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California Elopement Inspired by Provence

Every time I look at this wedding from Desiree Shuey Photography and Brier Rose Design, my mind tricks me into thinking it’s a destination wedding in Provence. It’s due in no small part to the 400-year-old chapel originated from Dijon, France — the shining star of Cal-A-Vie. Let’s jump on in and daydream about being in Provence, shall we?

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From the bride, Sharlyn: After searching for months for the perfect property for our elopement, we chose Cal-A-Vie Health and Wellness Spa in Vista, California. I had bought my dress at the beginning of 2013, and knew we both wanted to plan the elopement venue around my dress… and Cal-A-Vie was just exceptionally perfection for exactly what we had envisioned. We toured the location and immediately fell in love with the 400 year old chapel from Dijon, France. The breathtaking grounds, all of the imported from France artifacts, and the architecture served as the perfect backdrop for our very special, and long-awaited day.

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bridal bouquet - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

winter wedding bouquets - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

I decided to have Desiree of Desiree Shuey Photography document our special day based on her unique style and the fact she has witnessed mine and Rick’s relationship bloom over the years. She watched us begin to date, listened to our stories, photographed our engagement session and I trusted that she would capture our special moments better than anybody else. When searching for the perfect bouquet, I received a recommendation from my photographer. After viewing pictures of Collette’s work, I knew that her style would match my dress, our style and the venue perfectly. She was given complete free range in creating the bouquet, and she did not disappoint! I absolutely loved my bouquet!

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

grooms boutonniere - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

winter wedding bouquets - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

wedding portraits - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

vintage candlesticks - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

church ceremony - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

The skilled beauty staff was attentive to every detail while preparing us for our special day. The intimate environment and grounds depicted just that of a French Provencal village. It was as if we were right in the heart of France for our sweet day. Thank you to Cal-A-Vie, Desiree Shuey Photography and Collette Budd for making our day everything we ever imagined.

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence

California Elopement Inspired by Provence - photo by Desiree Shuey Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-elopement-inspired-by-provence


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Wedding Location: Vista, CA / Photographer: Desiree Shuey Photography / Floral Design: Collette Budd of Brier Rose Design / Venue: Cal-A-Vie / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo

DIY Cake Topper

Photos By: Ariana Claire

Wedding cakes have long been the sweethearts of wedding receptions, but over the past few years, wedding cake toppers have been the ones stealing the show. And with so many unique ideas, how can you blame them? Today we’ve got Kathryn Godwin in to show us how she made these inspiring toppers out of simple cardstock and paper punchers. You’ll have to see it to believe how easy it is!

DIY Cake Topper - photo by Ariana Claire, tutorial by Kathryn Godwin http://ruffledblog.com/diy-cake-topper

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A Destination Wedding in Portugal

You know that feeling when you fall in love with a wedding day, from the couple right down to the place settings? That’s exactly what we have here. Londoners Leah and Joao took their wedding day to Porto, Portugal – the groom’s hometown – for a destination wedding that simply takes our breath away thanks to Piteira Photography and Parque da Penha. Of course we can’t forget the bride’s Collette Dinnigan for BHLDN wedding gown, which appears to be tailor-made just for Leah.

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From the bride, Leah: We had our wedding and reception in the garden outside Serralves, a modern art museum, in Porto, where Joao (the groom) is from. We chose this venue because it is less than a mile from Joao’s childhood home, it had beautiful gardens (and we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding!) and gave the guests from overseas an excuse to visit this beautiful city. When planning the wedding, our key focus was to make sure that the day fully felt like ‘us,’ that our guests were comfortable and that everyone had fun. We had family and friends coming from all over the world – and coming from different cultural and religious backgrounds. For that reason, it was very important to us that all guests felt welcome and at ease, which we tried to do incorporate into everything from the décor to the ceremony to the music to the toasts. We did a mix of DIY and had the wonderful support of our amazing planner (who was invaluable in every way – especially since we were planning from London!). We met with our planner several times, regularly emailed back and forth pictures and inspiration and she got to know us and our tastes very well. She did an amazing balance between quirky and classic – which was perfect for us and our venue. We made the menus and programmes ourselves, but most importantly for us, we wrote our own ceremony and vows.

A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

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groom accessories - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

bohemian bridal looks - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

first looks - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

first looks - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

first look hugs - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

Our favourite part of the day was the ceremony itself. We wrote the ceremony with my sister (who officiated) and incorporated different traditions that we really liked. We didn’t do a religious ceremony (I am Jewish and Joao was raised Catholic) but we did incorporate the chuppah and breaking the glass, as both of those are traditions we really like. We also did a ring warming ceremony, where Joao’s 10-year-old sister passed around our rings to all the guests asking them to provide good wishes and blessings. I love that I wear a ring that has been ‘warmed’ by all the people at my wedding. We also included our close friends and family in the ceremony: My sister officiated (and even burst into song at one point!) and we asked our mothers, Joao’s sister and Leah’s close childhood friend to each read something they wrote. The most emotional part of the ceremony was reading our vows. We had agreed on a structure and approximate length in advance but hadn’t shared the vows with each other before the big day. I will never forget that moment. It was more special than I could have imagined.

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ceremony seating - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

ceremony seating - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

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wedding ceremony - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

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wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

newlyweds dancing - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

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A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

We were incredibly lucky with the weather that day: it rained on and off until 5pm and cleared up just in time for a beautiful outdoor cocktail reception following the ceremony. From that moment, we were on our feet all night, dancing well into the next morning when the sun rose. We wish we could do the day again, and both of us look at pictures from the day regularly. Kerry and Luis (from Piteira photography) captured our day so perfectly that we can’t stop looking at the pictures! It was the best day of our lives and we are still so overwhelmed with all the love we felt from our family and friends. Our advice to brides- and grooms-to-be is to ask for help when planning (especially on the day as you don’t want to be focused on logistics), put as many personal touches as you can into the day to make it feel like you… and when the day arrives… ENJOY. It will so wonderful and go by so quickly that you want to cherish every moment.

wood slice table settings - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

wedding flowers - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal

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A Destination Wedding in Portugal - photo by Piteira Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-destination-wedding-in-portugal


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Wedding Location: Porto, Portugal / Photographer: Piteira Photography / Event Styling, Flowers, Decor and Coordination: Parque da Penha / Venue: Casa de Serralves / Wedding Dress: Collette Dinnigan for BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Harriet Wilde / Groom’s Suit: Spencer Hart / Rings: Catbird NYC / Caterer: Chef Rui Paula / DJ: Quem casa quer dança / Photobooth: Dreambox Photobooth

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