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Rustic Glam Wedding at Greengate Ranch + Vineyard

Considering I immediately fell in love with this couple as I read the Brides story below, seeing all of their personal touches play out in their wedding is even more fantastic. From the cotton bales and Festive Design‘s bright blooms, to the rustic (him) and glam (her) combination, this wedding is 100% them. Jen Rodriguez captured every one of these details in this glowing gallery right here.


From the Bride… Wes and I met at Cal Poly in 2007 in a calculus class. The week of finals I got a Facebook message from Wes asking if I was in his calculus class (we had never spoken, only glanced at each other a time or two), and I instantly thought he was going to ask me for help or to study. After exchanging a couple messages he asked for my phone number. At that point it was Christmas break and we were both back home for the holiday, so over those couple weeks we talked on the phone for countless hours. A few days before school started back up for Winter Quarter we decided to get together. It was the first time we would meet ‘officially’ in person… and the rest is history. We hit it off and never looked back. Almost seven years later, we are so excited to finally make it forever!

Wes proposed last November on the 24th, it was a Sunday… We were at my house getting ready for our trip to DC we had been planning for months. It was an exciting time for us, and Wes made it even more exciting by popping the question! I had no idea it was coming, and it was so special since it was just us and our beloved dog child Ace, at a place we had so many memories. We no longer live there, but it was such a good home for a few years, and now I will always have a special memory about that little house. 

When wedding planning, most importantly we knew we wanted to get married in San Luis Obispo. Some of our best memories are there, and we met there. It will always be a special place to us. We also wanted a venue that reminded us of the beauty of SLO, and could create a whole wedding weekend to be enjoyed by our closest friends and family. Greengate Ranch does all of that. Wes grew up on a ranch, and now we live on our own ranch so that lifestyle is important to us. Our wedding vision is definitely rustic glam. Joyce my coordinator took care of decor, and she understood me perfectly. I wanted to incorporate both of those details since they are so very much Wes and I. He will always be a cowboy at heart, and as I learn the ropes (hehe) I will never lose touch with my girly self. We are doing a rustic bbq, signature cocktails, mini cupcakes, and mini donuts! Field to Table hit the nail on the head with our menu that fits us and our venue perfectly. Having a live band was also really important to us, since we are such big live music lovers. We are so excited to have Matt Cross and the One Night Band. We also thought it fit our venue and over all theme really well.

My family grows cotton in the Central Valley (Corcoran, CA) so it was important to me to have it in our florals, and anywhere else we can incorporate it. Our favors are mini cotton bales made especially for the big day. People will probably wonder what to do with them, but I like to keep one on my coffee table as a convo piece. Joyce (our coordinator), played up the charm of the old vintage barn using draping, grape vine, and lots of votive candles. We really wanted to set the mood in the barn for dinner.

I so looked forward to marrying my best friend, seeing family and old friends, and dancing! Wes and I wanted to just soak it all in and laugh, cry, and have some fun. The planning process had been fun but definitely had it’s ups and downs, so we couldn’t wait to see our vision come to life and just enjoy it surrounded by the most important people in our lives. We have been a long time in the making (almost seven years) so we were ready to seal the deal!

Photography: Jen Rodriguez | Videographer : Ryan Wood Cinema | Coordination: The Farmer's Daughters Events & Rentals | Floral Design: Festive Designs | Cupcakes : Sea Breeze Cupcakes | Catering : Field To Table Events | Make-up: Twist Studios // Jessica Munoz | Hair: Twist Studios // Becky Wolfe | Bride's Boots: Corral Boots | Bride's Dress: Mori Lee | Bride's Earrings : BHLDN | Ceremony And Reception: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard | Groom's Tie : The Grunion Run | Grooms's Attire: Calvin Klein | Hair Flower (worn During Reception): The Yellow Peony | Live Music : Matt Cross And The One Night Band

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Summer Outdoor DIY Wedding in Mission Viejo

We can’t believe this Bride on a budget pulled off this picture perfect wedding (and from across the country, no less!). Many special touches were DIY’d by the couple, like the table centerpieces, burlap runners and flowers, while friends helped with the stationery and entertainment. All of this can be described as no less than a labor of love, and one deserving of the fun-filled festivities captured by Aga Jones Photography right here.

