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Romantic Vow Renewal After 10 Years

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Delbarr Moradi

Settle in tight, because we’ve got something truly special to share today — which means we had a nearly impossible time narrowing down the images for this post. Photographer Carlie Statsky and her husband Gabe recently celebrated their ten year wedding anniversary, and decided to do a proper celebration with an utterly stylish and sweet vow renewal with their darling children in attendance this time around. Delbarr Moradi photographed the event, Engaged & Inspired helped with the styling, and Amanda Luu Floral Design shone on floral design duty.

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From the bride, Carlie: We knew that we wanted to celebrate such an important milestone in our relationship with some kind of a celebration, but we couldn’t decide on the direction to take it in. One part of us wanted a big ceremony and an even bigger dance party with all of our friends and family, and another other part of us craved something really intimate and small so that our kids could feel more connected to the celebration. We ended up doing our vow renewal with just the two of us and our kids, Myles and Kaia, (Myles was 9 and Kaia was 7 at the time) and it ended up being such a bonding and beautiful experience that our family will remember forever.

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When we first got married 10 years ago we decided to have it in a church because we were worried about the possibility of rain in mid-March, but we both really gravitate towards natural light and the outdoors, so this vow renewal was the perfect opportunity to do things the way we’ve aways wanted to… so we headed for the hills of Carmel Valley! Gabe and I are both wedding photographers, so we’ve seen some really beautiful places, but Holman Ranch has always been one of our very favorite venues in all of California with it’s expansive views over the valley, rustic stone walls and majestic oak trees, so it felt like the ideal spot for us. The whole aesthetic of the day was inspired our personalities, the spring season with all of its bright colors and fresh growth, and our love for all things natural. We wanted the day to be a reflection of who we are, so there were elements that represented each of us in the design.

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I’ve always been obsessed with light and photography, and hexagons represents light bokeh to me, so I wanted to feature that shape along with other graphic elements throughout the design. When my husband isn’t shooting weddings, he’s designing and building fine custom furniture from wood, which is why we included lots of wood grain and hand-crafted elements too. I love that the details were so personal to us, and that Gabe and I designed the hexagon backdrop and gave built both the backdrop and the hexagon accent table by hand. Allison from Engaged & Inspired did such an amazing job interpreting and focusing our eclectic, bohemian vision and then bringing it all to life in the most beautiful and elegant way. Every single vendor involved in the day completely exceeded our expectations and blew us away with their creativity and their talent. We especially have to thank Delbarr Moradi for capturing the whole feeling of the day in the details and the moments that her eye was drawn to. I can’t think of a better way to begin our next 10 years together than by standing under a giant oak tree to speak our vows to each other again as our 2 children were witnessing our love for each other. We left that evening feeling so close as a family and so grateful for the experience.

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Delbarr Moradi

Event Planning and Design

Engaged & Inspired

Flowers and Flower Crowns

Amanda Luu Floral Design

Venue

Holman Ranch

Dress

Sarah Seven "Practically Perfect"

Shoes

Sam Edelman

Rings and Gold Cuff

Love Tatum

Earrings

Alexis Bittar

Hair and Makeup

Melissa Hoffman

Kaia's Dress

Tea Princess "Olive Dress"

Groom and Myles' Attire

J.Crew

Catering

Cafe Rustica

Wedding Cake

The Whole Cake

Rentals

One True Love Vintage Rentals

Geometric Backdrop and Hexagon Side Table

Statsky Design

Brass Mobile Geometric Shapes

HRUSKAA

Geometric Shapes at Place Settings

West Elm

Vow Poster

Bright Room Studio Design

Wedding Invitations, Paper Goods, Signage

Wayfarer's Creative

Romantic Pescadero Wedding

Garden Weddings

Photos by:

Delbarr Moradi

I can’t even properly describe how quickly my heart beats when I think about this wedding from Delbarr Moradi and Enjoy Events Co. When these two pair up, sheer magic ensues – and this wedding is proof incarnate! Enjoy Events’ very own Shotgun Floral Studio was in charge of all floral design, and we’re so smitten with their coral and succulent combo.

