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A WEDDING MAGAZINE FOR I DO

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

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pringtime is a time

is usually the first trip they’ll take

industry and introduced fresh,

for new beginnings,

as newlyweds. In this issue, we also

modern, printed backdrops for

a time to celebrate

give you a double dose of He Said/

photographers and couples alike.

growth and new life. A wedding

She Said following the love story

is the perfect beginning to a new

of two couples with two different

We are also honored to be featuring

chapter in a couple’s relationship,

beginnings, but both found their

another

where two people come together

true love.

ONEHOPE, that donates 50% of

noteworthy

company,

their profits to various charities.

to start their life as husband and wife. In this union comes

We interviewed two trendsetting

Teaming up with Contemporary

new happiness to enjoy, new

women whose humble beginnings

Catering, they showed couples

adventures to experience, as well

are making impacts and changing

creative

as new challenges to overcome.

the industry, if not the world.

their wines and pair them with

With this issue, we want to capture

Wendy Bird, the founder of Pearls

irresistible delectables for their

the excitement and joy of starting a

with Purpose, shared with us the

wedding day.

new beginning, and also remember

humble beginning of her pearl

ways

to

incorporate

the simple beauty of the

Putting together this issue,

place where it came from.

we feel utterly grateful for all the beauty that surrounds

This issue is graced by so

us and for our readers and

many

contributors

beautiful

imagery

that

have

of love captured through

supported us all this time.

the

of

renowned

We are nervous and excited

photographers,

including

as we approach our 4th year

lens

Elizabeth

Messina

and cannot wait to welcome

for where

jewelry business, that has grown

another new chapter in Utterly

her talented wedding industry

and helped the lives of hundreds

Engaged and invite you to embark

friends share tips and inspiration

of disadvantaged individuals and

on this adventure with us. And with

on creating a more lovely day

families in the Philippines and

this new year, we’re also gearing

for your wedding, and Jasmine

India simply by teaching them how

up to welcome another birth in our

Star in “Leather & Tweed”, where

to make jewelry and by responding

growing family, as our Co-Founder

fashion trends for everyday style

to their basic needs. We’re also

Henny is expecting her third child

can be incorporated into your

excited to share with you the

this summer. Congratulations to

wedding day. Our honeymoon

story behind drop it MODERN, a

her and her family!

expert, Katie Frederick of Ever

contemporary backdrop company

After

answered

that started in a garage by Breanne

We hope you enjoy this issue and

questions from couples who are

Schaap, who was out to challenge

share stories of your own humble

planning their honeymoon, which

the norm within the photography

beginnings with us.

“A

Lovely

Workshop”,

I M AG E BY E L I Z A B E T H M E SS I N A

Honeymoons,

xoxo,

henny & lucia

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THANK YOU to our friends

A N D AW E S O M E C O N T R I B U T O R S

ELIZABETH MESSINA Photographer

JASMINE STAR Photographer

J E S I H AAC K Event Designer & Stylist

LEILA LEWIS PR Consultant & Blogger

BRAEDON FLYNN Photographer

BROOKE KEEGAN Event Designer & Stylist

DOROTHEE & ANNABEL Photographer

KRISTY RICE Watercolor Painter

J E N H UA N G Photographer

ERICA BEUKELMAN Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist

NANCY TEASLEY Floral Designer

CATHERINE CINDY LEO Event Designer & Stylist

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Features + Inspiration

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I N T E RV I E W

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A LOV E LY WO R KS H O P

an intimate and artistic collaboration

drop it modern

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B I G TA L E N T W I T H BIG HEART

pearls with purpose

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S H O P & ST Y L E

modern beauty

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AS K KAT I E

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H O P E & LOV E

wine and delectable pairings

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Real Couples 56

new beginnings

ANNAMARIE & MARK

wedded through their love of bikes

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Fresh Vendors 218

CO CO T R A N

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BOUTIQUE THEO

photog rapher

JEYUN & GREY

a culturally-infused city wedding

online shop

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T I N G E F LO R A L

floral designer

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C E E L B R AT I O N

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H E SA I D / S H E SA I D

thu & rich / lorin & richard

L E AT H E R & T W E E D

fashion trends meet wedding

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I H AV E F O U N D YO U

a jane eyre quote in imagery

M E L I S SA & N I C K

a wedding of low-key elegance

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GREENHOUSE

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SOOLIP WEDDING

a recap of an exquisite wedding event

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an interview with BREANNE SCHAAP

Photography | LOGAN COLE PHOTOGRAPHY Concept & Creative Direction | DL/SH DESIGN Makeup & Hair | DEVON DUFF Wardrobe styling | SOPHIE MAE STYLE

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How long have you been in business? Since May 2008.

What was your inspiration for opening this business? We love anything and everything that has to do with tasteful color combinations and modern prints, since that was lacking in the backdrop world within the photography industry, we decided to marry the two and drop it MODERN came into existence.

What keeps your customers coming back? I would say it’s a combination of our cutting edge California style mixed with awesome customer service. We have a great team here at drop it MODERN who listens to what our customers are digging. We have the business set up to where we can test the waters with our Facebook community before we go into production, and we really value the feedback we get via social media. And we are constantly keeping up with the fashion and décor world to put out fresh, modern prints. We do like to be the trendsetters in this business. I think we have become the “go-to” for that in the backdrop world.

What can people expect to experience when they visit your site? Colors, prints and happy photos that will make you smile. We service a wide range of genres in the photography industry and we do our best to accommodate each one. But you will definitely get a colorful, fresh feel when surfing our site. We will always stay true to our modern California style.

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Who are your target customers? Photographers, young and old, and modern thinkers with swag home décor who dig our fabric for home use (Think dwell and ELLE décor magazine subscribers).

What sets you apart from other sites offering photo backdrops? Everything. It used to be an understated rule in the photography industry to keep the backdrop subtle and without patterns and prints, so as not to distract from the subject. Well, we completely broke that rule and are totally rockin the printed/colorful backdrop. I think that’s what really sets us apart. Also, we were able to reach to a younger demographic of photographers who never before shot with backdrops to start using backdrops because they were attracted 8

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Bridal Gown | MARIPOSA BOUTIQUE


What are your future plans for drop it Modern? Lots and lots more backdrops... and breaking into the home décor world is a dream of mine.

