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BRIDES Southern California: Best Korean Spas in Los Angeles for an Affordable Pre-Wedding Spa Day

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Nov 112016
Los Angeles Spa

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Koreatown has some of the best spas in L.A. and luckily, for the bride to be in need of some serious pampering, most of the spas have super affordable prices for their services as well as numerable saunas, steam baths, mineral pools, and everything else you need to have a perfectly relaxing day of pampering.

Beverly Hot Springs (Above)
Utilizing an alkaline well that's buried deep beneath the spa grounds, Beverly Hot Springs' claim to fame is that it's L.A.'s only hot spring spa. That means healing thermal mineral water baths or refreshing eucalyptus steam sessions to go alongside some of their signature exfoliation treatments, massages. They also even have spray on tanning services and hair removal so it's really a one stop shop in terms of pampering.

Olympic Spa
If you're new to the K-spa experience and are looking for some helpful staff to guide you through, look no further than Olympic Spa. From the jade laden steam room to the detoxifying hot mugwort tea and mineral pools, Olympic Spa has all of the classic steams, soaks, and pools to make a perfect day at the spa following a relaxing treatment of their signature Darphin body treatment, milky scrub, or reflexology treatment.

Wi Spa
One of the largest spas in Los Angeles, Wi Spa is open 24 hours a day and comes complete with a gym, library, restaurant, nap room, and five signature sauna rooms ranging from a salt sauna comprised of thousand year old minerals to an ice sauna designed to close pores and tighten skin. All rooms are available to you before and after your treatments, of which there are well over 30 to choose from, ranging from facials to massages and acupressure. And for those not wanting to spend the money on a specific treatment, you can gain access to all the spas saunas and amenities for a $15 fee.

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Crystal Spa
Crystal spa's claim to fame comes from combining traditional Korean spa treatments, pools, and saunas with something more unexpected: Aveda products. Each visit Starts with an Aveda tea to help you relax then it's straight to the co-ed charcoal, ice or room or mud room, which boasts 100% Korean mud from the Chungchoong Jincheon region. Follow it up with signature facial or Korean body buff and you'll be a new you in no time.

Natura Spa
This no-frills Korean spa may not be the fanciest of the bunch but they do provide a facial that rivals some of the best facials of the city and allow for each of your treatments to be customized to your preferred level of intensity, which is definitely helpful when it comes to some of the more intense scrubs. Plus, their in-house restaurant, perfect for a post treatment bite cooks up some of the most delicious authentic Korean food like bibimbap and spicy noodle soup.

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Guests From 19 Different Countries Traveled to San Francisco for This Couple’s Modern Wedding

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Nov 092016
Modern San Francisco Wedding, Bride and Groom Portrait

Photo: Amina Touray

It was only fitting that winemaker Andrea McBride got engaged surrounded by vines. Even better, Fabian John's proposal story was pretty much the stuff movies are made of. Under the guise of celebrating their fifth anniversary, Fabian bought out a St. Helena, California, winery for the day so that he and Andrea had the place entirely to themselves. "One moment we were sipping Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyard, and the next thing I knew he was down on one knee proposing," Andrea says. But the made-for-the-movies magic doesn't end there. "He commissioned an oil painter to paint us post-engagement as we sat in the middle of the vineyard, drinking wine and nibbling on this amazing spread of meat and cheese." Sigh.

The couple's July 11, 2016, wedding was just as magical. With a ceremony held at San Francisco's epic Palace of Fine Arts and a reception at a chic city restaurant, the couple blended breathtaking backgrounds with clean, modern design and delicious food. They also added a hint of their various cultures — from New Zealand and Barbados to Iran and even Alabama — into the decorations of the day. "We wanted to keep things simple, but still very unique to us," the bride explains. Read on to see how Flutter Events helped this twosome bring their vision to life, as captured by Amina Touray.

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Photo: Amina Touray

Andrea looked incredible in her Badgley Mischka wedding dress, and she has a last-minute change of heart to thank for her finding it. Just six weeks before the wedding (and despite having already bought another dress), the bride-to-be went shopping again. "I just felt like the first one wasn't me," she says. "As soon as I put this one on, I said, 'yes,' out loud."

