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October 25, 2017 - 10 comments

Heather + Gabe’s Colorful Summer Wedding

Ok, I know, Summer is over but with the weather we just had this past week, it kind feels like August all over again! Speaking of August, today I'm sharing Heather and Gabe's colorful summertime reception at the South Coast Botanic Garden. Oh and that dress? SO PRETTY! Wait until you see how it transforms for dancing.

bride and groom in cactus garden palos verdes

Getting ready with your squad

You know it's going to be a great wedding when the girls get ready together with some champagne, cute robes and some photos of them jumping on the bed!

bridesmaids laughing in cute floral robes on bed

bride and bridesmaid jumping on bed

bride cheers with champagne in white robe

Meanwhile in the guys room...everything was under control and they were so well behaved!

groom's brown shoes brown sunglasses brown belt and pattern tie

groom getting ready white shirt

groom putting brown shoes on and argyle socks

handsome groom looking in mirror getting ready

groomsmen helping groom get ready redondo beach

First Look in the garden

Then came the First Look. One of my favorite parts of a wedding. We had a First Look for our wedding and I felt 100 lbs lighter after it. It's so good to see your fiancé and it really helps calm nerves. It also makes for incredible and emotional photos!

groom covering eyes before First Look

bride, bridesmaids and wedding planner getting ready for First Look

bride in beautiful fairytale gown in garden for first look

bride and groom see each other first the first time in garden

bride and groom under tree at south coast botanic garden for first look

peachy bride bouquet

The reception details

The couple chose to have a private ceremony a week before and wanted to celebrate their marriage in a beautiful outdoor setting which is why they chose to have their reception at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, CA.

garden wedding reception at south coast botanic garden

round tables and wooden chairs for garden wedding

The bride, Heather, found all of these blue bottles at different thrift stores and shops over the course of several months. She kept costs down by buying her own flowers for the centerpieces and adding a cool blue and white patterned table cloth overlay and marble table numbers. Each table was equipped with a shot glass and disposable camera that guests used throughout the night. I hope those photos turned out good!

blue bottles with bright flowers as centerpiece

bright blue bottles and flowers with marble table number

custom shot glass for wedding favor

This crafty couple also took the time to make their own seating chart with screws spelling out their names, how cool is that? The signage at this wedding was all really good. I love the clever Hasta Luego sign.

wooden seating chart with flowers and screws

screws spelling out bride and grooms name

batenders from cocktail minglers at outdoor wedding

drink menu sign with signature cocktails


wine barrel cocktail tables for wedding

Romantic photos around the Garden

We snuck the couple away to the cactus garden for some gorgeous sunset photos and then brought them back for a fun grand entrance followed by some dancing! Photographer tip: definitely scout this venue before you shoot a wedding there because there are 87 acres of garden and you may want to take your couples out into a different part of the Garden for those golden hour photos!

grand entrance at the south coast botanic garden

bride and groom outdoor grand entrance

guests around bride and groom for grand entrance


bride and groom kissing fairytale in cactus garden

bride and groom sunset photos in cactus garden

close up bride and groom sparkly gown in cactus garden

bride and groom dip kiss with fairytale ballgown in garden

Dance the night away!

Let the party begin! We had Chunk-N-Chip's ice cream sandwich bar come by for a few hours which was a total HIT for guests, awesome beats by Diego from VOX DJs and the perfect weather for a dance party. Also, this groom's got some MOVES!

Bride and groom first dance under bistro lights

bride and groom dance at south coast botanic garden

couple dancing under bistro lights

dance party wedding at the south coast botanic garden

groom break dancing

groom dancing at garden wedding

wedding party dancing

chunk and chip ice cream sandwhiches

ice cream sandwich set up

dance party for wedding at garden

Remember that gorgeous fairytale-like gown the bride wore? Well, guess what! It's a 2-piece and the skirt comes off for dancing!

hasta luego sign for wedding

Congratulations Heather and Gabe!

Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photography Nichanh Nicole Photography // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden // DJ Diego VOX DJs // Rentals Choura Events // Catering Wheat & Fire Pizza Oven // Desserts Chunk-N-Chip //



October 10, 2016 - 6 comments

Fall Wedding at the South Coast Botanic Garden

Garden Wedding in Palos Verdes

Fall is here! Every year I hope to see the Southern California trees change colors but instead I settle for the somewhat cooler weather and the appearance of all things pumpkin at Trader Joe's. The Fall wedding season is definitely one of my favorites. Guests get to enjoy seasonal menus, darker colors in their decor and get cozy by the fire pits. We're celebrating this lovely fall wedding at the South Coast Botanic Garden on the blog today! P.S the bride designed her own invitations and hand painted all the pretty signs!

Getting ready earlier

Getting ready the morning of your wedding should be anything but stressful. Something to consider if you're having a late fall outdoor wedding (late October or November) is that the sunset will be a lot earlier. That means, you should plan to have your ceremony earlier in the day as well and therefore, you're 'getting ready' time will have to start earlier as well.

Hair & Skin Care Routine

If you're not a morning person, consider washing your hair the night before and lathering lot's of moisturize on before bed. To avoid puffy eyes the morning of your wedding, stay hydrated the night before and go to bed early. I know it's not what you want to hear on your wedding weekend but, trust me, you'll be glad you did.

Coffee mug Wedding Gift Idea

Breakfast & champagne

Even though you might have butterflies the morning of your wedding, you need to eat something. Have your Maid of Honor be in charge of wedding day brunch and mimosas to take the edge off! Remember, stay hydrated throughout the day too!


Wedding rings on succulents

Succulent boutonnieres for groomsmen

Outdoor Ceremony

Like I mentioned earlier, if you're having an outdoor ceremony in the Fall, it's likely that the sunset will be significantly earlier than it would be during the Spring or Summer. Planning tip: The first thing I do when I start creating a wedding timeline for clients is to insert the sunset time. The reason I do this is because I want the "golden light" romantic photos to happen the hour surrounding the sunset. This means, the ceremony should be at least 1 hour or more BEFORE sunset time.


wooden ceremony sign

Wedding chuppah with long garland

bridesmaids in pastel at garden wedding

A Garden Reception

After a beautiful wedding with a traditional tea ceremony, modern vows and lot's of happy tears, guests were escorted to the meadow for some sushi, drinks and dancing. Planning Tip: One thing we like to always recommend to our Fall wedding couples is to rent heat lamps! I know it's not a sexy rental item to have on your list but your guests will appreciate you for keeping them warm once the sun sets. If you don't like the look of the metal heat lamps, for a small extra fee you can ask your rental company to wrap them in pretty much any color you want!

Wooden escort card sign find your table

Sweetheart table with pink chair and books at garden wedding

Macarons tower for wedding dessert table

Gift table marquis letter signs

Fall wedding invitations for garden wedding

Fall Wedding Photos

All in all, I still think Fall weddings are the best. The air is crisper, sure, but the sunsets are spectacular. If you are considering a botanical garden as your wedding venue, I recommend checking out the South Coast Botanic Garden because you'll have 86 acres of incredible greenery and cool plants for your sunset photos.

bride and groom in garden under greenery arch

Vendor Team

Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photography Jennifer Fujikawa // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden // Hair + Makeup Theresa Huang // Florals Hana Hana Flowers // Desserts Le Paradis Macaron // Wedding Arch Blue Fish Event Rentals // Invitations Fiber and Dye