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From Enjoy Events Co.: Not only did we love every design element that went into creating this beautiful day, we absolutely adored the sweet couple we created it all for! Anna + Tim (2 of our faves) tied the knot in the picturesque coastal town of Pescadero, California. Friends and family came from far and wide to celebrate this Brooklyn couple who skipped town for their nuptials. Adorned in a stunning soft grey dress, the lovely Anna and dapper Tim said “I do” under a gorgeous branch, eucalyptus and floral arch.

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The prominent pops of orange-y red complemented the seascape and wild brush setting idyllically while the paper goods, designed by Happy Menocal, added a sweet touch to the design elements. Attached to each escort card was a hand dipped piece of drift wood and at each guests’ seat sat a box with a slice of Anna’s grandmother’s homemade bundt cake. The evening progressed with some photobooth action, a dessert table packed with salt water taffy, pies and root beer floats AND an adorable Tattly tattoo parlor.

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Wedding Location: Pescadero, CA / Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Event Planning, Design, and Paper Goods: Enjoy Events Co. / Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Costanoa / Hair: Katie Nash Beauty / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Table and Chair Rentals: A+B Creative / Platter Rentals: Alexis Party Rentals / DJ: Santa Cruz DJ Company / Invitations and Paper Goods: Happy Menocal

Fairmont San Francisco Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Delbarr Moradi

Newlyweds Erin and Tom wanted their wedding day to be two things: 1) classic, and 2) an embodiment of the spirit of San Francisco. This goal resulted in a romantic and relaxed aesthetic with heaps of fun pops of gold and navy. It’s a pretty obvious given that any wedding sent our way from Delbarr Moradi and styled by Jacin of Lovely Little Details is going to be a winner, so let’s move on to the eye candy:

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From the bride, Erin: We wanted our wedding to have a classic feel, so when we look at our album in 30 years, hopefully we won’t be like, “what were we thinking?!” It was also important to us that our wedding embody San Francisco, as most of our guests were flying in from the east coast, and many had never been to San Fran before.


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I’d describe the look of our wedding as feminine, romantic and fun. Our colors were navy, lavender, and creams with pops of gold. My husband and I fell in love with the historic elegance and magnificent views at the Fairmont. It was the perfect quintessential San Francisco backdrop for what we hoped would be a classic, elegant, and most importantly, fun wedding. I had a blast planning our wedding and a lot of the details and colors were inspired by the Fairmont. We worked with fabulous vendors that made it all come together. I think our guests had a genuinely good time, and thoroughly enjoyed the details of the day, which was what we were hoping for.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I’d definitely recommend working with a wedding planner. It was a huge relief knowing that on our wedding day, everything was being handled by somebody else. I was able to enjoy the day with my husband, family and friends.


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Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Canon in D,” Pachelbel
Recessional: “Wedding March,” Mendelssohn
First Dance: “The Way I Am,” Ingrid Michelson
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Bouquet Toss: “Carby,” Discovery (feat Exra Koenig)
Garter Toss: “Fancy,” Drake
Cake Cutting: “Baby I’m Yours,” Robinella
Last Song: “Won’t Go Home Without You,” Maroon 5

Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Wedding Venue, Caterer, and Cake: The Fairmont San Francisco / Wedding Planning, Styling, and Seating Chart Design: Lovely Little Details / Wedding Flowers: Laura Miller Design / Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell “Aurelia” / Veil: Gracefully Girly / Sash: Eclu / Wedding Shoes: BHLDN / Jewelry: Nordstrom / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: The Glamourist / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Bridesmaids’ Hair and Makeup: Betten Chaston / Table Linens: La Tavola Linens / Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals / Chair and Charger Rentals: Kristina V Events / Chair Ruffle Linens: Wildflower Linens / Pipe and Drape Setup: Hartmann Rentals / Curtains: Lovely Little Details / Wedding Music: San Francisco Conservatory of Music / DJ: Spintronix Entertainment / Photobooth: Tomfoolery SF / Officiant: Cathy Tibbets / Videographer: Shakewell Studios / Favors and Wedding Invitation Design: Courtney Talbot

San Francisco Conservatory Wedding

Garden Weddings

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With well over four years blogging beautiful wedding after beautiful wedding, I’m yet to come across a more perfect venue to get married than a place called the Conservatory of Flowers. The name alone exudes romance and whimsy! Andrea and JJ’s wedding captured by the talents of Delbarr Moradi was just that, with a pinch of modern and a dab of vintage. This foodie couple chose their favorite cheeses to make some yummy centerpieces!

