Now THIS was a super fun wedding!! Carly + Bryant were surrounded by their closest friends and family all day for their beautiful wedding at the Sonoma Golf Club. Not only did Carly and her bridesmaids look like total supermodels, the couple’s joyful spirit could not have been more present throughout the day – their excitement just oozed out of them! Major thanks to Violet at The Makeup Dolls for beautifying the ladies, not to mention the backdrop of the hotel & venue were so stunning especially with the clean, crisp white floral arrangements by Vanda Floral Design. Carly & Bryant ended the evening with one EPIC dance party, so keep scrolling to catch all the fun memories from their day!!
Getting Ready Location // Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
Wedding Venue // Sonoma Golf Club
Photos // Cheers Babe Photo
Floral // Vanda Floral Design
HMUA // The Makeup Dolls
DJ // DJ Aykut
Invite // Minted
Dress // Jovani
Tux // The Black Tux
Bridesmaid Dresses // Lulus
Rings // SF Diamond Exchange
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“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.
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!
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
Suit // Knot Standard
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Rosie & Joe’s millennial pink wedding at Korakia in Palm Springs was featured on 100 Layer Cake this week! Beyond being excited about the feature – I just have to say what a privilege it was to play the role of photographer in this wedding day because it was such a unique and special day for a truly amazing couple. Rosie & Joe are the coolest, most stylist & fun, modern couple I’ve photographed in a while – I loved every second of their wedding day! They opted for a day that 100% matched who they are as a couple. Everything just felt so genuine from the design all the way to their beautiful vows to one another.
Being at one of Palm Springs’ most incredible venues, Korakia, I already knew the day would feel bohemian and travel-inspired, but I love how they chose to bring in a ton of fun with millennial pink details throughout, mismatching bridesmaid dresses, a custom-designed gown made by the bride’s sister and a totally modern version of a chuppah. They even wove Jewish tradition throughout the day to honor Rosie’s family. Of course, all the blooms from Siren Floral Co. were absolutely breathtaking, and everyone’s hair and makeup was flawless all day thanks to Cheek to Cheek Artistry.
The couple opted for a traditional first look – an emotional one as Rosie walked down the aisle, which was precious. I had to hold back a lot of tears during the ceremony myself! From the moment Rosie circled Joe 7 times to their beautifully written vows – I think every guest felt the heart behind each moment. After they were married, these two threw an unmatchable dance party in the desert. I hope you enjoy all these photos!
Venue // Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs, CA
Photos // Jess + Christa for Cheers Babe Photo
Coordination // Sarah Peterson
Florals + Design // Siren Floral Co.
Hair & Makeup // Cheek to Cheek Artistry
Video // La Boheme Life
Catering // Whoa Nelly
Bar // The Whaling Club
DJ // Dart Collective
Cake // Over the Rainbow Desserts
Dress // Naomi Spindel (the bride’s sister!)
Groom’s Tux // The Black Tux
Groom’s Shoes // Wolf & Shepherd