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Stephanie + Amato’s Intimate Wedding

Stephanie + Amato’s Intimate Wedding

This California wedding shot by Raya Carlisle is the sweetest of sweets. Stephanie and Amato, together with her daughter and close family and friends had a wedding filled with love and laughter. The handmade and DIY decor details simply reflected the couple’s thoughtfulness to their loved ones. I am specially loving the texture of the flowers and materials chosen such as the burlap used to wrap the boutonnière and the lace doilies seen throughout the decor. Thank you Steph for sharing your wedding with us!

Grant Park Ventura California Wedding Photos by Raya Carlisle Photography
Grant Park Ventura California Wedding Photos by Raya Carlisle Photography
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From the bride, Stephanie:

Intimate and light-hearted, our wedding day was an absolute family affair! My mother walked me down the aisle and my father officiated our wedding. Amato’s father closed the ceremony with a prayer over us and sang at the reception, where my daughter’s energetic and comical godfather was the master of ceremonies.

I’ve always loved vintage and handmade decor, so I tried to incorporate as much into our day as possible. We put heirloom jewelry on my bouquet, flooded the church with sola shell flowers, and gave away vintage hankies as favors. In lieu of the traditional guestbook, we had guests thumbprint “leaves” on a tree that now hangs in our house. Also, we did without a unity candle and, instead, wrote each other love letters that we placed inside a vintage wine box. It’s stored in our wine cellar with a bottle that will be at its peak in 30 years, and we can hardly wait to read our love letters on March 20, 2040! Our guests said goodbye to us with paper doilie cones filled with eco-friendly confetti and we followed Raya up to Grant Park in Ventura, California for pictures.

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Wedding Vendors (Ventura, California):

Venue: Ventura Vineyard Church / Photographer: Raya Carlisle/ Day of Coordination: Holly Lomelino (hollylomelino [at] me [dot] com) / Flowers: Shell’s Petals / Cake Topper: GraceFallen on Etsy / Mini Flags: Pammaro on Etsy / Stationery: DIY by Gartner Studios / Decor: DIY (powered by, thrift stores, and lots of inspiration!) / Hair and Makeup: Crystal at Salon Elite (805-339-9220) / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero, purchased at Camarillo Bridal / Jewelry: Zales (Bride) and Titanium Kay (Groom) / Veil: Bel Aire Bridal / Hairpiece: Starz Selection on Etsy / Shoe Clips: b.Poetic on Etsy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Group / Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse / Flower Girls’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Photographer Raya Carlisle lives in Southern California but travels worldwide.

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