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The inspiration for this shoot was the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi

the Japanese art of finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay — celebrating cracks, crevices and all other marks that time, weather and love leave behind

For years, I’ve been drawn to this Japanese idea that things get more and more beautiful with age and wear.

Wabi Sabi Inspired Minimalist Wedding photo by Cheers Babe Photo

When I shared this idea with planner, Kellyne of Hand & Heart Events, she immediately thought of a monochromatic shoot incorporating dried florals and pampas grass (hello, pretty!). For the tabletop decor, she chose handcrafted ceramics because she wanted to incorporate the imperfection that comes with handmade goods. Each plate has its own unique marks, color, and texture — embracing the idea that beauty can be found in asymmetry and imbalance. To nod to Japanese heritage and western custom, each setting was set with chopsticks and a fork and knife. For the custom cocktails, she chose two cocktail glasses that featured the traditional Japanese “Yari” pattern. This is a common technique used in Japanese glass making and refers to the weave pattern on the glass. We were even lucky enough to have a professional bartender create a custom cocktail using traditional Japanese whiskey and ingredients!

The stationery suite and paper goods were created by the very talented Stephanie of Bowerbird Atelier, who was inspired by natural textures, and used handmade paper overlaid with vellum for a romantic effect. Classic typography was paired with illustrations of cherry blossoms to symbolize spirituality, beauty and impermanence. The menu cards were embellished with blossoms embedded in pearlescent wax for an extra touch of natural elegance. She used broken pieces of neutral ceramic pottery for the place cards, embellished with a gold edge to mimic Kintsugi (the Japanese art of highlighting broken lines with real gold when fixing ceramics). This nod to the practice of the kintsugi tradition is also reflected on the stunning cake created by Natty Cakes.

The floral creations were the genius of Carrie from Boheme Tipi Events! She created a stunning asymmetrical ceremony altar anchored by a giant dried palm. Her hanging pampas grass installation above the table made the perfect wow-moment impact on the design. One of my favorite little details of this shoot is the way the accordion silk fabric of the bride’s dress mimics the fan palms used throughout the decor! The bride wore a gorgeous champagne diamond ring from Lauren Wolf Jewelry to match the monochrome look of the shoot. Scroll to the bottom to check out all of my talented collaborators – this was a fun one! Also head to 100 Layer Cake to see our feature!

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Vendor Credits

Photography + Art Direction // Cheers Babe Photo

Planning, Styling + Decor // Hand & Heart Events

Paper Goods + Signage // Bowerbird Atelier

Floral Design // Boheme Tipi Events

Hair + Makeup // Beauty by Lia

Cake // Natty Cakes

Bar // John McKenna

Models // Hannah Tokuno & Alex via Stars Management 

Jewelry // Lauren Wolf Jewelry via Shop Esqueleto

Dress // Alexandra Grecco via Lovely Bride SF

Suit // Knot Standard

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Hello again & happy Friday! Over the last couple of years I’ve seen some really exciting momentum in my business & so many business concepts finally “clicked” for me. Now, part of this I attribute to trial and error and showing up every day ready to learn. However, along the way I have read some extremely useful business books & I’d love to share them with you today! I try to read one business book every other month these days & that’s been an invaluable practice for my business. Continual learning has really become a core value of my business because things change so quickly these days & we can literally never know all the things! Here are some of the best books for business that I’ve read & would highly recommend to you!

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Business Books You Have to Read

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Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen

This book is my NUMBER ONE recommendation to anyone running a business! After reading this book by Donald Miller, I literally added an entire new page on my website to clarify the message I was putting out into the world & it’s been a game changer! My favorite part of the book is when he talks about how to position your voice with your audience so that what you’re saying compels your ideal clients. Go buy this book now if you haven’t read it!

 

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

Co-Written by brothers Tom & David Kelley who founded the incredible design firm IDEO where they use creativity to solve major human problems and create positive impact for the world. Although this isn’t technically a business book, if you’re offer a creative service to clients like I do, you’re always trying to solve your client’s biggest problems and improve their experience. The problem is, doing that sometimes takes big risks and can be scary! This book dials down on basically how to think creatively and make bold, creative decisions.

