Sal + Andrea’s Romantic Occidental College Wedding…

Sometimes a photographer’s images are so beautiful and evocative that they practically transport you right to the moment they were taken. That’s what the awesome Lydia Messenger’s photos of Sal + Andrea’s romantic Occidental College wedding do for me. Simple, sincere, and stunning are the words that come to mind when describing this wedding. There are details, but they are thoughtful and minimal. The true focus is the couple and the celebration of their love. Just how it should be!

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Venue: Occidental College

Photographer: Lydia Messenger Photography 

Flowers: Downtown LA Flower Market

Hair + Makeup: Pinup Girl Boutique

Cake: Portos Bakery

Bride’s Dress: Mori Lee

Groom’s Suit: Givenchy



Romantic + Modern Nut Farm Wedding…

Erica + Shaler’s wedding was held at a nut farm just outside of San Diego, and simply put- it was perfect! I love how effortless and laid back the vibe was while still managing to be beautiful and stylish. From the stunning organically styled bouquets, to Erica’s lush floral crown, to the wooden reception details, to the buttercream cake adorned with succulents, it was all just lovely! Big thanks to Mike from Studio 7 Photography for sending this gem over. 


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Venue: Bates Nut Farm 
Photographer: Studio 7 Photography 
Flowers: Third Bloom
Catering/Food Truck: Urban Eats 
DJ: Dancing DJ Productions 
Cake: Cute Cakes 


Josh + Katie’s Wedding by the River…

Oooh, this wedding! I am crazy in love with this beautiful wedding, captured perfectly by Abi Q Photography!  You may remember Josh + Katie from their engagement session, which has to be one of my favorites of all time. I’ve been looking forward to seeing their wedding ever since then, and it did not disappoint. It was simple, yet stunning with the most amazing bouquets, and Katie has to be one of the most gorgeous brides I’ve ever seen. Absolutely effortless and breathtaking!


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Photographer: Abi Q Photography
Venue: A friend’s yard overlooking the river
Flowers: Micha Jarvis
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal 
Groom’s Suit: Perry Ellis
Hair Stylist: Heather Small


Classic + Intimate New Zealand Wedding…

I am absolutely, positively in L-O-V-E with Andrew + Holly’s stunning wedding, sent over by Laurette Quax from Shine Studios! I adore all different types of weddings, but the ones that always pull on my heartstrings the most are classic weddings with beautiful flowers and personal details. This one hit the nail on the head! And how amazing is the location? I need to get to New Zealand ASAP!


Here’s a little more from the lovely bride, Holly:


“Andrew and I met in a nightclub in Auckland NZ, it was strange how it happened I was always that girl that swore that you never meet nice guys in bars. My friend and I were out for her 25th birthday – I wasn’t drinking at the time as I worked for an airline and had a flight the following day, she on the other hand was very drunk and in a depressive mood as she thought 25 was old and she was over the hill -haha. A couple of guys started talking to us and she was so drunk that she started being inappropriately rude to them. I apologized on her behalf, the guy that was talking to me (Andrew) was undeterred by her and we continued our conversation. It got to a point where I felt I had better take her home, he asked for my number, my friend was struggling to navigate the stairs and he was such a gentleman taking her by the arm and helping her down even though she had been so rude that was definitely the clincher that made me realize that he was one of the rare ‘nice guys’. Our friend now laughs about that night. We had our first date in the following weeks at a local tapa’s bar, he picked me up from home, the conversation flowed easily – and still does even today 5 years later.”


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“Finding my dress was really special, its not often that my mother and I have the opportunity to go shopping together especially joined by my grandma and sister. I was anxious but also excited, I knew once I found my dress that I would have trouble keeping it a secret from my fiancé as we share everything. It was so fun going through the racks of gorgeous gowns and I loved getting lost amongst the taffeta and lace. My wedding dress was a sweetheart ivory lace fit and flare. I ordered custom made earrings and hair slide from America. The shoes were ivory satin with a jeweled bow on the front.”


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“We chose blush peonies and ‘something special’ roses. Peonies always seem to romantic to me and I loved the muted tones of them and the roses together. We also had our tables and the alter scattered with jars of varying heights with a mixture of wild flowers and roses.”


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“We got married at The Tasting Shed in Kumeu, Aucklands wine region. Its not a traditional wedding venue but we loved the relaxed rustic elements. That kept with the feel that we wanted for our big day keeping in with our personal style. We connected so well with the owners Jo and Raj, they made our whole day flow incredibly well and were really attentive to the small touches that we wanted. We had just arrived back from Dubai and wanted our wedding to be a collection of the people that meant the most to us that kept our guest list and wedding to be an intimate affair with 35 of our closest friends and family. The tight knit group coupled with the bad weather, really formed an casual but intimate atmosphere.”


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“Our cake was definitely on the untraditional side, it was a 3 tiered red velvet rosette cake in bright graduated colors. Our guests mentioned it was the best wedding cake they had ever had. The team at Bluebells Cakery in hillsborough were a pleasure to deal with.”


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“The most memorable part of the day for me was when we had a break in the weather the sun had just set, and the lanterns that we had put up were turned on. We went outside and had our first dance on the dewey grass under the stars to Joshua Radin – You got what I need. It was every bit the romantic first dance that I had imagined.”





Some advice from Holly:


“Relax, dont let anything ruin your day, late guests, the weather or dress disasters (long lasting make up spilt on my dress right before I was due to get in the car) eye make up remover worked a treat. Its once in your life time – be present in every single second.”







Photographer: Lauretta Quax from Shine Studios 
Venue: The Tasting Shed 
Flowers: Emily from Blossom Wedding Flowers
Cake: Bluebells Cakery 
Bride’s Dress: Astra Bridal 
Groom’s Attire: Custom made in Dubai, altered by Vinnie at Sabe 
Hair: Jo Plant at Exile Hair Design 
Makeup: Amber Carroll 
Rings: Groom’s ring custom made at Carats Auckland  + Bride’s rings custom made in Dubai.


Vintage Words + Text Wedding…

Emily + Randy were married this past Fall in Nevada City, CA. They chose a foundry built in the 1800s as their venue, and it was the perfect fit for the homespun vintage feel they wanted. The recurring theme throughout the wedding was vintage words and text. It was used in everything from the huge monogram of their initials displayed right when guests entered the building, to the paper roses used on the reception tables and as the cake topper.


Their fantastic photographer, Emily Heizer, shared a fun moment from the day: While they were taking photos on the street, Emily and Randy started playing guitar. When they began to play ‘Come as You Are’ by Nirvana, passerbys burst into applause. Awesome! Such a fun memory for them, and since Nirvana is probably my favorite band of all time, I fully appreciate it:)






Photographer: Emily Heizer Photography
Venue: Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center 


Lauren + UiJin’s Laid-Back Lake Wedding…

I absolutely love this laid-back affair on a Tennessee lake! Lauren + UiJin didn’t want to wait long to wed, so rather than planning a huge elaborate wedding, they planned an intimate celebration of their love and commitment at a friend’s lovely lake home. They even walked each other down the aisle and exchanged vows with champagne in hand! UiJin’s adorable daughter was the flower girl. What a great example of a wedding that is a true reflection of the couple. Remember people, there are no rules! Make your wedding unique to you and your partner. Big thanks to JameyKay Young Photography for sending this sweet wedding over!


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Photographer: JameyKay Young Photography

Venue: A friend’s lake house on Watuaga Lake

Florist: Sherri Furman

Dress:  Did Someone Say Party? in Boone, NC

Band: Naked Gods

Catering: Friends/Employees/Family of Espresso News, UiJin’s coffee shop


Ryan + Danielle’s Handmade Fresno Wedding…

Remember yesterday when I promised you a beautiful wedding to follow up that stunning lake engagement session by iDrop Photo? Well today I’m delivering on that promise!


Ryan + Danielle created a lovely wedding that was almost entirely handmade by the couple and their friends and family- including all the beer at the reception! I adore the laid back vibe of the day, and the soft neutral tones paired with classic black and subtle pops of pastel. Check it out!


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Photographer: iDrop Photo

Venue: Fresno County Sportsmen’s Club