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A Sophisticated Wedding at Maravilla Gardens

Elegant Weddings

Photos by:

Caroline Tran

Whenever we see that photographer Caroline Tran is behind the camera, we know we’re in for quite a treat – and we’re sharing that treat with you today in the form of Jen and Michael’s wedding in Santa Rosa Valley, CA! This day was full of beautiful shades of blue and aqua, with a generous heaping of peach dahlias and silver dollar eucalyptus for a truly romantic feel.

a sophisticated wedding at Maravilla Gardens - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

From the photographer, Caroline Tran: Jen and Michael’s gorgeous garden wedding was inspired by the romantic atmosphere in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, carrying a the theme through their website and all their invitations as well with a soft watercolor palette. The lush Maravilla Gardens was the perfect location for their summer celebration, and was transformed into a magical oasis with loose flowers, hanging lights, and gold accents. Guests found their places at the reception with favors labeled with sweet questions about the couple’s lives and dined amid sweet floral centerpieces and a gorgeous view of the vineyards, underneath hanging strings of life.

bride getting ready - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

first looks - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

sophisticated wedding invitations - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

aqua bridesmaid dresses - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

a sophisticated wedding at Maravilla Gardens - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

blue bridesmaids dresses - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

bridal party - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

grey groomsmen suits - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

garden wedding bouquet - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

wedding signs - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

a sophisticated wedding at Maravilla Gardens - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

ceremony seating - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

garden wedding ceremony - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

wedding ceremony - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

wedding ceremony - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

unique seating chart - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

unique seating chart ideas - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

garden wedding reception - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

garden wedding reception - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

dahlia bud vase centerpieces - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

a sophisticated wedding at Maravilla Gardens - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

spring wedding table - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

floral wedding cake - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

wedding cake with dahlias - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens

first dance - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/a-sophisticated-wedding-at-maravilla-gardens


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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Caroline Tran

Wedding Coordinator

CCL Weddings & Special Events

Florist

Green Leaf Designs

Venue

Maravilla Gardens

Hair and Makeup

Angie Pham

Catering

Command Performance Catering

Wedding Cake

Sweet & Saucy Shop

Live Musicians

La Folia - Jerry Acosta

DJ

Elegant Event Entertainment

Rentals

Found Vintage Rentals

Photobooth

Splendid Studio Booth

Videography

Studio 205 Films

Wedding Invitations

Sugar and Fluff

Transportation

GTS Worldwide

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Corkey Creations

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Erica Elizabeth Bridal Headpieces

Fashion & Beauty

Photos by:

Caroline Tran

When you bring together incredible bridal hair accessories from Erica Elizabeth Designs, delicate wedding gowns from Claire Pettibone, and the eye-catching film imagery of Caroline Tran for her recent photography mentoring workshop, you know full well you’re going to end up with a shoot that’s nothing short of breathtaking. Everything works together perfectly with an abundance of intricate lace and embellished designs that stops you in your tracks without ever seeming busy. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Erica Elizabeth bridal headpieces - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces

Erica Elizabeth bridal headpieces - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces

Claire Pettibone wedding dress detail - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces

Erica Elizabeth bridal headpieces - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces

lace wedding dress detail - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces

Erica Elizabeth bridal headpieces - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces

grey wedding dress - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces

Erica Elizabeth bridal headpieces - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces

bridal hair accessories - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces

Erica Elizabeth bridal headpieces - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces

mantilla veils - photo by Caroline Tran http://ruffledblog.com/erica-elizabeth-bridal-headpieces


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Photographer: Caroline Tran / Headpieces, Shoot Designer and Stylist: Erica Elizabeth Designs / Wedding Dresses: Claire Pettibone / Hair and Makeup: Lindsey Burwell

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Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

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Elegant San Diego Wedding

Elegant Weddings

Photos by:

Caroline Tran

We’re so lucky to be able to share so much insight from brides about their wedding day and planning process, but it’s always a little extra special when we hear from the groom. We featured Jade and Susan’s engagement session earlier in the year, and Caroline Tran is back behind the camera capturing their equally-amazing wedding day!

