Coastal Constellation-Inspired Wedding: Harben + Ryan

Paradise Cove Wedding

One of the sources of inspiration behind today’s absolutely gorgeous wedding was the bride, Harben’s, immense affinity for the winter sky. Couple that with the beautiful beach setting where she grew up (Paradise Cove just north of Malibu), and of course, the love she and her now-husband, Ryan, share and you have the recipe for a stunning and thoughtful coastal celebration. Though the entire wedding was handmade with love, there were so many elegant touches, executed to perfection. You’d almost never know professionals weren’t involved with every element! Most of the florals were foraged from neighbors + assembled by family members, they used decor straight from their home to make the setting feel cozy and Harben even took a calligraphy class to create all her invitations, signs, and escort chart herself! Let’s hear a bit more about the day before checking out the lovely images by Celeste Noche:

From the start, our goal was to have a wedding that was organic, rich with love, and felt in-sync with our surroundings. We wanted the day to feel intimate and inviting, and to reflect the love that we share with each other, and within our broader community. Inspiration was drawn primarily from Malibu’s natural landscape and the time of year (December) — the rich greens of the Malibu mountains, the deep blue of the ocean, and the full moon, which rose pretty dramatically over our reception. Having our wedding in Paradise Cove, where I grew up, allowed us to incorporate personal touches into just about every aspect of the day. Ours was a DIY wedding through and through – and the immense love and support we received from friends and family permeated the entirety of the event.

blue dip dyed invitation

white bridesmaids

rings

bridesmaid gifts

Sometimes (read: most of the time) it’s the little details that make simple moments all the more special. We love that Harben gifted her bridesmaids a treasure box filled with meaningful things – and champagne, because you gotta have champagne! We have a DIY for making a similar bridesmaid box for your besties right here!

midi rings

Watters wedding dress

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

Processional: Wedding Party + Groom: Riches and Wonders – The Mountain Goats; Bride: Red Right Ankle – The Decemberists (Played live on acoustic guitar by friend of the couple, Alan Savage)

Recessional: At the Beach - Avett Brothers (Played live on acoustic guitar by friend of the couple, Alan Savage)

First Dance: You & Me – Penny and the Quarters

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

Harben: Several days before the wedding, Ryan and I hiked up one of our favorite trails in Malibu to the top of Solstice Canyon where the remnants of an old house are nestled next to a modest waterfall. When we got to the top, we toasted to our life and relationship, found quiet spots away from each other, and wrote our vows. I thought composing our vows was going to be my favorite memory, but it paled in comparison to actually exchanging them. We took a lot of care in writing our ceremony, and hands down, my most favorite part of our wedding was hearing Ryan make those promises in front of friends and family. And because it's impossible to choose just one, other favorite moments from the day include having my sister perform Simon & Garfunkle's Song for the Asking, and taking pictures with my Grandpa in front of his old surfboards. Those were pretty great too.

Ryan: Exchanging our vows in front of all of our loved ones was one of the most profound moments I've ever experienced and one that I will never forget. My other favorite moment was during the last song of the reception (Michael Jackson's Will You Be There), when Harben and I somehow ended up busting a move in the middle of the dance floor with our friends and family clapping and cheering around us. As the music faded out, everyone opened up the circle to lead us out the door, and somebody handed us a bottle of champagne as we made and impromptu exit. It was a fun and spontaneous end to an otherwise perfectly coordinated event, and it seemed to sum up the day perfectly.

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

leafy bouquet

white bridesmaids with flower crowns

Paradise Cove Wedding

white bridesmaids with flower crowns

white bridesmaids with flower crowns

Aren’t these ‘maids in white lace-y beach frocks the absolute cutest?! Steal this look with fun finds in our shopping guide below:

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

white bridesmaids with flower crowns

Paradise Cove Wedding

Watters wedding dress

Beyond adore Harben’s Spruce by Watters gown, which she purchased at The Wedding Party in Berkeley, California.

Paradise Cove Wedding

Paradise Cove Wedding

rustic crates

constellation guest book

constellation guest book

jam favors

chalkboard sign

rock table number

string light dinner

Paradise Cove Wedding

Find your vision (one that reflects you!), get creative and stay organized. There are many moving parts and players involved in the planning process, and that's heightened if you're doing things yourself and not accessing any sort of package or large, all-in-one vendors. We used Trello and multiple google docs/spreadsheets to organize the planning process, and to keep people connected. A wedding is a great excuse to take some time for yourself and develop new skills. Harben took calligraphy classes to address our envelopes, and Ryan brushed up on Photoshop and designed the invitations. Another word of advice: Make sure the people who have offered their help know exactly what their role will be, and what they will be tasked with. And then thank them, profusely, for spending their time and energy contributing to your day. Hiring a wedding coordinator was also a tremendous help. It was so wonderful to wake up the morning of the wedding and know that all of day's to-do's were in capable hands. Lastly, and we know that everyone says this, but stop and take some time with your love. Carve out a few quiet moments to let everything soak in, and bask in it all. The day goes by very quickly, and when all is said and done, those minutes you took to look at the moon with your partner will be among your most special memories.

