This backyard wedding from photographer Christine Sargologos really captures the feel of springtime in Texas – the use of pale blues and purples against a grassy green backdrop feels just like a field of wildflowers! And Christine’s photos of the day are so lovely, they make me wish I was there!

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Says the bride, “My husband and I spent a lot of time discussing our ceremony. When initially talking with our planner, we discussed that we wanted the reception to be fun, beautiful, and memorable, as that is what guests will remember, but also that the day is really about our commitment to each other. We chose pieces of the ceremony that joined both of our religious upbringings as well as pieces that represented who we are as a couple.”

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The groom and groomsmen wore khaki suits from Jos. A. Bank and heather blue-gray bow ties from J.Crew.

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Says Landin, “I ordered my wedding dress online without even seeing or trying it on in person. I also didn’t wear a veil – I think this goes to doing what fits with who you are. When I walked down the aisle I felt authentically me; I don’t know if I could say that if I was in a ball gown, long train, and veil. Those can all be beautiful, they’re just not me.”

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Signature drinks were the “Southern Gentleman” (bourbon, ginger, orange bitters, orange twist) and the “Better Half” (cucumber, jalapeño, simple syrup, lime, tequila, triple sec).

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Landin on the wedding venue: “Our reception was in my parents’ backyard - we wanted a venue that was meaningful and comfortable, but also accommodated about 200 guests. Additionally, we wanted to make it unique to us. Through our venue search, nothing seemed to fit. After a few conversations and a little bit of arm-twisting, my dad was on board and worked tirelessly for six months grooming the yard.”

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“For dinner we served Texas brisket and Carolina pulled pork to represent our two families,” says Linden. “I am not a huge fan of icing, so our cake was a naked wedding cake; we also served pies.”

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Pinterest is such a great resource for inspiration, once you know what to search for. I’ve always been the girl that dressed a little more casual, valued comfort over show, but still wanted a little bit of spice. I have fond memories of dove and deer hunting with my dad, working in Papaw’s garden, attending musicals with Nannie, and debutante and Girl Scouting with my mom. I wanted both perspectives to show.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I’ve had many people ask this, and I think I have given a different answer each time… mainly to give credit to so many amazing memories. At the risk of sounding cliche, the entire day really was surreal. If I had to pick one moment (with permission to change my mind next time I’m asked) I would say the 10 minutes leading up to the ceremony. I had been worried that I would be nervous, but I felt so peaceful. It really set the stage for the rest of the evening. Looking back, I’d have to give a lot of credit to Melanie (our planner). I didn’t have to answer one logistical question all day, my mom was calm and wasn’t worrying about any details. I also had my dog in the wedding – she was right by my side until we all started walking down the aisle. Having her around kept those moments real.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Yes, but I also left some out, some to my mom’s chagrin. Traditions I included were the something old, new, borrowed, and blue. I wore a necklace that comprised a collage of a few memorable pieces: my mom’s cross, cameo and gold coin, and Papaw’s wedding ring. So all of those were borrowed. I also carried a handkerchief given to me by my Oma – it was old and blue. My dress and shoes were new, but not too traditional. We also had first dances, cutting the cake, and a fairly traditional ceremony.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We wanted Kinley, our six year old Vizsla, to be a part of the wedding. She was the “Dog of Honor” and was up at the altar for the entire ceremony. Our first dance was a song I will always connect with my dad’s parents, Oma and Opa… a good ol’ Randy Travis favorite.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Understand that it will go by so fast. Try to take in as much as you can in the moment, but make sure you have a really good photographer to capture moments you will miss, and to help relive the day.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  It was authentic. I’m sure brides will look at our wedding and find some pieces that are awesome and some that don’t fit their style; I know I did this when looking for inspiration. I look back at our amazing photos or talk about memories with my husband, and I am so pleased that everything was simply “us.”

