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McCormick Home Ranch Wedding

Somewhere beneath the California sun lives a charming colonial-style home at the foot of the Santa Monica mountains. It plays backdrop to many a lovely wedding, but perhaps none quite as lovely as this. Planned by a bride with impeccable tastes, and photographed by talented Jillian Rose, a visit to the gallery is an absolute must.

From the Bride… It was a true fairy tale…a day when all those we love and cherish most gathered together on a beautiful, warm Fall day in Camarillo, CA to celebrate with us as we took each other’s hand and vowed to be partners in life and love forever as Mr. and Mrs. Nenaber. As a destination wedding for most, Seth and I were eager to introduce our out-of-town friends and family to a different side of Southern California than the otherwise popular beaches and LA hot spots – the lovely agricultural community of Camarillo.

The McCormick Home Ranch, a Colonial-style home exuding exquisite character and history in its setting amidst stunning farmlands at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, has been home to the McCormick family for four generations. The venue took our breath away in its natural state upon our first visit, and set our imaginations wild with creative ways to create the “lace meets burlap” vintage rustic chic look we were aiming for. With both Seth and I working in the Marketing/Events industry, our top priority was providing a unique, charming affair for our guests to enjoy… something so special that they would feel like the event was truly designed for them.

And in what felt like an instant, it was time for the ceremony to begin. The bridal party made their way through the oohing and aaahing crowd, adding in a little touch of humor as they broke away from one another under the arch – a fist pump, a bridesmaid dipping her groomsman, a booty bump – the guests eating it up. Arm in arm with my beaming father, we walked down the aisle, overwhelmed and humbled by the beauty of the side yard garden filled with the excited faces and quick congratulatory comments of our guests under the canopy of lush trees and flowers. It was in that moment that I realized the day was going to be so much more than I could have imagined… and my heart ached with love for my soon-to-be husband, excitement for our 160 guests, and gratefulness for all those we had partnered with to make our vision a reality.

In a flash it was time for the reception on the front lawn. Guests visited the vintage window panes listing the seating assignments and found their tables, which boasted stunning arrangements by Unique Floral Design built into and around the smattering of vintage décor I had strategically collected for this day. Bird cages, watering cans, antique books, brassware and picture frames were brightened by purples, greens and soft white floral accents, and arranged to create a different vintage vignette for each table atop a burlap runner and lace doily accents.

The reception was kicked off by a bridal party entrance like none other, as we let each groomsman select their couple’s introduction song, dance moves, and props, if so desired. That being said, a full bunny head, Superman capes, Michael Jackson style hats/gloves, and an inflatable doll are just a few of the unexpected elements of these unforgettable introductions, which undoubtedly caught guests off-guard and set the tone for the fun that would be had that evening. After our first dance and speeches by our siblings, guests made their way through an unparalleled buffet line featuring a delicious array of gourmet barbeque foods, including tri-tip, brisket, grilled chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, and more. Merlin’s Kitchen [Westlake Village] wowed guests as they set a new standard for “wedding food,” and we were thrilled to see their staff getting praised throughout the evening.

The [homemade] vintage photo booth made for a fun stop as guests could pick props from the suitcase and take their own photos, sharing with us via social media. Making their way around the front yard, guests were excited to find a gourmet popcorn bar, featuring white cheddar, chocolate caramel, parmesan garlic, and of course the classic, kettle corn.

DJ Lee Dyson [Owner, Hey Mister DJ] kept the dance floor packed all night, which was definitely the highlight of the evening. We loved seeing all generations, dancing the night away, breaking only to hydrate or quickly munch on some popcorn. We interrupted the dancing momentarily to cut our decadent cake, which despite multiple conversations before the wedding still managed to end up on my nose thanks to my loving, playful husband. I was blown away to see the cake before us, more perfect than I had hoped for, knowing the example design I was going for was especially challenging to do in a butter cream. Jana at Jana’s Creative Cakes made it happen, and the soft, simple, textured design looked downright elegant.

I had been warned that the wedding day would fly by, and I can remember taking pause a couple times throughout the night wishing I could just make it stop so I could soak it in and relish in the incredible dream we were living. Everyone was smiling and having a blast, everything went exactly as planned, the stars were shining above us on a surprisingly warm Fall night, the dance floor was still packed. Our worlds had come together, family and friends alike, and the merge was so seamless you would have thought everyone had known each other for years.

As the clock hit 10pm, our guests lit their sparklers and lined up along the circular drive. We could feel them buzzing with excitement and joy. Seth and I looked at each other, took one another’s hand, and were elated as we made our way through the radiant grand exit. As we climbed up on the back of our “getaway car,” a vintage Pontiac GTO convertible, we waved back at all those who had shared this most incredible day with us and kissed. I could almost make out that final The End cursive print forming in the space that separated us as we drove away, and I was speechless. Overwhelmed with love and gratitude, and speechless.

