April 16, 2014

“The first time I met William + Valeria, she said that they aren’t a photogenic couple… yeah right?! Their DIY wedding was held at the Woods Clubhouse near their home. It was beautiful and hot summer day but their gorgeous indoor venue kept everyone cool and they happily partied all night long.” – Aga Jones Photography

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“Our wedding day felt like a dream come true… so many wonderful moments it’s really hard to choose just one. However, if I have to choose one, my one favorite moment is walking down the aisle…. oh I was so nervous… I could not even look around to see everyone around me and then right before I got to the front – I looked up and saw my wonderful, handsome husband… we locked eyes… everything just felt right!

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..Yes! The entire wedding was definitely an effort put forth by my husband and I. We were a team, when it came up to selecting the vendors to the linens on the table to the cake stand. I would say about 85% was done by the both of us. We created the bar top,  the vintage bath, my husband set up the ceremony and I took care of all the flowers that you see!

I absolutely love flowers and for my special day I wanted something airy and simple, so I chose babies breath for all the centerpieces and bridesmaids’ boutiques and I chose ivory roses for mine. I made all the boutiques, including my own, boutonnieres as well as the centerpieces. I also created a one of a kind rosary that I wrapped as an overlay on my bouquet.

The both of us created most of the wedding details, which made our special day feel just that much more special. We created our own monogram that we used as accents throughout everything. We even created and assembled our own save the date and wedding invitations – with the help of Paper Source in La Jolla, CA; which is just amazing DIY store, it has walls of walls of different envelopes, paper and liners and all come in unique designs and sizes!

For the ceremony, we went to a fabric store and bought burlap as our aisle runner and spray painted our monogram to make it feel one of a kind. We used vintage crates to place flowers around us for our ceremony. For our wedding guest book, I wanted something non-traditional, so chose Jenga blocks and guests were able to sign and write something special. We wanted our ceremony to be intimate and reflect our love for one another, having been together for 8 years, finally tying the knot was an unforgettable moment in time, and what better way to express our love than writing our own vowels, which just made that moment feel so special…

For the reception decorations, we refurbished a vintage bath tub, that the alcohol was kept cold in, and created our own bar top and used wine barrels that we found in my husbands dads backyard. We had signature drinks and vintage mason jars that had a chalkboard stickers on them so guests could write their name and take as a favor. My husband so incredible as he is, surprised me with a tiered cupcake stand that he made and engraved our monogram and this beautiful quote “How sweet is a kiss of loves beginning.” It was the perfect touch of a one of a kind piece and his commitment to making the wedding day so special!!!

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My something old was my tiara… the last time I wore it I was fifteen! My something new was my dress. My something blue was my garter that my maid of honor made for me. 

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Well, coming from my husband he said the best part was planning everything and working as a team. 

The process in itself is memorable, being a team and choosing every piece together really makes the day that much more special. I don’t think I could have done it by myself, I needed a partner and why not choose your life long partner. It was great because we did exactly what we wanted to do.” – Valeria, the bride

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photography: Aga Jones Photography // venue: The Woods Club House // wedding coordination: Brittany Blain Events // dress: Prevue Formal & Bridal // bridesmaid dresses: Forever 21 // men’s attire: Macy’s // cake: The Cupcake Store // catering: San Diego Paella // rentals: Platinum Party Rentals 

April 2, 2014

“It might have been the hottest day of the year, but that did not stop Bryn and Mark from having a beautiful outdoor wedding at the Kern County Museum. I loved everything about their wedding, from the grey suits to the beautiful flowers by House of Flowers. Bryn has been a friend of mine for most of my life and it was just so special to be able to photograph her and Mark’s lovely wedding day.” – Ashley dePencier Photography

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“It’s so hard to pick just one! The whole day was AMAZING! But if I had to pick, I would pick two. The first one would be seeing my husband and his reaction as I was walking down the aisle. We decided to go the traditional route and not see each other on our wedding day until I was walking down the aisle. Nothing is better than seeing your grooms expression the first time he sees you. The second one would be the reveal I did with my dad. I didn’t see him the whole day until an hour before the wedding when I was all ready. We cleared the bridesmaids out of the room we were getting ready in and had my dad come in. It was very emotional ( it helped me get all the “ugly” crying out so I wouldn’t be a mess walking down the aisle ha) and so nice to have that special moment alone with my dad. It’s a memory I will cherish forever…

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..Yes! My uncle made the arbor that we used over our head table to hang chandeliers on. We did our own wedding favors by filling little coffee bags and tied them with a little thank you note. We also made signs directing people to where our wedding ceremony and reception were…

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..Enjoy the process and your engagement, it goes by so fast! Also, don’t stress the little things! If something doesn’t go the way you hoped or wanted, you are going to be the only one who knows. The guests will have no idea, and they won’t care. :)” – Bryn, the bride

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Photography and Invitations: Ashley DePencier Photography // Venue: Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, CA // Wedding dress: Liancarlo, ‘Style 5830′: Mon Amie // Mismatched Bridesmaid dresses: Ann Taylor // Grooms and Groomsmen Tuxedos: BLACK by Vera Wang in Gray Slim Fit Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse // Coordinator: SHE (Shannon Hough Events) // Flowers: House of Flowers // Cake: Courtney Ghilarducci // DJ: Let the Music Play – Bino’s Entertainment // Rentals/Decorations: A Berry in The Wild

