Alicia & Justin's Wedding

This past July, two of our good friends got married in San Deigo. You might remember them here. This wedding was so much fun and so cute, I had to share a few photos to show off just a bit... heheh... Alicia and Justin were very thoughtful hosts, and even provided the guests with a comfortable lounge area (to which they purchased new furniture for the guests to sit) and cigars.. They even went out of their way to deliver Wedding Welcome bags to all the out of town guests. Which was so very nice because Daniel and I decided to stay in San Deigo overnight last minute. So very thoughtful :)

Doesn't Alicia and Justin so cute together? So pretty :)

One of the first things, to know about Alicia and Justin is that they love their dog Sheelo so much! The made him the ring bearer of their wedding. Look how cute he is with the flower girl /dog.

One of my favorite parts of their wedding was the fact that we served cocktail hour drinks in beakers. Did I mention that Alicia is crazy smart and has a PHD in Chemistry?

We had made 'L O V E' letters for their wedding, for the  guests to sign.  After the wedding Alicia and Justin will place the letters above their mantel for years to come.

After the dinner was served and the wedding cake was eaten, Alicia and Justin also provided the guests with yet another surprise with In & Out, which is pretty much a Southern Ca, post wedding past-time. Yum!

Congratulations, to the happy couple and much blessings for years to come.

Wedding Showcase: Dorian + David

Does anyone remember this post, I blogged about a few weeks ago? It was a sneak peek, to a wonderfully sweet wedding of my coworker Dorian. I am very excited to share with you her wedding photos. I think Dorian's wedding displays the meaning of what a wedding is all about: family, friends and your 'home sweet home.' Enjoy!

Wedding Showcase Questions:

Bride:  Dorian Love
Groom:  David Beecroft
Occupation: Testing and Product Development Coordinator
Date of Wedding:  04-28-2012
Location: San Francisco, CA at David’s sister’s house
Photographer: Irja Elisa Tannlund
Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie:  Bridesmaids 

Inspiration for your Wedding:  The good ol’ days—where everything was simple and, usually, after a church ceremony, guests went back to the bride’s parents’ house for cake, ice cream, and punch.

What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve?  I didn’t have any colors in mind at first, but everything ended up being green and brown.  Except for the cake, which David picked out on his own.

Any DIY projects, you loved the most?  Updating my mother’s dress to make it my own, but still preserving its originality.  My wedding dress was the dress my mother made for herself and wore for her wedding almost 43 years ago.  There were bows on the front and back I removed and replaced with a brown sash, and I slit the sleeves open on the bottom underside.  Other than that, it was a perfect fit!  I’m the third person to wear the dress—my mother wore it first, a young lady wore it in a fashion show about 20 years ago, and I wore it last month.

Any Bridezilla moments while the planning process?  We had a brunch after the ceremony and figuring out what food to serve was really stressing me out.  So, I forced it onto David and said, “This is now yours, I don’t want to deal with it anymore!”  He did a great job and everyone raved about the food, it was all delicious.

Thoughts on the final outcome?  It turned out exactly how we wanted it to, I wouldn’t have changed anything.
Are you glad its over?  My mom always says to enjoy the anticipation of big events because they’re over and done with before you know it.  She’s right!  I savored the planning, enjoyed the event, and am happy to be married and have fond memories and pictures to remember and look back on in the years to come.

Special thanks to Dorian and David for sharing their special day with us!

Wedding Preview: Dorian + David

My sweet coworker Dorian recently got married, to her boyfriend David in San Francisco (in April). When I saw her wedding photos, I just said "Awe." Her wedding seemed so endearing and loving. Dorian and David had an small and intimate ceremony at a lovely backyard of a family member. Dorian's Wedding showcase will be posted soon, but for now here is a sneak peek.

Dorian's wedding photographer is Irja Elisa. While we wait for the official wedding photos the two photo's shown (above) is Irja's. Aren't these lovely? I cannot wait to see the rest of them but for now at least we can admire these photos. All other photos were taken from Dorian's friends and family members, which are still pretty dang good, if you ask me. 

Customer Appreciation Photo!

A very special bride sent me this photo of her on her wedding day, last week. This totally made my day. I adore it when brides send me photos of their wedding day. Its one of the best feelings ever! Rebekah recently got married on October 22nd, 2011 in Knoxville, TN. She made a gorgeous bride and couldn't look prettier! Congratulations Rebekah and Todd, Happy Marriage!

Rebekah is wearing my "Sunshine Yellow Corsage Sash" from my shop: Pinktea6

Wedding Showcase: Rebekah + Kenneth's Wedding

Bride: Rebekah Glennon
Groom: Kenneth Brown
Occupation: Rebekah is a Interior Design Consultant   ~  Ken is Assistent Superintendent for a golf course
Date of Wedding: October 30, 2010
Location: Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Photographer: Lydia Jane Photography
Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie: You, Me, and Dupree / Father of the Bride

Inspiration for your Wedding? Fall, Rustic, Chic, Vintage

What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve? I can't really say there was a specific color scheme in mind when planning. With our wedding being in the fall I really wanted to play up the fall colors, and include an earthiness to it. I love oranges, browns, plums and anything burlap especially for fall!

