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Jim Kennedy Photographers

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

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Barnet Photography

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.

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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 highfashion 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.

Chloe Atnip Photography

Chloe Atnip has 10 years of experience photographing weddings, beauty, and boudoir. She started her career on the other side of the camera, modeling, and transitioned to photography while attending college at CSULB. The opportunity to help enrich people’s lives through photography brings her great passion and joy. Chloe’s diverse style captures beautiful photos that showcase the true essence of her subjects. She has found success by creating lasting relationships providing high quality photos and customer service while exceeding client expectations.

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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

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great list photographers

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

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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.

Christopher approaches his work as a storyteller with you as the main character. His images capture unrepeatable moments to reveal stories of love, commitment, fun and laughter. His contemporary style and creative knowledge elevates photography to art. Clients love Christopher for putting them at ease and making photographs that show their personality, chemistry and love for one another. Christopher believes an heirloom wedding album begins long before a photo is taken. Christopher works to understand your story and capture every detail. His craftsmanship and expertise is based on over 15 years of experience photographing hundreds of weddings throughout Los Angeles, Orange County and destinations worldwide.

During a successful career as an Elite model, Lori Brystan became inspired by the world of photography and its ability to create emotions through images. She draws on her passion for the art of light and film to uncover the hidden magic of her subjects. Lori launched Brystan Studios in 1987 and was one of the first to bring boudoir photography to Orange County. She boasts a 2,000 sq ft full service studio, featuring a professional makeup and hair room, state-of-art lighting and an ever-expanding collection of unique props and wardrobe from around the world. Brystan Studios’ mission is to express individualism, depth and the inner beauty of their clients. They have the instinctive ability to capture the feeling behind the image, the essence of the person, and the spirit of their soul.

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

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DPARK Photography We’re David and Drexelle. And we’re complete opposites. God amazingly brought us together, two kids scared of marriage and now passionate about a lifetime committed to love – the good, the bad, the crazy, the lovely. We don’t just capture the moment. We create it. Even more important to us than beautiful photographs, is an amazing experience. Our passion? Inspire love. MEET DAVID: To see people, the world, life differently. Creatively. That’s what I’m about. That’s why I chose photography. I worked passionately to give my wife a great love story. I will work passionately to capture yours. Drexelle once told me: “Time just flies, doesn’t it?!” But that’s why I love photography. Not because time flies. But because we capture moments in time.

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Davello Photography

Brianna Caster & Co. Photographers

Real emotions and real moments make real photos. The connection between our clients and us is essential. We take pride in understanding your needs, making you feel comfortable, and providing you a space throughout the day to allow for natural moments. Our style is organic, artistic and intimate. Look through our portfolio and see the magic of a moment stopped in time. When you hire us, you get experience. Experience is vital to handle tough lighting situations, to stick to wedding timelines, to know how a wedding day unfolds, and to be in the right spot to capture that once-in-alifetime moment. We love our job. We are chosen to document memories in photographs; that’s a big deal! Our photographs are timeless guaranteed to recall memories to be shared from generation to generation. We have been called lots of names: photography geniuses, light whisperers, sneaky ninjas, and our favorite...friends.

I am the girl who has dreamt of her wedding day since she was 10 years old —maybe even younger. I remember countless occasions sitting on the floor in my best friend’s room drawing our wedding dresses and talking about our future husbands. I love what I do. I am living my dream career and every moment of it makes me feel fulfilled. I know I am truly fortunate in that respect. I really enjoy getting to know my clients on a personal level and building friendships with them all if I can.My business is built around my hopes, dreams, and loves of my life. My mother and my sister both work with me along with some of my very dear friends and I am so proud of that! I am a daughter, sister, aunt, girlfriend, and friend - and I love each of those roles even more than I love my career. I just happen to be fortunate enough that I can combine them all together.

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

KEVIN COVEY WEDDING & EVENT COORDINATION kevinsparties.com | 714.257.9535

Idea Ingenuity DÉCOR: These days, we are seeing a trend to hang pretty much anything in a ballroom. For instance, lighting and sound equipment along with floral décor is hung to free up the square footage in your reception and keep things looking clean and sharp! FOOD: Many small plates providing different options for your guests are becoming popular. VOWS: Opt for personal vows from the heart written on nice cardstock. There is nothing worse than reading your vows from your iPhone. COLOR PALETTES: Silver and purples, golds and corals and of course, neutral colors are still leading the pack. ENTERTAINMENT: Two new trends are having traditional music with a modern flair and having a special guest acoustic violinist/ guitarist just for a few hours. Many of our clients are personalizing their music and choosing songs that mean something to them. PHOTO BOOTHS: Photo flipbooks have been very popular, along with having photo booths that guests can upload directly to social media outlets. TRANSPORTATION: Trolley cars, luxury classic cars and even a helicopter have been on the radar of our couples. FAVORS: Are getting really personal or being completely deleted to give guests a total experience BUDGET: Clients are very budget-conscience yet still sometimes very surprised at how much weddings are costing these days. Couples are compromising their guest list to have the perfect venue. A 220 guest wedding at a moderate hotel can easily cost $80,000, if not more, depending on the wedding wishes. LOVE IT: Having the ceremony and reception at the same location. OVER IT: Over signage. Do we really need a sign for the wedding cake? I think it speaks for itself!

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All in the Details MY DREAM WEDDING: A simple ceremony on a beach in Hawaii with my closest friends & family! MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: To be realistic with clients' budgets, but also stretching the dollar to give the look and feel that represents my couples. 3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Modern, sophisticated and fun YOU’RE ENGAGED! YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS: Whatever you say you want to spend, in reality you are going to spend more. Things will come up and it’s best to be prepared. MY FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP: Home Goods

THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: My wedding day! MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Tardiness

MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY: Christmas

MY FAVORITE DRINK: Moscow Mules

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I STARTED MY BUSINESS IN: 1997

THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: After planning my own wedding, working with a wedding planner and combining my background in corporate event planning and project management, it just seemed like the perfect career path. A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: I’m a SoCal native and graduated from the University of Southern California. My first job out of college was an account executive with a national ad agency, then I stepped over to the client side and did in-house marketing and project management for a well-known fast food chain. From there, I worked with a non-profit company in hosting televised corporate-sponsored events.

TRINA SCHMIDT WEDDINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS tsweddings.com | 714.488.4603

Idea Ingenuity COLOR PALETTES: Lately, I’m really enjoying using a combination of grey shades, mixed metals (gold and silver) and woods, and one or two strong colors to make everything pop. It works for every season depending on which two strong colors you choose. It can be modern, urban, elegant or romantic, or a combo of any of those. DÉCOR: For designing in general, don’t just have a Pinterest wedding, have your own wedding. Pinterest can certainly expose you to some creative ideas, but it can also be a design overload. Take those ideas and make them your own so they speak about you, not something that you found online or in a magazine.

All in the Details I FIND INSPIRATION IN: My clients themselves. We spend a lot of time getting to know each other and that’s when the design process begins. They inspire me with their personalities, hobbies, interests, etc. For my life in general, my husband and 3 kids inspire me most. MY DREAM WEDDING: Intimate (less than 100 guests), destination and thoroughly enjoyable. MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP: Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Target, Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Zara, White House Black Market and Anthropologie

DESSERT STATIONS: Live dessert stations are all the trend, and when prepared efficiently, your guests will certainly be pleased and pumped up from a delicious sugar high. You can have freshly prepared Nutella crepes, deep fried donuts, or even a nitro ice cream station. Whichever you choose, just make sure the preparation is quick so the lines are kept short.

MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS: Matching/coordinating robes, monogrammed totes and bling flip flops are very trendy right now. They make for great “getting ready” photos and long-lasting gifts.

I LOVE WEDDINGS BECAUSE: They are all unique celebrations; no two are ever the same. They are personal, emotional, joyous and intimate events that bring everyone together for just one day.

BUDGET: More and more, couples are paying for a majority of their wedding themselves, so keeping within a budget is most important. Before any venue walkthroughs or even purchasing a wedding gown, implementing a budget should be the first step you take. Most couples don’t know how much everything costs, and that can be quite scary, but hiring a professional wedding planner can help set your realistic budget goals from the start and provide you with experienced advice to make smart decisions along the planning process so it doesn’t get stressful for you. Having an “over the top” wedding shouldn’t mean “in over your head”. HONEYMOON: The days that lead up to your wedding day can be very busy for you, so try to leave for your honeymoon for 2-3 days after the wedding. Not only will it give you extra time to pack, but it will also give you additional intimate time to visit with family and friends that traveled from far to celebrate with you.

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3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: For weddings, the three words that would describe my style are timeless, innovative and yours.

YOU’RE ENGAGED! YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS: So typical that I would say this, but I really feel it’s the best advice to hire a wedding planner! MY FAVORITE DRINK: A glass of good champagne

THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: Meeting my husband and starting this wonderful blessed life together IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Buy a vacation home in Deer Valley, Utah SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME: I’m half Italian and half Filipino. So yes, I have lots of personality and I love to eat!

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Coordinator Spotlight I STARTED MY BUSINESS IN: 2004 THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: I started out in corporate events working in an advertising agency then started assisting a wedding planner while I was having children. I realized weddings were my passion and launched Chic Productions, trading blank pages and layouts for ballroom design.

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Idea Ingenuity COLOR PALETTES: Don’t be afraid of playing with color (even though all white weddings are a huge trend right now). Pantone, the authority on color, released the 2016 spring palette filled with vivid bright colors to invoke a calm happiness. This unisex palette has some unexpected combinations of blues and corals or reds as well as yellows with grays. DÉCOR: Wall panels are joining the collections of draping and backdrops to enhance the wall space in event areas. Panels range from rustic wood to fully designed home-like room facades. WEDDING MENU: While comfort food with a twist has been a big trend for the past couple years, we are seeing more of a global influence on foods served at weddings. Couples are pulling in cuisine from their travels to be part of the menu on their wedding day. BUDGET: Couples are getting smarter with their wedding budgets. Focal points consisting of high impact design elements are used in highly visible areas with less focus on making everything over the top. DESTINATION WEDDINGS: Southern California is one of the best locations in the country for destination weddings. Couples are extending the wedding celebration over a period of several days and incorporating activities that locals enjoy. Some examples are beach bonfires, whale watching, day trips to nearby beach towns or even theme parks.

