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Orange and Coral Sonoma Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Edyta Szyszlo

When you can get your guest list down to 30 of your most loved near and dear ones, it affords you the ability to hire the most talented folks you know and really develop your wedding style to suit you and your soon-to-be hubs to a T. Amy and Phil were able to do just this, so they brought on the ever-talented Edyta Szyszlo to capture their wedding day at Sonoma’s Moon Mountain Retreat – an ideal wedding venue if I’ve ever seen one!

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From the bride, Amy: Phil and I wanted to keep the weekend relaxed and intimate. The Moon Mountain Retreat in Sonoma gave us the perfect setting. Starting the weekend on a Friday where everyone can get to know one another and enjoy the destination was a perfect plan. By the time the ceremony came around on Sunday at 4 it was like one big happy family celebrating together. We wanted to keep the ceremony site simple & charming while surprising our guests with a more elaborate dinner setting. For me it was all out color with pops of neon! Enlist friends and family that want to help. My mom is super creative and made all the decor for the ceremony site! My friend Anne is amazingly talented and took on flowers, calligraphy and made killer napkins. Friends saved every jar they could find for 6 months in order to become the vases for all the beautiful dahlia arrangements. And we wouldn’t be officially married if it wasn’t for my best friend Michelle taking the time to be ordained for the day and preforming the sweetest, most touching and absolutely memorable ceremony.

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If you keep your guest list small you can afford to hire very talented people! All of our vendors where carefully chosen and we were not disappointed! If you haven’t had a chance to spend all weekend with your fiance I’d suggest having a “first look” with your photographer. It will make you both more at ease and comfortable during the ceremony. Phil and I saw each other up to the morning of the ceremony so we opted to be surprised – neither of us had a dry eye. Take the time to really plan your ceremony. Don’t rush through it – it’s the most important part of the day. Do things how you want to do it – not how it’s “supposed” to be done. When I came down the stairs, Phil walked down the aisle to meet me and we went to the altar together. It was then we had the kids come down the aisle. What bride would want to miss watching all that entertainment!! Have your family take part in the event. For us it was Phil’s father reading a Swahili blessing, his brother Matt playing “At Last” on his sax, followed by my niece Amanda reciting the lyrics. Lois, Phil’s mom, had given us one of her china cups to pass the rings to each guest to bless before having a silent ring exchange.

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Most importantly, when it comes time to take family portraits, don’t take a photo with your family and then add your husband or vice versa… take all family photos together as husband and wife – because now you all are one big happy family.”

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Wedding Location: Sonoma, CA / Wedding Photographer: Edyta Szyszlo / Venue: Moon Mountain Retreat / Wedding Dress: Enzoani via Janene’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair and Makeup: It’s a Date / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Caterer: Back to Earth Catering / Nanny Services: The Original Merry Pop-In Nannies / Music: Musical Heart Strings / Rentals: Encore Events / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Officiant: best friend of the couple Michelle Walker / Stationery, Calligraphy and Textiles: Anne Millett of Mira Aster

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Manya Photography

I am a Fine Art Wedding Photographer based in Southern California, available for destination weddings. My style is airy, lifestyle and fresh. I love the look of film! I love photos to be romantic, fun, full of emotion, artistic and most importantly timeless. The look I strive for is love, beauty & art.

My work has been featured on, Rustic Wedding Chic, Bridal Hot List, Southern California Bride, Fab You Bliss, The Red Dirt Bride, Disney Fairytale Weddings, Enzoani Bridal Gowns, Wedding Inspiration, and Ruche Clothing.

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Southern Peach Orchard Styled Shoot

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Christine Williams

We’re heading down South for today’s styled shoot, a dreamy wedding scene in shades of peach. Christine Williams, Peach Tree & Co., and A Unique Boutique put together a photo shoot that blends East and West Coast styles effortlessly, using vintage rentals and a chic wedding gown with sequin accents to tie everything together beautifully.

southern peach orchard styled shoot - photo by Christine Williams

From the event designer, Genessa of Peach Tree & Co.: I call two places my home — Vancouver and Atlanta, Georgia where my dad lives and where I grew up. For the last few years I have worked with one of the top wedding planning companies here in Vancouver, Dream Group Productions. However, I have always dreamed of owning my own planning company specializing in Southern Weddings, Decor Styling, and DIY. Last fall I ventured on my own and created Peach Tree & Co. I wanted to have a company that connected the West Coast with the South ushering brides down to the South to create Dreamy Plantation weddings, or Brides from the South wanting the West Coast beauty for their wedding. I always knew I wanted to plan and style lavish Charleston soirees, intimate weddings on Myrtle Beach, or magical Savannah weddings.

peachy pink bouquet - photo by Christine Williams

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southern peach orchard styled shoot - photo by Christine Williams

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peach table setting - photo by Christine Williams

With this in mind, I created and styled this style shoot to bring the whimsy and ethereal qualities of Southern Weddings to West Coast brides and vendors. I created the concept of the calligraphy design, and place settings, with distressed edges. I wanted the dessert bar to be rustic with delicate details such as lace, and the vanity displaying the desserts. I wanted a open farm time with a floral runner and mismatched china patterns, and pink coupe glasses.

vintage wedding details - photo by Christine Williams

southern peach orchard styled shoot - photo by Christine Williams

floral table runner - photo by Christine Williams

southern peach orchard styled shoot - photo by Christine Williams

peach styled shoot - photo by Christine Williams

wedding cake with floral accent - photo by Christine Williams

dessert table - photo by Christine Williams

vintage inspired cake display - photo by Christine Williams

southern peach orchard styled shoot - photo by Christine Williams

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Wedding Vendors


Christine Williams

Planning and Styling

Peach Tree & Co.


