Wedding inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, but when it’s crafted by creative masterminds Joy Proctor and Kelly Kaufman, you know it’s about to get seriously pretty up in here. Add in a couple stunners by Samuelle Couture, french blue linens from La Tavola, plus Kurt Boomer working his photo magic, and we’ve got a gallery that’s guaranteed to take Pinterest by storm.Photography: Kurt Boomer Photo | Design & Styling: Joy Proctor Design | Florals: Kelly Kaufman | Hair & Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Calligraphy: The Fozzy Book | Chairs:The Tent Merchant | Gowns: Samuelle Couture | Linen: La Tavola | Location: Firestone Winery Crossroads Estate
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Take everything you think you know about romantic weddings and kick it up a notch with soft pink hues, the fab stylings of All-Set and lush blooms from Allure Event Designs and you’ll land squarely on this pretty party captured by Josh Elliott. It’s what I am calling romance times a thousand, and it’s all set against a breathtaking Firestone Vineyards setting. See it all in the full gallery.
And a gorgeous film from 618 Studios…
From the Bride… Kie and I met only once in college during our sophomore year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Our paths did not cross again until after graduation in 2008, when Kie coincidentally started working at Tolosa Winery, where I had been working and pouring wine in the tasting room. The time working together really cemented our friendship which turned romantic pretty quickly when, as Kie likes to say, “we both came on the open market.” Kie and I continued working at Tolosa, while secretly dating, and after the harvest in 2009 he was offered the position to begin selling Tolosa wine in Southern California. We both decided we were not willing to start a long-distance relationship, so I moved down four short months later.
While we were dating, Kie took me on our first big trip together to visit his family’s ranch outside of Livingston, Montana in a place called Paradise Valley. From the very moment I stepped foot onto this majestic property, I imagined us saying our vows under the old cottonwood tree on the ranch. We weren’t engaged yet (not even close!), but when Kie did propose a few years later, I told him my dream of having our wedding there, and of course he was on board. Our plans were interrupted when a tragic forest fire claimed thousands of acres in Paradise Valley, including a majority of his family’s beautiful ranch and barn. I did not think any other venue could compare to this magical place, so it was quite a struggle to find another wedding site that we were happy with. We started in Northern California (where I was born), looking into my grandma’s property in Los Gatos, then to Saratoga and at one point got so frustrated we thought about having our wedding in Hawaii with just our close families.
Once the search returned to our roots on the Central Coast, I recalled a story from my Aunt Cathy where she attended the most beautiful wedding at one of Firestone Vineyard’s properties, and she had told my mom that I one day needed to get married at this spectacular vineyard (I was only 12 years old at the time!). Remembering this, Kie and I decided to spend a weekend visiting different properties from Paso Robles to Santa Barbara. We ended our day with a tour of Firestone Vineyard in Los Olivos. The feeling of “this is it” hit us immediately. Shortly after, we booked our wedding date, picking the weekend of the full moon in August, and the wedding planning began!
The design and aesthetic of our wedding was ever-evolving throughout the planning process. My wedding designer and planner, Heather Ferrai of All-Set, who also happened to be one of my best friends from college as well as a bridesmaid, helped me transform our wedding from rustic vintage chic to romantic whimsical glam. Our fairytale began when my father and I pulled into the ceremony site in a 1933 Studebaker as the sweet sound of Ella Fitzgerald serenaded us down the aisle. With a crystal chandelier hanging from the oak tree and surrounded by vineyards, my Uncle Kent performed our ceremony and we said those famous words to make it official. The reception was held in a breathtaking courtyard set against an ivy-filled wall, with speeches, dancing and delicious Central Coast fare. The tables were dripping in a champagne satin linen, custom calligraphy table numbers and menus, along with mercury glass votives. I chose flowers in shades of pink, white and cream with garden fresh greens. The focal point of the reception was our elegant three-tiered buttercream ivory cake atop a nude sequin table linen – a truly enchanting evening.
It was so wonderful to have the support and help from our parents, my sister and bridesmaids, as well as one of my best friends who, along with our incredible vendors, transformed our dreams to reality.
My heart just bursts reflecting back on this day. It was unreal. Of course, knowing I married the man of my dreams makes it that much better!
Photography: Josh Elliott | Videographer: 618 Studios | Floral Design: Allure Event Designs | Cake: Decadence Fine Cakes & Confections | Invitations: Tru Invites | Ceremony Venue: Firestone Vineyards | Reception Venue: Firestone Vineyards | Catering: Pure Joy Catering | DJ: AMS Entertainment | Hotel: Hotel Corque | Classic Car: Classic Motoring Car Rentals | Month Of Coordinator: Sealed With A Kiss Events | Signage: Corrine Marie Designs | Wedding Planner & Designer: All-Set
This adorable duo right here? Get ready for an afternoon of their cuteness. Not only are we sharing their sun-soaked engagement from Mirelle Carmichael, but up next is their elegant gem of a wedding in Sierra Madre. For now, get lost in the rolling Santa Ynez hills, sweet hand-holding, giant peach balloons and vintage books.
From Mirelle Carmichael Photography… Lauri and Sumin’s adorable engagement session was in the Santa Ynez area of California, filled with oversized balloons, vintage books and ending at the beautiful Firestone Vineyards.