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"I believe weddings should be heartfelt, memorable days reaching beyond what is beautiful or trendy."

All in the Details MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Be smart spenders. Put more money into high impact elements and things that matter the most to you. Color transforms everything and can pull your attention to what you want to accentuate, while darkness can be your friend by hiding busy ballroom carpets or less than pleasing surroundings. 3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Timeless, sophisticated and memorable I FIND INSPIRATION IN: The world around me. Anywhere from a storefront to a trip to Disneyland can inspire new ideas of textures, color combinations or items that should be fabricated and added to rental inventory. MY CLAIM TO FAME: Winning a Trendsetter Award for having the groom enter for his Baraat at an Indian wedding behind a team of sled dogs instead of on a horse or an elephant. 3 WORDS OTHERS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE ME: Professional, enthusiastic and trustworthy.

ON MY BUCKET LIST: To coordinate a wedding in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland and vacation in the Seychelles Islands. MY FAVORITE STAYCATION: Disneyland. Hands down. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME: Creating happy, memorable moments in the world around me. MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY: Birthdays. I love celebrating everyone’s special day. MY FAMILY: I am the mother of 3 amazing children who I lovingly refer to as “The Crew.”

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Coordinator Spotlight Gini's background has perfectly suited her for coordinating flawless weddings. Prior to 2000, Gini owned Gini Garner Imports, designing and manufacturing soft goods specializing in home decor and Christmas. Her client list was nationwide and her travels often took her to the orient. Gini then took her experience, abilities and connections to the hospitality industry in 2001 where she has established herself as a leader in the industry. In 1995, Mission Viejo High School established the annual Gini Garner Spirit Scholarship.

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All in the Details

BUDGET: Spending big bucks doesn’t give you the wedding of a lifetime. Spending on quality and knowing how to spend the money is what matters.

MY BACKGROUND: Being from a large Armenian family and having graduated from Fresno State College, I was always the one relatives would turn to for planning parties. I decided to take it a step further, and here I am some 14 years later using my import skills, my know-how of design, my ability to source products and more than anything, a real dedication to my brides and their desires.

REHEARSAL: For 14 years now, I have suggested to my brides to do the rehearsal two days before the wedding. If the wedding is on Saturday, do the rehearsal on Thursday. Take Friday to relax and enjoy and do last minute details. WEDDING CAKE: The traditional cake has been replaced by mini desserts and a small 10" round that can be used for pictures.

Most of my brides are amazed that I can source anything. This is because of my import background; importing is staying a step ahead and always looking for the "new" thing, so weddings are a piece of cake.

FLOWERS: Peonies still rank as every bride’s favorite. Brides will even sometimes pick their wedding dates around the availability of peonies.

I AM: Dedicated and determined. Most of my brides love my tenacity. I always tell them, “I’ll do whatever you want, but along the way I will also give you my honest opinion.”

Décor: Vintage pieces are still popular. They can be brought in with so many mixtures: mercury glass, antiques, lace, artifacts, burlap, colored glass and more.

When I meet a bride, I tell them, “If you want me to hold your train and tell you how beautiful you are on your wedding day, find someone else. I’m the type of coordinator who’s in the trenches making sure everything we have worked on has come to fruition.”

COLOR PALETTES: Metallics are really exciting for the next year. Rose gold and sequins and gold shimmer seems to be a winning trio. Rose gold mixed with blush is another favorite for brides. Grey is also still popular, whether mixing it with blush or going it alone. GUEST BOOKS: This year, I was able to re-purpose one of my bride’s parent’s guest books. We added an embossed plate to the cover and the guests signed the same book her parents used for their wedding some 30 years earlier. WEDDING DAY: It seems like Fridays are as popular as Saturdays, and they’re more popular than Sundays. Don’t forget, there are usually good discounts for Friday bookings!

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I BELIEVE: Hire great vendors and let them do what they do best. MY FAMILY: 3 grown children, 4 grandchildren, 5 sisters, 1 brother and 37 first cousins. That’s my life in a nutshell; my big fat Armenian family. THE WORLD OF WEDDINGS: This industry has changed so much now that we have social media. When I started, weddings were easier to manage. Today’s bride is very sophisticated. She knows what she wants and she has sourced all her leads.

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Coordinator Spotlight THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: I always had a dream to own my business. After working in the hotel industry for 20+ years planning events, I took the entrepreneurial leap and started Neon Carrot Events. A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: I am a native Californian, raised in Northern California. I went to College at CSU Sacramento, majoring in Organizational Communication Studies. My career in the hospitality industry was epic. I learned so much. My clients benefit from it every day.

NEON CARROT EVENTS MIKII RATHMANN

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Idea Ingenuity BRIDE: Add a “secret” pop of color to your gown by wearing a colored slip or tulle. It is fun to show it off when you kick up your heels! GROOMSMEN: Just like bridesmaids are wearing different colored dresses, have groomsmen mix and match as well. They can express their individuality with different color ties, shirts and/or jackets. DÉCOR: Consider adding a heart felt thank you note from the bride and groom at each place setting. It can be printed to match your theme, and it’s a great way to make sure that all of your guests know how much you love and appreciate them. FLOWERS: Cascading bouquets for the bride

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Having a friend with an iPod be your DJ sounds like a budget saving idea, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a party fall flat because they can’t read the crowd and don’t have the music library to keep people on the dance floor. A professional DJ means a fun reception! LOVE IT: Mixing colors

OVER IT: Matchy matchy

"I love weddings because committing to another person in a wedding ceremony and celebration is a tradition practiced all over the world. It ’s universal. It ’s special."

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All in the Details MY FAMILY: 11 years ago I met Mr. Rathmann on E-Harmony. He builds robots. I plan parties. We’re perfect together. We adopted a fur baby named Ruby, who you will meet if you stop by my office. ON MY BUCKET LIST: Travel to Sweden and stay at the Ice Hotel MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Find out what my clients like and give them ideas that will bring their vision to life and enhance the venue MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP: Driving Miss Daisy Vintage Market in Mission Viejo MY CLAIM TO FAME: Continuing a wedding reception when the power went out. We cut the cake via cell phone light. I BELIEVE: In marriage equality

3 WORDS OTHERS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE ME: Happy, creative and loyal

MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When wedding guests don’t let the newly married couple have a few uninterrupted minutes to eat their dinner MY FAVORITE DRINK: Gin and tonic with two limes

MY FAVORITE APP: Wedding Fun. It’s a music app that lets you search all kinds of most requested song lists compiled by wedding DJ’s all over the world. Great way to research songs for your special dances.

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Coordinator Spotlight Kelsey Events has been an integral part of the wedding industry for many years. They are known for impeccable style and design with a lighthearted approach to planning. Jackie partnered with Kelsey Events in 2012 and has been a staple ever since. Jackie's genuine love for weddings and events is evident through her creativity and ability to design the perfect day. Jackie has a passion for her couples and adores working with them to make the day a perfect blend of their styles, taste and culture.

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Idea Ingenuity FASHION: You can’t go wrong with a sleek, form fitting dress. Although I love lace myself, we see it all the time. Sleek designs are always flattering and are different. Pair with an intricate veil for your pop of detail. PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO: Always a must! You are going to want to remember every detail of this day. The more you have to look back on the merrier! VOWS: Personal vows are always a favorite in my book! This day is ultimately about the bride and groom. Pretend no one is there and truly share how you feel about your spouse. There is nothing more romantic!

All in the Details A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: Always having an eye for design, I stumbled into the industry after designing and creating events for close family and friends. Eager to learn more and really be knowledgeable about the ins and outs of event planning, I contacted Kelsey Connelly of Kelsey Events, as she was looking for a intern. I interned with Kelsey for a year and learned all I could. Spending each day with an established planner and shadowing her every move was an amazing learning experience. Being able to learn hands-on from the best has really opened my eyes to detail and lit a fire of organization in me. I am always eager to push the design envelope and truly connect with the client’s vision. Spending the last 3 years with Kelsey and planning events alongside her has been nothing less of a phenomenal experience!

COLOR PALETTES: Bold colors! Color is making a comeback. We all love blush and shades of nude, but pair it with a statement color to mix it up.

MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY: Christmas

ENTERTAINMENT: Having a live, experienced performer for the ceremony really kicks up the emotion. Witnessing the bride and groom locking eyes is always breathtaking, but adding a live performer into the mix gives it a personal touch. Your performer can really play off the natural emotions you’re experiencing and make for a smooth, “movie-like” processional.

I LOVE WEDDINGS BECAUSE: Every couple has a different dream. Being able to bring that to life is always breathtaking!

TRANSPORTATION: A staple vintage car no matter the theme or design of your wedding is always a show-stopper. BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS: Give your bridal party a luxurious gift they can use again, such as a robe for the bridesmaids and tie or bowtie for the groomsmen. They are personal gifts that also make for great pictures! HONEYMOON: I have yet to meet a couple that isn’t looking forward to their honeymoon. Make sure you leave a little bit of your budget for this. Even if you’re only going away for the weekend and are staying local, go on a honeymoon. BUDGET: Be realistic. We all want the dream, but sometimes the dream comes at a hefty price. Sometimes less really is more.

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MY FAVORITE APP: Instagram

MY FAVORITE STAYCATION: La Costa Resort in Carlsbad

MY DREAM WEDDING: It would include a larger than life tent on a lush green field that is at the edge of a cliff overlooking rolling hills. There would be crystal chandeliers, flower chandeliers and candlelight everywhere you look! I would have mirrored tabletops, an array of luxurious furniture for guest seating, custom bars, romantic lighting, a white monogrammed dance floor and lush, dripping florals and greenery at every square inch! ON MY BUCKET LIST: Jumping out of a plane

I FIND INSPIRATION IN: Everyday beauty. Style is always changing. With today’s technology I can be constantly in the loop of what is in. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME: My kids MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Nail biting

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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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Someone to Trust. Someone who Cares. A Day to Remember. www.eventsbyevelynn.com

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Coordinator Spotlight I STARTED MY BUSINESS IN: 1990 A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: In college, I majored in Music and Theater Arts. I minored in Art and Interior Design. After marrying in 1989, I decided to go into wedding planning. I started by opening a floristry and learning photography. I was also a catering manager for a well known chain of restaurants. Combining my knowledge of experiences in all of these industries led me into wedding & event planning as well as production and design.