A Unique Boutique

Wedding Dress



The Borrowed Co

Hair and Makeup

Katie Ellwood

Mini Peach Pies and Naked Cakes

The Sweet Alley


Past Pieces, Bespoke Decor


Calligraphy by Christine

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Buzzworthy Events

Hey there! I’m Ashley, a wedding planner based out of San Francisco planning weddings around the world. Creating an event is something that I value. Not only is an event purposeful but one should be well crafted and beautiful. I don’t believe in sacrificing one element for the other. I believe that purpose, craft, design, and strategy are all cohesive elements to produce a successful event. Weddings are so much more than just a celebration or a pretty tabletop, there is connectivity and flow. From these an opportunity for you and your guests to be enchanted, to be a part of an experience you’ll carry away with you. Have you ever been a part of something where you were swept away by your current state that you forgot whatever else was going on in the world? Where it feels like you’re part of something that only matters right then and in that moment? Creating that experience comes from the energy and love put into planning the event.

Lets be friends. No, seriously though, lets!

I do far more than just plan weddings. I travel, I cook, I laugh (a lot), I play, I hike, I challenge myself, I take risks and I am constantly growing. I love people and adventure. I try new things. I am curious. I have high standards. I listen. I create. I do. Take the time to get to know me and I’ll do the same for you. I am highly intuitive with people and take on personal missions to make your wedding the most suited to you and your dreams as possible. The planning process can be overwhelming and overstimulating. Let’s face it, no one wants to do it on their own, so let’s work together!

I am available for weddings in California and worldwide. Fun fact, I am certified by the board of tourism in Mexico to plan and work there. I have spent years visiting the Riviera Maya + Tulum as well as other regions in Mexico, like Baja California Sur. Tulum is hands down one of my favorite places on earth. If I am not in San Francisco planning weddings and being social, you’ll find me on the beach at BeTulum, Coqui Coqui, Papaya Playa, or exploring the coast lines in Central America.

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DIY Tuesdays: 2 in 1 Rolodex

DIY Projects

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Why 2 in 1, you ask?

Using the same material (mini wooden drawers) you can make two different wedding related projects. The first one I am going to show you today is a rolodex, that can be used as escort cards, guest book “advice”, … you name it, you can use it. Since there are 9 drawers, you can use this “rolodex” for all the mentioned above.

What you’ll need (this will cover two different projects):

– Ikea Fira wooden boxes

– spray paint or varnish

– color cardstock

– alphabet stickers

– paper cutter

– x acto knife

– round corner paper punch

– 1 sheet of foam board

– spray adhesive

– scrap fabric

– silk flower

– glue gun

– wire (any type of wire that’s not too stiff to work with)

– needle and thread

Before starting on this project, you’ll need to mount the box. That way you can measure, trace on the foam board and check your progress.

Step 1: Print sheets of cardstock with fun patterns such as lined and graph printable paper (can be downloaded for free here. I printed each sheet of cardstock with a different pattern (music paper, isometric graph paper, octagon paper, etc). I also printed faux antique maps from here (I specially liked the Atlantis and 1600’s Greenland maps). I also used fun dingbats and swirls from and free printables from Martha Stewart website.

Step 2: Each rolodex card is 3.75″ x 2″. So each 8.5″x11″ sheet makes 10 cards. Cut it with a paper cutter, then use round paper punch to cut the corners ( the letter tabbed cards can’t be paper punched though). Each rolodex letter tab is 3.75″ with a tab 2.5″ tall (the actual tab is 1/2″x1/2″). Use a x acto knife to cut out the tabs.

Step 3: Place the letter stickers on the tabs.

Tip:you can take the quick route and order blank business cards (it’s the perfect size for these drawers) or get paint chips from Home Depot (or use both: colorful paint chips for the letter tabs and the blank cards to use as escort cards).

Step 4: Send them to your calligrapher to write your guests’ names. If you’re having a big wedding, divide the rolodex in two or more drawers (there are 9 total). You can also get creative and use the remaining drawers as a guest book wish bowl or as a bridal shower “recipe and advice” file drawer. It’ll make a great memento box!

Next week I will show you another project using the remaining material from the mini drawers – nothing went to waste on this project!

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Engaging Affairs is the D.C. area’s premier wedding planning company, creating the city’s most gracious and glamorous weddings since 1996. We’ve been ranked #1 in Washingtonian magazine ten times and have won multiple awards for our gorgeous weddings. We’ve designed weddings for movie stars, politicians and professional athletes. But what sets us apart (aside from our massive experience) is our passion for all things wedding.

Whether it’s a multi-day South Asian bash, an intimate same-sex ceremony, or a swanky museum affair, we thrive on being a part of a day devoted solely to celebrating love. Beyond getting our love fix, we are all about making our couples’ engagements the best time of their lives. Our clients are busy professionals who look to us to save them time and reduce stress so they can truly enjoy the planning process and the wedding day. We are all about streamlining and simplifying the often-overwhelming process. Most of all, we understand the years of dreaming that are entrusted to us to create one day of unforgettable moments!

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