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Bollywood lässt grüßen und das auf besonders schöne Art und Weise! Heute freue ich mich, euch eine indische Hochzeit mit wunderschönen Saris (übrigens das tradionelle indische Hochzeitsgewand), Mehndi Verzierungen und ganz vielen kräftigen Farben zu zeigen. Ich wollte schon immer mal eine indische Hochzeit auf dem Blog veröffentlichen, aber bislang war keine dabei, die mir ein Wow entlockt hat. Bei dieser Hochzeit, aufgenommen von Lacie Hansen ist das anders. Ich mag die satten Rottöne, die wunderschönen Mehndi Bemalungen und den ansonsten eher “schlichten” Stil dieser Hochzeit. Das liegt vielleicht aber auch daran, dass diese Hochzeit in Kalifornien stattfand… Im Vergleich zu anderen indischen Hochzeiten ist diese hier nicht so überladen. Es gibt drei kräftige Hauptfarben, die mit elegantem Weiß kombiniert werden. Der Hingucker ist aber mit Abstand der atemberaubende Goldschmuck und das zweite Brautkleid mit DIY-Ombre Effekten. Ein absoluter Traum in Weiß und Pink, den man nicht alle Tage sieht. Aber auch die Deko ist vielleicht für den ein oder anderen sehr inspirierend… Wusstet ihr, dass die aufwändigen Mehndi Tattoos bereits mehrere Tage vor der Hochzeit gemeinsam mit den Freundinnen aufgetragen wird? Alle Frauen tragen diese Verzierung, wobei die Braut natürlich die aufwändigste bekommt. Solltet ihr jetzt auf der Suche nach orientalischer Deko sein, dann empfehle ich euch unser Selection Mitglied Happyconfetti.
Ojai Valley Inn and SpaPhotography: Lacie Hansen | Location: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Creative Direction + Floral Design: Kate Holt of Flowerwild | Wedding Planner: La Fleur Weddings & Events | Cinematography: Love Spun Films| Invitation Suite + Wedding Day Paper + Production: Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies | Wedding Day Calligraphy + Poem Artwork: Chelsea Petaja of Oh My Deer | Invitation and Envelope Calligraphy: Kelle McCarter of DesignsGirl | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Decor+ Rentals: Elan Event Rentals | Linens: La Tavola | DJ: Michael Antonia of The Flash Dance | Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair + Makeup: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup | Lingerie: Claire Pettibone | Men’s Suit: Bar III | Men’s Shirt: Calvin Klein | Men’s Shoes: Bruno Magli
Einen schönen Wochenstart wünsche ich euch! Heute gibt es wunderbare Hochzeitsimpressionen direkt aus der kalifornischen Sonne. Pink, Rosé und Weiß sind die Hauptfarben dieser Sommerhochzeit, die von der Fotografin Lacie Hansen festgehalten wurde. Das ist übrigens eines der schönsten Dinge am Bloggen, der weltweite Austausch mit den Fotoprofis… Dadurch bekommt man super Einblicke in andere Hochzeiten und wird überschüttet mit Inspirationen. So wie hier mit dem wunderschönen Altar, der mit großen Stoffbahnen zum Hingucker wird. Schlicht, einfach und dabei sehr elegant. Lacie fotografiert übrigens mit Film, was für eine wärmere Atmosphäre auf den Fotos sorgt. Auch ich bin mittlerweile der Fotografie mit Film verfallen, aber dazu bald mehr… Schaut euch auch das zauberhafte Filmchen von Joel Serrato am Ende des Beitrags an… Zum Träumen…
Fotos: Lacie Hansen Photography | Loaction, Catering: Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California| Ceremony: Monte Vista Lawn + Reception: Loggia Ballroom) | After Party: Santa Barbara Four Seasons Coral Casino | Planung: Liz Brown of Central Coast Memory Makers | Film maker: Joel Serrato | Event + Blumen Design: Kate Holt of Flowerwild | Ceremony Officiants: Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg and Reverend Gary Dickey | Ceremony, Cocktail + Reception Band: Side Effect (West Coast Music) | After Party DJ: Everett Wong | Brautkleid:”Emma” Dress by Monique Lhuillier | Schleier: Monique Lhuillier | Brautschuhe: Jimmy Choo | Brautjungfern Kleider: Amsale | Haare: Michelle Mason | Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Decken: La Tavola Linen
At face value, this wedding is wildly gorgeous. Bright colors and detailed traditions are literally dancing across the images by Lacie Hansen. But once you dig a little deeper into this blend of cultures, it holds even more beauty. Beauty that is laced throughout the groom’s poetic description of a chance meeting that resulted in the ultimate happy day and in the true emotion behind all those pretty details crafted by Flowerwild and planned by La Fleur Weddings & Events. Be sure to stop by the gallery for even more and check out the new issue of Magnolia Rouge that is also debuting this sparkling Ojai beauty.