MARIA LINDSAY WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

MY FAMILY: I married my husband, Dean Lindsay, in 1989, and we have two children, Ali (20) and Brandon (12).

MARIALINDSAYWEDDINGS.COM | 949.929.6265

Idea Ingenuity

All in the Details

CEREMONY: Brides are requesting more unique and lush floral designs for their ceremony alter décor.

MY DREAM WEDDING: A fairy tale with a few of my favorite things! Live your fantasy dream for one very special day!

COLOR PALETTES: Black and white fused with Tiffany blue is popular and has a contemporary flair! Also, the royal color palette (Kate & William) of blushes and ivories still remain a timeless favorite.

MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Take the concept and desires of all parties and make them happen!

FASHION: Vera Wang has a new line at David’s Bridal that brides can afford, and they love it! Her designs are so stunning! Also, vintage lace, sexy, low neck/back, body-hugging mermaid gowns are a popular style. FLOWERS: Baby’s breath is back!

LIGHTING: Furniture that is lit from within is fun and effective for reception décor and adds a modern, contemporary flair. CAKE: The naked cake, a wedding cake with a bare-minimal frosting coverage, is perfect for the couple who doesn’t like heaps of frosting. PHOTO BOOTHS: Are still frequently requested, but boothless sittings with themed backdrops have been popular as well! BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS: Brides have been presenting beautiful robes to their bridesmaids on day-of for preparation! HONEYMOON: New Zealand and Italy are popular for healthy budgets. Mexico has been popular for more modest budgets because there are all inclusive resort honeymoon vacations. DESTINATION WEDDINGS: Cancun is huge for 2016 weddings! GUEST LISTS: Are growing for 2016 (180 to 400 guests) LOVE IT: Family traditions woven into wedding themes OVER IT: Candy bars and favors

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3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Open to anything!

I FIND INSPIRATION IN: Specific desires of my bride and groom I LOVE WEDDINGS BECAUSE: A wedding is a day, but a marriage is a lifetime!

YOU’RE ENGAGED! YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS: Set a budget, collaborate on your styles and retain trusted vendors that have only your event’s best interest at heart, particularly monetarily. MY FAVORITE WEDDING VENUES: Unique private estates and museums as well as major resort hotels MY FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP: South Coast Plaza. They have all the main flagship stores! MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT OF ALL TIME: Mastro’s and The Vintage Steak House. Consistently phenomenal dining! THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: When I married 26 years ago and when my amazing children were born! IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Spread wealth around the world in the countries where it is needed the most. SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME: I’m very down to earth, warm and loving. MY FAVORITE STAYCATION: A quick trip to Catalina Island!

THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO ME: Family, work, fun and play

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THE KJ EXPERIENCE EVENT PLANNING & PRODUCTION

THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: My wife and I planned our own wedding of 200 people without the assistance of a "professional" planner. As a result, family and friends who attended our New Years Eve nuptials asked us to assist them with their upcoming events. We have a large family and a lot of friends, so dinner parties and holiday celebrations are regular at our home. In 2010, I was presented with an opportunity from a family friend to assist him with an event. We needed the money, and it was the first time someone offered to pay for what I usually did for free, and thus, The KJ Experience was born! It's only by God's grace and favor that KJE is here because none of this was ever on my radar. My wife and I had gone to college and accepted careers on a completely different path, but when God has a bigger plan for your life than the one you had for yourself, you accept it and step into His purpose, so that's what I did.

thekjexperience.com | 951.290.TKJE

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All in the Details

FLOWERS & DÉCOR: Your design concept of flowers, decor and lighting will set the overall ambiance of the event. Make a statement with your selections and create a memorable experience for your guests.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: I am married to my best friend, Katherine, who is my partner in life and in love. I have a background in technical engineering, so the production aspect of KJE setups and floor designs come easy to me. When my wife and I planned our wedding without help from anyone, I realized how good I was. We couldn't afford a planner at the time, so I recruited my childhood friends to help me set up the church and reception hall while my wife relaxed and prepared to meet me at the end of the aisle. She had given me her instructions and the supplies of what she wanted it to look like, and she told me it better look like she did it.

DESSERT BAR:: Your dessert bar should represent your personality. Include elements of your favorite snacks like donuts, gourmet popcorn or mini sweet potato pies and peach cobblers, not just the goodies that match your color scheme. PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO: Onsite photo printing and same-day video editing makes for great reception entertainment. A photo montage of the happy couple or a video tribute from one spouse to the other is fun and enjoyed by everyone. BUDGET: Creating a realistic budget will save you time and stress. Make your event fit within your budget instead of making your budget fit into your event. HOT: Ghost chairs and clear chiavaris

NOT: Loose fitting chair covers with sashes LOVE IT: The suspended wedding cake

OVER IT: Traditional white wedding cake. Try a salted caramel or German chocolate instead.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME: My relationship with God A FAVORITE WEDDING THAT I HAVE PLANNED: I have two favorites, my cousin's wedding at Trump National Golf Course overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and my long-time friend's vineyard wedding at Ponte Family Estate Winery. Both were summer destination weddings since the couples live out of state. THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: My wedding day, New Years Eve, 2008 I BELIEVE: In taking advantage of your opportunities

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME: I was invited to practice pre-season with the L.A. Clippers, but I declined the invitation. 3 WORDS OTHERS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE ME: Determined, passionate and motivated ON MY BUCKET LIST: To visit the pyramids in Egypt

DESERTED ISLAND, THREE OBJECTS, GO: A motor boat with a full tank of gas, flares and a cell phone MY FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Dallas Cowboys!

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Coordinator Spotlight I STARTED MY BUSINESS IN: 2006 THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: We were transferred to Hawaii since my husband was in the Navy at the time, so I decided to start my own event business with the move.

MICHELLE GARIBAY EVENTS michellegaribayevents.com

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: My degrees are in Political Science and Communication from SDSU, and my background is in political and corporate events and public relations/marketing. Transitioning to weddings and special events was an easy move so I could spread my wings creatively and be my own boss.

CA: 951.234.7629 | HI: 808.228.3591

Idea Ingenuity BEAUTY: I can’t stress enough the importance of having hair and makeup professionally done for every woman in the bridal party (mothers too!). Pros know how to style for photos and it is really noticeable when someone doesn’t have it done. It makes a big difference. COLOR PALETTE: Anything not blush and gold. As pretty as it is, it has been way oversaturated in the market over the past few years. PHOTO BOOTHS: SloMo photo booths are so much fun!

GUEST LIST: Anyone you would invite to dinner at your house and be willing to spend $150+ on gets the green light. If anyone doesn’t fall into this category, really think about why you want them there and if it fits into your budget. HOT: Hand-calligraphy details

NOT: Over-programmed receptions (let your guests dance and enjoy) LOVE IT: Anything personal to the couple

OVER IT: Overly rustic events and death by Pinterest (I don’t know which is worse!) ENTERTAINMENT: Don’t just limit yourself to one or two choices where music is concerned. I’m a big fan of having varied types of music at weddings and having it progress with each portion of the wedding day. Start with soft and romantic music at the ceremony, add more energy/musicians at cocktail hour, then end the reception with a packed dance floor and ether a live band or a DJ. Music plays a big part into the overall wedding day experience. WEDDING TRADITIONS: I always advise my couples to only do something if it truly means something to you, not just because it is a “tradition.” Weddings are a memorable experience because couples choose to personalize their day and make it their own in every aspect. If a tradition doesn’t speak to you, don’t feel obligated to do it.

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All in the Details MY FAMILY: I have been married for 12 years to an amazingly supportive partner and loving father to our 5 and 7 year old children. We also have 3 big dogs, so we have quite a full house! YOU’RE ENGAGED! YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS: Put together an overall budget cap first. Then, you can determine your venue and size of your guest list. Your costs are directly related to the number of people you anticipate coming and typically food and beverage are going to be the majority of that cost. It is all proportional and little things add up quickly. If you have your heart set on certain things, be prepared to have a flexible (i.e. bigger) budget if trimming your guest list is not an option. MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Has 3 key elements: collaboration, cohesion and purpose I FIND INSPIRATION IN: Architecture, fashion and interior design magazines I LOVE WEDDINGS BECAUSE: Each one is truly unique and offers a new opportunity to tell the love story of each couple in one single event. By bringing together the colors, smells, tastes, textures and sounds that reflect the couple, the result is a captivating experience created specifically with them in mind. And, to watch all of that unfold seamlessly on the wedding day is the most rewarding part. MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT OF ALL TIME: Nobu on Oahu

THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: Having my dream wedding in La Jolla. Having my kids is a very close second! IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Buy a ranch to rescue animals and buy a winery 3 WORDS OTHERS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE ME: Loyal, driven and visionary MY FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Padres baseball (I used to work for them, too!)

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LEAH MARIE

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JESSICA LAUREN EVENTS JESSICA SUKERT

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Event Planning, a degree I custom created through the school’s individualized major program. Prior to starting my own company, I worked on a wide variety of luxurious events for high-profile clientele in the US and abroad: weddings, parties, baby showers, mitzvahs, corporate events, product launches and many more. I love collaborating with my clients and creating events that they and their guests will truly enjoy and remember for years to come. Known for my friendliness, strong organizational skills, and exacting attention to detail, I strive to minimize my clients’ stress so that they can get back to enjoying the moment.

jessicalauren.events | 949.540.8220

Idea Ingenuity CEREMONY: I love having different styles of seating at wedding ceremonies. PHOTOGRAPHY: If you are traditional, skip the first look. Blindfold your groom and take cute photos! WEDDING FAVORS: The more personal the wedding favors are, the more meaningful they will be for your guests. Pick something fun, sweet, or silly that reflects you and your significant other as a couple. BUDGET: Don’t be afraid to ask your coordinator to help you stay on budget. We are here to help you! TRANSPORTATION: I love that Uber can now be pre-arranged for wedding guests and that the bride and groom can create a promo code for the wedding. Everyone’s first ride is $20 off. FLOWERS: For an upcoming wedding, one of our venues does not allow flower petals to be dropped on the floor. We’re having the flower girls hand out long stemmed roses as they walk down the aisle instead, and it is going to be adorable! ENTERTAINMENT: Hire an amazing band for your wedding reception and switch to a fun DJ later in the evening. Remember to make sure you have the best MC to guide everyone through the entire reception. GUEST LIST: Host a farewell brunch the morning after the wedding for your out of town guests before they fly home. Remember to personalize the brunch with custom napkins and a cute “thank you mimosa” for added flair. COLOR PALETTE: Grey is taking over the wedding world and I am loving it! FASHION: Be cautious when going bridal gown shopping and only take a few people with you. Sometimes too many people at one appointment can be overwhelming. The only opinion that truly matters on that day is your own because if you feel beautiful everyone will see it and think so too.

