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Romantic Paso Robles Winery Wedding

The way this Bride talks about her beau (now husband), is terribly sweet and melts my heart. From the moment they met at summer camp to building a strong friendship to the perfectly planned proposal and a blossoming love, which is so apparent in the stunning imagery from B. Schwartz Photography. You’ll want to carve out a good chunk of you afternoon for this lovely my dears.

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From the beautiful Bride…Kyle and I met when I was just about to begin my sophmore year of high school, and he was about to begin his junior year. We met at summer camp, Hume Lake Christian camp, to be specific! I remember being out in the middle of the lake with some girls in my cabin when we met. I even remember the exact shirt he was wearing. Haha. After camp, we found each other on MySpace and begin building a friendship from that point on. He quickly became my best friend. I was so impressed by how easy he was to talk to, how much he made me laugh, and how absolutely different he was to me than any other guy I had met. Living 6 hours away at the time, we would stay up late nights skyping and talking on the phone. We could talk for hours and hours. It was hard to ever say goodbye or goodnight. After a couple years of building a solid friendship, we always knew we had feelings for each other but didn’t know how the long distance would work. We decided in February of 2011 to give it a shot and “officially” date. We remained long distance for about 10 months, taking multiple trips back and forth to see each other. In January of 2012, Kyle moved up by me to join the local Fire Academy. He ended up living with my brother and his wife for about 6 months during academy, then got his own place. He stayed up here ever since! The rest is history. I married my best friend, my complete answer to prayer.

Kyle took me to the place where we had our first date, up on a hill top overlooking beautiful Laguna Niguel. The view was breathtaking and brought back memories of the first date we spent together 3 years prior. To my knowledge, I thought we were just going on a walk like we had done the first time, little did I know he had much more planned. When we reached the peek, he got down on one knee and popped the question! The ring was stunning, I couldn’t believe it was mine! I remember asking him… ‘this is mine?!’ His brother was hiding in the bushes capturing the whole moment! It gets even better… Our families live 6 hours apart, so I was a little bummed knowing I would have to wait a few days to see my mom and sisters. The first chance I got, I called my mom to share in the excitement! Kyle told me that we would be going to dinner with his parents but we needed to stop by his house first. When we arrived, I was surprised by so many of his friends and family all cheering for us when we walked in. I still tear up thinking about it. As I walk further in the house admiring the beautiful decorations that his mom and my sister-in-law, Whitney put together, I hear my dad’s voice! I turn around and see my dad, mom and sister standing there. I immediately dropped to the ground. I was so overwhelmed with joy, something I have never in my life felt. Before we got engaged Kyle knew the only 2 things I really wanted was pictures of the moment and to share in the excitement afterward with family and friends. He definitely went above and beyond what I could of ever imagined!

Our first look was our favorite wedding moment. Definitely. Seeing each other for the first time, spending those first moments together, knowing what was about to happen, was indescribable. It was a crazy feeling knowing it was REALLY happening. Not to mention he looked so handsome.

Photography: B. Schwartz Photography | Floral Design: Lori Boe Floral Design | Cake: TOS Events | Invitations: Minted | Brides Shoes: Steve Madden | Catering: Upper Crust Trattoria | Calligraphy : Rachelle Davis | Coordination: TOS Events | DJ/Lighting: Kramer Events | Make-Up/Hair: Kristin Cipponeri | Rentals: Kramer Events | Wedding Venue: Cellar 360

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Tented Beauty in Paso Robles

This wedding, from the Anna half of Michael & Anna Costa Photography, is such a beaut. It’s sun-drenched and whole heartedly glamorous in that blush pink, classic tent overlooking a beautiful view sort of way with pretty, pastel blooms by Camilla Svensson Burns, design and coordination by Percy Sales Events and a gallery overflowing with pretty. See even more right here.