From the Bride… I always knew that I wanted a wedding outdoors. We were thinking of even having a backyard wedding but the logistics for that would’ve been too much for me since I was planning the wedding from the other coast. I was in NYC and Dennis was in Orange County. Long-distance wedding planning can be challenging, but thankfully because of technology, it was doable. We got engaged in February and got married in July so we essentially had 5 months to plan this wedding with me still in NYC and one weekend in March to check out venues. Of the three venues we looked at, we chose Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club for two main reasons – the beautiful scenery/well-kept grounds and the coordinating team which Alyson Gabaldon heads. We could tell from the get-go that they were experienced and organized and this was what I needed especially with the long-distance wedding planning. Apparently, this venue gets booked fairly quickly around a year in advance, so I thank God for leaving July 26th open for us to get married there!

We also were on a budget since we were paying for everything ourselves so we incorporated a lot of DIY stuff. Dennis is an engineer and therefore very detailed. I would call myself more of well.. an “aesthetic visionary”. So I told Dennis my vision and he had the know-hows to make it happen! We worked on a lot of the projects together the week before the wedding. We made the table numbers and number stands, the planters, the seating chart/frame, fused the burlap runners, set up the bistro lighting with the help of Dennis’ friends, and did our own flowers. It was fun being able to work together on these things and I learned a lot from him, like using a sander (my first time!) and staining. A lot of the wood pieces were “reclaimed” (hence, free thanks to Craigslist). Most of the flowers were from Trader Joe’s – I went in a week ahead and picked the flowers in season that I wanted. We only spent around $350 on the flowers! The bouquets were a last-minute decision. We were originally going to get them from Trader Joe’s along with the rest of the flowers, but I came across these bouquets a few days before the wedding at Whole Foods and I loved them so much that I asked them to save it for me. They were only $5! The flower girls’ flower crowns and the boutonnieres were beautifully crafted by Mission Viejo Florists.

One of the wonderful things about Arroyo Trabuco is that there is a nature trail along side it. So we had the bridal party jump over fences to get to it and got to take some fun pictures in nature. My wedding dress was custom-made by Karen and her LaceBridal team on Etsy. Although it was risky and it was quite a process communicating over email to the team in China about custom-making my dress, it turned out perfectly! And it was a little less than $400 for a dress that I didn’t need to get fitted and was custom-created for me – I couldn’t ask for more than that! I got my wedding shoes off of Etsy as well. They were vintage and really charming. I just added a little flair by gluing on Swarvoski crystals that I got in a wholesale bead shop in midtown NYC.

So many of our friends are incredibly talented and it was such a blessing to have them pitch in their talents to celebrate our day with us. The wedding program, the menu, and the favor card were wonderfully designed by my talented graphic designer friends Julia Kim and Deborah Jung. The worship songs were beautifully sung by Dave Hong and Daniel and Sadie Kim. The song “Dance with Me” by Derek Loux during our communion/first prayer/gift to parents was sung by one of my bridesmaids Cheryl Chin. (She is one of the most talented singers that I personally know!) And our emcee/DJ duo were Steve and Petrina Shultz, our friends who have been happily married for 20 years now. It was so wonderful to have our dear friends be such a part of our wedding in these ways.

It has been such a process for us to get to this point – Dennis’ cancer diagnosis, 2 surgeries, radiation treatment, and 4 years of long-distance… So we didn’t take this day for granted and are so thankful that God brought us to this point where we were able to celebrate our union with friends and family at a beautiful location!