March 3, 2014

“David + Brittany’s gorgeous winter wedding was an absolute joy to photograph! The white, greens, and gray that they chose for their wedding gave it a clean and classic look. We utilized the ISU campus where they met for their beautiful portraits. David + Brittany chose to do a first look before the wedding which was absolutely precious. He stood in the frigid wind patiently waiting for her arrival. The moment he saw her his smile radiated joy. Their whole day played out perfectly, with abundance of time for them to just soak in each other’s love, as well as the love from their family and friends.” – Everlasting Love Photography

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“My favorite wedding day memory was when David and I did our first look and the time we got to spend together while taking pictures. It was relaxing to be away from the chaos and we were not stressed about anything. We ended up having more time together than we had planned which made the rest of the day go smoothly as well…

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..Yes. My mom was able to use her creativity to help make the invitations, my hairpiece and jewelry, bridesmaids jewelry, centerpieces, all floral bouquets/boutonnieres, and decorations. I think that by doing it yourself you can create a unique and personal wedding as well as save money. Also, if you have friends or family who love being creative don’t be scared to ask them for help!

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Old: The hairpiece of the green leaf I wore was my Great Grandmothers
New: My dress!
Borrowed: I don’t think I borrowed anything
Blue: My garter 

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..I would tell brides who are planning, to remember that although it is “their wedding,” there are tons of people helping with time, money, ideas, etc. That being said, sometimes things get planned or ideas get changed and “your wedding” starts to look different that how you envisioned it. This is easy to get worked up about but remember that the people helping you are the people you love the most, and you couldn’t pull it off without them. I had to learn how to go with the flow – which is not my natural tendency – and let go of some things. In the end everything turned out so much better than it had if I had tried to do everything myself and I was glad I was open to other’s ideas.” – Brittany, the bride

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photography: Everlasting Love Photography // church: First Baptist Church of Ames // venue: Iowa State Union // catering + cake: Iowa State Catering // dress: Pure Bridal // bridesmaid dresses: ModCloth // mens attire: Men’s Warehouse // hair + makeup: Studio7 Salon and Spa // flowers: HyVee, DIY by brides family // invitations, centerpieces, jewelry, flowers, hair piece, card box: all DIY-ed by the bride and her family

February 24, 2014

“It’s such a cliché to hear how much in love a Bride and Groom were on their wedding day, but Tiffany and Minh really were! I can’t even put into words the amount of love you could see between them on their special day and throughout the planning process. It was a true privilege to be able to help them. This couple is honestly one of the sweetest and most caring couples I have ever worked with. They chose to go with simple and playful décor for their wedding day, and it turned out perfectly. We selected a color palette based on shades of turquoise, aqua and teal with an accent of pink and touches of chevron print. This clean cut design was perfect for a Southern California summer wedding. Tiffany’s girls wore dresses in shades of turquoise and teal that rounded out the entire color scheme. There were small DIY touches that the bride put into her special day that took the decor to a whole new level. To Tiffany and Minh ~ I wish you the happiest and longest of all marriages!” Love, Ngoc Nguyen Lay of Skybox Event Productions

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“The day from beginning to end was so incredible, but one that is particularly special would be our first dance. It was right after we said our vows and was the first moment of starting our life together as husband and wife. Being in the center of the room, seeing everything come together for the first time after months and months of planning, while also being surrounded by our family and friends who have loved and supported us throughout our lives will be something we will always remember…

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..Yes! DIY-ing certain elements allowed us to create a custom and cohesive look throughout our wedding.  Our first project was customizing our wedding website which established the chevron design we incorporated throughout our other projects. We designed and printed our own save the dates, invitations, programs, timeline handouts, guest books, seating charts, thank you cards, and even made our own card box, cake stand and directional signs! We also designed, personalized, and packaged each guest’s take home favor which served double duty as their place card.

DIY-ing your wedding can be really fun, especially if you have awesome family and friends willing to help out on projects!

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..Some of my jewelry was gifted to me by my parents which was custom, set using the diamonds from my mother’s engagement ring and served as my something old. My something new was my dress, my something borrowed were my earrings and bracelet which were lent to me by one of my bridesmaids, Lucy. My something blue was my garter belt, and of course, all my beautiful bridesmaids in various shades of blue!

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..First off, have fun and enjoy the planning process! It’s easy to place a lot of pressure and expectations on your own wedding when there is so much beautiful inspiration everywhere. Think of the type of look and feel you want for your wedding and everything will eventually come together. 

Second, find and hire vendors that you connect with who understand the type of wedding you envision.  

Lastly, hire a really great wedding planner! Our wedding planner, Ngoc, helped guide us through the whole planning process, while allowing us to create a wedding that was “us”.  Ngoc and the Skybox Production team did an amazing job bringing our vision together and allowed us to really enjoy the day alongside our guests.

Our wedding day turned out better than we could have ever imagined thanks to our family, friends, and vendors. Regardless if some things don’t turn out the way you planned, you’ll be marrying the love of your life, so it will be an unforgettably amazing day!” – Tiffany, the bride

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photography: John & Joseph Photography Inc. // wedding planner: Ngoc Nguyen Lay of Skybox Event Productions // venue: Diamond Bar Center // brides attire: wedding gown: Maggie Sottero, sash: Martina Liana, short dress: Priscilla of Boston // hair + makeup: Chiali Meng // bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff // groom’s attire: Sak’s Fifth Avenue Black // groomsmen attire: Jim’s Formal Wear // florist: Linda Vuong of LV Floral Events // catering: Panda Catering // cake: King’s Hawaiian // band: Banana Bay Band // lighting: TMMPro

To watch their darling highlight film from Amari Productions click {here}!

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

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“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!

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..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…

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..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 ;)

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..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

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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

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