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Wonder Woman–Themed Elopement in Santa Barbara
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This Wonder Woman themed elopement was a comic book lover's dream! Audrey and Cody are just the cutest couple and she totally rocked her Wonder Woman look. Everything from her dress to their color palette to the rings was breathtaking, and the setting amongst ruins deep in the hills of Santa Barbara just brought it to another level.

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I love how this ring is so reminiscent of the original Wonder Woman's crown.

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Their intimate couple's picnic was set like an elaborate feast fit for gods and goddesses.

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This cake featured a gold "crown" inspired by Wonder Woman's crown in the latest movie iteration.

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I am downright obsessed with this bouquet from The Flower Shop!

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The sun was coming through the clouds in the most gorgeous way, as though the heavens were shining down.

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A vintage gold headband and gold geometric cuffs gave a subtle nod to Wonder Woman's costume and famous bullet-proof armor. So of course we had to get a shot with her most well known pose! (Little secret: Her "powers" in this photo are actually an effect done in real life, not in Photoshop! Any guesses as to how I did it?)

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Seriously, how cute are these two?

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CREDITS

Photography: Jade Elora Photography
Styling / Planning: Fandom Affairs
Cake / Cupcakes: Sugar Studio
Florist: The Flower Shop
Hair / Makeup: Absolutely Fabulous Glamour Studio
Dress Store: Adina's Bridal
Groom's Suit: Friar Tux
Rings: Princess Jewelers
Couple: Audrey Gloger, Cody Gigold

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Colorful Punk Wedding in Highland Park
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I've always loved color. I've also always loved punk rock and black. Growing up, my bedroom was pink and black with an entire wall plastered with band posters. That pretty much sums up my aesthetic. But for some reason, people think "punk" is synonymous with "black". Not true! This wedding is a gorgeous example of combining punk rock elements with a neon, 80s-inspired color scheme.

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Studded napkin holders and matte black dinnerware plus hot pink napkins and a killer  geometric table runner perfectly merged punk and vibrant. The best part? The table runner is a simple DIY made out of just colored paper!

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I'm obsessed with this invitation suite from Alexis Designs Things! 

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LA Speakeasy provided on-theme colorful cocktails.

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This awesome graffiti-inspired cake was created by Nicole Bakes Cakes. I love the metallic zipper details.

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Upon entering, guests are greeted by this custom graffiti board with "seating card" pins that guide them to their table and double as name tags. (Plus, they're a fun little take home souvenir!)

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Guests can get "inked" from this custom tattoo bar with American Traditional -inspired designs.

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Can you believe she did her own hair? Autumn is a hair stylist and makeup artist so she crafted her own look, complete with "hair piercings" and a braided bridal mohawk.

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Check out that ring! I love how the hidden skulls add a touch of punk rock that you only notice if you're looking closely.

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A leather jacket is officially my favorite bridal accessory.

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This nearby graffiti wall just happened to match their color scheme. I'm pretty sure that's fate.

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And to wrap up this punk affair? Time to rock out in the York Manor's underground speakeasy where the party can last into the night!

 


CREDITS

Photography: Jade Elora Photography
Styling / Planning: Rock n’ Willow Events
Venue: The York Manor
Tabletop Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals
Cake / Cupcakes: Nicole Bakes Cakes
Florist: The Flower Shop
Stationery: Alexis Designs Things
Hair / Makeup: Autumn Skibinski 
Couple: Autumn Skibinski and Aaron Garrett

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Wedding Guest Survey Results! : What Guests Actually Care About
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When I was planning my own wedding, I quickly found there were a set of phrases people pretty much only say to you when you're in the middle of planning a wedding. There was "Oh, you absolutely have to have a..." and "Well, everyone is going to expect..." and "If you don't have that everyone will be disappointed". For whatever reason, weddings immediately bring out the discussion of other people's expectations, and you'll get tons of contradictory opinions of what those are.

So I decided I wanted to know, exactly what are wedding guests expecting? I created a survey and shared it through my circles and was surprised by the data! For instance... 

94% of guests surveyed said they do not expect the bride & groom to provide transportation to and from the venue.

Somebody should tell that to all of those "wedding etiquette" books out there making everyone feel like bad hosts for not hiring buses to lug all their guests around.

Another interesting one?

29% of guests would consider skipping a wedding entirely if there wouldn't be any alcohol.

But (contrary to what many people insisted to me when I was planning), almost everyone was okay with a limited bar serving wine and beer. So if you're wondering how guests feel about a limited bar, the answer is pretty much "free alcohol is good alcohol".

And the "to open bar or not to open bar?" question... well, it divided our respondents.

57% of guest said an open bar was expected, but many of those who said it wasn't expected still said they'd be disappointed by a cash bar.

Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think guests' opinions should dictate your decisions. I'm all for making a wedding about you and celebrating your way, so never feel like you have to change something you like because of what may or may not be "expected". And certainly don't feel forced to spend out of your budget (the people who matter will show up and it will be awesome no matter what!). But feel free to use this information to help you along the way for those tricky "if only I knew what they'd want" moments.

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