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SC E NE l os a l t os we d d i n g JEAN ROVEGNO & JEFF MAGERS J u l y 11, 2 015 C e r e m o ny & r e c e p t i o n : L o s A l t o s H i s t o r y M u s e u m P h o t o g r a p hy by M e g P e r o t t i THE COUPLE A harmonious meet cute, Jean Rovegno and Jeff Magers From top: The bride stunned in a simple yet elegant strapless Casablanca Bridal gown, while the groom was dapper in a blue-gray ensemble from Proper Suit; guests enjoyed drinks, dinner and dancing in the Los Altos History Museum’s idyllic courtyard, made even more beautiful with hundreds of twinkling lights. The flower gurus at Huckleberry Karen Designs chose a whimsical array of blooms including garden roses, dahlias and scabiosa pods in vibrant shades of orange—the couple’s favorite color—for the bouquets, centerpieces and decor around the venue. Bold Buds met through their a cappella group at USC. After 7½ years of dating, the L.A.-based pair headed to Napa for a weekend getaway. While Jean, a teacher, thought the trip was just for the vino, Jeff, a video game designer, had something bigger in mind. At the first winery stop on their tour, Jeff pulled out a 1920s sparkler and asked Jean to be his wife. THE PARTY Self-described as “a little quirky,” the couple made sure the reception was light-hearted and fun. “We had lawn games—ladder golf that we built ourselves and a cornhole set I repainted in our wedding colors,” says the bride. “We also created our own photo booth!” Brightly hued garden roses dotted tables throughout the affair, going with a color palette of neutrals with pops of orange. The highlight, however, was the newlyweds’ duet of “A Whole New World.” “Everyone went crazy for it!” Jean says. WHAT THEY LEARNED “With Pinterest, it’s hard to feel like your wedding will be original but don’t stress about it,” advises Jean. “You are what makes your wedding day special.” THE HONEYMOON To celebrate their “I do’s,” Mr. and Mrs. Magers headed to Europe for a culinary excursion through Barcelona and the south of France. Stops included Alain Ducasse’s La Bastide de Moustiers hotel and Michelin-starred restaurants like Le Parc and Le Chantecler. “Who needs souvenirs, when you can spend your money on food?” Jean asks. We couldn’t agree more. –Jess Charmoli WEDDING RESOURCES Wedding Dress Casablanca Bridal, casablancabridal.com Bride’s Shoes Caparros, caparrosshoes.com Bride’s Ring Claude Morady Estate Jewelry, claudemorady.com Bride’s Hair & Makeup Artists by Sherrie Long, artistsbysherrielong.com Groom’s Tuxedo Proper Suit, propersuit.com Engagement & Groom’s Rings Excalibur Jewelry, excaliburjewelry.com Cake A Spoonful of Sugar, aspoonfulofsugarcakes.com Catering Culinary Eye Catering and Event, culinaryeye.com Entertainment Denon & Doyle, djay.com Florist Huckleberry Karen Designs, huckleberrykarendesigns.com Linens La Tavola, latavolalinen.com Paper Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas, weddingpaperdivas.com; programs: Minted, minted.com From left: A Spoonful of Sugar concocted a vanilla cake with Meyer lemon curd for the big day; during cocktail hour, the newlyweds’ friends and family noshed on passed hors d’oeuvres like tuna and salmon tartar with pepper whipped crema and chives atop potato crisps. 130 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES CALIFORNIA
Scene California Weddings
JEAN ROVEGNO & JEFFMAGERS
July 11, 2015
Ceremony & reception:Los Altos History Museum
Photography by Meg Perotti
THE COUPLE A harmonious meet cute, Jean Rovegno and Jeff Magers met through their a cappella group at USC. After 7/2 years of dating, the L. A.-based pair headed to Napa for a weekend getaway. While Jean, a teacher, thought the trip was just for the vino, Jeff, a video game designer, had something bigger in mind. At the first winery stop on their tour, Jeff pulled out a 1920s sparkler and asked Jean to be his wife.
