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Glamorous Old Hollywood Elopement with the Bride in Black

Stephanie and Raul met when they were only 16 and 18 when they worked together at their local K-Mart store. They started dating two years later after Stephanie asked him to be her date for her senior Winter Formal at her high school. After deciding to elope they were lucky enough to win an Instagram elopement contest run by Jessica Carrillo of Art & Soul Events and Photographer Evangeline Lane! They received complimentary photography, planning, florals, and hair and make up…How amazing!

They wanted their day to be a glamour-filled rockabilly elopement with lots of old Hollywood elements. They got ready separately at the Culver City hotel, once owned by Charlie Chaplin, and housed the munchkins while they filmed Wizard of Oz!

The bride wore a gorgeous black dress while Raul donned a red velvet jacket, both looking the epitome of old Hollywood glam. “We both love the rockabilly and pin-up lifestyle so it’s safe to say we stayed pretty true to that!” began Stephanie, “We were heavily inspired by our love for old Hollywood and history. Our love for the rockabilly subculture had a huge influence on our style, and we were also inspired by Miss Rockabilly Ruby‘s gorgeous vintage wedding. Another inspiration was make up artist Lora Arellano from Melt Cosmetics! Her wedding was out of this world!”

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Bohemian Cactus Farm Wedding in Palm Springs

Courtney and Sanford met at work ten years ago when Sanford came in to cover a shift. They were both wearing the same black women’s jeans and spent the whole time shamelessly flirting and laughing together. During their decade long romance they lived in different places (him in Arizona and her in Southern California) so would often meet up halfway in Palm Springs. When they came to planning their wedding they knew it had to happen there. Their theme was a groovy Palm Springs, classic rock, boho and Halloween mash up!

They had a budget of $14,000. “We definitely had a vision from the start,” began Courtney. “It’s challenging working with a tight budget in Southern California but we both have an eye for good design and details, and with that we were able to be really creative and resourceful! More than anything we wanted it to be warm, fun and very us!”

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Modern Industrial Wedding on Long Beach

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Leah and Cale met on OKCupid. After both being engaged before, they were pretty certain very early on what they both did and did not want from a new relationship. After dating for only a year they knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

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Their Autumn wedding took place in Long Beach, California, at at event space called Howl. The industrial yet casual vibe of the venue helped set the theme of the day. “Our wedding was a little bit modern, a little bit 60s, and very Californian”, said Leah. “We tried to stay inspired by what the event was all about… us. Our style, our taste in music, our idea of fun.”

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Oddities by the Sea: A Big Sur Elopement!

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Big Sur, on the California coastline, might be one of the most spectacular places on the planet, which is why do many couples say “We do” there! Amanda and Jake eloped there in April.

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“Our wedding theme was ‘Oddities by the Sea and taxidermy meets Cabinet of Natural Curiosities’,” said the bride. “We wanted to elope near the sea with minimal accessories or fuss. My bridal bouquet was constructed with fresh mint, thistle, chocolate cosmos, air plants, a cat skull and a fox tail!”

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Burning Man meets a Magical Fairy Land Wedding

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Megan and Pasha met on OK Cupid. Both having been married before, they decided that they wanted their wedding to be unapologetically them!

“Our wedding theme was Burning Meets a magical fairy land!” Megan told me excitedly. “In particular we were inspired by our Burning Man camp: Pretentious Fox. We are both artists and we created large flower sculptures that lit up to decorate space (I created a tutorial here!). When we found our wedding, Precious Forest in Lucerne CA , we knew it was the place for us. We had to haul everything 4,000 ft. up to the top of a mountain for our unforgettable five day wedding but it was worth it! Having a five day wedding was great! It meant we got to spent a lot of time with the people we love and most of our guests camped with us.”

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“We held the wedding on Friday, July 3rd so we could relax and enjoy the 4th of July with the stress of the wedding already over”, she continued. “We rented boats and kayaks for the 4th, then came back to camp where our friends threw us an afternoon tea party which then led to a forest rave. The party went until 7am when we all shared a bottle of prosecco and watched the sunrise around the camp fire (which was shaped like a heart!)”

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DIY Desert Wedding

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Dana and Nelson fell in love with Joshua Tree when they first visited, so they wanted to share it with their loved ones for their wedding. “Shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 2012 we went camping in Joshua Tree and loved it,” Dana began. “The incredible desert landscape has provided us with many new adventures and offered peaceful relief in times when we’ve needed it most. We wanted to share this breathtaking experience with those closest to us.”

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“Most of our wedding was DIY. We dyed over 10,000 coffee filters to fill the dance floor. We collected bottles and jars for the flower arrangements on the tables, as well as made all the bouquets, boutonnières and centrepieces from flowers that we bought at LA Flower Market the day before. We made the signs leading guests to the venue. On the day of the wedding, with the help of our wedding party, we hung the decorations for both the ceremony and reception, as well as set all the tables.”

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