Valentine’s Day may have been a couple of days ago, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still in the spirit. The moment we saw this styled shoot from Jenny Quicksall, Velvet Alley Events, and Belle of The Ball, it was love. Take note of the ruffled pink wedding dress, and the extra-sweet kissing booth setup!
What better spot for some summery wedding inspiration than a California orange grove? Brooke Bakken Photography, Lucky Day Events Company, and Studio Ooh La La by Doily Design Haus came together to create this refreshing and cheery wedding scene, full of citrus color tones and a hearty shaped ceremony backdrop made of — what else? — oranges.
From the event stylist, Tatiana of Lucky Day Events Company: It only took one dreamy vision of a California-cool, citrus-infused wedding filled with lovely details to bring together 9 contributors in 5 days. Living and working in sunny Southern California, we’ve become familiar with warm breezes, hours upon hours of yellow sun and the effortless, laid back feel of summer time. Looking to encapsulate all of those elements led us to create a feel that was both fresh and romantic. Nodding to classic California inspiration, we chose a darling orange grove to give life to this styled shoot. Working closely with our team we looked for a way to tie in a clean wedding aesthetic with the organic nature of the citrus in the grove. We picked our palette from the very location we were shooting in; tying in the cool shades of green with the tans from the ground and the soft pinks of the surrounding blooms.
We didn’t want to overpower the natural beauty of the grove, so we opted for a wooden table and bar set-up along with jade glassware to complement the scenery. Loose, overflowing florals and lush greenery tied it all together and let’s talk about how adorable this real-life couple is! Smitten on Paper’s stationery was as flawless as the icing on our cake and we capped off the day with some DIY mojitos from the interactive bar. We loved playing around with all the natural light and who wouldn’t want a ceremony under a canopy of orange blossoms?
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It’s official, Elate Photo and Tulip know how to bring the romance. This indoor-outdoor affair fuses bohemian bridal style with a reception setup that’s equal parts vintage and botanical, complete with floral arrangements in antique goblets and an endless supply of fresh peach roses!
From the photographer, Hannah of Elate Photo: This intimate “wedding day” was inspired deeply by baroque art of the 18th century. An inviting vintage home in the heart of Fallbrook was the perfect location for the shoot. The uses of pastel florals, peach colored ribbon, and a delicate lace gown really helped make our vision a reality. We knew right away that candles in abundance were a must!! We had an amazing collection of ornate candelabras that can be seen on display throughout the home. We wanted to capture romance in every sense of the word, so a gorgeous vintage ring was a must as well. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed bringing them to life!
This little wedding sent over by Sarah of Hazelwood Photo makes our hearts sing with vintage joy — seriously, does it get any more stunning than this incredible bride? The bride and groom both collect vinyl records, so they not only used a DJ who spun vinyl but also used old records for their seating charts! There’s so much packed into these stunning California nuptials and some great advice from bride Victoria, so hop to it!
From the bride, Victoria: We never really came up with a solid theme to follow. Kieron just kept on saying “Don’t think about themes, think about aesthetics!” We basically tried to incorporate some of our favorite things so pretty much every detail in the wedding directly reflects something about us. The color scheme is just colors we like (ivory, gold, emeralds and metallics); the vintage dress (the first and only dress I tried on — it immediately felt right) because I love vintage clothes and most of my wardrobe is vintage; the venue is the house where I grew up and my favorite place in the world; we incorporated vinyl records because we both collect records; we used succulents because I love them and I make cactus dishes for a hobby (I made all the mini-terrarium favors with my awesome bridesmaid Aubrey); the mariachi band to pay homage to my Mexican heritage and a classic photochemical photobooth because we’ve always taken photobooth pictures since we first started dating (see our save-the-dates made with photobooth strips over the years). I could go on but I guess I’m just saying that instead of going for some kind of theme, we just allowed the stuff that we love to become the direct inspiration for how we wanted our wedding to feel. Overall, I think one of the most important details for me was to have family be a big part. That’s why we had displayed the photos of weddings in our families throughout the generations and we felt so blessed to be able to have Kieron’s grandfather officiate the ceremony (he’s been married for 65 years so that really is an inspiration).