Photography: Aga Jones Photography | Wedding Dress: Lace Bridal (Karen Wu) | Cake: It's All About The Cake | DJ: Steve & Petrina Shultz | Boutonieres/corsages: Mission Viejo Florist | Hair /Make Up: Puresemblance (Nora) | Wedding Venue: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

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Summer Garden Wedding at a Santa Barbara Beach Resort

This garden wedding with breathtaking beach views at Bacara Resort & Spa is a dream come true. Made flawless in the hands of Felici Events and talents like TEAM Hair And Makeup, there is so much loveliness to look at, from the Bride’s stunning Monique L’huillier dress to the blush pink and green blooms from Hidden Garden Floral. Dive into the details captured by Mi Belle Photography right here.

From Felici EventsI was so honored to work with Jennifer and Marshall on their BIG day. Jennifer had attended a friend’s wedding in 2009, which I had been the planner on, and had sought me out from this encounter. This tickles me pink, even more than the plethora of peonies and soft toned flora visible among the wedding flowers. There was a lightheartedness and formality about the design, and one that truly captured the Jennifer and Marshall’s personalities; as bright and sweet as the couple.

The couple wanted their event to be elegant while entertaining an understated and effortless manner. They were able to maintain a relaxed feel using the outdoor grounds of Bacara Resort and Spa while incorporating formality with special touches and design elements. Hidden Garden Floral expertly transformed soft pale pinks, greens and white blooms with the outdoor and dark-wood elements. These traces are visible in the bride’s bouquet, ceremony floral of large urns and chuppah, as well as the tender mismatched centerpieces consisting of silver antique trays, pedestals and candles. Even the mini bouquets presented to each guest at their place setting boasted simplicity and elegance.

Jen’s off white open back dress created a beautiful silhouette of her, and the stunning long veil allowed a sneak peek at the bare back. Marshall wore a tuxedo and proclaimed formality to the nine.

Their guest count of 200 guests allowed for a ceremony in the round, where nobody has a bad view. There was no wedding party, other than the flower girl, and family who all sat in the front row. The ocean lawn’s breathtaking views and broadness allowed for both the nuptials under a floral dripping chuppah and cocktail reception to take place here.

For dinner, guests moved to an intimate garden dinner setting surrounded by hedging and privacy at the Oval Lawn. A mix of wood feasting tables and beautiful lace linen rounds gave an interesting dimension to the space. The wooden blocks used as table lettering were made with love by the bride’s family bringing in a personal touch of Jen’s dedication in working with children. Attendees were greeted by the Fifth Avenue 10 piece band’s live music. They festively orchestrated the three course dinner, hora and dancing under string lights and a starlit clear sky. Pashminas with personalized “J + M” initials in green, as well as flip-flops for tired feet were available for guests during the night.

At the conclusion of dinner, guests made their way to the Rotunda and Terrace for a treat of an after-hours party complete with DJ and dancing or lounging under the stars until the wee hours of the night. Sweet and Saucy provided a small cake for the couple to cut as well as adorable bite-size desserts; and the resort butler-passed mini chicken and garden burgers with sides of french fries. At the conclusion of the evening, after the grand exit, I accompanied the bride and groom to their golf cart and they started their happily ever after…

Photography: Mi Belle Photography | Event Planning: Felici Events | Floral Design: Hidden Garden Floral | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Reception Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Make-Up: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Band: Fifth Avenue Orchestra and Entertainment | DJ Afterparty: Red Shoe Productions | Dessert Station: Sweet and Saucy

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White-on-White Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel Wedding

Can you guess the Bride’s favorite color? This all-white wedding is impossibly chic in the hands of Everly Events, while the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles adds a dose of Hollywood glamour. Get swept away in all the gorgeous details captured by This Modern Romance, from the button-up back of the Bride’s dress to the exquisite wedding cake, right here.

