anywhere in sight!

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vendor love

luxury estate weddings and events

luxuryestateweddings.com [wedding coordinator, reception venue & linens] [photography] lin & jirsa [ceremony venue] point dume beach [floral design] hetal gandhi & petals by xavi [rentals] a1 party rentals & we pump it [lighting, entertainment & baraat dohl] precision dj’s [catering] manohar [cake] hansen’s bakery [videography] kumar sapra [transportation] exquisite transportation [hair & makeup] nidia and daisy [officiant] mahesh bhatt [baraat horse] enchanted carriages

love note

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vendor love

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

minted

minted.com [invitations] [ceremony venue] immanual presbyterian church [photography & videography] lark photo & videography [wedding coordinator] chic ambiance events [floral design] oceanic weddings [linens] elegant designs specialty linen [lighting] stage labs [cake] cake studio [reception entertainment] usc trojan band, hedgehog swing, dj nicole stranz [hair & makeup] color me bride [bell hop & candy girl] tribute productions [balloons] balloons by gee

love story

On a trip to one of their favorite beach towns, Marco took Leslie to a restaurant on the pier. After dinner, they took a walk on the beach and Marco led Leslie up onto a lifeguard tower. As they sat watching the sunset, he dropped a ring box into her lap and she wept tears of joy.

love note

Leslie and Marco wed in the same church that Leslie’s parents were married in almost 40 years earlier.

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friartux.com [formalwear]

minted

minted.com [invitations] [photography] marianne wilson photography [venue] upper las virgenes open space preserve [wedding coordinator] orange dove events [floral design] kelly bockoven [rentals & linens] a rental connections [lighting] pacific event lighting [catering] kay 12 catering [cake] susie cakes [dessert] chunk-n-chip ice cream sammiches [ceremony entertainment] christopher wooley [reception entertainment] voz djs [videograpy] juice box media [transportation] its [gown design] marisa bridals [bridal salon] panache bridal beverly hills [bridal jewelry] anthropologie [bridesmaid jewelry] three sisters jewelry [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair] claudia saldana [makeup] christina marie beauty [bridesmaid dresses & mothers’ dresses] dessy [engagement ring & wedding rings] serengeti group [registries] honeyfund, crate & barrel, west elm [wedding night hotel] hyatt westlake village [honeymoon] belize [honeymoon hotels] ka’ana & matachica

love story

Kelly dropped Chris off at the airport for a business trip and got ready to go to a party with her friends in Santa Monica. Kelly was so surprised when she walked into the party to see Christopher. He then proposed and they celebrated their engagement with family and friends.

love note

The UCLA cheer squad and the USC marching band made surprise appearances at Kelly and Christopher’s reception.

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atyourdoorevents.com [wedding consultant] [photography] kristina lee photography [venue, caterer] city club los angeles [cake] vanilla bake shop [wedding night hotel] jw marriott la live [floral design] pixies petals [linens] bbj linens [invitations & stationery] paper crew [ceremony entertainment] scott cummings music, kim barton [reception entertainment, lighting] luxury djs [dance lessons] rochelle bailey [gown design] tadashi [bridal salon] bhldn [bridal jewelry] nordstrom [hair] hair by denise [makeup] christa reusch [groom’s formalwear] nordstrom [engagement ring & wedding rings] jewelry by alan [honeymoon] majorca [honeymoon resorts] marriott

love story

Andrea and Armen met in 1984 while waiting in line to enter a Harbor Cruise Party. They entered the party together and talked and danced the night away. After years of turning down his marriage proposal, she came to the realization that their commitment to one another was forever and deserving of a spiritual union.

love note

With a very intimate guest list of only 30 people, the couple wanted to create an experience for their guests that was indicative of their metropolitan lifestyle. Lighting design played a big role. They warmed up the room with soft blush uprights, pin spots to highlight their cake and a stylish lighting pattern on the wall that mimiced the laser cut design on their invitations. The overall event styling was romantic and sophisticated.

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bella vita events

bellavitaevents.com [wedding coordinator] [photography] ryan phillips photography [bridal jewelry & shoes] nordstrom [hair & makeup] beau ideal [bridal salon & veil] the white flower bridal boutique [formalwear] men’s wearhouse [flower girl dresses] david’s bridal [engagement & wedding rings] diamond connection [registries] macy’s, pottery barn, bed,bath, & beyond [wedding night hotel] ojai valley inn & spa [honeymoon] san francisco [photo booth] hollywood photo booth [officiant] reverend clint hufft [entertainment] jack daly [childcare] the little guest

love story

Thirteen years after attending college together in Colordao, Erin and Ryan reconnected when Ryan sent Erin a message on Facebook.

love note

It was a special moment when Erin and Ryan shared their first dance with their baby daughter.

