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Romantic Napa Valley Estate Wedding

I may be biased since this stunning Bride and I were in the same sorority at UC Berkeley, but these “I Do’s” from Lovely Day Events have quickly become some of my all time faves. A gorgeous palette of peachy blooms and blush ‘maids, combined with personalized details featuring their rescue pup, Frankie, make this Britt Rene-captured family-friendly affair one for the books. See the full gallery here!

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From the beautiful Bride… We originally met at UC Berkeley on a football game day. Jon was a Senior and I was a Freshman, but we didn’t start dating until after Jon had graduated. So countless BART rides to and from San Francisco were the start of our relationship.

Jon proposed at my parents’ house, in the backyard. I was completely shocked because I had planned a big rafting trip with all of our friends the next day — so on Friday afternoon my mom & I were making enchiladas getting ready for the party, when Jon called me outside because he had a question. I was in my bathing suit and covered in chicken (from the enchilada prep) — so needless to say I wasn’t prepared! It was the perfect proposal for us though, we came back inside and my family was waiting with champagne, and the next day all of our best friends were there to celebrate.

We wanted our wedding to feel like you were at our house. Jon and I (and my parents) LOVE entertaining and having people over for dinners and parties, so we wanted this to feel no different. My family is Italian, so the family style dinner played into that, as well as the long connecting tables. Essentially our goal was to make it a family affair. From Jon’s mom officiating the wedding to our little toddler cousins kicking off the dance party, it turned out exactly how we wanted.

I can never pull off surprising Jon, but he made it so easy for me with the first dance. For the last 8 months about every week he would come up with a new song he wanted to dance to. I didn’t really have a strong preference in the song, so I thought it would be fun to create a mix of all his favorites for the first dance. I sent all the songs to his friend who blended them all together and started it off with the song Jon thought was our first dance song. Before the wedding we took dance lessons, and learned a dance to the “fake song”. Jon kept wanting to practice it, but knowing that we weren’t actually dancing to that I kept pushing it off. Worried since we NEVER practiced, the day of we decided to just prom dance. Which turned out to be a good thing (despite looking very awkward) because once the song switched Jon was so surprised I don’t think he could have handled a choreographed dance! Ha!

The last “little” detail is our pup, Frankie. We rescued her almost 4 years ago, and our lives haven’t been the same ever since. She was a strong theme of the wedding — wine labels, thank you cards, signature drink, and also our ring bearer. She’s a wild woman so we weren’t sure how she would handle the ring bearer role, but she got it together (aside from eating part of her flower collar) and gave a perfect bark of approval once Jon’s mom announced we were married.

Photography: Britt Rene Photography | Coordination: Lovely Day Events | Floral Design: Susan Garden | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Make-Up: Rose Rosales | Makeup Artist: Rose Rosales | Hair: Krista Howell | DJ: Brad Kinney | Wedding Venue: Sylvan Lake Estate | Photo Booth: Pro Studio Booths

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Rustic Spring Wedding at Holman Ranch

The pop of turquoise from these bright bridesmaids’ dresses took me by surprise… in the very best of ways. They were the perfect backdrop to some beyond beautiful bouquets by Natasha Kolenko, taking center stage at this rustic and romantic wedding at Holman Ranch, all captured on camera thanks to Clane Gessel. See the blushing Bride and more right this way!

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From Clane Gessel Photography… These two college sweethearts from Florida married at the elegant Holman Ranch in Carmel, CA, in April 2015!

They met the usual way. Boy meets girl. Girl gets blindfolded. Boy takes advantage of girl giving her commands. Left, LEFT! Her mind races as she tries to obey his commands. Now right, a little slower, ok good. Just little further… aww dang it. It went in the hole. Both, were devastated by the fact that they couldn’t get past the second hole in the phone app, Labyrinth.

From that day on their love never flourished beyond that, because there was none. Their only relationship: fraternal brothers. Nothing grew further because he thought she was too bossy. Fast forward two and half years, a Miami Ultra festival, and a “Game Of Thrones” episode later… and they finally had their first date.

