When you love wine country as much as these two do, exchanging vows at a California vineyard is just a no-brainer — even if you have to make your way back across the country to do it! Maggie and Greg shared their love with their nearest and dearest at the beautiful Gainey Vineyard, bringing along Fondly Forever Photography, Amazing Day Events, and Chelsea Carter Events to fulfill their vision to a T.
Soft and delicate, today’s styled shoot is for the bride who’s captivated by classic romance. The designer behind it all, IDA ROSE EVENTS, says: “Our goal was to embrace the beauty of simplicity, while still making sure to infuse the day and the details with warmth,” and oh boy, did this team knock it out of the park. Thank you to Darling and Daughters for your beautiful floral creations, and Elizabeth Fogarty for the lovely images!
An elegant wedding in the countryside can definitely be styled to how you want it, so when Cat and John were planning their California vineyard nuptials, they wanted heaps of color and a lovely dash of whimsy thrown in for good measure. Their florist, Rare Palette, went all out in designing the wedding blooms, using wondrous combinations of peonies, tulips, and garden roses that got our hearts racing. We’re so glad Erin Milnik was there to capture this day!
From the bride, Cat: We imagined an elegant wedding in the country — classic, vintage, romantic, rustic. Our color scheme was navy with pops of orange, pinks, golden yellow, and greens. We had some DIY projects, including handcrafted petal cones, a custom welcome sign and seating chart made from reclaimed pallets and stained by John, our table number holders and table numbers, the weathered arbor (steel wool, vinegar, and black tea stain), seed packet name cards, and the ribbon garland on cake table.
Flower recipe: Peonies, tulips, garden and spray roses, pink queen anne’s lace, jasmine vine, lambs ear, ferns, Hypericum berries, silver dollar eucalyptus and poppy pods
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Things will go wrong and no one but you will know. If you can go with the flow, you will have an amazing day!
From the photographer, Erin Milnik: I’m thrilled to be sharing John and Cat’s wedding day with you! I met the couple in a coffee shop in Murphy’s California… the couple was staying in a cabin nearby, had been wine tasting, and decided they loved Ironstone Vineyards so much that they ended up booking it for their wedding venue. John is a design director at Clif Bar so the wedding would be full of great design and lots of color.
Processional: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Recessional: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
First Dance: “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
Floral Design and Rentals
Wedding Dress Alterations
Wedding Cake and Desserts
Who can resist Italy and all of its beauty and glamour? We definitely can’t and it’s no surprise that Jamie and Chris couldn’t either. So when they were planning their nuptials, what better way to bring Italy to their wedding than a gorgeous vineyard fête? It’s full of epic views, stunning wedding design by Without A Hitch Weddings, lush greenery by Amoré Floral, great eats; and it was all captured through the lens of Ryan Flynn Photography. So simple and elegant, we easily fell in love with this wedding.
From the photographer, Ryan Flynn Photography: Jamie & Chris had a weekend long celebration with their closest family and friends in Walla Walla – Washington’s wine country, at Va Piano Winery. They wanted their guests to have an Italian-inspired experience of dining al fresco amongst the vineyards – which they pulled off masterfully. We were greeted by an amazing summer sunset for portraits, the guests danced the night away and sent the couple off with a sparkler exit. Jamie wore a beautiful Watters wedding dress that really fit the vibe of her elegant and relaxed day.
Hair and Makeup
Catering, Wedding Cake, and Desserts
You might have caught on to this by now, but any time I see a sequined wedding gown, my heart skips a beat or two. This styled shoot from Rebecca Masters Photography, Allure with Decor, and Beyond the Garden Gate uses not one but two sparkly frocks, and pairs them with lush floral design and pomegranate accents for a look that’s more than perfect for chillier seasons.
From the photographer, Rebecca Masters Photography: Nestled in the beautiful Applegate Valley, Red Lily Vineyard’s “Stargazer Knoll” was the perfect location for our rustic yet elegant, autumn wedding shoot. With an abundance of towering oak trees, and the breathtaking Siskiyou mountains surrounding, what better to depict the little-known gem which is the Southern Oregon wine country.
