Last Saturday, May 11, I married my best friend. Held at a charming home in picturesque Pacific Palisades, the intimate affair was attended by 45 of our closest friends and family. Although the whole thing seemed sudden, it's actually been a long time coming, given that Vlad and I have been together for nearly a decade. After being engaged for more than a year, I woke up one morning and decided that it was time to get this show on the road. With the help of my amazing dream team, I whipped up our wedding in two months.
The day was pure magic.
Vlad selected our sweet invitations, which were designed by Minted.com. Our wonderful friend Victoria Lara, who's an amazing photographer, took our official wedding portraits. (All photos here are by her, unless otherwise noted.)
|Photo by Jesse Southern|
When guests arrived, they were greeted by a timeline of photos from each year of our relationship. Vlad and I made these together using supplies from Paper Source. (Who knew I was the DIY type?)
I designed these shoes with an awesome Australian bespoke shoe service, Shoes of Prey. I wanted a shoe that was special enough to wear on the big day, but timeless enough to wear over and over again.
Crystal-and-pearl mani by celebrity artist Destinee Handly, aka Miss Handly. Take a closer look here.
Flower crown by my friends at Cult Gaia, who recently launched a bridal line. Makeup by Jamie Fisher of Blushington, haircut by Janine Jarman of Hairroin Salon and hairstyling by Marjorie Grissinger, one of my bridesmaids. (Fun fact: Marjorie and I have been best friends since we were 12 years old!)
Dress by For Love & Lemons and arm cuff by Vanessa Mooney. Major props to my girl Aimee Song for recommending FL&L immediately when I told her that I was on the hunt for a dress by a local designer. I wish I could wear this dress every day.
|Photo by Jesse Southern|
Fierce bridesmaid dresses by BCBGeneration. Necklaces custom-made by one of my bridesmaids, Jesse Southern of Rune Accoutrements.
How good is the back detailing on their dresses? I love the subtle silver shimmer, too.
This definitely helped calm the nerves.
Vlad's niece, also named Natalie, was our adorable flower girl.
My hero, my late grandmother Maria de la Rosa, was with us the entire time.
I walked down a white rose-covered spiral staircase to "Cherry Blossom Girl" by Air.
|Photo by BJ|
I was so proud of my dad for not complaining about wearing a suit in the scorching heat.
My dreamy bridal party, from left: Dina Darwish (maid of honor), Sara Paulsen, Dani Drasin, Jesse Southern, Jean Marie Jingco and Marjorie Grissinger.
My reception dress was also by For Love & Lemons. I surprised mom with a dance and selected "From This Moment On" by Shania Twain -- an instant tear-jerker.
Like a gift from Mother Nature (I'm a hippie now), the sun began to set just as our first dance ended. Our song is "Overjoyed" by Stevie Wonder.