David, at the time, had been trying to look for a true friend. Someone who didn’t just think of him as “Blanzy” the over the top, never serious, jokester. A mutual friend had told him to hang out with Kathy, despite what his previous opinions were of her. On a random day David decided to drop by Kathy’s house to check up and hang out with another friend, but she wasn’t home. Out of pity, she invited him to hang out and run errands together. On that unassuming day, they laughed and bickered like an old couple all day. From then on, David was smitten. It came at a time where he thought love didn’t exist. She was supposed to be this bossy, arrogant woman. What exactly made her so intriguing? He needed to spend more time with her to find out what these weird feelings he felt meant.

For Kathy, those feelings didn’t start until a few weeks later when they went apartment hunting for David. They drove around and around, house after house. Anyone who knows David as a prankster, knows that at any random moment while driving in a car, he will grab the passenger’s leg and scream bloody murder at the top of his lungs, scaring the crap out of them. Kathy was the victim that day. While she was looking outside of the car, reading signs and enjoying the Florida scenery, he made his move. She let out a shriek in unison with his, but who knows whose scream was more girly. It was like two teenage girls at a Justin Beiber concert. After that she burst into nonstop laughter. It was so infectious he couldn’t help but laugh with her for the next five minutes. It was one of those types of laughs where you can do nothing but continue to laugh. From that moment on, she started to have mixed feelings. He had all the qualities she wanted in a guy: sweet, funny, lighthearted and yet responsible and trustworthy. Her mind said otherwise. He was too old and he had a past. She was so confused that she didn’t let a peep out about any of her feelings towards him.

It was only after being dropped off that she realized she didn’t want their day together to end. She was sitting in her house as he was driving away she couldn’t think about what to do before he got any further. She quickly called him and asked, “I have to go to the pet store, you wanna come with me?” His response…”Sure!” And THAT was the beginning.

From the Bride… At the time I had moved back to my hometown of San Francisco and David was still living on the other side of the United States. On a visit to San Francisco in February of 2013, David decided this was the time. Not wanting the engagement to be expected on Valentine’s Day, he did it later instead. I’m a habitual planner be it large events or date night. So, David told me I needed to take a break from planning and to relax and he would plan our outing for a change. The first stop was lunch at Absinthe Brasserie and Bar. As we were enjoying our meal a gentlemen came by and asked if David could take a video. His girlfriend was in the bathroom at the time and this was his moment to set everything up. To be a little inconspicuous we had started to record and set the phone down. A few minutes later the gentlemen got down on his knee and proposed to his girlfriend. She squaled “Yes!”

As we left lunch walking down Hayes Street, we talked about how cute it was that the couple was getting engaged. David said that they would just have a stroll around the rest of Hayes Valley for a little bit before they headed to Ocean Beach. As they passed by a small park, we saw another couple getting engaged. What are the odds of seeing so many couples getting engaged! It was a weird feeling.

We then headed to Ocean Beach to end the day with a bonfire and watch the sunset. It was a pretty windy day but sunny at least. After we had started the bonfire, someone came by and asked if I could take a picture of them. He said this in a regular voice, but then in a lower tone asked me to take a video instead because he was going to propose to her. I did as I was told and counted “1…2….3!” He then got down on his knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him. At this point I was feeling so elated to have been a part of and witnessing so many engagements all in one day. Then all of a sudden David said, “Hey, while we’re at it, maybe you can do one for me too” I was utterly confused by this statement. David got down on his right knee in the sand brought out the ring box and asked me if I would marry him. I was so confused that it wasn’t until the moment I saw the ring that I understood what was going on. I started to cry. David, seeing my tears felt uneasy. After a long pause I squealed just as the first girl did and said “Yes!”

In the midst of crying and feeling overjoyed, I congratulated the couple on their engagement also. David chuckled and said “They didn’t really get engaged, they’re just here for us.” I was even more confused at this point. How could they not have really got engaged. I saw it with my own eyes. The stranger then said “No, we only pretended to get engaged. This was all a setup.”

It was all so clear now. David fessed up to me. The people they ran into getting engaged was no coincidence. David had contacted a friend and tasked him to find friends I probably didn’t know and help set up these engagements all around town. It was a whole day of engagements leading up to the one true main event. The engagement of Katherine and David on February 18, 2013.