Our focus was to show how simple and affordable it can be to create two equally beautiful looks for your wedding day. The sequin Badgley Mischka gown, which we rented from Rent the Runway, is a stunner no doubt but when paired with an airy tulle skirt from BHLDN, you have a dazzling and unique bridal look that will surely leave an impression.
Event Coordination and Design
Hair and Makeup
We’re beyond delighted to share this dream of a winery wedding from photographer Carlie Statsky. A few of our favorite things from this wedding include chocolate truffles, pashmina scarves, and finally sparklers to send off the newlywed couple. Yellow has been all the rage in weddings, and here it looks so fresh with modern white centerpieces against the views of Santa Cruz Mountains. There’s also a guest appearance from a little guy who might just be the cutest ring bearer yet this year!
From the bride: We designed our wedding using organic lines and patterns found in nature as our main source of inspiration. With the dramatic backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains and a venue nestled on a hillside vineyard, we mixed tall vases full of orchids with simple vases full of white tulips to create a 360 degree view of natural beauty. We loved the hanging mason jars of hydrangeas at the ceremony site that added a whimsical, fun spirit to the hillside. One of my favorite details was the locket with a picture of my late father on my bouquet. I also loved the party favors – the ladies were given a charcoal pashmina scarf and everyone was treated to a duo of truffles made by our dear family friend. The night was topped off with milkshake shooters as an evening snack and a sparkler send-off. The day was just perfect!
Wedding Vendors (Woodside, CA):
Wedding Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery / Wedding Photographer: Carlie Statsky / Event Design and Planning: Every Elegant Detail / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Tuxedo: Black Tie Tuxedo / Makeup: J’Beatique / Wedding Flowers: Amy Burke Designs / Wedding Caterer: Thomas John Events / Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Studio Cake / Wedding Musician: Terrence Farrell / DJ: DJ Big Fun / Wedding Invitations: Hello!Lucky / Rentals: Hartmann Studios / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Limo: Lonestar Limo / Shuttles: Destinations Systems
Where to start with Renee and Reece’s New Zealand wedding? How about Renee’s gorgeous cape, gorgeous bridesmaids’ dresses, or the gorgeous 100-year-old vineyard? Lavara Wedding Photography seriously knocked this wedding out of the park, so make sure you absorb every detail!
From the bride, Renee: We wanted our wedding day to be filled with colours that had a vintage-shabby chic-rustic feel. For people to feel relaxed and inspired but the DIY projects we chose to do but mostly to feel our personalities shine through in every aspect of our wedding. It made is easy to style the day with such a beautiful venue to work with. We always knew that when this day came we would get married at our friend’s family-owned Vineyard which has the most amazing brick work and a 100 year old vine that grows above the seating inside.
With the venue being so amazing it really did make the theme and colour scheme easy to pick. Rustic, vintage pastel colours with bright accents of different florals made for a relaxed, quirky but romantic atmosphere. The bunting that I made to hang above the tables was different floral patterns that would of clashed if side by side but were broken with sage green and blush pink, black and cream stripes and polka dots pieces. It was a soft and bold mixing of colours which was fun. The tables and chairs were black so it worked out well to have a black pattern. We always wanted the bridesmaids in a patterned floral fabric and the none of the groomsmen in black so it really opened the door for the use of colours in our bridal party having so many colours in the styling of the wedding, it made it so fun being able to use colour and not have just one or two colours.
The DIY was so much fun. Table runners made from Calico, homemade muesli put into old baby food Jars that myself and all my baby mumma friends collected over the 9 months before the wedding, ring cushion made with an old sack with a floral heart sewn on from the same fabric as the bunting, photo props from materials from the local art shop, place cards made out of old manilla folders and hand stamped with floral design, to my sons waistcoat to match his Dad’s suit were all made my amazing Mum, friends and of course myself. It really did feel good to get some arts and craft back into my life. It was so rewarding to see the finished product.
