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Romantic Garden Wedding Inspiration Among the Trees

Imagine a secret garden in the middle of an enchanted forest. The wedding inspiration below takes place there—in that magical clearing with tall trees and the most beautiful flowers you’ve ever laid eyes on thanks to Fionna Floral. Add to that a gorgeous painted cake from Just Cake, whimsical invitations and photos from Monika Greenaway and you’re left with an absolute wedding wonderland planned by Simply by Bethaina. Admire it all here.

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From Simply By BethainaHaving worked on a few events together earlier this year, Monika and I knew we wanted to collaborate on a shoot together. We wanted a shoot that both reflected and complimented the beauty and intensity of the bride and groom’s love. It was amazing working with such a plethora of talent and watching our vision unfold in the presence of such true love…

“Less is more” is a phrase often lost or buried in the frenzy of wedding planning. Being one of the most momentous moments in a couple’s life, it is easy to be swept up, and go overboard in the preparation. For this shoot, Monika and I sought to create a magical, romantic and whimsical feel that would compliment rather than out shadow the bride and groom. Sharing an appreciation for the unquestionable elegance of tailored simplicity, we wanted this to reflect in every facet of the day, from the location to the selection of the very last petal.

Taking advantage of the iconic California landscape we selected a non-venue location for the photo-shoot. Pebble Beach was the perfect location, both refreshing and beautiful. Amongst the moss covered trees and rocky coastal backdrop- it spearheaded the exact magical and whimsical theme we were going for. Furthermore, we wanted to work in a space that wouldn’t confine the imaginations of future brides and had a vast potential of creative possibilities.

Continuing to explore an imaginative path for the shoot, I knew I wanted an untraditional dress for the bride. That is where I fell in love with the fairy loren cape from Odyline. Working closely with Sarah, from Fionna Floral, the Bride’s look was complete with the addition of a delicate floral crown, accomplishing a romantic and dreamlike look. We wanted the bride’s bouquet(s) to be classic, however less understated, and went with two beautiful different looks. One English clutch bouquet of ivory, pinks and green tones to match the table theme and one oversize ombre, with more of the plum tones for a dramatic affect.

Sarah, from Fionna Floral, also supplied the lush blooms for the two tablescapes, crafting bountiful pink, white, green, and plum arrangements, hues that define the fall and summer months. Draping down the tables on both sides, both the garlands as well as the floating blooms of roses, ranunculus, dahlias and peonies, were illuminated by soft candlelight. Candles and lanterns of different heights and sizes accentuated the uniqueness and rustic romance we envisioned for the shoot. We really wanted to maintain the simplistic elegance of the natural elements, and left the wooden table mostly exposed- dressed with a simple pearl silk runner, blooms, candles. Carrying accents of gold and some details of watercolor, the menu cards, flatware and glassware, carried in accents of gold, pink and coral tones tied the tablescape beautifully with the surrounding forest.

The wedding cake also brought a splash of gold to the shoot and reflected the romantic and magical theme of the day. Inspired by a watercolor leitmotif the two bottom layers of the cake matched perfectly with the floral arrangements, with delicately painted pink peonies. The top layer of the cake was solid gold- crowned with a real blooming peony.

Following a natural inspiration, the Bride’s hair and makeup were both simple and sweet, emphasizing her beauty and glow, as well as her stunning gown. Easily inspired by both the couple and the dramatic landscape- it was a truly magical and fun experience shooting the garden wedding among the trees. All together, we wanted to create something simple, elegant, unique and intimate. After all, sometimes less is more.

Photography: Monika Greenaway | Event Planning: Simply By Bethaina | Floral Design: Fionna Floral | Wedding Dress: Odylyne the Ceremony | Cake: Just Cake | Makeup: Oya Salon | Hair: Oya Salon | Venue: Pebble Beach | Cake Topper: Cake Topper Bliss | Chair Signs: Paper & Pine Co. | Model: Rachel Zee | Paper Goods: Bright Room Studio | Rentals: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals

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Elegant Mint + Peach Ranch Wedding at Holman Ranch

Chock full of lush peachy florals, a seriously stunning rose-covered courtyard reception dinner, with linens and decor from La Tavola and One True Love Vintage Rentals, this elegant ranch wedding is making me giddy for spring all over again! Lucky for us, Delbarr Moradi Photography captured all the rustic romance of this laid-back couple’s “best day of our lives,” and shared with us in the gallery here!

