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A Romantic Cave Was Their Cozy Reception Venue!

This couple’s “how we met” story is irony at its best. “Our journey began with a firm handshake and a strong drink on a weekday. He was an attorney. I was in law school working as a paralegal. By the time we got married, we were both divorce attorneys…go figure.” And while you might not peg these two as romantics, you’d be wrong because there wedding day captured by Mirelle Carmichael and Dax Victorino Films is about as wildly romantic as it gets. See it all, including the bride’s stunning dress from Haute Bride in The Vault.

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From The Bride…Our journey began with a firm handshake and a strong drink on a weekday. He was an attorney. I was in law school working as a paralegal. By the time we got married, we were both divorce attorneys…go figure.

Tristan proposed in my sister and brother-in-law’s backyard after a sushi date night. I was completely surprised. When we walked into their backyard, there were flowers, candles, wine barrels, pictures of us, streams of lights hanging from the oak tree, all while our song played around us. After he popped the question (and a bottle of Champagne), all of our loved ones walked outside to greet us. Unbeknownst to me, our family and best friends had been watching from the upstairs window. This moment was extra special because a month earlier my father was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and had been released from the hospital a week prior. To see him walk out into the backyard instantly filled my eyes with tears. Lucky for us, the entire moment was captured on film.

After a year of planning with Lara, from Sealed with a Kiss Events, Tristan and I said our “I do’s” at the beautiful Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, with 160 of our closest family and friends.

On the morning of our big day, Tristan had each of his groomsmen deliver a gift to me every hour for six hours, with the last gift being from his father, also his Best Man. He made the anticipation to see him grow exponentially. As Tristan and I decided our first-look would be at the altar, I planned a first-look with my dad in a cute little church connected to the resort. Everyone was in tears as I walked down the aisle to meet my dad. It is a moment I will never forget.

My brother-in-law, who holds a special place to Tristan and I, officiated our wedding and set the tone for the rest of the day. Our ceremony was in the resort’s vineyard, while our reception was underground in the resort’s man made cave.

It was incredible watching our vision come to life. The way to Tristan’s heart is with an old classic novel and a good, tasty bourbon. This became our theme. From the bourbon bar with Tristan’s favorite bourbons, to the personally engraved brass bookmarks for each of our guests, the feeling of an old gentleman’s library came to life. And of course, our wedding would not be complete without a good donut display for our guests.

It was truly the best day of our lives. It was filled with more love and support than ever anticipated. It was a perfect start to the rest of our lives.

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Photography: Mirelle Carmichael | Cinematography: Dax Victorino Films | Event Planning: Sealed With A Kiss Events | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Wedding Dress: Haute Bride | Hair: Artistry in Hair | Band: Moonshiner Collective | Favors: Snappin Engraving Snappin Studio | Venue: Meritage Resort And Spa Wine Cave | Bridesmaid Bracelets: Frosted Willow on Etsy | Bridesmaid Hair + Makeup: Dolled Up Services | Linens: The Linen Bar | Rentals: Michael Hensley Party Rentals | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Pantone’s Colors of the Year Made the Perfect Wedding Palette

When Pantone announced Rose Quartz and Serenity as the “it” colors of the year, we gave you a few ideas to incorporate the hues into your special day. And this couple? They took that pretty color pairing and ran with it. LVL Weddings & Events helped execute the vision and Brandon Kidd snapped all the pretty you absolutely need to see.

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From LVL Weddings & Events Jenny and Steven wanted a beautiful outdoor wedding and reception to treat their guests to a personal celebration of their love. They chose to say their I Do’s at the one and only Rancho Las Lomas. She wanted a soft wedding with neutrals and blush, he wanted to incorporate blue. We combined the soft hues for a dreamy result! Hard to pick a favorite detail but the brides shoes might have to be it! Planned by Heather Hoesch of LVL Weddings and Events, floral design by Nancy of Oak and Owl and expertly captured by Brandon Kidd Photography.

From the couple…Rancho Las Lomas is a magical place with an ability to transform itself into anything you envision for your wedding. When we first stepped foot onto the property we knew in a heartbeat that this was the place to say our “I do’s.”  Our goal was to find a wedding planner that we could rely on to refer top vendors and manage all of the details before and during the wedding. Heather Hoesch, Partner/Principal Planner at LVL Events did exactly that and made it look easy. Because of her experience, network, and professionalism we trusted and valued her opinions which enabled us to easily select our vendors.