Any DIY projects, you loved the most?
Oh gosh, I felt like there were sooo many. When planning our wedding I wanted it to be an event that people remembered, and I love little details that stick out and really make a statement. I really enjoyed every project, and the time those projects gave me with my sisters, mom and friends who helped!

Any Bridezilla moments while the planning process? hahaha, of course, totally had those moments of overwhelmed, malnourished from going going going and not stopping, breakdowns when you feel like your whole wedding is going to be a disaster! I can't think of a particular moment, but I definitely know within the 3 months of planning our wedding there were some times of panic.

Thoughts on the final outcome?  I really loved how everything came out!  I think there will always be those little things I would change looking back, but all and all it was such an amazing day and we were so blessed by everything! I wish it would have lasted longer. With all the hours of planning that went into it, the day felt like it flew by and I couldn't really soak it all in as much as I wanted to.

Are you glad its over?  Definitely in some ways, the planning consumed my life, but I really enjoyed coming up with ideas and a theme, and bringing everything together.

A Special Thanks to Rebekah + Kenneth for Sharing Their Special Day with Us!

Happy Anniversary!

Today's our 2 year wedding anniversary and 10 year anniversary of the day we met.

How we met:

(in Daniel's words): Something just kept pushing me to apply as Resident Advisor at the dorms, but I had little chance because I never dormed before. Somehow, I was accepted to be the RA for the 2001-2002 school year.  I knew then that something real special was going to happen that year.  Never
did I imagine I would find Tracie.

It was the first day residents were allowed to move in the dorms.  The welcome leaders were doing most of the work while the resident advisors were supervising (pretending to work).  I was sitting down relaxing while everyone was busy helping people get into the dorms. My friend Jet, who was a welcome leader, came and sat next to me.  We discussed few things here and there.  It was when Tracie first walked in the front door.

That date was… 09-19-01…

(In My Own Words:) Liked Daniel said, we met during my first year at Cal Poly (*tear* ~ i love my Cal Poly Years!!!) The actual first day we met was September 19th, 2001. It was the Day before my first day of college, which is why I can probably remember it. For a pre-college orientation called "Welcome Week" freshman students were allowed to move into the dorms early. There were also activities such as games, tours and so forth to entertain the new students. On the last day of Welcome Week, the campus held a “Carnival Day” with small game tables, club booths and etc… I was going to go there with a group of all the new friends I met at Welcome Week. And one girl named Benita, told us that morning, she had gotten locked out of her dorm room, and one of the R.A’s (Resident Advisor) had opened her room door for her. And to thank him, she wanted to get him cotton candy. At the Carnival, all Benita kept saying that she wanted to get the RA some Cotton Candy….blah blah blah…which we got, however on the way back to the dorms the cotton candy, some insects had flown into that cotton candy, and we ended up throwing it away. hahahah …. LOL… Any how, when we went with Benita to meet the R.A. and all I remember after that was Benita explaining the whole story (which took way longer then the time it took me to tell you…) and the R.A looked like he stopped listening half way through the story… hahah… (I would too, its not that interesting)… LONG STORY SHORT: that R.A was Daniel!

For Our wedding Anniversary:

Besides working, we are having dinner at The Taste of Acadia, we tend not to go all out for anniversaries; but this year, we are trying something new. The location of this event is actually at the same location where took our engagement photos. Exciting, huh? Anyhow, to help celebrate our anniversary on the blogger-sphere here is a wedding video I made last year of our wedding day. I took the video clips from our friend Isauro, who was our videographer for the big day. Hope you like it.

Happy Anniversary Daniel!

Wedding Showcase: Ruth + Reuben's Wedding

Bride: Ruth
Groom:  Reuben
Occupation: Reuben: medical research scientist, Ruth: doctor
Date of Wedding: 10th July 2010
Location: Central London, UK
Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie: Father of the Bride 

Inspiration for your Wedding? Traditional English themes, with some incorporation of Sri Lankan colours, flowers and herbs

What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve? Teal and Kingfisher blue mainly, with white and hot pink

 Any DIY projects, you loved the most? The place names that looked like London street signs

Any Bridezilla moments while the planning process? Getting my head around how most Sri Lankan's have 2 first names!! And half the family know one name, and the other half the other...

Thoughts on the final outcome?  A very happy day, in which the small details are much more unimportant that you feel they are in the run-up to it, and the main thing - actually getting married - is wonderful and a great joy.

Are you glad its over?  It is lovely not to have to plan it anymore, but a very special occation to have all the family together, and wish that could have lasted for longer....

