Category: Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Haley and Michael featured on Style Me Pretty

The Healdsburg Country Gardens was the perfect choice for a couple looking to personalize their day and incorporate the Groom’s family background in the wine industry. This romantic vineyard garden wedding was full of beauty. The gorgeous outdoor setting married with pretty garden details by Lily & Mint made for a day as easy as it was elegant. And don’t even get us started on the Booth Bus! Get cozy with Kara Miller’s images for even more. PHOTOGRAPHY Kara Miller Photography EVENT PLANNING LVL Weddings & Events FLORAL DESIGN Lily &...

Real Weddings: Lisa and Casey

Lisa and Casey’s wedding was a beautiful Spring Day in Napa at Vintage Estate. Some of our favorite things about this wedding were the pretty pops of purple, lush green ceremony arbor, delicious little Bouchon Macaron favors from Thomas Keller, and most of all the fact that Lisa’s dad was the officiant!  We all had bets on whether or not he was going to be able to keep it together, but he did wonderfully. He not only...

Real Wedding: Brittany and Jerome featured on 100 Layer Cake

This sweet Texas couple wanted a fun filled weekend in their new home, Newport Beach, CA. The Resort at Pelican Hill was the perfect spot to bring their friends and family from across the country for a weekend filled with love. We brought the California theme in with the California cut out save the date by Lovely Paper Things and included the brides love of gold. Our love for gold foil everything and bringing in the...

Real Wedding: Winnie and Nathan

During our first conversations with Winnie she referenced her Napa Valley wedding having “drama”. She wanted a dramatic kick off to the wedding. Meaning the ceremony space would be the wow factor.  After kicking around a few ideas we decided to go with a white 14 foot tall canopy from Blue Print that definitely provided “drama” amongst the background at Meadowood. From there, things began to take shape with Fleur de France helping guide the floral...

Real Wedding: Ashley and Michael

Ashley and Michael’s Maui destination wedding was one of a kind.  Having roots in Hawaii, Ashley knew this was the place she wanted to get married and Micheal agreed. It was important to Ashley and Michael to find a private venue so their closest family and friends could share in this special day. Once they laid eyes on Sugarman Estate in Wailea, Hi they new it was the perfect spot. Ashley made custom bridesmaid dresses for...

Real Wedding: Lauren and Tom featured on 100 Layer Cake

Lauren and Tom’s Sedona Southwest Themed Destination wedding was one for the books! When they first started planning their wedding, they were looking in New York and California where Lauren grew up. After visiting Sedona one weekend where her parents now live, they decided this was the spot!  Seven Canyons Sedona was the place where they were going to host their southwest destination wedding with antlers and all! We absolutely loved all the southwest details to include...

Real Wedding: Merete and Brett featured on Borrowed and Blue!

Recently featured on Borrowed & Blue. Merete & Brett and their dog Molly (who had her own floral crown) wed at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.  For our Planner Amy it was truly love at first site. They met at a downtown cafe in San Diego and bonded over their shared love of dogs & Orangetheory! There wedding style was a romantic garden style feel using white, green and light pink florals with accents of...

Real Wedding: Kendall and Dave

Combining the excitement of New Year’s Eve with all the feels of a wedding equals one great party. Kendall and Dave gathered up all of their favorite people for their big day to celebrate their marriage and ring in the new year at Ramekins Culinary School in Sonoma, CA. They envisioned New Year’s glam paired with organic touches to reflect wine country. The ceremony was romantic and intimate followed by a cocktail hour held in the test kitchen,...

Real Wedding: Nora and Erol

Nothing beats the gorgeous views of Palos Verdes and lucky for our beautiful bride Nora, she grew up with this view in her backyard. So it was no surprise that Nora and Erol formed a special bond with the ocean and spend their days surfing together. They decided on Catalina View Gardens to say I do and celebrate with their closest family and friends. One of our favorite details of the wedding was Nora’s wedding dress...

Real Wedding: Natalie and Houston featured on Style Me Pretty

While celebrating a birthday, Natalie & Houston decided the Montage Kapalua Bay to exchange their wedding vows with a small, intimate wedding.They wanted to focus their wedding around the experience for their family and close friends and to share our love for the island, creating a wedding weekend of special activities leading up to the big day with a luau, golf tournament, and traditional hula and fire dancing at their rehearsal dinner. The overall design meshed the...

Real Wedding: Alyse and Robbie featured on Green Wedding Shoes

Alyse & Robbie are a couple full of love and laughter, infectious to anyone around them. They chose to celebrate their wedding day at a venue with breathtaking views- Sunstone Vineyards & Winery in Santa Ynez, CA. With a background in fashion design, Alyse’s vision flowed throughout the décor to the flowers, and Principal Planner, Amy Kuchta, loved watching it all come together in the perfect setting. The couple chose the DIY project of dip-dying napkins...

Real Wedding: Vanessa and Wes

Vanessa and Wes, both Australian natives, knew they wanted a destination wedding in Hawaii and to get married in a white chapel. The location was so special to them because that is where they got engaged. So the Paradise Cove Crystal Chapel in Ko’Olina and Trump Hotel Waikiki were perfect for them to say I Do. Not only was their chapel all white, but the neutral decor followed them into their reception, complete with white orchids...

Real Wedding: Lexi and Steven

Lexi and Steven, middle school sweethearts from the great state of Texas, wanted an elegant and romantic wedding by the ocean. Their intimate oceanside wedding at the postcard-worthy Montage Laguna Beach incorporated the beachy tones of the ocean mixed with a bright pop of color. These design elements were echoed through the bridal party’s flowers, ceremony and reception decor with shades of blue and pops of yellow. Each of their families shared an incredibly strong bond and...

Real Wedding: Emily and Michael featured on Borrowed and Blue

This Canadian couple travelled south to the picturesque views of wine country for a private estate wedding in Sebastopol, CA. The couple has a love for the outdoors, so their outdoor ceremony and reception was very fitting to their personalities. Emily, chose her traditional ‘something blue’ for her bridesmaids, all wearing coordinating styles in a soft blue. Floral design by Fleurs de France incorporated pastels and greenery to compliment the bride and her attendants’ attire, a beautiful...

Real Wedding: Anna and Nick

With views for days, it’s easy to see why Anna and Nick gravitated toward top Aspen venue, The Little Nell. The Rocky Mountains welcomed this super easy going and fun couple along with their closest family and friends for a 5-star wedding weekend. Anna and Nick made sure that all of their wedding plans involved a great experience for their guests from start to finish. Guests were escorted up the mountain on gondolas to the outdoor...

Real Wedding: Kaleen and Heath featured on Inspired By This

Kaleen and Heath’s wedding combined the timeless colors of black and white while they added modern touches to make it their own unique style. They began their wedding venue search in Northern California’s wine country, looking to compliment their love for the outdoors. So when selecting a venue they knew they wanted a unique space that provided beauty indoors and out, which brought them to Sonoma’s newest event venue, Tyge William Cellars at Cornerstone Sonoma. Their...

Real Wedding: Amanda and Matt featured on Style Me Pretty

Initially co-workers, a friendship quickly turned to romance for Matt and Amanda. Soon after their engagement, they began talking about their wedding plans in which they envisioned an intimate affair.  Reminicing about a previous trip to Napa Valley, their love of the breathtaking wine country ultimately led them to their venue, Beaulieu Garden. From the watercolor invitation suite (which tied in seamlessly with the Jenny Yoo bridesmaid gowns), their boho glam theme was pulled through every element of...

Real Wedding: Anna and Taylor

Anna and Taylor wed on Halloween night at the industrial venue, The Loft on Pine in Long Beach, CA. Just how did they decide to choose this wedding date? Bride, Anna recalls ” A friend mentioned that Halloween was on a Saturday, and I immediately thought of my husband who loves horror movies and Halloween. We hadn’t picked a date yet, and that felt like a perfect fit to make it about something we love and...

Real Wedding: Jenn and Jaime

Sometimes simple is just perfect. The details throughout Jenn and Jaime’s Napa wedding weekend were simply sweet. All of the chic details at their private estate venue were able to shine against the picturesque landscape. Their outdoor ceremony overlooked the vineyards followed by a reception inside the barn with extra long farm tables adorned with simple, greenery garlands. Acrylic table numbers and placecards added a chic touch to the rustic tablescape. Oh wine country, we love...