What are you most proud of? My team and how far we have come together. I started this business out of my garage and now the business operates out of our large California warehouse space, producing all our backdrops inhouse. And I can’t forget the lovable, efficient and hard-working team that keeps drop it MODERN running! For them, I am so grateful. Together they help me drive this business to expand and have awesome customer service.

There are so many cool backdrop patterns! Which ones are your favorites or the customers’ favorites? Customers favorite: Spangled. Hands down. And any of the classic damask patterns.My favorites: All of them, of course! But if I had to choose just one, I am totally digging all our ombre backdrops we just released as a part of the new “Metallic painted line”. we have some glitter in the very near future that I am totally excited about right now too.

Do you have any words of advice for couples looking for a photo backdrop for their wedding? What other creative ways can they use your backdrops? To couples looking for a backdrop for their wedding, pick your fave color and print that best suits you as a couple! I say always go with your first instinct on that one. And other ways our backdrops can be used include curtains, pillows, table cloths, table runners, the possibilities are endless! U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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melissa and nick Nick and Melissa met at a Bar in Dublin

M e l i s s a l e f t . A m o n t h l a t e r, N i c k c a m e

in 2002. Melissa was studying abroad

to California to visit, and the decision

at University College London at the

to date long distance was made, even

time, and Nick was working in BBC.

though they broke up after two and

Melissa

i m m e d i a t e l y,

half years. But five years passed, and

t h i n k i n g h e l o o k e d a l o t l i k e J u d e L a w.

neither Nick nor Melissa could shake

Nick thought Melissa was cute, but

the

probably too young and American, plus

discussed it at length with pretty much

her shoes were unimpressive. Still, he

anyone who would listen. Nick kept

g o t h e r p h o n e n u m b e r. B u t h e n e v e r

i t t o h i m s e l f . F i n a l l y, t h e y d e c i d e d t o

called! So Melissa hunted him down

g i v e i t a n o t h e r t r y. M e l i s s a g o t a v i s a ,

with the help of her new pal Allison, and

quit her job and moved to London. It

boldly asked him out. They dated until

was the best decision she's ever made.

spotted

Nick

memory

of

the

o t h e r.

Melissa

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the proposal Three years later, Nick took Melissa away to the New Forest to celebrate her 30th birthday, and surprised her with a proposal during a walk along the beach at sunset. Melissa's answer was, "Are you serious?" Closely followed by a teary "Of course!"

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the design They wanted a wedding that was elegant and natural. The low-key elegance of the Montage, Laguna Beach was what drew Nick & Melissa. A lot of their guests were traveling afar so the idyllic California view was perfect to celebrate their wedding day.

They used a lot of green in the florals, with pops of white, buttercup, and blush. The bridal party wore a spectrum of greys. And the bride wore a Monique Lhuillier gown that was ethereal and dreamy with vintage elements. Her bouquet was an "overgrown garden" that was loose and organic. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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floral details

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garden roses

white scabiosa

astilbe

blush and butter and

ranunculus

astrantia

rosemary

leaves from silver to

queen anne’s lace

sweet peas

sage

lush, deep green held

white star of

lysimachia

bay leaf

in a mix of silver flutes,

Bethlehem

green thistle

dusty miller

simple, etched glass

seasonal grasses

blue bush

ming fern

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stephanotis on the vine

sedum

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the ceremony The wedding ceremony site was minimally decorated with a chuppa built from driftwood as the focal point, and decorated with jasmine, vines, and flowers. Their wedding was multi-denominational. They chose close friends and family to provide their own blessings for their marriage based on keywords the Rabbi gave them such as love and longevity.

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The ceremony took place under an organic driftwood structure with generous accents of blooming stephanotis and jasmine, green leaves along with floral accents of larger garden roses in blush and butter yellow enhancing the natural crevices and twists of the driftwood. Simple, clean, offwhite linen top the structure.

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the reception Guests were welcomed with a French 75 cocktails and a string quartet that played everything from Stevie Wonder to Guns N' Roses. Even though their reception was indoors in a ballroom, they wanted to give it the outdoor Italian piazza feeling. They dressed the chandeliers with leaves and flowers and strung bistro lights between them. The result was magical - green with romantic lowlighting. Guests danced the night away. Two days later they escaped to Hawaii to celebrate their new lives as Mr. and Mrs.

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the credits

Coordination & Styling | BROOKE KEEGAN Photography | BRAEDON FLYNN Venue | THE MONTAGE Floral Designer | HOLLY FLORA Invitations | BELLA FIGURA (WITH URBANIC) Music | RED SHOES DJ Ceremony Music | SUBITO STRINGS Videographer | MODERN 8 FILMS Linen | LA TAVOLA LINENS Makeup | VIKTORIYA FLORES Hair Stylist | HALEY MALOUF Cake Designer | THE MONTAGE Chiavari Chairs | CHIAVARI CHAIR RENTALS Lighting | AUSTIN JOHNSTON

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green house

IMAGES BY SWOON OVER IT PHOTOGRAPHY

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very year Kristy Rice of Momental

Designs throws a party for her team. Her team consists of eleven lively, passionate, diverse and driven women. Each year she pampers them a bit and makes them feel as loved as they make their couples-to-be-wed feel each day. Everything is styled, curated and carefully considered to wow them - something she looks forward to every year. This year Kristy was inspired by white, ivory and moments of green. Comfy upholstered seating, cable knit pillows, quilted throws and evergreen textures made it cozy and relaxing. Lunch was set within the glistening glass window panes of a centuries-old greenhouse. From these images it looked quite magical!

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lavishly hand painted with botanical patterns using a mix of opaque inks and watercolor. There were also minicanvas paintings for each Momental Girl.

Scenes of winter on the front

and a personal handwritten note from Kristy mounted on the back. And of course all of the handwritten lettering used throughout were from Kristy herself. It was indeed beautiful!

One of our favorite details is seeing the transitional color palette of greens and whites used with subtle details of comfort woven throughout, from fur pillows to a cable knit runner. Hanging baskets full of evergreen branches created a curious centerpiece above the length of the table.

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To finish off the intimate celebration, the girls were treated to a white chocolate drink bar that complimented the dark chocolate dessert spread. It was truly a sweet ending to this momental occasion.