Photography: Mirelle Carmichael Photography
You may know Joel Serrato as wedding film god extraordinaire but, my friends, you haven’t seen him like this. This that I speak of is gorgeous photographs of an anniversary session captured in the fields of Los Olivos. Yep, his talent knows no bounds. It runs from the most amazing super 8 films you’ll ever lay your eyes on to still images of love in the golden glow of that California sun. And it’s beyond. See for yourself right here.
From the Mrs. … As our 2 year anniversary rolled around, my husband and I wanted to, in someway or another, document the moment as to remind ourselves of this special bond that we had made to one another. We weren’t quite sure how, where, or who would be the one to help us capture this moment in time but coincidentally I had seen some gorgeous stills that Joel had shot and thought to myself, he has to be the one. After all, he was the one who shot the most beautiful, honest, artistic, and candid super 8 film of our wedding day. Joel is truly an artist in every sense of the word. Having spent most of his time devoted to creating Super 8 film masterpieces, this has afforded him the ability to pay close attention to detail, understand the movement and use of natural light on his subjects, and moreover create a picture that bleeds nostalgia. He is professional in all that he does and demonstrates his love and passion for the art of photo making with every click of his camera. He has a way about him that just makes you feel comfortable when your around him and it makes for a much more relaxed environment when he’s shooting you. We are so grateful for Joel and all of the incredible talents that he has to offer. Whether it be behind his Super 8 film camera or behind his still film camera, he will undoubtedly create memories for you that will last a lifetime. Thank you Joel Serrato for documenting some of the most beautiful moments for us to cherish.
Photography: Joel Serrato
Every once in a while, a wedding comes along that’s the complete and total package. The dress, the design, the florals, and the couple — so madly in love they outshine everything with ease. When those kinds of perfect moments come our way, our blogger giddies hit whole new heights. Because it’s nuptials like this Los Olivos affair — a modern-day fairytale, if you ask me — that remind us of all the reasons we love weddings so, so much. And of course, a dreamy gallery from Braedon Photography doesn’t hurt either. Get lost in it all right here.
From the Bride… I grew up in the Midwest and had lived in California for 6 years when I met Dennis. During those six years I developed a love/obsession with the Santa Ynez/Los Olivos area. The first time I went there I was in shock that something so serene was so close to LA. Dennis on the other hand is born and raised in Manhattan Beach, CA and after we started dating he told me that he had never been to the Santa Yenz area. I about died so needless to say our first get away weekend was to Santa Barbara Wine Country.
At this time I had never been to Demetria, but had started to hear a buzz about it and told Dennis we had to go there. The day we went it ends up that Dennis grew up two block from the owners of Demetria in Manhattan Beach and he had no idea that they had opened a winery. About a year and a half later we got engaged and when we went up to Santa Ynez to look at locations we never left Demetria. We actually stayed past them time that they closed because they all knew Dennis’ father who passed away 14 years ago and the owners started telling stories about his Dad and I started crying and needless to say we never left and knew that this is where our wedding was going to be, no questions.
Once the location and dress was chosen my creative brain started churning right away. Pink has always been my favorite color so Dennis was a good sport to go along with it, and in the end he loved the gray and pink together. I also purchased a lot of custom made items off of Etsy, I became a little Etsy obsessed. We were also lucky that Dennis’ sister is a graphic designer and she made all of the printed materials for our wedding. I really wanted peonies, but given the time of year we got married they were not readily available so Nico at NLC productions worked with me to make sure I was happy, and l was very happy!
It was very important to Dennis and I that everyone coming have an amazing time, since this location was a destination for everyone we knew it was very important for us to make sure that our guests had an unforgettable experience. We both love food, wine, and cocktails so we hired Damien Windsor to do the cocktails, and Savior Faire for our family style dinner and our guests still talk about both. We also had a few special moments for our parents by having a surprise bag piper for our moms and my Dad and I pretended for about 10 seconds to do a normal father daughter dance, but then we threw on Dodger tshirts and hat and danced to “I love LA” by Randy Newman (My Dad has loved the Dodgers his whole life even though he lives in Omaha, NE). My favorite surprise of the night was that I put together a surprise bourbon bar/cigar lounge that I dedicated to Dennis in memory of his Dad and it was called “Bob Komick’s Bourbon Bar.”
Our favorite part of the night was when we stopped for 10 minutes before walking down to the reception and had one of our favorite cocktails just the two of us and looked down on all of our guests already having a great time and the party was just getting started. I am event obsessed and always planning something for my immediate group of friends and after being so happy with the way the wedding turned out I am thinking of branching out into doing something of my own. Really I could go on and on because we loved BRAEDON and the photos that we received a few weeks later and lucky for us we chose great vendors that worked well together and help make my fairy tale dream wedding come true.
Wedding Photography: Braedon Photography | Wedding Venue + Wine: Demetria Estate Winery | Floral Design: NLC Productions | Day-of Wedding Planning: Felici Events | Wedding Cinematopgraphy: Urbane Media Photo & Video | Wedding Catering: Savoir Faire | Wedding Cake: Decadence | Rentals: Town & Country | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Lighting: LBPS Events | Bag Pipe: Bill Boetticher | Singer: Ray Fortune |Transportation: Silverado Stages | Mixologist: Damien Windsor | DJ: Maxx Henry | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Shoes: Badgely Mischka | Hair: Kelly Scripps | Makeup: Julie Severt