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All in the Details THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: At the age of nine, I attended a one-of-a-kind wedding and fell in love. Inspired by everything that went into creating such a magical event, I pursued my passions and have been involved in the event planning world ever since. MY FAVORITE WEDDING VENUES: Pelican Hill Resort and Montage Laguna Beach MY FAVORITE DRINK: Starbucks venti iced vanilla soy chai

MY DREAM WEDDING: Would be black tie, 250+ person, completely covered in flowers, over-the-top, totally custom, lavish, and a full weekend event. A girl can dream, right? 3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Glamorous, unique, and bold I FIND INSPIRATION: From traveling all around the world

I LOVE WEDDINGS BECAUSE: I get to create something amazing for couples on the best day of their lives. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME: My 3 little sisters MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY: Hanukkah (8 presents!)

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME: I can speak 4 languages: English, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew)… and now after reading this lots of people will know this about me! ON MY BUCKET LIST: To go to Thailand

MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When my sisters wear my clothes and don’t put them back in my closet! I BELIEVE: The shot of the groom’s face when he sees his bride walking down the aisle is one of the best shots photographers can take during a wedding.

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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. ~ May Angelou, American Author and Civil Rights Activist

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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

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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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luxury estate weddings socal

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

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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

rancholaslomas.com

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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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.

doubletreeladowntown.com

orfila.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF VENUES; BRETT HICKMAN

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

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER AWAITS AT THE HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH RESORT & SPA Make it happen right here. With stunning open air courtyards and three ocean view ballrooms, you’ll enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Pacific from start to finish. Whether you envision a simple gathering with a few family and friends or an elaborate formal affair, our team of professionals is dedicated to giving you the wedding you’ve always imagined. For more information, or details on special offers, visit huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com or call 714 698 1234. Hyatt. You’re More Than Welcome.

HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH RESORT & SPA 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com

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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

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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.

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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

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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

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A storybook event. As you look forward to your history and future coming together on your wedding day, enjoy the marvelous transformation into our new era. The spirit of 1923 welcomes modern luxury in newly enhanced guestrooms. Also new, The Spa at The Inn infuses indigenous ingredients purposefully and personally – ideal for bringing out your natural beauty. Prepare to experience the romance of the country, captured in highly civilized detail to celebrate you.

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The Estate on Second celebrates its grand opening of a new, beautiful wedding space in a historic structure. Venue: The Estate on Second estateonsecond.com | Catering: Jay’s Catering jayscatering.com Photography: Chard Photographer | DJ & Lighting: Steve Burdick Events | Linen: Luxe Linen Photo booth: MyphotoboothLA | Hand Lettering: Nicole Solis | Entertainment: Ted Z and the Wranglers Rentals: Found Rentals | Floral Design: Foxtail Florals | Planning: Green Apple Event Co.

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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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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.

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For your wedding, why not have everything? Celebrate your special day with romance and style. At Pala Casino Spa & Resort, experience the elegant surroundings of a four-diamond hotel paired with the excitement of a worldclass casino. Let our professional wedding specialist handle every detail for a wedding you’ll never forget. PalaCasino.com 1-877-WIN-PALA (1-877-946-7252) Located in Northern San Diego County. From San Diego & Riverside: Take I-15 to HWY 76, go east 5 miles. From Orange & Los Angeles Counties: Take I-5 South to HWY 76, go east 23 miles.

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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.

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The Estate on Second may be a recent addition to Orange County’s social scene, but its historic structure has been in the heart of Santa Ana since 1923. Today, this elegant venue is a physical celebration of history and hospitality. Designed with versatility in mind, our space is perfect for hosting all sorts of events: from cocktail soirees and glamorous weddings to corporate parties and film shoots. 207 W 2nd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701 | (714) 636-6045 | estateonsecond.com

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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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BRIANNA CASTER

The eye of the camera grasps the charm and grace resonating in this brief moment in time.

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Beautiful Boudoir

Photography by The Boudoir Divas theboudoirdivas.com

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The Beauty of a Bride By Marissa Boucher, Owner of The Boudoir Divas theboudoirdivas.com

While boudoir photography was introduced as the “sexiest gift for the groom”TM not too long ago, this new trend took off rapidly as more and more grooms were stunned speechless by this surprise gift. As a photographer who was part of this new movement, it was fun to see it gain momentum. Word spread as groomsmen watched the groom’s eyes get wide with amazement as they saw him open this secret book just minutes before his bride walked down the aisle toward him. It was quite the new hot topic, and everyone understood why. Boudoir was once considered risqué and taboo, but it has now been converted into what we love it to be — a private celebration of the beauty of intimacy within a couple. And not just for the couple as a unit, individually for the bride herself as well. It’s a way to celebrate and document what has always been one of the most special traditions in womanhood, the season of wedding preparation. It looks much different these days than it did even a hundred years ago, with pinterest, wedding magazines, and going down the #wedding hashtag rabbit trails, but the overall anticipation and tradition remains. While our prep also looks different, the sweet sentiment swirling in a bride’s heart is all the same as it ever was. She radiates with the hopes, wishes and dreams this memorable time inspires. And as photographers, we love that we get to celebrate and document the bride aglow with anticipation and rosy with the frantic pace that accompanies this season. It’s wonderful to see the bride’s experience play out. She comes to our studio nervous but enjoys this confidenceboosting experience more than she ever thinks she will. While feeling better in her own skin, she romances her groom with this sweet gesture. It’s a win-win. We feel our job is to enter into that space with her, inspired to create something that represents her beautifully. At the risk of sounding entirely cheesy, we boudoir photographers feed off the hopes that are quietly spilling from our brides’ hearts, and I don’t think there is anything more a photographer loves than this in a subject. So much of the wedding prep is about tasks, to-do lists, and deadlines. We love that a boudoir session is a time to slow down, tune out the details, and to step into this season by being present. We highly encourage you to do this for your spouse-to-be but even more so for yourself. Look for a highly qualified boudoir photographer, read their testimonials, look for consistency in their galleries of images, and most importantly, get a sense that you will feel comfortable with them. You won’t regret it!

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MICHAEL PURDY PHOTOGRAPHY

And they lived happily ever after. ~ Fairy Tale Ending

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vendor love square root

squarerootdesigns.com [floral design]

the resort at pelican hill pelicanhill.com [venue & wedding night hotel]

duke photography dukeimages.com [photography]

[wedding coordinator] uniquely yours events [rentals] white night rentals [lighting] expo production [entertainment] hatoum entertainment [videography] steve redman [gown design] m by mira

love story

Mira and Michael knew from the moment they met at a party in Lebanon that they would one day be married.

love note

When Mira got to peek at the ballroom, she saw her dreams brought to life.

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christopher todd

christophertoddstudios.com [photography] [wedding consultant] instyle event company [venue, caterer, wedding night hotel] irvine marriott [cake] sweet & saucy shop [floral design] doily design haus [rentals] archive vintage rentals, signature party rentals [linens] luxe linens [lighting] wave form events [invitations] wedding paper divas [stationery] idoweddingshoppe [candy bar] marich premium chocolates [favors] cake goodness [ceremony entertainment] touch of ivory [reception entertainment] wave form events [videography] fiske films [transportation] als limos [gown design, bridal salon] claire pettibone [veil] saks fifth avenue [bridal jewelry, shoes] ted baker [hair, makeup] face it sugar [formalwear] ted baker [bridesmaid dresses] bella bridesmaids [mothers’ dresses] saks fifth avenue [engagement ring] annello [wedding rings] annello [registries] honeyfund [honeymoon] san francisco [honeymoon resorts] intercontinental hotel [photobooth] polite in public

love story

They met in Chongqing, China, in 2005. Kevin was Lulin's English tutor, helping her prepare for SAT. They started dating a year later. Kevin crawled to her in the bedroom one November morning in 2014 with a ring, (before she'd had any coffee,) and asked “Bug (he nicknamed her Snuggle Bug), will you marry me?” To which she replied “Yes, of course!"

love note

Their fondest wedding moment was the first look.

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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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frank salas photography franksalas.com [photography]

coto de caza golf & racquet club

coto-de-caza.com [venue & wedding coordinator] [floral design] flowers by tricia [cake] vans bakery [hair & makeup] alicia wu [officiant] alan katz [entertainment] dj kevin hirai & george woo [favors] honey and butter

love story

Helen and Anthony met at a Halloween party where they were the only two people who didn’t want to be there. They bonded and have been inseparable ever since!

love note

Anthony won a hotel stay in West Hollywood and brought Helen along so that he could propose on the rooftop on Valentine’s Day.

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vendor love

barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

rancho las lomas rancholaslomas.com [venue & lighting]

flowers by cina flowersbycina.com [floral design]

24 carrots

24carrots.com [catering, linens, rentals] [wedding coordinator, invitations, stationery] simply sweet weddings & events [cake] simply sweet cakery [favors] hershey’s & etsy [entertainment] elevated pulse productions [videography] parallel media productions [transportation] mark defranco [gown design] marisa [bridal salon] the wedding day [hairpiece & veil] erica koesler [bridal jewelry] nordstrom [bridal shoes] christian louboutin

love story

When Kimberly visited her cousin at USC, they went to a party thrown by Alan and hit it off. They went their separate ways for graduate school, but picked up right where they left off when Alan reached out to Kimberly as he finished school.

love note

It was difficult for Kimberly to choose a favorite moment of the wedding - she felt like a princess the entire day! Given how nervous she was, she was glad she did a first look. Seeing and being alone with Alan before the wedding really made a difference. Her nerves subsided and they could just laugh and have fun while taking pictures.

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vendor love the loft on pine theloftonpine.com [venue]

jay’s catering

jayscatering.com [catering | cake | linens] [wedding consultant] green apple event company [floral design] lavender's flowers [rentals] harvested goods [photography] michael lallande photography [invitations] kathryn kirk [favors] rock hound soap [entertainment] jp mcleod [videography akros media [gown design, bridal salon, hairpiece] demetrios bride [bridal jewelry] the bearded kitty [hair, makeup] mobile bridal salon [bridesmaid dresses] show me your mumu, nordstroms, asos, forever 21 [wedding rings] rob and lean

love story

Jennifer and Brice met in the fall of 2011 while working together as visual merchandisers. He proposed after a day of adventures while on a weekend getaway to San Diego.