THE PARTY Self-described as "a little quirky," the couple made sure the reception was light-hearted and fun. "We had lawn games—ladder golf that we built ourselves and a cornhole set I repainted in our wedding colors," says the bride. "We also created our own photo booth!" Brightly hued garden roses dotted tables throughout the affair, going with a color palette of neutrals with pops of orange. The highlight, however; was the newlyweds' duet of "A Whole New World." "Everyone went crazy for it!" Jean says.
WHAT THEY LEARNED "With Pinterest, it's hard to feel like your wedding will be original but don't stress about it," advises Jean. "You are what makes your wedding day special."
THE HONEYMOON To celebrate their "I do's," Mr and Mrs. Magers headed to Europe for a culinary excursion through Barcelona and the south of France. Stops included Alain Ducasse's La Bastide de Moustiers hotel and Michelin-starred restaurants like Le Parc and Le Chantecler. " Who needs souvenirs, when you can spend your money on food?" Jean asks. We couldn't agree more. -Jess Charmoli
Theflower gurus at Huckleberry Karen Designs chose a whimsical array of blooms including garden roses, dahlias andscabiosapods in vibrant shades of orange—the couple's favorite color—for the bouquets, centerpieces and decor around the venue.
Wedding Dress Casablanca Bridal, casablancabridal.com
Bride's Shoes Caparros, caparrosshoes.com
Bride's Ring Claude Morady Estate Jewelry, claudemorady.com
Bride's Hair & Makeup Artists by Sherrie Long, artistsbysherrielong.com
Groom's Tuxed Proper Suit, propersuit.com
Engagement & Groom's Rings Excalibur Jewelry, excaliburjewelry.com
Cake A Spoonful of Sugar, aspoonfulofsugarcakes.com
Catering Culinary Eye Catering and Event, culinaryeye.com
Entertainment Denon & Doyle, djay.com
Florist Huckleberry Karen Designs, huckleberrykarendesigns.com
Linens La Tavola, latavolalinen.com
Paper Wedding Paper Divas, weddingpaperdivas.com; programs: Minted, minted.com
LINDSAY MCCORMACK & TIMOTHY CAVANAUGH
June 6, 2015
Ceremony & reception : The Parker Palm Springs
Photography by Callaway Gable Photographers
THE COUPLE As students at the University of Georgia, the future couple found themselves in similar social circles, but their stars were not yet ready to align. "We knew who each other were but were both dating other people," says Lindsay McCormack, a senior account manager at Yahoo. Romance eventually blossomed, and while touring Quebec City, Timothy Cavanaugh, a senior manager at Nativo, proposed in front of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, a castle where Lindsay's grandmother once lived.
THE PARTY Wanting to capture a modern bohemian vibe that merged their laid-back SoCal style with the splendor of Morocco, the Venice-based couple infused accents such as vintage candelabras, gemstone placecard holders and even tarot-card readers into the romantic setting. For her dress, Lindsay chose a delicate cutting-edge crop top. "Originally, I'd bought a vintage tea dress on eBay," she says, "but with three months until the wedding, I came across the Reem Acra gown. It has a '50s/'60s silhouette to it, but the two-piece offers a modern take."
WHAT THEY LEARNED " We liked that we took photos before the ceremony so we could hang out with friends and family during the cocktail hour and be a part of the celebration," says Lindsay.
THE HONEYMOON Keeping with their theme, the couple will be jetting off to Spain and Morocco where they will spend Christmas under the stars at a luxury desert camp in the Sahara. -Elise Edwards
Bold & Beautiful
Centerpieces of eucalyptus, boxwood and Camilla accented with white garden roses, lavender, baby's breath, tuberose and white daisies created a linear landscape down the center of the tables. Candelabras and rich purple tones gave the reception an opulent feel .
