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Romantic San Ysidro Ranch Summer Wedding

For these longtime loves, their idea of the ultimate lovefest meant one major outdoor celebration. Planning a stunning affair complete with ocean views and a mountain backdrop, this whimsical hometown fete from Jill and Co. Events will leave dreaming of the Golden state. It’s the ultimate sunny celebration from the lens of from Diana McGregor and it’s blooming with perfectly pink details that have us redefining romance.

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From Jill and Co EventsThe Bride and Groom both reside in Santa Barbara, and knew they wanted to share the specialness of their hometown with all of their guests on their big day. After touring multiple venues with her sister, Jenn knew after visiting the San Ysidro Ranch that nothing else could quite compare with the history of the love stories there, as well as the location being nestled between lush gardens with the majestic mountains in the background.

Having a sister as an event photographer, photography was of the utmost importance, and we were thrilled to have Diana McGregor Photography on board with her team to capture all of the moments and details. Anna LePley Taylor created magic with her florals, adding to the ambiance of the San Ysidro Ranch and creating a romantic atmosphere in the Hydrangea Cottage where the intimate group of 60 dined by candlelight. The guests danced the night away under the stars and the beautiful chandeliers provided by Bella Vista Lighting to tunes spun by Gavin Roy of Gavin Roy Productions. It was a perfect day in May with a dream team assembled, and personally so special to be entrusted on executing a beautiful day for a colleague and good friend’s sister.

From the beautiful Bride… Steve and I met in 2003 in the Bay Area when we were 16 years old. We were friends and dated throughout high school, and then moved to Santa Barbara together to attend college and start our careers. The vision for our wedding was soft and romantic, and inspired by the beautiful gardens of San Ysidro Ranch. Since we’ve lived in Santa Barbara for 10 years now, we knew we wanted our wedding to reflect Santa Barbara and what it means to us, and San Ysidro Ranch was it. With a rich history, beautiful backdrop, it’s close relationship to nature, and awesome antiques throughout the location, we knew this was the perfect spot for us and all things we love.

We added soft blues, golds and blushes into our color scheme, and allowed our small wedding party to choose the clothes that were right for them! Our guest list was just right at 60 guests. We initially started out at over 200 guests and decided we wanted to have our wedding for us, and not for everybody else. So, we invited our closest friends and family and had the time of our lives! It was the best decision we could have made!

We wanted to be surrounded by nature, and beautiful gardens are definitely my weakness, so getting married outside among San Ysidro’s beautiful flowers, draping vines, large magnolia and citrus trees, rose bushes, and the Santa Ynez mountains to one side of us, and the Pacific Ocean to the other, was more than enough for us. The minute we stepped onto the property, smelled the floral and citrus scents, heard the birds chirping and the butterflies floating by, we knew it was right for us.

Also, the rich history, beautiful architecture and antiques that surround the property were all reasons why we couldn’t step away from San Ysidro Ranch! The stories that surround the 123 year old property make it all that much more special and closer to Santa Barbara and why we love it here so much. Additionally, the staff, food and wine list at San Ysidro were all added bonuses to what we call our perfect venue.

The flowers were soft and romantic with touches of white, blush and greenery throughout. We used garland on our banquet tables and large arrangements on our round tables during dinner. We also included olive branches on each table setting inside with a matching large olive branch garland along the fireplace inside the Hydrangea Room for dinner, along with large olive branch arrangements during cocktail hour and outside on the patio for dancing. We also included touches of soft draped flowers on our wedding cake with cut green figs and textured frosting.

Photography: Diana McGregor | Coordination: Jill And Co. Events | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: San Ysidro Ranch | Stationery: Lazaro Press And Designs | Necklace: Zoe Chicco | Catering: San Ysidro Ranch | Makeup Artist: Luna Bella Make Up | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: GRP | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Officiant: Jon Ireland | Transportation: SB Trolley | Bridal Boutique: M Bride Salon | Bride's Shoes And Clutch: Jimmy Choo | Ceremony & Reception Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Earrings : J. Crew | Guitarist: Ybarra Music | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Photography - Assistance: Michelle Boyd | Rentals: Town And Country

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Romantic Summer Wedding at Kunde Vineyards

Stylish sweethearts, s’mores and Sonoma Valley weddings, these are a few of my favorite things. This beautiful bash hit a home run with all of this and more, planned and designed by the talented Alicia K Designs. With La Tavola adding lovely linens and It’s A Date At The Powder Room helping the Bride shine even more, Jessamyn Harris’s pics are too good for words. Get in on this fun right here!

