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SADDLE PEAK LODGE WEDDING | RUSTIC ELEGANCE

A SADDLE PEAK LODGE WEDDING | RUSTIC ELEGANCE

Saddle Peak Lodge is a nostalgic place for Emily that brought back many happy childhood Sunday dinner memories. The genuine love and connectedness she felt during these intimate family gatherings was the inspiration for their beautiful wedding. The abundant floral design by Mark’s Garden and chic simple details enhanced the easy elegant style of Emily and Casey’s very special summer soiree.

Planning & Design: Timeless Celebrations  Venue: Saddlepeak Lodge 
Entertainment: Jason Sulkin Music  Cake: Sweet Lady Jane  Florals: Mark’s Garden  Lighting: LA Party Rentals
Bride and mom’s makeup: Colette / Hair & Make-up for Bridal party: Jeanne Townsend
Transportation: Diva Limo  Officiant: Michael Theiling Her dress! BHLDN
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Athenaeum Wedding | Cal Tech Pasadena

 A luxury Athenaeum Wedding | Pasadena, California

This luxury Athenaeum, Pasadena soiree embodies everything a fairytale wedding should be, including an incredibly romantic surprise from the groom to his bride. 

Just after the ceremony, surrounded by congratulatory cheers and swirling rose petals, emotions on high, is when the bride first glanced the beautifully adorned horse and carriage waiting to take them away! A magical moment she will never forget. 

When looking for the perfect venue Rick and Flora knew they wanted a place with beautiful architecture and privacy. A place where they could get ready before the ceremony and also relax in to the night with their guests. They found exactly what they were looking for at The Athenaeum, a private social club on the California Institute of Technology campus. This gorgeous venue had us from the moment we walked in to the pre planning meeting. As visual artists we’re always looking for settings that will enhance the story but we also consider logistics. Keeping the couple’s experience fun carefree is a priority for us, and this amazing location has it all.

What a night! Rick and Flora’s love for each other was so contagious, that not a person in attendance could deny the joy and happiness that filled the room! Everyone was up and about, dancing the night away!

Peggy Kelley of Timeless Celebrations weaved this couple’s ideas in to a vision that exceeded their dreams

Hats off to the incredibly talented crew of creatives that brought this event from dream time to real time:

Venue: Athenaeum

Planner: Peggy Timeless Celebrations

Floral Design & Programs SRO Events

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Wedding Cake Takes The Cake

Rentals: Elegant Designs

Dance Floor & Monogram MTB Rentals

Lighting: GoGo Sprockets

Ceremony Music Cattus Quartet

Reception Music Elegant Music

Video Walter Pawluk

5 Star Limo

Hair & Makeup Audrey B Salon

Bride’s gown Bridal & Special Times

 

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Romantic Summer Wedding | Saddle Peak Lodge

Romantic Summer Wedding | Saddle Peak Lodge

 

 

A romantic summer wedding story with soft gold accents and a beautiful wedding cake that shimmered in the sunlight!  An overall soft feminine style that looked especially beautiful in contrast to the authentic rustic setting of Saddle Peak Lodge.

 

Ryan and Julia adore being in nature. When they saw the lodge they fell in love with the rustic charm and breathtaking mountain views. Their decision was made. Equally important to them was creating an event that was elegantly simple, they wanted to look back on their wedding day memories as fun and carefree. With Shannon from Affairs of The Heart to guide them, this is just how the day unfolded. So lovely.

Standing before a frame worthy view of the Santa Monica Mountains, the couple exchanged their wedding vows.

A trellis of green garland and white blooms graced the ceremony site. beautifully designed by Exotic Green Garden

 

 

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Serendipity Garden Wedding

Follow a winding road through forest, apple orchards and small town generosity. Here’s where you’ll find Serendipity Gardens.

Marnee and Dillon’s wedding tells a charming story of the bride’s Scotch-Irish heritage and the couple’s shared love of homemade pie, dinosaurs, and Star Wars!

