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Elegant Summer Winery Wedding

It all started when she was eight.  The planning, the dreaming, the (eventual) pinning… it was all weddings, all the time for this beautiful bride.  So when it came time to put together the real thing, she was an inspiration board just waiting to happen… and her sweet beau?  Happily along for the ride. Think elegant + fun-filled details all captured beautifully by Brooke Beasley. Fall in love in THE VAULT.

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From the Bride… It was around the age of eight years old that I really started planning my wedding. Instead of “Babysitter Club” books, I was borrowing wedding magazines from the local library and tabbing ideas that fit my dream wedding vision. I’ve seen every episode of every wedding-themed reality TV show and even had a Wedding Pinterest board well before I was engaged. It goes without saying that I was obsessed with anything wedding!

In early 2008, while attending California Polytechnic State University in beautiful San Luis Obispo, some friends introduced me to Aria. We had many mutual friends since we were both involved with the Greek system and started our relationship with sushi dates, hiking adventures, and lots of laughter. After five years of dating (three of which were were long distance), Aria and I finally settled in the San Francisco Bay Area together and we were engaged within a few months. The evening he proposed was a complete dream come true and the surprise dinner he planned with our families from out of town was a memory I’ll never forget! We even have the menu, signed by all our family members, framed on our wall today!

Being a fiancée was a title I was so excited to hold! I began planning the details of our wedding shortly after our engagement, but surprisingly found it so much more difficult than I thought. Because I had been exposed to SO much wedding inspiration for years of my life, I had quite a hard time making decisions! With the help of my decisive husband-to-be, and my incredibly organized mother, I started making specific decisions about a year into planning. Thankfully, my sweet fiancé learned to say “Yes, dear” to my many ideas and projects!

First, we toured about 20 venues all over California! As a school teacher, I knew I wanted to get married in the summer because I had the time off work. I was hunting for an outdoor venue, with Spanish or Mediterranean influences. Once we stumbled upon some photos of the Martinelli Event Center and Garré Winery, which happen to be taken by the extremely talented wedding photographer Brooke Beasley, we knew we had found our perfect venue! After that, the flowers, food, and other vendors just fell into place. I was so in love with Brooke Beasley’s photography style and after a short phone call with her, I instantly knew she was the photographer for us! It was like chatting with a friend you had know for years, so I knew Brooke would help us feel confident and comfortable, while capturing the look we were hoping for. I also tried on 57 wedding dresses before finding the perfect balance of fitted, flared, and sparkle!

For inspiration, I researched other winery weddings on Style Me Pretty and knew I wanted a romantic and refreshing feel for all our guests. I was hoping our wedding would look timeless, but also wanted to add a few fun and modern twists! I’m a sucker for all things with sparkle, so I used bold, navy stripes, bows, and gold to add a touch of Kate Spade-inspired flair. We also knew we wanted to treat our guests to handmade ice cream sandwiches to enjoy as a late night snack on that warm, summer evening.

When the big day finally arrived, I was honored and humbled by the amazing work of our vendors and my incredible mother who served as the world’s BEST unofficial wedding planner. After spending many years planning the wedding in my own head, it was remarkable to see every detail come together in real life! It was overwhelmingly special to walk down the aisle, surrounded by so many friends and family from different parts of our life. I will always remember the look in my husband’s eyes as we held hands at the altar and exchanged personalized vows. During our first dance together, it felt like there was no one else in the world but him and me. The whole day was a complete dream and the best celebration I have ever been a part of! Every day since our wedding has been a great reminder of how lucky I am to be surrounded by such supportive family and friends and to committed to the love of my life!

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Photography: Brooke Beasley Photography | Coordination: Martinelli Center | Floral Design: Delford West Flowers | Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal | Cake: Filigree Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Catering: Martinelli Center | Hair + Makeup: Halo Salon & Day Spa | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen Attire: Indochino | Venue: Martinelli Center | Bridal Boutique: La Soie Bridal | DJ + Lighting: Amos Productions | Photo Booth: Amos Productions

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Vintage Romance at Murrieta’s Well

My cure for the winter blues? Loads of California sunshine, blooms from Laura Miller Design and a happy blush palette that’ll leave you aching for a warm summer day. It comes in the form of these romantic captures by Jasmine Lee Photography, complete with a lacy Essense of Australia number. Dive into The Vault to feel the glow!

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From Jasmine Lee PhotographySoft ivory lace, creamy pink chiffon bridesmaid dresses, vintage lead crystal and gold accents, this vintage inspired wedding oozes romance! This wedding was full of perfect details made to accent the gorgeous venue at Murrieta’s Well in the Livermore wine country. And of course, Jasmine Lee Photography worked her magic behind the lens and beautifully captured all the details and emotion of the day.

From The Bride…We wanted the wedding to feel personalized, intimate and full of heirloom treasures and romance. We individually collected all of the vintage crystal vases, candle sconces, and completed a variety of DIY projects such as the lace table runner down the length of the head table, the table numbers, signage and wedding favors. We chose Murrieta’s Well for it’s nostalgia. We wanted our wedding in the Livermore wine country because it was where we met and ultimately fell in love. I obtained a lot of my inspiration from my dress and vintage crystal jewelry. I wanted all of the details to reflect the beauty of the wine country in the summer.

The wedding was styled by the uber talented Laura Miller Design. She used stunning pastel florals and draped gorgeous garlands over the bride and groom’s chairs. She beautifully captured the essence of the vintage inspired look. Also, Wente vineyards did an incredible job to make the day run smoothly and beautifully.

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Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Coordination: Wente Vineyards | Wedding Dress: J'aime Bridal | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair + Makeup: Bay Area Beautiful | DJ: Amos Productions | Groom's Attire: Macy's | Venue: Murrieta's Well | Bridal Boutique: J'aime Bridal | Bride's Headpiece: Vintage | Catering + Cake: Wente Vineyards | Floral Design + Styling: Laura Miller Design | Rentals: Fantasy Sound Events

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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: Petite Petal | Wedding Dress: 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 F Photography | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals