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Picnic in the Park Engagement Session + WIUP

Another wonderful week of pretty has come to a close, lovelies. And even though its high summer tide, we wanted to leave you with this fall engagement session from Dawn Alexandra Photography to cozy on up to. So go ahead, curl up and take a peek at all the loving moments here and make sure to keep scrolling for reminders, discounts and our lucky contest winners below!

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Elegant

From The Bride…Our engagement session took place in the front yard of an old abandoned house in old Escondido. Somehow during the extreme drought Southern California has felt this year, our engagement session fell on a weekend of rain. An hour before the shoot, the rain stopped and we were able to continue umbrella-free. Though my hair was not a fan of the rain, it brought a touch of the fall season that we were looking for. Fall is my fiance, Cameron, and I’s favorite time of year. Our first date, the proposal and wedding have had / will have a fall backdrop and feel. There is something about enjoying the outdoors in a cozy flannel and boots. Our florist and photographer went the extra mile to say the least for our fall styled shoot. Flowers by Hilary brought our elegant, organic style into the picnic without making it too over-the-top and cheesy. She started with a warm blanket then worked her magic with creating a casual place setting complete with candles – a must for us! I was obsessed with the look of the naked cake and it tasted great too! We just love her style, she is incredible to work with. Dawn from Dawn Alexandra Photography is one of my favorite photographers! She has a fresh look in her photographs. She made Cameron and I feel completely comfortable in front of the camera which isn’t easy to do. Dawn knows we love the colors of fall leaves and you can see she incorporated them nicely. Cameron and I had the best time wrapped in each other and showing our love. We hope you enjoy the photos!

Photography: Dawn Alexandra Photography | Floral Design: Flowers By Hilary | Makeup: Blushing Makeup Artistry | Venue: Escondido | Vintage Place Settings: Verity Jane Vintage

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For our Southeast brides… Don’t forget to sign up for School of Styling’s upcoming workshop!

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Another congratulations to Hilary Sweatt who won the Sole Society Giveaway!

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Romantic Destination Wedding at Stryker Winery

I think barrel rooms were created solely for wedding receptioning. Well, that and the whole wine storing thing but more importantly how amazing is a dinner amongst the wine? And this beauty is made even more so when floraled and crafted at the hands of one of our absolute favorites, Jacin of Lovely Little Details + snapped to perfection by Edyta Szyszlo Photography. It’s a wine lovers dream and a wedding lover’s inspiration. See even more right here.

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From The Bride…Our vision was pretty basic, host a great time for our closest family and friends in a place that we loved so that we could share the “official” merging of our worlds. Our wedding was a destination event for almost all of our guests, so it was important that the location for ceremony be a place that had meaning for us (or was something special). And we love food, wine, friends, and family…so those were the critical ingredients.

There were so many great moments during our wedding day (seeing one another for the first time, the sight of friends enjoying themselves, and most of the dances were all particularly great snapshots), but two moments really stuck out. First, despite a heat wave that shocked even die hard Californians, the ceremony was just about perfect. Sarah walking down the aisle with everyone arrayed around a perfect spot in the vineyard after a year of planning was a memory to cherish. Second, when we entered the “barrel room” for dinner, everyone was seated two long tables in a (thankfully) chilled space. Jazz was playing, our friends and family were chatting and enjoying the evening, and we were officially starting our life as a married couple. The shot had been imagined in our minds for almost a year, and it was everything we had hoped.

Three pieces of advice for planning a great wedding: (1) start using a calendar with your goals, deadlines, and details early; (2) pick people (planners, photographers, etc.) whom you trust and connect with so that you can relax about details; and (3) focus on the little pieces up front so that you relax on the big day.

Photography: Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Wedding Planner: Lovely Little Details | Caterer: Culinary Eye Catering | Hair & Makeup: Betten Chaston | DJ: Spintronix | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony | Dance Floor: Encore Events Rentals | Florals: Lovely Little Details | Furniture Rentals & Lighting: Wine Country Party & Events | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Photobooth: Tomfoolery SF | Winery: Stryker Winery

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Al Fresco Wedding in San Francisco

Insanely romantic tidbit of the day? This sweet couple shared their first kiss high up in the Himalayas after a group hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Swoon. So, it’s no surprise when they made the decision to tie the knot five years later, they did it in style. With Michael & Anna Costa Photography behind the lens, this gallery is a glimpse into all the romance.

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From Michael and Anna Costa PhotographyDan and Lauren met in December of 2008 in Kathmandu, Nepal, where they joined the same tour group to hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp.  Dan is originally from Birmingham, England, and Lauren is originally from Bakersfield, California (but was living in Los Angeles at the time), so it seemed like fate that they both happened to travel alone to the same distant city on the same dates with the same goal. These exotic circumstances meant that Dan & Lauren’s first date was kind of a group date (there were 8 other travelers on the hike, plus guides and sherpas, who were with them at all times), and it lasted for almost 12 straight days.  Instead of the traditional flowers, the first gifts that Dan gave Lauren were a piece of string to tie her solar battery charger onto the back of her backpack, and an extra roll of toilet paper, since she had been suffering from food poisoning the first week of the hike and had run low on her own supply!  Since they had no privacy amongst the group on the hike (and no showers for 9 days of the trip), all they could do was walk, talk, laugh and learn a whole lot about one another.  Although Dan didn’t work up the courage to make a romantic move until almost the end of their journey, they shared their first kiss in Lukla (high up in the Himalayas), and after the pair parted ways in Kathmandu on New Years’ Eve, Dan was smitten enough that he booked a trip to California and came to visit Lauren in L.A. the week after she returned home. He met her parents on that trip, then she went straight back to England 2 weeks later to meet his family, and they realized things were serious.

Over the next few years, Dan and Lauren took turns giving up their homes/lives/friends and moving overseas to keep the relationship going – Lauren first quit her law firm job in L.A. and moved to England with her dog, George, in June 2009 for almost a year, then Lauren’s UK visa ran out, and in late 2010 Dan sold his electrical company in England and moved to California to try out the beach life.  After struggling with immigration issues and enduring some long gaps of time apart, they decided to get engaged and remain in California to begin their life as a married couple.

Although they were officially married in San Francisco nearly a year earlier for immigration purposes (with only the bride’s friend, Cara, as a witness), the wedding celebration in Montecito was the first time Dan and Lauren’s parents were able to meet one another during their 5-year romance. Dan and Lauren agreed the wedding day was magical, and a great way to bring the English and American families together. The private Montecito home where the wedding was held is owned by the bride’s mother and step-father (and was completed just prior to the wedding), so the bride’s mother worked tirelessly to finish up all of the landscaping and home decor in time for the big day! The home may be available to rent for weddings and other special celebrations in the future, so stay tuned!

Dan and Lauren now reside in Venice, CA, with their 2 dogs, George & Mia, where they are remodeling their new home. While he is not out training for and competing in triathlons and marathons, Dan is working on setting up a new electrical contracting company in L.A., while Lauren works as a commercial real estate lawyer for a small firm in Santa Monica.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Event Planning: Davia Lee Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Grassroots | Cake: Sweet Surrender Bakersfield | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Seasons Catering | Band: DNA Band | Desserts: Crushcakes | Desserts: Vanilla Bake Shop | Hair And Make-Up: Shine Blow Dry Bar | Lighting Design: Ambient Event Design | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals | Rentals: Party Pleasers | Transportation: Greg At EOS | Transportation : Limo Link | Venue: Private Residence

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