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…
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.
Loretta’s bouquet recipe: cherry brandy coral rose, Queen Anne’s lace, alstromeria, lysimachia, grasses, and seeded eucalyptus.
That’s some Pinterest hair right there, if we’ve ever seen it.
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.
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
Once you see this view, it isn’t too tough to see why Jen + Bill decided to wake at 4:30 am, grab their pup and a cozy blanket, and head up to Twin Peaks to rise with the sun. Photog Evangeline Lane had been dreaming this one up for awhile—a beautiful sunrise shoot high above the San Francisco lights—and knew it would be just the thing to celebrate the two.
Just a dream… Before they fell in love, Bill + Jen had met before, but the timing wasn’t quite right. Fast-forward two years, when Jen had a dream about Bill and decided to send him a message about it… and as they say, the rest is history!
They didn’t stop for hair, makeup, or much styling, which only added to this intimate, quiet setting and take-your-breath-away scene. Jen says, It was all really just about the sleepy city below us waking up, the beautiful sunrise, nature, and being in love.
Evangeline’s take: We casually wandered around and climbed up one of the peaks to take advantage of the ever-changing colors from the rising of the sun.
Jen + Bill were so happy to get to know Evangeline for this shoot, so they would feel more comfortable when she photographed the wedding. Jen says, We bonded during the engagement shoot which made everything so much easier on our wedding day. We felt so relaxed and just knew that she would capture all of the awesome moments of our special day.
So perfect, Evangeline!
Photography: Evangeline Lane / Dress: Vintage / Jen’s Boots: Seychelles / Bill’s Flannel: Pendelton
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…
After a tough search for the dress, this romantic Rivini gown was worth the splurge.
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.
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.
L + D celebrated both cultures with cake + baklava for dessert.
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