Menu
Appetizers: Fried Shrimp / Deviled Eggs / Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos / Deer Sausage with Cheese, Pickles and Crackers // Entrees: North Carolina Pulled Pork / Texas BBQ Brisket and Oma’s BBQ Sauce // Sides: Macaroni and Cheese / Fried Asparagus with Bacon Jam / Vinegar Slaw / Ciabatta Rolls

Photography: Christine Sargologos / Event Planning, Design, Styling:  Mayhar Design / Venue: Private Estate in New Braunfels, Texas / Church: New Braunfels Presbyterian / Officiant: Rev. Kenneth Peters / Dress: Goddess V-Neck, Ann Taylor / Shoes: Gloriee by Steve Madden / Necklaces: Sea and Cake / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s Shirt: Charles Trywhitt / Suspenders: Dana Eckert / Tie: J.Crew / Shoes: Frye / Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew / Stationery: Hyegraph / Floral Designer: Without Wax, Katy / Rentals: Sweet Sunday Rentals / Music: Merchants of Moonshine / Catering: Clear Springs Catering / Cake: Betty Jane Bake Shoppe / Chalkboard Signs: Roxanne Spradlin / Hair: William Edge Salon / Favors: Tcho Chocolates / Dog of Honor’s collar: Grimm’s Leather
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  • Backyard Wedding from Christine Sargologos

    18 June 2014
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    Snippet & Ink Select photographer Jeremy Harwell always sends us the loveliest Southern weddings, and when you see this stunner from Georgia’s Pebble Hill Plantation, you’ll see exactly what I mean. The venue, the bride’s dress, the flowers… wedding inspiration galore!

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    Bridesmaids wore a variety of chiffon J.Crew dresses in “Dusty Shale.”

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    In true Southern style, the groom and his groomsmen all wore charming bow ties. The bride finished off her look with a tulle and net veil.

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    “A friend of mine referred me to designer and planner Alise Taggart, and I knew she was perfect for us,” says Lauren of their wedding design. “We wanted a natural, earthy, neutral-toned wedding – simple yet refined – and Alise’s style was right up our alley!”

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    What’s more romantic than a post-ceremony horse and buggy?!

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    Dinner included Southern standards like biscuits and shrimp and grits. Signature cocktails were Firefly Sweet Teas and Blushing Brides (champagne, peach schnapps, and grenadine). Favors were pralines from the Savannah Candy Kitchen and a mason jar of ‘moonshine.’

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    In lieu of a traditional guest book, friends and family signed vintage records that the couple could play at home.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We love the beauty of the rural South, and knew immediately that we wanted an outdoor wedding. We searched venues across the state of Georgia and a few in South Carolina and Florida. When we came across Pebble Hill Plantation, we knew we had stumbled upon something special. After a preliminary visit to see the grounds and meet with their staff, there was no doubt in either of our minds that this was the place where we would be married. Words cannot describe its character and beauty – it’s unmatched by any place we had ever seen. The exquisite gardens, majestic Georgia pines and Spanish moss-laden pecan orchard make a beautiful backdrop to any event on this property.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  That’s so hard to say! So many moments stand out to me. One most certainly is seeing Adam for the first time. Also, when we were walking to the reception, we literally took a step back and just viewed it all from afar. I recommend that to all couples. Just stop and take it all in for a minute.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wrapped my great great grandmother’s handkerchief around my bouquet which had her initials in blue monogrammed on it.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To get a videographer. It was an after thought for us but one of the things we truly adore. It was money well spent.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Relax and breathe easy! When you find yourself stressed, remember why you are here. Enjoy your day!

    Photography: Jeremy Harwell / Event Planning, Design, Styling, and Floral Design: Alise Taggart / Venue: Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia / Dress: Rivini, Brides by Lori / Pearl Bracelet: J.Crew / Suit, Shirt: Jos. A. Bank / Tie: Tie Bar / Groomsmen Accessories: Colonel Littleton Pocket Knives / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Stationery: Paper Bark / Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder / Music: The Last Waltz / Catering: Carter’s Catering / Cake: Cake Art / Linens: Southern Station / Bridesmaid Stylist: Sarah Michelle’s / Hair, Makeup: Caleb Pierce, Salon Twist / Georgia Pralines: Savannah Candy Kitchen
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  • Georgia Wedding from Jeremy Harwell

    17 June 2014
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    Cheerful yellow bridesmaid dresses, baby’s breath bouquets, food truck catering, and a sunny day in San Francisco – Kelly and Joe’s wedding at Dogpatch Wineworks was full of bright, playful details, and photographer Caroline Yoon captured it perfectly!