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yellow grooms ties
conservatory modern wedding

From the bride, Andrea: We really wanted our wedding to be 100% reflective of us. Our personal style is a little vintage, a little modern, and a little non-traditional. We wanted to show our appreciation to our family and friends who were able to make it and have it be as comfortable and fun for them as possible. We lived in Seattle for a few years before our wedding and it holds a very dear place in our hearts. We wanted to pay homage to the city by incorporating some of our favorite things like cheese, salami, and coffee.

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Our biggest DIY project was curating all of our centerpieces. We knew we didn’t want to do any floral centerpieces , due to the cost, so we had to get creative. We absolutely LOVE cheese and salami so we figured why not edible centerpieces! We bought $200 worth of natural slate from Lowes and we hand broke, washed, and sealed all of them. We adhered wooden feet and felt pads to all of them so they would be at varied heights. We also asked Fork & Spoon to get our favorite Salumi Salami and Beecher’s cheese for the centerpieces. We added a few of our other favorites and garnished with Cornichons, grapes, and olives. We absolutely loved them! We also were beyond lucky to have our cousin’s hand-make some treats for us. Dave and Amber McAuley made Cousin’s Beer that we served at the bar, and Genny McAuley took some of the beer and made homemade mustard as our favors. It was the most amazing gift =)

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Start early, stay organized, and have fun! When we started the wedding planning, I promised myself that I would stay completely present and enjoy the entire process. It is meant to be fun and exciting, not stressful. I started a spreadsheet and to do list and just started chipping away at it. I equated it to moving. You find yourself in a room full of boxes and its a little overwhelming trying to figure out which box to start with first, but once the first one is opened everything just starts falling into place.

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Wedding Music:
Prelude and Seating of the Parents: Sort of, Ingrid Michaelson
Processional: Welcome Home Reprise, Radical Face
Recessional: The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan
Entering the Reception: Carried Away, Passion Pit
First Dance: Pianoman, Billy Joel
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: Had to Say I Love You in a Song, Jim Croce
Last Dance: Lean on Me, Bill Withers

Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Wedding Invitations: Oliver Hutton, screen printed at Forth Rite Printing / Day-of-Coordinator: I had an unbelievable day-of contact through my caterer, Fork & Spoon Productions, LeAnn Rascke / Florist: LeAnn at Fork & Spoon hand-made all of our bouquets, boutonnieres, and accent flowers / Wedding Venue: Conservatory of Flowers / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet Dora, purchased it at Glamour Closet / Makeup: Benefits Cosmetics, Suzette / Bridesmaid Dresses: Eel & Ermine / Groom’s Suit: JCrew, knit tie from Lit Knit / DJ: NorCal Pro Sound / Wedding Caterer: Fork & Spoon Productions. Wine and appetizers prior to the ceremony, tray-passed drinks and appetizers during cocktail hour, and a three-course dinner. The three options were: Alaskan Halibut, Meyer Ranch New York Steam, and Brenwood Corn and Bellwether Farms Cannelloni / Cake Topper: Knotting Wood / Transportation: Uber Car / Linens: La Tavola Linen

California Wedding from Michael Baca

Wedding Videos

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We’ve seen the images from Delbarr Moradi for Brian and Irene’s wedding, and now it’s time to see the full day in action! With a wedding theme of “love and hearts,” it’s hard to believe the couple’s wedding video would be anything other than sweet as pie. Our thanks go out to Michael Baca for sharing this film with us.


