24 Nov

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

You guys, we’re all smiles after hearing the deets from today’s Pasadena wedding. From how these two met to how they chose their vendors, the stars aligned for an elegant, intimate wedding with sunny SoCal vibes.

Thanks to M.K. Sadler for the photos! Here’s what our bride has to say about her work:

Her photographs are timeless. That, to me, is the mark of a great photographer. These images would have been beautiful 100 years ago and they’ll be beautiful 100 years from now. It sounds strange, but I could see myself looking through these photos forty years down the line and them having the power to evoke as much feeling then as I felt on my wedding day… If this weren’t dreamy enough, Meghan also has the kind of presence that is so incredibly easy, inconspicuous, and nonintrusive to an anxious bride. That alone was priceless. I just consider myself extremely lucky to have crossed her path in the right time and place.

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elaine’s engagement ring is a vintage 19th century pearl + diamond beauty. Such a perfect fit with her silk tulle + pearl beaded BHLDN gown, right?

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

With a 30k budget and costs adding up, their biggest savings came from choosing a venue already decked out with a design + décor they loved.

Elaine tells it, The Boddy House was a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor space, incorporating Drew’s love of nature and mine of architecture and décor. What sealed the deal for me was the interior of the house—with its Hollywood Regency Style décor, black and white marble dance floor, and vintage wallpaper—I was thrilled that guests would be able to meander through the house during cocktails to take it all in.

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

After lots of stress, Elaine ended up finding a new hairstylist last minute + doing her makeup herself. Like we said, the stars aligned and she looks beautiful!

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Sweet side note: They surprised their guests with a performance of “Happy” to open the dance floor. Since Drew has kids from another marriage, they wanted to do something fun together as a new family— and his daughter Joya even did the choreography.

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Elegant Pasadena wedding | Photo by MK Sadler Photography | Read more -  http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82262

Drew’s a blogger, and Elaine had been a longtime reader when she decided to write him. When their florist, Billy of Primary Petals, heard their story, he knew he just had to film it for his new company, IV Films. See it below:

Congrats you two!

Photographer: M.K. Sadler / Videographer: IV Films / Venue: The Boddy House at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge / Hair: Kelly Stuebe of Inspire Salon / Florist: Primary Petals / Invitations: Simply Letterpressed / Calligraphy: Lisa Holtzman Calligraphy / Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop / Catering: Patina Catering / Rentals: Dolphin Event Rentals / Silhouette Artist: Silhouettes by Candice / Jazz Quartet: LA Jazz Bands / DJ: Vincent Graves / Bride’s Dress: Catherine Deane for BHLDN / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Veil: Twigs and Honey / Engagement Ring: Vintage from Lang Antiques & Estate Jewelry / Lip Cream: Bite Beauty in “Port” / Parasol from Bella Umbrella / Shoes: Stacy Adams / Tie Tack: The Tie Bar / Maid of Honor: Alice + Olivia / Shoes: George J. Love / Flower Girl: Mae Li Rose

 
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21 Nov

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Alicia + Henry have the cutest love story: They both lived + worked in downtown LA and after meeting once, they began to run into each other all around town. They’d notice each other from across the street, on an escalator, you name it, and finally Henry asked Alicia out for dessert one night. Three years later he proposed (at a picnic in Italy, no less!). So it’s not too hard to see why they went with DTLA for their wedding spot.

Thanks to Lukas and Suzy VanDyke for sharing these photos!

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

How gorg is Alicia’s dress? She designed it with dress designer + maker Tashina Hunter, who creates custom gowns from recycled materials. It has a hand-cut and stitched vintage lace bodice + light crushed silk chiffon skirt.

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Marvimon House is one of those rare venues with a perfect spread of décor already folded in, so they played off those details to create a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere for their 165 guests to enjoy.

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

The bride’s bouquet recipe: garden roses, sage greens, ranunculus, sweet peas, lavender astrantia

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Florist The Little Branch whipped up these crowns for the flower girls.

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Rustic Marvimon House wedding | Photo by Lukas and Suzy VanDyke | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=82228

Henry and I are both Chinese and we wanted to somehow pay homage to our traditions. So rather than doing the traditional parental hug, or a unity candle, we had a short bowing ceremony during the vows to show respect for both our parents… Our decision to do away with various traditions allowed us to spend a lot of time together during the actual day. I’ll never forget peeking out from our secret room together and watching our guests arrive. We were so excited and felt like we were the hosts of a big party. At that moment I knew we accomplished our mission for the wedding: we went in wanting the wedding to be less about us, but more about our family and our friends; after all, their support was what led us to each other. 

So sweet. Congratulations!

Photographer: Lukas and Suzy VanDyke / Venue & Rentals: Marvimon House / Event Planner: Brooke Avishay of Orange Blossom Special Events / Florist: The Little Branch / Hair & Makeup: Kelly Zhang Artistry / Invitation Designer: Christy Heng of Orange Blossom Special Events / Printing: Copper Willow / Cake: Cakes by Rumy / Catering: Huntington Catering Company / Bride’s Dress: Designed by bride with Tashina Hunter / Veil: BHLDN / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Vintage Earrings: Groom’s Grandmother / Vintage Bracelets: Bride’s Grandmother / Engagement & Wedding Rings: Mozaffarian Jewelers / Groom’s Suit & Shirt: Custom by Indochino / Shoes: Grenson Noble / Watch: Gift from Bride’s Father / Flower Girls: Gap Kids & Crewcuts / Floral Headpieces: The Little Branch / Ring Bearers: Crewcuts

 
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21 Nov

 

 

Do you guys all have one of our fall garlands on display in your humble abodes this month? The natural next step in festive seasonal décor would be a unique holiday wreath, then. Click through the slideshow at right for our fave wreaths in every style out there. #4 is pretty genius, don’t you think?

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