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c redits photography SWOON OVER IT PHOTOGRAPHY styling, stationery, design MOMENTAL DESIGNS venue THE GREENHOUSE AT HILLSIDE FARMS floral design SULLIVAN OWEN vintage rentals and styling MAGGPIE VINTAGE sweets THE COUTURE CAKERY catering GRICO’S linens LA TAVOLA LINEN

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BIG TALENT WITH BIG HEART w i t h FO U N D E R W E N DY B I R D

Pearls with Purpose teaches women in the Philippines and India to create beautiful handcrafted jewelry, sells them online and at events, and gives them a means to support their families. They support 3 initiatives: 1. Micro-enterprise training for disadvantaged individuals in developing countries 2. Educational scholarships 3. Bi-annual container shipments Through these initiatives, they have trained over 300 individuals, aided over 200 kids with their educational pursuits and shipped over 2600 boxes into 22 provinces in Philippines. They have had co-ops in Philippines, Thailand, India and Cambodia.

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How did Pearls with Purpose start ? In 2002, as I was searching for loose pearls for jewelry making, a hobby of mine at the time, I received a personal email from a 68-year old woman in the Philippines who stated, “If you import finished jewelry pieces from me, you will help women in my country.� This began my growing interest in the women who’s behind the pearls and I became aware of the lack of adequate food, clothing, and basic necessities among the Filipino families, and set out to help. My first trip to Philippines in 2006 confirmed that these conditions were much worse and that I needed to do more. The products they were making needed to be moved quickly and in an effective way so that they had a consistent earning potential. We developed Pearls with Purpose Partners as the vehicle to move all the products that are created. This is done via websales, exhibitor trade shows and distributors.

W hat wa s you r insp irati on? My inspiration stems from being a mom. I strongly feel that no mother should have to choose between education and food. Every mom only desires the best for her child, regardless if she is American, Filipina or Indian. Being the mother of 5 children myself inspires me to work hard to ensure that all moms and children alike have the same opportunities that are afforded to my own children on a daily basis. It is through the PWP Foundation that these goals are fulfilled for these individuals overseas.

Every

purchase

from

Pearls

WIth

Purpose literally changes a life on the other side of the world, and that is something that motivates me every day. PWP provides a great opportunity for people everywhere to Change Lives, Worldwide.

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W h at m a d e yo u d ec i d e to d o what you do? I saw a need. Once an individual sees a need, they then own that responsibility to “do”, so I just decided to “do”.

W h at m a d e yo u wa n t t o g i v e back? I think giving back has always been in my nature. I was raised by parents who were always seeking opportunities to serve others. And as I reflect on my own life and upbringing, I’ve always had my basics of life. As I got older, I became more aware that how I live in America is not necessarily how the rest of the world lives. My first exposure outside of middle class America was when I took a trip to Mexico 15 years ago to an area called Creel. I saw people living out of railway cars, young children hauling buckets of water, beggars in extreme circumstances, malnourished babies, and it was a truly humbling experience. I made a silent vow to myself that if the opportunity presented itself to me to truly make an impact on my fellowman, I would do everything in my power to fulfill it. And that was what happened in 2002. A woman sent an email with a ‘need’. She made me aware of living situations that were deplorable by American standards. She shared with me real stories of friends and people that she was interacting with on a daily basis that were raw and mind numbing. Women poisoning their children so they didn’t starve to death. Women giving their children away because they could not feed them. Children being placed in dumpsters. Men squandering all their earnings on drugs or alcohol, and then beating their wives. I knew there was a way to break this cycle of poverty. I knew I could make a difference. On some small scale, if I am at least willing to close my eyes, take a deep breath and plunge in, the actions I take will somehow have an impact for good on the life of others. 52 | I S S U E No. 025


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feeling

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selflessness

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joy

that

accompanies every "give-back" action. When one is involved with giving back, they experience life outside of their own needs. They empathize with humanity. They live in a state peace. They experience gratitude for the most basic things. When an individual gives back, they then in turn change their own life for the better.

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What is your advice to other vendors who are thinking about doing something similar?

a child (open book charm) to donating food

There are hundreds of ways to structure a

for India). It is as wide and varied as we are

non-profit, but not everyone has to do a non-

as individuals. This supports our women in

profit. There is nothing wrong with running

the Philippines. We have our new birthstone

a successful business that is simply socially

line which uses real gemstones from India

minded. The biggest impact that other

(amethyst, sapphire, ruby, turquoise and etc)

vendors could have would be to constantly

which accent genuine pearls. This supports

be seeking for ways to help others and be

young adult orphans in Cambodia seeking

a positive influence in the lives of those

for self sustainment and funding for college

around them. Once an individual recognizes

and vocational training. We also have our

the needs around them, and decides to take

Rakhi line, which is our "Friendship Bracelet".

action in assisting others in addressing those

It is a commitment to a significant individual

needs, real change takes place. J. Paul Getty

in your life whom you select to support

is famous for his leadership in the "give-

through 'thick and thin'. This supports our

back" world. He was a strong believer that

leprosy colony in India.

no matter how much he had financially, he would give ten percent to a worthy cause. And it doesn’t have to be about money. What if it's ten percent of our work force, or a work week, or of our products that we create? If a supplement company creates 100 bottles of vitamins in a day, and donates ten of those to

(can of soup charm) to planting a tree (tree charm) to visiting another country (elephant

Through the sales of these particular products we are generating funds to create new coops in those areas. We also have plans to open in other countries (South America) as there are thousands of individuals needing the skills we offer.

a remote village, imagine the health impact

Our future is HUGE! We need ambassadors

that would create in that village?

in every state in America to represent us and "cheerlead" us into our other ventures.

What a re you fu tu re p lans fo r your business and cause?

We need volunteers to promote our Pledge

We have just launched our Pledge Program,

minded individuals who understand the

which allows everyone in the world to be

dire circumstances exisitng in the world

a positive influence in the life of another.

today, and are willing to take a stand and do

We have hundreds of charms representing

something!

Program. Most importantly we need like-

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HO W T H E Y M E T Anna and Mark met through their love of bikes. After moving back from San Francisco, Anna needed help with fixing her bike and her friend gave her Mark’s information since he knew everything there was about bikes. So a few emails and text messages later, they decided to go out on a date for the first time. He was visiting family in LA at the time, but managed to fly back the next day to meet her to go to a Shark’s game with her, and they’ve been together ever since. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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THE PROPO SA L Mark was not one to wait when he found “ the one�. Five months into their relationship, they were lying in bed one morning and he turned to Anna and said he wanted to marry her, and she said yes. To make the proposal more official, he surprised her with a more formal proposal with his family, her family and their closest friends at their house. When she opened the front door, they were there to witness him going down on one knee and watch her ball like a baby. She was in her gym clothes, sweaty and smelly, totally caught off guard.

