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Spring Blooms That Inspire

It never fails, when April rolls around we start craving those spring blooms like you wouldn’t believe. We have a feeling we aren’t alone there. And with Easter right around the corner and Passover in full swing, we thought we would gather up some of our favorite spring blooms to help inspire your arrangements.

Spring Blooms That Inspire
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Pastel Colored Holman Ranch Affair

With Spring in full swing and Easter just around the corner, a wedding infused with the prettiest of pastels is about as timely as you can get. Photographed beautifully by Delbarr Moradi with design by Soiree By Simone Lennon and flowers by Floral Theory, this puppy is a sea of elegant tables, flowers in the softest shades of color, lovely gold details sprinkled throughout and all tucked inside dreamy Holman Ranch. See even more here.


From Simone Lennon… Upon the first meeting with Jordan and Chris, I knew their wedding was going to be a fete to remember. When a couple possesses a special combination of sophistication, style and grace, as they do, it makes my job as a wedding planner simple – to create a simply stunning affair that represents the things they love most for the people whom they love most. So, that’s what we did.

Jordan and Chris selected Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley as their venue which turned out to be the perfect place to bring their vision of a refined elegant affair in the wine country to life. Holman Ranch is naturally beautiful so our vision was not to recreate a theme or environment, but more to enhance the already stunning attributes the ranch is known for.

We selected a color palette of ivory, sage and blush with a touch of gold. Jordan loved romantic elements so we used a lot of neutral fabrics and muted toned blossoms to keep the design ethereal and soft. We also found ways to incorporate a touch of gold in her paper goods, chargers and flatware to add a bit glamour without it feeling too over-the-top and bold.

For the ceremony, we enhanced the gorgeous view by using art deco inspired gold chairs with ivory cushions and a simple swag of ivory tulle on the back row to add movement. The ceremony aisle was densely covered in a mix of ivory flower petals and big blossoms to add texture and depth leading up to the ceremony overlook. Jordan wore an ivory lace Enzoani trumpet gown and Chris in a black Tom Ford suit, stood together against the backdrop of the Santa Lucia Mountains and exchanged their sweet vows in front of 140 guests.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a lively cocktail hour featuring imported charcuterie, cheeses and small bites.

The dinner reception kicked off in style with a double champagne sabering by two master sommeliers who poured each vintage with showmanship for each delicious course. Guests dined on a family style dinner of roasted prawns, Porterhouse steaks, Mac n’ Cheese, Heirloom tomato salad and rainbow root vegetables.

At sunset, guests moved to the rustic Carriage House where they were served a post-dinner pour of a rare bottle of 1986 Chåteau d’Yquem  which we presented on a gorgeous display with crystal flutes and vintage wine crates.

After a heartfelt speech by our couple, guests ate an array of desserts and watched as Jordan and Chris danced for the first time as husband and bride to Tony Bennett’s ”The Best is Yet to Come”.

It was an exceptional evening with two of the most deserving couples I’ve had a chance to work with.

Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography | Wedding Dress: Dakota By Enzoani Via Jin Wang Bridal | Floral Design: Floral Theory | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | Catering: A Taste Of Elegance | DJ: Marty Satow | Groom's Suit: Tom Ford | Bride's Diamond Suite + Engagement & Wedding Band: Fourtane Jewelers | Ceremony & Reception : Holman Ranch | Groom's Wedding Band: Fourtane Jewelers | Invitations & Day Of Paper Goods: Obligation Letter Press Via Union Street Papery | Linens: La Tavola | Master Sommelier Team: Master Somm Catherine Fallis & Master Somm David Glancy | Mirror Seating Chart: Mariko Giverink, Bee Curious Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Transportation: Main Event | Venue: Holman Ranch | Wedding Planning & Event Design: Simone Lennon: Soiree By Simone Lennon

Alfred Sung, Dessy Collection and Dessy Flower Girls are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, Holman Ranch, Delbarr Moradi Photography and Fourtane are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Holman Ranch

Delbarr Moradi Photography


Classic Elegance Inspiration at the Santa Barbara Club

Classic weddings are my kryptonite. I adore their timeless style and swoon over their sentimental details. So if you happen to be a planning a wedding where tradition reigns supreme, this shoot beautifully captured by Patrick Moyer and designed by Armando Martinez of Alegria By Design will have you jumping for joy. It’s ridiculously perfect from start to finish, and you can see even more here.

