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Romantic Inspiration Shoot in San Juan Capistrano

Fashion might be one of our top pinned, most favorited, always talked about parts of a wedding post. And for good reason – who doesn’t love the thrill of a gorgeous wedding dress? And this inspiration has three totally drop dead looks to fawn over along with images by Brian LaBrada Photography, design by  Isaura, styling by Nina Fleurina and florals by Enchanted Fine Florals  that showcase elegance paired with a soft muted palette and, of course, lots of great fashion. See even more right here.

After having met Melina Ruiz, the MUA, a few months earlier on another styled shoot, she and I decided to work together – brainstorming and assembling a team for our own styled shoot. The look we were going for was elegant, timeless, and sophisticated. We approached the shoot with the end of Summer and Fall in mind. We wanted a soft, muted palette and aimed to create something beautiful that any bride could see herself doing. The whole team had am amazing time working together and we plan on doing it again very soon.

The flowers are my favorite, we wanted a late summer/early fall bouquet and Floral Halo. Starla Bork from Enchanted Fine Florals had this to say about them,

“The bridal bouquet was classic and timeless using romantic garden roses. To pull in the beauty of the season I just love how the silver tones of the tillandsias and brazilia berries contrast with the dark begonia foliage. A floral halo is a must for a bohemian bride. It was created to mirror her bouquet using begonia blooms, garden spray roses, chocolate lace and dark ivy.”

The Dresses for each look were custom-made specifically for this shoot by Isaura. Here is what she said,

“We wanted three very different looks for our bride. For our first look I created a mermaid cut, modern elegant style dress using Jaguar Silk Chiffon. The second look was more of a Bohemian style, so I made a slightly loose-fitting, straight-line dress with belled sleeves, a signature look of mine. I made the dress from knitted lace. For the third look, I hand died silk chiffon using terra-cotta to get the perfect soft blush hue and created a very romantic A-line dress.”

The furniture, tables, and pillows were provided by Heather from Storied Rentals. She, along with our stylist Ebony from Nina Fleurina, styled and dressed the set.

The makeup was provided by Melina Ruiz and the Hair Styling was done by Brenda Barron. We had discussed the looks we were after and they could not have been a more perfect team. They worked so fast and so well together – after we finished a look, within 5-7 minutes, the next look was ready to go. I couldn’t believe it. It was important to have them on the same page so we could get a completely different look every time instead of just changing the dress. Their collaboration definitely tied the entire shoot together.

Photography: Brian LaBrada Photography | Hair Stylist: Brenda Barron | Designer: Isaura | Florals: Enchanted Fine Florals | MUA: Melina Ruiz | Stylist: Nina Fleurina | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Storied Rentals

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Whimsical DIY Garden Wedding at Franciscan Gardens

A custom, ombre dress that has us all drooling, darling DIY details with just the perfect touch of whimsy, and a couple that can’t take the smiles off their pretty faces – it’s safe to say we are eating up every gorgeous image from Perpixel Photography sitting in this gallery. It’s happiness defined, and it’s all waiting for you here.


From the Bride…What was your favorite, most memorable part about the wedding? Everything was so memorable! But I think the most memorable was our grand entrance when gabe showed off his moves =) (*his move is called the thunder clap)

Which details were DIY? So many! DIY stuff: programs, menus, the pompom + flowers curtain hanging from the arch, the “cards” sign at the sign in table, instagram sign (at the sign in table), pink pompoms on top of the plates, the wedding favors (square glass (with faux flowers + moss) photo holder), the hot air balloons hanging from the pergola at the wedding party table, mr & mrs sign behind our chairs, the wedding cake topper (gold wire hot air balloon), the gold candle holders (play on mercury glass), photobooth backdrop (pink streamers with gold circles), and brown flowers hanging in the greenery wall where the coffee station was.

Where did you get that gorgeous dress!? It was custom made! It’s a place in LA called Atelier! The designer’s name is Dawn. She’s the best!