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From the Bride… Looking back, I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t dress up more. It was my close friend’s Super Bowl party, so what was the need? Little did I know my life would change forever after that Sunday. When I arrived I was greeted by many familiar faces. I settled in to watch the game, but mostly chat with my girlfriends. I noticed the unfamiliar face walk in immediately. I was introduced to Tom by an old friend telling me Tom was his newly single roommate. He smiled and casually introduced himself to the group. He was cute, really cute. But as quickly as he said hello, he quietly slipped out of the circle. “Well, so much for talking to the cute guy,” I thought. For the rest of the game, our only interactions were when we shimmied past each other in the hallway or chatting with the group. However, at some point, and sadly I can’t remember exactly how, what was a group of five or six telling stories about their weekend, Tom and I were left alone talking and laughing. I was shocked. I wasn’t shocked that we were speaking directly to each other; I was shocked at how comfortable I was talking to him. I went from hanging out with five of my lifelong friends to speaking to someone I’d only know a few minutes and yet somehow I felt like I had known him my whole life. We did the predictable background Q&A and quickly discovered that we grew up less than 15 minutes from each other, had countless friends in common and shared numerous interests. Sadly, as great as the conversation was going, my ride was leaving so I said it was nice to meet him and gave him a moment to ask for my number. He promptly filled the moment with, “It was nice to meet you too. Hope you get home safe.” With that, Tom walked away. Needless to say I was disappointed and immediately blamed my casual Super Bowl attire. Like any party, leaving isn’t fast. My thoughts of disappointment were erased with an, “Umm, hey,” from behind. I turned to see Tom standing there. In a cute, but nervous voice he said “Umm, so do you want to hang out sometime?” I played it cool, “Sure”. Tom let out a great big smile but in a sarcastic tone, which I would grow to love, replied with, “Well, how about I give you my number, that way when you change your mind you don’t have to deal a weird stalker?”

Over the next week Tom and I exchanged text messages and set up a time for our first date the following Monday. We met at a bar in West Los Angeles at 6pm for a few drinks, because we both had work the next day. Before I knew it, my stomach was sore from laughing and the bar was closing. Our first date flew by in an instant much like the next four years of our lives. We spent holidays together, took vacations together, and eventually moved to San Francisco together. As is true for most adults in their late 20s, life is hectic. Our one spot to slow down was Tom’s family’s ranch in Paso Robles, Spring Ranch. Tom grew up spending weekends and summers on the ranch and showed me his deep love of it. Growing up a country fan, this was a match made in heaven and I quickly shared his deep seeded love for the ranch. It was on the ranch where Tom proposed to me, and on the ranch where we held our wedding reception.

With over a year to plan, Tom and I wanted to be meticulous with every step we took. It was a no-brainer choosing Spring Ranch as our venue for the reception, as it was such a special place for us and Tom’s family had hosted numerous weddings and events there. However, beyond that we were unsure. After doing extensive research and meeting with multiple wedding coordinators we were ecstatic when Percy Sales agreed to be our coordinator. The foundation of his vision was the same as ours, yet he brought so much experience and creativity that he was able to create something far more incredible than we could have dreamt. Everything Percy organized met our wish of an elegant country wedding. From the food, flowers and music to the table settings, lighting and countless other details; it was an absolute dream.

With the day upon us, guests boarded shuttles in Paso Robles for a short ride through wine country to a small and stunning chapel located on the neighboring ranch. The chapel was perched on top of a hill overlooking fields of wheat and grape vines. The ceremony featured a small string quartet and was held early in the evening as temperatures in May can be quite high. After the ceremony our guests boarded the waiting shuttles for a quick ten minute drive up the canyon to Spring Ranch.

Upon arrival to the reception location, our guests were greeted by the ranch’s horses grazing next to the shuttle drop-off. We wanted our cocktail hour to have a strong country theme. We were fortunate enough to book the SLOPokes, a great, local bluegrass band to perform for our guests. As the sun was setting our guests proceeded to our tented and beautifully lit dining area followed by our entrance. After an amazing meal featuring local fare, the real party began. Urged on by the amazing band, The Wonder Bread 5, we all danced long into the evening. Besides the incredible country views one of the great things Spring Ranch offers is no curfew. With dinner not starting until 8:30 the band didn’t take the stage until 10:00 and played for two hours. After the band stopped a DJ continued as the first shuttle departed. We danced and drank until our last bus departed at 1am. For late night snacks we featured mini sliders, French fries and grass-fed Spring Ranch beef jerky. Throughout this amazing evening our incredible photographer, Anna Costa, subtly managed to be in the right place at the right time to capture every special moment. Her work was priceless as the evening was so incredible that it flew bye in a flash.

