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publisher's letter When we created and introduced the inaugural edition of Ceremony Magazine 12 years ago, we did so with two mantras in mind: weddings are visual, so photography is key; and collaborate with the highest quality vendors and the magazine will follow suit. Those principles still reign true today. Ceremony Magazine has always been big on pictures and short on words, and it seems social media is emulating the same. With the likes of Pinterest and Instagram becoming the go-to social media sites, the whole world can now communicate in a language that has no barriers: pictures. Now more than ever, it’s the perfect complementary platform to view the best-of-the-best of Ceremony’s thousands of timeless inspirational wedding and photo shoot images. We hope you will follow us and find inspiration for your own wedding. While we revel in the limitless amount of ideas we can digitally find, we know that the most beautiful image is no substitute for finding quality vendors who can execute your vision. That is why we indulge in the pure Wedding IngenuityTM from Ceremony’s own family of wedding professionals that are right here in The Bay Area. This Great List of wedding vendors contains not only many of the best in the San Francisco Bay Area, but also some of the finest in the country. It is their work that makes up a large part of this magazine, including 42 real weddings in this issue alone. Throughout the entire magazine, their web addresses are listed alongside their work as a helpful tool when you are flipping through Ceremony Magazine online. We are excited for what we know you are about to experience: meeting, collaborating with and perhaps even befriending some of the most creatively talented people you will ever know. As you travel along your wedding planning journey, preparing for life’s wondrous path of marriage and love, we encourage you to put extra special thought into the most significant aspect of the wedding celebration — the

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great list photographers

John Griffin Photography

I love the camera. My desire is to capture life’s most important moments visually. When I photograph a couple’s wedding, I make every effort to ensure that my relationship with them is more “friend of the family” less photographer-client. At times, I have even been known to dance at the weddings I shoot and mingle with the guests. I often tell my clients that they need to “click” (pun intended) with their photographer. Simply put, the photographer is the one person that couples will see and be with the most throughout this important day. I encourage a consultation so the couple can view my work but also see if my personality is a good fit for them. I truly enjoy what I do and it would be my honor to work with you.

johngriffin photography.com 415.350.0404

Mémoire Studio

Making memories last a lifetime is what drives Mark and Tammy Toung to create their beautiful art together. With photography backgrounds in landscape, food and people pictorials, this husband and wife team found their calling as soon as they married their soul mate. Realizing how momentous a wedding can be inspired them to become “storytellers of love” and share this passion with each couple they photograph. Mémoire Studio mixes a contemporary portraiture style with a photojournalistic approach, making sure to artistically capture your day as it naturally unfolds. Mark & Tammy specialize in wedding, engagement and boudoir, as well as family photography since the star of the studio is their daughter, Maddy.

memoirestudio.com 408.310.0959

Rhee Bevere Photography

I’ve had a camera in my hand since my dad gave me his manual Pentax when I was in 6th grade. I love to capture everyday things a bride and groom might miss. A quick kiss, a quirky item left on the gift table, an unusual angle. Unscripted moments are everything! For me, the story you get in a brief instant counts as much as the whole day. Capturing emotions are what I love the most. My approach is “as I see it” – I wait until that brief second when my bride and groom are completely in tune with each other and forget I’m there. Those are the moments you’ll treasure and the one I work hardest to get. I feed off the happy, positive energy of a wedding and delight in capturing it forever through images.

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Hazy Lane Studios

Based in the East Bay Area, Karey is a nationally published and award winning photographer, specializing in modern and romantic documentary-style photography. She enjoys capturing true beauty, love, and those moments between moments. With a flawless wedding day workflow, Karey works quickly and efficiently to ensure couples can enjoy their guests and wedding day. After all, no one wants to be late to their own party. She is blessed to be married for the last ten years and has two beautiful daughters. When Karey is not busy with her family or brides and grooms, she enjoys spending her time cooking and never says no to a trip to Disneyland.

hazylanestudios.com 925.819.1538

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

of Ceremony. Their unique blend of personalities and photographic styles are brought to life, detail after detail, wedding after wedding, emotion after emotion, on the pages

of Ceremony. This coveted short-list of Ceremony San Francisco advertising partners is kept exclusively to a limited number of only the finest photographers in the industry.

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Wayne & Angela Photographers

Wayne and Angela are a husbandand-wife team that celebrate love, fashion, and storytelling through photography and design. Since 2007, their award-winning images have captivated people all over the world. Like many couples, they are very different people—but together they are bold and delicate, big picture and fine detail, edgy and romantic, raw and refined. And best of all, they are in love.

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Claire Dobson Photography Claire Dobson has a knack for making you feel relaxed and happy during the process. Her gift is loosely directing while shooting, allowing for your natural, unique beauty to come forth.

clairedobson.com 415.603.0601

Mike Steelman Photographers

Boudoir by Lily

Lily is located in the San Francisco Peninsula at the heart of downtown Burlingame. Her boutique specializes in capturing natural, light, fun, flirty, and romantic boudoir and modern portraits of everyday women. Lily’s approachable personality and positive energy put her clients at ease as soon as they enter her private studio. You will be pampered from start to finish with guidance at every step of the way. Start planning your unforgettable boudoir experience by contacting Lily.

boudoirbylily.com 415.508.8308

Mike Steelman is known for combining his creative vision with an experience for his clients that extends far beyond just photography. Mike's edgy style blends perfectly with a classic undertone to create images that are timeless and evoke emotion. He has a truly unique ability to be very personable and professional at the same time, resulting in a refreshing connection with his clients unlike any other. In the words of a recent client...“The wedding pictures are seriously amazing!!! I love how you caught so much emotion in a picture. Normally pictures are a snap shot, a still. But these are an exception. They have so much life in every one, it is amazing. I don't know how you do it! Those special moments really are priceless and you can't get them back. Thank you again!” – Niki. Mike doesn't just take pictures. He creates Art from Your Beauty™.

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Vicens Forns Photography

Vicens Forns is a professional photographer from Barcelona, Spain and has been living in the beautiful Napa Valley since 2010. He loves what he does and is very grateful that he is able to do this as a living. Vicens enjoys capturing laughter, tears and cake cutting in real life settings. He delights in seizing fleeting instants of people’s lives and bringing them to life as enduring memories through his lens. With humor, he endeavors to make you feel comfortable so that you enjoy the experience and forget that he is even there, while he crawls, hangs, climbs and wiggles to find that special moment in time. Then he takes his camera and stirs in a bit of beauty, a pinch of harmony, and a hint of emotion and brings it all to a boil. Once it cools off, he throws in a sprinkle of technical expertise and a dash of his secret ingredient hoping to deliver something that will warm your heart for years to come. He specializes in weddings, engagements, elopements, wine country events and more, covering the Bay Area and destination weddings worldwide. He loves contrast and his style lovingly mixes fine art photography with candids and a touch of European flair. Contact him for a free personal consultation.

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In a mirror is where we find a reflection of our appearances, but in a heart is where we find a reflection of our soul. ~ Unknown

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Introduce your guests to your wedding by using an invite that fancies both visually and tactilely with sparkling gems, textured paper, beautiful ribbon or the alwvays stylish letterpress. Intermix graphics and fonts then tie it all up in a slim delivery box or an elegant envelope. It’s an impression that will leave your guests wondering what other excitement awaits on the big day. Photography by Christopher Todd christophertoddstudios.com

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

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Crystal was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up in the Bay Area. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. When she realized her love for planning events and passion for design, she took her business savvy and management skills to create Amazáe Special Events in 2005. Amazáe’s top priority is to fulfill the clients’ desires. Crystal makes this happen by understanding clients’ event vision, learning about their values and personality, and designing an event that is one-of-a-kind. “Seeing clients smile because we’ve turned their vision to reality is the best part of my job,” expressed Crystal. “I am thrilled when clients can’t stop talking about the event we created together.” Crystal collaborates with her team and brings in top-notch event industry vendors to ensure that all events are flawless. When she is away from work, Crystal loves spending time with her two beautiful daughters and her husband, dances, and plans to visit all of the continents.

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All in the Details

CEREMONY: Involve several key people with stories, poems and wishes as part of the ceremony.

MY DREAM WEDDING: On a mountain top overlooking the ocean in warm weather.

COLOR PALETTES: Incorporate more bold colors against a matching palette.

MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: To create not what I want, but bringing to life our client's vision in a classy, timeless and fun manner.

DECOR: I see people pulling away from the neutrals only and adding just a blush or "vintage". A lot of companies are trying to bring glam back (as they should).

3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Impactful, purposeful and moving

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT; Live vs. just a DJ. Opt for more bands or live music during ceremony and cocktails.