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From Jessamyn Harris… Michelle and Tom traveled to Sonoma County for their sunny, romantic wedding day at Kunde Family Estate winery. Michelle is a personal stylist in Chicago, so she’s got great style and she knows what she wants. That combined with her Midwestern kindness made their wedding wonderful and easy to photograph! We traipsed off the beaten path to a big white cow barn that I didn’t even know Kunde had, despite shooting there often.

Before the ceremony, Michelle and Tom took advantage of the cool air and perfect light in the wine caves to have a first look and take some pictures. We also made sure to do portraits in the golden evening light at Boot Hill (where the ceremony and reception were at Kunde), overlooking acres of vineyards in every direction right at sunset.

Typically I am not a big romantic or fan of pink, but this couple incorporated different shades of pink; Michelle’s long veil and lace wedding dress, soft pastels with bright pinks in the florals and for the bridesmaids – and I loved it! Just like the bride and groom, the whole wedding felt beautiful, joyful, very sweet with whimsy and surprising bold pops, and romantic but real. It was gorgeous, and we’d all do it again in a heartbeat! :)

From the Bride and Groom… Both of us are natives to Chicago. We wanted a wedding that was unique and a moment in time to always remember. We wanted to create a sensory experience for our guests that celebrated the love we feel for each other and our family. Kunde is magical place and to us, is a peaceful setting that felt like home. It’s rustic sophistication and intimate vibe, was exactly what we were looking for. All of our vendors are so talented and a pleasure to work with. They all worked so hard to create the intimate wedding of our dreams.

Photography: Jessamyn Harris | Floral Design: Alicia K Designs | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Cake: Costeaux French Bakery | Invitations: Letterpress By Lydia | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Hair And Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room | DJ: Four Leaf Entertainment | Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Officiant: Reverend Michael Ireland | Transportation: California Wine Tours | Wedding Venue: Kunde Vineyards | Event Planning & Design: Alicia K Designs | Linens: La Tavola | Mother Of The Bride Dress: Pronovias | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Sash: Enzoani | Stylist: My Chicago Stylist, Michelle Jeremias (Bride) | Veil: Miss Allaneas

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Romantic Vintage-Inspired Surprise Wedding

Surprising dozens of guests who think they’re attending an engagement party instead of the actual nuptials is tough to pull off — especially with as many thoughtful and beautiful details as this gorgeous lovefest. Lucky for us, Megan Welker Photography was there to capture every moment, from the Groom’s ecstatic reaction to the first look, to the beautiful Bride’s walk down the aisle. See it all in the gallery here!

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From Chloe+MintMark loves to surprise Vanessa any chance he gets. So it was only appropriate that Vanessa and Mark would plan a surprise wedding! Family and friends of Vanessa and Mark were invited to an “engagement party”, only to be revealed to right before the ceremony that they were going to be witnessing a wedding! Alongside Chloe+Mint, Vanessa and Mark designed a beautiful wedding, inspired by a romantic setting with a vintage flair. We brought in some beautiful pieces of furniture from Mint Vintage and created a romantic floral design. The venue itself was just beautiful as is but Vanessa and Mark wanted to incorporate a few sentimental pieces as well.

We loved Vanessa’s blush colored dress! And with Mark’s black and blue attire, it went perfectly with our theme. Although the Bride and Groom asked the wedding party the day of to walk down the aisle, everyone was dressed to the nines.

From The Bride… It’s almost impossible to describe the energy the moment of walking down the aisle. I’ve never felt so much love, support and excitement like that ever before. Walking down the aisle to Mark was definitely the best 3 minutes of my life! And really, the entire night was just a dream. After planning so long in secret and seeing everything come to fruition and in action, was all just amazing. The whole night was just magical — maybe too crazy of a party since my sisters water broke 24 hours later!

Photography: Megan Welker Photography | Videographer: Jordan Schulz | Floral Design: Chloe+Mint | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Mashee Suites | Catering: Tres L.A. Catering | Hair and Makeup: Lauren | DJ: Prestige Event Pros | Wedding Venue: Carondelet House | Bridal Bouquet: Ellamah | Cake and Desserts: Semi Sweet Bakery | Coordination/ Design: Chloe+Mint | Furniture: Mint Vintage

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Romantic Black Tie Engagement Session at Sunstone Winery

This engagement shoot is just too good; I can’t help but wonder how absolutely amazing the wedding will be. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, because these snapshots deserve plenty of love all on their own. Trini Mai captured the romance between these cuties and this gallery has too many Pinterest pics to keep count (the dress! the bouquet!). Prepare to have your breath taken away right this way!