The dress stood out with it's crystal-embellished shoulders and fitted bodice. "It reminded me of a very decorated military uniform, in a way. It felt like a metaphor for how I've lived life, earned my stars and stripes through the good and the bad and now I was ready to walk down the isle as an accomplished woman to marry the love of my life," says Andrea, who works as an entrepreneur and wine maker.

The couple's rose gold wedding bands were purchased at Cartier. And of course, the couple had plenty of celebratory wine on hand for the big day, including a selection from the bride's own label, McBride Sisters.

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Photo: Amina Touray

Along with her bridesmaids, who wore a variety of peach-hued dresses from J. Crew, Andrea welcomed a brides-man into her party. The brides-man and Fabian's groomsmen all donned black tuxedos for the big day, but Andrea's attendant stood out by wearing a skinny neck tie rather than a bow tie.

The couple incorporated their cultures into the wedding in the women's bouquets. Ferns, the national symbol of new Zealand, and camellias, the state flower of Alabama, were the primary blooms in each round arrangements.

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Photo: Amina Touray

The couple chose the Palace of Fine Arts for their ceremony site not only because it's an iconic venue, but because it's one of their favorite places to visit together. With its ornate arches and stone architecture, Andrea and Fabian knew they'd need little in the way of décor. They added an arch made of lush greenery and twisted branches held in two rustic urns as their altar. There, the couple exchanged vows they wrote themselves, and asked two friends to share readings. "One of our friend's changed the words to the song, 'No Diggity,' and personalized the lyrics to us," says Andrea. "We laughed so hard."

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Everyone then moved to Sens Restaurant, which is owned by one of the couple's dear friends, for the reception. "We often happy hour there and have celebrated multiple New Years Eve's there," Andrea says, so it was a natural choice for their wedding day. Another plus? The restaurant has the most amazing views.

Since they knew they loved the bones of their venue, all Andrea and Fabian really needed to do was add a little personalization. On a seating chart, as well as their invitations and menu cards, guests found a custom crest that represented both the bride and groom's different backgrounds. The design featured the fern and camellia that the newlyweds included in their flowers, and also added in a Persian lion and the national bird of Barbados. The menu reflected their cultures, too, with choices like New Zealand grilled angus flat iron, Fattoush salad, and southern friend chicken. Naturally, each meal came with generous pours of McBride Sisters wine.

Andrea and Fabian kept the design of their reception clean and modern, with long white tables decked out with white floral arrangements and gold flatware. Rows of chairs were made more comfortable with the addition of plush white pillows.

"We used green moss to cover the windows and add a nice pop of color, along with some hanging greenery installations over the tables," says the bride. "And you know we had to have the best stemware for the wine!"

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Photo: Amina Touray

In addition to a five-piece band that played throughout the night, the couple hired entertainers who carried giant bottles of McBride Sisters wine, complete with sparklers.

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Photo: Amina Touray

Andrea and Fabian served a three-tier wedding cake made of layers of carrot, lemon, and salted chocolate caramel cake.

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Photo: Amina Touray

At the reception, Andrea changed into a Balmain dress that had no fewer than 5,000 beads. "It literally felt like it was 40 pounds," says Andrea. "I had to have my sister help lift it onto me and zip it up."

As amazing wearing as that dress was, Andrea says the best part of their big day was having all their friends and family there to celebrate with them. "It was the United Nations of weddings," she jokes. "We had family and friends from 19 countries in attendance."

Ceremony Venue: Palace of Fine Arts || Reception Venue & Catering: Sens Restaurant || Wedding Planner: Flutter Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka; Balmain || Jewelry: Ritz Jewelers || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Style Bee || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Groom's Attire: Tom Ford || Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tuxa> || Wedding Bands: Cartier || Florist: Revel Floral || Invitations: ID 26 || Music: Bayonics || Cake & Favors: Natty Cakes || Rentals: La Tavola Linens; Classic Party Rentals || Videographer & Photographer: Amina Touray

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BRIDES Northern California: 5 Locally-Made Favors for Your Vineyard Wedding

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Nov 092016
Vineyard Wedding Favor IDeas

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A wedding in Northern California's most famed wine country region is unforgettable on many levels: gorgeous scenery, relaxed California vibe, and, of course, amazing wine! If you're lucky enough to have your wedding take place in the magical Napa or Sonoma regions, then you want your big day to be special for everyone coming in to celebrate with you. While planning your epic wine country wedding, make sure to consider how you can make your guests' journey extra special. Here are some unique ideas for gifts to give to your closest friends and family that will allow them to take a little bit of beautiful wine country home with them.

