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Rachel and Garry were married at The Japanese Garden followed by an outdoor backyard reception in Van Nuys, Calif. on June 7. “The moment you step foot into the Japanese Gardens, you are surrounded by peace and serenity,” Rachel said.  “Any stress, any worry seizes to exist while you are there. You can’t help but admire the beauty. ” The bride stunned in a v-neck halter wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil and sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with no tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, and dahlias. All 80 guests sat at round tables in padded folding chairs, decorated with sandalwood linens, white napkins, floating candle centerpieces, and a personalized thank-you note at each place setting.  “Garry and I took a moment to reflect and kind of stepped back and looked around at all of our friends and family,” she said. “To see their smiling faces, laughing and dancing – so much love was everywhere. It was truly humbling, and our hearts were bursting.”  An indulging dessert display included a buttercream-frosted cake, oatmeal cream pies, Ho Hos, and chocolate covered marshmallows. Lucky them! The newlyweds jetted off in a 1961 Bentley at the end of the night for a touch of old Hollywood glamour. “If at the end of the day, you marry the love of your life, the rest doesn’t matter,” Rachel said.

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Photography: William Innes Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Japanese Garden | Event Planner/Stationery: Sharibella Events | Dress Store: Brides by Liza | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux | Caterer: Truly Yours Catering | Transportation: Classic Limos | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Mariana Rodriguez | Jewelry: Crown Jeweler | Hair Stylist: Lauren Bensley | Makeup: Facial Expressions by Ash | Floral Designer: Lee Gallison | Officiant: Dick Rogan | Ceremony Musician: Salpy Kerkonian | Cake: Cake Monkey Bakery | DJ: DJ Alwayz