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the ebell of los angeles ebellla.org [reception venue & catering]

the registry at bloomingdale’s Bloomingdales.com/registry [registry]

[ceremony venue & entertainment] st. monica catholic church [photography] kim fox photography [wedding coordinator] chic ambiance events [floral design] larchmont florist [linens & rentals] elegant design specialty linens [lighting] pacific event lighting [invitations & stationery] jacob reid design [cake] the butter end cakery [reception entertainment] american events network [dance lessons] the dance doctor [videography] sweet t studios [transportation] ulc limos [gown design] kelly faetanini [bridal salon] gabriella new york [hairpiece & veil] sara gabriel [bridal jewelry, engagement ring, wedding rings] pepi fine jewelry [bridal shoes] prada [hair & makeup] design visage [formalwear] the black tux & ralph lauren [bridesmaid dresses] waters [mothers’ dresses] jason wu [registry] crate & barrel [wedding night hotel] the hotel wilshire

love story

Dominique and Ryan met when they began business school at NYU and were both in relationships. Their friendship blossomed and when both of their relationships ended in the Spring, the rest was history!

love note

Dominique and Ryan were so thrilled with the energy in the room when they entered their reception and were surrounded by all their loved ones.

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herman au photography hermanau.com [photography]

[venue] oceano hotel & spa [floral design] poppy’s petalworks [lighting] spintronix [cake & candy bar] mr & mrs creamery [videography] cotton love studios [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair & makeup] aimee makeup & hair design

love story

On a family trip to Las Vegas, Virginia and Richard sneaked away from the group for a nice dinner. The waitress handed Virginia a rose, Richard suggested they take a photo, and before she knew it, Richard was down on one knee asking Virginia to marry him.

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Virginia and Richard got to peak into the ballroom before guests were welcomed in, and they were thrilled to see the past year’s work come to life.

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jessica elizabeth photographers jessicaelizabethphotography.com [photography]

summit house restaurant summithouse.com [venue]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

[floral design] fiorena florals [hair] le joli salon [bridal salon] mariposa bridal boutique [makeup] tiana rae artistry [videography] prismatik films [cake] sweet and saucy shop

love story

Erika and Koji met when Erika was teaching English in Japan and worked at the same school as Koji. From then on, they were inseparable.

love note

Erika and Koji entertained their guests with creative games, a scavenger hunt, and prizes during their reception.

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vendor love

becca rillo photography beccarillo.com [photography]

[ceremony venue] st. timothy’s catholic church [reception venue, catering, lighting] mountaingate country club [wedding coordinator] megan ondercin event design [floral design] wisteria lane floral design studio [linens] la tavola [rentals] premier party rentals [invitations] wedding paper divas [entertainment] 11h entertainment [transportation] love boat limousines [gown design] allure bridal [bridal salon] deborah’s bridal [hairpiece] usa bride [bridesmaid jewelry] belladar [bridal shoes] nina [hair] drybar [makep] diana lopez [formalwear] hart schaffner marx [bridesmaid dresses] after six [engagement ring & wedding rings] k norris jewelers [registries] bed, bath & beyond & amazon [wedding night hotel] hotel angleno [honeymoon] montego bay, jamaica [honeymoon resort] secrets wild orchid

love story

Suranee and Jeff attended the same annual christmas party hosted by a musutal friend, but it wasn’t until 2011 that they both attended at the same time. They bonded over wine and pictionary, and Jeff asked Suranee on their first date that night.

love note

Suranee walked into Jeff’s house for a date night to find balloons with sweet notes attached to each one. Jeff got down on one knee and Suranee said “Yes”!

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handsome michelle & kolby

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vendor love the big affair

thebigaffair.com [photography] [venue, caterer, wedding night hotel] the london west hollywood [wedding consultant] lvl weddings and events [floral design] florals by jenny [cake] the butter end [reception entertainment] dart djs [videography] mission visual [gown design, bridesmaid dresses] watters [hair] latitude 33 hair artistry [makeup] brie does makeup + hair [groom’s formalwear] hugo boss [groomsmen’s formalwear] friar tux [engagement ring & wedding rings] happy jewelers [registries] crate & barrel, williamssonoma, honeyfund [honeymoon] spain & greece

love story

Michelle and Kolby met in college through mutual friends back in 2001 and dated briefly before going their separate ways. Ten years later, they met for lunch and the spark was reignited. After talking and laughing for hours, it became clear that they were meant to be all along. Kolby proposed to Michelle in Napa Valley on the balcony of an adorable bed & breakfast. They spent the whole weekend celebrating, drinking fantastic wine and loving life.

love note

Michelle’s favorite moment of the day was the ceremony when she was finally able to marry the love of her life after all those years.