Photography: Perpixel Photography | Floral Design: Cerritos Hills Florist | Wedding Dress: Atelier | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Ceremont/Reception: Franciscan Gardens | Coordination: The Event Prerogative | Hair Make-up: Theresa Huang Makeup & Hair Design

Organic Garden Affair in San Juan Capistrano

A day chock-a-block full of weddings by Erich McVey  is such a good day in our books. His work is art, pure and simple. From London to New York and now Southern California, we’re delving into an affair that blends the airy, outdoor goodness of al fresco dining with organic blooms by Stacey Fitts and the true beauty of old Spanish architecture of The Villa San Juan Capistrano. Dive into the images by Erich, then have a look at the film crafted by his talented wife, Amy McVey below.

Al Fresco

From the Bride… Steven and I loved the idea of having a natural, organic feel set in old California Spanish architecture. The Villa in San Juan Capistrano (a town that has a Spanish Mission from 1776) fit that image perfectly. Since the venue had so much natural beauty, (trees, stone, wood) there wasn’t much that we needed to do to make the venue shine. Our vision ended up being a fresh, clean and organic feeling with natural wood tables and canvas linens.

There are an unlimited amounts of DIY that a couple can do for their wedding. We didn’t want to spend too much time on numerous projects – so we did a few smaller items that took very little time.

The first items were hand stenciled/painted pillows. We bought some large pillows and covered them in a canvas linen material. We then printed out various phrases (Mr. & Mrs., 10.12.13, Amor which means Love in Spanish) in one of our favorite fonts – Bombshell Pro. This was then traced onto wax paper which is cut out with an X-acto knife, ironed onto the pillow and then painted. For an extra touch, the Mr. pillow had a bow tie put on it and the Mrs. had a flower.

The second item was some of our paper items. My computer savvy husband was able to create name cards, table numbers, menus and blanket tags that matched our invitation suite. All the printed paper goods helped keep costs down since we didn’t have to have our calligrapher do them (130+ items can be costly).

One of our favorite elements of the wedding were the flowers. Since there was a lot of natural beauty at the venue, we didn’t need to do too much for florals. We ended up using fresh greenery with classic white and ivory flowers. Olive branches were also placed on the tables as this ties into the California Spanish style.

Another favorite element was all the calligraphy pieces that were spread throughout the venue. We had a beautiful seating chart, bar signs, guestbook, Thank You banner, wood Mr. and Mrs. Chair signs, and a welcome sign. Each piece was completely customized to our taste – even down to the font and olive leaf laurels. These items are ones that we’ll keep forever. In fact, our bar sign (which has each of our signature cocktail recommendations) is displayed in our kitchen!

Advice for other couples:
Two things. First: At the end of the day, your wedding day is about you and your soon to be spouse – a celebration of your journey together through life. After the day is over, everyone is happy and the little things don’t matter.

Second: It’s extremely important to pick a photographer that you’re both comfortable with. During your wedding, this is who you’re (probably) spending the most time with. As this is a very nervous day for many, they know exactly what to do to help calm those nerves. For us, Erich McVey and Amy McVey were the perfect husband and wife team for us. We first met on Skype (as they’re based in Oregon) and knew within minutes that they were our team. Having met them down in Santa Barbara for our engagement session only solidified that we were in great hands.

Most memorable moment:
We were sitting at our sweetheart table and had the perfect view of all of our guests eating, laughing and just enjoying themselves. To see everything we envisioned come together so perfectly and to watch all the love and happiness flow all around us was a magical experience.

Photography: Erich McVey | Cinematography: Amy McVey | Planner: Michelle From The Villa At San Juan Capistrano | Florist: Stacey Fitts | Wedding Dress: Victoria Nicole | Cakes: Jocelyn Jung With I Am The Caker | Stationery: Paper Source | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Pigment In San Diego | Caterer: Iva Lees Catering | Hair & Makeup: 10.11. Makeup | Calligraphy: Mon Voir (Jenna Rainey) | Groom's Shoes: Ted Baker | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Ribbon On Bouquet: Frou Frou Chic | Wedding Venue: The Villa San Juan Capistrano

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