Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Now this is a New York wedding! From the photos of elegant couple Lara and David out enjoying their beloved New York, to the traditional ceremony and candlelit reception at the amazing Harold Pratt House, this wedding was suffused with a classic city style I adore!

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

The Couple: Lara and David

The Wedding: 5.12.12 – The Harold Pratt House – New York City, NY

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Intimate, Elegant, Romantic

What was your wedding color palette? Golden tones, with pops of magenta

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? We knew from the start that we wanted our wedding to be intimate and elegant, and to be a reflection of our styles, passions and personalities. We wanted it to be about our love of incredible music and performance, for amazing food, and for beautiful design. We wanted to keep it small, allowing us to stay connected with each other, and to our family and closest friends throughout the night. We also knew that we had to find a place in NYC theres no other place in the world we feel as connected to.

We fell in love with the Pratt House immediately. It felt like home as soon as we walked through the doors. It allowed us to eschew tradition and make each element of the evening stand on its own. Our ceremony in the round took place downstairs in the drawing room; cocktails, hors doervres and jazz followed in the library after ascending a grand staircase; guests then moved to the ballrooom for an intimate candle-lit dinner; and ending back downstairs in a transformed parlor for dancing and desserts.

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? From David: It may sound cliche, but my favorite moment was seeing Lara in her dress for the first time. Not only because of how beautiful she looked, but because I expected to see her in the sleek, clean, almost structured style I love about her. But instead, she completely blew me away with this dreamlike, almost fantastical, gown. What a blast to see my almost-wife in an unexpected way! And even better was how happy she was wearing it!

From Lara: My favorite moment was also about being suprised! We planned every moment of the night together, in fact, we even prepared a minute to minute itenerary for our all our vendors and bridal party. So, when David began speaking during cocktails in the library, I was caught completely off guard I had no idea what was happening. Suddenly, a formally attired choir stepped out from a hidden door and lined up on the balcony that overlooked the room. They performed a wonderful piece composed by my husband for me, for our wedding. Ive never recieved a better gift. What a magical moment that still gets me when I think about it…

For both of us, few moments were more powerful then standing under our grandfathers prayer shawls in our chuppah (canopy), holding each others hands, while being surrounded by the people who love us, and whom we love. Davids son giving us our rings…our sisters recitations…our best friends and our parents wonderful speeches…dancing our first dance to La Vie En Rose…were all moments we wish we could live over and over again.

Were happy we stuck to our guns and made the more challenging, riskier decisions. We didnt go for a full-service venue, definitely harder to manage, but we were then able to design every element of the night ourselves. We love that we managed to make our ceremony work in the round. The emotion we felt standing together completely surrounded by the people most important to us, was overwhelming and worth the time it took to figure it all out. We love that we opted for four long rectangular tables, and not the classic rounds. This set-up recreated our love for spending hours with our family and friends in our home, sitting and talking across our dining table over good food. Working out the seating arrangements that evening was difficult, but the result was stunning and true to our vision of the night.

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? This advice is for the couple, not just for the bride… Be true to yourselves and to each other! Create a night that reflects who you are as a couple, what makes you both happy, what youre both passionate about. Dont just do things because youre supposed to. That said, some traditions are traditions because they feel wonderful to participate in. Its ok to be openminded and try something that would mean so much to someone you love. Most importantly, do every step with your partner. Every step from tastings, to picking out linens, to band showcases, to assembling those envelopes. First of all, its so much fun to have a partner in all the madness. And besides, you guys are getting married after all, commiting to spending the rest of your lives together. Go to the florist together, and then, if its football season, grab a beer and catch the game after you choose the color of your peonies.

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Farnaz K Studio
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Harold Pratt House
Officiant: Rabbi Gerald Weider
Invitation Designer: Bella Figura
Catering: Marcia Selden Catering
Florist: Jane Packer
Wedding Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue
Bridal Accessories: Shoes – Valentino
Groom and Groomsmens Apparel & Accessories: Grooms Suit – Dolce & Gabbana
Hair and Make-up: Makeup – Lauren Whitworth
Live Music: Harpist – Maria Banks , Jazz Duo – Chuck Braman Duo, Band – Bud Maltin Metropolitan Orchestra , Choir – New York Polyphony
Transportation: NYC Royal Limo
Dance Instruction: Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Jewelry: Bride – Kwiat & Gilan, Groom – Cartier
Ketubah: Enya Keshet
Personalized Yarmulkes: Cool Kippahs

Wow – thank you for sharing your wedding and planning experience with us Lara and David! What a stunning wedding!

If you’re planning a wedding in NYC, don’t miss our recommendation lists of New York’s best wedding planners and photographers !

Candlelit New York Wedding at The Harold Pratt House – Lara and David

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North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

Ashley and Max’s wedding day was a gorgeous mix of tradition and fun! Their day started with a beautiful ceremony at Saint Edward Roman Catholic Church in Palm Beach, and then a celebration at Lost Tree Club that included a perfect sandy beach, pretty tropical flowers, and a lot of laughter. It all added up to a memorable day, captured beautifully by Jennifer Weiss Photography !

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

The Couple: Ashley and Max

The Wedding: 5.26.12 – Lost Tree Club – North Palm Beach, FL

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

What were some fun details you included in your wedding day plans? Gorgeous stationery, incorporating family heirlooms with the wedding bands, and exotic tropical flowers.

What wedding traditions or cultural traditions did you incorporated into your wedding and what did they mean to you? We had a traditional Catholic wedding. We really aimed to keep things traditional and simple.

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

What was your biggest wedding planning success? The reception was a big success thanks the the club who made it so easy to relax and have fun! I think the biggest success was being flexible. Our limo was late, so we ended up driving to the church ourselves – one bride and six bridesmaids means we took whatever two cars in the driveway had keys!!! Everyone else was already at the church or on their way.

What was the most important thing that you learned through the wedding planning process and what would you tell other brides-to-be? Have fun and keep a journal during the whole process! It goes by so fast and I wish I could have relaxed more and been able to spend more time with my friends and family!!!

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Jennifer Weiss Photography
Ceremony Venue: Saint Edward Roman Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Lost Tree Club
Officiant: Monsignor Thomas Klinzing, JCL
Invitation Designer: Checkerboard
Catering: Lost Tree Club
Florist: Orchid Arrangements of Palm Beach
Music: Jorge Gomez
Cake: Publix Greenwise
Wedding dress shop: Ann Maries Bridal
Rings: Max’s ring was my grandfathers wedding ring. It was inscribed with my grandparents wedding date and initials. I had our initials inscribed on the other side of the inside of the ring and kept my grandparents initials and date. My wedding ring is platinum from Eloquence Jewelry in North Palm Beach. We put a full band of diamonds in the ring that my grandmother gave me before she passed away two years ago. I wanted my grandparents to be a big part of or marriage and wedding because they have made such a huge impact on my life and made me who I am today.
Guest Transportation: Mollys Trolleys

Ashley and Max, thank you for sharing your gorgeous Palm Beach wedding with us!

Readers, for more beautiful beach weddings, check out our image gallery for some great inspiration!

North Palm Beach Wedding at Lost Tree Club – Ashley and Max

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Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Let me just start this introduction by saying that I am flat-out, head-over-heels, utterly and completely smitten with this NYC loft wedding. Couple Barbara and Carl were married in a celebration so full of love, family, fun and crazy cool modern style, it makes me grin (a great big goofy grin) every time I look at the beautiful photos by Image Singulière . Read on and you’ll see why this wedding has style, and heart, in spades…

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

The Couple: Barbara and Carl

The Wedding: 5.1.11 – Studio 450 – New York, NY

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

What three adjectives best describe your wedding day? Love, family, the magic of NYC.

Was there a decor theme that ran through your wedding? What was the inspiration for that particular idea and how did it reflect you as a couple?
From Event Designer Maya Kalman of

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

What were some of the different ways you used decor elements to create the beautiful, cohesive event you were envisioning?
From Barbara and Carl: We wanted something light, bright, creative, and bold, so we emphasized yellows and oranges. Our appetizers were designed to reflect the neighborhoods and flavors of New York: mini sausage heroes from Little Italy, street vendor hot dogs, etc. Our wedding invitation drew on a NY Times headline theme, in which we were the featured article.

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

From Event Designer Maya Kalman: We started the “NYC experience” with the couples invitations which we designed as the cover of the New York Times. The wedding’s design concept came from wanting the feel of a chic Sunday brunch – black, white, yellow and orange were the color story. We chose a bright white loft venue which was perfect for our Sunday brunch menu. It also had a gorgeous deck so the ceremony could be outside under the noon day sun. The bright white loft with gorgeous views of NYC was decorated with bright yellow and bright orange ranunculus flowers. The white tables were rimmed with a chic wide black and white ribbon to evoke that city chic attitude.

To continue the ‘NYC experience, cocktail hour was an homage to different NYC neighborhoods. Chinatown, Lower East Side, Coney island, etc. Trays were made of subway maps of the area and the food was the local favorite.

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

To evoke the bond of family, we created custom napkins with our Family rules printed on them. Instead of the typical guest book or sign-in area we created a family tree where each guest ink stamped their finger print as a leaf on the tree as well as their signature so that Barb and Carl would forever have the complete vision of who was at their wedding the day they started their new family tree. During the ceremony, Barb was walked down the aisle by her parents who had recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, and during the reception a special anniversary cake was presented to them to cut. Barbara’s father has since passed away, and they were so grateful to have been able to celebrate this special event with him, and to have the photos and video to remember him by.

To bring in the couple’s love of games and fun we came up with the idea of heart shaped jigsaw puzzles. We had Carla David Design create heart shaped puzzles which we placed at each seat with one piece missing that piece was the escort card which was picked up from a table that read, “with your piece you complete our puzzle.” To keep things looking light airy, the ceilings were also covered with HUGE, ROUND white balloons.

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Where did you choose to hold your wedding, and how did the location influence your decor decisions?
From Barbara and Carl: We held our wedding at Studio 450. We found this site online from our Mill Valley home. We committed sight/site unseen and were thrilled! Studio 450 provided a bright white canvas, with tons of character, amazing views, and a unique rooftop space. It was at once open and intimate, like us. The open plan, white walls and floors, and wonderful, old, large windows allowed the city in as a major participant in the day.

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Looking back, do you have a favorite project or successful decor idea from your wedding? Tell us what you loved about it!
From Barbara and Carl: We picked unique artists to put together this wedding from the wedding planner to the photographer, the dress designer, the videographer, the caterer, etc. We chose creative individuals based largely on an intuitive sense of connection with them. We trusted their ability to help define and manifest our vision of who we are as both a couple and a family.

We crafted a unique ceremony that included not just our own personal marriage vows, but a separate “ceremony within a ceremony” in which the five children committed to their new family and were each given a simple gold band to symbolize that commitment.

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

What a wedding! See more of the action in this fun wedding video from Sean T. Smith

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Image Singulière
Event Planner & Designer: Maya Kalman of SWANK Productions
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Studio 450
Videographer/Film Maker: Sean T. Smith
Officiant: Kara (a friend of the couple)
Invitation Designer: Anne Robin
Catering: Creative Edge and Esprit Events
Florist: Barbaras Flowers
Wedding Cake: Nine Cakes
Wedding Dress: Jin Wang (Barbara and Carl collaborated with Jin to alter one of her original designs and the dress is now available as the “Barbara dress!)
Hair and Make-up: Make-up – David Maderich and Denise, Hair – Mikey Alejandrino, DiPietro Todd Salon
Hotel: The New Yorker
DJ: Generation Events
Transportation: Silver Star Limo
Favors: I Love NY T-Shirts
Escort Cards: Carla David Design
Rentals: Party Rentals and Cloth Connections Photobooth: NYC Photobooth and We Love Photobooths
Rings: Designed in San Francisco by Eric Trabert Goldsmiths
Childcare: Heidi from The Babysitters’ Guild

Thank you for sharing your incredible wedding with us Barbara and Carl! And kudos to the team at Wedding Photo Gallery !

Bright, Modern and Fun NYC Loft Wedding – Barbara and Carl

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Distinctive Wedding Tenting – Expert Advice from Dominic Mitchell of Raj Tents

Distinctive Wedding Tenting – Expert Advice from Dominic Mitchell of Raj Tents

Tenting at a wedding can be an absolutely life saver when it comes to shelter from the weather and creating the perfect celebratory environment, but when most people hear the words “wedding tents” I’ll bet they’re not thinking of anything as spectacularly gorgeous as the one-of-a-kind creations from Raj Tents ! Having experienced these works of art first hand at numerous events over the past few years, I can tell you from the heart that these tents are magical! Handmade in opulent styles that range from Indian and Moroccan to French provincial, Raj also offers chandeliers, lighting, lounge furniture and other decor accessories to create your entire event look.

To help us all understand event tenting options a bit more, I recently chatted with Raj Tents’ Co-Founder and CEO, Dominic Mitchell, and asked him about all the ways tenting can be used at weddings, and what makes Raj’s approach to tents so distinctive in particular…

Distinctive Wedding Tenting – Expert Advice from Dominic Mitchell of Raj Tents

Where did the idea for Raj Tents come from, and what makes your tents unique? The inspiration behind Raj Tents came from Maurice Walsh and I seeing that there was a huge potential in California for distinctive luxury tenting. I had already been working with tent rentals in London for some years and Maurice had his own successful business in San Francisco. We pooled our expertise and started Raj Tents so we could offer something that was definitely missing in the Special Events industry beautiful thematic luxury tenting that adds tremendous value to weddings and special events.

Raj Tents has unique inventory that has been carefully planned to take best advantage of traditional artisan hand craftsmanship and highest quality materials. That, combined with innovative design and constant R + D has allowed us to create several exclusive ranges of luxury tenting and décor to cover several themes and types of tent. What we do is highly detail-oriented and we pay a lot of attention to the entire design and manufacture process starting from having fabrics milled and dyed especially for us. On the delivery end, we take great pride in our service, professional crew and accommodating our clients needs which in the end is what it is all about. After all, no two events are the same and every client deserves an individual solution that is tailored for them.

Distinctive Wedding Tenting – Expert Advice from Dominic Mitchell of Raj Tents

Let’s talk tenting basics – What are some reasons a couple should consider using tents on their special day, both practical and creative? Tents obviously have a practical function to provide cover from inclement weather or scorching sun. One of the things I enjoy most is seeing how happy a couple is to have a well thought out and beautiful tented installation for their celebrations. The right tents can bring an outdoor space to life, framing views, providing color and décor and more subtly, containing a gathering of people emotionally. When friends and family come together to celebrate a couple’s union we aim to create the right conditions for them to open up, connect and have a memorable day by providing the right tenting. This applies to indoor spaces as well as outdoor tenting. Ballrooms can be transformed and personalized by using smaller tents, wall treatments and décor to make the couples special day truly theirs.

How does one know what size and shape of tent to choose and how much space will it require? Raj Tents has complex and flexible inventory and in most cases clients need guidance as to how to use it to the most benefit. We consult with the wedding planner and/or bride and groom to firstly understand what they want to achieve. Of course much depends on the venue, number of guests, style and flow of the wedding. Once we understand the big picture, we are in a position to make recommendations as to size, shape and colors of tents along with options for lighting and accessories. We also offer a custom design and manufacture service, allowing clients to order items in a custom color or print.

Distinctive Wedding Tenting – Expert Advice from Dominic Mitchell of Raj Tents

What are some tips to keep in mind when choosing a tent that will be installed on grass, the beach or on another uneven surface? Nice flat lawns are the easiest for a tented installation. However, it is often a more challenging site that gives rise to the most creative tenting solution. For beaches, we sometimes sink concrete blocks into the sand as anchors for a low profile installation where a sandy floor is wanted. Often a subfloor is the best option, especially where the tent is in a more exposed location. Uneven ground can be covered with a floor, or we can work the tenting around the terrain, or cut the tent legs to fit an uneven space, so all tents are level on an undulating site.

What are some of the most creative tent installations you’ve done for weddings at Raj Tents? Lots of favorites to choose from there. A recent custom floating 40 canopy in a ballroom suspended from the ceiling was gorgeous and really dominated the room. Roof-top installations can be very striking and rather surreal. I probably like beach installations the best. A tropical beach turned into a sophisticated wedding site is amazing, especially when the tenting is made of natural materials and blends into the scenery. When it comes to strong themes like Indian and Moroccan, we can go pretty wild with color, which is always exciting.

Distinctive Wedding Tenting – Expert Advice from Dominic Mitchell of Raj Tents

Is there anything you’d love to see more of with tenting at weddings? Well, big, involved wedding tent installations allow more scope for us to be creative and deliver more value so we are always happy to work on a larger scale. I think there have been significant changes in tenting expectations over the last years, which is excellent. It is no longer the case that a tent is just a vinyl covered structure. With so many images of fantastic tented installations easy to find on the web, couples are far better able to come across a concept that fits the style of their wedding. After all, we are all driven by what our clients want and the more alternatives and resources they have, the easier it is for them to communicate with us and for us to come up with the right solution. So, the short answer is clients continuing to push boundaries by asking for what they really want rather than compromising keeps us all at our best.

Distinctive Wedding Tenting – Expert Advice from Dominic Mitchell of Raj Tents

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us Dominic! We love Raj Tents and are honored to have you as Junebug members!

Want to see more? Check out the Raj Tents website and blog – they’re available for weddings throughout the West Coast, Hawaii and beyond!

Distinctive Wedding Tenting – Expert Advice from Dominic Mitchell of Raj Tents

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Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

When I look at the photos of today’s Vancouver wedding of Marta and Zaw, the word that comes up again and again for me is simply, lovely. From the peaceful garden setting, to the couple’s romantic but modern wedding day looks, to the warm personal touches that honored family and the beauty of life, it is all lovely, lovely, lovely, in the purest sense of the word. Enjoy!

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

The Couple: Marta and Zaw

The Wedding: 6.2.12 – Cecil Green Park House – Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Sincere, lighthearted, warm

What was your wedding color palette? We decided that we didnt want to stick to any specific colour palette but to let the venue and the various elements of our decor speak for themselves. The Cecil Green Park House, with its beautiful garden and rich wooden finishing and sculpted molding, didnt need any embellishments from us! The flowers provided small bursts of bright colour.

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? The first thing we agreed on before we started all the planning was that our wedding was a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation for our family and friends. We wanted to let them know how much they have helped shape us into the people we are, both as individuals and as a couple, and how much each of them means to us. We tried to work this into the ceremony and the speeches, and into various other details. Were so glad we did! It created a feeling of warmth, closeness and love that day, and made us feel all the more loved and supported.

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Zaw: One thing that I’ve noticed during weddings that Ive attended is that the readings often always seem to be just a part of the process, almost an afterthought. Most guests dont remember what was read or that it was even a part of the day! Marta and I found a reading that really spoke to us and our philosophy on how we like to lead our lives (Look at Love by Rumi). So, we really wanted to create a special moment out of our reading. During the reading, our families joined hands and encircled us while the rest of the guests joined hands in reflection with their neighbours. Looking back at the pictures of that moment, it makes me happy to see that we created a moment where friends and family got to take some time to get close, hold hands, and hug.

Marta: Last summer, Zaw and I filmed a short video interview with our best friends and our moms, talking about us as kids and young adults, and about us as a couple. Zaw edited the video and we showed it at the wedding. It was so much fun to finally get to share that moment with everyone. I remember looking over at my parents and they were tearing up. It was a tender moment that Ill always remember! Maybe one day, well be able to show the video to our kids and tell them about our wedding and how special it was, and help them understand where we come from a little bit better. I also really liked that I could be so honest in my speech to my parents and my siblings, and tell them just how much they mean to me, in front of so many people. In our family, we dont really talk about our feelings that way, so it was an important moment in my life.

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today?
Marta: Work together to plan the wedding. Ok… who am I kidding? Zaw planned this wedding… Please defer this question to Zaw!

Zaw: When youre finding vendors to help your vision of your big day come to fruition, their end product isnt everything. Its just as important to surround yourselves with people that you enjoy spending time with. The process of planning your wedding should be enjoyable, but its even more important that on your wedding day, you are able to be yourself in front of everyone involved. We cant say enough about how much our photographers and videographers helped us get comfortable and calmed our nerves before the day even started!

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

Here is the super cute save-the-date video that Marta and Zaw sent to their family and friends:

And the film of the wedding day from Wedding in Motion:

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Michael Wachniak
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cecil Green Park House
Videographer/Film Maker: Weddings in Motion
Officiant: Brent Shepperd
Catering: Wescadia Catering
Florist: Olla Urban Flower Project
Cake: Homemade by Martas close friends Jill and Jillian
Wedding dress: Novelle Bridal Shop , with sleeves added later by Channy’s Bridal .
Bridal accessories: Mod Cloth
Groom and groomsmen apparel and accessories: Harry Rosen
Hair and make-up: Let’s Face it Beauty (Julie Brown)
DJ: Mark Vanderende
Rentals: Chairs rented from Lonsdale Event Rentals
Rings: Scott Kay

Thank you so much Marta and Zaw!

Vancouver, BC Garden Wedding at the Cecil Green Park House – Marta and Zaw

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Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

A rustic but elegant wedding decor style, matched with sweet family focused wedding traditions, and a handsome man in a kilt, and you’ve got a wedding I can’t help but love! Beautiful bride Lauren shares her Santa Barbara wedding planning experience with us here, along with her fantastic wedding photos captured by Jessica Lewis Photography . Enjoy!

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

The Couple: Lauren and Daniel

The Wedding: 2.11.12 – El Capitan Canyon – Santa Barbara, CA

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Intimate, Enchanting, and Fun

What was your wedding color palette? Sage, Ivory, and Deep Purple

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? Dan and I love the natural beauty of California, from the ocean since Dan is an avid surfer, to the mountains where we regularly enjoy hiking.

Our wedding style was about finding the balance between a natural rustic outdoor look and the elegance one can anticipate at a wedding. We also wanted to maintain an intimate atmosphere while inviting my large family to celebrate our day. Our venue provided a stunning Santa Barbara backdrop for our guests to experience first hand what Dan and I love to share as a couple. Since the wedding was in winter, we chose to have the reception in a tent for the comfort of heat. Joni of Santa Barbara Style transformed the tent to feel as if the outdoors came inside. We had picked the theme of National Parks for our table identifications and chose plantable eco-friendly wedding invites and seating cards to set the mood. Everything about our wedding, from the vows to the pie desserts, was intentionally selected to represent who we each are as individuals, but also who we are as a couple.

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Were there any family traditions or items incorporated that were particularly meaningful for you? I wore a crystal headband that I borrowed from my sister (which she wore for her wedding in 2009), and a second bracelet which was a gift from our mother that reads A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend.

My sister was my Maid of Honor and only bridesmaid, which fit our intimate theme. She wore a Paloma Picasso® Love pendant from Tiffany & Co that I gave to her and my mom for their help with the wedding, to always remember how much we love one another.

Dans tartan (kilt) was woven in Scotland with the traditional McTaggart pattern. This is significant because it is the family name of my grandmother on my mothers side. Dan also wore a memoribila pin of his 12 year compainon, Taz, a German Shepard/Queensland Healer mix dog who passed away in 2010. The pin was a gift to him by my sister for the wedding.

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? It’s hard to capture just a couple, because we truly loved everything about our wedding. Two big moments could be our first look and the ceremony. I was extremely anxious prior to the wedding and running behind for our first look. But, it was when I peeked out of a doorway and saw Dan smiling at me with tears in his eyes that I felt that the whole world stopped and knew I was with my love; it was an incredible moment for us both. Also, our ceremony was on a hilltop overlooking the ocean with the Santa Ynez mountain range in the foreground. Dan had lobbied from the beginning to have our guests circled around us during the ceremony, so we had set up a circle of chairs separated by four isles. After the bagpiper led us into the center of the circle and I stood there holding Dans hands in such a breathtaking place, it was then that we had this intimate moment when we heard and felt all our family and friends surrounding us in love and support.

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? Do not be afraid of your fiancé’s ideas. I believe the wedding you will treasure and the one your family and friends will love, is a wedding that was created by and reflects the two of you. Granted my fiance didnt want to get involved in all the details. But, when I worked with him on his vision for our wedding, the contribution of his ideas ended up making the day exactly how it was supposed to be: about our marriage and the start of our lives together.

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

The Wedding Team
Photographer: Jessica Lewis Photography
Event Planner: Kelly Leonard, Event of the Season
Event Designer: Joni Papay, Santa Barbara Style
Ceremony & Reception Venue: El Capitan Canyon
Invitation Designer: Forever Fiances
Catering: El Capitan Canyon
Florist: Joni Papay, Santa Barbara Style
Wedding Cake: We had 3 inch mini pies instead! – Simply Pies
Wedding Dress: Casa Blanca Bridal Dress – Camarillo Bridal
Bridal Accessories: Jewelry – Nadri ‘Nouveau Vine’, Victorian white leather laced boots – BHLDN
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Priscilla of Boston
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: The Tartan Patch in Irvine
Hair & Makeup: Hair – Piper White Baker of Salon Piper , Makeup – Makeup By Naz
DJ: Gavin Roy Presents
Live Music: Mattson2
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals , Table Linens – La Tavola
Rings: Fox Fine Jewelry, Ventura
Other: Bagpipes – Bill Boetticher

Thank you Lauren and Daniel!

Rustic Santa Barbara Wedding – Lauren and Daniel

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Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

I might be a little biased (my path to the wedding industry had a few detours that involved my biology degree), but you don’t have to love science to love Caroline and Christopher’s super fun San Francisco wedding! Their day highlighted some quintessential San Francisco scenery and venues, including traditional cable cars, historic Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral , the charming Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers at Golden Gate Park , and the standout California Academy of Sciences . The couple’s decor choices wonderfully complemented the amazing venues, and the end result was a cohesive and fascinating wedding, beautifully captured by Cliff Brunk Photography !

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

The Couple: Caroline and Christopher

The Wedding: 9.3.11 – California Academy of Sciences – San Francisco, CA

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

What three adjectives best describe your wedding day? Fun, beautiful, classic with a twist

Was there a decor theme that ran through your wedding? What was the inspiration for that particular idea and how did it reflect you as a couple? We didnt really have a theme. We chose the California Academy of Sciences as our reception location because we both love science and thought it would be a fun experience for our guests.

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

What were some of the different ways you used decor elements to create the beautiful, cohesive event you were envisioning? We had several different venues and both of our florists did a great job of using flowers to enhance the different feel we wanted for each. The flowers for the ceremony were simple and elegant. At our cocktail hour in the Shakespeare Garden, the arrangements evoked a garden party, with a few books thrown in to play up the Shakespeare theme. Our florist then used blue hues to enhance the beauty of the Academys aquarium, where our guests got to enjoy the displays before heading up to dinner in Africa Hall. There, the flowers brought a bit of the beautiful scenes from the dioramas into the room, making it feel very cohesive.

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Looking back, do you have a favorite project or successful decor idea from your wedding? We cant really pick one thing out. We were lucky to have several beautiful and fascinating spaces. We were so happy and impressed by how everything came together!

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Cliff Brunk Photography
Event Planner: Jess Flood Event Design
Ceremony Venue: Old Saint Marys Cathedral
Cocktail Hour Venue: Garden of Shakespeare’s Flowers, Golden Gate Park
Reception Venue: California Academy of Sciences
Officiant: Rev. Peter G. Shea, CSP
Invitation Designer: Petite Alma for Wedding Paper Divas
Catering: Taste Catering
Ceremony Flowers: Hoogasian Flowers
Reception Flowers: Hunt Littlefield
Cake: Taste Catering
Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel
Bridal accessories: Amy Kuschel
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Dessy Group
Men’s Apparel and Accessories: Mens Wearhouse
Hair and make-up: Meaganne McCandess
DJ: Cope Entertainment
Live music: San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Transportation: Super Sightseeing Tours, Classic Cable Cars
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Lighting: Got Light?
Calligraphy: Barbara Callow Calligraphy

Thank you for sharing your fun wedding, Caroline and Christopher!

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Fun California Academy of Sciences Wedding – Caroline and Christopher

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