From Evan Hunt Photo…Zana & Rich met in the Navy and fell in love while traveling the world together. Rich flew Drones in Afghanistan for a year while she awaited his return and shortly after they tied the knot in San Miguel de Allende amongst family and friends.
Their love is one of strength and authenticity. A love that oceans cannot separate.
San Miguel de Allende is known for it’s colorful culture and architecture and is located in the eastern part of the state of Guanajuato. Shortly after being declared the first municipality declared independent of Spanish rule after the Mexican War of Independence, the city was on the verge of becoming a ghost town if it weren’t for local artists who moved in and began cultural and artistic institutions, which the town is still known for today.
The oldest part of the town is the square, established in 1555 and housing one of the most incredible landmarks in all of Mexico, the Parish Church of San Miguel.
From Lilla Bello… Annie and Gregg Fienberg were an incredibly fun and creative pair from day one! Gregg (well known Hollywood Producer of True Blood) and his ‘bohemian chic’, and equally creative bride Annie had visions of a gathering filled with elements of natural beauty, California living, and most of all FUN! The location, Triunfo Creek Vineyards, was a perfect backdrop to this outdoor soiree.
Set at the very top of the Malibu canyons in late summer/early fall, with rolling hillsides, gorgeous vineyards, the most perfect ‘barn house’ you have ever seen, big oak trees and stunning details at every turn. The ceremony was set underneath one of the giant oaks, whimsically decorated with hanging eucalyptus vines falling from the tree limbs and adorned in white blooms, and a heart shaped wreath with the couples initials A+G to imitate a carving that lovers might make.
Festive market lighting was strewn over long outdoor farm tables, with mis-matched vased florals trailing down the entire centerline. Florals embodied everything wild, organic, light and airy! Colors were blush tones, creams, pops of yellows and peaches! Greenery included silvery eucalyptus, bright green bay leaves and jasmine vines, mixed in with both green and blooming herbs of sage, chamomile and lavender! (Can’t you just smell it?!!) Garden roses and giant café au lait dahlias were amongst Annie’s favorite blooms, juxtaposed with a teal toned succulent to give it that California-rustic feel. Table numbers were a special touch from Dad, who used raw wood and nails to mark each numbered section. (Love!). The food was as beautiful to look at as it was to eat – farm to table cuisine, plated family style to continue with the fun and communal dining vibe!
The details went on and on, from the fully styled airsteam trailer, to the adorable menu cards, the mantle in the barn house dripping in vines, to the flower girl with the bay leaf hair garland and cowboy boots! Annie’s dress was a custom collaboration which she was very much a part of … the pink dress, absolutely dreamy!!! The mis-matched succulent boutonnieres, and Gregg’s perfect blue suit!! The pictures kind of speak for themselves (thanks to the amazing Leila Brewster) but this night just screams “a good time” all around!
As a wedding blogger, people always ask me what I’d plan if I could have a wedding day do-over. And time and time it comes back to one key component – I’d keep it intimate. Just like this Colorado couple. With just 20 guests to bear witness, these sweeties planned the whole shebang in two months flat and snatched Laura Murray to capture the day. Go ahead and get lost in this family style affair sitting pretty right here.
From the Bride…. The vision we had for our wedding was intimate modern rustic. We wanted to elevate our outdoor DIY interests to an elegant affair that did not lose connection with its roots. As much as we could afford to, we tried to have a hand in everything from using at-home garden ingredients in the meal, to constructing farm tables to sewing and hand-dying linens. To keep it intimate, we limited the size to immediate family and a very few close friends. This allowed the evening to be relaxed, slightly informal, and most importantly comfortable. The convenience also provided a level of flexibility that helped to avert any problems that might have come up through the night, like weather.
The weather did not start out being cooperative and forced us into having a better ceremony location than we had planned. Having a small party afforded us to pick a lovely location for all to stand as we had a short, non-traditional ceremony. The sun eventually came out and we kept our reception dinner out under a big oak tree.
Our family style meal under the hanging lights on the tree was accompanied by an acoustic guitar played by a longtime friend. After a lovely meal of smoked brisket, mashed sweet potatoes, homemade mac ‘n cheese, and garden vegetable Carpaccio, we decided to forgo the traditional wedding cake and served an assortment of miniature cheesecakes and French Macaroons (a token to the study abroad trip at the beginning of our relationship). We followed our meal with some casual dancing and song requests and ended our evening in conversation around the fire. And I can’t forget to mention the s’mores!
From the Photographer… It was an intimate affair – just 20 people and they planned the entire thing in 2 months! They booked me just 2 weeks prior to the wedding day!
She handmade the napkins using gold paint, she did the calligraphy herself, and their friends who are not caterers cooked up the family-style meal (and it was the BEST food I have ever had at a wedding). They flew in another friend who played the guitar acoustically which provided the ceremony/reception music, as well as the first dance song.
Their day was SO rainy! It started right when we arrived and did not stop until right before sunset. There was talk of moving the ceremony/reception inside– however their main vision during the planning was an outdoor celebration under the stars. So we waited out the rain. The original ceremony location was soaking wet and full of puddles, so we moved it last minute to a spot that was a bit more convenient logistically. As the sun set and the rain had finally ceased, they said their vows with their family and friends standing around them.