For wine enthusiasts:
While a bottle of wine is an obvious — and still very thoughtful — choice for a wedding guest gift, there are often other beverage options available from many wineries. Anaba Winery in Sonoma offers their delicious red and white port wines in smaller, less bulky bottles adorably named Aeroports. The famous Coppola Winery (as in Francis Ford) makes sparkling wine in mini cans complete with straws for on-the-go imbibing. They're named for his daughter Sofia, and come in party-perfect pink boxes.

For a taste of something different:
California wine country is also known for producing delicious olive oil. Many wineries create a variety of flavors and infusions — think jalapeno, thyme, white truffle — which makes for a perfect non-alcoholic gift. Sampler bottles, like those from The Olive Press, offer mini takeaways that make ideal wedding favors. Read real brides' reviews here!

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For that hint of local flavor:
Amidst the lush rolling hills of Napa and Sonoma counties, you'll also find a thriving scene of locally made goods. What better way to take a piece with you than with some gifts from locally sourced farms and markets? Shed in Healdsburg is a James Beard award-winning dining and retail space that offers not only locally sourced food, but many kitchen accoutrements, such as pottery, gadgets, linens, and cookbooks that all make for wonderful, heartfelt gifts for your guests. They have an online store as well!

For something to pamper:
After a long weekend of celebrating, a gift meant to pamper is a thoughtful idea for your guests. The acclaimed restaurant, The Girl and The Fig has an extensive online store that offers an assortment of giftable items. They also create delectable body lotions, salves, and balms made from unique ingredients like goat milk, Tuscan fig, bergamot, and orange. Their pieces are also available online, and come in travel-friendly gift sets aptly titled "Overnight" and "Weekender." Read real brides' reviews here!

Browse even more local wedding favor vendors here!

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BRIDES Northern California: Iconic San Francisco Foods to Serve at Your Reception

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Nov 072016

San Francisco has always been a culinary melting pot. Italian and Chinese immigrants, fisherman, bakers, and chefs have left delicious legacies that tell the story of the city though iconic dishes. To incorporate a little local flavor in your wedding reception, consider serving one — or a few — of these iconic San Francisco foods.

Cioppino was created by Italian immigrants in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood way back in the late 1800s. Originally a dish thrown together using the day's catch while out at sea, it later became popular in the neighborhood restaurants. Similar to seafood stews served in Italy but with a San Francisco twist, it's typically filled with local Dungeness crab, shrimp, scallops, squid, and mussels tossed together with tomatoes and wine, and served with local sourdough bread. Serve it as a buffet item or as a hearty seafood option.

And speaking of sourdough, the city's famous bread was created thousands of years before the settlement of California, but when Basque immigrants began making sourdough bread during the Gold Rush, it became the unofficial bread of the growing city. Perhaps the most famous purveyor is Boudin Bakery, which has been making sourdough in San Francisco since 1849 and continues to do so using a portion of the original starter. Serve sourdough in each table's bread basket, or go all out with individual bread bowls filled with clam chowder or a seafood bisque.

Irish Coffee
The original Irish Coffee was born in Shannon, Ireland, but it was San Francisco's Buena Vista Café that brought it across the pond to America in 1952. Café owner Jack Koeppler was so determined to recreate the concoction that he even went back to its birthplace at the Shannon Airport and eventually figured out the secret recipe (it involves aging the cream for 48 hours and frothing it to the perfect consistency). More than 60 years later, the café still serves its signature drink, though you can serve your own version with coffee, whisky, and whipped cream to keep guests caffeinated and dancing all night long.

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Fortune Cookies
Despite their association with Chinese food, fortune cookies were not created in China. Though their origin is disputed by some, a federal judge of the Court of Historical Review has deemed that they were created in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company. The cookies sell for $5 per bag of traditional or chocolate fortune cookies, so they're an inexpensive — and delicious — way to add some local flavor to your reception meal.

IT's-IT Ice Cream Sandwich
Born in 1928, IT's-IT ice cream sandwiches may be the city's most beloved dessert. The sweet treat is deceptively simple: a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two large old-fashioned oatmeal cookies, which is then dipped into fine dark chocolate. Serve the original — or try flavors like chocolate, mint, strawberry, cappuccino, or pumpkin — for a decadent late-night treat.