My advice to brides and couples getting married would be to stay true to who you are. Our guests really noticed that it was ‘Reece and Renee’s wedding,’ one guest saying that even if he turned up to the venue and didn’t know which one of his friends was getting married by just looking around he would have known it was ours! That was all achieved from keeping our invite worded exactly how we talk every day to our friends, to the background music, aisle song and keeping everything as relaxed as you can. We know that our guests truly did feel the relaxed, fun colourful spirit of the wedding. I believe that by being creative and growing that atmosphere allowed them to be apart of and see how we are as a couple to share and insight into our outlook on life as we start our journey as husband and wife. Friends and family love to help so ask them, you will be amazed at what you can pull off with the help of more hands and you will be surprised at how many people can dig up their creativeness, we all have it in us. Make sure you have a fantastic photographer, we really did. We have these photos for the rest of our lives for generations so see, I still look at my parents’ photo album and I am sure Jet (our son) will too. So make sure you find someone you trust and who listens to you and take care in helping you create photos that are special to you and your family. Lastly, trust that everything will come together on the day because it will and when it does, my golly gosh it’s amazing and you never want it to end…
Our songs were picked by me and Reece. Our aisle song was Estelle and John Legend ‘You Are’ the words are so meaningful and the tempo a bit more up beat than your usual aisle song. Once we were announced Husband and Wife we had a surprise for our guests as we had organised our friend Jacob to play the saxophone along with Nina Simone’s classic ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’. It was such an amazing sound to echo around the vineyard and really make the moment more dramatic and personal to us. Such a great memory!
Wedding Vendors (Hamilton, New Zealand):
Wedding Venue: Vilagrads Estate / Wedding Photographer: Lavara Wedding Photography / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven / Bride’s Cape: I Sew 4 U / Bride’s Ring Bracelet: daliadaliak / Bride’s Earrings: Tre Chic / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: bespoke / Groom’s Suit: Working Style Chancery Lane / Groomsmen’s Suits: Cambridge Suit Outlet / Boutonnieres: Mignonne Handmade / Wedding Flowers: Homewood Gardens / Celebrant: Kay Gregory / Wedding Cake: Lara at Cake Couture / Wedding Hair: Olivia Noble of Servilles Newmarket / Wedding Makeup: Tori Hart Makeup / Labels for Muesli: kawaiigoodies
I can’t think of a better way to start this Wednesday than with the always gorgeous photos by Ash Imagery. Gloria and Ryan are the epitome of effortless chic. Proof of the fact that their wedding day was entirely handmade, and yes, that includes their luscious floral arrangements. Many more images to gush over right here.
From Gloria, the bride: We knew from the start that we wanted to have the wedding in a Virginia vineyard, since we have close ties to the state and love the relaxed environment of a vineyard. Bluemont was the perfect setting! After experiencing the amazing view there we just set out to create a wedding that would complement the natural beauty of the location. We wanted simple, homemade, and relaxed style.
Ash Imagery. Gloria and Ryan are the epitome of effortless chic. Proof of the fact that their wedding day was entirely handmade, and yes, that includes their luscious floral arrangements. Many more images to gush over right View all images from this wedding in the gallery
For inspiration, I looked for colors that would naturally occur in early Virginia autumn. Since we also wanted that relaxed feel, we didn’t restrict the theme or color scheme too much. In the end, we used a color palette of burgundy, rose, peach, and champagne as a reference point.
Many of the flowers came from local farms and were seasonal – dahlias, zinnias, and amaranthus, for example. All of the flower displays were made through community effort in my mom’s kitchen, and the bouquets were hand-tied. My wedding cake was baked, assembled, and decorated by my bridesmaids. We did our music mix ourselves (with the help of one of our groomsmen) and played it on a laptop hooked up to speakers. We also made our invitations and place cards, which doubled as favors, by hand. Overall, everything was a group effort, which we really loved because it shows how much we rely on our friends and family every day!
We took a tour of Virginia vineyards, knowing that we would love an outdoor ceremony with a reception space nearby. Bluemont Vineyard in Bluemont, VA was the one we settled on – their view from the ceremony location was unparalleled, and it didn’t hurt that their wines were delicious as well. The Stable, the reception was held in, is a converted horse stable with beautiful wooden walls and a rustic feel.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to ask for help! I wouldn’t have been able to do so many DIY things with the wedding while still staying sane without an incredible amount of help from friends and family. Ryan and I also lifted equal loads throughout the planning process – although I had a ton of ideas about what we could do, he was a great sounding board for them and helped do a lot of legwork to make it all happen.
