by: Lauren

In short, today’s Los Angeles wedding was all about two people and two cultures coming together. We love how Amanda and Jacques found fun ways to incorporate meaningful design and moments throughout their day.  From the details highlighting the bride, Amanda’s, love for biochemistry- using test tubes used as vases and custom science-inspired Toms, to the traditional Korean wedding outfits worn and Korean sweets served as dessert, the personal touches truly made this couple’s wedding day incredibly special.

Their wedding style was casual and eclectic, but not in a way that leaves you feeling any less connected to the heart of the celebration. We absolutely love how the groom mixed up his own wedding day style with quirky details like a wooden bowtie and a slim fit navy suit paired with Toms. We think you’ll love the mix of styles, culture, and personality that Victoria Johansson Photography captured during these moments of celebration. Enjoy!

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We hope you caught their dinner options for their reception. We feel like a food truck was the perfect choice for this fun and quirky couple, and a non-traditional catering option seems like an ideal fit! Plus, we sure do love a good food truck.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer: Victoria Johansson Photography // Hair and Makeup: Make up by Kelly Yi 
// Suit and Dress: Zara (suit)  and Watters (dress) // Venue: Elysian // Day of planning and coordination: Love Sweet Love CA // Cake: Lark Cake Shop // DJ: Dart DJ // Catering: Komodo Food Truck // Florist: Norah Kissell (friend of the bride) // Invitation designer: Miks Letterpress



by: Lauren

After exchanging their “I Do’s” in a traditional ceremony in India the year before, Tanya and Akhil decided to celebrate their marriage here in the United States among family and friends with an Amelia Island wedding at Walkers Landing.

With the vibrant colors worn by the bridal party and guests, they chose a more neutral color palette of soft pink and rich navy accents for their wedding day design. The elegant florals and design of the day were beautifully crafted by Shea Hopely Flowers Inc. From the mix of large peonies and the clusters of candles, the look created a soft and romantic feel in the rustic space- and we love how the greenery chandeliers provided a beautiful compliment to the entire design!

We love how Dana Goodson Photography captured the vibrance and fun of the entire day- we hope you enjoy!

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We love the party that these two brought for their wedding day. We love a couple who can let loose and enjoy the celebration, and these two did just that (and with some major style!).

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photographer:  Dana Goodson Photography//Event Planner: Amelia Weddings and Events//Caterer: Catering by Liz Grenamyer//Floral and Design: Shea Hopely Flowers Inc.//Signage: Emily Grace Design // Reception Venue: Walkers Landing at Amelia Island Plantation



by: Lauren

Ashley and Brandon hosted their elegant Central Florida wedding celebration at the Tuscan-inspired Bella Collina. The white color palette was a beautiful contrast to the rich stone architecture and greenery vines that make this space so lovely.

Their reception took place on the sprawling lawn, and we love that they chose to accent their design with silver metallic accents that glistened under the market lights and night sky. The reception design featured a perfect mix of high and low centerpieces, showcasing beautiful texture and design created Lee James Floral to really bring the space alive. The details of Ashley and Brandon’s day came together in such a beautiful way with the the assistance of their coordinator Blush by Brandee Gaar, and we are thrilled to share every moment so perfectly captured by Bumby Photography.

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Ashley + Brandon from Love and Lustre Weddings

The simplicity in the color palette made such a big statement in this wedding style, and we love how they carried the class an elegance through the entirety of the evening with their sparkler exit and their getaway in a classic car from VIP Wedding Transportation. What a perfect day full of the biggest smiles, and incredibly celebration!

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN… 

Photographer: Bumby Photography // Venue: Bella Collina // Event Coordination: Blush by Brandee Gaar // Florist: Lee James Floral // Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music: Beautiful Music (Shannon Caine) // Band: The Leonard Brothers // Cake: Party Flavors // Hair/Make Up: LeJeune Artistry // Lighting: Get Lit Productions // Stage/Linen: Kirby Rentals (Brett Walters) // Transportation: VIP Wedding Transportation // Photo Booth: Photo Booth Rocks // Videography: Love & Lustre Weddings

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by: Lauren

Summer is a pretty popular time for weddings to occur, and along with that comes the pleasure (hopefully!) of attending those weddings. And even though we normally post wedding planning advice for engaged couples, today I thought we should share some insight for wedding guests… specifically, information that is crucial for every wedding guest to know!

What Every Wedding Guest Should Know via TheELD.comIn the past few years, I’ve learned that there can sometimes be a bit of confusion for guests about certain aspects of a wedding. The ceremony, cocktail hour, seating charts, and food stations are just a few of the many things to take in at a wedding, and it’s a good idea for you to be a little in-the-know about everything beforehand.

