Wedding Spotlight: Liz and Dave

Today I’m sharing a wedding that’s so gorgeous and glamorous in all it’s rustic glory, I don’t even want to talk about it, I just want you to scroll down and see for yourself! Liz and Dave’s wedding day, filled with chic rustic touches including a birch gazebo and wood palette wall, was captured by Kaboo Vang of Kaboo Vang Photography.


The decor was kept chic and rustic, with floral centerpieces, chalkboard signage, family style dining and a brilliant color palette of teal and fuchsia.


From the Bride: We intentionally wanted this to be a party and not have a lot of formality. If I had to pick one favorite memory from our day,  it would probably be the photos before the wedding. Dave and I did an hour of photos and it was just us.

With her stunning  lace gown, Liz looked every inch a Hollywood star as she surprised Dave during their first look (just wait until you see Dave’s face!)





From the Bride: Dave and I met at an event we were both working. I was the coordinator and he was the tour manager for the performer at the event. He took a picture of me and “offered” to tag me on Facebook…30 min after he left the event he sent me a private message. That was it. We’ve been together ever since.

First think you need to know about me is that I’m a control freak. We had started talking about engagement and looking at rings in January (5 months after we met). We actually found the ring on the first day, but kept looking. Of course the biggest obstacle was that the ring we found was at Costco (amazing selection) and he does not have a Costco card. So I had to be there when he bought the ring. So he has the ring in his pocket and I’m over here like “Can I have it now?” We went to dinner and as he’s proposing Faithfully by Journey then Marry Me by Train comes on…. It was non traditional and perfect but us.




Any Advice to those who are planning? Identify 3 really important moments that you want to have at your reception. We have access to so many great ideas and narrowing down what you would like to have and how to make it cohesive can be overwhelming. Pick 3 things that you really want to make a statement. For us it was the wood wall, our dance floor lighting and table décor. Because the colors that we picked were so bold (fuchsia and teal) we had to use them thoughtfully.









Processional: Marry Me for my bridesmaids and first part of Faithfully for myself
Recessional: The last end of Faithfully
First Dance: Come rain or come shine (this was a ridiculously hard choice and we actually didn’t make it until the day before)




Congratulations and Best Wishes, Liz and David!


Photographer: Kaboo Vang, Kaboo Vang Photography | Flowers: Budding Events | Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas |
Cake: Above and Beyond Cake |  Bride’s Dress: Casablanca | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Groom’s Suit: H&M| Groomsmen: H&M| Hair and Makeup: Amy Perdigone, The Traveling Stylist

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Wedding Spotlight: Jacie and Eric

There’s lots to love about simple rustic weddings, right? Jacie and Eric’s big day incorporated a Pinterest inspired simple and rustic style, including burlap, lace and daises plus tons of super impressive DIYs. TONS. Take a look at all the shots by Denise Reason of Photography for a Reason below…

The romantic bouquets and centerpieces were from Strelitzia Flower Company and put together the morning of the wedding by the bride, her mom and girlfriends.


From the Bride: We had burlap table runners, chalkboard signs, crates, and mason jar centerpieces with burlap, lace, and daises. We also had yard games and a photo booth with superhero themed props. We snuck in batman cufflinks for the guys too! The vibe we were going for was relaxed and fun. Most important to us was that our family and friends enjoyed themselves!


From the Bride: Our favorite moment during our wedding day was finally joining each other at the alter. We have been together a long time and we were so excited to take this step together. When we went through our rehearsal, Eric could barely wait for the cue to take my hand from my dad. Eric’s favorite memory was watching me walk down the aisle. We were all smiles. My favorite memory was gazing up at Eric as he shared his vows with me. Eric usually likes to crack jokes with me so I was expecting some teasing, but his vows were so sincere and heartfelt.

On incorporating traditions into her wedding: My mom was such a sweetheart and she took care of all of this for me. For something old and something blue I wore my mom’s garter from her wedding. For something borrowed, I carried the family bible. My grandma first carried this bible down the aisle when she got married in 1952. Since then, all the women in my family have carried the bible down the aisle and signed it afterward. This was such a special tradition for me to be a part of. For something new, I wore pearl earrings and a pearl necklace, also a gift from my mom.

The yard games were definitely a big hit! We had giant jenga, ladder golf, and corn hole. A big shout out goes to my brother, Jeff, for handcrafting our corn hole boards. I also loved our DIY photo booth. We had tons of silly props and one of my talented bridesmaids, Christina, made a set of superhero masks. They were definitely a party favorite.


Some of my favorite details were the DIY decorations that I made with my mom and girlfriends. I couldn’t thank my mom enough for all the work she put into the wedding! The morning of the wedding we all got together at Haggin Oaks and listened to music as we put together our bridal bouquets. The centerpieces, gazebo, cake table, and party favor decorations were all part of our handy work. My maid of honor, Jenna, also made our must have chocolate cupcakes.

Remember that DIY means you have to actually do it yourself! Lol. Make sure to get a crew together to help you with all the last minute details. Your family and friends will feel special to have played a part in your big day. On another note, don’t let the stress of planning a wedding take away from the fun in your relationship. Learn when to put the wedding planning talk on pause and just enjoy your time together.



We were excited to incorporate some family traditions for our wedding favors. Eric’s dad, Randy, makes an amazing salsa and my Grandma Louise makes the most delicious apple jelly. It was fun to be able to share these treats with all our family and friends.


Musical Choices –
Processional: A Thousand Years (Instrumental) – The Piano Guys
Recessional: I Feel Good – James Brown
First Dance: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

We chose The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks because we loved the outdoor space! We were looking for the perfect amount of indoor/outdoor space to create a fun event for our family and friends to celebrate our big day with us. We knew we wanted to have yard games and dancing, and The Pavilion at Haggin Oaks had the perfect amount of closed off space for that. The garden lighting was beautiful, the white tent was gorgeous, and I surprisingly fell in love with the gazebo. The wooden benches were also the perfect touch for relaxing and playing yard games. Rebecca, Katrina, and Adrianna were also amazing site coordinators to work with!


Congratulations and Best Wishes, Jacie and Eric!


Photographer: Denise Reason, Photography for a Reason | Flowers: Strelitzia Flower Company | Stationary: Michaels | Cake: Safeway | Cupcakes: Jenna Martin | DJ: Nick Javier, Function 45 Event Entertainment | Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse| Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse| Officiant: Pastor Clark Barnard, One Great Wedding For You

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Wedding Spotlight: Jin Sun and Ben

I know I say this at least once a week, but I just love this wedding. I really do.

Sometimes the most simple weddings, are the most special. And Jin Sun and Ben’s sweet minty blue wedding, was pretty special.

This wonderful pair who met while teaching English in Korea created an intimate celebration that was a sweet, low key affair with adorable DIY moments sprinkled throughout.

It was captured by the talented Doug Miranda Photography – and I’m so excited for you guys to see their dreamy portraits!



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Nearly everything in the wedding was DIY. From the amazing seating chart, charming flower arrangements to the sweet candy table set up.onanian_wed_0413










Processional: Vitamin String Quartet – Stay with me
Recessional: The Piano Guys – A Thousand Years
First Dance: K-Ci and JoJo – All my life

Thank you both for allowing us to be a part of your day. Congratulations and best wishes, Jin Sun and Ben!


Photographer: Doug Miranda Photography | Hair & Makeup: Shana Beals Makeup Artistry |  DJ: Cope Entertainment| Bride’s Dress: Bride To Be Couture| Bridesmaids Dresses: various vendors| Groom’s Suit: Indochino| Groomsmen: Indochino|

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