In the end, we had a lot of fun with everyone involved in making all of the little details; the journey was just as rewarding as the actual day of the wedding.
Processional: Your Song, by Elton John
Recessional: You’re My Best Friend, by Queen
First Dance: I Do, by Colbie Caillat
Wedding Vendors (Bluemont, Virginia + Philadelphia, PA):
Ceremony and reception locations: Bluemont Vineyard / Flowers: Whole Foods in Fair Lakes, VA / Photographer: Michael Smith from Ash Imagery / Wedding Dress: Allure Couture, style C161 / Shoes: Isola, Dolce pumps / Jewelry: earrings borrowed from a friend, hair clip purchased from Etsy seller silverpencils / Makeup: MAC stylist in Fair Oaks Mall / Bridesmaid Dresses: Each bridesmaid picked out a chiffon, knee length dress from the color palette – Jim Hjelm, Venus Bridal, and Donna Morgan / Bridesmaid necklaces: Etsy seller David Verbena / Groom’s suit: Gino Valentino suit from Amazon.com / Caterer: Celebrations Catering / Cake topper: Etsy seller Beck Kazana / Wedding invitations: handmade
Deidre Lynn Photography always brings in the sweetest Midwest weddings for us to gush over. This one is no exception. This wedding was virtually 100% handmade, thanks to talented Etsy sellers. Many more images from this vineyard wedding in the gallery!
From the Bride: We were inspired by classic vintage details, our vineyard location, and a little bit of European goodness. Our wedding day REALLY could not have been more perfect from beginning to end. Hugh and I both have the same favorite moments (ironically the opening and closing of the day): the pure joy we felt when those Church doors opened and we first saw each other from opposite ends; and the cap to the night when family and friends encircled us and we all happily swayed and sang along to “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, the last song at the reception. Of course, this special day would not have been even close to possible without the hard work of all of our generous family and friends. In addition, the vendors we selected all went above and beyond to make our day truly wonderful. Their work was not only excellent but also their kind and willing attitudes made wedding planning and day of coordination so much easier.
Deidre Lynn Photography always brings in the sweetest Midwest weddings for us to gush over. This one is no exception. This wedding was virtually 100% handmade, thanks to talented Etsy sellers. Many more images from this View all images from this wedding in the gallery
Wedding Vendors (St. Louis, Missouri):
Ceremony: St. Louis Cathedral Basilica / Reception: Chandler Hills Vineyard / Photographer: Deidre Lynn Photography / Florist: Thorn Studio / Wedding Dress: custom designed by Dagmar from Sash Couture (on Etsy) used all of these ideas to design and create my dream dress. (We never met in person once, as we are located very far apart. I found her on Etsy and she completely designed this from our phone and e-mail conversations – it’s possible!) / Bridesmaid dresses: Dagmar/Sash Couture / Veil: BHLDN / Bow hair piece: Mignonne Handmade (on Etsy) / Necklace and bridesmaid necklaces: Petitor (on Etsy) / Groomsmen jackets: Club Room / Groomsmen pants: Perry Ellis / Groomsmen ties: Tux and Tulle (on Etsy) / Cake topper: Figs & Ginger (etsy) / Thumbprint guest book: TearDrop Weddings
Monique and Kyle’s South African wedding is full of heartwarmingly personal details. The couple married on the bride’s father’s farm, with one of the most incredibly gorgeous ceremony views we’ve ever seen! You know how much we love layers and layers of tulle in wedding gowns… and Monique’s dreamy dress left us swooning over it. Thanks to the wonderful Lizelle Lotter for sending her pictures our way!
From the bride, Monique: Our style was very personal to both myself and Kyle, who was VERY involved! It was based around a classic Italian/French post-harvest street festival, as it was also the end of the Wine Grape Harvest on our farm, where we got married!