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The bridesmaids chose their own dresses in colors that complement.

Betty Mueller shoes custom made bridesmaid clutches from Ets y

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Casablanca dress from New Things West


DID YOU KNOW? Anna’s sister-in-law made her hairpiece.

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THE VE N UE The two started a bike shop together and it was only appropriate for them to get married at a Velodrome, which is a track that promotes track cycling.

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THE C ER EM ON Y D E TAI L S Taking their rustic and vintage idea, their wedding planner, Catherine Cindy Leo, made an entry way to the wedding out of recycled wooden planks with shelves to display Anna’s vintage cameras and books and curtains for the bridal party to walk through. For their ceremony backdrop, Catherine hung ribbons and lace about 10 feet high that blew in the wind and looked great in pictures.

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T H E R ECE P TI ON

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Scrabble wooden tiles from 15tangerines on Etsy served as table numbers

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PA R TY TI M E One of the groomsmen’s DJ group played 90s music and kept the dance floor packed all night.

MEMORABLE MOMENT For the garter toss, one of Anna’s good friends took her place while Mark was blindfolded and everyone had a great laugh watching him feel up his hairy legs.

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TH E CRE DI TS Photography | ROCK THE IMAGE Coordination & Styling | CATHERINE CINDY LEO Floral design | BLOOMSTERS Cake design | GERHARD MICHLER DJ | SPINTRONIX Videography | MARMALADE SKY FILMS Invitation design | NICE OWL DESIGN STUDIO Venue | HELLYER PARK VELODROME

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Thu and I actually met on eHarmony. We both signed up on the same day and were part of each other's very first set of matches! After she refused to even acknowledge a “poke� (What can I say, I was an eHarmony rookie at this point) I had to get bold and reach out to her, which I must say is so much easier to do in cyberspace than in real life! After we communicated for awhile I knew I was interested in meeting and by some miracle she agreed. The first place I laid eyes on Thu was in a parking lot of all places, and I honestly thought she was more beautiful than photos even lead me to believe. And that smile told me just about everything I needed to know!

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We met through eHar mony! His vibrant g reen eyes was ver y memorable.


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It was fun, unexpected, and unconventional. We met at a d riving range (I have NEVER golfed!), conversed for a ver y long time, had din ner and then ended u p at a diner (for more food!) to continue to get to know one another better. Well, a bit daring on my part. By now I knew Thu was no outdoorsy sporting enthusiast, but I also felt she wasn’t going to be so easily impressed by dinner and a movie so again I got a little bold and took her to a high tech interactive driving range called Top Golf where we had our own little table for food and drink right next to our tee box. Thu got to talk a lot, and I got to check out her swing! In the end things must have gone pretty well because we wound up at a Denny’s later for a second dinner. I was very proud of myself. Fun fact... to this day we have not been to a movie in a theater together nor do I think we ever will.

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He d rove me to my car at the end of the date and as he walked me to it, he then asked for per mission to steal a kiss!

FIRST KIS

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We were getting serious and talking about weight y issues together. I said to him, “Wow...we are talking about big ideas for the future and we haven’t even said I love you!” That’s when he turned to me and told me he loved me & I said the same and of course I c ried!!

F IR S T I L O V E

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Immediately reciprocated, thankfully! If you’ve ever wanted to tell someone you loved them not long after meeting then you know how hard it can be to decide on the right time and moment. That was me.

THE ONE Not necessarily quirks but qualities; his unconditional love, patience, and acce ptance of me. Our faith, our belief in mar riage is paramount, and our com mit ment to our relationshi p through thick or thin. Our similar dis position helps us ag ree on a lot of subjects within our relationshi p.

While we do enjoy many things together, we are still the classic example of the term opposites attract...indoors vs. outdoors, patient vs. temperamental, proactive vs. procrastinator, dirty vs. clean (although I’ll argue that I do clean up well) so as you may guess, there are many quirks that we encounter in each other on a daily basis. I love all of them, even the tough ones. Whether you ask me during a joyful moment or at the height of an argument I will tell you the same answer... Thu Doan and I were put on this earth to find each other, balance one another perfectly and navigate our way through life together while hopefully leaving the world behind us a better place

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We were out to din ner, both of us not having the g reatest of all days. After din ner, we headed to a book store to relax & unwind. As we were settling into our comfy chairs to get lost in our periodicals & books, I noticed that he had gotten down on one knee in front of me. He then fli ps open a small box & p roposes to me!!!! He asked me if I would do him the honor and be his wife! I burst into tears with a muffled YES! I could n’t conceive it! I could n’t believe there was a beautiful, s parkly diamond ring on my finger from a man I absolutely love & ecstatic to know that I was going to s pend the rest of my life with him

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I had the perfect plan to propose on the night of an art exhibit held to honor the memory of Thu’s dear friend Curt Frankenstein who had passed away the previous year. For me his surrealist approach at art was the perfect parallel to the equally surreal experience of getting to know and love Thu. Unfortunately there was one problem, the ring wasn’t ready! In fact it only missed the event by a mere hour or so which threw me into a tizzy. I don’t do tizzy’s. I’m the calm, rational one! And yet after I got the ring it was like a hot potato in my pocket. At every turn I was looking for the right moment, utterly flailing in a ball of stress I’d say. In the end all it took was for me to calm down. We were sitting in those impossible to find comfy chairs, tucked away fittingly in the art section of a book store when I finally decided to give it to her. I tried to be a bit clever. It didn’t work, but it didn’t matter.

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DEAR RICH,

Meeting you was a positive, pivotal point in my life. I am so unbelievably lucky to have c rossed path s with you; you exceed my expectations as a part ner, as a friend, and as an ext raordinar y companion. Being with you makes life feel secure, comfortable, and pur poseful. I t r uly understand what a solid, loving relationshi p is because to absolutely love someone else, y ou must be selfless, forg iving, kind, and love them at their worst because in turn, the best bit of us makes life and our relationshi p untouchable.

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DEAR THU,

Honey, you are worth all of the grief my buddies are going to give me when they read this. I love you and am blessed to be sharing the rest of my life with such a wonderful person. Thanks for not dumping me after that first date.

