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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 24, 2016 - 4 comments

Greenhouse Engagement Photos at the South Coast Botanic Garden

I am SO in love with our engagement photos! Many of you have probably already seen a ton on my Instagram and Facebook but I thought I would share a few more on the blog. After working at the South Coast Botanic Garden for 2 years I had dreams of taking some photos in their Greenhouse. It may not have much curb appeal but it's a tropical paradise inside!

Photos by Chloe Moore

Engagement photos with floral dress and tattoo

The engagement dress

Let me take a second to talk about my floral engagement session dress. I get A LOT of questions about it. It came from a shop at the Del Amo Mall in Torrance, CA called Sugarbush (or something similar). Sadly that store closed not long after I got the dress. I still have this floral maxi dress and love wearing it for weddings, parties or date nights. I would caution that the slit does open up with any gust of wind so now I wear a slip underneath just in case.

Couple holds hands in garden for engagement photos

Wedding venue location

At the time that we took these engagement photos, we had no idea where our wedding would actually take place so we decided to take pictures in the cactus garden, alpine section and tropical garden just in case we decided on a destination wedding! Turns out, we ended up having it at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree. Here's a blog post from our own desert wedding. 

Tropical engagement photos with long floral dress


Engagement outfits for men

We kept it pretty simple with my now-husband's engagement outfit. He wore a light blue button down shirt and dark jeans. We paired that with his black and brown shoes and a nice watch. He has tattoos so we rolled up his sleeves to show those and keep it more casual. I really like how it turned out.

Sunset engagement photos in botanical garden


How long are engagement sessions?

Typically, I would say engagement sessions last about 2 hours on average. Each engagement photo package will vary with your photographer but I typically see them being between 1-3 hours long. Something to keep in mind if you are going to multiple locations is drive time. Depending on the photographer, that travel time between spots may count toward your total shoot time so choose your locations wisely!

engagement photos inside greenhouse

That's a wrap on our engagement shoot! Thank you to my friends/vendors for making this happen. If you need more vendor recommendations, we have a TON of talented people to suggest for your engagement session or wedding day. Check out our Instagram for some of our favorites.

kiss engagement photo in garden


Hair/Makeup Nicol Artistry // Photography Chloe Moore Photography // Wardrobe Styling Circa Vibes // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden



October 17, 2016 - 11 comments

Crystal + Joe’s Whimsical Wedding at the South Coast Botanic Garden

Crystal and Joe put on a heck of a good wedding! With live music, a margarita truck and a ton of lawn games, this couple knew how to impress their guests and have a good time. A combination of rustic and whimsical decor in a beautiful garden setting made for a picture perfect wedding. Take a look!

bride getting ready with maid of honor

groomsmen cheers with whiskey before wedding

engagement ring with halo and tungsten wedding band

The couple had a beautiful intimate ceremony in the amphitheater with a natural backdrop and some rad vintage doors. The reception was pure fun with a live Mariachi band, whimsical couches and games and of course, a wild Margarita Truck as the bar!

ceremony in the amphitheater at the south coast botanic garden

flower girl and ring bearer at outdoor ceremony

wedding ceremony in front of vintage green doors by Circa Vintage Rentals

whimsical alice in wonderland wedding lounge area by Circa Vintage Rentals

sweetheart table with vintage green doors at south coast botanic garden

mariachi band at wedding reception at the south coast botanic garden
margarita truck at wedding reception in garden

dance party wedding reception in garden

champagne bucket for wedding toast

sunset dance party at wedding reception

wedding under the stars with bistro lights at south coast botanic garden

Photography Darren Kelly // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden // Vintage Rentals Circa Vintage Rentals // Margarita Truck Rasta Rita //