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From The Bride…I always envisioned our wedding to have sort of an ethereal vibe – something that looked and felt elegant, but still laid back. Carmel was our first trip we took together as a couple and we fell in love with it, so when someone told us about Holman Ranch, we didn’t hesitate to check it out.  It was actually the first place we looked at, and the last — I knew right away it was the place for us.  Everything from the peaceful and private vibe, to the stunning mountain views, to that famous Holman tree…it just felt magical.   It also didn’t hurt that Kyle’s Armenian side of the family came from a long line of grape farmers so it was fitting to get married at a vineyard. 

Natalie Bowen’s flowers blew me away…I knew she was talented but she completely exceeded my expectations.  Everything from my gorgeous, peony-filled bouquet, to each table’s unique arrangement, to the eucalyptus garlands on the chairs and the carriage house doors–she was completely aligned with my vision and knocked it out of the park.    

I know it sounds cheesy and cliché, but our wedding day really felt perfect.   It was the most amazing feeling knowing that our families and closest friends were all there to celebrate with us.  And, thanks to our wedding planner, Simone Lennon and her team, Kyle and I were really able to enjoy the day and soak it all in. It was the best day of our lives…so far.

From Simone Lennon of Simone Lennon EventsAs a couple, Katie and Kyle are laid back and easy going who love stylish design that involves simplicity, sensibility and elegance. Holman Ranch was the perfect venue for them as the space is full of natural beauty, charm and exclusivity.

When it came to designing their affair, we really wanted to create a relaxed day that felt seasonal yet effortlessly beautiful and timeless. With that in mind, we kept things simple yet impactful. Also, Katie was really inspired by whimsical organic, loose and colorful bouquets and floral garlands (which kind of became an unofficial theme to the day).

Our super talented floral designer, Natalie Bowen, designed large, lush Eucalyptus garlands that were featured throughout the entire event. Each garland was different and showcased various pastel colors of Peonies and Garden Roses with tucked in sprigs Lavender and Lilacs. She draped them across our ceremony chair backs, our welcome beverage station and the rustic wooden benches during the dance reception.

For our dinner tablescapes, we decided to keep the design in line with Holman Ranch’s rustic environment so we brought in wooden farms dining tables and cross back wooden chairs. We really wanted the floral to be the star of the design, so we used neutral colored hemstitch linens and ivory ornate china for the dinner reception. Natalie designed stunning colorful arrangements in mismatched copper, glass and gold foiled vessels. Each table had its own unique point of interest which caught guests’ interest as they mingled throughout the reception.

After a farm-to-table three coursed dinner and several heartfelt speeches by loved ones, guests moved on to the dance reception in the Carriage House. Just after sunset, Kyle and Katie cut into their three tiered whimsically ruffled cake and danced the night away to The Wall Street Band. Guests enjoyed coffee and cake while sitting in gorgeous vintage lounges or roasted marshmallows at the s’mores station close by.

Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography | Floral Design: Natalie Bowen | Cake: Patisserie Bechler | Shoes: BHLDN | Catering: Paradise Catering | Calligraphy: Barbara Callow Calligraphy | Transportation: Main Event Transportation Monterey | Beverage Service: Bottles And Bins | Bridal Gown: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid Gowns: BHLDN | Ceremony & Reception: Holman Ranch | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Indochino | Hair & Makeup: Shawn Cavlan Beauty Co | Invitations, Menus & Signage: Union Street Papery | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Vintage Furniture Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Wedding Planning & Event Design: Simone Lennon, Simone Lennon Events

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Bouquet Breakdown: Elegant 4th of July Vineyard Wedding Bouquet

Happy Saturday everyone! We saw you on Facebook, read all your comments on Instagram, and we are answering with this gorgeous blush bouquet from last week’s Elegant 4th of July Vineyard Wedding. Created by the immensely talented Shawna Yamamoto of Shawna Yamamoto Event Design, this blushing beauty is lush, oh-so-romantic, and we’ve got the scoop on exactly what went into its creation.