I FIND INSPIRATION IN: Myself and the people who surround me

BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS: I love the different ways brides are asking their bridal party to be part of their day, like having handmade signs, cards and such sent to their home.

YOU'RE ENGAGED! YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS: Enjoy your engagement! Don't rush.

BUDGET: Although money sometimes is or is not an issue, people are really prioritizing where money should be spent. DESTINATION WEDDINGS: I see a lot more exotic places such as Nicaragua. HOT: Hanging tabletop florals and lighting NOT: Shrubbery all over the place

LOVE IT: Couples appreciating the value of a vendors work and respecting them throughout the process. OVER IT: Pinterest and hearing brides say: "I want something different - like this image on Pinterest."

MY FAVORITE WEDDING VENUES: Chalk Hill, Pebble Beach and Hawaii THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: Getting married IF MONEY WERE NOT OBJECT, I WOULD: Be a professional singer

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: I was born in Hawaii but am Vietnamese and French. ON MY BUCKET LIST: Hanging out with Jimmy Falon and Justin Timberlake at the same time THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME: My family MY FAVORITE STAYCATION: Wine Country

MY FAVORITE REALITY TV SHOW: The Voice

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THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: I have been creating art in one form or another since age five (doodling instead of eating at the dinner table, much to her family’s dismay). With advanced degrees in Graphic Design and Business Management, I have been able to pair my organizational skills with an artistic background, love for travel, creativity and passion for design to develop unique solutions that are a perfect fit for our clients!

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All in the Details

CEREMONY/VOWS: Keep them short, simple and sweet.

I LOVE WEDDINGS BECAUSE: I love love. It's an incredible gift to play a small role in someone's big day.

COLOR PALETTES: I see a lot of soft, creamy white for the upcoming year.

MY FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP: Anthropologie

FOOD AND BEVERAGE: Lots of tray passed mini specialty drinks ENTERTAINMENT: Choreographed dance performances are always heartwarming! GUEST LIST: Keep it small

WEDDING TRADITIONS: Bouquet tosses continue to make a lot of people happy!

"I see a lot of soft, creamy white for the upcoming year."

IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Travel and see every corner of the world. I BELIEVE: In good manners and respect

SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: I'm a stickler for grammar. MY FAVORITE STAYCATION: Home

DESERTED ISLAND, THREE OBJECTS, GO: My husband, a cozy comforter, a plane nearby THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME: Loyalty

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I STARTED MY BUSINESS IN: 2011

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CHRISTINE SOUSSA & TALEEN SHIRIKIAN

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THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: I initially harnessed my love for creativity and design by planning events for non-profit organizations. In 2011, I began doing events and invitations for family and friends, as it was something I absolutely loved. I constantly had people telling me that I should start my own business, so I started off by creating a blog to showcase some of my work. It wasn’t after planning my own wedding in 2011 that my passion really grew into a profession and I founded Simple Little Details. The name of the company came easy as I kept finding myself repeating it’s all about those simple little details that truly make an event unique. - Taleen Shirikian A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY BACKGROUND: Born and raised in Los Angeles, I graduated from Pepperdine University. I currently live in the Bay Area and am a happily married mother of two. - Christine Soussa

Idea Ingenuity CEREMONY: Having a refreshment station at the ceremony is a fun touch guests are sure to enjoy, especially on a hot day! Display a variety of beverages such as water with fresh fruit or specialty lemonade in drink dispensers and fun paper straws. -Taleen COLOR PALETTES: Black is a color not often introduced in weddings, but it is one of my favorites. Touches of it can really give a wedding a chic or edgy feel. -Taleen FASHION: Formal fashion is one of my favorites. There are incredible bridal fashions that are classic and make a statement. We see many luxurious necklines that aren’t strapless, including high necks, deep V, long sleeves and even capes. These add a remarkable element to your photos. You will also feel more comfortable in a look that isn’t strapless as you won’t have to adjust it throughout the celebration. I also love the remarkable options! We‘ve seen everything from bridal jumpsuits with magnificent detachable trains, peekaboo skirts and asymmetrical hems. The current bridal fashions are filled with options, each which will ensure that you make a statement while looking exceptionally beautiful. - Christine PHOTO BOOTHS: A selfie station is a great alternative to the photo booth that’s both affordable and fun for the guests. Just provide a backdrop, selfie stick, and instagram hashtag. - Taleen WEDDING TRADITIONS: I love wedding traditions! It’s a beautiful way to commemorate the unique background of each couple and their individual family culture. We do a lot of cultural and mixed culture weddings. It’s always endearing and heartwarming to see our clients keep alive the traditions of their cultural backgrounds. - Christine LOVE IT: Something unexpected. Sometimes the simplest or smallest detail is what people talk about the most because the surprise element intensifies and delights our emotion so the experience resonates. - Christine

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All in the Details MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Always keep it chic and elegant. Even when introducing fun elements into a wedding, it can be done in a classy way. Also, it’s all about the details! Those little elements truly make an event unique. - Taleen I LOVE WEDDINGS BECAUSE: Weddings embody everything I value deeply: love, faith, family, commitment, celebration, tradition, culture, beauty, etc. Weddings represent an incredible moment in time for the couple, their families, and their guests as they form this most precious union. It is a pleasure to be a part of such a memorable and important day. - Christine YOU'RE ENGAGED! YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS: Get ready for the most amazing time of your life. The unconditional love and support that you will get from your family and friends is absolutely amazing. Take the time to enjoy the wedding process because it will fly by quickly. - Taleen MY FAVORITE WEDDING VENUE: One of my favorite wedding venues is Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery. Not only is it a gorgeous place, but the staff and food are top notch. - Taleen MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP: Open air markets. Surrounded by incredible finds, artisans, and inspiration, open air markets, especially internationally, are awesome. - Christine Soussa IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Travel. - Christine 3 WORDS OTHERS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE ME: Active, funny and reliable. -Taleen Shirikian MY BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When people “Cheers!” or “Toast!” and someone does not take a sip from their glass. - Christine MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY: Christmas! I love how it brings the entire family together and not to mention the glittery and festive décor. - Taleen

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I STARTED MY BUSINESS IN: 2012

THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: I was the wedding specialist at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square and had been the wedding specialist at the Sir Francis Drake before that. I had been commuting a long distance for many years. Basically, I fell asleep at the wheel of my car one night on my way home. I was fine, but it was quite an eye opener! I resigned the next week and began work on my business plan. I wish I had done it many years ago!

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MY FAMILY: I live on a small ranch, When Pigs Fly Farm, with my husband. It was always my dream to have my horses at home! I am an avid equestrian and have three horses, one pony, one rescue goat, one rescue pitbull, many feral cats and just about any animal who finds its way to me has a home!

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Idea Ingenuity CAKE: A wedding cake is no longer mandatory at weddings. However, wedding cakes have also changed over the years, and bakers are creating fabulous (and delicious!) works of art. I have had several weddings this year offering assorted pies or assorted mini desserts. This is a little different, and each guest can select something that speaks to him or her personally. It also provides interesting décor in the room! ENTERTAINMENT: More and more weddings are hiring specialized musicians for their ceremony and cocktail hour. I have had an Irish trio, a street saxophonist, and an amazing rock violinist flown in from Atlanta! When music represents the couple and can add a personal element to the ceremony and reception, it is super fun! I have also hired samba dancers, henna artists, painters, belly dancers, and fortune tellers. Guests really enjoy this part of the wedding! VIDEO: Video continues to be a hot button for me. This is something that many couples elect to do late in the planning process if they have budget remaining. The technology is so improved with drones that can get tremendous views! Having a DVD in which you can hear your voice, your family’s toasts and watch your friends dancing is something to cherish for many, many years. FAVORS; I always give the same advice about wedding favors. Couples spend so much time agonizing over what to do. If you need to really think about doing favors, don’t do them. I wish I had a dollar for every generic favor I have packed up at the end of a wedding! A donation to your favorite charity or pet rescue is a great idea as well! WEDDING TRADITIONS: As we all know, there are no rules for weddings any more. Many couples plan unique aspects for their wedding that have meaning to their lives. However, my best advice would be to honor the traditions that may be important to your parents or grandparents as well. Yes, your wedding day is supposed to be all about you, but the actions you choose for that day have long time ramifications. If your mother really, really would like to see you dance with your father, why not! Parents and grandparents aren’t around forever, and there may come a time you wish you had included that one little tradition.

