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Romantic + Playful California Winery Wedding Inspiration

California Wine Country is one of my favorite places, and weddings there are just stunning. Take this Los Gatos inspiration shoot from the amazing Ashley Slater. Inspired by the California sunshine and cheery kumquats, this inspiration shoot is full of romance and beautiful details. To answer Ashley’s question, “Doesn’t it make you want to grab a glass of wine and a citrus dessert and sit in the California sun?!” Yes, it most definitely does. See all the pretty here.

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From Ashley SlaterCalifornia sun and darling kumquats inspired this winery wedding shoot. While preparing for this shoot we knew we wanted to capture some fun elements for the romantic set up. Kumquats came to mind, as a play on the famous California oranges and it took off from there. Sarah Seven provided a darling draped gown that was light and perfect for a mid-summer vineyard event. To keep the bride classic, Camille Monique did a soft updo and fresh, light makeup. Kaitlin Parisho Designs hand painted the invitation suite to match the kumquat theme and thin, romantic calligraphy adorned the menus, place settings and chair swag. Natalie Bowen Designs used pops of orange, peach and blush peach to carry the fresh theme throughout. Of course, our set up wouldn’t have been complete without rentals from Pieces by Violet—a vintage window pane provided the backdrop for the cake table where simple white buttercream cakes by Sweet Tooth Confections were displayed. Stylist Michaela Noelle went simple with the greenery on the cakes and let the kumquats really stand out. We love how pops of orange can really be classy and romantic while remaining fresh, modern and fun. Doesn’t it make you want to grab a glass of wine and a citrus dessert and sit in the California sun?!

Photography: Ashley Slater | Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cakes: Sweet Tooth Confections | Hair And Makeup: Camille Monique Beauty | Venue: Regale Winery | Calligraphy & Signage: Kaitlin Parisho Designs | Event Concept & Styling: Michaela Noelle Designs | Event Styling & Coorination: The Bloom Workshop | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Pieces By Violet

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Vintage Santa Barbara Garden Wedding

Awash in hues of cream and white, this garden wedding has us smitten with its vintage charm. From paper heart garlands and marmalade favors to a dazzling wedding arch with a sparkly chandelier, it’s full of sweet surprises thanks to the pros at Wedding Kate. Get ready to fall in love with every single detail captured by Nancy Neil Photography in the full gallery right here!

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From Wedding KateWhen a fabulous interior designer weds a business entrepreneur you know it’s going to be a dreamy kind of day. Complete with traditional lawn games like croquet, bean bag toss, life size Jenga and putt-putt golf, this wedding was a vintage garden party. Lunch fare was served to guests while acoustic guitarists played favorites of the Bride and Groom from Coldplay, Beck and The Strokes.

This couple shared a love of details and that was evident as we selected the decor and florals for their wedding day. Kate has a personality that makes an instant connection with everybody. She is unabashedly full of life and love at all times. Matthew is the guy you could meet on an elevator and become best friends with. Everything is easy with him, including his love for Kate. These two love birds finish each other’s sentences and aren’t afraid to show that their other half is the most important part of their world.

My greatest joy is creating a feeling, a moment for a couple. One that they can look back at photos and still feel. Kate and Matthew made it too easy.

Photography: Nancy Neil Photography | Event Planning: Wedding Kate | Floral Design: Santa Barbara Style | Cake: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Band: Anthony Ybarra | Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

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Organic + Classical Condor Ridge Ranch Wedding

A classic outdoor affair is sure to get our hearts racing, but add in the fact that Josh Gruetzmacher Photography was behind the lens of this organic fete and you’ve got yourself one dreamlike day. From the Harry Potter themed tables, to the Bride’s father officiating, to the Groom’s homemade brew, every minute is waiting for you in the gorgeous gallery!

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From the beautiful Bride… We wanted to have a simple, classic outdoor wedding with all of our family and friends. It was important to us that our guests felt relaxed and most importantly had fun. We got married in Goleta, CA where we first met in 2006. We both really wanted to get married at an outdoor venue and we both fell in love with Condor Ridge Ranch. It’s an organic farm in the foothills of Goleta, overlooking the ocean. We couldn’t have asked for a better location. We incorporated our shared love for Harry Potter by naming the tables after locations in the Harry Potter books (e.g. Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, The Burrow, etc.). It was also really special to have my dad officiate the ceremony and have our dog, Moose, walk down the aisle as part of the wedding. We also served the groom’s home-brewed Belgian Golden Strong Ale (11% abv), which we believe contributed to some of the awesome dance moves later that evening.

The most memorable part of the day for us was being able to relax and enjoy the wedding we had been planning for the last year.

Our advice for future brides now that we are on the other side: Delegate tasks to family and friends or your event planner. Be as organized as possible, but try not to sweat the small stuff. Lots of little things went wrong on our wedding day and I was the only person who noticed. Everyone else thought the wedding was perfect.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Coordination: Amazing Days Events | Floral Design: Simply Bouquets | Invitations: Waldo Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Country Catering | Hair and Makeup: Carlyle Salon | DJ: Duncan Shaw | Groom's Attire: J. Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Jump on the School Bus | Bride's Dress: Stella York | Bridesmaid Necklaces: Dodds and Boshae | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Condor Ridge Ranch | Dessert: Enjoy Cupcakes

Rustic Elegant Santa Barbara Ranch Wedding

Show me some citrus and I’ll show you a smiling blogger right here. Maybe because summer is upon us, or maybe this bright fruity style is just that amazing, but I can’t get enough, and this Santa Barbara bash delivered with oranges taking center stage on every lucky guests’ place setting. Michael + Anna Costa Photo snapped up every detail and this gallery just might be my new go-to for the sunny days ahead.

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From the beautiful Bride… On the morning of February 15, 2014, at the St. Regis in Punta Mita, Connor’s alarm went off at 6am. He awoke and told me he had set it because he wanted to watch the sunrise. This is not at all abnormal behavior for him so I told him to, “F off and go back to sleep.” No joke. He asked again and for whatever reason, I obliged.

We stepped outside the room and it was pitch dark. Epic fail by Google to determine the rising of the sun. The entire hotel was asleep but we managed to locate some coffee and sit in some chairs on the sand. We had the whole beach to ourselves. Once the sun started rising, we headed out on a walk. About three minutes into the walk, Connor reached for my hand to hold which was not typically how we strolled along the beach. I didn’t start to question it until his grasp got noticeably firmer and he began talking about us, our future and the rest of our lives.

The moment couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun was rising over the palm trees to one side and the waves from the ocean were crashing on the other. We were the only ones within sight when Connor got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. My eyes filled with tears and I was too stunned to speak. He prompted me, “Say something” “YES!”

We spent that morning laying in a hammock and soaking it all in before we called our family and friends to share the good news.

Reality set in as we realized that August 9th would be our wedding date. We did the majority of our planning from the beaches of Punta Mita. We booked HeartStone Ranch, ordered Save the Dates and began spreading the word before we even got back to the States.

Although I hadn’t spent my life planning my dream wedding, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted it to be – outdoors, simple, neutral with a beautiful pop of color, enough food and drink to keep everyone happy.

HeartStone Ranch was beyond beautiful on its own, with its rose gardens that I didn’t want to compete with it, but play to it. Tenley worked wonders with the simple arrangements – whites, greens and pale pinks with a gorgeous pop of orange compliments of the kumquats and oranges. This simple theme carried on throughout the wedding.

Some of my favorite memories and details include:

The first time I told Connor I loved him, I had a little too much El Buho, a mezcal that his buddy created. As a nod to the initial love story, we had him fly in a large number of bottles to be used used in our welcome cocktails for the wedding – a Watermelon Smash.

Our surprise ending to the night was a slider station and a create-your-own sundae station with frozen yogurt. Every Saturday night, Connor and I go to the same restaurant where we order a cheeseburger, a beer and chase it down with ice cream. It was a perfectly fitting way to end this night too.

We each wrote our own vows and didn’t share them with one another until the ceremony. I absolutely loved hearing and sharing these words for the first time in front of those people who mean the most in our lives. We have promised to bring them out to read again every anniversary.

This may be the only time in your life that everyone both you and your husband love are in the same place at the same time. Before you rush down the aisle after being pronounced, “husband and wife,” soak it all in.
Say hello and chat with everyone at your wedding before it’s time for the dance party. This may be the only night of your life that you get to twirl with your husband in your wedding gown.

From Amber Weir Weddings & EventsKnowing all of her guests were coming from out of state, Laura really wanted to highlight Santa Barbara. Not only did we put together welcome bags with all local products, but she also wanted to highlight Santa Barbara’s natural beauty with the wedding design. Heartstone Ranch provided a beautiful garden setting. We complimented and enhanced that garden setting by using natural wood vineyard chairs, natural fiber table clothes with golden threads, and garden inspired floral arrangements in whites, greens, and orange tones. My favorite touch was the bright orange clementines placed on each plate to greet the guest and add a pop of color. Not to mention that Tenley Erin Young meticulously hand adorned each clementine with a beautiful green leaf!

Photography: Anna Of Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Event Planning: Amber Weir Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young | Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries | Catering: Omni Fresco Catering | DJ: Red Shoe | Officiant: Santa Barbara Classic Weddings | Wedding Venue: HeartStone Ranch | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Romantic Secret Garden-Inspired Wedding at Durham House Inn

Guys, this might be it: the ultimate Secret Garden-inspired wedding. Chock full of gorgeous, soft florals, antique decor from One True Love Vintage Rentals, and pretty much the most perfect princess-worthy Vera Wang ballgown ever, I’m totally in love, and know you will be too. Take a peak at the whole stunning gallery from Carlie Statsky right here, and prepare to swoon!

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From The Bride…I know it’s cliche to say, your wedding day was the best day of your life, but it truly was. It was the most magical, sweet and loving day we have ever experienced.

We chose to host our wedding at my aunt and uncle’s beautiful, historic bed and breakfast in Durham, CA. The property is incredibly majestic – filled with stunning flowers and intimately detailed spaces, which made our lives so much easier when it came to planning the decor. Naturally, our inspiration for the theme was inspired by The Secret Garden and we let the very talented Allison of Engaged and Inspired take the design work from there.

I could write a novel about how much we appreciated our vendor team, but I’ll simply state a piece of advice my aunt told me prior to our Big Day: “You know you had a perfect wedding when your guests leave feeling like Kings and Queens ” – and we’d like to think that they did, all thanks to our dream team.

Photography: Carlie Statsky | Videography: Matt Baca Media | Event Design: Engaged & Inspired | Event Planning: Engaged & Inspired | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Lovelylayerscakery | Invitations: Aerialist Press | Ceremony Venue: St. John The Baptist Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Durham House Inn | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Catering: Bacio Catering | Groom's Attire: Eli Thomas | Hair & Makeup Artist: Danielle Dentoni Artistry | Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals

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Timeless Elegant Indoor Los Angeles Wedding

What are some special details you’re incorporating on your Big Day? Take this pair, who honored the Bride’s late mother with a bouquet of her favorite Enchanted Garden flowers placed on her empty chair. It’s thoughtful details like these Michael and Anna Costa captured, and there are more meaningful moments a la Orange Blossom Special Events, here!

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From Orange Blossom Special EventsVanessa and Eric were married at Carondelet House on October 19th of last year. The vendor list alone made this wedding incredible…everyone’s hard work DEFINITELY paid off and the Bride couldn’t thank everyone enough for the special touches that made her and her new Husband’s day so amazing. After the first look but before the ceremony, Vanessa took a few moments to have alone time with her father before walking down the aisle and Eric did the same with his sons. It was a very special time for them while their friends and family mingled downstairs, waiting for the couple to tie the knot!

From the Bride… When we set out to plan our wedding, we gave ourselves the following parameters: intimate, timeless, stress-free and a reflection of us. These parameters influenced our choice of wedding venue, which had been a private residence built in the 1920’s and reminiscent of an old villa. Along with our floral design, our wedding achieved a timeless look and feel.

Our parameters narrowed our vendor selection to those who could execute well with little direction. With both of us working full-time and the demands of running my own business, we didn’t have much time for details. Plus planning a wedding in 9 months was added pressure. We ultimately built an experienced team of vendors who had not only worked together in the past, but loved working with one another. This proved to be a wise decision evidenced by how smoothly our wedding day went. No detail was overlooked; everything went perfectly, beautifully, and without a hitch.

It was important for the day to be stress-free, which led us to our excellent wedding planner. We also made non-traditional choices such as to forgoing the traditional bridal party of bridesmaids and groomsmen, and skipping the rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch. I can honestly say, as a result of our decisions, the planning process was not terribly stressful and the day-of was most definitely stress-free!

It was also important for us to honor what makes our union unique. We wanted to acknowledge our newly blended family by giving Eric’s children a special role in the ceremony. We honored my late mother with a bouquet of her favorite flowers placed on her empty chair. And my father’s dog stole the show when he was pulled down the aisle in a Radio Flyer red wagon. We paid homage to my Chinese heritage with a mid-reception dress change to a bespoke Chinese dress or “qipao,” modernized with an intricate pattern of gold-colored thread.

Photography: Michael And Anna Costa | Event Planning: Orange Blossom Special Events | Floral Design: Enchanted Garden | Cake: Dolce Bakery | Catering: Tres LA Catering | Hair & Makeup: Emily Dawn Artistry | DJ: Pacific Events | Officiant: LA Wedding Woman | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Carondelet House | Linen Rentals: A Packaged Parties

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