And now, as our perfect day is behind us, we cannot find the words to express how much we appreciated having the greatest partners in producing the ultimate fairy tale wedding. Our guests were catered to by the pros thanks to Beverlee’s Bartending, and spoiled with gourmet fare and superior service thanks to Merlin’s Kitchen. Those perfect moments were captured with skill and grace by our talented photographer, Jillian Rose Kling of Jillian Rose Photography. The energy, excitement and emotion live on through the incredible footage so artfully obtained by our videographer, Rich Brand of Rich Brand Videography. “Thank you” just doesn’t seem adequate to express our sincerest gratitude.

Photography: Jillian Rose Photography | Wedding Dress: Somsi Couture | Cake: Jana's Creative Cakes | Catering: Merlins Kitchen | DJ: Lee Dyson - Hey Mr DJ | Favors: California Kettle Corn | Bartending: Beverlee Bartending | Brides Hair: Brittney Brodsly, Guy Matthews Salon | Bridesmaids hair: Brianne Dodd, Euodia Salon | Floral: Unique Floral Designs | Makeup: Crystal Robinson | Venue: McCormick Home Ranch | Venue: McCormick Home Ranch | Video: Brand Videography

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Fiesta Wedding at Maravilla Gardens

This Maravilla Gardens wedding is fiesta gone fabulous. Vibrant, fun, and captured beautifully by Marianne Wilson Photography, it’s the type of wedding that will put some serious va va voom into your day. From the bright, happy florals by The Little Branch to the gorgeous couple (the groom just so happens to be Chris Mann of The Voice fame and the Bride is a talented actress) – every little thing sitting in this gallery is smile-inducing to say the least. See it all here.

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From the Bride…We wanted our wedding to be a rustic and romantic Mexican fiesta. We aimed to blend the natural, glowing, beauty of our California venue with a vibrant and fun fiesta. We incorporated an eclectic mix of fiesta colors in magenta, coral, orange, and red for the flowers and balanced it with a champagne, blush, and gold backdrop for the linens and bridesmaids dresses. We used the long toscana wood tables with burlap runners with a mix of succulents potted in El Pato cans, lanterns, gold mercury glass votives, and smaller bright flower arrangements in colorful vintage glass bottles and vases as the centerpieces. My bouquet was made up of peonies, garden roses, dahlias, poppies, and succulents tied with an antique gold ribbon (the little branch- meg) and pinned with my Grandma Helen’s broach in memory of her.

Chris and I were both working at Mexican restaurants in Manhattan when we met, so we knew we wanted to have a fiesta, specifically modeled after out favorite restaurant El Centro, in Hell’s Kitchen, which was where we met. The restaurant had an entire wall covered in Milagros, hand painted Mexican ornaments, and we used those ornaments as our inspiration and placed them throughout as a way to bless the space and a token of where we met. We also had a place where guests could make a wish for us by pinning a small various shaped gold milagro onto a cloth, that we now have hanging in out home. We had delicious upscale Mexican food (Robert- Command Performance) and even churro and margarita cupcakes (Heather Memarian www.lapastelbakeshop.com/). Obviously there was plenty of red sangria and margaritas (tequila provided by Bonita)! We wanted a beautiful ceremony with lots of music, followed by an incredible party. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people on a dance floor, it was packed: thanks mainly to Jason Jones who played the perfect mix of fiesta and contemporary music (elegant event entertainment). We closed the night with an epic mega mix that we created of all of our guests favorite dance songs, which we collected on the RSVP cards. Other highlights were the guest made flips books.

Photography: Marianne + Joe At Marianne Wilson Photography | Cinematography: NST Pictures | Wedding Dress: Lazaro StyleLZ3251 In Buttercup | Floral Design: The Little Branch | Cake: Pastel Bakeshop | Ceremony Venue: Maravilla Gardens | Catering: Robert Yamada - Command Performance Catering | Coordinator: Erin Boskovich | Make-up: Rebecca At Unveiled Makeup | Hair: Katie Lee | DJ: Jason Jones - Elegant Event Entertainment | Celebrant: Maryetta Anschutz | Flipbook: Action Flipbooks

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Rustic Glam Camarillo Ranch Wedding

Now here’s an idea that I can most definitely get on board with: rustic meets glam at Camarillo Ranch. Or, as this darling bride and groom are calling it, Texas meets California in a drop-dead gorgeous affair captured by Shane and Lauren Photography and planned to perfection by Taryn Leach Events.  Think lawn games, chandeliers and a whole lot of happy happening at every moment.  It’s perfection, lovelies.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… I should have met Brandon on June 20, 2007. It was my birthday and I had only been living in California for 10 days when my roommate organized a birthday dinner that included my dear friend Vince. Vince had existing dinner plans with Brandon that same night, so he asked Brandon to come to the party to meet this girl from Texas. When Brandon never showed up that night, Vince and I felt light-heartedly jilted, and called to give him a hard time. Apparently he didn’t appreciate my spiciness, since I was a complete stranger, though it left him quite intrigued.

We actually met a few weeks later when Vince brought me to a Fourth of July party at Brandon’s house. I was greeted with, “So you’re the girl from Texas?” After that night I knew we’d be great friends, and didn’t anticipate anything more. The timing wasn’t right for either of us. Out of our control, and over the next few months, our friendship grew into a deep connection, and ultimately a committed relationship that I knew would be everlasting.

