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Colorful Los Angeles Wedding

DIY Weddings

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In need of a pop of color for your Thursday? Look no further! This LA wedding from photographers Hello Studios is sure to add some pep to your day. We’re just a wee bit obsessed over here with the mint bridesmaids dresses, not to mention the bride’s Modern Trousseau wedding gown!

Los Angeles Maravilla Gardens wedding

From the bride, Kerry: The style I envisioned for our wedding was something outdoors with a lot of lighting. I wanted it to have a romantic, whimsical vibe but still be a fun party.

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The look of our wedding was laid-back but still elegant. We didn’t want our wedding to be too formal, we wanted our guests to feel comfortable & have a fun time. Our main color scheme was gray, mint & bright pinks, with a touch or oranges & yellows in the flowers. For the reception I wrote the guests’ names on their table cards, created a triangle banner to lead guests down the pathway to the reception, & made various signs for the ice-cream sundae bar, candy & wedding favors, the guest book & for the bar. I also created our guest sign-in book with pictures of us through Apple.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? The best piece of advice I can give to brides is that when the day comes, forget about everything & enjoy your day. It is, after all, your special day to enjoy & remember with the love of your life. It is easy to let the little things bother you, but try not to get stressed & it will all end up perfectly.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Postcards to Italy,” Beirut
First Dance: “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” James Taylor
Brother/Sister Dance: “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” Willie Nelson

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Ceremony Venue: LDS Los Angeles Temple / Reception Venue: Maravilla Gardens (Camarillo) / Wedding Photographer: Hello Studios / Wedding Flowers: Belle of the Ball Designs / Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau “Regan” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein / Wedding Music: The Soul Shadows / Wedding Caterer and Ice Cream Bar: Command Performance / Wedding Cake: Skiff’s Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Marta Dansie / Videographer: Skyline Videography

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Simply K Studios

Simply K Studios is a connecticut-based, award-winning photography company serving New England and worldwide destinations. These Connecticut wedding photographers photograph engagement sessions, boudoir sessions, and weddings.

We love lots of emotion – the laughs, the smiles, and the happy tears. Beautiful light, stunning details, and approaching every wedding differently so that we can create a unique set of images for each couple.

From the photographers:
It’s about you, and the way we see you. The way we see the two of you and everything you love.

Your style, your family, your friends, your personality, and your laughter.

It’s about the moment you first step into your gown.

The realization that it’s finally your wedding day.

The deep breath you take before you see each other. It’s about the promise you make.

It’s about your details. The celebration.

And we want to photograph it. We want to create a set of authentic, timeless, and modern photos. We want to create your heirloom album.

It’s about your love story.

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Invitations By Dawn + Giveaway!


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Invitations by Dawn has been helping brides find the invitation that fits their style for over thirty years. They carry wedding stationery as well as accessories and have a huge selection of designs styles to choose from, with prices that fit every budget. They are big believers in brides getting the style they love at a price they can afford and that’s something we can get behind. To stay on-trend, in an ever changing industry, their team of designers is adding new designs to the site every week! We’re pretty excited about their newest boutique collection, Urban Vintage and you should be excited about their $200 giveaway!

Earlier this year, they launched the boutique collection, Urban Vintage, followed by the equally adorable collections Hello Hip and Under the Willows. Each boutique has its own vibe (vintage, modern, rustic) and a gorgeous assortment of invitations and accessories hand-picked by their designers. They crafted Urban Vintage in response to the trend they were seeing of classic and shabby chic inspired weddings, in light, neutral color palettes, and it’s been their most popular boutique! All paper items are printed on heavy weight paper stock and include classic designs and styles; embossing, foils, and other vintage inspired flourishes. Both thermography and digital printing processes are available with a look to fit every bride’s preference!

Invitations by Dawn has a wonderful staff of representatives who live and breathe weddings every day, so whether you have a question about which verse to choose for your invitation or need advice on colors or fonts, they’ll talk you through it. Plus you can Live Chat with them on the site or call 800-257-9567. If you can’t decide between a few different designs, they offer free samples and you can choose up to five samples to touch and feel before you commit! For one lucky Ruffled reader, they are giving away $200 towards the invitation suite of your choice! Leave a comment below indicating which suite you would choose. Winner will be selected at random and announced in the Weekly Wrap Up tomorrow. For ALL Ruffled readers, they are also offering 25% off your invitation Order with coupon code RUFFLED, offer valid till 12/31/2012.

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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Nautical Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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We always love a good bit of nautical inspiration, and all the more when it comes from the incredible Alea Lovely! Alea crafted this beautiful elopement shoot inspired by sea-faring details, featuring on gorgeous boat courtesy of Victorian Gardens, who also provided the floral arrangements.

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From the photographer, Alea: How great would it be to get your closest friends and family together for a private romantic nautical elopement in a intimate location and sail off for a night on the water. We used the traditional navy and white to capture the nautical feel but instead of red softened it up with blushes and soft pink pastels to make it a more elegant affair.

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With nautical details of rope, paddles, wood and stripes positioned seamlessly with elegant glassware, candles and lanterns we put together a perfect intimate affair for the creative bride to do something simple but gorgeous. We didn’t want to over do it with too many details to take away from the lovely boat that accented the end of the dock where are simple ceremony could take place. Hope you’re inspired!

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Shoot Location: Kansas City, MO / Wedding Photographer and Creative Director: Alea Lovely / Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau / Wedding Flowers and Boat: Victorian Gardens / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes / Hair: April McReynolds / Makeup: Jolie Artistry / Props: Victorian Gardens and Hickory Dickory

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A new angle on the art of entertaining. [seven-degrees] is an award-winning & full-service events venue. At [seven-degrees] we provide a range of services which are layered together to create a complete wedding experience. Our property, winner of the Architecture Guild Award, is a 25,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor gallery noted for its modern design and elegant feel. Our [seven-degrees] Coordination team will assist you in implementing your unique vision for the space. We understand the intricacies of planning a distinct ceremony and reception and take pleasure in working with couples throughout each stage of the process. You’ll enjoy customizing your menu with our Executive Chef and meet with our Wedding Coordinators and Design Team to make choices regarding design and décor (including presentation, technology, lighting and floral arrangement).

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