 

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

 I’ll be honest – I’m actually only about halfway done with this book, but I HAVE to include it in this list because it’s already that good! As I look into the future of Cheers Babe Photo, I’m super excited to grow my team & this book talks all about how to do that well — all the way from how to hire & what to look for through day-to-day systems to put in place that both motivate your team and grow your business. Definitely pick up this book if you’re thinking about hiring!

 

This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See

First of all, Seth Godin is like a business genius and has written many books that are worth reading. Most recently I read his book This is Marketing which talks both about how you should be approaching you marketing today as well as how you shouldn’t be, which is so useful! My favorite line in the whole book is about realizing that you’re not a good fit for every client and that is totally okay! — “When we find the empathy to say, “I’m sorry, this isn’t for you, here’s the phone number of my competitor,” then we also find the freedom to do work that matters.” – S.Godin

 

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

While obviously this isn’t actually a business book but a book about the enneagram, I’m including it in my business books list because as I dive deeper into the psychology tool that is the Enneagram typing system, the more empathy I gain for my couples as well as potential clients who end up going with someone else. If you’ve heard about the enneagram (yes, I know it’s trendy right now, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t great!), this book is a really great place to start & even determine your dominant type!

 

WorkParty: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams

Part business book & part-memoir by Jaclyn Johnson, the founder of ultra successful Create & Cultivate is a really fun & quick read. Hear her story, her mistakes, her triumphs and best advice for women running their own business today while remaining a healthy & taking care of yourself too!

 

What should I read next, babe?

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Hello my Santa Barbara bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this vast state to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dreamiest Santa Barbara wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there. 🙂

If you haven’t seen my LA Wedding Venue List, Bay Area Wedding Venue List, Orange County Venue List or Palm Springs Wedding Venue List, be sure to check those out if you’re thinking about other parts of California!

Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm

I am obsessed with this perfect greenhouse venue! It’s also right near the ocean!

Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm / Best Wedding Venues in Santa Barbara

Firestone Vineyard

Everything you could want – vines, a perfect oak tree, historic home to get ready in & a barn-style ballroom.

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The Goodland Hotel

Quirky & fun hotel with unique decor details that will definitely spark joy!

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Villa & Vine

Gorgeous Spanish architecture with a modern interior – the courtyard is amazing at night!

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Old Mission Santa Barbara

The columns are pink!! Need I say more?

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San Ysidro Ranch

The gardens are stunning! My favorite is their field of lavender!

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Dos Pueblos Ranch

Ocean-view ceremony & a barn reception

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Blue Sky Center

The ultimate glamping wedding spot!

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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

There’s a view of the ocean, gorgeous Spanish tile steps and some of the most amazing light I’ve ever seen.

Ritz Carlton Bacara / Best Santa Barbara Wedding Venues

Belmond El Encanto

I seriously don’t know what to say other than this place is perfection!

Belmond El Encanto / best santa barbara wedding venues

Santa Barbara Zoo

Think classy jurassic park vibes haha!

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Four Seasons Biltmore

This place is so luxurious!

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Get a massage the day of your wedding while your boo plays a round of golf with his boys!

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Sunstone Winery

Wanna feel like you’re having a wedding in Tuscany without the jet lag? This is where you go!

sunstone winery / best santa barbara wedding venues

Photo Credit in order from top to bottom:

Jodee Debes Photography, Cheers Babe Photo, Erin J Saldana Photography, Gaby J Photography, James & Jess, The Great Romance Photo, Jana Williams, Lisse Lundin, Jenny Quicksall, Belmond El Encanto, Wild Whim Design & Photography, Cheers Babe Photo for The Day.Collective, Michelle Beller and Jen Huang

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You’ve been asked to be a groomsman in your good friend’s wedding — you’re thrilled for your dude, but if you’re honest with yourself, you’re already feeling stressed about your role! How much is this gonna cost? Do I have to make a toast? Will I look good in the photos?