Wedding Planner Jessica Fauls Artisan Events, artisanevents.net
Wedding Dress Reem Acra, reemacra.com
Brides Shoes Topshop, topshop.com
Bride's Ring Custom-made
Something Borrowed Grandmother's gold bangles and mother's gold bracelet with turquoise inlay
Groom's & Groomsmen's
Tuxedos ASOS, us.asos.com
Groom's Rir Cartier, cartier.us
Bridesmaids' Dresse: For Love & Lemons, forloveandlemons.com
Bridesmaids' Shoes Free People, freepeople.com
Cake Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC, milkbarstore.com
Catering The Parker Palm Springs, theparkerpalmsprings.com
Entertainment Aaron Cortez, Music Media Entertainment, musicmediaentertainment.com
Favors Beach bags by Jute (etsy.com) filled with organ lavender sunscreen, Turkish fouta towels and water bottles
Florist Joey Lizotte, Artisan Events, artisanevents.net
Linens Artisan Events, artisanevents.net
MARJORIE LACOMBE & JIRIJELINEK
March 20 , 2015
Ceremony & reception :The Resortat Pelican Hill
Photography by Michael Radford
THE COUPLE A moment of procrastination was the catalyst for a lifetime of commitment for Marjorie Lacombe and Jiri Jelinek. The pair turned in their college English papers right before the cutoff time, and after a last-minute hunt for a stapler—which Marjorie dubs their first date—they were inseparable. Five years later, Jiri surprised her in Brazil with a rose-filled penthouse suite and a ring.
THE PARTY Marjorie's California upbringing and Haitian heritage and Jiri's European roots inspired a glamorous multicultural affair at The Resort at Pelican Hill. "We loved having such a diverse wedding party as well as guests from all corners of the world," says Marjorie. "It also made for an eclectic mix of dance music." To close their modern fairy tale, the couple made a swift exit in a Bentley.
WHAT THEY LEARNED "The location of your ceremony and reception will determine pretty much everything for the wedding. So, pick wisely!" Marjorie says, adding that it will affect the menu, guest list and photos. "The venue alone made such a huge difference in how much we truly enjoyed the day."
THE HONEYMOON Three months later, Marjorie and Jiri had a second wedding ceremony with Jiri's family in the Czech Republic. Following their second set of "I do's," they took two weeks to hop from Santorini to the Maldives with a final stop in Istanbul. —Kelsi Maree Borland
The Resort at Pelican Hill topped the couple's fourtierfresh strawberry- and mascarpone cream-filled chocolate wedding cake with a gorgeous trail of pastelflowers.
Wedding Planner Katie Webb, Intertwined Events, intertwinedevents.com
Wedding Dress Lazaro, jlmcouture.com/lazaro
Bride's Shoes Betsey Johnson, betseyjohnson.com
Bride's Jewelr Kate Spade earrings, katespade.com
Bride's Hair & Makeu Kimble Hair Studio, kimkimble.com
Groom's Tuxedo Michael Kors, michaelkors.com
Rings E.B. Horn Jewelers, ebhorn.com
Cake, Catering & Linens The Resort at Pelican Hill, pelicanhill.com
Entertainment Bruce Battleson, battleson.com
Favors See's Candy, sees.com
Florist Kim Sanders, Art With Nature, artwithnaturedesign.com
Paper Mercurio Brothers Printing, mercuriobrothers.com
Videographer Ryan Davis, Cloudless Weddings, cloudlessweddings.com
ANH PHAM & MARKTONG
June 21, 2015
Ceremony & reception : La Jo lla Scripps Seaside Forum
Photography by Carmen Santorelli
THE COUPLE When Mark Tong and Anh Pham first met in college—he was at UCSD; she was at UCLA—they stuck to friendship. But when Anh moved to San Diego, the two scientists fell in love. On July 7, 2013, Mark proposed on Anh's birthday at La Jolla's Scripps Pier, a favorite spot for the pair, surrounded by friends and family. Her biggest hint at what was to come? "Our dogs were dressed as a bride and groom," laughs Anh, originally from Saigon. Just more than two years later their wedding ceremony took place at the same pier.
THE PARTY Inspired by the sea, the romantic event featured an ocean theme in Tiffany blue and ivory. The laid-back couple, both La Jollans, included charming touches such as a handmade seating chart and a Polaroid camera photo booth. During the reception, held at the stunning Scripps Seaside Forum, a friend serenaded the newlyweds with "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)" by John Legend.
