Romantic Garden-Inspired Wedding: Jackie + Keith

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Jackie + Keith’s romantic garden-inspired wedding, held at the iconic Hotel Bel-Air, was so magically unique in so many ways! The hotel is like a hidden garden with long green lawns, a sleepy pond and sprawling bougainvillea everywhere you look. But despite it’s quiet surroundings, you can still very much tell that you’re LA. To build upon an already gorgeous setting, Jackie + Keith brought in just the right amount of whimsy and you can really see bits + pieces of them throughout the design. And since the flowers are the most breathtaking part of this beautiful wedding, I’ll let Jackie share more about them:

Growing up with a garden at home, I wanted lots and lots of flowers, especially peonies. I’ve always been inspired by English gardens and wildflower bouquets for the relaxed and colorful look they provide. I wanted it to feel as though we picked a handful of flowers before walking down the aisle. From the get go, I was deeply moved by jewel tone flowers so I knew I wanted those to be the central color along with wild greens. I’ve also seen several photos of flower crowns and I knew I wanted to have one for the wedding! Rachel and Laurie, at Botany, took my ideas and created a breathtaking crown and disheveled centerpieces…they really helped capture the look of a wild garden in every way.

Big thanks to Adrienne Gunde for sharing these gorgeous images with us today + congrats to Jackie + Keith!

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dress

red bouquet

flower crown

flower crown bride

bridesmaids


Loving the bridesmaid’s plum-hued lace DVF dresses, which Jackie sourced through Bloomingdales

bouquets

flower crown

bridesmaids

bridesmaids

red boutonniere

groomsmen

ceremony

ceremony

My favorite moment from the wedding was walking down the aisle towards Keith. Though I saw several faces in the crowd, his was the only one that stood out. The entire day was full of love and laughter!

ceremony

ceremony

Processional: Bridal Party: Fools Rush In – Elvis Presley; Bride: Clair De Lune – Alain Planes

Recessional: Don't Worry Baby – The Beach Boys

First Dance: Moonbeams – Family Band

ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

flower crown

bride and groom

bride and groom


I wanted the place to feel magical + intimate — like a forest with faeries + nymphs. To continue with is theme, we had tarot cards with artwork from The Wild Unknown and a set of deer antlers. I also incorporated unicorns from my love of Legend and foxes from our engagement. (As seen in our Fox Groom and Unicorn Bride cake topper, found on Etsy.) The tomato, slate and green place cards were decorated with stamps ranging from sugar skulls, mermaids and sparrows. Most of the crafting I did myself with several trips to Paper Source…

seating cards

reception

table arrangement

chair flower decor

wedding cake


And absolutely loving their sweet wedding video by Joel Vanz!

I know it seems impossible, but do not stress. Think day to day. It's hard not to get overwhelmed by future details, but I would just focus on the tasks needed to be completed at the moment. Making a calendar with all your upcoming dates really helps. I think a wedding planner is great when it comes to figuring out the schedule and helping with vendors but try to do as much as you can yourself. It makes the wedding more personal and inviting, the more you do yourself. When it comes to finding a wedding planner, really go for someone who suits your personality and is local to your venue/home. It really helps if your wedding planner knows vendors that are close to you and/or your venue. Also, personality is a big thing. If you're going to spend a lot of time working with her, make sure you two are able to communicate well.

Get a photographer and/or videographer that you love, you'll enjoy having the memories. It's important that you go with a photographer that fits your style from the get-go. If you go with a photographer who shoots "journalistic" type shots and you're into more fashion shots, you're not going to get what you want. They shoot what they offer. Don't forget to snack throughout the big day--it makes a big difference when it comes to hours of photo-taking and socializing with the guests. Lastly, don't point out anything that happens to "go wrong" on the day, just smile and feel loved because at that point, there's nothing you can do. The guests won't know anything is wrong if you don't react to it.

photography: Adrienne Gunde // planning + design: Kimberly Bradford Event Planning and Design // venue: Hotel Bel-Air Los Angeles, California // florist: Botany // videography: Joel Vanz // wedding dress: Vera Wang // bridesmaids dresses: Diane von Furstenberg Lace Dresses  // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // cake topper: Melabo Wed // bridesmaid cutouts: First Snowfall

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French Country Wedding Inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

Today’s gorgeous styled shoot, inspired by the well-known romantic film Chocolat, is overflowing with beautiful details and some really gorgeous florals! Staged at an old schoolhouse with captivating architectural detailing like paned glass windows, textured plaster walls and wonderfully worn hardwood floors, the team (led by Kim at Petal Pixie), brought in just the right amount of warmth and elegance to perfectly juxtapose with the space’s rustic vibe. And everything was documented beautifully by Alixann Loosle!