Having been a wedding planner in my former life (and still coordinating weddings with friends from time-to-time), I can tell you that a large part of a wedding planner’s job is dealing with guests, and let me tell you- I’ve witnessed a few “unsavory” things from guests that could have easily been avoided if they had just known! And so I’ve put together a few tips for wedding guests from my own experiences, wedding professionals, and even brides…

 

BEFORE THE WEDDING

>> Do not bring a guest unless the couple has indicated that you can- RSVP for the people that are listed on the invitation’s envelope only.

>> Make sure to double check that you wrote your name (and meal selection if applicable) on the RSVP card.

>> Even if it is not mentioned, leave the kids at home unless they are a part of the wedding party.

>> Oh, and let’s not forget to RSVP on time! (Admittedly, I am AWFUL at this, so my recommendation is to send your RSVP as soon as you get the invitation!)

>> Read all of the info on the accommodations card and wedding website so you don’t have to ask the bride or groom in the days before the wedding. It should all be there for you!

GENERAL DAY OF

>> Don’t text or call the bride the day of the wedding explaining your issues or asking questions.

>> Be present for the day! Don’t stay behind a camera or your cell phone… celebrate with the bride and groom!

>> Don’t come empty handed. Even the smallest gift is appreciated. If you are purchasing a gift, have it sent to the couples home instead of bringing it to the reception. Cards are always nice too.

>> Show up on time! Which means… 20-25 mins before the ceremony start time that is on the invitation! And on that note… also try not to show up WAY early either!

>> Stay out of the aisle during the ceremony!

>> And with that, please refrain from taking photos with your phones/cameras/iPads during the ceremony- especially if the bride and groom have requested that you refrain from doing so!

>> Please don’t try to turn your friend’s wedding into your family photoshoot/reunion.

>> If transportation (such as a shuttle) is being provided for you, use it!

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ATTIRE

>> Dress accordingly. Please remember to check the weather before you leave.

>> Again, check the weather. You might want to bring a sweater or umbrella, just in case.

>> Dress appropriately for the setting. Turn to the invitation and/or wedding website to decipher the style and location of the wedding and recommended attire. If you can’t figure it out from that, ask around- just try not to ask the bride… she probably doesn’t need any more stress than she already has.

>> This should be a given, but don’t wear white (unless instructed to by the bride).

RECEPTION

>> Get to the cocktail hour when it starts, and stay the full time.

>> Don’t try to push your way into the reception because you’re ready to sit down or claim your seat. Often times finishing touches are being made or photos are being taken, and it is preferred that guests wait until the designated time to enter the reception.  The bride and groom have a cocktail hour for a reason, and there is most likely a plan in place- you should respect that.

>> If there are stations or a buffet, you will be released by table- by someone in charge- to get your food.

>> The pretty, big, sparkly plates at your placesetting? Those are likely chargers. They are not to be used as dinner plates.

>> If seated at a long table without specific assigned seats (typically indicated by place cards) please do not leave 1 chair between yourself and the next person. There are a specific number of chairs available for a set number of guests.

>> Please remember that the bride and groom (and/or their parents) are paying for you to eat and drink. The best thing you can do is enjoy it!

>> The couple *really* wants you to dance and use the photo booth! Again, if it’s there, it was paid for with the aim of your enjoyment.

>> Please don’t try to do a toast/speech unless you have been asked to do so.

>> At the reception, don’t assume that “extra” favors, candies, bottles of champagne, etc. are yours for the taking! They could have plans for those things after the wedding!

>> Don’t just grab things that you see, unless you KNOW they belong to you or your date. This includes an umbrella covering the photographer’s equipment, candles and centerpieces on the table, and random jackets on chairs. If you do see something lying around, give it to a staff member at the wedding.

>> Please don’t leave with the centerpieces unless you’re told to. The vase is probably rented!

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VENDORS

>> Please be mindful of the couple’s wishes that are being carried out by wedding professionals. If a planner or coordinator tells you something that you don’t necessarily like, it’s for a reason that has been predetermined by the couple.

>> Trust the photographer to get the shots that the couple wants. The couple hired them for a reason, and chances are good that they are going to be happier they picked the photographer’s image over yours.

>> Don’t jump in front of the photographer with your own camera during family photos and critical events.

>> Don’t try to talk to the photographer during the ceremony.

>> Please refrain from taking your own photos over the wedding photographer’s shoulder.

>> Remember that vendors involved with a wedding most likely know more about what should be going on than you do. If you have a question, ask someone in charge.

>> The couple has hired a professional photographer for a reason- they don’t need their guests to take photos with their own cameras, phones, and iPads. Just sit back and enjoy the moment.


I know that there is SO much more to all of this, and also that each wedding and couple and wedding guest is different. And yes, I could probably take each individual thing and write a full post about it. Perhaps I will one day- but for the time being, I just wanted to get these tips out there for wedding guests. Because when it comes down to it, the bride and groom want everyone to have a great time at their wedding, and these tips will only help you achieve that!

Have some other tips to add for wedding guests? Feel free to add your own in the comments!


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This post was originally published on December 13, 2012.