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All in the Details MY DREAM WEDDING: If money were no object, I would take my family and closest friends to France for a dream wedding in Provence, “La Vie en Rose!” It would be an outdoor wedding complete with a view of wild flowers and the neighboring cows. A local caterer would feature family style country food to include locally made goat cheese, charcuterie, crusty French bread, and assorted patisseries. Only the best champagne would flow all evening! Oh, and it wouldn’t be my dream wedding without accordion music and an Edith Piaf impersonator! MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: I like a pure, sophisticated, and uncluttered feel. This doesn’t mean you can’t go all out with color and texture, but it all needs to make one unified statement when you’re finished. 3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Classic with eclectic tendencies, elegant with outdoor touches, and traditional San Francisco with a unique perspective I FIND INSPIRATION IN: Being true to oneself and the goodness of the human spirit and great dance music! MY FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP: Take me to a cooking store any time! I love to dream in Williams Sonoma or look at cookie cutters in Sur La Table. The kitchen is my favorite room in my house! THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: The first time I spoke French to a Parisian and they answered me in French. IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Buy a thousand acres and rescue every animal I possibly could! SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME: I overcame my claustrophobia by learning to scuba dive. I became a master scuba diver instructor and worked in the Cayman Islands for two years teaching people to dive! ON MY BUCKET LIST: A safari to Botswana, Africa with my closest friends.

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Coordinator Spotlight THIS IS HOW IT CAME TO BE: Jutta, born and raised in Germany, is a physician by training and worked in her own office until relocating to San Francisco with her family. She decided against going back to medical school and starting over, but instead followed her second passion: design! Jutta lives on the SF Peninsula with her husband, and when she is not designing weddings, you’ll find her outdoors, walking her beloved dog, or in the kitchen, whipping up a meal or baking a cake for her family, all the while listening to classical music.

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Idea Ingenuity

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CEREMONY: I still prefer a traditional style of ceremony. After all, a wedding ceremony in itself is a time-honored tradition! My idea of a perfect ceremony would also include personalized vows, not long, not simply read off a page, but spoken from the heart. Especially for smaller weddings, I love to have the guests sit in a circle or semicircle around the couple and their officiant, literally surrounding them with their love and support.

MY DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Simple, streamlined elegance with personal touches.

COLOR PALETTE: Again, the traditionalist! Pastels grounded with neutral tones for summery and outdoor weddings; and a classic combination of midnight blue, champagne or blush pink and a tiny dose of sparkle for more formal affairs. I'm currently in love with rustic/elegant: bare wooden tables, sequined runners, romantic centerpieces and gold accents. PHOTOGRAPHY: Never try to save on photography. These will be your most treasured and tangible memories of your great day! And pick a photographer whose personality fits with your own. Your photographer will witness your most tender moments, so make sure you feel comfortable in his/her presence. Your photographer should be like a trusted friend to you. The same, in my opinion, holds true for videography.

A FAVORITE WEDDING THAT I HAVE PLANNED: My own son's. I went over budget within a week. 3 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MY STYLE: Modern, elegant and glamorous I FIND INSPIRATION IN: Art history, interior design, nature and classical music I LOVE WEDDINGS BECAUSE: They make people happy! And they allow me to crystallize vague ideas into a complete design and atmosphere. A year's work for a half day of perfection. MY FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP: Gucci, Tiffany's and Bulgari

THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS: The day my son was born. IF MONEY WERE NO OBJECT, I WOULD: Retire to Bora Bora

TRANSPORTATION; I am a great fan of a fantastic getaway car, preferably a treasured, one-of-a-kind vintage limousine. It's not getting more stylish than that!

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME: My family

FAVORS: I firmly believe that favors should be chosen with great consideration, not just as an afterthought. They should reflect the couple's tastes and interests and should be of such quality and usefulness as to be kept and used for a long time to come. It might cost more time, effort, and money to come up with favors and gifts that fit this bill, but it reflects the consideration and gratitude of the couple towards those who have been with them on this special day.

MY FAVORITE DRINK: Rose champagne

LOVE IT: Elegant tableware OVER IT: Mason jars

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"I love weddings because they make people happy! A year's work for a half day of perfection."

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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 quaint vineyards, you will find a snapshot of some perfect wedding backdrops in this great list of Northern California and destination venues.

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

the westin st. francis | san francisco

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

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rancho la puerta | baja california

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

intercontinental mark hopkins san francisco

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

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

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

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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

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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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park hyatt aviara | carlsbad

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

the beachcomber cafe | crystal cove

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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. wienscellars.com

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.

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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

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 CEREMONYMAGAZINE.COM 

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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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

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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

11/20/15 6:04 PM Fashion Island’s premiere venue is home to multiple event spaces like the Grand Ballroom for large celebrations and the Cabana Room for intimate gatherings.

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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.

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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

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

five crowns | corona del mar

Inspired by a traditional English country inn, this lovely spot will provide a romantic backdrop for your most important occasion. thefivecrowns.com

orfila vineyards & winery | escondido

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

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

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

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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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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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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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. bandycanyon.com

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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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vendor love amazáe events

amazae.com [wedding consultant]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [lighting]

[venue] private estate, lake tahoe [wedding night hotel] montbleu resort casino & spa [cake] sweet tooth confections [floral design] petal works [invitations] inspirations by amie lee [stationery] caitlin edmunds [rentals] archive rentals [linens] napa valley linens [photography] jasmine star photography [ceremony entertainment] san francisco booking agency [reception entertainment] lia rose [videography] alvan donnan [gown design] alvina valetta [bridal salon] trudy's brides [hair & makeup] kelly mccabe [groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear] nordstrom menswear [bridesmaid dresses] paper crown, spring 2014

love story

Shana and Joe met by chance at a pizza restaurant. She was eating alone when he came in by himself to grab a slice. They started chatting and the next thing Shana knew, Joe had paid her bill and offered to walk with her to the candy store around the corner. Chocolate covered gummy bears turned into getting coffee, and the rest is history.

love note

Shana’s favorite wedding moment was the first look with her husband out in the woods. It was just them two out in the woods for a very special and private moment. A close second was Lia Rose performing their first dance song that she wrote and Shana and Joe love. Having been to many of her concerts, it was surreal for them to have her there while dancing bare foot on the lawn under the tree Joe's great grandmother planted.

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vendor love

the westin st. francis westinstfrancis.com [venue & catering]

make it happen!

makeithappenweddings.com [wedding consultant] [cake] elegant cheesecakes [floral design] florali [linens] napa valley linens [photography] jasmine wang photograhy [reception entertainment] dave gills [gown design] enzoani [bridal salon] trudy's brides [makeup] miabel artistry [groom’s formalwear] indochino custom tux [groomsmen’s formalwear] vera wang [bridesmaid dresses] amsale & donna morgan [engagement ring & wedding rings] forever diamonds [registries] macy's, crate & barrel [honeymoon] greece, italy

love story

Sarah and Isiah never thought that being at the right place at the right time meant meeting online. Or that they'd be one of those internet dating success stories that others shared with their friends. They met over coffee, or tea rather (Isiah hates coffee, as Sarah soon came to find out). They talked for a good 3 hours, and the conversation flowed so easily, full of laughter. The next few dates were just the same, over dinner, wine and movies.

love note

Isiah secretly arranged to have Ashanti Floyd, the "Mad Violinist", and his band come and play at their wedding after Sarah disappointedly thought their plans to do so fell through.

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vendor love

claire dobson photography clairedobson.com [photography]

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

[venue, wedding consultant, wedding night hotel, caterer & rentals] mission ranch [cake] layers sensational cakes [floral design] fleurish design [linens] gbs linens [lighting] chic event rentals [invitations & stationery] wedding paper divas [entertainment] dna entertainment dance lessons] arete dance center [gown design] ines di santo [bridal salon] glamour closet [veil] wee scotty [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair] l salon and color group [makeup] face forward carmel [groom’s formalwear] al's attire [groomsmen’s formalwear] vera wang, men's warehouse [wedding rings] san francisco diamond exchange [registries], tola. com [honeymoon] playa del carmen and tulum, mexico

love story

Thanks to Ok Cupid!, Brittany and Corbin met online in October of 2012. Corbin suggested Bijan Bakery, a Persian bakery, and he didn't even know Brittany was Persian. They enjoyed cookies together and totally hit it off. He tried to sneak a kiss at the end of the date, but she turned her head. Corbin still denies this ever happened!

love note

The ceremony had creative touches like the palette board dinner menu and wedding day schedule board along with two junior sized ring security ring bearers.