Guests had the dress code of: Brown and blush, flat shoes and a hat! Our general colour scheme was a theme of creams, greys, blues and browns. Adjectives to describe our day include chilled, comfortable, fun, funny, relaxed, enjoyable. We did the name tags, gift boxes, table seating, painted tables, bridesmaids, groom and groomsmen “brooches” ourselves! Also the wire hearts!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Give as much work to someone else! Make sure they know what you want, as well as another informed person to check up on them. Then LEAVE it! Difficult, but just do it, because otherwise you will be so tired and stressed out beforehand. There are always a million things you remember last minute. So as soon as you can get the main things delegated, you will not be as swamped by it closer to the time. And VERY important… make sure you are nowhere close to anyone who can bother you a whole day before your wedding. I went to a spa the whole day and it saved my life!
First dance: Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours”
Wedding Vendors (Stellenbosch, South Africa):
Ceremony and reception venue: Kanu Vineyards / Wedding photographer: Lizelle Lotter / Wedding coordinator: Gerrit Snyman / Wedding flowers: Gerrit Snyman / Wedding dress: bespoke / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Groom’s suit: Zara / Wedding music: Jesse Jordan / Wedding catering: George Jardine / Wedding cake: Sweet Cakes
Today’s wedding is a study in all things lovely and cohesive. Christine and Tim met when they were just teenagers but their wedding eight years later was a grownup vineyard affair with quirky and personalized details. They handmade so many elements of their wedding day that the details came together to perfectly summarize their long courtship and their hopes for their marriage. The little graphic design elements- from those sweet silhouettes to the lovely paper goods- pull together the hundreds of ideas the couple gathered during their engagement to present a beautiful wedding weekend to their family and friends. A huge thanks to the oh-so-talented Heidi from Our Labor of Love by Heidi for sending it over!
From the bride, Christine: When we got engaged, we both knew that Charlottesville was where we would say our vows. It is a vibrant college town where I’d recently graduated, surrounded by gorgeous rolling hills, orchards, and vineyards and defined by a Southern charm and welcoming vibe unlike anywhere else. Take all that, add the stunning colors of fall, and you’ve got a little slice of what Tim and I are all about. We wanted to bottle that warmth and create a unique, personalized event by bringing together all those people we love most in a comfortable, relaxed, and most importantly FUN atmosphere where they could kick back, share a glass of wine, and become woven into the romantic history of the area.
Instead of a single wedding day, we chose a three-day wedding weekend so that our guests could have a getaway in Charlottesville; we hosted a bride vs. groom family soccer and frisbee match on the UVA Lawn, an apple-picking exploration in the orchards, and toured Jefferson’s Monticello. By wedding day, there was a magical buzz as everyone from all sides of our lives came together to create one cohesive family. It was exactly the feeling we’d both envisioned but never imagined would play out so perfectly.
Our goal for the wedding was to achieve homey, rustic, Virginian warmth. Our color scheme really played off the incredible fall tones evident in the grape vines and treetops in Charlottesville in October. Beyond that, our florist, Pat Roberts, was a genius at reading our minds in terms of turning our (sometimes scattered) ideas into an incredible, unifying reality.
Tim and I are high school sweethearts. We actually met on the first day of school our freshman year on the gym bleachers (and that’s where Tim proposed eight years later!) With that sort of history, it was only fitting that we get married in a spot where history surrounds you. The University of Virginia chapel is a gorgeous but intimate stone building in the middle of Grounds (UVA students don’t use the word “campus”) just adjacent to the Rotunda and the beautiful colonnades of the UVA Lawn. Its interior is defined by bold stained glass scenes and dark, rich wood tones. The location allowed us to have a lunch reception in a nearby garden after which we had UVA student guides lead our guests on a historic tour of Jefferson’s University, which is also a World Heritage Site.
The reception site was a bit more complicated. After spending a full day hopping from vineyard to vineyard, Tim, my mom and I were tired, cranky, and ready to give up. We had one more stop and almost decided to forget it and head home! Thank goodness we didn’t, because as soon as we drove down the long, gravel lane to the gates outside Delfosse Vineyard and Winery, we knew we’d found something special. Nestled in the Charlottesville hills, Delfosse is a French-style vineyard with incredible wines and an even more impressive location and ambience. The property has a historic log cabin with a large, wrap-a-round porch overlooking the expansive views where we held our cocktail hour and a large open terrace where the dinner and reception took place. It was made even more perfect by the fact that the winery is owned and operated by one of my French teachers from the high school where Tim and I met!