You’ve come to the right place! This post is packed with my very best groomsman tips that will not only make you a best groomsman, but they’ll keep you sane & having fun in the process!

Treat yo self

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this photo is by Walker Studios, the remainder are by Cheers Babe Photo

Get a fresh haircut, gentlemen! Trust me, you wanna look your best for these photos!

Remember your why

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I know that being a groomsman can begin to feel time-consuming and really tighten your budget and that can feel frustrating. Whenever you begin to have negative feelings about the wedding or resenting the groom, speak this affirmation (I’m serious – it might feel cheesy, but it’ll help): “My dude needs me & this will show him how much I care about him”.

Keep the Room Clean

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Often times I have to take time away from photographing the groom to move water bottles, tissues, luggage, and things of that nature out of the photo’s frame during getting ready photos. Designate a side room for everyone’s personal belongings and keep food and beverages off of tables in the main space.

Set a Vibe

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You know the groom better than I do, so bring along a speaker & play the jams you think will get him into the best mood. Some grooms want a chill vibe while getting ready – maybe sports on the TV even & others want all Chance the Rapper and tequila shots, but there’s nothing worse than being photographed in an awkwardly quiet room!

Support our Dude

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Advocate for the groom and his feelings on the wedding day, especially if a family member is stressing him out over an unimportant detail. If he’s feeling nervous, be a calming presence and remind him how special his bride is!

Help a Brotha Out

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Throughout the day, keep an eye on the groom’s jacket & boutonniere, making sure there’s no dust spots and that the flowers haven’t flipped upside down.

Be Confident

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You may be camera shy, but know that the more you relax in front of the camera, the better your photos will turn out. Carry yourself like you’re at your 5th GQ photo shoot & don’t forget to roll those shoulders back to have good posture. Make sure the top button on your jacket is buttoned for photos unless you’re sitting or have your arms around someone. When in doubt, hands in your pockets looks better than criss-crossing your hands in front of you. Also be sure to smile as you walk into the ceremony! Let yourself feel the emotions of the day too – ugly cry, belly laugh, whatever you need to do – don’t hold back!

Toast Tips

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Aim for a three-minute speech—that sounds short until you’re standing in front of 100 people. First, establish how you know the groom. Then add something funny (but not embarrassing) and something sentimental.

Dude, you’re ready! Have fun!

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You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid in your good girlfriend’s wedding — you’re thrilled for your gal, but if you’re honest with yourself, you’re already feeling stressed about your role! How much is this gonna cost? What if I don’t like my dress? Will I look good in the photos?

You’ve come to the right place! This post is packed with my very best bridesmaid tips that will not only make you a perfect bridesmaid, but they’ll keep you sane & happy in the process!

Treat yo self

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If you haven’t already done it as a group, go get a mani-pedi before wedding day, babe! Consider asking the bride who she’s hiring for her hair & makeup and ask how much it will cost for you to have them do your hair & makeup that morning. Trust me, having professional hair & makeup will make you feel as confident as Beyoncé in front of the camera!

Remember your why

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I know that being a bridesmaid can begin to feel time-consuming and really tighten your budget and that can feel frustrating. Whenever you begin to have negative feelings about the wedding or resenting the bride, speak this affirmation: “My girl needs me & this will show her how much I love her”.

Keep the Room Clean

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Often times I have to take time away from photographing the bride & her details to move water bottles, tissues, bridesmaids luggage (you. girls. have. so. much. stuff.), and things of that nature out of the photo’s frame during getting ready photos. Designate a side room for everyone’s personal belongings and keep food and beverages off of tables in the main space.

Set a Vibe

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You know your girl better than I do, so bring along a speaker & play the jams you think will get her into the best mood. Some brides want a chill vibe while getting ready & others want all Ariana Grande, but there’s nothing worse than being photographed in an awkwardly quiet room!