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e’re constantly inspired by trends that are happening in Fashion. Last February, New York Fashion Week happened and we were intrigued by some of the biggest trends that will be hitting the streets of LA and NY soon this Spring / Fall. Leather was a common theme on the runway. Alexander Wang, J. Mendel, Michael Kors and more. And it was all about swingy retro shift dresses and boxy jackets like tweed and houndstooth. Inspired from this, we put together a wedding style that incorporates leather and tweed. And to balance these masculine elements, we took another cue from an upcoming fashion trend – sheer – to soften the look. The style turns out to be a nostalgic, fun, and romantic wedding, that’s easily created and uniquely memorable.

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We met the old-fashioned way‌ at a bar, a Rock 'N Roll bar called The Cha Cha Lounge in Seattle. My clever pickup line was famously "Has anyone ever told you that you look like a member of The Beatles?"

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We met at Cha Cha Lounge in Seattle, Washington. The most memorable thing about Lorin was her smile that brightened the room and outgoing personality.

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Dinner. There was this group of people sitting at the table next to us that were positive that we had been together for a long time and when we told them it was our first date they thought we were joking and didn't believe us.

Our first date we went out to dinner. We had an instant feeling that we have known each other for a long time and it was ver y comfortable. A couple that was near us asked how long we had been together and that they couldn't believe it was our first date which was pretty funny to us.

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FIRS

Our first kiss was at the end of the night we first met.

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He planned to take me to Pacific Galleries to propose and let me pick out a ring but when he tried to take me there because he wanted "to buy me a present." I insisted that we go get new leashes for the dogs at PetSmart (We have his and hers toy poodles, a boy and a girl). I was thinking the whole time "Present? Better be a ring! Or I'm not wasting my time to drive all the way across town." So of course we went to PetSmart and Rich said to the dogs on the way there in the car, "Your mom must really love you guys a lot since she would rather go get you new leashes than let me get her a present." So the next day he couldn't wait any longer and proposed at our house and completely surprised me.

The plan was to get Lorin to go to a local antique mall and propose to her while having her pick out a ring. I tried on multiple occasions but one thing after the other came up. Finally, I decided I would just go for it at home and I proposed to her and after we drove straight to pick out the perfect ring at the antique store.

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TO R IC H May the force be with you.

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TO LOR IN I love you Ebony! (our poodle)

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JEY UN & G R E Y Brooklyn, New York

F i l m b r o u g h t t h i s t w o t o g e t h e r. J e y u n , a f i l m p r o d u c t i o n e x e c u t i v e a n d G r e y, a film marketing executive, met at her first job back in November 2007. A f t e r b o t h o f t h e m l e f t t h e c o m p a n y, they started dating in May of 2009 and their own love stor y began.

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B a dg l e y M i s chka shoes

A variety of graphite and charcoal bridesmaid dresses, Bella Bridesmaid and Nordstrom

Bridal Bouquet includes peonies, dahlias, juliet roses, ranunculus to create a soft, romantic, and lush bouquet.

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HONEYMOONS: NEW BEGINNINGS

Honeymoons are such an exciting time for couples! It is usually the first time they spend together as husband and wife, and it marks the beginning of their life together. That being said, the honeymoon is oftentimes a really tough part of the wedding planning process! With so many incredible places around the world, and so much information online, how can you ever decide where to go? I answered some questions that I am frequently asked that I hope will help when planning your honeymoon!

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Katie

.......................................................................................................................................................................................................... KATIE FREDERICK, a Northern California native, developed her love affair with travel during her study abroad in London. In 2009, Katie began Ever After Honeymoons, a travel planning service where she personally plans honeymoons for couples based on their individual interests and desires. To say she loves her job is an understatement; Katie is passionate about her work and does her best to create the perfect honeymoon customized to each individual couple. Between planning honeymoons, Katie continues to travel the world and seek out new destinations as oft en as she can. 158 | I S S U E No. 025


Q: W  HAT SHOULD WE KEEP IN MIND BEFORE DECIDING WHERE TO GO ON OUR HONEYMOON?  he first thing to consider is the weather. You certainly don’t want rain every day on A: T your honeymoon! Then talk about what your ideal day on your honeymoon would be like. Then pick a destination around that.

Q: I’M EXCITED FOR OUR HONEYMOON AND HAVE SO MANY DIFFERENT PLACES WE WANT TO CHECK OUT. CAN WE DO IT ALL OR SHOULD WE TRY TO NARROW IT DOWN? A: I always encourage couples to visit fewer destinations, and really enjoy each place they visit. Typically the time leading up to your wedding is very busy and scheduled. So your honeymoon is the perfect time to relax and unwind.

Q: W  HAT IF MY FIANCE WANTS TO DO THINGS THAT I DON’T AND HE’S NOT INTO WHAT I WANT TO DO? WHAT CAN WE DO?  lot of couples have this issue, and will send me a list of each of their separate A: A requests. Instead of focusing on your differences, think about your favorite things to do together. What would be your ideal weekend together? Do you love going on bike rides, or checking out new restaurants together, or going to museums? Build your honeymoon around what you like doing together, and comprise on a destination that you are both excited about.

Q: W  HAT DO MOST COUPLES FORGET TO PACK FOR THEIR HONEYMOON THAT I SHOULD REMEMBER TO BRING? A: S ome couples will visit relaxing beach destinations, and will just pack beach clothes. Once they get there they might decide to do some adventure activities that they didn’t pack for. So look into the activities available in the destination you are going to ahead of time, and pack for anything you might decide to do.

Q: I WANT MY HONEYMOON TO GO ABSOLUTELY PERFECTLY! IS THAT POS SIBLE? A: S orry to say, but no! Little things always go wrong – flight delays, getting lost walking around town, sun burns. Laugh it off and just enjoy this time with your new husband or wife!

Q: WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT FOR OUR HONEYMOON? A: This is really different for each couple! Talk about what is most important to you. Is it visiting a far away spot and having really unique new experiences together? Or is it having a big suite on a beautiful beach and being completely pampered? Or is exploring a big city and dining at the best restaurants in town? Talk about your priorities and budget accordingly.

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Tips For Luminous Wedding Photographs

LIGHT is an essential element to beautiful wedding photographs. if you have your heart set on a sunset ceremony you should seriously consider taking photographs with your family & husband before you exchange vows.

