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ISRAEL & ANNA: A SWEDISH WEDDING ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Israel and Anna met while Anna was a Swedish exchange student at Israel’s high school in Oregon. After her exchange year ended, the two kept in touch through postcards and letters and their love story began. When their wedding day came, they

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couldn’t think of a better place to get married than Sweden. It was only natural to incorporate Swedish traditions throughout the celebration.

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In honor of a graduate voted “highest maintenance”, Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations took inspiration from the vintage day Dandy, men known for their style and taste, and then brought him into today’s generation with modern and hip, edgy touches. This masculine dinner soirée is the perfect inspiration for any groom-centered event.

PAPER PLAY WITH ENVELOPMENTS ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Inspiration for your wedding can come from your dress, flowers, a song or a place. It could also come from patterns on paper. Envelopments offers endless options when it comes to inspiration for your

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invitation / stationery designer ruby and willow

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ask the experts ask katie, honeymoon travel expert firefly events, bachelor / bachelorette party expert

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A S K K AT I E

g honeymoon that I planned  I am so excited to share the amazin ey recently spent 2 weeks for Daniel and Angelica to Bali! Th s in different areas of the  in Bali, and stayed at 4 different hotel memorable experiences.  island.  They had some truly unique,  ing, being active, and  It was a perfect balance between relax experiencing the Balinese culture. this couple is that Daniel  One thing I loved about working with  gelica. He surprised her with  planned a number of surprises for An  beach, scuba diving lessons  two different private dinners on the e-top luxury resort for the  off Menjangan Island, and an over-th ese surprises throughout  last 3 nights of their honeymoon. Th l, and Angelica certainly their honeymoon were so thoughtfu appreciated them. ir incredible honeymoon!

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Daniel and Angelica live in Oakland, California and love to travel, but they don't get to go other places as often as they would like. They’re both civil rights lawyers and actually met working on a case together. Daniel is a rabid Oakland Raiders fan and Angelica is a karaoke aficionado. Although their interests often diverge, they both really enjoy relaxing, feasting, and exploring new places together. They got married on September 4 in the Bay Area. What did you want for your honeymoon? After planning the world’s best wedding, we knew we’d need some downtime to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Because Angelica likes variety and Daniel likes to take things easy, we knew we needed a place that offered a mix of activities and a lot of relaxation. We also wanted to be able to live it up a bit in luxury, but not break the bank. So good value was very important to us.

“ ” What made you want to go to Bali? We had a couple of friends who had been to Bali and had a great time. It met our needs in terms of offering a range of things to do – from scuba diving to cooking classes to getting pampered – and being relatively affordable. Bali is also far enough away that we knew we wouldn’t be able to head there for a weekend getaway.

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So how was it? Awesome, romantic, everything we were looking for. What was your favorite part about your honeymoon? Daniel: In addition to spending so much time with my new wife, I really enjoyed our bike ride with Banyan Tours in the countryside of Ubud and a hike that we took in that area through the Ayang River. These were things we decided to do last minute and felt very off the beaten path. Angelica: The food, the massages, and the scuba diving. The food everywhere was so delicious – very flavorful. We had an amazing private dinner on the beach at the Amankila and even took a cooking class in Ubud to be able to learn how to make some of the dishes ourselves. I loved all the massages we got everywhere that we stayed – the Balinese really know how to pamper people, and are so excited to meet newlyweds. Daniel also surprised me with introductory scuba diving in Northwest Bali off of Menjangan Island – the experience was amazing.

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What did you think of each place you stayed? In Kerobokon (southern Bali, near Seminyak), Daniel booked us a stay at the Dewani Villas – a small family-run inn in the middle of rice paddies. The rooms were very traditional and comfortable – we stayed in an upstairs suite with an outdoor shower and amazing thatched roof. It has a lovely pool and a delicious breakfast. The first night we were unexpectedly upgraded to a private villa with Novus Bali Villas in Kerobokon. The suite was beautiful and great for relaxing after a 20-hour flight. We had breakfast right by our own private pool.

In Pemuteran (northwest Bali) we stayed at the Matahari Resort, which is a five-star resort. It was a little bit over the top in terms of the decor, but the amenities were beautiful, especially the spa. We got massages both at the spa and by the ocean that were just heavenly. Our suite had both an indoor and outdoor shower – and the shower head was shaped like a stone dragon. We also really enjoyed the buffet at the beachside restaurant on our last night there. The service was terrific.

