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Shades of Blue Santa Barbara Wedding

Friends, this wedding is one you want to sit down and really get to know. It’s layered in the richest shades of blue (those bridesmaids!) as a nod to the oceanside Bacara Resort & Spa setting, and sprinkled with steal-worthy ideas like the mosaic tile place cards. Carly Rae WeddingsBob Gail Special EventsPrimary Petals and Jessica Burke are just a few of the vendors who made it all happen, and The Vault is your go-to for every last image.

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Spring
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Resort
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Rustic

From The Bride… I had a very distinct vision in my mind when it came to planning our wedding…light and flowy, with many Spanish style touches. It took a few months of workshopping the exact look we wanted, but were incredibly delighted with how the vision came to life. As a wedding photographer, I already had my list of preferred vendors, and to see everyone work together the months prior and on the actual wedding day was very satisfying because it reaffirmed why we are all in this business.

My bridesmaids all wore various shades of blue, since we had the ocean as our ceremony backdrop. I wanted the colors of their dresses to blend into the scene. Their white and green bouquets were wrapped in frou frou chic ribbon that really flowed with their dresses. Matt and his groomsmen all wore midnight blue tuxedos with gorgeous ranunculus boutonnieres.

Matt and I traveled to Cabo San Lucas on one of our first trips together and fell in love with the bougainvillea lined streets and star lanterns in restaurants, and very much wanted to incorporate that into the wedding. I thought of ordering Mexican tiles for the escort tiles in the colors of the wedding. I had our wonderful calligrapher hand write everyone’s names on the front of the tiles so that they could save it as a favor. Carly and her team created a stunning mosaic style pattern to display the tiles.

The ballroom was meant to feel like a cabana – with flowy white draping and palm trees everywhere. We worked with Primary Petals to design a backdrop for the stage, and it turned out beautifully! The star lanterns hanging from above the dance floor were like the icing on the cake, it really set the mood as far as incorporating the spanish touches.

We had a lot of family coming from as far as Spain, so we knew we wanted the weekend to have as much partying as possible, so we organized welcome drinks following our rehearsal dinner. We were able to set the mood with spanish style music, hanging lanterns and string lights, and gorgeous blooms.

On our many trips to Santa Barbara, we frequent Enjoy Cupcakes quite a bit, and so it was a no-brainer to include them in our wedding. All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed the cupcakes, cakes, and cobblers, and we made sure to provide custom to-go boxes for them to take home as much as they wanted. Ultimately, the weekend flew by, and was incredibly magical. We had the most amazing time surrounded by our friends and family.

Photography: Jessica Burke | Cinematography: Lovespun Films | Coordination: Carly Rae Weddings | Floral Design: Primary Petals | Invitations: Walnut Paperie | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, Joanna August | Makeup: Leah Washuta | Hair: Shaylee Blatz At Nine Zero One Salon | Calligraphy: Graceline Art - Jenny Sanders | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Ceremony Music & Reception Band: Bob Gail Special Events | Desserts: Enjoy Cupcakes | Flower Girl Dresses: Fattie Pie | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Signage: Sweet NC Collective | Staging & Draping: Bella Vista Designs | Tiles: Tierra Y Fuego | Wedding Dress & Veil: Felicity Couture Bridal - Custom Gown

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Rustic + Elegant Outdoor Wedding at Devine Ranch

Brimming with the rustic charm of Devine Ranch, Seascape Flowers‘ luscious late spring blooms, and the sheer elegance only a long sleeve lace gown and cathedral length veil (a la Kate Middleton!) can provide, this outdoor affair from BluElla Photography got it oh-so right in every way. We’ve got it all, from the Bride’s The Hair & Makeup Co. beauty look, to the sweetest garden rose adorned cake, all in the gallery here!

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Summer
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From Devine Ranch… This lovely June wedding had all the right Devine Ranch details from rustic wood farm tables, to a rolls royce vintage car, and adorable moments with a horse.