For both of us, our fondest wedding moment was our vows. It is during this time that the words you say to each has the most love, power, and meaning. Behind each word you say to each other the more bound you are together. It made our marriage solidified.

All of our vendors were absolutely amazing, but the real stand outs were Clane Gessel Photography, DP Weddings, and Paradise Catering. Doug from DP weddings and Clane Gessel have such a keen eye on the best scene to capture. Clane’s ability to make people feel comfortable gives him the opportunity to get those natural and candid shots. With Doug, his videography skills can make a simple moment seem magical. Our guests came up to us throughout the night raving how good they thought the food was. From the setup of the stations all over the venue to the quality of ingredients like fresh basil plants on hand to rip straight into the soup before handing it off to a guest.

For future brides, I recommend getting a coordinator to help you along with the process. It may cost you money, but that money is well spent for you to have your sanity throughout the planning process and for you to enjoy your wedding. Don’t forget to eat! Food is an important thing to me because I love cooking and I’m a foodie. Our wedding was such a whirlwind of doing this and that and going here and there that taking the time to enjoy the food was an important aspect of the wedding for me.

Photography: Clane Gessel Photography | Floral Design: Natasha Kolenko | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch | Wedding Venue: Holman Ranch | Wedding Coordination And Design: A Day Like No Other

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Black and White Bunny Baby Shower

Oh to be a guest at this gorgeous baby shower dreamt up by the momma-to-be herself (who also happens to be the talent behind Brag Designs), I don’t think I would ever want to leave! With gorgeous florals from Petals LA and one pin-worthy cake from Cakes By Rumy – this shower captured by Krista Mason Photography just upped the ante on baby showers forever. See why here.

From Mommy-to-beWhen my husband and I found out I was pregnant with our first baby, we were ecstatic!

I immediately started thinking about ideas for my baby shower. As the owner of Brag Designs, I have been lucky enough to create backdrops and decorations for some of the prettiest events that I have ever seen. I was so excited to finally work on an event of my own. It was a great opportunity for me to express my love of design and styling by creating all of the details myself. I definitely knew I wanted something clean, fun, and chic. My baby shower was going to be in the Spring, so, I thought a modern bunny theme and a fresh color palette of black and white with accents of pink, green and silver would be fitting.

Knowing that the backdrop was going to be a focal point, I started designing that first. I created a wall of lush green hedges, decorated with a whimsical ikat polkadot bunny and a banner that read “Some bunny is on their way!” Custom-made black and white striped curtains were hung on either side of the hedges to finish the look.

The backdrop was the inspiration for all the other elements. I designed the invitations, signage, and all the other printed pieces for the games using the bunny silhouette, black and white stripes, ikat polkadots, and a charming floral print to add pops of pink and green. To further incorporate the bunny theme, I made little felt bunny pins to be used to play the “Don’t say ‘baby’” game. One of my favorite details was the banner I created announcing the baby’s gender. It was so much fun getting to see everyone’s reaction during the reveal.

Rumy, from Cakes by Rumy created all the lovely desserts. I supplied her with pictures of my invitations, color swatches and and ideas of what I would like everything to look like and she created an array of the most delicious and equally pretty desserts, which were all displayed on vintage cake stands and plates that I have collected throughout the years.

The flawlessly designed, Vertigo Event Venue located in Glendale, set the stage for my baby shower. The modern design and bright space created the perfect ambiance and added so much to the overall design.

For me, a stunning tablescape is everything! The tables were adorned with silver and blush hobnail tea lights, blush satin napkins, tied with exaggerated black and white striped bows, and matching vintage pink stemware from Dish Wish. Each place setting had a cutout of the guests’ name and a card that asked each attendee to make predictions about the baby on one side and to write a note to the baby on the other. The immensely talented team at Petals LA created the gorgeous centerpieces using garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, hydrangeas and lots of leafy greens. The flowers added the perfect touch to the tablescape and tied everything together beautifully.