In Ubud, we stayed in a private villa at the Komaneka Tanggayuda for five nights. This was by far our favorite place. The service was great – everyone learns your name – and we just loved the architecture of the villa (which was all windowed walls) overlooking a small infinity pool with a view of the rice terraces. Every morning we had breakfast in our private bale (small hut) by our pool. We also really enjoyed the free tea and Balinese snacks every afternoon. The spa services here were great as well – loved the soaking tub carved from volcanic rock. Finally, in the town of Manggis (east Bali), we stayed at the Amankila Resort for three nights. This place was our biggest splurge. The resort is situated on a bluff overlooking the ocean. It was tastefully luxurious in every way. While we were there, we just relaxed in a cabana by the pool for three days straight. We had a romantic dinner on their private beach – it was a truly memorable feast. We would highly recommend it to other couples. We did have one sleepless night when we were tortured by a very noisy gecko, but the hotel took care of the problem when we complained. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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What did you think of each area you stayed in? We stayed in South Bali first, not too far from Seminyak. We thought it had some really nice looking beaches and a variety of things to do, but we just spent three nights there and thought that it might have been a little too touristy for us to stay the whole time. Then we hired a driver to bring us up to northwest Bali and stayed in Pemuteran. We did two days of diving and were really blown away by the beauty of the reef and the sea life. The rest of the time we spent at our resort. Next, we headed to Ubud, in the mountains. We really enjoyed our stay here – even though it’s not near a beach – there was just so much to do. We visited the monkey forest, took cooking classes, did a cycling tour, and had some incredible food and the restaurants there. We really found it to be the most dynamic city we stayed in. Finally, we relaxed before heading home in Manggis, where the Amankila is – it’s just a few miles from Candidasa, where we headed for dinner one night. The snorkeling we did there was pretty good although not as spectacular as in the northwest.

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What advice would you give others who want to go to Bali for their honeymoon? Go! It was such an amazing place for a honeymoon. The Balinese people are so welcoming and excited to meet newlyweds. The island is rich with culture and beauty. The food is so tasty. The massages are heavenly. And there are so many great places to stay and things to do. While the airfare is a major cost, it’s definitely possible to find lovely accommodations for a very reasonable price.

iel n a D s n io t a l u t Congra and Angelica! your e ik l d l u o w u o If y d and e n n a l p n o o m honey pcoming u n a in d e r u t fea gaged, n E y l r e t t U f o issue contact me at: engaged.com. y askkatie@utterl

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HIDDEN GEM - WORLDWIDE

ith the advent of smartphones,

concierge

technology is reshaping how brides

that aggregates wedding blogs and

find wedding inspiration and potential

m a k e s t h e m c o m p l e t e l y s e a rc h a b l e

vendors. Having surveyed hundreds of

from our site: My Wedding Concierge

brides, we’ve found that most brides

( w w w. m y - w e d d i n g - c o n c i e r g e . c o m ) .

were utilizing wedding blogs to find

Because we are in the age of iPhones and

ideas for her wedding day.

iPads, we’ve created a complementary

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to create a wedding blog search engine

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app for our website.

blogs add 5-10 new articles to their

Engine for iPad is available for download

sites daily with inspiration boards, real

in the iTunes store with the iPhone App

wedding features, and DIY projects.

following shortly. Both apps allow brides

What most brides were having trouble

the ability to search for inspiration on

with was constantly going from blog

the go, save her favorite searches, and

to blog looking for a specific piece of

find

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1 Follow your favorite wedding vendors

on twitter - many will offer discounts on certain dates that are not as popular. 2 Become fans of vendors that you would like to work with on facebook - a lot of vendors offer their fans special offers 3 Many blogs have free (and GORGEOUS) downloadable templates for save the dates, menu cards, place cards, etc... for the DIY bride 4 Search for wedding inspiration on My Wedding Concierge and share your finds on facebook with one click posting 5 Create a blog or wedding website to document your wedding planning process!

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08.14.10

ISRAEL

ANNA

DIRHUVUD, LJUNGSKILE, SWEDEN

A nna and Israel met while Anna was a Swedish exchange student at Israel’s high school in Oregon in 1997. Anna had a crush on Israel throughout her whole exchange year, but didn’t go on a date together until her last week in the US before heading home to Sweden. That summer, Israel left to

backpack around Europe and Anna

went home to Sweden. Throughout the whole summer Israel sent Anna postcards from all over Europe with funny poems and rhymes.

They stayed in touch by writing

letters (pre e-mail!) and in the summer of 1999 Anna went back to Oregon to v i s i t h e r h o st fa m i l y a n d f r i e n d s (especially one friend in particular). She was supposed to stay for three weeks... but ended up staying fo r t h re e m o n t h s . Th e re s t i s h i s to r y !

WRITTEN

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ALISON

ZAMORA

P H OTO G R A P H Y BY M I KA E L A R U D H N E R

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T H E Y WA N T E D TO S P E N D T H E M O ST I M P O RTA N T DAY OF THEIR LIVES WITH T H E P E O P L E T H E Y LOV E I N T H E I R FAVO R I T E P L AC E I N T H E WO R L D.