Since our May 2013 wedding, Tom and I have moved back down to the Pasadena area, adopted a dog, purchased a house and began new jobs. No matter how much things have changed since we first met four years ago, we still often find ourselves at 2am with aching smiles and asking what happened to the last 8 hours? Our dog thinks we’re crazy.

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Anna Costa | Event Planning: Percy Sales Events | Floral Design: Camilla Svensson Burns | Cake: Decadence | Catering: Tamara's Catering | Hair & Makeup: Twist Studios | Lighting: LBPS Events | DJ: DJ David Fletes | Band: Wonder Bread 5 | Blue Grass Band: SLOpokes | Bridal Transportation: Crown Limousines | Church: Chapel On The Hill | Coordination: Percy Sales | Linen Provider: La Tavola | Ranch: Spring Ranch | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Shuttles: American Star Trailways

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Romantic Vineyard Shoot at Justin Vineyards and Winery

I am guilty of some serious day dreaming, but can you really blame me when I spend my days swooning over shoots like this one captured by Allyson Magda? I mean, with floral design by Adornments Flowers & Finery, stationary and calligraphy from Laura Hooper Calligraphy, linens from La Tavola Fine Linen and rentals Casa De Perrin - you simply just can’t help but spend your day drifting off to dreamland with all this pretty dancing in your head.

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From Love and SplendorJustin Vineyards and Winery is set in the rolling hills of Paso Robles with multiple venues available for hosting weddings and other special events. For this gorgeous shoot, however, the striking Chateau at the top of their property was selected as our backdrop. As you make your way up the driveway to approach the mansion, you feel as if you’ve been transported to Europe. The ivy-covered walls, the graceful staircase, the classic courtyard and reflecting pool all evoke an enchanted old-world setting. The mansion served as an opulent private estate until recently, and therefore is beautifully maintained both inside and out.

We embraced the classic elegance of the Chateau in designing a shoot that was romantic, feminine, and altogether luxurious. Our palette consisted of creamy ivories and whites, pale pink, and precious metal accents. The tabletop’s foundation was a stunning new fabric from La Tavola Linen featuring a beautifully “in-between” metallic color that is a cross between gold and silver. The subtle texture added a bit of edge and interest to an otherwise traditional look. Casa de Perrin set the table to perfection with gold and blush Florentine chargers, white china and pink glass salad plates, cut crystal glassware and champagne coupes and their extravagant 24-karat gold flatware. Graceful pink goblets added the perfect blush of color and tied in the silk dupioni napkins and florals. Placesettings were graced with lovely gold-foil printed menus from Laura Hooper Calligraphy, sophisticated in their simplicity. A bit of vintage floral trim brought the entire setting together.

Laurel from Adornments Flowers & Finery created refined drama with a tall centerpiece perched on an heirloom vessel in shades of bone and gold. I loved the artistic detail on the vase, from its gilded feet to the filigree designs. Gently curving French tulips and garden roses spilled lavishly over the vase’s bowl, along with loose vines and greenery for a garden-inspired feel. Additional fragrant blooms were placed in small gold julep cups. The movement in the arrangement made the tabletop a bit more accessible, despite all of the luxe details. I think it’s important to set a table that wows a guest but doesn’t alienate them.

Our models were real-life couples dressed in Kirstie Kelly gowns and Express grey suites, respectively. I especially loved the bride’s voluminous skirt and tie-shoulder details. A setting like the Chateau necessitates a glorious couture gown! The bouquets were composed of the same scrumptious garden roses in varying shades of palest pink, peach and buttery yellow. Long trailing ribbons completed the ladylike look.

Allyson Magda captured every detail beautifully! It was such a pleasure working with this team of creatives in reviving a bit of classic romance, and I think we were able to bring a bit of freshness to a traditional look.

Photography: Allyson Magda | Floral Design: Adornments Flowers & Finery | Groom's Attire: Express | Bride's Gown: Kirstie Kelly | Bridesmaid's Gown: Kristie Kelley | Design, Styling & Coordination: Events Of Love And Splendor | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Production: Be Inspired PR | Stationery & Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Tabletop Rentals: Casa De Perrin | Venue: Justin Vineyard & Winery

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