Hope everyone’s Monday-before-Thanksgivings are going swimmingly so far. Perhaps you can come up for air for a moment to see what’s inspiring us today. And if you loved the sweet simplicity of last week’s pink wedding inspiration post, you’ll definitely want to book mark this one. Just like in that feature, the team here wanted to put a soft, feminine twist on those vibrant fall colors we’ve all been pining for. For these portraits, Jessica Kay Photography + florist Amanda Luu went with an earthy color palette and wild, foraged flowers to complement the bridal look.
That bouquet! Not to mention the elegant garden setting that is the Inn at Park Winters in Northern California.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.