After commissioning a graphic artist from New York to design a personalized silhouette as our cohesive wedding “icon”, we designed and then printed, lined, and hand crafted our invitations, welcome bag paper goods, programs, and menus with supplies from The Paper Source. We found a budding wedding calligrapher on Etsy for our envelopes.
We created our own welcome bags with goodies that had played prominent roles in our relationship or were special to Charlottesville. They included Old Dominion root beer, Route 11 Potato chips, Virginia salted peanuts, Swedish fish, sour patch kids, bottled water, and Juicy Fruit gum. We also included a welcome letter, custom map of the area, and lists of our favorite restaurants, bars, historic sites, hiking spots, and wineries.
We used iron-on transfers of Tim and I’s individual silhouettes to customize the burlap runners we’d created for each table.My mom created the mason jar chandeliers that hung from the clear top tent at the reception. She aged 6- and 8-foot wooden planks and then screwed the mason jar tops into holes she’d drilled into the planks. The pillar candles illuminated the tent with a soft, romantic glow throughout the entire night!
I used an old window I’d salvaged from the trash and a white ink pen to create our seating assignment chart.We designed all the table names after funny memories, mostly self-deprecating humor of embarrassing moments, from our years together. Each card had a name on one side and the story on the other.
We hand stamped hundreds of white paper bags with our custom silhouette to create lanterns to illuminate the walk down from the cocktail hour in a historic cabin on the property to the reception tent down below. This was also the pathway we drove back up to get to the cabin where we spent our wedding night!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I think a lot of brides question whether taking the time and energy to dabble in what might seem like minute details is really worth it. To me, what made Tim and I’s nuptials so incredibly special were the personalized details we’d worked on together over the course of the prior year – from the paper goods we’d designed and hand crafted individually to the violinist and trumpeter Tim had secretly hired to play during the recessional a la “Love Actually” to the surprise groom’s cake inspired by a book Tim had written as a second grader to the table names based on hilarious and/or important moments during our long courtship to the dance Tim and I’d choreographed for our first dance (which included a “Dirty Dancing” element and the robot). These were the things that made our day “ours,” and they are the things that our guests continue to bring up time and time again. So, my advice is to go for it – take the extra time, listen to every crazy idea that pops into your head and make it happen. It’s completely and entirely worth it!
The corresponding piece of advice is to book your key vendors as early as possible and pay attention to reviews and references. That way you have a creative, reliable crew who can execute the big picture stuff and free up time for you to focus on your own special, personalized additions!
Processional: Canon in D by Pachelbel, played by my little brother on saxophone
Recessional: Hallelujah Chorus by Handel, played by our long-time friend and professional organist Donny Isaac and two UVA students on violin/trumpet Tim hired as a surprise (mimicking the opening scene from Love Actually)
First Dance: “Everything” by Michael Buble, remixed and played live by our amazing band, 10 Spot
Wedding Vendors (Charlottesville, Virginia):
Ceremony Venue: University of Virginia chapel / Reception Venue: Delfosse Vineyard and Winery, Faber, Virginia / Photographer: Our Labor of Love by Heidi / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston, Vineyard Collection “Maeve” gown / Veil: cathedral-length, also from Priscilla of Boston / Wedding Shoes: bronze Enzo Angiolini heels / Hair and Makeup: Julia Shifflett (no website) / Bridesmaids dresses: mistmatched from Anthropologie, J.Crew, Banana Republic and other small boutiques / Groom and Groomsmen suits: Heritage Italian wool shadow plaid suit vests and pants from Banana Republic, different color Argyle socks from Brooks Brothers / Wedding Band: 10 Spot / Caterer: Pierce at 20 South / Flowers: Pat’s Florals / Bride and Groom Wedding Cakes: Paradox Pastry / Donuts: Carpe Donut / Stationery: silhouettes designed by BDUB / Calligraphy: Danielle Writes / Transportation: Vintage 1959 MA convertible from Sports Car Rentals
The ladies of Simply Bloom Wedding Photography sent over this perfectly romantic wedding, chock full of sweet details designed by Crystal of Amazae Special Events. Let’s start the day with an oh so sweet portrait of the bride and groom:
From Crystal of Amazae Special Events: Trang and Kemp were a very unique couple. Very gracious, caring, and had a special look for their wedding day that was very representative of who they were, not necessarily them copying or following a trend. There were a lot of small detailed touches such as: the 200 paper flowers individually made to be napkin rings, the invitations printed on special handkerchiefs, the groom’s grandfather actually was the one that married them, friend of the family being part of the trio who played for their ceremony, fresh berries from their friend’s field were given as favors. We set them up on a table with thank you sticks that they made in different languages, friend’s Chevy they used as their getaway car, and bringing in a taco truck at the end of the night to make sure that everyone was well fed!
