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Vintage Americana in Malibu

by Audrey on 07.03.16

in Real Weddings

Real Weddings:
Vintage Americana in Malibu
by Soda Fountain Photography
by Audrey
07.03.16

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This bright and charming wedding celebrates all the fun of Southern California (where this couple met) along with touches from where they grew up: the bride in Chicago and the groom in South Africa.  The bride, Elizabeth, shares her favorite moments from the ceremony:

When I close my eyes, I can remember exactly how I felt hearing the crescendo of the music as I walked up the pier holding my Dad’s arm, seeing all our family and friends from near and far with smiles on their faces, and feeling the breeze off the Pacific.  I could never have just one favorite part of that ceremony – Lloyd and I poured all of ourselves into the planning of it; we lovingly designed it to represent the essence of ourselves, our families, our beliefs, and most importantly, our love for each other. I loved experiencing the power of the Laying of Hands, I loved the moments of laughter in between the deep, emotional expressions and vows. I didn’t realize it at the time, but we literally shook the pier when we were nailing our bourbon box shut that held our letters to each other and a bottle of bourbon! A family member told me a few weeks after the wedding that, although the day had been slightly overcast, when Lloyd and I began reading our vows to each other the clouds gave way and rays of sunshine shone down on us in the most overwhelming, perfect way. I was so moved when our pastor explained the significance of my wedding band; the ring belonged to Lloyd’s maternal grandmother from South Africa, who gave it to us after proudly wearing it for over fifty years. I wanted to keep very aware of how I was feeling and stay in the present during our ceremony, so I would take deep breaths and smell the air, look around at our loved ones, catch glimpses of the ocean and birds, and just soak up the magic of the moment overall. Every minute was my favorite.

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And Elizabeth’s favorite moments of the reception:

Our reception was a culmination of all our hard work, all our creativity, time, love, dedication, and patience we had been pouring out for the twelve months prior. The music, the food (and bourbon!) and amazing people and stunning environment of the Bluff at Paradise Cove turned out to be exactly as wonderful as we had envisioned it would be. The part I’d most like to share here is the moment I stole for myself in the middle of it all to take a look around and soak it all in. I gazed at the dance floor full of people enjoying themselves, felt the warmth of the bonfire and quilts, took in a deep breath of ocean air, and it was all just…perfect. It was the most perfect moment of my life. So far. And anything else you can think of: My husband was born and raised in South Africa, while I was raised just outside of Chicago, and we met here in Southern California. We wanted our wedding to be a representation of our roots as well as our love of California, so we added many personal touches throughout the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. We held our rehearsal dinner at the Malibu Inn, and Lloyd (my husband) met with their awesome chef to arrange a traditional South African meal for our wedding party and guests. The chef made homemade Boerawors sausage, mashed potatoes and tomato onion gravy – a typical South African party meal. Since both my husband and I had began our individual journeys to California from elsewhere around the nation and globe, we envisioned our wedding to be a sort of rustic 1940’s “road trip” culminating at the Ocean.  We found pieces of vintage luggage to hold our wedding cards and quilts we had collected quilts for our guests to use to lounge on the ground or wrap up in in case it was a cold evening. We wanted to combine elements of California, the Midwest, and South Africa in any way possible. We spent fun evenings together during the summer, which is peak strawberry season here in California, making and jarring strawberry jam to use as both wedding favors and place cards during the reception. My amazing floral designer, Heather Williams of Twig & Twine, included Proteas in my bouquet and in arrangements around the reception, which is the national flower of South Africa. We asked our pastry and dessert chef Heather Wong of the Scootabaker to make mini milk tart pies, which is one of my husband’s favorite desserts he ate growing up in his homeland.

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Photographer: Soda Fountain Photography | Venue: Paradise Cove Pier & Bluff | Catering: Calamigos Ranch Malibu | DJ: DJ Lady Sinclair | Officiant: Janet Ober | Calligrapher: Lindsay Letters | Invitations & Stationery: posh paperie | Cake Baker: The Scootabaker | Floral Designer: Twig & Twine

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by Audrey
06.30.16

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We love this soft hued watercolor inspired bridal shower.  Here’s how designer, Ashley Ham of Skybox Event Productions came up with the inspiration:

I wanted to capture the essence of spring and summer for this shoot by using a soft and feminine pastel color palette. The muted tones also played nicely with my watercolor theme; a representation of my love for art and painting. The shoot was focused around some of my favorite things to do during this season – indulging in a decadent dessert, sipping a refreshing cocktail, and most of all, enjoying it with some of my favorite girlfriends. To create a whimsical table setting befitting a bridal shower, a garden tea party, or a special birthday, I focused on flowers, desserts, cocktails, and table décor that tied in well with my theme. I also added a few personal touches for this shoot, which included hand dying the table runner and painting the ribbons used on the wine bottles.

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Italian Palmoa Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1.5 ounces Campari
  • 1/2 ounce pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 6 ounces chilled Italian orange soda
  • Pinch of salt
Directions
  1. Pour tequila, Campari, simple syrup and all the fruit juices into a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Add in the orange soda and strain over a glass with ice.
  3. Add the pinch of salt and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

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Campagna di Padova
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce Bourbon
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 3-5 Raspberries and Mint leaves
  • 1 ounce Lemon Juice
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Pour Bourbon, Aperol, Lemon Juice, and Simple Syrup in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Cover and shake for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain mix into a couple of glass
  4. Garnish with raspberries and mint on the top

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Lemon Drop Martini
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces Vodka of choice
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec
  • 2 ounces Coconut Water
  • 2 ounces Lemon Juice
Instructions
  1. Pour Vodka, Triple Sec, Coconut Water, and Lemon Juice in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Cover and shake for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain mix into a couple of glass
  4. Garnish with lemon

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Photographer: Adrienne Gunde Photography | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Skybox Event Productions | Venue + Cocktails: The VENUE by Three Petals | Event + Floral Design: Three Petals | Linens: Luxe Linens | Invitations & Stationery: The Paper Lab | Desserts: Beverly's Bakery | Hair + Makeup: e2beauty | Models: Jessica Kim, Jordana Hazel + Megan Welker

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Volume 15: the Fresh Issue

by Audrey on 05.27.16

in Inspiration

by Audrey
05.27.16

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The Fresh Issue is live, and full of bold, beautiful, and fun wedding inspiration, trends, and ideas.  We especially love Carly + Kevin’s real wedding we are sharing with Grey Likes Weddings.  Head on over to their blog to see even more images.  What fresh wedding ideas are you planning?

Photographer: Ivory + Bliss

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