Good morning, lovelies! We’re kicking off the day with a wedding that just screams girly goodness. Which is exactly the kind of wedding that I love the most, filled with pretty feminine touches, gorgeous florals and a bride and groom that make you want to give your own hubby a good, long squeeze. Throw in some seriously gorgeous design by Amorology and photographs by Forever Photography Studio and you basically have the picture perfect SMP wedding. Click here to see even more!

rancho valencia wedding

rancho valencia wedding

rancho valencia wedding

rancho valencia wedding

rancho valencia wedding

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From AmorologyWe always find inspiration from within our couples and in Caitlin & Matt’s case, we could not help but create a hopelessly romantic wedding for the two! Caitlin is a Texas girl with traditional roots, so we knew from the get go that her wedding had to be sweet but also have a punch of fun. She is definitely a romantic at heart with a sentimental side, which we wanted to highlight and share with her guests! With these ideas in mind, we formulated the concept of a Love Letters/Notes wedding.

The ceremony took place on the croquet lawn among a backdrop of sunny blues skies and hot air balloons. To honor Caitlin’s father, who had recently passed away, we brought in traditional bagpipe players as a nod to his Scottish heritage. Caitlin was escorted down the aisle by her brother Michael as the bag pipers surprise guests by emerging from a hidden walkway beneath the ceremony. Vintage sheet music was fashioned into petal cones that hung from the sides of chairs for guests to toss as the happy couple walked by.

From the moment guests arrived at Rancho Valencia they were greeted with the couples’ fondness of love letters. The sign-in table had a mailbox perched atop sprawling moss and loose flowers, where guests left “love notes” on the back of postcards for the couple. Paper elements on the mailbox read “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, which evoked memories of vintage love letters.  We worked closely with Brightly Designed on the graphics and carried the romantic concept throughout the wedding. Escort cards were pretty mini postcards, that led to tables which were all named after romantic love letter endings and salutations, such as “All of my love” and “Yours forever.” and inscribed with famous love letters of time gone by.  Also adorning each table, were framed love quotes chosen by the bride and groom. Once at their seats, guests were surprised to find gorgeous custom made stationery sets as their favors, enclosed in brown paper boxes with assorted vintage stamps.

Even though we wanted the wedding to be as romantic as possible, we also wanted it to reflect Caitlin & Matt’s fun and outgoing personalities. This sense of playfulness was brought in by the color scheme. We combined pale peach tones & soft pinks with vibrant aqua and Kelly green, the bride’s favorite color, to achieve the sweet yet sunny look. Which is exactly how you would describe Caitlin : ) Tall pillar candles offered ambiance and danced among the moss and succulent lined tables that held the beautiful floral arrangements made up of garden roses, tuberose, dahlias, stock, and hydrangea.

We also had custom lounge furniture from Plush Impressions brought in to create a cozy, romantic place for guests to sneak away. The white chairs and couches looked like they belonged perfectly at Rancho Valencia, and was a popular spot among guests also because it was situated in front of the wonderful cupcake display! Elizabethan Bakery made the most scrumptious mini cupcakes in various flavors, such as lemon drop, plain jane, and rosie’s red velvet. We placed all of the minis on to adorable cupcake stands in varying heights and shades of blues and greens. The display was just as cute as it was delicious!

After hours of dancing, the romantic evening came to a close with guests lining the croquet lawn and sending the couple off with sparklers. It was a sweet and joy filled wedding that we are sure no one will ever forget. We send all our love to Caitlin + Matt!


Photography: Forever Photography Studio, Austin TX / Event Coordinator + Designer: Amorology / Flowers: Twigg Botanicals / Furniture: Plush Lounge / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Cupcakes and Cake: Elizabethan Bakery / Paper Goods: Brightly Designed / DJ: Vox DJ / Hair and Make-Up: Chelsey Booth / Bridesmaids dresses: J.Crew / Save the Dates and Invitations: Rose with Bittersweet Design Boutique

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