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Romantic Winter Wedding Filled With Festive Reds

Tis the season for radiant reds, romantic gestures and festivities galore. Valentine’s Day is a day away and we’re in the mood to be surrounded by love and beauty – and just like that, Hello Blue Photo delivered this gem on our doorstep. With Rancho Las Lomas playing host, it’s a California winter wedding to remember – and perfect for putting us in the best mood for V-Day (these bridesmaids’ dresses!). See it all in our Vault right this way!

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From the Bride… Since I can remember I have always dreamed about having a winter wedding. My fiance and I also very much enjoy the winter seasons and all that goes along with it such as snowboarding, Christmas and snuggling together next to a warm fire. This was a large influence on deciding the type of wedding we wanted.

Our original idea was to get married in a snowy location, however guests would have had to travel too far or weather would have been too much of a concern for guests traveling up the mountain.

When we saw the Grand Salon (at Rancho Las Lomas) with its beautiful double-sided fireplace and overall warm feel of the room, we thought it was perfect! Not only did we love the reception room, but the location itself is beyond breathtaking. Everything about the location made us fall in love with the venue.

The very first photo I pinned (on my Pinterest board) was a photo of my bouquet. This was my inspiration for everything – the color palette, the theme for the wedding, the flowers and the décor. From there I chose a color palette of deep reds, golds, blushes and browns.

I love light and air-y style photography, which seemed to be the style of Hello Blue Photo too. I chose to reach out and meet with her. From the moment I met Christina, I knew she was the best! Right off the bat she seemed super personable and like she completely understood what I was looking for in a photographer. She really went above and beyond for us!

Shortly after we met with and hired Christina for photography, she shot our engagement photos. I was so blown away with how amazing the photos came out! I have gotten SO many compliments on them! Christina really understood my personal aesthetic and truly put her best effort into taking our pictures and making us feel completely comfortable. We felt like models for the day after our engagement session because that is exactly how she makes you feel. I just remember looking back and thinking “WOW that was so fun!”

After our engagement shoot we couldn’t WAIT to have her photograph our wedding. Sure enough Christina, along with her fantastic assistant Kristina, came through and our wedding photos have come out beyond our expectations! We could not have imagined a better photography crew to have on our big day. This was one of our best decisions we made! Christina also sent us a list of her recommended vendors, which was super helpful! So not only was she a wonderful photographer, but basically acted as a wedding planner for us as well. She truly goes above and beyond her photographer role, and we SO appreciated that!

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Photography: Hello Blue Photo | Videography: Love Is Cinema | Floral Design: La Petite Fleur Glendora | Wedding Dress: Sottero and Midgley | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: 24 Carrots | DJ: DJ Pros | Wedding Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Bridal Boutique: Le Marriage | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Veil: Bella Tiara | Make Up Artist: Design Visage

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A Unique Chinese Tea Ceremony For Two

Cultural traditions are what make weddings so incredibly meaningful. They tie the past to the present, and the traditional Chinese tea ceremony is the perfect example. Looking to put a new spin on that cultural sentiment, Jen Huang designed and photographed a morning scene of a bride and groom partaking in a quiet tea ceremony for two. And quite frankly, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend the beginning of your Big Day.

From Jen Huang… This is a shoot that features a more modern take on the Chinese tea ceremony. In essence, the Chinese tea ceremony is a way of showing respect, between family members. However, in this case it is between bride and groom rather than parents or siblings. It is more of a meditation the morning of their wedding rather than a public show, and it incorporates different aspects of making tea together and enjoying tea together.

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Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Hair and Makeup: Chiali Meng Artistry | Kitchen Boards: Make & Stow | Kitchen Scene: Jen Huang Photography | Styling + Concept: Jen Huang Photography

Colorful Butterflies Create a Whole New World for this Ranch Wedding

When it came time for these two to say “I do”, they decided to recreate the magic of the Bride’s imagination filled childhood, complete with hundreds of colorful butterflies suspended from the tent’s ceiling, creating a whole new world for their guests. This sight alone has us absolutely awe struck to say the least; see it in all it’s glory thanks to Reel Eyes Media’s film right this way!

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From the Bride… Jace and I met through mutual friends when we were both undergrad students at Stanford University. We became close because we were the only two in our friend group who loved Battlestar Galactica so we got together every week to watch it and everyone made fun of us. We were friends for four years before we finally started dating after college. 

Our wedding was held at my family’s ranch where I was born and raised. It was an absolutely magical childhood… I was an only child with an avid imagination and had all sorts of fairy friends down in the creek, was best friends with all the trees and wild animals and had long conversations with them, and held tea parties with butterflies and birds in the garden. I wanted to re-create that magic of the ranch of my childhood for everyone at the wedding, creating a day full of color, imagination, play, and innocence. There was no alcohol at our wedding to respect our families’ beliefs, so we had a mid-day wedding on the summer solstice with face painting, a fairy walk scavenger hunt through the creek, hula hooping, a human nest, boats on the pond, and fun crafts and activities for everyone.  

Our favorite part of the wedding was our ceremony and vows. We wrote them ahead of time but many things were improvised on the day of. Our ceremony was so raw, emotional, but also hilarious and playful, it was completely us! We were also able to really include our whole community and we still feel so close to everyone who was there.

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Photography: Kate Webber Weddings | Videography: Reel Eyes Media | Event Design: Sillapere Eco Events | Event Planning: Shannon Leahy Events | Cake: Branching Out Cakes | Catering: Componere Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Katie Nash Beauty | DJ: Spintronix | Band: Diamond Ridge | Officiant: Dan Quinn | Tent: Zephyr Tents | Ceremony Sound: Island Breeze | Facepainter: Entire Productions | Golf Cart: Nick's Golf Cart | Lifeguard: John LaBarge | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Music: Hannah Larkin & Reed Zelezny | Music: Ben Ahn | Photobooth: Tomfoolery | Portable Toilets: Water Cottage | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Blueprint Studios | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Security Guards: Barbier Security | Sound: Delicate Productions | Valet: CPA Valet

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