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Wedding Location: Fairfax, CA / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Ceremony Venue: Sausalito Presbyterian / Wedding Reception and Caterer: Deer Park Villa / Bouquet and Boutonnieres: Lee’s Discount Flowers / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Style PB 4403 MS / Wedding Veil: VelvetOwl / Shoes: BHLDN / Bride’s Earrings: hotmixcold / Hair: Heather Jassem of Calm Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth and J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Music: Jefferson Espinosa / Wedding Cakes: Miette and SusieCakes / Wedding Invitations: bride and bridesmaid / Videographer: Michael Baca

Love and Hearts California Wedding

Romantic Weddings

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As soon as bride Irene told us the theme of her wedding was “love and hearts,” we knew we were in for one sweet treat. This wedding from Delbarr Moradi is heavy on the pastels and candy-colored decor, and the couple’s dessert table is truly the one to end all cake tables! Stay tuned for some fantastic advice from Irene and a beautiful film from Michael Baca!

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From the bride, Irene: The theme of our wedding was “love & hearts”. I envisioned hearts everywhere with soft colors surrounding everyone. Everything from the invitations, photobooth props, to the hanging garlands were swelling with a sweet candy palette and whimsical hearts. Our wedding had a very personal feel to it and we worked really hard to do everything on our own without an event planner.


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newlyweds first look

newlyweds first look

I wanted a DIY feel with a touch of vintage. I collected vintage table cloths, picture frames, vases, and teapots for months to give the wedding a personal touch. I had many handmade items (invitations, table numbers, garlands, guestbook, flowers, signs, wedding website) and our wedding favor was even a CD — sung and recorded at home by me and my husband (he even wrote a song for the bridal processional that was included).


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Pick a photographer first and be willing to splurge on it! Photos last forever and you will look back on them time and time again. Get a videographer! I am so happy we decided to hire one and capture the day for us in real time. Ask around and find an up-and-coming videographer who is on the verge of breaking into the scene. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family. Don’t give away all the planning to an event planner. Add your own touches to show your guests a special side of you and your significant other. Learn to do your own makeup. Find blogs and videos to get advice. You can save a lot of money here! And practice a lot! Hire or ask a friend to be a Day-of coordinator. I didn’t have a wedding planner but I did have a day-of person. You don’t want to be stressed on the wedding day and you don’t want to know if something is going wrong.


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newlyweds first dance

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Wedding Location: Fairfax, CA / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Ceremony Venue: Sausalito Presbyterian / Wedding Reception and Caterer: Deer Park Villa / Bouquet and Boutonnieres: Lee’s Discount Flowers / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Style PB 4403 MS / Wedding Veil: VelvetOwl / Shoes: BHLDN / Bride’s Earrings: hotmixcold / Hair: Heather Jassem of Calm Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth and J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Wedding Music: Jefferson Espinosa / Wedding Cakes: Miette and SusieCakes / Wedding Invitations: bride and bridesmaid / Videographer: Michael Baca

Cinco de Mayo Elopement Inspiration

Wedding Design

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In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, Rebekah Carey McNall of A & B Creative dreamed up of a gorgeous elopement story in Mexico. These images captured by Delbarr Moradi are just dripping with color and festive flair. The florals created by Crimson Horticulture Rarities complete the vision perfectly like the last piece of this fiesta puzzle.

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From the event stylist, Rebekah of A & B Creative: Our inspiration for the design of this shoot came from a love of Mexican scenery and how varied it can be; from dry and arid to lush and bright. We transitioned that adoration into the design of our shoot by using the rich warm wood of our farm tables, antique spools, and a caramel colored hide and juxtaposing it against the bright cigar boxes, patterned plates, peonies, ranunculus, vintage Mexican textiles and with pops of gold and blue.


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Doña Tomás was the ideal venue and the sun drenched courtyard is perfect for an intimate elopement. The inside of the restaurant features gorgeous architectural pieces they brought back from Mexico and their tres leche cake was to-die-for. They even have a rich red colored wall named the “Frida” wall!


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In fact, the bride’s hair was inspired by Frida Kahlo’s classic band of flowers, but I wanted to make it feel more modern and unique. Together with Yesenia and Crimson Hort we designed a band of flowers for the nape of the bride’s neck, beneath her bun, to bring the look into a new era.


