Modern + Romantic Marvimon Wedding: Sophie + Jordan

Marvimon Wedding

Sophie + Jordan’s love story is definitely a tale of fate! They have always had a connection, starting with their first meeting way back in 1st grade in Phoenix. Cuteness, right? It just took another 20-something years for them to officially become a couple…no big deal! We had to know more, and the girls from GATHER Events had alllll the details, so we’ll let them take it away!

Sophie and Jordan knew each other growing up and attended high school together. While there was always a mutual pull towards one another, circumstances kept them from dating. Eventually, they both left for college: Jordan to Chicago and Sophie to California. After college, Jordan moved to San Francisco before settling in LA, coincidentally where Sophie was attending grad school. They reconnected, this time without the obstacles of distance and other relationships. And that’s when it all happened!

Does that story have you believing in destiny yet?! BIG thanks to the killer vendor team: Studio Castillero, Honey & PoppiesSweet & Saucy Shop Casa de Perrin + more! And, of course, congrats to the newlyweds on the sweetest day!

blush bridesmaids

white and vine bouquet

We always say, all you need is a bundle of peonies + some jasmine vine! Ok, we don’t always say that, but we’re thinking we should. Sophie’s bouquet by Honey & Poppies was so classically perfect…

blue suit groom

groomsmen

boutonniere

purple jacket flower girls

Sophie’s super adorbs British nieces, Lilly +Poppy (we die!), served as the flower girls, wore velvet blazers + tulle skirts and carried a “Here Comes The Bride” banner from BHLDN.

floral chalkboard sign

hanging lights floral arbor

purple jacket flower girls

ring bearer

Marvimon Wedding

Marvimon Wedding

Marvimon Wedding

Marvimon Wedding

Marvimon Wedding

Processional: Groom + Groomsmen: Skinny Love – Vitamin String Quartet; Bridal Party + Bride: Light – Sleeping At Last

Recessional: Charlie Brown – Coldplay

First Dance: I Found You – Alabama Shakes

Marvimon Wedding

Marvimon Wedding

note card escort display

Sophie + Jordan gave each of their 130 guests a hand-written note which also served as their escort cards.

hanging floral centerpieces

hanging floral centerpieces

hanging floral centerpieces

romantic tablescape

menu

appetizer buffet

GATHER Events tells us, When they first started dating, they spent lots of time together on Sophie’s couch talking about life, eating macarons and watching Gossip Girl. It was fitting then that, after Jordan made a 1-day round trip commute to Phoenix to get the blessing of Sophie’s parents, he popped the question on that very couch where their relationship had blossomed. 

As a subtle nod to the couple’s love of Gossip Girl, Mr. Boddington’s Studio incorporated a custom pale pink XOXO pattern into their invitation suite. The pattern showed up throughout the event paper goods as well. The XOXO sentiment was echoed less subtly through the giant marquee sign we had custom made for the welcome and dessert table!

xoxo marquee

ruffled pink cake

sparkler exit

See more in the video below by Brinton Films!

Such a gorgeous wedding! Best wishes to Sophie + Jordan on an amazing journey ahead!

photography: Studio Castillero // venue: Marvimon Los Angeles, California // event design + planning: GATHER Events // florals: Honey & Poppies // catering: Heirloom LA // dessert: Sweet & Saucy Shop // invitation: Mr. Boddington’s Studio // calligraphy: Queen Quills // dj: Dart DJ // hair: Maggie Manley – maggiemanley85@gmail.com // makeup: Alison Christian // rentals + lighting: Classic Party Rentals // tabletop rentals: Casa de Perrin // linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // valet: Jeffrey Valet // videography: Brinton Films // officiant: Joe Smith // macarons: Bottega Louie // dress: Amsale // bride’s shoes: Charlotte Olympia // bridesmaids’ dresses: Jenny Yoo // groom’s suit: Armani // ties + ring pillow: Stag Handmade // flower girl banner: BHLDN

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryGATHER Events, Dart DJ, Studio Castillero, Casa de Perrin, Sweet and Saucy Shop, and Heirloom LA are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Scenic Two-Part Engagement Session: Bethany + Cory

Bethany Cory engagement

While the story of how Bethany + Cory met (on Instagram!) is kind of blowing our minds right now, we have a feeling that meeting the love of your life through social media will only become more and more popular as time goes by. These two deservingly have a huge following on Instagram – check them out @bethanymarie and @withhearts (and while you’re at it, follow GWS on IG if you don’t already!) – so it was only natural to honor their photography-loving roots with two super rad engagement sessions! The first one, captured by Phil Chester in Portland, was full of crazy-good portraits and some PNW scenery that will make you weak in the knees! The second session, by Ben Sasso at the iconic Imperial Sand Dunes + Joshua Tree National Park, highlights their love in some of most gorgeous wilderness locations that California has to offer! Read on for a bit more from Bethany about their sweet history a little further down in the post!

Photo above and photos below by Phil Chester!

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany says, In 2011, we started following each other through a mutual photographer friend over Instagram, and three months later we met in person on a dinner we went to with a bunch of our mutual friends. Throughout the next year, we kept in contact over Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We were always encouraged by each others photography work, and would bump into each other at social events. On September 12, 2012, about a year later, we went on our first adventure date day to La Push. From there on out we started dating. We started working together photographing campaigns, and we started doing life together. Two years later on September 12, 2014, we went back to the same location we went on our first date and he popped the question! We always document our adventures on our YouTube channels, and share them with our friends and social media followers. He was documenting the whole day and caught the proposal on camera at a beautiful sunset on the beach at La Push, Washington. It was a magical day. Also, we are getting married this year on September 12, 2015. 

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

We’re all about her killer Free People outfit!

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

For the location of the engagement shoot, we wanted something outdoors that would represent us and show places we like to explore in the Northwest. Phil scouted this spot near Portland that looked rad so we adventured down from Seattle and road tripped it with him for our session.

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Bethany Cory engagement

Their 2nd session, by Ben Sasso, was such a fun change from the first, with blue skies + white sand being the key players – well aside from Bethany + Cory that is! We love the fresh feel of these frames and, of course, B + C were looking as sweet an stylish as ever!

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

Bethany engagement

sand dunes engagement

sand dunes engagement

Can’t get enough of these two? Who could blame you! See their adorable proposal Bethany told us about, which Cory caught on film, below!

We want to thank Bethany + Cory for allowing us a peek into their life + love and Phil Chester + Ben Sasso for sharing their beautiful photos! To see more of Bethany + Cory’s work, and to further follow along on their journey, visit their websites: withhearts.co + bethanymarie.co!

photography: Phil Chester and Ben Sasso

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Dinners made easy with Blue Apron

Blue Apron

Since we all know how busy the weeks can get, I’m excited to share one of our new favorite dinner helpers, Blue Apron. Whether you are busy planning your wedding, you’re newlyweds looking to try new recipes, or perhaps running your own business and no time to get to the grocery store, there are so many reasons why I’ve fallen in love with Blue Apron. What is Blue Apron? Blue Apron lets you learn to make new recipes and cuisines so you can get out of your dinner rut of making the same old dishes or relying on take out. Blue Apron does all the work for you and delivers all the farm-fresh ingredients you need, right to your doorstep, in exactly the right proportions. No trips to the grocery store, no waste from unused ingredients and my favorite – no time spent trying to figure out what you are going to make for dinner! I really loved that I got to create new chef-designed recipes at home (things I wouldn’t have tried to cook on my own!) with their meals.

Blue Apron recipes are delivered in a refrigerated box so ingredients will stay fresh even if you’re not at home when your package arrives. They offer two types of plans – the 2-person plan and the family plan. Jason and I tested the 2-Person Plan. The 2-Person plan (the price for this plan is $9.99 per person per meal and shipping is free) sets you up with one delivery a week, each with three inventive meals for two. You fill out a short questionnaire on their site and you will be sent a curated menu of three recipes based on your dietary preferences. For our week, we tried the following: Pork Dan Dan Noodles, Pan-Roasted Chicken and Fresh Cavatelli Pasta. The Family Plan is perfect for feeding a family of four. With this plan you can opt to receive one or two deliveries per week, each delivery consisting of two meals to be served family-style. The price for this plan is $8.74 per person per meal.

Blue Apron ingredients

Cooking the meals were fun! Each meal took about 40 minutes to make and I’m happy to share that we had success with each meal! I loved that all the measurements were already taken care of, I just had to do the chopping and then cooking. :) All the ingredients are fresh and sourced from quality local suppliers and artisans. My favorite meal was the Pork Dan Dan Noodles! Something I would never have made on my own but both Jason and I loved – and how pretty are those watermelon radishes on top?! A new fave (and pretty!) veggie we discovered. :)

Blue Apron

Blue Apron also offers a large selection of recipes and is always adding new dishes to their menu every week. I’ve already been eyeing a few other Blue Apron Recipes including their Chicken Mole, Spiced Chickpea Burgers and the Miso Yuzu-Glazed Cod. Blue Apron is available nationwide, shipping to over 80% of the country and there’s no commitment – you can skip or cancel the service at any time!

Special offer for GWS readers!
The first 100 GWS readers to sign up with Blue Apron will get two free meals on their first Blue Apron order!

Blue Apron

Be sure to follow Blue Apron on Instagram to see what they are cooking each week and share your meals with them using the hashtag #blueapron. Happy cooking!!

* This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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