Support our Girl

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Advocate for the bride and her feelings on the wedding day, especially if a family member is stressing her out over an unimportant detail. If she’s feeling nervous, be a calming presence and remind her how special her groom is! Also please make sure she eats something before photos!

Help a Sista Out

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Throughout the day, keep an eye on the bride’s dress, making sure it’s not dragging through a dirty spot on the floor and helping bustle when it’s time for the reception. Bonus points for carrying the bride’s lipstick & giving her a touch up when she needs it.

Be Confident

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You may be camera shy, but know that the more you relax in front of the camera, the better your photos will turn out. Carry yourself like the queen that you are & don’t forget to roll those shoulders back to have good posture. During the processional, make sure to hold your bouquet with your hands right at your belly button. Most importantly, smile as you walk down the aisle! Let yourself feel the emotions of the day too – ugly cry, belly laugh, whatever you need to do – don’t hold back!

Toast Tips

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Aim for a three-minute speech—that sounds short until you’re standing in front of 100 people. First, establish how you know the bride. Then add something funny (but not embarrassing) and something sentimental.

Girl, you ready now! Have fun!

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Hello my Orange County and San Diego bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this vast state to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dopest Orange County and San Diego wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there. 🙂

If you haven’t seen my LA Wedding Venue List and the Bay Area Wedding Venue List or Palm Springs Wedding Venue List, be sure to check those out if you’re thinking about other parts of California!

Hangar 21 // Fullerton, CA

This place is a super cool white airplane hangar. You can do a helicopter grand entrance!!

Best Orange County Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Franciscan Gardens // San Juan Capistrano, CA

This little venue is like a French garden smack in the middle of South Orange County.

Best Orange County Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Rancho Las Lomas // Silverado, CA

Gorgeous Spanish mansion in the foothills of Orange County

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Lido House // Newport Beach, CA

Just blocks from the beach & full of modern, nautical vibes.

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The Harper // Costa Mesa, CA

I love this all white, natural-light space – so dreamy.

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Mission San Juan Capistrano // San Juan Capistrano, CA

There is just so much history here! Such a stunning place to tie the knot.

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Huntington Bay Club // Huntington Beach, CA

Beach? Check. Marina? Check. Palm Trees? Check. Need anything else?

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The 1912 // Santa Ana, CA

This spot is so cool! There’s amazing natural light & a super cool feature wall.

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Studio de la Flor // Carlsbad, CA

This little studio is the perfect spot for an intimate, laidback wedding or elopement dinner party.

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Building 177 // San Diego, CA

This place is all the loft vibes and natural light for days!

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Puesto at The Headquarters // San Diego, CA

Let’s be real, who doesn’t wanna eat Mexican food at your wedding?

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Photo Credit in order from top to bottom:

Hangar 21, Franciscan Gardens, Studio EMP, Lido House, Braedon Flynn, Mission San Juan Capistrano, McCune Photography, Mink Photography, Jessica Rice Co., Gantes Co. and Puesto.

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Best Wedding Venues in Santa Barbara

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Hello my Palm Springs bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this perfect desert town to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dopest Palm Springs wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there. 🙂

If you haven’t seen my LA Wedding Venue List and the Bay Area Wedding Venue List, be sure to check those out if you’re thinking about other parts of California!

The Pond Estate

Pink Paradise in the desert … need I say more?

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Korakia

Want to make all of your Marrakesh daydreams come true? This is your chance!

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Colony 29

Yep, this is where Whitney Port got married! SUCH a gorgeous place with alllllll the plants!

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Avalon Hotel

Classic Mid-Century Modern design at this perfect hotel – love the black & white of this place.

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Ace Hotel & Swim Club

This place brings the party – also has probably the most fun pool scene in the desert.

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

The Saguaro Palm Springs

Um, hello COLOR!!! I’m convinced this is what the inside of my brain looks like.