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    The bride’s Steven Birnbaum dress was purchased at Bridal Garden, a not-for-profit bridal boutique in New York which benefits children in need.

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    Says Kelly, “One of my favorite moments was when Joe shared his vows with me. He’s never been one to publicly profess love or emotions, so to hear him say such thoughtful and heartfelt words to me and still make me laugh all the while was a moment I’ll never forget.”

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    “We tried to make the wedding as intimate and personal as possible,” says the bride. “We drew inspiration from our daily lives and wanted the wedding to really be an extension of who we are and what we love.”

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    Dinner was catered by GoStreatery. Signature drinks were the couple’s favorite craft beers from various places they’ve lived: Golden Road (Los Angeles), Sam Adams (Boston), Anchor Steam (San Francisco), Ommegang (New York). Table’s were named after neighborhoods with meaning to the couple.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We visited the Dogpatch area for the first time with a few friends and immediately fell in love with the neighborhood! Joe and I had just moved from New York together to San Francisco and Dogpatch reminded us so much of Brooklyn. Dogpatch Wineworks was perfect because we wanted a very intimate and DIY wedding, and the space was a blank canvas that allowed us to create our dream wedding.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I have so many! Two in particular really stand out to me… The first was when Joe said his vows (see above). The second is very near and dear to me as well: we served Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream at our wedding (which Joe and I absolutely love). We snuck away to a separate lounge area and sat there enjoying our ice cream together like it was just a normal day. It felt so simple, but was intimate and a sweet moment for us.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We got married on a Sunday. Faith and church are values and priorities that are important to us. Even though people thought we were crazy, we wanted to make sure we didn’t let go of what’s really important and still made it to church before our wedding with some of our closest friends.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  The majority of our guests were from out of town, so we wanted to give them a San Francisco experience. We had GoStreatery, an awesome food truck that uses locally grown ingredients, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Bi-Rite Ice Cream for our guests to enjoy. We also passed out a map of our favorites spots in Dogpatch so our guests could explore the neighborhood during cocktail hour.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  At our rehearsal dinner, my sister gave us the advice that the planning and everything goes by and fades so quickly so we need to enjoy every minute of what’s really important, which is the love, laughter, and union of marriage. I completely understand what she meant by those words; our wedding day just flew by, there were times I wish I could slow it all down.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Have fun and look forward to not just the wedding but the marriage – it truly is the best part!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  We had a very DIY wedding, which helped us not only budget but also make our wedding more personal. Some of the things we did: collected Mason Jars to use as water glasses, clear wine bottles to use as water pitchers, mismatched vintage plates from flea markets, Salvation Army, etc. to use as dinnerware; made our own burlap aisle runner using bulk fabric; and printed out invites (designed by the best man) at Kinkos.

    Photography: Caroline Yoon / Venue: Dogpatch Wineworks in San Francisco, California / Dress: Steven Birnbaum via Bridal Garden / Shoes: J.Crew / Veil: Novella Bridal / Flower Clips: Anthropologie / Suit, Shirt, Tie: J.Crew / Shoes: Alden / Cufflinks: Hibiscus Days / Bridesmaid Dresses: Old Navy / Stationery: Daniel Lee / Floral Design: Green Irene / Music: DJ Superior Sound / Catering: GoStreatery / Desserts: Kara’s Cupcakes / Coffee: Blue Bottle Coffee / Ice Cream: Bi-Rite Creamery / Photo Booth: Simple Booth
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  • Dogpatch Wineworks Wedding by Caroline Yoon

    16 June 2014
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    I know summer is well on its way, but there’s always something so romantic about a winter wedding, like this one from photographer Romin Lee. Lots of baby’s breath, string lights, and white linens gave the rainy day wedding a warm glow and intimate feel…

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    One of the bride’s favorite parts of the day? The first look!

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    How did the couple choose this venue? “We actually chose the venue without ever going inside first. As we were driving around to places we had scheduled to see, we saw this building, and decided to take a look through the front door. We were looking for a space that was both modern and rustic, that could fit 200+ guests, but still feel warm and have its own unique charm. To us, we could feel all of those things from our first peek at Sodo Park, so the choice was easy and comfortable.”

