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Rustic Glam Nipomo Wedding

This pretty little barn bash from Amanda McKinnon Photography is sure to put a pep in your step today my dears. It’s rustic. It’s glam. It’s adorable. A marrying of sparkles and lace, succulents and peonies, distressed wood and lovely lettering… and it’s oh-so-lovely. See even more here in the full gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride…Richard and I are both from Chicago and moved to Los Angeles 4 years ago. When Richard proposed we both decided that we wanted to get married here in California where we started our life together and where we are building our future. We knew that it would mean some of the important people in our lives wouldn’t be able to make the trip, but from the beginning we wanted our wedding to be exactly what we wanted and not worry what other people thought. The moment I stepped into the Dana Powers barn I knew it was where I wanted to get married. It took my breath away. From there, everything fell together. My family owns a floral business in Chicago so of course I knew I was in good hands from the start. Our wedding was all about the fun, personalized details and enjoying the natural beauty of the California coast. We worked with the absolute best vendors and everything turned out exactly as I had imagined. Everything was truly “us” from the mac and cheese and root beer floats, to the beautiful peonies, to the sequined tablecloths. I loved every minute of it! My advice to brides planning would be to not be afraid to do what you think is fun and don’t worry about what others think or expect! Its your day!

Photography: Amanda McKinnon Photography | Florist: Ashland-Addison Florist | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Two Cooks Catering | Hair And Makeup: Rhyan Townsend | DJ: Joe LaBarbera | Groomsmen Attire: Beaux Neckwear | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals | Wedding Venue: Dana-Powers House

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Romantic Wilson Creek Winery Wedding

A bold bride is a fabulous bride in my book. A beauty who is willing to steer away from the norm, even in subtle ways. Take this stunning lady for instance… donning a vibrant turquoise statement necklace, dressing her bridesmaids in gorg black gowns from Two Birds Bridesmaid and kicking aside heels for comfy flats. I think she has the right idea and it’s just the start… there’s so much more to love about this wildly beautiful day from Wai Reyes Photography.

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From Wai Reyes Photography… Brittany and MJ are as awesome as they come. We hit it off from day one, despite them needing to bend so low just to hug me back. I never felt so short until I met these two, who are like supermodels in looks and in build (bride is 6′ tall). I knew from our first meeting being part of their wedding would be one of the highlights of my year. I first met with Brittany and MJ in 2012 for their 2014 wedding. I thought then, “wow, they sure are taking their time!”. And they did, with plenty to spare. Everyone was in good spirits on the day of, family and friends were all excited with anticipation, and there was not a single dry eye as the two said their I Do’s.

What I especially liked about this wedding was how laid back it was. Brittany wore the teal jewelries to match her emerald engagement ring that she wears everyday and opted for flat sandals for her bridal shoes. I’d like to go on record in saying that she’s probably one of the easiest brides to get along with: she’s not only beautiful and funny, but she’s as real as it gets. And one can agree that’s perhaps the traits MJ loves about her. He can’t not look at her and not have a smile on his face; and likewise. As their wedding photographer, capturing moments from a couple who are so happy and in love is the best part of the job.

Photography: Wai Reyes Photography | Floral Design: The Bloom Of Time | Wedding Dress: Panache Bridal Studio | Cake: Cakes To Celebrate | Reception Venue: Wilson Creek Winery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaid | Hair And Makeup: Design Visage | DJ: Battleson Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Bridal Shoes: K Jacques | Wedding Invitations And Wedding Programs: DIY

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Romance in the Redwoods – A Forest Wedding

This is how I imagine a fairy wedding to be – all soaring trees and a canopy of greenery with a gorgeous lace dress by Claire Pettibone plus a mini version for the flower girl and floral crowns galore. It’s magical times about a million captured by ANA NYC and the prettiest peonies thrown into the mix courtesy of Alenas Designs. See even more of this wedding among the redwoods right here.

