Category: real weddings

Sparkly Gold and Black Wedding: Alice + Ian

Today we’re featuring Alice and Ian’s Coto de Caza wedding! This gold and black wedding boasts a gorgeous color palette, DIY details throughout, and tons of steal-worthy ideas. The bride, Alice, wore a stunning white floor-length gown with a sweetheart neckline and finished her look with a pair of metallic sparkle heels. The bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses in shades of gold with different necklines, many of which sparkled with gold sequin detail. For a classic look, the groom wore a black suit and black bow tie, while the groomsmen wore matching black suits and grey neckties. You’ll love this entire Coto de Caza wedding from start to finish with wedding coordination by Splendor & Bliss captured chock-full of emotion by William Kim Photography. Find out how Alice and Ian met, read about their proposal story, and see their wedding day as it unfolded…

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Alice and Ian met in law school. Alice tells us, “We met in law school over 5 years ago. It was at 7am in the same class, all year long. After our first year, we became close friends bonding over school misery and eating our way around Los Angeles.” When we asked about the proposal, the groom chimed in. Ian tells us, “She was flying back from Denver that day, and I had about 12 hours to plan because I knew it had to happen that day. I picked her up from the airport & dropped her off at her house. She was heading to my place after, so I raced to my home and changed into a suit. I had invited her closest friends to set up candles and roses on the floor of my living room. When she came in, she almost burned her bags as she dropped them too close to the candles. She may or may not have run away to hide in the hallway a couple times in embarrassment when she realized we weren’t the only two people there. The rest is a blur, but it doesn’t matter because she said yes!” What a sweet story! Congrats to the happy couple!

Here’s how their wedding day unfolded:

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When we asked about their fondest wedding moment, Alice said, “Sitting at our sweetheart table gazing out at all the joy & love from our family and friends, many who traveled from across the USA and Asia. Really just laughing until we cried, crying until we laughed at practically each moment of the wedding (i.e. vows, speeches, surprise videos, and dancing).”

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And, when asked to describe their wedding in three words, they answered: “Euphoric, Intimate, Us.” We love that.

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We wanted to know about some interesting facts about the couple. They said, “We’ve watched more movies in the theater than any other person that we know.”

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What a beautiful day! Thanks for sharing it with us, Alice and Ian!

Also, thanks to the vendors who brought this wedding to life!


Wedding Coordination + Design: Splendor and Bliss
Photographer: William Kim Photography
Videographer: Studio205
Venue: Coto De Caza Golf + Racquet Club
Hair + Makeup: Elizabeth Hickman
Florist: Case Floral
DJ: MyBridal DJ
Photobooth: Make it Last Photobooth
Grooms Suit | Ted Baker Suit and Bowtie; To Boot New York Shoes
Bride’s satin peplum gown | Demetrio’s Bridal; Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Beecher Island Wedding, Colorado: Kait + Joby

You’ll love Kait and Joby’s Beecher Island wedding in Colorado! Their wedding’s unique location, rustic chic details, and gorgeous scenery easily makes this one of our favorite Colorado weddings. The wedding photos you’re about to enjoy were captured by Emmy from Searching for the Light Photography, LLC. Emmy’s our newest preferred Colorado wedding photographer and we’re excited to share her work with you. Now more from the photographer and bride…

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Emmy tells us, “Kait and Joby’s wedding was absolutely beautiful; every single detail had an deeper value to the bride and groom, which made it all the more beautiful. As a photographer who loves capturing the story, it can become tedious to capture every detail of the wedding. But capturing Kait and Joby’s wedding was so much fun because every detail meant so much to them. From the table runners being a piece of family history, to the venue being a piece of history in the couple’s hometown, to the potted plants reflecting their growing up in a small farm town, to the church pews sitting outside showing they loved the beauty of outdoors but loved community of people around them… everything perfectly fit Kait and Joby’s ‘high school sweethearts’ love story.”

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Kait tells us, “It was important to me that we get potted plants, instead of cut flowers, to enjoy all summer long! I always hate to see flowers die. I was also excited about the table runners, which were just long 2x12s (that actually came from Joby’s family’s barn that was torn down a year or so before). And the other thing that sticks out to me now is my bouquet. I originally did not want to carry a bouquet, but my mom insisted and picked out a florist for me—and I LOVED IT. I was so surprised, but I just kept staring into the bouquet that day, seeing all the beauty that surrounded us on our wedding day.”

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Why did you choose to get married where you did? “We chose Beecher Island for several reasons. A) We both grew up in the area, so it made sense to have our wedding there too. B) My parents were married there as well as my oldest brother and his wife. That meant a lot to us, as we admire and love both couples very much. C) It is a beautiful outdoor setting and just what we were looking for. Plus the cost to rent the whole place for three days was only $100!”

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Why was your wedding unique? “Because it was ours, of course! But I think what made it ours was primarily the location, the ceremony, and the auditorium. I think the location made all the difference, and I really ended up loving the wooden pews instead of white chairs. The ceremony was, of course, magical to me but especially so because of the thought we put into it. I spent our entire engagement (over a year) writing and tweaking my vows and at least six months thinking about what readings and traditions we wanted to include (or not include). And then, of course, the reception turned out to be more than I even imagined! The old building with brick walls and wooden ceiling was easy to work with, but I also loved how we incorporated chandeliers (and other such items) to make it feel more like a wedding. And of course, the food! We picked our favorite foods to feed our guests, so we, at least, liked it!”