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wedding

moment was the “first look” and seeing their vision come to life in a beautiful venue.

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vendor love

davello Photography davello.com [photography]

the bloom of time thebloomoftime.com [floral design]

casino san clemente

thecasinosanclemente.com [venue]

jay’s catering

jayscatering.com [catering, desserts, linens & rentals]

[wedding consultant] prima events [lighting & entertainment] soundwave pros [videography] buckley videography [invitations] etsy wedding sundae shop [hair & makeup] makemeup [groom’s & groommen’s formalwear] dkny [bridesmaid dresses] asos & lulus [engagement ring] marvel jewelry [registries] macy’s, honey fund and crate & barrel [wedding night hotel] inn at laguna beach [honeymoon destination] bali

love story

Carly and Matt met in Laguna Beach in 2008. While wine tasting in Napa in 2013, Matt proposed to Carly.

love note

Carly’s fondest wedding moment was when she walked down the aisle to Matt.

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vendor love

franciscan gardens franciscangardens.com [venue]

irises designs

irisesdesigns.com [floral design]

24 carrots

24carrots.com [catering, linens, rentals]

[photography] jeremy chou photography [wedding coordinator] milk events [invitations] sakura paper co. [cake] cinderella cakes [entertainment] premiere events group [videography] twentyseven studios [gown design] kitty chen couture [bridal salon & veil] beautiful day wedding [hair & makeup & bridal jewelry] ting makeup and hair [bridesmaid jewelry] kate spade [bridal shoes] kay unger [bridesmaid shoes] maiden lane [formalwear] thick as thieves [bridesmaid dresses] morning lavender [honeymoon] fiji [honeymoon hotel] intercontinental fiji

love story

While Nicole was at dinner with her cousin, Kim walked into the restaurant along with his family, surprising Nicole with roses and a beautiful engagement ring.

love note

Nicole and Kim’s wedding day was on their 6th anniversary!

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vendor love

neon carrot events neoncarrotevents.com [wedding coordinator]

the loft on pine theloftonpine.com [venue]

jay’s catering

jayscatering.com [linens, rentals, catering, cake, candy bar]

minted

minted.com [invitations] [photography] russ & thet studio [floral design] 800 rose big [entertainment & lighting] flawless entertainment [photobooth] dj tempoe [bridal salon, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses] david’s bridal [bridal shoes] michalangelo [hair & makeup] colina salon [formalwear] calvin klein & men’s warehouse [mothers’ dresses] tadashi shoji [wedding ring] mactavish jewelers [wedding night hotel] hyatt regency long beach [registry] macy’s

Corina

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love story

Mitchell

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matched

on

eHarmony and began getting to know each other over the phone. On a snowy winter day in Arkansas, Mitchell proposed over a quiet dinner in his family’s farm house.

love note

Corina’s ring is a family treasure – made from a cast of Mitchell’s aunt’s ring and the diamonds from his grandmother’s ring.

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vendor love

ponte family estate winery pontewinery.com [venue, linens, catering & wedding night hotel]

seven stems floral design & events

sevenstemsdesign.com [wedding consultant & floral design] [photography] vera in august fine photography [rentals] lauren sharon vintage rentals & design [lighting & entertainment] sterling dj productions [invitations & stationery] abbey alaine custom design [cake] cakes to celebrate [candy bar] bottega louie [gown design] anne barge [bridal salon & veil] nordstrom [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [hair & makeup] beauty by stacey [formalwear] men’s wearhouse [mothers’ dresses] adrianna papell [flower girl dresses] pippa & julie [engagement ring & wedding rings] blue nile [registries] crate & barrel & wanderable [honeymoon] riviera maya, mexico [honeymoon resort] el dorado casitas royale

love story Kathleen and Andrew met their very first week of college and soon after, their friendship turned into something more. Halfway through the year, they were in a bad car accident and Andrew stayed right by Kat’s side as she recovered. He has been there, taking care of her ever since!

love note

Kathleen and Andrew were together for twelve years before they got married and even spent three of those years long distance.

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vendor love kelsey events

kelseyevents.com [wedding coordinator]

flowers by cina flowersbycina.com [floral design]

24 carrots

24 carrots.com [catering] [photography] chard photographer [venue] private residence [hair & makeup] design visage [rentals] signature party rentals & temporary site services [lighting & reception entertainment] visions entertainment [ceremony entertainment] jason sulkin music [officiant] reverend clint hufft [cake] exquisite desserts [cake topper] better off wed [candy bar] sensational sweets [invitations & stationery] honeycrisp design studio [gown design] hayley paige [wedding rings] grady taylor jewelry & morgan’s jewelers [bridal shoes] nina [veil] renee pawele [bridal jewelry] macy’s [bridesmaid dresses] twobirds bridesmaid [bridesmaid jewelry] baublebar [bridesmaid robes] plum pretty sugar [formalwear] suit warehouse [transportation] ulc limos [wedding night hotel] hard rock hotel palm springs [travel agency] ever after honeymoon

love story

Katy and Storm met through mutual friends and Storm called Katy the very next day to ask her on their first date. Instead of the fancy restaurant Storm originally planned, he brought over pizza and wine and they took it down to the beach for sunset.

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vendor love

michelle garibay events michellegaribayevents.com [wedding coordinator]

[photography] brett and tori photographers [venue] mount palomar winery [floral design] rsvp events floral studio [rentals] madam palooza [entertainment] c squared events [cake & desserts] sugar divaz bake shoppe [favors] temecula valley honey company [bridal salon] bella bridal [bridal jewelry] macy’s [bridesmaid jewelry] kendra scott [bridal shoes] capparos [formalwear] ted baker london & the black tux [bridesmaid dresses] b2 by jasmine [registries] west elm & macy’s [wedding night hotel] temecula creek inn [honeymoon] europe [honeymoon hotels] the ampersand hotel, hotel miramar, piazza del gesu luxury sites [travel agency] skyland world travel

love story

For Miranda’s birthday, they decided to make it extra special and bring in exotic animals. Devon came over to Miranda in the middle of the party and asked if it was her best birthday ever. She said yes, and with ring in hand, he told her it was about to get even better!

love note

Miranda and Devon had so much fun watching the breakdance battles that broke out on the dance floor.

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vendor love

ponte family estate winery pontewinery.com [venue, rentals, catering & wedding night hotel]

the kj experience event planning & production

thekjexperience.com [wedding coordinator, floral design, linens, rentals] [photography] oce photography [cake] kimmy cakes [entertainment] dj k-krushem [videography] earl crowe weddings [gown design] private collection weddings [gown store] tradesy [veil] alfred angelo bridal [bridal jewelry] swarovski [bridesmaid jewelry] etsy [bridal shoes & bridesmaid shoes] nina [hair] tiffany lewis [makeup] details style bar [formalwear] the corvan collection & 3 day suit broker [bridesmaid dresses] ifitdress [mothers’ dresses] nordstrom rack [registries] target, macy’s crate & barrel [photo booth] k digital photo booth

love story

Though they met in high school, it wasn’t until Alesia and Charles ran into each other at Universal Studios over ten years later that they reconnected and began a relationship.

love note

After 6 hours blindfolded in the car, Alesia was surprised by a new car and a proposal on her birthday!

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vendor love

michael purdy photography mcpurdy.com [photography]

square root

squarerootdesigns.com [floral design]

terranea resort

terranea.com [venue, caterer & wedding night hotel] [wedding consultant] intertwined [dessert table] hasmik [stationery] ferial Invitations [reception entertainment] dj sepi [videography] chris angeles [dance classes] bella ballroom [gown design] casa blanca [hair] beau ideal [makeup] beauty by ella [groom’s formalwear] ted baker [engagement ring] costco [wedding rings] cartier

love story

Lily and Matt met at UCLA Anderson. Lily was organizing a student alumni event for the Entrepreneur Association. Matt wanted to meet in person to organize the event and the rest is history. To propose, Matt secretly rented a yacht in Newport Harbor and filled it with Lily's closest friends and family from all over the world. Separately, Matt took Lily out in the same harbor on a gondola; Lily had no idea about the yacht. Matt popped the question at the same time their song came blasting off the yacht. Lily was awe struck to look up and see all her closest friends and family. It was the happiest day of her life (until the wedding)! 

love note

The couple’s favorite wedding moment was their first dance - it set the tone perfectly for the rest of the party. Lily did a back flip and Matt was break dancing to their song: You Make Me by Avicii.

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vendor love

davello photography davello.com [photography]

[venue] the smog shoppe [floral design] derrick shore [linens] custom [place settings] dish wish [wedding coordinator] confetti events [catering] whoa nelly catering [entertainment] exxxplosivo [makeup] veronica lane rogers [hair] lorraine colour bar [paper goods] julia benyon [cake] van’s bakery [cake topper] etsy [transportation] my bus inc. [bridal salon] dina’s bridal [bride’s rings] arka designs [bridal shoes] kate spade [groom’s ring] jewelry by johan [groom’s tuxedo] fit wel tailors [groom’s shoes] florsheim

love story

Adam planned on proposing to Mary while at the top of a glacier during their trip to Glacier National Park. After hiking 13 miles to the top, he realized that it was much too crowded for a proposal. They headed back down and Adam proposed later in the day amidst a romantic sunshower.

love note

Mary and Adam used a wedding website and app called Joy, and they loved the personalized experience it offered to their guests.

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barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

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

[ceremony venue] rancho la jolla [reception venue] the grand del mar [catering] authentic flavors [officiant] dr. charles brown [hair & makeup] design visage [floral design] kathy wright & company [lighting] psav [rentals] hire elegance, so cal piano, bb rodeo dance floor & design [entertainment] black cats persian band, kirschner creative, casablanca pro sound & lighting, dj danno, all American boys choir, pianist on call [videography] plug video [doves] john and judi downey [rentals] classic party rentals [photo booth] smile lounge photo booth [transportation] la costa limousines, old town trolley, rolls livery service [invitations & stationery] invitation factory [dessert] gelato paradiso [calligraphy] wendy ware calligraphy & design

love story

Bilal sent Parisa a dozen roses with a note to have her bags packed for a flight the next morning. Parisa spent the next day being pampered in New York City before Bilal surprised her with a romantic meal and a proposal right out of a story book!

love note

Their wedding was a beautiful blend of Bilal’s southern tradition and Parisa’s Persian traditions.