For more food ideas and expert wedding caterers, head to our local vendors page here!

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This California Wedding Is a Nature Lover’s Dream

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Nov 052016

Looking for some major inspiration for your wedding ceremony and reception? Then be sure to check out our real weddings video channel, packed with tons of beautiful celebrations and countless ideas to steal for your own big day. Each week we take a deeper look at one of our favorite new love stories, and today we're taking you inside Joseph and Joy's wedding in Pala, California.

We're obsessed with this nature-inspired celebration, which was documented by Russell John Films. The couple's officiant described the wedding venue best: Condor's Nest is a stunning, natural setting for outdoor nuptials, and Joseph and Joy took advantage of every beautiful inch of this property for their open-air ceremony and reception. From the mountain backdrop to the tree-covered grounds, Condor's Nest served as the ultimate backdrop for their big day.

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We also love how daring this couple was when it came to color. With tons of greenery in their setting, Joseph and Joy let their flowers really sing, choosing bright magenta tones that popped against the natural décor. Even Joy's bridesmaids went bold in their cranberry-colored dresses.

Speaking of décor, we love that this bride and groom chose unique and fun details for their ceremony and reception. We can't get enough of the hanging lanterns that they used during their ceremony and the vintage doors that were the background of their sweetheart table.

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Nov 032016
Los Angeles Bachelorette Party Workouts

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Although a wild night of drinking and dancing until the sun comes up is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a bachelorette party, if you're a bride-to-be who prefers doing something more laid-back and non-traditional, celebrate your transition into matrimony with a sweaty fitness party instead. Here, we round up the six best group fitness classes in Los Angeles perfect for toasting your last days of singledom with your best girlfriends by your side.

Tracy Anderson
If you're looking to seriously get your butt kicked at your sweaty bachelorette bash, look no further than trainer-to-the-stars Tracy Anderson. The cult-favorite fitness guru is the woman behind Hollywood's hottest bodies including Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. Her celeb-frequented studios in Brentwood and Studio City deliver workouts that are high-energy and ridiculously challenging, but totally worth it. After all, what bride-to-be doesn't want to look like J. Lo when she walks down the aisle?

Body By Simone
Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, and Julianne Hough are just a few of the celebs who swear by Body by Simone's intense and super sexy full-body dance cardio workouts. Round up your girls and head here for an invigorating good time — you might even learn a few dance moves for the reception. The studio's trampoline cardio class is another fun way to wave goodbye to the single life.

Cycle House
Ease any wedding planning stress while you get your sweat on with your bridesmaids during an indoor cycling session at Cycle House. Rocking playlists, impressive LED lighting, and the promise to burn 500-1,000 calories with just one ride, makes this cult-favorite cycling spot a winning choice for a bachelorette party.

Playlist Yoga
Celebrate your last hurrah before getting hitched by getting your groove on at Playlist Yoga. The new West Hollywood studio isn't your typical yoga spot. The sweaty 60-minute vinyasa flow classes are upbeat and set to energetic music, which will leave you and your girlfriends feeling re-energized and ready for all the wedding festivities.

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Ballet Bodies
Whether you have years of dance training under your belt or none at all, you and your entourage of favorite ladies will have a great time working on your long, lean dancer's bodies at Ballet Bodies. Class types range from sweat-inducing cardio classes that incorporate ballet jumps on mini trampolines to sculpting sessions that mix in Pilates moves to a basics class that covers all the fundamental ballet techniques.

Prevail Los Angeles
This friendly boxing hotspot will get your heart pumping like no other. The feeling you get when you slip on those boxing gloves is totally empowering and just what you need if you're experiencing any pre-wedding jitters. After punching it out alongside your girls, you'll leave feeling powerful, invincible, and ready to take on married life.

For more health and beauty hotspots in L.A., as well as wedding hair and makeup artists, head to our Los Angeles Beauty page!

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You’d Never Believe That This Bright Palm Springs Wedding Was Planned From Across the World

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Nov 022016
Colorful Palm Springs Desert Destination Wedding, Bride and Groom Portrait

Photo: Claire Eliza

A few short months after Taylor Wolff moved from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, she attended a local friend's goodbye party, and spotted Adam Syarc. "I sat down next to him and we clicked immediately," Taylor remembers. They had been dating for almost three and a half years when, overlooking Melbourne from Adam's best friend's parents' rooftop, Adam spontaneously proposed. Says Taylor, "He didn't even have a ring — he used his friend's grandmother's wedding band. It meant a lot because his friend's grandparents had been married for 55 years." A month later, Adam and his fiancée headed back to where they'd had their first date, and he presented Taylor with a beautiful ring he'd designed himself.