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vendor love

master plans events & designs, Inc.

master-plans.com [wedding consultant & floral design] [venue, caterer] the victorian [cake] fantasy frostings [dessert bar] donut friend [rentals] town and country rentals, greenset rentals [photography] birds of a feather [lighting] pacific event lighting [invitations & stationery] just paper and tea [reception entertainment] mariachi alfaro de guadalajara, the music provider [transportation] michelangelo leasing Inc [gown design] amsale [bridal salon] hitched, the white dress

love story

Marisa and Gerri technically met in 2006 at Gerri’s brother’s wedding (his wife was childhood friends with Marisa), although Gerri does not remember this introduction. Fast forward to 2013 when Gerri traveled home to Tuscon to celebrate her nephew’s 2nd birthday. Seated right next to her at the Shabbat dinner table was Marisa, who was in town and staying with Gerri’s parents for the weekend. Gerri’s brother and sister-in-law had convinced Marisa to come to document their son’s birthday celebration (Marisa is a photographer), but their secret plan was for them to meet. And it worked! By the time Gerri and Marisa left on Monday, there was a palpable connection between them.

love note

One of Gerri and Marisa’s fondest moments was the revealing of a cake in the shape of Marisa's camera with the view screen showing their dog, Koda. They did their "cake cutting" with donuts, but Gerri wanted to surprise Marisa since she had really wanted a wedding cake.

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vendor love la venta inn

laventa.com [venue & wedding consultant]

new york food company newyorkfood.com [catering | cake]

the registry at bloomingdale’s Bloomingdales.com/registry [registry]

[cake] torrance bakery [wedding night hotel] terranea resort [floral design] bee buds [photography] zoom theory photography [stationery] reply by design [favors] baby g's Ice cream cookies & dessert [ceremony entertainment] brandt jacobus [reception entertainment] vox djs [videography] all because He asked [gown design] watters [hairpiece] j. crew [bridal jewelry] david yurman, family heirloom [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair & makeup] design visage [groom’s formalwear] joseph abboud, men’s wearhouse [groomsmen’s formalwear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] j crew [mothers’ dresses] tadashi [registries] williams-sonoma, pottery barn, wanderable [honeymoon] tahiti, bora bora [honeymoon resorts] la tahaa Island resort & spa, four seasons bora bora

love story

Lauren and Barrie met in the spring of 2010 through their mutual friends. Barrie proposed in May of 2014 on the greenbelt walking path where they live while walking to breakfast with their dog Sophie. Lauren was completely surprised and they afterwards celebrated in Laguna Beach for the weekend.

love note

During the ceremony Lauren and Barrie’s officiant asked them to turn around and wave to their friends and family in the audience before saying their vows. It was an incredible special moment to see all the people they love and care for in their lives all together in one place.

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vendor love

barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

rancho las lomas rancholaslomas.com [venue]

events by evelynn eventsbyevelynn.com [wedding consultant]

24 carrots

24carrots.com [catering, linens & rentals]

mon amie bridal salon monamie.com [bridal salon]

[floral design] peachwood floral designs [paper goods] paper & press [cake] simply sweet cakery [entertainment] elevated pulse productions [videography] elmanadam films [transportation] golden star limousines [photo booth] shutter cubby [gown designer] pronovias [bridal earrings] givenchy [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair & makeup] kenzy ward [groom’s formalwear] vera wang black [bridesmaid dresses] jenny yoo

love story

Andrew proposed to Kristen while on a trip to Costa Rica. After spending the first day of their trip exploring, Andrew took Kristen to a private beach and asked for her hand under the stars. The rest of the trip was spent celebrating their engagement!

love note

As a surprise for Andrew, Kristen had the opening song from Forest Gump, his favorite movie, play as she walked down the aisle. The addition of this sweet sentiment created a special moment for just the two of them to share.

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vendor love

ponte family estate winery

ponteWinery.com [venue, wedding consultant & caterer]

sweet blooms photography & video

sweetbloomsphotography.com [photography & videography]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

[cake] jodee’s bakery [floral design] mfg florals [entertainment] sterling productions, armando qintero [gown design] oleg cassini [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [makeup] vanessa rae

love story

Brandon was living in Ohio and Jazmin was living in California. Jazmin’s sister was married to one of Brandon’s lifelong friends in Ohio. When she gave birth to her second child, Jazmin came from California to help with the new baby. After being in Ohio for a few days, Jazmin and Brandon ended up at the same party where they shared a few playful glances across the room before eventually talking to each other the rest of the night. Jazmin’s charm and wit was undeniable, and Brandon knew he better stay sharp if he had any chance of winning her heart.

