February 12, 2014

“A fun-loving, gorgeous couple + a Malibu destination wedding – You absolutely cannot go wrong with that combination! When Ryan and Audra asked me to shoot their wedding, I knew it was going to be a great time. Not only was this wedding completely stunning down to every last detail, it was also extremely genuine. Ryan and Audra have such a sincere love for one another, you could just feel it in the air. I walked away from this wedding very inspired!” – Tony Gambino Photography


“Oh gosh, this is a tough one! Not to sound too cliché, but everything was my favorite! But to try and pin point one thing – it would probably have to be the moment when my dad escorted me to the front door of The Sunset Restaurant, the doors opened, and I look up to see my very handsome groom for the first time! His lip started quivering and that’s when I lost it. The whole way down the aisle I held on to my dad as tight as I could and didn’t stop looking into Ryan’s eyes. It was the most incredible feeling ever. Words can’t describe that moment from when I walked out with my dad, down the aisle to be greeted by my groom. It was amazing…


..We actually DIY-ed a lot of our wedding. To list everything that was DIY- our beach sign for the ceremony, all of the centerpieces, our entire sign in table – from our chalkboard Instagram sign, to our name tents, to our sign in map of where we should travel throughout our marriage, the entire candy bar (which was a HUGE hit), and the chinese lanterns that hung on the patio for the reception. I absolutely loved having most of our wedding day be DIY. It added such a special touch and was just everything we had wanted and what we had envisioned. I would recommend to anyone to try and add in anything DIY as possible. It just makes everything more personal and exactly what/how you want it. It was very meaningful to us.


..I kind of had forgot about the old, new, borrowed, blue things until my sister reminded me. I didn’t end up having a something old. My something borrowed were my earrings that I wore-they were the same earrings that my sister wore on her wedding day. My something new was my pearl bracelet. And my something blue, thanks to our DJ, was a CD case that he had given to me that our playlist for our reception was in.


..Have fun with it! It goes by SO incredibly quick. Don’t stress. You don’t want to have any regrets or look back and wish you would’ve done something differently. So do it your way. Do what you want to do and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Ask for help because you can’t do it all by yourself. But definitely enjoy it! It’s such an amazing time that you will never forget, so remember to breath and just enjoy it. It only happens once!” – Audra, the bride


photography: Tony Gambino Photography // venue: The Sunset Restaurant, Malibu CA // event planner: Julia Bogan from Small Wonders Event Production and Design // shoes: Aldo Shoes // ceremony set up: Marcia from McCann Florist // flowers: Chantal Dodson of Garden Florist // dress: Martina Liana // grooms attire: coat: Forever 21, shirt: Express, pants: JC Penny // groomsmen: JC Penny // bridesmaids: Modcloth.com // DJ: Steve Martinez of Mindscape Entertainment // cake: Vanilla Bake Shop // videographer: Joel Kirkendall from 7th Stone Media // invitations: Lace & Lemon

January 29, 2014

“Samantha + Sean met the night before Sean left on a 3 month trip to Europe ~ at his going away party to be exact. They hit it off and talked all night long… and ended up having breakfast the next morning before his flight. They had such a strong connection from that moment on. At some point during his trip Sean decided that Samantha was going to be his wife one day and a few years later in Hawaii, that dream came true. I loved hearing their fairytale and had an amazing time photographing them!” – Rachel Robertson Photography


“There are too many favorite memories to list them all, but here are two:

We decided to write our own vows, in addition to exchanging traditional vows, because we felt it was important to share our love in a more personal way in front of our families and friends. We did not share our vows with each other before the big day, and as we read them to each other, it became very clear that we were meant to be. They were so similar it was kind of funny, but at the same time, showed our love was in sync.

Our second favorite memory has to do with our first dance. We had taken lessons for our first dance to make sure we had something fun planned to impress our guests, and when we got out there, we totally spaced on our steps. We improvised and danced and laughed and people thought we really knew what we were doing. Sean twirled me and dipped me like a pro, and although we didn’t stick to our routine, we pulled it off!


..Living in California, it was difficult to make items and bring them to Honolulu. Luckily, my mom is extremely crafty and wanted to help in any way she could. With the help of my extended family, my mom made the napkins, table runners, ring bearer shirt, pants and pillow, flower girl dress (the night before the wedding), folded 1001 cranes, printed and stuffed the table name picture frames, printed and assembled the program fans, organized all the tableware (plates, utensils, cups, etc.), and assembled the out of town guest bags. Sean and I coordinated the guest cards, personalized cornhole boards, and the guestbook photo album. In addition, my brother Scott made the card box, the Wedding sign (for guests to know where to turn in for the property), and the Mr. and Mrs. signs for the back of our chairs. The sand for the sand ceremony came from the Yellowstone river in Montana thanks to Sean’s parents and Waimanalo Beach in Hawaii thanks to mine…