Special Thanks to Ruth and Reuben for sharing their special day with us!

Marshmallow Wedding Inspiration Photoshoot

 Name: Jill La Fleur, La Fleur Weddings & Events
Occupation: Wedding Planner

Inspiration for Photo Shoot: All things Marshmallows! This inspired soft, billowy, fluffy fabrics in soft creamy colors. I wanted a lot of volume  & texture throughout the shoot from the white drapes to the tablecloths.

What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve? Soft whites, cream, champagne with touches of blush and mocha

What kind of bride personality were you trying to target? Brides who love unique, outdoor weddings with a shabby chic/vintage flair

Where did you get your props? Camilla Svensson Burns and I collaborated on the overall vision. She created the floral décor brought many of the props including the pillows & some of the table settings

Thoughts of the outcome of the shoot? I am so appreciate of all the amazing vendors we worked on this shoot, including the wonderful ladies of Simply Bloom, who flew out all the way from Alabama! The shoot turned out beautifully!

Photography: SimplyBloom Photography
Floral & Décor:
Camilla Flowers
Invitation suite:
Cevd Custom Invitation Studios
Brides hair pieces:
Lo Boheme
La Tavola Linen
Lighting and Draping:
Bella Vista Designs
Bride Hair and Makeup:
Team Hair and Makeup
Cake & Cupcakes:
Enjoy Cupcakes
Roblar Winery Santa Ynez
Joel Serrato Films
Stella Dot

 Special Thanks to  La Fleur Weddings & Events & SimplyBloom Photography for sharing their sweet Photoshoot with us!

Engagement Session in France: Mireen + Markus

Bride: Mireen
Groom: Markus
Occupation: Photographer and Student
Date of Wedding: 08/02/11
Location: The engagement shoot was in the Provence, France
Photographer: Jose Villa 

The Engagement Story
We did a small vacation trip in New York. We both knew we wanted to get married, so Markus and I decided to buy the ring there. He really wanted me to have the ring of my dreams, so we both looked for one together. We found one :-) and he was carrying this ring for a few more days with him and I was waiting when he would propose. 

Finally, on the 6th of January (It was crazy hot! 68 Fahrenheit in January!!!) We were on the famous Bow Bridge in the Central Park where he asked me to marry him. We were really happy and went out for dinner to the Rockefeller Center for dancing and awesome food. For us, it was the perfect day. :-) 

Markus did not get down on one knee when he proposed and I always told him he had to do it before we get married. After 4 years being engaged, we were on vacation in the Dominican Republic and on our last day there, he asked me to go to the beach (early in the morning). I didn't want to go because it was raining really heavy but he really wanted to go. So we did. We arrived at the beach and the sun came out and we saw a beautiful sunrise and he finally got down on his knee to ask me again. Now, we are getting married within the year :-)

What was your inspiration for your engagement session, and how did you achieve it?  Jose and I are friends and I heard he would be coming to Paris as a photographer for a wedding. I asked him if I could help him because it is not far from Germany were I live. He said yes and he also was planning of having some days off to travel. 

So I ask him if we could explore the south of France and he said yes :-) Markus picked us up from Paris and we traveled to the south. After exploring the area, we decided to do our engagement shoot. I wanted to keep it simple and wanted to have the landscape as main feature in the shoot. So we just drove and stopped were Jose told us to stop. He is so amazing and I trust him. I knew I would love the photographs. Jose, thank you so much for being a great friend and inspiration!!!

 Special Thanks to Mireen + Markus for Sharing their lovely Engagement Photos with us!

Engagement Session in Cuba: Catalina + Darren

Bride: Catalina Bloch
Groom: Darren Viau
Occupation: I work full time for AON as an Account Manager and on the side I am a Photographer. Darren owns and runs his own Cafe as well as helping me with my photography
Date of Wedding: January 11, 2011 (engagement photos taken at the same time)
Location: Varadero, Cuba (engagement shoot located in La Habana, Cuba)
Photographer: Jose Villa
Stylist: Joy Thigpen

How did you get engaged? Darren took me up to the cottage after a long night of work . He lit a fire down by the waters edge were he asked me to marry him in Spanish. :) (I'm Spanish)

What was your inspiration for your engagement session, and how did you achieve it? Cuba was the inspiration, with it's rich culture and tropical colours. I can't take credit for any of the styling, this was all thanks to the styling of Joy Thigpen with the help of Lacie Hansen, Jose Villa and Joel Serrato. Everyone pitched in to make this memorable shoot happen.

What kind of story did you want to tell? We didn't really have a story... We just love Cuba. How could you not love the beauty that is La Habana. It's like stepping back in time.

