Posts Tagged ‘garden weddings’

Sep
09
Ashley + Randy: A Rustic Summer California Garden Wedding by Hearts & Horseshoes Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photo: Hearts & Horseshoes PhotographyVenue: Dallidet Adobe and GardensDress Store: The Wedding Day; Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse; Hair Stylist: Bluebird Salon; Floral Designer: Sprigs Floral DesignsCaterer: Popolo CateringRentals: All About Events; Cake: Christine’s Cake Creations

Ashley and Randy were married at Dallidet Adobe and Gardens in San Luis Obispo, Calif. on June 21. The bride stunned in a lace illusion halter dress with a bedazzled belt and opted for a soft wavy hairstyle. She carried a bouquet of peonies, ranunculuses, astilbes, and lavender sprig, wrapped in lace and burlap. Her ‘maids donned short pale purple chiffon dresses with necklines of their choice. The groom and his men wore gray three-piece suits and purple neckties. “I really wanted to create a laid back, intimate atmosphere that reflected Randy and I as a couple,” Ashley said. Intimate it was, only 40 guests watched (while wearing their sunglasses favors), as Ashley and Randy exchanged vows in what Ashley described as a “secret garden.” The welcome table featured monogrammed letters for guests to sign, along with glass jugs asking for donations to Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America as well as a personal adventure fund. Guests learned of their seating assignments from DIY chalkboard plaques. They sat at round tables with white linens and burlap and lace table runners. Each table featured floral centerpieces that sat atop vintage books, monogrammed letters, and marbles. “All the food was gluten free, including the cake,” Ashley said. Photos of the couple were hung on string and wrapped around a tree for a natural look. Guests took home jars of homemade jam at the end of the night! Ashely’s advice to engaged couples? “Keep things in perspective,” she said. “The most important thing on your wedding day is that you’re making a commitment with the love of your life. At the end of the day, if you ended up married, it was successful!” See the full board here.

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Aug
13
Laura + Jessica: An Edgy Oh-So-Happy Spring California Garden Wedding By Jason Burns Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Jason Burns PhotographySecond Shooter: Jennifer Corbin PhotographyVenue: Verandas Beach HouseDress Designer: Casablanca Bridal from Lillian’s Bridal ShopHair and Makeup Artists: Jackie Su and Vanessa Marquet of Susie Chhuor StudiosShoes: Vince CamutoBridesmaid Dresses: David’s BridalFloral Designer: Lily Pad Floral DesignRings: Icing on the RingOfficiant: Nancy Goldberg; Favors: Esther PriceCaterer: New York Food Co.Cake: Paris Bakery

Laura and Jessica were married at the Veranda Beach House in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on May 31. ”Our inspiration was to make our wedding a huge bash to celebrate having all of our loved ones in the same room, sharing our joy as we married. Everything was planned with that spirit in mind,” Laura said. One bride wore a lace a-line wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a pair of pink cut-out booties, while the other bride wore a gray suit, accessorized with a pair of sneakers. The wedding color scheme featured “wisteria purple and celadon green, borrowing from the succulents that dotted our floral arrangements, and coral orange, reminiscent of the inside of a conch shell to pay homage to our beachside nuptials,” she said. Guests were greeted with a repurposed window panel that said, “Welcome, friends. Meet us in the garden,” and given “Yippie” and “Hooray” flags to wave. Laura walked down the aisle to Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” and Jessica walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” During the ceremony, the couple sealed love letters and a bottle of wine into a box, not to be opened until their fifth anniversary. The newlyweds’ best advice? ”My best piece of advice is that you don’t have to be conventional – be unique!” Laura said. “Don’t want to do a bouquet toss? Toss lottery tickets! Don’t want to have a wedding cake? Get cake pops! Want to think outside the box? Use unconventional music choices, incorporate pops of color and statement jewelry, do things your own way and don’t let anyone else color in your vision of your perfect wedding but you and your partner.” Escort cards were attached to boxes of chocolates, which also served double-duty as favors, tables were decorated with wooden box centerpieces and lanterns, and the numbers included fun facts. ”While we incorporated many sophisticated elements in our design, we never wanted the evening to feel stuffy or the decorations over the top,” she said. “We were so thrilled to have achieved the perfect balance of classy decor with a joyful and light touch, all rolled into the biggest party our guests had ever experienced!” See the full board here.