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LO C AT I O N Anna and Israel couldn’t imagine a more perfect place to get married than Sweden. Every summer she and Israel spend two weeks with Anna’s family at their summer home on the west coast of Sweden. Her family’s summer house is where she and I s ra e l s p e n d m o s t of

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CEREMONY & CO C K TA I L The ceremony took place on a gorgeous sunny, summer day near the water. All the guests gathered in a half circle around Anna and Israel with a view of the Swedish coastline. After the ceremony guests enjoyed Brazilian

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The reception took place in a large tent near the summer house overlooking the ocean. Dinner is the main focus of any Swedish party, including weddings. Dinners can take up to four or five hours, involve a lot of singing, drinking, speeches, entertainment, and several courses. Anna

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The décor was fun, festive, and colorful. Soft, subtle colors that contrasted with bright, bold colors were a constant theme in the evening’s decor. Anna made over 100 ft. of flags that hung around the edges of the tent, while yellow, orange, turquoise, pink, and white streamers ran across the ceiling. The tables were set with white linens and contrasted by bright flower arrangements made up of dahlias, garden roses, peonies, sweet peas, and cow’s parsley. Modern vases were mixed with vintage ones that were found in flea markets a ro u n d Swe d e n . To c re a te d e p t h a n d varying compositions the vases were made up of different sizes and heights .

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At any good party in Sweden a late-night snack is served, so around 12:30AM guests were served traditional Swedish gubbrรถra, crispbread, and a selection of cheeses. This usually keeps the party going for a few more hours. Apparently there was an after party at the summerhouse that involved swimming, but that was after we had left!

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THE TRADITIONS Anna and Israel’s wedding was full of Swedish traditions and served as highlights for the guests as well as the bride and groom. During the first course, which was planned as a Swedish crayfish party, a singing men’s choir appeared and began serving the guests snaps while singing traditional Swedish snaps songs. Every ten minutes they would reappear singing another song and serve more snaps. At the end of the first course they concluded by singing a Swedish love song to Anna and Israel. According to Swedish wedding tradition, all female guests must get in line to kiss the groom when the bride goes to the bathroom and vice versa. While Anna was in the bathroom a few hairy “women” (men) got in line to kiss Israel! Throughout the reception guests clinked their glasses several times during the dinner for Israel and Anna to stand up and kiss on the chairs, another Swedish wedding tradition. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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VENDORS CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION

Bride’s parent’s summerhouse. PHOTOGRAPHER

Mikaela Rudhner, Göteborg, Sweden. mikaelarudhner.blogspot.com INVITATION DESIGNER

Bride, Anna Engström, Designer redhousedesign.blogspot.com FLORAL DESIGNER

Tina Lekeberg, Bride’s best friend. Flowers purchased from Gustavssons Flowers www.gustafsblom.se Tina Lekeberg, t.lekeberg@gmail.com RENTALS (chairs, tables, linens, silverware, glassware)

Templar Events AB, Göteborg, Sweden www.templar.se CAKE DESIGNER

Spettekaksbageriet, Åstorp, Sweden. www.spettkaksbageri.se CATERER

Strand Restaurant, Lidköping, Sweden. The restaurant’s is run by well known Swedish chef Ulf Wagner, awarded one star in the Guide Michelin. www.r-strand.se ENTERTAINMENT

Men’s Choir, Göteborg, Sweden. CEREMONY MUSIC

Tobias Grim, Göteborg, Sweden www.myspace.com/tobiasgrim RECEPTION MUSIC

DJ Tomas Nilsson tomas.nilsson@live.se

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MANS F E AT U R I N G

aaron shintaku

J B A L DW I N D E S I G N .C O M

SEAN WOOLSEY

RYAN HAACK

S E A N WO O L S E Y.CO M

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SWERS

If you are still confused, curious, and wondering who the heck the Mustache Mafia is after watching that video, we understand because we don’t think they even know what or who they are. All we do know is they are a group of men that can sure grill up some awesome food when they are not taking great photos, creating art, and building or designing amazing furniture. We asked for a couple tips from the Mustache Mafia men for our grooms and we ended up with that video. We should have known better. Haha. When I asked them again, they came up with these.

5 TIPS FOR A GROOM FR O M

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MUSTACHE

MAFIA

Always trim the facial hair. The only way your bride will let you get a way with the stache is if it is well groomed.

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Accessorize the stache. You must represent the mafia with style. Whether it’s a bowtie, a skinny tie, suspenders, or an ascot, the mafia screams fashion sense.

3 Tools + reclaimed wood = awesome. Make something for your wedding day. Get involved! 4 5

Get your groomsmen put on a dropkick murphy’s song and sing until you lose your voice.