Real Wedding: Kim and Jake

Kim and Jake held their fun-filled wedding weekend at the rustic and romantic Temecula Creek Inn. The envisioned a not only a romantic vibe, but a mix of rustic and modern details. Some of our favorite details were all of the custom signs by Heidi Davidson Design, adorned with greens and white blooms by Flower Frenzy. They also designed the wedding around a blue theme- from the bride’s fabulous Jimmy Choo’s to the escort card and...

Real Wedding: Jenny and John featured on 100 Layer Cake

Jenny & John stopped into a Crate & Barrel wedding registry event last January and ended up the winners of an amazing wedding planning package at the super chic venue, Ebell of Long Beach! Along with 100 Layer Cake and a talented vendor team, we were honored to work with them to plan such an incredible celebration. Scott Clark captured not only all the details of their big day, but the joining of their two families. Planner Jen Dawson recalls...

Real Wedding: Jasmine and Matthew

A night under the stars was the inspiration for Jasmine and Matt’s private estate wedding. Planner Jen Dawson worked with the couple to bring their vision to life by playing with lighting, reflection, and highlights of gold to coordinate with an overall blue design. A couple personal details that stood out were Jasmine’s red reception gown, which was a nod to her family’s Taiwanese culture, as the color symbolizes good luck. You’ll also see the infinity symbol...

Real Wedding: Jenny and Steve featured on Style Me Pretty

In early 2016, Pantone announced their color of the year- this year being two colors, rose quartz and serenity. From fashion to interior design, weddings were sure to be inspired by these two soft hues. Jenny and Steve’s wedding married the two colors throughout their spring wedding day creating a beautiful scene from their first look to their final dance. Principal Planner Heather Hoesch couldn’t narrow it down to just one favorite detail from their wedding...

Real Wedding: Ashley and Phil

Ashley and Phil’s wine country wedding at Vine Hill House was simply sweet, showing off the picturesque landscape coupled with rustic details. They chose to say I Do in front of their closest friends and family outdoors and overlooking the vineyard. They incorporated shades of gray throughout, with pops of purple at the reception with the most gorgeous lavendar peonies. The rustic details they incorporated were custom chalkboard signs at the ceremony and reception, wood farm tables, custom...

Real Wedding: Taylor and Brad featured on Style Me Pretty

It’s always easy to see why couples choose Temecula Creek Inn for their wedding venue. We love it for it’s rustic charm and how it can take on any color or theme, like Taylor and Brad’s spring wedding day full of blush and greenery details mixed in with vintage decor. This super sweet couple wed outdoors followed by an al fresco reception under bistro lights, where their guests dined on farm tables adorned with garlands by...

Real Wedding: Sara and Evan

Sara and Evan were inspired by the colors of their landscape, as they chose to be wed overlooking the shores of Laguna Beach at the Surf and Sand Resort. Laguna Beach held a special place in the heart of the bride and her family, so celebrating their wedding there was the perfect place to have guests spend the weekend. The couple envisioned their wedding inspired by the ocean (yet no cheesy starfish!) which they brought to...

Real Wedding: Beth and Brian

Beth and Brian live on the Hawaiian island of Ohau and opted to host their wedding at one of their favorite locations, the North Shore. With all of their family and friends traveling from the mainland, they envisioned a destination wedding weekend that was casual and felt like home. They chose to rent the Volcom House for everyone to stay while they were visiting, which was steps from the ocean and perfect backdrop for their ceremony and reception. Beth and...

Real Wedding: Emily and Jeff, Featured on 100 Layer Cake

Emily and Jeff’s love story began with a chance meeting that started with a 24-hour proposal to be boyfriend and girlfriend, which led to a real marriage proposal years later. We had the priviledge of working with the couple before they were even engaged as our models for a styled shoot in Arizona, so we were thrilled when they came to us for their wedding! They envisioned a fun-filled destination wedding weekend for all of their...

Real Wedding: Kristin and Jeremy

Once upon a time, a boy met a girl and they fell in love. The end. If only all love stories were that easy! But a look back at Kristin and Jeremy’s wedding photos and they do make it look easy. We had so much fun celebrating their big day with them at their whimsical private estate wedding in Aneheim. Green Leaf Designs transformed the estate with cascading blooms on their ceremony backdrop, followed by more...

Real Wedding: Bianca and Jamie

Wine country weddings just seem to exude a feeling of romance and beauty all their own. Bianca and Jamie’s vintage wedding at The Vintage Estate was no different, leading with her gorgeous, vintage beaded bridal gown. The bridesmaids all wore coordinating blush gowns with varying necklines, complimented by hand-tied bouquets designed by the mother-of-the-bride. Following an intimate, outdoor ceremony, guests were welcomed to enjoy the rest of the evening at tablescapes of winery-inspired decor. Enjoy their...

Real Wedding: Jamie and Steve, Featured on Inspired By This

Jamie and Steve wed in one of our favorite spots at the stunning Rancho Las Lomas- La Terraza. The steps leading to a backdrop of forest greenery, create the perfect setting for a romantic, Southern California wedding. The couple’s vision was all romance- from her lace and tulle gown to the pastel florals, with just a touch of bling throughout. Green Leaf Designs helped pull it all together with big, pastel blooms of garden roses, peonies, and...

Real Wedding: Laura and Star, Featured on Style Me Pretty

Laura and Star’s love story dates back to their college days, brought together by a love for a great pair of sneakers! And although their love of shoes brought them together, they found themselves planning to put their toes in the sand for a Maui destination wedding. Their connection to Hawaii stems from Laura’s family who traveled to Wailea growing up. So with found memories, they planned to share an intimate wedding with 30 of the closest people in...

Real Wedding: Melissa and Jon, Featured on MOD Wedding

We’re sure that you’ve heard the term ‘Boho chic’ but if you’re looking for wedding inspiration that totally nailed it, look no further than Melissa and Jon’s Malibu wedding at Rancho del Cielo. From her bridal attire to the reception decor, this wedding embodies a free-spirited elegance throughout. The venue, boasting romantic gardens and olive groves, was a perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony and reception, allowing Melissa and Jon’s guests to enjoy all the scenery...

Real Wedding: Jasmine and Jeff, featured on 100 Layer Cake

Jasmine and Jeff sought out an outdoor wedding space that would be a good fit for their equestrian wedding. Principal Planner, Heather Hoesch, brought them to Giracci Vineyards, a gem in Silverado Canyon, just miles from their home. This turned out to be the ideal setting to combine their love for animals, good food & wine, friends and family. The equestrian theme was tied in throughout the overall wedding design- from the horse shoe save the dates and...

Real Wedding: Rustic glam and garden wedding

When you take a moment to watch Boris and Karin’s wedding story (captured by Espresso Weddings) you’ll hear sentiments echoed from their best man and maid of honor’s toasts- “they compliment each other… “they met their match…and “they’ve never been happier”. Being a part of this couple’s celebration of love is the reason we just love our jobs and had such a fun experience working with these two to coordinate their wedding day. In an outdoor...

Real Wedding: Katie and Ryan

Katie and Ryan wed at The Villa at San Juan Capistrano in Southern California, surrounded by friends, family- and bikes! These two met back in high school, so they were so thrilled to be able to not only take photos inside their past school, but to be married by one of their teachers. Katie and Ryan designed their wedding to truly reflect them- whimsical with tons of florals and their bike- showing their love for the outdoors. Guests...

Modern and Romantic Laguna Wedding

Eric and Thanh met when they lived and worked in Chicago, quickly fell in love and moved to Orange County where Eric soon proposed. They both wanted a wedding with that felt romantic but fun in the modern venue, Seven Degrees Laguna Beach. Florals by Jenny softened up the venue’s modern architecture with romantic, mulit-color bouquets and the prettiest floral arch, with colors that coordinated perfectly with Thanh’s entourage of bridesmaids in mismatched gowns. After their I...

Real Wedding: Krista and Grant

Krista and Grant were married in Southern California’s wine country at the rustic venue, Temecula Creek Inn. For their wedding, they envisioned a mixture of rustic and glam, wood and sparkle, comfortable and pretty- and we can’t wait for you to see how they mixed all of their favorites so effortlessly from their ceremony to the last dance! Krista and Grant mixed the rustic venue, wood tables and wine barrels with glamour by adding gold touches with the...