From Everly EventsI had the pleasure of helping Soojin and Isaac coordinate and plan their beautiful wedding at the classic and elegant Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles, California. This property is the epitome of classic Hollywood glamour from their plush designer linens to the luxurious pools – it really is a gem among the Los Angeles luxury hotels!

Both Soojin and Isaac have a precise eye for design so it was important to them that their wedding exude the same clean, beautiful, and modern look. Soojin was truly a classic bride, with white being her favorite color, and as a Creative Director in Advertising, she knew the hotel would be the perfect backdrop for a clean, modern, and simple wedding. Her beautiful wedding dress was from Atelier by Dawn and her gorgeous bridesmaids dresses were from Beautiful Day, both located in the heart of Koreatown in Los Angeles. Guests entered the lush green surroundings of the hotel to the ceremony area which took place out in the secluded courtyard covered in shade with a beautiful fountain up front. The two exchanged vows in front of 170 of their closest friends and families, who after the ceremony, enjoyed a beautiful cocktail hour in the courtyard with plush lounge furniture and delicious food and drink, before entering the beautiful Sunset Ballroom for dinner and dancing.

For Soojin, the beauty was definitely in the details. She incorporated her own graphic designs to the invitations and menu, and even did her own calligraphy for all of the place cards and signs! Keeping in line with the clean, modern look, Soojin and Isaac also hand painted small animal figurines for the place card holders and gave out elegant test tubes filled with lavender Earl Grey tea to pay homage to Isaac’s profession – pharmacy. It really was the most perfect day with the most perfect and adorable couple ever – not only do they both look like models or Korean superstars, but they have the cutest and biggest smiles that when you look at two of them and how much they are in love, you can’t help but smile and be so happy for them too!

Photography: This Modern Romance | Event Planning: Everly Events | Floral Design: Floret Cadet | Wedding Dress: Atelier by Dawn | Cake: Susie Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel | Reception Venue: Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel | Bridesmaids Dresses: Beautiful Day Wedding | Photobooth: Shutterbooth | Videograpy: Andrew Truong

Summer Garden Wedding in Sonoma County

We love how the Bride let loose with a hula hoop at this summer garden wedding filled with lawn games, party horns and free-flowing champagne! Made beautiful in the expert hands of Daisy Rose Flowers and It’s A Date At The Powder Room, it’s an elegant yet relaxed affair, and Jonas Seaman Photography caught all the excitement right here!


From Jonas Seaman Photography…. Ruth and Jeff’s wedding was spectacular. They personalized it in so many ways from all their DIY details, to the lawn games and picnic atmosphere they created. Here’s what Ruth had to say about the day…

From the Bride… From the beginning we knew we wanted to be married on a hill under an old tree with a magnificent view, lawn games, and a huge dance party. We were naturally drawn to Sonoma County as it is our favorite place to get away from Los Angeles for a long weekend and where we feel the most free. We wanted our wedding to be a big, lighthearted yet sophisticated celebration not only of our love for each other but also of our family and friends. At the end of the weekend we wanted our guests to know and feel that they had each been an important part of our wedding. Our vision was a lively modern twist on an elegant summer garden party in the vineyards with an abundance of flowers and berries, local foods, and lawn games. Our color palette consisted of the vibrant colors and deep greens that you would find in a summer garden.

Immediately after we found our wedding venue we agreed that the first thing to do was get in touch with Jonas Seaman, a photographer whose work we had fallen in love with after stumbling on his blog a few years prior. We cold called Jonas and planned our wedding date!

Together Jeff and I wrote our ceremony and we both wrote our own vows. It was important to us to involve our family and friends in our ceremony. We set the guest chairs up in a horseshoe shape so that we would feel surrounded by our loved ones. We had a friend marry us, close family members in addition to the bridal party walked down the aisle to cover music played by live string musicians, the groom’s nieces carried the rings and a banner announcing the bride and my brother read from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet. Using large cue cards our bridal party and family each read a page from a story that I had given Jeff when we had just started dating. As the ceremony drew to an close Champagne was distributed and toasts were offered by the wedding guests and the my mother before we walked down the aisle newly married!