I had never planned to stay when I initially moved to California, but when Brandon entered the picture, I knew this was it and I’d be staying. Always true to my roots, I will forever consider myself a Texan, and I never let anyone forget that! With that mentality, our wedding theme was naturally TX + CA, the inspiration and root of it all!

The morning of the wedding, I woke up with nothing but excitement and joy in my heart. There was no anxiety, just peace because I’ve known Brandon was the one for so long. Surrounded by my best friends, I was completely at ease as we got our hair and makeup done. Just before putting on my dress my grandma gave me a hand-stitched handkerchief with blue flowers to tuck into my bustier – the same handkerchief she gave to my mom on her wedding day. After a first look with my dad, we headed to the church. The highlight of the car ride was being serenaded with Going to the Chapel once the church’s steeple came into view!

Personal and meaningful touches were interwoven throughout the ceremony, which took place at Padre Serra Catholic Church in Camarillo, California. Brandon and I are lucky to each have one remaining grandma, both whom lit our unity candle at the start of our processional. We stood next to custom built and branded flower boxes built by Brandon’s brother and father as we said held hands on the altar. We chose to write and share our own vows, as well as state the traditional vows that have been said by so many in love. Our priest, Father JP, whom Brandon had remained close with since graduating UCSD, was the natural choice to marry us. He surprised everyone, including us, with his own thoughtful touches: from singing the homily, to matching his garments to the bridesfriends’ dresses (I hate the word bridesmaid!). He even gave us a thumbs-up after the kiss!

Our cocktail hour and reception followed at Camarillo Ranch. The Camarillo Ranch garden setting and rustic red barn fit our theme to a T; it was a little California, and a little Texas! Our cocktail hour was meant to serve as a backyard BBQ, something we both grew up doing with our friends and families. The east lawn was devoted to a game station complete with a vintage bocce ball set and a corn-hole toss with monogrammed bean bags and custom toss boards with the shape of California and Texas stenciled on them. We listened to country music and indie rock, while guests mingled atop gorgeous vintage furniture and sipped homemade sweet tea under twinkling market lights. Our favorite staple at the cocktail hour were the family legacy photos we displayed in the garden, serving as a reminder and inspiration of the lasting marriages in both of our families, both from our parents and grandparents.

And finally, the reception: It was, in a word, stunning! Our intimate guest list of 125 included our closest friends and family many of them traveling thousands of miles to celebrate with us. We waited until our grand entrance to see the barn for the first timeit was breathtaking! Our goal was rustic glam, and that’s exactly what it was! The chandeliers sparkled, while the strung market lights gave the ideal glow and provided balance to the elegance in the barn. The vintage miss-matched blue bottles sprinkled throughout were purchased at our favorite antique store that we visit every year on our anniversary. The natural wood tables brought a feeling of warmth to the space and reminded us of home. The lace from the table runners and crochet-knitted decorative backdrop on the barn wall coordinated with my lace dress. Every element represented us and made our big day even more special. We took it all in as we walked into Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried”, a song that has special meaning to us, known by our closest friends. The highlight of the night was the poem my father wrote for his speech, that he forgot at the hotel! Two of our great friends drove back to the hotel for it, and everyone cheered on my dad when he was finally able to read it.

The night was filled with so much love, laughter, dancing, and unforgettable joy. Our getaway was a 1952 Chevy truck that Brandon had purchased a year prior to work on with his dad. She is fondly called Bluebell. She took a lot of work to be ready for the wedding, but was able to make her grand debut, as we made our grand exit.

Our wedding was perfect down to every last detail it was all about us – The Stuarts!

Photography: Shane And Lauren Photography | Videography: Connor Mita | Floral Design: Claire's Flowers | Ceremony Venue: Padre Serra Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Camarillo Ranch | Bride's Shoes: Enzo Angelioni - Savoye Pump | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo - Aidan Dress | Catering: Silver Service Events | DJ: NYC DJ's | Bride's Gown: Pronovias - Balira | Bride's Hair Clip: Amoretto (Etsy Shop) | Bride's Neclace: Haute Bride | Bride's Ring: Custom Design by Farah Jewelry | Bridesmaid Bracelets: Creative Design By Thao (Etsy Shop) | Bridesmaid Clutches: Michelle and Kat (Etsy Shop) | Cupcakes and Airstream Trailer: Enjoy Cupcakes | Custom Woodwork: Stuart Collective | Event Planning and Design: Taryn Leach Events | Groom's Ring: Rosler (Etsy Shop) | Groom's Tie Clip: Spiffing Jewelry | Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groom/Groomsmen Socks and Ties: Calvin Klein | Rentals and Lighting: A Rental Connection | Unity Candle: Still Water Candles (Etsy Shop) | Veil: Angelika Liv (Etsy Shop) | Vintage Photo Booth: Vintage Vault | Vintage Rentals + Decor: Tasteful Tatters | Wedding Invitations and Papers: Taryn Leach Events

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