To see the happy couple's beautiful wedding film shot by 
Cat's & Darren's Cinematography: 
Joel Serrato, click here

Wedding Showcase: Emily + Ryan's Wedding

Bride: Emily Lauren Hatch                       
Groom: Ryan Lee Shola
Occupation: Emily - design consultant/sales, Ryan - project manager           
Date of Wedding: October 9, 2010         
Location: The Farmhouse Inn at Hundred Acre Farm
Photographer: Simply Bloom Photography
Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie: Our favorite movie is Stepbrothers…not really romantic! Our favorite wedding movie would have to be Wedding Crashers…we love funny movies!

Inspiration for your Wedding? My Mom passed away or breast cancer about 3 years ago…before she did, she told me that she dreamnt that Ryan and I would get married under a big oak tree with a chandelier hanging from it. After she passed away, we were engaged about a year and a half later. I googled oak tree venues and found the Farmhouse…I knew it was the place. After visiting it, I was in love!

What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve? I wanted greens, greys, and some pops of mustard yellow.

Any DIY projects, you loved the most? I loved our candy buffet and favors. They were so fun to make and turned out so cute! 

Any Bridezilla moments while the planning process? The one and only advantage to paying for your own wedding is that you get to do whatever you want! I made all the decisions from day 1! About 10 minutes before the wedding I started to freak out that some last minute details hadn’t been finished and no one could calm me down!

Thoughts on the final outcome?  Our wedding turned out to be better than I could have ever imagined. The planning all came to an end and it was a laid-back, beautiful event. I had so much fun and remember every single moment of the night. I re-play it in my head all the time and it always makes me smile!

Are you glad its over?  We are so glad it’s over! I loved the planning---hated the paying! Weddings are ridiculous expensive!
 A Special Thanks to Emily + Ryan for sharing their special day with us!

Wedding Showcase: Emily + Chris's Wedding

How we became us (a quick overview from Emily):
Chris and I met through a mutual friend that worked with Chris at a local bike shop in San Luis Obispo, where we both attended school at Cal Poly. I joke that I knew I loved Chris after spending one day with him, but it’s true. We spent one evening dancing with friends, and after I went home that night, I had a crazy dream that we were in love. Love love – like, jump-in-front-of-a-speeding-train love. It’s ridiculous, but when I saw him the next day, I couldn’t shake the feeling from my dream. Cliché as it may be, it was as if I had known him, and had known how natural it felt to want to be with him, for years.

Chris’ story is a little different. He claims that he knew he loved me – and that he ultimately wanted to spend the rest of his life with me – when we were both home in Sacramento for Spring Break during his last year of college. I left when he was still sleeping one morning to attend a hair appointment and pick up some breakfast. I came home between the two errands to check in on him, and he says now that when he opened his eyes and saw me leaning over him to say hello, something just clicked. He says it was like he had an epiphany. (And then he went back to sleep.)

How we became us (as written by Chris, borrowed from our wedding website):
The little things matter and they matter in a big way. The simple gesture of buying a 20 oz. Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper or sharing in the love of Jamba Juice’s Orange Dream Machine doesn’t seem like a big deal. But then you realize all these little things are adding up to be great and the one common denominator is the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with.

Emily and I met at college, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, during her third year and my fifth. Although we shared similar social interests early in college, it wasn’t until the later half that our paths crossed and joined into one. In all honesty, it was a local bike shop, Foothill Cyclery, that brought us together.

My love for cycling brought me to that great local bike shop in my third year and I worked there pretty much till I graduated. In that time, Emily’s friends and roommates also went to work there, and as things tend to work out in ways we don’t understand, Emily and I met and a new chapter in our lives began.

I asked Emily to spend the rest of our lives together in 2009, a question that was four years in the making because I knew soon after we met that I loved her. I always wanted to save the words “I love you” for the one I truly love. And in doing so, I had created a barrier to attachment that for a long time could not be broken until I met Emily. My wall crumbled quickly after innocently spending time together. She made it so easy to love her.

The little things matter – finding out you’re from the same home town, being only children, one liberal, one conservative, both level-headed. It’s the things that make us similar and different that make us one, and those things matter in a big way.

Wedding Details
 When we first started considering our wedding, we knew we wanted something that was expressly “us” – a little romantic, a lot kitschy, with vintage details and homemade touches that would add playfulness and interest throughout the day. Since we come from such close families, we also wanted to make sure that we honored our parents and their cultural heritages. Together, my mom, aunts, cousins and friends helped us fold the 1,000 paper cranes that we used to embellish the walnut orchard in which we were married. When everything was said and done, we had more than 30 beaded strings of cranes. It was a lot of work (for both my family and the event staff that painstakingly hung each strand), but seeing the final effect, and knowing that every crane symbolized the love and support of our family, made it worth the effort.

 To honor Chris’ cultural background, we also featured mariachis during our cocktail hour. I remember thinking that his mom had arranged for maybe three or four entertainers to perform – instead, there were nearly twice as many! The musicians were wonderful! They contributed such warmth and energy to the day, and it was great to see Chris’ family – especially the older generation – singing and laughing along. At the end of the night, Chris’ Grandma Inez said to me, “I couldn’t help myself when those mariachis started singing! I had to join in…it’s in my blood!” It was more than 90 degrees and sunny (read: HOT) during our cocktail hour, but thanks to the mariachis and their infectious energy, no one seemed to notice the heat. It was such a fun addition to our day.

Part of the reason why we chose Viaggio Winery & Estate was due to their impressive event menus. We’re foodies at heart, and it was important to us to serve simple, good food that everyone could appreciate.  The duo of filet and scallops that they prepared for us was perfect, as was the impressive cous cous stuffed portabella with red pepper crema that they prepared for our vegetarian guests. We were told that the coconut prawns and the appetizer station of charcuterie meats, cheeses, pickled veggies and dipping oils were all delicious as well -- we only regret that we didn’t have the time to try them for ourselves!

As for our cake, the design was inspired by a cake that we saw in a wedding magazine, although it was originally decorated in fondant and gold foil. Even though we loved the look of fondant, we wanted the taste and the more homemade look of buttercream, so we asked M&W Bakery in Stockton (a contracted vendor with Viaggio) to reproduce the design in frosting, instead – and they did! They even color-matched the green of the cake to the green we used in our Save the Dates to keep with our (somewhat informal) color scheme of pale green, pale yellow and navy.

I had no idea what I wanted in a wedding dress when we were first engaged. The typical bride, I had cut out pictures from magazines and browsed some of the larger designer websites to get ideas – but I was that girl they hate on Say Yes to the Dress that liked a wide variety of styles and trends. The dress I ended up with was a phenomenal sample gown that I found at a tent sale at Bridal & Formal in Cincinnati, OH. Even though I tried on a number of full-priced designer gowns (probably a few too many, since my sales consultant kept having to reel me in), I always came back this ivory Alvina Valenta sample that had an old Hollywood silhouette, a strapless neckline with an avant-garde crumb-catcher and a scalloped hem. It was one of the few dresses I tried on that made me feel like a bride, and yet it didn’t look overtly bridal. Moreover, I still felt like “me” wearing it, and I knew that would be important to Chris and the rest of the loved ones I’d be sharing the day with. When the time came to finally step into the dress, it was better than I had remembered. Maybe it was because I was surrounded by family and friends or because I was minutes from seeing my husband-to-be, but it seemed like the dress injected an even greater dose of energy into the day.

The one thing I did know that I wanted for my wedding day attire was to change into a somewhat traditional Chinese dress at some point during the reception to once again pay homage to my mom’s culture – in particular, to honor her parents, my Paw Paw and Goong Goong, both of whom are no longer with us. My mom and my godmother took me shopping in San Francisco to find something that would be appropriately traditional but still functional for dancing and making my way through a room of people on a 90+ degree evening. The shorter style I chose ended up being perfect. It was cool, comfortable, and – paired with my grandparent’s traditional Chinese jewelry – it was the perfect nod to my Chinese heritage and the loved ones who weren’t able to join us on that day.

Since we planned most of our wedding from afar, it was a bit of challenge working with some of the more visual vendors, such as the florist, but Chris and my mom were able to schedule in-person meetings to ensure we would be comfortable with the end result. Armed with plenty of photos of designs we admired, Chris worked with Dennis at Cazale’s Flower Shop in Stockton, CA, to create a floral scheme that complemented our slightly vintage, romantic and kitschy theme. (Chris was even thoughtful enough to request a touch of blue in my bouquet, knowing that I hadn’t yet come up with a plan for my “something blue.”) On the day of the wedding, when we were given a peek at our reception room before the guests arrived, we couldn’t have been more pleased. The floral arrangements carried even more presence than we had anticipated, and, coupled with more than 200 candles that we were able to provide ourselves, they created a beautiful first impression. More than one person commented that the room felt very “Emily and Chris,” and we couldn’t have asked for anything more on the day of our wedding.

Brian Taylor with Swerve Entertainment provided music for both our ceremony and our reception and was an incredible asset throughout the planning process. Knowing that we were planning most of our CA wedding from OH, Brian worked with our on-site coordinator to ensure the wedding day timeline fit our specific needs. Along with our photographer, Brian was by far one of the easiest and most accommodating vendors to work with. Prior to the wedding, he was always
available via email and phone, and when July 10th rolled around, Brian made sure we knew the night was about us. Furthermore, all of our guests, young and old, commented on what a great variety of music he played to keep the dance floor alive well into the evening.

We met our photographer, Patrick Ang, at a friend’s wedding when I was a bridesmaid and he was a guest. Almost a year later, once Chris and I were engaged, Patrick was the first vendor we secured, and we had all the faith in the world that he would be the appropriate choice to document some of our lives’ most important memories. After working with Patrick on our engagement shoot in December, I think Chris and I both looked forward to reuniting with him in July almost as much as we anticipated marrying each other! He’s an absolute natural at what he does, which makes it easy to forget there’s a camera present. He’s also incredibly efficient! We had quite the assortment of family photos to get through, and he managed to snap them all before the ceremony so that we could spend more time with our guests during cocktail hour. We just received the proofs from the wedding, and Patrick has outdone himself. He’s covered every style of photo – including a few fun and edgy Vanity Fair-esque shots that have impressed the heck out of everyone that’s seen them. We’d recommend him ten times over if given the chance. He captured everything we’ll want to remember about our day.

 *Wedding Experience
I’m an anxious person – the kind that over-researches and over-plans just about everything. So it speaks volumes that, after months of manic, I woke up on the morning of July 10th feeling excited but calm and surprisingly normal. It finally felt like all the little unknowns, the pestering details I had yet to finalize and the DIY projects we hadn’t gotten around to completing, were out of my hands. And I knew that, despite all else, it would be a perfect day in that it would end with me calling Chris my husband. In fact, my nerves were the calmest they’d been in months, and they stayed that way as I approached Chris for The Reveal and when my parents walked me toward him at the altar. I was at such ease.

My favorite part of the day was, by far, hearing Chris’ vows. We had both decided to write our own promises in addition to reciting the traditional vows, and I knew that his heartfelt sincerity and good humor would come through in his words. His spoken promises brought the true meaning of our marriage into focus and reaffirmed everything I had never doubted about Chris. At the end of the day, we all commented on how beautiful the paper cranes turned out, and we marveled at the delicious dinner and the many comical stunts that ensued throughout the evening, but if all those items were stripped away and all that remained was Chris’ promise to bring me home and love me forever, it still would have been everything I could have asked for in our wedding.

Vendor Details:
Venue: Viaggio Winery, Acampo, CA
Catering/Beverage: Viaggio Winery, Acampo, CA

Cake: M&W Dutch American Bakery, Stockton, CA
Floral: Cazale’s Flower Shop, Stockton, CA
Photography: Patrick Ang Photography, Bakersfield, CA (available for travel)
DJ: Brian Taylor for Swerve Entertainment, Sacramento, CA
Mariachis: Mariachi Mi Terra, Sacramento, CA
Hair: Laura Harvey for AJF Salon, Sacramento, CA

Attire Details:
Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta, Bridal & Formal (Cincinnati, OH)
Chinese Dress: Chinatown, San Francisco
Wedding Dress Shoes: Poetic License, DSW
Chinese Dress Shoes: Badgley Mischka,
Hair Fascinator: Selah Vie Designs,
Bridesmaid Dresses: Gap
Bridesmaid Belts: Forever XXI
Bridesmaid Shoes: Their own
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom
Groom’s Shirt: Ralph Lauren Blue Label, Ralph Lauren Store
Groom’s Tie: Nordstrom
Groomsmen Suits: Their own
Groom and Groomsmen Shoes: Puma,
Flower Girl Dress: Strasberg Children
Ring Bearer Suit: The Men’s Wearhouse

♥ Special Thanks to Emily + Chris for sharing their beautiful wedding day with us! ♥

All Photography is by Patrick Ang Photography

Cape Cod Inspiration Wedding Photoshoot

Name: Desiree Spinner
Occupation: Event stylist/planner of Desiree Spinner Events  
                     and editor of La Petite Peach
Location: Hyannis Port /Osterville Historical Museum
Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie: Father of the Bride

Inspiration for Photo Shoot? Old Cape Cod and Kenndy Hyannis Port
What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve? Pale blue, ivory and pewter

What kind of bride personality were you trying to target? On her special day, every bride deserves to relax and enjoy every moment. As the event planner, I wanted to convey in this photo shoot a classy and natural bride. As a stylish bride you can make any setting breathtaking.

Where did you get your props? Most of the props presented themselves; we were at a boathouse so we were able to utilize what was already there. We loved being able to use the lobster pot, the buoy, and the boat, they all added to the sophistication to the shoot.

Thoughts of the outcome of the shoot? I absolutely loved everything about this session! It has a light, summery and playful feel with a very Cape Cod sophistication. The boathouse was the perfect location for this couple. I love when the environment can sell and speak for itself.

 A Special Thanks to 
Desiree of Le Petite Peach & Christine and Vania of SimplyBloom Photography Inc.
for sharing this beautiful photo shoot with us!

Wedding Showcase: Kristine + Jay's Wedding

Bride: Kristine Patio
Groom: Jay Cruz
Occupation: Kristine, Merchandiser at Anthropologie 
                      Jay: Web/Multimedia Designer at Think Department
Date of Wedding: April 17, 2010
Location: Immaculata at University of San Diego, then the Prado at Balboa Park in San Diego
Photographer: Susan Yee at En Pointe Photography
Favorite romantic comedy/wedding movie: Serendipity and The Proposal

Inspiration for Your Wedding: vintage modern - we were inspired by our '69 camaro and everything vintage, antique birdcages, suitcases,travel, spanish lace
What color scheme where you trying to achieve?  We went for navy and a variety of shades pinks - fuschia, hot pink, pale pinks,and greys for the guys
Any diy projects, you loved the most?  Working on the invites, the birdcage wedding card holder, well wishes tree

 Is there anything you would have changed or done differently?  Nothing, it was exactly what we wanted!!  I'd do it all over again
Thoughts on the final outcome? I think everything turned out great and we had amazing family and friends that helped with everything from setting up, diy projects, and organizing everything!!

Are you glad its over? I think we'd do it all over again!!!

 Special Thanks to Kristine and Jay for Sharing their Wedding Day with us!

Wedding Showcase: Cassidy + David's Wedding

Bride: Cassidy Reilly
Groom: David Freitas
Occupation: David- Property manager / Cassidy- Marriage and Family Therapist
Date of Wedding: 04/24/2010
Location: Ceremony- Founders Chapel Reception: L'Auberge Del Mar
Photographer: Susan Yee from En Pointe Photography
Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding movie: hmm...too many to consider!

Inspiration for your wedding: We both wanted to honor the tradition of matrimony, while at the same time making the day all about the celebration of two families coming together. It was also important for both of our personalities to be reflected in the day, and for us to be able to find stolen moments where we could simply enjoy each other's company in this most precious day. 
Color Scheme: Pink Champagne and Dark Chocolate
DIY projects: My grandmother upcycled a birdcage that was used as a card holder. We also found the cutest little homemade flower girl/ring bearer kits on etsy!
Changed or done differently: I wish I had gone to several different places before picking my dress. I adored my dress, but I wish I had extended the wonderful experience of shopping for one. 

Final outcome: It was everything I had imagined it to be. We had been together for so long, so I had lots of time to imagine what it'd be, and it was as wonderful as any of my dreams, which says a lot :)

Glad its over: Yes, but only because we get to move on to the next amazing chapter in our lives, we are expecting a little girl this coming fall!

Congratulations Cassidy & David on your new baby girl!
And a special thanks to you both for sharing your wedding day with us!

Engagment Session: Jamie + Wayne

 Intro: I just love looking at engagement session photos! Especially engagement photos that really state who the couple is, and what kind of story the couple has to tell. When I saw Jamie's engagement session, I just wanted to go back to my home town and eat some ice cream! (yes! Jamie and myself are from the same hometown (Sacramento, CA). And in our hometown, there isn't a ice cream parlor better than Vic's Ice Cream.)

When thinking of activities for an engagement sessions, what kind of story do you want to tell? What place has a special meaning to you? What inspires you? These are the kinds of questions that you must ask yourself when planning an engagement session. 

Jamie writes:

My inspiration for our engagement session was to incorporate sweets, vibrant backgrounds, cherry blossom trees, and our dog, Bowser. Wayne and I actually had one of our first dates at Vic's ice cream almost 5 years ago! I thought it would be cute to take pictures at where it all started. Plus, who doesn't love ice cream?!?


The heart shaped sugar cookies with our names and initials on it were favors from my bridal shower. They were too pretty to eat at that time, so I decided to save them for our engagement session. I ended up eating them later though since I have such a sweet tooth.

We took some pictures at Old Town Sacramento too since there are a lot of bold, vibrant buildings and structures that would look great in pictures.

I love cherry blossoms and wanted to take some pictures with the trees in the background; the closest trees i could find to resemble cherry blossoms that still had blooms were over in south land park (a well known park in our town). The pond and grassy areas in south land park made for great pictures too. I also wanted to have our dog, Bowser, in some of our engagement pictures. We treat him like our child, so we had to have some family pictures with our fur baby!

 A Special Thanks to Jamie + Wayne for sharing their lovely and creative Engagement Photos!

All the lovely photographs of Jamie + Wayne's
Engagement Session were taken by:

Wedding Showcase: Michele + Martin's Wedding

Name: Michele
Husband's Name: Martin
Occupation: Accounting
Date of Wedding: September 4, 2010
Photographer: Silva Stills & Cinema
Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie: My Best Friends Wedding & Hangover  

Inspiration for your Wedding: My husband-to-be found a wedding shot by Jasmine Star Photography that we immediately loved. It was modern and edgy; yet, very personal at the same time. We took bits and pieces of that wedding & added our own special touches to make it our own.

What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve: My colors were eggplant purple, charcoal gray and touches of fuschia. I wanted my wedding to look timeless and classic. I had the groomsmen dress in blacks & grays and my bridesmaids wore dark purple and grays. The last thing I wanted was to look back at my wedding pictures and have them seem dated.

Any DIY projects, you loved the most?
We completely designed our own wedding programs using Adobe. It was a bit time consuming but when it came time to assemble the entire program, we had a few friends come over for some beers and form an assembly line. We designated someone to cut the ribbon, add the bubbles and tie the bows. It was hilarious watching the guys trying to tie the perfect little bows with their clumsy fingers!

