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Californian Vineyard Wedding with Native American Inspiration

Kristen and Clayton’s kickass Californian wedding was held in a WINERY. An eclectic ensemble of Native American inspiration and wine themes, it radiates warmth through our computer screens, and we love it.

Clayton was always going to have a nod to Native America in his wedding, Sara (their amazing photographer) explains. “When Clayton was a teenager on a music tour, a native tribe member gifted him a special ceremonial basket and told him that whenever he married, he was to incorporate this into the ceremony and he and his bride would eat sacred cornmeal out of it. Clayton hung on to the basket all these years, so it only made sense to plan the ceremony around it! He and Kristen are also earthy, spiritual people, so the Native theme vibed well with what’s important to them.”

“Clayton is 1/16 Navajo”, the bride took over. “We also just liked the ceremonial and spiritual aspects of the culture since neither of us are particularly religious.”

Their beautifully airy venue, Cordiano Winery, opens onto a beautiful Tuscan-style landscape with the most amazing views of California rolling beyond it – perfect for their couple’s portraits. (And that golden light! Dreamy.)

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Long Beach Wedding with Dark Gothic Romance Detail

Brooke and Michelle’s October wedding drew inspiration from Memento Mori, Phantom of the Opera, the Addams Family and Stevie Nicks – so you know it’s going to be an absolute beauty. Their wedding showed a delightfully darker side to regal, and a more gothic side to the romantic.

Their day was breathtakingly beautiful aesthetically, but also heart-achingly beautiful emotionally, as Brooke explains, “Off the bat, being a gay wedding is to a degree, unique, though it won’t be someday. For most guests it was their first gay wedding, and our short ceremony, including vows out of Kurt Cobain’s journals, was about love, freedom and creating a safe space for all attending. We have friends and family from all walks of life and we wanted everyone to feel as comfortable and free as we did.”

Brooke continues, “Our favourite part of the wedding was feeling so incredibly vulnerable and authentic in front of everyone. It was a very freeing feeling all that love and support and putting it all out there in front of people close to us.” After they put a ring on and sealed it with a kiss, Brooke and Michelle walked down the aisle to Tears For Fears’ Head Over Heels, as they’re massive Donnie Darko fans.

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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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