Molly and Greg’s Loft on Pine Wedding

Molly and Greg were married in Long Beach, CA at the historic loft venue, The Loft on Pine. We love this venue for its blend of historical architecture with exposed beams and original brick along with each couple’s modern decor. This couple had so many great personal touches in the design and decor of their wedding- from the ‘Love to see you smile’ ceremony backdrop sign to their reception filled with some of their favorite arcade decor...

Sonoma Winery Wedding- Taylor & Tom

This midwest couple set out to host a fall wedding in the heart of wine country, focusing on their love for God, family, friends, food- and, working out! Tom and Taylor were such a fun couple to work with and we were thrilled when they decided on a Sonoma winery wedding at Gundlach Bundschu Winery for their outdoor ceremony location. PoppyStone Floral Designs created an intimate space with wine barrels and florals marking the aisle, complete with...

Real Wedding: Alexis and Brandon

Despite pouring rain, thunder, and lightening the morning of Alexis and Brandon’s Southern California wedding day, this adorable couple stayed calm, collected and excited for the day ahead.  Just after their indoor ceremony at Talega Golf Club, the sky cleared up, providing us with the best lighting for stunning portraits of their first moments as husband and wife. Alexis envisioned a classic style wedding, including white flowers with crisp greens, accented by blush roses along with her bridesmaids in...

Real Wedding: Ziva and Neil

Our favorite part from Ziva and Neil’s wedding day was the continous use of bright, bold colors. From their traditional, Indian wedding attire to the rich hues of their centerpieces, we are in love with this beautiful celebration! The couple chose to combine both of their backgrounds- Indian and Turkish- into a very personal ceremony, full of each of their tradtitions.The pomegranate was important to Ziva and Neil and they wanted to incorporate it throughout the wedding- invitation suite,...

Real Wedding: Justin and Wally

In matching attire- down to the cufflinks- Justin and Wally wed in front of family and friends at Inspiration Point in San Francisco, followed by an amazing reception at The Box SF. (Not to skip over one of our favorite parts from their ceremony- the couple insisted on Synchronicity Strings learning Brittany Spears to play after their walk down the aisle!) Justin and Wally could not have been more excited on their wedding day to celebrate...

Real Wedding: Louella and T

It all began with Louella cashing in her Groupon to go rock climbing, where she met T, who also shared a love for climbing. The rest, as they say, was history. Louella and T planned a modern and glam wedding at the Orange County wedding venue, The Colony House– a perfect reflection of their wedding style and personalities. After a sweet ‘first look’ with Louella and her dad, guests watched at the couple stood reciting their vows...

Real Wedding: Malia and Kyle

Malia and Kyle hosted a small wedding of 50 of their closest family and friends, who all traveled from Massachusetts and Washington. They chose Ramekins in Sonoma, a venue within a culinary school, perfect for hosting more intimate parties in wine country. As you will see in their photo gallery, Allyson Wiley Photography captured their vision of an Italian garden, full of pretty blue details and soft florals. With the couple growing up on opposite coasts,...

Real Wedding: Lee and Andrew

“Our love is defined by the way that we give to each other- whole heartedly, every day, without expectations, and without judgement. Today we kick off an epic journey.” These personal vows, written by groom Andrew to his bride, Lee, kicked off an epic celebration in Denver. After many miles apart throughout their relationship, Lee and Andrew finally settled together in Denver. When it came time to planning their big day, the couple landed on Blanc–...

Real Wedding: Laura and Isaac

Laguna Beach was a big part of bride Laura’s life growing up, so when it came time to get married, Laguna was her and Isaac’s first choice. Surf & Sand Resort was the perfect location for their guests to enjoy a beach wedding (with no seashells or starfish)! The most important thing for them was that their friends and family could share their love of Laguna, feel welcomed, and that everyone had a great time. At an...

Real Wedding: Lauren and Field

Southern California couple, Lauren and Field, met through their parents, who had been friends for years before they started dating after high school. Even before their incredibly heartfelt vows were spoke at the ceremony, the love shared between these two was undeniable. They chose Temecula Creek Inn to complete their romantic and rustic theme for their wedding weekend. Prior to the wedding day, the couple and their guests enjoyed Temecula’s golf course followed by an intimate...

Real Wedding: Amy and Chris, Featured on Wedding Chicks

Amy and Chris met in Newport and since then, have been best friends and inseparable. They decided on Balboa Yacht Club for the ceremony and reception venue since that was where their relationship began. With California in a drought, they could have never predicted that their wedding day, of all days, would be a downpour. After raining all day (putting a damper on their first look and photos), the rain stopped at 5pm for their 5:30pm...

Real Wedding: Kali and Dave

Kali and Dave’s Silverado Resort and Spa destination wedding was filled with such love for the couple. Silverado’s classic and historic vibe set within wine country was the perfect setting for this Midwest couple and their family and friends. The couple created a fun, wine country weekend for all of their guests full of Napa activities including a bridal luncheon at Brix, welcome party at Black Stallion Winery, and for the guys, golfing on-site at the...

Real Wedding: Ashlee and Branden

Ashlee and Branden wanted an outdoor ceremony and reception with a rustic feel, so Temecula Creek Inn was the perfect venue for this sweet couple! Unfortunately their wedding day forecase was not ideal showing heavy rains off and on. The threat was so bad the day before that we had to pull the trigger and tent both the outside ceremony location and reception. Ashlee and Branden kept positive and focused on what the day was really...

Real Wedding: Devon and Michael, Featured on Southern California Bride

There is something to be said that true beauty come from the inside and this couple could not be a more perfect example of this. Devon and Michael are Southern California high school sweethearts and a testament to true love. Michael serves our country as a pilot in the Air Force. Since Michael began his service, he has hand written a letter to Devon every week (over 200 in total) and continues to do so as...

Real Wedding: Kara and Jason

San Diego is host to many couples seeking a destination wedding from across the country. For Kara and Jason, this was a little piece of paradise in their own backyard. We were so honored to be a part of Kara and Jason’s San Diego wedding. Kara and Jason had a long history together, sparking a love interest back in college, and continuing on post-graduation in San Diego. Kara told Jason during one of their weekly bike...

Real Wedding: Danielle and David featured in Ceremony Magazine

Danielle and David wed in the fall at Casa Bella, the Spanish-style villa within Rancho Las Lomas. The couple pulled from the beauty of their venue to incoporate similar styles to their decor such as Spanish tile table numbers, an ombre tiled cake by , even a nod to the citrus trees on property with individual limes for escort cards. See more of this vibrant wedding captured by Chloe Atnip Photography, also featured in the 2015 issue of Ceremony...

Real Wedding: Julieta and Jose

Julieta and Jose started planning their wedding with big visions of a summertime celebration. They wanted a venue that was not only incredible and exciting for their wedding guests but also had Spanish flare to play up their Hispanic heritage. After touring Rancho Las Lomas, they immediately fell in love and the planning began.

Real Wedding: Kate and Ryan featured on Green Wedding Shoes

Kate and Ryan came across their ideal wedding venue, Calamigos Ranch, after a friend suggested they check it out. They loved it for its resemblance to one of their favorite places to vacation, Big Sur. They worked with Honey and Poppies to design floral accents to enhance the natural surroundings at their venue, with plenty of greens and pinecones, which carried throughout their wedding (check out their pinecone escort cards!).

Real Wedding: Carli and Brent

Carli and Brent are the sweetest couple and loved by so many people. That was very visible by the crowd of 250 guests that turned out to celebrate their big day. The beautiful green and woodsy look at the Peacock Gap Golf Club was what the couple loved about the venue- it reminded them of Tahoe, one of their favorite places to vacation together.

Real Wedding: Colby and Connor, Featured on Carats & Cake

Colby and Connor were married at the historic Casino San Clemente, and their day was definitely a special one. I have been friends with the family for over 10 years and watching Colby and Connor’s relationship grow in that time made it that much more personal. Their posh, classic, Kate Spade-inspired theme complimented The Casino’s setting and The Bloom of Time perfected Colby’s vision. The couple opted out for a first look which made the start of...

Real Wedding: Megan and Keean

It was such an honor having the opportunity to coordinate Megan and Keean’s wedding at the gorgeous Serra Plaza! As both families are active in the military it was so important to incorporate many of those traditions. Alongside the traditional details, Megan also made sure to express herself with perfectly pink peonies throughout the ceremony and reception, designed by Pixie’s Petals. One of our favorite details is the statement piece at Serra Plaza, the central fountain, which made...

