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West Hills California Wedding

Photos By: Dave Richards

Any time we see a wedding photographed by Dave Richards, we know we’re in for a stunning location and a wedding day packed full of gorgeousness. Needless to say, we weren’t let down with Alecia and Tim’s LA nuptials. The bride’s Jenny Packham gown, the oversized succulent bouquet — how do we know where to begin?!

West Hills California wedding - photo by Dave Richards

From the bride, Alecia: We really wanted our wedding to embrace all that we love about living in California and share it with our guests. Sunny, outdoors, intimate, non-traditional, glamorous and something our guests had never seen before. We planned our wedding on a full-moon night to make it extra special and to light up the outdoor reception area. We wanted the homemade details to really leave a lasting impression with our guests. We wanted a different kind of wedding with all of the typical traditions thrown out the window. We had a corn-hole tournament during our outdoor reception and a pool table set up under the stars.

bride getting ready - photo by Dave Richards

Jenny Packham wedding gown - photo by Dave Richards

love wedding signs - photo by Dave Richards

succulent rose bouquets - photo by Dave Richards
Bouquet recipe: Each bouquet had succulents mixed in with peonies, roses, lisianthus, hydrangeas, and ranunculus. My bridal bouquet had the most amazing succulent in the middle. The succulents were then planted in my garden after the wedding.

glam bridal parties - photo by Dave Richards

California wedding ceremonies - photo by Dave Richards

A few adjectives to describe our wedding would be California, intimate and glam. The entire wedding was a DIY project! Our colors were mint and blush. I spent months searching antique stores for salad and dinner plates that were a vintage floral theme. Each guest had two plates personally chosen for them to eat dinner on. My husband and I made a larger then life “LOVE” vintage marquee sign. It had over 150 bulbs, each letter was 4 foot by 3 foot and not only provided an awesome décor item, but served as our backyard lighting for our corn hole tournament. We had custom corn hole bags made from a friend of ours, and Tim and I made trophies for each of the winners. I hand made flags with each guest’s name on them and put them into a French macaroon as their place setting. I bought about 200 yards of cream colored fabric and hand made each and every chair cover in flowing chiffon. Our French bulldog Duane Lee and his sister Betty were in the bridal party. We had a flower arrangement made for Betty but we handmade a shirt and tie for Duane. We also made a cupcake/dessert display out of a ladder and succulent centerpieces with sand to compliment our centerpieces. Our save the dates and invitations were homemade with the photos from our engagement session with the wonderful Dave Richards. Lastly, there were quite a few DIY projects for our closest friends: Jon got ordained to marry us, Andrew to cook for us, Sy and Shannon to style us, and Josh and Jenny to serve our guests. It really was a family affair.

wedding ceremony - photo by Dave Richards

california wedding ceremony - photo by Dave Richards

chair back ideas - photo by Dave Richards

elegant wedding receptions - photo by Dave Richards

macaron place settings - photo by Dave Richards

reception lounge areas - photo by Dave Richards

succulent bouquets - photo by Dave Richards

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to break the mold and do something different! I didn’t wear white, we didn’t have the typical reception, and our venue was a private estate. We had a very small wedding and didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by not being invited, but looking back it was one of the best things we could have done. We got to really spend time with each other and make lasting memories with each and everyone of our guests. We enjoyed ourselves and it really was the best day of our lives. We are still getting compliments on how refreshing our wedding was because it was not the same wedding our guests had been to over and over again. And lastly, choose your photographer wisely. Choosing Dave Richards Photography was the best decision we made.

macaron place setting - photo by Dave Richards

reception tablescapes - photo by Dave Richards

West Hills California wedding - photo by Dave Richards

jenny packham gowns - photo by Dave Richards

glam wedding receptions - photo by Dave Richards

dessert table ideas - photo by Dave Richards

aqua wedding cakes - photo by Dave Richards

unique dessert tables - photo by Dave Richards

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Prelude: Vitamin String Quartet covers
Processional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Recessional: “One of Those Nights,” Tim McGraw
First Dance: We decided we wanted to put on a playlist after dinner and whenever our first dance song came on, that is when we would find each other and have the first dance. We didn’t want everyone to stop the fun they were having and gather around to watch us. So when we heard Gary Allan’s “Learning how to bend,” Tim and I found each other had the most wonderful first dance with my parents jumping in at the end, as it is their favorite song as well.

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Dave Richards / Flowers: Amy Shoenbaum of Bride and Bloom Flowers / Venue: Mystic Ridge Estate / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Willow” / Hair: Shannon of Randt Salon in Manhattan Beach / Makeup: Sy Falefitu (sfalefitu @ / Groom’s Suit and Shirt: J. Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Magnanni “Nino” / Rings: 23rd Street Jewelers / Wedding Caterer: Andrew Ross of Spoons and Staches / Wedding Cake: Lido Bakery of Manhattan Beach / Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes of Beverly Hills / Rentals: Bakers Party Rentals / Corn Hole Rentals: Beach Cities Bag Toss / Pool Table Rentals: Portable Pool Table Rental / Table Linens: La Tavola Linens

Plum Pretty Sugar

It’s no surprise that the getting ready moments is one of those must-photograph moments of your big day. Plum Pretty Sugar has become synonymous with this part of your wedding day. The excitement that fills the room as you and your bridesmaids get ready is a must have photo, and looking glamorously adorable before the gown is pretty much mandatory, non?