..Yes! My gorgeous necklace and earrings were my something borrowed from the same wonderful woman who designed my engagement ring and wedding band. My something old was a handkerchief passed down to my Mother-in-law, from her mother. My something new was my pearl and rhinestone hair comb from Etsy, and my something blue, well; I wore that under my dress ;)


..My best advice for brides currently planning their wedding is to find vendors that fit their style, trust their instincts – hire good people to help you if you can because planning a wedding is overwhelming. Enjoy the process every step of the way. Also, it is important to do your research because you can find ways to save money and get creative. There are so many websites out there, especially look at sites like Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration. I know it sounds cheesy, but our wedding was exactly what Sean and I had hoped for. We wanted a venue that was intimate but also had the space we needed for all of our guests. We happened upon Loulu and were lucky enough to get the date we wanted. I had faith that everything would work out because I trusted all of the vendors we contracted with to make our day special. Did everything go exactly as planned? No, but in the end, everything worked out better than Sean and I could have ever imagined.” –  Samantha, the bride


Photography: Rachel Robertson Photography // venue: Loulu Palm Estate, North Shore, Oahu // coordinator: Karisa Ramolete Hayashi of Say I Do by Karisa // pastor: John Fuchigami // accommodations: Turtle Bay Resort // dress : Mary Me Bridal in Orange, CA // shoes: Vera Wang // bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhullier // groom: Kenneth Cole suit, Perry Ellis shirt and Clarks shoes // groomsmen: Tommy Bahama shirts and Dockers // invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // hair: Jo Vogelbacher // flowers: Su V Expressions // catering: Big G’s Catering // cake: Cake Garden // music: Kamuela Kahoano // hula: Kelsi Chan // transportation: TP Transportation // corn hole boards, table numbers, sand ceremony, escort cards, guest bags, programs and etc: DIY-ed by the Bride and her mother

January 8, 2014

We are beyond excited to share today’s post with you… because it’s The Not Wedding from Cape Cod! We had the pleasure of attending this amazing event back in November of 2013 and we hope that all the beachy brides out there are inspired!!! We sure are…

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If you are unfamiliar with The Not Wedding; it’s essentially a bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding. “Wedding Guests” are brides-to-be who enjoy an emotional ceremony, a tasty dinner and a dance-party reception while truly experiencing the wedding vendors in action!

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Yay!!! Do these gorgeous robes look familiar?? Yep – we made them!

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Isn’t her necklace to die for?!? All the jewelry is handmade by Argonauta Jewelry Designs.

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This table below was our favorite!!! Ohh… and the table itself was handmade by True North Events… isn’t it absolutely gorgeous! They make all types of custom farm tables for rent.

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That is our DIY Wedding Cake Plate below; isn’t it darling?!?

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The Tunnel of Love is where the guests get to meet all the talented vendors…

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Check out this wonderful highlight film of the event from Harborview Studios:


all the amazing photography above is by 3 talented vendors: Hike PhotographyOrganic Photography, and Shoreshotz Photography // venue + catering: Sea Crest Beach Hotel // floral design (Head Table & Tables 2,5,9,10,16,17,19,23): All About Flowers For Weddings // day-of coordination + event design (Head Table & Tables 4,6,11,13,14,20,21,24): Cape Cod Celebrations floral design (Head Table & Tables 3,7,8,12,15,18,22,25): Patrice R. Milley Floral Designs // gorgeous jewelry + accessories: Argonauta Jewelry Designs // ice cream favors: Ben & Jerry’s Catering // media partners: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce + WeddingsOnCapeCod.Com + WellWed // DJ & lighting: DJ Danny Walsh // floral design (Ceremony & Cocktail Hour): Designers Touch Florals // invitations + menus: Dulce Press // flip book favors: Flipchix // videography: Harborview Studios // harpist + vocalist: Katie Lynch Koglin // Invitations & Paper Accents: Lady Slipper Stationery // hair + makeup: Lisa George // live wedding painter: Neil Collins // invitations + ceremony programs: M. Smith & Company [msmithstationers@gmail.com] // hand painted signs: On Cape Time // rentals: Cocktail Hour & Tunnel of Love: Party Cape Cod, Reception Linens, Chairs & Square Tables: Rentals Unlimited, Rehearsal Dinner Event: Taylor Rental Party Plus, Farmer’s Tables & Boardwalk Aisle: True North Event Rentals // wine sponsors: Ferarri // registry: Shoreline Interiors // media partner + DIY elements (Cake Plate & Bridal Party Robes): Something Turquoise {Ideas for the DIY bride} // gowns: Sposabella Bridal // mens attire: The Cape Cod Tux // favors: The Chatham Jam & Jelly Shop // cake + dessert table: The Chocolate Rose Cake Shoppe & Bakery // candy table: The Perfect Table Cape Cod


Curious about the design of the day? At the beginning of every NotWedding event process, their creative director and guru on all things graphically gorgeous Ashley McHugh creates an inspiration board and distributes it to all the participating vendors; this board is all the vendors have to go off of for the event! All the Cape Cod vendors had the pleasure of working with the pastel-laden Parisian Whites board below. These soft hues where a perfect complement to the sand, sky and sea of the northeastern coastline, making for a sweet, almost wintery feel from the cakes to the centerpieces. **Of course it was our fav because of the turquoise!!!