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From The Bride…The inspiration behind the day was romantic elegance joined with the rustic enchantment of nature. The giant redwood trees in the grove create an atmosphere that was both grand and intimate.

The ceremony was held inside a redwood tree circle. This particular circle, according to the property owner, took between 16,000 to 20,000 years to grow. A redwood tree circle is created when an original parent tree dies. It leaves saplings in a small circle around the dead tree. These saplings are too close to get the proper nutrients to grow into full-size trees, so they slowly push themselves outwards until they are far enough apart to reach maturity.

To promise our lives together within such a divine soul of the earth was a humbling and sacred experience. We were captivated by the beauty of the property as a whole- the redwoods, stream, pond and log cabin filled with antiques were all perfection. We felt transformed to another time.

We knew we wanted a romantic, handmade feeling to the wedding. We designed and printed all of the paper goods. We also designed, hand dyed in tea, and screen printed all of the hankies ourselves. We chose family style catering and locally sourced handmade pies to fit the cozy and rustic vibe. Pies were chosen not only because WE LOVE PIE, but also because it means something to us.

For our first date, Cooper came over to my apartment and baked an apple crisp from scratch. A handsome man who can bake!? I was sold. We chose a polaroid guest book, so we could look at everyone’s happy, adorable faces as we read their sweet messages and words of wisdom.

Our friends helped create the ceremony backdrop, my sister-in-law helped stamp the envelopes for the birdseed with “R&C,” my sister did my nails, and my bestie and her awesome man took the gorgeous photos and video we will cherish for a lifetime.

I met Cooper nearly four years ago at a bar in the LES in NYC one Saturday night where his gypsy punk rock band was playing. I fell in love with him on stage. Trips to apple orchards and mix CD’s followed. We were an electric connection. My love for him grows more with every new moment we share together.

His dedication and love for my daughter is what I cherish more than anything.

It’s impossible to choose our favorite moments of the day because honestly, every second was the best moments of our lives, the excitement and joy we both felt was beyond our wildest dreams.

The moment my eyes met his while I walked down the aisle. My daughter being an essential part of the ceremony and the look on her face as Cooper expressed his vows to her. Walking out after the ceremony and crying tears of joy, squeezing each other, and laughing. Being announced as Mr. & Mrs. while paddling into the cocktail hour on a canoe, the sunshine in our faces, watching Cooper smile at me as our closest friends and family all lined the shore cheering us on…

The mariachi band, along with our friends serenading us as we got off the canoe and danced our first dance as husband and wife. It was an overwhelmingly surreal, perfect moment.

My six year old daughter having the courage to say her pre-written speech to us on stage, which she had spent months preparing. Dancing all night with the most amazing people we both know.

From Ana NYC…There’s scarcely more you can ask for as a wedding photographer than a sunny warm day, an outdoor setting gleaming with careful details and a gorgeous couple who is not only fiercely in love but who radiates their joy out to the crowd like a lighthouse beacon from the little family they already are.

The cabin that the bride got ready in looked like a professionally prop-styled movie set. Each cool artifact could have been photographed on its own. The care with which the whole property was put together and maintained was a labor of love itself.

I loved every moment of this day and it went by in a whoosh. Part of the bonding experience that the whole guest list shared on this Saturday was that there was no cell service at the venue at all. Everyone by default just tucked away their iPhones to just enjoy. (Or if you’re me, put it on Airplane Mode to preserve battery so you can snap photos all night!) I’m not sure I’ve ever been prouder to submit the artifacts of a wedding. This day was just twinkly and magical!

Photography: ANA NYC | Videography: ANA NYC | Flowers: Alenas Designs | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Invitations: The Woolberry Press | Bride's Shoes: Sole Society | Catering: Feast For A King Catering | Lighting: Classic Party Rentals | DJ: Feet First Entertainment | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Ceremony And Reception: The Island Farm | Mariachi Band: Trio Estrellas De Oro | Pie: Pie Ranch

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