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jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

the bloom of time thebloomoftime.com [floral design]

[venue] casa romantica [wedding coordination] bliss productions [linens] la tavola [rentals] signature party rentals [invitations & stationery] lucy celebrates [catering] iva lees [entertainment] brian a. stodart

love story

Gina and Mark met at the gym when in Gina was Mark’s personal trainer. A year after they met, on Valentine’s Day, Mark dropped to one knee and asked Gina to be his wife while they were on a walk along the beach.

love note

Gina was hoping to get a chuckle from their guest as she walked down the aisle to “At Last” by Etta James, and she did!

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vendor love

luxury estate weddings and events

luxuryestateweddings.com [venue, linens, catering]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

[photography & videography] blyss photography [floral design] action creative flowers [rentals] signature party rentals [lighting] guy the lighting guy [invitations] celebrate [catering & cake] colette’s catering [favors] cheap favor shop [entertainment] vox djs [gown design] allure [bridal salon] le soi [hairpiece & veil] etsy [bridal shoes] macy’s [hair & makeup] flawless faces [bridesmaid dresses] amazon, etsy, david’s bridal [mothers’ dresses] roamans. com [flower girl dresses] etsy [registries] macy’s & honeyfund [honeymoon] playa del carmen, mexico

love story

Brittney’s friend played matchmaker and set Brittney up with her neighbor, Dustin, thinking they’d be a good fit. She must have been right, because Dustin proposed three years later in Central Park.

love note

Brittney hoped for classic elegance on her wedding day and she got everything she hoped for - most importantly, Dustin.

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jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

flowers by cina flowersbycina.com [floral design]

kelsey events

kelseyevents.com [wedding coordinator]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

mon amie bridal salon monamie.com [bridal salon]

[venue, catering, cake, wedding night hotel] st. regis monarch beach [entertainment & lighting] visions entertainment [invitations & stationery] honeycrisp design studio [rentals] found vintage rentals [linens] luxe linen [gown design] ellis of london [bridesmaid jewelry] bhldn [bridal shoes] betsey johnson [hair & makeup] design visage [bridesmaid dresses] bella bridesmaids [mothers’ dresses] nordstrom [flower girl dresses] jenny serfas [engagement ring] zales [wedding rings] ben bridge [registries] pottery barn & williams-sonoma [honeymoon] maui, hawaii [honeymoon resort] grand wailea

love story

Brittany and Tanner met when they were both lifeguards at their local recreation center. On a weekend trip to San Diego, Tanner proposed to Brittany as they overlooked the harbor.

love note

As Brittany walked down the aisle, her dad told her to keep her eyes on her groom, and she saw tears in Tanner’s eyes.

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vendor love five crowns

thefivecrowns.com [reception venue & catering]

[photography] ben sasso photography [ceremony venue] community congregational church [wedding coordinator & favors] amorology [floral design] l&s design [rentals] yeah! rentals [linens] hostess haven [invitations] posh paperie [stationery] peanut press creative [cake] sweet lydia’s [donuts] donut bar [ceremony entertainment] el real chamber players [reception entertainment] n’demand [gown design] modern trousseau [bridal salon] the white dress [bridal shoes] cole haan [formalwear] armani [bridesmaid dresses] tiffany rose [mothers’ dresses] tadashi shoji

love story

Elaine booked herself a one-way ticket to Australia and ended up having an interview with Hugh at a law firm in Melbourne. Eventually, Elaine and Hugh were moved into the same office and love took its course.

love note

Elaine traveled across the world to find her soul mate, and it just had to be fate.

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the estate on second estateonsecond.com [venue]

jay’s catering

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

[photography] kristina adams photography [floral design] foxtail florals [stationery] nicole solis [entertainment] fedora dj [videography] louder than sound [bridal salon] mary me bridal [hair & makeup] kara knudsen [formalwear] the black tux [bridesmaid dresses] david’s bridal

love story

Kelsey was picked up in a Ferrari, escorted to a helicopter on top of a building, and flown to a beautiful hillside where Daniel was waiting with a picnic, a ring, and a very important question for Kelsey.

love note

Kelsey’s favorite moment on her wedding day was walking down the aisle toward her smiling groom.

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vendor love

jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

talega golf club talegagolfclub.com [venue]

gini garner events

ginigarnerevents.com [wedding coordinator]

jay’s catering

jayscatering.com [catering]

bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdales.com [bridal & bridesmaid jewelry, bridal & bridesmaid shoes, registry]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

[floral design] blooming branch [linens] fusion linens [invitations & stationery] details design studio [cake] heidelberg pastry shop [favors] anypromo [entertainment] tim espinoza [videography] elman adam [gown design] victor harper couture [bridal salon & veil] panache bridal [hair & makeup] design visage

love story

On what Rebecca thought was just a family trip to Ireland, Steve surprised her with a stay at a castle. While she unpacked, Steve prepared an even better surprise. He stole her away to a secret balcony and dropped down to one knee.

love note

Apropos to their castle proposal, Rebecca’s fondest wedding day memory is sharing true love’s kiss with her new husband.

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the summit house summithouse.com [venue & catering]

chloe atnip photography photosbychloe.com [photography]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

[floral design & linens] jenny b floral design [cake] beverly’s best [favors] lucky girl fortunes [photo booth] socal elite photo booths [dance lessons] ellison dance [bridal salon, gown design, veil] bonny bridal [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair] beauty by briza [formalwear] armani [mothers’ dresses] david’s bridal [wedding rings] tiffany & co. [registries] bed bath & beyond, crate & barrel [wedding night hotel] embassy suites [honeymoon] australia [honeymoon resorts] park hyatt sydney, four seasons, shangri la

love story

With Lorraine’s birthday and Valentine’s Day being on the same day, Scott knew it was the perfect time to do something special. While they were in San Diego for the weekend, Lorraine opened her birthday gift – a fortune cookie with “Will you marry me?” written on the fortune inside.

love note

During their choreographed first dance, Lorraine saw only Scott and the audience was a blur.

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dpark photography dparkphotography.com [photography]

seven-degrees

seven-degrees.com [venue, floral design, wedding consultant, linens, rentals, lighting, catering]

[invitations] sakura paper co [cake, candy bar, favors] simply sweet cakery [entertainment] thousand words events [hair & makeup] angie hair and makeup [formalwear] allen edmonds & burberry [engagement ring & wedding rings] tacori

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Renee

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hotellaguna.com [venue, wedding consultant, linens, rentals, catering]

[photography] dearly beloved photography [floral design] the flowery [invitaitons & stationery] wedding paper divas [cake] sweet & saucy shop [entertainment] premiere events group [bridal salon & gown design] alfred angelo [hairpiece & veil] etsy [bridal shoes] nina [hair & makeup] hampton salon [formalwear] men’s warehouse [bridesmaid dresses] david’s bridal [mothers’ dresses & flower girl dresses] macy’s [wedding rings] neil lane & jared [registry] crate & barrel [honeymoon] riviera maya, mexico [honeymoon hotel] hard rock riviera maya

love story

Megan and David met at the gym back in 2012. After a day date in Laguna Beach and dinner in Newport, David proposed on the sand as the sun set over the ocean.

love note

Megan’s favorite part of their wedding day was their first kiss as husband and wife on the beach.

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michael purdy photography mcpurdy.com [photography]

flower fusion

flowerfusion.net [floral design & candy bar]

baker party rentals bakerpartyrentals.com [rentals]

godfather films

godfatherfilms.com [videography]

mon amie bridal salon

monamie.com [bridal salon & bridal jewelry]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

bloomingdale's

bloomingdales.com [bridesmaid dresses] [venue, catering, wedding night hotel] shade hotel manhattan beach [wedding coordinator] 221 by viv [rentals] rrivre works, signature party rentals, champagne creative group [lighting] invisible touch [invitations & stationery] invitation design studio [cake] cinderella cakes

love story

Dorea and Robert met by a food truck at a music conference in Austin, Texas. Learning that Dorea was a sports chiropractor, Robert faked a shoulder injury and asked for her business card. Four months later, Robert proposed at the end of a zip line!

love note

Their first moment alone together as a married couple was on the beach with just the sound of the ocean, a chance to connect before heading back to the festivities.

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vendor love

gini garner events

ginigarnerevents.com [wedding coordinator]

jay’s catering

jayscatering.com [catering]

[venue] private home [photography] studio emp [floral design] fantasy floral designs [rentals] signature party rentals [gown design] nicole miller [hair] design visage [wedding night hotel] surf & sand [honeymoon] bali

love story

John proposed to Lisa at sunset on the beach in Boca Ramon, Mexico, and their wedding day was reminiscent of that beautiful day they decided on forever.

love note

Their beachside wedding was intimate and relaxing, perfectly detailed with beachy sunset hues.

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vendor love

jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

kelsey events

kelseyevents.com [wedding coordinator]

flowers by cina flowersbycina.com [floral design]

the colony house

colonyhouseanaheim.com [venue]

24 carrots

24carrots.com [catering & rentals]

[linens] modmix studio [lighting] invisible touch events [cake] amazing cakes [reception entertainment] dj eddie [videography] hubs films [hair] shelby haller [makeup] frankee torres [ferris wheel] james events

love story

Natalie and Ulises have known each other since they were in high school, but were later reintroduced and fell in love. Ulises proposed to Natalie on the Golden Gate bridge with their two children.

love note

It was so special to have Natalie’s best friend officiate their wedding.

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Christopher todd

christophertoddstudios.com [photography]

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

chic productions

chicproductions.com [wedding coordinator]

flowers by cina flowersbycina.com [floral design]

minted

minted.com [invitations] [rentals] chiavari chairs 4 rent [entertainment & lighting] visions entertainment [catering] natraj [videography] expressionary films [bridal salon] jaclyn’s bridal

love story

After being high school classmates for four years, one of Karishma and Sohrab’s mutual friend set them up for the Winter Formal dance. It was then that Karishma realized that Sohrab wasn’t just good looking, but he had a great personality too.

love note

Karishma and Sohrab blended their Persian, Filipino, and Indian traditions into a beautiful ceremony. At the reception, Sohrab surprised Karishma with a dance he choreographed with his groomsmen.