Most memorable moment of the day? I would say it was when I was approaching Kieron for our first look. Of course Kieron had his back turned to me as I was walking towards him but I could tell that he was just as nervous and breathless as I was. It felt like everything that we had worked so hard on — all the planning, shopping, crafting and stressing — had lead up to this very moment. The shoot was next door so it was just Kieron and me (plus our wonderful photographer) and for the first time ever, that’s when I really FELT like his bride. Kieron turned around to see me and the expression was priceless. It was like nothing else in the world mattered and finally, we could just soak it up and enjoy each other.
Any advice you want to share with future brides-to-be? Be as involved as you possibly can in the planning process of your wedding. A few people told me how proud we should be of our wedding and that it had a really personal touch. We really do feel proud of our wedding day because we put so much of ourselves into it. Every detail deserves your special attention and every decision should be a thoughtful one. When in doubt, trust your instincts and follow your heart. Though it may be tough to see the forest for the trees in the planning stages, when it all comes together on your special day it will be well worth it!
Bridal Party Processional: “Cosmic Dancer,” T. Rex
Bridal Processional: “Waterloo Sunset,” The Kinks
Ceremony Music: “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder),” The Beach Boys
Newlywed Entrance: “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” Chris Clark
First Dance: “Knock Me a Kiss,” Louis Jordan
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Event Planner: Party and Be Married / Wedding Flowers: Thistle & Twig / Vintage wedding gown: The Paper Bag Princess / Reception gown: made custom by Revamp / Engagement Ring: family heirloom / Hair & Makeup: Makeup Mafia / Wedding Cake: Fantasy Frostings
At this point it’s pretty much a given that any wedding Amorology Weddings touches is going to be a beaut. Doctors Devi and Ryan wanted to have both Hindu and Western ceremonies and reflect their bright personalities + professions. Captured to a T by Sunday Romance, this wedding stole our hearts and it’s kicking off the week in fun pops of pink, orange, and all around fusion fabulousness:
From Heather of Amorology Weddings: When Devi and Ryan met in a hospital in LA, these two doctors knew they showed all the symptoms for a love that was sure to last. For their Torrey Pines Hilton Indian-fusion wedding we found inspiration in their shared love of the medical field and for life. This couple was a dream to work with, who was not only willing to trust us but have fun throughout the process and the results were positive!
Ryan made his grand entrance during the baharat, where he was brought into the ceremony on a horse. The ceremony further hinted to the concept and feel of the event by exhibiting a custom sign we created that read “where there is love there is life”… a favorite phrase of the groom’s. This hung above them on the Mandap as they participated in two ceremonies, one Indian and one Western.
As guests entered the ceremony they passed through the “Waiting Room” and were directed to check in and leave their prescription for a good marriage at the receptionist’s desk. Colorful clipboards adorned the office wall while displaying guest names and what room they were to be seen in (A.K.A. Table assignments) for later that evening.
As guests made their way into the reception, they were greeted with candy pill bottle favors that
read “There is no remedy to love, but to love more.” by Henry David Thoreau. The bride’s favorite animal, the elephant, was brought in through whimsy custom table numbers and paper elements by Brightly Designed that illustrated elephants with different medical instruments. Candle votives were appropriately wrapped with white gauze adding another decor element and texture to the table. Gorgeous centerpieces by Twigg Botanicals made of coral charm peonies, tulips, dahlias and dripping with white phaleonopsis orchids offered the ballroom a lushness and garden feel. The vases were also custom wrapped with the first-aid plus sign that we carried throughout the event… hinting towards a love that makes everything better.
After dinner,guests indulged on a delicious “Sugar Coma” dessert bar which included cupcakes named: Case of the Coconuts, CPR (Chocolate Peanut Butter Resuscitation), Viral Vanilla, Chocolate Check Up, An Apple a Day, Chocolate Overdose and Caramel Consciousness.
The sweetness continued with the couple’s first dance and a garter toss where Devi blindfolded her groom and tricked him into getting the garter off his best man’s leg rather than hers!
We loved working with Ryan and Devi and hope their future is filled with all the health and happiness that they deserve! – Heather of Amorology Weddings
Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Event Designer: Amorology Weddings / Wedding Photographer: Sunday Romance / Wedding Flowers: Twigg Botanicals / Wedding Venue: Torrey Pines Hilton / Wedding Caterer: Bawarchi / Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Hey There Cupcake / Paper Goods: Brightly Designed / Hindu Officiant: Shukavak Dasa / Methodist Officiant: Molly Vetter / Transportation: Enchanted Carriages / Videographer: Modern 8 Films / Vintage Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals
This California affair from Frenzel Photographers is just colorful enough to brighten up the dreariest day. Sue and Nico came from not only different continents, but met on an entirely different continent, and here they are on their wedding day! Appropriately, their reception was adorned with travel-inspired touches like vintage suitcases. Love.
