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Romantic Midsummer Night’s Dream Corona Wedding

When actor/director Justin Baldoni popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Emily, with a jaw-dropping 27-minute long proposal video that went viral back in 2013 — now with over 10 million views to date (yes, you read that right!) — we knew their upcoming wedding would be equally amazing. We were right, and, lucky for you, we’ve got the romantic film from Full Frame Cinema to share right here!

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From Full Frame CinemaWe had the pleasure of shooting an incredibly unique, beautiful, and energetic wedding for one amazing couple, Justin and Emily Baldoni. Justin is an insanely talented director and actor, directing the moving series “My Last Days”  and currently co-starring on “Jane the Virgin” as Rafael. His wife Emily is also an incredibly gifted actress and always at Justin’s side supporting his endeavors: loving people and telling their stories. We first met Justin when he contacted us to film the wedding of his good friends, Golriz and Devon, who you may have seen on Style Me Pretty a few years ago (playing their ukulele!), which became one of our favorite weddings to date. When the time came for Justin to tie the knot with his beautiful bride, Emily, he called us and we were so excited to be a part of their special day! Also, if his 27 minute proposal video that went viral was any indication of how the wedding was going to be, we couldn’t wait.

The weather was perfect. The location and whimsically light and joyful feel of the entire day was even more perfect. Their ceremony was one of the most beautiful and love filled ceremonies we’ve ever had the privilege of being a part of. Then, their reception was so energetic and fun… there wasn’t a single person the entire night that wasn’t dancing!

Besides us and the incredibly talented Alison Howard, their wedding planner, everything from music, to flowers, to food, was provided by friends and family. It was wonderful to see everyone come together to give them such a special and personal wedding.

We are so honored that we were able to be a part and capture the beginning of such a beautiful marriage, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this extraordinary couple. We love you guys!

From The Bride…Our wedding day was on July 27th 2013, a beautiful summer’s day and evening at our dear friend’s stunning Corona, CA property. My mother in law Sharon did all the decorating and turned the place into a Midsummer Night’s Dream, exactly what I had hoped for. She put so much love in all the details, you could feel the magic of it all. Our flowers looked like ones we could have picked ourselves out in the meadows, natural, simple yet so beautiful. My girlfriends helped place them out everywhere, the perfect addition to the already stunningly decorated garden. It all had a very simple and rustic feel yet with a certain magical spark á la Midsummer Night’s Dream, a place where lovers go and get lost in the night :)

The food was a huge hit, people still talk about it. All thanks to Frank Lara and his talent, especially when it comes to his gourmet pizza made in his portable pizza oven! And my dear sisters made delicious desserts that were gone before Justin and I could even have a taste. But we had our own little Swedish Princess cake from Sweet Lady Jane! Everyone’s bellies were full and happy!

The most important ingredient of the evening was the massive amount of love that family and friends brought that day. Everyone celebrated with utmost joy, we danced barefoot in the grass, shared some amazing stories and speeches and there were so many surprises and gifts of love. We couldn’t have had the wedding of our dreams if it wasn’t for our family and incredible community of friends. I am beyond grateful to not only being married to the love of my life, but to have such a special wedding day to look back at, a true testament to the love we have in our lives.

Photography: Summer Spiro | Photography: Ruby Spiro | Photography: Emerson Boergadine | Photography: Fouad Elgohari | Photography: Carlo Orecchia | Cinematography: Full Frame Cinema | Event Planning: Alison Howard Events | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Friend's Home: Private Residence

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Romantic Nature Preserve Engagement Session

I can only imagine this couples’ reaction when they first opened up these stunning images from VIS Photography. I bet there was a squeal or maybe even a tear, because engagement sessions don’t get lovelier than this folks. These two totally hit the jackpot (in more ways than one), and you can see what I mean here. 

