Surprise Vow Renewal: Diane + Wei

surprise vow renewal

This is the first vow renewal we’ve shared on GWS and the story is so super sweet! Wei (along with the help of his friend Caroline) planned a surprise vow renewal for his wife of twelve years (although they have been together for 19 years!) His surprise included informing Diane’s workplace, booking plane tickets, coordinating the event design + florals, and booking the hotel + music! Wow, what a surprise! It took place in South Lake Tahoe at the super awesome, brand new Basecamp Hotel.

How it went down according to Diane: “Well, Wei woke me up at 4:30 in the morning on the day of our wedding anniversary to let me know that he had a trip planned. I was to pack an overnight bag, do my make up and get going. I had no idea where we were going, and didn’t even know we were leaving Canada. We ended up in Lake Tahoe and I presumed we were going for a nice dinner. When we arrived at the beach, I didn’t want to enter because I thought we would be crashing what looked like someone else’s wedding. I didn’t know that Wei had planned this vow renewal until i stepped foot on the beach!!”

I can’t think of anything else much sweeter! Big congrats to Diane + Wei and thanks so much to Caroline and her team at Tinywater Photography for the photos.

basecamp lake tahoe

basecamp lake tahoe

basecamp lake tahoe

pink and succulent bouquet

surprise vow renewal

surprise vow renewal

surprise vow renewal

Most memorable was not a moment, but the period from stepping foot onto the beach to the end of the renewal. In that period, I realized I was being photographed by our very good friend Caroline. I was handed the bouquet and guided up the "aisle". I looked over and Wei had tears in his eyes. And then I realized that our "officiant" was good friend Josh. Wei read me his vows that he had googled I'm sure, and I dittoed it. It was such an emotional ride filled with happy tears!

surprise vow renewal

surprise vow renewal

surprise vow renewal

orange wedding dress


Diane’s pretty dress is from Club Monaco. Wei had purchased and surprised her with the dress when they arrived.

surprise vow renewal

surprise vow renewal

surprise vow renewal

surprise vow renewal

brown beaded bracelet

surprise vow renewal

orange lantern

camping themed dinner

orange lantern

orange table runner

nest pinecone place setting

surprise vow renewal

birch wood dessert bar

birch wood dessert bar

surprise vow renewal

surprise vow renewal


Congrats to Diane + Wei on 12 years of marriage!

photography: Tinywater Photography // venue: Basecamp Hotel in Lake Tahoe, California // event design + florist: A Bud and Beyond // music: Avalanche // desserts: Sugar and Spice Specialty

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Whimsical Woodland Wedding: Fern + Jeff

paper pom ceremony altar

Fern + Jeff both love the outdoors and nature, so as soon as they saw all the gorgeous tall trees at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California, they knew they found their wedding venue (yep, part of Malibu is in the Santa Monica mountains, it’s not all beach!). Since Fern has a design background, she wanted lots of creative input + handmade touches incorporated into her day. With the help of her handy husband, they made bunting seating flags, honey jar favors, paper flowers, a video slideshow, chalkboard menus and invitations. They hired Sweet Emilia Jane as their wedding planner and she did an amazing job at bringing their vision to life. With photos by Brandon Kidd Photography the day is simply stunning! Congrats to Fern + Jeff!

pink peony bouquet

mismatched bridesmaids

mistmatched bridesmaids


How lovely are their bouquets by The Little Branch? Love the peonies, thistles, and king proteas mixed with wild flowers.

mistmatched bridesmaids

orange dotted bow tie

first look

We had so many great memories of this day that its hard to just pinpoint one. Some favorites are:
Our first look. It was so unexpected and surprisingly emotional. We both completely broke down and cried when we saw each other. My husband is as cool as a cucumber when it comes to his emotions, and it was the first time I ever saw him cry. It was such a sweet and tender moment. During the ceremony, we felt an overwhelming feeling of love from family and friends who flew from all over the world from Europe to Asia to South America, just to witness this small moment in our lives together. It was a magical feeling! Last but not least, my dad doing a handstand on the dance floor, schooling our friends on how to breakdance. Coolest dad ever! :)

pom pom ceremony altar

pom pom ceremony altar

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

sand ceremony

Processional: Bridal Party Processional: Fields of Gold (instrumental); Bride Processional: Canon in D

Recessional: Fly Me to the Moon (instrumental)

First Dance: Dream a little Dream of Me – Michael Buble

honey jar favors

cheesecake bites


Lot’s of yummy desserts from Sweet and Saucy Shop!

smores

sparkler exit

Have fun with the planning process and try not to let yourself get too stressed out. I'm sure you've heard it a million times but your wedding day goes by extremely fast. This is the big day to enjoy the rewards of what you have been planning for months. Little hiccups are bound to happen, but the most important thing is to just let it all go and focus on what really matters the most: fun, laughter, family, friends and each other.

photography: Brandon Kidd // venue: Calamigos Ranch // event planner: Sweet Emilia Jane // floral design: The Little Branch // furniture rentals: This and That Vintage Rentals // wedding dress: Shinbu Bridal // hairpieces: Ban.do // shoes: Badgley Mischka // hair + makeup: Kelly Zhang // groom suit: Theory // cinematography: Crescent Bay Films // invitations + paper goods: designed by the Bride // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // music, photobooth + lighting : Renowned Events

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryBrandon Kidd Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Festive Friday Favors

Friday-Favors-festive ideas

Happy Friday lovelies! Hope you all had another wonderful week. If you are in LA and looking for a fun activity this weekend, the Renegade Craft Fair is one fun option. :) I know I’m hoping we can stop by for a bit this weekend – perfect place to find fun prints for the home, cute favors, jewelry and lots more handmade things. So, I was inspired by the festive wedding we shared this morning and thought it would be fun to share a few things inspired by that theme, so here are some fun picks!

• Perfect Free People dress for a wedding guest
• Love that this bouquet by Laura Miller Design matches the dress so perfectly!
• These Papel Picado invites are perfect for a festive wedding (and they come in three different colors!)
• Gorgeous Onyx Double Drop Earrings match the dress so amazingly

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And in case you missed any of our features from this week:
Fiesta Chic Wedding
• Handmade Australian Wedding
• Exclusive Date Specific Wedding Deals from BrideRush
• Mystical New Orleans Wedding
• Down the Aisle with Chriselle: Planning + Design
• An Elopement in Paris
• DIY: Cake Stand
• Handmade Desert Wedding at the Hicksville Trailer Palace
• Protecting Your Wedding Ring with Perfect Circle Jewelry Insurance
• Almond Orchard Wedding Inspiration
• Eco-Chic Texas Wedding

newest-artists

sponsors


A big welcome to our newest GWS Preferred Wedding Artists!
• Photography by Ben Sasso
• Berinmade Illustrated Paper Goods
• Photography by Couture House of Imagery
• Photography by The Wedding Artists Collective

Check out more of our Preferred Wedding Artists in the Gallery. If you’re interested in becoming part of the GWS Wedding Artists Collection, click here to apply!

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