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Monteleone Meadows Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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Newlyweds Danielle and Justin wanted a wedding where that blended the rustic setting but still keeping an elegant aesthetic without being too stuffy — I think it’s a safe bet to say they achieved this, no? This couple and their wedding day, captured by Priscila Valentina, are worlds beyond the definition of cool. The groom’s first look image gives me chills!

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From the bride, Danielle: We wanted a rustic feel, but still elegant and very “us” at the same time. We wanted to have a lot of our own personal touches implemented in the wedding. We wanted people see our personalities through our decor.


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Our wedding could be described as fun, laid back, beautiful, simple, and us…our color scheme was blush, peaches, and ivories. We choose dark chocolate brown linens to off set the light colors. All of the signage that we used around the venue were hand made by my mother.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t sweat the small stuff, and try to make your wedding your own. Add personal touches that show who the both of you are. Take everything in, because it goes by very fast! If you blink it’s going to be gone. Just have the time of your life.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “I’ll Be,” Edwin McCain
First Dance: “God Gave me You,” Blake Shelton

Wedding Location: Murrieta, CA / Wedding Photographer: Priscila Valentina / Wedding Flowers: O&J Wholesale Flowers (Los Angeles) / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Monteleone Meadows / Wedding Dress and Veil: Beverly Hills Bridal Exchange / Wedding Shoes: Love D / Bride’s Jewelry: Forever 21 / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Express / DJ: John of VIP Events (Lake Elsinore) / Wedding Cake: Jodee’s Bakery / Wedding Invitations: Anna Skates

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San Diego Backyard Wedding

Garden Weddings

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We couldn’t possibly be more excited to share today’s wedding from photographer Rachel Thurston and with florals by Twigg Botanicals, featuring a pair of newlyweds that is nothing short of completely gorgeous. You may recognize the reappearance of the envelope note card board from last year’s Las Vegas wedding, which is just as much of a hit this time around. There are gobs of ideas to adore in this wedding, which are as sweet as the bride and groom themselves.

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From the bride, Becca: I imagined a vintage feel. I love lace, and antique looking bottles. I also wanted a sorta comfortable feeling in my backyard with people I’m close to. I wanted a sort of magical feeling with the lights and mason jars lit which I got!! I love flowers too so I wanted a soft vintage look with those to bring everything together. I love Anthropologie too so a lot of their furniture inspired me and I created some of my own pieces in the backyard.


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I had a color scheme that helped me plan everything. Everything was centered around that. It was a seafoam green, some natural creams and taupes, shades of pink (terracotta, peach, rose, mauve).. very muted versions of all these colors. My flowers were a great reference to my color scheme. I wanted a vintage, antique feel. We purchased all of our decorations. We went to antique shops or just looked for antique looking things wherever we went. We also borrowed furniture, books, and other things from my grandparents home. I made my own paper bags for the candy. I had someone create silhouettes for us and then I ordered bags from Etsy and made all of them with ribbon and a scallop hole puncher. We made the chalkboards we used using old frames and chalkboard paint. I loved the overall soft feel that my wedding had with the colors we used.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Take a breath. Everything will get done. I planned my wedding in 3 months and everything got done and was perfect. It is possible. Just make sure you know what kind of wedding you’re wanting… big/small, etc. Also, decide what things are most important to you and what you’d like to spend more money on. Flowers were really important to me so I spent more on them. Also sometimes you have to call people or places a few times to get what you need done!


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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “Without You,” Keith Urban
Father/Daughter Dance: “Father and Daughter,” Paul Simon
Grandfather/Granddaughter Dance: “Beyond the Sea,” Bobby Darin
Bouquet Toss: “California Girls,” Katy Perry
Garter Toss: “Tonight is the Night,” Outasight

Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Ceremony Venue: San Diego LDS Temple / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: Rachel Thurston / Wedding Flowers: Twigg Botanicals / Wedding Dress: Bespoke by Thanh Dao / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles / Bride’s Makeup: Bobbi Brown / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS, Dillards, Nordstrom, Zara / Wedding Cake: Flour & Flower Designs / DJ: National Geographic / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Tanner Capua

Rock ‘n Roll Festival Inspired Wedding

DIY Weddings

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The theme for this wedding from Tiffany Arment is one of my absolute favorites — “rock n roll festival.” With a wedding playlist to envy and reception tables marked by vinyl albums from rock music history, this day is filled with details perfectly tailored to the couple.