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    Says the bride: “A special detail from the day was having our families sit with us during the ceremony. Nura and I walked down the aisle together holding hands, and greeted our families who were waiting at the front where we were able to hug each of them before all taking our seats next to each other. We wanted to feel like we were part of a circle sitting with our guests, so we sat in the middle of our families who also faced the rest of the gathering to complete that circle and give a more intimate feeling.”

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    “The ceremony was so beautiful and full of emotion, and really captured the feeling we wanted to create. It was important to us to participate in the ceremony beyond reciting our vows, so we each chose something meaningful that we wanted to read, and we stood up together to share the readings before exchanging rings and reciting our vows.”

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    “We originally wanted a very small and intimate wedding, so as our guest list grew, it was important to us to maintain that intimate and genuine feeling. We focused on keeping things simple, and true to our personalities. Like sticking to a single simple flower choice throughout (baby’s breath), but using it in a way that was elegant, intentionally monochromatic, and gave off a wintery feel. So that the simplicity was beautiful in itself, while being there to support to overall feeling of the event and not take away.”

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wore my grandmother’s bracelet, one of the few things brought back from Iran, and the same bracelet I wore when my sister got married. My grandmother’s health didn’t allow her to be there for our wedding, so it was special to have that piece of her with me on that day.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To put aside some time to be alone together on that day to take in the moment. For us this was so special, especially before the ceremony, to be able to pray together and just talk and say whatever was in our hearts in that moment before we walked down the aisle together.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t get too caught up in things you see on Pinterest or details or traditions you feel are necessary just because they have been part of so many weddings you have been to before. Evaluate each of the components you are considering and decide if it makes sense for you. If it’s something you wouldn’t do any other day (like having a cake if you don’t even like it, just so you can cut it) then don’t do it and avoid taking time away from the rest of the wedding. Figure out what both of you really want, and focus on the things that are actually important to you.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Just try to keep things as simple as you can, sticking to what you have decided is important to you so you spend money where it counts. We were able to save in a lot of ways by having a winter wedding, and choosing one location for both the ceremony and reception. And we used Uber to get around the whole weekend instead of taxis or hiring transportation – we just grouped up and one person would get on the app and a car would show up a few minutes later.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Another special moment was during dinner, when there was a surprise dedication song/music video played that was made by the groom and some friends. It was a total surprise and a hilarious moment for everyone. You can see for yourself here.

    Photography: Romin Lee / Venue: Sodo Park by Herban Feast in Seattle, Washington / Dress: Jacinda Gown by Watters Brides / Earrings: Kate Spade / Suit: Calvin Klein / Shirt, Tie: Hugo Boss / Stationery Design: Jothi Adaikkalam / Stationery Printing: Minuteman Press / Floral Design: Botanique / Music: DJ 100proof / Caterer: Herban Feast / Desserts: Aria Bakery / Photo Booth: Aura Photo Booths / Hair: Gene Juarez Salon / Makeup: Marina Pirkle
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  • Seattle Wedding at SODO Park by Romin Lee

    11 June 2014
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    This fun food truck wedding from photographer Tyler Branch is everything I love most about weddings: simple, authentic, lovely. And with summer fast approaching (or having arrived in some places already!), it’s the perfect way to kick off the week…

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    Bridesmaids wore a variety of dresses in shades of pink and green, purchased from AnthropologieJ.CrewTarget, and BHLDN.

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    All of the flowers were done by the couple’s friends and family.

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    “Something that we really tried to do was honor Ryan’s mom through our wedding as best as we could,” says Jessie. “She had passed away about a month before our wedding and we were all caught by surprise. There were so many little things she had talked about and planned for our big day, and we were so thankful to see those things come to life at our wedding. Things like an all white bouquet, enough food for everyone to eat as much as they wanted, and having her sons and husband walk a flower down the aisle in her honor.”

