Category Archives: California Weddings

A packed dance floor indeed!!!  This wedding at Montage Laguna Beach was so much fun!  Some thoughts from the bride:  “We wanted a very romantic and elegant wedding, so we selected a ceremony location right on the ocean and picked a warm and soft color palette. There were lots of candles in the ballroom and warm amber lightening. We hoped that our ceremony would feel intimate, heartfelt and special and the reception would be a really amazing party. We met senior year of college and have a bunch of mutual friends from college (Tufts University), and they flew in to celebrate with us. We wantd everyone to drink, dance, laugh and have a great time. Alicia Townsend from Details Details helped us select all of our vendors. We selected John and Joseph photography because we felt like they really capture the romance and intimacy of their couples. We chose West Coast Music because they always keep the dance floor packed, which is important to us!”

I will always remember Jessie & Matt’s wedding as the one where the parents of the bride & groom (especially the dads) danced harder than anyone else. And there was A LOT of competition… this was one incredible party! We were lucky to work with an awesome team to share the fun:

Here is a bit more about the couple from the bride:

“We met at Dartmouth College, but we really only started spending time together during Matt’s senior year. He was in NYC over Thanksgiving staying with a friend’s family, and it was also my 21st birthday. We went out with a group of friends and Matt and I ended up talking for hours in the lobby of the hotel I was staying in. The rest is history!”

The Team:

PLANNER: Alison Events
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jose Villa
FLORAL DESIGN: Kathleen Deery Design
VENUE:  Burlingame Country Club

A Gatsby inspired wedding in Napa? Yes please. Katya & Colin’s wedding was definitely unique, definitely fun, and definitely gorgeous. And to top it all off were lucky enough to work with a fantastic team: Lovely Little Details, Tec Petaja, and Paula LeDuc fine catering at one of our favorite Napa venues, Beaulieu Garden. More from the bride:

“Our vision for the wedding is Art Deco Garden. We were influenced by the recent release of Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”. We loved the extraordinary party scenes and all the glitz and glamour but, more so, we loved the unwavering love and devotion Jay Gatsby had for Daisy. We tried to show this romantic feel through the white elegance of flowers and feminine lace of the reception tables while saving the more bold gold Art Deco roaring 20’s vibe for the party and cocktails!”

There were so many fantastic moments from this wedding that it was so hard to pack everything into this highlights film! Enjoy!

The Team:

Venue:  Beaulieu Garden
Planner/Designer:  Lovely Little Details
Photographer: Tec Petaja
Cuisine: Paula LeDuc
Cinematography:  Elysium Productions

This wedding almost didn’t happen because Lizzie (and several other guests) got incredibly ill the night before the wedding (food poisoning I believe!!)  All I can say is if this was me, I would have called it all off and stayed in bed but she powered through the day.  Just goes to show you that love conquers all!   More about the couple and their day from the bride:

“We met randomly in a taco place in San Francisco almost three years ago. Keith had the guts to strike up a conversation with me as I was sitting with my best friend having dinner after spending a Saturday watching football with friends. Four hours later we closed the place down and met the next night for a real date. Turns out we had multiple friends in common but we were both happy to have met on our own terms. Keith had just moved into the city from Grad School and I had lived here for a couple of years. Being from the area, one of the fun things about when we first started dating was getting to explore the city and show Keith why I loved living here so much. We explored most of Northern California together, going to West Marin for oysters, Healdsburg for wine tasting and Lake Tahoe for skiing in the winter and hiking, biking and lake activities in the summer. I think a big moment for us was a trip we took together last summer to Europe. After spending several days with my family in Italy, the two of us spent a week in Paris together. We rented a little apartment and settled right into Parisian life. I think everyone can attest that traveling with someone tells you a lot about who they are. It might have while we were sitting at a café enjoying our pain au chocolats and espressos or while we were strolling on the Pont des Arts bridge but I think we both realized on that trip that we were in it for the long haul. Keith proposed last December on a weekend trip to Carmel and I can’t believe I got to marry him.

When deciding on where to get married, it was hard for us to pass on the opportunity to have it at my parent’s house in Tahoe. It has become a place where we spend almost all of our holiday weekends and birthdays and any other time we can get out of the city and it has become very special to us both. The thought of getting to share this place with Keith’s family and friends from the East Coast got us very excited and thinking about how it was going to become even more of a special place to us if we could get married right in the backyard convinced us that this was our spot. Since this was going to be somewhat of a destination wedding we knew we were going to need some help. After doing some diligence and meeting with a few wedding planners, we chose Melissa Panico from MAP Events to help. She has a ton of experience pulling off some great wine country weddings and knew exactly what vendors we could use locally and what we should bring in. From there, we really relied on Melissa’s recommendations for the majority of our vendors. Tracy Radeff from Radeff Design Studios was one of the only vendors that we were set on having be a part of our wedding. Tracy assisted with my sister’s wine country wedding nine years ago and we knew she had impeccable taste and was fantastic to work with. Additionally, Tracy and Melissa had worked on several events in the past so we knew we really had the dream team. Tracy and Melissa were essential in our wedding planning process and made it such a joy to plan that I’m almost getting sad that it’s almost over! We are beyond excited that our wedding day is almost here and can’t wait to see all the hard work in action. We really had the best team helping with our wedding and we wouldn’t have asked for it any other way.”

The Team:

Wedding Planner:  Melissa from MAP Events
Photographer:  Catherine Hall
Venue:  Private Residence
Floral Designer:  Radeff Design Studio
Hair & Makeup:  TEAM Hair & Makeup