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vendor love

a day like no other daylikenoother.com [wedding consultant]

[venue, wedding night hotel] mesa del sol vineyards [caterer] ben lillywhite [floral design] natasha kolenko [rentals, lighting] chic event rentals [photography] sandra fazzino [ceremony entertainment] personal friends [formalwear] nordstrom, bonobos [honeymoon] tahiti, bora bora [honeymoon resorts] sofitel, hilton

love story

Jeff and Adam met on an online dating site and got engaged in Mexico during a long weekend getaway. They were discussing the idea of marriage when Jeff said something to the effect of being too busy to find the time to pick out engagement rings. Then, Adam pulled out a box with a ring for Jeff and gave it to him. Jeff proposed right then and there, and needless to say, Adam said yes!

love note

The couple had an intimate ceremony and reception of forty people. At dinner they invited anyone to get up and say a few words. They weren’t sure if anyone would get up to say anything, but as soon as one friend got up and told a story, everyone wanted the chance to speak. Their friends told hilarious stories about Jeff and Adam and had everyone laughing - it was truly a moment of pure joy.

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vendor love

Palm Event Center in the Vineyard palmeventcenter.com [venue & catering]

[photography] chard photographer [floral design] nicole ha designs [bakery] cake delight [officiant] justin niznik [cocktail hour guitarist] michael crouch [entertainment] 21st century sounds

love note

Kate and Adam’s picturesque ceremony and barrel room reception set the tone for a gorgeous and intimate celebration full of light-hued florals and candlelight.

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kristi & kevin 12/8/15 5:09 AM


vendor love

rhee bevere photography rheebevere.com [photography]

minted

minted.com [invitations] [venue] villa montalvo [wedding consultant & stationery] caitlin arnold weddings and events [caterer] melons catering [dessert] c.r.e.a.m. [floral design] lani elizabeth floral design [rentals] blueprint studios, stuart event rentals [linens] napa valley linens [lighting] enhanced lighting [entertainment] denon and doyle [videography] one day pictures [transportation] corinthian International parking services [gown design, bridal salon, veil] amy kuschel [hair, makeup] julie morgan hair and makeup [formalwear] the black tux [honeymoon] turks and caicos [photobooth] smile city photo booth

love story

Kristi and Kevin met via a mutual friend. Kristi is crazy about flowers so Kevin took her to her favorite place, Filoli Gardens, to propose on Valentine’s Day.

love note

Kristi’s favorite detail was the ice cream sandwiches they had catered by C.R.E.A.M., which was a substitute for wedding cake. There were four flavors of fresh baked cake cookies (including gluten-free) and three flavors of ice cream. Guests could create their own unique combination of ice cream sandwich. It was a perfect and fun sweet for a warm August wedding.

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intercontinental mark hopkins intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com [reception venue & cake]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [lounge furniture]

[photography] bruce forrester photography [wedding consultant] floral art and decor [band] wonder bread 5 [ceremony venue] st. dominics catholic church [chairs] standard party rentals [floral design] passiflora designs [lighting] psav [linens] napa valley linens [videography] brightlighter productions [late night snack] harvey’s donuts

love story

David proposed to Bridget right before the holidays. After spending all day with the ring in his pocket, David proposed in the same spot where he picked up Bridget for their first date.

love note

David's fondest moment of the wedding was dancing on stage to Journey. Bridget's favorite part was listing to the speeches given by their siblings and entering the reception for the first time amongst applause from their guests.Â

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vendor love

palm event center in the vineyard palmeventcenter.com [venue, wedding consultant & caterer]

hazy lane studios hazylanestudios.com [photography]

[cake] cake delight [floral design] the petal company [entertainment, lighting, photobooth] fantasy sound [invitations] invitations by dawn [gown design] katie may [bridal salon, veil] gabriellas bridal [hair] morgan hayes [makeup] jocelyn birchall [formalwear] men's wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] david’s bridal [engagement & wedding rings] kay jewelers [honeymoon] puerto vallarta [honeymoon resort] garza blanca [registries] pottery barn, target, bed bath and beyond

love story

Jessica and Chris met while both visiting their families that live in the same small town on Lake Shasta. They went to a local bar and grill called the Basshole with their families and noticed each other right away. After a great night of talking over cocktails, they exchanged numbers and stayed in touch over the next 6 months over the phone. They finally went on their first date and have been inseparable ever since.

love note

Jessica’s favorite wedding detail was the flowers and the lighting that gave a romantic feel; the candle lit round rustic chandeliers were beautiful above the dance floor. The couple’s fondest moment, besides saying “I do” of course, was when the music started and they were able to mingle, relax, and dance with their friends and family.

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vendor love flower divas

flowerdivas.com [floral design] [venue] villa reggia campbell [wedding consultant] kristan shamus [caterer] tigelleria [cake] cake expressions [rentals] sybella [photography] traci griffin photography [entertainment] peter chung, big fun djs [videography] final frame studios [gown design] allure [formalwear] zara [bridesmaid dresses] david's bridal

love story

Catharine and David met at his godmother's wedding

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godmother just so happens to be Catharine’s father's step mom. The couple got engaged while on safari in Tanzania.

love note

One of Catharine’s favorite parts about the wedding was having it at her family’s home. They jumped into the pool after dancing late into the night!

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vendor love

the westin st. francis westinstfrancis.com [venue & caterer]

make it happen!

makeithappenweddings.com [wedding consultant]

classic party rentals classicpartyrentals.com [rentals]

[cake] elegant cheesecake [desserts] pretty please bakeshop [floral design] wish social events [rentals] enhanced lighting & av inc [photography] arrowood photography [linens] napa valley linens [lighting] gatsby entertainment group [invitations] coffee n cream press [stationery] wedding paper divas [candy bar] sf candy bar [reception entertainment] justin ward, sound & motion [videography] thomas hughes [gown design, bridal salon, veil, jewelry] jinza [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair, makeup] sherrie long [formalwear] wingtip [bridesmaid dresses] weddington way [registries] williams-sonoma, bed bath & beyond [honeymoon] puerto rico & st. lucia

love story

Lauren and Loren met in San Francisco during the Union Street Festival at one of their favorite restaurants.

love note

One very unique vendor the couple used was Nataliya Tyaglo who did a live art painting of their first dance. She was there all evening and people got to see the painting progress from start to finish.

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vendor love

intercontinental mark hopkins intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com [reception venue, caterer, wedding night hotel]

[ceremony venue] saints peter and paul church [wedding consultant] events by orr [floral design] the flower house [photography] jc page photography [invitations & stationery] paper caper [reception entertainment, lighting franco finn, freestyle entertainment [videography] orange soda films [transportation] classic cable car [gown design, bridesmaid dresses] paper & petals

love story

Gina and Kelechi had heard each other's names mentioned in conversation for about a year before finally meeting one Super Bowl Sunday through one of her college housemate’s brothers. It wasn't long before Kelechi started a conversation by asking Gina, “Can I have a pretzel?” Trying to be funny, Gina handed Kelechi one little pretzel rod. They didn't stop talking and laughing all night. Two weeks later, he asked her to be his valentine and they've been sweethearts ever since.

love note

The couple wanted to personalize the wedding for the guests as much as possible and let them know how honored they were that they attended. To do this, they had each guest pick up their seating during cocktail hour, which included a handwritten note individually written to each person or couple. The notes expressed their love, appreciation and impact that person has had on their lives. Throughout the night, guests continually approached them, some with tears in their eyes, to express how touched they were by the letters they wrote.

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vendor love make it happen!

makeithappenweddings.com [wedding consultant]

the westin st. francis

westinstfrancis.com [venue & wedding night hotel] [ceremony venue] st. ignatius [dessert bar] pretty please bakery [floral design] victoria's florals [photography] vero suh photography [reception entertainment] dj four leaf entertainment [transportation] classic cable cars [gown design] custom design [bridal hair & makeup] miabel artistry [bridesmaid’s hair & makeup] minted styling [formalwear] the black tux [bridesmaid dresses] donna morgan, laura gown

love story

Kelly and Sean met freshman year of high school in 2003. They were nothing more than friends and always dated other people, even though all their friends always told them that they were going to end up together. As soon as they both moved away for college they began talking more and more frequently and realized that the friendship they had could be so much more. So, they made it official when they were 18 and have been together ever since.

love note

Kelly and Sean wanted to give their guests a true San Francisco weekend, since most of them were coming from out of town. They fell in love with the Golden Gate Bridge motif and decided to put it on their cake and all of their stationery. Kelly was initially excited for their bridal party to be transported to the church via cable car because of the amazing photo opp, but the cable car-turned party bus with their 20 closest friends turned out to be one of the most special and memorable parts of their wedding day.

