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Romantic Summer Wedding at Rancho Valencia

The elegant simplicity of this Bride’s gown, the colors of the romantic venue, her son walking her down the aisle; all these parts came together to create a wedding to remember, warming my heart at every glance of Troy Grover’s photos. LVL Weddings & Events made magic with La Tavola’s linens and Sweet Marie Designs, and Luke Lindgren captured all the live action, making my tear right up – all this way!

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From Troy Grover Photographers… Ranee and Josh met in Basalt, Colorado, when Josh bought Swedish Painting Company, including the condo above it. Little did he know, his future wife lived there with her son. As luck would have it, Ranee’s dishwasher broke about two weeks later. After trying to fix it, Josh ended up buying a new one. The day it was installed, she came home to find a note on it that said, “Let’s celebrate clean dishes with a drink. Say yes!” And the rest is history.

Although Ranee is from Texas and Josh had called New York home, they settled together as a family in Aspen, Colorado. When trying to choose a location for their upcoming wedding, they knew none of those locations were quite right for them, and decided sunny San Diego would be a perfect getaway for their guests. When they stepped into Rancho Valencia, Ranee and Josh fell in love with everything about it. Upon learning that Josh’s parents celebrate their anniversary there every year, they knew it was fate!

The vibe of Rancho Valencia was less formal than Ranee originally envisioned their wedding to be, but using Josh’s love for the color blue, and Ranee’s love for monogramming, they created the perfect theme for their day. Their custom logo they designed ended up being the center of the design for the wedding. It was on invitations, linen napkins, cake, chair backs, guest gift bags, cocktail napkins, and even the ring bearer’s pillow. Ranee’s favorite detail to plan was the navy linen napkins with the white monogrammed logo that was at every seat for the reception. Because the napkins were used after she officially became an “Austin” she changed the logo from “RJ” to just an “A.” Because of that, they were able to give some of the napkins to Josh’s parents, who helped so much with the wedding, and his grandmother.

Above all, Ranee’s favorite thing about the whole weekend was watching her son add the final touches to his very own cake and meeting Lindsey Sinatra and team at A Wish and a Whisk. Her son is an avid watcher of cake designing shows, so the couple decided in lieu of a groom’s cake, to have a special cake designed by her son instead. When Ranee mentioned this detail to Heather Hoesch, their wedding planner from LVL Weddings & Events, she knew Lindsey was on one of the Food Network shows and was available to make the cakes. After enthusiastically creating many ideas, Ranee’s son decided on an Aspen themed cake, with the top reading “Let’s make new tracks.” Lindsey created all the details so he could add them onto the cake himself. Ranee’s son said this was definitely his favorite part of the wedding!

Their main priority for their wedding was for all their guests to feel like they were on vacation and to have a relaxing wedding day. Ranee started the day with just her and her son, laughing and spending breakfast together – her favorite memory of the day. Then the girls took a yoga class before getting ready and the guys took a tennis lesson. Rancho Valencia provided the rest of the atmosphere and the day felt exactly like they had hoped. She urges brides planning their weddings just to focus on the day, family, and friends. All the little things you worry about, no one will notice, they will just remember the ambiance and how fun the day is.

Photography: Troy Grover Photographers | Videography: Luke Lindgren Cinema | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Cake: A Wish And A Wisk | Stationery: Park Life Press | DJ: Steve Burdick Events | Wedding Venue: Rancho Valencia | Event Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Linens: La Tavola Linen

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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
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Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).

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Romantic Meets Rustic Backyard Wedding

If you’re wondering just how much I love backyard weddings, you should know that this past weekend, I curled up with a cozy blanket and watched Father of the Bride… twice.  So this sweet romantic meets rustic party held in the bride’s parents’ backyard?  It’s awesome.  Imagine the sweet stylings of Francine Ribeau Events meets gorgeous imagery from Vis Photography.  See them all right here.

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From the Bride… A dream wedding begins long before vows are exchanged, tables are set, and dance floors are crowded with family and friends. The real planning and preparation for our wedding began more than a year prior to the ceremony date, just after our engagement, and coinciding with the news that my husband would be leaving for months on a Marine Corps deployment. The orchestration of a perfect evening truly takes a village, and between countless meetings with family, our extraordinary wedding planner, Francine Ribeau, and late night phone calls between a bride and groom half a world apart, our vision began to take shape.

We agreed that our wedding should reflect our relaxed vibe and feature a classic, rustic aesthetic, and we needed a location that would make our guests feel at home. After a short time searching beach fronts, craftsman resorts, and hillside vineyards, we discovered a perfect location that would allow us full control over the décor and a true sense of “home”; my parents’ beautiful Rancho Santa Fe backyard! We, along with our massive wedding plans, were welcomed with open arms by my mom, whose attention to detail would prove priceless in our efforts to craft our perfect night.

It was very important for us to hold an inviting and warm wedding that would bring family and friends close together after our difficult and trying months apart. Ultimately, we chose to value contentment and ease over formality. To build on our welcoming atmosphere, we chose a soft color palette that featured mint, blush, gold, and champagne tones. Beautiful floral arrangements from Ashley Elizabeth Floral Designs mirrored our color scheme and softened staged vignettes with turn-of-the-century iron pieces and charming wooden signs directing guests between wedding events. The final product was coordinated flawlessly by Francine Ribeau and Danielle Ehrlich, and their vendor recommendations, specifically Vis Photography and Coast Catering, proved beyond any doubt that they were the best acts in town.

