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Enchanting Alfresco Wedding Positively Glowing with Candlelight

Give us twinkling candlelight, a canopy of chandeliers and open air dining under the stars and we’ll call that the epitome of romance. From the tablescape sprinkled with gold a little touch of blush crafted by Casa de Perrin to the cascade of flowers at every turn by Cody Floral Design, and the scenic beauty of San Ysidro Ranch, get cozy with Michelle Beller‘s photos and prepare to be totally enchanted.

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From the Bride… We envisioned our wedding to be modern, traditional and elegant. We chose the San Ysidro Ranch for it’s storied history, privacy, romantic, intimate and scenic location. Because only our immediate families were in attendance, we opted for a formal and elegant affair serenaded by an acoustic duo under the stars. We enjoyed a caviar and champagne cocktail hour, followed by a fine wine pairing and a five course dinner with accompaniment of amuse bouche and an intermezzo.

It was truly an affair to remember from the exchanging of our vows on the lower lawn, to the decadent sit-down dinner, chandeliers hanging from the branches above us creating a whimsical setting. The enchanting glow of the candles, lavish table settings, aromatic fragrance from the lush floral arraignments complimenting the aroma of the fine cuisine. Laughter coupled with the cheers and speeches and background music creating a magical evening to remember. We are exceedingly happy and pleased that our dreams were executed so flawlessly.

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Photography: Michelle Beller | Event Design: La Fete | Floral Design: Cody Floral Design | Invitations: East Six | Catering: San Ysidro Ranch | Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | Ceremony Music: Dwight Kennedy | Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Town And Country | Tabletop: Casa de Perrin

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The True Definition of a Fairytale Wedding

When I was looking for my own wedding gown, I had but one request. I wanted the biggest, most beautiful ballgown I could get my hands on. And as it appears, this gorgeous bride had the same idea that I did (smart girl). Because to me, if you’re going to have a ballroom wedding, you might as well go for a serious ballroom gown. This affair is a TRUE fairytale celebration with the most gorgeous florals from Square Root, perfect images from our friends, Michael + Anna Costa and gown that will stop you in your tracks. Click here for more!

From the Michael + Anna Costa…Ali and Gisoo’s wedding day started with the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the sand and the salty sea air floating through the double french doors in to their presidential suite. The calming, relaxed vistas of the ocean meeting the curved landscape of the Santa Barbara coastline would set the scene for their personal and intimate nuptials as they were surrounded by close friends and treasured family.

The bride was adorned with a beautiful, traditional ballgown and had a flowing veil that, when caught by the sun, shone like an angel. The ceremony site overlooked the vast ocean with views of the islands out in the distance. The lavish Sofreh-ye Aghd was a true sight to behold, with white and silver accents and a striking mirror and floral. As Ali & Gisoo finalized their vows with a kiss they were surrounded immediately by friends and family with hugs and words of deep congratulations.

The reception was decorated with true elegance and highlighted with a decadent dessert table that included every manner of fruit and sweet delicacy one could imagine. The evening was full of dancing, dining and pure joy emanating from the bride and groom and all their guests.

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Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Videography: Chris Angeles Films | Coordination: Donna Romani Events | Floral Design: Square Root | Cake: Lele's Patisserie | DJ : Mike Soltani | Wedding Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Ceremony/ Cocktail Music: Vincent And Vedant | Fruit/ Sweets Table: Hasmik Party Services | Sofreh: Sargordan Sofreh Wedding Arrangements

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A Real Bride Inspired By Grace Kelly

When Grace Kelly serves as the point of inspiration, you get a timeless bridal style with no shortage of sophistication. That was certainly the case for this bride who designed her own wedding gown, sourcing Chantilly lace from France and working directly with her dressmaker throughout the 10-month process. The result? A dress that truly set the scene for an incredible day planned by Twine Events. See all the photos by Brancoprata plus clip below by Robert Michael Films.

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From the Bride…

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

We had a memorable engagement in Paris with my family and soon after, the two of us celebrated with a spontaneous getaway to the Italian coast. Everything about that trip felt like a dream. We knew we wanted to incorporate a very romantic European touch with each detail.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

I always love muted, neutral hues like cream, taupe, sand and pale blush. The palette is so effortless and there’s a softness and elegance to it. I wanted to keep everything classic with small hints of French-inspired decor like the blue bouquet blossom china we used for our tableware. While everyone dined outdoors during sunset, music by Edith Piaf played in the background. It felt like we were transported to another place in another era.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

Right after Jason proposed, we strolled along the Pont de l’Arcevêché where we wrote our locks and threw the key in the river. I will always remember the significance of that moment. After months of trying to find enough vintage locks, I had to get creative and settle for hand making guest escort cards for every couple. They were twined together with a small brass lock and key where they were displayed on a wrought iron gate to mimic the bridge. We also had a gentleman’s lounge / library where everyone enjoyed the cigars and whiskey tasting. I’ll give my husband credit for that one!

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail?

Exchanging our personalized vows. Although I was a crying mess and we stood in front of a lot of people, the moment was so quiet and genuine that it was as if we were the only two there. My favorite crafted detail would have to be the collaborative work between my girlfriend, Heather from The Pointed Pen, who helped me design my formal invitations, and my brother who hand watercolored the artwork of the villa on the front face of the invite. It was all made with love.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your cake, etc.

The grounds already had aligned Italian Cypress trees, a side garden of rose bushes and the 1920’s villa was built with so much character that we didn’t need to overdo it with flowers. Our florist, Of The Flowers, did an amazing job highlighting areas to accentuate the natural beauty.

I designed my wedding gown with my dressmaker, Lucille (who I refer her as my ‘fairy godmother’). Grace Kelly was my wedding style muse. I envisioned the style and silhouette to be timeless and classic. We sourced the Chantilly lace from France and the top bodice was all hand sewn. It was such a fun and meaningful process for me that took nearly 10 months. Hopefully one day, I can pass it down to my daughter.

We opted out a cake and chose a dessert bar. We preferred to have many options of bite size sweets!

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

The same advice I was given: On the day of your wedding, take a moment. Sit in silence, be observant and reciprocate the gratitude and joy to everyone who is there to celebrate your special day. It all goes by so quickly.

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Photography: Brancoprata | Videography: Robert Michael Films | Event Planning: Twine Events | Floral Design: Of The Flowers | Wedding Dress: Custom | DJ: Dart Collective | Officiant: Rev. John Moore | Venue: Villa Del Sol D'Oro | Deserts: Fantasy Frostings | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Rentals : Dish Wish | Strings: Angelica Strings

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