Elegant 4th of July Vineyard Wedding

  • Cafe au Lait Dahlia
  • Juliet Garden Roses
  • O’Hara Garden Roses
  • Champagne Majolica Spray Roses
  • Pink Astilbe
  • Miniature Variegated Pittosporum
  • Silver Dollar Eucalyptus

From Shawna Yamamoto… The Bride for this particular wedding wanted a garden style bouquet and loved garden roses. The use of a variety of flowers with mixed texture was also important to our Bride; color was also a big part of the flowers we selected. The color palette of blushes and champagnes, with peach and pink allowed us to use the amazing Cafe au Lait Dahlia and peach Juliet Garden Rose in this beautiful bouquet.

Floral Design: Shawna Yamamoto Event Design | Photography: Caroline Tran

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Rustic + Elegant Farm Wedding Inspiration

I love the east coast, I do. But when it comes to planning an al fresco fete, with a gorgeously set farm table reception, the beautiful state of Cali wins me over every time with it’s sun-soaked weddings. If you’ve got your eye on the Golden State for your nuptials, this rustic inspiration from Sally Pinera and Poppy Design Co. will have your jaw on the floor. Head to the full gallery for more!

From Sally PineraSet against the beautiful landscape of Los Olivos, we were deeply inspired by natural and rustic elements for this shoot. Our colors were centralized around taupe, cream, mauve pink and indigo. White chippy bistro chairs were set with a gorgeous farm table. With running Silk and willow runner, cracked walnuts, cheese, and wine, we imagined the perfect reception that was both intimate and personable. With an effortless, our bride glowed in her simple yet gorgeous gown by Alexander Grecco. With an easy half updo, Jessica Wilcox created a look that is natural and radiant.

Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Design: Poppy Design Co. | Floral Design: Poppy Design Co. | Wedding Gown: Alexandra Grecco | Hair & Makeup: Jessica Wilcox | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Venue: Los Olivos | Chinaware: Dish Wish | Getaway Car: Classic Motoring Car Rental | Linen: West Elm | Model: Tara Blanchard | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Ring: Trumpet And Horn

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Romantic Midsummer Night’s Dream Corona Wedding

When actor/director Justin Baldoni popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Emily, with a jaw-dropping 27-minute long proposal video that went viral back in 2013 — now with over 10 million views to date (yes, you read that right!) — we knew their upcoming wedding would be equally amazing. We were right, and, lucky for you, we’ve got the romantic film from Full Frame Cinema to share right here!

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From Full Frame CinemaWe had the pleasure of shooting an incredibly unique, beautiful, and energetic wedding for one amazing couple, Justin and Emily Baldoni. Justin is an insanely talented director and actor, directing the moving series “My Last Days”  and currently co-starring on “Jane the Virgin” as Rafael. His wife Emily is also an incredibly gifted actress and always at Justin’s side supporting his endeavors: loving people and telling their stories. We first met Justin when he contacted us to film the wedding of his good friends, Golriz and Devon, who you may have seen on Style Me Pretty a few years ago (playing their ukulele!), which became one of our favorite weddings to date. When the time came for Justin to tie the knot with his beautiful bride, Emily, he called us and we were so excited to be a part of their special day! Also, if his 27 minute proposal video that went viral was any indication of how the wedding was going to be, we couldn’t wait.

The weather was perfect. The location and whimsically light and joyful feel of the entire day was even more perfect. Their ceremony was one of the most beautiful and love filled ceremonies we’ve ever had the privilege of being a part of. Then, their reception was so energetic and fun… there wasn’t a single person the entire night that wasn’t dancing!