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From the groom, Jade: After pure serendipity and 10 years in love with my best friend, I finally married my high school sweetheart on July 27, 2013 at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego, CA. With the help of our amazing wedding designer, planner, and coordinators from Amorology Weddings, we had a Marie Antoinette-themed wedding, accented with whimsical flowers, busts, books, vintage china, and of course, plenty of cake. Supported by the most amazing bundle of friends and family as our bridal party, we had a magical day in so many respects, with fun-filled surprises throughout.

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In the moments leading up to our American ceremony, we were both so anxious and excited to finally join hands at the altar we had been dreaming of for so long. Susan stuck with the tradition and was able to hide all details of the wedding dress from me, so the moment I saw her in her beautiful flowing champagne dress was truly unrehearsed and breathtaking. The reality of being on the brink of marrying the love of my life made it difficult to remember the words that were exchanged, but the feelings of overwhelming joy will never depart our hearts and minds. Through our vows, we were able to share so much of our history and love story with the world. Our Maid of Honor and Best Man also honored us by conducting the “tying of the knot.” We sealed our personal letters to one another (to be read on our anniversary) and retired our high school promise rings into a time capsule box.

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After our American wedding ceremony, we then immediately switched into our ethnic/traditional wear made of French and Indian silk and handmade flower garlands for our Thai/Laotian water ceremony. As a symbol of their blessings for our marriage, each guest was invited to pour water from a ceremonial conch onto our hands as they spoke their blessings and wishes of our marriage/love. While staying true to the traditional ethnic ceremony, we incorporated our own unique styles and personal touches as well by adopting a backdrop custom made by Amorology that highlighted the text, “You make my heart flutter.” Our ethnic wedding also featured gifts from Thailand, tagged with our caricatures custom-designed by a professional artist from Thailand – my cousin, Paikaeo!

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Our reception began with what we remember as a purely magical and fairytale-like moment – our first dance. Atop a custom-designed vinyl wrapped dance floor with the statement, “May I Have This Dance?,” we felt like we were on Cloud 9 and in a world of our own as we danced to “A Thousand Years” – an unexpected, yet truly fitting song given our story. We learned afterwards that our wedding party swayed and sang along with the music as well to further punctuate the enchanted moment. After a round of heartfelt speeches from our Best Man and Maid of Honor, I toasted to my wife and took down my first ever alcoholic beverage – what more fitting than the glass of champagne to honor my life partner?

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As we neared the conclusion of the dinner service, my groomsmen and I sat Susan down by the dance floor as we wooed her with a special surprise dance/skit/lip sync to the song “Everything” by Michael Buble. Susan had surprises of her own, as she followed with a special delivery of a cake custom-made by the incredible Stevi Auble of Hey There, Cupcake! – a multi-tiered Despicable Me and Ratatouille-themed cake, inspired by my love for cooking and two of my favorite Disney movies! As a tribute to the happiest day of our lives, “Perfect Day” by Holly Maher played as we made our first slice into our wedding cake as husband and wife – a moment we relive today and hold dear to our hearts. All our guests, from around, from afar, from childhood, from adulthood, danced the night away with us until the very last moment, where my groomsmen and I had one final surprise for Susan. Ushering all the guests out onto the hotel’s fountain terrace, we distributed 50 paper boats decorated with flowers and colorful LED lights, handmade by the groomsmen. The craft was a tribute to a Thai holiday, Loy Krathong, where the locals release boats into a river and make wishes for good luck, new beginnings, and positivity. These boats, coupled with bright sparklers, symbolized the wedding wishes of each of our guests and our final send-off for the evening. Though the evening came to a close, we were so excited to embark on our new beginning as a married couple.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1. Plan for the worst when it comes to the wedding venue, then hope for the best! Review all legal contracts in detail, even if it feels awkward. Think of all possible scenarios and make sure that the legal document is in your favor should anything occur (example: possible renovations without the client’s knowledge). 2. Re-purpose decorations between the ceremony and reception to save on costs (floral, backdrop, linens, candles etc). 3. Plan surprises! (The good kind.) ex: Loy Krathong, wedding gifts, involve your bridal party (flowers from the groomsmen to the bridesmaids), letters from the groomsmen to the bride, dances. 4. Even if you have a coordinator or wedding planner, pre-assign your bridal party to be your eyes and ears (especially the dinner service) to help make sure/remind the service is what you paid for. 5. Prioritize food, music, and parking (in that order) – 3 essential things your guests will likely remember most about your wedding.

Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Caroline Tran / Wedding Planner, Designer, and Props: Amorology Weddings / Floral Design: Blush Botanicals / Wedding Venue and Caterer: The Westgate Hotel / Wedding Dress: Kenneth Poole from Lovella Bridal / Wedding Veil: Maria Elena / Wedding Shoes: Valentino / Thai Wedding Dress: Phukaw, Hollywood, Aksarapak “Yaya” Bondu / Thai Flower Garlands: Sai’s Malai and Flowers / Hair and Makeup: Kelly Zhang / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ivy & Aster “Lierre” via Bella Bridesmaids / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Kate Spade “Take the Cake” Gold Chain in Pink / Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Parasols: Bella Umbrella / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suits: J. Crew “Ludlow” / Bow Ties: Fox & Brie / Groom’s Shoes: Gucci / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Hugo Boss “Chesterfield” / Rings: Robbins Brothers / Ring Pillow: Lo Boheme / Wedding Cake, Pink Bow Cake, Faux Cakes, Mini Cupcakes, and Cake Pops: Hey There, Cupcake! / Macarons and Dessert Shooters: Sweet and Saucy Shop / Cake Topper: Lil’ Cake Toppers / DJ, Emcee and Production: Riamu Entertainment / Cartoonist/Illustrator: Paikaeo Insawang, Bangkok, Thailand (paikaeo @ gmail.com) / Dance Floor: Platinum Pro / Linens, Napkins, and Cushions: La Tavola Linens / Vintage Plates: Vintage Table Co. / Officiant: JPR Weddings / Wedding Invitations and Paper Elements: Brightly Designed / Videographer: Rainbowfish Cinema

Agoura Hills Love Shoot

Engagement Sessions

Photos by:

Caroline Tran

It isn’t often that we share love shoots on Ruffled, but when we saw these images always-incredible Caroline Tran, we knew you’d love them just as much as we do! Susan and Jade set out for this amazing shoot right at sunset, which allowed for some jaw-dropping natural light shots. Susan embraced her inner girly-girl style with Prada flats, a J. Crew frock, and an Alice + Olivia sundress we’re now lusting after!

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From the couple, Jade and Susan: We are so excited to share our engagement session photos with you and the world! We were so lucky to find an amazing serene photospot in Agoura Hills, CA and were able to smile for the camera just as the sun set over the horizon. These pictures were able to capture every detail of our personalities – Jade, a self-proclaimed nerdy engineer and Susan, a true dreamer and girly girl. We were even able to get some camera time for Little Bear, the first teddy bear we ever shared over 9 years ago.


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natural light engagement sessions

outdoor love shoots

natural light engagement sessions

outdoor love shoots

natural light engagement sessions

outdoor love shoots

natural light engagement sessions

Our luggage and our hands were always filled with elements that make up the foundation of our love such as our childhood love letters, photobooth pictures, and paper elements that described lyrics from our favorite love songs, inside jokes, and nicknames. Being high school sweethearts, we share a profound history together building our friendship, our love, and our home together. The luggage represents the many travels, journeys, and adventures we’ve been through together, so it seemed only natural to capture these images under the theme, “Home is where you are.”


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groom in sweater

natural light engagement sessions

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natural light engagement sessions


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Shoot Location: Orange County, CA / Photographer: Caroline Tran / Photo & Wardrobe Styling: Wilmarose Orlanes of Lovely Jubilee / Susan’s Attire: cobalt dress and pumps by J. Crew, flats by Prada, navy dress by Alice + Olivia / Jade’s Attire: Jeans by AG, cardigan and boots by J. Crew, bowtie by Pocket Square / Hair and Makeup: Linda of Studio K / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Found Rentals / Monogram mugs: Anthropologie / Paper Goods: Paper Source

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It’s your special day. And we want to make sure you are not only taken care of but most importantly…over-joyed with the most important day of your life!

From complete floral design and decor to day-of coordination, the gals at The Blooming Bride will make your dreams become a reality. If you are looking for the perfect modern urban loft or a romantic vineyard or even an impromptu beach soiree we are here to make sure your wedding day is one of a kind! Let us take care of YOU for a change!

Prices are tailored exactly to your needs. So please call (310) 804-5438 or email us below for customized quote.

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Safari Wedding Inspiration from Utterly Engaged + Propel

Wedding Design

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Lucia Dinh of Utterly Engaged + So Happi Together teamed up with Caroline Tran to design an inspiration setting for her workshop, Propel. She imagined a wedding story between a city girl in love with safaris and a groom with Southern sensibilities. The shoot turned out too delicious for words, and you can see it in full in their Issue No. 24 Fizz and Frills.

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Left image by Caroline Tran, right image by Isa Pin

About the workshop:
From Caroline Tran: Propel was born from my two passions: teaching and photography. I was a high school Physics teacher before becoming a full time photographer. Though there are many reasons why I chose photography, there are also many things I miss about teaching. I especially miss the mentoring aspects of teaching – I love sharing knowledge and I love helping people reach their full potential. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to teach again.

Propel covers how to establish your aesthetic and approach, marketing and everything in between. The best part, it’s like summer camp :)


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Above images by Caroline Tran

Propel focuses on helping you build a sustainable business, and establishing your style when you shoot. We cover topics anywhere from marketing & branding to workflow. And of course, we always have a couple of beautifully styled shoots for lots of hands-on practice. I walk you through how I approach a shoot, and then give you time to practice. Propel is an experience. Think of it like summer camp or a retreat. There’s no way to fully describe it; you just have to experience it.



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Above images by Isa Pin


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Above image by Justin Parker

About the inspiration behind the shoot:
Lucia of Utterly Engaged Magazine: We created a fictional wedding story to help inspire the editorial shoot and design elements for Propel. Inspired by the zebras at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, CA they mixed organic blooms and safari inspired graphic patterns to create a modern down-to-earth glamour wedding that’s rich in textures and layers of love. The fictional story: “She’s a city girl, that has a big heart and love for Africa. He’s a southern gentlemen who loves big adventures. Consumed with love they eloped and married among their closest friends and family in an intimate celebration for twelve.”


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Above image by Kimberly Chau


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Event Location: Malibu, CA / Editorial Creative Director: Lucia Dinh Pador of Utterly Engaged Magazine for Propel / Workshop Mentor: Caroline Tran / Photographers: Justin Parker/Justin Snapp, Isa Pin, Kimberly Chau, Kym Vitar, Amelia Plumb, Annie Vovan, Michelle Turek, Ashley Batz, Chelsea Chamness, Caroline Yoon, and Aimee Jobe / Event Venue: Saddlerock Ranch / Head Designer and Stylist: So Happi Together / Floral Creative Director: Inviting Occasion Inc / Floral Assistant: Art With Nature / Wardrobe Styling: Lovely Jubilee / Wedding Dress: Lindee Daniel “Rebekah” via Lovely Bridal / Jewelry and Accessories: Vintage Homegrown and 31 Bits / Bridal Lingerie: Naked Princess / Caterer: Chef Anahita / Cake: A Wish and a Whisk / Desserts: Cake Monkey / Lighting: Chiavari Chair Rentals / Rentals: Found Rentals / Textiles Props: Scalamandré / Linens: Wildflower Linen / Stationery: DL/sh Designs

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Amanda Day Rose is a full-service paperie offering timeless designs for one of the most memorable days of your life. From engagement announcements, save-the-dates, and wedding invitations; to beautifully styled place settings, programs, gifts for guests, and so much more, you are in the right place! I work with a multitude of printing methods including letterpress, foil stamping, and digital printing along with an endless variety of carefully sourced materials to create a final product that will add to the essence of your wedding day.

I consider every wedding a unique and memorable occasion – and that means meticulous attention to detail as I guide you through this experience, and create artistry and design that embodies your lives together as a couple. Whether you have a very clear vision of what you want, or you are not sure where to start, your one-of-a-kind experience will open up a world of creative possibilities. I work closely with you to capture the essence of your relationship by delivering an authentic experience created just for you.

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