As our wedding guests poured into the back yard in the early evening, it was clear our team had hit the nail on the head with every design and detail throughout the space. Our families and our wildly different groups of friends all mingled and laughed over trademark cocktails and took turns making fools of themselves in our private photo booth, all while being entertained by the talented Michael Tiernan, a solo act acoustic guitarist (and DJ too!). Our short, but sweet ceremony featured hand-writtten vows, a few funny blunders, and a live acoustic set… all in keeping with our “comforts of home” theme. As the light began to fade, we shared our first dance to Adam Sandler’s classic (and hilarious) Wedding Singer theme. As the light faded, lanterns hung from branches and bulbs strung between trees above the yard lit the way for the remainder of the party, which bounced from dance floor to pool and back again. The last guests and the bride and groom begrudgingly left in the early morning hours, wanting to hold onto every possible second before admitting the night was over.

Family and friends have continued to share the joy and fun they enjoyed that night with us, and we couldn’t be more delighted with the first of our many days together as a married couple!

Photography: Vis Photography | Floral Design: Ashley Elizabeth Floral Design And Styling | Wedding Dress: Junko Yoshioka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kennedy Blue | Catering: Coast Catering | Hair And Make Up: Beauty And The Beach | Venue : Private Residence | Desserts: Elizabethan Desserts | Event Designer And Planner: Francine Ribeau Events | Farm Tables: Farm Tables And More | Music: Still Listening Productions | Officient: A Wedding Celebration By Patricia Coleman | Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals - San Diego | Valet: Seaside Parking

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Retro Island Inspired Hawaii Wedding

This island wedding is fun with a capital “f” and it has everything to do with the creative gurus behind Amorology. They took the couple’s vision for killer party and created a retro Hawaiian, tropical fruit-infused day with color and style like you wouldn’t believe. Acqua Photo captured all the goodies, and I suggest you fix yourself a Mai Tai and join me here for so much more.

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From Amorology… Get ready for a taste of the Hawaii life! We love when we get to design for super chic couples who have both a killer personal style and an infectious romance! With Brandi + Tim’s love for the island life, we decided to play with a theme that combined Carmen Miranda and retro Hawaiian inspired touches with a dash of old Hollywood glam . Using large palm leaves and mango wood, we created a custom wood backdrop inspired by Hawaiian quilt prints for the escort card display and filled it with the help of JL Designs with the most delicious abundance of tropical fruits. We also painted pineapples to hold table names, made custom wood square candle holders, and had menus created with white calligraphy on palm leaves to perch at each table among the beautiful blooms and transfer ware blue china. For favors, we shipped in our couple’s favorite cookies from Hawaii and packaged them in pineapple-printed muslin bags.

Our couple danced to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On” for their first dance and heated up the room. After dinner, guests sipped on Mai Tai’s and treated themselves to the sugar shack dessert display with the most darling quilt inspired cake by Hey There -Cupcake. With straw hats and coconut bras we kept things playful on the dance floor as guests busted a move. We were so happy to see that our design resonated with the couple’s sense of style so well. As the groom said, “We were so impressed with their [Amorology’s] ability to transform our vague ideas into vibrantly crafted and vintage Hawaiiana style that represented us perfectly.”

Brandi and Tim and their weding is near and dear to our hearts for so many reasons but we especially loved that our sweet couple in need of a flower girl, asked Heather’s little daughter, Milla to play the part and on her birthday! Growing up in a world full of brides, this was the pinnacle! Lots of dreams coming true on this wedding day!

Photography: Acqua Photo | Videography: Max & Molly | Event Design: Amorology | Event Planning: Amorology | Floral Design: JL Designs & Events | Cake: Hey There, Cupcake! | Calligraphy: T&S Craft | DJ: Positive Energy Productions | Chair Rentals: Yeah Rentals | Hair + Makeup: Rock + Royal | Hotel Resort: Rancho Valencia | Linens: La Tavola | Lounge Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Paper Elements & Invitations: Peanut Press Creative | Tabletop Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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Rustic Tuscan Style Estate Wedding

Vespas and umbrian feasts are two very awesome ways to incorporate Italy into a California wedding. It also helps to have a team of wedding elves to take that vision and make it a reality. Talents like Sweet Marie DesignsLVL Weddings & Events and wildly beautiful images by Ashley Kelemen. Together they masterminded an elegant affair filled with white blooms and al fresco details. See it all unfold here.

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From Ashley KelemenKate and Nate’s wedding was an absolute dream. They carefully incorporated so many personal details, and created a Umbrian feast to remember. From their custom Italian meal from Heirloom LA to the rented Vespa the Kate surprised Nate with, the wedding day was special from beginning to end. Sweet Marie Designs’ signature florals were stunning as always, and included a hidden artichoke in the brides bouquet (which held special meaning to the bride and groom) and cumquats in the arrangements for a touch of whimsy. Kate and Nate’s wedding artfully highlighted the things they love most as a couple — family, friends, food and wine.

From Heather of LVL Events...Washington DC love birds imagined a California wedding that was more than going through the motions of tradition, that truly encompassed who they are as a couple and provided an intimate dinner party to share with friends and family. The dinner party theme was born and allowed us to incorporate the textured, details and feel of their travels and celebrations in Orvieto, Italy.

Photography: Ashley Kelemen | Florals: Sweet Marie Designs | Wedding Gown: Anna Maier | Bakery: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Heirloom LA | Hair & Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Entertainment: Austin Hendrix Productions | Caligraphy: KaKalligraphy | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Estate | Coffee Cart: Joes On The Nose | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Getting Ready Venue: L'Auberge Del Mar | MOH Dress: Philip Lim | Musicians: Eliana Strings | Photo Assistant: Ryan Johnson | Planning & Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Tag On Handbag: This Nifty Earth

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