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    The bride’s favorite part of the day? “The whole day was just the best, it is so hard to choose just one moment!,” she says. “I really loved our vows though. We decided to do traditional ones, as well as writing our own. I loved hearing and sharing our hearts for each other in front of all the people we love. I also really loved once the dancing started. We really have some of the best friends in the world, and they were finally all together with us celebrating the monumental thing we just did! It was such a great feeling to just be there in that moment with all of them rejoicing over the fact that we are married and they all played a part in it in some special way!”

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    Guests tossed lavender buds at the newlyweds as the walked down the aisle together.

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    The day was full of DIY details – even the music was a Spotify playlist made by the groom. Shares the bride, “I definitely bit off more than I could chew when it came to small details! I sewed over 200 napkins for all the guests with fabric that Ryan and I had gathered over the course of our engagement. My uncle made about 25 beautiful wooden picnic tables for all of the guests to sit at. My dad, who is a welder by profession, made 10 chandeliers that we hung in all of the trees over the reception area for the most picturesque lighting a bride could ask for! All of those things made our wedding so personal and sweet to us – we were so humbled by the amount of effort everyone put into our wedding.”

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    For dinner, guests enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches, grass fed beef burgers with kale and cheddar grits, jerk chicken sandwiches, and french fries, all catered by the MIHO Gastrotruck. Instead of cake, there was an ice chest filled with the bride and groom’s favorite popsicles and ice creams.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  This location was very special to me. It is my Uncle Mike’s avocado ranch and a place that holds many memories for the whole family. We celebrated my grandmothers 90th birthday there, pumpkin patch parties, and other family gatherings. It was the first family wedding though, and I am so honored to say it was ours. Having it at a family home made it so fun and so easy. My dad, aunts and uncles, and cousins really made it beautiful and that wouldn’t have happened any other place! Not to mention it is one of the most beautiful hidden treasures in the whole world!

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Over the past couple years I have been able to travel to really beautiful places, like Myanmar, Belize, Germany, San Francisco, and some others. In all of these places I have observed and come to love different cultures, and people, and the way they do things. I loved learning about how people gather. It was so exciting to me to think about all of these people from different worlds and different walks of our life coming together in one place. The thought of throwing them all a party was so inspiring me! I have been very visually inspired by all of these places and the natural beauty that they all hold. I also have been very inspired by my job and the creative people I work with. I work at Anthropologie so the aesthetic of our wedding was definitely influenced by that.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We actually didn’t want to have a super traditional wedding. We did say traditional vows and pledges, but other than that, we just wanted to do what we wanted. We didn’t have cake or a bouquet toss, or anything like that. Mostly because we just didn’t feel it was us.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Honestly, the best advice was people just telling me that I just had to do what I wanted to do. When you are a bride people always think they have better advice than the person who talked to you last, but the truth is, every couple is so different and does things SO differently. Hearing a bunch of different advice from a million different people can really get inside your head!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  There are so many options for how you plan and how you want your wedding to look. You really just have to find out all of those things together and surround yourself with people who will join in on your vision and help you create the day of your dreams. Also, as obvious as it may seem, pay so much attention to your new husband. It is the best day, but also the most overwhelming. It is really easy to walk around and get pulled in different directions to say hi, thank people, and get in everyone’s Instagram picture, but you just have to remember to stay together and enjoy everything as a brand new couple!

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  One thing that was so special, that I would suggest to anyone, is making a whole weekend out of your wedding. Our rehearsal dinner was so special to us and just as sweet as any there part of the wedding. We spent time sharing with our closest family and friends about why we chose them to stand beside and thanked them as well. Whether it is a destination wedding or not, getting all of the people involved together for more than just a day really relieves stress. It is also fun for you as a bride to have one last giant sleepover as a single lady!

    Photography: Tyler Branch / Venue: The Accidental Winery in Valley Center, California / Bride’s Dress, Belt: BHLDN / Shoes: Seychelles via Anthropologie / Groom’s Suit, Tie, Pocket Square: Lundlow, J.Crew / Tailoring, Shirt: Taylor Stitch San Francisco / Shoes: Frye Loafers / Tie Clip: The Tie Bar / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie, J.Crew, Target, BHLDN / Stationery: Ben Sanders / Catering: MIHO Gastrotruck / Wedding Arch, Chandeliers: 626-795-8166
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