Plum Pretty Sugar launched a gorgeous new line called PomPon! This French-inspired collection is a sweet as creme brulee and as classic as macarons. PomPon is the fifth generation of Plum Pretty Sugar’s collections, featuring classic geometric prints in gorgeous French-inspired palettes. And the Anouk Boyfriend shirt… how perfect to get ready ready in! With the introduction of PomPon, Plum Pretty Sugar also introduces outerwear! Skirts, blouses and shirt dresses! Imagine your bridesmaids mixed and matched in these pastel geometrics! So fun and so pretty!

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Each piece of this mix and match collection is inspired by a relaxed, feminine and effortless way of living. With multiple layering options and a flirtatious touch of French PomPon is both traditional and modern. You’ll be able to create a completely a la carte bridal party look while maintaining each of your girlfriend’s personal tastes. Treat yourself and your bridesmaids to one these delicious, timeless robes. Choose from either the Lilou Short Robe or the Aurelie Maxi. Both offer clean lines and the added tasseled belt create a pop of girlish charm. For day to day wear or any occasion, the Noelie Shirt Dress is as sweet as petit fours and offers a soft neck and figure cinching belt.

You’ll love how often you’ll come back to these designs! The flattering slim-fit Emele Blouse and the flowy Simone Tank will make for perfect staples in every woman’s closet. Pair with your favorite jeans or the Cloe Skirt for a tres chic look. I am particularly enamored with the Boyfriend Shirt. This piece buttons up the front – making getting ready easy and pretty. As comfortable as your boyfriend’s shirt, this has been designed with a flattering silhouette that will be perfect for days on the beach on your honeymoon!

Enjoy Plum Pretty Sugar’s entire latest collection here and happy Spring + Summer wardrobe shopping!

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Cinco de Mayo Wedding Ideas

Photos By: Chelsea Scanlan

Every year we look forward to May for one very special reason: Cinco de Mayo. As a holiday that celebrates Mexican heritage and pride, it’s a day full of bright colors and endless inspiration – even for the wedding world! Photographer Chelsea Scanlan put together this fantastic styled shoot chock full of Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas, and we’re completely smitten with every single one.

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

From the photographer, Chelsea Scanlan: While visiting the mainland in the spring, I thought it would be a fabulous time to do a little inspiration shoot that I have been dreaming up for a while. A Cinco De Mayo themed inspiration shoot – the festivities are known for bright colors and I thought it would be nice to use those bold colors in a wedding. We all love those pastel colored weddings, but I thought it would be lovely to add a pop of color that could still be fun, yet romantic and classy. I knew the beautiful desert with sage brush, mountains, a touch of gold, and a beautiful couple would be a dream.

Cinco de Mayo wedding invitations - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

wedding hair flowers - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

grapefruit place settings - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

With accents of bright oranges, reds, and pinks for the festivities, it was a fun blend of bright and pastel colors. The gold trim on the table along with an overabundance of colorful cacti and spring flowers made a classic, yet fun table for the bride and groom. A lantern and tall candles brought a little romance to the rustic setting. I had the beautifully talented Avie Designs provide a perfect invitation suite with a stunning cut out invitation in complementary colors that were a perfect bright introduction for guests to the theme of the wedding.

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

unique outdoor weddings - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

wedding drink ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

wedding inspiration - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

A simple, classic cake with spring flowers, including magnolias were all that were needed for a simple cake for a romantic, rustic wedding. Orange ombre drinks for cocktail hours or a toast served on a rustic gold tray would be a lovely unique add to the festivities. To bring in a bit of the traditional colors with a modern twist, the couple posed in front of a backdrop full of streamers of various colors – perfect for a fun ending to a wedding. I hoped this shoot would be a perfect blend of classic and a little twist of modern brightness for a fun Cinco De Mayo shoot that brides to be everywhere could enjoy and see that a little pop of color, or adding a little pastel to your wedding colors could be a fun and different twist this 2014.

wedding cake tables - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

beautiful wedding cake - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Cinco de Mayo wedding ideas - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

Utah wedding portraits - photo by Chelsea Scanlan

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Alpine, UT / Photographer: Chelsea Scanlan / Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Dolce Vita / Hair and Makeup: Carmen Ottens / Shirt: Abbo / Shorts: Calvin Klein / Shoes: Sperry / Stationery: Avie Designs / Models: Carmen Ottens and Chris York

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