If ever you’re wondering what to do for your own engagement session…take heed from this one. Because the couple’s adoration for each other set against a pretty, organic inspired backdrop is one that will never tire. With gorgeous photographs from Ashley Maxwell, there is so much more cuteness right here in the gallery.
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From the bride…I’m excited to share a rustic elegant engagement shoot on one of the most unique wineries in California – complete with not only vineyards, but gorgeous barns, large wheat fields, old boats and a horse! We embraced our favorite fashions, from simple and summery to classy and elegant, with a little whimsy and bright colors added in (talk about bright pink lipstick)! Ashley, our photographer, found this versatile winery and knew that we could embrace our personal style and have a ton of fun. As winery lovers ourselves and two goofballs who love to laugh and play, it was perfect!
Photography: Ashley Maxwell Photography | Hair: Danielle Derksen of Salon Mona Lisa | Makeup: Priscilla Francine Makeup | Winery: Jessie's Grove Winery
Color is an intrinsic part of this wedding. It’s the glue that holds all the pretty moments together. From the bright florals by Blossoms By Lisa to the details awash with color by Going Lovely and Emily Blake’s photography that showcases all those pretty hues in such an elegant way. It’s a wedding that goes POP and you can see it all right here.
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From the Bride… Nick and I met while working together. I noticed him first and asked a mutual friend who the cute guy was! For several days I would wear my cutest outfits and re apply lipgloss in hopes that he would notice me. Nick ended up asking the same mutual friend about me and we went out on a lunch date. After that, the rest was history!
I always wanted a romantic outdoor wedding. Nick and I have had so many amazing memories over shared bottles of wine and a vineyard seemed like the perfect venue. I searched for months for a local vineyard that fit our budget and style. When I found Grace Vineyard I immediately fell in love with it! The colonial style estate combined with the vineyard was the perfect amount of romance!
I knew that with a summer wedding and Nick’s Greek heritage that I wanted bold, fun colors combined with leafy ivy and cascading flowers. I chose pink, coral, orange, aqua, and soft touches of green to bring together summer and the numerous pinterest boards i obsessively made.
My favorite part of the wedding day was our first look. We opted to have a first look so we could share a special moment alone instead of in front of all our guests. I was so nervous for Nick’s reaction to all the hair, makeup, and dress, but when I turned around and saw his reaction I knew that everything was perfect.
I would tell other brides that they should definitely hire a wedding planner. I obsessively used Pinterest and combed through wedding blogs, but it takes a good wedding planner to see your vision and to make everything cohesive. Going Lovely thought of so many personal little details that I never even considered. I thought that I could pull it off by myself but leading up to the wedding I was overwhelmed with work, wedding appointments, and corresponding with vendors. I was so relieved that I knew that Going Lovely was on top of everything and knew my exact taste and that they could anticipate what I would like.
Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Flowers: Blossoms By Lisa | Dress: Junko Yoshioka | Shoes: Prada | Bridesmaids Dresses: JCrew | DJ: AA Music Events | Bridal Jewelry: Bony Levy | Bridal Jewelry: Roberta Coin | Catering & Party Rentals: Grace Vinyards | Desserts: Ettore’s European Wedding Cakes & Restaurant | Estate: Grace Vineyards | Paper Goods: Going Lovely | Paper Goods: Hen & Co | Planning, Coordination, And Design: Going Lovely
We see a lot of pretty here at SMP. So much, in fact, that it can at times be difficult to put words to just how special each wedding day truly is. In some cases, however, words just aren’t necessary. Exhibit A–this California vineyard wedding and the ridiculously sweet photos from Marin Kristine Photography that speak entirely for themselves. Packed to the brim with pastel prettiness and the world’s most darling father-son duo, this wedding will leave your eyes watery and heart happy, guaranteed. For even more photo goodness, pop on over to the full gallery right here!
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From the Bride… Kenny and I met at a local bar on “Country Night.” A couple of months later we went on a camping trip and haven’t left each other’s side since. Two years later we were engaged and planning our wedding. We knew exactly what kind of wedding we wanted that would reflect our style and personalities. We wanted something outdoors that was rustic and laid-back, yet elegant and formal enough for a wedding. We found all that and more at Oak Farm Vineyards. From the lake to the barn and vineyards it was the absolute perfect setting. Our venue was so beautiful I didn’t want a bunch of decorations to take away from what it naturally possessed. Angel’s Petals blew me away with her gorgeous simply-chic centerpieces, bouquets, and aisle decor. She perfected my vision.
I was definitely a bride on a budget, so doing as much myself as possible was important. With the help of my family we were able to put our personal touches on everything. Thankfully, they are all still talking to me after having to make program fans, chalkboard signs, seating charts, name tags, and 150 etched mason jars. I scoured Style Me Pretty for months for inspiration and came up with some great ideas on bringing our personal experiences into our big day. We fell in love camping so instead of a cake to share we decided on a S’mores bar, which was a big hit, and a salsa bar with Coronas for the cocktail hour because we were honeymooning in Mexico.
Being a hair stylist I definitely had some pressure to have perfect wedding day hair. My Pinterest worthy locks were done by my coworker (and super talented event hair designer) Jamie Zimmerman from Phoenix Salon in Walnut Creek. Kenny became a father at a young age and our family is everything to us. When his son came down the aisle with his “Here Comes Your Bride” sign there was a huge reaction from the crowd and it made our ceremony so special. It was definitely the best day of my life and I will never forget it. Thanks to Marin Kristine Photography our memories were perfectly captured and we can look back years from now on the day we became husband and wife.
Wedding Photography: Marin Kristine Photography / Wedding Venue: Oak Farm Vineyards in Lodi, California / Floral Design: Angels Petals / Wedding Catering: Kinder’s / Wedding Cake Topper: At Company B / Wedding Dress: Watters / Dress Hanger: Bridal Wedding Hangers / Bride’s Sash: beauBouquet / Bride’s Camo Garter: Sheer Satin and Lace / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan via Nordstrom / Hair: Jamie Zimmerman Special Event Hair Design / Groom + Groomsmen’s Attire: JC Penny