photography: Celeste Noche //  location: Paradise Cove in Malibu, California // event design: Bride + Mother of the Bride // day of coordination, hair + makeup: Helen Hening // florals: Mother + Aunt of Bride // wedding dress: Spruce by Watters purchased at The Wedding Party // hairpieces: Mother of Bride + Bridesmaids // shoes: Seychelles from Anthropologie // bridesmaid dresses: Stone Cold Fox, Pixie Market, Nordstrom, Anthropologie // groom’s suit: J.Crew // paper goods: Bride + Bride’s Sister + Groom // catering: Chris and Kristine Bocchino // rentals: Pico Party Rentals // officiant: Friend of the Bride and Groom – Rachel Heinz // music: Anna Schulze

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Fourth of July Sale from MagnetStreet

Magnet Street Fourth of July Sale

Even though the days of long summer vacations have passed for most of us, July still feels like one of those months where we have a little extra time on our hands. Be it the longer, sunnier days, warm weather, or just the relaxed summertime vibe – and we’re not complaining one bit. And those few extra minutes we seem to find in our days are perfect for getting some wedding tasks crossed off the checklist! Starting with one of the biggest to-dos for early-on: your wedding invitations.

If you’re one of those brides trying to finalize your invites soon, the timing just so happens to be perfect, because our partners at MagnetStreet are having an amazing Fourth of July 25% sale for all of their wedding stationery (with the code WJULYFUN)!

Magnet Street Wedding Invitations

If you’re not yet familiar with MagnetStreet, we’ll give you a quick rundown of why we love them:

1. Their on-trend Save the Dates are available on magnets, cards, and super cute postcards.

2. Their stylish Invitations are printed on a choice of 3 specialty papers + available in many shapes and sizes including: pocket, rectangle, square, tea-length and now shaped!

3. Speaking of shapes, MagnetStreet’s new Shaped invites are cream of the crop for setting the tone for your day with lots of personality + style.

4. Their diverse wedding stationery allows you to achieve + match your ideal wedding look. From classic to modern, from vintage to rustic, MagnetStreet offers an entire suite of coordinating and uniquely-designed Wedding Stationery for any wedding style.

Magnet Street Wedding Invitations

MagnetStreet offers invitation quantities for every wedding size + budget, allowing you to order in multiples of 5 to accommodate your guest list size. You can even order Just One® personalized + printed invite just for you to see how it will look before you commit!

Magnet Street Wedding Invitations

Magnet Street Fourth of July Sale

Sounds pretty good to us, what about you? If you’re hoping to tackle your wedding invitation order, now is the time! Don’t miss out on MagnetStreet’s 25% off  Wedding Stationery sale (using code WJULYFUN) starting now + ending July 7th, 2015. 

See more invites in action on MagnetStreet’s InstagramFacebookPinterestTwitter + Blog!

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Lush Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

lush boho inspiration

Today’s gorgeous styled shoot, dreamt up by Marisa of Seven Stems Floral Design & Events + captured by Clifton Photography, should be the perfect dose of pretty to get you through the rest of this Monday! The florals are rustic, yet lush – and exemplify bohemian vibes to a tee. The palette feels fresh, with the slightest nod to the autumn season ahead and the venue, California’s Temecula Creek Inn Stone House, was the perfect space for the team to really get creative with.

We love it all: the table dripping with passion fruit vines, that stunning lace dresses from Dreamers and Lovers, and everything in between! We think this editorial provides the perfect inspiration for a dreamy late summer or early fall celebration al fresco. Who’s with us?!

lush boho bouquet

Dreamers and Lovers wedding dress

Loving the beautiful bridal accessories? Those pretties were provided by Petals & Stones!

lush boho ceremony arch

Dreamers and Lovers wedding dress

And heart eyes galore for that rustic, lush ceremony site!

lush boho bouquet

Dreamers and Lovers wedding dress

lush boho bouquet

Dreamers and Lovers wedding dress

Pre-tty sure there will never be a day that we don’t completely l-o-v-e this dress!

lush boho flower crown

lush boho tablescape

lush boho tablescape

lush boho tablescape

lush boho tablescape

cake on a barrell

naked cake

One of the sweetest little naked cakes we’ve seen, thanks to Sweet Layers Cake

naked cake

Dreamers and Lovers wedding dress

Thanks so much to the talented team who put this beautiful project together!

photography: Clifton Photography // planning + design: Seven Stems Floral Design & Events // venue: Temecula Creek Inn Stone House Temecula, California // florals: Seven Stems // wedding dress: Dreamers and Lovers // bridal accessories: Petals & Stones // hair + makeup: Beauty and the Beach // rentals: Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals //  cake: Sweet Layers Cake // paper goods: Take Note Creations

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