Real Wedding: Alex and Barrie

We were introduced to Alex and Barrie as a referral from a past client (wow, we love those!). This sweet couple was looking to get married in an urban yet historic setting, so Union Station in Los Angeles became the perfect venue to host a celebration in front of their closest family and friends. Some of our favorite parts from their big day were the florals and how well they complimented their venue’s historic and retro decor,...

Real Wedding: Sara and Brad

LVL Weddings & Events _Temecula Creek Inn_Figlewitz Photography

Sara and Brad were looking to plan a rustic winery wedding, and we couldn’t think of a better SoCal venue than Temecula Creek Inn! Along with florist, Flowers Etc. Weddings, the couple designed their decor to reflect the venue’s surroundings, compliementing the space with pastel florals, wood signage and seating, and of course, wine barrels to tie in their theme. We always encourage our couples to make their big day personal, so we loved how they incorporated...

Real Wedding: Jessica and Morgan

Planning weddings is fun, but when your client is an improv comedian, the planning takes on a whole new level! When planning their big day at Temecula Creek Inn, Jessica and Morgan wanted the décor to be bright and whimsical, a reflection of their personalities. Keith Laverty Floral and AmpersandInk Designs went above and beyond to design colorful and unique look.

Real Wedding: Mandy and Eric, featured in Ceremony Magazine

Mandy and Eric were married at a romantic oceanside wedding followed by a luxuriously designed reception at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. The romantic theme of blush and pink florals carried throughout their wedding details, from the gorgeous arrangements from Inviting Occasion to the custom cake from A Wish and A Whisk. We couldn’t have done it without a stellar vendor team- all of the best to create a magical day for the sweetest bride and groom. You...

Real Wedding: Laura and Kevin, Featured on MOD Wedding

Laura and Kevin were married in San Clemente at the Talega Golf Club, a gorgeous venue for Southern California couples, and just a short drive up from the coast. Laura and Kevin were looking to design their wedding with a glamourous yet rustic feel, and as you will see, their team of vendors was able to pull that off with a fresh take on the bold color red.

Real Wedding: Wendy and David, featured on Carats & Cake

There are few things more emotional and beautiful like the blending of two families. Wendy and David met over their son’s sports and quickly found out there was so much more there. After a Laguna Beach proposal on a weekend away, they decided to have their nearest and dearest join them for their Montage Laguna wedding, which included their five boys. We had a blast helping them create a beautiful Valentine’s Day celebration. Special thanks to Troy...

Real Wedding: Meredith and David featured in Destination I Do Magazine

Meredith and Dave were looking to celebrate with family and friends in Hawaii, where Meredith grew up. The couple had been to a few destination weddings and really liked the idea of the wedding not just being a one day affair, but a few days of celebrating. Being able to share the beauty of Hawaii within the context of their wedding was something very important to them. They put their trust in their team of vendors as they planned remotely from California, relying...

Real Wedding: Kelly and Andrew featured on Style Me Pretty

Kelly and Andrew came to LVL looking for creative and professional guidance to pull of one awesome party. They envisioned a nautical theme, so together with some of the best vendors, we created a day full of nautical navy blue stripes and golden lanterns, to create a classic wedding style.

Real Wedding: Elizabeth and Matt

Elizabeth & Matt’s romantic, Serra Plaza wedding was as sweet as the couple. They were married in front of friends and family at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach. Guests were then welcomed to the reception at Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano, while Elizabeth and Matt took photos with Gilmore Studios along the historic railroad. The night was complete as guests enjoyed sweets, live music with the All Star Trio Band, and (our favorite) a sparkler exit.

Real Wedding: Michelle and Matt

LVL Weddings & Events The Loft on Pine Brandon Kidd Photography

The Loft on Pine was the perfect place for Michelle and Matt to bring all of their closest friends and family to celebrate their winter wedding. Their first look, captured perfectly by Brandon Kidd Photography, showed their fun-loving personalities. Michelle’s vision of white and burgundy decor was brought to life by Cristina’s Flowers, complimenting the industrial feel of their venue. Guests enjoyed great eats from Jay’s Catering before celebrating the rest of the night on a packed dance floor. See more of their...

Real Wedding: Kelsey and Cameron

Kelsey and Cameron are Southern California natives. Their easy going fun loving personalities made planning thier garden-inspired wedding such an enjoyable experience. It was important to Kelsey and Cameron that their wedding to be a reflection of them as a couple. The Colony House by 24 Carrots Catering was exactly the unique and intimate setting they were looking for. The industrial-inspired, craftsman-style architecture complemented their bright and colorful garden- inspired theme and flowers by Shindig Chic. The...

Real Wedding: Christie and Dave featured on Wedding Chicks

Christie and Dave’s Los Angeles wedding was a true reflection of them as a couple. Early on in their planning, the couple knew what they didn’t want at their wedding, which led them to their pretty, neutral palate. Their decor theme was a perfect compliment the Skirball Cultural Center, where they would host their closest friends and family for an outdoor ceremony. Their neutral palate also had an organic feel, where The Little Branch incorporated floral...

Real Wedding: Shenel and Pezhman

When two cultures join together, the love illuminates throughout every detail. Shenel and Pezhman brought together their two beautiful heritages,  Pakistani and Persian into fun modern fusion Fig House  wedding.  The Bloom of Time designed an incredible floral curtain, which was the perfect backdrop to the newlyweds as they enjoyed dinner under the stars. The night was filled with belly dancers, a luxurious tea lounge and endless dancing all night long.These amazing photos by the very...

Real Wedding: Justine and Steven featured on Wedding Chicks

We are so excited to share Justine & Steven’s gorgeous wedding , also featured here on Wedding Chicks. These two lovebirds have not only been high school sweethearts, but middle school sweethearts since they were thirteen years old! As a design graduate from FIDM, Justine knew exactly the look she wanted for her wedding – touches of pink, shimmer, and glitter everywhere! Every detail was styled so beautifully, from the different color bridesmaid dresses to the...

Real Wedding: Christina and Garrett

Christina & Garrett were both working for a food distribution company before they met. On a business trip, they connected while bowling at a team building event, and the rest was history! When deciding what kind of wedding to have, it came naturally to them to host a rustic, fun, lively environment, much like their relationship. They were lucky to be able to get married at a relative’s home in Rancho Palos Verdes. One of the couple’s favorite...

Real Wedding: Tara and Grant Featured on Wedding Chicks

Tara and Grant’s rustic chic wedding at Temecula Creek Inn was a true reflection of this adorable couple. Mark Brooke Photographers captured every personal detail from their big day just perfectly. They wanted their wedding to be a reflection of the venue’s landscape, so they selected shades of blush, green and gold to compliment this winery wedding.  The Inn’s rustic feel paired perfectly with the vintage furniture and farm tables, with a touch of glam with floral design by Keith Laverty. Tara...

Real Wedding: Mallory and Austin

Having grown up on Balboa Island, Mallory knew she wanted to incorporate the nautical theme into her Orange County wedding, but did not want it to be all seashells and starfish. From the very first meeting knew Mallory and Austin were a preppy couple (the striped button downs were the giveaway) but I also figured out Mallory was a girl that liked things that glimmered. Knowing they met through church, I asked if there was a particular verse that was special to...

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Dustin

Since Jennifer and Dustin currently reside in Texas, all of the coordination and communication was done over the phone and through email leading up to the exciting week of their Laguna Beach wedding. I couldn’t wait to meet this sweet couple! Jennifer and Dustin shared and intimate ceremony with their closest family and friends on the rooftop of Mozambique, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The night continued with live music from the talented Jonathan Blake Salazer. Hailley Howard Photography captured their...

Real Wedding: Teri and Paul

This sweet couple had their first date at the Surf & Sand Resort, so it seemed like the perfect place to say their vows on a gorgeous April day. Teri & Paul added many special touches to make this day unforgettable including an artist who painted scenes of the ceremony and first dance; etched wine bottles that served as table numbers featuring favorite quotes, and a grooms cake by It’s All About the Cake featuring Paul’s favorite scotch.​ ​The...

Real Wedding: Tianna and Cody Featured on Inspired by This

Tianna and Cody were inspired by mint and peach florals, a perfect compliment to the rustic details of  this Orange County Estate Wedding at The Quail Estate. Before the ceremony, they shared a ‘first touch’ (blindfolded of course) as Tiana fed Cody one of their favorite meals- Taco Bell!  Tianna wowed her husband-to-be and guests with her absolutely breathtaking Hayley Paige gown. Handmade details made by Tianna filled the reception lawn, including custom made signs and wine crates.The night...

Real Wedding: Breeann and Josh featured on Green Wedding Shoes

I was lucky to meet Breeann when she was a bridesmaid for friends and past clients. She made my day when it came time for her own wedding and asked me to pull together her and Josh’s plans. They hosted their close family friends nearby Breeann’s family home at Bandy Canyon Ranch. Inspired by their engagement photo session with DnA Wylie Photography in Joshua Tree, CA, their wedding reflected the desert and navajo patterns. From the bridesmaids dresses to the...

Real Wedding: Heather and Brent

For their Valentine’s Day wedding, Heather and Brent wanted nothing more than an non-traditional yet thoughtful wedding that celebrated their love for each other! The couple decided on The Loft on Pine for their Long Beach wedding, which was the perfect setting for a candlelit ceremony. We love this venue for its gorgeous lofted ceilings and historic atmosphere. They incorporated many soft, romantic details with their decor and neutral florals– a perfect compliment to the venue’s industrial feel....

Real Wedding: Christina and Paul

Christina and Paul, a New York couple, planned a destination wedding to Coronado, San Diego, to be close to their west coast family and friends. They were only able to make one weekend trip to San Diego prior to their wedding to select a venue, meet their vendors and finalize details for their big day, so LVL Planner Amy Kuchta planned the majority of the wedding with the couple via Skype! Christina and Paul wanted their guests to...

Real Wedding: Andrea and Leo

Congratulations to one of our very own at LVL for getting hitched! Below Andrea shares her memories of her classic purple, black and white Rancho Bernardo Inn Wedding. As a wedding planner I have been to a ton of weddings! So when I became engaged, after 7 years of dating, I knew exactly what I wanted for the big day! I am a huge fan of simplicity and clean lines and I am completely obsessed with...

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Rylan

Wedding planning is such a great job, but when LVL planner Kerri Hatter had the chance to do it for her family, it made it extra special.   Last November, just two weeks after Rylan came home from deployment in Afghanistan, they became a family of three so this celebration was solidifying their commitment to their loving family. Rylan is a cowboy at heart and since they met line dancing, it’s no secret where the cowboy hats,...

Real Wedding: Kathryn and Kevin

What’s not to love about metallic gold paired with a pink Cadillac get away car. This sweet couple started out as friends before they ended up dating and then getting married! Tehama Golf Club was a stunning reception venue up on a hilltop in Carmel Valley where the groom, Kevin grew up. The ceremony was held in was at Kevin’s childhood school, Santa Catalina Chapel. Kathryn and Kevin selected simple, blush floral and touches of gold...

Real Wedding: Shannon and Andrew

After moving to the east coast, this sweet couple knew they wanted to return to sunny, Southern California where they first met to have their wedding. Shannon and Andrew were looking for a unique and intimate place to get married. They found their perfect venue in the heart of Ventura at the San Buenaventura Mission. Filled with rich history and a beautiful garden setting, this venue was love at first sight. Their ceremony was held under a gorgeous fig tree at...

Real Wedding: Lauren and Lee

Lauren and Lee’s overall inspiration was romantic and beachy since they met at the beach as kids and grew up together as lifeguards. Oh, and to throw an epic party! They chose Estancia La Jolla, which they described as the ‘setting of their dreams’ to hold the ceremony and reception. Guests were serenaded by the sounds of Kevin Miso during the ceremony and as their DJ for the reception. Although their ceremony was not in a church, they still...

Real Wedding: Marie and Ray

Marie & Ray were sure they didn’t want a ballroom wedding, and with a love for art, Bowers Museum was a perfect backdrop for their big day.  Since they wanted to keep things simple, bright and fun, French Buckets designed small clusters of bright floral to each table. They also added their own flair with the whimsical escort cards from Sylhouettes by Sylvia. Their own food traditions were important so we mixed a dessert table with their...

Real Wedding: Ariel and Ernest featured in Ceremony Magazine

When it came time to plan their wedding, Ariel and Ernest wanted a fun day to celebrate their love and union with their friends and family. We were thrilled when they chose one of our favorites, Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, CA located in the hills of Orange County. Larissa of Inviting Occasion further enhanced their venue’s charm with her bold and organic floral designs for their outdoor ceremony and reception. One of our favorite details from...

Real Wedding: Summer and Bryan featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine

I am not sure where to begin with this luxurious California Vineyard Wedding hosted at the gorgeous Sunstone Winery. We were honored to be a part of Summer and Bryan’s special day especially since they were fellow wedding industry family. This made it extra special! There were so many ridiculously well curated details we had to share our top 10 list with you, so hang tight and enjoy the ride. (Top 10 list credited from Martha...

Real Wedding: Jen and Derek

Well it is safe to say we are obsessed with this new up and coming Los Angeles warehouse wedding space , 440 Seaton.  It’s urban, lofty vibe is so dreamy! Jen, our lovely bride had a specific vision and enlisted the help of friends and family to help make it come true.  Having a blank slate like 440 Seaton was perfect because she could truly make it her own.  Her favorite detail was the elevator, where she hung...

Real Wedding: Georji and Justin featured on Inspired by This

From the minute I met sweet Georji and Justin, I knew their wedding was going to be unique and hip (just like them).  They didn’t want anything traditional and it was important that family and friends were the focus and having a good time was an absolute must.  The Alcazar was the perfect space for guests to enjoy the Palm Springs vibe and a perfect palate to partner up with Keith Laverty Florals and The Lynden Lane...

Real Wedding: Kristin and Nick

From the moment that I first spoke with Kristin over the phone, I knew that we were meant to work together! A good old Mid Western girl, just like me!  I worked with Kristin and her Mom for 9 months pulling together all of the details for their Catalina Island Destination Wedding.  

Real Wedding: Terry and Justin

Terry and Justin’s rustic Carmel wedding weekend was a party! Many of the guests were traveling from the East Coast for this wedding and it was important to Terry and Justin for the event to be casual, a fabulous party with the California touch. Carmel Valley Ranch provided an amazing atmosphere for the wedding and a true California vibe for their guests. The menu was crafted to fit the California theme with everything being farm to table from...

Real Wedding: Melody and Justin

We see so many fun grand entrances, but one of my favorites had to be Melody & Justin’s! Being introduced as the first time as husband as wife to Soul Train which then lead into their groovy choreographed first dance. This was just one of the many personal elements from this funky art gallery wedding at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. From the delicious boba bar to vibrant paper flowers designed my The Bloom of Time...

Real Wedding: Amy and Brandon

You know it’s a great wedding when the end comes and no one wants to leave.  This library themed wedding was just that…a fantastic party!  Inspired by the main facade of their venue, Cafe Pinot,  being the Los Angeles Public Library, Amy and Brandon decided to do a literary theme.  They spent time collecting books for each author, which they used in lieu of table numbers, and I decided to put my DIY abilities to the...

Real Wedding: Ashley and Matt featured on Carats and Cake

Sequins! If anyone knows me well, they know I am a sucker for sparkle! So when it came time to plan my own wedding, I was true to form and wanted our friends and family to leave the wedding thinking that was totally PERFECT for Ashley and Matt. So sparkles, Passed Patron shots, glow sticks, and dance floor sweat towels were the starting point. I wanted a classic, timeless wedding design but with some updated, modern...

Real Wedding: Kate and Nate featured on Style Me Pretty

Kate and Nate, currently reside in DC and wanted to create a wedding that incorporated their love for San Diego, Italy and food with their nearest and dearest, so an intimate Italian Dinner Party Inspired private estate wedding was born. Heirloom LA’s perfectly crafted Italian meal, Sweet Marie Design’s gorgeous decor, with KAKalligraphy’s perfectly styled touches helped us create a magical night. All captured by the uber talented Ashley Kelemen photography, it was a fabulous affair! Congratulations...

Real Wedding: Sarah and Michael featured on Style Me Pretty

Sarah and Michael first laid eyes on one another while working at the library in college. Being avid readers and honoring how they met it was inevitable to thread the library theme throughout their wedding to truly tell their love story. Our favorite part of this library inspired Smog Shoppe wedding was that the books  in their centerpieces mostly belonged to Sarah’s mother and her siblings when they were growing up in the 60s. Enjoy the gorgeous...

Real Wedding: Chelsea and Justin

Chelsea and Justin had the energy together to illuminate an entire city. And you could feel that love electrify throughout their wedding day. The two of them envisioned a fun yet polished feel for their gorgeous Seven Degrees Wedding in Laguna Beach. From the stunning rooftop ceremony followed by a delicious all gluten free reception even to the cake! Adore more of this love story with photos from Zoom Theory Photography. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/106988948[/vimeo] Coordinator: Arielle with LVL...

Real Wedding: Mary and Chris

This west coast couple wanted to create an intimate destination wedding for their guests and The Olowalu Plantation located in the heart of Maui was just the perfect place.  Chris and Mary’s Maui wedding was full of blush, grey, ivory with touches of mint. One of our favorite details of this tropical affair was the cute little surf board cake topper. Enjoy all the beautiful details captured by Trish Barker Photography. Wedding Planner: Lindsay with LVL...

Real Wedding: Desza and Jacob

Desza and Jacob had a beautiful Kualoa Ranch Wedding.   Desza, a native of Hawaii and Jacob were planning their wedding from afar in Portland. Their vision was a rustic, romantic beach front wedding  and with the help Sweet Pea Petunia this vision came to life. Using peach garden roses, coral roses, succulents and wooden stumps was the perfect compliment to the gorgeous backdrop of Mokoli’i. All of these special moments captured by Christie Pham Photography Venue Kualoa...

Real Wedding: Karen and Philip

Fresh, modern, crisp and fun were the words Karen and Philip used to describe the wedding of their San Diego Museum of Art Wedding.  With the help of Alex with Blush Botanicals and the creative vision of the bride we were able to pull this off with flying colors. Check out the beautiful water color invitations from Love Vs. Design and the adorable pinwheel escort cards made by the bride herself! Enjoy this fresh and cool...

Real Wedding: Mary Sue and Shelby

After a year of planning, there was no way we were going to let a little rain spoil Mary Sue and Shelby’s wedding – they had waited 20 years for this day and I was going to make it happen! Since they had never thought about this day before, they had never thought about what it would be like so we laughed a lot during the planning about coming up with a “theme” for their wedding...

Destination Wedding : Heidi & Jason Part 2 featured on Style Me Pretty

Couldn’t get enough of Part 1! Don’t fret we have lots of gorgeous ceremony and reception details to share with. This romantic tropical Playa Del Carmen Destination Wedding was definitely a highlight for us in 2014. The combination of the gorgeous backdrop of Viceroy Rivera Maya, custom driftwood pieces with calligraphy by KAKalligraphy and mercury glass candles this wedding was all romance. Have a look at the full affair captured perfectly by Brandon Kidd Photography. Photography: Brandon Kidd...

Playa Del Carmen Wedding : Heidi & Jason Part 1

When you invite 45 of your favorite people to join in your marriage and celebration to a destination, half the fun is stretching out to the party to a wedding weekend! We wanted to share some fun destination wedding ideas from Heidi & Jason’s I Do’s in sunny Playa Del Carmen, Mexico at the Viceroy Riviera Maya.  We started the weekend off with a tequila and ceviche tasting, played custom corn hole by the pool and...

Real Wedding: Melissa and Andrew

Melissa spent her childhood visiting Sherman Gardens with her family so when looking for a wedding location that had meaning and also had a casual elegance vibe the Gardens was an obvious choice. Though their reception was in Corona Del Mar, California they did not forget their New Orleans ties and flew Andrew Duhan out to play for the reception. Keeping with the garden theme, Rogers Gardens created gorgeous florals which complimented the lush surroundings. With...

Real Wedding: Esther and Jason featured on Style Me Pretty

We are in love with this romantic San Clemente wedding at Bella Collina Golf Club. The backdrop of this hillside venue could not have been a more perfect pair to the watercolor palette of peach, pink, grey and whites. One of our favorite parts of this wedding were the gorgeous blooms created and crafted by Fleuretica. Enjoy all the gorgeous details captured so perfectly by Kurt Boomer.  Photography: Kurt Boomer Photography | Cinematography: Fiske Film | Event...

Real Wedding: Harmony and Matthew

It’s small, intimate weddings like this one that really reminds us what weddings are all about. There is nothing more heartfelt than your closest family and friends coming together to share in this amazing moment of your life. This adorable wedding was so fun to be a part of with the unique loft space at The Box SF and the amazing vendor team we put together to ensure the perfect day for this sweet couple. A...

Cheers to Temecula!

Only an hour South of Orange County and an hour North of San Diego sits one of Southern California’s best kept secrets – the Temecula Valley Wine Country.  With over 40 wineries with vineyard covered hills, 30 golf courses, numerous resorts and private estates, Temecula is the perfect destination for your wedding weekend.  From wine tasting (of course) to hot air balloon rides, your guests will not have a shortage of things to do for the...

Real Wedding: Michelle and Brian featured in OC Register

We were so honored to be a part of Michelle and Brian’s Orange County wedding at Rancho Las Lomas. Michelle grew up in California and knew this is where she wanted to get married back in her home state. Michelle and Brian met while living in New York city and now reside on the east coast. Planning from afar is never easy so we made sure to set their mind at ease by taking care of...

Real Wedding: Crystal and Dan

Treasure Island’s Winery SF provides such a beautiful city skyline backdrop to say “I Do.” Crystal and her family are from the windy city of Chicago so when the wind decided to make an appearance during the ceremony it did not stop anyone from  enjoying the special moment. Colorful pinwheels were passed out to the guests as they entered the ceremony which added a little fun to the ceremony. Once there ceremony was over this wedding turned...

An Amazing Gluten-Free Wedding

We had the honor and pleasure of coordinating Chelsea and Justin’s wedding a few months ago at 7 Degrees in Laguna Beach.  Their wedding was filled with beautiful flowers, lots of dancing and more love than we knew what do with.  The one thing this wedding wasn’t filled with was gluten and Chelsea’s mom is here to tell her story. We wanted to share this article in hopes to help other  gluten free couples out their with...

Real Wedding: Stacey and Garrett

Stacey and Garrett are an absolutely gorgeous couple and there couldn’t have been a better venue to host their Napa Valley wedding than the fabulous Auberge du Soleil.  We had the best time working with and and they were such a fun couple that we weren’t surprised their family and friends were just as awesome. By the end we felt like part of the family.  The sweeping Napa Valley views, stunning dress, specialty jalapeño margaritas, and upbeat crowd made...

Real Wedding: Lisa and Andrew featured on Style Unveiled

Lisa and Andrew were married at gorgeous Montage Laguna Beach. Lisa and Andrew wanted a elegant, black tie affair with breathtaking ocean views for their jewish ceremony and this is exactly what they got.  We loved everything about this wedding from the ombre centerpieces, surprise Dodgers groom cake and custom gobo on the dance floor. This beautiful Montage Laguna Beach wedding was also featured on Style Unveiled and photos were taken by Scott Nelson Photography.  ...

Real Weddings: Candace and Asher featured on Smashing the Glass and Pacific Weddings

This Orange County California Shabby Chic Jewish wedding was a day to remember! There were personal touches in every nook and cranny which always warms my heart.  I think my favorite part was Candace having her grandfather (the only living grandparent between the two of them) be their ring bearer. It brought tears to my eyes!! Candace also had a locket on her bouquet of both of her grandmothers and also wore one of her grandmother’s engagements...

Real Wedding: Stephanie and Andy featured on Southern California Bride

Stephanie and Andy had a vision of a modern wedding with clean design with pops of unconventional additions. The hangar at Planes of Fame was the perfect backdrop for this DIY Wedding plus it also incorporated Andy’s love of planes being the talented aerospace engineer that he is. Although it may seem daunting to some brides, Stephanie was excited to create the design so we helped her pull it all together. She actually dreamt up their...

Real Wedding: Amy and Matthew

We loved Amy and Matthew’s Ojai Valley Inn & Spa wedding. One of our favorite details of this wedding was the beautiful white chapel custom built by Crosby + Jon. While the bride wanted to be married in a church, the groom wanted to have their ceremony outdoors… So to make each of their wedding day dreams come true, Crosby + Jon designed this stunning Little White Chapel and used Pews, Chapel Window Mirrors, and Arched French Doors...

