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Intimate Hawaiian Real Wedding by James Rubio Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Bright persimmon hues and deep and very vibrant fuchsias…all on the scenic island of Kauai… sounds like paradise to me. Claire and Jing’s destination wedding is a bundle of gorgeousness. The bride and groom were born in difference Chinese cities, but met in London where they attended college.  After five years there, and three subsequent years in a long distance relationship, the couple was very happy to make a home together in Hong Kong and jet off to Hawaii for an intimate celebration.  Despite some unanticipated rain, these beautiful photos by James Rubio Photography are pure proof of a joyful and stunning wedding day!

Living in Hong Kong, the couple envisioned Hawaii to be sunny and bright.  What they weren’t counting on was the continuous tropical rain.  Although minorly disappointed, they embraced the Hawaiian mist and moved forward with an outdoor ceremony that was stunning to say the least.  Martin Roberts’ floral design was the ideal blend of vibrant island elegance, framing the entire event in exotic beauty.

Claire, in a sophisticated one-shoulder Vera Wang and Jing, in a classic black tuxedo, later took more photos in the warm rains and ended up happily soaked.  The locals reported that the Hawaiian rain was good luck for a wedding!  The couple joked back, ‘Well if that’s the case, today we are indeed extremely blessed people.’

Claire is a photography fanatic and came across James Rubio’s photography from thousands of miles away.  After falling in love with his style, the plan for the Hawaiian destination wedding emerged.

The quaint reception for ten was a site to behold!  On a covered porch at the Plantation Gardens, a dinner table with architectural centerpieces and glowing candlelight was set.  With the rain misting outside, it was a cozy little setting.  

We’re loving all of this Hawaiian eye candy and Claire and Jing’s impeccable style.  The juxtaposition of island beauty with luxury and elegance so makes me swoon.

{See the full gallery of photos here}

  Happy wishes to this joy-filled couple! xoxo

Photography by James Rubio Photography

Coordination by Finishing Touch Hawaii

Bridal Gown by Vera Wang;

Florals by Martin Roberts

Hair and Make-Up by The Lab

Ceremony Venue: The Beach House Restaurant

Reception Venue & Cake Plantation Gardens

Videography by Kai Media


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DIY Wednesday: $10 Farmer’s Market Bouquet
Posted by Kate. Filed under Bridesmaids, DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

One recent, lazy summer weekend I was puttering around the house after my weekly trip to the farmer’s market.  Up in Oregon, there are the best local florals at the market.  I buy ’em by the bunches to brighten up the house.  On this particular weekend I scooped up two bunches of bright snapdragons at $5 per piece and a few stems of loose strife.  I thought they would make for very sweet, inexpensive bridesmaid bouquets.  So there I went, trying my hand at pulling together a little bouquet…. if I can do it, you can definitely do it!  Here’s a little how-to I put together and a few things I learned along the way…  Read the rest of this entry »


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Color & Culture in Portola Valley by Volatile Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

I’m awe-struck, awe-inspired and in love with today’s real wedding and so excited to share! Emily and Adam’s Indian-Jewish fusion wedding was a celebration of culture and tons of color… which just makes me so happy. A bold palette and unique, very personalized details made the day a total work of art.  In fact, they did much of the hard work themselves… Emily and her friends even sourced most of the florals from the San Francisco Flower Mart!  Kristy from Volatile Photography captured every last ounce of vibrant color… These photos are sure to brighten your day and inspire your palette!

Emily’s vibrant sari was her mother’s, from her wedding day 37 years ago. She also wore her grandmother’s jewels in combination with a few pieces she picked up at Sagar in Sunnyvale.

The couple took their vows under a traditional Jewish chuppah- with bright floral garlands hanging from the fabric.  Emily and Adam’s fresh approach to blending tradition was deeply personal and very alive.  

The bride and groom met at a party that Emily’s roommates threw. Adam was standing near the door, just about to leave, when Emily spotted him from across the room.  She instantly new that she couldn’t let him get away and made a bee-line for the door to strike up a conversation (just like in a movie)!  Ever since that night, they’ve barely spent a day apart.

The vibrant, airy wedding was held at the Portola Valley Town Hall, a gorgeous architectural venue. Vivid blooms, patterns, texture, and eventually a room of colorfully dressed guests filled the hall with bright energy.

There is more to see from the day; head here to revel in the full story!

Photos by Volatile Photography

Floral Garlands and Chuppah by Blossoms

Bouquets and Centerpieces: DIY from the San Francisco Flower Mart

Jewelry:  Heirloom and Sagar

Venue: Portola Valley Town Hall

Invitations by Paper Source

Rentals by A1 Party Rentals

Catering by Passage to India


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Trendy Desert Wedding by Gideon Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Lacey and Easton are a hip and stylin’ pair and their spring wedding in St. George, Utah, was a total reflection of them.  The day was filled to the brim with vibrant color and modern details like succulents, custom typography, a personalized monogram, and more.  We couldn’t be more happy to share their fabulous, trendy album by Gideon Photography!We really can’t get over the brilliant florals by Bloomers.  They set the tone for a truly vibrant day in the desert.  The wedding party was dressed in soft neutrals, which complemented the wow floral palette, red earthen desert, and incredible blue sky. The amazing design work of Kortney Eggertz could be found throughout the day… in the signage, wedding programs, menus, place settings and favors!  All of the paper goods showcased the custom typography and monogram that she created especially for Lacey and Easton.   Meanwhile, Forevermore Events ensured that everything was in its perfect place and the day went off without a hitch. 

Perhaps one of our favorite parts of this modern wedding?  The cake- an amazing creation by Blanca’s Designer Cakes!  We’re in love with the gorgeous ripples on each tier and the ruffly sugar flower accent.

Don’t miss the rest of Lacey and Easton’s color-filled day in our real wedding gallery!

Photos by Gideon Photography

Event Design by Forevermore Events

Florals by Bloomers

Venue: The Entrada at Snow Canyon

Paper Goods by Kortney Eggertz

Cake by Blanca’s Designer Cakes

DJ: Festival Sounds

Video: Castlebridge Films

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