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vendor love

aliso Viejo country club alisogolf.com [venue]

[photography] studio luxe [wedding coordinator] les belles affaires [floral design] inviting occasion [linens] la tavola [entertainment & lighting] extreme dj [cake] christopher garrens’ let them eat cake [rentals] classic party rentals [favors] brown hot events [calligraphy] the pretty paperie

love story

Working for the same company on opposite sides of the country, Allen and Monica finally met in person at a meeting in New York after numerous phone conversations. Allen tracked down an opening in the west coast office to be close to Monica, the love of his life.

love note

Monica choreographed their first dance to Never Shout Never’s “Can’t Stand It”, one of their favorite wedding memories.

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jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

[venue, catering, wedding night hotel, favors] surf and sand resort [wedding coordinator] agape planning [floral design] sweet blossom designs [linens & rentals] monico fusion [lighting] visions entertainment [invitations & stationery] mospens studio [cake] it’s all about the cake [dessert] gelato paradiso [favors] voluspa candles [ceremony entertainment] harp dove [reception entertainment] visions entertainment [videography] bryan bratt productions [gown design] pnina tornai [bridal salon, hairpiece, veil, bridal jewelry] kleinfeld bridal [bridesmaid jewelry] tiffany & co. [bridal shoes] sergio rossi [hair] salon edge yorba linda [formalwear] jos. a. bank [bridesmaid dresses] dessy [mothers’ dresses] bergdorf goodman [photo booth] fixation concepts [registries] amazon, honeyfund [ice bar] ice bulb [cigar bar] the cigar guys [honeymoon] paris, brussels, amsterdam, florence, rome [honeymoon hotel] hyatt regency paris etoile

love story

Phil chose to propose on April 25th because of a line in Megan’s favorite movie, Miss Congeniality. She responded with “okay” and they still laugh about it to this day!

love note

Megan wanted to get married at the Surf and Sand Resort since she was eight years old, and her childhood dream came true when she married Phil!

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crown weddings & events crownweddings.com [wedding coordinator]

the lodge at torrey pines

lodgetorreypines.com [venue, catering, wedding night hotel]

jennifer cole florals jennifercoleflorals.com [floral design]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

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

[photography] lovers of love [linens] la tavola linen [rentals] archive rentals, rhapsody rentals, concepts event design, platinum pro [lighting] abbey party rentals [invitations & stationery] wendy ware designer [cake] michele coulon dessertier [entertainment] still listening productions [videography] anthology films [hair & makeup] meg o’hare beauty [registry] crate & barrel [photo booth] a flying camera

love story

Ashley and Tommy went to high school together, but they didn’t even know it until they met in Ocean Beach years later.

love note

A combination of shimmering gold and rustic details made Ashley and Tommy’s wedding a romantic sight!

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vendor love

jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

gini garner events

ginigarnerevents.com [wedding coordinator]

talega golf club talegagolfclub.com [reception venue]

[floral design] french buckets [ceremony venue] st edwards church [videography] elman adams [entertainment] tim espinoza [linens] fusion linens [hair & makeup] design visage

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vendor love

little hill floral designs littlehillfloraldesigns.com [floral design]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

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

[wedding coordinator & stationery] christie rose events [photography] joy marie photography [linens] la tavola [rentals] signature party rentals [lighting] aspect lighting & dj chris [invitations] creative montage [ceremony venue] mission basilica san juan capistrano [reception venue, catering, wedding night hotel] st regis monarch beach [cake] sugar me bakery [dessert bar] a sweet savory [entertainment] dj chris [videography] expressionary films [gown design] eve of milady [bridal salon & hairpiece] mary me bridal [veil] sposa bella nyc [bridal jewelry, bridesmaid jewelry, engagement ring, wedding rings] jon petty custom goldsmith [bridal shoes] kleinfeld nyc [hair] ashley gannon [makeup] beauty by melina [formalwear] hugo boss [bridesmaid dresses] rent the runway [mothers’ dresses] posh bridal minneapolis

love story

Chris first learned about Christie through a friend who had met her during a semester at sea. Chris fell in love before he ever even met her, and he took a leap and flew halfway across the county to see her in person for the first time. It was fate!

love note

After a two week European vacation with no proposal, Christie was saddened until Chris popped the question on a quiet morning in their home.

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vendor love

brianna caster & co photographers briannacaster.com [photography]

[venue] surf and sand resort [wedding coordinator, lighting, entertainment] stop and stare events [hair & makeup] ashley gannon hair and makeup [videography] perfect ten productions

love story

Julie saw Justin for the first time at business school orientation and thought he was so handsome. They were placed in the same small group and spent countless hours working on projects together. They went on their first date the very next weekend.

love note

Julie and Justin’s favorite wedding memory was dancing to “Faithfully” by Journey at the end of the night.

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whimsie photo + video whimsiephoto.com [photography]

[venue, wedding coordinator, wedding night hotel] pine rose cabins hidden creek [floral design & hairpiece] jasmine roses [invitations] wide eyes paper [catering] graystone [cake] niki’s custom cakes [videography] mountain video [gown design] allure bridal [bridal salon] deborah’s bridal [bridal jewelry, bridesmaid dresses, mothers’ dresses] nordstrom [formalwear] macy’s [flower girl dresses] flower girl couture [registries] bed, bath & beyond & anthropologie [honeymoon] las vegas, nevada [honeymoon hotel] wynn las vegas

love story

Kourtney and Julio are high school sweethearts who met when they were both on their school’s volleyball teams. Julio proposed on a simple date night at home and Kourtney loved that it was so personal.

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[ceremony venue] lantern bay park [floral design] petals and linens [videography] jes workman [gown design] maggie sottero [entertainment] vox djs

love story

Armon made a trail of photos leading to their living room where a special box was waiting for Bridget. It was wrapped in a poem and inside the box, was a sparkling engagement ring.

love note

Bright teal and pink complemented both the seaside ceremony and the modern reception, along with their fun personalities.

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flowers by cina flowersbycina.com [floral design]

[linens] luxe linens [lighting] invisible touch [invitations & stationery] honeycrsip design studio [cake] simply sweet cakery [ceremony entertainment] angelica strings [reception entertainment] vip’s entertainment inc [videography] expressionary films [transportation] ulc limos [bridal salon] bridals by lori [bridesmaids jewelry] kendra scott [hair & makeup] design visage [rentals] classic party rentals [bridesmaid dresses] lela rose

love story

Francie and Ryan instantly connected when they met on a friend’s sailboat, but didn’t realize their romantic feelings for each other for 6 more months. On a trip to Belize, Ryan knew the perfect place to pop the question was on a sailboat, the same place they met.

love note

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barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

events by evelynn

eventsbyevelynn.com [wedding coordinator]

square root

squarerootdesigns.com [floral design]

wildflower linen

wildflowerlinens.com [linens]

[venue] ritz carlton laguna niguel [entertainment] bonnie foster productions [videography] custom made productions

love story

On Christina’s birthday, Adam surprised her with a proposal outside of a jewelry store. After she said “yes”, they went inside and picked out a ring together.

love note

Christina and Adam now share a special day with Adam’s parents, as they were married on his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.

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friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

[photography & videography] white rabbit photo boutique [invitations] flower bar [bridesmaid jewelry] etsy [bridal shoes] inc [bridesmaid shoes] nordstrom [bridesmaid jewelry & mothers’ dresses] adrianna papell [flower girl dresses] oc kids closet [wedding rings] rogers jewelers [registry] macy’s [honeymoon] la jolla, ca [honeymoon resort] estancia la jolla

love story

During an after-dinner walk on the beach, Benjamin led Hailey over to a circle of tiki torches and she was embarrassed before she realized they were for her! He proposed and their friends joined them to celebrate!

love note

Hailey and Benjamin enjoyed seeing their cherished guests celebrating along with them on their special day.

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the richard nixon library nixonlibraryevents.com [venue]

[photography] studio emp [wedding coordinator] agape planning [floral design] jenny b floral design [catering & linens] white house catering [entertainment & lighting] tim espinosa entertainment [invitations & stationery] where’s the party? [cake] simply sweet cakery [reception entertainment] superfreaks [videography] plug video productions [transportation] california limousines, inc. [gown design] monique lhuillier [bridal salon] erin cole [veil] vera wang [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [hair & makeup] design visage [formalwear] ted baker, hugo boss, kenneth cole, black n bianco [bridesmaid dresses] jim hjelm occasions, bella bridesmaid, jj’s house [mothers’ dresses] nordstrom [flower girl dresses] dessy [engagement ring & wedding rings] nuggets and carats [registries] pottery barn, crate & barrel, bed, bath & beyond [honeymoon] maui, hawaii [honeymoon resort] the ritz-carlton kapalua

love story

Brock fell in love with the girl next door when Kristen became his neighbor in Newport Beach. A couple years later, a birthday celebration turned into an engagement celebration with the couple’s close friends and family.

love note

On their wedding day, the pouring rain subsided and the skies cleared just in time for their ceremony to begin.

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aquarium of the pacific

yourevent.aquariumofpacific.org [reception venue]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

[photography] kevin dinh photography [wedding coordinator] a wedding store [ceremony venue] belmont heights united methodist church [floral design] jensen floral imports [linens] stephanie’s linens [entertainment & lighting] pacific events entertainment [catering] catering by smg [cake] king’s hawaiian [dance lessons] ballroom blitz [videography] amt productions [transportation] american limousine & parking services [bridal salon & veil] alfred angelo [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair & makeup] oscar makeup [bridesmaids dresses] christies collection [wedding night hotel] the pike long beach hyatt

love story

Even though they went to the same college and had mutual friends, it wasn’t until Brian came across a photo of Katherine on Instagram that he asked a mutual friend for her phone number. The rest is history!

love note

After their first date, Brian wrote an email to himself about all the things he learned about Katherine, whom he knew was very special. He showed her the email on the night he proposed.