WHAT THEY LEARNED Though Anh says she was never a "marriage and weddings type," she embraced tradition for her own big day, donning her mother's dance shoes as something borrowed.
THE HONEYMOON The two are heading to Asia next year, with plans to visit Anh's hometown of Saigon, along with other Vietnamese cities. "Phuket in Thailand is also on my must-visit list," says Mrs. Tong. —AnnaMaria Stephens
"I like simple, elegant cakes with fondantflowers," says Anh, who scouredPinterestfor delectable inspiration. "The topper was the hardest to pick. "After a lot of research, shefound a vendor who could crochet the tiny couple topping the cake. "It was so cute. "
Wedding Planner Sunny Haines, sunny-events.com
Wedding Planner Wedding Dress Galia Lahav, galialahav.com
Bride's Shoes Nicholas Kirkwood, nicholaskirkwood.com
Bride's Jewelry Percy Handmade, percyhandmade.com
Bride's Hair & Makeu| Lindsey Jones, lindseyjonesmakeup.com
Groom's Tuxed Hugo Boss, hugoboss.com
Rings David & Sons Fine Jewelry, davidandsonsjewelers.com
Bridesmaids' Dresses Dessy Collection, dessy.com
Groomsmen's Tuxedos Bar III, macys.com
Cak Sweet Lydia's, sweetlydiasofsandiego.com
Cake Topper MariGurumi Shop, etsy.com
Catering & Linens Culinary Concepts, cateringspecialist.com
Entertainment Premier Entertainment, premier-entertainment.com
Florist Plenty of Petals, plentyofpetals.com
Paper Minted, minted.com
BRENDA LEE STRONG & JOHN FARMANESH-BOCCA
May 2 , 2015
Ceremony & reception: Sierra Mar Restaurant at Post Ranch Inn
Photography by Michelle Magdalena Maddox & Thomas Marchese
THE COUPLE Actress Brenda Lee Strong, best known for playing Mary Alice Young on Desperate Housewives, first met actor-director John Farmanesh-Bocca when they worked together in Los Angeles, but it wasn’t until two years later that the two fell in love. In 2013, John popped the question inside The St. Regis Princeville Resort’s romantic Leolani Cove, and then led his Hollywood beauty to a suite filled with rose petals and Champagne.
THE PARTY To complement the gorgeous topography of Big Sur, sea and earth tones were selected for the wedding’s color-scheme alongside accents of gold and blue, a nod to Golden and Bleu, the couple’s nicknames for each other. For another personal touch, the reception’s dining tables were marked with words rather than numbers. “Because we are both performers and value the power of words, each of our tables were named with qualities we admire like adventure and wisdom,” explains Brenda.
WHAT THEY LEARNED “We wanted every aspect of the wedding to be unique to who we are,” says the groom. “The more personal each aspect was, the more memorable and meaningful [the day was] for ourselves and our guests.”
THE HONEYMOON The couple jetted to the Sea of Cortez for a relaxing post-nuptials getaway, and they will celebrate their anniversary later this year in Italy. Now that’s amore! –Meg McGuire
The bride and groom opted for simple yet elegant wedding rings to represent their commitment to each other. John chose a rose gold and platinum band from Kerry Lee Remarkable Jewelry, and Brenda, a diamond and platinum stunner by Charriol.
On-Site Coordinator Soaring Starkey and Toni Nicklaus, postranchinn.com
Wedding Dress Rubin & Chappelle, rubinchapelle.com
Bride's Shoes Angel Bling Box, etsy.com
Bride's Ring Charriol, charriol.com
Bride's Jewelr Alexis Bittar, alexisbittar.com
Bride's Hair & Makeu Danielle Thomaz, signaturedayspa.com
Groom's Tuxed John Varvatos, johnvarvatos.com
Groom's Rin Kerry Lee Remarkable Jewelry, kerrylee.com
Cake The Butter End Cakery, thebutterend.com
Catering John Cox, Sierra Mar Restaurant at Post Ranch Inn, postranchinn.com
Entertainment Sweet Talk Radio, sweettalkradio.com; Kris & Alix Angelis, krisangelis.com
Favors Eco-friendly water canteens with the couple's Golden Bleu family crest
Florist Burst + Bloom, burstbloom.com
Paper Paperless Post, paperlesspost.com
CHRISTINA PAREDES & ADAM HEPBURN
January 31, 2015
Ceremony & reception: Park Hyatt Aviara
Photography by Mike Arick
THE COUPLE Three years after Christina Paredes and Adam Hepburn's first date at Laguna Beach's The Rooftop Lounge, the couple decided to return to that very spot for a cocktail. To Christina's surprise, the pair was met by friends and family, who were there to witness Adam's romantic proposal.
