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Mary & Mike's Urban Los Angeles Mohawk Bend Wedding

This two day event starts here…

Mary and Mike were introduced to us through Rebel Belle Wedding Planner, Laura. We have bragged about Laura many times before and the next two posts will be no different. She is simply the best in the business and this wedding was one that showed exactly what she and her right hand woman, Megan are capable of.

So day 1 was the ceremony at a restaurant called, Mohawk Bend in LA. The restaurant has a very cool feel to it with its brick decor, vinyl booths, craft sodas, beers, and delicious food. It really is a great venue. Mary and Mike were married in a wide room with skylights and a fire place, with the splash of color being Mary’s amazing dress; it was perfect. They exchanged personal vows and had a very touching ceremony. Following the ceremony, they had a short and sweet reception. It was a chance for guests to eat and chat. MB Squared, as they are now famously known, also started a new tradition of cake forking. They had a cake and a bunch of forks. They walked the room, guests took their own fork and then took a bite. It was a pretty cool day leading into an all-out epic weekend.

To be continued…

Planner: Rebel Belle Weddings
Ceremony: Mohawk Bend
Reception: Mohawk Bend
Ceremony Makeup: Jennifer Corona
Ceremony Hair: Scissors Paper Rock Salon
DJ: DJ Pasha Entertainment

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Danielle & Shaggy's Irish Pub Wedding Soirée

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these two! There have been a handful of people that we have met over these last 6 years that have become some of my very best friends in the world. Danielle and Shaggy are such great people and while, just FB friends at the moment, I would go out on a creeper limb and say, I’d love to be Danielle’s Vegas BFF. ;)

During the wedding planning process, Danielle and I chatted up how the day would go and I think it ended up even better. She got ready at the Planet Hollywood before the ceremony in their chapel. PH is one of the few strip hotel chapels that will allow an outside photographer- for a fee. But still, the option does exist! Following a super sweet first look and ceremony, I rode with the couple on the Double Decker Bus before they departed and we took them around to take photos on their own. We headed by the Cleveland Brain Clinic and briefly into the World Market Center before being kicked out. I also sat in the car while Mike took some pics around the Smith Center so our car wouldn’t get towed. (The things we have to do…) Anyway, following photos, we headed to their reception at the Nine Fine Irishmen at New York, New York. Their friends and family gave some touching toasts, and a good time was had by all.

Their story…
“We met in 2002 at our local hometown’s hockey team game because his friend was dating my friend. We were standing in a group and he wordlessly started throwing ringolos in the air to catch in his mouth and then started throwing them my way and I would try to catch them in mine. We didn’t speak a word to each other but kept playing this silly (hard for me) game. Later that night he messaged me on the social media sight mIRC. We started talking and over the next few months learned we both had a really ridiculous sense of humor and imagination. We actually planned an elaborate wedding that we would be married on April 4th in the jungle and swing in on vines down the aisle and monkeys and penguins (wtf?) would be in attendance. (sidenote: for many years after this he gave me a ring pop sucker every April 4th) We had our first date on Valentines Day 2003. Dating your high school boyfriend into University was fun because we had a lot of the same classes but it was also hard because we started to grow apart. We broke up for 6 months in 2007 which was pretty much the most ridiculous break up because we were together a lot of the time and sneakily hooking up after bar nights out and feeling like bad asses. But it helped a lot with our problems and have been partners in crime again ever since.”

Proposal story…
“Shaggy and I have been together 11 years and people were always asking when we were going to get married. We were never in a rush because since we were together since we were teenagers we have been through so much we felt like we didn’t NEED to be married. We were just trying to stumble through life and figure out careers. We moved away from our beautiful little island Cape Breton to the mainland in a bigger city, Halifax where we are still stumbling but happy. Last year, on Canada Day weekend we were at our families cottage on Shorrts Lake, NS for the weekend and Shaggy had to work late that Saturday so he didn’t show up until around 10pm. I didn’t think it was unusual at all that it took record time for him to down a glass of Old Sam dark rum and coke but turns out he was loosening up for a reason. We were all sitting around on the back deck and he kept asking me to go down to the fire with him but in true Danielle fashion I was wining that I didn’t want to leave the party. He eventually convinced me and we made our way to bundle up down by the lake around the fire. He started reminiscing about all the great times we had together and how fun my family was and how he thought of them as his own and wanted to make it official. He gets down on one knee and lets keep in mind that he was REALLY late to the party and I was feeling no pain and blurt out “Are you serious? It’s about fucking time!” It was pitch black except for the fire and I couldn’t even see the ring on my finger so he had to get out his phone to put on the flashlight so I could see it. We had our own little celebration and made our way up to the party to tell everyone and celebratory drinks were poured. It was perfect in every single way for us. We were close enough to hear the crazy loons of my family but private enough that this moment was totally us and they had no idea what was going on.”