From the beautiful Bride… Few people can say they are marrying their high school sweetheart. I feel blessed because I can say that I am marrying my childhood and JUNIOR high school sweetheart. It’s always a treat when people ask us how long we have been together, because their reactions are always the same– a look of confusion / disbelief, then followed with the question, “How old are you?!” Joal and I have been together for about half our lives. We grew up right before each others eyes, and even through all the egos, emotional roller-coasters, and changes, we can’t help but continue to fall deeper in love with each other.

Before our 12 year anniversary Joal proposed where it all began — our junior high school. We had a double date with my sister earlier that day and the game plan went as so: my sister gets into a fake fight with her boyfriend and I convince Joal to pick her up (where she so happens to be at the school).

Too distracted by trying to comfort my sister from her fake fight, I only noticed the trees covered in lights but didn’t think much of it. My sister led me to a table where there were candles, flowers and an i-Pad instructing me to “press play”. My heart dropped. I still don’t think I realized what was going on at this point. A slideshow containing hundreds of photos since Joal and I were 13-years-old shuffled the screen while some of our favorite songs set the mood. Butterflies filled my stomach, tears of joy filled my eyes and my mouth was already so sore from smiling so much. At the end of the slideshow, Joal recorded a video telling me to turn around and follow the candlelit path which led to the junior-high hallway. Seeing him standing there made my knees weak and heart almost want to come out of my chest. THIS WAS FINALLY HAPPENING!!

He had me stand at a specific spot in the hallway while he stood on the other side of the hallway. He then started his speech by saying “This was the location of our lockers… the first time I knew I had to be with you…” After a speech filled with so much emotion, he got down down on one knee, pulled out a ring pop and asked me to be his wife! YES, YES, YES!!! … even with a ring pop.

No matter how many years go by or how much older we get, we both agree we still, and forever will be in the “honeymoon phase.”

Our wedding concept was the inspiration for our engagement photos. We wanted to display the simplicity and beauty of nature while capturing the fun-filled nature of our relationship. Leah chose the location and it was absolutely PERFECT for what we wanted! During our engagement photos, Leah and Rob were amazing! They made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and completely captured “us.” I can’t wait for our wedding, come August 2015.

Photography: VIS Photography | Location: Harford Springs Reserve

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Riverside Wedding from Kayla Adams

The best way to sum up this Riverside soiree is classic…with a twist. Think a muted, peachy palette with subtle pops of gold, and soft feminine details alongside a modern chevron print. It’s the best of both worlds wrapped up in one gorgeous day, and we have the entire wedding from the talented Kayla Adams waiting for you here.

Before you immerse yourself in all the gallery goodness, make sure to view this fabulous wedding day capture from Arex Films


From the Bride…I cannot say that I’ve been a girl who had every detail of her wedding day planned prior to ever meeting the groom, but whenever I did think of it, I pictured a classic affair. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of the recent trends in weddings, but it isn’t for me. And when I did finally meet the groom, I was relieved to find out it wasn’t for him either. After he proposed in the most romantic spot in Sunset Cliffs, we began planning our big day. We wanted our classic affair to take place in our hometown, and the Riverside Art Museum proved to be the perfect venue.  Designed by Julia Morgan (the same architect that designed Hearst Castle), the architectural features are stunning. (We also thought it’d be fun to drive by it often and remember our wedding day.)

One thing that surprised me in the planning process was the trouble in finding the right dress, and I just could not find exactly what I had pictured in my mind. After an unproductive search far and wide for the perfect dress, I decided to get it made. And then, I decided to get all 12 bridesmaids dresses made and the 2 flower girl dresses. This is definitely not for the faint of heart as coordinating fitting after fitting can get quite laborious but it was completely worth it in the end. Each bridesmaid got to design the top of her dress to her liking so every dress was unique yet all uniform and I absolutely loved the finished product.

For our traditional wedding, I pictured flowers in shades of white and décor elements in neutral colors with pops of gold, a string quartet, a white runner, gold flatware, Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.  serenading guests during the cocktail hour and just an overall elegant evening in the heart of downtown. I was stunned by the final result of so many friends and loved ones who helped make our dream wedding come together. It was more than I could’ve imagined. For our wedding gifts, he bought me pearls and I bought him cuff links which we plan on passing down to our children and the generations to come.