Though the pair lives in Australia, the knew they wanted to have their wedding in America. Palm Springs was relatively accessible, and had a special place in Taylor's heart: She grew up visiting her grandparents in the area. "We wanted somewhere our guests could join us for the weekend and really get to know one another as our worlds collided. We chose Smoke Tree Ranch because we could all stay on the property. It felt like adult summer camp!" Taylor describes. While planning a wedding from across an ocean was a challenge, a fantastic wedding planner, The Events Department, and a close family friend who served as a stylist helped Taylor and Adam create a desert chic wedding that was fun and family-focused. From towering cacti and Persian rugs to vibrant flowers and a few DIY projects tackled by Taylor's maid of honor, this wedding was personal, stylish, and unique. Check out the photos by Claire Eliza!

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Photo: Claire Eliza

Taylor and her 'maids spent the morning of April 22, 2016, reminiscing and getting gussied up before the bride donned her Anne Barge wedding dress, striped with ribbon over a champagne-hued lining. Her bridesmaids chose grey Joanna August maxi dresses in a variety of styles.

She and Adam chose to not see one another until the ceremony, so instead Taylor had an emotional first look with her father.

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Photo: Claire Eliza

Taylor loved her gown's Art Deco-vibe, and we're obsessed with how it matched the graphic stripes on Adam's socks! She finished her look with side-swept waves and a vibrant bouquet of anemones and peonies.

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Adam wanted a Rat Pack vibe for his groomsmen, so they all wore navy tuxedos with tailored white shirts. His nephews served as page boys, in suit shorts and bow ties, and carried signs down the aisle, leading Taylor to Adam once the ceremony was underway. "They talked about their jobs for months, and all weekend couldn't wait to put their outfits on!" Taylor remembers.

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Photo: Claire Eliza

The ceremony took place in the middle of the road, with rugs serving as an aisle runner and umbrellas arranged to protect guests from the desert sun.

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Photo: Claire Eliza

The couple had a traditional ceremony, with Taylor's parents escorting her down the aisle as she and Adam saw one another for the first time. While the weather had been calm all week, a crazy wind storm came through just a few minutes before the ceremony. "It could have caused a few freak outs, and we had to skip our table assignments or else they would have blown away, but it made for some beautiful pictures and funny moments," says Taylor of the gust that caught her veil — so much so that Adam ended up wrapping the veil around him during the recessional so it wouldn't carry his bride away!

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Photo: Claire Eliza

The desert backdrop was totally stunning, full of unique varieties of cacti that made for an incredible settings for portraits.

Says Taylor, "Planning our wedding was so fun, even from afar! I loved doing the research and collaborate with our vendors, my mom, and our stylist. It also forced us to go with our gut, since we didn't have the opportunity to go back and consider other options or ideas."

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Photo: Claire Eliza

At the outdoor reception, farm tables were surrounded with cross-back chairs. Instead of big centerpieces, the pair chose more simple garland arrangements — a choice that worked well for serving their family-style meal. Greenery and vines were accented with vibrant blooms, and wine was poured into delicate gold-rimmed glasses. "My mom sets a great table, so she was in charge of all the rentals," says Taylor.

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At the bar, guests grabbed Aperol spritzes and California wines. For dinner, family-style trays of salmon and steak were passed around each table, and guests could dig into as much or as little as they'd like. "It really encouraged everyone to mingle and get to know each other better," the bride says.

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Photo: Claire Eliza

We adore the couple's photo booth, set up inside a vintage VW Bus and decorated with vintage-inspired props and baskets of flowers. Next to the dance floor, a lounge area of mid-century furniture encouraged guests to relax between the DJ's sets.

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Photo: Claire Eliza

Adam and Taylor's first dance was to "Let's Stay Together" by Marvin Gaye before letting their DJ take over. "We had so much fun working with him. We had one song we wanted to play, where our guests would get on the ground and Adam and I would pop up and dance furiously. It was everything I'd envisioned!"

