Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DIY Orchard Wedding from Blissfully Illuminated Photography

"For Steffani + Danny, it was a no-brainer that they would marry on the groom's family's rose nursery & orange orchard. Together with their families the couple created a truly one-of-a-kind DIY celebration. Guests were transported from their cars by hayride to a magical pathway in an orange orchard, lined with thousands of roses. The pathway opened up to a clearing in the orchard - a wedding ceremony site with the hillsides of Fillmore painting the backdrop of where the couple said "I do." Hours of dancing followed, with the guests partying the night away under a tent among millions of roses. I loved the centerpieces they created with flowers from the nursery and colorful vases + the gorgeous hand-lettered menus! Read on to see the photos from this stunning summer wedding." - Blissfully Illuminated Photography

Vendors: Photography: Blissfully Illuminated Photography | Venue: Otto & Sons Nursery, Fillmore

Monday, March 30, 2015

Colorful and fun Palm Springs Wedding at The Saguaro

"We decided right away that we wanted our wedding to be more fun and less formal. Michael and I both work in the entertainment industry and have the personalities to match. We wanted very much for our guests to have a great time above all else, and decided to throw out some of the conventional norms in favor of things we actually like. When we first visited The Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs we knew right away that it would be the perfect venue. Stunning mountain views, funky design, and lots of color: just the vibe we wanted. 

On the day of our wedding, we opted for a short outdoor ceremony. The majority of our guests came from cold states, Washington, New York, and New Jersey, and we were very happy to show off our California December weather. Palm Springs was nice for our local guests too, as its just far enough away from LA and OC to feel like an actual vacation get-away. After the ceremony, we moved inside to the Saguaro's ballroom for food, beverages, and dancing. We were very lucky in that the Saguaro has an excellent on site chef, who put together an amazing Cajun meal for our guests. Over the Rainbow Cupcakes created a beautiful cupcake spread along with a cake that perfectly matched our decor and tasted marvelous. I was also able to find the absolute perfect photographer, Ashley Durham, who was so fun to work with and so great at her job. Our photos were stunning and perfectly captured the feel of our wedding." -bride & groom

Vendors: Photographer: Ashley Durham Studios / /Hair Stylist: All Tressed Up // Bridal Gown: David's Bridal // DJ: DJ Gh0st // Bridesmaid Dresses: Mod Cloth // Invitation Designer: Molly Osborne // Jewelry: Newport Jewelers // Bakery: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes and Desserts // Event Venue: The Saguaro Palm Springs // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: The Suit Co // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Temescal Canyon Engagement Session from Katrina Jayne Photography

"Our amazing photographer, Katrina Jayne, asked us to brainstorm three meaningful locations throughout Los Angeles. We ended up picking a park in Temescal Canyon since both of us are from the east coast and the park had a great east coast feel to it. We also loved it because we love being outdoors and we love nature. Our next stop was the Venice Canals because we love traveling the world together and this area reminded us of our trips to Europe. We ended at the LACMA because we're both artists and we also love the city of LA. This location was very artistic because it's so full of art and we loved the urban backdrop outside." -the couple

How he proposedPhil and I went home to the east coast to visit our respective families in December of 2013. We had been dating for three years but we hadn’t seen each other’s childhood homes yet since we lived in Los Angeles and going home to both places together was always so difficult with work. First, we went to Albany, New York, to see my family. Then, we went to D.C. to see Phil’s family. 

On December 27th, 2013, Phil planned a whole proposal day for me as a complete surprise. The day started out with me going for a run outside (my favorite morning ritual which Phil made sure I was able to fit in), then he drove me around his hometown to see his elementary school, the pool he used to beat everyone in during swim meets, his friends houses, etc. We stopped for lunch at his friend’s house—who cooked us an amazing vegetarian lunch (which should have been a clue this was a special day since Phil never makes it through a meal without meat—he doesn’t understand how vegetarians like me survive). 

He then drove us to Great Falls, a park in Virginia that has a waterfall separating it from Maryland. He told me to dress warm so I looked like Nanook from the North (in retrospect, not the best look for engagement photos but at least I was toasty!). He walked me out to a rock and got down on one knee. I screamed because unlike many girls who had their engagements planned out in their heads or who had picked out their own rings, Phil planned all of this entirely as a surprise. 

I was shaking but was able to muster out a “yes” (after swearing a bunch of times asking if this was real--which were my first actual words!). I asked if anyone knew about this proposal or if he had just decided to do it right here, right now. He pointed across the waterfall to Maryland where our friend was stationed to take pictures and then behind us to two more friends on the Virginia side of the park who were also taking pictures. I was speechless—how did I miss that?! What an amazing surprise. He assured me that both of our families also knew. 

Next, he whisked me away to what I thought was a work dinner for his family business. When we arrived, his parents were already seated and they said theywere waiting on the rest of the company to show u. All of a sudden, in walked my best friend from childhood and my whole immediate family who had driven 8 hours from upstate New York to be there! It was a dream come true and a day I will never forget. The next day, Phil took my whole family and I around Washington D.C. to celebrate. Both of our families had a big party for us the next day. We were on cloud nine.

Vendor: Photography: Katrina Jayne Photography | Location: Temescal Canyon + Venice Canals, Los Angeles

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