Magical New Year’s Eve Wedding: Crystal + Jason

NYE San Diego Wedding

It’s hard to beat the magic of a New Year’s Eve wedding. Weddings are amazing. NYE is amazing. So, combine the two and good things are sure to transpire. But although we think even the most pared-down NYE wedding would probably be a total blast, we were so impressed with the majorly gorge scene Pow Wow planned, designed + installed for Crystal + Jason. Gold foiled fringe and all things glam have truly never (ever!) looked better! But since we know a wedding is so much more than a good design plan, let’s hear some thoughts about the day from the lovely bride:

Our inspiration for the evening was less focused on planning the perfect wedding and centered more on throwing a truly amazing celebration! We selected New Year’s Eve as our date knowing that guests would arrive ready to enjoy an evening filled with love, laughter, dinner, dancing, cocktails and confetti. We were able to make the wedding about the two of us, because we decided early on that this event should feel like us. That one decision allowed us our own sort of filter, of which we ran our options through. We would ask ourselves, “Is this for us? Or to make someone else happy?” In the end, we made a few compromises to assure that family felt their voices were honored. But truly, 99.9% of the wedding was exactly as we wanted it to be. And it was magical! A dream!

Big thanks to Anika London for these super fun photos and congrats to C + J on the most perfect wedding! You two definitely started 2015 off right!

NYE confetti invitation

gold fringe ceremony garlands

black and gold dotted backdrop

gold fringe ceremony garlands

black and gold ceremony program

gold fringe ceremony garlands

marquee 2015 sign

NYE San Diego Wedding

For Jason, the most memorable moment of the wedding was the moment he saw his Bride, Crystal. Crystal is well-known for throwing beautiful and thoughtful parties for others. So seeing her face taking in the room that was created for her, the guests that showed up for us and then our eyes catching - it was a moment that was along time coming and that I'll never forget.

For Crystal, the most memorable moment was similar. I completely left the set up of the venue in the beyond capable hands of Pow Wow and Siren Floral Co. Although we had met for design meetings previously, I really only asked for overviews of what they were doing. That meant, the moment I stepped in, to walk down the aisle, was the first time I was seeing how the entire vision came together. From outside, I could merely see the glow of the gold foiled fringe - but the rest added so much more. To top it off, at the end of the aisle was the man I was going to marry. It was spectacular.

NYE San Diego Wedding

NYE San Diego Wedding

NYE San Diego Wedding

Processional: Wedding Party: Best Day Of My Life – American Authors; Bride: Can't Help Falling In Love – Twenty One Pilots

Recessional: You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates

First Dance: How Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees

NYE San Diego Wedding

NYE San Diego Wedding

We could never decide which we love more: Crystal’s sparkly dress by Camille La Vie or that insane amaranthus bouquet by Siren Floral Co.! Both are such amazing elements, right?

Camille La Vie wedding dress

black and gold seating chart

NYE tiaras

cheers bar sign

vintage glassware

black and gold dinner menu

gold fringe reception decor

NYE-wedding-22

Black and gold, with pops of berry, was a palette perfect for 12.31, but so worth using anytime of the year!

gold fringe reception decor

gold calligraphy table numnbers

black and gold plate settings

gold calligraphy table numnbers

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gold fringe donut bar

penguin cake toppers

donut bar

custom cookies

Luce Loft San Diego

NYE confetti countdown

Oh so many pieces of advice… First and foremost, choose the right Vendors. They are there to make the event run smoothly from beginning to end. I can usually be a control freak, but in this case, we paid a little extra for extremely talented people and more to the point, for piece of mind. It was worth every penny. Also, remember that this is yours to do your way. Make it look and feel like you and your Groom. The guests will notice it, feel it and love it.

photography: Anika London // venue: Luce Loft San Diego, California // event design, planning + rentals: Pow Wow // florals: Siren Floral Co. // wedding dress: Camille La Vie // hairpieces: Glitzy Secrets // shoes: Badgley Mischka – Harvey II Platino // bridesmaid dresses: Lauren Ralph Lauren // hair: BeLoved Hair & Makeup // makeup: Makeup by Shelby // groom’s suit: Men’s Wearhouse // videography: Destiny & Sal Zizzo, Brandon Moniz // paper goods: The Paper Cupcake // catering: MIHO Gastrotruck // cake: Donut Bar // officiant: Bride’s Grandfather, James Moniz //music: 5 Star Mobile DJ // linens + napkins: Hostess Haven // marquee sign: My Marquee SD // candle rentals: Often Wander // market lights+ uplights: Brilliant Event Lighting // photo booth: The Photo Bus

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Romantic Pastel Saddlerock Ranch Wedding: Cady + Page

Saddlerock Rock wedding

Cady + Page’s stunning Saddlerock Ranch is oh-so quintessentially California. We adore their palette of beautiful muted, neutral shades (including taupe, blush and pastel peach) and that they included inspiring elements reflecting the Malibu vineyard region and their own fun + lighthearted personalities.

Cady shares, We chose one of our favorite places, and one of the most beautiful locations we know, for the ceremony and reception. We really wanted the wedding to be simple, classic and timeless and the setting really enabled us to do that by picking minimal decor and letting the venue set the tone.

With a handful of some of SoCal’s best vendors on board – Sweet Emilia JaneThe Little Branch + J Wiley Photography – it’s no surprise that their wedding turned out so beautifully. The perfect way to sail into the weekend, we think…

elegant rose bouquet

gold decal glasses

two piece wedding dress

One of our personal fave details from the day was Cady’s amazing two-piece dress by Carol Hannah. Many more photos of that beauty to come…

something blue dress embroidery

bride in tub

groom in tan suit

elegant rose bouquet

pastel bridal party

Although there was no official wedding party, many of Cady’s friends chose to wear muted pastel dresses and served as her “unofficial” bridesmaids. Love it!