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vendor love flower divas

flowerdivas.com [floral design] [wedding consultant, venue] nestldown [caterer] toast catering [cake] jen's cakes [wedding night hotel] westin san jose [rentals, linens] pro prep events [registry] macy’s [photography] danielle gillett photography [invitations & stationery] carlson craft [favors] honolulu cookie company [ceremony & reception entertainment] big fun dj’s [videography] blue moon productions [gown design] allure bridal, couture line [bridal salon] elegant lace bridals [veil] allure bridal [bridal & bridesmaid jewelry] swarovski [bridal & bridesmaid shoes] badgley mischka [hair] lluvia osornio [makeup] mayra kadesh [groom’s & groomsmen formalwear] calvin klein [bridesmaid dresses] adrianna papell [mothers’ dresses] tadashi shoji [flower girl dresses] david's bridal [honeymoon] maui, hawaii [honeymoon resorts] hyatt regency maui resort and spa

love story

Megan and Fernando met six years ago at the church where the bride's grandfather is a pastor. They dated for 5 years before getting engaged last Halloween. Fernando carved a Disney themed pumpkin with Mickey on one knee proposing to Minnie. Megan had no idea until the end when he dimmed the lights, filled the room with roses and candles, and got down on one knee to pop the question.

love note

Their fondest wedding moment was the ceremony area and how beautiful the pond and redwood trees looked in the chapel area at Nestldown.

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rebecca & michael 12/8/15 5:11 AM


vendor love

wayne & angela photographers wayneandangela.com [photography]

minted

minted.com [invitations] [venue, caterer, cake] wente vineyards [wedding night hotel] courtyard by marriott [floral design] the flower house [reception entertainment] elite entertainment [gown design] cb couture [bridal shoes] salvatore ferragamo [hair, makeup] a-list makeup team [formalwear] tuxedo fashions [bridesmaid dresses] donna morgan [engagement ring] blue nile, toppers jewelers [wedding rings] ch premier jewelers, benchmark rings [registries] crate & barrel, amazon, honeyfund [photobooth] giggle and riot

love story

Rebecca and Michael were college sweethearts who met through mutual friends at Stanford. After almost 9 years of dating, including 4 years of long-distance through graduate school, Michael proposed to Rebecca on a beach in Monterey, one of their favorite places to visit.

love note

The couple had an intimate, formal, Catholic ceremony the day before with just family, so the ceremony at Wente was a way for them to share their love in a more personal way. They were very excited to share their written vows with each other and their closest family and friends. Rebecca’s uncle lead the ceremony and surprised them by having family members come up and share how long they've been married and then had the bridal party and guests break out into singing Taylor Swift's "Love Story."

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bella vita event productions

bellavitaeventproductions.com [wedding consultant, floral design, rentals, lighting, favors]

vicens forns photography vicensforns.com [photography]

[venue, caterer] charlie's bar and grill at the windsor golf club [invitations & stationery] dreammaker designs [bridal salon] wine country bride [groom's formalwear] men's wear house [bridesmaid dresses] bride's n' maids [wedding rings] mj christensen

love story

Andrea and Ned met at work in 2009 and instantly became great friends. With neither of them wanting to get hurt, nearly a year went by before they started dating. Fortunately, it turned out to be the right move. Two years later, Ned proposed to Andrea in bed while nursing her back to health from a week long illness.

love note

Andrea’s fondest wedding moment was when she was standing there holding her soon to be husband's hands; he was shaking and sweaty. But as soon as she said her pretend vows of “I love you, mucho” they both laughed, and all of their nerves went away.

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vendor love

casa real at ruby hill winery casarealevents.com [venue, caterer, linens]

hazy lane studios hazylanestudios.com [photography]

minted

minted.com [invitations & stationery] [cake] cake delight [floral design] delford west [rentals] a grande affair [ceremony & reception entertainment] amos pro [gown design] essence of australia [bridal salon, veil] j'aime bridal [bridal jewelry] bhldn [bridesmaid jewelry, bridal shoes] kate spade [hair & makeup] lux image agency [groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear] men’s wearhouse [bridesmaid dresses] sorella vita from j'aime bridal

love story

Liz and Aaron were high school sweethearts. They had a geometry class together sophomore year, where Aaron's dad happened to be the teacher. Aaron proposed at Disneyland, one of Liz’s favorite places, on a last minute trip. He was so nervous that she said "yes!" mid proposal to ease his nerves.

love note

Aaron's dad was the ceremony officiant. It was extra special, since they met in his class in high school. During the ceremony, Aaron's dad pulled out a box of love notes that they had collected throughout the years. They keep it on their mantel and will often read a note or two to remind themselves of when they fell in love.

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vendor love

choe atnip photography photosbychloe.com [photography]

[venue, caterer] edgewood tahoe [cake] tahoe cakes by grace [floral design] rose petals florist [invitations & stationery] posh by nida [reception entertainment] flash a smile [videography] video quest productions [gown design, bridal salon] bonny bridal [hair & makeup] tahoe weddings a gogo [formalwear] side street boutique [bridesmaid dresses, flowergirls’ dresses] demetrios bride [mothers’ dresses] alfred angelo [engagement ring & wedding rings] south coast Jeweler [registries] bed, bath, & beyond, macy’s, sur La table

love story

Gwenevere and Paul met through a mutual friend who had a feeling they would hit it off, and they did! But living 3 hours away from each other, they started off just emailing before finally connecting in person for a Patriots game. After the game, they didn't want the date to end, so they grabbed some coffee, played in the bookstore and ended up catching a movie as well.

love note

It was raining on and off the days before the wedding and Gwenevere was upset at the possibility of having the wedding inside since their biggest desire was to be outdoors in Tahoe. Paul turned to her and said, "Honey if it rains during our wedding, we will just have to find a sunny location to do our renewals." It was just what she needed to hear!

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vendor love memoire studio

memoirestudio.com [photography]

[wedding consultant] walli richardson events [venue] vine hill house [caterer] elaine bell catering [dessert] mom’s apple pie [entertainment] dj jay [videography] bay area video production [photobooth] focal point booths [formalwear] men's warehouse [wedding rings] custom [registries] target, bed bath & beyond, registry.com

love story

Charlie and Max met at the Pride festival in San Francisco. Charlie was wandering the streets by himself when Max stopped him and introduced himself. They got to talking and immediately discovered some amazing similarities, such as that they’re both Jewish and both lived in Santa Rosa at the time. Charlie decided to join him and his friend for the rest of the night. They ended up staying together the entire day after as well and haven’t separated since.

love note

The thing Charlie and Max enjoyed most about their wedding was the intimacy and down home feel to it. They found a bounty of wood and craft supplies at an estate sale two weeks before their wedding and used them to make most of the décor. They wanted their wedding to have a very rustic feel. The combination of the gorgeous setting of Sonoma County and the homemade details achieved just that.

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vendor love

a day like no other daylikenoother.com [wedding consultant]

[venue] diablo ranch [caterer] yummi bbq food truck [dessert] garden creamery ice cream truck [wedding night hotel] renaissance clubsport hotel walnut creek [floral design] green petal designs [rentals] chairs for affairs [photography] majesta patterson [favors] handmade honey bears [ceremony entertainment] dan rosenbach [reception entertainment] dj travis [videography] luke goodman cinematography [gown design, veil] allure bridal [bridal salon] brides for a cause [hair and makeup] nini’s epiphany [groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear] kohl’s [engagement ring, wedding rings] halzberg [photobooth] night owl photo booth

love story

The couple met through mutual friends in Singapore while Pamela was studying there and John was visiting. A long-distance relationship eventually followed before they finally moved closer together. John proposed to Pamela during a family trip to Lake Tahoe on a boat as it circled Emerald Bay.

love note

Pamela and John love creating things. They made their decorations, favors and even handmade their own invitations and thank you notes.

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simple little details simplelittledetails.com [wedding consultant, invitations & stationery]

wildflower linen

wildflowerlinens.com [linens] [venue, caterer, cake, wedding night hotel] the fairmont hotel, san francisco [floral design] asiel design [rentals, lighting] standard party pentals [photography] u me us studios [ceremony & reception entertainment] dj nick [videography] major diamond productions [gown design, bridal salon, veil] vera wang [bridal jewelry] cartier [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair] jennifer atala [makeup] sharon usher [formalwear] tom ford [registry] bloomingdale’s

love story

Soraya and Ali met in the elevator at work in November of 2011. There was instant chemistry between them. Right then, Soraya knew there was something very special about him. They remained friends for a few months before becoming more serious and exclusive the following July.

love note

Their fondest moment was when Soraya and Ali saw the reception hall for the first time and were able to absorb the breathtaking hall and impeccable work of their wedding planner in an intimate moment by themselves before the wedding. They couldn’t have imagined a more amazing and beautiful outcome.