Colorful Anniversary Photos at Saguaro Palm Springs by Cheers Babe Photo

Sands Hotel & Spa

PINK + PATTERNS = HAPPY ME

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O’Donnell House

I love this spot because you get a view from above, which is really unique in a totally flat desertscape! Also, when the bougainvillea is blooming, the ceremony spot is insanely pretty!

Palm Springs Wedding at the O'Donnell House by Cheers Babe Photo

Parker Palm Springs

Truly an iconic entrance! MCM for daysssssss.

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

The Living Desert

You can get married at the zoo! Giraffes, zebras, basically all the fun & cute animals as your wedding backdrop – cute!!

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Frederick Loewe Estate

Again, super authentic Mid-Century Modern design & one of the coolest homes ever.

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

La Chureya

This place is a hidden gem – I didn’t even know about it until recently and I’m like a desert stalker. It’s like a backyard vibe in the desert, super chill.

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Twin Palms Frank Sinatra Estate

Once again, super authentic Mid-Century Modern design coolness! Yes, this was actually Sinatra’s house!

Best Palm Springs Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Photo Credit in order from top to bottom:

Pura Soul Photography, Cheers Babe Photo, Hannah Costello Photography, Lauren Scotti, California Weekend Magazine, Cheers Babe Photo, Sands Hotel & Spa, Cheers Babe Photo, Jessica Kettle, Summer Shea Photography, Sarah Falugo, Studio Castillero, and Frank Sinatra Estate.

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Best Wedding Venues in Orange County, San Diego & Santa Barbara

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Hello my Bay Area bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this vast state to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dopest San Francisco Bay Area wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there. 🙂

If you haven’t seen my LA Wedding Venue List, be sure to check those out if you’re thinking about SoCal!

 

SF Proper

The Conservatory of Flowers

Any crazy plant ladies out there? Not only is the outside of the greenhouse structure the perfect white ceremony backdrop, the interior is full of tropical plants! Check out a recent engagement session I photographed there!

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The Pearl

A thing of Rooftop Dreams! The indoor reception area is just as cool.

The Best Bay Area Wedding Venues according to Cheers Babe Photo

Hotel Vitale

Rooftop views of the Ferry Building and Bay Bridge and walking distance to the piers. Need I say more?

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San Francisco Ferry Building

This place is so iconic to SF and right by the water! You can easily see the Bay Bridge from outside and hear the romantic ticking of the train departure sign.

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Asian Art Museum

This place has class for daysssss. Gives you that New York Public Library vibe here on the West Coast!

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SF Proper Hotel

The best rooftop bar in SF! This boutique hotel was designed by genius, Kelly Wearstler, so obviously it’s freaking amazing! One of my favorite spots to grab a drink at sunset!

San Francisco Proper Hotel Wedding by Cheers Babe Photo

Terra Gallery

The perfect white loft & blank canvas – you could seriously pull anything off here!

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Wine Country

Kunde Family Winery

Wait, am I in the South of France? Sure feels like it. Also … three words: Wine Cave Reception! I’m photographing a wedding here in July and I cannot wait to share it with you!

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Solage Calistoga

Luxe Calistoga spot by the Auberge Hotel group, who always slay. I had the privilege of photographing a wedding here last year (peek it here) and I get to go back for another this Fall! Keep it coming, brides!

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Olympia’s Valley Estate

The perfect Petaluma estate complete with barn-style reception space. Yes, that’s lavender lining the walkway to the front door!

Trentadue Winery

Vines, grassy lawn, rose-covered walls, what more could you ask for?

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Macarthur Place

The lightness of this place makes me feel like they took the best of Malibu and combined it with the best of Sonoma.

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Chateau St. Jean

Literal perfection – everything you’d expect to find in Sonoma (or the south of France for that matter).

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East Bay

Oakland Museum of California

This place is perfect for the artistic & creative couple – plus, there’s a great view of Oakland & Lake Merritt from the terrace – bonus!

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Wente Vineyards

The East Bay actually has a totally thriving wine country of it’s own! It’s called the Tri-Valley area & Wente is a gorgeous spot right in the heart of Livermore.