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From the bride, Jacki: We just wanted a wonderfully laid back, HAPPY day filled with our friends, family, natural rustic surroundings, great music, yummy food and a whole lotta LOVE. With my creative friends and family, I knew that the rest of it would come together beautifully.


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The theme was ‘Rock ‘n Roll Festival’. We both love music so much — it is a huge part of our lives, and we really wanted our wedding to reflect that. Every song was hand-picked for each part of the day to create a specific nostalgic and happy feeling.

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We were getting married in a barn. I didn’t want to fight its natural beauty, so we went with a natural color scheme — cream, tan, brown, green and blue. Practically the whole wedding was DIY. I designed and made my own invitations, favors (jam jars and CDs), name cards and programs, the table ‘numbers’ came from our own vinyl collection, my Dad made our rings, one of my best friends made my gown, my best friend and maid of honor (who introduced us) got ordained to marry us and wrote our ceremony… it was truly a group effort!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Take it easy and have fun with it! Remember that it’s the marriage that matters most… this is just one day out of the rest of your married life. Things are going to go wrong, and other unexpected things are going to go sooooooooo right that they make up for it! Stop worrying so much because you can’t control it all! In the end, it is going to be the most wonderful day of your life… you got to MARRY him! How lucky are YOU?


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Wedding Music:
Family’s Processional: “Ooh Lala,” The Faces
Bridal Party Processional: “A Little Help From my Friends,” Joe Cocker
Recessional: “Not Fade Away,” The Rolling Stones
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: “Teach Your Children,” Crosby Stills Nash and Yong
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: Germantown, NY / Wedding Photographer: Tiffany Arment / Wedding Venue: Apple Barn Farm / Event Coordinators: Kerri & Mary Beth Boruta, at Apple Barn Farm / Bouquets: Rosery Flower Shop / Wedding Dress: handmade and designed specifically by best friend Sandra Usherov / Shoes: already owned / Jewelry: “something borrowed” / Makeup: DIY / Bridesmaid Dresses: bride asked to pick any black dress they wanted, from different sources / Groom’s suit: white shirts, black skinny ties, black pants and either a black vest or suspenders with converse all-stars, the best man wore red ones to match the MOH / Music: Patrick Bergeron of Metro Music / Caterer: Barbara Goldstein. She made BBQ with all organic, local ingredients, both traditional and vegan. Pulled pork, mac and cheese, brisket, the works! / Dessert: array of ‘rock n’ roll’ cupcakes, also by Barbara Goldstein / Wedding Invitations: Designed by bride, paper goods from Paper Presentation / Transportation: Old school buses, arranged by Apple Barn Farm

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Hello beautiful! We’re Brandi + Ryan, the husband-wife photographers behind Alexis June Weddings. So who is Alexis June? They are the two loves of our life, our daughters, Kierstyn {whose middle name is Alexis} and Kaija {who was born in June}. Two years ago we sold everything we own to pursue our dreams and move across the country to NYC. We’ve been married for nine years and still crazy in love. Ryan speaks Norwegian. Brandi loves everything about Norway. Ryan has his MBA from Notre Dame, but loves to cook. Brandi was a journalist in the United States Air Force and eats everything Ryan cooks. Together with our girls we live in Atlanta, Georgia and cherish every day together.

Being wedding photographers is an honor and a privilege, to be a part of one of the most important moments in a someone’s life is deeply personal. Capturing a couple’s love story together makes what we do even more special. We have laughed, we have cried and we have experienced those joyous moments when its more about two individuals joining as one and less about the details. It’s about the marriage. It’s about the future. Love is a gorgeous thing and we are truly passionate about what we do. We believe everyone has a story and it should be told.

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