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Inspiration Board Photos, clockwise: Elizabeth MessinaMarchesaCeci New YorkJose VillaLauren KinseyAshley Forrettefrom this featureKT Merry, flowers via ZsaZsa Bellagio

December 18, 2013

“Having seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding about a thousand times, when I finally had the opportunity to photograph an amazing Greek wedding, I jumped at the chance!  Even better this wedding was a destination Key Largo event so it combined both the traditional elements of a Greek wedding along with beautiful and natural mediums of an outdoor seaside ceremony. Pierre’s Restaurant was the perfect location choice and was filled with photo opportunities…


A destination wedding can sometimes be quite tricky as you don’t always have an opportunity to bond with your client in the same way that personal meetings leading up to the wedding offer. Getting to know Anastasia before the wedding was quite easy. She has this beautiful energy about her that translated into every wedding detail. Her thank you speech and some of her details focused around her very spiritual way of life and they were quite moving. Steve was just an all-around fun and easy going personality and it was clear that he was up for anything his beautiful bride wanted! I seriously loved the choice of flowers which just lit up the room and gave a formal space the feeling of spring comfort. It was a simply beautiful day filled with love and laughter and I was so honored to be a part of it.” –Tonya Laker, Palm Beach Photography, Inc.


“There are so many amazing memories from that day… the sight of my husband in a rarely-seen-on-him suit and clean shave, the feeling of my dream dress blowing in the wind, the sound of the ocean during an outdoor Greek Orthodox ceremony that almost wasn’t permitted to happen… but more than anything I will remember forever the feeling of having together in one place the most significant people in my life. I never anticipated how much love and support that I would feel on my wedding day – my heart felt like it was going to explode! 


..Never a fan of cliché centerpieces, I dreaded selecting a table design – until I found a picture of an outdoor family reunion decorated with casual wildflowers in random vases. I loved how fresh and candid it felt. So with less than a month until my wedding, I scoured dozens of consignment and thrift stores hand-picking vintage milk glass vases for the reception tables. At the same time, I collected props for a make-shift photo booth set up by one of our close friends, a hobby photographer…


..My advice for brides? Well, I definitely don’t recommend planning a wedding in 2 months like I did! For the longest time, I refused to set a date because I felt so much pressure about how, when and where to have my wedding and even who to invite. The reality is that, no matter how hard you try, you never will please everyone. When you feel overwhelmed – and you will – step back from the frenzy, remember that this day is about you and your husband, and try to enjoy the process. As for me, I didn’t send invitations; I called people personally to invite them to my wedding. And, I invited only those people who genuinely would support me on the most important day of my life. Call me crazy, but I have no regrets!” – Anastasia, the bride


photography: Palm Beach Photography, Inc. // videography: Cosmos Video // venue: Pierre’s Restaurant // dress: Boca Raton Bridal // hair: Salon Edge // musicians: Scott Marischen // cake: One Small Bite

December 18, 2013

Here at Something Turquoise, we are obsessed with destination weddings. Full of romance and the perfect way to escape the norm, who wouldn’t want to fly off to an exotic land to say ‘I do’? If you are looking for the ideal, luxurious location for your wedding getaway then you have to check out the brand new Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort!


Apple Vacations will gladly take care of all your wedding travel arrangements, legal requirements and will also put you in touch with an experienced wedding planner to coordinate the day of your dreams. Whether you are planning a small intimate affair or an enormous celebration, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort is up for the task! 


Secluded within the exclusive community of Puerto Los Cabos sits the newest Secrets Resort, Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort. Settled in front of the Sea of Cortez, guests can enjoy 500 spacious suites with finely-appointed amenities and Unlimited-Luxury® privileges, including 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bar and much more. 

The surrounding mountains, Baja desert and the Sea of Cortez offer guests of Secrets Puerto Los Cabos stunning views at every angle. Savor limitless gourmet dining and top-shelf spirits at eight restaurants and six bars and lounges, or spend a night out at participating nearby resorts with the Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience. Enjoy daily activities and live nightly entertainment, relax with a treatment at the Secrets Spa by Pevonia or hit the links at the only world-class composite golf course in the area located right next door. 


There is no more perfect location for a destination wedding or honeymoon in an adults-only setting than Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort – Secluded. Stunning. Splendor.
For more information please visit AppleVacations.com.