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Maravilla Gardens Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Bret Cole

Maravilla Gardens — try as I might, I can’t think of a more beautiful place to get married. Right in the heart of Camarillo, California, its lush surroundings are everything we dream of! With some incredible images shot by Bret Cole with design and florals by Sugar and Charm Events into the mix, and Mara (who is also a blogger) and Matthew’s big day adds up to one of the most romantically stunning weddings we’ve seen.

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From the bride, Mara: Our wedding was so incredibly special because we were surrounded my our closest family and friends. We wanted to keep our wedding small so that it would be more special and intimate. I loved that I was able to talk to everyone during the course of the day.

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I loved that Matthew and I chose details that were important to the both of us. Our wedding really reflected who we were as a couple. We chose the things that were most important to us (location and photography) and figured out how to balance our budget among the other things. Despite the couple morning of glitches, I was able to take in and appreciate the day completely. I am so happy I was present and in the moment because it went by way too quickly!

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Matthew and I both wanted our day to feel very natural and intimate. We had about 80 guests, including a bunch of children, so I was able to do a lot of DIY projects to make it more personal. We wanted everyone to leave feeling like they were a witness to a beautiful and romantic day.

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Our color scheme was blush pink, gray with pops of sage green and yellow. Here are some of the DIY projects I made: bunting for the ceremony arbor (and top of cake), wood burned baskets and signs, programs made by my brother, drink menu and food menu board, seating chart, cookies and milk bar with cake stands made from china plates and cups, stamped cookie bags, table numbers and centerpieces, and homemade pillows for the seating area. Matthew also brewed all the beer for the wedding! We definitely had a lot of DIY projects but it was fun because I included my friends and family in the process as well.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? It’s good to take time doing research on what you like and don’t like. Make moodboards and inspiration boards and once you feel like you know what you want, go through and edit the things that don’t quite fit. Also include your groom in the process. Matthew loved being a part of the planning since it was going to be our day. I also reached out to my blog readers every Wednesday and asked their advice. So many were married or were going through the same process as me, so it was so great to get their thoughts and perspectives.

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
First Dance: “At Last,” Etta James
Father/Daughter Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” K.D. Lang and Tony Bennett
Cake Cutting: “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You,” Marvin Gaye
Bouquet Toss: “Wannabe,” Spice Girls (my best friends and I were obsessed with the Spice Girls so this was very fitting!)

Wedding Location: Camarillo, CA / Wedding Photographer: Bret Cole / Ceremony Venue: St. Charles Borromeo / Reception Venue: Maravilla Gardens / Event Design and Flowers: Sugar and Charm Events / Wedding Bouquets: Dee’s Flowers / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Roxy of Dry Bar, Studio City / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Attire: Theory / Groom’s Shoes: Ted Baker / Wedding Caterer and Linens: Command Performance / Wedding Cake: Skiff’s Cakes / Videographer: Philip Hover of Soar Productions / Wedding Invitations: Ma Joie Press

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Best of 2012: Fashion

Fashion & Beauty

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We’re closing the last post of the year with a huge thanks to all of you. 2012 was an incredible year for Ruffled and you played a huge role in making that possible. Everyone who gave time out of their daily lives – whether by sharing one of the most important days in your life with us, commenting on the site, sending us submissions, giving feedback or even just visiting us. The brides, grooms, and their friends and families who have been religiously following us everyday to the numerous professionals whose passion and talent is on display daily. We raise our glasses to you. We have some great things coming in 2013 and we look forward to sharing them with you in the coming new year!


With the thousands of fashion-conscious brides gracing our pages, choosing just ten is nearly impossible, but below is just a taste of how incredibly stylish our brides were in 2012. So in no particular order, here they are:

Gold sequined gown from this Yarra Valley wedding shot by Love Katie + Sarah. Say no more.

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A vintage red stunner from this sweet elopement captured by Brittany Esther:
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Southern charm in this Nashville wedding shot by Taylor Lord
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Ruffles and lace to make the sleekest modern gals fall in love with, shot by Bend the Light from this San Antonio wedding

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Retro-done-right in this Kangaroo Valley wedding captured by Julian Beattie. We’re not joking when we say Australian brides are some of the most stylish out there.

Shot by Bayly & Moore, this Perth couple had an airy modern wedding by the beach with the perfect garb to go with it:

This Savannah wedding shot by Jade and Matthew is gorgeous from end to end, starting with the bride’s gown:

The bride from this farm wedding shot by Kina Wicks put on her cowboy boots and plaid shirt to complete the perfect farm-to-fashion look:

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Blue flowy wedding gown from this Wisconsin wedding captured by Emily Steffen

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We will never tire of this blush wedding gown from this Carnival inspired wedding shot by Alfred & Emma Photography:
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Ever since I was in grade school, I was obsessed with my penmanship. I would not turn in my homework until it was perfect; it drove my mom crazy! I practiced writing every chance I had and eventually fell in love with this art form. Little did I know, it would be the reason I would fall in love with the wedding industry.

Plan My Wedding Please exists to make every wedding and event magical. My role as wedding planner and calligraphy artist, as cliche as it sounds, is to make your wildest dreams come true. From the little details in signage and invitations, to the big details in wedding gowns, caterers and florals, every detail is important. Every young girl dreams of her wedding day, and I am here to make those dreams become reality. I look forward to working with you!

Nicole Presley, owner, is available for wedding planning throughout the United States and sends paper goods worldwide.

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Best of 2012: Bouquets

Wedding Design

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We’ve covered some of our best hits from ceremonies, receptions and DIY tutorials, but what’s a Best Of Weddings list without looking at some incredible bouquet arrangements? 2012 was especially full of endless floral beauty, so we’ve compiled some our top 10 favorites here, in no particular order:

This succulent bouquet from Green Leaf Designs and photographed by Hello Studios added some bright floral goodness to our days:
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This bouquet from bows and arrows and photographed by n. barrett was a clear winner with its bright hues and Mexican inspiration:
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The peonies and succulents in this bouquet from Brocade Nashville, shot by Jessie Holloway, make it a surefire winner:
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This eclectic mix of blooms arranged by Enchanted Garden Floral Design and photographed by Fondly Forever Photography worked perfectly for a Mediterranean inspired shoot:
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For a perfect touch of rustic detail, add some baby’s breath bouquets to your bridal party’s getup like in this Michigan wedding from Just Alex Photography:
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The pastel dahlia bouquet by Sweet Pea Flower Company in this San Diego wedding from Sweet Little Photographs adds the perfect feminine touch:
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This bouquet by Sarah Schaafsma sprinkled with red and pink accents was the perfect addition to this vintage wedding from Josh Gruetzmacher:
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If bright colors are your style, you didn’t need to look any further than this technicolor bouquet from Just Fresh Concepts and shot by Denise Lin:
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We loved the mix of autumn colors in this bouquet from Hothouse Design Studio and Jamie Clayton:
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Anemones are always a crowd-pleaser, and this bouquet from Stems of Dallas and Half Orange Photography was no exception:
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As romantics at heart, we really strive to capture a romantic and timeless look in all of our photographs. We think when you look at your images now, or 20 years from now, they should evoke a sense of romance, real life, real love and who you are at this stage of your relationship. We also realize the details that go into making your wedding unique and reflective of your personalities are important too. You can rely on us to capture those details as story-telling elements on your wedding day. Our style can best be described as classically modern.

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