Who doesn’t love some gold glitter? I have absolutely fallen for the black, white, and gold color scheme of today’s California wedding from Couture Events captured by onelove photography. You can really feel all the love and joy between this couple that makes this wedding super sweet. Plus, there are gold glitter giraffes. You really cannot go wrong with gold glitter giraffes.
Even though we were getting married in February in Mill Valley, we wanted to plan for the cocktail hour to be outside in the courtyard. The sun was on our side that day, and it ended up being 70 degrees! The courtyard is surrounded by lush greenery and is beautiful on its own, but we added a few black & gold personal touches (glitter, market lights, pillows, etc.) to make it ours.
I am big on tradition and even bigger on suspersitions. Knowing it is both tradition and bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony on the wedding day, I was positive that we could not do a first look. But, I also knew that I would be really nervous and want (well, need) him to calm me down before the ceremony. So, we decided to find a place at the venue where we could talk and hold hands, but not see each other. We are both better writing our feelings down, so the letters were a natural addition to that moment. Holding his hand and hearing his voice in the moments before all of the excitement was so important, and so special. He is my rock, he adds patience and support to all that I do. At first, I started crying, but after allowing myself to be overwhelmed by the day and the words of his letter, we just held hands. I could feel my heartbeat steady and I knew that I was ready.
We knew we wanted 3 things for our ceremony: an officiant that we were close with, tradition with personal touches, and to keep it short and sweet! We thought for months about who would be the perfect officiant – we had some mutual friends from before we started dating, but no one was clicking. When my closest cousin Bryce (who was already a groomsmen) mentioned he was officiating another friend’s wedding, we both knew he was the one! He did an amazing job and made the ceremony so personal and unique.
I have two small obsessions – giraffes and sparkly gold. Our amazing coordinator and my dear friend, Krystel Tien, knew about these obsessions and surprised us with over a dozen gold glitter giraffes all over the cocktail hour and reception. They were such a unique and personal touch and I will always remember them.
Everything about the reception was perfect – the speeches made everyone laugh and cry, the room was magical, and the food was amazing. The venue had a wall of doors that opened up into the courtyard and the bar was outside, so the whole reception was a flow of indoor and outdoor activity. It was so wonderful, in fact, that we didn’t even mind that a guest took a slice of the wedding cake before we cut it, or that a couple crashed the celebration – going so far as to sign the guestbook and leave a Polaroid!
Photography | onelove photography | Coordination | Couture Events | Venue | Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club | Catering | Stacy Scott Catering | Florals | La Fleuriste | Cake | Susie Cakes | Macarons | Sugar Dealer | Rentals | A Party Center | Dress | Maggie Sottero from J’aime Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal | Hair | Tousled by Teddi | Makeup | Tylar Leonard | Cinema | Silver Tie Films | DJ | Sutherland Entertainment
Ending the week off with this breath-taking boudoir session captured on film by Milton Photography. The dry lake beds outside of Las Vegas make for a gorgeous location in the sun rise. And the vintage lace gown is so romantic, especially paired against the empty desert backdrop. Would you ever do a dreamy session like this?
There are so many sweet details in this blush Arizona wedding from Rachel Solomon. I love that the bride was creative and really wanted her guests to see that through her many DIY projects she made for her day. My favorite detail are the chocolate candy escort cards, such a simple and chic idea!
I knew I didn’t want to get married in Hawaii because it was too far away and overall too expensive. So, while Bobby was visiting his parents in Arizona in April, I made him check out some venue locations (this was actually before we even got engaged! Haha). We ended up choosing Encanterra, the country club that his parents belong to, and I couldn’t have been happier with our decision! We booked the date before I even had a chance to view the location in person (that’s how much I trust my husband!!)
I spent the first half of the day with my sisters, mom, and best friends getting primped and pampered. My hair and makeup was exactly as I envisioned. And while the rained poured during the morning, the clouds parted and the skies cleared just in time for a beautiful, sunny afternoon. I had been dreaming of walking down a long aisle with my dad since I was a little girl. Halfway down the aisle, during our special walk together, I looked over at my dad and said, “You’re walking me down the aisle on my wedding day” and that’s when the tears began to shed.
After booking the venue, which we did just a week after we got engaged, I began searching through pages and pages on Pinterest for inspiration! I came across a set of beautiful gold calligraphy table numbers that I immediately fell in love with and that sparked my inspiration for my entire blush and gold theme! From that moment on, I began crafting like a crazy woman!
It was really important for me to have my wedding guests really feel a sense of my creativity at my wedding. They started off with hotel guest bags that kept our blush and gold theme flowing. They were filled with goodies and small treats, including macadamia nut candies from Hawaii! For our wedding favors, we packaged mini Hawaiian pineapple shortbread cookies in a Kraft bag tied with a doily and a blush pink ribbon. They are some of our favorite treats in Hawaii and we wanted to make sure to share them with our guests!
Living basically halfway across the globe from your wedding location makes things a lot more difficult. I have always loved crafting and anything creative, so I knew that I wanted to DIY as much as possible for my wedding. After finding the gorgeous table numbers (and purchasing them) I began drafting my invitations. I used a sparkly dark gray pocket folder with touches of Kraft paper, ivory linen, and shimmering blush pink for the inserts. Everything was tied together with lace and twine. I used my invitations as inspiration for all the other paper products and details.
Love this lace overlay? Check out this link to see some great similar options for your own wedding day!
Our reception was a perfect mix of modern and vintage and had just enough touches of blush, gold, and champagne. I had a blast and everyone is still telling me how much fun they had and how beautiful everything turned out! Our wedding day was literally perfection. I couldn’t have asked for a better day to marry the love of my life.
Photography | Rachel Solomon Photography | Venue | Encanterra Country Club | Florist | Jan Dekker Designs | Cake | Piece of Cake Desserts | Cake Topper & Table Numbers | Better Off Wed | Linens | Southwick Linens | Videographer | Serendipity Cinematography | DJ | SKM Entertainment | Gown | Allure from Claire’s Fashions | Bridesmaid Dresses | Ann Taylor | Earrings | Glitz & Love | Hair Comb | Treasures | Hair | Lauren Bates | Makeup | Jessica Fierro | Suit | Vera Wang | Robes | Silk & More | Hangers | Yuee Hangers | Garter | Nana Rose Designs