Besides us and the incredibly talented Alison Howard, their wedding planner, everything from music, to flowers, to food, was provided by friends and family. It was wonderful to see everyone come together to give them such a special and personal wedding.

We are so honored that we were able to be a part and capture the beginning of such a beautiful marriage, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this extraordinary couple. We love you guys!

From The Bride…Our wedding day was on July 27th 2013, a beautiful summer’s day and evening at our dear friend’s stunning Corona, CA property. My mother in law Sharon did all the decorating and turned the place into a Midsummer Night’s Dream, exactly what I had hoped for. She put so much love in all the details, you could feel the magic of it all. Our flowers looked like ones we could have picked ourselves out in the meadows, natural, simple yet so beautiful. My girlfriends helped place them out everywhere, the perfect addition to the already stunningly decorated garden. It all had a very simple and rustic feel yet with a certain magical spark á la Midsummer Night’s Dream, a place where lovers go and get lost in the night :)

The food was a huge hit, people still talk about it. All thanks to Frank Lara and his talent, especially when it comes to his gourmet pizza made in his portable pizza oven! And my dear sisters made delicious desserts that were gone before Justin and I could even have a taste. But we had our own little Swedish Princess cake from Sweet Lady Jane! Everyone’s bellies were full and happy!

The most important ingredient of the evening was the massive amount of love that family and friends brought that day. Everyone celebrated with utmost joy, we danced barefoot in the grass, shared some amazing stories and speeches and there were so many surprises and gifts of love. We couldn’t have had the wedding of our dreams if it wasn’t for our family and incredible community of friends. I am beyond grateful to not only being married to the love of my life, but to have such a special wedding day to look back at, a true testament to the love we have in our lives.

Photography: Summer Spiro | Photography: Ruby Spiro | Photography: Emerson Boergadine | Photography: Fouad Elgohari | Photography: Carlo Orecchia | Cinematography: Full Frame Cinema | Event Planning: Alison Howard Events | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Friend's Home: Private Residence

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Rustic Ranch Wedding in San Luis Obispo

If you’re a country bride at heart, you’ll swoon over this hayride to the hilltop altar followed by a barn reception at this ranch wedding! How sweet is the designer Groom, who brought his Bride’s vision to life in the invitations, escort cards and more?! Let’s fall in love with the full gallery captured by Lauren Scotti and don’t miss the quirky and funny vows in the film from Amari Production!

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From the beautiful Bride… San Luis Obispo was my college town, and it was also the location of Philip and my first true weekend getaway as a couple. When it came time to wedding venue hunt, it was only natural to check out SLO. The first step we took on to La Cuesta Ranch, we knew it was the one, and it was truly the only venue we felt that way about. 360 degree views of rolling hills, a rustic barn housing the dance floor, and serene outdoor ceremony and reception spots. You literally feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere but in reality are a few turns from Downtown SLO and all our favorite spots. La Cuesta Ranch felt like our own little hidden gem.

The wedding itself couldn’t have been more perfect. My husband is a designer by trade and really took on the role of Creative DIY Master during wedding planning. He took all my visions and brought them to life, from the signage to the seating cards. He designed more invitation prototypes than I can count and wouldn’t settle until it was perfect for us. He also mastered the homemade candles for our guests and tried incorporating as many personal touches as possible. His creative work coupled with our floral and event designer equated to pure magic. Rustic barn and vintage props against bright pops of gold and pinks. The entire day felt like a total dream. Instead of a photo booth, we brought the costume props to the dance floor and had our photographer capture everyone in their element there. The pictures and video came out priceless. At the end of the night, we didn’t want it to end so went through our sparkler exit 3 times! My advice to brides is to enjoy every moment with your husband, friends and family. Soak it up and don’t sweat the small stuff. It goes fast!

Photography: Lauren Scotti | Videography: Amari Productions | Coordination: Kramer Events | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young | Wedding Dress: Blue By Enzoani | Cake: SLO Sugar Rush | Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: The Queens Bees | Hair: The Queens Bees | DJ: Kramer Entertainment | Venue: La Cuesta Ranch

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