THE PARTY After a trip to Japan, Christina, an engineering recruiter, and Adam, a trial attorney, chose an Asian-inspired vibe for their wedding. Elegant white centerpieces of garden roses, hydrangeas and gardenias filled ginger jars, which tied in perfectly to the newlyweds' royal-blue color scheme. After the official reception ended, the bride changed into a party-perfect BCBG midi dress to kick off a no-holds-barred afterparty, complete with grilled cheese sandwiches.
WHAT THEY LEARNED "It's important to remember it's about your love for each other," says the new Mrs. Hepburn. "As long as you are happy to be there, everything will go beautifully!"
THE HONEYMOON Following the big day, Christina and Adam traveled to the Grand Hyatt and The St. Regis Princeville Resort on the island of Kauai. From there, the adventurous duo took flight with a helicopter tour of Jurassic Falls for unparalleled views of the island. -JC
Icing on Top
This elegantfour-layer cake was covered in buttercream frosting and featured two distinctflavors: vanilla sponge layered with local Carlsbad strawberries and creme legere, and a more traditional chocolate cake with a rich chocolate icing.
Wedding Planner Billie Vollmer, 757. 777.2991
On-Site Coordinator Claire Plessier, parkaviara.hyatt.com
Wedding Dress Melissa Sweet, davidsbridal.com
Bride's Shoes Ted Baker, tedbaker.com
Bride's Jewelry Earrings: J.Crew, jcrew.com; bracelet: Tiffany & Co., tiffany.com
Bride's Hair & Makeu Beauty by Melina, beautybymelina.com
Groom's Tuxedo Hugo Boss, hugoboss.com
Rings Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, leohamel.com
Cake, Catering & Linens Park Hyatt Aviara, parkaviara.hyatt.com
Entertainment Ceremony: Jonathan Blake Salazar, reverbnation.com; cocktail hour: Jack Velour, jackvelour.com; reception: JD Musik, jdmusiksandiego.com
Florist Moments in Bloom, momentsinbloom.com
Paper Wedding Paper Divas, weddingpaperdivas.com
AYLA SIMONS & BETZALEL LEVIN
May 31, 2015
Ceremony & reception: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Photography by Jana Williams
THE COUPLE Introduced by mutual friends at only 16 years old, Ayla Simons and Betzalel Levin fell for each other quickly and started dating the following year. A decade later, Betzalel whisked the blond beauty away to Santa Barbara for a romantic Saturday lunch but had a bigger surprise in store for the ICU nurse. Instead of stopping in Santa Barbara, the real estate manager drove all the way to Big Sur’s Ventana Inn & Spa, where he popped the question on the balcony of their candlelit suite.
THE PARTY To complement the couple’s color scheme of champagne, blush and ivory, hundreds of white roses, orchids and peonies filled the hotel’s Wetherly Gardens and ballroom. While sipping on signature cocktails like a pink grapefruit mojito and a classic Manhattan, guests struck a pose in the photo booth and perused memorable snapshots from the duo’s 10 years together.
WHAT THEY LEARNED “Make sure to have food waiting for you in the honeymoon suite, because you most likely won’t be able to eat during the party,” says Ayla. “It’s also a really nice touch to write your vows down on something that you can keep forever or display. We chose custom-made silk booklets with archival paper inside from MadeDivine.”