Gorgeous, no? And it’s about to get even more so with the film behind the day captured by Love Spun Films. Have a look…
From the Groom…The yoga class we religiously attend describes itself to be a style of class that, “offers nothing…if we are lucky.” And this is exactly how we met, within a whole lot of nothing. I came to class early one Thursday evening and Nicole did too. There was only one mat in the back of the class when Nicole came in, mine. She quietly set her mat down beside me and our relationship began. I guess somewhere in the silence and breath we found a connection to each other. Even before uttering a single word between us, we felt it immensely. We always reminisce about that time and about how glad we are that we met there, in that way. Yoga, for us, is a place where a person really gets to be who they are, without a façade, authentically themselves. You get to be someone who is working on strengthening not only the outside body but the inside as well, happy to live in the present. We both recall that particular yoga class being challenging but exceptionally robust and energizing. After class, as the crowd poured out of the studio, we both—uncharacteristically, sat and waited. I broke the silence by asking her how old she was when she realized that she lived a blessed life….I think we both immediately fell in love. We had our first date the next day on Friday February 5, 2010, said we Loved each other on Saturday, February 6 and on Sunday began to plan our marriage and our family. And that was it, no struggle, no fight, no second guessing. Just us.
Seeing your wife for the first time at your own wedding is a surreal moment. And I remember that moment clearly. I was sitting under the mandap with my parents and Nicole was to be walked by her parents under the branches or our tree and through the audience. As she appeared and came into my view it was just like really seeing something with naked eyes, something for the first time and it is etched into my memory.
The whole day, as the tumult was swirling around us, I had made a mental decision to stay present and be within all the big moments that make up our wedding. And this moment was the one I was practicing for all day…in fact, probably, all my life.
As she stepped into the light where I could see her, he eyes were shining, her red sari was blazing around her like fire, and as corny as it may sound, she was literally that vision you see from far away and squint your eyes hard to make sure it is really real.
As she started to walk towards me, a soft breeze began to blow, and as if on cue, the 300-year-old oak tree sent its leaves to bless her movements. They fell slowly in circles from the sky and faintly the smell of flowers and earth filled my lungs. The only time I even took my eyes off my wife was to look up at the sky, the clouds bright in the light blue sky, and a flash of the mountains that circled our ceremony. When they finally rejoined my wife’s she was happy and that memory was pressed into me forever.
My uncle told me once, that as you grow old, it isn’t the big houses or the fancy cars you drove in your youth that make you really happy. He said it’s the memories you made in your life in the crucial times that matter. The feelings the strong ones bring you are worth all the struggles and hardships you went through to get them. With this memory, I agree.
We had a beautiful traditional Brahmin Hindu ceremony to celebrate our union, and wanted to carry the Indian influences on throughout the cocktail & reception with the decor as well as the food. We are both pretty laid back in our lifestyle as well as our personal style, so we wanted to wedding to reflect that, inviting and comfortable for our guests, with unique Indian inspired details throughout the event. For our colors, we choose a lot of gold and saffron tones with pops of indigo. Our wedding fell on a beautiful, warm full moon night and our memories of dancing under the full moon with all of our closet friends will remain some of the best memories of our lives together.