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Great List BEAUTY Beauty Affair 323.541.8080 beautyaffair.net

BRIDAL REGISTRY The Registry at Bloomingdale's 800.888.2WED bloomingdales.com/registry

CATERING 24 Carrots 800.717.1545 24carrots.com

CATERING New York Food Company 310.643.6151 newyorkfood.com

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CONSULTANT Aquafuzion 866.395.2168 aquafuzion.com

CONSULTANT At Your Door Events 888.489.9671 atyourdoorevents.com

CONSULTANT Bella Vita Events 818.874.0776 bellavitaevents.com

CONSULTANT Charis Events & Design 213.819.0160 charisevents.com

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CONSULTANT Events by Evelynn 626.215.0185 eventsbyevelynn.com

CONSULTANT Hellenic Designs 800.838.7597 hdeventplanning.com

CONSULTANT Master Plans Events & Designs 310.480.3848 master-plans.com

CONSULTANT Sharibella Events 818.232.7844 sharibella.com

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FASHION Casablanca Bridal 949.715.8228 casablancabridalflagship.com

FASHION Mon Amie Bridal Salon 714.546.5700 monamie.com

FLORAL DESIGN ALC Weddings 909.212.3445 alcweddings.com

FLORAL DESIGN Designer Dana 323.536.9992 designerdana.com

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FLORAL DESIGN FlorUnique 310.480.6464 florunique.com

FLORAL DESIGN The Hidden Garden 310.575.6600 hiddengardenflowers.com

FLORAL DESIGN Irises Designs 888.310.3273 irisesdesigns.com

FLORAL DESIGN Los Angeles Floral Couture 310.425.5290 losangelesfloralcouture.com

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FLORAL DESIGN Ninfa's Flowers 323.262.9238 ninfasflowers.com

FLORAL DESIGN Square Root 949.380.3320 squarerootdesigns.com

INVITATIONS Jasmin Michelle Designs 562.786.3446 jasminmichelledesigns.com

INVITATIONS TangĂŠ Design 714.751.7278 | 562.692.1515 tangedesign.com

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LINENS Glow Concepts 714.751.7005 | 562.692.1500 glowconcepts.com

LINENS Wildflower Linen 714.522.2777 wildflowerlinens.com

MENSWEAR Friar Tux Shop 888.FRIARTUX friartux.com

PHOTOGRAPHY The Argus Image 805.857.3562 theargusimage.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY Barnet Photography 714.549.4900 barnetphotography.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Becca Rillo Photography 661.310.6909 beccarillo.com

PHOTOGRAPHY The Big Affair 323.541.8200 thebigaffair.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Brittanee Taylor Photography 310.429.6324 brittaneetaylor.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY Jessica Elizabeth Photographers 562.201.9494 jessicaelizabeth.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY Michael Purdy Photography 800.471.1833 mcpurdy.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Simpson Portraits 626.335.1050 simpsonportraits.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Whimsie Photo + Video 909.567.6267 whimsiephoto.com

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RENTALS | DÉCOR Classic Party Rentals 310.202.0011 classicpartyrentals.com

VENUE The Colony House 714.576.8989 colonyhouseanaheim.com

VENUE The Ebell of Los Angeles 323.931.1277 ebelloflosangeles.com

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VENUE DoubleTree by Hilton, Los Angeles Downtown 213.629.1200 doubletreeladowntown.com

VENUE Electra Cruises 800.952.9955 electracruises.com

VENUE Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village 818.575.3050 fourseasons.com/westlakevillage

VENUE Hornblower Cruises & Events 855.256.2747 hornblowerweddings.com

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VENUE Luxury Estate Weddings & Events 866.551.2199 | 949.307.1918 luxuryestateweddings.com

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VENUE Park Hyatt Aviara 760.603.3670 aviaraweddings.com

VENUE Ponte Family Estate Winery 951.694.9444 pontewinery.com

VENUE Rancho La Puerta 877.440.7778 rancholapuerta.com

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VENUE Rancho Las Lomas 949.888.3080 rancholaslomas.com

VENUE San Diego Zoo & Safari Park 619.685.3259 sandiegozoo.org/weddings

VENUE Summit House Restaurant 714.671.3092 summithouseweddings.com

VENUE Terranea Resort 310.265.2883 terranea.com

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