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Photo: Claire Eliza

Instead of cake, the pair served a spread of donuts — including ones that spelled out "Taylor + Adam!" Flavors included funfetti, maple bacon, coconut, chocolate, and red velvet.

"Don't sweat the small stuff," Taylor advises. "The imperfections are what create the best stories and memories, so focus on being in the moment and enjoying the best day of your life!"

Venue & Catering: Smoke Tree Ranch || Wedding Planner: The Events Department || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Anne Barge || Hair & Makeup: Mobile Bridal Salon || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August, from Bella Bridesmaids || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Floral Design & Invitations: The Design Hunters || Music: DJ Zephyr || Cake: Over the Rainbow Desserts || Rentals: Signature Party Rentals || Videographer: Anchor Pictures || Photographer: Claire Eliza

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BRIDES Northern California: San Francisco’s Best Party Rental Vendors

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Nov 012016

While some venues might provide everything you need for your dream wedding, it's more likely that you'll need to rent at least a few items to pull off your perfect event. Even at venues that provide the basics, you'll often find they're just that: basic. Renting items gives you more flexibility to match items to your color scheme and theme. Here are some of the best San Francisco party rental vendors.

Classic Party Rentals
With 25 locations in the US, three of which are in California (including the Bay, Napa and San Jose), Classic Party Rentals is one of the most well-known party rental options. The San Francisco outpost is actually located in Burlingame, and carries a massive selection of just about everything you could need. From tents and lounge furniture to lighting and electrical, outdoor heaters to dance floors, chairs and tables to plates and glasses, they have it all. They also carry cooking and service equipment such as chafers, charcoal grills, and refrigerators. Read real brides' reviews here!

Abbey Rentals
Serving Northern California since 1947, Abbey Rentals offers all the standard equipment — chairs, tables, dinnerware, tents, dance floors and more — and their services include setup and breakdown of furniture and larger equipment, free site inspections, and free event layout design. They also have a 72-hour cancellation policy. Read real brides' reviews here!

Gussy Up Decor
If you're looking to add a vintage touch to your decor, look no further than Gussy Up decor, which offers a wide selection of vintage bars, settes, buffets, and vintage doors, plus decorative elements like wine barrels, vintage suitcases and antique typewriters. They can custom order based on your needs and will stage your event for a small extra fee. Items can be picked up or delivered (for a fee).

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Archive Rentals
When Archive says they are a "specialty" rental company, they mean it. Where else can you rent items like a decorative rowboat, Airstream trailer, teepee, lemonade stand, or vintage vespa? In addition to these wow pieces they also provide vintage-inspired lounge furniture, beautiful tableware, arbors, and other decorative elements. They can also help with floral design and professional day-of styling services; their San Francisco showroom is by appointment only. Read real brides' reviews here!

Encore Events Rentals
Encore Events Rentals has been serving the Bay Area and wine country for more than 30 years. In addition to a wide selection of chairs, tables, decor, dinnerware and serving equipment, they offer tents, dance floors and other staging. Their signature service is a CAD design of your space; they'll create a virtual model so you can see exactly what your completed event will look like. They also include a free site visit with tent rentals to make sure you reserve the best tent for the size of the space. Read real brides' reviews here!

For even more rentals for your "I do" space, browse other local wedding vendors here!

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BRIDES Northern California: 5 Historical San Francisco Landmarks Where You Can Tie the Knot

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Oct 312016
Swedenborgian Church San Francisco Wedding Venue

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Sometimes newer isn't always better. San Francisco's magnificent historic landmarks serve as a testament, and if you're the type of bride that gets more excited about your 'something old' than your 'something new,' we've found five historic San Francisco landmarks rife with a storied past and oozing with old-school elegance.

Swedenborgian Church (Above)
Built in 1895, this magnificent church was named a National Historic Landmark in 2004 for paving the way for the Arts & Crafts movement on the west coast. Inside, the sanctuary will be awash in warm candle light as you walk down the aisle to meet your fiancé at the alter, which is beautifully flanked by arching beams. After you seal your marriage with a kiss, celebrate in the Parish House, or if the weather permits, opt for an intimate party in the church's lush garden. Read real brides' reviews here!