Photography: Lacie Hansen | Location: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Creative Direction + Floral Design: Kate Holt of Flowerwild | Wedding Planner: La Fleur Weddings & Events | Cinematography: Love Spun Films | Invitation Suite + Wedding Day Paper + Production: Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies | Wedding Day Calligraphy + Poem Artwork: Chelsea Petaja of Oh My Deer | Invitation and Envelope Calligraphy: Kelle McCarter of DesignsGirl | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Decor+ Rentals: Elan Event Rentals | Linens: La Tavola | DJ: Michael Antonia of The Flash Dance | Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshiko | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair + Makeup: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup | Lingerie: Claire Pettibone | Men’s Suit: Bar III | Men’s Shirt: Calvin Klein | Men’s Shoes: Bruno Magli
Really, all you need for the perfect wedding is the one you love, and this couple kept that in mind when planning their simple and intimate wedding at San Ysidro Ranch. Says the bride: “After years of attending and performing music at weddings, we knew we just weren’t the traditional type. It took two and half years of planning and a recent visit to San Ysidro Ranch, to finally realize we had found the perfect venue. We decided that three important criteria were essential for a blissful wedding day: being present, not being overwhelmed by mass amounts of family and friends, and surrounding ourselves in a small cocoon of love and support. Ultimately, we decided to elope with a magic thirteen members of close friends and family – it truly was perfection.”
The couple met in a Piano Ensemble music class in college.
After their first look, says Lauren, “we chose not to see anyone until the ceremony and having that quiet time made the impact of seeing our guests for the first time was wonderful.”
From the bride: “It rained the entire day of our wedding. Words do not describe the experience of it. Hummingbirds, glistening flowers and the soft patter of rain enveloped our ceremony. All of our guests were asked lay down an olive branch along with a blessing for us in the place where we were to stand during our ceremony. The ceremony was held in the Old Adobe House and we both entered the room at the same time, as equals.”
“Our dinner was held at the Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch on one family-style table underneath an awning of lights. The flowers were probably one of my favorite parts of our wedding, and each guest received a small box of See’s candy, a family tradition. Before dinner, each one of our guests toasted us, which lasted close to an hour. It was a moment we will never forget. After the most delectable dinner and chocolate soufflés we stayed awake until the morning talking about our wonderful day and left the next day for our honeymoon in Tulum, Mexico.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? San Ysidro Ranch is the most beautiful venue in our opinion. The food, wine list and ambience is exquisite.
Is there a standout detail or any surprises from the day? We had no idea it would rain the entire day of our wedding, but it truly made everything feel that much more special. Everything was perfect, from the flowers to the photographer/makeup artist and we wouldn’t have had our wedding any other way.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Initially, we planned on renting the lavender field for our ceremony at SYR but decided to use the Old Adobe Room instead. The Old Adobe Room only cost $400 for six hours. A total steal!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We used olive branches as a unique symbol of blessing as we are not religious. Our guests bought us, “something blue” gifts and we spent the morning getting ready in separate locations which made the first look a beautiful moment.
Santa Barbara is sort of my happy place. Though I’ve never been there. But sitting in my chilly, snowed-in Boston office, Santa Barbara just seems like warmth and happiness and everything beautiful in the world. And I’m pretty sure that if the universe is listening, it will pick up my house and move it right plop in the center of this little slice of heaven. Hmm, you’re probably right. Next best thing? Living vicariously through a Santa Barbara wedding as pretty as this one and the inspiring photography of our sweet friend Lacie Hansen. Then soaking up the incredible, is-this-real-life? film by one of our besties and cinema genius, Joel Serrato and of course, hitting up the galleries for far more lovely.
From the Bride… Brandon and I met the night of my 28th birthday through a mutual friend at a bar in West Hollywood. Just as we walked in, he happened to be standing right there, and worked with one of my best friends. There, we were introduced, however, I was out with a gaggle of girlfriends and meeting a guy was the last thing on my mind! He did manage to get my number and asked me to dinner for the following week. The hostess on our first date told us that “we were a very cute couple.” We never looked back.