Most importantly, a groom with a mustache mafia attitude oozes chivalry. We strive to bring it back to the 2000’s. Open doors always, stand up when a lady enters a room, and most importantly, if you see a pretty lady walking down the street be sure to tip your hat to her.

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EVENT PLANNING

PHOTOGRAPHY

ALCHEMY FINE EVENTS

JEN LAUREN GRANT,

& INVITATIONS

JONATHON MOORE

EVENT DESIGN

VIDEOGRAPHY

ALCHEMY FINE EVENTS

DAVID MCABEE

& INVITATIONS, CANVAS AND CANOPY

INVITATIONS & EVEN T STATIONERY ALCHEMY FINE EVENTS & INVITATIONS

FLORAL DESIGN FLOWER WILD

LIGHTING IMAGES BY LIGHTING

RENTALS LUXE, DESIGNER 8

VENUE THE LONDON HOTEL

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HATS WERE OFF FOR THIS MASCULINE DINNER SOIRÉE in honor of a graduate voted ‘highest maintenance’, we took inspiration from the vintage day Dandy, men known for their style and taste, and then brought him into today’s generation with modern and hip, edgy touches.

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Vintage finds, hats and haberdashery style dĂŠcor were incorporated for a rich and posh feel of a time long gone. The luxurious rooftop of the London Hotel in West Hollywood served as the backdrop for this special affair so we had to take advantage of its cityscape views and intimate cabanas.

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Guests were greeted with jazz lounge beats and custom cocktails such as the Finest Hour, Highest Maintenance, The Dapper Dandy and Good Day Sir. As they mingled they nibbled on appetizers such as spicy tuna on crunchy rice, white truffle fries, and mini grilled cheese with tomato soup shooters. For the Dapper Dandy of the night and his closest pals, we created a long striking setting with white Lucite topped tables and lined them with plush sky blue, dove gray and chocolate brown leather love seats and dark wood backed chairs for an eclectic and comfortable look.

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Old world treasures representing the man of the night topped the tables including clocks, chess pieces, scientific test tubes and feathers along with modern and eclectic florals.

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Hand illustrations were created for the menus with the words “Hats off to Arlen� in the shape of a top hat that were placed on top of the various masculine plaids in blues and browns that were made into custom napkins.

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Mirrored art deco tables surrounding the pool were paired with chocolate brown leather chairs and glittered with reflections from the crystal votive lamps they were topped with while round tables nestled inside of the cabanas boasted baroque framed signs with dapper dressed gentleman in top hats.

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To help the guests find their seats, we created a tie rack featuring one tie for each table with the guests names printed onto tie clips. After the guests were seated they were treated to a trio of salads, cucumber timbale, filet mignon, halibut and vegetarian ravioli. While the sun dropped low the geometric lighting designs of ambers and teals shed a modern and sophisticated aura over the rooftop and a monogram featuring the guest of honors initials appeared floating above their heads.

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After dinner, guests explored the side lounge areas including top hats spinning on vintage record players, chess tables, dancing canes light by hanging mercurydipped light bulbs. Set against the lights of the Hollywood Hills we featured a dessert bar set atop eclectic plates raised on candlesticks offering argyle frozen banana bites, pastel macarons, smores bites, and mini baked alaska. As guests danced to the international beats spun by the DJ they had no idea of the surprise that lay ahead. From behind the stage international R&B star Iyaz appeared for a special performance for these lucky guests. They mingled and danced into the night under the stars on the rooftop and enjoyed the special night not soon to be forgotten. Before guests parted they were treated to a gourmet cookie and coffee station with gift boxes and cups featuring “cookies to go” and “coffee to go” to send them on their way home. Sending them off with a warm and sweet feeling to remember this unforgettable special evening by.

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Deep, complex, mesmerizing, artistic, intense, beautiful, lush are just one of many words to describe Flowers by Bornay. We chatted with this amazing florist from Barcelona, Spain to discover what inspires her to create such beauties.

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Please tell me a little bit about your business.

We are Joan and Fàtima, we have a small floral decoration company in Barcelona with a dream: express all our creative needs with the flowers. When did you start doing floral design?

Our little company was founded 2 years ago. Actually not long ago that we are dedicated to floral design, but we always had creative needs and we have chosen to do with flowers. What do you love most about weddings? Working with flowers?

The reaction of the bride when she’s sees her bouquet, the decoration ... messages of joy that we receive after a wedding or event, that’s what really motivates us. What are you inspired by?

Fàtima: fabrics, feelings, words, fashion, color palettes. Joan: SCI-FI, modern, seabed elements and different textures. If someone wanted to do their own florals on their wedding day what’s your advice?