Another little detail that I noticed was that the candles they burned were scented—this was the first wedding I have been to where they used scented candles as normally at weddings they burn the unscented kind. Swapping out the candles for scented filled the reception space with such a divine smell!
Since we had no time for bride and groom portraits due to rain and running out of natural light, we returned to the gardens the following week to capture those.
I’ve been staring at this gorgeous Saddlerock Ranch wedding captured by Vis Photography for hours now, and honestly still can’t get over every gorgeous detail planned by Erica Lake. The flowers from Stephanie Grace Designs? Breathtaking. The rustic elegance? Perfectly executed. Top it all off with a couple that has some serious style, and ladies and gents, we have wedding gold on our hands. See even more here.
From Erica Lake…When Christina and Sam chose me as their wedding planner I was ecstatic. One of the challenges that I was looking forward to the most was infusing both Christina’s very feminine, delicate style with Sam’s rugged, manly persona.
My initial consult with my couples-to-be is one of the most important meetings I take during the planning process. When I sat down with Christina and Sam, I wanted to hear anything and everything that they envisioned for their wedding day. My role in their wedding planning process wasn’t to push them to pick my favorite flower for the centerpieces or to hire my favorite DJ… it was to guide them in choosing the best vendors to make their dreams become a reality. We incorporated personalized elements into every aspect of Christina and Sam’s wedding. While the overall design and furniture elements were kept simplistic, the hand drawn signage, custom made ring box, and decoupage photo tree stumps were details that had their guests raving. This day was truly magical. I am so honored that this beautiful couple trusted me in producing their wedding. You can look through photos of their special day and get a feel for who they are as a couple, even if you don’t know them personally. I LOVE that!
From the Bride…From the moment Sam asked me to be his girlfriend while camping in a tent, to then asking me to be his wife on top of a mountain, I knew our wedding was destined to be an epic adventure full of love and romance.
Our wedding day was truly a fairytale. Guests entered the Malibu vineyard estate, Saddlerock Ranch, which took them by beautiful horses, rolling vineyards lined with oak trees, and a few wild surprises. They followed hand crafted signs all the way to the beautiful garden setting where the wedding and reception took place. Our friends and family were greeted with refreshing drinks and an inviting melody played by acoustic guitars before they took their seat in the open meadowland lined with rose petals. Beautiful mountains, rolling vineyards, and a romantic willow tree was the breath taking backdrop where Sam and I exchanged our vows.
Shortly after tying the knot, champagne was popped and delicious appetizers were served. An extra special surprise our caterer provided, was apples and carrots for the guests to interact and feed the horses. As our guests settled into the reception we gave them a very fitting choice of cocktails. They had the choice of either the “Mountain Man”, or the “Asian Princess”. The less adventurous had the standard options from the top shelf open bar and Saddlerocks very own wine.
Our reception took place under an endless diamond sky which in fact were twinkling lit oak trees and crystal chandeliers. What added to the magic was the band Icarus Account, who happens to be really good friends of ours. The guys played our first dance, and continued to play our other favorites throughout dinner. One of the more unique and special moments that we incorporated into our wedding to honor my family heritage was a traditional Korean Paebaek tea ceremony, which took place during the reception. In this ritualistic ceremony the husband and wife are dressed in traditional Korean Hanbooks. The ceremony begins by honoring their elders by sharing tea, intently listening to their words of wisdom, and then trying to catch dates and chestnuts symbolizing both how many girls and boys they will have in the future. According to the Paebaek, Sam and I will be having well over 20 kids! Having the chance to honor my family’s heritage while sharing this tradition with our guests was very special to us. All of our guests kept telling us that this was their favorite part of the day.
When everyone was not dancing their pants off, guests were able to indulge in our two wedding cakes, plethora of cupcakes, and a late night snack of calbi tacos or mini pulled pork sandwiches. A fun gift to our guests was a famous cartoonist who drew caricatures of our guests, which they could keep forever. We also handed out pashminas for the women and everyone received American Flags for our big send off!
Some special touches that made our wedding personal and unique included the custom wood work crafted by our friends from Build and Designed Inc. Every sign was custom made as the guests drove into the vineyard estate including “Just Around the River Bend” as a nod to the days I worked at Disney World as Pocahontas. They equipped one of our ring bearers with a sign that said “Sam Here Comes Your Babe!” and the other with a wooden ring box with our names and wedding date engraved on it. My favorite things they made for us were our centerpieces used for the reception. They hand crafted wooden table runners which held a row of single test tubes filled with beautiful flowers.
Every detail of our wedding felt so personal to Sam and I. From our signature wedding drinks, the live band, his & her wedding cakes, Korean ceremony, and our patriotic send off, this day will forever be remembered as the very start to our beautiful and fun filled life together.
Our beautiful day went off without a hitch because of the help and coordination of my amazing wedding planner, Erica Lake. Her knack for timing and attention to detail made our wedding flow perfectly and effortlessly. She truly made my vision come to life while helping me stay within my budget. Knowing that she was in charge on my wedding day left me stress and worry free. Thanks to her, Sam, myself, and our families were truly able to enjoy every second of this magical day.
A special thanks to our amazing photographers from Vis Photography for capturing our day so beautifully and our videographer, David Barnett, for creating our wedding video in which we will be able to re-live this perfect day over and over again.