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Crimson Horticulture Rarities helped us to continue our juxtaposed look by designing the florals with oranges and perfectly bright blooms, tucked into brightly colored cigar boxes, against the muted tones of the airplants, antlers and antique spools.


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The bride’s different attire looks were again showing the variations of the theme. First, a rich blue lace top over a silk sheath gown with pops of orange and pink coming from her shoes, display the colors of a sunset in the mountains. A bright pink chiffon top with floral detailing reflected in the petal accents of her gown and the flowers in her hair, show the warm hue you can imagine in the valleys. Lastly, her cream colored dress and vintage Mexican belt show an arid desert palette.


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Wedding Vendors (Oakland, CA):

Venue Location and Cake: Doña Tomás / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Event Design and Styling, Farm Table Rentals: Rebekah Carey McNall of A & B Creative / Wedding Flowers: Crimson Horticulture Rarities / Tea Length Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal / Floral Bottomed Gown: The Limited / Blue and pink tops: Anthropologie / Bride’s Shoes: Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret / Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri and Esqueleto / Bride’s Belt: Vintage / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Groom’s Shirts, shoes, and tie: Vintage / Makeup: Nikol Elaine Artistry / Hair: Yesenia Guinea / Vintage Rentals: Mignonne Decor / Dinner Plates: Anthropologie / Glass Plates: Crate & Barrel / Model: Marissa Marquez

A & B Creative is a member of our wedding vendor guide Blue Label.

Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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This wedding exhibits perfectly how to let the sheer beauty of your location shine through. Frances and Ben chose to have their wedding on the top of a mountain — need we say any more? Delbarr Moradi was there to capture the day, with Emily Read Bentley of the ever darling event design and planning company Enjoy Events Co. aiding with day-of coordination with invites by Printable Press — and gosh, we are so smitten!


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Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

From the bride, Frances: We let our locations do a lot of the work for us. Mt. Tamalpais, where we had the ceremony, is probably the most epic place in the Bay Area. The amphitheater was perfectly suited to a Zen ceremony. Jeffrey rang a bell as we walked in, which was haunting and beautiful in the mist of the forest-quiet. Our guests couldn’t believe how magical it was. The tiny, secret coastal village of Bolinas, where we had the reception, was also pretty memorable.

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Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

My very favorite part was the little gold animals we put on each guest’s plate. My awesome new sister-in-law spray painted about ten thousand plastic animals for me. My lovely husband used a laser cutter to carve escort cards out of wood for everyone. We love Lord of the Rings, so we used a hobbity font, and then he stained them all fuchsia. He also designed and made the table number cards, the programs, and the menus.


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Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

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Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top WeddingFrances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding


Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

Some of our other DIY elements were: the ribbon curtain behind our table, which I made myself; all the brass animals and vases on the tables, which we collected from the flea market over the course of many months; and the table runners, which my awesome mom sewed for me. We go to estate sales and flea markets pretty much every weekend anyway, so I started picking up things I thought I could use for the wedding—vases, little objects for the centerpieces, fancy plates for the desserts.


Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top WeddingFrances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

Frances & Ben, Whimsical Mountain Top Wedding

One of my favorite memories of the whole weekend was actually setting up and decorating the hall the night before. All my wonderful Michigan family and some friends did a midwestern barn-raising. I just remember one of my aunts saying, “okay go!” and then within seconds 40 people were everywhere working, uncles were up on ladders hanging Christmas lights, little cousins were assembling foil stars, aunts were ironing tablecloths… it was like an instant beehive of totally focused activity.

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Location: Mt. Tamalpais / Wedding Photographer: Delbarr Moradi Photography / Day-of Coordination: Emily Read Bentley of Enjoy Events Co. / Wedding Dress: Coan Couture / Bride’s Headband: Mignonne / Bride’s Earrings: Renna / Bride’s Velvet Bed Jacket: Lacis / Groom’s Suit: Maxwell’s Clothiers / Groom’s Shirt and Tie: Sean / Makeup: Paige Howie / Hair: Diane Beaver of Solid Gold Salon / Wedding Flowers: Ingrid Shoemaker of Blume Designs / Wedding Caterer: Sage Catering / Wedding Cake: SusieCakes / Stationery: Printable Press