From The Bride…What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning? My husband and I both knew we didn’t want a long engagement and felt if we were open minded we could plan our dream wedding in just 6.5 months. We always knew we both wanted a traditional church wedding ceremony and then move to an outdoor venue near our favorite beach town. We also knew we wanted to get married in late spring/early summer as the weather is usually warm and the days are longer. After our engagement on Thanksgiving Day, we started the planning immediately and the first thing you do is find a venue. “Rustic, Elegant and Causal Chic” were the words that came to mind when looking for our venue. Also, my husband grew up in the country and I grew up riding horses so something of an outdoor ranch was the perfect setting for the laid back vibe we wanted for our guests. We only looked at one venue, Devine Ranch, and we immediately knew this was our dream venue.

What inspired your color palette and your style vision? I knew I wanted soft colors such as light pinks, blushes, ivory and greys. I also wanted the colors to blend in, in a way that was easy and would not take away from the beauty of the ranch itself. My style vision of my dress was loosely based off of Princess Catherine’s gown. I loved the traditional look with the sleeves and lace, and also wanted something that would work on an equestrian ranch.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include? I am not the most crafty or creative person, but with a little inspiration from Pinterest and the help of our wedding coordinator, we did have a few unique details that we added to the day. One of my favorites was the individual wrapped smores bags that were placed on an old printing tray filled with coffee beans. It was such an elegant look to the smore station as well as an interactive activity for the guests. Another unique element was that we had family style dinner, as opposed to everything plated. It was a fun part of the night to see all our family and friends interacting and sharing a meal together.

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail? My favorite moment was the time we had just the two of us right after the ceremony, driving to the venue. It was about a 20 minute car ride in a Vintage Rolls Royce convertible! Leaving the church, with the top down, waving to all our guests made us feel like royalty! Not only was it luxurious, it was such a wonderful opportunity to share a tender moment where we were able to connect and just be with the two of us. Looking back on the favorite crafted detail I would have to say is our wedding favors. My husband is from Vermont, which is known for its Maple Syrup. He is such a “syrup snob”, SO we decided to give our guests little bottles of Maple Syrup from Vermont in a burlap bag along with Italian waffle cookies (Pizzelles). Not only was it a perfect combination of both of us, we wanted something they could use later and remember our wedding day! Our guests loved it too!

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc. I hate to brag- but I really did have the “Dream Team” when it came to my vendors! I can’t imagine the day going as perfectly as it did, without each and every one of them. From my amazing wedding coordinator, Cassie at CRE Events, who kept the day running so smoothly to my awesome florist, Darcy at Seascape Flowers who made the most incredible bouquets and boutonnieres for the guys, and my very talented hair and make up team, The Hair and Makeup Co, I felt like the day was seamless! The cake was a beautiful two tier cake from a local favorite, Gayle’s Bakery. But my wedding dress was my favorite of them all. It was a gorgeous lace gown with sleeves by Allure and I felt absolutely beautiful in it!

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be? I can honestly say that our wedding day was the best day of our lives. We still are re-living every moment and look back at our amazing photos all the time! I would tell future brides to remember this day should reflect the two of them and to not stress the small stuff. Also, I remember my dad telling me in the very beginning, right after our engagement “if you expect the best, something is bound to go wrong. Nothing is ever perfect. But if you aim for good, the process becomes more genuine and authentic, so it will become perfectly you and you may even be surprised with how perfect the day may be.” And by taking his advice- that’s exactly the experience we had!

Photography: BluElla Photography | Event Planning: Cassy Rose Events | Floral Design: Seascape Flowers | Cake: Gayles Bakery | Catering: Michaels Catering | Hair And Makeup: The Hair & Makeup Co | DJ: Santa Cruz DJ | Band: Rhythm Rangellers | Transportation: Corinthian Transporation | Venue: Devine Ranch | Beverages: Mills Wine Group | Rentals: Chic Event Rental | Restrooms: OES Luxury Mobile Restrooms

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Whimsical San Francisco Engagement Session

Well my friends, this is one crafty couple. If they created these fab props for their engagement shoot, I can only imagine what their wedding will entail. But until then, I’m quite happy spending some quality time with Jasmine Lee’s pics and getting all sorts of giddy ideas, from the enormous balloons to the light up marquee. Get ready to perk up your Pinterest boards immediately with these pics right here!