THE HONEYMOON The newlyweds traveled north to the gorgeous Calistoga Ranch in the Upper Napa Valley. “We had our first meal as a married couple at The Restaurant at Meadowood—I highly recommend it!” says the bride. –MM
I Do After Ayla and Betzalel broke the glass under the chuppah, cannons of white confetti exploded into the air. “This was a surprise from the bride’s parents, and the look on Ayla’s face was genuine. It was truly a great and beautiful moment,” says wedding planner Tali Merewitz.
Wedding Planner Tali Merewitz, Events Enchanted, tali-merewitz.squarespace.com
On-Site Coordinator Linet Alexanian, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, fourseasons.com
Wedding Dress Vera Wang, verawang.com
Bride’s Shoes Monique Lhuillier, moniquelhuillier.com
Bride’s Ring Grandmother’s wedding band
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Hair: Calista Sandersun, Andy Lecompte Salon andylecomptesalon.com; makeup: RonAnn Meyers, Angles and Arches Beauty Bar, anglesandarchesbeautybar.com
Groom’s Tuxedo Hugo Boss, hugoboss.com
Groom’s Ring David Yurman, davidyurman.com
Bridesmaid’s Dresses Monique Lhuillier, moniquelhuillier.Com; Adrianna Papell, adriannapapell.com
Groomsmen’s Tuxedos Ryders Tuxedo Shop, ryderstuxedo.com
Cake & Catering Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, fourseasons.com
Entertainment Nefesh Music, nefeshmusic.com
Florist The Hidden Garden, hiddengardenflowers.com
Invitations Elum Designs, elumdesigns.com
Linens Luna Party Rentals, lunapartyrentals.com
Videographer Timeline Cinema, timelinecinema.com
MICHAEL MITCHELL & TYLER HILL
September 6, 2014
Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal Church Reception: Villa Verona
Photography by Anna Costa
THE COUPLE After seeing his future husband perform during South Carolina’s Spoleto Festival, a starstruck Michael Mitchell friended Tyler Hill on Facebook. A few months and a first date later, the pair’s romance began to bloom. In August 2013, the two took a trip to London, where Michael surprised Tyler with a special evening out: a classic white Bentley transported the couple to a performance of Billy Elliot, followed by a romantic dinner and evening at a hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace. It was there that Michael popped the question.
THE PARTY The Charleston-based couple wed in Santa Barbara with 75 of their nearest and dearest. After a gorgeous church ceremony, the newlyweds gathered with guests for a Texas-style dinner at one long table. “It felt like one, big extended family!” says Tyler. Gypsy jazz-style music filled the night air in the lush garden, followed by a DJ and dancing.
WHAT THEY LEARNED “It is never too early to start planning your wedding,” says Tyler. “Creating a seating chart for a table with 75 guests is something you should allow lots of time for!”
THE HONEYMOON The newlyweds traveled to Europe post-wedding, where they celebrated in Florence, Capri, Athens, the Greek Isles and Rome. Highlights included a private dinner on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze complete with a surprise fireworks set. –Leslie Westbrook
Once the knot was tied, Michael and Tyler, along with close friends and family, headed to nearby Villa Verona for an alfresco reception. Guests indulged in a delicious family-style dinner underneath lanterns strung through the trees. Pale pinks, blush and champagne hues were used throughout with accents of turquoise—the grooms’ favorite color.
Wedding Planner Armando Martinez, Alegria by Design, alegriabydesign.com
Grooms’ Tuxedos Armani, armani.com
Grooms’ Shoes Louis Vuitton, louisvuitton.com
Rings Croghan’s Jewel Box, croghansjewelbox.com
Cake Christine Dahl Pastries, santabarbaracakes.com
Catering Duo Events, duoevents.com
Entertainment AMS Entertainment, amswinecountry.com
Florist Anna Le Pley Taylor, annalepleytaylor.com
Linens Ambient Event Design, ambientevent.com; La Tavola, latavolalinen.com; Town and Country Rentals, tacer.biz
Paper Invitations: Mary Dickerson, Sideshow Press, sideshowpress.com; calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones, elizabethporcherjones.com
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