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Jul
28
Ashlee + Michael: An Elegant Gray Spring California Historic Home Wedding By Jeff + Amber
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Photos: Jeff + AmberVenue: Green Gables EstateEvent Planner: Romance DirectorInvitations: Nostalgic ImprintsDress Designer: Hayley Paige from Mia Bella CoutureHair and Makeup Artist: Team NicoleShoes: BHLDNFloral Designer: Flora GlamorBridesmaid Dresses: Watters from Mia Bella CoutureGroom’s Attire: A Better Deal TuxedoBook Letters: Anthropologie DJ: San Diego Partytime DJsCake: Michele Coulon DessertierPhoto Booth: Mobile Photo Booth

Ashlee and Michael were married at Green Gables Estate in San Marcos, Calif. on April 13. ”I knew from the very beginning that I did not want our wedding to be in a hotel, so I began to look at various outdoor venues,” Ashlee said. “When we came across Green Gables Estate, we knew we did not have to look any further as it had all of the character we were looking for.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with drop dangling earrings, initialed necklace, and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a patterned tie. Bridesmaids wore short gray dresses with keyhole backs and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, football mums, and lamb’s ears. Guests were greeted at the ceremony with a wooden sign that said, “Today, two families are becoming one. Please pick a seat not a side.” “We did many things during the ceremony to make it very personal,” she said. “From having every one of our siblings participating in some manner to our 14-year-old dog Gibson being our ring bearer to our niece singing, and to all of our guests participating in the vows.” The reception followed cocktail hour in a tent draped with fabric on the ceiling. “We wanted all of our guests to feel at home so for the place cards we wrote everyone a personal note,” Ashlee said. Tables were decorated with tall candelabra centerpieces, lavender sprig numbers, vintage china, and favor bags at each place setting. They performed their first dance to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, then surprised the crowd by switching the song to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. That wasn’t the only entertainment for the night though — a photo booth complete with props kept smiles wide. The newlyweds’ best advice? “On the day of take a lot of deep breaths to soak everything in,” Ashlee said. “And attempt to schedule at least 10 to 15 minutes after the ceremony where you and your new husband can be alone and take in this joyous event.” See the full board here.

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Jul
24
Leah + Tim: A Flirty And Fun Blue Summer California Historic Manor Wedding By Jason Burns Photography
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 Photos: Jason Burns PhotographySecond Shooter: Jennifer Corbin PhotographyVenue: The Crestmore ManorDJ: Ultimate Events

Leah and Eric were married at The Crestmore Manor in Riverside, Calif. on June 28. Fun fact: They met their sophomore year at Azusa Pacific University. Go Cougars! The bride wore a strapless ball gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, while the groom wore a three-piece dark gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short satin blue dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and hydrangeas. Guests were greeted with cold bottles of water and mini trail mix snacks upon arrival to beat the heat and any hungry stomaches. The labeling said, “Traffic was NUTS, the drive was HEARTY; you may be tired, BUT it’s time to PARTY.” Following the exchanging of vows and rings underneath old shade trees, the reception began in the courtyard, lit with string lights overhead. Escort cards were displayed on a board adorned with ribbons, and tables were decorated with textured linens, pink and white glass vase centerpieces atop mirrors, and bubbles at each place setting, which served double-duty as favors. In addition to a three-tiered cake topped with a monogram, there was also a fully-stocked dessert bar, complete with delectables like lollipops, macarons, cupcakes, sour roll ups, and meringues. Believe it or not — the newlyweds performed their first dance just as the sun was setting. See the full board here.

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Jul
14
Erin + Andrew: A Classic Neutral Summer California Historic Home Wedding By John Schnack Photography
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Photos: John Schnack PhotographyVenue: Darlington HouseDress Designer: Sarah Seven from Lovely Bride LAHair and Makeup Artist: TEAM Hair & MakeupShoes: Saks Fifth AvenueFloral Designer: Modern BouquetGroom’s Attire: Requisite ClothingJ.Crew and The Tie BarBridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN and Free PeopleCeremony Musician: Eric BrownCaterer: Coast Catering

Erin and Andrew were married at the Darlington House in La Jolla, Calif. on August 23. ”The inspiration for the overall design of the wedding began with our venue, a historic Spanish estate built in 1925,” says Erin said. “There are beautiful trees and rose bushes amongst the property, and I wanted those exterior colors to stand out, so I kept the color palette really natural.” The bride wore an airy, a-line wedding gown with lace appliques, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a bow tie. ”For my three bridesmaids, I had them chose a dress on their own,” she said. ”It was important that our wedding party looked like individuals before looking like group (or an assembly line).” They each carried bouquets of roses, astilbes, and lots of greenery, including eucalyptus seeds, ivy vines, and clovers. ”The ceremony took place on a brick patio with a beautiful fountain as the backdrop,” Erin said.  ”I didn’t want an overly literal, color coordinated, conventional wedding. I wanted an effortless vibe that was both romantic and unique.” To beat the summer heat, guests were served sparkling watermelon hibiscus, and mint and cucumber basil flavored waters from beverage dispensers. Long reception tables were decorated with patterned runners, mercury glass centerpieces, and candles. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Try to be at peace with things you cannot fully control. Whether that be discussions around the guest list, issues with vendors, the weather, or just life events that do not ultimately revolve around your wedding (although you’d like to think they do). These things tend to create the most unnecessary stress,” she said. And after it was all said and done, it was time to honeymoon in throughout Africa, visiting Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. How adventurous! See the full board here.

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Jul
10
Audra + Jeremy: An Intimate Outdoor Fall California Wedding by Melissa McClure Photography
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Photo by Melissa McClure Photography; Venue: Rancho Valencia Resort; Hair and Makeup: Audra Rene and Judith D Hair and Makeup; Groom’s Attire: J.Crew and Nordstrom; Groom’s Shoes: Shoes by Cole Haan; Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal; Floral Design: Organic Elements; Videography: Quixotic Weddings

Audra and Jeremy were married at Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca. on November 1. “Both of us decided that we wanted a small, intimate wedding,” Audra said. Intimate it was, Audra and Jeremy chose to have their own private ceremony with just the two of them. “We knew it would be near impossible to get our immediate families in the same location,” Audra explained. “And we felt that it wouldn’t be fair to have one of our sides there, and not the other.” The bride opted for a strapless lace gown with an open back and accessorized with a neutral-colored sash with floral accents. She carried a bouquet made up of roses, succulents, scabiosa pods, billy balls, and anemones. Her groom donned a gray suit paired with a yellow tie and brown dress shoes. Following the ceremony held beneath the palm trees, the couple dined fireside and enjoyed champagne as well as a white fondant cake with fresh berries and personalized wire topper. Audra had no regrets about making her wedding day a private affair. “Dreams of a small intimate wedding? Do it,” she encouraged. “No one dictates how things need to be. It really is about the two people exchanging vows, and the magnitude of that.” See the full board here.

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