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Ruth Bancroft Garden

Want a Palm Springs wedding vibe without having to leave the Bay? Here’s your answer!

Temescal Brewing

I’ll be honest – I don’t know if these guys allow weddings for just anyone, but I’ve seen them do at least one. This spot is one of our favorites in our town to grab a cold beer and chill – the interior is cute af and the patio is so relaxing and perfect for a laid-back reception!

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Palm Pavillion

Another East Bay wine country spot, but one with a city-loft vibe – best of both worlds!

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NorCal Destination Spots

Tahoe Mountain Club

Lake Tahoe is an incredible destination spot! The view from this balcony is insane – plus, you can take a fun gondola ride and if you did a winter wedding, there’d be snow!!

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Bear Flag Farm

Iconic lavender fields with the whimsical ferris wheel in the back! It was voted the #1 wedding venue for great service in the American West by BRIDES Magazine and one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveller.

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BLOC Venue

This place is all about TEXTURE! White brick, natural brick, garage doors, it’s just stinkin’ cool.

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Photo Credit in order from top to bottom:

Steve Cowell Photo, Anna Wu, This Love of Yours, Melanie Duerkopp, Jose Villa, Cheers Babe Photo, Rebecca Yale, OneLove Photography, Cheers Babe Photo, Duy Ho Photography, KT Merry, Macarthur Place, Koman Photography, OCMA, Cheers Babe Photo, Cheers Babe Photo, Lilouette, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Photography by Monique, Lisa Lefkowitz, and BLOC Venue.

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Hello my LA bride-to-be’s!! How tired are you of googling a million places in this vast state to find the picture perfect wedding venue? Probs real tired. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, coolest, prettiest, cutest, dopest Los Angeles wedding venues that I recommend you visit first! These are fool-proof and gorgeous – sign on their dotted line and call a sista up, because I’m SO there. 🙂

Row DTLA

Right in LA’s thriving arts district (which has THE best views of the city skyline) is Row DTLA. They have multiple venue options from ground level to rooftop, but the B1 | 777 Rooftop pictured here is the ultimate dreamy wedding spot & can fit a ton of guests!

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Festoon LA

Between trendy Venice Beach and growing Culver City you’ll find Festoon LA, the perfect West LA wedding venue. The space is small, but gorgeous – the kitchen was designed by LA design maven, Sarah Sherman Samuel & the dining & lounge areas by 100 Layer Cake! You can fit 60 guests seated – an amazing option for a more intimate wedding or even your rehearsal dinner. It is so instagram-worthy it hurts!

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The Fig House

If color is your jam, then The Fig House was literally designed for you (and you are designed for me – ha!). This is another amazing venue with a super-star designer behind it! The owners hired HGTV’s Emily Henderson to design & curate the space. This literally perfect LA wedding venue is nestled in between downtown & Pasadena, right in Highland Park. Love me some East LA!!

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Grassroom

Okay, here we begin a series of amazing wedding venues owned by the Marvimon group! They take old buildings & bring them new life with super unique details! This is Grassroom in DTLA, where you’ll find a jungle-like courtyard for the coolest ceremony and insanely cool triangular door openings that lead you to the reception space!

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Valentine DTLA

Literally next door to Grassroom is Valentine DTLA! I am obsessed with this geometric door mural they have and the rest of the space is just as special and unique!

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Millwick

I feel like the coolest couples in LA get married at Millwick. I don’t know what it is, but this place just oozes cool-factor and has jungle vibes for days! It’s also in the arts district as well & there’s some super cool opportunities around the venue for outdoor portraits with a city view in the back.

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The Forge

Okay so The Forge is technically a photo studio (with an impressive installation wall of cow skulls). I know they’ve hosted weddings before & there is just a ton of room for creativity in this space if you or your event designer/stylist is ready to dream up something really cool! If you need help doing that, my wedding florist/event designer has designed a wedding in this space before!