After trying on 40+ dresses, I finally found the perfect dress by designer Liancarlo at Mon Amie Bridal Salon. I was the first to purchase this dress from the 2016 trunk show in 2015. I remember being so surprised and excited when I received a sketch of the dress from Liancarlo. Steven was introduced to a local men’s tailor (b.spoke) that made a beautiful customer blue 3-piece suit. The suit included a special surprise, a little love note to me embroidered under his lapel collar.

There were so many memorable elements and experiences that it is hard to pick just one…. If we had to pick just one moment, it would be our first dance. It was the best dance ever and it felt as though time stopped for us. It was priceless.

Our advice for other couples planning now is to enjoy the planning process with your partner and high five each other after checking off each box of things to do!

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Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography | Cinematography: Plug Video | Event Planning: LVL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Oak And Owl | Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo | Stationery: Wiley Valentine | Bride’s Shoes: Klub Nico | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: 24 Carrots | Hair + Makeup: Flawless Faces | Calligraphy: Heidi Davidson Design | Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions | DJ: The Peoples DJ | Groom’s Attire: b.spoke | Officiant: Jeff Tackett | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Bridal Boutique: Mon Amie Bridal Salon | Dance Lessons: Bella Ballroom Dance | Dessert: My Sweet & Saucy | Linen Rentals: Mod Mix Studio | Menus: Minted | Photo Booth: Flipbooth LA | Rentals:Signature Rentals | Table Numbers: Miss Louise Designs

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More than 20 Vendors Came Together for this Beautiful Inspiration Shoot + Industry Dinner

When the Wedding Standard, a collective of wedding professionals, gets together, it’s not just a mixer or networking event. Instead, more than 20 of California’s Central Coast vendors (including Karson Butler Events) created a “mock” wedding to highlight their talent. See all the pretty details from Lindsey Gomes and Cameron Ingalls Photography in The Vault!

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From Karson Butler EventsEarlier this spring, a team of the Central Coast’s best wedding vendors came together to produce a community dinner at Terra Mia Vineyard. It was nothing short of amazing! Over 60 Wedding Standard members gathered to enjoy company, cocktails and conversation in the beautiful setting of Paso Robles wine country. The Wedding Standard is a collective of wedding professionals who work for a love for their craft and have a pas­sion for what they do. They are pas­sion­ate about rais­ing a stan­dard of excel­lence in the wed­ding industry.

For this event, we had over 20 Artists pull together to make it not just a typical mixer or get together but a complete wedding experience; something most of us work to create regularly but rarely get to sit down and enjoy. Breaking bread together over an amazing meal prepared by Trumpet Vine Catering was a special treat! Models roamed the event and showed attendees what it would look like to get married at this spectacular new venue. We all got to witness first-hand the potential Terra Mia has to create an unparalleled atmosphere for our couples to say “I do”.

We (Karson Butler Events) worked with Noonan’s Wine Country Designs to pull together a color palette inspired by the venue – plum-tones and greens paired with inspired details that were both luxurious and approachable. Katie is amazing at using local floral and foliage in new and unexpected ways, as evidenced in the chandelier over the dancefloor and beautiful tabletop designs!

We loved partnering with so many great vendors on the Central Coast – home of our west coast office!

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Photography: Lindsey Gomes Photography | Photography: Cameron Ingalls Photography | Cinematography: Cameron Ingalls Photography | Event Planning + Design: Karson Butler Events | Floral Design: Noonans Designs | Catering: Trumpet Vine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Rhyan Townsend | Calligraphy: Rosey Calligraphy | Lighting: Epic Entertainment | DJ: Malik Miko Thorne of Central Coast Weddings Standard | Venue: Terra Mia| Beer System: Flo Tap System | Beverage Services: Terra Mia | Beverage Services: Barrelhouse Brewing Co. | Beverage Services: Cass | Bridal Boutique: Moondance Bridal | Cake + Desserts: Paper Cake Events| Flower Girl Dresses: TC Style LA | Flower Girl Models: Abby Roll | Guitarist: Matt Cross Music | Hair Accessories: Untamed Petals | Honeymoon Planning: Sweet Mun | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Cameron Ingalls Photography | Rentals: All About Events | Rentals: Embellish | Sponsor: HoneyBook

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