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was walking down the aisle towards my groom as the string quartet played “Cannon in D”. It was a perfect, surreal moment that I will never forget.  A favorite feature was the groom’s cake. He has snowboarded the slopes of the Matterhorn many times so I asked our cake designer to create a custom Matterhorn cake as a surprise for him. He loved it!  We also had a custom painting done from a photo that was taken of us walking into the sunset the day we got engaged. It was the perfect touch for our art museum venue.  

My advice to brides would be to make your wedding you own. Go with your instincts on what you want to have for your special day and just enjoy it! Enjoy the process and enjoy the day, because it really does go by so fast. And get a good photographer, who will help you remember it forever!

Photography: Kayla Adams | Floral Design: Maranatha Flowers | Ceremony + Reception Site: Riverside Art Museum | Graphics: Kathryn Macintyre, Reply by Design Studio | Cinematography: Austin Thompson, Arex Films | Photobooth: Flash Photo Booth | Cakes: Beth Gromis | Favors: Napoleon’s Macaroons | Wedding dress, Bridesmaids’ + Flower Girl Dresses: Custom designs by Daniel Bohunita (949-472-9374) | Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Groom’s Tux: John Varvatos | Groom’s shoes: RED, Saks Fifth Avenue | Groomsmen’s Suits: Zara, H&M

Southern California Farm Wedding from The Melideos

It’s time to talk about beautiful farm weddings, lovelies.  Beautiful farm weddings held at the amazing Riley’s Farm and crafted lovingly by a stunning bride and her dapper beau.  A duo that spent weekends scouring flea markets and weekdays DIYing some of the sweetest details you will ever lay your eyes upon. I’m talking cuter than cute heart garland, fab paper goods and sooo much rustic goodness, you won’t know what to do with yourselves.  Care to kick off your weekend with “the best day ever?”  Join me for every lovely moment captured by The Melideos right here… and right now.

Rustic Venue

From the Bride… While we were planning the wedding we always tried to keep in mind that we wanted this event to be fun, intimate and rustic. We wanted it to be a real reflection of who we are and not just another wedding. We spent our weekends going to flea markets hunting for vintage-like bottles, vases, cake stands, etc. and we spent our weekdays after work creating our invites/save-the-dates in illustrator, DIYing heart garland and tying a lot of bows.

I had two favorite moments from the day of the wedding. The first one was when Kevin and I saw each other for the first time. It was our “first look” and it was an incredible moment. It made all of the nervousness go away and I realized that this was going to be great no matter what happened! The second was when I peeked into the old packing shed where the reception was and saw everything come together for the first time, I’ve never felt so accomplished!

I always thought it was so cliche when someone would say “Your wedding day is the best day of your life” but marrying your best friend + having all of your favorite people in one place + great food + music = The best day ever!

Wedding Photography: The Melideos | Wedding Venue + Catering: Riley’s Farm in Yucaipa, California | Wedding Design: Bride | Floral Design: Brier Rose Design | Wedding Cake + Desserts: SusieCakes + Riley’s Farm + Bride’s Family | Musicians: Matt Brookes Band | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Thayer | Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Bones and Feathers | Maid of Honor Jewelry: Luv Aj | Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Dolce Vita | Makeup: Ashlee Rose Clay (Bridesmaid)

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Crestmore Manor Wedding from The Youngrens

This adorable bride was hoping for sunshine on her big day, but when the rainstorms rolled in, she rolled right with those punches, brought her beautiful DIY wedding under a tent, and celebrated her marriage in a rainy day soiree that has won over our hearts. Captured by The Youngrens, it’s proof that all you need really is love – and a fab pair of pink wellies! So grab your umbrellas, get your Pinning fingers ready, and head over to the gallery when you’re ready to be utterly inspired!

