27 Jun

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

When two architects like Loretta + Derek get married, it’s only natural that their wedding is full of clean lines, inspiring design, and amazing venue choices. (Their reception space was actually a functioning furniture showroom, never before used for an event!) These two lovebirds prefer a modern and minimalist aesthetic, which paired perfectly with traditional Chinese elements and pops of red. Thanks to Lucida Photography for capturing it for us all to see…

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Loretta says, Our wedding invites were our biggest DIY project. We made all the envelopes and cards ourselves, hand-folded and hand-sealed with a custom-crafted Chinese double happiness symbol.

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Loretta’s bouquet recipe: cherry brandy coral rose, Queen Anne’s lace, alstromeria, lysimachia, grasses, and seeded eucalyptus.

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

That’s some Pinterest hair right there, if we’ve ever seen it.

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

We chose to use beautiful long wood tables to avoid tablecloths and wood chairs to avoid chair covers. We wanted the greenery on the tables to be a little raw and unfussy.

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Modern Chinese wedding | Photo by Lucida Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72510

Congrats L + D!

Photographer: Lucida Photography / Ceremony Venue: UBC Boathouse in Richmond, BC / Reception Venue: Private location / Event Planning & Design: Aurora Buchanan from Alicia Keats Wedding + Events & the couple / Hair & Makeup: Margaret Lai / Florist: Delovely Creative / Invitation Designer: Bride & groom / Cake: Sweet Thea / Catering: Savoury Chef / Rentals: Delovely Creative / Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals from Novelle Bridal Shop in Edmonton, AB / Shoes: Brown’s Couture / Veil: Toni Federici from Bisou Bridal in Vancouver, BC / Groom’s Suit: Givenchy / Shoes: Mr. Hare / Tie: Alexander McQueen / Wedding Rings: Carla Caruso / Flower Girl Dresses: David’s Bridal

 
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26 Jun

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

DC residents Lauren + Darden combined a vintage aesthetic with traditional Albanian heritage for their destination wedding. Add in a little Florida flair and you’ve got yourself this garden beauty. Wedding planner Nicole Kaney brought it all together, and Hunter Ryan Photo got the deets on camera…

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Something sparkly…

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

After a tough search for the dress, this romantic Rivini gown was worth the splurge.

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

They were so happy to have Darden’s fam fly in from Kosovo. Lauren says, The whole ceremony was translated into Albanian by Dardan’s brother, including ee cummings poems. He did a great job! I found out that I’d have to recite all of the vows in Albanian right before walking down the aisle. Talk about nerve-racking! The best part was that we got two first kisses, first when we were pronounced married in English and then again in Albanian.

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

For the reception, Lauren wore a 100-year old Albanian gown that has survived several wars, and has been passed throughout the women of the family. Everyone participated in a traditional circle dance too.

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

L + D celebrated both cultures with cake + baklava for dessert.

Romantic garden Florida wedding | Photo by Hunter Ryan Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=74803

Coffee shop romance: Dardan and I met at Starbucks in Gainesville, FL where we were both attending University of Florida. Since final exams were going on, there were no seats but at the bar, so we ended up sitting next to each other and started to talk. I didn’t do as well on my final, but I did get a husband!

Congrats Lauren + Darden!

Photographer: Tiffany Tolmen of Hunter Ryan Photo / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Selby Gardens / Event Planner: Nicole Kaney of NK Productions / Florist: Flowers by Fudgie / Invitation Designer: Jessica Belvedere of 5 Thirteen Designs / Cake & Catering: Fete / DJ: Fitz Otis / Officiant: Grace Felice / Lighting Rentals: Affairs in the Air /  Bride’s Dress: Rivini from Betsy Robinson Bridal / Bride’s Reception Dress: Albanian Dress from Groom’s Mother / Shoes: Menbur / Hairpiece: Betsy Robinson Bridal / Pin: Vintage Family Heirloom / Groom’s Suit: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s shoes: Cole Haan / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Group / Flower Girl Dress: Target

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