From the Bride-to-be… Trieu and I are both volunteer youth group leaders and we met in February 2005 at a leadership training camp. That summer we hung out often with a big group of mutual friends but I had no idea he was “into” me. Given that he was a very shy person, I was shocked when he called me a few months later and asked for a one-on-one date. Now, almost a decade later (oh boy!), we’re engaged and absolutely cannot wait to be husband and wife.

Although we’ve been together for a while, the proposal came as a surprise as there were no signs of it happening just yet. Towards the end of December, Trieu asked me to go with him to watch his niece’s Christmas photoshoot where Trini was also the photographer. As they were wrapping up the shoot, Trini asked us to get in for a family photo and while she was clicking away, Trieu got down on one knee and proposed. He was shaking like a leaf so I had to put him out of his misery with a quick “YES!!!” ;)

Since we love nature and stunning landscapes, we chose Malibu and Sunstone Winery as the backdrops for our engagement. While searching for what to wear, I fell in love with this Marchesa dress at first sight and just had to have it. Initially I didn’t expect much from the photoshoot because it was our first time being photographed – we had no idea what we were doing! On top of that, we had very limited daylight since it kept raining on and off and we literally waited out the rain sitting in our car. But boy Trini sure delivered! She walked us through the whole process with ease and the pictures turned out perfect. We are so happy with our engagement photos and look forward to saying “I do” later this year.

Photography: Trini Mai Photography | Floral Design: Flower Allie | Dress: Marchesa | Hair And Makeup: Vincent Tran | Venue: Sunstone Winery

Elegant White Wedding at Asian Art Museum

Today is the type of day where we count our blessings. Because not only did we get to share one stunning fete from onelove photography, but we’ve got another to wrap add to the loveliness. It’s an elegant wedding brimming with originality and romance, one look at the unique ceremony and you’ll be hooked. Trust me, the gallery is not to be missed!

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From the beautiful Bride…We were very focused on being surrounded by the people we love most. We know the wedding is about celebrating our love, but its also about starting our life together with all the people we love most in this world. It was very important for us to thank our loved ones and let them know they were there for a reason and that we wouldn’t have wanted this day without them. We also wanted our night to be formal and for everyone to look their best, but still be wild and free. We had a Black Tie wedding and served fried chicken. Style and comfort.

We had handkerchiefs as our party favor. I (Traci) knew I wanted to give them out before the wedding to give my very weepy family something to cry into. My dad always carried a hankie, and I wanted to honor his style. My engagement ring is gold, so all the decor was gold to go along with that.

When I was planning the menu, I first looked at regular “wedding” food and then opted for what I really wanted, friend chicken and mac and cheese and biscuits. Its not formal black tie food. I got a lot of push back from my planner and other people offering opinions but in the end I did what I wanted and it was a HUGE hit with everyone. It didn’t hurt that the food was so delicious. This is also true for the handwritten thank you notes I left at every guests place setting. A lot of people told me not to or that it would be too hard or that it would take too long. It was important to me and so I did it. It was the thing I received the most compliments on. My advice is do what you want. Its your day. Its your vision. If it will make you happy do it, if not, let it go.

Taking pictures on the pier in SF was a true highlight. Just being with Jake (and my BFF who helped with my dress and make up and was just the best friend ever) alone before the madness was nice. Also our ceremony was so special to me. A huge highlight was looking up at our guests and seeing them smiling (or crying) down at us. It was so special to be surrounded by our loved ones. It was so magical and meaningful. Our first dance was to my parents song by Billy Joel. My parents were married the same week as Jake and I 35 years prior. That was a treat. And to top it off our friend Miko sang our processional and recessional songs as well as our first dance. He added his special touches to the songs and it made it feel so much more personal. We were married by my aunt who was a judge in SF and that also really made the ceremony feel personal AND official. And we had donuts at the end of the night, because donuts are our favorite and who doesn’t want doubts at midnight?

Photography: onelove photography | Coordinator: Lisa Feldman | Floral Design: Sharla Flock Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Taste Of Denmark | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Mccalls | Makeup: Anita Daniels | Ceremony And Reception: Asian Art Museum Of SF | Rentals: La Tavola | Rentals: Hartmann Studios

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