I had the most incredible afternoon with my family and friends. It couldn’t have been more perfect! I am so very grateful to my incredible mother and sister for not only hosting this phenomenal baby shower but, for all of the time and effort they put into making this day so special for me. I’m also so thankful for my amazing photographer, Krista Mason, for capturing all the memorable moments that I’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Photography: Krista Mason Photography | Floral Design: Petals LA | Cake: Cakes By Rumy | Baby Shower: Vertigo Event Venue | Rentals: Dish Wish

Rustic Summer Wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Is there really anything prettier than a sunny California wedding? Not according to these pics by B&G Photography, where the sun was bright, smiles were wide and one beautiful Bride was practically beaming. With her all-white bouquet in hand, she walked down the aisle to her adorable Groom and kicked off one fabulously fun bash – see every sparkling second right this way!

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From the Bride… Everything was Californian/American i.e. the wine, food, ice cream was all locally sourced! We wrote our own vows together and I wrote the entire ceremony wording. We choreographed our first dance on our own. I made our invitations, save-the-dates, wedding website, table numbers (names), escort cards, place cards, menus, welcome bags, and ceremony programs. I made my garter, veil, and his pocket square. My parents gave me a necklace made by the native Hawaiians, which they saved for over 25 years, as my ‘something old’. My bridesmaids gave me a bracelet and Adam gave me a necklace as my ‘something new’. My ‘something borrowed’ was my great great grandmother’s gold cross, Syl Vesta Stinson, daughter of Cap Hatfield. My ‘something blue’ was hidden within my bouquet as a gift for the lucky lady who caught it during the bouquet toss later that evening.

Photography: B&G Photography | Event Design: Avant Couture Events | Event Planning: Avant Couture Events | Cake: Cake Sensations | Stationery: Avant Couture Events | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bloomingdales | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Make Up: Meg O'Hare | Groom's Attire: T.M. Lewin | Wedding Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress | Dessert Station: Avant Couture Events | Groomsmen Attire: T.M. Lewin | Rentals: A Rental Connection

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Rustic + Romantic Temecula Wedding Inspiration

As a native California girl , I’ll always have a special place in my heart for anything that can be described as “rustic” and “romantic.” This gorgeous inspiration shoot from Bryan N. Miller Photography is all that and more, and I don’t think I could possibly be any more smitten with the stunning cake, ethereally light dress, and the oh-my-god hanging floral chandelier of my dreams, in the gallery right here.

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From Carla Kayes Floral DesignFor this styled shoot I was simply drawing from the natural setting- the colors, tones and textures within the site and landscape of Temecula Creek Inn’s Stone House site. My greatest inspiration originated from Bryan Miller’s work in film photography. His shooting style beautifully captures natural settings and the romantic chemistry between the bride and groom.

The pastel blue fabric and a pair of vintage dark copper candelabras became the starting point from which I built upon for the color palette and textures of the table scape, invitations and menu cards.

We dressed the bride in an elegant flowing Sarah Janks dress, from The Dress Theory and our groom in a dark blue suit from Friar Tux. The tabletop was set with pale blue linens, white dishware, chocolate copper flatware, vintage crystal goblets and rusty brown metal chargers. I love warm metal tones with soft colors; the metal also brought a modern touch to the classic tabletop.

As a florist I know the importance that flowers play in setting the tone of the overall space. Wanting a romantic feel, I focused on lush greenery with ivory and pale yellow garden roses with blueberry stem accents. Our local Temecula Blueberry Farm provided the whole stems. I also created a hanging installation piece of Larkspur, Delphinium and greenery to mirror the flowers and candelabras on the table, adding to the romantic look. It really brought a heightened awareness to the unity and love shown by the couple sitting beneath it.

Photography: Bryan N. Miller Photography | Coordination: Katherine Riley Events | Cake: Cakes To Celebrate | Hair And Makeup: Raeleen Babbel | Calligraphy: Carla Kayes Floral Design | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Venue: Temecula Creek Inn | Bride's Dress: The Dress Theory | Floral Design And Styling: Carla Kayes Floral Design | Furniture Rental: Archive Vintage Rentals | Table Top Place Settings: Anthropologie | Table Top Vintage Goblets: Archive Vintage Rentals

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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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