From Armando Martinez For Alegria By Design …Our location and inspiration for this year’s “Spring Bride” shoot was the historic Santa Barbara Club. Formally established in 1892, it is the oldest Club in Santa Barbara and is believed to be the oldest social Club between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The two-story Edwardian clubhouse build in 1904 with its rich history and tradition offered the perfect backdrop to this year’s shoot, a nod to the neo-preppy.

For our girl it’s all about family, tradition and of course grandmother’s silver or perhaps an updated engagement ring crafted from a family heirloom. She always looks back for inspiration but is sure of her choices, stepping confidently towards the future. The updated classic is definitive, her signature look. 

Photography: Patrick Moyer | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Cake: Solvang Bakery | Stationery: Honey Paper | Jewelry: Bryant & Sons Jewelers | Hair: Brianna Stewart | Calligraphy: Leslee Sipress | China & Silverware: Santa Barbara Wedding Style | Cigar Bar: Cigar Empire | Custom Gown: Veronique Coleccion | Fur & Dress Two: The White Peacock | Horse: White Horse Carriage Co. | Location: Santa Barbara Club | Makeup: Tomiko Taft | Models : Hello Gorgeous Models | Planning & Art Direction: Armando Martinez For Alegria By Design | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Shoes & Accessories : Saks 5th Avenue | Tasting Bar: Cutler’s Artisan Spirits | Tuxedos : Mission Tuxedo

Alegria by Design and Pat Moyer Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
Alegria by Design

Patrick Moyer Photography

Black Tie Botanic Garden Wedding

Ever since Vera Wang unveiled her all-pink bridal collection this Fall I’ve been waiting on pins and needles to see how real brides would rock it. And when Three Nails Photography sent us this Chicago Botanic Gardens wedding featuring one chic bride doing just that, audible squeals and gasps weren’t far behind. Clementine Custom Events planned the whole shebang, and it’s all waiting for you here!


From the Bride… My bridesmaids, sisters and mom and I all got ready at my house and enjoyed a fun and relaxing afternoon together for hair and makeup. For most of them, that afternoon was the first time they saw my dress. The priceless expressions (some tears!) on their faces when they saw the blush colored gown and details of the petal train confirmed that I had made the right decision for our English garden wedding.

From the minute I laid eyes on the Vera Wang dress, I knew it had to be mine. There was something so romantic and unique about the color that I had to go for the untraditional color scheme. The dress undoubtedly set the stage in terms of all of our styling, floral and décor choices for the wedding. We wanted the evening to be a formal occasion, but one that properly represented the two of us and our families. The combinations of the black tie dress code, old English garden, crystal chandeliers, exposed farm tables and lucite chairs all helped bring our vision of ‘Old Hollywood glamour meets rustic charm’ to life.

There were so many incredible moments for us at the wedding, but one that stands out most for me was our first kiss. That ‘you can kiss the bride’ moment is always special and symbolic, but usually only lasts a short while. Truly, my groom could not let go. His emotions were so raw and sweet. He planted not one, not two or three, but four big kisses on me to the point where the applause from the crowd turned into giggles and an uproar of cheers. We had just come off two and a half years of long distance as my groom finished business school in Chicago while I was working and living in NY so this was truly a tender and triumphant moment for the two of us. I could literally feel his love and pride through the strength of his big embrace. We did it!

The other incredible moment for me was my father-daughter dance. My dad and I danced to one of our family favorites, a classic Neapolitan song, ‘O Sole Mio’—in English, My Sunshine. We had dance lessons every day for a week leading up to the wedding to perfect every dip and spin of our choreographed routine to surprise our guests with a little bit of Italian drama and a whole lot of sweet and sincere fun between a father and daughter. The entire experience and time spent with my father was incredibly special and something that I will cherish forever.

Some advice for brides: know that all the time and effort of planning is going to be all worth it. The day of your wedding is unlike any other — everyone you love and who loves you are all in the same place at the same time, celebrating you, your marriage, and the coming together of your two families. It’s really a beautiful moment. Enjoy it!

Photography: Three Nails Photography | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Floral Design: Botanics | Cake: Sweet Mandy B's | Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Culinary Landscape | Planner: Clementine Custom Events | Band: Gold Coast All Stars | Bridesmaids' Dress Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid | Flower Girl Dress: Ralph Lauren | Tuxedos: Ralph Lauren | Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden

Amsale is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Clementine Custom Events and Chicago Botanic Garden are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
Clementine Custom Events

Chicago Botanic Garden