From the Bride-to-be…“I think we need to rent a Uhaul” – Nancy
“….Wait what?” – Dustin

That was the conversation that sparked a single creative idea into an entire engagement photo shoot. Balloons, big 36” balloons were the idea. So I had this vision, a vision to stand out amongst a lot of the engagement photo shoots I’ve seen. I’ve worked with Jasmine Lee Photography before, and while all her work is amazing, I wanted something extra that would make our pictures pop (pun intended). So I had this idea of having some balloons. Now, these weren’t just any balloons, they had to be 36” yoga ball sized balloons. My fiancé Dustin thought this was insane. Even more so, was the fact that we needed a Uhaul to carry the pre-blown balloons to our photo shoot sites. So I convinced him to rent this Uhaul; of course he had to drive it. And I must say, trying to find parking with a Uhaul is quite difficult, but fortunately for us, the parking karma gods were in our favor. The Uhaul proved to be a really great idea, because we ended up using it as a changing room for our two locations, Park Tavern, and Golden Gate Park.

Phase 1: Park Tavern. It was a really nice shoot. What made this special was the fact that live patrons surrounded us, so we were in a very natural setting. Additionally, this was the café that Dustin and I had our first date, so it was definitely meaningful and special.

Phase 2: Conservatory of Flowers. What a beautiful setting this was, especially since we were chasing the sun, the natural non-direct light gave it a extra nice golden touch. The balloons were an instant hit and crowd pleaser. Spectators around us were in absolute awe on how nice the balloons looked. Jasmine took multiple shots of us in various locations utilizing the balloons to it’s maximum potential. When we were ready for our last few shots, Dustin tied the balloons down to a backpack so that we could get ourselves ready for the last shoot with the marquee letters. We turned away for about 5 seconds, turned back to check on the balloons, and sure enough, they were gone. Completely missing and out of sight. I guess he didn’t tie the balloons tight enough so they all flew away. Sigh – he felt really bad. Bye-bye big 36” balloons. We were a bit attached to them by now, but they floated into space by this time. Lucky for us, we got all the pictures we needed. Onto Phase 3 of the photo shoot…

Phase 3: Marquee letters. By this time it was about 8ish and the sun was practically gone. The mosquitos started to invade the area so we now had to finish our last shoot before we got eaten alive. So here’s the back story behind these DIY marquee letters… I like to think of myself as a creative cat. I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on buying marquee letters, so I started to read tutorials on how to build these letters at home. I told my fiancé about it and he wasn’t convinced they would look nice, but ended up helping me build them anyways. So we went to JoAnne’s (Fabric and Textiles) and picked up these big 12” block marquee cutouts. From there, we drilled holes in each letter for the round bulb lights to fit in. Next up, we spray painted the base coat and then went with sparkly gold spray paint to finish the letters. Last step, we screwed all the lights in the letters and plugged them into a power generator – voila! They turned out beautiful. As you can see, Jasmine did a fantastic job utilizing her flash and the ground flowers, which popped out and were a great complement to these pictures.

By the time the shoot ended, it was practically pitch dark, and we all were ready for some food and called it a day. The entire process took a lot of creativity, planning and execution. My fiancé did a great job sticking with the plan and executing as well. In the end, Dustin and I were completely thrilled and amazed with the pictures. Jasmine put her expertise and special touches in, which resulted in an amazing shoot. We couldn’t be more thankful for Jasmine, the balloons, and of course, the Uhaul.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Padis Jewelry | Hair And Makeup: Nancy Hua | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Floral Dress: Rent The Runway | Park Venue: Conservatory Of Flowers | Red Dress: Bebe | Restaurant Venue: Park Tavern SF

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Cozy + Traditional Wedding in Santa Monica

You know what’s adorable? Marrying your sweetheart on the very street where you first met, which is exactly what these cafe cuties did. A sentimentally sweet celebration paired with ceremony rituals, Koman Photography shot every second. It’s California chic meets a twist on tradition (with plenty textured blooms along the way) and you can see it all in The Vault!

