Archive for December, 2012

Modern Carnival Wedding at Bear Flag Farm
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Naturally, we wanted to close out the year with a bang, and what could be more celebratory than a carnival-themed wedding?!  Chalinee and Craig are two vibrant, fun-loving Californians who were introduced thru mutual friends over a sushi dinner.  They dated for five years before Craig proposed, and their wedding vision included great food, a colorful and modern palette, and a few non-traditional elements that made the day especially unique and unforgettable. Craig’s love of the outdoors, paired with the couple’s determination to have a great meal, led them to Bear Flag Farm, where they could indulge in a breathtaking landscape, farm-to-table menu, and even a ferris wheel!  Enjoy these stunning photos by Anna Kuperberg!

When it came to the gown, Chalinee was all about texture.  Watters’ Adelaide gown couldn’t have fit the role more beautifully!  Each maid chose her own knee-length ivory frock, paired with a colorful shoe.  The Bear Flag Farm team whipped up some gorgeous bouquets with coral roses, ivory blooms and succulents, lending a bright and modern look to the day.  

The couple married on the farm’s cozy sunken lawn. They incorporated a Thai water ceremony  to honor Chalinee’s heritage.  Then, under a dramatic floral archway, they sealed their vows with kiss!  

One heck of a reception followed, including more of those vibrant florals,  a unique bento box meal, a silhouette portrait artist, and in lieu of a first dance, a first ride on the ferris wheel.  See the rest after the jump!

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Photos by Anna Kuperberg Photography

Venue and Event Design by Bear Flag Farm

Florals by The Bear Flag Farm Team, headed by Kathy

Bridal Gown by Watters from Mariposa Boutique

Groom’s Suit by John Varvatos

Bridal Shoes by Enzo Angiolini

Bride’s Makeup and Hair Styling by Maria Chang

Rentals by Classic Party Rentals and La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

Cupcakes by Kara’s Cupcakes

DJ: Wine Valley Entertainment

Catering by Grace Lee Events


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Fashion Friday: Sparkle, Shimmer & Glimmer
Posted by Kate. Filed under Wedding Dress

Where, oh where, did the year go?  If you’re feeling the same, let me ease your troubles and get you in celebration mode with a few pieces from Sarah Seven, the bridal fashion industry’s rising star.  Her dresses are known for their romantic, easy-to-wear silhouettes, but this season Sarah added a spin: sequence and metallic fabrics to create shimmer and glimmer all the way down the aisle.  If you’re more of a statement jewelry kinda gal, her line of seriously sparkly accessories will make you swoon.


Dresses by Sarah Seven


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Our Favorite Love Stories of 2012
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Looking back on the year, it’s a dream to reminisce about the love stories and the photographs that filled our pages.  Looking forward at the new year, we have some incredibly exciting things coming your way.  Until then, to celebrate a year of great style and sweet love, here are the top ten weddings that moved us, made us swoon, and left us awe-inspired.

no. 1 Merryl + Marko’s Beachside Stunner

Photos by Tanja Lippert Photography

no. 2 Andrea + Eric’s Trendy Grey and Yellow Soirée

Photo by This Modern Romance

no. 3 Rachel + Craig’s Minty Fresh Garden Wedding

Photo by Taylor Lord Photography

no. 4 Kiki + Dan’s Charming Vintage Romance

Photo by Alixann Loosle

 no. 5 Naomi + Rachel’s Blush Beautiful Wedding at the Houston Zoo

Photo by Jen Huang

no. 6  Marbella’s + Frank’s Luxe Day in Gold and Coral

Photo by Michelle Warren 

no. 7 Katie + Jason’s Rustic and Elegant Destination Affair

Photograph by Clary Photo

no. 8 Brittany + Bryan’s Autumn Farm Celebration

Photo by Rebekah Westover

no. 9 Marcy + Alex’s Old Hollywood Glamour Theme Wedding

Photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography

no. 10 Shera + Dan’s Tribeca Rooftop Nuptials

Photo by Joshua Zuckerman Photography

Best of wishes to all the beautiful couples who shared their weddings with us and big thanks to all of the talented people who came together to bring their visions to life!

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DIY Wednesday: Chinese Yo-Yos
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

Project by Victoria Hudgins, Photos by Pictilio

If your wedding venue is like many – throwing confetti or rice will not be an option. Don’t deprive yourself of a colorful goodbye. Make these simple Chinese yo-yos and be bid farewell in style. They are quick to make and can be styled to match your day perfectly.

Step One. You will need thin, long receipt paper to make the yo-yos. Enough paper to make yo-yos for over 100 people can be found right here.

Step Two. Print a design onto the paper with an inkjet printer; stripes, florals, monograms etc!

Step Three. Cut the paper down to 16 inch sections. Each flag will be 16 inches long.

Step Four.  Roll each section around a wooden kitchen skewer. Secure with tape or glue at the base and finish off  with a pretty piece of tape.

Step Five. Set out for guests to unravel and wave as they send you off!

Project Design by Victoria Hudgins; Photos by Pictilio

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