Our wedding was just over a year later on June 9, 2012 at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California. Having grown up just north of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley, that hotel has always been one of my favorite spots and was special to us as it was the location of our first weekend getaway together. We knew we wanted the wedding to feel very romanitic and warm with a touch of easy elegance. We also played off of the classic Spanish architecture of the hotel. The ceremony was interfaith with a Rabbi and Minister who worked perfectly together. We loved taking traditions from both Jewish and Episcopalian religions. The ceremony was held on the beautiful Monte Vista Lawn surrounded by palm trees and gorgeous views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. The bridesmaids wore coral, blush or champange dresses and chose their own style by the same designer. I definitely wanted them to do what they wanted and wear what they loved! During cocktail hour in the Palmera Garden, guests sipped on some of our favorite snacks and refreshments including fresh blood orange margaritas, vodka gimlets dusted with mini gold stars, and little patron bottles filled with homemade margaritas, and accompanied by bit sized tacos.
We then moved into the Loggia Ballroom decorated with an abundance of peonies, cabbage roses, hydrageas, viburnum and dahlias, hundreds of twinkling candles, and a soft glowing fire in the fireplace. The tables were of various shapes and sizes and shared hues of blush and champagne, with pops of coral and hints of gold. The 12 piece band was incredible, specializing in Motown, but playing everything from Foster the People to Van Morrison to Madonna. After the dinner and dancing, Brandon and I exited under a trail of sparklers, and led the way across the street to the Mardis Gras themed after-party at the ocean-front Coral Casino. There, our guests donned boas, beads and masks, and dined on sliders, mini shakes and fries while dancing away to a DJ spinning tunes into the wee hours. Some guests even woke up in the sand to the sunrise! The day and night could not have been more perfect. By far, the most special moments were being around all of our best friends and family, spending the day getting ready with my bridesmaids and mother, walking down the aisle on the arm of my father, and most of all, marrying the most wonderful man and the love of my life.
Wedding Photography: Lacie Hansen Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering + Cakes: Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California (Ceremony : Monte Vista Lawn + Reception: Loggia Ballroom) / After Party: Santa Barbara Four Seasons Coral Casino / Wedding Planning: Liz Brown of Central Coast Memory Makers / Event + Floral Design: Kate Holt of Flowerwild / Wedding Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films / Ceremony Officiants: Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg and Reverend Gary Dickey / Wedding Stationery: Crane & Co. + Letter Perfect / Ceremony, Cocktail + Reception Band: Side Effect (West Coast Music) / After Party DJ: Everett Wong / Party Favors: Mother of the Bride’s Homemade Strawberry Preserves / Wedding Dress:”Emma” Dress by Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Veil: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale (Champagne, Coral + Blush – various silhouettes) / Hair: Michelle Mason / Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup / Groomsmen Suits: “Ludlow” by J.Crew / Linens: La Tavola Linen
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From Lacie Hansen Photography… Mar of TEAM and I have joined together and we are now offering “Hidden.” This is a more organic feminine look into boudoir. Our goal is to bring out the beauty of being a woman while using soft lighting and natural locations. We have come up with the concept of using etherial wardrobe thanks to Claire Pettibone and combing natural hair and makeup thanks to TEAM! Shooting 100% film helps me capture this organic, ethereal look to my work. Boudoir showcases the body of a women and by adding the henna on her hands and feet we wanted to show the beauty in this body art.
Photography: Lacie Hansen Photography / Location: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California / Styling, Hair + Makeup: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup / Lingerie: Heirloom by Claire Pettibone via CLD PR / Henna: Aditi’s Henna
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This engagement shoot from Lacie Hansen Photography is so beautiful on so many levels I just can’t even handle it. The sands of Santa Barbara make for some of the prettiest of pictures, but the images of this adorable couple in the trees as the sun sets behind them are real contenders for the most lovely photos ever. If this e-session is any indication for what the wedding will be like, then sign.me.up for even more of the romantic and colorful loveliness I’m seeing at each and every click through our gallery, right here.
From Lacie Hansen Photography… Nicole and Hiten will be having a Indian wedding this September in Ojai! I am so thrilled to be photographing their wedding. Their engagement was shot in Santa Barbara.