Set in the springtime, Kristina and David’s post-pandemic Hartley Botanica wedding was brimming with contagious energy and excitement. After a challenging time of isolation, this gathering was a true celebration of togetherness. The vibe of their wedding day was absolutely electric! The reception alone was filled with so many joyous experiences including cash cannons, sentimental toasts, and an epic dance party!
The couple chose Hartley Botanica in Somis, CA as their venue for several reasons. They fell in love with its enchanting gardens and appreciated the spacious layout that allowed their guests to explore every corner. The serene beauty of the surroundings provided the perfect backdrop for their romantic affair. The all-inclusive packages offered at Hartley Botanica also allowed them to confidently make decisions about their wedding day and the experience they were providing their guests.
In terms of color palette, Kristina and David opted for a classic and timeless approach. They selected a neutral base of greens and whites, which they elegantly accented with blush and navy blue. The result was a sophisticated and refined aesthetic that complemented the venue’s natural beauty.
From the start, it was clear that Kristina and David wanted to incorporate their heritage and passions into their wedding. During the cocktail hour, they donned traditional Korean wedding attire, captivating their guests who eagerly took photos with them. It was a beautiful tribute to their roots and added a touch of cultural richness to the day.
For your wedding ceremony, imagine walking down this beautiful tree-lined pathway with your guests seated on the expansive lawns on either side. Lush greenery creates a stunning natural backdrop for your ceremony. After your ceremony guests can enjoy cocktail hour in The Lotus Tea Garden or in Paliuli Gardens.
Dance the night away underneath twinkling string lighting at your reception. Paliuli Gardens boasts a beautifully landscaped lawn for a stunning alfresco dinner surrounded by lush gardens. Paliuli Gardens is the perfect tropical oasis. Your guests will have so much fun exploring the multiple waterfalls, vine-covered archways, fountains, aviaries, and beautifully landscaped grounds.
If you are looking for something a bit more intimate, The Lotus Tea Garden boasts several different spaces for gathering with a small group. With hand-paved walkways and a walk-through waterfall, you’ll find several corners to cozy up in at this Asian-inspired garden. The Lotus Tea Garden is available as an alternative reception space for a brunch wedding. This type of wedding day format is starting to become more popular as couples explore making their celebration a bit more unique. This garden oasis is the perfect space for hosting a group of 25 – 100 guests for an intimate wedding.
As their wedding planner, I witnessed many special moments throughout the day. The energy was palpable, and it truly felt like a grand celebration. Despite the couple facing multiple postponements due to the pandemic, they never lost hope, and their determination to share this day with their loved ones radiated throughout the entire event.
Kristina and David discovered my wedding planning and design services through Instagram, and they chose to work with me because of my approach to building a solid wedding foundation based on your unique wedding purpose. I focused on designing a wedding that reflected their unique relationship, hobbies, and inside jokes. Together, we brainstormed ideas that went beyond the typical themes found on Pinterest, resulting in a wedding that was undeniably “so Kristina and David.”
Bringing Kristina and David’s wedding vision to life was a journey. Even amidst a pandemic reschedule, these two had the energy to put their relationship first, and kept thinking of new ways to infuse their couple style into what was one epic celebration! Kristina and David’s wedding day was a testament to their love, resilience, and commitment to creating a celebration that truly reflected who they are as a couple. It was an honor to be a part of their journey and to witness their joyous Hartley Botanica wedding.
If you’re planning your own wedding, I encourage you to embrace your unique story and infuse it into every aspect of your special day. Let it be a celebration that speaks to your hearts and leaves a lasting impression on your guests. And remember, having a dedicated wedding planner by your side can make all the difference in bringing your vision to life. Reach out to me, and let’s create a wedding that is filled with unique purpose and intention.
Here’s what Kristina had to say about working together,
“Working with Sarah was one of the best decisions I made during the entire planning process! I spoke with many planners & coordinators and decided to move forward with Sarah due to her approach. Her approach was all about the couple! During our planning sessions, Sarah consistently helped me with creating ideas on how to add little touches to our wedding. Looking back at some photos, I’m so happy to see these little touches. We had many guests and family members mention how unique and classic our wedding was. I can’t thank Sarah and her team more and would recommend her to anyone I know who is planning a wedding!”
Venue | Hartley Botanica
Planner | Kindred Weddings and Events
Photographer | XO and Fetti Photography
Catering + Bartending | Command Performance Catering
Videography | Fond Productions
Florist | Yamaguchi Nursery
Hair + Makeup Artist | Beauty By BonBon
DJ | Bouquet Sound
Cake | Frost It Cakery
Churro Cart | Mr & Mrs Churro
Photobooth | Photobooth Geeks
Dress | Martina Liana
Suit | Mens Warehouse
Rings | Blue Nile, Robbins Brothers
Shoes | Badgley Mischka
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