From Kim, I was watching the movie Chocolat one night with my fiancé and I kept thinking to myself this is the perfect movie for an inspiration shoot! I didn’t want the shoot to replicate the movie in any way but I did want it to have a rustic french country look and feel. I wanted to keep the main color palette as cream, multiple shades of brown, and gold. With this color base you could accent with a variety of color combinations and have it look fantastic…

french chocolate inspiration

french inspired bride

french chocolate inspiration

bridesmiads

bouquet

french chocolate inspiration


So in love with the bouquets Kim designed using peonies, clematis, lilac + roses!

french inspired bride

french chocolate inspiration


For the table design I wanted to create a family style feel with romantic details. I used a bronze linen from Cloth Connections and off white dinner plates with the most amazing detailed salad plate. I used soft purples, cream, and blush for the flowers which added a hint of color without being overpowering. I love pairing cheeses with fruit and bread so I added those to the table as well for added texture and interest. 

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

french apple tart

macroons


The cake, created by Cake Dame, was another nod to the team’s inspiration. It included a combination of white, milk, and dark chocolate. Sounds (and looks) amazing!

french chocolate cake

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration


Big thanks to the following creatives for sharing their talents with us today!

photographer: Alixann Loosle Photography // event design + flowers: Petal Pixie // dress: Danielle’s Bridal // hair + make-up: Kali Wengreen // cake: Cake Dame // paper goods: Alexis June Creative // linens: Cloth Connections // location: private property

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Sonoma Foodie Wedding: Emily + Rob

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Emily + Rob’s lovely Sonoma foodie wedding was full of effortlessly beautiful details and an absolutely amazing-sounding menu! Their wedding took place at a friend’s home and to them, sharing an incredible meal with their friends + family was the most important aspect of the day – and just wait until you see the amazing table + location of their dinner! So perfect. :) For their ceremony, they invited several friends and family members to select a reading of their choice. Each told the story of Emily + Rob’s love in their own words, and it ended up being one of the most special parts of the day. Here’s more from Emily about their main inspiration:

Rob + I have a shared love for good food. We built our company Foodzie together and knew one of the happiest parts of the day would be sharing an epic meal with our favorite people. We met Katy Oursler from Outstanding in the Field and her boyfriend Chef Stephen at a seafood foraging class and completely hit it off. Outstanding in the Field sources local, seasonal ingredients and serves the meal on one long winding table that curves the landscape. Once we picked that piece, we planned the rest of the wedding around it.

Thanks so much to Hugh Forte for sharing these beautiful images with us today + congratulations to Emily + Rob!

groomsmen

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

white bouquet

bride and groom

bridesmaids

groomsmen

ring bearer and flower girls

Processional: Hey There Delilah – Plain White T's (instrumental)

Recessional: Clocks – Coldplay

First Dance: Till Kingdom Come – Coldplay

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outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

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polaroid notes

modern house wedding

oil bottles


I can’t believe this is Emily + Rob’s friend’s home…such a rad spot!

modern house wedding

modern house wedding

modern house wedding

long dining tables

After our reception, hand-in-hand, we walked everyone to dinner. It was away from the rest of the ceremony and reception and the table was hidden when our guests arrived so it would be a surprise. We rounded the corner and it was golden hour, with the sun peeking over the hills. Latifah from The Autumn Film was playing the piano in the grass, and there was the long winding table. I think I gasped, turned to Rob and just froze there for a few seconds. Even though I had planned the whole thing it was such a surreal moment when it all hit me at once. I was just so, so happy, I didn't want it to end.

long winding dining table

long winding dining table

salads on the go


All of the food looks so amazing. Emily + Rob definitely pulled off their dream foodie day in a big way!

tapas

small plates

foodie wedding

foodie wedding

foodie wedding

long dining table

foodie wedding

long dining table

bride and groom

bride and groom on motorcycle

ducati wedding bike

sunset

cakes

first dance


And there are so many sweet moments captured in their gorgeous wedding video by Scott Hammel!

My advice would be to be patient and give yourself the time you need to do it right. Everyone asks you as soon as you get engaged "what's the date" and you feel this pressure. We have a bit of a funny story. Rob and I got engaged on 07/07/07 and then we started our company Foodzie. We had no idea it would be the beginning of a six year engagement!! We had no time and money while building the company and decided we wanted to wait to do it right. I was so thankful we did because it was everything we wanted. We're an extreme case…but take the time you need.

photography: Hugh Forte // venue: Summerhill, a private estate in Sonoma, California // event planner + catering: Katy Oursler // floral design: Bride’s Aunt // wedding dress: Romona Keveza // shoes: Gucci // bridesmaid dresses: Victoria’s Secret // hair + makeup: Mikaela South // groom suit: J.Crew // videography: Scott Hammel // paper goods: none, sent a video // cake: Arizmendi Bakery // music: The Autumn Film

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