From the photographer, Sarah: A chance meeting on another continent started Sue and Nico’s romance. Sue is from Southern California, and Nico is from Argentina, however they met in a hostel in Scotland while both were traveling for different purposes. Their relationship was truly “long distance” but it was peppered with frequent travels to various places around the world. True to her bohemian spirit, Sue’s wedding was filled with bold colors, travel decor, vintage furniture, and Gus, their travel gnome – all designed by Sue. After almost a year of waiting on Visa paperwork, Sue and Nico had their big day! Lovely story, and lovely couple…
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Wedding Photographer: Frenzel Photographers
Andrea and Andres threw multiple DIY parties with their friends until every last detail was perfectly done to fit their rustic wedding, shot by Candice Benjamin. They also were super smart about their budget, and were able to have their wedding with over 100 guests for under $10,000. Pretty incredible!
From the bride, Andrea: It changed throughout my engagement but in the end the style was more rustic/country. I’m not sure if DIY is a style but everything was handed made by myself and close friends.
I did not have a color scheme, I used earth tones so browns, greens, and auburn colors. Pretty much everything was DIY, the aisle decor, the dessert table, the guest sign in table etc. I would describe my wedding as country, rustic, low key, detailed.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Let people who you trust help you, especially if you are doing DIY projects!
From the photographer, Candice Benjamin: Andrea and Andres planned their wedding for 100+ people for under 10k in Southern California. Other than the Photographer and DJ, everything else in the wedding was completely DIY. Andrea had crafting parties with her bridesmaids and made everything for her wedding. Even to the point of going to the flower market the day before her wedding at 4:30 am to pick out the perfect flowers. It was a true DIY wedding and she used everything she could. Andrea and Andres wanted the outdoors wedding to have a rustic, vintage theme… but not in such a way that was way overdone. It was all about the little touches — a sign hanging over the large tree they got married under and the Mr. + Mrs. sign she painted only a few days before the wedding.
Bride’s Processional: “Alywas Forever,” Phil Wickham
Communion Song: “How He Loves Us,” The David Crowder Band
First Dance: “Everything,” Michael Buble
Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Orcutt Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Candice Benjamin Photography / Wedding Cinematography: Jakfoto Films / Flowers: DIY / Event Design: Done by bride / Event Planning: Nichelle Obrien / DJ: Eric the Deejay / Wedding Caterer: Stonefire Grill / Wedding Cake: DIY / Invitations: DIY / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bridesmaid Dress: Amanda Rose Bridal / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein
This gorgeous wedding was sent over by the fabulous floral designer extraordinaire, Carissa of JL Designs. It is full of lush romantic flowers like blush “cafe au lait” dahlias, creamy hydrangea, pale pink ranunculus, white lisianthus and beige scabiosa pods. The end result was a feminine look that was soft, yet perfectly pulled together.
A little about Esther + Doan’s big day from their wedding planner, Christina of Simply Modern Weddings:
Esther & Doan’s wedding was a gorgeous blend of classic romance inspiration, with a touch of modern to balance it out. In our design meeting they gravitated towards a linen that i nicknamed “metallic toast” which was a beautiful antique bronze fabric. to give it a bit more depth, we decided to mix metals by pairing this metallic toast linen with tons of silvery mercury glass vessels. This provided the perfect base for the stunning soft blush pinks, creamy ivory and white floral designs from Carissa with JL Designs. Esther just adored romantic, lush flowers…but to give it that funky edge, Carissa incorporated touches of masculine scabiosa pods throughout the floral.
Their day was a perfect mix of feminine & masculine, vintage & modern…representing both Esther and Doan and bringing together their fabulous style!
Wedding Vendors (Southern California):
Photographer: Aaron Delesie / Wedding Planning: Simply Modern Weddings / Floral Design: JLDesigns / Cake + Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Linens: La Tavola / Ceremony Entertainment: Supernova / DJ + Lighting: Carcano DJ / Photobooth: Cheesy Photobooth / Dance Floor: Barker Décor / Hair + Makeup: All Made Up Team / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss