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Relaxed + Elegant California Garden Wedding

There’s a reason California is such a hot spot for celebrations – they’re always absolutely glowing. And these pics by Christine Sargologos, with assistance by Kayla Fletcher, are no exception. Bursting with beauty (Huckleberry Karen Designs’ creations have me in awe) and full of romance (just look at these two!), today is going to be well spent in our VAULT, soaking up every sun-drenched snap right here!

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From Christine Sargologos PhotographyI always feel lucky when a couple invites me in to shoot their wedding. It’s even more special when they are your friends, and your bride has impeccable taste. In the last two years I’ve gotten to know Crystalin from her style blog, Crystalinmarie.com. In that time we’ve shot together countless times, even roping Mike in for a few shoots here and there. Together they are sweet, goofy and just happy. I was elated when they got engaged, even more excited when we shot their engagement photos, and was teary and smiling throughout their wedding day.

Their relaxed, elegant wedding suited them perfectly and was gorgeously put together by Alison of Engaged and Inspired. Dahlias and roses in the slightest shades of pink dressed the tables, and cafe lights hung over the dinner and dance floor. Minimal, feminine and timeless bridesmaid dresses in a variety of styles and handsome J.Crew suites made the wedding party stand out without being too fussy. Lawn games kept guests busy, as others watched from the garden lounge. All together, this was one of the most thoughtful and classically beautiful weddings I’ve shot this year, and I feel so lucky.

From the Bride… Before the planning process started, my vision for our wedding was something simple and casual yet beautiful and memorable. I also knew I wanted to be dancing the night away under market lights.

Seeing as though we wanted to get married outdoors in a laid back setting, we knew a winery would be the perfect venue. Once we found the venue, everything else fell into place. The color palette I had originally envisioned was reaffirmed after walking the grounds of Wente Vineyards. I knew the white, beige, blush, and gold would look beautiful against all the greenery and really reflect the whole California summer wedding vibe we were going for. We kept the decor simple to let the little details shine and really embraced the beauty of venue. As I look back on my inspiration board, I can truly say, our vision came to life. I can’t thank our coordinator, Allison, enough for really understanding us and making the best day of our life truly magical.

We worked with a girlfriend who also happens to be a designer at Meghann Miniello on all our stationery, signs, and paper goods. We came up with a custom logo and added different variations of it to everything to really bring cohesiveness to our wedding. My husband and I also thought we could DIY everything and then halfway through planning realized it wasn’t possible. We ended up only DIYing the Ladder Golf, which came out amazing!

It’s hard to choose a favorite moment, but the first look and sunset photos were pretty special. It was two parts of the day where Mike and I were alone and could really talk about how surreal the day felt and how amazing it was to have all our loved ones there to celebrate us. I had a vision for the draped arbor, but I hadn’t seen a mockup or anything. When I was walking down the aisle, I was in shock with how beautiful the ceremony looked and how stunning thearbor looked with the drapes and garland. That came together beautifully!

Going into dress shopping, I knew exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a dress that wasn’t overly feminine, didn’t overwhelm my petite frame, but classic and something I could look back on and still love. Prior to getting engaged I had always gravitated toward more simple dresses. Although I knew what I wanted, I did try on all different styles to make sure I didn’t love another silhouette. When it came time to say yes to the dress, I went with my gut and chose a strapless, lace, sheath dress from the Monique Lhuillier Bliss Collection.

­ The flowers were one of my favorite parts about our wedding. I struggled with explaining my exact vision for the bouquets and centerpieces, and after I don’t know how many emails, Karen and her team did an incredible job. The bouquets were airy, neutral, and laid back and really reflected the style of our wedding. Everything turned out exactly how I envisioned!

­The bridesmaid dresses were one of the hardest parts of the planning process, but one that paid off. Finding different dresses in the right color scheme at affordable prices was tough and took me up until the last couple of months before the wedding. Seeing all the dresses laid out on your floor is one thing, but to have all the girls actually wearing their dresses together is another. I hadn’t seen all the girls in their dresses until the day of the wedding. Talk about trust!