Real Wedding: Aurora and RJ featured on Style Unveiled & OC Register

Aurora and RJ hosted a gorgeous wedding at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Not only were these two adorable but the story of how they met was even sweeter and was featured on Style Unveiled and OC Register. Back in 2010, when Aurora was living in Manhattan Beach, Aurora was invited to a USC football game by a friend. The talkative young woman struck up a conversation with the man sitting next to her –...

Real Wedding: Jolise and Pat featured on Style Me Pretty

We are in love with Jolise and Pat’s Smog Shoppe wedding that was also featured on Style me Pretty!  Jolise had the idea right from the get go,  to create a design for their wedding that reflected both of their styles. She incorporated a little glam and sparkle to match her fun and energetic side and cool tones or green, white and some copper to incorporate Pat’s masculine and down to earth style. With the help...

Real Wedding: Noelle and Drew featured on Style Me Pretty

Okay, so you gotta hear how adorable Noelle and Drew’s engagement story is!! Noelle and Drew met in high school and stating dating when they were 16. Drew asked her out with a scavenger hunt that eventually led to him, with a cake that he had baked saying, “Lets be official”. Seriously no boyfriend I ever had was that thoughtful and romantic at 16. Exactly seven years later he led Noelle on another scavenger hunt, that...

Real Wedding: Kelly and Mike Featured on Style Me Pretty

We were so excited to hear Style Me Pretty featured Kelly and Mike’s rustic lace inspired estate wedding at Rancho Las Lomas.  Details were imperative and they wanted lots of lace and antiques! Lace… was everywhere…  from her dress, shoes, lace wrapped candles, cake, table cloth runners… to the old fashioned program fans.  Antiques included mission-style wood head tables, antique desks for the guest book and cake as well as an ornate antique iron gate for table seating...

Real Wedding: Tye and Kris

Before we begin the planning process with our couples we start by asking their priorities,  what are the pieces of their wedding that are most important to them.  For Tye and Kris it was their love for Indie music and great food! When I heard this it was music to my ears because I had the perfect duo in mind, Dart DJ and Eco Caters both not your typical wedding vendor experience. Dart DJ’s scratch vinyl records and...

Real Wedding: Brittany and Duncan

In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to share Brittany and Duncan’s gorgeous Carlsbad military wedding.  Being married to someone in the service,  Memorial Day takes on a new meaning for me as I am sure it does for Brittany and Duncan.  Having lived apart for two years,  making multiple weekend red eye flights, countless Skype calls and deployments these two embody the commitment and sacrifice required in military families. Duncan and Brittany wanted to celebrate their vows in San Diego with a...

Real Wedding: Liz & Dez Featured on Snippet and Ink

Wanting a simple and elegant wedding with a touch of whimsy, Liz and Dez decided Solage Calistoga was the perfect place host their wedding.  We were in love with Daisy Rose’s  floral creations of garden roses, dahlias, chocolate cosmos, accented with trailing vines. They were a perfect compliment to the elegant candle sticks and tasseled whimsical balloon backdrop.  We loved each and every detail of this gorgeous wedding captured by Esther Sun Photography and you can...

Real Wedding: Lindsay and John Bermuda Themed Wedding featured on The Knot

Lindsay and John were never fans of big formal weddings and the most important part of their wedding was to make sure it reflected each of them.   Lindsay grew up with her grandparents living in Bermuda and when she took John to Bermuda for the first time he feel in love with it too so they decided to have a bermuda themed wedding,  bermuda suits and all! With the help of event designer Lindye Galloway,...

Real Wedding: Kristen & Tristan featured on Wedding Chicks

Kristen and Tristan knew they wanted to tie the knot in their home state of California.  After spending two years moving from Chicago to New Orleans, tying the knot in a place where they had roots was very important to them. Their chic modern styled wedding was hosted at a family member’s Beverly Hills home which has some of the  most amazing jaw dropping views of the city scape, not a bad backdrop to say I...

Real Wedding: Erin and Constantine – Featured on 100 Layer Cake

We were so excited to see Erin and Constantine’s wedding featured on 100 Layer Cake! This was extra special because it was our first Convict Lake Resort Mammoth wedding. E+C had originally planned to host their wedding in Orange County and after some reflection they decided to change their location to the Convict Lake Resort in Mammoth. Erin grew up fishing on the very lake they were married on with her dad every summer.  Their family had so many...

Real Wedding: Kristin and Matt

One of the reasons I love my job so much is because I get to work with couples like Kristin & Matt.  From the moment I met them, I knew their wedding was not only going to be beautiful, but it would reflect their love for the outdoors, their family and friends and their outgoing personalities.  To bring in the outdoors they choose Rancho Las Lomas and every table number was an engraved piece of wood...

Real Wedding: Brooke and Barrett

I had the best time wedding planning this Pasadena Country Club Wedding with Brooke and her mom.  Each planning meeting started with a celebratory glass of champagne and, my kind of ladies!  One of my favorite details of this gorgeous golf course wedding was Brooke’s wedding dress that she found at Panache Bridal. Brooke loved the back detailing so much she decided to mimic it on her wedding cake.  Special thanks to Allison Maginn for the introduction...

Real Wedding: Emily and Don

I remember first meeting Emily and Don in early February. We met at Don’s house where I was greeted by the warm smiling face of a very excited bride to be! When I first sit down with a new couple I always start by asking, “How did he pop the big question?”  Emily and Don’s story definitely topped the charts. Check out the awesome proposal video here! Don, huge props to you!! Emily and Don hosted...

Real Wedding: Ben and Paige featured on Wedding Party

Ben and Paige had a hard time finding the perfect venue with the WOW factor.  Thanks to the mother of the bride they were introduced to Rancho Las Lomas Zoological Gardens. They had no idea what to expect but we were blown away during their visit.  The property was unique in every way.  Plus, who could pass up the opportunity to have tigers at their wedding!? Photography was another very important piece to their big day and a...

Real Wedding: Jessica and Chad – Featured on Style Me Pretty

When it came to planning their wedding, Jessica and Chad knew they wanted to make it resemble them as a couple, down to the littlest details.  As a collector and lover of all things rustic and vintage, Olympia’s Valley Estate was the perfect setting for their wedding.  Nestled inside a working dairy and organic produce farm, this property had everything they wanted and then some.  All the signs below were made and painted by the groom.  As...

Real Wedding: Relinidis and Kelechi

What more could a bride and groom want on their special day than to be surrounded by family and friends? Relindis and Kelechi had it all on their wedding day, which started with a gorgeous ceremony at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church and a fun-filled reception at the beautiful Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. Guests flew in from England, Africa, and the East Coast to celebrate with the bride and groom. The ballroom popped...

Real Wedding: Chea & Liam featured on Style Me Pretty

Chea & Liam might be the the sweetest, down-to-earth southern couple from Louisiana you will ever meet.  As a couple who loves to travel, a previous trip to Napa had stolen their hearts.  When Liam proposed, they knew that Napa Valley would be the perfect fit to host their wedding.  Solage Calistoga provided the ideal setting to host their rustic chic wedding. OneLove Photography captured some amazing images of this stunning bride and groom, and don’t...

Real Wedding: Kelly and Andy

Kelly and Andy’s wedding was not only filled with vibrant colors and culture but also with overflowing love. This multicultural wedding was such a honor to be a part of. The bride and groom were involved in every detail and it was important for them to incorporate both of their cultures and their love of travel. The day started off with a traditional Indian Baraat and lead into a Christian ceremony dripping with amazing florals designed...

Real Wedding: Kelly & Aaron featured on Wedding Wire

Kelly & Aaron dreamt of a classic wedding with a great meal and fun party to share with family and friends. For these two Los Angeles love birds, Union Station was love at first sight! Union Station was perfect, a space dramatic and grand, the cinema & LA history made a flawless backdrop for their wedding day. During the planning meetings when we talked about the flow of the day, Kelly & Aaron opted out of...

Destination Wedding in Lowcountry: Shea & Brad

This wedding was incredibly special to me because Shea and I have known each other since we were in high school.  We have one of those friendships that no matter where life takes us the moment we see each other or hop on a phone call we are right back to the same girls who played sad song wine night while living together in Chicago.  I recently had a chance to visit with Brad and Shea...

Real Wedding: Reena and Ameer featured in Exquisite Weddings Magazine

  Reena and Ameer’s beautiful aqua, fuchsia and purple wedding was featured in Exquisite Weddings April/May 2013 print edition as well as their blog.  It was absolutely stunning from the ceremony at Scripps Seaside Forum, to reception at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines with beautiful custom lighting by PSAV.  Every detail was captured by Erin Shimazu Photography.   Personal details included their custom bobblehead toppers and art with their monogram that included the names of each...

Real Wedding: Nicole & Vince – Featured on Green Wedding Shoes

 A beautiful day in Palm Springs, perfect for a wedding! Nicole and Vince said their “I Do’s” amongst family and friends in the courtyard of The Commune at The ACE Hotel. The vibe, seen first on Green Wedding Shoes, was a little bit gold and coral, a little bit hip, and a lot of love and laughter. Everything was captured perfectly by Roger Ellsworth of EP Love. Nicole and I spent the last several months collaborating...

Real Wedding: Wendy and Alan featured on Style Me Pretty

We will never get enough of the gorgeousness that happens when you combine a sweet couple, a sunny day in So Cal and one of our favorite venues! Wendy and Alan wed on Cinco de Mayo and used the holiday as inspiration. Their special day started at the lovely Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church, their reception took place at Franciscan Gardens  with 24 Carrots Catering & Events. This lush outdoor venue was the perfect backdrop to...

Real Wedding: Amritha and Josh

When I first met Amritha and Josh, they shared their vision of a celebration where both their cultures and religions were intertwined. The results were truly incredible. When you combine a super sweet couple with big Indian and Jewish families, you get a brightly colored, incredibly meaningful three day celebration with not only one of the most beautiful ceremonies but by far the best dance parties I have ever seen!   Congratulations Amritha and Josh! Josh...

Real Wedding: Kristina and Jon

One of my favorite feelings has to be coming past the windmills in route to the desert from Orange County and that immediate feeling of peaceful escape. There is something about the palm trees, the mountains and the evening light after a sunny day that really makes me feel like the desert is the perfect spot for a close but still destination wedding weekend. Kristina & Jon thought that those palm trees and mountains would make...

Real Wedding : Lisa and Scott

Scott and Lisa decided to celebrate their big day on the gorgeous Santa Barbara beachfront.  With toes in the sand, this beautiful couple tied the knot by tossing beach balls and inviting guests to put on flip flops as opposed to heels.  With details of beachy elegance including place cards, tables on the sand, and stunning florals by Kelly Kaufman everyone enjoyed celebrating Scott and Lisa’s love for one another amongst the Pacific Ocean waves.  All...

Real Wedding: Emily and Abe – featured on Wedding Chicks

Emily and Abe’s intimate Spanish style wedding at Rancho Valencia was full of love and amazing little details.  Abe designed the paper goods, and the entire wedding held to their theme, from the mini Patron place cards to the churro flavored cupcakes.  First appearing on Wedding Chicks, I happy to share the beauty of Emily and Abe’s special day, all captured by Luna Photo and Joe Serrato Films. Congratulations Emily and Abe!! [vimeo width=”600″ height=”300″]http://vimeo.com/39449872[/vimeo] Venue: Rancho...

Real Wedding: Kelly and Russell – featured on Wedding Chicks

When I met former event planner and bride to be Kelly who expressed her love of all things, pretty, girlie, shiny and fun, it was evident we were kindred spirits. Featured on Wedding Chicks – New Year’s Eve Wedding Ideas, Kelly and Russell wanted to have a destination ceremony + a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, so we threw one heck of a bash! Kelly wanted wow moments from start to finish, from the chandelier lit ceremony...

Real Wedding: Matt & Paul featured on Green Wedding Shoes

We are excited to share with you Matt & Paul’s celebration, featured first on Green Wedding Shoes. The day was a scorcher (over 100 degrees), we started early and ended in the wee hours of the night. It was well worth the heat of the day to watch these two wonderful guys surrounded by their family and friends. The love they have for each other and all of their guests is really what made this day...

Real Wedding: Emily & Jon

I was lucky enough to kick off 2013 with this sweet couple and a dream vendor team. Emily & Jon were married on a cool winter night at the one and only Rancho Las Lomas. Father of the Groom, married these sweethearts and Empora Flora helped Emily’s romantic white and navy winter wedding vision come to life. Thanks to Troy Grover Photographers for capturing the day so perfectly. Congratulations Emily & Jon! Venue: Rancho Las Lomas...

Real Wedding : Nicole & Adel – featured on Junebug Weddings

The Quail Estate is a favorite of our Southern California hidden gem venues. It has a lush landscape providing a private, picture perfect backdrop for Nicole & Adel’s I Do’s. This stunning wedding which was originally featured on Junebug Weddings was captured by Focus Photography. I love cultural fusion ceremonies and this Persian meets Western wedding was perfection. So many pretty details and touching moments, thanks to The Vine’s Leaf and Found, the bride’s vision of vintage...

Real Wedding: Katy & Aaron

Winery weddings always hold a special place in my heart! This one was perfection. Katy & Aaron decided to get married at the newly remodeled Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma, California.  The newly laid cobblestone and exposed ancient stone building allowed for the perfect backdrop for this intimate affair. When I first met Katy, she shared with me her vision for their wedding day.  Working together, it was a joy to assist in making her dream...

Real Wedding: Jami and Dan

I’m so happy to share this beautiful wedding with you. It is a huge compliment when we get to be a part of an industry friend’s big day. Jami & Dan both worked for 24 Carrots Catering and Events, when it came to celebrate their union, they chose the one and only  Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. On a perfect sunny day, Jami and Dan’s wedding was pretty, fun and a celebration so full of love....

Real Wedding: Melissa and Ian – featured on Style Unveiled

I am completely in love with Palm Desert destination weddings and this wedding is an example why. Melissa & Ian are a super sweet couple from Seattle who shared an amazing weekend in the sun at Miramonte Resort & Spa with their friends and family. On a picture perfect Fall evening, they said “I do”, sabered champagne, shared touching speeches and then danced the night away. Oh yes, I said sabered. Bride, Melissa’s family has a...

Real Wedding: Andrea and Hays – Featured on Style Me Pretty

With a mutual love for animals, Scrabble, vintage and nature, our Veterinarian duo got married at one of our favorite and most unique venues, Rancho Las Lomas.  Braedon Photography captured the day, including the couple’s dogs and unique stairway ceremony (this part of Rancho had never been used for a ceremony before Andrea and Hays!)  Together with stunning vintage pieces from Found Vintage Rentals and Simply Layered‘s cake mimicking the bride’s dress, it all made for...

Real Wedding: Carol & Tom

Carol & Tom got married in the quaint little church in Tiburon, Old St. Hilary’s.  This is the exact same church that Carol’s parents got married in.  With this church holding a special place in their hearts and being fortunate enough to have both her parents by her side, there was not a dry eye in house. The reception took place at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.  This gorgeous outdoor property overlooks...

Real Wedding: Kira and Matt

This super sweet New York based couple decided to fly cross-country to get married in sunny Southern California at the Surf & Sand Resort.  Their cheery hot pink and yellow floral palette by Inviting Occasion was excellent for this gorgeous day by the beach, which was all captured by Jim Kennedy Photographers.  Since we are all about the details, we just had to add in that the special cake from A Wish and A Whisk was...

Real Wedding: Tracy & Jesse

This super fun couple brought us on board to coordinate their big day at Ocean Institute in sunny Dana Point Harbor with 24 Carrots Catering and Sweet Blossom Designs. It was easy to get excited about Tracy & Jesse’s big day and all the details when Jesse told me about his homemade beer that he brewed to share with family and friends – the “Strick-rigez Wedding Sauce” was a hit! A super cute compliment was the...

Real Wedding: Lisa & Frankie

Since it is still the month of red hearts and love, we share with you this beautiful wedding full of red roses, candle light and a gorgeous setting –  the stunning Calamigos Ranch. These wine loving sweethearts truly are meant to be, I love the smile that comes across Frankie’s face when Lisa walks in the room. Special thanks to Zoom Theory Photography who rocked this wedding with us and captured all the details! For more...

Real Wedding: Dani & Jeremy

We are so excited to share the happy, colorful wedding that made us fall in love with backyard weddings all over again! From the very first time Dani told us about her wedding vision it included being surrounded by friends & family in a fun, romantic setting. She didn’t want to be limited to colors or theme, she wanted it to be about family, love and to be a celebration of her, Jeremy and their sweet daughter...