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February 24, 2018 - 13 comments

Colorful Indian-American Fusion Wedding in Palos Verdes, CA

By now you know that getting photo galleries back from wedding photographers is more exciting to me than Christmas morning. Seeing every wedding come to life is one of our favorite parts of our job.  You can imagine my excitement when I opened Robyn and Proteek's colorful Palos Verdes wedding gallery. FYI, their photographer, Bernadette of Bramble and Vine shot for 11 hours!

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bride and groom dance under bistro lights point vicente

Getting Ready by the Ocean

If you've never been to Palos Verdes, it's what I like the call, the "country side" of Los Angeles. What I mean by that is that it's full of great woodsy areas, hiking trails and horses (!). It just feels like we're out in the wilderness. Don't get me wrong, Palos Verdes also happens to be right on the coast too and has some of the most gorgeous ocean views. The drive along the coast there will take your breath away. The bride and groom rented a beautiful AirBnB near the South Coast Botanic Garden as their getting ready spot and it was stunning! For a closer look at the botanic garden, take a look at my engagement photo session.

cliffs and ocean view in Palos Verdes

invitation suite for coastal fusion wedding in Palos verdes

Emerald Monzon doing makeup on bride for fusion indian wedding in palos verdes

sengha and jewelry pieces for hindu wedding

fusion indian american wedding with bride getting ready in traditional indian gown

fusion wedding with bride getting in to red and gold lehenga

henna tattoo on bride's hands for hindu ceremony

Hindu Ceremony in the Garden

We had two ceremonies, two wardrobe changes, two first looks and one reception overlooking the ocean in Palos Verdes. Now that's a party! Robyn and Proteek chose to celebrate both of their cultures by starting the day with a Hindu ceremony at the South Coast Botanic Garden. If you are planning a wedding with multiple venues and wardrobe changes, maintaining your budget is an important part of the planning process. To make things easier, use our free Wedding Budget Guide.

hindu ceremony with mandap at south Coast botanic garden

hindu ceremony mothers walking down aisle to mandap with simple green garland

indian groom during baraat for hindu ceremony in palos verdes

hindu ceremony with bride covering her eyes with leaves

hindu ceremony outdoors under simple mandap at south coast botanic garden

groom greets bride for hindu ceremony in garden

groom touches brides heart during hindu ceremony

mothers and aunts cover bride during hindu ceremony

The detail that goes into the traditional lehenga's are jaw dropping. Take a look at what the bride and groom wore. How beautiful are these?!

Wardrobe change: gown and suit

After the Hindu ceremony, the bride and groom had a wardrobe change back at the cute AirBnB. Moments later, they surprised each other with a First Look (or do we call this a Second Look?) in their American wedding outfits. brides edgy glam Badgley Mishka shoes and earrings

veil with embroidered detail on the bottom

henna tattoo on american bride in wedding gown

first look down old brick stairs and green vines on wall

first look at airbnb in palos verdes bride tapping groom on shoulder

bride and groom overlooking palos verdes at beautiful home

American Ceremony by the cliffs

I'm telling you, this Palos Verdes wedding experienced some of the most beautiful sceneries. Guests got to see a garden for the first portion of the day and then drove just 15 minutes away for a completely different view! The Point Vicente Interpretive Center was where Robyn and Proteek chose to have their 2nd ceremony and reception. You're about to see why they picked it.

cliffside scene of palos verdes at the point vicente interpretive center wedding

simple two post arch with fabric and garland for ocean side ceremony

bride and father walk down aisle along the cliffs in palos verdes

bride and groom kiss at wedding at point vicente interpretive center

bride and groom get married at point vicente interpretive center palos verdes

Wedding Reception overlooking the ocean

It keeps getting better! Thanks to all the great vendors on this team, we transformed the quaint reception room into a beautiful wedding reception hall. DJ Jack Farmer kept the party going under the stars outside after dinner and the light ocean breeze kept everyone nice and cool. Another thing I loved about this wedding was that the first part of the day was full of decorations, colors and details. The reception was very classy and elegant but simple and not over-the-top. When you're planning a fusion wedding, I think it's a great idea to have a balance of both the minimal and very glammed up decor. Here are some of our wedding day must-haves for any reception!

indoor wedding room at Point Vicente Interpretive Center

sweetheart table with green garland and gold plates

silk flower sweetheart table backdrop

bright pink peonies and gold chargers on round tables with white linens

bright pink flowers on center of round table for wedding

cocktail outside on patio of point vicente interpretive center

We did the Grand Entrance on the outdoor patio of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in hopes that we would see some whales go by (we didn't) and then couldn't resist going into a mini dance party!

grand entrance patio point vicente interpretive center

colorful spring bouquet for wedding in Palos Verdes

first dance with bistro lights in palos verdes

father of the bride playing guitar

gold and white cake with You're My Favorite cake topper

dessert table with gold and white cake at Point Vicente Interpretive Center

macarons on wedding dessert table

guests dancing the night away at wedding

guests dancing under bistro lights in Palos Verdes

That's the end of this Palos Verdes Wedding. Inspired by this day? Check out this whimsical wedding day at the same ceremony site.

Photographer Bramble and Vine Photography // DJ Jack Farmer // Makeup Makeup by Emerald // Florals Floret Moon Design // Ceremony venue South Coast Botanic Garden // Rentals Choura Events and Kismet Events // Reception venue Point Vicente Interpretive Center // Catering + Bar Jay's Catering // Photobooth Rowdy Booth //

December 29, 2017 - 9 comments

Chelsea + Patrick’s Woodsy Big Sur Wedding

As soon as Fall comes around, I always want to put on some cozy leggings, a loose sweater and head up to the mountains. The air is crisper, the leaves actually change color and coffee just tastes better when it's cold out. This recent change of weather made me think of Chelsea and Patrick's beautiful wedding in Big Sur, CA. These two Hawaiian yogis tied the knot at The Ventana Inn and it is still, to this day, one of my all-time favorites.

bride and groom as glen oaks cabins under umbrella

A woodsy and rainy first look

The plan was to have a rain-free weekend with a ceremony under the trees and a reception outside on the patio of the Ventana Inn overlooking the ocean. Well, Mother Nature had a different plan but luckily this couple went with the flow and it turned out to be an incredible wedding weekend nonetheless!

bride and groom first look at glen oaks big sur

woodsy cabin in big sur

bride and groom kiss under umbrella in big sur

Rain or shine, Chelsea and Patrick were getting married! How adorable was that First Look at Glen Oaks? The girls all stopped getting ready to take a peek. Not gonna lie, I was also peeking from behind a tree.

groom and groomsmen in the woods with teal shirts

bride and bridesmaids in jewel tone dresses in woods

bride and bridesmaids bouquet bright pinks and oranges

bride and groom walk during fall wedding in big sur woods

couple walks through woods for wedding big sur

The ceremony

Originally, we were going to have the ceremony under some of the tall redwoods and we tried so hard to keep the rain away with all sorts of dances and chants but unfortunately it didn't work. Instead, we escorted guests into a small yet cozy community hall near by and it turned out really fun and colorful.

bluegrass band playing for wedding in big sur ca

bride and father walk down aisle in big sur ca

bride high gives thumbs up to grandma

colorful wedding backdrop curtain at big sur community hall

bride and groom kiss in front of colorful curtain big sur hall

The reception at the Ventana Inn

The reception took place at the Ventana Inn where we got a clear tent and live music to keep everyone dancing. We set up the long dinner tables inside where it was warm and cozy. Although it wasn't part of the plan to have dinner inside, the log-cabin feel of the room went really well with our decor.

bluegrass band under clear tent at ventana inn

bride and groom under clear tent dancing

wedding guests dancing under clear tent wedding ventana inn

Ventana Inn long wooden tables wedding reception

bud vases and on wooden tables with black napkins at ventana inn wedding

family style wedding tables with bright florals and black napkins

Take a closer look at these table "numbers". Each table had a beautiful photo that the couple took of some of their favorite travel places. Such a great way to add a personal touch!

unique table numbers with photos

Rain or shine, they danced!

Even with the change in weather, they still danced, ate, drank and ended the night as husband and wife. It was a good wedding to remind myself how amazing my last few years of clients have been. They've been ready to go with the flow and are just so happy to be together with their friends and family. And a little rain doesn't put a damper on their big day!

bridal bouquet with pinks oranges and purple wildflowers

orange pink and purple bridal bouquet

blue sapphire engagement ring

foggy day at ventana inn big sur

Planning + Styling 'Cause We Can Events // Photographer Evynn LeValley // Florals Big Sur Flowers // Venue Ventana Inn // Band Grasskickers // DJ Giancarlo // Rentals Chic Event Rentals