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vendor love

intercontinental mark hopkins intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com [venue, caterer, cake]

bloomingdale's

bloomingdales.com/registry [registry] [wedding consultant] dreams on a dime [floral design] ron morgan designs [linens] la tavola linens [registries] heath ceramics, williams-sonoma [photography] michelle walker photography [lighting] jl imagination [invitations & stationery] reb peters letterpress [favors] mike's honey [ceremony & reception entertainment] lucky devils [videography] kevin chin [dance lessons] arthur calandrelli [gown design] nicole miller [bridal salon] bridal party [hair] tulip salon [makeup] makeup gourmet by chris scott [groom’s & groomsmen formalwear] lan's formal wear [bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses] david's bridal [engagement & wedding rings] brilliant earth [honeymoon] italy

love story

Amy and Mike met through mutual friends at a Russian-themed party and began talking over moscow mules and white russians. They attribute much of the growth and strength of their relationship to a shared passion for traditional Japanese karate.

love note

The most shocking moment of the wedding was when the maid of honor announced that Sean Hayes, a popular singer-songwriter that Amy has been a fan of for many years, was there to perform Amy's favorite songs.

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vendor love

rhee bevere photography rheebevere.com [photography]

[ceremony venue] mission santa clara de asis at santa clara university [reception venue] adobe lodge at santa clara university [wedding consultant] adrienne south [wedding night hotel] fairmont san jose [caterer] cafe bon appetite [cake] jen’s cakes [floral design, rentals, lighting] bloomsters [linens] danny thomas [registries] macy’s, williams-sonoma, heath ceramics [invitations & stationery] paper source, santana row [ceremony entertainment] magnolia jazz band [reception entertainment] j.j. blair [videography] burkart studios [dance lessons] cm dance company [transportation] cloud 9 [gown design] stella york [bridal salon] bo lee bridal [veil, hairpiece] usa bride [bridal jewelry] tiffany & co. [bridesmaid jewelry] macy’s [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair] jaymz marez [makeup] sara dashty [groom’s and groomsmen’s formalwear] vera wang black collection, men’s wear house [bridesmaid & mother’s dresses] adrianna papell [flower girl dresses] nordstrom [engagement ring] elliott altman [bride’s wedding ring] elliott altman [groom’s wedding ring] na hoku [honeymoon] maui and big island [honeymoon resorts] fairmont kea lani (maui) and fairmont orchid (big island)

love story

Dori and Joe’s love story began on August 5, 2013 when Dori "winked" at Joe on Match.com and Joe responded immediately with an email.

love note

Dori’s fondest wedding moment was during the ceremony when the priest started reading an email Joe secretly sent explaining all the reasons he loved Dori and how he feels like the luckiest man alive. Joe’s fondest wedding moment was seeing Dori walk down the aisle.

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vendor love

casa real at ruby hill winery

casarealevents.com [venue, wedding consultant, caterer] [cake] pastrychik [floral design] floramor [photography] tim halberg photography [lighting] enhanced lighting [reception entertainment] wicked entertainment, mr. mego music [videography] silver tie films [gown design] custom made in india [groom’s formalwear] men’s wearhouse [engagement ring & wedding rings] shane co. [registry] crate & barrel [honeymoon] bali [honeymoon resorts] ayana resort

love story On a cold New Year’s Eve night, Ankita managed to get her parent’s permission to go out to a New Year’s Eve party with her uncle and aunt. As she was dancing the night away, she saw a handsome man dancing closer to her. She was instantly drawn to his amazing sense of humor. She knew Sunil was the one when 8 years later she still could not go a day without speaking to him, hearing his voice, and being with him.

love note

One of Ankita and Sunil’s favorite parts of their wedding was that they were able to repurpose all of their flowers through Random Acts Of Flowers. All of the bouquets were broken down and turned into separate arrangements to deliver to patients in local hospitals. Both of them work in health care and it meant the world to them that they were able to give back to the patients that make their days so meaningful.

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vendor love

anaís event planning & design

anaisevents.com [wedding consultant & floral design]

shaadi papery

shaadipapery.com [invitations & stationery] [venue] san francisco city hall [caterer] jalsa sf [cake] cake coquette [rentals] standard rentals [photography] verus weddings [reception entertainment] wicked entertainment [gown design, veil] tantra by rj [bridesmaid’s dresses] designed by sister [bridal shoes] christian louboutin [hair & makeup] bridal looks by sumaira [groom’s formalwear] traditional indian wear for ceremony and jasmine bespoke for custom reception suit [engagement ring & bride’s wedding band] bholasons, new delhi [groom’s wedding band] brilliant earth [honeymoon] prague, vienna, bratislava, budapest, bucharest, athens, santorini

love story

Veni and Joydeep met in 2008 at Carnegie Mellon graduate school but didn’t start dating until 2014. They initially did long distance dating with Joydeep in New York and Veni in San Francisco. The first time Joydeep came to visit Veni, they went to the Palace of Fine Arts and it was during a conversation there that they both felt a very deep connection and knew that this was it. Fast forward one year, Joydeep caught Veni by complete surprise when he proposed to her under the dome of the Palace of Fine Arts.

love note

Veni and Joydeep’s share the same favorite wedding moment - the look in each other’s eyes as Veni walked down the aisle.

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vendor love make it happen!

makeithappenweddings.com [wedding consultant] [ceremony venue & entertainment] st. ignatius church [reception venue, caterer] olympic club lakeside [wedding night hotel] ritz carlton san francisco [floral design] montbretia [linens] unica party rentals [registries] crate & barrel, target, rei, williams-sonoma [photography] megan and mason photography [lighting] east bay sound and lighting [favors] homemade cinnamon popcorn mix [reception entertainment] valerie rose, livewire band [transportation] black tie transportation [gown design & bridesmaid’s dresses] amsale [bridal salon, veil] nordstrom bridal suite, san francisco [hair] danielle blanchett [makeup] sarah dean [groom’s formalwear] proper suit [groomsmen’s formalwear] the black tux [engagement ring & groom’s wedding band] derco fine jewelers [bride’s wedding band] tiffany’s [honeymoon] new zealand

love story

Nicole and Matt met their junior year at UCLA. Nicole had just come back from volunteering in Tanzania for the summer. Matt happened to be wearing a hat (which he never does) with a map of Africa on it and a heart over Tanzania. This coincidence led to a conversation and they became fast friends. Nine months later they started dating and never stopped. Seven years after that, Matt got down on one knee in UCLA’s sculpture garden.

love note

Nicole and Matt’s favorite wedding detail was their dining room. They wanted the dinner at the reception to feel like a big family dinner. The small, 8 person tables allowed everyone to have a conversation, and it was easy to navigate the dining room to see their guests.

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makeithappenweddings.com [wedding consultant] [ceremony venue] san francisco botanical garden [reception venue] shadowbrook restaurant [wedding night hotel] best western capitola [floral design] laurel winzler [photography] misti layne [registry] macy’s [caterer, cake, rentals, linens, lighting] shadowbrook restaurant stationery [invitations] wedding paper divas [favors] totally lip balm [ceremony & reception entertainment] luca sirianni [dance lessons] arthur murray san jose [videography] max fannin [transportation] black tie [bridal salon] haute bride [veil] one world designs bridal jewelry [bridal shoes] vans & lucky brand [hair & makeup] rose hill & crew [groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear] tuxedo wearhouse in milpitas [engagement ring, wedding rings] teel’s [honeymoon] princess cruise

love story

Mimi and Robert met when working at the same company, but started dating a year later when they had both moved on to different companies. They got engaged during a trip to Hawaii to celebrate Mimi's birthday. After a two hour horseback ride into the woods of the big island, they came to a clearing with a waterfall where Robert proposed.

love note

Mimi and Robert's favorite wedding moment was the ceremony. Everything was just perfect.

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michael daigian design michaeldaigian.com [wedding consultant]

memoire studio

memoirestudio.com [photography] [venue, caterer, cake, wedding night hotel] ritz carlton san francisco [floral design] b&b floral design [reception entertainment] no water after midnight [transportation] uber black [gown design & veil] pronovias, la sposa [bridal salon] I do! bridal [bridal jewelry] janene’s bridal boutique [bridal shoes] angela nuran [hair] vernitta weddles [makeup] meko white mua [formalwear] men’s wearhorse [bridesmaid dresses] j. crew [wedding rings] derco [registry] honeymoon fund [honeymoon] barcelona, florence, paris

love story

Jaime’s cousin set them up on a blind date after sending him a Facebook picture of her. They decided to meet for coffee at Starbucks for just 10 minutes. Alec actually proposed twice once Valentine’s Day after a beautiful romantic dinner (no date was ever set) and again a year and a half after at Foreign Cinema in San Francisco. They were sure to set the date this time and got married 5 months later.

Jaime’s

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favorite

wedding

moment

was

hearing her husband’s handwritten vows for the first time after he kept them a secret for over 4 weeks; it was a heartwarming and an unforgettable moment.

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flowerdivas.com [floral design] [wedding consultant] kristina taheri special events [ceremony venue] san francisco city hall [reception venue] palo alto private estate [caterer] team san jose [cake] studio cake [wedding night hotel] four seasons palo alto [rentals] danny thomas party rentals [linens] bbj linens [photography] lisa stone photography [reception entertainment] all star juke box [gown design] tory burch [hair] drybar on the fly [makeup] tatiana carvalho [groom’s formalwear] armani & Ike behar [engagement ring & wedding rings] natalee thomas [registries] restoration hardware & food52 [honeymoon] tulum, mexico

love story

Jessica and Andrew met in a taxi cab on the way to the same party. They soon realized that they ran in the same circle back home in Seattle and never crossed paths until that fateful night in San Francisco.

love note

Jessica asked her wedding planner to use the extensive cocktail menu and the reception setting as her inspiration. Living in San Francisco, Jessica and Andrew have an assortment of riches to pull from the restaurant scene. They knew they had to create a cocktail and food menu that would keep people interested all night and an environment worthy of lounging in for an entire evening. One of the signature cocktails, the Caio Bella, was the inspiration for their wedding color palette!

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bella vita event productions bellavitaeventproductions.com [floral design]

minted

minted.com [invitations & stationery] [wedding consultant] happily ever eiler [ceremony venue, wedding night hotel] bacara resort & spa the cliff [reception venue, caterer] bacara resort & spa - the wine cellar & the santa ynez room [cake] sweet and saucy [rentals] town and country event rentals [linen] la tavola fine linen [photography] b focused photography & design [lighting] five star audio visual [ceremony & reception entertainment] epic entertainment [gown design] nicole miller [bridal salon] the white dress [hairpiece] selvedge drygoods [bridesmaid jewelry] tiffany & co. [bridal shoes] lauren lorraine [hair & makeup] fairytale hair and makeup

love story

Jaclyn and Matt met their freshmen year of college at Northern Arizona University in the greek dorms. He proposed on their sixth-year anniversary at Walt Disney World. Matt was in Arizona the day before visiting his family and told Jaclyn that he missed his plane and was unable to make it home. She went to the Magic Kingdom that night with her friends. They led her to the Rose Garden where he was standing and proposed.

love note

Jaclyn’s fondest wedding moment was when they both decided last minute to just wing their vows. They ended up having the same exact thing to say to each other.

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vendor love lc floral design lcfloraldesign.com [floral design]

[wedding consultant] sara moncrief [ceremony venue] misson soledad [reception venue] private estate [caterer] events by classic [cake] room for dessert [rentals, linens, lighting] unlimited  events [photography] laura hernandez photography [invitations & stationery] wedding paper divas [entertainment] dj tutton [gown design & veil] vera wang [bridal salon] vera wang san francisco [bridal jewelry] henri bendel [bridal shoes] jimmy choo [hair & makeup] make up and hair by alecia [groom’s formalwear] j. crew [groomsmen’s formalwear] men’s warehouse [bridesmaid dresses] trudy’s bridal [engagement ring] lang’s antiques [wedding ring] family heirloom [registries] macy’s & williams-sonoma [honeymoon] hawaii [honeymoon resorts] westin resort

love story

Cynthia and Lee met through his mother. She came into Cynthia’s work one day and talked to her for a while. Cynthia later called Lee to tell him about the woman she just met. His curiosity got the best of him and he agreed to come back the next day to meet her.

Cynthia

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friends

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coming.

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vendor love vicens forns

vicensforns.com [photography]

bloomingdale's

bloomingdales.com [mothers' dresses & bridal jewelry] [venue & wedding consultant] hans fahden [caterer] all seasons catering [cake] shole foods [wedding night hotel] luxe calistoga [floral design] flaxx floral design [rentals, linens] bright events [entertainment, lighting] michael's music [videography] jc video [gown design] purchased in china [bridal shoes] badgley mischka [hair, makeup] style bee [bridesmaid dresses] j. crew [formalwear] hugo boss, macy’s [flowergirls' dresses] ekidsbridalusa [engagement ring] brilliant earth [wedding rings] blue nile [registries] zola, crate & barrel

love story

Kexin and Jordan were introduced to each other on the dance floor at the best man’s Bar

Mitzvah

when

they

were

thirteen.

They reconnected in art class when Kexin strategically placed herself next to Jordan to set him up with her friend for the Homecoming dance. But it was soon clear Kexin and Jordan were better dating than just friends.

love note

Kexin’s fondest wedding moment was during the ceremony when they were exchanging their vows. There were a lot of emotions and, for her, all of the planning to make the day perfect and excitement culminated in that moment.

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vendor love

rhee bevere photography rheebevere.com [photography]

[venue] jacuzzi family vineyards [wedding consultant] rebecca johnson design [caterer] the girl & the fig [cake] crisp bake shop [wedding night hotel] the villa at cline cellars [floral design] anne appleman flowers and plants [rentals] bright event rentals [linens] la tavola [lighting] indigo live party & event planning [invitations] a day in may [stationery] paper caper [favors] la biscotteria [entertainment] ceremony entertainment [dance lessons] candy farbstein dance [transportation] pure luxury transportation, inc. [gown design] claire pettibone couture bridal [bridal salon] marina morrison [bridal jewelry] neil dahl jewelers [bridal shoes] betsey johnson bridal [hair & makeup] julie morgan hair and makeup [formalwear] peter cassara clothiers [engagement ring & wedding bands] neil dahl jewelers [registries] i do foundation, williams-sonoma, and macy’s [honeymoon] southern italy and sicily

love story

Marcie and Duane were brought together first as colleagues, who then became friends, who stayed friends, and who became married friends years later.

love note

Their fondest wedding moment was when they were singing their praises to the rafters in the favorable acoustics of the winery barrel room. The professional string quartet had tears in their eyes and the director of the group commented, “I’ve probably played at a thousand weddings, and this is one of the most authentic, inspiring, and beautiful of any I’ve played for.”

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vendor love

palm event center in the vineyard palmeventcenter.com [venue & caterer]

[photography & videography] apollo fotographie [wedding consultant] 2 friends events [cake] jen’s cakes [wedding night hotel] pleasanton marriott [floral design] flowers by anne [lighting] fantasy sound [entertainment] image source entertainment [formalwear] indochino [wedding bands] tiffany & co. & bvlgari [registry] honeyfund [honeymoon] maui

love story

Seven years ago, John saw James at a nightclub in San Francisco. He was supposed to be introduced to him by a mutual friend, but being too nervous, John decided to skip the introduction. The next day he sent James a lengthy message on Myspace.com and James simply replied, "here's my number, call me." Six years later, while vacationing in Los Angeles with some of their closest friends, James dropped to one knee and proposed to John at the Urban Lights Exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

love note

James and John had never attended a samesex wedding before and was also a first for most of their friends, family and guests. They wanted it to have a traditional feel, hence the timeless black and white color scheme, to emphasize that there is not much of a difference between a gay or straight wedding.

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vendor love

anaĂŻs event planning & design

anaisevents.com [wedding consultant & floral design] [venue, caterer, cake, wedding night hotel] tony bennett suite at the fairmont [rentals] lush event rentals [photography] vijay rakhra [dessert] cold stone creamery ice cream [ceremony entertainment] cocktail band jazz quartet [lighting, reception & entertainment] wicked entertainment, vaneeth nand [videography] wedding documentary

love story

Rohan and Snigdha met at a college event through their mutual friend. Rohan first saw her from across the room but was too shy (or as he says, "having too much fun") to go and talk to her while Snigdha was hoping he would come by and talk to her. By the end of the night, he worked up the courage to ask his friend to introduce him. They immediately hit it off but could not meet again because Snigdha went to school in San Diego and Rohan in Berkeley. Refusing to let distance get between them, they went on their first real date when Snigdha came home for spring break. Six years later, they got married in their favorite city and new home, San francisco.

love note

Snigdha is a big Bollywood movie fan but unfortunately Rohan cannot stand them. So to demonstrate the sacrifices they were willing to make for each other, Snigdha wrote: "I promise to watch English movies with you..." and Rohan: "...and I promise to watch Hindi movies with you."

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vendor love couture events

coutureeventsca.com [wedding consultant] [venue] outdoor art club, mill valley [caterer] stacy scott [cake] susie cakes [floral design] la fleuriste [photography] onelove photography [rentals] a party center [linens] la tavola [candy bar] sugar dealer [entertainment] sutherland entertainment [videography] silver tie films [gown design] maggie sottero [bridal salon] j'aime bridal​[hair] tousled hair salon

love story

Ari and Andrew met when they were living across from each other in the same condo complex, though they had been introduced before through mutual friends in college. One night, they both went to a local college bar for a mutual friend's birthday when they witnessed a fight break out across the street in the parking lot. Frustrated by the injustice of one of the guys running away, leaving the other one very hurt, Ari ran down the street to see where he went. Andrew followed closely behind. They were able to direct the police officers to the guy’s hiding place and got him arrested. Ari and Andrew had their first kiss the next night and have been partners in crime fighting ever since.

love note

Everything about the reception was perfect, from the speeches that made everyone laugh and cry, the magical room, and the amazing food. It was so wonderful, in fact, that Ari and Andrew didn’t even mind that a guest took a slice of the wedding cake before they cut it, or that a couple crashed the celebration, going so far as to sign the guestbook and leave a Polaroid!