With so many other beautiful details of the wedding, it’s quite shocking that the groomsmen suits were one of my favorite details. Mike was adamant on having fitted suits, so we knew renting wasn’t an option. We worked hard on finding the perfect suits to match Mike’s chambray suit at the perfect price. There were a couple hiccups during the process, but it all worked out for the best and the guys looked sharp!

One piece of advice I would share is this: find the most awesome vendors including a bad ass wedding coordinator. Lean on them as much as you can so that you can fully enjoy your day.

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Photography: Christine Sargologos Photography | Videography: Frame 44 | Event Design: Engaged & Inspired | Floral Design: Huckleberry Karen Designs | Wedding Dress: Bliss By Monique Lhuillier | Stationery: Meghann Miniello | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Asos | Makeup: Priscilla Francine Makeup | Hair: Nora Artistry | DJ: Sound Productions | Bow Tie: Make My Day | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Venue: Wente Vineyards | Earrings: Sweet & Spark | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Groom's Watch: Oris Watches | Photography - Assistance: Kayla Fletcher | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Emotional Wedding Film at the Wente Vineyard

I might be the biggest fan of wedding films ever. They make me laugh, they make me cry, they make me fall in love with weddings all over again. And this one from REB6studios is the perfect example of why. It’s well worth a few minutes of your day, and you’ll see just what I mean when you hit play.

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From REB6studiosSometimes you experience something amazing, out of the box, so marvelously, charmingly unusual, that there’s only one thing you can say: Wow!!! This wedding is what it is all about, the wow! On this post, we are showcasing a spectacular wedding we shot at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA filmed by your favorite San Francisco wedding videographer, reb6studios.This is where all our ducks are lined up. The weather, the timing, the moments, are all there.

It sure made our shooters a night to feast for filming. We pulled out almost all our gears on this wedding and the shots came fantastic! But the wow never stops there! It is the story. Yes, it is the story behind Barbara and Mitch that made us love this film to pieces. Whenever we are opened to opportunities for a unique story , you know we’re all over it and capitalize! After a couple of hours of figuring out the story lines for this wedding film, we came up with this!

We would like to thank the other wonderful vendors who made this wedding film fabulous!

From the Bride… We definitely knew we wanted an outdoor fall wedding, with as much green as possible. A healthy mix of garden, rustic, comfortable but classic – what Mitch’s aunt later dubbed as “understated elegance”. But the true inspiration came from my mom. A lot of the decorations were a tribute to her, and although she couldn’t share the day with us the way we all would’ve loved, seeing all those details made us feel like she was there every step of the way. Even though it was our big day, deep down inside it was a day for me to honor her again, and make her as much a part of the process as she would’ve been if she were physically here today.

We made sure to include special touches to include her throughout the day. Yellow was her favorite color, so of course the main flower color was yellow! Little subtle bee designs were among the decorations, which symbolizes her because her name was Bee Bee! (our invitations had a simple yellow bee at the bottom, the seating table boards had gold bee pins to pin each list of names, the vases on the reception tables all had tiny bee stickers on the ribbons, and our wedding cake had a little bee on it – made by Mitch’s cousin). My mom looooved her popcorn, especially the Chicago mix (cheese & caramel!), so we made sure to have a popcorn bar. We had
dachshund-shaped cookie favors, because the reason we have our three little ones is because of my mother. We went together to get our first doxie when I was in high school (against my dad’s wishes… and after that, she couldn’t help but add more to the family. Mitch and I took them all in after she passed, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have them part of our family now.

Mitch’s aunt did all of our flowers, including the beautiful arch for our ceremony. His cousins built the arch, and Auntie Jo decorated it! Mitch’s cousin made our beautiful 5-tier wedding cake, equipped with all the things most important to us… our 3 dogs and my mom, aka a bee, and the cake part of course!Mitch’s aunts made 1,001 paper cranes and put them together in the shape of Mitch’s family mon (Japanese crest that stands for his last name – Muramoto) + a calligraphy piece of Barbara’s family Chinese last name.

Overall our wedding was so special because of all our family who played such big roles–we are so lucky to have the love and support we do and couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect day!

