Archives for January 2012

An Old West Wedding: Kim + Kevin

bridal hair piece

When Kim + Kevin discussed the vision for their wedding, the primary element they aimed for was “fun”. Since they knew the day would fly by and it would be hard to chat with all 200 of their guests, they simply aimed to create an environment where everyone would have fun catching up with each other and it would be a truly unique day. And what could be more perfect, than an old Western Town? Long Branch Saloon & Farms in Half Moon Bay, CA was the perfect setting for their Old West wedding. Cowboy boots, burlap, baby breath, lots of games + a campfire made for a unique, one-of-a-kind wedding. :) Big thanks to Sloan Photographers for the super gorgeous photos!

lace bridal gloves

rustic type wedding invitations

groomsmen in custom shirts

succulent and yellow bouquet

first look

succulent and yellow boquet

bridesmaids in gray

bridesmaids with babys breath bouquet

Tell us a bit about your music
Processional: Ave Maria
Recessional: “Home” – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
First Dance: “Stand by Me” – Ben E. King

ranch ceremony, burlap altar bunting

burlap bunting

mason jar tag

flower girls in boots

outdoor ranch ceremony

outdoor ranch ceremony

outdoor ranch ceremony

chalkboard table seating



golfing card wedding

flower girls in ruffle dresses

flower girls in cowboy boots

wedding games

smores wedding treats

cupcake bar

bride and groom cake toppper

Most memorable moment of your wedding day?
One of the most memorable moments of the day was the result of a last-minute option proposed by the owner of the site on the day of the wedding. He had recently obtained an old vehicle resembling the car from the Beverly Hillbillies and offered a unique opportunity for a grand entrance during the bridal party announcements. Given the Old West theme of the site and our goal of keeping things fun and light, we went for it. It ended up being a riot, everyone got a kick out of it, and it made for some fun pictures as well!

bride and groom on a tractor

Any advice for those planning now?
Don’t let any of the stress of spreadsheets, budgets and logistics let you lose sight of the importance of the day and the true reasons you are gathering all of your closest friends and family to witness this milestone and celebrate with you. It may sound cliché, but take it from two people who recently went through the experience – it’s all worth it!

photography: Sloan Photographers // venue: Long Branch Saloon & Farms, Half Moon Bay, CA // floral design: Michele with Flora by Fauna // wedding dress: San Patrick – Cambados // hairpieces: Pixel & Hank // shoes: Miss Sixty // bridesmaid dresses: // hair + makeup: The Makeup Dolls // groom suit: Men’s Wearhouse // invitations+ paper goods: My Big Day Designs // catering: Emergency BBQ (San Carlos, CA) // cake: That Takes the Cake (San Francisco, CA) // music: DJ Maurice Atendido of Bring That Beat Back

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Friday Favors


Happy Friday lovelies! Wow, this week went by so fast for me! Was it like that for anyone else? Still lots to get done today then looking forward to a romantic date night with my hubby :) The weather is supposed to be pretty amazing this weekend here in LA, so hoping to enjoy some of that while catching up on some more work. And for some of my faves from this week…

• Isn’t this just the sweetest photo!?

• Totally love this invite by Rifle Paper Co. for this sweet Michigan Farm Wedding

• Loving the new dress collection from Punk Rock Bride based in Washington DC

Reminder: You have till tonight to enter for a spot at our Learn to Scratch party in LA next month! Should be lots of fun!!

WPPI bound photogs WPPI is the biggest wedding + portrait photography event held in Vegas in Feb and we’ll be there! YAY! Can’t wait to meet lots more of you amazing photogs in person. :)

Also, if you are looking for a fun + affordable workshop while you are there, check out this great opportunity to shoot a Sugar & Fluff styled shoot based on Hitchcock’s The Birds!! Sounds pretty amazing. Details can be found here (and if you aren’t familiar with Sugar & Fluff, they designed this rad Anthropologie Steampunk shoot we featured a few years back and this stylish summer fashion shoot).

See you back on Monday for our Biggest Giveaway Yet and a week of gorgeous rustic weddings – I couldn’t help but share a small sneak at the wedding we are sharing on Tuesday below! Love that tent! :)

bride and groom, giant red balloons
photo above by Jenny Kim Photo

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A Sweet School Themed Wedding: Stephanie + Jarred

bride and groom

Stephanie + Jarred are both high school teachers and met while working at the same school so of course they wanted to incorporate some school details into their day! After discovering the composition book invites from Letter Box Ink, the ideas just started to flow – right down to the last-minute discovery of the awesome green school desk they found on craigslist the day before the wedding. Stephanie + Jarred spent countless hours crafting together before the wedding – Stephanie made the hairpieces, boutonnières + bouquets, and scouted out lots of glass jars. Since Jarred is an art teacher, he made their cake topper, designed + folded the paper plane programs, and built the teal arch and planter boxes for the centerpieces. Such a personal + creative wedding! Congrats to Stephanie + Jarred and big thanks to This Modern Romance for the super gorgeous photos!

school notebook wedding invites

glitter heels with feather shoe clips

peacock bridal accessory


bride and groom


Processional: Vitamin String Quartet’s instrumental version of “In Your Eyes”

Recessional: “The Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine

First Dance: “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele’s (Bob Dylan cover)

bridal party walking

succulent and striped ribbon bouquet

bride and groom

bride and groom

wedding map

succulent bouquet

paper airplane wedding programs

marivon wedding

The paper plane programs were designed by Jarred and printed at Staples on colored paper for around 20 cents/each. Only downside was that they had to fold them all but it did dave a lot of money – and they look super cute! :)

paper airplane wedding programs

marivon wedding ceremony

Walking down the aisle. It felt completely surreal having my parents on each arm, being surrounded by my close family and friends in such an intimate setting, and of course, Jarred waiting for me at the end of the aisle. I kept wishing I could press “pause” and just soak it all in for a minute.

Reading our vows. We wrote them ourselves but did not share them with each other until we were reading them in the actual ceremony. We both cracked each other up (and our guests) by recounting our first date, thoughts about each other, why we loved each other, and also made some very important promises – both fun and serious. Now, Jarred likes to remind me that I promised to try to accept his video games (he taught me how to play one on the plane ride to our honeymoon) and always clean the house up right before our guests come over. I like to remind him that he promised to stay awake past 9 and to always be patient with me, even when he is frustrated. He has yet to break his promise to make me laugh everyday.

I also have a very vivid memory of the very end of the ceremony, right as my grandpa said, “By the power vested in me…”, Jarred looked at me and said, “Holy shit, we just got married.”

marivon wedding ceremony

hello my name is...escort cards

reception space, wood tables

wood box centerpieces

pencils in a jar

old school desk

indoor/outdoor reception

The phrase “Love you forever, like you for always, as long as I’m living” had a very special meaning to me from one of my favorite childhood books, Love You Forever. We used it in our vows, on our invites, had it printed on red pencils for favors, and my Maid of Honor strung painted wooden letters around Marvimon with the words.

marivon house

first dance

There are a lot of details, pieces, and emotions coming together on your wedding day. Make sure you have a really competent coordinator who takes the time to understand exactly what you want because they can really make or break your experience. Also, never underestimate the amount of work that goes into DIY projects. It was really fun to have everything so personalized and meaningful but I was also up at 11 the night before my wedding, wiring together my bouquet.

Things will likely go wrong and you just have to roll with it. There were a lot of things that didn’t go as planned but for the most part our guests didn’t know. One of my friends told me later that she felt so comfortable at our wedding because it was so catered to our guests. We grouped our same-age cousins and friends together at tables, had Polaroid cameras at the costume photo booth, served tacos buffet style, and hired Huntington’s barista bar to serve drinks on the patio. We just tried to make the vibe as relaxed as possible and our family and friends caught on to that. My dad’s shirt fell in the toilet at Marvimon as he was getting dressed but I didn’t even know until the story came out the day after the wedding. Luckily, he had an extra (although a different color) on backup and he handled it without stressing anyone out.

photography: This Modern Romance // venue: Marvimon // day of coordinating + partial design: Jesi Haack Design // wedding dress: ceremony dress (long) from Maggie Sottero (purchased off-the-rack from Bridal Elegance in Torrance); reception dress (short) from Priscilla of Boston (purchased second hand from recycled bride) // shoes: bridesmaids from Nina; bride’s ceremony shoe: custom-dyed Badgley Mischka (turquoise heel); reception shoe: Stuart Weitzman (grey glitter heel) with feather shoe clip from Feathers and Frills  // bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan and Adrianna Papell (both from Nordstrom) // hair + makeup: 10.11 makeup // groom suit: Bar III suit (from Macy’s), Sperry Top Sider loafers // invitations+ paper goods: invitations from Letter Box Ink // catering: Huntington // cake and desserts: DIY by Deirdra Clark (my awesome sister-in-law whipped us up a Champagne cake the day before the wedding). All other desserts were homemade by my mom Michele, sister Amanda, Grandma Doris, Great Aunt LaVerne, plus two cakes from Cheesecake Factory // dj: Don Covel Entertainment // valet: jeffrey valet // rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryJesi Haack Design, This Modern Romance, and Archive Rentals are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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