 

Marnee and Dillon’s good friend brought his vintage Pontiac, and we knew we wanted to include it in the story. The charming farms in the area made the classic car look right at home in its era.  An apple orchard on the edge of a pine forest was the perfect backdrop for the couple’s first look. Marnee and Dillon, said “I Do” on a deck. perched on a hillside with breathtaking views of the valley. The cocktail hour was outdoors, shimmering chandeliers hung from the tree limbs above. Dinner and dancing was under a tent on top of the hill with beautiful views. 

The highlight of the evening was a surprise performance by the couple for their guests – a well planned lightsaber duel that Marnee and Dillon pulled off with perfection! An authentic battle of force that was impressive and so much fun to watch! The skit ends with non-other than Darth Vader’s himself, threatening the couple. Marnee and Dillon drop their weapons and reach out for one another as the  power of love conquers Darth and he falls to the ground. The crowd went absolutely wild with cheer and applause.

Between dancing guests gathered around the open fire pit enjoying s’mores. The celebration ended with a joyful, sparkler send-off. It was definitely a night to remember!

Hats off to the creative team that helped to bring the couple’s vision to life:

 Event Planner: Carole / Bright Blue Events Venue & Catering: Serendipity Gardens  Cake: Michelle’s Bakery  Pies Thankful Heart Kitchen-Redlands  Floral Design:Flowers Etc   DJ Musical Phunktions  John & Colette Photography

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Beach Engagement Malibu

Beach Engagement | Malibu California

 

Beach Engagement | Malibu California

Always up for an adventure this adorable duo brought a spirited and playful energy to their California coast engagement story.

We love getting to know our couples and collaborating with them on their lifestyle photography sessions. Before the shoot we schedule a consultation to understand what’s most meaningful to them. 

It was so much fun to work with these two!

Thank you, Marnee + Dillon for a great day and a beautiful story!

 

A year later Marnee and Dillon said, “I Do” at Serendipity Gardens. See the wedding images here!

 

 

 

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Romantic Engagement Pasadena City Hall

Romantic Engagement Pasadena City Hall

 

An urban love story photographed in the heart of Pasadena’s Old Town district. Known for its stunning architecture and old red brick buildings. A quaint city with charming window front shops and small candlelit cafes. A romantic way to end the engagement shoot and a perfect date night!

Makeup and Hair Kelly Zhang Studio

See Alex and Jessica’s wedding images HERE!

 

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Roblar Winery Los Olivos | California Wine Country Wedding

Roblar Winery, Los Olivos | California Wine Country Wedding

Rolling clouds and the nostalgic sound of songbirds in the vineyard set the stage for Cassidy and Gavin’s incredibly romantic wedding ceremony.

Wedding guests gathered on the lawn at the edge of the vineyard sipping champagne and enjoying the view, as the couple decided to have a first look before the ceremony, to calm some nerves, and share a quiet moment together before the ceremony started. In keeping with an intimate wedding, the couple chose a close friend to officiate the wedding ceremony. Cassidy and Gavin exchanged their wedding vows under a majestic canopy of hundred year old oaks, like two sentient beings offering their grace and serenity over the ceremony.  

The wedding reception was complete with good wine (of course!) and exceptional cuisine. The wedding cake and beautiful desserts were designed and baked by another dear friend as a wedding gift for the couple. A labor of true love! Custom wedding signs and beautiful burgundy and blush flowers with succulent accents designed by Passion Flowers added to the overall charm of the day.

The highlight of the evening was the fiery sparklers that guests held as they surrounded the couple during their first dance as husband and wife. Displayed in tall galvanized buckets with tags that read “Let Sparks Fly” –Perfection! Congratulations, Cassidy & Gavin!

The people and the cuisine at Roblar Winery are exceptional and if you are looking for the perfect winery for your event, Roblar is a must see!

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Castle Green Pasadena Wedding

Castle Green Pasadena Wedding

Planning their Pasadena wedding from Washington D.C. Mina & Ryan wanted to to find a location with history and beautiful California architecture. With the help of their wedding planner they found the perfect location in Pasadena at the majestic Castle Green.  The bride and her mother took a trip home to India where they found the beautiful blue sari’s that the bridal party is wearing. Handsomely combined with classic tuxedos and lush white roses and the romantic setting, everything looked incredible.