Photography: Jennifer Fujikawa | Wedding Dress: Francesca Miranda | Wedding Venue: Wente Vineyards | Wedding Cinematography: REB6studios

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Whimsical + Romantic Wente Vineyards Wedding

This, my friends, is a photo of one very happy couple. Amid all the hustle and bustle of their wedding day, their joy and love for one another is far from lost and this is exactly why I’ll never grow sick of looking through wedding photos on a daily basis. Onelove Photography and Motionscope captured that excitement and thanks to them, I’m catching some of those much needed good vibes on this dreary day.

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From The Bride… Our vision for the big day was for it to be fun, heartfelt, whimsy and most importantly for all of our guests to be relaxed and enjoy themselves thoroughly! Wente Vineyards provided the perfect wedding backdrop due to its lush, beautiful yet intimate grounds and of course, the award winning wines and food. It was perfect for vinos and foodies like us! Khoa and I love to travel and explore destinations together, it was always a priority for us as we were a long distance couple for the first several years of dating and the only time we were able to reconnect and spend quality couple time was our trips. We decided to go with vintage travel themed elements for the day in my favorite colors, mint blue, gold and blush. All the planning and late night DIY sessions really paid off during the big day. My crafty dad handmade the marquee J&K sign that was the primary focal point for our sweetheart table. My army of bridesmaids, powered by pizza and wine mostly, helped me snip, cut and trim the travel tag escort cards and hand-letter all the chalkboard signage for the ceremony. I picked up calligraphy and hand wrote the table names which were named after our favorite locations we visited together (all aside from Endor, which is a fictional planet from Star Wars – Khoa’s a bit of a fanboy). We also decided to DIY the floral table centerpieces and diligently scoured the SF Flower Mart days before the wedding for stock up on roses, hydrangeas and greens, which ended up saving us a good chunk of money (much appreciated for a bride on a budget).

It was very important for my family to have a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony on our wedding day. Traditionally, the groom and bride kneel before their elders and pour tea as an offering as a sign of respect, in turn the elders exchange red envelopes called “hung bao” with money or jade jewelry for the Bride stuffed inside. I was hesitant at first to do the ceremony due to limited time constraints but it turned out to be one of the most sentimental parts of the day. I actually cried the most during this time and was so afraid to ruin the painstaking efforts of my MUA before the western ceremony! My mother bought me a beautiful, custom fitted silk “qi pao” in a traditional, auspicious red color to wear. My parents, grandparents and my ancestors before them have all taken part in the tea ceremony on their wedding days and it felt so good and humbling to honor them and keep the tradition alive.

Our first dance was to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat, which had a lot of meaning for us since our first concert together was to see Jason Mraz perform! We had his groomsman play guitar while my bridesmaid sang. It was an amazing moment swaying together and surrounded by our biggest supporters! We both love music and we are big Beatles fans, so it was a no brainer that our string quartet play music from the Beatles (I walked down the aisle with my dad to “Here Comes the Sun”, the bridal processional was to “All You Need is Love”) and our cake topper followed suite with that theme. Khoa even surprised me with a slow and heartfelt performance of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli, complete with his groomsmen dancing and crooning back up! I was in tears and laughing at the same time! It’s really true what other brides say, the day zooms by so fast before even having time to enjoy your dinner, drinks and guests. By the end of it, our hearts were brimming with so much love, laughter and felt the fullest we’ve ever had. It was truly the best day of our lives and an unforgettable kick-off soiree to the spending the rest of our lives together as husband and wife!

Photography: onelove photography | Videographer: Motionscope | Wedding Coordinator: Georgie Saucedo | Floral Design: The Flower House | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Wente Vineyards | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Wente Vineyards | DJ: Elite Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Tiglio | Groomsmen's Attire: Bar III | Beauty: A-List | Bridal Comb: Best Day Bridal | Bride's Earrings: Nadri | Bridesmaid Robes: Just Cottons | Cake Topper: Better Off Wed | Linens: Napa Valley Linens | Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Rental: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals | Winery: Wente Vineyards

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