Saddlerock Rock wedding

Saddlerock Rock wedding

Saddlerock Rock wedding

Saddlerock Rock wedding

toms wedding shoes

Carol Hannah wedding dress

The whole day was pretty spectacular and its hard to pick just ONE moment. All the minutes we were able to steal alone were amazing, but also every moment on the dance floor with our family and friends. Walking back up the aisle after the ceremony was pretty surreal and special. The ceremony itself was incredibly meaningful to both of us because our Aunt (Episcopalian minister) and Uncle (English Teacher) conducted it. We worked closely with them on the readings and flow, but it meant so much more to become officially married by two people we love so much.

Saddlerock Rock wedding

Saddlerock Rock ceremony

Saddlerock Rock ceremony

Saddlerock Rock ceremony

Saddlerock Rock ceremony

Processional: Ode to Joy – Beethoven

Recessional: Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley

First Dance: Fire – Bruce Springsteen

Saddlerock Rock ceremony

Saddlerock Rock ceremony

california chalkboard drink sign

Malibu reception view

gold chargers

There were lots of super pretty touches of gold infused into the reception setting, as well as tiny golden dinosaur figurines hidden throughout for a whimsical touch!

chandelier lighting

chandelier lighting

sweetheart table

wood slice favors

gold painted dinos

wood slice favors

C + P handmade individual placecards with each guest’s name from old end-posts from Cady’s father’s vineyard in Sonoma. The perfect DIY project and personal touch!

dahlia centerpiece

elegant reception

first dance

Hire someone to manage the day-of so that you can enjoy everything and worry about nothing! Relax. Don't worry about the small stuff because no one is going to remember if the napkins didn't match the tablecloths. Spend your time focusing on the things that will make the experience itself amazing. For us, that was the band and the booze. Our band (The Class) was spectacular and learned our first dance song and our Bartender (Red Clay Industries) mixed custom cocktails that we were able to name ourselves - we named all of our drinks after Keanu Reeves movies, because his laid-back, care-free attitude is exactly how we wanted our day to feel.

photography: J Wiley Photography // venue: Malibu, California // planning + design: Sweet Emilia Jane // florals: The Little Branch // band: The Class // design + lighting: A Rental Connection // cake + sweets: Cake & Art // hair + makeup: Lauren Bracco // dress: Carol Hannah from Lovely Bride // suit: J.Crew // shoes: TOMS // tie: The Tie Bar // rings: Vintage 1920’s, National Geographic // handmade wooden placecards: old end-posts on the bride’s fathers vineyard in Sonoma // paper goods: Devon Worthington Home // bartending: Red Clay

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryJ. Crew and The Little Branch are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Modern Woodland Wedding Elopement: Candice + Bradley

Modern woodland elopement

What started out as a fun, unique winter styled shoot quickly became a real-life magical elopement for Candice + Bradley, sweethearts since high school who have been engaged for three years. Since they hadn’t yet pinned down a date to make it official, they jumped at the chance to exchange their vows in the stunning setting Unveiled Design Events + Teacup Floral dreamt up and created. The photographer behind these lovely images, Christina from J. Christina Photography, describes the scene so beautifully: Black, white, greens, and golds turned this secret wooded pathway into a stunning altar backdrop. Our inspiration for this editorial shoot was a sweet Southern plantation, tall pine trees, and cozy black velvet. The energy shifted from a fun styled shoot to excited anticipation to be apart of a real love story unfolding before us. It was sweet, tender and perfectly intimate …. as ideal as an elopement ought to be.

We’re so glad that Candice + Bradley got to take advantage of the team’s hard work!

flower filled dresser

Modern woodland elopement

Modern woodland elopement

How much do you love Candice’s stunning black dress?! It’s actually a skirt and top! Love it. The skirt is from Bella Lucia Boutique and the top is from The Limited. The outfit is a perfect fit for C’s avänt ɡärd style.

Modern woodland elopement

Modern woodland elopement

Modern woodland elopement

Modern woodland elopement

Modern woodland elopement

gold leaf heels

Talk about a statement shoe! Lovin’ those Giuseppe Zanottis!

whimsical dark bouquet

Modern woodland elopement

statement necklace

Modern woodland elopement

garland on chairs

Teacup Floral really brought to life the inspiration for a modern-woodland affair. The rich textures + darker hued ingredients made for such an elegantly dramatic look.

Modern woodland elopement

black flower cake

hot chocolate bar

Julianne says, A hot drink station brought in some fun winter elements while Amanda Day Rose designed beautiful green and white stationery to complete this unique fete.

Modern woodland elopement

leather jacket bride

black tulle wedding dress

Gotta love a gal who can rock a motorcycle jacket on her big day!

black tulle wedding dress

Modern woodland elopement

sparkler exit

Don’t miss the film below by JerFilm Productions:

We love that these two finally made it official…and with so much style, too! Congrats to the happy couple + thanks to the talented team below for sharing!

photography: J. Christina Photography // venue: Woodlake Country Club Vass, North Carolina // planning + design: Unveiled Design Events // florals: Teacup Floral // tulle skirt: Bella Lucia Boutique // getaway dress: Blush Bridal // shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti // groom’s attire: Antonio Carlan Fashions // rentals: Streets Of London Antiques // videography: JerFilm Productions // invitations: Amanda Day Rose // cake: Ambrosia Cake Creations // accessories: Bella Lucia Boutique // officiant: Bill Rose Wedding Minister // hair + makeup: Avenue 42 Style Studio // music: violinist Kate Hall

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