Wedding Vendors (Pleasanton, CA):
Wedding Photographer: Simply Bloom Wedding Photography / Wedding Coordinator + Designer: Amazae Special Events / Florist: Cherries / Videographer: Well Spun Wedding Films / Ceremony/Reception Venue: Palm Event Center / Transportation: A+ Tours / Ceremony Musicians: “trio” from family friend / Officiant: Kemp’s Grandfather / DJ: Chocolate Sound Entertainment / Photobooth: Photo Illusion LLC / Rentals: Pleasanton Party Rentals / Lighting/Drapery: Enhanced Lighting / Desserts: Shannie Cakes / Wedding Cake: Torino Baking
It’s time to feature Patricia and Dennis’ gorgeous reception, artfully shot by Caroline Ghetes. There were lush florals and vintage details around every corner, and I loved them all! I am completely obsessed with those amazing vintage trunks overflowing with blooms. Sheer perfection!
More from Patricia:
My husband made the centerpieces from wood he bought at Home Depot.
Patricia’s advice for future brides: Hire a wedding planner!
Be sure to watch their video!
Wedding Vendors (Malibu, CA):
Ok, brace yourself for some gorgeous wedding eye candy overload! Caroline Ghetes took so many amazing photos, we just had to dedicate a whole post to just the bride and groom. From dreamy portraits on the ranch to seriously glamorous nighttime city portraits, she captured it all.
More from Patricia:
My husband saw a Pronovias wedding dress online one day and tells me that it is the most beautiful dress he has ever seen. Shopping for a dress was difficult because it was nearing the end of the year and the 2010 collection had not yet been released. Therefore, all the dresses I had seen online were not available to the public. After trying on 30+ dresses, I came across the one my husband mentioned earlier. The moment I saw it on the hanger, I knew it was the one.
I made the veil using ivory Russian netting tulle and a peony flower with a diamond button I borrowed from my mother. The button served as ‘something borrowed’.
Part three of this spectacular will be coming your way soon. Stay tuned!
Wedding Vendors (Malibu, CA):
Remember Dennis and Patricia’s incredible surrealist engagement session by Caroline Ghetes Photography that we posted awhile back? Well, now they’re happily married and let me tell you, Caroline worked her magic once again! Style oozed from every detail in this wedding, and there were A LOT of details! Each one more thoughtful and beautiful than the next. There is so much goodness that we had to split this post into three parts! First up is the ceremony…
From the bride, Patricia:
My husband and I were looking into a beach themed wedding in Newport Beach. The more we started planning for the wedding, the more I realized it was not my dream wedding. As a little girl, I always wanted to marry in the middle of nature among trees, animals, and hills. We looked at various blogs and saw a couple who got married at Saddlerock Ranch, a vineyard in Malibu. I immediately fell in love with the location and knew it would be the place I would have my wedding.
I hand made all of the invitations for 400 guests by hiring a calligrapher and someone to letterpress. My fiance and I went to a paper store and ordered Cotton Cranes Lettra paper. We hand sewed all the envelopes from fabric and printed our guests’ name on the outside. We also hand made each flower on the outside of the envelopes by burning the edges of 6 different sized pieces of fabric and then sewing 3 pearls in the center.
Be sure to check back later today for parts two and three of this gorgeous wedding!
Wedding Vendors (Malibu, CA):