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Something Blue Garden Wedding in Healdsburg

A wedding that truly reflects a couple’s personality and is unique in its approach to design and details is quite possibly the best of all. And I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get more unique, more undeniably gorgeous than a stunning blue Reem Acra gown or a garden affair that is all at once elegant and incredibly chic. See even more of the pretty blue details and that gown captured by Nima Salimi right here.

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From the Bride… Alex and I had a simple goal in mind throughout our wedding process – to do it a bit differently and mix the traditional with the non-traditional. Our first priority was location – set in gorgeous Healdsburg, we picked Copain Winery for our rehearsal dinner venue and the Barndiva art gallery for our wedding venue. We wanted the area and unique venues to do the heavy-lifting on decor, which they did in spades. The rest of our process simply became about how to have fun and mix things up a bit.

For starters, our invitation was a custom made ‘art box’ – the guest received a metal 6 x 6 tin box, which included the invitation (which Alex designed himself) along with a blank art canvas, 3 different paint colors, a paint brush and a word to interpret / paint onto the canvas. The guest’s finished canvas was their RSVP which they sent back to us. All of the canvases together formed an art installation backdrop for our ceremony the day of – and – the words, once all together, represented the vows Alex and I said to one another that day. Because each guest had a different word to paint, our program was simply a list of all of the words for guests to read at their seats.

Our rehearsal dinner was at Copain Winery. We hired 3 – 4 different food trucks for dinner instead of the traditional sit-down menu. Pizza Politana, Chairman Bao and Phat Salads & Wraps catered with their trucks on-site. Kara’s Kupcakes for dessert. We hired a local bluegrass band (four seniors in high school!) who jammed for 5 hours non-stop. Natural wood farm tables featured succulent centerpieces and mason jars with orange chevron napkins inside. All of the serveware used was made of eco-friendly bamboo, adding to the natural vibe of the decor.

For the Wedding Day, our emphasis was on great food, lively music and an open bar. We opted not to have a bridal party, but instead asked our immediate family (siblings & parents only) to do the processional with us. My father was our officiant; the only reading was done by our mothers who shared a family-written blessing – the one traditional element of our ceremony. Alex and I wrote custom vows, with a nod to the words from our invitations.

The dinner tablescape was clean, simple but sophisticated. Neutral grays & ivories, with accents of blues. Mixed shapes & sizes of cobalt blue bottles, featuring modern single stem white freesia and orchids. A navy pashmina on each of the ladies’ chairs in case of goosebumps. Escort cards hand written and displayed in grape crates. A jazz trio to kick off cocktail hour. Dinner was a 4-course tasting menu, done with Barndvia’s usual high-end standards. We decided against a traditional wedding cake, but instead indulged in individual, decadent chocolate domes (Alex is a chocoholic).

The Dress: all along, I knew I wanted to do something different, something RADICAL. Color was a must, but it took awhile to find the right blend of red-carpet moment meets bride. I ultimately decided on a Reem Acra gown in a shockingly bright blue. I’ll never forget the moment when, as the doors opened to walk down the aisle, the crowd erupted into cheers & applause. The exact shock value I was hoping for.

Alex and I decided against doing a First Dance or any of the other traditional wedding dances. It was more meaningful to me to bust-a-REAL-move with my father, than our pretending to know how to waltz. Alex and my’s last dance ended with a cluster of Alex’s closest buddies in a 4-tier human pyramid, which Alex scaled to the top of in total champion style.

Photographer: Nima Salimi | Florist: Dragonfly Floral | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Groom's Suit: Isaia | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Andi Scarbrough | Bride's Dress: Reem Acra | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Wedding Band: Anything She Wants | Wedding Catering: Barndiva | Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Barndiva

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Great Gatsby Wedding in California

If ever there was a wedding theme that will most definitely stand the test of time…it just might be the Great Gatsby. With the romantic silhouettes, the nod to all things luxury and the focus on pure, unfiltered fun. So when Enjoy Events Co. got their hands on this next beauty, they took Gatbsy Gorgeousness and cranked it up a few notches. Click here to see so much more from photographer Scott Andrew!

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From Enjoy Events CoLindsay and Josh approached us with the 1920′s concept from the get go. Lindsay had that artistic, spunky spirit so we knew we were a match made in heaven. Although unplanned, the Great Gatsby movie was due out in theatres that very month – and their guests were beyond excited.

While we didn’t want to replicate an already hyped up concept – we dug a little deeper to find out what made Lindsay and Josh really tick. What items did they love in their home? What did they love to do? Lindsay, an incredible artist herself, didn’t have to do much explaining – her love for the natural world and the artifacts around her were the perfect launching point for the combined concept…”Great Gatsby meets natural curiosity.” And, so enter the wedding (and darling couple) that started our wedding season off with a bang!

Their wedding was held in picturesque Healdsburg, California on the family’s private home. Construction began on the property months prior creating the perfect canvas for such an event. A straight vertical hill was transformed into a stunning ceremony location and a once barren meadow created the platform for the breathtaking reception tent. It was there that guests would feast on a divine meal from Sage Catering, drink specialty cocktails from the fellas of Pharmacie LA, and dance the night away to a 6-piece band and crooner dressed in a white tux.

Lindsay and Josh pulled up to their reception in an authentic 1927 Stutz Limousine where tables, adorned in elegant wild florals designed by Shotgun Floral Studio, overlooked the exquisite view that is Wine Country. Guests were dressed to the nines and Lindsay received oo’s and aww’s from the crowd with her stunning Jenny Packham wedding dress. Eclectic finds from Found Vintage Rentals, curious elements from the masters of apothecary and taxonomy, Paxton Gate, along with flatware and glassware from Casa de Perrin transformed the space and tied in some of that 1920’s flavor. The evening came to a close with quite an epic finale – as everyone danced under a shower of confetti, the sky lit up with a surprise fireworks show that left the couple and all their guests speechless.

Photography: Scott Andrew Studio | Cinematography: Lovespun Films | Event Planning: Enjoy Events Co. | Floral Design: Shotgun Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Wedding Cake: Susie Cakes | Catering: Sage | Lighting: Got Light? | Band: Doug Acosta | Apothecary & Taxonomy Rentals: Paxton Gate | Bar Service: Pharmacie LA | Classical String Trio: Elan Artists | Fireworks: Pyrospectaculars by Souza | Linens: La Tavola | Photobooth: Tomfoolery | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Tent: Zephyr Tents | Vintage Car: Elegant Journey Limousine | Vintage Lounges: Found Vintage Rentals

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Intimate Vine Hill House Wedding

No doubt about it, a California vineyard is a magical place to get married.  It’s soft and romantic, classic and sophisticated and possesses this movie-like quality that is always, always breathtaking.  And this intimate Vine Hill House affair?  It’s all of the above with some sweet DIY florals and an entire gallery of pretty captured by Jamie Grenough Photography.  Join me there for more.

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From Jamie Grenough Photography… Shannon and Mark were married in Healdsburg, Ca. at the Vine Hill House. It’s a small and intimate venue with Redwoods and vineyards all around. There was no formal planner, although Dan, who runs the property (and lives in the house adjacent) helped with the day of coordination and took care of every detail. He even made sure the ceremony time was perfectly aligned with afternoon, soft light. It was a simple, intimate and beautiful day.

Photography: Jamie Grenough Photography | Floral Design: DIY | Ceremony & Reception Location: Vine Hill House | Day-of Coordination: Vine Hill House