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Marin Wedding from Briana Marie Photography and Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events

I’m a total fool when it comes to a good love story. A bride in her mother’s gown (and veil), marrying her beau in the same church her parents did so many years ago, and then dancing the night away under the same stars as her parents? Well, Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events and Fleurs de France have just such a wedding for us. Briana Marie Photography captured a day so lovely, you simply must set aside a few moments to comb through the gallery (there are even some shots of Elaine Bell Catering’s work that will make your mouth water)!


From the planner… The August wedding of Nancy and Peter in Northern California was simply amazing. The bride and groom are both in finance in NYC, and met in a cozy Upper West Side bar on a snowy evening in December. Since then, they have traveled the world together (engaged in Paris!) and made a sweet home in New York.

Nancy’s mother has passed away, and to honor her memory Nancy and Peter decided on a destination wedding in Northern California (Marin, close to Wine Country). The couple was married in the stunning Saint Raphael Church where her parents were married many years before. The reception was held at the ranch/winery of a dear family friend, and the same place where her parents’ wedding reception took place. The ranch has a special place in California history: the stately Italianite home – where Nancy and her friends prepared for the wedding – was built by the prominent Pacheco family in 1876 and remains in the same family today (the land was part of the original Land Grant for services to the Mexican Government in the 1800s). Nancy and Peter aimed to honor the rich history of the ranch but also infuse elegance, so a grand tent was designed at the winery site. The “ballroom” was created with flooring and carpeting, more than 35,000 lights and sheer draping to welcome the 100 guests, mostly traveling from New York. Ivory tones overlaid with burgundy, wine, dark brown and gold accents incorporated the natural landscape of the property, and Fleurs de France used exquisite roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and orchids throughout the wedding festivities.

In keeping with the sentimental touches of the wedding, Nancy wore her mother’s wedding dress and veil after it was re-imagined by Sorelle Firenze (NYC) for her figure and style. Other highlights of the wedding were specially mixed Spicy Ranch Margaritas (featuring jalapeno-infused tequila, cucumber and lime), scotch and cigars around the firepit, passed cans of cheap beer and petite mozzarella sticks, croque monsieur and ice cream sandwiches at midnight. The weekend also included a nautical rehearsal dinner at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco (during the exciting America’s Cup races!), a post-wedding bloody-mary brunch, and the groom and his groomsmen walking across the Golden Gate Bridge the morning of the wedding. Truly a Bay Area affair!

Photography: Briana Marie Photography | Wedding Planner: Suzy Berberian Weddings & Events | Flowers: Fleurs de France | Catering/Bar: Elaine Bell Catering | Church: Saint Raphael Church | Reception & After-Party Location: Pacheco Ranch Winery | Hair + Makeup: It’s a Date at the Powder Room | Detailer + Seamstress: Heidi Johnson, Sew Heidi Email: sewheidi@earthlink.net | Cinema: Video BASICO | Cake: Perfect Endings | Equipment/Lighting/Tenting: Hartmann Studios | Music: Wine Country Entertainment (Keith Johnson’s All Stars and DJ Tony Sparks) | Transportation: Pure Luxury And Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Stationery: Dauphine Press Web | Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carol Web | Favors: Socola Chocolatier | Bride’s Dress and Veil: Mother’s dress and veil, recreated for bride by Sorelle Firenze | Bride’s Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti | Groom’s Tuxedo: Armani | Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom’s Tie: Ralph Lauren | Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands: Betteridge of Greenwich, CT

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Fairfax Wedding at Deer Park Villa from Minted

This lush, fall-hued wedding held among the California redwoods at Deer Park Villa is simply the definition of lovely. The couple crafted an old-world, enchanted forest feel with gorgeous flowers from Village Green Floral, a handmade burlap + lace runner and (my favorite) paper hearts cut from the pages of vintage romance novels! The gallery is overflowing with pretty pictures by Art Soul Photo-see them all here!

From the Bride… We happened upon Grandpa Joe’s Redwood Grove and knew we had found our very own enchanted forest for our wedding day. Chris and I are both old souls, so it was fitting to be married among redwoods that live to be 1,000 years old. We were married in the fall when bright, seasonal flowers and lush foliage were in full bloom. My wedding gown was all lace. I love this timeless fabric. It has an old-world feel, yet the silhouette of my gown felt fresh, modern and flowing. My dressmaker completed the look with a satin sash and a gorgeous pearl broach. I wanted to take Chris’s breath away when he saw me for the first time in my dress. I sneaked up from behind and surprised him. We both had tears in our eyes.

There were so many meaningful and heartfelt memories from the day. Chris’s grandfather had recently passed away, and Chris wore his grandfather’s cufflinks to honor his memory. In the days leading up to the wedding, we considered having them cleaned and polished. Instead, we decided to leave them tarnished and worn, just as his grandfather had left them. Chris said it made him feel closer to him, as if his grandfather had taken them off and handed them to Chris to wear. We had Chris’s wedding band custom-designed to match his grandfather’s hand-hammered, silver cuff links.Instead of traditional flower petals adorning our aisle made of burlap and lace (which I stayed up ironing in the hallway of our hotel until 2 in the morning the night before with my beloved bridesmaids), I cut out paper hearts from classic romance novels. I longed to have a bit of Jane Austen at my wedding. My mom was incredibly helpful in helping us create our enchanted forest.  She even taught herself how to use a wood-burning tool and personalized our wedding favors. We found burlap bags, filled them with wildflower seeds and hand-carved our initials onto a small round of redwood — inspiration from our save-the-dates cards.

Our favorite part of the whole evening was an elegant, candlelit dinner under the moonlight — deep in our enchanted forest. It was an unbelievable feeling to look out over our guests eating, laughing and enjoying themselves, knowing that every person was there because they loved us. I just kept saying to Chris, “Can you believe all of this is for us?” It was so special and humbling to be surrounded by the love and support of those we loved most. It honestly felt like the loveliest dream ever, and I never wanted to wake up. That moment will stay with us, in our hearts and minds, for the rest of our lives. One of our most cherished wedding guests left us a wedding wish written on a rock. It said, “Wealth is family and family is wealth.” Chris and I were thrilled to share such a magical day with family and friends.

Wedding Photography: Sarah Metz of Art Soul Photo / Wedding Venue + Catering: Deer Park Villa in Fairfax, California / Floral Design: Karen Rossi of Village Green Floral / Wedding Cake: Shannon Stapel of Fat Angel Bakery / Wedding Invitations + Save-the-Dates: Minted / Transportation: Sausalito Limousines / Wedding Dress: Clarissa Bridal

Bay Area Engagement Session from Jennabeth Photography

Sailboats, champagne, California sunsets, two lovebirds who couldn’t be more adorable (or gorgeous) – this engagement session by Jennabeth Photography is basically my dream come true. And I didn’t even mention anything about the stripes and the polka dots or the sun-infused picnic. It’s all picture perfect in every single way and you can see so much more of this gorgeous shoot right here.

Click here for the FULL engagement session!

From Jennabeth PhotographyHot and steamy and cute and playful all rolled into one session! The waterfronts in Sausalito and Rodeo Beach were the perfect settings for this couple. We started at Sausalito Harbor because it’s right by where they both live, and they wanted to capture that. Then we went to Rodeo Beach in Marin, and Sonya had packed a perfect picnic for them both consisting of just champagne! Sony and Mark will be tying the knot this coming winter in Mexico – lucky them! We had so much fun together — I was laughing just as much as them behind the camera because Mark kept us all so entertained!

Photography: Jennabeth Photography / Locations: Sausalito, California + Rodeo Beach, California