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Lombardi House

Over in Hollywood, Lombardi House will give you all the barn-vibes you’ve ever wanted, but in the most modern & cool way (thank you white walls)! Not only are both indoor spots super beautiful, their courtyard spaces are equally breathtaking!

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The Ruby Street

Previously a suffragette house, then a civil rights meeting place, and even a progressive church, The Ruby Street in Highland Park is such a unique spot to say your “I do”s and celebrate! I just adore their historic stained glass windows!

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Hudson Loft

Ohhhhhh my goodness – where do I even begin with Hudson Loft? Oh right! I GOT MARRIED HERE!! Obviously I am super biased, but this is one of my favorite venues – and it’s more than just sentimental for me. It’s the perfect industrial loft right in the heart of bustling downtown & has so many options. There’s incredible getting ready spaces, prep rooms, a stunning rooftop & view, and even a giant freight elevator that we actually drove our car into & used for our grand exit!

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HNYPT

Pronounced “honeypot”, this all white industrial space was actually the runner-up for our wedding. I love that you can open up the garage door at HNYPT and let the natural light in! Also the rafters give you tons of opportunity for some insanely cool hanging decor!

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Office Party

Office Party is literally the office of one of LA’s coolest entrepreneurs that you can rent out for your party! There’s this cool space and an outdoor courtyard for cocktail time!

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The Surfrider Malibu

Ok wow, gorgeous!! I honestly don’t even know if The Surfrider hotel allows events or not, but if they do, it’d be epic. Their rooms are like, perfect California chic – even if you’re getting married elsewhere in Malibu, this would be an incredible space to get ready in for the day!

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The Ebell of Long Beach

One of my dear friends got married here at The Ebell of Long Beach a couple years back. Not only is it like, house plant heaven, the Mediterranean style space (especially the amazing tile floor) is just super dreamy!

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The Line Hotel

If you’re looking for something poolside, then The Line Hotel in Koreatown (K-town) is your spot! They actually have like, 5 or 6 different venue spaces within this one hotel & they’re all really amazing! Not to mention, the concrete walls in the rooms makes for really cool getting ready photos (which is why I got ready here the day of my wedding!).

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Mr. C Beverly Hills

This place is ALL classic LA glam. There’s poolside space, city view balconies, literally everything you think of when you picture “Old Hollywood”. Mr. C is a hotel in Beverly Hills and it’s ready for your extra-ness, boo.

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Saddlerock Ranch

Dang, dude. Saddlerock is so bomb. They have 4 event spaces, 100 acres of wine vines AND zoo animals (zebra, camel, giraffe, llama, alpaca, yak, highland cow, etc.…)!

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Greenhouse at PLATFORM

If you’re hoping to get married somewhere near Culver City, Greenhouse at PLATFORM is an amazing option! Platform is basically a trendy boutique shopping center & the Greenhouse sits upstairs onsite. The name speaks for itself – gorgeous glass house! Bonus – one of my favorite murals in LA by Jen Stark is located on the parking structure here!

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Tallula’s

Tallulah’s is a super yum Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica – right near the beach! You can rent it out for an intimate wedding or rehearsal dinner & it is so colorful and gorgeous inside! Also, who doesn’t want to serve Mexican food at their wedding/rehearsal dinner?

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Beverly Hills Hotel

Pretty sure this icon of a hotel speaks for itself! The Beverly Hills Hotel has been LA’s go-to spot for movie-stars and celebs for over a century. The banana-leaf palm wallpaper in the halls is ridiculously memorable, the gardens are spectacular and their reception hall will make you lose your mind.

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Wilshire Loft

Last but not least, the Wilshire Loft is such a cool spot if you’re looking for a rooftop wedding venue that’s RIGHT in the the city – you’re actually surrounded by the downtown high rises, which feels so cool. It’s kind of a blank slate, so you could get really creative with your decor here!

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[All images are sourced from google, pinterest, the venue’s websites and the venue report. I reallllly tried to find image credits for each, but it just wasn’t happening!]

 

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