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Romantic Marin County Engagement Session

I think that if you are lucky enough to live in Marin County and even luckier to hire Coco Tran to shoot your engagement pictures, you can pretty much bank on the fact that they are going to be gorgeous. But these are so much more. They are love. Pure, unfiltered love. And pink tutus. Both of which come together to make this blogger, really really jealous. Can you even imagine what their wedding will look like? More here!

From Coco TranEric and Isabel both have impeccable taste in fashion, indulge in fine dining, and share the love for snowboarding. We shot their engagement session roaming the hills of Marin county where we found the perfect spot with tall grass to frolic in.

Photography: Coco Tran | Flower Crown: Tango And Foxtrot | Lace Crop Top: Love And Lemon | Tulle Skirt: Space 46 Boutique

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Bohemian Ranch Wedding Inspiration

This, m’dears, is what happens when a talented team of vendors, a breathtaking venue and a crazy gorgeous theme unite: pure, unadulterated pretty.  Think Ryder Sloan Events, Sweet Lauren Cakes, The Floral Loft and Dustin Cantrell (to name a few) all coming together to create a bundle of rustic meets bohemian inspiration that is all sorts of amazing.  Get your juices flowing right here.

From Ryder Sloan EventsThe Free People dress was our first source of inspiration. The gauzy ethereal fabric with strands of beads and loose fit immediately set the wheels in motion for a Bohemian California ranch wedding shoot. Cow Track Ranch was the perfect host with sweeping green hills dotted with craggy rocks and the occasional California happy cow. CTR provided so many gorgeous light-filled backdrops throughout the day that our amazing photographer Dustin was literally chasing down the sun in the owner’s pick-up at the end of the day!

Courtney from the Floral Loft created a bouquet of deep greens and moody reds, an arch overlooking the horse pond covered in natural grasses, a centerpiece that pulled in the mint and marsala color palette and even a delicate little flower anklet for our bride.

Vintage china and flatware accented with stunning letterpress menus from Aerialist Press sat upon soft washed linens from La Tavola for the perfectly intimate barn-side sweetheart table. And we lit the inside of the old barn on property with tons of candles for a dreamy romantic “first dance” location for our newlyweds.

One of the benefits of hosting at CTR is that the owner’s daughter owns a vintage furniture rental company called Plum Couture Vintage. Upon arrival, she took me into her storage container and my eyes lit up. It was a vintage shopping experience like no other. So many gorgeous furniture pieces to choose from, but my eyes went directly to the brass candlestick holder collection and we immediately propped them on the sweetheart table for added elegance.

Our model Caroline’s natural beauty was enhanced by Shana from Fox&Doll who accented her loose waves with lovely deep red blooms. And we borrowed from Sweet&Spark’s immense collection of stunning vintage jewels to add just a touch of elegance to our otherwise relaxed, bohemian bride.

Perhaps the best part of shooting at the ranch was that it’s grounds were layered with wonderful finds that we used for spontaneous creative ideas. Upon arrival, we found a cow skull that was just begging for a floral crown, antlers that played off of the lovely letter-pressed invitations and fluffy linens, an old greenhouse that shot off incredible gleams of light and a haystack in the old barn that made for an excellent backdrop for our naked ombre berry topped cake from Sweet Lauren Cakes.

Photography: Dustin Cantrell | Floral Design: The Floral Loft | Wedding Dress : Free People | Cake : Sweet Lauren Cakes | Jewelry: Sweet & Spark | Hair And Makeup : Fox & Doll | Venue: Cow Track Ranch | Event Coordinator And Stylist: Ryder Sloan Events | Female Model: Caroline Rooney | Linens: La Tavola | Male Model : Casey Allan | Paper Goods: Aerialist Press | Rentals : Plum Couture | Venue Coordination: Liz Daniels

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Rustic Summer Wedding in Marin County

Besides this darling duo’s great taste in music (they played Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” twice at their wedding), they really know how to throw one fabulous party.  Together with a fab team of vendors (think Daisy Rose Floral Design and Paper Daisies Stationery) they created a day that was rich in organic-inspired details and rustic charm at every turn.  OneLove Photography captured every moment and, let me tell you loves, it’s worthy of some serious swoon time.  See it all here.

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From the beautiful Bride… My husband and I decided to get married in Bolinas, CA– a small town in West Marin that’s about an hour north of San Francisco, and near and dear to our hearts. We wanted a wedding that reflected the wonderful memories we have of spending time with friends and family in this special part of California. We also wanted a wedding that reflected the life we try to lead together: fun, unfussy, and filled with love, family, and good food.

I had the most difficult time choosing a palette for the wedding. Eventually, I just chose things I love from nature, all of which happen to be beautifully fragrant: French lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Every part of the day incorporated these elements. My bouquet of creamy tea roses and peonies was dotted with all three; our flower girls wore crowns of eucalyptus and lavender; our specialty cocktail was a French-inspired lavender lemonade; we gave our guests homemade rosemary-infused sea salt to take home with them; each dinner table had small floral arrangements that mirrored my bouquet, and each place setting had a sprig of fresh rosemary.