TRUST. Your wedding photographer will undoubtably be with you more than anyone else on your wedding day. It is so important that you feel comfortable & trust the person making your wedding images. The more at ease you are, the more natural and flattering your photos will be.

POSING. The secret art to posing is to simply be yourself. if you feel shy look down and take a deep breath. If you need a suggestion, simply ask your photographer. Any "pose" is just a starting point, leading (hopefully) to a real unrehearsed moment.

TIME. Even the most seasoned photographers cannot do their best work without adequate time to capture all the elements of your wedding day. Be sure to communicate with your photographer when figuring out the timing of your day.

LOVE is beautiful. So, show your love. Laugh. Kiss. Enjoy every moment of your celebration. There is nothing more beautiful in life & in photographs than the presence of true love. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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TAKE IT EASY… approach dress shopping with a sense of fun and adventure. If you walk into every salon with the intense pressure of finding “the one” it can become overwhelming. It may take some time, but you WILL find the gown. You found the groom, that’s the hard part!

BACKSTORY… it’s hard to take our eyes off a beautiful bride, and your guests will be watching you from ceremony to dancing. The dress should look beautiful from every angle, and I love a sensuous back detail.

STAY TRUE… and go with what you love. Choose details that resonate with you, and it won’t really matter what is “in”. Trends come and go, but if you truly love your dress, or a particular style or theme, then you will always look back on the day and your photos with that same joy.

INCORPORATE… some homemade touches, whether you do them yourself, or enlist the help of crafty or talented family and guests. Things made with love add another dimension that you will miss if the wedding is over-produced.

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THERE ARE NO RULES. Today's bride is unique and the invitations should reflect the couple and their personal style.

THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. For a recent couple who adored their dog, we hid tiny silhouettes of their dog on every element we designed. Another bride had her grandmother's lace veil, and we scanned the lace using it as a design element throughout the invitation suite.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO MIX‌ print methods. Gold foil details on a letterpress invitation can be quite stunning. Or if your budget doesn't allow for letterpressing the entire suite, flat print the rsvp sets to save on cost. We always tell brides to go all out on the invitation card itself if nothing else. It really makes an impact.

DON'T FORGET THE DETAILS. A belly band made of kraft paper or twine wrapped around the invitation suite, finished off with a tiny monogram tag can really tie everything together. A single swarovski crystal detail on a tiny envelope that holds your website information or even a custom stamp incorporating some of your design or monogram. Your guests will appreciate those fun details.

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Design & Styling Tips From CREATE A NARRATIVE. Who is the

critical of your own work. Make sure

girl? What would her favorite foods be?

you are obsessed with the details as

What are her favorite flowers? How does

the photoshoot is happening. Are any

she spend her time, etc? Envision every-

pieces of hair falling out of place, do

thing about this girl before you begin your

the flowers look odd at that particular

process. Pull images, create a color pal-

angle, does the dress hem need to be

ette, find fabric swatches, research. Let

straightened, do you need to remove a

your dreams and imagination run wild in

piece of jewelry that isn't working, etc.

the beginning, you can always reign it in

Make sure you are thoughtful and

later!

respectful when you tweak so that you're not disrupting the dynamic

HAVE A BACKUP PLAN... and bring a

between the model and photographer,

lot of options. "The more the merrier" is a

but definitely speak up if something

golden rule of styling. Maybe the direction

catches your eye!

is going to evolve on set, or something isn't going to work or translate the way

ALWAYS REFINE YOUR TRADE.

you had pictured. Be flexible and ready

Be curious! I'm always searching for

to go a new direction.

ways to improve and I learn something new from every experience. Be grateful

WORK WITH PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE... and who make your own work

for your experiences, both good and bad, becauseit teaches you growth.

better. I have a team that I try and work together for every shoot because together

ONE LAST TIP FOR THE BRIDE.

we produce the best quality of work. Find

Consider letting your floral designer or

that perfect formula of talent, kindness,

wedding stylist choose your vendors.

and synergy. Build meaningful relation-

I know it sounds scary but they probably

ships and take care of the people you

have a team they work best with, which

work with.

in turn will give you the absolute top results for your big day.

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Tips From A Floral Designer & Stylist

TRY TO FORAGE… whenever possible. Try to see what you can use from your mother's garden if she's an amazing gardener. Or incorporate fruit and vegetables to add another layer of texture and dimension to your arrangements and bouquets.

ASYMMETRY… is so beautiful. Create movement with ivy or branches to make a more wild cascading arrangement and bouquet. Jasmine also adds a nice loose element as a finishing touch. Poppies and Ranunculus have a nice bend in their stems which also lends a wildness to the mix.

CREATE INTEREST… by having your florist build a base of a few large, showy blooms like peonies or garden roses and then add variety and texture with berries, veronica, or queen anne's lace. Consider the sizes of your blooms.

SCOUR FLEA MARKETS… and yard sales for vintage bottles, depression era glass, or old tea tins. Find beauty in unexpected objects! Almost anything can be turned into a vessel for an arrangement!

EXPLORE THE VARIOUS SHADES… within a single hue when working with a color palette, Adding different values will keep the eye travelling and will make a more interesting effect overall. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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ONE HOPE WEDDINGS Giving back never looked so delicious and tasted so amazing. ....

P H O T O S by L E I L A B R E W S T E R

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personal mission to help a friend with her fight against cancer and evolved into a thriving business that always remains focused on a very basic, but compelling principle: giving back is good business. Eight founders came together in 2007 and created, ONEHOPE Wine, with the goal of selling a quality wine that would enable them to donate to worthy causes all year round.

