You guys are so patient… I promise this wedding was worth the wait. Paper chains and a disco ball? I know, awesome. Sarah and Michael wanted a wedding that was fun, in a style that was both organic and modern, and she chose vendors that definitely delivered on that, from design by Bash, Please to music by The Flashdance. Sarah’s advice for having an awesome wedding?

Be yourself. Be thoughtful. The funny thing that gets stuck in some brides’ heads is that it’s “your day.” I disagree. It’s everyone else’s day which organically evolves into “your day” because you’ve provided the platform for everyone to celebrate love and life. So plan the best day for your guests. If your intention is to plan a party where your guests have the best time, so will you!

With her Vera Wang dress, Sarah wore beaded shoes purchased at a market in Israel. Her bridesmaids wore sparkly silver TOMS.

Ceremony programs doubled as fans to keep guests cool at the August wedding.

Paper chains were used all around the venue, from the ceremony to the Smilebooth to the bride’s and groom’s chairs.

The walls were hand-painted with an e.e. cummings poem, a modern wedding monogram, hearts, stripes… such a fun and unexpected decorative element!

Photography: Charleystar Photo

Venue: private home in Brentwood, California

Event design / coordination: Bash, Please

Bride’s ceremony dress: Vera Wang

Bride’s reception dress / gold sandals: Jill Stuart / Tory Burch

Bridesmaid dresses / shoes / necklaces: J.Crew / TOMS / Madewell

Groom’s ensemble: J.Crew

Flowers: Dandelion Ranch

Stationery: Pica Press

Ceremony music / cocktail music: Reiko Nakano / Denny White

DJ: The Flashdance

Cake and sweets: Sweet and Saucy Shop

Photobooth : Smilebooth

Thanks so much to the very lovely Charleystar for sending over these very lovely photos!

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  1. Megan Clouse

    The blush colors and flowers are amazing!

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  3. elizabeth

    Beautiful Wedding dress, this is the exact one I want! This wedding just spoke to me. Another weird thing…I just did very similar flowers for an event last week.

    Loved it.

    Worth the wait is right (wink),


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  4. Kate

    This wedding is perfect! I love the colors, and the sparkly TOMS idea is so cute! That poem backdrop is also really cool.

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  5. Sarah

    So despite its involvement in a Cameron Diaz movie, I’m totally including that e.e. cummings poem as a reading in my ceremony. I love seeing it up on the wall like that, so beautiful!

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  6. Tracy Thunderbolt

    My favorite picture is the one with the dresses all hanging next to the “Be Calm” print. It seems like it should be the calm before the storm, but the rest of the pictures are so breezy and serene that it just doesn’t fit. So lovely!

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  7. Kelli Taylor/Daniel Taylor Photography

    What a gorgeous wedding. Love the photographs.

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  8. Mike

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  9. Edera Jewelry

    Gorgeous wedding–the flower arrangements are beautiful!

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  10. Atlas and Campbell

    amazing, amazing, amazing photobooth. then again, we are a sucker for text.

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  11. Katie | Invitations by Ajalon

    I absolutely love everything about this wedding! The silver TOMS are awesome!!

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  12. Jenn

    so pretty! any chance you can share what shade the bridesmaids jcrew dresses are?? I love that blush color but can’t find it!

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  13. Danielle | Studio Fleurette

    I love the flowers! So lush and romantic! Great texture and color as well!

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  14. Steve Hutnick

    It was a Party of Love – all around!
    The Spirit was the Foundation of the Entire Weekend – perfecto.
    Loved those Chocolate Cake Lollipops the most, almost as much as the Bride & Groom

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  15. lydia {ever ours}

    seriously beautiful wedding. love the team behind it!

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  16. Mariam

    I LOVE this. Looks elegant but not fussy at all, modern but timeless, and fun!

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  17. sharlyn

    ohmygoodness. i adore this. the peom? both of the bride’s dresses? the all blond bridesmaids? such a dream. so perfect.

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  18. Kelsey

    I’m obsessed with the bride’s hair piece and bird cage veil. It’s exactly what I’m looking for for my wedding. Any idea where she got it from? Thanks!

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  19. victoria

    Oh my goodness. This is a fantastic event! The couple looks confident and happy with their decision and this is quite possibly the most beautiful display/collection of flowers that I’ve ever seen. And I need to know who is responsible for hand-lettering that wall. Wow. xo

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  20. Katie@boukates

    The wedding is perfectly styled and the couple looks relaxed and joyful <3 Beautiful floral arrangements!

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  21. erin @ chatty brides

    It’s just too perfect for words. I wish my venue would have let me paint on the walls!

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  22. McKenzie Powell Designs

    Those flowers are stunning! Oh my…

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  23. Leslie

    I adored this wedding as soon as I saw it in C Magazine and was left yearning for more. So, thanks for giving us the full view, Kathryn! :)

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  24. The Demoiselle

    EEEk!! I LOOOOVE the poem wall.

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  25. Elizabeth B.

    I love what the bride said. It’s so true… nothing ruins a mood more than a me me me me attitude by the bride and groom… and nothing elevates a wedding like a sense of graciousness and love from your hosts. It’s like night and day at an event.

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  26. Isabel DreamWeddingItaly

    absolutely love the spot the ceremony took place in.I understand it was a privat garden? or am i wrong? All the same the photos from the garden are my personal best. Beautiful wedding, compliments! Congratualtions fro the happy couple and thanks for sharing!

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  27. Naperville Wedding Photographer

    Wow this wedding looks amazing. The pictures make me wish I were there. Thanks for posting it!

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  28. rivernorthLove

    I love that poem on the wall, it’s so romatic and looks amazing it the pictures! Can’t wait to share, thanks!

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  29. Madison

    When you first mentioned paper chains in your intro, my first thought was “Oh no! What were they thinking?!” But as soon as I saw the picture, I did a 180. They look incredible! So whimsical…I LOVE the way they were draped on that wall!

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  30. Kate

    Agree with Kelsey above– the headpiece is stunning. Where is it from?

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  31. mhutnick

    the wedding of the decade. the bride and groom set the pace and you could feel all the love around us. the flowers were outstanding such a wonderful array of colors and varies type of flowers. love the chain garland.

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  32. Rachel – theWeddingVine

    I love the image of the bride and groom dancing, the chandelier’s shadow pattern across the dress looks fantastic!

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  33. Charley | London Bride

    I know I’m over a year late but this is a gorgeous wedding! (just found via pinterest). I absoulutely love how they incoporated the poem but how on earth did they get approval to paint AND write on a wall!? Can’t imagine anywhere in the UK would ever let you do that, shame really!

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  34. Tuscan Wedding Planner

    Wonderfully Chic!! Very inspiring for a contemporary idea!

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  35. Vendor Sandal

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    is pleasant, thats why i have read it completely

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