Following the ceremony the live musicians and guests paraded behind the bride and the groom to the nearby cocktail hour. The hour was spent playing lawn games including a giant Connect Four, hula hooping, eating passed hors d’oeuvres, and drinking delicious cocktails such as Lavender Gin Martinis and Strawberry-Rhubarb Caiproskas.

At the conclusion of the cocktail hour our guests blew bubbles to send us off in a vintage Jaguar. While our guests were shuttled down to the most amazing pavilion for dinner and dancing we cruised for a bit and soaked in the excitement of the day. Individualized party horns which doubled as escort cards greeted our guests at the pavilion. The guests blew their horns as we entered the reception which made for the most exuberant entrance and was one of my favorite moments of the day.

Our guests were delighted that the tables were designated by a photo of us at the age corresponding with the table number. Guests were greeted at their place setting by place cards with individualized notes. We also had five birthdays and one anniversary the weekend of our wedding so each of those guests had a small gift awaiting them at their seat. The children received activity bags. Our caterer, Dovetail, was a dream to work with and made dinner an elegant affair with perfect presentation of locally sourced foods. Wine and Champagne flowed freely, toasts were given and guest mad libs were filled out.

The tables were alive with the most beautiful flowing flowers by our florist, Daisy Rose, who took our vision and ran with it. As a last minute request, Daisy even set aside flowers to put on our sweetheart cake. I hunted for months for the perfect table decorations and finally found big gold leaf hexagon hurricanes that were the perfect modern contrast with the lively flowers.

We cut a sweetheart cake with a sparkler candle before inviting our guests to choose from an array of cakes. The flavors reflected the fresh and local style of our wedding. We served five flavors including olive oil orange zest, vanilla bean with strawberries, lemon lavender with raspberries, chocolate with caramel and sea salt, and toasted almond. The cake table was decorated with wedding photos of our family and bridal party.

The rest of the evening was a giant dance party. During the evening I invited all ladies both married and single to catch a bouquet that had a Target gift card tied to it. It was a blast to see an engaged couple catch both the garter and the bouquet!!! We also had a couples dance where we eliminated couples until the longest married couple was left dancing. At the conclusion of the song we presented them with a bouquet.

We designed the invitations, ceremony programs, fans, menus, and mad libs with our bridesmaid and dear friend, Jennifer Hoffman. I had a ball working closely with the delightful Creative Letterpress in Burbank, CA to make the final products a reality.

At the last minute we hired Aaron Lee Films to film our day and it was one of the best decisions we made. They were the most fabulous people to have at our wedding – they not only did their job so professionally but they also saved the day for me more than once! I have watched the film countless times and just can’t get enough.

We had so much fun working together to plan the wedding but there were still many times when I wanted to throw my hands up and elope. Jeff talked me off the ledge and in the end all of the work was absolutely worth it to spend the weekend surrounded by those we love the most. When I think back on our wedding weekend my heart feels like it is overflowing with love. When people ask me for advice I tell them that the best advice is not to listen to anyone’s advice or ideas about what a wedding is or isn’t. Know in your heart who you are as a couple and what will make your heart sing and run with it. Once you know what you want carefully interview vendors and find those who are excited about your vision. Don’t be afraid to let vendors go if you feel in your gut it is not working out, even if you lose a little bit of money, this will make your planning and more importantly your day much more special.

Photography: Jonas Seaman Photography | Cinematography: Aaron Lee Films | Floral Design: Daisy Rose Flowers | Dress: Vera Wang | Catering: Dovetail Events | Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room | Hair: Jessie Hoffman | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chalk Hill Winery | Custom Printing: Creative Letter Press, Inc. | Second Shooter: Mary Ellen Williamson

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