Posts Tagged ‘california weddings’

Jan
07
Sandy + Paul: Valentine’s Day City Hall Wedding in California by Kiel Rucker Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Kiel Rucker Photography; Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse; Flowers: Ella & Louie; Dress: Topshop from Nordstrom Rack; Hair and Makeup: Carlyle Salon and Style Bar; Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux; Socks: Banana RepublicShoes: Nina; Cake: King’s Hawaiian

Sandy and Paul were married at the Santa Barbara Courthouse in Santa Barbara, Calif. on February 14. The bride opted for a simple, yet elegant look donning a short-sleeved lace dress with a birdcage veil. Her hair was in a twisted updo and she carried anemones, lisianthus, sweet peas, and greenery including ferns, kale, and pittosporum. The groom looked handsome in a gray suit with a pale blue satin neck tie and classic pocket square. “We were inspired by the simple and practical weddings of our grandparents’ generation,” Sandy said of their simple approach. “We researched city hall locations in the greater Los Angeles region and decided that the Santa Barbara courthouse met all of our criteria.” After signing the marriage license and officially tying the knot, the newlyweds took some memorable photos at the Santa Barbara Mission and in spots overlooking the ocean. “We were able to focus on the commitment that we were making to each other on the day of our marriage,” Sandy said. They enjoyed a personalized one-tier cake and enjoyed an intimate dinner in town. They also spent a romantic evening together at a local inn. A larger celebration for friends and family members was held later in the summer. The couple is looking forward to creating memories together as husband and wife. “I have a vision of us when we are 80 years old, going back to Santa Barbara for our traditional anniversary getaway,” Sandy said. See the full board here.

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Jan
05
Laura + Brian: Blush and Gold California Vineyard Wedding by Yair Haim Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: Yair Haim Photography; Venue: Firestone Vineyards; Planner: Jessica Kuipers of Bijoux Events; Gown: Claire Pettibone; Hair and Makeup: LunaBella Make Up & Hair; Flowers and Styling: Tenley Erin Young; Shoes: Nina; Transportation: Jump on the School Bus; Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Bella Vista Designs; Linens: La Tavola Linen; Caterer: Plemmons Catering; Officiant: Joel McMillan

Laura and Brian were married at Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos, Calif. on June 21. Laura stunned in a v-neck embroidered lace gown and a relaxed curly updo. She carried a colorful bouquet of pink, peach, and ivory peonies and garden roses. Her ‘maids donned mix ‘n’ match dresses in various shades of pink and purple. The groom and his men looked handsome in gray suits and champagne neck ties. “Our wedding was inspired by the beauty of the Vineyard itself,” Laura said. “We wanted to use the natural surroundings as much as possible, and only enhance them when we felt we could.” The 125 guests sipped on sangria as they waited for the ceremony to begin. The aisle was strewn with petals and white folding chairs were set up for family members and friends. “Our ceremony was short, but perfect and we had the perfect view overlooking the rolling vineyards when we shared our first kiss,” Laura said of their first moment and husband and wife. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the Barrel Room at the vineyard. A reception followed on the patio, where family members and friends looked to chalkboard wood slices to find their seats. The patio featured round tables covered in sparkly blush linens, gold candles, and a floral centerpiece that matched the bride’s bouquet. Dinner and dancing followed, as well as a dessert table featuring the bride’s favorite sweets. Laura’s advice? Trust your vendors! “Trust everyone you hired, because you chose them for a reason,” she said. “I still cannot believe how talented each and every vendor was that I worked with.” See the full board here.

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Dec
18
Niyati + Shashank: Colorful Southern California Indian Wedding by William Innes Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

stitchPhotos: William Innes PhotographyVenue: The Westin Pasadena;  Hair and Makeup: Amanda from Vanity BelleFlowers: Kumba Entertainment; Dessert: Natraj; Planner: Vanessa Domenech; Officiant: Dr. Som Pal

Niyati and Shashank were married at The Westin Pasadena in Pasadena, Calif. on August 31. Niyati looked beautiful in a traditional bright pink and orange sari. She accessorized with a jeweled headpiece, a gold collar necklace, matching bangles, and henna art on her hands. The groom looked handsome in a white sherwani with gold embroidery, a red scarf, and a bejeweled red wedding turban. “We wanted a bright, colorful, and fun wedding. It was really important for us to enjoy the wedding and make sure our guests were having fun,” Niyati explained. The couple incorporated Indian and Hindu traditions into their wedding ceremony, which was complete with a baraat, where the groom rode  in on a horse and the groom’s family danced around him. “Even though it was hot, Shashank’s family participated fully in the baraat by dancing for almost an hour!” Niyati said. The bride was then walked to the alter under a brightly colored scarf. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the hotel for the 220 family members and friends in attendance. Guests sat at tables with orange and yellow floral centerpieces. The newlyweds surprised everyone during their first dance by breaking into a flash mob with family members to the song “Happy” by Pharrell. After dinner, traditional Indian desserts were passed around on a silver platter. Niyati advises couples not to sweat the small stuff. “Try to remember that it is your wedding but don’t be too rigid about every little detail.” See the full board here.

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Dec
08
Kelly + Aaron: Elegant Historic Home California Wedding by Jeff + Amber
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

titledPhotos: Jeff + AmberVenue: The Maxwell HousePlanner: Kaci Mallat of XOXO WeddingsGown: Maggie Sottero from Jinny’s Bridal; Shoes: ModClothHair: Lynn Dickenson of Joseph Lamar SalonMakeup: Joleen RizzoFlowers: LA Flower DistrictRentals: Orchid Rentals; Dessert: Whisk Gluten Free Bakery

Kelly and Aaron were married at The Maxwell House in Pasadena, Calif. on August 23. The bride looked radiant in a strapless lace and tulle gown, with her hair donned in an elaborate updo. She carried a bouquet of white roses and hydrangeas, that the bride put together herself. Her ‘maids donned various short black dresses and carried orange rose bouquets. The groom and his men looked dashing in dark three-piece suits and pale green neck ties. The pair tied the knot in the garden of The Maxwell House as 100 guests looked on in wooden folding chairs. The ceremony featured three adorable flower girls in pink ruffled dresses, and lots of personal touches. “We wrote the ceremony and then collaborated with our officiant to make it a ceremony that was really special to us,” Kelly said. A reception followed inside where guests sat at round tables with white linens and pink cafe au lait dahlia centerpieces. Tables were named after famous married couples. “My face hurt because I couldn’t smile big enough,” Kelly said. ” There was so much love in the air.” The fireplace was decorated with Polaroids of the couple throughout their relationship and the dessert display featured sprinkled donuts and cupcakes. Kelly put her big day in perspective for future newlyweds. “All of the people coming to your party are going to be there because they love you and want to celebrate with you, not because they are expecting the best centerpieces ever created,” she said. See the full board here.

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