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center club

center-club.com [reception venue & catering]

[ceremony venue] heisler park [wedding coordinator] events by katherine [floral design] flowers etc [linens] luxe linen [entertainment & lighting] tim espinosa [invitations] posh paper boutique [cake] cinderella cakes [transportation] vip limousines and coaches [gown design] rosa clara [bridal salon] nordstrom bridal suite [hairpiece] claire pettibone [bridal jewelry] david yurman & nina bridal jewelry [bridesmaid jewelry] nadri [bridal shoes] benjamin adams [hair] hampton salon [formalwear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] monique lhuillier [flower girl dresses] etsy [registries] pottery barn & bed, bath & beyond [wedding night hotel] avenue of the arts wyndham hotel [honeymoon] st. lucia [honeymoon resort] sandals resort

love story

After dating for over a decade, it was time for Alexander to ask a very important question. During a birthday celebration picnic on a private beach, Alexander proposed to Jessica and she, of course, said “yes”!

love note

Jessica and Alexander enjoyed the ride to their reception in a vintage Packard where they had their first moment alone together as newlyweds.

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[venue] vellano country club [wedding coordinator] wedgewood [floral design] pink daffodil [invitations] paper poet cards & stationery [cake] some crust bakery [entertainment] jc entertainment [gown design & bridal salon] david’s bridal [bridal shoes] toms [hair & makeup] fuse hair & beauty [bridesmaid dresses] david’s bridal [honeymoon] st. lucia [honeymoon resort] sandals halcyon

love story

Six years after meeting on their college softball team, Alexis surprised Katie with a proposal in the snow during her visit to Vancouver. Katie later proposed to Alexis and gave her a ring during a romantic dinner in San Francisco.

love note

Alexis and Katie’s favorite wedding moment was when they looked around the room as they danced the night away and saw all of their guests having the time of their lives.

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little hill floral designs littlehillfloraldesigns.com [floral design]

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love story

Eight years after they were set up on a blind date, Brian picked up Carmel from work and convinced her to take a walk on the beach before their dinner plans. Carmel realized it was worth taking her heels of for when Brian made the most romantic proposal!

love note

Carmel and Brian put a lot of time into writing their own vows and were filled with emotion when they read them aloud to each other.

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jim kennedy photographers jimkennedyphotographers.com [photography]

talega golf club talegagolfclub.com [venue]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

[ceremony venue] st. killian’s catholic church [floral design] fantasy floral designs [cake] it’s all about the cake [ceremony entertainment] drew tretick [reception entertainment] dj Jason jass, n8 jazz band, the three waiters [fireworks] pyritz pyrotechnics [dance lessons] sway ballroom dance [videography] gremely media [bridal salon] demetrios bridal [veil] what a betty [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair & makeup] makeup by catherine [wedding rings] the jeweler’s touch [honeymoon] maui, hawaii [honeymoon resort] aston kanapaali shores resort

love story

At Disneyland, Allison and Darren posed for a caricature drawing. Darren had secretly arranged for the artist to draw the caricature of him proposing to Allison, and later that day, he did just that!

love note

Guests were thoroughly entertained with different bands and entertainers at each portion of the wedding.

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friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

[photography] studio emp [ceremony venue] our lady of guadalupe catholic church [reception venue] private residence [floral design] kwasney designs [linens] luxe linens [rentals] signature party rentals [lighting] illuminated events [invitations & stationery] sugar press [catering] olive pit grill [cake] love cakes [entertainment] spindle 45 [videography] video by melissa [bridal salon, hairpiece, veil, bridesmaid dresses] alfred angelo [bridal shoes] nordstrom [transportation] united limo & charter [hair] vanity belle [makeup] makeup by melinda [registries] macy’s, pottery barn, bed, bath & beyond [wedding night hotel] sheraton gateway los angeles [honeymoon] cabo san lucas, mexico [honeymoon resort] villa del palmar

love story

Natalie and Timothy first met when they were studying abroad in Italy. They sat next to each other on the flight to Rome and now consider one another their souvenirs from the trip.

love note

Natalie and Timothy love their golden retriever, Zoey, and even included her in their wedding celebration.

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paul barnett photography barnettphoto.com [photography]

the inn at rancho santa fe

theinnatrsf.com [venue, catering, wedding night hotel]

victoria weddings

victoriawe.com [wedding coordinator] [floral design] organic elements [linens & rentals] concepts event design [invitations] minted [stationery] invitation factory [cake] michele coulon dessertier [entertainment] vario productions [videography] blue pearl productions [gown design] lazaro [bridal salon] jlm couture [hairpiece] wedding belles new york [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair & makeup] kelly zhang studio [formalwear] banana republic [bridesmaid dresses] alfred sung [engagement ring & wedding rings] charles koll [registries] sur la table, crate and barrel, amazon, william-sonoma [honeymoon] bora bora & french polynesian islands [honeymoon hotels] four seasons bora bora & the intercontinental

love story

Jessie suspected a proposal from Andrew on their trip to Napa. What she didn’t expect was that he would pop the question on their first night over pizza and chicken wings, sticky hands and all!

love note

The moment Jessie and Andrew first saw one another on opposite ends of the aisle was so indescribable.

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chic productions

chicproductions.com [wedding coordinator]

the big affair

thebigaffair.com [photography] [venue, linens, rentals, catering, cake, wedding night hotel] ritz-carlton laguna niguel [floral design] flower allie [lighting] aspect lighting [invitations] invitations by erin [ceremony entertainment] pacific coast quartet [reception entertainment] dj img [dance lessons] arthur murray [videography] perryfield films [gown design] stephen yearick [bridal salon, veil, bridal jewelry] karoza bridal [bridesmaid jewelry] givenchy [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair] the beauty can [makeup] makeup by evelyn [formalwear] hugo boss & jos a. bank [bridesmaid dresses & flower girl dresses] david’s bridal [mothers’ dresses] the quintessential bride and formalwear [engagement ring & wedding rings] dior and company

love story

A mutual friend introduced Siera and Ricky when she lived in Colorado and he lived in California. They stayed in touch as long distance friends, but when Ricky visited Siera on his way back to the west coast, they knew they’d be together forever!

love note

The couple loved their non-traditional and entertaining ceremony performed by their friend, one of Ricky’s fellow stuntmen.

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bella vita events

bellavitaevents.com [wedding consultant]

barnet photography barnetphotography.com [photography]

[venue, catering, lighting] sherwood country club [florist] yamaguchi nursery [linens] dreams america [rentals] party pleasers [cake] susie cakes [candy bar] hollywood candy girls [ceremony entertainment] daniel morris music [reception entertainment] waveform events [dance lessons] dance united laguna hills [videography] mr loki productions [transportation] american luxury limousine llc [gown design & bridal salon] vera wang [bridal jewelry] nordstrom [bridesmaid jewelry] macy’s [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [bridesmaid shoes] steve madden [hair] melissa gano [makeup] lindsey makeup [formalwear] macy’s & men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] adrianna papell [flower girl dresses] nordstrom [engagement ring & wedding rings] tvon.com [registries] macy’s & pottery barn [wedding night hotel] westlake village inn [honeymoon] hawaii [honeymoon hotel] andaz [photo booth] hollywood photo booth

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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maria lindsay weddings and events

marialindsayweddings.com [wedding consultant]

friar tux shop friartux.com [formalwear]

[photography] kristen booth photography [venue, wedding night hotel, caterer, cake, dessert bar & linens] st. regis monarch beach [floral design] the dizzy daisy [rentals] always the best, bella events [lighting] ultimate events [invitations & stationery] invites etc. [ceremony entertainment] leah harps [reception entertainment] ultimate events [videography] seven production [bridal salon, veil & hairpiece] blush boutique [hair, makeup] design visage [honeymoon] maui

love story

Megan and Jordan met in 2010 at Chapman University. They were in a few communications classes together and one day Jordan asked Megan to sit next to him in class. One class led to another and then he finally asked her on a date.

love note

Megan advises that if there is any chance of wind, to get veil weights and use all of them. She had grabbed a few before the ceremony and they definitely helped to keep the veil in its place, but in hindsight she wishes she had grabbed all of them!

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vendor love electra cruises

electracruises.com [venue, linens, rentals, catering & wedding consultant]

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

balboa bay resort balboabayresort.com [wedding night hotel]

[photography] photography by sylvie [floral design] my fair lady [lighting & entertainment] von stegall [invitations & stationery] where’s the party [cake & favors] cinderella cakes [videography] c9 photos [gown design & bridal salon] ralph lauren [hair] cameron sutton [makeup] katie remmel [groom’s shoes] jimmy choo [formalwear] ralph lauren & gene hiller menswear [registries] williams-sonoma & z gallerie [engagement rings] tiffany & co. [wedding rings] happy jewelers

love story

Wesley and Jeff met in 2013 at a fashion show fundraiser benefitting the AIDS Services Foundation

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love note

Wesley and Jeff’s fondest memory was their first dance to “You My Love” by Frank Sinatra.

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BAR & BEVERAGE Cocktail Concierge 714.334.1436 cocktailcrg.com

BEAUTY Beauty Affair 323.541.8080 beautyaffair.net

BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY The Boudoir Divas 858.485.0443 theboudoirdivas.com

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BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY Brystan Studios 949.831.3774 brystanstudios.com

BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY For His Eyes Only 800.264.4558 forhiseyesonly.com

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

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24 Carrots 800.717.1545 24carrots.com

CATERING Jay's Catering 714.636.6045 jayscatering.com

CONSULTANT Chic Productions 714.596.4455 chicproductions.com

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Events by Evelynn 626.215.0185 eventsbyevelynn.com

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CONSULTANT Gini Garner Events 949.292.5991 ginigarnerevents.com

CONSULTANT Jessica Lauren Events 949.540.8220 jessicalauren.events

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Kelsey Events 714.916.5520 kelseyevents.com

CONSULTANT Kevin Covey Wedding & Event Coordination 714.257.9535 kevinsparties.com

CONSULTANT Maria Lindsay Weddings and Events 949.499.1030 marialindsayweddings.com

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Michelle Garibay Events 951.234.7629 michellegaribayevents.com

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CONSULTANT Neon Carrot Events 949.285.2043 neoncarrotevents.com

The KJ Experience Event Planning & Production 951.290.TKJE thekjexperience.com

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Trina Schmidt Weddings & Special Events 714.488.4603 tsweddings.com

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DESSERT Luisa Chocolati�re 949.582.5867 luisachocolatiere.com

Casablanca Bridal 949.715.8228 casablancabridalflagship.com

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FASHION

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INVITATIONS AmpersandInk Designs 951.897.0915 ampersandinkdesigns.com

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Tangé Design 714.751.7278 | 562.692.1515 tangedesign.com

LIMOS Lake Forest Limousines 800.300.4546 lakeforestlimos.com

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