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Intimate Vineyard Wedding

Intimate with that effortless elegance that never seems to fail, every little bit of this day captured by Merari Photography is just about as close to perfection as you can get. With those lovely blooms by Clover and Branch and a dinner under the stars catered by Field To Table Events, this al fresco affair planned by Sandcastle Celebrations is my kind of heaven. See even more here.

From Merari PhotographyWhen I first met Chris and Andrys in Miami they were so excited to have a local small, intimate celebration with close family and friends. A few months before the wedding Andrys got in touch and said that their small event had ballooned up to a huge party. Since they both had huge families and many acquaintances it was difficult to control the guest list and pretty soon it became overwhelming. She and Chris decided that they were going to follow their original plan and chose to have a small wedding in California.

On their wedding day Adrys and Chris exchanged vows in front of 25 friends and family members. They had an al fresco dinner with locally-made wine and danced the night away under the stars. It was magical and exactly how they always envisioned their wedding day.

Photography: Merari Photography | Videography: Dustin Wise | Event Planning: Sandcastle Celebrations | Floral Design: Clover And Branch | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: Biddle Ranch Vineyard | Catering: Field To Table Events | DJ: modern symphony dj | Baked Goods: Splash Cafe & Artisan Bakery | Paper goods: Epoch Design | String Duo: Encore Strings

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Rustic Ranch Wedding in San Luis Obispo

If you’re a country bride at heart, you’ll swoon over this hayride to the hilltop altar followed by a barn reception at this ranch wedding! How sweet is the designer Groom, who brought his Bride’s vision to life in the invitations, escort cards and more?! Let’s fall in love with the full gallery captured by Lauren Scotti and don’t miss the quirky and funny vows in the film from Amari Production!

Rustic Venue

From the beautiful Bride… San Luis Obispo was my college town, and it was also the location of Philip and my first true weekend getaway as a couple. When it came time to wedding venue hunt, it was only natural to check out SLO. The first step we took on to La Cuesta Ranch, we knew it was the one, and it was truly the only venue we felt that way about. 360 degree views of rolling hills, a rustic barn housing the dance floor, and serene outdoor ceremony and reception spots. You literally feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere but in reality are a few turns from Downtown SLO and all our favorite spots. La Cuesta Ranch felt like our own little hidden gem.

The wedding itself couldn’t have been more perfect. My husband is a designer by trade and really took on the role of Creative DIY Master during wedding planning. He took all my visions and brought them to life, from the signage to the seating cards. He designed more invitation prototypes than I can count and wouldn’t settle until it was perfect for us. He also mastered the homemade candles for our guests and tried incorporating as many personal touches as possible. His creative work coupled with our floral and event designer equated to pure magic. Rustic barn and vintage props against bright pops of gold and pinks. The entire day felt like a total dream. Instead of a photo booth, we brought the costume props to the dance floor and had our photographer capture everyone in their element there. The pictures and video came out priceless. At the end of the night, we didn’t want it to end so went through our sparkler exit 3 times! My advice to brides is to enjoy every moment with your husband, friends and family. Soak it up and don’t sweat the small stuff. It goes fast!

Photography: Lauren Scotti | Videography: Amari Productions | Coordination: Kramer Events | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young Floral | Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani | Cake: SLO Sugar Rush | Shoes: Kate Spade | Makeup: The Queens Bees | Hair: The Queens Bees | DJ: Kramer Events | Venue: La Cuesta Ranch

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California Winery Wedding Inspiration

If Grace Kelly and Ralph Lauren were to come together to plan a wedding, this is what it would look like. At least, that was Crosby + Jon‘s inspiration for this Mike Larson Photography Retreat. With help from the amazing talent behind Archive Rentals and Krista Jon, they achieved a design worthy of the Princess of Monaco and the King of American style. See all the beauty here.


From Crosby + Jon… Every so often, you meet someone who inspires your soul, who makes you want to elevate your craft, to become a better, more well rounded creative individual. When Mike Larson & his lovely wife Rachel invited us to their Photography Retreat at Greengate Ranch in San Louis Obispo, California, we knew that we would be pushed to create something new and fresh, a challenge that we took on excitedly, but a little nervously, too.

If we had to choose three words to describe Mike Larson Photography, we would choose: talented, dedicated, inspiring. His challenge to us was to design a multifaceted inspirational wedding photo shoot that his workshop participants would spend the day photographing. This photo shoot was extra meaningful to us because we knew Crosby + Jon’s designs would be photographed by 20 amazing photographers from all over the Untied States, all on a mission to better their craft, and we wanted to inspire these creatives, just as they inspire us.

We gained our inspiration by going back to the classics, wanting to evoke Grace Kelly & Ralph Lauren, a time of sophistication and also simplicity.

For the tablescape, we used a neutral color palate & luxe polished mixed metals & crystal to create an elegant setting. Gardenias, garden roses & peonies created a monochromatic low centerpiece filling the center of our reclaimed wood table. The real showstopper were the hundreds of suspended taper candles, hung from a golden rod that was invisibly held by clear cables, making the candles appear to float above the table.

Where would Ralph Lauren lounge at his daughter’s wedding? For our lounge, we stayed consistent with a neutral color palate, bringing in pops of navy & rich leather to evoke an Americana cigar lounge, fit for a fashion designer & fine cigars.

Photography: Mike Larson | Event Design: Crosby + Jon | Floral Design: Krista Jon | Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard | Rentals: Archive Rentals