Vintage Romance With a Modern Twist


As soon as we previewed this gorgeous wedding submitted by Emma of Ether & Smith Photography, we knew it would be our first Fairytale feature. We were so impressed with the meticulous attention to detail and were not surprised to learn that the bride is a professional wedding planner.

Emma says, “I knew immediately that Jenn & Mike’s wedding was going to be phenomenal when she said she was a wedding planner…and that they were planning on having donuts. We all know a wedding with donuts is always a good wedding.”

The donut bar was indeed amazing, but what captured our attention were the brilliant ways in which Jenn invited her guests to interact with each other during the wedding. She set up a beverage and popsicle bar for the pre-ceremony portion, gin and tonic bar for cocktail hour, and for dessert she created a donut bar with a variety of flavors. This wedding is chock full of so many intricate details; we thought we would skip our usual inspiration checklist and let the photos speak for themselves.

So sit back and enjoy Jenn and Mike’s elegant desert wedding (and our commentary throughout)


Jenn’s bouquet consisted of a protea, blue eryngium, tulips and a single peony. It was held together with a beautiful long silk ribbon


We love the rich colors, the gorgeous vintage ring box, and the pretty little antique book they used to hold their vows (below). What a beautiful touch!


Photographer Emma says “Jenn chose a Monique Lhuillier corset paired with the prettiest full skirt.”  We all agree that this two-piece bridal ensemble is a S-T-U-N-N-E-R!

2016-11-03_00032016-11-04_0009A simple wooden tray artfully displays the boutonnieres…

chen010jennandmike-wedding-244-32016-11-04_0005jennandmike-wedding-3742016-11-04_0004We think he approves! Any groom who holds his bride’s bouquet so she can hold onto his arm a little tighter is a keeper!


Emma says “Jenn’s colors were well-curated shades of coral-red and periwinkle-blue. And her bridesmaid’s dresses were so unique”


Infused water and popsicles awaited guests as they arrived, and provided much-needed refreshment during a hot desert day. Adding personal touches like this shows your guests that you care about their comfort and well-being.


Emma adds, “The bride and groom exchanged vows and rings under a tree on the front lawn, with a beautiful garland arch that hung so naturally it seemed it was part of the tree.”


We were impressed with Jenn’s effective use of vintage mirrors as signage. The calligraphy is exquisite!

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Lending continuity to the mirrored signage is this gorgeous seating chart set in an ornate gold frame. It is flanked with greenery, and a touch of color


Personalized bags containing a freshly baked baguette greeted each guest at their place setting. Below, a closeup of one of the many vintage mirrors being used as a table number sign.


Jenn and Mike opted to go al-fresco with long banquet tables set up for family-style dining. The chandeliers and bistro lights add elegance and necessary outdoor lighting, which will be greatly appreciated when the sun sets and nightfall beckons.


The Gin and Tonic themed bar allowed guests to add their own toppings. Notice the sign above is propped against a stack of old books. The books are not only useful but they complement the old-world feel of the wedding. Their use also allows the table decor to look great from any angle.


This mirrored menu sign flanked by more signature florals looks elegant and very glamourous, Propping it up on the tabletop instead of on an easel allows it to take on a more carefree, casual look.


A unique alternative to the traditional wedding cake is the idea of having three smaller cakes with different, but complementary toppers. Here the largest cake had a topper with their new surname. The topper on one of the small cakes said “I do”, and the last said, “Me too”. Absolutely adorable, and we love the marble and gold-speckled frosting effect.

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Pictured below: Have all your cake cutting accessories ready to go and decoratively laid out, and always include a napkin so couples can quickly tend to the embarrassing messes this ceremony never fails to create!


If we had to choose one signature element for this wedding, it would be this colorful, and well-stocked donut bar. Served alongside the cakes, it makes for a memorable and fun dessert option.


We noticed this was the only sign not incorporated onto a vintage mirror, perhaps for good reason. The plain white background and fun hand-lettering complement the playful vibe of the donut bar.

jennandmike-wedding-953jennandmike-wedding-1045Gorgeous florals were used to decorate the GOH (Guest of Honors’) chairs. No sweetheart table necessary here. Family-style seating allows the new Mr. & Mrs to mingle and interact with their guests without leaving their seats.

jennandmike-wedding-844Lovely couple and truly a memorable wedding. Congratulations!

Photography: Ether & Smith | Cinematography: TwentySeven Studios | Coordination: Sassy Girl Weddings + Events | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Invitations: Jenn Yamauchi Weddings & Events | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free People | Catering: Miho Catering | Hair + Makeup: Kelly Zhang | DJ: Vox DJs | Groom’s Suit: J.Crew | Officiant: Don Johnson | Venue: Villa Belle Etoile | Baguettes: L’Artisan Valley Bakery | Cake + Donuts: M Cakes Sweets | Cocktail & Bar Curator: JW Hawthorne | Dress Corset: Monique Lhuillier | Dress Skirt: Mount Tabor Park | Photo Booth: Mebo Photo | Popsicles: Front Porch Pops | Vintage Rentals: Etablir Shop


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Emma – Ether & Smith Photography


I’m a dreamer, a hopeless romantic, a story-teller. I believe that the entire universe conspires soul mates to find each other, and that serendipity, wander-lust, adventures, and the grand scheme of life are to be celebrated. I am eternally grateful to photograph love for a living, and to be consumed with art and beauty on a daily basis. I am a foodie and tea lover, and the person who is playing with the host’s pets at a dinner party. My love for discovery, observation, wonder, mystery, and story-telling made me who I am now; a historian for lovers.

.  Ether & Smith is based in southern California and is a So Dearly Beloved Premiere Concierge.