Do something very simple, with a beautiful flowers, sometimes with a single variety of flowers, in charming vases, adding details such as fabrics. The details are essential. What do you hope for the people who encounter your floral designs?

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P A PE R PL AY with DESIGN & COORDINATION NOZZA STUDIO

Inspiration for your wedding can come from your dress, flowers, a song or a place.

PHOTOGRAPHY HENRY CHEN

It

could

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patterns on paper. Envelopments

CAKE DESIGNS

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ERICA O’BRIEN

it comes to inspiration for

FLORAL DESIGNS BELLA FIORE

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A wedding set in the lush tropical backyard of a plantation owner, this wedding style is perfect for the couple that falls in love through writing love letters, travel diaries, and having motorcycle adventures.

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THE BRIDE

is passionate, down-to-earth and adventurous. She would rather ride off into the sunset on a Vespa than a fancy limo. Her love for life and infectious smile are what makes the man of her dreams fall head over heels for her. BRIDE’S DRESS 1950’s Vintage Red Rose Embroided Dress, $375 www.etsy.com/shop/Timeless VixenVintage

RING Vintage Art Deco Filigree Setting 14K White Gold, $3,650 www.etsy.com/shop/ AawsombleiJewelry

RIDE Mint Green Vespa www.vespa.com

SHOES Christian Louboutin Tsar 140 Satin Pumps, $1,390 www.net-a-porter.com

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BRIDESMAID’S DRESS Lauren Moffat “The Honeymooner” Spring 2011 Collection www.laurenmoffatt.net/

BRIDESMAID’S SHOES

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Valentino Couture Bow d’Orsay Pump, $695 www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Gala of Gala Darling ABOUT: Gala Darling Gala Darling is a website and blog of seamless & fabulous mix of fashion, lifestyle advice & tips on how to live magically.

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ACCEPTS WITH PLEASURE DECLINES WITH REGRET

P L E A S E K I N D LY

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THE BRIDE is young at

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BRIDE’S DRESS Cymbeline “Ducey” Gown Part of the 2010 collection. www.cymbelineusa.com

BAN.DO HEADPIECE “She’s From Seville” Headpiece, $250

RING Erie Basin Diamond Engagement Ring and Band Set, $1,250 http://eriebasin.com/ a_035ctset.html

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Spun Gold Dress, $69.99 http://www.modcloth.com odcloth.com

COLORFUL PLATES Etsy, $32 http://www.etsy.com/listing/52172200/duo-ofwhimsical-colorful-porcelain

BAN.DO CORSAGE

“The Doris Corsage”, $350

STYLED BY: Michelle from woo! About: woo!

Michelle Woo is the creator of Woo!, This award-winning design & lifestyle blog anwebsite. enchanting array a lifeexplores and style of topics including design, interiors, travel, fashion, art, photography, ad ventures in love and the daily search for beautiful things. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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Rich in textures and luxuriously deep jewel tones, this wedding style is for the couple that appreciates the beauty of nature and its elegance.

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THE BRIDE is classy, sweet

and elegant. She loves a mix of softness and a bit of bling. It’s her girly style and caring personality that her man finds oh-socharming.

BROOCH Vintage Brooch, ooch $245 http://www.charmand chain.com

BRIDE’S DRESS Marchesa Resort Collection 2010

RING TRB 3ct Platinum Engagement Ring, $39000 http://www.doyledoyle.com/

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SHOES Christian Louboutin Poseidon 120 pumps $1,195


FLATWARE

Mepra Due "Ice Oro" Flatware, $115.00

FRENCH VEIL http://www.delphine manivet.com/

BRIDESMAID DRESS Sequined dress http://www.jcrew.com/

STYLED BY: Roséline from {this is glamorous} About: {this is glamorous} This award-winning design & lifestyle blog explores an enchanting array of topics including design, interiors, travel, fashion, art, photography, adventures in love and the daily search for beautiful things.

BRIDESMAID SHOES Sloane ankle strap pump. $450 http://www.loefflerrandall.com/

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INDIA Be inspired by traditional jewels and attire from your culture that can be incorporated everywhere into your wedding. Here the bride’s attire was incorporated into the decor by utilizing one of her saris to accent the existing cake table linen. And the bindis on the bride’s forehead inspired the design of the cake.

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With such a spicy sumptuous colorful culture, such as Indian, we wanted to draw as much in in terms of food and design. Indian food is meant to be shared and to serve it family style is cozier and unexpected at weddings.

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Fresh figs, often considered a fruit, but actually a blossom, were used along side the more traditional flowers as decor.

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J A PA N E S E Lindy Ly’s, of Grand SoirÊes Event Design & Coordination, goal was to dream up a design that would be equally suited to an Asian bride with contemporary western influences as much as a western bride with Asian influences. Thus she used neutral tones rather than the traditional red and gold.

