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DIY Summer Ranch Wedding

It’s no little secret we’re all about the details. Those personalized moments that make a wedding feel uniquely yours. Like these two animals lovers who opted for donations to their favorite shelter in lieu of “favors” or the ahh-mazing fabric ceremony backdrop handmade by the Bride and her mom. It’s all these little details that add up to something truly special, and you can through the The Hearts Haven’s lens right here.

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From the Bride + Groom… Right away Erin and Shaun knew they wanted a casual, laid back wedding that would bring all of their friends and family together from all around the country. Bandy Canyon Ranch was the perfect venue for their weekend of festivities. Their loved ones were able to stay in the cabins on site and enjoy the pool, lawn games and rustic atmosphere all weekend long. This all meant that Erin + Shaun were able to spend more time with all the people who came to celebrate with them.

The couple had personal details scattered all throughout the wedding. For the décor, Erin and her Mom created tons of DIY details like pennant flags, patterned table overlays, wooden signage and a jaw dropping ceremony backdrop made from strips of fabric. The couple, who are major dog-lovers (they’ve even made a hobby out of taking in rescues!), opted to give donations to their favorite animal shelter in honor of their guests as their ‘favors’. They even had their two beloved pups incorporated into the ceremony processional!

More then anything, Erin and Shaun wanted their wedding to be one heck of a party! And despite record high temps….the wedding was truly that. Guests kicked off their shoes and kept the dance floor packed the whole night, the groom performed a karaoke song for the bride and the bridal party stayed up singing along to piano tunes until the wee hours of the morning.

Photography: The Hearts Haven | Videography: McDuff Productions | Floral Design: Leaf It To Lexi | DJ: Injoy Entertainment | Coordination: Sweet Revelry Events | Desserts: The Wicked Spoon | Photography - Assistance: Ashley Keleman | Ranch: Bandy Canyon Ranch

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Modern meets Classic in San Diego

A gorgeous vintage Bentley is always a good idea. Always. And if that fabulous getaway isn’t enough to spark your interest, then maybe this modern meets oh so classic wedding captured by Perpixel Photography along with the prettiest blooms by Rococo Flowers will do the trick. Have a look at the full gallery for even more!

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From the Bride… The most memorable moments for us was when we were exchanging our wedding bands. We were both so nervous and sweaty that the ring was stuck on Rob’s finger. We both paused and looked at it, and then we looked at each other. So I pushed as hard as I could, and after what seemed like a brief eternity, it slipped over Rob’s knuckle and settled snuggly into place. Later, we found out that we had literally read each other’s mind when it looked like i was saying, “oh no…did you gain weight? it’s not going in…=(” and him saying, “you know what, just do it.

Photography: Perpixel Photography | Floral Design: Rococo Flowers | Wedding Dress: The White Flower Bridal Boutique | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Ceremony/Reception: La Jolla Presbyterian Church | Getting Ready: Hardrock Hotel San Diego | Make-up/Hair: Theresa Huang Makeup & Hair Design

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Rustic Italian Wedding in San Diego

You know what makes me weak at the knees? A sweet portrait of the bride + groom, freshly married and happy as can be, like this one snapped up by Acres Of Hope Photography. This entire day of love is not only sprinkled with moments like this, but also, rustic details done oh-so-right with the help of Couture Events. Head over to the full gallery for so much more!

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Al Fresco

From the beautiful Bride… When my husband Dave & I envisioned our wedding we pictured an outdoor venue with beautiful lighting, great music, amazing food and being surrounded by all our family & friends. Since we are both Italian, traveled to Italy together and love the culture we pictured a rustic Italian inspired wedding. We knew San Diego was the perfect choice since I grew up there, Dave had lived there for 10 years and it is the place we were engaged. Finding an outdoor venue that could accommodate 300 guests was our first challenge. After hours of online research and visiting almost every outdoor venue in San Diego, we found the perfect place at NTC Luce Court in Point Loma. We loved this unique setting because it was an open venue where we were able to bring in our own caterers, design elements and have the ceremony and reception in one location.

We wanted an elegant yet relaxed feel to our day; neutral colors, hanging market lights, tented reception and long farm tables. With the help of my mom (who should have been a wedding planner!) and amazing vendors we were able to create exactly what we wanted. All of our DIY projects were a family collaboration. My mom made hundreds of Italian cookies to set out at each table, found boxes and ribbon to match our rustic theme for the italian almond confetti, hand addressed all our wedding invitations, painted our signature drink signs and decorated a beautiful gift and guest book table. Dave laser etched wooden table numbers and signs to direct guests around the venue. We designed our ceremony program and menus together. For our guest book, I took pictures of Dave & I throughout our lives and made a hard covered iPhoto book that guests signed. We gave copies of the books to our moms as gifts and ours is sitting on our coffee table. All these little moments of planning with my husband and my family, made the day of even more special for us.

The weather in late September was perfect. It was sunny day and a warm fall night. The ceremony wasn’t until 5:00pm so I had a relaxing morning getting ready and spending time with my family and bridesmaids. Once I arrived at the ceremony, I couldn’t believe the day was finally here. As I stepped out of the limo, I was overwhelmed with excitement and love. Then hearing the songs Dave and I spent months picking out was remarkable, I felt like I was in a movie. Our bridal party walked down to Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait” and my father walked me down the aisle to Band of Horses’ “I Go To The Barn Because I Like” (one of our favorites). It was a memorable ceremony that set the tone for an incredible night.

Photography: Acres Of Hope Photography | Floral Design: Posies Flowers | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: VG Bakery | Invitations: Lady Fingers Letterpress | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Catering: The Wild Thyme Company | Band: Big Daddy Orchestra | Ceremony And Reception: NTC Liberty Station | Coordination: Couture Events | Grooms Suite: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen Attire: Trumaker | Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Video: Aqua Vivus

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