In just five years, ONEHOPE Wine has expanded into a variety of markets across the country and continues its positive growth. It is now available nationwide in hundreds of hotels, restaurants, bars and retail stores including Whole Foods, Destination Hotels and Resorts, Fleming’s, and many more. ONEHOPE teams up with ONEHOPE Weddings is the perfect way to

Contemporary Catering to

integrate charity into your big day. 50% of

help brides envision a way to

profits from each varietal of ONEHOPE Wine

incorporate their wine into

is given back to partner non profits through

their wedding experience

our foundation. Whether ONEHOPE Wine is being served at your wedding or being given away as favors to your guests, there is truly no better way to celebrate than by supporting a greater cause. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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Here’s a list of their varietals and the causes they support: Chardonnay, BREAST CANCER Sauvignon Blanc, ENVIRONMENT Cabernet Sauvignon, AUTISM Merlot, AIDS Zinfandel, TROOPS Pinot Noir, ANIMALS Sparkling, CHILDREN’S HUNGER

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"We wanted this pairing to focus on the classic Latin influence pairing of chili and orange. We incorporated Ancho Chili and Orange flavors into our pulled pork to compliment the blood orange sweetness in the cocktail." - CHEF NATHANIEL

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"The traditional use of citrus in sangria inspired us bring orange flavors to the table on top of the créme brûlée. We didn't want it to be too tart when paired with the sangria, so we created the house candied zest." - CHEF NATHANIEL U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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Grilled Skirt Steak Green Chimichurri

"The Mojito originated in Cuba, and is wildly popular in South America... so why wouldn't we take a classic Argentinean approach in terms of taste palate? It's a match made in heaven." - CHEF NATHANIEL

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A So o l i p We d d i n g b e g an as a hi g h- e n d p ap e r b o u t i q u e i n We s t Ho l l y w o o d , CA i n 1 9 9 9 . O w n e r a n d fo u n de r Wan d a We n i s p as s i o n ate ab o u t c re ati n g e ve n t s t h a t i n c l u d e han d - p i c ke d re s o u rc e s f o r the m o d e rn c o u p l e w ho i s l o o ki n g to c re ate the u l ti m ate ro m an t i c we ddi n g d ay b o th f o r the m s e l ve s an d the i r g u e s ts . Wa n da i s al s o ve r y c o n s c i o u s ab o u t re s p e c ti n g the e n v i ro n me n t an d c re ati n g e ve n ts that are tr u e to thi s a e s t h e t i c by c ho o s i n g e c o - f r i e n d l y ve n d o r s w he n e ve r p o s s i b l e .

Warner Bros. Special Events

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Charm City Cakes West

Rrivre Works

VeeV Aรงai Spirit

Soolip Paperie & Press

Copper Willow Paper Studio

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Beverly Hills Luxury Motors

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Good Gracious! Events

David Pressman of David Pressman Events

W h e n we arri ve d a t the Bel Air Ba y Club, we were t rans por t e d into the Soolip Wor ld o f re f i n e d e le gance a nd br id a l loveliness! Eve r y ve n dor cre at e d s pa ces tha t were both uni q u e a n d c hic, wit h e x t ra ord ina r y a ttention to d e tai l . Am o n g t h i s lis t of per sona lly-selected pa r tn e r s were t he t op we dd ing pla nner s in the ind u s tr y. Pau l i ne Pe rr y of Good Grac iou s! Events a nd Davi d Pres s m an of David Pressma n Events (j ust to n am e a f e w ) , we re t h e re to sha re their insid er sec re ts o n c reat ing t h e wed d ing d a y of your d rea m s . Élan Artists

Jennifer Naylor Catering & Events

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On e hi ghl i ght o f the a ft e rn o o n w as the St. Pu c c hi r u n w a y s h ow. O w n e r an d De s i gn e r, R a n i To t ma n , p re s e n te d an u n f o r g e ttab l e l i n e - u p o f c o u tu re d re s s e s f ro m he r l a t e s t Sp ri n g 2 0 1 3 c o l l e c ti o n . She had u s s w o o n i n g ove r he r l ac e e m b e l l i s hed g ow n s i n al l l e n gths an d te xti l e s . So me o f o u r f avo r i te l o o ks i n c l u d e d t h e s h o r t e r s ty l e s that To tm an s ay s a re ma k i n g a hu g e c o m e - b ac k. “Al mo s t e ve r yo n e ge ts a s e c o n d d re s s . T h e y w a n t t o d an c e an d m ove !”, s he s a i d.


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Bel Air Bay Club

Bl a ck , St arr and Frost were the officia l je we l e r s at the e ve n t, s howc as i n g s o m e o f the w o rl d’s mo s t s tu nning di am o nd s in ever y cut a nd ka r a t i m ag i n ab l e ! Ne e d l e s s to s ay, we s p e n t a l o t o f t i me t a l k i n g t o t h e le ad re p re s enta tive for Bla ck, Sta r r a n d Fro s t, w ho s ai d that Pr i n c e s s Kate’s roy al e n g a g e me n t ri n g c reat e d a “whole ne w buzz” a round colo re d s to n e s . We f o u n d o u r s e l ve s tr an s f i xe d by al l t h a t g l i t t e rs ! We s p e nt t h e rest of the a fter noon ta ki n g i n al l o f the s i ghts , s m e l l s an d tas te s that A So o l i p h a d t o of f e r, m ingli ng w ith the top wed d ing gu r u s an d f u tu re M r. an d M r s .’s . We c o u l d n’t ha ve b e e n mo re i mpre s s e d and i nspired by the selection o f b e au ti f u l d e s i g n e l e m e n ts an d i d e as to s hare w i t h a l l o f yo u !

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SPONSORS St. Pucchi | Black, Starr & Frost | Soolip Paperie & Press | Bel Air Bay Club | Classic Party Rentals | David Pressman Events Élan Artist

| Film Foto Fusion | Good Gracious! Events | Next Exit Photography | Scott Clark Photo | Rrivre Works | Mille

Fiori Floral Design | Warner Bros. Special Events | Utterly Engaged | Town & Country Magazine | The Knot | Veev Açai Spirit

EXHIBITORS At-Choo | The Registry at Bloomingdale’s | Williams-Sonoma | Jennifer Naylor Catering & Events | Vosges Haut-Chocolat Charm City Cakes West | The Butter End Cakery | Wisteria Lane | Privé Salon | Betsy DiFrancesca Hair & Makeup TravelStore | Beverly Hills Hotel | Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel | Hotel Bel-Air | Mr. C Beverly Hills | Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Terranea Resort | Stage Labs | Designer Specialty Linens | Beverly Hills Luxury Motors | Beverly Hills Drink Company Magnolia Photo Booth Co. | Smile Lounge Photo Booth | Chris Holt Photography | Leah Lee | Syds Designs Photography Wayne & Angela | Premiere Party Rents | Copper Willow Paper Studio | Paper Mélange | Quality Parking Services, Inc. Skirball Cultural Center | The London West Hollywood | Stephanie Grace Design

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www .cocotranphotography.com cocotranphoto@gmail.com

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERTISE? My expertise is in fine art wedding and portrait photography. I'm good at seeing and capturing natural light, directing my clients to organic poses, and communicating with the couple to document a milestone in their lives. I also shoot analog film so it's nice to slow down and really think about the composition and what the image is portraying of every image I take instead of aimlessly clicking the shutter.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IT? Since November of 2012, so almost half a year!

