25 Apr

California Garden wedding | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Aside from being a 90% DIY wedding held at the stunning Secluded Garden Estate in Temecula, California, Alex + Emily wanted to host a wedding that was completely personal and would have guests commenting afterwards how much the wedding was “so them”. And that’s exactly what happened. By marrying (pun intended) and honoring their Chinese and Jewish traditions by having a tea ceremony, Hebrew vows, and the breaking of the glass, plus the help of lots of family & friends on deck, their wedding, captured fabulously by Rebecca of Birds of a Feather, was beautifully so them.

California Garden wedding | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

ivory Alencon lace over silk organza wedding dress | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Soft wedding makeup | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Michael Kors gold heels | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

J.Lindeberg grooms suit | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Paul Smith grooms shoes | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

California Garden wedding | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

California Garden wedding | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Aqua blue bridesmaid dresses | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

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ivory Alencon lace over silk organza wedding dress | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

1970's vintage wedding veil | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

California wedding invitations | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

California Garden wedding | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Yellow and white centerpiece  | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Yellow and white centerpiece  | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

For wedding favors, I located a local honey farm and bought mini jars of orange blossom honey, which was in season. Our friend/coordinator designed personalized stickers that said “Love Is Sweet” for them, and I bought fabric and ribbon to top them off and created cute little take-home gifts so guests could bring a taste of local California honey back to the wintry East Coast.

California Garden wedding | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Heirloom LA catering | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Heirloom LA catering | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Yellow and white centerpiece  | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

California Garden wedding | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

White wedding cake  | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Their music: We smashed a glass and walked down the aisle together to The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, and our first dance was Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”

California Garden wedding | Photos by Birds of a Feather | 100 Layer Cake

Photography: Rebecca of Birds of a Feather Photography / Venue: Secluded Garden Estate / Videography: Carolin von Petzholdt at Love Story Production / Event Planner: Sara Rabstenek / Hair & Makeup: Denise from Kelly Zhang Studio / Florist: Jolene de Hoog Harris at The Dutch Flower / Cake: BoCakes Bakery / Catering Heirloom LA / Invitation, menu, & program designer: Sara Rabstenek / Rentals: Premier Party & Tent Rentals / Invitation Letterpress: Traction Press / Bride’s Dress: Marisa from Panache Bridal Beverly Hills / Shoes: Michael Kors & Corso Como  / Veil: vintage from mother / Groom’s Suit: J. Lindeberg / Shoes: Paul Smith / Bridesmaid Dresses: Infinity Dresses from Etsy

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Comments

  1. The ceremony/cocktail hour area is AMAZING!
    What a great way to use old wndows.

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  2. California garden estate wedding: Alex + Emily http://t.co/sL1tQCb7Rc

  3. Such a pretty wedding from @brdsofafeather marrying the couple’s Chinese & Jewish traditions http://t.co/G3NMBQcjOC

  4. Beautiful! Loving the wedding photography. Inspirational.

  5. Such a beautiful wedding! The bridesmaids dresses and her wedding dress are gorgeous.

  6. The Garden was very aesthetic for choosing marriage locations by young couples. Their wedding dresses gives unique styles.

  7. Absolutely beautiful!! Love the last picture in B&W.

  8. Love all of the personal touches and the bistro lighting is gorgeous!

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  10. Amazing Pictures, everything looks in harmony and elegant, I love it.

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