Any Bridezilla moments while the planning process? We had originally booked our wedding venue for Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. Being Labor Day weekend, we thought a Sunday wedding would be perfect for our many out of town guests who could travel on a Saturday instead of requesting time off from work on Friday. However, after some kind of mix up with the venues calendar, that date somehow got double booked with another couples wedding. The other couple refused to change their wedding date which left us no other choice but to change ours. After my initial freak out which included a few tears during work and a ton of phone calls to my fiance and the venue, we decided to change our wedding date to Saturday, Sept. 4th instead.

But according to one of my bridesmaids, I was far from being or having any bridezilla moments. And she said you can quote her on that. (Michelle Pham) =P

 Thoughts on the final outcome? Although it was a bit stressful at times, I had a blast planning our wedding! We wanted it to not only be a celebration of our union but also a time to reflect on the wonderful people we had in our lives. We may have forgotten a few details here and there during the big day, but no one knows except us and I couldn't have asked for more of a perfect day.

Special Thanks to Michele and Martin for sharing their wedding with us!

Wedding Showcase: Kim + Mike's Wedding

Name: Kimberly (Fong) Vang
Husband's Name: Houava Mike Vang
Occupation: Associate Governmental Program Analyst
Date of Wedding: March 7th 2009
Photographer: Silva Stills & Cinema
Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie:
Maid in Manhattan, The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Inspiration for your Wedding: I was going for a sleek and modern theme. I also love orchids and calla lillies.
What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve: fuschia and brown

Any DIY projects, you loved the most?
DIY lantern table setting and fan program

Any Bridezilla moments while the planning process?
No. I really wanted the bridal party and everyone involved to enjoy the process.

Thoughts on the final outcome?
Overall, I’m happy with the outcome. The day goes by so fast and the important thing is to enjoy the moments as they’re occurring and don’t get caught up in the details.

Are you glad its over?

It’s bitter-sweet. I enjoyed the entire process and I’m a little sad that it’s over. But, I’m looking forward to moving onto the next chapter in our lives.
Special Thanks to Kim + Mike for sharing their Wedding Day with Us!

Wedding Showcase: Jaclyn + Garrett

Bride: Jaclyn Pacheco Rodgers
Groom: Garrett Rodgers
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Date of Wedding: Oct 2nd 2010
Location: CA
Photographer: Rachael Higgins Photography
Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie: The Wedding Date, Father of the bride Inspiration for our wedding was romantic and fun for all ages!
What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve? Fall but also my colors were picked because I wanted it to not only be feminine but clean and flowers were a big help in choosing the colors.... 

Any DIY projects, you loved the most? I loved doing the candy bags for the guest and the kids bags were a lot of fun for not only me but my husband and the wishing tree. 

 Any Bridezilla moments while the planning process? Bridezilla only came out once and that was dealing with the suits for the guys...

Thoughts on the final outcome? The final out come was perfect! from the design of dresses to the lanterns and flowers and the food, OVER ALL PRESENTATION OF EVERYTHING WAS BETTER THEN I COULD HAVE IMAGINED! I'm glad were married but I really enjoyed putting together everything and not only having our family enjoy themselves BUT also ALL the guest saying how great it was and how personal it was so bitter sweet....
Are you glad its over?  Its over but I really got a lot of feed back from others who think I should do consulting for not only weddings but baby rooms as well! We're pregos and designing the nursery was just as much fun and very rewarding. 

Congratulations on your beautiful wedding and the baby on the way!!! 

Special Thanks to Jaclyn + Garrett on sharing their wedding day with us!

Wedding Showcase: Rachel + S. Ryan

Rachel Follett 
Groom: Ryan Follett
Occupation: Graphic/Web Designer of Ironwood Design Studio
Date of Wedding: April 18th 2009 (Happy Anniversary!)
Location: Ololwalu Plantation House, Maui Hawaii
Photographer: Matthew Alvarado 

Favorite Romantic Comedy/Wedding Movie: The Wedding Singer

Inspiration for your Wedding? nature and vintage romance (see inspiration board)

What Color Scheme where you trying to achieve? greens and beiges. I wanted a very relaxed natural feel to everything

Any DIY projects, you loved the most? My bridesmaids and I made a lot of things for the wedding. I think I had the most fun making the little favors. :)

Any Bridezilla moments while the planning process? Not really but I know I was definitely stressed. I am really happy that I mainly just gave my vendors inspiration and let them use their creativity and expertise instead of trying to control it all. 

Thoughts on the final outcome? I could not have asked for a more perfect wedding. Everything turned out exactly the way I wanted it to. :)

Are you glad its over? Yes. Planning the wedding was a pretty stressful time in my life but definitely worth all the work.  

Special thanks to Rachael and Ryan for sharing their special day with us!