Congratulations, Mina & Ryan!

Crystal Clear Weddings /  Jj Events Photo Booth / Simply Elegant Catering / Video Matrimony Pictures / Cake Friandise Pastries

Duran’s Flowers Officiant Rev. James Nial /

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Whispering Rose Ranch Wedding Gabrielle + Diwan

Whispering Rose Ranch Wedding | Gabrielle & Diwan

When two families come together to make a wedding happen …

Each wedding invitation was carefully hand cut, individually stamped and painted by the bride and her sisters. Then both mothers taught themselves calligraphy and addressed each and every envelope by hand!

The bride’s dress was complemented by a handmade veil by Renee Pawele. The same artist crafted Gabrielle’s beautiful hair piece, shoe adornments and a surprise boutonniere for Diwan.

One of our favorite moments from the day was at the start of the ceremony. Once guests settled in their seats, a herd of horses were released in the adjacent paddock running at full gait! The sound of pounding hooves and their powerful grace and beauty held the guests in a moment of breathless awe. Emotions on high and horses calmed, Gabrielle and her father took to the aisle.

After a ceremony that left no eyes dry, guests enjoyed cocktails and then made their way to a magical dinner reception on Sycamore Lane. Crystal chandeliers hung from the limbs of magnificent Sycamore trees above, casting a warm romantic light onto the family-style farm tables below. Before their grand entrance, Gabrielle and Diwan savored a sweet moment alone to practice their first dance in the barn.

Plush seating areas designed by Found Vintage Rentals provided guests a welcome place to rest their feet as dancing and toasts continued into the night.

Sweets, coffee and late night music kept guests going until the last star made it’s debut in the sky.

Congratulations, Gabrielle and Diwan!

 

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Wedding Planner: Wink! Weddings Wedding Venue:Whispering Rose Ranch Floral Design: Holly Floral  Cuisine: Creative Catering Services  Event Lighting:The Lighter Side  Officiant: A Vow Ceremonies   Music:Vox DJs   Found Vintage Rentals Acoustic Late Night Music The Amber  Dishes and Flatware Otis & Pearl    Linens: La Tavola Linen Hairstylist for the Bride and hair and makeup for the bridal party: Jessica Steingard   Makeup for the bride by Colette   Groom’s boutonniere and Bride’s hair, shoe jewelry and veil designed by Renee Pawele  Bride’s gown designed by Alvina Valente   Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo  Bridal Party Transportation: Silk Roads  Guest Shuttle: Central Coast Classic Party Rentals   Videographer: By Design Films  

 

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Orange County Courthouse Civil Wedding Ceremony

Courthouse weddings are intimate and fun and this one, oh so chic!  They are a truly magical way to say “I do.”

When we spoke with Jessica and Adam about their civil ceremony plans, they shared some of their favorite things with us. Jessica mentioned that Adam is a gourmet coffee connoisseur and that she loved a good cup of tea. So naturally we started the day and their photo story at the Gypsy Den, an eclectic neighborhood coffee shop with the best tea and coffee around! After enjoying the eye opening libations and a stroll in the courtyard, it was time to get married! We met again at the Old Orange County Courthouse where the couple was greeted by family. After a quick and fun swearing-in ceremony, everyone gathered upstairs for the ceremony which was short, sweet, and filled with laughs and love. With such a genuine and stylish couple, photographing this special day was so much fun! Her single hydrangea bloom, his yellow Mini Cooper, and the way they laughed together are just a few of our favorite things from this orange county courthouse civil wedding ceremony. What a truly perfect day! Congratulations Jessica & Adam!

If you’re thinking of having a civil marriage ceremony we highly suggest the landmark Old Orange County Courthouse. Restored to look much as it had at the turn of the last century this courthouse is the perfect place to hold a small ceremony.

And we just have to mention Garett, our waiter at the Gypsy Den. His charm and goodwill added immeasurably to our perfect day experience. Thank you, Garett! We’re sending everyone we know your way!

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