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT. I could be at home answering e-mails or halfway across the world getting ready to capture an engaged couple in the vineyards in Italy. I love that everyday is an adventure and a chance to be inspired by all the beauty of my surroundings and by all the wonderful couples and people I am lucky enough to meet.

WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? My work is inspired by the beauty and art of simplicity. My images are natural, simple, bright with romantic organic emotions. I am also inspired to create beautiful photographs by my innate desire to inspire others so they can have the inspiration to do the same.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? I find that my biggest accomplishments are the times that a client is swooning, eyes all wide open, and with a big smile on their face saying how much they love the moments, the lighting, and the emotions I have captured of their wedding. It feels amazing to be able to contribute to someone's most important milestone in their life. I also find it that I feel accomplished as an artist when a peer in my profession in photography or the art industry sends me a nice compliment of my work. I feel the love and recognition that inspire me to keep going full force. 218

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WHAT IS YOUR WORST FEAR? I've grown up as a tomboy during my childhood in Czech Republic. Roaming the woods, climbing trees, and picking out worms in the dirt for fishing. So, I don't think I have a physical fear of anything. I think the emotional fears are the ones that terrify me the most, for example losing someone I love, but I aim to live my life with no fears and no regrets!

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD? Travel. Absorb all the beauty, art, culture and knowledge the world has to offer, and write about it and capture all of it on film. I would also start a nonprofit organization that incorporates and funds art programs in elementary and middle schools. Things such as painting, ceramics, drawing. I grew up with a lot of art influences because my stepparents/ caretakers were custodians at an art school. So I had the opportunity to study and take a lot of art classes that I believe have influenced me in my photography. I think if there was more art integrated and offered at school kids would grow up with a lot of creativity and with an appreciation for the arts, who knows, maybe one day become the greatest painter or photographer of our time! U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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I BELIEVE ... In offering my clients a fine art approach to the services I offer. From my choice of film to capture their special day, to the handcrafted linen artisan albums I offer. Everything I do and offer to my clients is the best in my opinion. I love what I do, and I want my clients to feel the same way about my work. I also believe in excellent customer service. I treat all my clients as if they were my very first client i've ever had. I feel passionate, enthusiastic, and excited about being able to document their love, and I want to give my clients 110% of my vision and creativity.

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Boutique THEO ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Worldwide boutiquetheo.com concierge@boutiqueTHEO.com

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERTISE? THEO is an online boutique that makes

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT.

event planning easy and beautiful using real

Inspired and much, much fun!

weddings to “Shop the Look.” THEO offers décor and accessories as created and styled

WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION?

by renown planner, Lisa Vorce, and presented

There are so many great talents out there! We

via the acclaimed photography of Jennifer

adore a unique perspective and a good eye.

and Aaron Delesie. THEO’s products cross a broad range of décor

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?

styles to help achieve exquisite and effortless

Launching THEO internationally in March 2013.

event planning. Products at THEO can also be purchased and easily used by the individual

WHAT IS YOUR WORST FEAR?

shopper.

Golly, what if there weren't any weddings or events. It would be awful if people didn't

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IT? Since 2012

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THEO is the brainchild of childhood friends, Jennifer Delesie and Charlotte Hale. Each prominent in the wedding industry, Jennifer via her esteemed photography business and Charlotte via Plum Pretty Sugar. Together they have developed a shopping site to make event planning inspiring exciting, and easy to “Shop The Look.� Jennifer and Charlotte have combined their imagination and skill with the established and accomplished eye of world-renown Event Designer and Producer, Lisa Vorce. For planners and individuals alike, THEO brings to life event planning and makes it not just stunning, but a shop-able, curated journey told in exquisite real life photography. Since 2012, THEO has quietly existed amongst those in the know. Now, this March 2013, Jennifer and Charlotte bring THEO to the national and international level. They seek to inspire the creation of beauty the world over.

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TIN G E F LORAL ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Ashley Beyer

| Salt Lake City, UT

www. tingefloral.com ashley@tingefloral.com

WHAT IS YOUR EXPERTISE? Arranging flowers, I feel most in my element when I'm surrounded by flowers. Flowers really are the focal point for the dĂŠcor at weddings and I feel lucky to be able to provide that element and create something unique for each couple.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IT? I've been in business for about 6 months, but I've been around flowers for many years either working at flower shops or helping other florists in the area.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT. I'm currently working from home which can be difficult at times because my space is so limited. I'm looking forward to warmer weather so I can set up shop in the garage and really make a mess of things (the kitchen is literally a disaster after 5 minutes of me getting a flower shipment, thank goodness for a patient husband!).

WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? My work is inspired by nature mostly. Ever since becoming a florist, it's amazing how much more I am attentive to the flowers and plants in my environment. I'm also inspired by anything in the creative industry. I truly believe all creative industries go hand in hand and we all inspire each other.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? My biggest accomplishment is starting Tinge. Too many people think a long time about starting a business and never do it. If there is any advice I could give those thinking about taking the business plunge, I say go for it! Even if it doesn't take off you never have to ask yourself what if. Doing what you love is the best thing you can do for yourself, it definitely has been for me.

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WHAT IS YOUR WORST FEAR? I have too many fears to count. My husband does tell me to not let fear dictate my life, which is a motto for people like me to live by!

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD? Buy a house in the mountains and a studio in the city with the most perfect floor to ceiling windows! We're lucky in Salt Lake City to be so close to the mountains. I'd also travel all over with my husband Curtis, there is so much to be seen in this world.

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WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY? I believe now more than ever that you should do what makes you feel alive and always remember what's most important in life.

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Utterly Engaged :: Issue No. 25 :: Humble Beginnings  

Springtime is a time for new beginnings, a time to celebrate growth and new life. A wedding is the perfect beginning to a new chapter in a c...

Utterly Engaged :: Issue No. 25 :: Humble Beginnings  

Springtime is a time for new beginnings, a time to celebrate growth and new life. A wedding is the perfect beginning to a new chapter in a c...

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