Glam Black and Gold Wedding in Monterey California

When I announce a wedding to be up there with my favourites, it’s a pretty big deal, considering I fall head-over-heels for at least 10 weddings a week. But I’m going to be up straight. This glam wedding by Studio 13 Designs is a bona fide favorite. No surprises there, when you have Italian glamour, black and gold details and a location that is one of my favourite places in the US of A… the picturesque seaside locale of Carmel, Monterey. Sigh. Sigh. Double sigh.

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Wedding Highlights:

Brittany and Antonio were married on a stunning day in Carmel and their day was a beautiful, family filled celebration with gorgeous handmade details all around. Their wedding was filled with Italian glam–with a gold and black theme and glittery details everywhere! There were so many special and personal touches—both veils were made by the bride’s aunt, and all of the flowers were designed and executed by the her mother. Authentic Italian cookies were provided by the groom’s sister (which were to die for!) and the favors and the “love” marquee were hand made by bride. I was blown away by the time and love that was poured into their wedding day as they finally joined together as husband and wife surrounded by so much support.

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Photographer:  Studio 13 Designs // Veils and headpieces:Anne Cramer // Dress Designer:Enzoani Hanako from Janene’s Bridal Boutique // Floral Designer: Pamela Harmon // Dress Store: Janene’s Bridal Boutique // Reception Venue:Bayonet Golf Course // Ceremony Location: Carmel Mission Basilica // Cake Designer: Layers Sensational Cakes // Favors and Gifts:Sprinkles Cupcakes // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Red & Pink Wedding in Thousand Oaks

We are going to add some blissfulness to your weekend with this fabulous modern wedding in Thousand Oaks California. Bright Bird Photography teamed up with a handful of breathtakingly talented vendors and the most gorgeous bride and groom to create this red and pink sparkling gem. Where will I start? There is pretty paper design from Bow and Arrow Designs, romantic vintage style pink and red florals to-die-for by Floral Crush Studio and a fabulously funny ‘Weddings for Dummies’ cake by Merengue Bakery just to name a few. Together, all of these marvellous embellishments make this outdoor soiree totally unforgettable.  

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Photographer:  Bright Bird Photography / Event Venue:  Sherwood Country Club / Floral Designer: Floral Crush Studio / Invitation Designer: Bow and Arrow Paper and Design Co. / Band: Rembrandt  / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Hugo Boss / Bakery: Merengue Bakery /Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Los Angeles Yacht Club Wedding by Kaysha Weiner Photographer

For their big day, bride and groom, Tracy and Josh wanted to incorporate the nautical feel of their venue – the Los Angeles Yacht Club – with the charm of an ocean side Southern California wedding. The beautiful ceremony at Founders Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Rancho Palos Verde was the perfect start to their day and the simple but thoughtfully themed details including mini boat escort cards, pops of navy and pink accents, and even some custom m&m’s gave it all sweet personalized touches you could hope for – oh, and not to mention the beautiful pics by Kaysha Weiner Photographer of course!

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Photographer:  Kaysha Weiner Photographer / Reception Venue: Los Angeles Yacht Club / Cinema and Video: All Because He Asked / Ceremony Location:Founders Park / Event Planner: Lynn Events / Floral Designer: Magical Blooms / Pre Ceremony Location: San Pedro Double Tree / DJ: VOX DJs / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Yellow and Purple Wedding Theme in Redondo Beach California

If you’re having a surf looking for something fabulous today, you’ve just found it. It’s a brilliantly gorgeous summer wedding from William Innes Photography that will break out your biggest smile. It’s full of happy hues of sunshine yellow and lush purple, plus a bunch of succulents to boot. The best part is… a beautiful outdoor reception under Californian skies, with pretty fairy lights and chinese lanterns swinging from the palm trees. Proving that love + a lovely Summer affair really do go hand-in-hand!

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William Innes Photography / Photographer: Venue: Rancho Sol del Pacifico / Floral Designer: Epic Stems Reception  / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

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Half Moon Bay Golf Links Wedding from Portrait Design by Shanti

This Half Moon Bay affair is all kinds of wonderful and I am seriously taken back at how absolutely elegant every single element is. Held at the Half Moon Bay Golf Course –  a beautiful golf course perched on the bluff side of the Pacific Ocean – it’s a wedding that is all class with personalized touches, breathtaking images from Portrait Design by Shanti and one ah-mazing wedding gown!  

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Photography: Portrait Design by Shanti / Venue: Half Moon Bay Golf Links / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Outdoor California Wedding at Miramonte Resort and Spa

Thank you True Bliss Photography for sending this California beauty our way. We always adore a classic + modern wedding and when you throw in beautiful outdoor elements like the surroundings at Miramonte Resort and Spa, then we know we’re in for a treat. A gorgeous palette of teal blue and white, summery maids, and a handsome groom in shorts, and we’re practically going ga-ga! I can promise you, my lovelies, you’ll love taking in all the pretty!

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Photography: True Bliss Photography / Floral Designer: My Little Flower Shop / Reception Venue:  Miramonte Resort and Spa / Dress Store: Anthropologie &  Mariposa Boutique / Other:  Whimsical Gelato / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Napa Valley Red and White Wedding by Cathy Stancil Photography

A wedding in the Napa Valley can’t help but be breathtaking. When you have an amazing backdrop of gorgeous vineyards, rolling hills and sweeping views, you already have the key ingredients for a captivating event! But when you add pops of bright red and some some serious style (like this delectable wedding did), then you’re talking all out fabulous my friends! Get ready to enjoy a little Napa Valley loveliness at the beautiful Russian Hill Estate courtesy of Cathy Stancil Photography. And if you’re wondering why the oysters take center stage – it’s because newly weds Vince and Cheryl got engaged whilst enjoying their favorite meal of oysters. Naturally, they decided to include oysters on the wedding menu and also featured them in their wedding ring shot too. Bon appetite!

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Photographer: Cathy Stancil Photography / Wedding Venue: Russian Hill Estate / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Indian Jewish Wedding from Bellalu Photography

Indian weddings really are quite magical don’t you think? Consider then, combining the mystic of India with the charms of  a Jewish ritual and you’ll discover something like this amazing Northern California fusion wedding. The couple are so adorable together and Bellalu Photography‘s images are so full of emotion, fun, and color, you almost can hear the music and feel the love bouncing off the screen. It’s a multicultural love-fest which is totally bewitching, so let’s just say you’ve been warned!

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What was the vision &/or theme for your wedding?

The driving force in planning our wedding was finding a beautiful place in Northern California where our guests could spend a weekend. Because the ceremony & reception would be held outdoors on a long summer day, we did not identify a theme but instead decided to maximize the outdoor natural beauty as much as possible and use it as our backdrop.  
 
Traditional Hindu wedding ceremonies take place around a fire; so when Seth & I wrote the ceremony, we decided to have our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family members each carry a candle to the chupdap (combination of chuppah and mandap) and set it on a table. Our ceremony would then take place around a collection of flames built by our community. 
 

Tell us about your Wedding Style

Indian brides traditionally wear red for good luck and prosperity. My incredible aunt, who lives in Hong Kong, had the red sari designed and made in India. I paired the outfit with flat sandals (to comfortably walk in the grass and easily take off my shoes for the ceremony) and family jewelry (It was so special to wear my mother’s diamond bangles, and my late grandmother’s gold, diamond-studded safety pin.)  Seth wore a beautiful custom charcoal suit made by Duchess (based in Portland) with Vans shoes and black and red argyle socks (to complement my sari). Bouquets were put together by Blue House Farms using whatever flowers were fresh and beautiful at the time.  Instead of carrying flowers, our wedding party carried candles.

For the reception, Seth and I both changed our clothes. I changed into a WTOO by Watters gown (Zora) and incredibly comfortable and fun peep-toe pumps (made by Rockport & Adidas – I’m serious about my dancing!) I wore family jewelry, and at the reception, my beloved grandfather slipped on one of my late grandmother’s diamond bangles onto my wrist – another moment I’ll never forget. Seth changed into a traditional Indian kurta and kept his vans on. Just after my grandfather slipped the bangle onto my wrist, he adorned Seth with a gold necklace from the family.  
 
Because I was wearing red, I asked the bridesmaids to wear cream colored dresses. I had each bridesmaid choose their own dress so they could control the style, fit, and budget. It worked out well!  I loved how everyone’s personality and style came through. They each also incorporated a red dahlia into their hair. Our flower girl wore a red Indian dress to match me and carried a bouquet down the aisle.
 
The groomsmen all wore gray suits (of their own choosing) with suspenders, Vans sneakers, and a combination of green/blue/turquoise argyle socks. Their boutonnieres were made by Blue House Farms (I loved how they turned out – one of my favorite details. Thistles are the best weed out there!) 
 

Decorations & Flowers

Our color palette for printed materials was simple and natural – brown kraft paper with the occasionally green or turquoise accent (trees, ocean..). 

We wanted to keep the focus on the beautiful rolling hills, tree groves, and ocean that surrounded us; decorations were minimal with strings of outdoor lights and white linens on the tables accented by bright bouquets of colorful flowers from a local organic farm (Blue House Farm: http://bluehouseorganicfarm.com).

 

 

Wedding Cake & Favors

There’s a delicious strawberry farm just a few miles south of Costanoa (Swanton Berry Farm: http://www.swantonberryfarm.com) . When visiting the area, we often stopped for a few chocolate covered strawberries or piece of strawberry shortcake. We were so excited to order an oversized strawberry shortcake, collection of berry pies, and dozens of chocolate covered strawberries for our wedding day dessert.  

For wedding favors, we assembled welcome bags that our guests received upon arriving/checking in with snacks, drinks, information about the area, and flip flops.  At the reception, we put out brown to-go boxes that we decorated for guests to pack up extra dessert for later.

 

Did you include any DIY or personalized details?

We did a lot of DIY – it was fun and useful to keep our budget on track.  One detail that comes to mind is the ‘chupdap.’ In Judaism the couple marries under a Chupah, which symbolizes the home the couple will build together.  It has open sides to welcome all friends and family in.  In Hinduism, the couple marry in a Mandap, the four pillars of which represent the four parents of the couple, without whose support, love, and blessings, the marriage would not have come to take place.  We were so excited about this parallel and Seth built the structure with the help of his groomsmen.  

 

Was there anything that made your wedding unique?

Honestly, our community made our wedding unique & unforgettable.  In particular, our sisters, cousins, and bridesmaids got together to perform a medley of Bollywood dances, and the groomsmen performed a special rendition of “Just Dropped In” from The Big Lebowski – with custom lyrics, dance moves… everything. They looked amazing in their suspenders, shaking their groove thing. They each then presented me with special gifts to help me out as Seth’s wife (a combination of funny, sweet, sarcastic jokes about sweet Seth, and a really special moment between me and those amazing guys).  These details – the ones we had no idea about and could not plan for – made our wedding unique and memorable. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible people.

What did you find challenging?

In the beginning, it was challenging to “turn off” the planning. We quickly learned to set a cut off time, and come 9 or 10 pm on weeknights after work, we simply wouldn’t talk wedding planning anymore. It was one of our best ideas.
 

What were your favorite moments?

Too many to count! The first time we saw each other before the ceremony in a sweet little reveal orchestrated by Lindsey & Nathan; pausing during the ceremony to turn around and look at our guests (a moment we had written into the ceremony that turned out to be so powerful for us and fun for our guests); watching Seth dance with his grandmother; dancing with my father to ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ (unrehearsed but just a perfect reenactment of Saturday mornings at home growing up); and all of the down time around Costanoa. We invited our guests to come spend the weekend with us, and those little moments by the fire, walking around the grounds, or bumping into someone on a trail were so special; it really gave our friends and family an opportunity to get to know each other.  Last but not least, Costanoa has a hot tub, and Seth and I were able to sneak away on both Friday and Saturday night for a quick dip – it was one more amazing way to unwind, relax, and take it all in, under the stars.

Your advice to Bride’s & Groom’s planning now?

Be true to yourself, forget about the “supposed to’s,” and keep it simple. At the end of it all, you won’t really remember what exactly went into your welcome bags, or what color your blah-blah-blah was – you’ll remember how you felt.

 

Photography: Bellalu Photography / Reception Venue: Costanoa / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Aqua Pink & Orange Wedding

If you love a pop of bright colour, then you’ll absolutely love this next darling affair from True Bliss Photography. With pretty bursts of aqua, pink, orange and yellow, this Long Beach wedding is a colour lovers paradise which still manages to keep it pretty and feminine (just the way we like it!). We adore all the lovely vintage inspired touches, like the adorable polka dot lined vintage suitcases, whimsical wedding menus and of course the stunning bride in her gorgeous bridal fascinator. Get your full dose of pretty here guys ….

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Photographer: True Bliss Photography / Floral Designer: Pixies Petals / Reception Venue: Hotel Maya Long Beach/ DJ: KIK Entertainment / Officiant: Eclectic Vows

Outdoor California Bridal Shower from Paige + Blake Green

I have a little treat for y’all this lovely Monday – a summery bridal shower from California! Julianna’s friends threw her a fabulous bridal shower tea party which included yummy tea party style food, sweet treats and complimentary hats for every lady. EVERYTHING at the party was handmade – except for the personalized tea bag favours (an awesome idea by the way!) – and a pretty backyard setting created the perfect atmosphere for Julianna to enjoy a girly soiree with friends, sisters and a bunch of adorable nieces. Thanks Paige + Blake Green for sending this pretty bridal shower our way!

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Photography:  Paige + Blake Green / Submitted via Two Bright Lights