We decided to have a Catholic ceremony at the local church in town, which is a small mission chapel built in 1853 that has been the site of baptisms, weddings, and funerals in my husband’s family. Since I’m not religious, I decided to incorporate some secular elements into the ceremony: my brothers played a Hawaiian wedding song on ukulele, and a Carl Sagan quotation was inscribed on our program. And, both my husband and I were walked down the aisle by our parents!

Our reception was held at the Peace Barn, a private property in Bolinas that we were given permission to use. We enjoyed cocktails, oysters, and hors d’oeuvres on the meadow behind the barn, which is bordered by cypress and willows, and looks out on the Bolinas lagoon. At sunset, guests made their way back up the narrow, marsh-lined path to enjoy dinner, dancing, donuts and cake in the chandelier and candlelit barn. The groom and I had planned to exit the party early at 11, but we couldn’t tear ourselves away from the dance floor until the DJ stopped at midnight. The last song he played was Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,’” which our string trio had played as our recessional. It was a perfect end to the celebration.

Photography: onelove photography | Floral Design: Daisy Rose Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Jin Wang | Cake: Forget-Me-Not Cakes | Stationery : Paper Daisies Stationery | Reception Venue: The Peace Barn | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Elaine Bell Catering | DJ: DJ St. Patrick, Golden State Productions | Wedding Favors: Bride & Groom | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Chapel: St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church | Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew | Linens: La Tavola | Oyster Bar: Hog Island Oysters | String Trio: Corelli Strings

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Romantic Foggy After Wedding Portraits

One consensus I hear while planning my own nuptials is that the day goes by in a blur. So why not take note from this darling couple and their after wedding portraits - I mean, any excuse to slip on that Monique Lhuillier and a flower crown by Tango & Fox Trot again? Yes, please! Through the haze Coco Tran captured so many sweet moments they have me wishing for a post wedding session myself.

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From Coco TranKevin and Nancy wed in June in San Diego, working with Nancy in the past ( Her engagement session) she wanted to book a after session with me for a Bride and Groom portrait session. She wore her stunning Monique Lhullier wedding dress. The flowy dress on a foggy Marin afternoon alongside with Flowers by Tango and Foxtrot made this session truly fine art and one of a kind.

I love photographing my couples after their wedding. The wedding day seems to go by with a blink of an eye, and sometimes there isn’t enough time in the wedding day to include romantic bride and groom portraits. It’s a great opportunity to relive your wedding day and it gives me more time to creatively photograph my couples! It’s also nice that we get to pick any venue/location the couple would like. Sometimes, I’m booked for my couples wedding dates, so this is a great way for us to work together to create stunning wedding images without having to change your wedding date .

Nancy & Kevin brought some wedding day props to dress up their after session. The wooden sign, Nancy’s flower girl was holding that down the aisle before Kevin saw Nancy. The DIY letter box made by Nancy with their wedding colors. All little details that were a special part of Nancy and Kevin’s big day.

Photography: Coco Tran | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Venue: Marin | Flower Design: Tango & Fox Trot | Wedding Sign: Sweet Carolina Collective

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Romantic Headlands Shoot

Looking to be inspired? Thanks to the team of Kent Avenue Photography and Loop Flowers and Events, you can look no further! Berry toned blooms add a pop of color against the green hills of the Marin Headlands, creating a wildly romantic setting for this next photoshoot. Head to the gallery for more. Inspiration and beauty awaits.

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From Kent Avenue PhotographyIt was such a treat to work with so many local Bay Area vendors on this recent bridal session led by Anna Hoffman’s Loop Event Arts! When Anna says jump, I say ‘how high??’ Her floral designs are pure magic. Garden spun arrangements infused with romance and an earthy sexiness beyond any other! Her ability to layer color and texture is just drool-worthy. There are no heirs about these flowers – just a pure, undone elegance that will make you weak in the knees.

Pair all this loveliness with the majestic, rugged beauty of the Marin Headlands and we were in heaven! Talk about being over stimulated. Magnificent, undulating hills appear to rise from the earth and hug the coastline. The earthy smell of eucalyptus lingers in the air. Crashing waves, windswept hills, hidden coves and isolated beaches make for a truly mind blowing experience. Gravel-lined paths wind their way through high grasses, against hills peppered with spring wildflowers and teeming with wildlife, down to the jagged coastline. Late afternoon fog swims through the peaks and valleys of the hills and settles over panorama ocean views.

This wildly romantic setting could not have been a more perfect location for our bridal session’s moody, rich, berry palette. A sweet bench (perfect for two) was topped with oversized, lilac-linen pillows. Lush, garden-inspired floral arrangements sat atop layered, natural linens and paired with crystal-cut glasses and vintage silver flatware. Gorgeous, hand drawn menus and place cards featured whimsical botanical elements. A chocolate naked cake was layered with rich buttercream and fresh berries. The bride was outfitted in an ivory leavers lace dress and delicate, handmade hair accessories – a vintage, lace bridal cap and a gold, intricate floral, swarovski crystal headpiece. Pure romance.

Photography: Kent Avenue Photography | Floral Design: Loop Flowers & Event Arts | Cake: Miette | Makeup: Naomi Berg | Hair: Alicia Mancuso | Venue: Marin Headlands | Bridal Accessories: Haute Bride | Furniture: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Paper/Graphics: Fig & Tulip | Tabletop Rentals: Frances Lane, Event Rental Studio

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