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From The Youngrens … While James and Marilyn were hoping for a sunny, perfect day, the weather said otherwise and a big rainstorm came through the area during the wedding. Marilyn wasn’t discouraged though and they tented the ceremony and reception, strung bistro lights inside, ordered custom reception lighting, and brought cute umbrellas and rain boots to make the most of the unexpected rain. Even with the rain, nothing could dampen this magical – and swoon worthy – day!

Marilyn poured tons of energy into the DIY details of her wedding including the chalkboard escort signs and the wooden signs throughout the property directing guests. She and James brought in a bunch of pieces of repurposed shabby chic furniture to display the favors, cake, escort signs, photo calendar guest book, and sparklers. The favors were garden bulbs in printed canvas bags (to watch their love grow) and guests picked them out of an old vintage trunk.

At the reception, guest sipped custom lemonade out of mason jars with striped straws, while James and Marilyn sat at the sweetheart table, which was a repurposed shabby chic patio table with princess chairs hung with burlap “Mr. and Mrs.” signs. A cute chandelier hung above them. They kept the burlap theme going throughout the event and hung similar handmade banners as reserved signs in the ceremony and as a “Here Comes the Bride” sign for the flower girls.

One of the guests favorite details were the framed and displayed loved notes that Marilyn found after her grandparents passed away. They were letters between her grandmother and grandfather during the year that they were courting long distance as young adults hopelessly in love – just like James and Marilyn. So special! As if the day could not get any more magical, James and Marilyn were sent off with decorated sparklers that were displayed in a shabby chic set of dresser drawers. It was the perfect final touch to a simply enchanting day.

From the bride … A mutual friend set James and I up six years ago. James was my date for high school senior prom; I never knew our first dance to Kelly Clarkson would eventually lead to marriage! We dated all through college and during my six-month study abroad semester in Europe. On October 2nd of last year, James took me up to Santa Barbara to recreate one of our favorite dates we had while we were dating. We started the day out by renting bikes and riding all along the coast. I remember he was riding particularly fast but seemed too calm for anything special to be happening. We found a spot on the beach to talk and share what we loved most about each other. While writing describing words in the sand, James secretly placed the ring in his pocket. He wrote, “wife” in the sand and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I of course said “yes!” The best part was that James proposed with my Grandma’s wedding ring. She had passed away a few months prior and had left the ring for me.

With a short five-month engagement, we had all the major parts planned within the week. We had seen pictures of Crestmore Manor before we were engaged and felt like it was the perfect place to host our large, family orientated, outdoor wedding. With six years of dating I had had plenty of time to dream of what our wedding would be like. James came to know what “shabby chic” meant and everyone got a special job. Our whole family jumped in and helped us create the wedding of our dreams. We DIYed most of our wedding, the guys in our family made shepherds hooks and wire hanging mason jars, while friends and family sewed table runners, painted signs, stamped and embossed all 250 invitations for our guests. We poured our hearts into making every little detail happen.

Our inspiration for our wedding was a large box of love letters we had found while cleaning out my Grandma’s apartment. Over two years of courtship, my Grandpa wrote my Grandma over a hundred and fifty love letters. My mother and I spend hours pouring over the letters shocked at how romantic my Grandpa was. He was very shy and quiet when he was alive but these love letters showed us his heart and passion for my Grandma. We used the love letters as table numbers and set them up for people to read during the reception.

The most vivid memory for us was our first look. I had always been against first looks but am so happy that we had that special time together. As I walked up to James I remember standing waiting giggling with excitement. As he turned around and saw me for the first time all the tear came pour out. It was the perfect time to talk and spend time just the two of us. And of course we will never forget how it poured rain! But the rain didn’t matter because at the end of the day we were husband and wife!

Photography: The Youngrens / Cinematography: Two Spoons Productions / Flowers: La Petite Fleur / Ceremony & Reception Location: Crestmore Manor / Cake Designer: Vrej Pastry / Equipment Rentals: Elite Stage and Lighting / Caterer: Canyon City BBQ / Hair Stylist: Fox and the Hair Salon, Jenna 626.359.5134

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