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Contemporary lines and interior design was the influence in the table linens with the pink panel pleating through the center and the cap on top, thus making the table look more like a piece of furniture and less like a table covered in cloth.

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The traditional gold was brought in, but it was used in much more muted tones.

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If cherry blossoms are out of season and your wedding can’t wait, use blossoms to mimic the look and feel of cherry blossoms. It’s just as beautiful!

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Paper lanterns are an inexpensive way of adding height to a design.

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Simple pedestals were made for the desserts by covering cylindrical vases in Japanese paper and topping them with decorative plates.

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LEFT: Kanzashi flowers inspired cake. With a little inspiration, creative and the love of your culture you can have a wedding that’s modern and unique without loosing any of your traditions.

CREDITS INDIAN STATIONERY DL/sh Designs JAPANESE STATIONERY & CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy Katrina RENTALS & TENT Classic Party Rentals, Orange County, California FLORAL DESIGN Honey and Poppies CATERING & CAKE Jay’s Catering HAIR & MAKE-UP Janelle Contreras from Nirvana Salon by Tristen EVENT DESIGN & COORDINATION Grand Soirées Event Design & Coordination INDIAN DRESSES From a private collection JAPANESE DRESSES Hope Stanley at Mary Me Bridal JAPANESE HAIR ACCESSORIES Whimsical Designs Boutique TUXEDOS Friar Tux INDIAN TABLE LINENS Wildflower Linens JAPANESE TABLE LINENS Dahlia Wexler at Designer Specialty Linens MODELS Marenna Bielman, Therese Hernando, Cole Foley, Natalie Brewster, David John Aiken, Halleigh Hill

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bill & giang WESTMINSTER, CALIFORNIA

During their trip to Hawaii for a friend’s wedding, Giang had a hunch that Bill would propose sometime during their trip. One night Bill told her, “I’m tired of being your boyfriend. Will you marry me?” Says Giang, “He sure surprised me! After he told me he was tired of being my boyfriend I thought he was breaking up with me! Instead, it was a new beginning.”

WRITTEN BY ALISON ZAMORA PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEN HUANG

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ins piration Bill and Giang were married in a traditional Vietnamese and Chinese ceremony in December 2009. Giang wanted to fuse Asian and winter themes and quickly came up with a beautiful color palette of red (for luck and love), pink (because she loves pink) and silver (although gold is commonly used in Asian weddings, she thought silver was more appropriate for their winter theme).

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the d resses Giang wore a traditional red Vietnamese dress with a train that gave it a modern touch. Her mother picked out her white dress and it was the first and only dress that she tried on. The dress had beautiful lace sleeves with jewel accents. “Most dresses nowadays are sleeveless, so I thought this was a nice way to combine traditional and modern elements,� says Giang.

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the ceremony Giang and Bill had a traditional Vietnamese and Chinese ceremony. The ring ceremony started at Giang’s parents’ house and then moved to Bill’s parents’ house for another tea ceremony to symbolically welcome the bride’s family. Both spaces were decorated with lots of Chinese characters and symbols of good luck and double happiness.

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the rece ption The reception took place at the Westminster Rose Center. Since it was December, the reception site had decorated Christmas trees all over the property, adding to her wintry theme. Each table centerpiece varied in some way. In general, there were three designs but all of them consisted of a vase with red and silver Christmas ornaments and a tea light. Giang made 3sided table numbers that displayed the table number, menu, thank you list, and games. The dessert table was decorated with old childhood photos of Giang and Bill. Instead of a traditional bouquet toss, Giang and Bill had all of the married couples dance; the couple who had been married the longest received her bouquet after they gave Giang and Bill marital advice.

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sofia

P H OTO G R A P H Y BY B R A N CO P R ATA

L O C AT I O N

villa nova de gaia, portugal

AGE

HOW DID THEY MEET

29 & 30

“We are high school sweethearts... we met twelve years ago and both of us immediately felt we had lots in common as we talked for hours about everything and anything, Soon, we realized we couldn’t wait to be around each other...”

WEDDING D AT E

25th of Sept. 2010

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DESCRIBE YOUR

wedding day?

It was a perfect day that had everything we could hope for: good mood, white flowers, lots of candles, amazing music and a loving atmosphere. It was actually a representation of who we are as a couple and in life and we are really proud that it turned out like that. Also, we always wanted a small wedding and did not compromise on that, so, it actually ended up being a party for us and our closest family and friends. It was OUR day and we couldn’t be happier..

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WHY

him

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her?

WHY

forever?

Because he makes me feel safe and she brings out the best in me. Because he tolerates my bad temper and she always makes me laugh. Because it feels right, because we are just perfect for each other...

interests

& HOBBIES?