Firehouse 8 San Francisco Wedding Venue

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Firehouse 8
Once home to San Francisco firefighters, this historic 1916 Russian Hill firehouse (complete with a firepole!) has since been transformed into a Pinterest-worthy event space. The brick-walled building's Skylight Room (seats 127) and Engine Room (seats 100) can easily be dressed up for a rustic party or be glammed up for a more opulent affair. The possibilities are endless. Read real brides' reviews here!

Payne Mansion Hotel San Francisco Wedding Venue

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The Payne Mansion Hotel
As soon as you step foot inside, you'll fall in love with the Payne Mansion Hotel. Formerly a mansion, which was transformed into a luxury boutique hotel, it's easy to see why the striking 1881 structure was declared a San Francisco historic landmark. Its Victoria-period architecture is downright glorious. Rent out the place for just few hours or host all your wedding festivities here by booking the entire weekend. Whatever you decide, the hotel's main event space (accommodates 300 guests) complete with five different rooms can be easily arranged to create your dream configuration.

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Bently Reserve San Francisco Wedding Venue

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Bently Reserve
Constructed during the Roaring 20s, the Bently Reserve is the jaw-dropping venue that wedding dreams are made of. If you crave a fairytale wedding complete with a storybook venue, this is for you. The locale's Banking Hall is perfect for a lavish affair (seats 805) with its solid bronze doors, Doric columns, high ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and Italian marble floors. When it comes time to walk down the aisle, make a dramatic entrance by floating down from the bronze and marble imperial staircase. Read real brides' reviews here!

San Francisco Ferry Building Wedding Venue

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San Francisco Ferry Building
The stunning San Francisco Ferry Building first opened in 1898 and served as a ferryboat station welcoming locals and travelers alike to the San Francisco Bay. Rife with history, the waterfront venue offers an inspiring event space on its second level (seats up to 400 guests) that sets the scene for romance with its marvelous architecture, soaring ceiling, and mosaic floors.

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BRIDES Southern California: 5 Shops to Get the Perfect Wedding Tux in Los Angeles

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Oct 282016
Best Los Angeles Wedding Tuxedo Shops Local Brides

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There's no shortage of bridal shops in LA, but when it comes to shopping for a tuxedo, grooms aren't blessed with as many options. Nevertheless, there are a handful of shops in Los Angeles that stock sharp, handsome tuxedos for the big day. From Hugo Boss to Bloomingdale's, here are five shops in LA where every type of groom can find their dream tux.

Mr. Tuxedo
Mr. Tuxedo boasts three collections—platinum, gold, and silver—to fit every wedding budget. Here, you'll find a variety of different tuxedo styles in a range of colors including white, navy blue, black, and dark grey to suit every groom's individual style. Grooms can bring in their groomsmen too to make sure the entire wedding party looks good for the big day. Read real brides' reviews here!

Friar Tux Shop
With numerous locations in Southern California, Friar Tux Shop makes it easy and convenient for grooms to pick out their perfect tux. Grooms can try on tuxes for free and work with an in-house stylist to find the most flattering fit. The shop also stocks a variety of accessories to complete the wedding day look including ties, pocket squares, socks, shoes, and shirts. Be sure to check out their exclusive Michael Kors collection too. Read real brides' reviews here!

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Hugo Boss
Hugo Boss' formalwear collection oozes elegance and sophistication. Stop by the brand's Sunset Boulevard store to peruse their collection of polished tuxedos made from premium wool silk blends. Find everything from classic black tuxedos to non-traditional velvet or metallic sports jackets, as well as all of the accessories needed to complete the look including Italian calfskin dress shoes, brass cufflinks, and luxurious dress shirts.

Just like brides, grooms deserve to look like the best version of themselves on their wedding day and that means wearing the best of the best. To find the best tuxedos in town, grooms can head to Bloomingdale's and explore their stunning collection of tuxedos by top-name brands including Ted Baker, Theory, Ralph Lauren, Canali, Armani, and many more. Read real brides' reviews here!

Nothing says modern luxury quite like a Burberry tuxedo. Made from sumptuous fabrics woven in Italy—think cashmere, silk, and mohair—the fashion house's stylish tuxedos boast modern and slim fits to flatter every type of groom. The ultimate Burberry wedding day look includes a striking tuxedo jacket accented with satin notch lapels paired with virgin wool tailored trousers in a relaxed silhouette.

Check Out Other Local Shops and Boutiques to Find Your Perfect Wedding Tuxedo!

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