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Aug
06
Diana + Junior: A Berry Beautiful Multicultural Summer California Garden Wedding By Dear Darling Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Dear Darling PhotographyVenue: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic GardenEvent Planners: Catherine Cindy Leo, Liz Yoon, and Maggie Hui; Dress Designer: St. PatrickGroom’s Attire: John VarvatosHair Stylist: Theresa HuangMakeup Artist: Renee Lee; Floral Designer: Flowers by DanaOfficiant: Will Kwon; Rentals: Dolphin Party RentalsCaterer: Tender GreensCake: Porto’s BakeryDJ: DJ Matthew Rubino

Diana and Junior were married at Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, Calif. on July 6. They first met at work. ”When Junior walked into our office for his first day, it was crust-at-first-sight,” Diana said. “The following day, a group of co-workers and I went to dinner and someone invited him along unbeknowst to me. I had made a pact with a co-worker earlier in the year to NEVER date anyone at work. But when Junior walked into the restaurant, I leaned over and whispered, ‘I’m breaking the pact.’” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a Queen Anne neckline, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a solid tie and pocket square. ”Our goal was to keep the entire process as predictable and simple as possible,” she said. “Everyone we talked to cared about three things: food, booze, and cake. So, we kept the ceremony under 15 minutes, which doesn’t mean the vows were cut off.” In addition, there was also a traditional Korean ceremony too.”Personally, this was my favorite part,” Diana said. “It was the perfect way to cut up cocktail hour and a fun way to pay homage to our culture. Catching the dates and chestnuts [in the apron] indicate how many girls or boys you will have. Apparently, we will be having 12 sons and 5 daughters.” Sticking with an English garden theme, reception tables were in an U-shape formation, decorated with overflowing compote centerpieces and vintage vases and vessels. Fun fun: the olive branches at each place setting symbolized peace. ”The berry table cards were such a refreshing treat, and the dessert table was the prettiest part of the entire wedding!” she said. The newlyweds’ performed their first dance to “I Found You” by Alabama Shades. “The day was warm, but once the sun set, it was perfect for dancing,” Diana said. See the full board here.

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Jul
15
Brandy + Dug: A Peacock-Themed Spring South Carolina Garden Wedding By Richard Bell Photography
Posted by Sarah Title. Filed under Real Weddings

Photos: Richard Bell PhotographyVenue: Magnolia Plantation and GardensEvent Planner: BreezeDress Designer: White by Vera Wang from David’s BridalHair and Makeup Artist: Bella Chez SalonGroom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s WearhouseShoes: Nine WestFloral Designer: Branch Design StudioBridesmaid Dresses: David’s BridalOfficiant: Kristen Barner of Wedding Belle RevCeremony Musicians: Ben and Bryan Acoustic DuoRentals: Event DRSCaterer: Duvall Events

Brandy and Dug were married at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C. on May 23. ”The best compliment I received was that our wedding ‘was the most un-wedding wedding I have ever attended,’” Brandy said. “It was beautiful and simple and relaxed. We wanted to have our family and friends there to celebrate our special day but neither of us like being the center of attention.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a birdcage veil and jeweled sash, while the groom wore a three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a solid tie and Converse tennis shoes. Bridesmaids wore short green satin dresses and carried bouquets of viburnum, orchids, ranunculuses, and scabiosa pods. Notice the mustaches on the groomsmen’s socks? ”We thought when we planned our wedding for mid-April in South Carolina we were likely to have great weather,” she said. “Well, it was 39 degrees when we woke up on the day of our (outdoor!) wedding. Luckily at 6p.m., it was 74 degrees without an ounce of wind at the ceremony site. The sun was shining brightly and it could not have been a more picture perfect day.” The entire day was very non-traditional — there was a passage from Bob Marley read, no first dance, no cake cutting, and food stations instead of a plated dinner. Reception tables were decorated with “very organic and natural” centerpieces atop burlap runners. I asked the florist to have low centerpieces,” Brandy said. “It drives me crazy to go to a wedding that has floral arrangements blocking the view of people seated across the table.” In lieu of a guest book, each guest signed a vintage postcard and place it into a suitcase. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of sparklers. See the full board here.

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