Where did you find your inspiration? “Pinterest! And my mom. She has always been an impressive planner, but she was more than impressive regarding our wedding. She had several ideas I never considered, and she certainly helped me cover the details—and the devil is in the details, I learned!”



Other Colorado Wedding Vendors:

Dj: Tucker Louthan (friend)
Videographer: Molly Brown, Cinematique Films
Florist: Errington & Errington out of Burlington, CO
Caterer: Eldon Van Vickle (friend)
Bride attire: D’Annelli bridal, dress by Jim Hjelm
Bridesmaid Attire: Selected by bridesmaids
Groom’s attire: Jos A Bank
Groomsmen attire: selected by groomsmen
Rentals: PT Rentals out of Yuma, CO
Cake: Gwen Kleweno, friend
Stylist/Designer: n/a
Make-up / Hair: Cassandra Garza, Makeup | Tonya Trostel (Friend – hair)
Invitations: We used a Groupon from VistaPrint!
Honey Moon: Secrets Maroma Beach
Officiant: Cody Robertson, Friend

If you loved this Colorado wedding, than check out Searching for the Light Photography, LLC. You can contact Emmy by her business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

Elkridge Club Wedding: Rig + Danielle

Rig and Danielle’s Elkridge Club wedding in Baltimore was magnificent! Their wedding has a classic feeling and elegant theme. Dennis Drenner Photographs captured their wedding and all of its personal, intimate moments. Read on to find out more and enjoy the photos…


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Dennis tells us, “Rig and Danielle are an interesting match and a great example of opposites attracting. She is a real Montana cowgirl, while he is the scion of an old Baltimore family, but they get along like crabs and Old Bay seasoning! (in case you’re not from the Mid-Atlantic, that means they get along great!)”








“The ceremony was held on a beautiful Fall day at the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore. Afterwards, we got outside for some quick portraits in the last light of the day. Just as I began to do Rig and Danielle’s portraits, a blaze of amber light burst from behind the clouds, sending me into an excited (and productive) photo-frenzy.”







“Afterwards we all headed to the reception, held at the Elkridge Club. A former fox hunting club once in the outskirts of old Baltimore, the Elkridge Club is now very much inside of the city — but still surrounded by beautiful grounds and now a golf course. Guests enjoyed cocktails overlooking the 9th hole as the sun sunk beneath the horizon and the band starting tuning up their instruments.”

















“Much merriment ensued, beautiful cowgirls danced with dapper young lawyers, the bride and groom were both well-roasted in some hilarious wedding speeches, and the guitarist played at amazing speed with the guitar held behind his head. All in all, a night to remember for all!”









Wedding Vendors
Hair/Makeup: Bella Salon in Canton
Florist: Radebaugh Florist
Caterer: Elkridge Club
Cake: La Cakerie
Reception Music: Hero Band
Invitations: Paper in the Park

Are you planning your Maryland wedding? Need a photographer? Then take a look at more great weddings by Dennis Drenner Photographs. You can contact Dennis by his business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

Precious Forest Wedding Film: Dominic + Meredith

Happy Friday! This Precious Forest wedding film was captured by our newest videographer, Baby Blue Film. Wilson from Baby Blue Film tells us, “This is a video we shot for Dominic and Meredith at the beautiful Precious Forest in Lake County, California on July 19, 2014. The venue was a gorgeous hidden gem tucked away a long dirt road that spanned across the beautiful lake. Once you arrive at the property, you feel immediately at home and at peace with the natural surroundings. Everything was centered around this old restored cabin and there were glamorous camping tents set up all around the property for their guests to stay in after the long night that was about to unfold.”

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“Dominic and Meredith were a very genuine couple that were easy to work with and extremely down to earth. They had a natural presence on camera that needed very little direction from me and you could tell they were madly in love. When it came time to shoot the intimate scenes–when the light was perfect–they were extremely comfortable in each others’ warm embrace and the whole production came across effortlessly. Their wedding was styled beautifully by Kai Squared Events and every little detail came across picture-perfect. This was by far our favorite wedding of the entire 2014 season because it was rustic, earthy, unique, gorgeous, and well-executed every step of the way.”

Why Should You Hire a Videographer for Your Wedding?

There are many reasons to hire a wedding videographer, but after watching this wedding film, we have just one: your wedding day is one the most important moments of your life. You’ve worked hard planning all the day’s details and preparing for this important life event for many months. The day will fly by and you’ll be busy enjoying it. Your wedding film will be the best way to look back at the day’s events you’ve looked forward to such as getting ready, walking down the aisle, seeing each other for the first time, saying “I Do”, and your reception, celebrated by family and friends as a newly married couple. A videographer will capture it all using a cinematic and artistic approach, and you’ll be able to relive your wedding, year after year.

Do you need a California wedding videographer? Visit Baby Blue Film for details. You can contact Wilson through his business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book, where we feature the best wedding vendors.