One of the things that brought them together was the fact that they share so many interests, mainly the passion for movies and the eagerness to travel.

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HOW DID YOU BLEND YOUR INTEREST & HOBBIES in their new home? We tried to make our home an extension of our interests and hobbies, blending them in with the decoration. Everything was chosen by the both of us together and we managed to input a little bit of us in all the dÊcor choices we’ve made. So, inevitably, our main passions gained relevance and now feature, one way or the other, almost everywhere in our home.

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1 1 2

WHAT’S her style? WHAT’S his style? WHAT’S YOUR STYLE TOGETHER? Although they share similar tastes, they have different styles. She is smart. He is casual. And together... they are smart casual.

ANY COMPLICATIONS OR COMPROMISES ON THE WAY WHEN BUILDING your love

nest?

Our biggest complication was the lack of time to manage our daily work, the moving in together, the quest for the perfect decoration pieces and the preparation of our wedding, all at the same time. It was a bit difficult to make it all work, especially because Pedro was working abroad for a few times during this period, so we still haven’t had the time to personalize our home as much as we want to. However, concerning the mix and matching of our things, we didn’t have to compromise that much because we were just happy to have the most of each other in it. 1 1

Everywhere the couples goes, they buy a pencil and have a big collection on their home office.

2 2

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your home.

We believe our home is relaxing, simple and functional. Trying to make the best out of the natural sunlight, we’ve chosen minimal furniture and an “ice-cream color” palette that we find soothing and lighthearted. Also, we tried to use some unique pieces of furniture and matched it with our own collectibles. In the end, we think it fells really warm and cozy and it is a perfect backdrop to spending time together.

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WHAT’S THE favorite PART OF your house AND WHY? Our favorite part of the house is the living room. It is special for us because it has a soothing atmosphere and gathers all the things we love about our home: our travelling books, our movies, memories from the journeys we took and, our favorite, a balcony where we enjoy the ocean view and share sunsets. This is the room where we spend most of our time together, work and have our family and friends over, making them feel home as well.

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WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR “love nest” BEING LIKE 5 YEARS FROM NOW? In the future, we want our home to be a collection of old and new memories and that it represents our life together even more that it does now. Also, we are hoping that it will be it messier and with lots of toys lying around the house...

WHAT IS A

“love nest”

MUST HAVE?

Many pictures, fresh flowers and lots of sense of humor.

ANY advice to newlyweds CREATING THEIR “LOVE NEST”? No matter what kind of style you want to go with or furniture you have, just try to make your nest as comfortable, warm and cozy as possible. Also, let who you are as a couple be manifested through the décor choices you make so that, everyday, you can’t wait to get home...

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TALENT with HEART:Petit Plume written by A L I S O N Z A M O R A photography by S E R E N A G R A C E

Eugenia Chung of Petit Plume always thought that a career in art therapy would be the perfect way to combine her love of art and helping people through art. But when she wasn’t accepted into an art therapy program her dreams were crushed. She was sure that art therapy was the only way to combine her two passions. Little did she know that as one door closed another door was just waiting to be opened.

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While Eugenia took time to figure out her next path she began making hair accessories that she sold to friends and family. What began as an outlet for her to take inspiration from the different styles of people around her and experiment with various materials soon became a full-fledged business. Soon Eugenia was selling her Petit Plume pieces on Etsy, at craft fairs, and local boutiques. After her first year of business Eugenia felt the need to do more than just make accessories for the sole purpose of fashion. She wanted Petit Plume to be a business that made a difference and inspired others to give back to the world around them. Eugenia was inspired by a quote that continued to replay in her head, “You came into this world with nothing and will leave with nothing.�

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“I literally started with nothing!” says Eugenia, “I thought that I could only give if my bank account was overflowing and I had excess to give away, but I was really challenged to make a sacrifice.”

“If I can give in times when I do not have much but still give to the best of my capability, then I can be confident that I will be provided for with what I need.”

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While researching organizations to work with Eugenia came across My Refuge House, a safe house for young women and children that are rescued from sex-trafficking in the Philippines. At the moment, My Refuge House is in the process of building a new aftercare facility to house the abused and trafficked young women. “As Petit Plume is also in the phase of rebuilding with a new direction, I feel that we can learn and grow together with the many exciting opportunities that await us both! U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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My dream is to be able to provide jobs for the girls at My Refuge House when my company is able to hire more people.� says Eugenia. To benefit My Refuge House, 15% of all Petit Plume sales will be donated. Going forward, Eugenia hopes to have special products and

projects go towards specific causes that relate to the issues of human trafficking and abused women and children. Eugenia has definitely found a beautiful way to combine her love of art and helping people through art.