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Summer
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Mansion
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… We met in a cute café on Main Street in Santa Monica, so it was pretty magical for us to be able to celebrate our marriage on the very same street we first met.

We are both romantic and traditional. We appreciate simple elegance, and we love the beach, so it makes sense that we fell in love with The Victorian (our venue) from the moment we visited. It felt intimate and classic, and set the tone for our celebration. Not to mention, Holly, the venue contact, was the sweetest and most accommodating person to work with. We chose soft, romantic colors – blush, dusty green, and gold.

What we wanted most was to enjoy our time with friends and family, and to incorporate both Mexican and French tradition – from the ceremony rituals (the lasso, the unity candle, the arras), to the music that our DJ played.

We spent a lot of time with our florist, Una Yeh, chatting about flowers, vases, textures, heights. On our wedding day, she created the most incredible flower arrangements I have ever seen, incorporating mercury vases, gold books, succulents, and other beautiful flowers. Every detail was just gorgeous.

Our photographers Marlene and John understood our style right away – our love for the beach, the outdoors and nature in general. Because the girls got ready at a residence in the Pacific Palisades, the photographers recommended taking bridal party photos on a nearby mountain trail, which made for a spectacular backdrop (and not to worry, no actual hiking was required)! They also encouraged us to sneak away for a few moments during the wedding to capture a few romantic beach photos. We are so grateful to our photographers who captured all the special moments so beautifully. We are lucky to have found such talented, creative, kind and professional people to work with.

We are so thankful to our wedding coordinator, Candace Lam, who gave us peace of mind and directed everything so perfectly, and to everyone who participated in our special day.

Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Royal Films | Coordination: Love Is Sweet Events | Floral Design: The Flower Lab | Wedding Dress: Glamour Closet | Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Hair And Makeup: S Studios | Calligraphy: Julie Dwyer Design | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | DJ: Luxury DJs | Venue: The Victorian | Groom And Groomsmen Attire: Mister Tuxedo | Tailor For Bride's Dress: A Stich In Time

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Citrus Wedding Inspiration with Late Afternoon

We’ve been known to love a good farm-to-table fete around here. But fashion-to-table? It’s a love on a whole new level. Every citrus-infused inch from Twofold LA jumps off the page in this recent Flutter Magazine feature, captured to a T by Rebecca Yale. And that beautiful gal rocking Monique Lhuillier? You might recognize her as Liz of Late Afternoon, who will be letting us in on her own wedding planning secrets tomorrow! Set your sights on this innovative inspiration, freshly added to The Vault.

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Summer
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Estate
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Whimsical

See this spread in beautiful print in the recent issue of Flutter Magazine as well!

From Twofold LAOur initial inspiration for this shoot was derived from the beautiful vibrancy of California’s citrus season. With an emphasis on citrus tones paired with lush greens and pops of white, the classic Mediterranean architecture of this stunning Bel Air residence was fused with more whimsical elements to cultivate a dream like quality. Breathtaking floral moments such as a garden of hanging wisteria by Celadon Celery, romantic floral arrangements by Emblem Flowers and an oversized floral headdress by Wild Vase helped each scene blend seamlessly into the already lush surrounding landscape. Beautiful fresh faced Los Angeles based blogger Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon looked both elegant and effortless in dresses from Monique Lhuillier paired beautifully with breathtaking gems by local jewelry designer Deanna Hamro. With an incredible team of creative vendors the shoot came together to strike a balance between that undefinable sense of California cool and elegant opulence.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Design: Twofold LA | Event Planning: Twofold LA | Floral Design: Emblem Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Jewelry: Deanna Hamro | Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Catering: Haute Chef LA | Makeup: Marlaine Reiner | Hair: Alexis VonKuykendall And Lorien Meillon | Venue: Private Estate | Floral Installations- Staircase And Dessert Station: Celadon & Celery | Flower Crown: Wild Vase | Invitations And Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Model: Liz Of Late Afternoon | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silk Fringe Napkins: Alexander Navas And Associates | Tableware Rentals: Borrowed Blu | Wardrobe Stylist: Ashley Zohar

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