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vendor love

michael daigian design michaeldaigian.com [floral design]

[venue, caterer, linens, rentals, wedding night hotel] calistoga ranch [wedding consultant] so eventful [cake] sweet on cake [photography] katie lopez photographer [ceremony entertainment] wine country entertainment [reception entertainment] denon & doyle [gown design] inbal dror [bridal salon] chic parisian [honeymoon] paris [honeymoon resort] four seasons george v

love story

Christina and Chris met in the fall of 2009 through mutual friends. They stayed in contact over the next year and began dating in October 2010. In November of 2013, they were vacationing in the mountains of Montana. On the last day of the trip, Chris decided to take Christina fishing, just the two of them. At first, it was not exactly her idea of romance, but as the fresh snow fell all around them, Chris dropped to one knee and proposed.

love note

Christina and Chris’s guestbook was a surprise from her maid of honor which included wine bottles that improve with age and peak at certain years (1, 5, 10, 15, and 20). On each of their anniversaries, they have a bottle to enjoy with their guests’ signatures so they can relive the special day.

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simple little details

simplelittledetails.com [wedding consultant & invitations]

casa real at ruby hill winery casarealevents.com [reception venue & caterer]

duke photography dukeimages.com [photography]

[ceremony venue] st. andrew armenian church, cupertino [cake] jen's cakes [floral design] asiel design [rentals & lighting] hartmann studios [linens] wildflower linens [reception entertainment] heartbeat dj [videography] kevin chin

love story

Taleen and Vache have known of each other since they were little when they both grew up together in the Armenian community, but didn’t start noticing each other until they were teenagers. They were attending Armenian camp when they felt a spark at just 18 years old. Having gone to college and spent some of their best years in San Diego, Vache wanted to propose there. He took Taleen to La Jolla Cove and presented her with a book of memories containing items he had collected over the years: old movie tickets, photos, menus from restaurants, etc. At the end of the book, he wrote a poem in Armenian that ended in "when I'm with you my heart races, complete my life, please say yes!"

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Taleen’s favorite wedding moment was when she walked into the reception space. In Armenian weddings when the bride and groom enter they have everyone join them on the dance floor for a few dances. The love and joy that they felt surrounded by all their family and friends was unforgettable.

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quail lodge & golf club quaillodge.com/weddings [venue & caterer]

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love story

After working on the same sales team, Tyler asked Ashley out on their first date to a Giants game. For the engagement, Tyler planned a "relaxing" Friday afternoon getaway to a private beach in Half Moon Bay. After walking to a small cove just in time to watch the sunset, Tyler snuck a ring out of his pocket and kneeled down to ask Ashley to be his wife. On the drive home, they made the plans for how to tell their families. But they didn’t last long. The entire bride and groom families were waiting to greet the newly engaged couple when they arrived home to Tyler’s parents’ house.

love note

Ashley’s favorite wedding moments were having her father walk her down the aisle and seeing Tyler for the first time on their wedding day at the start of the ceremony. Tyler’s was seeing Ashley for the first time walking out of the barn to the Quail Meadows Ceremony.

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love story Ani and Shant met in summer of 2011 in Yerevan, Armenia at the the Pan Armenian Games. Turns out they lived just 20 minutes away from each other back home but had never met. Shant surprised Ani with a proposal on the beach during their second trip to Cancun as the sun was setting.

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The most memorable moment for Ani and Shant was when they entered the reception hall for the first time. They were all blown away by the dĂŠcor.

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michael daigian design michaeldaigiandesign.com [floral design]

[venue] san francisco film centre [wedding consultant] shannon leahy events [caterer] grace street [cake] the sweetest things [rentals] standard party rentals [linens] la tavola [photography] stephanie court [lighting] impact [reception entertainment] heart of gold djs [videography] imagique weddings [gown design] nicole miller [bridal salon] the gown shop [veil] sara gabriel veils [formalwear] the black tux, the knotty tie co. [engagement ring & wedding rings] abracadabra jewelry, jewelry by johan [registries] macy’s, sur la table

love story

Petra and Branden met at a local bar in Ann Arbor. She was his bartender and he was a customer there. Her parents met the same way, except her dad was a bartender and her mom was the customer.

love note

Petra and Brandon rented a renovated cable car to take the whole wedding party around San Francisco and take pictures. Over half of their wedding party had never been to California, let alone San Francisco, so to be able to experience that ride with all of their best friends and watch them see their city was amazing.

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love story

Katie and John met at a local brewery after “matching” on match.com less than a day after Katie had made an account. The sparks flew immediately, and the rest is history! John took Katie on her first cruise ever to the Caribbean. After finally arriving at the first port of the trip at St. Martin and halfway through enjoying a chicken sandwich at a shop on the beach, John asked an innocent bystander to take a quick photo. It was right then and there that he ended up popping the question!

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bella vita event productions bellavitaeventproductions.com [floral design]

[wedding consultant] holliday events [venue, wedding night hotel caterer, cake, rentals, linens, lighting, transportation] the meritage resort & spa in napa valley [photography] connection photography [invitations & stationery] max & bunny [entertainment] ed the dj [dance lessons] wedding day dance [gown design, bridal salon] selia yang [bridal jewelry] tiffany & co. [bridal shoes] l.k. bennet [hair, makeup] quyen artistry [groom’s formalwear] theory [groomsmen’s formalwear] j.crew [bridesmaid dresses] bari jay [mothers’ dresses] j kara [flower girls’ dresses] ruum [registry] scott dunn honeyfund

love story

Simon and Jennifer met while building bikes for kids at the Boys and Girls Club in New York. The two had never met even though they both worked for the same bank. Simon had seen her from afar and was waiting for the right moment to make an introduction, so he asked to borrow Jenn's air gauge for the bike he was building. Jenn was intrigued by his British accent and so began their multi-city romance, from NY to LA and Durham, and around the world.

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The memory that is most vivid to Jennifer and Simon occurred at the end of the reception. It was the last song, "500 Miles" by The Proclaimers, and the bridal party gathered everyone into a circle around the dance floor. It was magical being surrounded by the most important people in their lives as they started their adventure as husband and wife. At the end of the song, Simon picked Jennifer up and spun her around as the crowd celebrated, a moment they will remember forever.

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BRIDAL REGISTRY

BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY Boudoir by Lily 415.508.8308 boudoirbylily.com

BRIDAL SHOW Bay Area Wedding Fairs 925.518.3679 bayareaweddingfairs.com

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Luxe Bridal Show 415.917.7063 | 415.618.9793 luxebridalshowsf.com

BRIDAL SHOW Luxury Wedding Shows 866.931.8508 luxuryweddingshows.com

CONSULTANT A Day Like No Other 415.425.7574 daylikenoother.com

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CONSULTANT Amazáe Events 650.489.0507 amazae.com

CONSULTANT Ana�s Event Planning & Design 415.894.9254 anaisevents.com

CONSULTANT Make It Happen! 209.895.4598 makeithappenweddings.com

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Simple Little Details 408.444.6685 simplelittledetails.com

ENTERTAINMENT PJT Enterprises Music & Entertainment 510.693.9899 pure-ecstasy.com

FASHION Mon Amie Bridal Salon 714.546.5700 monamie.com

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Amy Burke Designs 877.250.1836 | 650.728.7234 amyburkedesigns.com

FLORAL DESIGN Bella Vita Event Productions 707.322.0807 bellavitaeventproductions.com

FLORAL DESIGN Flower Divas 408.727.4416 flowerdivas.com

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FLORAL DESIGN LC Floral Design 925.577.5252 lcfloraldesign.com

INVITATIONS Michael Daigian Design 415.821.7710 michaeldaigian.com

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LIGHTING | SOUND Allegra Entertainment 650.685.8222 allegraevents.com

PHOTOGRAPHY Claire Dobson Photography 415.603.0601 clairedobson.com

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Hazy Lane Studios 925.819.1538 hazylanestudios.com

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RENTALS | DÈCOR Classic Party Rentals 650.652.0300 | 707.253.2332 classicpartyrentals.com

VENUE The Bridges Golf Club 925.735.4253 thebridgesgolf.com

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