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FOR THE BACHELOR & BACHELORETTE

THE

typical B A C H E L O R E T T E PA R T Y As a bachelorette party planner, one of the most common questions we get is what our most popular activity is. The answer might surprise you! The typical vision of a bachelorette party is going out on the town, hanging out the sunroof of a limo, and drinking from naughty-shaped straws. We do get requests for these activities, but if you look at the two activities we book the most, you’d find pole dancing and shooting guns at the top of the list. Guns and Girls are definitely not your typical night on the town. If only we could find a way to combine the pole lesson and shooting at the same time, we’d have the ultimate bachelorette activity. We could call it “Precarious Poles” or “Pole the Trigger”. In the interest of public safety, we’ll file that under “Not the Greatest Idea”.

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If you’re looking for something different for your party, consider some of these unique choices:

When you start planning your bachelorette party don’t be pressured to be typical. Think about what would make YOU happy. What kind of activities would you and your friends have some fun, bond, and create new memories?

cooking classes

trapeze lessons

Recently the New York Times declared cooking lessons the next big thing in Bachelorette parties. We agree! Channel Rachel Ray as you slice, dice, and puree your way to culinary bliss. You can work together with your friends or compete Iron

You and your girly daredevils will take to the sky and soar like Tinkerbell. Seasoned professionals will guide you in a completely safe It’s an amazing workout and the most fun you’ve ever had in a harness (well, maybe).

down in a gorgeous space and enjoy your creation.

pin-up model shoot You are so ready for your Top Model moment. It’s time to unleash your inner naughty goddess for professional photographers. The process will make you and your friends feel like princesses and the It’s a perfect way to bond, giggle and immortalize just how fabulous love has made you. Meow.

chocolate making Ladies, this is all about cholate. This is Chocolat come to life, except without Johnny Depp (so sorry). Ah yes, it’s that sinful, dark, tongueteasing decadent delight we often deny ourselves. Not this time! Dive in and explore that sugary sweet world hands-on with a professional chocolatier (handsome gypsy not included).

Interested in any of these out of the ordinary ideas for you bachelorette party? Check out our party packages at http://www.fireflygroupevents.com U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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Sarah Neuburger www .thesmallobject.com info@thesmallobject.com

my name is Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object. I also have

a wedding shoppe on Etsy.com called “Together Forever” i’ve been doing it for 6 years. i’m good at creating objects for our everyday that celebrate

milestones and moments to remember from here on out. my work environment is a studio within the walls of my home. my work is inspired by items I still hold on to from my own life-

time, other people’s well-loved objects found in thrift stores, antique stores and yard sales. Inspiration is constant. From a package of cookies to a color scheme in a store’s ad campaign--it can come from anywhere. Just being present and taking the time to document it-my thoughts can jump so quickly. my biggest accomplishment is still making it, loving it and

being supported by my customers after six years. my worst fear is doing something I don’t enjoy because I

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if i have all the money in the world, i would redistribute it and

probably hole up in a cabin in the woods. All the money is quite a sum! i believe in the power of the moment. The smallest gestures

can have sweeping effects and huge changes. I believe in happiness. I believe it will get better. I believe in the power of handmade.

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invitation designer

RUBY AND WILLOW : :: :: : :: :: : :: :: : :: :: : ::: ::: ::: :::: ::: ::: :::: ::: ::: :::: ::: ::: :::: :::

Kate Holland | Auckland, New Zealand www.rubyandwillow.co.nz hello@rubyandwillow.co.nz

my name is Kate of Ruby & Willow i’ve been doing it for 5 years. i’m good at combining colour and pattern together. my work environment is about to change! We just moved and

I’m looking forward to designing a new studio! my work is inspired by Colour, texture, pattern, nature, vintage

advertising. my biggest accomplishment is starting the business from

scratch and teaching myself how to design my worst fear is not feeling inspired. if i have all the money in the world, i would I would still design,

but in between a lot of world travelling (and massages!!) i believe in the power of regular walks on the beach when

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Audrey & Anthony | Paris, France www.OneAndOnlyParisPhotography.com contact@www.OneAndOnlyParisPhotography.com

our names are Audrey & Anthony of One and Only Paris Photography we’ve been doing it in Paris for 3 years we’re good at making you look good by draping you with

the city of Paris our work environment is the most romantic city in the world, which

just happens to be the fashion capital of the world. our work is inspired by Paris street fashion, back-stage preparations

for runway shows (not at all the runway shows themselves), Robert Doisneau our biggest accomplishment is being well known enough to be sued

by HBO who claims our “You and the City” shoots use a name that is too close to their “Sex in the City” (true story). No knock on HBO; We love them. our worst fear is that UGGs will replace high heels as the standard

footwear for women out in Paris (as they already have in a very fashion challenged country just across the English channel.)

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