Congrats D&S! Please visit again soon!

Ceremony: Planet Hollywood
Reception: Nine Fine Irishmen
Hair and Make-up: Beauty by Brianna
Dress: Mori Lee

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Val & Chris' Vintage Riverside Engagement Session

When Val contacted us way back when for her Chicago wedding, I knew we wanted to work with them. Not just because they are from Chicago, but because her email just made me happy. So, Val doesn’t actually have an engagement ring. Chris bought her an old truck. But the thing is, they live in Chicago, and the truck is in Riverside, California. Because Val wanted to include the truck in their e-session, they flew out to CA and that’s where we met up to do the session. We had so much fun. We wandered around downtown Riverside, and talked and got to know each other. We were chatting up back home Chicago suburbs and Chris happens to bring up my all time favorite Tinley Park dive, Mickey’s. Instant BFF’s. Their wedding is in the beginning of May in this badass venue in Chicago, and we cannot wait! These guys are awesome!

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Eileen & Robert's Our Lady of Las Vegas Fall Wedding

Per the usual, we are way behind on blogging. Eileen and Robert were referred to us by some friends of ours. You may recognize these beautiful ladies from this post from some months back. We instantly liked Eileen and Robert, and they had a gorgeous wedding day planned out. Their church was nothing short of spectacular, and they really did up the Silverstone Golf Resort for their reception.

They have a very cool story…
“Robert and Eileen are originally from California and grow up in the San Fernando Valley within a 5 mile radius of one another. They attended the same school at one point but never ran into one another. Robert moved to Las Vegas in 1993 with family when his father’s company re-located to Las Vegas. Eileen moved to Las Vegas in 2006 because she simply wanted change.

What started of as a roommate turned out to be me soul mate. The relationship evolved over time as they shared personal beliefs, thoughts, and history. They discovered common aspirations, goals, reflection of life, morals, values, and came from the same family background. About 8 months after living together as roommates a relationship was developed and the rest is happily ever after.”

Their engagement story…
“On Thanksgiving night in 2013 Robert and Eileen hosted dinner at their our home. After dinner, Robert attempted to get down on one knee (he tried to kick the chair away but his foot caught on the bottom of the chair) and said this is long over due. It was quite a SURPRISE FOR EVERYONE!

Meanwhile Alicia Keys, “Unthinkable” was playing and Eileen did not register this is their song. Their guests, both Robert’s family and Eileen had no idea the big question was coming. Robert popped the question and Eileen said yes. = It’s actually on video and quite funny!”

Congrats R&E!

Ceremony: Our Lady of Las Vegas
Reception: Silverstone Golf Resort
Hair and Make-up: Brianna Perezcassar
Cake: Freed’s Bakery
DJ: Dj Fabian

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Victoria & Perry's Colorful Neon Museum Elopement

Victoria and Perry traveled from Hong Kong for their wedding day in Las Vegas.

Here is why they chose Las Vegas:
“We both wanted a simple and intimate wedding so we decided to elope, just the two of us. We wanted to begin our marriage by doing something different and exciting together. Las Vegas, being so unique, is somewhere we really wanted to explore together. We love how the city is so extraordinary and vibrant with all the colours of the neon signs and the casino. This is main reason why we have decided to book the Neon Boneyard and also to do trash the dress. We wanted to paint our special day with loads of colour to remind us of how lively, momentous, unique and surreal we could be.”

We first met up with them early in the morning on Fremont Street. If you’ve ever been on Fremont around 7am, it is a completely different world. I kind of loved it though. We walked around downtown before we headed to the Neon Boneyard.

Right about here, I want to throw in how they met. These are the best stories.
“Through a friend who recommended us to each other, like a blind date! We both wanted to watch the movie “3 Idiots” at that time, so we decided to go together. It was a weekday, so we didn’t have much time to spend with each other but we managed to grab a quick bite at McDonald before the movie. It was very casual and comfortable. We then headed to “The One”, the mall which the cinema is located in, for the movie. The movie is about 3 engineering students in India and maybe it is because we both studied and work in the engineering field, the movie really got us chatting and this is how we met.”

The next stop was The Little Church of the West for the wedding ceremony. Following the ceremony, the Vegas sign and then onto the Trash the Dress! We had so much fun with them. Congrats V&P!

Attire: Jack Wills (Bride)/ Alexander McQueen (Groom)

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